Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Air Asia 1 Million Free Tickets!!

Received an email from Air Asia yesterday announcing the release of its 1 million free tickets on midnight!!

I took the opportunity to book for my flight tickets from there for my Grad Trip!! Bought two way tickets at approx RM330 (incl. tax) and will be traveling from 14th June 2009 to 30th June 2009! Basically, I'll be flying to Siam Rep (Cambodia) on the 14th and flying back from Hanoi (Vietnam) on the 30th.

Only 6 of us bought (me, Hon Yoong, Eng Sue, Soo Fan, Xin Fern and Wai Teng) for that particular time period and 3 still pending.....

As of now, I still don't have any concrete plans yet as to the details of my travel route.. What I have in mind now is to visit Cambodia (Angkor Wat), Laos (Luang Prabang) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi)

Any ideas on where to go in that region??

Will have about a year or so to plan.. =)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

First round of HRM

After complaining about HRM in my previous post; here are some details and experiences as to how me and my group fought the first tutorial..

Our first tutorial requirements were these:

  1. Establish cold contacts with a business organization and collect information and data through interviews with its senior managers.
  2. Understanding its current and future business environments.
  3. Identify and specify its industry/industry segment and (at least) 3 competitors.
  4. Identifying the value elements offered by the company through its products/services to customers.
  5. Visit the competitors - do the competitors identify each other as competitors?
  6. Implications for its human resource management.
We started by using approx 3 hours on Friday to survey the different shops in JP; attempting to interview managers of shops there. Most of the managers were not around at that time though. Some are just chains and have to contact their HQ for such things. We worked our way from the basement level all the way to the top floor. We avoided those very big companies.

Finally, we manage to get our hands on an Indonesian Shop called "House of Jamu" and interviewed the shop owner there.

We also spent about 2.5 hours on Sunday for a group meeting; Another 2-3 hours on Monday and from 4.5 hours (fr 730pm to 12 midnight) on Wednesday!!

For a 3AU course... it became a more than 10Au course.. lol

Anyway, presentation was Thursday and unfortunately for my tutorial group, our tutor is non other than Michael Heng, the coordinator of the course, the very demanding tutor, the person who chops our legs so that we can learn how to fly.

There were 4 groups in my class, 4 groups to present. My group was the 2nd group to present.
The supposedly presentation time for each grp is 15min. First group presented for almost an hour. For each unsatisfactory point in the eyes of Uncle Heng, he will just blatantly voice out his argument; wanting a more specific description from us. For example, when we mention a location, he will want a map to it. "Where is this place? Why did the company choose this place? What's the logic behind its location?"

For each statement being made, he was very crucial and meticulous to how it was being said. "shooting" each point whenever there is a vulnerability to its credibility.

In the end, a supposed 2 hour tutorial turned into a 3 hour session. Out of the 4 groups who presented, 3 groups have to redo their work where 2 of them need to redo it with a different company. And the only group that survived; my group!!! =D

Partly, I think it was because we have foreigners in my group; 2 from Indonesia, 1 from China and myself from Malaysia. He is somewhat nicer to foreigners, stricter to Singaporeans.
Probably another reason is, we really put in a lot of effort to it. We were very crucial to each point made.

We even had rehearsals where I would act like Uncle Heng and try to 'pin down' every point that are ambiguous, unprecise and confusing. Although I'm still not very good at it, but I suppose it was good enough to pass his first round of tutorial.!

Now, the real battle begins: The Blue Ocean Strategy Project!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

EE4041: Human Resource Management

It's now the 3rd week of school and let me tell you, final year studies is totally different with what we get for the past 3 years.

Firstly, it could be due to the fact that we have a FYP (Final Year Project) going on and thus for almost every single free time we have, we will be attempting to spend some time to deal with our FYP.

Secondly, which is more towards EEE students is the compulsory enrollment for the course Human Resource Management. It doesn't look as hard as it sound, but because of the demands of the coordinator, a 3AU subject will seem like a 10AU subject!

Even for a normal presentation, each member of the group is expected to be able to present any part of the presentation. Which means, the tutor will determine who will be presenting which portion of that group's presentation.

This coming Thursday will be my first presentation for HRM. The amount of work that my group did. Within a week, my group went out to Jurong Point, established cold contacts and ask various shop managers in JP to interview them about their business; study their competitors; and analyze the implication towards HRM. Not to mention meetings, creating slides, presenting them, ....

On the positive side, it does help us students to be able to cope and manage all these stress; stress that may be even worse when we start working. The different dead lines, assignments, tutorials, presentations and final year project.

In fact, I don't really have time to blog anymore. I'm now blogging while in my Web Application Design Class. Currently teaching on the basics of Java.

For the rest of the day, I have another 3 more hours of lecture and 2 more hours of tutorial. *sigh*

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

De Zien's 21st Birthday Celebration

Right before the semester started, we had a brithday celebration for De Zien on the 2nd of Aug. Coincidentally, that's my father's birthday and all I did on that day for him was send him an sms to wish him.. Naughty me... Then again, what can I do over here in Singapore... And we did celebrate for him in KL the week before... =)

Anyway, for De Zien's birthday celebration.. it started off with us asking De Zien to dress formally and meet us at Boon Lay. That's the exact same thing we did to Wai Seng where WS dressed up very formally while the rest of us wore casual. But this time, we were quite nice to De Zien cause all of us wore relatively nice too! With shirts, jeans and shoes.

There was me, yin sin, elaine, wai seng and de zien. All of us knows where and what's gonna happen later except for.. well, De Zien. He has no clue at all as to where we'll be bringing him.

We met up with Shaun at CCK where we had our lunch there at some HK Restaurant first. That's where Yi Wang joined us after lunch.

at a HK Restaurant for Lunch (by P3rSeUs)

Then, we tricked him by loitering around the bus interchange where we were actually waiting for a shuttle bus to go to Qian Hu Fish Farm for our Fish Spa Session!

The guys at fish spa (by P3rSeUs)
At the Fish Spa Pool

At the fish spa, what happens is the fishes will nibble and eat all your dead skin leaving the skin smooth and healthy! It's actually quite ticklish but getting used to it, the sensation is actually quite nice!

At first, it started off with small little fishes nibbling on our legs.
Fish Nibbles (by P3rSeUs)

Then, comes the BIG FISHES!!
Fish ATtack (by P3rSeUs)

It's actually very nice... You can feel the big mouth of the fishes nibbling happily on the skin.. For only $10 for 30min, it's actually quite nice... =)

After all that, it's time for our next agenda. Shopping Spree!! We went to Raffles City to shop a birthday present for De Zien; clothes for him where we get to dress him up however we like first!

So, the first experiment was at Topman
Extreme Makeover #1 (by P3rSeUs)

We didn't think it was cheesy enough.. and went for a different style
Extreme Makeover #2 (by P3rSeUs)

After that, we went to some other shop and try on some different clothing
Extreme Makeover #3 (by P3rSeUs)

The glasses was really horrible. It even completely changed how Yi Wang would look like
Gay Yi Wang (by P3rSeUs)

But after all those.. we ended up buying something not so radical and more of De Zien. Purchased a shirt from G2 Black Label. A very nice shirt! =)

It was about time for dinner and dinner was quite nearby. So, we decided to walk there. While walking on the streets, we saw jets flying around for the NDP Rehearsal! Managed to snap some shots of the heart shape stunt in the sky.. =)

Love is in the air (by P3rSeUs)

Our dinner was at Indulgz Bistro which was featured at Xia Xue's Blog previously.

We ordered various cocktails and main courses.
There was a drink I ordered called Flirtini. When I ordered the drink, the shaun heard me saying "flirt with me?" to the waitress! The waitress said "excuse me?" also.. *sigh*
We also ordered red wine cocktail, bailey's cocktail, tequila, etc.

Flirtini (by P3rSeUs)

We all shared a crab soup
Crab Soup (by P3rSeUs)

and Chicken Bolognaise Melted Cheese Fries!
Cheese Fries! (by P3rSeUs)

The main courses were:
Flaming Pasta
Flaming Pasta (by P3rSeUs)

Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with Red Wine Duxcelle Sauce
Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with Red Wine Duxcelle Sauce (by P3rSeUs)

Butterfish Steak with Pineapple Salsa
Butterfish Steak with Pineapple Salsa (by P3rSeUs)

Oven-baked Pork Ribs
Oven-baked Pork Ribs (by P3rSeUs)

Seafood Platter w White Pepper Sauce (for 1)
Seafood Platter w White Pepper Sauce (for 1) (by P3rSeUs)

If all that was not enough, we decided to bring the celebration back in NTU! After walking along city area towards Chijmes and Tom Palette's Ice Cream, we bought a small bottle of vodka back to Hall 16 for our next round!

We played Cash n Guns (DIY Version) and Indian Poker.
The loser has to do forfeits!
Wai Seng's forfeit was to put ice on his nipples chest for 1 minute.
Enjoying the sensation (by P3rSeUs)

Yi Wang had to do Monkey Gorilla Chimpanzee in front of strangers in the tv lounge.
Yi Wang (Gorilla) (by P3rSeUs) Yi Wang (Chimpanzee) (by P3rSeUs)

and Shaun just has to sing crazily and out of tune....
Shaun crazily singing "twinkle twinkle little star" (by P3rSeUs)

Friday, August 01, 2008

Perception towards Photography

In general, there are two types of photography. One is the type where you take snapshots of people around you, events or memories that you want to capture or to be recorded. Another type is the 'artist' where a person turns a dull looking object into an art with different framing and post processing.

I suppose most photographers are the latter ones. They see something, they want to capture it, process it, turn it into an art. It's like the olden day artists. Instead of visualizing something and using a brush to paint it, photographers use technologically advanced tools or software to manipulate light and picture content which are now called post-processing.

Of course for me, I'd like to deal with those kind of pictures. On the extreme side is abstract photography. It's how an artist would like to express himself/herself from a picture. The thoughts and emotions that are capsuled in a single form of abstract picture.

But, the very first reason I take photographs is so that I can capture memories. Images of beings that have been in my life.

Christmas 2004. The atmosphere and ambience that was in my house. The happy faces, the guests, the kids; friends that I now lost contact with; the youth of my family and parents; the food that we had.

That is what is important to me. 30 years down the road, when I would look back to my pictures. Would I see the artistic form of photographs that I have created? Or would I see the pictures of people that have been in my life? Places that I have been. Things that I have done.

I constantly have this internal conflict of taking photography to create a masterpiece of art or just mainly capturing memories. However, Justin, a good friend of mine in my photography friends said that Ultimately, it's all for personal satisfaction. Therefore I suppose for now, I'd still stick to capturing memories and to capture moments. Maybe next time, I may have a different thinking and approach towards photography? Who knows.