Our youth is the only point in our lives when we can do almost anything and get away scot-free. Well most of it anyway. We do the silliest, craziest things just for the fun of it, to irritate or even to piss someone off.
When I look back at my teenage years, I feel a pang of nostalgia for all that I’ve been though. So I decided to assemble a list of some of the best memories from our golden days. I’m sure many Singaporeans can relate to this list and will have some very fond memories of them too!
#1 Text like a pro underneath your desk
Easily mastered when we had physical keyboards, but we’re still pros with the smartphones.
#2 Study for our paper only the night before
Chug gallons of coffee.
#3 Living off others
Student: Eh lend me your book leh? Lend me your pen leh? Aiya, the eraser also. All la all.
#4 Sneezing loudly when it’s all quiet
Especially during assembly.
#5 Send the entire class into chaos just because of an insect
#6 Sometimes we also catch and keep them as pets.. or put them into someone else’s bag
#7 Have the coolest dress code
Hahaha of course! .. Not.
Guys: Tapered pants, tight fitting top and the funkiest mohawk(?)
Girls: Altered skirt, baggy top, excessively layered hair with fringe falling all around to frame the face and…. ANKLE SOCKS!
We also thread shoelaces through the hem of our tops to trick teachers into believing we ‘tucked in’ our shirts. Most often we find ourselves engaged in a tug-o-war when discovered.
#8 Mocking our school song
We change out the lyrics or sing an explicit version of it. I shall not give an example.
#9 Argue with the teacher
The best students at this can sometimes make the teachers cry and would hence be proclaimed ‘the big brother/sister a.k.a ??’.
#10 Shouting “YESSS!” and walk out with swag after getting kicked out of class
Just to see our teachers fume and because we get to visit the canteen like a boss for some tea-time snack.
#11 Try to master the art of sleeping with our eyes open
Few can actually do this and we call them the ‘Gods of Sleep’. Tell them apart when all but them rise to greet the teacher.
#12 Throwing rubbish at the person in front of you
Tissue paper, eraser dust, you name it. Some take it a notch further and practice playing darts.. with bubble tea pearls. The end result is always a sight to see.
#13 Lying about losing our homework
Of course we didn’t lose them. Or our dogs ate it!
#14 Turn the class into a gambling den
Always, during Chinese New Year.
Oh come on.. you know you’ve done it somehow. I remember my friends using erasers with its sides numbered for MCQs.
#16 Pick a fight
Student 1: Oi, why your face like that? You think you handsome?
Student 2: …
#17 Throw fart bombs into classes that are having lessons
#18 Cut queues during recess
#19 Write stupid answers on our test papers
#20 Skipping school
Hoho, nuff’ said!
#21 Hiding from discipline masters
They’re like ninjas who appear stealthily behind you. So you’ve got to just be.. more ninja.
#22 Bring the GameBoy and play Pokemon
#23 Running away from detention
#24 Ending friendships for these reasons..
- She wore the exact same thing as me the other day. Copycat!
- She has a new best friend. He/She hasn’t met me out of school for like 2 days!!
- He didn’t side with me when I quarreled with the teacher. I hate him!
- She is cuter than me!!
#25 Type with the childish internet lingo
To come across as more cute: Are we havinq PE riight nowx? xoxoox
#26 Throw wet tissues on ceilings or into your friend’s cubicle when she’s taking a dump
#27 Play family
Suddenly, everyone is someone’s god-brother/sister. Whaaaaat. We’re related?!
#28 Passing notes behind the teacher’s back
#29 Poke other people with a pencil
#30 Feign an illness so you could rest in the sick bay
#31 Steal other people’s food
*Group of students eating at a table*
Student 1: Wah chiobu! *points*
Student 2: WHERE?! *turns around*
Student 2: *turns back*
#32 Shoot rubber bands or pop a balloon right by somebody’s ear
#33 Ring a PE shirt and use it as a whacking tool
#34 Flip another girl’s skirt (Girls)
Guys don’t do this please!
#35 Cook up random ghost stories about the school just for the orientation night walk
Student: Have you heard? The school hall is..
#36 Steal people’s clothes/towel while they are showering during camp
okay this can be very creepy if its not between friends of the same sex.
#37 Be an artist
We draw all day, everyday. On tables, toilets, our hands and even on our friend’s faces.
#38 Rank the most good-looking people in class
#39 Compare who has the worst grades for the end of year exam
And laugh at the one who scored As.
#40 Learn completely nothing sometimes
Remembering our childhood
So there you have it! Although some of the things we did were so crazy, annoying and even dangerous at that time, it was all part of our Singapore school days and looking back it was these memories that made it so fun.
What were some of your fondest memories growing up as a kid in Singapore? Do share them in the comments below!