Farewell to Teenage Years: Looking Back At My Past 10 Years (Part 1)

I am back to writing a long blog post. 
Ever since embarking on my internship, I have basically barely any time for myself. My life is more of like work, meetups, workout, sleep, eat and repeat (according to the level of importance), every week. I am drained, I am tired, I am exhausted.
Despite all the shits I have to go through, yet I’ve been looking forward to this day – the day when I will finally bid goodbye to my teenage years, and to move on to the next decade on my life.
But that comes the very contradictory feeling arises deep inside me…

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Exactly. (Insert blasphemous use of words). I am in my twenties now. Of course, I still have one year to go before I become fully legal – having all those legal rights and the right to vote. Maybe I should say that being 20 means that I am given that additional year to adjust before becoming “full adult” in the eyes of the law.

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Before I start on the main topic of how is it like being a 20-year-old, I would like to spend some time reflecting on the past decade. From turning 10-year-old (the first time when I have 2 digits in my age) in 2006, till when I

2006 – The year when I am still a child yet feeling youthful.

I am sure everyone still have the fresh memory of watching High School Musical right in front of your television set and singing to all the songs when the sing-along version was released (actually, nope, we were already singing the songs – especially my favourite “Breaking Free” by the next time the Disney Original was repeated on TV.

Back then, as a Primary School student, I wished that time will turn fast enough so that I will be able to head to high school like Troy and Gabriella. I would imagine how it is like to be dancing and singing in campus compound like what was shown on TV.

Reality check: Over the past 10 years, I actually did dance and sing in school before. I still remember doing that for one of the Council’s investitures in Secondary School. Talk about those memories made.

2006 was also the year I started watching football.

Yes, it has been a decade since that final – that night when Zidane headbutted Materazzi, when instead, he could have won the World Cup for France. 10 years later, Zidane is now the manager for Real Madrid.

Previously, I do not understand football at all – my first impression is that how ridiculous it is for 22 grown ups to be chasing after one bloody ball for a duration of 90 minutes. As a lazy and non-sporty kid back then, I thought how stupid and hilarious that is.

So FIFA World Cup came, I saw the final and it became my favourite sport since then.

That also mean that I’ve been a Liverpool’s supporter (a Kopite) for 10 years already. Many people asked me why, a kid of my era – the era when Manchester United and Chelsea were dominating English football – decides to support Liverpool – the team that was once considered formidable in the world of football during the 1980s. My answer for them is always: I have no idea why? The name just echoed in my mind, and I found the team so familiar even though I never watched them play before 2006.

Sometimes, things just happen without a reason.

2008 – Leaving Primary School

It is a shame that at that period of time, social media is not as widely use as compared to now. There was Facebook, but we used it in a way like how we use Twitter right now. We really post updates back then – but not too much on photos. There was no Instagram, no Dayre, no Snapchat. I remembered I did not own a handphone until I reached Secondary school – and it wasn’t a smartphone. It was a Nokia.

Thinking about it makes me realised how fast technology has been evolving. We are technically playing catch-ups with the improving technologies every year.

CHEESE: That a very rare photo with Jiawei that I managed to dig up from Facebook
(Image: Kah Sheng’s FB)

2008 was the year I took my Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). I don’t have much memory of it but I still remember those close friends I used to have at Townsville. I remembered how Jiawei, Kah Sheng, Zi Hong and I were always together. Of course, I will never forget Kah Sheng’s mum who would buy us chicken rice for lunch almost every time when we had to stay back in school for supplementary lessons.

I would also not forget about Gavin – although we just stayed a block away from each other. I remembered he was the biggest fan of High School Musical. So we would talk about HSM 1 and 2 in school and on the way back to school. Still remembered how he always welcome us to his house and the guys will start playing Maplestory. I can even still remember that his mum will fetch us from school back to his house back then. HAHAHA

It’s also a shame that I have never catch up with them face to face ever since we last went back in 2009. But still, thank you guys for the memories for the early part of my teenage years.

