Guess what? It’s my 100th post! And for the special post I finally forced Sing to write his guest post. Better after month and a half than never. When he was a teenager he was sent to study abroad and came back occasionally and after all those years he feels more like a tourist than a local. His feelings towards Hong Kong change through years, but read it yourself!
This has been two years since my last visit to Hong Kong. As the city named the pearl of the orient, two year can bring a lot of changes to my hometown.
Since this time we lived in Causeway Bay, I was expected a very hard time to find affordable things to eat. However, I didn’t expect it was that hard to find one because everywhere we went were asking $50-80 per dish. It made me think that how can people survive in Hong Kong with only $15,000 every month? No wonder many young people were stuck with their parents since nothing is really affordable.
Although the shopping malls are very nice in Hong Kong, I slowly feel that my impression of home is fading away. One day we revisited Tuen Mun park and instead of enjoying a moment of quiet, it turned into a gigantic stage with loud music playing all afternoon. We then went back to my middle school where I was kicked out which made me left HK, it still looks the same over 13 years.
I don’t know if it is a trend, all the famous shops are moving to all parts of Hong Kong which makes most of the shopping malls dull. What I miss HK the most is the carts on the streets that sells food. They used to sell items like the BBQ chicken wings, congee, fish ball right next to popular bus stop. I am sure that they are good memories of many HKers, sadly they are now all being replaced…empty streets at night.
Maybe I left HK when I was very young, I missed out a lot of entertainments in HK. This was my first time going to Happy Valley Racecourse. What I like is not gambling, I love the atmosphere instead. I never knew horse can run so fast! (He thought all dogs are males and all cats are females for most of his life so it’s not that surprising for me – Lina) Also, the high tea at the Ritz-Carlton definitely brings me new experience, but I definitely felt more like a tourist than a local doing all those things for the first time.
Another thing is language – it changes so fast. Sometimes even I don’t know all the short forms, memes etc. I need to follow different sites, forums and news to keep up. Once we went for breakfast and instead of using 5 words to say what I wanted I used the whole phrase right from the menu. And it’s been just two years since my last trip!
At the end of the day, Hong Kong is still a very beautiful city, but my impression of Hong Kong keeps changing. It is like my home but feels very strange. I don’t sense the spirit of Hong Kong as I did before. Don’t want to offend anyone but I felt like lots of people around were soulless. Phones, Instagrams, brands. Losing local stores for another jewelry shop. I hope people still can sparkle up the original spirit of Hong Kong.
Well, that was more personal than I thought it will be. I guess Sing treats you now like family, haha. Do I agree with him? I did not grow up in Hong Kong, the old Hong Kong I know is only from old movies – like Hui brothers type of old. But I have to agree with his grief over small local spots and I hope Hong Kong won’t lose its charm
over hipster coffee shops – it’s nice to have a trendy spot, but it’s also sad that the good and cheap places are slowly disappearing.
What do you think guys? How do you feel about your hometown changing over the years? We would love to read it! And thank you so so so much for being with me for past 99 posts! Now you can read them all – I changed the design of the blog a bit and added some categories that will help you browse it!