Now I @ Taiwan!


Touch down at Chiang Kai-shek (CKS) Taipei Int'l Airport, Taiwan on 300406, ard 0600 hrs. It was a 4-hr flight from S'pore to Taiwan.

I was received by 2 personnel and there was a minibus to bring me to my accommodation area.

Time Zone: GMT + 8 hrs (same as Singapore)

Weather: It's summer! (May to September).

Upcoming Events:

Self-organised: Taipei Trip on 17 (SAT), 18 (SUN) jun..

Camp Summer Excursion - Peng Hu Trip (offshore island) on 25- 28 jun..
NT$6,900 (include domestic air ticket).
Can reach up to 36°C.

Kaoshiong Int'l Airport: fetch new staff (080706-090706)

Everyone has to apply for local personal line for easy contactability.

Also, we have local bank account and ATM card, so that can remit money from Singapore to our local a/c.

This 'tour of duty' not only get a 1st-hand experience,
also to make this 'tour' experience in Taiwan truly worthwhile and complete.

BIZ side – understand the biz environment, and explore biz opportunities.

Travel side – explore by train stations,
explore Taipei by bicycle.

Backpacking - > finding yr own way
ard the place.
exploring independently.

IPPT 050506


I juz took IPPT on 050506, and got SILVER!
the 2.4km was downslope, so easier to run, but the starting pt was high up the hill, got strong wind (creating wind resistance).
My result:

Sit-up: 39 reps (4 pts)
SBJ: 225 cm (3)
Chin-up: 10 reps (4)
Shuttle run: 10.3 sec (4)
2.4 km run: 10 min 51 sec (4)

Total: 19 pts. - SILVER!

SMU, NUS accepted me, NTU rejected me


[CAT B] I applied for all 3 uni in S'pore (kiasu lah...)

I received the application results:

  1. First came NUS' A4-sized letter of offer on 28 Mar 06

Application status

Outcome of application:
You have been offered
Business Admin in academic year 2007 - 2008.

Happi that at last got reply.

Relieved that at least got one uni accept me.

  1. Next, NTU's simple one-page letter of rejection.

Sad that they reject me.

3. Lastly came SMU's letter of offer.


Bachelor of Business Management

Congratulations! You have been offered a place at SMU. This is subject to confirmation by SMU to you in the form of an official SMU offer letter.

Jumping for joy!

Acceptance of Offer

2 May to 5 June 2006

The SMU Admission Interview for BBM Applicants
Applicants have to go to the campus for the interview. I tink this is to have an opportunity to experience a class setting in the uni.

There's 2 part to it:
1. grp discussion
2. essay-writing

We were first put in a waiting area where we did up our name cards the SMU way.
That is to write your name on a piece of card with a marker, and fold it into a triangular prism.
There's a technic to do it. The person-in-charge said u'll get used to it when u enter SMU.

After some waiting, my interview group of 8 people were ushered to a small classroom.
We were each given a newspaper article to self-read for 15mins.

After which, we were ushered into a seminar room with 2 professors.
We were told to do a grp discussion based on the article.

There's one Indonesian applicant, who is dressed formally, with suit and tie.
He kept on talking from the start, leaving little opportunity for others to speak up.
I can see the drive and ambition to advance themselves,
there's a lot of hunger for higher education.

I thought to myself, if I don't voice up my opinion now, I'll not have any chance.
So, I gathered what others have said,
and waited for a pause in the discussion, and I gave my point of view.
I don't know whether my point was noted, cos everyone was saying their own stories.

This IS the SMU way of learning, we do not learn by just listening to professors talk. Learning is being interactive in SMU.

Then, is Q&A with the 2 professors.

Next, is the essay writing (30 mins).

Overall, I was quite satisfied with the essay but not the interview.
Hopefully I can be offered a place in SMU.

Appeal for Change of Course or Application Result

To be announced at a later date.

Online Matriculation

Early August 2006.

Top 10 Qualities Employers look for


What employers look out for:

  • communication skills
  • motivation / initiative
  • honesty / integrity
  • leadership / teamwork
  • technical skills
  • interpersonal skills
  • flexibility / adaptablity
  • analytical / problem solving skills
I must work on these qualities to get a head-start in my career.
Mgt skills,
work well with others, getting their support.
manage stress effectively
(demanding job - means greater complexity, higher responsibility)
coping in a fast-changing world
tink on yr feet.

size up a situation.

make decisions.

sharp analysis & compelling reasoning.

conceptual thinking.

communicating wif heart.

Mgt book:
'The Truth abt Managing Pple', by Stephen P. Robbins
"Most managers want employees who will
do more than yr usual job duties."
more than the usual job scope:
• making constructive statements abt yr work
• being pro-active, helping others on yr team
• volunteering for extra job activities
• avoiding unnecessary conflicts
• respecting the spirit as well as
the letter of rules and regulations
• gracefully tolerating the occasional work-related impostions
Employers look out for pple who
go beyond the normal expectations.
  • always maintain a high personal integrity
  • theoretical knowledge is not enough,
    one must learn to apply the knowledge acquired
    to advance the interests of the org.
  • the spirit of innovation and creativity in a changing world. think-out-of-the-box
  • know what is going on,
    anticipate change,
    and take the intiative to respond accordingly.
  • learn to assume both the role of a leader and a team-player
  • show unusual commitment
  • eager to learn and acquire other expertises,
    which are valuable to org: e.g. writing, speaking, and presentation skills
  • use the skills acquired to help others within the org freely
  • build the team by training others in the org to achieve excellence too.
  • people skills: e.g. communication, respecting and caring for others,
    giving praise genuinely and criticising graciously
    are vital for enhancing relationships and for conflict mgt.
  • be enthusiastic, confident and stay +ve
  • remain humble.
tag: employer, managing, qualities, skills, work

Learn Global, Immerse the Int'l Environment


Be a socially conscious biz leader
with a global mindset.

* Study @ uni

* Joint degree with overseas uni

* overseas Internship @ silicon valley start-up

* overseas Biz Study Missions
network with executives and managers.

* spend a semester in Europe (overseas student Xchange)

* participate in international competitions.

* participate in overseas community involvement project (OCIP)
(e.g. Help build houses for the poor: Habitat for Humanity,
S'pore Int'l Foundation,
X-trekkers, Venturing Asia,
Raise awareness of health and hygiene in Indonesia:
Raleigh Society,
Plant trees in Australia:
STA Travel,
1 yr community work as u travel around the world in a yacht:

Aim :- volunteer for these overseas community works during school vacation break.

world-wide network connection
international experience, exposure.

"adapt, thrive and lead in a changing business world."

tag: community, global, university

*** hello ***


Do u noe tt a simple "hello"
can b so sweet?

H - how r u?
E - everything alrite?
L - like to see u.
L - love to hear from u.
O - obviously miss u!

hello to u!

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