Today was a day off from root tracing I thought. A day to head to the park, to swim and to sit in the sunshine. I’ve learnt my lesson and don’t even attempt to get horizontal in Kowloon Park, not wanting to endure the wrath of any more park attendants. I lie down later on a bench on Hop Inn’s rooftop, falling asleep to the sound of the dozens of air conditioning units, and waking up with a sunburnt face. If this is winter, I can’t begin to imagine how hot it must be in summer.
But back to Kowloon Park. After my swim I decide to explore. Usually I’m heading off to some government appointment or other, but today I’ve free time to wander and see what other delights Kowloon Park has to offer. And I discover flamingos, and parrots, a waterfall, a sculpture trail and these….
I had thought roots were off today’s agenda, but it seems I was wrong. I was struck by how different these trees were from the ones I used to draw as a child, where all the roots definitely came from the very bottom of the trunk and the branches all emerged from the top. On these Chinese trees, some of the roots emerge from well over half way up the trunk. I take this to be a very good sign for my own root tracing.
I’m a little late blogging because I’ve only just got in from seeing Hong Kong Love Stories at HK Fringe Club Underground Theatre. A delightful and hilarious ‘finger (and a few other body parts) on the dating pulse’ play ‘woven together from countless comical anecdotes’ about first dates. The two central characters encounter a lot of crazy, unsuitable mates before they find true love with each other. One of the unsuitable dates depicted, and that HK ers relate to and laugh about, was a selfie obsessed Korean girl who wore a bobble hat. As a newbie in HK I didn’t immediately get it, but on the way home:
HK fashion is a weird and wonderful thing. Practically anything goes. The more colourful the better. And the same goes for cars.
So much colour and excitement and visual stumulation in one day. As I’m falling asleep over the keyboard I am thinking of that game I used to play as a child, rock, paper scissors. Could there be a Hong Kong version based on today? Cars, fashion, roots? Not sure how you’d play it, but I’d choose roots every time.