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When Teresa first arrived in Hong Kong 10 years ago, there were only 24,800 Filipina amahs at work; now there are more than four times that many, and locals complain that the women occupy the city center on Sundays, their one day off.
And every Sunday in Market Square on Hong Kong Island thousands of Philippine amahs, young women who serve as housekeepers for wealthy Westerners and Chinese, gather to share their day off.
The ship's amahs, or side pontoons, provide buoyant support on each side of the vessel's center hull and give it maximum stability, even when turning at high speeds.
Was it on racy Viti Levu, amah, a mauve-lit Ivy Carnot I saw?