Gone were the days of old

where we laughed, cried and told

to love the winds of growth

to hear the chimes of gold.

It took you far away

and led you astray

and yet I simply wonder

if you had made a blunder.

Shrieks of pain outlawed

the clouds of change foresaw.

Dictated was your freedom

Forgone was your wisdom.

You became a husk

empty, mindless, weak.

The glimmer that was seen

Flickered, faltered and faded.




All descriptions of the heart

But what is worse, mon amie-

Not knowing, or not acting?

Reflection: This poem was written to reflect close friends who have drifted apart due to circumstances surrounding their family and how one sees the other have her spirit broken from life’s trials and turbulences. It places an emphasis on how a relationship can drift apart easily but at the same time provide a clarity to the situation each other is placed in.


Yeo Hui Min Mandy

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Avicii: a legacy

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Tim Bergling was a Swedish 18-year-old DJ when he signed on to Dejfitts Plays Label, unbeknownst that his stage name ‘Avicii’ would be so widely known, all around the world. His true breakout into mainstream music was in 2011, when he released his song “Levels”. With “Levels” topping charts in many countries – including Austria, Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden  it was safe to say that Avicii was making his big debut as a legendary DJ.

In 2013, he released his album “True” that included the single “Wake Me Up”. The song is inspired by the happy feeling of “Life is a dream, wake me up when it’s all over”, which built the foundation of the song with the melody’s positive vibes and catchy tunes. The single also reached number one in 22 countries (to date), even to far ends of the globe in Australia and New Zealand!

Personally, it was “Wake Me Up” that made me notice Avicii. The encapsulating music video, which depicted a story about finding one’s self, resonated with me deeply. And thus, I am sure that Avicii’s music has touched many others’ hearts too.

From 2014 to 2015, Avicii worked on his new album “Stories”, which would receive double platinum certification in Sweden sometime after its release. It included songs such as “Waiting for love” and “For a better day”. Particularly, Avicii also released an animated lyrics video for “Waiting for love”, depicting a beautiful story about a dog’s love for its owner even going as far as to follow him into war. This video struck me with the awe of how music can relay such tender and sweet emotions in an extremely impactful way.

Unfortunately, Tim Bergling was experiencing acute pancreatitis due to over-drinking and many other health problems. According to his family, he was under extreme stress and had a surgery in 2014 to remove his gallbladder and appendix. He even had to halt touring in 2016.

On April 2018, Avicii decided to take his own life. It pained me to hear such heart-breaking news, and I empathised with his family and friends. But it was comforting to know that even with the life he had, he left a great legacy for years to come.

Jaime Ng

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Agatha Christie

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Born in 1890 in Torquay, Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller- best known as Agatha Christie- was an English writer acclaimed to be one of the greatest authors of her time, and remains the best-selling novelist today with roughly 2 billion copies of her novels sold, behind only Shakespeare and the Bible.

Throughout her career, she published 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest running play, The Mousetrap. Notable works include And Then There None (1939), Murder on the Orient Express (1934), The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, as well as those revolving around her fictional detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Home-schooled largely by her American father, Agatha was forbidden to read until she was eight, but nonetheless taught herself to read by the age of five and entertained herself with long hours spent flipping through works by Edith Nesbit and Louisa M Alcott. By the time she was eighteen, she was writing short stories and managed to get some published-though in a much revised form-and only started writing detective novels during WWI.

Agatha Christie’s Three Act Tragedy was what got me not only into her works, but also to seek out more thrillers which remains to be one of my favourite genres to this day. Written in 1934, Three Act Tragedy stars Hercule Poirot, and is about the murders of three different people, each believed to be poisoned, though no traces could be found in their respective glasses. Throughout the novel, Agatha Christie led me to believe that anyone could be the murderer, yet I was still surprised at the outcome, and marvelled at her ability to think of story after story like this.



Chen Yu Yang



Every Falling Star

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News of the hermit kingdom of North Korea has increased recently, especially with the Trump-Kim Summit held in Singapore only a month ago. As a result, books regarding North Korea has risen in popularity. For somebody very interested in the happenings within North Korea, I read these books as a chance for me to understand the true horrors that lurk behind the mask of colourful parades and a huge army of soldiers marching. Although there are many memoirs of authors recounting their escape from North Korea, the that? resonated with me the most has to be ‘Every Falling Star’, written by Sungju Lee.

‘Every Falling Star’ depicts Lee’s childhood growing up in North Korea, from his younger days when he lived in the capital of Pyongyang and was given a good life, to his teenage years after his father, a former military official, fell from the country’ good graces. His father’s demotion resulted in the family moving to a rural part of North Korea, where Lee realised that not everything in his country was as perfect as the supreme leader claimed. Eventually, his parents abandoned him and he was left alone to fend for himself. Stricken with poverty, he formed a street gang with his former classmates from the village school and the story illustrates the hardships and adventurous lives they led, while also depicting the familial bond that can develop between a group of friends. The book pulls you along as you wonder what will happen next. After a few years, he finally finds his long lost grandparents and he manages to live a civilised life again. Soon, his father, who had defected to South Korea, sends a messenger in the hope that Lee would come back to him and join him in a new life.

Lee’s story will pull at your heartstrings, warm your heart while managing to break it at the same time. I found find it interesting as it is the first book of its kind directed towards young adults and teenagers. Lee did that purposely as he felt that there weren’t enough books directed toward those age groups to educate them about North Korea, and he wanted to send the youths a message about how any hardship they are currently facing in life will come to pass, just as his had. Furthermore, I like the transition from the high class life of a North Korean elite to the low life of a family who had been condemned by the government. Memoirs of North Korean defectors usually fail to show us the experience of living a good life in North Korea and I feel that this was a good, while small opportunity to read about the experience of being an elite.

There are some mature themes such as death and torture present throughout the book, but if you are interested to know more about North Korea through an insider’s perspective, I strongly urge you to give ‘Every Falling Star’ a try!

Rachel Goh

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