A Day to Remember

On my 40th birthday, I slept in and didn’t wake up until near 0900. I planned to take the day off way before there was an open call to strike after the million people protest against the proposed China Extradition bill.

I took my time to catch up on the daily news over breakfast. News kept pouring in on my social feed regarding the protest happening at the Gov. headquarters to stop the proposed bill. Roads were occupied like the time of the Umbrella Movement in 2014. I saved and memorized some emergency info before leaving home at around 1pm. I planned to have a light lunch and take a stroll in TST before taking a ferry to Central and experience first hand the protest at the Gov. headquarters. The peaceful protest turned violent at around 4pm, so I scraped my plan to experience the protest. I took a ferry from TST to Central and went straight to the subway to head back to the studio. It was about 5pm.

Throughout the day, I stayed up-to-date on the news through the radio and news subscription. I was also constantly messaged by my family and friends asking about my safety. I am thankful for the many family and friends who are worried about me. At the same time, I don’t really understand how I gave them the impression that I would have the courage to go to the frontline and support a protest I cannot help.

Tear gas and rubber bullets were fired at protesters, blood was shed. Why?? Why does our Gov. neglect the unequivocal voice of millions of people to stop the controversial bill??

I finished the remaining of my bday cake from my calligraphy class yesterday, and finished typing out this post before leaving the studio.

Tomorrow will be another day, and I had no idea what to expect. I can only pray for God’s mercy and grace on our city. 🙏🏼

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