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University is a time to try new things and challenge oneself. The best part is that opportunities to do so abound—. One is participating in competitions for students—or any that tickles your fancy! These offer ways to broaden your skills by presenting you with a challenge/brief revolving around real-world issues that need solving or challenges that exercise creativity.
Whether you win or not, you’ll still walk away with an increase in knowledge and experience (and a boost in resume & portfolio), which is a pretty good deal! What’s more, some competitions require little to no registration fee, some of which Digital Senior have carefully compiled in the list for you below. Clicking on the competition headings will take you to their respective sites!
Organized by: NUS Business School (NUS Masters of Science in Business Analytics) and Huawei Singapore
This challenge was previously open to only NUS students but is now open to all tertiary education students. It requires participants to form groups of four to six to build a stock trading model based on historical transaction data that allows users to “buy low, sell high” at the best timing. Teams will use Huawei’s ModelArts AI development platform for the challenge.
The top 8 teams will receive coaching and mentoring before proceeding to the finals.
Deadline: 27 Feb (2023, for registration)
Prizes: SGD10,000 cash prize for Grand Winner, SGD5,000 and SGD3,000 cash prizes for second and third-placing teams respectively
Open to: Students from all universities and polytechnics in Singapore
Organized by: The Welrformat Association
The internationally recognised Weltformat Graphic Design Festival will be held in Lucerne for the 15th year and will host its annual Newcomer Award. The theme will be revealed later, and participants are welcome to submit posters depicting personal, social or political issues.
Deadline: Upload entries (3 maximum) to the festival’s community area by 1 August (2021’s competition). Details for 2023’s competition have yet to be released.
Prizes: The winning poster will be shown at 500 locations throughout Switzerland after the exhibition, while the twenty best posters will be presented in an exhibition. There will also be audience voting; the poster creator with the most-voted poster will receive a voucher from Grilli Type, an independent Swiss-type foundry.
Open to: Anyone under 30
Organized by: MALAMEGI company
This is a contest for contemporary art organized by an artistic furniture accessories company, welcoming works in drawing, painting, sculpture, photograph, graphic, mixed media and video formats. You can submit up to 6 artworks (submission fee applies).
Prizes: Cash prize, chance for artwork to be exhibited at the final exhibition at Venice
Deadline: 9 March (2023)
Open to: All artists
Organized by: Alternative Future Limited
The International Visual Identity Awards (IVIA) is an independent global graphic design competition currently in its 10th year. You will have to submit a logo and examples of its application across different items as part of a brand’s visual identity system.
The competition has 21 categories in total, ranging from healthcare to energy/utilities. The student category allows you to submit concept or speculative work. Do note that this competition has an entry fee.
Deadline: 30 March (2023)
Prizes: Press release coverage circulated to all the major marketing and design media worldwide, and a feature on the IVIA website
Open to: Full-time students in a recognised educational institution
Organized by: CZECHDESIGN.CZ (since 2009)
This long-standing competition (over 20 years old) calls for innovative and functional models of paper packaging centred around specific themes every year. Truly successful designs stand the opportunity to have their designs realized and used commercially. Past themes include packaging for tea and sweets, with last year’s revolving around food.
The 2023 competition is grander and larger, with 2 rounds. The theme is “Thirsty for Packaging”, and young designers aged 15 and above will compete in Round 1 before facing off against top designers’ submissions in Round 2.
Deadline: 31 March (2023)
Prizes: 1st place = Up to EUR 5,000 (SGD 7,143), 2nd place = EUR 3,000 (SGD 4,286), 3rd place = EUR 2,000 (SGD 2,857), other special prizes such as a paid internship at Model Group
Open to: High school (includes college) students, university students, designers
Organized by: World Photography Organisation
This competition calls for entries revolving around the theme “In a Changing World”, where student photographers submit five to ten images taken in 2023 shot on any device and taken in any style. The Student Photographer of the Year will win himself/herself and his/her university a combined total of €30,000 (SGD 48,374) in Sony digital imaging equipment. You can also choose to enter the Open Competition.
Deadline: 2023’s competition has closed; keep an eye out for 2024’s!
Prizes: Winners (up to ten photographers) will receive a range of prizes, which includes Sony digital imaging equipment, trophies, and global press exposure.
Open to: Anyone aged from 18 to 30 years old undertaking a full-time photography programme taught at the higher education level.
* Also has Interior Design Category
Organized by: Nippon Paint Singapore
The AYDA looks for designs that are bold, innovative, and forward/future-looking. Award participants have to use Nippon Paint’s colours and products in their designs and submit a comprehensive presentation board including details such as the project’s design statement, existing site photos if applicable and perspectives of the project in 3D. 2022’s theme was “Converge: Pushing the Reset Button”.
The competition’s participants hail from different parts of Asia, and it has received over 41,000 entries to date.
Deadline: To be announced: the AYDA International Awards will be held around June/July 2023
Prizes (2022’s for reference):
International Grand Winner:
Chance to attend a three-week, all-expenses-paid Design Discovery Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, U.S.A.
Nippon Paint Colour Award: Cash prize of USD1,000 (SGD 1312)
Organized by: BBC in partnership with the British Council. The competition is co-produced with The Open University.
Writing stories for reading and writing stories for hearing challenge you in different ways; with the latter, you can play with audio effects and silences/pace for dramatic effects. If you’re daring enough to give it a gander—there have been winners with no radio playwriting experience—submit a 53-minute play to the BBC and stand to hear it aired live on their channel! Fantastic opportunity, if I do say so myself.
Deadline: 12 February (2023)
Prizes:2 winners for 1st prize: one for persons with English as a first language and one for persons with English as a second language. 1st prize = £2500 sterling (SGD 4,001) and a trip to London (with airfare and accommodation for the winner) to see the play being recorded and attend a prize-giving ceremony. Special prize (Georgi Markov prize) for script with the most potential = 2 weeks mentorship with BBC Radio Drama as well as BBC World Service.
Open to: Non-UK residents aged 18 and above
Organized by: Anthology magazine
Part of the Anthology Creative Awards, which also has poetry, photography and cover art competitions, the short story competition invites you to submit an original and unpublished piece not more than 1,500 words long. Multiple entries are allowed but you will have to pay separate entry fees (€12–€18) for each. There is no restriction on style or theme, but all stories must be written in English.
Deadline: 31 August (2023)
Prizes: €1,000 cash prize and 1-year Anthology subscription, plus a chance to have winning piece published in a future issue of the magazine (winner). The runner-up and second runner-up receive a €250 and €150 cash prize respectively
Open to: All, no age limit
Organized by: HITLI
A global company designing and making leading-edge technologies for the professional construction industry, HITLI runs its IT competition annually to help talented students kick-start their careers through brainstorming and coming up with solutions to problems faced by the professional construction industry—that can be helped by IT, of course.
Deadline: 17 February (2023)
Prizes: 1st place = paid study trip, 2nd and 3rd place = Hitli power tool, all finalists = fast-track application process for a paid internship with Hitli
Open to: Undergraduate and postgraduate students of any discipline worldwide
Organized by: Reply
The Reply Code Challenge (Standard) is an online 4-hour-long team-based programming competition. Entry is free. In groups of 2 to 4, you will work together to solve a problem statement; winners will be announced within 10 days of the challenge ending.
The competition also has a University Students League. The final score that your team receives will be added to the University Leaderboard, and the university with the most points may win a Reply Arcade Game cabinet or financial donation to support an educational or research project! Alumni will also have a chance to contribute to this Leaderboard.
Deadline: 9 March (2023)
Prizes: MacBook Pro for each member of the Winning Team, Apple Watch for each member of the runner-up team, Apple Air Pods for each member of the second runner-up team
Open to: Students and professional coders aged 16 and older
Organized by: Entrepreneur’s Organization
If you’re a student entrepreneur with an innovative business and are in need of some mentorship/connections, the GSEA is for you. Started in 1998 in the USA, the GSEA has since seen hundreds of applications from all around the world.
Deadline: The 2022-2023 run is currently underway
Prizes (2022-2023): Prizes vary by location. At the Global Finals: 1st prize = USD 50,000 (SGD 65,631) and a paid travel/expenses trip to the GSEA Finals, 2nd prize = USD 25,000 (SGD 32,615), Total cash prizes amount to US$100,000
Open to: Part-time or full-time undergrad/grad students under 30 years of age who own, are the founders or controlling shareholders of their company, and are mainly responsible for its operation. The company must have been in operation for six consecutive months.
This challenge seeks to crowdsource a new and innovative chemical detection method for Hydrazine/MMH, a highly toxic and dangerous substance critical for flight safety. It is conducted in 3 phases, namely conceptualisation, prototyping and demonstrations. Phase 2 and 3 are only open to Phase 1 winners (5 in total).
Organized by: Floor23 Digital, in collaboration with NASA Tournament Lab
You can participate as an individual or as part of a team.
