November 2016

November was the month of another endings:

  • Final goodie bags from CEC, NTUSU, hall, NTUBS.
  • Another FYP deadline, though not as important as the one in October
  • The final final exam in NTU

Some other events:

  • Signed work contract. It’s a 14-page long terms where wordings seem repetitive yet extraordinarily comprehensive. A sentence might contain tens of adjectives. 😛
  • Collected room key. That day I travelled to Serangoon to collect the room key from my aunt. The trip was quite productive as I make use of the long travel time to read the novel So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
  • Won ice-skating tickets (again) and I didn’t use it (again) since the expiry date was very soon (like 1-2 weeks after my collection, and it was nearing exam)

Realized that I have free Starbucks drink so I go and claim one. Turns out that I could claim any drink of any size (so I claimed the Venti size 😛 )

Regarding coursework:

  • Meeting with Prof Miao again where she offered me to consider taking PhD with her (though I expect the meeting was talking about my FYP report, in the end, but she said it was already okay)
  • Submitted CZ4042 Project 2. This project was actually run multiple and sufficient experiments such that you discover the best parameter that produces the best accuracy. Not quite fun, as I would just tune the parameters of a pre-written Matlab program, gather the result, and spend a lot of time doing the report. The report part was really not fun.
  • Submitted CZ4032 Project. Yeah, like finally, after too much meeting and too much demands from the boss.
  • Submitted CZ4073 Assignment 3.

The day of big spending

There was one day, after I bought my flight tickets, I spent a lot of money for various stuffs: paying flight tickets, collected micro SD card, and bought new earphone from Challenger JP, bought lots of groceries from JP in preparation for reading week. In total, there were around $200 was spent.

November was also the month where I really submitted FYP Amended Final Report. Good thing is that the examiners and my prof asked for softcopy. Saved paper & money 🙂

Just before the reading week started, I joined JCU GameJam with Dian, Pentium, and Aristo. It was a game jam, mainly using Unity, but every one of us except Aristo had any experience with it. So, on the day, we went there by MRT and a 10-minute walk. The school itself felt quite new though quite ulu. One thing I realized is that the area was around the Singapore’s Zika outbreak area. Oops.

The Gamejam started at 6 pm. But Pentium came in late, and Aristo is still rushing his assignment report during that time, where me and Dian supposed to follow Unity’s tutorial. Few hours passed by and we finally get started for real, being guided by Aristo. By daylight, we had somewhat slept for a while and finished our own stuffs. Meanwhile, I was waiting for other people to finish their part.

In the morning, when Aristo finally integrated the main character to the game, we were amazed 😛 He implemented objects orbiting around the main character. Woah. No wonder it took a long time. In the afternoon, progress was still slow and the level were badly designed by me. In the final 2 hours, something terrible happened. Somehow, the synchronization with GitHub failed to update the configurations of Unity. (hint: we included the “meta” file to gitignore; do not do this) After we realized our mistake, the atmosphere became very intense. Basically, we rushed in the final hours to integrate and also build the game. We submitted it in the final minutes and the gamejam was over.

One strange thing about the game jam is that the showcase was on the day after. So we need to wake up early in the morning and came to the place again to “showcase” our games. There was a Pac-Man challenge too, essentially playing the real Pac-Man at the old consoles located in their library. After lunch, we were relocated to a public lecure and then the announcement. We didn’t win anything, even from the lucky draw. So yeah, we went home afterwards.

Anyway, few days afterwards, Coldplay’s concert in Singapore was announced! EXCITED EXCITED EXCITED. I BOUGHT CAT-1 TICKET AT THE FIRST PRE-SALE! 1st row 2nd seat, see how much NTU’s STARS Wars have prepared me for this kind of first-come first-serve (read: kiasu) online situations.

In first half of November too, I continued implemented some requirements for LILY Silver Testbed platform. Now they told me to write documentation. Duh. Luckily they let me see the old documents and I adapted my documentation from that one.

In the reading week, I started to play Tropico 5. Basically becoming a dictator of an island. Building houses, industries, and services. Not as exciting as Simcity but still nice. Though after unlocking every buildings and advancing to the latest era, the game feels dull.

And then there were exams.

  • CZ4073 exam. S/U option is ticked. Not because it was difficult, just because I have S/U left, so why not put effort on others and let this be S/U-ed. Energy saved. I left the exam hall in around 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • CZ4032 exam. More difficult than expected. I suspect a lot of people did not finish the paper.

Then I have around 6 days of nothingness before my last final exam. Started by playing Steam games: Tropico 5. Continued by reading Douglas Adam’s book. Now on 2nd half of So Long and Thanks for All the Fish. It was hilarious: after some Arthur’s love story, the author looks tired of writing and dedicated a single chapter to suggest reader to just skip to the end.

Then I continued studying for the CZ4042 exam on 2 December.

Wikipedia Asian Month 2016. Oh yeah, November was also the Wikipedia Asian Month, for the 2nd time. Since I was not involved in building the tool, essentially I am not really useful this time. I helped the idwiki admins sending mass messages to participants, and I participated by creating 4 articles (to be eligible to the lowest reward).

