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Portrait of a City // Hong Kong

We often travel for the sights & sounds, sweeping landscapes and panoramic vistas, but its really a collection of fleeting moments. Moments that leave an impression and last a lifetime. More than that, travel is an opportunity to escape reality and leave our troubles behind. You see, when you switch out the suit for floral shirts, nothing really matters; your work, headaches and deadlines. 

This time, travel brings us to Hong Kong, a bustling metropolis and cultural hub of Asia. Hong Kong has long been touted as a photographer's haven, due to its preservation of heritage and integration with the ultra modern; glass skyscrapers looming in the background of archaic shophouses. Like Hong Kong's iconic "Yuenyeung" drink (A wonderful blend of coffee and tea), the Hong Kong skyline encapsulates old and new, heritage and modernity.  

hong kong streets donald ong visuals

Diving into the gritty streets underneath the canopy of concrete, we were greeted by the throbbing heart of Hong Kong. A bustling community of hawkers and shop owners selling anything ranging from snacks to sex toys. Every direction you looked presented a unique moment to be captured, and preserved, in time.

hong kong streets

Moving past the urban sprawl of Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui took us to the picturesque villages of Stanley and Tai O. While most imagine Hong Kong as a sprawling metropolis and urban jungle, it does offer some incredible landscapes and panoramas, being flanked by mountains and the ocean. Just a short 15 minute ferry ride from Sai Kung Village took us to Sharp Island, a beautiful bay with lush greens and blue seas as far as the eye can see. 

Hong Kong Sai Kung

The ocean breeze, along with the scintillating visuals, provides a moment of  tranquility and self reflection. See, as Singaporeans we're often caught up with our hectic lives and the day-to-day grind that is Singapore lifestyle. Being afforded the luxury of a rare moment of zen frees the mind, allowing us to think of where we've been and how far we've come. 

Travel.

Travel frees the mind and unlocks the soul. Travel transcend language and culture, and embraces the only thing that matters - Life. It is the delight in simplicity and the indulging in memories, a reminder that it is less about what you do, and instead, who you do it with. 

Travel isn't just about the sights and sounds, it is a culmination of memories, and a reminder that the only map you need is the people around you.