388# Malacca

Sometimes, things are better if they are unplanned.

Day after our Surgery exam, a batchmate of mine asked me if I'm interested to go Malacca for a one day trip on that day itself.

So rush and so last minute? I declined. Because I had arranged a replacement for case presentation session with an external surgeon, which he had cancelled before that. So on that night I would need to go to the ward to prepare for the case presentation the next day, thus I could not make it for the trip.

But in the end I still joined, after sorting out the duties among my group members.

One thing which gone screwed up is that some of the group mates had decided to go back hometown without telling me. In the end, some of my group mates had to go to the ward at 6.30am the next morning to clerk patient.

Because our case presentation was at 7.00am sharp. Sad case.

What worse is that even the posting leader skipped the case presentation that I arranged with the reason of waking up late. So in the end we only had 6 out of the 9 of us during the presentation.

Alright, skip the screwed up things. With my constant speed of 100km/h, we reached Malacca in 1 hour and then another 30 minutes to reach the town.

The S2 fellas been there before years ago with another batchmate from Malacca locally. Thus they still somewhat remember the directions.

Somewhat... So we decided to ask for direction from the tourist centre and get a map. The map helped us in someway in reaching the places that we were heading.

The beach was not facinating, guess it was not meant to be a beautiful spot to enjoy with. It was near sunset when we reached there, so we managed to take some lame posing photos with the peaceful background.

Everyone stood up high while I remained on ground level. Finally the S2 fellas get to stand slightly taller than I do.

By the way, the title S2 was given by none but me. Abbrevation for "short-short" actually.

The beach mentioned was our first stop for our dinner. I'm not sure what is that place called but it's something like portugal village, where a village is inhabitted by the portugueses?

This place is said to have affordable yet delicious food which I agree with to some extend. In my humble opinion I'd say the food wasn't very special, but it was pleasent enough to enjoy with.

I have no idea what this seafood (above) is called in English. For someone adventurous like William it definitely intrigued him to try.

I shared with with William and I have to say that this seafood is totally crab.

Looks like crap, smells like crap, and it tastes like crab!

I ate quite a lot of it regardless its funny taste and psychosomatically, it gave me a stomach ache after that.

After the dinner, again with map we were trying to look for a restaurant which sell pork satay.

Pork satay? I had never even hear or think about it. Sounds quite interesting but we had a hard time in locating the restaurant.

But somehow, during the process of tracking this treasure down, we came across this beautiful scene, the Eye of Msia!

Erm, we didn't know how to drive across the lake/river(?) at first, so we only took a few lame photos with it as a background.

The colour of this ferris wheel changes actually, which looked quite cool from far. Too bad it is just another piece of failed project by the gahmen in earning money.

After that we found out that the restaurant which sells pork satay was closed. Bad timing.

Anyway, we hang around the A Famosa after that. A very huge cannon you can see, and some of you might have seen how the cannon is utilised in some of my photos in my facebook.

The place got quite eerie at night where it was almost pitch dark.

We didn't go up to the top where the cemetery located. It was quite late already that time, or should I say too early to go to a cemetery?

In the end we left around 1am after having Satay celup as a replacement for our pork satay.

Tracking the highway was not easy because the sign boards were just plain misleading. But luckily there was this Malay man where I found in the petrol station, guided us with his car to the highway.

After this man left, we still didn't see any sign of highway ahead. But from the middle of nowhere, this man appeared beside my car out of a sudden. He winded down the window and asked me to keep going and the road will lead me to the highway.

Surprisingly good person! Don't tell me that he got worried about us and chased us back to guide us again. I felt quite thankful for the people's kindness, because the whole trip was about asking for directions.

In the end I reached home after 2am, slept at 2.30am, woke up at 5.45 am to rush to the hospital with sleepy eyes.


387# Break - Week 1

Incredibly fast, the first week of our semester 6 holiday has just passed. I don't think I have done anything constructive through out the whole week and time has just gone just like that.

I didn't go hang out much, I rather spend most of the times at home. Since I don't really have much time to spend at home lately.

Nothing much I could do at home. I think I spent the most of the times online. Read blogs, manga, update this page's template, and of course chatting.

Secondly, playing left4dead game!

I got this game from Jin before our Surgery exam. My lousy laptop cannot fully support this game. Even though I set the video quality to the lowest, but when the game graphics starts to overwhelms, the game will either hang or exit by itself.

Nonetheless, regardless how anticlimax my laptop can cause, I managed to finish the game anyhow. Very nice FPS. Shooting zombie ain't the same as shooting terrorists, where the former isn't human at all so no mercy is needed in firing.

I spent another 4 days to complete assembling this PG Strike Gundam I bought last year. Finally it is done, minus the decals and coating which I will deal with later on.

Trimming total of 569 pieces of this Perfect Grade model used up 3 to 4 blades of the crafting knife. Fortunately for the latest piece of blade I used I did not cut my fingers, which tend to happen everytime I change a new blade.

