I’ve Missed

Photography

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

Care and Respect

Photography

Just before the Chinese New Year, I was able to have exclusive look of a volunteer haircut service. I was invited by the initiator of a volunteer haircut team – Martin Lam. He was featured on The Loop HK and i was honored to meet this gentleman again few months after the interview. His appearance clearly tells part of his story and maybe just a visual aid to his profession, his action is what forges him.

I met up with Martin and his team at 8:30am. Shortly after a quick morning bite, we headed to a community center for elderly in Chuk Yuen, Kowloon. It’s an public estate that has been around for a very long time. It’s no surprise to see the aged population here.

Checking on length
Haircut action
Waiting Area
Waiting

Everyone gets their hair cut just before the Chinese New Year. To the elders, it might not be an easy task for them. The purpose of this volunteer haircuts was clear. So the elders could celebrate the Year of the Monkey and re-uniting with families and friends. I later learned that I was the first photographer to document their volunteer work.

Haircut
Goodbye
After haircut

The entire service had undergone for 90 minutes with no overrun. With 16 hairdressers, they had to complete 118 haircuts. It sounded like a Guinness achievement to me. Not only that was the first time i see the leader Martin with a pair of scissors, i was even more surprised that he’s doing the human resources and administrative work for the team. That had finally shown me the keen side of his volunteer work.

Genuine Smile
Help with the chair
HaircutCombing

All of the hairdressers are Martin’s trainees. So not only he’s a full-time hairstylist, organize volunteer haircuts, but also teaches haircutting.

‘It feels good when we’re able to help people. We’re giving back to the society with our hands. It’s a contribution.’ – I think just like what Martin had told me before: Our little self, can make a difference already when we’re taking action.

While I was photographing at the facility, I was also questioning myself if I was doing any good for the elders too. I was not directly helping, except a few ‘watch out, slowly, careful, you look great, goodbye’ I called out.

After Haircut
Haircut
Trimming action
Big Smile
Happy Smile

They’d shown us the utmost satisfaction and happiness like nothing I’ve experience in this world. A smile on their face meant so much. I just couldn’t help but to brush the hair off their coats, and give them New Year blessings as well. I believe that’s the essential part of our life. To help each other out.

There was one elder that was born in 1917 and still in very good spirit. She must have seen how this world has changed. I cannot imagine if there would be anyone care about me when i’m her age.

Care about the person, respect their lives,. I concur that money does very little or no good when it’s their age without the proper care and respect.

Haircut
Volunteers
Sweep

Apocalypse

Photography

I finally got a real taste of Moonlight Clan.

The term ‘Moonlight Clan 月光族’ is no alien to me – spending money over the entire month of salary. It’s a domino effect when the previous month has already running behind in money, then the following months would roll over to another. It’s very common here in Hong Kong when cost of living shows no mercy to its people.

It all began from my last trip to Taipei. How expensive would it be to travel there? To me, a trip like this was a miracle. Then some more spent on my dad’s new phone and a replacement computer speaker.

It was uneasy to get through day by day. I’d been questioning, filled with discouragement and despair; it hugely affects the well being of a person. It’s nothing like an apocalypse, but it’s pretty darn close. I never want it happen again.

Proofing it sharing is giving. Photos were taken with a borrowed (all manual) Nikon FM2. I really appreciate the host of this camera, giving is the ultimate spices in life.

Birdie
Giving and Sharing
First Contact
Plant Decor
Chinese Dress