Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
This post is supposed to be up by last weekend, but due to the stupid-ness and lame-ness of the Internet connection at my home, I had to postpone this and do it here right now in the uni.
I'm now currently working on a project on pharmacy advertisements. Basically, my job is simple: go and look at pharmacies around Melbourne. So in the last few days, been to places around Melbourne that I had never stepped foot on.
One of the suburb that I found unique was Footscray.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
How children are educated in Malaysia is a national disaster.Learning is
largely by rote. In an email to me last week, one Malaysian recalled her
schooling as being in a system “all about spoon-feeding, memory work and
regurgitation. Students are not encouraged to think for themselves and they
become adults who swallow everything they're told.”
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
2) You can speak with some authority on the subject of diabetes - unlike say, the subject of the current up-to-date situation in the Middle East - and wow friends and family with statistics and lots of complex, polysyllabic words like "hypoglycaemia"
3) You can demand regular sex from your partner and justify it on the grounds that it's part of your medically prescribed exerciser routine
5) When friends are arguing about where to go out to eat, you can say "I have to eat NOW" loudly - which usually means that they will exchange worried looks and hurry to the restaurant of your choice, little knowing that really you were just hungry and didn't feel like Thai
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Good news: I'm goin home in just 3 weeks! Couldn't wait..
I wanna see Zheng He again..
Or visit the China in Kuching..wonder how it would look after a year..
I wanna taste the food! Laksa, Kolo Mee, Kacang-ma, Lei Cha... couldn't wait..
(After thought) of course I miss my families and friends too... =P
A late birthday dedication to Casper too.. the guy who shared the same birthday as the great Wayne Rooney. Here's a picture of both of us way back when we are still young and innocent. Well, now we are still young, but more handsome. =) Casper is one of the nicest guy around, alwaz willing to help people. Good guy..happy birthday ghost!
Will restart my blogging after exams which is 6 Nov.. haha.. so lucky this year coz I finish the earliest. The rest will be still mired to their anxious thoughts and chained to their books then while I will be flying freey... Tata for now.
Friday, October 13, 2006
I was travelling down memory lane for the last couple of hours, shifting through all my posts in the blog. There are only around 50 of them. Most of them are ramblings and crazy midnight thoughts but I am proud of these few posts which I thought was pure inspiration. In fact I can't believe I wrote them. Haha. So I listed them as the finalist in Post of the Year. In case you never read them, the posts are:
1.The team that will win World Cup 2006
2.Life's a Pharm
3.Iron chef ala College Square
4.Snapshots of Melbourne
These are the posts that I really put in an effort to do. I felt that they are even better than KennySia's posts. So after you read them please vote-lah. Since I'm still computer-ly challenged, I can't figure out how to do a 'polling booth' so juz put it as comments. Thx.
Carry on my ramblings... Today was the unofficial last day of uni. It means my second year of study as a pharmacy student is at an end. It means that I am halfway through my undergrad degree. It means I am two years away from being a servant of Malaysia. Time really flies. I still need time to drink it all in. It seems so staggeringly unbelievable...
You know, everyday I walk for 20 mins to uni, and walk another long 20 mins back to my apartment. I once thought of counting the steps from my apartment to uni, and finally I managed to do it on Monday. The result: altogether, there are a total of 2512 steps. That means in a typical uni day, I would had taken a total of 5024 steps. In a week, that would be 25120 steps. I had 12 weeks per semester, so that is a total of 301440 steps. Till today, I had been through 4 semesters, so that equals to an astronomical 1205670 steps! 1.2 million steps taken to and from uni for the last two years! Thats quite a huge amount. Another unbelievable event.
How was my last day? Well, I was in quite a melancholic mood.. First, it is extremely hot. Second, the exam is 10 days away. Third, I got prac. Fourth, I am attending the last lecture of a professor who spent the last 44 years teaching in the uni. Wonder how he felt writing the last chapter in his thick book.. While clearing my locker, the thought struck me: how would I feel if I am in his shoes? A 44 year journey: that's easily more than half of a person's life. Will I be able to let go after all of this is over? Part of him must had died today.
To end today's post, here's the pic of the day.. just when I thought bad English is only prevalent in Malaysia... it seems that Australia is prone to the malady too. Talk about a global pandemic. Hope you can spot the mistake!
