Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The MetroDBITan student series : Issue #049 - Winnie Chng

Welcome back to a new semester DBIT peeps! :)

Our October issue of MetroDBITan welcomes another Winnie, this time, Winnie Chng from DBIT 1B01 :)

Get to know her better by reading our interview with her below :)

Tell us a little about your childhood days. Winnie

I can only vaguely remember what I did in my childhood days. The most memorable part was travelling around with my family.

Places like Beijing and Shanghai, I have gone there umpteen times. I am familiarise with the places and the locals are very friendly.

I love travelling around with my big family because I felt that I was protected like a princess. It is the most memorable part of my childhood.

Share something about your primary school days!

I studied in Malaysia in a private school called Alpha Omega Resources. I was in the netball team as a goal shooter. We went through a lot of competitions as a team. I appreciate them a lot.

My school often brings us out to expeditions and competitions. For instance, when a new movie is released, our teacher would bring the whole class out to watch it. After watching the movie, we were then tasked to write a reflection based on the movie. We also were brought to places like the Science Centre in Malaysia and Singapore.

My school is a Christian school. We often traveled to various churches as part of our expeditions.  Christmas is an important event in our school. We were sent as volunteers to sing as a choir to places such as Starbucks.

Another interesting experience I had was a student exchange programme which I participated in. I went to a college in Malaysia, the SEGI College for a science programme. I remember that on one of the days when we were at the lab, my friend pulled the emergency button, causing water to splash all over the place.  Fortunately, nothing major happened, and we ended up laughing.  It was an enjoyable school trip.

On top of that, my school also provides summer camp every year for us. The year I went was at
Desaru Lotus. They organized plenty of activities such as kayaking. It’s a 3 days 2 nights camp.

Tell us more about your secondary school days!

I studied in Northbrooks Secondary School, around Yishun area.

I was admitted by the AEIS examinations for international students.

One of the memorable events during this period is my experience joining an overseas student exchange programme in Changsha for one week.  During that trip, I met a lot of new friends. After returning from the trip, we continue to keep in touch with them by writing letters to one another.

Taken in Changsha with one of my friends

Taken in Secondary2. It was Sports Day

In secondary school, I joined the Interact Green Club CCA. I regularly took part in Community Involvement Programs (CIP) such as giving out food to the old folk, performing to entertain them and also setting up booth to teach outsiders how to make good use of recyclable materials. In Secondary 3, I was appointed as the Treasurer of the club.

In secondary school, my favourite subject was Mathematics. I thought that it was a very fun and interesting subject until I started to study Additional Mathematics.  A.Maths was terrible and confusing. But I still love it very much.

In my secondary school, I have one group of besties. Most of them are Malaysians.

These are my sisters !

Share your likes and dislikes!


I have many likes, here are some of them:

  • I like watching traditional drama series such as huaqiangu. It has an awesome storyline. You guys should watch too!
  • I like to eat fast food like KFC’s popcorn chicken and pepper lunch. They taste great!
  • I like to hang around with my family especially with my aunt!
  • I like netball


My dislike would be fish. I don’t like eating fish since young.

Share a memorable event you had

I would share a memorable moment that happened recently.

It happened when I finished my Web Client Development project. I spent a lot of effort doing it. I gained much satisfaction after writing so much complicated code. I feel proud of myself for achieving this.

Describe yourself with 4 words
2 Strengths, 2 Weaknesses


Two words I would use to describe my strengths would be:  active and easy-going


Two words I would use to describe my weakness would be:  procrastinate & not confident

This is one area which I feel I am not so good at. I am rather timid, not good at talking and interacting with people.

Share 3 of your favourite outfits!

Top from Bugis and bottom from Abercrombie & Fitch

Dress from Yunice’s shop in Johor Bahru

Dress from store in Sutera Mall

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

1)    Aunt
2)    Sister : Cindy
3)    Cousin: Anne

My cousin, Anne and myself

Me and my sister Cindy

Share your travel experiences!

The countries that I have visited include Europe and China.

Picture taken in Europe when I was 12 years old

Picture taken in China with my cousin when I was young

Between the two countries, I prefer China as it is more convenient as it is an Asian country. The food is more suitable for us. Not only this, the language spoken is Chinese, which is the most common language in our family.

Name three places in Singapore that you like to hang out at!

Three places that I like to hang out in Singapore would be Sentosa Resort World, Marina Bay Sands and Orchard Road.

As I am a Malaysian, I don't go to these places that often, but when I do, I go there with my family. We will go there at least twice a year.

Whats your favourite food at SP? :)

My favourite food at SP would be the Chicken rice at Food court 3.

What do you plan to do after graduation from SP?

I will choose to go to work and experience the business industry.

