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Brain Game 17.2.2100

February 17, 2011

the brain game

This week’s question:

“What’s a great way to spend $20?”

Ellis Lee, 15, Delia Memorial School (Broadway)

With only $20, I can’t imagine doing much besides roaming around Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. I love the energy in both areas. Both places are usually packed with tourists and residents alike. Window-shopping, sightseeing and phototaking are some of the usual activities people do that don’t cost a cent. It doesn’t hurt to act like a tourist now and then, no matter how long you’ve been living in Hong Kong. A ferry to Central from TST (and back) costs less than $6. This leaves you with enough money for an ice cream or some bread to snack on.



Sophie Cheung, 14, German Swiss International School

If I only had HK$20, I would definitely know what to spend it on – bubble tea. Although bubble tea originated in Taiwan, it has become very popular here in recent years. You often see people on the streets sipping this mouth-watering drink. The chewy tapioca balls and the velvety milk tea will refresh you during a hot summer’s day.

Arjun Sivakumar, 14, South Island School

In my opinion, the best way to spend $20 would be… to make a donation and help others! Take the recent flooding in Brazil. The people there have almost nothing left. With a donation, you could help them get some decent food and clean water, and improve their lives.

Aaron De Silva, 18, ELCHK Lutheran Secondary School

I think the best way to spend $20 is to buy sweets that I can share with my friends and family. It is nice to share happiness with people around you. If they are happy, I am definitely happy. It is quite a simple thing that you learn when you are still a kid. The sweets that you have shared will taste brilliant. In my opinion, the best way to spend $20 would be … to make a donation and help others! Take the recent flooding in Brazil. The people there have almost nothing left. With a donation, you could help them get some decent food and clean water, and improve their lives.

Crystal Leung, 16, Sacred Heart Canossian College

You could buy a Mark Six ticket or put the $20 into your money box. But I wouldn’t do any such thing with that small amount of cash. I will get on a tram, with a jumble-sized bubble tea in hand, and travel from the west to the east. Rather than listen to Katy Perry’s latest song, I will enjoy the chatter of people in the city, sniff the fishy smell of the wet markets and experience the ‘real’ Hong Kong. What could be more relaxing than that?

Christine Gabrielle Bacus Nietes, 16, Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo)

There’s a great way to spend $20 – go sightseeing around Hong Kong. You can take the tram and see the sights on Hong Kong Island for just $2. You can also take the Star Ferry and admire the harbour view. Even if you have already seen everything that Hong Kong has to offer, it does not hurt to relax and look around the city again – without having to go anywhere in particular.

William Cheng, 16, TWGHs Wong Fut Nam College

You may not be able to buy lunch with $20. But you could spend the money in a great way – by buying a fair-trade product. Many companies pay very little to farmers and workers, in order to cut costs and maximise their profits. So these people can never escape from poverty. Yet, using that $20 to buy a fair-trade product, such as coffee, would definitely help them a lot.

Votes close on Tuesdays at noon.

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