來吃口安樂茶飯～ Long for tea and rice
by Stephanie Lai, Smarties, 16 Aug 2015 星期日 富昌邨 — 感悟
她所提出的憂慮是年青人和他們的將來。在這複雜的政治氣候令她感到不安煩燥的是為何這麼多和政府對著幹的人和事件。就正如鄰里間的是非，她都一樣不喜歡的。我想這就是＂相嗌唔好囗＂的道理吧。Gen X，Y和Z其實都要好好的想在Make a Difference 的同時，怎樣令上一輩有信心相信我們不是為港添亂吧。
Long for tea and rice
by Stephanie Lai, Smarties, 16 August 2015 Sunday, Reflection
Nothing is positive…
When we were given the assignment, it felt heavy and solemn like carrying a bag of hesitations and assumptions, such as worrying about not being able to find any elderly to talk to us, their life must be miserable and the change of era brings negative impact to their life….
As we expected…
Our interviewee “Granny Ho” did mention about the medical system in Hong Kong, even though the public clinic service can be utilized for free, she preferred to visit the private doctors for a more reliable and effective treatment. Also, walk up in tong lau- old tenement buildings is rather difficult for the elderly, let alone the hot and stuffy condition in the interior space. She preferred the public housing estate she was staying in rather than the core Shum Shui Po setting.
To our surprise…
In our head, we thought elderly “needs our help”, in contrast, the 89 year-old lady sitting in front of us was very independent along her path of life. She left Tai O as a widow with 2 kids to Sai Wan and relocated to Fu Cheong Estate living by herself, being confident and maintained a strong social network within the estate. She did not really see the “problems” she mentioned annoyed her, rather the current political climate and the conflict between government and the people bug her the most, just like she has been trying to avoid gossips in the neighbourhood. What made her worried the most are the younger generation and their future. It is really an insight for the generation X, Y & Z to rethink about the method to initiate a change and make a difference without leaving a bad impression of us ruining HK to the older generation.
Another incident inspires us is the ice-breaking process came so much easier than we thought it would be. We first observed that Granny was playing with her Sony Smartphone and that was how we started our conversation. Elderly could also accept new things and technologies like youngsters, the prerequisite is the channel they could reach technology and acquire the equipment. This would be a great chance to facilitate communication and their daily life. I reckon we should not leave out elderly when constructing a smart city/ smart society.
Culture of eating
Although we talked about everything under the sun, food was the topic that we brought up the most, for instance, cooking for yourself, Law Fu Kee Noodle, Cha Kwo steamed bun, Tai O shrimp paste etc… In a Chinese idiom, we always say “to live in ease and pleasure with a bowl of rice and a cup of tea”. Food for thought: what kind of society we would like to build beside bringing home the bacon?