*With Apologies to Gabriel García Márquez
Like many countries and communities around the world the people of Hong Kong have suffered greatly due to the onslaught of COVID19.
The lock downs have lead to massive unemployment, which in turn has lead to depression, anxiety and all of the problems that this entails. As people have lost their jobs, so too have their children been deprived of extra curricular education. This in turn has had a knock on effect with with businesses such as tutorial centers suffering from loss of income. And of course entertainment venues such as bars and nightclubs, not to mention restaurants. However, Hong Kong has suffered far less than many of the surrounding territories and countries. Why is this?
I believe it is because the people of Hong Kong followed the instructions given out by the government. Often restrictive, often against every natural instinct, the people of Hong Kong complied with those instructions, regardless. We wear facemasks, however unpleasant. (It is possible for persons with medical conditions, such as chronic asthma, to obtain wavers, which they must carry with them and produce them on demand) We socially distance ourselves, often not meeting our family members of friends for weeks on end. At the time of writing, social gatherings are still limited to four persons. But, as a result of the sacrifices made by the people of Hong Kong, presently, COVID19 is under control.
Are we ‘sheeple’?
No, I don’t believe we are! No one knows when the next pandemic might hit us, but the people of Hong Kong will be ready for it and work with the government, not because they fear fines and penalties, but because they know it is the right thing to do!
The question is, what can we do to keep ourselves sane while all this is happening. To keep the anxiety and depression to an absolute minimum or get rid of it altogether!
To start with, love yourself. Think only positive things about yourself. The next thing is GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!
COVID19 is not lurking in the trees and bushes waiting to pounce on the unwary. So, take every opportunity to go for a walk. Breathe some fresh air. Take a look at the trees and the bushes and the flowers. After all, they are free for all of us to enjoy.
Of course we must continue to take all sensible precautions. Personal hygiene is of the utmost importance. Current health regulations state that persons taking exercise, jogging, hiking, walking etc, need not wear a face mask, but keep one handy in case you need it. Mini carabiners come in handy for clipping one to the strap of your kitbag or even a belt loop. A small bottle of alcohol can be purchased at any convenience store.
Regardless of where you live in Hong Kong you are never too far away from the countryside and thanks to the transportation systems, buses and the MTRC traveling times are not long. If, like us, you are fortunate enough to live in Tai Po the traveling time is even shorter.
Following our own advice, we decided to have an outing to the Tai Po Waterfront Park for a picnic. For more information on this location please click on the link.
First we went shopping in the Tai Po Mega Mall for munchies etc, before starting our walk along the Lam Tsuen River.
We were unsure of the weather as it had rained earlier and the sky looked a bit threatening, but soon we were at the entrance to the Waterfront Park. The next thing we had to do was find a suitable spot to set up ‘camp’.
And we found the ideal spot.
After eating our fill it was time to explore our surroundings. But not before we enjoyed the view from our tent.
The Waterfront Park is well known for its flowers and trees but this was the first time we visited the fish pond.
Then we continued on to other areas and found this small rockery.
Flowers of every colour everywhere you looked.
Finally, it was time to head home and passing through the rear entrance to the park we passed by the Scented Garden.
This entrance takes you to the Yuen Shin Park and Fu Shin Estate where, as mentioned in previous posts you can find convenience stores, restaurants and transportation in the form of buses and taxis.
We hope you enjoyed this post. We certainly felt better for having made the effort to get out and see a bit of nature. It made all the difference to our state of wellbeing and we strongly recommend anyone, going through anxiety and depression to do the same. Thank you for visiting stewartgoeswalkies. All comments will be gratefully received.