What are your favourite modules in SP?

My favourite module in SP would be Web Client Development (WCD) which teaches us HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create our own websites.  I find this module very interesting. And I feel much satisfaction after I complete my work.

Another module I enjoyed is Social Media Marketing (SMM).  I find this module useful in my future career. It teaches us a lot of methods on marketing on social media. It allows us to work with real life company to gain experiences.

Some of the posters I created for my SMM client, MyPhotoTalk.

Link to the Facebook Post

Do you work part-time while studying?

Yes. On the first semester break, I worked as a promoter. I found it a meaningful experience, as I really understand what’s hard earned money.

Are you currently attached?
What sort of qualities would you like in a partner? :)

Currently, I am not attached yet!

I would like my partner to have qualities such as being responsible, caring and honest.

More photos please?!

Issue #049 MetroDBITan - launch on 27 Oct 2015 at 11:00 am

Check back at 11:00 am today for our 49th issue of MetroDBITan featuring our sweet and pretty Year 1 student, Winnie Chng! :)

Monday, September 28, 2015

The MetroDBITan student series : Issue #048 - Winnie Chow

Welcome to issue 48 of MetroDBITan! In this issue, we feature our very pretty Year 3 DBIT student, Winnie Chow!

Let's zoom in and get to know more about her!

Tell us more about your childhood days, Winnie

I do not have any memories of my baby days (but I have baby pictures!) and I can vaguely remember my childhood days. My mother dolled me up prettily whenever we headed out and sometimes even at home!! If we were at home, she would start a mini photo shoot for me and I would have to pose for her, haha!

Baby picture 1

Baby picture 2

Childhood days 1: Posing for the camera

Childhood days 2

Childhood days 3: Visiting the Zoo

I am particularly close to one of my cousins as she was born just two days before me. I spent my primary school days living at her house as I am the only child and my parents were busy working. I would head home every weekend and be back for school on Mondays. My aunt has three daughters and all of them took care of me for the whole six years! :-)

My cousin and I (right)

My cousin and I (right)

My cousin and I (left)

Tell us more about your primary school days!

I was from Zhenghua Primary School. My favourite subjects were Mathematics and Chinese! I participated in various types of CCAs such as Choir, Tennis, Table Tennis and Librarian.

My cousin, a baby that my aunt was babysitting and I

I had a journal during my primary school days (form teacher said it is compulsory) and we were told to write our thoughts and/or reflection in it every few days. The teacher asked us to decorate our journal and this is how mine looks like! :-)

My Journal during Primary 5

Honestly, I still find it quite pretty hahaha! An example of my day in Primary 5:

6 January 2006: My English was terrible hahaha
Not that my English has improved by alot... But at least my handwriting did! Hehe. My hobbies are still the same but my dream to own a childcare centre is impossible to be realised... ~

A few of my primary school friends:

Xiaohan, Jinyin and I

Jinyin, Amecan and I

Share some stories and photos about your school days in secondary school!

I was from Commonwealth Secondary School in the NA stream and my favourite subjects were Mathematics and Sciences! My CCA was Badminton.

In my secondary school days (even in primary school days), the discipline masters would 'catch' me during lesson breaks and start accusing me for dyeing my hair brown. They continued to 'catch' me even after my father came down to meet the principal!!!! #sameproblemeveryyear #bestfriendswithdm

My classmates (Secondary 3)

My classmates (Secondary 3)

My badminton girls

Badminton training outside school

 Some of the memorable events that happened during my secondary school days:

Champion! (Games Day - Secondary 5 Inter-Class Floorball Competition)

Graduation Day

Graduation Day

Graduation Day - Flashmob (Sec 4/5)


It was a wonderful journey :-)

Share your likes and dislikes!

My likes

I like to fix puzzles, fix stuffs, listen to musics, travel and many more!

Crystal Puzzles - Piggy Bank

Crystal Puzzles - London Bus

IKEA Cabinet (before)

IKEA Cabinet (after)



I am a fan of a KPOP band named SHINee ever since I was in Secondary School. Recently, I have been listening to English songs and I love it too!

Current favourite songs:

  • View by SHINee
  • Because I'm The Best by Hyuna
  • Good Boy by GD X TAEYANG
  • Cool For The Summer by Demi Lovato
  • Worth It by Fifth Harmony

SHINee (taken by me during their first fan meet/sign in Singapore, 2010!)

I rarely take pictures of food before I eat as I always forget to do so. But when I do, I go on a picture spreeeee!

