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Dear -ma tes ,
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got us t oge t he r and t old us our ass i gnment
pr oduce a level ma ga z i ne we want ed
OUT 1 Wha t a t all or der 1 In ca se you c a n't
c ount , t here a re s eve n PS class es,
budding wr iter s t o be exa ct! How on earth
a r e we going to c omp ile our works together
and yet not produc e a volume?
Anyway, we ros e to the s i t uat i on ,
as us ua l . We s tocki ngly ' met t he challe nge.
We sieved t hr ough the . mountainous pi l e
of cont ribut i ons t hat poured in. What
headache! Eve ryone was s o good . Wha t
t ask ! Whos e t o choos e ? In the end . we decided
t o s ele c t t wo or thre e a r t i cles fran each
clas s ( to be fa ir and s orne news r e por ts ,
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Pl eas e unde r s t a nd our constra i nts .
Ma ny thanks t o MI:s L Se a h f or ' pus hi ng '
a nd gui ding us a l ong a nd a l l of you
who have he l ped one way or anothe r
to make t hi s first l eve l magazine
a success.
HAPPY READI NG 1
Editor ial Te am: Zhua ng Wi l li ( SA ) Benjamin Zhuo
Hong She ngha o ( 5B) Li Aiqing ( SC ) Li u Me i me i
Hu Qiwei ( SE ) Azhari b Mus liman ( SF ) Ma Lili n
Comput er expert s ~ Gr ace Wa ng (SA) Che n Yi ngfe n
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"Gu i s hun , c ome c\nd E):-:pl n to t.he rest. of
the c lass r H::l W "l OU wo uld s ol v e t.h is pr o bl e m," Mr's :3eah called
oU.t.
Gu i shun stoo d u p s lowl y . All e y e s wer e o n hi m.
Ri.nq .... inq , . i ng . by b e l l ' But. wait ,
that ' s the f ir e a l arm '
u p qu.ickl y ! fi:' v f.."r yt hi ng o n t he table'
Mi nqyucln, t c: h clf f the 1 i gh t=:; and f ans , 1\ Mr s Se a h o rdered .
We rushed o u t o f t he cl a s sr oom a n d Mrs Seah l e d us out t o
the f i e ld. In t h e e xci teme nt. Xiny u a n pa n icked a nd a lmost
mi s s a step .
it ee\sy, " camE- l'1r s Seah ' s voice. " Th i s i s
on J "I' a f ire c:1 r :i. 1 1 "
When we r eached the f i e ld , ma ny of the o the r
clas ses h a d al r e a d y a s s e mbled the r e. Sudden l y, we s aw a
column of b lac k smoke r i s ing u p i nto the s ky. Th er e was
actual l y a f i r e ' Excit e me nt mo unt ed wh e n t he news s p rea d
round . Mrs Se a h was ve r y c ompos e d . She c a lml y o rdered every
o ne to move f ur t h e r to the end of t he fi e ld a way f rom the
s c hool bu ildi n g . The n s he ma ce us si t o n t he fi eld. Ever y
one l oc ked a n x i o usl y at t he b l a c k smo ke . We whi s p ered t o one
another tr y i n g to g ue ss wh at was happeni n g .
Wh e n two fi re engines dr ove int o t he c ar park, we
cheer ed a nd c l appe d loud l y . From wher e we wer e s e a t e d , we
could not s ee h ow the fi r e was p ut out. Ther e was comp l ete
silence o n the f i e l d a s eyes we r e o n t h e s chool b uilding
r'li t i' c ked by. vJ hen t hf:? f i r-f?men a t. t.h e cat-pa t- k y
cheers and cl ap pi ng broke out a gain.
Af t e r t h e f i re engi nes l e ft, Mr Chec k tol d us that
eve ryth ing was al l r i ght . We h eaved a s i g h of r elief a n d
cheered a gai n . Then h e en l ight ene d us by t ell i n g us t h at the
fire i n t he Ar t Room b roke out. b eca u s e of a shor t cir c u i t.
After t hat , we went b ac k t o o ur c lass room t o r esume our
lessons, but we we re j ust t oo e xci ted to conc e n t r a te. So Mrs
Sea h told us t o wr ite a n e ssay about the f i r e whi le the
i nc i den t wa s s t i ll fr e sh i n o ur minds .
