We had to go to the big city today. Hong Kong itself. Dreadful place. Full of people. Highly polluted. The place not the people. Although it could be both. We knew we were in for a longish session on The Island so we decided to park in the cheaper of the two big car parks, 2IFC.
Sadly for me and happily for Mrs. Ha the car park is below one of the largest and most expensive shopping malls in HK. I timed it very badly as we had an hour to kill before our respective lunches. I was lunching with 5 pals in the Members Bar of the HK Club and Mrs. Ha was turning Japanese in Kiku with one of her girlfriends. Ladies who lunch indeed. Sad to relate Mrs. Ha can do a lot of damage in an hour. Just window shopping was the promise. We emerged from the lift and she exclaimed: Oooh look! Moncler have opened up here. And with that in we went. We didn’t get past the first rack before she had found something she liked. Liked enough to buy in fact. With my credit card. This was not going to be a good day.
I decided the best plan was retreat so I hastily offered to put the purchased article in the car. And then go straight to lunch. Do not pass Go or any other shop. I confess, I legged it. With my credit card. Thus ensuring that any further damage would be for Mrs. Ha’s account rather than mine.
I don’t recall what Mrs. Ha had in Kiku but I had a rather splendid plateful from the curry buffet and washed it down with 2 gunners and a coffee. A gunner, if you don’t know consists of equal parts of ginger beer and ginger ale with a dash of Angostura bitters and sometimes a measure of lime cordial or lemon juice. I am of course teetotal through my doctor’s choice rather than my own. And so fortified I met up with Mrs. Ha again but a cunning plan had hatched in my mind over the curry.
Oh look, I remarked innocently. We are close to Stanley Street. I might drop in and see Eric. Now Eric always welcomes me with open arms as a visit from me usually means cash in the till. And so it was that quite by chance I took a fancy to a 85mm F1.2 Canon lens on the shelf behind him. And the devil in me made me buy it. Twice the cost of Mrs. Ha’s jacket. The only downside is that she will now want to play for a draw. Where shopping is concerned extra time is always the likely outcome.
On Saturday night there will be more important things afoot than mere money as the Mighty Welsh take on Little Italy in Rome. Rugby in case you didn’t know. The problem is that the Mighty Welsh have not started too well this season whereas Little Italy are doing better than expected. Could an upset be on the cards? It will be a very late kick off here because of the time zones but I have no doubt I will settle down to watch the game, whilst Mrs. Ha will probably go to bed dreaming of how to make up the shopping deficit. Little does she know that I still want the 600mm F4. Please don’t let on, will you?