Back to the Fragrant Harbor. Hong Kong vol 2

Written by Kamal Mirwani

Pictures by terismile

Amid the bustling and jostling of the mindless crowd, a couple walked, fighting the tide of people dressed in suits who seemed to be walking with determined, single-minded focus. This was typical of Hong Kong on a workday, especially in the financial district. The male was already starting to break a sweat as the hot sun beat down relentlessly on all those who were not wise enough to walk under the shade of one of Hong Kong’s many monolith skyscrapers. The streets were often the silent battleground of pedestrians all vying for space close to the entrances of buildings where shade and gusts of cool air-conditioned air were offered free of charge.

Finally, the male looked up to see what he had been searching for. At first it didn’t look like much, but this was his ticket out of the heat, the crowd and the noise. He excitedly pointed at the slow-moving tram to his partner, a beautiful, blonde girl who was clearly not from these parts. Her look of delight relaxed him as she seemed to be as excited about riding Hong Kong’s network of near-forgotten trams as he was. The pair ran through the middle of the street, ignoring the fact that the light was red, as they managed to make it to the tram stop and board the double-decker tram.

They took seats at the very front of the tram on the top deck so that they could have a bird’s eye view of the busy city action below while having great views of the buildings around them. The tram also provided blissful relief from the heat, a fact that pleased the male very much, indeed. As the tram moved away from the near-claustrophobic atmosphere of Central District, Hong Kong’s premiere business hub, the throngs of people thinned, the air seemed to clear and there was a fresh breeze that blew into the tram. The male looked over to his counterpart who was busy snapping up pictures with the enthusiasm and wonder of a child in a candy store. It warmed him to see her so happy.

Often the tram had to stop for the odd pedestrian who miscalculated how fast they could run and ended up right in the way of the tram when they shouldn’t have. This was typical of Hong Kong where jay-walking is as common as good food is in Italy. Soon, the massive buildings gave way to views of a park by the ocean, a memorial to Sun Yatsen, who many local Chinese believe is the founder of modern China. Further along, the tram came to a halt, the lights turning off suddenly to indicate that the couple needed to alight as the tram had reached its final destination.

The male took his female companion to an abandoned stretch of concrete directly adjacent to the ocean. From there, they had unrestricted views across Victoria Harbor, however with a less-iconic view. Instead of the usual Hong Kong Skyline, they saw hydrofoils taking wealthy gamblers toward Macau and vast bridges connecting different parts of Hong Kong’s mainland. A mild smog had also rolled in from China, which detracted from the view somewhat. Still, it was an enjoyable experience. The breeze by the ocean caused the female’s hair to flutter behind her like a golden banner, and the male couldn’t help but think that it looked like a beautiful ray of sunshine, sparkling and gold.

They walked around for some time longer, passing by stores that sold dried seafood which let off a horrid smell. However, instead of dampening their spirits, the smell made the couple joke and laugh as the pair were clearly happiest when together. The walk culminated with the discovery of another tram line, this one leading back the way they had come. They boarded, and thus began the sleepiest tram ride either of them would have. The male nodded off on many an occasion, his head looking like a bobbing lure on a peaceful lake as he fought valiantly against sleep and eventually lost the battle. The female snapped up a few more photos and soon began to feel fatigued as well. It was by pure luck that the male woke up when he did and led the way off the tram so that the pair could get on the bus that would lead back home. It had been a great day of exploring the sights and sounds of one of Hong Kong’s lesser known districts while paying tribute to one of the unsung heroes of Hong Kong’s public transport system. All hail the tram!

 

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Sunday Walk. My City.

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This way. Or maybe not?

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Maybe not.

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“Don´t lose me now.”

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Going forward.

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Looking down.

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Still going forward. With the head held high.

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Yeah.

 

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With Brave Wings She Flies

“She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love… That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don’t have enough of their own.”

Being brave not necessarily means that you need to have guts to conquer the world. Sometimes bravery means giving up something precious – something you have wished for – for someone or something else. Sometimes bravery involves recognizing your fear and breathe through it every single day. Or not letting it stop you dead in your tracks.

For some people it´s easier to bleed than sweat. Don´t be one of them.

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Don’t Ask Don’t Care

Saturday evening, music festival, Prague.

Let me introduce you two amazing artists – Silva and Michal whose music will certainly move your souls. DADC are former colleagues from work and both of these guys have always been bringing inspiration into my life whenever I needed it. It’s only natural that their music is inspirational as well. They don’t really spend too much time practising, they just come and play.

Feel free to check them out here http://bandzone.cz/dadc and enjoy what these guys have came up with. And be gentle, it’s their first time 🙂

 

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Psychosomatic Disorders:You Think I’m Mad?

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It’s been quite a long time since I haven’t post anything here and today I would like to share with you guys something completely different from the usual. Something hard to understand at the beginning.

Let me tell you a kind of story. As most of you probably know, life can get very messed up from time to time. There are moments where we have to stand the test, suck things up, deal with hardship and endure things no matter what. Sometimes it all just gets too much. Yeah, right. Quite boring so far. But..

After some time suddenly something is wrong and you are in physical pain – be it back pain, rush, nausea, pain in urethra… you name it. There are symptoms so you go to see a doctor hoping to find a reason soon. To your big surprise, despite several hospital visits and tests, there is nothing wrong. The symptoms are persistent so you run another medical tests. You provide blood, urine or other body substances. Still the doctors have no explanations. Seems like you are perfectly healthy so how come you are in constant pain? Your life is revolving around the pain in large measure so you even stop doing things you like such as running or any other physical activity you’re facing the fear of “worsening your disease”.

You perceive yourself as a sick person. Pain, symptoms, tests, but no diagnosis. Over and over again. You start to think – am I mad?

Here is the “secret” that is so hard to understand for our brains used to the scheme “pain-doctor-diagnosis-pills-problem solved”: it’s your own mind playing tricks with you. Body is the only tool of our screaming souls and the pain we feel is triggered by trauma. The mind literally affects the body heavily- in other words- all the emotional turbulences are translated into physical symptoms.

No wonder there are no pills to solve this. Dealing with something that is happening in your mind is very overwhelming especially when people from your surroundings start to believe you’ve gone mad. The good news is there is a way out of this. The less good news is that the way is not easy at all and there might be two backward steps after every step ahead. But once you accept what’s happening to you, you have the best chance of recovery.

The “stop thinking about it and it will disappear” strategy is a perfect start. I know, easier said than done, but you would be surprised how efficient this strategy is once you try really hard. Focus on what causes your pain from the inside; try to find the origin and get rid of it. Become a real master of your own mind. There is always a possibility of relapse, but as your strenght of mind will grow, the periods of relapse will be shorter, less intense and one day you will be free of pain again.

This post is a big thankyou to a person who told me the truth about what was happening to me some time ago and directed me to recovery. At the same time this post is dedicated to all the girls out there dealing with psychosomatic disorders. You will do fine again.

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