Post-It Notes

Name something that is easy-to-use, convenient, attractive, and most of all, useful. For me, the first thing that came to mind is something we are probably all familiar with – post-it notes! I absolutely love “post-its”, as they are really useful for me to write extra notes during lessons and also to write reminders. I also like to use them to write notes to my friends and family!
Have you ever wondered how post-it notes came about? Well, they were actually invented by accident. (Imagine if the accident didn’t happen, we would have missed out on an amazing invention! So on a random sidenote: accidents may not be all bad!) In 1968, Dr. Spencer Silver, a scientist at 3M in the US, was attempting to develop a super-strong adhesive, but instead accidentally created a “low-tack”, reusable, pressure-sensitive adhesive. He promoted his “solution without a problem” within 3M both informally and through seminars but failed to gain acceptance until in 1974, when a colleague, who had attended one of his seminars, came up with the idea of using the adhesive to anchor his bookmark in his hymnbook. This colleague then utilized 3M’s officially sanctioned “permitted bootlegging” policy to develop the idea. In addition, even the original notes’ yellow colour was chosen by accident! This is due to the lab next-door to the Post-it team having only yellow scrap paper to use.
In 1977, 3M launched the product under the name “Press ‘n Peel” in stores in four cities but with disappointing results. The next year, 3M instead issued free samples directly to consumers in Boise, Idaho, and their efforts paid off with 94 percent indicating they would buy the product. In 1980, “Press ‘n Peel” was renamed “Post-it Notes” and re-introduced in US stores. The very next year, they were launched in Canada and Europe. In 2003, 3M created “Post-it Brand Super Sticky Notes” with stronger glue that adheres better to vertical and non-smooth surfaces.
I strongly feel that the invention of post-it notes has benefitted our lives greatly. For students, how many times have you used post-it notes for note-taking during lessons or for messages to your friends? For adults, how often do you use post-it notes to remind yourself about things such as work-related things? I’m sure most of you may have “many times” and “very often” as your answers! Personally, they were a big help to me whenever I didn’t have anywhere to scribble down important reminders and whenever I ran out of space to write in my notes.
Overall, post-it notes are not only visually-appealing, they are also very easy to use, useful and convenient for writing short notes! And with that, go get yourself some post-its if you haven’t! They will definitely be a big help and a colourful addition to your lives!

By Daphne Yow
3 Truth

With reference to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-it_note

Book Review – The Mysterious Benedict Society

‘A…blend of kid power, clues and adventure.’ –School Library Journal (starred review)

‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’, written by Trenton Lee Stewart, is a novel about four gifted children, Reynie Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Kate Wetherall, and Constance Contraire. They are brought together as The Mysterious Benedict Society, named after Mr Benedict, who recruits them as part of his special team.
The story is set at a time where the country is experiencing a looming ‘Emergency’. Mr Benedict discovers that a secret signal is being broadcasted through television transmissions and it is actually the voice of a young girl giving cryptic messages. The signals are coming from the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, a strange organisation which attracts many young, gifted children.
After a series of tests organised by Mr Benedict and his team, the children are recruited and sent to the Learning Institute, where they try to discover the truth behind the mysterious signals.
However, through their journey, they will face many physical and mental trials, but the most important test is the test of friendship.
The Mysterious Benedict Society is a fast-paced, exciting book which will definitely give readers edge-of-their-seat anticipation. Along the way, readers can also test their wits alongside the children as they face many mind-bending puzzles and riddles. This book is a particular childhood favourite, as it taught me values such as the importance of friendship and standing by each other, especially in times of need.
Read an excerpt from the book here!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/79512927/The-Mysterious-Benedict-Society-Book-1-by-Trenton-Lee-Stewart-PREVIEW
The Mysterious Benedict Society is part of series, with 2 other sequels (‘The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey’ and ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma’), a prequel (‘The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict’) and finally a puzzle book (Mr. Benedict’s book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums).

