I Love Hong Kong.

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

I Love Hong Kong.

Whenever I think about Hong Kong, my heart would soften again.

Hong Kong brings back heart-warming and deep-seated memories. Memories that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.

Words cannot express how much I love Hong Kong, a city that has taught me many lessons in life.

In 1976, I interned with a youth organisation in Hong Kong with the intention of learning how to be a social worker.

Growing up in a poor family, I wanted to devote my life to helping others so that they can have a fair chance to do well in life.

To cover my expenses, some of my friends pooled their savings and sold old newspapers to raise funds for me.

They believed in me and worked very hard to let me go on that life-changing trip.

Many of them have moved on with their lives, and their whereabouts were unknown to me until today but I am eternally grateful to them.

After completing my studies, I applied and got a job as a social worker.

Then, life played what I thought was a cruel joke on me, but it turned out to be one of the best gifts in my life.

Just before I started work, the director who interviewed me and promised to guide me stepped down from the organization.

After seeking wise counsel, I decided to go out to the “cold and cruel world” of business.

At least, that’s what I thought business would be, but it turned out to be one of the most meaningful, fun and fulfilling experiences.

Since stepping into the business world, I have had the chance to go to Hong Kong on many occasions.

Each time, I’m inspired by the Hong Kong people’s spirit of entrepreneurship, diligence, and drive to succeed.

It’s their passion to do well that should be a model for many people, and countries that want to achieve progress and prosperity.

In 1995, my company organised one of the biggest personal development seminars in Hong Kong. It was held at the Hong Kong Coliseum, with a a total seating capacity of 12,500 people.

That stadium was known predominantly for sports and mega events for leisure and entertainment.

Since then, I’m not too sure if there has been another company that was able to run a training programme in that stadium.

On July 1, 1997, I made it a point to fly into Hong Kong to watch the Handover Ceremony.

The ceremony was an internationally televised event, and it officially marked the return of Hong Kong’s sovereignty from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China.

You can imagine what a moving experience it was for me.

A flood of sadness went through me as I witnessed the passing of an era for Hong Kong and yet, there was also a great sense of hope and optimism for a new beginning.

Between 2014 to 2016, as part of my doctoral course of studies, I attended some programmes and learned from three of the top professors at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The programmes were an academically-stimulating and professionally-beneficial experience for me.

From October 3-4, 2014, I was on the streets in Hong Kong to observe one of its largest sit-in protests.

That protest was commonly known as the Umbrella Revolution. It was organised to protest against the government’s proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral system.

It was sad to see many groups eyeballing each other.

That protests caused undue unhappiness and conflicts to Hong Kong.

Suffice to say, the protest and some of its outcomes broke my heart.

In 2015, I attended a course in Hong Kong to study about social entrepreneurship.

As part of the study, I had to visit and learn from some social enterprises and experience some of their initiatives on the ground.

In the same year, I was invited to address the Hong Kong-Singapore Association.

I shared with its leaders and members on the importance of leadership and teamwork and how these skills can help the world become a better place.

In 2019, I was on the streets of Hong Kong and shortly after one of the biggest protests against an extradition Bill.

That protest left me with more questions than answers about the future of Hong Kong.

Still, I have faith that the spirit of the Hong King people will prevail over whatever obstacles come its way.

One of the highlights of my experiences in Hong Kong happened in 2014 when I was invited to speak at a CEO Conference.

One of my personal assistants was told to book a hotel for me in Hong Kong.

Of all the places, she picked the same place where I stayed when I first went to Hong Kong.

At one point, I broke down. I felt like my life has gone one full circle.

I started off my working life wanting to be a social worker.

However, I chose to pursue the path of entrepreneurship and investment.

Looking back, I realized that by being an entrepreneur and an investor, I could also do the job of a social worker in terms of helping others live a better life.

I could also give back to society in other ways and probably achieve much more by serving and supporting worthwhile charity, humanitarian and philanthropic causes.

Thank you Hong Kong for playing an important part in my life and for all the wonderful memories.

May the city continue to thrive as it provides a better life and a brighter future for its people.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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