Health Matters SEPT 2014
sports & performing arts edition
the lawn review
engin fop engin oâ€™week
faces of engin
health tips secret to perfection
engin fop engin rag
health tips meet the pros
36th engin sub-committees behind the scenes
DIRECTOR’S NOTE H
ello fellow engineers! I am Kenneth, Communications Director. This issue will be our third and final publication for the 36th Engin Club. We hope that all of you have enjoyed reading our previous two issues! For this issue, we will be looking back at the Freshman Orien¬tation Programme held over the summer break! There was the Engin Camp to kick off the Engineering camps and Engin O’Week that was an absolute blast! Last but not least, we saw our Engineering faculty’s very own Raggers putting on a fantastic performance on Rag Day 2014 to round off the FOP. Our ‘Faces of Engin’ will introduce a few sporty engineering students, as well as those in the performing arts! Make sure you have seen our magazine trailer on our Youtube Channel, NUS Engin Club! We will also be taking an in-depth look on how to keep fit from our fellow engineers, bust some health myths and give you some tips on how to stay healthy amidst our crazy studying! Keeping to our health theme, we will introduce our featured restaurant, The Lawn! Located conveniently at Biopolis, Buona Vista, they offer the very best greens to go with their specialty grills! A definite must-try in my opinion. Thank you very much to all who have supported the magazine’s publications, and I wish you all the very best in your studies. That’s all from the Communications Team of the 36th Engin Club!
Director Vice-Director Secretary
Chen Shi’An Kenneth Chan Jiunn Yuan (John) Soh Yixuan
Chief Editor Writer Writer Writer Writer Writer Writer
Low Jia Jun Lim Miao Chun Sng Lihui Joanne Han Lee Ling Min Kenneth Ang Lee Jingda
Chief Designer Designer Designer Designer Designer Designer Photographer Photographer Photographer Photographer Photographer
Chua Han Wen Caroline Wang Jirapa Saiket Samuel Chua Xia Yiping Ji Eun Jang Matthew D. Chew Eugene Chiong Kegan Ang Tham Jun Han John Chan
Engin Camp 2014
The annual ENGIN CAMP ’14 was held in June this year, and it gave about 150 ENGIN freshmen a great and memorable experience and a chance to make new friends and lecture buddies. With exciting activities such as Sentosa Beach Games, Secret Pal (SP) and many more, this was definitely the camp to be at. The individual OG Activities also helped to forge many close friendships that can last their 4 years here at ENGIN. Here’s what some of the camp participants had to say about ENGIN CAMP ‘14.
E ngin Camp
“It’s the only camp where I can meet fellow students of different Engineering disciplines.” Valerie Khoo (freshie); Year 1
“You get to build bonds and friendships that will probably last through your 4 years in ENGIN.” Julian Ng (OGL); Year 2
“ I really enjoyed my ENGIN Camp so I wanted to create an equally fun experience for the incoming freshies.” Jia Hao (Camp Committee); Year 2
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E ngin O’Week
Engin O’week 2014
The long-awaited ENGIN OWEEK â€™14 is here once again, this time BIGGER & BETTER!! Boasting new activities such as Pool Games at Jurong East Swimming Complex, a real-life Role-Playing-Game (RPG), and a Finale Night held at Wave House, this yearâ€™s OWeek was definitely not to be missed. The freshies as well as seniors got to enjoy themselves for the 5 days and 4 nights, before the new academic year begins. We got to hear from some of the camp-goers about their experiences.
E ngin O’Week “O’Week is a very informative camp, as there are many seniors from the different engineering disciplines, who can impart their experience to the freshies.”
“It’s a nice and new experience, and you get to make more new friends from around ENGIN.”
Yang Jun (OGL); Year 2
Conny Chin (freshie); Year 1
“I enjoyed myself thoroughly through this whole OWeek planning experience, and made many new friends from within the Camp Committee.” Shao An (Camp Committee); Year 2
To wrap up the ENGIN FOP experience, how can we forget ENGIN RAG? This year, many freshies signed up for it, both dancers and floaters. IIt gave the incoming freshmen a new and unique orientation experience, which they can only get at ENGIN RAG! Pouring in their blood and sweat into the practices, all they hoped for was to have an awesome performance on stage, which they eventually did deliver. We interviewed some of these RAGGERS, and this was what they had to say...
E ngin Rag
Alex AND CheRyl
RAG SENIORS/COMMITTEE MEMBERS
1. How should the promotion of Engin Rag be done differently? Alex (A): There were a lot of floaters this time round. They probably joined float because then they can join O’Week as well. Cheryl (C): Building up more publicity using camp. Maybe the OGLs can ask the ex-raggers to come back and promote. Not many people saw the brochures sent out during camp. 2. Should Rag freshies go for O’Week? C: Dancers cannot miss rehearsals. Floats and costumes should be okay. A: Most of the stuff for floaters can be done before O’week if the timing is done right.
goes to the music and timing. Everyone understands that they have a role in the performance. For my own rag, I would come down and that is the only way I would know floaters and costumers. Some of the dancers would come down too, until the training was heavy. C: I tried this with one of the items. We got them to come down after rehearsals and they got to interact with the people from costumes, although we had to consider if they were tired. Having said that, I think coming down before or after rehearsals is a good way to know floaters and costumers. 5. Will you come back to help in Engin Rag next year? Why? A and C: Yes. Continuity is very important for FOP.
