Above: View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak
(In 1997, Hong Kong became home to the world's most expensive residential property when high-flying property developer Wong Kwan paid nearly US$115 million for a six-bedroom home in Hong Kong's most prestigious neighbourhood, Victoria Peak. Click here for info)
All I said was "lady you got an awesome looking handbag and she thanked me for the compliment and in jest asked me,"how about the owner?". My response was immediate," simply gorgeous and glamorous" and I introduced myself.
It was about 1 am in a cafe,situated on Hong Kong's Kowloon side that I 'bumped' into Mei. The year was 1975 and the crew stopped in Hong Kong for 2 days on a flight from Singapore. I was part of the crew and we stayed at the Holiday Inn,a fabulous hotel on Kowloon.
Mei knew from my English I was a foreigner and when I told her I was from SIA,she became excited. "Are you a pilot?",Mei asked. I told her I was a cabin crew member and she screamed in jubilation and with pride beaming in her eyes,she told me she was a British Airways stewardess.
Mei was excited to meet me another crew and had all along missed flying since she "married" John,a wealthy elderly Hong Konger. She wanted someone she could relate to with regard to her flying days and I was the right person.
Strangers when we met but it did not matter to Mei and we became good friends later on. She invited me over or rather on the pretext that she needed escort to go back to her place at the renowned Hong Kong's Victoria Peak.
John was away,as usual, on business and Mei,a sweet,lovely looking Chinese lady with fair skin was a lonely "tai tai". Mei did not have many friends and if she did,they were not airline crew.
Mei used to fly for BA for a few years and had thoroughly enjoyed flying.She was in her mid 30s when we met that night.I was 29 then.
It was in the wee hours of the morning when we arrived "home" at Mei's apartment. I couldn't believed my eyes when I saw the wonderful view of Hong Kong as we drove up the hills to Mei's place.The view from her apartment was even more picturesque.
The moment I entered Mei's apartment,I was awed by the gorgeous wallpapers ,the chandeliers,the Picasso's on the wall and in fact the whole atmosphere was just mesmerising.
Mei must have spent millions on the interior decor,I thought to myself.The whole apartment with its stunning view of the harbour and the classy neighbourhood must have cost at least US$50 million at today's price.
There were 5 bedrooms plus the servant's room,the spacious living and dining rooms,the private guest room etc etc...Never in real life have I witnessed such a gorgeous apartment except in movies.
I was taken on a tour of the whole apartment and my "guide" was the proud Mei. Proud and yet unassuming and humble was how I assessed Mei.
As a young man and as any normal young man would,I had some dirty thoughts when I first met Mei,I must confessed. The thought of starting a romance with this sophisticated and fascinating lady was always on my mind the moment I met Mei at the cafe.
However, the manner in which Mei conducted herself throughout that night or early morning rather, made me think twice before making any stupid move.
I was glad I was not in a hurry to 'bed' Mei for many reasons.