452# Gundam Fix Figuration Metal Composite #1004 RX-78-2 Gundam

Ebony dressed for Sunset

Number 3 of the holiday learning outcome! Actually there is no number 4 onwards to write about so I guess this is it.

David John never fail to organise some easy competitions to win some gundam prizes. I have so far won a Revoltech and a small gundam from him. That was twice. I wanted to hit for the third time so I joined another photo taking contest held by him during the holiday

The rules were simple. One model, one shot, with photo descriptions.

I decided to take my favourite model, the Gundam Fix Figuration Metal Composite RX-78-2 Gundam which I have bought during early of the year for the photo taking.

During then only I realised that I had yet to take any serious photo of it although it was my all time favourite among all my close to hundred models collection. It was my first metal composite and I have to love the weight of the die cast metal parts, and the perfect painting.

Trying to imitate the view of the 1/1 scale 18m tall Gundam statue in Japan, with the aid of sunset I took a few shots and selected one of it to submit.

In the end I have chosen the low angle photo (below) for submission. The light of the sunset was just nice and the angle was good as if the observer was looking up onto the 18m tall Gundam statue.

Photo Description = Stood still on the land of the mortals, ebony dressed for sunset, guarding the lives of thousands in the dark...
*Captured with Canon S5IS - Auto - 1/30 - F/3.5 - ISO 200 - 16mm

I was shortlisted in the final 7 out of the 30 entries with the lowest mark of 81% among the finalists...

John's comment - The photo from Mike, I think it's just plain lovely, the old fart RX-78 Gundam is not my favorite but that photo seems to be lovely.

Old fart.. haha. The design of RX-78-2 Gundam was born during year 1979, way before us.

Anyway, although I didn't win the contest but at least I got do take some photos with my father's camera during the holiday, it's been awhile since I last touched the camera.

PS: Have just bought 3 more Gundam Fix Figurations this week, that marked the 10th GFF I have in my collection! RM650 gone...

451# In the waves of sorrow

Continue with my learning outcomes during the one week break that I had this month, which were;

1. Make one guitar cover
2. Draw a drawing for university's art competition
3. Take photographs of the gundam to enter David John's competition
4. Panel line the RG RX-78-2, apply decals and top coat
5. Revise all 6 episodes of SAW movies
6. Meet up with friends from college and bukit jalil, seremban

Now, the second one.

I took part in our university's art competition for a few times and I have never win any. I just realised that I have joined during year 2006 and 2007. Once I went to Seremban I have totally lost touch with the competition and missed year 2008 and 2009.

So, this time my youngest sister was part of the committee and according to her, the art competition this year themed "Emotion Unleashed", and under the "Drawing" category the participation was not great.

The committee members would need to get at least one entry per person so she asked me for the favour. I, was totally upset with the competitions, did not intend to join since my artworks were never been appreciated before during the past competitions, decided to give it a try. And I came out with this;

Looked familiar? It's Bassist Doris Yeh (above) from Chthonic. The photo was taken for her endorsement for ESP F-series bass guitar.

Spent one night for the sketching and I got some feed backs from people.

Le Min: shes fat! (;

Tuck Lam: This is good Mike, but not up to your standards the last time I saw! Must go mountain and meditate train a bit.

Ying Ying: nice! Glad to know you're back at trying a hand at art, don't give it up mike!!

William: yes you do man~!!! you always do...which is the motivation for you to even draw them,,go check your art album, and see if there are any guy pictures there? or girls that wear plenty of clothes~?! ahahahahah rahsia bocor

Vanessa: I am impressed. Mike can draw! And here is one hell of a reason I won't be summiting mine to the competition. lol

Jin: yes mike... i fully agree with u! clothes mar the essence of a woman's beauty :P

Yes, I only draw girls, and must be either gory or gothic. Too much of influence from gothic metal since college days I think.

And hence, another night I moved on with the inking, inked until the next morning and this is how it turned out to be.

The number mistakes done was way beyond my expectation. I totally miscalculated that it was physically to draw lace by hand, so i screwed it up. Put aside the minor mistakes, I think overall it was still acceptable for me.

And for the caption, on the same night I came out with a few lines but I was not satisfy with it.

"Temper flares, silence heats,
Five strings and throbbing heartbeats,
Grieving piece, harmonised in A minor,
Lying in peace and sink in further..."

A few days after that I wrote a few new lines and got my housemate to correct my grammar and vocabulary, and ultimately it turned into;

"Dressed in grieve,
Under the sky, she lied,
Gazes into endless horizon,
In envy she writhes,
Eyes drowned in emotions,
With 5-string heartbeat,
Throbs, unleashing the buried
In the waves of sorrow..."

Even more complicated! And most of the people could not get the idea on what I was trying to convey. But it's ok. Would rather let the people to have their own interpretation.

