Only 30

only 30

It’s a pain to be an adult

So many responsibilities

Too many taxes and bills

Folks depending on you

Crushes your young soul

Shatters your fragile hope

Bullies are now colleagues

Parents are now memories

Games- now just a dream

And the world is now sour

Appearance is everything

Rest is now just a fantasy

A lover is now just a boss

And enjoyment long gone

Unicorns are stupid myths

Pixie dust just doesn’t exist

Wonderland’s no longer real

Cookies, hugs and lullabies

Replaced by crucial contracts

No more rolling ‘round in mud

No longer happily prancing

It’s time to stop and grow up…

Valerie Tan

1 Grace

Jellyfish Lake

Jellyfish lake

Do you love cute little jellyfish but you are scared of their stings? Don’t worry, there is a place i can recommend that will leave you in awe!

Jellyfish lake is located on Eil Malk island in Palau province of Indonesia. Eil Malk is part of the Rock Islands, a group of small uninhabited islands in Palau’s Southern Lagoon, between Koror and Peleliu. There are about 70 other marine lakes located throughout the Rock Islands. 20 million golden jellyfish migrate horizontally across the lake daily.

Jellyfish Lake is connected to the ocean through fissures and tunnels in the limestone of an ancient Miocene reef. However, the lake is sufficiently isolated and the conditions are different enough, thus the diversity of species in the lake is greatly reduced as the creatures move to the nearby lagoon. Therefore, the jellyfish there have lost their stingers because there are no predators around.

You can go snorkelling or diving while admiring the beautiful jellyfish that float away freely all around you. The sight will be absolutely mesmerizing and it will be a rare experience. Now, with global warming and other harm brought to our earth, these natural lakes may be gone soon. We should take time to appreciate all the nature around us.

Kathleen Tung

1 Charity






What if we were not different,

what if you had stayed the same?

What if we never met,

would you still have been so blue?

What if i had meant something to you,

instead of the usual nothing.

Would we still be friends?

Maybe something more than that?

Or would everything remain unchanged?

Unlike our numbers, rearranged.

Angelica Chiw

1 Wisdom

In Another Universe

in another universe

I push the door open with the strength of the frustration welling inside me combined. With thundering footsteps, I storm to my room and slam my bag down to the floor. Their words, spoken to me just half an hour before, echo in my mind, not wanting to leave me alone. I wonder, what is it with me? Why do I have to be so different from the others? Why can’t I be a normal girl who leads a normal life? The thoughts burst out in my head like raindrops on a particularly rainy day. However, soon, the jazz music oozing from my aunt’s bedroom upstairs soothes and distracts me a little at the same time.

In another universe, happiness would have rained down on me instead.

 Pulling out my hair tie, I then proceed to position myself in front of the mirror and mark out all the things that make me different, a daily ritual I seem to have adopted once I arrived in this town. The thin scars that spot my skin; the too-dark skin; the wounds which never seem to heal. All part of me, and not once did anybody accept that. I gaze into the hazel-brown orbs looking back at me.

In another universe, I would be the most beautiful. I would be the most welcomed.

 My aunt’s voice calls out from somewhere above, like the whispers of the trees in midnight. Or like when you are underwater, sinking in the deep ocean, and everything seems so far away and dream-like. I continue staying rooted to the spot. The harsh words uttered to me still linger in my mind, refusing to let go.

In another universe…

 As I stand in front of the mirror, staring at my reflection, I look into that other universe.


Chloe Tan

1 Unity



Dance Moms

Dance moms 3

Maddie, Mackenzie, Kendall, JoJo, Nia, Kalani… you name it! These brilliant dance stars have definitely stolen my heart when it comes to everything that has to do with dance. Premiered on July 13 2011, this reality television show, Dance Moms, follows a demanding dance instructor, Abby Lee Miller, as she paves the way for young dancers and their mothers to stardom. In 2015, it even won the Kids Choice Awards for Favourite Reality Show.

