Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monomino – Turning Great Ideas a Reality

Monomino is a made-in-NYP indie PC game that was recently launched on Steam. This game was developed by students and staff from NYP’s School of Interactive and Digital Media (SIDM), and it is the first indie commercial game to be produced by the school.

This puzzler requires gamers to help ‘Minobabies’ escape various levels and return home. Players can build paths for the babies using blocks of various shapes and sizes. They can also use power-ups to give the Minobabies special abilities that will allow them to overcome obstacles.

Monomino is the brain child of Yong Xiang, who is currently serving his National Service. Ironically, he did not think much of his own concept, and it took the strong support and encouragement of his classmates and lecturers to turn his idea into the cute, visually-distinctive game it is today.



Monday, October 27, 2014

A New Lease of Life

Thomas Liao (on the right) and myself during the first Yellow Ribbon Run this year
Whenever I look at my first and best friend in NYP, Thomas Liao Tian Shun, I am reminded that however undesirable our life may be, we can still make it right with sheer grit, resilience and willpower.

We were first acquainted on the first day of orientation week for the School of Health Sciences. He was in a white T-shirt and checkered Bermudas. As I was walking in front, I kept turning around to look behind at my new soon-to-be friends and I noticed Thomas was staring at me each time I turned around. Thus, I decided to break the ice and hopefully make my first new friend in NYP.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

《公子爱挑战》The Dukes’ Theme Park Challenge – Big Rides, Big Opportunities for SIDM Students

From left: Kelly Boon, Andrew Chen, Michelle Wong and 
Chua Si Min (not pictured: Matilda Sim and Ong Ru Wei).

SIDM students Chua Si Min, Andrew Chen Zhi Quan, Kelly Boon Xin Min, Matilda Sim and Ong Ru Wei have added something big to their portfolio. These five Year 3 Digital Media Design (Animation) students, along with Michelle Wong, A Developmental Technologist who graduated with a Diploma in Digital Media Design (Animation) in 2013, have recently completed work on 《公子爱挑战》(The Dukes’ Theme Park Challenge), a weekly 30-minute MediaCorp game show which sees host Quan Yi Feng competing against popular male artistes across seven popular theme parks in South East Asia.

Not all Smoke and Mirrors at the Science and Technology Challenge 2014


On Friday morning, October 17, 2014, SEG hosted the Science and Technology (S&T) Challenge for more than 900 secondary school students. The objective of the annual event is to create a learning interest in polytechnic science and engineering through interactive and fun activities. A total of 254 teams comprising 943 students from 31 Secondary Schools took part in the S&T Challenge 2014.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

She wanted something more in her life


Mindy Yeo (above, right) is currently a student pursuing her Diploma in Occupational Therapy at NYP. We got to know each other in 2013, when she interviewed me for a video assignment she was working on. This wonderful lady taught me a valuable lesson: never give up on seeking purpose in my life.

After resigning from her job of four years as an operations executive in the rehabilitation department of a hospital, she decided to become an Occupational Therapist (OT), which is a totally different field of work.