Sunday, May 27, 2012

Day 5 Reflections, Toby Gail Lim

EQ1: What is your impression of HCMC?
I think HCMC is a city that has many sides to it. Many people usually have the impression that HCMC is a place that is traditional and not so urban, similar to the Hanoi area. After this trip, I have seen parts of HCMC that I have never seen before, which are very polished and urban. In the different districts, I actually see many different types of HCMC.

EQ2: What is a culture?
Culture is a rich mix of beliefs, designs, practices, arts and more. Each culture has its own distinctive characteristics that makes it unique and different from other cultures, and some cultures might have similarities.

EQ3: What influences the culture of a country?
The main factor that influences the culture of a country is the people there, as well as the history of the country. It depends on what the people in the past started to believe in and do, which slowly builds up and forms a rich culture over the years.

EQ4: How is the retail development, a reflection of a country's development?
The more developed their retail is, the more the country is developing. The retail of a country is to cater to the needs of a people, so if a country is developing, then the people would have even more needs, which means that the retail would be developed better to cater to these needs.

Day 5 & 6 Reflections-Ng Ying Liang


Day 5
Essential Question 1
How is retail development a reflection of a country’s development?
Retail development affects the economy strength of a country. If the retail development is progressing well, the country will thus have better earnings and be able to purchase better equipments etc. to upgrade the whole country and thus will have a better image showcased to others around the world compared to a country that is still working hard to upgrade it's facilities.

Day 6
Essential Question 1
What is your impression of Ho Chi Minh City?
My first impression is that the houses, shops and hotels are actually quite packed together compared to in Singapore. Also there are not many tall buildings, most buildings are actually less than 10 levels tall compared to Singapore where there are so many HDB flats. Another thing is that the traffic actually has more motorcycles than cars and honks could be heard every time.

Essential Question 2
What is a culture?
A culture is a common practice normally within a group of people from the same background etc. Culture can be in all sorts of form be it their living habits or their thinking.

Essential Question 3
What influences the culture of a country?
The culture of a country is determined by the citizens. The way of life they lead, their actions, their thinking can affects how the culture of a country to be changed either for the better or worse.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Reflections Day 5 and 6 -Jiajun


Day 5
Essential Question 1
How is retail development a reflection of a country’s development?
Retail development affects the countries’ economy, and if the country has a good economy, it can use the money to better develop its infrastructure and roads. Another reason is that more developed countries may sell similar items at a higher price than a developing country, showing that the cost of living is higher. The type of goods sold(branded items, luxury items) could also show whether the country is more developed.

Day 6
Essential Question 1
What is your impression of Ho Chi Minh City?
Ho Chi Minh City is a nice place, with a unique culture and beautiful sceneries. It is still developing, but I believe that it will become a busy and major city in the world. It is currently building high-rise infrastructure and upgrading its roads, which will surely be effective in attracting investors and tourists. 
Essential Question 2
What is a culture?
A culture is a common thinking or action within a group of people. Such as how they live, how they think or how they do things. They usually change as it is passed down generation to generation.
Essential Question 3
What influences the culture of a country?
Culture can be affected by many factors. Some examples are the climate of the region, the way of life and possibly influence from other cultures or country.

Day 5 and 6 reflections Matthew

Day 5 -
EQ 1. How is the retail development a reflection of the country's development?
 
It can reflect the current state of the country's economy and the state of the citizens. If the price of the goods are lowly priced you can tell that the citizens might not have very high income - if they are packaged in small amounts you can also tell that their income isn't that high. If the same item keeps on appearing over and over again you can also tell that the type of the good is doing very well or is very popular.
Day 6 - 
EQ 1. What is your impression of HCMC?

My impressionHCMC is that it is a slowly developing city that is encompassing different types of city planning from different countries that have the same space and excel with such spaces. HCMC is a place that has a rich culture that can be seen in every area. HCMC's traffic is on another level that we Singaporeans won't be able to handle if we went there without any knowledge of it before we venture to their country.
 
EQ 2. What is a culture?
A culture is a special flair to a country that has been accumulated over the 'life span' of the country based on its roots, experiences and ideals. The culture will mold the city scape and the architecture of each structure and way of thinking.
 
EQ 3. What influences the culture of the country?

I think that the history, ideals/beliefs influence the culture of the country. The past can take its toll on the thinking of the people which will undoubtedly serve as a foundation for their culture. However, the present can also change their thinking since we are living in such a time where power is almost everything. But the fact that the culture of a country is influenced by time is one of those important factors.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Day 5 & 6 Reflections: Bryan Kong

Day 5
EQ1: How is the retail development, a reflection of a country's development?
It shows how good te economy of the country is. Having better retail shop, malls etc. menas that the country is developing and earning money.

Day 6
EQ1: What is your impression of HCMC?
I think that HCMC is still developing, not a city state now but maybe in the future. Some of the city might be old but they would most probably be renovated soon.

