Monday, October 3, 2011

Group 6

I took the big brown box from under the table and set it on the table. I began dumping my personal items into the box . Everything seemed to move in slow motion . My mind replayed the images of when my boss fired me in front of all my colleagues. The sentence “You got FIRED!” just kept replaying over and over in my head like some spoilt radio.That furious look on his face is unforgettable. Slowly , I picked up my big box and stepped out of the office , with heavy steps , head hung low , reluctant to go . It seemed like a long walk to the basement carpark. I felt eyes burrowing through me on my way down . In my mind, I could almost see them dancing and singing. I took one last look at the majestic hundred storey high office and heavily trudged to the car. Dark clouds loomed ahead and thunder crackled in the long distance. The air tasted acidic and dusty, furthermore wrecking my mood. I turned on the radio to full blast and I zoomed down the highway. The drive home was blazing fast, I could not remember any detail about beating the red light nor the car honks at me . I was confined to my own miserable world. I forced myself to crank up some good explanation to my wife.

Emily, Kai Xuan, Jing Jie, Weihong

Group 4

“Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.” Desperate seconds ticked pass. The big analog clock hung high on the bare wall stared down at me, scorning me with every movement of its second hand, its steady chant caused my brains to pulse in pain. Oh! I felt a drop of sweat trickling down my forehead and then my left cheek, finally landing on my tongue.”Yuck, salty and sour. Could that be my fate? Nothing good ever comes from a trip to the principal.” A voice in my mind told me, “could I have done something wrong? Maybe, just maybe, it was... “Most likely not”, a second voice whispered. Just then, the head of a Felis domestica popped out at the window. Its head slowly turned and looked inside the room, as if it were examining the contents of the waiting room. Its eyes came to rest on me, its shining eyes piercing my naked soul. I shut my eyes in anticipation of the mockery and shame that I predicted was coming. The cat then mewed softly, a sound that days ago would have been reassuring, but now seemed to be like a prayer for mercy. I immediately turned and looked away, feeling a immense sense of dread of the impending doom. There came a feeling of tension slowly building up and up. Suddenly, the heavy wooden door slammed open, and I awaited my fate...

Done by: Vorro, Wen Yue, Hao Yang, & Wai Hang

Group 5 - Chin Fan, Zheng En, Marcus, Shawn

I hesitantly took my step into the office but the light scent of donuts and mouth-watering waffles that was hovering in the air did not relieve my tension. “Take a seat.” I perched on the soft cushioned seat as I took a deep breath and prepared for the worst. My boss reached into her desk drawer, fumbled through it and took out a white, plain envelope. She slid it slowly across the table. With shaky hands, I nervously opened it. Inside, a retrenchment letter resides. With her calm and authoritative voice, she told me that I was no longer needed, that I was free to go. But I all I could think of was digging a hole big enough to fit me and hide there. I clutched at the letter with grief and anger, thinking, “This isn’t my fault! How can she do this to me!? This is madness!”

Group 2

The cars looked like a gigantic road block. I decided to use my demonic powers. I departed from my physical body and floated up from the roof, looking for a clear path in the sea of cars. Suddenly, I saw a clear winding path. Glancing at my watch, I was already late. I decided to take the chance. Slamming down on the accelerator, feeling the car lurch forward, I immediately turned the wheel. The car veered left. I continued winding my way through the maze of cars. Suddenly, some jerk decided to get out of his lane without checking his side mirror. I slammed on the brakes. Squeaking wheels accompanied by the smell of burning rubber floated into my car through the open roof of my convertible. Thankfully, the car managed to stop instead of crashing with huge impact into the jerk’s car. Ugh. (This was solely done by Sean Phua and me. Jun Jie had no part in this. He was busy observing Wen Yue’s gun. )

Group 3 - jimminy chua low

I picked up the note with trembling fingers. The paper crackled as i touched it. I instantly recognized the handwriting on the note was none other than that of my boss. What matter could be so serious, that the boss himself had to personally write a letter to me? A single phrase came out of my mouth: “I am so dead”. Subconsciously, my mind searched for a probable answer as to why he wanted to see me. Did he catch me for playing tetris during work hours? Cold sweat dripped from my forehead. That was a good enough reason to fire me already! Or was it because he found out about my fake illnesses? I could almost hear him scolding me! Wow, that would be horrible!

Or maybe I was getting a promotion? Well, I had been working hard, despite the occasion that I played tetris. If so, this is good news! I would tell my wife about it! Imagine how happy she’d be. If I did get promoted, my dad would also be so proud of me. And with that positive attitude, I almost literally skipped over to my bosses’ office. Imagine the satisfied grins on their faces, that would be so good.

