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Mr and
Ms SP say
We NOT stupid
How not to dress
like a dork

Star TRack
From American Idol
to American Rejects

Ip Ip Hooray!
Learn to fight like Master Ip Man
                                                         The fullStoP team

The holidays are
                                                           Sean Firoz Chan Weiliang

over… and I’m already
                                                           Vihasini Gopakumar

looking forward to
                                                           Goh Zi Xin

the next one.                                              Jolene Christina Ng

                                                           Chan Si Ying Gerlynn
     Seven short sweet weeks. That’s how long (or
some might say short) our holidays were.                   Wang YongSheng Collin
     This sem, I return as a senior (yes, freshie days
are over for me!). To me, this means getting sloppier      Faris Nurhakim
in my dressing. I mean, as long as I feel comfy, I
couldn’t care less about how I look. (But for those
                                                           Melissa Jaswal
who do, flip to page 12 and 13 for our Nike fashion
     But first, let me extend the customary welcome        Chen Pingxuan
to all our Year Ones. Hopefully, you guys will enjoy
your journey here as much as I did (sometimes, I           Chan Zhiyin Novea
make myself sound too old for my own good).      
     For our regular readers, you’d notice that we’ve
downsized. I am of course, referring to the size of        Nur Azerinna
fullStoP. But be assured. We may be smaller in size
but we’ll definitely be packing in more stories for        Shermaine Chong

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you. On that note, we hope you’ll enjoy reading this
newsgazine – which is hip, casual and informative at
                                                           Nur Hazwanie Begum D/O Abdul Latiff
the same time.                                   
     That’s not the only change we’ve made. We
have also decided to -- *cue dramatic drumroll*            Atiqah Firdaus Binte Abdul Nazir
-- introduce an e-fullStoP, where we’ll carry regular
online exclusives, podcasts and blog posts by the          Shamir Jacob
fullStoP team.                                   
     Meanwhile, enjoy what we’ve packed for you in
                                                           Sean Lee Teik Ren

this issue. From interviews with Mr and Ms SP, All-
American Rejects and local rock duo Jack and Rai, to
an insight into a relatively new but internationally       Siti Suhaina
famous kungfu club (Wing Chun), as well as CD    
giveaways to be won. Whoa.
                                                           Ho Ren Sen
     What can I say? We try to make academic life
colourful for you, so continue to punctuate campus
life with fullStoP. On behalf of the editorial team,       Tung Jia Wei Jason
have a wonderful academic year ahead.            

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                                                              12                                                                                   Take part in a historic event
                                                                                                                                                    happening at our doorstep!
                                                                                                                                Dear Student,

                                                                           Specials                                             H    ere’s your chance to be part of a historic event
                                                                                                                                     happening right here in Singapore come 2010!
                                                                                                                                    SP, together with the Economic Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                As a student of SP, you can be proud that our
                                                                                                                                                                                            polytechnic has played a big part in helping Singapore
                                                                                                                                                                                            win the bid to host RoboCup 2010.
                                                                           Gr e a t s po                                        Board, Science Centre Singapore and Singapore                   There will be many areas for you to get involved
                                                                                         ts to loo                              Tourism Board have beaten the odds and fierce               and gain valuable experience. These can be in
                                                                           Schola                 k forwa
                                                                                    r powe                  rd to in            competition from other countries to host RoboCup            event management, logistics support, hospitality,
                                                                          they’re            r They’r                SP         2010, the biggest robotics and artificial intelligence      transportation, roster management, creative design,
                                                                                   happy,            e brigh               11
                                                                                             and the          t,                showcase in the world.                                      marketing, administrative duties, promotion and
                                                                          On the                     y’re from
                                                                                   road SP                       SP
                                                                                                                                    RoboCup aims to develop a team of fully                 publicity. We will post news and updates in due
                                                                         to the p             student                     19    autonomous humanoid robots capable of competing             course, so look out for details on how you can sign up
                                                                                  ublic               s reach                                                                               and contribute your time.
                                                                        Comps                                   out             against humans in soccer, with the eventual goal of
                                                                                                                                having a robotic team take on the human World Cup               Go to to find out more
                                                                        with co             te your                      14
                                                                                                                                champions in 2050.                                          about RoboCup 2010 today!
                                                                               mpetitio             learning                        It is a giant step for a small country like Singapore
                                                                                           ns                  journey          to have won the bid to host the “Olympics” of robotics      Thank you
                                                                                                                                events. Some 3,000 scientists, engineers, academics
                                                                                                                        16      and students from over 40 countries will be taking          Edward Quah,
                                                                                                                                part in competitions and conferences, held over seven       Deputy Principal (Services) and
                                                                                                                                days in Singapore in June 2010.                             Chairman, RoboCup 2010 Organising Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A touch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of glass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Check out the greenhouse-like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   building with a fierce-red spiral
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   staircase outside the library.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   For those who are clueless,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the airy glass building is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   actually a library extension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   called Colours. It's got a cafe,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   magazine lounge, media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   viewing zone, exhibition area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to showcase students' works
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and the Funtasia Room where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   you can play board games.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Opening soon is an alfresco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   dining area, located just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   outside Colours, where you

                                            rry ounce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   can drink and nibble amid lush

                          The strength to ca tops in the Tertiary Category of the HomeTeamNS Strongman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   greenery. Coming up next - the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   new Biz IT Library.
                                                                              e up         Crazy, but the                            nes!
                                                 ver y own strongmen cam                                    pull cars weighing 2 ton
                          In March, four of SP’s                                   s, carr y logs and even
                                                  had  to flip heavy trac tor tyre                    l as oth er prizes.
                          Challenge 2009. They                               h $1000 in cash as wel
                                                  ms and walked away wit
                          SP team beat other tea
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                          YES! Be a boss
                          Three new companies – run on campus
                          by SP students – have received funding
                          support from SPRING Singapore, under
                          the Young Entrepreneurs Scheme
                          (YES!). The scheme was set up in 2008
                          to encourage youths to be enterprising
                          and innovative through 'hands- on'                                                                                                        Bread winner
                          entrepreneurship learning. The students

                          will be offered business incubator spaces                                                                                                 FC 5 underwent a facelift recently and to top it off, a
                          for a year to run their show, thanks to                                                                                                   Subway outlet has moved in! Build your dream sandwich
                          the Department of Industry Services. To                                                                                                   or indulge in a huge, comforting cookie. Best of all, you
                          mind your own biz too, visit http://cet.                                                                                                  “eat fresh” at great student prices. Don’t you just love SP?
                 or contact Mr Arthur Poh

                                                                                              Set your sight
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                                                                                             Graduates of SP
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                                                                                                            e University of urse can now apply for a de
                                                                                            is offering a Ba                  M                              gree
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                                                                                                                                             And the Award
                                                                                                                                               goes to...

