On November the 24th, my class and a few other grade 5 classes, visited the Asbury Methodist social service centre. It was a really fun field trip. We learned about how people in Honk Kong live in subdivided homes, or in partition homes.
Our teachers had asked us to stay together so that we wouldn’t get lost so, me and my group members linked arms so that we would never be split apart!!
Each class was split into groups of 5. Every group had a mission to complete. The first missions was small way to take action. Here are what our 3 missions were:
- Buy 2 toilet paper roll packs, 1 type of fruit and one type of vegetable – My group got 2 banana bunches as the fruit, and 4 cabbages as the vegetable.
- Find a poster that sends the message of there being a partition home on rent, and take a picture of it or bring it back to the Asbury centre with you – While my group was walking, we saw posters, but not about partition homes being on rent.One group did find a poster though. The picture above is what it looked like.
- Go to the Yi Pei park and take a group photo, then count how many chairs there are – We were running short on time.
My group visited one of the thousand partition homes in Hong Kong. The partition home that we visited had a family of 5 living in it. At that time, only the mom was there. We asked her about how she lived there and a bit about herself. She has lived there for a long time with 3 children. In her house, we noticed a random door. We asked her what was on the other side of the door and she said it was another random person living there. We were all pretty shocked.
I really liked the way she organised her house. Her daughter slept on the bottom bunk of a bunk bed, so she decided to store any lose items or resources on the top bunk.
1. What are the most important furniture for you? (Name three items)
1. A bed 2. Wadrobe 3. Table
2. What are the most important electrical appliances for you? (Name
1. Light (e.g. lamp) 2. Radio 3. Clock
3. Is it available to place all the above items in subdivided unit?
Yes, it is. All of the above are simple resources you would really need in your daily life.
4. Imagine that if you live in the subdivided unit, how to make use of the
space to place those kinds of items? What is your tradeoff?
I would organise my unit by buying a bunk bed so I can store some of my things on the top, a coffee table because it is small but can still hold things, and a drawer cabinet as my wardrobe. I would buy a little table lamp and place it either on the floor, or on the coffee table. The radio I would set on the coffee table. I feel that I should buy a analog clock as it is cheaper that a digital clock and can still help you in your daily life.
5. What are the differences between your home and the subdivided unit?
A subdivided unit is a normal flat that has been broken apart into 2 or more sections and those parts are known as individual housing. These houses are very small and can only fit limited things. The people living in the subdivided units have to share a kitchen and a bathroom. My house on the other hand, is big with many rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom only shared with my family members. We have enough space to fit everything we need.
6. How do you feel about this visiting experience?
After this field trip, I’ve learned about the real side of HK and just how people live their everyday life. I really feel sad about this situation and think that we should really take action that can make a difference in their life as soon as possible. I really like the missions given to us. It helped us experience what it is like to live in a partition home and h9w we can help as every day children.
7. What would you do to serve our community to be a better place?
I would start volunteering with different NGO’s and charities to take action and support human kind as soon as possible. I would probably start of with just small acts of kindness. I would put awareness posters around my school and apartment building. I would interact more with such field trips.