Group 1

The Sun shone through the window, waking me up groggily. I glanced at the clock and muttered to myself, “Oh great, late again.” I heard the bed creak as I inched off it. Half awake, I rummage through my closet, trying to find the suitable attire, an unsoiled shirt. However, they all reeked of alcohol. What a “great” way to start my Monday. Having no choice, I picked up a random article of clothing and dragged myself to the kitchen.
As I opened the fridge a cold gust of air rushed out and the smell of rotten food hit me straight in the face, sending chills down my spine. “Stale, stale, stale, stale…” I slowly ticked off the food inedible. My stomach grumbled at the thought of a hearty breakfast, one that I would not have this morning.

~Dionne Choo, Elgin Patt, Michelle Loh

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Intensive Reading 3 - Tam Wai Hang

The people who are around a child in his different stages of life plays a important role in the process of his growth. These people does not only limit to the child's parents or siblings, but also includes the friends who he socialises with. Such friends and family have great influences and impacts on the child's different aspects psychologically, physically as well as emotionally. As time goes by, the child will start to develop dependent relationships with the people around him, and the child's thinking will start to be influenced by them. So it is important what kind of friends or family and how they influence the child, whether in a positive or negative way. Similarly, the child's actions will also influence others, so the parents should start modeling the way of their child as early as of a toddler.

Some negative impacts include having parents who they themselves, are bad influences. Some parents might be drug addicts or even into gambling. Such an environment will make the child develop a mindset that these activities are correct and thus are negatively influenced by the child's parents. A major group of people who come into contact with the child on a daily basis are his friends. If the child is unfortunate and makes friends with bad companies, the child will again receive negative influences.

However, it is still possible for the child to break free from these negative influences. Most importantly, the child must have a lot of courage as well as willpower. At a even bigger scale, it is possible for the child to change the mindset of those who display negative thinking. As long as the child can differentiate between the right and wrong, there is still hope.

Telling others what is right and wrong is a form of having positive influences on others. It does not take big acts to have a positive impact on others, but even small acts like lending a hand when someone is in need can influence others positively. However, do not overdo it by trying to help everyone in everything they do by knowing your limits. Sometimes you might just worsen the situation without knowing when helping them.

In conclusion, displaying positive influences is an important trait that everyone should have, and it does not take a lot to change the mindset of those displaying negative influences, just a little courage and willpower will do.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Chicken Soup Chapter 3 Reflections (Essay Blog Question) - Elgin Low Quanbin / Vorro Matamee

Teenagers are still growing up, and there are many aspects affecting the growth of a child. Some of these aspects include physical, psychological, and more importantly, emotional. The emotional growth of a child greatly affects the child's future, as well as all other aspects. This can be linked to the analogy, that one's actions are controlled by their brain. Thus, it is very important to have good emotional upbringing, something that is getting increasingly rarer in today's modern-day context. The ensuing paragraphs elaborate on emotional problems a child might face during their growing up phase, and more importantly discuss about some solutions to these problems.

Humans are social animals. It's because of that, that we have relationships with other people around us, and therefore we are greatly influenced by the people around us, and their activities and behaviour. This influence however, can be good or bad. Family divorces are fine examples of negative influence on an individual, even more so if that individual is part of the divorced family. This can lead to stress, depression, and many other symptoms. One way to counter this though, is to take things easily, and cultivate a more relaxed personality. One could start by doing things that make themselves feel good. This method of coping, though, is a 'double-edged sword'. If you are a little relaxed, it could ease your problems. However, certain people tend to be TOO relaxed, forgoing their lives altogether.

Another prominent 'double-edged sword' method is being an optimist. Optimistic people tend to look at things with a more 'can do' attitude, and are generally more open to possibilities and alternatives. However, being too optimistic can lead to the over-estimation of certain things, and this may lead to a bad trait, commonly known as over-confidence.

Then, there is faith and hope. It is the hope that eventually, personal disappointments and bitter feelings or ill-advised hatred eventually recede over time. Once that happens, a person can finally move on with life. However, one also has to help one's self to get over a negative incident. There is the saying 'If you are unwilling to help yourself, not even God can help you'. Preparation is always good, and more so because one does not know when they can finally forgive and forget the past, and put it behind.

Finding healthy ways to express your emotions, are one of the most effective ways to cope with an ordeal. This often includes writing a journal, doing something creative, going for walks, and simply confiding in people you trust. This is one of the most effective means of coping with emotional trauma. It helps to confide in people you trust because, they can give you advise and perspectives of a problem that you may not have thought of on your own. Going for walks, exercising can help take your mind off your problems too, however, it may be temporarily only. Doing what you like to do best can sometimes help balance your feelings. This not only occupies your time to take your mind off your problems, sometimes, certain hobbies have lessons for people to learn, especially hobbies involving social circles. Writing a journal helps too, through means of organising your thoughts, and sometimes when you are confused, this helps because you can pen down clearly what your problems are and how you think you can deal with them, and from there, decide the most viable and effective means of coping with a problem.

Then there is always the courtesy of thanking people for helping you. A sincere 'thanks' can go a long way in somebody's heart if you actually mean it.

