2014.6.26 | 百福道 pak fuk road
網上搜尋，有關寶馬台都是地產資料，其他概況、歷史從缺。有趣的發現，同樣的英文名字，還有另一中文名字 － 卑利瑪臺。從谷歌地圖看來，寶馬台是住宅的名稱，卑利瑪臺則是圍欄／台的名字。再以英文查究，終於在古老香港 (gwulo) 上看到幾段從前居住香港的外國人筆記、日記，得知二十世紀初到中寶馬台上的生活見聞，且看得出這一帶當年跟太古公司有關。
you can certainly feel hong kong island is hilly on pak fuk road at quarry bay. last week i had a taste of its steepness but did not finish the full length because it was a very sunny day at noon time.
the road actually starts from uphill and goes down to healthy village. tsat tsui mui road is one road down.
that day i started from healthy village walking uphill. the chinese methodist church and school very attractive architecture are on the left. a few steps up on the right side, this sign immediately captures my attention. it is the combination of the simple elegant font and design of the sign as well as the rubber fig at the back serve as a handsome backdrop.
try researching “braemar terrace” using both the chinese and english name. most of the results are real-estate related. grateful to gwulo old hong kong, there is a number of entries related to this place. one entry refers to a diary dated back to 1928. the author named betty steel used to live in a flat on this terrace.
- “quarry bay, domestic help” from gwulo.com