2009 – Entering a New Environment

After completing my PSLE, and obtaining a score good enough to enter a good neighbourhood school, I walked into Ang Mo Kio Secondary School for the first time during the registration day. As a vivid young football fan, what attracted me was the large football field.

I was allocated to Secondary 1/4 – basically what they claimed to be as the second-best class in terms of PSLE aggregate scores (But then what does PSLE results mean if you don’t continue to work hard?)

A REVERSAL OF GENDER: The Chairman (Stef) and the Vice Chairman of 1/4 seems to have a reversal of gender roles. HAHAHA 
My two years with 1/4 and 2/4 has been really really wonderful. I was in the class which I get to forge close friendships with people like Stef, Yong Kang, Junwei, Weihao, Andrew Tham, Elyssa and so on and so forth. Talking about these group of friends, I think Stef and I looked the most different now, as compared to 7 years ago. 
2012: A photo of us during our graduation from AMKSS
7 Years Later: featuring me, Elyssa, Stef and her boyfriend, Ash.
I am still glad the few of us are still in touch despite splitting class in 2011, graduating from AMKSS in 2012, going to our respective Polys and JCs in 2013 and now, at our respective internship, NS and Universities.
Science Project 2010: I still remembered this group of us who try to do about the amount of kinetic energy that can be found in different kinds of nuts. 

To be honest, it is really fortunate to be able to keep this friendship going strong over the past 7 years. We really have seen each and every one of us grew, from the childish, naive and physically small (apart from me obviously) Sec 1 kids to grown-ups who have our own thinking, dreams and passions to chase after. Some of us even got ourselves someone whom we foresee that will take care of us for the rest of our life – aiming at you, Stef! 
Of course, the group of us do not only meet up with the same group of people we had like 4 years ago. Mutual friends are included, their boyfriends are included. To think back, the group actually evolved over the past few years, as you can see from the pictures above.
But it’s okay. Maybe next year I might want to plan a great reunion – where those who were part of the group and our extended friends can join us for a big celebration – the celebration of the 8 years of friendship between us.

PUNCH ME PLEASE: That basically sums up my friendship with Junwei over the years.

While speaking about the lower secondary life, there is one person I would like to highlight. That is LIM JUNWEI. Talking about Junwei, I remembered we used to call him Fish, because that’s what all his Jingshan Primary School’s friends (who also came to AMKSS) called him. According to Yichen, it was because he kept opening and closing his mouth unconsciously like a FISH.
LET ME KILL YOU: During one of tthe BBQ sessions, probably the only one at East Coast Park.
SLANDERMAN: This bugger just gets taller and taller each year.

THE DIFFERENCES: That’s basically our friendship over the past 7 years.

I MISS HOME: That’s him on the way to Home Team Academy (HTA) during his enlistment.
Yep, we grew together over the past 7 years, seen each other’s shit and got annoyed by one another. From knowing each other in class till sending him off to HTA for enlistment last year, I really think that time flies really fast. It was like not so long ago that I first knew him. He has really been a good friend, someone whom I will share basically all my secrets with. He is like my secrets vault. He knew me – both the self that everyone knows and the self that filled with darkness. We share secrets like how inter-governmental agencies do. I knew his secrets too. 
If I need someone to write a biography, I think I can approach him because I think he might just know me more than I myself do.


We shall look forward to more years of friendship ahead.
Remember to organise my funeral if I die uh. HAHAHA. 

