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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 May, 2008, 12:00am
 

Be true to yourself

Everyone has both strengths and weaknesses. Comparing our own shortcomings to other people's virtues is meaningless and it's unnerving.

Since there will always be someone better than us in any specific field, it is important to focus on developing our own strengths.

While some talents are natural, others are acquired. You should be even more proud of those talents that you pick up and develop.

I think the most important trait to acquire is honesty. Being honest will not only make you happier, people will like you more if they know that they can trust you.

Be true to yourself and others, and let your strengths shine.

Ty-ting

Give up junk for better health

Junk food may be convenient and comforting, but much of it contains trans fats. These raise levels of 'bad' cholesterol in the body, and contribute to obesity and serious health problems such as heart disease.

While cakes, pastries, instant noodles, milk products, mayonnaise, chocolate spread, peanut butter and many other items have all been found to contain trans fats, doughnuts are amongst the worst culprits. A single doughnut can contain 100 per cent of the recommended daily intake of trans fats, 2.2 grams.

That is why, as much as I love them, I have decided to eat fewer doughnuts. It's going to be hard, but the sacrifice will be worth it for my health.

Goodbye, tasty doughnuts!

Ming Cheung CSBS Mrs Aw Boon Haw Secondary School

Thank you to my second mum

Since I was a very young child, my aunty, my father's younger sister, has treated me like her own daughter. She has often bought me clothes and treats, and she has looked after me when my mum and dad have been busy.

When I was 10 years old, I had an operation and had to stay in hospital for about three weeks. My aunt took that time off work to look after me.

Every day, she came to the hospital with chicken soup that she had made herself, and she sat by my bed and talked to me. I was extremely tired and in a lot of pain after the operation, so I became grumpy and impatient. I seldom drank the soup and didn't want to talk to my aunt.

However, she didn't get angry. She still insisted on visiting me every day. She even helped me exercise, walking with me in the hospital garden. She also helped me get dressed and eat. She was just like my second mum.

I thought the best way to thank her would be in Young Post.

So once again, I'd like to say thank you and I love you, to my dear aunty.

Lee Yan-tim

Olympics a source of pride for China

The Olympic Games is one of world's greatest events. The 2008 Olympic Games will be held in Beijing, and as a Chinese person, I am heartily proud of both my country and myself.

When I first watched the Games on television, I was amazed by how impressive the competitors were. I dreamed that one day perhaps I could join them.

Since I love sports so much, I watch nearly every Olympic event. However, the gymnastics, especially the floor exercises, are my favourite. The moves are so beautiful!

I once pretended that I was one of the competitors, but it was impossible for me to even do one complete move. That showed me that the gymnasts have practiced for a really long period of time - and how determined they are to win for their country!

I hope that both the Hong Kong team and China team will win as many medals as possible in the 2008 Olympic Games.

Laura Harrison, Marymount Secondary School

Learning English can be fun

English is an international language and plays a hugely important role in communication. We should work hard to get more skilled in using it.

However, even well-educated students in Hong Kong do not have enough confidence to talk to foreigners, or even their English teachers. English needs to be taught in a more interesting way, and learning it should be fun.

Watching amusing English TV programmes or listening to English songs can teach us not only useful communication skills, but also how to be a good listener.

If you put in the effort and treat it as a challenging task, you will get a lot from learning English. Why don't you start now?

Yeung Ka-po, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Talking is the best answer

A survey found that 10 per cent of early primary school children in Hong Kong have some form of communication disorder.

In about 10 per cent of these cases, congenital factors are to blame, while the remaining 90 per cent arise from environmental factors.

In all these cases, parents are advised to seek professional help as soon as possible.

As the first people that children communicate with, parents are responsible for checking for problems.

However, nowadays many parents work day and night and leave their children with domestic helpers.

As a result, they may be unaware that their child has a communication disorder, leading to a delay before the child receives therapy, and this can affect their future.

I think it is necessary for parents to spend some time talking to their children every day.

No matter how busy they are, nothing is more important than their children's health.

Law Hoi-ying, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

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