“From tomorrow on, I will be a happy man. Living in a house towards the sea, with spring blossoms.”- HaiZi
What an experience…How is it possible to have a truly isolated escape to a hidden place, in a waterfront villa with a private swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean? Strolling alongside my swimming pool let me feel like I was finally living in the “real world” that I had never seen. Wasn’t this supposed to be full of the scenery, like what I just had in my eyes? The sky-blue skies and the ocean-blue ocean, no reinforced concrete jungle like where I have been living in Hong Kong. Anything artificial was superfluous at that still moment, even the gorgeous rose printed swimsuit I wore.
“There is no one there, only you and the ocean!” I heard a voice whispering near my ear.
Then I started reciting a Chinese poem in my mind – “From tomorrow on, I will be a happy man. Living in a house towards the sea, with spring blossoms.” That’s a famous poem [Facing the Sea With Spring Blossoms] from Chinese poet HaiZi. I felt like I knew what he was longing for in the poem even though he was in the spring sprit and I was in the summer vibes. But what does it matter? Leaning on my poolside couch, seeing the shining sparks twinkling on the sea surface. I stood up and ran into my “unreal dream” unrestrictedly to chase the refection of myself into the ocean. By jumping into the water with my rose printed swimsuit I blossomed like a rose that I can never be.