Thursday, March 12, 2015

Presentation of Social Media Listening Projects and Infographics to Starhub Community Team


Last Thursday (05 March 2015), four groups of DBIT students presented their Social Media Listening project to the Starhub Community Team.

First, we really must thank Darren and Kai Boon of Starhub Community for taking time off from their busy schedule to attend the students presentation and to share their feedback with them.  It was good news to know that after the presentation, both of them felt it was a really worthwhile trip made as they were very impressed by the quality of our students presentations!

Here's a round-up of what each of the groups presented and the photos of them presenting.

Do look out for more news of them again because Darren and Kai Boon like their infographics and research so much that they have decided to publish their work on Starhub Community Blog after some touch-up! :)

Congratulations to the teams! :)

P.S.: Do excuse me for the lousy quality of the photos taken as I only had my phone camera with me at that time and I was trying to listen and take photos at the same time ;)

Top 5 TV shows in Singapore

The first group of students were Yi Fang and Jun Rong who worked with two other students Htet and Tianqi to produce an infographic on "Top 5 TV shows in Singapore".

Below are some snippets of them presenting as well as some screenshots of their slides.

Yi Fang presenting
Jun Rong presenting
Top 5 TV Shows Amongst Singaporeans  
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Top 5 K-pop groups in Singapore

Next up were the students from DBIT 1B21 consisting of Nicholas, Wei Yan, Deswanto and Claris.

This group used social media listening tools like Social Express to gather insights of the conversations happening among K-pop fans in Singapore and produced an infographic on "Top 5 K-pop groups in Singapore".

Here are some photos of them presenting and a screenshot of their infographic.

Nicholas Presenting
Weiyan Presenting
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Top 5 noodles in Singapore

The third group to present chose to research on the noodles that are most loved by Singaporeans.

They studied the social media conversations in which people talk about why they like a certain type of noodle.  They focused on areas such as what people were talking about the taste of the noodles, the price of the noodles, the queue etc.

The students who worked on this interesting project are Adriel, Chee Xiong, Zhe Hui and Zhengyu.

Adriel presenting
 Chee Xiong presenting
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Top 5 cafes in Singapore

The presentation concluded with the findings of the group consisting of Lawrence, Zandra, Wei Xiang.and Jin Yong.

They performed research to identify the Top 5 Cafes in Singapore.

Here are the photos of this group.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The MetroDBITan student series : Issue #041 - Zen Eng Junwei

Today is the last day of the shortest month in 2015, but I am sure, just like me, though the month was short, you must have felt like it is one of those months which you have done the most things ever!

Our cover model for February 2015, DBIT Year 1 student, Zen Eng Junwei certainly had a really busy month! Besides rushing assignnments, visiting relatives and friends during Chinese New Year, studying for the semestral exams, Zen also did some part-time work to earn himself some good pocket money!


About Myself

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I was born in 1996.

Most of the babies born in 1996 fell into the zodiac sign of the "Rat" as long as they were born on or after the day of the first day of the Lunar New Year.  Unfortunately, since that day was 19 Feb 1996, and my birthday is 06 February, I became a 'Pig' instead.

As such, since young, my family has been calling me '猪八戒', after the famous Chinese legend  “Journey To The West”.

Celebrating my Birthdays

I just turned 19 a few weeks ago.  Did I celebrate my birthday, you ask?

Well, yes, I did, but unlike last year, my birthday this year was celebrated in a smaller way

Nonetheless, I received a  BIG surprise from my poly classmates and great presents from my family!
This year’s birthday was also crazy because I lost my phone and got dead drunk, thanks to my friends! Overall, I still enjoyed myself!

My most memorable birthday was my 18th birthday last year.  On that birthday, I was working and coincidentally, it was also the Chinese New Year’s Ren Ri (人日).  Based on Chinese tradition, Ren Ri (人日) is "everyone’s birthday".  At first, I thought due to my work, everyone must have forgotten my birthday but at the end of the day, my colleagues, friends and even my family stayed up late till I reached home to celebrate for me.  I felt so so touched.



HOROSCOPE & personality

My zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Many of my friends used to say that my character does not match the personality of an Aquarius but I am a fan of Astrology and I think the description of an Aquarius is quite close to the real me.

