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The Future Self (30 years later) CHUN YU NICHOLAS  SZETO

The Future Self (30 years later)
Imagine. Create. Share.
Since 2008, the Kids4Kids My Story Creation annual story writing and illustration competition has provided primary students across Hong Kong with a creative platform that enables the budding writers and artists to imagine, create and share their stories.
This story was written and illustrated by kid(s) who participated in the Kids4Kids annual 'My Story Creation competition'. We hope to celebrate all the kids who used their creativity and imagination to create a story by giving them an opportunity to custom print their story, and be able to share and inspire other kids to create their own story.
Proceeds from the sale of this custom print story will help fund the Literacy Development Programmes at Kids4Kids to provide creative learning opportunities to low resourced communities in Hong Kong. By buying a Kids4Kids custom print story, you are not only applauding the future artists & authors of Hong Kong but you are also making a difference in a child’s life!

Nicholas was having breakfast but his mind was on the movie INTERSTELLAR he watched last night.

The idea of time travel was really fascinating.

“This can't be true?” he thought. “Whatever! I have an essay to finish.”

He returned to the computer, and saw a popup message:


He decided to have a go. He signed in and started writing.

YEAR: 2048

Dear Nicholas,

I am Nicholas in 2018. I study in Alliance Primary School, in P2. I live in Kowloon Tong with my family. Well, you know all that. So, let's talk about the future.

I am sure that you remember Simon. He was not a guy to befriend. He plays tricks on me, even removed my socks by force.

However, he became my best friend after we teamed up in the CATCH game. Remember being the fastest team? We caught everyone but none could catch us. How is he?

Secondly, about my dream of becoming a candy taster - I really love candies.

I want to work in a biggest candy factory. I will work only five hours a day to keep my sense of taste sharp. Candy factories need tasters to make sure that the candies are yummy and the machines are running well.

Thirdly, about family.

I don't want to have sons or daughters as I don't want to bother with their homework. Do I eventually have children?

That is about all I want to know.

Nicholas sent the letter and went back to his essay. It was late afternoon when he got a reply.

Hi, I am Nicholas in 2048, 37 years old now.

Of course I remember Simon. He is such a blessing and, yes, still mischievous. He went to City University and I (that is, you) went to Candy University. Then, he travelled a lot as a salesman and later settled down to work with me.

The candy tasting journey was exciting.

Just when I thought that I has learned all about the candy business at Candy University, I had to spend four more years as a trainee in a factory. They taught me so much that I stayed two more years to thank them.

You would definitely like this.

I went beyond candy-tasting. I run factories that make candies, chocolates and cakes. I work more than five hours a day, but it is a breeze with Simon helping. You don't just live by a dream - you work hard and work with good people.

That brings me to family. I have no children as you wished.

It is good in a way. At least, I have more time on voluntary work encouraging young people.

“HARD WORK AND GOOD FRIENDS” - the key to success. He sank into a deep ponder … until he remembered the essay to be finished.

So he got right to the task, with renewed vigour.

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