Monday, September 29, 2014

The MetroDBITan student series: Issue #036 - Eugene Loo

Hi everyone

It's time for another issue of MetroDBITan!

This month, we are featuring DBIT Year 1 student Eugene Loo who has only been in SP for 5 months, but has already earned the reputation of being the most hardworking in his class!  

Hardworking he may be, but Eugene is definitely not a nerd who only studies all the time.  In fact, looking at his photos, you can tell Eugene has a lot of friends whom he goes out on a regular basis with, and he plays as hard as he works! 

Read on if you want to know more about him!

Eugene, can you share some bio-stats about yourself please?

I am 18 years old this year.

My height is 178cm and my weight is 80.8kg.

I am a Malaysian born in Ipoh on 27th May 1996 and my zodiac sign is Gemini.

My primary school was Admiralty Primary School  and my secondary school was Woodlands Ring Secondary School

My dream is to start my own business and travel to at least 20 countries before I  am 30 years old

I have many hobbies, and here are some of them:

  • I love to draw / sketch and design! 
  • I love pool/billiard and it is also my CCA in SP.
  • I love to watch anime & Hong Kong dramas.
  • I love to sing and listen to Japanese, Cantonese & Chinese music
  • I love to play sports such as softball, badminton, basketball, swimming and more. 

Please share some stories and photos about your baby / childhood days

I was born and raised in Sungai Siput, Ipoh, Malaysia in a kampong named Simpang Jalong.

I was raised by my grandparents instead of my parents. I went to Singapore when I was 6 years old and started my Primary School in Admiralty Primary School. My sister was raised by my parents who are working in Singapore. Hence,  I only got to know my sister and parents when I was 7 years old.

Since I grew in Malaysia, I did not have the chance to play computer games and Gameboy like other kids in Singapore. Instead, I played games such as throwing marbles on the sand, catching fishes on the drain and climbing trees with my childhood friends. I remember that I already knew how to ride a adult bicycle when I was 4 or 5 years old

Because of my background, I love my grandpa and grandma the most. They are the ones who brought me up.

Here are a couple of photos of my family:

Me and my grandpa

My younger sister
who is studying in ITE Central

Share stories and photos about your school days in primary school

My primary school days were spent in Admiralty Primary School.

My CCA then was Badminton  and my favorite subject was Mathematics.

In primary school, I had a group of best friends consisting of Jason, Daryl, Bobby, Daniel and Kai Sheng. They were my "brothers" back then. We joined the same CCA and always had our meals together, played the same games together and went out together.

Share stories and photos about your school days in secondary school

My secondary school days were spent in Woodlands Ring Secondary School

My CCA back then was Softball and once again, my favorite subject is Maths -- Additional Mathematics.


In Secondary School, I also made a bunch of best friends. They are: Leong Ting, Lock Yee, Jolene, Wei Teck, Nicholas & Sunny.

I also had a clique and we call ourselves the  "Nerd Gang".  Nerd Gang is made up of friends from 3 different classes! The group members are: Zhao Hui, Kai Sheng, Alex, Nizar, Terry, Johnson, Quan Sheng, Xiang Shen, Jeffrey, Jordan, Kelvin and myself! This group are really my brothers! Whenever I was sad, they were always there to cheer me up.  Whenever  I was happy, they would always take time to enjoy with me. We always ate our meals together every single day in school without fail, go home together, hang out together, play together and create nuisance together!


Here are more photos of myself and my secondary school friends




What are your favourite foods?

Ice-cream (sherbet) , Sweet (Peppermint/Blackcurrent favour) , Fruit- Mango, Pineapple, watermelon, Honey-Melon , Fries, Tom Yam noodle, Ice-blended, Potato, Korean BBQ, Dimsum & Spicy Food

What are the things that you dislike?

Smoking, Injection, Medicine, Reading, Homework & Crowded Area

Describe yourself with four different words

I would describe myelf with these four words:

  • Optimistic
  • Easy-going
  • Ambitious
  • Slow

I am a very optimistic and easy-going person. I am always very optimistic towards things. In fact, in my opinion, we should always look at things at different angles especially from the positive view.

