I’ve Missed

The heat is catching up as we gradually move into the summery season. I kept telling myself that there’s not that many hikes I could do until the end of the year. I’m intentionally avoiding steep hikes unless I feel like I needed a bit of stress relief. Until the last rainy week that had practically ruined my weekends, I realize how much i’ve missed being in the outdoor, how much I’ve missed discovering the uncharted territories, how much I’ve missed just being stupid.

I like the idea of just being stupid, do some of the things that not everyone would normally do in routine; but then when I tell someone what I’d done, It’s turns into your own identifier – a topic starter.

Being curiously stupid unleashes possibilities. I appreciate these people who inherit this mentality. They’re willing to accept things we normally don’t. They’re committed in an ideology. Whether it’s a personal pursuit of work travel without calculating the successive rate, or take on a labor intensive job with rewarding salary, . They know what they’re after. It’s a world they see differently.

I was never a risk taker in any way. I am too stupid to be stupid enough.

Calling of Nature
Falling Water
Danger - Cliff
Catching the Breath

Extraordinary

I always find my way to appreciate things that I accidentally come across. I’d love to know about the background story, whether it’s historic reason or a personal story. This mindset mostly came from music during my early teenage. Ever since when I came across with Channel V, MTV, HMV, I was sold to all foreign music. The more I listened to, the more bands, artists and genres i discovered. As I get more mature, I’m willing to explore genres that used to not attuned to. My current music collection varies from jazz to heavy metal, but I still have Madonna’s and Jewel’s older albums. I can appreciate wines while coffee is also my thing because of how accessible they are. And without a surprise, I finally fell in love with Chinese tea recently. If I was never helping my friend on his startup tea company, I’d have never sampled tea and got me curious to discover for more. All these occurrences I took it as my fate. When I look back, it has to happen with no any other way.

It’s my belief that personal experience is the strongest hard earned reward, knowledge comes second. I’m all about exploring it on my own. Others would take up lessons, look for buddies, be friend with the experts (at some point seek advises from experts is inevitable). Others would think it’s a rather lonely path, I however think it’s an opportunity to find your inner self.

Tea can be just as technical as wine and coffee culture. Thanks to the surge of new wave tea culture in Taiwan. They made tea that’s as accessible as ordering a Latte. They believe the old fashioned tea ceremony way was overrated (very true), instead they modernized the entire presentation. I always love the execution part whether it’s old or new. I love their high attitude oolong green tea, the character is unlike anything from Mainland China. The ‘perfume’ releases simply extraordinary. It’s love, that’s what I call.

Blossom
Blooming
Rain Drop
Pouring

Gravitational Dream

All the people in life tells you to dream. When you’re young, they tell you to dream big and follow your path. When you become an adult, dream does not necessarily come to you and you start to take up responsibility. Maybe your dream is too big, or maybe it’s such a little dream that’s to build a family and own your own property. Some people succeed in their ‘goal’. Whatever the case might be, never stop dreaming until your last breath. Dream is vague, dream is beautiful, dream is really a force, a gravity that keeps you moving forward. It’s always there but you don’t ever need to think about it. It does not matter if your dream would ever come true. The truth is, it’s only a destination, you may end up to another which you’d be happy and satisfied about.

The media in Hong Kong loves asking if you’re living happily and come up with an index that displays how likely you’re with the norm. It’s so unfortunate that everything these days have to tie to money and political motives. I think the next biggest ‘unrealistic‘ question to all of us is: Can we live happily with what you already have? One may suggest no one ever earns enough in this globalized, consumeristic society. There’s always the need to catch up the deficit when someone is ahead of you in life. The fact is there’s always someone ahead of you. I often get called the laid back type of person. It’s not that I do not care or lazy, I may just have my attention somewhere else. The more you appreciate your existence and learn to satisfy what you have, the more you could take away that unwanted competitive mindset. That is, when it’s unwanted.

I’m who I’m, a type of personality grew up in a common environment where many have encountered. The differences are our family background, buddies, education, teachers, mentors, media, life experiences from childhood to early adulthood that make up what we are. Can we all somewhat live equally happy?

Ripple
Plant
Grass
Lost
Toward
One after another

Small World

Not too long ago a girl that I tried to ask out, we both thought we met the first time. We then later found out that we were on the same portrait at a social event organized by a common friend. All that happened 3 years ago. We, Hong Kongese love saying ‘Tiny Hong Kong’ or others would refer it as ‘Small World’.