With the last line I titled this artwork as "In the waves of sorrow". Sound very melancholic, as my style, always.

In the end, I did not win the competition, because the judge dislike sketches. Yes, he dislikes sketches, and that was why I got a very low mark.

As usual, the art competitions held in the university never fail to disappoint me. I don't mind not being picked, but I totally disapprove the reason of losing was just because it was not a painting but a sketch. Hey, two of my batchmates had won with pencil sketches back in 2006!

I thought inked drawing was way more technical than pencil sketching, because it is not erasable. And what for I spent hours of drawing the hair with a new set of French curve, and the super hard to draw bass guitar?

This marks the final time of me joining and losing the art competition in our university. That's all, stop degrading my hard work, really.

But as long as the condition allows me, I will never stop drawing...


450# Chthonic - 49 Theurgy Chains cover

I didn't really feel the last semester has started, because we had so many holidays during the previous few weeks back.

We had a one week break so I went home with a few things in my to-do-list.

1. Make one guitar cover
2. Draw a drawing for university's art competition
3. Take photographs of the gundam to enter David John's competition
4. Panel line the RG RX-78-2, apply decals and top coat
5. Revise all 6 episodes of SAW movies
6. Meet up with friends from college and bukit jalil, seremban.

Notice the academic part was missing?

I had a very taxing CFCS report to complete and I somewhat did it until certain extend. I spent 2 hours typing it, and the rest of the 5 hours was on the guitar...

So the whole holiday was spent for my hobbies. That was when I noticed how much the studies had taken away what I used to like.

Anyway I fulfilled most of the things that I wanted to do, except the gundam part, which I didn't have time with, and couldn't do it because of my left hand being traumatised, by 3 days of extreme guitar playing.

I played a few new songs, including Chthonic's 49 Theurgy Chains, Onset of Tragedy, as well as Dimmu Borgir's Verdesbyrd. But somehow only the first song was easier to complete since the other 2 songs' solo were kind of hard and need more time.

And here you go, the first outcome during my 1 week holiday;

Chthonic 閃靈 - Forty Nine Theurgy Chains 鬼縛 (cover)

That's one of the fastest song (195bpm) that I had came across so far. The song structure was surprisingly simple, but the riffs were hard to remember and the fingers had to run across strings swiftly, with the pinched harmonies... All these I found them to be difficult.

The first part wasn't that good and slowly the second part was better. I recorded this after 3 days of practicing. It was recorded after like 20+ times of practicing, so basically I was drained while playing it.

Constructive comments are welcomed :)

PS: One of my electric guitar's output cables got detached and I need to solder it back. Wonder if it would be cheaper for me to buy a solder set or send it to a guitar shop to repair? Hmm. Gonna do it fast because I'm guitarless now...


449# Goodbye Seremban

For a place which we have stayed for the past 2 years, Seremban was not too bad afterall.

Of course it took me months to get used to stay there, since that was the first time of me staying outside home, living outside my comfort zone.

It is such a small place and I guess I have finished discovering the place, except the hill outside my house - I have not go for the hill hiking although I have stayed there for so long!

After taking our End of Semester 9 result, we went home to enjoy our short break. Most of the people moved their stuffs to Batu Pahat straight after exams. But I think that was quite time consuming. Therefore 3 days before the commence of Semester 10, we went back to Seremban to pack, and move out on the next day. Go south straight and start our new semester straight away there.

I thought packing was easy since I had little stuffs with me, and I always keep my items organised. But there were bits and bits of stuffs here and there and when they added up it could really be time consuming.

I literally emptied my room. I brought along my exercutive chair and mattress, which took up most of the space of my car. Thankfully my car space was huge enough, I even carried my stand fan, stand lamp, plenty of buckets, mops, broom, dust pans, and all other stuffs from the house which other cars could not fit.

One bad thing was that I have brought my electric guitar and amplifier back to hometown. If I didn't do that I wouldn't have fit them into my car. Therefore when I was in Batu Pahat last week, I was forced to perform with my wrecked, 11 years old acoustic guitar.

Talk about cleaning, we didn't throw those we regarded recycle-able. Within these period the number of bottles outside the room practically filled up the whole space in there. We spent sometime to crush the bottles one by one so that it's easier to pack them up and carry them away.

And throw them into the recycle station outside our house.

But somehow the rubbish bag that I bought which contained those crushed bottles burst, though.

The study table and book shelf which I bought from Tesco were given to my ex-landlord at next door. With only the wardrobe left, I walked out from my four walled room and say goodbye to the place which I have lived for the past 2 years, the place I studied in order to see multiple patients and cases.

Goodbye Seremban.

PS: Will be going to Seremban again on Friday to visit my patient. Just when I thought it was over...

