Friday, June 26, 2015

Kai Tak Airport @ Hong Kong

While I was clearing my late mother's many storage boxes, 
I found some interesting and forgotten items. 
Many were sentimental items and much memories 
came flooding back to my head. 
I was lil' sad in a way but extremely grateful 
that she had given me her best 
as any mother would give her child.



Photographed by Laurence Lai


Look!
I found this old photo of a plane landing in
the world most famous old Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong.
It was so small, yet so busy and deemed dangerous
that only specially trained pilots were allowed to
bring their planes to land that old airport.
The runway was extremely short and flanked by hundreds
of tall buildings and flats around the bustling Kowloon City!

I was very fortunate to have this experience to
witness the scary plane landings 3 times at Kai Tak Airport.
I could see all the crammed flats and their tenants inside 
doing their cooking, laundry or just watching TV!!
It was so close as the passing planes blew
gusts of winds onto their hanging laundry!

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 Now please don't laugh at my nerdy photo
which was taken in Central Hong Kong in 1985.
That was my maiden trip to visit my sister & ex-hubby
when they lived in the Discovery Bay
at Lantau Island. I slept inside their 4 storey townhouse
which overlooked the beautiful ocean at Yi-Keng Wan.




I was trying to be a 1985 Superman!
It was taken outside the newly built Exchange Square
& Connaught Centre in the financial district of Central.
I made another 2 landings at Kai Tak in 1991 and 1997
before it was closed down. So much memories!
Maybe I should also blog about my private visit
into Hong Kong's TVB Studios 
at Clearwater Bay!

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38 comments:

  1. Wow, that's typical picture, only get to see some sort of scene like this when watching TVB old series dramas.

    Yep, because of the landscape of Hong Kong and due to lack of space so their runway is that short, and also the pilot of the avoid the mountain behind the airport, before they land they have to make a big turn and land at this very short runway.

    Recently Hong Kong also has open back their typical Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park [http://www.laiyuen1949.com/en/] last time, what a classic throwback and sweet memories for them.

    TVB Studios at Clearwtar Bay, that's also very interesting, I remember when I solo travel to Hong Kong that time, I almost want to visit their new studio at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate (actually not new anymore, pretty long time ago) just to see whether I can bump into any artist or not, hehe!! But who knows got typhoon on the last two days of my trip so it got canceled, so sad...

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    1. Voila! You seem to know a lot about that airport. I didn't know there is a mountain behind as I thought those tall buildings were the problems.

      I heard that in those days, the public could not enter the TVB studios in Clearwater Bay unless with special permit. There was a period of time when tourists could visit in tour buses but to the outside areas only. The new studios now have to get random draw permits to enter which I think is a bit unfair.

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    2. I was actually thinking of wait outside the gate, hahaha! Wait to see I've fate with which artists, so can ask for a autography or picture together what.

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  2. Fuiyoh, you look so hensem wei in the picture! Considered leng chai already in the 80's.. But I was expecting middle parting long hair like Andy Lau or Aaron Kwok leh, with trumpet trousers, hehe.. The photo brought back so much memories, good to ponder about it for a while..HK tvb studios? I want to read about it!!

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    1. Ahem! Sure boh? I think I looked like nerd.
      I tried to comb my hair middle parting and the mirror cracked. Muahahaha

      Where are your old photos with the big ribbons?

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  3. like what they always say, photographs do not just capture the images but they also save the memories..
    wow.. you looked like my Uncle.. i saw one of his old pics before and he got some kind of resemblance with this pic.. maybe it's the hair and the eyeglasses...
    I'm pretty sure these photos will bring back so many great memories with you

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    1. Hey I am your uncle!! Quick call me tiyuhin!! Muahahaha

      I have hundreds of old photos at home. I inherited them from my father.

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    2. LOL.. yup you got it right.. it's tiyuhin or tiyo for short...
      gosh I knew it hahaha have a great day Tiyo LOL

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  4. Wah, the plane was so close to the buildings, macam something out of a movie scene! Can't wait to read about your private visit to TVB studios :)

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    1. Yeah my hair would stand with goose bumps when the plane was landing as if it was crashing instead.
      Nothing much about my TVB trip, I found missing photos.

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  5. so near ah the plane. never been to kai tak airport but have heard of the narrow airport landing space.

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    1. It was so crazily small and congested airport with no space for planes to park. So we used to go in circles for an hour to wait for planes to take off. It was an amazing airport.

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  6. hahaha....that time you how young ah?

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  7. I was lucky enough to travel to HK while Kai Tak airport was still in use so I experience the landing close to high rise buildings. Wow, you are so young and slim then. Must keep all these old photos well for their sentimental values.

