10-Year Series for PSC Interviews

I thought it was interesting to find in the newspapers today two half-pages of articles on the topic of PSC scholarship interviews, and advise for future interviewees on what they should and should not do. It seems like PSC scholarship interviews have become more serious matter than job interviews. Are they going to start publishing 10-year series of PSC scholarship…

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What Can I Use My Samsung Voucher On?

When you register a Samsung product warranty, you get a nice 15% discount voucher to be used on purchases at Samsung’s flagship store at VivoCity. Sounds good huh. I bought a 40″ LCD TV, which comes with a free 26″ LCD TV, and when I register the warranty online, I get yet more discounts. Yup. The problem with the discount…

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False Fire Alarm Again

All the false fire alarms at my home are getting very irritating. They were happening quite frequently at one time, then it got better (i.e. less frequent), then lately, they started to pick up in frequency again. This evening, it rang again, and it lasted for quite a while, because the security guards could not silence or reset the fire…

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Carelessness is Costly

A sign stuck on the tables at a NUS canteen reminds people that carelessness is costly. People are being reminded not to leave belongings unattended. Belongings such as wallets, bags, handphones and notebook computers. I thought to myself, it’s stupidity that is costly here. Why do people leave valuable belongings such as notebook computers unattended in NUS canteens?

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Canadian 2-For-1 Disappointment

Their website says “thin crust is available in all sizes”, but when I called, they did not have any thin crust at all. That was Canadian 2-For-1 Pizza. How disappointing. I used to like ordering Canadian 2-For-1 Pizza. One of the reasons has been the perceived value-for-money: 2 pizzas for the price of 1. But over time, their service has…

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The Generation Gap

Every now and then, someone asks me “Are you a student?” It has become a sort of introductory line at seminars and conferences for sales and PR people to start a conversation with me. They look at me, then look at my name tag, see that I come from a university, and then think that I’m probably a student.

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Suicide

The recent few high-profile suicide cases features in our media certainly raises a bunch of questions. Although many people’s reaction are going to be that suicide isn’t the solution, that it’s such a pity to die young, etc, sometimes I wonder if they’ve spent some time to think from that person’s perspective? What’s wrong with suicide? Why isn’t it the…

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Pickup A Free Notebook Computer

If you’re looking for a fantastic free notebook deal, I think I know where to go. I’m talking about a real notebook computer, not paper notebooks to scribble in. There’s an element of chance, but there’s plenty to go around. It is somewhat like a lucky draw, but I suspect the chances of hitting the jackpot are probably many times…

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Too Much Stress In NTU, Too Much Partying In NUS

I’m sorry to make light of these grave matters, but a colleague put it this way and I thought it was quite an interesting take: too much stress in NTU, too much partying in NUS. This is about the two student deaths that occurred this same week. A student at NTU was said to have stabbed his professor apparently after…

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Professorship Is Apparently A High Risk Job

I’d never guess, but apparently professorship can be rated as a high risk job. In our tiny island of Singapore, look at how many professors have been injured on the job. It seems like the university can be very much as stressful an environment as the “outside” commercial world. Who would have thought so? Perhaps our students and academia are…

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