Finding the force within, Finding The Force Above

Today, Dr. William Tan, Scientist, Medical Doctor, Paralympian, UltraMarathoner, First in the World to undertake Antarctica in a wheelchair, came to VJC to speak about his life, his adventures and his experiences. It was a very inspirational talk, about finding our potential within. One of the things that caught me was the common saying: Life is unfair, but isn’t it more unfair to him? He said it’s more of finding the BEST way to make use of things that we already have.

Believe You Can Succeed

Attitude makes a big difference. When we see problems as challenges and obstacles as stepping stones, the positive mindset drives us towards success. Believe in yourself and follow your dreams!

If Dr. William Tan can do it, why can’t you?


Many times people complain about this and that, but yet, we should be more appreciative of the things around us. Yes, I agree that the world is not ideal, I agree that things can be indeed improved by voicing out our opinions, but we cannot grumble endlessly.

I think we should be thankful for the daily bread we receive. Singaporeans probably have enough of most things, and most significantly, probably too much to eat. Every single day, 30,000 children are dying as a result of extreme poverty. 1 Every day, more than 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes–one child every five seconds. 2 Today, across the world, 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day; 3 billion live on under two dollars a day; 1.3 billion have no access to clean water; 3 billion have no access to sanitation; 2 billion have no access to electricity. 3

I’ve heard of these before, and I’m sure you have in some way. What can we do? Before you get turned off, at least appreciate the things you already have.

demoralising and moralising

just got back the physics lecture test today, and yes, I failed, yet again. but at least I can do calculations now better (I think), just the interpretation of questions and theory not so good yet.

it’s getting near. I have not much problems getting myself to practice now, just that I can’t maintain the momentum for too long, have to take breaks often (who doesn’t?), do at a slow pace, but I don’t have eternity to study, do I? Well, actually sometimes the problem is more of not knowing how to do, and yet no model answer to look at.

a few more days to GP, a few more weeks to the rest of the papers, a few months to the end of A Levels…=)


on another note, some crazy guy wrote some song lyrics and words which didn’t make sense, along with a huge VS in the centre, on the whiteboard of T21 today.


it disgusts me when I read that they are improving polys, linking up with foreign universities etc. etc. sometimes I think they are a bit too late/slow. and why only foreign? the local universities should give more priority and module skipping to local poly students. TNP even reported some guy getting a Masters in 4 years in a UK university (3 years in poly + 1 year in university)…that’s even faster than the JC route (2 + 3 for degree + 1 or 2 for masters)….

ah whatever, I shouldn’t be thinking about this now. returning to the task at hand…


in reference to the recent splurge of letters in the ST forum regarding long hours in school, mr. har also said JC life is one of the most stressful (just like what mr. phang said last year). well he said it was to prepare us for stressful work life in future. All the formulas we learn (refering to the kinetic theory ones), won’t be used in future (unless we become physics teachers), and these are just testing on our skills of analysis to prepare us for future work. true in a sense, but are all these really needed? is work necessarily associated with stress? is work necessarily associated with a race? Okay, I shall not deviate this into GP…


interesting to note that moralising isn’t the opposite of demoralising, vice versa.

God above all the world in motion
God above all my hopes and fears
And I don’t care what the world throws at me now
I’m gonna be all right

‘Cause I know my God saved the day
And I know his word never fails
And I know my God made a way for me
Salvation is here

What happens when a principal didn’t walk the 2nd floor of a classroom block for 8 months?

She requested the banner covering the windows of V26 aka iCOMP room to be removed. One reason was they’re ugly (ok I admit so, they were painted by previous batches; I just used them else they’d be lying in the cupboard rotting anyway), another reason was that who knows what we are doing inside.

In the first place, most other CCA rooms also no windows right? Not that there are a lot of CCA rooms in VJC, but look at SC room, ODAC room, choir room etc., they either have their windows shut all the time, or they have no windows and only one or two doors.

