Friday, November 28, 2014

The MetroDBITan student series: Issue #038 - Adriel Lam

Welcome to Issue 38 of our popular MetroDBITan series!

This month, we feature Adriel Lam, a Year 2 student whose birthday happens to be in the month of November as well!

2014 has been a very colorful year for Adriel as he participated in many events such as the Moove Media Hails Young Hearts, Arts Fiesta vocal talents, National Day Parade and to top it all, he was awarded the SAS scholarship!

Want to know more about this cheerful and jovial guy? Read on!

Share stories and photos about your childhood days!

I can't remember much about my baby days, but I do remember things back when I was a tiny little kid.

I had (for whatever reason) my hair completely cut, so most of the time I had really short short hair.

My parents also told me that I was pretty mischievous when I was a kid but I don’t quite remember any incidence of me being naughty when I was young.

Sadly, I did not have many photos taken when I was young.  Here is one photo of me and my cousins!

Share stories and photos about your school days in primary school

I was from Pei Chun Public School!

It was the time where I was most mischievous and disobedient.

I once had a bad habit of not wanting to attend lessons and was a frequent visitor to the sick bay and the dentist. It felt like  time-off from studies as I did not quite like books back then.

It all changed after my wrong-doings was pointed out in Primary 4 by my Form Teacher and till today I am quite grateful to her!

I will also never forget my awesome classmates although my memory about primary school has slightly faded away. But I definitely remember things were simple and easy back then.  I feel a great sense of nostalgia when I think back about our innocence and we were all so cute when we were young, don't you agree?

Below is a fun shot of my Primary 5 class!

Tell us more about your days in Secondary school

Ah... I was from North Vista Secondary School.

Those were good times!

I can clearly recall the first day when I stepped into the school for registration and to buy my books - there was a lot of people.  However through the crowd, I saw one of my primary school friends! And since then we became great friends, joined the same CCA and accompany each other on cafe-hopping trips during our polytechnic semester breaks!

Here is a photo from Secondary 2 with my CCA, Infocomm Club!

The subject that I loved most was Literature! I found it fun to read story books and analyze them. Writing was quite fun as I started to pick up reading in secondary school.

Time flew past quickly and soon Secondary 3 descended upon me. Against all odds, I had to start wearing long pants.  I really disliked wearing long pants back then. The first day of Secondary 3 was a little awkward and took me some time to get used to. But not soon after, I found myself promoted to Secondary 4, sat for the 'O' level examinations and hey, it was time to move on.

I am really thankful for the awesome classmates who made school much more exciting and my CCA Infocomm fellow team-members for putting up with my nonsense, haha.

Here is a photo of  my desk in Secondary 4 that I found when sifting through my photo albums.

Last but not least, some pictures of my classmates!

Share your likes and dislikes

Some of the things that I like to do are:
  • taking a slow walk at the park in the early mornings
  • walking past bus stops to see busy working men and women rush for their buses
  • taking quick steps to the LRT station while I wear comfortable clothing and slippers
  • walking towards a nearby MacDonald’s for breakfast.
All these actions make me feel great! And I think Poly might be one of the few stages of life which allows me to do that, it helps me relax and take a break from the fast moving pace of life.

I also enjoy watching CNET on Youtube, catching up on the latest IT news and happenings around the world. The tech shows that they broadcast keeps me entertained at home when I have free time. Recently I have also been hooked on a singing competition “I am a Singer 2” where renowned artists sing from their heart to win. Some of the songs they sing are quite nice to me, you might want to check it out if you love Chinese songs.

For the things that I dislike, hmm, I would say I dislike complicated things, and like to keep things simple. Other than this, I think I do not have other stuff that I dislike.

Share an event which is memorable to you

I think one of the most memorable moments, and a happy one too, was getting the iPhone 5S a year ago.

As we all know, getting an iPhone during the initial months of launch might be quite tough, and I was getting one just 3 weeks after its launch. Every SingTel shop and online store was out of stock. I called almost every retailer and thankfully, Courts had a unit which was the configuration and colour I wanted.

That afternoon, I went down to that Courts store at 2 p.m., waited all the way till 5 p.m., checking every half an hour to ensure no one bought it before my parents arrived. It was nerve-wrecking, fun and honestly, a little insane. But when I left the Courts store with the shiny new piece of metal, I was elated, and was so happy I remembered I ate 2 portions of rice instead of the usual one. It will be something I will not forget for quite some time.

Describe yourself with four different words

Four words I would use to describe myself are:
  • Happy & Hardworking
  • Sometimes-lazy & Most-of-the-time-sleepy
There are sometimes and someday in which I feel really lazy. Sometimes I don’t feel like getting out of bed and even drinking water seems like a chore. Fortunately it doesn't happen too often.  If not, I will grow horizontally in size!

