Monday, March 30, 2009

Delicacies by Food Science, UMT

It has been a while since the last time my friends and I visited the restaurant host by the food science students which only operate in even number semester. They took the subject where they need to learn how to run a REAL restaurant, starting from goods purchasing, to cooking, preparing, serving, and accounting. Such activity may consider a benefit to be a student in UMT where you may enjoy the so-call fine dining with low price (I think is consider low la~).

We arrived around 11.30 where the restaurant was yet to be open. After we've been seated, they hand us a menu, which, same as previous year surprisingly! Haihz... where is all the creativity ideas gone?


The famous dish which quite popular among students is the all time favourite chicken chop:

 A juicy and tender texture of a generous portion, where the crisp with mushroom gravy is just in perfection. The side dish of potato is however quite raw and tasted plain, need more improvement on that.

Another friend of mine ordered the Claypot Hainanese Chicken Rice, turn out to be a chicken rice in a claypot!
Dessert is the pandan layered cake, which is a dissapointment:
Drinks they served was rather commercialized, which over sweetened and tasted weird.

But still, my friend seems enjoy the lunch very much!

Overall this meal was quite a disappointment where the standards has declined year by year. I still remember the surprise and the wonder presented by the seniors in our first year, which I would say much batter than this. Still, opportunities to enjoy such atmosphere in a campus? I would say it's worth a try!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Volunteer Program for TRRG

It was a wonderful opportunity to get involve in this program, thanks to Kok Wai for his kind forwarding of the email. I've been asking around to find some companion to the trip, and it seems quite difficult as this week was consider the critical moment for all the final year students. I thought it gonna slip through my fingers again this time, luckily BY and Bro Chou able to make it! Woah! There we go REDANG ISLAND!!

the famous Turtle House
After attending the ship trip from Syahbandar Jetty in Kuala Terengganu, we have reached the Redang Island jetty by the courtesy of Laguna Redang who seriously has contribute much into the project itself.
Chagar Hutang from boat view
A 20 minutes speed boat ride will take you to the unpolluted side of the island, which also declared as the Turtle Sanctuary by State Government, has become the solely research station of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.
no landing of outsider is allowed here
The area was one of the highest landing area of sea turtle in Malaysia. We were told that the nest number has achieved 30 in the first three months of the year.
showing one of the green turtle nest

The volunteering program on this island was rather relaxing. Volunteers are required to help in monitoring the nests by patroling in an hourly routine. Other than that was nest checking based on a 45-3-3 days routine. The incubation hour of green turtle was estimated approximately 45-60 days, with a cluster avergae of 100 eggs per nest.

Relocation of the nest was done once ants was detected present in the nest. Ants are dangerous to the hatchlings where they able o destroy the whole nest in a very short time!
nest checking and relocating
tray of turtle eggs
aftermath of ants attack

It was quite a pitty thing where you can see almost all the rotten eggs contains a formed foetus, which about to hatch in a while or so. Other than the relocation, the hatched turtle hatchlings will be released back at night time back to sea. Though it is not supposed to take photo with flashes, but my ignorant has lead to guilty feeling after seeing the hatclings were confused and hardly to get back to the sea! So sooooorrrryyyy~~

hatchling in a pail
There is a prawn spa further up in the quarters, which functioned as a fish spa pond, but more natural and environmental friendly!
prawny prawny eating up dead skin
Ok, focus is not on the feet but the prawn. No comment will be tolerate regarding the feet.
When you get tired of the chores, other than snorkeling in the nearby, this is the highly recommended location for relaxation.

If you're an early bird, magnificent twilight is waiting to be discover from at the beachside!
sunrise twilight

more ...

and more!

How much I wish I have a DSLR with me while seeing these breath taking secene. though i'm not what sort of professional, still, such beauty is worth revied always!

Man and Pelf


So much was the fun, and yet you wished you have longer time on the island itself! So much token of appreciation to the trio - Pelf, Man, and Hadi! I don't know what keep you guys so passionate towards this organism but what you have been doing deserves a big salute!
All hail TRRG UMT!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Samy Vellu retains MIC president's post

Samy Vellu retains MIC president's post uncontested

That is what you call a legend and political epic!!!
After so many incident proving the dereliction of duty, yet,
11th term consecutively!!!