Deadline: March 14 (2023)
Prizes: A prize pool of $47,000 for successful solutions, as well opportunity for winners to meet with NASA’s Materials & Components Team to share their solutions. There are prizes for each phase.
Open to: All
Organized by: Edu.Harbour
First held in 2019, the competition asks you to submit solutions to 5 astronomy problems and score 20 points to proceed to the pre-final round. While entry for the qualification round is free, you will have to pay 8 EUR to participate in the pre-final.
All participants will receive a participation certificate.
Deadline: 21 April (2023)
Prizes: USD150, USD100 and USD50 cash prizes for the Top 3 winners respectively
Open to: High school and university students
Launched in 2006, the Radical Innovation Award focuses on the hospitality and design industry. Participants need to submit concepts or ideas that provide consumers new experiences, or offer the field’s players revenue growth opportunities or operating cost-saving opportunities.
The student categories do not require an entry fee and up to 3 entries are accepted. There are two categories. The first, Radical Concept, is for a project that is in the early phase of the design process. The second, Radical Product Concept, is for a project in its early design phase.
Deadline: 1 June (2023)
Student Design Winner: Cash prize and the opportunity to qualify for a university assistantship (at the University of Las Vegas Nevada to their Masters of Architecture program, The University of Illinois Teaching Assistantship to their School of Architecture, or NYU for a graduate degree from the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality)
Student Product Design Concept Winner/Student Prototype Product Winner: Cash prize and the opportunity to attend Blackfire Innovation
Organized by: Shell
An international competition/student engineering programme, Shell Eco-marathon brings together student teams to design a Prototype or an Urban Concept car and compete on the tracks. While the competition’s regional events have resumed after a pause due to the pandemic, there is an Autonomous Programming Competition held virtually. In 2020, two teams from Temasek Polytechnic and Nanyang Technological University received the Technical Innovation Award and Vehicle Design Award, respectively.
Deadline: Registration for the 2023 round has closed, but keep an eye out for 2024’s!
Prizes: Certificates will be awarded, and there will be prize money for the virtual competitions
Open to: Students 16 and above enrolled in e-universities, colleges and secondary schools preparing students for higher education degrees, vocational training certificates, professional certificates or official second-level school-leaving examinations. Members of the same team must be from the same educational institution
This is by no means an exhaustive list! There are many competitions out there that you can find with the help of a Google Search or two, so go online and find out what you can participate in! Choose one that tickles your fancy and put it on your to-do list: by doing so, you’re already a winner for having tried. We wish you luck!
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With glasses being necessary for many of us, it can get tough when they are costly. Fortunately, affordable options have grown in recent years — without the need to compromise on quality or aesthetics. Cheap yet good? Score! Without further ado, here are some eyewear retailers to check out*.
*Prices are accurate as of date of publishing and may change. Costs may go up depending on add-ons and lens power
With branches everywhere you go, the Japanese eyewear chain Owndays is probably the most well-known eyewear retailer on this list. They’re popular for their same-day processing (twenty minutes to an hour on average) and fun collaboration frames — past collections include Sanrio’s Cinnamoroll, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Pokémon. You can try them on their website virtually.
All Owndays spectacles come with dust-repellent coating and UV protection. Here’s some good news: if your spectacles have any issues when you are abroad and are under warranty, you can take them and the warranty card to any of their stores! Just contact the outlet you’ve purchased them from beforehand.
The store occasionally runs buy-one-get-one (BOGO) or 50%-off-second-pair promotions. Do keep an eye out and join their membership club to stay updated! Do note that premium lenses may take additional processing time.
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD98
Lenskart began as an online contact lens retailer in India. Today, it is a global eyewear chain with multiple branches across Singapore. The retailer currently offers 60% off your first pair of spectacles or sunglasses (selected frames and lenses only) and runs a buy-one-get-one promotion for customers with a gold membership. The BOGO offers and other promotions are sometimes offered during festive periods. For individuals with high degrees — which makes spectacles a lot costlier — these offers help shave off significant costs.
Like Owndays, the Lenskart website also has a virtual try-on feature. Their lenses have anti-glare and UV protection and are scratch and smudge resistant.
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD98
Foptics is a crowd favourite for its affordable and stylish options. The local retailer has three physical stores located at Chinatown, Commonwealth and Changi City Point. You can also purchase their glasses online with a 10% discount code, which is made easier with their virtual try-on feature!
Foptics lenses include UV400, electromagnetic protection, scratch resistance and water-resistant coating. If the power of your current spectacles is adequate, and you are comfortable proceeding without an eye examination to confirm your prescription, Foptics offers a lens scanning service that retrieves your optical details. This makes online purchasing more convenient.
The scanning service may not work for those with high degrees, however.
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD35.90
Located at South Bridge Road, Otago Optical achieves affordability by specialising in unbranded frames. The local retailer aims to provide trendy and quality eyewear at affordable prices via reliable eye check-ups: all frames and lenses are optical-grade, the latter coming with UV-blocking and anti-reflective coating. The eyewear retailer is owned and staffed by experienced eyecare professionals, so you can rest assured.
The retailer offers a 20-minute express service for most single-vision prescriptions. Check out their “Promotions” page for festive or limited-time deals!
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD45.90, with packages available for different needs
Zoff is another eyewear retailer giant with over 200 shops in Japan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. The Japanese brand prides itself on Japanese-quality trendy eyewear, with fast service: you can collect your glasses within half an hour if they use standard prescription lenses (subject to lens availability). In fact, it prides itself on rolling out new frame designs twice monthly, with fun Disney and Peanuts collections in the mix.
Parents with children will find the Zoff-U15 programme especially helpful. Through the programme, Zoff offers free lens changes anytime within a year of purchase for children aged 15 and under if there has been a prescription change.
Zoff’s standard lenses are made in Japan; they are scratch-resistant, anti-reflective and have UV380 protection.
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD98
Monocle is a local, independent eyewear retailer established in 2019 with a studio located at 37 Keong Saik Road. Their fun personality-named frames are designed in-house with Italian cellulose acetate, stainless steel and titanium, and their lenses are made in Singapore by the brand’s lens laboratory partners.
Monocle prides itself on using premium materials, with cost savings passed down to customers via a direct-to-consumer approach. All of Monocle’s lenses offer anti-glare coating, UV protection as well as anti-electromagnetic ray coating for digital devices. They are preparing a virtual try-on feature for their website, but until that is ready, why not swing by their showroom?
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD105
Four eyes is another independent, local direct-to-consumer eyewear retailer. They offer a unique and free try-at-home service, which came to life out of necessity when COVID-19 broke out and the lockdown made it challenging for people to purchase spectacles.
Four eyes is a witty name based on their model. Here’s how it works:
Browse their frames and choose 4 pairs that hit your fancy, then checkout via the “Try at home for free” option
After trying them out, place an order for any frames you like
Return them to four eyes via the enclosed smartpac mailer within 5 days
Do note that four eyes charges a deposit. This is 100% refundable if trial frames are returned on time and undamaged.
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD99
Founded to provide design-conscious eyewear at an affordable price, Visual Mass offers stylish Korean-made frames made from a variety of materials. The brand has run BOGO promotions, with complimentary hi-index multicoated lenses, or 30% off a single pair, so do keep an eye out for these prices!
Visual Mass’s lenses are UV 400-protected, anti-reflective, scratch-resistant, hydrophobic, and smudge resistant. Their store is located at Orchard Gateway,
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD95
Orian Eyewear is a second-generation optical shop run by a father-daughter pair, which focuses on affordable eyewear with honest pricing. The retailer offers a wide variety of frame designs at a fixed price; you will have to swing by their physical outlets to view their complete range.
Orian Eyewear uses lenses made by leading professional ophthalmic lens manufacturers. Drop by their stores if you require your spectacles on the same day.
You can browse their frames in-store at Tai Seng Mall or BreadTalk iHQ.
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD48
SmartBuyGlasses was launched in 2006 and operates solely via e-commerce in Singapore. The eyewear retailer offers a 24-month warranty for defective products as well as a 100-day return policy. There is a huge variety of frames for your selection and a virtual try-on feature to help you make an informed choice. Check out their “sales” tab for relevant promotions, and check back regularly — they have run 50% off promotions before.
As this is an e-commerce store, review the reviews carefully before making your purchase.
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD14
Mimeo Optical is located at Marina Square. The retailer offers lenses that are anti-reflection, smudge-resistant, scratch resistant, dust-repellent and water-repellent. It has a membership programme (Friends of Mimeo), which offers up to 20% off storewide and a birthday voucher. FOM members are also entitled to 20% off branded lenses.
While you can send in a price check request via their site, you will have to visit their physical store to purchase.
Prices: Single prescription lens start from SGD19, and spectacle frame prices start from SGD90
Sightonomy operates via a direct-to-consumer model, passing on cost savings this way. The retailer has a physical store in Chinatown and if you’re a student, you’re entitled to education discounts for in-store purchases.
