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Editors’ note WH AT I S MO C H? I T ’ S HW A C H O N G’S OW N MAGAZI NE, SPELLED B AC KW ARDS. WE C E L E B R AT E T H E D E F I N I N G M OM ENTS I N O UR HW A C HO N G JOURN EY TOG E T H E R WIT H YO U. THE SCHOOL YEAR HAS WELL AND TRULY STARTED —

for both C1s and C2s, the first term is down and the rest of 2016 is just around the corner. Regardless, take this time to revisit some of the great memories you’ve had in Hwa Chong, encapsulated in this issue. In October last year, we released “The ZEN Issue 水”, featuring a 2015 Year-in-Review, the Mid-Autumn Festival, December holiday recommendations and fun, insightful interviews with many of our schoolmates. Following that, two more issues in this elemental trilogy will accompany you in the year ahead — “The ABLAZE Issue 火” (now released) and “The HARDCORE Issue 土” (coming mid-2016). The three MOCH issues will serve as a collectible set, with the front and back covers acting in thematic unity, so do collect them. In this issue, we will be covering the biggest school events that have happened so far; the dance culture, shortcuts through Hwa Chong; interviews with your schoolmates who delve into their passions head-first; birthday tips, food recommendations and many more!

TH E AB L AZ E I SSU E

Once again, we would like to thank a diverse group of people who have helped us put together this sparkling collage of school life — photographers and students who shared their experiences for the articles, Faculty Committee members and everyone who was part of these schoolwide events. Most importantly, we would like to thank the rest of the 42nd Publications and Publicity Committee, along with our Teacher-Advisor Mr Sim Weiheng, without whom this issue would not have been possible. Years down the road, no matter where you may end up in life, we hope you will see these magazines as keepsakes that embody the memories, laughter, warmth and spirit that Hwa Chong has given us. This is the second of the three. Presenting to you, the ABLAZE Issue, 火. With love, Selina and Guang Jing 42nd MOCH Coordinators

42H CSC PU BCO FI R S T ROW:

Ang Kai Ren (Executive Committee Attaché), Mr Sim Weiheng (Teacher-Advisor), Audrey Hau Wei Yee (Chairperson), Teo Xin Hui (Secretary-Treasurer). S EC O N D ROW:

Tan Jiayi (IT Director), Dai Guang Jing (MOCH Coordinator), Xu Xinyue Selina (MOCH Coordinator), Lyu Liang (IT Director), Sim Yang Zhi (Art Director), Thomas Toh Tze Yang (Art Director), Zhang Yiran (Art Director), Zhang Fengfang (IT Director).

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3 IG N IT E These are the events that have ignited our school lives – presenting to you, the best of Open House: Coalescence, Orientation: Set Sail and Chinese New Year: 猴王腾云送福来.

6 B L AZ I N G T H RO U G H HW A C H O N G How well do you know Hwa Chong? Here, find the best shortcuts (that you may not already know!) to get around school.

7 T RAIL B L A Z E R S Some of our schoolmates are ablaze with interesting, quirky or even consuming passions. We interviewed them for you – the dancer, the polyglot and the slam poet.

1 1 AB L AZ E We searched for those who embraced the great emoji of the burning flame. These are your schoolmates — alight, ablaze and on fire.

1 3 Z E ST : TH E I N S A N D O UT S O F S O DAC H E Explore the history and significance of one of the school’s hallowed traditions: our culture of Song, Dance and Cheer (SODACHE).

17 F IRE D U P Need some motivation? We have an exclusive ABLAZE playlist with fiery tunes, along with funny and wise quotes from your favourite teachers. Furthermore, we re-explore the faculty pride that burned strong on the night of Orientation Campfire!

19 F E E LING CH IL L I Feeling chilli? Want some heat? There are many options abound both in school and nearby. If you’re not convinced, we’ve listed some hidden health benefits of spicy food that might just change your mind.

20 BRIG H T L IG H T S, BIG G E R BIRT H DAY S Friendships are the best parts of our JC lives. Make birthday celebrations of those who matter to you bigger and brighter this year! Quirky patisseries with mouth-watering cakes can be found at the most unexpected of places.

21 FACU LT Y COM MIT T EE INT RODU CT IONS #4Facs1Hwach holds true, but do unleash your inner faculty spirit as each of your Faculty Committee presents its 2016 theme to you!

