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23 December, 2009

Uni-3-disaster week 6 report

Last weekend started as it was meant to be, on Friday for lazy bugs like me. My lovely parents were thinking of stocking up some fresh seafood for the following weeks and so we decided to visit Kuala Selangor. This so-called normal journey turned out special for only one reason, IT RAINED!!!

So this is how it goes. We left our house to have a late lunch there. I was dreaming of having yummy seafood lunch as we drove through the Federal Highway to Klang and exited at Jalan Kapar. From Jalan Kapar, we joined Jalan Meru and drove along that long road when it started to rain very heavily. That was when the trouble started. The rain was so heavy that it almost flooded half of the road. Besides avoiding pot holes and uneven puddles of water, we had difficulty looking at the road signs.

We looked very carefully for landmarks which were "bigger signs", but in the rain, almost everything was blur. So guess what? We missed Kuala Selangor!!! Then my dad thought "nevermine, how about we go a little further, how about Tanjong Karang?". The rain was still as heavy, we drove passed lots of plantations, little shops and wooden kampung houses but NO Tanjung Karang either!!!

At the end, we decided to pump petrol at the nearest Shell and ask the people there for directions to reach Tanjong Karang. Finally, we had lunch after such a weird journey at around 2.30pm.

WARNING*** all photos here were taken with my lousy handphone, so no complains.

It was still pouring when we reached the restaurant

the restaurant was empty because it was so late already

we had a nice fried sotong

this is 豆腐江, taste really like shark's fin with toufu

and lastly, 红皂fish curry

The food was really really nice, but I looked out the shop and thought to myself "how can fishermen catch fish in this kind of weather?". All of us got wet anyway and found ourselves at the fish market just a stone throw away. My parents went with the umbrella while I locked myself in the car since the car only had 2 umbrellas, thats when I found another one, but it was too late already... haiz =(

I was so bored I looked everywhere and found some people moving fish in the rain

When they came back, we were set to go home with almost everything we wanted, except cotton wool for my ever flat pillow. So on the way back home, we looked out for it along the way. As we were driving pass the same road we came from, my dad suddenly asked me to make a U-turn. He just found the "entrance to Kuala Selangor" that we were looking for at the beginning.

these are some of the road side scenes I would like to share but I understand it isn't very nicethere were many shops there selling many different types of seafood, keropok-s and biscuits.

My mom bought some fish balls and decided something that I welcomed very much, STEAMBOAT FOR DINNER!!! So she bought more *steamboat type* food and we continued our search for cotton wool. Along the way, we found our cotton shop which was just around 5 minutes drive from Kuala Selangor town centre.

if you noticed the bottom right hand corner, you would realise that like earlier, I didn't get down the car. After seeing all those colourful pillows and bed linens, we just drove straight home and enjoyed our steamboat without any picture taking.

Actually nothing much happened throughout the week since there was Christmas week. Lucky for me, it was also 冬至 Winter Solstice festival and I gotta eat lots of 汤圆. If you have seen my week 4 report, you should know that the orientation video is on its way to cinemas near you? No la, the teaser trailer is out just 2 weeks before the official release, so please enjoy.

Thats all folks

lalanandaFRY 23/12/09

17 December, 2009

Uni-3-disaster week 5 report

Santa Claus is coming to town..... NOT!

To most people maybe la, but not for me. Not that I'm not Christian or anything, it is just that there is too much deception in this world, especially silly parents who sacrifice their pockets money to buy gifts on behalf of that lucky old fat dude in red. Despite that, good things do come along too. Xmas sale period is the best time to buy stuff. Publicity stunts of hypermarkets and shopping malls really attract customers like me into buying stuff at a cheaper rate in the name of Christmas, so called la!

So I've missed a few weeks again, and I have only collected one reason for last week, IYBCC meeting camp. This camp is ...... something I did out of reluctance. It was just about 3 weeks ago when Chen Yeh asked me to go when I agreed with it, noting that IMU Buddhist Society will be sending 3 representatives including me. "Lucky" things keep coming towards me last week. I was already having a bad day when Chen Yeh informed me that he was ill and couldn't go. That leaves 2 to go and I'm still keen. Still..... knowing that i would have to perform a presentation on behalf of the society.

