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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Computers In 2020

If is something nice to imagine about:

Computers In 2020


I like to have one Pen PC now if possible!

Just wait for 5 years or more!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

POSB Disappearing from Kim Seng Road

I was disappointed when I went back to the POSB (Post Office Saving Bank) and they were no longer available at Kim Seng Road, Tiong Bahru in Singapore around 2007.

Many things brought back lots of fond memories for me.

I remembered how much a part of life POSB was for me since I know how to save money by collecting stamps on the saving book.  I grow up with the "Thumb Print" Post Bank Saving Book.

Banking through POSB, the "Key" logo was in my childhood memory and I still remembered how much I enjoyed the coin saving experience.

Now the convenience of having the POSB within mins of walking distance is no longer available. Our POSB within Tiong Bahru Market vacinity is moved and relocate on Ground level at Tiong Bahru Plaza. 

I think most of the residents in Tiong Bahru Estate will miss it, especially the hawkers with a lot of cash to deposit daily will miss it even more!

Here is some backgroup on POSB I found on the web at

The history of the bank dates back to 1 January 1877. The British Government established the Post Office Savings Bank in the General Post Office Building in Raffles Place. In 1951, its number of depositors hit the 100 000th mark. It grew until its peak in 1955 and languished thereafter.

In the mid-sixties, the Post Office Savings Bank, as POSBank was then called, was part of the Postal Department.

It was Dr Goh Keng Swee, the then Minister for Finance, who helped to revitalise the bank. He saw the potential in tapping the national savings for the development of the infrastructure in Singapore.

On 1 January 1972, the Bank was made a Statutory Board, under the care of the Ministry of Communications. Its two principal functions under the Post Office Savings Bank Act of 1971 were:

1. To carry on the general business of a savings bank and to promote saving and encourage thrift
2. To mobilise domestic savings for the purpose of public development.

The Bank commissioned Mr William Lee to design its logo in 1972.

In 1974, responsibility for the Bank was transferred to the Ministry of Finance. In the same year, the Bank set up a subsidiary, Credit POSB Pte Ltd, to tap into the housing market.

In 1976, the number of accounts hit the one millionth mark. In the same year, deposits crossed the S$1 billion mark.

In 1980, it introduced the Passcard, and the Principal Branch. In 1981, its first Cash-On-Line ATM machine opened at Newton Branch.

In 1983, its eight-storey headquarters, POSBank Centre, at Bras Basah Road was completed.

In 1984, the Bank introduced its current account facility. In 1986, deposits crossed the S$10 billion mark.

It changed its name to POSBank in March 1990. In 1996, it won the National Productivity Award conferred by the National Productivity Board.

It introduced the Electronic Share Application to let its depositors apply for Initial Public Offering (IPO) shares.

In November 1998, it was acquired by DBS Bank.
Source of above information:

Dexterine Ho
Revised with Labels (Tags) and some new information on 30 Sept 2011

Friday, July 13, 2007

NTU Art, Design and Media Library

Today, LAS Programmes and Social Committee organised a visit the newly opened NTU Art, Design and Media Library, and I am lucky to be one of the participants.

Date : 13 Jul 2007(Friday)
Time: 2:00 pm
Meeting place: NTU Main Library - Lee Wee Nam Library

As an adjunct lecturer for NIE Digital Literacy Skill course for SM2 and SM3 group, I usually spent my between and after teaching hours at various libraries in NIE and NTU.

This newly opened NTU Art, Design and Media Library is my new "LOVE" as I enjoy the ambience and the creative art and design collections.

Nothing is more insightful than listening to the librarians' sharing on the concept and the establishment of the library.

I am glad to be the one of the lucky souls to view the library with a guided tour run by professional librarians from NTU library.

I was introducted to the zone concept within the open space and the use of colours to divide the section. I like the book display area near the entrance of the library as it make the library very inviting to new visitors!

Partition is not a practice in new library design and invisible wall zone is not visible for the "Blind Readers" who are not used to the new design concept.

I think users will learn along the way, and librarians who manage the library need to adapt and adopt a new mind set in the fast changing library landscape!

Dexterine Ho

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Quotations on Creativity and Innovation

I enjoy reading quotations, esp those on creativity and innovation.
Here are some that inspire me:


TRUE Creativity and Innovation consists of
SEEING what everyone else has seen,
THINKING what no one else has thought, and
DOING what no one else has dared!"



Creativity is largely discovery, a push into the unchartered and the unknown.

"Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different."

-- Albert Szent-Gyrgyi, Nobel Prize winner


"Questions are the creative acts of intelligence."

-- Frank Kingdomy


Innovation is more than a good idea.

Innovation is the process that takes an idea, improves it, develops it and implements it.


"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

-- Alan Kay, A Fellow of Apple Computer


"Creative thinking ability facilitates the ability to realize innovations"

-- Emem Ite


"Every human being is a problem in search of a solution."

-- Ashley Montagu


"Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire;
you will what you imagine;
and at last you create what you will."

-- George Bernard Shaw


"To make a great dream come true, you must first have a great dream."

-- Dr. Hans Selye

Innovation & Creativity Quotes