If you could receive a phone call from anyone, who would it be?

If you could receive a phone call from anyone, who would it be?

We asked our readers: if you could receive a phone call from anybody, who would it be, and what would you talk about? Here are some of our favourite answers ...

Learning from the master

Zhuge Liang, courtesy name Kongming, the well-known chancellor of the Three Kingdoms period! His wisdom is impeccable and he was one of the smartest strategists of his era. Hopefully I could gain insight into his thought process to devise flawless strategies!

Tiffany Cheng, 19, Chinese University of Hong Kong


A call from Kahlo

Frida Kahlo. This Mexican artist’s paintings evoke so much
emotion and really show
what was happening in her life. I would talk about her methods as a painter and the meaning of all her paintings. There is a lot of visual imagery and symbolism in her work, most of which is very personal to her. I would ask deep questions so I could understand what she had to go through as a feminist, LGBT woman with a disability, and what life was like in Mexico when she was alive.

Molly Taylor, 16, King George V School


A ring from The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath. All of her amazing poems have deep meaning and messages buried within and I would love to understand her raw feelings. I wish I could be a person she could talk to when there was no one around to help.

Pauline Wong, 15, Maryknoll Convent School


If you were to stay in a hotel with a celebrity for a week – with no sources of entertainment – who would you choose?


Planet Earth-host in my ear

David Attenborough. His lifelong experience with wildlife and the natural world astounds me, and I would love to hear more about his travels and the amazing animals he encountered along the way!

Belinda Ng, 17, South Island School


Imagine that conversation

John Lennon. My parents want me to have a sense of music, so I would ask him for musical advice and how to get the best out of playing the piano.

Thalia Chan, 9, Discovery Bay International School


What a genius idea!

Albert Einstien. He would help me with any maths problem I have. His theories and work, not just in maths, have changed the world. How did he do these things? I’d ask him how he became so intelligent and able to explore so many things. Then, I’d apply it to my maths.

Nicolas Sernrot, 8, Discovery Bay International School


If you had to live the rest of your life as a character from a book or a movie, what would it be and why?


A blast from the past

My past self. I would tell myself: “You have to understand that loneliness is temporary, and that you will learn how to love a person. The world is broad, so don’t limit yourself. Feel confident and move forward fearlessly. Never forget those who are important to you.” If I can pass that on, then it’s good enough for me.

Michael Li, 13, King Ling College


Ask for the Mark 6 numbers!

My future self. I want to know about my future! What will I be when I grow up? What will I do after I graduate? There are a lot of questions. It may sound weird, but knowing the future would help me achieve my dreams.

Athena Hui, 13, Methodist College


Better turn down the volume

Gordon Ramsay. I would ask him how to cook scallops perfectly and if he could cook me beef Wellington the next time he’s in Hong Kong. Hopefully he won’t yell at me!

Sunny Hon, 17, Workers’ Children Secondary School


What else is in that pocket?

Doraemon. Maybe he can lend me a magic weapon that could do my schoolwork, homework, and tutorials. I could also ask to borrow his time machine and to see my future job, husband, and baby. Lastly, I’d ask if he could make a Doraemon 2.0 to help me to solve future problems in life.

Carina Cheung, 12, King Ling College


For next week’s Top 10, tell us: If you could take one school subject out of Hong Kong, what would it be and why? Send your answers to reporters.club@scmp.com, along with your name, age and school, and our favourite answers will appear in next week’s Top 10 page!

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Who's calling, please?

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