I haven’t been updating my blog since the early month of August due to several unavoidable circumstances. 😛

The first week of August was my study week, so I was busy studying and preparing for my exam. Then I volunteered myself in the Youth Olympic Games and I started my volunteering work on the 11th till 27th August. So I was really busy till I don’t even have enough time to sleep, let alone updating my blog!

And now everything has come to an end, its time for me to crack open my brain and try very hard to remember every single detail of what happened during the Youth Olympic Games. Its the best experience I have ever had in my entire life and I don’t intend to miss anything about it. So, just bear with me for a while because I’m intending to post every single thing that happened everyday since the start of my volunteering work.

Guys don’t normally hang out with girls, unless…

I was chatting with Ms Haw 2 days ago and she suddenly came out with a philosophical idea out of nowhere, letting me wonder how true is this.

Guys don’t normally to hang out with girls, unless:

(1) He’s interested in you

(2) Nice guy who wants to have a genuine friendship with you (RARE)

(3) He is gay

(4) They wanna get something from you

Thanks for enlightening me, Ms Haw! Something for me to ponder about…

My Best Friends

I consider myself as a very lucky girl because I did not only have one best friend, but two. So, I’m sorry to say that I can’t blog about one of my best friend only because this will be very unfair for my other best friend. I simply couldn’t and wouldn’t choose one out of the two and yes, I know I’m greedy but I have to emphasize again,  I don’t want to be unfair to both of my best friends.

Moon and Star were, are and will always be my best friends; and I guess I should consider myself as Sun. We grew up in a small sleeping town right in the middle of Johor. The three of us have known each other since we were seven years old. We attended the same primary and secondary school and even spent 11 years together as classmates!

Just like how the moons, stars and sun each have their own axis and plane of existence in our solar system, the three of us are very different from each other.

Star loves Lady Gaga’s music as much as I love Beethoven’s music. Well, as for Moon, she practically loves any kind of music you can think of. You name it, she’ll love it. Moon can’t stand hot and spicy food while Star and I practically drop to our knees and start weeping out tears of touching when the both of us were presented with hot and spicy food.

Yeah. You get what I mean.

Actually, yes, we do shares some tiny, little common things as well. After all, 15 years of friendship will be such a waste if we didn’t influence each other in any way we can think of.

Like any other normal best friends around, we share secrets. Dark and forbidden secrets. We also share what we can’t tell our family or anyone about. Woes, sadness, problems, worries and whatever adjectives you can think of that fit into this kind of situation.

As the three of us are currently residing in three different countries, we use mainly MSN as our communicating tool. So, the chances of the three of us to get together in a room are very rare. However, if we ever did get the chance to get together, that is when we share our biggest common interest – food. Yes. We love eating.

So, you see. It’s not really that bad, right?

Anyway, my point is: Our differences did not stand in between us. It does not pose as a mountain in between our friendship and I’m grateful it didn’t.

I don’t need Moon and Star to do something really special and unique for me, just to make me feel touch and inspire by this friendship because their sole existence is more than enough. Sun appears in the day while moon and stars appears at night. However, I always believe that while Sun appears in the day, moon and stars are also there in the sky. It’s just that they are invisible. But they are there. That’s what matters.

Moon and Star, this post is dedicated specially for both of you. I’m really grateful and blessed to have the chance and fate to have the both of you in my life. So, every now and then, a nudge in the MSN will be totally fine for me. And Moon, just for your information, I have not forgotten that slap that you gave me 12 years ago and I don’t intend to erase this from my memory.

Total words count: 586 words

Singapore Flyer trip (5/6/2010) – part 2

After the flight, we head over to the Marina Square for dinner at Swensen. We decided to might as well visit some of the tourist attractions since we were already there and all those places are within walking distance. And sad to say, at this point, I found out that the camera that I borrowed from my housemate ran out of battery! I dunno what happened because I vividly remember I charged it overnight! 😦

Anyway, our first destination after dinner is the Double Helix Bridge, which will led us to the Marina Bay Sands. The bridge is unique in the sense that they actually put symbols like A connect with T and G with C. I realised that this is something that I learnt last time during the biology lessons about the DNA base pairing. Too bad my camera ran out of battery, if not, I’ll definitely capture a picture of it.

We decided to follow the path and found ourselves to be in front of the Marina Bay Sands. Actually, to be precise, its not really the Marina Bay Sands hotel, but the casino and shopping premises opposite the hotel. Too bad we didn’t have our passport with us, if not, we will go into the casino to have a look. Actually, it doesn’t really matter because the queue was so damn long that by the time we managed to get into the casino, it will be midnight already. Anyway, since we are not interested in the casino or the retail outlets around the casino, we head over to the hotel via the underpass. We reached the hotel lobby and cafe. I must said that the ambiance and environment around the lobby and cafe are of those high-ends and high class.

