When I made myself know in januari 2010 some fans mailed me and asked me about my memories of Barbara. I started writing down my memories. As those fans read more stories, they noticed that a Barbara appeared they never knew that had existed. As one fan wrote 'reading the stories is like pealing an onion, every story is removing a layer from the Barbara known to the public getting closer to the Barbara as she was in real life'.

Then the discussion started what to do with these memories. The fans had very different opinions. as one fan wrote "I have no doubt that there are still so many people interested in her. We all have fond memories about her, even after so many years. Meanwhile, I personally feel that we shall both respect her and her family's privacy and be very careful in releasing any thing might hurt her/them. Your may have no idea about how crazy those HK reporters were and still are." While another fan said beautifully "Barbara was both private and public so who is to say your stories of her and your past should not be shared. It's only fair to think that you were a prominent part of her short life and your story should be documented in order to salvage her humanity. Ultimately, my thoughts are it's been almost 25 years since her death. She deserves to be remembered and known in different light. Any stories you tell is not going to shatter any reputation she built. She was an idol - every idol has flaws (she was human). We all are but she just had a bit more of sparkle the world was deprived of too soon."

I think that the fans of Barbara that remained fan even after 25 years are very special fans and not the sensation seeking gossip fans. For those fans I made this website. To show what kind of wonderful and complex person Barbara really was, who did not have an easy life. Maybe it will make people understand more why she made certain (dramatic) decisions in her life

几个月前我在网上表露身份后,有些影迷给我邮件问我关于Barbara的记忆。我开始记录下我的回忆。当他们看了这些回忆后,他们觉得看到了Barbara的他们从未知道的一面。当其中一个影迷写道,"读这些故事仿似剥洋葱,每个故事仿似揭开一层Barbara不为大众所知的一面,从而离真实的她更近一些。"

之后我们讨论了如何处理这些回忆,影迷们有着不同的观点。其中一个写道,"我肯定还有许多人对她感兴趣。即使是这么多年以后,我们都有关于她的美好的回忆。同时我个人觉得我们都应该尊重她和她家人的隐私,任何可能会伤害到她/他们的内容,都需要特别小心。你可能不了解香港的记者们有多疯狂。"另一个影迷优美地写道,"Barbara既是个人的也是公众的,谁也不能断言关于你和她的故事,以及你的过去不应该和大众分享。你是她短暂生命的重要的一部分,你的故事应该被记录,作为她人性一部分的记忆。最终我的想法是她已经离世25年了。她值得在另一个角度下被回忆被了解。你所讲的所有故事都不会有损她已经建立的名誉。她曾经是偶像,每个偶像都是有瑕疵的(她是人)。我们也都是一样的人,只是她有过更耀眼的瞬间逝去的光芒。"

我想, 在25年后还能追随Barbara的影迷们是非常特殊的。他们不会是追求轰动新闻和八卦的影迷。为了这些影迷们,我做了这个网站。

(thanks to Natalie for the translation)

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# RE: Rob, how come you remember so much?Guest 2010-07-10 15:00
Not only the memory, the photos are well kept and organised.
Can tell that Rob had gone through something unusual, and he really treasure those days.
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# RE: Rob, how come you remember so much?Guest 2010-07-10 17:04
The story about frying the chips is not boring at all. I find it quite funny ;-)
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# Rob, Do u have videos of Barbara's normal life in EnglandGuest 2010-07-10 19:44
Rob, Did u take any family videos of yourself with Barbara during those days in England?. If u did, that will be really precious.
Your "Frying chips" story is not boring at all. It is actually hillarious. Barbara is good at directing you. I particulary like the part she "tell you to work faster". I do the same thing to my HUSBAND in the kitchen. He can figure out very complex technical issues. But he is king of lost in the kitchen!
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# RE: Rob, how come you remember so much?Guest 2010-07-10 21:43
nooo it's not boring at all. i'd rather read them in a dialogue format. (if u can remember) it's more detailed, paints a clearer picture in my mind and also allows me to form my own opinion. it's like watching a movie as opposed to reading a book. anyways both are fun keep 'em comming... :-)

on another note, i know the octopus picked spain :sad: but i really hope he is wrong this time. go Netherlands!!!!! :lol:
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# RE: RE: Rob, how come you remember so much?Guest 2010-07-12 20:43
Stupid octopus, who has got a good recipe for octopus soup?
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# frying chipsGuest 2010-07-10 22:21
wow wow wow !! Rob, it is exactly how you fry chip in a chip shop, i am very impress how you remember 30 years ago, i guess the style havent change much, i used to work and own one many moon ago. :P
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# RE: Rob, how come you remember so much?Guest 2010-07-12 18:44
I love those comments here in this post :lol: So, Rob, you just brought yourself more homework - we all want your fully elaborated version of stories :P All right, maybe we'll give you a couple of days to recover from the soccer game :D
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# RE: Rob, how come you remember so much?Guest 2010-07-12 19:47
I was having an elemis facial today in my hometown of Cambridge and the therapist that served me happened to live in Histon, so I asked about the chip shop and she told me that the chip shop is still there, and has been owned by the same family for at lease 15 years years - and owned by a famous artist! 8) mmm....i wonder is it continue from barbara family!! :-?
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# RE: Rob, why this website?Theresia 2011-02-12 19:26
Barbara Yung is one og my fave since I was in the fifth grade. I was so sad when I heard she passed away. Thank you for created this website, Rob.
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# Sincere FriendsShirley from USA 2011-03-30 18:32
Hi Rob, I am so glad to come across your website last night via Youtube. I cannot stop browsing through your memory paths, knowing more about Barbara. I hope her family will understand and appreciate your sincere feelings of the past.
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# Thank youJackie 2011-05-23 02:40
Rob, I want to thank you for sharing all your memories about Barbara with us. She has been in my heart for more than 25 years. Your memory about her just deepens my love to her. We thank God for such an angel even came to the world
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# a great thanks for sharingpekon 2011-06-17 19:54
Rob,
Sincere thanks for sharing these.. something like this brings me closer to my girl-friend :)