Just at the last few moments, Sing Ean was also ill and so how? I had to go alone la! 很衰咯! At that time, I was desperate but I couldn't do much. So I fulfilled my promise, I went as a 独行侠... hahaha...

The occasion was at Selayang Buddhist Association, a place in KL that I haven't been for a long long time. I had to travel through LRT and bus to reach there. The LRT system was fine, but bus system at Jalan Tun Razak was a hell of trouble. I was carrying all my clothes and meeting reports in the extreme hot sun at 4.30pm looking for the RapidKL bus at the *supposedly correct* bus station. After waiting for half an hour only I was told by a passerby that the station had moved to Jalan Ipoh.

Then I went to Jalan Ipoh with another friendly guy who was also lost like me. The next hurdle was that I entered the correct bus, RapidKL U3 with a wrong conductor. I wanted to reach Pasar Borong Lama Selayang, but the *smart* conductor told me that it was near a place he named "WARTA". So I followed the bus to WARTA and I went down the bus there. As the bus left, I saw the *Pasar Warta* that he meant, a small supermarket and a small little signage "Pasar Borong Selayang Baru"!!!!! I think that conductor's BM is worst than mine...

So I went to a keropok lekor pondok and asked a friendly mak cik for directions and found out that Jalan 2 was still a 25 minute walk from where I was. Aduhai, what a shitty day! So I walked, passing the Selayang Auto City (smelly with lots of dogs and their manure) and the Pasar Borong Lama. Finally I reached my target, tired and sweaty as ever when the registration girl asked me "你去哪里跑步?" That was how crappy I looked carrying my heavy bag and lots of paper in long cargo pants!!!

some photos of Selayang Auto City and the Pasar Borong Lama

and finally I reached Selayang Buddhist Association

*aura came out from the background although it was already evening*

First day of the camp was essentially a "getting to know each other" time where we started talking during dinner time and had our ice-breaking activities organized by individual universities and colleges till almost midnight. Then the next day was when the whole meeting stuff started. Every society had to report on their workings and problems faced, especially with reference to financial and activities status. Everyone contributed their part very well and I had a great picture of general problems faced with several seniors giving valuable advices based on their previous experiences. The people there were very nice and friendly, and most of all, willing to help each other when facing problems. *Buddhist are the nicest people in the world*. But despite being a lighthearted discussion, concentrating there was a big problem (meetings started at 7.30am & ended at 5.30pm with short lunch break only). So I did consume lots of dried orange peels and sweets (sorry guys!) to keep myself energized.

The red bowl contains the miracle drug, Orange Peel

I returned home on Sunday afternoon just after lunch with a bunch of UTHM Buddhist Society members by bus and LRT as the way I went on Friday. We talked on the bus and on the LRT where they departed for Puduraya to take their bus back to Johor. At that time, I was very sleepy and mentally tired. It was a wonderful experience socializing with so many people from different backgrounds who were willing to share their little advices which could make a difference in the workings of a society.

So that's about all for week 5, week 6 report will be done very soon since it is Christmas holidays

lalanandaFRY 17/12/09

05 December, 2009

Uni-3-disaster week 4 report

"Inside everyone of us, there exists a Dark Side

Most people have rise above it, but some are consumed by it"

Over the last holiday break, I have been watching horror after horror, creepy-to-the-max movies. I realized a very important thing, making people freak out is an ART! I'm not talking about old horror movies like Frankenstein and Dracula. Characters like Michael Myers from the Halloween series, Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street series are the ones with the scariest scenes. These characters are scary not because of their gory way of killing, nor is it their looks. It is our humanity as part of the audience which chills our own spines.

The juniors will be coming in a month time

Videos will be shown in a month time

Hopefully they will be horrified in a month time

Shooting of the orientation video has begun. Scenes, cuts, NGs and editings are still in their primary form (pieces). I'm not allowed to tell much here, but Darkness Is ARound You is a minute scale thriller. That's about all...

