If you recently saw a short film screened before your usual blockbuster at a Golden Village cinema that very likely brought you to the verge of tears, it might be Chiak. The eight-minute story tells of a son’s struggle with his father’s dementia, as they take steps towards emotional recovery.

First-time filmmaker Joshuah Lim decided to participate in the GV25 Film Shorts Competition alongside two other teammates on a whim, despite their lack of experience or funding – but their end product has clearly captivated hearts. Chiak not only clinched the winning title, but also serves as a reminder for everyone that there’s hope even in the darkest of times. A cancer survivor himself, Joshuah’s personal journey motivated him and his team to depict an accurate portrayal of battling illnesses.

Ahead, the 22-year-old delves further on how he turned his pain into positivity.

Congratulations on winning the GV25 Film Shorts Competition! How was the entire experience like for you?
Thank you! I think it was an amazing experience with lots of ups and downs, but a great opportunity that Golden Village presented all of us aspiring filmmakers with. This experience really allowed me to discover more about myself, especially in the medium of filmmaking.

What was your reaction upon knowing that you had won?
As we had no prior experience in filmmaking, we did make some elementary mistakes as a result. I was really shocked as I honestly didn’t expect to win – this was the first short film I’ve ever directed, and also considering that the works of the other finalists were really good as well. Overall, I feel really honoured to have won the competition, and it’s a dream to have my very own film screened in the theatres!

How did you first come to discover your passion for filmmaking?
From the moment I started watching movies! I’ve always enjoyed the idea of purposeful storytelling, and personally, film is a great medium to tell a story.

What inspired you to participate in the competition?
When I was undergoing treatment for leukaemia last year, I had a new perspective of life and felt so inspired to live to the fullest. Shortly after my bone marrow transplant, my teammate Alvin approached me regarding this fantastic opportunity, and we just decided to go for it!

Moonmen (L to R- Joshuah, Wesley, Alvin)

How did your team come up with the idea behind your short film Chiak?
We really wanted to do something that would touch the hearts of the audience and drive home a meaningful message. Alvin and I both have relatives who suffer from dementia – we could see the struggle they go through on a day-to-day basis, and how time to them seems fluid. With that, we decided to go with the idea and the rest is history.

Having experienced your own battles with a disease yourself, how did that influence the story behind Chiak?
I could definitely relate to it on a more personal level as I was able to see the similarities of the struggles between the family, and myself faced in a situation like this. I guess you could say I was able to catch a heartbeat for this film too.

What do you hope people will take away with them after watching Chiak?
I hope people will be encouraged to separate the disease from the person, and to remember that our love for the patient should be the foundation of all the care we give when things get difficult.

What motivated you to fight through your health battles and pursue this passion project?
I went through a spiritual revival whilst battling cancer. I came to terms with who I am, and I realised the need to live a purpose-driven life. I am very thankful to God, my family and friends for the support and love they have provided me with. That was what kept me going, and gave me the strength to strive on and take delight in my work.

What is your ultimate dream goal you hope to achieve in the future?
I want to change lives. I hope to leave a legacy that inspires people to be contented with themselves in this fast-paced world.

What’s a piece of advice you would like to share with readers who are also struggling with their personal health battles?
Take your time to process what is happening. Allow yourself to feel everything, but at the same time never lose hope. Find joy in the little things, because laughter goes a long way. Most importantly, do not let a disease or a bad health situation define you, or take charge of your emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Continue pursuing your dreams and live fearlessly.

This article was adapted from Vol.30 Issue 1 issue of Teenage.

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Your tertiary years pass by in a flash, so it’s important to make the most of your experience. Ahead, we asked graduates to share their biggest regrets and personal advice for the class of 2018. Take notes, freshies!

Get out of your comfort zone

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“In junior college, I decided to join choir for my CCA. However, it was the exact same thing that I did back in secondary school. I wish I had the courage to act outside of my comfort zone. I’ve always wanted to try something new, like rock climbing!” – Cass, 20

You might have been stuck in the same club for years, but you’re entering a new chapter of your life – take it as an opportunity to reinvent yourself. Don’t box yourself within the walls of familiarity and try dabbling in something new for a change. Who knows, you might just discover a newfound interest you didn’t know existed!

