Because I've had so much else to be upset about, I've not griped much about how very hot much of this summer has been -- with last month turning out to have been Hong Kong's hottest July on record (with a mean daily air temperature of 33.3 degrees Celsius -- 1.9 degrees more than normal)! Instead, I've tried to look at the bright side of the weather we've been having, which has included 37.7 more hours of sunshine in July than usual as well as super high visibility days along with lots of beautiful sunsets.
And because so much of social media, along with international news coverage, has been focused on the terrible explosion(s) that have destroyed and damaged a good part of Beirut (a city already troubled by so much, including the coronavirus; with this Tweet made just hours before the latest disaster beset the city is even more heartbreaking to read now), I'm going to share some photos -- taken on rides on the Star Ferry in recent weeks -- of this part of the world that hopefully will put one in a more positive frame of mind. For, yes, things can get so much worse in the blink of an eye but, surely, our situations can get better than how they currently are. Also, amidst it all, let's remember that the fact that we are alive, still healthy (touch wood!), able to appreciate beauty and live to fight another day can in and of themselves be worth being thankful for...
Among the bluest I've ever seen the sky over Hong Kong
and waters of Victoria Harbour!
View over to the Lion Rock from a Star Ferry
making its way across the harbor
Speaking of the Star Ferry, here's one of its boats whose very sight
can bring to mind many happy memories for many of us
A rare photo by me that shows passengers on the Star Ferry (as I usually
prefer to take seats with unimpeded views of the passing scenery)!
Sunny day view from on board the currently untouristy feeling boat
This past July may well have been the first time that I've seen
Castle Peak, way over in western Hong Kong, from Victoria Harbour!
Alternatively, it's become pretty usual to see the
Honestly, and actually, I really do f**king love Hong Kong!