Mid-Autumn 2021

My family already had our Mid-Autumn dinner on Sunday, so I was free to do whatever I wish on this full moon night. Thought about going for a running practice, but was a bit lazy to go out after arriving home. Frankly, I’m not in much of a celebration mood this year, it’s a bit tough for me to find joy when I know so many people in the city are unjustly detained/imprisoned and are separated from their families on this festive day.

Had an unusually happy dinner last night with an old friend’s dad and a late uncle’s son. My old friend’s dad initiated the meetup, I think he was bored staying alone in HK. He usually visits my friend in Canada during this time each year but the pandemic deterred the annual visit. I suggested inviting a late uncle’s son after knowing recently that they were good friends in Mainland. The meetup was a bit unusual because I never met my old friend’s dad myself without my friend or my dad, and I also never met my late uncle’s son myself without my late uncle or my dad. The really funny thing was that the three unusual guys meeting up for the first time just hit off and had a wonderful time together. Uncle brought a bottle of expensive alcohol (some kind of whisky?) and I tried and drank quite a lot because of the happy mood. Uncle told us many old stories about him, my dad, and late uncle. I like to hear stories about them working hard and enduring much hardship in the old days before becoming as successful as they are today. Very inspiring and encouraging. The three of us were joyously eating, drinking, and chatting from a bit after 6pm to past 10pm when we were the last table left and the restaurant needed to close.

My old friend’s dad also got me a surprise and thoughtful gift. It was an electronic kit which I told him I was kinda interested to experiment with when he visited my studio with my dad a few weeks ago. He said he knew I would likely put it off and forget about it if not for him to buy me the kit and push me to play with it. He knows me pretty well 😅.

What To Do? (2)

Early past week an organization called Wall-Fare (石牆花), which was established 9 months ago to help the pro-democracy detainees/prisoners, officially disbanded under political pressure. I was down for a couple of days. Under the imposed national security law, many pro-democracy members were detained/imprisoned for months (even year) without given public trial. With the disbandment of Wall-Fare those of us outside the prison wall will be very difficult to offer our already scarce support for those inside. How much more injustice and inhuman can our city get before God steps in and bring forth His justice? I feel helpless and depressed witnessing the continuing downfall of our once beautiful city. Sigh.

Once again I ask myself – What To Do? What would Jesus do?

Since I officially got back to work after my self-directed (half) Sabbatical, I got in touch with a few different groups of people, many of whom have visited or shown interest in visiting my somewhat cleaned up studio. Most who visited find my R&D work very interesting and would often times suggest ways for me to make money from it. Some of them also entrusted me with some of their precious resources like handmade paper and upcycled plastic sheets to experiment with. A good friend also decided to hand me down some of his old digital fabrication machinery for free since his studio location will be closing soon. My studio neighbor also found an old 3D printer and asked me to fix it and help him make some 3D models of the yachts his workshop makes. Just when I was giving up on pursuing any long-term meaningful work in this dying city, I found myself being appreciated and needed for what I do through the many serendipitous interactions that seemed like God’s plan. Seems like God is telling me in His roundabout way that my work in this dying city is not done yet.

Oh God, I’m seriously dying inside witnessing the continuing decline of my birth city, but I see hope in the many people You allowed me to cross path with. Can You tell me a little more plainly what You want me to do here? How can I help to shine a glimmer of hope in this darkening city?

Sketch… Sunday Service

What To Do?

Work seems to be picking up after my (half) Sabbatical and studio cleanup, made a new batch of business cards before meeting up a couple of potential collaborators in the past week. In our conversations, I did not hide my plans of possibly moving the business to Canada in the near future as I had pretty much lost all hope in our puppet government and its behind-the-scene regime.

It’s rather depressing to witness the continuing daily persecution of the leaders who had fought for democracy, freedom, justice, and human rights, etc. In the past week, another 4 leaders who had helped organize the annual candlelight vigil to commemorate the Tiananmen incident on June 4th, 1989 were detained and denied bail. What can we do to help the persecuted other than feeling helpless and depressed? I had been donating regularly to a crowdfunding project to help those being persecuted find legal aid and financial assistance, but now even the fund organizers are being persecuted and the fund itself ceasing to operate shortly. Sigh.

Foreseeing the decline of the once beautiful city and knowing that I’ll likely be moving back to Canada in the near future, I had been asking myself a lot about what I should do in HK for the meantime. I don’t have any concrete plans, but in deciding to keep the studio running, I hope to use the gifts and resources God had lavishly given me to serve others and to do “good works”. Hope that I can be a glimmer of light in this darkening city for as long as God keeps me here. 🙏🏻

Sketch… Sunday Service

Let’s Run!!

Originally had my eyes set on a marathon in Toronto in October so as to give myself an excuse to temporarily escape this depressed city and visit my other home and my family and friends there. But due to the marathon pandemic, the full marathon will only happen virtually this year, in-person run will be limited to 10k race only.

God seemed to know my disappointment and consoled me with a replacement marathon run locally in this depressed city. Most of the local public events are cancelled in the name of COVID-19, but our illogical government let this marathon slip for some reason. And the race is usually held annually in February when the weather is cool and perfect for long distance running, but this makeup race (cancelled in 2019 due to pandemic) unusually scheduled to be on Oct. 24, which I’m worrying might still be a bit too hot for a marathon. Regardless, I need to learn to trust that God’s plan is always much better than what I can imagine with my limited mind.

Things in our city continues to head south, and many personal things are troubling me without any clear resolutions, and this never-ending pandemic is exacerbating the whole situation. Having a marathon run to look forward to and my now-motivated weekly sweaty practices seem to provide temporary relief to the surfacing depression I’m experiencing… Let’s just run!!

Sketch… Sunday Service

Sketch… Sunday Service

Unusually Social Week

I’m not entirely sure why, but many of my social meetups ended up cramping into this one week and fitted perfectly into the weekly scheduling without overlapping. Other than Monday which I usually set aside for my weekly indulgence in ink art, I met up with friends every single day, probably a personal social record in recent years!!

Being a little introverted, continuous social meetups can easily drain my energy. I’m indeed rather tired while writing this post at the end of the week, but at the same time, I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to meet and catchup with friends amidst this never-ending pandemic.

Studio Cleanup

Have been busy cleaning up the studio in the last few weeks, it seemed like a never ending task, there’s always more things I could have organized and cleaned up further. Decided to finally call it quit for the big cleanup project last week after repotting the many plants in the studio!

The city and the world seemed to be falling apart while I was caught up with the studio cleanup:

  • The Professional Teachers Union disbanded, it’s one of the largest union in HK with over 90k members and a history of near 50 years
  • Civil Human Rights Front, organizer of the largest peaceful protests (over 2 million people), also disbanded citing “unprecedented challenges”
  • 612 Humanitarian Fund, a crowdfunding effort to provide financial assistance to the pro-democracy individuals who are being persecuted, halted operation
  • July 2021 was the hottest month ever on record
  • Taliban seized Afghanistan
  • Covid-19 Delta variant continued to ravage the world, even those countries with high vaccination rates

The Sunday sermon today hinted on the possibility that these were signs of the second coming of Christ, it certainly matched some scriptures in the Revelations. Many of us (including myself) are not prepared for the Apocalypse yet, may God be merciful to us all. 🙏🏻