campus newspaper december 2010
CCN Day Reloaded for New interest group:
2011 Campus Futbolitas
creative with their 3 games you must Bending it like
stall ideas have this year Beckham, girl style
3 9 10
Take Heart! TP is full of talent backstage, it was a different story as
those involved would encourage and
look out for each other.
“None of the students involved
are from my class and that makes it easier
for me to get into their world and the
bond is closer,” said Diploma in Business
lecturer, Mr Leong Chun Chong, who
acted as the Karang Guni Man. “It also
endears me to them,” he added.
Free tickets for the musical were
given out on a first-come-first-served
basis at the One Stop Centre.
The show was a success even on
the first night, when there were minor
hiccups such as a technical glitch at the
Photos: Jaclyn Ying and Aziqa Zaren
end. Tears were shed when Loony Laura
(Above from left) Students Muhammad Hanif Bin Affandi, Aaron Samuel Yong and senior lecturer Mr Leong Chun Chong were among the lead sang for her mother. Laughter was heard
characters in the 20th Anniversary musical that included over 50 cast members and crew. The three-day show ended with a Gala Night. when Mark came on stage with his rich
By: Nuraini Rizan the music for the show, held on Nov 10, day. As the musical was slated to be held The audience swooned when part-
11 and 13. for three days, some of the cast were time student-cum-bartender Derek,
A s 2010 drew to a close,
celebrations peaked at Temasek
Polytechnic as she turned 20.
To celebrate this momentous occasion,
a musical - Take Heart! - was staged to
Indeed, staff, students and alumni
toiled through many evenings to produce
a show worthy of praise.
They attended scriptwriting and
song writing workshops to understand
interchangeable, but that did not dilute
“Rehearsals often end late and I’ll
reach home at around 12 plus which
gives me limited time to rest,” said Farah
played by Aaron Samuel Yong, wooed
teacher Ms Sendayan, played in turns
by students Farah Erfina and Keesha
Alyanna. During the finale, when Loony
Laura, played by students Dorra Nafisah
showcase the talents of TP. the writing of a good script. Erfina who played the teacher, Ms Julia and Deborah Tan, sang, the crowd was
It is the third put on by TP students The final product was penned by Sendayan. enthralled by their melodious voices.
and staff following those held to mark Diploma in Law graduate Neubronner Indeed, the gruelling sessions “Laura is just amazing,” praised
the poly’s 10th and 15th anniversaries. Keith Tyrone and Assistant Director were directed with much firmness and co-star Mr Leong.
“It represents a beginning of new (Arts & Culture) of Student & Alumni expectation. The show ended on a high note
directions we can exploit in student Affairs Department, Mr Sonny Lim. Mr Lim would tell the cast the with a Gala Night, dedicated to the TP
development”, said Mr Richard Wee, a Rehearsals increased in frequency vision that he had and it was up to Board of Governors and the School
Design school lecturer who composed in the last three weeks before the big them to translate that into action. But Advisory Committees.
Healthy Campus Carnival
To help smokers quit their habit,
a booth was set up next to the Library.
A pack of Polo mints was exchanged for
every cigarette stick “surrendered”.
By: Jolin Tan participants had to form the most Mark, who declined to give his real
number of words they could in five name, was spotted exchanging two of his
T he i.Live interest group organised
the Healthy Campus Carnival
on Nov 3 to promote health
awareness around the campus and to
recharge students for the new semester.
As for the physical, the iChallenge
sit-up and iChallenge pull-up segments
proved to be a hit among the guys who
wanted to flex their muscles.
Smiling sheepishly, the Diploma
in Visual Communication student,
explained: “I know smoking is a bad
habit, and I’ve been trying to cut down,
i.Live is supported by the Health In iChallenge sit-up, participants so this is a good way ... for a tiny start.”
Promotion Board under its Youth had to do as many sit-ups as they could i.Live also invited product sponsors
Advolution for Health programme, in a minute, while participants in the for the carnival. There was a sale of Photo: i.Live
which aims to let youths be involved in iChallenge pull-up had to do as many health food from Five Loaves & Origins In the iChallenge sit-up, participants had to do
health promotion for their peers. pull-ups as they could in 30 seconds. - fruit and nut snacks, organic muffins as many sit-ups as they could in a minute.
From 10am to 4pm, students At noon, the dance ensemble gave and buns.
visited the event venue outside the students a vibrant performance which Jolene Teo, a second-year student plus they are a healthier option.”
Library to take part in the various received many cheers from the crowd. from the Diploma in Marketing who got Husainah Hussain, Head of
activities. The carnival also featured an some fruit and nut snacks, said: “I usually Publicity for i.Live, said: “The good
For a bit of brain exercise, there exercise demonstration which taught like to snack a bit to keep me awake during turnout for all the events helped spread
was the iChallenge Boggle in which students exercises to stay fit and trim. lectures, and these looked interesting, the idea of healthy living.”
Stop Press :: December 2010 2
Helpful ideas for the old, from the young How to play NEST:
Objective: To buy bricks along
By: Wang Min a wheel with a the way, and the first player
to build a house is the winner.
reative, innovative, thoughtful – inside, with a However, he or she must also
these are the words to describe rubber stopper pay all the bills and debts in-
Young Ideas for the Silver Indus- outside. curred in order to win.
try, an event organised by Temasek Poly- “So when
technic in conjunction with the Global she (the user) Game Play:
Entrepreneurship Week 2010. pushes it down, - All players will start with a cer-
Held at the auditorium foyer on it actually goes tain amount of money
Oct 19, from 12pm to 4pm, it aimed to through, so the - Throw the dice and progress
showcase business ideas from students of rubber stopper on the board according to the
various educational institutions, tackling actually stops sum of numbers on the dice
issues faced by an ageing population. the frame from - Along the way, players can
There was a wide array of creative moving.” choose to sell or buy a property
products and services developed by our Another Photo: Wang Min
depending on which tile they
very own Temasek Polytechnic (TP) stu- product on dis- The monopoly-style game was created by third-year students (from left) land on
dents on display, from designs to help the play was a board Chin Li Pei, Teo Gui Jie, Joycelyn Choo and team leader Siti Sarah. - Should the player land on tile
elderly in their movement, to items to aid game for senior called:
(SAGE) for testing, and all the testers
them in improving their memory. citizens called NEST. The monopoly- helped the students to improve the game Test Yourself – he must take a
A group of third-year Engineer- style board game was conceptualised by by giving comments, such as shortening Test Yourself card and answer
ing School students from the Diploma in third-year students from the Diploma in the game play time. the question on the card cor-
Business Process and Systems Engineer- Financial Business Informatics. rectly in order to progress
Chan Huai Yi, 17, from ITE Col-
ing improved on the conventional walk- Led by 20-year-old Siti Sarah lege Central (Bishan) was part of a team Chance – a card that can either
ing frame to make it the ‘Intelligent Walk- Rashid, the team of four designed this who came up with Moo Moo Inc, a tour present the player with a good
ing Frame’. game primarily to educate the elderly on agency that caters to the silver generation, or bad situation
The current walking frame in the making sound financial decisions, such as by customising tour packages for them. - Once the player has gone
market requires the user to lift it with ev- how to not fall prey to scams. through a round and passed the
Another innovative product show-
ery step, which could be very strenuous to During their research, the group cased was the Reading Aloud Pen. starting point, he must:
the senior citizen in the long run. found a survey conducted by HSBC Bank COLLECT
Created by four girls from Pioneer
To prevent that, the students came that showed that “most elderly are gener- Secondary School, it reads out the words • $2000
up with the idea of having a walking frame ally unprepared for retirement”. • One Learning Space card,
from a reading material should the words
that allows the user to slide the walking This further inspired them to create be too small for the elderly to see. that gives financial information
frame rather than lifting the frame again such an educational game for the senior • Fixed Deposit Interest (if any)
The exhibition was then followed
and again to walk. citizens. PAY
by a seminar in Auditorium 2, where the
Bernice Tan, 19, a representative The team presented their idea to different winning teams presented their • Insurance premium (if any)
from the group explained: “It’s actually the Singapore Action Group of Elders ideas to the audience. • Loan premium (if any)
Ms Foo Wa Lan works quietly to keep the campus clean
By: Jaclyn Ying simple lunch of rice with mixed dishes at
the Business school canteen.
