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                                                             Sean Firoz
                                                             Vihasini Gopakumar

We’re hot!                                                   Jolene Christina Ng
                                                             Collin Wang
   Shortly after our newly resized issue last May,
copies of fullStoP have been flying off the shelves.         Faris Nurhakim
   And so, in line with our newfound hot status, we’ve       Melissa Jaswal
decided to cool things down a bit this issue with our
cool water edition!
                                                             Chen Pingxuan
    Since June’s one of the hottest months of the year
(as with any month in Singapore), now’s the best time
to bring you exclusives with four winsome-looking            Novea Chan
dragon boaters and canoeists (pg 8).               
   Fashionistas with tan complexions will love pg 12 –       Nur Azerinna
our beach wear fashion spread. We also introduce two
water-related CCA clubs in our sports pages (pg 30).
                                                             Shermaine Chong
   If all this water talk is making you very depressed
because you can’t wade, you’re in luck because we’ve

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put together a list of swimming schools in Singapore         Nur Hazwanie
where you can frog-leg-kick start your swimming    
lesson.                                                      Atiqah Firdaus
   Feeling the heat from our hot offers yet (and why
shouldn’t you)? There’s more. Flip to page 11 for a list     S Jacob
of places you can cool down in SP.                 
   Last but not least, if you’re wondering why this          Sean Lee
issue’s thicker than usual, it’s because we’ve included
several Grad Special pages, to commemorate our

graduating seniors. We speak to seven of our top SP          Ho Ren Sen
grads to unravel the mystery of how you and I can do
that well in SP.
                                                             Jason Tung
   And yes, it’s official. In this issue, we’re so hot, we
have to cool it.
                                                             Tan Jit King

                  EDITOR                                     Jonathan Ng
                  Dexter Tay Hong
                  dex tertay@hotma                           Lim Zui Yong

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                                                    The dark side Sun-baked athletes share the                         SP will be sending four teams from our Advanced Robotics & Intelligent Control
                                                    ups and downs of being too tanned         8                        Centre, for RoboCup 2009 (29 June to 5 July 2009) in Graz, Austria. Here’s a look at
                                                                                                                       some of our hot bots which will be competing at the international event.
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                                                                                                                          the RoboCup Humanoid League. It won 2nd in the         humanoid robot from the Aldebaran Robotics
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                                                                                                                          Humanoid Walk competition at RoboCup 2002
                                                                                                                          and 1st in the Humanoid Free Performance               a series of technical challenges for the Standard
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                                               rogram                                   10 g                                                                                                                                 interest among students at various
                               Immersion P                        nity to soak in                       st two days
                                                                                                                                                                               The iFLY Team
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                                                               tu                       practising ju                                                  From left: Danny Lee, Melvin Ng Yuet Foong, Calvin Tan Yit            educational levels in aerospace
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                                    political, so cial, cultural                         before the co                                                            Hoong, Tan Yong Da and Ivan Hoe                            science and technology.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Would you believe it if someone told you just before April Fool’s
                                                                                                            tra time. Aft
                                                                                           game into ex              mad
                                                                                                                                                                                                Day that you’ve won thousands of dollars in a competition?

                                                                                            a hard fight,              and
                                                                                            Zaki adm   itted defeat                                                                             Wang Chen Fei was understandably suspicious when he
                                                                                                           y th e title of
                                                                                             handed Ton                                                                                         received the news. But it was no joke. Chen Fei and teammate
                                                                                                                  FA Online 2
                                                                                             bei ng the first FI                                                                                Edwin Thong Kun Lin, plus two other SP students, won a cool
                                                                                                              SP.             3rd – Nasrullah Norman
                                                                                             champion in                                                                                        US$50,000 in a software programming competition.
                                                                                                                               Bin Mo’ain
                                                                                                                                                                                                Organised by Motorola, the MOTODEV Widget Developer
                                                                                                                                                                                                Challenge called on software developers from around the world
                                                                                                                                                                                                to create the best widgets (small software programs) tailored for

                                                                                                                                                                                                Motorola mobile devices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 The students clinched a total of six prizes, including the top

                                                                                                                                                                                                “Best Overall Widget” prize, for the two widgets they developed:
                                                                                                                                                                                                “Live Soccer Score” and “Stocks Alive”.
                                              Our very own Jasmine Yeong-Nathan
                                                                                                                                                                                                The “Live Soccer Score” widget provides users with real-time
                                              – recently voted Sportswoman of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                soccer updates on their Motorola devices, ensuring that football
                                              Year in SP – is now voted Singapore’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                fans are kept in the know when their favourite team scores a
                                              Sportswoman of the Year! This SP
                                              Media and Communication graduate
                                              beat national favourites Li Jiawei and
                                                                                                                                                                                                The “Stocks Alive” widget allows users to receive customised
                                              Tao Li to claim the title.
                                                                                                                                                                                                information on stocks and indices via their Motorola devices.
Campus FaCes                                                                                                                                                           International
                                                                                                                                                                       fair                                                                Enough for
                                                                                                                                                                       What’s a good way for foreign
                                                                                                                                                                       students to kickstart campus life in
                                                                                                         Fight and tested:                                             Singapore? A visit to Singapore’s
                                                                                                              Interested in Silat – a traditional Malay martial arts
                                                                                                              which has stood the test of time?                        proud attraction, Sentosa, of                                                                 Among the Jedi:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     And re Pong (he’s the one not
                                                                                                                                                                       course!                                                                                      wie ldi ng a lig ht s ab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    guy fur the st righ t) pos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              er— the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               es wit h
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    charac ters from Lucasfi
                                                                                                                                                                       And so, on the bright sunny morning of April 24,                                                                      lm’s
                                                                                       Aim enough:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Star Wars: The Clone Wa
                                                                                                                                                                       the hundred over members from SP International                                                                        rs
                                                                                                                                                                       Students Club gathered for their annual Freshman
                                                                                           Game enough to shoot paintballs, and be shot by sharp shooters?
                                                                                                                                                                       Orientation Program in Sentosa. Here’s evidence

                                       heers mate!
                                                                                                                                                                       of the fun they had!
                                     CIt’s nimble cheer leading friends like these,
                                        who’d make any sporting event a cheery one!                                                                                                                                                      The Force must be strong in Andre Pong Yu Xuan, a recent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         graduate of the Diploma in Games Design and Develop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ment course. After all, not just any ordinary guy on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         street would be given the incredible opportunity to work
                                       Wall Street:                                                                                                                                                                                      in Lucasfilm Animation Singapore.Andre’s passion for mak-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing games found him taking on the internship of a lifetime
                                         It’s really not impossible to scale these
                                         walls like it’s a walk in the street.                                                                                                                                                           with the world-renowned entertainment powerhouse.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “For two-and-a-half months, I have been

                                                                                     Test drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     attached to the games department on one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     many titles being developed,” Andre explains. “It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     was a great working experience as I was able to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     apply what I have learnt at school to how a game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     is being developed in the industry.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Andre worked with a small team at Lucasfilm,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     something he found to be enjoyable because it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     allowed him to really feel like he was participating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in the project. “What was really helpful is that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     supervisors listened to everyone’s feedback.
                                                                                                                                                                        In no time, everyone was                                                     Input was valued, and I felt I was able to contribute
                                                                                      With so many CCA activities to take part in SP, it                                                                                                             to the game other than just receive instructions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Campus FaCes
                                                                                                                                                                        comfortably interacting with
                                                                                      makes sense to do a fair bit of shopping before                                   one another.                        Ah, something to show our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     on what to do.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         This openness appears to extend to the
                                                                                      committing to one. Here are some of the CCAs                                                                          future grandchildren…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     atmosphere around the studio. “It is very relaxed
                                                                                      featured in our recent CCA drive.                                                                                                                              and casual,” Andre observes. “I seldom see anyone

                                                                                                                               Blow yourpet:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     wearing a coat and tie—even the managers are in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     jeans and shirts!”

                                                                                                                               own trum t, once you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Other perks of working at Lucasfilm: employees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     are treated to free movies twice a month and a free
                                                                                                                                     just tha
                                                                                                                                Yup, you can do                                                                                                      breakfast every Thursday.
                                                                                                                                                       antic tunes                                                                                       Obviously, Andre has had a great experience
                                                                                                                                master delivering rom
                                                                                                                                out of your choice of inst                                                                                           during his internship. But the real deal is that he got
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to delve into what working in the industry is like.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “On the whole, it gave me a good feel of

                        Make s
                                                                                                                                                                                            Games played in Sentosa should embrace                   how unpredictable and organic the actual game
                                                                                                                                                                                            the elements of the attractions – which is               development process can be,” he says.

                        wave o knew wakeboarding
                            in the pool! Wh
                                                                                                                                                                                            sand, in this case.                                          So now, the young Padawan is better prepared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to venture out into a world of new challenges and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     opportunities. What else can we say, except: “May
                            can be done in a pool?                                                                                                                                                                                                   the Force be with you, Andre!”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     About Lucasfilm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Animation Singapore:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Founded by George Lucas in 1971, Lucasfilm Ltd is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     one of the world’s leading fully-integrated film and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     entertainment companies. Lucasfilm’s studio in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Singapore, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, produces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     digital animated content for film and television,

                                                                                            Cheap                                                                                                                                                    visual effects for feature films and multi-platform

                       Yo-ybut cool-duet: pepper
                              o di                                                          skate:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     games. Recent projects include the CG animated TV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and the Star
                            Who       de DJs                                                We actually meant cheap                                                                                                                                  Wars™ The Clone Wars™: Jedi Alliance™ game for the
                                                     ir everyday speech?
                            phrases of yo-yos in the                                        thrills with skates.                                                                                                                                     Nintendo DS platform.
                                      Wa t er won d erfu l world
                           The best time
                           to soak in water

                           must be in June
                           – one of the
                           hottest months
                           of the year.
                           SHERMAINE                                                                                                                  Ang Yuan Feng, 19,
                                                                                                                                                        dragon boater
                           CHONG and                     Ann Chun Fa Darren, 20,                                                                       Year 3 Electronic and
                           MELISSA                           dragon boater                                                                               Communication
                                                                                    ral                                                                Engineering student
                                                           Year 3 Civil and Structu
                           JASWAL put the                     Engineering student

                           spotlight on four                                                                                                                                         Lim Heem Hian, 17,
                                                                                                 Zhuo Rui Yi, 18,                                                                      canoe sprinter
                           students whose                                                        canoe sprinter                                                                Year 2 Human Resource
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                                                                                             Year 2 Civil Engineering                                                                 with Psychology student
                           lives revolve                                                        Management student

                           around lots and
                           lots of water.

                                                                                                                                                Does being tanned have its disadvantages?
                                                                                                                                                Rui Yi: We do have uneven tan lines which are
                           These hot, sun-baked individuals hail from                     to complete. Prioritising is also very important      pretty unsightly.
                           CCAs that require plenty of time spent under                   because school work comes first so you would have     Heem Hian: Ultimately, it’s not that we can’t wear
                           the sun – which is evident from their tanned                   to sacrifice your training for projects.              some colours. It’s just whether or not it will flatter
                           complexions and rosy cheeks.                                   Rui Yi: But we are lucky that our competitions        us. It’s best not to wear black and brown because
                                                                                          are usually on weekends so we don’t have to miss      they make us look dull.
                           Now, who says exposure to the sun always has to                school.                                               Yuan Feng: For us guys, it’s easy! We can still wear
                           be a bad thing? Let’s take a peek into the lives of                                                                  whatever we like.
                           these athletes and find out just how they cool off             What are the biggest misconceptions people
                           in sunny Singapore.                                            have about you and your CCA?                          What’s the best part about being in a team?
                                                                                          Rui Yi: I guess they expect us to be bigger in size   Darren: We get to bond and learn about team
                           Sher & Mel: Training must take up a lot of your                and with broader shoulders, since we train a lot.     work.
                           time. How do you guys balance school work                      Heem Hian: On my part, there aren’t many              Yuan Feng: I get to hang out with my teammates
                           and CCA?                                                       misconceptions because I acknowledge the fact         all the time.
                           Darren: I guess a lot of it has to do with time                that I have broad shoulders. So it’s no longer a
                           management.                                                    misconception.                                        Has being athletic made you more attractive to
                           Yuan Feng: Yup, I’m usually in school from 8am                 Yuan Feng: That we are very ‘cheena’ -- which we      the opposite sex?
                           to 6pm. Then I have CCA training after school.                 aren’t!                                               Heem Hian: I don’t think so. I am not very feminine
                           My social life has to be put on hold till the                  Darren: People also have the misconception that       and I can be quite rough and I don’t wear covered
                           weekend. So life for me is quite hectic and time               dragon boaters have homosexual tendencies             tees often so it just emphasizes my broad back.
                           management is crucial.                                         because a certain local label, which has often        Guys are always like, “you are so gross! “ (laughs)
                           Heem Hian: I guess we have to sacrifice our sleep              been associated with homosexuals, has a dragon        Yuan Feng: I am not very sure. I haven’t noticed
                           if training ends late and we have many projects                boating team too.                                     actually. (laughs).
water special
                                        Schools of fish
                                        Not everyone does it swimmingly. If you’re one
                                        of those who wants to swim like a fish, or who
                                                                                                                                                       Chill out!
                                                                                                                                                     As the relentless June heat bears down on your back, you can’t help but wonder
                                                                                                                                                     if there’s a place in SP where you can chill out (read: free air-con!). Well, it’s
                                        needs a little help to wade in water, here are                                                               time to take a break from the sun as VENESSA THOR susses out the coolest
                                        some cool places to look:                                                                                    places on campus.

                                        Fastwaves Aquatic
                                        Fastwaves Aquatic’s key to success is simple:                                                                     Library
                                        Communicating and maintaining a strong                                                                            This understated haven is not just a place for mugging or
                                        relationship with its students. Fastwaves Aquatic                                                                 projects. Take advantage of its vast DVD collections and catch
                                        swimming lessons are conducted mainly in the         APS Swim School Singapore                                    a movie with your friends! Or grab a magazine and chill out, as
                                        swimming pools of Singapore Sports Council,          If you already know the basics of swimming, and              you enjoy the bliss of the air-conditioner. You can also pit your
                                        although they also provide lessons at private        want to try more advanced areas such as competitive          board game skills against your friends in the Funtasia Room.
                                        pools, such as those found in condominiums,          swimming or improve your swim timing, head for APS
                                        country clubs or schools.                            Swim School. The school, owned by former Olym-
                                        (                       pian Ang Peng Siong, provides programmes such as
                                                                                             Competitive Swimming and Synchronised Swimming.
                                                                                             This, of course comes at a heavier price.                            Student Hub @ Moberly
                                                                                             (                                    Filled to the brim with facilities, nothing beats Moberly as the best
                                                                                                                                                                  place to escape the scorching heat. Let off steam by playing pool
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                                                                                                                                                                  or singing your heart out at the karaoke centre Sing@Moberly. But
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  SP Graduates’ Guild
                                                                                                                                                                                                  A little known gem nestled behind the school stadium,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               water special
                By Faris NurHakim

                                                                                                                                                                                                  SPGG not only boasts a bowling alley and pool room but
                                                                                                                                                                                                  also a wellness centre with spa services. Isn’t it cool we
                                                                                                                                                                                                  have such facilities in school?!

                                    LearnSwim                                                Cobia Swimming School                                       HotShot Café@Colours
                                    Offering a wide range of swimming lessons all over       Are you the laid-back type who wants to enjoy               This new kid on the block serves yummilicious thirst-quenching
                                    Singapore’s swimming complexes, and suitable for all     learning to swim without constant pressure from             drinks. Take your pick from smoothies, ice-blended coffees/
                                    age group and proficiency levels, LearnSwim is firmly    the swimming instructor? If yes, then Cobia Swim-           chocolates or fruity spritzers. Pick out a spot in the alfresco area
                                    placed as an established swimming school in Singa-       ming School is for you, where you will get to enjoy a       and cool off with your mates.
                                    pore. LearnSwim charges $60 per 4 lessons.               friendly atmosphere amongst instructor and fellow
                                    (                              swimmers.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Swimming pool
                                    Happy Fish Swim School                                   Synergy Multi-Sport                                                                              When the going gets tough, the tough goes
                                                                                                                                                                                              plunging. What better way than to literally soak
                                    Boasting a 100% success rate, Happy Fish Swim            For those who’re already good swimmers but want
                                    School is the right place to be if you want to grasp     to venture into triathlons, take heart. Pool swimming                                            in the water amid the heat? SP’s pool is one of the
                                    swimming in a jiffy. You will be able to overcome your   is different from open water swimming as the latter                                              three pools in Singapore that’s chlorine free. The
                                    fear for water, float, submerge and learn the right      involves different swimming techniques. Learn how                                                pool is relatively empty most of the time (except
                                    breathing techniques from the masters.                   to sight, draft and navigate at minimal effort in the                                            when the water sports CCA people do their training)
                                    (            sea with coaches at Synergy Multi-Sport.                                                         so anytime is a good time to hang out here. What’s
                                    minglessons.htm)                                         (                                                               more, you can always pop by FC5 after pool to grab
                                                                                                                                                                                              some food after your swim!
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                                   If you are tanned, here’s how you can score

                                   ten upon ten on the dressing scale: Go for

                                   light, pastel colours like baby pink, blue,

                                   white, or even yellow. And of course, top off

                                   the look with a winsome smile that exudes

                                   youth, as demonstrated by SP students Lim

                                   Heem Hian, Zhuo Rui Yi, Ann Chun Fa Darren

                                   and Ang Yuan Feng.
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Top grads with top grades. Just how
do they do it? In our Grad Special, we
speak to this year’s top seven grads
and unravel the mystery behind their
successes. Our initial findings show that
these academic achievers have one thing
in common: Their academic journey
wasn’t smooth-sailing all the way. Take
a deep breath and read the secrets we’re
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                                                                                                             Details of statement:                   Awards:
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Lee	Kuan	Yew	Award
                                                                                                             “I managed to keep my                   •	 Micron	Semiconductor	Gold	Medal
                                                                                                             character in check during               •	 Shell	Companies	in	Singapore	Prize
                                                                                                                                                     •	 The	Institution	of	Engineers,	
                                                                                                             my home-schooling days. My              	 Singapore	Prize
                                                                                                             mom keeps reminding me that             •	 OCBC	Prize
                                                                                                                                                     •	 ABB	Prize
                                                                                                             having a good character is as
                                                                                                             important as grades.”                   Case summary:
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Home-schooled	student	who	did	well		
                                                                                                                                                     	 enough	to	qualify	for	a	course	in	SP.
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Leader	of	SP	WorldSkills	Singapore		
                                                                                                                                                     	 2008		Telecommunication	Distribution		
                                                                                                                                                        Technology team.
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Juggles	part-time	and	volunteer	church		
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Supported	himself	through	first	year	of	poly		
                                                                                                                                                     	 with	part-time	work	and	money	from		
                                                                                                                                                     •	 Passionate	about	all	things	electronic,	after		
                                                                                                                                                        repairing his fish tank pump at 14.

                                                               Compu 	Electronics,                                                                   History:
                                                               Engineeter and Comm                                                                   Tan	Jing	Yuan	was	every	teacher’s	nightmare.	
                                                                      r i ng       u n i ca t i                                                      In kindergarten, he bit a classmate’s shoulder.
                                                                                                                                                     In	Primary	5,	he	bullied	a	girl	to	tears.	He	was	
                                                                   Secret 1                                                                          often	in	hot	soup	for	various	reasons	until	one	
                                                                                                                                                     day,	enough	was	enough.	His	mom	decided	to	
                                                                   Kuriakin proves that you
                                                                                             can                                                     home-school	him	for	his	secondary	education,	
                                                                   juggle as many things as you                                                      which turned out to be a turning point in his
                                                                   – but make sure you make                                                          life.
                                                                                            time for
                                                                   each of them.

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                                                                                                                    Name: Tan Jing Yuan
•	 Lee	Kuan	Yew	Award
•	 ABB	Gold	Medal
•	 Infineon	Technologies	Academic	                                                                                  Course:	Electrical        g
	 Excellence	Award                                    •	   Chairman	of	Mangrove	Planting	Club	and		 	               and Electronic Engineerin
•	 The	Institution	of	Engineers,	Singapore	Prize      	    Student	Leader	for	the	International	Student			
•	 Shell	Companies	in	Singapore	Prize                 	    Welfare	Unit.	
•	 Alfred	Robert	Edis	Prize                           •	   Volunteers	to	coach	primary	and	secondary		
•	 Shell	Merit	Award                                  	    school	students	at	the	Clementi	Student		     	
                                                      	    Services	Centre.
Case summary:                                         •	   Worked	part-time	work	as	a	waiter,	sales		    	
•	 First	student	ever	to	score	a	perfect	4.0	GPA	          assistant and road-show promoter to finance his
	 in	SP	history.                                           own education.
•	 Clinched	Best	ARICC	(Advanced	Robotics	and		
	 Intelligent	Control	Centre)	Project	and	Didactic	   History:
	 Enterprise	Award	for	final	year	research.           Tanjung	Pinang-born	Kuriakin	was	initially	rejected	
•	 Joined	Guitar	Club	with	zero	knowledge	but			      by	SP	because	of	his	average	grades.	Upset	that	his	
	 ended	up	being	President.	                          father	was	disappointed,	Kuriakin	sat	for	his	GCE	
•	 Student	Leader	and	Advisor	of	Overseas		      	    ‘O’ level exams as a private candidate – and scored
	 Community	Service	Projects	in	the	Philippines		     seven	points,	good	enough	for	his	first	choice	of	
	 for	two	consecutive	years.                          study	in	SP.	
                                                                                                                  Details of statement:
                                                                                                                  “I aim to put what I’ve
                                                                                                                  learnt in school to good
                                                                                                                  use. My dream is to be the
                                                                                                                  editor-in-chief of a big-
                                                                                                                  name publication such
                                                                                                                  as National Geographic,
                                                                                                                  Rolling Stone, or the
                                                                                                                  New York Times, or a
                                                                                                                  correspondent with the
Details of statement:                                                                                             British Broadcasting
“If I had done well when I took                                                                                   Corporation.”
my ‘O’ levels for the first time, I
would not be able to take up this
course because it was not offered                                                                                 Awards:                                                                         Name: Li
then, so maybe it was a good                                                                                      •	 Toh	Chin	Chye	Gold	Medal                                                    Course:	Mm Jinshun
thing that I failed then.”                                                                                        •	 Media	Development	Authority	Gold	Medal                                      a n d C om ed i a
                                                                                                                  •	 Shell	Companies	in	Singapore	Prize                                                    m u n i ca t i
                                                                                                                  Case summary:
                                                                                                                  •	 Avid	gamer.
                                                                                                                  •	 Interned	as	scriptwriter	at	oktoLIVE!	                  Secret 4                          life,
       Sec                                                                                                                                                                                    y dreams in his
      Gab ret 3
                                                                                                                  	 and	made	cameo	appearance	on	TV.                         Jinshun has man chef, and heading a
     fai riel
                                                                                                                  •	 Interviewed	international	music	artistes.               including being        s that no drea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    m is
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                                                                                                                  •	 Actively	involved	in	the	School	of		 	    	             publ ication. He show ng as you plan to
                                                                                                                                                                                             l – as lo
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                                                                                                                  	 Communication,	Arts	and	Social	Sciences’		 	
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                           x                                                                                      	 Oops!	Magazine.
  youlure ing. W isn’t peri                                                                                       •	 Wrote	for	School	of	Business’	Attitude		  	              achieve it.
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                                                                                                                  After	his	‘O’	level	exams,	Jinshun	seriously	
                                                                                                                  considered	a	career	as	a	chef.	Inspired	by	the	likes	of	
                                                                                                                  Jamie	Oliver,	Gordan	Ramsey,	Nigella	Lawson	and	
                                                                                                                  Anthony	Bourdain,	he	signed	up	for	cooking	courses	
Awards:                                                                                                           with	Michelangelo’s	Italian	Restaurant	in	Holland	
•	 Lee	Kuan	Yew	Award                                                                                             Village,	where	he	was	even	offered	an	apprenticeship.
•	 Singapore	Institute	of	Landscape	Architects	Prize
•	 National	Parks	Board	Gold	Medal                                                               l
                                                                                       ing Gabrie
•	 Shell	Companies	in	Singapore	Prize
                                                                   Name: S eah Wei P rchitecture
•	 Cicada	Prize
                                                                               dscape A
•	 OCBC	Prize                                                      Course:	Lan
Case summary:
•	 Repeated	‘O’	level	exams	twice.
•	 Despite	average	‘O’	level	grades	on	second		 	
	 attempt,	Gabriel	managed	to	secure	a	place	in	SP.
•	 Turned	passion	for	architecture	to	his	advantage,		   History:
	 graduating	with	near-perfect	3.970	GPA.                As	a	little	kid,	Gabriel	learnt	martial	arts	from	his	
•	 Great	attitude	at	internship	impressed	employer		     father,	a	former	professional	boxer.	Gabriel	in	turn	
	 at	Envirospace	Consultant	that	Gabriel	was		 	         used	those	skills	frequently:	He	got	into	fights	and	
	 offered	a	job	before	graduating.                       was	booted	out	by	the	school’s	Judo	Club.
                                                                                                                 Details of statement:                      Awards:
                                                                                                                                                            •	 Chua	Chor	Teck	Gold	Medal
                                                                                                                 “One of my role models was                 •	 Association	of	Accredited	Advertising	Agents		
                                                                                                                 Ms Ruth Ng, my art teacher                 	 Singapore	Gold	Medal
                                                                                                                                                            •	 Shell	Companies	in	Singapore	Prize
                                                                                                                 in Commonwealth Secondary
                                                                                                                 School. Despite her physical               Case summary:
                                                                                                                                                            •	 Appointed	junior	art	director	in	The	Student		
                                                                                                                 disability, she is always                  	 Agency,	an	in-house	advertising	agency	at		
                                                                                                                 motivated and believes firmly              	 the	School	of	Design.
                                                                                                                                                            •	 Learnt	client	management	through	work	on		
                                                                                                                 in herself. She has since been                real projects.
                                                                                                                 an inspiration.”                           •	 Earned	internship	opportunity	with		
                                                                                                                                                            	 Yahoo!	Bangalore	R&D,	where	Justin’s		
                                                                                                                                                            	 work	was	shortlisted	by	the	company	for		
                                                                                                                                                            	 further	development.
                                                                                                                                                            •	 Honed	ability	to	tackle	challenges	during	his		
                                                                                                                                                            	 two-month	stint	away	from	Singapore.	

                                                                                                                                                            Justin	found	out	at	a	tender	age	of	nine	that	
                                                                                                                                                            when you put your mind to something, the
                                                                Course:Tan Wei Yin
                                                                                                                                                            likelihood	of	succeeding	is	very	high.	Unfazed	
                                                                                                                                                            by his parents’ reluctance to send him to art
                                                                and Fin	Banking              g
                                                                                                                                                            classes to pursue his interest in colouring, Justin
                                                                       a nc i al S
                                                                                   e r vice s                                                               did not give up but spent much time and effort
                                                                                                                                                            in	doing	his	art	homework	to	improve	himself.	
                                                                                                                                                            He	eventually	won	top	prize	at	a	colouring	
                                                                                                                                                            competition. Since then, he has always told
                                                                     Secret 5                                                                               himself	that,	if	there	is	a	will,	there’s	a	way.
                                                                    Success did
                                                                    immediately. come to Wei Ying
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                                            Details of statement:                                                                                         If o r doo Just
                                            “Having the right attitude is                                                                                  you young
                                            important. Attitude is a small
                                            thing that makes a big difference.                                                                 ei Yang
                                            Also, a willingness to learn, being                                         Name: Justin Tan W Desig n
                                            conscientious and good time                                                 Course:	Creative Media

                                            management are factors to success.”
•	 Low	Guan	Onn	Gold	Medal
•	 Singapore	Exchange	Gold	Medal
•	 Shell	Companies	in	Singapore	Prize
•	 OCBC	Securities	Prize                                History:
                                                        Wei	Ying’s	academic	journey	wasn’t	a	bed	of	roses.	
Case summary:                                           Having	scored	less-than-average	results	for	her	PSLE,	
•	 Decided	on	Banking	and	Financial	Services	course		   Wei	Ying	almost	didn’t	make	the	cut	to	the	express	
	 only	two	years	after	her	‘O’	levels.                  stream.	In	her	first	diploma	course	in	SP,	Wei	Ying	
•	 Passionate	about	learning	pragmatic	skills.          found	difficulties	coping	with	her	Biomedical	Science	
•	 Threw	herself	into	course	where	she	topped	the		     course, and decided to withdraw a semester later.
   first-year cohort, making her name known on the      During	her	one-year	hiatus,	Wei	Ying	researched	for	
	 Director’s	Honour	Roll	at	the	School	of	Business.     a	course,	before	deciding	on	Banking	and	Financial	
•	 Proud	winner	of	the	Low	Guan	Onn	Gold	Medal.         Services.
Details of statement:
“The greatest gift I received
from my mom must be all the
hope that she had pinned on me,
despite my wilful years. She has
truly shown me what a mother’s
love can do.”

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Awards:                                                                      Yijie
•	 Tay	Eng	Soon	Gold	Medal                                       Name: Lim puter and Network
•	 Singapore	Telecommunications	Prize                            Course:	Com
•	 BT	Frontline	Technologies	Prize	                              Technolog y
Case summary:
•	 Graduated	from	the	ITE	with	a	GPA	of	2.3,		 	
	 and	received	an	award	for	being	the	most		 	         History:
   improved student.                                   Instead	of	studying,	Yijie	preferred	watching	soccer	
•	 Enrolled	into	SP	after	national	service,	and		 	    matches and television dramas. Not surprisingly, he
	 dedicated	himself	to	diligent	self-study.            scored	195	for	his	PSLE	and	subsequently	a	grand	
•	 Active	member	of	the	SP	Ambassadorial		             total	of	30	points	for	five	subjects	at	the	‘O’	levels.	
	 Relations	Corp,	having	come	in	contact	with			       While	studying	at	an	ITE	(Institute	of	Technical	
	 many	dignitaries	and	government	officials	who	       Education),	the	only	child	did	not	fare	any	better,	
	 visited	SP.                                          preferring	to	laze	at	home.	The	turning	point	came	
•	 Nominated	to	represent	SP	as	a	customer	service		   after	Yijie’s	mother	was	diagnosed	with	cancer.	His	
	 officer	at	the	inaugural	F1	night	race	last	year		   cushy	world	came	crashing	down	on	him.	Daily	visits	
	 where	Yijie	saw	various	royalty,	celebrities,		 	    to	the	hospital	were	fraught	with	sights	of	his	mother	
	 Formula	One	drivers	as	well	as	a	chance	to	usher		   in	pain	and	agony.	It	was	then	that	Yijie	vowed	to	do	
	 Prime	Minister	Lee	Hsien	Loong	at	the	Paddock.	      better. Improving his studies became a priority.
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                                                                                        plan. Here are some ways.

                                    1.   Budgeting

                                    In its simplest form, budgeting means
                                    living within your financial means.

                                    	 •You	only	need	a	notebook,	pen	and	
                                      calculator to make a budget.
                                    	 •	List	down	any	allowances,	part-time	
                                      income, and other cash inflows

                                    	 •	List	down	everything;	every	dollar	
                                      and cent you’ve spent every day for a
                                    	 •	Keep	all	your	receipts.
                                    	 •	Categorise	your	expenses	at	the	
                                      end	of	the	month	into	fixed	monthly	
                                      payouts and discretionary payouts.
                                      E.g. Internet bills and savings could
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                                    	 •	Monitor	and	track	your	daily,	weekly	
                                      and	monthly	expenditure	patterns.
                                    	 •	If	you’re	surprised	by	the	amount	of	
                                      money spent on trivial or unnecessary
                                      items, remind yourself to watch your
                                      discretionary spending.
                                    	 •	Build	this	formula	in	your	budgeting	
                                      before any spending for each new
                                      month: Cash Inflows – Savings =
                 By Cai Zong Zhen

                                    	 •	Allocate	your	inflows	to	pay	all	bills	

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               caMPUS BiTeS
                                      on time. If total inflows are in deficit of
                                      your	total	expenses,	start	to	live	below	

                                      your means till you see a surplus in
                                      your budgeting.

