彩裙 彩花 – 2020 母親節詩 – 敬給 偉大的母親

May 10, 2020

彩裙 彩花 – 2020 母親節詩 – 敬給 偉大的母親

(Colourful Dresses & Colourful Flowers – A 2020 Mother’s Day Poem
by Kempton Lam – English version see below)

媽咪 愛彩裙彩花
我 愛彩恤彩花

媽咪 廣結天下英雄豪傑為友
我 廣結天下英雄豪傑為友

媽咪 固執 對朋友忠義
我 固執 對朋友忠義

媽咪教導 身教 以身作則
我聽 我濾 我學. 有時我做.

媽咪很少聽到“愛”這中文字,因為我這一代香港人,父母子女很少說“愛”
我變 我改進 我告訴媽咪我愛她

媽咪愛我 永遠視我為小孩
我提醒媽咪 年過半百的小孩 其實很少

媽咪愛我 希望我生活過得好
我愛媽咪 希望她繼續身體健康

媽咪喜歡教誨 不喜歡小孩回話 頂嘴 駁嘴駁舌 頂心頂肺
我喜歡聽教 同時視回話為重要溝通

媽咪的特權
兒子的榮幸 (榮譽的”榮” 幸福的”幸”)

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Colourful Dresses & Colourful Flowers – A 2020 Mother’s Day Poem
by Kempton Lam

Mom loves colourful dresses and colourful flowers
I love colourful shirts and colourful flowers

Mom makes friends with restaurant helpers, store keepers, neighbours and strangers
I make friends with restaurant helpers, store keepers, neighbours, and strangers

Mom is stubborn and steadfast with friends
I am stubborn and steadfast with friends

Mom has taught me many things by her actions and by her words
I listen, I filter, and I learn. And sometimes I do

Mom hasn’t often heard the Chinese word for “LOVE” 愛 because my generation of HongKonger parents and children don’t say “LOVE” 愛 to each other
I changed and learned to be better. And I made sure I told mom I “LOVE” 愛 her

Mom loves me and always sees me as a Little Boy
I remind Mom there are very few over half-century old Little Boy

Mom helped create a nice & loving world for us
I, in our challenging time of WW3 Covid19 Age, am determined to try to make our world a better place than the one we found thanks to all the lessons and ways she shaped me and powering me with Love

Mom loves me and want to see me doing well
I love mom and want her to Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Mom loves to instruct and is no fan of “Talking Back”
I love to listen and see “Talking Back” as important communication

Privileges of Mom
Honours of Son

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Bambi Assassin and my Optional Left Eye

May 3, 2020

 

Smashed into thousand pieces & yes, those are deer hair!

Smashed into thousand pieces & yes, those are deer hair!

Reading my friend thanking her car for 8 years of great services got me thinking of our last car, a very loved & trusted Saturn (we call it Saturn車車). Almost exact two years ago today (May 4th, 2018), Saturn車車 saved me one last time! We are not into getting new cars, so we kept maintaining/fixing it and driving Saturn車車 for an amazing 23+ years! And as my and Saturn車車’s luck had it, in her final days, a young deer (the famous Bambi Assassin) ran into our Saturn車車. Bambi Assassin broke the rear passenger (driver side) window glass into a thousand pieces, bounced off the car, and ran away! Bambi Assassin and me got out of the mess relatively safely with big thanks to Saturn車車!

As my friend said well, it “sounded like a scene in a Nordic film.” Totally, Bambi Assassin on the road in a city with one million plus population! And I totally agree that “Cars might be our angels!”

Yes, that May 4th day might hav been quite an action horror film starring Bambi Assassin & me! I still vividly remember that day! There was a traffic jam that day on the main road near our home with traffic stopped with cars on the road with incoming traffic. Without any warning, Bambi Assassin just jumped out between the gaps in the cars as I was driving in ~50km/hr speed on my side of the road!

