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director’s note

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ello fellow engineers! For this issue of the FUSE, we have prepared to share not only the buzz on events past and those that are coming, but also an assortment of articles that we hope may be able to serve you all well in destressing a bit amidst the chiong’-ing (rush) for…. You know it -- Finals! Our faculty is huge, the largest in NUS with 6000 of us, both staff and students. It’s impossible to know every single person in our huge FoE family, but may the FUSE serve its purpose in engaging our community together with the content we have packed for you all! For this issue’s FACES OF ENGIN, we have our hall kids share their experiences and also tips on balancing workload and their commitments within hall. Aside that, the FUSE team shares with all of you our recommendations on answering your fundamental life questions, “where to eat?” and “where to go out today ah?” (And also, “how do you even study?!” #sorelateable) We hope you enjoy this issue of the FUSE, and ciao for now! All the best with finals, and we’ll catch each other again next semester. Publications Committee AY 15/16 Deepakrishna Tangarajan Doloritas Quek Mahdhir Amat Nishanth Naomi Sakai Rolu Oyenkami Shing Yee Koh Tiffany Tan Vikram Gopinath Youzheng lee Zhiming Lim

Jodie Loi Publications Director


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03 engin day report 06 ocip reports 11 faces of engin: hall editionfeature! 29 where to eat? : waa-cow!feature! 34 where to play?: amped!feature! 37 travel plans for the break 44 motivational posters 49 community panel - how do you study? 54 everyday engin gear page 2


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nginDay’16 on the 27th January (Wednesday) was a day of celebration meant for all Engin students. After months of planning and hard work by the Student Life Committee all their efforts were visible on that eventful day. Registration started promptly at 12pm outside LT6 and soon there was 2 long queues forming up right in front of the registration booths. This marked the start of EnginDay’16 and the whole area outside of LT6 stretching to MIT-Alliance was flooded with people. From the DIY game booths to the rodeo bull, people were queuing up at every game station trying to win stamps for the redemption of the limited T-shirts. At 1.30p.m. the Dean of Engineering came down to visit the event. Other than taking a look at the activities going on we invited him to watch the EnginDay video comprising of students of engineering, shortly after he gave the EnginDay address before he continue looking at all the games. Other than all the fun games there were also plenty of free food available! From the typical candyfloss & pop corn to the much anticipated churros, it was not long before there was a long queue for both the churros and the ice-cream stations. All the food and games brought down a huge crowd. This helped to add to the atmosphere of the event as there were sales of shirts/fundraising for OCIP and recruitment of OGLs and councillors going on. 4p.m. marked the last hour of the event and we invited Prof Christina Lim to do the honors of the lucky draw, she also gave the closing address to cap off EnginDay’16. I hope that everyone really enjoyed themselves on EnginDay’16 and I am really grateful to my committee for sacrificing their personal time to making this event a great success. Let’s all look forward to the upcoming events by Engin Club! Thank you! Marcus Chuah Student Life Director

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OCIP Reports ScrubUP! and Operation Orion are both community service groups that are by the faculty of Engineering and both teams have returned from their Cambodia trip over the December holidays.

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REPORT: ScrubUP!


Through this OCIP with ScrubUP, one of the important lessons I have learnt would be that helping a community is not one-sided. Through this experience, though the team has helped in building the infrastructure and assisted in planning of the English lessons, the locals do in fact inspired me to be a better person. The simplicity of their life had a differing contrast in my daily life. The only difference is that the locals are still able to find joy in what they do despite not having many luxuries. Seeing the happiness written on their faces while playing soccer or even simple games without elaborate materials really made me appreciate what I have back in Singapore. While the initial plan was to help the community in Cambodia, I felt that at the end of the trip, the team also had some personal growth. It was indeed a two-way learning experience for all of us! --- Aaron Oh (BME Year 2)

Through NUS ScrubUP, I have definitely obtained a greater understanding of the environment and culture of Cambodia through visiting different cultural landmarks (Angkor Wat & the Killing Fields). However, my biggest takeaway of the trip was my stay in UNACAS. During that period, I had the opportunity to interact and make friends with some of the kids living in the orphanage. As a team, we have also helped out in constructing the chicken coop and taught English lessons to some of the kids. Throughout the trip, I gained a significant sense of accomplishment in terms of achieving our initial goal, and many friendships with both my teammates and the kids in UNACAS. Also, I learnt to cherish what I have now, as the comfort that our homeland provided for us does not come easy. Most importantly, I felt that a small difference made by me can lead to a huge impact in someone else’s life. --- Tham Xunhong (BME Year 2) It was one of the best decisions I have made in my university life thus far. I have learnt deeply from people at UNACAS orphanage. Despite having little, they even share their joy with others around them. They never dwell on the fact that they do not have more, but rather, they are happy over the fact that they have it. Competition over possessions is meaningless, only hunger for knowledge is truly having more. Being in a first world country, we live in a society that is full of temptations and desire to fit into the masses, more often than not; we forget to be true to ourselves. When we did not succeed becoming what others want, we unknowingly fall into the trap of devaluing ourselves. However, seeing the smiles from the friends whom I have made in Cambodia, allows me to understand that I am uniquely valuable and can contribute to the society, just like every other who is an asset to the OCIP team. This whole OCIP really inspired me to make every single day of my life count and be a blessing to others, just like what the people in Cambodia did for me. page 8 --- Shirley Lim (BME Year 3)