I’ve lived in one of the largest countries in the world. Just when I thought I could go anywhere with a car. It turned out the country is just too big and sometimes so time consuming to get around. More importantly, not every part of the country can be interesting enough for you. I used to think Hong Kong was very small, too small to be anything big. We even have the world’s smallest Disney. It feels as much as an insult to us. These days everybody talks about how’s the opening soon Shanghai Disney is going to affect ours’ and how the tourism is going to further suffer

I used to get so perplexed with our high rises and got so fed up with the monotonous city life. It turned out when all things packed into a city, we have the luxury to make things happen much easier than a sparsely populated area. This is our edge as a metropolitan, at the same time there’s also the sacrifice – the high cost of living.

In my heart, I like Hong Kong for what it is. I was born here and this is my home. It’s up to how you accept it or you would not be here. Somehow I got inspired by this girl i met, with a true sense of belonging to her village and the district. Knowing the village is a bit remote to most urban areas, the way she described her home and life sounded nothing like Hong Kong, more like another place on earth.

Perhaps some of us are like rat on a wheel, always running, moving, evading, escaping.

Into the Wild
Soil Erosion
Erosion
Plants
1000 Island Lake
Return to life

Like a Normal Human

Life is all about finding something for yourself to enjoy. You could fill up your holiday schedule with a list of things you passionate about, whether it’s your new or old hobbies, playing sports, visiting new places, revisiting old places you haven’t been for a very long time, learning new things, meeting up with friends or even better do the things previously mentioned with your lover… I truly believe the key is to keep yourself productive and active. Productive, meaning have your time spent as planned. Active, is my recent discovery that it keeps you sharp and confident.

I’d advise try to go out as much as possible. It applies to people with a shared home when you’ve little or no control over it, especially in a cramped apartment to most people in Hong Kong. Our city is more than just windows, walls and ceilings. Now when I think of it, I can’t recall my last morning respiratory allergy!

During this long Easter weekend, my schedule was reasonably occupied. All these activities began early and lasted a whole day. It was the most productive holiday weekend I’ve ever had since a kid.

I winded down my day with a iced mocha, in the pedestrian and dogs friendly Sai Kung neighborhood. Their vehicle/franchise-free market streets are filled with local boutiques, restaurants and cafes. The waterfront nearby is where people can actually do things like a normal human. Some played with their/others pets, some played with kites, some couples did selfies, some kids had fun just to run around. All these combination reminds us this is the one and only Sai Kung.

Mixed and Match Converse
Unapproachable flowers
Doll Face
Coldest Day
Heart-shaped Leaf
Birdman

My Window

Sometimes in life when things do not go your way, we get discouraged. And we ask ourselves lots of questions, why and a bunch of what ifs… As I turn a bit more mature, I tend to think about handling things more like an adult. There’s really no easy way to let go the feelings but to not think about it or keep the focus somewhere else. Relationship has such powerful influence to human’s emotion.

I do think about if I’ve missed my window to meet a life companion in my entire 20s. I always thought it’s a commitment so important that I need to have my career figured out, then the future is very much calculated. Now when I think of it, I was just too serious and silly. It’s daunting when I do not get any good opportunity to meet those special someone. I found myself worry over it lately. The clock is ticking. The later I meet someone, the more likely they’d be taken. It’s a fact, it’s up to me if I choose to ignore.

There goes my past three weeks.

Under a Different Sky
Wonderless Wildlife
Connections
Tyre Burning
10
Through the unknown passage

Me, Wonder

I used to find the relaxation music amusing, with the sound of nature at home is just unthinkable. After knowing I could easily spend time in the countryside, I get to hear the waving trees, the flowing waters and the singing birds. This is the natural dolby surround sound experience.

At least two friends of mine had asked me the exact same question:
They asked if I’m planning to hike all the mountain trails in Hong Kong. I just can’t think of another answer when ‘Yes’ was the easiest way to put it. I want to see every part of Hong Kong.

I guess that’s a goal that I’ve in mind. I know one day, likely the end of this year I’ll be going back to the same trails. That might be an end to my exploration. I think it’s a good excuse to get out of the apartment and spend a day somewhere else. In a way, it’s also my body training and quite a confidence builder.

The ruins (abandoned village) that I went by last week and left me shocked by the changes at the original site. Many of the houses had collapsed, plants grew out of the house. The nature is as if reclaiming back the land.

There were left behind rice cookers, made me wonder how many family members had it served. There were left behind radios, made me wonder how many typhoon reports had it announced through. There were left behind light bulbs, made me wonder how many nights had it lit up for a family. There were left behind sandals, made me wonder if that lady is still around.

Sandals
Windows
Stools
Reflection
Monk
Ruin