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    監製:Margaret Liu

    15/12/2021

    HK Stories – Detour to Happiness
    Episode 3
    Once in a Lifetime

    "Happiness is when you feel that you are at the darkest moment of your life, it will slowly emerge. In fact, happiness is always around you, it is just that sometimes you have forgotten to feel it with your heart.”

    TO Yan-hei (Jenny) loves to eat, and she also loves to cook. Four years ago, she suffered from eating disorder, during which she refused to eat and hated herself. At the same time, Jenny was facing the fear of domestic violence, her mother’s illness of cancer, financial pressure… Although she was only 25, her experience had led her to walk through many troughs and detours.

    To Jenny, her university life was attending classes as a student and teaching her students as a private tutor. At the busiest time, she had more than 30 students, and she had to travel all around Hong Kong in a single day, with only a pack of sliced bread to beat her hunger.

    In her final year at the university, she was facing pressure from livelihood and school. She was over 170 centimetres tall, but her weight dropped sharply to 90 pounds. As such, she tried to eat more, wishing that she would be happier. She then developed a passion for taking “check-in” photos and sharing on social media delicious inexpensive dishes. She gathered over a hundred followers within a short period of time, then up to a thousand, and finally over ten thousand. However, she did not think that what she did to relieve her stress in the first place would bring her more stress. As she had to publish posts on social media, she ate heavily every day, and eventually she even started to have a fear of food.

    How did the cup of matcha she came across when she was looking for something to eat in Japan become the way out for Jenny’s eating disorder?

    Producer: LIU Margaret
    Broadcast: 6:30 a.m (WED), 15 Dec 2021
    RTHK TV 31


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    EPISODES
    • Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      HK Stories – Detour to Happiness
      Episode 10
      Rebirth from Imprisonment

      “I found my passion and direction from my experience of imprisonment, and freedom lets me fulfil different plans, this is happiness!”

      Rizzy PENNELLI is 27 years old. He is now a freelance physical trainer, and at the same time he runs an online shop selling Italian food. In his free time, he organises activities to collect books and letters for prisoners, and also carries out projects to train rehabilitated offenders to become physical trainers. Rizzy is now having a lot of plans and living a fulfilling life. He recalled that 6 years ago, he held a lax attitude, even if he had plans and ideas, he would never put them into action; now he is a person who acts efficiently putting every plan in his mind into practise. He becomes a proactive person because of the 2 years he spent in prison.

      Rizzy studied aircraft engineering at university, and returned to Hong Kong from the United Kingdom after graduation. He was then arrested for a case of explosives, and was on remand for one and a half year before his trial. The young man, who was then 21 years old, had to learn to adapt to the harsh environment and the complicated interpersonal relationships in prison. If one is doing nothing day after day, one would be demoralised easily. Rizzy did not want to waste a single second of the time he was in custody, therefore he read and wrote letters; and later he found his passion in calisthenics, which gave him the biggest motivation and target. During the time of imprisonment, he also reflected on his relationship with his parents. His parents’ persistence and care made him realise that communication was a must in a family.

      Looking back to his 26 months of imprisonment, Rizzy understands that one’s attitude determines one’s fate. He lived a free life when he was studying in the United Kingdom, but he could not find the joy and motivation to learn, and he felt lost; on the contrary, although he lost his freedom and lived a hard life when he was in prison, he recognised his goals and adjusted himself to face the hardship. He has finally overcome the adversity and was reborn for a new life.

      Producer: CHOI Chung-sze, Jimmy
      Broadcast:7:00 a.m. (Mon), 4 July 2021
      RTHK TV 31

      04/07/2022
    • Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories – Detour to Happiness
      Episode 9
      Cookie and George

      “To me, happiness means to be contented with your current life and what you have, and have someone you love who also loves you.”

      Cookie and George had a fortuitous meeting, and they got married in 2011 soon after they fell in love. Cookie taught Chinese in a secondary school and she was also a lyricist of pop music, while George was a sales manager working at a homeware chain store. The two enjoyed a happy matrimonial life. However, in 2014, due to work pressure and other factors such as familial heredity, Cookie was diagnosed with depression. She drank all day, lacked motivation and was suicidal. George and Cookie moved to the home of Cookie’s parents in order to take better care of Cookie, but Cookie’s symptoms worsened continuously. She tried to kill herself twice and was rescued, and she had been hospitalised in a psychiatric ward for 7 days.

      During Cookie’s hospitalisation, George had wondered if their marriage should be continued. But then he recalled his wedding vow and decided not to end their marriage. After Cookie was discharged, George was worried that she would take her life again and was completely stressed out, so he gambled to relieve stress. Later on, the couple recovered from rock bottom under the guidance of social workers. They quitted their jobs successively and opened a small shop selling Korean accessories. A few months ago, George refurbished their old home and moved back to it with Cookie to enjoy a world of 2 people again. Currently, the couple work together, take care of each other, and enjoy a simple, contented and happy life.

