“He’s here but he’s not here. He rejects the here, is unhappy with it, wants to be farther up the trail but when he gets there will be just as unhappy because then it will be “here”. What he’s looking for, what he wants, is all around him, but he doesn’t want that because it is all around him.” Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Due to the winter conditions in Macau, the outdoor seats are unoccupied with much of its guests huddle up inside the cosy environment of the coffeehouse. Because of the rent rates, the coffeehouses here in Macau or Hong Kong across the Pearl River, are small in size. There is a sort of cosiness that comes with it.
When we set foot into the coffeehouse to escape the cold weather and to give our legs some rest, it was luck that we found a table with three comfortable padded red chairs. Alongside our beverages, we sat and talked about a myriad of things that had time crept past unnoticeably.
It was serendipitous, to say the least, that we ended up travelling together across the country. What is encouraging is that, here I am, talking to a stranger who lives half way across the earth from me, and it feels natural to just sit and talk. And this stranger is neither the first, nor the last during this trip to Hong Kong that gave me this lasting impression.
During my eight day journey across various places in Hong Kong, I have met different individuals from different backgrounds and all it took to get to know them was a look at each other, a casual hello followed by a “where are you from”. From there, adventure begins, as was written down in the previous post.
In this little adventure of mine, I had experienced the epitome of living here and now – the Zen philosophy that I came across so often in the books.