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28 March, 2009

Uni-disaster week 11&12 report (PART 2)

EARTH HOUR led to many interesting events last night. Among those, I was excited to know that even toilet and bathroom lights were not allowed to be switched on in my house (how to aim into toilet bowl?). That question came with a perculiar way of lighting the bathroom which does not go against any of EARTH HOUR's principles.

x Candles
x Torch light
x Handphone
x Street Lamp

All incorrect! Let me give a tip or two, before I took my Earth Hour Bath, my dad went to my garden and this light source is also very environmental friendly. Still no idea???

The answer is SOLAR GARDEN LIGHTING!!!! This ingenius idea lit my bathroom quite well to create a romantic, yet "environmentally aware" atmosphere. If you are thinking of pictures, think again, and again, and again and you will realised the I wouldn't take pictures while I'm taking my bath, ryte... sorry! no nudity here.

Anyway, back to the report. Within this time range, I've had 1 class test, 2 practicals, 2 workshops, 4 hours of maths classes and lots more to talk about. I shall follow the sequence of events.

  1. Boring Biopharm workshop about functional groups.
  2. Maths class was very boring as usual. Some students ponteng as usual
  3. Biopharm practical which made me dilute and dilute and dilute stuff
  4. Biopharm workshop by Assoc.Prof.Dr.K, quite interesting
  5. Worst Maths class ever, less than 1/4 of the class attended... I was there (hooray!!!)
  6. Biopharm practical with Assoc.Prof.Dr.K was all about analysis
  7. Physio class test, the day of the week
  8. More attended maths today (all takut dy)
  9. Photography club welcoming party

I think I will skip the normal stuff for this time. (3)Biopharm practical was kinda fast and easy, but boring. I seldom relate practicals with boring but this time is bad!!! It was in sequence of 1.crush drug, 2.dissolve drug in solvent, 3.stir for 10 boring minutes, 4.dilute with NaOH & water, 5.dilute, 6.dilute, 7.measure with spectrophotometer, 8.repeat steps 1-7, 9.fill in form with calculations & answer questions. That was all...zzz

Next is number (5), which is what I call "Supremo Maths FFK" (note that FFK is an abbreviation for cantonese Fong Fei Kei or 放飞机 in mandarin). We were supposed to have maths class at LT3 after lunch, but due to the 临时抱佛脚 and kiasu attitude in students before our Physiology class test, the attendance maths class broke all records with less than 25%. I was there with May Hwa and Chiew Vien around 5 minutes before the class started when the total number of students in the room was only 7. When the class started, there were only 14 students!!! After 10-15 minutes of lecturing, DrStefan tak boleh tahan already. So he told us to call more students back while he went out to AAD to complain (soon we realised that AAD passed the ball to Gaik Cheng to call everyone back). To sum up the situation, the end sum of students in the class was 24, around a quarter of the batch only...

(6) This guy's title is really long, I shall just call him DrK here. His classes were interesting all the time and a practical with his supervision is no doubt the second longest sitting practical ever (longest is Biopharm Practical1), yet he made it exciting. We were given 3 tasks, the first was to create a translucent pallet of KBr and unknown sample with a mechanical pressing device (which looked like a police batten). I didn't take any pictures that day but I've got several pictures from other websites to show.

This is a mechanical "die press" which is similar to the one I've used.and this is a "die set" used with the press to make the translucent pallet.The second task was to find a compound that corresponds with an IR spectrum graph using a given index. The third task was to find peaks in a graph of polystyrene and get the %difference in transmittance. The second task was quite challenging (my group made two wrong guesses when consulting DrK, I know I'm bad at it!!!).

I've nothing much to say about (7) since it is the reason for all the excitement for this two weeks and also the reason for the BI-POST. It wasn't easy, wasn't difficult, and I'm not sure how well I did. So I have to comments.

Lastly, number (9) was something more cheerful after (7). After maths class, I went for a drink with May Hwa and Chiew Vien at Restoran New Lucky before I return to IMU for the Photography club welcome party. I was actually more than 10 minutes late but IMU students are very consistent with Malaysian culture of "Being Late" (it seemed like I was early). Riz's friend, Tay was there also but we didn't talk much (not the type I mix with). What supposed to start at 12.30pm got delayed to 1.05pm with silly "early birds" waiting while looking at the delicious McD still in the pack waiting for others to come. The introduction was brief followed by another briefing on the uses of dSLRs and basic photography information provided by Law Kim Loon (quite pro photographer). It was nice to know that my registration for the Zoo Negara trip was approved with my house number (so ngam) but I don't feel comfortable thinking of taking photos of animals since I have only been an event covering documentary photographer all my life (no dSLR to use :( ). By the way, here is the video to give you an idea of the trip.

Thats all for these two weeks, I'll try not to make BI-POSTs anymore unless I'm really busy.

lalanandaFRY 29/3/09

Uni-disaster week 11&12 report (Part 1)

"Like a roller coaster ride
Like a runnin' a red light
Like a rocket ship in flight
There's nothin' else that makes me feel like whoa"

Like Whoa, by Aly & AJ
To be honest, I don't like Aly & AJ at all, just the lyrics describes what these two weeks was like. If you haven't read my week 10 post, then read it for there will not be a Monday to Friday format here (太懒惰了).
"过完整个阴天
忧伤并没有好一些
开车行驶在公路无际无边
有离开自己的感觉
读不完一本书
疲倦还剩下黑眼圈
压力的世界伤害在所难免
黄昏再美终要黑夜"
lalanandaFRY modified 黄昏, originally by 周传雄

