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Saturday, 17 November 2012

老兄,谢谢你。。。

五月天是影响我最深的艺人之一。大胆的作词和鼓舞人心的曲风总令我五体投地,身感同受。每首歌都散发着强烈的味道,仿佛你就活在歌词里,随着旋律述说着你的故事。天马行空,却真实。

现实中,确实有那么一个人,以行动感染身边的人,让我们看见热血和追求。一把普通的吉他,一副平凡的嗓子,没有什么不能透过创作来完成。就算破音,就算断弦,就算别人把他当怪咖,这条路还是照走不误,只为了梦想,只为了最初的自己。印象中,他是个听到音乐就会情不自尽打起拍子,唱歌时会深情地闭上双眼的男孩。不炫耀,不吹牛,只做自己爱做的事。他对音乐的爱,一点也不假。

是你给予我弹吉他的动力;
是你给予我创作的勇气;
是你给予我追求音乐的希望。。。

在此分享黄毓献早期最经典的作品——《季候鸟》

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北风在凋零 可否只是个错觉
满地落叶 象征一切
相聚的相片 是否挂在心里边
这次离别 何时再见

一起熬过寒冬 暑天晒干沉默
握着你的手 渡过一个个难过
羽翼日渐丰满 时光悄悄溜走
悲欢和离合 再次上演在这个镜头

让世界由我带头 随我的旋律摆动
守候友谊的承诺 别因距离而放开手
不论到何方何处 记得别忘了闪烁
总有一天 我们还是会回到 这个家

辽阔的世界 你我向往的蓝天
哪朵云儿 引导方位
穿梭的帆船 铺满无际的海面
竞争激烈 努力往前

一起熬过寒冬 暑天晒干沉默
握着你的手 渡过一个个难过
羽翼日渐丰满 时光悄悄溜走
悲欢和离合 再次上演在这个镜头

让世界由我带头 随我的旋律摆动
守候友谊的承诺 别因距离而放开手
不论到何方何处 记得别忘了闪烁
总有一天 我们还是会回到 这个家

就算季节的逼供 借由记载的回忆
用你给的勇气 飞行

让世界跟我们走 随风筝与梦遨游
不带走任何眼泪 洒在大海每个浪波
让感动留在天空 与晴阳照亮以后
挫折伤悲 都给自己一个笑容

让世界由我带头 随我的旋律摆动
守候友谊的承诺 别因距离而放开手
不论到何方何处 记得别忘了闪烁
总有一天 我们还是会回到 这个家


Thursday, 15 November 2012

It's DURIAN season!!!

What is the most exciting thing to see when you travel along a kampung road at the end of the year? Yes! Durian stalls with heaps of durians waiting for you to take a bite! (Huh, you don't like durian? Too bad...) I am an extreme durian lover since I was young. Despite the not-so-friendly spiky look, the thick aroma of the yellow flesh within the shell drives me crazy every time! My family and I just came back from Teluk Batik this afternoon and when we passed Terong we were attracted by what we called 'the King of Fruits'. RM3 per kilogram, cheap and nice. I enjoy the feeling when the creamy flesh melt inside my mouth before sliding into my throat.

Aww... Satisfied...

'Come and get me~' said the durian.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Random Happenings

EXAM!!!
I took my MUET speaking test on Monday, and was really unsatisfied with my performance. I could have done it better. The question given to us was: What quality should you show during the scholarship interview? The point given to me was: Intelligent and creative. An relatively easy question compared to others, a very good and easy-to-elaborate point, but a nervous and blank-minded candidate. Argh... Anyway, let bygones be bygones, the speaking test covers only 45marks out of 300marks in MUET, I have another 3 papers to sit for. Recently I saw many people sitting in four at the library practising speaking skills and felt relieved that everything has over for me. It's time to move on to the PSPM, the final exam of matriculation for the first semester.
We have ended our lectures and tutorials for the first semester. There is one week left for us to revise for the 'grand' exam, fighting to get four pointer! Yay, so this might be my last blog update for the study week. Maybe if I am inspired during the exam I still will spare some time to update the blog and stalk people using facebook, so stay tune!

