Photo Adventures with Curiosity and Learning

November 7, 2008: A day at Duke-NUS

For whatever reason, Friday at Duke-NUS is dress-down Friday. It brings a short casual atmosphere to a typically charged and energic work place. I usually arrive between 7:15 and 7:30 and the only folks there are Belinda and Mimi. Today I took my camera, just to capture the wake-up faces of our group in Block 3 (and a few others).

Why do this? Duke-NUS is really a special place to work and learn. Smiles everywhere and its one of the few places I've worked in the world where smiles are endemic. Call this a study of Duke-NUS smiles.

Belinda's place is usually my first stop each morning. This morning, she was clearly not prepared for an early morning photo - but here she is

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A variant

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This is Evelyn - with her own smile. Evelyn is an artist in hiding. She did the first graphics of our Watch us Grow. She transformed plain-jane black/white graphs into something quite colorful.

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Walking from Block 1 to Block 3 is sometimes quite interesting. I think this is the car of one of our staff

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This is our peopleless work area where we explore and develop new tools for enabling better and more fun learning

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This is where my team lives - minus Walter, Leslie, Erna and Ning

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This is to avoid confusion. Our team is so friendly, they are often confused with HR and Finance - who try to out-smile us

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This is where Sam sits (back) and where Martha and Nintendo (Urgent care) sometimes live

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This is Mimi - usually beats me to work before 7:30

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This is Eron waking up

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Mimi liked my smile - so here we are

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and Eron a few minutes later - after waking up

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This is Raphael - who really is an early bird - usually 7am or before, and always with a smile

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Alina - a member of Corinna's team

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Corinna popped into my space - curious about all the flashes - check out this smile

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Li Fook and Tony - our architects that make things happen

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Me, Matthew and Tony

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Matthew and his smile which is continuous. Only continuous smile I've observed at Duke-NUS

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Eunice is a pianist in disguise when not smiling at Duke-NUS

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Corinna in her home

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Lay Peng waking up

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Lay Peng after waking, with smile

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Kok Eng - 1st office - who is the chief smile manager for HR

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Sandrine - part of Tony and Li Fook's team. Her smile is what I would call a quiet smile that speaks gently

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Martha -- who manages me

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Mei Leng - waking up

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Christine - fully awake

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Stage 2 of Mei Leng's wakeup. Mei Leng follow's Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's path from initiating event to acceptance. This is part of the denial phase

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Stage 3 of Mei Leng's wakeup - this is a continuation of denial

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and this is acceptance

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This is Lai Ming with her calm smile. If there is a storm brewing - Lai Ming will calm you

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Tony want's to make sure everyone sees his smile

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Ignatius - I hope not a temp smile

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Ying Ying - in stage one of wakeup - denial

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Sam - hesitating

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Josephine with an infectious smile

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David and a partial smile

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Erna - she is a virus in disguise and will infect you with her smile

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Walter in denial

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Walter seeking a 2nd opinion

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Ying Ying - fully activated - two smiles

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Walter, fully activated - mega smils

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Pauline - another quiet smile that calms stormy waves

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Ting Ting - who knows where I'm coming from and none-the-less, smiles

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Ian - his smile and always anxious to help. He is a major enabler

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Ning - who is full of dry humor - keeps our team energized with trying to figure out the humor part

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Leslie - a smile and mega-enabler

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Over to block 1 - where our learning enablers live: Sok Hong

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Seya - without these two, my IMT sessions would be chaos

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Fritzie and her infectious smile

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Hui Min - Hui Min was one of our first to travel the troubled waters between Block 3 and Block 1. She has grown up with us since the beginning and now we can't live without her

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Kakak - of our cleaning staff

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With Hui Min

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Kelvin - who was among our first - manages the practice program for our 1st year learners

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Geok Hong in denial

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Partial acceptance

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We have a Nintendo Wii - mostly to explore positional and tactile feedback as used in the gaming world. There are a couple of medical games - Urgent Care. Before you can do any game - you must play Urgent Care and complete a follow-up form. It actually works. Here is lunch time distraction.

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See - it really is a medical game

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Our support team

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Team 2:

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It really is lunch time - and Mei Leng and a group are off to Mr. Song's for Lime Juice and yummies

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Back to work - making the new building work

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Li Fook - trying Live View option on my camera - Lai Ming and myself

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The stuff of our new facility

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Demonstrating live view for macro photos

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Exploring the world of signage

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My place - mostly a whiteboard and lots of macro photos of spiders

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Pat Casey (an invader from Block 5) and his team with Li Fook

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Esther - Ranga's PA - in her surprise smile configuration

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Esther in her composed smile configuration

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And our head cheerleader, Ranga

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C. Frank Starmer