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A wet day in HK

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It feels like we're living in a cloud. The floor takes a long time to dry after being mopped, and envelopes of just-delivered mail are dampish and soft. In Hong Kong, this weather phenomenon doesn't usually occur until the beginning of Spring. In fact, it is normally the accepted indication that Spring has begun. But we're still in Winter and this 'cloud' weather is already here. It's not normal.

For the past few weeks, the weather has wavered between being cool and extremely dry, to being damp as it is today. It's the perfect weather for colds and flu, and many of my acquaintances have already come down with something. I myself caught a slight case of the flu from our Indonesian maid. She was coughing pretty badly for a few days, although the doctor-prescribed medicine did help to relieve the coughing a little. My flu begin with a slight burning pain in my throat. Thankfully, it never developed into a full-blown sort throat. I had a runny nose for a few days, waking up with flam in my chest. I almost never coughed, and my throat never lost its layer of protective mucus. I'm almost completely recovered now, just in time for a quick performance I have to give during the Chinese New Year a week or so away.

Others are not so lucky, and many people fear the flu, especially after the SARS outbreak a couple of years ago. Flu vaccinations are being advertised and people are preparing themselves. As has been the case for the last couple of years, the doctors and scientists are hoping that the forecast Asia Flu epidemic doesn't happen soon.