[A Letter to HK] 【致香港的一封信】



[A Letter to HK]

By: Michelle CHIANG (Hall 10)

Image: hongwrong.com/old-hong-kong


Dear HK,


It has been 19 years. How have you been?


I heard that you have changed, a lot. There are things I love and things I hate.


I love that you have a strong sense of your own identity. You are proudly Chinese, but distinctly westernized – expressing in an open embrace of your local culture.


I have always loved animals, and I love that you now have four adorable pandas at your themed park.


I love that you weathered many economic storms. There were tough times in 1998, 2000 and 2003, but you survived anyway, with a low unemployment rate and a booming tourism industry.


However, I am disappointed on your emphasis on tourism. Tourists are not here to appreciate your culture or your beautiful landscape. Most of them are here for jewelry, watches, gold, and other branded products.


I am upset that your mother language is being threatened. Before 1997, English was once hailed to be the language that is more superior and yet you were still able to celebrate your root in Cantonese through your famous Hong Kong movies and music. After the handover, your native language is further bumped down to the third-ranking language with the rise of Mandarin. How does the future of Cantonese seem to you, when you children don’t even speak the language at school?


I hate that your freedom is now being constraint. You used to speak what you want, express what you feel. But now, someone might condemn you if you do.
Even so, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best.


I loved you and I will always love you.

Yours faithfully,
A girl of the 90’s


文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)

圖: hongwrong.com/old-hong-kong



















[The Part] 【離別】


[The Part]

By: WANG Qi, Betty (Hall 10)

Translated by: CHIANG Man Ying, Michelle (Hall 10)

Image: starwars.wikia.com


Standing at the French window on the 13th floor, the dawn glares splendidly into the room. Looking out the window, the streetlights shine brightly on the few vehicles that pass by. Winter has arrived, indicating that – I am about to leave this city.


I have always known that parting is inevitable in life. However, I still could not prevent the turmoil from arousing in me, and the pain and heartache that are predictable, yet there is nothing one could do to help. All the feeling of “I miss you”, “I miss this” or “I miss that” will only be more intense after one is really gone, until the next time when you meet again. This is why parting is always torturing, but at the same time enchanting.


After the security check, I turn my head and look back to you again and again, with my hand waving at you again and again. You respond to my every wave, until you look smaller and smaller in size, and I become further and further away from you.


“Tell me that you’ll wait for me, hold me like you’ll never let me go. Because I’m leaving on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh, Babe, I hate to go…” Listening to the song that describes exactly how I feel, you have no idea how much I wish I could go back in time – to the moment when you pick me up at the arrival gate, and then, stop the clock from tick and tock.


There is a saying that life is like the stock market. It is never a good thing if the stock keeps rising or keeps falling. Just the same, life is full of departing and reuniting. All we can do as we part from one another is to hope for the reunion. And all we need to do when we are reunited, is to prepare for the separation – to treasure each other.


Similarly, life is not about forever together or parting. What we have to do is to be prepared for parting as we unite, and be prepared to unite as we part.  This process of preparation has a name.  It is called “cherish”.




文: 王琪 (舍堂十)

圖: starwars.wikia.com






安檢口,我一次次回頭看,回頭招手,你一次次回應我,直到我看你越來越小,你看我越來越遠。我想起來的時候你來接我的場景,多希望時光倒流到那時候,然後永遠停住。耳機里放著那句我最愛的歌詞:「回頭看,不曾走遠,眷戀一人,流連忘返…… 」



[Have Determination, Say No to Procrastination] 【向「拖延病」說不!】


[Have Determination, Say No to Procrastination]

By Michelle Chiang Man Ying (Hall 10)
Image: http://www.md-health.com

Your alarm waked you up at 9 in the morning. Feeling warm and cozy, you did not want to leave your lovely blanket and pillow in such a breezy autumn weather. You know you have three essays, two projects and one presentation due next week. But you thought to yourself – “I still have a lot of time.” Then you went back to sleep on your Friday day off.

Hearing your growling stomach finally gave you the motivation to begin your day, and you realize – it is already 2 p.m. After you fill your stomach with the leftovers from the night before, you turned on your computer, planning to start to work.