EQ2:What is a culture?
A culture is a belief shared by some people, the methods of doing something religious. A culture is also special to that certain group of people.

EQ3: What influences the culture of a country?
Some foreign countries might have went to Vietnam to plan and do things their own ways by taking Vietnam by force. Another is an example of Singapore helping Vietnam for building a city. The roads, street lamps, skyscrapers were mostly copied from Singapore. Thus, some of the culture would change due to all of these factors.

Day 5 & 6 Reflections: Dylan Loo


Day 6 Reflections:
EQ1: What is your impression of HCMC?
I think that HCMC is a currently developing country with some parts still old from the past and other parts   of HCMC still growing and developing into a more modern setting.

EQ2: What is a culture?
A culture is a term describing the beliefs, the arts, the society and the methods of doing things from a group of people. The culture is unique to the group of people themselves.

EQ3: What influences the culture of a country?
The influence of the culture of a country are other countries and their ways of planning and doing things. If such a country colonizes the other country then some of their cultures will mix, changing it.

Day 5 Reflections:
EQ 1: How is the retail development, a reflection of a country's development?
It shows the country's development as the more advanced the retail development is in the country, the more developed the country is-- retail development can be rather costly, and once the retail department of the country is quite developed, it will start to bring in a steady income, and the country can then also continue to develop.

Day 5 and 6 Reflections - Jing Yi

Day 5 - 
EQ 1. How is the retail development a reflection of the country's development?
The retail development reflects the country's economy and the people's well-being. When the country has stable economy with a steady flow of income and resources, it can be shown by what is mainly sold in common retail stores throughout the country, as well as the improving conditions of the stores, from roadside stalls to large, rented retail space in shopping centres. 

Day 6 - 
EQ 1. What is your impression of HCMC?
My impression of HCMC is that it is a steadily developing city, with help from other countries, it has planned for future towns for the steadily rising population. Also, I feel that HCMC is a warm and bustling city with many friendly people. HCMC also has a history that is very rich with religion, culture and customs. 

EQ 2. What is a culture?
A culture is the collected achievements and history of a certain society that defines the way the people lead and live their lives. 

EQ 3. What influences the culture of the country?
The main factors that influence the culture of the country are the country's history, customs and government.

Day 5&6 reflections

EQ1. What is your impression of HCMC?

It is a developing cities with areas of different modern advancements. For example many areas would be formed through less modernized buildings while others have many modernized buildings, shops and technology. 

EQ2. What is a culture?
A culture is the beliefs, personality, and behaviour of a country. It is like the flavour of the country, and it is unique to the particular location.

EQ3. What influences the culture of a country?
The people, living conditions, commercialisation and government influences the culture of a country. The people in the country will make up the country, they will be different from the people in other countries. The living conditions in different places will also vary. The commercialisation of a country contributes to the country's economic growth, so it is a very important factor in the culture of a country. The government makes decisions and lead the country in the path they want to, which determines where the country stands and how they get through their struggles.

EQ4. How is the retail development, a reflection of a country's development?
The retail development in a country is a reflection of a country's development because of the progress in the making and building of the places for retail stores. First there were the roadside stores which most people shop at, then the building of small shopping centres started which were developed for the richer people. Now there are big malls that sell branded goods for the even richer people. This shows how much a country has developed.

Day 5 Reflections by JiaEn

What is your impression of HCMC?

HCMC seems to be a very traditional city, still developing. The traffic is busier than Singapore's and it is harder to cross the roads. Rather than modernized shopping malls, there are more roadside stalls. However, there are modernized areas, not often frequented though. I do realize through the days that HCMC has very natural and nice environment. Away from the city are lots of plains and plantations, a stark contrast with Singapore's concrete jungle. I like that part of HCMC a lot.

What is a culture?

A culture is a custom, arts and norms of the people living in an area. It differs place to place, religion to religion. All of them have their uniquely beautiful points.

What influences the culture of a country?

The way the citizens behave, the environment the country offers and the economic state of the country influences the culture of a country. The citizens may have different complex beliefs that will cause the country to have a different culture to accommodate their needs. The environment of a country allows the people to live differently, and the environment can offer different raw materials that will affect the economic state of the country, thus giving the country the ability to develop and improve on different cultures.

How is the retail development, a reflection of a country's development?

The development is very well done, as there is an obvious difference in the hypermarkets from the traditional markets. However, the hypermarkets are currently not well-suited to the needs of the citizens of HCMC as it seems that the hypermarkets have much lesser people than the traditional markets even though they have better facilities. It is possibly due to the fact that development is incomplete. However, a great improvement in the modernization can be seen and the use of the concept "live-work-play-learn" is obvious.

Day 5 & 6 Reflection by Jonathan


Day 5 EQ1: Retail development is a image of the country's economy. The more expensive and wider the range of the goods sold, it shows that the country has a better and more well off economy. The better economy leads to a even better country development which goes in hand with each other.

Day 6 EQ1: HCMC is a relatively huge city with a special culture. It is the main city in the south of Vietnam and it looks very modernised in certain areas. The French, Chinese and American influence are visible and heightens the first impression of the city. HCMC has many visible signs of a developing city like the on-going constructions of new districts and megamalls.

Day 6 EQ2: A culture is the common shared belief and way of life of a group of people. It is usually closely linked to religious beliefs but a culture can be shared by anyone with the similar thoughts.

Day 6 EQ3: The influential factors of the culture of a country are geological locations, people who live there, the environment, the most dominant religion and many others. Such are crucial factors as the geological location can determine whether the country has a lot of excess to agriculture and water which determines whether more water and agriculture are being involved with the culture of the country. Also, the people and the race determines the culture as people of different races have different mindsets. Other factors have their own unique influence.

Day 5 and 6 Reflections by He Shiying


Day 5 Reflections
EQ1. How is the retail development a reflection of a country's development?
As the country grows from setting up road-side stores and wet markets to renting shop spaces in huge, modern stalls, this shows the advancement in the country's development in sanitary as well as location wise factors. 

Day 6 Reflections
EQ1. What is your current impression of hcmc?
My current impression of HCMC is a developing and extremely busy city with friendly people and a unique culture. What I love most in HCMC are the retail shops and markets where prices are negotiable and when there is such a huge variety of items for sale. 

EQ2. What is a culture
A culture is what defines a certain group of people by their actions and their beliefs. For example, a family 'culture' can be what a particular family does and treats a certain action passed down from generation to generation. 

EQ3. What influences the culture of a country?
The actions the people in the country have towards particular situations. For example, the vietnamese have a culture of bargaining for prices, in turn affecting tourists. Another example would be the use motorbikes as the people's main form of transport in the country. 

Day 5 and 6 Reflections by Valery


EQ1. What is your impression of HCMC?
HCMC's is very hot, has a lot of motorcycles and is very congested at certain areas. Unlike other countries where when you step out of the comfort of the bus and expect cold wind to hit you in the face, it is the hot dry feeling that is somewhat like Singapore, only warmer. The different styles of which each district seems to be planned is cool, and although it is still a developing country, it is beginning to develop into a country where many opportunities may grow.

EQ2. What is a culture?
A culture is somewhat like the customs, arts and achievements of the people or the nation.

EQ3. What influences the culture of a country?
The people and the government influences the culture of a country. Partnerships with other countries and combined developments are also main influences of a country's unique culture.

EQ4. How is the retail development, a reflection of a country's development?
Retail development plays an important role in the financial state of a country. The pricing of the products as compared to other countries may be a reflection of how well the country is doing compared to the other countries.

Day 5&6 Reflections- Devanshi

Day 5: 
EQ1. How is the retail development, a reflection of a country’s development? 


The retail development of a certain country refers to the amount of income they make through selling goods in that particular country. The retail development is dependent on many different aspects which include the number of tourist the country gets on average, as when tourists spend money here, they contribute to the income of that country. With a high retail development, we can say that that country has many visitors there who are willing to spend their money on goods there. Thus, it is also inferable that that country is a popular tourist destination and is developed in terms of attraction of tourist into that country. If a particular country's retail development is generally low, the country would not be a popular tourist destination where people would come to to spend money. Thus, making the country's development not quite as successful as other countries would be if they have a higher retail development. For a country to have a high retail development, the country must be popular. For a country to be popular, a country must be able to present themselves as a good place to be at and spend their money at. For that to happen, a country must first be developed enough for people to want to come and visit. Thus, a country's retail development does reflect on the county's development. 


Day 6:
EQ1. What is your impression of HCMC?


Ho Chi Minh City is very big and has many different parts to it. Some parts of HCMC are not quite that developed yet, but do contain a rich culture, tradition and past of Vietnam. While, some other parts of Vietnam look like they are going to be similar to what we see in Singapore very soon. Such as high-rised buildings and developed infrastructures being built. These parts show the bright potential of Vietnam to be a developed country in time to come. Our hotel is located in the not so developed part of Vietnam so, we get to taste life in a way that is new to us. We can easily see the contrast between life here in Vietnam and the life we experience in Singapore. HCMC may not be the most technologically advanced and hi-tech, but there sure are nice people here. HCMC seems to be a very free and easy lifestyle for the people living here. Overall, HCMC is a nice place, but I think it has the potential to be much more than it is today. 


EQ2. What is a culture?


The formal definition of culture is the arts and the other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.  Which in simpler words refers to the way of life people adopt. Way of life in this case may refer to how they do things. Cultures are usually a way of life that is passed on and improvised by ancestors. There are many different cultures that may differ with the place the group of people are located or even the religion or beliefs they have. 


EQ3. What influences the culture of a country. 


A country's culture may be affected by the location of the country. With the location, things may be done differently and the culture may also be affected by the weather and the collective beliefs of that group of people who share a similar culture. Culture may also differ due to the ancestors and their way of doing things. Cultures do not just become cultures overnight. The practice and way of life should be practiced by generations of people in order to be called a culture. Times may be different in the past and we cannot just follow culture blindly, so people do modify and improvise on they way live their life but the basic belief stays the same. 

Day 5 and 6 Reflections by Claire

1. What is your impression of HCMC?
I think that HCMC is a very different city from Singapore. Even though we have some similarities, both cities are unique in their own ways. HCMC is a fun, exciting and interesting place. It has a culture that no other cities or countries have.

2. What is a culture?
A culture is a flavour of the country/ city/ state. Every location has a different culture.

3. What influences the culture of a country?
Many factors influences the culture of a country. One is the people living in the country. They all have different personalities, thinking and beliefs as people from other countries. Another is the government, how they lead the country and bring up the country. Also, the infrastructure, because what is being built is important to the economy of the country and also the living of the people in the country.

4. How is the retail development, a reflection of a country's development?
The retail development tells a lot about a country's development. In hcmc, you can see many roadside stores along the streets. These are the most common places where the people living in hcmc shop at. However, new shopping centres started being developed in the vicinity, which were considered places where the higher income people shop at. Then recently, new malls that sell branded goods and high end items started popping up, which is now where all the richer people live near and shop at.

Day 5 & 6 Reflections by Saishwar

EQ1. What is your impression of HCMC?

It is a city which is still developing but will surely develop into a major city. Despite it having messy roads and a poor traffic control, the city is developing into one which is organized. More modern buildings are being developed in the city too and so it will be able to progress in the future. It still has it's own unique people and cultures unlike most other cities and has stuck with its roots.

EQ2. What is a culture?

It is a set of customs or actions performed by a certain group of people. The culture is unique to these certain group of people and you cannot see it anywhere else. The people perform these almost every day.

EQ3. What influences the culture of a country?

The people in the country and their actions done daily. Whatever the people do will spread to others and soon it becomes a culture and so one person's actions which is unique will eventually affect the culture of the country. This will be what influences the culture of the country as it slowly spreads across the nation to other people.

EQ4. How is the retail development, a reflection of a country's development?

When we look at the products sold by the shops in the country we will be able to know how advanced their products are and how good the quality is. This will also attract higher end brands if they have good retail development as time progresses and so the status of the country will also develop. With more higher end brands having businesses here, other countries will have a better impression on the country and so it will have a better reflection of the country. 

Day 5 Reflections - Isaac Lim

EQ1. How is the retail development, a reflection of a country’s development? Retail development shows how much the country’s people are able to spend on goods. This also shows how much a country can spend on developing either a more modernized shopping mall, or whether it is just a market. Should the people of the country be able to spend more money on luxury items, this shows how much the country as a whole has developed, since a country should only be as successful as its people.
EQ2. What is your impression of HCMC? I think that HCMC is a nice place, though it can be messy and chaotic at times. It is still in the midst of growing, but is advancing well and steadily. HCMC has a unique culture, and preserves its culture well, so that the old and new can still be differentiated. EQ3. What is a culture? A culture is a set of customs, religions, all those little things that are done every day, all add up to a country’s culture. A culture is formed day by day, gradually, and without anyone noticing, it becomes a new culture altogether. EQ4. What influences the culture of a country? It gets influenced based on what is popular amongst the people in that country, since that would most likely affect their views on things, and maybe even imitate that certain thing. It also is influenced by who is in that country, and who the people of that country interact with. All these would affect what the locals would do and act, and eventually influencing the culture.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Day 4 Reflections-Bryan Kong

EQ1: Singapore has a small land and an overgrowing population. Their land is also not enough to grow lots of crops. There are even some resources they are unable to get on their land. Thus, they need to get these important resources from other countries. The way to get these resources is to maintain a good relationship with them. Therefore, Singapore helped Vietnam to build their country.


EQ2:Singapore helped in Vietnam's urban planning. Thus, some of the houses seen there look similar to those in Singapore, an example would be HDB. One of the concept is: Live, Work, Play and Learn.




Day 4 Reflections - Matthew

EQ1. Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam? 


Singapore is a small country with small work forces deployed in each factory, thus when mass producing objects such as coffee or other items, the duration is much longer and the profit isn't that good if the objects dont sell. Vietnam on the other hand is a larger country with a much larger population which will have larger work forces in factories and other work sites. If they invest in Vietnam they might be able to set up factories with the vietnam workforce which will push sales up by a huge percentage. Singapore and Vietnam have ongoing projects with each other it would allow Singapore to set up factories, schools etc. in Vietnam this is boost Vietnams economic and other factors which will prove to be a win-win situation for both countries. 


EQ2. How Singapore influences Vietnam?


Singapore's urban planning uses the 'Live - Play - Work - Learn' concept and design. In a certain area there will be a workplace with eateries beside it and some place nearby there will be housing for those workers and shopping centres for relaxation and play. This planning is very eminent in Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) where the work places, and other components of the concept are close to each other and separated which allows for the workers to eat in just a few steps. The roads are much wider there and housing is close to some workplaces.

