Monday, December 31, 2012

Why You Need to Attend NYP’s Choices After ‘O’s Parents’ Seminar

Post-secondary options have never been more varied than they are today. From Polytechnics and JCs, ITEs to private institutions, the different pathways that await school-leavers planning to embark on the next phase of their education are abundant.

For many 16 and 17 year-olds, completing secondary education is a significant goal and milestone in itself, marking the end of ten years of formal schooling.

While some would go on to join the workforce, the majority of teenagers today would continue on to some form of post-secondary education.

With so many options and choices, making the right decision is a challenge for some.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Why I chose Mass Media Management

When I was choosing which school to pursue my diploma at, I had no idea where to go to and what to put as my first choice – until I chanced upon Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) Diploma in Mass Media Management . So in this article, I’ll tell you more about NYP's Diploma in Mass Media Management and why I chose it.
Students shooting their own short film for a project.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Five Things You Need To Know Before Enrolling in a Polytechnic

Choosing polytechnic courses is not rocket science but thinking through your choices wisely may just be the best decision of your life.

I took the liberty of listing down five most important factors to take note of prior to embarking on your tertiary education.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Secret Kitchen

Chef Andy Martin Gibb was tossing around a most delicious smelling risotto, simmering in a buttery chicken stock. Every time he pushed the pan across the stoves, asking the students to observe and smell, I wanted to get closer. After all, it was quite exciting to be the first to find out what’s going to be served in NYP’s new Training Restaurant, targeted to be ready by mid-2013.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Design Graduate Wows Judges at Red Dot & SUTD

He turned a semestral project into an award-winning design that took him on an all-expense paid trip to Tokyo. Meet Chan Wen Jie, NYP School of Design (SDN) Industrial Design (ID) graduate.

You might be wondering, what design is capable of winning an award that flies you to Tokyo? Behold the CONVERTIBLE stairs. What Wen Jie created allows more mobility for the elderly, disabled persons and just about anyone who has difficulty walking up or down stairs.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Golden Opportunity for Two Caring Girls

Imagine this. Competing against the best talents from about 16 countries when you are barely an adult. Daunting isn’t it? However, two brave girls are just about to go through that next year!
Nursing students Audrey Foo (left) and Gladys Aw 
The girls are Audrey Foo and Gladys Aw. These two Diploma in Nursing students came out tops in the Caring category of WorldSkills Singapore 2012, and therefore have the privilege of representing Singapore in the international-level competition called WorldSkills Competition which will take place in Germany in 2013.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Canon Photomarathon X: Shoot And Run

This is not a review of some a horror-action film. There’re no guns, no explosives, and no blood in this article- only adrenalin-charged people and their cameras.

This was my submission for 'Wonder'.
The Canon Photomarathon is the country’s biggest photography competition. This year marked the tenth installment of this competition where more than 2000 photographers and enthusiasts gathered at Marina Bay Sands on the 3rd of November, where they competed not only against each other, but also against time.

Finding your passion from the start

When you are close to graduating from secondary school, I am sure your teachers and parents have asked you, ‘Do you want to go to a polytechnic or junior college?’

You’re in a dilemma.
Priscillia Tay (left) really enjoys her school life
If you have made up your mind and know what you want to be in the future, well congratulations!

But if not, the Diploma in Biologics and Process Technology might just be the course for you. Why? Well it is a science course with an engineering edge, so it incorporates two cutting edge disciplines. And who knows, it may even help you find the cure for cancer or create genetically modified organisms that will help save lives.

We managed to bag an interview with Year 3 Biologics and Process Technology student, Priscilla Tay, and find more about what she really does at Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Chemical and Life Sciences.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

NYP Rocks “Like Performing, Love Sony”

By Kelly Liew, Alumna, Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Midwifery) 
Oprah Winfrey once said, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

Last October, Lazel Louise Heiramia, Xiao Hui and the duo of Sherlynn Lee & Elizabeth became finalists in the "Like Performance Love Sony" music competition-cum-road show held in NYP. These four adventurous NYP students were given the chance to live their dreams of being a superstar last Wednesday night. They took to the stage to share their music with the audience as they competed with 9 other finalists to represent Singapore at the regional finals.