                                                                                                                                               The annual Excellence Awards
                                                                                                                                               Ceremony held on March 11 at Student
                                                                                                                                               Hub@Moberly was a dazzling affair.

                                                                                                                                                           The stars were shining bright

                                                                                                                                                           that evening, and we're not
                                                                                                                                                           talking about stars in the sky. The
                                                                                                                                                           glittering achievements of our
                                                                                                                                                           most outstanding students took

                                                                                                                                                           centre stage as the
                                                                                       An opportunity of a lifetime                                        Excellence Awards 2009 got
                                                                                       onboard the Nippon Maru.
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                                                                                       And cruising to various countries
                                                                                       for 53 days. These are just some of                                  Held at Theatre@Moberly, this
                                                                                       the privileges Year Two Diploma in                                  annual ceremony recognises
                                                                                       Nautical Studies student                                         students who have scaled to lofty
                                                                                       Shafinas Djuanda will be enjoying                                heights in their academic and Co-
                                                                                       this October. NUR FAZILAH ABD                                    Curricular Activities (CCAs).
                           fullStoP: Firstly, congrats on being selected to            LATIF and CHEN PING XUAN find
                           represent SP at the SSEAYP. What inspired you               out how this lucky chap, who’s                                   Some of the notable recipients this

                           to try for this programme?                                                                                                   time around were world champion
                                                                                       chosen to represent SP for the
                           Shafinas: Thank you very much. I was browsing the                                                                            bowler Jasmine Yeong-Nathan
                                                                                       Southeast Asian Youth Programme                                  (Sportswoman of the Year) and
                           internet when this (SSEAYP) programme caught                (SSEAYP), is feeling now.
                           my attention. It’s very much related to what I am                                                                            national golfer Koh Dengshan
                           studying currently and this is definitely a once-                                                                            (Sportsman of the Year).
                           in-a lifetime opportunity as I can travel to various
                           ASEAN countries and Japan too! So, I thought why                                                                              Excellence in Service Awards were
                           not give it a try?                                        youth ambassadors selected to represent                             also presented to student leaders
                                                                                     Singapore have to attend the training and we will                    who had contributed towards arts
                           How do you feel, now that you are selected?               learn cultural dances, which will be performed later                 and culture, campus vibrancy,
                           I’m ecstatic! I didn’t really expect to be selected. It   during the journey.                                                  community service and sports
                           feels great.                                                                                                                    activities.
                                                                                     What do you hope to learn from this experience?
                           What’s the programme gonna be like?                       I hope to learn about culture and also about the                      Last, but not least, were the
                           It’s a voyage onboard Nippon Maru where we will           economies of our neighbouring countries. This can                     Model Student Awards, given to
                           stop at port-of-calls in various countries. Over 300      broaden my international outlook. Also, I’d like to                    students who displayed
                           youths from ASEAN countries and Japan will be             make more international friends.                                       academic excellence, good CCA
                           interacting and immersing in the cultures of other                                                                                achievements, outstanding
                           countries as well as take part in various youth           How do you think youths can contribute to                               leadership and exemplary
                           related activities.                                       society?                                                                 conduct.
                                                                                     Well, firstly, youths should be willing to learn and
                           How will you prepare for this programme?                  pick up new skills. Learning is an important lifelong
                           There’ll be an intensive training programme a few         journey. Youths can give back to the society by
                           months before we embark on the journey. All 28            contributing their knowledge and services to it.
                                                     Brain. It. On.                                                                                                                                   Get               ril
             By Shermaine Chong

                                  Not all beautiful people who win
                                  pageants are airheads with nothing                                                                                                                                  Mr SP is a down-to-earth chap, who
                                  better to say apart from world peace.                                                                                                                               enjoys nothing more than a good
                                  Nur Aqilah - who radiates positivity,                                                                                                                               game of soccer with his buddies.
                                  confidence and intelligence - and the
                                  talented Shahril Bahri are ready to

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr SP Journey:
                                  dispel brainless sweeping statements.                                                                                                                               My experience was very similar to Aqilah’s. I too,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      was asked if I was interested. I was having lunch at
                                                                                                                                                                                                      FC4 and some guys approached me and asked if I
                                                                                                                                                                                                      were interested. I said I was, they took a photo of

                                            ave you spotted these two good lookers on                                                                                                                 me, took down my particulars, and voila!
                                            campus? Yes, we’re talking about School of
                                            Chemical and Life Sciences students Nur                                                                                                                   First and foremost, are you all brawn and no
                                  Aqilah and Shahril Bahri!                                                                                                                                           brains?
                                                                                              Who:                                                                      Who:                          That’s very stereotypical. It doesn’t mean all who
                                       It seems like only yesterday that they were                    S
                                                                                             Cours hahril Bahr                                                                   N
                                                                                                                                                                       Cours ur Aqilah,               go onstage are there only because they look good.
                                  crowned Mr and Ms SP 2008. fullStoP decided to do                  e: DC          i, 20                                                       e: DC          18
                                                                                             H ob b         H                                                                                         In fact, the finalists were all very talented and some
                                  a little catching up with them, to see how winning                ies: F E, graduat                                                  Hobb             P
                                                                                                                                                                               ies: M , Year 2        even had professional modeling backgrounds.
                                                                                            the gu         ootba          ing
                                  the coveted titles have changed their lives.                     it           ll, p                                                 an d a           alay d
                                                                                           comp ar, singing laying                                                           ll
                                                                                                                                                                     CCA: kinds of sp ce
                                                                                                 os              and
                                                                                          CCA: ing                                                                                                    Are you disappointed by shallow people who
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                                                                                                                                                                    Socie            L
                                                                                                Sport                                                                     t y Clu anguage             value looks only?