Yesterday I went to kotak hijau with my secondary school friend + college friend + university friend. It was the second time where I've been to a karaoke, but it was the first time to be exact of me singing.

I can't sing because my vocal is too low to reach high notes. Now I know why singing is difficult. After screaming for 3 hours, my throat really sore. I wonder how Corey Taylor screams for his shows everyday without tearing his vocal chords off.

Of course my kind of music won't be available to sing. But at least I could still sing those songs which I used to listen when I was young.

I thought I could finish reading the books that I bought before this. Still reading Stephen King's "Gerald's Game". The front part was thrilling but later on the story gets boring somehow. Other than King's books, I still have other 5 more books which I have not read!

Still looking for Thomas Harris's "Keseyapan Biri-biri" before I could read the famous "Hannibal". I bought the latter from popular bookstore in Sunway Pyramid for RM 14.90. Apparently they typed the price tag wrongly, RM34.90 supposedly.

No matter what mistake they have done, of course I took the chance to save myself RM20.

Wanted to downtune my guitar to C tuning but it is too time consuming so I think I'll just stick to E tuning. If I downtune it again I don't know how much time I need to tune it back again. Quite regret that I bought this Floyd Rose bridge axe.

It's already more than 5 years I own this axe, I always thought of buying a new one with fixed bridge to play Drop B C# tunning while keeping this axe in E tuning. But anyway... I think I'll just focus in my studies first.

Furthermore, we need to take good care of our fingertips. Sensitivity of our fingertips is very, very important for us.

Another sacrifice to make in order to be what we want to be.

One more week left before commence of semester 7. Five more days for me to be exact. I need to go back to hospital earlier to start my research.

Yes, my research group hasn't even started our data collecting. Fear. Must get it started as soon as possible.


386# Master Grade Review - MG Zeta Gundam Karaba Assault Use Prototype

I have just turned the "Gunpla pwned" links into "Gunpla reviews" links. A list of Gunpla that I've assembled and reviewed (roughly). I don't write extensive reviews on each kit like how other people do. Mainly just some opinions of me regarding the model kit. Sometimes I would give some advices, if I have any. But in fact I do need advices from the professionals instead.

The Perfect Grade Strike Gundam is still in progress. Currently main body is done and left the weapons. Once the assembly is done I will them apply the stickers and coating. Too bad my semi gloss coat has dried up, but the flat coat still there enough for the frame. Guess I'll only coat it after buying a can of semi gloss from KL.

This was the 8th Master Grade that I bought, before Chinese New Year of 2008. The reason I bought this was not only I like it, but as to spend my free time during the break. Sigh, back to the days where I had plenty of time (compared to currently) and money.

This Mobile Suit does not appear in the TV series, but it does appear in one of the episode of Gundam Evolve as Zeta 3.

A variation from the Zeta Gundam Ver2.0. The title of ver2.0 is already a must to buy, since the overall quality of this Master Grade is well improved from the ver1.0 released 13 years ago.

The reason why I bought this instead of the original colour version was because, I am just sick of the "default" Gundam colour which is in blue, red, yellow and white. I already have 5 of them in such colour during that time.

Another reason is that, there's a word "Limited" written down there at the left corner of the box. Damn, I'm just such a loser for limited items.

The construction was not simple. Being a transformable Mobile Suit, there are a lot of parts need to be assembled with extra caution. Once I complaint about Unicorn Gundam was hard to assemble due to its transformation gimmick. But someone has failed by statement by saying, "Wait til you assemble Zeta 2.0".

And now I've got the point.

5 days of assembling and panel lining and finally it was done. That was the very first time of me spending so many days in just assembling a Master Grade. Other than the complicated assembling process, panel lining was the other pain in the ass because this suit is plain white and a lot of lining was required.

During that time, I did not apply the decals and stickers because I did not have any experiences in doing so.

I was kind of happy on how the final assembling turned out to me, and I just stopped there.

Instead of continuing the touch up, I wasted quite a lot of time in figuring out the transformation process of the suit into Wave Rider mode.

For the first time, it took me God damn 1 hour to transform it.

The transformation was just way too complicated and impressive. Really. And it hurts my fingers, too.

After buying a bottle of mark softener and a can of semi gloss top coat, I continued with this tanker.

Spent another 1 day in the decals and stickers, and then another 1 day in the coating. I had to wait until the weather was dry enough.

And the outcome is even more satisfying. It definitely looks better with its complete decals and stickers on.

One thing that got me crazy was that the semi gloss coat dried up when I was trying to coat the inner frame and the weapons. Because I had used it for 2 SDs, 2 1/100 and 1 Master Grade. Therefore when it came to this Master Grade's turn, it dried up half way...

But anyway, I did not continue coating it even though I had bought new cans of spray later. Because I used water based coating for this, and the latter ones I bought were acrylic based. I'm not sure whether mixing it will cause any effects or not.

So I rather play safe, leave it until I buy another can of water based top coat, which is quite unlikely.