Day 4 Reflections- Ng Ying Liang

EQ1. Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?
Singapore is a small country with limited land but they have the economic strength whereas Vietnam has lots of undeveloped land available for use. Singapore can make use of the undeveloped land to build more industrial buildings and also workforce in Vietnam cost a lot less than what they have to pay in Singapore.


EQ 2. How Singapore influences Vietnam?
Singapore helps in the urban planning of Vietnam. Vietnam also makes use of the existing architecture and structure in Singapore to use the undeveloped land. Examples are the concept “Live, Work, Play and Learn” as well as a hospital located near the VSIP

Day 4 Reflections - Bryan Sim

EQ1) Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?

Singapore and Vietnam needs to work together to prosper. Vietnam has many big plots of flat, unused grassland which can be used for further development like industry that Singapore doesn't have; Singapore has also many companies from the States that Vietnam doesn't have. If both countries work together, they could use the advantages of either country to expand their industry. For example, Singapore could make use of Vietnam's unused land to build more factories and Vietnam's huge workforce to find manufacturers and engineers. Vietnam, in return, could make use of the various companies from the States in Singapore to attract other companies and businesses to Vietnam.

EQ2) How Singapore influences Vietnam?

Some of the housing estates in the Vietnam Singapore Industry Park (VSIP) are similar to that of the common HDBs in Singapore. The VSIP is based on: Live, Work, Play and Learn. The town planning of the industry park is also similar to Singapore's.

Day 4 Reflections - Toby Gail Lim

EQ1: Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?



Singapore does not have enough space and resources, as well as manpower. Singapore gets the required workforce in Vietnam, because in Singapore they would need to pay the workers a higher price which they probably can't afford. Singapore also gets other things such as rice from Vietnam. This helps Singapore to develop even if it does not have the resources it needs. This also helps Vietnam to develop even more with the help of Singapore.

EQ2:  How does Singapore influence Vietnam?
Vietnam is influenced by the high rise buildings and also the "work-learn-play etc" concept. Because Vietnam also faces a growing population in congested areas, except on a bigger scale, Vietnam is trying to use Singapore's method to tackle it. Vietnam uses high rise buildings to gain more space for people to live in, and converting mashland areas into urban areas. They also gather all the areas to work - earn money, where their job is at, to play - entertainment and relaxation, to learn -education in one area so it is easier to transport and move around, everyone's lifestyle is more balanced.

Reflections Day 4: Dylan Loo

EQ1: Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?
It is important for Singapore to do so so as to improve ties between the two countries. This relationship could be mutually beneficial, and both countries could prosper. They can also spread their influence, and their culture will be apparent in Vietnam, which is good for Singapore. At the same time, Vietnam will be receiving aid, and becoming more and more developed. With this spreading, Singapore can benefit later on in the future as Vietnam becomes more prosperous.

EQ2: How Singapore influences Vietnam?
Singapore influences Vietnam in terms of its urban planning and building architecture. Singapore brings over its ways of planning for expanding and farther developing Vietnam, such as the locations that the buildings are placed. Singapore also brings over its building architecture over into Vietnam by giving the buildings to be built in Vietnam a look that is similar to that of a HDB flat. Singapore also goes by the main theme of live, play, work and learn, so the buildings planned to be built suit these four main purposes in the area.
EQ1. Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam? 


Singapore and Vietnam are both part of a bigger collaboration project called ASEAN(Association of Southeast Asian Nations), which also includes 7 other countries. This collaboration is important as these countries are successful in their own way, but they all have aspects they can somehow improve on, and this collaboration can provides the countries with what they need to become a more developed country. A small country like Singapore should have many good ties with other countries in order to grow in both economical and technological statuses. By investing in a developing country like Singapore, will help Vietnam and will also give us advantage with good ties with Vietnam. Vietnam has the potential to be a developed and technologically advanced hub because of the advantage of large coastline, huge area and a big population, but Vietnam still needs help with growing which, Singapore can help with. It is important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam as being a small country means we have a lack of resources and the population or market needed to make Singapore even more advanced. Vietnam can give Singapore what we need to grow be it the materials we lack or even market. With help that Singapore is providing, Vietnam may even become a large Singapore one day. Just as advanced or even more but for that vision, Singapore must extend a helping hand. In this case, Singapore has invested in Vietnam by funding for the VSIP(Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park) which will house many different industries, factories, housing and recreational places. This investment will benefit Singapore in the long run as many of the things sold in Singapore are manufactured in Vietnam and we are providing the people here in Vietnam a good location to live and work. 





EQ2. How Singapore influences Vietnam?


Singapore is a developed country that is advances at many platforms such as retail marketing, technological advancement and economic status. Vietnam is not developed yet, but Singapore is making an impact on Vietnam. For example, Modern Vietnam is similar to Singapore in the way our layout is where there are shopping malls spread out so people living at different location all get a general fair distance from malls. Vietnam has not built all those malls yet, but from the foundations they have started building in several parts of Vietnam shows how that is what they have in mind. There is also a hospital in modern Vietnam that is based on a Singaporean hospital design. 

