I longed for this trip since I could not make our trial trip to test the feasibility in providing the service in Burma back in May 2012.
This trip, again, turned out to be a success as we achieved more than we expected. The village we went was small with a few hundred habitants. Owing to political and cultural reasons, the people there were abandoned by the local government so they have no choice but to live a self-sufficient life. They farm and fish. Electricity could only be provided after sunset between 6.30-10 in the evening. So for many Hongkongers it could be difficult as one could no longer enjoy the 24-hours easy access of TV, internet and hot water.
What I was most impressed was how the locals play multiple roles. There was one man whom we saw almost everywhere. We saw him one morning building a shed with log of woods whilst we walked to have our breakfast; by noon, he was helping us to carry our medical equipment to temple for consultation; then in the afternoon, he was at the local school acted as a staff/ teacher; in the evening, he came as a student to attend our tutorial. In Hong Kong, we claimed or even moan (sometimes) how busy we are when we perhaps only act as a child in front of your parents, a boss in your workplace and a husband/wife if you are married. But comparing to the people there, they not only play their "usual" roles as one’s parents; one's child or one's employees; they were also helping their labors, their village, their people, selflessly in order to build a better community. This is something we so seldom see in a city nowadays that one could really sacrifice their time helping others. I could not help but think of an adage recently raised from a recent popular TV soap, "The City is dying!" Is it, really?