Seize the opportunities

Seize the opportunities

“Apart from CCAs, there are also a ton of opportunities to help you expand your leadership skills outside of the classroom… which I didn’t take up. I regret not being more immersed in school life.” – Khairul, 21

There’s more to school than just academics – there are plenty of extracurricular clubs and after-school activities to keep you engaged! Not only are they platforms for you to widen your social circle outside of class, it’s also a chance for you to pick up extra skills and even prepare you for the workforce.

Be confident

Be confident

“I regret being so self-conscious back in school. I always felt like someone was constantly watching me so my actions ended up being very stiff all the time. But in reality, no one really cares. I was just overly suspicious!” – Janisha, 19

“Why are they staring at me? Do I look weird today?” – such thoughts would inevitably run through your head when you’re in a new environment with people you don’t know. But at the end of the day, no one really takes notice of these little quirks as much as you think. In fact, they might just love you more for it!

Live for yourself

Live for yourself

“Although English was the second language in my international school, I’ve always enjoyed reading English books and took pride in speaking it fluently since young. But when the other students made fun of me and accused me of being pretentious, I ended up hiding the books and using English only with people who spoke it first. I wish I wasn’t so quick to conform to what my schoolmates thought of me.” – Wei Lun, 20

Never let anyone’s opinion sway your beliefs, whether it’s giving in to parental pressures or trying to fit in with others. If you’re truly passionate about something, trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to pursue what your heart desires.

It’s okay to be alone

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“I didn’t show up for a lot of the events and classes that I signed up for because none of my friends would go with me. I always felt that I won’t be comfortable alone so I’d choose not to socialise or participate in the activity, which defeated the purpose so there wasn’t a point in going. Looking back, I realised I missed out on a lot just because I was afraid of being alone.” – Joey, 20

It’s nice to have companionship when going for camps or trying out for a new CCA, but chances are you won’t always find someone with similar interests as you. Don’t shy away from signing up for activities on your own – new friends will come along naturally. Hey, being independent is a good thing!

Don’t slack off

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“Although I had good grades in my first year, it ended up making me complacent. I didn’t put in as much effort into my studies from the second year onwards and I was spending way too much time with my girlfriend.” – Marcus, 23

You may think that only scoring well during the first year is enough and the remaining two years of your education won’t affect your GPA as much, but keep in mind that the cumulative grading system is based on your overall performance throughout the years. Keep up the good work and you’ll be duly rewarded!

Friends forever?

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“My clique got along well until we had to do our projects together. It wasn’t anybody’s fault; some of us just worked on different wavelengths – but it reached a point where there were tears and yelling before I left. I’m sure my old clique is as happy as I am now after the ‘break up’, but if we had the courage to stop forcing our friendship, we might still be on cordial terms now.” – Ke Xin, 22

While school is a place where you make lifelong friends, there are instances where friends can get rather competitive on the academic front. Just because you are grouped together for projects doesn’t mean you are obliged to stick with the same clique – you might be better off finding a new group of friends whom you can better connect with.

Love can wait

Love can wait

“I wish I didn’t have so many of those so-called relationships. Looking back, we were all too young and I feel like they weren’t even real boyfriends. I wasted time crying, fighting and healing when I could’ve spent it with friends or being more involved in school.” – Rebecca, 23

We’ve all been there – unrequited crushes, first loves and heartbreaks. When the hormones start to kick in, you may be at the stage where the idea of getting into a relationship is intriguing – but it can also result in unnecessary drama and heartache, so tread cautiously with matters of the heart.

No time for crime

No time for crime

“I wish I’d have just worn a skirt that wasn’t too short and proper socks. Once, I literally ran away from the disciplinary mistress because I didn’t want to buy a new pair of school socks, but she caught me anyway. Being the school’s resident troublemaker was an exhausting streak to keep up, I felt like I had just wasted my time!” – Daphne, 19

From skipping lectures to altering your uniform in every way imaginable, some of you are probably guilty of these. You might think that breaking the rules is cool now, but you’ll soon realise that it’s just a phase. Treat it as a learning lesson and move on!

This article was adapted from Teenage Passport To Your Future 2018.

Here’s a question for you guys: what’s something that you regret from your days back in school? Let us know in the comments below.

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4 Easy Ways To Make Your Study Space Look Pinterest AF

8 Jan 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

New year calls for a fresh new look for your study space! Having an organised space does wonders in streamlining your workflow and helps you to stay inspired. Revamp your workstation with these Pinterest-worthy ideas.

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Transform your study space into an Instagram-worthy nook with these striking butterfly shelves, which you can use to showcase your book collection while adding an interesting accent to the room.

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Make use of barren walls by keeping your notes and stationery items on a wall-mounted shelf. We love that it comes with compartments for storing little knick-knacks, and it doubles up as a compact workstation too!

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Another way to utilise the wall space above your desk? Install these versatile wire shelving units which provide ample space to store and display your items in an organised manner. Bonus: these little wall hooks also come in handy for holding your apparel and accessories in place, and also make things easier to locate!

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Short on space? This modular system is perfect for squeezing in a workspace in just about any corner of the home, and the shelves are easily adjustable so you can add more layers whenever you need extra space.

Photography: Wong Weiliang
Art direction: Aris Lai and Linda Seitono
Styling: Biona Boon
Shot on location: Danish Design Co, Kuhl Home

This article was adapted from Vol.30 Issue 1 issue of Teenage.

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Scoring a place in a local university is tough enough, but these stellar graduates from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) have achieved the rare academic feat of being accepted into the most prestigious universities around the world. Here are their success stories.

Lovell Ong, Imperial College London, UK

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Having found his calling since he was a child, Lovell’s love for engineering was sparked after watching a television advertisement of a watch morphing into another form, which piqued his curiosity of how materials are made. It comes as no surprise that he eventually chose to pursue his passion in NYP’s Diploma in Nanotechnology & Material Science, landing him a spot in the Imperial College London where he’s currently completing his direct Masters in Materials Science. 

“Nanotechnology is cutting-edge. We work on an atomic or molecular scale, so the possibilities are endless. What we may think is impossible today, may be possible in 20 or 30 years’ time,” the NYP School of Engineering graduate explains. “There are so many environmental issues these days. I hope to bring something new and useful to the market that can help save our planet.”

Julius Tan, Columbia University, USA

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Julius Tan is among the few who were accepted into Columbia University, and the School of Business Management alum is pursuing a degree in Political Science. Julius’ interest in philosophy and politics dates back to his days as an NYPian, where he represented the polytechnic in debate competitions through the Current Affairs and Debating Club.

He has since started his own non-profit organisation based in Columbia, which he again attributes to the foundation he got at NYP. “I would say my experience at NYP allowed me to make real choices,” he says. “And sometimes mistakes, which are very valuable if you learn from them. That has definitely benefited my experiences at Columbia University.” 

Rayden Chia Yong Xiang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

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Graduating from NYP’s School of Information Technology with a perfect grade point average of 4.0, Rayden was offered not one – but four places to read at some of the best institutions in the world: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, and New York University. He ultimately accepted the offer by MIT, where he reads computer science and engineering while working on information technology research at the institution’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

It was NYP that intensified his passion for IT: “Before NYP, IT was merely my interest. But now, I can spot industry trends, and possess business skills and knowledge that I can apply to the industry. The years I’ve spent at NYP were valuable and I am very appreciative of the support my lecturers have given me.”

As if his achievements aren’t impressive enough, Rayden also boasts multiple professional certifications from Red Hat, Microsoft and Oracle, and was also part of the winning team in the 2014 edition of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. The future looks bright for this budding tech whiz!

Fadzuli Said, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

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With a keen interest in role-playing table top games and video games since young, Fadzuli was sold on the possibility of creating exciting storylines in video games, which led him to enrol in the School of Interactive and Digital Media (SIDM) at NYP.

Fadzuli’s time at NYP was nothing short of spectacular as he received the Media Development Authority of Singapore IDM Award, which was given to the most outstanding student at SIDM. Not long after, he was offered direct entry as a Media Development Authority-ST Engineering scholar into a Masters of Entertainment Technology programme at the Carnegie Mellon University.

“It’s been a great three years here at NYP, and the technical know-hows I have garnered to develop mobile games have helped me greatly when I was reading my Masters.” Today, Fadzuli is a Chief Technology Officer at Mighty Bear Game, and also hopes to contribute to Singapore’s growing gaming industry in the future.

Marcus Tan, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

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With a heart to serve the elderly, Marcus has his mind set on becoming a medical practitioner. While aspiring medical students would have gone down the ‘A’ Level route, he decided to take the path less travelled as he took up the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences at NYP, which provided him a solid foundation for medical school.

However, it was during his internship stint at the Singapore General Hospital as a pharmacy technician that gave him renewed motivation to succeed in the medical field, hence enrolling into the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. “Through my frequent interactions with the elderly patients, it made me realise that I could serve them better as a doctor. I want to make sure they’re being well taken care of!”

Sheena Ramazanu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Sheena has always lived her life with a big heart, but it was her father – who was a mental health nurse and a former nursing lecturer at NYP’s School of Health Sciences – who inspired her to become a professional nurse. Aspiring to follow in her father’s footsteps, she graduated with a Diploma in Nursing from NYP and is now on a scholarship to pursue her PhD in Family and Community Nursing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

She still vividly recalls her first hospital attachment and having to break the news of a patient’s passing to the family members: “I realised that a nurse should help family members, not just the patient. The experience left an indelible mark on me, and reinforces my goal to become a nurse who cares for others.”

Ang Ying Xian, Pratt Institute, USA

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You might be familiar with the visual masterpieces of Ying Xian, whose brilliant works have been exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum, PHUNK Studio, and The National Library. She has also been published on The Straits Times, The Substation’s Issue magazine, and Matilda magazine.

After graduating from NYP’s School of Design, the burgeoning artist went on to pursue her Masters in Communication Design at Pratt Institute, which is regarded as one of the top colleges in the world for art and design. “My time at NYP laid a strong foundation for me in terms of technical skills, as it allows me to focus more on theory and my motivations towards being a designer at Pratt Institute. Here, I’m learning more than before and also gained lots of exposure to the international arts scene.”

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6 Interesting CCAs To Join In Poly

3 Jan 2018 by Teenage

Don’t limit your tertiary education to hitting the books and churning out assignments. Make the most out of your polytechnic experience by joining a CCA (or two!) to further your interests. And with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) boasting a total of 84 diverse CCAs, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here are six CCAs you should definitely check out!

#1 Live Audio

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There’s a DJ in the house! The mood makers of NYP, Live Audio Club gets the party going with atmospheric tunes – mixed by their very own members who’ve undergone extensive DJ training. Apart from mixing up sick beats, Live Audio also equips its members with the technical know-how to provide audio support for professional events. They’ve even brought the sound to outdoor parties such as the Paddle @ Seletar and Puma One Mile Run!

Live Audio member, Ryan Lua, recounts his most memorable event, “I was involved in the planning of one of NYP’s biggest event, MUSE. One of the highlights I had to plan was for an afterparty. We set up the lighting and atmosphere, and during the party, I DJ-ed live on stage along with the other members. Although it was short, I gave it my all so that everyone enjoyed the event.”

#2 Street Workout Club

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From parkour to gymnastics to bodyweight training, it seems like defying gravity is all in a day’s work for the Street Workout Club. If you’re looking for physically challenging exercises that’ll get your blood pumping with adrenaline and a bunch of fun friends to do it with, then this CCA is it.

#3 K-Wave

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Perfect for fans of the Hallyu Wave, be prepared to experience everything K-related. For aspiring K-pop stars in the making, join the club’s Vocal and Dance section, where you’ll learn the latest K-dance choreographies, belt out K-pop hits, and show off your newfound skills through event performances and exciting competitions. But while there’s a heavy focus on K-pop and K-dance, members also have the chance to explore Korean foods, lifestyles, and even learn about Korea’s rich history. And the club is supported by the Korean Embassy!

#4 Makers and Innovators Tribe

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Calling all hobbyists, crafters and artists-in-the-making (no pun intended)! The Makers and Innovator Tribe is a dream come true for those who love tinkering around – this unique CCA will link you up with like-minded folks to network and further explore creative collaborations. Plus, it’s supported by MakerSpaceNYP, which houses all the equipment and materials you’ll need to bring your project to fruition. 3D printers, here we come!

#5 The Communicators

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Have a flair for social media? You could also become an ambassador for the poly with prospective students. This awesome CCA brings together the brightest sparks within NYP and members have a hand in handling the poly’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Members also organise Open House activities and recruitment camps, and get training in public-speaking, event management and leadership.

#6 Strongman Club

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Do you lift? Whether you’re new to weightlifting or a seasoned pro, the fitness junkies at the Strongman Club will have you dead-lifting, squatting and training your way to a ripped bod and an even stronger mind. It’s time to push your body and mind to the limit – are you ready?

Want more insights on the exciting CCAs that NYP has to offer? Head down to the NYP Open House on 4 to 6 January 2018 to find out more! 

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