Ian Wong

An Unforgettable Event

“Ring!” The school bell rang as I dashed home. When I got home, the living room was pitch dark and there was no one to be seen! Tears rolled down my cheeks as I thought my parents had forgotten my birthday.

To my utmost surprise, the lights were suddenly switched on with a loud click! I saw many colourful streamers and balloons decorated the living room. The aroma of delicious food drifted into my nostrils. “Surprise!” my parents yelled gleefully as they sprung up behind me. Happy tears rolled down my cheeks as a radiant smile swept across my face.

My father quickly raced to the kitchen to fetch my cake and as he ambled out of the kitchen, “Happy Birth-“ but before he could say, “day,” he tripped over a wire! The cake flew up in the air and landed on my little sister. “Wah! Wah!” she cried as she waved her small hands in the air. My mother, my older brother and I rushed to remove as much sticky cake out of her hair as possible. “Silly father!” I scolded my father as I put my hand on my hips. My father had learnt a valuable lesson to always watch where he was going.

What an unforgettable event!

Ian Wong
Primary 2 (2016)

Wong E Veee

An Unforgettable Event!

“Hooray!” John exclaimed as he punched his fist in the air. “It is time to go home!” John packed his school bag and dashed to the nearest railway station. Within minutes, the train arrived. John went on the train and made a beeline to the nearest seat.

Not long after, John got off the train and bolted to his house’s main door. He expected his whole family to greet him. To his dismay, when he got in, the whole house was pitch dark and no one was found. Tears rolled down his cheeks and thought that no one remembered his birthday.

“Surprise!” John’s whole family leaped from behind the curtains. John’s father switched on the lights. John felt elated to see his family. A delicious feast was right before his eyes. John turned around and saw balloons and streamers decorating the ceiling and walls. There was even a huge banner that read, “Happy Birthday, John!” After devouring our dinner, my father took a huge strawberry flavoured cake from the fridge. John’s parents then sang a happy birthday song for him.

Suddenly, John’s father tripped over one of the chair’s legs and the whole cake flew and landed on the floor. “Daddy! Look what you have done!” John hollered as he stomped his feet in frustration.

John’s mother told him to calm down. She whispered, “It is alright, even if the cake is damaged. It does not matter. We can always make a new one. What truly matters is that your father is alright.” She was right. John ambled towards his father and apologised for being rude. John and his parents made a new cake.

After the new cake was made, John and his parents gobbled down the cake. John decided to forgive his father. It was really an unforgettable event!

Wong E Vee
Primary 2 (2016)

Edmund Tang

A Blackout

“How boring this is!” I sighed. I looked outside the window. I was sitting on the emerald green sofa at home watching television together with my family. In the midst of the television show, my mother suggested that we go to see the latest Transformers movie. Our family immediately agreed to her suggestion gleefully.

Without a moment’s delay, we hopped into the car and made a beeline to the theatre, which was a stone’s throw away from our house. My father bought the tickets and we made ourselves comfortable in the seats. Soon, the movie started.

Halfway through the movie, the lights suddenly went off. People around us screamed in terror. The theatre was dark and eerie. A voice from the loudspeaker announced loudly, “Please do not panic. The lights will be on shortly.” I huddled together with my parents closely as tears rolled down my cheeks. My mother used a flashlight that she had kept in her bag so I would not be so scared.

After a few minutes, the lights turned back on and I heaved a sigh of relief. When the movie ended, I asked my parents curiously, “Why did the lights go off?” They explained that there was a power cut so the lights went off. Since then, I became more interested in how electricity works and would often conduct experiments. This was the first and hopefully the last time to be stuck in a blackout.

Edmund Tang
Primary 2 (2015)

Alger Ang

A Near Drowning Incident

Once, there were two youthful lads. One named Alson and one named Elliot. They were often up to mischief and they were very brave boys. Once, they even played a prank on their friend by throwing a water bomb at him. They were up to another mischievous plan. They were released from school. Their plan was to challenge each other to see who could swim the fastest. They set out looking for fun but ended up courting danger.

