Will McCallum

I like visiting the areas where I used to work in the seventies

Will McCallum
I like visiting the areas where I used to work in the seventies

Born and raised in Singapore until he left as a young teenager to move to Hong Kong in 1978, Lam's most memorable job was working as a travel agent for 10 years. When he fondly looks back on his experiences living in Hong Kong during the glory decades of the seventies and eighties, he still remembers moments very clearly. 

"I used to live and work in Sheung Wan, so sometimes I'll catch the ding ding [tram] from Admiralty to see what the area looks like today and how much has changed. The photo of the park was taken on a Sunday morning at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, which surprisingly wasn't crowded at all that day so it was very peaceful".

Despite his current situation of experiencing homelessness, he's very motivated and diligent in his daily routine, making sure he looks after himself and stays informed of what's happening in the community by collecting English newspapers to read. His warm, friendly personality and sense of humour instantly light up the room. 

"Every night at around 7pm, I walk to the small garden near the Immigration Tower to sleep. I usually wake up at 3am to take a shower as that's when it's the least crowded. Then I'll walk to the footbridge again and spend my day there reading. Usually, I go to the nearby Cafe de Coral for breakfast. I'm there so often that the ladies at the counter recognise me and we always have a chat".

Note: Names in this article have been changed to protect privacy.