Although Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) showed his strict parenting side in 2014 reality show Where Are We Going, Dad? <爸爸去哪兒>, he is an involved father towards his now 12-year-old son. Since Francis has a shaky relationship with his own father who was largely absent, the actor realizes how this can leave lasting damage on a child.
Appearing as a guest on Raymond’s Taste Buds <輝哥為食遊> with Raymond Ng (吳錫輝), Francis described the loneliness of growing up with an absentee father who worked too much. “My father worked as a dim sum chef for many Guangzhou restaurants. Except for being an actor, no other occupation has worse hours than dim sum chefs.” As Francis’ father would go to work in the middle of the night and not return until 3 p.m., it was an extremely tiring job.
The actor confessed to barely seeing his own father, “It’s because he rarely chatted, and there were problems with [his work hours].” With barely the chance to spend time together and even have basic communication, their father-son relationship was naturally distant.
His own childhood experience motivated Francis to be a present father and find ways to bond more with Feynman. “When I’m with my son, I think about my past relationship with my father. Now, I want to use at different method. Sometimes, I would stay home for a certain amount of time, but he has school.” To spend more time with his son, Francis does not mind helping with homework and would step in as Feynman’s tutor in his Chinese lessons.
Poking Fun at Francis’ Temper
Aside from sharing his parenting perspective in the episode, Francis revealed his sense of humor. Raymond took Francis to a vegetarian restaurant and revealed his intentions to the actor, “Do you know why I took you here? Everyone knows you have a hot temper. A vegetarian diet will cool you down.”
When asked if he had always been hot tempered, Francis joked, “Actually, I converted to Buddhism when I was 5 years old and became a monk when I was 10 years old. I became like this because I joined the entertainment industry.”