Monthly Archives: February 2014

Movie Review

Chong Boon Secondary School

English Department
Movie Review

Name: Zhu Yiqing 

Class: 1E1

Date: 9 / 2 / 14

Title of movie: Tangshan Earthquake ( My friends who had already watched it asked me to carry a towel with me )

Describe the most exciting/memorable part of the movie. What do you think?: The moment when the earthquake occurred. The wall of buildings crackled one by one gradually. At first the leak formed a line connected every building. The scene was really horrific. After a few seconds, it quaked more violently. Houses started to collapse from the top, everywhere in the air was full of fly ashes. The whole estate/area was reverberated with the continuous and annoying sound of the alarming bell. Both of the parents were working downstairs as a worker in the midnight. However, their children were still upstairs enjoying their sweet dreams. The moment they realized there was a earthquake, they rushed towards there home nearby and tried to save their beloved kids. At the critical moment, the father pulled the mother out and went in himself. Like a bolting in the blue sky, the six-floor building suddenly fell down…. The mother knelt down the ground and cried out hysterically towards the dark sky…

I don’t want to rewrite this movie, because content of this movie is really good. The story goes the way it supposed to be, so touched by it….

I strongly recommend this movie to you, it successfully represents the hatred, the misunderstanding, the love among family members.

Younger brother and the sister were under each side of one heavy cement steel plate, who to save? In the period of time without advanced techniques, lift up one side, the other will die…. Both were her precious. A really difficult question for a mom……What will be her choice? 

I believe if it is possible, the mother is fully willing to sacrifice herself for the two children to survive from this disaster.

Twenty-three seconds made a family to suffer thirty-two years.

What we have heard perhaps was just a few numbers without any temperature, twenty-four millions of fatalities, sixteen millions of casualties, but if you go near every family, experience their pain of losing, it would be a new grasp of this calamity.

A Memorable Chinese New Year

Chinese Mew Year is a really important traditional festival for the Chinese. It is always related with the reunion of family. ( 团圆 )Whenever I think about it, it will give me the feeling of warm and love. It was also called Spring Festival ( 春节 )

I have been spent the past thirteen times of New Year Eve with my family, so we are used to be together at that moment, Besides, New Year is only once a year and it was a refreshing start of a new beginning. So, even there was only a three-day short holiday, I went back to China to celebrate this festival.

My parents came to fetch me at the airport when I arrived. 

We made dumplings together around a big table, without the disturbing of any electronic devices. Our heart were full of peace and happiness. We chatted with one another freely. After a while, I suggested to have a Dumpling Making Competition. We compete with each other the speed of making dumplings, No doubts, I would definitely be the last one. Competition started with a ‘beep’ sound of a stopwatch. Everyone were trying their best,. Their hands flew quickly in the air like butterflies.

My mischievous three-year-old brother wanted to join us as well. He washed his hands and poured some flour on the chopping board. When he was going to start, every part of his body seemed to become very itchy. He scratched his face, wiped his forehead…. Before long, he turned white already, everywhere of him was spread with flour . He looked really funny. Sadly, a Dumpling Making Competition turned to a fight with the flour for my brother.

There were two clean coins were  contained in two of the dumplings. It was a auspicious sign for the ones who ate the  dumplings with coins. My dad and brother got one each. How lucky they were! It may not be true but it was a beautiful hope for the upcoming year.

Oops, I cannot carry on writing as I need to go to bed already. Tomorrow I will tell you more details about my Chinese New Year!Image

 

A Friendly Letter to My Sibling ( My opinion on Little India Riot) – final

Name: Zhu Yiqing

Block:766

Yishun

Avenue 3

#09-299

Singapore 760766

Date: 1 February 2014

to: tan_gek_hong_angela@moe.edu.sg

Subject:Little India Riot

Dear Grace,

How have you been studying in New Zealand ? Is it beautiful ? Are you feeling stressful in study? We missed you so much. Father and mother were talking about you all the time, worrying about your conditions. They urged me to contact with you.haha.

Have you read the newspaper recently ? Alright, as I know that you don’t have the habit of reading news, let me tell you something that is quite serious. The issue was closely related to the relationship between Singapore and India, and it was very likely to have a bad affect on it as well.

Please don’t be too shocked when you hear it. An Indian national  was run over by a private bus! It was horrific, right? I was sorry to heard that. This fatal accident occurred at a junction in Little India. Things went worse as it caused angry mobs of passersby to attack the bus involved and emergency vehicles that had by then arrived at the location. They set the bus on fire even more. About 300 Indian nationals were involved in the riot which lasted for hours . This was the second riot in post-independence Singapore. However, it is a good reminder to Singaporeans that even in a stable society, such an incident can happen. After all,  Singapore is a multiracial country.

