At Christmas 2009 I was surfing on the internet, looking what was published about me. It surprised how much there was. I wondered how much there is about someone from before the internet period. Obviously Barbara was the first person I thought off. I knew already in 1985 that Barbara had died, I didn't know what caused her death and I didn't know what she had done after 1981.

Wow! I couldn't believe what I saw. When I read the article in Wikipedia I knew, this was Barbara! I started reading the articles and the websites of the fans. I noticed there was nothing at all about our relation. I wrote a few mails to a few websites saying that I still have some memories and pictures. There came no reaction. I noticed that recently very few new items were published about Barbara and some websites didn't even exist anymore. I guessed after so many years Barbara was forgotten.

On New Year's Day I went to visit my parents, my brothers were there as well. Together we came with the idea to make a YouTube video and then see what happens. We had a great time that day recalling memories. My father found loads of pictures (he even kept the negatives). We called the video "a love story nobody knew" as it seems that nobody was interested in our relation. Later I found out that Barbara did talk about our relation in HK but the reporters were more interested in her life in HK and her relation with Kent.

After I published the YouTube video, the fan club I had mailed contacted me. The problem was that my mail was in English, they first had to find someone to translate that into Chinese, and therefore it took so long.

去年圣诞节,我在上网查看自己在网上有多少公开信息。我很吃惊原来有那么多。我开始想看看那些在互联网产生前的人会不会也有些信息。当然我首先想到的是Barbara.我在1985年知道了她的离世。我不知道她是怎么去世的,也不知道1981年后她都做了什么。

哇, 我都不敢相信自己看到了什么。当我读到Wikipedia上的一篇文章,那时关于Barbara的。我开始在网上读影迷的文章及他们的网站。我留意到网上没有任何有关我们关系的文字。我给一些网站写信说我有一些回忆和照片。但是没有回音。我注意到近期不再有新的消息发表,一些网站甚至不再存在。我猜想这么多年过去了,Barbara已被遗忘了。

新年我去看父母。我的哥哥们也在。我们决定做一个视频放在You Tube上看看反映如何。我们在一起回忆过往,度过了愉快的一天。我父亲找到许多照片(他甚至还保留着底片)。我们把视频命名为"无人知道的爱情故事",因为看来没有人会对我们的那段关系感兴趣。后来我发现Barbara在香港其实谈起过我们的关系,但是记者们对她的香港生活及与Kent汤的关系更感兴趣。
在我发布视频后,我联系过的影迷会和我联系了。问题是我的邮件是英文的,他们首先要找人翻译成中文,因此花了很长时间。

(thanks to Natalie for the translation)

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# RE: Rob, a lot of people have negative comments on the mother, do you think the comments are fair?Guest 2010-07-08 13:59
thanks for further elaborate on the mother. I think the mother would feel relief after seeing it.

You are a great guy, talk sense, rational and fair. I really like to read your words.

Looking forward your stories update.
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# RE: Rob, a lot of people have negative comments on the mother, do you think the comments are fair?Guest 2010-07-08 16:55
Can't agree more. Thanks Rob. You are the man.
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# RE: Rob, a lot of people have negative comments on the mother, do you think the comments are fair?Guest 2010-07-14 05:08
Nicely said Rob...very nicely said. I can see there is something special about you and why Barbara liked you. This is definitely one of the reasons.
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# RE: Rob, a lot of people have negative comments on the mother, do you think the comments are fair?Lilly 2010-10-16 17:44
Hi Rob,

It is written in an interview taken one year after the death of Barbara, Barbar's mom was still filled with grief from Barbara's death and visited Barbara's grave every Wednesday. She had to take transquillizers to put herself to sleep every night.

In a recent article, it is written that Barbara's mom cannot hear very well and lives all alone in England. Barbara's fans in China are planning to relocate her to China where they can take care of her.
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# RE: Rob, a lot of people have negative comments on the mother, do you think the comments are fair?julia 2010-11-14 22:12
I burst into tears when I read this.Thank you, rob.
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# Re: Why did you go....Anna 2010-11-18 20:58
Hi, Rob, I am glad to find your website, What causes Babara's death is still unsolved, I tried to figure it out but it was long time ago, only rumors left on Internet. These videos you post on YouTube surprises me,she seemed much happier when she was with you and in her younger age, I am looking forward to reading your stories. Thanks for creating this website.
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# RE: Re: Why did you go....Rob 2010-11-18 21:33
I will tell you my theory about her suicide when I finished the stories.
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# RE: Re: Why did you go....Andhara 2013-09-13 11:23
IQuoting Rob:
I will tell you my theory about her suicide when I finished the stories.


