Season’s Festivities – 20.12.2017

The Eighters gathered in the communal hall to celebrate the season’s festivities together as a family. Both players and supporters of the Inter Hall Games and Inter Hall Recreational Games had the opportunity to take a break amidst their busy schedules, playing games with their friends and soaking in the jolly holiday spirit.


The communal hall was decorated using red and green colours, with a touch of white to signify a White Christmas. Residents were impressed with the decorations, as they took turns to take photos against the backgrounds around the hall.


The event kicked off to a start with the Sing and Strum performing for the residents, singing relaxing harmonized songs accompanied by acoustic guitars.


The residents enjoyed dinner together while listening to the Sing and Strum band.

Wong Simone, a member of Sing and Strum said: “To be honest, it was quite difficult to fit SNS practices amidst playing and supporting the IHG matches, but we managed to find time to practice and it all worked out fine in the end!! We had fun performing and we hope the residents enjoyed it too.”


Next up, Brandon Tan, the 24th JCRC president cut the log cake for the residents to enjoy.


As part of the tradition of the season of giving, the residents each brought down a gift for the gift exchange segment of the event.


However, the gift exchange did not end without a twist. Instead of merely keeping the present they chose, the Eighters had a chance to swap their initial gift with that of another resident’s.


Despite all the ‘betrayal’ the residents went through, the event ended on a heart-warming note, where everyone gathered together again for a hall photo.


Jeffery Oh, organiser of the Season’s Festivities, commented: “I felt accomplished knowing that my event preparations did not go to waste. It was really a relief when people started to stream in.”


Exam Welfare Pack Collection – 2017 SEM 1

Finals are nearing and it’s no secret that this can be one of the most nerve-wrecking and depressing period of time for students, which is why Hall 8’s JCRC had exam welfare packs specially prepared for fellow residents, as a way to cheer everyone on.


On 8 November 2017, fellow Eighters gathered in the comms hall to collect the long-awaited and highly-anticipated exam welfare packs. Even though the giveaway started officially at 8pm, enthusiastic residents were seen registering 15 minutes early, demonstrating Singapore’s quintessential “kiasu” spirit.


With a limited number of packs to be given away, the early arrivals were certainly worth it. As the saying goes, “the early bird catches the worm”!


With the help of members from the Residential Affairs (RA) and Biz Mag subcomms, the collection of welfare packs became a simple and efficient process. Upon registration, residents would receive a bag, and goodies would be placed into their bags by Biz Mag subcommers as they walked down the line designated for collection.


The goodies might have been the main attraction for previous years, but this year, the goodie bags themselves were what many Eighters were thrilled about. For the first time ever, residents were given their very own Hall 8 tote bag to add to their collection of Hall 8 merchandise!

This is not to say that the goodies given were any worse – the eyes of residents grew bigger and brighter as canned and bottled drinks, cup noodles, biscuits and a variety of snacks piled up in their bags.


When asked how they felt about the event, our fellow Eighters all had positive things to say. “I am really happy with the goodies given because they are very useful, and the snacks can help me stay awake when I am studying!” said Rachel Lian, a Year 2 NBS student.

Andreas, a foreign exchange student from Sweden, shared similar sentiments as well. “I think this event is an extremely good idea,” he said. “Since everyone is generally more depressed during this period, it will be a good way to lift their spirits.”

He also mentioned that they did not have EWPs at his school in Sweden, and he felt that it would be a wonderful thing to have.


In addition to the exam welfare packs, delicious finger food was served as well by the RA subcommers, providing residents with the perfect after-dinner snack.


The event concluded with success, as residents left the comms hall with contented smiles on their faces and a fighting spirit for finals in their hearts.


A huge thank you to everyone who came down to support the event! Enjoy your welfare packs and may we all breeze through finals together!


– Tiffany and Rachel

Halloween 2017

Imprinted on many faces were that of smiles that broke through the paint plastered on the faces of residents. On 1st November, Hall 8 threw its annual Halloween event to usher in the new month.


To match the Halloween theme, the Communal Hall was enveloped in orange and black decorations to soak residents in the celebratory mood.


The atmosphere was injected with exuberance as various main committees such as DND, FAP, MAXAR, L.AMP and FOC, set up an array of intriguing games and scrumptious food.


“I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people interested in our booth, and it was very heartening to receive the amount of support that we did,” said Cheryl Khoo, a main committee member of Dinner and Dance.


The Eighters also got to enjoy seeing their fellow residents carry out forfeits, when they lost a game at the games booth. A memorable forfeit would be one where Adalric Ng, 23rd JCRC Vice President, had to sing on the stage after losing to Brandon, the 24th JCRC President, whom he played the Fear Pong game with.


“I thought it would be fun to be able to force someone into a truth or dare situation,” said Adalric Ng on the reason he chose to play Fear Pong. “But Brandon won the very last minute, so he got to choose a song for me to sing.”

It is no surprise that Brandon chose the song 煎熬 (Torment) for Adalric, so the latter could show off his singing voice to residents present at the Halloween event. “It was a real torment to hear him sing that song,” Brandon jokingly commented.


Sporting residents also dressed up in a variety of costumes, which included that of rags stained with ‘blood’ and Darth Vader. Amongst the many Halloween themed costumes were a group of friends who came dressed up in their JC uniforms, with their faces painted to match the concept of the event.


James Tor, one of the residents dressed up in uniform, said: “The block 42 level 2 girls, also known as Hall 8’s SNSD, came up with the idea of wearing uniform for Halloween. I felt fabulous being able to wear a girl’s uniform to the event.”


Every ounce of effort put into planning the event by the JCRC and various main committees proved to be worthwhile, as the event’s success was evident in the dynamic and spirited energy that was elicited from the residents and permeated throughout the Comms Hall.