REPORT: oPERATION ORION


Orion 2015 was an emotionally mixed cocktail of learning, forged friendships, self-discovery and an opportunity of a lifetime to extend a helping hand. Our two weeks in Prey Veng, Cambodia were spent both building a house for one of the families under the HOPE foundation, as well as teaching and spending time with the kids at HOPE Village Prey Veng. In the 15 days, we were exposed to things and activities we had never seen before in a country like Singapore. From hammering and building a house out of nothing under the sweltering hot sun to community living with one another. (and the insects that had surrounded us) -- All these experiences now kept as heartfelt memories for all of us. Yet, in the process of ‘giving’, I have come to see that often this is no one-directional occurence, with so much learnt and received from our time together with our Khmer friends both young and old. The teachers, and even the kids of HOPE village in their innocence and child-likeness taught us so much about selfless love - even though we were the ‘volunteers’ here to serve, often do we meet situations where the kids teach us what it means to ‘serve’ in the things that they did. The daily sandstorm experienced while commuting to our construction site and the struggle to fight physical and mental exhaustion was also all worth it when we see the smiles on the faces of the villagers. They say Christmas is the time of giving and receiving, and it sure could not have been any more coincidental than this trip that coincides with the season. I believe my peers, with whom I walked with on this journey, agree with me when I say that we were not just givers but receipients to this spirit of love and sharing what we have to those around us.

Mark Chang Year 1 Chemical Engineering


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the kids next door

In this issue’s Faces of Engin, we present to you our four freshies from Eusoff, Kent Ridge and Sheares Hall as they share their experiences along with bits and pieces of their life with us! (From left to right): Jacob Lim Shirlene Foo Tiffany Tan Ronald Yeong

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Jacob Lim Year 1 Chemical Engineering

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Hello! My name is Jacob Lim and I’m a freshman studying Chemical Engineering. I am currently residing in Kent Ridge Hall! What made you choose to stay in Kent Ridge Hall? To be honest, I initially had no intention of staying on campus as I did not want to bother myself too much with what I thought was unnecessary activities. However one of my close friends who was in Kent Ridge Hall encouraged me to come for the exposure camp, Camp Blue Blood. I changed my mind shortly after and well I guess the rest is history! What made you want to study Chemical Engineering? I decided that Chemical Engineering is one of the more practically applicable degrees which will provide diverse opportunities for me in the future. I know that sounds really pragmatic and seems to go against today’s popular opinion of chasing your passion. However, I think having a solid technical foundation is the key that will allow me to achieve that, whether it be working for a company of my choice, joining a start-up, or even being my own boss! What are you involved with in hall/school? For a period of time I was in Takraw, Volleyball, Football, Dance, and the hall’s Welfare Committee. Now that IHG is over it’s just Welfare and Dance!

What struggles do you face as an engineering student in hall, and how do you recommend tackling them? Number one struggle is definitely time management. This is something everyone has problems with. In fact I’m still learning how to manage my time properly! Keeping a to-do list certainly helps because there will be times when the number of tasks to complete just becomes so long you lose track of everything. Also, organising your notes and tutorials will go a long way in ensuring you do not get buried under a mess of a workspace! What are the perks of staying in hall! There so many canteens in NUS so you are basically spoilt for choice when it comes to food. Also, there’s a library in the Business Faculty beside Kent Ridge Hall so if you decide you need an air-conditioned environment to study in it’s literally a 5 minute walk away. Of course the best thing in hall is the friends you will make and the things you do together that really complete your experience in hall!

“Keep at it, because one day when you get to where you’re going, it will all be worth it.” page 15


What’s your daily schedule like! I do have 8am lectures but there are webcasts so…. My timetable is pretty packed and that is par for the course for an engineering student so there’s nothing to complain about. I am, however, taking 6 Modules this semester so it’s a little busier than usual but I want to see how overloading feels like. For Sports, training is mostly 1-2 trainings a week per sport and for Dance it’s minimum 2 practice sessions per dance item. We’re currently preparing for Dance Uncensored in April and I’m in two items! Welfare Committee has few meetings but the work done behind the scene is quite substantial especially nearing finals where we organise Welfare Supper and the Welfare Pack for the hall every semester. What do you think is the most valuable lesson you have learnt in your time staying in school? I think I’ll go back and say time management, because that is really what you need to survive in hall with all the activities and studying you have to juggle at the same time. I haven’t even got to the late nights with all the impromptu suppers or general horsing around that will take up more of your time than you planned for. You have got to learn how to say no sometimes. And that can be really hard. Secret study tips? Consistency is key. I still have problems with this. But it’s importance cannot be more emphasised. What are your Wednesday night plans? Well that depends on my mood that particular night. Come back to me on a Wednesday and I’ll let you know!

