To Be or Not To Be

A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard the task I find
Of governing it well.
-- Louisa May Alcott.
...........hmmm....that more or less describes my situation !!

~A Wise Man Said~

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-- Aristotle

Friday, November 04, 2005
I love shopping! I'm sure most guys at this point will say, "So which girl doesn't?" (have heard too many male friends cracking a joke or two on this subject!). Well, to my disappointment, there are many of them, and I have had the (dis) pleasure of meeting them.

Fact is, before I came to live here all by myself, I had not had the scope to study so many different types of personalities this closely. There is only so much you can know about people when you hang out with them on a weekend and so much more you know when you actually live with them and also move around with them. I believe this is the difference between a courtship and a marriage too: the same person during a courtship might be a totally different personality from the same person after the marriage...and all because the dynamics when you live with a person day in, day out over a certain period of time are so different from when you meet them over an evening in a fine restaurant with good food and charming people around (I am not trying to advocate live-in relationships here; was just a flow of thought!)

Funny how I've managed to digress from shopping to something so unrelated!

What I was going to come to was: I am fond of shopping (window and otherwise!), and I have more fun when I go on outings with girl friends who also share my fondness for the same.

Something like the difference between going to an Art museum with an art enthusiast like yourself as opposed to someone who doesn't care the next thing about art -- so that while you wax eloquent about some painting, the other person just stares at you staring at the painting and pretends to be interested in the best case or looks extremely bored in the worst case (or maybe vice versa, depending on which way you look at it...).

How can you compare something like appreciating paintings in an Art museum to appreciating say clothes in a shop, you ask? My answer is, both demand the same basic knack: an aesthetic sense and a critical eye (ofcourse, as there are those who will appreciate art without having either, so there are those who shop with passion, in spite of having neither).

Now that I have confessed to one of my favourite things, that is shopping, let me admit that my stay in Hong Kong has been an enjoyable one owing in no small part to the amount of scope I've had here to exercise this passion. The only one thing missing was (and the point of this post) a partner in crime -- someone who would share this passion with me -- but as all of you have rightly guessed (and friends no doubt will nod their heads), it hasn't daunted me in the slightest degree! :)

P.S: Shall try to post pictures of some of the most bustling, colourful markets in HK like the Ladies Market in MongKok, Night Market in Temple Street, Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei, Stanley Market in Stanley and so on in the picture blog by and by!