M s Foo Wa Lan shuffles across After her shift ends at 4.30pm,
the quiet hallway of Temasek she returns to a two-room flat in Bedok
Polytechnic’s Business school South that she calls home.
computer laboratories, dustpan and The rest of the day is usually spent
broom in hand. “doing household chores” and “watch-
She sweeps up dirt and dust, ing a little television”. Though we don’t talk much,
stooping occasionally to pick up litter Saturdays also see her working a she always responds to
and throw it into a main bin fashioned half-day shift and running errands at the
wet market. my greeting with a smile
crudely out of an old cardboard box
lined with a black trash bag. She stopped schooling after prima- and says hello.
ry 6 and worked in rubber factories for - Aaron Tan
The soft-spoken 64-year-old is
a familiar figure around the Business 37 years before finally joining Temasek
school computer labs in the early morn- Polytechnic as a cleaner.
ing, whose warm smile and pleasant dis- It’s a job that she has done faith-
position is a welcome sight for sleepy fully for the past 15 years.
Photo: Jaclyn Ying
eyes. Unmarried, she shares her flat with Ms Foo Wa Lan picks up after students but always keeps a friendly disposition.
“She is one of the nicer clean- a female Malaysian housemate. Her sal-
ers around here. Though we don’t talk ary of $630 goes mainly into “buying Her average day at work includes to keep the school grounds clean while
much, she always responds to my greet- groceries and paying the bills”. cleaning messes made by students, emp- maintaining a low profile.
ing with a smile and says hello,” said Ms Foo finds joy in interacting tying trash bins, sweeping the floor, Hard work does not faze her as she
Aaron Tan, 19. with her fellow colleagues at work. cleaning toilets and ensuring that the fa- toils away, mopping up messes with her
Ms Foo takes two buses to report She describes them as “good col- cilities in the school are spick and span. arsenal of cleaning supplies.
for work at 7.30am. Her shift includes a leagues” whom she “can talk to about a Ms Foo is one of the silent heroes “I’m not tired (from the work), I’m
30-minute break that sees her having a variety of topics”. of Temasek Polytechnic, working hard already used to it,” said Ms Foo.
Stop Press :: December 2010 3
CCN Day spawns creative fund-raising ideas
By: Carmen Woo
& Kathleen Oei
T he Campus Care Network (CCN)
Day, where staff and students
alike enjoy a day of fun and gas-
tronomic treats, while contributing their
bit to helping those in need was held on
Nov 19. But besides the usual ice cream
and hot dog stalls, there were a few that
stood out from the crowd.
Probably one of the stalls that at-
tracted the most attention, a hamster
shop located at the entrance of School
of Design, had throngs of girls squeal-
ing. Set up by Ang Peng Lin, 18, from
the Diploma in Interactive Media Design,
the hamsters on sale were sourced from
a local farm and were of varying breeds Photo: Nadia Rahmat
and age. Having had previous experience The hamster stall located at the entrance of Design School had throngs of girls squealing and Photo:Temasek Poly’s Flickr
selling animals like shrimps, she knew re- almost all of the 50 hamsters on sale were snapped up. The potted plants at Environmental Design
sponse would be good. lecturer Malcolm Tan’s (not in picture) stall was
“We had 50, and sold almost all stream of visitors was a stall selling hand- ber Lim Li Wei: “Response for the food a hit with staff.
of them, sales were good. But we had to made tie-dyes and Batik and screen-print- was good, but for other activities not so
ensure they don’t get exposed to the sun ed shirts. It was run by Jolene, 18, from much. We’ll probably plan something dif- tracted over 300 people by 1.30 pm - quite
too much as they will get dehydrated. The Diploma in Apparel Design and Mer- ferent next year.” a feat for the students.
crowd might also scare them through the chandising, and her course mates. One unique activity that stood out All money collected at the bi-annual
glass tanks,” she said after the event. “These are all done by ourselves, along the Business School concourse was event goes towards helping students un-
Right opposite her stall, Malcolm down to the concept of the whole shop. arm wrestling. der TP’s financial assistance schemes such
Tan, 50, a lecturer from Environmental We make them in class and for charity, Put together by TP’s Business In- as the CCN Crisis Assistance Scheme,
Design, was busy tending to customers as about 80 of them. We’re selling every- formation Technology (BIT) interest CCN Education Help Scheme and CCN
well. His stall selling potted plants was a thing of every kind, so response is not group, the arm wrestling booth seemed Emergency Scheme.
hit with lecturers and administrative staff too bad. Last year we sold friendship to be the most popular of the day. Besides raising funds, CCN Day
and business was brisk. bracelets and hair accessories.” Keagan Sng, second-year BIT stu- also aims to foster closer ties between the
“My plants are sponsored by Far Blaring K-Pop outside the library’s dent and President of the interest group, lecturers and students.
East Flora and Island Landscape, and are entrance, it was tough to not notice the said: “We were just bored of the usual Jeremy Tan, first-year Hospitality
hand painted with designs. There’s very TP Production Crew’s stall. Dishing out food and drinks, so some one came up and Tourism student declared: “Bonding
hot demand for them, more than half delicious dukbokki (spicy Korean rice with the idea of arm-wrestling. Who with the class and my lecturer was proba-
is sold already,” he said three hours into cakes) and kimchi, it seemed like they doesn’t like to arm wrestle with your bly the best part. I got to know them bet-
CCN day, which started at noon. caught the Korean wave and were riding friends once in a while? It’s fun!” ter,” adding, “but the event is too short,
Another stall that had a constant high on it. Said Production Crew mem- At just $2 per bout, the booth at- it should be spread over to the weekend.”
October semester sees
5 new shuttle bus routes
By: Ng Huiwen
S ince October, Temasek Polytechnic
staff and students living in the east
and northeast areas have been enjoy-
ing additional travelling options. Five new
shuttle bus routes - bringing the total to
who takes the Hougang bus route, said:
“Last time, I had to take 3 buses and it
would take me an hour, even though
Hougang is actually quite near to Tamp-
ines. Now, I usually take 20 to 25 minutes
seven - were rolled out on Oct 25, 2010. to reach TP. It’s very fast and convenient.”
