Raising a Mugging Nation

28 06 2010

Dear World and respective Members of the Singapore Goverment,

Today is the start of my Mid Year examinations. Today. The first day of term 3.

Through out the last two weeks of ‘holiday’ I have been mugging and cramming because I was having wonderful, glorious fun and gaining knowledge I might never have the oppertunity to gain from the classroom when I was at Pre-University Seminar and Drama Camp. I thought I could take a load off after that. No. I had exams to study for.

I understand that the mid-year- at-term-3 thing only occurs to several of the Junior Collages and now that just seems unfair. Should not all JCs standardise when exams should be. Or Yes. The definition of ‘term break’ should be settled once and for all.

Like I said there are ways for students to study without having to open a book or a lecture note or refer to their schools website.

A lot of students would have seen the forum article by now and just like me are all typing away on their key boards complaining.

Can we do more than complain?

I just realised this might be one of the most popular topics to be written in the General Paper exam today.

Cheyenne

References:

http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_546439.html

http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_546438.html

http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_546434.html





Singapore Housing: worries, problems, and may be a solution?

27 06 2010

Dear World,

I have found some interesting data which I would love to share with you all.

You see me General Paper teacher keeps telling me to read and I have been but so far, the reading has not been spreading far just yet. It will. For now I want to discuss some thing I find very serious to my future and to the future of Singapore. Who knows? You might just be involved in it to.

It started off with my cousin, Jackie’s wedding last year and now the housing situation with her and her husband is not all that ideal I heard ( they don’t have a place of their own yet) and this coming september her sister, Von, will be tieing the knot too. I am curious about thier housing situation. AND THEN, my relatives were all teasing Nic’s boy friend ( Nic is the youngest of the 3 sisters) what time next year do they expect to mark in their calenders. After drunken giggles, the boyfriend said save money to get a house and then get hitched ( I am exaggerating the get hitched part, he did not really say that).

Then the conversation went on to rising house prices ( my family is always like that). I have seen with my very own eyes that prices of housing are going up by a hundred or may be two hundred thousand and many properties are worth ONE MILLION SINGAPORE DOLLARS ( you can sent at least 3 kids to an overseas university with ONE MILLION SINGAPORE DOLLARS).

Now here is my isusse ( for lack of a better term).

With the Singapore Goverment wanting more couples to get married and have 3 or more kids ( new campaign), how can they when they can’t even afford a house big enough to fit 3 or more kids? The goverment claims that the problem is that women are becoming more educated and want to have career lives. This is NOT entirely true. There are those that want to start a family but they have to settle the house before doing ….
They have to work and earn enough to move out of their parent’s house and get their own place and THEN they can START thinking about having 3 or more kids like the goverment wants.

So I propose the goverment try and help couples out. Give compensation for couples who want a house but can’t afford it. Set some new requirements. Sure they might not want to have kids immediately after getting a house, but they sooner they have a place to call their humble abode, then they sooner they can start thinking of having the sounds of pitter pattering feet running all over the place. AND THE SOONER YOU WILL BE HAPPY!

Think about it. I don’t know if this post will make much of a difference, but I don’t know if writing into parliment is the brightest idea either especially if I don’t have statistics to back up my ‘claims’. But it is a growing trend. That should count for something.

oh my gosh. The Prime Minister was right. Some of us Pre-University Seminar people might end up in politics.

The scary thing is that I might be one of them.

Terrified,
Cheyenne

P.s. I premed my hair 😛

P.p.s Tomorrow are my exams. Wish me luck





Being yourself, truely

27 06 2010

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. My cousin helped prove that to me tonight.

You see we are all different people with different strengths and weaknesses and different talents as well. I can’t be Jonny Depp or Britney if I wanted to. I can only be me.

So just a little reminder.
Being perfect sometimes isn’t worth it.
It is not worth the mess.
Believe me or not and face the fact,
Don’t try and put it to the test.
Take what you have
And make it grow
And trust me
The products will show
Sometimes just being ‘me’
Is the best I can be 

I hope that helped everyone out tonight oh and btw I downloaded wordpress on my I-phone so I can update as soon as an idea pops into my head so you will get updates from me more often 
Take care
Cheyenne Phillips





The ‘system’: can it beat you or can you beat it?

25 06 2010

Dear World,

I know I haven’t posted in a loongg time but I do apologise. Being a kid studying in the Singapore system is a difficult life for me. I do blog when I can and when I feel like I can share something important.

And in this case, I do.

I recently read a blog from a friend of mine, Derrick. He talked about beating the system and in his case, he has. He is one of the few most amsing people I know. You should check out his blog when you have the time ( please be loyal to me though).

To add to beating the system, me and a group of school mates packed our bags and headed off to the campus of the National University of Singapore (NUS) for a 5 day 4 night pre-university seminar. There, many issuses that had a lot to do with the locals were discussed and as I think back, one of the few topics discussed was not our education system.

Now, see, I am nothing like Derrick. I am not going to drop out of school and blog all day long. No. I’ll get bored. Plus that’s Derrick’s thing. I rather have my own thing.

You see, Derrick taught me that sometimes you do need to break the system while my friends from respective insitutions at the Pre-University Seminar taugh me that breaking the system might not be the brightest move, although there are ways to move around it.

What Derrick did was brave.  He knew the system was not for him and I will admit, I am not too happy about the system either. But both provided us respectively, different sets of opportunities, which I believe I can say confidently, we both took advantage off.

opportunities. That was what our Prime Minister ( our guest of honour at opening ceremony) addressed in his ‘ KEY ADDRESS’. He said that school provide opportunities for students to learn and grow, holistically. Yes, the system has been altered, but not broken.

Like I said, the system here can’t be broken, beaten prehaps, as my friend has so wonderfully displayed, but broken? I highly doubt it. In fact, Mr Prime Minister believes that although politics is not the most popular topic on a teenager’s to-do list, many that attended the seminar will help better Singapore through her politics ( in no disrespect sir, but yeah RIGHT!).

Even if a lot of us go into politics, the system remains. There might be changes and alterations but it’s there, still. So for those who can’t beat the system or aren’t brave enough to try. Then here is my suggestion.

GO with it. Make it your own. Either that or go on complaining about it your whole life.

To the best of my abilities, I have made the system work for me. I am studying theatre and bio ( the two subjects I LOVE the most), I have done for a competition this year as well as the seminar which has taught me a lot. The only thing I can’t control would be the system. So this is what I do. The system is like a giant wave that every generation has to face. I grab the surf-board and ride that wave out. Some people say the wave is too big and crash, go back on land and frown around. Others keep trying to get on that wave and ‘master the system’ but how when it keeps changing? Some are beyond the system and are sitting out far into sea simply watching wave and wave go on by. Then there are those who are just making the system work for them and ride it out til they can’t ride it out any more, oh! And they have fun doing it.

I could not find an image to represent beating the system. Besides that only happens 1 in 4 million (equvalent to 1 in the wole of Singapore).

So take that chance, ride that wave out. If not ask Derrick for some advice. According to his last post, he’s advicing people on HOW TO BEAT THE SYSTEM 101.

HAHA!

Take care world,

Cheyenne





JC students branded ‘dogs’. (HUH!!!???!!!)

12 06 2010

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_538797.html\

READ ARTICLE FIRST.

My collage? Of all places my collage? My mentality that these cases will never happen to people I know has flown out the window.

Before anything else, I would just like to acknowledge Vas’s actions of reporting it to the police and that he did a good thing.

I believe strongly in equality. Now in a mixed school i try and take on equal responsibility as the guys. I am friends with as many people as i can be and although I am not close to the guys stated or discriminated against, I do know them.  So far they have had good intentions and Vas is pretty popular in school. I don’t know about his past and I don’t want to know but I do know that his present is been good so far.

This has thought us one thing. the internet is a scary scary place. The fact the school staff were unaware of the situation makes the internet a place where random thoughts and ideas and just spread over the net and take over. ( To be perfectly honest, I am still unsure how people foound out about it. I mean who randomly searches TPJC on the internet? Who has that kind of time?)

Actually, my views are superficial now. Ill get back to you about this.