The grand finale was held at Shuffle Bistro Bar at Clark Quay. As I entered the little bistro at 6pm, it was already packed with energetic fans and supporters of the performers. Every finalist had his or her personal cheerleading squad, but I chose to remain a SECRET cheerleader of our four talented performers. Shhh…

The event started with a performance by 53A, a band from the Timbre Group. Their stunning presence wowed the audience. Even when the lead singer’s microphone got cut off half way through the performance, they played on. And guess what? The audience sang on and completed the song. I was truly amazed.  Or maybe, just maybe, they did that on purpose to get the audience to participate in their performance..

53A Rocking the House!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Movie Review: Breaking Dawn Part 2

By Amira Komari, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

The last installment of the Twilight Saga reaped in a total of $340.5 million worldwide 8 days after its premiere. For those of you who haven’t been in the loop, the story (Twilight) revolves around a typical boy-girl relationship in high school. The plain Jane, Isabella, had a crush on Edward, the school heartthrob. The best part? He feels the same way too. The saga revolves around them and their families; when Isabella decides to commit to him, he confesses that he’s a vampire.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Music to soothe your soul - An interview with CLO

YouTube singer, Clarence Liew, will be performing and judging at the coming NYP Jam! finals!  Our student writer, Ho Khin Wai, catches up with this talented singer-songwriter, also known as CLO, to find out what makes him tick.

“Music has charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak” - William Congreve

This is what I feel when I’m listening to Clarence Liew’s music.

Also commonly known by his stage name, CLO, the talented 20-year old YouTube singer has captured the hearts of many followers with his smooth, jazzy tunes akin to those sung by Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. Now you can’t say there aren’t any talented musicians in Singapore!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Teaching from the Heart

She wears a picture of her rabbit on her lanyard; she pastes drawings of bunnies all around her desk; she is known as 'Rabbit mama' to her students. She is an advocate for not only her patients but also for innocent animals. She is Mrs Wan-Koo May Yeok, the Manager of Education Technology in the School of Health Sciences.
Mrs Wan with a drawing given to her by her class.

"This is my rabbit!" she smiled as she showed me the picture of her huge rabbit resting on her lap. To be honest, I was really glad there was someone who really cared for rabbits especially after I just saw Jamie Oliver cooking one on television a few days ago. My Chinese zodiac sign is the rabbit by the way. :P
Mrs Wan's beloved bunny!
This rabbit-lover got her first rabbit when she was in primary two. Though she has kept dogs and cats as well, she has always held a special affinity towards rabbits.

Besides being known as an animal lover, Mrs Wan is also an experienced and beloved lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, specialising in Critical Care.

Visiting her office reveals a cabinet adorned with heartfelt ‘Thank You’ cards written by appreciative classes from years past. When asked about it, Mrs Wan shyly and humbly reveals that her cabinet was not big enough to accommodate all the cards she has received over the years – something she admitted with a tinge of regret.

Scaling Heights and Chasing Dreams

By Nur Mirrah Amit, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

Shahril Khairi, a first year student majoring in Business Management, was genuinely taken aback when he was told that I would be doing a feature on him. But when you’re an all-rounder student with a scholarship no one should be surprised at all.

 The 18-year-old student never failed to amaze me at every turn during this interview. Shahril, who was a successful DPA applicant, decided to pursue a Diploma in Business Management in NYP after hearing so much about it. Considering that the distance from his home was reasonable and that his parents strongly supported the choice he intended to make, he took a leap of faith and went on-board with the idea of becoming a full-time student at NYP.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Developing Apps for Google Play? Definitely Rewarding!

By Amira Komari, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

Ever wondered what opportunities you can come across when you pursue NYP’s Diploma in Information Technology (DIT)? Chang Jun Wei and Alvin Low will be happy to tell you that one of the really ‘cool’ projects you may get involved in is developing mobile phone applications.

Earlier this year, they were both involved in developing an Android version of MobileRead, an application by National Library Board (NLB). This application helps Android phone users to browse and search NLB content as well as download and read eBooks on the move.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Spend for a Cause & Let Your Heart Show!

Unfamiliar with what the social service industry does? Interested to find out how you can make a difference in someone's life? Here’s the chance for you to educate yourselves as well as spend for a cause!

We are a group of Year 2 students from Nanyang Polytechnic’s Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work), and we will be organizing a charity bazaar on the following date:

11 December 2012 (Tuesday)
11 am to 6pm
Nanyang Polytechnic Atrium*
*Open to the public.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Holistic Choice

What does Medicinal Chemistry have in common with Debating? Not much but that did not stop Medicinal Chemistry student S Prabu Dev, along with his team, from winning the Inter-Poly Debates Competition. Over lunch, he shared with us his thoughts on school life.

