Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Flower Lady of Yaumati

She was preparing 白蘭花 for sale, on the steps of a busy MTR exit in Yaumati. At two dollars for a pack of three flower buds, it was a bargain. Certainly much cheaper than in Central, where they are going for 10 dollars a pack. They are very fragrant, pretty flowers, and bring back a lot of memories.

These flowers are much harder to find these days, and the people who sell them seem to be always older folks. I suspect many people buy them for the memory more than the fragrance. This lady is in her late 80s – it is a pity that she has to do this at her age. I am afraid the buying and selling of 白蘭花 may pass away together with her generation.

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