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!


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.


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...

"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."


On the cornetr of Benet street. It is quite something.

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


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