Nov 2014

TPRAWKS Day 3 – Grand finale of Awesomeness!

Alas, in the blink of an eye we’ve come to the much dreaded final day of TPRAWKs. For us, the end of TPRAWKS doesn’t mean tears. Instead, we like to sit back and recall all the fond memories over the past three days spent with you, awesome Rawkers!

Day Three, as with all the other days, was nothing short of awesome! We had the last part of our TP XPeriences:





After lunch came part one of the most anticipated activity on Day Three’s amazing programme- Mediacorp Channel 5 meet-and-greet session.  We were definitely seeing stars when the cast from Mata Mata and other Mediacorp shows joined us to bring the house down. Needless to say, the energy in the Temasek Convention Centre (TCC) was off the hook! If you were hearing a buzzing sound in your ear right after that segment, then you heard right! *pun intended* Seriously though, if there’s one thing the folks from Mediacorp got down pat, it’s entertaining. From singing to dancing to doing what they do best, acting, they got us entertained all throughout!





Now if you though Day Three couldn’t get any better, then you sure were in for a giant treat! Next up was Jam and Hop or what I affectionately term, ‘Bust a move and don’t stop geddit geddit’! Our very own Music Vox kicked off the event followed by local music heavyweights The Goodfellas and the DJ Kzee. Fist pumping and feet tapping ensued as everyone grooved to the sounds of the musical maestros.




The past three days have been awesome, crazy, rawking, but best of all, the MOST MEMORABLE. The cheers, games, Rawker’s Challenge, XPs, Jam & Hop, and everything else in between – those are now precious memories we all share together. And, for that, we thank you AWESOME RAWKERS. Whether or not our paths will cross again, we do not know. But know that we will forever hold you guys close to our hearts! All the best for your “O” levels and here’s to creating more AWESOME memories together!




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Nov 2014

TPRAWKS 2014 Day 2 – Even the rain can’t stop us from RAWKING!

It’s Day Two of TPRAWKS! You’ve made it past the first day and we trust you’ve had a ball of a time thus far. If Day One’s fun and activities were anything to go by, Day Two and Three promise to be so much more!


Despite the gloomy weather, Day Two kicked off in high spirits as cheers from RAWKERS were heard echoing throughout the campus. A big part of TPRAWKS is giving participants a slice of TP life and that was exactly how Day Two began with RAWKERS being whisked off for the TP Xperience tours at our various academic schools.

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The tours included visits to our state-of-the-art facilities such as the Mediabiz studios and the flight simulators at the West Wing. It was at the above facilities that students were given the chance to be television presenters and pilots for a day.

First up was the mediabiz studio. It was a truly joyous sight as RAWKERS took turns at honing their presentation skills in front of a camera similar to ones used in actual productions. And some of them were pretty good might I add! So RAWKERS if any of you were to become famous presenters one day, do not forget the writer who had mentioned your talents!


Up next, RAWKERS had the chance to try their hand at flying an aircraft. Whilst we could not let them physically fly a plane, we gave them the next best experience through the use of our amazing flight simulators. Individuals were given the chance to experience first-hand the thrill of taking off and landing an aircraft. A seemingly simple activity proved to be extremely difficult as participants found out just how sensitive the controls were. Despite the relatively low level of successful take offs and landings, they were visibly buoyed by the experience.

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Having worked up an appetite from all the fun activities, the RAWKERS broke for lunch. The unrelenting wet weather however threatened to put an end to the most anticipated event of the day; dragon boating. With the rain continuing to pour, all activities after lunch were confined to the indoors of the Sports Hall.



The RAWKERS must have prayed really hard for good weather though, as in the late afternoon the rain stopped and conditions were given the all clear for a bout of dragon boating at Bedok Reservoir!

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Now, before I bore all of you to sleep, I shall stop here and leave it to the daily highlight reel to further describe the rest of the activities from Day Two of TPRAWKS. The rain may have slightly dampened the mood today, but rest assured the best activities of Day Three are INDOORS! So are you guys ready to meet the gorgeous cast of Mata Mata and RAWK out at jam and hop tomorrow? We sure hope you are! So rest well peeps and we’ll catch you on Day Three!

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Nov 2014

TPRAWKS 2014 Day 1 – Andddd we’re off to a RAWKING start!

