22 September 2010

When I was a young boy...

When I was a young boy, my parents asked me to compromise with other kids in the playground when there is an argument, and apologise when I treated other kids rudely.

These days, parents teach their kids to ignore others when there is an argument. Mama and papa are there with you, you don't need other kids to play with.

When I was a young boy, my parents smacked me for wrong doing, or whenever they feel like it.

These days, beating kids up is a criminal offense and kids beating parents up are not uncommon.

When I was a young boy, my parents left me alone at home on a daily basis. I would be a good boy most of the time and would only try to dig out my old man's porn magazines for the sake of sexual education.

These days, leaving kids alone at home is a crime. And whenever kids are left home alone, they either fucking burn the flat down or climb out of the window and smash their heads 18 storeys high. Thank you, Spiderman.

When I was a young boy, my parents would ask me to queue up for public transports, and never to rush for seats.

These days, parents encourage their kids to hasty grab a seat on buses, MTR, and trains. They better grab more seats for mama and papa as well, or they'd be called stupid.

When I was a young boy, I wiped my own ass after taking shit.

These days, kids are retards.

When I was a young boy, my parents talked to me in Cantonese.

These days, parents talk to their kids in broken English and feel ashamed if their kids speak one Cantonese word.

When I was a young boy, TV was the thing to keep me entertained.

These days, entertainment? Have you learned your 5 languages, 10 musical instruments, 15 sports, hundreds of classical poems, and 10 thousands vocabularies?

When I was a young boy, my parents taught me how to do my homework and made sure I'd done all that was required. They felt that was their responsibility.

These days, it's Ken Sir's responsibility. We paid him, right?

When I was a young boy, my parents asked me to say thank you when people offered me anything. I was also taught to say excuse me or sorry when I run into others' way.

These days, even parents have no clue what "thank you", "excuse me", and "sorry" mean. When people offer you something, they must be dodgy assholes of some sort and kids should avoid any contact with them at all cost.

When I was a young boy, my parents smacked me for not greeting our relatives and friends when I saw them.

These days, adults are obliged to beg for children's attention. They bought these kids gifts and snacks just to make sure that the kids will greet them once.

When I was a young boy, I cried when I got bad school results.

These days, parents cry when their kids got bad school results.

When I was a young boy, I was ordered to bed at a time my parents saw fit.

These days, parents are allowed to sleep or make love only after their kids feel like going to bed.

When I was a young boy, I was ordered to accompany my mom to the market and helped her to carry heavy stuff.

These days, kids are on strollers up to 12.

When I was a young boy, my old man taught me how to "burn wax" at Mooncake Fest.

These days, "wax-burning" is a crime.

A young boy, I was one.


  1. Not just when you were young, when I was young too!


  2. just think that one day these kids will be running Hong Kong ...

  3. I still cling onto this quotation though:

    "In case you're worried about what's going to become of the younger generation, it's going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation."

    By Roger Allen

  4. Thanks Henry, when the shit hits the fan, and all goes to hell, then at least I have that quotation to keep me company in the darkest hour.

    Till then, I think I'll just keep watching the movie, Idiocracy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0yQunhOaU0), so I know what's in store for me.

  5. Idiocracy is horrifyingly likely imo


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