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PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 May, 2006, 12:00am

Only the lonely

What if I were the only person in the world?

Have you ever thought about this idea? I think it's wonderful and cool.

I can go anywhere I want. I will be free. I can get money from the bank to buy things I want. No one will stop me from doing what I want.

Also, I won't have to go to school, so I can throw away all my books. Best of all, I can do silly things, like sing loudly and dance in the street. How pretty the world looks now!


Suddenly I don't want this to come true. Imagine when you come home at night and you're alone. And no computer, TV, or even the radio for comfort because no one is controlling the electricity supply.

You don't even know how to cook, because your mother used to do everything for you. And going out won't work because there's no one else to cook for you. Your money is useless.

And what if you started to cry? Who can help you?

If you were the only person in the world, you would have no friends.

Now, do you still want to be the only person in the world?

Apple Yeung Ngai-ka

Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Meaningful mothers

Mother's Day is coming soon. Do you ever prepare anything for your mum? And do you even know what the meaning of a mother is? Let me tell you.

M is for maid. A mother is like a maid who does lots of housework every day, like washing clothes and dishes, sweeping floors, cleaning and cooking. What painstaking work that must be!

O is obedience. It means mothers obey our commands. They will cook our favourite meal or buy us presents that we really want.

T is trouble. In other words, as we grow up, we bring them nothing but trouble.

H and E stand for happiness and enjoyment. Although we cause them so much trouble, they still feel happy and make us feel happy when we are sad.

R is responsibility. Mothers never stop caring, they never desert their duty and they bear this hardship without complaint.

Really, let us thank every single one of them, because without them, we are nothing.

Chan Choi-mei

Leung Shek Chee College

Learning from China

I think Hong Kong should not forget the benefits it can get from more co-operation with China.

The mainland has been trying to develop business in all its major cities and the country is seeing an economic boom.

This is great for consumers. For instance, because people are now enjoying higher incomes, they can spend their money on cosmetics and skincare products.

Consumers love to be able to spend more on luxury goods.

All this breeds confidence among shoppers and entrepreneurs and helps create more business opportunities for the benefit of everyone.

China also has been changing from a manufacturing country to one that provides services as well, similar to Hong Kong.

I believe by watching how China develops, we in Hong Kong can learn, co-operate, exchange ideas and even make money in the long run.

Here's to a productive partnership!

Kate So

HKMA David Li Kwok Po College

March for excellence

I am a Form Six student and the leader of the school marching band. Being the leader has taught me many things about leadership.

Marching improves our sense of discipline and behaviour. Marching helps us develop a sense of co-operation and, like music, inspires the soul.

As leader of the band, I've found it's a great way to improve the quality of my life as a student.

Getting people to co-operate is one of the lessons of leadership. I have found that it's best to be friendly and sometimes even make friends with them. But, there are times when I need to act strictly as they really must practise hard to improve.

Being a leader helps me develop a sense of responsibility. I realise that I'm acting like a role model for them; if I fail to practise, they have an excuse not to practise. Also, if I don't attend, they won't either. So, I must set a good example.

My success at these tasks helps me to be more aware of what I'm doing to achieve excellence.

We formed a student circle, so we can communicate with each other. We learn how to listen and try to understand the difficulties of different people and how not everyone shares the same values in life.

If we want to improve, first we have to recognise our problems, but not blame ourselves for them.

In the band, we realise that all of us have shortcomings. When we know our role in the band and learn how to have a better relationship with others, we work better as a team.

I think many students should consider doing extra-curricular activities which can enrich both their school life and their personal life.

After all, I have learned that collaboration is the best form of learning and the best way to expand our horizons.

Stephanie Tai Siu-hang

CCC Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School