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Yet Another Star Died
This year isn't a good year for Hong Kong celebrity world. Lesilie died in mid 2003 and just today, his good friend Anita Mui died. I heard from a friend that people whose names have got "mu" (wood in chinese) in it will be unlucky in year 2003. Peace be with you, Anita.
I knew a guy and I don't like him at all. I just got to know him and just for the very first day, I don't like him. Arrogant (talks as if he is the richest person in the world and as if working in vacations is a shame). Better remain as acquaintance with him.
School will be reopening in exactly one weeks' time. The feeling of going to lectures is not good at all.
Stupid Me
Went to exchange some Sing dollars to Malaysian ringgit just now. I gave the money changer S$45 and the person gave me S$98.10 in return. Mind you it is S$98.10 Sing dollar! Don't know what got into me that made me tell the person about the error. Sigh... if I just left with the money then I would have earned.
MY GOAL
My goal for next sem is to complete all tutorials and not to skip any more lectures/tutorials. I think that is the reason why I got a B- for a supposedly easiest module I had this sem. What the hell was I doing? Having getting the lowest grade for a easiest module is a big disappointment to me. I'm not going to let that happen again.
Had an online chat with a nus friend this early morning from 1am till 4am. Jokes were always lame and crappy. I guess I am becoming very crappy as well. Am still going through all those crappy conversation in my mind now.
I have got no idea why I woke up so early today. Must be because of the sms I received this morning that woke me up. It say, "only 10 vacancies for st1232 for round 1A. Better showhand". I better get up soon to check out the situation myself. For me, I won't showhand and try not to, perhaps I may get it in the next round if I fail to do so this round. Bidding going to start in 5 minutes time.
Will be getting a free network textbook from catherine next sem :)
The world is getting very friendly to me this year.
Went to Bugis today and bumped onto some familiar faces. Saw Ralph today but did not call him because he was busy in a conversation with a pretty lady. Also saw my Sgt Liew but this time I called him.
Stupid arsehole!
arsehole = CORS
That stupid CORS site is giving me troubles again. I am unable to add maths module again just because I do not have 'A' Levels Maths. This happened to me last sem. Think got to appeal.
I AM CLEARED
Relieved.
Managed to clear this semester and pass all modules.
Went out today with my NS friends and had a show. That show is going to enter into my Guinness World of Records. It is the MOST BORING, MOST PLOTLESS PLOT movie I will watch in my entire whole life. "In the Cut" is the name of the movie. OK, that show is RA but lousiest RA to be shown on earth. Synopsis told me it is a horror movie but I don't find any part of the movie that is scary, or just I am cold blooded? hmm....I really don't know.

Wasted my $6.50.
Down with sore throat plus super dry lips.
Got to drink more water.
Went to Tanjong Pagar with a friend to look for part-time jobs. We knew it is impossible to find one at the peiod of time but we still went there to to do some recce so that next sem will be easier for us. Got a list of employment agencies available in International Plaza and I think this will come real handy in the future.

Left my that friend and joined another group of my friends (NUS) for a dinner at Marina South. It's steamboat buffet time! Food is simply fabulous and I feel $12 is really worth the money.

Great day :)
Using an automated VB program given to me by EE. Excellent programming involved.
Glad to be granted access to a tool created by EE :)
Really feel honoured.
Please anyone could recommend me any easy breadth/gem module for me?
I need to overload myself next semester.
Just got news that I have got a wedding dinner to attend to. My cousin is getting married the second time on 2nd Jan 2004 and the dinner will be held at SENTOSA!!!
I find myself having more activities/outings on weekdays than weekends. It has been like that for the past few weeks or so having me spending my weekends usually at home. Movies on weekdays are cheaper.
In need of Java Sun Studio software! Any kind soul wish to send me post here.
Using NetBeans but then it loads really slowly.
Just completed my range of questions to "clean". I am a volunteer of my favourite site for more than 2 years and many times I met hostile people making unreasonable demands. I am just a volunteer providing free service after all in hope that the site will continue. That site did make it and from a total non-profit organization to now with many advertisements site making profits. I felt rather bad not making contributions to the site during the last exam period because of time constraint and as for now, I cannot find any excuses for not making contributions.

Long live EE!
Took a bus home today with a valueless ezlink card. Managed to find 2 $1 coins and so used one and asked around for smaller change. There's this guy who offerred to change with me and while he was looking for the coins, a bus (the bus he wished to take) arrived. In a rush, he gave me 80 cents without me giving him my $1.

I got the credit.
hehe
Went to school today with 3 friends to take part in a $30 reward for a 2 hours survey session. In fact it is $30 for 1 hour mouse "clicking" survey conducted by a group of IS honour students. I was the first to complete the 1hr mouse clicking session...hmm i guess i must be very good in using mouse.

I was surprised to see eliane as a volunteer helping out in supervising the survey. Ya she is another great friend of mine. Both of us living in amk, both of us having the same number of ADs, As, Bs and Cs during poly, both of us are scorpio (8th nov 1981 is my birthday and 9th nov 1981 is hers). Really coincidence. Looked at the list of students who have signed up for the survey and saw catherine's name on it. Thought this survey is only eligible for students matriculated in 2003? Guess there's some conspiracy going on inside but that's ok and it does not really matter.

With the meagre $30 on hand, my 3 friends and I went HollandV for lunch and afterwhich took a bus …
Yesterday was Catherine's birthday. Hope she had a great day.
Nice, thoughtful and pretty lady and that is she. Never fail to forget what I told her (even very minor little seem to be insignificant details, and me too will never forget what she said).
Set to part with my phone but I guess it is worth selling. Warranty is going to expire plus this phone has been giving me "keypad" problems. Plus some more I heard N6610 has got lots of firmware bugs (i experienced them myself), I guess I made the right decision.
My younger bro has got a deal for me.
Someone keen to buy 2nd hand N6610 at $300 and I think I will sell mine.
I bought it at <$300 first hand with 2 months warranty left. I think it's a reasonable deal.
Just get to realize Mandrake is more commonly used than RedHat.
Am rather surprised.
hm.... but i am still determined to convert from Mandrake (am currently using) to RedHat.
No statistics will stop me from trying.
Went to Sitex show today and as it was just like normal PC Show...nothing really special about this one except....
We were standing in front of the Lexmark demonstration and the host suddenly pin-pointed me, "The one in red, YES that one. Could you come out and answer some questions?". Hmm....could I be the lucky one to win the palm zire? I decided to just give it a shot and here I go, walking onto the stage and answer some really simple damn obvious questions. Got myself a Lexmark analog watch with Stefanie Sun's face on the watch's face. OK no palm zire for me anyway.

Board a bus to Tampines mall for dinner after that. Chatted for quite a while in the food court before we decided to take a train to geylang for more supper. Tried the infamous "Smelly Beancurd". It isn't as smelly as I think it will be....very disappointing.
Been a member of friendster for nearly 2 months but I only have 5 "friends" in there. The reason is because I am using a hotmail email address that none of my friends know of. I have received invitations to add me into my friends' community but all used my pacnet email address. But I think that's okay because I do find friendster sucks a lot. It used to be very fast in loading but then after an influx of members coming in, loading time of friendster pages is unacceptable.

I just get to know another site that works similar to friendster but is definitely better in terms of speed and features. Try out http://www.myspace.com.

This time I am using my yahoo account hongjun_wap@yahoo.com.
I wronged someone

I have wronged someone and have cursed her for so long. It has always been with me all along...am very sorry about it.
Working on a new article. It has got to do with differences b/w ASP and ColdFusion.
Hopefully it will be ready in a day or 2.
Articles Uploaded
Just posted a new section in my blog
Right panel ->
Stereotyping ends up in universal statements such as the following:
(1) All mathematics professors are absent-minded.
(2) All science graduates cannot write.
(3) All computer buffs are nerds. -> i took computing
(4) All Singaporeans are “kiasu”.
(5) All capitalists are evil.
(6) All socialists are destructive.
Busy with cleaning up my PC and organising my folders/files. Too messy after 1 semester.
Have received many emails on contributions to my handphone site and have promised them I will upload them. Will busy with updating my handphone site.
Exam Is Finally Over

Exam is finally over. Don't wish to think about how difficult the papers were, how careless I was, how.....
Went back to school today to consult my OS lecturer. I have got 2 lecturers for that module and the better one named "Hugh" was out. So I have no choice but to consult the second choice Roland. Roland don't practise "open door" policy and he put emphasis on following consultation hours.

