Book Report--Gweimui's Hong Kong Story S2E 36 Ula Cheang

BASIC INFORMATION:

  • Author:┬áChristine Cappio
  • Publisher: The Commercial Press (H.K.) Ltd
  • ISBN: 978 962 07 0417 8
  • Category of the book: Biography
  • Number of pages: 196

STORYLINE:

It's about Christine's first trip to Hong Kong and settling down in Hong Kong, she overcomes many different challenges : discovering new places in Hong Kong, finding a job, getting married with a Chinese man, what she missed about France, having a family, and lastly making Hong Kong a home for her. Through her past thirty years in Hong Kong, she has also learnt a lot of different traditions, like food, clothings, streets, festivals, etc.

MY FAVOURITE SCENE

I like the scene when Christine was describing Hong Kong's traditional " yum cha", she described it very lively and mouth watering, like telling us about the food in there-- like " braised chicken with black mushrooms ", vegetables stir-fries and soup, etc. She compared the French food with the HK's and wasn't too familiar with HK's food, but she said she loved it. She also compared the look of the restaurants with her hometown's restaurants. As we all know that "yum cha" restaurants are usually very crowded and high-class restaurants are very silent, Christine said that yum cha is very original as many other ones are usually with people sitting down, chatting with their phones, but "yum cha" restaurant is a place where everyone is reading newspaper, talking with each other and very traditional. This makes me feel like when I was young eating with my family together, and most people are greeting each other " good morning " too.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS

Christine's book reminded me a lot of things there used to have in the past Macao and Hong Kong, although there are still some places where we can "yum cha", but it is never like before: taking food by ourselves, people reading newspaper, different people are sitting together in one large table, etc. Nowadays "yum cha" restaurants are just like any other ordinary food stores: ordering food through menus, booking tables while people in the past just sit next to anyone they don't know; also she written a lot of places in Hong Kong, like Wan Chai, Tsim Sha Tsui, Central. She described the streets very lively and exactly that it brings back my memories. I liked how she described the Chinese Jewellery Shop the best as there are really a lot of them everywhere--with interesting designs; and of course the wet market: I can't stop reading over and over again of her describing the market. The part that she was impressed by merchants using the balance scales was exactly how impressed I was when I was young. She also keep saying the word "wet" to expressed how she feels the market's floor was. Overall I like this book as she can described things very lively.

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