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The Hardest H3 Math Question (Combinatorics)

I think this may be one of the hardest H3 Math Questions in history. It is taken from RI H3 Prelim 2018. It seems that even in top schools like RI, there are less than 50 people taking H3 Maths … Continue reading

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Test your Circuit Breaker today; Circuit breaker can save you from electrocution

Do forward this to your family and friends. Especially for older homes, the circuit breaker could have broken down silently without anyone noticing. Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/circuit-breaker-could-be-a-lifesaver Pressing a button at home regularly could save your life. This is the “test” button, typically … Continue reading

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New York Professor: Blockchain is a lie, and the least useful technology

The most famous application of Blockchain is “Bitcoin”. Whoever bought just $1000 worth of Bitcoin around year 2010 would be a millionaire now. However, other than “Bitcoin” and cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology do have other uses. So is blockchain useful or … Continue reading

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Book of Wisdom

1 Wis 7:7-11 (Book of Wisdom or “Wisdom of Solomon”) I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison with … Continue reading

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No Exams Singapore

The latest policy update is that there will be reduced or no exams for certain levels such as lower primary and lower secondary. Do check out our Poll writeup for more details: Poll: Opinion on Fewer exams for Primary and Lower … Continue reading

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Grabfood $8 Promo Code

It seems Grabfood is aggressively fighting for market share, giving very generous $8 Promo Code currently: 8TASTY. New users of Grabfood can use the Promo Code 8TASTY twice. The current delivery charges are $3-$5 depending on surge. That means you can … Continue reading

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10 cents Mr Bean Soya Milk (with Masterpass @ Qoo10)

A small reward for yourself/ your children this October? Coupled with the ongoing Masterpass promotion ($1 off) at Qoo10, and this Mr Bean promotion, the soya milk ends up costing only 10 cents! This is probably the cheapest drink in … Continue reading

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H3 Mathematics Resource Page

H3 Mathematics is the pinnacle of the Junior College Mathematics syllabus in Singapore. It contains a glimpse of actual Math that Mathematicians do, and it requires true mathematical understanding and technique to do well. (H1/H2 math requires a lot of … Continue reading

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Backpack/School Bag Review: Targus Pandora

This bag (Targus brand) is very affordable at $19.90 (limited time only). It is suitable for students and even working adults, who would like a backpack that can store securely a laptop. It even has a raincoat (!!!) to protect … Continue reading

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How do students in Singapore from the Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical streams perceive each other?

Recently, this CNA (Channel News Asia) video is very popular on YouTube. Do check it out. Basically, due to the segregated nature of the education system, GEP, IP (Integrated Programme), Express, Normal Academic and Technical students rarely mix with each … Continue reading

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No More Recontract Voucher from Singtel? Best Phone to Recontract and Sell

It is an “open secret” last time that if you call the Singtel customer service hotline at 1688, they may give you a recontract voucher for you to get a new phone. In previous times it used to be as … Continue reading

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Poll: Opinion on Fewer exams for Primary and Lower Secondary Students?

I have added a poll to see what readers think of this new proposal? Actually mid-year exams and assessments may have a role as a “buffer” to reduce the weightage of the final exam. Removing mid-year exams actually has the … Continue reading

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Chope.co Review

Sign up for Chope here: https://cho.pe/hna9y Chope.co is a restaurant reserving website that provides diners with benefits and rewards for reserving their seats at restaurants! “Chope” is a Singlish slang for “reserving a seat”. Reserving a seat is often important since … Continue reading

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Cool Fact: Cockroaches are becoming Endangered/Extinct in Russia (and other post-Soviet states)

Quite amazing that the cockroach, which is one of the most hardy animals, is actually becoming endangered/extinct in Russia? Possibly the cold weather has something to do with it, in addition to modern technology. Any Russian readers would like to … Continue reading

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From PSLE 124 to PhD A*Star Researcher

Source: A-star Official Website For those familiar with the Singapore education system, you would know that PSLE 124 is not a good score by any standard. Yet Dr Vincent Lim, through his hard work and perseverance, managed to push on and … Continue reading

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Get Official Ivy League (U Penn) degree online

Source: The Inquirer Note that this is the first time an Ivy League university is offering a full degree online. Previously, some universities do offer some module credit or unofficial courses online, but this time University of Pennsylvania is offering its … Continue reading

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Varignon’s Theorem (Surprising Geometry Theorem)

I first learnt it from Quora: “Take any quadrilateral. It doesn’t have to be any special kind of a quadrilateral. Then connect the midpoints of its sides. Surprisingly, you will always get a parallelogram!” Quite a nice result. Some googling … Continue reading

