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Every Thursday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published ANONYMOUSLY in Young Post. Then readers can vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner.
The ultimate Brain Game winner will receive a set of six one-day adult tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland, worth more than HK$2,000.
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This round we asked: If you were a tree, what kind would you be?
I'd be an oak tree. Symbolising strength and courage, I am steady and strong like an oak despite the difficulties and struggles I've been through. Oak trees can be used to produce all sorts of things, from furniture and medicine, to drums and bottle corks. Like the tree, I am as productive as I can be, spending my days usefully as I grow older. Oak trees are common, have long lifespans, and are the mightiest of their kind. Although I'm common, I'm strong-willed. It's likely you'll encounter an oak tree once in your life or something made of one. Maybe it'll be me!
A bonsai tree represents peace, harmony, balance and all that is good. Originally sculpted by the Chinese into sculptures of dragons and serpents, this art form now is commonly found in Japan. If I were a tree, I would be a bonsai tree. The peace and harmony it represents are what I strive for in life. It's the perfect tree for Hong Kong, as our lives are filled with stress, so the delicate art of growing a bonsai tree would definitely offer relief from that stress.
If I were a tree, I would be a red maple. It's the most elegant and superb tree I have ever seen. My leaves would be red and orange. I'd be tall with a robust trunk. When the sun shone on me, my leaves would twinkle like the stars. I'd provide a home to squirrels and birds, and beautiful butterflies would fly around me. People would spend their free time playing games under me. I'd give people shelter when they needed, and when they wanted someone to listen. I'd symbolise warmth and happiness: if people hit rock bottom, I'd lift them up when they saw me.
If I were a tree, I would be a wish tree. Although nobody knows whether they really grant wishes, it still manages to bring wishers hope and happiness. Despite the weight of all the joss paper and oranges hanging on me, I wouldn't collapse; I'd remain strong for those who believe in me. Seeing the wishers' faces light up when their offerings got caught in my branches would make me feel that the heavy burden was worthwhile. Having the goal of granting wishes and spreading happiness would make me feel that I had a true purpose in life.
"I wonder how, I wonder why, yesterday you told me 'bout the blue, blue sky." Have you ever heard this song? It's called Lemon Tree, and if I were a tree, I would definitely be a lemon tree. I'd like to be a lemon tree not only because I love this song, which I've sung with friends and performed before, but also because a lemon is a healthy fruit. Even though the fruit has a sour taste that reminds us of life's failures, the yellow lemon peel makes life brighter. This mix of bitter and bright is a reminder that we can overcome bad things and find sweet success.
If I were a tree, I would be a flame tree, because Madagascar, one of the places where it is native, is the country I want to visit more than any other. I have wanted to go to Madagascar ever since I have watched the cartoon starring a certain talking lion, hippo, zebra and giraffe. It is a magnificent tropical island, and I'd love to live there, especially as a flame-red tree. Also, the tree's burning red flowers give me energy. Every time I look at a flame tree, it seems like my life has been relit, especially when my fire is dim. I would like to light up others' lives as a flame tree.
As soon as the word "tree" comes to my head, my heart is shattered because of deforestation. Nowadays, many trees are shamelessly cut down to benefit mankind. If I were a tree, I would be a tree that could not be chopped down, but one that also provides material, oil and minerals, then everyone would be happy. Who wouldn't want a peaceful world, with animals squawking, humans talking and trees swaying? Just perfect! Or maybe a tree that's able to grant wishes, but only wishes that help the world and humans, so wish wisely!
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