It was 4pm, 6 hours past his allocated consultation hours. I knocked the door and heard "Come in". The moment I asked "I have some questions to consult you", he replied, "You came at the wrong timing and I have got something to do and so be QUICK!". I really made it real quick! Every question asked by me was always followed by his shocked and surprised look plus short structured replies. He really made me sound stupid.

My first impression on him when he taught the last 2 lectures of OS was already not good and what happened today is just another confirmation.
Brain Saturated

Brain Saturation Level: Highest in my entire lifetime.

I never had an exam paper that difficult as my today's calculus paper. Sometimes I wonder is this paper trying to test one's ability to solve calculus questions or one's ability to take the 2 hours ultimate stress. Compared to the previous 2 semesters' past years' papers, this is the hardest! Now I just got to pray that other people will be like me, almost everyone questions also having difficulties.
Tomorrow I will be taking 2 exam papers, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Both are killer! Good luck to myself.
So Boring

Being without a study companion for 3 days including today. Really cannot concentrate alone.
Submitted my CS2104 assignment yesterday.
Completed my CS2106 project documentation today and will submit it tomorrow or it should be today since it is now past midnight.

NO MORE ASSIGNMENTS at least for this semester.
Got to search for a better place to study.
Science library is too cold in the night for me.
I think a cool place without air con will be just nice for me.
I never did a project that long!
Really getting very frustrated.
Again Running Out of Time

Mon got to submit an assignment but then that topic involved is yet to be taught by the lecturer. Sigh...
7th got to submit another assignment.
In 2-3 weeks time, exams will commence.

Sigh....
Very Late Now And...

Very late now and yet I am here doing my OS assignment. Heard that the previous assignment is easier with only 1 shell separator to interpret but now, I have got quite a lot to interpret.

Sigh...
When Can I Resume Normal Life?

I've been not myself these few weeks.
Must be too much work plus too little rest.
Infernal Affairs 2

Watched Infernal Affairs 2 yesterday. Nice show...reminds me of the Ekin show Gu Hwa Chai.
WinXP Security Patch

To All,

Please note that Microsoft has just announced/released the following
patches on their website:

1. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-040:
Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer (828750)

2. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-041:
Vulnerability in Authenticode Verification Could Allow Remote Code Execution (823182)

3. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-042:
Buffer Overflow in Windows Troubleshooter ActiveX Control Could Allow Code Execution (826232)

4. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-043:
Buffer Overrun in Messenger Service Could Allow Code Execution (828035)

5. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-044:
Buffer Overrun in Windows Help and Support Center Could Lead to System Compromise (825119)

6. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-045:
Buffer Overrun in the ListBox and in the ComboBox Control Could Allow Code Execution (824141)


To know about the vulnerability that prompts the release of this patch, please click on the following link:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treev…
Rejected print job 019 at psmrc-dx

JobName:Microsoft PowerPoint - lecture10.ppt
Reason: You have exceeded this month's paper quota.
Remedy: Wait till next month.

I have used up this month's and next month's 100 printing quota. My printing usage is now -8. My home's printer runs out of black ink. What can I do now? I think I would have print my subsequent printings in CBLC. 4 cents per page isn't really expensive.
Dangerous Ride Home

My friend offered me a ride home and I agreed. The ride was indeed a challenging one. CTE was rather heavy with traffic at around 7pm and the speed my friend was going was just too fast. He squeezed through in between columns of vehicles and many times we escaped the risk of being knocked down. Many cars especially taxis signalled only after they changed lanes and my friend had to react these many unexpected dangers.

How I wished I will reach home soon and here am I, safe and sound. This is my many times on a bike but this is my most "memorable" one (being the most dangerous ride).
Disappointing

OK I got 27/35 for my OS test. hm... I did not get >=30 not because of the 2 silly mistakes but has got to do with many other mistakes.

