M WI n CD s AY ! 200 9 Mr and Ms SP say We NOT stupid How not to dress like a dork track 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 email@example.com over… and I’m already Vihasini Gopakumar firstname.lastname@example.org looking forward to Goh Zi Xin email@example.com the next one. Jolene Christina Ng firstname.lastname@example.org Chan Si Ying Gerlynn email@example.com Seven short sweet weeks. That’s how long (or some might say short) our holidays were. Wang YongSheng Collin firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org spread). But first, let me extend the customary welcome Chen Pingxuan to all our Year Ones. Hopefully, you guys will enjoy email@example.com your journey here as much as I did (sometimes, I Chan Zhiyin Novea make myself sound too old for my own good). firstname.lastname@example.org For our regular readers, you’d notice that we’ve downsized. I am of course, referring to the size of Nur Azerinna email@example.com fullStoP. But be assured. We may be smaller in size but we’ll definitely be packing in more stories for Shermaine Chong your campus newsgazine 1 • fullStoP • May 2009 you. On that note, we hope you’ll enjoy reading this firstname.lastname@example.org newsgazine – which is hip, casual and informative at Nur Hazwanie Begum D/O Abdul Latiff the same time. email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org online exclusives, podcasts and blog posts by the Shamir Jacob fullStoP team. email@example.com Meanwhile, enjoy what we’ve packed for you in Sean Lee Teik Ren EDITORIAL this issue. From interviews with Mr and Ms SP, All- firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com giveaways to be won. Whoa. Ho Ren Sen What can I say? We try to make academic life firstname.lastname@example.org colourful for you, so continue to punctuate campus life with fullStoP. 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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 www.robocup2010.org to find out more Comple 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. snips 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 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 4 • fullStoP • May 2009 5 • fullStoP • May 2009 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 snips 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? sp.edu.sg/yes/ or contact Mr Arthur Poh at email@example.com. Set your sight on a degree s Graduates of SP ’s Optometry awarded by th co e University of urse can now apply for a de is offering a Ba M gree chelor of Scie anchester. The prestigious an d Di pl om a nce (with hono uni in Op to m et ry urs) in Optom complete the gr ad s wi th go etry degree in tw od gr ad es ca be taught by o years (full-tim staff of the un e). The course n iversity and SP will . And the Award goes to... HOnOuROll The annual Excellence Awards Ceremony held on March 11 at Student Hub@Moberly was a dazzling affair. The stars were shining bright Marine that evening, and we're not talking about stars in the sky. The glittering achievements of our most outstanding students took Parade centre stage as the An opportunity of a lifetime Excellence Awards 2009 got onboard the Nippon Maru. your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 6 • fullStoP • May 2009 7 • fullStoP • May 2009 underway. 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 HOnOuROll 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 cOver 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 H 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 an os and CCA: ing Are you disappointed by shallow people who your campus newsgazine Malay or t s 8 • fullStoP • May 2009 Socie L Sport t y Clu anguage value looks only? Pop s Club b Aqilah 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 Cover 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 10 • fullStoP • May 2009 11 • fullStoP • May 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 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 plaCes 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.” Stadium 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 t!” 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 well 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 fashion Jack and Rai – features bright youthful colours that pop! 12 • fullStoP • May 2009 13 • fullStoP • May 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine fashion 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 M 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. 14 • fullStoP • May 2009 15 • fullStoP • May 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 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. club on the Road Guild your dream is Winning the ld technic Gradu ates' Gui S ingapore Poly to all current Cut game ex tending its membership istible price: $2 00, which A team of Year Two Diploma in Media and stud ents at an irres great deal as Communication students was recently e cent a day. A more, you works out to just on $2000. What’s featured in the reality series, Making The Cut. e usual rate of ns until you opposed to th ly subscriptio to pay month es, bowling I don’t have s like pool tabl n 48 hours, they managed to conceptualise a graduate . Enjoy facilitie you’re a hope less and sauna! If p branding video for a client - who is on a tight alleys , tennis courts tic, head for the roof to budget. ar-gazing fana . romantic or st ramic night vi ew From brainstorming and pitching to cast boasts a pano ring terrace – which to w w w.s pgg.org.sg or gathering and filming, the students almost had a For mor e info, log on 9988. nervous breakdown. bership at 6796 student mem And then came the presentation of the finished product to clients, which was another 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 T hink 18 is too young to start learning about They also learnt what the stock exchange does, Experience 