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    Mar 12, 2015

    When life gives you lemons, or in this case, rice...


    WHAT would you do if you missed a flight and did not have enough money for a meal at the airport? For one traveller from Shandong province, a rice cooker and a bag of rice he bought in Singapore were his answer.

    Wu Jiayong, a 47-year-old electrician, was spotted squatting over a steaming rice cooker in Terminal 1 of the Hong Kong International Airport, preparing his dinner beside an electrical outlet - one of the 256 at the airport - adjacent to a bakery on Sunday evening.

    He had overslept and missed his flight back to Shandong's capital, Jinan, earlier that day.

    Mr Wu said he had gone to work in Singapore, but was fired after just over a month. He was returning home with only 200 yuan (S$44) left on him - except for the rice cooker and bag of rice.

    Mr Wu, dubbed "Rice Cooker Brother", rocketed to fame after just one afternoon in Hong Kong. He said he did not have a single good meal while working in Singapore, surviving on a diet of white rice and pickled vegetables so that he could send more money back home to his family.

    By 7pm on Tuesday, Mr Wu flew back home and was reunited with his wife in Laiwu city, Shandong, with the help of the Hong Kong media, media website reported.