Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I got into SST!

Hooray!

  Ten minutes ago, I discovered that I got into SST! At 2.30, my dad asked me to go to check the mailbox and I found a letter addressed to me. At that moment, I was thinking: "Let me get in! Let me get in! Let me get in!" As I opened the letter, I could feel my heart beating. When I pulled out the letter, my heart almost stopped. "Congratulations!" was the first word on the letter. My eyes nearly popped out of their sockets and I did a victory dance in the lift.



















I feel overjoyed! Now all I have to do is to get into Express stream (PSLE Aggregate:200 and above)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Teachers' Day Performance

Hi guys,

  Tomorrow, a group of friends and I are going to perform for the teachers on Teachers' Day. These are the people in the band known as "Makeshift"

Clarence Wee - Piano and Vocals
Nathan Wee - Drums, Backup Guitar and Background Vocals
Benjamin Lim - Violin, Backup Guitar and Vocals
Keming (Me) - Guitar, Base Guitar (sometimes), Background Vocals

If you have read my earlier post, our band will be performing "21 Guns" by Green Day.

Coincidentally, tomorrow is ACES(All Children Exercise Simultaneously) day as well!
We will be doing a dance together as a school. Watch it here!
 
 
 
I hope we have a great day tomorrow!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Technology on the ocean floor

Hi guys,

  Scientists have used new technology to explore the ocean floor off the coast of Indonesia. There were many interesting pictures of the marine life taken by the scientists, such as this one.













 

Amazing, huh?

  Approximately 50 new plant and animal species were discovered during the three-week expedition. More than 100 hours and 100 000 photographs were taken with HD cameras and were sent to shore through high-speed internet.

  The expedition was carried out by a ship which belongs to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (What a mouthful!), which is known as the Okeanos Explorer.

The Okeanos Explorer

Friday, August 27, 2010

Smosh fever!

Hi all,

  Have you heard of this Youtube Channel known as Smosh? It is currently my favourite Youtube Channel. Here's the link to their channel:


  Click on it and watch a few videos! Enjoy!

  They also have a website:


Cheers!




Thursday, August 26, 2010

It's (almost) the weekend today!

Hi all,

  I decided to post my "It's the weekend today!" now as my mom allowed me to have free time. This is because my PSLE prelims have just ended.

  This morning, my friend Benjamin brought his electric guitar to school. I was like, "Wow!" During recess, my group of friends and I went down to the school hall where they keep all the instruments. After rummaging around the hall storeroom, we found a guitar amplifier I could use. When I plugged in the guitar and gave it a strum, I realised something was wrong. I was using a bass guitar amplifier, not an electric guitar one! So after tweaking the sound effects a little, we couldn't get it to sound like a electric guitar, though we got really close. My friends were like "Ah, heck with it, let's just play 21 Guns" And there was another problem too, as the D string was out of tune and the tuning peg for the D string seemed to have been stuck.

  So I just played the guitar solo and the background tune. Hopefully, next Tuesday, Nathan will bring his electric guitar which IS in tune and Mr Loh, a teacher, said that he will lend us an electric guitar amplifier.

  Anyway, we did get selected for the Teacher's Day concert. And now, I feel both fearful and excited as the results for my SST admission is coming soon, by next Tuesday. Argh! I feel so nervous!


Yeah, nervous is the word.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Teachers' Day concert 2010

Hi everyone,

  Tomorrow, a group of friends and I are going to audition for the Teachers' Day Concert. So if you are a teacher, STOP READING THIS POST! If you are not, read on...

  My friends, Nathan, Clarence and Benjamin, and I are going to audition for the Teachers' day concert. We will be playing the song "21 Guns" by Green Day. As I was saying, if you are a teacher, STOP READING RIGHT NOW! I CAN SEE YOU!



Haha, STOP IT!

  Anyway, These are the chords for "21 Guns". Hope I don't screw up.

D minor
B flat
F major
C major

  Alright, STOP READING THIS POST! OR ELSE! BECAUSE IT IS THE END OF THE POST!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Manila Hostage Taking

Hi guys

  This is a video of the Manila Hostage taking. The worst rescue operation I've ever seen...

video

  EPIC FAIL! Especially when those guys are breaking the glass. Why break the glass? Are they going to squeeze through the holes? And they were taking their own sweet time! And they can't throw the tear gas grenade into the bus properly! I've seen roadkill which have better accuracy! In that lousy rescue attempt, 8 tourists on the bus were killed and the rest were injured! Anyway, I think that the Manila police force should improve on their training of policemen, and this should never happen again.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Quick update...

