Sketch… Christmas Sermon

Escape Continues…

Continuing my escape from the gloomy reality of a declining city and an unceasing pandemic. The public library was closed again, so I couldn’t continue my reading of the Midnight Diner comic series. I switched to spending more time in experimenting with real culinary arts. My theme in the past week was making all-day breakfasts and I successfully fried my first sunny-side up! Plan to experiment with making pasta this week.

Picked up cartooning again in the studio after more than a month of break from the intense Inktober event back in Oct. Target to catch up and complete Inktober 52 (one ink art per week) before the end of year. The cartoons can be found here.

Art (culinary or not) is really good in killing time and helping me escape temporarily from reality, but I do feel guilty at times for letting time just slip away so easily. When the ex-university professor Chan Kin-man (陳健民)visited Jimmy Lai, the media tycoon who is now being prosecuted and detained, he encouraged him not to waste time counting down to the day he’ll be free again but rather learn to seize the day to do good. He was speaking from his own experience of being jailed for the peaceful Occupy Central movement in 2014. I’m reminded of my highschool’s Latin motto – Carpe Diem.

My dad celebrated his 80th bday on Thursday. The originally planned big celebration had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but our whole family did manage to meet briefly to eat a bday cake together. I had a nightmare following the family meetup. In the dream, we were in a remote farming village and I was introducing to my parents my UW classmate(s) from Taiwan and they were kinda proud of the ethnic diversity I was exposed to through my university education. Suddenly, I saw 3 black bombs flying on top of my head and about to land nearby. The dream ended with me yelling and searching for my elderly father.

I think I’m stressed, not from work, but for letting time slip away and not accomplishing anything meaningful. I tried to de-stress by indulging in Art but ended up feeling I’m wasting time and back to feeling stressed again. A funny predicament that I didn’t realize existed until I wrote this post 😅.

Sketch… Sunday Service

Escape…

The 4th wave continues to ravish our city, averaging about 100 cases daily and cases of suspected residential buildings contamination. New tightening measures include no dine-in after 6pm, compulsory covid19 testing, designated quarantine hotels for travelers, etc.

Equally, if not worse, devastating is the increasing persecution of pro-democracy people in our city. The media tycoon Jimmy Lai was additionally charged for violating vague national security laws and denied bail before trial in April. A local church had its bank account frozen due to suspected corruption via crowdfunding. I personally had donated to the church to support their work in helping the pro-democracy protesters and the homeless. Another NGO who helps the local homeless that I had donated to is ImpactHK. The issue of homelessness in our city is increasingly severe amidst the pandemic, and our government officials is persecuting those who are helping the weak and poor, can they be any more apathetic?

Speaking of home, my new Sunday afternoon routine of catching up on RTHK programmes came across a touching episode about a family of 4 reluctantly leaving the city they love to emigrate (more like escape in their own words) to Taiwan.

With constant bad news happening daily and witnessing our city’s rapid decline since July, I have been spending more and more time trying to “escape” reality myself. Recent endeavors include reading the comic series of Midnight Diner and experimenting with culinary arts. Indulging with work also seems to help somewhat, I managed to revive a couple of web servers and backed up all my websites in the studio. Started doing some strategic planning towards the end of this crazy 2020. This year is actually the seventh year since the studio was started, I’m actually considering taking a long sabbatical “escape” during these slow economic times. May God lead and guide my planning. 🙏🏻

Sketch… Sunday Service

Wedding, 4th Wave, Persecution

Helped out at my good old family’s friend wedding on Thursday. It was a small cozy and yet extravagant wedding by the sea. Happy to be a witness of my friend’s memorable milestone while seeing his family and catching up with an old primary school classmate.

The 4th wave of the pandemic is hitting our city hard with daily new COVID-19 cases up to 3 digits on a few occasions in the past week or so. Experts have warned before that the virus will be more active and devastating in the winter, so I proactively met and caught up with many of my friends in Sept. and Oct. just before this 4th wave arrived. It would be better yet if the date with the girl-I-like didn’t result in a last minute rain check and that my UW classmates meetup didn’t get postponed. I guess that leaves something to look forward to after this 4th wave.

Our apathetic government officials didn’t seem to think their people are suffering enough by the ravaging 4th wave, they continue to persecute us with irrational pandemic measures while arresting and detaining people who have been fighting for democracy and freedom. Specifically, 3 young activists and 1 media tycoon have been detained while another ex-LegCo member is seeking asylum outside HK, all happened within one short week!

Oh Lord, can You see that Your people are suffering? Will You help us? 🙏🏻

Sketch… Sunday Service

Website Refreshed

Haven’t posted any updates for a couple of weeks because I got stuck while refreshing this website. It’s been too long since I last did any web programming, so backing up, refreshing, debugging, and relaunching this personal blog took a lot longer than I planned.

With my little online space cleaned and renewed, I’ll likely be doing more babbling to myself here rather than FB. The giant online social media has gotten a bit too complicated and time-consuming for me to keep up over the years, and with the crazy 2020 near its end, now is probably a good time to rid of my FB addiction.

The Sunday service this morning marked the start of the Christian Advent calendar, reminding us of the coming and future re-coming of our Lord. It’s really a good reminder to myself to stay vigilant during these seemingly apocalyptic times, it’s probably not a good idea to be caught squandering my time on social media when that time suddenly arrives.

Sketch… Sunday Service

Sketch… Sunday Service