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IMPERIAL COLLEGE

SINGAPORE SOCIETY

SOTONG

GUIDE Keep Calm and Carry On

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The Imperial College Singapore Society Sotong Guide is a series of four guidebooks which we have specially prepared to guide you through your journey to London, from pre-departure to settling down. This is the fourth (and final) book in the series. This book, written in the style of a travel guide, shows you all the places where you can eat, shop and have fun. For those who enjoy exploring the world, we have also included a number of weekend destinations outside of London. You will also read about our upcoming activities and events in London, such as the annual ski trip, sports sessions and Major Event 2014. More information can be found on our Facebook page. Lastly, we hope that you’ll find this guide useful and we look forward to seeing you at Imperial College London! 31st Executive Committee Imperial College Singapore Society


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rom specialty restaurants to fast food joints, you can find nearly any kind of food you are craving for in London. As one of the most cosmopolitan cities, there's always something to accommodate your tastes and budgets.

To help you save time on finding the best food places, we have compiled a whole list of restaurants and cafes where students often visit for meals. In addition, we have included some popular menu items.

On Campus

Junior Common Room, Sherfield Building. A centrally located dining area comprising four different outlets where you can meet your friends over lunch. Open: 08:00 to 18:00 (Mon to Fri). The Queen's Tower Restaurant, Sherfield Building. A food court serving two course meal deals at an affordable price. Open: 11:45 to 14:15 (Mon to Fri), 17:30 to 19:00 (Mon to Thu). Fuel, Sherfield Building. An eatery serving famous Pieminister pies, soups and stews. Or you could mix and match your own box of salad for £2.50 (small) or £3.33 (large). Open: 11:00 to 14:00 (Mon to Fri).

Near College Subway, South Kensington, 30 Thurloe Street, London SW7 2LT, 020 7581 9336. Get a £3 meal, which includes a 6-inch sub and a drink. Open: 07:00 to 23:30 (Mon to Wed), 07:00 to 04:00 (Thu to Fri), 09:00 to 23:30 (Sat), 10:00 to 22:00 (Sun). South Kensington, Oriental Canteen, 2A Exhibition Road, London SW7 2HF, 020 7581 8831. A nearby restaurant serving Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine. Identify yourself as a student and enjoy free flow rice when you get a main dish. Open: 12:00 to 21:30 (Mon to Sun). Library Cafe, Central Library. The only cafe on campus which opens on weekends. You can grab a somewhat filling jacket potato with tuna stuffing for £1.98. Open: 08:30 to 23:00 (Mon to Thu), 08:30 to 21:00 (Fri), 10:00 to 17:00 (Sat to Sun). 04 | Sotong Guide Book Four

South Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), Kensington, 107 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LE, 020 7581 8942. A mid-range burger chain offering various student discounts. The thick milkshake is a must try. Open: 11:00 to 23:00 (Mon to Sat), 11:00 to 22:00 (Sun).


Cremerie Creperie, South Kensington, 2-6 Exhibition Road, London SW7 2HF, 020 7589 8947. Although slightly pricey, this cafe serves freshly-made crepes and waffles. Open: 11:00 to 23:30 (Mon), 10:00 to 23:30 (Tue to Fri), 09:30 to 23:30 (Sat to Sun).

Gloucester Road, The Sandwich Shop, 54 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4QT, 020 7589 2849. Probably the cheapest snack you can get near college. Baguettes cost £2.50 or £2.75, while pastries cost £1. Open: 05:30 to 19:00 (Mon to Fri), 06:00 to 19:00 (Sat to Sun).

South Kensington, 26 Wafflemeister, Cromwell Place, London SW7 2LD, 020 7584 4688. Freshly made Belgian waffles are served with a variety of toppings. Prices from £3 to £5. Present your student identification card for a 10% discount. Open: 09:00 to 00:00 (Mon to Sun).

South Kensington, 21 Old Wasabi, Brompton Road, London SW7 3HZ, 020 7225 3880. Affordable sushi and bento sets for £5. Suitable for both eat in and take away. Open: 10:30 to 22:00 (Mon to Sat), 10:30 to 21:00 (Sun).

South Kensington, 32 Thurloe Snog, Place, London SW7 2HQ, 020 7584 4926. A shop serving frozen yogurt at an affordable price. Open: 11:00 to 00:00 (Mon to Sun). Earl’s Court, 35 Earl’s Pizza Express, Court Road, London W8 6ED, 020 7937 0761. Search online for discount vouchers before going down. Also, try their signature margherita pizza. Open: 11:30 to 23:00 (Mon to Sun). High Street Kensington, My Old Dutch, 16 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4EP, 020 7937 6090. Huge pancakes for half the price every Monday. 10% student discount on all other days. Open: 10:00 to 21:30 (Mon to Fri), 09:00 to 21:45 (Sat to Sun).

South Kensington, Bosphorus Kebabs, 59 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3JS, 020 7584 4048. Touted as the best Turkish kebab stall in London. A mixed kebab meal will cost you £6.50. Open: 11:00 till late (Mon to Sun). South KensThe Hummingbird Bakery, ington, 47 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3JP, 020 7851 1795. Their Red Velvet Cupcakes are the bomb! Slightly expensive but definitely worth a try. Open: 09:00 to 19:00 (Sun to Thu), 09:00to 20:00 (Fri to Sat).

Knightsbridge, 177 McDonald’s, Brompton Road, London SW3 1NF. Flash your student identification card and get a free cheeseburger, McFlurry or regular fries when you order an extra value meal. Open: 05:00 to 00:00 (Mon to Sun). Gloucester Road, 128D ASK Italian, Gloucester Road, London SW7 4SF, 020 7835 0840. A restaurant that serves pasta dishes and pizzas with thick toppings. Takeaway service is available. Open: 12:00 to 23:30 (Mon to Sat), 12:00 to 23:00 (Sun). Eat | 05


Around London Zizzi, Notting Hill Gate, 2-6 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JE, 020 7243 2888. An Italian restaurant serving pasta and pizza at a reasonable price. Open: 11:30 to 23:00 (Mon to Sat), 12:00 to 22:30 (Sun). Paddington, 190 Sussex Bonda Cafe, Gardens, London W2 1TU, 020 7402 5111. Usually more popular with students from Wilson House, this cafe serves authentic Malaysian dishes for around £6. Open: 12:00 to 23:00 (Mon to Fri), 08:30 to 23:00 (Sat to Sun). Tuk Tuk Thai Noodle Bar, Bayswater, 54 Queensway, London W2 3RY, 020 7221 3003. A restaurant serving classic Thai dishes such as Tom Yum soup noodles, Thai green curry and Pad Thai. A decent meal costs around £5. Open: 12:00 to 00:00 (Mon to Sat), 12:00 to 23:30 (Sun).

Hare and Tortoise, Russell Square, 11-13 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AF, 020 7278 9799. Their char kway teow has been certified almost authentic by many Singaporeans. You can also find Japanese cuisine such as sushi, bento sets, sashimi and tempura. Open: 12:00 to 23:00 (Mon to Sun). Piccadilly Circus, 11 Wardour Misato, Street, London W1D 6PG, 020 7734 0808. For the ravenous, the place offers decent Japanese bentos or curry with a mountain of rice for about £6 per main course. Open: 12:00 to 22:30 (Mon to Sun). Leicester Square, 5 Rasa Sayang, Macclesfield Street, London W1D 6AY, 020 7734 1382. A restaurant serving pretty authentic Singaporean and Malaysian food. Open: 12:00 to 23:00 (Mon to Thu), 12:00 to 00:00 (Fri to Sat), 11:30 to 21:30 (Sun). Assa, Tottenham Court Road, 53 St. Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LH, 020 7240 8256. Although slightly pricey, the Seafood Kimchi pancakes and Pork Spicy Hot Pots are worth a try. Open: 12:00 to 00:00 (Mon to Sat), 17:00 to 01:00 (Sun). Leicester Square, 4 Rupert Court, C&R, London W1D 6DY, 020 7434 1128. Tucked away in a small courtyard in Soho, this cafe-restaurant serves Singaporean and Malaysian food in generous portions at £6.50 or £7. Desserts such as ice kacang, chendol and bubur cha cha are sold for £3.50. Open: 12:00 to 23:00 (Mon to Sun).

Gold Mine, Bayswater, 102 Queensway, London W2 3RR, 020 7792 8331. Famous for its roast duck. For a 10% discount, present your ICSS membership card before ordering. A typical meal costs £10 to £15. Open: 12:00 to 23:00 (Mon to Sun).

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Leicester Square, 11 Old Chatime, Compton Street, London W1D 5JF, 078 6625 8257. Be prepared to wait for up to 30 minutes before your get your bubble tea. Open: 11:00 to 23:00 (Mon to Sun).


See Attractions

Parks

London Eye, Waterloo. This 135-metre tall observation wheel gives you one of the best views of the city. For a higher vantage point, pay £30 to visit The Shard. Tower Hill. An iconic Tower Bridge, symbol of London across the River Thames. People sometimes mistake this bridge as London Bridge. Also, if you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of a bridge lift.

Hyde Park, Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch. Covering 350 acres, this is one of Central London’s largest parks. It is adjacent to the 270-acre Kensington Gardens. Run the along inner perimeter to clock approximately 6 kilometres.

Theatre Big Ben, Westminster. Officially called the Elizabeth Tower, this is the world’s largest four-faced chiming clock.

Museums Natural History Museum, South Kensington. Famous for its dinosaur skeleton and a life-sized blue whale, this museum exhibits a wide variety of plant and animal specimens. South Kensington. Science Museum, Travel through time as you learn about the scientific discoveries over the centuries. Since you’re studying at Imperial College, why not drop round for a visit?

Being in London, you must certainly not miss out on the West End, where you can catch some of the most famous theatrical productions, including musicals such as Les Misérables, Wicked or The Lion King. It is probably something that you wouldn’t mind ticking off the bucket list more than a couple of times. Most theatres are located in the vicinity of Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Shaftesbury Avenue. For those who enjoy seeking last minute offers, tickets are often sold at heavily discounted prices, usually an hour before the start of the show. These tickets can be purchased from various ticket booths in Leicester Square, or at the theatre itself. See | 07


Shop

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ondon’s shopping scene is one of the most diverse on the planet. If you look hard enough, you’ll probably find some hidden gems tucked away around the city. Fortunately, major shopping destinations are generally easily accessible by public transport.

Destinations Oxford Street, Oxford Circus or Bond Street. With over 300 high street brands such as Gap and Topshop, as well as landmark department stores such as Selfridges, John Lewis and Debenhams, this 1.5-mile street will definitely keep you busy for an entire afternoon. Covent Garden or Covent Garden, Leicester Square. A truly distinctive shopping district. Covent Garden Market is famous for its arts and crafts, while Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials offer a unique shopping experience for those who are looking for special gifts or the latest street wear. White City or Wood Westfield London, Lane. If you are looking for a shopping centre where you can move from shop to shop without worrying about the weather, you should visit Westfield London. An alternative in East London is Westfield Stratford), which is said Stratford City ( to be Europe’s largest shopping mall. Canary Wharf. Canada Square is a huge shopping centre with over 200 shops, located in one of the most busiest business district of London. For those who particularly enjoy crowds, the best time to visit is during lunch hour on weekdays. Knightsbridge. Among the most famous upmarket retail outlets located at Knightsbridge are Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Even if you do not intend to buy anything, drop in to experience the touristy atmosphere. This shopping street is just a 10-minute walk from Imperial College.

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Markets Borough Market, London Bridge. The best place to find expensive gourmet food, organic fruits and vegetables, fresh produce including fish and meats. Get there early to beat the crowd. Notting Hill Portobello Road Market, Gate or Ladbroke Grove. A crowded market where you will find clothes, posters, antiques, and (of course) food. Friday and Saturday are the main market days.

Aldgate East or Brick Lane Market, Whitechapel. A massive flea market with stalls selling all sorts of antiques and an eclectic mix of bizarre stuff. Don’t forget to try the Bangladeshi curries after a day of shopping. Best to visit on a Sunday. South Kensington. Farmers’ Markets, Every Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00, Bute Street is closed to traffic for farmers to sell their produce, including a wide variety of seafood, vegetables, bread, pies and traditional sausages.

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Supermarkets Now, for the type of shopping which you will be doing on a more regular basis: grocery shopping. Since dining out is rather costly, may want to don your apron and start preparing your own dishes!

Sainsbury’s, Gloucester Road, 158A Cromwell Road, London SW7 4EJ, 020 7373 8313. The nearest supermarket (of decent size) from college. Open: 07:00 to 23:59 (Mon), 06:00 to 23:59 (Tue to Fri), 06:00 to 22:00 (Sat), 11:00 to 17:00 (Sun).

Supermarkets and convenience stores are conveniently scattered across the streets in the UK. Near college, you will find the supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. Most of the supermarket chains operate smaller convenience stores: Sainsbury’s Local, Tesco Express and Little Waitrose. However, prices may be a bit higher than their larger counterparts. Tip: To collect points and to enjoy offers, you may wish to sign up for the various loyalty cards, either online or in store. Essentials Convenience Store. Located at the ground floor of the Eastside Halls in Princes Gardens, this store stocks items such as fruits, vegetables, dry goods, bread, dairy products, toiletries and household products. You can also find vending machines and a cashpoint at the entrance.

In UK, the value-added tax (VAT) rate is 20%. At the cashier, you will pay the price you see on the price tag. Unless you’re at a Chinese restaurant that does not include VAT in its pricing. Unfortunately, if you’re holding a student visa, you cannot get a VAT refund.

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Waitrose, Gloucester Road, 128 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4SF, 020 7370 2424. Basically, Waitrose is to Cold Storage as Sainsbury’s is to NTUC Fairprice. You can find the more exotic and upmarket items. Open: 07:30 to 22:00 (Mon to Fri), 08:00 to 21:00 (Sat), 12:00 to 18:00 (Sun).


Little Waitrose, South Kensington, 99 103 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RD. Free coffee or tea daily for members. Also, bread and pastries (freshly baked in the morning) going for as low as 5 pence from 21:00. Open: 07:00 to 22:00 (Mon to Sun). Gloucester Road, Tesco Express, 87-93 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4SS. A 24-hour convenience store located midway between Imperial College and Evelyn Gardens. Open: 24 hours.

Asian Food Oriental City, Bayswater, 26 Queensway, London W2 3RX. Loon Fung, Leicester Square, 42-44 Gerrard Street, London W1D 5QG, 020Â 7437 7332. Open: 10:00 to 20:00 (Mon to Sun). Leicester Square, 9 New Loon Moon, Gerrard Street, London W1D 5PL, 020 7734 3887. Tip: To get to Leicester Square, you can choose to take bus service 14 from South Kensington or Evelyn Gardens, instead of the Underground.

Home Improvement Argos, High Street Kensington, 164-166 Kensington High Street, London W8 7RG. With a catalogue containing tens of thousands of products, you can purchase furniture, kitchen appliances and other home improvement items at an affordable price. Open: 10:00 to 19:00 (Mon), 9:00 to 20:00 (Tue to Fri), 9:00 to 18:30 (Sat), 11:00 to 18:00 (Sun).

Pharmacy Boots, High Street Kensington, 127A Kensington High Street, London W8 5SF, 020 7937 9533. The British equivalent of Watsons or Guardian, where you can find bottles of shampoo and tubes of vitamin tablets. Open: 08:00 to 21:00 (Mon to Fri), 08:00 to 20:00 (Sat), 12:00 to 18:00 (Sun).

Services Snappy Snaps, South Kensington, 34 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3DL, 020 7584 6260. You can take passport photos or print your holiday pictures here. South Kensington, 8 Station Timpson, Arcade, London SW7 2NA, 020 7589 5857. A key cutting and shoe repair shop that’s located near college.

On Sunday, shops are only allowed to open for six hours by law. Most of the shops in Central London will choose the 12:00 to 18:00 slot. Outside London, most shops will operate from 10:00 to 16:00 or from 11:00 to 17:00.

Gloucester Road, Perkins Dry Cleaners, 144 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4SZ, 020 7370 5240. Laundry services including dry cleaning. High Street Kensington Central Library, Kensington, Phillimore Walk, London W8 7RX. 020 7361 3010. If you are tired of the science and engineering books in the college library, you can visit this public library instead. Open: 09:30 to 20:00 (Mon to Tue, Thu), 09:30 to 17:00 (Wed, Fri to Sat). Shop | 11


Surf

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ince the 2012 Summer Olympics, the number of free public Wi-Fi hotspots in London has grown rapidly, perhaps to an extent that may make you reconsider your unlimited data plan. Here are some free (not necessarily public) Wi-Fi networks which you might encounter while roaming the streets:

Imperial-WPA. If you are an Imperial College student, simply enter your college username and password to start exploring the intertubes. eduroam. When visiting other colleges that have subscribed to eduroam, you can sign in to this network using your email address (abc13@ic.ac.uk) and password. Your friends can sign in to this network using their own account when visiting Imperial College.

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O2. This network is available at crowded destinations such as Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus. Even though you do not need to pay a single penny, the surfing speed is surprisingly fast! Starbucks. Have you ever wondered why so many students spend their whole day in Starbucks? These caffeine-dispensing outlets, seemingly located along every other street in London, provide free Wi-Fi for its customers. The Cloud. This network requires you to sign in every time you connect. When you are on campus, you might get auto-connected to this network instead of Imperial-WPA. A large number of pubs in the UK are on this network.


Travel S

ome of the world’s most fantastic sights are scattered across the UK and Europe. To help you get started, we have prepared a short list of places where you should visit. York. An ancient cathedral city located in North Yorkshire, York is home to historical structures and buildings. Most tourists sights are located within walking distance of one another. The York Minster is a must visit. An excellent vantage point for the medieval city is from the ramparts of its city walls, from Bootham Bar to Monk Bar. A one-way advance ticket can be as cheap as £14. Now, buying a two-way ticket at King’s Cross on the day itself will cost £98.

Brighton. Brighton is one of the most popular cities along the southern coast of the UK. During the warmer months of the year, the pebble beach is covered in tourists. The Brighton Pier houses an arcade as well as an amusement park. The Brighton Marina is a leisurely 30-minute walk from the pier. At the end of the day, you can visit The Lanes and the North Laine, where you can find shops selling unusual stuff such as magic potions. It is just over an hour from London by National Rail, with weekend fares as low as £10.

Portsmouth. A coastal city for the seaside lovers. You won’t ever miss the 170-metre Spinnaker Tower, which is the tallest accessible structure in the UK outside London. The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, located near the Portsmouth Harbour rail station, showcases historic ships such as the HMS Victory. There are a number of designer outlets at Gunwharf Quays, including M&S, Gap, Superdry and Cadbury. The city centre is a 20-minute walk from the harbour.

Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. The royal capital of Scotland is famous for its history, scenery and architecture. The city centre is divided into two parts. The most famous sites are located in the Old Town, while rows of shops can be found in the New Town. The One O’clock Gun is fired from the ramparts of the Edinburgh Castle at 13:00 (Mon to Sat). Also, don’t forget to visit the vast mountain ranges of the Scottish Highlands for magnificent and breathtaking views. Lake District National Park. Covering 885 square miles, Lake District is the largest national park in the UK. Windermere Lake and Wast Water Lake are popular spots. An intricate network of footpaths enables visitors to easily access different parts of the park. In addition, you can opt for a boat trip on most of the lakes. While it is a convenient option to drive a car up from London, do note that parking fees may not be cheap in the larger towns. Travel | 13


National Rail Getting to these places will often require you to take the National Rail. Generally, ticket prices for a particular type of ticket and route are the same, regardless of the operator you choose to travel with. You will need to hold a valid ticket before boarding a train. Tickets can be bought from the ticket office or from a machine. Rural stations may not have a ticket office or machine. In this case, you must buy a ticket from the conductor on the train at the first opportunity. For train schedules and ticket fares, visit nationalrail.co.uk. There are three types of tickets, which allow you to choose between flexibility and value. In increasing order of cost per mile, tickets are classed as: ÔÔ Advance: Buy in advance, travel on a specific train at a specific day and time. Tickets are released for sale around 12 weeks in advance. ÔÔ Off-Peak: Buy any time, travel during off-peak hours (usually from 09:30 to 16:00 and after 19:00 on weekdays, and all day on weekends). ÔÔ Anytime: Buy any time, travel any time. Note: Advance tickets are only sold as single (one-way) tickets. Purchase two singles to make a return journey. For off-peak or anytime, single tickets will cost nearly as much as return tickets.

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A ticket does not guarantee a seat, unless you have a seat reservation. Depending on the ticket type and train operator, this may come automatically with the ticket or you may be asked if you wish to reserve a seat. Within London, the Oyster Card can be used on National Rail services. This may be cheaper than buying anytime tickets at the station. However, if you remain on the train beyond Zone 6, you may be liable for a wallet-shocking penalty fare. For the best discounts, travel in groups of four and purchase the tickets over the counter at the ticket office. Alternatively, if you have a 16-25 Railcard, you will enjoy 1/3 off your National Rail fares when you travel in smaller groups.

Travelling to Europe Since you are already in London, why not take the opportunity to travel to the many destinations in the region? A number of airlines fly out of London, bringing you to major cities across continental Europe. If you a budget traveller, you may wish to fly with easyJet. For a comparison of flight prices, you may wish to visit Skyscanner. Budget airlines usually fly out of London from smaller airports such as Gatwick, Stansted and Luton. You can get to these airports by easyBus. If you are looking for a place to stay, search for affordable accommodation in more than 34,000 cities on Airbnb’s website.


