Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My first Over Seas Trip : Melbourne - Hong Kong


Hong Kong 10 July 1978

The flight here Yesterday was good. After emerging from the state of panic that everybody was in, anything less than that could only be considered good. The Hostesses were at a bit of a loss as to what to do with Mum, but when they realized that she was only slow and not helpless they settled down too.

The food on board was great and there was a lot of it. (I've since discovered that I must be the only person in the world that likes airline food ed.).

We traveled up near the front for mum to have extra room and it was close to the toilets. The only bad thing about that was whilst she got to use the first class toilets up the front, we had to go all the way down the back.

The only real catastrophe we had was that the zip on mum's trousers broke. Fortunately she was wearing a long shirt so no one noticed.

Landing in the plane was an experience in itself. As the plane came closer to the ground I began to realize that we were not heading for land but water.

I'm not the best air passenger at the best of times but as I saw the water came closer and closer my composure was, to say the least, beginning to drift.

Then we hit the ground!

I think I nearly broke the arm of the chair!

What I didn't realize was that the air field extends out into the bay, but from the plain you can see not land.

When we landed it was a balmy 35 Deg. Bit of a shock really it was winter back home.

We were really glad we had the wheel chair for mum (we originally weren't going to take it but we were talked into it by friends).

We were met at the airport by Ka Loc (a former fellow bible college student). He was a great help. We quite literally would have been lost with out him. You  know  I'm beginning to realize the resources that we Christians have available to us should we choose to avail ourselves of them.

We booked into the YMCA and had no trouble settling in.

Today we spent our time shopping and sight seeing the city... and eating. So many different foods!

The city is much like Sydney (nothing like Melbourne where I'm from)
Except for two things:
The hills
And every building is high rise.

Hmm, perhaps not like Sydney at all. The place is all concrete.

Tonight I went to a judo club. Judo has always been a bit of a passion of mine (these days I have my own Judo club ed.). I learned a lot  and have gained a new understanding of Koshi Guruma  not to mention an much greater and healthy respect for the throw. I dislocated my shoulder.

Now it's time for bed. Mum has problems sleeping when she hears dogs barking back home. It would be nice to say that she didn't have that trouble in a new country. But you know what she discovered last night that dogs bark all night in Hong Kong too.

What will tonight's discovery be?



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