Splash! The waves splashed on to the soft brown sand. The race began! The boys guffawed with glee and also shrieked with excitement. Alson was taking the lead with every stroke. The duo did not know the horror that would unfold shortly.

Halfway across the sea, the waves got bigger. Panic set in. The two of them started to lose strength in their legs. Alson chocked on a mouthful of water. That made him panic even more. The strong currents pushed them further from the beach. They were like rag dolls in the ocean. They flailed their arms in the air. Their faces turned pale. They shivered because they were freezing!

They thought there was no hop left for them. All of a sudden, a passer-by saw them. He gathered all his courage and dived down to save them. When they were pulled up, they were drenched from top to toe. They felt mortified as everyone shook their head at them. They were traumatised by the incident. They dared not show their faces. They know they were going to get into big trouble with their parents and promised not to do mischievous stuff again. Once bitten, twice shy!

Alger Ang
Primary 2 (2015)

Clarice

Angry Mother Bird

The sun shone brilliantly in the vast blue sky. Alex was a mischievous boy. He often played pranks on his friends. It was a perfect day to go outdoors. Alex went to the park that was a stone’s throw away from his house. He passed by a tree and saw many eggs on the nest.

Alex’s eyes glittered with excitement and a brilliant idea struck him! He whispered as he jumped into the air, “I should take the eggs!” A mischievous smile appeared on his face. As he climbed up the tree, his legs felt like jelly because the tree was slippery. On his way up he saw an angry mother bird. He was petrified.

Just as he was about to take the eggs, the mother bird pecked him on his head. Alex gasped in shock. In a split second, he fell down to the ground with a loud thud! He winced and whimpered in pain.

He learnt a valuable lesson that day. Alex regretted his actions and learnt not to take what did not belong to him.

Clarice
Primary 2 (2015)

Andrea

Ouch!

“Ring! Ring!” the phone rang loudly. Sam’s mother quickly switched off the stove and picked up the phone. She was in the middle of brewing Sam’s favorite chicken soup. It was Aunty Veronika, her best friend! Soon, they were guffawing excitedly and engrossed in discussing next week’s picnic.

A few minutes later, Sam opened the door and truded into the house. Feeling exhausted, Sam wanted to go back to his room to do his homework. However, the aroma of his favourite chicken soup sparked his curiosity. He realised that he was starving. He secretly crept into the kitchen. The aroma of chicken soup came from the big pot. He scratched his head and thought to himself, “What did Mother cooked for dinner?”

Sam wanted to see what soup it was. He tried to lift the lid, but he could not quite reach it. He tried again, and this time he went on his tip-toes. He managed to reach it! He lifted the lid off the pot and just then his mother yelled out, “Be careful Sam!” She put down the phone and bolted towards Sam, but it was too late. The pot of hot steaming soup caught him unaware, and tipped off the table.

Sam had been scalded!

“AAAAHHH!” Sam yelled loudly. He burst into a flood of tears! He felt a burning sensation on his arms! He laid down on the floor and cried loudly for his mother. His mother rushed into the kitchen and was transfixed by the scene. Sam’s mother quickly called the ambulance for help. While waiting for help, Sam’s mother poured some cool water on Sam’s wound.

Thankfully, the doctor’s explained that his injuries were not serious. Sam learnt that he must be careful in the kitchen. What a terrifying experience in the kitchen!

Andrea
Primary 2 (2014)


A Perfect Day in School

“Yipee!” I jumped for joy and made a beeline for the dining table. While eating breakfast, I told my mother that I was very excited for school! I dashed around the house grabbing my new stationery and textbooks. I was looking forward to meeting my new friends! I quickly changed into my spanking new uniform and carried my school bag. I skipped to school with a spring in every step. The magnificent school gates welcomed me with open arms.

“Ring! Ring!” the school bell rang as it was time for school assembly. I quickly bolted up to the hall, and heard everyone chattering happily. Checking my hair and uniform, I made sure that I looked neat, smart and presentable. When I was about to sit down and read a book, I saw my form teacher Mrs Cheng strolling down the aisle. Her hair was tied into a precise ponytail and not a single strand of hair was out of place. I quickly flashed a bright smile at her. She smiled back to me.

