SIM Bazaar on 23 - 25 Sep

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Advertising this for a friend.

Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) will be having a Bazaar on 23 - 25 Sep. As such, we are looking for vendors who are interested to participate in our Bazaar. The purpose of this Bazaar is to spice up school life in SIM as well as to provide a vibrant campus.

The highlight of our Bazaar is our mini 'Fashion Show'. There will be a runway setup across the atrium. This Fashion Runway is open to all vendors selling fashion apparel. You are strongly encouraged to participate in this 'Fashion Runway' as you will be given priority booth for our Bazaar. During the Fashion Show, the emcee will do a brief introduction of the featured booth and announce the location of the booth. This will attract interested patron and most definitely aid in the sales of your product.

As the bazaar is a going to be a 3-day event, with a duration of 7 hours per day, we will be expecting a rate of about 700 students coming to this event, taking into consideration of both the day and night class students. Thus, we would very much like to take this opportunity to invite you to set up your stalls at this location.

Here are the details for our upcoming Bazaar

2 days ($80) / 3 days ($90)
2 days ($65) / 3 days ($75)

The rent includes 2x tables and chairs. Additional tables can be arranged at an additional charge. Maximum of 4 tables per vendors. Dimensions of each table are 60 cm by 45 cm. Decorations of store will have to be self-provided.

Kindly reverb by 1 Sep to confirm your attendance. Slots will be given on a first come first serve basics. Please also included your name and blogshop address/shop name for easy referrence. Thanks a lot. Have a nice day =)
Interested please drop me a mail. :)


Comex 2008 Pricelist

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Found a link that contains most of the pricelist at Comex 2008 here.

Credits to coldfreeze @ hardwarezone.


Coventry 2 - 3 Newcastle United

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The mystery in the last alphabet of our NRIC

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As part of work requirement, my colleague sent me a program called "NRIC Checker". Basically, its a program that returns you the last alphabet of a particular NRIC given the first seven digits. I remembered I came across the computation of the last alphabet few years ago. Out of curiousity, I googled for the formula.

The Singapore NRIC Check Digit

The Singapore NRIC number is made up of 7 digits and a letter behind. This letter is calculated from the first 7 digits using the modulus eleven method.

The steps involved to obtain the check digit is

  1. Multiply each digit in the NRIC number by its weight.
  2. Add together the above products.
  3. Divide the resulting sum by 11.
  4. Subtract the remainder from 11 to give the check digit.
  5. Check the check digit against the table to obtain the alphabet.

The following table shows the weight for the NRIC number in Singapore :








The following table is used to change the check digit into the corresponding alphabet.

Check Digit
























This system is used to prevent illegal workers from entering Singapore with a fake passport using a fake NRIC number.

e.g A person has a NRIC number S1234567A.

To find out if the NRIC number is valid, we need to use the method above.

2(weight)*1(NRIC number) + 7(weight)*2(NRIC number) + 6*3 + 5*4 + 4*5 + 3*6 + 2*7 = 106

106/11 = 9 r 7

11-7 = 4

Using the table above, if the check digit is 4, then the alphabet at the end of the NRIC number should be D. So, we can conclude that this NRIC number is invalid.



Newcastle United 1 - 0 Bolton

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Puzzle has been solved!

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Few days ago, I posted a puzzle whether a bottle poisoned wine can be identified among the batch of 1000 bottles within 24hours.

One of them was anonymous, the other was fatboyho.

Quoting one of solution here for all.
solving this puzzle requires the understanding of the binary system. each 'pattern' in the binary system corresponds to one unique number.

the 1st prisoner will take the 1st number of the binary (so he'll be taking a sip out of bottles 1,3,5,7...all the way to 999).

the 2nd prisoner will take the 2nd number of the binary (bottles 2,3,6,7,10,11...).

the rest of the prisoners will take their respective places in the binary. (3rd prisoner take 3rd number in binary and so on so forth)

so let's say bottle 736 is the one with the poison. the binary for 736 is 0101110000. therefore, prisoners 5,6,7,9 will be dead by the next day.


Updated Starhub Promotions

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My friend has sent me a new list of Starhub Promotions.

You can view them here. Email me if you are interested.


Stupid Kids! ARGH

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Was at AMK library for the past 2 days. And for the consecutive 2 days there were disturbing kids who just can't keep their mouth shut!

The 1st day was a group of 4 poly guys who sat behind me about 2m away. They arrived in the morning and chit chat their way till night. Are they here to study or chat? The 2nd day was a group of Secondary school malay kids who brought a notebook along and just giggle and chatting in front of the screen. What the hell? Library is no longer the way before where everyone has to whisper even at close contact.

Anyway, posted a little puzzle few days ago titled "Identify the poisoned wine" here. Shall reveal a much cleaner and easy to execute solution during the weekends. I know you can't wait, so do I lol


Identify the poisoned wine

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A king has 1000 bottles of wine. An assasin tried to poison the wine. The king's guards caught the assasin after he poisoned only one bottle, but they did not know which bottle was poisoned.

It is known however that the poison is so powerful that even a tiny bit of the poisoned wine will kill, and it is known also that the poison will only kill after 24 hours. The king order you, his advisor, to get some of the criminals in the dungeon to test the wines for him. The king expects to find out the result the next day, essentially 24 hours after the testers drink the wine.

Now the simplest way is if 1000 criminals were available, just get them to each drink a little bit from each of the 1000 bottles. Hence, the poisoned bottle will be identified when one particular tester, out of the thousand testers, dies the following day. However, only 10 criminals is imprisoned in the dungeon on that particular day!