Ben j ami n Zhuo
Pr' SA
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My Pets
Nowadays, youngst e rs l i ke to have a pet of t he i r
own . Pet s are love ly c reatures and f un to play wi th . I ke e p
pets t oo. They were given to me on t he last Chri stmas Eve a s
a pr e s ent f rom my mo ther. They look ver y c ute' a nd h a ve t wo
t iny eyes. They have long pink e ars a n d the ir f ur s are
whi te . I l ike t o hug t hem be caus e t hey ar e very s oft and
ge nt le a n imals.
I named t hem Jumpy and Runny . They l o ve t he i r
names b e c ause whenever I ca l l t heir na mes. they wi l l r un
t owards me. s mi l e to me t heir swe et e st smi le . I feed t hem
thr i ce a day once in the mor ning . af t ernoon a nd even ing)
wi th carrot s a nd vegetables . Every e ven ing, a fter my d i n n e r ~
I usual l y let t hem out of t he cages s o that t hey can run
about . Onc e in a wh i l e . I g i ve t he m a bath . Wh en I rememb e r
to q i ve t hem a bath , the y will r un a way to h i de f r om me.
Af ter t he ir bath . I wil l d r y them a nd c omb thei r soft fur s .
I wil l al so cut their nai ls on their paws before I put them
back to t he c ages .
One morni n g , when I went t o feed the m. I ha d a
s urpr ise. J umpy had fi ve bab i e s! I wa s ver y happy. They were
fed on the i r mo ther' s mi l k . Lat er the y started e a ti ng
ve getab les a nd leafl et s . I had to g i ve thr ee of the bab ies
awa y be cause we d i d not have muc h s pace for t h em. Now , I
ha ve f our o f t he m. I named the o t he r t wo Skippy a nd Bunn y . I
th ink I am t he l uc kiest boy i n the wor l d! I'm sur e you can
guess what my pets are by now .
Wang Dehui
Pr 58
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RAT'S TALE
When Pied Piper had hypnotized
the rat population i n Hame l in and dtowned the m
to death, I was the sale s ur v i vor. I was sleeping
soundl y i n bed when I was awakened by the s cre ams
and crying of my fellowme n. In amazement , I found
mys elf all alone i n t he hole. My f amily and t he
others wer e miss i ng. I was s o fri ghtened t hat
I started to cry l oudly . After s ome t ime, t he
vi llagers went back to their huts . I stopped crying
and crept out
looki ng for my
of my hole .
family.
I ran around t he v i llage
on t he r i ver .
t o deat h?" I
depress ed by
on.
At las t, I found them floating
"What am I going to do: Wil l I starve
asked mys elf, sadly . I f e l t very
the i ncident, but I mus t still live
In the still ness of the ni ght,
I fel t my s tomach groaning. I felt very hungr y
i ndeed f or I had not eat en anything since -morni ng,
s o I decided to ste al some food. I crept out quietly
looking for food .
Fi nally, I f ound a big piece of
cheese . I carried i t back happ ily. Suddenly, I
knocked into some t hing har d. The pi ece of cheese
rol l ed down t he floor noisily. The Mayor woke
up and s aw me on the tabl e. He picked up a piec e
of wood and began t o chas e after me. I ran as
fast as my l egs could carry me. I ran into the
jungle . I f elt f r ightened. The wolves were howl ing
and I felt cold . I hi d i n t he bush hopelessly
wait i ng f or dawn .
When dawn broke, I r an out of
t he j ungl e and came to a padi field . I met some
fi eld mi ce a nd made fr i ends with them. I t old
them t he whole s tory . The took pity on me and
asked me whether I would l ike t o join them. I
was overjoyed . At last, I have a ' fami ly ' and
I won 't be alone again.
Li Ai qing
Pr 5C
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THE STRAY KITTEN
Aft e r d inner" Raj a ana his sister , Dev i dec i ded t o
go f or a nea r the i r home . l 'hey have been walki ng for
qu i te a d i stance when they hear d a sof t me owing s ound c o ming
f r om t h e drain nearby . They we n t towa rds the dra in .
Th ey were take n a b ack by wh a t t hey s aw - a pi ti f ul
loo ki ng k i t t e n. I t was all wet and shiveri ng wi t h cold . The
t wo ch i ldren q ui ck l y rushed home wi th the ki tten.