Oh My My....

Samy Vellu, in his victory speech, reiterated that this was last presidential election and that he would hand over the top post to a leader "who is capable enough".
He did not say when he would hand over power.
This is best! So who does he mean by "capable enough"?

Seriously salute to this man la!

Friday, March 20, 2009


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Guess what, I'm not that blogging frenzy after all!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Willow Tree

Sleep all day
Just waiting for the sun to set
I hang my clothes
Up on the line

When I die
I'll hang my head beside the willow tree
When I'm dead
Is when I'll be free

And you can take my body
Put it in a boat
Light it on fire
You can use the kerosene

Take my body
Put it in a boat
Light it on fire
Send it out to sea

Woo, woo

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Sleep all day
Just waiting for the sun to set
I hang my clothes
Up on the line

When I die
I hang my head beside the willow tree
When I'm dead
Is when I'll be free

So you can take my body
Put it in a boat
Light it on fire
Use the gasoline

Take my body
Put it in a boat
Light it on fire
Send it out to sea
Try to listen to the illusive rhythmn. I'm pretty sure that you will get addicted like I did!

The importance of stupidity in scientific research

I recently saw an old friend for the first time in many years. We had been Ph.D. students at the same time, both studying science, although in different areas. She later dropped out of graduate school, went to Harvard Law School and is now a senior lawyer for a major environmental organization. At some point, the conversation turned to why she had left graduate school. To my utter astonishment, she said it was because it made her feel stupid. After a couple of years of feeling stupid every day, she was ready to do something else.

I had thought of her as one of the brightest people I knew and her subsequent career supports that view. What she said bothered me. I kept thinking about it; sometime the next day, it hit me. Science makes me feel stupid too. It's just that I've gotten used to it. So used to it, in fact, that I actively seek out new opportunities to feel stupid. I wouldn't know what to do without that feeling. I even think it's supposed to be this way. Let me explain.

For almost all of us, one of the reasons that we liked science in high school and college is that we were good at it. That can't be the only reason – fascination with understanding the physical world and an emotional need to discover new things has to enter into it too. But high-school and college science means taking courses, and doing well in courses means getting the right answers on tests. If you know those answers, you do well and get to feel smart.

A Ph.D., in which you have to do a research project, is a whole different thing. For me, it was a daunting task. How could I possibly frame the questions that would lead to significant discoveries; design and interpret an experiment so that the conclusions were absolutely convincing; foresee difficulties and see ways around them, or, failing that, solve them when they occurred? My Ph.D. project was somewhat interdisciplinary and, for a while, whenever I ran into a problem, I pestered the faculty in my department who were experts in the various disciplines that I needed. I remember the day when Henry Taube (who won the Nobel Prize two years later) told me he didn't know how to solve the problem I was having in his area. I was a third-year graduate student and I figured that Taube knew about 1000 times more than I did (conservative estimate). If he didn't have the answer, nobody did.

That's when it hit me: nobody did. That's why it was a research problem. And being my research problem, it was up to me to solve. Once I faced that fact, I solved the problem in a couple of days. (It wasn't really very hard; I just had to try a few things.) The crucial lesson was that the scope of things I didn't know wasn't merely vast; it was, for all practical purposes, infinite. That realization, instead of being discouraging, was liberating. If our ignorance is infinite, the only possible course of action is to muddle through as best we can.

I'd like to suggest that our Ph.D. programs often do students a disservice in two ways. First, I don't think students are made to understand how hard it is to do research. And how very, very hard it is to do important research. It's a lot harder than taking even very demanding courses. What makes it difficult is that research is immersion in the unknown. We just don't know what we're doing. We can't be sure whether we're asking the right question or doing the right experiment until we get the answer or the result. Admittedly, science is made harder by competition for grants and space in top journals. But apart from all of that, doing significant research is intrinsically hard and changing departmental, institutional or national policies will not succeed in lessening its intrinsic difficulty.

