Eastern Easter

I have never celebrated Jesus in Finland (or anywhere else, for that matter), but Easter has had it’s place in my life, mostly in the common egg-shaped, chocolatey form. In Finland, Easter has always been the culmination of spring and everything that’s starting to bloom after the gloomy, harsh winter.

How are things in Hong Kong? Well, there is abundance of chocolate (Western brands leading towards sugar-rush and food coma), and restaurants do offer a variety of Easter brunch, buffets and lambs. My Easter? So far, I’ve gone to pay the rent, and to yoga, sushi buffet (by far the best so far) and a nunnery.

Flashback from Japan, only difference is the skyscrapers
This could be a flashback from Japan, only difference is the skyscrapers

The weather has been rather grey and depressing, lately. Nothing that a Finn hasn’t experienced before, though, so I decided to go out and explore Kowloon city (the rain beat me, Kowloon Walled City Park yet remains to be explored).

Nunnery amidst all the urban infrastructure
Nunnery amidst all the urban infrastructure

From the extremely tranquil and beautiful Nan Lin garden in Diamond Hill, I continued my pilgrimage to Sik Sik Yuen Won Tai Sin temple (yeah, I had to check the name).

Prayers and fortunes, most likely no Jesus involved
Prayers and fortunes, most likely no Jesus involved

What do you do when the rain just won’t stop? Go to have a cup of tea, to the cinema and/or shopping!

Not a bad location for a restaurant
Not a bad location for a (vegetarian) restaurant

Easter is not yet over, and the shops are still filled with bunnies. So far, I am very much pleased with the holidays, even though I haven’t seen the sun, I didn’t get to go to Macau as planned, not to mention Lantau (or finally get to try out my new bikinis!).

PS: I completely forgot that my blog is now 1 year old! Whoa, time flies! I have only 2 months left in Hong Kong…and then, who knows?

Two very happy girls having a very good Easter dinner
Two very happy girls having a very good Easter dinner

Happy holidays, everyone – no matter what, where and how you celebrate!


Multi purpose park

Bryant Park is in the heart of the city, and the daily activities organized may justify me calling it if not the heart, then at least some other important organ of the city.

There are free to read newspapers and books, book readings and discussions, language courses and much more in the literature area. Juggling lessons, yoga and tai chi are some of the weekly activities. Then there is live music, as well as snapshots of Broadway plays during lunchtime.

Not to mention this.

Rebel Without a Cause, James Dean’s most famous film, in Bryant Park

Every Monday night HBO and Pepsi offer screenings of classic films. The lawn area opens at 5 pm, when queuing people race to spread their blankets and try to get the best spots. Then, 4 hours later, the film begins. After a ritual.

Dancing before the movie

The movies are screened after a cartoon and -of course- movie trailers. Since the park was filled yesterday, my rough estimate is that there was easily over 1,000 people. Therefore, it was the biggest movie screening I’ve ever been to, in the most interesting location (you can hear the sounds of the city around you), with the most interesting waiting time (picnic blankets side by side). I had a good spot right in the middle front, where the sound was so loud I wish I had brought earplugs.

There are other movie screenings going on almost every night in other parks around the city and in Brooklyn, too, but I think this will be sufficient for me, for now. It is a good alternative to spending the night in your own couch, though!