Sunny Chan blogs Can you see the Logic in my Madness?

My Java story and my latest spat with a famous blogger in HK

by schan

Posted on Friday Jun 02, 2017 at 02:08AM in Java

I end up being Mr. Java pretty much by luck - I was in my third year and I was looking for an internship, which is a requirement for my degree. I was pretty late and got rejected in quite a few places until certain manager from IBM come and interview me for a role. The certain lab in IBM actually made quite a few products and I end up working in the Java Technology Center, and my intern project was to port the JVM to Linux/IA-64 (well no one knows it end up being the biggest white elephant of Intel history). And the rest is history.

My whole career was built on Java, and it has brought me the opportunity to work on pretty impressive projects and interesting work. Java feels like my kid and it is like a proud parent seeing that child growing up and used everywhere as it does.

I understand Java is not as "cool" as it used to be, but I believed in the technology and I know what it can and it cannot do. 

Recently, a leaked memo from Hong Kong has suggested that certain components with the new Air Traffic Control system requires reboot every time the heap is at 2.5G. A number of "high profile"(?) IT(?) blogger posted a couple of piece spreading FUD against Java. Java has its problems and if you "hate" it for the right reason backed by evidence, I would more than happy to accept the opinion. However, the blogger decided for no valid reason in his post he accused Java not being suitable for anything serious. I am not going to let that pass.

Now that blogger has accused those who criticized him spreading FUD against Java being a lefty, and they are helping the government to turn an blind eye in the bad governance/project management of the new ATC roll out. Let me be cleared - you are a respected blogger and with a lot of readers who might not know Java. By reading the FUD in the article you are affecting my career and my life work and I will come out fighting against anyone who spread FUD against Java.

Anyway, I have published my rebuttal to his article in other channel so I am not going to re-post it. If he is believe he is right feel to come and have a conversation with me in June Codeaholics meeting about Java, instead of blocking me on the Facebook. 

Centos Docker images for building OpenJDK

by schan

Posted on Saturday Nov 01, 2014 at 03:43PM in Java

I am going to lead an OpenJDK hackathon in Taiwan later this month and I am trying to create an VM image so that people can get up and running quickly. Then last couple of weeks I came across Docker, which is a very simple container which allows easy deployment of images to your machine. So I have decided to try and see whether I can create some docker images for Hackathon use. Here is what I have come up with:

There are two images, one build with Centos 6 base image and one with Centos 7. Out of the container there are all the dependency you need to build OpenJDK 9, and an openjdk user. Once you pull the image down, you can login as openjdk and use mercurial to download openjdk and build straight away.

For Linux, you can install docker directly on any modern distribution. On Windows/MacOS you can use Boot2docker which would give you a very small Linux VM which you can run docker command from and you can take a look at the following command sequence to compile a OpenJDK 9 build:

[schan@sandybridge ~]$ sudo docker run -t -i sunnythepooh/openjdk-build:centos6 /bin/bash
bash-4.2# login openjdk
Last login: Fri Oct 31 05:02:55 on pts/1
-bash: cannot set terminal process group (-1): Inappropriate ioctl for device
-bash: no job control in this shell
[openjdk@e583ed8a4e04 ~]$ hg clone jdk9
requesting all changes
adding changesets
adding manifests
adding file changes
added 1213 changesets with 1750 changes to 151 files
updating to branch default
93 files updated, 0 files merged, 0 files removed, 0 files unresolved
[openjdk@e583ed8a4e04 ~]$ cd jdk9
[openjdk@e583ed8a4e04 jdk9]$ ls
ASSEMBLY_EXCEPTION Makefile README-builds.html common modules.xml
[openjdk@e583ed8a4e04 jdk9]$ bash
WARNING: Mercurial version 2.6.3 or later is recommended. /bin/hg is version 2.6.2
# Repositories: corba jaxp jaxws langtools jdk hotspot nashorn
corba: hg clone corba
jaxp: hg clone jaxp
corba: requesting all changes
.............................................................................cut for brevity..........................................................................
nashorn: searching for changes
nashorn: no changes found
jdk: searching for changes
jdk: no changes found
jaxws: searching for changes
jaxws: no changes found
jaxp: searching for changes
jaxp: no changes found
.: searching for changes
hotspot: searching for changes
.: no changes found
hotspot: no changes found
corba: searching for changes
corba: no changes found
langtools: searching for changes
langtools: no changes found
[openjdk@e583ed8a4e04 jdk9]$ bash ./configure
configure: Configuration created at Sat Nov 1 05:15:04 GMT 2014.
configure: configure script generated at timestamp 1414663067.
checking for basename... /bin/basename
checking for bash... /bin/bash
checking for cat... /bin/cat
checking for chmod... /bin/chmod
checking for cmp... /bin/cmp
checking for comm... /bin/comm
checking for cp... /bin/cp
checking for cut... /bin/cut
checking for date... /bin/date
.............................................................................cut for brevity..........................................................................
A new configuration has been successfully created in
using default settings.