The new routes serve Hougang, A speedier journey to the polytech-
Marine Parade, Pasir Ris, Seng Kang and nic does not mean comfort is compro-
Serangoon from 8am to 9am daily. Pre- mised. Staff and students have described Infographic by: Ng Huiwen
viously, the service was only available in their journey as “pleasant”, with “clean
Tampines and Bedok. buses and comfortable seats”. Jaclyn Tan, 19 and many others missing are expected to pay a nominal fee in time
These locations were determined “The shuttle buses have a good the shuttle bus. “There were two pick-up to come.
based on statistical data collected by the boarding location too. I see many stu- points at the Sengkang area. I missed the Staff and students interviewed see
polytechnic. “TP tries its best to service dents making use of the service,” said shuttle bus the first time I took it because a charge of between 50 cents and $1 as a
as many areas as possible, especially in second-year Aerospace Engineering stu- I was waiting at the wrong pick-up area.” reasonable amount.
areas where most of our students live dent Tnee Chin Kiat, 18. However, TP has since diffused the “I don’t think this service should
in,” said Ms Marina Chong, manager of The only hiccup since the introduc- confusion for students like Jaclyn by put- be made free permanently because it’s
the One-Stop Service Centre. tion of the service happened at the Seng- ting up a photograph indicating the pick-up already a subsidised sum, we should not
And it has been a smooth ride so kang pick-up point on its first run. Con- point at Sengkang on the school website. take advantage of it,” said Jaclyn.
far, with staff and students singing prais- fusion as to where the pick-up point is In a bid to first test the waters, TP For more details of the pick-up
es of the new shuttle bus routes. located resulted in Diploma in Communi- has offered the shuttle bus services for points and bus interval timings, visit http://
Administration staff Ms Tan, 24, cations and Media Management student, free until further notice, but commuters tp.edu.sg/home/maps/shuttlebus.htm.
4 Stop Press :: December 2010
trail It’s always a moving target
“When I first tried shooting, I we must relax. I don’t think it helps me
knew I had to continue, so I approached My coach always much though,” he added cheekily.
By: Nuraini Rizan SAFRA for further opportunities,” compares shooting The avid sportsman has tried
Hejun said. various sports ever since he took up
H e may look boyish and His efforts are paying off as now
with cutting vegetables basketball as a co-curricular activity in
unassuming but beware; he is under the Singapore Shooting - that we must relax. I primary school. He then moved on to
Lin Hejun is training to be a Association training programme. The don’t think it helps me softball in Anglican High School.
shooter. The final-year student from shotgun shooter is training in the His sporting portfolio does not
the Diploma in Culinary and Catering skeet shooting category under the
much though. end there. He was in the bowling team
Management (CCM) has been in a recommendation of his coach. in SAJC where he did a one-year stint.
professional training squad since 2008. In skeet shooting, shooters Augusta in the south of France where When he enrolled in TP, he
The passion was realised when he attempt to break clay disks that are he did kitchen work. joined the floorball team and has
attended a post-examination workshop thrown high into the air. “The work there was tiring but it since been actively playing for the
at Saint Andrew’s Junior College. He has also tried both trap and was worth it,” he said. polytechnic.
double trap categories which he enjoyed Hejun finds that authentic French “If I have to choose between
immensely. Here he has to shoot down cuisine is very different from the ones sports and culinary, I would choose
special objects fired into the air. here as they only use the freshest sports as it is more carefree and it
Although he has yet to make ingredients which they can obtain easily. comes more naturally to me,” he says.
his debut in the competitive shooting Hejun also believes that being in a Eventually, he would like to
arena, Hejun hopes to compete in disciplined sport as shooting has helped enrol in a degree course at the Culinary
the annual Singapore Open Shooting him tremendously in handling the stress Institute of America offered by the
Championships in July next year. in the kitchen. Singapore Institute of Technology.
“I wanted to go for this year’s He believes that both areas A man of many options, Hejun
championships but I couldn’t make it due complement each other as CCM teaches is “taking it one step at a time” as he
to OSIP,” Hejun said matter-of-factly, him to be professional, while shooting is considering a coaching career in
referring to his overseas internship. moulds him into a more disciplined softball and floor ball in the long run.
Only five when he found his calling student. His parting shot is to “enjoy
in the kitchen, for the OSIP Hejun was “My coach always compares what you are doing and if you don’t,
posted to a boutique hotel called Villa shooting with cutting vegetables - that don’t force yourself.”
Filmmaker with a mission Living life with no regrets
By: Ian Yap poor living conditions of the villagers. By: Jolin Tan under him and liasing with other
In addition, the students helped students from the school. “I feel a sense
H ot weather, frequent power
outages and a lack of modern
comforts were all part of the
overseas volunteering experience for
Muhammad Hidayatullah (Hidayat), a
to build a community library and
repair a dam.
Hidayat shared that the trip was
no less than “life changing”. “Getting
to know the villagers and seeing
rowing up in a single-parent
family has taught Chua Yun
Loong, 19, how to be more
understanding towards the people
of accomplishment, it’s like the thing is
my own ‘baby’,” he explains.
He also feels that the TPSU
experience has taught him various life
skills. His communication skills have
second-year student from the Diploma the problems they faced was a great This is one of the reasons why improved by writing letters to different
in Moving Images. experience,” he said. the second-year Humanities and Social companies asking for sponsorship.
Hidayat was part of a team of Hidayat also recommended Sciences student from the Diploma in Yun Loong agrees that it requires
eight students from the course who that all aspiring filmmakers embark Psychology Studies joined the Temasek “a lot of hard work” to juggle school
travelled to Medan, Indonesia, for their on similar projects. “It helped me Polytechnic Students’ Union (TPSU) work, spending time with his family and
Overseas Community Project (OCP). with both my video production skills last year. attending the TPSU meetings.
They spent nine days in the areas and got me more exposure to charity Yun Loong was elected as the However, he feels that he is
of Belawan and Hamparan Perak work.” assistant social secretary of the TPSU disciplined enough to do so as he
documenting village life. Back home, Hidayat pursues his this year. Some of his duties include was part of the canoeing team at his
Taking on the role of director, passion for video outside school. organising events for the school, secondary school. He explains that
Hidayat and his group of four He and his friends are part of managing the sub-committee members canoe training then used to be quite
produced a documentary video for Vixio Media, a production company. intense while now the discipline comes
their OCP, as well as an advocacy video
for Mercy Relief. It aims to increase
The crew is regularly hired to provide
audio-visual support for weddings and
HUMANITIES & in the form of waking up daily to make
the one hour commute to school as he
awareness of poverty and the similar functions.
Hidayat hopes to pursue a
SOCIAL SCIENCES lives in Novena.
Yun Loong feels responsible for
degree at the Vancouver Film School the tasks that he has been assigned by
in Canada and to be at the forefront of the TPSU. “They shape me into who
a major change in the local film scene. I am, allowing me to not let life slip
He cites Michael Moore as his away,” he says.
DESIGN biggest filmmaking inspiration.
“He tackles issues that other
With his life motto being “live life
with no regrets”, he hopes to further
filmmakers don’t dare to touch,” his studies in university.
said Hidayat, citing documentaries Looking further, the guy who is
like Fahrenheit 9/11, where Moore always willing to give a helping hand
criticises the then Bush administration hopes to open his own psychological
and its War on Terror. help firm to provide support to others.