Educational discount details:
For in-house products, you can get SGD20 off every pair of spectacles purchased with a minimum spend of SGD75. You’ll get an additional 20% discount when you spend $150 or more for the same pair (after SGD20 discount is applied).
For branded ophthalmic lenses, you can enjoy 20% off, and you will also receive the frames for free. You must spend SGD150 minimum.
All Sightonomy lenses come with anti-reflective coating, super-hydrophobic coating, UV protection and are scratch resistance treated.
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD75, and CDC vouchers can be used in-store
At Textile Centre, Eyecon Optical offers reasonable prices for its frames and lenses, with the latter being anti-reflective, scratch-resistant and anti-EMI. They also offer UV protection. Eyecon Optical and its professionals are affiliated with the International Medical Consultancy.
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD54+
Open daily, Oblique Eyewear began online but now has a physical store at the former Cathay building. The store offers glasses at low prices and custom tinted sunglasses lenses we just had to mention.
Oblique Eyewear occasionally offers festive promotions and also runs a trade-in programme where you can trade your old glasses in any condition for an SGD50 discount off a frame-with-lens purchase. Keep an eye out for these deals! The eyewear retailer has express service, which allows you to collect your glasses within the same day.
Prices: Spectacle prices start from SGD95
Recently, we’ve been seeing a lot of news regarding heavy tech layoffs in leading companies many of us aspire to work at. Meta, Alphabet, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Spotify — the list goes on. To date, over 70,000 big tech employees have been laid off.
Many of us have thankfully been unaffected, but coming from an industry previously believed to be a cast iron rice bowl, these changes are no less alarming. Here are 3 things to do even if you are in a stable job you enjoy so that you will be prepared for any unexpected changes that come your way!
1) Ask yourself what you’d do if you were fired
As recent events have suggested, bad things can happen at any moment. Your company could file for bankruptcy overnight, or technological advancements could potentially render your role redundant. Recently, prominent media company Buzzfeed let go of 180 employees (12% of their workforce) and will start working with OpenAI to generate content.
Did you know that many retrenched individuals are high-performers and capable staff? This is why you should not write off the possibility of retrenchment happening to you and ask yourself every so often what you would do if it did. Here are some things to consider:
Is this the right time to take a break or pursue something you’ve always wanted to do?
Do you have enough funds to tide you over if you start job hunting again?
You should also familiarise yourself with the steps you’ll need to take post-retrenchment. This will help you save valuable time. These include:
Clarifying the reason for your dismissal (if it is unclear)
Is the layoff permanent, or are you being furloughed?
Checking if you are entitled to a severance package
Acquiring references (especially from your direct supervisor)
Reminding yourself that retrenchment does not define you as a person
Some people also post a “goodbye message” on LinkedIn sharing about their retrenchment, positive experiences with their former workplaces, and wishing them well: such posts help signal that you are looking for work and can reflect your skills and working experience. Your connections may also share them and link you to opportunities. This is something you can consider doing as well. Why not spend some time jotting down some relevant points that may help you write one?
Start adding your colleagues on Linkedin if you have not done so, too!
2) Get to know your expenditure on a deeper level
This is numero uno to developing healthy financial habits. It is also especially important to know how much you spend on discretionary expenses from month to month in case something unexpected happens (like losing your job or a sudden lifestyle change).
Know this already but haven’t gotten around to finding out? This is the sign to do so! You must be prepared for various possibilities, such as your salary staying the same or not receiving a bonus this year. There are tons of useful budgeting apps in the market or free excel templates you can reference. SGFinDex has also made it so much easier to access consolidated financial information — try using it once for a rough overview of your assets and liabilities.
Did you know that the higher inflation rates we’ve seen recently (~5%) are a result of “revenge spending” and discretionary expenses?
3) Familiarise yourself with company policies
If your company has an employee handbook, skim through it again to ensure you are aware of its policies. Your contract, too! Some companies have non-compete clauses preventing you from working, for example, or engaging in business in relevant markets or geographies for a fixed period of time. These usually apply to those in senior positions, but best to check and be safe than sorry.
Breaching them, if they are enforceable, can lead to your former employer filing for an injunction or claiming damages.
Of course, you should also read the handbook to stay updated on other information, such as benefits. The handbook may also offer insight into your company’s culture.
Don’t forget to consider upskilling opportunities or look at career cushioning while you set up your contingency plan. We hope you’ve found this article useful!
Hello, everyone! It’s been a while, but I’m finally back and ready to share my experiences. This time, I will share some advice on how to plan your modules. Module planning is every university student’s nightmare, especially for students who have not officially entered university. There are so many websites, especially for NUS — NUS Mods, NUS Canvas, NUS Edurec…it’s hard enough keeping track of these sites.
Additionally, for prospective FASS and FoS students, the new CHS curriculum is so hard to plan for. There are 13 mandatory modules, and figuring out which modules are pre-allocated to you and which modules are not is just a pain.
But don’t worry! I’m here to make it a lot easier for everyone. I’ve been through the system, I’m studying at NUS, and with almost two full years of experience, I think I’m qualified to give some advice. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!
One final note: the most important websites you could use specifically for NUS are NUS Mods, the NUS CHS website, the NUS major modules (i.e. NUS psychology modules for me), and NUS major graduation requirements.
1. Find a Common Curriculum
For prospective undergraduates, the simplest first step is to find out whether you have a common curriculum. Many universities often have a common curriculum that is mandatory for undergraduates, particularly within Singapore. However, overseas universities might not have this.
In order to find the common curriculum, keywords such as “x university x faculty common curriculum” can be used. For example, googling “FASS graduation requirements” brought me to a PDF, which then brought me to the FASS website. The FASS website has an explicit section for graduation requirements and an option titled, “Cohort 2021 and After, CHS Common Curriculum”.
Alternatively, you can pay attention to news regarding the university. For example, the new CHS curriculum and the merging of Yale-NUS with USP have gained media coverage within Singapore. If you are a prospective NUS student, this is very pertinent to you and you might want to be aware of this.
If you have no common curriculum, congratulations — feel free to move on and read the next tip. However, if you have a common curriculum, the next step would be to find the modules inside the curriculum.
For NUS, clicking on the CHS Common Curriculum option will bring you directly to the CHS website that lists the common modules. The website also shows the pre-allocation of modules, and which modules will be pre-allocated to you in year 1. It also shows the different modules per semester.
Once you have this knowledge, this leads me to step two: map your modules.
2. Map Your Modules
Now that you know the common curriculum modules you must take, it is time to map them! But what exactly does this mean?
Module mapping is a process many undergraduates do to plan for the next four years of university. It helps you see which modules you will be taking during which semester. It also helps with counting the number of module credits (MCs) per semester. The number of MCs is especially important, as you need to make sure you have enough to graduate.
But how do you map your modules? Simple. First, open up either an excel sheet or a google drive sheet. Next, you can have headings for the four years of university, and separate them by semester e.g. “y1s1”, “y1s2” etc. Underneath each heading, list the modules you will be taking. Next to the module, list the number of MCs it provides.
Here is my personal plan as an example:
If you have a common curriculum, fill those modules up first. Afterwards, every major will likely have one or two common gateway modules that they have to take. These gateway modules will most likely be pre-allocated to you in year one of university, so put that module code in your year one plan.
From my plan, all the blue colours are CHS common curriculum modules. The year one CHS modules are compulsory and thus pre-allocated. The other CHS modules require you to bid for them, so I just use them to balance my workload. You can see that later on, during my 4k modules (some of the heaviest modules you can take as an undergraduate), I add a lot of CHS modules or UEs (unrestricted electives) to ensure my workload is not too bad.
Additionally, every major will likely have mandatory core modules. A simple google search of “x university [major] modules” will show you all the modules you can take, and the graduation requirements will tell you which are core (i.e. mandatory) modules.
In my plan, PL1101e and PL2131 will be pre-allocated to you in your first year. However, PL2132 and all 3k modules for NUS psychology are mandatory. Thus, as a psychology undergraduate, I must take all of them at some point in the four years of university.
You can simply use google to help you find out your mandatory modules. I google “NUS psychology modules” to see the whole list of modules. “NUS psychology graduation requirements” also shows me the core modules I have to take. The website that lists NUS psychology modules also shows the requirements for those modules, which helps me plan.
For example, when looking at 4k modules, I need to complete 80 MCs. In each semester, I take around 20 MCs. This means that I need at least four semesters before I can take a 4k module, and thus those modules will likely be taken during years three or four.
This is a complicated process and requires a lot of time and research, so I suggest you make time for it. Schedule a day where you just sit down and construct one mapping plan. It might not be the final, and it is likely that you will change it, especially for your UEs or if you have failed to bid for a module. However, a brief plan is better than nothing at all.
Overall, to make life a little bit easier, I suggest that you: a) start with pre-allocated common curriculum modules; b) put in pre-allocated major gateway modules; and c) fill in the mandatory modules (for both your major and the common curriculum modules) as you go.