Got to do better than that in the exam.
Declare Holiday Myself

I have worked non-stop for almost 14 days in a row with average 4 hours of sleep per day. I deserve a break.
What the hell am I doing? I made 2 stupid mistakes for today's OS MCQ test. (12-9) > (16-12)??? I actually made this mistake and there goes 2 marks. If I don't get more than 30 out of 35 for this MCQ because of this 2 silly mistakes, I only have myself to blame.

Hope the result will be out soon.
Finally completed my part on assignment3. The rest is up to my partner.
Got to go study for my Tue OS test now.

Time is running out for me.
Figuring out and trying to code out the stupid Huffman's Compression Algorithm. A bit abstract but got to try to come out with something for the "meagre" 10%.
Gone Case For Calculus

Sigh... Just had a calculus test an hour ago. I know how to do Q1-Q3 but then don't know how to do for the remaining 2. Only if I can get full marks for the first 3 will then I be able to pass this irritating test. Weightage for last 2 questions is 45% and to pass I got to make sure I got full marks for the first 3 which is almost possible.

$#%##@#!!~#$$#$
Calculus Test Tomorrow

I would say this will be the hardest.
Good luck to myself.
One Test Cleared

Had an easy test on Programming Language today :)
20 out of 20!

Hope the final exam will not be anything harder than this.
She is not my friend anymore

Lent my unix notes to her few years ago. Last week, I called her for my notes but then she said "I am busy", "Do you really need it?", "Can't you borrow a textbook from the library? Isn't it the same?". Yes she shouted at me as if I were in the wrong. She promised to find the notes end of this week because she has to work everyday till LATE NIGHT which means she will not be at home at night. But then I received a sms from her this evening saying she could not find my notes and accused me that they were with her in the first place! SMS from her in the evening -> she is at home but then this contradicts with what she said about her working everyday till late night. I guess she did not even attempt to search for my notes.

So disappointed.
Just finished studying for my calculus test. Uni calculus is so different from what I learnt in sec and poly. Spent 3hrs doing tutorial 6 and as usual definitely there bound to have some questions I don't know how to solve. Sigh... How to take the test with this kind of standard!!!
Never So Stressful Before

At least I cannot remember I been so stressful before.
29th Sep - 2 tutorials to be completed.
1st Oct - 2 tutorials to be completed.
3rd Oct - CS2104 test.
4th Oct - the CALCULUS test.
6th Oct - CS2104 Assignment 3 Deadline.
6th Oct - 2 ET1000 Research Articles to be submitted.
7th Oct - Operating Systems Test.
8th Oct - 5 OS Labs to be submitted.

That's all for now. Just hope OS assignment will not be out so soon.
:) :)

Got a 10 out of 10 points for my Programming Lang. Concepts assignment1 :)
Demo Tomorrow

Got a program demo tomorrow. It's on assignment 1 but then now already I am working on assignment3. I cannot even remember exactly how each of my program functions work. Better get back and recall or else the lecturer may misunderstand that that program was not done by me.
Interesting Facts

1. Bill Gates earns US$250 every SECOND, that's about
US$20 Million a DAY
and US$7.8 Billion a YEAR!


2. If he drops a thousand dollar, he won't even bother
to pick it up bcoz
in the 4 seconds he picks it, he would've already earned it back.


3. The US national debt is about 5.62 trillion, if Bill
Gates were to pay the debt by himself; he will finish it in less then 10
years. ??????


4. He can donate US$15 to everyone on earth but still
be left with US$5
Million for his pocket money.


5. Michael Jordan is the highest paid athlete in US. If
he doesn't drink
and eat, and keeps up his annual income i.e. US$30
Million, he'll have to
wait for 277 years to become as rich as Bill Gates is now.


6. If Bill Gates was a country, he would be the 37th
richest country on
earth.


7. If you change all of Bill Gate's money to US$1
notes, you can make a
road from the earth to moon, 14 ti…
Oracle is Rich

Can't believe Lawerence Ellison is so rich. Oracle? They make a database, don't they? It's not even a particulaly good one, and it's hard to imagine that enough people have purchased it to put $36 billion into *anybody's* hands. Microsoft??? At least most of the people I know of spend hours using M$ products and that sounds reasonable Gates and Allan are so rich.
Eureka

I found it! Got hold of some articles on why maths is important to computing students. However, am never convinced by them. I cannot post them here because they are copyrighted.
No Life

Where will you be able to find me? Nowadays, I will either be at home or in one of the many fast food restaurants in Singapore reading a book. Simply no life.