Why did you choose your current course?
Medicinal Chemistry, the course I’m pursuing, is only available at NYP. Science piqued my interest in secondary school so I decided to enhance my knowledge with a diploma course in chemistry. Moreover, I felt that a school near my house would be beneficial to me as it would give me more time to participate in co-curricular activities.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Awesome General Studies Modules in NYP

By Nicole Edwards, Year 3, Diploma in Marketing

One of the things I really like in NYP are the different General Studies Modules (GSMs) we are offered each year. During my second year of school, I signed up for 2 GSMs that were definitely interesting and memorable.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Life is a game, so let’s Get Started!

By Chua Khai Woon, Year 2, Diploma in Banking and Financial Services

As Shakespeare once wrote:
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.”

It was certainly stage magic at its finest during the third and much-anticipated  annual Foreign Bodies concert this year. The auditorium was packed by the time I arrived. People were streaming through the entrances even at the last minute. Titled “Get Started 2012”, the programme sheet was laid out in sections that showcased different aspects of gameplay.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Fusion of Beauty and Excellence

By Shahril Khairi, Diploma in Business Management, Year 1

A freelance model, Claire Teo walks and talks like a model, but don’t let her fool you. Claire’s an all-rounder student who has many talents – both in her studies and CCAs.

Overseas Opportunities at NYP

Imagine this: munching French pastries in France, waking up to stunning views of the Swiss alps daily, working in Disney World in USA where every single experience is a magical one.  NYP students from School of Business Management (SBM) are given such amazing overseas experiences.  Student writer Nur Mirrah Amit just can’t wait for her turn.

The Overseas Student Exchange Programme or OSEP, as I’d like to call it, gives students in NYP like you and me a chance to experience first-hand what it is like to study or work in a completely different environment. Depending on which course you’re enrolled in, there’s a wide variety of institutions from differing countries to choose from such as United States of America, The Netherlands and South Korea.

I personally believe it’s an amazing opportunity not to be missed. Take time off from studying within campus and try something new, such as a semester abroad. You’ll be coming back home with the knowledge of having learnt a new culture, language and a once in-a-lifetime experience. Here are just three of my lucky schoolmates who signed up for OSEP, and gained a whole lot more than just memories.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Of Chocs and Cheese and All Things Swiss

It was such an opportunity – a study trip to Switzerland! Who would have thought we would be one of the lucky ones chosen to spend six days in September in two world-class cities - Geneva and Zurich?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Discovering Board Games for the First Time

By Chua Sii Inn, Diploma in Business Enterprise IT , Year 1
I was invited to Settlers Café, the first board games-themed café located at Clarke Quay, along North Canal Road, to meet the awesome Discover NYP writers and the Social Media Gurus. Settlers Cafe provides friendly game hosting services that is suitable for social gathering. It’s not only the first time I’m meeting these people, but also my first time in a board games-themed café.

Bintan Sea Expedition

By Shahril Khairi, Diploma in Business Management, Year 1
Early Thursday morning on 4th October, when most of us I believe, are still in bed, a group of 30 of us from NYP Adventure Club (ADC), gathered at the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.  Our group included Student Affairs Officers Mr Wilfred Toh and Mr Raymond Kwa, We were going on a long-awaited three-day sea Expedition to Bintan Island, which we had been training hard for.

The sea expedition consists of kayaking on a double open kayak. We completed this roughly in 6 hours during the day. You must be wondering why we chose Bintan for this expedition. Well, firstly the sea at Bintan is so clean and clear that you can see your legs even when the water level is at your waist. Secondly, there were beautiful corals and many sea creatures we wouldn’t have been able to see in Singapore. Lastly, we wanted to do night kayaking, and Bintan was perfect for doing just that. Here are the highlights of this sandy and beautiful sea expedition...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Up Close and Personal with Mr NYP: Leonard Chew

By Farihin Joehari, Year 1, Diploma in Mass Media Management

GenerationNYP (GenNYP), held at The Grand Cathay on 21st July 2012, saw the crowning of Leonard Chew from School of Engineering as Mr NYP in this annual pageant!

Who would have guessed that the shy, action movie junkie who was initially a tad hesitant to join the competition would clinch the title of Mr NYP?

Miracles do happen when we least expect it. I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing the amiable Leonard Chew where I got up-close and personal and discovered deets that you want to know about this fine young lad!

