Tuesday, 22 September 2009

A first of such

Back from Hong Kong… and we were in Sai Kung, renown for its seafood delicacies. I must say this small town gives you a totally different perspective of Hong Kong. But then again, the people here don’t consider Sai Kung as Hong Kong per se. To them, Sai Kung is part of the New Territory (“San Kai”).

By the way, my bro-in-law was the driver. He has been living here for almost 10 years. Picture below is the convoy to Sai Kung with his mates. Yes, that’s a Porsche and an Aston Martin. Life is good when you are an investment banker in Hong Kong.

Anyway, after lunch and a nice dessert, we went to get the car. I must say, parking here is truly horrendous. Getting into the parking lot and finding a space is huge task. Getting out is equally challenging.

On the way out, there was this pink Honda Jazz ahead of us, looking for car park. The driver tried to squeeze into a few lots but failed. The final attempt was this parallel-park slot. By now, traffic has already built up behind us. And unlike here, there is no way you can drive past the car until it is completely parked inside the slot.

In… out… left… right… left… reverse… forward… tension was building. I think my bro-in-law was getting impatient and suggested… “Eh Zewt, why don’t you go do it”.

It was then that the driver got out of the car and approached us, who were right behind her (yes, it’s a she)…

“Ho jak ah, ho em ho yi pong hah ngo ah?”
(It’s very tight, could you help me please?)

I got it done within a minute and as I walked back to my bro-in-law’s car, I saw drivers at the back applauding in their respective cars. I wonder if this is common in HK.

A first of such experience for me, what about you?


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48 comments:

MKL said...

Sorry Zewt, that only happens to heroes like you :P

j_yenn said...

woman-driver syndrome, huh? -_-"

Bengbeng said...

clap hands.. applause :)personally i am lousy at parking too. :)

Jerine said...

I wonder if she could drive her car out of the lot, or did she ask for help too.

seokthong said...

Since we changed to a longer car, it's getting so hard for me to parallel-park. I practiced at a remote area for quite some time but i still couldn't master it. I avoid driving to the city now..

day-dreamer said...

*applause*

Reminds me of a video I saw on Youtube. I wonder if the woman wasn't afraid of carjackers who'd just drive her car away (not saying you lah, of course, but generally :P).

Fi-sha said...

Dear Zewt

Yes, you are hero because you helped her - selflessly.

This reminds me of what Paulo Coelho wrote in "The Alchemist" -“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” – Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Page 22

Have a great holiday Zewt!

Fi-sha said...

Dear Zewt

Yes, you are hero because you helped her - selflessly.

This reminds me of what Paulo Coelho wrote in "The Alchemist" -“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” – Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Page 22

Have a great holiday Zewt!

Life for Beginners said...

Salut! Our own Malaysian hero in HK! Parking certainly counts! Maybe it's from all our experiences with double and triple parking here in Malaysia, hehe.

rinnah said...

LOL... I know my 62yo auntie pulled the same stunt in Malaysia... she can't see very well at night, and couldn't parellel park her little Kancil so she hopped out of the car, and called this young chap standing by, "Eh, leng chai, help auntie park car, can?"... :D

-eiling- said...

So did she tip you?!!

Terra Shield said...

I've forgotten how to parallel park. ;) But I'd have gone and looked for two lots together and then parked the car.

Winn said...

dunno how to park ,then how to 'come out' huh?

Shaun said...

Always missing the point.

How she look like? haha

iamthewitch said...

Bravo Zewt! You did a really commendable thing. You deserve the applause. :)

zewt said...

MKL - hahaha...i disagree.

j_yenn - oh, it's very applicable to some men too.

Bengbeng - malaysia has got bigger car park lots already woh...

Jerine - too bad, aint gonna stick around to find out.

seokthong - a bias statement but... parallel park seems to be a challenge for most women...

day-dreamer - well, HK mah... no such thing as car-jackers or snatch thieves.

zewt said...

Fi-sha - i sure hope the universe will help me get what i want :)

Life for beginners - hahahaha... could be... could be.

rinnah - malaysia, dangerous leh...

-eiling- - damn it, should have waited for that!

Terra Shield - lesen kopi ah? :P

Winn - i think come out is considerably much easier leh.

Shaun - not bad haha!

iamthewitch - i actually felt weird then...

Faisal Admar said...

i love seafood :) but this is not what expected for the ending haha!

were you blushing?