~Soh Wen Shuen (2W)

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(Book cover)

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The Society (from front to back):
Constance, Reynie, Sticky, Kate

Mid-Years

Thy hope mid-years come not to thee
But alas my fate hath come to me
How rugged how heartbreaking the journey I know
Yet this path before me is the path I go
Many art my counterparts who fall
And thy few who live thy struggle
Born to cruel fate
None other than thee
Life of freedom, free from pains
In my fervent prayers and wistfulness
May this cup of sour wine
Pass me like
Wind past thine
Thy hope mid-years come not to thee
Though knocking on my aperture
Receive will I not for thou

-Trina Chong(2U)

Singapore students: rote learners?

“Singapore’s 15-year-olds top PISA problem solving tests” Students from Singapore and Korea emerged number one out students from 44 countries in the recent PISA problem solving test, which put the students’ real–life problem-solving skills to the test.
It has proven that Singapore students are quick learners and are able to solve problems in unfamiliar contexts. However, Singapore’s notorious stressful education system has earned students the title of rote learners. Rote learning is a memorisation technique based on repetition, a learning method that is often debated against.
Singapore students often rank high on academic charts, one example being when Singapore ranked 2nd for Mathematics and 3rd for Science and reading in December last year. However, some countries that ranked high on these charts surprisingly did not do well in the problem solving test.
This has also proven Singapore students capable of critical thinking and not just hours of memorisation.
“I think the reason why Singapore is doing well is because Singapore has very close eyes and ears of what’s happening in the world and the economy, and I think maintaining that is very critical.” said OECD’s Andreas Schleicher.
“Who says Singaporean students are rote learners?” added PM Lee Hsien Loong while commenting on the PISA test this time round.
Congratulations to the students that aced the test and brought pride to Singapore!

-See Mun

Blood Moon

When you were younger, have you ever lain on your back just gazing at the stars, or begged your parents to go out on a spin just to watch the moon follow you? Well, what happened yesterday was nothing compared to these minor solar excitements.
As witnessed by many, the moon wore a blood red coat and presented to us a total lunar eclipse which the solar system had chosen to withhold since December 2011. This phenomenon is known as a tetrad, the first of four consecutive phenomena of this kind this year and next.
If you were sleeping or perhaps munching on an ice cream dessert when the lunar eclipse chose to come to Singapore, fret not! There will be three more spectacular lunar displays to come, on October 8 this year and 4th April and September 28 next year.
For photographers and solar system lovers, it was certainly an eye opener. “It was about an eighth lit up, then about 15 minutes later it started to turn this beautiful red, almost as if Mars or Mercury were very close, close enough for the naked eye to see”, said Robert Aycock of the eclipse over Temecula, California.
Others however, took the blood moon in a different light. As the dates of the appearance of the blood moon fall during religious events like the Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, many feel that it is a religious sign from God that the world would be coming to an end. ( Acts 2:20 ESV The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day)
The star of the day claimed spots in many of the world’s newspapers, what is your take?
http://msinop1.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/stay-tuned/
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/15/world/blood-moon-irpt/
http://petapixel.com/2014/04/15/nasa-releases-blood-moon-time-lapse-case-missed-last-nights-show/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/moon-turned-blood-red-in/1072520.html

-Nicolette Kum(1U)

Book Review: The Look by Sophia Bennett

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The Look is an inspiring book written by Sophia Bennett. The main character, Ted (short for Edwina) Trout, does not see herself as glamorous. On the contrary, everyone sees her as the tall awkward teenager who is teased at school, getting called names like Freaky Friday. Her sister is the one with the good looks in the family.
When she gets scouted by a modeling agency, she was surprised at first and thought that it was a fraud. After a while, she finally is convinced that their offer is genuine. She decides to accept the offer, but at the same time, her sister falls seriously ill and is diagnosed with cancer. Will Ted be able to juggle both being a supermodel and being the supportive sister that she is supposed to be?
This book shows the importance of not being distracted by materialistic items and instead focus on building family ties and the importance of sisterly love. It has also motivated me by teaching me the importance of hard work and perseverance.
Towards the end of the book, there is a plot twist that changes Ted’s world. To find out what it is, go read the book! It is definitely worth the time. I recommend this book as a holiday read or perhaps one to read on a rainy day. It will warm you heart like no other.

