Friday, November 29, 2013

A Splash of Love for the Elderly

Joining an NYP activity was truly educational in that it opened my eyes to the needs of the community around us. In 2011, I volunteered for a social cause that involved helping underprivileged Singaporeans, and it was one of the most fulfilling activities I have ever done!

Organised by NYP Students’ Union (NYPSU) in conjunction with the People’s Association Youth Movement (PAYM) Singapore, the event, called “Project Paint”, invited volunteers to help the elderly give their homes a fresh, new coat of paint. Yes, this is similar to Mediacorp’s Reality TV series, Renovaid and心晴大动员 (Life Transformers).

Thursday, November 21, 2013

An Apparition in Nanyang Poly

At Block M Level 4A, a restless entity made its home in a certain hose reel compartment. It bides its time, terrifying those who chance upon its domain under the blanket of night. For one unlucky student, this anomalous being has left a lifelong scar, a trauma never to be forgotten.

No, this is not a story about that unlucky victim. This is a story about the ghost, Wynne Aw.

Wynne was a first year Digital Media Design (Animation) student….

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lessons About the Retail Business We Can Learn from Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston has recently opened a new store! Nauli, a fellow The Write Stuff member, and myself had the honour of visiting the new store and interviewing Mr Gary Goh, Regional Marketing Manager of the Norbreeze Group, an Asian retail specialist that has brought Cath Kidston to Singapore. During the opening, we toured the store, and also attended the tea party that was organised to celebrate the opening of their latest outlet at Tangs. 

We visited the store and learnt more about Cath Kidston’s business plan, which includes some valuable tips for budding NYP Entrepreneurs and our Business Management students!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Singaporean Comic Artist Creates Unique Brand of Comics

In Mandarin, the characters 兰樱之交 (the friendship between Orchids and Cherry Blossoms, national flowers of Singapore and Japan respectively) symbolise the sharing of Singapore and Japan’s culture and knowledge.

Evangeline Neo, who graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Interactive & Digital Media (SIDM) in Digital Media Design, is a local comic artist. She is the perfect example of the idiom above, bridging the cultural gap between the two countries with her viral web comics. Much of this was accomplished by spotting cultural differences while studying for her MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from Waseda University in Japan. Evangeline currently maintains her popular Facebook page, EVACOMICS.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Filming Project Reignites our Love for Hawker Food

Good food is what most Singaporeans hold dear to their hearts. So it came as no surprise that my classmates and I were very keen to participate in a Singapore Hawker Style Video Competition. In fact, we knew about the contest through Facebook and wanted to join even before our lecturer told us about it. The best part of this competition is that we had so much fun with filming and even got an award for our video submissions!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gymnast ‘Tay’ Makes History and Brings Glory to Singapore

It is not usual for a Singaporean, let alone a student, to trigger waves on the international radar. But, one student from NYP has successfully done so. Third-year Diploma in Sports & Wellness Management student, Terry Tay, has recently been honoured with a gymnastics move (the “Tay”) named after him by the International Gymnastics Federation, Federation Internationale De Gymnastique (FIG).

This makes him the FIRST gymnast from South-east Asia to have a skill named after him in the FIG Code of Points! Terry was taking part in the 44th artistic gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, held in September 2013, where the move was performed and inaugurated in the FIG Code of Points.

I sat down with Terry to discover all about the origins of the move, and the man behind it all.

Friday, November 8, 2013

My Lecturer, My Friend

Ms Dolly (in white, second from left) with Hui Ling (in red, next to her) taking a visit to a Coca Cola Factory during the overseas trip.
“She is one of the most respected and knowledgeable lecturers that I have ever met.” This is how Tan Hui Ling, Diploma in Aeronautical and Aerospace Technology, describes Senior Lecturer/SEG, Ms Dolly Lim.
Meeting Ms Dolly Lim during an overseas trip was one of the best things to happen to Hui Ling at NYP. 

