Fragmented Childhood Memories

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Fishing boat on the river

Almost home

6:00am: got up
7:00am: left home
7:35am: breakfast
8:30am: Jet boat took off
11:30am: arrived Jiang Men, China

It all seemed to become a regular routine to me. My last visit to Jiang Men, China was not long ago. Nonetheless, It’s really good to see all my relatives and their extended families. Especially when seeing my grand-uncle still kicking in his 70’s, it made me want to treasure each and every moment while i was there.

Chinese Custom Officer

Chilling

Men

My cousins have married and have a couple of kids for at least 8 years already. Frankly, I do not recall their kids’ names. I just do not have chance to get to know them.

The caged piggy van

Man

Whenever I go back to Jiang Men, it brings me back all my fragmented childhood memories. I used to spend my weekend in a farming village during my summer holiday from school. The brick house I stayed at was not air-conditioned. During the day, there was nothing but to play with my cousins with just about anything. There weren’t any toys or TV games. It was very primitive.

Hanging bottles

Family

Kid

Though it all seems to be a time tunnel for me, I was the only one who walked through it. Sharing to others do not mean a thing to them. They hear the my stories, my pasts, and more importantly they cannot ever remember all the details. My fragmented childhood memories are like rolls of living film. It keeps re-running over and over again. They’re still warm and colorful to me even so many years have passed.

Ice Cream time

Vent

No wonders when historians wish to record a piece of living history or biography, the candidates can remember the most detailed piece of information for a historian. Of course that requires lots of research.

Biker on the Street

My passed-away grandma from Jiang Men had visited Hong Kong once, spent a week at my home. She taught me how to use chopsticks properly. It’s a piece of memory that I would not ever forget in my life as I use chopsticks daily. I practically see her in my heart everyday.

We visited our grandma and other relatives at the cemetery. We, Chinese do this once a year really has a reason for it. We have our public holiday called “Qingming Festival”. A reminder for everyone to pay a visit and show respect to our family ancestors.

Convenient store

Man

In China

Jiang Men (江門) – Part IV: Urbanize in the right way, the right pace?

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Liang Xi Settlement

Dead mouse

(Back to Part III)

As I exiting Liang Xi and entering back to Jiang Men City. We had lunch at a restaurant opened more than 10 years at the entrance of a former village, Huang Zhuang (篁莊). It’s where my grandma’s home at. You wouldn’t believe how fast the kitchen had worked our order. The speed was comparable to fast food! Perhaps because my uncle knows the owner? They could even go check out the live seafood before placing the order, that ensured the freshness.

Major construction project

It’s quite a scene when I see the contrast (I wouldn’t say it’s a cultural shock) to see how a community function in a village scale and city scale in a catching up country – China. Some parts of the city can be new, relatively modernized, super clean and populated; some parts can be deserted with abandoned buildings, shops, garbage piling up and whatnot. All the main roads are so well-paved installed with traffic signals, lots of planted trees along. Many infrastructural works are really getting there, however not evenly done to many cities, just yet.

I see lots of new villas and luxury apartments being built in Jiang Men (I’m sure it’s all happening in many cities of China). From what I heard from my relatives, many were sold but not vacant. I do not see the point of having the luxury apartments except the money made by three parties (property developer, real estate management and buyer). There is also the seller, but I do not see their market is flooded with high housing demand.

We visited the Ou Yang Ancestral Hall just before heading to the pier to catch our ferry home.

Ou Yang Ancestral Hall

It’s an irony what China has is their land supply. Space is what a country that big can enjoy. It makes people of Hong Kong jealous, jealous of how affordable many large properties can be while many of us Hong Kong people screaming and chanting for more public housing and all we see is the rocket-high price per square feet.

Charcoal Discs

Air dry pork and fish

Chilli

I feel that there’ll be a lot less farmers, causing less crops supplied to the local markets unless many farming were made scientific like in the developed countries. Many younger generation or their parents just won’t let their kids do the tough work for little money reward.

New & Old

It’d be interesting to visit Guangzhou to gain another perspective of a more modernized city in Southern China. I see more Apple commercials on Guangzhou TV network than in Hong Kong 🙂

Goodbye Jiang Men

This concludes my trip to Jiang Men. Goodbye China, for now!

Jiang Men (江門) – Part III: Walking through the Settlement

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Statue of Luo Gui

Old fashion Chinese comic books

Ancestral plates

Wishes

Round

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Natural spotlight

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Liang Xi

Liang Xi

Liang Xi

Liang Xi

Engravement given by the emperor

Writing on wall

Gods

Guardian

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Papaya tree

Washroom

(Back to Part II)

Continue my walk in the Liang Xi Settlement (良溪古村). There were temples, ancestral houses opened for visitors. I’d seen much of it already in Hong Kong. So I found walking through the village to be more interesting. This village has not been exploited by tourists. I do not see any souvenir shops or even restaurants. So you know how original this village is really still. It was very quiet as well. The only sound I heard was the motorbikes and dog barks.

Continue to Part IV