One final thing to note is the semester. For NUS, you can use NUS Mods to see which semester the module will be available in. Normally, for very common modules e.g., common curriculum and common major modules, it will be offered in every semester. However, there are exceptions – the HS and HSI 2k modules in my plan are semester-dependent. Thus, you need to double-check to see if you have planned correctly.
Additionally, you can note down whether you can SU the module or not. SU means that the module credits will be counted, but the grade you obtain will not be counted towards your CAP. It can be useful to know which modules you can SU and which modules you cannot, but this is slightly advanced. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stick to the basic plan of module mapping.
3. Double-check Graduation Requirements
Once you have mapped the basic modules (i.e. the common curriculum and the gateway modules), it is time to check your graduation requirements. A google search of “NUS psychology graduation requirements” brings me to a website that lists everything very explicitly. Once you have these requirements, you need to map the necessary modules onto your plan.
However, I suggest you take it step by step. First cover the core lower-level modules, then work your way up. For example, for NUS psychology, begin by mapping PL1101E, PL2131 and PL2132. You will get PL1101E and PL2131 in year 1, so you can fill that in. I also strongly suggest that you take PL2132 as soon as possible, because it is a foundational module. A lot of higher-level modules will have PL2132 as a prerequisite, particularly laboratory modules and 4k modules. Thus, I suggest you place it in year two semester one.
Next, you move on to the 3k core modules. Also remember to check the prerequisites for each module so you know when you can take it! For psychology 3k modules, the only prerequisite is PL1101E. Thus, when you have completed that module, you can start to clear your 3k modules.
I personally was able to take PL1101E in my first semester of university. Thus, in my second semester, I actually took two 3k modules. This helped me a lot, especially in terms of clearing mandatory modules for psychology. For psychology, you also have to map a laboratory module, so keep that in mind when planning.
Finally, you can move on and map the 4k modules. Do take note that NUS psychology 4k modules require you to complete 80 MCs, which means that you have to complete at least four semesters of university before you can even take them. Thus, these 4k modules are likely mapped onto years three and four of university.
Once you have finished mapping the modules for your common curriculum and the necessary modules for graduation, you can now start filling in the spaces for your unrestricted electives! For NUS, you need 48 MCs of unrestricted electives if you are taking a single major — roughly 12 additional modules. The number of MCs required differs for a single or double major, or anything else, so do check that before you plan this.
For finding potential UEs, you can use NUS Mods to search keywords related to your personal interests. For example, I search for words like “crime”, “deviance”, “China” etc. because of my interests in these topics. Based on your search, modules will show up, and you can then pick and choose the ones you want to study.
Finally, if you want to go for an exchange programme, you should plan it now. Pick the semester you prefer, and ensure that you have put that in your plan. You should also google to check what you can and cannot map for an exchange. For NUS psychology, for example, you can only map one 4k module on exchange. So do keep that in mind.
And that’s it! That’s the end of the planning session! I know it is a lot to take in. And it is likely very complicated. But doing this not only gives you a plan for your four years of university, it also gives you a headstart in familiarizing yourself with the many websites necessary for university. But that’s it from me! Hope this helped, and good luck with your module planning!
Library, a high peer-pressure environment for mugging. Library, a sanctuary for a quiet moment. Library, a citadel for academic enlightenment. Library, a student’s second home during the exam season.
I love libraries. I don’t know about you, but I love them to bits. Everyone says they’re a nerd, and by Jove, you know you’re one when the first thing on your freshman to-do list is to find all the libraries in NTU, like me.
Some libraries in NTU can be hard to find, so here’s a complied list and some essential information and tips!
Exactly what libraries are there?
As of 2023 there are 7 libraries in NTU, namely the Art, Design & Media Library, Business Library, Chinese Library, Communication & Information Library, Humanities & Social Sciences Library, Lee Wee Nam Library and the Wang Gungwu Library. There is also the Library Outpost located at The Hive.
Click here for a comprehensive list of their locations!
8. Wang Gungwu Library
All libraries are closed on public holidays. Please check announcements on the Library homepage for changes in opening hours. For actual dates of semester and vacation periods, refer to NTU’s Academic Calendar.
All Libraries’ Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 9.30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (Communication & Information Library closes at 1:00 pm)
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm (Art, Design & Media Library and Communication & Information Library closes at 5:00 pm)
Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (Closed: Art, Design & Media Library and Communication & Information Library)
Note: Photocopying and network printing services will stop 30 minutes before the Library closes
1. Art, Design & Media Library
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ADM Library holds over 11,000 volumes ranging from evolving disciplines in visual art, architecture, design, drawing, illustration, painting and photography. These volumes include reference materials, artist books, play and film production formats, exhibition catalogues, animation guidebooks, and design catalogues.
The Reserve Book Collection (RBR)
The RBR section in the ADM library houses the required reading materials for each course for ADM students. These materials are available for loan to ADM students for a maximum of two hours and must be checked out at the Loan Counter.
There are over 100 subscriptions to periodicals that cover all aspects of the school’s curriculum. Some courses are media, film, animation, design and art. All undergraduates and future postgraduates can find core materials needed for their readings.
Audio-Visual Materials (A/V)
The A/V section of the Library houses an extensive and growing collection of video cassettes, audio cassettes, VCDs, DVDs, audio CDs, and music CDs, with the exception of “restricted” and “non-circulating” A/V materials. These materials are available for faculty, graduate students, and NTU staff to borrow.
For undergraduates, they can tap on individual and group viewing facilities (such as viewing carrels and a cinema room).
Information Services, including reference services
Students are encouraged to browse its collection, ranging from reading resources or materials for research purposes.
If help is needed with the research process, students can approach the ADM Library staff.
The ADM Library also provides students and faculty with instructional services that introduce them to various art-related online databases.
Staff and students can access the library’s e-resources from subscribed databases, e-books, and e-journals available at the library homepage 24/7 as long as they have internet access.
There are six Library Catalogue stations and ten networked PCs for accessing e-journals, databases, and other electronic resources for students and staff for their perusal. Furthermore, there are ten individual viewing carrels with multimedia PCS where students can view A/V titles leisurely in a soundproof mini cinema room.
Students can access the Library Catalogue online or access it in the ADM library to search for books, journals, audiovisual materials, and other library resources
Printing and Photocopying: Students can access printing and photocopying services, including colour copying.
The Library is equipped with wireless access to facilitate patrons with laptops to use the online facilities and services.
The Study Area
ADM library’s study area provides large spacious tables and comfortable chairs to facilitate group work and individual study.
Open study spaces, cinema room and individual AV viewing stations.
Collections: Visual arts, architecture, drawing, design, illustration, painting, photography, and audio-visual materials.
ADM library has specially curated loanable books and references related to the visual arts. They also hold an extensive collection of comics and graphic novels.
Did you know they are one of the few libraries with A/V materials available?
The newly launched enhanced Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Bookish and Experimental Research at the Art, Design and Media Library (Liber@ADML) features edtech-ready spaces and facilities to support the School of ADM’s interdisciplinary research and innovation needs.
Configurable collaboration zones with well-being features
Equipped with different lighting presets and modular furniture, The Playground allows users to play around with the space and build the ideal classroom or collaborative workspace for teaching and learning. For the user’s well-being, the Playground has a circadian lighting system that automatically adjusts its brightness and colour temperature according to the daylight cycle. Scientifically, this allows the human body to stay connected with its natural circadian rhythm that regulates wakefulness and alertness.
The new audio-visual pods function as a collaborative space for users to access visual media resources with an open-concept meeting room.
ADM students and faculty can showcase their creative works through this interactive exhibition space with a sleek window display design.
Temi the robot
Temi the robot is NTU’s first-ever Smart Library Assistant. Riding on the innovative trend, Temi’s capabilities includes wayfinding, answering frequently asked questions, and video calling a NTU Librarian.
Members with disabilities can request for assistance to access any of NTU’s libraries. Onsite facilities include:
● Height-adjustable tables at Lee Wee Nam Library, Business Library and Chinese Library
NTU’s Chinese Library houses rare thread-bound books – Kangxi Dictionary, Imperial Collection of Four and more. Do head down to find out more!
Being a Chinese Library, it covers Chinese language materials such as Chinese literature, history, philosophy, religion, linguistics, politics, economy, sociology and management science.
Students needing a quiet space and a surrounding with linguistic books can head to the Chinese Library (Reading Room) to get maximum focus on their work. Do take note that discussions are not allowed in these Quiet Zones!
This library has an archive of final-year projects by communication students. Head down to view your senior’s work!
Students can browse topics ranging from mass communication and media, information sciences, communication research, media law and ethics.
Being a 2-storey library, it is quiet during school term and you can spot many seats during the day. However, it is a fairly small library with limited book titles. But the aircon is always freezing cold, perfect for Singapore’s hot, humid days!
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI)
5. Humanities & Social Sciences Library
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Collaborative Spaces (Bookable)
To use these collaborative spaces, students would need to reserve via LibFacilities prior to use. Accompanying equipment for each space may differ – read the description when booking on LibFacilities.