3. How has Engin Rag helped to forge friendships?
6. How would you appeal to seniors to continue this tradition of coming back to help out?
A: We have this go-around thing during lunch and dinner, where they name one thing about themselves. Rag practices usually take up the whole day and the freshies get to eat together at some point during Rag. Those are the times when it was easier to know each other and meet new people. It is like meeting new friends where we do not need to organise ice-breakers. It was very natural. C: After the exposure, we had a few self-introduction and talking sessions. We also had stayovers and played games. It is a very open thing. A few people who are interested to join rag will sit around and talk to us.
A: It is interesting to come down, whether you have something to complete or not. Another thing, just talking to friends is quite nice. It is enjoyable to be there and help the junior committee if they have problems. You cannot leave them to settle Rag by themselves, they will definitely need help. We try to minimise the help given to them so that they can help their own juniors when the time comes. C: We will start off with the seniors we know. I got my costumes freshies to come down and help out next year. Float and costumes need expertise and experience.
It is like meeting new friends where we do not need to organize ice-breakers. It was very natural. 4. How do you resolve the divide between performers and non-performers in future years, since past Rag always had this problem? A: This year we incorporated more of the floaters in the background. It helps to a small extent as during the performance, everyone has to be present anyway. So we rehearse and everyone
7. Should the freshies have more say (take up more responsibilities/ IC positions) in the performance/ costumes/roles? A: For me, I worked a lot with float at first. At any avenue, I would ask the freshies to voice out their ideas. I want them to have more ownership towards the float they are making. Otherwise, one or two will design. I do not want to have a one or two man creation. It will be good if the freshies can add their ideas to the float. They can discuss on how to improve the floats. Some of their ideas were good. Seniors might not have fresh ideas anymore. C: I talked to some of the floater fresh-
ies and they said they were quite blur at the start. It was good there was some kind of structure. From that, they can build on it if they have any suggestions. It was the same for the costumes side. For example, there was this wing-dress. We knew we wanted to make a dress but we had not come up with a design. So we discussed the colors and everything and the freshie came up with a dress. The dress was a freshie’s creation.
The dress was a freshie’s creation. We encouraged them to come out with their own design. A: If you put them in charge, they will start making the dress already. For the float, I invited the freshies to discuss amongst themselves how to improve the float and to ask me if they wanted anything to be added in. From there, they starting adding extra seats and some of the ideas were quite good. As seniors, we have a plan in mind and we might not be fresh enough to think of new things at that point. 8. What do you wish had been done differently for Rag? C: Good to get prototypes and designs. Rag needs preparation. A: Make a checklist or timeline for organization so that it won’t be too rushed. I could have split my time more evenly between floats and costumes. For the last 2 days 9. Do you foresee any romance brewing as a result of Rag? Confirm will have. Especially during the chalet. Stir like crazy. Freshie-freshie. Have yet to see senior and freshie.
E ngin Rag
RAG freshie floater 1. How would you promote Engin Rag? Show them videos of this year’s and past years’ rag. Tell them the pros of joining rag which are forging new friendships, meeting new people and learning new stuff. 2. Personally, how do you find Rag? I thought it was really fulfilling because I got to learn stuff. For me, I am a floater, so I got to learn how to make paper mache, build stuff and saw wood. Through that, I bonded with my fellow floaters. It was very fulfilling to see everything you have done go up on stage.
I am thinking about it. I have to see my workload first. If I do, I will join as a floater again. Because we did not have any experienced senior to help us. We were in the dark and did not know what to do. It will be good if I go back to help. I can give my future juniors an idea of what to do. I will come back just to help out and not as a director or committee member. I am not sure if I can cope since I have hall activities. If I can, I will definitely come back.
float. We started off with our own design and did not get a chance to see other faculties’ floats. We were surprised when we saw other faculties’ floats on Rag Day as we did not know what to expect. So I will start by showing them that and telling them what we expect from them over the next couple of months of preparation.
It was very fulfilling to see everything you have done go up on stage.
One thing that I see other faculties doing is that their dancers and people involved in all items help one another out. For example, dancers will help the float and costumes after their practice. It will be good if our dancers help out as well. This will allow us to get to know each other more and see each others’ faces. For our preparation, we did not really get to see the dancers and vice versa so we do not know each other at all.
3. How has Engin Rag helped to forge friendships?
5. How do you think Engin Rag has helped you adapt to school life?
There was this Angel and Mortal game in Rag. Through that, I got to know people from other items. For example, I am from float and I got to know people from dance. I had to buy presents for my mortal so that I could pass the present to her. For the float groups, we started off with ice breaking games. Then we went for lunch and dinner together after every session. Through that, we bonded a lot and got to know each other
One thing is the friendships forged. I got to know more people and most of them are in my course. We can go to lectures together instead of being alone. This helps me settle into school life better.
4. Will you sign up for Engin Rag as a senior?
6. If you were to sign up for Engin Rag next year, what kind of changes would you like to put into place to improve Engin Rag? I do not know much about the dance side. I will start off by showing them other faculties’ float before showing our
7. As a senior, how would you try to integrate all aspects of Rag together?
FEATURES faces of engin
ethargy, frequent sickness or unhealthy weight gain getting you down? Do not fear! The FUSE prescribes the remedy of a healthy lifestyle to combat these ills. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. But with the orientation and RAG season coming to an end, it seems that everyone is settling down and going into the study mode. How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle amid your
busy school schedule without all these activities that keep you active? The fact is, you do not have to be a star athlete to stay healthy! Our Health Infograph proposes simple changes to your diet and routine that can keep even the common Joe fit and fab! Also, hear from a few of your fellow engineering students their views on healthy living in our exclusive interviews with them. Lastly, for a healthier
dining option, the FUSE team presents to you The Lawn, which is a specialty grill & salad cafĂŠ, in the Food Review section. But before all that, letâ€™s take a look at the faces to look out for this semester! These talented and passionate individuals in our Faces of Engin section are sure to motivate you to pursue your own dreams with greater fervour.
