On the fourth of June 1984 bought Barbara's mother an apartment for Barbara at Welcome Gardens, 39 Broadcast drive in the district Kowloon in Hong Kong for about 500.000 HK dollars (about 61.500 US dollars or 47.500 euro).

The apartment was at the first floor of this building, apartment B. In the same building also lived Kent Tong and famous actor/actress couple Adam Cheng Siu Chau / Lydia Shum Din Ha.

To see location on Google maps, click here

(note: Nowadays a similar apartment in the same building is worth about 9.900.000 HK dollars (1.220.000 US dollars or 940.000 euro).

Before Barbara moved to this apartment she had been living with her godmother at Tin Kwong Road in Kowloon.

The big advantages of this apartment at Broadcast drive is that it was only a two minute walk from the TVB studios.

map surroundings welcome gardens

 (note: By the late 1980s, TBV had out-grown the facility at Broadcast Drive, and built a new studio complex, named T.V. City, at 220 Clear Water Bay Road in November 1988. The old Broadcast Drive headquarters was later converted into apartments (Peninsula heights block A, next to Broadcast drive gardens), the studio where Barbara worked and many pictures were taken is now Hong Kong television house and Hong Kong commercial radio (3 Broadcast drive, Beacon hill, google maps position)

 

There is a lot of information available on the internet about Barbara's apartment. This makes it possible to get on idea what Barbara's apartment looked like. Here are my efforts.

 

apartement foto v2 

In the diagram below I show the furniture in the appartment. The icons I usei just indicate the type of furniture, they are not pictures of the original furniture.

apartement meubilair v2

Barbara was very open about her apartment to the public. Often she held interviews at this apartment. I have seen at least 7 different photo shoots and at least three television recordings that have been taken at her apartment. In one television interview Barbara let the public have a good view of her living- and bedroom.

Photoshoots living room.

Photshoots bedroom.

Photoshoots make-up  room

Photshoots kitchen

Magazine articles

 

 

Televisions interviews.

1984 interview in apartment2

1984 short interview in apartment

1984 discussion about jewelry

 

Some recent pictures from a similar appartment in the same building.

In 1992 the movie "big smart" filmed some scenes outside Barbara's apartment and the now broken down TVB-studios, here are some screenshots (source: https://m.weibo.cn/status/4576337493232433)

For another TV-program there where also taken some pictures inside the apartment in 1992, it is not known if it was exactly Barbara's apartment but it was a similar one (source: https://m.weibo.cn/status/4576311782410865 )

References to (not translated) articles on Barbara's apartment

http://www.barbarayung.net/visit/interview017.htm

http://www.barbarayung.net/visit/visit033.htm

http://www.eastweek.my-magazine.me/index.php?aid=11343

 

1984年5月,记者到阿翁家中采访。


“叮------当-----”门铃一响,开门的正是今次家访的主角------翁美玲。

她穿着一身粉红色的运动装,“不愧是活力之星,连卸任了还不忘时间穿运动装。”

米白椅子 最受宠爱

“嗐,因为天气太热了,冷气时时罢工,忙的透不过气,那有时间打扮,不如穿运动装,倒是比较舒服呢。”她连说连走的带我们进入她的房子里。

一进门,便知翁美玲是懂得享受的人,她的房子全是以松木和一些淡雅的浅色组合家俱,这给予人一种舒服的感觉。

在大门口的旁边,是一个楠木架,上摆有一些物品。全客厅都是暗花壁纸,米黄色的家俬,客厅放有浅黄色的楠木椅和茶几。在客厅的另一旁,有一组白色的长柜,上面摆有电视、录影机等组合,都是女主人最喜爱的。摆在电视机前的一个白色椅子,它外型像是一个没有腿的休息椅。“如果没有通告,就喜欢呆在家,因此家中的设计一定不能马虎。”她一面说,一面递我一杯果汁。

阿汤赠送 一对哑玲

在那白色长柜的旁边,有一个很大的落地镜,前面放了一双哑玲。

“这是阿汤送给我的,他说平时要多做运动,锻炼身体,才不会病倒!”说起阿汤,她的脸上总是带着微笑。

大门的门口还有一面记事墙,上面写有她日程和交费的帐单,这可以记录她日常的活动。

进她的卧室,真是一个布公仔天堂,单是床头就有一大堆布公仔。

“我很喜欢公仔,这么大部分都是朋友送的,个个样子都很可爱的,而我也很喜欢搂着他们,就很容易入睡呢。”我相信她的公仔朋友们也会很喜欢这个小主人呢!

圆形大床 粉红墙纸

她的床是蛮有趣的,是一个踏步的木床,在上面围一床褥,再配同一个蓝色的床单,在床头则有一个翁美玲手绘画像,粉红色的墙纸,配以蓝色的窗帘。而在白色柜上,有一瓶白菊花,乍看之下,还以为是真的。

“我喜欢花,但又怕打理,所以家里放的都是塑料花。这样省得多时间呢。”这人真是可爱。

在她的家中,最吸引的就是那鲜红色的大靠垫。

“这是我妈从英国带来的,我喜欢它的颜色,而且是妈咪特意带给我的,所以就算是与屋中的色调不协调,也乐于作为点缀。”

 

Source (https://media.weibo.cn/article?(object_id=1022%3A2309404266456345935741&luicode=10000011&lfid=1076031747284320&id=2309404266456345935741 )

 

In May 1984, the reporter interviewed Weng Meiling at home.

When the doorbell rang, it was Weng Meiling who opened the door.

