Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Travel Journal to Malacca

Dear journal,
                       This year Secondary 2 growth camp, we went on a two day one night trip to Malacca. On the departure day, we have to wake up very early and reach school by 6.37 a.m. causing most of us to be tired and restless but we were also excited at the same time. The moment we went up the bus, everyone finds a comfortable seat and settled down. The bus ride went on for at least an hour and many of us fell asleep throughout the whole journey to the custom.
After going through the custom, we got on a tour bus in Malaysia and waited patiently for our tour guide to arrive. Our tour guide, Aisha, was a very nice and kind lady. She kindly explained and brief us about our the actives carried out on that day.

Our first activity of the day was a school visit at Foon Yew High School in Johor Bahru.
At Foon Yew High School, we were to split up from our friends and sit with our new buddies. I was nervous and anxious for a moment but after a while I calmed myself down by telling myself to be natural and just smile and I did. Although my buddy is quiet and shy, but she had a noisy buddy which was me who talks all the time. Whatever I had said was so much more than what she had said. Their school rules were very strict and all of the students there that I have seen, obeyed their school rules. Until now my buddy and I still kept in contact.
After the school visit, it's finally lunch time! We went to a local restaurant to have our scrumptious lunch.
After filling our stomach, we carried on with our journey on the bus for half an hour while admiring the scenery outside the window at the countryside . 
Soon after, everyone got down the bus and found only trees surrounding us. Those trees were rubber trees. We learn about how to get rubber from the trees and the uses.
    Then, it's the pineapple farm. I thought it would be boring there as i am not a fan of pineapples but I saw my friends jumping on the soil and I found it interesting. The tour guide told us that those soil all not the usual soil people uses.
We then proceeded to Coffee Plantation and not only we get to observe the Coffee Plant, we even got to taste their local coffee and provided doughnuts too! But once again I didn't really like coffee so i pass it on and just kept munching on my doughnuts.
Next stop is where we were shown how a simple coconut tree can be utilised. Finally we get to view the processing of "Gula Melaka". 

Time passes by quickly and it's already night time and everyone was got hungry again. We went to a local peranakan restaurant and got to try their cuisines. Not only their foods were delicious, they performed beautiful and graceful traditional dances too!

Finally the time which everyone was looking forward to, the night River Cruise. We heard story and history about the river and bridges there. We enjoyed the ride alot but it still came to an end.

Then, it's time to check in! Everyone were too tired that we all wants to faster go to bed. After a short briefing, we all got our room card and went to bed.

One day past so quickly that I didn't  even realise. It's time to wake up to wash up. After washing up we quickly packed our bags , took a group photo in our hotel room and headed to the lobby where the buffet was located.

After the buffet breakfast, we board the bus and made our way to jonker street.

There were many tourist shops and shops that would catch my eyes but unfortunately, we was not able to buy anything.

Last place that I love most and left the deepest image was the St Paul Hill / St Xavier Church as the story about St Xavier was so incredible. There was also a wishing cage there and everyone started tossing their coins in and made wishes.

After that, it was time for us to go back to Singapore and our learning journey ended there. I really think that two days just was not enough for us. I really wished to go back there again.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Facets (Photo Essay)

 (Pair work) Names: Zhi Xi and Xin Ying

                    Different Cultures food~


 Singapore is a multi racial country. For example, in Singapore hawker centre they sell many types of food. Malay hawker sells halal food and serve with many versions of traditionally Tamil food. Chinese stalls also introduce Malay ingredients or cooking methods. This will make the cuisine of Singapore rich and cultures attraction. And did you know that ice cream was a Chinese food? It was found by an famous Italian explorer when he was roaming around china then the recipe was brought back to Europe and it then becomes the ice creams that we are eating now. All these foods are famous and popular now because they are delicious!

Book Review

Title of the book and the author: 
To all the boys I've loved before, Jenny Han 
What is the plot? 
Being shock to found out all her letters that she wrote for all 5 of her crushes were sent out. In her letters, she writes about the things that she feels about them and say things that she would never say in real life, because her letters were only for her own eyes. But when the day, she knew her secret letters was being sent out to all 5 of her crushes, that's when Lara Jean's love life started being out of control.
          Did you like the book? Why?