19/10/12
Just now me and Miss Salad were having some desserts at the co-op and saw some Red Crescent vans wandering at the hostels. Then we heard some buzzing noise and also the fire alarm which we thought was another false alarm. Seconds later, we saw white smoke rising from the hostel. Oh, it was the spraying of insecticide by the Health Ministry. So we got away from the irritating smell and went towards the Dataran Kosmik. There were some people who were holding their plates and having their dinner at the corridor, poor people. Yea, this is what happened today.

Insects Update (part one)
It has been a long time since I did the insects update on facebook. As my college is located at the rural part of Banting, all sorts of insects can be found here, plenty of them, and sometimes it can be scary and annoying.
1) House-fly
Thank God that the house-fly season is almost over! For the last few weeks since we were back from the mid-sem break, flies were everywhere, covering the tiled floor of cafeterias and tables. You could find flies in the food, not just one, ugh! But we assumed that we saw nothing and just ate. By the way, a fly was discovered drowning in our favourite mung bean soup during dinner. Nooooo!!!!!!
2) Moth
Which is the place where we can find the most number of moths in the college? Bathroom. Yes, I am not sure what is the reason but we can always see moths resting on the wall of bathroom. I think those are peppered moths of a great variety, big and small, white and black, furry or not very furry. Ah, don't forget the Atlas moth! I never seen one before in Penang and am glad that I can see a population of them here. A beautiful creation by God.
3) Ants
Ants live with me peacefully in my room as I will not bother about them as long as they don't purposely disturb me. If they do, the consequence is, they will be blown some metres away. I prefer not to use the insecticide because it is not environmental-friendly and the killing will be endless. When the ants are thirsty, they will go to my 'freshly-washed' mug to have a sip and then leave silently. Hungry? Sorry, no food for you guys. I will make sure no leftovers on my table. A good example of commensalism, eh? Last night, when I opened my drawer to look for some documents at the most bottom part which is cold and dark, I found an ant colony in side a stack of test pads wrapped in plastic. The whole colony! Tiny red ants, with some big ones, and lots of white eggs, I thought. However I fail to find the queen. I didn't kill them but leave the test pads outside my room. The next morning, I mean, this morning, everything has been moved away, not a single member of the colony was left behind. One of the best part of animal nature.
4) Millipede
You can always see crushed millipedes on the floor. The red one and the black with yellow strips one. There are really too many of them and you will accidentally step on one if you do not look at the ground carefully when you walk.
5) Dragonfly and Damselfly
Red dragonflies can be seen flying freely like helicopters after the rain. If there is dragonflies, it means that the place in pollution-free! A good sign to the environment here. Damselfly is smaller and looked a bit like dragonfly but I rarely seen the fragile creatures here often.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

MUET

Tomorrow will be my first (and hopefully is the last) MUET (Malaysia University English Test) speaking test. By around 11pm, I will be facing the shortest and longest time in my life (yea, it's hyperbola, haha). 1 minute to read the question, the shortest 2 minutes for preparation, the longest 2 minutes to present your points, another 1 minute to read the question, another 2 minutes for preparation, then the final 10 minutes for group discussion among 4 candidates. [1+2+(2x4)+1+2+10] minutes = 24 minutes. After test I can feel relaxed when using English (at last). Well, I will still improve myself in this language, no worry!

I am the last candidate of my group and it can be a good thing but also a bad thing. The good thing is, I can secretly prepare my points while others are doing their presentation (Ah, relax, I won't do that). The bad thing is, when it is your turn, everyone will be staring at you (Oh, everyone is paying attention to me, how nice). Anyway, I will not waste all the efforts learning English in primary and secondary schools. Thank you in advance to all my teachers and lecturers who had taught me English. I will definitely get the highest band in speaking test tomorrow.

Gambateh to me and all fellow candidates, cheers!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Biology Assignment

This is the bio song that we have done in three-day-time. Enjoy!
Thank you to everyone involved! 

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P/S: Ignore my poor pronunciation, haha.

