PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 July, 2009, 12:00am

Cosmetics are a beautiful lie

One lie I'm sure everyone is glad of is women's makeup.

I recently saw a poster at a forum with two different pictures of a woman.

In the first she looked charming enough, but not outstanding in any way. In the other she looked beautiful. The secret: cosmetics.

Undeniably, makeup can give women confidence, since they feel appealing. But the downside is they can feel naked without it. They may feel they are unable to go outside without it.

I think this is a kind of dependence.

There is a time and a place for makeup. But we don't need to always hide our natural looks behind it.

Fionna Leony Leung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

University students, repay your debts

I think university students should not evade their debts.

Some students have money to invest in stocks, but claim they cannot repay their debts to the government.

It is shameful for us to have such students.

People like this don't attach any importance to honesty and risk becoming immoral.

It could also affect their job prospects. All employers value honesty, and neglected debts can end up costing you your job.

In other words, students like this not only add to the financial burden of tax payers, their selfishness will also affect their future adversely.

Mabel Yip, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Put in the work, get the results

The phrase, 'Monday morning quarterbacking', describes criticising or judging something after it has happened.

Recently, for example, a friend of mine boastfully said if he had had one more month to study for the HKCEE a year ago he 'would have got 6As with no difficulty'.

I found myself wondering why people like to boast about things that actually did not happen.

Examination results, for example, are not really about how smart you are, but how hard you studied.

Even if you are an average student, hard work will produce good results.

If you are facing examinations, don't be a 'Monday morning quarterback'. Put in the hard work and you will get the results you deserve. It is the only way to guarantee no regrets.

Simone Lau, Hang Seng School Of Commerce

A contradiction settled by nature

I am always hoping for heavy rain that will force the Hong Kong Observatory to issue a storm warning and give us a day off. I am sure I am not alone.

On the other hand, I know storms create problems.

They damage crops grown by our hard-working farmers.

They cause traffic accidents that take innocent lives.

They also upset perfectly-planned activities - teaching plans, travel plans, conference plans and more.

Even though I know this, I still hope there will be heavy rain. It's a contradiction for me every time it rains.

Should I hope for more rain or should I hope it stops?

At least one thing I know is that it makes no difference what I hope for. In the end it is nature's decision whether we get a day off or not.

Penguin Wu