Test.. Tests... and more tests are around the corner.
Coincidence or Jinx

While watching the "Turn Left Turn Right" movie, I was thinking what had happened in my life that are of many coincidences. I do have some. I will name 1. I knew a girl (friend) whom I knew in NUS, lives few blocks away from me. We went to the same block but different class for tution in primary school. And now we met in NUS. Near her block used to have a tragedy (someone jumped off the building). Near my block also used to have a tragedy (fire). So the entire movie my mind was running through the fire incident, what happened, the aftermath, ....

Back home and was told by my family members that there was a fire in the very night I had my movie. Concidence or jinx?
Turn Left Turn Right

Watched "Turn Left Turn Right" chinese movie yesterday with a group of friends. Finally I got some relaxation :)
Site Hit Rate Drops

Sigh... my site hit rate has dropped. Last time hit rate can be that high till bandwidth provided by the host has exceeded but definitely not for now. How I wish I have the time to update my site.
Wonder Why Got To Take Maths

Have been wondering why Computer Science students need to learn Mathematics for quite some time. I will try to find out why and I will post here to share with everyone.
Ugly Singaporean

Was queuing up for food today at Ang Mo Kio S11 Central. Suddenly 2 aunties came and cut the queue. They requested for 2 packet of rice but the vendor ignored them and politely asked them to follow the queue. Not only did the aunties not feeling guilty at all, they even cursed the vendor. I was rather irritated by their curse. STARE THEM like goldfish.
No holiday for me

Everyone at least for students is having holiday this coming week but definitely not for me.
:)

Someone does a google and found my infix-postfix C code. I just received a compliment through email :)
Hail Seif Haridi Once More

Today's announcement
"on Saturday from 10:00-13:00 I will be in PCLAB2 soc1 8th fl. to help you with assignment 1"

He is just too good. I bet he will be spending most of the 3hrs coding for those in trouble. Thank god I found myself a more than capable partner to work with. Our working rate is 1 function/functionality per day. That is lightning speed.

I like Haridi (role model).
Feel So Helpless

Calculus... Calculus... Calculus...Someone please help me!
It is no longer the same as what I used to know what calculus is.

"Yes i understand what's going on and in fact it is easier than what I learnt previously" - comment from a Chinese from China!
Can't believe my ears.
Hail Haridi

Prof Haridi, my lecturer for Programming Language Concepts module is certainly going to be one of the nominees of Best Lecturer in NUS award. Ever seem any lecturers (I am excluding those from primary and secondary levels) staying back voluntarily solving students' doubts? Do not forget that time was late 6pm already (Tutorial ends at 5pm). His devotion is even more evident in the forums he created. Every single thread posted he will sure to reply.

Hard to find such a devoted lecturer in a University.
Yah Finally

Just finished coding yet another function but then this time I took 1 whole hour to do that. A very complex recursive function that deals with list.
I Miss SP

I really miss sitting down in a lab attending a total technical based lecture. I hate theory to the core.
Class in Singapore Polytechnic

Had a fulfilling 4 hours .Net class in SP this afternoon. I got to know about this free class organised by my ex-lecturer, My Ronnie Peh, from my junior Poly friends. Could not believe that those girls and Ronnie do keep in touch even though my friends had graduated. Learnt one of the most important technologies today :)
I'm back again

Hi I am back again (approx 30 minutes from my last post). This is the amount of time I used to code a function - a recursive one. The whole damn code is half a page but then it really requires lots of thinking. But the whole process is shorter than expected so I am quite proud of myself. The function is just a small part of my assignment.
Great Day

Just reached home from dinner with my friends. They are IT experts whom I get to know from a forum. This is our 3rd dinner together and everytime we dine at Geylang. Why? Maybe because they work near there. Both are web programmers.