Configuration summary:
* Debug level: release
* HS debug level: product
* JDK variant: normal
* JVM variants: server
* OpenJDK target: OS: linux, CPU architecture: x86, address length: 64

Tools summary:
* Boot JDK: openjdk version "1.8.0-internal" OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0-internal-openjdk_2014_10_31_05_05-b00) OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.20-b23, mixed mode) (at /usr/local/jvm/openjdk-1.8.0-internal)
* Toolchain: gcc (GNU Compiler Collection)
* C Compiler: Version 4.8.2 (at /bin/gcc)
* C++ Compiler: Version 4.8.2 (at /bin/g++)

Build performance summary:
* Cores to use: 7
* Memory limit: 11753 MB

WARNING: Your build output directory is not on a local disk.
This will severely degrade build performance!
It is recommended that you create an output directory on a local disk,
and run the configure script again from that directory.
[openjdk@e583ed8a4e04 jdk9]$ make images
Running make as '/bin/gmake -s VERBOSE=-s LOG_LEVEL=warn -R -I /home/openjdk/jdk9/make/common -s SPEC=/home/openjdk/jdk9//build/linux-x86_64-normal-server-release/spec.gmk'
Building OpenJDK for target 'images' in configuration 'linux-x86_64-normal-server-release'
.............................................................................cut for brevity..........................................................................
## Finished verify-modules (build time 00:00:08)

----- Build times -------
Start 2014-11-01 05:23:08
End 2014-11-01 05:30:34
00:00:08 verify-modules
00:07:26 TOTAL

Finished building OpenJDK for target 'images'
[openjdk@e583ed8a4e04 jdk9]$ build/linux-x86_64-normal-server-release/images/j2sdk-image/bin/java -version
openjdk version "1.9.0-internal"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.9.0-internal-openjdk_2014_11_01_05_15-b00)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 1.9.0-internal-openjdk_2014_11_01_05_15-b00, mixed mode)

ClearOS 6 non-privileged user root access

by schan

Posted on Wednesday Oct 17, 2012 at 05:16PM in Linux

Just to save myself searching for this information again:

In ClearOS 6 (a CentOS clone with nicer WebUI), user cannot access shells and by default you can't modify the settings within the WebUI. In order to enable user shell login, you will need to install "app-shell-extension-core.noarch" package.

Trouble compiling OpenJDK 7 in Fedora 18?

by schan

Posted on Wednesday Jul 18, 2012 at 09:38AM in Anything

You will need to modify jdk/make/common/shared/Compiler-gcc.gmk and remove -mimpure-text from the GCC command line. See the icedtea changeset here:;node=ddca483b3ed9

Synology LDAP server and Centos 6 client: Brain Dump

by schan

Posted on Thursday Apr 26, 2012 at 03:06PM in Anything

This is a brain dump on how to get Centos 6 client to authenticate using Synology's Directory Service. I have assumed that you have setup the Directory Server correctly.

You need the following packages:

  • openldap-clients

  • sssd

sssd seems to be installed by default, but openldap wasn't.

Run system-config-authenticate, with the following settings:

  • LDAP Search Base DN can be found under Synology Directory Server application

  • Make sure you use ldaps:// in order to use LDAP passwd. Notice that ldaps is switch on by default on synology server.

