“There are only 500 golf carts on Discovery Bay, and I run one of the two shops where you can get them repaired. So you can imagine that I’m quite busy! They don’t give out licences anymore for these carts, which probably explains why they cost around 2 million HK dollars each. We don’t have normal cars in DB - so bikes, buses and golf carts are the only modes of transport. It is a bit of an oddity in this part of Hong Kong - but I’ve been in the business for over 30 years, so it’s not strange to me!”
“As a kid, I wasn’t very academic and didn’t enjoy studying. I had no idea what I wanted to do in terms of career and eventually got referred to work here as an intern mechanic. I learned to fix golf carts, private cars and even double decker buses. I worked hard and took a lot of additional qualifications to hone my skills. I’m not sure who would want to be a golf cart mechanic in the future - it’s almost impossible to hire apprentices these days. Young people find this line of work to be too tough, too dirty and too demanding. They would rather take a job as a security guard than to get their hands dirty. We did have an intern once. But on the third day into the job, his mum gave us a call to tell us that her son is quitting - it was too hard!”
“I grew up in North Point. When I first arrived in DB,
I found it so peaceful and quiet - like a little oasis. I’ve gotten used to this pace of life and I don’t think I can ever live in the middle of the city again. Every time I’m on the island, I get very stressed and irritated with all the noise, the crowds and general hustle and bustle. It’s just so much more relaxed and chilled out in DB. My favourite spot is that little hidden beach round the corner - I have many fond memories of collecting clams and going for dips there!”
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