Friday, January 30, 2009

Another two added to my collection! ^^

Oh, no! Looks like I am no different with the girls who are bargaining for their new clothes whenever there is 70% rebate! >~< Well, here they are,

I was loitering around Popular Palm Square, browsing for new books. While I was turning the pages of some non-fiction, my eyes spotted the corner where the discount books (It is easy to tell as Popular does have its own way to display them, a typical one) were placed.
Initially, I wasn’t hoping to get any interesting books as for my acknowledgement, the books are usually pop-culture stuff but not this two.
Commentaries on Living: Series I by Jiddu Krishnamutri; &
The True Believer: Thoughts on the nature of Mass Movement by Eric Hoffer.
Both of them are translated version (Mandarin) as English version may cost a lot for me…sigh…Again, I committed another unplanned expenditure……sigh……I have to control myself.
The next book on my wish-list, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo. I wonder who will wrap this as my 22nd birthday gift……(^.^)♪

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year?

Well, well, how is your Chinese New Year celebration going? Fun? Good? Gluttony? Satisfied Ang Pow?
Don’t expect something from me, as I am not going home for this festival, again…(since 3 years back…) Why? Expensive air ticket, worthless expenditure, boring….Ops, did I mention something wrong?!
However, that does not mean that I have nothing beginning from the preparation of Chinese New Year until now, the second night of Lunar New Year. OK, I didn’t bargain on any new clothes, accessory, shoes nor hairstyle. Instead I had bought this, Gillettle March 3 Turbo (old model tri-blades shaver/razor and it is RED, for CNY?).

Had a steamboat reunion dinner with Daniel’s family (thanks Daniel, Mr. & Mrs. Koh), steamboat dinner with Chung Ling gang,

(fictional picture)
…and received the first and second Ang Pow from Adam and Mrs. Koh (thanks to both of them).

(fictional picture)
Finally, invitations to attend tomorrow gathering at Gurney Plaza, Penang, from chili and Sean. Apparently I will not be present for that as I am still in Sabah, but I will like to thank them for their kindness.
Other than that, I wasted almost all my time at home doing homework and watching television programmes. >~<
P/S: Thanks to Adam, Uncle Ken Fong, Daniel and his family, Chung Ling guys and girls, chili and Sean. My Lunar New Year would be colourless without you and your sincerity. Love you all! (^3^) ♪♪

Sunday, January 25, 2009

World Leprosy Day

Today is Chinese New Year Eve as we all Chinese knows, but do you know that today is marked as World Leprosy Day as well?
Well, I do not mean to spoil your mood in celebrating this festive seasons. However, while you enjoying your delicious reunion dinner, please think of those who are suffering all around the world.
Here are some brief descriptions about leprosy from one of the source:
“The first Historic mention of Leprosy in India dates back to as early as 600 B.C., where it is denoted by a Sanskrit term ‘Kushtha’, literally meaning ‘eating away’. Reports of presence of leprosy can also be found in the ancient writings from Japan (10th century B.C) and Egypt (16th century B.C.). Ancient writers have put across several theories regarding the origin and spread of leprosy such as infection of the Nile River, unhygienic food habits of the people and so on. 
People suffering from Leprosy had to face criticism and were subjected to stringent treatments even in the olden times. They were required to wear special attire and further had to carry a wooden clapper to warn other people that they were on the move. They were also prohibited from visiting public places such as mills, bake houses or churches and had to keep themselves way from touching other healthy people or eating with them. They were not allowed to walk in narrow footpaths or wash in the common water sources such as wells, streams and so on.
From what was known in the early times, we have come a long way understanding the disease. Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium leprae that mainly invades the skin, mucous membranes and skin. Most people wrongly believe that leprosy is a skin disease. The truth, however, is that it is an air-borne disease, probably transmitted by minute respiratory droplets. G.A. Hansen first identified the bacteria in the year 1873, making it the first germ to be identified as a causative microorganism for any disease. It is also called as Hansen’s disease. 
The development of Dapsone in 1941 marked a milestone in the treatment of leprosy. Clofazimine and Rifampicin represent other most commonly used drugs. Widespread use of the drug during the 1970’s resulted in the development of resistance, making it ineffective when prescribed alone. By 1985, leprosy was viewed as a major public health issue in nearly 122 countries. The introduction of a combination of Rifampicin, Clofazimine and Dapsone (MDT) in the form of ‘blister pack’ revolutionized leprosy treatment for a second time. 
The provision of free MDT to several counties across the World, by the World Health Organization, restricted the further spread and incidence of the disease. The pharmaceutical company ‘Novartis’ deserves special mention with respect to the elimination of leprosy for its active participation. Sustained and consistent leprosy eradication programmes ensured the prevalence of leprosy to as low as 1 in 10,000 by the end of 2000. 
The effective implementation of MDT therapy in areas previously uncovered, early recognition of nerve damage and management of relapse following short-term MDT represent some of the challenges that have to be overcome to ensure complete eradication of leprosy.”