Friday, 5 October 2012

The fifth month in Banting


Previously I thought Banting is a rural area but the fact is, it is actually quite busy. There is also hustle and bustle going on within the town (of course, don’t compare with KL). We can find supermarkets (The Store and Econsave), governmental and private clinics (or even specialist center), pharmacies (Watsons, Guardians etc), all sort of groceries, bakeries, boutiques, optometrist stores, banks (BSN and Bank Rakyat), computer stores, stationery shops, restaurants and eateries (Pan Mee is a must-try!), fast food outlets (KFC, MacD, Pizza Hut and Domino Pizza), hotels (such as Garden Hotel…), musical instrument shops, branded stores which are considered as luxuries to most of us (Tutti Frutti and Secret Recipe) and the list goes on and on and on and on…

The transportation here is good enough to send you anywhere you want to go. Taxi drivers are friendly and helpful and the fare is reasonable. They try their best to send you to the destination you want. There is a bus station where you can take a bus to Klang Central which links to other parts of Malaysia (one hour ride to Bukit Tinggi where Jusco is located and two hours ride to KL). 
Oh yeah, if you love adventures and nature, Bukit Jugra (don’t forget the museum located just beside the hill) and Bukit Broga (this one requires one and a half hour ride from the town) are recommended. You can even do flying fox at Bukit Jugra! Besides, Pantai Morib is quite popular there (but too bad it is not sandy). There are some parts of Banting with kampong-feel, with cows, goats and chicken roaming the land, palm oil plantations and undeveloped forest (I am not sure whether it is actually a forest or not) with some fruit trees (Aww, I saw durian trees!). Surprisingly, I can see quite a number of species of birds here (however the ones that I can name are sparrows, pigeons, kingfishers, cuckoos, eagles, swallows etc). In addition, insects are also thrived here especially moths (Atlas moth can be found here! It was the first time I saw one.) It is a great idea to make Banting town one of the locations for backpacking! 

I am truly appreciate that I got the chance to study here. An unforgettable life experience out of Nibong Tebal, out of Penang, out of Northern Malaysia.

Stop by, and have a coffee.


After one week, finally, I am fully recover from the dreadful fever (I lost my appetite during that period, it was a kind of suffering for food-lovers like me) and it is time to back to the caffeine-addicted life.

There are many types of coffee in the world, but I used to have 3 in 1 instant coffee (such as Nescafe). It is the one I can afford, Starbucks and Coffee Bean is too luxurious for me. Coffee, to me, is not a ‘drug’ to make me stay awake late at night but an enjoyment of life. I had coffee while reading newspaper after lunch when I was at home. It is a state of relaxing as the aroma of coffee fills my mind, clearing away all the stress. As I know, some people are immune to the effect of caffeine while the others cannot sleep or will dehydrate after taking coffee, too bad that I am the latter. My dad still can sleep soundly even though he drinks coffee after dinner. How good if I can do that too without getting the risk of insomnia. I love coffee, but I try to control the frequency of drinking coffee to reduce caffeine addiction as much as possible (because I want to live independently without being controlled by caffeine).

Coffee makes me feel alive, erm, under certain conditions. Firstly, the time I feel like a zombie in the lecture hall. Secondly, the time I suffer from running nose as a result of allergy. As we know, coffee can freshen up our mind as it increases the metabolism rate of our body. It also magically cure running nose for my case (I am not sure whether it works for other people). I will be very energetic (or should I say hyperactive?) under the effect of caffeine for the following hours after drinking coffee. I see hope for the rest of the day (haha, yeah, I know I sound insane, but that is what I actually feel), and I can concentrate in whatever I do.

One of my dreams is to learn and enjoy the arts of coffee, where people draw patterns on the foam of coffee using caramel and chocolates. The photos of coffee arts on facebook are very tempting! Nice to see and I am quite sure that it is great to taste too. I read about it on newspaper. It requires a lot of practices to perfect the skills. People even use the foam of detergent for practicing (or else they have to drink a lot of coffee each day).

A mug of coffee, it is called life. 


Thursday, 27 September 2012

随笔

晚上十点零五分,平时的这个时间我正在和死党们在课室做那永远赶不完的功课,但现在我正呆在房间的一角,额头上贴着生平中第一张退热贴,手里握着朋友送来的三脚标清热水。这算是我第一次在妈咪不在身边的情况下发高烧,比我想象中还要辛苦。

离开无忧无虑的家,很庆幸有一班死党在离槟城两百多公里的地方用友谊筑起了挡风挡雨挡太阳的屋顶,让我很有安全感,至少我不是一个人。接下来短短七个月后,我们就要分道扬镳了。到时就算感情淡了,见面少了,但当初的温馨还是会留下来吧!