So what I've been doing throughout this week are mostly focused on getting myself contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Microbiology is really really interesting. Though we are required to memorize many alien names, life really seem very dangerous after knowing that we are dealing with infectious stuff, which is FUN. Who knows if I get good at this, I may end up making your yogurts, Vitagens and antibiotics. But memorizing names really suck, especially when they are not the usual Ah Beng Ah Lian names we have for humans. Maybe those scientist who named those bacteria and fungi are from some other planets too?

29 November, 2009

Uni-3-disaster week 3 report

I'll be graduating from university months before the End of the World!!! I got that from the 2012 movie since my course ends then. Just got to watch it in GSC Midvalley last Friday for free since GSC was giving out free tickets during the birthday month.

Ivan and I took the LRT+KTM route there at noon and planned to watch the 2pm movie after lunch. When we reached the GSC queue, 2pm was filled. So we tried to change the plan a little but as we were approaching the counter, the 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm and 5.15pm were all filled. We were totally freaked out at that time since we already planned to return home before dinner time. We finally decided to take the 6.15pm show which only had a few seats left.

We went to Carl's Jr. for lunch and talked for a long time as we had time to kill. Suddenly the GSC external speaker reports that all 2012 screens for the day were sold out when it was only 2pm. After eating, we walked around Midvalley until about 6pm when we entered the cinema.

The movie was great, huge, and loooonnnggg! I mean, it doesn't seem long when you are enjoying it, but when you exit the cinema and look at your watch. Gosh! 158 minutes? No wonder my large popcorn pack finished before the mid-section of the movie... But honestly, the movie is very eventful and exciting that I don't mine watching it again. Totally worth it even I had to pay to watch!!!

This is California in the movie, or at least what is left of it!

This should be the shortest week I had in IMU, only 3 days of lectures. We had a lab session for Microbiology and another supposedly practical session fixing match stick looking structures to form amino acids. The Microbiology practical was quite simple as we were introduced to the Gram staining technique to view different bacteria clearly and to identify whether they are Gram+ or Gram-.

this is Staphylococcus aureus, which is Gram+. They appear blue after staining.

and this is Escherichia coli, a Gram- bacteria which appears red after staining.

During the second practical, we were supposed to build Alanine molecules and join them up to form primary and secondary structures. It was kinda difficult to make them because we needed to measure the bondings and also get the correct shape and colour for the elements.

Satu biji Alanine with its H behind to identify its D configuration.

when two Alanine of same configuration join together, they form a peptide bond

when two different strands of primary structures come together, they either form a Beta sheet (above)

we tried making the Alpha helix but it was really really difficult, so we had to ask Dr. Leong to help

Ta Da! this Alpha helix was made with Dr. Leong's assistance

This week is so eventful! But the next few weeks will be dull and boring. So I'll try to make another post soon if something interesting happens.

lalanandaFRY 29/11/09

21 November, 2009

Japan = Big ?

I'm not trying to insult Japanese, this is just a stereotype I noticed throughout so many Japanese originated shows. In my childhood, I have been exposed to the Power Rangers series on the regular RTM TV1 show on Saturday evenings. At that time, the Power Rangers on television was the US adaption of the famous Super Sentai series, which was the beginning of my observation.

Just during my holidays last year, I was streaming through some videos on Youtube when I stumbled upon this video called Japanese Spider Man from the 1970s. I compared it with the 1970s US version and noticed another difference. Spiderman uses Megazords in Japan!!!

Japanese entertainment industry is filled with BIG ideas. Godzilla and Ultraman are big. Super Sentai have huge robots. Does that mean the BIG = POWERFUL?

The first few BIG characters in Japan named Ambassador Magma (1965)

This huge guy started the trend which lasted almost half a century now (I think?). Many shows have dudes in costumes, normally one human/robot-looking and another monster-looking fighting in some city in Japan which never seem to be destroyed despite having heated climatic battles with characters tossing each other on buildings in almost every episode.

If you are thinking these is just my speculation, take a look at these photos from the old shows.

Godzilla (ゴジラ in Japanese)(1954) walking through high-tension wires

The Original Ultraman (1966) battling with a monster in the city

Japanese Spiderman's Mecha (1978)

The first Super Sentai to have big monsters and mecha, Battle Fever J (1979)

This also applies to animated shows. Where did you think Transformers and Gundam come from? Japan! duh

the original Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) are big too!

Yup! that was Optimus Prime from Transformers Generation One (1984) designed by Japanese toy company Takara

For those born during my time, you would probably know the classic US version, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

sometimes I don't seem to understand why kids like these shows. When I was 7, I would force my parents to stop watching the television every Saturday for my "Power Rangers Time" without fail. The show starts with lots of talking, then the baddies send a monster to terrorize the city. So the rangers (as civilians) will be sent to fight the monster with some soldiers (calefe actors who die in a second) and usually look weak at the start, but suddenly morph and get a higher ground. Then the monster is killed using a combo technique but is later resurrected and becomes as big as King Kong. So the rangers will call for their Megazords through some very elaborate transformations and will try to fight against the monster. The rangers will follow the previous lose-then-win scenario and as the monster dies, the Megazord will make a gaya pose for the camera.

Sounds familliar?

Ultraman is very similar. When the monster comes, weird looking fighter jets (I doubt they could fly at all) will try to kill the monster but always fail to to so. The Ultraman-to-be takes his magical wand and makes a pose to be enlarged. He then fights with the monster by throwing each other around the city, destroying everything in its path. Before he can finish off the monster, an alarm starts ringing on his chest to tell him that he needs to use the superpower (should have done that at the start!). Surely the monster dies and explodes as he make a gaya pose for the camera like the Megazords.

signature move for his superpower, done since 1966 till now (still not sien yet!!!)

So this is all I can say, Japan is a very dangerous place to live in! Monsters appear all the time!!!

this is what Americans think of Japanese films

lalanandaFRY 22/11/09

17 November, 2009

蕭敬騰, 你最棒!



当时的他并不帅,发型不断的变(都是奇奇怪怪的),我在心里想 ‘他哪会红?’。他竟然出乎我意料之外,到现在就要在台北小巨蛋办演唱会了!PUB到台北小巨蛋,真是180度转变啦!






08 November, 2009

Walk, Don't Run

Hey everyone, Anwar here! No la! It's just that my beard is kinda long like the real guy only... lolz Should I shave or not leh?

This is the last day of my holiday and I'm still wasting my day on this old computer. So what am I doing?  With MSN switched on, browser switched on, speaker switched on, my responds will be "What else lah...!" 没有啦,是超级无敌无聊罢了!新学年就要开始,我并没有做什么准备。嗨... 真惨!说实在,假期真的太长了,长到我连普普通通的东西都给忘记了,不要说complex systems啦,我看genetics的基本资料也从脑里删除了。But no choice, life must go on. The only thing I can do is slowly slowly learn to walk again, running is out of the question.

几天前,我把炸乱的书柜整理的时候发现几张个很令我怀念中学时光的card。当中还含有一封贺年片,是我以前一个很要好的朋友送的。它虽然是一片2006狗年款式贺年片,但是里面有一句是我和他之间的"秘密象征“。 隔了这么多年,我想这戏剧主题曲也不是什么秘密了吧!当时的我是一个很懒撒的中二学生。我承认当时的我是一个很爱玩,很爱叛逆的废物。就在我的数学月考落到面临不及格的地步时,他就是我的救星,是他把信心传给我,是他把这个烂摊子做成现在的我。我学了他的学习方式,从课程里找出欢乐。他竟然把我原本45分的数学提升至80分。如果他开补习中心,肯定叫我当他的代言人了。虽然我不知道他现在的情况如何,我只能祝福他未来成功。这封贺年片的意义就算是我起死回身的象征,也是纪念这位伟大的朋友。哈哈,还记得他的中文名字是我编给他的。谢谢你,郑庆翔!

