The Fongs from Alameda had just come off of a 13-hour, 8000 mile flight from San Francisco and the Fongs from Manila had just come off of a 20 minute subway ride from their hotel in Hong Kong. How the two parties just happened to wind up at the same intersection at the same time in the middle of Hong Kong amongst 8 million people still remains a mystery. Sixty seconds more at breakfast for the Manila Fongs or a different turn at one of the many intersections encountered during the morning exploration for the Alameda Fongs and the chance encounter would have never occurred.
The Manila Fongs were first spotted by the Alameda Fongs when Valerie and Jamie Fong looked and saw someone who looked like Uncle Teddy. But with 8 million Chinese guys in Hong Kong, there was bound to be at least a few thousand guys who look like Uncle Teddy. But the law of averages was quickly broken when there also just happened to be a little boy who looked like Max, a little girl who looked like Cutie Pie, and a lady who looked like Auntie Maya.
After the surprise meeting the families went on to enjoy four days together exploring Hong Kong and its surroundings. Their excursions included roaming downtown Hong Kong, a ride on a double-decker open air bus, the Star Ferry, Tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak, a day at Ocean Park (Marine World), Kowloon Park, and a visit to the ten dollar store (Hong Kong’s equivalent of the "dollar store.) The families sadly departed at Kowloon Park on Wednesday morning, but look forward to a U.S. visit by the Manila Fongs next Spring.
Comments Dr. Russell Nakano, a PhD from Stanford University, who is continually searching for order in the universe, "These continuous unplanned arrivals of Fongs all in the same place at the same time" is really not that random and coincidental after all." Dr. Nakano points out the following:
1. There are so many Fongs that the chances of several of them being at the same place at the same time are great to begin with.
2. The Fongs leave from different places hence they are bound to take a different amount of time to reach a given common location. So if the Fong parties all left their homes at the exact same time, they would never arrive at the same location at the same time because they are different distances away. But it is very unlikely that the Fongs would leave their houses at the exact same time because someone always forgets something or someone always has to use the restroom at the last minute, or someone always has to turn back and turn off the stove. This therefore at least sets up the possibility of all of them arriving at the same time.
3. Just as two negatives make a positive, the unorderly actions of two different parties may cancel each other out and form an orderly result. (arriving at the same location at the same time)
Despite these reasons, however, Dr. Nakano himself is still amazed, "It's
incredible that eight Fongs, who might have traveled wrong, could arrive
in Hong Kong at the sound of the gong and meet up after walking so long."