dedalus Posted March 11, 2010 Share Posted March 11, 2010 The path was narrow and the road was long but it finally brought me to Hong Kong Hee-yah! Kwai-Lo. Kwai-Lo. Foreign Devil. Not just foreign, understand, but devils into the bargain. We smell like corpses even after umpteen showers, a sour rancid smell, they say, of slowly rotting meat. Sniff your armpits The civilised people, Chinese, self-described, stink, I think, of decaying fish but that's just accepted, normal. It's all in the perception. My conception of boring daily banking life was severely wrenched when I was drenched in a sudden shower. An umbrella popped and I whirled around to see a Hong Kong lovely. A Hong Kong lovely wears a white silk blouse and a tight dark skirt, sheer stockings, very expensive Italian shoes, a little gold crucifix (Hee-yah! All gods are good) green-blue mascara and blue-black shiny shiny carefully tumbling long black hair. Does she look good? She looks good. You, on the other hand, stand like an idiot, rooted to the spot. "Ha, you, umblella," she smiles, so you, bumbling and stumbling, escort her to the Star Ferry for which you pay all of 50 cents in a gentlemanly manner, aware of the inescapable fact that you may be smelling like a corpse while she, instead of day-old fish, smells of Guerlaine. "You, what name?", she smiles, and as you try to bloody well remember your heart goes pitty-pitty-pat and a torrent of pain rolls over you, memories of Nanny and the nursery, the brittle coldness of Mama, the icy distance of Papa, the brusqueness of the boys at school, the cold sheets, the tearful nights. Hee-yah! Kwai-Lo. Soon it is Kowloon side and as the brisk little Chinese sailors do quick arrangements of ropes the ferry smacks upon the pier; "Your name ... you haven't told me your name!" My name Mei Ling. I go now. I give umblella you. Yes? You pay 5 Hong Kong. Quote Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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