August 07, 2005

Goodbye, grand–father!

The last ten days were absolutely unforgettable – watching somebody dying is tough and difficult, especially if he is a relative of yours.

I was of course deeply saddened with my grandad's death, although there was no tears in my eyes. He was the one who loved me deepest besides my parents, and I could feel it from his never-been-happier smiles each time I saw him. I understand he had been struggling to wait for me to return from England, perhaps I was one of those whom he wanted to see before he left, before he bravely walked through the last part of his eighty-two-year-long journey after suffering from severe sicknesses.

May you rest in peace. When you meet great-grandad, tell him you have had a proudly-lived life.


July 23, 2005

把孩子送出去 – 陶傑

I have no intention to use Mr Tsao's passage for any commercial purpose, but for personal use only. If in any way have I breached the Law of Hong Kong, I will be pleased to delete this entry permanently and apologise to anyone who is concerned.
Source: 蘋果日報 11/2/05

香港家長把小孩送去英國讀書,自從所謂「回歸」之後,增加了八成。

都不甘心讓下一代受特區的白老鼠中國式教育。今天用「母語」授課,明天要學基本法,今天要在操場強制看升五星旗,明天說不定也要學習三個代表論。眼見在五星旗下宣誓的董班子高官,他們自己的孩子也一個個往英國美國送,一個明智的家長,如果能負擔,為了子女的終身幸福,都會選擇。

但是把小孩送出去,家長自己也要有心理準備。如果貴子弟在英國讀得成書,他將來回港探親,會對父母的一些行為小動作先看不過眼:父親講話的聲浪太大,母親太過愛嚼舌頭說是非,家中客廳掛的那個八卦鏡,他會覺得很醜陋,堅持要扔掉,還有,對於一家大小唱卡拉OK,他會謝絕參加。

到時候,身為家長,千萬不要覺得兒子變了—他已經「忘本」,他與父母很難溝
通,送他去英國這三年,他發生了甚麼事,為甚麼回來後連蝦餃燒賣也不喜歡,天天吃生菜番茄三文治,他就覺得很滿足。

眼前這個兒子,長得比自己還高了一個頭,你不認得他了。如果有那麼大的代溝,那麼恭喜你,你的兒子真的變了,但是,Come on,這就是送他去外國讀書的宗旨。

如果他暑假回港,經過在英國寄宿學校的三年,還一天到晚找他的舊同學逛旺角商場、Call朋友夜夜蒲D、追看八卦周刊、對藝人明星的私生活瞭如指掌,回到珠江三角洲,對遍地的海鮮酒家、桑拿浴室和酒廊一點也不感到厭惡,反而如魚得水地充滿歸屬感,那麼你付他那麼貴的學費,去英國讀書,一切都是白費,有個屁用?

他增長了見聞,回來之後看一切都不同。在思維和行為方面,他拒絕跟父母一樣的見識,他的生活方式已經不再那麼Chinese。對於中國問題、董建華現象、七一大遊行,他事事跟你頂撞辯論,身為家長,不要對他動氣,應該熱淚盈眶地感謝天主:他「忘本」了,這是好事,他讀書也成功了。

把孩子及早送出去,或許有一天你會失去了他。但其實是他走出了中國的陰影,真正擁抱了世界,他得到了新生。

不想讓子女留在香港讀大學,還是前殖民宗主國的教育制度好?仔細地想一想:這是一個重大的抉擇。雖然,其實最終你沒有失去他,是他與國際接了軌,但到頭來這一份失落,或許令老來的家長很難承受。雖然,他真正走出去了,他已經脫胎換骨,在人生路上不再回頭,他還會在心底裏呼喚:親愛的爸爸媽媽,當年你們把我送去英國,是救了我,謝謝你們。

I would like to devote my sincere thank to my parents, for their love.


July 19, 2005

Beautiful is the word

Beautiful is the word, not only for you, but also for tonight, however nasty the weather was.

I have been very lazy meeting my old friends since I have been back, and now I know about it. I will be brave and enthusiatic about things I care for, instead of doing the unrealistic dreaming.

Be reminded that you have been and, certainly, will always be one of my best friends. All the best, to both of us.


June 21, 2005

Bugs Bunny…

Coming in September…

June 20, 2005

Thank you!

Thank you very much for your words. I was very much surprised by that, yet I feel very warm and delighted.
Have a nice (and lovely) summer and see you again very soon. Take care!