Hi all,

  Just a quick reminder on what I have to revise for tomorrow's math preliminary exam paper. 

Concepts
1.One variable unchanged
2.Two variables unchanged (Cross method)
3.Rid one variable 
4.Total Unchanged
5.Cost vs Quantity
6.Set theory
7.Branching

Yeah, that's about all the math concepts that I've learned for Ratio and Percentage.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

YOG Equestrian Event

Hi all,

  Today, I went with a small group of pupils from my school to watch the preliminary rounds of the equestrian event for the YOG. What is equestrian, you may ask? It is a sport where sportsmen are supposed to ride horses to jump over obstacles. I took some pictures with my mobile phone, here is a short clip on what I saw there.


video


Well, I got to go now, Cheers!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

WARNING: INCOMING PSLE!

ARRGH! In two days from now, I am going to take my PSLE oral examination! Some quick notes for English oral:

When conversing with your oral examiners, remember the following points:
1) Be enthusiastic
2) Speak in complete sentences and try to use appropriate and good words and phrases
3) Be proactive and offer as much relevant information as possible
During picture discussion, do not simply give a description of the picture. Interpret and give your own opinions. Language is also assessed here, so remember to speak in grammatically sound sentences and use phrases such as "in my opinion" etc.

(Copied from The Final Lap which is my class blog) 
Wish me luck!

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's the weekend today!

Hi guys,

  The weekend is here! I took my English and MT listening comprehension and composition during the week, on Thursday and Friday. Well, today has been a tiring day, as I took my MT composition and listening comprehension today, and still had to stay back for supplementary. Then while leaving the school, I realised my wallet was not with me! Panicking, I rushed around the school, combing it for my wallet. After about half an hour, I found it under my desk in the class.

  I arrived at home exhausted. After taking a bath and eating dinner, I started writing this post. Well, after this I'm going to rest and watch TV for a while before practicing my MT oral for next week's MT oral PSLE examination. Fortunately, my teachers gave us very little homework. Here's the homework for the weekend:

1. Math PSLE booklet pages 35 to 39, 53 to 58
2.Science PSLE booklet pages 80 to 88
3.English Practice Paper 8
4.Chinese MT comprehensions

  That should be all the homework. See ya!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Zzz...

Hi all,
  I just came back from school. Today was a particularly boring day, as my class did nothing but go through PSLE practice papers. The hot and humid weather in the morning made the class and I drowsy, and we felt really tired. I wish I could take a nap right now, but I can't...lots revision to do.




  Fortunately at about 12.55pm, strong winds blew into the class. One of my friends who was very light actually fell to the ground due to the wind! Back then I was jolted awake by the cooling wind. But alas, by then it was near the end of the school day! Well, nothing particular happened today. And by the way, tomorrow is the day of my PSLE Preliminary English composition and listening comprehension.Well, gotta go do my revision! Cheers!

Monday, August 9, 2010

End Of The Weekend

Hi guys,

  Just a quick update on what has happened. My uncle came on Sunday and gave us a telescope for observing stars (but i used it to spy on other people's televisions. Keke) I have finished all my homework. Well, I'm off to play Plants Vs Zombies now. Happy National Day!

Friday, August 6, 2010

It's the (long) weekend today!

Hi everyone,

  I just came back from the National Day celebrations at my school. They released us early at 11. Speaking about the long weekend, we only have to go back to school on Wednesday. So naturally, my teachers gave me a ton of homework.




















 Homework:
1.Science Preliminary Practice Paper 5
2.Science Preliminary Practice Paper 6
3.44 Maths Problem Sums
4.Chinese Multiple-choice comprehension
5.Chinese School 4 practice paper
6.English Practice Paper 7
7.Composition 9 (PSLE Booklet)
8.Situational Writing 4 (PSLE Booklet)
I think that's all the homework. I should manage if I do three pieces of homework a day, then I will have a day to rest.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

National Day Celebrations

Hi all,

Tomorrow, my school will be holding a National Day celebration. We will have to come to school in red(??), and we will have to sing a couple of Singapore songs such as "Home", "Five Stars Arising", and "Song for Singapore". So one thing I want to say: HAPPY 45th BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE!!!


Flip MinoHD

Hi guys,

  Guess what? Last week, a parcel arrived at my house and when my dad opened it, there was a new, almost-unused Flip MinoHD camcorder!

  What is the Flip MinoHD, you may ask?

