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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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“Sha Tin and Jimmy’s”

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Sha Tin and Jimmy's"

"Sha Tin Girls?" Mummy asks. Well, she really wasn't asking but who were we to tell her that we didn't want to go to the racetrack? As you know she does love anything that has to do with horses and possibly a bet or two.

When Mummy was diagnosed with some arthritis in her spine and it was suggested that she stop riding her retort was, "Well, Doctor when they take me out on a gurney is when I will stop riding!" That ended that conversation. The woman loves her horses period! But getting back to Sha Tin, she had ordered a limo from the Peninsula fleet to take us over to the race course and off we went. (Must add that we were lucky that the track was open since they do not race every day.)

Traveling with Mummy is like a history lesson. She told us all about the Hong Kong Jockey Club and that Cate's father used to be a member. How they contribute millions of dollars to charities and of course how prestigious it used to be. Remember this is a stroll down Memory Lane for her.

I digress though, let's get back to the track; we arrive and go directly to the Pak Sing restaurant where she had reserved a table for us. It had a fantastic view of the race course through floor to ceiling windows and our table had a LCD TV to watch the race on too. Directly across from us was the world's largest Diamond Version TV screen. Between all of those options if you couldn't see the action it was your fault! But what was a struggle for me being an American was the horses were racing clockwise!

Yes, remember Hong Kong was a British colony and they do race and drive on the wrong side of the track and road! And then the betting, totally different than how we do it in the states so I had to have guidance from Cate and Mummy on that too! But it was fun and we left winners! Nothing to complain about there!

On our way back to the hotel I told Mummy that I had a surprise for her that evening. She gave me that look of, Surprise for me? And then smiled sweetly. I could see Cate out of the corner of my eye just smiling at her Mother too! The woman would have made a great con artist, I won't tell her that though.

I then announced that we were going to Jimmy's for dinner. Well, now she was smiling for real! Jimmy's she exclaimed. "Oh wait until I tell Cate's father that we went to Jimmy's. It was always a favorite of his."

Then she proceeded to stroll down memory lane again and tells us a story about how Cate's father met his tailor in Hong Kong. "You are never going to believe this? We were walking through the concourse of the airport after we had arrived. Cate's father was here for business you know. And all of a sudden this man appears and asks if he can take us to our hotel? I was slightly taken back at this question. But Cate's father says, "Of course." The next thing I know he is asking if we were planning on having any suits made while we were here. Then he proceeds to tell us that he represents the Johnson Custom Tailor Company and how he can pick us up at our convenience during our stay and take us to see Mr. Johnson. Cate's father is nodding in agreement with this and I'm thinking are we going to be kidnapped? Anyway, girls Mr. Johnson was Chinese and spoke perfect English. He was delightful and that started a marriage between him and Cate's father. Unfortunately he has passed away. He did make such beautiful suits and wonderful dress shirts. (Sigh) Oh it is going to be so nice going to Jimmy's tonight. Thank you Alexandra."

Getting back to Jimmy's it was going to be our farewell dinner before we left for Macau so we were all looking forward to going there and having a casual dinner. And believe me Jimmy's did not disappoint.

Even though Jimmy's was not on the second floor as Mummy had remembered, the restaurant still had that English clubby feel. Think dark wood and red leather covered seating plus a Ploughman's' Platter that Mummy insisted we all share. Very English! Frankly I think it is an acquired taste but Cate and Mummy seemed to be devouring the pickled eggs, pickled beetroots and pickled chutney. I could see my husband drooling now over all of those pickled items too. Me, I stayed with the sliced cheeses and Granny apples. Have you ever had a pickled egg? Just asking.

But the Prime Rib dinner with Yorkshire Pudding made up for the pickled egg and we shared a wonderful bottle of red wine. All in all it was a glorious day of reminiscing for Mummy and fun for my BFF and me!

We are off to Macau tomorrow for Dim Sum! Why do I see a little more gambling in our futures?

Night, night,

Alexandra

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