Throughout the whole holiday, I have been having lots of interesting dreams. Those fantasies can really fall under any sweet dream or nightmare category for they seemed like placing me in some TVB drama with fellow actors acting out the show. Almost every night is an entirely different story, my character ranges from James Bond type genre to 溏心风暴-like genre. Sleep is very nice at night, when the Astro, TV and computer are all switched off, and yet I get to continue watching dramas in my dreams which are totally self-made, self-directed and most interestingly, I'm acting in it too. Sometimes I even refuse to wake up from those exciting stories. Too bad I can only get this during holidays since I normally have to wake up earlier. Is this a result of watching too many Hong Kong TVB dramas and Hollywood movies?

Thats all lah...

03 November, 2009

Uni-2-disaster SUM.Up

This must be the longest time I didn't update my blog already. I have been so busy updating the Buddhist Society's blog and also busy watching shows during the holiday that this blog has just been one of the least updated blog of P109 :-( . It is quite obvious that this semester is much like the last semester, except for the shorter classes, lesser practicals and 2 languages to study. However, life does not get easier here. On the contrary, other subjects got more difficult, notably Physio and Bioscience.

Good news is that I've passed all the assessments. Bad news is that Sem 3 is coming. So what do you think I have been doing throughout the holidays? Youtube has my best friend. Around the beginning of the holidays, I've visited Youtube and out of curiosity, I clicked on the "Recommended for You" section and guess what I saw? 吳宗憲's 憲在不準笑 of 齊天大聖. That show is really really funny and yet they force the contestants to hold their laughter. I thought it was quite easy, but like they say, you wouldn't know until you get it. The videos I watched were quite old for Youtube, some from 2006 and 2007. But jokes are still jokes, as long they are funny, who cares?

I have also found some cold jokes (冷笑话) from his shows:

1. 如何把林依晨的名字融入一段句子?


2. 那种动物是可以贴在墙上的?


3. 数学题:小白 + 小白 = ?


4. 哪一个卡通人物最爱帮人?


I know they aren't funny at all, thats why they call it cold jokes.

Darkness Is ARound You

Just a couple days ago, I suddenly remembered that it is the last week of the semester break and as promised, my junior's orientation video shooting was supposed to start. I have done all essential plannings for the introduction video and borrowed a video camera from Jo Lene. **Thank You Very Much** I've even SMSed everyone involved about the shooting! But things didn't work out as planned *haiz...* Since many weren't free, we had to postpone the shooting to Sem3.

I almost forget about my role in the Buddhist Society already! I was placed in-charge of the last 2 Friday Gatherings of the semester. I had lots of fun preparing those sessions at home and taking my time in searching for materials. For my first gathering, I utilised the game we played during the 4th Ehipassiko Camp conducted by Bro. Mui Han. I changed the rules slightly for the theme of Harmony. My second gathering was rather simple since it was the last gathering for the semester. I made a short 5 minute video showcasing the past activities organized by the society. I've also prepared a simple powerpoint presentation of several coming activities of the society. I think activities for next semester will be worth anticipating, so stay tuned.

I don't think I've anything else to say here... Sayonara!

lalanandaFRY 4/11/09

18 September, 2009

Uni-2-disaster week 14 report

Wow!!! it has been more than 2 months since this blog is dead. I have been so lazy and busy** with all my assignments and Buddhist Society's stuff that there was not a single movement in this blog till now!!!

I don't have much to say actually. Being Buddhist Society's Newsletter Manager looks easy, sounds easy, but... it isn't easy to me. I'm not complaining at all, in fact I'm very very greatful to be chosen to serve the Buddha Sasana and to bring Buddhism to more people. So far the IMUBS team are working very well and getting overwhelming response from new and also senior members. As a relatively new member myself, I feel a sudden wake up call has rang in the society. I wouldn't know whether it is a usual response every year, but what I can say is, I'm contented already. As Newsletter manager, I have created 2 issues with a style very different from that of my predecessor, hopefully everyone likes it. I've also created the IMU Buddhist Society blog which takes a larger step to increase circulation than the dying/dead Friendster account.