1 5 ST EP U P : T H E H WA CHO NG E D I T I O N Hwa Chong has one of the most vibrant dance cultures around; here, we recall your favourite memories from your Post-Orientation Party!

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IGNITE

1,459 THE N UM B ER O F GUES TS THAT ATTEN D ED THI S YEA R ’S O P EN HOUSE, GUI D ED B Y O UR WO N D ER FUL TOUR GUI D ES.

64 THE N UM B ER O F I N D I V I D UA L “ L EAF ” S EC TI O N S THAT WER E HO I S TED IN THE S KY FO R THE S KY C EN TR EP IECE.

11 THE N UM B ER O F UM B R ELLAS USED TO C O N S TRUC T THE FO UN TA I N STRUCTURE I N THE C EN TR A L P LA Z A .

Open House 2016: Coalescence was the day when all of Hwa Chong came together to showcase itself to the prospective C1s. There was a cheery fountain, colourful banners all around, booths at various parts of the campus and a spirited, dynamic slate of performances. Let us take you through some interesting facts that you might not have known, which perfectly sum up that amazing day!

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Set Sail B AT C H S O N G 2 0 1 6

A ship is safe in its harbour But you know it’s meant for more You and I, we’re gathered here To spread our wings and soar And in this vastness, there’s more than I can see There’re greater things to achieve

Remember the mixture of anxiety and anticipation on Day 1 of Orientation? It’s always easier to stick to your old friends - but you know that your life in JC is meant for venturing out of known waters!

Oh the waters may be rough And the tides are against us But we’ll keep going There’s a fire within me And you know that we’ll be tough Doesn’t matter what’s your past In this brand new story Won’t you write it with me Setting sail Sometimes I lose myself in this Deep blue sorrow don’t know where to go But I’ll rise, above the sea Take a leap of faith just believe Oh the waters may be rough And the tides are against us But we’ll keep going There’s a fire within me And you know that we’ll be tough Doesn’t matter what’s your past In this brand new story Won’t you write it with me Oh the waters may be rough And the tides are against us But we’ll keep going There’s a fire within me And you know that we’ll be tough Doesn’t matter what’s your past In this brand new story Won’t you write it with me Setting sail Oh setting sail Oh setting sail

SET SAIL

Here’s to those days of gathering in circles while seated in the central plaza in your OGs, discussing all that transpired in the day — the games, SODACHE, and the lectures.

As a batch, you have set sail together, and now in these open seas, you will write your own stories in the 2 years to come as a united family. And we can’t wait to see what you’ve got. Go forth and conquer, C1s!

To our dearest C1s, we hope Orientation 2016: Set Sail is the theme for your Hwa Chong college journey. For many of you now, your days are probably filled with tutorials, lectures and more tutorials, and you’re probably aching to go back to those carefree days. Here, we tie these emotional snippets and dazzling highlights together with the lyrics of your batch song, Set Sail.


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Chinese New Year OUR ANNUAL HWA CHONG CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRA-

tions was held on 5 February 2016, and featured lots of exciting and memorable moments. Here, we explore the most iconic moments of the CNY celebrations! S TR EET M AR K ET AN D MO R E

As part of annual Hwa Chong tradition, C2 classes were required to plan and run stalls to form the school’s “street market”, an amalgamation of food and games which has become synonymous with the event itself. The classes 15S6E and 15A12 deserve special mention for their unique stalls: the classes sold soba and malt candy respectively!

LO HEI

Auspicious Lo Hei sayings were abound as C1 OGs and C2 classes got together to lao yusheng for a merry Year of the Monkey ahead! We overheard some funny and cute Lo Hei chants that will be sure to make you laugh: 满地黄金,财源滚滚来!I hope our class fund never runs out of money. (reference to the deep-fried golden pillows) 祝老师和大家青春常在, to be 青 like radish! Stay young guys! (with shredded green radish serving as inspiration) 抬望眼,仰天长啸,壮怀激烈。 Cheers! (from 满江红) May our OG ship be 甜甜蜜蜜 and last long! (when plum sauce is being drizzled) And last, but not least, the deservedly most popular line: Huat ah! C EN TR EP I EC E

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The Centrepiece, which featured a blossom tree with well-wishes from each OG hanging from its branches and four lanterns bearing the words 齐天大圣, was a popular photo spot among many students (take a quick look on Instagram to verify this claim).


