Light Show at Marina Bay Singapore

21 02 2011

On a usual weekend roaming we came across the newly installed light show at the Marina Bay Singapore. Sadly we could only catch the last few minutes of the show. But it was something similar to show which is already installed in Sentosa “Songs of the Sea” Just that this is a little more elaborate than the latter.

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Kaffine Overload

13 12 2009

Exam TimeThe showdown for the 3 month long classes starts. Too much portions, too little time  and no idea on whats to come. Perfect combination to enjoy the outcome. This is the time when i remember about the unseen movies , which i want to see , all the useless jobs that ive postponted for many week. After killing time with many movies and videos on the net. Then it was to take care of the guest “The sleep”  Comes promptly as soon as i sit down to read 😀 . The best sleep killer i could find was caffine. Would keep me going for hours at a time. But saldly it dosent make sure i keep going in study. The study gradually changes to movie watching till the caffie effect wears off and then the guest pulls back to bed.

With a month watching more movies than i had done before the start of exams, and experimenting and testing on my lappy . And enough studying to make me go crazy , it was time when the countdown began to the final day exam. With excitement mounting it was less study and more fun. Atlast it was the D-day and the exam gets over. Time to talk about vacation plans, and start packing for home. Packing to go home another lazy job i had skipped during exam time. Pulling myself together at the last minute managed to dump all my stuff into a bag and pull the zip :D.  Home meal for a week, feels heaven after months of self cooking and canteen food.  Heavens dont last long :D.  Back to the world of all study and no sleep.

The cup half empty or cup half full

3 11 2009

Well. Its a long time since i posted . And so  nears the end of my first semester and yet to figure out what i am to do for exams. With days flying by the first question in our minds is on  how to study. Well atleast ive found a answer for how not to study ? that would be an easy question to answer if you were to follows some chinese here. They practically sleep less than 5 hrs per week when they are busy working. Damn im not able to spend a continuos 5 hr period working. Found  the best solution for competing with them. Black coffee keeps you up and running for hours :D.  As the days passes by you get mountain loads of assignments to work on. So was ours. Literally had 5 or 6 assignments anytime to be finished.

Although most of the assignments were just individual head breakers. There where few which are team projects which provided with much fun and interaction. One of such is the Games design. Teams were created each with upto 8 members, My team was also created with 6 members, and came to know 4 of the six members have already joined some other group leaving 2 of us in that team . After some shuffling around was into the team PlusOrange. Which is the direct english translation of out Team Lead(Jia), Who gets a special mention here as i has seen him only on  the first day of the meet and after which he literally disappeared . No word of him yt, Hope he is fine. So after providign us with a good team name , the team with no lead starts to enjoy. Game stories got tossed around , Game design was having the same fate as game story. After finding out that out ambitous game story would not work out on time, We executed the plan B. Design the game and then make a story  on it :D.After many sleepless night and brainstorming days, which ended with most of us loaded with more caffeine than food,  it did work out pretty well and came out with some working game before the deadline. Made our game so simple that our professor had noting to comment on our game except for the game sounds :D, and still managed to get a A on it. A good consolation for the caffeine addicted system.Sadly im yet to play our game :|.  And yes the game sounds do feel familiar :P.

Even before one could celebrate on this success comes the next assignments deadline. After hearing motivational words like  “Do whatever u like and submit”  from the professor, was in no mood to rush on that project. Once we came to know the professor expectation which was sky high to what we were planning to do, came the next schedule to load ourself with caffeine and accompany the owls ;). This being a topic less assignment , every member of the team comes up with a new and better idea each day of the week. Thus making it interesting to choose a good topic every day. and not doing any real assignment work any day :D. So once it was realised that this topic choosing is not gonna help any more. A topic has been finalized atlast. Hope we get make a better presentation than the games design stuff.

The Team PlusOrange @ wrk

Whoa time does fly.

29 08 2009

When people say this word , it dosent make a big statment on me. Usually i guess they are trying to exaggerate. Well seem like its time for me to take part in it too. Time does fly. It been a months still ive been dropped on singapore , still feels like noting more than few days. I would love to say its the classes that keep me busy and make me forget time :D, sadly its jus 3 hrs per day and that too in the late evening. So cant blame the classes for the time too.

After the two weeks of roaming singapore and proving to parents i am really in singapore 😉 not anywhere else , it was time to take on the real deal for which i had come to singapore. Classes starts :(.   One can call the classes the most laziest class one can attend. The notes would be available online , so there would be no need to take notes . Any extra explanation provided by professor on class are also made available online. As if this is not enough , you are allowed to enter and exit the lecture anytime.  All these makes one feel pity on the person standing in front and trying hard to teach his knowledge and people leaving hall just to attend calls from there girl friends.