I'm waiting for this chapter...
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# RE: Re: Why did you go....Rob 2013-09-13 15:00
I still need more information.
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# Why did Barbara suicide (2nd time)Faithful reader 2010-11-19 04:13
It is so sad. Why did she do it? She was famous, she was young at 26. She had a promising career which could get even better. She never have to worry for money if she continue as an actress/TV personality. Love life did not work out BUT there is still plenty of things out there that are worth living for. I assume at that time, she is healthy too. What made her so depressed?
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# theory about her suicideAnna 2010-11-21 17:38
Hi,Rob, I have read a lot of her interviews columns by local newspaper reporters, found them were very cruel by keeping asking what her feelings about going to be dumping by Kent soon, these cold- blood journalists are who I think of the murders. but it was all my guess.
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# Wat suprise!Zhe Yu 2010-11-22 21:21
Het is surprise de eerste vrind van Yung bent u- een Nederlander! Ik ben ook een fans van Yung, ik verzaamd alle foto's van haar toen ik was klein. Nu woon ik in Nederland, u ook? Wij krijgen alle informatie van Yung tuurlijk via internet nu, maar alles na 1980,voor die tijd wij kennen haar bijna niks.Bedank voor uw verhaal met haar en website. Als zij niet terug naar Hongkong denk zij lijf rustig nu, maar alls kunnen niet meer terug.....Sorry, mijn nederland taal is niet goed, want woon ik niet so lang in Nederland, maar denk u begrijpt dat goed.
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# Vraag|Zhe Yu 2010-11-23 01:16
Rob, woont u in Nederland nu? Is mogeliik kan ik u te bezoek ? Want mis ik Yung nog steed.
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# RE: Rob, a lot of people have negative comments on the mother, do you think the comments are fair?roz 2010-12-01 17:54
For a single mother with a daughter to provide who couldn't speak or understand English in the 70, there didn't leave much choice other than working in Chinese Takeaway shop. Definitely a very hard life for young Barbara on top of the studying and also keeping up the social activities with the bf too. Nevertheless, her Mother was trying her best to let her daughter to have the kind of life of her own choice. I have just read through the articles, and her Mother is not only just fair, but in fact had the best interest for her daughter. Allowing her to continue her education and letting her to have the freedom to choose the subject to study.

I used to be a typical chinese girl who grew up in uk and working my teenage years in the family chip shop as similar to young Barbara. After finishing High School, I was not allowed to carry on and practically buried alive, working from morning till nite, and everyday in the shop. So Barbara's Mother was a good mother.
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# RE: Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years?Guest 2010-12-14 03:08
My thoughts about her suicide maybe clear now, we all know she did got a suicideattempt from the past caused by realtionships problems, she seemed to be a very emotional girls when it come to these kind of problems. Or maybe she did got a depression problems related to this that led to her suicide and dead in 85. The reason could be as we all know relationshipsproblems with kent. A question to rob, when did you read about barbara on wiki, the first time???
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# ReGuest 2010-12-14 03:19
Rob, how did you know about her dead in 1985? did her family contact you?
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# RE: ReLT 2012-03-25 08:03
i can imagine that bob already knew she was a superstar back then. and the news of course created a huge waves in histon or england. if bob was not in england, he must have heard that from their mutal chinese friends or some where.
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# Great job! RobXiaohong 2010-12-20 10:33
I am so glad to find this site, thank you Rob for sharing this with us!
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# Thanks so much ROB.angie tran 2011-01-24 08:30
i am glad to find your website and read all my best actress i love information. thanks so much for sharing your story. thanks
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# thank you rob for building this site; and may you happy in the heaven barbaraben li 2011-05-30 02:19
this year is the 26th anniversary of barbara's death, and a tv show in china yesterday aired to memorize her. never forget the smile on your face barbara(huang rong).thank you rob for sharing this with us.and how do i see your recent pictures, rob? i am wondering after so many years, what would you look like now:)
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# RE: thank you rob for building this site; and may you happy in the heaven barbaraRob 2011-05-30 07:25
If this program is also published on internet, then I can show it on this website. I just need the internet adres.
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# plz post links of TV show on barbara's anniversarypekon 2011-06-17 20:04
Hi. Im from india. And there is huge fan following of barbara and LOCH-83 and other TVB series..
Plz mail them to hometv_kungfu_wuxia@googlegroups.com
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# How is Barbara's mother?Ben 2011-06-03 16:58
how is Barbara's mother now? did you meet her recently?
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# To: PekonHannah 2011-06-17 20:17
I had no idea Barbara has a following in India also. Pekon, what nationality are you may I ask?
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# RE: To: Pekonpekon 2011-06-17 21:06
hi Hannah.. I'm indian and there is huge fan following for wuxia series in india.

somewhere in 1995-97 a indian TV channel (Home TV) broadcasted all chinese versions of major TVB series like LOCH-83 into indian language (hindi).