All in all, there are many ways to deal with emotional problems. Though some may be more effective than others, they all offer some degree of help. Some, however, may be more effective to certain individuals compared to others. A doctor once said 'one man's meat may be another's poison', denoting that some methods may instead worsen a situation.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Intensive reading question : Chicken Soup for the teenage soul , Chapter 2: Hurting Myself [ Emily Wu _ 02 ]

Do you need to fit in to be happy? 
Fitting in is important but not a must . It is always good to have friends whom you can trust and confide in . They can help you share your burden when you talk out your problems with them . Alternatively , you can also share the good times with them . Letting things out will help lighten the mind , and make you feel less frustrated or pressurized . However , in a totally different situation , there are times when you will not be accepted for who you are . When that time comes , there is no need for you to change yourself in an effort to be recognized .  This only works like a drug . The euphoria of being accepted , of fitting in , of having friends only exists at the beginning . For the rest of the days , you are just living in a shell that is really hiding your true self . So , sometimes , when fitting in hurts , we are better of not fitting in at all . 
What keeps you true to yourself and keep you positive about yourself? 
My personality makes me who I am . I have my own dislikes , likes , interests and hobbies. For example , I would rather spend my spare time watching movies than playing games and that makes me different from others who would rather game than watch movies . I keep positive by not comparing too much . I know that I am not the best diamond out there . So , I do not hurt myself by not comparing myself with others in every single thing I do . I understand that competition is needed to achieve but too much can only bring disappointment . 

Intensive Reading Blog Question (Chapter 2)

How comfortable are you with yourself & how do ensure you do not hurt yourself?

One can never be 100% comfortable with yourself. Even if I feel so, that is only temporary. Everyday I am constantly challenged with situations that I will struggle with. As a result, I feel a bit depressed as I knew I could have done better. This pressurise me and I am plagued with why am I not perfect? Why can't I do better?

To combat this awkwardness, I try to deceive myself about some of my good traits. However, I constantly remind myself that the high expectations of this world can push me outside my boundaries and excel. I set myself goals and give myself a deadline to achieve. One cannot change himself overnight, this change happens slowly without obvious difference in character. Therefore, I am just myself and will not change for other people but for the overall benefit of myself.

I want to challenge the question what is fitting in. Means that you are popular and everyone respect you and you are backed up be your friends? This is actually a reliance on people, once you lose your friends you are very vulnerable. I prove myself that I do not need dependence on other people, I can survive whether I am in a crowd of people and whether I am alone.

I guess in life you can choose a limited set of things and I choose freedom- not to be control or dictated by people. Some people are unconsciously prisoners of the world. People like celebrities whose lives are always under scrutiny by public. I don't need that, you will only realise how much you want freedom if you are locked up unable to move.

I appreciate the better and thus there is no reason I should hurt myself. One can only love other people if one love themselves.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Intensive reading Chapter 2

How comfortable are you with yourself & how do ensure you do not hurt yourself?
I am a very confident person and my confidence allows me to be very confortable with myself. This confidence that i have has stayed with me for a very long time, thus allowing me to be very comfortable with myself. I do not have to fit in to be happy, as i like to be who I am, and i do not to make drastic changes to myself in order for my friends to accept me. I believe that as my friends, they would accept me for who i am. I was never a popular person, thus i see no need to do so as i am just an average student and im happy with my circle of friends and have no need for the extra attention.  What keeps me true to myself is that fact that i have a steady life and that my life will not screw up suddenly. In my opinion, optimism keeps me going on without me ever trying to hurt myself. Even when im feeling down, I will always think of the brighter side of the situation. I deal with pressure by doing things that i enjoy most while trying to cope with the pressure. I feel that effective multitasking can help me to cope with the stress and pressure as when i multitask, part of my mind forgets about the stress and allows me to be more relaxed

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Intensive Reading Chapter 2 - Dionne Choo

I am quite comfortable with myself as I accept that fact that I am not perfect. Everyone is flawed, and I try to accept my flaws and improve on them. Also, I try to focus on my strengths instead of harping on my weaknesses the whole time. I also learn to be contented, it is not possible for me to have everything I wish to have. Some people wish for popularity, to fit in, or to be the perfect student/role model. However, I feel that that is the root cause of not being comfortable with yourself. Thus, I ensure I do not hurt myself by being contented with what I have, and try to be more optimistic.

How I deal with pressure to achieve or be the perfect student?

In SST, sometimes I do find the pressure to achieve quite overwhelming, as all the students are doing quite well, and there is competition to achieve good grades. Also, the things we learnt in class are sometimes more advanced, and it is hard to achieve good grades under the circumstances. However, even though I really want to achieve good grades, I do not push myself beyond the breaking point. I try not to let the pressure build up too much, and occasionally I do take breaks from studying and just relax doing my favourite things. When I do underachieve, I try not to punish myself too hard and just put in more effort for the next assignment and test. Thus, I feel that balancing the need to achieve and the leniency is very important in order to deal with pressure to achieve or be the perfect student.

Intensive Reading Chapter 2- Hurting Myself (Elgin Patt)

How comfortable are you with yourself & how do you ensure you do not hurt yourself?