Faces of Engin
Ankit Meaghan Vivian Alison Tiffany WaiHon
“It’s never too late to start dancing!”
Year 1 Chemical Engineering Part of NUS Dance Blast Loves: Dancing
Tell us, when and why did you start learning to dance? I started learning when I was seven, because I felt ballerinas were cool. I have tried various genres of dance over the years, such as Chinese dance, Modern dance, Street Jazz and now I am trying to go into Hip Hop. What are your aspirations with regards to dancing? I wouldn’t say I want to dance as a career, but more as a passion since I really love dance and I wouldn’t want to stop doing it. How much time do you usually spend on practicing? Because of CCA, I usually practice 3 times a week. Other than that, I will go for open classes myself and practise about once a week for 3 hours. Is dancing challenging? Contemporary is definitely challenging, as there are many techniques to learn. Even now when I’ve learnt it for a few years, I am still learning new things. As for ballet, it is really about technique. It can be very challenging but useful at the same time, as it builds up your basics for dancing. If you really love dancing, you will put in effort. It’s never too late to start dancing! How do you juggle your time between dancing and studies? How do you manage your time effectively? I make sure I study hard and play hard. When I study I will just study, and when I am dancing I will just dance. Focus on one thing at a time. But studies take precedence.
If I find it hard to catch up with studies I will cut down on dance. What has been one of your greatest achievements / disappointments as a dancer? My most recent achievement would have to be RAG, because it’s a new genre of dance for me. I felt a sense of achievement after the performance because I have never tried hip hop before. If you were given another chance, would you still choose Dance, or would you rather indulge your time in something else? I wouldn’t have regretted and changed my decision to learn dance. I would love to learn music too though. But given that I have no music background, it’s a bit difficult to pick it up now. I am self-learning guitar and would love to try out the drums too. Any tips or words of encouragement for other aspiring performers like you? To non-dancers: anybody can dance, you won’t expect yourself to have so much fun in dance, but you will really enjoy it! For dancers: NEVER STOP DANCING!
Height. I don’t really like to see bodies or skin… *blushes* Tell us, Rich Nerdy Guy or Poor Hot Hunk? Poor Hot Hunk. I can work to support him. It’s okay to be poor! If you could ask GOD one question, what would it be? I’ll ask Him why He loves us so much that He can do so much for us. Would you rather be born Lucky, born Rich or born Smart? Born smart! I feel that if I’m smart, I can achieve a lot of things with my own ability in the future. What do you think about Engineering compared to other faculties? The people I meet here are quite different; different feel in comparison to Arts and Business. I feel more at home here in Engin. Describe ENGIN in 5 words. Too many hills and slopes Any words of encouragement / shout-outs to your fellow engineers? Study hard and PLAY EVEN HARDER!!!
Let’s move on to something more informal. What is your traffic light status (single / attached)? Attached. I like guys who have their own thoughts, independent and mature-thinking. Guys who are tall and do music is a plus point for me too. What do you look out for when checking out someone?
Ankit Gupta “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see”
A nkit Tell us, why Boxing? It all started from a friend’s comment that got me interested in Boxing. Initially, I had joined Muay Thai and while in the midst of a sparring session, he remarked that I fought like a boxer and that got me thinking. Since then, I never looked back; making the switch from Muay Thai to Boxing was the best decision that I made. What are your aspirations with regards to Boxing? I wish to join amateur fights and beat the c*** out of people!! HAHA! But seriously, I wish to have amateur fights before I graduate.
motivates me as it represents the essence of boxing. Do you do Mix Martial Arts (MMA)? No, I don’t. But given the time and opportunity, I would like to try. It seems really fun! If you were given another chance, would you still choose Boxing, or would you rather indulge your time in something else? Boxing of course! It gives me a sense of identity and makes me feel good.
How much time do you usually spend on practicing? I train once a week during CCA and occasionally spar with exchange students and friends over at the USP MPSH, if time permits.
Any tips or words of encouragement for other aspiring sportsmen like you? If you are really passionate about something, pursue it without any delay! Trust me you won’t regret it. Both work and play are equally crucial for an overall development of an individual. Join Boxing!
How do you juggle your time between practice and studies? How do you manage your time? Well I can’t manage my time well as I tend to play more than I work. However, if the exams are closing in, I have no choice but to study. Last minute mugging always works!!
Let’s move on to something more informal. What is your traffic light status (single / attached)? Tell us about your ideal girl? Attached. There is no such thing as an ideal girl. If you walk around with a list, most likely you will not find anyone, and end up being single.
Is there anyone you idolise in the Professional Boxing Scene? Why? Muhammad Ali. I chose him due to his inspiring quote “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see.” It
Any eye-candies out there in Engin? ENGIN!?!? *cues hysterical laughter* Biomedical and Chemical Engineering have many pretty girls though *winks*
If you have 1 last day on Earth, with whom and how would you spend that 24hours? My mother. Recount all the moments that we had. My mother has always been there for me, and I want to be there with her at the end. Would you rather be born Lucky, born Rich or born Smart? Smart definitely. When you are smart, it is equivalent to being lucky. As the saying goes, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” (Sam Goldwyn). Furthermore, when you are smart, you know that getting rich is not everything. I would rather a good night’s sleep instead and be smart. What do you like most about Engin / NUS? Engineering is genuine! We don’t dress up. Our major is a form of technical expertise as compared to other faculties. Ahem ahem! What was the most embarrassing thing that you’ve ever done? Hahahaha. I repeated Kindergarten level when I was young, which is extremely rare… *laughs out loud* Describe ENGIN in 5 words (max). Mundane lectures & FIRE!!!
