By Andy Lowe

 

On 18 January 2024 a group of WiPS members met for an evening of companionship and conversation at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay. In almost balmy New Year weather we made ourselves comfortable on the cushioned sofas outside the main deck’s bar.

Topics of discussion ranged from big to small, from serious to hilarious, and everything in between. We shared personal anecdotes, jokes and opinions on various global, cultural and literary affairs. So free-flowing was the conversation that it wasn’t until later that we really began to appreciate the picture-perfect views that surrounded us on all sides: laser lights disco-danced across skyscrapers behind and the rainbow-shimmer of lights from the Kowloon peninsula winked at us, bouncing their reflections off the gentle harbour waves below. The stunning Aqua Luna junk, with her plump red sails fully trimmed, proudly cruised up and down showcasing our vibrant Hong Kong harbour at its beautiful best.

Although the night freshened, and the conversation was nourishment for the soul, this was not an evening designed around physical fitness. We nibbled delicious carb-loaded cocktail snacks of prawn toast, smashed samosas with yummy toppings, and nut and chocolate temptations, washing them all down with mocktails, cocktails and wine. Pure indulgence! However, the biggest treat was enjoying a simple evening of camaraderie, laughter, warmth and connection with fellow WiPS members.

A few thanks are in order:

  • To returning member Jane Houng for telling us about her new book “Under Lion Rock” and charity Becky’s Button. Please visit https://beckysbutton.org/ to learn more about this worthwhile cause for vulnerable women and support however you can.
  • To new member Genevieve Hilton for inviting submissions to the upcoming on-line publication “The Apostrophe” https://hkwcmagazine.substack.com/p/submissions
  • Last, but not least, to committee member Lesley Hobbs for organizing and hosting a wonderful evening.