I am comfortable with myself ad I feel that I am me, and no one can change that fact. With being yourself, there is always something you are good at, no matter what and how many weaknesses you have. No matter what, I can face the fact that I am not perfect, like everyone else. And I strongly accept that.

I can ensure that I dont hurt myself by knowing my limits and not to overexert myself during activites I know that I am not too good in. Also, I have to understand that Im not perfect and i have limits. Mostly, if I ever feel stressed and feel like hurting myself, whether physically or emotionally, I can consult many of my friends and relatives as I am sure they can help me. I find that sharing your problems is the way to go.

Intensive Reading Questions for Chapter 2: Hurting Myself (Sun Jie Min)

How comfortable are you with yourself & how do ensure you do not hurt yourself?
I am not very comfortable with myself, and sometimes feel insecure, thus I try to be optimistic and look at my strengths and improve on my weaknesses.
I will consult a helpful adult if I have problems, and I will make friends with the right people. People who will be there for me when I need them. I will say 'No' to anything against my principles. I am afraid to even imagine cutting myself, so I hope that I do not hurt myself.

Do you need to fit in to be happy? Do you need to be popular?
I accept that I am different from everyone and I do not 'need' to fit in or be popular to be happy, though it will probably increase my self-esteem and confidence. As long as I am happy with myself, there is no need to be popular.

What keeps you true to yourself and keep you positive about yourself?
I will not go out of my way just to be somebody who I'm not, or what the world expects. I will constantly improve my character.

How you deal with pressure to achieve or be the perfect student?
I will truly try my best and know where I stand. I will not be overconfident and set myself too high a target.

Question for Chapter 2: Hurting Myself

How comfortable are you with yourself & how do you ensure you do not hurt yourself?

I am comfortable with being myself as I know that I have a specialty, which I might have not realized yet. Knowing that I have my own blinds spots, I do not hurt myself just because I am weak at a specific area. I am comfortable with myself as I do not mind much about my image. I feel that my personality is far more important than my body image.

I understand that I need not be over competitive as I am not perfect in every area. I tend to make sure that everything is perfect, but I realized that not everything can be made perfect. I used to feel that I have not achieved anything in my life, but I had not come to realize that achievements need not always be a medal or a trophy. It can simply just be a recognition for doing something, need not always something fancy-looking. Although I wished that I was perfect, being perfect does not always mean that things are perfect among my friends and family. Being imperfect helps me to understand the feelings of my friends and helps me to get along well with them. And I would need nothing more as I am accepted by my peers.

Liau Zheng En

Intensive Reading 2 - Tam Wai Hang

How comfortable are you with yourself & how do you ensure you do not hurt yourself?

I am very comfortable with myself as I feel that at the end of the day, other's opinion does not affect you a lot, but it is how you accept and look at these opinions. When others give bad opinions about you, it is your choice whether or not you want to change, or just ignore it. So I feel that as long as I am being myself, I am comfortable with myself, but at the same time, also put into consideration of other people.

I ensure I do not hurt myself by knowing what is right or wrong; safe or dangerous. I would reject someone else if they tell me to do things that may bring harm whether physically or emotionally. By knowing what is right or wrong, I am able to interprete what others tell me to do more clearly. I can also learn to forgive and forget, thus some troubles would not accumulate within myself.

Intensive Reading Reflection 2: Sean Phua Aik Han

How comfortable are you with yourself & how do you ensure you do not hurt yourself?

Basically I'm actually quite comfortable with myself as I'm fine with who I am as I don't really care about what other people think about me. As long as I do things at my own pace and I do not force myself to do something that I cannot accomplish, I'm really fine with myself. I don't find a reason not to be comfortable with myself as I feel that it will only bring harm to myself.

Moving on, how do I ensure that I do not hurt myself? Well, I basically just do not force myself to anything that I cannot do by myself or over stress myself. In the event that I do feel stressed and depressed, I will talk to someone I trust so that I can share my troubles with them. After all sharing your woes is better than keeping them to yourself.

Neo Weihong: Deconstruction of Blog 1 Sample Answer + Feedback Guide for Own Essay (Entire File)

The following images show screen shots of my entire file of 'Deconstruction of Blog 1 Sample Answer + Feedback Guide for Own Essay'. It contains everything to be done on the worksheet (Including Question for Chapter 2). Currently, the following show the latest version of the file, which may be viewed by clicking on the screen shots below or by clicking on this link to download the entire PDF file:

That's all for this post. Thank you and have a nice day. (:

Neo Weihong (14),
SST2011 S2-07.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Question for Chapter 2: Hurting Myself

How comfortable are you with yourself & how do you ensure you do not hurt yourself?

Honestly, I am a little bit uncomfortable with myself as I find that I have too many flaws in me. These flaws are often brought up in my everyday life, and though it comforts me to know that I do have some very good qualities, it it not everyday I get to show those qualities. That is why, at every opportunity I get, I will have to make full use of it and show the best of myself and get recognized for the best in me.