The Three Friends: Deming, Brendan and me
Apart from people in my own class, my lower secondary life was about making friends around. I got to know Brandan Pang, Haoze and some others during Drama Club trial sessions. We were basically called down to take part in Drama sessions and see if like it or not before officially joining a CCA. I can’t believe that day, that random chat and friendship is forged. Especially between Pang and myself, the chat that constitutes to over 7 years of friendship and counting. Pang and Haoze eventually joined NCC (Air) and we had our respective achievements in our fields.
Deming was promoted to the Express stream in Sec 2 and so he joined our class. I could still remember that we were rather friendly with our new classmates and plus he was from NCC (Air) which made it easier to talk to him because we have common friends. Oh, and not to mention that he was Junwei’s classmate back in Jing Shan Pri – so orientation with this new classmate was definitely easy. It didn’t take long before he really became a part of us.
Now, let’s move on to Pang. A fellow Kopite. I don’t know what made us hit off so well in the beginning that despite being in different class in lower sec, he would come to my class occasionally to chat and bullshit. He used to be damn gangster and I could still remember his results in Sec 1 – something I shalt not mention. We eventually went to the same class in 2011 because we chose the same science combination – the Pure Physics and Combined Biology and Chemistry class. We even chose to take History. History lessons with him can be quite fun since we share the same interest in the subject.
YO BRO: Pang and I back in 2010 while waiting for the Youth Olympics touch to bypass our school.
IN COMMAND: Pang in 2014 when he was the commander during a community National Day celebration.

HELLO, SIR: Not everyday you can take a photo with the parade commander.
I knew him before he officially become an NCC (Air) cadet, and ssaw him progress through the ranks and become a parade commander during one of the school-community National Day parade. He is now on his way to become an officer in SAF, something that none of us are surprised about. His passion in military has been well known, especially amongst our Upper Secondary clique (which I will introduce later in this post). I really can’t wait till the day when he is commissioned.
BEST OF LUCK, PANG!
LAST TIME TOGETHER: The whole lot of us from 2/4’10 posing for an informal class photo together on the last day of school
Good time together doesn’t last. At the end of Sec 2, we were ‘forced’ to make a decision for our future: whether which science stream we would want to take up. Honestly speaking, calling a Sec 2 kid to make such a major decision – something that might be life-changing (especially for those who aspire to become a doctor, chemist or a bomb maker… er… I mean nuclear scientist) – is rather cruel. I used to aspire to be a doctor but that was like years ago. I wanted to place Biology as my Pure Science subject initially because like most Asian kids, I wanted to be a surgeon. 
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But then dream changes, of course. I’ve already lost track on how many times I’ve actually change my dream career. From astronaut to surgeon to singer to historian to actor to director, from the more mainstream career choices to the less mainstream ones.
At that point of time, I was in dilemma. My results was not good enough to be considered into the Triple Science stream. It felt like choosing a major but then, making a choice at the age of 14. I could remember that I used to recite physics formulae during Drama sessions and I realised how practical physics is to real life. Hence, I decided to take up physics.
And so, I was allocated to 3/1 the following year and a new chapter of my life started.
DRAMA CLUB
Before I continue on my academic life from 2011 onwards, I need to mention about my CCA – which occupied a third of my time in Secondary School – apart from academics and the Student Council (which I will also talk about later).
AMKSS Drama Club was my first choice when opting for a CCA back in 2009. As a former Cub Scouts, I had no idea why I decided to venture into the art scene instead of joining a Uniformed CCA. The only thing I could remember saying was: “If AMKSS has Scouts, I will join. But too bad, they don’t have it.”
Initially, I was called to have a trial with the Symphonic Band and was allocated the Tuba. I ain’t a music person, so I actually struggled with all the musical notations and the beats. I had trouble playing the instruments. Although my seniors back in the Tuba section were rather patience and helpful, yet I did not help myself.
Concurrently, I was also called up to attend a one-month trial with the Drama Club. I could feel the different in culture between both. Maybe the differences did not lie with the culture, but my mental thinking instead. I found that I was much happier with the drama people as compared to in Band. My interest also played a big part in me withdrawing from Band despite the instructor rapidly trying to secure my stay. Back then, I had zero interest in music and the only musician I know was probably Mozart. In contrast, acting seems to come so naturally to me that I required little effort to immerse myself into a specific character.
Looking back at my decision, I am glad I joined Drama Club instead – all the memories and friendship forged are something that I really treasure till date.

SMILE!: If I didn’t remember wrongly, this picture was taken in 2010 during the Open House. (From left: Yichen, me, Hong Kiat, Apple and Kai Hao)

HOLD ME: This was taken probably during my last year in Drama Club, before stepping down as a LEGEND.