After basking in the high-ends and high class ambiance, we head out from the resort to our next destination – The Esplanade. Since I have never been to the Esplanade or the area around the Esplanade, I’m quite excited like a little child on Christmas eve. We hang around the Esplanade Park for a while before heading to the Merlion Park.

The Merlion Park is right opposite the Fullerton Hotel, which is a hotel that disguise in a castle-look. Of course, I already expected the hotels around this area will be of those 5 stars or even 6 stars hotel. To name a few, there are the Ritz-Carlton, Marina Bay Sands, Mandarin Oriental and Fullerton; and yes, all are within walking distance. I’m sure there are a lot more but I can’t remember all and don’t bother to remember them at all.

Anyway, there are a lot of people around the Merlion Park. Everyone is taking pictures of the Merlion and I can’t help but feel sorry for myself for not having my own camera. After hanging around the Merlion Park for a few minutes, we decided to head back to the Esplanade Park as they are having some sort of band performances there. We joined in the watching crowd and enjoy the performances.

Our short little trip finally ends with the ending of the performances. It was a fun-filled day and I have to admit that I really did enjoy being a tourist very much. I appreciate Miss Bobo for accompanying me and hope that I can visit those places again, but with a working and fully charged camera. 🙂

P/S: If anyone is interested in viewing more of the pictures that I took at the Singapore Flyer (and I highly doubt anyone is interested), please visit my Facebook photos.

Singapore Flyer trip (5/6/2010) – part 1

Okay. I know 5th June is like early last month and to think that I have the nerve to completely and conveniently forgotten to blog about my trip to the Singapore Flyer with my friend, Ms Bobo! Yeah. Tell me about it. Thank God I happened to browse through my photos file today and so happened to stumble across the Singapore Flyer’s folder, and now here I am trying to dig through my memory on what exactly did I do during the Singapore Flyer’s trip.

Oh ya. I managed to get 2 Singapore Flyer tickets for the price of $20.00; means that each ticket cost $10.00 only. Actually the original price of the ticket is like $29.50, however, thanks to my school and the Singapore Flyer for doing this promotion where the students can get the Singapore Flyer tickets for $10.00 and each student is allowed to buy 2 tickets only. Since I have been longing to visit the ferris wheel since forever, I decided to buy those $10.00 tickets and come to think of it, its really cheap and worth it if compared to the original price of the ticket.

So, off I went to the ferris wheel on 5th June with one of my really close friend, Ms Bobo. I was very excited because I always love watching and being close to a ferris wheel. I dunno why but ferris wheel always give me a sense of hope, if you get what I mean. In short, I love ferris wheel.

Anyway, the view is magnificent from the capsule. We shared a capsule with a group of Indian family, most probably tourists from India. One full ride around the wheel is 30 minutes. I somehow felt that its not really enough and they should provide us with 2 rides because we get busy snapping pictures of the mesmerising view during the 1st ride that we don’t even have time to sit down and just enjoy the view!

As I have mentioned earlier, the view are really magnificent. We get to see quite a number of tourist attraction places like Marina Bay Sands (the newly integrated resort), The Float at Marina Bay, Esplanade and The Merlion Park to name a few.

After getting out from our capsule, we were conveniently direct to the gifts shop. The mementos there are really nice to see and captivating but the price also cost like hell.

After browsing through the gifts in the gifts shop, we decided to head to the mini tropical rainforest that they provide within the Singapore Flyer premises. Trust me. When I said its mini, its really mini. Well, I don’t really expect much because its not the zoo or botanical garden.

To be continue…

Counting my blessing even though I’m drowning

Oh my… I haven’t been updating my blog for a month plus! But seriously, I’m freaking busy for the entire month of June! All thanks to the school for arranging all the assignments submission date so close to each other! I have to submit like 6 written assignments and 2 presentations, and worst of all, the due date for most of these assignments are so damn close to each other! I can’t even remember the last time I have a totally free weekend from worrying, doing and rushing for assignments!

Then there is the research that I’m involved in. Since we have to submit an abstract with result; latest by October in order to participate in the BioPharma Conference which will be held in December, we have been rushing like mad! Rushing for what? Rushing to process the sample! I’m currently processing the 2nd sample, which we collected the total amount of 20L from West Coast Park. Then we are going for the 3rd sample by the end of July, which is this month! I guess we should be taking the sample from East Coast Park for the 3rd sample. I have been talking, encouraging and praising my baby rotavapors everyday, to please evaporate the sample as fast as possible and please don’t break down on me and particularly now! Hopefully, they will feel my love enough and cooperate with me.

