Tributes paid to HK student Vivian Chan, a victim of the Bangkok bombing

Tributes paid to HK student Vivian Chan, a victim of the Bangkok bombing

Friends describe 19-year-old Hongkonger Vivian Chan Wing-yan, who died in the Bangkok bombing on Monday, as a kind, cheerful person and a hard worker

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Friends mourn the loss of Vivian
Photo: Vivian Chan/Facebook

A Harrow International School graduate killed in a devastating Bangkok bomb blast was today described by former schoolmates as a kind, cheerful teenager who loved blogging about food and was crazy about Canto-pop.

Vivian Chan Wing-yan, 19, who was studying law in Britain, was confirmed dead in the bombing along with 24-year-old Hongkonger Arcadia Pang Wan-chee.

Vivian was a hard worker, a good singer and had for been writing about food for at least a year on the Kittealuvfood blog, which has 11,000 Instagram followers, a school friend said.

Most of the blog’s 1,000+ posts are brightly coloured food posts, but the most recent post at the time of writing is a black and white post of Vivian with “R.I.P”.

Before the post, there’s a post from two days ago, likely written by Vivian, where she talked enthusiastically of the fresh raw crab sashimi she had eaten the day before in Thailand.

“Definitely a must-try when you come to Bangkok! Fair price with [high] quality dishes!” she wrote on Instagram.

Beneath the most recent post, one Instagram user had written, “RIP”.

Harrow International School pupil Michelle Lou said she had only heard about her former schoolmate’s death this morning and was still in shock.

“She was a really kind and cheerful person in general – she really loved to travel and go to a lot of different restaurants,” she said.

Lou said Vivian had been a big fan of Canto-pop, in particular singer Joey Yung, whom she had met, sharing photos of the two together on Facebook.

“Everyone at school knew she was a crazy fan of [Yung], so whenever anyone said anything about her and Canto-pop, Vivian just went crazy about it,” Lou said.

A tribute page has been set up on Facebook in honour of Vivian, which had attracted close to 450 likes by 4.30pm today.

“I still can’t believe this is real … I still believe Vivian is alive … I miss you, please come back my sister,” one Facebook user wrote.

Vivian had quoted a Canto-pop song by Juno Mak in a caption for her travel photos on Facebook.

“The most touching moment may not last forever. Unforgettable because you always have it in mind,” she wrote.

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