And even though I am awake and alive for most of the day, sometimes, I will feel sleepy and wanting to go to sleep especially when I am outside. However when I am on my bed, I don’t feel sleepy anymore. How ironic. Sometimes I do secretly wish there was a delivery service of humans back to their own home at a small fee, it will be quite amazing but completely irrelevant and ridiculous.

Share your favourite outfits!

Well, I think at this point in time I only have one top that I like and here is a picture of the front of this shirt.

And the back!

Many say it looks like I have the airplane sticker stuck on my shirt and some even tried to pull it out! It is a really cool piece of clothing to me, sadly I can’t remember where I bought it but I will definitely get another one if I see it again!

Three people that you want to thank or shout out to

Hmm.... I would say I would like to shout out to 3 groups of people,  in no order of preference!

The first group would be my closest poly friends! Thanks for the awesomeness!

Next, would be my secondary school classmates! Thanks for the love and crazy conversations!

And lastly, my secondary school CCA mates! Thanks for the food, fun and laughter!

Have you travelled anywhere before?

I have been to quite a number of countries! But my favourite would be Hong Kong because it is extremely vibrant, full of energy and feels like a city that doesn’t sleep. Every day spent in Hong Kong was simply unforgettable - the cinematic mountainous views, beautiful skyline, big shopping centres and great food. I can’t wait for my next visit to Hong Kong.

Amazing views

The iconic Apple store!

An amazing paranoma of the city skyline!

Why did you choose DBIT course?

I chose the DBIT course as I wanted to allow myself to have more options when I graduate.

I do not wish to be restricted to only a particular field of study and hence I felt that Business IT is a good mix of both worlds as I had an interest in both when I was choosing which course to go into after my O levels.

What do you like about DBIT course so far? What would you want to improve about the
DBIT course?

I do like the awesome course mates (classmates) that I have in my class! They are the ones who spice up life in poly and removes the word “dull” from my dictionary. I also appreciate the modules taught as I see a purpose and how they all come together to teach me meaningful skills and assets for the future.

The changes that I would like to see in the DBIT course have been implemented in the teaching curriculum for the current Year 1 students! For example, I like how the new curriculum gives them exposure to how to start a business at a younger age.  These changes would further enable students to develop their full potential in this course!

What do you plan to do after graduation from SP?

After graduating from SP and serving the army, I would definitely want to further my studies before coming out to work! Having a degree will provide as a source of backup income in the future when I venture out.

There are a 2 universities which I aim to go into and they are NUS or NTU.  I hope to major in Computer Science, BSc Business Analytics or Human Resource and I would like to go into the Analytics or Human Resource field!

What are your favourite modules in SP?

I think my favourite modules so far are iDiscover (IDIS), Teamwork and Communication Skills (TCS) and Social Media Marketing (SMM) as they have been the most fun-to-attend lessons and the journey throughout these modules were really enriching! In addition, I also enjoy the modules which allowed me to make friends from other disciplines!

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

I think that in 10 years time, I do want to be wiser, earn sufficient amounts of money to sustain my lifestyle, start saving up for retirement and give back to the community in any way that I can!

Do you have a CCA in SP?

Yes I do!  I have 2 CCA’s – Videography Club and Environment Club!

It has been a great time at both CCA’s. I have learnt a lot both technically and socially, as well as made
amazing friends along the way.

Here is a photo of a recent Arts Fiesta Concert in which members of my CCA, the Videography Club helped to film!

Do you work part-time while studying? If you do, share your experience.

Yup I do work at various Community Clubs when there are semester breaks!

The work there is challenging but fun as every day is not the same because I get to meet with different
people from different races and countries. I also get to assist in behind the scenes work with hardworking people that plan events for residents, making it a really interesting part time work.

Please share  pictures of your past projects / assignments

The first project that came to my mind was a video project for my graduating cohort in
Secondary school, here is a link to it!

Next, the participation in the Moove Media Hails Young Heart Competition which enables us to do a project on helping teenagers learn good internet etiquette! Thank you Ms Dora for the opportunity!

Here's some screenshots of my Photoshop and Website Assignments.

Lastly, a picture with 3 other of my classmates which we usually do school projects

Are you currently attached with a partner?

Nope, it will be awesome if it is someone who is funny and easy going!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Issue #038 MetroDBITan - launching on 28 Nov 2014 12:00 pm

Yo DBIT folks!

We are now into the second last month of 2014, so have you achieved what you set out to do at the beginning of the year?!

For me, I have made it my goal to ensure that every month in 2014,  we will feature an interesting DBIT student to let you get to know what's the life / history behind him/her and in the process, be inspired by the journey these students went through to get to where they are today.

This month, we are glad to feature Adriel Lam, a DBIT Year 2 student who lives a very colorful social life besides being a good and attentive student during class-time! 

