Mr. Dennis Ooi

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Dennis is a Year 3 student who majors (and majorly struggles) in Chemical Engineering. He enjoys learning languages, having learnt some German and sign language, and wishes that he had the time to learn more foreign languages.

A person of multiple interests, he has tried his hand at Python programming, tried his voice at singing in a choir, and tried his legs at ballroom dancing, but unfortunately has not managed to excel in those. For now, his constants are books, TV series, classical music, and sports. He also loves adventures and the great outdoors — kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, and mountain trekking. Growing up in the food haven of Penang (NOT A KAMPUNG!!!), he can’t get enough of good food, so please do not forget to invite him to food outings :-)

Dennis is an enthusiastic member of the college and his house, serving in the Shan house committee for two years and playing Tchoukball late into the night on Thursdays. He enjoys engaging in discussion about environmental and social issues. Dennis may look reserved at first sight, but just go talk to him and you will find that he can be animated, spontaneous, and full of nonsense. If you can’t find him in a level lounge pretending to study, you can bring an offering of food to his room and help him make use of his impulse-bought bean bag. Ask him about his dog and two cats!

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.