Mode of Writing

Shakespeare and Dickens must be really talented. Not that I am a fan of theirs. Oh no. But the fact that they didn’t have word processors in their days and were still able to write such flamboyant plays and stories. Did they have all the plots and characters decided before they penned it? What if Shakespeares decides that Peter was no good and needed to reformulate him to Romeo half way through creating the story?

I find it such a pain to write on paper these days. I am never decisive on how a plot should go. The springs under my backspace and the delete buttons are almost flattened by constant use. I read and reread about 50 times before I am satisfied with one paragraph.

I must glorify Word 2007. It has merged work processing and publishing. Everyone can become a writer these days.

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Alan Sugar and Che Guevara

“Alan Sugar is a legend.”

“Alan Sugar is a dick.”

“How can you idolise Guevara and think that Alan Sugar is a dick?”

“Guevara is a legend for humanitarian reasons.”

“Alan Sugar is a legend.”

“He is a narcissist. He has no respect for anything apart from money. What does it tell you when he is even loathed by his own sister? You don’t have to work for family love and he hasn’t even got that.”

The US was scared of Guevara because they knew the revolution in Latin America would have succeeded. They had to execute him. Who can bear an enemy directly under your belt?

“Guevara is a legend for not he is a good guerilla leader. For he sympathisises and understand the plight of people. For he has forsaken his own comfort for fairness and justice.”

You cannot be a good leader without empathy. You cannot rage a war for anything reason other than love. You cannot win a war and get applause for any cause other than injustice.

Yes. I idolise Che Guevara in this respect.

Hell Looks

My all time favourite website is a street-fashion photo album from Helsinki, Finland.

It features stylish people that come in all shapes and sizes, across all ages and skin colour. Edgy people gets Marc Jacobphotographed on the street, in the club; goths, neo-romantics, rock chicks, 80s neon… or a mixture of all the above in one person. Everyone wears vintage and sometimes tops it up with a piece of designer essential. It’s a rarity to stumble upon those who actually dons a Chanel or Dior bag. But when they do, it completes the look and it doesn’t look icky at all.

 

Designer items are either for high achievers to demonstrate their worth. Or for those who can genuinely admire the value of the item. All designer followers should take note.

Free Palestine? Stop the Massacre in Gaza?

I object to people who don’t have an overall and true knowledge to the historical background of Tibet to opinionate on the matter. I would utilise the same mentality when it comes to subject as sensitive as “Free Palestine”.

I was utterly overwhelmed as I walked past High Street Ken today for if we can all live in peace in the first place, there wouldn’t have been this march. I must emphasise that I was supportive of the general principle of the demonstrtion, that violence should stop. No more blood should be shed.

People March on High Street Ken today

People March on High Street Ken today

I sympathise all humanitarian issues, I am all for peace and against confrontation. When offered on High Street Kensington during the demonstration against the brutality in Gaza today a “Free Palestine” banner; I kindly refused.One should have full reasons and be doubtless for supporting a cause. I know I will never be unbiased enough to say who is right and who is wrong. Is it wrong for Israel to rage a war against Gaza? And is it wrong for Hamas to fire rockets into Israel? But is it OK for Israel to target Hamas while sabotaging the lives of civilians? Is it OK for Hamas to revenge on Israel when not every Palestinian seeks vengence? These are all complicated questions that require knowledge into the history of Palestine and Israel or possibily the Arab countries also. Which stance does one take really also depends on how rightist and leftist you are too.

Stop the brutality in Gaza is what I can only hold out for.

Che Guevara

I bought this much loved t-shirt the other day:

I Heart World

I Heart World

Thinking back I don’t think there is one single place on earth I have been to that I don’t like. Learning always begins with passion and appreciation. You cannot learn piano if you didn’t enjoy it in the first place. Hence you have got to love the world if you want to facilitate change on your own. It is difficult to make better your own place if you didn’t prefer some qualities in a foreign bit of land. It is, I admit, a divine work of art to tweak between plagiarising and learning. How does one retain its uniqueness while absorbing the goods of your counterparts?

I try to recall as closely as I can to a quote in the film Che: Part 1.

What makes a revolutionist? -the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love”

Without love, no matter how true your cause is, you will never succeed, let alone sustain.

A Revolution

Can we find uniqueness in Hong Kong anymore?

Can we find uniqueness in Hong Kong anymore?

Of 22 years of age, not a lot of mental pictures have sprung to mind when one inquires what is so special Hong Kong. Any sightings or happenings that can be classified as truly authentic? I would have to blame my unfortunately sized brain for not recalling many as such. As an intruder to another culture, never has it slipped my mind the importance of having a “root”. Your root gives you your distinctive identity. Backgrounds, traditions, cultures, beliefs and mindsets that solely belong to you and your people only.

Hong Kong without a doubt is one of the fastest changing cities in the world. The glory it brings about include unprecedented infrastructure, economic prosperity and stability based on its ability to change and adapt to the global needs. A mice’s reaction time is nothing compares to our people’s. We see an opportunity and seize it; renders Hong Kong one of the best places in the world to be entrepreneurial.

Futuristic Road Connections

Futuristic Road Connections

An insightful Chinese proverb goes, “Ends of a needle are never both sharp.” I wonder if we  have thrown behind anything at all to float our economic success? Let’s not discuss the norm for example the Gini Index or the government failures that seems to appear on the newspaper front page almost every day.

“You can’t carry along with you anything when your legs are straight and stiffened.”  Hong Kong excels at providing herself with opportunities to grow.  We pave way for it; nothing will stop us. We tear apart buildings, relocate people. “Huai Jiu” or in Cantonese “Wai Gau”, an appreciation for the old things, can only exist in words and photographs. When we completely obliterate our past just to squeeze every last drop of milk, I wonder what have we removed for our children and grandchildren? What can we take away when we die? Are we sabotaging our grandchildren’s rights?

One question I would also like to ask is: have we been so focused on pleasing the world that we have forgotten who we are and what we stand for? This not just a question to the brand “Hong Kong” as a whole, but to every single individual that has helped founding and will help sustaining the brand.

Where is our individuality? Where is our root?

While moving forward so rapidly, is there a balance point where we can savour our past and at the same time not compromising on economic gain? Do we have to forgo everything the old Hong Kong stood for to pave way for the future? When the Star Ferry Pier was set to be demolished I was so sad. The pier could surely still provide functionality to the habour as a whole; improvements can be made so that our future can fit in our past, demolishment was completely unessential. Einstein’s relativity theory says it is impossible to travel to a time before now. But it says nothing about erasing your past. One clearly can.

Shops reiterate on the same road. Same road, same shit.

Shops reiterate on the same road. Same road, same shit.

It is certainly special that we always find a Mannings next door to a Watsons; a Bonjour next to a Sasa; a Luk Fook next to a Chow Sang Sang. It is certainly special that all “cool” fashion houses in Hong Kong are owned by one single person; almost all singers/artists have the same manager; all fashion magazines are owned by one publisher…

Why this phenomenon?

We aim to set out to ask the right questions, get the right solutions. We start our very own cultural revolution.

We love Hong Kong.