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26 January 2010

A Person that I really admire as a leader.

The picture that I have chosen of someone that I think is worthy of my respect is Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln served as the sixteenth president of the United States of America. I think he is worthy of my respect and admiration as he fought strongly for what he thinks is right, he is also a man whom will think carefully before speaking so as not to offend or intimidate others.

He successfully led his country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. He also had great leadership qualities, and also know how to make everybody work together as a team. He brought leaders of different factions together into his cabinet and forced them to cooperate. He also handpicked some top generals to aid him in the war, this shows that he is a good leader as he knows his team's strengths and weaknesses.

25 January 2010

10 January 2010

Detailed experience during Sarimbun orientation camp

Day 1

On seventh January, the whole school went for a two days and one night camp at Sarimbun scouts campsite. When we arrived in school, the camp chief introduced us to our trainers (one for each class), then, we departed for the camp. When we arrived there, we was welcomed and briefed by the camp chief, Rio. After that, we checked into our dormitory (actually a classroom) and placed our bags there. Then, we reported back to our trainer.

Once we have reported back to our trainer, our trainer briefed us on the first activity of the day, which was to hunt the materials for making a flag and then make the flag.When we finished our flag ( our class name S1-09 painted on it), we went to the canteen for our lunch.

After finishing our lunch, our next activity was challenge valley, where each and every one of us climbed through a tunnel of about ten large tyres. It may sound easy but it is actually quite difficult. Our teamwork has enabled everybody to get to the other end of the tunnel safely. After the tyre tunnel activity, the next activity (also one of the activities in challenge valley) was to slide down a very high and long slide into a muddy pond. Being a thrill seeker, I was the first one to go. I put on my PFD (Personal Floatation Device) and climbed up the ladder where an instructor was waiting at the top. Then, I sat on a rubber rug which was placed at the top of the slide, then , the instructor pushed me down. It was quite exhilarating when I was going down the slide, also quite shocking when I splashed into the pool because the pool was quite cold and had a nasty taste. When everybody had a go at the slide (me and some other boys twice) except for one girl, we proceeded to our next activity.

Our next activity was to build a raft using only three long wooden sticks, three large tyres and some rope. When we finished building our raft, we need to convince the trainer for this activity to " buy" our raft and we also need to demonstrate to her that it really works. So three of our classmates get into the raft and paddled around the pool (nicknamed Milo pond) while the rest of us cheered them on. In the end, we managed to sell our raft to the trainer and can proceed to our next activity.

Our next activity was one of the most challenging and frightening activity in the camp. It was the Challenge Ropes Course. There were basically two types of challenges, one of them is the high elements and the other is the low elements. As the name suggests, the high elements are around three to four stories high while the low elements are only about two and a half metres high. I only tried one of the challenges but it was also the highest one. Since I was scared of heights, I was only the third one to try it. After attaching the carabiner, which was a metal loop with a screwed gate, and checking all my equipment, I started climbing up the rungs. Climbing up the rungs was quite hard as whenever you look down, you will feel dizzy. In the end, I crossed the bridge (which were actually tracks) by sitting down on the tracks and slowly advancing to the other side.

Four out of five persons in our group managed to get to at least half of the bridge and three managed to crossed it. Two of the people crossed the bridge by running across and one of them toppled of the bridge and had to be lowered down because the instructor on the ground couldn't pull the safety rope fast enough. Both of them crossed the bridge quickly and with confidence because of the fact that both of them had done it before. After everybody had tried at least one of the challenges, we were ready to change into fresh new clothes and shoes and have our dinner.

When we were leaving, the camp chief whom was watching us walked forward and told us that he had stolen our flag for not taking good care of it and we need to earn it back. All of us were surprised that he would do such a thing.

After changing into fresh new clothes and shoes, we reported to the canteen to have our dinner.

When the whole school had finished their dinner and washed up, we sat in the canteen and sing some songs and did some camp cheers. Then, we did a debrief as a class.

