Sunday in Wong Chuk Hang

28 05 2017

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It was a lazy, golden Sunday of breakfasting in a vegetarian Japanese cafe (Mum), then walking back through the canal by the park. Schools of newly hatched fish were swarming through the greenish water.

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We read at my apartment, then went out to Aberdeen, to buy plants in the local alleyway filled with ferns and succulents on little shelves, dragonfruit, tea-flavoured icecream and start-of Summer dragonboat dumplings, wrapped in banana leaves.

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We ventured into dingy games arcades, fragrant with a narco-haze, and bought oranges off old men in neighbourhood shops stacked with 80s sweets, and wire in local fishing stores where customers picked out shrimps from a tank with chopsticks for bait and big-breasted women held up big shiny fish on the cover of angling magazines.

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Under the concrete bridge to Ap Lei Chau we found an abandoned faux-midcentury seat, the kind you find in smart doctor’s waiting rooms, now installed to look out over the harbour. It was by a little village-like settlement of boat repairers, replete with creepy hand-carved shrines.

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And we swam in the beautiful sunlit water of the Pao Yue Kong swimming pool, the air and water both a perfect temperature, and then ate dinner in a cafe with an inhouse all-white fighting ring (Sensory Zero). All in all, it was a pretty great local Sunday, the first real weekend of the Summer!

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