Long gone memories surged like a shot of adrenaline after scrounging through some old stuff that I left behind at my brother’s guest room before I moved to Hong Kong after College. Joys and tears surfaced. There were:
Just to name a few, my textbooks (kept the books that I though might be useful when the time comes): Economics, Hotel Development, Human Resources Management, Accounting/Finance (which I almost failed miserably, but still have some basic knowledge…)
Two books that I read and loved: Tim O’Brian’s ‘In the Lake of the Woods’ and Buchi Emecheta’s ‘The Joys of Motherhood’
Don’t know why I kept all the school handbooks…
Reference materials (Yes, I lived in the era where dictionaries are not online or with the operating system): Oxford Pocket English Dictionary – the best dictionary that I’ve used thru Junior High School to College. Collins Gem Pocket English Dictionary – great one. I used for quick reference through elementary-grade school. Roget’s Thesaurus – kind of helped a bit more than a dictionary to learn some of my vocabulary. Collins Gem French Verbs Dictionary, which it’s all out the window even after French 4, probably some listening is still ok?!?
For those who grew up in the same era and loves gadgets and technology, you’ll get a kicker from these:
Saw the Intel Pentium I “Intel Inside” sticker on my desktop computer, think it runs on Windows 95 – probably with all my papers and essays, including college essays are there. Ewww, would be embarrassing to read them!
My first ever laptop computer: only the manual though, The COMPAQ Contura series. Have no idea where the hell the actual hardware is… Laugh out loud.
My Texas Instrument TI-82 graphing calculator – yeah, those parabolas and quadratic equations. And I’ll admit it, I did try punching in the alphabets to try to cheat on tests – but of course, it never happened coz it takes too much time to enter everything; or it’s a class that doesn’t allow calculators – DUH!
The amazing Cathode Ray Tube monitor: SONY’s Multiscan 15-SF II. I looked at the box – it was able to produce a whopping 1024 x 1280 resolution at 60Hz with color temperature adjustment. Not to mention the ultra-flat screen (at the time…)!
Oh, and the keyboard from dinosaur ages to kids these days: IBM original PS/2 keyboard. It’s built like a fortress, it’s great for self-defence or when you’re pissed off with your boss… “Whack!” – and then I just sat there and picked out a random passage from one of the books – started typing. The clicking was soothing. Because I learned typing skills from that keyboard, everything was so familiar, I raced through with approximately 65-70 words per minute or so?!?
Then, I found the SPECIAL SOUVENIR EDITION, titled ‘5-days in History: Hong Kong Handover in Pictures and Words’ (6 July, 1997) from SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (Hong Kong’s only English newspaper that is not free). I still remember the actual ceremony that was held in the evening, it was summer break and I was the bus boy picking up all the glassware out on the streets while everyone was celebrating in Lan Kwai Fong – for Oscar’s Restaurant and Bar.
Great photos and a few quotes that I think those who lived and still living in Hong Kong should remember:
“I have relinquished administration of this government”
Mr. Chris Patten (Last Governor of Hong Kong prior to the handover)
“The Basic Law protects, in full, the rights and freedoms of residents”
Jiang Zemen (Former President of The People’s Republic of China)
“We need to make sure our interests are looked after”
Tung Chee Hwa (First Chief Executive of Hong Kong)
“China couldn’t allow it to be said Hong Kong did better under Britain”
Mrs. Margaret Thatcher (Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom)
Hong Kong: being a place that I grew up in, whether it may be a British Colony or a Special Administrative Region, I don’t think it matters much to me now after seeing so much for the past decade before I returned to the United States. The above words have said enough and needless to say, the future of Hong Kong lies on the people of Hong Kong. As much as I would love to still have Hong Kong be a second home to me, I’ve lived the times of Hong Kong from 80’s through 00’s and I treasured the time being there. I miss my school, I miss my teachers that taught me – I miss the apartment complex that I grew up in and a few other iconic landmarks – I worry about my Mother and Grandma and I think of some friends that I made. Other than that – there’s nothing left for me to stay in Hong Kong, but I do have the status for the “Right of Abode”…