Feb 26, 2014

HK 3: travel to people-watch

We were eating at McDonald's seated near the glass wall, having a view of the outside world. It was past 7am, people were passing by, probably going to work and school. There were kids in uniforms, women carrying babies or pushing strollers, corporate-looking guys and ladies, and the not-so-corporate looking. A few dropped by at McDo for some "grub." :)
But one thing that stood out to me was that there were many senior citizens in this part of HK Island. We were in Sheukwan(sp?) to go to Shek O, where we can find the trail head to Dragon's Back. I wonder if HK has designated areas for senior citizens.

Funny that I could probably just sit the whole day there at McDo and just watch locals go with their daily life, wondering how do they make a living, cook food, do they also bitch about Mondays, the crushes of the teen girls, etc etc? And i realized that it's one of those things that I really look forward to in "traveling" -- people watching. I'm probably not alone in this.
(Not in mcdo)

The trail path / system of a country reflects the nation's "status"? I only been to SG, and now HK, and i noticed that both are really keen on their "trails." Maybe when once a country has solved their "basic needs," they could work on this kind of stuff. And, it's not entirely for aesthetic purposes because they actually made it senior-citizen friendly in HK so it's usual to meet old people trekking or just making "tambay" in their trails. When senior citizens are "healthier," the less is burden to the government. In our case, since we don't have government, the less burden to the families. When are less-burdened, people would feel more secure to take risks.

But I guess the most benefit when people get closer to the nature / trails is that we became more aware of it that we get mote conscious of the consequences of our every action. Yada-yada. :)
So it got me thinking that "paving the trail" is on our generation. I guess for us the current adult / working generation of Philippines has the biggest say on what our children will get. Will it be paved or still messy or worse?

With having a "paved" path, our kids will have a better life. They can be more risk-taker.

But on the other thought, as they say, it's the tough life that gives the most learning. 

I guess, in the end, either way, nothing really matters?!?
The dragon's back trail ended at a beach.
We had lunch at surfer's dude shop.
We went back to our place via Tram ("dingding" as what they called it here). It's also one of my wonders why / when / what made locals choose "tram" over train or bus or taxi when commuting. 

Over the days we stayed here, we tend to pick it over others because:
* going to the train station underground can be time-consuming
* bus is nice
But tram has this romantic calm feeling. I guess maybe because we're not in a hurry. Though, locals tend to pack it still but you'll notice that it's mostly packed with senior citizens.

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