Anonymous said...

wow, u mean u are in either a porsche or aston martin?

littlepolaris said...

zewt... where's my mango pudding?

zthon said...

i don't think anyone will ask for help here.

quite a few times i saw the drivers gave up after a few attempts.

dy said...

eh.. this reminds me.. haha.. there's one time (long long time ago) i was driving my bf's manual toyota KE70, thinking of ways to avoid slopes but went to one very steep one at oug. was praying hard no car stop behind me but god loves me so much, a car stopped and i got panicked, car stalled and engine off. tried to balance again but failed. so the driver behind me came up and ask if my car is alright.. i told him "the car is ok.. but i'm not! i dunno how to drive it up!" so he hopped in my seat and drove it up for me! paiseh man!!

SJ said...

i can spot 7-11! haha. my favourite?

ps hey thanks for the commentssss. haha. well, kenwooi is no one but my one and only elder brother. =)

SJ said...

From me to you, suejean =)

Anonymous said...

yeah..sometimes it ends with love making....

Jun said...

cool, at least she had the guts to ask for help! u gonna post ur hk food escapades??!! :D

economist said...

wah my hero =P

zewt said...

faisal admar - it felt weird... besides, can you imagine if i failed to do it? hahaha

anon @ 23/9 11.40am - nope, i was in a convertible.

littlepolaris - still in HK :P

zthon - i guess it is not safe to do it here. you might lose your car... and more.

dy - hahaha... so now, can you handle it better already?

SJ - ahhh... thought the wooi connection was there :)

anon @ 23/9 6.57pm - ahhh... you want to be in my shoes eh?

Jun - honestly, i didnt take much... whack it before the thought of taking pics came to mind... :P

economist - hahaha... try it!

Anonymous said...

in wat convertible car?

missironic said...

wow.. hero of the day! hahaha.. *applause*. is like something out of a drama like tat.. :D

whoalse said...

i'm sure you enjoyed the moments...! LOL well enjoy it while you still can as the bays in down under is much wider...

zewt said...

anon @ 24/9 12.53pm - haha... how many convertible are there anyway?

missironic - hahahaha... do you need a hero too?

whoalse - really? i tot malaysia is pretty wide enough...

Siew said...

Bravo! *clap* *clap*

Anonymous said...

oh, there are way too many convertible Mr Zewt, Bimmer, Merc, Mini, Lotus..juz tell me Zewt, stop beating around the bush, hehe

I am Princess Misha's Mum said...

sai kung .. near my place :)

Sam said...

If everybody were as trusting as her in Msia...

Who am I kidding. Nobody is as trusting in Msia XD

julie said...

Hi Zewt,
Your bro-in-law is driving Porsche or Aston Martin?

Huei said...

hahaha here? u'll be lucky if u dun get snatched along with ur car!! (for the girl)

i'd rather park somewhere else

zewt said...

siew - hahah!

anon 25/9 11.22am - hmmm... i should protect my bro-in-law :)... let's just say, it ain't cheap.

I am Princess Misha's Mom - i should have say hello :)

Sam - might get slashed and your car hijacked! :)

julie - a convertible...

huei - haha... u cant do that in HK... u move away from a slot, you might never find one. besides, she already moved a few slots.

charlemagne said...

yes,i oso has such experience n i came out to help the she driver who jz gt her "P" licence n driving TOYOTA IPSUM. she was like the lady u mentioned,in out left right forward reverse,i gt it in jz a minute. LOL~

missironic said...

Hahaha.. so far, i managed to park my parallel parkings. But i tink, at times i do need a hero to save my day too.. Hahaha..

zéwt said...

charlemagne - we are heroes! lol!

missironic - but not in parking right?

me said...

she got reward u with kiss or not ah? my herrrrrooooooooo. *swoon* hahahahah.

missironic said...

Hahaha.. nope. Parking manageable. :)

zéwt said...

me - no woh. why if it was you, you will award your hero with a kiss?

missironic - wah, expert!

narrowband said...

I'd love to offer my help. Especially if she's a hottie. That said, I'd help anyway whoever requested. Proud lah then holding Malaysian driving license. I paid RM200 extra you know cos the driving school made it sound like it was compulsory and all my friends also paid ;p

narrowband said...

oh btw i recently have to apply for international driving license from AAM (few months ago - and it's valid for a year) because i will be driving in aussieland. there was another way of doing it - that is to convert my msian license to sporean one. The std sporean license will be recognized in aussieland. I recently had to take IELTS (SGD300 borne by company) because aussies think malaysians live on trees and speak chimp language. The sporeans dont have to cos their medium of instruction throughout their formal edu was in english. yay. proud malaysian i am. what an enlightening experience it's been for me!

zewt said...

narrowband - yeah... and many malaysians thought that just becos we have a space tourist and a formula 1 team we can conquer the world...