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.

Capricorn by Ripnel Patricia
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 caf├ęs, 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.


Issue #040 MetroDBITan - launch on 26 Jan 2015...


It's the start of another new year!

Watch out for our first issue of 2015 featuring DBIT Year 1 student, Zhu Li Fen!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

4 Potential Teams to Win the BPL Title This Season

4 Potential Teams to Win the BPL Title This Season

This article was written by Lee Jia Quan, a Diploma in Business Information Technology student from Singapore Polytechnic.

Have you ever thought of which football team is going to win the Barclays Premier League (BPL) title for this season? It is going to be week 16 for BPL, all of the matches are going to be an open, contentious battleground heading into the Christmas period. It will also be a great opportunity for the football team to turn their luck around. It is still quite tough to predict which team will win the title for this season. Therefore, we will just be looking at the 4 potential football teams that could stand a chance to win the title for this season.

Manchester City F.C.

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Past 5 Matches: Draw-Win-Win-Win-Win

Manchester City is a strong candidate to win the BPL title this season. Currently, it is in second position of the BPL table by having a total of 33 points. The reason why Manchester City is a strong candidate to win the title is because it is one of the Barclays Premier League’s best teams. Manchester City is also one of the football club that is stacked with high value players. Manchester City has also won the BPL title for the season in 2013/14. With the loan of Frank Lampard from New York City F.C, there is a very high chances that Manchester City will retain the crown as they might be unstoppable. In addition, Manchester City has been consistently winning for the past four matches in both home and away games. If Manchester City can continue performing well for the remaining matches, I strongly believe that Manchester City will clinch the BPL title once again.

Chelsea F.C.

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Past 5 Matches: Win-Win-Draw-Win-Lose

Chelsea is also known as one of the best BPL team which has won the UEFA champions league in 2012. Chelsea is essentially having an all-star squad. It has a very solid defence line and versatile midfield. Besides that, Chelsea have landed a £32 million bargain for Atletico Madrid 25 years old striker Diego Costa making its squad to become more comprehensive. Diego Costa has been actively playing in the squad and he has scored a total of 11 goals in the BPL. All of this result Chelsea to be the strongest candidate in winning the title by having a total of 36 points and is currently in first position. People say money cannot buy happiness, but apparently it can buy one of the best soccer teams in the world. The match in week 16 will be a critical one as it will determine whether Chelsea is still able stay at the first position of the BPL table. Therefore, Chelsea must win the next match in order to compete with other football club for staying at the first position.

Manchester United F.C.

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Past 5 Matches: Win-Win-Win-Win-Win

Glory Glory Man United…. But will they still be able to get back to those glory days? That still remains as a question for most of the football fans out there. For most of the die-hard Manchester United fans, they are still holding on to their faith towards the club, believing that they will achieve the silverwares they once achieved. Under the management of the new manager, Louis Van Gaal, he intended to overhaul the team by introducing new philosophy onto the team, trying to lead the team back to the glory days. However, the performance of Manchester United has been inconsistent in the season so far, losing most of their away games and only won 3 matches out of 7 games played away from their home stadium. In addition, it is an undeniable fact that they have been showcasing consistent performances recently, winning all 5 matches in both home and away games, advancing into the top three positions in the table. Therefore, I strongly believe that Manchester United should never be excluded as one of the title contenders for this season’s BPL.

West Ham United F.C.

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Past 5 Matches: Draw-Lose-Win-Win-Win

West Ham is considered as the dark horse for this season. The reason why it is considered as the dark horse for this season is because in the 2013/2014 season, West Ham ended the Barclays Premier League in 13th position. Surprisingly, it is currently in fourth position by having a total of 27 points during week 15.  Besides that, West Ham has won one of the EPL’s best team, Manchester City in week 9 by a score of 2-1. West Ham has gone beyond everyone’s expectation. Undeniably West Ham has played much better in this season as compare with the past few season, but West Ham has to maintain its performance in order to have a higher chances in winning the BPL title.

From my perspective, it is too early to judge which football team is going to win the BPL title as based on the points gained by every team; the margin is so close that every single game can be a game changer.

