Photographer's Note

The Omar II catching a few rays of sunshine while the rest of Victoria Harbour prepares for the imminent downpour. Behind her are floating workshops and barges near the old Kai Tak airport.

On my very first trip to Southeast Asia I stayed in a hotel at North Point, with a great view of the harbour and the old airport. The first thing I noticed was this handful of medium sized ferries lying around doing nothing while the whole city was busy trying to make a profit. I asked a good friend about it and she explained that the ships receive passengers in the evenings and head out on open water, where they turn into floating casinos, thereby circumventing the strict local gambling regulations.

We have similar concepts in Scandinavia, cruising is a popular method to avoid taxation on alcoholic beverages for example. Long gone is the time when people looked at a ferry as a means for getting from point A to B...

As for Omar II, I did see her and her companions embark on their suspicious nightly adventures, usually returning while I was sitting by the window with a cup of tea trying to wash the headache away. Last time I saw her she was operating in new colours under the name Macau Success.

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