Azzahra Osman (22S03P)

Rank It! Your Familiar Bonding Activities

Reading Time: 6 minutes

By: Azzahra Osman (22S03P), Keiran Koh (22S06M), Ting Kaily (22S03P)

Wacko, Burning Bridges, Blow Wind Blow. Do these games ring a bell? That might be because you remember the whirlwind of emotions you experienced while playing them. These games are staples in every icebreaker, orientation and class-bonding sessions but are they necessarily enjoyable/effective? Here, we rank 5 classic bonding games for you based on the thrill factor, its replayability and its effectiveness in achieving its main goal: bonding.

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Raffles Reads: The Secrets of the Sakura Girls

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Azzahra Osman (22S03P) and Ting Kaily (22S03P) 

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

Rating: 1.5/5 stars 

Prostitution is taboo in Singapore; many of us do not know much about this topic and tend to shy away from it, due to the social stigma associated with it. But did you know that it has existed here for nearly two centuries?

In The Secrets of the Sakura Girls, Aoki is a karayuki-san (Japanese prostitute) working along Malay Street in Singapore in 1870. 

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Cupid’s Special: A Hopeless Romantic’s Guide to Escaping the Single Life in RI

Reading Time: 9 minutes

By Azzahra Osman (22S03P), Keiran Koh (22S06M), Ting Kaily (22S03P), with contributions by Neha Rajkumar (22S03P)

It’s that time of the year again. Love is in the air: bouquets are being sold like hotcakes, restaurants are charging exorbitant prices for Valentine’s Day Specials, your Instagram stories are flooded with cheesy couple posts and… you are single. Fret not, your trustworthy love experts are here to share some secrets to spicing up your sad and non-existent romantic life just in time for the upcoming Valentine’s Day! 

(Note: This guide is only applicable to you if you have someone (a.k.a. a Love Interest) in mind or if you are just tired of being single.)

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Myth Busters: for JAE Students!

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Azzahra Osman (22S03P), Keiran Koh (22S06M), Ting Kaily (22S03P) 

Entering a new school may be hard for many students—making new friends, adapting to unfamiliar surroundings and embracing a whole new school culture can be rather overwhelming, especially so for those setting foot onto RI’s soil for the very first time. We’ve all heard the horror stories about coming to a junior college with the IP stream, and it’s normal to be afraid of the potential segregation when two-thirds of the cohort comprises students who have already known each other beforehand. 

Fret not, though, for Raffles Press (RI’s most credible student journalists) is here to tell you that it’s not as bad as it seems! We need not worry because most classes are a pleasant mix of students from RI, RGS and JAE streams in a balanced ratio. To be very honest, each year’s cohort is so gargantuan, even some RI boys and RGS girls have never crossed paths before.

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