Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Letter from Prime Minister Lee to Mrs. Nathan

Goodbye, Mr Nathan

Mr Nathan at his desk on his last day in office on Aug 31, 2011.

Remembering S R Nathan

Details of funeral arrangements for Mr S R Nathan

The public can express their condolences and share their memories of Mr Nathan at the official website - www.remembering.sg/srnathan and the Remembering S R Nathan Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RememberingSRNathan 

The public can call the hotline at 6336-1166 with queries (operating hours: 8am – 10pm), visit www.remembering.sg/srnathan or the Remembering S R Nathan Facebook page for more details.


Passing of former President Mr S R Nathan

Wednesday, August 17, 2016



Check out the MOE Microsite: https://www.moe.gov.sg/microsites/psle/

PSLE Scoring

From 2021 onwards, the PSLE will be scored with wider bands and the scores will reflect the student’s individual performance and not his performance relative to his peers.

What the changes mean for you and your child?

The changes are more educationally meaningful in understanding your child’s learning at this point in his education journey, and helping him plan his next step.

Wider Scoring Bands to Reduce Fine Differentiation
  • The T-score will be replaced by wider scoring bands.
  • Each subject will be scored using 8 bands known as Achievement Levels (AL), with AL1 being the best score and AL8 being the lowest score. The ALs reflect the student’s level of achievement in the subject.
  • The student’s total PSLE Score will be the sum of the four subject scores.
  • The PSLE Score will range from 4 (best) to 32. There are 29 possible PSLE Scores, compared to around 200 different T-scores today. This will reduce excessively fine differentiation of students at a young age.

Scores to Reflect Student’s Own Performance

  •        Once a student shows a level of achievement that meets the learning objectives of the curriculum expected at a certain AL, he will receive the AL regardless of how his peers perform. The emphasis is on how well the student has learnt, and not how well he has done compared to others.
  •        We want our children to focus on their own learning instead of trying to outdo others.
Streaming Criteria
  • Students will continue to be assigned to Express, Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) courses. This enables us to better customise our teaching to support the needs of the children, so they can learn at a pace comfortable to them and make good progress.


Check out this watch. I just bought it at the '3D Watch Shop' at the Bencoolen for $173SGD.
It's very nice, and I love it. 

Casio G-Shock GA-1000 New Aviator Series

As quietly as usual, the Japanese electronics manufacturer has updated the GA-1000 series of aviation-themed shock-resistant watches. Their new Casio G-Shock GA-1000  features a sporty body, which is similar in its styling to that of the last year’s Casio G-SHOCK GW-A1000-1ADFSmart Access watch. However, this new “aviator” sports a lot more readable dial with analogue and digital displays combined for (almost) perfect usability.

Being a rightful heir to G-Shock legacy, the new Casio G-Shock GA-1000 is equipped with a shock-resistant stainless steel body, which is coated with a thick layer of soft to touch resin.
The ion-plated black bezel is, too, protected from a surprise blow with four shock guards that additionally provide a firmer grip when you want to operate the watch using any of the four huge polished push-pieces at 2, 4, 8 and 10 o’clock.
Available in series : GA-1000-1A / GA-1000-1B / GA-1000-2A

As usual, the watch is literally loaded with functions that will please almost any adventurer seeking for a perfect travel companion.

Besides a highly accurate compass, there is also a thermometer, an alarm, countdown timer, as well as a world clock that stores 48 cities and 31 time zones in its vast memory. Since some countries still experiment with daylight saving time, the time in each zone can be displayed with DST turned on or off, which makes it quite convenient for a frequent traveler.

Although this watch doesn’t feature a solar cell, the SR927W battery that animates this watch can supply it with power for around two years, which is just fine because you will have to visit service anyway in order to keep its guaranteed water resistance of 200 meters (those gaskets need change once in a while).

So far, the watch is sold in Japan at around $290, which makes it a very affordable beater for those who just can’t spend their weekends lying on a sofa and playing Super Mario with their imaginary friends.


