Saturday, May 27, 2006

Convocation M203

It was a day of recognition, honour and reunion.

And I am still feeling sentimental about the whole thing even though it is already over...

Alongside the C2/03 class of graduating doctors and the less mentioned pharmacy students, we were honoured for our efforts and hard work in successfully completing Phase 1 of our medical education in IMU Malaysia. Hours of studying in the library, all the sacrifices made and having endured all the lectures, it all seems justified and paid off now. It is also amazing to see how we all grew together; from the first day of Orientation to the day we all passed out and reached the final moments of a M203 communion. I mean, I seriously can't think of another event where maximum amount of us from the same batch will actually gather for a common purpose. The next convocation will be at many different places at many different times. So yeah, yesterday was about the last time we would all meet together in a large group.

I am so glad to have met up with many friends who I have not seen for ages. Also, it was also nice to meet up with parents of some of my close friends whom I have never met before. But I must say, it would have been even better if those who have already gone to PMS were with us yesterday. Those who are in Australia, Aberdeen and Canada. But anyway, it was a very memorable day yesterday and I really wish I could go through it again...minus the crappy speech by the Chancellor.

Congratulations M203 and all the best in your future. God bless you always!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Our Local Music Scene Atrocity

I am sure most of us would know of quite intensive efforts taken by local Malaysian artistes to garner support for the local music scene recently. Advertisements for support appear all the time on radio; just tune in to Hitz.fm for 15 minutes and you are bound to listen to one. Either ReshMonu trying to tell local artistes to not give up hope, or K-Town Clan threatening to end up serving Satay if we don't show them any support.

Personally if you were to ask me, I would say that the quality of music put out is improving, albeit at a slow rate. Stepping stone programs like Akademi Fantasia, Malaysian Idol and BlastOff! have actually done quite alot in not only giving new talents a shot to fame, but also as a boost for improving the local music industry. Through stringent training, public choice voting and quality judging (definitely not Paul Moss), the final winners and even those who may have lost out actually learned something about the likes, dislikes and demands of the locals. This is essential in producing music fit for local consumption as well as to achieve favourable album sales, which in the past, has been in the doldrums even before the era of piracy. So what have we had so far? We have Jaclyn Victor's successful and popular Gemilang album, Mawi's popular Malay numbers which are sung even during PAS ceramahs, and the winners of last year's BlastOff! - KTown Clan, to name a few.

To quote Adrian Lim when he first heard Jason Lo's single called Operator, The Line Is Dead, "I will actually be very surprised if this was sung by a local artiste".

But I don't know if you guys have heard of Lo's most recent release called OLD NEWSPAPER. The song is pretty weird. He begins it as a soft rock kinda song with lyrics without much meaning. When it's time for the chorus, he just blasts out "OLD NEWSPAPER, SAU KAU POH CHI (Cantonese for collect old newspaper) like a total madman. And he comes out in the following radio commercial urging listeners to support their local music industry. I don't know if he thinks this song is funny or he ran out of ideas, but it really is nonsense. I don't Pink's Stupid Girl is any better, but coming up with a dumb song when you are barely established in the music scene isn't a good idea personally. So really, how do they expect to get us to support the local industry if they keep coming up with these kind of songs?

Resurrection

Her blog was about one of the earliest to be up among the M203 people, and about one of the most active around back then. Going by the title of a F***ed Up Life, it took a sudden twist when it just dropped dead probably due to the lack of enthusiasm and lost of interest on the side of the F***ed Up author during last year's end-of-year holidays. After a period of silence, inactivity, re-construction and taking heed from the wishes of concerned friends, ELENA has finally reconciled with her blog and has given it a new facelift with a whole new title and template. This is also done to coincide with her blog's 2nd birthday. So how apt it is!

Anyways,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ELENA'S BLOGGIE!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

For Jody

Alright, I just put up a post below this and next thing I know, I gotta blog again cos' Jody tagged me. It's the FIRST time somebody tagged me and according to Elena, I should be courteous to do the survey. So here it is.

THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:

1. Richard;
2. Gerald;
3. Yew Min (Chinamen only call me so).

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:

-I think I like all that has been given to me by God and I shouldn't discriminate between my legs and hands.

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:

1. My poor eyesight;
2. I am too thin though I can out-eat Jody and anyone else my size anytime;
3. I get diarrhoea far more easily than anyone else I know.

THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE:

1. Son of Adam;
2. Son of my dad;
3. Son of my mom. (??)

THREE THINGS YOU CAN'T STAND:

1. JPA scholars who abscond;
2. People who don't know nuts but pretend they know;
3. Girls who smoke like chimneys and drink like mad.

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:

1. Heights;
2. Alone in the South China Sea trying to see underwater sea turtles without Grace helping me keep afloat;
3. Getting into another accident.

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS:

1. The Last Breakthrough;
2. The Simpsons;
3. Basically almost everything on Astro's Channel 30.

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE JAPANESE ANIMES:

1. Ranma;
2. That's all;
3. Im not a fan of anime.

THREE OF YOUR CURRENT FAVORITE SONGS:

1. Theme song of The Last Breakthrough by Raymond Lam Fung;
2. Pussy Cat Dolls feat. Will I Am.
3. Because of You by Kelly Clarkson.

THREE MOVIES YOU CAN WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN:

1. Shrek 1 & 2;
2. Chronicles of Narnia;
3. Kung Fu Mahjong.

THREE MOVIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO WATCH:

1. Pirates of Carribean;
2. Da Vinci Code;
3. That's about it.

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:

1. Air;
2. Money;
3. Handphone.

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:

1. Shirt;
2. Pants;
3. Undies. (Bra, panty, nighty...).

THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP:

1. Understanding;
2. Good communication;
3. Respect & loyalty. (Pretty much what most guys would want ok)

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITE GENDER THAT APPEAL TO YOU:

*this is such a cliche question. How different can it be?

1. Looks;
2. Breasts;
3. Hair.

THREE BAD HABITS:

1. Eating more meat than vegetables;
2. Eating more than I should;
3. Fight with my sister for the bigger chicken drumstick.

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:

1. Playing with a brand new and latest handphone;
2. Cycling a brand new super high tech and modified mountain bike on a highway and hear the purring of the wheels;
3. Watching TVB serials on WLT.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:

1. Beat the shit out of this bloody stuck up and disrespectful O&G Specialist;
2. Pass all my exams with flying colours and be a nice, kind and humble O&G Specialist;
3. Get a new gadget to play around with.

THREE CAREERS YOU'RE CONSIDERING OR CURRENTLY PURSUING:

1. Medicine;
2. Economics;
3. Law.

THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON A VACATION:

1. Port Dickson;
2. Kuching; (for Grace's sake)
3. Johor Bahru. (for YP's sake).

THREE KIDS' NAMES YOU LIKE:

Ah! This I have really discussed with Elena before. Believe it or not, here they are in no particular order...

1. Adeline;
2. Grace;
3. Edward.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:

1. Make sure I go to heaven;
2. Make sure that even if I do make it to heaven, there will be enough space for me;
3. Eat my favourite food.

INITIALS OF THREE CRUSHES:

1. E
2. E
3. E

WahLau super long eh!!! I now tag Elena, McGong and Zen to do this horrifyingly loooooong (pat kua) survey.

Another Farewell

Farewell #1 to me was when Adeline aka McGong and the rest of her gang left for Aberdeen. Today, Caryn, Ernie, Eugenia etc. left for Dalhousie, Canada. Some of our friends and their die-hard fans eg. Rajinder, YkK, Prem, Kat etc etc actually stayed over at Seremban yesterday night to see them off on their early morning flight. I didn't go along since Thursdays are sampling days. But a big BYE BYE, ALL THE BEST AND GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU to all of you... If fate has it we will meet again someday.

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There is also another reason for us all to feel sad today.

Today happens to be the premier of the DA VINCI CODE, a thoroughly misleading show that will shake the fundamental believes of most if not all Christians and keep non-believers even further from the truth and the Word. Personally I am not very interested to watch this movie; and if it wasn't for the keen interest showed by Elena to watch it I would have most probably skipped it without feeling a bit left out at all. Anyway, as how Caryn would justify herself in watching an "anti-Christ and satanic" movie (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), we as Christians should all the more watch these movies so that we can know what we are up against.

"If you don't know who or what is the enemy, how can you fight it?"

Hear hear!

Btw tomorrow morning I am going to be the first guy on the queue at One Utama to buy uncollected tickets. Couldn't book any tickets online. Quite a shame but yeah, we gotta know our enemy.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Me and TVB

I may not know what TVB of Hong Kong stands for, but all I know is, I LOVE their serial dramas!

Since I was in Kindie at 5 years old, I would sit in front of the TV with my mother at 6 pm onwards to follow on all kinds of dramas, ranging from corporate-themed dramas to totally soapy love dramas. It really does provide us with entertainment, besides keeping us in touch with our Chinese background and mother tongue. It's something that we look forward to on every boring school day. Through the years as I grew up, I never seemed to lose interest in these dramas. Even on exam weeks during my secondary school days I would still find time to watch my favourite shows. Those days without Astro's channel 30, we could only watch dramas on TV 2 that were many months old unless we spent money to rent video tapes from the neighbourhood video shop; something my mother never allowed me to do.

The best part about TVB's serials is their creativity. The themes for their serials are pretty limited, and sometimes they come up with some totally crappy themes. By far the most popular ones are those that revolve around the corporate world (Threshold of An Era), police and thieves (Armed Reaction), ancient settings and the all time favourite love soaps such as Secret of The Heart. Ah my personal favourite too. Newer movies these days on Astro are those about firemen, customs and immigration, pilots, swimmers (???), super magic kung fu masters and my recent favourite one on doctors. But with these same themes, they employ different actors with different stories and twists to make every drama feel different. There can be two corporate dramas going on at the same time but one maybe on stock market and another on property development. So how do you judge a popular drama? It ends 5 minutes earlier than the stipulated air time to include a sneak preview of the the following eposide, has advertisements that last almost forever and ends at the most climactic moment. I have followed dramas that last only half an hour each day and the episodes run into the thousands!

