Saturday, December 06, 2003


I'm Joe and I'm from Sydney. The reason for the title 'Chungking Express' (apart from it being the name of a cool film) is that I'm not in Sydney anymore. I'm in Hong Kong now and spending a lot of my time in Chungking Mansions, the home of cheap mobiles, cockroaches, illegal immigrants and Hong Kong's best curries.

Many Hong Kong residents find Chungking too scary/smelly to go near but for many non-Chinese (particularly South Asians) Chungking is a home away from home. Infact, once you get settled in to the building you realise that it is a very friendly place where people know each other and feel a strong sense of community. I get a rush of excitement every time I enter the place and I'm so glad to be back.