BLAZING THROUGH HWA CHONG

SHOR TC UT #1 You can go to the High School canteen quickly for a change of menu! Get to the BPA and head through the forest trail at the back of the school. Follow the well-trodden path that will lead you right to the High School squash courts.

Before long, you’ll be at the High School canteen! T I MI N G: 5 MI N 3 3 S EC O N D S S T E P S TA KE N WHEN WA LKI N G: 6 2 4 STEPS

SHOR TC UT #2 The fastest route from a HCI gate to the Central Plaza (on the unfortunate occasion when you oversleep and find yourself running like the wind). From the bus stop outside Block D run along the fence encircling the brand new field

and go in by the opening at the middle. Cut straight across the field and head up the steps and you’ll find yourself right at the edge of the Central Plaza. T I MI N G: 2 M I N 3 6 S EC O N D S S T E P S TA KE N W HE N WA LKI N G: 287 STEPS

S H O R T C UT #3

Blazing Through Hwa Chong

The fastest route from college to the boarding school, and vice versa (for our international scholar friends or anyone who is headed in that general direction). Walk along Block B, along the driveway, past the clocktower at High School. Turn in and cut through 仁爱楼 and walk past

the row of classrooms. Turn when passing the Drama Centre and walk all the way up the hill (passing the International School). TI M I N G: 7 M I N 6 S EC O NDS S TEP S TA KEN WHEN WA L K ING: 8 2 3 S TEP S

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TRAILBLAZERS We explore our school’s trailblazers, and their love for the beauty in words, language and dance.


THE POET Chang Yi Ning (15A14) is a wordsmith and lover of poetry. She is the President of ELDDFS (the English Literature, Drama, Debate and Film Society).

P LEA S E SH ARE WI TH U S YO UR PA S S I O N F O R WO R D S AN D P O E T RY.

Poetry has taught me to be unapologetic. Putting words down on paper can preserve a decorous distance between writer and reader sometimes, but the intimacy of speaking those words aloud can make me feel vulnerable. There’s a thrill to looking people in the eye and saying words like naked, and knowing that you have every right to verbalise your feelings and experiences. To me, spoken word enables that kind of ownership and sharing, which lends itself well to catharsis.

BI G G EST CH A L L E N GE ?

Multitasking can get really difficult! You have your poems memorised, you’ve got gestures, inflections, facial expressions, and you’re also trying to respond to the audience, because nobody wants a static reading. On top of all of that, I find myself trying to feel the poem all over again, trying to relive whatever experience I’m conveying in order to give a truthful performance. I once performed to a generic audience, which was regrettable because spoken word is pretty niche, and they got pretty bored of me halfway through.

W HAT’S TH E M O ST POW E R F UL L E S S O N THAT YO U R PASSI ON HA S A L L OW E D YO U TO G AI N SO FA R ?

It’s made me more critical of myself. In particular, this has become a way of tracking my growth as a person and as a poet, which, to me, is a Klein bottle-way of understanding myself. By looking at what I used to write about and how I wrote about it, I can see what once bothered me, how I dealt with it, what I learned from it.


T H E P O LY G L OT Chong Han (15A12) is a dabbler in languages. He takes not one, not two, but three language subjects. It’s phenomenal — can you imagine someone who does ELL, CLL & Japanese?

WHAT D O YO U LI KE A BO UT LANGUAGE?

I have always thought that it would be very cool to be able to know many different languages, because I could confuse others by speaking in a foreign language. Some say humans are driven by a thirst for knowledge – personally, I am driven by a thirst for the knowledge to pronounce and interpret words in weird languages. When I see a text written in, say, Spanish, I just feel compelled to read it out loud and see how much I understand.

WHAT D R I V ES YO U I N THE PURSUIT OF LA N GUAGE?

I am not able to learn languages from a textbook, where every new chapter introduces a new concept, or a new way of speaking, or a new expression. I learn off the Web, where I normally go for relaxation. Thus, when the going gets tough, I surf the net. And on the net, I occasionally find something written in Spanish, or Afrikaans, or whatever. So I read it, and learn from it. The thing about languages is that they can be picked up from anywhere. Any text can be a resource. Using English as an example, not every textbook will tell you the meaning of “concatenate”, but if you read a book using this word, you will come to know of it and be able to use it once you figure out its meaning.

WHAT'S THE M O S T P OWER FUL L ESSON YOU LEA R N T S O FA R ?