I have an easy-going personality too. I love to make friends and mix around with different people. For instance, I do make friends from different countries that I know though online games. We do chat frequently and meet up too.

After all the good things about me, now to the hidden side of me.

I am a very ambitious person and always strive to be perfect. An example for how I work on my year 1 module in SP called Web Client Development, I kept re-doing the project until I was satisfied. Thus, due to the fact that I am a perfectionist, I always take longer time to complete my work compare to the rest.

Besides this, I feel that I am also a slow thinker and slow worker. Due to the fact that I am not able to multitask, I need a longer time to think when it comes to complicated things.

Favourite people that you want to thank or shout out to

Best Sisters: Lee lock Yee, Leong Ting

Best Brothers: Zhao Hui, Kai Sheng, Alex, Nizar, Terry, Johnson, Quan Sheng, Xiang Shen, Jeffrey, Jordan & Kelvin.

What are your favourite movies?

Here, I will share my three favourite movies.

The first favorite movie I will share is “Detective Conan”. I have watched almost every movie of Detective Conan and all of them are *fantastic*. In fact, I like almost all of movies that are related to detectives but I favour Detective Conan above all, because their movies always have unexpected endings.

The second favorite movie will be “In Time”. It is directed and written by Andrew Niccol.I have watched many movies but most of the movies have the same story plot or ending. This movie explains about people being controlled by time. They earn time by working and so they can live longer. On the other hand, they have to pay their food, stuff and even transportation with their time. They can bet their time and even lend or give it to others. If they have billions of hours, they can live for few century. I am intrigued by the unique storyline and think this is the best movie ever.

My third favorite movie will be The Hunger Games. This movie has a really interesting story plot too. I like the theme about how the characters in the movie try to survive in their difficult circumstances and learn to be resilient and perseverant.

Have you travelled anywhere before? If so, which countries have you been?

I have travelled to Hong Kong and China when I was Primary 2, but I cannot remember clearly what I had done there. Malaysia is my hometown and I have just visited Hat Yai and Bangkok in Thailand.

The country I like most will be Hong Kong. Although I can’t remember most of the things that I do in Hong Kong, I will never forget the weather and people there. I love the cold weather and people there are friendly. Since I am raised in Malaysia, I am always surround by people who speak Cantonese. On the other hand, I love Hongkong drama and their culture. Talking to them makes me feel friendly and warm. I also love their food there such as wanton mee and Dimsum which are my all-time favorite foods.

Here are some photos of my travel trips.

China/ Hongkong



Why did you choose the DBIT course?

Actually, DBIT was not my first choice.  I wanted to enroll into the Architecture or Business Administration course. However, I could not get into the Business Administration course as I scored a D7 for my English in O level examinations and my parents did not support me to choose the Architecture course as they feel that I would not be able to earn much in the future as Singapore does not have much land to build houses.

What do you plan to do after graduation from SP?

I plan to further my studies in Singapore Management University (SMU) or NUS

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

I hope to have my own business in 10 years time!

Do you have best / good friends in SP?

Yes, My good friends in SP are: Alex Yeo, Lee Lock Yee, Sunny Pek, Jolene Lee, Wei Teck and Alfred.

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

No, I could not manage my time well and I do my stuff very slow thus I could not work part-time while studying. However, during the school holiday, I do work part-time as a waiter in banquet and a retailer in Pet’s Station. In banquet, I learn to serve guests in a proper way and setting up the table layouts for different events. I also learn to interact with different kind of people in the banquet.

Pets’ Station is a shop which sell pet food & pets like cats, rabbit and hamster etc. In Pets’ Station, I learn to greet and communicate with customers in a polite way. I also learn to do stock-taking and the product.

Please share some pictures of your past projects / assignments

Web Design Project

SMM Project:

O Level Project

Are you currently attached with a boyfriend / girlfriend?

Yes, I am currently attached with a girlfriend.

Here are some of my favourite moments with her :)

  • 1st few month anniversary- giving her a love letter each month and with a small gift. 
  • 1st year anniversary- celebration of my birthday-same day 
  • Trip to the wild life- Zoo, bird-park, night safari, river safari. She even make me some lovely Japanese curry and mashed potato to the river safari so we have our lunch there.

