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J UN E2 ul Successfic 009 academ secrets lled unrave oP St s life is full at thi Dragon boaters Welcome to the & exciting whirl of canoeists water and sunsh ine! WI orth r! stars yhareofillnanrcial tips W olla ever s D a CD n Sing D s! It’s The fullStoP team official. Sean Firoz firstname.lastname@example.org Vihasini Gopakumar email@example.com We’re hot! Jolene Christina Ng firstname.lastname@example.org Collin Wang email@example.com Shortly after our newly resized issue last May, copies of fullStoP have been flying off the shelves. Faris Nurhakim firstname.lastname@example.org And so, in line with our newfound hot status, we’ve Melissa Jaswal decided to cool things down a bit this issue with our email@example.com cool water edition! Chen Pingxuan Since June’s one of the hottest months of the year firstname.lastname@example.org (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). email@example.com Fashionistas with tan complexions will love pg 12 – Nur Azerinna our beach wear fashion spread. We also introduce two firstname.lastname@example.org water-related CCA clubs in our sports pages (pg 30). Shermaine Chong If all this water talk is making you very depressed email@example.com because you can’t wade, you’re in luck because we’ve 1 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 your campus newsgazine put together a list of swimming schools in Singapore Nur Hazwanie where you can frog-leg-kick start your swimming firstname.lastname@example.org lesson. Atiqah Firdaus email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org Last but not least, if you’re wondering why this Sean Lee issue’s thicker than usual, it’s because we’ve included email@example.com several Grad Special pages, to commemorate our EDITORIAL 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 firstname.lastname@example.org that well in SP. Jason Tung And yes, it’s official. In this issue, we’re so hot, we email@example.com have to cool it. Tan Jit King firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR Jonathan Ng email@example.com Dexter Tay il.com Hong Hai dex tertay@hotma Lim Zui Yong firstname.lastname@example.org Photographers Published by Badron Adnan Badron.email@example.com Department of Corporate Communications firstname.lastname@example.org Farhana Ja’afar blog: fullstop.sp.edu.sg email@example.com Editorial, design and marketing services by NTUC Media Co-operative Ltd Anelie Mercado Play_it_on@hotmail.com For advertising enquiries: 6236 5790 Printed by Times Printers, Singapore egulars 4 R 5 S n i ps 30 Up against s Honou Roll ing Club and Sail Angling – S po r t s sweets 33 Presidential r time contents Food you 34 s worth dessert the big boys royal 36 bands Revie ws ns & local l thespia Cele bs Loca Cover story 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. your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 2 • 2fullStoP • JUNE 2009 3 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 • fullStoP • May Fash 2009 Glo w ion that with th play e up t flow D an s on c kin olou RoBocUP r s 12 Specials 1. 2. 3. 4. Sch ools of Hot coo fish Lea rn to sw l s po t s im like a heat on How no fish 10 campus t to me Grade lt from 1. Robo-Erectus @ Home (RE-H) is a wheeled 3. Robo-Erectus Senior (RESr) is a human-sized expect the mobile robot with a human-like head. humanoid robot which gave an outstanding top sev ations en grad Take a le 11 It’s equipped with a manipulator to handle performance in the Humanoid League of So Sim s af from objects of interest, speech recognition and RoboCup 2007 & 2008, winning 4th place in ple fullS SP’s synthesis technologies to interact with humans. the Humanoid TeenSize league. skin pro toP rep 15 ducts orters t est 2. Robo-Erectus Junior (REJr) is one of the foremost leading soccer playing humanoid robots in 4. Robo-Erectus SPL (RE-SPL) is an Aldebaran Nao the RoboCup Humanoid League. It won 2nd in the humanoid robot from the Aldebaran Robotics 25 company which is programmed to undertake Humanoid Walk competition at RoboCup 2002 and 1st in the Humanoid Free Performance a series of technical challenges for the Standard competition at RoboCup 2003. Platform League. I say, SP students garner bulk of IDA scholarships ... Homework. Quizzes. Projects. Exams. Ditch the stress Eleven out of the 20 new Integrated Infocomm and chill at Singapore’s first portal for secondary school Scholarships offered by The Infocomm students, Wazzup! Articles, forums, pix, videos—you Development Authority were awarded to SP post, we host. Connect with friends, share your students from the School of Digital Media and creativity, gossip, exchange ideas, the latest buzz, find out about cool events and compete to win great prizes. Infocomm Technology. The scholarships are Downloads, contests and more—it’s all you and yours on a little strand of the Internet spun just for you at open to outstanding ‘O’ level students, and www.wazzup.sg. cover local poly and uni tuition fees, as well as Getting annual living and computer allowances. Classes in a kick Flight club soars high SnipS Chin a? Yes, you read that right. Sixt y seven SP ses in Diploma in Mechanical student Ton y SP won a Gold Medal in the Fly-by- Video Remote Control category attending clas Engineering of the Singapore Amazing Flying ts are currently st time ever, SP’s e the Lee studen a. For the fir d to a becam Lee Jun Quan in the 1st – Tony Machine Competition 2009. Da Lian, Chin been relocate ademic cu rriculum has 0 miles away eventual win ner petition Jun Quan This national competition was ac pus more than 2,00 Click & Kick Com organised for the first time by the satellite cam udents from the School the recently ngapore! St held during . DSO National Laboratories and from Si d School of CA Showcase fe Sciences an concluded C Science Centre Singapore. The aim of Ch emical and Li ng more than on the term-lo Unbeaten in of this competition is to promote Design went me which ga ve them ames, Tony star ted your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 4 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 5 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 rogram 10 g interest among students at various Immersion P nity to soak in st two days The iFLY Team fetime oppor tu practising ju From left: Danny Lee, Melvin Ng Yuet Foong, Calvin Tan Yit educational levels in aerospace a once-in-a-li and econom ic mpetition. political, so cial, cultural before the co Hoong, Tan Yong Da and Ivan Hoe science and technology. the ch reached of China. The final mat environment hen the gam e hamm a d its climax w 2nd – Mu k draw when ha ended in a d Zaki Bin Is Winning software Muhamm ad Zaki score force the a late goal to er 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? Muham HOnOuROll 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 Double Motorola mobile devices. The students clinched a total of six prizes, including the top strike “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 goal. 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 Game fair Enough for What’s a good way for foreign students to kickstart campus life in Lucasfilm? 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. your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 6 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 7 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 “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 rument… 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 else 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 cover 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 Management your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 8 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 9 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 and 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- (http://www.fastwaves.com.sg/) pian Ang Peng Siong, provides programmes such as Competitive Swimming and Synchronised Swimming. This, of course comes at a heavier price. Student Hub @ Moberly (http://www.apsswim.com/main.htm) Filled to the brim with facilities, nothing beats Moberly as the best place to escape the scorching heat. Let off steam by playing pool 10 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 11 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 or singing your heart out at the karaoke centre Sing@Moberly. But your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine remember to book a timeslot beforehand! 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 (http://www.learnswim.com/) swimmers. (http://www.ecobia.com/aboutus.htm) 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) (http://www.swimminglessons.com.sg/adultswim- sea with coaches at Synergy Multi-Sport. so anytime is a good time to hang out here. What’s minglessons.htm) (http://www.synergymultisport.com) more, you can always pop by FC5 after pool to grab some food after your swim! perfect r perfect tan perfec e If you are tanned, here’s how you can score Fashion 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. 12 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 13 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine n Fashion n w perfect Stockists: All clothes seen on these fab fashion pages, as well as those on pages 8 and 9 of our cover story, are available at Ocean & Earth, The Central, #03-71 (above Clark Quay MRT). Grade mysteries 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 about to reveal... 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 work. • Supported himself through first year of poly with part-time work and money from prizes. • Passionate about all things electronic, after Name: Course:Kuriakin 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. on 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 want – but make sure you make life. time for each of them. a nd e c ter ok lik ay a r a t lo gw Details of statement: 2 d chive ou a lon s. et a goo sit s es “It’s not that difficult to r Sec elop a po his go succ e manage. All I did was jot down ev ivate an. T demic D t u a cul Jing Y ing ac Awards: every task in an organiser and n Ta ulfil l put a deadline to it.” in f 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 on 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 a fai riel • Interviewed international music artistes. including being s that no drea m is a b lure may h • Actively involved in the School of publ ication. He show ng as you plan to l – as lo b fai ad th ut it ave e Communication, Arts and Social Sciences’ too big or smal x Oops! Magazine. youlure ing. W isn’t peri • Wrote for School of Business’ Attitude achieve it. r a can ith a enc dva b o lwa ed newsletter. nta e tur ptim ys ge. n ed ism to , History: 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. History: Justin found out at a tender age of nine that when you put your mind to something, the Name: 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 n’t immediately. come to Wei Ying Take your t you need to ime if , because ach success is a ieving n as bout the jo ko urney. noc eirs, tk h on’ on t 6 ti es d nock ered. ret u ni nk ov Sec pport , the n disc r i Details of statement: If o r doo Just “Having the right attitude is you young the 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 Awards: 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.” Sec r Reg et 7 too ar d l es and late t s of ag o pro head f make e, it’s n v en or s th a eve by L u t r im Y ccess, U-tur i ji e as n . 