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[PAST TENSE] The “Fast and Furious Seven” movie was a bundle of thrills/ a bundle of laughs that my classmates and I shared. We were unanimously famished and where could be a better place to savour local food other than the Food Republic Food Court at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road.

The air-conditioned comfort of a food court was a response to the sweaty humidity caused by Singapore’s equatorial climate.

We trudged through the crowds and the place was uncommonly crowded. I was relishing the idea of forking furiously at my perennially favourite Pepper Lunch’s juicy Hamburg Steak with Egg. The intoxicating smell of pepper emanating from the steak never failed to hold me captivated!

After a long and arduous wait of twenty minutes and no sight of an empty table at our horizon, our countenance gave way to a state of palpable despondency.

Jonathan pitched the idea of going to the “Newton Food Centre – a nocturnal binge eating place and a tourists’ mecca.

We concurred.

Newton Hawker Centre! Here among the clanging trays, the shouted orders, the tropical heat, and the smells of fermented fish paste, ginger and curry were undoubtedly a gastronomic and cultural experience that could only be found in Singapore’s hawker centres. Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian and Chinese cuisines were re-blended into Pacific Rim fusion at its most glorious.


The faint scent of barbecued chicken wafted through the air, and my face lit up at the prospect of eating it with a chilled soft drink. Guided by the heightened sense of smell, I elbowed my way through the rambunctious crowd and ordered ten pieces! I could see this adroit hawker controlling the heat and timing to ensure that the wings turn out crispy and golden brown on the outside, whilst the flesh remain juicy and succulent.

How important are these places in your life as a teenager in Singapore?

[PRESENT TENSE] Food courts do proffer many positive experiences for me: they are air-conditioned, tables are cleaned regularly and there is even piped-in music. Admittedly, some of the spirit of place is lost – the hallmark of hawker centres, the idiosyncratic style of food preparation, and even the personal dressing style of hawkers as opposed to the uniforms worn by many stallholders at food courts.

In 2003, Singapore and many other countries were confronted with an epidemic i.e. SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Singapore Government made concerted efforts to contain the disease. Among the measures taken were the cleaning and disinfecting of all hawker centres as a preventive exercise. They were closed so that drains could be cleaned, sewers flushed and rodent checks conducted. Pest controllers were called in. My parents constantly complained of the disruptions and inconvenience that SARS disease caused.

During that difficult time, many Singaporeans sorely missed the taken-for-granted hawker food and as a teenager now, I have learned to appreciate the importance of hawker centre food as an integral part of my daily life.

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Many students in Singapore struggle with mastering the Language subjects. The English language is arguably the most important subject in Singapore as it is the most common medium of communication. Furthermore, the daily use of Singapore Colloquial English (Singlish) is exacerbating the problem further. A strong foundation in the English language is vital to acing other subjects such as General Paper, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, etc. and ultimately getting placements in Ivy League Universities. At The Rationale Thinking, we specialise in coaching our students in the English Language and General Paper. Our specially curated curriculum aims to break down the complexity of mastering the English language and General Paper to give our students the confidence to attain their Distinctions.

We pride ourselves in not just enabling our students to score Distinctions for their 'O' Level English Examinations and 'A' Level General Paper. We also believe in moulding the next generation to become Global Thinkers. With our carefully curated inhouse notes, we train and impart our students with skills and knowledge that are not taught in school. Not forgetting to build up a good character to prepare them for their future careers in the world’s leading industries.

All of our tuition classes offered are group tuition. We believe in the cross-fertilisation of ideas while studying for your English Language and General Paper. Unlike Science and Mathematics, the English language and General Paper requires more than just rote learning of formulas. As a group, our students are exposed to varies ideas and opinions. This will ultimately aid them in their 'A' Level General Paper and 'O' Level English examination. Our class sizes are also well controlled to ensure that no student is left out and will leave each class every week with new knowledge.

Mr Edwin Wong coaches his students for both the English tuition and General Paper tuition programmes. He is a well sought-after English language specialist, revolutionary thinker and transformational Teacher. He has helped many students achieve Distinctions in their 'O' Level English Examinations and their 'A' Level General Paper. Many of his students have went on to secure placements in competitive academic courses in local universities or obtained Public Service Commission (Overseas Scholarship) with Ivy-League Universities.

The essay illustrated below is a condensed version of what students who enrol for our English/ IP/ GP Tuition Programme receive.


Our English/ IP / GP Tuition Programme is designed to be easily digestible by students of any calibre, read further to find out more.

Describe some of your experiences in food courts and hawker centres.

How important are these places in your life as a Singaporean?

Upper Secondary English Tuition Programme Sample Essay

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