Second, we don't do a good enough job of teaching our students how to be productively stupid – that is, if we don't feel stupid it means we're not really trying. I'm not talking about `relative stupidity', in which the other students in the class actually read the material, think about it and ace the exam, whereas you don't. I'm also not talking about bright people who might be working in areas that don't match their talents. Science involves confronting our `absolute stupidity'. That kind of stupidity is an existential fact, inherent in our efforts to push our way into the unknown. Preliminary and thesis exams have the right idea when the faculty committee pushes until the student starts getting the answers wrong or gives up and says, `I don't know'. The point of the exam isn't to see if the student gets all the answers right. If they do, it's the faculty who failed the exam. The point is to identify the student's weaknesses, partly to see where they need to invest some effort and partly to see whether the student's knowledge fails at a sufficiently high level that they are ready to take on a research project.

Productive stupidity means being ignorant by choice. Focusing on important questions puts us in the awkward position of being ignorant. One of the beautiful things about science is that it allows us to bumble along, getting it wrong time after time, and feel perfectly fine as long as we learn something each time. No doubt, this can be difficult for students who are accustomed to getting the answers right. No doubt, reasonable levels of confidence and emotional resilience help, but I think scientific education might do more to ease what is a very big transition: from learning what other people once discovered to making your own discoveries. The more comfortable we become with being stupid, the deeper we will wade into the unknown and the more likely we are to make big discoveries.
(Schwartz, M.A. 2008. The importance of stupidity in scientific research. Journal of Cell Science. 121:1771.)

Can you imagine that?
Stupidity was actually useful when it comes to scientific solving.
I am totally agreed with the fact that "...doing well in courses means getting the right answers on tests. If you know those answers, you do well and get to feel smart."
Those who can do very well in memorizing-and-puking out tests which our current education has now, I don't really envious.

So, anyone out there dare to call himself a smart guy?
(when a doctorate student has to call himself stupid?)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

{Reminiscence} Final Fantasy VIII

Does the above image brings up your deep down sealed memory and your passion towards gaming?
Well, this is the game which I risk my life to indulge in while I'm still in my lower secondary.
I know, I know, this game has been published far before that, but I get to play just when I enter the secondary school.
It was a, well, a great game at that time where people still kills for a Play Station, when all the Wii was still conceptually discussed. This game impressed me as it was also about a bunch of army school kids with exceptional battling skills, save the whole academy and the world.

the story led by the forlorn life of Squall Lionheart, a students in the Balamb Garden, School of Mercenary, who's fond for Rinoa Heartilly, a daughter of Galbadian, and the romance story bout them was just another highlight in the game. Despite the mature 3D animations in the games, artistic drawings of the minor details was just so attractive that you wouldn't let your joystick unoccupied.

squall and rinoa

The romantic story was greatly enhance by the song of "Eyes On Me" by the renowned singer, Faye Wong. Although it wasn't powerful enough to struck you at the scene but the notable tune of it will keep your mind haunted for quite a period of time.

I like the Balamb Garden.
A school-turned multipurpose vehicle, a boat, a spaceship also a academy. Cool!

Quitis, Seifer, Zell, Sophie, Headmaster Cid, Laguna.
Speaking of Lagina, till now, I haven't figure out was he actually exist or not.

Shiva, Quizacolt, Brothers, Carbuncle, Bahamut, Chocobo, Tonberry King, Ordin, Cactuar, Diablos!
Gosh! I missed all the summoning and boosting so much!

I missed the old times!
Long LIve Final Fantasy!!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Human and Environment

Why does human never realize how seriously they did to the environment?
Punishment through diseases somehow a weak reminder from mother Earth : Hey! I'm Hurt!

Love our earth!

Another Birthday Celebration

Wasn't it sad when you feel that this will be the last birthday celebration in a getting-familiar-place?
Well, I think it's really hard to get a chance like such in future time, where all people from all over Malaysia gets together to celebrate just for one's birthday.

Well, I would say it's impossible.
Unless it's something big and everyone is convenient.

Happy Birthday kc.