From 12-16th September 2011, around 30 students from both SEG and SCL took part in a five-day Suzhou-Shanghai educational trip. Out of the 30 participants, only 4 were females, including Hui Ling. In fact, she was the only female from her course who had signed up for this trip. Even though she had male classmates to hang out with, she felt a bit left out.

It was during one of those nights that she decided to talk to Ms Dolly. This was one of the best decisions she made during the trip because she got to learn more about Ms Dolly, and discovered that she was a very friendly and knowledgeable person. Being one of the few females in the trip also made it easier for Hui Ling to bond and confide in Ms Dolly.

During the trip, whenever Hui Ling asked questions, the patient Senior Lecturer was always more than happy to share and explain her views.

Three months after the trip, in December, Ms Dolly invited all the students who had gone for the overseas trip over to her place for a BBQ. It was a smorgasbord for the students; there were cakes, pastries, a lot of cooked food and even some home-cooked food from Ms Dolly. Jokingly, Hui Ling asked Ms Dolly if she knew how to bake cakes. Not only did Ms Dolly say “Yes!” she added, “I can make you a cake for your birthday!”

The next few months flew by. During the period between December and May, Hui Ling did not see Ms Dolly around the school very often. Perhaps,  it was because the semester was coming to a close and school was getting more stressful.

It was in  May that the pair coincidentally bumped into each other while walking along the hallway from South canteen to Block S. Immediately Ms Dolly reminded her that she was going to bake a cake for her. Hui Ling was surprised that a lecturer had personally remembered her birthday and she was deeply touched that Ms Dolly had offered to bake her a cake.

“It should have been the other way around! I should have been the person to have given her a gift for being so kind instead!” Hui Ling had exclaimed as she remembered the event, “I hadn’t even given her anything before, I am so, so touched by her gesture”.

On the 28th of May 2012, Hui Ling received a phone call from Ms Dolly to meet her at her office. True enough, Ms Dolly had baked an entire strawberry cake for her that looked good enough to have originated from a patisserie.

“I am a lucky student to eat a cake  baked by a Senior Lecturer,” she recalled happily.

Hui Ling believes that the 2011 trip to China had given her a lot of experiences. Not only had she been given a chance to visit the universities, museums, factories and shopping centres there, the friendships she made while on the trip with both her schoolmates and lecturers were invaluable. The relationship with them is not a “hi-bye” relationship; she has made long-lasting friends. And she will never forget that it was there that she met Ms Dolly, a beautiful and inspiring teacher. She will always be grateful for the care and concern that Ms Dolly has shown her.

If she had another chance, she would definitely go for another trip.

This semester, Ms Dolly teaches Hui Ling and she is a patient teacher whose main goal is for the students to understand and appreciate the module.

To her fellow NYP schoolmates, Hui Ling has these words of advice, “In Poly, we will meet different people; we may like some and, maybe, not so much others. But when you reach Year 3, and recall the times you’ve had with them, you’ll definitely find that they are good memories. And we should treasure the people we have around us now as the bonds we have with them are really precious.”

Hui Ling is enjoying her adventure in NYP. What’s yours? Come choose your own adventure at NYP Open House from 9 to 11 Jan 2014!

By Ignacius Tay, Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology, Year 2


Thursday, November 7, 2013

SIT Day and SIT Surge – Celebrations by Day, Partying into the Night

On 23 October 2013, the School of Information Technology (SIT) held its biggest event of the year to date. In order to celebrate being part of the SIT family, lecturers and students came together and organized the first-ever SIT Day!
For SIT students like myself, it was a day full of activities designed to get you on your feet.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Raniel Lee: From EM3 to an Inspiring Entrepreneur with a Big Heart!

He was an EM3 and Normal (Technical) student. However, recent NYP graduate Raniel Lee believed in himself and never stopped aspiring to do better! Now, he has acted in several MediaCorp dramas, started a successful video blog – SLF TV – on YouTube and launched his new media solutions InspireARTS last year.  We were fortunate to have the opportunity to interview him to find out more!