Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!

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This pretty much sums up my source of happiness. Always question what makes you happy and what doesn’t. It is easy to get caught in a paranoid net. Every decision comes with problems. But you can’t let them stop you. Knowing the difficulties but still sticking to what you’ve been dreaming of is where your soul and spirit lie.
Always swim against. Only the dead fish go with the flow.


Life’s too short to even care at all

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What is your motivation? Whatever it is, hold on to it.
You won’t get there tomorrow. Not the day after tomorrow. But eventually, you will.

Don’t lose faith. What is worth will at the end worth the whole while. 

Insecurity is never anyone’s friend.

Para buscar tu motivacion es mas importante del todo.

(Backpacking trip to 100 Islands coming up soon. Stay tuned!)


Sueños son mis motivaciónes

Buscas lo que tu quieres, no que el gente te dicen.
Las dificutades son nada cuando piensas en la vida con no sueños.

“Si lo puedes soñar, lo puedes lograr.”

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en Manila, Filipinas

Why Hong Kong people are getting rotten

This is a 70s story that tells you how Hong Kong people’s value has drastically changed.

 

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Taken from Tsim Sha Tsui (2013)

Hong Kong stepped up its game for the past decades. 10 fingers couldn’t count all the city establishments here that stand at the top of the world. Economy, education, traffic, social facility…. I live in HK and I have everything, everything at hand.

HK was ranked the best city by The Economist. It’s among the top 10 of the most touristy cities in the world. Most subjects from our universities hit the top 10 worldwide.

But this is absolutely not the end of the story.

Hong Kong is also known as “the city of protest”, for the over 1,000 protests/assemblies that took place here last year, a data from Amnesty International. You ask anyone in HK, he will tell you how much the government sucks. He tells you how lame and useless our policies are. Conspiracy runs wild.

Demonstrations can mean two things. One. The city’s really fucked up. That’s why people go to the street to make sure their complaints are well heard. Or. The city’s fine and actually satisfactory compared to other parts of the world. But the people in it are still not satisfied. The problem now is different. They will never get satisfied.

I’ve been noticing in this big city, Hong Kong people’s value has constantly changed throughout the recent years. It’s not about how worse the government has become, but because everyone has been recognised the citizen from the best city. They become greedy and hungry. They’re hungry for more. Look at the news. Even a very little mistake happened, they got crazy and filed complaints, with a lot of conspiracy accusations.

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Taken from The University of Hong Kong (2013)

I’d end here with a 70s story, a story I found in Metropolis Daily. I translated it to English in the following. As much as I’d love to tell the change in the HK people’s value, and how they abused their claimed rights and made a whole big drama out of a small incident. This story speaks for itself.

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上世紀70年代,香港人很熱衷赴菲律賓旅遊,持C.I.即身份證明書的旅行團團友,在抵達機場時,雖然每人都必須兌換兩百美元的披索,但菲律賓旅行團仍深受歡迎。

In the past century(1970s), HK people were passionate about traveling to the Philippines. Whoever was holding a identity document(C.I.) had to exchange Pesos equivalent to 200USD at the arrival. But, the filipino tours were still greatly welcomed.

記得當時每個旅行團,差不多超過九成人都是持C.I.的。那時在香港出生的人士,港府都會發出英國屬土公民,遊菲島可免簽證。回歸後已改為今天的英國海外公民護照,即BNO。至於在大陸出生的,就只可申領C.I.作為旅遊證件和要辦理簽證。另一方面,由於菲律賓乃人稱千島之國,距離香港只有個半小時航程,該地風光明媚,氣候怡人,加上菲律賓在80年代旅遊業興旺,增建了逾十多家五星級豪華酒店,當年往菲島,遊覽碧瑤看梯田,到百勝灘坐木筏,買芋頭雪糕和芒果乾做手信,更成為港人的至愛,每逢旅遊旺季,機位和酒店皆供不應求。

Recall the time when every tour contained over 90% of C.I. holders, people born at that time would receive a civil document from the UK government, which exempt them from the visa requirement by the Philippines. After the handover in 1997, such document became british passport(BNO). For mainlanders, they still had to apply for visa and C.I. to travel. Also, because The Philippines was named “The Country of Thousand Islands” and is only half an hour flight from HK, the nice weather and amazing scenery had led to a prosperous tourism in the 80s. 5-star hotels, Banaue’s Rice Terrices, Boracay’s boat trips, Taro ice cream and mangos for souvenirs. Hotels and Flights were always fully booked.

日前,與一位當年從香港到菲律賓留學、每逢香港長假期都會幫我客串帶團的老友閒談。他憶述在1976年的春節假期,獲安排為我公司一個四十多人的旅行團做導遊,當時旅行團原安排入住全馬尼拉最豪華的Manila Hotel,豈料在他與團友抵埗check in時,才知道酒店超賣,只能提供兩間雙人房,其他人則要在宴會廳睡塔塔米。

Few days ago, I chatted with an old friend from HK who studied in the Philippines. He recalled that in the chinese new year of 1976, he worked as a tourist guide for around 40 HK people, who was supposed to stay at Manila Hotel. Unfortunately when they arrived the check in counter, they were informed that the hotel was almost fully booked and could only offer 2 double rooms. Others had to sleep on the floor.