Th e y as ked their father 's permiss ion t o keep t he
k i t t e n as t hei r pet. Seeing no h a rm i n i t , thei r fat h e r
consent e d . The childr en we re thri ll e d. Raja i mme d iately
prepar e d s ome s o ap water . Th e gave the k itten a good s c rub.
After t hat. t h e dri ed the k itten t h o r oughly and wr ap ped i t
up in a towel to keep i t warm. Then the y f ed the ki tt en s ome
mille
The k i t t.?r-t j-'l dS f r 'Clf'n clay Orlwc:u ' c!s 01 bec o me p a r t:.
a nd p ar cel of the fami l y.
Freddy Li n Wenhua
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A ROBBERY
Mr Lim Lai Ha n. an wit h a lar ge fir m
went t o t he Po s t Off i c e Sav ings Bank to wi t hdr a w fi ft een
thousand doll a rs. He then p ut the mone y in hi s b r i efca se a nd
left the b a n k . He did not real i se t hat h e wa s be i ng
'fo l 1o wed .
On t he way to the o f fic e, he met Mr Chen W M,
a n o l d colleague who m h e had not seen f o r a long time . Mr
Che n i nsist e d t hat t hey go to the c o f f eehouse near b y for a
drink. The y or de red be e r and bega n exch a ngi ng n e ws . Mr Lim
l e f t hi s bri efca s e on t he besi d e him. The t wo me n we re
s o e n grossed in thei r c onversat ion they d id not no t ice t he
bul ky- l ooking ma n s i t ti ng a cross the table wat c h ing t he m
s il entl y. Sudd e nly t he ma n st ood up , rushed towards Mr Li m,
grabbe d his br i ef c ase a nd dashed out of t he do or . Bot h men
recovered from the s h oc k a n d i mmed i at e l y gave chase ,
5 11 0 \..1.1: j ng the top 01: t r l ? i. t- voi c:e , "Stop ! Th i e f ! " I
A p a s ser b y hear d hi s c r i e s a nd t ri e d t o s top the robber . But
the robber wh ipped o ut kn i fe and s l ashed h im on t he
ar m. Then he esc aped on a s coo ter parked out s ide the
c: o+ f
Poor Mr Li m. He was robbe d of t he f i ft e en
thousa nd dollars .
The p o li c e ar e now ask i ng for wi tne sses t o
come f orward to help t hem i n their i nvesti gations.
Chen Zh iqi a ng
Do yo u serve c rabs?
S i t down . s ir - we ser ve
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On c e. I owned an isl and. It h a d a long s t retch
o f the most beautiful beach whe re p a lm trees swayed in t he
gen t le b ree ze . There was a c ha l et wi th a very b ig pool.
Holiday-ma ker s cou ld stay i n tropical h u t s wh i c h o verlook
the s ea. There wer e sever a l ten ni s c o u rts and a
range. Th e re was a wa ter fa l l sur rounded b y pal m t r ees a nd
ferns . Every n i ght ther e wou l d b e danc i ng and di ni ng under
t he r omant ic moonl i ght. Pe op l e cou l d go ho rse- ri d i ng or camp
under t he s t2\Y'S .
I was a g l a mo rous s t ar, ma k ing a mo v ie wi th
two of my favour ite co- stars on t he i s land. We were fi l ming
a n adventure movi e wh i ch t ook us i nto t h e darke st j ungle. We
h a d to wad through the d eepest swa mps a n d c o me fac e to f ace
wi th bl ood -sucking cr eat ur es . We we re sear c hing for an o l d
t e mpl e up in the moun ta in wh er e we could obt a in the a ntidote
f o r s nake bites a nd other p o isons.
t he bel l rang and I s a w my
c l a s smates gett i ng up to leave the class. I r e a l i sed I h a ve
b een daydr e a ming a gai n !
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THE LUCKY TRAVELLER
Lon g ago , a t r a ve l l e r came t o an i nn to rest
a nd to r ent a room for t he n igh t. The next morn i ng, t he i nn
keepe r wa r ned t he t r avel l e r that ther e we r e tigers i n the
moun t ain and -tri ed to d i ssu ade h i m f r om goi ng up as i t i s
very dange rous . But the trave ll er woul d not li sten and
i nsist ed on c o nt i nuing wi th h is j ourney. So t he
gave him a l ong staff t o he lp h im c limb the rocky mou ntain.