The event of the year, the most anticipated post-O level camp, the reason you’ll be seeing AWESOME for three straight days is finally here!

Before you get caught in the mayhem that’s TPRAWKS, give yourself a resounding pat on your back for you will be surviving three days of excitement, cheering, singing and dancing!

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Every year at TPRAWKS, we witness this sort of crazy and electrifying energy. Even the rain that poured and thunder that roared during the second half of Day One couldn’t dampen the spirits of our Rawkers.

Queues snaked all around the Temasek Convention Centre (TCC) as waves of Rawkers arrived at TP. While they faces portrayed a mix of smiles and nervousness, their minds were probably filled with frenzied thoughts questioning TP Students’ state of mind – are they always this full of life at 8am in the morning?!

However, those thoughts soon disappeared once they were placed in their groups – Pop Rawk, Glam Rawk, Fusion Rawk, Punk Rawk, Brit Rawk and Grunge Rawk. Each group would visit a different combination of schools where they would be able to witness the widest possible range of specialisations and disciplines that TP has to offer in an activity called XPs.

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The morning was off to a rousing start as the Rawkers were welcomed by their Pack Leaders and Colour Leaders. The cheers were wild, crazy and insanely loud. After a series of Ice Breakers, the Rawkers were ushered off to various parts of the campus for the Rawkers’ Challenge. Suffice to say, the cheering and screaming followed!

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Day One also saw Rawkers learning the TP Mass Dance but you know what? Why don’t you check out the video below to see all the highlights from today! You guys have been an awesome bunch and we’re looking forward to a RAWKING two more days with you! Dragonboating, hip-hop dancing, XPs, MediaCorp stars and our signature Jam & Hop – all these and more await you over the next two days! So rest up Rawkers and we’ll see you again tomorrow!


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Nov 2014

Who knew paintings could come to life?!

Feeding giraffes and dodging vicious crocodiles are activities you would usually associate with while on a safari in Africa. We on the other hand, were lucky to do so in the comforts of an air-conditioned museum. How you ask? Read on to find out more about our fun filled trip to the Alive Museum at Suntec City!

Before we get into the fun side of things, let me give you a little bit of background information on the amazing lifelike works of art at the Alive Museum. Having started off in South Korea in 2009, the exhibits have taken the world by storm. Broken up into three categories, Trick Art, Digital Art and Object Art, visitors are spoilt for choice as to which exhibits they want to pose for pictures with. It’s the trick art though, that has become a hot favourite amongst visitors. Ordinary paintings at first glance, these exhibits actually are three dimensional in nature and give visitors the impression that they have come to “life”. So how do they achieve this amazing feat?

A chat with the operations supervisor at the Alive Museum, Nick Pineda, reveals more. “Prior to the painting of each piece, a lot of research is done to ensure they look as real as possible. The original artists also came all the way down to Singapore to replicate the works that are displayed in Korea.” Visitors take note; this ensures you get the same experience as those who head down to the original Alive Museum in Korea!

To top things off, the Alive Museum also has exhibits which feature nine iconic local sights. Examples include the Merlion and the Singapore skyline as viewed from Marina Bay Sands. The trick art painting portraying the skyline in particular was a feast for the eyes!  #spoileralert

With such amazing exhibits on display, it’s only natural for visitors to want to pose with them for amazing pictures. Are there any tips though on getting those Instagram perfect pictures?  The ever affable Nick is quick to offer us an answer. “No you don’t need to have any particular type of camera to take nice pictures. A mobile phone would be good too. We have placed signs around each exhibit indicating how visitors should pose and where people taking pictures should stand to get the best angle.”  Sure sounds like the museum has gone the extra mile to ensure visitors have the best possible experience!

Now for the bit I am sure you all have been waiting for. Which exhibits are the most popular and the best to have your picture taken with? “The most popular exhibits are the boat, where people can sit in to take pictures, the giraffe, the crocodiles and the giant baby” shares Nick. So that folks; was how we went on our little “safari” at Suntec City. Okay so not exactly an exotic African safari, but you get the idea!