Stop Press :: December 2010 5
Scoring on and off the field Inspired by
CSI & Diehard 4.0
By: Michelle Ann Kwara “I feel that there is a lot of
passion in him, and he fears no one
whenever he plays,” enthuses Eugene.
eing a professional soccer
The self-described “cheerful,
player is a dream for most
hardworking, positive, disciplined,
boys, and Eugene Luo is a By: Nadia Rahmat
and committed” student is a high such as online money laundering and
step closer to that dream than most.
achiever on and off the field. usage of complex viruses to control
Eugene started playing for
Eugene is the captain of TP’s ave you watched Crime Scene unsuspecting victims,” he gushes.
the Young Lions team when he
soccer team and has maintained a GPA Investigation (CSI)? If you Although he hopes to make a mark
was 18. Currently playing the right
of 3.66 in his studies in the Diploma in have, did you notice how in the IT security sector in Singapore
midfielder/forward position, he
Electronics. the team utilised futuristic computer once he graduates, Hamzah is definitely
hopes to be a future Lion as he
Training six times a week can get technology in their labs to help them not just another IT geek.
always wanted to represent Singapore
tough but Eugene makes time to relax investigate crimes? He also practises Aikido, a form
and playing on the global stage was
by spending time with his girlfriend And what about Die Hard 4.0 of Japanese martial arts.
always his dream.
and his two poodles. where detectives work to fight a gang of “I wanted to take [up Aikido]
He may have been wearing the
Despite difficulties in juggling cyber terrorists who plan to hack FBI because it’s very cool to be able to take
Young Lions jersey for only a year,
both schoolwork and soccer, “I have computers? down your opponent by using your
but Eugene has already made his
to pay a lot of attention in class and Well, those two shows were the opponent’s force.
approach the teachers if I have any source of inspiration that led Sayed But apart from the self-defence
Having appeared in over 12
doubts. I find that I Hamzah to join the Diploma in Cyber
matches, Eugene scored his debut aspect, it actually helps me clear my
don’t have much time
goal this September. It was an and Digital Security. mind to make better decisions and it
for myself and for my
equalizer in a match against Iran, at “For CSI, it was the computer makes me stay focused as well, not just
the recent Eximbank Cup tournament forensics that inspired me to pursue in training but also in life,” he says.
but things work out
in Vietnam. a career that allows me to learn Hamzah is definitely one student
While other soccer fans look computer investigative techniques such who has his mind set on fulfilling his
up to Wayne Rooney or Fernando as extracting files that were deleted goals. His favourite quote is also the
Torres, Eugene counts Indra Sahdan, and emptied via the recycle bin and motto of the Special Air Service (the
who also plays the forward position reconstructing scenarios to find out British Army Special Forces unit) and
in the Singapore Armed Forces
Football Club (SAFFC), as his soccer ENGINEERING what the criminal did with the computer.
“As for Die Hard 4.0, it was the
it’s “Who Dares, Wins!”.
“For me, this motto means to do
idol. hacking portion that inspired me even your very best in whatever you do in life,
further as I always imagined that if because if you don’t you wouldn’t know
you could hack, you could control the what might happen next.”
Student, scholar, teacher world,” he says.
Hamzah’s strong interest in the
field of Cyber and Digital Security is As for D i e H ar d 4.0,
By: Abigail Ong organisation, awards scholarships to evident in his enthusiasm and knowledge i t w as the hac k i ng
Teochew students with excellent results, por ti on that i ns pi r ed
of the subject.
he is a student, a scholar and a who are also strong in co-curricular “With the rapid development of m e ev en fur ther as I
teacher. Meet Li JiaJing, a charming activities and exhibit leadership qualities. IT solutions, threats will also change as al w ay s i m agi ned that
second-year student from the On top of maintaining a Grade well, and these attacks are getting less i f y ou c oul d hac k ,
Diploma of Biomedical Science. Point Average (GPA) of 3.94, JiaJing is y ou c oul d c ontr ol the
obvious day by day.
Despite being such a high part of the management committee of
“So as long as the IT sector is w or l d .
achiever, this pretty girl is modest and the Applied Science (ASc) Studies Club.
developing new technologies, guys like
polite when sharing about herself. “I am currently involved in
us (IT security professionals) will always
“I try to maximize my time to the planning of programmes such
the fullest and plan what I need to do. as Orientation Leadership Training
The third-year student also
I set a deadline for myself everyday Camp for ASc students and week-zero
had first-hand experience in dealing
to accomplish so I will have less orientation programmes,” she says
proudly. “I was also the organiser for a with IT security threats through his
accumulated by the end of the week,”
peer-tutoring project last semester.” attachment with the Information
For the peer-tutoring scheme, Security Incidence Response (ISIR)
In 2010, JiaJing won the Ngee
students who are academically inclined team in the International Criminal
Ann Kongsi Tertiary Scholarship worth
were encouraged to tutor and help their Police Organization (INTERPOL)
$4,000. The Ngee Ann Kongsi, a clan
academically weaker classmates. headquarters in France.
“Through the project, we really It was CSI in real life for him as
saw the changes in the students and it he had managed the setting up of the
APPLIED was really heart-warming,” she said. computer forensics lab for malware
Outside of school, she spends her analysis, as well as design the procedures
time playing musical instruments like the for conducting malware analysis.
piano and guitar. His biggest responsibility came
So how does JiaJing juggle her roles in the form of liaising for the first
as a student, a scholar and a teacher? INTERPOL Information Security
“Attitude is a small thing that Conference earlier this September.
makes a big difference,” she says. “Go “It gave me a better insight in
as far as you can and only when you get terms of what are the current cyber-
there you will be able to see farther.” crimes that are being investigated,
6 Stop Press :: December 2010
“Entering the World of Harry
Potter” was the theme of Alum-
ni Night 2010 held at Eng Wah
Suntec Cinema Hall. Some 180
alumni, including 80 ex-students
from Business school, came for a
special screening of Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
on Nov 19. Pre-event actitivities
included a lucky draw, caricature Applied Science graduate, Benjamin Loo, one of An alumna sitting in for
the roving magicians, interacting with a participant.
drawing and magic performances the caricature drawing session.
by two volunteer TP alumni ama-
teur magicians. The highlight of
the night was definitely the best-
dressed Harry Potter character
contest, with movie premiums
sponsored by Eng Wah.
“The sell-out event shows
the close ties and rapport the
alumni share with their student
advisors and care persons. As
one of the organisers, it was
heartening to see their joy as
they reacquainted with staff and
friends from their student days.” Above: It was a happy reunion, and everyone, including the ex-Student Union
An alumnus shows off the souvenirs such as a
Harry Potter calendar and laptop skin of a game.
members took the opportunity to take group photos.
Ms Phaedra Pang, Student
Below: Arthur Ong (second from right), who came with three of his friends,
Development Officer (Alumni) was the best-dressed Harry Potter winner.
Alumnus Jazz Ang performing
his magic show on stage.
“I have always been a big fan
of Harry Potter . As I didn’t
have time to buy a movie
costume, I decided to put on
some Harry Potter staples in
the right colours. My friend
printed the school crest for
our group of four and picked
some twigs for our wands!”
