hong kong 2013

June 26, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Here I am recovering from a massive headache & cold after traveling for two weeks. It is not so much of the inconsistent weather but monosodium glutamate in food & alcohol that resulted in this weak body.We had noodle soups almost everyday, sometimes several times a day. It is very difficult to resist a classic steaming hot soup with thin bouncy noodles, along with dumplings and vegetables. The umami taste is pleasantly soothing even when you are sharing tables with strangers in a dining room packed after 2 minutes of opening. But that is the beauty of the city that never sleeps or cease to stop changing.

My usual tong sui (chinese dessert soup) store in Causeway Bay moved and childhood memories of dining there disappeared. Just like that. But I found new comforts in 18grams coffee and Mana. A year later, Mana still makes the best raw chocolate cake I’d ever had.

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We were there for the sweetest wedding at Repulse Bay. Champagne, Ladurée macaroons, local band 53A flew in from Singapore, party bus to Central and supper at 4am. Weddings have a way with making your heart melt with lavishing decorations, handsome lads, gorgeous ladies, romantic stories and even the kindest bartenders. Two individuals coming together as family, embracing flaws and vulnerabilities making their days count with happiness. I used to think they were overrated, but this time it was different.

I saw truth beyond needs and understanding beyond time. An unspoken but subtile feeling of contentment in love.

Finally got the films developed on Stanley Street. A friend called me an international film photographer, capturing images around the globe, collecting rolls of films and develop them in Hong Kong. It’s always a treat.
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