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. Whirl Of Fun SO SIMPLE HaPPeningS With simple-to-use products such as the range of Simple’s skincare series, there’s no excuse not to look good, say testers JOLENE C. NG and HAZWANIE LATIFF. Oh, did we Singapore Poly and PUB will host the inaugural say that these products are affordable too? Singapore International Water Festival 2009 (SIWF), a two-day water-themed event to be held at Marina Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes Simple Soothing Facial Toner Barrage. Price: $13.90 (25s) Price: $11.90 (200ml) You’ll be so thrilled with the fun-filled activities we’ve planned for you, which are happening from June 20 – 21, 2009. Even though the To be precise, you and your friends will be kept very description says that busy with 13 events, which allow you to show off the toner helps remove your creative flair, teamwork and versatility! makeup, it is pretty ineffective. It leaves Of course, there’ll be a chill out sunset party on June your skin feeling supple 20 for our secondary school partners. and refreshed but you will need an additional Free shuttle buses are available from Marina Bay moisturizer on top of MRT Station to Marina Barrage from 8.00am - it. It is unscented for 11.00pm. 24 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 25 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 people who do not like your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine The wet wipes work very well at removing makeup, even on waterproof mascara. The fragrances. For more information, log on to www.sp.edu.sg/siwf good thing about the wet wipes is that you do not need to have cotton wool for application. It leaves your skin feeling clean, smooth and not dry. Model Students Wanted! PrODUCTS Simple Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash Simple Oil Balancing Moisturizer Price: $15.90 (150ml) Price: $13.90 (75ml) Are you, or do you know anyone who’d lurve to be featured in fullStoP as a model? If so, don’t hesitate – write to us at fullStoP@sp.edu.sg and attach a full body photograph of yourself or your friend. You’ll be surprised – we’re looking for models of The presence of all shapes, sizes, and colour, so give us a holler! Even oily skin needs polyethylene beads moisturizers to stay leaves the skin Next up: We’re looking for the following healthy. Apart from feeling fresh and students for a make-over special in our future keeping the skin clean after removing issue. Contact us via email if you are game hydrated, it also acts dirt and make-up on enough for a makeover: as an oil absorber my skin. It is a very that leaves the skin easy product to use. We’re looking for: feeling non-greasy and Simply dispense still looking fresh and a small amount on • Male and female students with long healthy. Also, it takes your palm, and using hair (we’ll cut your locks for free!) away unsightly shine your fingertips, off your skin – which wash your face in a • Male and female students who think is a plus point. circular motion. they look plain, or “down-to-earth” – (we’ll make you over and show the world who they’re calling plain!) Simple is available at all leading pharmacies, department stores and supermarkets. $AVE your future Though students are one of the least affected groups in this downturn, it’s never too early to start thinking about our long-term financial plan. Here are some ways. 1. Budgeting Finance 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 month. • 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 be fixed monthly payouts. Food and movies could be discretionary payouts. 26 • fullStoP • June 2009 27 • fullStoP • June 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine • 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 = Expenses. 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 4. 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 below your means will free up additional big favour for a good financial headstart when you graduate, and to live the life money to pay off your debts sooner. you want, with money you can control. 3) Being conferred internationally recognised degrees 4) Not needing to leave Singapore! 3. Here are two such courses: The author, Cai Zong Zhen, has over 10 years experience in the financial servic Always Pay Yourself field and is a proud graduate of Finan cial Perspectives. She graduated in 2000 es Bachelor of Food Technology (Honours), Massey University the certificate of the Associate Financial with Planner TM and subsequently the Assoc Yes, to “pay yourself” is to save. Savings Wealth Planner TM in Year 2003. iate (New Zealand) is not about sacrifice. 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HAZWANIE LATIFF shares her experience. HAZWANIE LATIFF 28 • fullStoP • June 2009 29 • fullStoP • June 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine Design Destination: MELBOURNE Overseas 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 sports Up for sail Angler Who says sailing is boring? fullStoP reporter and national sailor SEAN LEE management sells some koyok as he writes about his all-time favourite sports club. Angling is a therapeutic activity which cultivates patience 30 • fullStoP • June 2009 31 • fullStoP • June 2009 your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 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 sports 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 angling. 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! 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CDs For(N)ever Hoobastank 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 REVIEW 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 U2 This Is My Life With 11 albums under their belt, this Irish Grammy winning rock band Amy Macdonald 34 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 35 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 needs no introduction. U2’s latest album still holds their rock edge to a your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine 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) : REVIEW 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. Review: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Very 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 Rich 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 Musical 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 36 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 37 • fullStoP • JUNE 2009 three of the stars and asks your campus newsgazine your campus newsgazine some million-dollar worthy questions. 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. T 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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