Steven Ma and Angela Tong are this year’s TVB Children’s Festival Ambassadors and on the 1st to 7th of August, they led a group of eight children from Hong Kong to Foshan on a discovery tour of Chinese culture. Upon arrival, the children were grouped with eight children from Foshan and then split into two groups to learn Tsai Lee Fut Martial Arts, lion dancing and Chinese Opera.
Faced with a group of mischievous and restless children, Steven laughs that over the last few days, he has experienced the hard work of being a parent. he says: “I have been joining in with the martial arts with the group and not only have I trained my determination and knowledge, I have also learned how to get on with children. I suddenly feel that I am qualified to be a father now.”
Stephen adds that he loves this group of kids, but in one practice, he did scold them loudly. “There were some of the children who had completed their learning who stood to one side and laughed at the others. I will not tolerate this behaviour.” Afterwards, Steven realised that he was a little wrong in getting angry, but he felt it was necessary. “When dealing with children, you have to exert both your loving as well as your authority to make them understand what is right and what is wrong. This incident has become a memorable time on the trip. In the night of the performance, Steven watched ‘his children’ completing their tasks and he said excitedly that he had reached success. When they left, the children were a little reluctant to part and they have swapped email addresses to keep in touch.