Our visit to the Alive Museum was nothing short of amazing and a special mention must be given to their team for guiding us throughout our trip there and answering all our questions readily. The icing on the cake though is the fact that the Alive Museum is offering promotional prices for their tickets to students! With the flash of your student IDs, you can purchase tickets for a discounted price of fifteen dollars. The above offer is only valid on weekdays and expires on 31st December 2014. So go on, pay the Alive Museum a visit and you just might have an amazing adventure like we did!

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Oct 2014

E + E: The internship adventures of Elaine and Eve

The following blog post was written by Elaine Tan and Eve Lock, final-year students from the Diploma in Communications & Media Management. This post recounts their internship experience at the Public Service Division’s Communications and Strategic Relations (CSR) cluster. Photo credits: Public Service Division (PSD).

Elaine and Eve’s final reflections
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September marked the close of a six-month adventure for final-year Temasek Polytechnic whizzes Elaine Tan and Eve Lock. As interns with the Communications and Strategic Relations (CSR) cluster of the Public Service Division (PSD), the pair spent an invigorating (and exhausting) six months involved in a host of content production projects. Check out the inimitable final-day reflections of these self-described “partners-in-crime.”

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Kaboom. Here it is – the last day of my six-month internship with PSD. Though I feel the same as I did on my first day – paperwork panic mixed with a tingling sense of excitement, with a hint of reluctance – I’ve learned so much here, and will leave with many fond memories.

As an intern, I produced content for PSD’s social media platforms, from videos and posters to infographics. These projects took me all over Singapore, visiting many different public agencies and meeting a variety of public officers with interesting stories to share. I’ve seen the inside of Changi Control Tower, woken up at 2am to film the inspection of poultry at Tuas Checkpoint and seen precious, 100-year-old national artefacts. However, it was the public officers’ stories – their passion, words of inspiration and hard work – that left the deepest impression.

“…it was the public officers’ stories – their passion, words of inspiration and hard work – that left the deepest impression.”

Someone once told me that when you’re young, time is all you have to exchange for experience and knowledge. The time I’ve spent at CSR has given me a treasure chest of experiences. It was an eye-opening journey and I had the privilege of working with many talented individuals who were generous with their feedback, motivation and snacks! I’m very grateful for their warmth and helpfulness. They pushed me to expand my knowledge and become better at my work.

Thank you, Temasek Polytechnic, for giving me this internship opportunity. Thank you, PSD colleagues, fellow interns and supervisors, for guiding me and making this internship a memorable one. Finally, here’s a big bear hug for my partner-in-crime, Eve, without whom I wouldn’t have survived! – Elaine Tan

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Ever since I was young, I’ve always liked listening to and documenting stories. These simple joys are very much tied to my interest in writing, photography and videography. Through my six-month internship with CSR, I was exposed to many memorable and eye-opening experiences that helped me to become a better story-teller.

The interns at CSR work mainly on content production. This includes video production, event coverage, writing, photography and so on. In a typical week, we may be out on shoots around Singapore or at our desk working on Final Cut Pro or Photoshop. In crafting our stories, we’ve met many inspiring public officers and visited numerous public agencies. We’ve walked on the airport apron, followed an inspection team aboard an empty passenger plane and even viewed protected national artefacts!

One of the memorable projects that we’ve been working on is a video series called P.S. I Love You (http://on.fb.me/1rzJDsL and http://on.fb.me/1rGorBG). It seeks to show the passion that public officers have for serving others. I recall meeting Mdm Faridah Hussain, a Student Health Advisor with the Health Promotion Board. Through our interview, I learned more about her sense of purpose and commitment to the Public Service. I love meeting people who are passionate about their work because they inspire me to try harder.

“I love meeting people who are passionate about their work because they inspire me to try harder.”

I’m also grateful for the opportunity to work with many creative individuals as well as with interns from other tertiary institutions. Here’s a special shout-out to Elaine, my fellow intern and course-mate from Temasek Polytechnic! Together, we’re like Tom and Jerry. We annoy each other, but we get things done. :P

My internship has helped me gain insights into the Public Service and enabled me to grow as a person. Thank you, PSD! – Eve Lock

The Public Service Division (PSD) is the central people agency of the Singapore Public Service. Its work impacts some 139,000 public officers working in 16 Ministries and more than 50 Statutory Boards. To learn more about PSD, visit www.psd.gov.sg and www.facebook.com/PSDSingapore.

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