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February 11, 2010
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  1. May 11, 2010 11:00 am

    A breath of fresh air

    By Vince Cheung, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

    After I read your cover article “A breath of fresh air” by Gloria Cheung on her trip to New Zealand and what happiness is really about, I realised that the pace of life in Hong Kong is too fast. We’ve all forgotten what happiness is.

    Hongkongers always think about work and don’t know how to relax. That’s why people have a lot of psychological problems. We read in the papers about people suffering health problems and taking their own lives because they are stressed.

    A lot of people live in Hong Kong, and to get anywhere we need to be really competitive. But if we are so focused on competition, how can we enjoy life?

    I think the government needs to organise more activities to help people understand what happiness is. It’s quite sad we have to go to another country to find out.

    • May 11, 2010 11:01 am

      You’re right about Hong Kong being a rat race Vince – that’s the English term for a high-stress, highly competitive environment. A lot of this has to do with financial security. Living in this city is very expensive. The high cost of property means that if people want any sort of financial security they need to work very hard. But sometimes even this is not enough. That is why we are seeing the beginnings of social unrest in the post-80s generation.

      Places like New Zealand and Australia have governments which really look after their people. They have small populations compared to their land sizes and life is altogether more gentle there. People don’t rely on the government to organise activities for them. They have the time to find their own enjoyment, and that is what Hong Kong needs. It’s called quality of life, and it might be the rarest commodity in the world.

      Susan, Editor

  2. May 4, 2010 1:59 pm

    Cantonese poets’ society

    By Tang Ka-lee, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

    I read the recent article “Cantonese poets’ society”. It tells the story of a group of young poetry fans adding a modern touch to classical poems. They are students at City University, and members of a poetry group that writes Chinese poems using classical formats.

    I think they are very hard-working because they meet after school to share their works and discuss a literary form that’s close to their hearts. But I think most Hong Kong people, including me, don’t like classical poetry. Maybe we should be more open-minded.

  3. April 23, 2010 12:24 pm

    Fingernails are health indicators

    (To read the article, log on to yp.scmp.com and search for ‘fingernails’ or click here)

    By Jessica Jim Pui-suen, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

    Before I read this article, I didn’t know much about fingernails.

    I also didn’t know that in Western medicine, nails are an indication of health. Now I know that things like dark red dots, yellow nail beds and ridges can mean I’m unwell.

    I learned a lot from the article and will pay close attention to my nails from now on.

  4. April 23, 2010 1:01 am

    Gimme a break

    (to read the article, log on to yp.scmp.com and search for ‘gimme a break’ or click here).

    i am writing to express my opinions on an article”Gimme a break”.In today’s world, teachers have taken load of workload and they probably under a great pressure.There are all sorts of jobs call for them to address.For instance, with the introduction of 334 new academic structure,the teachers have to attend courses for preparing the new curriculum as well as they need to tackle complaints from some troubled parents meanwhile.If you were a teacher , would you reckon it as a gruelling life?So, parents complaining a lot with no reason seem to treat those teachers with indifference, do they give them a break?Consequently,their children are unlikely to shift for themselves in future because of their overprotective parents. As a matter of fact, those teachers may not be expected to alleviate the monster of “Stress”.I pose a means of providing counselling service to the teachers who need professional aid.

    • April 29, 2010 12:34 pm

      By Shum Tsz-kin, Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School

      Some parents think teachers are responsible for taking care of their children. This can create conflict.

      The relationship between parents and teachers at our school is good.

      It is unreasonable for parents to think schools should serve them. Parents should not make ridiculous demands.

      Also, they should let their children be more independent rather than plan everything for them.

  5. April 21, 2010 3:30 pm

    Why ash cloud poses danger to flights
    (logon to http://yp.scmp.com before clicking on the link)

    Justine Choi, TWGSS

    I was surprised that how terrible the Iceland volcano can be. I’ve learned something about volcano and know that how serious the consequences are on our environment and community. It is just like the end of the world. If I were on the site, I will definitely die. I agree with what the reporter said: “It is just like to tell us that it is time for us to clean up the problems in the earth”. I hope that I can do something for our earth to minimize the bad effect. Indeed, we have to start from school.

    • April 21, 2010 3:38 pm

      By Vincent Chan, Hang Seng School of Commerce

      Many different pleople have been affected. Among them are students who cannot return to europe to continue their study after the easter holiday. The extension of flight bans has crippled the international development in all aspects, especially when it comes to economic development. The situation exemplifies that our life depend greatly on the technological advancement. It is impossible to deny the use of technology, but if we place too much reliance on it, it is we human beings who will suffer when technology are prohibited to deal with our day-to-day problems.

  6. April 21, 2010 3:07 pm

    Gimme a break

    Emily Choi, Hang Seng School of Commerce

    I am writing in response to Wong Yat-hei’s article ‘Gimme a break’ (to read the article, log on to yp.scmp.com and search for ‘gimme a break’ or click here).
    Parents these days are overprotective of their children. No matter where
    the children are or what they are doing, their parents are not very far
    away.

    It is the responsibility of parents to look after their children and
    provide the best things to them, to care their feelings, successes and
    goals. However, parents might do too much for their children. For
    example, when children’s examination result are not satisfactory, parents
    will blame teachers for not doing enough to help students, or even making
    “suggestions” for how to teach the children which bother teachers at all
    hours.

    In fact, all children need an opportunity to explore the world physically
    and emotionally without constant interference from their parents in order
    to become confident, responsible and independent adults. When children
    are being overprotected, they will never “grow up”.

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