Chow Tai-loi, 42, laments the untruthfulness of mainland officials and the desperation of Hong Kong women. From Quarry Bay to Tuen Mun Town Centre. Fare: $271.60 I am worried that Hong Kong will be hit by another epidemic - bird flu. I do not believe a word the mainland authorities say. They said the death of the girl in Hunan was not related to bird flu, but then later it was confirmed her brother had bird flu. The Hong Kong government should have learned a valuable lesson from the Sars outbreak in 2003 - do not trust the mainland authorities. They covered up the epidemic and did not say a word about the disease two years ago. This is their usual practice. Mainland authorities should have informed Hong Kong about what was going on in Guangdong when they found out many people were infected with Sars. But they did not. They all kept quiet and even denied it when questioned. Thankfully reporters kept digging and finally everything was exposed. I think our Chinese leaders sincerely want to serve the public. But front-line officials are corrupt and always cover things up. I was upset when Hong Kong was reunited with China, because the British really did a good job in Hong Kong. They do things according to a system. They are very organised and clear minded. Some of them may also be corrupt, but the British at least helped Hong Kong set up the Independent Commission Against Corruption. I really have no faith in the communist government, which lies and treats people like fools. I think property tycoon Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung is trying hard to encourage people to take part in the demonstration on December 4. How could he say Hong Kong would be under mob rule if universal suffrage was attained through demonstrations? Many people were probably not going to join the protest next month, but now they feel angry because of what he said, and they may change their minds. I might change my mind. I decided not to go because I wanted to work and make more money. But after hearing what he said, I want to join the protest. Many girls in Hong Kong cannot find boyfriends nowadays, as there are too many girls and boys are limited in supply. It is even harder to find an excellent quality man. Some of my regular customers tell me they have a hard time finding a boyfriend. They are all very well educated and live a perfect life as a member of the middle class. Some of my male friends hang around bars and karaoke clubs. They meet many women in their late 20s and early 30s - perfect age for getting married - who are just desperate to hook up with a man. Some women have been repeatedly cheated by their boyfriends and become lesbians. They tell my friends they found it easier to communicate with women so they began to date women. Hong Kong men tend to look for girlfriends and wives on the mainland because mainland women are very beautiful. I have not been to the mainland for 10 years and I avoid going there because I do not want to risk meeting pretty ladies there. But seriously, Hong Kong men prefer mainland women because they are more beautiful than Hong Kong women. Also, men feel more confident when dealing with mainland women. Even a man who receives welfare can still afford to package himself as an attractive bachelor. A few thousand dollars won't go far in Hong Kong, but the value of that amount of money increases once the man walks across the border. How can Hong Kong women find someone they love to get married here when most men are after those on the mainland? Do not forget the birth rate has been declining, and I think the problem will be more serious in the future.