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July 14, 2011

The Rocks

Late yesterday afternoon I hit the rocks. I’m not quite sure what it was, but my energy levels started sinking fast and I knew the pressure of the last few weeks was really taking it’s toll. Actually, it had been a very good day – one of those days where things just seem to go […]

Beware The Rocks

Late yesterday afternoon I hit the rocks. I’m not quite sure what it was, but my energy levels started sinking fast and I knew the pressure of the last few weeks was really taking it’s toll.

Actually, it had been a very good day – one of those days where things just seem to go well. My Tilt/Shift lens fell apart last week and when I took to the Nikon Service Centre they suggested it might take three weeks to fix it. However, they got in touch yesterday and the repair only ended up taking three days!

This week we’ve had some terrible rain, so I was a little worried about lugging my gear to Sheung Wan for an afternoon photoshoot. I decided to take a risk and pack everything into the rental car. Amazingly, I got a parking spot right outside the location, in one of those tight & busy Hong Kong backstreets.

The Photoshoot went well (pictures next week), but once I got home all I wanted to do was curl into bed and go to sleep. I had made plans to go out and catch up with some friends but I probably did a wise thing by cancelling.

I can’t quite name how I feel now, apart from being really tired. As I write this the removalists are in the apartment taking away the last of things, for airfreight. After that all we have left are some basics, enough clothes to pack in a suitcase and magazines.

That leaves two and a half days to say a few more goodbyes, take some photos and generally soak up the last moments of life in Hong Kong.

Responses
Sam 9 years ago

As someone who has lived in many places over the course of my life, I can imagine the feeling when it comes to “leaving a place
behind.” On a brighter note, Singapore is relatively close to HK
and it may be possible to visit HK several times over during the
course of a given year.

I know of people who travel back and forth between the 2 cities several times a year, more out of fun than any work or professional commitments.

Nonetheless, I understand one also has to be practical from a financial standpoint.

From my own personal experience, I can also state that there are
places I’ve lived in that I have no interest in ever visiting again
(for good or bad….), even given the opportunity to do so.

Then again there are those places that retain a hold on your heart
no matter the “distance” time may create. The kind of places you’d jump to visit at any opportunity. Some memories always remain.

Good luck and all the best in your new home, Fernando! Hope to
see more of that photography in the coming months.

    Fernando Gros 9 years ago

    Sam – thanks for your comment. I’m honestly not sure how I will feel about Hong Kong in five, ten years time. When I left Delhi I never imagined wanting to live there again. But my trip back last year made me very nostalgic for the place.

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