Sai Ming was born on 9th January 1995 at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong. He was the youngest child to Chan Lai Chiu and Chan Yee. He spent most of his childhood time with his older sister, Samantha Chan. They love going to the playground, reading comics and books, playing self-invented games, drawings on walls, fighting, covering secrets for each other, watching Harry Potter, Discovery Channel, Fullmetal Alchemist, Pokemon, Digital Monster, together. During the day, he preferred it when mum held his hand tight. At night, he loved listening to mum’s bedside stories. For holidays, he liked gathering more-than-enough books at public libraries so as to read as much as he could. He also enjoyed weekend trips to his grandparents’ home. Some of his favourites over there was aunt Cecilia’s singing session before bed, grandma’s food, and the you-can-do-whatever protocol in the house.
His favourite after-school activities were having his both hands filled with snacks (especially ice-cream and mami noodle), tutoring younger peers, playing basketball, and keeping his virtual pets on pokemon devices alive. He also loved experimenting since he was a kid. There was one summer when he wanted to see how long could one not wash one’s hair before it started to give off an unpleasant smell. For him, it was two whole months. He also figured a rather alternative way to handle food he didn’t like. Dad used to make him sandwiches every morning and he would place them in transparent plastic bags, keep them in his dresser drawers, so as to observe the progression of mold’s growth. In school, he did not like meeting deadlines. Many of the times he would not turn in his homework or school notice sheets at all. However, when he answered questions, he strived to provide them with the most accurate terms possible.
He never regretted majoring in physics because he wanted to feel how small humans are and how insignificant our perceived world is to the universe. He was also extremely fond of earth science, geology, biodiversity, archaeology, history, and music. His favourite mathematician is Euler, physicist Tesla, composers Mozart and Chopin, civilizations Mesopotamia and Maya, universities CUHK, Cambridge, and Caltech, city Israel, ancient city Baghdad, football team Liverpool, pastimes eating, reading, travelling, gaming, and hanging out with friends. He wanted to travel to the whole Middle and South Americas, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Socotra Island, Easter Island, and the South Pole so that he could visit the leftovers of Mayan civilization, the Amazon Rainforest, the endemic animals, and some specific kinds of trees. He wanted to learn Spanish. He wanted to work at ICAC (or CIA if he were American).
He was humble, polite, well-mannered, kind, helpful, well respected by peers and clever. He was mature for his age and he cared deeply about his friends. He constantly donated to children’s education and animals funds. When it came to teaching people he always showed patience and never held back to offer all the knowledge he had. Above all, he liked laughing and people who could make jokes out of the worst situation. On his face, you could always see a smile.
During the 4 years battling with the sickness, what he demonstrated was his unlimited amount of positivity, bravery, and strength to endure the gradually depreciating bodily conditions. Once there was a grandpa in the day chemo ward telling Sai Ming that he was as soft as tofu. He was only half correct–Sai Ming might be tofu on the outside but he was steel on the inside. The constant disappointment and suffering he went through were unimaginable and yet he remained determined to fight for as long as he could and did not back off. He will forever be loved, cherished, and remembered in our hearts. His high moral ground and upright personality will forever be praised. His passion for life and love for others will be passed on. His journey in life will be continued by us.
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