Jacky Cheung is one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop. While he is mostly unknown in the Western world, his legacy as a singer has influenced multiple generations. He is known for his upbeat dance songs but mostly for his love ballads. His 2016/2017 A Classic Tour alone has 20+ stops in Hong Kong (all sold-out) and another 100+ stops in various cities across Mainland China and the rest of Asia.
When I first found out about the tour in September, all of Jacky Cheung's shows were already sold out. Scalpers were reselling tickets at over twice of the original price, and it was ultimately not worth it to buy them. At least that's the story that I originally told my mom...
What I told her was true; however, I Skyped and Whatsapped Uncle Anthony and Aunt Bryony and told them my dilemma. Jacky Cheung is one of my mom's favorite Cantonese singers, if not THE favorite. (I later learned that my uncle is a huge fan of his too; he knows the lyrics to every song) In early October, my uncle found an announcement on Facebook from his company label that announced the addition of 3 more concerts in Hong Kong: Dec. 30, 31, and Jan 2. The tickets would be released for sale on October 14 at 10am Hong Kong time. When the time arrived, my uncle and aunt sat in front of their phones and computers in an attempt to get through the server. At last, 4 tickets were bought.
This secret was kept for two whole months, all the way up until 2 hours before the actual concert itself. We debated over various ways of surprising my mom: surprising her on the plane, dropping hints on Facebook, telling her the day before the concert... In the end, we decided to surprise her over dinner before the concert. With Jennifer's (yes, my roommate) drawing skills, I managed to craft a surprise card to give to my mom at the dinner.
There was a bit of emotion, tears that nearly spilled (but didn't), and happiness, so all of us declared the surprise a success! It's a rarity because my mom despises surprises 99.9% of the time. It probably goes without saying that we thoroughly enjoyed the concert.
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