Raw

July 12, 2017

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If you find yourself in a position to visit Hong Kong, I say, please do yourself a favor and go. If you’re lucky enough to be heading there soon, I suggest you take my advice seriously and pack your airiest and lightest clothing you own. Hong Kong’s humidity is just like it’s people’s attitude-- unforgiving, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

It's been a little over 2 months since my visit to this crazy city, and between New York and Tokyo, my yearning for Hong Kong grows deeper every time I feel lonely-- which overcomes me quite often these days.

Life's been moving rather quickly, which leaves little time to myself. I guess that always makes me feel alone since I find that I'm my best company. When I'm in Tokyo, I'm a tourist, a girlfriend of a pretty decent Japanese guy, which leaves me little room to f*ck up-- it's already bad enough that he has to apologize to people around on my behalf for speaking too loud when I'm already using my indoor voice. In New York, my phone doesn't stop ding-ing and there are always emails to answer and strategically compose. I go to bed telling myself I'll find some time to go through a few of my personal photos to edit, and block out a few minutes to write - but as soon as I'm relatively done with the majority of the tasks that I needed to complete for the day, I find myself feeling sick having to keep staring at a computer screen. I do really enjoy working from home though, in fact, this new gig has been so great that I haven't complained about it since I started and everyone thinks I'm really just unemployed (oh millennials problems).

For me, Hong Kong is an incredible city, for how raw it remains while thriving as one of the major cities around the world yet still so characteristically unwavering. It's a feat that not even many people can to do these days faced with the mass saturation of social media channels and the constant need to validate one's existence with a numeric profile and maybe two lines of self-proclaimed accomplishments.

I miss Hong Kong for its undiscriminating vibe. Surprisingly in a city where I know no one, knew no more than 3 facts and not a single Cantonese word, my loneliness ceased to exist. Hong Kong didn't care about who I am, where I'm from, how old I am, what's my job, or how much money I have or seem to have. Hong Kong evaporated my identity and hid it somewhere among its monstrous puff of smog. For the time I was there, Hong Kong made me feel like I belong while being lost at the same time.

Dress: RAEY via Matchesfashion
Shoes: Common Projects
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11
Accessories: Fendi Bag Bug (similar)

Photos by Shun S.



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Hong Kong, China | Night

June 16, 2017

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There isn’t enough words or the right words to ever describe something that has truly captivated you. When you are in awe by it, you’ll just know. It is also why ‘serendipity’ has always been a favorite word of mine. One that I don’t use often, but when I do, it means it’s really that special.

Hong Kong was definitely one of those serendipitous adventures. We had no plans of visiting until the very last minute, and although we originally thought we had at least 5 full days there, we ended up only getting 3 days and 2 nights.

72 hours in Hong Kong was an adrenaline rush. During the day, it was hot and sweltering. At night, the city truly came alive. We walked through the main streets of Mongkok where there was a variety of street performances from young talented bands to grandmas and aunties straight up doing a karaoke session.

On one night, we headed to The Peak to check out the infamous Hong Kong skyline. It was overwhelming, to say the least, but honestly so worth it as it’s been a scene I’ve seen so many times in TVB dramas. On another, we came out to explore Temple Street and got to eat spicy crab and other seafood at the night market and finished off with mango sago for dessert.

Between the food, the people, the unlimited street photography opportunities, I still haven’t fully decided what it is I like Hong Kong best for. But one thing for sure is, Hong Kong is a place that I’m definitely going to be visiting again really soon.

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Hong Kong, China | Day

May 23, 2017

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Hong Kong was such an adrenaline rush. You’ll get a little of the drift if you read up on my initial thoughts. During the day, Hong Kong was hot and humid, almost unbearable at noon to be quite honest. I’d be lying if I told you that it wasn’t so bad. Admittedly, it was, but it was so exciting that I could care less because no one else seemed to mind it either.

If you think you were tough for crossing the streets with 3 seconds left at the light, you'll be envious of Hong Kong grandmas for pushing their loaded trollies and carts through mid traffic with no f*cks given. They'll run you over too, believe that. Hong Kong didn't discriminate. It doesn't matter if you're old, or young, rich or poor, from the area or abroad -- Hong Kong just needed you to keep it moving.

In a place where the streets are so dirty but the metro is so clean, it made me constantly question why and how this was even possible.

I watched a lot of TVBs, so the red and white cabs stood out right away. But then I learned that there are also blue ones, which reminds me, not everything you learn via a screen is a complete truth. I asked everyone I met what happened when one of the elevators in the masses of high-rise went out of service, and all of the responses I've gotten were chuckles. So I still don't have a clear answer for that. But I just can't imagine taking the stairs to the 30th floor being an option... right?

When I'm traveling, I'm often captivated by what's fantastical about a place. Like watching the sunset from a canal in Venice. But Hong Kong was far, far from that. It was raw, unfiltered and undisguised. It felt so real that it made me forget common norms. Even while I had to wash my own plates in a porcelain bowl of water right at the communal dim sum table, I was fascinated and grinning of excitement just because it was something I never had to do before (visit Lin Hueng if you want to experience this too).

The milk teas in Hong Kong lived up to all of my expectations and more (get your fix at Lan Fong Yuen). I even almost missed my flight back to Tokyo trying to sneak some on the plane (yes, that happened). I had some of the best food which happened to be 100x more appetizing than how Instagrammable they look -- in fact, they made cute pig baos and pineapple filled cookies that are served in a cage at the infamous Yum Cha in Central not even worthy.

Every city changes itself when it turns from day to night, but Hong Kong was an exception. It pretty much stayed the same, except the lights were some of the best I've seen. They weren't fluorescent but they were neon and still as bright in my mind as I can recall (you'll see). I had only 72 hours to spend in Hong Kong but it felt like I've known it for years waking up to a panoramic harbor view from the EAST Hotel for two mornings. I have a feeling I'll find myself back there very soon.


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