GUYS ASSEMBLE!: The three brothers from Drama (Yichen, Hong Kiat and I) sharing a moment with the up and coming three musketeers (Sheng Da, Bukhari and Issac)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: We celebrated birthdays together – even for our trainer Mr Thomas.

Talking about the friendship forged, there are some people I need to highlight. Without them, my 4 years in Drama will never be the same. They were the ones who brought laughter, fun and also troubles to my life. HAHAHA

I first knew YICHEN and Hong Kiat during one of the trial sessions in Drama. I don’t know how and when we started speaking but I know one thing for sure, I talked to them because they were the only few guys who joined drama – the rest were girls. After the trial sessions ended one month later, I found that there were only 3 male members from my batch – Yichen, Hong Kiat and I. We hit off almost instantly – maybe because we knew we won’t be awkwardly alone during sessions when we have support from each another.

I could remember that in 2010, Hong Kiat, myself and our another senior, Melvin were all playing this game called Dynasty Warriors. We would bring our PSP to school and started playing it after drama sessions at the coffee shop opposite the school. Dynasty Warriors is a game based off the epic Chinese historical classic Romance of the Three Kingdom. And coincidentally, it was Yichen’s favourite novel. We started discussing the story plot in both the game and the novel and as a result, we created our own version of the classic. Yichen is Liu Bei, Hong Kiat is Guan Yu, while I am Zhang Fei. Although initially we positioned ourselves in terms of whose birthday comes first, but later we realised the characters that we’ve chosen actually do reflect our real personality.

Yichen is like a leader to us, a big brother as well – if you’ve seen how he took care of both his siblings. He is just like the doppelganger of Liu Bei. He eventually became our Drama Club President between 2011 to 2012.

Hong Kiat is the smartest among us all. He is similar to Guan Yu in a way that he is smart in academics while Guan Yu was smart in battles.

I am one of the loudest and probably the most impulsive one. Hence, this makes me similar to Zhang Fei.

There was once, during a NOMAD Fringe event (one of our school’s Dance and Drama event), we took an oath during our dinner time. It was an oath that say that despite being born at different times, yet we are willing to die at the same time. Till now, I still am loyal to the oath – our relationship is more than friendship, it’s brotherhood. They are the only few people who I can really proclaim as my brothers.

Fate really brought us closer together when we were allocated into the same class during our Upper Sec years.

OATH OF BROTHERHOOD: Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei took the oath in a peace garden, as depicted in the novel, Romance of the Three Kingdom. (Image: 086ljh)

BEFORE ENLISTMENT: This was the last time I met Yichen, before his enlistment.
BROS FOR LIFE: The three of us gathered for a photo while attending a band concert on our last year in school.
Apart from Yichen and Hong Kiat, juniors were also there to make my life more interesting during sessions. On my second year, Tricia came in. On my third year, we had Audrey and Tan Ting. The few of us were able to click together in the end because we all are a bunch of morons. Actually, till now, I am still quite surprised how all of us managed to click together. But I think it’s our passion for drama and our will to bring the club to the next level brought us together. In the entire clique, we have 2 ex-Presidents (Tricia succeeded Yichen and Audrey succeeded Tricia), 1 ex-Vice President (Tan Ting was the VP under Audrey) and 2 ex-Treasurer (Hong Kiat succeeded me after I was being ‘sacked’ after one term). 

HOMECOMING: A group photo taken during AMKSS Alumni Homecoming in 2015 (From left: Tan Ting, Auds, me and HK)

THE STORY OF 3 GENERATIONS: If I didn’t remember wrongly, TT and I watched a movie with Trish before the Homecoming last year.
DADDY & DAUGHTER: Although I had adopted a few daughters over the past few years, no one came closer to TT, who is my ‘authentic’ daughter. She’s now studying culinary, so that means I’ll get to taste more good food?
A BUNCH OF MORONS: I don’t remember how Kaihao came into the clique but I am so glad he became part of us! I know we all damn step. Check out the full story here.