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RI vs HCI vs NUSH

Many excellent P6 students will be spoilt for choice at this stage, as they have been accepted by multiple schools under the DSA. Here are some views on RI versus HCI versus NUS High, which are the top 3 choices … Continue reading

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Sir Michael Atiyah to reveal his awesome proof of the Riemann Hypothesis

Source: https://twitter.com/HLForum/status/1042670700652318720 According to the official twitter account of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Sir Michael Atiyah will prove the Riemann Hypothesis during the talk on Monday Sept. 25. According to him, it is a “simple” proof, based on previous work by von Neumann, … Continue reading

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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Originally Wanted to be a Theoretical Physicist

The world’s richest man is currently Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. Few people know that he was an undergraduate at Princeton with the goal of becoming a theoretical physicist! What made him change his mind? Watch the video below. Summary: … Continue reading

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NTUC Income Insurance Review

NTUC is a widely recognized name in Singapore, with most people having bought something from their flagship grocery store NTUC Fairprice. NTUC is also very reliable and has various insurance policies that are beneficial to those who buy it. Most … Continue reading

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20% of Singapore’s workforce will be “displaced” by 2028 due to AI

According to the article by Today newspaper, around 20.6% of Singapore’s workforce will be “displaced” by 2028 due to technology and AI. This is quite scary news by the reliable newspaper Today. Although “displaced” is a tricky word and need … Continue reading

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Life Beyond Grades (http://lifebeyondgrades.sg/)

Do check out this new website (http://lifebeyondgrades.sg/), which as its name implies is about emphasizing that school life is not all about grades, even in Singapore. It is kind of an official website, being funded by National Youth Council (see their … Continue reading

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Win Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Coupé by donating to charity

This charity is featured in Straits Times and the New Paper. Basically, you buy a $20 ticket (comes with T-shirt) which will go to a charity of your choice. The main point is that there is a chance to win a … Continue reading

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Alibaba launches scholarship programme in S’pore with generous funding

Source: Today Online Alibaba has partnered with NTU to launch a scholarship program on computer science topics like artificial intelligence, data analytics and cloud computing. The scholarship funding is very generous: monthly salary of 5,000 SGD for 4 years, with other … Continue reading

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How to type Chinese characters in LaTex (on Mac, using TeXShop)

This is one of the easiest ways to type Chinese characters in LaTeX on Mac, using the default TeXShop editor. (If you know of an easier way, please let me know in the comments below!) I have tried for hours, … Continue reading

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Chinese Lessons in Singapore (Video)

Source: How has Singapore’s Chinese Language syllabus evolved? Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-chinese-syllabus-changed-back-to-school-10664986 Quite interesting to see how Chinese lessons are like nowadays. To be honest it doesn’t seem much different from 10 years ago? One aspect that has changed is … Continue reading

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GEP PSLE Discussion

It is well known that GEP students spend Primary 4 and 5 doing miscellaneous stuff that appear to be not directly related to PSLE, yet majority of GEP students score 250 and above for PSLE. Hence, the main question is: … Continue reading

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Do Not Press This if you are Overseas (Singtel Customers)

If you are an Apple iPhone user, and from Singtel, remember not to press “OK” when you see this message: “iMessage: Your carrier may charge for SMS messages used to activate iMessage.”.         This message appears when … Continue reading

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Where to buy dumplings (饺子) in Singapore

新加坡哪里有卖饺子 Dumplings (饺子) is a staple food in Northern China. However it is rare to find it in Singapore. Often in NTUC Fairprice, or other supermarkets, Gyoza (Japanese Dumplings) or Korean dumplings can be found, but not Chinese dumplings. Making your … Continue reading

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Morse Inequalities

Let be a CW complex (with a fixed CW decomposition) with cells of dimension . Let be a field and let . (i) (The Weak Morse Inequalities) For each , (ii) , where denotes the Euler characteristic of . Proof: … Continue reading

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VPN that works in China (2018): Lantern Pro Review

The Great Firewall of China is exceptionally intelligent, it is rumored to use machine learning, deep learning and various other strategies to block users from accessing websites such as Google, Facebook, etc. You probably have realized that most VPNs are … Continue reading

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The Inextricable Relationship Between Exams and Weather

Singapore is a country that prides itself on its scholastic achievements – with tuitions centers in almost every neighbourhood advertising its rockstar tutors and top-scoring students. The first day of school starts like clockwork, nobody misses a beat, everyone is … Continue reading

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Took special needs son to Australia; he graduated from uni at 17