After the debrief, we gathered at the Challenge Ropes Course as a school to do our night hike. We need to place our left hand on the person in front of us's shoulder and place our hand on our shoulder to hold the hand of the person behind us. Then, we exited the camp through a small gate near the Challenge Ropes Course. Strangely, the night hike was one of the most memorable activity for me.

We walked on a small pathway and surrounding the pathway was lots of plants, trees, insects and animals. It was totally dark and we almost couldn't see a thing, so we have to rely on commands passed from the front and also the friend in front of us. We were also supposed to be quiet most of the time and listen to the sounds around us such as crickets chirping and frogs that were croaking. It was also quite creepy sometimes. Once, everyone had to step into an unavoidable mud puddle and it was quite unpleasant. Occasionally, we would stumble upon a few logs and large branches. When going down a slope, our shoes would dig deeply into the mud. When we exited the forest through another gate that is behind the boy's dormitories, we had almost been walking for an hour and we had also walked for two kilometres. During this hike, we had learnt a lot of things such as not to take our five senses for granted and use them correctly.

Then, we washed up (I washed my shoes) and went to sleep (12+ am).

Day 2

After breakfast, we did rock climbing. Rock climbing is not as easy as it seems and sometimes you might lose your footing. Then, we went to Challenge Ropes Course to try out abseiling ad the zip line.

On our way there, we saw camp chief Rio and we did the loudest cheer we had ever done to gain back our flag. We succeeded and promised each other that we would take even more care of the flag after this incident as this flag represents our class.

When we gathered at Challenge Ropes Course, we decided to do the zip line first.As usual, I was the first to try the zip line. At first, it looks scary, but after trying it out, it was actually quite fun and and also quit fast.

When everybody had had a go at the zip line, we went to try out abseiling. Abseiling is actually quite fun and exciting because you are walking horizontally down a wall.

Then, we went to the canteen to have our lunch.

After our lunch, we did some area cleaning and packed up our bags and assembled at the multi-purpose hall. Then, we had a telematch. At approximately six pm, we took a coach back to school. During these two days, it had been a fun, educational and tiring camp! ^-^


In my opinion, the class had shown quite a lot of teamwork. Teamwork was shown in almost every activity that we do. This camp had definitely strengthened class bonding and warmed everybody towards each other.

06 January 2010

6 Jan: #2 The Amazing Race - Debrief (II) Personal Reflection

  • What do you understand about the school value "Expanding Our Learning Networks"?
  • Why is this value important and how will it help you in your learning experience in SST?
1) In my opinion, the school value " Expanding Our Learning Networks" is to increase the way or style that we learn.

2) This value is important as it can help us to increase our knowledge and it can also help by making my learning experience more interesting and enjoyable.

05 January 2010

5 Jan: #2 Team Building Challenge - Debrief (II) Personal Reflection

  • What do you understand about the school value "Forging Excellence"?
  • What are the strengths that you think you possessed which cna help you to achieve excellence?
  • What other attributes and attitudes do you think you should cultivate to excel in the thigns you do?
  • How can you contribute to help your class succeed?

1) In my opinion, the school value " Forging Excellence" is to produce something of good quality, so the school's expectation of us is to give our best shot in everything we do.

2) I think that I can always think of new ideas that are good enough to contribute to the group during projects which can help me to achieve excellence.

3) I think that I should cultivate the attitude of being able to work with other people, as sometimes, I don't think that I am very good at working with other people.

4) I can contribute to help my class succeed by working together with other people as working together is not only faster but we will also produce better quality work.

04 January 2010

4 Jan: #4 Bridge Building Activity - Debrief (II) Personal Reflection

  • How do you feel about working in a team on the bridge building project?
  • What do you think about your interactions with the members in your team?
  • What have you learnt about yourself in the course of the activity and what would you have done differently in future group activities?
  • Did you experience any fear(s), discomfort(s) and apprehension(s) working with this team? Why?
  • How do you overcome them?
1) I felt that working in a group is fun, and fresh new ideas kept on pouring in from various group members to improvise the bridge. Working in a group can also strengthen the bonds within the group. It can also teach the group members how to collaborate and also work together.

