This week's Brain Game

This week's Brain Game

What is the best bargain you have ever found?
Janet Choi Ho-ching, 15, Sai Kung Sung Tsun Catholic School (Secondary Section)

A bargain appliance I found in a shop that was going out of business. It was a heater I'd been longing for, but my dad thought it was too expensive and unnecessary. The shop had it on offer at a 50 per cent discount, so I could finally persuade my dad to buy it. Since then, the heater has warmed my family in winter. Incidentally, the shop closed soon after we bought the heater. I would describe it as a historical, warm, cheap and best-ever bargain.

Jay Lee Seung-jae, 13, Hong Kong International School

The best bargain I ever found was in Beijing. I went to a market and tried to buy a souvenir of the Great Wall. I spoke Putonghua, even though I am Korean. The shopkeeper was thrilled that I was trying to speak her language, so she gave me a 70 per cent discount. This taught me that if you go to a market in another country, you should try to use their language, because the owners will be thrilled and give you a better bargain.

Matthew Murchie, 18, Imperial College London

The way I see it, a good bargain is where I pay a negligible amount of money (or make a negligible effort to get a large return). At the age of five, I was admitted to my primary school through central allocation and, since then, have had enormous amounts of education, fun and rare opportunities (including the chance to write for Young Post!). It's hard to top the bargain of having entered (and passed a fulfilling decade of my life at) one of the most prestigious schools in Hong Kong without paying a dollar, or even sitting an entrance test!

Gabrielle Ho, 14, St Stephen's Girls' College

The best bargain I have ever found was a free trip to Singapore with my family. Getting a flight there wasn't hard: thanks to Asiamiles, we could buy tickets with the click of a button. We didn't have to pay for a hotel as my uncle lives there. But this wasn't the biggest perk. It was being able to spend quality time with my family - no one took out their cell phone, checked their e-mail or went on Facebook. That's the best bargain I have ever found.

Kirsten Leung Lok-yin, 12, Heep Yunn School

Probably abalone! My parents and I went to the Food Expo last summer and bought lots of cheap and delicious food. But the best bargain must have been the HK$1 abalone. After we entered the exhibition hall, we quickly rushed to that store. Then the chef from King's Hotel immediately cooked abalone with some very expensive black truffle. It tasted great and looked really nice! And it was so cheap!

Daniel Monteiro, 14, South Island School

After devouring the final bites of a lovely lunch at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, I took one final look at the view of the Golden Gate Bridge and jumped onto a tram. I got off at Union Square and wandered around aimlessly. Overhearing some San Francisco locals speak about the Levi's headquarters I was walking by, I decided to look around and ended up purchasing a selection of crisp denim. After that, I headed over to Chinatown and stumbled onto the same Levi's jeans for HK$100.

Giselle Chan Cheuk-ying, 16, Pui Ching Middle School

I've been a huge fan of the Mini Egg Custard Mooncake from the Peninsula Hotel since I was a child, but my parents didn't get the chance to buy them this year as they sold out quickly. So I decided to post a Facebook status about how much I wanted them. To my surprise, a girl from my class to whom I seldom speak offered to give me some of my favourite mid-autumn treats. It was the best bargain I have ever found. I posted a slightly embarrassing message on Facebook, and ended up walking away with a new friendship and a mooncake. Truly wonderful.


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