Personally felt that this year’s wasn’t as good as last year’s but this year’s has it’s good points nonetheless.
bref, the daughter has been left to grow up alone, brought up by her maid yanni and her ahma, the death of her ahma brings her parents back from working overseas for over 8 years, when they finally decide to settle down in the family, and renovating the space.
I think that this was quite sad, but talks about the growing relationship and proximity of relations between the daugher and her maid that she calls her yanni-mummy which gets her mum jealous. but the point is that both sides are conflicted. daughter feels that parents never ask for her opinion and make life decisions for her while they are across borders and oceans. and now that they are back, they first thing they do is to renovate the house, shortly after her ahma’s death, and this again was without seeking her opinion, believing that yes this is what she will be happy with. whereas the parents feek that they’ve always been thinking about her and always wanted to come back but they have no choice, 工作那么久，离家那么远，就只是为了孩子有一个更美好的前途与未来. on and off ahma appears and tells daughter the stories and memories that are linked with the items in the house and how 让他们搬走吧 which is quite sad lah and 还会有谁说出这个家的故事，还有谁会记得这家的许多回忆, but the main problem is that they made the funny parts immediately after the emotional parts which is just weird. was quite sad that they went ahead with the renovation plans in the end tho 😥
this was, in my humble opinion, the better one, and the more meaningful one. it talks about how this boy, a bright and hardworking student, has been nominated for a Biology Research Scholarship, and since he was born in a modest family background, this scholarship meant a lot to the family. that they could now have a peace of mind about his university fees, and him getting a stable income that can support both the family and his future needs. of course everyone is happy.
but the teacher warns him about what happens with a scholarship : it’s a commitment and a promise that you will follow with the scholarship and carry out it’s terms and conditions, citing two examples of her ex-students. this scholarship has a study period of 4-8 years, depending on the type of course and also whether it includes the PhD, but anyway, there is a bond period where scholars have to abide by, helping research back in the local setting. the two examples cited students who 毁了约，the first being 自己觉得研究并不适合他，最终对自己说“即使是赔钱，也得让自己做出人生的选择，选出自己想走的道路”，the second being 自己在国外建立了家庭，发现自己在那儿根深蒂固，再也回不来了。the teacher is hinting that taking up a scholarship meant heavy commitment that you should only take it up if you really need it, or you are really very sure about what you want to do.
so he questions himself and so do the interviewers. after the standard “what plans do you foresee in the future of biological research and advancements ?” came the personal questions. “你最喜欢的科目是什么？” （想了一下） “最喜欢的科目。。。就应该是我成绩最好的科目吧，也就是生物！我在什么什么比赛得到了最优秀” “打断一下，我问的是你最喜欢的科目是什么” 他这才发现，自己根本就没有什么最喜欢的科目，甚至没有自己的兴趣，没有自己想做、喜欢做的。他发现自己一直拼命就是为了赢。“小六会考争取全国第一就是为了的第一、中学O水准各科考到A1是为了中学 、A水准得到满分是为了这份奖学金，自己一直以来是为了别人而去读书、去用功。” “那你为什么要这份奖学金？”“自己来自贫困的家境，母亲是在巴刹卖菜的auntie，父亲是驾德士的司机，家里还有两个弟妹。这份奖学金对我来说是我的责任，别再当老爸的负担，别再让老妈操心。” there are many factors related to this scholarship, and I guess if he gave the standard answers he wouldn’t have gotten the scholarship in the end. but yes 我们拼命了那么久，就真的是为了什么？