Monday, September 30, 2013

NYP Inter School Debates 2013: SBM and SEG to Talk it Out

It is that time of the year again where we will get an opportunity to witness the best speakers in NYP debating controversial issues in politics, religion and the environment.

The NYP Inter-School Debates Championship 2013 opening rounds were held on 27 July. Here an interview with the Vice-President of the Current Affairs and Debate Club (CADC), Terrence Teh, from the Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology, followed by my experience at the exciting Inter School Debates.

An Interview with the Vice-President of the Current Affairs and Debating Club
Terrence on the extreme left

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Another Triumphant Sweep for Team NYP at FIRA Hurocup 2013

Red Atom during competition
It was great to hear that Team NYP won 11 medals – three Golds, four Silvers and four Bronzes – and maintained our third position in the overall competition at the recent Federation of International Robot-soccer Association (FIRA) Hurocup 2013. This is the third consecutive year we have been placed third in the competition. 

Meet the Student behind the Hoarding Installation Designs

Hoarding, hoard•ing [hawr-ding, hohr-]
A temporary board fence erected around a building site

 I remember a time when the construction sites in NYP were fenced-off with drab,corrugated metal as hoardings. They were dull, off-putting and nobody knew what was being erected or anything about the expansion. Even though everyone wanted more amenities… *Cough* Starbucks *Cough*
...and After! Now we have artful hoardings around campus!
Thankfully, the unimaginative and utilitarian hoardings made way for beautifully designed hoardings that feature colourful swivels of abstract art. In addition to the beautiful artwork, the hoardings offer a glimpse of what we can expect from NYP’s Campus Expansion. The hoardings look phenomenal and really help to enlighten the scenery. I was amazed but proud to hear that a student played a key role in accomplishing the feat.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

From Ordinary Interns to Global Award Winners

One would remember several events of key importance in his/her life: graduation, first job and perhaps even the first relationship. But for NYP graduates Too Jun Jie, 21, Darshan Kadam (Dash), 22, and Inessa Loh, 20, the trio will  never forget their internship, which led them to being part of  three big design award-winning teams – namely the Design and Art Direction 2012 Yellow Pencil Award (Professional Category) and the Bronze and Silver Awards at the prestigious Cannes Lions Awards 2012 and 2011 respectively.

Sam Tsui & Kurt Schneider: Making Magic in Music

Photo Credit: Launch Entertainment
If you’re a music lover like I am, you probably would have heard of American YouTube musicians Kurt Hugo Schneider and Sam Tsui. Sam and Kurt are both best known for making covers, mashups and medleys of many popular songs that, some may say, sound much better than the originals.

(I first chanced upon their cover of “Fireflies” by Owl City three years ago, and I must say, my hair stood on end after the song.)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Finding Her Voice at NYP

There are dreamers, then there are go-getters like Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) student, Lazel Louise Anne Dela Cruz Herramia. In her quest to become an international singing sensation, the third-year Engineering student has raced after every opportunity, endured setbacks and savoured sweet victories. Here, the two-time winner of NYP Jam! reveals her exhilarating adventure in pursuit of her dream.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Slow Down to “Smell the Roses” in NYP

It’s eight in the morning, and your alarm clock rudely wakes you from your sleep. You can’t believe it is morning already! You rush to complete your morning routine, get dressed, and trudge out of the house. At the train station, you show obvious frustration at how long the train is taking to arrive, but manage to squeeze yourself into the already packed train. Then, you spend the rest of the time with your phone.


No, I am not talking about the recent movie The Internship, but the rite of passage for many Year Three students in any polytechnic in Singapore.

I am amazed that we are introduced to the working world at some point during our studies, which we are supposed to make sense of and get graded for while learning on the job.

Don’t know how to work a Xerox machine? Neither a guide nor manual is readily available to explain the mechanics. Meanwhile, your supervisor might be wondering what’s taking you so long to print 10 sets of double sided documents.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Leading “Double Lives” in a Balanced Way

There is Bruce Wayne and Batman, Clark Kent and Superman, and even Peter Parker has his alter ego Spiderman. These fictional superheroes lead fascinating double lives. Is it far-fetched to think that in reality, we can have an equivalent?

Well, meet Syafizah Binte Safii, an auditor holding the position of an Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, whose alter-ego is that of a sportwoman par excellence.