Old people often say that time passes by like the blink of an eye. I must have somehow turned into an old person, because twenty years just… flew by. I don’t remember where I was twenty years ago today. I do remember watching the ceremony on TV. The one where Chris Patten and his family left Hong Kong in the pouring rain. I remember the uncertainty in my heart – I wasn’t a full-fledged HKer yet (and it turns out I missed the boat on that one – should’ve gotten a Hong Kong passport, or at least that damned return home card before ’97) – the uncertainty that would highlight our future.
It’s strange that now looking back, I don’t think much of the change actually happened until about 3 or 4 years ago (although by 2003, I already couldn’t get that damned return home card) – that could well be my own ignorance though. I don’t know. There are pros and cons to living in every single city in the world, so I chose to see the pros. I am still trying to choose to see the pros – Hong Kong is still a fucking awesome city. But in addition to the inability to ever purchase your own flat or house, the ever-increasing wealth gap, the ridiculous stagnation of income despite inflation year after year, it’s also the fear of Tiananmen, the fear of a non-transparent justice system, the fear of eroding freedoms, the fear of an all out communist dictatorship that’s boiling over into this political turmoil that is Hong Kong right now.
It’s so weird to look at this place that I call home and wonder about the future. It’s not the first time there has been civil unrest in Hong Kong. It happened in the 60s when people rioted against British colonial rule…. Hong Kong people seem to have forgotten that colonial rule wasn’t always great. But I suppose that’s because we had some really good governors right before the end… Sigh. I don’t know. What will the next twenty years bring?
Maybe I should start blogging about airports. Haha. Yes okay I know I’m weird.
Anyway. So I often leave Shanghai on the single Dragonair flight that leaves Hongqiao Airport at lunch time daily. It’s usually one of the large planes (although also usually one of the older planes), and though the airport is old and had nothing in it, it was a pretty punctual flight (unlike at Pudong), and since there are less flights coming into and out of this airport, there are also less people, which makes passport control, security checks etc faster.
As of the end of March, however, the Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair… sigh) check in counters moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 1A. Essentially, it just moved from one side of the building to the other. But after checking in (still paper boarding passes, no mobile boarding passes yet), going through passport control and security checks, you walk into a newly revamped area, with lots of USB plugs and (China) plugs, and even a Wagas cafe! I was so happy to get my juice fix (spinach, kale, avocado, pear, apple) and a croissant, as I hadn’t had lunch yet. And then – I know this might be a bit weird – before boarding, I went to the ladies, and while there were only five cubicles, each one was incredibly traveller friendly – there was extra space to wheel in your carry on luggage, a hook for tote or handbag (or backpack), a little tray thing for your phone, and there was a flat top behind the toilet to place any shopping you’d done. That’s a winning toilet :D
So yes. The old airport in the city is now my preferred airport in Shanghai haha. Can’t wait to go back to that amazing city soon!!
hey; you up?
can’t sleep again; and i wanted to tell you that
you’re nothing but
molten dust and bacteria; just
moon formation; oxygen breathing;
ice ages; feet on solid ground;
fire; asteroid impacts; mass extinction;
pangea’s demise; war; renaissance;
discovery; exploration; landfall revolutions;
railroads; light bulbs; photography; a great
depression; a world at war; atomic
explosions; footprints on the moon; ethernet
cables; digital highways;
and poetry; and chance encounters;
i wanted to tell you that
you’re everything; and
before me, it was always you; and
before you, it was always you; and
it was always you; it was always you…
— owen lindley
(you should follow him on instagram if you have instagram… he makes magic with his words…)
I love a good hangout with friends at a mahjong table :D Super fun today except for all the smoke. On the one hand, I’m quite mortified that I used to be a heavy indoor smoker myself and now can’t abide it, but on the other hand, I have always hated secondhand smoke – I used to light up when others did in an indoor space precisely because I hated secondhand smoke. Sigh.
Anyway. I’m home and I bloody reek of smoke. I felt like a walking ashtray on the bus heading home.
But I had fun :D We played sixteen “circles” (or rounds I guess) but we had quite a few “falling dealers” so in actual fact it was quite a bit more. Looking forward to next time already! Yay!
I love Kickstarter. It’s introduced me to so many awesome things – such as Peak Design (I recently did a survey from them and realised I have way too many PD things hahaha), the goat mug (which was a present, actually), my grown up watch (which I don’t wear often enough but still, I now have a grown up watch haha), and today I received my Better Back Therapy pack :D
I don’t remember how I came across Better Back, I just immediately wanted to know more because I have such a bad back (and have had such a bad back for so many years). The concept is simple enough – it supports your lower back and holds you such that you sit up straight and stop hunching over – so it’s pretty awesome. It’s a bit bigger than I thought it would be, but hey, it’s made for Americans I suppose (only in America do I wear a size S…)
In any case, really looking forward to testing it out. It’s harder at home since I sit on a bar stool most of the day and it works best when one’s feet are placed flat on the floor, but in all likelihood I’ll be sitting at a desk all day tomorrow so maybe it will be best tested out then! Yay!
On the letter l today. Well. Actually. I did h i j k & I’m now on l. Yesterday I did c d e f g. It’s the pens, I blame the pens. I finally got the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tips… and boy oh boy, they are incredible to write with! (But yes, because I had to get them shipped over all the way from the US of A… the price… of shipping… *stabs self in the heart*)
Anyway. I’m kinda glad that I did the drills on the softer tips (Tombow Fudenosuke dual tips, and the Pentel Touch sign pens) because it really made a difference. Although the very weird thing with the current lettering situation is that I seem to be doing okay with the ones that are supposedly average/difficult but not doing so well with the ones that are supposedly easy (letters i & l) *eyes roll* But well. I’m just going to whiz through the whole alphabet (and the alternatives when there are alternatives), and then go back to the ones that were yucky. And maybe I’ll have made some progress. Maybe.
Okay. Back to the lettering :D
After a year of not going to Singapore, I landed last week and instead of going straight down to immigration, I turned right and then right again, because I knew there was a Dunkin’ Donuts there :D It wasn’t open the last time I was there – the hoarding was up, it wasn’t done yet.
Anyway, yesterday as I was heading back to the plane to return to HK, I picked up a half dozen strawberry-filled… and I’ve just finished the last one. Sigh.
Someday, someday we might get a Dunkin’ Donuts in HK… A girl can dream.