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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