However, you got bored after 30 minutes of doing researches and looking at papers. So you logged-in on Facebook, and found out that you have missed the latest episode of Once Upon a Time. You decided to watch it for a bit and then continue to work… Suddenly, you best friend messaged you to tell you the gossips of who and who… and when you look at the clock again, it’s nearly dinner time and you have done nothing productive.

I may have exaggerated a bit, but in the digital age nowadays, distractions are everywhere. Being deadline fighters, having last minute spirit… we all have poor time management. We all know what we ought to do, yet we sometimes choose to take the detour.

Always remember – The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot

~Michael Altshuler


文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)
譯: 學生宿舍處
圖: http://www.md-health.com



不到三十分鐘,枯燥乏味的論文材料已足夠讓你呵欠不斷。你開始打開臉書,發現你不小心錯過了一集精彩的電視劇,於是你決定來個小休,先看點電視,然後再接再厲…… 忽然,你收到了好朋友的短信,告訴你誰誰誰的是非…… 當你有時間再看手錶的時候,才發現已經到了晚飯時間,而你這一天什麼都沒做過。

當然,以上是一個比較誇張的例子,但在這數碼年代,令人分心的事情無處不在。我們經常為了一時的享樂,一不小心便會變成了「死線戰士」而不自知,每每臨急才抱佛腳…… 時間管理是相當重要的,我們都清楚知道自己什麼時候應該做什麼事情,但人往往卻選擇走了其他冤枉路。


[The Invisibility Cloak] 【隱身衣】


[The Invisibility Cloak]

By: Michelle Chiang Man Ying (Hall 10)
Image: cx.aos.ask.com

“You can’t sit with us!” – a popular quote, and scene, from the renowned American chic flick movie Mean Girls, perfectly illustrates how awkward and bitter it is to be ostracized by a group of friends. Or should I say, ‘so-called friends’.

The feeling of not fitting in, being isolated, distant, and alienated from the majority of a group – like an outcast, is not pleasant at all. Yet, the ugly truth is that sometimes it is inevitable. Every one of us must have gone through such a feeling.

Their jokes seemed to be related to a past that everyone but you has shared; they proceed to another location with or without noticing your presence; you may seem upset or confused, but no one bothered to care and ask about it…

As if you are wearing the Invisibility Cloak of Harry Potter’s.

However, don’t be frustrated yet. They are not the only one you can be friends with. Keep your options open: There are 7 billion people on earth. Be more friendly and initiate conversations with others. Also, don’t take it personally. Always remain dignified and polite. Be the more mature person, and stay true to yourself. You will always find the circle where you belong.

To take off that cloak, or to feel comfortable wearing it, it is your choice.


文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)
譯: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)
圖: cx.aos.ask.com


無法融入,被孤立,距離感,隔閡,疏遠…… 就好像被拋棄的孤兒一樣,這一點都不好受。但是,悲哀的現實就是這種「隔膜」是無可避免的。我們都曾體驗過這種感受。





[Technology – a Boon or Bane?] 【科技–是福是禍?】

Real People Audience: Adults Teenagers Movie Theater Phone Texti


[Technology – a Boon or Bane?]

By: Michelle Chiang Man Ying (Hall 10)

Image: blogs.intel.com


Take on an imaginary ride with me.


“Ring, ring… ring, ring…” At 8:45 in the morning, you put off the blaring alarm bell on your smartphone. Still drowsy and sluggish, you realized – you are late for school again. Fortunately, you managed to get everything ready within 10 minutes, and arrived the classroom at CMC right on time.


Bringing your laptop with you, you immediately opened a blank word document to jot down class notes. In between breaks, you surfed the Internet to relax yourself in such a hustling morning. After the three hours lecture, you whatsapped your friend and decided to meet him up at AC1.


While walking down the hill to the main campus, you have your earphones plugged in, and started listening to Spotify, the free music playing application available on smartphones. On the way, you saw several familiar faces, yet failed to match their faces with names. In order to avoid awkward moments, you kept on ‘thubbing’ to make yourself seemed occupied.


You finally met up with your friend, and the two of you decided to go for lunch. Using your smartphone again, you searched on Google to look for the hot picked restaurants of the week…


The imagination is over. Yet, what I have mentioned seemed not unusual to you right? It was just an ordinary life for most teenagers in Hong Kong, which you have only walked through half of a day.


Technology makes our lives much easier, but at the same time it brings us distractions and make us dependent on them. Take myself as an example, I honestly could not imagine living a day without a smartphone, or working without my MacBook.


