As a person living in the civilian world, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the idea of being in the Navy – even more so when you’re a female who grew up watching your friends and family members enlisting in the military.

In recent years, however, we see more and more young women who are turning to the Navy as a career choice. Choosing the Navy can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it’s also a profession that requires a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment – as we found out at the Navy Women’s Career Seminar.

Navy Women's Career Seminar

Held at the Suntec City Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1 June, the seminar played host to a handful of aspiring naval candidates from all walks of life – some are keen on joining with patriotism in mind, while others are hoping to score a scholarship for their university education. But everyone came with one purpose: to build a career in this dynamic field. Here are some important takeaways we learned amidst it all.

#1 Never underestimate the importance of the Navy

We all know that Singapore is highly regarded as a maritime nation, but we often forget how important maritime security is – even the slightest mistake can cause national security to be compromised. Which is why it’s essential to have a strong Navy to ensure that our seas are safe and secure for all. From the moment you put on the uniform, you become part of something bigger; you become a symbol of strength, courage and sacrifice. In return, you’re rewarded with a meaningful and fulfilling experience that you wouldn’t trade for anything else.

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A young female Navy sailor with an attendee at the Navy Women’s Career Seminar.

#2 It’s not just about combat and warfighting

One common perception about the Navy is that it’s all about combat readiness. Yes, you have to be ready at all times to answer the call of duty – but it’s also about the “art of making friends”. Diplomacy is key for the Navy, as it plays an important role in sustaining long-lasting relationships with partners in the region and beyond. This makes it easier to tackle maritime challenges, at the same time establishing global credibility for Singapore as the diplomatic arm of the military.

#3 Don’t expect to be treated any differently

Taking the plunge into a field that’s traditionally dominated by males can be intimidating, but there’s really not much you should be worried about – because all that matters is your capabilities once you’re out at sea. Just like your male counterparts, you’re expected to go through military training in order to be properly equipped with the necessary skillsets. You will then get the opportunity to take on key leadership roles, while being exposed to various aspects of the organisation.

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We sat in for an intimate sharing session with one of the naval officers – what an eye-opening experience!

#4 You develop bonds that last a lifetime

Above everything else, what makes the Navy so special is its tight-knit team spirit. Having been through years of rigorous training and complex operations with your fellow crew members, you forge an unbeatable sense of camaraderie that you hardly get in other professions. When you’re able to wholeheartedly trust someone with your life, that’s when you know you have a friendship for life. And this is what they call, the Navy Family.

So if you value teamwork and are looking for a career that’s out of the ordinary, consider being part of the Navy Family!

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Deciding on the next step of your post-secondary education can be incredibly daunting, especially when it comes to applying for your desired courses. Take the guesswork out of the application process with the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE), which lets you secure a coveted spot in the course of your dreams ahead of your peers.

Through EAE, graduating students will be able to get on the fast track to the diploma programme of their choice even before they sit for the O’Level examinations. The best part? They don’t just look at your academic grades – instead, they take into account one’s interests, skills and aptitude for your desired course. Just take it from Billy Tay and Lynthia Chai, who both found themselves a second home at Singapore Polytechnic (SP), all thanks to EAE.


Billy, who has a passion for creative writing since young, had already made up his mind to venture into the new media field. This naturally led him to enrol in SP’s Diploma in Creative Writing for TV & New Media, where he can truly bring his stories to life.

In Lynthia’s case, she grew up watching her grandfather and father repair things around the house – be it faulty appliances or broken machinery. This sparked her interest in “making things work”. Her good grades in math and physics further pushed her in the direction of engineering. Having done ample research on the engineering courses available, Lynthia decided to go for SP’s Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering as it’s a highly established course with a strong reputation in the industry.

Have a dream course in mind? Don’t FOMO – you can get a headstart on your tertiary education just like Billy and Lynthia through EAE. Let them bring you through a step-by-step EAE guide in the video below!

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Applications are open from 6 to 13 June for ITE students, 27 June to 3 July for O’Level students and 6 June to 3 July for adult learners. Find out more about EAE here.

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“I’d love for more Singaporean stories to be told,” says one homegrown filmmaker Tan Wei Ting, who made her directorial debut with CA$H in 2018. It tells the story of four cashier aunties who stage a revolt on the eve of the implementation of a cashless payment system.

The highly successful short film went on to win several accolades in the 2018 National Youth Film Awards (NYFA), and even found its way to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival – the biggest international festival dedicated to short films.

We speak to the young NYFA alumni on pursuing her passion in the film industry and why it’s an exciting time to be telling stories in local cinema.

Hi Wei Ting! How did you first come to discover your passion for filmmaking?

