迷信的束縛

Mobile Phone, Photography

回到之前走過的路有如掌握了一切一樣地向前,上月南丫一行是我月來第一次走回山野,也是自星洲一行之後的第一次。 用過的背包跟鞋也變得格外陌生,不過可以確定的就是它們伴隨了我一段不短的時間了,它們也損耗經已到臨界點,尤其是這雙鞋。

當初選擇這雙鞋根本沒有太大理由,大致可想像一個初哥走進就近的一間戶外用品店,然後拿起較順眼的一試。 卻想不到原來這鞋便是我以後的同伴,我什至以它為練跑鞋,可見它其輕巧便利性一點也不低。 舒適度極高令我遲遲不願把它退役,再加上偶然郊遊的機會,令更換的原動力減了。

若果不是最近公司少少的花紅的話,我不會大膽考慮更新我的郊遊裝備。 雖則只是衫、褲、背包、鞋、襪,它們各件的考慮都要花多少心思,如衫褲我希望可得到戶外品牌,但發覺性價比低,倒不如花在鞋上。 背包我也由16L減到英國品牌更窄身的12L,有助背兩側散熱之餘又減少了搖擺的動作。 襪子終於又綿質提升至有速乾的機能,聽上來有大費周章之意,但約果有提升的空間又何必留在現狀?

運動制服有如迷信的束縛,你要相信它,它才保佑你,這樣的一件事根本不會在你普通的時裝打扮𥚃發生。 第一代行山裝備的雛形總算成為我以後的根基。

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不知不覺已過了半年的工作時間,我可以肯定這份工作的人際關係是怪得很,人手不足又令員工壓力升至頂點,直接令員工減少了應有的培訓,卻培訓正是我一直所渴望所得到的東西。 階級的分別加劇了團隊的分化,我來這裡的目的就是想學習大公司的文化,我發覺自己已分不清楚這是不是一種文化,還是一個為完成目的木偶戲。 力我已盡了,公司的銷售成績又達了標,我見不到利益的存在,我也相信我的存在根本對這成積沒有一絲影響,不是我少看了自己,是因為公司的品牌效應和地區的影響下發揮所致。 再看看上級們的年資,我已有了決定畫出一條死線,話雖如此,越希望脫離就越難及時做到,我仍然相信自己是個有能力的人,機會不到我努力也是費力,眼見死局一個。

我可以灑脫一時,但不可灑脫一世,欠了的會繼續成為日後的一個代價。

Physique

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“Another pair of jeans in skinny fit I found today fitted like a glove.”

Shading the city

The number one question I get most of the time is, how can you be so skinny? There’re several meanings to this question.

How do you stay in shape?
Do you ever get fat?
Are you stressed?
Is there anything wrong with your body?
You look terrible.
I’m jealous.

Rocky beach

When I look at my diet and regularity of exercise, I understood this is my shape. I try to avoid junk food, spam, greasy deep fried/stir fried. Soda is a big no for me. I might be eating slightly less when food is average. On any given day, I just spend time walking with elevation. There used to be an older gentleman we used to see each other every other week when I was in a college gym. He said ‘Everybody has a different physique. It came from your parent’s genes’. I found it so true and I since then not seeking after a particular body. But one thing that has not even stopped was to train my core body. I may not look like I’m only wrapped with skin, but I’m actually a lot more agile than I look.

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Island by an island

Today was the first real day off after a hectic week. I returned to my go-to Thai restaurant in North Point and also picked up something new. An old-fashioned thousand year egg pastry which was special, considering myself not a fan of the thousand year eggs. It was surprisingly good when mixed with lotus paste. I almost thought I got a cold while I was reading a few pages of local monthly journal in a park. I was sneezing throughout the day. I then realized it must had been the PM2.5 I’ve inhaled in the open area, as news was reporting all week. I feel totally fine now at home.

I cannot imagine what it’s like in some other cities plagued by smog. Some of us people just forgot what a clear sky was.

Leap of Faith

Photography

Looking to Sunset Peak

It was my second attempt on this route. Knowing the fact that I may get lost, I could slip and fall because of steepness and natural of terrain, I could chicken out because of height. The mentality of these half day hike journeys is that once I started, it has to be finished; if I don’t, I’d come back with a much better prep. This route by all means is nothing like the Alps’, but in my heart this is exactly what it is.

I had grabbed on anything that gives me a pull, even I had to crawl to get that grip.

I’d returned to the same spot where I got lost last time at the downhill rocky stream (there should be a way up after going down to certain point). I was really cautious from that point on. Not only because I was not certain with the direction, it’s because I did not know what’s ahead. Would it lead to another route that requires more advance climbing? Would there be wet spots where I would not get any grip on? Would there be cliffs where an excessive amount of courage is needed?

All the above doubts could cloud my judgement. So instead, I only focused on what’s in front of eyes and tackle them one by one.

Waving in the air

Near the last stretch to the peak, I came to a cliff where I had to slide across. On my left side, there was not a landing spot, my right side had a gap (not quite exactly a solid gripping spot) between two huge rocks, and there’s not enough head room to stand. A rather awkward position to manuever. Not only i had to crawl 2 meters on a rock that was only 1-foot wide without a solid grip, I had to switch from that crawling position to uplight position on a 4-inch wide tip of a rock next to nothing. That’s when I really wanted wind to stop for a moment. When all that was over, I said to myself I had completed a stunt.

The sun was right behind where I was climbing, which made it rather cool on a fine 26ºC day. As I was reaching the top, I began hearing chatter of people, I felt the warmth from the sun. The sunlight gradually reappeared as I reached the Lantau Peak (934m).

The Peak

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I considered this trip as a test. When life seems to be not moving ahead, I want to try and prove myself worthy. While It’s not imaginable of what’s ahead, nobody can predict the future, but one can make a huge influence on the outcome.

Days ago it was the HK Food & Culture Book: From Dim Sum to Abalone book launch party, the book that I contributed as a photographer. I’d been thankful enough knowing the team. I invited several other people to celebrate with us. That might be my first time ever inviting people from all different circles. A blogger/world traveller we recently met in person for the first time, we’d been following each other for a while which she just happened to settle in the city for a few years. She’s been really honest in giving me feedbacks on my blog and photography. My former classmate in secondary school. He offers me opportunity in his startup tea business. This was the main reason I learn about Chinese tea. Then there’s my sister who’s willing to be around backing me up. I introduced all of them to each other.