Sunday, May 1, 2011
Recently I wrote a bilingual piece (Chinese + English) on a topic somewhat related to food on my personal blog. It was my first blog entry that contains Chinese and many are telling me that I should do more bilingual posts in the future on this food blog. Honestly, I do plan to do so but please give me some time because doing a Chinese-only post is one thing, doing a translated post from Chinese to English or vice-versa is easier said than done to me. In any case, posted below is the piece from my personal blog, enjoy! :)
Yes, you are not mistaken, this post contains Chinese and I used my beloved iPhone to write every single word as well. I am proud of myself and I think I do deserve a star sticker right? :) It was inspired by an incident inside the MTR and by someone who made me smile a lot recently. What I did here is to translate the Chinese I wrote into English so this will be my first ever bi-lingual post. (Rita, are you going to call me a copycat? HAHA) Not directly on the topic of food but somewhat related in my opinion.
Original Chinese version:
My Translated English version.
There are different things in life that are quite weird, many that are funny but definitely worth sharing. One evening on my way home on the MTR, while I was making my transit from one lane to another on the Admiralty station platform, I almost got pushed to the floor by someone. What so weird about that? The someone was a half-grown fat kid without much of a neck or waist. I was once a fat but cute little kid, thanks to the introduction of all you can eat lunch before afternoon nap during my Kindergarten years.
Being chubby is considered a kind of luck in Chinese traditions but such luck should not be to a point that it would affect the safety of the general public! What would the kid right on the platform? Even if you are running, why are you yelling while you are running? Why are you yelling while running without looking out what is in front on you? Aside from the fact that there was a lack of politeness in kids nowadays, this traumatic experience made me realized the seriousness of obesity in our modern society.
Running on the platform may have exceeded the kid's daily exercises quota already hence the short stop at McD before home for a Happy Meal plus a Orea McFlurry. To a certain extend, parents nowadays are over caring / overly protective, providing the best and the fattest at times.
I had been fat, been happy, been very full, been very painful, been very tolerant, been doing little exercises, been thin and been fit. I truly understand the happiness and joy of eating but there should be a limitation / control to eating. Kids may not understand but parents should teach their kids about such control on cravings as best they can for the sake of the kid's health.
Recently, I have learned the arts of eating which means it is a necessity as well as life's enjoyment at the same time. Treasure the people around you especially those you care, those you loved, have to understand how to protect wisely and appropriately in order to cherish the joy of eating with them for many years to come. Obesity among children is becoming a serious social issue in Hong Kong which we must start paying attention. If you are love your kids, act now!