May 21, 2005

I make this exception for United

I understand that I said I won't write until my back has recovered. Yet the feeling is so strong that I can't find any other way to express it.
I make this exception for United.

We have had a frustrating campaign. Lots of goaless matches costed us the Premiership title, lack of quality back up players in the midfield made us fall behind Chelsea and Arsenal, and a season-long-unfit striker in the front broke our hearts again and again.
It has been disappointing for a whole year, and so was the last 120 mins. All United fans have been suffering from Glazer's takeover, and at last we even handed the FA Cup to Arsenal so easily.
I believe it's time for our young players as well as the veterans in our squad to learn that one must pay his price for not picking up the chances he has had. This year, we are passers-by to the silverware…but everyone should have realised that our young players are establishing their roles in the team, and I expect another ten years of Golden Era are coming.

Congratulations to Arsenal and their fans, and to everyone who enjoyed the most spectacular 120mins of Utd Football in years, gratefully.


April 29, 2005

I'm sad to tell you this

I'm not going to blog anything here in the near future, partly due to my coming exams, but mainly because of my chronic back(and neck) pain from which I'm suffering.
Under normal circumstances, I'll even refrain myself using computer, which means that all my dearest friends, as well as my acquaintances, will not see me online on neither MSN nor ICQ. If you do see me online, that'll be an 'abnormal situation', but you do not have to be scared.
I'm only 19 years old, but I'm already suffering from the severe pain at my neck which generally only the aged will get. I believe none of you will be able to comprehend this 'damnation', and I don't want to see any of you get it. I'm writing this entry under constant pain, and I'm striving to have it completely removed from my life. I hope the next time I blog it, which I believe will not be in two months time, I'll tell you that I'm recovering. By then, I'll open a new category, with its name to be confirmed.

Good luck to you all!
And Good luck to me as well!


April 27, 2005

Who was it about?

Was that me? I'd be very glad if that was me, though I believe it isn't the truth.

April 24, 2005

Lovely…

Are you alright? I've full faith in your abilities to handle it and I believe you can come back to normal very soon.
Still, I'm always here to share with you when you need somebody to talk to.

Remarkable

At 17:00, I was thinking: 'Why do I spend 50 pounds to come here and watch 11 individual players who played as if they were alone? And who was the training coach responsible for field passing? Please, fire him!'
Being at Old Trafford once again is exciting, especially on my own. It took me 6 hours in total to travel between Manchester and Warwick. It's exhasting and boring, though I'd Chris Patten's book to keep me occupied.
I wasn't sure about United's chances to win this match, especially without Scholes and Gary Neville. Everybody was disappointed after the first half, after witnessing our once-again below par offence and Tim Howard's latest blunder. There was a big contrast between United and Magpies' supporters' reactions after Ambrose took the greatest advantage of our keeper's mistake – silence in stands other than the visitors' in the stadium after the goal.
Yet, the true story came after the interval. 30 seconds after the break, we've had a header from Giggs. The whole team seemed to have changed completely, with obviously more confidence in passing the ball and moving it forward. Although it was clear that we need somebody else to help ease the pressure of Ronaldo, who had been the spark of the second half; otherwise it would be too easy for Managers of slightly higher calibre than Graeme Souness to spot our weakness – once Ronaldo is 'frozen', we've no support for our strikers at all.
And Wayne Rooney, once again proved that he played better as a striker and without Ruud Van Nistelrooy, made a spectacular strike to pull us level with Newcastle. That goal, which is described by the press as 'contender for goal of the season', was one of the sweetest and accurate volley I've seen from all in red shirts. He is the one – our saviour; I believe he has the potential to succeed Roy Keane to be our captain ( but not his position, we still need a replacement, or possibly replacements, in the midfield if we are to contend for the Premiership Champion next season), and nobody will have much doubt about this.
Wes Brown's winning goal was long expected after the equaliser, the interesting thing being it was from our decent centre back.
Watching such a match with a crowd of 67,500 in a beautiful day is already a treasure for a student from Hong Kong. Witnessing the true magic of football and two of the most talented youngsters playing on the ground made me feel ashame of the so-called football I watched in-person at my home city on one hand and proud of being a Man Utd supporter on the other.
Of course, we still demand more from the team. Please, don't let us down again.

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