Overpowered by joss sticks

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 January, 1994, 12:00am

BEFORE coming to Hong Kong, I rarely got the chance to smell the sweet scent of incense, and I enjoyed it when I could. But since coming here a few months ago, I have begun to hate that smell.

I have nothing against Buddhism - or any other religion - it's that it's this constant burning of incense that's annoying me and my family.

Even though there are signs everywhere where we live saying no burning of incense, the people just don't seem to pay attention to them.

Every morning, when I wake up, instead of being able to breathe in fresh air (or as fresh as it gets in Hong Kong), I find myself waking up to this smell of burning incense .

Not only does the burning of incense annoy people, it's bad for the environment as well and speeds up global warming.

And, it's not just in the hallways. You can smell it wherever you go.

Look at the temples for one. You can hardly breathe properly in them because there's so much smoke in them.

Also, almost every building in Hong Kong has a little hole on the side where people burn their incense; and it's usually besides the door, so that's the first thing you smell on entering.

Maybe if people didn't burn as much incense at once, and had a little more empathy for those around them, people like me (if there are any) wouldn't have to complain all the time or see it as a problem.