I had poor health when I was young, and my mother would often take me to the chinese herbal medicine store across the street. In particular, I loved hearing the sound of the metal pestle pounding the herbal medicine and the abacus sounds — the abacus sounds are discrete, sonorous and pearl-like, carrying a great sense of rhythm.

小時候因為體弱,媽媽經常帶我到家對面的一所藥材舖看中醫。其中最愛聽以一個鐵錘「舂」藥材的聲音及打算盤聲,覺得打算盤聲鏗鏘「粒粒清」,錯落有致,有節奏感。

Abacus/ 算盤