          Yes, I do. This book is not boring and lifeless, the content in it does not comes out like what I have expected.

          What was your favourite part and why?

 My favourite part of the story is whereby Lara Jean had to face all the crushes that she wrote  letters to. If I was her, I don't think I would be able to bare this disaster. But she was able to  settle them one by one herself and end up finding the one she really likes and get together with  him. I think she really is a brave teenager. 
           Will you recommend this book? What kind of person will enjoy this book?

           I will surely recommend this book to many teenagers who have difficulty in expressing their feelings for their crush.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Movie Review

Movie Title: Divergent

Q. Describe the most exciting/memorable part of the movie.Why do you like it?
Ans:  The most exciting part is where both Tris and Four went into his mind and overcome his fears.
          In his mind Tris know what is disturbing him deep inside his heart.
Q. If you could rewrite one part of the movie, which part would it be and why? How would u like to rewrite it?
Ans:   If I rewrite one of the part, it would be four telling Tris his real identity.
Q. List 3 lessons that you have picked up from watching the movie

  1. Overcome your fears bravely
  2. Stay strong and persevere 
  3. They found their own abilities and succeeded in their life

International Friendship Day

International Friendship Day is a day which bring different cultures and races together and celebrate the day. On International Friendship Day people will put on different races tradition costumes and we will eat different traditional culture's food. And by this way, we can get to know one another's taste and other countries culture better.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

My struggles and how I overcome it. Draft 2

Name:Tan Zhi Xi

                     I remembered last year before my scariest exam which is also called PSLE, I love to go out with my friends to play basketball and was very lazy to even go back home to do my homeworks and I will play until very late at night till the sky turns dark with my friends. Every time when i reach home, all my family members will be sleeping in their rooms except for me. The moment i step into my room, I laid down on my bed and in no time I fell asleep.
                     Time flies past fast,"Zhi Xi! Wake up!" my mother shouted."Let me sleep for 5 more minutes please." I replied with a tired voice. "No! It is already 7am you have to wake up now or u will be late for school!" "Alright,alright.. I am awake already." "Sigh.. It's morning again.." I said to myself.
                      During class I would take a nap or daydream. And most of my teachers would scold me for not paying attention in class and there is one teacher whom I will never forget said that I will surely fail for my PSLE. But I have this very special and different teacher who actually did not give up on me and who  kept on encouraging me and pushing me towards my goals. Everyday after school she will help me with my homeworks and things that troubled me. She is the most caring and awesome teacher i have ever met. Under her encouragements and help, I became less lazy and I seldom hang out with my basketball friends until the day I that I waited for 6 years came.
                        I went to my table and took my exam but during the exam, my mind was blank and i didn't know what to do. But all of a sudden, my favourite teacher's voice came into my head and I recalled everything she had taught me before although i know i wasn't really very sure with all the answers but at least i know i had tried my best.. On the results day my tears trickled down my face as i was receiving my results from my teacher. I can't get into the school with my friends.And that really saddens me the whole day but it's alright as I am in Chong Boon now and I made lots of new and awesome friends here and I felt very happy because after 6 years in my primary school studying, PSLE is finally over!

Sunday, 23 March 2014


-Minimum 200 words(241)
-How are the English lessons for far?
-How can the teachers help me?

             I think the English lessons are fine and great as Miss Foo and Mdm Tan made the lessons really interesting and I learn lots of new words and vocabulary during the lessons. And we get to see puns showed by Miss Foo so we could relax our minds for awhile and she will even slowly explain to us if we do not understand the pun. And i get to know more about what is going on around the world and even changes with the things or climate around me by reading the articles and worksheets given to us almost every week. I am weak in my Vocabulary, Editing and sometimes I don't really understand the questions from the comprehension. But after all the English lessons, I think I have improved from the previous results I got in primary school. But I think I can improved further by working harder.
                  I think the teachers can help me by giving us more articles or short stories with more vocabulary words for us to read and discuss with. And I think we should have more support programs after school  to strengthen our learning more. And we could tell the teachers the topics we are weak in and we could be group together by the topics we need to improve on. And the teachers can focus more on our weak points and of course we will still have to revise other topics too.