…Hong Kong… a kaleidoscope of mem’ries…

…when yeez have never travelled further than Belgium from the U.K., a posting to Hong Kong in the early 1980s is a helluva shock to yer cultural system… this ol’ Jurassic experienced it in June of 1980, and thus began a 25-year LUV affair with the Far East… in my first Jack Calder crime thriller, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, the then British colony features prominently… a good pal recently sent me some throwback  photographs, which triggered mental images of the time there… few will ever erase completely the vision of ‘turning right at the television aerials on the roofs in Kowloon’, and banking sharply to a stomach-churning descent onto the Kai-Tak airport runway…

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…mingling on the ground meant blows to the visual senses, with endless Chinese-lettered signage… seemed like signage upon signage upon signage…. a bit like the ‘Tupperware to keep Tupperware in’ syndrome… Hong Kong bustled then, and it bustles now… they tell me Noo Yawk never sleeps… they took insomnia lessons from Hong Kong

HK street

…the Mongkok area held the official and unofficial records for the most densely populated residential area in the WURLD, and yeez can see why…

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…and if yer offspring ever complain about the condition of their playgrounds and attendant paraphernalia to keep themselves amused, show them this…

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…I revisit frequently, and never cease to be amazed by the energy of the place… yeez can eat at any time day or night 24/7, 365 days a year… almost all nationalities of cuisine is at yer choosing… street dai pong stalls all the way to the finest 6-star (yes, Mabel, 6-bluudy-star hotel fare)… want a suit, tailored?… sorry, Sir, that might take us a whole day to get ready for yeez… and if yeez want a genuine counterfeit Rolex watch, with a proper Certificate describing it as such, then Hong Kong’s yer Huckleberry… m’goi sai!… thank yeez… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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12 responses to “…Hong Kong… a kaleidoscope of mem’ries…

  1. Good pictures to go with your memories, Seumas. The first time I traveled abroad was also in 1980, and it was to India. That was also a shock to my U.S. cultural senses. I understand perfectly. My kids were a big hit with the relatives and seem to be in every group photo we took. 😀 Well done. 🙂

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  2. Amy

    I would move to Seoul and settle there as my primary residence in a heartbeat, I have never loved a place more.

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  3. Amazing pictures. And a fantastic setting.

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  4. Awesome post Seumas. Hugs! 😀

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  5. Daft… the lack of democracy in Hong Kong, and their noble fight for this!

    I think we should be doing a lot more.

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  6. Everyone talks about Hong Kong’s energy. Laughed at this “they took insomnia lessons from Hong Kong…”
    A unique place. May they all survive the politics they are currently facing.
    Umbrella revolution. Brave ones

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