Somehow, I can understand why they would behave like this. Because they were patriotic and have the desire for others’ respect for their race. I think the Indian migrants might be  more sensitive about this as they were living in a foreign country. However, the way they expressed it was wrong and too violent. And they had also misunderstood the others, behaving like this without knowing the details thorough the whole accident. Even there is any disparity, they should not solve the problem this way, it would not make any headway but make the situation worse. Actually, no one ever had any malicious thoughts toward them.

How the India’s TV station, Sun TV reported this incident had really offended the Singaporeans. They were not telling the truth but simply comments depends on what they thought the fact would be. Besides, they were not entitled to report this incident. They said that the foreign workers were attacked by Chinese Singaporeans and that the person who died in the accident was pushed off from the bus and run over by a female bus driver.

What do you think, Grace? Does it make sense? Why would a female bus driver push a passenger out? She would be put behind the bars by doing this as Singapore is one of the countries with the most strict laws. This was considered  murder! The truth was the male was drunk and the bus was full but he climbed on and started causing trouble such as took off his cloths. Then they asked him to alight GENTLY. After alighting from the bus, he kept chasing after the bus in an unsteady manner. He then stumbled , tripped and fell onto the path of the rear tyre of the bus and was run over.

It’s true that we had responsibility for this sad incident but, we did not do it on purpose as what they had said at all.

There is no point of discriminate against any race of people. We are all sharing the same air, the same sky, the same ground, the same environment, the same earth. Our body systems are the same as well. All of us need oxygen, need food to survive. We all have family, have the people we love the most. And also sometimes we will cry, will be feeling bad when we encounter failures, difficulties. We are emotional animals. As what I think, different countries of people are just from different groups. When natural disaster come, no one will be able to escape, the nature does not know your nationality so it is fair to every one. There is no need of feeling superior of the race you are and look down others.

In another word, we are all human. As what Nelson Mandela had said,’No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

Do you have the same feelings with me? These are my opinion on this incident and also sensitive race things. How about you? Looking forwards your response.

Wish you all good!

Love

Yiqing

4 Feb 2014

Name: Zhu Yiqing

Block:766

Yishun

Avenue 3

#09-299

Singapore 760766

Date: 1 February 2014

to: tan_gek_hong_angela@moe.edu.sg

Subject:Little India Riot

Dear Grace,

How have you been studying in New Zealand ? Is it beautiful ? Are you feeling stressful in study? We missed you so much. Father and mother were talking about you all the time, worrying about your conditions. They urged me to contact with you.haha.

Have you read the newspaper recently ? Alright, as I know that you don’t have the habit of reading news, let me tell you something that is quite serious. The issue was closely related to the relationship between Singapore and India, and it was very likely to have a bad affect on it as well.

Please don’t be too shocked when you hear it. An Indian national  was run over by a private bus! It was horrific, right? I was sorry to heard that. This fatal accident occurred at a junction in Little India. Things went worse as it caused angry mobs of passersby to attack the bus involved and emergency vehicles that had by then arrived at the location. They set the bus on fire even more. About 300 Indian nationals were involved in the riot which lasted for hours . This was the second riot in post-independence Singapore. However, it is a good reminder to Singaporeans that even in a stable society, such an incident can happen. After all,  Singapore is a multiracial country.

Somehow, I can understand why they would behave like this. Because they were patriotic and have the desire for others’ respect for their race. I think the Indian migrants might be  more sensitive about this as they were living in a foreign country. However, the way they expressed it was wrong and too violent. And they had also misunderstood the others, behaving like this without knowing the details thorough the whole accident. Even there is any disparity, they should not solve the problem this way, it would not make any headway but make the situation worse. Actually, no one ever had any malicious thoughts toward them.

How the India’s TV station, Sun TV reported this incident had really offended the Singaporeans. They were not telling the truth but simply comments depends on what they thought the fact would be. Besides, they were not entitled to report this incident. They said that the foreign workers were attacked by Chinese Singaporeans and that the person who died in the accident was pushed off from the bus and run over by a female bus driver.

What do you think, Grace? Does it make sense? Why would a female bus driver push a passenger out? She would be put behind the bars by doing this as Singapore is one of the countries with the most strict laws. This was considered  murder! The truth was the male was drunk and the bus was full but he climbed on and started causing trouble such as took off his cloths. Then they asked him to alight GENTLY. After alighting from the bus, he kept chasing after the bus in an unsteady manner. He then stumbled , tripped and fell onto the path of the rear tyre of the bus and was run over.

It’s true that we had responsibility for this sad incident but, we did not do it on purpose as what they had said at all.

There is no point of discriminate against any race of people. We are all sharing the same air, the same sky, the same ground, the same environment, the same earth. Our body systems are the same as well. All of us need oxygen, need food to survive. We all have family, have the people we love the most. And also sometimes we will cry, will be feeling bad when we encounter failures, difficulties. We are emotional animals. As what I think, different countries of people are just from different groups. When natural disaster come, no one will be able to escape, the nature does not know your nationality so it is fair to every one. There is no need of feeling superior of the race you are and look down others.