Why I say they are great people? Both have got low qualifications but that does not stop them from being web programmers with capabilities in par with degree holders. Sad to know that one of them is sick of IT and is already having thoughts of quiting and setting up his own business selling bubble tea. IT is always changing... sigh...
Tired of Sobig Emails

I see it, I delete it. I see them, I delete them. It's usually them :(
So let's help one another by "cleaning" our PC.
My PC is Clean

A friend of mine told me that he received many emails from me bearing subjects like "Re: Thank You", etc. Just run W32.Sobig.F@mm removal tool and has confirmed that the worm does not exist in my PC. If anyone still receives W32.Sobig.F@mm emails from me, do inform me.
SP Lousy

It appears that many of my friends who are NP and NYP graduates had learnt Discrete Mathematics but as for me, I don't even know what the fuck is that! Guess I will have big trouble next semester.
Mentally Retarded

I think I am so. I feel my reasoning abilities have failed me.
I HATE Maths

I used to love maths and that was my pet subject. At least for now, I HATE Maths. My Uni Calculus lecturer always assumes everyone is 'A' Level grad and gives his lectures in bullet train speed. How on earth can a poly grad able to catch up? Theories theories and more theories... they are making me sick.
New Virus Evolving

A new variation of an email virus is infecting systems today. Please make sure your Antivirus definitions are updated today. Information from Symantec (Norton) Antivirus listed below.

W32.Sobig.F@mm is a mass-mailing, network-aware worm that sends itself to all the email addresses that it finds in the files with the following extensions:
.dbx
.eml
.hlp
.htm
.html
.mht
.wab
.txt

The worm utilizes it's own SMTP engine to propagate and will attempt to create a copy of itself on accessible network shares.

Email Routine Details
The email message has the following characteristics:

From: Spoofed address (which means that the sender in the "From" field is most likely not the real sender).
The worm may use the address admin@internet.com as the sender.

Subject:

Re: Details
Re: Approved
Re: Re: My details
Re: Thank you!
Re: That movie
Re: Wicked screensaver
Re: Your application
Thank you!
Your details

Body:

See the attached file for details
Pl…
Wish List

A laptop. I think I will get one in a month or two.
Sad Sad Sad

Heavy workload = less time on the net = ranking in EE drop!
Overall, this year, this month, ...
Sigh...
Bought another book again

"Operating Systems" recommended by Hugh Anderson (my lecturer). FYI, that book is written by Hugh Anderson himself. He's great.
First Lecture

Lecturer is humourous. He used the below as an example on a contradictory logic

All birds can fly
Ostrich is a bird
Therefore, all ostriches can fly.

To further make things clearer, he said "Human birds can't fly"!

That's not all. In the course of the lecture, he mentioned that "All mathematicians are absent-minded". He really live up to it. His handphone rang in the middle of the lecture after break time. He even jokingly asked around whose handphone was that without realizing that was actually his. Only after it rang for quite some time before he picked up his phone to reject the call. This was what he said, "Please do not report me".

Surprisingly, Chee Wee, Yongping and Koh Thiam Seng are my lecture mates.
First Lecture Tomorrow

Hope "Living with Mathematics" will not be tough. It will be my first and only lecture for the day. Sigh.. got to travel all the way to NUS for a 2 hours lecture.
Unexpected Call

Received an unexpected call from someone who used to be quite close to me. We talked about what will I be doing next week, how was life, etc. That friend also offerred to give me textbooks because his/her elder sister was a NUS Computing grad. But I rejected because syllabus has changed and those old textbooks were no longer in use.
Bought a book

Bought a Java book today.
Happy National Day!!!
Arnold Schwartzenegger

I cannot imagine what will happen if Arnold (longest name in the ballot) wins the ring for Governor of California. I will never support someone with zero experience but then I have got no say for I am no Californian.
Unix Workshop

Had my Unix workshop today. Everything goes very well and the workshop is quite enjoying. Unix is one of my favourite OS mainly because of its chat feature. I remember using it to chat during my poly days... Got to know a Dane "ang moh" in the lab. He kept asking me questions relating to Unix after he knew I was a poly grad. Overall he is a nice guy.
Saw some familiar people

I saw Chee Wee and a pioneer sergeant today.
Finally Got My Modules

Finally, I managed to secure all the modules I wanted. However, timetable sucks having lectures everyday from Mon to Sat. I even have got 2 sets of 2 exams on the same day.
Irritating Calls/Emails/Voice Mails

