Andrea Ng (22S06B)

A Lecture on Lectures

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By Andrea Ng (22S06B), Chern Huan Yee (22S06A), and Keiran Koh (22S06M)

Have you ever wondered about the work that goes into making our online lectures? How they differ from past-years’ presentations to a full theatre of students, and how they might spell a shift in learning styles in the future?

To answer these questions, Raffles Press interviewed three teachers to find out what goes on behind the scenes of these online lectures.

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Good Bites: Good Or Not?

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By Andrea Ng (22S06B), Chloe Pudjo (22S03G), Keiran Koh (22S06M), Mei Feifei (22A13A), Sophie Goh (22S07B)

On a sunny Tuesday morning, five Raffles Press members found themselves at the Bishan Sports Centre, ready for a workout of their… stomach muscles at Good Bites, a halal-certified cafe restaurant serving “delicious fusion western dishes at pocket-friendly prices”

Good Bites is about a five minutes walk from Bishan MRT station. We would advise taking the sheltered route along Bishan Street 13, instead of walking along the sun-baked Bishan Road (as Andrea and Sophie learned the hard way).

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Maskfishing: Of Making Friends and Forging Relationships

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By Andrea Ng (22S06B)

A little less than two years ago, only famous celebrities wore masks, which served to hide their faces from the public when they wished for anonymity. Now, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, mask-wearing has become the norm, and only those who don’t become online sensations. 

This mandate by governments in most countries has given rise to a new phenomenon—mask fishing, a neologism coined as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which refers to the phenomenon where a person appears to be more attractive because they are wearing a facemask. 

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RJCO SYF 2021: The Seven Colours of Harmony Movement II

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By Andrea Ng (22S06B) and Mandy Wong (22S03C)

Imagine this: you are standing in a vast field, cool air rippling through your hair. Ahead of you are towering mountains that seem to go on and on, their contours highlighted by faint sunlight. The wind picks up speed gradually, accompanied by the rustle of grass stalks as they collide against one another, leaving you with an unparalleled feeling of freedom and excitement.

While we are unable to head to such scenic places right now, we can certainly picture them in our minds with the help of music—and RJCO helps us do just that. On 29 April, Chinese Orchestra headed down to SCO Concert Hall for their SYF showcase, where they performed a piece on an online broadcast. The piece in question was 七彩之和 II.《黄·山之歌》(The Seven Colours of Harmony Movement II “Yellow · Song of the Mountains”). Inspired by the Korean diaspora in China, the piece reflects distinctive elements of traditional Korean music, notably through its free and unrestrained tunes. 

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