Raffles Reads: Daughter of the Deep

Reading Time: 3 minutes

By Tang Lanyun (23S05A)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: 4/5

Rick Riordan’s rip-roaring sci-fi debut pays homage to one of the genre’s founding fathers, Jules Verne. Inspired by “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, Daughter of the Deep imagines a world in which the fantastical events Verne envisioned in his novel were indeed historical fact. The book itself spins a riveting tale of teenage ingenuity against impossible odds, whose high school characters break the mold of typical middle-grade (and Y/A) protagonists. With a clear love for the source material, Riordan deftly reinvigorates Verne’s classics for a modern audience, while also appreciating the diversity present in our society.

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CCA Previews ’23: Sailing

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Faith Ning Koy (Captain) and Keenan Cheung (Vice-Captain)

When you think of sailing, what comes to mind? Popeye the Sailor Man, or Pirates of the Caribbean? Take this mental image of a sailboat, shrink it and paint the boat white; now you’ve got yourself picturing a modern sailboat! 🤩 We want to put it out there — sailing is not the same as canoeing or dragon-boating, contrary to popular belief. Performing the rowing action and claiming that it is sailing in front of a sailor is a foolproof way of rocking the boat!

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CCA Previews ’23: Table Tennis

Reading Time: 3 minutes

By Xu Han (A Boys Captain), Jade Ng (A Girls Captain), Alvin Au (A Boys Vice-Captain), Zennieve Tan Shiqi (A Girls Vice-Captain)

The atmosphere freezes as everyone holds their breath. The final point. The point that would earn us the victory. The point that would allow us to stand the highest on the podium. The ball is served and it flashes back and forth, with both players keeping up with immense speed, reflexes and agility. With the final swing, the Rafflesian puts in all his strength onto the ball. One bounce on the other side of the table, and the ball lands on the floor. The stadium erupts into chaos and deafening cheers as his teammates rush into the court, embracing the player with such enthusiasm that makes it hard for him to breathe. 

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CCA Previews ’23: Recreational Badminton

Reading Time: 3 minutes

For many of us, physical activities, especially in the form of sports, are an indispensable part of our lives. Everyone stands to gain much from sports, be it a team sport like football, martial arts such as taekwondo, or even more skill based sports such as bowling. 

Some play to give our body the regular pump it needs to stay fit as a fiddle, while others play to seek an adrenaline rush, or for numerous other reasons.. This is why all kinds of people are welcome at Recreational Badminton, or RecBad, as more fondly known by its members.

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CCA Previews ’23: Raffles Symphonic Band

Reading Time: 2 minutes

By Raffles Symphonic Band EXCO ‘23

“Band? Isn’t that a loop of rubber used to hold objects together?”

“That’s ‘rubber band’. A band is a metal ring indicating the wearer is married.”

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