My ex-girlfriend used to tell me about my horoscope; she always said that I’m short-tempered, sharp-tongued, stubborn and too loyal.  If someone was to lose my trust and respect, I would get very angry. She also said Aquarius personalities are very independent.

Personally, I believe what my ex-girlfriend said is true about me.  I see the same traits among my Aquarius friends as well.

What is not true, you ask? Hmmm, I guess everything seems to be quite true, haha! But still, it depends on the individual, and also on how he/she is brought up.

Childhood days


During my childhood, I remember my family used to be wealthy and we used to have the newest toys way before my friends had them.

In the family, I was my grandmother's most precious grandson among my siblings as I am the only grandson who can speak Teochew.  I love to listen to my grandmother's stories about my family's history; hence, I gained the most favour from her. Through her, I learnt that my family members are actually the descendants of Teochew Peranakan. However, we do not practice that tradition and not that 'pure' now.  That's a great pity. But I am trying hard to learn the tradition of my ancestors and I hope to bring it down to my next generation.

My beautiful grandmother
on her wedding day

My childhood was awesome because of my grandmother. My parents used to be quite busy due to their business and worked all day and had little time for us. Hence, most of the time, it was my grandmother, who looked after me and my eldest brother.  Since young, I loved to watch my grandma cook.  I would always stand beside her while she was cooking with the wok. Thanks to her, she imparted to me many moral values, and even made me fall love in with cooking, especially our Peranakan dishes.  Sadly, I am just too lazy and I would only cook for close friends or some special events.

Schooling days


Primary school was the worst days I ever had! I failed most or every subject every year until I was in Primary 6.  Somehow, I started to turn smarter that year.

I was from Hougang Primary School.   The most memorable things during those years was the time when I was catching caterpillars. I remember those times when I was staring at a caterpillar on a daily basis, hoping for it to grow as fast as possible from its tiny self to a beautiful butterfly.

Also, I remember that my language was the worst, due to myself speaking too much of my dialect at home. I was so weak in my Chinese that I was often shamed by my teacher in front of my whole class.

After primary school, I went on to Hougang Secondary which was just opposite my primary school. Life was much fun and crazy but thankfully, my studies got better and better.  Back then, I was a prefect and even managed to enter a Leadership Council which not many people could qualify. However, due to a higher study workload, I chose to step down as a monitor later.

During secondary, I joined the Lion Dance CCA and when I was in Secondary 5, me and a few classmate manage to help our class achieve the Hougang Secondary Warrior Award.




My Lion Dance Friends

Likes and Dislikes


What I love best is watching English and Hong Kong series as these series can give people plenty of ideas.

I always believe that life is just like drama where there’s plenty of ups and downs, twists and turns and all sorts of emotions. Although it is hard to stay happily ever after, but still, we are able to make our choice to stay happy or sad.

I also love cooking as mentioned earlier. I also enjoy the nightlife and travelling whenever when there is a chance for me.

I simply love nightlife because I am someone who loves to enjoy and relax myself and expanding my social circle by making new friends at these nightlife activities.

On to my dislikes. I HATE spiders as I have phobia since primary 3 or so. I can’t really remember how many years I being hating spiders, but yeah, I just HATE them.


Memorable Moments

I guess the most memorable and tragic moment I had, was something that happened to me last year in 2014.

Last year, before Chinese New Year,  my grandfather passed on.  It was the most heart aching year I have ever had in life.  I could not celebrate Chinese New Year nor visit friends.  Moreover, that year was my 18th birthday.  Although I was glad that my friends and family celebrated for me, I wasn't happy at all.

A few months later, during my mid-semester, another tragic incident happened. My god-grandfather accidentally tripped while he was on his way back home and hit the back of his head badly. He was then admitted to the ICU and entered into a coma. During the first two days when he was in coma, everyone was trying to wake him up by talking to him and staying by his side in case he woke up. We all thought there was hope at first as his fingers did move and when we were reminiscing about stuff that he once did, he teared.

After spending 4 days in the ICU, all of us were getting worried and exhausted. We had too much of crying and too much of sleepless nights. Tragically, the doctor shared with us that they would have to remove the life support from him because he had no signs of reacting to any stimuli. It was a very very tough decision for my family to agree on removing his life support. After some discussions with the doctor, we all decided to go home and have a rest and give the doctor our answer the next day. Unexpectedly, my god-grandfather decided to make the decision for us. He left peacefully when we were about to leave the ICU room.

