Cambridge 16 Test 2 Writing 2


Some people like to try new things, for example, places to visit and types of food. Other people prefer to keep doing things they are familiar with.

Discuss both these attitudes and give your own opinion.

It is always a heated discussion that whether people should constantly try out new things or stick with old things that they are habituated with. Both sides have their arguments which seem sound at first glance. In this essay I will examine these arguments and then give my point of view.

A stick-in-the-mud loves doing the same thing over and over. That is, this kind of people frequent the same restaurant and are not willing to check new dining places. The paramount reason is that they know the quality of the restaurant. When they are ready to dine on a certain type of food, this restaurant is the go-to place. They don’t want to try unknown places because they are afraid the new one doesn’t meet their expectation. Another reason is that many options are alike. In Hong Kong, there are many restaurants on one street, and all of them are Hong Kong style. As a result, differences are hardly found. Once we get used to one place, we don’t have to sample other places.

However, other people are eager to explore new opportunities. Their arguments run something like the following. When we moved to a new city, we knew nothing of the surroundings and we had to explore. After all, without the initial exploring, how do we compare and find our favorites? Moreover, doing the same thing is boring for the youth who tend to love excitement. Tasting new types of cuisine is like lottery. People are crazy about blind boxes across the length and breadth of South Korea. A blind box encloses a toy but you don’t know which one you will get until you open the box. The excitement entertains these people.

In conclusion, I’m siding with people who crave new things because trying is exciting and broadens the mind. I like to jump out of my comfort zone. Going to old dining places is fine, but if you are not in a rush, I encourage you to try out a new 5-star cafeteria on Yelp!