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To All May 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Moses @ 03:20

Hello friends,

It’s been a long while since I’ve seen most of you. I’ve been a cavemen studying my ass off and now its time to GET WASTED!! (For those who’s still having exams I’m sorry but obama hates you that’s why your exams’ not over yet. Don’t worry, you’ll do well alright!!)

So, from now until someday in August, I’LL BE FREE TO GET WASTED!! If you have some crazy ideas like cycling ALL THE WAY to M’sia or BURNING DOWN THE PHYSICS DEPARTMENT in NUS, let me know.

For those who had supported me during NUSSU pageant, my sincerest thanks. I know this appreciation came 4 months late, I AM SORRY, I LAG A LOT BECAUSE I SPENT MOST OF MY RESOURCES PROCESSING PHYSICS EQUATIONS. I am thinking of organising something so that we can all have fun!! The focus shouldn’t be on me but ALL OF YOU who had been great friends. I hope you’ll make yourself available some time around 16 May? Take your time to consider. It’s not compulsory but don’t regret when you see pictures of naked hot babes and hunks on facebook. 😀

Attached below is a link to the video for NUSSU pageant. It’s not very long and quite entertaining (with hot chicks and top naked hunks) so if holidays too boring and you can’t muster the courage to ask moses out, you can find some entertainment laughing at Moses.

http://www.razor.tv/site/servlet/segment/main/lifestyle/21436.html;jsessionid=EB8B292C8DD50FF82395F9E9A3FB4CDE.01

For the rest who didn’t support me during NUSSU pageant, obama will struck you down you piece of shit. F****R. #$%$#%*!#$%$%^%&$*^%$#%$^* 😛 You know I’m just kidding. LET’S HAVE SOME GATHERING!!!! Miss those days man!!!! SCIENCE RAG DANCERS 07!!!! THOSE TRAININGS WERE SO HORRIBLE I FORGOT ABOUT YOU GUYS. OMG I AM SO SORRY. hahaha. BUT ME STILL HEART U ALL K. LETS GO OUT!!!! CK and gang, riding everywhere and camping in sentosa. SHAWN AND MEL AND BEN AND KUMAR AND GANG. omg. CHINAMAN!!!! REMEMBER PUKING AND PEEING OUTSIDE MY CHALET CAUSE WE DIDNT HAVE ENOUGH TOILETS. and JC friends er. wad did we do again? haha. GONG JIAO!! woohoo!! cat high days were wicked. (Jieli I still remember you pushed me off from my chair during class FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON and embarassed me in class) SHEARES FRIENDS, sorry ive been staying my room most of the time. erm. we’ll start having memories 😀 ke7!! ok i was studying most of the time too haha. we’ll make new memories!! PHYSICS FRIENDS. (YEOYE SUCKS) MAN. PHYSICS WAS MY LOVE. erm. haha. but now all of you are!!!! pageant friends, wow. i still get the rush when i remember us on stage. all of you were so nice and all. and all the tiring preparations. how can we forget simylan 😛 ARMY FRIENDS. wow. pls. dont let me relive the nightmares. ES2007s ppl, you guys were great. we must continue to hang out. AND THE REST OF YOU MISCELLANEOUS FRIENDS hahaaha sorry I really have bad memories. WE SHOULD ALL GATHER TO RELIVE THOSE DAYS (like all old men like to do at coffeeshops) OKAY!!!!

Those of you heartless creeps who’d deleted my number, its – if you want to find me. The kind moses would not struck you down. (:

I MUST SAY THIS AGAIN, I AM FREE UNTIL AUGUST. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ASK ME OUT OR I WILL ROT AT HOME. HAVE A NICE WEEKWEND AHEAD!!!!

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5 minutes management course lol1001 May 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Moses @ 04:34

I must say, this isn’t my work and the person who first thought of this is quite original. So sit back, relax, light a cigarette and drink a beer.

 

 

Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.

The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.

When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbour.

Before she says a word, Bob says, ‘I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.’

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.

The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, ‘Who was that?’

‘It was Bob the next door neighbour,’ she replies.

‘Great,’ the husband says, ‘did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?’


Moral of the story:

If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.


