Even though orders to the Asiatic station may have been requested and even expected, their receipt is usually accompanied by a sinking feeling somewhat akin to that experienced when the elevator starts suddenly downward. At least, that has been my experience twice. There are so many questions which immediately come to mind. What shall I do with my family? What kind of duty am I likely to have? And a number of others.
Of course one may ask someone who has had a cruise on the station but, unfortunately, it appears that no two have had the same experience. One will like it, the next will say that it is an impossible place. One liked the duty professionally, but found the living conditions intolerable, while the next found the situation reversed. This being the case, all that can be claimed for the following is that it represents one officer’s experience and answers a number of questions which one might ask.