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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 April, 2007, 12:00am

A beautiful mind is more important

I recently read an interesting book - How to Make a Beautiful Mind by Edward de Bono.

The book was highly recommended by my dad who said it would teach me to think creatively.

The author says having a beautiful mind is more important than having a beautiful body.

Physical beauty with a boring mind is of no use, he says.

A beautiful person may get attention but they won't be able to maintain that interest with a dull conversation.

De Bono says we are born with a certain face and body and there's a limit to what we can do to improve them.

But we can do much more to make our mind truly beautiful.

If we have natural physical beauty, we should not waste it by having an unimaginative mind, he says.

The book gave me a better understanding of to interact with others. It also showed that no matter how you look, if you have a creative mind, you can be beautiful.

Yeung Ka-po

Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Students should say 'no' to Chinglish

I'm writing in response to the article 'Chinglish takes shape' (Young Post, March 29).

According to the article, a group of artists are trying to defy tradition by saying that Chinglish - a blend of English and Cantonese words or phrases - should be treasured as part of our collective memory.

I don't think Chinglish should be used in our daily lives, because we should respect grammatical rules and proper pronunciation.

Besides, using Chinglish can affect students' language and communication skills.

They should not mix up the two languages which are entirely different.

I recommend that people who always use Chinglish should read more English books and watch English TV programmes to get rid of this bad habit.

Addison Chung Chun-kin

Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club College

Show the elderly that we care about them

With the advance of science and technology, more and more people are living longer so Hong Kong's elderly population is increasing.

The elderly are a blessing to society, not a burden.

Young people can learn from the experiences of the older generation and this could benefit society's development.

People today have more time to enjoy life after retirement and can acquire more knowledge.

But elderly people need assistance.

According to traditional Chinese culture, the children should take care of their parents.

But some people send their ageing parents to nursing homes because they don't have the time to look after them.

This may lead to old people being isolated and neglected and they could easily lose confidence.

We are enjoying the fruits of the hard work put in by our older generation.

The government should provide more resources to help the elderly enjoy a comfortable life.

We should let the elderly live with dignity and show that we care about them.

Joey Leung Cho-yee

Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Artistic experience

Many young people like to draw and they want to combine their hobby with their job.

But their parents oppose this idea. They say an artist's career is unstable and that children should choose another path.

Parents are worried about their children's future.

But the youngsters think that drawing can bring them satisfaction.

I believe it's a good experience for them.

Shirley Sing

The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Need to brush up English skills

Beijing will host the Olympic Games next year.

Everything is going very well, according to newspaper reports.

The construction of the main stadium is progressing satisfactorily, while the city is being spruced up for the arrival of thousands of visitors for the summer extravaganza.

But problems exist, like the residents' poor English skills.

For example, I was surprised by a picture in the South China Morning Post recently.

It showed a road sign which read 'Come and go the vehicle', instead of 'Vehicles can pass by'.

This 'Chinglish' is prevalent in restaurants where dishes, such as bean curd, have been given strange names. I'm sure visitors will think twice before ordering them.

The Olympic Games is a good chance for the Chinese to improve their living conditions.

I believe the mainland government will try its best to have everything ready before the 2008 Olympics.

We are all looking forward to the improvements.

Jeff Wong Tik-fung

Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club College

Chow's film delivers positive message

Stephen Chow Sing-chi is one of my favourite movie stars.

He has starred in a lot of movies and most of them are very funny. He's also handsome and does not look his age.

I've seen some of his films many times.

His famous movie, Shaolin Soccer, won many awards, including best actor for Chow.

This production encourages people to 'never give up'. The film is suitable for everyone because it delivers a positive message.

We need to believe in our abilities when we face problems. Work hard and don't give up.

Emily Chow

Past mistake

I feel bad about the way I treated a former classmate.

We were in Form One and many students disliked her. She was called 'Big Hips'.

I did not help her when she was being bullied by her classmates. I made fun of her too.

My behaviour hurt her a lot.

She has changed now and is a very confident person.

I regret my stupid behaviour and I wish I could become friends with her again.

Wong Po-yi

Help the needy and be happy

I took part in a meaningful activity involving disabled and sick people over the Easter holidays earlier this month.

The participants had to guess the number of small eggs were inside two giant eggs in a shopping mall.

I also put money into the charity box.

Although celebrating the holiday with your friends and family is a good idea, helping the needy will make you happier and bring you wonderful memories.

Ho Hiu-wah

Believe in yourself

Do you believe fortune tellers?

I think our future depends on us. We face many challenges and no one can predict them.

If we know what our future is like, life will become dull.

We need to make our lives more colourful and make sure that we have no regrets.

Tang Chor-kiu

Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen

Yiu Memorial College