Stanley - Hong Kong
I had always thought I was articulate enough to be understood. I had always believed I could make my position clear and my perspective envisaged. Only tonight have I truly felt that my wounds are invisible and will only appear when it is too late, when the blood is in free flow and my mind is in free fall.
I scream look at me, I scream listen to me. My pains may be irrational, my worries may be defiant in the face of facts and logic; but what I desire is your empathy and reassurance, what I wish is to be inspired to overcome, what I need is to be told you will be by my side at every step. I don’t want to hear my problems are trivial because their effects are real. I don’t want to know there are others more unfortunate because my problems are personal. I don’t want to hear how competent you think I am because I am not looking for credit.
Empathy is hard to come by. Understand me, listen to my words, but listen to my feelings more still.
Western Harbour Tunnel - Hong Kong
Typhoon 3 in Hong Kong, and I am trying to get a taxi back to HK Island from my meeting in West Kowloon Cultural District. Cross harbour fees in the city has risen to such a level that it is now prohibitively expensive to use a car in Hong Kong. For $50 one could make the trip by MTR (subway) three times and have change to spare. Lucky for me, this one is on expenses.
Thanks Apple for iOS8, now I have to see my ex’s every time I close my apps with the one I hate the most as the central icon. And I don’t even use FaceTime anymore. Fuck you.
Taipei 101 - Taiwan
Taiwan is such a contrast to China, the people are enlightened and polite, they are proud of their heritage and successful at present, it makes me curious of what China would have been had the civil war went the other way.
Taipei 101 had a magnificent view over the city, which was the backdrop to our shopping spree and binge eating. Don’t blame me for that one, blame my partner in crime!
Democracy is the symbol of a free, fair and liberal society. Yet many have stood passively as civil liberties are eroded amidst the cloud of materialism. The apparent apathy or disillusionment to the embodiment of these basic human rights are alarming. Because moral fibre no longer makes up the core of our principles when constitutional liberties are taken for granted and economic prosperity is our end game.
A line should be drawn to distinguish between government empowerment that is hindered by powerful elites with secular interests, and separation of powers that safeguards freedoms of expression, speech, association and religion so that we can see the situation in Hong Kong clearly. This fight is not about which system can govern better, it is about the right to have a voice.
Liberal democracy thrives in societies with a contributing middle class with legal accountability that is enforced by strong legislature and an independent judiciary. Institutions in Hong Kong safeguarding our constitutional liberty is a beacon of hope within Greater China. Civil liberties in Hong Kong is rated at 2 out of 7 according to Freedom House, while press freedom is ranked at 61 out of 180 in the Press Freedom Index compared to 175 for China. The courts are independent to ensue due process and the ICAC ensures civil services are uncorrupted and accountable, putting Hong Kong 15th out of 183 in the Corruption Perceptions Index. Genuine democracy would naturally flourish in Hong Kong because we have all the required elements and a moderate population that is focused on the pragmatic.
Under Beijing’s continued efforts to manipulate public opinion and assert political control, our rights as citizens of Hong Kong has notably deteriorated. Beijing’s fear for lack of support in a fair and transparent democratic election has manifested into blatant ambitions for totalitarianism. Recent aggressive police handling of protesters for universal suffrage has sparked universal condemnation.
Our rights are invaluable and cannot be sold, compromised or bargained with. We must not be caught unaware or stand idly by while our constitutional liberties are eroded year on year. We must stand up for what is right. Stop asking what democracy or protests can do for you. Instead, ask yourself what you can do to protect your own rights.
East Hotel - Hong Kong
Rooftop bar at the East Hotel in Taikoo. This place is right next to my flat and has a stunning view across the harbour. The deck outside has some nice big sofas perfect for a glass of wine and a gathering. I came here for my partner’s birthday and it was a fantastic start to the day.
Stanley - Hong Kong
A romantic getaway for a few hours in the south of Hong Kong. Stanley is an old time expat favourite in Hong Kong to live. It has a relaxing atmosphere away from the pace of the city yet only half an hour away from the centre. Coming here for Sunday was a nice treat.
She was painting with words. And it was beautiful.
When enemies are at your door, I’ll carry you away from war. If you need help, if you need help. Your hope dangling by a string, I’ll share in your suffering. To make you well, to make you well.
When you fall like a statue, I’m going to be there to catch you. Put you on your feet. And if your well is empty not a thing will prevent me. Tell me what you need, what do you need?
You’re my back bone. You’re my cornerstone. You’re my crutch when my legs stop moving. You’re my head start. You’re my rugged heart. You’re the pulse that I’ve always needed.
So I would do it for you, for you. Baby, I’m not moving on, I’ll love you long after you’re gone. For you, for you. You will never sleep alone. I’ll love you long after you’re gone, and long after you’re gone, gone, gone.