448# Jeg skal gå videre

Looking back Semester 9, how much we have learnt?

Academically, we are almost done as for an undergraduate. Apart from this, there are still some other minor parts that make up a person. And these minor things are feelings which make a person a human.

Stress is inevitable when studying. I think I could more or less handle the stress of exams, since I have been through so many exams in the past like the rest of us.

However, there were still things which I failed to handle.

I would say semester 9 was the most extreme part of my life so far for the past 24 years. I have been through the happiest moment in my life during this period, and in the other hand, the most depressive period ever.

If the stress was from exams then it would be much easier to handle. But that time I experienced something that I had not face in the past of my life. In short I was mentally traumatised.

I was traumatised so badly and I failed to function as a person. There were multiple times I broke down and significant amount of time was wasted because I could not study due to the stress.

Inside of me, was totally burnt, charred, and crushed into pieces. I would not blame anyone over this since I was responsible for the matter at the same time. But no matter what, it was too hard for me to handle, on how cruel reality would be.

If I were to think things positively, I would not say that I did not gain anything from this pain. At least I get to know more about the world and more about pain.

"It was so painful til it doesn't hurt anymore"

I numbed myself so badly with alcohol but it only gave me more grief and a bad hang over the next day. Through out the exam study break I still had to constantly fuel myself with the substance to push me forward and I found it difficult to control, and even significant amount of money was wasted for that.

I know it was really bad for me to do this but thankfully, there were a few people around me who were there for me, talked to me and occupied my idle time from thinking unnecessary things.

I was glad that I was not alone, and these people supported me emotionally to get through our final exam. Although they did not directly help me in my problems but what they did was just being there for me, and that was more than enough.

Being through so many depressive episodes and I would say that was the worst one, ever. But unlike the past, although it was caused by a different type of stress, at least I cherish my own life better this time.

However, every time when I was studying, I could not help myself from thinking about the mistake that I had made again. It was haunting, exhausting and traumatising. Two months worth of extreme stress, luckily I managed to pass the final exam.

There is nothing to be done to avoid the same tragedy from happening again but at least I will be more cautious and stronger next time.

"And everything finishes and dies tonight".

- farvel og lykke til, jeg vil gå videre.


447# Gundam Fix Figuration Metal Composite Review - #0000 Limited MSZ-006A1/C1[Bst] Z plus [Blue]

Super long blog title!

Alright, i know this is kind of late, first review of the year of 2010.

Thi is the second model I bought this year actually, the first being the GFFMC #1004 RX-78-2, which I have yet to take the photos therefore the review will be postponed.

The heaviest, most expensive GFFMC so far with the killing price of 18,900 yen. The GFFMC Unicorn Gundam has the same price tag as well with 1/3 of this Z plus's box size therefore I still don't have the courage and money to buy it.

I bid this item off from ebay after a long period of consideration. Anyway it's not easy to regurgitate 18,900 yen that easily from a person like me who is still financially dependent. The seller contacted me fast enough and the next day I met him at Mid Valley for Cash on Delivery.

I travelled from Seremban to Mid Valley by train for this purpose. Having the need to carry such a big box but it was worthy. Not only being a limited model, I also got my hands on it with a fairly reasonable price, around 16,200 yen.

The first time I travelled by train all the way to KL was for the Revoltech NR-EX Evangelion unit 3, reviewed here.


Within this mega sized box lies 3 layers of parts, consist the main body and its equipments on the first layer, booster packs on the second and the stand for necessary modes on the third. It comes with a extra sheet of dry transfer decals too in case you think that the decals aren't overwhelming enough for you. See how the parts occupy my whole Ikea coffee table!

Having labeled as the worst paint job of the GFFMC line ever, I deeply find this reason acceptable. This is not a fully painted model unlike the previous releases. Mainly it's because of its transformable features, which may make paint scratches a pain in the ass.

However, most of the people still find it unacceptable. Me too in same way, because some of the parts should be painted, like the beam cannons!

The parts are huge but surprisingly light. Having die cast metal parts at the crucial joints like the hip, shoulder, arm, ankle and such means that it will not have weight issue when the parts are attached to them.

The die cast parts not only added the stability to the joints, the weight does help in making the model to stand up better too. But however, having backpacks and way too heavy thights, I found the Ver Ka stance a little bit too difficult to exercute, without having the fear of it falling down.

Snap in the parts for the A1 mode and you're done. I found the A1 mode the mst pleasant to my eyes among all the 6 modes. Maybe I prefer the model to be as light, as clean as possible. More add ons = more stress on the joints = reduced shelve life, and that's no good for me.

I had it posed in standby mode for the past 2 months in my Seremban room before I carried it back home.