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“Consistency is key.

I still have problems with this. But it’s importance cannot be more emphasised.”

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Shirlene Foo Year 1 Biomedical Engineering

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Hey there! I’m Shirlene, a Biomedical Engineering freshie currently living in Kent Ridge Hall. What made you choose to stay in Kent Ridge Hall? I did a LOT of googling prior to my decision and after finding out more about the various halls in NUS, I realised that KR would be the best in providing me a holistic environment to try out things that I didn’t have the chance to before. What made you want to study Biomedical Engineering? Because…I have no idea where I’m going with life and an engineering degree opens up tons of career paths HAHA. But in all honesty, I have always been a science/math kinda person so engineering was the obvious path for me. What are you involved with in hall/school? I have 6 ccas in hall, and the main ones that I’m involved in include Volleyball, Track, Choir and various committees such as Rag and Cultural Management. I’m also working with two other course mates in planning our upcoming course camp (JOIN BME CAMP 2016 GUYS!) as well as taking part in both Engin Camp and Oweek as an OGL! What struggles do you face as an engineering student in hall, and how do you recommend tackling them? Engineering is an extremely tough course by itself, and when you add in KR…you get so wrapped up in everything that you feel like you’re always running out of time, and you feel exhausted ALL THE TIME. I would say time management is really the key to this, but then again I’m such a procrastinator. It’s all a huge mental game and you just need to be strong enough to force yourself to get shit done. What are the perks of staying in hall! TIME ALONE. After all the drama in school and hall, the last thing you would want is your parents forcing more books in your face. Also, you get thrown into adulthood way earlier. Yes, I’m talking tons of laundry and not relying on your mum to get you food.

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What’s your daily schedule like! Take a look at an engineer’s timetable and you will know…the engin life is tough! I have plenty of 8am lessons and most of them end late afternoon around 5pm. But thankfully there are webcasts for lazy people like me so I end up skipping half of my classes anyway. Tutorials are a must though (kinda). Hall activities in KR normally start after dinner and they last for a good few hours, ending around midnight. That’s when studying actually starts for me. What do you think is the most valuable lesson you have learnt in your time staying in school? I don’t think there’s any particular one that I think is the most valuable, but through the countless lessons learned I’ve grown a lot mentally and have learnt how to fight my struggles alone (most of the time), and I’m most grateful for that. Secret study tips? I don’t think my study tips would be worth listening to, looking at my results! However, just find what works for you and most importantly give yourself a break whenever you want to. Just don’t break until like finals la that one nobody can help you! What are your Wednesday night plans? Studying of course, what else? ;)

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“Find what works for you and most importantly give yourself a break whenever you want to.�

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Ronald Yeong Year 1 Mechanical Engineering

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Hey babes, it’s me! Ronald Yeong, Mechanical Engineering, Year 1, Sheares Hall! What made you choose to stay in Sheares Hall? Seniors and friends recommended me to stay in Sheares Hall, but the deciding factor was the orientation that sheares had and the family hall culture. What made you want to study Mechanical Engineering? I chose mechanical engineering because it was one of the broadest mechanical engineering course. It was also the closest course I could find that was related to my father’s profession. What are you involved with in hall/school? I am a member of my Block’s Committee, Sheares Hall Dinner and Dance Main Committee, Sheares Hall Voluntary Corps Main Committee, Sheares Hall Dance also known as DanSHers and finally a Sheares Hall tchoukball member. What struggles do you face as an engineering student in hall, and how do you recommend tackling them? I have a very tight schedule because of hall events and lessons. I recommend planning a personal timetable and follow it very strictly. What are the perks of staying in hall! I would say the people you meet in hall. The seniors who are there to provide you advice on how to deal with hall and school work. Course seniors who are able to guide you and teach you on certain modules that you need help with. Friends who go to school with you and attend fun hall events with. Finally, the biggest perk is the shorter travelling time to school as compared to travelling from home.

“Sleep. Study. Play. Repeat. Don’t give up.”

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What’s your daily schedule like! My daily schedule varies with day. Usually I will spend the day going for lectures and lessons. School will end by 6 latest and I will head back hall each day after school. Usually I have committee meetings, training or dance practices after school. Depending on the hall events, the end time is usually around 1am. What do you think is the most valuable lesson you have learnt in your time staying in school? The most valuable lesson would be time management. In order to do well in school and hall you have to manage your time well and strike a balance between both. Secret study tips? Secret study tips? If I say it, it wouldn’t be secret anymore right! Haha. I would say be very disciplined. Play hard and work even harder. What are your Wednesday night plans? Depending on timetable and hall events. I will usually spend time interacting with my hall mates.

