You probably didn't notice me being away for a month, but I was, and I'm back.
Taking part in the British Council and PRS Foundation's Music in Residence China programme was one of the most extraordinary, immersive experiences of my life. I spent April in Xiamen (formerly Amoy) in Fujian Province, working between the city and a tiny, pedestrian-only island called Gulangyu.
I was there to write an album that told the story of Xiamen as it exists now, encompassing the ghosts of its former lives, and its status today as one of the fastest growing cities in the world. I spent my time interviewing locals, looking for stories in unexpected places with the help of my translator, Iris. Every day, we were lucky, and our instincts were rewarded with amazing coincidences. I came to believe that we were following a magical force around the city, and halfway through my residency, a woman that we met by chance told us the name of it - Yuen Fen (緣分). It means something like destiny, karma, or synchronicity.
It's been two days since I arrived back at my parents' house in Hong Kong, and I am still gently feeling the waves of the Gulangyu ferry. I take this to mean that I am processing, but even before I fully know what happened, I'm sure this visit - my first to mainland China - will have altered my life course in some subtle but profound way.
There'll be more writing and music from my time in China soon, but for now please enjoy this photo of me looking like marriage material on the day I went to a matchmaker.