Lonely Planet Thailand

thailandThe ‘Land of Smiles’ is also what Thailand, one of the most beautiful countries in the world is commonly known as. Apart from the scenic landscape, the warmth and friendliness of its people attract an increasing number of travels to the countries. I’m sure that some of you are planning to travel to this beautiful country during the upcoming term vacation, and whether you are travelling alone or with a tour group, I believe that Lonely Planet: Thailand will be a good guide for you to bring along with you on your trip.

My visit to Thailand last September with a group of friends on a free and easy trip was made possible through this useful guide, as it has provided information on choosing accommodation using the different online travel booking websites available and details on how to go about booking accommodation. On top of that, must-visit tourist attractions and specific scenic locations have been included for travellers’ consideration to include in their itinerary. Travel tips on navigating about the country using the different modes of transport have also been included.

As Lonely Planet is an independent guide, I find the coverage extremely objective and professional – where authors have personally visited these places and written about them without being enticed by incentives. Reading this guide, I could not help feeling excited about visiting Thailand again as it has encapsulated all the essentials which you need to know about the country, and believe that you will feel the same.

With this book, you will have a perfect trip to Thailand!

Location : South

Call Number: DS566.2 THA 2005

Written by Zhou Yuwei



Teens Guide to College & College Planning – Studentedge.com

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In a few months’ time, year 3 students who are currently in their last semester here at Republic Polytechnic (RP) would have graduated. It is at times like these where this book serves as useful reference and guidance in helping potential graduates on their plans after polytechnic – be it to pursue further studies at a University, or enter the workforce. When it comes to career planning, I believe that it is never too early for a student to start thinking about what’s about to come after graduation and this book is a worthy read.

The different career/ college tracks have been extensively listed, along with the potentially suitable courses which will prepare a student for his/her desired career. Useful information pertaining to the workplace, such as getting used to the work environment, handling stress and/or peer-pressure in an unfamiliar environment have also been included.

It is a highly suitable read for proactive students who are thinking about their plans after graduation, and can also be read together with their parents to facilitate discussion and exchange of ideas so that the student will have a clearer understanding of life as a polytechnic graduate.

Written by Xi Aijun
Location: South
Call number: JOB LB 2350.5 TEE 2008

Vintage Singapore: Souvenirs from Recent Past – Chung May Khuen, Ong May Anne, Sim Wan Hui, Tamilselvi Siva, Jason Toh, and Wong Hong Suen

vintagesingaporeDear all, if you like to collect old items or have some special feeling to the past time that your parents or grandparents live, I strongly recommend you to read this book. It is like a picture album where it showcase pictures of old photos, posters, advertisement, dolls in Singapore from the 1940s to 1970s.

There are altogether six chapters in this book.  The first chapter “Keepsakes from the Past” reminds us the importance of remembering the contribution of the older generation. The remaining chapters are in five categories – “Singapore Science”, “Singapore Dining”, “Singapore Childhood”, “Singapore Style” and “Singapore Home”.

Interesting items such as the Ovaltine drink and old F&N brand can be found under the section “Singapore Dining”. You may find old toys that you have played during your childhood days in the section “Singapore Childhood”. Start picking up the book to read and find your own memories in this book now.



Written by CHEN SI KAI

Call no.: AM 151 VIN 2006

Location: South

Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling – Chris Crawford

chris crawford

You must have heard of the author of this book, Chris Crawford, if you are an avid computer game developer, as he is a pioneer in the Computer Gaming industry. Experienced in designing and programming 14 games which have been released in the market-to-date, he has also written 5 books on software design and founded the Computer Game Developers Conference.

There are 21 chapters contained in this book on the process of interactive storytelling, beginning from the initial phase of transforming the story all the way to final phases of prognostications. Key concepts of interactive storytelling, such as the assembling of verbs into events, building of useful personality models (of game characters) and the sequencing of the characters’ behavior in progressive phases are also covered. Through the incorporation of step-by-step elaborations, analysis and chapter summary, readers of this book will find it a lot easier to gauge if their learning objectives have been achieved. There has also been generous usage of detailed diagrams and illustrations to further aid understanding, and this book is useful for aspiring computer game developers.


Written by Angeline Chong Yi Ting
Call number: GV1469.17.S86 CRA 2005
Location: South

How to implement Lean Manufacturing – Lonnie Wilson

lean manufacturingHave you ever driven on a highway before? Do you think that driving on a straight highway would be faster than that of driving on a highway with twists and turns? And, should the highway be full of bends, what can we do?

Lean manufacturing is the method to achieve the efficiency akin to that of ‘travelling on the highway’ for manufacturing industries. Students pursuing the Diploma in Supply Chain Management, Diploma in Industrial & Operations Management or Diploma in Aerospace Engineering here at Republic Polytechnic will be required to undertake the module Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma (E326) as one of the compulsory modules, and I recommend this book as this will greatly aid one’s understanding of the module.

Similar to other books on lean manufacturing, this book has incorporated various chapters on introducing the concept of lean manufacturing to reads, as well as the methods to go about implementing lean manufacturing in organizations. However, what truly sets it apart from others in this area is the fact that it has made us of the initial chapter to provide an overview of what’s about the come in each of the later chapters thereby pre-empting readers for issues which they will be exploring and equipping them with possibly the best manner in which they are reading the book. The incorporation of real-life case studies have also made the reading experience more memorable and subsequent application of concepts in real-life easier, which is useful for students who are adopting the problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogy.


Written by: Chen Si Kai

Call no.: TS 157 WIL 2010

Location: North

Quality hand soldering and circuit board repair (4th edition) – H. (Ted) Smith

If you aspire to become an Electronic Engineer and intend to learn more about Printed Circuit Boards (PCB), you may wonder about what it takes to attain quality soldering through better soldering techniques. Good soldering techniques are crucial when it comes to obtaining perfect metallic joining, product cleanliness and optimal electrical conductivity without damage to components or equipment in which the PCB is placed in. Through Quality hand soldering and circuit board repair(4th edition), readers get to explore the ways in which to attain better soldering skills.

The first part of this book discusses general soldering techniques, as the author elaborates on the correct techniques and placement of the soldering tip in order to perform quality soldering. The different ways of using the iron tip, types of component leads and methods of de-soldering have also been covered through the use of highly informative pictures to help readers visualize the practical soldering sessions.

In the second part, the book progresses on to provide instructions on how to salvage situations through ‘soldering mishaps’, such as accidentally burning the circuit board or pad. The steps (which are accompanied by pictures), once again enable readers to easily visualize and master these skills. What I found most interesting were the inclusion of practical hints, which aim to help simplify soldering processes.

Written by Duong Trung Truc

Location: North

Call number : TK7868.P7 SMI 2004

Principles of Macroeconomics(Fifth Edition) – Robert H. Frank, Ben S. Bernanke with special contribution by Louis D. Johnston

This book is latest edition of Principles of Macroeconomics, which begins by introducing the Seven Core Principles of Macroeconomics to ensure that readers are familiarized with the economic terms and the concept of the economy which will be mentioned in the later portions of the book. The book has been structured in a manner which enables readers to understand essential concepts covered in each chapter, and reinforced through self-check questions at the end of each sub-topic. The relevant core principle has also been specified at the side, together with explanations of key terms in order to aid understanding of macroeconomic jargon.

This will be highly beneficial for readers who are going to sit for examinations as a concise recap at the end of each chapter, together with review questions for time-pressed students to go through and assess their understanding and application of the concepts in the real-world economy. It is most ideal for students who are currently taking the module Macroeconomics and wish to clarify the fundamentals of macroeconomics through well-explained text assisted by visual diagrams.


Written by Chain Yean Shan

Location: South

Call number: Call Number: HB172.5 FRA 2013