#umbrellarevolution

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a favorite.

in the light of the recent developments in hong kong this past week and the fact that today is october 1; china’s national day, I am sharing a few of my favorite images from the protest. the events of the last few days have been rather serious and they provoked an incredible wave of reactions from the people of hong kong.

for those who have no idea what is going on in hong kong at the moment (although I seriously doubt that you were able to escape the news):

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quartz explains the meaning and the use of umbrellas on the streets. occupy central with love and peace. almost a hundred thousand people took to the streets. the guardian has been reporting on #occupycentral since the start. hong kong people! drone footage of the protests in central, wan chai, and causeway bay. instagrams from the centre. it’s time to give a fuck, people. the time for democracy is always now. the economic explains why hong kong remains critical to china’s economy. and today’s the day. hong kong police fires tear gas. cnn’s iReports from the field. areas of protest; the one in mong kok is literally one block away from my building, but we are unaffected. except for a short electricity outage last night. china is blocking content: cnn’s coverage gets blacked out, instagram has been mostly blocked. what they want vs. what we need. the most civilized protest in history. a very cool set of black and white images. the best instagrammers to follow for #occupycentral and #umbrellarevolution. full text of china’s message to hong kong. the most prominent leader behind the movement is only 17 years old. overall quartz has been doing a very good job reporting on the latest news from hong kong; appropriately titled the future of hong kong.

september days

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the blue hour: sundown in hong kong. shot in wan chai.

here’s something funny: at the start of the month I attempted to write every single day of september and I lasted exactly two days. with the second day being reduced to a post of images rather than words. no matter what I keep telling myself (convincing myself of), the truth is that I am losing my writing. I am losing it.

every time I am reminded of this, I am filled with dread. disappointment. I am struggling with the 24 hour days. there is never enough time for everything. and prioritizing feels like being pulled through a very narrow channel or tunnel, emerging on the other side, short of breath and in discomfort. that is if one survives such a thing. I am not sure what will happen to me.

I can say that my writing has suffered in twenty-fourteen. but otherwise, this year has been most unexpected and filled with changes. my inability to keep up with my writing now has legitimate reasons: I have been in and out of transitions. at the start of the year, I moved out into my own apartment. together with the boy, we adjusted to our new lifestyle and life over a few months. it was difficult at the beginning of it. like, really fucking difficult.

I struggled with my goals and plans. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I just knew that I needed a change. for almost twelve months, I looked for a job, an opportunity that would allow me to do exactly what I wanted. I interviewed with a bunch of restaurants and bars in hong kong to improve their marketing and advertising strategies. nothing inspired me enough. I began freelance writing when I had a spare moment. that made me happy, but it wasn’t enough. after five months of searching, I couldn’t find a company with such a corporate culture that would make me want to be there.

with this, I entered a phase of absolute frustration with everything. and I would always blame the city for it. I would blame hong kong for all of my problems. which was very unproductive, prolonging the entire cycle of never-ending irritation and dissatisfaction.

then one morning, on the train ride to kowloon bay, I received a mass newsletter from akilah institute. it was a “we are hiring!” email that listed about half a dozen positions for various roles. neither fit me perfectly, but I saw myself working for this organization. akilah institute is a non-profit college in east africa, that provides market-relevant education to young women. I had met the co-founder more than a year and a half ago and since then I’d been following them closely. numberless of times I had wanted to send a networking email, but I never did. something always felt off.

until that morning.

so I sent a Facebook message to the co-founder; with a causal inquiry. which then ended with a job proposition, an interview, a second interview, a trial period of two months and finally, a full-time job offer, which I commenced at the end of last month. I am still based in hong kong, but the international doors wide-opened the way they were not before.

I am doing something that I’d been wanting to do for the longest time. I cannot tell you how good that feels. if any of this is any indication, twenty-fourteen kicked ass. I will try to be in touch more often.

life, lately

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new morning routines. cafe o. universal trade centre. 9-6. but I am finally doing what I’ve been wanting to do. / sunny soho, one afternoon. I wandered out for lunch and ended up snacking on nuts and taking photos for 45 minutes instead of a proper lunch. / an older photo from last month; the last of summer. / late afternoon views. definitely not the thousands hills, but it’ll do for now.