English Patient

Recently, I achieved another honours for my oral communications examination in a private course, the fifth straight time I have done so. But strangely… …my communication skills seem not to serve me well in school. Based on the comments made by my various English Language teachers, some of the knowledge […]

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Love to the last breath

Two days before I was due to take my first paper for the O level examinations, my father asked if he could talk to me about something. I asked: “Is it urgent or relevant to the examinations?” “No,” he replied. “Then, it can… …wait,” I told him. “I want to […]

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Don’t make your home your prison

I was recently appointed a Youth Fellow by MindChamps in recognition of my achievements and “champion mindset”. The latter is something developed… over the years through training and exposure to both the good and bad things in life. I am grateful to many people who have touched my life – […]

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A few magical wishes

Had I a magic wand, I’d use it to… …change the behaviour of some people. Let me start with the “green man” at the traffic junctions. I have nothing against the green man. But I do not like the way some pedestrians act when the green man lights up, making […]

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Excuse me, you’re putting us in danger

Flying? Leave me out. I have been terrified of air travel since I watched a plane crash on the news many years ago. My parents offered to take me on overseas holidays many times but I turned them down because I’d rather be safe on the ground. However, I am […]

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The Jeykll & Hyde coffeeshop uncle

I didn’t know that having breakfast at a coffeeshop could also be educational. The other day, my father asked me to accompany him on his morning meal. Although I preferred to have mine in the comfort of my room, I agreed – and was glad I did, as I met […]

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Feel the heat if you break your promise

Two days before I was due to take my first paper for the O level examinations, my father asked if he could talk to me about something. I asked: “Is it urgent or relevant to the examinations?” “No,” he replied. “Then, it can… …wait,” I told him. “I want to […]

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Sweeteners for school please

It was not easy for my parents to get me into a primary school. They had to go school hunting. The line that got me a place in Pei Chun Public School was: “I love school very much.” The principal at that time, Mr Chen Keng Juan, said: “Since you […]

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Reward us for taking care of ourselves

A few days ago, while brushing my teeth, it struck me that it was within my power to control, if not reduce, the dental costs for my parents. I could do that if I continue to eat healthy food, clean my teeth as often as necessary and visit my dentist […]

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Eyes to watch the wicked

Eureka! I think I have discovered the solution to a lot of disciplinary and other problems in schools. It came to me while I was having my shower. Before I share it, perhaps I should tell you about… …the problems – the things that happen in schools that may astound […]

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