Rumble box: Urban vs Rural

Rumble box: Urban vs Rural

In this week's Rumble Box, Gareth Pang and Joyee Chan are engaged in an argument about Urban and Rural.

Urban

Joyee, urban is really the only place to be. Think of the extra hours you put into commuting. Getting up early and reaching home late, you waste so much precious time on the bus, honestly!

Sure, I understand your love of nature; the greenery, trail walking, butterflies and all that. But Mother Nature basically shuts herself off from everyone when the sun goes down. There is nothing enjoyable to do after dark. Who cares for a dangerous hike at night anyway?

Living in the city makes all sorts of entertainment easily accessible, 24/7. Be it movies, ice-skating, a late-night supper or simply window shopping - you name it, the city has it! Oh and just think of the sheer variety of food you can enjoy. Ever heard of fine-dining in the suburbs? No? Well, I am not surprised.

Let's face it; rural living does not help win friends either. The city weaves people into a close-knit network so we can all build our lifestyle around it with minimal travel. Living outside of this network only means isolating yourself from others.

Who wants to worry about catching the last train on a wonderful night out with friends and to then spend another hour commuting back to the suburbs?

Tired of traffic and end up watching DVDs at home every Friday night? Come on Joyee, you deserve something better than that.

Gareth Pang


Rural

Would you rather wake up to delightful birdsong or be jolted from your sleep by the loud noise of drilling machines? This could mean developers are getting ready to build yet another skyscraper that will block out the already pitiful view from your living room.

After a hectic day at school or at work, a break from the hustle and bustle is most welcome. Living in the countryside gives you all that space, tranquillity and relaxation. It's like a mini-paradise, with no neon lights, honking cars or noisy crowds.

Take a ramble through country parks and along beaches. The fresh air, the sounds of nature and the sight of butterflies fluttering on your doorstep could wake your senses and help you to completely unwind. Plus, exercising in the great outdoors is healthier than gym workouts.

Compare that with the suffocating amounts of exhaust fumes you breathe in every day on the city's jam-packed streets. In addition, the towering buildings trap the air, worsening the already serious pollution problem. That's why city dwellers fall ill more often and have a shorter life span. Move away from the skyscrapers and you'll find cleaner air and happier people.

Of course, there are always two sides to a coin. You may have to leave an hour early if you want to meet a friend because buses are less frequent. But that teaches you to plan your day - and your life - carefully. Actually, some city people arrive later than those who live in a New Territories village.

It's not worth giving up all the comforts and health benefits of the countryside just for the sake of convenience, Gareth!

Joyee Chan

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