And since my research partner is busy with her final year thesis which will due in another 2 weeks time, I have been spending all my time in the laboratory processing the sample alone. Anyway, after she handed in her thesis, it will be my turn to take a break from this research. I guess I’ll be having a month long of break. The both of us are like taking shifts to go into the laboratory to process the sample and taking turns to go for break in between. Yes. We coordinate very well.

So, in between all the assignments and research, 2 of my K.L. friends decided to come down to Singapore to visit us. Us as in Mr Ching, Ms Hoo and me. The 3 of us did our A-Level together 5 years ago in K.L. and are currently residing in Singapore. As if I’m not busy enough and they, Ms Ng and Mr Tong have to choose last month to come down and visit us! Its like adding more bricks into my highly-dangerous-ever-increasing workload. However, I have not seen them for like 3 years, so I tried to make an effort and spend as much time with them as possible. I’ll blog on this short Singapore Trip with Ms Ng and Mr Tong when I have time. And actually, I really did miss them a lot and I enjoy our short little trip here. 🙂

Thankfully I manage to get rid of all my assignments on time by early this month. However, this means that exam is coming soon. And sadly, I have to admit that exam is indeed reaching soon! 😦 Worst of all, I’m in my 3rd and final year, which means that exam questions will be much more difficult and tricky. Argh!!!

Since I will be taking a month break from research starting end of July till August, I have decided to participate in the Singapore Youth Olympic 2010 volunteering programme. The Singapore Youth Olympic starts on 14th August till 26th August and my exam will ends on 13th August. I will be volunteering as a National Olympic Committee (NOC) assistant, where I’ll be dealing and working with the Chief de Mission of the NOC that I’m assigned to. I still have no idea which team I’ll be assign to, but most probably will be a team from Asia since I’m grouped into Team Asia for yesterday’s training. I’ll blog more about this when I can find some extra time. Perhaps when I found out that there is 48 hours in a day? Anyway, it was really a great experience and fun-filled training yesterday!

I do have to admit that this term is really the busiest term in my course so far. Like I mentioned earlier, I can’t even remember the last time when I have a free weekend without worrying about assignments, research and now with exam. But somehow, I guess this is what life is about. At least, I’m still breathing and alive to be able to be this busy. Yes. I’m counting my blessing while drowning in all these busy-ness. 🙂

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

* In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
* If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
* Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
* One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made …
* How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

This is art. In its purest form.

Take some time, slow your pace down, and appreciate what is around you.

The shell shop

My classmates and I were walking over to the bus stop after lecture a few days ago and we saw lots of snails along the way since it has been raining the whole day that day.

Upon reaching the overhead bridge, Mr Singh suddenly stopped me from taking the first step up the stairs and I was wondering why. He then bend down and used his hand to pick up a snail, which were in the middle of the first step and put that snail at the far right end of the step.

Mr Liew then made a comment, “Hey! What are you doing? What if that snail is actually heading over to the left end of the step and he was like halfway at the middle and you pick him up and put him back to the right end of the step. It was like forcing him to start his race all over again. And you know how slow snail travel from one place to another. It might take him hours just to get to the middle of the step.”

Mr Singh then replied, “Eh, how on earth am I going to know whether he is actually travelling to the left side of the step? Who knows maybe he is just resting or sleeping in the middle of the step? I don’t speak snail language, okay? And I’m just doing a good deed. What happened if someone accidentally step on him while walking up the stairs because he was in the middle of the step and make it so prone to let people step on him?”

Well, after hearing the comments from both of them, I actually think that both of them are right. They each have their own theory.

Anyway, after that, Miss Irene asked, “What will happened to the snail if it’s shell was crushed or destroyed?” An image of a snail without a shell came to my mind. It was like a slug. Eww!!!

The clever Mr Singh then replied, “Oh, they went to the shell shop. You know. The shop where they sell shells for snails whose shells were crushed or destroyed. And they have different sizes, shapes, colours and designs for the snails to choose from. They even have special logo on the shell. Like a Ferrari, Lamborghini and many other different logos. Of course, if a snail purchases a Ferrari logo on the shell, this means that the snail will travel like a turbo.”

Mr Liew then further informed us, “They even start making wings onto the shell. So, if any snails purchased it, the snail can then fly.”

Miss Irene and I was laughing our head off after hearing all this. I’m really impressed that Mr Singh can come out with something so funny within such a short time. And all along when he was telling us the shell shop theory, he can even manage to keep a straight face. I really have to take my hats off. I have never met someone who is so good at crapping and bullshiting like him.

