There’s something about finding old photos that jog one’s memory from a time long ago. But it’s even more exciting to discover old photos that tell a new story. When I recently uncovered a roll of film from 1996 Hong Kong, they included photos my parents had taken while I was work.
Take this one day in December, 1996. From these photos, I can retrace their steps.
My dad is standing in front of King Fook Jewelry in Kowloon. A big shout out to my friend Vanessa for identifying the location as the Miramar arcade. I stayed at the Miramar Hotel (now the Mira) on my one-night honeymoon almost 20 years to the day.
And here’s my mom in a park on the same day. An old building is in the background, so I assume she was standing in Kowloon Park, a place I used to enjoy wandering through many years ago. I can’t remember the last time I was there.
Finally, this photo of my dad seated outdoors. Taking a closer look, I see that one of the flags reads Eaton Hotel. Although I never stayed there, it was a familiar site on my walks along Nathan Road. Several months before this photo was taken, my mom and Uncle Budgie stopped at the Eaton for a cold drink. I remember ordering a lemon squash and my mom and Budgie ordering a jar of beer.
If you’ve read Good Chinese Wife, these photos were from the trip my parents took to visit me when “Cai” was still in China renewing his passport and visa.