With no doubt, technology has invaded, intervened, integrated or revolutionized our lives, whatever verb you would like to use to describe. One thing to be sure is that it has already been an indispensable part of us.


Having so much reliance on technology, is it a good or bad thing? This is a question that I have pondered over lately, and still don’t have an answer to it.



文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)

圖: blogs.intel.com

譯: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)



















[Just Like a Movie]【就像一場電影】

just like a movie

[Just like a movie]

By: Michelle Chiang Man Ying (Hall 10)

Photo: rebloggy.com

Have you had times, where you wish you were the princess in the Disney movie, or the superhero in the Marvel pictures? Have you had times, where you wish you could undo the mistakes you made, like how the protagonist can manipulate time in the movie?

When watching movies, we often tend to look for a happy ending on the big screen, as if we have always wanted our lives to be picture perfect, to live happily ever after.

In fact, our lives are like movies. From action, comedy, drama, family, horror to tragedy and etc., we are divided and characterized into different genre. From professional film critics to online public reviews, we are inevitably being criticized, commented on, and rated in stars by people you don’t even know.

Some movies go viral because they feature world-renowned actors, directed by highly acclaimed directors – winning at the starting line. Some movies started anonymous – and remained underrated regardless of their quality of content. Some movies are dark horses – nameless at first but eventually captured all viewers’ hearts.

Anyhow, there is always meaning in each movie. You just need to know how to appreciate its beauty.


文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)

譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)

圖: rebloggy.com






[Life – Standing in Front of the Stove] 【灶臺柴火中的修行】


[Life – Standing in Front of the Stove]

By: WANG Qi, Betty (Hall 10)

Translated by: CHIANG Man Ying, Michelel (Hall 10)

Image: http://www.theworldofchinese.com

No matter if you deep-fry, pan fry, boil, or stew… In preparing your dishes, one will always know how important the heat is if he or she is a pro in the kitchen. A slight difference in temperature, or in the duration of cooking, will also affect the tastes of what you cook. For example, in making pork chop soup, you must simmer your pot in order to have the meat soft and tender, the soup full of flavors; in frying vegetables, you must keep the heat burning hot in order to have the vegies crisp. To make the perfect dish, you must keep everything in just the right amount, right temperature, and perfect.

In fact, life is all the same. We love hard, chase after our dreams, strive hard to obtain money and power… Sometimes we may even go beyond the limit without realizing, and everything turn out not the way we expected, and even worse. We were buried in worries and complaints, not knowing that – dishes are cooked in different level of heat.

Cooking might seem to be an easy task for some people. They used to think that all you do is make the food hot. However in reality, making the perfect dish is not easy at all. Cooking is like a practice. You have to be careful enough when you cut the vegetables, be patient and wait for the meat to cook slowing, be calm and composed when hot oil splash towards you, and to be creative and think of innovative and new dishes…

The entire process is a mental training of your temper. Here is a humble suggestion to you: whenever you feel like work is too hard, life is too overwhelming, try to slow down your pace, and cook yourself a meal. What you can realize and learn from, might somehow surprise you.

【 灶臺柴火中的修行】

文: 王琪 (舍堂十)

圖: http://www.theworldofchinese.com




[An Overview of Traditional Chinese Dress – Hanfu]【華服風韻 ── 你對漢服知多少】


[An Overview of Traditional Chinese Dress – Hanfu]

By: WANG Qi, Betty (Hall 10)

Translated by: CHIANG Man Ying, Michelle (Hall 10)

Image: Global Competition Series, New Tang Dynasty Television

There is an old saying – “China is named ‘Xia’, for its emphasis in etiquette; also named ‘Hua’, for its exquisite apparel”.  Speaking of traditional Chinese dresses, what brings to your mind? Qipao? Tang suits?

Not many of us know, but both the mentioned attires are products of the Chinese and Western combination. The Han Clothing ‘Hanfu’ – is the legitimate national dress of the Han Chinese, the ethnic group that makes up over 90% of China’s population.

It may ring a bell with you if I tell you that Hanfu is what you usually see in the ancient Chinese dramas on TVB Channel at night. From imperial to elegant, alluring to casual, Hanfu comes in diversed conditions.