Then, Apply the changes.

Notice that the SSL certificate used by the LDAP server is a self-generated one, and I didn't manage to change it so I took a short cut and ask openldap client not to borther checking the certifiacte. You can do this by modifying /etc/openldap/ldap.conf and add "TLS_REQCERT allow". This would ask openldap to ignore any SSL cert error.

Once you have done that, try login via ssh and you should be able to access the user listed in the synology server directory. If you want to use the uid and gid from ldap server instead of the passwd file on the Linux client, make sure you swap the priority for passwd in nsswitch.conf.


Java SE Embedded and Synology Diskstation

by schan

Posted on Tuesday Dec 13, 2011 at 04:52PM in Anything

I have got a Synology DS209 at home, which is an ARM based NAS. Oracle has released Java SE Embedded 7 and it has got ARMv5 support, so naturally I would want to see whether my NAS is up to it:

disk> uname -a
Linux disk #1955 Sat Nov 26 14:50:54 CST 2011 armv5tel GNU/Linux synology_88f6281_209
disk> java -version
java version "1.7.0_02"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment for Embedded (build 1.7.0_02-b13, headless)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 22.0-b10, mixed mode)

So "Hello World" is working. Let's try something more fun - like running jetty:

disk> java -jar start.jar
2011-12-14 03:33:21.810:INFO:oejs.Server:jetty-8.0.4.v20111024
2011-12-14 03:33:22.039:INFO:oejdp.ScanningAppProvider:Deployment monitor /volume1/homes/schan/jetty-distribution-8.0.4.v20111024/webapps at interval 1
2011-12-14 03:33:22.075:INFO:oejdp.ScanningAppProvider:Deployment monitor /volume1/homes/schan/jetty-distribution-8.0.4.v20111024/contexts at interval 1
2011-12-14 03:33:22.096:INFO:oejd.DeploymentManager:Deployable added: /volume1/homes/schan/jetty-distribution-8.0.4.v20111024/contexts/javadoc.xml
2011-12-14 03:33:22.413:INFO:oejd.DeploymentManager:Deployable added: /volume1/homes/schan/jetty-distribution-8.0.4.v20111024/contexts/test.xml
2011-12-14 03:33:22.845:INFO:oejw.WebInfConfiguration:Extract jar:file:/volume1/homes/schan/jetty-distribution-8.0.4.v20111024/webapps/test.war!/ to /tmp/jetty-
2011-12-14 03:33:30.509:INFO:oejsh.ContextHandler:started o.e.j.w.WebAppContext{/,file:/tmp/jetty-},/volume1/homes/schan/jetty-distribution-8.0.4.v20111024/webapps/test.war
2011-12-14 03:33:30.510:INFO:oejsh.ContextHandler:started o.e.j.w.WebAppContext{/,file:/tmp/jetty-},/volume1/homes/schan/jetty-distribution-8.0.4.v20111024/webapps/test.war
2011-12-14 03:33:30.510:INFO:oejsh.ContextHandler:started o.e.j.w.WebAppContext{/,file:/tmp/jetty-},/volume1/homes/schan/jetty-distribution-8.0.4.v20111024/webapps/test.war
2011-12-14 03:33:30.518:INFO:oejsh.ContextHandler:started o.e.j.w.WebAppContext{/,file:/tmp/jetty-},/volume1/homes/schan/jetty-distribution-8.0.4.v20111024/webapps/test.war
2011-12-14 03:33:30.518:INFO:oejsh.ContextHandler:started o.e.j.w.WebAppContext{/,file:/tmp/jetty-},/volume1/homes/schan/jetty-distribution-8.0.4.v20111024/webapps/test.war
2011-12-14 03:33:31.338:INFO:oejhs.SslContextFactory:No keystore or trust store configured.  ACCEPTING UNTRUSTED CERTIFICATES!!!!!
2011-12-14 03:33:32.929:INFO:oejs.TransparentProxy:TransparentProxy @ /javadoc-proxy to
2011-12-14 03:33:33.047:INFO:oejs.AbstractConnector:Started SelectChannelConnector@ STARTING

I am very impressed - They also have the server VM for ARMv7 too - maybe it's time to get a new Diskstation!