WHITES AND … BLUE?: I think that’s the most recent photo we’ve taken, but too bad Auds and Kai were absent.

My time in Drama couldn’t have been same without them. They were passionate and really do things to make sure that the club ran well during my time and after I’ve stepped down. No offense, but the club would have been dead without them – although they are still a bunch of morons.
Trish eventually continued her passion in theatre by joining SR Drama – a year after I left Serangoon JC for good.
EDDY OR BRUNO MARS: Yes, I still keep that board that the juniors have done for me during my batch’s farewell. I think I looked like Bruno Mars here though – the fatter version.
FAREWELL: Probably my last photo together with the rest of the Drama Club. Thank you guys for making my memories at the club so sweet and wonderful.
COUNCIL
Up till now, I still don’t know how I was able to balance academics, drama and council concurrently during my Secondary School days – yet able to make it out alive in the end. Being in the student body has been one of my greatest achievement over the past 10 years, from running a mini-campaign to being elected into the council and then to being selected for EXCO camp to being elected into EXCO. The entire 4 year journey is a bittersweet one. There were definitely challenges, yet it was the fun times and the milestones that we achieved together that makes this journey a worthwhile one.
OBAMA ANYTIME: Can’t remember which joker came out with such a masterpiece, but I will vote for Obama anytime man.

Wearing that council tie on the neck every day seems to be a very ‘cool’ thing to some people. Okay, I shall admit here that I did have that thought when I joined the school. However, it was actually a reminder to me that I actually had a duty to serve and was an ambassador of the school. Hence, I was extra-cautious over my actions outside of campus. It’s like I was being tied by this thing called responsibility but of course, I did enjoy the process and the things I had to do.

Being an ambassador of the school, I got a chance to be exposed to leadership camps and also, a change to forge bonds with student leaders from other schools. 2011 seems to be my most active year in Council. After being elected into the EXCO as Head of the Earth Committee (basically I was doing what NEA was doing – helping with the school’s Reduce, Reuse and Recycle project), I represented AMKSS at two leadership events that same June holiday – one Convention and another, a leadership camp.

The 17th Student Leader Convention (17SLC) was jointly organised by Hwa Chong Institution and Nanyang Girls’ School. It was one of the few opportunities that I got to be in touch with other student leaders – local and abroad. We had friends coming from Indonesia and, as well as, Australia. We got to discuss on issues and submit papers, making it like a small UN meeting (it is still a pity that I did not take part in Model UN back in the days, I mean I was that perfect person to actually represent North Korea :D).

At least this convention gave me a chance to go Hwa Chong for 4 consecutive days.

DIVERSIFIED: Participants from different schools coming together in one conference.

THE BIG BOSS: Not sure what was happening, but I was like staring at everyone like a big boss. That’s me 5 years ago. Damn son.

IUVENIS: As much as I could remember, we were all allocated into the same faculty called Iuvenis, which means ‘youth’.

WE ARE ALL Ds: Iuvenis was a faculty under Youth Assembly D. I would still feel funny with that letter being used. HAHAHA

If I didn’t remember wrongly, it was a week later after the convention that I had to represent the school at this leadership camp. I swear that was the best camp I’ve ever went to. For the first time, and probably the only time, when I got to camp in a chalet with room for two, sleeping under the comfort of the air-conditional. I am sure you would not get that kind of treatment anywhere.

WHO’S OUR BOSS: Our Vice President Meichoo (most left) was part of the delegation for the school, together with (from right) me, Ken and Paige. 

HEY THERE, MY ACS FRIENDS: Through this camp, I also got to expand my network – by befriending these three representatives from Anglo-Chinese School! Putra (the guy beside me) and I still get in touch by commenting on each other’s Instagram’s post occasionally.

Good times don’t last. After 2 orientation camps, 4 Council Camps, 3 Exco Camps (twice as the one being tekan and once being the one tekaning others – although I decided not to) and 4 investitures, it was time for me to finally step down.

