"I’m studying fashion, not a designer though. I like dressing and styling people. I want to start my career in Hong Kong."

"What’s the hardest thing about fashion?"

"Fashion? The hardest thing about fashion is the person, not the fashion. It’s the person you have to dress. They pay for you to dress them, so you are the one that is stressed and under pressure. You have to think about how to get the best deal, the best dress, the best look, and dress the person. If they don’t like it, or if other people start talking badly about them, then you’ll lose them as a client. When you lose one client, it’s never really just one person but all other people that could have been a client."

"We thought we should do a train trip in China, so we flew to Beijing, then took a train to Harbin. That was in the middle of the winter and I don’t ever want to do that again, especially with 4 children. When we bought the tickets, they didn’t put us together. The guys we were supposed to trade cabins with were smoking and drinking so we couldn’t take the cabin with it smelling like smoke. We ended up having to pay someone else to trade with us just so we could all be together, squeezing all 6 of us in one cabin." 

"How long have you guys know each other?"

"We’ve known each other for a really long time and we’ve been through a lot together. There’s actually a third guy but he’s halfway around the world right now."

"How did you guys meet?"

"Well we met at the gym, along with the third guy. His name is Brian and he was struggling with the bench press and we just helped him out. The rest is history"

"I do office work now - Boring, sitting all day. Once upon a time, when I was young, I used to take photos." 

"What stopped you from continuing?" 

"I don’t know. Reality?"

"I study art. I go to an art school in England."

"What are you doing in Hong Kong now then?"


"Can you tell me what happened?"

"I went to Amsterdam a lot so I smoked a lot of weed. I got caught with weed at school. They found 30 joints hidden in the bathroom. That’s what happens when you get too stoned and forget you need to get rid of that shit. But they didn’t suspend me for that. I got just a warning, then they caught me drinking a beer.”

"As you know about the Pakistani story, there is always small war, big war, or not stable moment, no secure future. So we run from there, come here, and take political asylum so we can live a better life, can stay here to make some money, send to my family so they can have a little bit of secure future. When they call you and say

‘We need money.’

and I don’t have money, or I don’t have work, that is the saddest moment.

But all moments when we send money to family, when we talk to them on the phone and say

‘Have you received the money?’ and they say ‘Yes we have received’, and I ask ‘So what are you going to do with the money?’, and they say ‘I’m going to do this! I’m going to do that!’, that is always the happiest moment.”

"Before my family was kind of poor. My family had a small business, but it was a bad time. The economy was not good, so they had difficulties in running the business. We sold our houses and lived in factories for about 4 to 5 years. I guess it was still happy. It brought me closer to my family."

"We met in Hong Kong during a volunteer work in our company. I knew I liked her at the first sight. Later we found out that we went to the same kindergarden, but not at the same time because of the age difference, and we also went to the same university in Australia.”

"What was the happiest moment in your relationship?"

"The best day was when I found out she was pregnant. I found out by email."

"What’s the nicest thing your parents have done for you?" 

"Probably letting me switch to the English system from the German system. I’m in the German system right now and I really wanted to do IB. I feel like I fit the IB system more. I don’t know how, but I just like it. I like the way its structured, and I like the whole extended essay. I’m probably going to take higher level Chemistry German and Social anthropology. I sound really nerdy now, don’t I?"

"Why social anthropology?"

"I don’t know, I just like culture."

"So what do you want to do in the future?" 

"I want to do event planning. I like organising, and I’ve done a couple events in the past. I love the way they turn out and come together. "

"Have you ever done an event that failed?"

"I did an internship for this woman and the event didn’t turn out well because there was a creepy santa. It’s kind of annoying especially because its not something that you did. The santa was just really grumpy."

In transit

English doesn’t always work in Hong Kong:

"What is something that you’ve struggled with the most?" 

"Struggle? That mean?"

"Yeah, what’s the most difficult, or challenging part in your life right now?"

"Oh, about what? Our life?"

"No, your life."

"Oh! Very very simple. Everyday wake up, and to working, sometimes holiday, go outside for swimming when summer."

"I see, okay. How about this, what’s the happiest moment of your life?"

"Happiest moment?" When I had my new daughter, but she’s old now, 24. She’s famous. So, happy when I spend time with her and when I go out and travel with her. 

"What’s something that she has done that made you worry?"

"Hm..Because she is a girl, so every time, I worry."

"Most of the time what I hear from my dad is ‘Improve your grades at school.’ or ‘Put more effort into life.’ Theres nothing about school that I hate. I just find it very difficult to motivate myself to put the effort into studying. I get sidetracked too much. There’s just no instant reward. I get distracted by anything and everything. for example, if there’s a book lying next to my desk, I’ll think it looks more interesting than what I’m doing now.” 

"We’re in fashion."

"What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your dad?"

"My dad’s commitment to things. He’s an old guy now but he wanted to be a pilot. He studied the manual every night, during work, staying up late, and now he’s a pilot."

"Do you want to be a pilot?"

"Probably not. I was his first passenger and I was like ‘Dad, dad? can we not?’(pretends to grab on armrest) and he was like ‘No, we’re doing this son! we’re doing this!” So probably not.

"If you’re not going to be a pilot, what’s your dream job?"

"I don’t have a dream job. But! I have an If-everything-fails-job. I really enjoy playing music- Happiest moment of my life is probably when I started playing guitar. If everything else fails, I don’t go to university, I screw up in school, I’ll be a waiter and play music on the weekends. I think I will be able to enjoy that life."