Short Story

The cold wind blows once again. I pull my sweater tightly together, hands hugging myself. A million thoughts are running wild through my mind. They just can’t stop flashing – nonstop. The same thoughts: thoughts about family, thoughts about friends, thoughts about my future, thoughts about … everything.

Graduation is in two weeks. It means dressing up for prom and starting a new life. But a new life abroad means goodbyes to my closest friends, my neighbours, leaving my bed that has slept me since I was born. Most importantly, it means leaving this place I call home.

Yes, it was my own decision to accept the scholarship offered to me at the new college but why am I regretting it now? How would I be after a few years abroad? Will I get too used to the new environment and not come home? Will I be a changed person with new ideas and dreams of my future? Will I forget everything and everyone here? Or … will I be forgotten?

My heart clenches at that thought and eyes brim with tears. Before long the tears stream down my face. Fresh tears fill my tired eyes once more. I can’t imagine coming home after a few years with no one remembering me – my friends having their new-found friends and having a vague memory of that girl who left them just for college when the rest just stayed back home in our town.

Graduation is in a week. It means everyone at school are either busy shopping for the prom or chilling out at nearby cafes to make the best out of the remaining time they have left with their friends before graduation. But here I am, stuck in my bedroom, packing my suitcase with all the supplies that I need when I am over at the new college with my mother’s constant nagging to hang out with my friends before I leave. How am I supposed to be truly happy hanging out with my friends when my mind is drowning in nothing but negative thoughts about the future and my heart is only filled with worry, anxiety, sadness and unwillingness.

I lie down on the bed, the notebook in my hands dangling at the side of the bed. I stare aimlessly at the ceiling, slowly looking around my room and trying my best to memorise every feature before staring back up at the ceiling once more, sorting out my thoughts and feelings in the deafening silence of the room.

The silence is broken with a knock on the door. “What is it again, mum? I told you I didn’t want to go out!” I exclaim in annoyance, eyes brimming with new-found tears at the negative thoughts that I thought was dispelled just minutes ago.

There is silence before the door opens. I turn my attention to the door, ready to scream and force my mum out of the room but shock greets me at the sight before my eyes. My best friend is leaning against the wooden door with confusion plastered over her face. I immediately lunge forward and pull her into a hug – the negative thoughts and feelings disappear at that instant and I feel the warmth emanating from the hug. Tears of happiness and relief roll down my cheeks as she murmurs softly, “Who said anything about forgetting you? Did I get amnesia?”

Maybe, having a new life isn’t that bad after all.

Rachael Fong

2L

Death of 2 trainees: SMRT must assure all that safety comes first

Two new SMRT employees who joined in January were struck by a train near Pasir Ris MRT station. They were walking with 13 other staff members in a single file on the train track to investigate a possible fault 200m away from the station along a 0.5m wide walkway.

The operator is still trying to find out how they got on the track or even close enough to the oncoming train from the witnesses, as there were no closed-circuit television cameras nearby. However, some people ask: should the train have been travelling in auto mode and at a speed of 60km/h with workers on the track?

A staff member stationed at the headwall of Tampines MRT station was supposed to notify the train drivers that there were employees on the track, and then switch to manual. Furthermore, train drivers are meant to keep a lookout, slowing down when approaching a work party.

Did the driver know about the 15 men on the track and was he alerted about it? If he knew, why was the train not driven at a slower speed manually? There are many questions about this accident that need to be addressed.

Jing Rung

2 Diligence

Source:

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/death-of-2-trainees-smrt-must-assure-all-that-safety-comes-first

Jokes and giggles

It is a tense period for many as they wait for their results. Let us look at some jokes to cheer that grumpy face up and relax!

Joke 1:

What do you call a cheese that is not yours?

Answer: Nacho cheese!

Joke 2:  What do you call a bull that is sleeping?

Answer: A bulldozer!

Joke 3: How do astronomers organise a party?

Answer: They planet.

A science teacher tells his class, “Oxygen is a must for breathing and life. It was discovered in 1773.” A student responds, “Thank God I was born after 1773! Otherwise I would have died without it.”

Newton, Pascal and Archimedes are playing hide and seek. Archimedes starts to count, Pascal hides in a bush, and Newton draws a square on the ground and steps into it. Archimedes finds Newton first, of course, but Newton replies, “Nope. One Newton on one square meter is equal to one Pascal.”

China, Russia, and Poland venture to space. China says they’ll go to Pluto because it’s the farthest. Russia says they’ll go to Jupiter because it’s the biggest. Poland says they’ll go to the Sun. Russia and China warn that they’ll melt. They reply, “We’ll go at night.”

I hope you have enjoyed!

Sources: http://www.laughfactory.com/jokes/national-jokes

http://www.laughfactory.com/jokes/word-play-jokes

Yeo Hui Min Mandy

1U

 

Stinky Tofu

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Some people find this dish delicious, but there are also others who dislike it and find it disgusting.

Stinky tofu is mostly sold in China, Hong Kong or Taiwan, but there are also some places in Singapore that sell this notorious dish.

