Nationally Speaking: This Land is Ours

By Bryan Ling (17S06C) There’s this field next to the MRT station near where I live. It’s pretty nondescript as fields go – no trees, no defining features, just a flat plain of grass stretching out for an unimpressive few hundred metres or so. Save for the yearly Pasar Malam, the only activity it sees … Continue reading

Nationally Speaking: Going Places

By Bay Jia Wei (17S06R) All HDB flats look alike. Cookie-cutter homes clustered together, it is easy to lose yourself in a neighbourhood of buildings plastered by the same shade of rectangular splotches. Perhaps the only thing that differentiates the tall columns are the block numbers attached to them. Yet, a few days ago, when … Continue reading

An Announcement On Eunoia’s Name

by Justin Lim (16A01B) “Ew-noi-va? Innova? The new school’s name sounds like that school in Woodlands– that Innova, right?” I can’t help but sigh as my mother offers her own take on Eunoia JC’s rather unique name: not because it’s yet another detraction from the proposed pronunciation of “Eu-no-ya”, but because after three whole days, … Continue reading

Nationally Speaking: Personalizing Aliens

By: Samuel Loh (16A01A) Few other developed countries employ foreign labor to the extent we do in Singapore, and fewer still do so with as little pretension as us. There is ostensibly nothing to gloss over the untamed bareness of it all — burly workers toiling alongside heavy traffic, the characteristic yellow of their hardhats … Continue reading

We are Singapore, but who are ‘We’?

by Lee Chin Wee (14A01B) This article is a preview from the upcoming Issue #5 of the Rafflesian Times, slated for release this week. My grandma tells me that her father was 23 when he left his village in Hainan. The year was 1919 – the world had barely recovered from the painful scars of … Continue reading

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