As semester 2 is ending, despite only having 2 posts talking about it, I would not be saying much. EoS has only 2 subjects, 2 big and extremely technical subjects. But with 2.5 weeks to study, I can't complain about anything. I just gotta get all my notes, find a nice spot in IMU's freezing library, and snooze on the books with hopes that the vast knowledge can diffuse into my head. yup! That was a joke by Prof PP when I entered semester 2. I just can't wait for the 4.00pm of 6 October, the time when semester 2 truly ends.

That does not mean that holidays have started, at least not for me. Preparations for our juniors, specifically the P110's orientation has started and as part of the video team, I would have to be starting work on the stuff for our juniors. I expect it to be fun all the way for everyone or at least for me *I kinda like making videos*. ***For those in the P110 orientation BOD who have a video camera, camcorder or anything equivalent, can you spare it for our shooting? Thnx***

By the way, I came across a very nice video from Youtube with a bunch of guys singing a medley of Michael Jackson's famous songs remixed. I has a mixture of The Way You Me Feel, ABC, I'll Be There, Man In The Mirror, Smooth Criminal, Billie Jean, Thriller and Beat It. Enjoy it!!!

Before I go, I'll like to wish all Muslims in the World, "Selamat Hari Raya Aildilfitri!" Enjoy your holiday if you have it!!!

lalanandaFRY 19/9/09

07 July, 2009

Uni-2-disaster Week 2+3 Report

Despite having extra time from the more relaxing semester, I have been occupying myself with several un-beneficial stuff. But recently in uni, we were divided in many groups depending on subjects and were given projects and assignments to be done together. For BM, there is this long karangan, for English, there is a presentation of advertisement, for Physiology, there is this Cardiovascular thingy and an unknown project for statistics.

But academic does not rule my body as much as the spiritual part. Nothing feels better than getting my religious knowledge to good use again. Just a few days ago, I've attended the 4th Ehipassiko Leadership Camp with little to no knowledge about IMU Buddhist Society. Mar-Jie, Jaa Ming and Lee Wun was also there. I know I've not really attended many camps but for a Buddhist camp, this is the one that changes my perception of camps. Throughout my life so far, I've attended only 5 camps, 2 D2YCs, 1 Scouts camp, 1 Meditation camp and this one. Amongst all of them, the Ehipassiko camp and the meditation camp was the most comfortable ones since they don't involve much sweat and muscle aches.

4th Ehipassiko Camp Group Photo

This camp is more about leadership skills as the name suggests. I surely had lots of fun there. If you want to know more, please go to IMU Buddhist Society's new blog to see read the other article I wrote.

English presentation is tomorrow for our restaurant named HanZ, the Dim Sum & Dessert specialist. Hopefully everything goes on well...

The Most Elegant Symbol for HanZ by Siu Theng
Be ready to view our advertisement and GET HUNGRY


28 June, 2009

Ahmir is Rising

To start this post, you would probably start asking "What is this Ahmir?". But before I answer this questions, I have 2 more for you to contemplate on.

  • Have you ever heard songs by the Jonas Brothers and think that they where singing through their nose too much?
  • Have you ever watched the Hannah Montana Movie and felt that it wasn't worth paying to watch in the cinema at all?

I know these 2 questions are quite insulting to fans of Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana, but before you start cursing at me, listen to another group of singers. They are called the AHMIR. From Philadelphia, Boston, and New York, members Big Mike, Sing-Sing, KC, Mr. Jones formed their group in 2005 and has spawned an album named "The Gift".

The next question is "What is Ahmir to do with the 2 questions above?". To answer this, you would have to listen to their version of Jonas Brothers' When You Look Me In The Eyes and Miley Cyrus's The Climb.

Now those it feel different? If you like their style, you can watch more of their videos in Youtube. I also recommend listening to their version of Beyonce's Halo and If I Were A Boy, Britney Spears's Womanizer, Mariah Carey's Bye Bye, Kelly Clarkson's My Life Would Suck Without You.