We asked our readers to write an essay titled "My Day out with Shawn Mendes". Here is one of the entries. It has not been edited.
Nothing bad has ever been written about Shawn, and that’s because he’s such a charitable and nice person. Now, I’d make his experience in Hong Kong different from everybody else’s, by bringing him to music gigs around Hong Kong and giving him the opportunity to help more up-and-coming musicians.
But first, food. We’d start our day in Tsim Sha Tsui, where possibly the largest amount of Michelin starred street food vendors are located. The rich chocolate gai dan zai and delicious Hong Kong style waffles make a great combination for our breakfast.
Second, we’d head over to Central, where Grappa’s Cellar, Le Boudoir and Orange Peel Music Lounge are located. They are all well-known spots for live music with locals. It’d be so cool to see Shawn surprise everyone! Those who happen to be there when we’re there would be incredibly lucky.
He’d perform and wow everybody with his amazing voice. Singing his classics like There’s Nothing Holding Me Back, Life of the Party and Treat You Better, we’d all be stunned. Hopefully, Shawn would then mentor other music artists trying to get started in the music industry and help a lot of people.
After that, Shawn and I would have lunch in a dai pai dong in Central. We might go to Sing Heung Yuen, one famous for its noodles in tomato soup, or Sing Kee, with its renowned friendly atmosphere! This would really show him the authentic Hong Kong, a side to it that not many normally get to see.
Next, we’d take a ferry to Discovery Bay. There, we would engage in a beach cleanup. I know, I know, how nerdy of me. I love doing beach cleanups because I always feel so invigorated, and I bet he’d feel the same too.
Speaking of which, the beach cleanup would be another great way to get the community to help out and clean the seas. Shawn would ask all his fans to meet him at the DB beach, and there, we’d have hundreds of screaming teenagers itching to help out!
Lastly, we’d have dinner in a roast goose restaurant in Sham Tseng. Famous among locals, it would also be exciting for Shawn to see a quieter side to Hong Kong. The roast goose there is always cooked to perfection.
If only this could happen in real life. :)