Kristine Kesavan, 2008 graduate Arthur Ong, 2004 graduate
from the Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism
from the Diploma in Hospitality
Management, dressed as a wizard,
poses with some of her friends. and Tourism Management
Photos: Student and Alumni Affairs Department Layout by Jolin Tan
Stop Press June 2008
Stop Press :: :: December 2010 7
My Space is for any TP student to share
his or her thoughts and experiences. You
are invited to write an article of about 600
Please write to MySpace.StopPress@
gmail.com with subject heading “Mind-
How the army is just like school, but better
scape”. Articles will be edited for content
numerous tests, ranging from written
tests to weapon-handling tests. At times, we would
The army also provides for your wonder why the
meals so you will never get hungry, al- porridge looked
though many of us grew tired of the like fried rice;
By: Edward Koh food dished out by the cookhouse aunty, but being hungry
whom we suspect hated us.
men, we would
I n 2006, like many boys before me, I At times, we would wonder why
the porridge looked like fried rice; but wolf it all down.
got a free haircut and got to go on
a free three-month weight-loss pro- being hungry men, we would wolf it all
gramme – I enlisted into the army. down.
I bet many of you have suffered Edward on one of his train-
It was a great two years but life the long nights rushing a project. The ing exercises, decked out in
went on and I soon found myself in army has its own twisted variation of full gear which includes the
Temasek Polytechnic trying to attain a that, it is known as a FTX (Full Troop number four uniform, hel-
diploma. It was through this two years or Exercise). met, goggles, camouflage
so of polytechnic life that I have realised It primarily consists of a four- paint and a M203 rifle.
that school life does not differ that much day-three-night stay out in the warm, hu-
from military life. mid jungles of Singapore; with mosqui- diers to go home and see their families, slept more during my stint in the army
Well, of course you do not get toes that no known repellent can deter, girlfriends or pet goldfishes. than I do now.
screamed at by the nice lady who hap- keeping you company throughout the A rewarding treat after a tough So to all the guys out there, the
pens to be your lecturer, but there are night. week. In a way, the same thing applies in army has free food, free lodging, more
many other things that are similar. After four days in the jungle, you polytechnic life. I am very sure that lec- sleep time and medical care.
I am certain that many would will look similar to the time when you turers and especially students value the And what’s more, it also gives
think being in the army is all just about mugged the entire week just for that one weekends with earnest, after a long week you a chance to lose all the weight you
getting screamed at, crying and being to- examination paper – a walking zombie. of waking up early for school, staying up have gained during poly, guaranteed to
tally exhausted. That is partially correct; A tiring FTX would usually be late rushing assignments and so forth. turn you into a Spartan war god. It’s not
soldiers are also required to sit for followed by a book-out, allowing the sol- I have also realised that I had actually that scary anymore now, is it?
Local universities vs foreign universities:
It’s all about making the right choice
Foreign universities are also con- your family; and when abroad, depend option for them, as they need not adapt
sidered to be more prestigious and able on your friends.” to foreign environments and cultures.
to give a better tertiary education than Some students go abroad, not Trying to adapt to a foreign envi-
local institutions. knowing how to do housework, and re- ronment can take a toil on not only their
Celebrated academics, such as turn with a handful of housekeeping and studies, but also their physical and emo-
By: Jolin Tan Stephen Hawking, serve as professors in cooking skills. tional well-being.
elite universities, such as Harvard Uni- Of course, there is nothing wrong Last but not least, money is a
I t is an old debate that’s revisited ev-
ery year when polytechnic graduates,
who are looking to further their edu-
cation, tackle the big question: To go to
a local university or a foreign university?
versity or the University of
also form a powerful at-
traction. For example, the
The decision made will ultimately
affect many things in life in the future,
factor to consider. For some
students, an overseas educa-
tion is unattainable as there are
not only the costly school fees
to consider but also the living
so utmost consideration must be
The general belief is that studying University of Oxford has expenses and accommodation
overseas will allow one to be exposed to produced countless famous
taken when making choices. cost.
more people, cultures and systems. After writers and poets, such as Unfortunately, scholar-
all, that is the point of education – to JRR Tolkien, author of the ships are awarded to only a se-
widen one’s horizon. Lord of the Rings series. with going to a local university. lected few and the selections get more
Complaints about local universi- Besides the prestige and expo- Graduates from local universities competitive over the years.
ties often involve the restrictive political sure, students who have gone through are highly sought-after in various areas So many have to work around
and cultural environments, the lack of an overseas education agree that living of expertise when they look for jobs in their financial situations.
arts exploration and progress. abroad alone has taught them an impor- the market. Your final choice will ultimately
Larger countries with a longer, tant life skill – independence. For those who are more at ease affect many things in life in the future,
more extensive history, such as America, There is an old Chinese proverb within the comforts of their home coun- so utmost consideration must be given
are more politically and culturally diverse. that goes, “When at home, depend on try, pursuing a local education is the best to this critical decision.
Stop Press :: December 2010 8
Listen up, your ears deserve better!
By: Kathleen Oei
M P3 players have become Splurge: Bose Quiet Comfort 3 completely unobtrusive workout session So $70 is not exactly cheap, but
a necessity in every poly- Headphones (from $349.95) to its wearer, allowing you to focus on do- these Klipsh earphones have topped the
technic student’s life. ing your cardio. list on nearly every earphone review. They
They come in handy for nearly every as- were so popular; we had to see what all
pect of our lives – from keeping us com- Splurge: Sennheiser OMX680 Earphones the fuss was about. Our verdict - they were
pany on those long bus rides to giving us (from $57.90) awesome and well worth the price. Wear-
that extra motivation when we work out. ing these got us the stamp of approval
But getting the right earphones is impor- from peers and even caused us to miss
tant to enjoy music to the fullest. Stop our train stop because we could not hear
Press tells you exactly which earphones to the announcement. Water-resistant, noise-
save and splurge on, all tried and tested by cancelling and durable? Check, check and
our team. check.
Buying these Bose headphones is
ON THE BUS a decision you will never regret. After all, Splurge: Grado PS1000 Headphones
Bose was the pioneer of noise-cancella- ($1695)
Save: Zune Premium Headphones v2 tion technology back in the 1980s. Hav- The Sennheiser OMX680 prom-
(from $29.95) ing protected the ears of pilots around the ises to provide top-quality sound, excel-
world, these Bose headphones are defi- lent wearing comfort, and resistance to
nitely something to boast about. external influences such as water, sweat,
and the cold. And boy, does it deliver! Not
WORKING OUT only did these earphones stay in our ears
during a long, sweaty run; they proved to
Save: Nike SHJ020 Lightweight deliver excellent sound quality without the
Neckband Headphones (from $19.90) feeling of having wet cotton wool stuck
in our ears.
OVERALL BEST EARPHONES
Save: Klipsh Image S4 Earphones (from
If they are good enough for Tom
Cruise, they are definitely good enough for
us. The Mission Impossible actor has of-
ten been spotted wearing this beauty. They
These in-ear earphones provide an ex- provide excellent noise-cancellation and
tremely sleek look for fashionistas. The If you are tired of wires hopping amazing audio experiences to the wearer,
earbuds come in different sizes, and man- and bopping everywhere when you run, so much so that it feels as if your favour-
age to cancel the sounds of the nearby these Nike headphones are just the pair ite band is playing right in front of you. It
construction site. Cheap, chic and cred- for you. With its placement of connect- may be Mission Impossible for us to afford
ible. ing wires behind your neck, it provides a these, but lusting after them is free.
