An unusual Hong Kong visit
This trip to Hong Kong has certainly not turned out the way I had planned. I had thought I would stop over for a few days on my return from Jakarta to Karachi, rediscover old haunts, watch a movie or two, have a few yummy meals and just chill. It has been a very hectic and stressful year and I needed to recharge 🙂
I also thought that my father would benefit from the change. He has old friends here and Hong Kong holds a lot of memories for us all. But unfortunately the best laid plans of mice and men (and women) can be totally upset by unexpected occurences.
In this case my father developed some sort of lung infection and was hospitalized so I cut short my visit to Jakarta and returned to Hong Kong a day early to be with him and care for him. It is not easy to see someone you care about in pain and discomfort. My brother and I are trying to do whatever we can to provide support and ensure that he recovers as soon as possible.
I spend most of my time in the hospital – by his side or in Starbucks – yes strange as it may seem there is a Starbucks in the Main Lobby of the hospital. When the nurses throw me out for a few hours, I walk the streets or take a ferry ride and then head back to the hospital. The weather is pleasant here these days (15 – 21 degrees Centigrade). I enjoy the walk because it revitalizes me and the ride on the ferry clears away the cobwebs.
The blue-green water of Victoria Harbour, that Imran Zia looked anxiously for in Jakarta, is soothing to look at. Christmas decorations are up making the atmosphere a little more festive despite the severe economic downturn news of which surrounds all of us wherever we go. Strategies for contending with it are different depending on whom you talk to.
A very different kind of Christmas tree/mall directory. I thought it looked quite cool.Not quite my type of christmas deco but everyone was taking a picture with this as a backdrop so I thought I would also take a snapshot of it.Now that is the kind of graffiti I wouldn’t mind on a wall in Karachi. At least it looks pretty – certainly very different from the paan marks and the ugly ad posters.
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