It’s hard to place when the storytelling bug began, but it started quite early in my life. Before I even encountered the medium of film, I was trained in the theatre scene as part of ARTivate, the youth wing of a local mandarin theatre company. When I first enrolled in NTU to study digital filmmaking, I was very fixated on the fact that what I wanted to do was actually theatre – but all that changed after I was exposed to the other world of storytelling. Right now, I think it doesn’t matter what roles I take on or which medium I’m in, as long as it conveys the story.

What was the motivational factor in spurring you to join NYFA back in 2018?

It’s a great platform for young filmmakers to gain recognition for their talents and kickstart their filmmaking career. When I knew about the new open category, I didn’t hesitate to submit my entry as I feel that it gives a voice to aspiring filmmakers, especially those who left school but have never once gave up on their dreams.

Tell us more about the idea behind your award-winning short film CA$H.

It’s a story inspired by my mother, who used to be a stay-home mum before she began work as a cashier. It has been more than 10 years since she started working at the supermarket, and I saw how returning to the workforce gave her so much more purpose in life. She would come home feeling proud that she could memorise barcode numbers of certain products, or that her colleagues had just praised her for making breads look puffier for better sales.


Having done ample research on the issue of work replacement, I started thinking how her job could be very well be taken away from her one day and she might not have the courage to start over again like how she did a decade ago, simply because of her age. The same probably goes for her friends and colleagues. As I went through the brutal statistics, it suddenly dawned on me how soon this was all going to come.

Through CA$H, I wanted to depict the chemistry between the characters; the subconscious co-dependence and their unsaid love for each other. The future has never been about robots, technology or artificial intelligence to me, but how our human experiences and relationships are being shaped in an increasingly isolated society. And I think it’s important to be aware of what we might be losing in pursuit of these progresses.

What’s the most rewarding and most challenging part about making CA$H?

The most rewarding part is definitely seeing a team of people working so hard to help build your vision and create the world that you imagine. But the most challenging part would probably be my insecurity as a first-time director. There were many times when I would doubt myself and the choices that I made. Having a team that trusted me as a director helped me a lot; many of them are also friends that I have came to know on my filmmaking journey since school days, hence I felt extra safe with this story in their hands.

What are your thoughts on the local film industry today and what do you hope to see more of in the future?

I think that this generation of filmmakers are lucky in the sense that we live in a day and age where the film medium is very much appreciated. Moving forward, I hope for a more trusting environment for us to let diverse voices grow and allow a vibrant nation to be born out of that.


Have you ever thought about venturing out into the overseas film markets?

I think that human are cultural creatures. We react to characters according to our cultural backgrounds; we hear accents and look at skin tones when we digest a story; we make assumptions of a character’s background based on details that the storyteller deliberately inject. But there are times that we break these judgements when we see a good story unfold before our eyes.

I want to stay in Singapore to make local works for this reason. I sometimes envy an American because when they step into the cinema or turn on Netflix, there are tonnes of stories told about their culture. The average American gets to see their world in different light every other day. Their everyday struggles are being portrayed on screen, which I believe helps them to cope with whatever they are going through – sometimes via resonance, sometimes via a shift of perception.

I’d love for more Singaporean stories to be told.

What’s a piece of advice you would give to aspiring filmmakers who are hoping to pursue a career in the film industry?

Your peers make a big difference to your learning journey. You don’t have to do all this by yourself; find the right people to work with, pick a team whom you trust and would also trust you back.

Watch CA$H below:

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Who says studying has to be boring? Liven up your workstation with these aesthetically-pleasing DIY projects that will take your study situation from drab to fab!

It’s lit

DIY Candles

Brighten up your desk with these scene-stealing candles! To make, you’ll need polymer clay in a variety of colours and a thick candle. Take a chunk of the base colour and roll it out to about 1cm thick. Measure the height of the candle, score the clay and cut it so it’s large enough to wrap around the candle. With the other coloured clay, roll a small amount of each into a ball and flatten with a rolling pin. Using a penknife, cut into small geometric shapes and press them onto the base clay to form a terrazzo-like pattern. Wrap the clay around the candle to get its shape. Remove candle and bake clay in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Once cooled, replace candle into the clay holder.

Magnetic field

DIY Magnets

Here’s something that will jazz up your workspace. To make these terrazzo-patterned magnets, roll out the base polymer clay in your desired colour to 1cm thick pieces. Roll out the other coloured clay and cut them into irregular shapes for the terrazzo effect. Arrange the smaller pieces over the base clay. Cover with wax paper and roll over with a rolling pin to incorporate the smaller pieces into the base clay. Cut out the clay to your desired shape and bake for about 30 minutes. Once cooled, glue on the magnets and you’re done!

Let’s hang out

DIY Macrame Planter

These cute mini macramé planters will let you grow your plant collection without cluttering up your tabletop. To make, cut out eight pieces of rope or string to your desired lengths then knot them over a loop for hanging. Move down the length of two strings and tie a knot. Move down one to three inches and connect the string to another and make a knot to form a diamond. Create enough diamond shapes so the strings can comfortably support your planter. Knot all the strings together to form the base.