Lots of irritating calls/emails/voice mails from NUS clubs that I reluctantly signed up on matriculation day. All request for reply but of course I did not. I'm just too busy to think of signing up for any ECA.
First Day Orientation Week

My orientation group seniors comprises of 1 orientation group leader who is a Singaporean, 1 Singaporean assistant, 1 Filipino assistant and 1 Burmese assistant. 3 Singaporean Chinese (all guys incl. me), 2 Malaysian Chinese (gals), 1 Indian from India (guy), and 3 Chinese from China (guys) make up the freshmen team. This makes me feel like I am the foreigner instead of them.
As Expected

As expected, number of bidders has exceeded the quota for each class. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Smell Failure

I smells failure in bidding. The number of bidders is near to the quota set and if it exceeds then results will be based on first-come-first-serve basic and the bid value. Highest bid set is 4 times higher than what I have bid. Got to double it to play safe.
Module Bidding

Placed my first bid today. Encountered first problem and that is I unable to bid for a maths module. Checked out its pre-requisite and it says 'A' Level Mathematics. I end up having to take another extra maths module as a "bridging" module but then strangely, bidding for the bridging module failed. I guess I got to exercise clicking of the "Appeal" button.

Hope everything will go smooth when results is out tomorrow.
My predictions on module bidding

NUS is using a totally new system - Bidding for modules using bidding points. The higher points you used to bid for modules, the higher the chances you will get them. Bidding has already started but I as a freshmen can only start my bid on 1st Aug and so this will mean vacancies may be taken.

Theoretically, this bidding system is the fairest of all but practically I beg to differ. This system will bring lots of disappointments, lots of appeals, long working hours of NUS operators. Students who really need to study certain modules but are then unable to bid for it will need to appeal and through this new system, appeals got to be filed online. I bet NUS operators will only look through the entire list of appeals just before they knock off from work and this means students will have to wait for many hours before getting a virtual reply. To process the long list of appeals will definitely be done "chop chop". Trust me, students will end up consul…
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Tiring Day

1) 0710 - Woke up
2) 0745 - Had breakfast at a coffeeshop
3) 0800 - Took bus 74 then 151 to NUS
4) 0915 - Found my way to Multi-Purpose Sports Hall 1
5) 0945 - Finally in No. 1 in the queue.
6) 0955 - Got my matriculation card
7) 1000 - Found out all exits are sealed so no choice got to undergo interrogations by several ECAs members
8) 1200 - Finally get out of the place
9) 1230 - Reach Buona Vista Transitlink Office (nearest to NUS) to apply for tertiary Ezlink card but then they cannot find my record
10)1300 - Reach CCK and confirmed OC is in camp
11) 1330 - Reach camp but then learnt that OC just left camp and so clearance form yet to be completed
12) 1500 - Reach home
13) 1505 - Had my lunch
14) 1520 - Tried logging into CORS to bid for modules but realised freshmen will only start bidding in Round 1C (1st Aug)

Tired...
Voice Recognition Sample

Ok since someone commented in my previous posting and requested for Speech-To-Text examples, I will post an example product where it uses that technology. It is a voice recognition email software and though I have not used it before, I bet it is one which really applies to us - Emailing.
http://www.speaktomail.com/products.asp
Marked 23rd July 2003

Took Qualifying English Test (QET) that day and as expected, topic was darn difficult. I got to understand as to why some of my friends had to take ET1000 as a module in NUS for failing QET. I wondered why NUS and NTU don't conduct QET on the same day and giving same questions. Can't they just sit down and agree on one date for the QET?

The QET really took a toll on my brain cells. A lengthy three pages close passage extracted from a Taoism alchemist book with thirty errors to be corrected, three pre-reading questions to ponder on, one lengthy small font-sized article extracted from the Economist Review titled "Dollars and Degrees" to read on, and a 500 words killer essay to be completed. Topic of the essay was "Nowadays, universities are concerned on making profits as well as innovation and creativity. Which should a university be mainly concerned with?". For someone like me never used to writing argumentative essays in secondary schoo…
Finally I'm back

Finally I'm back writing my blog after a couple of days of absence. I will write on what happened on the fateful 23rd July 2003 after my sleep. Hear me rant in about 10 hours time. I need a listening ear.

