One best benefit of personal events coverage is becoming friends with clients. This is true to Ma’am Elena Kiyozuka – we used to call her that – until after the Hong Kong and China tour. Now we call her Mommy Elena, too, as every relative of hers does.
She always invites us for dinner every time she’s in the Philippines. She always invites us in every family occasion, not to mention the Hong Kong and China tour. Yup, this is more of a tour rather than a work to me – tell me, who can shoot while riding Space Mountain at Disneyland?
Another project I’m doing right now is the documentary on the life of Yo, the only son of Mommy Elena. This includes his childhood in Japan till he graduated in college in Manila.
Now let’s discuss the Hong Kong and China tour. Hong Kong is an amazing place not just because of the tunnels, bridges and railway system. The Hong Kong skyline is often considered one of the best in the world. Many of the people’s homes became part of Hong Kong’s skyline and scenery. The streets of Hong Kong is pretty safe. I noticed some locals drinking – very drunk so to speak – at the street walkways but amazingly, there is no danger to worry about as you pass by. It’s pretty normal and no police officers were needed in the scene. 7 Eleven is all over the city – it is the sari-sari store like in Manila.
Chenzhen experience in China is also wonderful. Mall sales staff greets you “kumusta ka kaibigan” to attract you to enter the boutique. Whew…despite no English, it is easy to negotiate using the calculator. The city skyline is very new, in fact the city was founded only 30 years ago. All the good things, don’t you think? It’s just too bad there’s no Facebook in China.
Buddy Gancenia is a Corporate and Training video producer in the Philippines.