Take 5 with... Yee Ting Lau from INTO THE FORT
WELCOME TO WOMB'S WEEKLY "TAKE 5 WITH..." SERIES. ROUGHLY ONCE A WEEK WE WILL FEATURE A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH A HK-BASED CONSCIOUS PERSONALITY.
THIS WEEK WE PRESENT TO YOU: Yee Ting Lau from INTO THE FORT!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from, where did you study, and what brought you to Hong Kong?
I am Yee Ting. I grew up in Hong Kong, went to university and worked as a graphic designer in London for a bit, moved back 5 years ago. Honestly, Lantau Island is the main reason why we are still here.
2. Not following the well-known corporate path and jumping into the vastness of freelance is a major commitment - what was your catalyst?
Blind faith?! My husband's encouragement was a huge factor. The other thing is that having worked in an office/studio environment in the past, I realised stress doesn't strictly come from work, a big part of it comes from social anxiety, which is often overlooked. So I treat my freelance life as an opportunity to learn to accept my introverted personality and embrace the multi-hyphenate method.
3. What are your thoughts on pollution and waste in HK?
Growing up in Hong Kong, discussions on pollution and waste are common but very textbook-like. It's almost like talking about the weather. In some ways, the bystander mentality applies on this topic. A lot of people are waiting to see what others or the government have to do about it.
I believe in 'power to the people'. Seeing the budding of local recycling groups (Waste-no-mall network) all over Hong Kong is encouraging. My neighbours and I are organising a recycling group in Mui Wo. The idea is to shame the government's recycling system, also doing something about the issue in waste management.
4. What's your personal battle? How do you make your everyday life greener?
Hastes make wastes. So we are taking into account how sometimes we slack off and get lazy with shopping plastic-free. Also sharing our struggles and failures whenever we can cause that's as important as showing what we are doing right. Sometimes that tickles our insecurity, but I rather not be a hypocrite and have an open discussion with the community.
5. What's next for you - remember, sky is the limit!?
The blog is relaunching by the end of this month! We plan to create different types of content and have fun with it. On the side, I am brainstorming ideas to start a project that involves activism but from introverts' perspective. I was inspired by this Ted Talk, and would love to do something like her projects.
We will see!