I also have not updated my wap site for quite some time already and I will do so later.
Gender Test

If you're as gender confused as you appear to be, remind me never to be in the same vicinity as you in either a dark red-light district or a prison. I'd highly recommend you get some flash cards that have pictures of men and women on them with the answers on the back so that you can improve your gender accuity. It might just save your life some day and perhaps some of your more sensitive areas as well.

Take a gender test now to see if you are one of them.
http://www2.b3ta.com/femaleorshemale2/
Admitting to Year 1 After All

I registered for NUS in year 2001 and got a place for year 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 but I chose to enrol in year 2003/2004. At the time when I registered for NUS, all poly grads were allowed a direct entry to second year and that really delighted me. If not for me having to serve NS, I will had started my education in year 2002/2003 in second year. However, system in NUS has changed and those entering year 2003/2004 will have to start from year 1 with some modules exemption. Hope I can squeeze in some modules per semester and graduate in less than 3 years. I think I will drop the intention to study for Honours since that will take me 4 years instead of 3 to complete. SAD SAD SAD...
Sigh...

Wonder when Microsoft products will be secure one day. Windows 2003, another product of Microsoft, which claimed to be very secure and having being tested umpteen times bearing millions price tag on its testing for bugs phase even before it was launched proved to be a failure. Just imagine if Tron was used instead of Windows.
QET next week

My friend admitting to NTU this month had had their QET few days back and from them, their QET's format was straightforward and questions to me was simple. 2 close passages with some blanks for students to fill in and a 300 words essay to be written from many topics to choose from. Topics available to choose from are like "Why do you choose NTU?", "Describe one major recent event just happened in your country", "What do you want to do in the future?", etc. Very simple to write essay with 300 words limit. But then for NUS, it is a very different story. 1 close passage with many grammatical phrases underlined for you to edit and a 500 words essay to write. Before writing the essay, there will have 3 pre-reading topics for students to ponder and then a lengthy topic related article to read from. There is only ONE essay TOPIC to write on and it can be like "how your country's goverment can help reserve the originality of tourist spot…
Tackling Problems

Made a number of calls here and there, every half hour just to get 2 persons. That 2 persons are important in getting my problem solved. Erm.... It seemed to have been solved.
Milestone Ahead

I knew there is a milestone (big problem) ahead and I am keeping this from you. Got to clarify things tomorrow.
Big Harvest Today

Woke up early in the morning just to go back to camp to get RSM, S2, S3, OC and MTO to sign my clearance form. I knew I got to reach camp as early as possible, preferably early 9am, so that they will be there. After lunch will be far too risky to take because they may be out camp for lunch or somewhere out camp doing no one know what. I managed to find all except OC and S2 but then RSM agreed to sign on behalf of S2.

Left with OC's signature :(
Dinner at Home

What can be better than having dinner at home? We bought cooked food from a seafood restaurant in the coffeeshop near my house. We had fried egg with char siew, kangkong with sambal cuttlefish, fried pork with tomato sauce, fried prawn balls, herbal chicken, and some satay sticks. The idea of having dinner was to allow us not to miss the 7pm "Holland Village" Mediacorp show.
Dinner Later

Today is my mom's birthday and as usual we will have a dinner at one of the restaurants as an informal celebration. We do not have the culture of giving presents like others. Hm... we decide to have the dinner at .... tell you later.
Medical Checkup

I went for a routine medical checkup at University Health & Wellness Centre today in NUS and to my surprise, there were more China's chinese undergoing the checkup than Singaporeans. Many chinese were seen carrying a laptop and that really scared me. From my friends already in NUS studying Computing, those chinese are simply formidable. Their programming skills are amazing and beyond many of us Singaporeans.

Guys and gals, I am not a racist and definitely am not a person who discriminate foreign students but then having a class full of China chinese classmates with a foreign tongue certainly does not make me comfortable. Wonder what life will be in a month's time.
Boring

As bored as one can imagine, here I am in a cyber cafe. My initial intention is to go out and do some window shopping on my own to kick boredom away. No one is at home at the moment, no one to date for either A is in camp or B is at work. Sometimes a life too good (need not book in) is not that good after all.