It all started with my sister’s planning on which module we both can bid for and attend together. I was getting all restless from the horrible CORS system and agreed readily when she suggested taking up ES2007S module. And no doubt, it is one module that I’m proud to go running back to my mama and tell her: “I learnt SO MUCH in school today.”

Yes indeed I did. Firstly a BIG thank you to Brad, our lovely tutor whom made this module come alive. Brad’s different approach towards education and learning was remarkable, and that’s the difference it made in my learning journey this semester (despite him being such an a** for grammar and vocabulary!) What I truly respect of him is his emphasis on the actual learning and education, and not the grades itself. (yeahhh we should all flush grades and marks down the toilet bowl!) The writing and communication skills I have learnt from report writing, blog post etc have made me a better communicator now, I’ll dare to say!

Now an even bigger thank you to all my lovely coursemates whom never fail to make every lesson such an enjoyable one. We had people from different background and character coming together, becoming friends and learning so much from each other. The interaction and bonding between the sixteen of us is truly amazing, and something I hope we can keep it going even after this module!   

Allow me to end this off with a little joke that made my day, and hope it made yours too.


A first-grade teacher was having trouble with one of her students. The teacher asked, “Harry, what is your problem?” Harry answered, “I’m too smart for the first-grade. My sister is in the
third-grade and I’m smarter than she is! I think I should be in third-grade too!” The teacher had enough. She took Harry to the Principal’s office.

While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told the teacher he would give the boy a test and if he failed to answer any of his questions he has to go back to the first-grade. The teacher had agreed. Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.

Principal: “What is 3 x 3?”

Harry: “9″

Principal: “What is 6 x 6?”

Harry: “36″

And so it went with every question the principal thought a

third-grader should know. The principal looks at the teacher and tells

her, “I think Harry can go to the third-grade.”

The teacher says to the principal, “Let me ask him some questions?”

The principal and Harry both agree.

Teacher: “What does a cow have four of that I have only two of?

Harry: “Legs.”

Teacher: “What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?” (The principal wondered, why does she ask such a question!)

Harry: “Pockets.”

Teacher: “What does a dog do that a man steps into?”

Harry: “Pants.”

Teacher: “What’s starts with a C and ends with a T, is hairy,
oval, delicious and contains thin whitish liquid?” (The principal’s
eyes open really wide and before he could stop the answer….)

Harry: “Coconut.”

Teacher: “What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?”

Harry: “Bubblegum.”

Teacher: “What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and dog does on three legs?” (The Principal’s eyes open really wide and before he could stop the answer…)

Harry: “Shake hands.”

Teacher: “Now I will ask some ‘Who am I’ sort of questions, okay?”

Harry: “Yup”

Teacher: “You stick your poles inside me. You tie me down to get me
up. I get wet before you do.” Who am I??

Harry: “A Tent.”

Teacher: “A finger goes in me. You fiddle with me when you’re bored.
The best man always has me first.” What am I?? (Principal was looking
restless and a bit tense)

Harry: “A Wedding Ring.”

Teacher: “I come in many sizes. When I’m not well, I drip. When you
blow me, I feel good.” What am I??

Harry: “A Nose.”

Teacher: “I have a stiff shaft. My tip penetrates. I come with a
quiver.” What am I??

Harry: “An Arrow.”

Teacher: “What word starts with an ‘F’ and ends in ‘K’ that means a
lot of excitement?”

Harry: “Firetruck.”

The principal breathed a sigh of relief and told the teacher, “Put him in the fifth-grade, I got the last ten questions wrong myself.”


Evaluating Mr. Paddle’s showdown

Firstly, allow me to start off by applauding the fantastic presentations done by all my fellow ES2007S course mates. All of us put in 110% effort and did an amazing job! Now moving on to my own self evaluation. My amazing group mates ShiWei and Mark made the whole preparation process really fun, and working with them was effective and smooth sailing because of the strong group bonding and common goals we had in mind right from the start. Kudos to both of them for that!

I remember myself waking up this morning feeling really excited about the presentation. We were the group to start off first, and I felt it was a huge advantage to us as we had our audiences fresh and enthusiastic. Being the first speaker added additional pressure on me because it meant that I had to be responsible of engaging and grabbing the attention of my audiences fast, within the first few minutes. I hoped I didn’t talk too fast during the delivery, as I have the tendency to do so when I get excited. I stumbled at a few occasion, mainly because nervousness got better out of me! Despite that, I am glad the presentation ended off successfully. But I would love to hear your comments to help me and my group members to further improve in both our slides and presentation skills!


My name is Toh Shi Hui, currently a Year 2 Chemistry undergraduate at the National University of Singapore (NUS) I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in July 2011. My strong interest in the field of Chemistry inspired me to pursue a post graduate degree in Organic Chemistry. This career path chosen is driven by my strong interest in the field of science and research work.


As an undergraduate, I value versatility and leadership experiences that can be gathered outside academic wise. I pursue the goal of developing myself as an all-rounder by volunteering my service to our citizens of Singapore. I joined the People’s Association Youth Movement (PAYM) in the NeeSoon East Community Centre and performed my duty as the Chairman of Publicity subgroup, which gave me the opportunity to not only work with people of different background but also immerse myself in different cultures of our society. This experience allowed me to enhance my interpersonal communication skills, and also further refine my leadership and public speaking skills.


My life in NUS have also been enriching and fulfilling. I ‘m currently a live DeeJay in NUS campus radio, “RadioPulze”, and this was due to my huge interest in the Entertainment scene. I have been given countless opportunities to attend press conferences of International stars at formal events to conduct interviews, and throughout these experiences some of the soft skills such as responsibility and critical thinking are something which I’m grateful to have acquired.


I also believe in giving back to the society through community work and services. In NUS, I participated in overseas community work such planning and experiencing a 22 days community service trip to Cambodia. The opportunities to work with people of vast diversity and interaction with people of different culture globally are valuable skills acquired which has certainly equipped me the relevant organizational and leadership skills to handle the challenges in the competitive society today.


My work experiences during my previous semester breaks as a marketing assistance for TIME Publishing Company has certainly prepared me for the challenging work field.  I had the privilege to experience the problems faced in business and management and this has imbibed in me analytical skills applicable to solving real-life problems.


Being a highly motivated, driven and an organized person, I take pride in all my work and give in all my best efforts possible to accomplish the tasks. Success is something everyone aims to achieve in life, but I truly believe it would not be complete unless we have play our part in giving back to the society and reaching out to as much of the less fortunate ones out there as possible.