Friday, 14 August 2015

Local Supermarket research




Who are the cashiers?
Taiwan: Anyone above 18 years old can be a cashier, and there is no age limit. As long as you have passion and a good attitude, you can stay as long as you want.

Singapore: The cashiers range from young to old (about 60 years old), and are of different nationalities

Cashiers in both countries help us with payments and the placing of groceries into plastic bags.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Itenary for buddy


Why we chose the above places to visit:
Gardens by the Bay:  many flowers from different countries, which suits the interest of the buddy. 
Bukit Timah Hill Reserve: free of charge, not as much flower species there, but the buddy will be able to enjoy the scenery while admiring the flowers, so this would be an enjoyable and fun experience.
Nearby hawker centre: Cheap, and vegetarian food is available.
Singapore zoo: one of the best zoos in the world, and the buddy loves animals.
Bugis: A few malls available there, with Bugis street nearby which sells cheap souvenirs and items.

Why we did not choose jurong east and jurong bird park:
Jurong East: no sale of souvenirs, and items are pricey
Jurong bird park: expensive, and not as exciting as the Singapore Zoo

Saturday, 16 May 2015

3 Questions

Yi Jie 
1) What is the cost of your monthly school fees?
2) What do students do for entertainment?
3) What is the school hours?

Jing Jing
1) How much is your annual school fees? 
2) How much does one meal in average cost there?
3) What are some traditional beliefs of Taiwanese?

Joyce
1) What is your usual bedtime?
2) What are the dishes that you usually eat for dinner?
3) Are the products sold in supermarket considered expensive to you? 

Jeremy
1) Are the studies there stressful?
2) How much do you usually spend per day?
3) Do you like the current education system? 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pre-trip research

1. Cost of a standard 4/5 room HDB flat (around 90-100 sq m) in Punggol
    The range for 4 room flat value is between $370k to $450k depending on location near amenities, area, and age of building. A 5 room flat would cost slightly higher.

2. Current cost of brand new Toyota Vios:
  • Vios G - $126,888 (non-guaranteed COE)
  • Vios E - $121,888 (non-guaranteed COE)
3. Local supermarket price of : (undiscounted)
  • Cheapest 10kg packet rice: 
  Happy Family Fragant Jasmine Rice $16.80
  • Cheapest 1 litre drinking mineral/distilled water: 
   Dasani Drinking Water $0.95
  • Cheapest fresh whole chicken (refrigerated): 
   JF Halal Chicken-S $6.60
  • Do we provide plastic bags and how are they used?
   Yes, the supermarkets provide plastic bags. They are used to carry the items purchased by the customers.
  • Who are the cashiers and what kind of service do they provide
   The cashiers range from young to old (about 60 years old), and are of different nationalities. They stand at the cashier machines all the time, and helps us to scan the items we are purchasing, put them in a plastic bag, and helps us with payment.
  • Cheapest 1 litre of cooking oil: 
   Happy Family Canola Oil 1L $4.30


4. How much is your school fee? 
   $28

5. How much is one litre of petrol (95 unleaded) 
   $2.13

6. How much is one movie ticket on a weekend
   $13

7. What is the average salary of a Singaporean
  SGD7433

8. One big mac meal
   $7.60

Sources:
Property manager (Aunt)

Monday, 20 April 2015

Chinese Youth Culture - Photo Montage

These pictures include the festivals the Taiwanese usually celebrate which are 三八妇女节 and 七夕情人节. The 三八妇女节 is to signify how great are the women on earth while 七夕 is the traditional Chinese Valentine's Day. 

The Taiwanese like to 泡温泉 as its really comfortable and relaxing and the other activity they like is to stay at the 网吧 for the whole day and surf the Internet. They also like to watch concerts held by various popular singers such as Amei 张惠妹, JJ Lin and also Jay Chou at a big complex hall named as 小巨蛋. 

The applications the Taiwanese use is WeChat and Line which is different from Singaporeans who use Whatsapp more often. 