This library is much smaller than the other NTU libraries. The walkways between the shelves are narrow, making the library appear cramped. Fans of Singlit (Singapore Literature) will be pleased to learn that the library has a small Singlit collection, as well as a collection of works on Singapore’s economy, politics, and history (the ‘Singapore Collection’).
This library is a treasure to students in the Humanities field. There is a wide range of resources available for every humanities topic. However, the downside is that the study spaces are limited, with only a few small cubicles at the library’s sides.
This library has books and periodicals related to the social sciences (history, politics, linguistics) and literature (Eastern and Western, classical and modern) that are not found in other NTU libraries.
Besides academic books, students can also browse fiction and non-fiction books that are mostly in English.
6. Lee Wee Nam Library
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Facilities for Members with Special Needs
Members with disabilities can request assistance to access any of NTU’s libraries. Onsite facilities include:
Height-adjustable tables at Lee Wee Nam Library, Business Library and Chinese Library
This is NTU’s most popular library as it has a variety of collaborative learning spaces, exhibition spaces, quiet and relaxation spaces, high-end computers, and a recording room.
CollectionsEngineering and science are the primary titles found on their shelves.
Hygge is a new space that was recently opened in September 2022. This is students’ most favourite relaxing and studying space, with it being a dedicated well-being space at the Quiet Zone of Lee Wee Nam Library (Level 5). Primarily designed to encourage students to wind down from academic stresses, it allows them to engage in reflection, contemplation and mental relaxation. HYGGE features the concept Fascinature, which combines elements of soft fascination and nature to facilitate mental rejuvenation.
There are allocated zones dedicated for users who need to concentrate on their work or study and are available at Lee Wee Nam Library (Level 5). Discussions are not allowed in these Quiet Zones.
This library literally has café-style seating and lounging spaces and diverse audio-visual materials. It is definitely a different concept from other NTU libraries!
It holds audio-visual collections and Course Reserves for HSS and NBS.
A course reserve item borrowed before 7 pm must be returned within two hours or risk a hefty fine. If students borrow the material after 7 pm, they must return it by 11 am the following morning.
Here’s one bonus library that’s truly hidden out of sight! It is contained within the Chinese Heritage Centre (CHC), it is quite dark and is mostly lit by natural light, which is understandable as most of the books there look old and thus require protection. Since it’s in an odd location, it is very quiet and very empty on most days, which makes it a good place to get some private space and time.
You’ll find books and references related to Chinese culture/tradition, literature, and research here, in both English and Chinese, as well as permanent displays of old Singaporean educational materials. Do stop by for a visit at least once!
Collaborative Spaces (Needs Booking)
The following spaces for group discussion require reservation on LibFacilities before use. Accompanying equipment for each space may differ – read the description when booking on LibFacilities.
Print your course materials
Print and photocopy your coursework at NTU’s libraries. Depending on the libraries, the price is also different. Libraries usually charge $0.045 – $0.05/black and white page and $0.54 – $1.00/colour page for printing jobs. Photocopying cost $0.025/A4 black and white photocopy and $0.054/A4 colour page photocopy. All printing and photocopying services in libraries are paid via a sensor that deducts money from your EZ-link card or through Paylah.
For more details about what you can borrow: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Library/membership/student/pages/privileges.aspx
You can also consult librarians at NTU. Ask them about how to find academic papers related to your research project. Ask them about the angle of your project. Basically, librarians are mentors that provide guidance if you choose to consult them.
Hope this guide was useful to navigate NTU libraries! Feel free to comment if you have any queries!
Love, love, where are you? In this modern day and age, you don’t sit by waiting for love and sulk if it doesn’t knock on your door. Today, we explore the various popular dating apps in Singapore.
Lovoo has been growing popular with social media fans/addicts, having features that other apps do not have. This would be LOVOO Live, the app’s live stream and live chat that you can start or join to make connections for free. The more viewers you have, the more diamonds you may earn. These diamonds can be converted to actual cash or in-app credits you can use to gift others gifts!
It also offers you an ‘icebreaker’ daily, giving you the opportunity to send someone you’re interested in a 250-character message without matching up first. If the person replies, both of you can commence messaging with no limits
Just be aware that the app currently has fewer local users. Lovoo is free, but you can purchase a subscription to block ads, hide your online status and more.
The first thing you’ll see on Hinge’s webpage is an eye-catching header: “The dating app designed to be deleted”. The app promises to do so through better quality connections and transparency, making use of a ‘Nobel-Prize-winning-algorithm’ and showing you everyone who has liked your profile. How it differs from other apps lies in the way you have to ‘like’ a specific part of an individual’s profile, with the option of leaving a comment, giving them more insight into what about them caught your eye and a good conversation starter.
The app is free but has a subscription model that you can test out for free for a month. You will have to be an active user. Like Lovoo, the app may have fewer local users at present.
Klick was launched on Valentine’s Day in 2019. Founded by a Singaporean, Nelson Quek, the app acts like an Instagram for singles—users fill up a detailed questionnaire when setting up their profile, and proceed to express themselves by publishing photo posts showcasing their personalities and interests.
Image credits: A screenshot of Klick’s website
The app is free and unlike CMB/Tinder, you can chat with others for free without any limitations (except that they must accept a Message Request first before both of you can start talking). This app is great for people who want to get a better feel of potential matches first before starting up a potentially-awkward conversation. As the app is fairly new, the user pool isn’t as large as what you might be expecting. It’s still a great app to try out, though!
Coffee Meets Bagel
There are many folks out there using CMB now, considering it to be the ‘classier’ sister of Tinder (see below). Guys get 21 ‘bagel’ profiles to like/pass each day at noon. Girls, in return, get 6 ‘bagel’ profiles from those that have liked them. So, guy likes girl. Girl likes guy back and a chat window opens for (only!) 7 days so that you’ll be spurred to take further action and maybe become something more!
CMB is free, using ‘beans’ as an in-app currency that you can pay for or earn through regular app use (like checking the app daily). What you might or might not like: CMB matches you with friends of friends and not complete strangers. Generally, most agree that they’ve met decent dates through CMB, or dates-turned-friends.
Same with all other dating apps: don’t be too stingy with your profile photos! Do avoid selfies (or too many of them) if possible.
With its different features, Bumble is more than a dating app. Yes, it offers Bumble Date, which lets female users send the first text, but it also offers networking and friend making opportunities via Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz!
Here’s how it works (for Bumble Date): You and another individual must match. Thereafter, you have 24 hours to initiate contact and send out the first message if you are female! If you are a male user, you will have 24 hours to respond. Users can also send video notes or initiate video calls (in-app) thereafter if they prefer this to text. Many friends have had good things to say about Bumble (that its more engaging and they’ve found deeper connections here), so this is one app you should give a go.
Tinder, as everyone knows, is the most popular dating app in Singapore. It’s a simple concept about chatting only with people you’ve liked, who’ve liked you back in return. Personally, I like how you will be matched only if both users have mutually liked each other. There’s some anonymity to it so you can avoid embarrassing moments or feeling unwanted when the person you’re fond of doesn’t reciprocate.
Tinder, as most people described, is more of quantity than quality. Compared to other dating apps, it’s more luck based as you are unable to control or filter certain jobs, ideals, and characteristics—it’s a modern blind date. If you know exactly what you are looking for in a partner, you’re basically finding a needle in a haystack—not impossible to find what you’re looking for but the chances are low and it takes a lot of time and effort to do so. Some, on the other hand, like Tinder because of its mindless swiping, where you don’t have to think so hard about what you’re looking for.
On the other hand, if you’re not too sure what you’re looking for, Tinder offers many opportunities to interact and discover what your dealmakers and dealbreakers are.
Obviously, Tinder is the dating app for those that prioritise looks, considering how you have barely any other factors for consideration. The app has recently introduced virtual, face-to-face dates (aka video call), which is only accessible if both you and your Tinder match have toggled the video icon. It’s a great addition, considering the current circumstances the world is in, with the unexpected bonus of reducing the possibilities of catfishing! Don’t worry: you can turn off this feature anytime.
I’m not sure if it’s the same for a guy, but for a girl, it’s a feel-good dating app with a huge pool of people to swipe, to chat with, to reply—it makes you feel popular.
Tip: Select your preferred age range so you don’t have to filter through people who are 20 years older or younger.
Tip: You can also set your discoverable distance under your settings for places you frequent e.g. your home or your workplace. For instance, I used to use Tinder only when I’m home as the distance between me and my partner’s home is a crucial factor in the closeness of my partner.
When Paktor was first launched, it was often likened to Tinder. That has changed over several developments, and now Paktor builds on the idea of a fun activity where you earn points from frequent activities to redeem ‘gifts’ to give to users whom you think deserve more than just a ‘like’. It also has simple yes/no quizzes asking if for instance, if you think this particular user is a dog-lover.