面對如此突發事件,最後他竟然能成功游說所有團友,讓當時一對新婚夫婦和一對年長夫婦入住兩個房間,其他人則與他去食宵夜,然後在宴會廳打地鋪,最終全團人皆滿意享受整個旅程並盡興而歸。他告訴我,當時不但沒有人投訴,在明白酒店承認當時旺季不小心超賣了房間後,大家都能齊心解決問題,並鼓掌歡迎他的提議。我稱讚他機警能幹,他竟然謙遜地說,當年的港人心態與現在不能同日而語,現在的人遇到問題大多數缺乏,怕蝕底,死要面,只會互相指摘和刁難,將小事化大事。我衷心希望大家能借鑑這個故事,緊記面對近年香港發生的種種問題時,要互諒互讓,齊心合力去建設我們理想的家-香港!

Facing such unexpected event, he successfully talked all the tourists to let a newly-wed  and another elderly couples to take that 2 rooms. Others were sleeping on the floor after having a meal outside. Every single person was back to HK at the end being so happy and satisfied. My old friend told me, there was no person complaining, but understanding that the hotel accidentally rented the rooms out, the rooms that were supposed to be their rooms. Everyone was content with his solution. I praised my friend being so smart and competent. He humbly said, today HK people’s attitude and value are totally different from those in the past days. Today, most people when faced with difficulties lack tolerance, feel scared of having the best or losing their faces. They only know how to blame and pick on each other. They turn something little into a big drama. I truly hope that after reading this story, if any problem ever happens in this city again, everyone will know how to forgive and give way to each other. And hopefully this will build up an ideal home for us – Hong Kong!

葉慶寧 (逢周一見報)經濟發展委員會小組成員/香港旅行社東主協會會長


Retrieving Humanity

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Thailand

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Hong Kong

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Cambodia

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Myanmar

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China


A Young Old Soul

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“Every decision comes with problems. But you can’t let them stop you.”

A few of my life philosophies:

  • Everyone is so special that he must have his own dream. But most of the time he is intimidated by the society
  • Stick to what you want. Always follow your heart. Don’t let people tell you what you cannot do. Prove to them what you can do.
  • Don’t follow the crowd for the sake of following.
  • Holding to security and reliance can be very scary and dangerous.
  • The set of rights and wrongs changes with time and society. There is no absolute rights and wrongs. A social problem arises because we apply our set of values. Majority is the king. The king always wins just because he’s the king.

Don’t let the society define who you are. Create a definition of yourself. Everything seems impossible unless it’s done.


Who goes to hell and who goes to heaven?

“I hope in this life I serve Krishna well. So that after I die I will go to the spiritual world and really get to serve him.” Marvin told me. He is a filipino priest working at a Hindu temple in Hong Kong.

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Marvin and me

Hinduism is an interesting religion to me. They comprise a lot of concepts that are practised in their daily life.

They believe everything has consciousness. Cows are deemed sacred creatures, specially designed by God. You will find the walls in Indian villages are painted with cow dung. Hindu people think cow dung are pure for cooking, medicine for wound healing, or fertilising. The outlook of Krishna, the main God of Hinduism, was adopted by a billion film Avatar years ago.

You might think Hinduism is just another kind of religion. But actually it is not a religion that just falls into the category. It has tons of practices and traces, alongside with theories that would blow your mind.

“I am doing good deeds and practising spiritualism in this life as much as possible, hoping that after I die I will go to the spiritual world to serve Krishna.” Marvin said.
“What if you couldn’t go to that world?” I asked.
“Then I will have to get in another body and keep practising spiritualism for Krishna.”

As a judgmental person like me, of course i didn’t let such a chance go. I kept questioning Marvin.

“So, as I’ve observed for all the religions out there, each of them has their own theory. So who are going to heaven and who are going to hell? Does that mean all people but the Hindu are going to hell?”
“Yes. They will have to. To go to the spiritual world, the heaven, one has to practise spiritualism.”
“I am also trying to be spiritual as much as I can.”
“No you can’t. It is different. You have to have a spiritual master.”

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This is one side of Hinduism. The way they look at Karma is inspiring. Marvin was analysing some global issues with us. Global warming, poverty, pollution, lack of resources… The list can go on and on.

“Everything is about Karma.”

We, humans, chase for materialism. At the same time, all the problems occurring are solely the consequences of our own acts. We seldom realise that.

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A dressing session on that day

Religion is a subtle topic. Every religion has its own theory. Who goes to hell? Who goes to heaven? Which God is the real one? Which God is really going to rescue us on the doom day? All these questions. Most of us probably have our answers in mind. But what i’m trying to say is. What if there’s no answer? What if any answer can be right, can make sense, depending on which mindset of rights and wrongs we’re having in our mind?

If we believe, we don’t need an explanation.


On the day of visit, they led us to sing and dance with drums.

 

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And a decent Indian lunch was provided to us

Being religious, to me, is a form of reliance on an abstract idea which makes oneself feel better or more secure. Having said that, we shall not deny their ideas. Being spiritual is probably what we need the most today, rather than chasing after materials.


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