                                                                                                        s Club                                                                     b

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe there is vanity in everyone but I also
                                                                                                                                                                                                      believe that people will still value you for your
                                                                                                                                                                                                      personality and your morals.

                                  It’s easy to be won over by Nur                                                                                                                                     What makes our Mr SP unhappy?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Like Aqilah, I too don’t like
                                  Aqilah, with that intoxicating smile of                                                                                                                             judgmental people, and
                                  hers.                                                                                                                                                               backstabbers.
                                                                                         Ms SP Journey:                                         I believe that people still believe in inner          Who’s your style icon?
                                                                                         The SPSU committee went around spotting                beauty.                                               I don’t really have a style
                                                                                         potential contestants and this group of guys                                                                 icon or a celebrity I idolise.
                                                                                         approached me at the Main Library, asking              What makes our Ms SP unhappy?                         My style is more rock. I even
                                                                                         if I were interested. I thought, why not? They         I dislike people who are judgmental and who           consider my guitar as part of
                                                                                         took a picture and took down my contact                like to label people.                                 my fashion accessory.
                                                                                         details. Subsequently, they called to say I was
                                                                                         shortlisted as one of the contestants. During          Who’s your style icon?                                How has being Mr SP
                                                                                         the auditions, I had to act, sing and dance. It        I don’t really have an icon but I think my style      changed your campus life?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not much. I’m currently
                                                                                         wasn’t so stressful until the semi- finals and         is pretty similar to Vanessa Hudgens of High
                                                                                                                                                                                                      awaiting my NS. I’m looking
                                                                                         finals, which kept us busy with photo shoots           School Musical fame.                                  forward to finishing NS
                                                                                         and catwalk practices.                                                                                       because I can’t wait to
                                                                                                                                                How has being Ms SP changed your campus               study Chemistry in
                                                                                         First and foremost, are you all beauty and             life?                                                 NUS.
                                                                                         no brains?                                             I’ve been offered many opportunities,
                                                                                         I think I won the competition not just because of      including auditioning for a McDonald’s                What do you look
                                                                                         my looks, but also because of my stage presence        commercial. And currently, I’m with a modeling        forward to in the
                                                                                         as it’s one of the judging criteria. I wasn’t judged   agency.                                               new semester?
                                                                                         solely on looks but also on my character and the                                                             I’m graduating soon
                                                                                                                                                                                                      unfortunately. But as
                                                                                         confidence projected onstage.                          What do you look forward to in the new
                                                                                                                                                                                                      a food lover, I would
                                                                                                                                                semester?                                             definitely want to try
                                                                                         Are you disappointed by shallow people                 More competitions, and new varieties of food          all the new food that’s
                                                                                         who value looks only?                                  in SP like Subway!                                    offered in SP.
                                                                                                                                                                     Spot On!
                                                                                  Bag to                                                                             Our lovely campus boasts facilities that help us get into the mood of things.
                                                                                                                                                                     Need a place to study? Wanna express yourself artistically? Or need to eat a
                                                                                                                                                                     cow to quell hunger? Look no further than these spots in SP.

                                                                                  school                                                                             1                    Food Courts
                                                                                                                                                                                          Six food courts... it
                                                                                                                                                                                          seems SP is built for
                                                                                                                                                                                          very hungry students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7                            FC 2 Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Recharge and engage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in nature therapy. Who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 needs expensive spa

                                                                        In the name of investigative                                                                                      indeed.                                                packages?
                                                                        journalism, SHERMAINE CHONG digs
                                                                        deep into the bags of Mr and Ms SP
                                                                        to find out their bag essentials.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                by Shermaine Chong
                                                                                                                                                                     2                    Moberly

                                                          QILAH SHAHRIL                                                                                                                                             A touch of class
                                                                                                                                                                                          Here in SP, we bring

                                                         A                                                                                                                                the chill out places to
                                                                                                                                                                                          you. At Moberly, you
                                                                                                                                                                                          can play pool, jam or
                                                                                                                                                                                          even have a Wii tennis
                                                                                                                                                                                          match with your best
                                                                                                                                                                                          mates. Don’t miss the     Isn’t it classy to have a jacuzzi, yes, a
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                                                                                                                                                                                          lunchtime shows too!      jacuzzi in your classroom? Well, that's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a facility that 80 Year Two Diploma
                                                                                                                                                                     3                                              in Resort Facilities Services and
                                                                                                                                                                                          Main Library              Management students will now enjoy!
                                                                                                                                                                                          Apart from reading
                                                                                                                                                                                          and studying, why not
                                                                                                                                                                                          book a viewing deck
                                                                                                                                                                                          and watch a movie