Year 3 Mechanical Engineering President of Design Centric Programme (DCP) Committee Resident of USP Residential College; Head of Sports (USP) Loves: Boxing, Cricket and Travelling
â€œYou must go in with the winning mentality, and push on all the way!!!â€?
M eaghan Tell us, why Track & Field and, more specifically, hurdles? It is challenging. I like the thrill of crossing a hurdle. One must be fearless and aggressive to clear that obstacle. I saw my fellow schoolmates receiving medals just by running around. I think that I have a shot at that so I asked my dad to let me join Track & Field. How much time do you usually spend on practicing? Previously in JC, it used to 3-4 times a week. Nowadays, I try to keep it to 2-3 times a week. The duration of each practice does not matter, but more importantly, how much effort we put into each training to make it count. How do you juggle your time effectively between practice and studies? Do you manage your time well? Nearing the exam periods, my training will be cut down. So far, I have not really struck a balance between both. I prefer to go at it with a more chillax attitude. I give everything my best shot, both for my studies and Track & Field, so I get everything done fast and well. Have you won any achievements locally or internationally? Yes. Locally, I have won medals in the Nationals. I have also represented Singapore in a sports meet between Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, and got a satisfying result.
What do you hope to achieve in the near future? I always strive to train harder and better to achieve a better result, or hit a new personal best. But it is tough sometimes. Is there anyone you idolise in the Professional Track & Field Scene? Why? Not really. I just focus on myself and try to do my best. I always try to outdo myself. If you were given another chance, would you still choose Track & Field, or would you rather indulge your time in something else? I cannot see myself doing anything else. I am very passionate about Track & Field and Hurdles. Any tips or words of encouragement for other aspiring sportsmen like you? It is all about how much you want it. You must go in with the winning mentality, and push on ALL THE WAY!!! Let’s move on to something more informal. What is your traffic light status (single / attached)? Tell us about your ideal guy? Evergreen?? Hmm… *smiles cheekily* I don’t have very high standards, but I do admire Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries, and Lee Dong Wook (Hotel King). What do you look out for when checking out some-
one? NO VAIN GUYS!! He must also have effortless confidence. So, Rich Nerdy Dude or Poor Hot Hunk? Rich & Nerdy. Looks will fade but the intellect will stay. If the guy is hot, he is probably TOO into himself. VAIN is a NO GO! Would you rather be born Lucky, born Rich or born Smart? I wanna be lucky. If you are lucky, you can win a jackpot and choose correct answers in the exam. If you are lucky, there will be a lot of surprises in your life. What is the craziest thing that you have ever done? I ate my friend’s armpit hairs with ice cream because I lost a game. (Editor’s Note: !?!?) Describe ENGIN in 5 words. Proud to be in Engin. Any words of encouragement / shout-outs to your fellow engineers? If you need an extra poker / mahjong / taiti / blackjack player, call me maybe?
Year 1 Mechanical Engineering Part of the NUS IVP Track & Field Team (Hurdles event) Resident of Eusoff Hall Loves: Track & Field (Hurdles)
“I can earn my own money I don’t need the guy to provide for me.”
T iffany Tell us, why your love for Inline Skating? I feel very carefree and relaxed on the skates. It is like a part of me, an extension of my body which I can use freely. When did you start to pick up this talent? I started learning to roller-blade in P4. Skating is just like rollerblading, but without the brakes. Skating is more about doing stunts and tricks. So I gradually changed over to skating. I also know how to ice-skate. How much time do you usually spend on practicing? Previously in Polytechnic, I skate twice a week, for about 5 hours long each time. However coming to NUS, I decided to just skate once every week, on Sunday. I teach skating during that time. So I’m earning money and doing what I love at the same time. What’s there not to love? Do you intend to join / are part of any sports CCA in NUS? Yes, I want to join NUS Muay Thai. I want to de-stress through Muay Thai. I LOVE aggressive stuff! Hehehe… Have you won any achievements locally or internationally? Nope, it’s mainly for my own fun. Most girls are into the slalom skating (ballerina kind) but I am more into the aggressive skating.
Is there anyone you idolise in the Professional Skating Scene? Why? Not really. But I once saw a senior. She is a model and a professional skater. She won competitions and she is very good. I admire her, and hope to be like her. What has been one of your greatest achievements / disappointments as a skater? I feel a great sense of achievement when I finally master a skating trick. I don’t think I have experienced something disappointing yet. If you were given another chance, would you still choose Skating, or would you rather indulge your time in something else? I would want to pick up Muay Thai as a sport and learn skating as a hobby instead. I like being aggressive, RAWR!! Let’s move on to something more informal. What is your traffic light status (single / attached)? Tell us about your ideal guy? Single. The guy must be funny, honest, caring and a family guy. He must be taller than me by around 10cm so that I can wear heels, and he will still be taller. (Editor’s Note: She is 167cm FYI) Any eye-candies out there in ENGIN? ENGIN?? Nah… UTown has quite a lot of cute guys though.
So, Rich Nerdy Dude or Poor Hot Hunk? Poor Hot Hunk. I can earn my own money, I don’t need the guy to provide for me. However he must look good because I’m going to be seeing him everyday!! Would you rather be born Lucky, born Rich or born Smart? Born lucky. Maybe I can strike lottery (rich) and pass every test (smart). Hahahaha… If you could ask GOD one question, what would it be? Why is the environment becoming like that? :( I am someone who cares a lot about the environment. If I go out with a guy who litters, I will BOX him!! Describe ENGIN in 5 words. Old building, too many stairs. Any words of encouragement / shout-outs to your fellow engineers? I think they should not think of studying every day. They should take a break and relax more. Find a hobby and do something they like. University is not all about studying.