Although modern factories normally use easier methods to mass-produce them in a day or two, the traditional method, fermenting, can take up to several months. To make stinky tofu, a brine needs to be prepared from fermented milk, vegetables and meat, though it can also include dried shrimp, amaranth greens, mustard greens, bamboo shoots, and Chinese herbs.
Stinky tofu can be served in many different ways. For example, deep-fried, spicy, soft, or barbequed. There are also many people who like it with kimchi and hot chilli.

Jing Rung
2 Diligence

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinky_tofu

 

Anastasia

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Anastasia is a movie that was released in 1997. It is an awesome animated musical film that tells a story about a girl called Anastasia. I wouldn’t want to give too much away, so these are just some of the details that you can know just to get a glimpse of this fascinating film.

An evil man who hated the royal family cursed them such that they will be killed. As a part of the royal family, Anastasia had to run for her life but unfortunately, she couldn’t get onto a train with her grandmother that was setting off to Paris. A couple of years later, Anastasia had grown up. She had been raise in an orphanage and because she lost her memories, she did not know of her royal heritage. A young man and his partner “befriend” her with the intention of finding her true family in Paris as she said that the only clue she had of her family was a necklace saying “Together in Paris”. Thus they set off to Paris with many obstacles to overcome…

I absolutely adored this movie! It was one of my favourite childhood movies. I loved the music that was so melodious and wonderful. I also liked the plot of a princess finding her true self. Anastasia isn’t just a ditsy princess. She’s strong-headed, smart and brave. It was one of the few animated movies that weren’t produced by the big names, like Disney or Pixar. It also stood out in the sense that the female and male leads had chemistry, not the “Love at first sight” cliché.  Overall, I would recommend that you give it a try! You’re never too old to enjoy a good animated movie, aren’t I right?

Jaime Ng 1 Loyalty

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anastasia_(1997_film)

https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliapugachevsky/reasons-anastasia-is-the-best-animated-film-ever?utm_term=.brxXoB1KXP#.uuB01WL40r

Short story

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The grand piano plays a daunting crescendo as you step onto the altar. You close your eyes and take a deep breath. You’ve been waiting such a long time for this.

The priest proclaims, “Should anyone here present know of any reason that this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace.”

Your soon-to-be-spouse smiles at you and you wonder how someone can look so much like an angel under the hazy glow of sunlight. You run a hand through your hair and will the priest to get on to the vows, eager to finally wed your one true love.

Suddenly, the chapel doors burst open. Startled, you nearly jump out of your skin. Your family and friends gasp and shocked whispers ripple through the crowd.

Dressed in a nondescript outfit of a white tee and blue jeans is your fiancé’s brother.

A thin layer of moisture shines on his forehead, messy auburn hair hanging over his eyes. He surveys the unbelieving audience of your wedding, and somewhere in the background you hear a wineglass shatter. The light, joyous atmosphere just a few seconds prior is gone, replaced with a silence so heavy it seems oppressive. Your fiancé sucks in a breath and closes her eyes. When she opens them again, they are filled with tears.

“Please, no,” she whispers, her voice cracking on the last syllable.

Her brother’s gaze pierces you and suddenly you feel like there’s no one else in the chapel.

“I object.”

Chua Wei Ting

2T

Food Review

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Like what you see in the picture above? Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you- that really is a chunk of raw meat… And egg. Steak Tartare features minced, raw beef that is often topped with an aesthetically pleasing egg yolk. It is normally seen in French or Italian restaurants, and not as uncommon as you think. This peculiar meal might appeal most to those who like their steak really rare, and many think of it as ‘beef ice cream’ due to its cold, smooth texture.

Like all raw meats, there are health concerns; such as contamination of the beef by bacteria or parasites. However due to the tight meat structure of beef, this is one of the rare meats you can eat freshly raw like fish (poultry and pork on the other hand tend to harbour more dangerous organisms). Still, those who have weak immune systems are highly discouraged from attempting steak tartare.

But for all the daring others though, there are a surprising number of restaurants in Singapore which have this dish on their menu. Just make sure that your stomach is up for it! I have personally never tried this dish before, so be sure to tell me your thoughts on this interesting dish!

Restaurants Selling Beef Tartare

THE DISGRUNTLED CHEF

Founder and executive chef Daniel Sia believes his steak tartare is best served 5 to 7˚C below room temperature, as this enhances the nutty nuances of his hand-chopped U.S. Choice grass-fed striploin. Instead of an egg yolk, he nestles two quail eggs in the centre of the meat, which break open to reveal runny yolks. Shallots, Tabasco, ketchup, gherkins and capers add tang to the meat, which is served with four divine discs of crisp truffle hash browns.

Address: 26B Dempsey Road

Tel: 6476 5035

 

BALZAC BRASSERIE

True to what steak tartare is supposed to look like, Balzac’s version is served with a creamy egg yolk. The mixture of capers, onions and other spices complements the chunky mince of tenderloin well.