Lesson 2:

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.

They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, ‘I’ll give each of you just one wish.’

‘Me first! Me first!’ says the admin clerk. ‘I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.’
Puff! She’s gone.

‘Me next! Me next!’ says the sales rep. ‘I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.’

Puff! He’s gone.

‘OK, you’re up,’ the Genie says to the manager.
The manager says, ‘I want those two back in the office after lunch.’

Moral of the story:

Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 3

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.

A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, ‘Can I also sit like you and do nothing?’ The eagle answered: ‘Sure, why not.’

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.


Lesson 4

A turkey was chatting with a bull.

‘I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree’ sighed the turkey, ‘but I haven’t got the energy.’
‘Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?’ replied the bull. They’re packed with nutrients.’

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.


Moral of the story:

Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there..


Lesson 5

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.

While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.

The dung was actually thawing him out!

He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.
A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.

Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.


Morals of the story:

(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.

(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your
friend.

(3) And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep
your mouth shut!

THUS ENDS THE FIVE MINUTE MANAGEMENT COURSE

DO MAKE THE FULL USE OF WHAT YOU HAVE LEANRT

 

Final Reflections on ES2007 April 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Moses @ 01:23

 

 

This world would only be so small if an individual do not communicate with the rest of the world.

 

lonely-world 

 

A lonely world is a sad world. Communicating with the other people out there, expands our horizons and makes us realise how wonderful this world really is. With effective communication skills, we are empowered to see this world through the eyes of many others and feel, with their hearts. This is the power of effective communication – what I believe before taking this module and after taking this module, this belief has only been strengthened.

 

In this course, Brad has shared with us many experiences which most of us would never have known otherwise. What we have learnt is more than the science of communication. We have understood from him both the verbal, non-verbal and written aspects of communication and how to be mindful of them. We have seen Russia, America, Japan and other parts of the world and their culture through his eyes.

 

russians

america

 

Perhaps I should rephrase myself. He gave the class the opportunity to see all these through everyone’s eyes. We have learnt how to prepare ourselves to get the job we desire and how to excel with the aid of effective communication.

 

The most valuable skill I have acquired in this module is how to seek resources to solve communication problems. Now, I am able to maximize the use of the course textbook, skill builders and the internet to make communication more effective. As I foresee myself being active in the research world in the future working with people from all over the world, I believe this course has been very beneficial.

 

First of all, my chances of getting into the research organisation I desire has increased because I have learnt how to craft my resume specially for the organisation and prepare myself adequately for the interview.

 

Secondly, I would be able to communicate with people from different backgrounds more effectively. I have learnt where to seek resources that tells me more about their culture and thus, to prevent possible cultural conflicts. In addition, I have learnt how to break down barriers to active listening with my colleagues.

 

Thirdly, the writing skills I have acquired through this course would allow me to write professional reports which would be easier to understand and thus more effective in communicating my ideas.

 

Lastly, with my honed presentation skills, presenting research findings would no longer be a boring affair. With good presentation slides, adequate projection of voice with enthusiasm and positive non-verbal communication, I am sure my colleagues would look forward to my presentations and see the sub-atomic world that I see.

 

presentation 

 

The amount of things I have learnt and experienced through this short duration is so much that my post would go on forever. My only regret is that this module is too short. If only this module can be lengthened, I believe I would be able to learn so much more from Brad and my lovely classmates. The course may be over but the bonds we have created would stay and so would the effective communication skills all of us have acquired. Thank you so much everyone. Thank you.

 

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Presentation on the Implementation of PALS in NUS April 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Moses @ 20:08

The presentation of conclusions and recommendations from the research project marked (almost) the end of the professional communication module ES2007S. My group delivered the presentation on 07 April 2009 at 1215 noon in S9A-02-01 to our classmates simulated to be members of the Office of Estate and Development. My presentation was on the benefits of implementing PALS in NUS. The following was a self-evaluation on my presentation based on language use, speech, preparation, non-verbal cues and the usage of visual aid.

 

On my language, I thought I had a fair attempt overall. My sentence formation and pattern variety, grammar, words accuracy and style were fine. My vocabulary was limited to simple words because I wanted to make my speech as easy to understand as possible.

