Happy 50th Anniversary Ngee Ann Polytechnic!

Happy 50th Anniversary Ngee Ann Polytechnic!

Happy 50th Anniversary Ngee Ann Polytechnic!

I am really fortunate and grateful to be invited for Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner last evening where the dinner was graced by the presence of our Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

The celebration also saw the presentation of the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Alumni Awards to 25 well deserving alumni who in my eyes I see as great examples and role models for us. While some continue to excel greatly in their field of study after their Diploma, others ventured and explored different opportunities out there.

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10 FAQs for National Service in Singapore + Bonus Tips

National Service is integral of every Singaporean son’s life to serve and protect our nation. After my enlistment last year November to the Singapore Army, I realised many things I learned from my friends about NS were wrong. Some of these information were shared among new National Service Full-Time personnel (NSFs) through word of mouth or internet forums such as HardwareZone’s NS Knowledge Base. Here’s some frequently asked questions (FAQs) by many prior to enlistment with their corresponding answers.

The Singapore Army No. 4 Pixelised Uniform

The Singapore Army No. 4 Pixelised Uniform. by Koh Jin Guan

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Going to Poly was a wrong choice: Commentary

If you haven’t read the original article, please read it first.

To “A Poly Student”,

I graduated last year from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) with a Diploma in Information Technology and currently I am serving Singapore as a NSF in the Army.  Reading your article “Going to Poly was a Wrong Choice” earlier gave me this feeling that I am back to that time before my graduation last year.

Sam & Kah Seng graduates from NP

On the day of our graduation, 25 May 2012.

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National Service: The long wait to serve my country

National Service by Richard Lee

A letter with the words “On Government Service” in bold came in December 2011, a few months after my medical examination for National Service. My excitement surged ragingly as I held that letter. A little blue stamp on the back of the envelope showed the words “CMPB”, which I immediately recognised it to be from Central Manpower Base. At that moment little did I know that very letter was only the start of a series of such orders given to me.

Fast forward and almost a year past by so quickly. Graduation Night and Graduation Day went by. We smiled for photos as we end the three year journey and embark on a new one. Everyone was wearing their graduation gown, smiling, running all over the place, taking photo. It wasn’t too long ago: only four months.

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Open Source in relation to Global Economy

Packfire Framework for PHP on Github, an open source project.

Two days ago I made an attempt to explain what “work” I do even after working hours and on weekends to a friend of mine. That work, as recorded on Github and my development blog, is writing PHP to an open source web framework called Packfire.
Then it got me thinking hard on the Open Source movement.

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Keep Going

When life gives you lemon, throw it back and say “Hey! I’ll keep going!”

Technologies are ever changing. To the consumers, they think that IT is changing so fast and they can’t catch up. But here’s the truth: it’s even much faster for those working behind the scenes. Software Developers face day to day challenge to keep themselves updated and skilled with the latest technologies and development tools that build tomorrow’s solutions. Yesterday you may be learning Java in classes, today you’ll be developing in Python, and tomorrow trying to deploy your software to all the different mobile platforms.

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How about Part Time Jobs?

This is a commentary to an article by TODAYonline reader, Ms Sandra Alison Jayandran,  on “Part-time work is hard to come by” dated Feb 16, 2012. The author of this commentary has had experiences working as a freelancer and intern but however wants to offer the perspective from the employer’s point of view.

Part-time jobs is very popular amongst those who seek a balance of and control over income and time. This includes homemakers, students, unemployed and the retired. Having a part-time job is great for the group because you are able to decide when to work and how much to earn.  Most part time jobs are found in retails, fast food and 24-hour stores. In most cases you are able to have multiple part-time jobs, such as being a mailman for the post office delivering mails on Monday to Saturday afternoons and cashier for the mornings and evenings.

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