i just want to see the sea

November 8th, 2015

The night they cleared Mong Kok, my heart was so heavy that the farthest I could bear to go was to a stretch of sea not far from home.

When my heart feels heavy, I sometimes go back to the site at Admiralty. I go up and down the escalators, walk around quietly, and remind myself it was real, not a dream, not a fantasy.

When I close my eyes, it’s almost like I can feel the wind on my face again. For a second, the place is packed again. So much energy, so much hope. People really cared. People still care. People in this little town that I have been calling my home for the past five years, but that I have grown to love ever since I was little and came back to visit my grandparents, my uncles and aunts, my cousins.

I walk around the site, walk through the park, and always, always end up at the sea. Because… the sea. Because I just want to see the sea.

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book and sword : gratitude and revenge

is the first novel written by Jin Yong. The protagonist is Chan Ka Lok, who is the leader of the Red Flower Society. The book title refers to Ka Lok being famous for being well-versed in culture and martial arts, but also for having to make a difficult ethical decision. My father named me and my brother after him.

The subtitle is from a poem Desiderata