Friday, October 06, 2006
Guess what we do there...
Listen to stories about Chang Er...
and of course play lantern!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Mussels and mushroom risotto served with honey lemon infused chicken salad
Well, you may think why in the world such an easy-looking rice dish need 3 hours of preparation. Here's the step by step process to justify my actions:
1) Make my own chicken stock. Ingredients: whole chicken, carrots, onions, celery sticks, peppercorns, basil and sea salt. Time needed: 1hour.
2) Prepare mussels stock by cooking mussels in Chadonnay. Time needed: 45 mins (include time needed to clean mussels)
3) Prepare the rice. This is an ardous process requiring constant supervision: the rice is cooked in the chicken broth and mussel stock for over 45 mins. When the rice is tender enough, fresh mushrooms, cheese and butter is added.
4) Prepare the chicken salad with honey-lemon infusion: 20 mins.
5) Arranging the food on plate for photo: 10 mins.
Idolmania: The hordes of people in front of me.
It's October and that means exams is just around the corner. To be precise, it is just three weeks ahead. Think its high time I started revising. So I will hopefully blog less.. but I got a feeling that I will blog more coz being human, there's always a tendency to do what you are not supposed to do.. I believe that's were the term forbidden fruit taste sweetest came from ...
Study study study...
Oh ya..the mid autumn festival is just around the corner.. so I would like to wish everyone "Happy Mid-autumn festival!" and a be-earlied "Happy Birthdays" for all the October babies out there.
P/s: Haiz can't think of anything interesting to write in my blog lately.. but I guess stories about my life is interesting rite?
Friday, September 29, 2006
哈哈，应该觉得我写得一章小学水准的文章吧。 坦白说，我在这两小时内已经废了不少功夫， 翻了字典上百次了。 真可悲！尽量笑吧！我自己都难相信我曾经在ＳＰＭ华文考获Ａ１。可能那是在梦中发生的吧。＝P
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The teahouse is named after the famous grandmother-age sleuth made famous in Agatha Christie novels: Miss Marple.
Miss Marple Teahouse
Obviously, the teahouse is very famous, as we had to wait for nearly an hour for tea. By the time we were sitted, it is nearly dinner time.
The interior of the teahouse is distinctively old traditional English, just like in the classical English novels I used to read. Around the teahouse are shelves laced with tea-pots of different shapes and sizes, old English black and white photographs, timber ceiling, wooden panelled walls, and flowery tableclothes. The atmosphere feels like 18th or 19th century British too, with the afternoon sunlight bathing the place with cosy heat and radiance.
The cosy interior of Miss Marple teahouse
We had traditional English scones for tea. This is my first ever taste of 'hot scones just out of the oven' which can always be found in Enid Blyton's storybook. The real life scones however are not what I anticipated or expected it to be like. In my imagination, it should taste more waffle pancakes but instead, it taste like half-baked cakes with a grainy texture. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant experience and the homemade jam and cream accompanying the scones are simply delicious.
Hot scones with strawberry jam and fresh cream
Of course we have some traditional Devonshire tea to go with the scones.. and to top it all off, we ordered a sundae that is at least 30cm tall. Yummy! Definitely an experience to remember. (Not to mention the exorbitant prices too! A piece of scones cost like RM10)
Wish you were here! Haha.
Pic of the day: A really vain vanity carplate. Audacious! Who are you to call yourself Datin Victoria?
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Welcome to the Tulip Festival!
Tulips as far as the eyes can see..
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
So what do you think they do to spruce up their lectures? Like any TV stations wanting to increase their TV ratings, they turn the lecture theatre into an arena for Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. With some slight modifications though... Since they don't have the money, they changed the Millionaire to Pharmacist and the $ sign into mg. Like yeah, congrats, you won 1 million milligrams! (Of what? who cares..as long as it sounds Pharmacist) You are now a Pharmacist!
Welcome to Who wants to be a Pharmacist! Congrats to our contestant here for winning the Fastest Fingers challenge... Let the game begin!
And mind you, they are really serious about this idea of game show in lecture. They even invest some of our monies to buy some Keepads.
Kee-pad. Made in Korea.
What is the Keepads used for? To choose the fastest contestant of course! The question will go on the screen, and all the students will press the answers. Just to render an air of authencity to the game which is made fake by the fact that nobody will win any money. Impressive right?
