Daring to keep it real in PR

Contrary to what some might think about public relations (PR) executives, Clara Shek has never been one to sugarcoat or gloss over things.

Saturday, 7 July, 2012, 12:00am

We should strive to be ourselves

Recently, I read a book about the need to be yourself. Yet I have to admit I don't find it easy.

We also behave differently towards different people.

We often get along with our family without pretence. They can accept us the way we are. However, with friends, we may become more careful so as not to appear in a bad light in front of them.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

After years of opening up, minds are as closed as ever

China has been regarded for decades as a state that prefers 'rule of virtue' or even 'rule of slogans' to the principle of 'rule of law', with the authorities having launched countless moral campaigns since the founding of the People's Republic.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Morality campaign aims to create 'dutiful children'

The state-sanctioned China National Association for Ethical Studies has launched a five-year campaign to cultivate one million 'dutiful children' in a new morality drive that has been met with scepticism.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

If this becomes law, people would be utterly disappointed in their own country

Wan Yanhai, Aids activist, on legalising secret detention

Death is very likely the single best invention of life

Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died on Thursday, talking about mortality in 2005

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


We need more sports facilities

I am concerned about the shortage of sport facilities in Hong Kong.

A recent study shows that nearly one in five Hongkongers are obese, partly because of a lack of exercise. But even if many of these people chose to take part in sports, it would be difficult to find sports facilities for all of them.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Food scandals expose lack of moral compass

'If social order is like an iceberg, then laws, policies and systems are only the part that sticks out of the water, and moral principles are the block below the water. When there is no effective system of moral principles, there is no social order.' So read a recent editorial in the China News Weekly.

9 May 2011 - 12:00am


No more violence over Olympics

I think the Tibetan and foreign demonstrators who obstructed the Olympic torch relay are unreasonable.

On the other hand, some Chinese people have hindered the normal operation of the Carrefour supermarkets.

Aren't both parties being irrational?

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Derby favourites get luck of draw

Helene Mascot and Dao Dao emerge with plum gates to set up mouth-watering clash

Sunday's HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby was further distilled into a match race yesterday as favourites Helene Mascot and Dao Dao drew ideally at the expense of their strongest dangers.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


The test of time

Bad exam results don't necessarily mean failure.

Many students will be frustrated and feel that they are losers if they get bad results. But that's not exactly right.

Exams are a fundamental part of studying, with some people believing that bad results mean a person is stupid or lazy.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

This week's question What do you like most about yourself?

Nikhil Ramchandani, 14

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Make time to relax

Hong Kong is a very stressful city and most students, especially senior form students, stay up late at night to complete their homework and revision.

Students complain about the stressful education system because they don't know how to strike a balance between study and play.

Instead of complaining, they should find a way to manage their time wisely.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Adopt a positive attitude

It's very important to be optimistic. Don't think in a negative way. If you do, you will never be happy.

Of course, everyone would be happy if things went according to plan all the time. But, no one is perfect, so there will be hurdles along the way.

We cannot control anything except our emotions.

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Knowledge comes before money

The long summer holiday provides a good opportunity for students to acquire more knowledge.

But many of them find part-time jobs in order to earn some pocket money. Hence, they may fall into various traps. For example, they may be assigned duties that could put them in danger.

21 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Mingle and look for suitable friends

There's a saying that goes: 'Youth is a blunder, adulthood a struggle, old age a regret.'

It is common for young people to make mistakes because they may make wrong judgments and befriend the wrong people.

Many of today's teenagers don't understand what the true meaning of friendship.

21 Aug 2007 - 12:00am