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