Check him out on 28 Nov 2014, 12:00 pm on this blog! :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Check out DBIT alumni Tengku Hafidz's latest Android app!

Dear DBIT students and friends,

Do check out this Android app developed by your DBIT senior Tengku Hafidz!

We will talk more about this awesome app that you really should download in the later part of this blog entry, but before that, let me introduce more about Hafidz to you :)

Quick Bill Calculator

Hafidz attended the DBIT course from 2010 to 2013. Before that, he was from Madrasah Al-Irsyad Al-Islamiyah.  Back then, Hafidz's favourite modules were Java Programming, Mobile Application Development and Fundamentals of Marketing.

I asked Hafidz to recall some memories of his days at SP.

Hafidz said, "Here are the two most stressful yet fulfilling experience of  my time in SP!"

1) Representing SIFE SP for SIFE World Cup

Hafidz is third from left on the front row

Together with a group of like-minded friends from SP, I joined the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) competition when I was in Year 2. My team had to visit various countries to find out how we can help improve the community's quality of life with the knowledge that we have gained in our courses. The goal of the competition was to create as much sustainable impact to the society as possible.  Though it was a lot of hard work and stress, I am really proud that my team SIFE SP (Representing Singapore) managed to get in all the way to the Semi-Finals!

2) Going through my Final Year Project

Hafidz with his FYP team-mates

For my Final Year Project (FYP), my team developed a cross-platform hybrid mobile app using Cordova and jQuery Mobile that is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

Our app is called SP Live! It is a simple app that allows students to navigate around the campus, as well as to publicize events that are held in SP. Unfortunately, back then, none of  my team members had a developer's account, and thus we were unable to put it in either the App Store or the Google Play Store. But still, we are very proud that our FYP was exhibited in DMIT Show 2013!

Hafidz is serving his NS
in Police National Service (PNS)

Right now, Hafidz is serving his National Service.

But amazingly, he still finds time to put his skills to use and coded this awesome app which you oughta download because it is going to be very useful to you! :)

So what is the app that Hafiz developed?

Hafidz developed a Quick Bill Calculator app.

He developed this app after realizing that many people often underestimate the amount they have to pay when they dine at restaurants because they forget to factor in the GST and service charges.

Also, sometimes we may eat out together with our friends, and one person pays on behalf of the rest. It is hard to know how much to pay that person if we have to factor in the GST and service charges besides the basic cost of the meal.

So Hafidz's app is really useful when you dine at restaurants, and you wanna know how much your meal actually costs after GST and service charges. Those hidden charges can amount to quite a significant sum, especially for students, and so he aims to solve this problem through his app.

Using the app, users can easily:

  1. Calculate total basic (menu) price
  2. Calculate the total amount payable after GST and Service Charge
  3. Forward amount owed by others to them

Please support Hafidz's development through download, rate, review and sharing the app!

The link to download his app is right below.

You can also check out his other apps on Android Google Play by searching his developer name: DevMelayu.

If you want to link up with the man himself and share your feedback with him, do message him at his Facebook or follow him on Twitter!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The MetroDBITan student series: Issue #037 - Tricia Lim

After featuring two Year 1 students for the August and September 2014 issues of MetroDBITan, we are back to featuring a Year 2 student again for our October cover!

Our cover girl this month is Tricia Lim, a lovely and cheerful girl with a really charming and vivacious smile!

I really love the way she smiles! How does she always keep that happy-looking smile on her face?

Let's find out! :)

Share one memory of your childhood days

When I was in primary school, my mum enrolled me in ballet classes.  But as a kid, I was really chubby. so whenever the instructor told me to suck in my stomach, I had to suck it in all the way until I could not breathe!

After a couple of lessons, I decided to quit because my instructor kept asking me to suck my stomach in when it was already all the way in. It is quite a funny story and I still laugh about it till this date! ;)

How about some memories from your primary school days too?

I was from St. Anthony’s Canossian Primary School and I guess my studies were pretty smooth sailing most of the time then because I honestly don’t recall anything studies-related!

What I do remember is that I was always going to the nearby bubble tea shop to eat cup noodles and drink bubble tea for lunch before heading to the playground to play! It was an almost-daily affair.

I also recall being quite a rebellious kid back then. Once, I had to help out at the library every day for a few months because I was caught vandalizing! My friends and I also constantly cheated during Chinese spellings by hiding the answers in our pencil cases. Thank God I don’t do such things anymore! ;)

One more thing I remember is that I was always going out to the grassy areas at the more secluded parts of my school to catch grasshoppers after school when I was in Primary 6! I really enjoyed it and my class even kept them as class pets.

My best friend back in primary school!

Share stories about your school days in secondary school

My secondary school days were probably the best days of my life so far!

