Reflections

3/11/11
3 interesting things that I would like to share with friends/family from today’s experience
1. The competition format of the WMTC was very unique. Unlike most competitions, it had a well-designed round, called the relay round in which contestant paired up to do questions simultaneously, but with one's answer depending on the other.
2. The design of the Individual Round also provided a new aspect to the competition, with contestants being given short amount of time to do a few questions, forcing them to be able to think on their feet, instead of the usual format where students would pick out question which they found easier.
3. NEVER EAT COLD SPICY NOODLES...EVER
2 important lessons that I learnt today

1. We should have prepared more for the competition, even though I really could not get myself to do anything reasonably productive after the exams; I think that we were too complacent for the WMTC.
2. We should have planned more for the team round beforehand, as we were very disorganised for the round, with some people doing the same question simultaneously, etc.

1 thing that I wish to know more from today’s experience

1. I would like to know more about the math problems that were shared with us during the expert's report, namely the "Freedom of the Clones" problem and the "Conway's Checkers" problem.

4/11/11
3 interesting things that I would like to share with friends/family from today’s experience

1. Our trip to the Forbidden City today was very interesting as we were able to understand more about Chinese culture. This trip enabled us to learn more about the Forbidden City and witness its architectural beauty.

2. Today we were approached by a member of one of the China teams. He was planning to immigrate to Singapore and study there at the ACS International School. Because of this, he had to approach us to learn more about Singapore culture and seek advice on how to improve his English so that he can do well in the GREs and get the chance to come to Singapore. Our conversation with him not only allowed us to understand more about Life in China but also gave us many interesting insights.

3. Today we were assigned to join the American teams for the touring of The Forbidden City. Because of this, we were given a chance to interact with them on the bus and I joined them for a few games of hearts and mafia. This has helped me to be able to make some new friends while being able to understand more about American culture.

2 important lessons that I learnt today
1. I learnt not to make fun of other's accents as not only is this insulting to others, but it also reflects badly on ourselves. Language is merely a medium for communication and as long as the people communicating can understand each other, with or without an accent, the language has served its purpose.
2. Another important lesson we learnt about today was to do with table manners. Normally when we finished our meals at the dining room we would just leave. However, Ms Wang told us that as a form of table etiquette and respect to the other people at the table that we should inform them that we have finished before excusing ourselves.
1 thing that I wish to know more from today’s experience

1. The conversation with the China Team member has made me interested to learn more about the education landscape in China.

5/11/11
1. The climb up the Great Wall of China was very interesting as not only was it fun, but the scenery was great and reaching as far up the wall as possible gives a sense of accomplishment.
2. Daidi TOO unlucky, 2 times opponent have ALL FOUR DI >.<
3. Philippines got champions for Individual Primary School section :D Not China: BIG SURPRISE

2 important lessons that I learnt today

1. Even though we did not win anything during the prize presentation, I think that the emcee said it best: "What counts isn't the prize, but the experience", and everything that has happened over the course of the WMTC has enriched us with new experiences.

2. We need to exercise more curiosity and try to find out more about other cultures, especially those around us. This is to improve our cultural intelligence.
1 thing that I wish to know more from today’s experience

1. What to put for my reflections :\

7/11/11
3 interesting things that I would like to share with friends/family from today’s experience

1. The duster that was used during the lesson used a vacuum cleaner to suck up the remaining chalk, a very innovative idea and an entertaining one at the same time.

2. The food in Shanghai is better than that in Beijing
3. The students projects outside the classroom were extremely interesting, covering lots of interesting topics (Best typo ever 男 instead of 南)
2 important lessons that I learnt today
1. 不要想太多; Try not to overcomplicate the given problems

2. There is a wide range of problems that can be solved by congruent triangles alone
1 question that I still do not understand from today’s lesson

1. I still haven't figured out what Daniel tried to tell me from across the classroom *shrug*

8/11/11

3 interesting things that I would like to share with friends/family from today’s experience

1. Heron triangles are cool?

2. GET WELL SOON NATHAN :D
3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH :D

^CAPS LOCK IS AWESOME
2 important lessons that I learnt today
1. How to use the properties of the incircle (question 10 super hard >.<)

2. Use of cosine rule (Never actually used it properly before)
1 question that I still do not understand from today’s lesson

1. how to do Q19, 20 & 21 ):

9/11/11
3 interesting things that I would like to share with friends/family from today’s experience

1. The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel is one of the most CRAZY, MIND-BLOWING THINGS EVER (you know that feeling when you take a bathtub full of champagne and a room full of crack? Acually you probably don't)! I recommend swimming.

2. We got cheated of money for our pandas D: sec 3s got pandas for half price but double size (actually more like 5 times)
3. Everybody is getting sick; there's a bug going around :O
2 important lessons that I learnt today

1. How to effectively use similar triangles to solve geometry problems

2. Many interesting theorems, including:
(AF/FB) X (BD/DC) X (CE/EA) = 1 for lines cutting through triangles
AB^2+AC^2=2(BD^2+AD^2) for medians
... and many more (actually not that many more)

1 question that I still do not understand from today’s lesson

1. how to do Q6 & 12 ):

10/11/11


3 interesting things that I would like to share with friends/family from today’s experience

1. The Sec 3s joined us for class today

2. Today was the first time that we were to assigned questions to translate by ourselves; it was incredibly chaotic
3. Always take good care of your stuff (Talking to you: Joshua Chang, Beh Guan Hong & Wang Jinhui). Life becomes considerably more interesting when 3 people leave their laptops in your room, 2 of which left their luggages there too, and 1 of them left a key to yet another free room. Especially whenyou're the only one who has a key to the room :D