Fried Tofu (from Itacho)

That beef from that shop (from Korea)

Mango lobster salad roll (from Itacho)

Cooked salmon sushi (from Itacho)

Half-chicken (from Poulet)

My Dislikes


Share an event which is memorable to you

There are a lot of events that are memorable to me. Each picture below represents one event! :-)

Games Day 2012, we were third on 2011 but came in first on 2012

Secondary school dance performance

Royal Caribbean Winner
Embarrassing yet proud event,
Hula Hoops competition on the ship lol

Key signed album (hoho)

Yami Yogurt photoshoot.............

My 19th birthday

My Cousin's Wedding Day (her sister and I)

Campaign Winner
Free airplane tickets to Taiwan!!
Thanks FD!

Describe yourself with four different words (two strengths, two weaknesses)

Here are 4 words which I would use to describe myself

1. Wary (weakness)
2. Honest (weakness)
3. Independent (strength)
4. Fair (strength)

Being wary and honest are my weaknesses. It makes me think twice about everything that were said to me. And by being honest, it makes it hard for me to comfort sad people with white lies. I would choose to let them know the ugly truth and hurt them so that they can get it over with the problem, once and for all. However these traits may play useful roles in my life at some point of time so I am glad to have possess them :-)

I consider Independent and Fair as my strengths. By fair, I mean justice. I believe that justice is very important. I like that I am independent because it means that I do not have to depend much on others and thus not be a burden to them.

Regardless of the types of traits, they made up me and I am happy about it! :-)

I believe that honesty is gold. And that truths are always better than lies.

Three of your favourite clothes

My 'pyjamas'
I am not sure where my mother bought this long pink panther top for me but I love them because it is pink and comfy! Haha. My mother also bought the shorts for me from Taiwan and they are really comfy too! Perfect sleeping wear! :-)

Outfit in Korea
I bought the outer 'coat' and boots from Korea during my trip there on February 2015. The inner top is from Cotton On and the red pants is from H&M. I like the coat as it is fully black, which is easy to match with any outfit. The inner top is comfortable and at the same time, does not look lapsup when worn with this outfit hahahah. I chose to wore this red pants to complete the outfit because the colour strikes out and made this whole outfit looks less boring and more fun! :-)

Checkered baby-doll dress
Both the dress and boots are from Bugis Street! I like this dress because it is red (just right for CNY) and because it is a one-piece (duh dress). Which means that I do not have to think about what to wear for the bottom! :-D hahahah. For the boots, it is just boots. Hur hur ♥.♥

Three people that you want to thank or shout out to

Instead of three people, I would like to show three pictures instead ._.
I'm thankful for their appearance in my life :-)


Cousin's family

SHINee - Key

Which country do you want to visit most? Why? Have you travelled anywhere before?

There is no particular country that I wish to visit. I have travelled to Phuket, Batam, Bali, Korea and Taiwan before. Surprisingly, I like my Bali trip best. I am not sure why but I had most fun there!

Bali trip

Bali trip

Phuket trip (i think?)

Korea trip (confirm)

Name three places in Singapore that you like to hang out

I do not have any particular places that I like to hang out at... If I have to name three places, they are: my home, The Clementi Mall and anywhere with K. I like to hang out alone, with my mother, with K and also with friends! :-)

What’s your favourite food in SP?

My favourite food were Yong Tau Foo and 'brown rice and eggplant from the vegetarian stall at FC4.

Yeap, both of them are gone. I was sooooo sad to see them disappear from FC4 :-( but I got over it (sorta) and my current fave is the eggplant from FC6's vegetarian stall. It better not close down anytime soon, not until I graduate!!!!!!! And nope, I am not a vegetarian haha. :-)

Brown rice & eggplant :'(

Yong Tau Foo :'(

What do you plan to do after graduation from SP?

Erm... I plan to continue my studies in SIM but I have not decided on a course yet. If I were to work first in the future, I am not sure which industry to work in but I know which industry I DO NOT want to work in; the F&B industry.

What are your favourite modules in SP?

My favourite modules are Business Statistics, Java Programming and Infographics. I like them because they are fun and interesting. :-)

Do you have a CCA in SP?

Nope, I do not have a CCA in SP.

Do you have best / good friends in SP? 

Yes I do.

Glad to be with them throughout the 3 years :-) Zandra, Claris, Weiyan, Sauching, Huiru, Jingpoh, Yanqing and Yunhui :-)

Do you work part-time while studying?

Yes but not regularly. It may be tiring sometimes but I feel that it depends on what type of job you have.

Please share 3 pictures of your past projects / assignments.

Interaction and Visual Design (IVDE)

Infographics - Resume (IGRA)

Infographics (IGRA)

Are you currently attached? If you are, please share a romantic experience with him!

Yeap, I am attached but no romantic experience! Haha!

Please share more photos with us!

With my secondary school friends

With my closest cousins

Thanks for reading, hope you have learnt more about me! :-) have a nice day!!