Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Celebrating Diversity in Singapore through the Singapore Challenge!

I just participated in the annual Singapore Challenge! The Singapore Challenge is similar to the reality show The Amazing Race, except that it’s held in Singapore, for youths of different races and nationalities to learn more about Singapore and make new friends. The event is organised by the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) in partnership with all the five polytechnics. I was fortunate to be able to participate in this event, and I certainly gained many insights about Singapore during the experience.

Participants of Singapore Challenge 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

Games of Imagination

Ever wondered how popular games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush were made? I was certainly curious and wanted to find out more about the whole game development process, and so, I registered for the “Game Development Can Be for Anyone!” seminar, which was one of the partner events of the Singapore Science Festival (SSF) 2013.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

National Day Reverie at Gardens by the Bay

“The hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears.” 

Sounds familiar? They are the lyrics from the 1965 film, The Sound of Music, and would be what the lead character, Maria Von Trapp, would have sung if she were here, on a hill. She would have spun in small circles with her arms wide open, as if she were welcoming Mother Nature to sing along… except that her hill would look more like a bump situated in front of a Texas Chicken outlet at Gardens by the Bay.
Clockwise (in picture): NYPSO cello section, last minute confirmation of the repertoire, NYPSO cello section (yes that’s me in the middle) with our cello tutor.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Life without Regrets

We, at NYP COMMS and Outreach, received a personal email from a student - Matthew Tan – who told us just how special he felt when he received the Daisy Phay – NYP Foundation Scholarship recently. It touched us so much that we decided that it should be shared with everyone. 

To read Matthew’s letter, scroll down. 

Thank you Matthew. We’re proud of you.

Matthew Tan (right) receiving the Daisy Phay scholarship from NYP Principal and CEO, Mr Chan Lee Mun 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Making Interactive Digital Books The Easy Way

Books are a great source of information and entertainment. They can teach us things, they can make us laugh, they can let us see the world from different perspectives and so much more. Normally, when people think of books, what comes to mind are thick objects with multiple layers of paper and covers. Now, thanks to modern technology, books can be digital and interactive pieces of content which are informative and entertaining, without taking up much physical space. Allow me to share my experiences at a free training workshop conducted in Nanyang Poly’s School of IT (NYP SIT), which taught me how to make interactive digital books for the iPad known as iBooks.

Digital Forensics – An Exciting Way to Solve Crime

“Stop right there and put your hands where I can see them!”
Think that’s “cool”?

Crime-busting may seem exciting on TV, but most of the real work actually takes place indoors, where evidence is examined. Let’s be honest, the work behind closed doors isn’t that “exciting” or “glamorous”. But that doesn’t mean that it is insignificant, or not exciting.

Polytechnic Foundation Programme was “the Best Choice” for this ‘N’ Levels Student

Seventeen year old Naaziya Begum (above) has always wanted to be a nurse. Her dream was made possible when she was accepted into NYP’s Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) after obtaining her GCE ‘N’ Levels 2012 results. 

Nurses Go “Gangnam Style” on Nurses Day!

This year’s annual Nurses' Day was a blast! With the actual Nurses' Day happening on 1st August, the School of Health Sciences (SHS) celebrated it one day before, on 31st July 2013.

Despite the sweltering heat from the scorching sun, the garden between Block K and Block J was packed with students. Besides students from the SHS, students from all the other Schools came to join in the fun as well.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Super Turnout for SIDM’s Alumni Movie Night

Attending the School of Interactive  & Digital Media  (SIDM)’s Alumni Movie Night gave me the opportunity to interview someone who helped bring Superman to life. SIDM Alumna, Ms Janet Cheng Yang (Diploma in Digital Media Design/Class of 2008), is one of the Double Negative Visual Effects artists who brought the Man of Steel to the big screen and I managed to interview her before the screening of the movie.

Janet has been working for award-winning Double Negative Visual Effects for almost three years now, and “The Man of Steel” is just one of many blockbusters under Double Negative’s belt. Working in such a prominent visual effects company filled her with pride and she was understandably excited about sharing her work with her SIDM family. Seeing the fruits of seven months’ worth of hard work was a fulfilling experience for her.  After cutting her teeth as a student, it was easy to understand why she’d want to share her work with her former lecturers and peers.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Food & Beverage Business Students Wow with their Innovative Concoctions and Service

From left: Mocktail queens Gitanjali , Cheryl , Shi Hui, Wan Xuan, Wei Ting and Irene
Forty Diploma in Food & Beverage Business (DFBB) students attended a two-day tea masterclass conducted by The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. (Clipper Tea) and were given the opportunity to create their own tea-based mocktails in an informal challenge. The students’ mocktails were such a hit that Clipper Tea is even considering featuring the winning mocktail in its wholly owned restaurant - Senso Ristorante & Bar.