“I sell my basket of golf balls at my little stall in front of my house every day. The golf balls often fly all the way over here from that big golf course in Clearwater Bay! Back in the day, I would wander around and pick them up. You need to be careful because there are snakes around here. But I’m 80 years old, so I don’t go around looking for golf balls anymore. The young people will find them and bring them to me and I will resell them for a few dollars. I don’t know anything about golf and I’ve never been on a golf course, but it looks nice and very big! I haven’t always been selling golf balls. I grew up on a boat at the Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter. I started working when I was a kid and would fish with my family all day - it was a tough life!”
“I moved out to Po Toi O in my twenties when I got married. I met my husband through family friends, as you do back in those days. I’ve been here for six decades now, so I know everyone around here. My husband passed away a few years ago and I now live alone, so it’s nice to have neighbours to chit chat with sometimes. All my kids are grown up and have moved to the city to make a living. They come visit me once in a while. Apart from selling golf balls, I also have a little motor boat that I use to take tourists around the area to keep busy. A lot of foreigners and city people like to come here. The air is fresh and the village is charming. They also come for the excellent seafood, of course! Have you tried the salt and pepper calamari?”
“My days are pretty quiet. I’m old so nobody invites me to events anymore! I sometimes still play Mahjong with my neighbours. Po Toi O used to be a lot busier, but in recent years we have had far fewer tourists. We’ve also not been able to organise Cantonese opera shows or festival celebrations because of the pandemic. Those days were always a lot of fun - with the bamboo theatre and lively music and colourful decorations. Hopefully those will return soon, but in the meantime I will just relax, and take it easy!”
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