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…

久遣了,筆劃 – Long time, no write.



方包(廣東話): 唔該,幾多錢呀?

服務員(英文): Too doll la n fee tee send ($2.50)

方包 : ……. 

而一班土生的朋友卻說方包是一個 “Honger” (香港人) 。原因是我聽中文歌,讀中文報章雜誌,追看無線劇集,唱K等等。所以有時無奈地覺得自己像一個「兩邊唔到岸」的邊緣人,一個名符其實的 Ching-lish 人。




At last count, it’s been 23 years since Fong Bao wrote a piece in Chinese. With a nervous heart, I write again and I honestly don’t know how it will turn out. I’m not a gifted writer so I’d be happy if I can simply express myself clearly.

A lot of Hong Kong friends I met in Vancouver thought I was local born. I suppose my demeanor is not very “Hong Kong” at all. Every now and then at Chinese malls or the night market, the following dialogue would take place:

Fong Bao (in Catonese) : Excuse me, how much is this?

Clerk (in English): Too doll la n fee tee send ($2.50)

Fong Bao: …….

As for my local born friends, they all say that I’m a “Honger”. Reason being that I listen to Canto-Pop; I read Chinese newspapers and magazines; I watch TVB dramas & programs; I sing karaoke, etc. That’s why sometimes I’m resigned to the thought that I don’t quite belong to either groups, more like a Ching-lish-man.

Luckily because of work and Church, I’ve been able to use and maintain my Chinese without losing too much of it. But there are times when I still need to think about the strokes of certain characters when I write. Hence I would like to thank my newly acquired Penpower Diamond Jr. If not for this little writing pad I would not have written this piece since I really don’t have a lot of spare time to learn Chinese word processing.

I’m very happy the goal of a bilingual blog has been achieved. Hopefully I can maintain my Chinese writing skills through this.

Item du jour

晶鑽小蒙恬 – PenPower Diamond Jr.

Penpower Diamond Jr



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