                                          New Moon by Stephan                                                         Complete 3-in                                                       too?
                             “I bought this in Malaysia, because ie Meyer                           “Multipurpose lens cleaner, eye -1 set
                                                                 it’s cheaper!                                                     drop
                                                                                                         to refresh my eyes and keep mys and contact lens case
                                             through this book right now.” I’m halfway                                                  contacts clean.”             4
                                          Johnson’s Baby Bed
                           “I cannot live without this. Norm time Powder
                                                                                                                         Bvlgari Perfume
                                                                                                                  “This is a prize I won in MMSP.”
                                                             ally, I don’t apply make up so I                                                                                             Work out your stress
                                                       use this.”                                                                                                                         and get into shape
                                                                                                           Giorgio armani acqua
                                               Watson’s Wet Tissue                                  “I bought this from TakashimayaDi Guo perfume                                         here!
                                                                                                                                    during a shopping trip.”
                                            “This is for any emergencies.”
                                                                                                                     Bvlgari Perfume (II)                                                                           The Jacuzzi, located at the School of Mechanical and
                                           Body Shop Jasmine Perfume                                               “This one’s from my mum.”                                                                        Manufacturing Engineering’s new Resort
                                        “I love this. It’s my favourite scen
                                                                                                                         Lynx Deodorant
                                                                                                                                                                     5                    Pool                      Facilities and Plant Engineering Laboratory, will
                                                      Sweets                                                    “I don’t want to smell bad. Ever                                          Take a plunge at SP’s     allow students to pick up valuable hands-on
                                             “In case I ever get dizzy.”                                                                                                                                            knowledge on what it takes to keep water bubbling
                                                                                                                              Chain                                                       newly renovated
                                                Billabong Wallet                                “This is a gift from my cousin whe                                                        pool.                     smoothly and safely.
                                                                                                                                    n he got married. It's made in
                                              “A gift from my aunty.”                                                         Italy!”
                                                 Bvlgari Loti                                                         Billabong wallet                                                                              Another addition to the lab will be a six-degree
                           “This was one of the prizes given on                                            “My self-bought, three-year-old                                                                          motion controller, which will help students
                                                            to me when I won MMSP.”                                                           wallet”
                                                       Keys                                                        Gatsby moving rubber
                                                                                                           “This is the pink one, for shor ter
                                                                                                                                                                         6               SPGG                       understand the mechanics behind thrill rides such as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    those at the upcoming Universal Studios theme park
                                            “In case I go home late!”                                                                          hair!”                                    Flash your student card
                                                                                                                                                                                         to enter the Graduates'    located within Resorts World.
                                            Samsung F480                                                             Samsung F480
                                “My Mum bought this for me usin
                                                                    g her bonus!”                           “My Mum bought this for me as                                                Guild, where facilities
                                                                                                              under a shared phone budget ,                                              like a pool, jacuzzi and   Students will also get to test their own roller-coaster
                                                Creative MP4                                                       with my brother.”                                                                                designs at the lab, and may get the chance to serve
                                            “I bought this myself.”                                                                                                                      bowling alley await.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    their internships at Universal Studios
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Singapore. Now, doesn't that sound like fun?
                            Dress Relief
                            Don’t feel stressed dressing up for school. Grab your campus garb from The
                            Nike Singapore Boutique at Wisma Atria. Their summer 2009 collection –
                            modelled by Mr and Ms SP Shahril Bahri and Nur Aqilah, as well as rock duo

                            Jack and Rai – features bright youthful colours that pop!
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                                                                                                         For stockists, head for Wisma Atria,
                                                                                                         The Nike Singapore Boutique, #02-01.
                                                                                                         Photos: Badron Adnan & Farhana Ja’afar
                                                                                                         Location: Moberly
                                                                    Birth’09, the School of Design’s Graduation
                                                                                                                              Graduating is fun. Showcasing your final-year projects
                                                                                                                                                                                                In the
                                               Happy                Showcase held at Marina Square in March,
                                                                                                                              to the public – which includes big brothers of the
                                                                                                                              industry – is also fun. But planning your own grad                pipeline

                                                                                                                                                                                                           on the Road
                                            Birth Day               was a hit with the crowd.                                 show? Well, that can be fun too – on looking back.
                                                                    By Shermaine Chong                                        By Melissa Jaswal & Chen Ping Xuan

                                                                    Project runway                                                       arch 10 and 11 were two important dates for
                                                                        The opening ceremony started with a bang.                        graduating Diploma in Digital Media (DDM) students.
                                                                    Students strutted their stuff in a creative runway                    Their graduation showcase was aptly named The
                                                                    showcase (strike a pose!) and had their works             Pipelines. Apt, because the process of organising a grad
                                                                    displayed on plasma screens. Adding to the                showcase – from brainstorming for concepts and venue
                                                                    fun were SP’s very own hip- hop dancers, who              sourcing to troubleshooting hiccups on the actual day – was
                                                                    impressed the public with their nifty footwork.           slow and tedious.
                                                                                                                                   But did that stop the students? Oh, no.
                                                                    Game enough                                                    Six sleepless nights and seven McDonald’s
                                                                        The pioneer batch of Games Design &                   deliveries later, the grad show was held at Sinema Old School.
                                                                    Development graduates also showcased their                There were two facilities: One to screen the DDM students’ 3D
                                                                    creativity by exhibiting their 2-D Flash game, Ink.       animations and narrative short films, and the other to exhibit
                                                                        SP Principal Tan Hang Cheong says: “Birth’09          interactive Flash applications, games, websites, photographs
                                                                    shows the creativity of our students and it gives         and artwork created by the various teams.
                                                                    them a platform to showcase their work to the                  The guest list for the screening included industry biggies
                                                                    public, and for employers to employ our students.”        like local director Jack Neo and major companies such as
                                                                                                                              Motion Media, Editute, MediaCorp and Mediafreaks.
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                            SP is known to produce tip-top grads who straddle academic intellect and
                            street wisdom (oh, but you already knew that). With involvement outside of
                            campus such as exhibitions, internships, and commercial projects, it’s easy to
                            see why. Here’s a round-up of some recent activities.
on the Road

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                                                                    nail-biting experience.
                                                                         In retrospect, the whole experience was
                                                                    eye-opening, giving the team a taste of what the
                                                                    working world is really like.
                                                                         Real clients are very different from mock
                                                                    clients in poly projects. And project timelines are
                                                                    not as exacting as real-life ones.
                           The Compete                                                                                                            Learning the finance things in life
                                                                                                                                                       hink 18 is too young to start learning about        They also learnt what the stock exchange does,

                                                                                                                                                       financial literacy? Think again!                basic accounting skills, and juicy tips on stock
                                                                                                                                                             A group of Secondary Three students       selection from School of Business (SB) lecturers!
                                                                                                                                                  from Outram Secondary School dove into such              SB lecturer, Mdm Lu Geok Lan, believes
                                                                                                                                                  topics as insurance, credit management, cash         secondary school students find learning about
                                                                                                                                                  flow management and investment planning at a         personal finance and other such topics extremely
                                                                                                                                                  Financial Awareness Workshop.                        useful.
                                                                                                                                                      During the workshop, students picked up              “Financial workshops are lifelong learning, and
                           Putting what you’ve learned in school to good use is one thing. Applying                                               financial concepts through lectures and games,       we teach the students the important fundamentals
                           knowledge under pressure – such as through competitions – is another. But                                              including a board game on financial planning and     of managing finance so that they will have a better
                           it’s such experiences that make you well rounded and complete.                                                         an online stock trading game.                        idea of how to deal with their finances in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       future,” she said.

