This week's Brain Game: Vote now!

This week's Brain Game: Vote now!


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.

The Contestants

Which answer do you like BEST? Vote below.

This round we asked: If you could create a new holiday, what would it be?

Contestant 1

Treasure every day, treasure every moment and treasure everybody! If I could create a new holiday, it would have to be a Treasure Day, when we would treasure everything we have.

Living in a prosperous city like Hong Kong, we can enjoy all the things we need. If we want something materialistic, our parents will buy it for us without hesitation. If we want some help with learning, our friends and teachers will help us without a second thought.

Sadly we often forget about all the many acts of kindness that come to us so easily. We forget what our parents do for us every day, how our friends help us at school and how our teachers enlighten us with their knowledge.

We need to treasure such support - to show how much it means to us. It is time we rethought our attitudes and treated our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, friends and teachers, well, to give thanks for what they do for us.

So, if I could create a new holiday, why not make it a Treasure Day, where we really do treasure every day, every moment, and everybody?

Contestant 2

I would introduce "Forgive and Forget Day". People nowadays always blame each other for everything; they quarrel over minor things; and they often hurt each other to prove a point.

The world is full of arguments, while peace is nowhere to be found. So, Forgive and Forget Day would remind people that society should live in harmony.

It would be a day when people around the world would have to apologise for their wrongdoings, and forgive each other. Everyone would be required to eat alongside their worst enemies during that day - to put their differences aside and start being friends with one another.

Taiwan demanded that the Philippines apologise after the shooting of one of its fisherman. But on Forgive and Forget Day, the Philippines would apologise, and Taiwan would forgive those responsible. It would help reduce conflict between them.

Some people say conflict is the key to successful TV dramas or shows. I believe this is because conflict is so often found in real life, people can easily relate to it.

Forgive and Forget Day would remind us all that we live together on one planet, and should avoid conflict. As the saying goes, "Alone we are weak, but together we are strong".

Contestant 3

If I could create a new holiday, it would be called "Off Day".

My idea for a holiday would not be celebrated on one set day by everyone around the would: it would be marked by each person on their birthday. The date of their birth should be considered an annual holiday.

No one should have to work on their own birthday, right? So Off Day would mean people would be allowed a day off on their birthday, while still being paid like a normal day.

Students would be allowed to take the day off, too, although if they wanted to spend their day at school and celebrate, they could do so.

People celebrating their birthdays would be allowed free entry to amusement parks, such as Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park, and would also have free access to all forms of public transport on the day.

On Off Day, restaurants would give discounts to birthday boys and girls.

However, to make sure people were being truthful, everyone would need to show proof that it was their birthday.

A holiday which could be celebrated throughout your lifetime ... wouldn't you want that?

Contestant 4

I would create "Meat-Free Day". Yes, Hong Kong is already part of the Meatless Monday movement, thanks to the group, Green Monday. But I feel more people should participate - hence, let's make it an official monthly holiday!

Green Monday says that if everyone in Hong Kong went meat-free for one day per week, the effect would be similar to taking 86,000 cars off the road. Less greenhouse gases mean less pollution. Then there's water wastage. The National Geographic magazine says producing half a kilogram of beef uses up 6,810 litres of water. But half a kilogram of rice requires only 1,700 litres of water. In terms of health, vegetarians usually live longer than meat-eaters. Eating fruits and vegetables, and grains and nuts, cuts the risk of heart disease. Research suggests vegetarians eat less and weigh less, which helps to prevent obesity.

On this public holiday, besides eating vegetarian meals, people could also plant a tree, or a seed, for a greener Hong Kong.

And finally, we will delay the deaths of pigs, cows, chickens and fish - for one day.

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