Red Wine Tasting Event

Submitted by Stephanie Zhao, Co-Chair of the Wine, Beer & Liqueur Appreciation Club


Date: October 10, 2014

Venue: ACI


Last Friday, the Wine, Beer & Liqueur Appreciation Club finally organized its grand opening event: Red Wine Tasting and Etiquette.

A la carte, four classic wines: Pinot noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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I conducted the tasting session and explained wine tasting etiquette 101 survival basic knowledge. Teaching while drinking wine was interesting but the learning experience for the rest of us was even more fruitful. At the end of the session, most of us became conversant with the wine appreciation vocabulary. The boys especially enjoyed the “tears”, “legs”, “nose” and “bodies”.

Of course, an agreeable tasting does not go without proper snacks.

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And wonderful participants who showed strong team spirit – 14 bottles down, and 120 glasses cleaned.
Thank you all for your contribution!

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A Trip to Sentosa Island

Submitted by Stephanie Zhao, Co-Chair of the Wine, Beer & Liqueur Appreciation Club


Date:  Saturday October 4th

After going kayaking the week before, many of us still had not had enough of the sea. Despite a rainy and cloudy weather forecast, we decided to try our luck at Sentosa beach.

We left the grad hall at 12:30pm by cab for Vivo city, where we grabbed a Mediterranean meal at La Viva. For some of us, it was the first time trying out Spanish food. It was a rather successful try: nothing was left in the plates.

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As soon as we finished, we headed to the tram for Sentosa beach. Unfortunately for the most excited ones, they had to learn to be a bit patient, because lots of Singaporeans also thought of going there on that day. We finally reached Sentosa after 30 minutes of queuing.

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We found a spot to accommodate our troop. We put out our towels and changed into swim suits.
The guys led by sports club co-chairs immediately started playing football. We later on switched to playing volleyball.

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The beach was extremely crowded that day, which made us a bit reluctant to go into the water at first. However, once in the water, we stayed there until dark playing games and just relaxed.

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After such sporty activities, the famished group sought for a dining place at Vivo city. The night ended at around 10pm, and we took a taxi to come back to grad hall for a well-deserved rest.


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Kayaking at Pulau Ubin

Submitted by Vivek Negi, Co-Chair of Sports Club

After getting our brains fried by overdose of case studies, our MBA class was looking forward to a stress buster day at Pulau Ubin Island. We reached Changi Point Ferry Terminal (different from Changi Ferry Terminal and due to this confusion one of our mates had some trouble reaching the place). It was a very different place from the Singapore we know of; no big buildings, not much traffic and life seemed to be going at a leisurely pace.


We had breakfast at Changi village while waiting for friends who commuted on their own. There was a lot of hustle bustle at the ferry terminal with people carrying angling equipment, bicycles to enjoy the Sunday in the lap of nature. After a 10-minute bumboat ride, we stepped onto Pulau Ubin Island. The bumboat was shaky while it was parked at the jetty, making it a minor adventure to jump off the boat and the guys (almost all nationalities) took this opportunity to show off their machismo by avoiding a helping hand 😉

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On the island we were greeted by stray dogs which reminded me of my home in India. We turned right from the jetty and walked up to the Celestial Ubin Beach Resort. After formalities and some photo taking, we jumped onto the Kayaks (there were single and double Kayaks). We paddled hard and raced against each other. Our Student Exco President, Mathew, parked his kayak near a rock to take pictures. It was a cheeky moment as after happily posing for pictures, the others stole his Kayak leaving him stranded, asking for a lift. Next we wandered towards the mangroves and it was great fun attacking each other and having water wars. It was great to see our usually calm Japanese friend transforming into mischief-monger.


After kayaking,  we took a shower and then went for lunch. It was fun when girls started showing off their sun tan but the fun was ruined when guys joined in 😛 As the majority of people wanted to head back, we decided to skip cycling/fish spa.


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Amazon ACE Challenge 2014

Submitted by Dilina Fernando


The Amazon Customer Excellence (ACE) challenge, organized by Amazon India, was held in two phases. In Round 1, 18 top business schools across Asia were invited to form teams to solve and submit three case studies within 96 hours. The case studies were across 6 categories, namely Category Management, Operations, Product Management, HR, Sales, and Onboarding. According to the Amazon representatives, about 3800 teams submitted solutions in the first round, out of which 3 teams were selected from each category into the final round.

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One team from the Nanyang MBA, Team Stormtroopers comprising of Dilina Fernando, Sharan Grover and Aditya Bhargava, was selected in the Product Management Category. It was the only foreign school team selected to participate in the final round.

In the finals, the teams were given 5 days to solve a case which involved giving solutions to real life problems of Amazon India. After submission of the solutions, Team Stormtroopers flew to Hyderabad, India to present their solution on 21st September 2014. The panel of judges comprised of Amazon Senior Leadership in India who evaluated the merits of the ideas proposed.

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In the end, Team Stormtroopers did not win in the final round in the Product Management category, of which the team from IIM-Bangalore won. However, the experience was truly an enriching one, especially for a team just 2 months into the MBA program. Working as a team on tight academic deadlines, facing a panel of experienced judges, understanding what they look for and what details they expected provided valuable insights to competing even better in the future.

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