PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 December, 2010, 12:00am

Body piercing needs second thoughts

Everyone wants to look beautiful and wearing accessories can make a difference.

But I think it is a bit weird if there is too much body piercing. Some people may think that you are a bad person and may be afraid of you. Your reputation is in doubt.

It is said body piercing in places such as fingers may affect your body's function. If it is true, it is not worth the risk for looking good.

Piercing the ears is fine, but for fingers and tongue, one should think twice.

Phoebe Ip, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Concerns of young people justified

The recent survey shows young people consider owning a home and earning more money as their main goals. This has led to them being criticised.

But I think the concerns of these young people are justified.

Following the financial crisis, property prices have soared and employment prospects are poor. Owning a flat has become harder than ever in Hong Kong.

The natural reaction to high prices is taking practical measures. But when young people take such measures, they are accused of being materialistic and stifling creativity. Such accusations are wrong.

Young people have always been creative. The problem is not their pragmatism but the unstable financial situation today.

Salaries for university graduates have dropped and working hours are longer. Many young, energetic graduates end up as 'working poor', with little time for themselves, family or friends.

This not only delays buying a home but also limits the time and space for young people to come up with good ideas.

Creativity requires new blood. They must also be healthy, which means that they are mentally capable of coming up with new constructive ideas.

For this to happen, they need security - a job and a home. Only then can they feel at ease in contributing to society.

Cassandra Lee Yieng, YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College

Japanese music leads to new world

I was once a fan of classical music. I did not listen to other types of music until I took part in a friend's performance of a Japanese song.

After that, I tried listening to Japanese anime songs.

Suddenly, I found the rhymes of Japanese pop songs so exciting that they have intoxicated me.

This experience makes me realise that trying different things is not a horror at all. I once thought pop music was disgusting and so I ignored it.

We should not pass any judgment on anything until we have experienced it.

Trying new things, such as joining a new club, is exciting because you will not know how you will feel until you go through it.

There is nothing to be afraid of. You will not lose anything if it turns out to be not that interesting.

Like the words in the song Music of the Night, let your mind start a journey though a strange new world and leave all thoughts of the world you knew before.

Yeung Chi-lok, POCA Wong Siu Ching Secondary School

Bubble tea a health risk for drinkers

Bubble tea was first discovered in the 1980s in Taiwan and has become popular across the world.

Bubble tea is actually a plain iced tea that is mildly flavoured with fruits. Small, chewy tapioca balls are added to give it texture.

In Hong Kong, bubble tea is very popular, especially among teenagers.

Long queues can always be seen at bubble tea shops during lunch time or in the afternoon.

But not many people know that drinking too much bubble tea can affect their health.

The tea contains a large amount of sugar, which means drinking too much of it can lead to obesity, which is already a serious problem in Hong Kong and other modern cities.

What's more, those colourful jellies contain chemical substances. Little is known about them, how they are made and how they will affect our health.

It is best that less sugar be used in bubble tea and consumers should know more about its ingredients.

Tran Viet-anh, Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo)