Weekly Reflection 7

What is my ideal career and how can I work towards it? What is my ‘to-be list’?

To me my ideal career should have the following characteristics: what you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for and what the world needs which can be described as Ikigai in Japanese. For me my ideal career will be a medical researcher as I am good at and have a love for chemistry. Being a medical researcher enables me to make a living while helping people at the same time by making scientific breakthroughs in the medical field. My to-be list is to be more confident, improve my communication skills and leadership skills. These skills are transferable skills which can be used in many different situations unlike technical skills which can only be applied to specific fields.

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Term 1 Reflection

What is the best part and hardest part about Term 1?

The best part about Term 1 is learning about Modern Slavery in Identities and Citizenship. I have learnt that even still today, people are being exploited around the globe, being tricked or forced into working in inhospitable environments. It has really broadened my view of citizenship such as Global Citizenship as there are different roles and responsibility of a citizen.

The hardest part about Term 1 is writing the blog posts for the reflections, I have never expressed my opinions online before and I find it difficult for me to answer these questions.

How can I apply what I’ve learnt?

I can apply what I’ve learnt by sharing what I’ve learnt in this module to my family and friends. For example, I can help spread awareness about companies which support or takes part in Modern Slavery to my friends and family.

I’ve also learnt about the conditions our foreign workers are living in. Before this module, I’ve always thought that foreign workers needs and welfare are taken of. However, it has  been brought up to me that the foreign workers in Singapore are living in poor conditions, I can apply what I’ve learnt by supporting the initiatives to help those foreign workers who are mistreated such as those who aren’t paid on time and those whose injuries aren’t taken care of.

What else do I still want to learn?

I would like to learn more about the humanitarian crisis in countries such as North Korea and Syria and the problems the citizens there face daily.

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What? We Kinda’ Caused the Haze?

What? We Kinda’ Caused the Haze?

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I chose this blog activity because annually, Singapore faces haze problem which causes health, economic and environmental issues, but we simply attribute it to the deforestation happening in Indonesia. I wish to bring light to what we don’t know is that we are indirectly causing the haze by the consumption decisions we make.  For example, palm oil and paper are produced in a unsustainable way as it causes long term harm to the environment and people. In 2014, Singapore produced 1.27 tonnes of paper and cardboard waste!

Palm oil is environmentally friendly as it requires less fertilizer and pesticides and has high yields per hectare. However, the way we produce it is unsustainable, therefore the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil was established to promote and use of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO).

What we can do as individuals is to use FSC or 100% recycled pulp and paper options when buying wood-based products.   For palm oil, look out for brands such as IKEA, Tesco, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle and Unilever which uses certified sustainable palm oil.

We also can reduce consumption of edible oil by cooking with less oil or eating less fried food which is also beneficial for your health! Other than that, we can use an air fryer which requires no additional oil being added to the food.

Other than that, we also can reduce our usage of paper by using both sides of the paper. reusing scrap paper and recycling. This will ensure that less trees are cut down in order to make paper.

To combat the haze issue, Singapore adopted the usage of the enacted Trans-boundary Haze Pollutant Act in 2014. In 2015, Singapore has taken legal action on 5 companies and sent a team comprising of 40 Singapore Armed Forces’ and Singapore Civil Defence Force officers in an effort to fight forest fires in Indonesia.

In conclusion, I feel that we should do our part as Local and Regional Citizens to help combat the haze issue that is currently affecting the region. Even ordinary citizens like us can make a great impact by choosing what products we use and the amount we use.

 

https://webreathewhatwebuy.com/

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-will-continue/2216266.html

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/singapore-clamps-down-on-five-firms-over-haze

pmhaze.org/be-a-haze-fighter/5-ways-to-fight-haze/

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Made in Singapore

Did you know that the thumb drives we use so often today was originally made by Singapore-based Trek Technology? Who would have thought that such a tiny device is able to store large amounts of data within it?

First sold in 2000, the thumb drive is a small device capable of storing a lot of data that can be easily carried around compared to a hard drive or a disc. The thumb drive is used widely today because of its convenience and usefulness. It truly is a revolutionary invention.

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What would i create if i was an inventor?

I chose this blog activity because ever since i was young, i wanted to improve life for humanity, be it directly such as being a doctor or indirectly such as being a researcher. So, if i was an inventor, i would create a cure for cancer. I know that currently, there are treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy. However, these treatments have side effects and are not guaranteed to succeed. These treatments are expensive and cause suffering to the patient. Currently, there are new ways to identify cancer cells, this allows targeted chemotherapy so that less healthy cells will die during the process. However, it is only in its developmental stages and would require more research. My idea is to create a drug that can identify and kill cancer cells in the body without damaging other cells. This will minimize any side effects from taking the medicine.

In conclusion, I have never knew that Singapore was a hub for creative ideas. I’ve only thought that Singapore was a country renowned for its trading, tourism and education industries. This shows that we Singaporeans can be active Global Citizens by inventing products that are beneficial and used around the globe.

http://www.stuff.tv/sg/features/8-tech-creations-singaporeans-can-be-proud/3-thumb-drive

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Weekly Reflection 6

What if Singapore doesn’t have any foreign domestic workers or foreign construction workers? What will happen? Write a story (or a blog entry).

If Singapore doesn’t have any foreign domestic workers, there would be no one looking after our children and elderly at home while the women were working during the day.  It will no longer be a dual-income family nuclear that is very common now, as people who hire domestic workers usually are people from dual income families where both husband and wife are working.

If Singapore doesn’t have any foreign construction workers, who would build our HDB flats and commercial buildings that formed the beautiful landscape of Singapore?  Most Singaporeans wouldn’t want to do menial labour jobs which have low wages and tough working conditions like working under hot sun and not to mention the dangerous working environment as they need to working at heights.

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Weekly Reflection 5

What is a “good country” to me? Do I consider Singapore a good country?

A “good country” to me is a country that is able to effectively and efficiently manage their country’s resources. A good country should possess these few traits: Egalitarian, Self-sustaining, Community Spirit, Resilience and Continous Growth.

Singapore to me is a good country, even though we do not have natural resources such as oil and land, we strategically utilised our geographical location to make us one of the world’s largest trading hub and progressed significantly since its independence in 1965. Singapore also relies on its citizens to contribute to its economy. As Singapore is able to produce highly-skilled workers and professionals, our banking and finance industry is strong. 

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Unusual Occupations

To me, ‘unusual’ means that it is not well-known or talked about, jobs such as Lego Certified Professional, Professional Mountaineer and Sneaker Customizer are examples of unusual jobs as many people don’t even know these jobs exist. I chose this activity because I had always assumed that Singapore only has ordinary jobs such as Accountants and Researchers mostly targeting the science and business industry. I never knew that Singapore has a array of unique jobs that you could take up.

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Mr Nicholas Foo, 36, is the only full-time artist in Singapore and Asia who is Lego Certified Professional. When he was 8 years old, he received his first set of Lego which was a car that sparked his interest in Lego. When he made a bear with a hidden compartment in its tummy using Lego bricks as a gift and uploaded it online, it garnered a lot of attention which made him decide to turn his hobby into his full-time career. Being a Lego Certified Professional, he is a trusted business partner of Lego which allows him to market and sell their products and services as Lego master artists.

I feel that in terms of occupation, if you are able to turn your passion into your career, it is a massive feat. Many people often choose jobs that offer high wages or are pressured by their parents to take up a job that they do not like, which may lead to job-hopping as they can’t find a job that suits them. If your passion is your job, you are able to earn a living whilst practising your hobby at the same time, what could be better than that?

https://sg.celebrity.yahoo.com/post/121967427534/meet-asias-only-certified-lego-professional

10 Singaporeans With Unusual Jobs Who Earn More Money Than You

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