Raffles Reviews

Raffles Reads: Instructions for Dancing

Reading Time: 2 minutes

By Shermaine Lim (22S03N)

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

Rating: 3.5/5  

“Not everybody can dance good, but everybody can dance.”

For Evie, the spirited protagonist of this story, love is a wasted concept. After a shocking revelation that left her family divided and her belief in love shaken, the once hopeless romantic finds herself forsaking her collection of romance novels at a nearby mobile library. There, she meets an enigmatic stranger who gifts her a mysterious book eponymously titled ‘Instructions for Dancing’ and an inexplicable gift: to see the past, present and future of any couple—including their inevitable end. 

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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: Around the World in 68 Days

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Mei Feifei (22A13A)

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

Rating: 3.5/5

Koh Buck Song’s Around the World in 68 Days is a travelogue featuring 13 countries he visited in the span of 68 days in 2018, the golden days pre-Covid-19. Around the World promises “insights into 13 countries’ ancient and modern cultures, national identities and brands, and their place in the world today”.

The 13 stations of Koh’s voyage.

 Around the World is easily intriguing for anyone who stumbles across it in a bookstore: what better way to cure wanderlust than to read about another person’s travels, especially with an itinerary as extensive and unconventional as Koh’s? As an experienced national brand advisor, Koh’s book also offers more than a mere collection of #travelholic moments. 

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Dreaming with Sumi Jo: A Night at the Opera

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Lara Tan (22A01B) and Noh Sangeun (23S06Q)

What does a night at the opera bring to mind? 

Hundreds of people sitting stone-faced in a cavernous concert hall, silently immersing themselves in the music of ages long past? A stuffy, esoteric pursuit of cultural enlightenment for only the initiated? An overall solemn, purely intellectual affair with little room for fun? 

As it turns out, that isn’t all there is to it. 

We went down to the Esplanade last month, looking to spend a night at the opera with this lovely lady.

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Raffles Reads: Mistbound: How to Glue Back Grandpa

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Lim Yong Le (22S03M) and Mirella Ang (22A01C)

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

Rating: 3.5/5

When you think of fairytale adventures, what do you imagine? Pixies, gnomes, dragons, unicorns—basically any creature from Western mythology—usually come to mind, thanks to the popularity of works from the likes of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. 

Casting these aside, Mist-Bound: How to Glue Back Grandpa daringly taps into a repository of lesser-known, yet equally interesting mythical creatures hailing from legends originating in South-East Asia.

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