Our course registration was scheduled for the day after the class starts. So it was like anyone can attend the classes. Off we went to the first class of the year. With the classes starting its a interesting 3 hrs to spend . The classes are so condensed tat the entire course is completed in jus 20 classes.,  tat includes a couple of assignments for each subject tat we cant make the head or tail of , project and also directed reading. So first class was nothing more than listening to the lecture and coming back to room. So as the day arrived for us to register for the courses, had a tuff time waking up in the morning to register, found our that there were lots more of ppl who were just like me trying to register first. After fighting the 404 pages for more than 4 hours the courses were finally registered, leaving behind the project and reading.

After a hard days work on registering for the courses decided to have a break before looking  into projects some time later. And then started the first official classes of the year. The topic being more course focussed makes it more intresting , also not understanding a topic makes a dominis effect, which rules out sleeping in class . People happily leave the lecture and sleep in the comfort of bed in room rather than sleep in lecture hall. The lectures were too interesting to even miss them. The week so passed with classes in the evening and sleep all morning. As weekend arrived it was time to search project , contact professor , make discussion , finalise .  Got finalised for a project and a directed reading module atlast.

Second week made me realize what i have stepped into. Started getting assignments and completion dates , also got the documents for the preparation of reading and project. Something learnt from my two year in company worked out for me. What to do when u are under too much pressure. Just stop caring about the problem and start thinking about it one by one. Seem to work out well. Also got our student pass processed this time, allowing us to stay in singapore for the next 2 years. Why is that they give us a 2 year pass for a 1 year course? just hope the couse does not drag  on for two years.

Its time to start studying ………

Out of India and into Singapore

5 08 2009

Events started falling into place so quick. Too many things and too little time, but as things went its all over at last. Got to know i have been shortlisted for admission on may , Confirmed of admission on june. This set the things in motion. Now came the time of picking up the right college, as i had 3 offers in my hand . 2 offers for MBA in india , one from a brand new institution Indian Business School other form SRM . Though the first was easy to neglect. Choosing between second and third was noose around the neck. Parents pulling me back to india and me trying for sgpore. So atlast it was Singapore the winner

Clock started ticking. Ppl around me more nervous then i am. Trying to figure out where to go for med check , find out the money ,how much to carry , fee , apply loan etc. And so arrived the D day, time to leave for singapore. Flight agent booked ticket on air india express. Expected express to be better than air india, i was in for a surprise. It was actually worser than the air buses that run our city . After 4 hrs stuffed into the cramped into the metal sausage breathed the foreign air .

First thing noticed as orderliness . Whole of singapore has been built to help anyone to travel easily, linked with a wide network of buses and trains , with detailed travels routes in every station.Everything here followed a rule. Its like follow the rule or pay the price. A good way to keep ppl from many countries organized and happy. Took a taxi and found out benz and used as taxi here 😐  . Drivers having more LCD screen to watch than the ppl from matrix movz. Theres a smile on every employee you can come across, Make me think they are paid for the fake smile too. Everything here is interlinked. One need not carry money at all. He can manage with the cards alone. starting with the ezlink for transport to cash card and nets for purchase.

At last , The NTU which has been a electronic university till now come to view. Collecting the keys to our room and in we go . Notin much of a difference when it comes to room . As the day started came to realise that we landed on a sunday. No shops meaning no food to eat. After lots of searching and help from a schoolmate who is here for quite some time found a lone 24hr shoppe. Taking out some bread and juices off the shelves made sure had enough to take through the day.

While exploring the college site found out it has more than 14 canteens . Was eager to check out each and every one it . So as the next day started the search began and sadly found most of them to be chinese with dishes having names that i have yet to pronounce correctly. After a search found a couple of indian restaurants , happily helped my mouth forget the taste of dry bread.  Comparing to india everything here seems cheap . Until we do the math of conversion from dollars to indian rupee. Thats the point heart weeps. Trying to spend 100rs on a plate of paratha , 40 rs on a can of coke . Feel like settling for bread and butter itself.

After few days of heart weeping found out the rythm . Wake up late morning and have a brunch with bread butter and milk. Then leave for roaming singapore . Come back check into the indian restaurant and finish the dinner. As days pass its time to check out others stalls in the campus. McD and Subway were next. not bad for a 5$ meal .Decided not to convert dollars to rupees anymore. Spend dollars as dollars and ruppes as rupees :).  best policy to follow

A night at my estate

31 05 2009

Its been more than a decade since i had chance to stay at my estate for a night.  Got the chance for tat this month, when a me and my friend planned for a trip to estate. Decided to make the most of it .  Started with a trekking , a swin in a river , a night walk in search of some bears and yes a very hearty meal after everything outing  :D.  So was the climate, Just perfect .