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February 2022

Trying to Cheer Myself Up

A bit of New Year colour

I haven't been going out much in the last couple of weeks as there is a huge outbreak of Omicron here. This is, of course, going on all over the world, but here our government is sticking by their dynamic zero policy, which means they want zero COVID cases in the community. This means an endless round of closures (nearly everything is shut), lock downs and compulsory testing.

My friend, who travelled across Hong Kong today to visit his mother, sent me pictures of the huge queues of people waiting to be tested in various districts he passed through. Here in Discovery Bay we have to get tested by Sunday or face a HK$10,000 fine, that's around £1000 each. If you are positive with symptoms, you will be sent to hospital. If you are positive and asymptomatic, you will be sent to a quarantine centre. If you are a close contact of someone who is positive, you have to stay home and self isolate while wearing a tracking tag.

From February 24th we need a vaccine passport in order to enter a shop, restaurant or any other public building. In fact, the only thing you don't need it for, so far, is transport. Not sure where you would be going without one, as you aren't allowed in anything!! We are both double vaccinated and I've booked us both a booster. Later on, I think around June, you'll need to prove you have had a booster or lose your vaccine passport.

I went and took a look at the queues here today, but didn't join them yet. I think queuing will be how we are spending tomorrow. Since Peter is elderly and can't stand for long periods of time, I'll take a folding chair with us.

After looking at the queues, I went to photograph anything I could see that was colourful or beautiful in an attempt to cheer myself up. I also did a bit of food shopping in case we get forced to self isolate. Self isolation is the lesser of all the evils.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers.

Flowers.

I watched some dog walkers taking all the dogs they have to look after for a walk. Seeing someone walking around ten dogs at a time here is fairly common.

Dog walkers.

Dog walkers.

Dog walkers.

Dog walkers.

I took some photos of views and interesting features as I walked to the supermarket

Flowers and views.

Flowers and views.

Views.

Views.

Love Padlocks.

Love Padlocks.

Art work.

Art work.

There are still lots of things around to celebrate Chinese New Year, though the celebratory atmosphere is somewhat lacking as you can probably imagine.

Firecrackers.

Firecrackers.

Windmills.

Windmills.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Let's see what tomorrow brings.

Posted by irenevt 09:22 Archived in Hong Kong Comments (10)

The Year of the Tiger ....

Enters with a quiet, 'Miaow!'

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

For a long time the COVID situation here has been pretty much under control and life has been more or less normal - except for the fact we can't travel, unless we quarantine for three weeks on our return. However, in the last few weeks that has all changed. Previously we used to be hysterical if there were 20 COVID cases a day here. Today there were over 600. This is all due to the arrival of the Omicron variant. The government are pondering changing some of our rules. For example, if you get COVID here, you are hospitalised even if it's a mild case, but the hospitals are going to fill up soon, so isolation at home is being considered. Previously close contacts of those who were COVID positive were placed in quarantine centres, but again they will probably be able to self-isolate at home due to lack of space.

Last Tuesday was the start of Chinese New Year. The fireworks celebrations over the harbour were cancelled again due to the pandemic and so was the New Year's Day Parade. People are being asked not to have family gatherings and to stay in as much as possible. This has also coincided with pretty cold weather for here. I have been largely staying in, though I'm not sure how long I can continue doing this before a desperate need for exercise takes over.

Before all this happened, in fact before Chinese New Year, I went to Tsing Yi to shop. While there I strolled through the park and checked how autumnal the line of deciduous trees by the pond had become. I'm starting to really like this park and wander around it frequently.

The line of trees by the pond.

The line of trees by the pond.

Autumn Colours by the Pond.

Autumn Colours by the Pond.

Autumnal Trees by the Water.

Autumnal Trees by the Water.

Autumnal Trees by the Water.

Autumnal Trees by the Water.

A bit of greenery for contrast.

A bit of greenery for contrast.

Still Many Flowers.

Still Many Flowers.

Reflections.

Reflections.

Mighty Banyans.

Mighty Banyans.

Colourful Flowers.

Colourful Flowers.

I also took a look at some of Tsing Yi's Chinese New Year decorations while passing the residential buildings there.

Caishen, god of good fortune, very popular at Chinese New Year.

Caishen, god of good fortune, very popular at Chinese New Year.

Tigers and Gold.

Tigers and Gold.

Next I wandered along the waterfront past gently bobbing boats and colourful plants.

Spiky Plants.

Spiky Plants.

Colourful Plants.

Colourful Plants.

Peaceful Waters.

Peaceful Waters.

Peaceful Waters.

Peaceful Waters.

Peaceful Waters.

Peaceful Waters.

Inside Maritime Square Shopping Mall there were more festive displays and a Chinese New Year market.

Spring Blossom Display.

Spring Blossom Display.

Spring Blossoms.

Spring Blossoms.

Chinese New Year Market.

Chinese New Year Market.

Lanterns and Orchids.

Lanterns and Orchids.

Orchids Stall.

Orchids Stall.

Today I was excited to get as far as my local supermarket. It was thrilling after days of reading and playing Wordle!!!

Inspired by this taste of freedom I also took a short night-time stroll near my home to photograph Chinese New Year displays.

Bringing in the Year of the Tiger.

Bringing in the Year of the Tiger.

Chinese New Year displays lit up at night.

Chinese New Year displays lit up at night.

Spring Blossoms.

Spring Blossoms.

Flowers and Gold.

Flowers and Gold.

Windmills of good fortune. The Chinese believe that spinning the windmill brings good luck.

Windmills of good fortune. The Chinese believe that spinning the windmill brings good luck.

Posted by irenevt 09:46 Archived in Hong Kong Comments (12)

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