In another word, we are all human. As what Nelson Mandela had said,’No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

Do you have the same feelings with me? These are my opinion on this incident and also sensitive race things. How about you? Looking forwards your response.

Wish you all good!

Love

Yiqing

4 Feb 2014

A Letter to My Sibling ( Draft 1)

Name: Zhu Yiqing

Block:766

Yishun

Avenue 3

#09-299

Singapore 760766

Date: 1 February 2014

to: tan_gek_hong_angela@moe.edu.sg

Subject:Little India Riot

Dear Grace,

How have you been studying in New Zealand ? Is it beautiful ? Are you feeling stressful in study? We missed you so much. Father and mother were talking about you all the time, worrying about your conditions. They urged me to contact with you.haha.

 Have you read the newspaper recently ? Alright, as I know that you don’t have the habit of reading news, let me tell you something that is quite serious. The issue was closely related to the relationship between Singapore and India, and it was very likely to have a bad affect on it as well.

Please don’t be too shocked when you hear it. An Indian national  was run over by a private bus! It was horrific, right? This fatal accident occurred at a junction in Little India. Things went worse as it caused angry mobs of passersby to attack the bus involved and emergency vehicles that had by then arrived at the location. They set the bus on fire even more. About 300 Indian nationals were involved in the riot which lasted for hours . This was the second riot in post-independence Singapore. However, it is a good reminder to Singaporeans that even in a stable society, such an incident can happen.

Somehow, I can understand why they would behaved like this. Because they were patriotic and have the desire of others’ respect for their race. I think the Indian migrants were more sensitive about this because they were living in a foreign country. However, the way they expressed it was wrong and too violent. And they had also misunderstood the others, behaving like this without knowing the details thorough the whole accident.

How the India’s TV station, Sun TV reported this incident had really offended the Singaporeans. They were not telling the truth but simply comments depends on what they thought the fact would be. They said that the foreign workers were attacked by Chinese Singaporeans and that the person who died in the accident was pushed off from the bus by a female bus driver. What do you think? Does it make sense? Why would a female bus driver push a passenger out? She would be imprisoned by doing this as Singapore is one of the countries with most strict laws. The truth was the male was drunk and the bus was full but he climbed on and started causing trouble. Then they asked him to alight. After alighting from the bus, he kept chasing after the bus in an unsteady manner. He then stumbled , tripped and fell onto the path of the rear tyre of the bus and was run over.

Oh! My god! I cannot carry on further as I still have a lot of homework haven’t done and it is almost nine o’clock! I love to chat with you and exchange out thoughts. It is really fun and helps me improve a lot in thinking in a more mature way. Looking forward your response.

Love

Yiqing

                                                           4 Feb 2014

 

Struggle in AEIS for All International Students ( draft one )

I am an international student from Chong Boon Secondary School Class 1-E1 and my name is Zhu Yiqing. I came to Singapore on last year April 16th when exactly my thirteen birthday was.My parents found a international school called SSTC through their friends recommendations. The school is located at Dhoby Ghaut. There were three other friends came with me. I lived in my school hostel at Yio Chu Kang, it was quite far. .When I first came, I could only understand by half guess and half listening . And was also very difficult to communicate with others in English. On the first day I went to school , I tried really hard to learn and study. Teacher taught us twenty words the first day. However, days past and the number of words we learned everyday gradually increased to sixty. Although ,it was really hard and needed a lot of effort and time. Suffering from tiring and also missing for my family, my parents ,my home, I have thought of giving up, and surrender to difficulties. However , before long, I would regain my passion and confidence.A lot of people and also my teacher told me frequently that how difficult the exam was .  In the previous years, there was merely about 10% or below students could pass. So, I was very scared .One of my friends was scared away….You may think that it was unbelievable, but it was true. After one month of staying here, he actually went back to China .I studied really hard , stay up until three, four o’clock was normal for me. I did a lot of extra exercise.After almost half a year, the examination finally came.  . Even the night before AEIS, I also didn’t sleep. I thought it made no difference for me, I was used to it already.10th of October  was an important day for me, that was when both my mental and physical suffering ended.Then , after that , I immediately went back to China. I missed her so much—my country. Even it was a place where we usually complained about , but I really love it!. It made me felt warm and welcomed. And I also realized that I was not alone.I stayed in China for two months , spending time together with my family and also waiting for the result on nervous . Time flew, 24th of December , nine o’clock, i could always remember the accurate time when my school teacher called . My mom answered . She actually screamed out .  I was informed that I passed the exam and enrolled into a government school, and express course as well. My friends didn’t got government schools, I felt sad for them , but while I was studying , they were either playing or sleeping.