Mornings at Tsim Sha Tsui

Tsim Tsa TsuiMusic playing: Perfect by The Smashing Pumpkins

You know what makes me fall in love? Discovery.

I believe each person has their own well of beauty and collection of stories to share, just waiting to unravel over time.

I love being with people whom I can spend years with and still find something I didn’t know they liked or disliked on some random coffee date. I fall in love with gadgets that can still surprise me with their capabilities even after years of ownership. I get drawn to places that offer me something new each time I visit.

That’s why I love Hong Kong.

It has been a place of escape, fun, and rest for me for as far back as I can remember.

Yet even though I feel like I can maneuver through its streets alone with ease, I still keep discovering reasons to keep coming back.

On my recent trip, I discovered the beauty of the mornings in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Hong Kong is most famous for being a night city. You can always find a shop or a restaurant open late at night, and the lights from most skyscrapers make do for sunlight until morning bids hello. Most postcards showcase the city at night. Which is why, when I volunteered to buy breakfast on that trip, I had no clue as to what was coming.

Freezing from the quick cold shower in my sweatpants and sweatshirt, I was disarmed by the bare streets of Nathan Road. I literally stopped at an intersection just to take the sight in.

Cool breeze, the rustle of the fallen leaves as they crawled past me, and the occasional hush of a car engine coming to life.

A smile crept onto my face as I watched an elderly woman who’s probably in her 70s briskly walking past me with a cup of coffee in her right hand and towing a bag of newspapers on the other. I mentally took a note of the beautiful jacket a tall lady just put on as she waited for her bus, listening to her start-of-day-song on her iPod.

Beautiful discoveries, I thought to myself as I resumed my walk to the breakfast diner. What would life be without them?

Significant discoveries throughout my life ran through my mind. I discovered I was wrong about the rigid quiet girl, and the angst-ridden boy as well as the neat-freak boss – they eventually became some of the truest friends I could ever find. I was also very wrong about the aloof artistic guy and found myself falling deeply in love with him.

That’s what Hong Kong is for me. To the world, it is just a simple shopping destination. But to me, it is a place I plan to keep coming back to for its old comforts and new adventures and finding that, no matter how often or how long I visit, I am forever destined to fall in love over and over again.

What about you? What beautiful discovery have you made lately?

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