Next Stop, Mumbai!

I say goodbye to China and Southeast Asia… Waiting for me lays the huge Indian sub continent. I can’t hide how excited I am. It reminds of the anticipation, the moments right before I embarked on to Jakarta. Looking back at these last months, I can’t hide how blessed I feel. I experienced such a wide range of emotions. I felt like a total stranger… in such a familiar way. Being that stranger was exactly what made me give more of myself. Come out my shell and understand. From the genuine curiosity of the Sumatra people, to the generosity of the Ngai Tsin Wai in Hong Kong… From hilarious tuc tuc rides, to amazing night walks in Macau and singalongs with Vietnamese teens… I truly feel like I took the pulse of Asia. Too many situations, some funny, some more of a reality check… Some moments of sheer happiness, some of complete and utter uselessness…
But I was thinking of this… At the top, at the peak… Hong Kong right there, overlooking the whole city… Millions of people breathing, such throbbing life… so far from my reality, and how close have I felt from it… I leave this part of the globe much richer than I arrived…

Ngai Tsin Wai Village: Into How it Used to Be…

” If you start by strolling down Nga Tsin Wai Road gradually find yourself trespassing upon scenes from a classic Cantonese movie”. A friend from Macau, quoting a Chinese contemporary artist, made me curious about this place. The Hong Kong I knew, the corporate, “suited”, sky scrapered city didn’t really rhyme with that last sentence. That curiosity moved my feet on a rainy day, with typhoon warning level 1, to cross the city and find this place. Nothing could’ve prepared me for what I found. A small Island of Persistence. In the middle of the concrete, a clear of old houses, shacks, little stores businesses. Also, I came to find some of the most generous, kind people I found on this trip. As long as I live, the memory of meeting Man and his friends, I will never lose. They were just there, around the corner. As if they had been waiting for me all along. They immediately pulled up a chair, sat me down and chatted with me in Cantonese and a bit of English. Beer and lychees were drank and eaten, with the horse race narration in the background. Oh the lychees, so good this time of year! I can’t express how happy I was by this encounter. Unfortunately the appetite of progress doesn’t diminish, and the Village is bound to be demolished in September. A sad cloud, in the middle of so much Sun.

An Island of Persistence

“I came to find some of the most generous, kind people I came across on this trip. As long as I live, the memory of meeting Man and his friends, I will never lose. They were just there, around the corner. As if they had been waiting for me all along. They immediately pulled up a chair, sat me down and chatted with me in Cantonese and a bit of English. Beer and lychees were drank and eaten, with the horse race narration in the background. Oh the lychees, so good this time of year! I can’t express how happy I was by this encounter…”

Street Market

Local Hairdresser

Lunchbreak in Hong Kong

On my way to China, a stopover in Hong Kong… As I step out of the ferry, the city seems more lively than it was on my previous visits… As if that was possible. I wonder what’s going on? Mystery solved with a quick look at the time… No it’s not rush hour, it’s lunch time. Everybody’s out enjoying their lunch break, unwinding from a morning of hard work, or simply walking furiously to the next take away restaurant. In such a huge corporate city, the lunchbreak seems to be more than just a break… it’s a simple pleasure of life…

The loner…

White Collar and Blue Collar
Contemplation…
“Look there!”