This new model is the first in the Gravity Defier lineup to be equipped with digital compass capabilities, creating a watch that is perfectly matched to the needs of the modern aviator, both in terms of function and appearance. Pressing the 9 o'clock button in any mode immediately goes to the Digital Compass Mode, and a button at 8 o'clock returns to the mode you were in before the Digital Compass Mode. Continual direction readings can be taken for 20 seconds, during which the second hand points to north, a literal direction indicator is displayed in the upper display, and a direction angle value is displayed in the lower display. Bearing Memory lets you temporarily store and display a direction reading so you can use it as a reference as you take subsequent digital compass readings. Other features include temperature measurement, large numerals, and thick hands for easy reading. A coating on the tip of the second hand and minute markers reacts with the black light illumination of the watch for easy reading in the dark.
* The appearance of Neon Illuminator illumination depends the watch model. 
  • Shock Resistant
  • Mineral Glass / Spherical Glass
  • Neobrite
  • 200-meter water resistance
  • Case / bezel material: Resin / Stainless steel
  • Resin Band
  • Neon Illuminator (Black light LED)
  • Auto light switch, selectable illumination duration, afterglow
  • Digital compass (NORTH)
  • Hand indication of north (20 seconds continuous measurement)
  • Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points
  • Measuring range: 0 to 359°
  • Measuring unit: 1°
  • Bidirectional calibration
  • Magnetic declination correction
  • Bearing memory
  • Thermometer
  • Display range: –10 to 60°C (14 to 140°F)
  • Display unit: 0.1°C (2°F)
  • World time
  • 31 time zones (48 cities + coordinated universal time), city code display, daylight saving on/off
  • 1/100-second stopwatch
  • Measuring capacity: 23:59'59.99''
  • Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Countdown timer
  • Measuring unit: 1 second
  • Countdown range: 60 minutes
  • Countdown start time setting range: 1 to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)
  • 5 daily alarms (with 1 snooze alarm)
  • Hourly time signal
  • Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
  • 12/24-hour format
  • Button operation tone on/off
  • Regular timekeeping
  • Analog: 3 hands (hour, minute (hand moves every 10 seconds), second)
  • Digital: Hour, minute, second, pm, month, date, day
  • Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month
  • Approx. battery life: 2 years on SR927W × 2
  • Size of case: 50.8 X 52.1 X 16.6 mm
  • total weight: 85 g
  • LED:Neon Illuminator (Blacklight LED)

Introducing The Swatch Sistem51 Irony Swaps Plastic For Stainless Steel

One of the biggest announcements of Baselworld 2013 came from an unlikely entity: Swatch. The plastic watch-fueled behemoth debuted the Sistem51, a $150 watch made in Switzerland with a 51-component movement made entirely by machines, mostly out of plastic. It was an instant hit with high-end collectors and new watch lovers alike. And now it’s available in steel.
The core of the Sistem51 is the movement. It’s comprised of just 51 parts, grouped in five modules, all anchored by a single central screw. It’s truly Swiss-made and everything is shaped, finished, assembled, and regulated entirely by machines. This is the first automatic caliber in the history of timekeeping that isn’t touched by a single human hand during creation. It’s sealed in the watch and can’t be serviced, so long term it’s essentially disposable.
Not to brag, but we were the very first publication in the world to gohands-on with the Sistem51, getting a prototype off a Swatch executive’s wrist at Baselworld 2013. Ok, totally bragging. But it’s a little hard to overstate just how exciting it was back then to see a giant company like Swatch invest seriously in mechanical watchmaking and the proposition that mechanical watches could be a mass-market business. The watches themselves are fun (I own one and still wear it regularly), but it was what the Sistem51 said about the state and future of the watch industry that really mattered.
Since then, Swatch has introduced new seasonal colors, expanding on the original four watch collection. Because the dials and movements both feature printable surfaces, Swatch can easily create new designs. Other than cosmetic changes though, a Sistem51 you’d buy today is exactly the same watch as what I first strapped on three and a half years ago. Today’s announcement of the Sistem51 Irony collection is the line’s first serious update.
The most important change is the case material: instead of the molded, sometimes translucent plastic, the Irony watches have stainless steel cases. The original Sistem51s were clearly novelty or weekend watches, while these new additions are a clear play at getting customers to consider these as everyday, office-appropriate options.
Other than the steel cases (including one two-tone option with some rose gold–colored accents), there are also a bunch of new dial options that more closely resemble traditional watch designs. Most of them are pretty handsome too, save the strange Illuminati-looking number with criss-crossing lines and an excess of numerals. In particular, the two-tone silver dial and the traditional pilot’s dial caught my eye immediately. If you’re a vintage lover looking for a new beater, these might do the trick.
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about the idea of a steel Sistem51. Sure, there are times you don’t want a plastic ticker strapped to your wrist, but there was something about the simple, no-frills construction that grounded the Sistem51 for me. It’s also a bummer that the Sistem51 Irony watches all use Swatch’s proprietary lug system (four lugs on the watch, three tangs on the strap), meaning you can’t use any third-party straps. Considering the leather options on these watches don’t look great, that could be a deal-breaker. Sure, there’s the steel bracelet, but that’s pretty limiting.
My instinct is that part of the Sistem51’s charm will be a little lost when dressed up in a metal case, but I’ll hold the final verdict until I can see one in the metal (it does feel nice not to say “in the plastic” here). At the very least, I’m excited to see Swatch growing and evolving the Sistem51 platform and I’m looking forward to seeing more iterations over the years. We’ll have more for you on this soon.
The Sistem51 Irony collection will go on sale in the United States on September 9, with prices ranging from $195 for the watches on straps to $235 for the two-tone model with a bracelet. For more information, visit Swatch online