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- Chapter 3 : Sei Hoi Jau Dim
- Chapter 4 : Three lives on the edge
- Chapter 5 : Firecrackers, funerals, and flames
- Chapter 6 : Dens, ducks, and dives
- Chapter 7 : Living on clouds
- Chapter 8 : Ida, Su Yin, the light of Tin Hau, and the wrath of Yen Lo
- Chapter 9 : Hiking to Buddha, swimming with Colonel Noma
- Chapter 10 : Mong Kok revisited
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Chapter 8 : Ida, Su Yin, the light of Tin Hau, and the wrath of Yen Lo
Submitted by philk on Tue, 2008-10-14 21:02
Repulse Bay gets its first mention. As does the Repulse Bay Hotel.
HK Observatory is observed from the Mount Austin apartments with a signal 1 typhoon warning hoisted. He then describes the events of Typhoon Ida on 27 August 1954.
His mother met with Governer Grantham at Government House.
They visit friends on Stonecutters Island:"near their house, there was a large anti-aircraft gun left over from the war".
He describes a longer route to HMS Tamar via Happy Valley and Wanchai (I wonder if this is the same route that the number 15 bus takes i.e via Stubbs Road?).
Shek O is visited and is described as "To one side, a tiny fishing village stood on a promontory".
Sai Ying Pun is mentioned within the context of the view from the peak. He also says that "the bellow of a cow in the Kennedy Town abattoir might lift up to me - to be abruptly cut short" Note that before 1961, the abattoir was actually the Smithfield Cattle Depot, located between Pokfield Path and Rockhill St.
Somewhere around the peak is a boulder that contains the inscription: "25th Battn. Middlesex Regt. "Tyndareus" Feb. 6th 1917". It is commemorating the soldiers killed on a HK-bound troopship sunk off the coast of South Africa by a German mine.