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YRC 36: Top 10 — Ways To Spot A Singaporean Abroad

You are on vacation in another country, and you are out one day surveying the sights and sounds of the place. Suddenly, you spot somebody acting and talking in a manner that seems extremely familiar. It literally hits home when you smile to yourself and say, “Oh hey, a fellow Singaporean’s here!”
Theresa Ellsworth returns to YRC to give you the Top 10 ways to spot a fellow Singaporean overseas. In recent years, more Singaporeans have been venturing abroad to either study or seek new experiences. But as they say, “You can take a Singaporean out of Singapore, but you can’t take Singapore out of a Singaporean!” Certain traits from our homeland tend to stick with us wherever we roam, and this sometimes reunites us with other Singaporeans overseas.
Theresa points out ten such traits, all amusingly true, here.
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Thursday,7 July 2016 by | Blog, Catherine Khoo, Top 10 |

YRC 36: Featured Author — Wong Zi Ling

The sound of piano music greeted us as we stepped through the glass doors leading to the rooftop of the Esplanade. There sat our Featured Author for this issue, Wong Zi Ling, skillfully flitting her fingers over the keys of a piano. “I used to take piano lessons when I was younger,” she explains as we took photos of her playing. “But not anymore. So I just play for fun.”
Now 15 years old and in Secondary 3 at Nanyang Girls’ School, Zi Ling has matured since we first met her in 2011, having traded her teeny-bopper twin tails for a single ponytail at the back of her head. Then a Primary 4 student at Innova Primary School, her love for reading and curiosity in writing led her to join the Young Author Scheme. Through the course, Zi Ling wrote The Magic Prophecy, which earned her a spot as finalist in the Young Author Awards 2011/2012. It is currently featured in our Tales of Magic & Fantasy anthology.
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Thursday,7 July 2016 by | Blog, Catherine Khoo, Featured Authors |

YRC 35: Special Feature — YAA 2015/2016 Judges

This year marks the second time we have invited our former Young Authors to be judges for our finalists’ stories. This year, seven former Young Authors have stepped forward and took up the judges’ mantles, reading through our forty finalists’ written works over a few weeks.
Let’s meet the seven judges, all having previously written stories that were either once in the Young Author Awards or simply caught our eyes because of how captivating they were. Now all grown up, these former Young Authors have gone far since their childhood writing endeavours and still take the time to dabble in the craft of writing.
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Wednesday,22 June 2016 by | Blog, Catherine Khoo |

YRC 35: Featured Author — Muhammad Hasanuddin Bin Mohammad Hanafiah

It was in 2015, during the Young Author Scheme conducted at Bedok Green Primary School with the E2 school cluster, that we met Muhammad Hasanuddin Bin Mohammad Hanafiah. Fondly known as Hasan to friends and family, he was then in Primary 5 and joined the Scheme with a few other classmates. The story he wrote during the scheme, The Band of Brothers, earned him a spot as finalist during the Young Author Awards 2014/2015; it was an inspirational piece about a pair of brothers who struggled against the odds after losing their parents.
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Wednesday,22 June 2016 by | Blog, Catherine Khoo, Featured Authors |