Monday, 18 May 2015

2H CID Group Presentation Summaries

Today, all six groups from our class chose one member to present to the the rest of the five groups while the rest of the members went around the classroom to hear five more presentations from other groups. We had more knowledge on the places of where we are going in Tainan after this lesson.

Here are the Presentation Summaries:

Group 1: Eternal Golden Castle
Defensive castle in Tainan built by Qing (castle was more than 100 years)
Sino Jap war - Qing lost Taiwan to Japan and fortress was lost its military value
Japanese sold all canons to fund the war and was humiliation to the Qing.
Returned to Taiwan
Renovated and used for tourism

Group 2: Liu He Night Market
Kaohsiung City lies almost entirely south of the Tropic of Cancer and has a tropical monsoon climate
dry in the winter and hot and wet in the summer/autumn.
climatic changes are not dramatic
When raining, night-markets remains boisterous as usual
Specialty is seafood
Clothing, accessories, souvenirs 
30 minutes to walk through 
Group 3: Anping old fort
Near seaside
New Zeelandia named by Dutch
Outer fort stored food and ammunition
Now a museum
Priority was to strengthen defenses
Previously know as orange city as it has orangy wall 

Group 4: 921 Earthquake Museum
21 Sep 1999 hence 921
7.3 magnitude 
2321 died 
Located in Wufeng, at former Junior High School
Government preserved earthquake phenomenon 
5 halls
Has images of earthquake
Teaches earthquake safety
Give knowledge of refuge and rescue

Group 5: 10 drums culture village
Suburbs of Tainan, isolated from bustling city
Ten drums art redesign the culture village 
Shier (male) Mascot open n optimistic vigorous n energetic
Guwa (female) Mascot cute beauty n dexterous 
Chimney catches attention
Wisdom left in architectures by predecessors 

Group 6: Anping Old street (Yangping street)
Oldest street among Tainan
Many gaming stores, food stores and souvenirs 
Clod houses were common in old Tainan society (made of clay, stems, rice)
Western houses used by Dutches
Prone to erosion by rain 
 Hence would spread like mineral on wall 
Sword lion pictures. Lions are auspicious animals . Swords scare bad stuff away. 
These were effective and everyone has a picture of it in their homes

Education System in Taiwan

Students may study, under the current education system, for up to 20 years, which includes 6 years of primary education, 3 years of junior high school, 3 years of senior high school, 4 to 7 years of college or university, 1 to 4 years for a master’s degree and 2 to 7 years for a doctoral degree.

The school year is divided into two semesters. The first begins in the beginning of September and ends in February; the second begins in March and ends in August. -wikipedia

Subjects in Primary Education / Elementary School
Chinese, Math (Begins with basics, reaches algebra and geometry in 6th grade) , Science (Basics of all three sciences), English (Compulsory for Elementary School Grade 3 and up), Native Languages (Taiwanese / Hakka), Social Studies, Music, Art

Subjects in Junior High School
Literature (Classical and modern Chinese literature and poetry, composition and public speaking), Mathematics (Single and two variable algebra, geometry, proofs, trigonometry, and pre-calculus), English (Essential English grammar), Science & Technology
Biology: Taken during first year, includes more in depth studies and lab work.
Chemistry: Taken during second year. More rigorous introduction to atoms, molecule, and chemical reactions, including lab work.
Physics: Taken during third year. More rigorous introduction to physical laws and equations, including lab work.
Earth Science: Taken during third year.
Technology: Taken during the whole three years. Introduce some basic technology in daily life.

  • Social Studies
    • Civics: Basic demotics, politics, and economics.
    • History: Focus on the history of Taiwan and China during the first two years, and world history during third year.
    • Geography: Contain introductive geography accompanied with geography of Taiwan first year, geography of China and East Asia during second year, and the world geography during third year.
  • Home economics & crafts
  • Art: Inclusive of three independent parts: Fine Art, Music, and Drama.
  • PE
  • Scout education: Outdoor survival skills.

Subjects in Senior High School
(Senior high school spans grades 10 through 12, again the main goal of students is to score highly on the national university entrance exams at the end of their third year. The pace is just as, if not more intense than junior high school.)

"In many high schools incoming students may select science or liberal arts tracks depending on where their interests lie. The different learning tracks are commonly referred to as groups. Group I consists of liberal arts students, Group II and Group III of science based students (the latter studies biology as an additional subject). Science based curriculum consists of more rigorous science and mathematics classes intended to prepare the student for a career in the sciences and engineering; the liberal arts track places a heavier emphasis on literature and social studies to prepare students for a future in those fields. Often, students in Group I are exempted to study science even if they wish to, and students in Group II are not required to take geography, civics and history." Wikipedia

Credits: Wikipedia

Cost of Living in Singapore

Cost of standard 4/5 room HDB flat (around 90-100 sq m) in Punggol:
"Matilda Court & Waterway Sunray (Standard Flats) $290,000 to $430,000"
"Current cost of a brand new Toyota Vios
Elegance (A) $119.:888
Grande (E) $124.888
Local Supermarket - Price of:
-Cheapest 10kg packet rice: "$18.80
-Cheapest 1 litre drinking mineral/distilled water: $0.60
-Cheapest fresh whole chicken (refrigerated not frozen): $6.80
-Cheapest 1 litre of cooking oil: $8
-Do we provide plastic bags and how are they used?: Yes, they are used for putting our groceries.
-Who are the cashiers? (Age, nationality) What kind of service do they provide?: They are mostly Chinese, but there are still Indian and Malay cashiers. They ages range around 60. They sum up the total price of all the groceries, check whether we have discounts or free gifts and also place the groceries into the plastic bags. 
-Cost of school fee: $28
-Price of one litre if petrol (95 unleaded): Pump price $2.190 (Updated 14 May 2015)"
-Price of a movie ticket on a weekend: $12.50
-Average salary of a Singaporean: $3770
-One big mac meal: $7.60

Friday, 15 May 2015

Questions about Tainan


1. What are the traditions of the Taiwanese people ?
2. Do they still practice these traditions in the modern days?
3. What are the beliefs of the Taiwanese?

Ming Yee:

1. What do they think of their own country?
2. What are the things they are unhappy about the country?
3. Are the schools there very stressful?

Xin Yi:

1. What do Taiwanese usually do when they have free time? Do they play computer games or do outdoor activities?
2. Do Taiwanese have examinations like PSLE or O Levels to determine which schools they go to? Or can they just choose what school they want?
3.  Are they allowed to go out with friends to like night market till night time usually? Or are they restricted to hang out with friends by their parents?


1. How is the education like in Taiwan? Is it stressful like China? Or does it focus on holistism? 
2. How is the standard of living like in Taiwan? Is it easy to earn a living to pay for living expenses? Is the job competition competitive? 
3. What are some personal/common beliefs? 

Jing Heng:

1. What is the average cost of living in Taiwan?
2. What are some traditional beliefs in Taiwan (Do and Donts) 
3. Do the people in Taiwan celebrate the same festivals as the people in Singapore?


1. How much the usual groceries there cost in Singapore Dollars? (Including daily necessities such as bread, milk, vegetables, soaps etc.) Compare it with Singapore market prices and why do they differ/are they similar? Is it because the difference in the economy?
2. What is the average income of a Taiwanese working adult? What are their main occupations? Do different locations in the country mean that different people have different sources of income? What are the taxes and bills all citizens usually have to pay? (Eg. Near coastline - fishermen)
3. What are the school fees there like? Do the parents need to pay a lot of money to raise a kid? How the government in Taiwan make sure that the school fees are affordable?

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Chinese Youth Culture


Quotations from various sites
'A new group of Chinese youth's evolvings stresses reformed Confucious thinking. Religious ideas are controlling the minds of many with Christianity becoming popular. Their love for foreign things is higher and a wish list ends in foreign lands.'
'Rather than turning to parental generation, Chinese youth can use social media to turn to their peers for guidance. ' 
'The one thing that the Chinese youth don't lack is energy! They're trying everything, learning about it and if they like it, they work hard to find the guidance they needed. '