Blog upgraded

by schan

Posted on Tuesday Dec 13, 2011 at 04:34PM in Java

I have upgraded this website to:

  • Apache Roller 5.0

  • Apache TOmcat 6.0.35

  • Java 7 Update 2

Let's see how this goes!

More OpenJDK compile notes for Fedora 16

by schan

Posted on Friday Nov 11, 2011 at 11:01PM in Anything

Just to save people from scratching their heads - if you try and compile OpenJDK from vanilla source bundle (not IcedTea) on Fedora 16, you migth see fails to link with a message:

libstdc++ not found

If you look at OpeJDK build readme:

This is caused by a missing libstdc++.a library. This is installed as part of a specific package (e.g. By default some 64-bit Linux versions (e.g. Fedora) only install the 64-bit version of the libstdc++ package. Various parts of the JDK build require a static link of the C++ runtime libraries to allow for maximum portability of the built images.

 DOH! So what you will need on Fedora 16 is libstdc++-static package

OpenJDK compile problem on Ubuntu 11.10, and the fix

by schan

Posted on Friday Oct 28, 2011 at 04:45AM in Java

If you have following the OpenJDK build Readme and try to compile OpenJDK on Ubuntu 11.10, you may see this error: 

/home/schan/openjdk7/build/linux-amd64/tmp/sun/javax.sound/jsoundalsa/obj64/PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.o: In function `DAUDIO_GetFormats':
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x1fd): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_format_mask_malloc'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x20a): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_close'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x225): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_malloc'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x236): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_get_format_mask'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x246): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_format_mask_free'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x259): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_any'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x26a): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_get_format_mask'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x277): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_get_channels_min'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x288): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_get_channels_max'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x2cf): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_format_mask_test'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x45d): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_free'
/home/schan/openjdk7/build/linux-amd64/tmp/sun/javax.sound/jsoundalsa/obj64/PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.o: In function `setStartThresholdNoCommit':
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x48c): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_sw_params_set_start_threshold'
/home/schan/openjdk7/build/linux-amd64/tmp/sun/javax.sound/jsoundalsa/obj64/PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.o: In function `setStartThreshold':
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x4bf): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_sw_params'
/home/schan/openjdk7/build/linux-amd64/tmp/sun/javax.sound/jsoundalsa/obj64/PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.o: In function `setHWParams':
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x518): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_any'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x531): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_set_access'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x544): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_set_format'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x557): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_set_channels'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x58a): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_set_rate_near'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x5dc): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_set_buffer_size_near'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x60b): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_set_period_time_near'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x61b): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x647): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_hw_params_set_periods_near'
/home/schan/openjdk7/build/linux-amd64/tmp/sun/javax.sound/jsoundalsa/obj64/PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.o: In function `setSWParams':
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x67e): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_sw_params_current'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x6b4): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_sw_params_set_avail_min'
PLATFORM_API_LinuxOS_ALSA_PCM.c:(.text+0x6c4): undefined reference to `snd_pcm_sw_params'

Don't panic - it looks like the Java's linking sequence for ALSA sound library is wrong. Just use this patch:

--- old/make/javax/sound/jsoundalsa/Makefile    2011-10-28 02:28:00.000000000 -0400
+++ new/make/javax/sound/jsoundalsa/Makefile    2011-10-28 02:28:00.000000000 -0400
@@ -65,7 +65,7 @@
        $(MIDIFILES_export) \
-LDFLAGS += -lasound
+EXTRA_LIBS += -lasound

You should be good to go!

