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    Quote Originally Posted by chingleutsch:
    And I remember my horrified fascination to discover the expat wives teaching in the first school I taught at here really DID spend an inordinate amount of their time in the staffroom complaining about the trials and tribualtions of finding, training and retaining good maids. FDH were called maids then, and most of them wore uniforms.
    chingleutsch - I remember the Chinese amahs' white and black uniforms, but what were the Filipina maids' uniforms? I'm afraid I've forgotten.


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    Chinese Armour required by English-speaking family with eight-month-old baby. Tel -

    SCMP 1981
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    Would love to see an 8 month old in Chinese Armour

    I guess 1980s maids weren't "worth" photographing - the google goggles don't seem to be working too well. But a lot of the maids who came to collect their charges from the international school where I worked were outfitted with something that looked much like a nurse' uniform of the same era (but without cap and graduation belt): button-trhough shirtmaker dress with short sleeves, usually in narrow, pastel and white, vertical stripes, and self-belted, sometimes with white cuffs/ collars and/ or pocket trim.


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    There's an interesting thread at present titled 'Neighbour installed CCTV in building'. Someone wrote: " CCTV is a fact of life in Hong Kong, it's everywhere outside. Get used to it or go home :-) lol"


    Pre CCTV


    Pleasant

    I remember you could kiss in a lift.


    Unpleasant

    If a woman entered a lift on the ground floor alone with an unknown man, for security she might not press the button for her floor until he had pressed his. (For what it was worth. You can probably work out which floor a crafty man would press.)

    I tried not to mind when a woman behaved in that way with me.


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    In restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui

    Pleasant

    It was mid-afternoon, I was having a late lunch. At another table, there was a young couple who couldn't keep their hands off each other, couldn't stop caressing and kissing. There were booths along the wall and they were a couple of booths in front of me, so I never actually saw them (except from the corner of my eye when I was leaving), but it was easy to deduce what was going on. The waiters, laughing, called out to each other, "They've just got married!"

    If things had been a little different it might have been awkward, but it was the opposite. Everyone, waiters and customers, seemed to share in the celebration and (I'm being fanciful) joy pervaded the restaurant.


    Unpleasant

    I was in another restaurant, late in the evening. Again, this was years ago.

    At the next table a young man was sitting alone, slowly smoking. A girl came and sat opposite. With HK efficiency, a waiter came at once for her order, and she briskly ordered an iced tea.

    She had taken his free hand and was bent kissing it, again and again. She was silently weeping. He was smoking slowly, as before. He did not speak.

    Perhaps my imagination was inflamed, but I thought she had just done something shameful for his sake, that she had prostituted herself for him.

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    One year in the 1990s, on the last working day before the Lunar New Year, all the companies in a small office block had closed for the holiday, so the management staff turned off the electricity at the mains, locked up, and left.

    They didn't know that a lift mechanic was still in the building, in the lift. He spent the entire holiday trapped in the pitch dark, and presumably quite small, lift. Whether the total holiday that year was three days or longer, I don't remember.

    I think of him every year at this time.


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    Four Memories of the Handover

    1. A cha chaan teng in Tsim Sha Tsui tried to add a 10% service charge to my bill.

    2. The Post Office issued a commemorative set of stamps after the handover, for which there was an enormous demand. The SCMP reported that there was a sign in a post office in Lantau saying, “Babies will not be served.”

    3. Another item of news at the time, perhaps especially in HK, was the near-demise of another British Overseas Territory – Montserrat. A volcano had erupted, and about half the island, including the capital, had been covered by lava and was now uninhabitable..

    4. On the last working day before the handover, Friday 27th June – in fact a half-day – the Hang Seng Index closed at a record high. On Wednesday 2nd July, which was still a holiday in HK, the Thai Bhat was unpegged from the US Dollar and fell 15%. That was the beginning of the Asian Financial Crisis, which reached HK the following year.

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    I remember going to the KPS closing sale to pick up laserdiscs and some fools and horses videos.


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    I remember when the Furuma Cake Shop was closing and it had stopped taking orders for its last day before I could get there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by R.O.:

    4. On the last working day before the handover, Friday 27th June – in fact a half-day – the Hang Seng Index closed at a record high. On Wednesday 2nd July, which was still a holiday in HK, the Thai Bhat was unpegged from the US Dollar and fell 15%. That was the beginning of the Asian Financial Crisis, which reached HK the following year.
    I remember attending the "1 handover 2 parties" set of parties at the Yacht club but what made it even more memorable was coming home to my Causeway Bay flat at 4am and having to wade thru the flooded streets. The water was knee deep in many places....

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