Alvin In The Room: Journal

The night

The night can be my own world.

In the past, people's activities are limited to daytime. When electric lights become prevalent, when public services extend to almost 24 hours, we can have more choices at night, do what we like or just take a rest, especially after working for a whole day.

At night, streets are quieter because of less people and less vehicles. Most of the shops are also closed. It seems that we don't have many options of what to do as daytime. It seems to be unsafe as crime always happens. But freedom is always here for sure. Less conflicts with other people in a densely populated city. Nobody in a tram.

Remembering that when I needed to finish my work after 8pm, I usually fed myself outside before going back home. The night seems to be my world and no one can stop me from doing what I like, and there is no deadline for that. I found a place to go, or took a slow transport like tram or ferry rather than going home quickly. I wandered around the streets in the city. I could have time and space to think without any distractions. I also like to run at night but don't prefer during daytime even though I am free.

 

古語有云:「日出而作、日入而息」,人類本來受制於自然光的關係,在過去,晚間必須回家就寢,不可能有太多活動,包括外出。今時今日,因為有電燈,因為公共服務可以延長到晚上,我們可以選擇夜間做自己喜歡的事情。

晚上的人流和車流比日間的少很多,或許你會想到罪案,但是至少夜間不像日間,與人有太多磨擦和衝突。尤其在香港,坐電車必定有位子,街上很寧靜,雖然商店陸續結束一天的營業,沒有什麼好消費,但是如果不介意到處晃的話。但肯定的是,遊夜街能感受到說不出的自由。

記得有陣子我需要工作到晚上8點,下班後自己找飯吃,然後會故意轉多次車或是找個地方去。晚上的世界好像是自己的,沒有人能夠阻止自己,我喜歡亂走,我喜歡亂想,不會有人打擾讓自己分心。現在,我會選擇晚上路跑,我不喜歡日間跑,即使有時間。

 

 

The night is also a great time when traveling overseas. At the first night in Taipei last year, I walked around the place where i stayed. The minority of shops attracted me, and the only street lights brought me to notice something I could usually ignore during the day. I took a bike (from the bike share Ubike) for a while.

I realize why some Hong Kong people cycle in their city at night. I realize why drivers like to become faster on the streets. There are so many things to do in daytime but there are also many things NOT ALLOWED to do at that time because of too many people and because you have to obey norms not to affect others. There are so many things you can't do at night since most shops are closed, but you can still find a lot to do and it will not disturb others who don't know and care what you want to do. The night is really a time of self-actualization.

 

去年12月在台北永和區,第一晚就是在下塌地附近亂走,一個人過橋並在大部分店鋪都關門的街上行走,僅餘的街燈引導我留意日間忽略的機車,小部分仍開店的店鋪也吸引了我。我甚至在Ubike租單車逛。我明白為什麼有些香港人選擇晚上騎腳踏車,為什麼晚上的巴士和私家車會開快一點。在日間,看似有很多事可以做,但同時有很多事都不能做,因為人太多而不能打擾他人;晚上,很多店都關門,看似什麼都做不到,但還是有很多事在此時才可以做,你所做的一般都不會影響別人。晚上,的確是容易做自己的時候。

 

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