$10 bet puts dreams on course

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 January, 1997, 12:00am

Like many young Hong Kong men, cartoonist Wong Wai-ho, 27, finds it hard to make ends meet as a junior staff member in a publishing company.

He dreams of being successful and of one day being his own boss.

Mr Wong was raised with his three brothers in a modest family. His father is a mechanic and his mother a sewing worker.

The high-school graduate was apprenticed to a goldsmith's workshop but abandoned that career path when he discovered his strong affinity for drawing cartoons.

Mr Wong became a professional cartoonist several years ago. His daily work chiefly entails sketching the hairstyles of cartoon characters.

He lives with his family in Hunghom.

What's on your mind? I'm thinking about winning the $125.7 million Triple Trio. Although I buy Mark Six regularly, I'm not a serious horse-racing punter.

I've put a $10 bet on the Triple Trio and have chosen 1, 6 and 7 in the third race; 6, 8, and 9 in the fourth race; and 2, 5 and 8 in the sixth.

I chose the numbers because they looked promising. I have no idea about the horses' past performance and I don't care.

But I hope luck will make my life different! What will you do if you win? I love drawing cartoons and I love science fiction too. Most of my drawings feature either drama or kung fu.

I'd enjoy being a cartoonist even more if I could set up a studio of my own. I'd draw science-fiction cartoons and take my readers into outer space. I have many great story ideas but I need money to realise them.

I would also buy a 2,000-square foot flat for my parents because they're getting old and need to have some protection. At present, I am only making about $6,000 a month and I'm working long hours.

How will you feel if you lose your bet? It won't break my heart. It doesn't really matter. After all, it's a $10 bet. I think betting is like buying a dream. If it comes true, I'll be overwhelmed. If not, it won't affect me. Life will just go back to normal.

What are your plans for today? I'll go to work as usual. I won't watch the race or go near the radio to hear the race results. I'll only look for the results when I have time.