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“Play hard and work even harder.�

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Tiffany Tan Year 1 Chemical Engineering

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Hello everybody! My name is Tiffany and I am a Year 1 Chemical Engineering Student from Eusoff Hall. What made you choose to stay in Eusoff Hall? I am active in sports and hence was considering between Eusoff and Temasek halls which are known for their sports culture. Howeer, I had a senior that was able to pull me into Eusoff so it make the decision much simpler. What made me choose to continue staying in semester 2 was mainly the friendships being forged in hall and how it would be so weird to go home everyday! What made you want to study Chemical Engineering? I am interested in the pharmeceautical industry such as the engineering of drugs. And I couldn’t get into dentistry or medicine so ya. I question myself all the time as well actually. What are you involved with in hall/school? Most of my activities are sports haha. For school, I am in the IVP cross country team, hall, I was in the road relay and netball team. What struggles do you face as an engineering student in hall, and how do you recommend tackling them? I think the main struggle is time managaement because for students in halls, there seems to be a never-ending amount of things to celebrate and gatherings. For example, there is block supper every other week then there are friends’ birthdays to celebrate every now and then. Somehow, a lot of time is spent on social activities. How to tackle them? Just say no and sleep early. Don’t be a fomo! (Fear of missing out)

If things are going bad, it just means its not the end yet! page 27


What are the perks of staying in hall! We meet a lot of other people from other faculties. What I like most about staying in Eusoff is the familiarity and convenience. What’s your daily schedule like! Most of my days are packed with school according to NUSmods but I guess being in engineering, most of the time we end up webcasting. (Oops!) Most of my days start at 9 or 10 a.m. since I am a morning person and I have trainings thrice a week at night, usually ending about 9 p.m. . What do you think is the most valuable lesson you have learnt in your time staying in school? I think it’s the importance of time management -- uni life is like a bullet train. Secret study tips? Nah. You can try timing yourself for 1h without distraction I guess? What are your Wednesday night plans? What is the point of this question

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hen good food comes to NUS, it’s simply impossible to keep mum about it – like a saying we all know far too well, “good things must share wor”! Taking over the location of Late Plate at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House is Waa Cow – its name we will all soon understand upon taking a bite from their glorious rice bowls. The FUSE team came in late afternoon, advised to avoid the crazy lunch crowd with our tummies ready to be wowed. Welcomed by co-owners Alan and Clarence, we had a marvellous time of conversation surrounded by a selection of scrumptious food that filled our table. We had the opportunity to have a taste of their best-selling Signature Wagyu Beef Rice Bowl, Aburi Bara Chirashi Bowl, Salmon Belly Bowl, Sweet Garlic Soy Glazed Chicken Wings and Octopus Karaage – here are some of our thoughts! Alan and Clarence’s top two recommendations are the Wagyu Beef Rice Bowl and Aburi Bara Chirashi Bowl – which are also crowd favourites. Above the slightly charred Japanese shortgrain rice is beef cooked sous-vide and seared to a lovely golden brown, 62°C egg cooked to perfection, and caramelised onions. Each part of the rice bowl complement one another perfectly, tied together by a special sauce cooked in-house with beef bones – these take over 10 hours per batch to cook, its results evident in the rich saltysweet flavour it holds. Brenna Sim (Year 1 Environmental Engineering) comments, “I find the caramelised onions the best thing about the beef bowl. It is slightly sweet and compliments the beef, rice and egg together. Best eaten when all are eaten at one go!”

Wa kao! This is good!

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The Aburi Bara Chirashi Bowl is a blend of salmon, swordfish, octopus and Hokkaido scallop, blow-torched and tossed in aged soy sauce that leaves each piece of sashimi with rich flavour, fresh without any ‘fishy’ taste. The bowl is made complete with the sushi rice that lay below made with a special blend of 3 different imported Japanese vinegars, along with ebi (prawn) and ikura (salmon roe) to top it all off. The bowl is not only vibrant and colourful in its looks – it tastes just as amazing as it is presented. Currently on promotion is their Salmon Belly Bowl. Craving for some melt-in-your-mouth fresh fish goodness? Here you go - grab them fast before the promotion ends. Darren Chua (Year 2, Electrical Engineering) describes the salmon sashimi as “a burst of omega-3 fatty acid goodness” - that’s what the school kids need!

The Sweet Garlic Soy Glazed Chicken Wings were a hit among us – it tastes as good as it looks! The wings are double fried in a super crisp batter and were served piping hot, drenched in sweet garlic soy sauce. Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside! Sin Yen Lau (Year 1 Chemical Engineering) recommends this as a “must try, especially for 4Fingers fans”. The team also thoroughly enjoyed Waa Cow’s Octopus Karaage. Fried perfectly and coated with a crispy golden shell, Darren Chua (Year 1 Electrical Engineering), describes this as “外脆内软”(wai cui nei ruan) – ‘crispy on the outside, soft on the inside’. The dish is served with mayonnaise on the side.


The service at Waa Cow was superb. Alan and Clarence as well as the other staff of Waa Cow were very helpful in introducing the dishes to us and were really warm and friendly, making our experience there an unforgettable one! Cheers for awesome service! Thank you so much to Aaron, Clarence and the staff of Waa Cow for having us! We’ll be back for more, and with more! (Customers, that is. Readers of the FUSE, remember to watch out for peak hours! Don’t say we never say!)