Taken Once More

By Nur Wahidah, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

Image Credit: 20th Century Fox
“Taken” was such a huge success in 2008 with its $226 million box office taking. It comes as no surprise that a sequel was made.

In this sequel, all the families of those who Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) killed, come together to seek revenge on him for killing their beloved family members. One of those is villain Murad (Rade Serbedzija). If you watched the previous movie, Murad’s son is the one whom Bryan killed.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Time Travel – Yay or Nay?

Nur Wahidah, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

Image Credit: Sony Pictures
“They say that time travel is not invented yet, but it will be 30 years from now – in 2042.”

With an opening like that, who wouldn’t be intrigued? I’m sure the thought of going back to your past to change certain things has always been on your mind. However, after watching this movie, my opinion about time travel changed a little.

Joseph Gordon Levitt plays the role of “Joe” who is a “looper” in 2012. What is a looper? It refers to someone who assassinates people from the future. In the future, it is said that disposal of a body is so difficult that criminals zap their victims to the past and hire “loopers” to get rid of them.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Looking beneath The Façade

By Kelly Liew, Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Midwifery)

Girls, girls! I found them.

Yes! I found two cute boys who actually sing.

Jereld Ang and Brendon Chua, the members of the band The Façade, melted my heart when they played their guitars and sang.

Jereld (left) and Brendon (right) rocking the house at NYP Jam! 2012
Earlier this year, they emerged as champions of NYP Jam! 2012. Following that success, they attracted 2 additional members and took the 1st Place when they competed against 7 other talented bands from NP, NUS, SMU and NTU at the starringNIGHT competition organised by the Singapore Management University (SMU) in August. 

Money Matters: ‘Budgeting’ in Personal Finance

Money Matters is a short series of articles written by Ho Khin Wai, a Diploma in Banking and Financial Services student, in an effort to raise the level of financial literacy among NYP students. He will cover various relevant topics on personal finance for teenagers in Singapore, and strives to make these articles fun and easy to understand.

The first thing about personal finance and financial planning that comes to many people’s minds is “Budgeting”. Most people, including myself, are not exactly very excited by this word. Most of us find it a chore to keep a personal budget. Even if you do have one, sticking to a budget is a problem. And this may have caused us to dismiss the whole idea of budgeting. However, having a personal budget is important. It allows you to plan your spending and ensures that you are using your money wisely.

Today’s article does not teach you how to create a budget, because you can find lots of those guides on Google. This article will, however, show you how to keep a budget (hopefully for the rest of your life).

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Money Matters: Insurance for YOUths

Money Matters is a short series of articles written by Ho Khin Wai, a Diploma in Banking and Financial Services student, in an effort to raise the level of financial literacy among NYP students. He will cover various relevant topics on personal finance for teenagers in Singapore, and strives to make these articles fun and easy to understand.

The world of insurance is unbelievably confusing. It doesn’t help that it is also an aggressively marketed industry, does it?

You probably know a thing or two about insurance so I won’t delve into the boring definitions of insurance. What I would like to highlight today is what kind of insurance, you, as a tertiary student/young adult will probably need.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

NYP's F1 Racers

While the F1 drivers vied for the title at the 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, a group of Media Studies & Management students raced against time to produce a series of videos for the celebrated event.

By Siti Bazilah, Year 3, Diploma in Media Studies & Management

I don’t know much about Formula 1 (F1) cars, but I know of many men behind the wheels who love speed and the adrenaline rush that comes with it.

Alonso, Schumacher, Vettel; just to name a few.

Out of the bunch, I’ve dreamt for a ride in Hamilton’s McLaren, or at least for him to flash me his signature toothy grin.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Dead Mine Review

By Nur Mirrah Amit, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

(Courtesy of HBO and Infinite Studios)
“The legend of Yamashita's Gold lures a treasure hunter and his group deep into the Indonesian jungle. Once they are trapped in an abandoned World War II Japanese bunker, they face the terrifying reality that the only way out is to go further in.”