Day 4 Reflections - Jing Yi

EQ 1. Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?
It is important for both countries to have a strong relationship as this would help both countries to develop and improve the conditions of life. This would also help both countries economically. One example of this is the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park, where there are many international factories that produce various goods more cheaply because of the cheap labour that is available. Thus, this helps as it provides goods for both countries, as well as different parts of the world.

EQ 2. How does Singapore influence Vietnam?
Singapore has helped Vietnam in its urban planning, to help to distribute its growing population. There have been various areas planned based on the concept: work, live, play and learn. They have been transformed from marshland to areas with buildings: homes, offices and schools. The areas look similar to the urban and town planning of Singapore because of Singapore's big influence on Vietnam.

Day 4 Reflection by Valery


EQ1. Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?

Vietnam is a developing country with lots of land to spare. The town areas are congested, such as District 1 and 7 while the other districts were either flat land or lengths of grassy land. This huge abundance of land is the land that Singapore never had. It is important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam because Vietnam has the resources that Singapore does not have and Singapore can help Vietnam open its market to the rest of the world, such as top industries in the US, etc.



EQ2. How Singapore influences Vietnam.

The designs of the buildings in the VSIP in Vietnam consists mainly of the designs of our everyday HDB flats back home in Singapore. Singapore influences the urban planning in Vietnam, like the factories and housing.

Day 4 reflections

Essential Question 1
Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?
It is important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam because Singapore does not have much land for development, but Vietnam has a lot of undeveloped land, and also cheap labour. Both parties will be able to benefit. Singapore will be able to construct factories in Vietnam and Singapore will benefit because it will have a higher income, while Vietnam will have more factories and investors.
Essential Question 2
How Singapore influences Vietnam?
Singapore influences Vietnam through many ways, such as urban planning. 

Day 4 Reflections by He Shiying


EQ1. Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?
Land in abundant in Vietnam. It is important for both countries to develop a strong partnership so as to improve living in both countries. For example, when Singapore assists Vietnam in the design and planning of architecture, Vietnam assists Singapore in the manufacturing day-to-day products such as food packets and furniture. Since Vietnam is a developing country, and with its abundance of land, it can develop into a highly modern country. And partial credit will go to Singapore, and improves Singapore's 'portfolio' and also new opportunities to work with other countries. With a strong relationship, Vietnam may also be a country that may help Singapore in times of need. 

EQ2. How does Singapore influences Vietnam?
The high-rise buildings in Singapore has had a huge influence in Vietnam. Much land in rural areas which were once marshlands or fields are replaced with high rise buildings and offices. 

Day 4 Reflections by JiaEn

Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?

Vietnam is currently developing, an important process for the country. Singapore, playing a part to help design the parts that are to be modernized, for example the Singapore Vietnam Vocational Training College, will benefit in the future as there will be gain in the projects that Vietnam is going through. It is a win-win situation for both countries. Singapore will also be known to those visiting Vietnam, other countries will know about Singapore’s “abilities” in design.

How does Singapore influence Vietnam?

Vietnam has taken to the idea of building moderately tall buildings as well as modern and large shopping centers. As shown in the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park [VSIP], Vietnam is working on the concept applied in Singapore, where an area has entertainment, workplace, residential areas and institutions to the convenience of people in the new area. There is a distinct difference between traditional Vietnam and the projects being worked on, as well as a visible similarity with similarity, when it comes to urban planning and construction. A good example would be the Vivo City that is being constructed in Vietnam now.

Day 4 Reflection -Jiajun


Essential Question 1
Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?
It is important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam because Singapore has very little land for development, but Vietnam has a lot of undeveloped land, and also cheap labour. With Singapore’s finance and Vietnam’s land, both parties will be able to benefit. Singapore will be able to build and open factories in Vietnam. Then, Singapore will benefit because it will have a higher income, while Vietnam will have more factories and investors.
Essential Question 2
How Singapore influences Vietnam?
Singapore influences Vietnam through many ways, such as urban planning and the concept of “Live, Work, Play and Learn”. Our ministers from both countries also give a lot of advices to the government in Vietnam.

Day 4 Reflections by Claire

1. Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?
Vietnam is still a developing country, and they have many problems and troubles while the country grows. This is quite tough for Vietnam and they have hard times too, which is why Singapore wants to help Vietnam. Also, Vietnam has a lot of potential in industrial things, which is might be able to be put into good use for making and exporting goods. By investing in Vietnam, Singapore has a lot to gain.

2. How Singapore influences Vietnam?
Singapore influenced Vietnam in many ways, for example, to build high rise buildings and other buildings that are built similar to the ones found in Singapore. Vietnam also learnt from how Singapore develops, with the motto "Work, Play, Live and Learn". With this, everyone will have a balanced lifestyle and the people living in Vietnam would lead happier lives, and Vietnam would be able to continue growing into a developed country like Singapore.