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                                       Xu                                                                                                          7000
                           - Chen Ping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Future Stocks


                                                                                                                                                   Stock market lingo and financial terms can be goobly-gook even to working
                                                                                                                                                   adults. So thank goodness for workshops that help students figure out the
                                                                                                                                                   complex world of finance.

                                                                                          d o Goa te ieored a
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                                     n o t es                                         Gooe SPasmen’s SoccerGoaamFscsta, a fun-filled              Stocking up on knowledge
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                                                 d Alumni fr               ) swept                     tc                      ams had a                                                               never too young to start when it came to learning
                                  Students an io Technology (DMAT                           soccer ma six female soccer te a, which saw                 as 30 secondary school students from Coral,    about stock-trading.
                                                 ud                        sic                        nd                      st
                                  Music and A 8 National Chinese Mu                        25 male a 27, during Goal Fie Temasek Poly                   Gan Eng Seng and Dunearn Secondary                 At the end of the day, everyone certainly
                                               200                                                 n Feb               s like
                           top prizes in the                                                     o
                                                                                      of a time n from guest team                                 Schools found out when they took part in a           went home “richer”, adding to their assets the
                                   ition.                           ed a record                    o
                                                                                      participati Junior College.                    and SP
                           Compet                      ition receiv                                                        g current
                                                                                                                                                  simulated stock-trading game during a workshop       knowledge they gained from the stock-trading
                               The bien   nial compet                                    d Jurong k Power, comprisin in the Men’s                 on March 31.                                         workshop.
                                                                     h Hui Bing                                             s
                                                                                           Team Blac way as champion top spot in the
                           287 entries. e winners are Joyce Po pen                                    da                    d
                                                                                                                                                      After half-a-day of learning the fundamentals        Who knows, one of the 30 students could
                               Among th                             io
                                                      rst in the Diz t Jeremy         alu mni walke JJC team 3 clinche tain, SP Women’s           of stock-trading, students tried to outdo one        one day follow in the footsteps of Warren Buffett,
                                        graduate (fi                                         ory while              Goh, Cap
                           DMAT 2008 Year Two DMAT studen category).                  categ                 - Delia                               another by gaining the biggest profits during the    investment guru (and the guy who’s constantly
                                         d                                                        category.
                           category) an econd in the Pipa open                        Women’s                                                     workshop.                                            giving Bill Gates a run for his money as the richest
                                        i (s
                           Wong Xinru                                                 Soccer.                                                         Lecturer-in-charge, Kenneth Tai, said one is     man in the world).
                            TUM’S up experience

                                  our students and a lecturer from Singapore
                                  Maritime Academy were at Tokyo
                                  University of Marine Science and
                            Technology (TUMSAT) campus from March 2-6
                            for an exchange programme. Some of the things
                            the students learnt there included understanding
                            the diesel engine system and experiencing life
                                                                               Sight seeing in Indonesia

                            onboard Seiun Maru, a 6000-tonne training ship.

                                                                                  n collaboration with the Academy of
                                                                                  Refractionist Optician Leprindo, 23 students
                                                                                  from the Diploma in Optometry course took part
                                                                               in the Industrial Training Programme last March,
                                                                               where they conducted eye screening exercises in                  They’re bright and they’re happy. And they’re scholars from SP.
                                                                               a semi-rural town, west of Jakarta. Another group
                                                                               of Optometry students also took part in the Batam
                                                                               Vision Outreach programme, where screening
                                                                               work was done on some 1500 primary school kids,
                                                                                                                                     Game for her future                                     havinG a field day –
                                                                               with more than 100 pairs of specs given out.
                                                                                                                                     Sandlot scholar Samantha – who graduated                with the James o. Gray fieldbus
                                                                               Direct fun
                                                                                                                                     with a diploma in Multimedia Technology
                                                                                                                                     in 2003 – has been passionate about
                                                                                                                                                                                             foundation scholarship
                                                                                    he Direct Polytechnic Admission Camp             developing games since seven. She’ll be                 Sheer hard work pays off for Ho Quan Hui
                                                                                    – held at Mawai, Johor – was a three-day         heading for the prestigious Sandlot Games               from the Diploma in Electrical & Electronic
                                                                                    camp filled with activities such as mountain     Studio in the US.                                       Engineering Course.
                                                                               climbing and forest trekking. Campers like Al-
                                                                               matin Ra’uf Bin Jefri, who traded urban life for
                                                                               nature-living, loved every minute of the overseas
                                                                               camp, which was organised by the Department of
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                            SP students are high flyers. Why,
                            we start soaring and jet-setting
                            even before we graduate! Here’re
                            some recent overseas activities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      scholar special
                                                                                                                                     What kind of games do you normally play?                         iploma of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
                                                                                                                                     RPG games, mainly.                                               student Ho Quan Hui is relieved his
                                                                               Say Chinese!                                                                                                           hard work has paid off. He is up for the

                                                                                     ive students had a chance to embrace Chinese    Have you encountered any challenges in designing        James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Educational
                                                                                     culture when they attended the China            games?                                                  Scholarship, alongside scholarship applicants
                                                                                     Immersion Programme (CIP) in Suzhou,            Yes. Software and skills that I’ve learnt need to be    from countries like USA, Canada, Netherlands and
                                                                               organised by SP. Students in the four-month           regularly updated. It’s important to keep improving     Japan. The scholarship is set up to honour the late
                                                                               programme sat through university lessons with the     my skills to match up to industry standards.            James O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus
                                                                               locals – conducted in Mandarin. Apart from extra                                                              Foundation.
                                                                               Chinese enrichment classes and enjoying local         What will you be doing in the US?                            Quan Hui was on the Director's Honours
                            Vital programme                                                                                          I’ll be going to Sandlot Games Studio to work as        roll for his first two years of diploma studies, for