(P/S:半夜三点爬起来发现自己发烧甚至发冷的感觉还真难受。我没想到死党竟然会阻止我吃任何重口味和油腻的食物,另一个还禁止我吃Penadol,真是用心良苦。如果我对你们发脾气的话,真对不起啦!)

Monday, 24 September 2012

Cheers!

It has been a long time since I last updated my blog due to heavy assignments. 
So I would like to share this breath-taking photo of my beautiful college which was taken using camera of Nokia 5250. 
(Dear college mates, you can enjoy this beautiful scene if you wake up early, hehe...)



Thursday, 16 August 2012

Back to Jit Sin High School

I spent 10 hours wandering in Jit Sin High School and Taman Sri Rambai today, meeting teachers and old friends. Looking at those Form1 and Form2 students, I remembered my time as a young prefect. Don't give up, juniors! You will have a really tough time as the 'middle-men' between teachers and students but the fruits will be sweet. When you reach my age (erm, I am still young actually, haha), you will find the experiences you gained are priceless and the friendship among your teammates are true. No matter what, we will always support you and will not give you up unless you tend to do so. Prefectboard is a home where you will always belong to. Cheers!

I always love the sky of Jit Sin during breaking dawn!

A roaring dragon! Good sign, eh?

The place where we had assemblies during those days.

Staircase towards the hall.

Another date with another sweet girl, haha.

Thanks for coming with me, Jia Ying!

Me in eye-catching graduation T-shirt, sunbathing.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

随笔

在大学预科班的这两个月,时间过得特别快。日子一天一天地在我还来不及回过神来就已经过去了。现在在家里享受着雨后的凉快,好像未曾离开过高渊似的。窗口上方那被我们拆了又拆,拆了又拆的鸟巢已传出吱吱喳喳的叫声 (那对燕子夫妻蜘蛛织网的精神值得我们学习,呵呵),歌颂着生命的喜悦。

相信我,这真的是燕子的窝,只是是草做的。

为了不打扰燕子一家大小,我只能从远距离拍摄。漂亮吧?
昨天在大山脚南美园转了几圈,几个月不见,芝麻街对面多了一间大脚印,三号门的‘快熟面专卖店’没有营业了,CopyCat也关闭了,laksa已从Mdm.Goh 的菜单删除 (接受不到咯~),感慨咯~

大脚印
芝麻街
浪漫的二人世界,哈哈。。。


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Hiking in To'kun Hill

This is the fifth day of my two-week mid-sem holidays. There are lots of things I want to do before I go back for my matriculation student life again in Banting ( Nooooo!!!). Well, one of the must-do's in Penang is definitely hiking. My hiking teammates (yes I call us as a TEAM!) were consisted of four crazy guys (who went through the leech-infested Bukit Panchor before) and a dedicated hot girl (who went to the monkey-roaming Teluk Bahang with me before). Our destination this time was the renowned To'kun Hill in Bukit Mertajam (although I had studied in Jit Sin High School which is just a few kilometers away from To'kun Hill for five years, honestly I never went there before).

To'kun Hill is quite similar to Bukit Panchor, with lots of towering trees and fresh air, providing a great environment for unwinding our minds. Instead of taking the tar road, we chose the more challenging undeveloped path (usually I will feel regretted as soon as we start hiking and this happens every time, although I never mention about it throughout the journeys). I am really envious for the guys' physical strength, they could go up the hill effortlessly (or should I say, seemed effortlessly?). Ok, I admit that I was the slowest (as always, please forgive me). Thank you Miss Salad for being at my side waiting for me, haha.

We did not complete the whole route which is about 3600m in total. Due to limited time, we turned into the tar road going down the hill. The not-very-steep and winding road caused me and Salad bouncing all the way down the road when we walked faster. We stopped halfway and had home-made garlic bread (special edition made by me!) and biscuits (contributed by Salad!). For the following journey back to the starting point, there was nothing different from the beginning except more trees and more elders (yea, their stamina is much much unbelievably higher than any of us!).

It was just a short hike but being with friends is always fun and memorable (especially if the gathering place is not shopping complex). What I want to say at the end is, can you guys slow down next time? 

Me and Salad =)
The guys

Lush greenery.