Day 4 Reflections:Kenneth Han

Day 4 Reflections:


Today we visited the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park(VSIP) and we learned about the relations between Vietnam and Singapore from an industrial point of view.We learned much more about the different buildings through a presentation.
We also went around the industrial park looking at the layout of the place as well as various companies that have set up in the place it was intersting as many familiar companies were in the complex showing how popular the place was for business.


EQ1. Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam? Vietnam is still a growing and developing country, and as such, if Singapore manages to make its mark and help Vietnam to grow, Singapore would be like a part of new Vietnam. Then if the new Vietnam is attractive to tourists or locals, and they know that Singapore had a part to play in the designing of it, it would also benefit Singapore, since those locals or tourists would either come to Singapore out of curiosity, or just invest in Singapore in the future.
EQ2. How Singapore influences Vietnam? Singapore has influenced Vietnam to have higher rise buildings and bigger shopping buildings, which are now also very tall. They do this so that they can follow Singapore’s ways of fitting many people into a small land, this would help to boost their economy, since Vietnam is quite overpopulated as of now.

Day 4 Reflection by Saishwar

EQ1. Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam?

Firstly, Singapore is close to Vietnam and since Vietnam has vast amount of empty land, Singapore can set up businesses and factories here to manufacture their products and thus Singapore can earn more money. This would also give Singapore more opportunities in the growing markets.





EQ2. How Singapore influences Vietnam?
The building structures are similar to Singapore and more buildings are being constructed that way. The roads are also arranged like Singapore's. The town plan also resembles Singapore's. 

Day 3 Reflection - Tan Yu Tao


Q1 Why is it important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam
It is important because Singapore is a developing country and it is running out of space to expand businesses so by expanding it to Vietnam, we get new customers and investors while also helping Vietnam in it’s development plans. It also improves our relationship with other countries and helps in future projects that need space.




Q2 How Singapore influences Vietnam


It is seen in the roads built there that resemble the ones in Singapore. One of the road being named after one road that is found in Singapore. The buildings there that are being built also resemble certain buildings in Singapore.

Day 4 Reflection by Jonathan


EQ1: It is important for Singapore to invest in Vietnam as Vietnam has a potential in the global industrial market due to its abundance of land space and its cheap labour. Investing in a potential developing market allows Singapore to have an opened up additional economy input through the payouts of the industrial park which increases Singapore’s economy.

EQ2: Singapore is a well developed South East Asian country with a blooming economy which is the vision of most countries. As such, Vietnam tries to build their new districts with the influence of Singaporean styles. Vietnam does these in hopes to boost its economy.

Day 3 Reflections- Ng Ying Liang

EQ 1. What is Architecture?
Architecture is the practice of designing and constructing of a building. From the blue plan to the scaled model to the real building itself, these are all parts of what architecture is all about.

EQ 2. What are the essential considerations when one architects a building/ structure?
The culture of the country and try to insert some symbolic features of the culture inside the architecture, also safety is very important, imagine yourself in a building that does not have a foundation and not safe to live or stay in, it might collapse anytime.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Day 3-Reflections:Bryan Kong

EQ1: Architecture is the process of designing, planning, then constructing it. Some buildings built by architects would have something unique or special about it. Some are also built by influence by religions, or people from other countries.



EQ2: Some buildings might be special and unique in some way or another, however, the building would need to have safety too. If there isn't any safety, nobody would want to go into it.

Day 3 Reflections Matthew

EQ 1. What is architecture?

Architecture is the designing and planning of a building or structure or that an architect wants to create or build using the given materials and resources. Is includes the blueprints colour allocation etc. anything that is essential in creating the building/structure.


EQ 2. What are the essential considerations when one architects a building/structure


Some essential considerations are the location where the building/structure is built, the surrounding land, who and what are going to live in it, what materials are you going to design it of do you have enough funds?. The location is important as with it one will be able to take into consideration the religion of the people in case they have special needs. They will also have the given area to work with and will be able to choose the best colour to give it that 'flair'. The materials will also play a big part in it based on the location as well. The given funds wil cover everything that I have stated above without enough funding he/she will not be able to start building the building/structure.



Day 3 Reflections, Toby Gail Lim

EQ1: What is Architecture?




Architecture refers to the style and design of a building. The style of a building can refer to how it is built, what materials and colours were used, the design of it etc, to give it a certain feel and atmosphere when you enter. Architecture can be affected by culture and time, as seen by the areas we had seen today.


EQ2: What are the essential considerations when on architects a building / structure?
One of the essential consideration is user-friendliness. It would have to be comfortable for the people entering it. This includes safety issues. A building can be very special, but it would not be considered  as good if it is too dangerous and is not safe for people.
Another consideration is the space and time. Are your plans big enough or small enough to fit the land given to you? Is there enough time to finish construction and all the furnishing?
Lastly it would be the money. Do you have enough money to afford the entire construction?

