I felt that I had to write more here and now.
As I approached my 60th birthday I felt that I had to be back in Hong Kong at this time, and events seem to have supported this feeling.
I have had an interesting week of meetings and re-connections. If you believe in synchronicity, (and I do!), then several events support this phenomenon, and one particular one stands out.
During this week I went to see my tailor in Hong Kong, Andy Shum of Practical Tailors. He is the tailor that originally provided me with my signature suit which I will detail in another passage, the Omen of the Tailor. I have not been to Andy for a awhile and although I do like my signature suit, I had been thinking about having a second, casual jacket to complement my wardrobe and for travel. When I mentioned this briefly to Andy during my fitting, once again he brought out a jacket that he was preparing for another client that was exactly the style I was looking for, and for which he was in the process of developing a pattern. He seems to have a knack for providing just the right article at the right time. Are my thoughts transferring to him subconsciously?!
The second event was the 30th Anniversary re-union party being scheduled for the staff of the Kowloon Shangri-La. As soon as I heard about the event I knew I had to be there. The evening was a great celebration, held at the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel and attended by nearly 200 people. It was a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with ex-colleagues and friends, many of whom I had not seen for more than twenty five years. A lot of us have now decided to keep in contact using Facebook. It was nice that a number of them said I had not changed in all those years. Guess I always looked old! :-)
The third and most interesting re-connection came earlier on the same day, as I was scheduled to meet another ex-colleague and friend from my Marco Polo days, Joel Teo. Joel was the IT specialist for the group, and is now with Peninsula Hotels. He had helped me select a suitable Laptop before and had now offered to help me look for a replacement for my existing one which was not working so well. As I set off for the lunch time meeting I realized I needed to get some additional pocket money, so on arrival at the MTR station at the Elements shopping mall I went to the nearest ATM machine. However this was not working and I was directed to another one a few floors away.
There were two machines and one both had people using them. The one on my left had a lady waiting to be next, so I politely lined up in front of the other one, not really taking much notice of the other people in the queue. As the person in front of me finished first, and the lady standing in the next line had been waiting before me, I turned to offer her to go to the terminal in front of me. It was only then when our eyes met that we both realized we knew each other. It was Doris Ho, my previous secretary from Marco Polo Hotels! What a wonderful surprise. We hadn't seen each other for several years, and were able to take this time to catch up. Doris then came with me and was able to meet with Joel Teo, as we all worked together, and she also hadn't seen him for a long time. Doris mentioned that she had gone to the first ATM as well, and if that had been working we probably wouldn't have met. An interesting piece of synchronicity at work.
Although many people put such events down to coincidences, if we take time to focus and reflect on such happenings I believe we find a deeper process and connection in motion. I find that such synchronicity happens more regularly these days, not only in my life, but in that of the people around me. What my brother explains as "Your (my) Celestine Prohecy moments"! We are still discovering the miracles of the Universe, I still learn new things every day and wonder at them, even at my advanced age. I am sure even more interesting developments will be attained in future as we reach a harmonious balance of Body, Mind and Spirit, not only in our personal lives, but in our professional activities, and in our communities.
With Love and Light