So December passes in a haze, January drags past so slowly, the last real adventure was a long planned solo jaunt to Hong Kong; I like to travel alone; there’s a freedom in knowing you can do whatever you like to do, eat wherever you like and ironically you sometimes even meet people you’d have never connected with; I’ve had many moments like these; meeting a girl in a Sushi bar; or in Hong Kong’s case; a bunch of western bankers who took me to a gay bar and had to surrender my solitude to listen to them (I had to flee before the wine bill came)
Safe to say; I love Hong Kong; I love it’s frenetic energy: it’s unique fusion as a place that is both foreign and western, despite it’s uncertain future; Getting a boat into Causeway bay will always be a pleasure: I had booked my Hong Kong solo trip while nursing a Bloody Mary in a hipster bar; just meters from Man Mo Temple: In the same bar; my mother had received the news her dog, a naughty mutt called Betsy had escaped; We had made memories for life in Hong Kong.
Needless to stay; I should stick to the photography; Not doing “One Drawing a Day” quite yet…
The last time I visited; it felt like after a day; the magic had evaporated like a lonely Wonton sinking to the bottom of life’s bowl; I began to see only the commercial side; maybe it’s really harder to drink a cocktail alone; maybe that’s why barflies usually clutch beers; it’s cheap, it’s quick and you don’t have to wait and take in the silence.
But that was all the way back in December and I’m still thinking of new games for my classes, getting better at my Chinese (Gong Xi Fa Cai) and how to keep exploring China within the limits of my life in Guangzhou; I think I’ll need to keep planning; with the world being still so undiscovered; I want to see Seoul; I want to see Tokyo…I want to see: Hang on…I’d quite like to go see Bangkok again…
My next trip happens to be Thailand, specifically Bangkok when I’m fresh and excited and Hua Hin for when I want a more relaxed pace; I’ve made lists; I’ve done the research; I have 2 weeks, just enough time to wander around like an aging backpacker, visit karaoke bars and read books without feeling like the sands of time are hurrying me along.
I won’t write too much now; you can over plan; life is not a checklist; Sure, I’ll probably take thousands of pictures; eat dozens of crazily fresh foods and maybe even throw in a beer; but I’ll update you when it’s over; As crowds begin to thin out as Chinese New Year approaches Guangzhou; I’ll see you at The Mandarin, at some market somewhere; or maybe just having a massage(Though the last Thai massage; I got more than I bargained for; overall Happy Chinese New Year!