I still remember the day when I first heard of the name of Leonardo David TAY (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, Year 1, English Studies). I have never met him before. Yet, when I attended the first lecture of English major in Year 2, my good friend told me, “Oh, I have just met a new friend who is in the same major as us. He is very kind!” Since then, I’ve known David, who is now my group-mate. Whenever we encounter difficulties in our project, he was able to put forward creative and specific solutions. I found him very thoughtful. So when I thought of Through the Looking Glass, the one who immediately flashed into my mind was David.
David is of Indonesian nationality, but of Chinese ethnicity. He attended high school in his home country and came here to CityU to pursue further education.
David has pinpointed the reason for choosing Hong Kong and CityU back to a representative’s visit to his school when he was about to apply to university. From there, his curiosity led him to research more about Hong Kong, since he realized that he has overlooked the city. To his delight, there seems to be much to offer: quality education abroad, a cultural display of East and West, and a buzzing metropolis.
When compared to Hong Kong, David thinks his home country is still under development and has to overcome a few hurdles before finding its stride to become a leading country. Suffice to say, Hong Kong is pretty impressive to David in many aspects, such as infrastructure, food, and culture, to name a few. However, he never recognizes Indonesia as a dump. Indonesia is still home, what with its diverse spices, warm people and spirit.
It’s never easy for David to come to Hong Kong. In Indonesia, his family took good care of him. Yet, he had to leave home for four years and come to this unfamiliar place alone. This unique experience has allowed David to leave his comfort zone and learn how to live in a different environment. Fortunately, David did not encounter too much difficulties here and he adapted to Hong Kong’s lifestyle successfully. He particularly likes how compact and within reach everything is here. It’s simple and convenient to use the Octopus card and MTR. Despite the fast pace that brings about, David is allowed to do more in a shorter amount of time.
It is worth mentioning that apart from his wish to explore a completely unfamiliar city, there is an additional reason of why David is here. He talked about how tough his father was to work hard and help in shaping his principles. His father had so much faith in him rather than questioning him. All these have been motivations for David and he is driven to perform better in achieving his goals.
David likes writing, this leads him to study English as a major. He likes scribbling or typing words onto an empty page. He likes to do what makes him happy and earn from it. He seeks opportunities, and fortunately, he thinks CityU has served him up in excess. David is meeting new people and learning new perspectives as he goes, writing in new ways. When it comes to his aspirations, David points out that he has similar wishes as the others in hopes to establish a peaceful society through mutual communication and respect.
With his family’s support and encouragement, David came to Hong Kong with just one idea in mind: to explore an unfamiliar place thoroughly. Apart from experiencing a new lifestyle, he hopes to broaden his visions so as to improve oneself. David believes that “as long as there is an idea in your mind, you should put it into practice in order to make your own progress”.
Writer: Dilys HO (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
Images: Leonardo David TAY (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
還記得初次聽說Leonardo David TAY（胡應湘爵士伉儷堂/英文學系一年級）這個名字的時候，我還沒有見過他。那時候才剛剛開學，二年級的我第一次上英文系的課，就聽見我的好朋友說：「剛剛認識了一位同樣來自英文系的新朋友，十分友善，跟他聊天起來才知道他是印尼華裔呢！」就這樣，我認識了David，後來更和他成為了分組報告的組員。
在整個學期中，我發覺David 的生活及想法都很與眾不同。每當我們的報告遇上難題時，他總能提出一些有創意而且具體的建議，是一個很有想法的同學。這一次，想着《鏡中人》這個題目，一想就想起了David，很希望能夠透過這次訪問，讓大家了解他更多。幸運地，David 一口就答應了，我們便重回了上一個學期經常討論功課的地方──宿舍飯堂好味廚，以另一種形式重新認識了 David。
身為一個印尼華裔，David 在印尼完成了中學課程後，就來到香港城市大學繼續進修，現為英文系二年級生。原來David 選擇香港和城市大學的原因，主要是因為一次校訪。那一年正值David 報讀大學的時候，有一名城大代表來到David 的中學，介紹了香港這個地方。從那時開始，他意識到自己一直以來也忽略了這個城市。在好奇心的驅使下，他決定進一步的探索這個地方。最令他振奮的是：香港比他想像中更多元化──海外優質教育，東西文化的展示，是一個十分熱鬧的地方。
相比起香港，印尼是一個發展中國家，而且仍然要克服一些障礙才能邁進一步，把它成為一個領先國家，所以David 很高興能夠來到香港生活及學習。香港的基礎設施、食物和文化等諸多方面都相當令他印象深刻。不過，這一切並不代表印尼是一個讓人厭棄的地方。印尼仍然是David 的家，那裡擁有最溫暖的人情味及活力。
David 來到香港生活實在不簡單。當初在印尼有家人的照顧，現在卻要離開家人四年，獨自一人來到陌生的地方生活。然而，這樣的經驗卻能夠讓David 離開自己一直習慣了的生活模式，去學習怎樣在不同的環境下生活。幸運的是， David 在香港未有遇到太多困難，順利地適應了這裡的生活。此外，David 認為其中一個生活在香港的好處就是方便，所有地方都可以輕易到達，而急速的生活節奏更可以令 David 的工作效率上升。
值得一提的是，原來讓David 一直堅持下去的原因除了是他希望探索一個完全陌生的地方外，還有一個關鍵的人物，就是他的爸爸。David提到爸爸一直以來努力工作，在他的成長過程中培育他一套應有的做事原則，而且從來都只會相信他、支持他的決定，而不是質疑他。David 的爸爸深信他終有一日能夠做到自己喜歡做的事，達到自己的夢想，因此他一直緊記着爸爸的支持和鼓勵，作為自己的推動力。
David 熱愛寫作，這也是他修讀英文系的原因。他喜歡把空白的紙張上填滿自己的文字，沒有特定的範疇，只希望做自己喜歡的事，並從中學習。他希望能夠不㫁尋找機會增值自己，而幸運的是，大學的生活為他帶來不同的機會。Daivd 不斷的認識新朋友，學懂從不同的角度看事物，令自己成為一個想法更全面的人。提及到自己的願望時，David 表示其實他的願望與很多人的願望一樣，只是希望透過互相溝通及尊重來建立和平的社會。
文: 何柏妮 (李兆基堂)
圖: Leonardo David TAY (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)