By: Jocelyn (1T)

Trust

Now this thing is tricky. It sounds easy, yes. But how many people can actually fully trust another person, entirely? Can you do that? I have no doubt that some people can, but in my opinion, most people will find it hard to trust fully.
Trust, in this context, is defined as the firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. Trust without wavering is the definite hard thing to do, the thing that most people will find hard to do. Why is it hard for people to trust? For some, it may be due to childhood experiences; for others, it may be due to past hurts. I went to research on why people find it hard to trust, and I found three common reasons.
Firstly, they have a low propensity to trust due to their personality, childhood experiences, etc. Secondly, they have unrealistic expectations about the person they don’t trust. Thirdly, they have past experiences with people, whom they trusted, betraying them in the end. Many of us may not realise it but we may have such experiences. Think about it. If you do not have any, you are really a very lucky person!
Trust is 100% essential in every relationship, be it friendship or kinship. It is the key in relationships because without it, one will lack the confidence needed to share his or her feelings. There is absolutely no relationship that can survive without trust!
I’m aware that this article is quite boring, so I would like to lighten things up now by raising an example from popular MBC historical k-drama, Queen Seondeok. In the drama, Bidam (played by Kim Nam-gil) had a sad ending to his life as he couldn’t trust Deokman (played by Lee Yo-won) and believed that Deokman was lying about wanting to abdicate the throne and spend her last days quietly with him. Thus, he started a rebellion, which was eventually crushed. Deokman’s sincerity towards him was shrouded and couldn’t be seen by him as he didn’t trust her. He wouldn’t have met with such a tragic end had he trusted Deokman and tried to resolve the big misunderstanding between them! (That particular scene in the drama was rather heartbreaking…) This shows that trust is absolutely essential as relationships can easily be broken when the trust needed is not there, or not entirely there.
Try to put trust in people! If you want a relationship to last, give trust! It may not be easy for some people, but just try to give bit by bit. Trust your friends and family! Even if you find out your trust was given to the wrong person, at least you trusted. It’s better to trust than have not trusted at all, because at least you know you have given your best! The best way to find out of you can trust someone, is to trust them!
By Daphne Yow 3 truth
With reference to:
http://leadingwithtrust.com/2014/01/12/4-reasons-you-dont-trust-people-and-what-to-do-about-it/
http://www.ask.com/question/why-is-trust-important-in-a-relationship

-Daphne Yow(3T)

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_chip_cookie

These round shaped treats are a familiar sight to you, I am sure. Yes, these are none other than chocolate chip cookies!
It’s difficult to imagine that the chocolate chip cookie, one of the world’s most beloved sweet treats, was actually invented by accident. The invention of the chocolate chip cookie happened in 1930 when Ruth Graves Wakefield and her husband, were running the Toll House Inn, a very popular restaurant that featured home cooking in the 1930s. Ruth, who prepared all the food for the guests at the inn, had gained an enviable local reputation for her impressive range of desserts.
Here is what happened: One of the favorite recipes then was for the Drop Do cookies, which called for the use of baker’s chocolate, and one day when she was about to bake the cookies, Ruth found herself without that much needed ingredient. She then substituted a semi-sweet chocolate bar cut up into bits. However, unlike the baker’s chocolate, the chopped up chocolate bar did not melt completely and thus, the very first type of chocolate chip cookie was born. Ruth Graves Wakefield had just invented the Toll House brand of chocolate chip cookies, which later became known as the famous chocolate chip cookies.
It so happened the chocolate bar had been a gift from Andrew Nestle of the Nestle Chocolate Company, and as the Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe became more and more popular, sales of Nestlé’s semi-sweet chocolate bar increased as well. Andrew Nestle and Ruth Wakefield struck a deal, with Nestle agreeing to print the Toll House Cookie recipe on its packaging and Ruth having a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.
The perfect chocolate chip cookies are those that have a crunchy exterior and a soft but warm interior with a not too crispy edge and base. The chocolate chips have to be semi-sweet and evenly spread out; also, they can’t be too big or too small.
For those with sweet teeth, if you are already drooling at the mouth, then here is the original recipe on how to make your very own chocolate chip cookies. Or rather, I should say, Toll House brand of chocolate chip cookies.

