“As people are just getting into bed, I’m starting my night shift stocking the shelves, clearing up expired goods and manning the cashier. I also like to keep the store clean and tidy. The newspapers get delivered between 3-5am, so I get those ready in time for the morning commuters. It’s always the most hectic during rush hour, when I’m just about to finish my shift - people pile in for their coffees, breakfasts and papers! Doing a night shift means that I need to pay attention to everything because I’m usually running the shop solo. I’m on my feet most of the time but it gets very quiet around 4am, so that’s when I take a little rest. You get some eccentric characters coming into the store in the early hours of the morning, but I also have lots of friendly regulars - it’s a mixed bag!”
“After my shift, I usually visit my dad in the morning at the elderly care centre. He’s in his seventies and living on his own so I try to go every day - to bring him some food and check up on him. I go to bed around 1pm to re-energise for the evening. I am quite an introverted person so I actually enjoy working the night shift when it’s so much quieter. It’s usually very peaceful and I haven’t had anything too crazy happen around here. One time, I rescued a little stray cat just outside the store - one of the regular customers eventually fostered it, which was nice. I’m normally quite tired by the end of the week so on my Saturdays off, I enjoy staying in and relaxing at home!”
“I think it’s important to live your life in a way that’s true to your principles and values. For me, honesty is a key value. I can be a bit of a softie and sometimes find it hard to set boundaries, but I’m learning. The recent years have caused everyone a lot of distress - people are feeling pressure from all fronts and can be short tempered or impatient with others around them. I hope that we can all learn to be more understanding and treat each other with respect. Life is easier and more pleasant that way. I have never travelled outside of Hong Kong and I often daydream of being on a plane. Once I get the chance - Korea and France are on the top of my list!”
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