“We hope to bring back childhood memories, as well as happiness to everyone.”
Kendama, whipping top, Peaceful War, Paper Fortune… what do all these make you think of? A thing for certain is that these are all fond childhood memories for those who have grown up in Hong Kong. Happiness comes easily in youth. Just a piece of paper and a pen mark the beginning of a “Peaceful War”. The same case happens when you are living in the Student Residence: happiness comes easily as long as residents stay together. This year, residents of Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6) organised a stall, “Mega Toy”, at the Lunar New Year Fair in Victoria Park. This is not only an initiative to strengthen the bond among residents, but also to recall the childhood memories of the general public and to relieve them from daily stress.
Mega Toy is organized by nine residents from Hall 6. All procedures including stall auction, product design, promotion, invitation to investors, manufacturer contacting and logistics from Mainland China. From planning to retailing, they did them all by themselves. They filmed their own promotional videos as well as creating a light-up board of “Mega Toy” with their own engineering knowledge and hands-on experiences.
There are only two concept for their product designs—simple and delightful. Therefore, the organisers chose enlarged nostalgia gadgets as the theme, hoping to tell everyone that seeking pleasures can be as simple as you can imagine. They also wish to share the joy that they have experienced from Hall 6 to everyone else in Hong Kong, as the enlarged toys means to multiply their happiness. The products of “Mega Toy” include self-designed nostalgic cushions and plastic folders. They are just incredibly artistic and innovative!
Yet, an idea flashed through the organisers’ minds when they were thinking of ways to impress their customers—what about taking any challenges suggested by eager buyers? Anything ranging from Rock Paper Scissors, IQ questions, running from Tin Hau station to Causeway Bay station, etc. are all welcomed. As long as the customers win over the Mega Toy staff in any suggested games, they will be able to get a discount for the product. The more creative the game is, the more discount they can get. Mega Toy staff are willing to receive challenges whenever customers are interested in doing so.
“We hope to bring back childhood memories, as well as happiness to everyone. It is an awesome experience for all of us to work in the CNY fair together. Starting from designing products, filming, cheering, selling and playing games with customers… all these memories are precious and treasured. Even though we are physically tired, the moment we realize everyone is enjoying what we are providing, we are perfectly satisfied.” said Jay NG (Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 2, Media & Communication), one of the organisers of Mega Toy.
One of the goals of Mega Toy is to encourage residents of Hall 6 in the coming years to keep organizing the CNY fair stall and make it a hall tradition. What we can see from these residents are not only their passion and willingness to take the responsibilities of maintaining hall harmony, but their efforts in sharing happiness with the community as well. The CNY fair is going to end tonight. Do come to stall 153 at Victoria Park and support these enthusiastic residents! Hope you will be able to find your contentment!
By: Dilys HO (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
Images: Jay NG (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
A little boy participates in a kendama challenge against the Mega Toy staff. / 小男孩向乘大玩具檔主挑戰玩劍球。
文: 何柏妮 (李兆基堂)
圖: 伍子灝 (李兆基堂)