Trees.

Trees.

Trees again.
On our way back!

Trees.

Trees.

Trees.

Trees.

Trees again.
Nice nature view.

And trees.
The pondok where we rested.

And trees.

Trees.

Trees.

Trees.

Trees. Opps, bamboos.

And trees, again.

I see the light, do you?
End the hike with soaked hair and bag, haha.
Wakakakakaka, purposely show off this photo. This is the first alive huge wild millipede that I have ever seen. It leisurely 'strolled' across in front of me. Thank God that it was big enough for us to see it so that we wouldn't crush it under our shoes.

Monday, 13 August 2012

About Hyperventilation

When we were on our way back to Penang, a guy suddenly felt dizzy and numb on his limbs, although still had conscious, he could not move. Those with first aid skills quickly giving him help by moving him from the back of the bus to the middle which was less bumpy and doing whatever they could so that he could recover from what we thought was motion sickness but his condition was getting worse. The bus then parked beside Petronas petrol station at Bukit Jelutong and we called the ambulance as we had no idea what was wrong to him. After quite a long time the ambulance finally arrived.

People like me who could not give any help just stayed aside and watched (felt so useless). The medical officers gave that guy some check ups calmly and did not immediately send him to the hospital. According to the medical officers, this condition is called hyperventilation. The guy was asked to breath using a paper bag (as we could not find one, plastic bag was used instead). Soon he could move and walk again with the help of friends. I never thought that something serious like that could be recovered using such simple method. There are more to learn in this world.

The followings are my research on internet about hyperventilation:
Symptoms: Numbness, dizziness, lightheadedness, flexor spasms, headache
Reasons: Level of carbon dioxide in blood is too low, causing blood pH value to increase (more alkaline). This is due to stress and anxiety.
How to handle: Control the breathing or use a plastic bag. Send to the hospital if the condition is too serious.  

Reference: Wikipedia

Friday, 10 August 2012

The First Day at Home

Yup, this is the first day being at home after such a long time (it is considered as long for me,haha) staying in Banting, Selangor. Nothing changes much, my room is still messy, the mango tree is still there and my pond sliders still look the same as well. Oh yes, my beetle larvae turn even more yellow in colour, I think they are going to pupate soon, yay!

Although I feel under the weather now, but the feeling of gratitude is undescripable! Thank you thank you thank you for such a wonderful home to live in! Popo, daddy, mummy, Ah Hui and Ah Xiang! I love you guys!

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she



I have had my first meal at home too. Home-cooked food from Popo. So heart-warming~

Spinach pancake, peanut pau and black pepper pork slices. What a luxury during breakfast!

Home Sweet Home

It was 8.00am. I found myself lying on the queen-size bed. With my eyes still half-opened, the first thing I did was, picked up my handphone and gave my buddies some warm and sweet morning calls as what I had been doing in college. Haha.

Yesterday we started our journey back to Penang by 4.30pm under the hot sun of Banting town. About an hour later, something happened (I will talk about it later) causing a delay of two hours. Anyway I felt glad that we were still able to continue our journey to the North in a hyperactive mood despite the tiredness we had after the exam. Under the dim blue light in the slightly rocking bus, we sang aloud with occasional yelling with delight. Ok, I admit that I succumbed to the sleepiness and tried to sleep but I was sure that I could sensed Gan Fang sleeping soundly with earphone on beside me and some people discussing creepy ghost stories that I could not hear the contents behind there, which meant I was never asleep throughout the journey although I had put in some efforts.

The bus driver must have been speeding all the way down the highway. Out of expectation, we reached Auto-City, Juru before midnight. We shouted and squeaked full-bloodedly that we were back . Penang!!!!! Wooooooooo~~~~~~I smell Char Kuey Tiau!!! Laksa!!! Hokkien mee!!! Haha, it's all about food, but the most important thing is definitely our home sweet home. Some of us including me did not go home since 28th of May. It had been two months since I left my hometown - Nibong Tebal, the place where I grow up until today. The first thing I did after I got off the bus was giving daddy and mummy the greatest hug ever!

I am home, daddy mummy!

 

Our dinner at Rawang R&R. Guess how much is it? RM3!!! I just realised that the food price in our cafeteria is quite reasonable. Gratitude.