I was from Coral Secondary School and my favourite subject was Mathematics. While preparing for my 'O' levels, I always did my Math papers when I did not feel like studying at all but knew I had to do something productive. I can safely say I did at least 100 different papers altogether!

The photo above was taken on Graduation day and I swear my love for this bunch is endless!

Because of them, I have danced randomly in the middle of the canteen, shuffled around school when we could have just walked and do so many embarrassingly crazy yet fun things!

My favorite memory of life in secondary school would be when this bunch of girls surprised me for my 16th birthday. They blindfolded me, took me to a playground nearby and had me go thought 4 different stages of putting weird things all over me! It was especially horrifying considering how I couldn't see anything.

Share your likes and dislikes

I love reading, writing, taking photos, cooking and exercising!

I enjoy reading books labelled as ‘Survival Literature’ at Kinokuniya. They are basically books about people who have suffered from eating disorders, mental illnesses or even abuses. I find it very interesting because when someone is going through such mental traumas, the way the see the world is very different from the way we see it.

I love to eat and I go gaga over desserts all the time. As the saying goes, “There’s always space for dessert”.

I dislike fast food, or any unhealthy for that matter, which is why I picked up cooking!

I listen to metal music and enjoy going for local gigs where hardcore local bands like Fall of Mirra and Straightforward play at. I personally strongly believe in and support local talents!!

Describe yourself with four different words

Perfectionist, optimistic, straightforward, stubborn.

I am an individual that will not move on to part B of a situation unless I perfect part A. And even if I do, I hate to submit imperfect work. I feel that this is both a strength and a weakness for me because this results in me taking forever to get something done. I can take 5 minutes to draw a square.

Show us three of your favourite clothes, why you like them and where you bought them!

Maroon Romper from The Editor’s Market!

Denim top from Taiwan.

Dress (actually a guy’s tank top) and outerwear from H&M.

Tell us three people that you want to thank or shout out to

The 3 people that I would like to thank the most are definitely my parents and my brother.

I am super thankful to be blessed with this family of mine because, not flaunting in any way, but I feel no family better than mine can ever exist. We have our fair share of fights but it’s all so we can grow closer and get to know each other better. They are the people that I know will always have my back no matter what happens and will never judge me.

Have you travelled overseas before?

Definitely! I love travelling! I’ve been to many countries but the most memorable ones would be Beijing, Boracay and Taiwan.

My favourite so far would be Boracay because I love beach countries and the view at Boracay is insanely gorgeous!

It was the first time I saw the sun cutting through the horizon and I was super excited about it!

With my brother.

We slept in a non-air-conditioned resort and absolutely loved waking up to the smell of the sea, the sound of the waves and the sea breeze.

With the active night life, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and cheap yet tasty food, Boracay was nothing short of a perfect getaway!

Why did you choose DBIT course?

In all honestly, DBIT is not a course that is anywhere near what I want to do in the future. I chose DBIT because I thought that it was in Business school and thought that if I were to get a Business related diploma, it’d be easier to get into my dream course, Mass Communications, when I graduate from polytechnic.

What do you like about DBIT course so far? What would you want to improve about the DBIT course?

I came in wanting business modules but, ironically, l ended up liking the HTML and Photoshop modules instead!

I think a good way to improve on DBIT would be to make business related modules less dry and boring by having more hands-on and industry-linked.  My Year 1 module Social Media Marketing was the only business module that I actually enjoyed because it was mainly hands-on marketing.

What do you plan to do after graduation from SP? 

After I graduate from SP I’d like to study journalism. Hopefully, if I can make it into a local university, it’d be NTU because that’s the only university that offers journalism.

What are your favourite modules in SP? Why?

My favourite module so far has got to be Web Client Development (WCD), the subject in which we learn how to code websites using HTML, CSS and JQuery.

I have been into HTML coding ever since I was in primary school when I enjoyed blogging. It was the only module that I didn’t dread doing and, although many may curse me for saying this, I hope another HTML module will surface in the last 3 semesters of my poly life, haha!

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

In 10 years time I hope to see myself doing what I love – travel journalism!

Do you have a CCA in SP?

I joined SP Photography but stopped going after 1 class because I didn’t have a DSLR.

Please share 3 pictures of your past projects / assignments

DVDE (Digital Visual Design)

WCD (Web Client Development)

WAD (Web Applicant Development)

Are you currently attached with a boyfriend / girlfriend? If not, share with us the qualities of the boy/ girl you would like to partner with?

I’m currently single.

I would like to be with a guy who has a lot of common interests with me and someone that would be able to attend gigs with me! Being a person that enjoys doing things alone a lot, a guy that will give me a lot of freedom is also what I look for in a partner.

Can we have two more pretty pictures of you please?