5 Sales to Look out for This Christmas

5 Sales to Look Out for This Christmas!
 
This article was written by Mabel Tan Yu Ling, a Diploma in Business Information Technology (www.sp.edu.sg/courses/dbit) student from Singapore Polytechnic.
 
Cracking your brains this coming holidays on what to buy for your loved ones? Fret not! There are many sales you might not have known about this coming Christmas!

Timberland

This year, Timberland is having a Christmas sale where you are able to enjoy additional 10% off any 2 items or additional 15% off any 3 items.
For those of you who are Club Timberland VIPs, you are able to enjoy up to additional 15% off total bill!
This offer is valid at all Timberland stores except Changi City Point and IMM. While stocks last, for a limited time only! So what are you waiting for?
Do visit in-store for further details.
MANGO

For those clothes lovers out there, how can you resist the temptation when you see pretty clothes are on sale, am I right?
Enjoy up to 50% off at MANGO. For a limited time only, while stocks last!
 
Golf House

 

 
This Christmas, Golf House is having an exclusive sale that you cannot miss!
Enjoy up to 80% off at Golf House.
With any purchase of $2,000 & above in a single receipt, stand a chance to win 1 Wilson Men’s Iron Set + 1 pair of Mizuno Shoes + 1 Voice Guided Golf GPS (total worth $2,000)
FREE gift with purchase (in a single receipt)
 
-          $10 Golf House voucher with every $100 spent
-          Power Bank (worth $25.90) with every $500 spent
-          Titleist Wheeled Duffle Bag (worth $170.00) with every $1,000 spent
While stocks last! Terms and condition apply.
 
Visit in-store for more details.
Royal Sporting House

 
Royal Christmas Sale offers:
-          Up to 20% off with min $60 spend
-          Up to 30% off with min $120 spend
Valid on regular-priced items only.
Available at stadium and all Royal Sporting House stores (outlets not included).
While stocks last! Terms and conditions apply.
Do visit their website online for outlet details and location!
 
Beauty by Nature
 
Enjoy 20% storewide discount on regular price items at Beauty by Nature.
In addition, spend $250 to get a $50 discount or spend $500 to get a $100 discount.
             Terms and condition apply.
Do visit their Facebook page for further details.
What are you waiting for? Do catch these sales before it ends and I hope I have managed to ignite an idea on what to get for your loved ones this Christmas! All the best and Merry Christmas!

8 Amazing Song Covers By Youtubers (Christmas Edition!)



This article was written by Jena Lim Xiang Ying, a Diploma in Business Information Technology (www.sp.edu.sg/courses/dbit/) student from Singapore Polytechnic.
 
‘Tis the season to be jolly! Have you ever wanted to listen to Christmas songs, but you’re just looking for something new instead of having celebrities sing them? Here are 8 song covers about Christmas that are sung by Youtubers in 2014, enjoy the music and we hereby wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
Deck The Halls – Tiffany Alvord & Alex G


“Deck The Halls” is a song cover done by Tiffany Alvord and Alex G.
Tiffany Alvord is a singer/songwriter from California and she uploads song covers into her Youtube account. With over 2 million subscribers, Tiffany Alvord is also one of my favourite Youtube artistes as she has a clear voice and puts her own twists into the song covers that she do.
Check her out on Youtube @ https://www.youtube.com/user/TiffanyAlvord/ today!
Alex G is a singer that was discovered by a fellow Youtube artiste, Tyler Ward through a cover contest he held. To date, Alex G has over 1.3 million subscribers with amazing song covers as well as original songs.
Take a look at some of them on Youtube @ https://www.youtube.com/user/AlexGMusic7/ now!
 
Winter Wonderland – Megan Nicole


“Winter Wonderland” is a cover done by Megan Nicole which features her sister, Maddie Nicole, as well as her family in the 3-minute music video.
Megan Nicole has done many song covers and original songs, which helped her to get more than 2.8 million subscribers throughout the years since her first cover. One of my favourite original songs by Megan Nicole would have to be B-e-a-utiful which garnered 29 million views.
Love her holiday cover of Winter Wonderland? Take a look at other covers done by Megan Nicole on Youtube @ https://www.youtube.com/user/megannicolesite!

