Taiwan Quick Links


Taiwan Scenic Spot Search System
Taiwan Tour Bus
Taiwan Travel for youth

www.tfa.org.tw Taipei Farmers' Association (events organised in Taiwan)

YuShan National Park (flower schedule)

frogfree.com (photo, adventure)



Useful tools: translating Chinese words or websites to English.

another translation alternative...

calling from Taiwan to Singapore:
*108*65(tel no)#

With (L),

(from Taiwan)

CiBoys@ near zoo's night market. $140.

I got my Car Driving License!


Haha... I got my car driving license in Taiwan!!!
Almost gave up taking the test...

I failed on my first theory test, passing on my second attempt.

After passing the theory test, I took the practical test. Failed on first try...
First station is reverse parking, hit the line, siren sounds, low morale...
Then the rest of the stations got no mood to carry on.

After more practice, with more confidence, and some luck, I passed on my second attempt.
The funny thing is my test date is on Friday the 13th, of Oct 2006.
Thing to note: don't be nervous, just relax. Treat it like normal driving, not a test.

Reason for taking driving test overseas:
Cheaper cost - lesson fee S$500

Cons = S'pore training centre teaches more in details.
S'pore is right-hand drive, Taiwan is left-hand drive.

The thing is, in order to convert overseas int'l license to Singapore license,
you have to stay in the overseas country continously for 6 mths.

To convert to Int'l driving license:
1. renew alien resident cert,
2. then renew ROC driving license @ Motor Vehicles Office (監理處).
- bring passport, ROC driving license, alien resident cert,
two recent passport-sized photos and NT$250.
3. u will be given an Int'l license book immediately.

Online Study Guide for Student Drivers
Side Note:
licence (British/Australian Spelling) or license (American Spelling)

To obtain a Singapore Driving License.
- 1. Take Driving Basic Theory Test (BTT) - S$6 per basic theory test
touch-screen computer-based.
arrive at least 15 mins BEFORE the test.
1st test: 28 Sep 07 (Fri) - fail
2nd attempt: 14 Dec 07 (Fri), 8pm - Passed!!!
:: www.sgdriving.net ::
An online web portal dedicated for driving basic theory test,
final theory test and ridding theory test (BTT, FTT, RTT) in Singapore.

things to note:
- warning sign, put 20m away from vehicle.
- bus-stop: no parking/stopping within 9m.
- fire-hydrant: no parking/stopping within 3m.
- single yellow line --------- : no parking btw 7am-7pm.
- double yellow line ===== : no parking at all times.
- single zig-zag line /\/\/\/\/\/ : no parking except for pick and let passenger.
- double zig-zag line \\//\\//\\ : no stopping.
- Provisional Driving License valid for 6 mths.
- child restrain: < 7 yrs old.
- every 5 - 10 secs = check rear mirror.

After passing the theory test,
go to the Traffic Police Licensing Department.
For the one @ Ubi Comfort Driving Centre, level 2
opening hours are: Mon - Fri (8.30am-5pm), Sat (8.30am-12pm).
Take bus 25, 51, 55, 93, 94, 854 from bus stop near Eunos MRT Station.

2. Foreign Driving License - make sure it's not expired
-> need to know the first Date of Issue, and Date of Expiry.
need official translation of Foreign Driving License, if not in English, from the relevant Embassy.
3. Int'l Driving Permit (IDP) - make sure it's not expired
4. Passport - to prove at least 6 mths of continous stay in the foreign country.
5. IC-size colour photo.
6. S$50 (CashCard or NETS only)
7. Fill up pink application form

tag: car, driver, driving, guide, license

Quick Links - IT


50 Coolest Websites by TIME (2006)
free stuff - find.pcworld.com/52516

Microsoft Office 2007
Macromedia 2004
Intel PROset Wireless 11.5
Adobe Reader 9.0
QuickTime, RealPlayer, DivX, iTunes, VLC Media Player
MSN Live Messenger
Internet Telephony: skype.com

Free Security Software
Anti-virus - www.grisoft.com
Firewall - www.zonelabs.com or use Microsoft Security Pack 2
Anti-spyware - lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

Additional web browser, just in case this one doesn't work.
FireFox - www.mozilla.org
Google Chrome - www.google.com/chrome

Photo Management Software

Using [Photo Story 3] requires Genuine XP validation.
Put some photos together with sound background music mp3, and you get a video!

Online video editing - www.JumpCut.com (browser-based: FireFox)
Upload edit, and share your videos online.

Digital Imaging Services
- upload and share your digital still images as well as order prints online @aa82
Logon to My Sony as a member for FREE 64MB ImageStation Storage Space
PhotoBucket.com paulchensc

snapfish.com.sg (by HP) 4R prints for 19cents.

The new ePhoto! - Create your very own photo albums online with ePhoto. Sign up now and get 30 days FREE subscription! Also, enjoy Free 5 FujiColor prints for every 20 prints order. Plus a chance to win a Fuji Digital Camera every month! http://ephoto.pacific.net.sg/web/ephoto/

Sell your stuff online
http://mocca.com/ RICH

Logo generator

Chinese words generator

IT dictionary
karbosguide.com (jargons)



msFong.com (children portal)


bks on IT

course.com/sites/oz (IISO)
scsite.com/dc2002 (ComSys)
www.mhhe.com/marketspace (e-com)

www.maxpress.com (E-Biz formula for success)
id - formula
pw - cold
www.prenhall.com/kotler (search "e-commerce") e-biz plan

Other Web Resources
www.jotform.com (online form builder, e.g. registration)
members.freewebs.com (website hosting)
free.prohosting.com (website hosting)
comp.nus.edu.sg/~lihq/links.htm (other home pg)
xentrik.net (web stuff)
(password-protected, calendar(birthday), photo gallery, chat)
www.alxnet.com (poll)
www.evite.com (poll, invitation)
www.delphiforum.com (forum)
www.snopes.com (verify stories)
playmail.research.att.com (talking email)

You're Invited!


Whenever you're invited, you feel exclusive and special.

"You're cordially invited to
witness the Prime Minister's Swearing-in Ceremony
at the Istana
on 12 August 2004, 8 pm."

The same goes to Google's strategy of promoting it's Gmail.

"someone" has invited you to open a Google mail account.

Gmail is a new search-based webmail service that offers:
- 1 GigaByte (GB) of free storage
- Built-in Google search that instantly finds any message you want
- Automatic arrangement of messages and related replies into "conversations"
- Text ads and related pages that are relevant to the content of your messages

World-Ready Youth Vision


Taken from National Youth Council's webpage: http://www.nyc.pa.gov.sg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12&Itemid=18

Youth development
- the
active process by which young people are engaged, equipped and empowered to be active citizens in society.

This is characterised by a purposeful strength-building approach.

World-Ready Youth - youth with the values, outlook and skills to thrive and succeed in a global environment and yet maintain strong ties to their families, communities and nation:

You have the imagination to look beyond barriers.
Set goals, not limits.

You have strength to try all the way.
See problems as challenges.

You have the drive to go for it.
Act on your dreams.

You have the guts to stand up for what you believe in.
Be true to yourself.

You have passion to change people's lives.
Let your actions speak.

Education - Dip. in Biz IT


Education - Diploma in Business Information Technology (BIT)
- 8th May 2002 to 22nd May 2005 (3 yrs - full-time)

To be competent in both areas of business and IT.
Diploma Core Subjects
Business Subjects
Accounting: Business Accounting, Management Accounting & Finance for IT
- accounting for mgt decisions
- financial mgt

Principles of Management
- managing others, mgt positions, think and plan strategically
- effectively implement knowledge, and guide teams to achieve organisational goals

Principles of Marketing
- e-tailing
- direct and interactive marketing
essentials of sales techniques
marketing communications
advertising and promotional mgt
- Public Relations principles
- HR mgt

Organisational Behaviour
- corporate ethics and governance
- change mgt

Economics: both Micro and Macro
Business Statistics
Business Intelligence
Enterprise Resource Management - managing supply chains
Practice of Technopreneurship
- How to Handle Difficult Customers
- Where and How to Get Help for a Business Start-up
- Computerised Accounting for Small Business Setup
- Tips for Starting a Small/Home-Based Business
- Setting Up and Managing a Child Care Centre
- Marketing & Market Research for SMEs
- Business Plan Development
- business law

manage pple across intl borders,
do biz regionally and globally,
venture into intl biz arena

Major Project
- project/production and operations mgt

IT Subjects
Networked Multimedia
Computer Systems
Internet & Information Systems in Organisations
- biz infor systems
- infor systems mgt

E-Business Management
managing e-business
learnt the fundamentals of IT, Internet & E-Commerce

System Analysis & Design
Object Relational Database
Programming in JAVA
E-Commerce Application Development

Cross-Disciplinary Subjects
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Leadership & Character
Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

School Core Subjects
Communications Skills
- Effective Business Writing Skills

National Education
Student Internship Programme
Did my 16-weeks of internship at
Standard Chartered Bank.
Able to solve real-working environment problems.

Distinction - 3
A - 7
B+ - 7
B - 8
C+ - 1
OVERVIEWCourse fee:
- tuition fee } $975
- other fee } $101.50
- exam fee $30
- insurance $3.10
- sports & wellness $24.90
- misc. fee $23.50
- students' union fee $20
- tuition grant } $4,925

total payable fee (exclude govt tuition grant): $1,076.50 (for 1st term of the year: mid-Jun to Dec).
$975 (for 2nd term of the year: Jan to mid-Jun).

took 3 years to complete diploma.
lectures, tutorials and practicals.
Assessment is based on assignments, projects and examinations.
must have 80% class attendence to be allowed to sit for the exams.
major project submit in final year.
What's Next?
After diploma, will be finding all kinds of temporary jobs to gain exposure.
Location: The nearer to home, the better.
Working hours: A 9-to-5 job is sufficient, getting at least $50 per day (min. S$7 per hr).
Followed by National Service (NS).

After NS, will be exploring the further studies option for me,
>> lo
ok for courses that give advance standings, direct entry, subject exemptions
(skip a few modules, that is learnt in diploma)

Advanced standing list:http://www.tp.edu.sg/admin/iris/IR_Div/AdvStd/UNIVERSITY.htm
There are many universities that are not on the list but would probably provide some exemptions to our students on a case-by-case basis.
The amount of exemptions you'll get depends on your grades, the relevance of the diploma to degree courses and the institution that you are applying to.
When in doubt, send the university admission officer your transcript and course descriptions for evaluation.

NUS - Bschool.nus.eduSMU - Bachelor of Biz Mgt.
When choosing a university, it is important that you consider these factors:
- Course / syllabi provided/ curriculum
- type of learning / teaching style
- Institutions
- Cost
- International recognition / Accreditation / Professional recognition
- Admission requirements
- Location, environment & personal factors
- Langauge barrier - understand what they're saying?

Commercial ranking guides: check if their ranking criteria match yours.
Cost to study abroad:
It depends on where and what you intend to study. Below is just a guide:
Tuition (1 acad. yr): A$10,000 -A$17,000(exc. medicine & dentistry courses)
Living Exp: A$7,200 - A$13,500

Tuition (1 acad. yr): 6,500 - 10,800 pounds (exc. medicine & dentistry courses)
Living Exp: 4,850 - 7,200 " (depends on location)

Tuition (1 acad. Yr): US$5,000 - US$26,000
Rm & Board: US$4,500 - US$10,000

Apply for scholarships: scholarships' availablility are limited and competition is intense.
Get your TP transcripts and course descriptions ready.
ALUMNI CONNECTIONS @ www-eservices.tp.edu.sg/aps/main.htmhttps://tp-eservices.tp.edu.sg/alumni/main.htm

User ID: matriculation card no.
or pursue career in (not-yet-thought-of) industry.

Hai Sing Catholic School (2nd Jan 1998 to 31st Dec 2001).

tag: business, diploma, education, information, technology

Happy New Year 2007 @ Taipei 101


It's a new year again!
New Beginning. . .

I was at Taipei 101 on 31st Dec 2006.
Anticipating the fireworks . . .

Abt Taipei 101: (508m tall)
office *** shopping mall
101 storeys above ground,
5 storeys under ground.
- best place to catch a bird's eye view of Taipei.
- world's fastest elevator (only 39 secs to get to observatory)

It was jam-packed with people...
I learnt 4 things about taking video shoot on this kind of countdown.
1. come early, find a nice spot (a place where you can see clearly), and reserve your seat.
2. shoot horizontally, not vertically.
3. save your video shoot. Not switch it off, tinking that it'll auto-save.
4. do not zoom. cos will result in distortion.

Camp Winter Tour to AliShan (Mt. Ali)
2nd Jan to 5th Jan 2007.
- NT$5800 per person for 4person room.

do u know?
Father's Day in Taiwan is 8th Aug (八月八日).
cos 八八 (8th Aug) sounds like 爸爸 (father).

In Taiwan, most computer stores will have the word '3C' displayed all over.
The 3Cs are computers, communications and consumer electronic products.

2007, sometimes known as 2k7.

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