The longer this summer holiday goes, the more I find myself thinking of what's happening back at home in Hong Kong. Not in a I can't wait to get home way but more of I hope it hasn't changed too much.
It's the nature of where I live, but it never gets easier. Being in America reminds me of how quickly things change back in HK. No matter how long we stay away from our home in Madison or the small town where the hubby's parents live, it's comforting to know that for the most part it stays the same between visits.
It's not that change is bad. Change is good, but the change in this market is often at the expense of all the character and local charm that I love about it or the people whose families and livelihood has been there for years.
Lately though, the changes taking place are exciting and creative. We have street art. We have public art installations. We have pop up markets (and not just our Stanley Night Market). Dare I say there's a scene? Or at least a vibe? My friends at Print House HK and I are hoping so.
For as many years as I've been using the market and it's little alleys as a backdrop for outfit pictures, it never ceases to amaze me when I find a new spot. Not that this is a new spot; I've just never used it for pictures on the blog. It's the steep alley I call the hardware store lane (where the hardware store is, of course) that can be taken for a side entry into the market.
Our hardware lane was teeming with people for our inaugural Stanley Night Market at the end of May. Seeing the alley now in these not-yet-posted outfit photos reminds me of how much fun that night was and makes me excited to start planning the next one.
But first, I'm going to sit back and enjoy the rest of this summer holiday, in the backyard where there's more grass than concrete and cruising the sleepy streets of this tiny town on my bicycle. I know when we leave America, I'll be having opposite thoughts and longing to be back here.