Back-to-school advice that doesn’t get old: grandparents share about childhood dreams, give tips for students today – YP

Grandparents are the pillars of our families as they are reminders of our history and traditions, but we sometimes forget that they were once teenagers like us.

With the new school year starting, our junior reporters asked their grandparents questions that brought them back to school, and they responded with some wise advice.

1. What dreams did you have when you were young?

Many of the grandparents interviewed had childhood dreams they could not achieve when they were young.

Anson Ng spoke to her 70-year-old grandmother, Corina, who has spent her life in Hong Kong.

Corina shared: “When I was 12, I dreamed of being a fashion designer … I wanted to design clothes and dresses for myself which were unaffordable to buy from stores. However, my family did not have enough money for me to study fashion. Eventually, I gave up my dream. This is a regretful memory of my life.”

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Holly Wei’s grandma, Yan, born in Harbin and now living in Beijing and Singapore, passed her dream to her child.

The 62-year-old said: “My dream was to own a piano and be a dancer. While I was unable to achieve that dream, it was fulfilled through my daughter, who I was able to buy a piano for and send … to dance school.”

Holly Wei’s grandmother (right) dreamed of playing the piano and being a dancer when she was young. Photo: Handout

2. What struggles did you face when you were in school?

Valerie Chiu’s grandmother, Ying, who grew up in Hong Kong, answered: “I attended a school situated on the roof of a building, known as a rooftop school. The facilities were a bit shabby.”

“It was almost impossible to get

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Dior Signals Confidence in Hong Kong With New Flagship on Canton Road

PARIS Shrugging off the impact of political turmoil and the coronavirus pandemic on Hong Kong tourism, Dior has opened a new boutique on Canton Road in the city’s bustling Tsim Sha Tsui district.

The 9,500-square-foot flagship, featuring a facade illuminated with a deconstructed version of the French fashion house’s signature “cannage” motif, is spread over two floors carrying women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry, watches, home wares and perfumes.

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The interior takes its cue from the brand’s headquarters at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, with an interior in shades of powdery white, gray and gold featuring accents such as Versailles parquet floors and its trademark Toile de Jouy fabric.

At the main entrance, visitors are welcomed by a giant crystal chandelier, and the store features original works by artists including China’s Lu Song, Wang Yuyang and Hong Hao. A spiral staircase at the rear of the store leads to dedicated areas for fine jewelry and home wares.

The fine jewelry department in Dior’s flagship on Canton Road in Hong Kong. - Credit: Marcel Lam/Courtesy of Dior

The fine jewelry department in Dior’s flagship on Canton Road in Hong Kong. – Credit: Marcel Lam/Courtesy of Dior

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To mark the opening, Dior is offering exclusive products including box sets containing four embroidered miniature Lady Dior bags; Rose des Vents jewelry creations adorned with colorful gemstones, and selected items from the fall women’s collection designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, featuring embroidered motifs.

The store, which opened Monday, is also offering early access to the fall men’s collection by Kim Jones, as part of its pre-launch in the Asia-Pacific region.

The absence of tourism continues to weigh on Hong Kong’s retail market, according to a recent report by global real estate consultancy Knight Frank. Burberry confirmed last month it had closed its flagship on Canton

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