                                                                               cuisines, the CIP participants also toured parts of
                                  wenty School of Business students were       China such as Fujian, Shanghai and Beijing.           a 3D Artist in a training position, which means I’ll    being among the top 10 per cent in his cohort.
                                  involved in a community project in                                                                 also be learning at the same time. As a 3D Artist,      He also participated in the WorldSkills Singapore
                                  Lechwat Village, Phnom Penh, as part of                                                            I’ll be designing games and along the way, learn to     Competition in 2008 and walked away with Bronze
                            the Value-added International Training and                                                               design even more characters.                            in Industrial Control.
                            Learning (VITAL) Programme. The Cambodia                                                                                                                              Outside of school, the energetic youth is active
                            community project, named UNACAS (short                                                                   How do you feel about this exclusive programme?         in community service, with regular visits to the
                            for Unaccompanied Children Association                                                                   It’s a very rare opportunity for me. I feel lucky and   elderly in care centres. He was also a member of
                            Centre), saw our students helping out in various                                                         a bit scared ‘cos I’m now with the big guys. I also     SP’s Peer Tutoring Club, which helps academically
                            ways, such as restoration and repair work to                                                             hope that after I return, Sandlot Games Studio          weaker students. The avid badminton player plans
                            the children’s classroom, as well as teaching                                                            decides to set up a new branch here.                    to pursue a degree which allows him to focus on
                            English.                                                                                                                                                         Industrial Control after he graduates from SP.
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                                whe r          y                                                                                     Yen kick ass with his cool moves in
                                       e: Fro 6 -8, 11am                     may 13 - assembly Show by The Trinaqi                                                                                                      Origin: China
                                              m FC5         -5pm             Explore the roots of hip hop with Sheikh Haikel,
                                          Stude       to                                                                             the recent movie, Ip Man. Now, you                                                 Style: The principle of Wing Chun lies in
                                                 ntHub                       as well as cool members of Radikal Force and One
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                                                                                                                                     can execute those rapid punches and                                                stopping your opponent using the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        direct and economical way possible. There
                                                                                                                                     skillful dodges too. Just knock on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        is an emphasis on utilising one’s body
                                                                             may 20 - academy Ig                                     door of SP’s very own Wing Chun Club.                                              position, angling and mechanics, as well as
                                                                             Interested in beatboxing? Don’t miss Academy IG’s                                                                                          the appropriate use of energy to neutralise
                                                                             showcase.                                                                                                                                  attacks. There is less focus on power and
                                                                                                                                              Club Honchos                                                              size in Wing Chun, which makes this a
                                                                             may 27 - Kapap Demonstration                                                                                                               suitable art for all.
                                                                                                                                              President: Chan Jin Yong
                                                                             Experience original Israeli Martial Arts practised by
                                                                             the Israeli Special Forces.
                             Yes, we’ve got great shows – and                                                                                 Chin Yue Tat Michael
                             events – lined up for you, and we’re            June 3 - enoki
                                                                                                                                              Trainer: Ken Lau – who was
                                                                                                                                              featured as the disciple of Ip
                             telling you now, now, now, just so              Join Enoki and Lum Lum – one of the SP Star 2008
                                                                                                                                              Chun, son of Ip Man in the recent
                             you can make time for them!                     finalists – for an afternoon of musical fun.
                                                                                                                                              martial arts flick Ip Man
                                                                                                                                              Training: Tuesdays 7pm,

                             Show and tell
                                                                                                                                              Martial Arts Hall
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                                                                                                                                                                                 Closed shave: Trainees
                                                                                                                                                                                 demonstrating the power of Wing
                                                                                                                                                                                 Chun: By sparring blind-folded.

                                                                             PerformanCe bonuS
                                                                             Not enough of fun? Here are two more
                                                                             performances you can attend. Tickets may be
                                                                             limited, so hurry!

                                                                                essence of music by the SP Chinese
                                                                                What: SP Chinese Orchestra celebrates the
                                                                                essence of music during their annual concert.
                                                                                Where: Singapore Conference Hall                            Tan-da! Trainees
                                                                                                                                         demonstrating the
                                                                                When: May 8                                                Tan Da combo – a
                                                                                Tickets: $10, available from Mervyn 90107226         swift block-punch-kick                                                         Ip Ip Hooray! Despite being a relatively new club,
                                                                                                                                                      move.                                                         SP Wing Chun was invited to perform at Cathay
                                                                                from 20 April 2009 onwards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    during the premiere of the movie Ip Man, starring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen.
                                                                                                   Play with us by the SP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Shall we stance? A typical training
                                                                                                   guitarists                                                                                                                      session involves group practice,
                                                                                                   What: Get ready for a musical                                                                                                   where members hone their stances
                                                                                                   journey with the SP Guitarists                                                                                                  and punches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          By Jonathan Ng
                                                                                                   Where: SP Auditorium
                                                                                                   When: May 9
                                                                                                   Tickets: $10 each, package
                                                                                                   purchase (4 pax ): $8 each;
                                                                                                   available from Liyi 83864616
                                                                                                   from April 20, 2009.                  Paired parry: Wing Chun trainees pair
                                                                                                                                         up to parry as part of training.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Stretching your potential: As with
                                                                                                                                                                                  all martial arts, flexibility is one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                  keys to agility.
                                                                                                 Take a bow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your photo when uploaded to Phlook.

                                                                                                 Looking for a challenging sports club
                                                                                                 in SP? Give archery a shot, suggests                                       On tHe
                                                                                                 SHAMIR JACOB.

                                                     aim far: SP Archery Club member Cindy
                                                                                                          upid does it so adorably. And William Tell is

                                                     participated in the World Junior Archery
                                                     Championships in Turkey.                             spot-on with his aim.

