Raffles Reads: The New Girl

Reading Time: 3 minutes

By Claire Jow (23A01B)

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

Rating: 3/5

Moving to a new school is always hard, but it seems to be particularly tough on fifteen-year-old Lia Setiawan, who managed to enter the prestigious Draycott Academy based solely on her skill in track and field.

The shiny surface of her new school, however, hides a dark interior. There are drug deals, illegal activities, and ominous messages scrawled on the walls; soon enough, she’s become the next target of the school’s anonymous gossip app, Draycott Dirt. As she struggles to find her footing as a fish out of water in a school full of filthy-rich students, she becomes entangled in a cheating ring that leads to one of the greatest mistakes of her entire life.

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Raffles Reads: The Gate to China

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Anamika Ragu (23A01A)

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

Rating: 4/5 

One word: contention.

This is what surrounds any kind of history, especially that of global superpowers. So much of our yesteryears, nebulous and unembellished as they are, seem to exist as interpretive iterations by primary and secondary sources alike as time passes. 

Consequently, it is as if the past dares every curious mind that faces it to deconstruct this ruse of objectivity as it is dug up. It is an arduous, meticulous, and incredible process.

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Let’s Talk About Envy

Reading Time: 3 minutes

By Lim Zhi Qi Victoria (23S06B)

I want friends like that, I want his popularity, I want a partner like that, I want eyes like hers, I want her bravery and his intelligence, I want their happiness. Nobody intends to actively compare themselves with others, but it has become inevitable in the society that we grow up in. It’s natural for us to collect information about our surroundings, and use it to evaluate how we are doing in life. 

Though not all forms of comparison lead to envy, envy always starts with self-comparison. I think the envy that we experience nowadays goes far beyond just wanting something, but also includes the element of not wanting the other person to have it. 

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Rank-it! The Hottest Nood(le)s in Town

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Lim Yong Le (22S03M)

From Mala Xiang Guo to the best Home-Based Learning Naps, Rank-It! has certainly dabbled into many different fields. The spiritual successor to the previous Mala article, this article sets off on a perilous journey of evaluating various brands of popular fiery instant noodles. All noodles reviewed here were cooked as per packet specifications.

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Let’s Talk: Multi-hyphenates

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Shermaine Lim (22S03N)

On the first day of the January Induction Programme, I sat in the middle of the lecture hall, amidst 200 restless students who were visibly reeling from the effects of the never ending series of perfunctory talks. 

However, there was one particular talk that piqued my attention, that being the one titled: How to Thrive in JC. Intrigued, I craned my neck and paid special attention to the Year Head, who introduced the concept of being a multi-hyphenate. 

For those unfamiliar with this term, a multi-hyphenate is described as a person with varied skills with a certain level of expertise. These are your Kylie Jenners, the actress-model-business owner-celebrity, of our society. They refer to a group of outstanding individuals who excel at a range of areas of expertise, with a multitude of titles under their belts. 

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