Af t e r some t he traveller came to a
wat e r fall. It was cool and b reez y . The scenery was
beaut i ful . He c ou ld hear bi r ds c h irping and monkeys
chatteri ng . As he had wa l ked a long way, he deci ded to rest
un de r a shady tree. A whi l e l a ter? t he chattering stopped.
He l oo ked up and s t ar e d i nto t he eyes of a tiger . The t i ger
gr owled at h i m a nd the travel l e r was 50 fright e ned tha t he
s tayed motion l ess and d i d not kn ow what to do . Th e n the
t i ger poun ced at h im ! The travel l er recovered from the shock
an d j umpe d f o r h is li f e a nd r a n behi nd the tree . The t ige r
h it hi s head a qainst t he tree trunk instead and f ai nted. The
tr a ve ll er quic k l y gr a bbed a big stone and h i t its head
s e vera l t i me s un til i t died .
J ust then, a few hunt ers appeared at the
sc e ne. Th e y were nearby a nd had hear d t he t i ger's gr owls and
had come to hi s reSCUE. They were ama zed to see the
t r a veller safe and sou nd and the tiger killed. They praised
t he t ravel l er for being so brave. Then they helped t o tie
the ti ger to t he staf f and t he y carried the dead t ige r bac k
t o t he inn .
Ma Lilin
Pr 58
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I t is the t i me of t he month again . Mrs Chen went
t o the bank to wi thdr aw same money. She joined t he l ong
queue.
Sud d en l y , t h e s o l e mn si lence in the ba nk was
br o ken by t he dea fen i ng s cr eeth o f a car o u tside . The n ext
seco nd. t hr e e mas ked men car r y i ng a ut oma tic rif les rushed
into the bank. On e o f them fi r ed a war ni ng shot int o t he
a ir. Th e gun s hot ex ploded loudly in the air-conditi oned
room and a ll t he peop l e i n the b an k screa med a nd r a n f or
cover. The Cisc o gu ard took a s t ep f o r wa rd but h e was shot
dead a t po int b lank . There was a shoc ked s il ence .
" Me) ve , al l of flat and put yo ur hand s
behi nd Y fJ U r' hea d I" one o f t. he mas ked s ho u. ted in
Ho k kien .
Anot her robbe r thr e w t h r ee l arge b l ack c a nva s bags
at the c a sh i er s a nd order-ed , "Fi 11 t hem LI p!"
Un known to the rob ber s , one of t he cas h i er s had
a lre ady a ct i va t. ed the s il ent a larm. Sudde nl y t he sire ns of
pol i c e c ar s c o uld be hear d. The masked robbers p an i cked a nd
r an out e mpty- handed and f l e d in the car that wa s waiting
o utsi d e. The pol ice gave c hase . The get away car wove i n and
out of the b us y t r affic . When t he y r ealized tha t t h e pol ice
were zooming i n on them, t hey abandon t he ir c ar and ran up a
b l ock of flat. s. The pol i c e dr ew t he i r . 38 r evol ve rs and
c a ut ious ly sea rched the bloc k, f loor by fl oor . Soon t he
r obbers were sighted o n t he 18t h fl oor . The rob bers o pened
fire at the pol ice men . The pol i cemen dodged just in time.
They coul d no t d o anyth i ng. They c all e d for r einforcement .
" YOLI 're bE'i n g s U.rrounde d ! Tt-Irow do wn yo ur weapons
and S',how 'lc)ur selve s, " c ame t he .from the Dfficer - in
c ha r ge of t he Spec i al Task For ce who had ar r ived at the
.
The pol i ce wa it ed . Minut e s t i c ked b y . Ther e was no
r e sponse fr o m t he robb er s. Th e si gna l was gi ve n , and the
Police Task For c e we n t int o ac t ion. A tear gas grenade was
t hr own towards t he robbe r s .