                                    2.     Stay Out of Debt
                                                                                           Set Goal
                                                                                    You know what lifestyle you aspire to lead when you land your first job after
                                                                                    graduation. Setting a goal will aid you in reaching your desired lifestyle quickly.
                                                                                    With a goal in mind, you can determine the finances and funding you require
                                                                                                                                                                               A degree, after poly?
                                    Getting out of debt should be your top          to fulfil your goal in time to come. You can then determine the amount to save             SP has partnered with top Foreign Universities to allow its graduates to further their studies on campus.
                                    priority. Debts can be in the form of           every month and at what compounding interest rate to help you achieve the
                                    study	loans	or	credit	card	expenses.		It	       financial target in 3 or 5 years.
                                                                                                                                                                               Getting a degree at SP means:
                                    would not be wise to chalk up debts                                                                                                        1) Lower costs
                                    even	before	you	start	working.		Living	         Challenge yourself to achieve these four habits and you will be doing yourself a           2) Learning through quality programmes
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                                                                                                                                                          Seven weeks in China. How is a girl – who

                                                                                                                                                          speaks no word of Mandarin – to survive in the
                                                                                                                                                          most populated country in the world? HAZWANIE
                                                                                                                                                          LATIFF shares her experience.

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                                                                               Design Destination:


                 By Imelda

                                 It was 8am on April 3 when               During the next few days, we         life. We had dinner hosted by the
                             we travelled 3,776 miles and             visited many places of interest          Moore family, a friend of Mr Azhar
                             finally arrived at our destination       in Melbourne such as the Queen           since his student exchange days,
                             – the beautiful city of Melbourne,       Victoria Market, the Victoria State      more than 15 years ago. Mrs Moore
                             Australia!                               Library, St Kilda Beach and the          served us fresh vegetables planted
                                 I travelled to Melbourne with my     south-western part of Victoria for       in her backyard. Needless to say,
                             fellow student agency mates – Justin     photography sessions. It was freezing    dinner was yummy! We also learnt
                             Tan and Lester Lee of the Diploma        cold especially when it rained!          that homes in Melbourne are moving
                             in Creative Media Design. We were            We also visited universities like    towards using the solar energy to
                             the art directors of the agency and      RMIT University (Royal Melbourne         be more environmentally friendly.             Wo bu dong hua wen. Wo dong yi      the wispy clouds of vapor spewing        with them. Thank goodness they
                             were very fortunate to have this trip    Institute of Technology) and             That night too, we got to see the local   dian dian.                              from our mouth as we spoke. It was       spoke English; or I’d have to do sign
                             organised for us by our lecturer, Mr     Swinburne Technological University.      youths playing footie (Australian             Those two phrases, which mean I     very exhilarating and we were busy       language again.
                             Noor Azhar of the School of Design.      It was a great experience as we          football) at the oval at the Moore’s      don’t understand Mandarin and I only    huffing and puffing for a couple of          On the fifth week, we went to
                                 The weather in Melbourne was         toured RMIT’s student agency called      backyard – they were in shorts and        understand a little, were definitely    minutes as we waited for our bus.        the scenic Frozen South Lake. It was
                             turning cold that day, and for the       The Works. We also visited their         singlets in the cold night!               my overused phrases while I was in          One memorable highlight was the      amazing that the lake didn’t crack
                             three of us – who were visiting          huge photography studio, where               Good times fly fast. Soon, it was     Chang Chun, China.                      skiing trip at Lotus Mountain. Who       despite our body weight.
                             Australia for the very first time – it   several photo shoots can take place      already our last day there. We will           Practically almost everyone         can forget all those collisions and          One bummer though, was traffic
                             was an exciting moment. The first        at one go. There was even a make-        not forget this enjoyable trip. With a    there doesn’t speak English. Thus,      accidents while learning to ski? We      – which was like one helluva roller
                             photo we took at the station was a       up room in the studio! Overall, it       last picture of our service apartment     communication meant doing a lot         also visited JingYueTan National Park    coaster ride! A typical day on the
                             jumping shot at the Spencer Street       was interesting to see how students      where we called home for a week,          of sign language. It was like playing   and TV Tower. The view from the TV       road meant vehicles swerving at
                             bus station.                             there did their own shoots for their     we left for the airport with a smile as   constant charade during my stay         Tower was breathtaking. We could         insane speeds and honks blasting
                                 We soaked in the beautiful sights    assignments.                             Singapore welcomed us back with its       there.                                  see the whole of Chang Chun – well,      everywhere. Who needs exciting
                             of the South Bank, as we strode              Exciting as our trip was, the true   warmth.                                       Upon setting foot outside of        almost.                                  rides from the amusement park?
                             along the scenic city that night. The    highlight came on the sixth day,             I look forward to returning to        Beijing Airport, we were greeted by         Aside from that, we dropped by           All in all, being in China – where I
                             architecture in Melbourne city is        when we visited Studio Pip & Co, a       Melbourne, but this time, as a student    a temperature of minus 10 degrees       Chang Chun University and made a         couldn’t utter a word of Mandarin –
                             interesting – a unique harmony of        noted design agency in Victoria.         at RMIT University in July. Melbourne,    that had us all immediately rushing     couple of friends there. They are very   has been fun.
                             sleek modern buildings to neo-classic        Of course, the trip won’t be         here I come again!                        back in. After putting on our winter    friendly and it took us no longer than       And yes, I still bu dong hua wen,
                             establishments.                          complete without a taste of Aussie                                                 gear, we found ourselves amazed by      a second to begin a conversation         and still dong just yi dian dian.
                                          In tune with fullStoP’s cool water
                                          issue, we shed light on two CCA
                                          clubs which revolve around H2O.                        COOL

                                                                                  Up for sail
                                                                                  Who says sailing is boring? fullStoP
                                                                                  reporter and national sailor SEAN LEE

                                                                                  sells some koyok as he writes about his
                                                                                  all-time favourite sports club.

                                                                                                                              Angling is a therapeutic activity
                                                                                                                                     which cultivates patience
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                                                                                                                               among other things. SEAN LEE
                                                                                                                                    shares why angling can be
                                                                                                                                         such a hooking sport.
                                                                                                                               The biggest attraction about angling
                                                                                                                                is not in the quality or the size of your
                                                                                                                                   catch. It’s the getting-together that
                                                                                                                                         makes this sport so addictive.

                                                                                                                                       We are an extremely friendly
                                                                                                                                     community which promotes the

                                                                                                                                      kampong spirit of yesteryears –
                                                                                                                                  something that is lacking in modern
                                                                                                                                                          day society.