                                                                                                          Aiming and shooting may seem effortless,
                                                                                                   but archery – which requires mental focus and                                                                                  Scroll your mouse over newly uploaded
                                                                                                   physical awareness – is not as easy as it seems.                                                                               photos to find additional functions.
                                                                                                       Competitive archers spend hours perfecting
                                                                                                   their shooting style, all for one aim: the bull’s
                                     star: Writer                                                  eye. For some, that is satisfaction to the max.
                                   Shamir Jacob                                                    For others, it’s a case of winning medals and                          Are you irritated by photo-sharing
                                    is a Year Two
                                   novice archer                                                   attaining glory.                                                       websites which auto-resize your
                                        and silver
                                                                                                                                                                          DSLR uploads? If you’re looking for
                                       at the NTU                                                                                                                         an alternative site that does minimal
                                     IVP Archery
                                      Champion-                                                                                                                           resizing to your photos, Phlook no
                                            ships.                                                                                                                        further, says JASON TUNG.
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                                                                                                   archery’s hill: Okay, so it’s not really a hill, but the SP field is
                                                                                                   where archers engage in target practice.
                                                                                                                                                                          What’s Phlook?
                                                                                                                                                                          Phlook is a FREE photo-sharing website started by       Add notes to your photos, or perform
                                                                                                                                                                          a group of Singaporeans to provide photo-sharing        “tag” functions ala Facebook.
                                                                                                                     main aim: Archery is not all about angles and        with minimal resizing. Photos are uploaded with
                                                                                                                     aiming. It takes hours of training to perfect        no resizing (provided they are at a maximum of
                                                                                                                     that one shot. In fact, one of the aims of
                                                                                                                     archery is to perfect one’s shooting technique.
                                                                                                                                                                          2600X2600 pixels).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2nd life
                                                                                                                                                                          Why’s Phlook special?
                                                                                                                                                                          Ordinary photo-sharing websites do not provide
                                                                                                                                                                          other services other than just providing a platform
                                                                                                                                                                          for uploading and sharing photos. For premium
                                                                                                                                                                          services, you have to pay a monthly or yearly fee
                                                                                                                                                                          – but how many would?

                                                                                                                                                                          Phlook functions:
                                                                                                                                                                          Scroll to your newly uploaded photos to find ad-
                                                                                                                                                                          ditional controls, which can perform the following      Create a slideshow such as this, if
                                                                                                                                                                          ■ Add notes to your photos (think Facebook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  there’re way too many photos to upload.
                                                                                                                                                                          ■ Get a friend to vote for their favourite shot
                                                                                                                                                                          ■ Zoom to see details
                                                                                                                                                                          ■ E-mail and spread the word

                                                                                                                                                                          If there are way too many photos to upload (like, say
                            arrow plain…not! Archery equipment has evolved from primitive        Strike a pose: Here’s how archers look like before they launch their     200), your photos will probably take forever to load.
                            basics to sophisticated gadgets. Some of the archery equipment       bull’s-eye shot.                                                         With Phlook, you need not do that. All that needs to
                            used today include (from left) the riser, limb, stabiliser, sight,
                            accessories, arrows and quiver.                                                                                                               be done is to create a slideshow out of your photos.
                                                                                                                                                                          How cool is that?
                               Tons of goodness
                                      Tucked away in a corner of Sunshine
                                      Plaza is a shop that shines with its
                                      offerings. TAN JIT KING & the Food
                                      Connoisseur Clubbers shed some                                             Mah KaiQuan says:
                                      light on Fried Wanton Mee Eating                                               I ordered dumpling noodles in this eatery, which
                                                                                                                 reminds me of a typical Hong Kong cafe. The noodles
                                      House.                                                                     were neither too soggy nor dry, and the dumplings were

                                             he one thing that makes or breaks a                                 tasty. $3.50 for a small portion of noodles is worth it
                                             wanton noodle dish is not the stuffed                               – if you have a small appetite.

                                             minced-meat morsel, but the noodles.
                                           Indeed, noodles with the right balance often
                                      hit jackpot with customers. And this eatery
                                      serves up just the type: The noodles aren’t too
                                      rubbery, crunchy or overly soft.
                                           Though it probably can’t be compared
                                      to its authentic Hong Kong counterparts –
                                      whose noodles are often prepared to al dente
                                      perfection – locals will find the offerings here                                                                                                              C

                                      good enough. For a start, it’s value-for-money.                                                                 arge with
                                                                                                                                          Plaza, rech           se.
                                                                                                                              at Sunshine ton Mee Eating Hou
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                                      Given that the eatery’s located in a shopping                              re shopping Fried Wan

                                                                                                 ve m ee? If you’      les from
                                      mall, $3.50 - $4.50 is an okay price to pay, no?  Do you lo tasty wanton nood                                                                                 Y
                                                                                                and    springy

                                   Teo Sheng Yang says:                                                                                                                                            MY

                                        I ordered pork chop noodles and fried wantons                                                                                                              CY

                                   from a friendly staff member. The pork chop was soft                                                                                                            CMY

                                   and tender. The noodles were springy – a pleasant
                                   surprise for me. My fried wantons were crispy and not

                                   at all oily.

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                                                                                                                Years of Refusal
                                                                                                                     Morrissey makes a comeback from his slapdash Greatest Hits
                                                                                                                album to produce one of his strongest works yet. With eight albums
                                                                                                                (excluding Greatest Hits) already under his belt, Years of Refusal is
Yes, seeing stars – in person                                                                                   gripped with rivetingly delicious tracks like Black Cloud and All You
– can be an excitingly giddy                                                                                    Need Is Me. This British singer-songwriter paints a lush picture of life
affair. From American Idol                                                                                      with his heartbreaking songs. Pay attention to his seemingly disjointed
to American Rejects, our SP                                                                                     lyrics, and read between the lines. You’ll probably detect hints of his
students handle them just fine.                                                                                 shattered life, and be tempted to help him pick them up.
                                                                                                                – Nur Azerinna