Attack of the Android Apps
By: Abigail Ong app to satisfy your busy fingers. Try
Twidroyd,which is a lot faster and neater
re you sick of listening to your than the basic Twitter for Android app.
friends boast about their latest With its easy-to-read interface,
iPhone or iPad apps? Seriously, quick updating speed, and LivePreview
does it look like iCare? of links and media through the split
Well, if you carry an Android screen, it’s no wonder most Android us-
phone instead, here are some cool appli- ers prefer to “twidroyd”.
cations (apps) to your rescue! For the un- PowerAMP Music Player
initiated, Android phones are the newest
generation of mobile phones developed Many cite it as the best music
by Google and Android Inc. player app for Android phones. It has all
These phones, fronted by a friendly the functions of a music player, but it is
green monster, are equally smart and less the sleek and sexy interface that makes it
pretentious in comparison to their over- Photos: www.bestandroidappsreview.com most appealing.
hyped Apple competition. So, out of the Android apps for students: (from left) Abduction! World Attack, Twidroyd, and PowerAMP The winning feature is its 10-band
apps available on Android Market, which Music Player for all your gaming, tweeting and music needs. graphic equalizer - with dials for bass,
are the best three for you? been abducted by aliens! Inspired by the play, addictive and surprisingly engaging. treble and volume that you can adjust ac-
nursery rhyme, “The Cow Jumps Over cording to your preferences.
Abduction! World Attack Twidroyd
the Moon”, you hop from platform to You can also add the PowerAMP
Have you ever seen a jumping cow? platform, in the process avoiding floating If you are the kind of person who widget to your lockscreen, to minimize
Well in this adorable platform-jumping bombs and saving friends along the way. tweets excessively about where you are, the hassle of constantly unlocking your
adventure game, you control a cow on To manoeuvre your bovine friend, what you’re doing and even what you’re phone to switch songs. Good for long
a mission to save your friends who have tilt your phone accordingly. It is easy to looking at, you’ll need a good Twitter bus rides to and from school.
Stop Press :: December 2010 9
Brand new games are noteworthy, but many
Reloaded for 2011
of the this year’s best games were in fact
evolutions of popular franchises, and next
year looks to be no different.
Ian Yap looks at some of the highly antici-
pated sequels slated for release early 2011.
Mortal Kombat Crysis 2 Test Drive Unlimited 2
Release: 1st - 2nd quarter 2011 Release: March 2011 Release: 1st quarter 2011
Platforms: PS3, Xbox360 Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox360 Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox360
It’s virtually impossible to be into Moving away Few driving games have con-
the fighting genre and not have played from the jungle set- trols for the player to wind down the
a Mortal Kombat game. The ninth and ting of the original windows or change the radio station.
latest addition to the franchise is said game, Crysis 2 is Fewer still allow the player to step out
to bring the game back to its origins as set in the concrete of their sports car into a luxury beach
well as update it for the game consoles jungle of New York house, a boutique or a club.
of today. Many of the characters from City. Gamers play Launched in 2006, Test Drive
the first three Mortal Kombat series as Alcatraz, a Green Beret US soldier Unlimited took a unique approach to
Mortal Kombat: Literally
will make their appearance here, as will who steals the Nanosuit 2 from military the car-racing genre, offering an im-
their gory “fatalities” (finishing moves). technology developer Crynet Systems. mersive experience that was more
In the story, Raiden, the lightning The Nanosuit 2 will grant the player than just racing. Its sequel will al-
god, is about to be killed by the evil em- more options to engage the battlefield low the player to roam freely around
than its predecessor. Oahu, Hawaii, USA, and Ibiza, Spain.
peror Shao Kahn. Just before receiving
The story follows Alcatraz as Other than cars and motorbikes, they
the final blow, Raiden sends a message
he evades a manhunt led by Crynet can customise their character’s appear-
back in time to warn himself of the ance, clothes, furniture and even cock-
Systems while fending off hordes of
apocalypse that will unfold. The plot aliens that have reduced New York tails.
then revolves around the Raiden of the City to ruins. If you are looking for huge
past trying to prevent the destruction The first Crysis was a smash hit nitrous boosts or outrageous drifts, this
Guns and Armour: Essentials in Crysis 2 of all the realms, in a retelling of the because of its stunning graphics more is not the game for you. However, if
stories from Mortal Kombat 1, 2 and 3. than anything else. For this new edi- you would like a more customised spin,
The series lost some popularity tion, the developers have promised to then it should be at the top of your list
with Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, go one step further, even calling its of games in this genre. Just think of it
which was described as being compara- graphics “catastrophically beautiful”. as the Sims of driving games.
tively tame and having a weak storyline. Those looking forward to playing the
The new game aims to set that right game on PC have an added bonus, as Also look
and re-establish what gave the series its its system requirements will be less de- out for:
cult status in the first place. manding than those of its prequel. Grand
Also look out for: Marvel vs Capcom 3 Also look out for: Gears of War 3 Auto 5
So many supercars, so little time
Beware of paper cuts!
Locally created ‘swipe and kill’ game, Paper Ninja, is a hit
By: Wang Min The ‘Chains of Time’ skill
allows you to freeze the
long time ago, a Grand Master paper ninjas for a few
turned the deadly ninjas into pa- moments by pinching the
per to stop them from stealing screen with your fingers.
the Ancient Scrolls. Nevertheless, the pa-
per ninjas still attempted to do so every
night. Being the Grand Master’s young In October 2010,
apprentice, you must deter these pesky the team decided to re-
paper ninjas from stealing the precious lease ‘Paper Ninja Hal-
scrolls. loween!’ in line with the Photo: www.i-digitall.com
How? Well, you do this by swip- popular holiday. Siang
ing your finger across the screen of your Photo: Real Inverse
Leng explains: “We The creators of the game, Koh Siang Leng, 29,
iPhone or iPod Touch. A simple and easy were hoping to bring (left) and Yang Ruizhi, 39, in their best ninja poses.
game at the beginning, but beware, it be- This addictive game was developed seasonal release to en- an incredible feat for a first game released
comes a lot more challenging eventually. by a small, local company called verse, tertain players, especially our fans.” by a new company.
Paper Ninja is based on a “swipe made up of 2 like-minded individuals Besides bringing entertainment val- Siang Leng says: “We really felt
and kill” gameplay concept. When the who want to “take over the world with ue, Paper Ninja Halloween! is a free lite happy about all the good reviews we re-
paper ninjas unfold, you must instantly the games they have created” – 29-year- version that aims to promote the main ceived, both from App review sites and
tear the paper ninjas apart with a swift old Koh Siang Leng and 39-year-old Yang game itself. from players.”
swipe of the finger. But at the same time, Ruizhi, the artist and the coder respec- Siang Leng points out: “The Hal- Following the success of the Paper
you need to be careful to strike from the tively. loween version did help us bring up the Ninja Halloween!, the duo produced a
unprotected areas, as a head-on collision The idea of Paper Ninja came sales, and we could have easily duplicated Christmas version in December.
with the paper ninjas’ weapons would about when Ruizhi came across a game with a free lite version, but it was fun teas- Paper Ninja is available on the
paralyse the player for a few seconds, called Zoo Lasso. He was so amazed at ing the gamers with seasonal treats.” Apple App Store for only $0.99. So start
and possibly cause you to lose the battle. how responsive the device is at following Paper Ninja has garnered highly fa- brushing up on your ninja skills and take
Along the way, skills can be learnt, boost- the finger movements that he decided to vourable reviews and ratings from both on these Paper Ninjas! Oh, and do be
ing the player’s attacks. develop a slashing game on the iPhone. game reviewers as well as ordinary users, careful not to get any paper cuts.