Day 3 Reflections - Jing Yi

EQ 1. What is architecture?
Architecture is the practice of designing and constructing buildings or structures; whether it be in a unique manner to let it stand out to be an important landmark, or letting it be of use (such as flats or office buildings).

EQ 2. What are the essential considerations when one architects a building/structure?
The essential conditions when one architects a building is the context of the location where it would be built, such as the religion of that area, the population size, the weather conditions as well as the economic status.



Day 3 Reflections: Yoshiki

Q1: What is architecture?
Architecture is the art of designing a man-made structure that is unique and special. The building designed may also have special effects whereby the design helps the building in a certain way. It could have special functions like to have another building in it or other designs.




Q2: What are the essential considerations when designing architecture?
Even if the building looks very special and it may be very unique, but the building must have safety in it such that it can support enough people and it is able to serve its functions for a long period of time, at least a few decades. 

Day 3 Reflection by Saishwar

EQ1. What is architecture?

It is the art of designing buildings using various things like, shape and form. These various building are most of the time unique and creative.

EQ2. What are the essential considerations when designing architecture?

The essential considerations are the amount of space the building takes up, how long it will be able to last, how much it will cost to build, how long it will take to build, whether it will be able to carry out it's purpose and the different type of materials used to build the building. The architect should also think whether the people of the area would be affected by the construction and so, they have to make adjustments to suit the people too.





Reflection Day 3- Devanshi

EQ1. What is architecture?

Architecture is the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings. A proper and well architecture takes consideration from all aspects which include the proper location for purpose, the proper positioning, appropriate size, structure to function and the materials used to make the structure.  We saw many different structures today in the older parts of Saigon and the modern Ho Chi Minh City, Ranging from olden days churches to skyscrapers. Proper architecture should also be aesthetically pleasing along side being able to function according to what it should and be strong and long lasting.

EQ2. What are essential considerations when one architects a building/structure?

Many different considerations need to be taken when architecting. A structure needs to be able to carry out the function that was the point of it, be it to be a attraction, a bridge to transport cars and busses or to be a workplace. The proper location and position is also important when making a structure and this also depends on the general purpose of it. For example, making an attraction in the middle of many industrial buildings may not be the most ideal location to be an effective attraction. The materials used is another essential consideration that needs to be thought about when architecting.  If the material is not appropriate to the location the structure is and appropriate to the function, that would  just defeat the purpose of the structure.

Essential Question 1
What is architecture?
An architecture is the design of a man-made structure like a building. Their designs would usually be innovative and creative which make them stand out.

Essential Question 2
What are the essential considerations when designing architecture?
The essential considerations would be whether the buildings design is able to withstand the designs without collapsing or putting others in danger, whether it would be able to serve its purpose and is not just for show. The amount of time required to construct it, the cost of it and also the location of it.


Day 3 Reflections by He Shiying


EQ1: What is architecture

Architecture is an art at which is showcased or expressed through designs of buildings and structures

EQ2: What are the essential considerations when one architects a building/structure?

The essential conditions would include the space the structure would take up, the basic materials necessary to build the structure, the time it would take to build the structure as well as the different rooms or separate spaces used for different purposes which require different layouts and  are of special and specific designs. The design of the buildings also have to bring out the 'essence' and purpose. 

The colour and materials used in the church had to be taken into consideration and architects would have to make sure they were getting the correct materials.

Certain buildings have certain features that allow water/ rain to flow from the roof


Reflections Day 3 -Jiajun


Essential Question 1
What is architecture?
An architecture is the design of a man-made structure that is designed in a particular way. They usually have unique or complex designs, and is built with certain functions. The functions of its design could be just to spruce up the landscape, or the designs may have functions like observing the scenery or holding a stadium inside the building.
Essential Question 2
What are the essential considerations when designing architecture?

An essential consideration could be the safety of the building. For example, a 100-storey building cannot be supported by weak wooden stilts, or a wooden tower cannot be in the middle of a place where fire occurs often. Other essential considerations could be whether the design serves the function, or does not negatively affect it, and also the location of the architecture.























Day 3 Reflections - Isaac Lim

EQ1. What is architecture? Architecture is a form or a general shape that certain things of similar usage would have in common. For example, even though the ways the Notre Dame in Saigon and the General Post Office had their ceilings being held up were different, they both followed the same concept of having the supports being implanted into the ground and going up to the ceiling.
EQ2. What are the essential considerations when one architects a building/structure? Firstly, one needs to consider what the building would be used for, along with the amount of space needed for that use. Only after that is taken into consideration, then there would be more chances for designing. For example, the Notre Dame in Saigon had a Gothic design to it, making the lighting seem like the people are in heaven, and it fits the usage of a church, since they believe in heaven. However, the General Post Office had a lot of light coming into it, and should it have had the Gothic design, it would not fit the usage of a post office, thus defeating the purpose of the design.