Top 10: If Hong Kong were to go into lockdown for a week, what would you miss most about the outside world?

  • From the liveliness outside the streets to their family and friends, here are the things that our readers would miss most if the city were into a lockdown
  • This week’s question: What is the funniest thing you heard recently?
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This week’s question: What is the funniest thing you heard recently?

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Last week, we asked our readers, “If Hong Kong were to go into lockdown for a week, what would you miss most about the outside world?” Here’s what they had to say.

What’s the strangest habit you’ve developed during Covid?

The lively atmosphere in the streets and interaction between people.

Relationships involving workers, friends and relatives have already been strained because of the pandemic, and lockdowns would make the situation worse.

But I hope people would become more sympathetic towards their fellow humans in these difficult times.

Wong Ka-yee, 17, Ho Yu College and Primary School (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen)

Strangely, my school life. I remember a time when I would dance for joy when classes were suspended because of a typhoon.

But now school suspensions have become my worst nightmare – and I hope I can wake up from this horrific dream one day.

When I am having online classes at home, all I can think about is having lunch with my friends in the canteen, playing badminton during PE lessons, and taking part in fun interactions with my classmates and teachers.

So every day, I am praying for this pandemic to end as soon as possible.

Aries Wong Lok-ching, 15, CNEC Christian College

It’s probably been a while since you’ve seen your classmates in person. Photo: Shutterstock

I would miss my friends the most. We used to go to school together in the morning. We played volleyball during recess, lunchtime and after school. We also studied together in preparation for school quizzes.

They are wonderful memories, my friends.

Kimmi Kwan Pui-ki, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would definitely miss my grandma. She has been taking care of me since I was a child.

She lives alone in Sai Kung. Although we are miles apart, I spend time with her at least twice a week.

We often go to yum cha in Chinese restaurants. Whenever I am lost, she shows me the right direction. She would always give me a tight, warm hug telling me, “Sweetheart, I’m here. Everything is OK”.

I cannot bear not being able to see my grandma for a week.

Kyra Tan Yingran, 17, Lai King Catholic Secondary School

What’s the first thing you want to do when you turn 18?

Going to the cinema. I love the smell of popcorn and the vibes there. When you arrive, this is usually the first thing you’ll notice.

Also, you can see the emotions of the audience during a screening. They will cry and be very upset or sad, followed by applause and laughter at the end.

The feeling you get when you watch a film in the cinema is completely different to the one you experience at home.

Paul Lam Zhi-hong, 14, Christ College

Nothing beats fresh food from the wet market, which is lined with stalls selling vegetables, fruit, meat and fish. I also like to walk around the shops, listening to people bargaining with the stall owners.

The wet markets have so much variety compared to supermarkets. That’s why they are crowded.

Cheung Wang-yip, 12, CCC Heep Woh College

Wet markets offer a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Photo: Shutterstock

I would miss going to restaurants, especially Japanese, Korean and Italian ones.

At home, you don’t have much choice; you have to eat what has been cooked for you. On the other hand, there is a wide variety of food at restaurants and you can try unique dishes that you would not eat at home.

Chelsie Zhou Kai-cheng, 11, Holy Angels Canossian School

Fresh air in the city’s country parks. Living in a busy city like Hong Kong, I breathe in polluted air every day.

It’s suffocating me. So I would try to go to a country park every week to recharge my batteries and clear my mind.

It helps me focus on the week ahead, lightens my mood and boosts my thinking process.

Phoebe Pun Yin-yue, 12, St Mary’s Canossian College

Our favourite comfort foods

Going to Disneyland with my family. Before the pandemic, I would go there almost every month, taking a lot of pictures with my favourite cartoon characters.

Because of the worsening coronavirus crisis, I have been looking for alternatives to this one-of-a-kind experience but without success.

Lydia Lin Ka-yin, 15, Catholic Ming Yuen Secondary School

All kinds of delicious food. During lockdown, I would most probably have to survive on bread, cup noodles and canned food.

One of my favourite dishes is “octopus balls” – a Japanese snack usually filled with minced or diced octopus, pickled ginger and spring onion.

Just thinking about it makes me hungry.

Katherine Lai Hau-yuet, 11, St Francis Canossian College

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