Now I am following The Last Breakthrough which is a doctor drama. It is even better than Healing Hands, personally. It adds more spice to its story line as it also takes you through Africa to see how the HK docs join Life Force to help save lives of poor native African tribe members. Some variety compared to the all-HK setting we see in most dramas. There are also many twists and educational elements in its story. There is a part where a doctor suddenly develops liver cancer and goes for RFA (Radio Frequency Ablation), and another part where a doctor suddenly forgives a guy who mowed down his girlfriend because the murderer agreed to donate his marrow to save his friend's son who has leukemia (Note my use of SUDDENLY). There is also a part where in Africa, the doctor used jumper cables linked to a car battery to defibrillate a guy who got VF. Unacceptable but it worked. There was another part where a doctor brought back to life a woman who died after delivery by punching her chest. Talk about resurrection. Haha. Nontheless, I must say they did very well in mixing love affairs (like, all the time), a generous amount of hospital politics and accurate medical information, with heart warming scenes of humanity. The latest thing I learned is this condition called the Brugada syndrome. Common cause of sudden death among young people. Go check out about it.

This brings me to a question to all readers: Anybody knows WHERE can I download HK serial dramas by the episodes? It's so easy to download or find trackers for Gray's anatomy or Scrubs but Chinese dramas are almost impossible to find! Also, where can I download Chinese songs?

I'm suddenly getting all Chinaman Ah Beng-like now...

Btw, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I am HaPpY!!!

Yes, Richard is happy on a bored, sucky and tiring day. Today, that is.

Why? Blog Patrol says that my blog has had 1,011 visitors to date! Cool right? Ahhh at least I feel happy.

To people like YP who may have had 3 times the amount of visitors in the same time frame, this may just be a small achievement but nontheless I am still proud. This shows people read my blog! Thank you to all those who frequent my blog and to those who have not, may they soon learn the joy of visiting my blog!!!

Ok, yet another space filler in my seemingly boring and poorly updated blog...

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Bored, and not so bored.

I am bored, people.

I have got nothing better to do; other than chatting on Messenger occasionally, I check my mails 10 times a day, clear spam, take 3 naps a day and play my latest game: INSANIQUARIUM.

I check my blog often too, hoping for a new comment or tag for me to respond to. But more often than not, there is none. But still, I continue to blog.

Till I get something interesting enough to blog about, I am going to take a nap now.

ZZZZZZZzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzZZZZZZZzzzzz......

Friday, May 05, 2006

Exhaustion Phase... LIfe Sux

Every Friday is a sucky day for me. And they say Thank God It's Friday.

After two days of intense talking, driving and lab work which I hope to get used to every week, Friday comes as a day of rest and stoning. But it always seem that the exhaustion cannot be rectified by a good 12-hour sleep even, which makes Friday a very unproductive, tired and uninteresting day. Kinda like a hangover. I am feeling LOUSY!!!

Saturdays and Sundays are spent at home. I compile data of the mothers and prepare for the week ahead. I don't have the Chinese Astro channels, no PS2, nothing interesting to do at home. I should get a hobby really, something cheap and interesting and safe and doesn't come in the way of my busy schedule. Mountain biking is just too expensive and sometimes dangerous to indulge in. Apart from that, I really gotta do something interesting with my life.

Suckkkkkkyyyyyyy... Someone help me!

Monday, May 01, 2006

He begs to differ

In response to the article in Sunday's Star papers (regarding the brain drain in Malaysia), a Professor Dean of Medicine from UKM has argued that contrary to what the people interviewed believed, Malaysian doctors in UK are ACTUALLY losing out in promotions and job opportunities. Reason being, EU doctors are given higher priority than foreigners.

It seems that not only is Malaysia a place which churns out more specialists than the UK at institutions at par or better than the UK, there are apparently also more chances for promotions locally. Also, he mentioned that Malaysian doctors who wanted to remain in UK was mainly for the bigger money never mind the fact that they most of the time end up as house officers who find it difficult to climb.

While he does shed some light on the possibility of better opportunities locally, I wonder if he says all these with the fundamental belief that all opportunities are EQUAL regardless of race, religion and melanin concentration. Because sometimes being treated as second class citizens in our homeland, fighting with EU doctors in the UK on the basis of pure meritocracy may be still more worthwhile and possible. Also, he has not shown how local work conditions are better than that in the UK.

But should there really be EQUAL chances for all doctors in Malaysia for training and promotion, I suppose coming back to Malaysia to work shouldn't be a very bad idea for me.