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"Travel makes one humble." What are your views?

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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.


Mark Twain wrote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” It is definitely worth examining Mark Twain’s quote: Does travel really broaden the mind, or does it reinforce existing prejudices? (WRITE IN AN IMPARTIAL MANNER OF 1 BENEFIT OF TRAVEL AND ANOTHER DRAWBACK OF TRAVEL?)Through travel, it allows young people not to be parochial/ narrow-minded so that they can operate more effectively in a globalised world.(ADVANTAGE) Conversely,  indulgent travelling can inflate one’s ego.(DISADVANTAGE)

PARAGRAPH 2 (Thesis 1)

Point: Travelling on a budget widens one’s horizon.

Elaboration: Travelling encourages personal growth as it expands our horizon beyond the ambit/ perimeters of Singapore. Travelling on a budget would force one to manage his or her finances and rough it out in cheap accommodations and less affluent communities.

Example: Singaporean Travel Blogger Isabel Leong was barely 23 years old and already travelled to more than 105 cities in 30 countries — mostly on her own dime. When Isabel was in university, she worked as a gym instructor, while juggling her studies. Leong also became an expert at travelling on a tight budget, spending less than S$7,000 over three months travelling to 15 countries in Europe. She kept a mental meal budget of about S$10 per day whenever she travelled, and stocked up on apples to keep herself from going hungry. https://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle/how-travel-very-tight-budget

Evaluation of Example: All these shoestring budgets have allowed Isabel to start a travel blog called belaroundtheworld.com sharing with other students her humbling encounters when she travelled. https://www.belaroundtheworld.com/

Link: Just the mere fact of being out there, seeing, is proof that we are well off: health, time, money, the opportunity to be the curious and humble traveller that we can afford to be.

PARAGRAPH 3: Thesis 2

Point: Travelling makes us appreciate Singapore and count our blessings.

Elaboration: Travelling outside of one’s home country allows teenagers and millennials to be more engaged in civic and social activities and contribute back to the community.

Example: Lin Xun Jian and Ong Zhi Lei from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s community service club travelled to Sabah for a three-week student volunteer mission with Youth Corps Singapore, a national institution that supports youths who are keen to serve the community. https://mothership.sg/2017/08/in-defense-of-millennials-nyc-survey-shows-they-may-be-the-best-yet/

Evaluation of Example: Inspiring stories of Lin Xun Jian and Ong Zhi Lei decidedly=clearly show that young Singaporeans are humble enough to better the lives of others living below the poverty line.

Link: Such field trips will help youths here better appreciate Singapore’s success, combat the sense of entitlement and humble them to inculcate=instil the value of service to others.


Anti-Thesis 1 (Paragraph 4)

Point: Conversely = On the other hand, some may posit that travelling makes one self-absorbed/ narcissistic and obnoxious.                                                                                                         
Elaboration: Many suggest that the need to show off is born from our insecurities. Some may not be humble in sharing their flamboyant travels, showing off how they splurged money on expensive items such as diamond jewelries from Amsterdam and Rolex watches from Switzerland, which are often out of reach for the common man.  

Example No. 1: Chiara Ferragni, an Italian model and blogger, often decked to the nines even when travelling shows off her extravagant travels and lifestyle on Social Networking Sites. Her blog, ‘The Blonde Salad’ is filled with posts on her lavish travels as well. Presidential suites, luxury cars, high end parties, red carpet events all seem part and parcel of her travels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXbQ6CGG-hw

OR Example No. 2: Lewis Hamilton, a four time Formula One Champion, often shares his luxurious travels on Instagram and Snapchat. He gives us common man a glimpse of how the rich travel, from private jets to presidential suites that the masses cannot afford.  Even his pets seem to live the high life when travelling, first class seats for his pampered bull dogs Roscoe and Coco, being transported around Europe in a luxury motorhome, given exclusive access to the paddock on race days and presented with their own Mercedes race suits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQDvszhwkMg

Evaluation of example: These narcissistic and obnoxious individuals constantly flaunt their purchases and travelling experiences all across the globe, showing off how they eat, live and travel in style. Such outlandish travels are things that we mere peasants cannot dream of. Materialism being entwined with travelling is definitely a result of their ostentatious lifestyles.                                                                                

Link: It is indubitable that instead of making one humble, travel seems to make one more obnoxious and arrogant.

Anti-Thesis 2 Paragraph 5:

Point: Some are prepared to commit an offence in the desire to drum up business opportunities on their travel sites/ Travelling may make one to seek dangerous thrills just to make money through SNS.                                                                                          

Elaboration: It opens a whole new world, filled with adrenaline and excitement, some people cannot help but to brag and share their experiences in video logs or blog posts.

Example: The High on Life crew is idolised by many young followers on Social Networking Sites and the men post many pictures and videos of boisterous exuberance. These Canadians made news in 2016 for a stunt they pulled in Yellowstone National Park where they purposely and illegally veered off the established path at Grand Prismatic hot spring to get the perfect shot.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/two-high-on-life-members-given-jail-time-1.3950447

Evaluation of Example: Their entire business model depends on their ability to flaunt their travels, and in return obtain sponsorships. As a result, their impressionable followers seek to emulate this lifestyle and thus a systemic culture of traveling for the sake of boasting your life is born.                                                                                                                           

Link: Travelling ignites people’s desire to stand out and show off their profligate lifestyle.


Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”  The Earth is filled with infinite experiences, wonders and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

(T1) The crucial skills in saving and allocating funds for travel could turn into a viable business for some.

(T2) When we explore the world beyond, what we see and experience will make us better appreciate what we have/ show margin of appreciation for what we have.

(AT1) However, travel does have its shortcomings as it results in individuals becoming attention seeking and

(AT2) to chase for greater commercial sponsorships, travel business owners are prepared to contravene (to do something that a law or rule does not allow, or to break a law or rule) the laws.

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