 

Recalling the presentation, I thought my delivery on the whole was not very ideal. First, I had to rely on a script which was too large (A4 size) and it was rather obvious to the audience that preparation was done last minute. Secondly, my spoken English was not very fluent and I stressed on the wrong syllables. Thirdly, however, even though I spoke rather fast, my volume was audible. Hence it made the presentation slightly better because at least the audience could hear what I was saying and probably received some of the messages I tried to bring across. Fourthly, I was not able to speak very enthusiastically regarding the subject due to nervousness. Lastly, I thought my attempt at initiating some interaction with my audience was alright. I requested them to lift up their hands and feel the insignificant weight of air before I told them that we could reduce an astonishing 4344 kg of carbon dioxide a year simply by implementing PALS in S12 to S15.

 

In order for a presentation to be successful, there must be ample preparation and rehearsals. However, due to severe time constraints, preparation was limited to only 2 short meetings and my speech was only prepared an hour before the presentation, which was too little. The aforementioned mistakes were due to lack of preparation and rehearsal. These problems could have been prevented by having ample preparation. Rehearsals could have been done to an audience, before the actual presentation, and feedbacks gathered to improve on the speech. This way, I would have been better prepared and more confident on my speech.

 

On my non-verbal cues, I stood stiffly in front of my audience most of the time. Perhaps a good point was that I faced the audience straight and had some eye contact. However, I thought I lacked meaningful and fitting gestures which again were due to inadequate preparation.

 

There was minimum visual aid because I wanted the audience to pay attention to my speech instead of reading words off the screen. I had only key numbers shown on the screen in large fonts so as to add impact to my points. I hoped this had helped placed more focus on my speech.

 

In conclusion, my presentation on PALS was not very ideal. I could have done better given more time for preparation and rehearsals. However, I had learnt many things on how to give the ideal presentation and this was an invaluable and interesting experience. Thank you for your teachings and the opportunities Mr. Brad. (:

 

Moses Khoo Shao Ting March 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Moses @ 00:43

Moses – is my given name. Despite being a modern Chinese Singaporean, my values and beliefs are deeply rooted in the traditional Chinese culture. I value morals, integrity and justice. I believe that rewards come after true determination just like the Chinese saying “yǒu zhì zhě, shì jìng chén” which means “where there is a will, there is a way”. I believe success is based on three fundamental constituents – “right time”, “right place” and “right people” which is “tian shí”, “dì lì” and “rén hé” in Chinese. I believe in working hard and smart for what I hope to achieve.

I enjoy reading and going to the beach when I have the time to spare. My choice of reading usually revolves around fantasy fictions, fashion and science magazines and chinese novels. I enjoy reading books of these genres because they allow me to relax my mind and set imaginations taking off in my very own space.

Currently, I am pursuing undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science with Honours (B.Sc.) in National University of Singapore (NUS). I am a second year Physics major and would very much like to go into theoretical Physics. I often dream that I would have my own research laboratory one day. I stay in Sheares Hall, one of the in-campus accommodations and participate actively in Sheares Dance. I had performed in both minor and major concerts such as Dance Uncensored and Inter-Culture Night. I also participated in the NUS Faculty of Science Pageant 07/08, NUS King Edward VII Hall Pageant 08/09 and NUSSU Inter-Faculty Pageant 09/10 and emerged as the winner in all the three pageants.

Prior to coming NUS, I worked as a credit card street promoter for OCBC before and also as a relief teacher in Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School for a period of 3 months. I had also served as an armour infantry officer during National Service and held the position of Battalion DyS4 which functions both as the Company 2 IC and Battalion Deputy Logistic Head.

Contrary to what some may think, the greatest achievement in my life is not to win 3 pageants consecutively in NUS but rather, the fact that I am who I am now. This may sound very ordinary because everyone would say that it is no easy feat being who they are now too. However, I think I might have put in a little more effort than the average undergraduate considering that fact that I almost got expelled from my secondary school in my third year due to poor academic results and that I was a massive 125 kg asthmatic boy who could not even complete a 1 km run. From an L1R5 aggregate of 48 for mid-year assessment, I managed to get 29 for Preliminary ‘O’ levels and finally 16 for my actual ‘O’ levels examination. From 125 kg, I managed to bring my weight down to 75 kg. All these were achieved through pure determination and constant self-reminder that there are always more to learn. To me, confidence is not pre-requisite to success; determination and humility is.

