「中國皇后號」 Our last day in Sheung Wan, and flooding in my home town of Gympie, Qld.

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We spent our last day rehearsing for The Empress of China in Sheung Wan today. After a break, we'll begin technical rehearsals in City Hall on Wednesday.

After two full run-throughs today while still recovering from the flu, I'm feeling extremely tired, but nothing can prevent me from checking the flood status in my home town of Gympie in Queensland where my parents still live.

Gympie is rather unique. The Mary River is the source of flooding there, and the river bank separating the larger Eastern side of Gympie is quite high, so the Mary River needs to rise significantly to flood to the East. Unfortunately, once it gets that high, it's like watching water run out of a full bathtub with the taps turned on, and the flooding can be severe. Main Street is definitely in trouble, again!

With rain predicted to continue for several days yet, and the ground already completely soaked, deeper flooding is almost guaranteed.

Fortunately, my parents live in a very high area of Gympie, and they're still reachable by phone and internet.

Last Day at Sheung Wan

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4 Responses to “「中國皇后號」 Our last day in Sheung Wan, and flooding in my home town of Gympie, Qld.”
  1. Ordman says:

    I also read that Gympie was in trouble yesterday on Yahoo news saying the town was divided into two halves. With your explanation, now I can see why. It's good to know that your parents are still safe from the 'inland tsunami'.

  2. Cathryn says:

    You look great in that yellow colour. Yes vibrant colour is your colour. Here in Sydney I am watching the news everyday about the flood in QLD. It is devastating and I can only hope for good news from the weather bereau. By the way sorry for the news about Bethoven. My dogs are aging and are showing signs of their health problems. I believe I will not want any more dog after these two dogs' fates. Chat again and keep well. Looks like it is going to rain again today.

  3. Chase says:

    Sorry in advance if comments from strangers are frowned upon here, but I somehow stumbled across your blog. Your stories about your life and work are absolutely riveting, and I bet your life is never boring!

    Cantonese student here, born in HK, but grew up in Vancouver, Canada. I've always had a very weak affiliation with my HK roots, but I do remember watching you as a kid in all those TVB dramas and HK movies. Glad to see you're diversifying.

    I envy how comfortable you are with being a visible foreigner. Despite being HK-born, it's apparent that we don't see the same things. You seem to see a lot more in the culture and its people than I do, things that you find worthwhile and compelling. Perhaps one of these days I'll head back over to HK during school holidays and try to rediscover my roots.

    Thanks for the inspiration, and keep up the great work.

    Cheers!

  4. psht says:

    All my condolences to the victims in Queensland. I've recently been to Australia and I really enjoyed my stay there, and I'd hate to see all the lovely people there suffer. There isn't a whole lot of coverage on that issue over here, so I don't think people here really care about or realise how bad it is.