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INTRO

When Datuk (Grandfather in Melayu) left, I felt as if a great void had opened in my chest. I came home one day, opened the door, and I saw him reclined in that moth-eaten rattan chair, cigarette dribbling ash, and I knew he was gone. The paramedics pronounced him dead on arrival, but it was only a formality. Only a shell, an empty husk remained.

CLUE:

HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU PASSED AWAY? EXPLAIN THE MIX OF EMOTIONS.

SAD:

·       PASSED AWAY BEFORE WE COULD KNOW EACH OTHER BETTER

·       HE DIED TOO EARLY, THE WORLD IS LESS WITHOUT HIM

YET, GLAD:

·       NO LONGER SUFFERS THE PAIN OF ILLNESS

·       DID NOT SUFFER WHEN HE DIED

·       HAD A GLORIOUS DEATH

 

I did not cry for him–he was only a memory now, and his soul at peace. The stroke was God’s blessing to him, a painless passing; for though he suffered much hardship, he, like the long-suffering Job, took his trials in stride and faithfully attended his duties. I cried for myself, selfishly, because now even the aloof Datuk was taken from me.

 
CLUE: ALTHOUGH IT IS A RECOUNT, EXPLAINING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PERSON IS A KEY REQUIREMENT. ELABORATE WHO THIS PERSON WAS TO YOU/WHAT RELATIONSHIP OR BOND DID YOU SHARE WITH HIM?

My relationship with Datuk was complicated, to say the least.  I had always lived with him, but really we were never close. We lived alone, us two; my own father incarcerated and my mother, I never knew her. Datuk was a man of few words, a strange man of uncomfortable shyness.

 

CLUE: HOW WAS HE IMPORTANT TO YOU? HE WAS GENEROUS, THERE IN YOUR TOUGH TIMES, BROUGHT YOU UP RIGHT

Ours was a love formal in all aspects; he, the provider, I, the beneficiary. I do not even remember him holding a job, but even so, he unconditionally provided for me–clothed me, fed me, put a roof over my head and sent me to school. He wordlessly kept vigil by my side when I was ill, and beat me impassively (without any emotions) when I was wayward (difficult to control or predict because of wilful or perverse behaviour). He was simultaneously dutiful and mechanical in child-rearing, for which I am grateful and bewildered in equal parts.

 


CLUE: HOW WAS HE IMPORTANT TO YOU? DID HE INSPIRE YOU? (DESCRIBE POSITIVE QUALITIES)

Datuk was a smart, talented man, but also a man most peculiar and haunted. I was told Datuk never received formal schooling, but was he ever gifted with his hands! I spent much of my childhood watching him work in silence on his beloved, equally ancient cherry-red Yamaha, save for the clinking of tools. He fashioned several of my childhood toys out of random scraps of wood and metal scrounged from the local bin centre, given that we were never rich, and it was from his mechanical inclinations, I believe, that I developed mine own fascinations with engines and dreams toward aerospace engineering.

Yet for all his brilliance, Datuk had such a complex personality, both secretive and awkward. Every morning, I would see him hoist up his helmet, and putter off on his beat-up motorcycle to an unknown destination. He would only return late in the evening, and I would never know whence he came–I do not think that he deliberately concealed that information, rather that he was infinitely taciturn in all things.

 

CLUE: MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT PERFECT? WHAT ARE SOME PROBLEMS SOMEONE VERY RESERVED MIGHT HAVE? WHAT DOES SOMEONE WHO SUFFERS FROM ANXIETY AND SLEEPLESSNESS DO AT NIGHT? (DESCRIBE STRUGGLES)

He also had a bad case of nerves, both exacerbated and soothed by heavy chain-smoking. Datuk was bedevilled by a constant uneasiness, which ranged from mere restlessness to vigorous shaking and silent whimpers (a series of small, weak sounds, expressing pain or unhappiness) albeit hidden from me. His wispy frame was frequently wracked with hacking/ intermittent coughs, veins convulsing wildly over his wizened forehead. He was also a terrible insomniac, for I never once caught him sleeping, often sitting as he did by the window, scarcely visible in the half light, staring grimly with keen, reddish eyes past the equally stony façade of the ground floor playground, almost as if he were a Seraph, standing between the world and our home, the sanctuary he guarded unflaggingly. It makes my heart twinge, when I know I never again will see him; shakily sucking in long, onerous= burdensome drags, breathing out warm wet smoke between yellowed teeth and inflamed, receding gums, accompanied only by dying cigarettes in the overflowing ashtray and a pack or two of Marlboro Reds, waiting for daybreak. He will never again see daybreak.

 

CLUE: DON’T FORGET IT IS A RECOUNT. WHAT REMARKABLE THING HAPPENS IN THE AFTERMATH? THINK ABOUT THE FUNERAL. WHO COMES TO THE FUNERAL? (BUILD UP TO CLIMAX)

The funeral was a bittersweet affair. Datuk was an intensely private individual, so during the preparation for burial I bathed his body alone, as quickly as I could, before wrapping him in the white cloth. It was meant to be simple and modest, as was the custom, and also to reflect him, or at least what I knew of him. And so I was veritably astonished, as were the few who neighbours who turned up, when I heard thunder and roaring equal to the heavens, and saw to my great amazement a prodigious convocation of motorbikes rolling up to the cemetery. Rough looking men, men for whom the word thug was invented, arrived at an alarming rate. We hurriedly moved to accommodate the burgeoning crowd, who unspeakingly arranged themselves, for there were so many of them, I wondered how there was enough space to move the body into the grave.

The supplications were performed, and when they were finished, I touched my cheeks, and they were wet. The crowd watched gravely as the body was lowered in and I bade my final farewell. Then the planks were laid and soil shovelled over. And it was done.


 
CLUE: WHY ARE THEY HERE? THE TWIST!

The men left as quickly as they had come, hopping on their motorbikes and disappearing over the horizon, but before they were all gone, I asked one privately, “Who are you? Where did you come from?” He regarded me not unkindly and hesitated, before brusquely (rudely) saying, “If he did not confide in you, even the one he loves most, then it's not necessary for you to know.” He paused, and added more genially (friendly), “But you should at least know that your Datuk saved many of us, and helped countless others and stopped a lot of blood being shed over worthless things. He was a great man.” Then the man became tight-lipped, wrapped his kerchief about his face and mounted his bike, and left with the rest of them.

 

CONCLUSION:


HE WAS SOMEHOW MIXED UP WITH GANGSTERS, BUT HE NEVER INVOLVED YOU. SEEING PARTS OF HIM IN SOCIETY, YOU REALISE HE NEVER REALLY LEAVES, YOU FEEL COMFORTED.

“Respect few, fear none” was the code these men lived by, and somehow, Datuk must have been one of the few these men held in high regard.  It took me a long time to work through the loss, for I lost my closest kin, and even though the mourning period was three days, I would mourn him for far longer and forever miss his presence. But once in a while, I might see a group of men nearby, undoubtedly men familiar with the violent underworld, yet of strangely similar demeanour to Datuk and I remember him. Surely, somehow, I am not alone.

General FAQ about our English Tuition and GP tuition programme


The Rationale Thinking Learning Centre currently offers 'A' Level General Paper tuition, IP Year 3 and 4 English tuition and Upper Secondary English tuition. Find out more about each tuition track under Our Programmes tab.

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.

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O Level English Tuition Sample Essay

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