" Don't s hl..') o t I Don' t, s hoot We give up ! U c a me t. he
f ranti c s ho ut. Th e n thr e e s h a dowy figures emer ged f r o m the
smoke. Tea rs wer e s t reami ng down t h ei r c heeks a nd the y we r e
c ough ing a wa y . The police qui c kly ha ndc uf fed t h em a nd they
WBy"e 1 e d 2v,ay.
Zh ou Yi c hua n
F'r SA
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The Day In The Life Of A Detective
What a h arrowing day! Am I so tired . Let me tel l you
wh o I am. I am Sherlock Steve, a detective . Today I am a n
t he tr i cd. of ttl? cr' i mi nal. ' Thf.'? Fm( ' . HE? had g i \l e n me t he
s l ip for months. but today, he had left a c l ue beh ind. Ah
ha , ' The Fox' had been c a re less enough to l eave behind an
a ddr ess.
1 wasn't sure if this was a tra p b ut I decided to
t ake the risk. I went to the address indicated on the paper.
I was sur pr i sed to find t he dodr open . I went inside b ut
foun d empty. 'The fm(' had g iven me the S'.J.ip once
cJ.g21.i n .
I t hen noticed a sha dow behind me . I turned around
EHid S2\\"! the cr i mi na l . ' The Fo:;' and I had c ome f a ce to face
.::\t 1.3. st .
It was t hen that I r eali ted that he was holding a
qun. "I'm much t oo v ulnerable in t h i,; place. I have to hide
somel,"!l"if2t-e. " The t houq ht c ame int o my min el . I found some
boxes a n d hid beh i nd them. Bam' Bam! Just in time! He fi r ed
a s h ot at me. I exchanged shots with h im before the ' due l '
came to a sudden halt .
One of my shots went wild and the bullet found 'The
Fo x"s head. The police came and one of the sergeant sai d ,
" Good jC1b. Sher- Iock Steve ."
Being a detective is d angerous but exciting. If evel'"
you need a job li ke mine, just contac t Sher loc k Steve.
Hc)ng Shenghao
PI'" 58
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AN EXPENSIVE LESSON
Pete r used t o be a good and
c l e ve r boy i n school. He did his homework and
handed t hem in on time . However , he met some boys
who t aught him t o be bad , j ust like t hem.
He woul d go out wi t h t he m and
l i tter public places . He woul d dr aws on t he walls
wi t h foul words or make t he toilets we t a nd dir ty .
His behaviour became worse e ach day. One day,
t he l e ader of t he ga ng said t o Peter , "Hey Pe ter 1
I t woul d be f un playi ng t ruant . " Foolis h l y , Peter
a greed t o j oi n in .
The s c hool informed Peter 's
pare nt s a f ter was abs e nt f r om s c hool for one we ek.
Peter ignored his pa rents' advice and kept on
playing t r uant .
One d a y , Pe ter threw a s tone
a t a c ar and smas hed t he window. He d i d not not i c e
a pol i c e car a r ound the a r e a and was caught r ed-
handed . Peter was br ought t o c o ur t and fined
$1 000. Sinc e then , he has l e arnt his les son a nd
s t opped ' meeting t he gangs t ers a nd went back t o
s c hool .
Wang Chunping
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THE HRUnTED HOUSE
During my fri e n ds a nd I were tal ki n g
a f ter we had e at e n . Someho w, we always ended up ta l k i ng
a bou t the haun ted house a c r o s s t he road beh i n d t he wood.
Xiuxiu h ad s ome t h i n g new to a dd on to what we al ready knew.
She s ai d her ne ighbour ' s gr a n d father tol d her that t he house
o nc e bel on g e d to a n o l d woma n who was bu r n t f or a l l her e v i l
deeds . We d id no t be l i eve her a n d she d ared us t o go ther e
that ni g ht t o p r ove he r wr ong . We a cc epted her cha l lenge .
Af t e r I had e a ten my d i n ner, I wen t to t h e bus
st o p to meet the other s . I have t ol d my mo ther that I am
go ing t o s tay o ve r n i gh t a t my fri end 's h ouse, the nex t day
b e i ng Sat ur d a y . When ever yone ha d a rr i ved , we walked si l ent l y
t owar ds t he house. a l l t oo ner vous t o t al k.