Year 1 Environmental Science Engineering Consider joining NUS Muay Thai CCA Currently learning Muay Thai Loves: Inline Skating and Muay Thai
â€œNot going to study music was the most disappointing thing.â€?
Year 2 Chemical Engineering President of CheSS Club Engin Camp 2014 Camp Committee and NUSCO (percussionist) Loves: Music (Piano)
Tell us, when did you start to play the piano? I started learning when I was four years old, so I have been playing it for most of my life. What are your aspirations with regards to music? I almost went to study music, but I changed my mind because I thought maybe I can pursue that later in life. How much time do you usually spend on practicing? I wouldn’t say I practise anymore, since I’m usually in school from 8am-11pm. I don’t call it practising, but I will play the piano whenever I’m at home and have nothing to do. I already have two diplomas, one in performance and one in teaching. I might want to do a degree in it one day. What do you hope to achieve in the near future? I want to make full use of whatever time I have left in school, get to know more people, do more things, and enjoy myself. After NUS, I haven’t thought much about that. Probably do a Masters somewhere else? Hahahaha! Have you won any achievements locally or internationally? I have never joined competitions for piano. Even for percussion, it was more of performing. I was in Chinese Orchestra and Guzheng in JC. What has been one of your greatest achievements / dis-
appointments as a pianist? Not going to study music was the most disappointing thing. For achievements, I used to teach piano because I’m qualified to teach. And seeing younger people enjoying it is one of my greatest achievements. If you were given another chance, would you still choose to learn piano, or would you rather indulge your time in something else? I was very fortunate, because I have no siblings and my parents let me do whatever I wanted. I wouldn’t have chosen anything else. I cannot dance and even now my sit and reach is ridiculous! When I am stressed out, music calms me down, and I feel that music is the most beautiful way to express myself. My only regret is not picking up percussion any earlier. Let’s move on to something more informal. What is your traffic light status (single / attached)? Single. My ideal guy has to be smart and funny. He should also be totally comfortable in most social settings. Musically-inclined is a plus point. Any eye candies in ENGIN? Not much to eye candy here… *laughs*
everything. It will go away in a while. A nerdy guy could be cute in his own ways too. If you could ask GOD one question, what would it be? About the future and what’s in store for me. If you have 1 last day on Earth, with whom and how would you spend that 24hours? My parents. They’ve done everything for me, given me all the opportunities I can ever ask for and always support me in whatever I do. I love them a lot. They will be the ones I wanna spend my last day with. Would you rather be born Lucky, born Rich or born Smart? Born smart. I believe if you are smart enough, you can make your own luck and money. The rest can be derived from purely being smart. Being lucky you will just be lucky and won’t feel a sense of accomplishment in doing anything. Describe ENGIN in 5 words? Fun only if you understand! *heh* Any words of encouragement / shout-outs to your fellow engineers? Even if you don’t understand, don’t give up, just keep practising, sooner or later you will get it. All the best!!
Tell us, Rich Nerdy Guy or Poor Hot Hunk? Rich nerdy guy, IF he’s smart. I don’t think looks are
â€œI wish to enter the NUS IVP Basketball Team, to play as either small forward, or centre position.â€?
Year 1 Environmental Science Engineering Consider joining NUS Basketball Team Loves: Basketball
Tell us, why your love for basketball? I have been playing basketball in the school team since I was in Primary School, till Junior College. Over the years, my height shot up and I became very useful for the team. That’s why I continued to play basketball. What are your aspirations with regards to Basketball? I wish to enter the NUS IVP Basketball Team, to play as either small forward, or centre position. How much time do you usually spend on practicing? For now, I don’t play as much, compared to my JC days. Just some occasional games with my friends. I want to change my lifestyle more towards gyming and improving my body physique. How proficient in basketball would you rate yourself? Given a scale of 10, I would rate myself to be 6. I’m very humble *winks* Have you won any achievements locally or internationally? I did win in primary school. However during Junior College, despite training very hard for it, we failed to win the A division. Is there anyone you idolise in the Professional Basketball Scene? Why? Dwayne Wade. He is a role
model on and off the court. He is a leader on the court and leads his team to victory. While off the court, he is a very caring person who emphasises on his family, which I would like to emulate. Any intentions of going into the professional basketball scene in the future? No intentions yet. But I will want to play in the small divisions (non-professional league). What has been one of your greatest achievements / disappointments as a Basketballer? Well… the greatest disappointment to me was the failure to win the A division, despite giving in my all for it. On the bright side, my greatest achievement while playing basketball is that I managed to do a dunk!! Hell yeah!! If you were given another chance, would you still choose Basketball, or would you rather indulge your time in something else? I will definitely play it still. It helps me to keep fit and is part of a lifestyle. Playing basketball is also a great platform to make friends.
shall we? What do you look out for when checking out someone? Pretty faces definitely scores for me. If you have 1 last day on Earth, with whom and how would you spend that 24hours? I will spend the time with my family and close friends. We will just sit down in a circle and talk about the past memories that we had. Would you rather be born Lucky, born Rich or born Smart? I would want to be smart. You can make better decisions. Being smart also allows you to make money. Furthermore, I AM smart to begin with. *laughs hysterically* What do you think about Engineering compared to other faculties? My course has a lot of girls unlike other engineering where the girl – guy - ratio are kinda lopsided. Hahahaha! Any words of encouragement / shout-outs to your fellow engineers? Let’s excel these 4 years together :)
Let’s move on to something more informal. What is your traffic light status (single / attached)? Amber / Orange. Hahaha. Let’s not disclose too much
H ealth & Infograph
Did you Know? MYTH BUSTERS Myth 1 : Say Hello to flat abs and Myth 2 : Time is of the essence, the MORE Goodbye to belly fats with CRUNCHES. the MERRIER While abdominal exercises help to tone abs, they are insufficient since your trained muscles are beneath a layer of fats. Complement them with any of our fats-burning tips below! • Doing intensive interval exercises • Getting enough sleep • Reducing consumption of refined sugar
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is more efficient and effective than a long well-paced exercise. Focus on the intensity per set (i.e. doing more for the same amount of time) and not the number of sets. Allow your body to recover by keeping HIIT to a maximum of 2-3 times a week. Over-straining causes our body to store fats instead of build muscles.