Like most games, there’s a lot of promotion of in-app purchases and Paktor is one that heavily markets it, even to the fact that you need to upgrade to see who has ‘liked’ you, which is usually a basic free function in most dating apps.
Tip: Know when and what rewards you can claim for free and remember to claim them! E.g. Daily Swipe, Continuous Visits, Daily Reward.
Tip: Tinder tips also apply to Paktor.
Well, this is a dating app with a novel twist. After you upload a few photos and list your age, you’re presented with thousands of things you can like or, well, hate to the depths of your cold cold heart. Hate balloons? Hate waking up? Reveal it all here! Grudgingly admit that you like sweet food if you must. You can then browse fellow users’ profiles and see if you’re a match based on your (dis)likes.
The downside? Hater might have fewer local users, so the dating pool might be limited. The upside? If you’re an awkward turtle, the app presents you with ‘Cards against Humanity’ style icebreaker cards you can send your matches. Do note, though, that the limited profile information doesn’t reveal much. So if you’re uncomfortable with this level of anonymity, this app might not be for you.
Update: A friend shared that Hater is really Tinder-esque and probably not everyone’s cup of tea. You never know, though.
Happn is the dating app that sparks the hope and romance in you everywhere you go. Users are able to scroll and view all Happn users’ profiles who are nearby. Meaning, you are able to like to chat up that good-looking stranger who caught your eye when you brushed past him earlier! If you’re the type who refreshes Instagram tags or check-ins in search of that one attractive stranger, this app is built for you.
Also, unlike Tinder or Paktor, there is no expiration date to make your choice. If you would like more time to consider another user, you may leave it in your view page and continue scrolling until you have decided and then scroll back up to like or to dislike the user.
Tip: Use Happn at places of interest you frequent to find dates of similar interests, especially if you have a unique hobby. For example, if you spend your free time hanging with your Popping and Locking buddies at SCAPE or practice your Yo-yo tricks at Esplanade’s open space, you are able to access all Happn users in your usual hangout area.
Tip: If you’re a careful decision-maker, feel free to observe your potentials who frequent similar places as you before deciding to like or chat with them. Stalker alert!
If you use Esync, the love of your life could be just one call away (Charlie Puth fans, where you at!)
In terms of servicing, Esync tops the list with its A-plus service from beginning to end. They’re (apparently) the first and only dating app to do phone consultations, offline date coordination, and date confirmations. If you’ve been considering dating agencies but have been afraid to, this could be a good in-between.
Personality quizzes your kind of jam? Esync will match you and your potential soulmate based on a personality quiz that covers 16 different areas of your individuality. You’ll even get an in-depth report on your results, so you can get to understand yourself better and as a result, the things you’re looking for in a partner, too.
While the folks at Digital Senior haven’t tried this one, Esync was created by the Lunch Actually Group and is verified by the Singapore Government, so the singles you meet on this app are, well, single indeed. Do note that some services are paid services.
This one’s for the older, busy working professionals! Many of us would have heard about Lunch Actually; the dating agency was founded right here in 2004 by Violet Lim, to help working adults meet potential partners over lunch.
The agency now has an app to make things easier! If you’d like to engage Lunch Actually’s services, do note that you’ll have to be aged 24 and above for females and above 26 for males. Lunch Actually has resulted in over 4000 marriages and even more pairings, so this would be a good place (and app) to start with for those looking to settle down.
Lunch Click is more targeted at those who are looking for long-term, serious, ready-for-marriage singles. There are minimal free-and-easy conversations and mostly questionnaires on one’s perspectives of the big issues in relationships like their view on children and living habits.
Contrary to Tinder, it focuses on quality over quantity whereby the system generates the best match for you with the most suitable match a day. It is a dating app that is built against hook-ups and cuts out sleazy conversations. However, the form itself takes a while to fill up because it requires even nitty-gritty details like your height, occupation, and education level. If you’re looking for something simple and user-friendly, I suggest Tinder, Paktor or Happn.
On the good side, the chances of securing an actual date are much higher since the app itself promotes getting to know each other over a meal. It basically cuts the small talk and goes straight for the main objective: getting a date.
Tip: Need advice? Look no further, Lunch Click has Love Assistants you can chat with on the app who are able to advise you on anything practically under the sun. (How cool is that!)
Tip: Prepare a list of your favourite dinner, dessert, and brunch places so you’ll have plenty of suggestions for your dates. Also, if your date enjoyed the food (and you enjoyed the date) you can quickly suggest a second date at a similar food place!
Okay Cupid is the dating app for those who know exactly what they are looking for in a partner. It displays your answers to detailed get-to-know-you open-ended questions on your public profile. It also has an extensive list of multiple-choice questions for you to answer, as well as rate its importance with explanations. The app generates potential matches for you based on your multiple-choice questions.
Not to be confused with Lunch Click where you create personalized questions directed to a specific person, Okay Cupid’s questions (from the app) and your answers are displayed publicly for all to see; it encourages an informed choice in the initial stages of selecting your dates. The app is free to use, but you can pay for a subscription to use it ad-free, use advanced search filters and more.
[Generally, though, Okay Cupid has users in an older age range and sometimes profiles might be a little too long (some can be essay-length even) if you’re not into that kind of thing.]
Tip: Okay Cupid basically lets any potential date understand your personality on a deeper level, and the dates you meet here are more likely to appreciate you not just for your looks but your core values and principles as well. A good way to further showcase your personality is to link your personal blog or Twitter.
For hilarity and curiosity’s sake, we’re also in the midst of building an alternative list of dating apps. They’re alternative because….they’re not really apps we’d use but hey, you never know!
So, you need to earn at least $200k a year (in USD, we’re assuming) to be able to use this “rich persons” dating app for free. Or, as the app blurb shares, you can also be voted in by “profile attractiveness”. Yup: free users need to be ‘vouched in’ within 24 hours by existing app members of the opposite gender.
Otherwise, shell out a cool 99.99 per month for their Black subscription or more for the Premium subscription. Payment methods even include Bitcoin. Well, okay?
*commences a search for my lone 50-cent coin*
The app, which uses swiping like Tinder and used to call itself the “Tinder without the poor people”, promises that at least 41% of their users earn over 1 Million yearly because as the app blurb on the App Store says, “why settle for average whilst being extraordinary by yourself?”
…On second thoughts, maybe the folks at Digital Senior will just stay average.
Fancy a holiday but can’t leave the country at the moment? Or want a break away from the hustle somewhere private? A chalet in Singapore may be your answer! Without further ado, here are a few options you can consider.
Formerly the SAF Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) Club, The Chevrons is located at Jurong East. It is home to 6 double-storey chalets and 3 bungalows, all fully air-conditioned, as well as swimming pool and a bouldering gym. The Chevrons members can enjoy member fees and the use of the lounge and a darts and pool room during their stay.
Address: 48 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 609961
Facilities/Amenities: TV, wi-fi, coffee and tea, kitchenette, bedroom and living room, sheltered BBQ pit
Rates (Public) :
(Before 1 May 2023)
Chalet: $240/- to $300/-
Bungalow: $340/- to $460/-
(Before 1 May 2023)
Chalet: $440/- to $560/-
Bungalow: $620/- to $840/-
(After 1 May 2023)
Chalet: $270/- to $330/-
Bungalow: $370/- to $490/-
(After 1 May 2023)
Chalet: $500/- to $620/-
Bungalow: $690/- to $900/-
If you fancy a getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, Kranji Farm Resorts may be the place for you. There are a total of 35 villas here, with different views and capacities. There’s even an option with a Jacuzzi and steam room!
The resort is especially family-friendly, with plenty of activities that can keep children occupied. These include visiting the World of Birdnest Museum, touring a herbal garden, fishing, and visiting the nearby Kranji Countryside with the help of the resort’s scheduled shuttle bus services.
Address: 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, S718813
Facilities/Amenities: Air-conditioning, optional BBQ pit, toiletries, chargeable mini-bar,
Rates: Please enquire with the resort
The West Villa at HomeTeam NS Bukit Batok has 3 types of accommodation for you to choose from: superior, deluxe and premiere deluxe respectively. During your stay, you can check out the futsal court, gym, swimming pool, adventure centre (advanced booking required) — there’s plenty for you to do!
The chalet is currently running a 30% off promotion for non-peak periods, with a minimum 2 night booking. Affiliate members and guests are not eligible for peak period bookings.
Address: 2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7, Singapore 659003
Facilities/Amenities: BBQ pit, private balcony (deluxe and premiere deluxe), towels, pantry, wi-fi, fully air-conditioned
Rates (public/guest): $210–$300 per night (off-peak)
Opening soon, HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir is situated on a hill slop with views of the reservoir and park views. As part of your stay, you will be given 2 access passes to Fitness Workz Garage.
Booking is currently open to HomeTeamNS members only, you are advised to check back for SAFRA and public bookings.