Very motivational story. Suitable for parents to read; sometimes a change of environment is what it takes for your child to reach his/her full potential. Though the Singapore education system is quite good on the whole, there are some gifted … Continue reading

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2018 Fields Medallists

URL: https://www.quantamagazine.org/tag/2018-fields-medal-and-nevanlinna-prize-winners/ I find that the above link by Quanta Magazine has the most detailed and educational write up about the 4 new Fields Medallists: Akshay Venkatesh, a former prodigy who struggled with the genius stereotype The 30-year-old math sensation Peter … Continue reading

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Parasite in cat poop could be reducing our fear of failure, study finds

This news sounds bizarre, but is true. I have been “researching” on this topic sometime ago, it is a true scientific research topic, not bogus or fake. Basically the parasite “Toxoplasma gondii” affects human brains in some subtle ways that … Continue reading

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The 17 best universities in the world to study math

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/the-17-best-universities-in-the-world-to-study-math-2018-7/?IR=T/#17-kyoto-university-japan-2189-1 According to the above source, the best 17 universities to study Math are: Princeton, United States University of Paris-Sud, France Stanford University, United States Oxford University, United Kingdom New York University, United States. 6-17 are listed in the website. … Continue reading

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Math shapes our primal ‘number system,’ not vice-versa

Interesting article on the “power of education in modeling the brain”. Source: https://www.futurity.org/approximate-number-system-math-1819602-2/ Scientists have long believed that our ability to solve symbolic math problems such as 3+2=5 depends on an imprecise, primal brain function called the Approximate Number System. A … Continue reading

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Free Limited Edition National Geographic (Singapore Edition)

Students / parents do take note of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get the free limited edition National Geographic magazine. Need to be quick since anything free in Singapore is snapped up almost instantaneously. Share to your friends via Facebook! Source: Yahoo … Continue reading

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Chinese Tuition HCL O Level

Chinese Tuition Singapore 新加坡华文补习老师 Tutor: Ms Gao (高老师) Ms Gao is a patient tutor, and also effectively bilingual in both Chinese and English. A native speaker of Mandarin, she speaks clearly with perfect accent and pronunciation. She is also well-versed … Continue reading

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NUS High School DSA Selection Test Results Out

The first round results of NUS High School DSA Selection Test are apparently out since yesterday July 24. (Source: Kiasuparents) Those who are successful will receive the following email: Thank you for attending NUS High School DSA Selection Test and … Continue reading

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Tip for SST Selection Camp

SST (School of Science and Technology) is a relatively new secondary school (established in 2010) that offers an alternative approach to the usual MOE secondary schools. It is not very well known at the moment and I wouldn’t be surprised … Continue reading

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What Knitting Can Teach You About Math | Innovation | Smithsonian

One snowy January day, I asked a classroom of college students to tell me the first word that came to mind when they thought about mathematics. The top two words were “calculation” and “equation.” When I asked a room of … Continue reading

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Singaporean van Gogh – Mr Sim Kah Lim

This is an amazing story of an amazing artist. His passion for painting is so great, according to his therapist he wants to paint 24/7 without eating or sleeping. I find his paintings of Singapore River very good. SINGAPORE: For … Continue reading

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Experience in Elite School (Hwa Chong aka Chinese High)

Check out this interesting article about the experience and “privileges” of elite schools in Singapore. Also covered are the competitiveness and academic pressure in such schools. Finally, the author shares his experience of studying overseas in New York. Also see: Hwa … Continue reading

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Challenging P6 Math Question (Cycling)

One afternoon, 5 friends rented 3 bicycles from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and took turns to ride on them. At any time, 3 of them cycled while the other 2 friends rested. If each of them had the same … Continue reading

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Hong Kong and Singapore have highest average IQ

Just saw this news online. Note that top 3 are all Asian countries. Probably one factor is that IQ test is after all still a paper-based test that rewards good test-taking skills. IQ test does not really cover all forms … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Google Doodle Celebrates Mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

If you log in to Google today, you will see a doodle of binary numbers that celebrates Leibniz’s development of the binary system. Leibniz is very honest and generous to credit Chinese books for his inspiration behind developing the binary … Continue reading

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Singapore Families with Many Children

In Singapore, having 5 kids is so rare that even the newspaper reports it! Another related video is about raising 7 kids in modern Singapore: This YouTube video is only a short excerpt, for those who want to watch the … Continue reading

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Singapore universities should look beyond international rankings: Panel

Singapore universities should look beyond international rankings: Panel Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-universities-should-look-beyond-international-rankings-10484568. Singaporean students are quite lucky that 2 of Asia’s top universities NUS, NTU are located here. I think that there should be room for even more universities to … Continue reading

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