Enjoy it with a side of fresh rocket leaves and thin-sliced French fries.

Address: 9 Bras Basah Road #01-01 Rendezvous Hotel

Tel: 6336 0797

 

BISTECCA TUSCAN STEAKHOUSE

Bistecca’s version of a steak tartare is its Manzo, a generous mound of wagyu tenderloin ground in-house. The yolk topping it comes chilled, adding cool, creamy richness to counter the addition of spicy jalapeno rings in the meat. Pile the luscious buttery meat on thin rounds of Tuscan bread, which are char-grilled till lightly smoky and ever-so-crisp.

Address: 25 Mohamed Sultan Road

Tel: 6735 6739

Source: http://sethlui.com/bizarre-foods-singapore/

Chloe Wong

2L

Laugh it off!

Some pickup lines to bring a smile to your face after those mid-year assessments!

Just assume every sentence ends with a tongue-click and a wink. Beware the cheesiness!

  1. Are you a magician? Because whenever I look at you, everyone else disappears!
  1. I’m not a photographer, but I can picture you and me together.
  1. Are you a camera? Because every time I look at you, I smile.
  1. I’m sorry; I don’t think we’ve met. I wouldn’t forget a pretty face like that.
  1. Why did Johnny throw the clock out of the window?

Because he wanted to see time fly!

  1. Can I take your picture to prove to my friends that angels exist?
  1. Excuse me; I think you have something in your eye. Oh no, it’s just a sparkle.
  1. Hello, I’m a thief and I’m here to steal your heart.
  1. You may be asked to leave soon. You’re making all the other women look bad.
  1. Now for a mini story…

Sally was in a museum. She was bored looking at the artwork, so she sat down on a sofa and took a selfie. The guard walked up to her with a serious look on his face.

“I’m sorry ma’am. I’ll have to ask you to stop taking pictures of the artwork.”

“The artwork?” Sally asked. The guard winked and replied, “Because you are a work of art.”

Jaime Ng (13) 1 Loyalty

http://www.pickuplinesgalore.com/cheesy.html

http://www.quickfunnyjokes.com/cheesy.html

People: 5 Seconds of Summer

Most people, upon hearing the band ‘5 Seconds of Summer’ would think of the song ‘She Looks So Perfect’ released in late March 2014. However, did you know that ‘She Looks So Perfect’ was not the first song they released? I bet you didn’t know that. The first song they performed as a band was ‘Out of My Limit’ realised on 19 November 2012. Since then, they have sung 10 singles and most of them have been on the Top 20 Hits. The 10 songs are ‘Out of My Limit’, ‘She Looks So Perfect’, ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Amnesia’, ‘Good Girls’ ,’What I Like About You’, ‘She’s Kinda Hot’ ,’Hey Everybody!’, ‘Unplugged’ and  ‘Jet Black Heart’. (Not in order of release).

Some interesting facts about the band:

1) They thought of the name ‘5 Seconds of Summer’ when they were in Norwest Christian College having a math class.

2) Their song “Out Of My Limit” was originally called “Over The Limit” but they had to change it as it sounded like it was about alcohol drinking.

3) The original band first formed on 3rd April 2011.

4) They used to brush their teeth together before every show.

5) They were all sick whilst recording the Unplugged EP but still went ahead and did it.

6) If they like someone, they will go out of their way to get the persons attention is to throw a ball at them.

7) They apparently love it when someone has a Twitter name that’s something to do with 5SOS.

8) They once had to stop and busk on the street as they did not have enough money for petrol to get home!

9) When the band first started, it only comprised of Luke, Michael and Calum. Ashton joined only in December 2011.

10) Before Ashton joined the band, he actually hated them!

Although they are famous, they are really down-to-earth people who don’t swank about their fortunes to other people. So as they sing “Don’t stop, doin watcha doin…” continue to do what you desire and don’t let anyone or anything hinder you from reaching your full potential!

I promise you their songs are awesome, so if you haven’t listened to their songs, what are you waiting for?

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Seconds_of_Summer

https://suprtickets.com/blog/100-awesome-facts-hot-aussie-band-5-seconds-summer-          onepopzfacts/

Rachel Tay

1Hope

Trust No one

 

Have you ever felt like you were being watched while eating out alone or that someone was following you home? I have. Living in a world where anything could possibly happen, it made me scared, terrified.

The casual walk home at night made my heartbeat thrum like the wings of a caged bird as I felt a sudden bloom of heat across my face. I heard an unexpected, “thud”. The pace of my mind quickened. Was I really being followed? Or was it just my footsteps? Why was I being followed?

Shaken, the hairs on the back of my neck became prickly. I reached in to my bag to source for the only sharp object I had on hand – my spare keys. The familiar silhouette. I could recognize the broad shoulders and square head anywhere. Almost there… he was just where I wanted him.

With much confidence, I turned around swiftly and gave him a good stab.

So long to the only one who knew of my whereabouts. Goodbye to the best friend I had. And farewell to the fear of being turned in to the police.

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2 Faith