Address: 900 Bedok North Rd, Singapore 479994
Facilities/Amenities: Toiletries, complimentary coffee and tea, private BBQ countertop with electric grill, Pool entry, game console and more, baby cot (subject to availability)
Rates (for HomeTeamNS Members): $400–$864 per night
Beside Downtown East and near Pasir Ris Park, Aranda Country Club has been a family favourite for years. The club’s 38 suites comprise upgraded executive suites, and the newer luxury suites are run by wellness service provider Momley Loft for confinement and other health & wellness programmes.
NTUC members and Aranda Country Club members enjoy discounted rates.
Address: 60 Pasir Ris Drive 3, Singapore 519497
Facilities/Amenities: Dining room, pantry, wi-fi, (guests/non-members must pay $10/pax for the following:) Sauna, Steam Room, Swimming Pool and Gym
Rates (for public): $453.60–$648 per night
The National Service Resort & Country Club has 40 spacious two-storey bungalows facing Changi Beach and is a perfect location for those who intend to host huge parties or spice up their getaway with a game of golf or two. You can also play basketball, badminton, or pool. During your stay, you will be entitled to 2 free bowling games at Resort Bowl.
Address: 10 Changi Coast Walk, Singapore 499739
Facilities/Amenities: Wi-fi, private BBQ pit, fully air-conditioned, free entry to swimming pool and gym centre, kitchen, toiletries, club facilities (in-house guest rates, subject to availability), BBQ amenities available for rent
Rates (for public): Citizens
$228.96–$535.68 per night
$228.96–$535.68 per night
Formerly Aloha Loyang, CSC Loyang’s chalets range from cosy two bedroom affairs to family-friendly four room bungalows. It is popular with families due to its proximity to Pasir Ris Beach and Downtown East and its fairly affordable rates. The resort has a convenience store where you can purchase BBQ essentials, or rent folding tables and more.
As this is a facility for Civil Service members, Civil Service Club members and Public Service Officers enjoy discounted rates and priority booking. As a member of the public, you can make a booking up to 60 days before your stay; this goes up to 90 days if you are a Public Service Officer.
Address: 159W Jln. Loyang Besar, Singapore 507020
Facilities/Amenities: Air-conditioned living room and bedrooms, dining room, sheltered BBQ pits, bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi. Dog-friendly sea view bungalows share a common dog run and washing bay.
Rates (for Public): $269.28–$715.97 per night (Price varies depending on chosen accommodation and weekday/weekend stay. A deposit will be collected)
CSC Changi is made up of CSC @ Changi l and CSC @ Changi II, the former being a beachfront clubhouse and the latter a rustic colonial getaway nestled in nature. Changi Village is a short distance away, and Pulau Ubin is also close by.
The CSC Clubhouse facilities are open to the public; do ntoe that the swimming pool is for CSC members only. Like CSC@ Loyang, CSC members enjoy priority booking and discounted rates.
Address: 2 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508503
Facilities/Amenities: Wi-fi, air-conditioned, complimentary coffee and tea, rooftop BBQ pit access for suite stayers subject to availability, toiletries, microwave, hair dryer, safe, induction cooker (villas)
(Price varies depending on chosen accommodation and weekday/weekend stay. A deposit will be collected)
CSC@Changi I (Public): $236.25–$749.10 per night
CSC@Changi II (Public): $138.67–$665.28 per night
We hope one of these places will be right up your alley. Have a good break!
Board games! Card games! There’s something magical about busting out Avalon or a game of your choice and losing yourself in other worlds and terrific company.
If you’re thinking of picking up a hobby that takes you out of your busy life and gives you a break from the screen, these games may very well be for you! With so many titles and types, you’ll have lots to try and no chance of becoming bored. We share some board game cafes below and other places you can play a game or two at.
Tips from Board Game Enthusiasts:
There is a board game enthusiast group on Meetup, which you should check out! It lists upcoming gaming sessions and gatherings organized by board game players, and often you’ll only need to pay a small entrance fee. Depending on the event, you may have to bring your own game or will be able to choose one from the host’s collection. Either way, you’re sure to find a like-minded community to connect with!
TableMinis is a Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) and other Tabletop RPG studio and store that opened its doors on April 2021. It is a go-to place for D&D enthusiasts and those who want an immersive gaming experience — their studio is equipped with 3D sound, fully programmable lighting, miniatures and terrains, and everything else you need for your gaming world to come to life.
TableMinis also runs workshops for D&D, miniatures painting, as well as gaming gatherings for other tabletop RPGs (TTRPGs). According to a feature piece, they will be moving to a bigger space this year. So, keep an eye out!
Address: 6 Ubi Road 1, Wintech Centre, #07-13, Singapore 408726
Nearest MRT: Macpherson, Ubi
Pricing: $90 for a 3-hour booking of their studio table, and $10 for every subsequent hour (with a drink and snack bar you can purchase nosh from). As event fees vary, please refer to individual event listing
2) King and the Pawn
King and the Pawn is a charming two-storey board games bar and café located at a shophouse on Purvis Street. The café’s main space was designed to pay homage to classic games like Snakes and Ladders, while its attic space looks just like somebody’s living room — helping you feel right at home!
Over 350 board game titles are on offer, and you can ponder your next move over a selection of good grub such as nachos, earl grey teacakes and a cookie butter milkshake. Head down on weekends to enjoy the café’s full brunch menu!
Address: 24 Purvis Street, Level 2
Nearest MRT: City Hall, Bugis
Pricing: Board game fee of $9/pax from Tuesdays to Thursdays and $14/pax from Fridays to Sundays, including Public Holidays and eves. Children below 7 play free, and children aged 8 to 12 enjoy 50% off.
Students enjoy 20% off their total bill from Tuesdays to Thursdays if the entire party presents their student ID cards!
3) 82 Social House (82Soho)
82Soho is the home of Kommune and Tigress, and the former is the place to be! A multi-entertainment hub with a hip atmosphere, Kommune offers Korean karaoke, console gaming, computer gaming, and board games. You can choose to play your favourite game in their shared board game lounge, or in a Korean Karaoke Klub private room where you can entertain your party with your favourite tunes.
They have a wide range of over 80 games, and you can check out their site for the full list before heading down!
Address: Orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858, Unit 03–18
Nearest MRT: Somerset
Pricing: $24 to $34 from Mondays to Thursdays and $30 to $40 from Fridays to Sundays, including Public Holidays and eves. Rates are hourly and for up to 4 pax. You will have to top up $2/hour for each additional person.
4) Play Nation HQ
Most of us have visited Play Nation at least once, but here’s a quick introduction for those that’ve yet to! The gaming café has served board game enthusiasts since 2009 and is currently located in a two-storey shophouse with a 120-person capacity. Play Nation has over 500 game titles (console games included) for your choosing, and you can munch on crackers, chips or popcorn as you duel it out with your friends!
Address: 58 Prinsep St, Singapore 188686
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut, Bencoolen
$12.90++ for 1 hour, $16.90++ for 2 hours. Free-flow snacks and drinks is included.
Student Package available daily till 6pm at $13.90++ on weekdays and $16.90++ on weekends (12pm to 6pm)
Only have time to play board games late at night after all your assignments or work tasks are done? You’re in luck! Settlers Café is open 24 hours, and offers alfresco seating, indoor seating and private rooms. The café is bright and cheerful, having moved from its old premises at North Canal Road, and there are different weekday deals for their mains at different times of the day.
Address: 562 Serangoon Road, 218178.
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park
Pricing: $7/pax, hourly. You must purchase at least one food or drink item. Private rooms are available at different rates.
6) The Mind Café
Established in 2005, The Mind Café has at least 800 titles on its roster! There are two outlets, and you can make reservations online. Getting their packages entitles you to free-flow snacks and drinks. With friendly game coordinators, you’ll be sure to have a good time!
Address: 60A Prinsep St, Singapore 188664, and 30 Prinsep Street, #01-01, Singapore 188647
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut, Bencoolen
Pricing: $8 per hour from Mondays to Thursdays, not inclusive of food or drinks and not applicable during Public Holidays or eves. Festive gaming packages are available; this includes student gaming packages currently going for $14.90 on weekdays and $17.90 on weekends (from 11am to 6pm)
Workshops/Gaming Spaces Available
7) Gamesaurus Rex
Gamesaurus Rex isn’t a café; it is a games shop that also hosts weekly game nights for miniatures/TTRPGs such as Marvel: Crisis Protocol. Check their Facebook page for the latest schedules and updates!
Address: 259A Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574386
Nearest MRT: Upper Thomson
8) Games at Pi
Games at Pi is a gaming shop offering you space to play board games with your friends! It sells a wide variety of games, which can also be purchased online on their webstore. While they offer table spaces for booking, please do note that they do not offer game rental. You’ll have to bring your own!
Address: 220 Orchard Road, #03-01, Midpoint Orchard, Singapore 238852
Nearest MRT: Somerset
Pricing: $30 per 3-hour slot booking for a table (5 pax), $10 for each hour after booked slot ends. Members use PI points. There are no slots available for Fridays.
