I’m not going to talk about politics but to mention a bit of my experience while I was in Hong Kong. My mother is living in Baguio Villa and has been there for more than ten years. One morning she went to the pool for a swim and saw a patch of pooh in the changing room right next to the toilet, right next to the toilet! Who could have done that? That person did not prefer to sit on the toilet but did it on the floor. Then when I was traveling in the MTR one day I saw urine on one of the seat. Oh my God, why and how come this had happen? I’m not sure who to blame because I did not catch these people red handed but I have guessed.
Walking in the streets I discovered that people are no longer polite. My heels had been stepped on four times and the first time the whole shoe came off but no one stopped to apologize. Quite a lot of young ones when they got on the bus or the MTR the first thing they did was to grab a seat and start using the mobile phone and were not aware of what was happening around nor would they offer their seats to the needy. It was most of the time the middle aged offered their seats.
Every where was packed with people and on several occasions I felt I needed more oxygen, it could be because I’m no longer used to the hot weather and the stuffiness of Hong Kong. But I’m glad I have achieved several things I wanted to do. First and most important was meeting my mother, and we spent quality time chatting and just being with her. Then I’m really happy to have a chance to meet two organizations which help those who have experiences of mental illness: the Shine Recovery Centre and the Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service. I went there and share my experiences and was well received. I hope I can do something for them in the future.
I am happy to come back to New Zealand where my family is. At least I can sleep well and do not have diarrhea for over twenty days. But it will not stop me from going back to Hong Kong to see my mother. I do not know what or how Hong Kong will turn into but I wish it all the best.