Thoughts of a UOL-LSE International Programme student in Singapore
Suddenly, I had the urge to share something longer than 140 characters which is much more than what twitter supports.
For any of you reading this and do not know me, here’s a brief introduction. I’m a full-time undergrad pursuing my Bachelor of Science at University of London and London School of Economics (LSE) (International Programme) in Singapore. Not going to mention where I’m doing this program as they’re doing well (not that UOL/LSE isn’t good).
What’s bad is the culture here. I’m unsure if this only happen in Singapore. No one talks in class. I’m not referring to chatting in class, but the two way communication between the lecturer and student. Over here, the lecturer will speak for almost 3 hours (duration of the lecture (and tutorial), minus 10 minutes break time). Yes, most lecturer will talk throughout tutorials (included in the 3 hours lecture).
I do see that some lecturers are trying to change the system or change the way they do tutorials by trying to make students at least talk alittle, but this isn’t really helping. Students here still keep everything to themselves.
Perhaps, I started feeling this in the recent years with the world spinning; changing the world to become more social. Just look at websites, even they’re evolving to become web 2.0 (though just a model) – allowing more communication (not just 2-way).
Don’t ask me why I’m diving into this programme without doing much research and end up learning that this programme just isn’t to my liking. I guess at first I thought it was fine, but through time, I changed and realised I’m not suited for this. I’m doing my final year, and of course, I’ve to keep going!
But you will question what’s good about the programme? I feel the British programme trains me for 1-shot-1-one kill, like a sniper. If you fail the paper, you’ll have to re-do it the following year. Just like going for an interview, you only get a chance to impress. How can you not prepare for it?
Felix Ker’s Christmas Gadget Gift Guide 2010
It’s Christmas once again and every year, I receive messages from friends asking me for gift suggestions for friends. This year, I’ve decided to do something different – creating a gift guide. And for following years, as long as the site is alive, I’ll be working on gift guides for the year. You may have noticed that I called it “Gadget Gift Guide 2010” and what you might be thinking next is – then how about my friends who are less techie or how about my girlfriends who don’t love gadgets as much? Not to worry about this since what I’ve got in the guide is almost for both sexes.
How did you generate the list?
I’d consider myself quite a geek, thus generating these goodies aren’t much trouble for me. All it took was a little time and thought. The items are either what I’ve used, or I’m using or what my closer friends recommended. For example, I’m using the Canon PowerShot S90 but there’s a newer (and improved) Canon PowerShot S95 out in the market.
You may have noticed that the items appear to be rather practical. Yes, they are and you should buy gifts that are practical. I’m not trying to say that you shouldn’t buy something impractical; I just felt that something usable would remind you of the person every time you use it.
Why Amazon when you reside in Singapore?
Most people residing in Singapore wouldn’t buy such gadgets/gifts from Amazon and have them shipped. But that doesn’t matter to me since Amazon offers one of the best online catalog for gifts. That way, I can easily combine the items together on one site. Since I cannot rely on Amazon Affiliates (or most affiliates) to support this site, The ads above and below this post is the main source of income.
Let me know in the comments if there are any other items you’d like to recommend or if you have any feedback. Feel free to contact me if you need more help.
2010 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix Grid Girls
Weâ€™re just 10 days from the 2010 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. Who do you think will win this race?
Anyway, hereâ€™s the 12 Unique SingTel Grid Girls divided into 3 pages!
Tell us in the comments whoâ€™s your favourite.
Check the ladies out after the break.
*FOUND* â€œTAN KIAN CHOONâ€ from Singapore/Malaysia
*UPDATE* (11am 8 September 2010) Mr Tan got to read this blog article and Â commented. It’s really the power of Google.
THIS IS FOR SERIOUS MATTERS. NOT A JOKE OR A GAME.
Declare: I’m not a loanshark, neither does the person owe anyone money. I’m finding him for a good cause (I have documents to verify).
Mr TAN KIAN CHOON (Son of late Mr TAN TOH SENG) happens to be a friend of my dad’s friend and he’s lost his contact for at least 30 over years.
If you happen to know Mr Tan Kian Choon or late Mr Tan Toh Seng, please contact me by any means. I’m sure there’s monetary reward if you’re willing to accept.
I hope after reading this, you will share this via facebook/twitter/email. 1 more person sharing this means there’s alittle more chance. Let’s use the power of social media to find this person.