My COSCUP talk on OpenJDK 7

by schan

Posted on Thursday Sep 15, 2011 at 02:54PM in Java

How to compile OpenJDK on Windows

by schan

Posted on Sunday Jul 24, 2011 at 02:42PM in Java

These are the steps that I have made OpenJDK to compile on Windows platform:

  1. Install Visual C++ 2010 Express (or if you are rich, get Visual Studio 2010 Professional) 

  2. Install Windows 7 Platform SDK

  3. Install Cygwin, install the packages suggested on OpenJDK Readme. Also install gcc for step 5

  4. Install DirectX 9.0 SDK

  5. The gnu make package in the current cygwin does not support Windows directory convention and you should compile your own version of the make 3.82 which has the correct support.

  6. Download latest Freetype

    • Compile it using Visual C++ - you can find the Visual C++ project file under <freetype src>/builds/win32/vc2010. 

    • Make sure you have change the type of DLL it generates by going to Project->Properties, then Configuration Manager... button, set it to Release and Win32

    • Make sure you have set it so that it builds a DLL - you can find that under Project->Properties, Configuration Properties, General and there should be a Configuration Type drop down box

    • You can then build freetype. The DLL generated will have a version number attached to it (e.g. freetype245.dll) and you will need to make sure you rename it to freetype.dll.

  7. Get latest Apache ANT

  8. Make sure you have a Java 6 JDK installed

  9. Download the openjdk source code, either using hg or source bundle (I will assume you put it in c:\openjdk)

  10. Open a command prompt for Windows SDK by going to Start -> Windows SDK 7.1 -> Windows SDK 7.1 command prompt

  11. For 32bit ONLY, you should run the Visual Studio compiler settings batch file: c:\program files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\bin\vcvars32.bat

  12. Make sure you have override the standard cygwin bin path so that make.exe you have compiled in step 5 take precedent of the default cygwin.

  13. Also check that the link.exe you run in the path is the actual Microsoft linker and not the cygwin's link command - you will need to fiddle with the path.

  14. Setup a number of environment variables:

    1. ALT_BOOTDIR should point to the Java 6 JDK (Step 8)

    2. ALT_DXSDK_PATH is the DirectX SDK PATH (Step 4)


    4. ANT_HOME

    5. HOTSPOT_BUILD_JOBS if you want to parallelize your build - you can't use -j options in the make command

    6. ALLOW_DOWNLOADS=true so that it can download JAXP and JAXS jar

    7. Make sure the path is setup correctly (Step 12/13)

  15. You are ready to give it a go. First, run "make sanity" and see whether there is anything you setup incorrectly. If something is wrong, fix it.

  16. If you have passed make sanity, you can run make to build the JDK! Go and make a cuppa, it will take a while. On my i7-2600 and hard drive it took 2 hours.

Important: In order to build a 32bit JDK you must use a 32bit System - ie. you cannot cross compile (ie. 64bit Windows and compile a 32bit JDK)

Let me know whether it works for you. if it doesn't tell me what's wrong and I will fix the instructions!


by schan

Posted on Friday Jul 15, 2011 at 04:18PM in Java

This is the abstract for my COSCUP talk on August 18th, 2011:

OpenJDK 7: The universal language runtime

Sunny Chan
Hong Kong Java User Group Leader

OpenJDK 7 is the latest release of the Java Platform. In this release, there are a number of major innovations in the OpenJDK's Java Virtual Machine to enable other scripting languages like Ruby, Python and PHP to run on the platform efficiently.

In this talk, I will give you 5 reasons why you should run your applications written in alternative languages like Ruby on the OpenJDK Runtime. I will also explore some of the common myths about running your application with the Java Runtime.

Three Weeks In

by schan

Posted on Monday Feb 15, 2010 at 09:33PM in Anything

Here is my status / thought three weeks into Plan A (formerly known as Plan B)

  1. I am still jet lagged. I feel sleepy during the morning but otherwise I am fine

  2. I have been eating out almost 85% of the days I have been in Hong Kong. I have also joined Fitness First and definitely need to make use of it

  3. The amount of alcohol I have consumed in the last three weeks is the sum of all alcohol I have consumed 3 months before I leave UK.