 

Barriers to Active Listening in Romantic Relationships March 19, 2009

Filed under: ES2007S Post — Moses @ 12:51
The following is a hypothetical relationship to illustrate the various barriers to active listening which may lead to misunderstandings and unhappiness. The problems mentioned below were not referenced from any particular sources and any resemblances to real life situations are purely coincidental.

Neo is a very typical undergraduate in Matrix University of Computing Technology (MUCT). His main objective in university is solely to get good academic grades thus he does not participate in many school events. He does not like to capture too much attention and is often seen to be in black shades and black trench coat.

Neo the Undergraduate

Neo the Undergraduate

In his freshman year, he met Trinity in the Matrix Hall of Residence where both of them were staying in. They got to know each other during the hall bash after Trinity chatted him up with a weird pick-up line saying “I know what you’ve been doing… why you hardly sleep, why you live alone, and why night after night, you sit by your computer night after night. You’ve been looking for me. I am Trinity”.

Trinity the Hot Babe

Trinity the Hot Babe

Neo had always thought that Trinity was a guy but seeing that she was hot and sexy, he decided to go after her and finally they got together. A few months into the relationship, Neo starts to see things differently.

New Perception

New Perception

He realises that this relationship is far from his ideals but he decides that Trinity is a good-natured girl and he likes her, particularly more when she says nothing at all. His friend Morpheus,

Morpheus Offers Help

Morpheus Offers Help

whom is teaching effective communication in MUCT, shared with him about active listening and he decides to compile a list of problems pertaining to communication and seek his friends’ suggestions. The following is the list he compiled.

 

Physiological Barrier

None.

 

Environmental Barrier

When Neo is out with Trinity, he finds that most of the time Trinity is always wearing sunglasses and either talking on the phone or constantly looking at the surroundings. As a result conversations are always lacking eye-contact and often one-sided. He begins to wonder if he is too boring. However, when he is out with his own friends, people would always pay attention to him and comment that he is always doing the craziest things. For that reason, he cannot understand why Trinity does not enjoy talking to him.

When Neo and Trinity are not together and he has to look for her, he would try to contact her through her mobile phone but she rarely picks up the call. He has spoken to her about this issue and Trinity would apologise, explaining that she did not hear the phone ring. However Neo argues that since she is always on the phone her friends, she should know when he calls her. She would always explain that she was busy with something or she really did not hear the phone ring. Neo decides not to argue anymore and just keep the dissatisfaction to himself. As a result, he is always in a bad mood and vents his frustrations at Trinity.

 

Emotional Barrier

Trinity is always telling Neo that even though he is The One, she feels insecure because he has many girls constantly surrounding him. Neo would always assure her his social circle consists of both guys and girls. However, Trinity is always bothered by the fact that he has many female friends and very sensitive when he interacts with them. He is very tired of her constant questioning and decides to just ignore her, causing communication to break down.

 

Socio-cultural Barrier

Trinity, counter to what the name suggests, is a Hindu. Neo, on the contrary, believes that this world is not real but a computer program created to keep the human race under Artificial Intelligence’s control.

The Human Race Under Control

Neo's Idea of The True World

Trinity thinks Neo is crazy and he should go to her temple. Her constant persuasion makes Neo very frustrated and his attempts to reason with her always fall onto deaf ear. This has led to quarrels whenever Trinity brings up the issue of beliefs.

 

Mental Barrier

Neo has been studying hard and managed to get a cumulative aggregate point (CAP) of 5.1, even though he often falls asleep in classes. His tutors always throw chalks at him, but mysteriously, none of them would ever hit him. On top of that, he is also a martial arts expert and the fastest runner in MUCT. He believes his way of studying and doing things is very efficient  effective and thinks Trinity should follow suit too. When he thinks she is doing things in an inefficient manner, he would always try to suggest his method. When Trinity would not oblige, he would often get angry and think that Trinity is not smart enough to understand him.