Healthy Habits for effective studying Healthier coffee alternatives
Depending on coffee for that extra burst of energy to burn the midnight oil or as a morning ritual could cause caffeine addiction and increase stress levels, amongst other negative side effects. Here are some alternatives you could consider!
Nuts – rich in protein & vitamins, contain mainly unsaturated fats which improve heart health
Green Tea – energy booster, high in antioxidants which
protect against cancer Chai Tea –improves digestion, fights inflammation, and has antioxidants. Ginseng Tea – stimulates concentration, energizes, improves digestion Wheatgrass Juice – natural energizer, high in essential vitamins & minerals
Canned tuna on whole wheat crackers – source of protein & omega-3 Dried fruits (e.g. raisins, mango)
– high in fibre, vitamins and nutrients. avoid those with extra sugar or additives Low-fat fruit yoghurt – source of animal protein and other vitamins, some contain probiotics, which are good for the digestive tract
Fruit Juice Recipes 1. Apples + Lime + Strawberries For those with poor concentration, flu, asthma, cough or indigestion. 2. Lemon + Tomato + Watermelon or simply Tomato + Watermelon Helps relieve stress and provides energy. Good for people with asthma or hangover. 3. Apples + Celery + Orange + Pears + Sweet Potato Provides energy and strengthens immune system. Good for people with cold, fever or constipation.
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HEALTH INFOGRAPH WORKOUT & FOOD
Spending lots of time in school and being “too busy” to live a healthy lifestyle? The FUSE editorial team has picked out a few places on campus that you can drop by for healthier food or a quick workout! Avid runners can also try out the two running routes around campus mapped out below! If you are not keen on these, get your daily dose of exercise by skipping the bus ride and taking a walk to your destination!
1 Short and Sweet
2 Ups and Downs Steep downslope × 2
Steep downslope × 1
Gradual downslope × 1 Gradual upslope × 1
ENGIN NUS 1.8km 4.3km
Gradual downslope × 2 Gradual upslope × 1 Steep upslope × 3
Steep upslope × 2
Walking Routes Computer Centre → YIH
Utown → EA
Time Taken: 3 ~ 5mins
Time Taken: 10 ~ 12mins
Gym – access with matric card Badminton courts – book through SRC online booking system, BC 20, 21, 22 Town Green – can play Frisbee and ball games
Active aerobic classes such as yoga, kickboxing and zumba are held regularly at YIH’s dance studios. Register for these classes at the University Health Centre website for a small fee. Check it out at http://www. nus.edu.sg//uhc/wellness/ classes/index.html
Swimming Pool – access with matric card Basketball courts & netball courts – open to all Squash Courts, Badminton Courts, Table Tennis Tables, Tennis Courts – book through online booking system. From 7pm – 9 pm, the timeslots are defined as peak periods and students are charged $1.10 Online Sports Facility Booking System: https://myaces.nus. edu.sg/SrcvcbWeb/jsp/general/logon.jsp
Soccer field – open to all Running track – open to all
Healthy Food Be guilt free with YogurBerry which uses only sugar derived from fruits. Each serving is only 25 calories. It is also halal and suitable for the diabetic.
@ YIH, Utown, Science (mobile cart) & Engin (mobile cart)
@The Deck (FASS)
@ YIH Food Junction
Subway, eat fresh. Have a freshly made sandwich with your own choice of bread, fillings and sauce. Look out for Subway promotions in NUS too!
Let the salad fill your stomachs with the selection of small, medium or large bowl size. Choose your meal, meats, dressing and enjoy! You can top it off with walnuts as well.
Yong Tau Foo
Platypus Food Bar @Science
Dig in to the delicious yet healthy Yong Tau Foo at Arts. With its cheap prices and a wide selection of items to choose from, it’s no wonder why the lunch queue at this wonderful stall is always so long.
Other than serving awesome German Bratwurst and their mouth-watering Apple Crumble pies, this stall also sells tasty chilled salads and even Vegan food for those going for a healthy diet.
Western Stall @Terrance (Biz)
H ealth Interview
Year 2 - MECHANICAL Engineering. LOVES SWIMMING AND WUSHU.
Tell us, what’s a “healthy lifestyle” to you?
Exercise is definitely needed. You can eat anything you want, even fast food, but eat in MODERATION.
What have you done to achieve this “healthy lifestyle”?
I have a loose guide to eating in moderation. I will try to cut down on the food intake and fried food on days I don’t work out. But if I do hit the gym, I will give it a bit more slack, and eat more “unclean” food. I gym about 2 – 4 times a week (long intervals) and probably 2 – 3 times a week (short intervals) during exam periods. At my peak, I visit the gym almost 6 times a week. How long you work out in the gym is not the key, but rather, how INTENSIVE the workout is.
How devoted are you in keeping fit? Is there anything that deters you / makes you lose motivation in what you’re doing?
