Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back from my Motherland..

Back from a one week vacay from Hong Kong... it felt so nice to be back since the last time I went was 5 years ago. Unfortunately, I didn't take much pictures because I didn't feel like a tourist so I hardly brought my camera out. Things haven't changed much in Hong Kong..

Going back to some of the places where I grew up and roamed as a kid brings back some fond old memories, made me reminisce. Basically the Hong Kong trip was EAT EAT and EAT MORE. We always met friends and family for lunch or dinner =P However I did do a little sightseeing and experiencing; went to Macau and discovered that they mainly play Baccarat there and Craps is hard to find and Poker even harder... people that go there are real gamblers or ballers they drop mad cash at the tables.. didn't sleep much that night, it was definitely something I will remember for years to come. I also went to Cheung Chau which is an island 45 min ferry away from Hong Kong. We got there to walk around and ate some REALLY fresh and good seafood there (tried this type of long clam that i never had before)

I learned to appreciate the casualness of many Hongkongers because in Korea EVERYTHING is bali bali bali.. hurry hurry hurry, for example not everyone is running to transfer to the next train or pushing people out of the way to exit the MTR. Another thing noticed was that service in Hong Kong has significantly improved since the last time I was there.. people are more courteous and accommodating then before, not as brash and nonchalant. This time around I learned whats good chinese food and whats good milk tea so it was really fascinating to eat and judge things and comment without my parents or relatives saying whats good and whats decent first.

Theres this ritual that involves burning things to the dead in Chinese/Buddhist culture, I am not sure which because the two seems so intertwined. We did this when we were visiting my grandfather's grave, and it just reminds me of the attachment and commitment to ancestry and family... duties and filial piety.

more to come....

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