While most teenagers were out celebrating the New Year with friends and family, one brother and sister struggled to get comfortable on the concrete outside the Central Government Offices. Chan Wangcheng, 13, and sister Mingxia, 17, have had to forego all luxuries, even washing, after joining the migrant protest on February 10. 'My mother scolded me for being smelly and forced me to bathe,' said Wangcheng, who described how he tried to wash himself in a public lavatory opposite HSBC headquarters on Tuesday. 'I went into the cubicle with a bucket of water. It's difficult because I'm used to hot water at home.' Having to sleep on the ground softened only by a blanket, the teenager said he missed watching television. 'It's so boring. I just read the papers and look at the birds. This is one [Lunar] New Year I'll remember.' Mingxia said it was difficult not to despair. 'The worst part is waiting indefinitely. I'm not always hopeful. When I hear news such as the arrested migrants being freed, I feel there's hope and it's worth sitting here.' Her mother, Ms Poon, said some people had fallen ill. 'Many have come prepared with cold tablets and pain killers. But I heard a policeman ask last night whether an ambulance was needed.' For some adults at the sit-in, protesting is important but life must go on, and they participated in yesterday's horse racing. One said some of the protesters had gone to the off-course betting centre in Stanley Street, Central, to try their luck. Mr Ng, 25, was reading the racing pages with his fellow protesters at the sit-in. 'It's so boring, what else can we do? A few of us chipped in $100 each and got my cousin to go out and place the bets for us at the Jockey Club.' Mr Ng said he was hopeful about being allowed to stay. 'A lot of people say negative things about us and how we will be a drain on the social welfare system. As long as I get to stay here with my parents, I don't mind signing an agreement to give up my right to claim social assistance.'