Is there a way to identify the poisoned bottle by the following day using only 10 testers? What is the method?"


Manchested United 1 - 1 Newcastle United

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First Half

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Greed makes monkey of men

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Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys at $10 each. The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went into the forest and started catching them. The man very gentlemanly bought thousands of monkeys at $10 each, but as supply started to diminish, the villagers slowed down and eventually stopped their efforts.

The man then announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the energy and efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. Soon the supply diminished even further, and people started going back to their farms.

The offer was then increased to $25 each, but the supply of monkeys became so little that it was a almost a miracle to even spot a monkey, let alone catch one.

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would transact on his behalf.

In the absence of the man, the assistant assembled the villagers and told them : "Look at all these monkeys in the big cages that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $35 each, and when the man returns from the city, you can in turn sell them to him at $50 each. Deal or no deal?"

The excited villagers, smelling a quick-profit killer opportunity, immediately rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys. Then they never saw the man nor his assistant again, and there were just monkeys everywhere!

Now you have a better understanding of how "greed" makes monkey of men?



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Ever since my school started 2 weeks ago, i am too lazy to blog haven't been able to find the time to blog. Lessons at SIM-UOL are definitely not those traditional University lessons you would expect as there is no tutorials to be submitted, no group discussion or presentation; hence the whole 100% weightage of our results are based on the 1 year 1 time exams paper.

While some might not be too used to it as they needed some extra marks from tutorial/presentation etc to beautify their end results, I for one do not find any problem with this system. Afterall, all the external UOL-LSE students in the rest of the world are based on the same academic system. Its just that this system is not too well accepted by Singaporeans as our system here is participation, participation and participation.

On the bright side, while the lecturers here do not have the doctorate paper vis-a-vis those at NTU, the former are definitely better at educating students. Granted, a sample size of 4 is not significant enough. We shall see.


Janos Baranyai Weightlifting Mishap

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No thanks to my mystery msn friend who showed me this.


Running slows aging process: study

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WASHINGTON : Running can slow the aging process, according to a study conducted over two decades by American researchers and published on Monday.

The study by the Stanford University School of Medicine found that people over 50 who ran regularly over several years suffered fewer disabilities, had a longer span of active life and reduced their risk of dying early by 50 per cent compared to those who were inactive.

"The study has a very pro-exercise message," said James Fries, MD, an emeritus professor at the medical school and the study's senior author.
"If you had to pick one thing to make people healthier as they age, it would be aerobic exercise."
The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, tracked 538 people over 50 who had run several times a week since 1984 and compared them to a similar group of non-runners.

As the subjects aged, the health gap between the runners and non-runners widened, continuing even into their 90s.

"We did not expect this," said Fries, 69, himself an avid runner. "The health benefits of exercise are greater than we thought."

He attributed this to runners having a leaner body mass and generally healthier habits.

Running's effect on delaying death also was more dramatic than the researchers had expected -- nineteen years after the study began, 34 per cent of the non-runners had died, compared to just 15 per cent of the runners.



Before and After

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National Day Message 2008

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Happy National Day!

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Wishing Singapore a happy 43rd birthday! May the Singapore stock market pick up and hopefully rally till 4000points by year end hahaha huat ah!

Ever thought of hanging the Singapore Flag as some decoration? Ever wondered how should the flag be placed among other flags? Well, if you didn't know, there are official guidelines on using the flag. Lets take a look at them.

The National Flag - Guidelines

Singaporeans and non-governmental buildings may display or fly the national flag to identify with the nation. Singaporeans are encouraged to do this during occasions of national celebration or national significance.

How it may be used
1. When the flag is displayed outside a building, it shall be displayed on or in front of the building. Outside the National Day celebrations period (month of August), it must be flown only from a flagpole, and if it is displayed or flown at night, it should be properly illuminated.

2. Within Singapore, it should take precedence over all other flags, subject to international practice. When displayed or flown with another flag, it must be in a position of honour. This means it should be positioned where practicable, either above all other flags or to the left of the other flags, as seen by a person facing the flags.

3. It may be reproduced in reduced size representations and displayed at all times, but it must be in its true form and colours, regardless of size.

How it cannot be used or treated
1. The flag cannot be used:
(a) in any trademark or for any commercial purpose;
(b) as a means, or for the purposes, of advertisement;
(c) as, or as part of, any furnishings, decoration, covering or receptacle;
(d) at any private funeral activity;
(e) incorporated or worn as part of any costume or attire; or
(f) on any private vehicle.

2. No person shall produce or display any flag which bears any graphics or word superimposed on the design of the flag.

3. The flag should be cleaned when dirty, and replaced if it has faded. After any washing, it should not be hung out to dry outdoors together with other laundry. Any worn out or damaged flag should be disposed properly, not left visible in dustbins. Torn or worn-out flags should be packed into a sealed black trash bag before being disposed.


Ya, if you are a royal reader, you should have saw a some what similar post before =)


Defend your Stronghold

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One of the game I played in my NS time. Can play for hours when boss is not around! Can't remember my highest score but its definitely higher than yours :P

P.S This game is out of bound to Bella. Don't even try, I'm watching you just like the panda below!


POEMS Stock Challenge 2008

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Last year I posted a link to the POEMS Stock Challenge 2007. Now, the long-awaiting 2008 Challenge is here again. This time round, there will be plenty of time before the registration begins and early bird get more virtual cash to starts off.

Good luck to all!


Take That - Rule the World

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Nice song recommended by my friend. Enjoy their live performance below.