Growing Up in Hong Kong
I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I like Hong Kong; I like many things there, such as the food, and religious freedom. I like everything I can do in Hong Kong.
I have three sisters. They’re younger than me; I’m the eldest in the family. I only have sisters. Yau Duk Wa is the oldest sister. The middle sister is Melody, and the youngest is named Yuk Se To. They’re beautiful and very nice.
My parents come from China. They love money and good things to eat. They like big houses, but we don’t live in a big house. I’m a very poor guy. They are very good to me; they always buy good food and good clothes for me. I’m not a rich boy. I would buy a lot of things if I were rich. Sometimes, if I really needed to buy things, then I would choose which items I needed and buy those.
Sometimes we went to buy books for reading. There was no library. I don’t like writing, but I like to read many books, many kinds of books. I don’t like history books or love stories. I love war stories. I love reading because I can learn many things from books which I didn’t know before, like things about Chinese Kung Fu fighting. One particular book I like to read is not about Kung Fu, it is about a gentleman. His name is Confucius, but he is not the Confucius who is well respected in China. He is a cartoon character, who has little hair and a pair of glasses. I like the book very much because it is easy to read and the drawings are funny.
We also collected seashells. I could never find a single seashell in Hong Kong, but I always tried to find one. There were always lots of people on the beach. Hong Kong has a very small beach and many people go, so there is a lot of pollution.
Summer is my favorite season because it is very hot and many things can be done in the summer. In Hong Kong, summer begins with summer vacation. I go with my friends to the shopping mall. My friends like me. We go to the beach and then run around the shopping mall. The most important thing for me is running around the mall, looking at all the things that you can buy.
There is no snow in Hong Kong during the winter, but the weather is still cold. There is lots of dim sum sold on the streets. Everybody celebrated Chinese New Year. I liked it; there was more food, and everybody traveled on buses to visit relatives. I gave money in red envelopes to my parents; I was too lazy to buy gifts. We ate Chinese dumplings and Chinese noodles, and food we didn’t usually eat because they were expensive.
We also celebrated Christmas. Not many people did. We would walk around in parks and go to expensive restaurants, or someplace else. I never believed in Santa Claus, though.
I went through four years of college, and studied the subject of property valuation. I can only remember spending many hours during the day studying. Most of almost all my days were spent studying. In Hong Kong, if you don’t spend time studying or get good grades, you cannot obtain higher education. Hong Kong has about four or five million people, so there is a lot of competition. In my college, there was the same number of girls as guys. I can only remember up to the year 1997.
I graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In Hong Kong, there is university, and then there is college. Polytechnic used to be a college. It was a very good college, the only one in Hong Kong and the second best institution in Hong Kong (Hong Kong University was the best institution). I had to work very hard to get into that school. My family was very proud of me because I was the first person in my family to go to Polytechnic.