Miriam takes a fresh look at life after lucky escape in car accident

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 June, 2008, 12:00am

Canto-pop singer Miriam Yeung Chin-wah (left) sees the brighter side of her recent car accident. 'To me, it wasn't an accident, it was a surprise gift,' she says.

The singer was on her way home to Regalia Bay at Stanley earlier this month when a 7-metre tree toppled onto her car. Luckily, Yeung, who was sitting in the back seat, escaped what could have been a fatal accident without injury. But her 55-year-old driver was not so fortunate and suffered cuts from the windscreen's broken glass. The two were later freed by a rescue team.

Asked to recall the incident, Yeung still remembers every detail. 'There was a big bang. I was shocked and so was my driver. The windscreen shattered into something like a spider's web.

'Days later, images of that tree were still flashing through my mind. I wondered what would have happened if I had died that day. I think I would have taken many regrets with me.'

Yeung, 34, believes there must be a reason why she survived and says she has learned to live a more meaningful life of faith and hope.

Whereas before she would help others to the best of her ability, she is now willing to go further - accepting her enemies, forgiving others' mistakes and accepting their weaknesses.

'These are the keys to happiness,' she says.