 

After compiling the list, Neo realises that he has a very bad temper as he finds himself constantly getting angry over minute details. However, he also thinks that Trinity should listen to him some times when he tries to reason with her. Recently, Trinity has resorted to slapping, kicking, punching, stabbing and

One of Trinity's Way to Solve Problems

One of Trinity's Way to Solve Problems

shooting to get him to listen to her instead. Fortunately, he has been able to dodge all her attacks so far.

Neo Dodges Attacks

Neo Dodges Attacks

However, frustrated that he cannot solve the problems himself, he decides to put up this blog post and seek his friends’ help while hoping that Trinity would not see this.

As all of you can see, Neo is in a very bad spot. On one hand, he loves Trinity but on the other hand, they are facing many communication barriers and Trinity is turning abusive. Please do take a while to think of possible solutions for my poor fictional character. Thank you.

 

Evaluating Intercultural Behaviour March 1, 2009

Filed under: ES2007S Post — Moses @ 16:02
 The festival of Holi is celebrated in most parts of India during February-March in the month of Phalguna in the Hindi calender. On the day of Holi, the Indians, regardless of caste and creed, mingle together and exchange colours with the usage of tools and tricks to spray, paint and drown friends and relatives in colours.
Even the dogs are not spared.

Even the dogs are not spared.

 
During my National Service, I was part of a bilateral exercise between Singapore and India. It coincided with the festival of Holi and we had a chance to experience this extraordinary Holi day. Training was not scheduled for the day and we were invited to an Indian Officer’s house for celebrations.
 
NS boys, being boys, look forward to ANY party!

NS boys, being boys, look forward to ANY party!

 

 Even though this is our first Holi day, it did not take us long to get our engines started, …
 
Coloured and drunk!

Coloured and drunk!

our spirits high and faces coloured!

Initially we were having fun among ourselves but before long, the Indians started ‘attacking’ us. A fullfledged ‘war’ immediately broke out. Initially a few of us thought they were making fun of us because all the Indians we cheering when we got ‘attacked’ so we left the ‘war zone’ and took a break at the tents where they served traditional indian snacks and indian beer. At that time, I felt a little angry with the Indians. Our superior CPT Joe who understood what was happening came over and told us that they meant no harm. In fact, their ‘attack’ was an act of friendliness and wishes of blessings! We finally understood and re-entered the ‘battlefield’. The Indians were very sporting and in no time we started a very intense ‘war’. Our weapons included coloured power and pails of cold coloured water. In the end everyone emerged as the winner.

After the ‘war’, all of us were tired and retired into the tent. Now that we were in the same tent as the Indians, we finally had a chance to interact with them. It turned out that the Indians were high ranking officers!

At first, we thought the Indians were just workers for the Indian officer as they were casually dressed. This is a common but unjustifiable stereotype because in Singapore, the Indian construction workers dressed similarly. We had ignorantly assumed that they were workers too due to the similarily in dressing. We should never pass judgement on people simply due to stereotypes as this may lead to misunderstandings and poor communication.

It was a good thing we did not retaliate negatively initially. From our conversations, we realised that the Indians were very happy that we joined them in their celebrations for this festival. We were very grateful towards their hospitality and the occassion ended in a joyful tone.

 

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We danced, Indian style.

 

Looking back, it really was a good thing we did not turn this happy occasion into something nasty. After checking the background of the Holi festival online, the Indians did want to wish us well.

“Also, actually in India, it is not easy to become an officer. Other than good military performances, they also have to belong to a higher caste of Indians. The fact that they did not mind interacting with us, the low ranking officers, is another proof of their goodwill.” The quoted part was found in an earlier version of this post. I would like to apologise for an error in this part. The caste system in India is no longer as rigid. For instance, K. R. Narayanan, former President of India, was elected despite being an ‘untouchable’ at that point of time. For more information, you may visit this web page: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-7930983.html

I am very grateful for this extraordinary experience given to us by the Singapore Armed Forces and Indian Armed Forces. This bilateral exercise with India has allowed me to know more about our fellow Asian and greatly widened my horizons.