What’s the metal
With being rockers?                                                                                             White Lies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           By the fullStoP team
They’ve come a long way, from pub singing                                                                           Although the UK group first started out as an indie-pop band
to cutting their own album. Local duo Jack                                                                      named Fear of Flying, they rebranded into White Lies just for this
and Rai shares their musical journey with                                                                       self-titled album. With songs like Death, To Lose My Life and Unfinished
          SEAN FIROZ.                                  Don’t reject them                                        Business, White Lies has evidently adopted a darker persona for this
                                                                                                                album, evolving from indie britpop musical into fierce rockers like
                                                       They may look like washed up rock stars.
                             Sean: How did you         But these crude tee-wearing punks rock,                  major britpop bands The Killers and Arcade Fire. White Lies is definitely
                             guys form?                says SEAN FIROZ, who met All-American                    the album to listen out for if you like music that is not just catchy but
                            Jack: I knew Rai in        Rejects at Zouk.                                         deep and reflective as well. – Jolene Christina Ng

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                            1999. We formed up

                           to audition for a gig at          ormed in 2001, Tyson, Nick, Mike and Chris
                           Wala Wala in May 2002.            have stormed the music industry with
                           Did you face difficulties         down-to-earth music like Swing, Swing and                                            Fearless
                           making your first album?    Dirty Little Secret. In the name of one of their most                                      Taylor Swift
                          Jack: Because we knew        successful singles, I try to dig out some dirty                                                This 19-year-old country pop artist’s album was released
                          we didn’t have a big         secrets.                                                                                   just last year. The album features popular and award-winning
                         facility or much time to      How naughty are you guys?                                                                  compositions like Love Story and Teardrops on My Guitar which tug at

                        record, we met many times      Nick: We once played a prank on another band.                                              the heartstrings of (almost) every teenage girl. If you like soothing
                       before we recorded to           We hid ping pong balls on a tarp and pulled                                                vocals and easy listening acoustic guitar melodies, Fearless is the
                       ensure things ran smoothly.     the tarp after their last song. The balls bounced                                          album for you. – Jolene Christina Ng
                       What on earth does your         everywhere!
                      first single The Fa La La Song   Have you really felt like rejects before?
really mean?                                           Mike: During my first show in Louisiana, I played in
Rai: It’s actually open for interpretation. We want    a bar filled with jocks and red necks who practically                                      When The World Comes Down
to express enjoyment and expel negativity. And Fa      ignored us.                                                                                All-American Rejects
La La seems to convey those.                           Any advice for aspiring bands?                                                                 Who says grown men can’t have fun? With All-American
                                                       Nick: The internet can be helpful, but don’t count                                         Rejects, there’s nothing but good ol’ music. Making a huge
someone pinch her!                                     on them too much. Try to showcase your talents as                                          comeback with their new album When The World Comes Down,
FATIMAH ZOHRAH’s dream comes true                      a band, around the country.                                                                they made a down-to-earth impression with their music. This
when she meets David Archuleta in person.                                                                                                         album shows a different side of the rejects, with the introduction of
                                                                                                                                                  mellow tunes like Mona Lisa as well as the angst-filled and dramatic

   am the biggest fan of David Archuleta, so picture                                                                                              Gives You Hell. And mind you, this is not just another mish-mash of
   my joy when oktoLIVE! assigned me to interview                                                                                                 songs with the direction of a famous producer. Rather, think of it as
   the cherubic American Idol.                                                                                                                    another compilation of great American music. – Sean Firoz
    On April 8 morning, everyone from oktoLIVE!
thought I might faint on the spot, but I kept my
cool and remained professional.
    In retrospect, oktoLIVE! has taught me to                                                                  We're giving away When The World Comes Down, Fearless and White Lies. Email
handle tremendous stress and left me with                                                                      with your name, student ID, contact number and indicate which CD you’d like in your subject head.
wonderful memories. Perhaps, I might faint now if                                                              Choose one CD only – and email only once (multiple entries will be disqualified!)
I see David again.                                                                                             Closing date: May 20, 2009 (WHILE STOCKS LAST!)
                             The curious case of Benjamin Button
                                 This one’s not for the impatient, for this film stretches close to
                             three hours, thanks to its slow-moving plot. Benjamin Button is
                             destined to live his life in the most extraordinary way. He is born to
                             this earth as a wrinkly-crinkly senior citizen and grows younger as
                             he ages, eventually dying as a baby. Strapped with a heavy storyline
                             and hints of light humour, this print-to-screen explores life in many
                             different aspects, though fans of the book might be disappointed
                             with the exclusion of certain events. – Tan Jit King

                             He’s just not that into you
                                 Set in Baltimore, this feel-good flick revolves around a group of
                             gals who goes through relationships of various stages: From finding
                             the perfect guy to dating and marriage. Apart from convincing
                             role-portrayal from its stellar cast, you’ll be entertained by notable
                             dialogues sprouted throughout the movie. But be warned. This
                             film is not all fluff, and does not transport you to the lala land of
                             romance. Instead, you’ll appreciate it for its honest take on love,
                             which isn’t always a bed of roses. - Judy Tan
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                                                             I am the messenger
                                  Ed Kennedy is a 19-year-old taxi driver with no direction in
                             life. He lives with his rank dog The Doorman and occasionally
                             indulges in card nights with his three best friends. That is, before
                             he intervenes a bank robbery. After the robber’s immediate
                             arrest, Ed begins to receive mysterious ace cards in his mail,
                             and the very first has three addresses scrawled onto it. He finds
                             himself going to these addresses, trying to figure out what part
                             he plays in this nasty plan of life. This page-turner, which won
                             Australia’s Book of The Year award, is written by Markus Zusak,
                             whose other works include The Book Thief, Fighting Ruben Wolfe
                             and Getting The Girl. – Nur Azerinna

                             DGray Man
                                The world is plagued by ‘Devils’, a fusion of souls, machines
                             and tragedies, influenced by Millennium Earl. After exorcist Allen
                             Walker’s mission, his return to headquarters was delayed by
                             encounters with Millennium Earl.
                                 Don’t be fooled by its not-so-vicious villain drawings, for the
                             plot is way deeper and heavier than your average manga. With
                             ‘tragedy’ as one of the elements in making a devil, every short

                             story packs weight to provoke thought. Despite this, the manga
                             features whacky characters and occasional scenes to lighten up the
                             otherwise morbid mood. – Tan Jit King
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