  • Trip to bugis and orchard
  • Chat every night before sleep 
  • Celebration of her 17years old birthday. I made her a candy house instead of a birthday cake.

  • Sending her to work and home everyday 
  • At class chalet: 

  • Pinic at pasir ris park 

  • Went to sentosa beach 

  • A random cake that my Girlfriend made for me :D 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The MetroDBITan student series: Issue #035 - Shevonne Yap

Hello DBIT peeps!

This is a stressful week for many of you since we are right in the smack of the exam period, but take heart, persevere through these couple of weeks and you can look forward to a long stretch of 6 weeks vacation! :)

Our pretty cover model for this month, DBIT Year 1 student Shevonne Yap has two tests to sit this week, but nonetheless, she took time off for me to interview her.  Thanks Shevonne! :)  Through the interview, she shared many interesting snippets and photos of herself, all of which you can view below! :)

So study hard people, and wishing you all the best in your results this semester! :)

Shevonne, can you tell us more about yourself
from childhood until today please?


During my childhood days, I will have mini photo-shoots every day at home.  My mum would always take the effort of dressing me up as a cute little girl and take pictures of my growth every day.

It is very funny and memorable when I look back at these pictures now. I still remember how uncomfortable it felt to wear some of the dresses as I preferred wearing shorts and shirts instead. The pictures which I have attached below are some of the pictures which my mum had taken for me when I was young.

One year old
One year old

2 years old

Primary School
I was from Jurong West Primary School where I was taught by many wonderful teachers and surrounded by many awesome friends.

To begin with, my CCA in primary school was Netball. I began to love playing outdoor sports since I was in primary school and that explains why I have dark and tanned skin tone. I enjoy playing Netball as it requires teamwork and I have learnt many types of techniques such as chest pass, overhead pass and more. Most importantly, I have met a bunch of fun people along the way and we worked together as a team.

My favorite subject back then was Mathematics. I think it is quite surprising that I loved Math when I was young. I showed lots of interest in Math as it seemed to be an easy subject for me to score. I will always do very well in it without fail. I remember that my Math teacher would request me to solve the more challenging type of questions during lesson time when no one knew how to solve it. Also, I would be excited to take my Math exam, as when I did well in the subject, my parents would reward me with additional pocket money the next day.

Secondary school

I was from Fuhua Secondary School.

My CCA during secondary school days is Badminton. I had a hard time learning this sport as I just could not get the hang of it or to make improvements. Badminton training sessions were conducted three times per week and every session of physical training was really tough. After every physical training session, my body would always be so sore that I had difficulty in walking or sitting down. Luckily, I  had really nice Badminton mates and we endured all hardships together. We got bonded very soon through each training session and we sweated and strived together. I am glad that I had them with me during those tough times.

Share your likes and dislikes

My favorite hobby is jogging long distance even though I am too busy for it since the start of Polytechnic life. I have a passion in jogging as I feel that jogging allows me to relax.  Also, it also help me sort out my thoughts when I feel vexed. Not only that, I like to challenge myself in jogging many kilometers and after the whole process I will have the sense of satisfaction. At the same time, I can train my stamina for other sports which I am into too.

Some of the medals won by Shevonne
for her cross-country competitions

I enjoy jogging and I sometimes even participated in long distance events and school sports heat too. Just last year, I participated in our school cross country event which I am required to run 6km. It was a very great experience as I had the chance to train my stamina with my fellow friends. It was nice to see all of them working hard and the best thing is that I was able to jog more often during that period of time.

I also participated in the Jurong Lake Run too last year. It was a fun event and I am glad that I managed to complete the 6km run. Even though it is not that far but I am quite satisfied that I managed to complete it.

My dislikes would be insects. I find them very scary even though they might be small. It is quite disgusting when an ant crawls onto my hand. I get that tingling and uncomfortable feeling when they are near me. What I fear most are those insects which can fly. I do not know when they will fly and land onto my nose or my head. They are so unpredictable that is why I am afraid of them.

Share an event which is memorable to you

One of the most memorable moments for me is a happy event.

Just last year, I got to celebrate my sweet 16th birthday. My parents allowed me to book a chalet and invite all my friends, relatives to help me celebrate on this special day for me.