All I Want For Christmas Is You – Max Schneider


“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is done by Max Hugo Schneider, the brother of Kurt Hugo Schneider.
The reason I chose Max’s cover of All I Want For Christmas Is You is because of the way he sings the song with his own unique spin to it. And also, when you think of this song, you’d normally think of Mariah Carey singing it… It’s time you hear Max Schneider’s version!
Follow Max Schneider on Youtube @ https://www.youtube.com/user/MaxSchneider1 & his brother, Kurt Schneider @ https://www.youtube.com/user/KurtHugoSchneider!
 
Santa Tell Me – Craig Yopp

 

“Santa Tell Me” is a cover done by Craig Yopp, which was originally sung by Ariana Grande.
Having said that, Craig did a really amazing job with his cover! When I first heard Craig’s version, I thought that there wouldn’t be a male singer that could cover it as well as he did.
Craig Yopp can be considered as one of Youtube’s rising stars with slightly over 160,000 subscribers, but I feel that all his covers are great, especially his cover of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space.
Get serenaded by Craig’s voice on YouTube @ https://www.youtube.com/user/CraigYopp/ today!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Castro Family


“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is a cover done by the Castro family – Jason, Michael and Jackie Castro.
FUN FACT: Jackie Castro was in American Idol 7 years ago!
I was already captivated by Michael’s first verse, and the harmonies done by Jason and Jackie Castro only made the song that much better. What really amazes me is that they are able to come together as a family and make singing something that can strengthen their bonds with one another.
Follow the Castro Family on Youtube @
Jason Castro –
https://www.youtube.com/user/THEjasoncastro
Michael Castro –
https://www.youtube.com/user/MCasMusic/
Jackie Castro –
https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialJackieCastro  

Santa Baby/Jingle Bell Rock – HelenaMaria


“Santa Baby/Jingle Bell Rock” is done by Helena and Maria.
Think you’re seeing double? You’re not the only one, Helena and Maria are mirror twins with beautiful voices!
HelenaMaria has over 170,000 subscribers to date, and they have other amazing song covers such as Iggy Azalea’s Fancy!
Keep up with their covers on Youtube @ https://www.youtube.com/user/helenamariamusic/!

Holiday - Jason Chen

"Holiday" is an original song by Jason Chen.

Jason Chen is a Youtube sensation who has over a MILLION subscribers. He is a Taiwanese-American singer from Southern California, and is one of the Youtubers that made me a subscriber ever since I heard his song covers for the first time.

One of the original songs I would definitely recommend to others from Jason Chen would be I Hate Sorry. This song comes in both Chinese & English versions.


Check out my all-time favourite Youtuber, Jason Chen, on Youtube @ https://www.youtube.com/user/miniachilles/ now!
 
O Holy Night – Macy Kate


“O Holy Night” is a cover done by Macy Kate, a 16-year-old with a soulful voice.
Macy is one of the rising stars in Youtube, and she has been in competitions such as The X Factor in 2012 and Rising Star in 2014.
Why did I pick Macy Kate’s cover of O Holy Night? Macy Kate’s sheer talent would never have let you imagine that she’s only 16. In fact, she is one of the artistes who sounds even better live than in her recordings. Liked her rendition of O Holy Night? So did over 164,000 of her subscribers.
Why not make yourself one of her subscribers too? Follow her on Youtube @ https://www.youtube.com/user/macykatemusic/!

BONUS: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Amasic


“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a Punk Rock cover done by Amasic.
Looking for something different to listen to this Christmas? No worries, I have you covered! This cover by Amasic is one of the punk rock covers that I actually like (Not a big fan of Christmas Rock covers).
With over 184,000 subscribers, Amasic is a rock band that comes from Montreal, and they even have the nickname of being the “New Green Day/All Time Low”. Amasic has also opened the show for Simple Plan as well as Tyler Ward.
They even did a mash-up on Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball with Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights!
Want to hear more of their covers? Visit them on Youtube @ https://www.youtube.com/user/greenday3840/ now!