Opening Hours: Weekdays, 11:30 to 15:00 Peak hours are during lunch, with a maximum 10-15 minute waiting time. Address: NUS Shaw Foundation Alumni House 11 Kent Ridge Drive #01-03

The beginnings of Waa Cow! Aaron: “Clarence was a human capital consultant at Deloitte and I was midway through my Masters here (at FASS) when we decided to leave our respective commitments and start Waa Cow. We had run a café back in our undergraduate days at SMU, where we had very fond memories. Through all our business discussions we always found ourselves gravitating towards food so we finally pulled the trigger and took the leap.” Aaron’s fondest memories of NUS? “Walking into Utown for the first time with a group of study buddies in the middle of the night. Then, we just decided to forgo the studying, sat in the middle of the town green (aka grass patch) and played truth or dare. Hahahaha!”

From left to right: Clarence, Jodie, Sin Yen, Brenna, Aaron

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fter a tough week of ‘eat-sleep-study-repeat’ (or ‘try very hard, fail and repeat’ for some of us oops!) we all need a good break. Of course, sleep is important, but why not spend your weekend break having some fun with friends jumping? That’s right, jumping! Jump to your heart’s content, lose some of that muffin top you gained this semester, and come have some fun at AMPED Jurong! Located at yo:HA Jurong level 2 is more than 5,000 square feet of trampolines for you and your friends to jump your hearts out, learn new tricks and sweat your stress away.

The FUSE team had the opportunity to visit Amped JURONG before sharing with you guys, just to ensure that the words mentioned above are all true – and boy did we have fun! Once again, escaping the midday crowd we attended the late afternoon slot. All geared for some vertical action (and this means being clothed in our favourite dress code of shirt and shorts to sweat in!), we were provided grip socks and entry bands upon arrival at AMPED Jurong. One of the crew members, Oaken then went through safety guidelines with us before we could start jumping around the trampolines.

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If there was one thing we got out of this experience, it would be that trampolining is more exhausting than it looks. Even with the air conditioner on full blast to keep us cool, the drips of sweat that inevitably drenched us proved that this was no chill activity! The AMPED crew on duty (Oaken, Belle and Syahirah) were always more than ready to help us with anything and everything – be it with first aid when one of the FUSE team got a bad abrasion or teaching us how to do somersaults at the foam pit no matter how bad we were at it. They also showed us all the skills they had attained on the trampoline in their time at AMPED – flipping and twirling 360 degrees on air and making it look like ‘chicken feet’, yet when the same stunts were attempted by us we end up looking like we have chicken feet. Oops! I guess we will have to come back again. According to a study completed by NASA, a 10 minute jump session on a trampoline is equivalent to a 30 minute run. This means trampolining is 68% more effective than running, providing equal benefits in a shorter time! Our team left with smiles wide on our faces and a complimentary bottle of water after a productive session of jumping, having then supposedly completed a 180-minute run, vertically. Thank you so much to the staff of AMPED@Jurong for a sweating good time – we promise to work on those somersaults again when we return!

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“Nobody said it was easy” - Coldplay


Need a break? Invite a few friends and book your session at AMPED Jurong now, on ampedsingapore.com – prices differ depending on the day, costing 10 dollars an hour per person on Mondays to 13 dollars from Tuesday to Friday, and 16 dollars throughout the weekend (Friday night to Sunday). Newly opened in AMPED@Jurong is also party rooms for groups who wish to conduct birthdays or events, so do check them out! P.S. Remember to do your waiver forms on the AMPED website before coming, just to save some time. There is a tablet available at AMPED for you to do it there as well, but if there are kids below 18 the waiver form will need to be filled by a parent/guardian beforehand.

AMPED@Jurong 200 Jurong East Ave 1, Yo:Ha, Level 2 (Sports Hall), Singapore 609789 www.ampedsingapore.com for more details

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3 destinations this break for the wanderlusts

By Lim Zhiming Year 1 Computer Engineering

“Travelling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” - Ibn Battuta It will soon be that crazily fun time of the year again! After weeks of burying yourself (or getting lost!) in your books preparing for the upcoming finals, it’s definitely time to wind down and we here at FUSE have just the right sparks to ignite you out of Singapore. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, the nature enthusiast or avid shopper, fret not, we have done the research for you! Listed in no particular order, we highlight 3 recommended destinations to help you nurture the spiritual seed within yourself and find beauty not just around you, but within yourself as well! page 37