Obviously, the main reason for putting up the banners was for privacy. Teachers, I’m sure you won’t want the staff room to be full glass from top to bottom right? (then everyone driving past VJC can see hardworking Same for us, we don’t want people to keep walking past and peeping at our computers, cos we used to enjoy the same privacy back in L25/26.

Anyway now that they are down, the room suddenly seemed so transparent and bright. lol. And the interesting part is, the banners have been there for about 8 months.

Well Mr. Yeo promised curtains. We’ll see.

thy SONS are we

Alright, this happened two days ago, but was probably too busy to post anything. denys writes it best.

Well, it all began with a TNP article that said “Girls in VS?” along with a picture crossing the word “sons” from a Victoria Challenge 1996 picture of the geylang bahru grandstand. (aiy, I think it’s not very nice of TNP to cross out the sons like that to express the meaning of going co-ed, it’s kinda insulting IMO). In addition, there was a side article about mrs chan changing the Victorian Anthem’s line. Actually, I didn’t know about the article till some people told me about it in the com lab, and ivan said new paper from VJ bookshop sold out (!), and I only managed to read it when I got back home. ivan even said some go and photocopy the article into A3, and when he borrowed it from mrs chan and mr chua, loads of people crowded around him. lol.

And thus inspiration surged and bertrand’s idea a few weeks/months back popped up in my mind: an online petition. and thus from 7pm onwards, MSN became a warzone cum online mini-riot. everyone started changing their nicknames to reflect their sentiments (latest one yesterday was [son of victoria] which made me difficult to see who is who). I got a few people online and asked about possibility of an online petition, and soon I hooked up with jon sam and we discussed and created the site together. jon did the coding part, while I did the design. originally I wanted to use a simple guestbook open source script, but in the end, jon used his own script. and thus, the website was launched at 10.30 pm on the night itself, which is good as that’s considered pretty fast. people started signing and the current count is 800+, while bertrand started a blog, and jon created a forum later. yay, missioned accomplished. (though jon’s web hosting company is pretty stingy to give only 1GB of bandwidth -_-)

An email was also circulated to wear VS badge on the right sleeve. Ok, wearing the badge is not a bad idea, but wearing it on the right sleeve is definitely out of place and looks dumb to me. I think a better place is near the pocket (the usual place) or on the other collar. Well I didn’t do it anyway. Today, when the anthem was played, most people sang louder, especially that line, though the position where I was standing couldn’t hear those who shouted SONS.

on another note, mrs chan announced on thursday that if the school is not passionate about something, she will not pursue it. and thus she officially made her stand about changing the Victorian Anthem: since there’s not really a large majority for it, she will not pursue it. She merely mentioned it the other day just to highlight some of the things of the branding exercise. (which I wonder, what is the outcome? And I’m STILL WAITING for the new VJC website look and branding, whatever it is…) mrs chan also announced for a treehouse and possibly a broadwalk (!!!) linking through them along the trees near the road to be built, and also a students’ lounge/loft in the current SC room area. as usual, VJ is too rich. tho I wonder why she never announced the mega gym idea.

on thursday, I received 2 smses spreading the petition website. and also everyone advertised on their msn nick. well congrats jon, your domain is now famous =p

today, another article appeared in The Straits Times today saying about our reactions, and about how mr. ang called the press and said it’s good that the students are passionate to react about it. speaking about mr. ang, they say that the some of the policies he implement always go down sooner or later, such as the home-classroom system, which is gone; and the new long ridiculous timetable that my juniors experienced which is fortunately scrapped.

TODAY also published a letter from 4H/2004, which is apparently published in its entirety without much editing, and that’s quite cool.

Well, come to think of it, who would want to form the first batch of girls IF VS becomes co-ed? I mean, why will girls be willing to enter a school full of boys, no female seniors, in a very male environment, enter toilets which were originally made for males, and so on and so forth? Unless the girl is weighing the possibility of getting into VJC easier more than anything else. Or unless her father is a old Victorian and wants his child to be in VS. Or unless the IP programme is really super attractive. Other than that, I cannot imagine girls in VS. And I also wonder how many girls actually want to go VS in the first place. They must be out of their mind (or unless they have a problem with their gender…)

My heart is NOT on the right side

After so much fuss, today I had the ultrasound scan at Alexandra Hospital. The nurse used the machine to scan the left side of my chest (just like how they scan pregnant women), and she found the heart there. And after scanning for my lungs and my liver to be in the normal position, the doctor confirmed that my heart is normal, no dextrocardia, nothing! They re-did the ECG to confirm.