She was wearing a pink sportswear, "worthy of the vitality of the star, even after leaving office did not forget the time to wear sportswear."

Rice white chair is the favorite

"Well, because the weather is too hot and the air-conditioners are on strike all the time, I'm too busy to breathe. It's more comfortable to wear sportswear when I have time to dress up." She took us into her house.

As soon as you enter, you will know that Weng Meiling knows how to enjoy. Her house is made of pine and some elegant light colored furniture, which gives people a comfortable feeling.

Next to the gate is a nanmu frame with some articles on it. The whole living room is dark wallpaper, beige furniture, light yellow nanmu chair and tea table. On the other side of the living room, there is a group of long white cabinets with TV and video recorder on them, which are all the hostess's favorite. A white chair in front of the TV set looks like a chair without legs. "If there is no notice, they like to stay at home, so the design of the home must not be careless." She said as she handed me a glass of juice.

A Tang presents a pair of dumbbells

Next to the long white cabinet, there is a large floor mirror with a pair of dumb Ling in front.

"Ah Tang gave it to me. He said that we should do more exercise and exercise so that we won't fall ill." Speaking of Tom, she always has a smile on her face.

There is also a wall at the gate, on which her schedule and bills are written, which can record her daily activities.

Into her bedroom, it's really a cloth doll paradise. There are a lot of cloth dolls at the head of the bed alone.

"I like dolls very much. Most of them are given by friends. They all look lovely. I also like to cuddle them, so it's easy to fall asleep." I believe her doll friends will also like this little host very much!

Pink wallpaper for big round bed

Her bed is very interesting. It's a walking wooden bed with a mattress and a blue sheet. At the head of the bed is a hand-painted portrait of Weng Meiling, pink wallpaper and blue curtains. And in the white cabinet, there is a bottle of white chrysanthemum, at first glance, thought it was true.

"I like flowers, but I'm afraid of taking care of them, so I put plastic flowers at home. It saves a lot of time. " This man is so cute.

 In her home, the most attractive is the bright red cushion.

 "My mother brought it from England. I like its color, and my mother specially brought it to me, so even if it doesn't match the color in the room, I'm willing to use it as an ornament."

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艺员都贪方便,所以都喜欢般到广播道居住,亚翁也不例外。

由于业主移民,急于卖楼,这个单元售价较低,还将装修及家俱都一并留下给亚翁,免得亚翁去动脑筋。

室内以米白为主色,配以原色松山家俬,天花亦是用松木条架着,垂放着一些绿色植物,营造一点大自然的气氛。电视机唱机及录影机自然是庭中缺不少的,最特别是一张玻璃纤维的椅子,模样是照人坐的姿势造的,甚见别致。

睡房色调由白与蓝为主,用地抬做成的床架,是最流行的布置,亚翁自然懒得去改动它。

床头有一幅油画,是亚翁的舅父所画的,亚翁最喜欢就是这幅,特别从英国带来香港,还有一大堆影迷送的公仔,亚翁也是爱不释手的。

因为工作忙,休息时间少,所以亚翁特别喜欢留在家里,她觉得留在家里最舒服的。

(source: https://media.weibo.cn/article?object_id=1022%3A2309404266354810202678&luicode=10000011&lfid=1076031747284320&id=2309404266354810202678 )

Artists are greedy for convenience, so they all like to live in Broadway, and Weng Meiling is no exception.

As the owners immigrated and were eager to sell the property, the price of this unit was low. They also left the decoration and furniture to Weng Meiling, so that Weng Meiling would not use her brains.

The main color of the room is beibai, with primary color Matsuyama furniture. The ceiling is also supported by pine strips, with some green plants hanging down to create a bit of natural atmosphere. Of course there is a TV and video recorder, especially a glass fiber chair, which looks very chic and is made according to a person's sitting posture.

Bedroom color is given priority to by white and blue, the bedstead that uses ground to carry to make, it is the most popular decorate, Weng Meiling to lazy to change it.

There is an oil painting by Weng Meiling's uncle at the head of the bed. Weng Meiling's favorite painting is this one, especially the one he brought to Hong Kong from England. There are also a lot of dolls sent by fans. Weng Meiling also loves it.

Because of busy work and less rest time, Weng Meiling especially likes to stay at home. She thinks it is most comfortable to stay at home.

 

Comments   

# RE: Barbara's apartment in Hong Kongyangyuogu 2014-01-23 04:38
:D
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# RE: 1984 Barbara's apartment in Hong KongHey 2015-05-09 13:46
Hi rob, I think you are the best thief. :P
Because u know how to analyze the room inside.
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# miss barbara foreverJoyce 2015-05-16 10:31
she is so good and beautiful ,30 years is really a long time ,but still like her ,never change.
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# RE: 1984 Barbara's apartment in Hong KongJames Chen 2015-06-15 05:40
翁美玲小姐过早离世, 令人相当惋惜. 我仍记得1985年5月的一天, 我在广卅工作单位阅读香港文汇报, 翁美玲小姐突然逝去的消息令我震惊不已, 那时我还是一个青年. 如今30年已过去了, 看到这些资讯. 不禁令人深深怀念这位可爱的黄蓉.
愿她在天国安息.
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# Mrs. HuangSarah Huang 2018-11-05 15:26
Thank you very much for building up this website where people love Barbara could have a place to visit or have a place to speak or to share the feelings when they miss her so much or feel so heartbroken. We all know Barbara via the famous role she played as Ms Huang Rong from the TVB's 1983 version of "Legends of the Condor Heroes". Rest in Peace, Barbara. We all love you.
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