Photo credit: Darren Tien

Breathe in Bali H

ome to towering volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields, popularized by bestseller novel and film “Eat Pray Love”, revered by notable Youtubers like “devinsupertramp”, ”Night Owl Cinematics” and “The Smart Local”, Bali is a must visit, and has made it to our list of 4 destinations to go to. For the adventures and beaches, this is the place to indulge in. So get out of that armchair and experience! Here’s a list of things to do on this island (and we are just scraping the surface): Imagine walking atop a blanket of cloud. Fairy tale? That is precisely the unbelievable stunning experience, hiking Mt. Batur. Standing at 1,717m, meander your way up this mountain to an inviting glorious sunrise. It is worth every effort to wake up extra early at 2am, and find your way to Mt Batur. In a country laden with volcanoes, scaling one is a definite must in Bali, Indonesia. Waterbom Bali is sure to keep your heart racing. With rides that plunges you down 4 storeys, it is little wonder why it has become such a popular tourist destination. Devinsupertramp has a youtube video called “Asia’s Largest Waterpark! – Waterbom Bali in 4K!” that captured every ounce of its thrill. In Bali, one can choose to paraglide over the sea with a view that looks like an Australia

seascape. Being suspended high in the air, all you feel is tranquility and immortal. It will cost a steep USD100, but count it as a once in a lifetime experience. What better place to learn how to surf than an island known for its beaches? Sign up for a class and conquer those waves. In fact, there are a ton of water activities available in Bali. From Diving, to parasailing, to banana boating, to jet skiing, find the water sport that suits you the most and have a splashing fun time. In the spirit of adventure, one can try canyoning in Bali, which involves cliff jumping, abseiling, rope climbing, sliding, caving, etc. Join “Adventure & Spirit” in Ubud (Gitgit Waterfall), and be certified with a “CAI”(Canyoneer Initiation). Take insta-worthy shots at the myriads of beach clubs and villa resorts. Potato Head Beach Club is a popular place to dine, party and unwind, with an infinity pool in front of a majestic beach front. Massage parlours are also scattered all around town, at absurdly cheap price of SGD6-7, you are in for nightly treats. Besides massaging for relaxation, try a session or two of yoga. Rightfully pointed out in the


novel “Eat Pray Love”, there is no better place to meditate, and relax your mind than Bali. Here, it is one of the world’s favorite yoga spots -- the perfect peace-seeking asylum.

Photo credit: Potato Head Folk

Photo credit: Darren Tien

Photo credit: arunatoursbali.com

Photo credit: Darren Tien

Traveller’s tips: #1: When shopping or taking taxi, etc, be outrageously thick skin, and unapologetically shameful to bargain. Rule of thumb, slash half the price. #2: Be careful of rip off merchants when trying to book for water sport activities. Do some research before hand, eg. Through tripadvisor. #3: Rent a motorbike to travel around, this is the most convenient mode of transport, and it allows you to live like a local. #4: The “mushroom” that locals are selling on the street, they are drugs. #5: Get lost in the streets of Bali and be encapsulated into its inspiring architecture, that combines culture, tradition and a rustic charm. #6: Recommended number of days of travel: 5-7 days #7: Budget: ~SGD600-700 Photo credit: Darren Tien

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or the chill travellers, look no further. In Taipei, many shops only start their business from the late morning and night markets(as the name suggests) start bustling from sunset. If you happen to wake early, head over to Fu Hang Dou Jiang(est. 1958) at Huashan Market and recharge yourself for the day with a bowl of 豆浆油条, essentially mega-crispy deep fried breadsticks wrapped in tender roasted flatbread with sweetened soy bean milk, one of the most popular breakfast delights that many locals enjoy and find it worthy to queue up to hours for. Walk along Danshui Old Street for stunning views offered by the Danshui River as well as the quaint collection of souvenirs from numerous shops nearby, on top of the diversity of local delicacies available from super tall soft serve ice cream to chewy tiny “iron eggs” rich in flavour. If you are travelling with your loved ones, take a boat to Fisherman’s Wharf where the Lover’s Bridge situates, and watch with your partner as the golden threads of light lingered in the sky, before painting a quick succession of red and dark blue, until all that will be left is the unwavering gaze and bright glow of your partner and the bridge. If you won’t settle for anything less than the largest and busiest night open-air shopping experience, head for Shilin night market. It may seem daunting at first look, but set aside 4-6 hours of casual strolling in the deep maze of alleys and lanes, as well as an empty stomach to stuff your face with delicacies. Tantalizing mango-flavoured snow flake ice, marinated minced

pork rice, the famous Ah Zong Mian Xian(vermicelli with pig intestines), stinky tofu, baby soft shell crabs, cheese potato topped with generous servings of ham and corn, cheap but heavenly bubbletea, and the list goes on, all of which would bring any foodie to cloud nine. One can also take a day trip out to Jiufen and/or Shifen, make a wish as you draw calligraphy and wishes on sky lanterns and releasing it afterwards, watching it fly up into the nearby mountains and hoping that your prayers may be answered. Take joy in taking photos of passing trains when the whistle blows as everyone scramble off the railway tracks. This old railroad town environment makes for a unique or possible romantic day trip. Photo credit: relaxghost.com