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    1. Someday I will dispose all the old photos after posting them here in the blogs. I hope the internet and our blogs will outlive us.

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  8. wah, 1985!!! wait, i was still in standard 2 that year dei, and Anay was already travelling here and there in aeroplane!!! of course Thambee has heard about this very famous Kai Tak Airport in HK, but Thambee has never been there, the very first time Thambee went to HK was back in year 2002 and HK has already return to China and already using the now HKIA by then.. if not mistaken both KLIA and HKIA opened in the same year in 1998 huh??

    the Kai Tak Airport is surely a reminiscence for the HK people as well as the elder generation.. and yeah, it's in the city and we often watched and heard about this place in the TVB drama series as well as the HK movies back then, surely not something alien to me..

    okay, Anay still look as handsome and Amitabh as he is, where got baliar?? everyone looked like that macam back in the 80s lah, haha!! even Andy Lau also looked like that - the same hairstyle, the same specs and the same outfit - that was the fashion back then dei..

    Thambee is very interested to know if Anay actually captured that photo of the plane landing?? indeed a great shot!!! it captures a lot of stories into that photo.. and your elaboration on how you see the life of HK while landing, fuyoh, that is very interesting!!! i guess not many have experience such a landing before huh?? all we see are empty lands only..

    the Exchange Square, and Anay still remembers where he took the photos 30 years ago!!! you surely have super memory dei!!! and great, looking forward to your post on the then TVB studio in Clearwater Bay, waiting to see who were the actors and actresses whom you took photo with.. probably never heard of, retired or still a star till these days.. it will be an interesting post that will generate 1000s of page hit!!!

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    1. Woii Thambee dei... I didn;t realise you were that young when anay went to visit HKG. Luckily you didn't see the ugly days when the folks and shop sales people were so damn bloody rude. Thank God, it's history now and no one remembers it.

      If only I still looked like 1985...how nice! My hair was in a mess in the photo as it was autumn and the wind was blowing like storm.

      I didn't take that photo. I said I found it. I bought it from Laurence Lai in Lantau Island's shops and trashed inside my mother's boxes. I am glad I have this original copy.

      Anyone would be able to remember that round windows of Connaught Centre. If taken with other buildings, habis lah me.
      You might be disappointed with my TVB post later as we were not allowed to snap photos of their movies while shooting.

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  9. wow! that’s so amazing... the photo cause great caution and make feel terrific how the planes has been landing amid residents and skyscrapers. 1985 is the year I was born :) your photo express cool attitude

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    1. Hello young man! I was in Hong Kong when you were born.
      That was a crazy experience to see planes flying low along the streets of Tsimshatsui area.
      Now their bigger and nice airport has been relocated to another place called Lantau Island.

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  10. Good morning TM... It's weekend...

    The weather has make me sweat a lot... hot, hot, hot...

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    1. It is very hot today and I wanna sleep in the fridge now.

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  11. Any more of your younger days photos to share with all of us? wink wink...

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    1. Yeah I have lots of them but I need to see your baby photos first!! Hello?

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  12. That plane definitely gave panics to those observers at that time.
    Great to have found a yesteryear photo of yourself. Lots of memories to recall..

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    1. You used to blog all your sweet old photos too. Where are they now? Bring them on please.

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  13. Yes, do blog about your private visit to TVB's studio! And please do not leave out any embarrassing details! XD

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    1. I am still thinking now after seeing some missing facts in the wikipaedia.

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  14. Awesome memories you've got there, Tan! Oh yes, the famous old Kai Tak Airport! Those days, people were always talking about seeing the residents playing mahjong when the planes were descending. Lol! So glad you're more active in blogging now. My neck was getting longer & longer just waiting for new posts. Hahaha! Always delighted to see your lovely comments too! xoxo

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    1. Sorry that your neck grew longer for the wait. I know I am such a lazy blogger compared to you GUY$$ !! I will work harder now.

      The people are still playing mahjong and hanging laundry in Kowloon City minus the planes.

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  15. Wah...priceless Pic, TM! Yes, my friend told me that he saw people cooking in the kitchens when he flew over to HK many years ago! Dangerous.. but fascinating!

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    1. Eh! How come this jet setter Claire had never flown to Kai Tak? I am hairan lah.

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  16. My first visit to Hongkong also through this airport... yes it was scary alright.

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    1. It's good that you had this horrific flying experience too. It was like taking planes in a theme park airport.

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  17. nice photos. you should cherish them.

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  18. I've seen this photo of landing plane, really amazing! One of the most challenging airport for pilot.

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  19. Saw on TV of the documentary of the old Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport but I guess I will never have the chance to experience it. I can say that those pilots were indeed very professional and and well trained.

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