Getting to know you
My earliest childhood memory is probably the first day of kindergarten. I remember many of my classmates cried. After a week, we became used to the routine and played together and would go on play dates to get to know each other better. Even now, when we are older and study in different schools, we always talk to each other on WhatsApp.
Qiana Kam, 12, Shatin Tsung Tsin School
I remember my dad took me to Monkey Hill, or Kam Shan Country Park, for a hike one day. I remember seeing a whole bunch of monkeys. I saw one hanging by the bridge, and I poked it with a stick. It fell into the river.
Johannes Yue, 13, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School
Time with gran
My earliest childhood memory is being with my grandmother. I have always been very talkative, even when I was little. Sometimes, when my parents were working, my grandparents would take care of me. Instead of reading to me, my grandmother would act out drama scenes with me and my dolls! We would do Sleeping Beauty one day, and Treasure Island the next. We could spend hours doing this.
This is the memory that I treasure the most with my grandma, because I had her full attention. It was thanks to this that I became the confident person I am now, and the reason I’m fearless in my drama auditions. Thanks grandma!
Chloe Lau, 12, St Mary’s Canossian College
I remember living at my grandma’s home. When I was little, I would eat super slowly, like a snail crawling on the ground. My mum would let me eat in my grandma’s room, where she had a TV. I probably should have eaten faster, but this is a memory I truly cherish.
Judy Cheung, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School
Sisters are the … best?
I remember playing in a sandpit park. I found a caterpillar in a bush, and I put it on my sister’s head. She was so mad, she threw sand at my eyes. Our dad told both of us off, and made us apologise to one another.
Kayleigh Wong Ka-ki, 11, St Stephen’s Girls’ Primary School
So much snow
My earliest childhood memory is going to Europe, where I saw snow for the first time – I remember thinking it was amazing!
Hannah Ho, 12, Maryknoll Fathers’ School
Best times with my friends
My earliest childhood memories are my time in kindergarten. It was the first time I had ever attended class and played with my friends. I remember feeling super carefree and happy.
Karen Ho Ka-man, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School
I remember playing on the swings in the park. It was great fun, but at first, I would always need my dad’s help to have a really good swing. One day, I fell from the swing and it hurt a little. But I got back on ... and suddenly, I knew how to swing very high without help from my dad. I was super happy.
Kelly Chan Oi-wa, 13, Maryknoll Fathers’ School
Home, sweet home
A homely scent, a chill in the air, and a comfy bed – these are the things I remember when I was sucking my thumb and falling asleep back when I was little. What a simple and carefree life!
Adrian Leung, 21, University of Hong Kong
In my earliest memory, I am standing on a field, throwing breadcrumbs to ducks. At the time, the ducks were quite intimidating because they were bigger than me. I also vaguely recall running through a hotel room looking for some sort of snack, but that memory is very hazy.
Olivier Lee, 15, Kellett School
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