On a purely linguistic level, it would be that the best way to become functional in any language is to interact with native speakers. Thus, by listening to their speech, not only can one become accustomed to the sounds of the language spoken, one may also subconsciously take in more grammatical structures or even new words.


THE DANCER Lim Shu Yi Denise (15S60) is in Hwa Chong’s Music and Dance Society (MAD) and is the Dance I/C for Athena Faculty Committee 2015/2016.

WH AT’S THE M O ST POWERF UL /VA L UA B L E L E S S O N T HAT YOUR PASSI O N H AS TAUGHT YO U S O FA R ?

Someone whom I admire a lot once said, “be sure that you want it, then if you do, you just have to keep knocking on the door and someone will open it”. Along the way, I’ve met people who’ve inspired me, helped me, and encouraged me. At the same time, being this young, there will always be people who’ll tell me to think twice or discourage me altogether. If there’s something I’ve learnt, it is to have conviction in whatever I do, to know why I made a certain choices and follow through with them.

BI G G EST CH A L L E N GE S ?

In dance, the body itself is Art and the dancer, the athlete. Stretching and conditioning can be quite painful, but it’s wildly satisfying when you feel yourself getting stronger, being able to dance bigger, faster, longer. Knowing it’ll be worth it in the long run helps me get through the pain. Also, I struggle with feelings of inadequacy and shyness, but many times, people don’t actually care about you at all. Most of the time, it’s just you judging yourself in your head so just get over yourself. (but it’s always easier said than done…) For me, the ultimate challenge is convincing my parents to give me the green light, which is something I’ve barely made any progress in. If anyone has any tips, please share!

W H AT DOES TH E WO R D “PA S S I O N ” ME A N TO YO U?

Passion is like a burning flame, sometimes strong, sometimes weak. You have to fuel and fan the flames every now and then, especially when the going gets tough... Art as a way of life, seeing beauty in little things and everyday experiences, is what passion means to me, I think. I’ll leave you guys with a quote I read on berlin-artparasites, “You cannot use someone else’s fire; you can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe you have it.”




ZEST: THE INS AND OUTS OF SODACHE

THE WORD SODACHE WOULD SEEM FOREIGN TO MANY

when they first step into Hwa Chong — is it a kind of food? A place in the campus? No, it’s much better — through communal singing, dancing and cheering, Hwa Chong-ians get to embarrass themselves together, laugh at each other and have plenty of fun. In this article, we explore the fun facts and brief history of SODACHE, and more importantly, what it means to the C1s. SODACHE has always been a huge part of the Orientation experience for C1s every every year. Let’s hear from this year’s C1s on what exactly were their best SODACHE memories and moments with their OGs and CTs! BES T SO DACH E M EM O R I E S

“My favourite song is Destinations, love the melody!” said Low Shi Ming of 16S76, of the Batch Song written in 2011. The spirit of SODACHE is grounded in its participants, and the spirit of collective dance and song is not lost on Liewchanpatana Pitchaya from 16A15, or “Pitch” as she is affectionately referred to by her classmates. “Chinese songs!” she recalls. “And the 5, 6, 7, 8 bits! That’s my most memorable part. My favourite dance move is the diamond routine — the front step, back step one. I like how challenging it is and how when we all fumble at that part, it actually makes us closer to each other.” C1 students remember SODACHE as an integral and memorable element of their Orientation days, where friendships were forged in hollering lyrics and freshmen competed for the loudest chants. Gabriel Shu from 16S7F recalls, “Singing Chinese songs. They sound nicer, and are actually easier to sing. And they really bonded my OG.” Low Yi Dah, from 16S6G, on the other hand, had a different opinion, “Cheering because the atmosphere’s quite high! I don’t exactly have a favourite cheer because they all sound great to my ears.” Since its roots, the evolution of SODACHE has seen many changes to fit the growth and development of the school. The first English college song was Never Forget, introduced by the ECACO of the 32nd Students’ Council and composed by Mr Galvin Sng. He was a senior from 99S31, and also a teacher in the high school section.

Hwa Chong, as aptly expressed by his composition.