SERVING WITH ONE HEART: Me sharing a light moment with Luo Zhi, who got elected into the council with me when we were in the same class during lower Sec.
THE 11TH EXCO: The graduating batch of the 11th EXCO gathered together for a rare photo shot.

WEIRD COUNCIL: This photo actually clearly reflects the kind of people we councillors were, secretly. We were clearly a bunch of weird people – even Meichoo was judging me.

Despite leaving the council and the school, my heart is still with the school. Sometimes, service does not end when you leave, but when you die. I once said before, “AMKSS will be the only school that I will serve wholeheartedly for because it’s my alma mater and it always will be.” During the Orientation Camp in 2013, responding to the calls for us seniors to return and help out, I went back to make sure those newcomers did not give my fellow councillors problems. Those kids didn’t give us too many problems and I did have a great time – just like my previous camps.

SENIORS AND VERY YOUNG JUNIORS: So Meichoo and I were one of the few seniors who went back to help out. I think the juniors like us eh. HAHAHA
AMKSS taught me about the important of the spirit of service, and I found passion in lending my service. That was me, 4 years ago, the Eddy who would give his everything for the school. Looking back at this, I really wonder where my passion and spirit of service went. Ever since leaving the school, I have never stepped onto any leadership position again, neither did I run for councils or even, student unions.
Maybe one reason is that I am tired and wanted to take a break. But then again, the break I am taking seems to be really long. However, I am sure that one day, I will be able to pick myself up and show the world that I am still capable of serving the mass – and to do it better than when I was with the Council. One day, I’ll be back. A leader and also, a servant.
2012 – The Year of Farewell
2012 marked my last year at AMKSS, it is also the final of the 10-year mandatory education in Singapore. We were all busying preparing for the greatest examination of our lifetime at that time – the GCE O’ Levels. It also marked my last year with my class – Sec 4/1’12. That was probably the only time when I am in a class with an overwhelming majority of guys, 32:4. 
I was so glad that most of my close friends from my lower secondary years ended up in the same class as me – Yichen, Hong Kiat, Pang, Junwei, Haoze, Andrew, Weihao and Chen Yu. And of course during the course of 2 years, more friendships were forged, and thankfully, most of these friendships lasted till today.
DON’T CHASE SUCCESS, CHASE EXCELLENCE: A quote from one of my favourite teacher in AMKSS, Ms Han.

SIMPLY A MASTERPIECE: You are right, Mrs Cha! We are all masterpieces and we are still being mould at this moment.

With Chen Yu (left) and Leon (right). Leon is also my classmate back in Primary School.

WITH THE MUSIC MASTER: Chen Yu is a genious in music and of course, over the past few years, we got to collab a few times. His musical creations are just always on point!

THE THREE FRIENDS (SENIOR YEAR): Still remember the photo featuring the three of us? Here’s the most recent photo featuring us all.

SHOOT YOUR HEAD: This is Meiqi, still as jovial and loud as 4 years ago!

RILAKKUMA: Wan Qing with her Rilakkuma phone cover. Qing eventually enrolled into Serangoon JC with me the next year.

POSING WITH A… FRIEND?: With Weifang (the hamster, as we used to call her) and our friend from the Science Hub. I am sure that friend looks way happier than I was HAHA

GAY FAGGOT: Ao Yang and I take gay-ness to the next level by doing it right in front of our form teacher, as she walked into the class. Ao Yang has been the one who made sure that I’ll have some fun during boring HCL classes by playing Football Manager with me. We were just so rebellious back then.

ENDORSEMENT: Andrew Tham, my vice chairperson in 2010 and then chairperson from 2011 – 2012. My favourite Chairperson, second only to Stef.

HERE COMES CHOO: Of course must take a photo with Meichoo, right? To be honest, she is like the only person whom I am comfortable speaking to in Council. Yes, I was an introvert back then.