As for my flaws, thought I have mentioned that I have many, I do not feel upset about it or cry about it as I know that I still have time to change myself. I am still young, and still have many years ahead of me, and if I can make full use of it, I will definitely become a better person and greatly reduce the number of flaws in me. I do not seek to perfect myself, just good enough for most people around me.

Personally, I don't see the point of hurting oneself when one is faced with too many problems in life. Will the hurt caused get rid of all those problems? As long as you don't do anything about it, you will always face that problem. Thus I see no need in hurting oneself when we can just settle that problem by facing it head on. For me, when I have such problems, I speak to people. My parents, my friends, my teachers, as long as someone is willing to listen, I don't mind who I speak to about my problems.

Darius Low

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Question for Chapter 2: Hurting Myself

How comfortable are you with yourself and how do you ensure that you do not hurt yourself?

This question is divided into 2 parts,the first,and the second.Each part of the question can be answered independently, although the answer to the first can affect the second.

You can never be fully comfortable about yourself. There will always be frustrations that you will have about yourself,for various reasons,and after all we are only human. If God has already put you in this situation in what you are now then there is really no reason why you should keep concentrating on how comfortable you are in this situation.However,if you look at theoretically in the factors that can and should determine one's comfort with oneself,then there are many,many considerations.

The only way to true happiness is through holiness ,and happiness provided by earthly means are only temporary. Fitting in can provide a certain comfort as it provides more opportunities for social relationships,and as such it can provide temporary happiness. However,this is not the only means,and is also not a necessary mean.

The dictionary defines being popular as being liked or admired by many people or a particular person or group.A person who is popular tends to have many supporters,and as such appears to have it's opinions backed by the majority,and this can prove tempting to one who wants to have his/her opinion accepted.However,having a few people to discuss these kinds of matters can refine them before having them thrust into the public.Once information gets out into the public,it can be rather difficult to change,and this can prove embarrassing to whoever starts it.

Personally I don't see any reason that we have to put restrictions on our activities in order to not harm ourselves.For others,though,you can either remove the means or remove the reasons.Removing the reasons that one would hurt oneself is better than removing the means,although more difficult,as when the reasons are removed the means do not need to be considered any further.If the means are removed,the reasons still exist,and the possibility still exists that a person would find an alternative mean to harm oneself.

The opinions and behaviors of the people in this book,are they exaggerated or are they an accurate representation of an American society? Do they apply to us as well?

Intensive Reading Blog Question (Chapter 2): Lim Hao Yang

How comfortable are you with yourself & how do ensure you do not hurt yourself?
I am not very comfortable with myself—my looks, my attitude, my behaviour, my grades… And the list goes on. Well, I have to admit that I am not perfect. I do dream about being better, at least enough for me to be satisfied. But it never seems to happen, my expectations are just too high.

I have seldom been able to set reasonable expectations, I make myself feel bad. Although I know this, I have never been able to change these aspects of myself. I change my handwriting faster than the way I talk to others.

One of my expectations is to be known—not popular, just known. How? By standing out (in what I deem as good). But I would also like to fit in (by ridding my flaws).

Now I see some changes in myself. I care slightly less about being known and fitting in. But somehow, I have become very aware of my appearance when I am not alone. I feel the need to check myself in the mirror every few seconds. I guess one has to sacrifice something for another—in this case, it is the comfort I have about myself out there.

I realised I need not fit in to be happy, I need to be alone in the comfort of my own home, and the companion of my interests. I derive my happiness from the only thing that screams “me”. It is this loneliness that keeps me going, this heartlessness that keeps me positive. I do not hurt myself because I taste freedom when I am lonely.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Intensive Reading question (Goh Chin Fan)

What are your thoughts and feelings about being depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues:

I feel that if people are depressed or experiencing any difficulties that they cannot handle themselves, they should go and consult a counselor as soon as possible. If they do not understand something, they should seek help from an adult, and it would be best if they consult their parents so that the next time they face a problem, they would know how to overcome it as well.

Another thing they can do is that to spill out all their problems to a friend whom they can trust. Once they do that, their heart would not feel so heavy and they would be in a better mood. But if they can handle the issue well, then they can go ahead to solve the problem and if they need something to calm them down, they can listen to music they like.

Vorro's (08) opinions on the atrociously done paragraph, chicken soup, lesson 2

The mistakes in the paragraph are as follows:
-Terribly punctuation
-Atrocious grammar
-Horrible sentence structuring (no link in-between the passage)
-SMS language
-Misused tenses
etc. etc. etc....

Intensive Reading Question - Kai Xuan (9)

What are your thoughts and feelings about being depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues?

The reason why people have depression, loneliness, heartbreaks... etc is because people cannot handle life properly. We always think that we are pushed to the limit psychologically, but in reality the things that we do in everyday life like issues with studies, friendship and work are just touching the tip of the iceberg.

Think about seeing the problems in a macro view, there are a lot more people struggling with life. What people do not know is they try to conceal their fear in front of other people. This builds up tremendous amount of stress, once we reach our breaking point, things will spiral out of control.

