In the late 60’s till early 70’s, to ‘khau hong’ was an ‘in thing’. Invariably, it means to ‘scrape
the wind’ in local Hokkien lingo. That means inviting your buddies for a drive, sometimes
stopping by the coffee-shops for supper in an era devoid of Starbucks or Macdonalds but
usually, it is drive as you chat along while enjoying the cool wind that catches the car interior.
To other more adventurous/mischievous groups, their favorite haunt would be the Botanical
Gardens, the Polo Ground or Pearl Hill wooing as they pass by every stationary car or bike that
has couples lurking in funny contortion silhouetting against the dark shades of the night. Some
love to get chilled in groups holding the hands of your chosen date stopping by the more
‘talked-about’ haunted houses and get freaked out! Of course you need to be from a certain age
group tobe fascinated by all these (usually late teens) and from a more privileged family that
owns a car to be able to ‘khau hong’.