9) Experience Point?
Experience Point is run by tabletop enthusiast Terence, and has over 250 game titles! Here’s what’s really cool: Experience Point runs a tabletop RPG game that fits its players within the same shared world using a system of their own. This means that your group’s actions could affect another party, and you can also come together with other groups for interparty sessions for even more fun!
Address: Lian Huat Building, 163 Tras Street, #07-03, Singapore 079024
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar, Maxwell
Pricing: $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends (hourly rate), $12 on weekdays and $15 on weekends (all-day rate)
We hope you’ve found a place you’ll enjoy! (:
Nurses are often lauded as ‘Angels in White’ because of their selfless commitment towards caring for others. This is every nurse’s greatest strength but also their biggest weakness.
Before becoming a Nurse, you have to consider the many challenges you will endure, such as late-night shifts, uncooperative patients, endless paperwork, and more.
Let’s take a deep dive to see if the role of a Nurse is right for you!
P.S: Currently a nurse or nursing student? Drop us a comment below if you can relate!
1. You need a strong heart
As a nurse, you will witness a lot of suffering. Most patients are sick, weak and in pain; their struggles and their loved ones’ worry will also be hard to watch. Some patients may struggle to bring their best selves to the table, and be cranky or uncooperative during bad days. The toughest part? Watching patients slip away despite doing everything you can — and having to break the news to their loved ones.
It will be challenging to keep your composure and balance your emotions while handling others’, and you will need to cultivate inner strength and ways to decompartmentalise so that you will not burn out. However, this is part and parcel of the nursing journey: if you think of all the people you manage to help along the way, it should be well worth it.
2. Long hours and labour-intensive work
As a nurse, you’ll have to work shifts which can be pretty long. For instance, during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, some healthcare workers worked 12-hour shifts for ten days in a row while being on-call 24/7. While the pandemic is an unexpected global crisis not of the norm, you will have to be prepared for sudden situations — such as major traffic accidents with many casualties.
As a nurse, you might end up having to do 12-hour shifts. You might have to go through relatively lonely nights when you’re on the night shift when others are spending time with their loved ones. That’s a reality that you have to be prepared for.
Your social life and your mental health may be affected if you are in this for the long term: do you have a stable support system to lean on?
Nursing is also a physically demanding career. You will be on your feet and moving about during most of your shift and will have to handle a lot of strenuous work. This includes helping patients shift from their beds to chairs, moving heavy equipment and more. Are you prepared to stay in good physical condition and maintain your stamina?
3. You have to expect the unexpected
Some jobs are desk-bound and filled with routine work. You can expect everything to be more or less the same, day after day.
While nurses do have paperwork to complete, their profession is dynamic and on the other end of the spectrum. You’ll meet and deal with people with different circumstances and personalities, and grow more adept at handling them. You’ll learn how to prioritise your time.
You’ll also be pushed to think on your feet and engage in critical thinking. Think about it: What if a patient suddenly collapses? What if his heart rate monitor begins beeping frantically? Nursing school teaches you how to become a nurse, but it’s only the beginning as no two situations are alike. Nurses have to advocate and make important decisions for the patient’s care. It’s a lot of responsibility.
One piece of advice: There’ll be pressure, no one is perfect, and mistakes will occur. When this happens, nurses will have to reflect, stabilise the situation, and learn how not to make the error again.
4. It may get a little too close for comfort
As a nurse, there are other difficult things that you might have to do. For example, some patients might have limited mobility.
Now, you might think that helping them into a wheelchair and such shouldn’t be all that hard. But what about when they need to change? What about when they need to wash up? They will need help and as a nurse, it is your responsibility to assist them.
There may be a mess, but nurses must maintain their composure and do their best to help maintain the patient’s dignity. You don’t want to make them feel worse than they’re already feeling; as helpless, powerless and mortified as they are. Here’s an admirable example of what one soiled nurse, caught off guard and flustered, still did.
As a nurse, you’ll almost definitely have to do many uncomfortable things. That’s something not to shy away from: you’ll gain strength and maturity that will serve you well throughout life.
As you can see, while being a nurse is as noble as it sounds, it is not the most glamorous profession. Even so, you will derive great fulfilment from the process of helping, serving and bettering others!
In addition, the efforts of healthcare workers have not gone unnoticed as the government seeks to maintain their salary competitiveness. Nurses in the public healthcare sector received an increase of 5 to 14% in their base monthly salaries from July last year that is phased over the next two years. They will also receive a special payment as part of the 2022 Nurse Special Payment (NSP) Package.
Thus, you can be sure that your efforts are seen and recognised.
MDIS Bachelor of Science Nursing (Top-up)
After a glimpse of what nursing entails, are you convinced that this is the profession for you?
You’ll need to obtain a diploma-level qualification in nursing or equivalent, to become a registered nurse. If you’re an enrolled nurse, or nursing student keen to advance in knowledge and experience, you can continue your nursing journey through a degree offered by MDIS!
Taught and awarded by Edinburgh Napier University, which has the largest School of Health and Social Care in Scotland, the 24-month part-time course offers a flexible timetable to cater to working nurses’ schedules. You will study modules that impart leadership and evidence-based, decision-making skills, and further develop your communication and interpersonal skills.
Do take note that the MDIS-ENU joint scholarship (worth SGD 2,000) is currently open to January 2023 applicants.
We wish you all the best in your nursing journey!
Nurses and nursing students, what else do you think individuals interested in nursing should know? Drop us a comment so that we can share it here!
Exploring a career in Digital Marketing? This article is for you! We share about the different digital marketing jobs you’ll find in the field, so that you can better understand the industry and what skills you may need to hone.
Quick Facts About the Field
According to a report published by Research and Markets, the Southeast Asian Digital Advertising Market is slated to reach $58.63 billion in market value by 2031
63% of the world uses the internet, which is why digital marketing couldn’t be more important today
Advertising spend for digital channels made up the lion’s share of global ad spend in 2022 (55.5%), according to the latest dentsu Global Ad Spend Forecast report
If you’re new to the industry, have you decided how you’d like to begin your digital marketing career? You could begin at an advertising or media agency, which are creative companies that provide organisations marketing products and services. Famous examples of agencies include Ogilvy, and Saatchi & Saatchi.
You could also work for an in-house marketing team. Both routes offer pros and cons, and help you grow in different ways. Here are some of their differences in brief.
– Opportunity to develop industry expertise
– Focus on specific product(s) or service(s)
– Greater exposure to how different functions/departments of a business operates
– Greater autonomy
– Clients may hail from a wide range of industries, giving you exposure
– More opportunities to work on different types of campaigns
– (Usually) fast-paced due to quicker turnarounds
– Improved client management skills
The next thing to decide is your field of interest, or to find out which role your skill sets match with! Do note that your job scope and title varies depending on the organisation: some may require you to do a bit of everything while some may require you to specialise. As such, do read any job listing carefully.
1) Social Media Marketer
What’s hot these days? As a social media marketer, this is something you must know! Your job is to manage and grow your client/company’s social media presence on platforms such as TikTok, Facebook, and YouTube.
This is achieved through analysing social media trends and creating relevant shareable content, building a content pipeline, launching and monitoring campaigns, tracking campaign performance, communicating with followers and collaborators (such as influencers), monitoring industry and competitor’s social strategies and more.
2) Content Strategist
In digital marketing, content strategy often refers to content marketing strategy. Content marketing strategy involves the planning and creating of content that helps clients/an organisation connect with its current audience, and generate new leads — with the end goal of achieving chosen business objectives. This content can be for blogs, social media, videos, infographics, and anything else you can think of!
To do this, content strategists create and maintain editorial calendars, optimise their content to be SEO-friendly for different platforms, monitor content reception with analytics tools to determine their ROI, conduct research, develop content style and governance guidelines, and more. While used interchangeably with other job titles, content strategists are typically seniors or those leading a content marketing team.
3) PPC Executive
Short for pay per click (also known as cost per click), PPC executives work on paid advertising campaigns that direct audiences to a designated landing page. PPC encompasses Search Engine Marketing (SEM).
A PPC executive’s duties include trend analysis, keyword research, writing engaging ad copy, optimising campaigns based on data and client budget, account management, and generating client reports. PPC Executives are also known as Performance Marketing Specialists.
4) SEO Specialist
SEO specialists focus on improving a website’s traffic and search engine ranking through tests, changes and optimisation. This can involve link building, page optimisation, keyword optimisation for site content, improving website architecture, monitoring search engine algorithims and more. Often, their job scope crosses paths with, or is subsumed under other digital marketing roles, such as content marketing.
Digital copywriters write persuasive copy for online content, with the goal to persuade and sell. They could write for landing pages, blog articles, newsletters, ads, social media posts and more.
Apart from writing, copywriters also have to communicate with clients, proofread and edit their work, and conduct research to understand industry trends as well as target demographics. Most digital marketing roles require copywriting skills to some degree.