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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tanjong Pagar KTM Intercity station

Tanjong Pagar KTM Intercity Station is where I wish to visit before it is closed to public in July 2011.

In between an errand, I managed to have 40 mins in town today and make it to the station.

The art deco Tanjong Pagar Railway Station:

The large initials "F M S R" stand for Federated Malay States Railways. The four white marble reliefs beneath these initials are allegories of Agriculture, Commerce, Transport and Industry.

Station statistics:

Address Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore.

Coordinates 1°16′22″N 103°50′17″E / 1.27278°N 103.83806°E / 1.27278; 103.83806

Lines North-South Line (KTM Intercity).

Platforms 1 side platform and 1 island platform (segmented as two side platforms).

Owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu

Tanjong Pagar railway station (Chinese: 丹戎巴葛火车总站; Malay: Stesen Keretapi Tanjong Pagar), also called Keppel Road railway station or Singapore railway station, was a railway terminus owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), the main railway operator in Malaysia. The land on which the station and the KTM railway tracks in Singapore are situated was held by KTM on a 999-year lease.

Source of information : Tanjong Pagar railway station
Standing on the side platform, I fulfil my wish to visit the station and I am contented to have a photo for the sweet and fond memory!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Learners, doers and teachers

Learning is finding out what you already know.

Doing is demonstrating that you know it.
Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you.

You are all learners, doers, teachers ...

-- Richard Bach (1977), IIllusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

I read "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" in the late 70's and like Richard Bach's writing.  The above quotation I just received from an email makes me recall my reading experience in my younger days and I hope to read other titles written by him in the near future. 
The experience in reading I had in the late 70's may not be the same now, and I would like to see the changes.
Maybe we are just learners who like to find out what we already know! 
By demonstrating what we know, we become the doers.
With the abilities to do and share, we teach.  It then helps to remind ourselves and others what we like to repeat in our learning.
Hence, like many others who enjoy teaching and training, I just do it and let the learners who already know understand how well they know!
That may conclude my recent experience in teaching and assessing "Bibliograhic Control" module for library support staff.
If you do not know the subject matter, it is hard to learn and master it through short courses!
For the Bibliograhic Contral module, attending the course is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching and conducting training, allow the trainers to remind learners that they know the subject matters well enough to gain more understanding from the training.

Dexterine Ho

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Definition of assessment

After conducting assessement for LAS WSQ course for a while, I was asked by many friends and counterparts in the library field who are curious about "Assessment" and how it defers from examination.

The definition of assessment from Eric Shepherd at

 “any systematic method of obtaining evidence by posing questions to draw inferences about the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and other characteristics of people for a specific purpose.”

Teaching Effectiveness Program at

"Assessment is the process of gathering and discussing information from multiple and diverse sources in order to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences; the process culminates when assessment results are used to improve subsequent learning."
Wikipedia at
"Educational assessment is the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs."

For more details, visit the above sites and you will get to know more!

Dexterine Ho

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Doing what makes you feel fulfilled

Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.

-- Dr. Benjamin Spock

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gossip kills the speaker and ...

Gossip kills three: the speaker, the spoken of, and the listener.

-- Rabbi Samuel b. Nahman

I just received this quotation from my email and run a search on google to learn more about the subject.

Gossip from Wikipedia, at

Functions of gossip:

Reinforce - or punish the lack of - morality and accountability;

Reveal passive aggression, isolating and harming others;


To learn more about the topic, visit:

Hence to gossip or not, the choice is yours!

Dexterine Ho

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Some one likes my blog so much... ?

younus: Leadership

14 Sep 2010 ... Dexterine's life journey with LAS (Library Association of Singapore): Part 1 of 5 ...... Inno Hands-on Workshop · Some Learning Tips ...

If you click the link and go to the website, you will be surprised that it was a copy of my blog.

I discovered it accidentally today when I google for something on the web and I think the person who "likes my blog so much ...?" has used a software to hijack all my blog postings on 14 Sept 2010.  The post I had written on leadership dated 14 Sept was shown as the top post, and all other posts before that date was there with all the tags and labels unchanged!

My photo was there too and the header with a brief introductory of my blog below my photo was there without any changes, it is 100% e-copying!  

Everything I have written up to that date was stored in that blog and all the links are working and can be clicked and you will be able to navigate!

After careful examination, I noted something being added on top of the my blog posting "Leadership":

When I check his blog using the main blogspot entry:

I realised it is another copy of hijacked work done by "younus" who claimed the authorship of others' blog postings.  The same top header was inserted and if one is not careful in browsing, one may think that he is the original writer of the blog.

As I am curious to know more about this "younus" who is the Copy CAT of my blog, I run through the hijacked pages and notice that he inserted "About me"  Muhammad Younus

next to the "TAG" label of my blog

I clicked to view his profile, and here are some details I found on the page:

Muhammad Younus
Gender: Male
Industry: Education
Occupation: Education
Location: Toba Tek Singh : Punjab : Pakistan

The photo he had on the profile page is a "Motorcycle"

So it is just a "Motor machine" behind the act of copying and the "Copy CAT" choose not to face the readers of his "blogs"!

I think it is interesting to see that "Clever People" misused their talent and intelligent to steal intellectual property.

To keep this encounter as my training example, here is the Cached link from the google search:

younus: Leadership14 Sep 2010 ... Dexterine's life journey with LAS (Library Association of Singapore): Part 1 of 5 ...... Inno Hands-on Workshop · Some Learning Tips ... - Cached
With the Cached Copy from Google, the "CopyCAT's copy" is there for checking all the time, I can always use it in my training to show library trainers, course participants and librarians a life example of how "Hijacking" Blog look like and share with them my personal experience!
Dexterine Ho