Getting Around Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit System is almost like that of Singapore’s, with the occasional cute pets that you see the locals bringing onto the trains. The Taipei MRT is fast and convenient, with signs in English on trains and in stations. If you happen to be travelling in a group, just take taxis wherever you go. A 30min taxi ride will only cost about S$1 each in a group of 4! That’s dirt cheap and not to mention the large numbers of taxis you see everywhere, making travelling around so much more convenient. You may also want to take a leisure ride around the streets in a bicycle. Taipei has the Bike Sharing System also known as YouBike. The large network of bicycle rental kiosks allows one to easily rent the wheels by just registering your Easycard, which is similar to our Ezlink Card. The first 30min of rental is free for each trip originating from New Taipei City, so take advantage of free transport where possible! Recommended number of days of travel: 6 days All-in budget: ~SGD700-800 Photo credit: Desmond Lam

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t is so easy to overlook this culturally diverse country right across our straits. But Malaysia has so much more to offer. It is not just the Genting theme park to satisfy our inner kid, nor is it just the JB/Penang/Ipoh food that we guiltily indulge in. If you think that is all, pack your bags because we are going on an adventure to explore Malaysia’s capital, KL. No prior arrangement or bookings required, just pack your bag and cross the Causeway, to Malaysia’s JB Larkin Bus Terminal. There, you will find an endless supply of coaches eagerly bringing you to KL. With bus prices 1/3 that of Singapore’s, hop onto a coach that brings you straight to Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) for a mere 30RM (10 SGD). Avoid taking the unreliable train, for it succumbs to delays and unpredictable train faults, unless you opt for the night sleeper train, which provides you a bed to sleep throughout the entire ride. With Malaysian ringgit at an all time low, and continually weakening against the Singapore dollar, to 1 : 3.07 (for all you arithmomania/numberphile geeks out there), you can get more with your dollar, when you are SHOPPING! There are heaps of shopping centres all around KL, for starters you can visit Mid Valley Megamall, or Berjaya Times Square, then slowly explore/shop your way around KL. You can never go wrong with food hunting in Malaysia. Visit Jalan Alor, a long single street filled with splendid local food. Chinatown is another alternative that you must go. KL, littered with its plentiful night markets, you will never go hungry at this rate. When you are satisfied with your loot, and delighted your stomach, head over for top notch, yet cheap massages. Liang Xin Relax Spa at Bukit Bintang provides excellent service and a marvellously conducive environment for the relaxation. For the nature/trekking enthusiast, Bukit Tabur (AKA Crystal Hill, or Dragon Back Hill) is a must visit. Although it peaks at an easily-underrated and forgiving height of only


446m, expect quite a climb ahead of you – 6 hours hike to and fro that will get you on all fours. Be extra careful, for there were reported cases of death from trekking and scaling Bukit Tabur. But do not let this dampen your spirit, for the stunning views and thrilling climb, is sure to keep your adrenaline pumping, and is worth the effort. The social butterfly will enjoy Couchsurfing events. Head on over to couchsurfing, and find weekly gathering events, and night market hangouts to join. I dare say KL has one of the best couchsurfing events in South East Asia. Be greeted by friendly Malaysian locals, and/or listen to traveller’s tales during these CS events. You might even join them for the after-event nightlife clubbing session. Photo credit: Darren Tien

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For the adventure-junkie, join a day tour that will bring you a little north of KL to Perak for amazing white water rafting. Alternatively, head a little south of Perak to race your friends in a round or two of go-karting at Sepang International Circuit, or Melaka International Circuit. For those who love the beaches, and watersports, take a day or two out of KL to visit Langkawi. They call this “tropical paradise”, an island a little off the north-west coast of Peninsula Malaysia, Langkawi is a rather hidden gem, that provides much recluse. Famous for its water sport, get ready to dive into a slew of beach activities, ranging from parasailing, to banana boat, to scuba diving, and jet skiing. Romantically enjoying the beauteous sunset view, is a nice conclusion to a day in Langkawi, as it envelopes you and welcomes you to this small island getaway. To the untrained traveller, KL is such a common place to visit, yet there is so much MORE to the city than meets the eyes. It is not just the touristy Petronas Twin Towers that gravitates us towards this cosmopolitan metropolis, it is its culture, its intrinsic nature and its hidden gems/little known hooks. If you are really not incline to visit the city central, KL, visit other parts of malaysia, like Terengganu for Stargazing, or Port Dickson for its glow in the dark beaches, or even Eastern Malaysia. Getting Around Avoid taking Taxi. The taxi there are, more often than not, rip offs. Your safest and cheapest bet lies in Uber. But remember to look for a steady source of WiFi to use the Uber app – Mcdonald’s and Starbucks are a backpacker’s campsite. You can easily rent an Airbnb apartment for an extremely comfortable stay. Forget the norms of hotel staying; for an affordable price, you can reside in the high end district of KL in comfort and style. With multi-facilities condominium, you will not be disappointed. Recommended number of days of travel: 4 days All-in budget: ~SGD$150-200


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e heard you (or we might have possibly just heard ourselves), so here are a few mini motivational posters FUSE has prepared for all of you!

Feel free to tear them out and paste them on your wall, as little drops of “don’t give up” when you’re slaving away at your desk! 1. Cap 5.0 2. Work hard play harder 3. Focus and fight on

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community panel:

How do you study? Don’t know how to start? Need some advice? The engineering community has more answers than ever. page 49 This issue we tackle a simple question: How do you study?