Here are some general knowledge about this attire:

  1. Hanfu usually comes in several layers. It is made up of a top, a bottom (either pants or skirts for both genders), and a one-piece robe that wraps around the body at the waist. The major components are Zhongyi (inner garments), Shanqun (a short coat with a long skirt), Ruqun (a top garment with a separate lower garment or skirt), Kuzhe (a short coat with trousers), Zhiduo (a long full body garment with vents at the side and ‘stitched sleeves) and Daopao (Taoist/Buddhist priests’ full dress ceremonial robes).
  1. Even though Hanfu indicates the ‘Han’ dynasty, the attire was evolved to create different styles in different dynasties. It also had a major influence in neighboring cultural costumes such as the Japanese kimono.
  1. There is a definite rule when one wears Hanfu. The collar must be crossed from the right over the left. If one’s collar is crossed from left to the right, he/she would be a dead one.

In recent years, people are bringing back the traditional Hanfu to festivals, interest clubs and even cosplay events. But still, we seldom have the chance to be really clothed in such a traditional dress.

To think about it, wearing it once in a while might be a good idea. After all, it makes us ponder over our own cultural identity, and over the question ‘who are we’.

【華服風韻 ── 你對漢服知多少】

文: 王琪 (舍堂十)

圖: 新唐人全球系列大賽




  1. 漢服的款式總的來說分為兩種,一種是「深衣」制,上衣和下裳分開剪裁,在腰部相連,具體包括直裾深衣,曲裾深衣,袍,直裰,長衫等;另一種是「上衣下裳」制,上下分開,例如冕服,玄端等。其中最具代表性的是「襦裙」,常被人單列出來,主要包括齊胸襦裙,齊腰襦裙,對襟襦裙等。
  2. 漢服雖然叫漢服,但是並不是只在漢朝有。在舜「垂衣裳而天下治」的時候,漢服的雛形就已經出現,此後更是貫穿歷史上千年。
  3. 漢服多種多樣,紋飾色彩不一,但所有漢服在穿著時一定要遵守的一個規則是「交領右衽」,意思是衣服的左襟要覆在右襟之上,「左衽」是死者的穿法。


[Be True]【做最真實的自己】


[Be True]

By: CHIANG Chiang Man Ying, Michelle (Hall 10)

Photo: 2.bp.blogspot.com

It is definitely not queer if you are being asked – “Who are you?” You get this question a lot: in job interviews, meeting new friends… but have you thought of this question in more depth? Who are you, to be honest?

Who we are, is in any one moment, what we think of ourselves. Influenced by our occupation, interest, hobbies, core values, friends and families, and even how we see ourselves in relation to others, and etc. Some might even think that all the choices that you made in the past years defined you, or should I say, constraint you.

However, people change all the time. Don’t let the past drag you behind, or let others hinder your decision. Never be scared to follow your dreams, nor hide who you long to be. There are different opportunities for you to try, to explore every single day. It is always up to what you want to do, and to show the world the real you.

But still, it is always good to prepare a mini speech for self-introduction when someone asks you “Who are you?” – You just don’t have to define yourself, or let others define you. The best thing you can do, is simply be true to yourself.


文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)

譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)
圖: 2.bp.blogspot.com

當你被人問起「你是誰」,你一定不會覺得奇怪,因為你總遇上這樣的問題:工作面試時,遇見新朋友時等等…… 但是你曾深入思考過這個問題嗎?你究竟是誰呢?




[Land among the Stars] 【向著星空進發】


[Land among the Stars]

By: Chiang Man Ying Michelle (Hall 10)

Photo: dancingintobeing.files.wordpress.com

We all have dreams in our lives. Since we were a kid, we dreamt to the fullest of our imaginations: to become the bravest superhero in town; a doctor that saves thousands of lives; a fireman with the coolest uniform; an astronaut to land among the planets…

Yet, now that we have grown up, how many of us are sticking to the dreams that we once made when we were little? The real world often strikes us in the face, where we eventually succumb to reality.

There are times that people fear to dream big, or to dream different. The feeling of failure and disappointment; disapproval or objection from friends and family, often become our major concerns when we chase after our dreams.

However, never let your self-limiting beliefs doubt your own ability to dream the life you want. Dreams are what support and motivate you at bad times. Always dream big, and remember to shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”

 ~ Christopher Reeve


文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)

譯: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)

圖: dancingintobeing.files.wordpress.com