  4. Where the f**k did all the people come from?! The whole town is packed

  5. My mom is better at investigating my life than FBI / MI5 / KGB

  6. I still feel like I am on holiday here in Hong Kong. I think that would change when my boxes arrive.

  7. My box is currently somewhere near the Gulf at the moment. I just hope that the pirates in Somali won't find it

  8. Work is fine, except a lot of midnight calls. 

  9. Lunch is much better around here. Plenty of nice food and company!

  10. My salary is pretty good over here. Why didn't I do it earlier?

  11. I missed MINI. Didn't help when they have big poster showing Mini near Time Square.

I do miss you guys in UK. Honest.

Looking back

by schan

Posted on Wednesday Dec 23, 2009 at 02:10AM in Anything

The cat is now out of the bag, and I am slowly shutting down my life over here. I think it's time to do a review and take stock of what I have achieved and looking ahead

Most people have thought that my mom and dad made the decision for me to come over here, on the contrary it is actually me initiated the whole studying in UK. I was not happy at the school I was studying in Hong Kong and I see this as a way out to the terrible time I had in Hong Kong - I considered myself being bullied by my teacher and I thought certainly this "mother" country could not be worse. (The colonial government did a good job of brain-washing me :-).

When I first set foot in this country it feels strange yet farmiliar. The car drive on the correct side of the road, except that everything is in English. I certainly can feel the chill but I do find the people are very welcoming and have a strange sense of humour. But I certainly didn't forsee my experience in Felsted - it changed my life completely.

I definitely remember the first night in Follies. I was sobbing like a little baby in the little desk that we have for the NIPs (stands for Not Important Person). I think most of my housemate is puzzled - I think it is the thought of having to fence for myself from that point onwards. But soon after I get into the strive of studying and living in the boarding school, and I definitely make good use of my time there. Initially I am pretty sceptical of the gwai chais there. My parents have told me a few things about what they are like and I have found out that it is completely different - once we have worked out our cultrual differences I think my friends Felsted are warm and welcoming, and much more down to earth then I first thought. I have certainly made a lot of really good friends and we are still in touch 20 years later.

I am a pretty open minded person and after my "training" in Felsted I can really apperciate the way of life here and the culture. What I really love about this country is that people are humble and they are able to laugh about themselves and being selfless in a lot of ways. They like to engage with people and encouraged to look outwards and dream. I feel free to be myself here - as long as you don't go and kill people, you can do whatever you want. There are certainly a lot more social norm and convention out there in Asia, which would be very interesting to deal with.

I will definitely feel sad to leave behind all my good friends I made over the years, as well as the piece of London that I own (okay, the little piece of London that have been leased to me for another 70 years :-). I would definitely missed the days that I can go to the football games or take a spin in the winding road down in countryside.

However, I feel that it is the right opportunity to make a change in direction for my life. It would be a big culture shock when I am back in Hong Kong but I don't want to regard it not doing this while I still can. Who knows where life would take me but I certainly would be quite happy to come back and call UK home.

Sunny's 5 Year Itch

by schan

Posted on Sunday Oct 04, 2009 at 06:26AM in Anything

According the this website, The phase "The Seven Years Itch" means the inclination to become unfaithful after seven years of marriage. Ladies, don't worry, I am still single and available. However I wonder whether I do have a five years itch.

So far in my life I never really stayed at one location / school /  job for more then 5 years. The worst period is during my Primary School years, where one reason or another I have moved to 3 primary schools - nearly once every 2 years. By the way, I do not recommend anyone to subject their son and daughter to this as for me it was pretty traumatic, and it has turned my life upside down. Without the bad experiences during my late Primary / early Secondary School years, I would probably have not pluck up the courage to take the big step to study in UK. The period I spent in Felsted is the best time in my life, where I made friends and won respect - people still remember me out there after 10 years! If I haven't studied to Felsted, I probably won't get into Imperial, and would probably got the job that I am doing now.

Sometimes I am wondering whether Plan B is my 5 Year Itch, but I don't think it is such a bad thing.

For those who wonder what happen with Plan B I am still waiting for Human Resource in the bank I am working for to sort things out. It may take 2-3 months. I have already started to throw away old books and stop buying items that I cannot take with me. However, until I have the offer no one should assume that Plan B is happening. So please do not discuss this with my parents yet!