Letters from abroad

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 August, 2009, 12:00am


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The Young Enterprise competition allows sixth form students to run their own company and gain real-world experience in business.

'No! Don't leave me alone!'

'Sorry Jess, you've got to work it out yourself this time.'

Our group aims to publish a cookbook containing the recipes of specialties offered by renowned local restaurants, and I was appointed to collect them.

Fast forward two hours and I am sweating profusely while I walk down the seemingly endless streets of Oxford - all alone.

I can probably write everything I know about Oxford on the back of a stamp, I think, as I desperately try to interpret directions from a printout of a Google map.

Pleading for free recipes is extremely daunting.

A restaurant manager rejects me bluntly at first, but I am determined to make this visit more than worthwhile.

I decide to be more persuasive and tell the manager all about our project.

I convey our passion for food and how my team would be so happy to get the recipes, and finally my wish is granted.

And for the next hour I frantically scribble down recipes from a cookbook written by the restaurant's master chef.

I suppose there is little chance of getting free recipes of specialties from any restaurant in Hong Kong.

Yet, this is possible in a place like Oxford, if you are courageous enough to ask and show your passion for food.

Having no one to depend on means you have to tough it out on your own. After all, there are many things in life which you have to work out yourself.