PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 December, 2009, 12:00am

Hong Kong needs to foster creativity

The ceremonies at the East Asian Games really impressed me. I had never seen such a creative event. I am sure tourists must have felt the same way. I think the Games organisers did a great job.

The ceremonies got me thinking that Hong Kong needs to put more effort into creative industries. It's clear we are capable, even though the government has done little to encourage creativity. I think the fantastic ceremonies prove Hong Kong could actually be a creative hub.

In order to improve our position on the international stage, the government should really do more to encourage creative industries in Hong Kong. If not, we will fail to develop a unique local character and our image could suffer.

Anakin Leung, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Disappointed by 'ecotourist' park

On a recent visit to Tai Tong Lychee Garden with my family, I was disappointed. I was expecting the park to be beautiful, since it is a site for ecotourism. Instead what I saw was a few trees and some grass. People can do whatever they like, such as playing football and barbecuing.

I do not think barbecuing should be allowed in the Garden. If it is, it should only be in restricted areas.

In the present situation, people leave ash and charcoal and unused food lying around. This, for me, is not ecotourism.

I think the park should also do away with the recreational activity in which a cow pulls eight people around the park in a cart for sightseeing.

This is a brutal way to treat an animal. Animals have feelings, too, and they also experience pain.

Lastly, I hope gardeners can do more work and improve the appearance of the park. At the moment, it just looks like any other park. I can't see anything much that is 'eco' about it.

Mak Lai-man, SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School

Inspired by a mother's sacrifice

I was inspired by the article 'A mother's grit to save ailing son wins hearts' (South China Morning Post, November 3).

The story was about a boy who was suffering from an inherited liver disease.

His condition was deteriorating and doctors told the family he would die without a transplant.

When the boy's mother decided to be a liver donor, she discovered that she was suffering from a condition called fatty liver. This meant she was not a suitable donor. She began to exercise hard, took long walks every day for almost seven months and followed a strict diet to cure her fatty liver condition to save her son.

I found this to be a touching story. It made me think about people who suffer from various diseases and have to confront death. It also made me think about the sacrifices parents will make for their children.

Our family is the most important thing we have. Think about the love that is there.

Coco Wong, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School

Don't overdo additional activities

Nowadays, there is a greater emphasis on teaching through extra-curricular activities. Students are encouraged to undertake interactive learning and widen their horizons.

I don't think this is bad, provided there are not too many extra-curricular activities and students can still concentrate on their primary studies and be sure to pass their exams.

At my school, for example, there are activities every day until 5pm, taking up valuable time we could be using to prepare for the HKCEE. This can be a problem.

All the same, some activities are worthwhile, like study trips to the mainland.

These visits can help students understand the situation over the border and prepare for the challenges of working life as adults.

Ng Wing-mui, Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School