A Quiet CNY

Before I know, we are a week into another Chinese New Year, this time the Year of the Dragon, now more fashionably known as the Year of the Loong. Going through a Chinese New Year used to be big deal for most families. The rituals began at least a week before the year started, with…

Education

I left off in my last blog in a state of thankfulness, having just returned the day before from Malaysia with a bandaged head and surmising how lucky I was that the fall had not apparently inflicted more serious injury. Prompted by my post on FB, Su posted another follow-up blog, the graphics and narratives…

Melaka Revisited

We were in Melaka from 30 January, staying for two nights in a boutique hotel called Liu Men, and returned home last night. It was part of a trip to Malaysia, primarily to Kuala Lumpur, with some Rotary leaders from Hong Kong to visit their counterparts in Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia, to update each other…

Memories

I have always tried to post the first blog of a year in the first few days of January, to give myself a feeling that I have started the year well. Not this year, but I don’t intend to feel bad for myself. After all, everything happened for a reason. Indeed, I had a rather…

Dominus Vobiscum

I first learnt of this Latin phrase and its reply “Et cum spiritu tuo” as an altar boy maybe when I was 12 in Wah Yan College. After Vatican II, the Catholic Church introduced substantial changes, some rather dramatic, including conducting Masses in local languages, and in our case, in English and Chinese. The two…

2023 Year Ender

I began to plan writing this Year Ender shortly after the beginning of the month, prompted by a notice from Jacky Keung, Store Manager of our mini-store at Tai Wo Hau, that we were to move to another place in Kwai Fong, close to the MTR Station and with hourly parking. Jacky was very accommodating…

On Decluttering

I left off last time after a first attempt to manage what we had kept in storage, in preparation for the impending move that would take place before the year end. Since then, we had made two more visits, one lasting some seven hours while the other, barely 90 minutes. The idea was to decant…

An Anniversary

Today marks the 47th anniversary of my wedding with Rosita, and for those who had followed avidly the Sino-British negotiations in the run-up to 1997, the 37th anniversary of the death of Sir Edward Youde. We are also good friends of a couple who celebrate their wedding anniversary today. Let me disclose slowly though not…

Shunde Revisited

We returned Wednesday evening from a 3-day visit to Shunde, which was part and parcel of a reunion programme between Wah Yan College alumni marking the 60th anniversary of their graduation in 1963 when our numbers were around 150 plus or minus 10%. Alumni associations are not the easiest organisations to manage, and jokes and…