16th Hong Kong Travel Report June 2003

Dear All

Those were very scary times, SARS had basically paralyzed the whole of Asia. In May 2003 the World Health Organization had issued a "travel advisory" suggesting to travelers to cancel all trips to most Asian destinations. I still had to restock new watches for PMWC, so what to do?
I waited until the WHO lifted its travel advisory and went to Hong Kong anyway. As you will see from the pictures of the Bangkok airport, not many travelers around during these uncertain times. I was in contact with friends that work in Life and Health insurance and always got the latest updates. Thus I felt confident that with the proper precautions (N95 or similar mask has to be worn when on public transportation) my travel would not impose any danger on my family and friends here in Bangkok and in Hong Kong.

Added the tabular report style to this travelogue from June 2003 in July 2004.

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The evening before departure - finishing some urgent watch works

The deserted Bangkok International Airport - 2 Pics

Meeting Jose at "our" table at our regular Waterhole

Jose's latest acquisition - Panerai Radiomir - framed by my Omega AT and Casio GIEZ

The Radiomir and a SEIKO Lukia mid-size Chronograph

The owners of those two watches - Jose and Jane

The Trophies - a Jose's NOS Orfina and Vintage Tudors

"There is nothing like a Guinness" - Jose seems to agree!

Not only the Guinness was responsible for Jose's good mood - this lovely Orfina was too

Helen and Jose

The latest Diet Coke Lemon - a huge ad from Hong Kong's MTR

Raining Cats and Dogs!

The streets of Mongkok are FLOODED!

Tony from Nam Hing Watch Parts - I finally arrived wet through... THE END

This is the last Hong Kong travel report. I still have one on stock. But I do not have the time to write the report right now.

And, I also want to spend some time with my watches and with my watch friends on the PMWF!

Best regards

Reto Castellazzi, Hong Kong, June 6th 2003, Bangkok July 2004