Yay for me, I scored a pair of passes to the Singapore’s gala premiere of Dead Mine a few days back! I shared the theatre with the production team of the movie for the entire one and half hours, and even got to unknowingly rub shoulders with the cast of the movie

Aside from the fact that they had an attractive cast, Dead Mine was actually the first full-length feature film produced by HBO Asia. Believe it or not, the entire film was shot over 28 days in one of Singapore’s neighbouring islands, Batam, Indonesia. From watching the rather well done trailer, I was thrown completely off guard considering that it was actually of Hollywood-produced quality. Who would’ve known that was possible with a production team and cast coming from within this region? Never underestimate the talents of the locals – lesson learned!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

3 Movies to Look Out for Before School Starts

Written By: Nur Mirrah Amit (Year 2), Mass Media Management

#1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower (11th October 2012)
Courtesy of Summit Entertainment
Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" tells the story of 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive boy, who is struggling to cope with feelings of his first love for his senior, Sam (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend Michael, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people whom he can identify with.

C’mon you guys, don’t pretend you didn’t see this one coming. It has been highly anticipated ever since Summit Entertainment won rights to the highly acclaimed novel – which I’m hoping you have in fact, read. The novel stayed at the New York Times Bestseller’s list for quite a while, back in 2000. It sold like hot potatoes, over 700,000 copies,. If you’re planning on watching this movie but have yet to check out the book, you’re in luck because most of our local bookstores still have them in stock. It’s available too as an e-book, just in case you were wondering….

Friday, September 21, 2012

4 Great Snacks for Hungry and Sleepy Students

By Ho Khin Wai, Year 2, Diploma in Banking and Financial Services

The school term is starting in less than a month’s time. Oh no, the whole cycle of studying hard starts again!Are you tired of not being able to concentrate and open your eyes during lectures? Are you weary of having SOOO many assignments and just “don’t feel like doing them”, but you know you have to?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Money Matters: What is Credit History?

Money Matters is a short series of articles written by Ho Khin Wai, a Diploma in Banking and Financial Services student, in an effort to raise the level of financial literacy among NYP students. He will cover various relevant topics on personal finance for teenagers in Singapore, and strives to make these articles fun and easy to understand.

As we grow older, most of us will definitely need to take at least a single loan in our lifetimes. “Why do I need a loan? Can’t I just earn enough money and pay everything off in one go?” you may ask.

Well, unless you are one of the super-wealthy, you will certainly need to take up a loan to buy some of life’s must-haves such as a home. You might also take up a loan when you need cash urgently, such as for emergencies or paying off debts.

The thing you should realise is that your loan applications may not be approved all the time. And this is where credit histories come into play.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

ParaNorman Review

By Nur Mirrah Amit, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management
(Courtesy of Laika Entertainment)
In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ritual he must undergo to protect the town from a curse cast by a witch it condemned centuries ago. Eventually, Norman decides to cooperate, but things don't go according to plan. Now, a magical storm from the witch threatens Blithe Hollow as the accursed dead rise. Together with new companions, Norman struggles to save his town, only to discover the horrific truth of the curse. With that insight, Norman must resolve the crisis for good as only he can.

Even though I’m definitely not one for animation films, I caught a screening of ParaNorman a few days back. I was bored when I was deciding what to watch and as much as I thought I would be a disappointed by the overall film, I generally liked it. Here’s why:

Money Matters: Financial Advisers & Your Financial Future

Money Matters is a short series of articles written by Ho Khin Wai, a Diploma in Banking and Financial Services student, in an effort to raise the level of financial literacy among NYP students. He will cover various relevant topics on personal finance for teenagers in Singapore, and strives to make these articles fun and easy to understand.

Your Assets. Your Income. Your Expenses. Your Money. There should be no one other than YOURSELF who should understand your financial needs best. If you think that there is no need to worry about how you are going to manage your money in the future, think again, because someone else might do the management (or MIS-management) for you.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Money Matters: 3 Financial Lessons to prepare you for Adulthood

Money Matters is a short series of articles written by Ho Khin Wai, a Diploma in Banking and Financial Services student, in an effort to raise the level of financial literacy among NYP students. He will cover various relevant topics on personal finance for teenagers in Singapore, and strives to make these articles fun and easy to understand.
As we grow older, many things seem to get more complicated. One such matter is ‘Money’. We tend to think less about money when our parents give us an allowance every month. As youths, we only talk about how much to spend on food, how much to save up to buy a new pair of shoes and so on. As we grow older, however, we become less reliant on our parents for an allowance and may even look into ways to generate our own income.

Often many people fall prey to shrewd marketers, sales people and their own greed. And get their finances in the red.

So, how do you avoid these common pitfalls? Here are 3 important lessons to keep you out of the red:

Lesson 1: Credit Cards are a double-edged sword

Maybe you are thinking of getting one. Maybe you already have one of these cards. Although it may be a great alternative to getting “more cash” instantly, but if you do not pay your bills on time, you will end up paying more than what you owe on your credit card.
How many of these do you have in your wallet already?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bringing the Teehee to Singapore!