As captivating as it seems, the tenacious teen girls have worked incredulously hard for the show to have earned such a huge title. They have weekly dance competitions and having a demanding and stringent dance instructor definitely does not make it an easier job for the girls to cope with. “ Second place is the first loser”, is Abby’s motto for success. Intolerable to failure, Abby has developed a reputation for pushing her students to the edge of their capabilities,  which is no wonder why these girls are such stunning and well-known dancers. Imagine having weekly competitions, a dance instructor who is always on a “ beast-mode”, strict mothers who sets unbelievably high expectations for you and perfecting your arts in dance, all at the same time. What an enormous amount of burden! However, all the hard work and effort put in is, without a doubt, worth it.

If that is not enough, the girls also have to constantly deal with the  petty little quarrels amongst the mothers and occasionally, even Abby. As expected, there would be some tension amongst them, especially with all the competitions, in which the competitive mothers want their daughters to top the charts. At times, when they observe that their daughters are treated too harshly or unfairly, and when the dance instructor have extraordinarily high standards, the protective parents would also talk Abby out of it, and if all else fails, an argument breaks out. Unfortunately, the show was abruptly cancelled on 24/10 due to Abby Lee Miller who was sentenced to one-year imprisonment for fraud.

I love this amazing television show, despite all the drama, as I am absolutely passionate about dancing. Although I lack the talent, this show gives me hope, that maybe, one day, I too can be as successful as these young yet talented individuals, or at least be a talented and skillful dancer.

“ Dance Moms”, such a sweet and simple name for a TV show, yet once in awhile, I would re-watch the episodes on Dance Moms, as my passion for dancing burns brightly in my heart.

Htoo Myat Noe

1 Purity

Immigration policies in America

Immigration...In old warehouses, hundreds of children wait in metal cages. Clutching pictures of their parents, as many as twenty children per cage lie on foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. This is the situation in America right now. 

Public outrage and backlash has been sparked throughout the world as news of the recent zero-tolerance immigration policy has surfaced. More and more reports of crying children ripped away from their parents and kept in cages have been released, causing many to protest and condemn the methods used by the US government. In one such report, Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said:”The Government is literally taking kids away from their parents and leaving them in inappropriate conditions. If a parent left a child in a cage with no supervision with other 5-year-olds, they’d be held accountable.” Indeed, her words ring with truth and no doubt cast light over this particular situation.

One victim of these immigration laws is Rómulo González, who had his right eye torn out during a kidnapping which cost his family $13,500 to free him. Fearing another attack he decided to seek asylum in the US.González was detained and his three-year-old daughter Genesis was taken away from him.

Thousands of people have rallied in the U.S. capital and in cities across the United States in protest of these immigration policies. Hundreds of demonstrations were scheduled across the country, amid mounting anger about the policy which has resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents. In a square opposite the White House, protesters chanted “Shame! Shame!” Some carried signs saying “Where are the children?” and “Stop cruelty” and “We are America.”

Personally, I am torn between two perspectives in this case. On the one hand, illegal immigration undermines legal immigration. There are several million people who have been waiting a long time to be granted American citizenships, and illegal immigration is unfair towards them. It is somewhat like some people cutting queues when other people have already been standing in line a long time However, one the other hand, illegal immigrants are simply trying to create a better future for themselves and their children. They may have been in danger in their own country and not have the time to wait for citizenship. They are ordinary people that were in a bad situation and tried to get out of it to protect their families. It seems that in these situations, there is no right answer.

On another note, many admirable American citizens have emerged in light of the recent affairs. The protests and marches held no doubt took hours of planning, and show their ability to work together and stand up for what is right. It also exemplifies their ability to empathise with other human beings, and I am filled with respect for their attitude.

In conclusion, I feel that there is simply no easy fix in this case. However, I hope that these young children receive adequate care and are returned to their parents soon, so that they can face whatever will happen to them together.

Ashley Sia

1 Purity