Growing up as a child I was encouraged to keep a diary but I never found a compelling reason to embrace the concept.
“I’ve got nothing meaningful to write about.” I quipped at the time.
Too young to have a perspective, I supposed.
I have made half-hearted attempts but frankly I simply do not have the discipline to maintain a diary for the long haul. Then……
About 5 – 6 years ago, Cdn Gooner (I think it was you. First name drop in The Oven, if I exclude Pie Pie Lo) introduced me to it and I slowly developed a taste for journaling. It was fun sharing some of my thoughts and parts of my life with friends and those who I’ve lost touch through time. But then I got married and busy with other things in life hence the LiveJournal experience came to an end after almost 2 years.
Unexpectedly, my “return” to Hong Kong in 2007 triggered streams of emotions that were kept inside since my last visit in 1989. Overwhelmed by the amount of change during that 18 year period, I realized the Hong Kong I remembered and grew up in was nothing but a distant memory. As well, I got caught up with the whole “Collective Memory” (集體回憶) movement and made a point to visit historical landmarks under threat of progress and demolition.
Armed with numerous pictures, thoughts and feelings, I returned to Vancouver wanting to share my experience with everyone I know. And ever since then, I’ve become more contemplative in thought and attentive to my surroundings. My little camera is now a trusted companion and helps capture images that interest me wherever I go.
But something was still amiss.
Facebook gave me the platform to share the images but not so much the words.
After reading a few blogs, I realized that’s the next logical step to take hence the construction of this blog.
While I’m not sure if “The Oven” is worthy of public consumption, I hope you will find it worthwhile. At the very least, you’ll understand what makes this “Fong Bao” tick.
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有感情 就會一生一世嗎 又再惋惜有用嗎”
謝安琪 – 囍帖街