                                                                                                                               Angling is fun and definitely thrilling
                                                                                                                              especially once you feel the fish fighting
                            The coolest thing about sailing is                                                                 on the other end of the fishing line. It’s
                            the sun the sea and the people! Okay,                                                               thrilling when you start imagining the
                            so there were three cool things, but       You get to visit islands such as the
                                                                                                                                           breed of fish you’ve caught.
                            what the heck. Also, our dinghy is         Lazarus Island, located off the east
                            one cool tool! Hiking out at 20knots       side of Sentosa. It’s a beautiful island
                                                                                                                                    We release the fish back into the
                            (37km/h) of wind, riding the waves         with fine sand and clear water, and it’s
                                                                                                                                   water after our catch. Seeing them
                            and sailing at top speed gives you an      not accessible to many.
                                                                                                                                 swimming freely back into the water
                            unimaginable adrenaline rush.                                                                         is another satisfaction derived from
                                                                       There’re risks in sailing but, as
                            SP is the only poly that has its own       with all sports, we take great safety
                            marina - “Poly Marina”. A variety          precautions by wearing lifejackets
                            of boats for sailors of different          and protective gear when sailing. We
                            experience and proficiency levels          also pay close attention to those who
                            are available, and also an alternative     have identified themselves to having
                            training ground for competitive            no prior experience in sailing and who
                            sailors.                                   are non swimmers.

                            Besides sailing, we also organise          You will learn fundamental skills and
                            camps, expeditions, workshops and          sailing knowledge, as well as learning
                            other fun gatherings just so you can       to swim with a life vest through a Basic
                            have fun!                                  Sailing Course (BSC).

                            Sailing is an exclusive sport mainly       If you can’t swim, then take heart –
                            because of the equipment involved.         some of the national sailors aren’t very
                            But it’s also one of the few sports that   good swimmers themselves too! You
                            you can enjoy both on land and water.      just need to take safety precautions.
                                 BE PRANK                                                                                              Just Desserts
                                        ABOUT IT
                              The last thing you wanna have on your computer is the ultimate virus.
                              You’re merrily typing the final line of your all-important assignment when suddenly something onscreen
2nd life

                              catches your attention:

                                                                                        1.       Warning! You have been hit
                                                                                                 by an unknown virus and you
                                                                                                 have three options: format
                                                                                                 hard disk, delete Windows
                                                                                                 Folder, or delete all the                                                                 Cramp de la cramp: The eatery is cramped, not suited for big group
                                                                                                 contents of the disk.                                                                     gatherings. I wasn’t very impressed by its not-so-well maintained
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do visit
                                                                                                                                                                                           but was instantly distracted by the array of desserts available.
                                                                                                                                                                                           this place after sunset, when Clark Quay springs to life under the

                                                                                                                                         Do you have a sweet tooth?
                                                                                        2.       Suddenly, your taskbar                  TAN JIT KING and the SP Food
                                                                                                                                         Connoisseur Clubbers spill the sweet                                                              s
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             serts diehard.
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                                                                                        3.       All you can do is to obey the
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                                                                                                                                       served to me like a delicious art piece. Forget
                                                                                                 If you’re feeling naughty, go         forks and knives – hearty fare like this call for
                                                                                                 to and search            bare hands. I love the distinctive vinegar hint,
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                                                                                        CDs                                                For(N)ever
                              The Saturdays                                                                                                For(N)ever features the rockin’ single My Turn, and is described by the
                              I was hooked, thanks to the electronic beats and synthesisers which                                          band’s vocalist Douglas Seann Robb as “more ideas going into this CD
                              are mixed in a catchy tempo, as well as the uniquely tuned ballads.                                          than ever before”. The album also features soft rock tracks that are so
                              Think Cobra Starship tunes with the addition of Sugababes’ vocals. I                                         distinctively Hoobastank like So Close, So Far and You’re The One.
                              might even say this electro and dance pop band is a modernised                                               Hoobastank has indeed set the bar very high – so watch out, fellow
                              version of the Spice Girls! Listen out for Chasing Light, Fall and Lies.                                     rocker bands. – Jolene Christina Ng
                              – Nur Hazwanie

                                                                                                                                           Music from the 3D Concert Experience CD
                              Hannah Montana                                                                                               Jonas Brothers
                                                                                                                                           Take heart fan girls of Disney’s Jonas Brothers. This album features the
                              Miley Cyrus                                                                                                  Jonas Brothers’ top rock hits like S.O.S and Burnin’ Up. The sounds of live
                              Shortly after her successful Breakout album, Miley Cyrus released                                            concert are electrifying (who knew fans’ cheering could blend in with

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   By the fullStoP team
                              Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack. The CD features 18 songs by                                            great singing?). So, who cares if you can’t be at their 3D concert? Grab
                              various singers including Miley’s dad Billy Ray Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and                                     your headphones and knock yourself out! – Novea Chan
                              Rascal Flatts. Recommended: Crazier, The Climb, Let’s Do This, Bless The
                              Broken Road and Back to Tennessee. – Jason Tung

                                                                                                                                           No Line on the Horizon
                                This Is My Life                                                                                            With 11 albums under their belt, this Irish Grammy winning rock band
                                Amy Macdonald
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                                                                                                                                           needs no introduction. U2’s latest album still holds their rock edge to a
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                                I checked the album cover more than once, just to ensure the rich,                                         certain degree, but the band has re-emerged with a new sound,
                                mature vocals belong to the young Amy Macdonald. This country                                              influenced by their time in Fez. Lyrics here have also taken a new twist,
                                singer/songwriter is very talented and her songs got me bobbing my                                         with Bono taking on several characters at one go, such as wounded
                                head. – Faris NurHakim                                                                                     soldier dying in the fires of Afghanistan and a junkie desperately
                                                                                                                                           seeking for more. – Nur Azerinna

                                                                Don’t Forget                                                               Tsukihime (restricted 18) :

