If change is in the air, make it right
With stock markets collapsing and unemployment skyrocketing, the word 'change' won an election in the United States and has become a catchphrase everywhere.
Of course, many changes have to be made. Businesses will have to rethink the ways they do business. But what about changing altogether and sharing some of the wealth we have left with those who have next to none at all?
One thing that could be done would be to work with people in Africa. Rather than going about providing aid in the traditional ways, donating funds and food to combat poverty, we can make more lasting inroads in Africa by reaching out to crafts workers and helping build business there. This is not about exploiting lower wages, but about building lives and communities.
I hope in these troubled times, with everyone talking of change, that some real positive change does happen.
Syeon Yuen, Hang Seng School of Commerce
Don't let small arguments grow
There are always arguments among people, and most of them start out as something small. If we are not careful, they can grow to the point they become a tragedy.
When I think about why this happens, it seems to me that when we are angry we forget what is important. We don't think about whether what we are angry about is worthwhile.
Don't let cracks appear in your relationships. If they do, patch them up right away.
Lam Wing-sing, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Fast food is a tasty money-saver
When people call Kong Hong Kong a food paradise, usually they are thinking about famous seafood restaurants and speciality cuisines. But I would like to recommend the fast food chains.
Hong Kong has many fast food chains - McDonald's, KFC, Fairwood, Maxim's and Cafe de Coral. In Hong Kong, many teenagers and children eat in these chains, and the most popular is McDonald's. Perhaps you will say it is unhealthy, but young people like eating unhealthy fried food because it is delicious.
Maxim's, Fairwood and Caf? de Coral all have both Chinese and western food. In the interests of the few healthy people left, these restaurants use small amounts of oil and salt and are sparing with meat in the food.
My favourite? I like Fairwood most, and for three reasons. First, Fairwood's orange sign gives me a comfortable and casual feeling. Second I love its spaghetti, and third, I think the chain does great green tea.
I only spend HK$20-40 when I go to Fairwood, so it's a great way to save money in these difficult economic times.
A year of basketball
I have been involved in my school's basketball team for a year and I think I have improved a lot. I have learned a lot about different basketball skills, team work and sportsmanship.
I would like to thank my coach and my teammates.
Cherry Shum, Diocesan Girls' Junior School