HER willingness to share her feelings about her relationship with her father won Form Six student Heidy Chui Hoi-yee a first-class award and a cultural exchange trip to Beijing in the International Chinese Language Diary Writing Competition. Heidy's genuine desire to break through the generation gap and develop a healthy parent-child relationship shone throughout her article, a winning factor. ''The first thing that came to my mind when I heard of the competition was an incident that happened a year ago between my father and myself,'' Heidy told Young Post. Heidy said she was returning to Hong Kong at the end of an exchange tour, and had asked her father not to meet her at Kai Tak airport because she was afraid he would embarrass her in front of her friends by turning up looking untidy. But when she saw her father at the airport, she realised how much he loved her: he was wearing a neat suit. ''I dramatised the story by changing it to a girl who comes back from her studies for her summer vacation, but it is my personal experience,'' Heidy said. ''From then on, my dad has always been welcome to pick me up on any occasion.'' The competition, organised by Breakthrough Junior Magazine and Beijing Dong Fong Shao Nian Magazine, is aimed at encouraging students to share their feelings about everyday experiences through a familiar format: the diary. Lam Chick-sum, editor-in-chief of Breakthrough Junior Magazine, said: ''By recording their feelings about their day-to-day experiences [in a diary], young people can better understand their true self.'' From among 50 winners - 49 from Hong Kong and one from England - nine Hong Kong winners have been chosen to attend the prize presentation in Beijing on Monday. Heidy is one of the group of nine, comprising five primary and four secondary students. They will also take part in a week-long exchange camp in Beijing, including home stays, site visits and meetings with mainland students. Form Seven student Yiu Mei-lun, who would also be going to Beijing, wrote about baby-sitting. Mei-lun's mother, who takes care of a friend's daughter, had to go out one day and left Mei-lun with the baby. The difficulties she encountered while feeding and taking care of the baby made Mei-lun realise how hard it was for her mother to take care of her through the years.