“For the past nine years, I have been cleaning up rubbish at the Discovery Bay Plaza. I do the same route three times during my shift, emptying the fifteen big bins and sweeping the pavements along the way to make sure that the place stays clean and tidy. I will then take all the rubbish to the refuse centre behind the Plaza. I haven’t always been doing this - I was a bamboo scaffolder for a few decades before I retired from the construction industry. My work now is not too stressful, but during the weekends I am busier as all the families and kids are out and about. I quite like it in Discovery Bay - it’s really peaceful and relaxed - and I even get a bit of a sea view!”
“I live in Sham Shui Po and it’s a whole different world from Discovery Bay! I live alone but for many years I lived with my big brother. He was 10 years older than me and I always looked up to him. But life takes unexpected turns. He got diagnosed with stomach cancer and passed away a couple of years ago. I still miss him every day - we were good friends and shared so many memories together. You need to treasure people around you and not take them for granted - they don’t stay forever.”
“A lot of people pass through the DB plaza, it’s the centre of all the action. I recognise most of the residents but I don’t think they recognise me! Many people are either glued to their phones or distracted by their own thoughts. So not many people chit chat with me when I’m working. It would be nice to be acknowledged and sometimes hear a “hello” or “how are you?” when I’m doing the rounds! Little things can make a big difference.”
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