I do lose the motivation sometimes, and end up just having the “have time to go then go” mindset. However, I try to motivate myself by trying to keep my weight in check. So mainly, I use exercise as a means to keep up my “unhealthy” eating habits. Sometimes when I don’t exercise or hit the gym, something just doesn’t feel right within me.
Any advice on how do you juggle your time between the hectic study schedules and finding time to still hit the gym and keep fit?
I don’t really bother about my lunch breaks. I prefer to use
that break time to gym, IF the break is at least 2 hours. The 1 hour break would be for eating or rushing up on my tutorials. Usually, I spend about 2 hours in the gym, going through my routine.
Are your friends around you motivated / do you motivate your friends to join you in your healthy lifestyle?
I do motivate my friends to gym, though I don’t really gym with friends. I don’t want to be influenced by them and end up not focusing on my routine. I already know some friends from inside of the gym, and will usually see them in the gym when I’m there.
How long you work out in the gym is not the key, but rather, how INTENSIVE the workout is. Do you take supplements or protein to boost the overall effectiveness of your workouts? Would you recommend it?
I don’t take protein. I wouldn’t give any advice on it, since I don’t take them. I’d rather take a more natural source of protein, such as chicken breast, rather than the protein powders.
Any final advice?
I naturally like to exercise. Since I like to eat a lot too, I try to use exercise as a means to keep my weight in check. Try to find a motivational factor for yourself to keep fit and healthy!
Year 2 - Environmental Science Engineering. Joined Touch Rugby IFG.
Tell us, what’s a “healthy lifestyle” to you?
I’m more for the Power Lifting and building of strength, rather than keeping fit and healthy. I keep a lookout for my diet too, because I still wanna look good and not become too fat and muscular due to the training. I keep to a low carbohydrates diet; abstain from rice or bread, unless after heavy workouts.
How devoted are you in keeping fit? Is there anything that deters you / makes you lose motivation in what you’re doing?
Any advice on how do you juggle your time between the hectic study schedules and finding time to still hit the gym and keep fit?
I would still go for my classes, and if time permits after that, I would hit the gym. I don’t believe in skipping classes just so that I can train. I still train and gym during the finals period, just that I cut it down to 3 days a week instead. I also keep
Cheat meals are definitely a MUST from time to time.
Training wise, I keep to at least 4 times a week. Dieting wise, I try to make a conscious effort from time to time. A tip is that I keep my diet in check with a mobile app, to understand what kind of macros and nutrients I would require.
the duration to around 1.5 hours, and just be focused on my training.
Usually after major events, like competitions, I will be less strict in training to let myself recover. All my training is more geared towards a goal, either short them or long term. Cheat meals are definitely a MUST from time to time. I don’t abstain from fast food, just that I eat the burgers and not the fries and bread (carbs). I do set myself a rough calorie limit to maintain.
I take caffeine pills instead. It helps to keep me more focused. I don’t take protein. I prefer to go for the natural sources of protein through proper food, to supplement both my workout and diet.
What does your usual routine at the gym consists of?
At the gym, my training consists of bench-press, squats, deadlifts, etc… I train my shoulders, legs (lunges), and back muscles. Usually I spend around 2hours in the gym, for training and a bit of socialising with the other gym-goers.
Do you take supplements or protein to boost the overall effectiveness of your workouts? Would you recommend it?
I also do this thing known as Water Manipulation, by not drinking water for 1 day. It helps to drop my water weight, and make me eligible for a certain weight class in some competitions. It’s sort of like fasting for 1 day, and helps to keep my calories low.
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C omittee Photographs
As the term for the 36th Engin Club Management Committee comes to an end, the 36th Engin Club would like to sincerely thank all the subcommittee members. With the time and effort put in by each and every one of you, the 36th Engin Club has enjoyed a fruitful and successful year. ___________________________________________ “Dear Biz comm, it has been such a memorable academic year working together. We have successfully forged friendships amongst ourselves, and more importantly, strengthened bonds amongst the students of the Faculty of Engineering. Thank you all for enduring through all the tough times, together as a committee. All of you are awesome!!” - Daniel Tham (Business Venture Director) “Minimum effort, maximum fun. Playing while we work, working during play. You guys have outdone yourselves in the meantime, good job!” - Kenneth Chen (Communications Director) “Putting smiles on the students’ faces at the expense of your own well being, cheers! Welfare dearies! Nothing could have been accomplished without you guys. Thanks for all you have done! :)” - Jiayan (Welfare Director) “Thank you for all the hard work and effort you have given over the past year. Without all your support, there wouldn’t be Special Projects Committee, there wouldn’t be Engin Club” - Roy (Assistant Financial Secretary) “Hope you guys have enjoyed this exciting journey with me so far!” - Yih Loong (Sports Director)