Then we saw the house . I t was s po o ky- l ooking
i n t he di m moonli gh t . When we c a me t o t h e door, we gave i t a
p us h a nd t t sque aked open . We wen t in s l owl y . I hel d on to
hand and i t was i c y c o l d. l i ke mine ' We s hone our
torch ar ound t h e p l a c e. I t wa s dus t y and musty . Then WE
s et tl e d down in the livi n g room. We t oo k out our s l e e p ing
b ags , s o me f o od a nd drinks and began to tal k a l l at once be
c aus e the s ilence was unbearab le. Sud denl y we s t o pped
t a lk ing . We hear d a funny s ou nd . I t was t he s oun d of
l a u ght er ' Then, we t o o ur hor ror. the f i gure of the ol d
woma n . She stop ped laug hing a ll o f a sudden a nd said , " Le a ve
a t onc e o r yo u s h a l l die '" We wer e scar ed sti f f , b ut we did
n ot mo ve. I nst ead , we held on t o our c r us i f i x and began to
pr ay c on t i nuous l y . The ol d woma n moved c los er and c loser a nd
we prayed har der a n d har d er! Sud denl y, we hea r d a l oud
s crea m. Th e o l d woman was melti n g ! Bl oo d s treake d out f r om
ever y p art o f her bo dy. Sudd en ly we fe l t diz zy and fe l l int o
a d eep s l eep.
When we fina ll y ope ned our eyes , the sun was
sh ini ng o nt o o ur f a c es. The bod y of t he o l d woman was
nowhere t o be s e e n . We q u ic kl y packed u p and r a n home. We
sure ha ve a n ama z ing stor y to t e l l . But wi l l a n yone b e l i eve
us ?
Kr isi nder M Kaur
Pr 5D
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A Lesson For Samy
One fine morning, Bamy wen t to s c h o o l as u s ual . On
h is wa y. he me t his nei g hbour s . Raj u and Ba oj ian. They a s ked
h im t o go f i shi n g with t hem. Barny agree d i mmedi a tely .
Th e y went to a river wher e the w ~ t e r was d eep a nd
d a r k . They found a p l ac e where i t was c o o l and wi nd y. Barny
p laye d wit h the wat er wh i l e Raju a nd Baoji a n st a rt e d to
f ish . All of a s u d den , Ba rn y f el l i n to t h e r i v e r wit h a loud
s p l ash! Raj u a nd Ba o jian wer e shocked . They s hout e d f o r
he l p . Luc k i ly a passer - b y hea rd the ir shout a nd quickl y
jumped i n t o t he river and pul l e d Bamy out of the water. Bamy
was safe a n d sound.
Af t e r t h a t . t h e t h r e e of t hem dec i d e d t o g o h ome.
Barn y was we t and c o ld. He t o ld hi s mother wh at had hap pen e d.
Hi s mothe r wa s f ur i o us . She c aned h i m f or go i ng fish i ng
i nstea d of g o i ng t o scho o l.
Ba rny had l e a r n t his l esson . He pr om ised hi s mother
that h (,> \A, i 11 n e ve r- play tr-l.,I.a n t <:Hl'l mOr- e .
Ci n d y Li n Mi a o li n q
F' t- 5E
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Hari Ray a PU2sa i s a Ma lay f estival that
ma r ks the end o f the month of Ramandan. Ra mandan is a month
whic h Mu s li ms f ast fr om d a wn t o sunse t .
A fort n i ght before the I h e l ped my
q rand mo the r t o s pr i n gc l ean t h e wh o le f l at . I pai n t ed the
walls, put up the ne w c urtain a nd d ecorat ed the house. I
e ven s t rung u p col our f ul lights a c ross the doo rway and let
them twin k l e t hr oughout the n i g h t.
A week before Ha ri Raya I helpe d my
mot her, a un t and q r- andmot her prep a r e festive specialit i e s
such .a5 tarts, cakes a nd cook i es. I a l so f o ll owed my aunt t o
Ge yl ang- Ser ai to b uy chic ke ns and b e e f t o prep ar e
for the b ig d inne r on the e ve o f Hari Raya Puasa.
As u s u a l , my f a mi ly had a s p ecial gat h e r ing
on t h e eve of Har i Raya PUas a. My mot h e r , who l ive s i n Buk it
Bat ok. came with my br ot h er and sister t o my gr a ndmother' s
hous e t o c e leb r a te. We had a bi g feas t wit h my uncles, a unts
and cou sins.
