New challenges, health, happiness, and more rock 'n' roll
New Year's resolutions may vary, but we should all resolve not to boast about quitting bad habits and making wiser choices too soon. If you are looking for inspiration, here are some local personalities with their New Year's wish lists.
My take on resolutions is that if you set goals that are reachable, you haven't set the goalpost far enough. When you are a type-A perfectionist like myself, the goal is so high that nobody even knows where it is. You may have three Michelin stars or be No1 on the top-50 restaurants list, but that still doesn't mean you are the best in the world. In terms of a year-end assessment, I'd say that I got ahead in 2010: we just finished the most challenging part of my first book. And opening my restaurant in London is becoming a reality, probably in May 2011, which means I'll get to see more of my daughter, who lives there. So next year, it's about refining rather than just doing, doing, doing like crazy.
Alvin Leung, chef and owner of Bo Innovation
I'm very excited to be bringing in this New Year with my family in Hawaii, where the Japanese side of my family has been settled for five generations. The whole island is alight with fireworks and then at midnight, every household will light long strands of red Chinese crackers to chase away the 'demons' for the coming year. They are so loud and raucous; it almost sounds like the island is under attack! We'll then have mochi soup. In my family, that is always the first thing we eat in the New Year, to bring luck and abundance. My biggest wish in the New Year is for everyone I love to be healthy. I'm working to get more involved with projects in health and beauty going ahead; I've been training as a pilates instructor and keeping up with the latest trends.
Jocelyn Luko, model
I hate running. But for my concert coming up in January, I'm forcing myself to work out for two hours every day - one hour for running, the other for weightlifting. I wish I could keep it up even after the concert is finished. My health is bad and I get sick a lot, so I hope I can be persistent. It is my first show at the Hong Kong Coliseum and I'm very nervous about it. I want to surprise the audience more, and I've been involved in making decisions for many aspects of the show, including the stage, lighting, costumes as well as the choice of musicians. I've put a lot of effort into preparing for it. I'm most looking forward to an enjoyable night of rock 'n' roll.
Kary Ng Yu-fei, singer
I hope I can sing more Putonghua songs. I've spent a lot of time focusing on the mainland, including starring in television dramas. As a singer, if you're really into singing, you'll want to sing in all the languages that you can speak. For me, the closest I can imagine is Putonghua. Having an English album is something that I'll do at a later stage. Happiness is the most important thing for everyone. Leading a simple life and feeling contented are what I'm looking for. As I grow older, I am contented more easily and there's nothing that I really crave.
Fiona Sit Hoi-kei, singer-actress
As you age a little bit, you don't want to make ambitious plans. Because I know, the more you want, the more upset you'll end up being when you don't reach that goal. I also don't want to be limited to only one or two aspects of my life. I want to cherish what I have now. It's already ambitious just to keep what I have now. My career is more of a part-time hobby now that I'm pursuing interesting causes. I'm a Christian and even though I've been on mission trips and being the ambassador of different charities, I still haven't volunteered with my church friends. It'd be really meaningful if we can do that together next year.
Vivian Chow Wai-man, actress