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.







(translated by Zhi)




# 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!
# 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.
# 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:
# So romantic!Flora 2011-07-27 16:48
It's simply so romantic! ;-)
# 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.
# 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:
# Beautifulbbb 2013-01-24 01:45
Thanks for sharing!

This is so beautiful and romantic...
# RE: 04. Chinese new year 中国新年 (1977)miss 2013-11-06 01:47
Sweet honey
# 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!
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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
# 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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