Then came the mor n i ng of the big day . We put
on our new cl othes . My fat her and u n c l e went to t he mosque
t o pray. After that . we gathered to seek forgiven e ss from
our gran dmother and parent s . Then we had our brea kfast , a nd
t hereaf t e r we we nt to vi sit our ne igh bours a n d rel at ives.
Razal ina bte Rahu
Pr 5F
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Caugh t In The Ra in
One sunny after noon , Ali call e d up his friend s t o
g o to t he fiel d to p lay football . Whi l e they were ki cki ng
hap pil y in the f i led . dark clouds began t o for m i n t he sky
and a st rong wind blew. The boys de ci ded to stop playing as
t hey knew it was goi n g to r a i n soon . Mingxiang and John r ode
h ome as quick l y a s possib l e o n their b i cycles, whi l e Ali a n d
t he r est ran a s fas t a s their l e g s could c ar r y them. Bu t
t he y were not quick enou gh. Al i was caugh t i n the r ain wh ich
c a me down suddenl y. When he r eac hed home. he wa s all
dr e n c hed.
Th at even i n g, Al i felt warm a n d uncomf ortab le. He
di d not want to e a t his dinner. His mother touched h i s
f or e head a n d foun d that Al i was hav ing a h igh feve r . Sh e
quick l y br oug h t him to s ee a doc tor. The doctor tol d Ali's
mother t ha t Ali had a f l u be c ause he wa s caught i n t h e ra in
t hat a f t er noon . He t ol d her not to worry bec a use he would be
al right after t aki ng t h e medic i ne. He then advised Al i t o
t a ke two days leave f rom school to rest at home.
Ali was sad. He was also bored. He missed hi s
fri ends very much. J u s t then , t h e d oor be l l rang . It was
Mingxiang and John. They had come to visi t h im wh en they
h e a r d that he was ill. The y brough t him some comic books to
let him pass the time.
From that day, Ali h ad l earnt h is lesson . He
p romised that h e wi l l never p lay i n the rain ever agai n .
Chen Pe if e n
Pr 5G
An Honest Deed
Ti m a nd J ohn went j oggi ng a s usual one Sunday
morn i ng i n Bi s han Pa r k. Aft e r a wh il e , t he y st opped to r e s t .
Whi le t he y were dri nk i nq some w3t e r , Ti m'noti ced a wal let
under t he benc h . He p ic ked i t up.
"HE'! y I Look WhEIt. I ' VE'! f ound , II he s hout. ed .
"Ql.l i c k
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[)?e how fT\l.Jc h money t.h e r e ' s i nsi de, "
s ai d
Tim opene d t he . wa l l et a nd clohn peered over h i s
"\J.) ow! L.ook cIt t. he w,3d of not. e s. " . 8 00 , 900 ,
1000. Wow! OnE? t.hou.s,:,md cl o l I <3.r':::; I II Ti m
They s a t t here. s t ar i ng at e ach othe r . Then Tim
f i na ll y found h is vo i ce . "t-IJE)' d be tt e r t. a ke t. h i s t o t he NPF'."
" No! W,.:d. t ! Let. 's kee p i t . f\:e membe Y" t. h e radie)
remot. e -contro lled c ar we s aw t.he other day a t t. he Emporium?
Th is i s our l uck y da y l We can use th is mone y t o buy t.he
c ar". "
Ti m wa s r e luct a n t at f i r st. But a ft er muc h
per sua s i on from J ohn . he f ina ll y relented . He put t he wa l let
int. o h is bac k pocket an d t hey walked out of Bi sha n Par k .
To r each the r o a d, the t. wo boys had to j ump
a cr os s a dr a in. While do ing t.ha t , t h e wa l l e t fell out of
Tim ' s poc ket. J us t as t. hey wer e go j ng t. o cros s the r oad ,
t hey he ar d a li t.tle gir l calling t hem. As s he came up t o
t hem. s he handed a wallet t o Tim and s a i.d. "E:: cuse me, Y C.1U
have (j r'op ped your wa l l et. . "
Tim was e mba rrassed but J ohn snat ched the wa llet
fr om her hand . Af t er thank i ng her , they we nt on the ir wa y .
