Top 10: If you could swap lives with someone for a day, who would you choose and what would you do?

  • From animals to aliens and grandmothers, our readers say who - or what - they would switch with for a day
  • Would you want to be Messi or Jennifer Lopez? How about a member of a K-pop band?
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Who would you like to switch places with?

I would swap lives with an alien. I want to know more about the secrets of the universe and aliens’ incredible lives. I could learn about their culture, where they live, what they eat, and other aspects of their day-to-day existence.

I believe aliens know more about the universe that we humans do, so this would fulfil my curiosity.
Lun Cheuk-huen, 13, King Ling College

I want to be Jennifer Lopez. Everyone loves her. She is nice, funny, beautiful, talented, and rich and famous, but still manages to keep her feet on the ground.

I often dream about being a singer-songwriter, but I realise that celebrities face a lot of pressure. This is because they are so focused on developing their careers. I don’t know if I’m ready for that.

If I could be J.Lo for a day, I’d get a taste of her lifestyle which would help me work out if I really want to be a singer when I grow up.
Chi Monson, 13, Pope Paul VI College

What question would you ask your future self?

I’d like to swap lives with Chou Tzuyu, a member of the K-pop girl group Twice. As a fan of singing and dancing, I’ve always imagined that I could perform on the Mama stage and have fans cheering for me.

While almost everybody says being an idol is exhausting, I hope I wouldn’t feel that way because I’d be doing something I’ve always wanted to do. I would also spend time with the other members of Twice and take photos with them.
Alyssa Yuen Tsin-laam, 11, Maryknoll Convent School

I’d like to switch places with a visually impaired person for a day because then I would be able to experience their lives first-hand. How do they shop? How do they eat? Do they ever feel bitter about their condition? Does the government help them?

Plus, if a blind person swapped lives with me, they could see how colourful the world is.
Jacko Kwok, 12, Maryknoll Fathers’ School

I’d swap with my grandma. This is because I want to feel what it’s like to be elderly. I think life could be relaxed and comfortable, but maybe I’m wrong; my grandma always says her strength does not match her ambitions.

I’d just sit back in a chair and bask in the sunshine, while my grandma could be young again for a day.
Laura Huang, 16, Fung Kai No. 1 Secondary School

What’s something you’re bad at, but wish you could do well?

It’s got to be Leo Messi! I seriously love football – it’s the “sport of pure joy”. If I could do this, I could play a football match in front of thousands of fans and show off his skills. It would be amazing.
Cody Kwok, 12, Maryknoll Fathers School

I’d swap with a close friend of Wang Yibo, the Chinese actor, for a day. He is my favourite idol. If I were his friend, I could take a closer look at his face – he was one of the nominees for the 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2020. People say he has a great personality so I would be able to check it out, face to face. Of course, I’d also love to watch him dance in person.

It would be even better if I could have lunch with him and other actors, for example, Xiao Zhan and Xuan Lu, from the famous TV drama Chen Qing Ling.
Audrey Yeung, 13, Christian Alliance International School

I would like to be my favourite primary school teacher, Ms Wong, because I’m curious about a retired teacher’s life. Her social media posts mostly focus on hiking, going to the beach, and other similar activities. I would like to get closer to Mother Nature and “retire” from my hectic city life for a day.
Eunice Ho, 12, Maryknoll Convent School

What question do you wish people never asked?

Kate Rubins, a Nasa astronaut who is at the International Space Station right now. I would like to take a trip to the space station and help her teammates with their daily tasks. I also want to talk with the crew and see the Earth and my hometown from up above.

What’s more, it would be a dream come true to do a spacewalk. Floating like that would make me so happy.
Chan Hiu-ying, 13, King Ling College

An animal on the verge of extinction. I would like to experience the stress they are facing. I would collect “opinions” from other endangered animals on what humans should do to prevent their disappearance.

When I became human again, I would definitely share my experiences with others to encourage them to protect endangered species.
Mandy Lau Man-yui, 15, Catholic Ming Yuen Secondary School

Our question for next week is: What’s the quickest way to make you feel angry?

If you’d like to take part, please send your response, along with your full name, age and school, to [email protected] by Friday, January 29!

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