Upbeat Aaron Kwok embraces the prospect of a prosperous new year
It was the second year in a row that singer-actor Aaron Kwok Fu-shing (below left) officiated at the eye-dotting ritual at Harbour City. At the auspicious time of 11am yesterday, Kwok appeared at the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping mall's main entrance, where he dotted the eyes of both the dancing dragon and lion. The star then hit a drum to end the ritual.
As with many Lunar New Year events, an actor dressed as the Chinese god of prosperity wished everyone a wealthy year to come. The event's MC, Derek Li Ho-lam, told Kwok of a rumour - that a man who shook hands with the god of prosperity last year won HK$23 million in the Mark Six. On hearing this, Kwok gave the god a minute-long hug, while Li held tight to its legs. Kwok said he too wanted to win the Mark Six, while Li joked: 'I just need to touch his feet because I will be happy with just a little bit of fortune.'
In return, the god gave Kwok some lucky gifts, including a portable windmill that had a large replica of a HK$1,000 note, two lai see envelopes and a bag of popcorn - meaning all his movies and concerts would enjoy a full house.
Despite the economic downturn, Kwok remained upbeat about the future. 'I believe all Hongkongers, including me, have overcome many difficulties in the past, and I strongly believe that the bad times will be over very soon.'