The Taiwanese prefer salt and fresh taste to sweet and bland taste. They also dressed up similar to the Japanese fashion.

The way Taiwanese talk is different from us as they will be a bit more 嗲 (whiny) when they speak. They are used to talking in this unique way which some of the Singaporeans feel that it's irritating.
But the good thing is they are really polite and friendly.

Singapore Youth Culture (Montage and Write-up)

Shopping malls
Singapore youths are commonly seen in shopping malls, be it after school, or hanging out with friends. The mall is our usual leisure area.
Selfie
The youths here in Singapore are obsessed with selfies, and almost every project, outing or other random things end with a selfie
Japanese food
With the growing popularity of Japanese food here, the youths form the largest proportion of customers for Japanese restaurants. Many even prefers Japanese cuisine to Chinese cuisine. Therefore, we feel that the Japanese cuisine is linked in one way or another to Singapore's Youths.
Fast food chain
Generally for students who wants a filling meal, yet having a tight budget. Students frequent fast food restaurants after school for affordable and delicious meals.
Social media
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Singapore youths uses these social applications almost all the time.
Fashion
The fashion among youths are trendy, and highly influenced by the fashion industry in other countries(Korea and America). 


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Animal abuse & Impressions on the Chinese

Picture shown during CID lesson.
Fun fact: This is actually a North Korean circus
Initially, we felt that the Chinese were cruel people, who had zero sympathy for the animals. The bears were forced to jump on two legs, which was apparently extremely difficult for bears, and had to wear hideous costumes. Yet, the trainers were smiling from ear to ear, as if nothing wrong is happening.
However, after looking into this in another perspective, we realised that there could be another side of the story. The trainers could be leading a very tough life, and this is the only job that they can take to support their family, even if they do not like it at all.
We should not criticize the trainers alone. Who are the people supporting the circus? Who are the people who allows the circus to run and let the business prosper?
The audience.
They are the ones who pay to see they show, and probably enjoyed it, such that they could keep the show running. They are the ones who support animal abuse.
On a side note, the trainers are partly at fault too. They would torture the animals(bears) to follow orders, just to feed their family? This shows how little the Chinese actually cares for the animals.
But we should not stereotype all Chinese to be cruel hearted or have a lack in conscience. Some Chinese may be against the idea of animal abuse too.
In conclusion, we think that the Chinese people who supports the circus  are inhumane for allowing animal abuse, and not every Chinese should be put to blame.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Opinion on group 6's infograph


We feel that the infograph group 6 had done is lacked of hand drawn images and thus, is not visually attractive. It gives people a sense of dullness as the paper is only full of words and not much of pictures. As such, people may not have interest and would not read it. Moreover, the information written under 'Why?'was unclear and confusing, especially to those who had zero knowledge about Suzhou industrial park. They wrote that the industrial park failed due to corruption. However, they did not explain in detail how did the corruption occur. They also did not state that why China wanted to take advantage of Singapore when it started to attract a lot of business. We feel that it is because China wants to earn more money and become more powerful. We feel that they should have stated the consequences of corruption. To sum up, We feel that they should add in more details so that readers can understand it more clearly. More images should also be inserted to make it more attracting and lively.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Mr Salesman




Summary of Product 

Name of product : Smexy Pole
Price : $6.90
Manufactured in Japan, made in China
Company : Disco Ball 
Catchphrase : Life's Simple Pleasure
Uses of the item : It is being used to lose weight when you pole dance around it. 
Specialty : Able to lose 1kg in 10 minutes, every purchase comes with a free disco ball

Sunday, 1 February 2015

One-Child Policy

One-child Policy


- It is a population control policy taken out by the People's Republic of China to reduce the country's birth rate and slow the population growth rate.

- It decreed that couples could only have one child.



Establishment


- 1979


Reason for introducing this policy


- During the 1950s, the rate of population change each year was 1.9%. In other words, a growth rate of 3% will result in the doubling of population within 24 years.

