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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Chicken soup for the soul reflection by Troy

The book "Chicken soup for the soul" is a book about teenagers emotional roller. The author of this book need spine braces and she
 was upset about it. The author was very self-continuous about her look and wanted no one to know about it. She wouldn't let people hug her and feel it. She also would change in a separate place from her friends. That is not the only example of how self-conscious the author. The author also uses makeup to make her look better.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Chicken Soup for the Soul Reflection | Silent Screams | Keith Chia Wen Kai

Silent Scream is a story about the author's encounter with serious depression. She feels depressed but no one understands her. She is also trying to hide her depression from her friends. She fears of seeking help as she fears that she might say offensive things.

I feel people like the author, Ashley that are depressed should talk to people that they sincerely trust about their matters. This is necessary as depression is a serious issue that can have severe consequences. These people should look for help instead of hiding it as it might be good for their mental health in the long run.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Edmund Tan chicken soup for the soul

The moment I knew I'd never be cool by D.marie O'Keeffe

It is the writer trying hard to be popular and cool. She compared herself to other people and tried to follow them. She copied a girl named Jen, who threw her blonde hair around to show off her dimples and put her head to one side when she asks for favors. The teacher thought that she fell ill. Then she copied Mandy and Kevin who were rebels, the writer started smoking shoplifting and etc. Afterward, she followed Sara and Shauna who said mean things about others and get a lot of reaction to it. She then realized that being cool is not easy and may not be the best option.

I learned that we should just be who we really are and we should accept others for who they are. Trying to imitate others to be cool or popular is just silly. Things may not go your way in life you may not be popular or cool. Being cool and popular may mean insulting others and stepping on top of them just to be popular.

I can apply this in life by being who I am. People like Amos Yee fell for this popular thing and ended up insulting the late prime minister and causing havoc in Singapore. But the media was stupid enough to give him more attention just to get "best rating of news" or "best newspaper". Things as being popular in school may end up being a full blown story on the media.

The last Runner -Sean

This short story is a narration about a paramedic telling his story in a marathon. He is supposed to provide medical help if needed. At the start of the story, They stay behind the last runner who had her feet turned in, but her knee turned out. It seemed impossible for her to run a marathon. BUT! she struggled to put one foot ahead of the other. All under the eyes of the paramedic. This lasted until she finished the marathon.


From this story, I have learned that I should never give up. No matter how hard it is, I should always persevere and my results will occur because of my perseverance. No matter how tired I am, No matter how injured I am. I should always persevere .

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The perfect Demon - Aidan Neo

This story is about a girl named Katelynn that wanted to be perfect in everything she did, if she didn't do anything pefectly, she would break down, she kept pushing herself, with no time for rest or play, thus causing her too be very stressed every day. One day, she saw her friend break down due to the stress of trying to be perfect, then she realised she was in the same hole as her. Thus, she decided to lower her standards and she became less stressed and more happy.
I have leared from this story is that nobody is perfect and our flaws makes us who we are.
After reading this story, I have decied to not be upset if I got 1 mark below full marks for a test as nobody is perfect.

Chicken soup for the teenage soul - Summary

By Krin

I am doing a summary about the story of Class Piggy Bank.

The story is about a girl who was teased in class. She was badly affected by the incidents that has happened, so she turned to reading a book everyday, every second, every minute. Until one day, one of the pupils who had teased her in the past came up to her and asked her why she was always reading a book. They wanted to know the reason behind her avoiding them. She turned to reading stories because her closest friend, Juliette. betrayed her. Juliette betraued the main character o fthe story by flipping the meaning o f what the main character had said. Example, the main character said "I wanted to help, but I have to rush to see my hospitalized mother, Juliette would change it to "I don't want to help you because I think you are stupid!" (This is just an example). The words of Juliette, hurt the main character so much that the main character started to hate social life.

Soon, the main character found it boring to always be alone. So, she tried different things to make herself fit in. She stole money from her mother. When her mother found out, the main character lied to her own mother saying that she did ni steal the money. Stealing made her popular in class. She was known as the richess and classmate or schoolmates would always come to her and ask for money. It was not long till her mother found out the truth. The main character found herself stealing more than fifty Euros per day.

It was lucky that the main characters parents punishment was not so heavy. She was only limited to a certain amount of allowance per day and the money she spent was always monintored by her parents. The puishment lasted until Christmas.

Finding Myself - Zara Hannah

In this story, the writer talked about all the things she did to try to fit in. She tried joining the cool kids club but they would all never last. Every time there was a change she would change to fit in. She had fake friends. She did  things she never thought she would do, in a negative way. She finally broke down and found herself again. She finally found true friends and was finally happy with who she was.


Based on what happened, I learned that I should not change for others to fit in. I learnt that changing because or for someone can lead to great consequences. Some of them may ruin my personality and just like the writer, I should embrace myself and stick to the people who accept me for who I am. I believe now that I will only truly fit in if I be myself. 

I read this story a few years back and i did apply it. When I was in Primary School, I used to treat everyone around me, scared that they would no longer want to be friends with me. I realised over time that I was being used and that I never had real friends. I had been making up excuses after excuses about treating my friends and getting all the latest trends to fit in. I read the article and it opened my eyes. I no longer treat my friends everyday just for them to remain friends with me.