2 important lessons that I learnt today
1. Learnt how to better find where to construct extra lines to aid me in geometry problems, especially in applying similarity

2. Learnt more about the geometric properties of a circle and how to apply them to solve problem1 question that I still do not understand from today’s lesson
1. how to do ANY OF THE QUESTIONS NOT EXPLAINED IN CLASS (why couldn't the teacher go through the HARDER questions in class? I have no more self-eseem D:)

11/11/11

3 interesting things that I would like to share with friends/family from today’s experience
1. Ahead of time: 11/11/11 11:11:11 BEST SECOND OF MY LIFE

2. We should bear the consequences of our actions (Right, Beh Guan Hong? Losing the room key means paying $100 and giving your roommate monopoly over the room :D)

3. Tying your key to the front of your belt is a very effective way of keeping pesky roommates (Like Beh Guan Hong; see above) away, both because of the difficulty of extricating a key from a belt, and the visually disturbing connotations of even trying.

2 important lessons that I learnt today

1. How to make use of cyclic quadrilaterals to effectively solve problems

2. How to make use of Menelaus & Ceva's Theorems to effectively solve problems

1 question that I still do not understand from today’s lesson

1. Majority of the questions that we did not go through in class

12/11/11

3 interesting things that I would like to share with friends/family from today’s experience
1. One of my molars (I think it was a molar and hopefully not an adult one) fell out while eating McDonalds. Unfortunately, the tooth fairy came early today and I lost my tooth after storing it in my wallet (Take that pickpockets!)

2. Bought a new game called Pylos, and its really fun :D

3. Found some really good books at the bookstore. Unfortunately, I did not have enough space to store them so I could only take a selected few.

2 important lessons that I learnt today
1. Next time I go to a bookstore, I should bring a larger bag

2. Must buy more things here, because everything is a lot cheaper (well, most things)

1 thing that I wish to know more from today’s experience

1. Pylos strategy, maybe? Currently trying to formulate one myself

13/11/11: Epic Reflections Requested for Today



[Start of Stupdily Serious Section (SSS): Part 1]

3 interesting things that I would like to share with friends/family from today’s experience
1. Science & Technology Museum
Today, we went to the Science & Technology Museum. There were many interesting exhibitions there with topics ranging from, atoms to DNA to astronomy to environmental conservation. All of thisreally interestedme. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to visit every exhibition and I ended one exhibition short. Nonetheless, it was an extremely fulfilling trip, enriching us with new knowledge while allowing us to have fun at the same time.

[End of SSS: Part 1]

[Start of Fun Part]

2. Advantages of being the only person with a key to the room: Pranking gets a lot easier
Before dinner, while Beh Guan Hong was getting water with his cup and his Wang Jinhui panda at the Water cooler (with no shoes on), I locked him out of the room. Then, before dinner, while Beh Guan Hong wasn't taking notice, I retrieved his shoes from the room to leave them outside Joshua Chang's room (where he was), with Joshua Chang's last remaining stick of Mentos in it. Dinner became even more interesting when we decided to play "Panda-go-Round"on the turntable (is that what its called?), and Joshua Chang's Mentos got into more disgusting places (In Daniel Tan's pocket, Wang Jinhui sitting on it, and eventually into Yap Jian Shern's mouth).

3. Disadvantages of being the only person with a key to the room: Locking yourself out ALSO gets a lot easier
After packing up and going to Daniel Tan's room to camp, I realised that I had forgotten to bring my key along with me, and had consequently locked myself out of my room (I left my book inside too *weeps*). Fortunately, it was Ms Wang to the rescue! (incidentally coming into Daniel Tan's room to ask what we were doing JUST AS I was about to do something, or at least try to do something, about the locked door (IT'S A CONSPIRACY! THEY'RE STALKING US!!! (YAY! BRACKET WITHIN A BRACKET! (YAY CAPSLOCK IS FUN!)))) So we went downstairs to ask the lady at the reception counter to help unlock the room door (I look sexy wearing Wang Jinhui's slipper on one foot and Daniel Tan's shoe on the other; Note: Wang Jinhui's other slipper was later mysteriously found under his pillow on his bed, hinting at a certain slipper fetish), and thus problem solved, everyone's happy (Except maybe Beh Guan Hong who I just locked out again), the world is at peace and universal balance has been restored.

2 important lessons that I learnt today

1. Keys & Belts

The method of tying the key to the belt to prevent pesky roommates from getting it (mentioned two days ago) does not work as well as I thought it would. Unfortunately, as the weak key ring proved to me, ripping the key straight off the belt is an incredibly effective way of retrieving it (though the disturbing visual connotations were still there).

[End of Fun Part]

[Start of SSS (Congruency): Part 2]

2. Looking after your stuff

First things first: Yes, I'm a hypocrite for writing this in my reflections three days ago: "Always take good care of your stuff (Talking to you: Joshua Chang, Beh Guan Hong & Wang Jinhui)". As mentioned above, I left my key in my room, mostly de to negligence on my part. I locked the door about two and a half seconds before checking if I actually had the key with me and somehow feeling what I THOUGHT was my key but was probably actually my wallet. Of course, subsequently I found out that what I had though was my key was actually my wallet and the rest was as stated above. In conclusion, I should really be a lot more careful with my stuff (especially my key) and always check for its presence before leaving the room.

1 thing that I wish to know more from today’s experience
1. Science & Technology Museum

The many interesting things in the Museum has motivated me to try to find out more about the world around us and the many subjects of the exhibitions there. I'm still working on getting my hands on an ENGLISH (read: understandable) version of Stephen Hawking's "The Universe in a Nutshell" which I found a Chinese version of in a bookstore 8 days ago (I think it was 8 days).

[End of SSS: Part 2; Time to sleep :D]