                                                                Demi Lovato
                                                                Deemed one of the most talented Disney stars this season, Demi             Synopsis:
                                                                Lovato has gone from innocent Girl Scout from her Camp Rock                After a car accident, Shiki is bestowed with the sight of ‘death lines’
                                                                days to a full blown rocker. Though the tunes may seem a little on         powerful enough to cut up anything. Fortunately, a magician in the
                                                                the PG side, big boys and girls like me can’t help but to listen to        hospital gives Shiki a pair of spectacles that puts his sight under
                                                                her addictive edge. Ranging from acoustic ballads to upbeat jams           control. As Shiki makes his way home, he inadvertently cut up a lady
                                                                such as La La Land, this 16-year-old sure knows her way around             into many pieces with his sight. But the very next day, she miracu-
                                                                music. – Sean Firoz                                                        lously appeared before him (all pieced up), asking him to help hunt
                                                                                                                                           down an arch enemy.
                                                                This Is The One                                                            The concept is original and attractive; none short on action and
                                                                                                                                           gore. It has a fairly strong base and lovely characters that build a
                                                                Utada Hikaru                                                               perfect high school setting with subtle fantasy elements. Although
                                                                Breaking out from her shell of ballads, Utada Hikaru has come up           it’s a story involving vampires, it’s lacking of bloodsucking scenes,
                                                                with a brilliant R&B album. Her new album may differ from her              black capes or shiny skin as it focuses on Shiki’s journey to hunt
                                                                usual style of oriental ballads but don’t fret just yet. This refreshing   down the demon which is out to destroy everything.
                                                                album is U-tadah! with songs like Come Back To Me and Apple And
                                                                Cinnamon. – Sean Firoz                                                     Each and every book draws you deeply into its storyline with intrigu-
                                                                                                                                           ing elements such as the aforementioned ability to see death lines,
                                                                                                                                           vampires who abstain from blood and immortals with regenerative
                             We're giving away The Saturdays, This Is My Life, This Is The One, For(N)ever and Music From The              powers. My only gripe with this series is the lack of male characters
                             3D Concert Experience CD. Email with your name, student ID, contact number
                             and indicate which CD you’d like in your subject head. Choose one CD only – and email only once
                             (multiple entries will be disqualified!) Closing date: June 20, 2009 (WHILE STOCKS LAST!)
                                                                                                                                           and how every female involved seemed to have an infatuation with
                                                                                                                                           Shiki even though they’re more powerful than him. – Tan Jit King              manga
                                                                                                                                               Sebastian: I used to spend half on food.                 unscripted and shouted, “See lah! Who ask your wife to

                                                                                                                                               Selena: I have never been very good at saving, I’m       eat all the corn? Now no more food already!” I had to bite
                                                                                                                                               afraid. So when I was in school, I always supple-        my tongue, literally, so as not to burst out laughing on
                                                                                                                                               mented my allowance by giving tuition or holding         stage.
                                                                                                                                               my own speech and drama classes.                         Sebastian: I had too many funny moments with my

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chiobuus (my 3 sexy chorus girls in Broadway Beng!).
                                                                                                                                               I’m sure it’s hell lot of fun sharing the stage          Basically, we go on stage and try to make each other
                                                                                                                                               fellow comedians. What was your funniest                 laugh onstage all the time!
                                                                                                                                               onstage moment?                                          Selena: The funniest moments are always when I rehearse
                                                                                                                                                                                                        with my fellow dollies. We always have a ball in the

                                                                                                                                               Pamela: It was during the play Animal Farm. In one       rehearsal room. We are very rough with each other and
                                                                                                                                               scene, Selena was playing a duck and I, a chicken.       then break out into laughter because we realise how silly
                                                                                                                                               We were arguing about whether we should build            we have been behaving, acting all serious and everything
                                                                                                                                               a windmill or not when Selena turned to me,              when the scene is just some ridiculous moment.

                                                                                                  Get ready for a star-studded                  Hitting The Right Node
                                                                                                   musical this August as local
                                                                                                  thespians share the stage to
                                                                                                   perform Sing Dollar!, a full-
                                                                                                   length comedy about what
                                                                                                 they’d do when they stumble
                                                                                                    upon half a million dollars.
                                                                                                  SEAN FIROZ catches up with
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                                                                                                    three of the stars and asks
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                            No thanks to the current economic crisis, life           stall in Geylang. I’m passionate, honest (I think),
                            is getting, erm, even harder at Singapore’s              hardworking and all the good things a mother
                            red light district. One day, a mysterious bag of         would love to have in a son.
                            money appears in Geylang…                                Selena: I play Tiger Lily (grrrr), a brash and
                                                                                     “out-there” tiger beer aunty. She is wise talking and      Lunar new ear: Thank goodness for musical newbies Lunar Node members (from L-R) Gerald, Asyraf, Brice, Daniaal,
                            And so begins the hilarious plot, where eight            full of energy – I mean, you have to be if you want to     and Ariff. Our ears can now enjoy some soulful music – so needed in our local scene.
                            eccentric characters – played by Pamela Oei,             survive in the world tiger beer ladies what with all
                            Selena Tan, Emma Yong, Najib Ali, Kumar,                 these young China girls squeezing aunties like Tiger      SEAN FIROZ meets Lunar Node, a
                            Sebastian Tan, Hossan Leong and Lim Kay Siu              Lily out of the competition!                              promising new band who has earned
                            – struggle with this newfound wealth.                                                                              airtime to perform in Baybeats 2009 – one                be expressed only through music, without words;
                                                                                     During this depressing depression, how do                 of Singapore’s greatest music festivals.                 represented by all of us and not just the vocalist,”
                            Oooh, with such well-loved names sharing                 you deal with money-related stress?                                                                                said Daniaal Adam, the drummer of the band.

                            one stage, we’re sure this stellar-cast musical                                                                         hey may be new, but already, Singapore’s
                            will hit all the right notes. Here we go:                Pamela: I play ping pong.                                      very own Lunar Node band is making heads            Originating it’s name from the eclipse, Lunar
                            Do-llar mi fa so…                                        Selena: I just stay home and get stuck in a story book.        bob.                                                Node isn’t your typical MTV boy band. Performing
                                                                                     It allows me to escape into another world and not think                                                            without a specific vocalist, Lunar Node brought the
                            Sean: Tell us a little bit about the character           about money or real life. Also, at home I don’t have to   Consisting of five members of different musical          house down when they performed at the Esplanade
                            you’re playing.                                          spend money at all so I don’t need to feel so stressed.   backgrounds, Lunar Node has been around the              Waterfront for their EP launch. And these guys aren’t
                                                                                                                                               instrumental scene for over a year since they formed     just great musicians – they’re juggling school at the
                            Pamela: I play Glory, a Filipino maid working in         Students are often grumbling about pocket                 in 2008.                                                 same time too.
                            Singapore. She also moonlights as a prostitute           money. Any been-there-done-that saving tips
                            at night to make ends meet for her family in the         to share?                                                 They released their EP, Exploring Unknown Territory,     “Ultimately we don’t want to screw up our
                            Philippines. She’s got a Bangladeshi construction                                                                  last February, and are now taking small but fruitful     education too and I guess it takes a lot of discipline
                            worker boyfriend, played by Kumar.                       Pamela: When I was in school, I always worked during      steps into the musical world. “We wanted to do           to do this over a prolonged period of time. But if
                            Sebastian: I play the role of Valentino Siong Jin        the vacation and saved up so that I would have a little   something different from the rest of the bands. We       there’s a will, there’s a way,“ Daniaal added.
                            Siong who runs his family’s first original beef horfun   more spending money during term.                          wanted to write music that was sincere and could

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