Wrap it up

DIY Mirror

This easy DIY lets you upgrade your existing mirror in an instant. Cut three pieces of rope into three-metre lengths, and attach to a wooden ring by making a loop. Braid each section of the rope until you get at least 10cm of braids and tie a knot at the end of each braid. Wrap the braids around the mirror to create your desired pattern. Once the mirror is wrapped up, attach some wooden beads at the bottom end of the braids.

In stitches

DIY Cushion

Have a favourite word or quote? Bring out your sewing kit and start stitching on your pillows for a quick update! First, outline the front of a pillowcase with pencil. Then turn the case inside out and start stitching according to the outline. Once the outline is filled, satin stitch to fill in the word.

Bowl of joy

DIY Bowl

These kaleidoscopic bowls are perfect for containing your jewellery all while prettying up your vanity. Divide your selection of coloured polymer clay into portions and roll them up into small ropes, then loosely twist them together. Once combined, roll the clay rope into a coil and flatten into a disc. Mould the flattened disc using a small bowl to get its shape. Remove from bowl and bake clay as instructed. Once cooled, spray-paint the rim with metallic paint.

To dye for

DIY Planter

Take your succulent collection to the next level with these chic little planters. To make, mix the concrete with water in a bucket. Take out a small portion of concrete and place it in a small plastic bucket to dye it with your desired colour. Pour the white concrete into the dyed mix and stir to create a marbled effect. When the mix is still wet, push a copper cap onto the top and leave to dry. Once dried, turn the bucket over to pop out the plastic bucket.

This article was adapted from SquareRooms Magazine.

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Enter the class of 2019, where blackboards, crayons, and textbooks are replaced by social media, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and all things smart. With technology changing the way classrooms work in today’s digital era, it’s become more imperative than ever to embrace the learning models of tomorrow. Which is why it’s no surprise all the cool kids are getting into coding, and it’s only a matter of time before schools start implementing it. But for now, here’s a more fun and accessible way to boost your tech chops.

Cue Coding Lab, a premiere educational institution that prides itself on a MIT-inspired curriculum that helps to develop your computational thinking and problem-solving skills, all while sparking your inner creativity and keeping things relevant to the real world. Think writing your own code, creating your own apps… Always wondered how the Instagram algorithm works? Or how social media advertisements always seem to be tailored to your latest interests? It’s no magic trick; just python applications!

While it may seem like a labyrinth of gibberish at first, coding will be an absolute breeze once you’ve gotten the hang of it, much like picking up a foreign language. The best part about Coding Lab is that they offer a wide range of specialised programmes tailored to your age and skill sets, so whether you’re a tech geek or a complete newbie, it’s a great place to get started.

Don’t just hear it from us; we’ve enlisted three young but super-savvy students to share with us more on their coding journey thus far.

Unlocking His Potential To Success (Elijah, 13)


Meet Elijah, the youngest medallist for the National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI) 2019, one of the most prestigious coding competitions organised annually by the National University of Singapore. The 13-year old ACS(I) boy has grown from the then inquisitive Primary Fiver into one of Coding Lab’s most stellar teenage talents, as he flourishes through their exclusive NOI C++ training programme. So if you’re an aspiring coder like Elijah, don’t be afraid to venture into the world of code – think of all the amazing opportunities waiting for you!

Coding A Better World (Ian, 14) 


If you’re someone who just wants to create for leisure, why not take it a step further by giving back to society? Utilising his coding skills for the greater good, Ian is proud to have conceived a meaningful app for the elderly all by himself. At just 14 years old, the Hwa Chong Institution student has launched his very own app, Silver Plus, which fosters engagement within the elderly community. Elaborating on the concept behind his idea, the passionate student shares, “I came up with the idea as the suggested theme for school projects this year was on giving back to the community. I wanted to match this theme with my love for technology.”

An Unexpected Calling (Sarah, 17)


So you think programming, tech and all that jazz are way out of your league? Well, think again – Sarah discovered her calling in code after her first baby steps into the realms of Python. Like most of us, the Hwa Chong International student started out using the laptop for a mere Google search, YouTube videos or simply a routine scroll through Facebook. Little did she expect to get hooked onto coding. “My interest surprised even myself,” she exclaims.

With just six months of training, the budding talent then went on to participate in NOI 2018 and clinched an Honourable Mention. We’re talking someone who started from ground zero right here! And to all the other newbies considering about starting their coding journey, the avid girl programmer advises to not be afraid and give it a shot. “It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the troves of information online, but don’t let this get the better of you. Just take things step by step. Coding is a lifelong journey.” 

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Code your way to success at Coding Lab! For those aged 13 to 18 who are interested in finding out more about what Coding Lab has to offer, head over here to check out the Secondary & JC classes available. Fees range from $445 to $745.

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