PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 February, 2012, 12:00am


The real meaning of Valentine's Day

The tradition on Valentine's Day is that we celebrate with our loved one. Boys might send flowers to their girlfriends to express their love. Yet some girls just want to receive luxury items - Gucci bags, D&G watches or diamond necklaces - instead of things made by their boyfriends.

It is so strange that girls would rather pay attention to the price instead of the meaning of the gift. The higher the price tag, the more they appreciate it.

It is not a must to send flowers. Sending a card or message is a better way to show your sincerity. In short, some simple words can convey our feelings. Let's change our attitude towards this meaningful day!

Hazel Lee, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Spend time with any of your loved ones

February 14 was Valentine's Day. Who did you spend it with?

This year, my schoolmates and friends all made chocolates. However, they were not for boyfriends or girlfriends; they were for the people we respect or love. The chocolates were given to our parents.

The word 'lover' does not only mean your boyfriend or girlfriend. It can mean any person you love. In my mind, my parents, grandma and friends are all my 'lovers'. So, if you are not in a relationship with somebody, don't worry about how to spend your next Valentine's Day. It is meant for all 'lovers', and you can spend the day with any of them.

Natalie Chung Siu-tung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Convention centre has many benefits

Numerous functions, from local trade fairs to international exhibitions, are held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai. It has facilities for video-conferencing and simultaneous interpretation in up to eight languages. But the HKCEC is running out of space. To fully develop its potential, I agree with its expansion plan.

At the moment, a lack of space deters overseas companies from organising exhibitions in the city. Instead, they will go to exhibition centres in other cities, and Hong Kong loses out. With the new complex, the HKCEC will be able to hold multiple events at the same time.

Apart from the profits the centre will make, there would be another benefit for Hong Kong. It will gain a global reputation for world-class trade shows.

Our city is already renowned for its financial services industry. If the HKCEC is expanded, Hong Kong will become famous as an exhibition centre, too, which will contribute to our growing reputation.

Besides, tourism will get a boost. As the facility on the Victoria Harbour waterfront develops into an international exhibition centre, it will be visited by people from all over the world, thus improving Hong Kong's economy.

Moreover, the expansion of the centre will create more than 3,000 jobs, providing new opportunities for the unemployed in Hong Kong.

Considering all the benefits that it would bring, the expansion of the HKCEC must go ahead.

Tommy Cheung, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

Volunteering is a great experience

After hearing that some charities do not spend all the money they raise on the poor, I started to wonder whether there is another way to help the underprivileged.

Being students, we don't have much money, but that doesn't mean we can't do anything. We can help directly.

Some schools have voluntary clubs. We can join and learn to be volunteers. We could visit old people who live alone and bring them some joy. If they do not have the energy to clean their house, maybe we could lend a helping hand. They would be delighted to see us.

As secondary students, we are lucky to be educated. Learning is a way for us to have a better future and a more fulfilling life. However, some children come from poor families and do not have the money to attend extra classes. In order to increase their chances, we could tutor them for free. This will be a great experience for us, too.

Apart from giving money to charity, we can do many things to help the poor. If we have more than we need, we should help others who do not have enough.

Angel Fung, Leung Shek Chee College