By: Sadhika NANDA (Chan Sui Kau Hall)
There we were. Two “full-time international students” (for all visa-related intents and purposes, of course), blessed with a lover like Hong Kong, but cursed with the inability of knowing how to love her— a rather typical lover’s dilemma. We wanted to get to know her, but we didn’t know where to begin. We wanted to value her, but we just couldn’t give her enough time.
Distressed we were one fine evening when it hit us like a T8 cyclone in May. We had to live like there wasn’t a tomorrow— like deadlines didn’t loom over our heads between naps, like we were going to lose Hong Kong as quick as we got her— we had to live like, well, exchange students.
Upon this realisation, we saw just how much there was to learn from these fleeting friends of ours— our definitively fleeting friends. They waste not a moment and they leave not a corner unexplored. They’re penny wise and pound wiser, if anything. They give Hong Kong what she deserves: a true lover.
Taking a step back, here’s my two cents for now: learning is surely a part of our daily lives, but most of us neglect the re-learning bit. Take a moment to re-learn what you thought you knew about Hong Kong and you’ll see what you’re missing out on, despite being at the very epicentre of it.
More on this soon, when we get upfront and personal with a few exchange students!
文: Sadhika NANDA (陳瑞球堂)
譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)
意識到這個現實，我們也看到在萍水相逢的朋友身上，我們能學到多少。他們觸摸著香港，不浪費一分一秒，不遺漏一分一毫。他們是真正的智者，他們給了香港她應得的 ── 真正的愛人。