Group work can be very interesting if you met the right person

Well, from all my previous posts, it seems that my excuse from updating my blog regularly was busy, busy and busy. And I hate to tell the truth, I was seriously freaking busy this past few weeks! Okay. I know its an excuse, excuse and excuse, but too bad, I really can’t help it.

The main reason keeping me from updating my blog is the usual school load: presentations, assignments, reports and also my on-going research. Anyway, I was kept busy this past few weeks mainly by reading up the Drug Regulations & Quality Assurance (DRQA) Clothier’s Report. This 34 pages report with font as small as 10, was like the most effective natural sleeping pills you can ever find in this world that will knock you out immediately and send you to your dreamland, way much faster than counting sheep.

We were supposed to write a 2000 words report after reading this whole chunk of thing. However, our lecturer, Ms. Loh wanted us to do a presentation first before writing the report. We were divided into a few groups and each group has to answer a certain number of questions that were asked in our report. And of course, we have to answer all these questions as well in our 2000 words report.

I was somehow ‘forced’ to join into this group of mine. Well, at least the group members in this group are way much better than my last presentation’s group, as I’m sure many of you will remember how frustrated I felt last time (I wrote it previously in my post). Anyway, this time, my group consists of Mr Singh, Mr Liew, Miss Chew, Miss Irene, Miss Evelyn and me.

Why did I said I was somehow ‘forced’ to join this group then? Actually, while Ms Loh, our lecturer instructed us to divide ourselves into group of 6, Mr Singh, who happened to sit a few rows behind me, was trying to make eye contact with me and by using some sort of sign language to grab my attention. However, I did not noticed it and Miss Chew so happened to see it and notified me about this strange behavior of Mr Singh. Then I turned my head and look at Mr Singh, and guess what? He was gesturing at the both of us, Miss Chew and I, to indicate that the both of us were in his group, mainly consists of him and Mr Liew.

My first reaction was HUH??? I haven’t even digested the fact that we have to do a presentation on top of writing a 2000 words report and I was suddenly grabbed and booked into Mr Singh’s group. And Mr Singh is that type of guy who just don’t care about whether you are willing to do it or not. He is like a small and immature boy who just want things to go his way. And there is really no chance at all for anyone to talk back once he made a decision because he is freaking good at crapping and making it sounds like he is really that pathetic. I mean he is seriously fantastic when it comes to talking and making you feel guilty if you are not going to listen to him and oblige to the way he wanted it to be done.

After my brain has worked back to its normal speed, I was thinking, “Excuse me, I believe there’s something called freedom to choose in this world.” Okay, maybe not this world, but at least in my life. And of course by the time I figured all this out, I found myself writing down my name into Mr Singh’s group on the list of paper that was passing around.

Actually, to tell the truth, joining Mr Singh’s group is really not that bad. In fact, it was quite enjoyable and fun because Mr Singh is a natural clown. He can make us laugh without even doing anything other than crapping. In fact, the 6 of us actually work well together. Well, Mr Singh and Mr Liew are roommate, so both of them are practically inseparable. Both Miss Irene and Miss Evelyn are Indonesian and can communicate well with each other. In fact, Miss Irene and Miss Evelyn are like Miss Chew and I, always sit next to each other in class and are really good friends. You know. The kind where we hit each other head and will not get angry at each other, buy each other chocolates to cheer each other up and share gossips whenever we can.

Okay. I think I should explain why I listen to Mr Singh and oblige to his way of getting things done. Actually, he reminds me of my younger brother. My brother is exactly the same. Same as in small and immature boy, want everything to be done in his way, will never take no as answer and don’t really care whether you are willing or not. Including the part where he can make you feel guilty for not doing whatever you are suppose to do the way he want it to be. He will look at you with his big, sad puppy eyes and you know that you’ll have no choice but to do whatever he wants and listen to him. And the only reason that you can’t argue about this treatment is that because you are his elder sister. Well, perhaps I have this unexplainable protective and pamper nature towards my brother in me.

He, I mean Mr Singh, tend to remind me of the kind of close relationship that I shared with my younger brother when we were still a kid that time. I guess perhaps its because we only have 2 years gap in between us and that’s why I’m much closer to my brother rather than my elder sister. And I really cherish this kind of bond between my brother and I.

So, we have done with reading the report, answering the questions, researching for more information, compiling and editing the slides, and now we are waiting to present it. And the presentation is tomorrow and hopefully, everything will turn out to be all right.

Truth and lies

Why do human always want to know the truth?
A lie that gives happiness is better than the truth that brings sadness.
If that’s so, why do people still want to know the truth?
And so, unhappiness begins.

If you’re going to lie,
There are times when its better to lie until the end.

No matter how cruel the truth is,
We all still want to know the truth, isn’t it?