If I was slower by split of a second, Bambi Assassin’s head would have been right inside the glass of my driver’s window. At a minimum, likely taking out my option left eye and adding a few character-building scars to my left face IF I was lucky. If I was NOT lucky, the massive head and body of Bambi Assassin (~200lb easy) could have knocked me out, given me a concussion while bleeding me out, all very cost effective in creating nice scenes in an action horror film. Not that I’m a fan of action horror film, especially one starring me in real life.

I hadn’t shared these pix before because they were a bit too close and scary to look at. But now two years have passed, may be I can be a bit more reflective. Some days I like to think/pretend I was a good man so it was my good karma. Some days I think I was just plain lucky!

Does near death or almost being killed in a car accident or #Covid19 or … change our perspective on life or how best to live our lives? Maybe. At least, I hope so. For nearing death (almost accidents or almost #Covid19 or almost …) sometimes shine light on what are the more important things in our lives.

We each must find our own ways and meanings to our lives. But I do think the two popular “meanings” #fame and #money cannot be the simplistic ultimate goals in our lives because no one, on their deathbeds, ask how #famous they are (e.g. how many Facebook/IG/Twitter/etc etc followers the have) or how much money they have in their bank accounts.

Well try it as a #ThoughtExperiment and ask yourself what would YOU care about on your deathbed? Here writes a man whose better half will confirm he is neither rich nor famous in any measurable way! #LifelongLearning

Yes, those are deer hair!

Yes, those are deer hair!

Auto glass smashed into thousand pieces

Auto glass smashed into thousand pieces

 


呀姨!多謝你!

October 1, 2019

#呀姨_多謝你 Borrowed good post, without asking. 借,冇問過. (see disclosure)
//今日係好值得記住既一日
親眼看到更多也感受到更多
經歷左被困九巴個半鐘
然後經過一輪掙扎決定落車
發現有個呀姨跟住我
喺傾計既期間發現大家去既地方都係差唔多
於是開始左二人行動
我地互相支持、互相幫助
當我漂曬眼水時,佢遞上口罩話:我仲有一個!比你呀!
我帶佢去搭巴士去大埔
佢帶我喺上水搭小巴去屯門
路上我地認識左對方,而且閒談左好多野
最後,喺佢準備落小巴時,佢拍左我一下話:唔該你送我返屋企
我都同佢講左一句:多謝你
大家都望住對方笑左一下
我同佢既認識就結束啦

我地大家心裡都知道,今日一別,即使喺街上面再遇見,都已經唔會認得對方
但我地都會記住,曾經喺無助時,我地都互相伸出援手

呀姨!多謝你//
Disclosure: I decided not to ask for permission as I want her to have “plausible deniability” and this story doesn’t really identify her clearly. Anyway, I left this following comment in her post:

HongKonger strangers helping each other in these dark hours is what makes HK so loved. Stories like yours are the “brakes” that is slowing HK police/gov’s “push” on the slippery spiral to hell.

P.S. I believe our loved ones never “leave us” as they live on forever as stories in our hearts and minds. And this 呀姨 will live on in the poster’s mind for sure. And now, with her sharing (and my sharing), live on in more people’s minds.

In a sense, HK has experienced decades of 錦上添花.

Now these days and months of 雪中送炭 is making HongKongers shine.

I just hope HKers’ hearts and minds won’t be engulfed by anger and hate after all dust are settled. As it will be a tragedy if “HK democracy won” at the end but democratic HKers’ hearts and minds were “filled with anger, hate and desire for revenge“.

If HKers acted and behaved like people they despise now (mainland Chinese blinded by patriotic propaganda), then that “democratic victory” would be a “hell (poisoned hearts and minds)” that HKers can’t easily escape with some serious soul-searching.
P.P.S. If the friend sees this post and would rather I NOT share the story, I will of course remove it.

P.P.S. If the friend sees this post and would rather I NOT share the story, I will of course remove it.


