“Thank You for the Music” – by ABBA

ABBA, a renowned Swedish band in 1980s, has just vigorously performed such an impressing, magnetic song for us.  Expressing their firing enthusiasm towards Music, how gifted ABBA members are with their pure, angelic singing voices.  I hold firm to my belief that common ground does exist in every person’s sense of hearing, and music fully acts as a marvellous confidant for us to express our delight and distress, to raise people up and heal their souls.

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An entire evening in “The Pearl of Orient”

Watching the golden sun splashes its colour and drown in the far end of the Victoria Harbour, I am utterly amazed by the city’s panoramic reflection of splendid neon lights and brilliant billboards here in front of my eyes.  In this sunset time, some energetic sport enthusiasts are doing regular work-outs, while the hand-in-hand newly-weds are meandering in the Victoria Park, murmuring to each other tenderly.  Featuring dishes of special cuisines, a proliferation of cafes and bars with relaxing music are opened to cater for the white collars after a day of hectic work.  Shopping in some crowed areas like Causeway Bay, it is no longer a surprise to see myriads of luxurious brands touting plushy items with eye-catching logos, sweet-smelling Coco Chanel perfume with sustainable lavender favour, elegant Burberry boutiques and Louis Vuitton pockets and handbags which keep pedestrians’ eyes out of stalks.  

While in Kowloon, filled with Cantonese pop songs and loudspeakers’ voices ‘Come and have a look’ in Mong Kok Street Night Market, you can patently find goods which are comparatively much cheaper in shops hanging attractive banners like “For Sale, 20% discount off, what about Chinese tea sets, oil paintings and photo albums for souvenirs?  Just turn to the corner, aroma begins to fill the night air and the noisy atmosphere, cooks are now using heavy woks to prepare some unique local snacks in the open-air sidewalk food stalls in great dexterity.  Bowls of plain congee, wonton noodles and fried rice are placed in front of their working class and elderly customers.  To them, life is simple yet cheerful, their recipe of happiness lies not in ostentatious banquets with expensive abalones and shark fin soup, nor does it fall on the internationally-known lavish items, but to spend some time meeting friends in person, having smiling greetings and delightful chats to each other.  All these daily activities, with mixture of a wide variety of living-styles, both modern and original, have dazzled our city – ‘the Pearl of Orient’ more diverse and vibrant ever.
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Book Review: “Nothing to Envy” by Barbara Demick

North Korea has been a communist closed state and I have been wondering what the ordinary lives of their citizens are.  After reading a well-known non-fiction called ‘Nothing to Envy’ by an American journalist, it does familiarize me with North Korea’s development and reveal those brutalities happened inside the territory, for instance, hard labour was used to punish the unpatriotic ones.  What even more spine-shivering is that people snubbed and didn’t have faith to each other, even to their family members through strict monitoring and frequent reporting to the Party.  Worse still, the lethal famine occurred in mid-1990s placed them into an awkward plight and constituted a menace to myriads of innocents lives.  Cruel though the fact was, being the breadwinners in the entire family, they still had to meekly accept it by leading a hand-to-mouth life through different means.  After a spate of mishaps, some of the North Koreans were trying to escape to South Korea or cross through the river to China, although being treated harshly, they still arrived to either of them save and sound.  

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Words by a post-90s in Hong Kong

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