When I graduated from Monash University in 2004, I received more than just a Computing education. The experiences and opportunities in Monash opened my eyes and spurred my desire to understand a larger and interconnected world of knowledge and disciplines. My time in Monash has also encouraged me to boldy pursue my interests and passion which is the manner I want to live my life.
I thought the distinguished alumni featured in this videos perfectly described the capability and potential of this young and fine institution – Monash University.
Related link: Honouring our distinguished alumni (Monash University)
- Picture taken near North Melbourne station
Remember the Chaser’s 2007 APEC Summit Osama security stunt (see youtube video)? The new season of the Chaser (War on Everything) returns on ABC1 in midst of the swine flu (H1N1 influenza) pandemic.
As a general advertised health alert, all fans and new viewers are strongly encouraged to wear those little blue facial masks and stay at home especially on Wed, 27 May for further updates.
How did the credit crisis orginate? Check out the videos below and find out how defaulted mortages took Wall Street down and affected the rest of us.
In the beginning … responsible people wanted a home loan and it was prime…
Turning point … bankers and investors wanted more…
I rarely talk US politics on my blog.
But with the current state of the world and with Colin Powell’s endorsement for the next President of the United States of America, Mr Barack Obama, please help your country and the world to herald a new order.
I wish Mr Barack Obama, all the very best to introduce the changes to fix up America. Go away, the old, tired, mean, cunning, self-serving agenda from the Republican party. You have ruined America for 8 years, a change is due.
Google recently released a tool (Insights for Search), could help researchers track consumer activity and provide snapshots of economic change. Basically it allows the tracking of various words and phrases that people type into Google’s search box.
Now everyone can view its database of search requests (from 2004 – present) and discover the things that preoccupy individuals. These results can be filtered by cities, regions or countries at any time.
Singapore Snapshot (as at 8 Aug 08, click to view larger version)
Australia Snapshot (as at 8 Aug 08, click to view larger version)
Last week, The Pitch Challenge (The Gruen Transfer, ABC) is to develop an advertisement to sell the unsellable – Convince Aussie to invade it’s close neighbour – New Zealand. Why would anyone want to invade such a beautiful and peaceful country like NZ?
The two agencies tasked with this brief came up with two smart ads, one that would really appeal to the (some) Aussies and the other, a cheeky play with NZ runaway success tourism campaign. Brilliant!
Apparently after the show was broadcasted, a small group of Kiwis took offence with the plot. In response, the producer of the show will give the Kiwis a fair go (Aussie slang) to “take their revenge” on the final episode of the show.
PS: This brief is not authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra (at least not publicly acknowledged)
(BERNO: 03 Sep 2008: I have posted a new entry on Melbourne’s Singapore Day 2008 with the latest program listing and registration details.)
Following the 2007 Singapore Day in NYC success, the Overseas Singaporean Unit is organising this year’s Singapore Day in Melbourne (Sidney Myer Music Bowl) on 4 Oct 08.
Based on last year’s news article and this personal blog post narration (Part 1 and 2), it looks like a fun free day all of all Singaporean food, news, Gah-men people, fun and quirks. Check out http://www.singaporeday.sg/ for more information and to register for updates.
I wonder if the Melbourne event would have getai singing too? I bet the ang moh will love it
As a member of a regional team, conference calls meetings are part and parcel of the daily work schedule. Usually, I would working on my emails before the start the conference call. But over in Nashville, there are some creative ‘softies out there with some pretty nifty moves.
Feeling burden with today’s happening? Smile and cheer up, cos tomorrow is a brand new day!
- A Chaser clip filmed last Christmas in Martin Place, Sydney.
There are a few Aussie specifc jokes including references to the end of the Howard-era, the Eagles and their drug problem. Still I hope this clip brings a smile to everyone’s face.
Last week I was in Beijing for a regional team meeting, it was an opportunity to meet my China, Taiwan and Redmond-based counterparts. It was also my first opportunity to experience a real winter environment. During the day, the temperature is around -2C (28F) and -8C (17F) in the evening.
More trip photos can be found here.
- Microsoft Research Asia University Relations Team
– Microsoft Research Asia Lab (微软亚洲研究院) - Sigma Building – the Mid-level Zen Garden
– The path from my hotel to Sigma building.
Despite the long working days with packed agenda, I was able to have an opportunity to order two sets of bespoke Aussie wool suits (250 USD), experienced the world renowned Peking Duck (at Dongcheng Beijing DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant), watched a performance by the China National Acrobatic Troupe (中国杂技第一课, highly recommended) on the last day of the meeting and met up with Reshma Khilnani, a friend from the Advanced Technology Centre (微软亚洲工程院). Finally I also caught up fellow Singaporeans during a Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (Singcham) networking evening (held in the Beijing Raffles Hotel).
- The Menu! – Preparing the Peking duck
– The amazing acrobatic performance by the China National Acrobatic troops