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Musical memories

Have you ever heard a piece of music being played somewhere and somehow, it seems to be associated with your memories? Amazing isn’t it? I realized that there are many songs which I’ve heard over the years and it has become a growing part of my life as I could easily recall a flashback of the memories associated with it.

Here are a few songs which meant something in my life (or at least triggers my memories):

  • Celine Dion – Because you loved me
  • Pet Shop Boys – Go west

I remembered clearly these two were the very first MP3s I have on my computer. Back then, I was still using Windows Media Player and it was being played repeatedly on my computer during the term vacation in June as I was home alone for a week.

This is a very meaningful song! Whenever I hear this song, it makes me feel “proud” to be a Singaporean and want to be home!

  • Splender – I think god can explain

A familiar tune to my ears as it was played every morning when televisions were first introduced at the train stations. Now, the TV sets have long been removed the television sets for unknown reasons.

  • Backstreet Boys – I want it that way

I’ve got no problems singing this song back then! The lyrics were well memorized at the back of my head. It was a very popular pop hits at the late 90s and early 20s and it so happened to be the song my friends performed during one of the NPCC farewell party nights in secondary school.

  • Robbie Williams – Better man

My secondary 5 form teacher favorite song! There was also a live performance by one of my classmate during teacher’s day celebration in 2001.

  • Dido – Thank you
  • Enrique Iglesias – Escape

Songs that caught my ear, in particular Escape. I was working as a part-time lifeguard back then.

  • Creed – One Last Breath
  • Soul Asylum – Runaway train
  • Busta Rhyme feat. Mariah Carey – I know what you want

I was preparing for WorldSkills Singapore 2004 competition at that time and these were songs that were played during our training sessions to keep us relexed?

  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Rob Thomas – Lonely no more
  • Duncan Sheik – Half life
  • Avril Lavigne – Nobody’s home, Keane – Everybody’s Changing, and many others…

Songs that were first heard when I was in United States for my Cisco internship. Great memories indeed!

Wow, what a long list! There are many other songs but it’s impossible to list all! What about yours?


Memories from my internship

Last year this time, I was on a jet en route to Chicago O’Hare International and I was feeling apprehensive but yet excited about this trip. It was after all my first time traveling to such a faraway place and I’ll stay for good for at least a few months. The time has come and past and looking back, I’m glad I had such a great opportunity and valuable life experience.

I wished I could turn back time and go through the internship all over again but as a fact of life, it will remain as precious memories in my heart. Right now, I’ve entered another phase of my life and I shall be thankful and look forward for more exciting and challenging adventure lining up!


Graduation 2005

I enrolled into Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to pursue a Diploma in Engineering Informatics in June 2002 after my secondary school education. Then, I had entered NYP with apprehension, anxiety and confusion as I was unsure how my life would evolve for the next 3 years or so. These feelings soon dissolved as the friendly, caring seniors and lecturers made me feel welcomed right from the beginning.

My 3 years in NYP have been extremely rewarding and fruitful. Besides getting to know a group of wonderful friends, course mates, lecturers and mentors, I’ve also developed a strong passion in Information Technology, software development and networking & communications. This is also the place where I had the opportunities to nurture and develop my potential in many areas such as participating in the World Skills Singapore 2004 competition as well as to complete my industrial attachment program with Cisco Systems in the states.

For all these and other opportunities given, I’m grateful to my family & friends for their support, encouragement and motivation; my mentors who have taught and supported me throughout my journey in NYP. I’m glad to have made it this far and successfully completed the course.


Gone training

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be officially enlisted as a full time National Servicemen. It has been slight more than a month since I’ve returned from my internship program in the United States and I definitely miss life there! I’ll be away for Physical Training in Pulau Tekong* for 3 weeks since I did not take my Physical Test as I was in the states. Then after, it’ll be 9 weeks of Basic Military Training.

During this period, I’ll have no internet access! This means I will not be able to check my emails, launch my favorite newsreader to catch up with the latest news from the IT scene or even post an entry here (actually, I have not been posting much). I wonder what life is going to be like without computers for two weeks. I suppose I’ll be terribly lagged behind the technology scene when I return after 2 weeks of confinement.