Events

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his coming year, the Imperial College Singapore Society will be organising a repertoire of exciting events for all its members.

Hyde Park Picnic The annual Hyde Park Picnic will be held on 12 October 2013 (Sat), allowing you to get comfortable outdoors before the arrival of the winter chill. You can certainly look forward to playing different sports and games at one of the largest parks in Central London. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Ski Trip It is time for the Imperial College Singapore Society Ski Trip! Gather your friends and gear up for a solid week of riding the 134 slopes of varying difficulty at UCPA La Plagne, France. Don’t worry if you are new to this sport, as there will be lessons catered to all levels. The trip will be from 13 to 22 December 2013 (Fri to Sun). You will leave London on Friday  evening for six days of extreme fun in the snow, and return to London on Sunday morning. This year’s package price is £488 for ICSS members, which includes accommodation and travel. Please note that non-members will be required to pay a £5 administration fee. All meals will be provided. Priority for the trip will be given to ICSS members. If you have any queries, feel free to contact our vice-president, Gabriel Wee. Register early to avoid disappointment!

UK Phone Numbers The country code for the UK is +44. Phone numbers are sometimes displayed in the form +44 (0) 7555 555555. When calling a UK number from overseas, omit the zero and dial +44 7555 555555. In the UK, you have the option of replacing +44 with 0 and dial 07555 555555.

Mobile phone numbers start with 074, 075, 077, 078 or 079. In London, landline numbers start with 020. Numbers starting with 080 are free to call from landlines (but not from mobile phones). If you need to make such a call, find a public telephone. Numbers starting with 084 and 087 are assigned to special-rate services. Calls to such numbers are expensive, but you may find an alternative number at times. Events | 15


Major Event Major Event has been an ICSS tradition for many years. The annual event brings our members together as one family to produce something that we can all be proud of, and to showcase our precious little red dot to the rest of the world. In years gone past, Major Event has taken on different forms. From talentime in 2003 and 2005 to mass dessert making in 2004, we have produced quality products year after year, often attracting large crowds.

Chinese New Year Dinner

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In recent years, Major Event has been in the form of a musical, where our members combine efforts to put together a night of fun and laughter, tears and sorrow. Last year, 90 of our members spent over five months to prepare for the event. After all, Major Event involves the greatest number of ICSS members in various ways over a prolonged duration. Major Event will be held on 22 February 2014 (Sat), so mark your calendar now! To find out more, please contact our Major Event Officer, Ho Chuan Khim.


Sports Sports has many uses about our daily life. It can help us meet old and new friends, learn new skills, keep us fit and healthy, and take away any prevailing guilt we had about that last pint of ice cream. ICSS organises sports sessions as often as our resources allow. Some of these sports may only be active at certain times of the year. In general, these sessions are held weekly, but you don’t need to turn up at every session if you have a busy schedule. Our sports representatives will organise regular sessions and prepare the sports teams for upcoming sporting events, such as the Nottingham Games in November. If you are interested, simply get in touch with our Sports Officer, Wong Jen Yi.

Klaxton Kok Badminton Yu Yen Chen Basketball Joelle Chin Captain’s Ball Sean Lee Floorball Lee Si Jia Netball Ken Miura Soccer Bertrand Na Touch Rugby Wong Jen Yi Ultimate Frisbee

Dance Exposure Classes This year, we are introducing dance exposure classes. Similar to the sports training sessions, these sessions aim to allow people to come together to do something in common. Even for the inexperienced, the classes will give an insight into the different forms of dance, and will be taught at a beginner-friendly pace. For now, we have contemporary and breaking classes. If you are interested to sign up for these classes, perhaps just for fun and fitness, please contact Ho Chuan Khim. Events | 17


Academic Representatives Dharani Kishore Aeronautical Engineering

Aaron Ng Electronics and Information Engineering

Sabrina Ung Biology

Stephanie Khoo Geophysics

Everett Koh Biochemistry

Brian Sum Materials

Samantha Wong Biomedical Science

Choo Jia Guang Mathematics and Computer Science

Maria Paulene Abundo Chemical Engineering

Hee Jia Yun Mechanical Engineering

Qamarul Arifin Chemistry

Chen Chee Yang Medicine

Gng Zi Xiang Civil Engineering

Yeap Ping Lin Physics

Koh Yi Sheng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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