- While previous governments encouraged citizens to have a lot of babies to increase the country's workforce, by the 1970s, they realised that the current rates of population growth would soon be unsustainable




Exceptions 


- Ethnic minorities like Uighurs and Tibetans are exempted. 

- Families in the countryside are permitted to have a second child if their first is a girl.

- Recently, couples that were the only child themselves were allowed to apply for more kids.



Benefits


- Increased access to education for all

- Childcare and health care offered



Problems Arisen


- The Policy was keenly resisted in the rural areas, where is was a tradition to have large families.

- In urban areas, the policy has been enforced strictly but remote rural areas have been harder to control.



Punishments for breaking the policy


- Women are regularly inspected to check if they are pregnant and if found to be in breach, they may suffer from forced abortions and even sterilization. 

- Those who are caught can opt to pay a social upbringing fee, usually a multiple of the average income in the City where the child is born, designed to cover the education and healthcare costs.



Impact


- The birth rate has fallen since 1979, with the rate of population growth being 0.7%.

- Due to traditional preferences for boys, large number of female babies ended up homeless or in the orphanage, even killed in some cases, In 2000, it was reported that 90% of the fetuses aborted were females.

- As a result, the gender balance of the Chinese have became distorted.



Thoughts on it


- If the parents gave birth to a girl, they will treat the girl very badly as most want a boy since he can pass down the surname of each family. The girl might be mistreated by her parents and this will cause her to have childhood depression and grow up to be a low self esteem woman.

- There are certain advantages that one child policy have brought to China, this is an undeniable fact. However, at the same time, we need to probe about the gender imbalance issue that has risen, is the benefits so important that  we can overlook the disadvantages brought about due to the policy? 


Sources credit to 

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/population/managing_population_rev3.shtml

- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11197594/What-is-Chinas-one-child-policy.html





Saturday, 24 January 2015

Broken Telephone


During the activity, one member had to observe a picture and describe it as detailed as possible to the second member. The second member then repeats in to the third and so forth, keeping to the time limit of 20 seconds.


Reflection


We could understand and correctly pass down the message, but the description of the picture was merely correct. When given more time to observe carefully, the group finally knew the detailed descriptions of the picture and learnt how to better describe it. However, we do not blame our first member as we believe 20 seconds to give a detailed description is too demanding. Through this activity, we learnt that communication skills is indeed very important and if not properly conversed, our initial ideas will be mistaken. We also learnt that it is very challenging to come up with a detailed description within a short time limit. This activity is indeed a meaningful one! 


Sunday, 18 January 2015

LIFE

Yi Jie: 

life is unfair when some of us are living in a comfortable and conducive environment, while others are living in poverty and struggles everyday just to live, some even getting eaten by a vulture. we could not choose where we were to be born, life is just like that.

Jeremy: 

This picture shows us how important life is as it shows the child dying and how the vulture is waiting for it to die before eating it. We should live to our fullest and survive as long as possible. When we see people in need, we should also offer help as life is precious.

Hong Yi:

The child is so skinny and you can see the bones, which obviously show that she is very hungry. Yet there is a vulture near her and waiting for her to die of hunger. I find it a little cruel to take a picture and not help out in another way. I mean, the photographer can at least put a bit of food near the girl without touching her or anything, so she have the energy to walk to the place where they give you food.

Joyce:

The child is apparently struggling to stay alive and to head towards the food centre for some food. Today in this society, there are a lot of people trying to end their life by cutting themselves or hand themselves. They simply just commit suicide when they met some small little problems. But here this child is, trying not to die of starvation, trying to stay alive. Life is precious, we should not waste our lives    just like that. A lot of people out there are trying to live but can't. We should appreciate our chance of surviving and live life to the utmost.

Jing Jing:

I think that this picture relates to the word Life as at the end of the day, we see how the child strives to stay alive and how the vulture hunts for its prey to stay alive. The vulnerability of life reminds us that we should cherish our lives and live the most out of it.