One morning Barbara and I were drinking tea in the Coffee bar 'the Batman'. Barbara told me about the Chinese new year which was coming soon. She explained to me that each year was named after an different animal and that this animal expressed some characters or predictions of that year. She asked me if I wanted to go to London with her to watch the new year celebrations in Chinatown. I was very surprised, I had giving up asking Barbara out, as she always said no, she had to work. If I wanted to go she said that we had to put some efforts in organizing things. We had to get hold of a car, and we had to persuade a girl to join us. Only if this girl would pick her up from her home and she would promise her family that they stay together all day, then Barbara would be allowed to go. Finding a car was no problem, I could lend my mother's car. Finding a girl was more of a challenge. We thought that if we take Chris along (he always says yes to anything), then maybe Sue would come along too as she fancied Chris. It worked, Sue and Chris wanted to join us.


On that Saturday. I picked up Sue and Chris with my mother's car and we drove to Histon. We parked the car so it couldn't be seen. Sue went to pick up Barbara and Chris and I hid ourselves. After a while Sue appeared with Barbara. Our plan was working so far. When we were sure that her family wasn't looking Chris an I joined them and we drove to London. Barbara and I in the front seats, Chris and Sue in the back seats.
Barbara lead us the way in London. For me it was the first time in Chinatown. It was very impressive. The lampposts were decorated with strings of money. Then this is enormous human dragon came along and ate this money, all accompanied with the sounds of drums. It was very busy. In order not to lose each other in the crowd we had to hold hands. At first we let lose immediately again.


But soon Barbara didn't let go of my hand. Later every time when I was standing behind her to watch the dragon she started to lean against me. Not much later I put my arms around Barbara. By the end of the day when it was time to go back home we were a couple. Sue and Chris also found each other and they were a couple as well.


In the evening Barbara didn't want to go home yet therefore we all went to my parents house. Chris and Sue soon disappeared somewhere in the garden. This was the first moment that Barbara and I were alone that day. That was the moment of our first kiss.

 

 中国新年

一天早上,翁美玲和我在学校蝙蝠侠咖啡馆喝茶时。她告诉我中国新年快要到了。她向我解释,每一个年份都是以一种动物命名的,那种动物能代表那一年出生的人的性格或者运气。她问我,我是否想和她一起去伦敦的中国城一起看新年庆祝。我十分的吃惊,我基本上已经放弃叫翁美玲出来的信心了,因为每次我问她,她都说不行,要工作。假如我一味想去,她就会说我们至少要把事情安排好再去。我们要弄辆车,还要叫个另外的女孩加入我们。并且那个女孩需要来翁美玲家中接她,并向她家人保证她们俩整天都会待在一起,这样翁美玲才能出来。其实找辆车问题不大,我可以借我妈妈的车。找个其他的女孩反而对我更有挑战。我们想如果我们叫上克里斯(他总是对任何事都说好),苏也许会加入我们了,因为苏一直对克里斯有幻想。这个方法最后成功了,苏和克里斯加入了我们。


星期六那天,我用车接到了苏和克里斯,然后我开向翁美玲住的希斯顿那边。我们把车停在没人能看见的地方。苏前去接翁美玲,我和克里斯则是躲在一旁。过了一会翁美玲和苏就过来了。在我们确定翁美玲家人没看见我和克里斯之后,我们一行四人开车前往伦敦。翁美玲和我坐前座,克里斯和苏坐在后座。


翁美玲给我们指路去伦敦。对我来说,这是我第一次去中国城。中国城给我留下了深刻的印象。街灯柱被一连串钱币装饰着,然后巨大的舞龙过来吃掉这串钱币。锣鼓声一直相伴活动的左右。为了在拥挤的人群中不被冲散我和翁美玲必须拉紧对方的手。一开始我们会马上把握紧的手又松开,但很快,翁美玲开始不放开我的手了。过了一会,当我站在她后面看舞龙时,她开始把身体倚靠向我。很快,我也把我的胳膊搂着她。当那天差不多结束,是时候回家时,我和她就成了一对。苏和克里斯同样也很喜欢对方,也成了一对。


到了晚上,翁美玲还不想回家,因此我们去了我父母的房子。克里斯和苏在花园某处消失了。那一刻是我和翁美玲第一次全天都独处在一起。同时那一刻也是我和她第一次亲吻。


(translated by Zhi)

 

 

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# JeffxBlogGuest 2010-07-16 12:47
It is so touching! :cry:

loving her role in the LEGEND so much!

When I was a child, I was so obsessed with that TV play, the LEGEND, especially, her role!!

Today I watched so many videos about her before I found this site.

Thanks for your site having me know sth. new about her!
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# young in love with such purityGuest 2010-09-13 20:23
You tell the story beautifully, this is so real (for being true story) and unreal (for being a rare way for people to find each other these days) at the same time. Thanks for remembering and sharing the stories. It is through good memories that our lost ones continue to live in our hearts.
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# RE: Chinese new year (1977)Just 2011-01-02 14:57
It's a beautiful story because you two were making an effort for this relationship and this is exactly what most of us won't bother to do these days. :sigh:
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# So romantic!Flora 2011-07-27 16:48
It's simply so romantic! ;-)
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# MsGracie 2012-06-02 13:07
Thanks for sharing the precious photos and stories.What beautiful memories! I believe she was very happy and enjoyed the life in the UK then. I wish she didnt go to HK later. Things may be different now.
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# 哈哈~高悦 2012-09-24 04:16
哈哈~我相信你们之间是真正单纯而美好的情感,只有内心充满美好的爱慕和期待才会如此这般的青涩表达 :lol:
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# Beautifulbbb 2013-01-24 01:45
Thanks for sharing!

This is so beautiful and romantic...
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# RE: 04. Chinese new year 中国新年 (1977)miss 2013-11-06 01:47
Sweet honey
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# Thanks RobPaul China 2014-09-11 04:38
Really thank you for sharing so beautiful stories with us. Just like the story in the fairy tale. Really appreciate that!
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# Sweet...Josephine 2017-05-30 05:12
The love between you two were so pure! Just a bit curious, as a Dutch boy, did you consider Chinese parents too conservative in their 'family rules' (i.e. not allowing their daughter to go out with a boy).
I am also a Chinese lady. My parents are also conservative but not to that extend. When I went out with friends at 16, they tended to ask a lot of questions but I did not need to bring a girl friend to "show" them I was not dating.
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# RE: Sweet...Rob 2017-05-30 07:31
Barbara was kept very strict by her mother and uncle, Especially compared with all our student friends we had. Even our friends from HK couldn't understand why she let this happen to her.
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# RE: 04. Chinese new year 中国新年 (1977)Sarah Huang 2018-11-07 02:44
Good to know that Barbara had such wonderful time , for sure there was a place in her heart reserved for you.
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# RE: 04. Chinese new year 中国新年 (1977)潘峰 2020-12-20 14:40
很喜欢看你写的回忆,我也非常喜欢翁美玲,善良 美丽
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# RE: 04. Chinese new year 中国新年 (1977)Sam Lau 2020-12-22 02:09
Thanks for sharing this story, it is so lovely and sweet....most importantly it is so real and is like happening in front of me...
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