Press quick! The fastest guy will stand a chance to win 1000000 mg!
Everyone say VCP is one of the best Pharmacy school in the world. Now I know why. They are even serious and provide the best when it comes to playing games. Did I see any of you turn green with envy?
P/s: Great news! JPA said I will receive a pay rise..yeah! My salary will raised by around 100% from RM1760 to RM3315 per month! Woo-hoo! Even higher than being a school teacher or even a pharmacist in Malaysia. Studying is really one of the best paid job... =) Next time the After Form 5 Careers RoadShow should have one new potential career path: "Professional Student".
Sunday, September 10, 2006
This caused me to wonder what conditions here had such an adverse effect that so severly stunted the Lion's growth and disfigured its appearance. The cold and dry weather? The 'eat red meat' and BBQ culture? The 'drink till you drop' mantra? Or the Lion had a footy game too many? Australia do have a footy team consisting entirely of lions.
Since I can't pinpoint the actual cause for the Lion's disfigurement, I will call it Melbourne Induced Ugliness Factor-X or (MIUF-X) for the time being.
Anyhow, the moral of the story is, parents, don't try to send your children to study here. Because if you do, it will set up a cascade of events that eventually ended up in you have great-great-great grandchildren that suffer the same fate as the once-magnificient looking Lion. What cascade of events? Okay, first they study here. Then they love the culture here so much. Third they wanna migrate here as PR. Fourth they meet a nice girl/guy here and wanna marry. Then they give birth to your grandchild. And another. And another. Soon the family too big and they wouldn't have money to return home to their country of origin. So Melbourne became their adopted home. The Melbourne culture will then assimilate into their lifestyle. They will be exposed to the Melbourne weather and of course one of these contain the MIUF-X. Then they will go forth and multiply when they grow up. In the process, their genes evolved. The MIUF-X will ugly-fy them generation by generation..
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
While attending a seminar by the 2005 Nobel Prize winner for Physiology/Medicine Barry Marshall, he captivated my attention coz he started with a very good quote:
"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge."
How true. Perhaps it's this quote that inspire him to challenge the widely-accepted and deeply-rooted notion that peptic ulcers are stress related and not caused by bacteria. Perhaps it's this insight - on the illusion on knowledge - that spur him on to find out the truth behind the cause of peptic ulcer.
Quotes are powerful. They make you think. They make you reflect. The right quotes can inspire you to think outside the box and give you deep insights. The best quotes are usually the deviously simple ones, which alwaz gives you the illusion that 'hey, I can write a quote like that too!'. It's on things that we know in the deep recesses our of brain but which we aren't consciously aware of. The quoters are those who make the connection. And that had made the difference. They got remembered, attaining immortality in the process. Juz by a simple quote. A good example: Murphy's Law.
By the way, the quote quoted by Barry Marshall was by Daniel J Boorstein (1914-2004), who was one the librarian of the US congress. Out of curiousity, I googled this guy and found out that he had other inspiring quotes too. Three others quotes by him that I felt are powerful:
'There was a time when the reader of an unexciting newspaper would remark, 'How dull is the world today!' Nowadays he says, 'What a dull newspaper!' '
'Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.'
'We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place.'
This guy seems to have a sense of humour too:
'Reading is like the sex act-done privately, and often in bed.'
For more of his quotes visit the link here.
P/s: I didn't know that Steve Irwin aka the Crocodile Hunter was so popular. The newspapers was full of his news. Children cried for him. He was offered a state funeral. There's a special tribute show just for him. A guy who criticised him before got hundreds of hate mails. People put him on the same plane as Princess Di and Mother Teresa. Described as 'larger than life'. And yet he was just a simple, humble guy doing something he like whole-heartedly. Interesting. What make him popular?
Monday, September 04, 2006
September = Spring. Spring always have a positive connotation to it, bringing to mind a new beginning, a new dawn, of love, of joy and laughter, of fun and gaiety. Spring is of beautiful flowers, warm sunlight, singing birds and bumbling bees. In short, spring is the best season of all. For me the smell that encapsulate spring is the essence of newly cut grass. I think it is one of the nicest smell in the world. The aroma of grass is so refreshing and morale uplifting. It clears the mind and fills the brain with joy.