"Ma ybe WE' shou l d t ak E! t.he wal J. et t.o the po l i ce
st,;:).t i c.m ." Ti m sai d, .:after a wh i l e .. "Look a t t. hat l i tt l e g ir l
j ust now. She ' s younger t han us a nd yet s he knows what i s
r i Clh t. a nd wha t. 1. s .. II
.J ohn t.hol..lgh t.f u l f ot- <.:\ "I gl!e SS you a r e
r i qht. Let's t.ake the! wa J. I (?i: to the NF'F'. II
A wil 1.le later. the t wo boys eme r ged f r om t he
Ke bun Bar u Ne i gh bourhood Poli c e Post, s mi li ng . They f e l t s o
g ood i. ns i
Liu
F'r 5A
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latiollul SUUJliilltJ (ontl'ol [uluIIUi!l1l 199
... LllllHrlei{' \\'.-Itln,,
A twelve- year -old boy was boasting
Tha t he was a ddicted t o smoki ng
Then he start ed cou ghing early
Caused by t obacco surely .
"Too lat e" he said, dying
Bijuan Grace Wang
Grow up
You
Abstinence
Which also
And
Chen Yi ng f en
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GOOD HEALTH , GREAT WEALTH
wi thout tobacco
wil l never cough or catch a c old
gives good heal th
means great wealth
live to a hundred ye a rs old.
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SPECIAL . FEATURE
f rom writing d i ar i es ,
for m tea c her , Mrs Sea h , encourages us t o wri te i n lOur
J ournal
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, in whi ch we pour ou t our s e c r e ts, probl ems ,
f a n t asies , woes , j oy, j okes , r iddles . . . a nyt h i ng . Here ,
Mr s Seah a cts as our conf i dant, giving advice , e ncouragement ,
l e nding he r s houlde r s f or a nyone t o cry on, shari ng our
j okes , s o l v i ng the r i ddles , e t c. I t i s a very pe rs onal
lit tle 'black ' book . No one has a cces s to t he e ntries
e xcept the
stric tly con
writ e r and
fident i al.
Mrs Seah . All entries ar e kept
--permis s ion
Be l ow a r e
gr anted of
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My English i s very poor. I
am especially poor in my
voca bul ar y, grammar , comp
os ition and comprehens i on .
I don ' t know what to do .
To be good a t a Language
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read more Engli s h
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you are uriting to me i n ' Our
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Journal' is al ready a step
towards uriting practioe .
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R O W -- the harder you t he
faster yQJ. wiU go.
t he more practice you have i n
aLL the three the
fas ter you wiLL improve .
I love to play the organ, but
my rrother always has t o remind
. rre to practice. Please t ell
rre how I can r erren'ber to
practi<..-e wit hout having some
one remind rre.
It's good to know that you Like
p Laying the organ and tha t yo l1 .
want t o improve. Si t down and
reaUy think about your 8chedu Le
dur ing the day . What is thebest
timfj f ol' you t o set aside fo r
organ practise? Perhaps there
is time bef ore or after dinner
that would be best for you.Or
maybe during the you
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a box of crayons so that she
need not borrow from you in
future.
t o praatiae .
I have a s ister who is ver y
childish and bad-tempered .
Why is Peipe i s o clever?
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She can remember
I can't stand
she r eads and i s alwa ys top
her. For example, t he o t he r
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girl i n our ' class .r want to
be like her , good at
day she wanted to borrow my
crayons but I t old her t hat
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I need i t for my art l esson. I
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experienae muah sati s fa a
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A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION
The end of an old year
The start of a new
Thinki ng of and planning
The things to do
Going to do better
Goi ng to be nice
Going to be kind to all
From bears to little mice .
But it's so hard to do them
All these thi ngs you've planned to
do
'Cause while you try hard to do
them
Someone comes to bother you
"You don't have to be nice!" they say
"Forget it all - just have your way!"
But stop before you rush out to play
You're throwing all your hard work
away
You see, when you make a New
Years Promise
You've got to make it right
And only if you follow it ri ght thru'
Will the New Year be bright
A c ommuni t y pr o j ec t on
.::l l"1ci ShaY'i n q "
.. .. t .h e Commu.ni t v
:3 i nc) iOl P Ot'" "
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