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. Comps s e log aid e Markeartinma in Businn)ssteAdminis ith tration le reen Mi 4 e dary sch By Chen Ping Xuan and Novea Chan ools e G350 students from 2toseckonpart in the F pw al-y in D ip am u arketing op tio develop T h er 10000 O students (M motion Board (HPB) to ess of v 13 ta o Stock-market on March tition’s tw the Health Pro n to raise aw ar en turned up nd Green Compe and Clean Past Stocks arketing pla a 2nd Clean olar Boat Challeng e Past Stocks a year-long m g youths. eS on n g, G o o n enges – th e. lar HIV/AIDS am id champs Melissa Wo put their chall School w on the So 9000 Not only d in halleng econdary Secondary Schoo l d Lye Wei X W ater C w's S Ling Hui an ampioned aint Andre while Marsiling Li Ming, Toh good use, they also ch eveloping to d S llenge, lean Wate r Cha llenge. A knowledge cause: Help the HPB in raising Boat Cha e top spot in the C l on th a meaningfu keting plan to focus and clinched 8000 ar s a one-year m IV/AIDS among youth e in youths. awaren ess of H tion of th e diseas the preven promoting an 16 • fullStoP • May 2009 17 • fullStoP • May 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine Xu 7000 - Chen Ping 6000 Future Stocks 5000 Workshops 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. l d o Goa te ieored a g o al n o t es Gooe SPasmen’s SoccerGoaamFscsta, a fun-filled Stocking up on knowledge Winnings that'll be music to e Duipeama in T yo r rs: h W g l y organisin H S s new ere’ lo om th last Feb b h. ball tock-trading isn't that tough to understand— 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. an 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 F 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 I onboard Seiun Maru, a 6000-tonne training ship. OverSeaS 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 T 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 18 • fullStoP • May 2009 19 • fullStoP • May 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine Student & Alumni Affairs. SP students are high flyers. Why, we start soaring and jet-setting even before we graduate! Here’re some recent overseas activities. scholar special D 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 F 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 T 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. arts@moberly w h at in SP : Go a- CCa Show M o re clubb in a f un g an d m ak an d m em c ase e you r st regular lunCHSHow@moberly evenTS: Theatre@Moberly; 12.15pm – 12.45pm, Soar with this Wing th you to an 90 stud orable on ay Wednesdays. Free Admission choos ent clu e. whe n e : M a f ro m ! bs f o r You’ve watched kungfu doyen Donnie What: Wing Chun 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 @M o b erly Crew. 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 Founder/Ex-President: 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 20 • fullStoP • May 2009 21 • fullStoP • May 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 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! sports essence of music by the SP Chinese orchestra 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. PHLOOK Looking for a challenging sports club in SP? Give archery a shot, suggests On tHe brigHt SHAMIR JACOB. C aim far: SP Archery Club member Cindy upid does it so adorably. And William Tell is sports participated in the World Junior Archery Championships in Turkey. spot-on with his aim. side 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 Shooting 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 medallist 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. 22 • fullStoP • May 2009 23 • fullStoP • May 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 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 functions: ■ Add notes to your photos (think Facebook there’re way too many photos to upload. tagging) ■ Get a friend to vote for their favourite shot ■ Zoom to see details ■ E-mail and spread the word Slideshow: 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 T 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. food 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 24 • fullStoP • May 2009 your campus newsgazine Given that the eatery’s located in a shopping re shopping Fried Wan M 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 CM 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 K at all oily. Cr ord edit er cru the nc frie h: Fo dw ra an rela ton ti . ve ly aff ord ab le an dc run ch yd ish to sha re, Pork cho p plate of p play along: Wan ork chop to noodles n mee may be th adds a fu e n variety eatery’s main st to the ta ar ble, perfe , but this ct for shar ing. CDs Years of Refusal Morrissey 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 27 • fullStoP • May 2009 your campus newsgazine 1999. We formed up F 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 REVIEW 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 I 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!) DVDs 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 REVIEW 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 28 • fullStoP • May 2009 your campus newsgazine book 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 Synopsis 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. Review 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 manga 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 Irresistibl e Snacks at an Irresistible Value. $ 2.90 each pc Drum tick r mst 1 pc Drumstick h + French Fries Po orn Chicken hic n Popcorn Chicken + French Fries 4 pcs Winglets + French Fries While stocks last. Not available at KFC Far East Square, Serangoon Central, Singapore Zoo and Wild Wild Wet. For KFC Delivery, a minimum order of $12 (excludes GST) and $3 delivery surcharge apply for all orders. KFC Delivery Terms and Conditions apply. Visuals shown are for illustration purposes only.