S ONG ( SO )

DA N C E (DA )

The school’s oldest song is 唱一首华初的歌. It was written in 1981 by a former Students’ Council President, Dr Liang Wern Fook, after he lost an inter-school debating competition. And yes, you’ve got that right — it’s 梁文 福, a pioneering figure in the xinyao (新谣) movement who also composed what is arguably the most famous xinyao piece! Can you guess which piece of music this is? The song 也是深情 was composed by a 14th Student’s Council guitarist, Mr Ronnie Tan, from 1987 to 1988 when the entire school population was heavily taxed with the relocation of the Hwa Chong campus to Ngee Ann Polytechnic and then Bukit Batok due to construction and safety issues. Through this experience, students developed a greater sense of belonging towards

The dances are arguably some of the most memorable moments of C1 Orientation. Dance combines easily remembered
chants with cute dance moves and sometimes, aerobic exercise. It’s one of the best ways to have fun whilst bonding over shared memories of attempting to catch the moves on-screen and the initial few awkward butt-jerks. As with all things SODACHE, dances were passed down through generations of students, performed annu-

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ZEST: THE INS AND OUTS OF SODACHE

SODACHE dances may seem daunting at first, but there is a key to mastering all of them: all dances have a pattern that ranges from easily recognisable (Together In Electric Dreams) to being slightly more challenging to catch (Wild Wild West). Once you see the pattern, the minutes-long dance becomes a matter of repeating the right moves in the right order, and you’re on your way to becoming a master in dances! C HEER (C HE)

s and Outs of

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ally at our signature events such as the M i d - Au t u m n Festival, Open House or Orientation Campfire. Though they may seem awkward or embarrassing to perform alone, in a crowd of thousands, it

becomes a lot easier! Hwa Chong’s longest dance is I’ve Had The Time of My Life, clocking in at 4 min 38 seconds (what a workout!) whilst many have found the strangest dance move to be “chicken” from I’ve Got My Mind Set On You (though the helicopter-like “whoo” of I’ve Had The Time Of My Life comes in at a close second!).

Cheers are integral to Hwa Chong’s school spirit and have always been the best way to demonstrate our love and endearing passion for the school; C1s, you would have felt this most recently in your Orientation! Other than cheering during Orientation, most C1s will be involved in cheering and supporting their fellow schoolmates during the competition season, which is just around the corner. During this season, cheers come into play most prominently and noticeably — they may range from from short chants such as Hey-Yo to longer cheers such as Rock You, one of our signature cheers. Hwa Chong’s twelve cheers have played a significant role in boosting the morale of the sports teams during their competitions; whether our schoolmates may be watching from the playing field or the court, cheers allow us to show our support for them, as we witness their effort to achieve glory for the school. In conjunction with song and dance, cheers play an important role in drumming up support and projecting the Hwa Chong spirit. The school’s triumphant victory at the Table Tennis finals, immediately following its relocation from the Bukit Timah campus due to structural issues, is a lasting reminder that cheers can play an integral role in showing love and support for fellow schoolmates. One of the school’s most iconic cheers, 山歌, which has been passed down for many generations has likewise evolved. It was originally adapted from the song 对 山歌 in 刘三姐, and was originally sung as a cheer! Besides 山歌, another unique Hwa Chong cheer is Go Fight Win. It is the manifestation of a fighting, enduring spirit, and is ubiquitous in our cheering culture. The Go Fight Win is unique because it is complemented by a massive banner, exclusively seen during the competition season. The banner spans 30 metres in length, making it Hwa Chong’s longest banner. WHAT’S N EXT

Regardless of whether you’re a C1 or C2 student, you may be missing the times when you sang, danced, and cheered your hearts out with your friends. Fret not, the Hwa Chong spirit will continue to remain strong through the culture of SODACHE! For C2s, the final SODACHE session you’ll experience as a Hwa Chong student will be in the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival towards the end of the year! For C1s, if you’re aching to relive those Orientation days, Mid-Autumn Festival is also the event for you — don’t worry, you still have 2017! 14


W HAT WA S THE M O S T C HA LLEN GI N G M OV E FRO M YO UR FAC ULTY DANCE?

“The ‘Skinny Tree’ move” (Poh Yuxuan Natalie, 16A14) “When we had to drop to a line and stretch our arms and continue.. it had to be quick and swift, not forgetting our straight lines” (Lua Ser Ning, 16S6J) WHAT WA S YO UR FAVO UR ITE CHANT?

“God of the Sun!” (Natalie) “AH-AH-APOLLO” (Ser Ning) “Do it for the gram, do it for the gram” (Su Si Yang, 16S6K) WHAT WA S THE M O S T FUN PA R T O F YO UR FAC ULTY DANCE?

“The finger lights!” (Natalie) “Bonding with my class and playing with the finger lights” (Ser Ning) HOW M A N Y TI M ES WO ULD YO U S AY YO U’V E P R AC TI C ED THE DANCE?

