To continue with my previous post ‘My Home’. Here’s another follow-up.
Most of the citizen of Hong Kong are living in a crammed apartment with family. I’m one great example. There’s no patio, backyard, basement, and even not a proper bedroom for myself. As populated as anyone could imagine here, each apartment building has gone as high as 40-50 story these days. We rarely know about our neighbors. We do not invite over neighbors for a drink or whatever. There’s not a whole of interaction with neighbors in general either. I’d been living at the same apartment with family for 20 years. There’s not a lot of familiar faces I could recognize around the building. Out of the floor i live in, there’s only 1 out of 8 neighbor that lives as long as we do. Neighbors come and go within a few years. They all seem to move around a lot. Or perhaps they could afford to own a few apartments as investment.
The most ideal view of a home is often backed by a mountain with a clear view of sea/harbor. My home has a view of a parking lot of another apartment building across the street. The lights are on for the entire night in order to keep the lots visible to drivers. It does often caused me hard to fall asleep in. As much as my family covered our windows with curtains, the lights are still visible.
You may ask, why not move out? It’d be one of my dreams to have my own apartment, renovated to the way I wanted. A couch and a coffee table, simple decors in the living room, a dressing room and roomy closets – a tidy home with my own space. Buying apartments like these would be a life time investment required a pretty decent income and some lensings from the bank. Most of us can’t afford them ourselves. I cannot see myself owning it in 10, 20, 30 years at this point in time. It’s just how desperate many of our generation are. Or I’d simply put the situation as ‘complicated’.
Whether I like it or not, I do believe my life will get better with time.
~That’s my story.
The recent Hong Kong Government Campaign: HK our Home wishes to remind us whatever happens here, we’re still a part of Hong Kong. They want to see harmony in the city which we’re currently lacking of. That’s what I thought the campaign is about. The official ‘About’ statement is as follow:
“Hong Kong: Our Home” is a city-wide public participation campaign that aims to inject positive energy into society, foster social cohesion and promote care, mutual help and solidarity in the community. It will run until the end of 2013.
The Campaign provides a platform for enhanced publicity of events and activities that engage a wide cross-section of the community, that aim to make Hong Kong a more liveable and enjoyable city and that instil in residents a sense of pride about our home.
Apart from that, it also reminds myself how much I know about Hong Kong really. Such as the Tai O traditional dragon boat parade during the Dragon Boat Festival today. I totally missed it. I should really look into the event schedule more closely.
Hong Kong for me is more than just a city. It’s my root. It gives me identity when I travel abroad. I remember my first time going to Chinatown in Chicago years ago, hearing Cantonese (our native Chinese dialect) in Chinatown made me felt like home. Buying groceries of Hong Kong refueled my sense of identity. It reminded me where I’m actually from.
I used to tell everyone I met in the US how small Hong Kong was compared to their countries. Yes, it’s true. However, the places where I could travel here are more than the size of the overall area. You could travel thousand miles away in the US and nothing in-between the destinations. Here, there’s always a sense of life thanks to our web-like transportation sys., and urban developments. It feels great to be around with people, even strangers. Without a car IS NOT ever a problem. It gives me opportunity to get to know about the city. And my recent job requirement allows me to penetrate into many streets and alleys of some towns. It’s stressful to work on different locations, I still enjoy the moment with my camera after work. If I look back a few years back (in the US where I used to work/live), It’d be impossible to photograph daily. I wouldn’t be able to do what I love. I wouldn’t be able to show off our outfits/wardrobes, and my personal favorite is my jeans.
I have to be very thankful I ended up coming back home. I love my family, I love my home, I love Hong Kong.