Talk with Chip Tsao
Champs Bar, Causeway Bay
Consumed alone, love or wine can both make your head dizzy; consume them together, and you may find yourself under the control of an unexpectedly strong chemical reaction of romantic sentiments.
It was a sunny afternoon, 85 members from WGAHK and Friends of LSE spent their weekend sipping red wine in Champs Bar, enjoying a wonderful talk by Chip Tsao for a fancy Love Study. Chip Tsao shared the crucial elements in common to love and wine, the place, the environment, the look, the smell, the timing, and the reality.
First love is always the most memorable. Chip’s first love was in high school, at which time he learnt his first lesson when his long-distance girlfriend broke up with him through a “Letter to Chip”, announcing her decision to marry a guy with a car and a big house. Arriving just a day before the English examination, the letter did have the positive effect of prompting Chip to postpone his sleep for a longer last-minute study which ultimately gave him the results to study at Warwick. With that, Chip came to realise that Love had its realistic side, especially when a potential marriage is in question.
One participant asked Chip a question about his relationship with his girlfriend in Canada when he himself was studying in the UK. Chip then embarked on the side story of how he learnt the other meaning of the word “fancy” during his part-time job experience. “Do you fancy her?” Like many others, Chip found this one of the most enjoyable stages of love, a stage between friends and lovers, which brings you a lot of room for dreaming and psychological excitements.
The country of origin for a bottle of wine determines its taste, while the environment we live in contributes to our love character, whether romantic or realistic. Most of the romantic films are set in Paris, Italy, but not Hong Kong. According to Chip, the closer a place is with nature, the more romantic it will be. Imagine the scenes of a boy and a girl, chasing around the trees beside a river, and marking a heart with an arrow in the tree. As such, Hong Kong is slightly disadvantaged on the romantic front as the most likely meeting place for lovers is probably the VIP room of a karaoke box. When asked whether places in Asia can too provide romantic atmospheres, Chip suggested a place near the ferry pier in Macau which you may consider visiting with your beloved next time.
Chip also suggested that the University of Warwick can open a course called “Love Studies,” a subject that concerns everyone in one way or another.
With a glass of red wine in hand, images of love stories and laughter in the air, Chip created a romantic atmosphere with such ease that one became fully immersed in his stories and hardly felt the afternoon slipping away.
What makes a man and a woman come together? Well that is a mystery. What prompted WGAHK and LSE to come together for a joint talk on love? A common old boy – Chip.