god bless you..(hope this blog lives as barbara lives over the decades)
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# RE: Rob, why this website?Jade 2011-08-30 07:02
Rob, you are sweet for making this website and you must have the memory of an elephant! ahah
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# Awaiting for your book!Mary 2011-11-03 08:11
I know you're planning on writing the book...I can't wait and hope you can reveal a few of the answers here if possible. BY is still well-known in China & HK and tons of ppl would love to buy your book, so pls help the fans! They will be so grateful and appreciate you deeply!
When you were w/ BY...did you wonder she would ever be such great actress?
how many yrs did you dated her and how did you guys start, where did you met her?
how did you propose?
what caused the break-up?
did you kept in touch w/ her after she moved to HK? did you know she was going to the beauty paegent?
do you understand any cantonese?
Does your family love her?
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# interviewMary 2011-11-03 08:14
TVB in HK has interviewed so many people regarding BY's past and their theory of what led her to suicide. It would be cool to see you being interview since you know her quite well in the past...way better than those that has been interviewed. Would you be interest in doing something like that?
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# Idol 4EverKammi 2012-10-07 01:51
Hi Rob,

Thanx 4 sharing your memories of Barbara. I definitely understand Barbara a lot more now. Happy to hear she once had such a romantic story, tho deeply inside, I wished she had more faith in u. Yet, things happen for a reason, I would have never found such an Idol, 1 of its kind. Btw, I save every picture, magazine, article, cassette tape, video tape, vcd, dvd of Barbara that comes across me. Therefore, I greatly appreciate your hard work putting this website 2gether 4 fans like me. Just wondering, if you can send me the picture of Barbara on the right side of you site's background. Rob,taking good care of yaself & ya love ones is fulfilling Barbara's dreams. Barbara, there will always be a place 4 u deeply in my heart. Truly miss u, Luv 4ever!
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# RE: Idol 4EverRob 2012-10-09 07:10
thank you for your comment. Barbara's boyfriend in 1974 gave me that picture.
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# RE: Idol 4EverKammi 2012-10-11 01:02
FYI, Hoover Tsui is his name. Check him out on youtube. Apparently, Barbara has not been fogotten,... I really wished she knew how much we all love her.
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# RE: Rob, why this website? Rob,为什么要做这个网站? John Ryan 2012-10-12 11:36
Thank You Rob ! (",)
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# RE: Rob, why this website? Rob,为什么要做这个网站? Amy 2012-11-12 14:38
I feel so sad for Babara. Probably the most happy time was those that she was in love and be loved. She was so lovely and happy girl in front of people, while actrually what she is lonely and sad inside. What she need was a peaceful family life which she never had.
It has been nearly 30 year past, but I still love the role she played.
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# RE: 8. Rob, why this website? Rob,为什么要做这个网站? notimportant 2012-11-13 06:09
看完这个故事后,基本可以明白BARBARA为什么会自杀.天若有情天亦老
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# 只為爾而來中國內地 2013-07-16 14:57
謝謝你做這個網站,雖然我需要看後面的翻譯才行,但是這一點也不影響我對你和阿翁的喜愛!你是她青澀年華裏不可替代的印記,我想都留下非常多的美好!很高興,你能與我們分享。對於一個喜歡阿翁將近20年的我來說,這沒有一點瑕疵,只會讓我覺得阿翁離我們更近,不是嗎?
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# RE: 8. Rob, why this website? Rob,为什么要做这个网站? 半音阶 2015-05-21 14:32
感谢你为这个网站所做的一切,让人们更加了解美玲。30年了,愿美玲在天堂永不孤单。
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# RE: 8. Rob, why this website? Rob,为什么要做这个网站? Elsa 2015-08-27 03:48
really appreciate for you did!
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# GoodLee 2015-09-03 02:04
good job rob
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# RE: 8. Rob, why this website? Rob,为什么要做这个网站? Carrie Long 2016-02-15 09:32
I was only 7 years old when I first saw Legend of the Condor Heroes.
Despite so many remakes, the Huang Rong played by Barbara is etched so deeply in my heart. Till now, she's forever immortalized as the pretty, witty and playful Huang Rong and not one actress could even come close to her stellar performance. And even now, when I re-watch this series, it'd still be the best series made by HK TVB ever, despite the limitations and lack of CGIs.
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# Typo?Roger 2019-04-17 08:27
Hi Rob,

It says "savage her humanity", wouldn't it rather be "salvage her humanity"?
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# RE: Typo?Rob 2019-04-17 08:52
You are right, I corrected it. Thanks
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# RE: 8. Rob, why this website? Rob,为什么要做这个网站? Jennifer 2020-10-01 17:50
Thank you for your site. Barbara is my first favorite tv star when I am still in elementary school. I use all my pocket money bought lot of her pictures. Still miss her after all these years.
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