Death and dying
My mind seems detached from my body for the last few days. I can't think, I can't concentrate and I can just sit there with nothing on my mind. The creative juices start drying up and my brain lost the ability to think too. Suddenly became aware that my brain is getting lazy day by day. That day did an IQ test. The score: 126. Damn! Once upon a time its around 150. Help! is my brain atrophy-ing?!? How to repair a slowly malfunctioning brain? Or izzit that I been reflecting a lot about life lately?
Seems this week is filled with the death of prominent people. Today its Steve Irwin aka the Crocodile Hunter. Death by Stingray (suprisingly not Crocodile). Can't really relate to his death like Kim did coz didn't watch his show, only felt sorry for his children. They are still so young... However, one death that I felt real sadness about is the passing away of the Chief Monk of M'sia and Singapore, Reverend Dhammananda. He was indeed a person filled with humility and benovelence, kindness and wisdom. I will always remember his deep, resonant voice, and his kind smile. Last time I saw him was 2 years ago in Shah Alam. May he rest in peace.
Death seems to fill my mind for the last few days. Partly thanks to the book "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom. Was wondering which kind of death do I prefer (eventhough I know I couldn't choose) - slow death brought about by cancer or a rapid death like in a plane crash. In the end, I think I prefer a slow death, not because I want my family and friends to suffer watching me die, but I want some time to reflect my time spent of earth and maybe have some time to do what I always wanted to do but didn't do. I want to celebrate my life. Anyway, back to the book- it was a heart-warming book. Highly recommended by me. The part I like best is that it makes me aware how a simple human touch, such as a hug can means so much to someone.
The prefect Sunday
Always felt that the prefect weekend is one that is spent curled in bed reading a novel. Did that last Sunday. Read the book from the moment I woke up to late afternoon. The feeling is just so nice.
Back to life.. now knew time flies so quicky for me - it is because I always yearned for the weekends from Monday onwards. It was like Monday morning - five more days to Saturday... Tuesday, four more days to Saturday... didn't really cherish everyday. Now I have the ability to slow time down.
I was very touched by one of my friends on Saturday. He invited me to play badminton with him and even go all the way from his place to my place bring me there. It turned out that the badminton complex is only a stone throw away from his house.. and he spent 1 and a half hour going to my place and bring me back there. Wow.. I was left speechless. Juz like being touched by an angel. One of the little things in life...
And thanks to my friends in second year who always ask me to play basketball with them too..even though you know and I know that I'm not very good in the game.. and thanks for your support. Another one of the little things in life...
Left me wonder had I done anything for anyone lately? Had I brighten up the day of anyone out there? Had I make anyone feel good or feel better? Make me feel guilty, taking and not giving.. I am not a guy who express my feelings.. the typical chinese consevative breed with the stoic unfeeling outlook.. sometimes I envy those caucasians, who hug freely and kissed freely. I can't do that. It felt unnatural, not sincere. I want to change, but can't. Its too deeply rooted in me. However, I vowed to teach my children to be freely expressive. I can't change myself, but I sure can use my experience to teach someone to do it. But now, I need to learn to care more about others. I'm going to try to make someone out there happier this month.
Sept 5 is the 21th Birthday of my oldest friend, dear old Vincent Chong. Known him since Primary One (gosh thats 14 years ago? oh my..). Always the optimistic, vibrant and ambitious guy, hope being an adult drives you to more successes in whatever you do! Happy birthday!
Belated birthday dedication... yeah before I forgot, a happy belated birthday to my housemates in Cemara too... Chin Fei and Esjay. Will never forget you both hamka-chan(s)!! ^_^
Geez long post.. can't believe I started without any specific idea on what to write 2 hours ago..
Saturday, August 26, 2006
That means you're as Malaysian as...
Abdullah Badawi !
Geez...does it mean I'm Prime Minister material too? Come to think of it, I share many traits with Abdullah Badawi too... I'm humble, peace loving, conservative, family loving, soft spoken, has a charming smile, patriotic, hates bribery, Mr. Clean, Mr. Nice Guy and will also love my son-in-law to death too if I have one.. what's more seems like AB and I share the same favorite number too... Thirteen...
In 20 years time, people may be doing this kinda survey and the results come up as: