This is a visit to the birth place of my passion of baking and love of software development . Before moving to Vancouver, I spent F1 to F3 (similar to grade 7 – 9 in North American system) in one of the oldest all girls school in Hong Kong: Ying Wa Girls School(英華女學校). Experience from Ying Wa has fundamentally shaped my life.
I can still vividly remember in the cookery class kitchen where I saw eggs turned into pale fluffy batter and baked into delicious sponge cake. The transformation was magical and I was hooked on baking ever since that sight! I was one of those geek who joined computer club and spending my after school hours sitting in front computer (Apple II ;-). It was fascinating to write some “for loops” with some “if.. then .. else” and see diagrams displayed on mono colour screen. One day when I was walking pass connecting corridor between the lower and upper building, I looked at career bulletin board which has posting about jobs in computer. At that very moment, I was determinated that I have to be a programmer (and I was only in F1 – grade 7)! I still feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to study in Ying Wa. This place has brought me so much good memory and also dearest life long friends.
This memorable building will soon be torn down. I am sad but I know I should not feel too sad because it is all for the best. There will be bigger and better campus for future Ying Wa Girls.
P.S. Specials thanks to Ms. Leung (from school office) who kindly let me visit the school and show me around to revisit this wonderful campus for one last time.
Last time for me seeing this old campus. Miss it so much!
I used to walked down “Ladder Street” to save a few dollars
so many more tall buildings, Sheung Wan is so different now
Google map direction told me to take this much harder path ;-)
Oh the swimming lessons in the COLD water indoor pool!
Very nice shaded walk
OMG this place is still around!! We used to order lunch from here.
I was lost! Just look too different
Hong Kong – a vertical city
Yeahhh!! Finally see my old school!!!
Next time, taking that bus and stop in Peakville (and ignore google map direction =P)
Robinson Road – this still look like what I remember
This is why I am professional geek =)
Remember we used to run up those short cut stairs to 12th floor after morning assembly
Wow, there is still small patch of green in this concrete forest
The gym where I learned square dancing. Still amazed by the different variety of “sport” I’ve learned from Ying Wa
This is the old entrance where we lined up to pick up preorder lunch box prepared by school kitchen
This is still very significant. My life-long passion with baking started from here!
Inside look of classroom
Finally!! found the old desk – gotta love the “locker”
Such a nice and refreshing area to relax now
12th floor – my first year in ying wa was studying at that top floor… oh so much more extra exercise
Look of the new campus
So proud of our school teams and its achievement over the years
The kind of old wooden chair I have once used is now a antique/art work.
in the age of iBook and kindle, i still love the feeling of library
Geek pilgrimage (first apple store in HK) – remembering apple was the very first machine I learned to code
Click on the map to see how I “urban trekked” back to Ying Wa that day!