      Producer: PONG Tin-pang, Thomas
      Broadcast:27 June 2022 (Mon) 7:00 a.m.
      RTHK TV 31

      26/01/2022
    • Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories – Detour to Happiness
      Episode 8
      The Starting Line

      “Happiness is having a good family, a good learning opportunity and a good opportunity for self-development, and I think that I am very happy.”

      Kevin has thick eyebrows and big eyes and always wears a smile on his face. It is hard to imagine that he had tried to escape from his country in a boat and had survived the storms of bullets. He is an ethnic Chinese from Vietnam who spent his childhood in the post-Vietnamese war period, when there was political instability. He did not have a chance to receive formal education, and he spent all his time idle at home. His parents wanted him to leave Vietnam for a normal life, therefore they asked him to learn swimming when he was 9, so as to prepare himself for sneaking out of the country. He made his first attempt at the age of 10 with his elder cousin, and his attempts never succeeded, for he had cramped in the sea, ridden on a boat pursued and shot at by law enforcement officers, and even been arrested and jailed. Kevin had been living an aimless life until he was 15, when he started to feel confused and did not have a direction in life. At that time, he received the life-changing good news, that he and his parents were granted the visas to Australia to reunite with his elder sister, and they were about to start a new life.

      After settling down in Australia with his parents, Kevin finally put on the school uniform for the first time. Language barriers and cultural differences did not make him give up his studies, as his parents and other family members were so eager to see him become the first intellectual in the family. He encountered academic difficulties, but fortunately a warm-hearted teacher, Mrs LEA, gave him free home tutorial lessons, so that his academic performance gradually improved. Kevin finally fulfilled the expectations of his family by obtaining a doctorate degree and having a successful career, but to him there was another kind of “ideal life”. From his own experience, Kevin understood that “knowledge changes one’s fate”, therefore he wanted to work in education. Eventually, he gave up his prosperous career in his thirties, and came to Hong Kong alone to pursue his “dream in education”.


      Producer: TANG Wai-ling, Michelle
      Broadcast: 7:00 a.m. (Mon), 20 June 2022
      RTHK TV 31

      19/01/2022
    • Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories – Detour to Happiness
      Episode 7
      The Three of Us

      “There is no need to be rich and famous, as long as the whole family is healthy and together, it is happiness.”

      Kowie, a single mother, has two daughters aged 20 and 16. She has encountered countless setbacks in the past 16 years. Only with her two daughters can she shook herself up and overcame difficulties one after another.

      Kowie reunited with her secondary school classmate when she was 24, and then the two dated and got married, and the family of four lived happily. However, half a year after the birth of the youngest daughter, her husband had an affair. And unfortunately, Kowie also discovered that she had cervical cancer at the same time. Suffering from illness and facing marital problem, she had thought of jumping off a building to commit suicide, but finally the two daughters awakened her will to survive and dispelled her desire to die.

      Kowie was abandoned by her husband. Not only did she not getting better, but her employer also persuaded her to leave her job. She and her two daughters had to rely on financial assistance. The eldest daughter Piaf, who was only six years old at the time, had to help take care of her seriously ill mother and her less than one year old younger sister Eden. Unfortunately, difficulties always gone after Kowie – Piaf and Eden had been diagnosed with autism and hyperactivity respectively. Faced with the emotional problems of the two daughters, Kowie decided to join the parents’ group of their school(s), hoping to enter the campus and give her daughters appropriate help. Later, she actively participated in school affairs and volunteer activities. In 2018, she was selected as one of the top ten outstanding parents.

      The two daughters look up to their mother as their role model, not only do they like to help other people, they also like to proactively broaden their horizons. They are awarded scholarships to exchange programmes in foreign countries, and they promised to take good care of their mother in the future. Kowie is very proud and pleased to witness her daughters’ achievements. She thinks that the family affection among the three of them is far more important than anything else. We shall let their happiness inspire us.


      Producer: Annie YAU
      Broadcast:7:00 a.m. (Mon) 13 June 2022
      RTHK TV 31

      12/01/2022
    • Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories – Detour to Happiness
      Episode 6
      A Small Good Thing

      “I think happiness is inevitable, and it depends on how you perceive it and how you feel it. There may be some trivial things, such as your lover pouring you a glass of water for you to drink slowly, which is actually a happy thing to enjoy.”