“15?” (Natalie) “I guess about 20-30!” (Ser Ning) WHAT WA S YO UR FAVO UR I TE S O N G US ED I N A N Y O F THE 4 FACULTIES’ S O UNDTRACK S?

“Centuries!! (Especially when our Dance ICs sing it for us)” (Natalie) “The one that started with “Move your hips and dance like fish” (Ser Ning) “I love it by Icona Pop” (Si Yang)

Post-Orient

W HAT WA S THE M O S T C HA LLEN GI N G M OV E FRO M YO UR FAC ULTY DANCE?

“Murder that murder that, because the beat was really fast” (Alys Chia, 16S7C) “Tutting” (Cheryl Yap, 16A12 and Ng Jing Wen, 16S72) “Drop the Bass part because we had to move our hips and arms in a circular motion!” (Natalie Moh, 16A10) WHAT WA S YO UR FAVO UR ITE CHANT?

“WE ARE THE GOD OF WAR on off-beat, with the cool finger movements — it felt aggressive and empowering” (Wu Fan, 16A12) “Murder that dance floor” (Cheryl) WHAT WA S THE M O S T FUN PA R T O F YO UR FAC ULTY DANCE?

“Every single part” (Jing Wen) “The part where we danced, jumped and shouted ‘A-A-ARES’ because it felt like we were at a dance party!” (Natalie) WHAT WA S YO UR FAVO UR I TE S O N G US ED I N A N Y O F THE 4 FACULTIES’ S O UNDTRACK S?

“Little Nikki says” (Cheryl Yap) “Whatchu know about me” (Jing Wen)


WHAT W AS TH E M OST C HA L L E N GI N G M OVE F RO M YO U R FAC ULTY DA N C E?

“Doing cannon properly (Aaron Lee Wei Qi, 16S69) WHAT WAS YO U R FAVO UR I T E C HA N T ?

“What does the wolf say” (Aaron) WHAT W AS TH E M OST F UN PA R T O F YO UR FAC ULT Y DA N C E?

“I feel that the dance was really cool and well choreographed in general, and that the “fun” comes from dancing with the rest of my faculty!” (Sarah Tang, 16S6D) HOW M ANY TI M ES WO UL D YO U S AY YO U’VE P R AC T I C E D THE DA N C E?

“Close to 8-10 times! We had “dance remedial” because our senior CT reps are both dancers!” (Sarah) “More than once, I guess” (Aaron) WHAT W AS YO U R FAVO UR I T E S O N G US E D I N A N Y O F T HE 4 FAC ULTI ES ’ S OUNDTRAC K S?

“Centuries” (Aaron) “The first song because it went A-R-T-E-M-I-S and I felt that it was really cool dancing to something that actually had your faculty name in it!” (Sarah)

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WHAT W AS TH E M OST C HA L L E N GI N G M OVE F RO M YO U R FAC ULTY DA N C E?

“The X part after who stop that beat” (Siow Zhi Jie, 16S60) “The partner cross!”(Wong Jia Yi, 16S66) WHAT WAS YO U R FAVO UR I T E C HA N T ?

“I don’t care!” (Zhi Jie) “I love it love it love it!” (Jia Yi) WHAT W AS TH E M OST F UN PA R T O F YO UR FAC ULT Y DA N C E?

“Rotate for me!” (Zhi Jie) “Dancing as one faculty after practising so hard!” (Jia Yi) HOW M ANY TI M ES WO UL D YO U S AY YO U’VE P R AC T I C E D THE DA N C E?

“50+ times? My classmates were very enthusiastic” (Zhi Jie) “Too many times, ahoot I can’t remember” (Jia Yi) WHAT W AS YO U R FAVO UR I T E S O N G US E D I N A N Y O F T HE 4 FAC ULTI ES ’ S OUNDTRAC K S?

“The first song in Athena!” (Zhi Jie) “I DON’T CARE, I LOVE IT!” (Jia Yi)


FIRED UP!

T H E SCH O OL YE AR HAS STAR TE D WITH A B AN G : I T ’ S C OMPE TITION SE ASON SOON F OR O U R H W A C HONG ATHL E TE S, AND IT WILL SO O N B E T HE SYF FOR OUR PE R F ORMERS. T H E E V E N T FUL TE R M ONE IS FINA LLY OV ER AN D T H E AC ADE MIC YE AR NOW S TEAMS AH E AD. SO, AR E YOU FIR E D UP FOR TH E M O N T H S I N STOR E ?