On the brighter side, I guess this will be a good experience to learn about military life and to motivate me to exercise! After all, god knows how many times I have actually put on my track shoes and go jogging since I returned from America.

Till then, cya’ and check back in 2 weeks time.

*Pulau Tekong is an island outside mainland Singapore. The island is used mainly for military training.


Back from DC

I’m back from Washington DC. I managed to visit many of the museums and memorials during my trip as well as catch up with my friends.

Photos will be up shortly.


Visiting Washington D.C

I’m taking a few days off from work and will be heading to Virginia and Washington D.C to meet up and visit friends as well as to tour around since my visit to United States. I heard that this is a great time to visit D.C as this the so-called “cherry blossom” season where the streets will be blooming with cherry blossoms.

I’ve brought along my laptop just in case my host family has an internet connection. Here and there, I might log on to keep things updated but I’ll refrain from opening emails or anything related to work as I need a break!


A pleasant surprise

I remembered celebrating my birthday with my family during kinder garden days and in primary one. At that time, birthday celebration was always a big event and there’s always plenty of food to eat. To think of, it has been 12 years since I last blew birthday cake candles. Over these years, my grandma would always prepare the traditional vermicelli soup with a hard-boiled egg.

Today, I was taken by surprise when my friends secretly organized a birthday bash for me. I returned to the apartment after working out at the clubhouse gym only to find a lighted birthday cake on the dining table.

21st birthday

Though I’m far away from home, I’m really touched by the sincerity of my internship friends (Alvin, Zihao, Jonathan, Erwin, Hean Hong, Sieh Yuan, Weeliat) for this memorable and pleasant moment. Thanks guys :)


Red bull cheever race

Red bull race

Here’s a picture I managed to pose with Alex Barron, Red Bull’s Cheever Formula 1 Racing Team during his visit to Cisco Systems, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.


Gong Xi Fa Cai

Happy Chinese New Year! It has been ages since I last updated my weblog as I am really busy with work. If you notice, I have actually moved the contents of my entire site to host it on some other server. There are many entries I have written down in my notebook but I simply couldn’t find the energy and time to post it here. I guess I’ll be posting the back dated entries here at some point in the future.

For the record, this is my first time spending Chinese New Year without my family and alone in a foreign land with a bunch of friends. There isn’t any party or celebrations here and it is just another normal working day. I suppose that you will only see people celebrating in big cities like New York or California.

Anyway, I’ll keep things posted when I have the time. To everyone out there, have fun and stay safe!


Off to North Carolina

After a month of VISA application & processing as well as preparation, I will be leaving to the United States for my internship at Cisco Systems, Inc tomorrow.

This is my first overseas trip traveling alone out of the country to such a far and foreign land — all without my family members by my side. To think of, this trip seems to be not too short or long. It simply can’t be described using words. I used to dislike the idea of having to travel alone without my family since I am quite reliant of them. This time round, it seems that I have set out to be independent and this will be both an endurance and independence test which is all part and parcel of growing up. I remembered that the last time I traveled to Thailand in 1996 with my third uncle and his family. I missed home so much although it was only a 1 week trip.

I won’t be updating so often till I get my laptop, an internet connection and settled down. But I’ll keep track of all the discoveries and post them when I have the time. I shall return on May 01, 2005


Machine for the museum

This morning, I received one of the most valuable and priceless asset from my polytechnic — an old Hewlett-Packard Pentium 2 notebook packed with 32MB of RAM, running on Windows 98 and the LCD display covered with a thick layer dust, enough for me to sketch an illustration on it. It weighs about 5 KG and I wonder should I bring along this machine with me while travelling.

Initially, I thought of bringing along a laptop while travelling to the United States for my Industrial Attachment Programme (IAP). As I am not sure if my host company would provide me with one, I went to loan one from my school. What it turned out to be was totally unexpected. Although the machine can run normal word processing programs, the speed is definetly slow and unbearable to use. What’s more — I have to go through the hassle of finding the right power adapter before I can use it while in the states.

Now, I am seriously considering if I should bring along this machine or do away with it. Perhaps, I can loan it to the museum for their historical display while indirectly helping me to safe-keep it!