Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Typhoon Hagupit

A Typhoon warning 8 was issued at 4pm today. After killing 3 people in the Phillipines, Typhoon Hagupit (Hagupit means "lashing" in Filipino) is heading north and should brush (or hit) Hong Kong early this evening. When a "Typhoon signal 8" warning is issued, all government offices and schools are closed. Public transport ( with the exception of the subway), shuts down.
Contrary to what you'd think, many Honkies treat the "signal 8 shutdown" as an unexpected holiday and go out to have a laugh and socialise.
Bars and restaurants are full apparently.
We'll see.
If it reaches warning "10" they scuttle for home.
Wish me luck on my first Typhoon in Honkers!
T

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

--post at your discretion----

"Honkies"? --it's puerile, I know. but it does illicit a "tee-hee". you know that's not a nice word in the states?

More importantly, please take some freakin' cover. They used to party through hurricanes in New Orleans too.

-Tatia

Kjell Tjensvoll said...

Find a suitable rooftop and take pictures :-)

Seriously though, stay safe and stay in touch.

Lennie said...

Good luck -- and scuttle for home right away!

Terry said...

Ok
"honkies" is a term Hong Kongers use for themselves and has been adopted by many in Asia.
The Typhoon only dealt a glancing blow and was a bit of a disappointment truth be known.
The wind and rain and lack of light would have made taking pics a misery.....plus "rooftops" in HK tend to be 30+ stories!
Even I wouldn't mess around that high up in 80km winds.

Anonymous said...

Nothing to do with typhoons, but you HAVE to go to see the new Corpus clock:
"Dubbed the strangest clock in the world, it features a giant grasshopper and has 60 slits cut into its face which light up to show the time."

"I wanted to depict that time is a destroyer - once a minute is gone you can't get it back.

That's why my grasshopper is not a Disney character. He is a ferocious beast that over the seconds has his tongue lolling out, his jaws opening, then on the 59th second he gulps down time."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7625815.stm

On the cornetr of Benet street. It is quite something.
TR-HW

Anonymous said...

Another insane divorce settlement decision from the UK Courts:

Ex-wife wins new home and £50,000 a year maintenance - for her horses

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/article4799038.ece?&EMC-Bltn=JXIGL9

Lighting the blue touchpaper and retiring to a safe distance
[boom - distant sound of T explosion in Honkers]

TR-HW