PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 September, 2010, 12:00am

You can't cuddle up with an e-book

E-books are convenient and can help ease storage problems. But I would much prefer to have a conventional book with a beautiful cover.

Although people can easily download e-books and save time, it is a pleasure to hold a real book instead of some portable device or a CD.

Moreover, it's fun to go to a bookshop and browse through the publications. You will see hundreds of books on the shelves as you search for your favourite title. It is a happy, exciting time for many youngsters.

Although books are expensive, I can read them anytime I want. On the other hand, if you are using an e-book, you may delete the text after you finish reading. Then you'll have to spend time searching for it online again.

One day, if you see your favourite author, will you take out your e-book and ask for an autograph?

However, whether you use an e-book or a conventional book, reading is much healthier than watching TV or playing computer games. Reading can help improve your language skills and broaden your horizons. It brings you both knowledge and happiness.

Jacky Chow Cheuk-ki, Carmel Secondary School

Teacher's advice taken to heart

When I was small, I didn't know how to express myself. I was very timid and kept things to myself.

One day, Miss Leung, my singing teacher, made me open up and show what I can do.

I'd never forget my first lesson with her: my voice was quivering and I was scared. Then my teacher sang - the room was filled with her beautiful voice.

'Sing with your eyes and into people's hearts,' she said, and smiled at me. She gave me the courage to sing. Ever since, I sing in the shower, hum tunes at school, and croon even when I am doing homework. And I perform on stage, too - it makes me so happy.

Miss Leung is a lot more than my singing teacher. She's my best friend who brought a new sense of energy to me.

I'd like to express my deepest gratitude to her.

Tinny Chan, St Paul's Co-educational College

Locals have wrong impression of otaku

The word 'otaku' can have a negative meaning. Most Hong Kong people think 'otaku' are shy and anti-social. They are also obsessed with anime, manga and video games and waste a lot of time and money buying those products, critics say.

This is a misunderstanding. For example, those who attended this year's 12th Ani-Con and Games Fair - Hong Kong's biggest otaku expo - were ordinary people like us. They weren't influenced by the convention's main attraction - the celebrities who came to perform and sign autographs.

I think newspapers and magazines give a wrong impression of otaku.


Think twice before tying the knot

Hong Kong's divorce rate is on the rise. Couples break up due to various reasons.

I believe people should think twice before they get married. When two people tie the knot, they become partners for life. That means they love each other and always want to make the other happy.

It is hard to imagine a couple thinking that they are not meant for each other after only a few years. Things become more difficult if they have children. Who will look after them and will the divorce have a psychological effect on them?

Couples should seriously consider whether they would like to be with their partner forever. This is the meaning of marriage.

Otherwise, there would be a lot of sad people around, and their innocent children could suffer.

Chan Ka-wo, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Sleeping too much is not good

In the past, I used to sleep until 10am on weekends because I felt I needed to 'recharge my batteries'. However, when I woke up, I felt very tired. So sometimes I slept more.

Due to the heavy workload, I have to wake up earlier now. Despite that, I feel more energetic after breakfast these days.

I have found that sleep is very important but we should not overdo it. We should have regular sleeping habits to help us stay alert.

Wong On-wai