Pearl

Pei Hwa

Gosh, its odd but I just want to capture the moment, because we get so few beautiful ones and when they do come along it feels like its already gone.

Welcome to Pei Hwa Community Day 2017, a biennial event hosted by the school to raise money for charity. Great cause, great fun. When the event was first introduced to the school, the graduates of 2012 (aka everyone in the photos!) were the first batch to participate in this event back in 2011, its only the secondary 3 students setting up the stores and selling whatever products that they wish to.

After 5 years, I finally returned back to Pei Hwa, a place so immensely dense with memories. When compared to my poly life, Pei Hwa is like this huge titanic of experiences and nostalgia while poly is like a toy motorboat next to it. The day was really hot and sticky, which was annoying cause it just deterred me from snapping more photos.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetGood people!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetBack in the girl’s toilet, where 4 sweaty girls will all squeeze into 1 cubicle to change out of our PE attires and into our uniforms.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetcrying face emoji, its seriously all about the company you’re with that makes all the difference in the world. I’d rather sit on the side of a street with all my best friends than go to Disneyland with a bunch of other people.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetBack in dance room where we saw Stacie, the pioneer dancer of Pei Hwa, she is still so lovely and sweet like the first day she introduced us newcomers into dance society.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetGosh, although i hated practicing for dance because i always sucked at it, but on the few times when I make it to the performance, it still feels so rewarding and satisfying!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetMy beautiful friends, i look like trash next to them but who cares! Its the memories!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetThey are so gorgeous here, I love how bright they look, like the radiance of youth is just bursting!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetFriends who shared so so so much together.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetOn the far left of the corner there’s a corgi and that’s one everyone was staring at! He was so hypu and so cute!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetWith Mr Loh Jing Hui, our chinese teacher from secondary 1 to 2. He is so charismatic and comfortable with his students its awesome, and as usual he still remembers yingjie as jieying. Processed with VSCO with c1 presetWith Mr Abdat, the ultra handsome and chiseled Arab history teacher, its always hard to concentrate in class. HAHAHA.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetMr Russell Lin!!! He is such a fantastic teacher. He came into the school as a substitute teacher and he had a reputation for always gathering the class around his teacher’s desk while he told ghost stories. His most famous one is the siewmai in graveyard! 2E1 (my class!) liked him so much, we even asked him to join us for a class outing, and later that he even sent me, jiayi and yingjie home!! ARGHH, HE IS SUCH AN AWESOME TEACHER. And the first and only time he really taught us was for a history lesson, and that’s when we all knew that he was more than ghost stories, he was actually a fucking great teacher. He was telling us about the gestapo and Hitler and all throughout, everyone was captivated. You know how teachers drone on and on and on and you catch nothing by the end of it? Nope not him, everything he said we somehow could remember. Maybe he was good with his words, maybe it was his loud and confident voice but whatever he said we somehow remembered, like it was magic. His students are so incredibly lucky to have a teacher whom is so dedicated and passionate and a wonderful person. We almost didn’t get a photo with him but luckily as we were leaving we found him again!

Afterthat, we all went for lunch at seletar mall for Aone claypot, Jiayi and I shared a porridge and later that we all went home!

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Thinking back, I feel so lucky to have had such an intense secondary school experience, everyone had such unique personalities and its just a big pot of interesting, great and kind people, I’m literally talking about everyone I ever talked to in school, everyone was so friendly. In no other settings, have I ever met people who were such uninhibited and bold versions of themselves, maybe it was due to our young age, but its sad that as we grow up we feel the need to maintain a more ‘normal’ version of ourselves, more grownup, more restrained and we become more judgmental blah blah blah. Imagine my shock when I went to poly, like everyone was so different! Much more ‘normal’. I was talking to Charis last night and we were so appreciative that we had such a memorable childhood because that doesn’t seem to happen to most people? People i met outside of secondary school don’t seem to have as fond of memories of their younger days like we did!

Going back was such a nostalgic experience, even though its filled with new students and some teachers have even left the school, i can still see the ghosts of our pasts running around and having the time of our lives. And the teachers my god, they are so passionate about their students and Pei Hwa, its so inspiring! I hope everyone who comes through this school gets the awesome memories and experiences that I had. Every kid deserves a happy and carefree childhood, before growing up and having the weight of the world resting on their shoulders.

oh what I would give to turn back time.

 

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