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ABLAZE 火

We’ve curated the playlist to cater to your musical needs, and so whether you need it to keep you going on your NAPFA 2.4km run, or simply to blaze through your Math tutorial packages — we’ve found the most anthemic, passionate song choices to spark that fire in you.

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QU OTABLE QU OTES Teachers are unending sources of wisdom and expertise, and more often than not they are also the source of quotable quotes to guide you through the toughest times in your JC life! Here, we asked some of your teachers for their wisest pieces of wisdom.

Mr Benjamin Hathaway

You can access the full playlist, made with love by our MOCH coordinators, at: tinyurl.com/ ablazeplaylist.

Stopwatch

I WAS HERE

3:59

SHINE

4:16

LUSH LIFE

3:21

CHASING THE SUN

4:29

MAN IN THE MIRROR

5:19

H A L L O F FA M E

3:23

TA K E H E A R T

3:50

MASTERPIECE

3:40

B ROT H E R

4:49

Even though you may get completely soaked from head to toe in the rain on your way home from school — despite having an umbrella — there is always a towel at home.

Mrs Foo-Lam Woon Keat Hwa Chong has a vibrant yet highly intense and competitive learning environment. Examinations are a staple here and every student should balance their studies with their CCA commitments. Easy to say but it takes a lot of courage, sacrifice, self-discipline, effort and positive learning attitude to ace the examinations! Do not do last minute work for it does not help at all. Getting sufficient sleep is a must!


FIRED UP!

TH E FACU LTY F LAMES

Mr Lee Yung Hei As a famous thinker once said, that band-aids don’t fix bullet holes and don’t say sorry just for show. When you fail, identify your flaws. Don’t stop at saying that you made errors, but work really hard at it. Persevere and you will reap what you sow. Jiayou!

Mr Ken Yeow Follow Gandhi’s quote! “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strength. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

Mr Lim Jun Yang This is Bill. Bill is juggling school work and other commitments. Bill remains like a proton. Be positive. Be like Bill.

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FEELING CHILLI

$10! However, the path from the station to the eatery isn’t entirely sheltered, so do bring along an umbrella if it rains. HOT S P I C E THA I C UI S I N E (2 2 C HEO N G C HI N N A M ROAD, S I N GA P O R E 5 9 9 7 4 6 )

Feeling Chilli? WHAT’S TH E EASI EST W AY TO F E E L HOT T E R ? A D D S O M E HEAT INTO YO U R F O O D ! WE’ R E A LW AY S L O UD A N D P RO UD O F THE LA RGE FAM I LY O F SPI C Y C UI S I N E P O P UL AT I N G T HE LO C A L FOOD S C ENE – TH ERE’ S L A KS A , TO M Y UM, C HI L L I C R A B A N D INDIA N C U RRY : TH E L I S T I S E N D L E S S. I F YO U’V E N EV ER BEEN A H U G E FAN OF S P I C Y F O O D, HE R E A R E S O ME HI D D EN BENEFI TS TH AT YOU M I GHT N E VE R HAV E KN OW N ! FEELIN G STR ESSED B Y S C HO O L L I F E ? A R E YO U G ETTI N G S NA P P Y WI TH YOU R F R I E N D S ? S P I C Y F O O D MA KE S YOU FEEL GOOD ( I T’ S SCI EN TI F I C A L LY P ROV E N – C HI L L I BO O STS THE P RODUC TI ON OF F EEL - GO O D HO R M O N E S L I KE S E RATO N I N A ND EASES YO U R STR E S S L E V E L S ) !

Just like its name, the food here will all serve a tinge of spice. It really depends on how far you’re willing to go.

LI TTLE HI RO (# 0 1 - 0 1 , KI N G’S A R C A D E 5 5 9 B UKI T TIMAH ROA D, S I N GA P O R E 2 6 9 6 9 5 )

Order the Habanero Wings – at extra hot, crazy hot, or rather, LOCO MOCO hot! You’ve been duly warned: you will be burnt. KI M ’S FA M I LY FO O D KO R EA N R ES TAUR A N T (1 7 LORONG KI LAT, # 0 1 - 0 6 KI LAT C O UR T, S I N GA P O R E 5 9 8 1 3 9)

Get copious amounts of kimchi, especially since the banchan here are free and refillable.