As we went back to the classroom, I eagerly looked forward to lessons. I was bursting with elation to start my first English lesson! Sometimes, we would even pass little notes to each other and tell jokes! My eyes were alive with enthusiasm at the thought of learning more things! Indeed, it was a splendid afternoon!

The best part of school is always recess time! I zoomed to my favorite economic race stall. After choosing my favorite dishes, I quickly took out my pocket money and paid the auntie. I dashed to the table and sat with my teacher and friends. The second part of recess was spent with my best friend at the field, playing ‘Catching’. We bolted here and there as the sunrays shone down upon us. When our teacher called us back to class, we were drenched with sweat but feeling ebullient!

Soon, it was our last lesson of the day. My perfect day was coming to an end. I wished that there were 48 hours in a day!

Andrea
Primary 2 (2014)

Hubert Kee

A Protective Mother

The sun shone brilliantly upon the school field. After school, Alex went to the school field to find some branches for his school art project. He saw many branches on the tallest tree in the whole school. He tried to get some of the branches.

To his surprise, he found a nest of eggs. A mischievous smile appeared on his face. He forgot about his art project and tried climbing up the tree. Bursting with elation, he was excited to get one of the eggs to cook for dinner. Halfway through the climb, he heard the mother bird chirping loudly and fiercely at him. Petrified, Alex’s legs felt like jelly. He tried to hold on tight to the tree trunk but he was losing his grip.

Thud! Alex fell down onto the school field as he screamed at the top of his lung, “Ah! Ah! Ah!” From the school canteen, the discipline master, Mr Tan, heard Alex’s voice. He quickly bolted to the school field. He was transfixed by the scene when he saw Alex on the ground with bruises and cuts. Wincing and whining in pain, Alex felt mortified.

After Alex explained to Mr Tan what had happened, Mr Tan brought him to the general office to clean up his wounds. Mr Tan scolded Alex for wanting to take what was not his.

Alex learnt a valuable lesson that day!

Hubert Kee
Primary 2 (2014)


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

“Today, we are going to learn about saving the earth!” announced Mrs Lim as she pointed at the whiteboard. After my teacher explained, she gave each of us a paper to answer ten questions. It was a fruitful day at school.

The hawker centre was bustling with activity. After school, my parents brought me to the hawker centre to have lunch. Halfway through our meal, a hunched old lady with white hair and wrinkled face come towards us slowly and asked, “May I have your empty cans please?” I leaned back, waved my hands and exclaimed: “ Go away! Can’t you see that we are eating!” The old lady hobbled away while frowning and went off in a huff. My parents were transfixed by my actions.“She just wanted our cans,” they reprimanded me.  They also explained, “ the old cans can be recycled to conserve our Earth’s natural resources.” My face turned beet red as I felt ashamed for being rude.

Immediately, I collected the cans from my table and from other tables nearby as I called out to her. The old lady turned and saw me. I carried the stack of cans that I had collected over to her and she thanked me. While a sheepish smile swept across my face, I scurried back to my table.

I learnt a valuable lesson not to be rude to others and the importance of recycling. From that day onwards, I made an effort to play my part to save the Earth.

Hubert Kee
Primary 2 (2014)

Therese Foo

Alas! A Rainy Day at the Beach!

It was a sweltering hot Saturday afternoon. My family and I were watching over favourite television programme. We were enjoying our September Holidays! In the midst of it, my mother suggested that we could go to the beach. “Yippee! Yippee!” Josie and Jane yelled as they punched their fist in the air.

Like eager beavers, my family and I packed spanking new swimming costumes, tuna sandwiches, orange juice and a picnic mat. Upon reaching the beach, we made a beeline for the sea. My parents laid out the picnic mat under the huge banana tree. My sisters changed into their spanking new swimming costumes. Splash! My sisters and I dived into the sea and started frolicking in the water. We guffawed with glee and shrieked with excitement.

