Saturday, March 13, 2010

PSB Academy student writes about "Fun With Facebook"

As part of her school project for CMNS 1280 (Introduction to Journalism), PSB Academy student Shasikala wrote a news story on "Fun With Facebook". Shasikala has kindly allowed us to publish her article here:

Senior citizens are encouraged to attend ‘Fun with Facebook’ to learn how to connect with the younger generation.

The training program on how to use Facebook, will be conducted on 13 March from 9.30am to 12pm.

Vice-Chairman of Eunos Community Club Youth Executive Committee Mr Fong Yoong Kheong said this program aims to train our residents on how to use Facebook.

“By teaching the middle age group and the senior citizens how to use the online platform, we aim to bond the residents,” Mr Fong said.

“We will guide the participants on how to use Facebook, how to create a Facebook account and how to set their privacy settings.”

The organising committee hopes to promote Facebook in a good light.

Mr Fong said the program will help to show that Facebook serves as a good social networking platform.

“Facebook is not all about playing games or posting your pictures online.

“It has many other functions and it is a good way to connect with the younger generation.”

The program will be held at Bedok North Secondary School’s computer lab.

Mr Fong said that around 30 participants are expected and if places are not enough, participants can share computers as more people are expected to join closer to the event date.

“We will teach the participants how to use Facebook in a simple form and we will make it fun for them to learn how to operate Facebook.

“We don’t want them to feel that learning about technology is tough.

“In the publicity outreach we did, we explained to the residents the benefits of learning about Facebook and the importance of staying connected in today’s digital age.”

This event is organised by the Eunos Community Club Youth Executive Committee (YEC) and Bedok North Secondary School Service Learning Club.

It is supported by the Eunos CC Malay Activity Executive Committee (MAEC) and Indian Activity Executive Committee (IAEC).

Friday, March 5, 2010

Huijing shares her experience at the Istana Lawn CNY Reception

It is my great honour and pleasure to be able to attend the Chinese New Year Reception at the Istana Lawn on the 28th of February 2010. This is my very first time stepping into Istana, and attending such a prestigious event.

Before the dinner, I thought that the event was going to be quite an elaborate affair. Indeed it was! The reception was a buffet-styled dinner, with delicious food and pastries. After we had our dinner, projected screens installed around the lawn allowed grassroots leaders to watch Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong deliver his speech on the stage. For a moment, I felt I was watching television at home. But actually, PM Lee was just 50 metres away. It felt so surreal.

Huijing with Senior Minister of State (Foreign Affairs) Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed

During the dinner, PM Lee addressed issues with regards to foreign talents and immigration. This made me realise that Singaporeans should be more open minded with the policies that the Singapore government has adopted as the benefits reaped will eventually benefit all Singaporeans and not only the foreigners. I have also learnt that Singaporeans must constantly upgrade their skills so as to increase their productivity as a way forward for the economy. It is very important for us to keep pace with international changes so as to gain a competitive edge in this globalised economy.

The most memorable part about the dinner was actually being able to take pictures of Istana and getting to see how it exudes its charm at night.

Huang Huijing
Sports & Wellness Secretary, 13th term Eunos CC YEC