Fresh baked “Fong Bao” from the oven – 方包出爐

Random musings & meditations straight from the oven. Hopefully some food for thought as well…

More reasons why I started “The Oven”.

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……

Remember LiveJournal?LiveJournal Logo

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.

 The MagistracyVictoria PrisonOld Central Police StationOld Wai Chai Market

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.

Item du jour

“階磚不會拒絕磨蝕 窗花不可幽禁落霞
有感情 就會一生一世嗎 又再惋惜有用嗎”

謝安琪 – 囍帖街



  Den wrote @

Welcome to the blogging world … again. With FB and Twitter, people are blogging less often. Hope that this oven will continue to bake a lot of food in the future.

ps. is this layout intentional? Just feel that there’s a lot of white space on the right.

  Fong wrote @

Thanks for the comments.
The layout was not intentional. I just happened to like the style but you’re right about the white space. Perhaps I’ll change it once I get more familiar with the whole WordPress set up. Come to think of it, might be fun to rotate the layout.

  CDNGooner wrote @

Yowza … totally forgot about livejournal. My last posting was over 2 years ago (description of the birth of Cecily). I haven’t posted since and neither has anyone else! Everyone just uses facebook these days I guess.

  Pie Pie Lo wrote @

Mmmmm…the oven is producing lots of scrumptious treats…Pie Pie Lo has been savouring every bite of it…yum yum!! The bread crumbs are super delicious as well 🙂
兒童節快樂, Fong Bao!

  thewuclan wrote @

Ok, gotta admit that it took me a while to figure who this “baker” was doing all this baking. And not only that, we were included in your oven’s links?!!…I confess that I was very suspicious at first. However, now that that I’ve clued in that it’s you, JC, welcome to WordPress. I’m enjoying your loaves of bread. Continue to bake more!

BTW: can I return the favour and add your bakery into my blogroll?

  fongbao wrote @

The would be an honor!!!! thewuclan has long been one of the blogs that have inspired me to start my own. I’m glad the loaves have been “up to snuff” so far. Thanks for you support!

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