Letters | Singapore is now home, but Hong Kong is where the heart is
- Hong Kong can grow on you in mysterious ways, with its natural splendour, ease of movement and, most of all, its warm, friendly people. I left with a heavy heart, but I will always be praying for you
Singapore transfer orders were in, and it was time to bid adieu to Hong Kong – my home for the last two and a half years.
The moment I set foot in Hong Kong, it had been love at first sight. The abundance and beauty of nature took me by surprise, as I found water, mountains, promenades, sunsets, hikes, trails, beaches and sleepy islands – all within a stone’s throw from the city’s urban heart.
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Hong Kong grows on you in strange ways. However, what I will miss most are the people, those with whom I shared not many words but lots of smiles and warmth. The backpack stall lady at Sham Sui Po who hugged me and gave me a bag as a gift. The fabric stall owner who smiled with recognition and threw in some mask holders.
The day after the first Covid-19 case was announced, everyone was wearing a mask. Through all these months, they kept Hong Kong safe and the coronavirus at bay. I was moved by their concern for the safety of the community. In all instances no one told them what to do – the people knew what was best for the community.
As we waited for the packers to arrive, the T8 signal was issued. Hong Kong said goodbye in its own unique way. I’m really glad I had this time to get to know you. I left with a heavy heart, but I will always be praying for you.
Shobha Krishnaswamy, Singapore