Community panel: How do you study?

Jason Tan

Ang Yee Siow

Year 4 Environmental Science Engineering

Year 3 Chemical Engineering

At least how many hours of sleep do you need? 7 Hours

At least how many hours of sleep do you need? 7 Hours

How do you stay focused? I stay focused by planning a timetable and sticking to it. Studying in a quiet area also helps. What is your study method? For every 45 minutes of work I do, I take a 15 minute break.

How do you stay focused? I listen to instumental music and put my phone on silent mode.

Any tips for our readers? I guess study methods differ for everyone and they just need to find one they comfortable with. Don’t pressure yourself and enjoy the small achievements like finishing a chapter, solving a question, completing a paper or even helping a friend. I don’t do it often but asking professors for consultation could help. Sometimes they teach better one-on-one than an entire class.

What would you eat in techno to make sure you’re energized for the next class? Any meal which contains carbohydrates, proteins and vegetables.

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What is your study method? I write notes and attempt past year papers and tutorials.


Tan Wen Xiang

Hamza Naqvi

Year 1 Industrial Systems Engineering

Year 2 Biomedical Engineering

in your brain. Do not ever leave everything for the last few days.

At least how many hours of sleep do you need? 6 Hours

At least how many hours of sleep do you need? I believe it’s all about conditioning your body well. While science will tell you how much you should sleep to retain a healthy body, I firmly believe, it is the quality rather than the quantity of your sleep that plays a huge part in your holistic well-being. I sleep 5 hours during weekdays and 7 during weekend.

What brain food would you recommend? Not big on the technicalities of food. I do believe fruits must be consumed daily. I particularly like oranges and bananas.

How do you stay focused? Take a 10min nap and cold shower. What is your study method? I work for two hours then reward mysef with a 30 minute break. What brain food would you recommend? Coffee. What would you eat in techno to make sure you’re energized for the next class? Campus best milk tea.

How do you stay focused? Starting early is the key. Focus comes with a good balance in our habits. Have fun when the time is right, and work consistently hard. For me, studying alone works the best. What is your study method? Make your own notes. Writing down your content greatly helps with retention of content

What would you eat in techno to make sure you’re energized for the next class? Roasted chicken rice with extra extra chicken and no skin. A glass of avocado milkshake.

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Community panel: How do you study?

Elizabeth Tan Year 1 Mechanical Engineering At least how many hours of sleep do you need? 7 Hours. How do you stay focused? I put my phone aside. What is your study method? Practise past year papers. What brain food would you recommend? Raisins. What would you eat in techno to make sure you’re energized for the next class? I would recommend Ayam Penyet, Japanese food or Western food.

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Lee Min Han Year 3 (Currently on exchange in Finland) Chemical Engineering At least how many hours of sleep do you need? I used to need 4-6 hrs. But now I make sure I always get my 8 hours muhahaha. How do you stay focused? 1. Get away from your bed. 2. Go to the library where others are studying. 3. Turn off facebook/instagram/whatsapp web/snapchat 4. Prepare some tidbits -- get starbucks if there’s one-for-one What is your study method? 1. Typically I prefer studying when enough content has been covered so that I can get the full idea at a go. As I read the notes, I aim to understand not just the content, but why I’m doing that particular section. It helps a lot to concretise your understanding of the module when you can tie in specific chapters according to their

purpose, like if this chapter is meant for system A, this chapter is for situation B etc. 2. Make your own notes. I find that it helps me remember whatever’s important when I write it down and as I do so, I paraphrase and summarise to check if I really get it. If it’s an open-book exam, you’re essentially making a cheatsheet/ summary page so that you know where to find certain information. What brain food would you recommend? Everything unhealthy HAHA. Koi is the ultimate comfort drink. And probably chicken essence if my mum buys it for me. What would you eat in techno to make sure you’re energized for the next class? Next class? What’s that? Got attendance anot?


Liew Binhan

Nur Muhammad Ashraf

Year 2 Electrical Engineering

Year 2 Electrical Engineering

At least how many hours of sleep do you need? 7 hours.

At least how many hours of sleep do you need? 10 hours.

How do you stay focused? I normally play pop music in the background but if you really want to focus, try listening to rainforest sounds. If all else fails a one hour power nap always helps.

How do you stay focused? Do excercises/workouts frequently

What is your study method? I write notes. What brain food would you recommend? Lots of meat. What would you eat in techno to make sure you’re energized for the next class? I’d recommend anything with rice and meat.

What is your study method? For extreme hardcore studying: For every 4 hours of study sleep for 45minutes. Carry on cycle for 24/7 from recess week until exam ends. What brain food would you recommend? Walnuts. Don’t drink anything except water. What would you eat in techno to make sure you’re energized for the next class? Anything that is 40% protein, 40% carbohydrates and 20% fats. page 52


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The FUSE April 2016  

The Semester 2, AY 15/16 magazine for NUS Faculty of Engineering, produced by NUS Students' Engineering Club.

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