When someone asked me what exactly 「chicken」 flowers were, I was
embarrassed with my mouth open wide. Actually, they are flowers
which students usually see during the examination season. When
students go to and fro the examination centers, they can see the
bright-colored flowers. These flowers are then unconsciously
concealed in their minds. Whenever they see these flowers, they
know it』s time for examination. When I was a student, I did not
know much about flowers. That』s why I did not know the actual names
of these flowers. Nonetheless, whenever I recall how sweaty my
palms were and how smoky my forehead was when I sat for the
examination, I could never forget how 「chicken」 I was.
In general, Rhododendron is the genus of flowering plants which we
refer as to 「chicken」 flowers. They full bloom in March when
A-Level examination takes place. When you see students sitting in
café revising, then it』s the flowering season of Rhododendron.
Besides A-Level, May is also the peak season for HKCEE (will soon be
replaced by HKDSE). During which time the full blooming Flame of
the Forest (Delonix regia) becomes the 「chicken」 flowers. It
looks like the brightly colored flowers on the roadside always
remind us of examination.
Examination is miserable, but it will soon be over. In a blink of
an eye, it』s time for a new semester! Once you get the insight of
examination, you will not chicken out anymore.
translated by Mary Chung