On the 2nd day of the funeral, my god-grandmother left us too. She was too heart-broken when she heard that my grandpa had left us.  The two of them were like two love birds who could not live without each another. Their sudden absence in our family made us felt lost and unable to accept the fact.

My God Grandma

To add on to the unfortunate events, a few months later, my god-grandparent’s daughter left, and weeks later, my cousin’s father left as well. It was the most tragic and terrible year I have ever had. I hope in my heart that such days would never come again

3 important people in my life

I have 3 beautiful ladies in my life:

  • 1st lady I wish to thank is my grandmother, I am thankful that she was in my life for 15 years and imparted in me many important moral values. Although she has left me, but what she has taught me still stays with me.
  • 2nd lady is my mum, I know it is a very  tiring task to take of me, my sibling and also this family. After my grandma left, it was even more tiring for her.
  • 3rd lady is my god-mum. It was my luck to have her as my mother after my grandma left me. For a long time, I had no chance to taste the food that my grandma used to cook for me.  But thankfully, I have my god-mum, and her cooking is just like my grandma. I also appreciate that she treats me just like her real son.
Mummy

My god-ma and god-sisters

DBIT

To be frank, DBIT was not my choice of course. I wanted to enter a business course, but with my grades, I could not qualify for any.

The day after I collected my O level results, my grandpa passed on.  I dropped to the lowest point of my life during that period, and almost made a wrong decision while choosing my course. I was planning to enter the army first instead of continuing my studies as I felt so demoralized after knowing that my results could notget me into any business course. Luckily, my brother introduced to this course before I made my greatest mistake.


MY LIFE IN POLY

Life is poly is very busy and stressful, but thankfully I have a bunch of great classmates who are very fun to be with.  They planned a birthday surprise for me this year and made an awesome birthday card for me with a wonderful ‪#‎Fabrix‬ laptop bag present as well!



My Posters Designs

One of the the most hectic module I took in poly this year was Social Media Marketing in which I had to work with a real industry client called Dough Culture, the largest youtiao manufacturer in Singapore.

My group had to plan social media posts for them, filmed a promotional video for them and designed many posters for them.

Below are some of the posters I have designed for the company!





Other photos





Issue #041 MetroDBITan - launch on 28 Feb 2015...


Happy Chinese New Year peeps! :)

Look for our February issue featuring our very good-looking DBIT Year 1 student, Zen Eng Junwei launching at 9 pm later! :)



Monday, January 26, 2015

The MetroDBITan student series : Issue #040 - Zhu Lifen

Welcome to the first issue of MetroDBITan for the year 2015!

In the blink of an eye.. we are into issue #040 already, meaning that we have featured exactly 39 DBIT students over the last two years and today, we finally cross the 40 mark! :)

Since this month is January, I have picked a January baby to feature this time!  An interesting fact I found out as I was sieving through our list of DBIT students who are born in this month - there are very few of them, just nineteen students out of about our current cohort of 400 Year 1 to Year 3s!

Year 1 student, Zhu Lifen is one of them!
Lifen is a student I have taught since she first joined SP  in April last year, so I was really glad that we are featuring her this month as it gives me a chance to know more about her.

And indeed, it was an enjoyable discovery for me as I interviewed her.  Join me in to understand more about Lifen below! :)

Lifen, a Happy Belated Birthday to you!  Please tell us more about yourself and how you celebrated your birthday this year.

I was born on 10 January 1997. I was told by my parents and friends, that because I was born in the early part of the year before the Lunar New Year, my Chinese zodiac is the sign of the Rat instead of the sign of the Ox, which is what most of my friends have.

This year I had a slightly special birthday. This was the first time when so many friends came together for my 18th birthday, as we only knew each other for less than a year! I was awfully welcomed with a plate of whipped cream right when I stepped out of the classroom. I had a really tough time cleaning myself and eventually I had no choice but to walk around with my oily hair for the next few hours. We also went to have dinner at a restaurant. It was the same case when my secondary school friends came together to celebrate my birthday but the only difference was, the cream is from the cake itself!

