When you are in Yuen Long (元朗), try to walk at the same pace as the local Yuen Long people, then, very soon you will be surprised and wonder if Yuen Long is really a part of Hong Kong.
The locals in Yuen Long walk at a leisure pace. I guess those who rush though life don’t belong to Yuen Long. These people probably couldn’t stand it and have moved out to the city area long ago.
I enjoyed my time spent in Yuen Long last week. While Kelvin and I had a plan in mind, nowhere was a must-go, nothing was a must-do. There was just nothing to rush. Things were subject to change according to what we felt like doing that moment of time. I love this feeling. Actually this reminds me of the Mondu Fly Tour (盲頭烏蠅團) that I was in with Yik when we were in India and Nepal. We created this tour – a tour that encourages us to embrace and trust life, reminds us that sometimes we have to let go of our original plan and go with the flow of life.
From cup-o-noodles to multi gigahertz computers, everything is measured in bits and bytes, dissected into milliseconds and nano-detail. I live in the city. I understand how much our society loves speed. Surely we need the speed to keep ourselves competitive in this ever changing market. But we are not designed to go flat-out, around the clock, on turbo mode 24/7. Life is meant to be a series of sprints with home time in between. Drop your to-do list and get into your cruise mode every once a while. Forget about munching the microwaved pizza in front of your computer and take a couple of hours out for a hearty lunch at somewhere you can chill and relax without any rushing.
It’s really all about taking a balance. It is easy to do the extremes – rushing through things and saving time for the sake of saving time, or being lazy and aimlessly wandering through life in the name of quality living. Yet, finding the balance point in between is an art of living, a subject which I am currently exploring and learning 😉
Click here for photos of my Yuen Long day trip.