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My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.9: Silly Role Play Game

Boys’ role play games on Dragon ball and Gundam characters

Hong Kong kids were fascinated to all the heroic cartoons, especially Japanese cartoon characters. Drazon Ball characters and Gundam robots are common role play characters for boys back in the 80s and 90s Hong Kong. In fact, girls always thought that boy classmates were all fools when they were playing these games. hahaha…

DragonBall

One of the DragonBall weapon

Gundam Series: Weapon of one of the robots

My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.7: How to loss a tooth

How to loss my tooth

 

How to loss my tooth

It was the traditional way to loss my tooth

My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.6: Visit my dream toy

Visit my dream toy

Transformer robot: Dream toy of a lot of kids

As a girl, I was not a fan of toy robot, but I still remembered almost all boys loved Transformer robots. However, it was a luxury toy for the kids in the old Hong Kong. In order to “own” a Transformer, boys brought toy cards.

Toy card was another popular toy for Hong Kong and some Asia kids in 80s and early 90s. The card images were usually cartoon characters, robots, and pop singers. I was one of the collectors too. It was popular because of the low price. It was just HK$1 for each card (approx US$0.15). The picture below was another popular cartoon, Dragon Ball.

Dragon ball card

Dragon Ball card by Parco @ blog1.poco.cn

If you know how to read Chinese, or if you are curious about the Chinese version of this comic, please visit my Chinese blog.

My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.5: Noisy maker

Making noise was fun

Making noise was fun

When I was kid, there were many common ways to make noise. The comic shown the most popular ways to make stupid and annoying noise. Folding a “paper gun” was not easy. I still don’t know how to do this right now. I just remember my classmates loved to fold paper guns. When the paper guns were unfolded, it would produce a super loud noise. Another crazy way was using soy milk package. I just needed to blow up an empty “soy milk package”, and then step on it. Stepping on soy milk package was not allowed at school because soy milk would mess up the floor. But students, including me, loved to do this. hahahahah

If you know how to read Chinese, or if you are curious about the Chinese version of this comic, please visit my Chinese blog.

Paper gun by blog.hkbbs.net

Vita soy milk, a common noise maker

My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch.4: Win me if U can… childish race

Childish race

Elevator race: a childish game

It was a common race among the kids when I was small. If the runner did some tricks, it was not hard to win. It may be impossible nowadays because the new elevators are so fast.

Photo by the-sun.on.cc

This is the elevator lobby of the old public housing in Hong Kong. Nowadays, the buildings definitely have smaller lobby. When I was young, this was a playground of kids.

My Childhood in Hong Kong- Ch. 1 – No Secret, No border between neighborhood

You cannot keep secret because the apartments are so packed

Small and packed living environment in Hong Kong public housing

I should talk about the background for people who are not familiar with Hong Kong living environment.

I was grown up in public housing apartment. Public housing in Hong Kong is a governmental hosing program for the low income people. Public apartment is built all over Hong Kong, mostly in the relatively remote area. Each public housing are usually 20 to 40 stories, and each floor can occupy around 40 families. Each apartment is small. The placed I grown up was just 200 something sq. ft. for a family! The old design of the public housing is more packed and less considering the privacy of residents. That’s why what happened to our naughty boy Kit. It is really hard to keep secret between neighbor in this crowded environment.

Kin Ming Estate, completed in 2003 by Wikipedia.org

Twin tower design in old public housing by Wikipedia.org

Usually each public housing consists of 5-10 buildings.

The twin tower design on the left was the old design in 70s and early 80s. This is where Kit grown up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_housing_in_Hong_Kong

Physical Punishment is a common family education

For other culture, it may be hard to imagine using physical punishment as a method to teach the kids. However, it is not rare in Hong Kong. Parents usually use “Tangtiu” and “Rooster Duster” as their “weapon” to beat their kids. Tangtiu is a piece of long and flexible plant, and Rooster Duster  is just like adding rooster hair at the end of the Tangtiu. 

When I was small, hearing other children yelling and being punished by their parents was a common scene in the public housing. Actually it was my true story. hahaha

Rooster Duster

The downside of living alone

Downside of woman living alone

Roffice comics: The Art of Lie – how to be a successful scapegoat for your boss?

art of lie

Roffice: The Art of Lie - how to be a successful scapegoat for your boss?

Relationship: Self and Ego between Men and Women

Self and Ego between Men and Women

Comics: Roffice—Why I need to add my boss on Facebook?!!

Roffice09_tweeco_why-add-boss-on-facebook

Adding boss on my Facebook? No way!

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