TOGETHER, WE PUNCH: When the NCC guy and the class chairperson join force to attack our drama club president…

FAVOURITE SEAT, FAVOURITE SUBJECT: Junwei and I were table partners in Sec 4 and the thing is, we were able to stay at the seat despite not being allocated the position under the seating arrangement. We are too cool to follow laws.

THE STRONGMAN: With Xiangchou, the Volleyball spiker and also our class gardener. HAHAHA. I mean, if it’s not for him, all the plants outside our class would have been dead.

CLIQUE NO. 2: I consider this my another clique I am part of back in 4/1, the first being Pedoro (which includes at least 20% of the class population and 70% of the class core leadership). 
(From left): Xuanzhao, Ao Yang, me and Yichen.

THE COOL DUO: Of course we are cool, who dare to say we ain’t? Really glad and privileged to be acquainted with Pang. We’ve experienced 7 years of interesting friendship.

PEDORO YEYE: From 1/4 to 4/1, Weihao has been really a great friend. And up till now, he seems to be always the one who plans activities/meet-up for the clique.

THE 90+ KG CHALLENGE: You’ll know how heavy I was just by looking at Pang’s face.

MS. LEW!: Almost half of the class surrounding our favourite Physics teacher, Ms Lew. I am still guilty now for scoring a pathetic C6 for Physics for my Os because she’s really been very helpful and patience with me and really motivates me to strive for my best.  

KILL THE CHAIRPERSON: The original Pedoro clique sharing a light moment. I am sure we would like to kill our beloved class chairperson for not able to meet up with us almost all the time. HAHAHA

THE SMILING CLASS-TEE: A prototype of our class-tee, the shirt that I still wear with pride even till now.

GOODBYE, AMKSS: As we threw our ties into the air, we knew that we are about to end another chapter of our life. There are things that cannot be replicated, only to stay permanently in our memories.
Before I ends this chapter of my life, there’s one person I want to mention. Although he is now in Czech Republic pursuing his dream as a doctor, leaving me and all his other friends for the past 3 years, he is still in our hearts.
PAUL PEI-EN.

From knowing him during Sec 1 in Higher Chinese class, taught by the legendary CHEN LAO-DA, the Singapore-Taiwanese relations seems to hit off very well. He’s my automatic partner when it comes to pair work or even group work. We even thought about making fictional evil characters such as Hitlin and Staler (you can see who we based these characters on). 
I know one day, we will able to meet again, and doing all the shits that we used to do back in the days. When you come back as Dr. Huang, I hope I would be able to meet you either as Lt. Chua or Prof Chua – depending on how my next 10 years go.
Words can’t explain how much I miss you, but really, all of your friends here in Singapore will be waiting for you to return so that we can go and have some tea and play a round of chess, just like what we did in AMKSS. Better still, we can bring you around to those new Singaporean place of interests that popped out during your absence.

4 years in Secondary School are the times which I really grow. It builds my character and molds me to who I am right now. It is the time when I get to learn something new and get to understand what subjects I am really interested in – Chinese and History.  It is the time when I get to forge long-lasting friendship – knowing those people who will be my friends not only for one year or two, but forever. The 4 years in AMKSS have been the most memorable, it is also the favourite chapter of my life.

Like what I said earlier, there are moments that can’t be replicated, whatever that happened in the past will stay in the past. It is more of whether the memories will be engraved deep within your hearts. I am proud to say, these memories will be one of those that I will not forget. It will stay permanent. All the shits that we’ve done together, will never be forgotten. 4 years might sound long, but actually, it passes so quickly that I didn’t have time to catch a breather and to know all of y’all well enough. But it’s okay, we have the years ahead of us, and as long as we seize the moment, we will never be parted.

4 years just ended like this. I didn’t do really well for my O’s but still, I managed to get enrolled into Serangoon JC – although it wasn’t my first choice. And that opens up another chapter of my life. A short chapter, yet bittersweet. Stay tune to the Part 2 of this series, where I will look back at my life from 2013 to now (that’s a good 3 – 4 years of memories).

(Read Part 2 here)