IV

8 September 2013

This year’s National Science Olympiad (OSN) was held on this week, too. As always, I’m interested in monitoring the event of OSN in Informatics. It was heart-beating to monitor the public scoreboard of my juniors (and my supervisees). I somewhat could not concentrate on the lectures while I see the scoreboard. I just want them to get a medal and go to the training camp (Pelatnas). At last, Chalvin (from my province, different school; also joined OSN last year but did not get a medal) got a bronze medal; Febrian and Agus (my supervisee) got a bronze medal, Alva (friend of my supervisee who like to communicate with me) got a silver medal; William (my supervisee) did not get a medal; Andi (from my province, different school) did not get any medal, but I’m sure that his score almost made it to get a medal.

This week we got our first meeting in CZ1004: Great Ideas in Computing team (FS2 Team 2) at the double-screen monitor PC at Lee Wee Nam Library on Friday afternoon before the tutorial class, it was quite a short meeting but we brainstormed some ideas and shared the workload of the tasks.

NTU Buddhist Society on Friday evening held its Investiture, the ceremony of passing the positions from the 30th committees to the newly elected 31th committees. That day serves as my first day on duty as a NTUBS Resource Subcom as I helped bringing stuffs to NTUBS cabinet at Nanyang House.

This week marks my laptop’s 4th anniversary, which was bought in 4 September 2009. That time, the laptop, Acer Aspire 4810T, was quite cheap with mid-high specs: 320GB HDD, LED display, and 2GB RAM; what I did not know is, the processor is quite slow so it can conserve battery power more. The battery-saving mode was splendid, I ever run into using battery only for around 8 hours. Over years, the battery condition was still good too: it can still be used for 5 hours, with wi-fi.

On Saturday, I went to Comex at Singapore Expo (very far from NTU) to buy a new laptop, which will replace my current laptop. This laptop is Asus S46CB which features high-end specifications with reasonable price and it got ‘Ultrabook’ label. But I’ve tested the battery, the capacity is just around 2 hours. I need to adapt to this new environment and moves the data from the old one to the new one quickly. By the way, this post is the first post written at the new laptop.

On Thursday, I attended the NTU Student Union Recruitment Drive interview. I did quite bad at the interview for the design team as I couldn’t answer most of the questions asked and hey, for the logistics team interview, I did well; the results will be posted next Monday. Hope that I can quickly secure a hall point of 5 quickly. On Sunday, we went to Buddhist Fellowship to attend the Sunday service and went shopping at Fairprice, Jurong Point. Overall, this week is quite tiring but still fun, may the spirit of first week still burns!

First

18 August 2013

This week (12-18 August) is the first week at NTU Academic Calendar.

At Monday, I got my first lecture at Lecture Theatre 2A from CZ1003: Introduction to Computational Thinking course at 1030-1130. That day before going to the course, I used the public computer of Lee Wee Nam Library for the first time. After the lectures, I went to the NTUSU Welcome Week browsing CCAs. I accidentally found there is NTU Open Source Society of which I put quite lot interest in. Maybe my high school should make a CCA week so the students will know what CCAs are offered in the school. Around 2pm, at the stage set by NTUSU, there are some question asked by the host and I answered it, then I was given a prize, it was my first time getting prize for answering question asked by a host from stage. The question was quite easy, he just asked who the president of NTUSU is.

At Tuesday, I registered myself to more CCAs like Board Games Society, C3, and Choir. Maybe I should drop choir as I don’t have much interest in it. The evening of Tuesday is the first time I attend a Dhamma Talk organized by NTU Buddhist Society.

Wednesday afternoon served as my first day working as Student Assistant at Centre for IT Services located at One Stop @ SAC (Student Activities Centre). For new SAs, they assigned a senior to work with us. Filbert, a senior of mine who also worked at CITS, got assigned to help me during my first shift. The evening, for the first time, many students (freshmen and seniors) who were from Medan gathered at Canteen 11 to have dinner together.

At Thursday evening, NTUSU held a Welcome Tea at Global Lounge. At the dinner session, everyone queued and I got the first to queue. Quite embarrassing, but I could overcome it. After the tea, I went to PINTU ICN 2014 Main Committee Interview session, it was my first interview session at NTU. I’m not confident that I could be recruited as I did not prepare anything for the interview.

Friday was very free. This day served as my first time borrowing book from a library. I borrowed “HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL” from Lee Wee Nam Library. After finishing lecture at 1030, I went back to hall and did laundry. Waiting for the laundry, I watched TV at the hall TV Lounge for the first time. Then, I and Peter went to Jurong Point to shop at Fairprice and Valu. Then I joined NTUBS Welcome Tea at Hall 12 Function Hall. Before the tea began, we were grouped in many groups and played things together. Overall, the welcome tea was nice.

I intended to go to Indonesian Embassy at Saturday to commemorate the 68th anniversary of Indonesia, but I went up at 9 am in which the ceremony started at 9.30 am. I decided to cancel the plan and just watch the live streaming of Indonesian TVs which broadcast the flag ceremony. This is my first time having the Indonesian anniversary outside Indonesia. Then I went to Lasalle College (located near Bugis and Little India) to visit my friend Jessica. Satyananda came later. We then had dinner at Velocity (Novena) after visiting Jessica’s “home”.

At Sunday, I went to Buddhist Fellowship vihara at Pasir Panjang with friends and seniors. The dhamma talk there was about loving without getting hurt. The main points are love arise because of attachment and attachment will bring pain. At the evening, I (and friends) went swimming for the first time at NTU Sport and Recreation Centre (SRC). After that, we went to Canteen 1 to have dinner. This was my first time visiting the canteen.

This week was full of first event, I hope that subsequent weeks will be more fun.