All of a sudden, claps of thunder could be heard and flashes of lightning could be seen. It started raining cats and dogs. My parents brought their umbrella to the shore. We swam quickly to our parents and found shelter in the nick of time. Putting on a glum face, we whined and wished that we had more time to play. “Why don’t we go to the shopping mall?” My parents suggested. A smile appeared on my face.

What an unexpected rainy day!

Therese Foo
Primary 2 (2014)

Zenith Ng

Stuck in the Lift

“Yay! We are finally going home to watch our favourite movie!” Dan exclaimed as he punched his fist in the air. Today was Saturday, Dan and I were classmates and we were home from a tuition class. Dashing to the lift, we were bursting with elation at the thought of spending the whole morning watching television.

While we were chatting in the lift, all of a sudden, the lights went out and there was a violent jerk. The lift came to a sudden stop and it was dark and eerie. Dan and I were so petrified. It was also hot and stuffy so I was perspiring profusely. I pressed the alarm button repeatedly and someone outside heard it so he immediately alerted the police. The police then called the civil defense workers to help with the rescue.

Halfway through the wait, we were exhausted from yelling for help and dozed off under the lift buttons. Clank! Clank! We were woken up by a loud noise. That was when we realized that the civil defense workers had rushed to the scene. They used some tools to pry open the lift doors. The civil defense workers told us that the power failure had caused the lift to breakdown.

Our parents felt very worried when they came home late that night. We related our terrifying experience to them. What an unlucky day!

Zenith Ng
Primary 2 (2014)


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

“Today we are going to learn how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!”my teacher announced as she gave us a wide smile. After the lesson, father and mother brought me to a hawker centre for lunch.

Halfway through our meal, a hunched old lady with white hair and wrinkled face hobbled towards us. Hands trembling and clutching onto a bag, she asked, “Do you have empty cans to give to me?” I inched backwards and replied, “ Go away”. I waved my hands at her. The old lady frowned and went off in a huff. My parents were transfixed by my actions. They reprimanded me for being rude to the old woman. They explained to me that the old lady only wanted old cans to sell and recycle. This would help to conserve our Earth’s natural resources. A sheepish smile swept across my face.

I immediately collected all the old cans from the nearby tables and sprinted after the old lady. I apologized and said, “I am so sorry for being so rude to you just now.” I gave the cans to the old lady and she thanked me profusely.

Whenever I remember this incident, I remind myself that if everyone plays their part, we can save our Earth together and reduce global warming. From that day on, I started to reduce, reuse and recycle materials to help conserve the Earth in my own little ways.

Zenith Ng
Primary 2 (2014)


Cookie Jar

Max loves cookies! Every time his mother leaves the house, he would eat the cookies until his stomach felt very full and sick. He would drool at the thought of the lip-smacking cookies. Whenever his mother leaves the house, she hides the cookies in a secret place but Max is an intelligent boy. He would try smelling where the cookies were and he would take a bite before his mother came home.

Before his mother went out, she hid the cookie jar deep inside the high cabinet. When she left, Max’s eyes immediately lit up. He quickly went around the whole house to find the cookie jar. When he opened the cabinet, he found it! However, he could not reach it because it was too deep inside. Putting the stool beside the cabinet, Max stood on it and tried to reach the cookie jar again. He tip-toed and soon managed to grab the cookie jar with his tubby fingers. That was when the chair started to shake. He lost his balance and fell down with a loud thud! He also lost grip of the jar.

Crash! Bang! Max fell down and the cookie jar broke into smithereens. His whole body was throbbing in pain. Tears ran down his cheeks. “Ahhhh!” he cried as he held onto his ankle. He had sprained his ankle! That was when his mother came home and saw what had happened. She was transfixed by the scene. Quickly, she helped Max up and brought him to the hospital. Thankfully, he had only sprained his ankle and sustained minor bruises.

Max learned his lesson to be more careful and not to climb onto high places in the future. He would not misbehave again when his mother was not around. Once bitten twice shy.

Zenith Ng
Primary 2 (2014)