Sirdan is on his way back to Australia. He and The Empress are in Hong Kong where The Empress, though not Chinese, was born. (His parents were “guests” of the Japanese Emperor during WWII.)
Sirdan emailed yesterday:
Time now, 5.00 pm Wed, afternoon. This place is that busy with everybody doing last minute shopping, it is almost impossible to walk in the streets. I have been told not to wash my hair for the next 2-3 days, and to-morrow, must wear new clothes. Luckily I have some… I would really like to hear M about his trip… so happy new year and to M as well. Am back next Wed. am, will phone soon after.
Here in Surry Hills Chinese New Year has been marked by the corner shop giving out free sweets and my practising my (little) Mandarin in response. I am not wearing new clothes. I am wearing clothes though…