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YRC 37: TOP 10 – Words We Mix Up

Writing can be fun. Reading can be enriching. But sometimes, when you are indulging in a good piece of writing, you have to do a double take because you spotted a glaring error. The truth is, even the best writers can get their words mixed up; a simple switch of a letter or omission of quotation marks could lead to a different meaning and a rather horrid typo. But whether you are a reader or a writer, don’t fret — words are a tricky thing to get around and one should be patient in wielding them well. So, after poring (no mix-up here!) over our online research, here are ten of the numerous words we often get mixed up, and some tips on how to match them well.

Wednesday,26 October 2016 by | Blog, Top 10 |

YRC 37: Featured Author — Michael Ho

Somewhere in the east of Singapore, as the lift doors opened, the lone corridor we stepped out into lit up with a steady stream of piano music. That stream grew louder as we reached our destination, and peered through the windows. There, tucked in a corner of cool interior decorated with neo-vintage furniture and murals, sat 15-year-old Michael Ho and a black classic piano. He smiles, pauses his playing, and lets us in. Michael is our Featured Author for this issue, and we were thus at his home to talk about his writing and what he has been up to since writing his last story.

Wednesday,26 October 2016 by | Blog, Featured Authors |

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.

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.

Thursday,7 July 2016 by | Blog, Catherine Khoo, Featured Authors |