Pink Floyd – Wish you were here

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war,
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
Have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

I was kinda surprised when I read this news. Turtle actually came to Singapore to lay eggs? Wow….

Baby turtles rescued and returned to sea off Changi

A group of roller bladers had an unusual sighting at East Coast Park beach on Tuesday night which sparked off a little search that lasted about three hours.
The group checked the drains and combed the fields in the hope of rescuing turtle hatchlings which were making their way towards the jogging track and away from the sea.

The initial search party of seven people soon grew in size with volunteers from the Raffles Museum, Nature Society and other NGOs joining in.

After three hours, a total of 76 baby turtles were rescued from the track, drains and shore and released back into the waters off Changi Beach.

Rescuers said two of the hatchlings died. One will be preserved and added to the Raffles Museum’s Zoological Reference Collection.

Source: CNA

But something that kept me wondering. Why did the turtle hatchlings head towards the land and not the sea? I thought it is basic instinct that they head towards the sea. What happen?

I did a little search and found this.

Light can disorientate both the female turtle and the hatchlings. Nesting females avoid brightly lit beaches while hatchlings, attracted to the light, will head towards it instead of the sea.

Source: Arbec Turtle Conservation

Hmm….. Maybe the walkway lights confused the hatchlings.

Luckily for the 76 hatchlings, they were spotted and rescued…. don’t know if the others will be so lucky or not…..

My Secondary School’s concert band is having a performance at Esplanade.

Event: Yuhua Alumni Concert Band
Venue: Esplanade
Date & Time: Sunday 11 Jun 06, 3pm
Tickets: Free, No reservation, First Queue First Serve.

Winner of Singapore Youth Festival 2005 Concert Band Gold award ok…. Don’t play play…..

Those who know me in poly would know that I’m quite good in programming. I always score high marks for my programming project. But I never got a AD for any modules. Because my grades were being pulled down during the exam.

You see, I’m a practical guy. I learn things thru hands-on. I do things better when you give me a compiler and a sample rather than read from the books and notes. I still remember sometime in poly year 2 when I keep skipping COBOL lectures and tutorial. When assignment is here, I simply borrow a few sample tutorial answer from my friend, try out the coding with the compiler and I got an A for the assignment. I learn things better when I do trial and error.

But I’m never good at theory. I can write wonderful programs, but when you ask me to explain the concept in words, I’m dead. That’s why exams always pull my grades down.

But why exam? Why should we be graded based on a 3 hour written exam? What can an exam proof? Can it proof that you understand the subject? Can it proof that you know the concept? What skill do we gain from taking exam?

Most people study for exam by memorising the textbook. It is not the understanding of the subject. Its how much you can memorise. And trust me, I’ve seen people memorising the textbook WORD BY WORD, PAGE BY PAGE. You can even give them the page number and they can tell you what is the 3rd word on the 2nd paragraph!!!

This is the type of student that exam are breeding us into. It test us on our memory. On how much you can remember and how much you can throw into the answer booklet within that few hours. End of the day, its a test on memory, not on the subject.

Then there are some people who study past year paper and try to spot questions. In fact, tutors also encourage students to do that. The revision lecture will most likely contains questions and answer of previous exams and the tutors will often give his/her predictions of the type of questions that will come out. But, are we testing our knowedge of the subject or are we testing how well we can spot questions? Have you ever wonder why those ‘O’ and ‘A’ level 10 years series are selling like hotcakes?

Something is really wrong. Why are we being tested on our memory and skill of spotting questions when it should be testing our knowedge and how we apply it? I’ve seen people who score an A for programming subjects but still struggle with a “do while” loop.

So I went into the exam hall today with not much confidence. The whole entire paper is on theory. There is no programming or whatsoever. Just theory, plain old theory. And for that 3 hours, we are expected to throw on the answer booklet whatever we can remember from the 4 months of lessons.

Name 4 applications for XML
eeerr…. I can’t remember…. I think the notes say…. eerrr… skip first, come back later….

List down the 3 difference between DOM and SAX
AH!!! I remember this….
DOM is conceptually more difficult compared to SAX.
DOM is more readable and maintainable compared to SAX.
DOM need more memory for processing.

PERFECT ANSWER!! 6 marks.

But wait…. What is DOM? What is SAX?
What are the uses? When do you need to use it? How do you apply them?

I don’t know. I can score perfect 6 marks for questions related to DOM and SAX, but I don’t know what the heck is it.

But then, who cares? So long as you get the marks for that question, who cares if you don’t know what is it?


I don’t know how many people notice, but Starbucks’ barista will try to chat with you while you are waiting for them to prepare your drink. Don’t really remember coffee bean’s barista doing that.

But seriously, there isn’t anything to talk about with a barista…..

Went to MW Starbucks today. I know I’ve mentioned that I prefer coffee bean many times, but then, the only decent coffee joint at MW is Starbucks and TCC. And I’ve been to TCC last week. So I decided to go Starbucks. If only they have a coffee bean at MW too.

Anyway, the starbucks is rather empty. Maybe its weekday and near closing hour. I just wanted a cup of coffee to destress myself. So the barista tried to chat with me while preparing the cafe mocha.

Barista: How is your day?

Me: eeerr….

At that quick second, I wonder…. should I really tell her that I’m having a terrible day? I got a exam to take and my revision is not going fine. I got my dad and sis bugging me whole night and the reason why I’m at starbucks is because I badly need a cup of coffee to ease myself.

So you asking me how is my day?

The frank answer is, today is a rotten day. But then, so what if I tell you that I have a bad day? Will that coffee be FOC? Will you put extra whip cream on top? Or will you sit at my table and chat a few minutes with me?

I doubt so….

Me: Oh, its a fine day.

The Five Love Languages

My primary love language is probably
Physical Touch
with a secondary love language being
Quality Time.

Complete set of results

Physical Touch: 11
Quality Time: 7
Words of Affirmation: 6
Acts of Service: 4
Receiving Gifts: 0

Information

Unhappiness in relationships, according to Dr. Gary Chapman, is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. Sometimes we don’t understand our partner’s requirements, or even our own. We all have a “love tank” that needs to be filled in order for us to express love to others, but there are different means by which our tank can be filled, and there are different ways that we can express love to others.

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