Discovering Discovery Bay / by erwin lian

My first month in Hong Kong:

I am still adjusting to life here and it has been quite an interesting experience thus far.
Restarting something is always more difficult, and I'm giving myself more time to acquire the necessary momentum and rhythm.

Since I don't have proper gears and equipment, I am making do with what I have and can do. 

Yesterday, I visited an old college classmate and experienced Discovery Bay. This place doesn’t feel like Hong Kong and offered some unique quirks.

 I sneaked into the Marina Club but was kicked out after they discovered me. Didn't complete my painting and I have to walk around to find another spot. This spot really wasn't ideal and it was on a slope but I decided to give it a go.

I sneaked into the Marina Club but was kicked out after they discovered me. Didn't complete my painting and I have to walk around to find another spot. This spot really wasn't ideal and it was on a slope but I decided to give it a go.

 No easel. no chair, plenty of mosquitoes and a scorching sun were some of the annoying issues I dealt with for this first plein-air.

No easel. no chair, plenty of mosquitoes and a scorching sun were some of the annoying issues I dealt with for this first plein-air.

 Ta-dar ! I did it. Not exactly my best work but hey I stayed committed till the end. 

Ta-dar ! I did it. Not exactly my best work but hey I stayed committed till the end. 

 Personal cars aren't allowed in Discovery Bay and people have to buy these over-priced golf bungees that costs a few million dollars if they want a  vehicle. 

Personal cars aren't allowed in Discovery Bay and people have to buy these over-priced golf bungees that costs a few million dollars if they want a  vehicle. 

 Way less crowded in Discovery Bay and it felt like I been transported out of Hong Kong. 

Way less crowded in Discovery Bay and it felt like I been transported out of Hong Kong. 

 I walked all over and couldn't find a good spot with shade to paint or sketch. Eventually, I just sat down and drew some people around me.

I walked all over and couldn't find a good spot with shade to paint or sketch. Eventually, I just sat down and drew some people around me.

 couples and their poses

couples and their poses

 Thankful to have great friends from College in Hong Kong. Hung out with Queenie and her family 

Thankful to have great friends from College in Hong Kong. Hung out with Queenie and her family 

 Sophie posed for me and I did a fast sketch of her. 

Sophie posed for me and I did a fast sketch of her. 

My life in Hong Kong has been good thus far. The locals have been a lot friendlier than I have anticipated. Some of my friends have warned me about peculiar judgmental cultures....Since it isn’t something I have control over, I won't be registering anything of them.. just my jovial best when I'm here.