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Sources:
http://inventors.about.com/od/wstartinventors/a/Chocolate_Chip.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_chip_cookie
http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/18476/Original-NESTLE-TOLL-HOUSE-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies/detail.aspx

-Germaine Lee(1T)

Friendship

Do you have a friend that you are really close with and you stick together all the time? Well, that person may be considered your close or even best friend. I’m sure everyone will have at least one (or more) best friend in school. If you don’t, don’t worry! Just get out there and talk; you will eventually make friends someday. You can also talk and make friends with your desk mates.
Friendships are an essential part of our lives. Friends may irritate, annoy, or frustrate, but is that all you remember of your friend? Don’t forget the joys and laughter you guys shared! Friends bring joy and comfort in your life; they are the ones that you share your joys and sorrows with. When you are happy, they will be happy too; when you are down, they are the ones that will cheer you up, try to help you and comfort you. They will also never abandon you. In short, other than family, friends will be the most important people in your life.
Of course, between friends, friction will definitely be unavoidable, for example, we are angry at them for ‘ditching’ us in group work when there is a need to form groups and they form a group with other people without you. Thus, this will affect our trust in them and in serious cases, we just drift apart. This is the saddest thing that can happen to friendships, so do try your best to avoid it! Communicate with your friend when you detect something wrong. Talk it out calmly and solve the problem. But what if you are hesitant to communicate with your friend for various reasons, for example you do not want to seem too emotional and desperate? Well, I would suggest you find a comfortable setting at a comfortable time and try to just casually bring it up. After all, friendships are also about emotional trust comfort. I would say that one of the deepest levels of friendship is the comfort of connecting with each other on an emotional level. Thus do try to bring your friendship up to that level!
Sometimes, friendships just happen naturally. In other cases, they may be a result of having mutual friends. No matter how the friendship started, the most important thing is to keep it going. It would be too sad to end any friendship, wouldn’t it? So, no matter what happens, try to hold on to the friendship!
To sum off, I would like to share with you some friendship quotes which I found off the internet!
1. Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies
2. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend
3. A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same
4. Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well-tried before you give them your confidence
5. True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically
6. True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable
7. Friends are the family you choose
8. The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?
Cherish your friends and do remain friends even after you graduate!
With reference to:
http://thoughtcatalog.com/mandy-zucker/2013/10/50-quotes-about-friendship/
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_friendship.html
By Daphne Yow 3 Truth

Milo Dinosaur

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Source: http://maniladrinks.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/milo-dino/

Ever seen this beverage before? No? Well then, this is none other than what we Singaporeans call a ‘’Milo-dinosaur’’.
Milo-dinosaur is the name for a cup of Milo, the famous chocolate malt drink, with some ice and Milo powder added on top of it. Milo Dinosaur is a Singaporean invention and is considered to be a cheap beverage. Did you know that the Milo Dino appears on board game Taboo Singapore’s list of guess words? I bet you didn’t!
For the chocolate lovers out there, here is the recipe for the Milo-Dinosaur:
Ingredients:
5 tablespoon of Milo powder
½ tablespoon of sweetened beverage creamer
Some crushed ice
2 heaped tablespoon of Milo powder
Method:
1) Mix Milo powder with Sweetened Beverage Creamer in a huge glass.
2) Fill in only half hot water into the glass and stir well.
3) Add crushed ice into glass until full.
4) Add 2 heaped tablespoons of Milo powder.
5) Enjoy!
Milo Dino is one of my most bought drinks whenever I frequent my school’s canteen. One of my classmates introduced the Milo Dino to me; she urged me to try it as it was really nice. And it was! Iced milo is great on its own, but that scoop of Milo powder floating at the top really gives it that extra burst of flavour.
If you’re thirsty and looking for something sweet, but healthy at the same time, Milo Dino is the one you should choose: it really gets the job done —and well. The scoops of milo powder on the top dissolve slowly in your drink, letting you savour that little crunch in every of your sips. Or if you prefer having a bigger scoop, just dip your spoon of milo powder into your drink and wet it a little.
The Milo-Dinosaur is sold at many places in Singapore, including Toast Box, at most roti-prata shops and Indian food stalls. What are you waiting for? Get yours today!
Sources: http://maniladrinks.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/milo-dino/
http://www.singaporelocalfavourites.com/2011/09/how-to-make-milo-dinosaur.html

Germaine Lee(1 Truth)