Monday, January 03, 2011

so not hollywood road! (these are the people in my neighborhood)

© Joselito Briones

something else that's new - this was the first time ever that i saw a religious procession in hong kong. i was climbing up the escalator, at night almost always full of suits on their way back to their posh mid-levels apartment from work, or party goers coming down to hollywood road and soho, when they started ascending with their candles (is that even safe, i mean lit candles on escalators?). as more and more of them appeared, their song, a church hymn, also got louder (the track on the video was added in, the audio originally recorded was of very poor quality).

i used to see a lot of this kind of candle procession growing up in the philippines, so it was a nice surprise to see it here.  i hope they don't do this often tho.  i remember how fascinating it was first time i saw a bunch of hare krishnas chanting and dancing and doing their drum thing in soho in london, but after seeing them again and again over a couple of months they just looked weird.


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