I am very thankful towards my parents as they paid for everything and even bought me a super huge birthday cake which I wanted.

It is a memorable event where I got all my loved ones and friends to be with me on this special day. Also, it was super fun and memorable as I  had the chance to have a first stay-over with my friends. We spent the night chatting, playing games. The whole night was filled with laughter and yes this event would leave indelible memories in my mind.

Are you currently attached?

Yes I am attached, I have a boyfriend from SP who is in the same course as me.

He is very romantic and surprises me with sweets and chocolates occasionally by placing it in a locker that we share in school. Sometimes, he would ask me to help him take his things out from the locker, and to my surprise, I would discover a note that was left by him there once I opened the locker. Although they are small gifts, every time I receive one from him, it will inevitably brighten up my day!

Another fun experience we had together is the day that we spent to cook both lunch and dinner together for each other. It was a really nice and great experience to be able to cook with him. In the process, we really had lots of fun as I got to see his “afraid” expression while he was cooking with oil. It might not have been the best meal I had but it is definitely something that I would never forget.

Describe yourself with four different words

Four words that I would use to describe myself are:

  • Confident
  • Cheerful
  • Procrastinator
  • Lazy
I always procrastinate when comes to do work. I sometimes set a timeline for myself and will have a list of task to do before a dateline. However, I am not a person who will follow the timeline which I set for myself as I always procrastinate. Piling more and work day by day. When it comes to a dateline of the project, I will have to rush it all out. I know it is a bad habit but I just cannot help it.

Share three of your favorite clothes!

Maxi dress

I love this maxi dress as this is the first long dress I bought. I have always wanted to try maxi dress even though that most people will feel that this type of long dress should only be worn by slim and tall girls. However, I wanted to try it. I purchased this dress via an online blog shop on Facebook named ‘Yixuan’. I really like this outfit as it is comfortable and casual to be worn out in the tropical weather in Singapore.

White babydoll dress

I like this white baby doll dress as it gives out the girly and sporty feeling when I pair with a sneakers. This sneakers add on a touch of sporty and casual feeling to my outfit. I really like the whole combination of it as it suits my personality since I am not the type of girl who likes to dress in a feminine style.  In addition, this dress fits petite size girl like me and the length of it was just right for me. All in all, I like this whole outfit.
I got this dress via the online blog shop ‘Yixuan' too!

Chelsea jersey

This outfit consists of shades of blue and it gives out a really sporty feeling. I am in love with this Chelsea jersey even though I am not a fan of Chelsea. I find that this jersey design is the nicest and stands out from the rest of jerseys which I saw. Besides, I can be rough and active at times. Therefore, this whole outfit can allow me to have big movements and not be restricted with those other tight outfit. Thus, I like this outfit as I am able to wear it on any casual days.  I got this jersey from ‘Adidas’ shop at Paragon.

Since August is the month of Singapore's National Day, can you share your most memorable National Day so far?

My most memorable National Day is the time when I was 11½ years old.

During that year, I had the chance to attend the rehearsal of National Day, and it was the first time I saw the actual sight of the whole parade. The place was a sea of red and filled with energy. It was really heartwarming to see Singaporeans came down and support Singapore as one.

Also, the whole parade was really interesting and amazing. I really enjoyed the part where there were airplane jets flying around the sky. They were really in line with one another and I was surprised and wondered how did they even did that.

Of course, the accompaniment of my good friends really added on to my happiness. It felt really awesome to watch this whole parade together as we would cheer and applaud loudly together.

At the end of the parade, there was the beautiful fireworks up in the sky. The sight was breath-taking and it was the best National Day I ever had.

Who are three people that you want to thank or shout out to:

I want to thank my mummy for always being there for me.

Shevonne and her mummy

Here is a shout out to my #teamhardcore member.

You guys are so awesome and funny people to work with. Thanks for working with me as a team for the past 4 months! SARANGHEYO <3

Team hardcore

Lastly, a shout out to Jun Sheng from DBIT too!

You’re my eye candy! Thanks for making my life in poly so much fun and interesting.  <3

Junsheng and Shevonne

Have you travelled anywhere before? If so, which countries have you been? 

Yes I travelled before. I have been to Malaysia, Bali, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Australia and more.