10 Stop Press :: December 2010
TP bags volleyball titles 8-medal haul for kayak team
women’s match. TP took the lead 9-7. The By: Ang Hiok Joo
SP boys went after every point, looking he kayak-racing team won a total
for ways to turn things around. of eight medals at the 2010 POL-
There were a couple of close calls ITE Kayak Sprint Action event,
from both sides. In the end, TP took the and thus achieved a three-medal increase
first set 25-14, after the ball rebounded in TP’s medal tally from the previous year.
and hit one of the SP players. Organised by Republic Polytech-
SP took the lead at the start of the nic, the event on Nov 6 saw teams from
second set. each of the five polytechnics in fierce
The TP boys were made to work competition at Bedok Reservoir.
By: Nadzirah Sariman harder for their points. It wasn’t until both Undaunted, the TP kayakers pad-
Photo: Ang Hiok Joo
emasek Polytechnic’s women’s teams were level on five points, things dled hard and secured three golds, one
volleyball team retained their vol- started to go TP’s way. They took the set silver and four bronzes in the various
Bryan Loy Zhi Hao, a second-year
leyball crown at the POL-ITE 21-25. race categories. The four-men team of
student from the Diploma in Aerospace
(Polytechnic-ITE) Games, when they de- TP began the third set with a 2-1 Joshua Ng, Tan Yichao, Jeremy Tan and
Koh Shaowei won its most significant Engineering, who won bronze in the K1
feated Singapore Polytechnic (SP). The lead. SP still fighting back, showing tenac- 1000m and 500m men’s individual races,
men’s team regained the title they lost last ity, managed to draw the score level more gold medal at the K4 500m men’s race.
Joshua, 19, a third-year Diploma credited his achievements to the team.
year. than a few times. “I was the slowest rower when I
in Communications and Media Man-
The home team supporters turned Both teams battling each other to first joined the team and they gave me a
agement student and also the team cap-
out in force at the finals held at TP Sports stay in the game. At 12-12, SP briefly took tain, explained why the particular victory lot of motivation.”
Complex on Oct 29. the lead before TP leveled once again. meant so much to them. The women’s team clinched a
TP girls retained the Women’s Vol- With the game going 24-18, it could “We were actually also supposed gold medal in the K4 1000m race and a
leyball Crown for the fifth consecutive have been anyone’s game at that point to win the gold in the 1000m race but bronze in the 500m race.
time. They took two of the three sets eas- judging by the way both teams played. we screwed up. We made up for it in the Second-year Logistics & Operations
ily. Final score: 25-9, 25-19, 25-10. Eventually, TP spiked in and it was last race.” Management student, Junice Lee, 18, said:
The men’s game was more evenly all over. They defeated SP 25-14, 25-21, The foursome lost the top posi- “Like coach (Ong Khe Wat) always tells us
matched. Once again, it’s TP vs SP. 25-22. TP’s supporters went wild after tion to Singapore Polytechnic and came – when we win, we must be humble and
The first set was reminiscent of the cheering their team’s every move. in second in the K4 1000m men’s race. when we lose, we must be happy.”
Temasek Polytechnic futbolitas - a new sports interest group
There are all these new rules that we team, Syahirah said that they have nev-
must follow. In the process, we actually For most boys, er been soundly beaten or trashed in
learn a lot of things that we may not know, playing soccer comes friendly matches.
” said centre midfielder Nur Syahirah Ros- “I remember talking to players
tam, 21, a second year Business Process &
naturally. Most girls from other teams after our matches.
Systems Engineering student. have to start their All of them said that they were trashed
Along with her twin sister, centre training from scratch. pretty badly during their first few games,
back Nur Syahidah Rostam also from the like losing 5-0. So far, that has not hap-
same diploma, the team is made up of 20 them third-year students. Whenever the pened to us,” she said, proudly.
players, 15 of them regulars. leaders are not available, the field captain The team is now looking to build
The girls have fitness training every and vice-captain would lead the squad. up their reputation by playing and win-
Tuesday with a fitness coach, while The girls have taken part in many ning friendly matches.
Thursdays are for field training. friendly matches before, playing against They are also looking to add new
Fitness training usually start with a teams from other schools. players to the team by reaching out in
jog along Bedok Reservoir, ending with They beat Singapore Institute of advance to potential TP students from
several fitness tests. Management (SIM) 2-1 last year. to various secondary schools, particu-
Field training on Thursdays is where Even though they are still a new larly those with strong female players.
they would practise their playing skills and
By: Nadzirah Sariman
techniques. They would apply the skills
ou might have caught a group learnt by playing against each other.
of girls running around, playing To familiarise themselves with the
football every Thursday after- women’s games and how other female
noon. players play, the team also follow the local
They are from Temasek Polytech- women’s league closely.
nic’s Women’s Soccer Team, one of TP’s “For most boys, playing soccer
interest groups. comes naturally. Girls have to start their
Girl’s soccer in TP has been in ex- training from scratch. With practice, they
istence for several years, but in April this improve a lot,” said the team’s field vice-
year the core group decided to finalise captain Syahidah.
the interest group. Both Syahidah and her sister have
“Last time, all we did was just play been playing soccer since the age of four.
soccer. It’s a little different now, with a The girls’ soccer team has a cap-
fixed training programme and coaches. tain, vice-captain and quartermaster, all of The women’s soccer team has 20 players, 15 of them regulars.
11 Stop Press :: December 2010
WHAT’S IN YOUR B G?
Stop Press journalists Aziqa Zaren and Ng Huiwen roam
the campus to discover what makes a TP student by
taking a look into their bags. iPod Classic in Black
I use this to listen to random
Black Sketchbook songs during my trips to
This sketchbook contains my research I don’t normally carry school. I listen to songs that
for my final-year project. I’m doing the bags to school unless Transformer Planner match my mood.
topic on publication and these are all I love the Transformer
I have to bring my lap- series! This book serves
the material I have gathered. top or books. This is as my daily planner and I
one bag I’d grab when also cram in some school
I have to carry those notes in there.
things to school.
- Chng Choon Hua
Apple Macbook in White
I’ve had this Mac for over a year.
I use it for school assignments Nokia Handphone
and personal stuff. I’ve had it for a year already and it still works
fine. I’m not intending to move on to the
smart phone yet as long as this one still works.
Chng Choon Hua, Year 3,
Diploma in Visual
I’m a T-shirt and jeans
kind of girl, but obvious-
ly today is an exception.
The bag that I am using
is laidback and boho,
Got this as a birthday present my favourite kind.
about one or two years ago. - Tiara Ali
I have my matric card, EZ-link Tiara Tatiana Bte Mohamed Ali, Year 2,
and POSB card in there. Diploma in Biomedical Science
A store that’s worth a Peek!
Graphic and text: Choo Pei Ting
The Funky Fashionista
By: Nadia Rahmat
Side undercut with Funky earrings
estled in a secluded alley in hair swept to one side (Mismatch them for
Armenian street is a haven more oomph!)
for film camera aficiona-
dos. Peek!, which opened last Sep-
tember, is a treasure trove of ana-
It is easy to lose track of time
in the store with its extensive range of
quirky film cameras. Cult brands such
are a must!)
as the Blackbird Fly, The Golden Half
and the Holga are mainstays available.