By Ho Khin Wai, Year 2, Diploma in Banking and Financial Services
Fans of popular YouTube icon, Ryan Higa, also known as Nigahiga, were abuzz with excitement on 1 September 2012. The Youtube star was in town for the first time to meet-and-greet his fans, as well as to hold a Q&A session. I was thrilled to be at the first-ever Ryan Higa Asia Tour.
Ryan Higa hi-fiving the crowd. Image courtesy of Zaid's Photographic Journey.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Introducing World Record Breaker, Red Atom

Dubbed the 'Usain Bolt' of robots by the BBC, Red Atom, a robot created by Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Engineering staff and students broke the world record for sprints by covering over 6-metres in 32 seconds at the FIRA RoboWorld Cup 2012. Here's a video (above) showing how fast it runs.

The HuroCup competition requires humanoid robots to perform tasks such as sprinting, weight-lifting and obstacle runs. Sprinting requires precise balance and poise with each step as humanoid robots do not balance easily and are vulnerable to falls.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

10 Things to do During Your Vacation

By Kelly Liew, Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Midwifery)

1. Learn a new language
Try challenging Mezzofanti (an 18th century Italian linguist who spoke 39 languages) and start learning a new language today! Challenging as it may seem, learning a new language can be very fulfilling. Through the knowledge of new languages we open doors to other communities and cultures, so don't be afraid, pick up a new language now!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fiestari 2012: Winning them All

By Rafidah Sapa'at, Year 2, Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy

They say you can’t win them all, but these NYP dancers certainly did.

Dancers from NYP's Malay Cultural Group participated in Fiestari 2012 on 14th July 2012 and emerged the overall champion. Their win was further sweetened when the dancers also clinched the Best Choreography award and the Best Performance award.

All in One Night – Best Performance, Best Choreography and Champions

Thursday, August 23, 2012

180 Days in Deutschland (Germany)

By Kishen Van Anker, Year 3, Diploma in Business Management

“Seize every opportunity given” is a quote I strongly believe in.

In March this year, I was given the opportunity to be part of the Overseas Student Exchange Programme (OSEP). I took a three-month Junior Program in International Business at Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Campus Bad Mergentheim (DHBW).

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NYP impresses competitors at Taiwan FIRA 2012

By Cheang Hoi Yee, Year 2, Diploma in Digital & Precision Engineering

They raced their robots at an open-air car park, under the sweltering afternoon heat.  It was certainly a memorable experience for three members from School of Engineering (SEG) from NYP - Cheng Zhi Bo, Albert Tan and Zhao Mei Jun. They recently went to Kaohsiung,Taiwan, on in July, to compete in the Taiwan FIRA 2012, Humanoid Robot World Cup Soccer Tournament (HuroCup).

Friday, August 10, 2012

Going Ninja over Sports Fiesta 2012

By Amira Komari, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

So how did NYP welcome the month of August? Why, we celebrated it with a bang of course! The atrium and corridors were abuzz with students eagerly participating and supporting their friends in the first-ever NYP Sports Fiesta. It is an event organised by our very own NYP Sports Club. The club is led by 8 committee members from various sports-related CCAs.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Singapore – Built Brick by Brick

By Shawn Fang, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management
Built by over 500 people in just 10 days, this huge LEGO  replica of the Marina Bay Floating Platform can sit 25,000 personalised LEGO  minifigure.
Just like pieces in a construction  toy set, we started building the foundations for Singapore sincethe 9th of August 1965. From this solitary block we’ve added more blocks over the last 47th years of independence and here we are today.

An NYP student, who is a part of this project, sits down and takes a break from setting up the extensive plastic brick sculpture.

With this metaphor in mind, it’s fitting that as part of this year’s National Day Parade Celebrations, a 12x9 metres LEGO® reconstruction of the Marina Bay Floating Platform has been created (with the help of our own NYP students, of course!). This replica of the behemoth floating stadium is filled up with 25,000 customised LEGO® mini figures from donors from all over Singapore.
Birthday wishes for Singapore are also placed on the LEGO structure.
For a minimum sum of $5 donation to The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund, donors received a pair of  LEGO® figurines- one for them to keep, and another for them to place upon the extensive LEGO® structure. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover that the LEGO® masterpiece was on display at NYP’s Atrium since late July.