Jingles (Gingle's) Restaurant, 70 Nathan Road, kowloon
It must have been around the early/mid fifties as I was just a wee feller, but on saturday mornings, after shopping we used to go to 'Jingles', which Judging from the address was on the corner of Nathan and Humphries avenue. A few things stick in my mind; Jingles was a huge amiable American guy who needed two of his cafeteria's metal chairs to support his considerable weight. As a child I was totally mesmerised by the flashing lights and music from the Wurlitzer juke box and the amazing vanilla milkshakes. From what I can recall the Cafe was sparsley decorated and had metal chairs and red gingham table-cloths. I vaguely remember there being an alfresco area out back. The only reference that I can find is a U.S. NAVY directive from the Korean war, stating that 'Jingles' was one of the permitted locations on Kowloon that personnel could visit. I'm pretty sure Jingles himself was ex military and I had heard stories in later years that Jingles had had a brother who had been hanged by the Japanese, out side the restuarant, during the occupation. Would love to hear more.