2) In my opinion, all of us interacted together very well as we combined all of our ideas to create the bridge. In the end, the bridge turned out to be strong and sturdy as a result of our teamwork.

3) I have learnt to accept everybody's ideas and also that if I did not accept their ideas, I must explain why I did not accept it.

4) I experienced some apprehension a few times because of not accepting some groupmate's ideas as i realized that their ideas were not good enough or too flimsy.

5) I overcame them by clearly explaining to them why their ideas were not accepted.

    01 January 2010

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year Everyone! Its finally the beginning of a new year! And school is starting soon! Yippee! ^_^

    29 December 2009

    My digital collage

    The logos in the collage above show some of my frequently used and favorite websites.My favorite website is youtube as it allows me unfettered access to most of the things in the world. Youtube has many purposes, it can entertain people, it can also be used for learning, it can guide you on doing things etc. Youtube also has a wide variety of videos such as movies, cartoons, comedies, animes, songs, performances, tutorials etc. All I need to do is to type in a keyword and videos related to the keyword will appear.

    p.s. click the webs in brown to link to that site.

    Websites (starting from top left corner, clockwise) :
    TFkenkon.com(The Autobots Insignia stands for the web which is all about transformers)
    Yahoo.com (mail)

    28 December 2009

    A Fun Filled Day!

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    During the holidays, my family and I visited the National Museum of Singapore to see one of the exhibitions, Quest For Immortality, The World Of Ancient Egypt. The admission was free since it was Christmas day. But I had to wait two long hours in order to get in. Luckily, I brought along my PSP so I had something to do during the two hours.

    The exhibitions was very interesting as the museum displayed some dug up ancient pottery, sphinx statues, statues of Egyptian gods like Horus and Sekhmet, there were also some small statues sculpted in great detail. There were also a few mummy coffins, an alligator mummy and a cat mummy. There were even a few CT scans of the mummy coffins to show us the mummies inside.

    After one and a half hours of viewing the exhibitions, we went to Plaza Singapura to have our dinner. When we finished our dinner, we went for a walk down Orchard Road. We walked from Plaza Singapura to Orchard MRT station to admire the Christmas decorations along the street, and also dropping by some shopping centres on our way. When we reached Orchard MRT station, it was approximately nine pm, and by the time we reach home, it was around ten thirty pm.

    It was a fun-filled, enjoyable and exhausting day for me!

    27 December 2009

    View Larger Map

    This is the route from my house to SST. It takes approximately one hour for me to reach SST by public transport.

    Google maps can help me plan my journey to school by showing me how much time do I need for travelling, such as estimating the time needed for me to take the train from Admiralty to Jurong East interchange,estimating how much time do i need to walk from Clementi MRT station to SST etc.

    In my opinion, the information that Google maps provide and the routes that they recommend to us is quite accurate, because of the fact that I also took the same route to travel from my house to SST.But we must also not rely on the information that Google maps provide too much as sometimes, the time taken to take or wait for a bus might be longer than the time that Google maps estimated. The same can be said for taking or waiting for the MRT, walking from one place to the other (a person's walking speed may vary) etc. Sometimes, we might even end up at our destination more than ten minutes later than what google maps estimated.

    26 December 2009

    Let me share with you my experience in creating this blog

    My experience in creating a blog is it can be fun and easy, even if it is the first time you do it.

    It can be fun as you can select your own templates for your blog and you can also customize your own blog in any way you want. It is easy as the format of your blog is already arranged for you depending on what template you choose.

    Blogging can be a part of learning as students might be able to post their homework on the blog and teachers can come to their blog to view their homework.

    When I First Received The Letter Confirming My Posting...

    The higher ability selection test was quite hard so I was not sure whether I was able to get into SST. But when I received my confirmation letter, I felt very excited, elated and relieved that I have gotten into SST, so I have chosen this emoji to represent my feelings.

    Image gotten from:http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys-excited-001.php