It was November 1997, and all Asia was crumbling with the Great Crash.
But that didn’t stop all of us who hopped to Hong Kong for the wedding of Audrey Puckett, the particularly beautiful and intelligent great-granddaughter of former Philippine Vice-President [ Don ] Fernando Lopez, to Aaron Chiu, the handsome scion of a famous Hong Kong foreign exchange fortune.
Most of the Filipino contingent had booked at the three adjacent hotels in the Admiralty District: The Conrad, the Island Shangri-La, and the Marriott. And it was a group that knew one another, or at least, knew all about each other. And for the next four days, all of them continually bumped into one another at all the posh shopping haunts and expensive restaurants of the Crown Colony. A short distance from home, the rich Filipinos shed all inhibitions and restraint and indulged themselves with all the various pleasures that only British Hong Kong could offer and which they were deprived of in the backwash that was Manila.