Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

“Good morning girls, today we’ll go for a trip! Yeah! “ “Where?” Emma asks suspiciously. “In a beautiful place, at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery “. “You go see those Buddhas, I do not care” she replies. “Uuuuuhhh, nice trip to Poopooland, thank you so much” adds Nene. I would say that we are all in a positive mood, happy and energetic, full of enthusiasm, ready to face the 30 humid degrees and the long journey ahead. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) is located in Sha Tin in the New Territories. Built in the ’50s by the monk Yuet Kai, this monastery gathers more than 13 thousand Buddha statues of different sizes, each one different from the

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Sociological Experiment – Chapter 3

“Good morning, ma’am, how many people?” “I am alone.” “It’s okay this table in the corner?” “Perfect; thanks” I look around. The restaurant is full, all small tables are occupied by lonely people who eat watching the phone. All except the one next to me. There’s sitting a man in his forties looking at my ass. He does not look away even when I stare at him impatiently. In fact, he smiles at me and asks me kindly, I correct myself, he asks my ass with kindness: “Do you want to keep me company? I do not like eating alone.” “Oh my God, oh my God! I am the sociological experiment of someone else!” I think with joy, “Will I

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Praise Of Slowness

Hong Kong with an area of 1,104 km2 (like Rhode Island) and with a population of seven million people is the city with the highest population density in the world. The territory consists of Hong Kong Island (in red on the map), Kowloon Peninsula,  New Territories,  Lantau Island and  261 other islands located offshore. The City that you know, the one with the skyscrapers, the buildings on top of each other, the street markets and the super mega shopping malls is the green band on the north of the Hong Kong Island. 10.5 miles in all, 25 minutes by taxi without traffic, 17 MTR stops. Almost all the seven million inhabitants taking to this green belt every day to work,

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Sociological Experiment – Chapter 2

I admit, the sociological experiment (for those who do not know what I’m talking about, read HERE) is proceeding slowly. It’s my fault. I am becoming a horrible Hongkonger who looks at the phone and does not talk to anyone. In my defense I can say that people are not very helpful, the few times I have been brave and I started talking to someone, I did not get great results. Here is a list of my failed attempts and those that have almost been successful: Asian girl in her 20s at the Vietnamese restaurant: “Hi, can I sit next to you? You know I do not like eating alone.” Moment of silence. “I love eating alone”. Moment of silence.

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