Another problem which I encountered was that some of the stickers, the big piece ones, adhere to the surface rather poorly. Especially at the edges, where it does not stick at all.

I can't do anything to it so I just leave it. I considered applying the cement on it but then again, too coward to do so. Oh well...

Once I have brought this Master Grade along with Unicorn Gundam to my Seremban house for display. There was this night before I sleep I got so bored and I took it to play around.

I was trying to transform it into Waver Ride form, and accidentally I broke the inner frame part of the right skirt armor.

That was still ok, at least I could glue it with the cement. But the worst thing is that, I could not find the broken piece when I bought it back home!

I asked KS to look around in my room but it was nowhere to be found. Therefore. I could only "hang" the armor on its waist now without any solid support.

Expensive lesson to be learnt - DO NOT play around with it.

Overall a very recommeded Master Grade kit for those who are experienced in fixing Master Grades. Not recommeded for first timers though.

Proportion: 10/10
Articulation: 9/10
Details: 8/10
Poseability: 7/10 (restricted due to huge display stand and huge bazooka)
Price (5,000 yen -- RM200): 7/10

Overall: 8/10


385# A brand new look

Total of 400 posts, 4 years, and that's it. It's time for a change, a change that we can believe in.

Yes we can!

I have never think of changing the blog template until a few months back. It's been 4 years since this page is established and I had never change the template. I only change the background image ocassionally. From the pitch black dark horror images to feminine but yet aggressive images, that was how the layout changed from time to time.

It was not easy to edit the template that this page used. I searched online for a template that I liked, and then I edit it myself into my own style. Plagarism you called it as.

Shiew Guan was the one who taught me all of these. I even used external comment box, image provider, archive for the previous template.

But now, after so many years, blogger has became so user friendly. Just within hours, I have edited the default template clean and decent. Once upon a time it took me a few days to complete it!

Some say this page could not support feed, and now it can.

As for post number 401 (including unnumbered posts), this page has undergone a drastic change. From "Thirteen Autumns and a Widow", it becomes "Darkness of our Bride".

Oh well, I like both title. Feel sad to change it though.

So what do you think? Hope by changing the overall layout of this page can comfort your eyes a little.


384# End of Semester 6

384# End of Semester 6

When each of every semester ends, I will write something to finalise it here.

Surprisingly, half a year in clinical schools has passed just like that without us noticing.

4 more semesters to go and we will then start to work in the hospital (Hell).

I went back to Bukit Jalil campus few months back and I talked to the CSU sisters. They said that those who went to clinical schools will look different when they go back to Bukit Jalil.

Bukit Jalil really pampered us a lot, and a heap to clinical school in Seremban is a great transitional change for us from a university student into a trainee doctor.

They said we looked more mature after we go clinical school, hehe.

So, half a year has gone. We have been through 3 major postings. Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Surgery.

I did the worst for Internal Medicine, but anyway it still will not change my target to be a physician. At least for now, I'm not interested to be a surgeon, because I can't stand too long because of my "long" body, damn!

Surgery was challenging too and I hope that I have done well for the exams. Hope la.

Life over here is nothing much other than studying. Compared to those who are in UK now, our life here could be really sad for them.

But I do not mind at all, the crazy schedule and workload really make our time of 24 hours spend worthfully. If we can't handle the stress now, sure we will die if we start working next time.

One of our surgeon said that those newly graduated doctors commited suicide due to stress, could be due to the lack of practice in the past. Therefore, get used to be busy now or die later.

Actually we do still have some other stuffs to do other than study though. I joined the diwali night to perform in the sketch, performed a song on drums during christmas night, and...

That's it? I did not join the sport week simply because I don't (can't) do sports. Some of the batchmates go play futsal, swimming, badminton and gym on regular basis but too bad these activities are really not my kind of thing.

Life here is really simple. Go to the hospital in the morning. Class during afternoon until evening. Dinner at night. Study until midnight. And the cycle goes on.

The only time that we can relax is during dinner or shopping in Tesco.

Personally my favourite time of the day is after we reach home from university. It's like, what a relief! And end the busy day with a cold bath. Curse against each other with my housemates before we go dinner. Sounds stupid but those little minutes are the greatest time for me through out the day.

Talk about dinner, it is damn sad that 90% of the restaurant in Seremban closes after 5pm. There will only have food court with less than half of the stalls open, or mamak. Or else we will need to go to the town for food.

I really spend a lot in food, i mean, A LOT. I spend more than half a thousand in food monthly. I have no idea why. Price of the food here is equivalent to in KL, so can't expect them to be cheap.

But anyway, other than eating to survive, we need to enjoy the eating process too.

2 more weeks before the commence of semester 7.

I'll be starting with Obstetric and Gynaecology posting!

The crazy, busy, noisy posting. No more dinner, no more sleep, no more internet, no more breathing for me.

But I'm expected to see more lives being born.

PS: Does anyone knows that hot colours like red, orange are banned in the obstetric wards?


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