      After graduating from university, LI Yan worked in the human resource management field in the commercial world. In 2009, she came across bereavement: her boyfriend Andrew who had been in love with her for 20 years suddenly passed away, and her mother died of illness nine months later. LI couldn’t accept the departure of Andrew, and so she sealed up all the things he left behind. Later, she came out of her sorrow and found a way to continue Andrew's life. She used a portion of his insurance compensation to set up a charity, to provide grief counseling services for bereaved people and promote life education.

      Andrew’s death gave LI a valuable lesson in life education and became her motivation. She used her spare time to organise different activities to teach people about life and death. Many years after Andrew's death, she finally let go of her attachment to the things Andrew left behind. She decided to move away from the old residence with her father, and dispose most of the things Andrew left behind. When she was packing Andrew’s things, LI suddenly realised that she had already experienced the happiness that she had been pursuing long ago.


      Producer: PONG Tin-pang, Thomas
      Broadcast: 7:00 a.m. (Mon), 6 June 2022
      RTHK TV31

      05/01/2022
    • Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      HK Stories – Detour to Happiness
      Episode 5
      The Twinkling Stardust

      "True happiness is not how much you get, but how much you are willing to give to help and love other people.”

      We get to know WONG Hoi-man (Milk) mainly because she has two sons with different degrees of autism. Whenever the “Little Star” hosts an event, Milk will show up with her sons and take up the role of the person-in-charge.

      However, the story behind this iron lady is an unhappy childhood. Milk has never met her natural mother, and she does not even have a photo of her. In addition to taking care of herself since she was a child, she had to help her stepmother take care of her younger siblings, and was even beaten by her stepmother. Although she suffered from such physical and emotional harm at a young age, her experiences have made her stronger.

      Although Milk maintained a distant relationship with her father, she was grieved when he passed away, and she strongly felt the bonding of blood. As a result, she wished to have a happy and complete family, but unfortunately she failed to get pregnant after marriage. She was about to give up when she finally got pregnant, and gave birth to a child with special educational needs. Milk spent all her efforts learning how to take good care of her son. And three years later, she gave birth to her younger son, who was also a child with special educational needs. Nevertheless, Milk was not downhearted, as she considered herself well equipped with most of the necessary knowledge. As such, it should be not difficult to take care of her younger son.

      Boarding a vehicle, having a haircut and taking a family photo are all normal daily routines, but they are no easy tasks for families with autistic children. Milk works hard to organise activities to stop people discriminating against children with autism. To her, happiness is to give what you can offer and love other people. Even the scattered stardust can twinkle.


      Producer::WONG Nga-yan, Karen
      Broadcast:29 Dec 2021 (Wed) 6:30 a.m,
      RTHK TV 31

      29/12/2021
    • Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      HK Stories – Detour to Happiness
      Episode 4
      Philosophy of Life

      “We have to face the vicissitudes or challenges in life head-on. Don’t treat these vicissitudes as sufferings, but trials. Confront trials and enjoy every single moment of life, and that would bring you happiness.”

      52-year-old Deo LEUNG had faced death in the past, and he had also suffered from negative equity, unemployment and divorce, but all these have no bearing on his hope in life.

      Just like other Hongkongers in their fifties, Deo had witnessed Hong Kong’s economic take-off. It was 1998 when the newly-married Deo bought his home, and the financial crisis put him into negative equity. He also lost his job in the construction material sales field due to the recession. He was deeply depressed about the negative equity and unemployment, and ruminated about the meaning of life. Meanwhile, Deo gradually realised that his wife had different values from his, and their lack of communication seriously affected their relationship. Although his wife was pregnant, they had no choice but to divorce.

      Hitting rock bottom, Deo recalled that he taught youngsters to “face difficulties and conquer challenges” when he was doing volunteer work. He gradually got back on track and furthered his study to become an interior designer.

      While Deo’s work was getting on track, he was diagnosed with acute leukemia at the age of 40. The disease prompted Deo to live with his ex-wife and daughter again, and that was the happiest period in his life. However, he suffered a relapse one year after cure. Having been so close to death twice, Deo still could not fix the relationship between him and his ex-wife, and eventually had to be separated from his daughter.

      After that, Deo proactively learned about the meaning of life and studied philosophy. Philosophy not only brings Deo like-minded good friends, but also leads him to the answer of the meaning of life.

      Producer: CHOY Wai-kei
      Broadcast: 22 Dec 2021 (Wed) 6:30 a.m.
      RTHK TV 31

      22/12/2021
    • Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      HK Stories – Detour to Happiness
      Episode 3
      Once in a Lifetime

      "Happiness is when you feel that you are at the darkest moment of your life, it will slowly emerge. In fact, happiness is always around you, it is just that sometimes you have forgotten to feel it with your heart.”