  It is a video camera which has a capability of recording high-definition videos! The one my dad ordered was the first generation camcorder, which has a memory space of 4GB, which allows it to record a 60 minute video!
However, about ten minutes later, another parcel arrived and it was a second-generation Flip MinoHD camcorder, which has a larger screen and a larger memory space of 8GB than its older counterpart. And when we opened it, it was a brand new, unused one!

The Flip MinoHD looks like a handphone, only that it cannot call! (Well, duh) It charges through a USB port.


  The 4GB one has a smaller screen than the 8GB one, but however, their functions are more or less the same. The older one has a plastic casing, but the newer one has an airbrushed metal casing! The camcorder has one-touch button functions, and a large, prominent "Record" button. However, i think that the design can be improved by moving the buttons to the lower part of the camcorder, as there is a tendency to touch the lens of the camcorder while using the buttons.


  It has a built-in microphone, but i think that the microphone sometimes does its job too well, as you can hear the "fssshhhhh" sound of the background, which may sometimes blot out other sounds, such as someone talking. Sadly, no add-on microphones can be used on the camcorder. Fortunately, it is possible to add a tripod onto the camera.

  In conclusion, I feel that it is very simple to operate, and it is very user-friendly. However, the design of the camcorder could be improved. You can get it at major tech stores, such as Challenger for about SGD$249. (I got mine for SGD$80 on ebay.)

Heatwaves causing wildfires

  Recently, scorching heatwaves have hit Russia. This is the article:

Wildfires from heatwave ravage Russia.
The country's worst heatwave on record has seen firefighters battling hundreds of wildfires in a national disaster that has claimed at least 48 lives, left hundreds homeless, and wiped out forests and villages, as well as a military base near Moscow.

  Maybe it is one of the effects from the solar flare I mentioned? I think those people in Russia should take anti-heatstroke measures and stay well away from forests that are prone to being set alight by the intense heat from the Sun.

Not long before Singapore is hit with these heatwaves? Haha!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Supervolcano under Yellowstone

Hello everybody,

  Under Yellowstone National Park in the United States of America lurks a supervolcano so big that it could destroy the world. The volcano reaches into the mantle of the earth, and at the deepest part of the volcano, the magma there boils with an immense temperature approximately 1930 degrees Celsius. According to experts, the smallest eruption from the supervolcano was 280 times more voluminous than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

  So far, the volcano under Yellowstone has only erupted three times in the history of the planet, the first 2.1 million years ago, which was the biggest, followed by the second eruption 1.3 million years ago, and the most recent one, which was 640 000 thousand years ago. (Well, not so recent after all) These eruptions are known as prehistoric eruptions. The combined matter from these three events could fill the Grand Canyon in Nevada. The biggest eruption caused dust to be carried by wind around the globe, and ash piled up in drifts across the western half of the U.S. Near the site of the eruption, lava and debris hardened into layers hundreds of feet thick. For years pollutants chilled the climate, devastating ecosystems.

Artist's Rendition of Yellowstone Eruption
  According to researcher Alejandro Tumas, it is certain that somewhere in the future, the supervolcano will erupt again, however not during our time. Probably about 100 years down the road, in my opinion. The possibility of a giant asteroid hitting Earth is more likely, though. But they do know that it will erupt, so it's a question of when, not if. However, the largest volcanic eruption is known as the Siberian Traps event, and it occurred 250 million years ago.

Solar Tsunami

Hi everyone,

  According to NASA, a "Solar Tsunami" could hit Earth after a bout of violent space weather by a solar flare from the Sun. The solar "fireworks" were recorded by several satellites on the first of August, 2010. There was an explosion directly above one of the many sunspots on the surface of the Sun. The explosion was aimed directly towards Earth, which led to another even larger explosion across the surface of the Sun, which caused a "Solar Tsunami" flying across 150 million kilometres across space.

  Experts said that the wave of supercharged gas was likely to reach Earth by as early as yesterday, and it will buffet the magnetic shield protecting Earth, which will likely cause displays of Aurora or northern lights and southern lights.

  However, scientists say that big solar eruptions may destroy satellites or wreck power and communications grids across the globe. Previous reports say that in 2013, the Earth will be hit with high levels of magnetic energy from solar flares caused by explosions from the Sun. From there, the poles of the Earth will be able to see magnificent displays of Aurora.

  Solar flares occur when immense magnetic structures in the solar atmosphere lose their stability and are unable to be held down by the Sun's gravitational pull. Just like a spring being released, the solar flare erupts into space. Here's a video of the solar flare that occurred three days back.

video

   
Cheers!