Sometimes when I finish selecting photos for a blog post I’ll go to write something and not know where to start. I have so many thoughts I want to share, but at the same time, I want to allow the pictures to tell the story. And there are so many stories to tell from our two weeks in Hong Kong, I don’t know where to begin. I love everything about this city and I hope that the pictures we made can communicate just a little of that love. I’ve never been to a city as visually arresting as Hong Kong — you can literally point your camera in any direction and capture something compelling. The density, vibrancy, smells, flavours, colours, and sounds all come at you non-stop, day and night.
We stayed in North Point, five of us in a 300 sf flat on the 14th floor with a view of the harbour. On the mornings when I couldn’t sleep past 5:30 or 6:00am, I found comfort in shooting hoops with the old boys at the basketball court just up the street. In between our hellos and goodbyes we didn’t speak, we just took turns shooting and rebounding for each other (old Asian men seem to love the hook shot). At night, on the same court, I’d play pick-up with the younger crowd, who’d still be going strong at 10:30pm when I would head home. North Point became so familiar so fast: the orange walls of the MTR, the hole-in-the-wall street eats, the industrious old folks pushing carts and walking with canes, the noodles, the egg waffles, the clutter.
This trip was very special to me for a few reasons … I got to experience the city that is so dear to my wife, Valerie. She moved to Canada when she was 6 years old, but Hong Kong will always be home to her, and she got to show us all of the places that are close to her heart, and treat us to all of the food that she loves so much. She also got to introduce Kingsley to her Po Po (grandmother) who couldn’t stop gushing about how “good” and “handsome” he is. I’m so proud of Kingsley; he was so chill on the 15hr flight, charming when meeting new people, game for any adventure even if it required a ton of walking, open to trying new food, strutting down the streets of North Point like it was home … he was just awesome in every way.
There are a lot of pictures in this post. Snapshots of the soulful faces, cluttered and vibrant streets, pastel coloured buildings, and life-changing eats that captivated me. It’s difficult to communicate just how dynamic this city-that-never-sleeps is, but hopefully I captured the essence of our experience.
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