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My most memorable moments are spent with my good friends from the various races.

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Essay (Qns 3) My most memorable moments are spent with my good friends from the various races. When I am together with my friends, I always get stares from the people on the street. Sometimes, certain people might even pass snide comments about my group of friends. One man with jet black cropped hair commented sarcastically when we were walking in his direction, "United Nations in Singapore? How 'colourful'." What followed his comment was a roar of laughter from people around him. My good friends do seem to make up the United Nations. Each of my friend belonged to the 4 major races in Singapore, therefore our skin colours are naturally 4 different colours. Yet, these cutting comments never ever got us down as my most memorable moments are spent with them. I appreciate the fact that I had a chance to have good friends from the different races. As all my good friends are from different races, I had the opportunity to learn something new everyday. ...read more.


We stepped into Hui Ying modest HDB flat. "What's with the decoration?" Christine asked casually, gazing wide-eyed around the house. On the off-white walls, Chinese good luck couplets were hung in pairs, while red lanterns were dangling over heads. I began to explain to Christine and the rest about how it was suppose to bring good luck for the new year and also helps to create a festive mood. Devi adds on by saying that on Deepavali, her family would draw designs outside of her home to ward of evil. Siti also explained that on Hari Raya, her family would also hang ketupats around her house. Hui Ying's mother then approached us, her hands clutching something red. My eyes gleamed in joy as the dollar signs started ringing in my head. All 4 of us chorused in unison, "Thank you Auntie! Have a good year ahead!" Hui Ying's mother let out a tinkling laugh and handed to us the red packets. ...read more.


We even finished all of the food Hui Ying's mother prepared for her other guests! As I headed to my next destination, I started to reflect on our little "outing". I had always felt uncomfortable when strangers on the street stare at us quizzically. It seemed as if it is a strange sight to see people of different races being good friends. However, I start to realise that it was actually a good thing that people from different races become good friends. In our interaction with one another, we learn to tolerate and understand the beliefs and customs of other races. In this current world with so much fighting going on, I think it is very important for everyone to learn about racial understanding and tolerance. If people could start to see what is on the inside and judge a person by the colour of its skin, perhaps this world might be a much better place! My most memorable moments would always be with my good friends from the various races as I always get to have fun and learn something new when I am with them. ...read more.

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