I think having a positive mindset can really pull yourself out of the bottomless pit of fiery tarnation that you yourself had sunken in by your own actions. One very powerful technique to use is having a set of principles in life. For example: You eat to live, not live to eat. One should not take things for granted in life and keep on thinking everyone around you owe you something, instead give back and give back, show you care about those people who have problems. If you can help someone with something, chances are they are going to help you when you are in trouble.

Things can go overboard once people get obsessed with it, we must have a mind alarm that warn us of danger. If the main characters in the book Chicken Soup always think – I must toughen up, I must toughen up, I must be stronger than everyone physically and mentally. I think that is very wrong, although toughening up gives you the edge and advantage, however, it drives people to have evil thoughts, people will then start backstabbing each other, people will intentionally harm each other in order to survive. This is morally wrong.

In conclusion, we humans are social beings. If we live in this world, we must interact with people. If everyone can live in harmony, it can certainly bring more peace and prosperity to the world. Think about why people start wars, torture people and initiate homicide. Why bring destruction if you cannot bring construction?

What are your thoughts and feelings about being depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? Ho

One being depressed, feeling loneliness, experiencing heartbreaks, being different from your peers and having to put up a front, are psychological problems that one has to deal with in one part of their life or another. However, this does not mean that they have to experience and go through that stage themselves. They can share what they are going through with someone close to them. However, if they keep it to themselves, they may cause a close one to feel even more stressed out. I believe I have gone through some of these psychological problems such as loneliness. However, I believe that being positive and keeping cheerful is the way to get around. Whenever I feel "emo", I play online games and chat with my online "buddies". They cheer me up and help me let off some steam.

Intensive Reading Question - Darius Low (7)

What are your thoughts and feelings about being depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues?

Depression, loneliness, heartbreaks and being different are all painful and terrible experiences. All those are caused by different things and can bring about different effects. People often isolate themselves once they have depression or the other experiences as mentioned as they feel that they are under-appreciated or not noticed by others but is afraid to speak up or stand out maybe because of some of the reactions they get. Thus, because of that, they become socially awkward and often have to deal with it alone.

Whenever I have problems of such, I would try to find a friend/teacher/parents to speak to as I will be able to let people know what is wrong and once they know, they can help me cope with my problems and that is a good solution to those problems.

Darius Low

What are your thoughts and feelings about being depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues.

What are your thoughts and feelings about being depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues.

I feel that these emotions are often faced by the teenagers. As they are going through puberty, they might think the the "children world" is too childish, and the "adult world" is to different to understand. Because of this, they feel lonely and not understood.

One could consult a friend or a trustworthy adult and ask for their opinion and solutions. Listening to music also helps a lot.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Extensive Reading Blog Post - Neo Weihong (14)

As for results of depression, loneliness and heartbreaks, I feel that this can cause a lot of stress for the one experiencing it. He/she may not be able to find a solution to his/her emotions and may even generate negative thoughts/emotions. This, if not diagnosed and treated psychologically over a period of time, may cause the problem to elevate and therefore create more stress and problems, to the extent that he/she does things harming himself/herself or others. And what would be more vicious is that though it may seem that he/she looks fine, it could be that the problems of depression, loneliness and heartbreaks are actually affecting him/her really bad deep inside, though no one else knows and does nothing about it.

Being different from peers would be another issue. In my own opinion, I feel that how it affects the person would really depend on him/her as an individual – whether he/she treats/recognizes this as something positive or negative. Besides, it would also have to depend on what the environmental surroundings and reactions of the peers are. So, positively, the fact on being different from peers would not really affect the individual at all as he/she would not care about the problem (as the peers also don’t mind). Negatively on the hand, being different from peers can actually cause the problem of isolation for the peers. And as mentioned in the book ‘Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul’, isolation can result in many psychological problem for the victim (this could be due to whether peers accept/reject the person due to differences).

For ‘having a front’ as a problem, I think that doing this is actually not being one’s ‘true self’. This can most likely happen for those who appear “weird” or “unnatural” etc. in different occasions. They may be the ones most criticized by others and may also have other problems such as depression, loneliness, heartbreaks and being different from peers. What most from the rest of the world does not understand is that they are only trying to do this so that they can ‘fit in’ or ‘be accepted’ into the community (though this can often make it worse for other people’s perspective on them).

For me, back in primary school, I used to think that all these problems such as depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front are just part of daily life. I won’t usually mind if people try to hurt me every single day, whether physically or mentally. I just lived through those. But over time, after getting into secondary school, I started to recognize this as a problem. Though this may sound good, but it soon resulted me in getting emotional at times and being unable to control. Back then, I would cry uncontrollably (even if I did NOT want to), in front of everyone in usually inappropriate situations. After that (you can now see the problem progress as it was not treated), there was a period of time where I got into a mode where I started hurting myself and others. Now? Whenever I meet with some of this issues, I would try to solve it. If I really cannot take it, I would just sleeeep (as it makes you forget about the problem and feel better about it when you wake up).

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Intensive Reading - Tam Wai Hang

What are your thoughts and feelings about depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues?

Such feelings such as depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from one's peers as well as putting up a front are caused by certain events that most teenagers face nowadays. These feelings may be likely caused by things such as exam stress or relationships between two person. Some of these people try to put up a strong front and deceive others, but in the end they are actually deceive themselves. The more they put up a strong front, the more hurt they will get as the others around will not know of how he or she actually feels. This is why I think that one should learn to let go and not bear too many grudges against other people. They should learn how to perceive the happenings in another way, in other words, not be narrow-minded. If one learns to let go of some things that does not go according as planned, so such feelings such as depression would not form. Even if perceiving the situation in another does not help, he or she should not try and shut the problems away. This is because it can easily cause depression, or even trigger dissociative identity disorder, which is formed as another personality of oneself that has memories of something bad that happens. This split personality will display behaviors that are mostly destructive. This is why I think it is important to effective deal with these issues as quickly as possible, thus preventing one from getting such feelings like depression or loneliness.

Intensive reading question-chua zong wei

What are your thoughts and feelings about depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues?

I feel that depression, loneliness, heartbreaks and being different from your peers are a part of daily life of a young teenager. These are all factors that shape our behavior and attitude towards life. However, i think that it is actually how we react against these problems that shape us. For example, a lonely person may feel sad that he is left alone by others and are trapped in their own social circles, while some people may change for the better good in order to expand their social circles. This shows that some people will rise up in the face of adversity and continue to move on in life, while some people are unable to continue and are stuck there forever, trapped within the limitations that they had unknowingly set for themselves.

We should not put up a front against our dear ones, as they would be able to help you or relieve you of your stress. It also enables other people to understand us more easily, and improve our social life. It is also understood that not all people are able to fit in and make many friends, therefore, we should be content for who we are and what we are, and focus on improving our own lives instead of trying to imitate another individual's personalities and traits in order to accomplish our motives.

I deal with those issues by relaxing and spending time thinking on how can i overcome them

Intensive reading question- Wong Jing Yi

What are your thoughts and feelings about depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues.
I feel that those are things that are commonly felt especially within teenagers our age. The cause of those is mostly because of isolation of a particular person. Due to the fact that the person has no one to confide in, like an emotional basket case, he/she thus suffer from depression.
I would deal with these issues by confiding in someone, for example, a school counsellor or a trusted friend.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Intensive reading question : Chicken Soup for the teenage soul , Chapter 1: Emotional Basket Case [ Emily Wu _ 02 ]

What are your thoughts and feelings about being depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues?
Teenagers are a special group of people that are going trough a transition stage from childhood to adulthood . They are not yet fully mature but are expected to know everything .  Sometimes , because of that , they do not receive help when they need it most . To add to that , they themselves dare not voice out their owns problems for fear of letting others down .  However , in the end , it is still up to their thoughts and actions to determine how deeply they are going to let these problems get to them . They may choose to succumb to them or to bravely overcome them .
I think that the best way to deal with all these problems is not have negative thoughts , to have self-confidence and to learn to appreciate ourselves just the way we are . We , teenagers are at a delicate stage where the slightest of comments can break our ever so fragile self - esteem . So , I feel that believing strongly in ourselves is the best way out . We should always analyse and think through every comment, every insult before deciding if those words are really meant for us . Loneliness and being different just means that we have not found out right group of friends , a group of buddies that share the same hobbies and interests as we do .  Heartbreaks are a part and parcel of life . There are so many fishes in the pond . Why hover around one that does not appreciate your unique qualities ? Lastly , we should never resort to putting up a front . Pretending only covers up the real you . If anything , we should pour our feelings out , let the world know if need be , there will someone willing to help  . 

Intensive Reading Question- Elgin Patt

What are your thoughts and feelings about depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues.

I feel that depression, loneliness, heartbreaks and being different from your peers, and having to put up a front are all commonly experienced by teenagers about my age. I feel that the others, besides depression, are very common among us. For special cases, like those people that have depression, it is probably that the student feels that they are not accepted into society because off a difference in attitude. 

Being experienced with these issues as many of my peers have went through these problems before, I would take a bold approach towards this problem. Even though I might be difficult in the beginning, I feel that it is necessary to speak up to others, especially to your friends and family so they can help you with the current problems you are facing and give you advice. Also, if you are facing loneliness, talk more to others, so that you can cure yourself.

Intensive Reading Reflection — Sean Phua

What are your thoughts and feelings about depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues.

Depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers and having to put up a front probably sums up most of the major problems that teenagers face. I don't find it strange that teenagers are having problems like these even though they are considered to be of the younger population.

Pressure is put on them by their parents, by their peers, the learning environment is somewhat hostile by nature. However, there's a minority of teenagers that decide to lock these problems away and that's where everything starts taking a turn for the worse.

For me, I would share my woes with the people I trust the most. But for worrying about being different, I always tell myself just to be myself. Everyone is unique in their own way, just like no matter how rough a diamond is, it's still a diamond. Finally, not being afraid or embarrassed about your own problems will allow you to overcome them.

Intensive Reading Reflection - Dionne Choo

I feel that everyone would go through depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, experience being different from his/her peers and have to put up a front. However, it is how we manage and conquer these issues that determines how much we are affected by these issues. Some of us take this as the norm and move on even after facing it, however, there are others that are stuck and admit defeat in the face of some these issues.

Depression comes about most of the time, when a person does not accept himself/herself. But by just launching into a state of depression, nothing will be solved. Heartbreaks are a major part of teenagers’ lives, and so is loneliness and being different from your peers. The need for best friends and to fit in always will not be achievable for many, and thus we need to learn to be contented and to accept that everyone is unique in their own way.

There is no one fixed solution to dealing with this problems, but I know that I am special, and I will not surrender when faced with these issues, because it is all part of life, all part of the process for us to strengthen and to improve.

Intensive Reading Reflection: Liau Zheng En

What are your thoughts and feelings about depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues.

As teenagers, we are easily affected by feelings of others as we do not want to be neglected by our peers. Depression happens when one does not accept him or herself, which then results in one questioning him or herself. Managing with depression is easy if we look in the perspective of one being special and unique. Being different from others basically means we are special in a different way compared to others.

People often join the crowd when we feel uncertain and lonely. This does not always get you attention but make one seem less important in the crowd. People who are lonely tend to seek attention as they do not want to be left out in the group. Being too hopeful not only leads to depression but also heartbreaks. Heartbreaks often happen when we over-react or think too much over incidents regarding relationships.

Being one's self is still the best as we are all unique in some way. I accept myself and due to my religion, I also know that I do not need anyone else acceptance except for my God. As a Christian, I am able to handle my emotions well as I know that I need not please anyone to be accepted. I believe that I am unique and that my specialty will be used for a purpose.

Intensive Reading Exercise: Sun Jie Min

What are your thoughts and feelings about being depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues.

They are things many teenagers have to deal with, and can be a result of being ignored, betrayed or maybe bullied by your peers and friends.
To deal with depression, loneliness and heartbreaks, I would appreciate all the friends I have, and hope they do the same. I would also spend time doing what I enjoy or lighten my mood, e.g. watch comedies, go surf the internet and watch cat videos.
To deal with being different from my peers, I would accept the fact that everyone is different and have different interests, and befriend people with common interests and try different things.
To deal with having to put up a front, especially to a person I do not like, I would ignore the person and put on a front to hide the hate you have, so as to not cause trouble.

Intensive Reading Blog Question (Chapter 1): Lim Hao Yang

What are your thoughts and feelings about depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues.

Feelings of depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different, and having to put up a front is a normal part of any teenager's life. In his or her growing years, a teenager tend to feel different as compared to when he or she was a child as he or she would be trying to cope with the newly-perceived selfish society. Children perceive the world as innocent and straight forward, having the "I am no different from you" mentality due to the limited options they have. However, as teenagers, we will tend to branch out into our own interests. 

Dealing with these problems is no easy task. I know that I'm different—it took some time to understand that. The natural reaction will be to try to blend in and pretend nothing is wrong, but that is never perfect. I stand out a lot, and reveal my feelings. Hence I got use to it, and soon understand that there is nothing wrong with feeling so.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Register No. 12 and 14 Introduction Video - Shufflin~

Vorro's Perception of Isolation (Chicken Soup Lesson 1 Reflection)

Depression- Personally, I think depression is very common. It occurs during extensive stress over many things, especially excessive workload for teens. As such, it is more about how you deal with it than you actually having it. The way I cope with my depression symptoms is doing what I feel like doing best, whenever I feel like it. If I do get too stressed out, I find that I really have to take a break and stop doing work.

Loneliness- Loneliness is nothing if you're used to isolation. The point is, if you're not the social kind, you won't even have to deal with being lonely.

Heartbreaks- Personally, I think that getting heartbreaks is your problem, and yours alone. After all, you had the choice to choose to have the relationship in the first place. People who do not care about a particular person will not have to face the pain of the parting ways. However, ways to cope with this problem include doing things you do best, and forget the past altogether. Let's face it. It takes a long time to recover from a heartbreak, a few years even. Once you accept that fact, you'll find yourself well on the road to recovery. Staying with your loved and trusted ones will help you overcome this plight eventually.

Being different from your peers- Everyone is unique, in a sense. You don't have to hope to be exactly like your friends because then, if everyone in the world had the same thinking as you, the world would be one of robots. Identical non-sentient beings that act alike.

Having to put up a front- Not really seen, nor experienced this case before, and so I've got nothing to say about it..........

English Introduction Video #4,5,11,17,18

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Self Intro: Goh Chin Fan

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Self Introduction: Sean Phua (16)

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