For the past years, birthdays have always been like normal days to me, but I have great friends around always putting in effort, spending money and setting aside time just for me. So I am really grateful for each and every one of them.

Something I realized is that I have been bashed by cake, flour and whipped cream. I guess it has become a tradition and I am always ready to face it, if there is more to come.

Lifen, ou are a January baby, also a Capricorn. Read the description at this link and this link and share with us which parts of the profile describe you accurately, and which do not.

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I find that many parts of the Capricorn’s profile describes me especially the Sun, and Moon in Capricorn.

“Capricorns can sometimes be rather lonely people, although they rarely let it show. They are often a little reserved—even standoffish. This is generally because they value all things practical, and they'll seldom wear their emotions on their sleeves, unless they have a particularly flamboyant Moon sign.”

I think this perfectly expresses my inner self and feelings as I tend to keep my feelings to myself and feel vulnerable if I give away too much of them.

“This position of the Moon suggests a desire for clear boundaries and realistic goals. Not much for taking risks in life, Lunar Capricorns look for safety and security in most everything they do. Most of them respect authority and tradition, and many are planning well ahead of the rest of us. You likely won't have to remind them to protect their interests, plan for old age, or keep fall-back money in their bank accounts. These things come naturally to them.”

This is accurate in describing me as my siblings commented many times that I tend to have an ‘old-fashioned and traditional’ mindset. This actually makes me appear to be more mature compared to my age. It probably explains why my parents trusted me more compared to my siblings.


Do a Myer-Briggs personality test at this link. After you get your results, read the analysis at this link and share whether you agree or disagree with the analysis of yourself

My personality result shows that I am an ISTJ, 89% towards the introvert side.


Some qualities posted on the ISTJs are honest and direct, calm and practical, judgemental, and always by the book which I agree to.

I tend to be very honest with my friends as I would give my feedback as truthfully as possible whether it is good or bad. Although it may be a good thing, it actually makes me more boring and dull to hang out with as a person as I gave sharp and honest response to jokes sometimes.

Most of the time, I appear very calm on the outside. In fact, I look so 'cool' that people think I have a ‘black face’ or ‘expressionless’ and some of my friends even think I am sad all the time! Many people tend to misunderstand as I do not express much emotions or feelings. To tell the truth, not many things actually excite me to give excited responses.

Share stories and photos about your baby / childhood days

I cannot really remember my childhood days as I have a really bad memory.

But one of the most vivid memories of those days when I was young is that I was so tall and big-sized back then, and other kids were so small standing beside me. People got scared of me, and I barely had any friends until I was in Primary 4 when the others grew a little taller and I seemed less intimidating. I was 132cm and 33kg in Primary one!!


Share stories and photos about your school days in primary school

I was from a neighbourhood school, White Sands Primary School. When I refer to it as “neighbourhood”,  I actually meant a school which is a 5 minutes walk from my house.

I have always been very enthusiastic when it comes to Chinese lessons as I find that the Chinese language is something that I can closely relate to, with understanding and appreciation. Also, I have also obtained good results to my assessments related to Chinese, so it makes me enjoy Chinese lessons more ever since primary school!


Share stories and photos about your school days in secondary school

Just like my younger days, I also attended a neighbourhood secondary school which is very near to my house. A 10 minute walk from my place this time.

I guess my parents are not the kind who consider prestigious schools to be the best choice, and I thank them for not putting pressure on me when I did not score well. They tend to not interfere with me and my sibling’s studies as they think that we should be the one responsible and take control of it.

I was in Media Resource Library in secondary school. Though I originally wanted to join the school’s badminton team, I realised that it was only open for boys! When I found out, I became so disappointed. None of the other CCAs captured my liking, thus I settled for a less burdensome one.

To be honest, none of the subjects in secondary school caught my interest except Chinese. Hence, I always found it to be a breather for me to take a good break between classes.

Some pictures of me and my secondary school friends are appended below:






Share your likes and dislikes

Two of my all-time favourite things to do are to watch good movies and to eat good food!

I tend to seek movies and food as a source to de-stress whenever I encounter problems and unhappy things or feel stressed out. One benefit from watching movies is that I can actually pick up some knowledge and learn why some people actually behave this way and also improve my language skills.