If you’re interested to help them, you may refer to the following sites:
The Leprosy Mission
American Leprosy Mission

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sharing of Proximidade Award

This is a
"Thank You" for curryegg who awarded me Proximidade Award yesterday. Well, this serves as one of my motivation for blogging and this is my first time writing such post, don't expect too much from me...(^.^")\

According to the content of the award, I am require to post this,

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I will like to share the joy with the following bloggers:

  1. swee cheng
  2. princess listy
  3. slowbrogal
  4. fred
  5. sherwyn
  6. venus von seven
  7. jun hean
  8. chili

Here goes the awards. Thanks curryegg again for motivating me to blog, again! \(^w^)/

Tagged by Cynthia

3 months ago, I was tagged by my friend, Cynthia. That was my first experience of been tagged by blogger, however I was able to reply her well as I am writing this after 3 months her post was uploaded.....m(_ _)m Sorry, Cynthia, I am sure you are mad about this....

Well, should I start? (^.^)

Part One

1. What is the relationship of you and her?
Part of 'Yeye Family' that I don't even know when does it established, university pal and the one who helps me cover my books (Thanks Cynthia, I know you loves it! ^^)

2. Your five impressions towards her.
Daring, Persuasive, Brave, Fashionable and Innocent (-_-?)

3. The most memorable thing she had done for you.
Cover my first books...(-_-"")

4. The most memorable thing she had said to you.
I am innocent!......

5. If she become your lover, you will...
Have to work very hard to please her...

6. If she become your enemy, you will...
Brush up my persuasive talking skills! (`_´)| 頑張って

7. If she become your lover, she has to improve on...
Managing her expenditure....

8. If she become your enemy, the reason is...
Who knows? My problem? Probably?

9. The most desirable thing to do on her is?
Pinch her....(Tickle tickle.....^^)

10. The overall impression of her is?
Persuasive and potential woman.

11. How do you think the people around you will feel about you?
Nagging, old-fashioned, old-minded, short, antisocial....

12. The character of you for yourself is?

13. On contrary, the character you hate of yourself is?
Lazy, antisocial, boastful, nagging, act-smart....

14. The most ideal person that you wanna be is?
A normal person.......(What!?)

Part Two

1. Each player of this game starts off with 15 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself.
2. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 15 weird things/habits/little known facts as well as state the rules clearly.
3. At the end, you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names.
4. No tags back!

  1. I am short (163 cm)....
  2. Not good looking....
  3. Poor...
  4. Love Japanese movies, dramas, Pops, culture etc.
  5. My favorite color is black and blue. (Back Street Boys previous album? ^^)
  6. Love reading, especially Psychology and Philosophy genre
  7. A loner
  8. Victim of sexual assault (when I was 7...)
  9. Thought of and attempted suicide (when I was 11...)
  10. Victim of Along (since I was 13...)
  11. Potential Borderline Personality Disorder patient (fulfill 62.5% criteria according to DSM IV-TR)
  12. Hoping to solve family financial problem
  13. Wish to have a DSLR
  14. Travel around the world!
  15. Avoiding to engage in romantic relationship (I will end up hurting a woman, please....)

End of description. Here goes my lucky 7....へ(^へ^)

  1. curryegg
  2. swee cheng
  3. sherwyn
  4. von
  5. princess listy
  6. fred
  7. jun hean
(Those are whom I can tag right now...)

Is this how tagging is done? (-_-?)\

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Abandoned blog?

My last blog entry was about 2 months ago…Gosh, it seems that my laziness is dominating me since my semester break began…
But not anymore, the holidays are off, I have to get back to my job and start to write again. A psychologist should maintain writing as a habit. (thanks Ben for reminding me…) Well, I really have to be serious with this.
With this, I will like to start off by the “small small gathering” organized by Krystle Yap, one of my primary school '”brother” at Mizi’s Bistro, New World Park, 21st of December 2008, around 1930 hours. It was one of my primary school reunion dinner.

The event was suppose to start at 1930 hours, but I knew that there must be a reason why Krystle post that particular time on Facebook. Before I departed from home, I received the call from her and Natalie about the bad road condition which might cause them to late…(Sorry girls, I don’t mean to criticize…) That’s why the invitation cards in Penang always contain the words “7.30 p.m.” ?
Anyway, they had tried their best to reach there half an hour late and I think it was reasonable as the number of vehicles in Penang is sky-rocketing. (The moment I left Penang, the number plate has rolled to PJA XXXX…)
Well, since it was a voluntary gathering, the member who attended the dinner was relied on the eagerness of the group members. Despite the number was only 8 (originally, it was 10 + 1 super VIP, Koay Su Ling. I was hoping she would attend, but I heard she had to attend family function…), we did have an enjoyable night by keeping ourselves update with ours current condition about our life, works, studies, etc. Here are the attending people:

(From left: Wei Ken, Aik You, Samuel Shee, Myself and Jun Hean)

(From left: Natalie Ooi, Krystle Yap and Sheow Hui)

Since Christmas Day was around the corner by the time the dinner was held, I suggested gift exchange, and this were what we had,
As you may expect, chocolate bars, cups, accessories bag… I was glad that everyone was able to follow my suggestion and no one was exempted. Next, we had lots of group photos shot as this is one of the crutial part of a reunion gathering.

Before we left, I managed to get a free hug from Krsytle! (*^^*) When was the last time I hugged? (^^)

See you, guys. Hope that we can have more gathering in future! (^o^)/

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