Urban Diary
未來故事 永續香港|Sustainable Future, Hong Kong Tales

Teresa LO Yin Kwan: The Years of Wah Fu

Teresa LO Yin Kwan

In her thirties

Works in IT sector

Lived in Wah Fu Estate for over a decade

Lived in Wah Kwai Estate since junior high school      

“Wah Fu Estate feels like “Penguin Village” (à la Dr. Slump). It is a peaceful estate free from outside interference. Daily needs from clothing, groceries to transport could be met inside the estate. I often hang out with my neighbours, sharing food and joy. Moreover, many of my neighbours are also classmates since kindergarten, so it’s a really happy world. We call Wah Fu the “Widow Estate”, and Wah Kwai “Hungry Ghost Estate”, to play around similar-sounding words in Chinese.

My friends and I often hang out in Waterfall Bay, a place next to Wah Fu with a splendid view of nature. It is also our favourite spot for sunsets. Another ideal spot is the dam of Wah Kwai, where the kaifong association holds night parties around Mid-Autumn. The kids come out and celebrate with their lanterns.

Wah Fu is blessed with a good design and generous public spaces. We used to play in the space around the elevator doors. When we felt mischievous,  we hid behind the corridors and gave passers-by quite a scare. When studying in SKH Lui Ming Choi Secondary School, my classmates and I chatted and even dissected a bull’s eye in the corridors. When we had nowhere to practice for our dance competition, we would do so in the covered sections of Wah Fu. Neighbors walking by would remind us not to stay too late. After hearing so many spooky tales about Wah Fu, we would leave earlier.

The estate stretched out towards all directions. Each block connected to the other like a sprawling maze. In the past there’re several ways to go to the market. Some of them were secret shortcuts, I could walk through a building and use the elevator to save some time. Wah Shun House has three staircases located in the front, middle and back. The front stairs were closest to the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association. I could take the stairs right to Wah Hong Plaza where my bike is. But it’s all a thing of the past now. Every building is locked in by a password, blocking our free movement.”