Well, and thus the final verdict is that I’m normal, except that there’re lack of mucles on the left side of my chest (which is perhaps why my heart is pushed a bit to the centre/right), and perhaps I don’t need to carry heavy armour. That’s all.

Aiyo, after so much trouble, normal. How interesting. Actually, where the heart is can be felt just by feeling. I realised that it’s quite simple – just feel where the beating is concentrated at, isn’t it?

Nevertheless, I am unique. Everyone is.


“Are you a person who believes in miracles, believes in a hope; or are you a person who believes that things are just mere coincidences, just plain luck, and you’re on your own?”

I believe that no one is anywhere by chance.

Week.Weak.Strong. & the longest school day ever.

It’s been a week! so fast…I still remember it was only like yesterday, but it was last friday ashish and I were meeting mr ho, and there was FOP etc. and now it’s another friday. wow. half of this week felt like a holiday week due to the various public holidays and half day and my medical checkup day and now it’s end of the week already. sigh. realised that I’ve not done anything much. hais. 4 more weeks to the actual prelim papers excluding GP…nvm. I shall try to look more into the future and stop lamenting about the past.

well today was also the longest school day ever. cos there were 6 periods of physics (1 tut + 2 lect + 3 R), and I’ve to attend econs S today cos I didn’t go yesterday. And today was a special longer session cos mr cook had quite a lot to cover, and it lasted till 6.40 PM!! We started a little before 4pm…so that’s almost a 3-hour lesson, with a half-time in between. lol.

“Are you disappointed
With the world and all around?
Turn your eyes from earth to heaven,
Where true joys may all be found.

Once we’ve feasted on the goodness of God, nothing else will satisfy.”

Unique, God made

Update: My heart is NOT on the right side

I went to Alexandra Hospital today for the appointment to follow-up on my NS Medical checkup. The doctor checked my heart etc. and said that over his 30 years of work, he only seen about 15 such cases about heart on the right side. wow. I wonder what’s the medical term for this, then I can google and find out more about it. well he also said that my appendix is on the left side instead of the right.

Anyway, I have to go back again (argh) on monday morning for a ultrasound scan of my heart, cos the doctor wants to scan personally and he isn’t available today. aiyo. I’d be eager to know my condition and final PES status…

Imagine: Fancy a MP3 Vending Machine?

You are a typical teenager who loves music. One day, you decide to buy some music which you heard on radio to support the band. You don’t have a credit card and hence you can’t buy and download songs online.

You walk into HMV or CD Rama or Borders or some other CD shop, you see some songs/CDs that you like. You scan the CD’s barcode to a “vending machine” of sorts, and it allows you to play/preview the specific track that you like.

After that, you decide to buy one specific track. You pop in a $1 coin, and then you plug in your MP3 player/thumbdrive/iPod/Zen/etc. into the USB port of the vending machine. Voila! You got the mp3 in your player almost instantly, and legally. No hassle, no fuss about credit card security issues. Just a simple $1 coin and a vending machine.

Imagine these vending machines all over the place. Giving music lovers the convenience of downloading music without accessing the Internet/computer. Now even someone who wishes not to access a computer frequently can keep up by downloading songs from vending machines.

Imagine if in future, technology has improved and portable video players (PVP) has gained in popularity. And imagining downloading your favourite films and movies in the same way from those vending machines.

Imagine, if you can create your own film and let people pay to watch your film through the vending machine.

Imagine, if you take a wonderful photo and let people pay to download the photo for their personal use/enjoyment through the vending machine.

Imagine, the possibilities are endless.