港台照亮黑暗中的香港

September 11, 2019

In HK dark hours, RTHK has become a great source for insights, news and fact-checking to spotlight facts from fictions/fake news. Check some some episodes of these great series: 視點31, 躁動時代, 鏗鏘集, .

20190910, 視點31:《香港人權及民主法案》利弊;市道差之迷;校園電視記者在反修例運動角色

20190906, 躁動時代:三個月後的撤回;罷課;和理非/勇武;醫者心聲

20190909 鏗鏘集: Minimal Force?

20190902, 鏗鏘集:這一年……十五歲的暑假

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More Heartbreaking News From Hong Kong

August 12, 2019

 

More Heartbreaking News From Hong Kong

Following added on 2019 Aug 12:

 


3 reasons why I LOVE “The Farewell” by Lulu Wang almost sight unseen

July 16, 2019

2019 July 24 update: Yeah! The Farewell is opening in Calgary, Canada this weekend finally! Have a watch of the Official HD Trailer before checking the 3 reasons why I LOVE The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang almost sight unseen. I’m also excited to schedule to review the film with Terry #陳家燕 on her FM947 radio show.

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Love is never rational so here are 3 reasons why I LOVE “The Farewell” by Lulu Wang almost sight unseen.

1) I listened to Lulu’s “What You Don’t Know” radio segment on This American Life (TAL) like three times back to back (while cooking) because I LOVE it so much. I bet once you listen to it, you may enjoy it as much as I did. From TAL: //
Lulu Wang tells the story of an elaborate attempt to keep someone ignorant — her grandmother — and how her family pulled it off. (27 minutes)//

2) I actually watched “Lulu Wang Q&A at UCLA | The Farewell” first and then stopped to listen to her  “What You Don’t Know” segment on TAL because I know and LOVE TAL! Anyway, I watched the Q&A at UCLA twice at least and really want to see how Lulu turn her real life story into a film.

3) I watched this “Talk Story with Lulu Wang, Director of The Farewell” (at Hawaii International Film Festival) once and will likely watch it at least once more. You see, the more I learned about Lulu’s real life story, the more I’m amazed and curious of how she is going to turn everything into a film.

P.S. I really do know a lot by most regular moviegoers’ standard.

Note: “The Farewell” started screening in four theatres in US on July 12 according to Box Office Mojo. As of July 16, I can’t find a theatre to watch the film in Calgary yet. Hopefully soon. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.)

20190719 Update: Gloden Globe, “Director Lulu Wang on “The Farewell”

Today, “Awkwafina Gets Serious In New Family Drama ‘The Farewell’ | Sunday TODAY

2019 July 26 update: Awkwafina on Why “The Farewell” Was a Role She Had Never Seen Before

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – Awkwafina’s Grandmother Didn’t See The Last 10 Minutes of Her Movie

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20190909 (?) TIFF Talks, Lulu Wang on THE FAREWELL

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拱心石下–吳靄儀從政十八年回望

July 16, 2019

For the record, the following are some info I watched and collected for 拱心石下–吳靄儀從政十八年回望. I plan to add more to this post in the coming days as I have time to check out Margaret’s FB page more.

– (20180722) 香港書展2018:拱心石下–吳靄儀從政十八年回望 (講者: 吳靄儀博士、許鞍華)

香港大學法律學院五十周年書話:吳靄儀、陳文敏 ()

– 《公民實踐論壇 – 十八相送:風雨同路》【論壇重溫】
Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/projectcitizens/videos/382999935569703/
Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/projectcitizens/videos/1580045792096395/
Part 3: 
https://www.facebook.com/projectcitizens/videos/443277869411551/
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Extra references:

2018-07-24 | 蘋果日報 | A11 | 港聞 | By 陳惜姿 政界人物:回首來時路 吳靄儀

RTHK 12th book prize final list.

2018/8/20 吳靄儀寸爆之鋒

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