      TO Yan-hei (Jenny) loves to eat, and she also loves to cook. Four years ago, she suffered from eating disorder, during which she refused to eat and hated herself. At the same time, Jenny was facing the fear of domestic violence, her mother’s illness of cancer, financial pressure… Although she was only 25, her experience had led her to walk through many troughs and detours.

      To Jenny, her university life was attending classes as a student and teaching her students as a private tutor. At the busiest time, she had more than 30 students, and she had to travel all around Hong Kong in a single day, with only a pack of sliced bread to beat her hunger.

      In her final year at the university, she was facing pressure from livelihood and school. She was over 170 centimetres tall, but her weight dropped sharply to 90 pounds. As such, she tried to eat more, wishing that she would be happier. She then developed a passion for taking “check-in” photos and sharing on social media delicious inexpensive dishes. She gathered over a hundred followers within a short period of time, then up to a thousand, and finally over ten thousand. However, she did not think that what she did to relieve her stress in the first place would bring her more stress. As she had to publish posts on social media, she ate heavily every day, and eventually she even started to have a fear of food.

      How did the cup of matcha she came across when she was looking for something to eat in Japan become the way out for Jenny’s eating disorder?

      Producer: LIU Margaret
      Broadcast: 6:30 a.m (WED), 15 Dec 2021
      RTHK TV 31

      15/12/2021
    • Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      HK Stories – Detour to Happiness
      Episode 2
      Embracing Life

      "people think that you will be happy if you are rich and own cars and properties. However, having gone through many obstacles, I think that happiness is not to possess things you want, but to get rid of unwanted things. A person will be happy if he / she is free from worries and hardships, and ties and attachments.”

      Josephine had been working in the aviation industry for many years. In the early years of work, she flew around the world as a flight attendant. In recent years, she stationed in Hong Kong to train new recruits. As a typical workaholic, she had never thought of quitting her job. However, she was diagnosed with a rarely seen osteosarcoma and she had to go on a hiatus to focus on the treatment. To her surprise, the 1 cm sarcoma at her sole was a fatal tumour. The doctor advised Josephine to amputate part of her foot in order to save her life. Knowing that she would need to undergo amputation, Josephine could barely imagine how she would spend the rest of her life. She was worried about her two young children, and was afraid of living in a wheelchair. She cried for 3 days and nights before finally accepting that the only way out was to receive treatment as soon as possible, thus arranges amputation, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

      Josephine’s mother suggests that Josephine’s family can live with her, so that she can take care of Josephine and her grandchildren. The calm and quiet life of Josephine’s parents turns into a bustling life with 7 people living together. The strike of cancer brings radical change to the lives of Josephine and her family and friends, but they consider that this battle against cancer brings more than tears when they recall it later. They all learn to cherish life better, and understand that people exist not only to survive, but to live a good life.

      Producer: Michelle TANG
      Broadcast: 8 Dec 2021 (Wed) 6:30 a.m.
      RTHK TV 31

      08/12/2021
    • Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      Hong Kong Stories - Detour to Happiness (English Version) Series 49

      HK Stories – Detour to Happiness
      Episode 1
      After the Bitter Comes the Sweet Dollar

      "Simple is a blessing and achieving your goals will bring you happiness. So don’t push too hard, just follow your path and happiness will naturally come to you.”

      Sixty-one-year-old TSE Kwan-heung (Ann) has been suffering from emotional distress for decades and she has tried to commit suicide many times. Ann had an unpleasant childhood and she believed that her parents preferred sons to daughters. As the eldest daughter, she had to help take care of her four siblings. Longing to leave home, she got married at twenty and gave birth to a son and a daughter within two years. The young Ann admitted that “she wished that she had enjoyed being single more”, and divorced from her husband five years later. She then asked her mother and younger sister to take care of her children.

      In the mean time, Ann had worked as a cashier, a “boxer” in a karaoke, and a “PR girl” in a nightclub. She remarried in 1994 but the marriage only lasted for one year.

      Since Ann she was forty, her body has been suffering from many problems. On top of that, she had to take care of her elderly parents, she had a discord with her younger siblings, and she was alienated from her children. Ann had attempted suicide many times. Since the birth of her granddaughter Suet-tung, Ann took up the responsibility to take care of her granddaughter, allowing herself to experience the feeling of being a mother again. However, her emotional problems are still there and she has to take psychotropic drugs all the time.

      Ann was allocated a singleton public housing unit the year before, and since then she has been living by her own. She felt lonely and often heard strange noises. Until she adopted US Dollar, a mix breed dog, and they have been inseparable ever since. How did the dog make Ann let go of her resentment and unhappiness over the years, and appreciate the feeling of happiness?

      Producer: Annie YAU
      Broadcast: 6:30 a.m. (Wed), 1 DEC 2021
      RTHK TV 31

      01/12/2021