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Will be going for my QET¹ tml morning at NTU. Unfortunately, I got a B4 for my GCE 'O' Level English, hence will need to take the test argh.

After the test, I will be going to Ikea with my roomie Wee Hian aka Willy Kuah for our hostel shopping! Our term are starting on the 6th of Aug so I guess I will be staying in my hostel over the weekdays and return home on weekends. Machiam like Army huh.

Anyway, I will buy getting new bedsheet, pillow, pillow case, blanket as the hostel does not provide them! Might need a table lamp too as the light there ain't sufficient enough.

¹ QET stands for Qualifying English Test. Taken from NTU web site.

Unless granted exemption, students admitted to all undergraduate courses of study in NTU are required to take the Qualifying English Test (QET), which determines whether they take English Proficiency as a subject of study.

(a) Students are exempted from the QET if they present any of the following:

General Paper of the Singapore Cambridge GCE 'A' Level Examination: A1, A2, B3, B4, C5, C6

English Language of the Singapore Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Examination (for Polytechnic graduates only): A1, A2, B3

IELTS: a minimum of 6 for the Writing sub-test.

TOEFL: a minimum of 570 and above (paper-based); or 237 and above (computer); or 90 and above (iBT).

SAT1: a minimum of 600 for the Verbal section or 7 for the Essay section

IB: a minimum of 6 for Higher level English.

MUET: Band 6 and a minimum of 50 for writing.

LPI (Language Proficiency Index): a minimum of Level 5

TEE (Tertiary Entrance Exam): a minimum of C for English (E004)


Weather Changing?

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Are you beginning to realise the change of weather this week? The weather has been cooling since beginning of last week until yesterday. Yes I'm referring to the Singapore weather, not the Singapore Stock Market¹.

Previously, I am able to survive the day without switching on the fan and without aircon in the night. However, ever since yesterday, the weather has been quite warm.

¹ Stocks stumbled over the past week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 4.2% on the week after experiencing two successive sell-off sessions -- 312 points on Thursday, and 208 points on Friday. That was the worst week for the Dow since March 2003, and it ended up leaving the blue-chip average down 1% for the month so far, just one week after it closed above 14,000 for the first time. The Dow still sits on a gain of 6.4% for the year. In Singapore, the ST Index opened down 107.32 points at 3,472.41.


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About The Blogger

Collin had quited from his Engineering studies at NTU to pursue his interest in the Finance field. He is now studying BSc Banking & Finance at SIM UOL.

Collin spend his free time playing sports, monitoring SGX Stocks, blogging, constantly sourcing for money making opportunities and of course last but not least spending quality time with his girlfriend Wendy.

About The Blog : Diversifying Ruined

This blog came alive on 30th July 07. The idea to start a blog was out of interest and developing a presence on the Internet for his fellow friends, colleagues etc to further know more about his life. Apart from that, this blog serves as a channel of communication, a channel of ideas exchanging, knowledge gaining and last but not least a channel of entertainment.

Some Recommended Sections

Well, added a few category for easy browsing.

Knowing blogger does not have a photo gallery, I have manually labeled all posts that has photos as Gallery.

Do check out the Humor section for ocassional laugh and de-stress. They are gathered from all over the Internet (Email, Youtube etc).

There is also a section specially for all the Newcastle United FC fans out there. I make an attempt to upload all the match video that Newcastle plays from Year 2007 onwards here.

Why the name Diversifying Ruined?

Basically in short, "diversifying ruined" really mean what it imply. That is, "ruined by diversifying".

Since young, Collin likes to diversify across many areas. For example in sports such as soccer and basketball, when he saw that he peers are only capable of dribbling using 1 hand (Basketball) or leg (Soccer), he would learn both. And during his time, not many of his peers dare to head a ball or chest, he would again try to learn a little of everything. Now, though he may not be a good dribbler nor a good shooter, he is able to dribble and shoot with either hand (basketball), leg (soccer), essentially an all-rounded. He is currently playing as a striker for his NTU Hall 5 team.

Being a natural-born sports Athletic, he is able to pick up sports quite fast. Other than basketball and soccer, he also picked up Volleyball and Baseball though the latter is not classified as a CCA in his high school time. In his 4 years high school time, Collin won 20 over medals in track & field, cross-country, inter-class sports etc.

Other than sports, Collin also picks up recreational sports like Pool, Snooker, Bowling, Poker, Daidee, Mahjong etc. He spent a considerable amount of time playing these during his High School times.

Collin developed a strong sense of interest in Computers & Technology in his High School year 3. He then quited from his High School Basketball Team (He was in 1st 5) to spend his time picking up some essential computer skills. He was worshiped as IT "God" by his friends (Ok, less than worship). Soon, he was selected to design a web page for one of his school's science competition. While he was in his Poly days, Collin discovered that new open-sourced Linux was gaining popularity and giving Microsoft a chase of their money. He decided to diversify his computer skills across with Linux. His Internship and Final Year Project was dealing with Linux. He was awarded A and Distinction for them.

Identifying the needs to do Financial Planning early, he decided to borrow books and surf the web to satisfy his thirst of financial knowledge. While his friends are watching TV, relaxing in bunks, Collin would spend the time reading on books borrowed during his Army days. Soon, he finding himself investing in Unit Trust and Stocks.

Now, but why the word ruined? Because even though Collin diversify across many areas, he is still a typical Singaporean who is still struggling to make something great out of his life. He is neither specialized in soccer, nor in computer, nor in any of the areas hes came across. In fact, if he were to concentrate on playing basketball since Pri 4, he might be able to make it big! He is ruined by diversifying.