A healthy tea
It’s the smell of Pu’er tea. This is a fragrant traditional Chinese tea that is popular for its health benefits. I still remember the first time I smelled Pu’er tea – it was seven years ago. I went cycling with my dad, but I had forgot to bring my water bottle. He offered me some Pu’er tea. I was a bit suspicious at first, so I gave it a sniff and I thought it smelled amazing. I drank the whole bottle! And ever since then, I love drinking and smelling this tea.
Nemo Yu, 13, Carmel Secondary School
Melting away the stress
I love the smell of anything fresh, like freshly picked mint from the garden, or the smell of the streets after heavy rain. It wakes me up better than a strong cup of espresso. It also makes me feel at ease. Sometimes after it rains, I take a walk around my neighbourhood, and I find the smell of the air really soothing; it can really melt away all my stress.
Lily Tam, 15, Fung Kai No 1 Secondary School
Good enough to eat
It would be vanilla. It gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. The scent of vanilla conjures up thoughts of ice cream, biscuits, cakes, and other delicious desserts, which fills me with joy and warmth. If the whole world smelled like vanilla, I would feel refreshed every morning I woke up, and it would cheer me up if I were in a bad mood. I would love to have my phone, stationery, and bed smell of vanilla! I‘d have to stop myself from eating them!
Anna Tsang, 13, Sacred Heart Canossian College
It’s got to be the smell of books. I love reading. The smell of those pages makes me feel refreshed and confident. Whenever I feel sleepy, I grab one of the books on my bookshelf and my eyes open wide. This is what I call “the bookworm cure”!
Ice Chow Sze-lok, 10, St. Mary’s Canossian School
The smell I love the most is mango. When I smell it, I will think of ice cream and candy. Eating mango ice cream or mango sweets always makes me happy. I’m sure everyone would be happy if they could smell mango every day. It could end wars and bring peace. I believe the scent of mango could save the world.
Cedric Kam, 16, Scientia Secondary School
Unique whiff of plastic
The smell of a brand new Gundam plastic model. I am a big fan of Gundam – I have watched several Gundam anime and movies growing up, and I have a lot of Gundam models at home. Every time I open a new Gundam plastic model, I enjoy the unique smell which I cannot find in other plastic products.
Leung Yiu-tin, 16, STFA Seaward Woo College
Over the moon
Durian, although some people think it smells bad. It brings back an important childhood memory for me. Every Mid-Autumn Festival, I would go to Lam Tin and play with my friend. We would watch the moon from the playground while eating durian. Now my friend and I are at different secondary schools. But I still eat durian every Mid-Autumn Festival and the smell of it reminds me of my friend and the happy times we spent together.
Kary Lai, 13, King Ling College
Mint, which I think is very fresh and makes me feel really relaxed. Many chewing gums and air- fresheners use mint because it smells so good. Also, the mint flavour in food such as chocolate and ice cream makes them all the more delicious. When I get motion sickness, the smell of mint makes me feel better.
Angel Tsui, 13, King Ling College
Bake up a storm
The scent of freshly baked bread is my favourite smell. It instantly makes me hungry. Whenever I pass a bakery and smell the freshly baked bread, it makes me want to buy some. You know the bread will taste good if it’s come straight out of the oven.
Ng Chun-hei, 15, STFA Seaward Woo College
Raring to go
I love the smell of a cup of hot chocolate. This is one of my childhood memories. During winter, I would come home from school and ask Mum to make me a cup of hot chocolate. After drinking it, my body would feel very warm and my spirits would be very high. It would also give me enough energy to face the day’s challenges, and that’s why it is my favourite smell in the world.
Mak Ming-to, 14, Immaculate Heart of Mary College
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