Photo: Nadia Rahmat (Just big
Perhaps the quirkiest photo-
enough to put
graphic find at Peek!, is the White only do you get to test the cameras be- ent your student card at the counter your funky Full body jump-
Holga Cat, an adorable toy camera fore making a purchase, you are able to be entitled to the benefit. necessities) suits (To get the
that makes for a more memorable to conduct on-the-spot research on All in all, Peek! is the place Lady Gaga feel!)
photography experience. Girls will your desired camera model on one of to be for photographers seeking an
love how this cutesy camera meows the many iPads available. How’s that alternative outlet for their art. Bub-
along to the clicking of the shutter. for customer service? bling with creative flair, Peek!’s toy
The true beauty of Peek!, how- But the best part of Peek!, of cameras, nifty key chains and kooky
ever, lies in the store’s impeccable cus- course, is the 10 per cent student notebooks make this film store a
tomer-oriented approach. Here, not discount. All you have to do is pres- must-visit.
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Temasek Polytechnic Dance Ensemble
The RAWK solid TP experience (TPDE).
As with every year, the mass dance
is an important part of the TP culture
that is not to be missed. All Rawkers were
By: Esther Ng taught the mass dance on the first day of
the event and performed the effervescent
t the end of each day, the familiar sequence together at the sports hall by the
holler, “TPRAWKS oeei” never end of the second day.
failed to receive a deafening re- The last day of TPRAWKS saw the
sponse, and that was a testament to the Rawkers letting their hair down and partying
event’s popularity. to the beats of DJ Andrew T and grooving
An annual event organised ex- to performances by local bands Sleeq and
clusively for O Level school leavers, The Good Fellas at TP’s Jam and Hop.
TPRAWKS invites participants to come to “At the end of the event I feel like
Temasek Polytechnic and experience what a part of Temasek Polytechnic. To me,
it means to be a student here. TPRAWKS is a very fun and meaningful
Cheering, singing dancing and other event that I will recommend to my ju-
adrenaline-pumping activities were what niors,” said Pearl Ang, 16, from Dunman
more than a thousand participants (Rawkers) Secondary School.
enjoyed during the three-day TPRAWKS. However, TPRAWKS would not be
The Rawkers who signed up got to possible without the efforts of the organis-
be exposed to the basics of what TP stu- ing committee and student volunteers.
dents learn through workshops and tours Jonathan Tan, a first-year volunteer
at the various academic schools on the from Leisure and Resort Management
first day of the event. Photo: Jaclyn Ying (LRM) said: “It’s not easy to get the Rawk-
Amanda Lee, 16, from Tanjong Ka- Rawkers having fun playing team-building games, such as limbo rocking under bamboo poles.
ers hyped up, but once we spur them on
tong Girls’ School said: “The workshops point to another, solving puzzles and chal- observed Ms May Purwanti, a staff member and see them enjoying themselves, our ef-
arranged for us were comprehensive and lenges and manoeuvering through various of TP Corporate Communications Depart- forts really pay off.”
gave us enough exposure to each course to obstacle courses. ment’s TPRAWKS committee. Being a member of the TPRAWKS
help us decide if we’re interested to take it In the Rawker driving course, each The event also featured an exciting organising committee, Ms Purwanti also
up.” On the lighter side, the visitors were pair of Rawkers had their legs tied togeth- telematch, which presented Rawkers the experienced her fair share of heartwarm-
treated to an electrifying performance by er and they had to navigate through spider opportunity to get to know the TP campus ing moments. “As a staff I have to report
guest star Sheikh Haikel. webs, under tables and limbo rock under better. TPRAWKS also included highlights at 7.45, but on one of the days, six Rawk-
On the second day the students bamboo poles. of the different Co-Curricular Activities ers were already in school before our staff.
took part in the Rawkers’ Challenge. It “I think one of the best parts of (CCA) where Rawkers had fun in activi- When I asked them why they were so early,
was a campus-wide, amazing race inspired TPRAWKS is the Rawker’s challenge as this ties such as dragon boating and learning they simply replied that it’s because they
event that got them zipping from one is when the Rawkers really bond as a team,” to dance Hip Hop with members of the were very excited about TPRAWKS.”
TP dance crew shines at Teenage Big Day Out
By: Choo Pei Ting
Never forget the initial reason
you started dancing. It is
T eenage Big Day Out, a three-
day jam-packed event was held
in November at Suntec City
Convention Centre Hall 402. The semi-
finals and finals of Teenage Icon, Teen-
always to enjoy yourself.
age Cosplay and Teenage K-Pop Dance and Diploma in Retail and Hospitality De-
Battle were the fun-filled highlights of sign student Carmen Kwan Kai Wen.
the event. Asked what inspired the group of
Activities lined up for the young 19-year-olds, Melissa said: “We are pretty
and young at heart included a photo- much inspired by K-pop dancers and that
shoot zone where pictures can be taken further influences us to push and do bet-
by shutter happy professional photog- ter.” Photo: Choo Pei Ting
raphers, exciting goodie bags and prize All eyes focused on SIXseconds (From left) Low Wei Jie, Jessica Ser, Melissa Lim, Jasmine Koh and Carmen Kwan cheering
fellow contestants on at the finals of the Teenage K-Pop Dance Battle.
giveaways amongst other attractions. when it was their turn to shine on the
SIXseconds, a group of dedi- stage, and brightly they did. chronized movement. Every note had however the championship title went to
cated dancers, all hailing from Temasek “I want nobody, nobody but punctuation. For three minutes, SIXsec- IMP7CT, a group of combined dancers
Polytechnic, was one of the 50 teams you...” The raspy, inviting and sensual onds became one with the music. It is no from Nanyang Polytechnic and Singa-
that competed in the semi-finals of the voice of Wonder Girls echoed through wonder as SIXsecond’s motto is to “Feel pore Institute of Management.
Teenage K-Pop Dance Battle. the hall, teasing the crowd as Low Wei Jie, the music, do our best and never give up!” Jasmine Koh, acknowledges:
The quintet consists of Diploma the only guy in the troupe, provocatively cheered Jessica Ser, 19. “There was really strong competition
in Communication and Media Manage- swayed his body and cheekily bantered “Round of applause for SIXsec- and thus we were unsure whether we
ment student Jasmine Koh, Diploma in with the crowd with a come-hither smile. onds!”, Teenage Big Day Out’s K-Pop could get in even to the semi finals.
Media and Communication Technology “Hips don’t lie” indeed; the captivated Dance Battle emcee bellowed across the When our name was announced,
student Melissa Lim, Diploma in Market- crowd roared with delight. hall, cueing the thunderous applause and it came as a huge shock. We were very
ing and Entrepreneurship student Low The pulse thumping tune of fangirl like screams which followed. thankful to be given the chance to ad-
Wei Jie, Diploma in Intelligent Building SHINee’s “Replay” heightened the elec- SIXseconds made it to the top 15 vance into the finals as our hard work of
Technology student Ser Xiao Xian Jessica tricity in the air. Every beat had a syn- finalists of Teenage Kpop Dance Battle; two months paid off.”
Designed and published by Diploma in Communications and Media Management students, Temasek Polytechnic.
Designers: Jolin Tan, Jaclyn Ying, Nadia Rahmat, Ng Huiwen, Avian Jun