As a member of the Council on
Professional Conduct in education, I have the duty to present talks on the Code
for the Education Profession in Hong Kong.
I was to go to this international
kindergarten in Tuen Mun. There were two ‘firsts” for me – first time ever to
give such a talk and first time ever to visit this part of the New Territories.
Rita, the HKWTO Executive and I met at Hung Hom Station for our lunch. As the
restaurant providing traditional rice recipes was crowded with two long queues,
we decided to go to the coffee shop with much fewer customers for sandwiches
The trip was amazingly smooth
thanks to the very efficient public transport system in Hong Kong. It took
about one hour taking the West Rail Line from Hung Hom to Tuen Mun. The ride
was comfortable showing me lots of green as the train sped along. This was
followed by a very short bus trip of about 10 minutes.
As I got off the bus, I was
distressed to discover that I had got a long run in my panty hose probably from
the seat of the bus. I have this habit of wearing it to “complement” my outfit
when it is a one-piece dress or a skirt. Fortunately, we were quite early and
so we and so we had lots of time shopping for a new pair.
We walked round the housing
estate popping in every shop and stall likely to sell this commodity. We must
have asked over 10 salesmen and shopkeepers but the closest we could find were
black tights or leggings but not sheer panty hose! Just when were about to give
up, we came to a wet market stall selling children’s socks. So not expecting it
would have, we asked one more time “Please do you have sheer panty hose for
“Oh, yes. Here you go! The last
pair! 29 dollars!”
So after the formality as we
arrived at the kindergarten, I asked for the bathroom. Then I sat down relaxed
awaiting the teachers to present my talk.