The country I love the most is Korea. I love the whole environment, their fashion and the food they served at there. The food served there was what I was looking for the whole time. It was super delicious and tempting. Every single meal was always up to my expectation and I miss the authentic taste of Korea food.

I really love the side dishes which they served, kimchi etc. Also, the pork belly is a must eat food in Korea and it taste extremely delicious when it is piping hot.


Tteokbokki is a popular Korean snack food made from soft rice cake. It is really spicy and hot which is quite different from what I taste in Singapore.


Also, it is really fun and interesting to visit the Teddy Museum. It has a lot of teddy bears which you can take picture with. I feel excited when I went to visit it as it is a place where you can different types of teddy bears which you have never seen before. Some of the teddy bears are so huge that I have a hard time climbing on top of them to take a picture.

Teddy Museum

I managed to learn how to cook Korea pancake during the trip at there. The taste of the pancake was really tasty and yummy.

Cook Korean pancake

The scenery in Korea was really beautiful. It was pure white and snowy. This is something you would not be able to see in Singapore.

Overall, I had lots of fun and memories to remember in Korea.

Why did you choose DBIT course? 

DBIT course was not my first choice at first but my fifth choice. I choose it as it is a course whereby I was able to enter in with the points which I scored for O levels. It is a course where I can acquire some business knowledge with the points I have obtained.

Even though it is not my first choice, I am glad that I have entered it.

During the past four months, I have acquired many IT skills which I have never learnt before. I gradually showed interest in this course and I hope that the skills which I learn in this course can be put to good use someday when I have my own business. Lastly, I have to say that I am thankful that I was given a chance to enter as this course.

What do you plan to do after graduation from SP?

I plan to go for further studies after I graduate.

However, at this point of time I have not decided which course or university I will go to. For now, what I will do is to do my best in getting a good GPA value which will allow me to proceed on to University and enter a course which I want in the future.

What are your favourite modules in SP? Why?

My favorite module in SP is Web Client Development (WCD).

This module teaches us how to code HTML websites and using JavaScript too. It is something that I have never learnt before and find it interesting. I have never thought that I will be learning IT stuff before I entered this course.

To learn something which is totally new is quite tough at first. However, along the way with the guidance of my teachers and classmates I managed to cope well with this module.

I love how I am able to design a website which I want, and really code it out using my own ability. I always get that satisfaction when I am able to code out what I want that is why I enjoyed this module a lot.

Lastly, Ms Janny is one of the reasons that I liked this module too.  She is very friendly and cheerful during lesson time and this perks my interest for this module.

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

I hope to see myself opening a shop which sells clothes that is designed by me and have my own brand.

I hope that it is successful in social media websites. I want people to know my shop and store through Facebook/Twitter/Instagram like some of the blogshops these days now. I hope that it will be very popular among teenagers to young adults as well as having a stable income.

This will allow me to fulfil my dream which is to travel around the world and broaden my knowledge along the way!

Do you have a CCA in SP?

Yes I  have joined a few CCAs in SP.

One of my CCAs is being a subcommittee member in DMIT club.

Another one of my CCAs is Wing Chun. This is an interesting CCA as I got to learn many defending and attacking moves through lessons led by our master. It is a CCA where strength or stamina isn’t needed because what we learn there is about dodging and following up which is like directing the energy flow. During training, while practicing I would accidentally hit my boyfriend in the face as he is my practice partner and it would be really funny at times!

Do you have best / good friends in SP? 
Yes, I have best friends in SP. They are a very fun loving bunch of friends which I have.

I classify them as my best friends because we are able to communicate smoothly and understand each other and that they always accommodate me. For example, they will accompany me to have a meal and even help me out with my work whenever I encounter problems doing my school work.

They never reject me and always make me laugh, I can mingle around with them comfortably as though we are a family and spill out my sadness or problems to them.

I do not feel lonely or left out with them as they are a really caring and cheerful group of friends.

Please share 3 pictures of your past projects / assignments 

(Web Client Development Project: Personal Website)

(Digital Media Business Project: Product Highlight Poster)

(Social Media Marketing Project: Poster created for client, Coffee Hive)

And here's more photos of Shevonne! :)