14 Oct Sai Wan Hong Kong: A kid’s playground in the Estate 西環邨的玩味－簡韻研、簡裕軒
Sai Wan Estate
This story is part of a series of stories dedicated to Sai Wan Estate, the oldest surviving public estate in Sai Wan Hong Kong. The stories are curated by Caritas Mok Cheung Sui Kun Community Centre and iDiscover, and exhibited at Little Creatures, a restaurant in the neighbourhood. Through this series, we hope to share with you stories and history of the estate, so that you can walk away with a fresh pair of lens.
It doesn’t matter which day of the week, you’ll find the Kan twins running around the long corridors of Sai Wan Estate. We caught them and asked them what they like about the estate.
Flying from the rooftop
“The rooftop!” says Hin. “We play football there, we have a big space and it’s cool up there. When its Mid-Autumn Festival we throw fluorescent sticks off the roof, it looks like they can fly… There is an elderly centre downstairs, many of the sticks land on their roof. We don’t have the keys, so we can’t collect them, even now so you see still some sticks there.”
Up in the hills
“Sometimes I run up the hills behind the estate. You can take the flight of green stairs between the car park and garbage station and then you end up in a kind of garden. Many people plant their own flowers. They even had a gym bicycle, I first couldn’t believe my eyes, but I like to ride it. It’s a nice place.”
His sister says: “We were too small, our legs couldn’t reach the pedals, we could only sit on it.” Hin agrees, “We were only three or four years old, our mum didn’t know, she was at home. It was quite scary, there were no railings and we were up quite high. If we’d fallen we’d be seriously hurt. Now the bicycle is gone, what’s left is only the pedals and some screws.”
These days Hin goes up the hill with airsoft pistols. “I have an G20-pistol with airsoft pellets. But I never really hit any birds, the pistol is too loud. The owner of the shop said that this is a type of spring gun, it’s powerful but loud. I think sometimes the entire estate can hear the echoes of my shots. The second I pull the trigger the birds fly away…”
Hin and Yin may be twins but have very different personalities. Hin says: “I love to scare people, I hate sweets, and I like my eggs boiled. My sister hates scaring people, loves sweets and prefers her eggs sunny-side up.” His sister adds: “Once when we wanted to add value to our Octopus cards at 7-11, the cashier asked if we need a receipt, I said yes, and my brother said no, exactly at the same time.”
About Sai Wan Estate
The twins agree that the Estate at Sai Wan Hong Kong is a great playground. “It’s like a maze! Sometimes it’s confusing. What is 9/F her at East Terrace, is 4/F at other terraces, there are different lifts and they all operate differently. But it’s a great place to play hide and seek, I know all the best hiding places”.
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