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"Throughout history, cities have been flooded. Cities have been burned to the ground. Cities have been bombed. Cities have had their economic hearts ripped out of them. But cities have had the ability to come back, re-identify themselves, and become something else. "
— Mayor Bill Peduto. Watch the talk.
On Sunday, it was a Hong Kong that most of us couldn’t quite recognise. Social media exploded with live updates and everyone was shocked to see photos of tear gas clouds hanging over the exceptionally large crowds. #OccupyCentral started trending on Twitter. I went to bed restless, waking up several times in the night to simply check the latest update. Worried about the people who were out there. Hoping that the violence stopped. Praying that no one got hurt.
And ever since then, crowds have continued to grow, getting louder and bigger. Hong Kong has been breaking news on every news channel and the front page of major newspapers. In a mere two days, this whole new side of Hong Kong is starting to feel recognisable - it’s a city full of people that are willing to put up a fight for something they believe in.
— The Pleasure of Reading to Impress Yourself by Rebecca Mead
1. Shek O Beach
2. Big wave bay beach
3. Coming back to Hong Kong after the Cambodia trip
4. Rainy Queen’s Road East
“One of the things that concerns me about a media diet that is overly online, is that we lose the ability to decide for ourselves what we think about who we are.” —
What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet
I accidentally scrolled my way to this article this evening and didn’t know what to expect as I read the title. Was it going to be article full of things I’d already heard about technology and internet’s downsides (valid ones of course)? Or, perhaps it’d offer a fresh perspective. My conclusion is that it was a mix of both, with the latter dominating.
I like the point the author makes about how some of our behaviours like checking our emails first thing in the morning isn’t an Internet problem. It’s a personal problem.
A sentiment I whole-heartedly agree with. I can’t quite bring myself to understand all those that are so constantly overwhelmed by the demands of a connected world. It seems quite clear to me that it’s a personal choice how much we choose to, or choose not to, get caught up in the craziness of it all. Often the easier option is to blame the medium - social media, smart phones, Internet, etc. - rather than take a moment to introspect and think about why it even affects us so much in the first place.
When I was younger, I (obviously) didn’t appreciate this and being disconnected from the Internet was the ultimate punishment. But now, all those Internet-free weeks in the summer appear to be blessings in disguise.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Here are two photos from visiting the Angkor Wat temples at sunrise, while I’m sorting out the rest of the photos and trying to distill down my thoughts and reflections from the trip.
July 10 - 21
Hong Kong to Guangzhou.
Guangzhou to Siem Reap.
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong, and back again.
Sihanoukville to Siem Reap.
Siem Reap to Guangzhou.
Guangzhou to Hong Kong.
…. and it was all so incredible!
Let me take a moment to reflect as it has already been six months into 2014. Where did the time go? Things have been happening so fast and so quickly. June was a big month. We had been working on a lot of things at work that were leading up to big deadlines in June. Here is a recap of the last month in particular:
Kicking off the month with the 3-day offsite with Ralph Lauren’s APAC Merchandising team was incredible. I’ve learnt that I love getting familiar with the behind-the-scenes part of organising a big event as it really gives you a sense of how much work and dedication is required to pull it all off. Beyond being creative and producing something that’s visually stunning, there was so much thought given to creating an experience that leaves a mark with all the attendants and encourages as well empowers them to improve in some way. From all the conversations and comments on the final evening event, I felt that this was definitely achieved. All in all, a massive thanks to the e3 team as always for being the brilliant people they are. I learn so much from them. And a big thanks for Ralph Lauren for letting us into their world.
Playing a part in Cathay Pacific Engineering’s latest 20/20 vision work was a huge learning experience. The essence of the work was about clearly communicating a very big and complex change around how the department is structured overall. I am so inspired by everything the 20/20 vision has achieved so far in leading the right kind of change and therefore it was fantastic to be a part of something that I know is going to go a long way and will really shake up the department (in a good way!). Again, this wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance of the my team and I am so thankful that they trusted me to run with this! We also cannot mention CX Engineering without giving a shout out to Tony for being so awesome to work with.
The latter part of June slowed down ever so slightly. We’re back to the drawing board and working away on things that have deadlines coming up later in July.
It’s been one whole year since I’ve graduated and this is the first summer without a 3-month holiday pre-determined in advance. However, I am going to Cambodia in precisely four days and am so excited to see the temples of Angkor Wat and enjoy the serenity of Sihanoukville.
I was really intrigued by the idea of a transport issue. What does that even mean? I don’t know if I’ve ever really stopped to think about transport - the actual thing that gets me from one place to another, although I think about the feeling of being in transit a lot. There is something still so magical and indescribable about being on a flight and realising that you’re flying above lands you may have never set foot in before. And that down below are people, families, friends and simply just other human beings going about their lives - most likely in a very different way to my own life. I find that so fascinating and humbling.
In the last month, I’ve dipping in and out of Monocle’s transport issue, and unintentionally, I’ve mostly read it when I’m on my way somewhere. It’s been a great read and I loved learning about the little details and the grand projects that make our world move. Being the sort of person that gets lost in existential stuff as noted above, I would say that beyond mobility, transport also indirectly contributes to some of our deepest reflections for there is nothing that compares to the thoughts one has on the train, plane or even while riding a bike. It’s eye-opening therefore to realise that setting aside budgets for infrastructure improvements, picking the materials for the seats, and even determining which book shops and coffee stands get a place in our transport hubs all contribute to the overall passenger experience.
For all those that search #sleep playlists, here you go. It may be a while till we discover another song that’s nicer than this one to fall asleep to.