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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wine wrapping using Furoshiki

Furoshiki: Basic knots and wrapping

"Using no plastic bags for shopping has become popular but it is a little troublesome to carry a separate bag for shopping. It is almost impossible if you go shopping straight after work. However, the furoshiki does not take much space in your handbag or coat pocket and you can easily put the equivalent of a shopping bag of groceries into one furoshiki. Its so easy; all you have to do is tie both ends together."

Source of information:

Bojagi art: Gift wrapping

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Selling car: my experience in 2015

After driving for almost three decades, I finally decided to sell my car on 23 March 2015.

I had the car hand over to the buyer Hoe Beng Auto Trading on 30 March 2015.

Now I join many Singaporean to be the full-time supporter of public transport system and find life quite easy to move on without a car.

I am glad that the second hand car dealer who bought over my car is listed in CaseTrust, and the experience is a positive one.

In case you like to know, here is the information:

Hoe Beng Auto Trading
TEL: 6745 0138
Person in Charge: Ms Agnes



Here is the overall experience in selling my car:

Happiness is sometime very simple, that is:

You find thing you trust is worth trusting!

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Sunday, May 03, 2015

VTEC Seminar: A VIBRANT Library & Information Management Solution: 25 Years and Beyond

On 23rd April, I attended VTEC Seminar: A VIBRANT Library & Information Management Solution: 25 Years and Beyond.

As I had not used V-LIB for library training after I left my full time lecturing post at Temasek Polytechnic in 1998, I found the session an enriching experience for me to gain some updated on VTEC, V-LIB Web and VIBRANT.

It also gave me a chance to catch up with the founder, Mr. Simon Cheng and other staff of VTEC, as well as many counterparts in the library and IT industry. 

The seminar was held at Harvard Suite, Park Mall, #13-03, 9, Penang Road, Singapore 238459.
1:30pm - 2:00pm - Registration 2:00pm - 2:15pm - Moving forward after 25 years, by Simon Cheng 2:15pm - 2:35pm - Presenting the latest V-LIB Web 2:35pm - 2:50pm - What's "LiveFetch"? 2:50pm - 3:05pm - Going mobile with V-App 3:05pm - 3:35pm - Break 3:35pm - 4:05pm - Presentation by 3M Singapore 4:05pm - 4:45pm - Here comes VIBRANT! 4:45pm - 5:00pm - Q & A
I found the slides on the history of VTEC and V-lib unlocked my memory in a very nostalgia way, it brought my memory back to 1996-1998 when I was lecturer at Temasek Polytecnic.
It was at the signing of MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that I first met Mr Simon Cheng.  As the Department of Information Studies used V-Lib for students to gain hands-on experience on library system, the V-lib system helped a lot in translating library and information theory into real life experience and allowed learners to have the sense of touch and feel.
Ms Jeanne Voo, a staff with VTEC Systems (Asia) Pte Ltd since 1990s, was the MC for this seminar. It is nice to meet her after so many years, and being so friendly, she made me very much at ease as a participants of the seminar who was the only non VTEC V-Lib system user.
The presentation by 3M Singapore, esp the RFID Bookbin was something interest me.
It provided real time check in and it is compatible with many other library system. NTU library is one of the current users:

The other item introduced by 3M™ was the Self Service Book Sanitizer.

It is a good solution for library hygiene and helps to prevent culmination of germs and bacteria in books. With quick sanitization and one touch start button, library patrons can easily sanitize their books themselves, cutting down on the hassle and time of annual book cleaning for libraries:

Following the updates on the latest V-LIB Web, What's "LiveFetch" and Going mobile with V-App, I gain a lot of new insight into the new development of VTEC V-LIB.

"Here comes VIBRANT! " was the last presentation which introduced VIBRANT as the new and upcoming web-based library software developed by VTEC Systems.

The Road Maps of VIBRANT:

With VIBRANT as a new path, the users of VTEC V-LIB have the following options:

At the seminar, it was announced that a 30% discount on VIBRANT will be given if interested party request for a demonstration by 31 July 2015.

I think the librarians who are currently using VTEC V-LIB system will need time to evaluate VIBRANT in the months to come!

For more information, please check with:
VTEC Systems (Asia) Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6293 4881
Email (Support):
Address: Blk 4012, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #04-14 TECHplace I, S(569628)

VTEC Systems (Asia) Website:


PPTs courtesy of 3M Singapore and VTEC Systems (Asia) Pte Ltd

V-LIB Library Management System Demo Site:


This is my re-collection of thought between 23 April to 3 May 2015

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang