Day 17

On long days like this, I prefer to recount my experiences in pieces and in the order that I recall them. So, just as a disclaimer, this isn’t just a random collection of unrelated events. It’s a random collection of events that happened throughout the day and my thoughts on them now that I’m more well-rested.

i. At Man Mo temple, I made a wish. I had not thought about what I want to wish for before the incense started burning, so I said the first thing that came to my mind. I can’t tell you what that was in the hope that it’ll somehow come true, but I didn’t wish for money.

ii. As the middle school kids re-emerged on the street fair stage for an encore, I expected to see another simple but catchy dance. Needless to say, I was absolutely flabbergasted as the speakers blared Usher’s Scream¬†yet again. It’s been a while since I’ve laughed so heartily, and, in retrospect, I feel kind of bad thinking some of them might have seen me laugh, but the whole situation was just that ludicrous. If you see me tomorrow, feel free to ask for a dance performance. $5HKD to anyone who correctly guesses the song I’ll choose.

iii. A teenager asked me why I wouldn’t want to get married at 25. I realized that there’s a lot that I still want to do while I’m young: work on my career, figure myself out as a person, and travel to more cool places like Hong Kong. Now that I think about it, I’m actually quite sad that there are only 4 days left on this trip. I’ve done almost everything on my Hong Kong bucket list, and yet something here makes me want to stay. Maybe it’s the food, maybe it’s the people, but it definitely has something to do with the feeling.

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