I have watched countless of movies thus whenever someone asks for my recommendation, I can't think of any as there are so many good ones around. But if I was to choose one that left a deep impression, it would be the ‘War of the Worlds’ in which Tom Cruise starred as the main character. Some other movies would be these :


And here's the photos of the food I like alot!




Share an event which is memorable to you
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A really scary moment up to date was when I first entered Singapore Polytechnic.

It was the biggest decision I have ever made all by myself as my parents believe that they could not decide my future for me. When most of my friends decided to enroll in Temasek Polytechnic, I swayed a little. As I have been an introvert most of my life, I have always been afraid to be in a crowd. What’s more they are all strangers whom I've never met! But as I considered my future carefully, I thought that this school will give me more opportunity to grow and learn.

Eventually, I decided that I have to be brave and make the right decision for myself, and seek for better opportunity in a completely new environment.


What's your dress-style like?

Basically, my main color for outfits has always been black or other basic colors like white or grey.

Black is a color where I feel safe and hidden in it. It makes me feels comfortable although many of my friends think that black is a really ’emo’ and sad color.

Me in Black

Me in White

Three people that you want to thank or shout out to?

I would like to give a shout out to one of my best friends who has always been there for me for the past 8 years, accepting me and making me who I am today.

Me, Celeste and Celine
After that, it would be to two great people I've met this year, Celine Tan and Celeste Tan! They are among the most sincere people I've met although it has only been 9 months since I first know them. I was really afraid that I wouldn't be able to find real friends to talk to as I heard from my older sibling talking about her poly life. But they have proven it otherwise.

Have you travelled anywhere before? If so, which countries have you been? Which country do you like most?

I have travelled to China and Malaysia.

Although both my parents came from China and then settled in Singapore, me and my siblings had only managed to visit China for the first time last year, 2014. We met our cousins for the first time ever since we were born, so we felt a little awkward as we had a gap in communication as their Chinese was so ‘cheem’.

Though we only stayed for a week, it was really good to be there as the whole family consisting nearly 15 of them welcomed us and brought us around to eat good food.

China’s culture felt so different from Singapore. For example, when you sit in their cafés, you can be dragging tables around and making A LOT of noise, with everyone shouting across, and nobody actually cares.






Why did you choose DBIT course?

I chose DBIT course because I have always thought that if I were to pick up a skill or two like having to code my own website, or learning how to make use of technology to improve life, it would be really cool and useful.

But apart from the technology aspect, I also felt that learning how a business works and its industry is necessary, thus I chose DBIT course which offers these.

Another reason is that I do not think I have such a strong passion for IT thus I did not go all out for DIT course.


What do you like about DBIT course so far?

What I like about DBIT course is that the IT skills I have learnt are very useful in application to business. Like how we could create our own websites if we want to set up a small online shop. Also, we are given the chance to learn as much in both industries and widen our knowledge.

What do you plan to do after graduation from SP?

After graduation from SP, I will want to enrol in a university. If my circumstances allow, I would most probably go for further studies immediately. But if my results does not qualify, I would work and gain some experience in the industry and save up for further studies after a year or two.


What are your favourite modules in SP? 

So far, my favourite modules in SP is Social Media Marketing. It had left a deep impression on me when we first heard that we had to go out and look for a company to work with as our very first project as a year one student!

Although it sounds intimidating and I felt helpless at first, I had a really great time working on that project especially when I have a really good team. Social Media Marketing module gave us a chance to discover what we are actually capable of and it helped me to grow throughout.

If I were to compare myself before and after SMM module, I would say I have changed. I managed to overcome my fear of giving presentation and also much braver in trying out things. Though I am still learning, SMM module is definitely the biggest helping hand to my learning.


Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years time?

In ten years time, I would probably find myself going for a regular 9-5 job every day. Whether is it in Business or IT industry, I am not sure either…

Please share some pictures of your past projects / assignments

Here's the website design I created for the modules I took last semester.






Are you currently attached with a partner? 

I do not have a partner at the moment. I am the type who would not go out and seek for romance but rather prefers it to happen naturally.

It would be nice if the guy is taller than me and probably have a really nice character which could handle mine.