you can estimate that from following blog..
http://hometvasia.blogspot.com/
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# RE: Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years?Hannah 2011-06-17 22:04
Wow, nice Pekon. I knew it was in many parts of the world, but I didn't know India was one of them. What a delightful surprise! I love the soundtrack of Barbara's '83 version. No other remake soundtrack can compare to the '83 one for the entire trilogy. Kumer dubbed is what I see most online nowadays.
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# ThanksRajrupa 2011-06-18 16:54
Hi Hannah,
Thanks so much for this wonderful blog :-) Thank You pekon for posting this in the google group :lol: well I also a huge wuxia fixation ... something that prompted me to learn Chinese after all ;-) i collect all the retro Chinese Tv series and wuxia movies and for that i often had to take help of several Chinese websites where the script are all in chinese and which apparantly i did not understand .... besides there was also another problem ... the vdos there were rarely subbed or dubbed so i couldnt understand anything .... finally i decided instead of hunting for a subbed or dubber version of these vdos which are rare by themselves i would make work easier by learning Chinese :lol: I am a huge fan of Yung Mei Ling and I think she was a great actress and very witty .... of course we miss her onscreeen appearances but what she created are all part of a legend in itself ... keep posting more stuffs will follow up with those :-)
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# RE: Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years?Flora 2011-07-27 17:25
I really appreciate what you did! We fans really want this kind of first hand information, especially nowadays!
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# RE: Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years?Angel 2011-08-18 04:21
Thanks so much for your selfless sharing! I'm so glad to have known so much more about Barbara! Well, I just want to say that Barbara is never forgotten. She's always in our hearts!
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# Thank you for your web siteBilly Leung 2011-09-25 10:07
:D
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# RE: Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years?LT 2012-03-25 08:00
Hi Bob, this site is unbelievable. When I found this site (by accident), I had to set aside all work and read your site… it is surreal! Can’t believe this! all the pictures you took and memories you had with Barbara. It was very good to know Barbara’s past (post 1981) and all the real stories overseas. I thought I knew her well through HK TV shows, but I just realized that was only a fragmented piece. She had so many stages of life in HK and UK, and those were incredible! Thanks again for this site. I learned a lot about Barbara and she is still my dearest HK idiot.
I grew up watching her from Miss HK to when she passed while I was in my teenage. Now looking back and with the help of this site, I feel she indeed hasn’t really left us. She is still alive with all great memories lasting in us. She is the truest angel. Despite all the unknown during her passing, her beauty, innocence and sweetness always remain in our memories. I love her.
Thanks Bob.
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# RE: Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years?Hey 2012-03-25 09:07
Hello LT,

Why you type wrongly "I learned a lot about Barbara and she is still my dearest HK IDIOT. "

Should be spelt idol instead?
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# RE: RE: Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years?LT 2012-03-26 07:19
Sorry, i was reading your site so late late last night until 4am :zzz - typed incorrectly - "idol" was the word.

wow, I can't believe i am talking to someone who dated Barbara yung....

I also just shared with my English friend who will be traveling to England, and I told him about that fish and chip place so that he can pass by and take a picture there.

your site is amazing and has touched many people.

also, i wonder who helped you guys to take all these great pictures? it looked like someone was photographing for you two - as you two were walking and doing things?
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# RE: RE: RE: Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years?Rob 2012-03-26 07:36
We just asked people who were around to take pictures.
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# Well done.. RobLM 2012-06-02 16:23
Well done with a great job u had did...
I'm a fans of her till now since I'm 14yrs old and I'm now 41yrs old.
Thumbs up to u Rob... It is really a memorable stories to both of u & it make me feel something was amiss again after reading all the stories wrote by you...
Fan's from Malaysia
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# Thankyou!Wai 2012-07-13 14:57
Hey Rob, it's so nice to read Barbara's pictures in England. She was so pure and happy with you. If she had ever left in English,she might have easy life with family. I understand you just want to share joy and happiness with us. Thank you!

Fan's from Australia :lol:
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# Sorry!Wai 2012-07-13 15:01
Me again! I make typing mistake: If Barbara had ever left in England, she might have easy life with her family, as a popular actress (Hong Kong) was so complicate life.
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# RE: 7. Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years? 为什么你Rob在这么多年后选择公开身份?Yan 2015-02-02 22:59
Rob, the day when you found out how famous Barbara was, how astonished you were? If I would have been you, I think I would have sleepless night. It's not about the fame, but the fact that you can find about so much details of her life, interviews, videos, records and the tv series, I think for that part, Barbara is very blessed that she has quite some records about her actress life.
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# RE: 7. Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years? 为什么你Rob在这么多年后选择公开身份?Rob 2015-02-03 11:23
I was amazed especially because Barbara never showed any interest in the entertainment business. Although there is so much published about her, it does not have much value for me. It describes a Barbara that the public wanted to see, not how she really was.
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# RE: 7. Why did you (Rob) go public after so many years? 为什么你Rob在这么多年后选择公开身份?Yan 2015-02-03 13:40
for that please take the credit again to show us the real Barbara. Well done!
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