a seemingly unrelated song on citizen engagement and environmental pollution, but the snapshot of everyone in masks caught my attention and brought us back to the current covid-19 crisis. are our footprints too big that the present and further problems are unavoidable?
neither typhoon signal number ten nor the prolific social movement of 2019 can barely touch upon the religiously capitalistic machinery of hong kong. then came covid-19, who made a steady and rapid ascent with the year of the rat, and like stepping on brakes did it achieve in sabotaging the capitalistic rat race with just a few dozens of cases and counting, in february 2020. whether it is tcm clinic, restaurant, bank or pharmacy, their branches in this shopping arcade which serves also as a ferry terminal to mainland china and macao decided to temporarily close the doors until perhaps the community outbreak of the virus retreats, if their leases last that long. what perplexed me was the lie a few of the notices posted “renovation” as the pretext, what were the management thinking? it wasn’t the company’s fault, but external, uncontrollable circumstances that require cost-cutting measures. if there is anything, it makes me think thrice about the integrity of these corporations for if they need a pretext foe something they didn’t do, imagine when they really make an error or put their customers in harms way, they probably would find tons of excuses to rid themselves of responsibility! so consumers beware, separating the good crops from the rotten few in the time of covid-19.
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there is a childhood boardgame called jungle, i could easily call it animal combat in a more word for word and vivid translation. i assembled a three-party food chain when i posted a feline on social media for chasing after this lunar new year’s rodent while the little mascot can easily sneak into the big ears of flying jumbo’s cousins…
such is the a trumps b trumps c sequence here.
wishing everyone staying away from forest fires, viral outbreak or any other troubles in the year of the rodent!
sourire si, souris non!
not since the days when i was living in astoria or long island city that i went out to laundry at 3am. this time around, almost one and a half decades later, in my hometown of all places, i did it because one of these automatic laundromat chains had a new opening offer of only 5hk$ a load (of 18lbs).
everything is automatic, unmanned, and you don’t even have to add detergent.
with the options of fabric softerners or what not, usually japanese or korean
the regular prices are pretty competitive, to full services stores
it was a clean and tranquil place at 3am, if only it could wash out all the troubles of hong kong in 2019!
Lee Tung Ave, under the new year’s celebrative red was not quite it was for those small business owners and residents who got chased out of the area for this development. Now, full of roman alphabet signage next to the occasional, seasonal tradition chinese festivals’ decor, one must wonder how much of the original characteristics of the community have been preserved, if at all.
meanwhile, over the other side of the pond by tsim sha tsui waterfront, setting-up and rehearsals for the lunar new year day parade and performances are underway.
Mangkhut isn’t your typical fruit (name contributed by Thailand) and ravaged the Philippines (where over 100 lives perished) and led to chaos and damages in Hong Kong unseen in recent history.
Trees were found two months blocking passageways or dangling next to pavements. If there is a take home message that get hammered from time to time yet ignored but the majority of the populace, it’s “climate change”. It’s here and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon and it might well get much worse.
印象中巴士服務很少在8號風球除下以後受阻，但山竹這次使到部份偏遠路線幾日、甚至一星期才恢復！Bus services never missed a bit for anything weaker than a No.8 typhoon signal were seriously disrupted for up to a week for certain remote routes, especially in the New Territories.
And on to the trees that fell, I was surprised to learn some were fragrant emitting agarwood-like that were uprooted. That certainly was the case near a bus terminal in my neighbourhood where many trees were down. A breeze with the pleasant scent not normally there signaled the end of those trees, which took years to grow to their considerable grandeur and more likely irreplaceable in this over-built city.