I found this photo a couple years ago while scanning my mom’s and grandparents’ slides. When I came across this one, I sat there for what seemed like an hour.
It came from a box of slides my grandparents took in 1965. The Chinese reads “Hua Sheng Restaurant/Cafe”, which to my amateur eye means “born in China” or “Chinese”. But when I type it into Google Translate, it says “Watson”. (In Cantonese, it would be pronounced “wah sung”, so there you go.)
No matter, I love the cafe’s architecture. The rounded facade, outdoor seating, and yellow umbrellas remind me of an old school canteen/cafeteria where I used to eat at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The weathered exterior and creeping ivy only add to the Hua Sheng’s character. Or whatever it was called!