Finding our way
I am writing to express my opinion on the launch of GPS taxis. I think having Global Positioning Systems on Hong Kong public transport is a good idea.
GPS-equipped taxis will enhance the efficiency of taxi services. Firstly, the exact positions and hire status of the taxis can be detected. When a passenger calls for a taxi, the nearest taxi can be sent to the passenger, reducing waiting time.
Secondly, GPS can prevent drivers from taking roads with traffic jams so passengers can reach their destinations more quickly. This will attract more passengers to taxis.
GPS can also be installed in other kinds of public transport such as buses. Citybus is currently testing a new bus stop announcement system using GPS, so that drivers do not have to control the announcements themselves.
I believe GPS on public transport has a lot of benefits. The government should support GPS-equipped vehicles to make everyone's life easier.
Heinz Chow, Methodist College
Work as a team
I once attended a leadership training camp organised by the Salvation Army and our school, learning how to become a student leader.
If you are in charge of an event and you want it to run smoothly, you have to set some goals. A useful goal should be specific, measurable, attainable and relevant.
Besides setting the goals, you also have to evaluate with the teammates after the event. This is actually the most important part.
Evaluation is achieved by discussing the good and bad things that happened. This is the chance for us to think about what could be improved and how, in order to perform better next time.
Rewards are as important as evaluation. They give your teammates an incentive to work hard. When someone a good job, it is important to praise them and express your appreciation.
Finally, you have to be a part of the team. It is not efficient if people only think about their own part of a project. It's important to work, think, act and, finally, celebrate as a team.
Frankie Chan Wing-chun, Tak Sun Secondary School
Say the right thing
We should make good use of our mouth.
The mouth is an important part of the body. We use it to talk to others and express our feelings. But many of us don't use it well. Often we use it to make other people unhappy.
There are many ways to make good use of our mouth.
We should take care of what we say to others.
We should use our mouth to show appreciation or say something to make others happy. We can use our mouth to make friends.
We shouldn't use it to criticise people or tell lies.
If we don't make good use of our mouth, no one will want to be friends with us. If we use it properly, we will be popular.
Perry Ng Kwun-lai, CNEC Christian College
Plan for your future
I am a Form Four student and have started to think of my future. I have decided I want to be a beautician.
It may seem strange that I have made this decision so early. But it's a good plan to have an idea of where we are going.
When you discover what you want to do, it gives you time to prepare.
Time is precious and we should never waste it. So use every spare moment to put more effort into your future.
Care for the elderly and learn from them
Some people say the elderly are a burden on the society. However, without the contribution of these people, Hong Kong would not be successful. We have to pay special attention to the elderly.
Most of them simply want care and love rather than money or food. We should visit them more often and maybe take them gifts to show we care.
We should talk to them as they can share their valuable experiences with us.
We should make sure they don't feel isolated from society. For example, we can teach them skills such as using the Internet.
Moreover, we can find out what their interests are and help them to pursue those interests.
The elderly are always helpful to society as they can guide the young on the right path. It is necessary to make them feel happy and loved.
Cheng Sui-kit, SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School
Expensive price tags don't necessarily mean products are good quality. Sometimes cheaper items are just as good.
Teenagers like buying famous brands. They don't care if they need the items, they just want possessions to show off to others. I think teenagers should learn that money is hard to earn and they shouldn't waste it.
Teenagers should look for shops that sell durable, fashionable goods.
I have a few famous brand T-shirts, but my parents buy me ordinary clothes for day-to-day wear. Comfort and durability are top of my shopping list.
Yip Sin-lung, YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College
Rest in peace, Fei Fei
Lydia Sum Tin-ha was a great woman. Wherever she was, there was sure to be laughter. She was a very professional actress, who was never late and was always quick to learn her lines.
She taught many actors and was a role model for many.
She was a responsible mother who truly loved her daughter.
Many Hongkongers who grew up with her TV shows will miss her greatly.
I hope her family knows that Hong Kong people will never forget her performances and her unique laugh.
Sylvia Lee, Good Hope School