FA LLIN G ASLEEP I N L E S S O N S ? W A N T TO D I VE R S I F Y YO UR OP TION S O F STAY I NG A W A KE B E YO N D GO O D O L’ C A FFEI N E? S P ICY F OOD H ELPS YO U S TAY A W A KE . P E R I O D. T HI S I S D UE TO CA P SAI CI N, AN AC T I V E I N GR E D I E N T I N C HI L L I P E P P ER S, THAT R AM PS U P YOU R BO DY T E M P E R AT UR E . WA NT TO LOSE WEI G H T HE A LT HI LY ? S P I C Y F O O D I N C R EA S ES YOUR M ETABO LI SM AN D MA KE S YO U F E E L S AT E D FA S TER THA N USUAL. YO U NAT UR A L LY L O S E M O R E C A L O R I E S WHI LE CONS U M I NG LESS. IF YOU F EEL TEM PTED TO A D D S O M E TO L E R A B L E ZI N G TO YOUR F OOD, WE’ V E RAT E D T HE S P I C I E S T F O O D T HAT C A N B E FOUND I N H WA C H ONG F O R YO U.

OVEN & F RI ED C H I C K E N ( 1 6 C HUN T I N ROA D S I N GA P O R E 5 9 9 6 0 3 [OPPOSI TE B E AUT Y WO R L D ] )

Slightly further from the Beauty World MRT station lies an eatery that specialises in crunchy fried chicken! For $20 you can get a half chicken to share with your friends. On weekday lunches you can also get a spicy student meal for under 19

M O O KA LI C I O US (1 7 LO R KI LAT, S I N GA P O R E 5 9 8 139)

This is the place for steamboat. Get your favourite meats and dip them in super hot chilli (provided). If you are feeling slightly less intrepid, you may stick to the traditional Thai sweet and sour chilli or the sweet and spicy one.


ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF JC LIFE IS THE MAKING OF FRIENDSHIPS THAT WILL LAST FOR A LIFETIME – WE COMMEMORATE THOSE SPARKLING FRIENDSHIP MILESTONES WITH FRIENDS OLD AND NEW THROUGH THE TRADITION OF BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS. WE NOW HAVE A (NON-EXHAUSTIVE) LIST OF PLACES WHERE YOU CAN FIND ALL YOU NEED TO MAKE A MAGICAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR YOUR FRIENDS! BY THE WAY, TO MAKE THE CELEBRATIONS UNIQUE, DO HEAD DOWN TO CORONATION PLAZA TO GET SOME SHAVING CREAM AND FRUITS!

CAK E S CA KE AV EN U E (33 LORO N G KILAT, #01- 01/ 02 K I L AT C E N T R E , S INGA P ORE 598132)

How to get there from school: take the Downtown Line to the Beauty World station. Once there, turn right onto Jln Jurong Kechil, turn right onto Jln Seh Chuan and turn left onto Lor Kilat. Go there for really pretty cakes, where the most famous is the Chocolate Red Velvet Cake. This is for the friend who loves decadent desserts. GOOBYCAK ES (#04- 19 B UKI T T I M A H S HOP P I NG C ENTRE, SI N GA P O R E 247909)

How to get there from school: Take the Downtown Line to the Beauty World station. Exit the station directly to arrive at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. Get gorgeous cupcakes here to celebrate your friend’s birthday with one for each in the company. This is the unconventional option apart from Twelve Cupcakes.

BALLOONS

CARDS

KHI A M T E C K (2 6 5 HO LLA N D AV E S I N GA P OR E 2 7 8 9 8 8 )

P O P ULA R (1 JLN A N A K B UK IT, #L 10 0 B UKI T TI M A H P LA Z A , 588996)

How to get there from school: take the Downtown Line to Botanic Gardens, and switch to the Circle Line to get to Holland Village. Once there, the store is easy to find (Just head towards Starbucks, and you’ll see a store flowing with party items and decorative goods!). The balloons and party supplies here come in a large variety, and they offer on the spot inflation of the balloons! The store is a stone’s throw away from the MRT, so if you’re looking for a last-minute place to get some party goods, look no further!

How to get there from school: take the Downtown Line to King Albert Park and you’ll see Bukit Timah Plaza across the road. Nice, simple cards can be bought at low cost at the Popular bookstore. This branch is the closest to Hwa Chong (not counting our school’s bookstore, at least).

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