The event ended on a high when residents were gathered for the Lucky Draw prize giveaway. Out of the three hundred plus tickets, Hoh Shi Hui was lucky to have her ticket numbers called out twice.


“I have never ever won lucky draws in my life, so I was really surprised when I won not one but two lucky draws,” said Shi Hui. “I am very honoured that I got to experience my first win in Hall 8.”


“The turnout for the Halloween event this year was more than that of last year,” said Kai Tjoon, Vice President of the 24th JCRC. He added that the standard of the face painting for Halloween this year was comparable to that of last year’s.


Said Freshman Grace Ann: “This is my first Halloween event spent in Hall 8. It was a good experience! I had a good time going around the booths and interacting with my hall friends!”


Indeed, more than just celebrating the Halloween spirit, what was really fostered through the event were that of new memories and stronger friendship bonds that no amount of money can buy.

– Clarissa and ZhaoXi

Introduction to Cultural Night – Reminiscence

The Arts & Culture (A&C) department, comprising of Jam Band, Sing & Strum and Hall 8’s famed Srethgie are given a chance to show off the performances they have worked hard for.


Hall 8 was buzzing with excitement, as the junior Jam Band warmed up for their performance. Intro to Cult Night has always been a hall favourite, giving residents a little taster to the actual event of Cult Night.


The night kicked off with a bang as the junior Jam Band rocked out to a range of Linking Park and Jay Chou, engaging many residents to sway along to familiar lyrics.


Moving onto the Srethgie boys’ performance, they perfectly incorporated the essence of the theme Reminiscence perfectly! With a 90s throwback look of double denim and gelled centre-parting hairdos, they busted their stuff to Can’t Give You Enough Love by Aaron Kwok, as the residents went wild for them!

Sing & Strum was a soothing transition to chill out to, as the night got deeper. All three sections of Sing & Strum performed acoustic hits that resonated with the crowd.

With the anticipation of the Srethgie girls’ performance, the fever got turned up a notch as residents scrambled to watch them sashay and rock out in the confident Srethgie fashion.

The night rounded off with the polished senior Jam Band, basking in a rich atmosphere of vocals melding with the band – that was our well-rounded, Hall 8-styled Intro to Cult Night!


It wouldn’t be interesting if we just enjoyed Intro to Cult Night, without going on the ground to hear from our performers, would it? What do the performers themselves look forward to, while preparing for Intro to Cult Night?


Desiree Lee, a Year 2 resident and lead singer of Jam Band (Junior) says, “I look forward to having fun with the band and the crowd, hopefully people sing along with the song choices!” These performances help to build up friendships and stronger bonds between the performers. At the same time, hall activities are another platform for clan mates to catch up with one another after hectic school schedules.”

The free food doesn’t hurt either – as Singaporeans, who doesn’t like free food?

Intro to Cult Night also gives residents a chance to venture into something new. Take the case of Year 1 resident Teh Jia Teng who joined Srethgie with absolutely no dance background. Initially intimidated, he decided to put himself out there and give it a shot – the process was surprisingly fulfilling for him! “Although I didn’t have any dance background, the seniors were super patient and slowed down the steps for all the dance newbies. Even when I couldn’t make it for rehearsals at time, the seniors were willing to come down earlier before rehearsals to teach me the steps! I was really amazed, they really showed me what one Hall 8 spirit meant,” Jia Teng shared.

While many meaningful memories were forged, we can’t forget the memorable behind the scenes moments that remind us how relatable our hall performers are.


Year 1 resident Abigail Teng, playing keys for junior Jam Band divulged, “Everything seemed to be breaking a week before the performance! Our drummer’s drum sticks broke after a very intense rehearsal, and just the night before? Our guitarist’s guitar string broke as well! I have no clue how we managed to get everything working properly before our actual performance, but thank god it worked out just fine!”


– Jessica

Mid Autumn Festival-Deepavali Celebrations

The Mid-Autumn Festival and Deepavali celebrations kicked off with a blast on 11th October. Residents came down with their friends to bask in the festivities as they awaited the thrilling games and tasting of mooncakes.


The emcees, Gerald and Dashreen, created buzz amongst the crowd as they introduced the highlight of the night- the exciting games.


To foster block spirit, the emcees split the residents into their blocks before proceeding with the games.


To start the game off, the teams had to hunt for bunny-ear hairbands that were hidden all around the communal hall. The fastest team to secure two headbands and head up the stage wearing them would be awarded with the most points. There was no surprise as the residents frantically scanned the hall for these ears.



Almost immediately, a couple of residents spotted a lone bunny-ear headband hanging from the lights. They slowly inched closer with their chairs just to get a head start in grabbing them!


It proved to be a good plan as Daryl made it to stage in record time!



The winners of the game were rewarded with various prizes, including hall essentials like pots and boxes for organising their rooms.



Next up, the much-anticipated lucky draw took place. The emcees invited the newly elected President of the 24th JCRC, Brandon, to pick the lucky winners and to present their prizes.



Coincidentally, Brandon picked out the number 007 *cues James Bond music* as the first winner, Nigel, received the gift in style.


After the announcement of all prize winners, residents were treated to a good meal, served by the members of the Events sub-committee.



In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, Eighters were treated to delicious walnut mooncakes, proudly brought to us by Nineteen Niche.



Eighters enjoying their food and mooncakes!



Exchange students who attended the event tried mooncakes for their first time!

Swedish exchange student, Andreas Nordgren said: “It was the first time I took part in such a celebration! It was really interesting and I got to know more about the culture here.”



No hall event is complete without a Hall 8 photo. That marked the end of an eventful night, and the very first event organised by the 24th JCRC! ONE HALL 8!


– Hsin Chen and Rong Wei