Nikon FM2 / Nikkor 28mm f2.8 / ILFORD 100
Nikon FM2 / Nikkor 28mm f2.8 / ILFORD 100

Da Siu Yan, or Villain Hitting, meaning to dispel foes from your life.
I’d been fortunate that I didn’t need that.
Just live simple, think simple.

When I happened to journey Hong Kong, sometimes I would stay in the hotels near Causeway Bay.

Honestly, I do love this place.

Causeway Bay bears a lot of historic links to the city’s past.

Strong bygone scents waft through the bustling city.

More importantly, you can see the daily lives of many common people here.


When I walked from the hotel to Times Square,

I would pass by a market, a seafood restaurant featuring crabs and a traditional store selling soybean milk. Then I would reach a flyover.

It is named Canal Road Flyover, but the locals just call it Ngo Keng Kiu, which means “goose neck bridge” in English.

That evening I wanted a night stroll, and I needed to grab something to eat, too.

It wasn’t too late, should be around 8.


All at once I caught some distant murmurs as I went past Ngo Keng Kiu.


Da nei go siu yan tou a…

Da nei go siu yan geuk a…

Giu nei mic chok guai a…

I think it means

Smite in your face…

Smite in your knee…

Begone and be banished so that you cannot haunt anymore!


Should be something like that.

They uttered with all haste that I couldn’t get it, but I could acquire a brief idea of the curse.

I tried hard with my Cantonese.


I saw an old lady sitting on a chair as I turned around.

She was holding a shoe with one hand and was hitting a paper doll on the floor.

She muttered and mumbled, like casting some kind of spells.


In front of her were a pair of perturbed couple.

They seemed nervous. I supposed they should be lovers.


I was so interested that I took out my camera and photographed a few shots of them.


It’s not the same case that time, they paid no heed to me, didn’t care if I was taking photos.

The old lady and the couple were just busy casting the curses there.


They might have bumped into “Siu Yan” in their lives.

There are numerous types of “Siu Yan”.

Some of them undermine your life without being known.

Some of them harm you at first hand.

Some of them just present some potential threats.


Through this ritual, they can drive those Siu Yan away.

At least they believe so.


Being superstitious or not should be another digression.


I found this intriguing and full of imaginations.

The fearsome paper tigers hanging on the walls are thought to devour those despicable Siu Yan.

This is some sort of spiritual relief.

Luckily, there aren’t any Siu Yan in my life.


Maybe, I was so lucky that I couldn’t notice any.


If you want to know more about Da Siu Yan, see here.


Victor Tai | Freedom is a Right

  • LocationCanal Road, Hong Kong
  • CameraNikon FM2 / Nikkor 28mm f2.8 / ILFORD 100
  • Other Language繁體中文
  • Qwer qwer

    Good article, broaden horizons

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