Summer challenge

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 July, 2004, 12:00am


Francis Li, 17. Challenge: Rock Climbing

This week wasn't very interesting because the weather prevented me from getting onto the wall, which I usually do on Tuesdays.

Finally, after four weeks of doing this sport, I need to get my own climbing equipment.

Sport climbing requires less equipment than rock climbing. Basically, all you need to get going is a harness, a karabiner, climbing shoes, a belaying device and a good, strong rope.

Since the Mountain Training Centre usually provides most equipment at the venue, all I am down to on my checklist is a harness and a pair of climbing shoes. But that still adds up to a lot of money. I am planning to pick up my shoes from the shop this weekend. Auf Wiedersehen ('goodbye' in German).

Gigi Lam, 15. Challenge: Write songs/learn the saxophone

I didn't take my saxophone lesson this week because I went to the book fair. I postponed the lesson but I miss my instrument very much!

Last week we finished the arrangement of three songs for our joint-school musical - but none were accepted. One was in the wrong key, one had an introduction that was too short and the last one did not fit the mood of the musical. So a lot of work has to be done this week.

By the way, the show will be staged on August 10 and 11 at Ngau Chi Wan Cultural Centre. There will be three shows and tickets cost $90 and $70. I hope you can come and see us.

Also, I will be one of the Top Teens in Sunday Young Post, so watch out for my opinion!

Carey Lee, 19. Challenge: Voluntary work

My volunteer team visited some former drug addicts last weekend. We wanted to hear their opinions on life, why they became addicts, how they gave up their habits, what or who supported their final decisions and what their plans for the future were. They told us about their daily lives, which are little different from ours.

I felt upset when one of them said that he wanted to kill himself. However, with his friends' support he gave up the idea. They persuaded him that if he had the courage to commit suicide he should use that courage to keep on living and discover the real world.

After the visit I realised we should strive to live our lives to the fullest. There are many opportunities out there, and we have to make good use of them.

Carmen Kong, 16. Challenge: Learn Spanish

I am going to keep learning Spanish, but without help from anyone. This was not an easy decision to make after so many failures and so much frustration. Luckily I got some ideas from John, so here's my plan.

First, I'll buy a Spanish-English dictionary with phonetics. Second, I'll use the CDs and the book Teach Yourself Beginner's Spanish. Last, I will learn vocabulary and grammar by referring to the book Spanish In No Time, which John gave me.

You may wonder how I am going to squeeze in the time to learn while I have so many things to do, including summer school. Well, the two hours I spend on the train and MTR every day is more than enough. Things have to work out this time. I am determined!