“I’m a native of Po Toi O, born and bred here! There are only about 30-40 residents in the village, so it’s easy to get to know them all. Growing up, there was no water, no electricity and no telephone - not even a minibus to get to the main roads! So we had to get in and out by boat. I am a boat operator and work on my own schedule, taking people around the area to go on fishing trips and beach days out. I also love to fish - I come from a family of 9 generations of fishermen after all! My wife and I both grew up in Po Toi O and have known and played with each other since we were kids. All the kids used to gather and play together in the village. But I have far fewer friends around these days. Some of them have passed away and others have moved abroad. I still play Mahjong with some of the other villagers though - it’s a nice change from fishing!”
“My wife and I moved out into this floating house at the edge of Po Toi O a few years ago. We love it here - it’s so peaceful and quiet, and we sleep so well at night. I built the house all by myself. It’s hard work but also very satisfying to create something that you learned to do from scratch. When we get older we’ll probably move back on land, as it will be more challenging for us to do all the maintenance work. But for now, we are very happy here. Many years ago, I worked at the Clearwater Bay Country Club as a gardener - mowing the green lawns and maintaining the golf course. From there, I became a private yacht driver for over 20 years. That job gave me the opportunity to travel all around the world - Australia, Maldives, the Philippines…it was such a fantastic experience and took me from my little fishing village to all corners of the world!”
“I’m 70 years old. Some people tell me that I look quite young for my age and ask me what my secret is. I don’t have one! I eat everything - soda, milk tea, sweets - cholesterol, no cholesterol, I don’t care. I’m blessed so far with a healthy body and mind. I guess it helps to be easygoing and positive. I have three daughters and one son. They’ve all moved out of the village but we are all still very close. I’m not one of those strict traditional Chinese fathers. I’m pretty relaxed and like to have open conversations with them. I also have some adorable grandchildren that I can play with. They can all swim now - like me, they love the water too!”
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