Po Po is the Grandmother affectionately called just like my Nonna (in italian) or my Babica (in croatian) in Europe. Po Po here in HK i dont have her actually but i kind of meet them everywhere when crossing the street.
There is a restaurant chain here called Shanghai Po Po, we love their food and their huge childish frames decorations on the walls. I am writing about China PoPo over a phone call to my mom where she was telling about seeing a documentary on Himalaya: up up in the Moutains strong women are lowered deep down into natural wells to fill buckets with pure rose salt; which is lately collected and refined by the men of the village. The entire process is hand made and these women just awsomely carry on such a heavy body work. In China women compromise themselves at the same way although we have no pink salt. Women work and worked very hard until consuming their mind and their whole life, and that’s their result when you cross that street:
Meet Gilberto Gil. And step into the awsome colorful deep world of Brazil, one of the most spiritual and complex counties of the world. His ex ministry of Education (2003-08) is also a heart warming musician with wide social and political views, a struggling past and a bright present. (
Walking thru the markets and the most popular streets of Neaples is like walking thru the market and the popular streets in any of the cities of India. So many colors, voices & sounds, kids, motocycles with three or even four people on board, smells, pollution mixed with the fresh exhibited vegetables on the wooden stalls or on the ground, men pushing behind a small wood wagon loaded with fruits and drinks. Seven hours flight between south of Italy and south of India are nothing in comparison with all the amazingly identical gestures and lifestyle of their populations. There is also an incredible profundity in their own dialect although diverse.
Neaples by night is sometimes a way to attract tourists in the most animated of italian cities.
Somewhere in internet recently i read that in Neaples anarchy is the rule. It is probably true, in the past time it was even worst and stories of mafia or camorra are very common to the superficial worldwide points of view. But Neaples is much much much more. A great attraction for all multiculturality travelling especially from Africa, Asia and Russia. The city needs to be discovered in each small detail because it s just magical. It is magical mainly because of her people. In this area live the descendents of the greeks who created the comedy and tragedy of all the main important form of theatre practiced also today. All the children who attend school in these areas are made familiar with the basic of theatre and acting. For the adults the vision of life as an eternal drama is attached into the bloody cells. The philosophy that life without enjoyment is not real life is also very much cultivated and developed since long times.
They said this year this simbol of the peace is celebrating its 50ieth birthday. but wikipedia says it was born within the frame of the anti-nuclear discussion in the 60ies. Anyway i thought wow cool! and asked my husband jeff or ping kwan (his real name) “you know this symbol?” Yes – he said – it means fashion.
So here in China it does mean fashion okey?