noticed. Thank you so much for your dedication and hard work all this while!” - Jing Zhen (Assistant General Secretary)
“Hello SPC! We just want to let you know that the things you do for our committee do not go un-
“Thanks for making this marketing role a two person job :)”
36th Engin Club Management Committee Signing off
- Zhi Kang (Business Marketing Director) “Thanks ah guys.” - Yong Jie (Logistics Director) “Heyyyy camp comm! Thanks for all your hard
work and commitment through this journey! I can never thank yall enough for it! Hope Engin Camp ‘14 has brought yall a fun summer! Really great to have known yall and cya around school!” - Sandy Kwa (Camp Director)
C omittee Photographs
presidential cell Front Row: Raghav Mathur (Vice-President External), Dennis Lim (President), Valerie Seh (Vice-President Internal) Back Row: Mabel Sim (Student Affairs Secretary), Tan Weiyuan (Financial Secretary), Hee Youn Shim (General Secretary)
Business Front Row: Mervin Yap, Kenn Ng, Daniel Tham (Business Venture Director), Wong Zhi Kang (Business Marketing Director, Leon Loke, Darren Low Back Row: Jeremy Chua, Huang Li Hui, Toh Zi Qian, Ng Xian Loon, Anandkumar Selvaraja, Ng Boon Bin Not In Picture: Asther Ting, Dawn Tan, Hillary Toh, Jean Neo, Joan Toh, Lam Li Chan, Nathan Chai, Rudi Chan, Stefanie Rika Sidik, Tang Jingxue, Venessa Cha, Veronica Wee, Vivien Chong, Zhang Xiang
36th Engin Club sub-committees
engin Camp Front Row: Langston Low, Kenneth Tay, Mark Ong, Sandy Kwa (Camp Director), Rudi Chan, Chee Jing Zhen, Tan Sher Min Middle Row: Yu De, Jirapa Saiket, Cheryl Yeow, Ong Yueying, Michelle Wong, Ng Hui Min, Pauline Peh, Genevieve Tan Back Row: Koh Jun Wee, Choo Wei Yan, Chiam Jia Hao, Daniel, Boh Boon Zhong, Chng Yong Lak Not In Picture: Pang Kim Shen, Xenon Liu, Chen Yuying, Wang Erdong, Michelle Tan, Melinda Wang, Vivien Chong, Vivian Fong, Tan Jie Qiang
Communications Front Row: Low Jiajun, Soh Yixuan, Chen Shiâ€™an Kenneth (Communications Director), Chan Jiunn Yuan, Chua Han Wen, Samuel Chua Beng Kai Back Front: Yang Ningxin, Ma Su Mon Yi, Lee Jingda, Ang Zhi Bin Kenneth, Jirapa Saiket, Lim Miao Chun, Han Shi Ting Joanne, Jang Jieun, Sng Lihui Notin Picture: Lee Ling Min, Xia Yiping, Tan Yuan Hong, Wang Yu Jia Caroline
C omittee Photographs
Logistics From Left: Ian Leow, Debbie Tan, Anandkumar Selvaraja, Lim Yong Jie (Logistics Director) Not In Picture: Lim Yi Sim David Ashley, Loo Choon Boon
Engin o'week Front Row: Koh Feng Rong, Tan Woo Yong Brian, Edward Mak Jian Hui, Lum Xian Hao Samuel (Oâ€™Week Director), Lim Xin Yi, Ng Wei Long, Lee Jia Ying Middle Row: Chong Zhao Wei Alex, Ng Wei Ghee, Zheng Zixiang, Shermin Tan Jin Min, Kumaravel Priyanka, Wong Jun Yan, Koh Zhi Sheng Shawn, Benjamin Lin Yongbin Back Row: Tan Chunyong, Sherman Tan, Stanley Chua, Dawn Tan Ying, Quek Qi Yuan, Nur Hidayuh Binte Mohammad Yusoff, Denise Ann Yeoh Jiaxin, Kang Wei Cherng Malvin, Chua Khong Jui Jeremy, Edmund Loo Not In Picture: Eugene Fong, Farah Hannah Binte Haron Narasip, Jindal Ankita Sanjeev, Lau Yi Qin Marion, Lee Jia Ying, Lee Yao Zong, Lee Yi Yang, Mohamed Raiz, Mohamed Raiz, Ng Ching Xing Shirlyn, Tan Shao An, Terry Lin, Wang Zhefu, Xie Kai Jing, Cherubim Yee Si Yan, Yong Shang Rong, Zhu Jianzhong
36th Engin Club sub-committees
engin rag Front Row: Mark Ong, Choo Wei Yan, Hamzah Aljunied (Rag Director), Alexander Mccoll, Nicholas Wong BACK Row: Jirapa Saiket, Cheryl Yeow, Ong Yue Ying, Lee Min Not In Picture: Fang Jiaxin
special projects From Left: Lum Xian Hao Samuel, Koh Zhi Sheng Shawn, Lim Zhe Kuan, Chee Jing Zhen (Assistant General Secretary), Zheng Zixiang Roy (Assistant Finance Secretary), Nurul Ain Binte Kamarudin, Chia Wan Ying Michelle, Benjamin Lin Yongbin Not In Picture: Khoo Yew Teck Isaac, Low Yuen Shaun, Ong Zong Yan Mark, Stefanie Rika Sidik, Tham Jun Han, Wang Yuyao
C omittee Photographs
sports Front Row: Stanley Ong Wei Wen, Jerrell Seah, Hon Yih Loong (Sports Director), Tan Tong Wee, Chiang Hai Jin Back Row: Liu Renhao, Tan Sher Min, Charmaine Tay Hui Min, Michelle Wong, Alex Chong Zhao Wei Not In Picture: Lam Nguyen`
welfare Front Row: Wong Bing Hong Darren, Tay Weijie, Boo Jiayan (Welfare Director), Chiam Jia Hao Middle Row: Anandkumar Selvaraja, Chen Fang Xiang Janice, Tan Jie Qiang, Marcus Sia Run Da Back Row: Loo Choon Boon, Ng Boon Bin, Teh Yi Ling Lydia, Tee Li Hao Timothy Not In Picture: Toh Nien Ping, Tan Junn Theng, Calista Tan, Cheryl Yeow, Gavin Yong, Lim Kah Ghi, Lim Wei Chong, Mavis Yee, Mervin Yap, Neo Jun Bing, Seng Wei Peng, Tai Kee, Tan Su Hui, Teo Li Huan, Ye Min Sunn
Published on Oct 1, 2014
Third and Final issue of the 36th Engin Club Communications Team. Sports and Health edition National University of Singapore, Faculty of Eng...