Another song by the famous singer whose nickname is 小刚. Notice that I changed a few words here and there so it doesn't feel like I 失恋(putus cinta) by replacing love with stress. That was all I, and maybe many other batchmates, got from the recent Physiology class test I had yesterday. Now for another language, lets see.....BM
"Bersampan menghala ke pekan
Hendak mencari bunga melati
Umpan di kail ikan tak makan
Usahlah merajuk di dalam hati

Tersusun di sanggul bunga melati
Harum semerbak sepanjang hari
Bukan merajuk di dalam hati
Kesibukan sering merantai diri"
Pantun Merajuk, by unknown Malay dude/dudess

Aku memang sedang merajuk ni....!!!!AaARRRGGGHH!!!!! Kenapa Physio test macam ini? Otak ku cacat ke??? Adrenalina/epinefrina mengalir dari medula adrenal menerusi arus darah masuk kelenjar peluh...aduh...sakitnya sampai otak pun jadi gila dah!!! Transduksi isyarat dari otak, saraf-saraf badan, gentian efferent dan afferent(deria), sampai otot tangan pun hampir tulis dalam BM... Inilah maksud perkataan "Merajuk" dalam kamus saya.

Back to English. Actually there are many things to report here since I this is what I call BI-POST, but I have to study Bioscience now. Oh yes!!! As May Hwa said in her blog, all hail EARTH HOUR tonight. Switch off all lights and electrical appliances from 8.30pm to 9.30pm to support this wholesome event.
But there are 4 don't during Earth Hour:
  1. Light candles (they contribute to pollution as well!!!)
  2. Turn off street lamps (obviously!!! we don't want car accidents either)
  3. Wear black (after cannot see each other!!!)
  4. Change your desktop screen to Black (it doesn't make any difference to the Earth)

And don't forget to hang on for Part 2.....

....TO BE CONTINUED....

15 March, 2009

Uni-disaster week 10 report

Time flies as the wind blows me to the TENTH WEEK in IMU. Class tests will be coming soon starting 27th March with my hell subject, Physiology. I don't want to type so much about this week when my Physiology book is right in front of me now (I'm supposed to be reading it!!!). Please bare with me if I skip the next few weeks of post.

I think I can still share a little about this week.

Monday was Prophet Muhammad's birthday, so it was holiday = relax to everyone.

Tuesday is when the hectic day starts again and ended with Biopharm tutorial (boring...).

Wednesday is the same as Tuesday, but no tutorial, just the CAL session.

Thursday, had long long break, but I don't want to talk about what I had.

Friday was the most hectic of all. Had normal classes in the morning and tedious experiment in the afternoon.

Before I end my post, just wanna show you something I found in my garden that may interest you, a blue Robin egg. For your information, Robins are normally found in either Europe or the US (that why got Batman and Robin!!!). I know that you will be thinking "Why so 大惊小怪, bird egg only 吗!". That is what I do when I'm not studying, taking 无聊photos. (clap..clap..clap..clap)

That all folks.

lalanandaFRY 15/3/09

05 March, 2009

Uni-disaster week 9 report

This week is quite dull mostly because there was a class test right at the start. We also had 3 lab practicals this week, which makes us write another 3 reports... hectic!!!

The class test was for Foundation Chemistry, which is for now my only OK subject. Yet I didn't have much confidence in it after seeing everyone claiming they had only 1 or 2 mistakes. Questions were not really tough, I would give it a 6/10 difficulty. But I hope I could do well in the other test to come, especially Physiology, which is the toughest subject right now.

Lectures were OK as usual. These are 4 pictures to explain it all.

  1. Everyone listening in lectures
  2. Many writing notes
  3. Dr. Sue Chen, the nice Physiology lecturer who made
  4. (cont') Wei Jian stay awake for the whole lecture

Within the same day, I also had a practical for Bioscience. It wasn't as difficult as most practicals for one reason, the readings from the spectrophotometer are very nice and accurate unlike other measuring apparatus. Overall, it was easy and fast.

The other days were as usual, lectures were as usual, practicals were fun but hectic as usual. But I would want to highlight the practical I had on Friday, which is the seperation and recrystallisation practical. If you scroll down this page, you would see that I did almost the same procedures LAST WEEK!!! But of course the uni guys are not that 无聊 to make us repeat. This time it was more complicated, yet relaxing.

Sounds like an irony? Actually it was only a semi-repeat since the term recrystallisation appears in this practical again. But the seperation part was the key to unlock the recrystallisation portion. Alright! I guess if you did not do this practical, you wouldn't understand. First, we had to take a prepared unknown mixture which contains both organic and inorganic substances. Then we used a seperating funnel to extract the inorganic part by adding NaOH, thus forming 2 layers (too bad I was too busy that I couldn't take any pictures). This is a picture I got from the net to explain the layers formed.

After that, the NaOH (bottom layer) is drained twice to a beaker leaving the light yellow colour liquid in the seperating funnel to be disposed. HCl is then added to the beaker containing the NaOH to form a cloudy suspension in the solution. (again, no picture) We need to wait for around 2 minutes before we filter the solution using vacuum filtration. By the way, this is not my hand, it is Sophia's, my lab partner's hand.

Then we will get white coloured 'stuff' that needs to be recrystallised using Petroleum Ether (yea, i know it is poisonouse if it enters our body). I made a slight mistake and it became dry before I could cool it, so a weird shaped thingy was formed.

Of course I was very nervous but I decided to redo that part by redissolving it in petroleum ether again. It was worth the effort! The crystals were B.E.A.utiful!!!

This is again Sophia doing the filtration (mine was the conical flask on the right)

do you see the crystals formed? to me it looks like raw mee suah

Nice ryte? It was much better than the ones formed in the practical last week. Hopefully the next few practicals will be fun too.

By the way, Happy March 8!!! if you know what I mean. It has been an eventful year for all politicians and speculators. To me, nobody in politics are good, the only question is, "Who is worst?"

lalanandafry 8/3/09