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Archive for February, 2005

Singapore February 2005 Days Two and Three
February 23rd, 2005

Took a taxi to NTU. The driver was nice and I have arranged for him to pick me up each morning. He drops his kids off at a school near the hotel so he does not charge me a booking fee. That is excellent service!

Spent the first couple of hours at NTU chatting to colleagues and some of the other presenters. Everyone is working hard. During the day I attended Daniel Churchill’s workshop on Learning Objects. It was very interesting. I have some material that I can share with my colleagues downunder.

I met some of the participants for my own workshops and I asked them what did they expect. Our expectations were different so I spent most of Monday night and Tuesday morning making changes. The presentation worked well and the added hands-on component was a blessing.

After that I went back to the hotel and then into town. Finally tracked down the beautiful re-issues of David Live and Stage by Bowie in the HMV store in the Heeren Centre on the corner of Orchard Road and Cairnhill Road. Met a friend at Orchard MRT and had dinner at Bukit Batok followed by durian in Geylang. The durian stall is illustrated below. Click on the image for more.

Singapore February 2005 Day One
February 20th, 2005

Did some shopping this morning. Shirts, CD-Rs, a MP3 player with voice recording ability and a new Rolling Stones CD. I was hoping the re-issues of Bowie’s live albums, David Live and Stage, would be available but I did not have any luck.

Later I went across to Chinatown to have some cold drinks, watch the world go by and eat dinner. Saw a lion dance, took some time lapse photography of the Chinese New Year street decorations and returned to the hotel.

Singapore February 2005 and hailstorm back home
February 20th, 2005

I am back in Singapore to conduct some presentations and workshops at Nanyang Technological University. The presentations and workshops focus upon digital media, web publishing and curriculum integration in a nutshell. I have started a photoblog to record the time here.

The flight was horrible. Very bad turbulence from the thunderstorm in Sydney and clear air turbulence all the way to South Australia. No food or drink for about three hours. We all had to stay very put.

This will be the last time I fly British Airways. They were brusque, undiplomatic and the attendants are not a scratch on the wonderful Singapore Airline attendants. The entire toilet seat fell off when I went to use it. Bangers and mash for tea. :)

Meanwhile, back home in Australia there was a hailstorm and Shao Ping, my wonderful wife, emailed this image to myself:

February 5th, 2005

Crikey. Bringing down governments since 1999. Well, this independent news service has just been sold. It was always worth a look to check out the archives.