The joints are stable before of the die cast parts and the knee joints even have the cogwheel effect like the revoltech joints, which I found it to be interesting. However the range of movement isn't wide, not an important criteria of Katoki designed products anyway.

Imitating the cover of the Master Grade Zeta 3 Gundam.

You can still pose around with it but it is not something that I usually do. The only time I test the range of movement is when I take shoots of it.

Changing the front armor, backpack, add on some fuel cylinders, put on the combined shield with S-Gundam's beam smart gun and you will get the space use C1 mode.

The beam smart gun is too long for god sake but I find very difficult to move around. But it's a +1 for those who like big cannon, me myself included. Contradicting?

And of course, the standard beam sabers. Two of them.

I didn't take shots of these A1 and C1 modes in Waverider form during this shooting session because it's really time consuming!

The ultimate C1[Bst] form will be up when I have time.

446# Enden av semesteret 9, Fullført

I have never neglect this web log this much ever since 2004.

From minimum one post per week to minimum one post per month, I have no written anything in the past for the whole two months. And even the previous post was just a filler.

Anyway, End of Semester 9 exam is over and I'm taking a break off for a few days at home.

The exam was tough. Really. MEQ and OSPE were ok but I think I didn't do that well for the Long and Short OSCE. After OSPE paper, my friend already ask me to booze and yeah that's it.

The first birthday present - same since year 2006.

98.7% of us made it and we are going to batu pahat for our last semester this weekend. I haven't even shift my stuffs to there yet! To best thing is that I have not seen the house which I am going to stay for the next half a year.

Second birthday present - the handmade meow meow by yokie. Thanks a lot! My birthday is kind of sad because each of every year it falls on the day which they take our results. After that everyone is either gone back to hometown or shifting their stuffs to batu pahat.

So, a few days ago I met up with grandiose chan and my housemates to have lunch at umai-ya. It was highly recommended by yokie who is currently suffering in the land of no bah kut tea at kelantan.

RM55.4o for an unlimited ala carte order is heavenly! Food presentation, taste were good and it makes Jogoya an over-rated place. I'd say this place worth your money more. You don't get the visual joy of having tonnes of food selection in front of you, but in turn you get the comfort of ticking food off the menu and having your food served right in front of you while you are chit chatting with your friends.

I'm not a heavy eater so I'm the biggest loser when it comes to buffet. All my friends have expandable stomach so they practically skip their dinner after eating this heavy lunch.

After lunch I flew down to Times Square to grab some mechanical stuffs. Thanks to Dato Yong again for the direction...

I have corrupted grandiose chan enough and he bought more than he planned. I have somewhat quit buying gundam plastic models but I can't help to get my hands on this newly designed line - the Real Grade RX78-2. This is the first time I buy a plastic model of this bapa gundam and the first time of me buying a same model as grandiose chan. So this photo is kinda memorable.

"We don't need to meet again, I'll see you and you'll see me when we make it big" - Chan.

After this on week break, we will need to pick up our pace again for the last semester. The finish line is just right ahead of us and that's it. Half a year more to go!

PS: We're going for a BKT meeting tonight. I feel bad for you yokie :(


445# Når du er borte

Been running forward all these while,
Would never slow down to look around,
Traded all my time for something to commit,
I can only go this far without it.

Night fall fast,
Nothing else lasts,
It doesn't matter anymore,
The sun is dead off the shore.

Inhaling fears from the onset of tradegy,
Bathing flesh with tears but you couldn't see,
Exhaling guilts nothing seems to be relieved,
Inside of you, and it's now inside of me.


444# Pediatri- Økende potensial

Paediatrics. Yeah. One last week to go and my exams fall on this coming friday.

Could be one of my favourite posting to do. Not only it is somewhat related to internal medicine posting, paediatric cardiology is also my favourite subject, after the attachment I've done in the National Heart Institute.

Unlike the previous Surgery posting, we have a few slides presentations and on call reports to do. I have just presented a not so medical related presentation on "Financial Management of a Houseman Doctor". It is definitely an important topic to be discussed.

And after knowing how little we will be able to earn in the future regardless of the 100+ hours of work per week, the chances of me being able to buy more Gundam Fix Figurations and Perfect Grades Gundams are getting slimmer and slimmer.

Recently there was an article on The Star blog, titled "Why we (Msia doctors) left and why we will continue to leave" being circulated in one of the social networking page. I have read it multiple times and even some of the comments, and that really voiced out how the doctors here think about the system.

Talk about system, the healthcare system here is rotting, decaying, and going backwards. It won't be long for us to be involved in this issue and thus we have to be prepared for it. But come think of it, in fact, there is nothing we can do about it.

Just fly, if you could.

Library is always a stressin' place. I don't like the library anymore. I can't study there anymore. I'm famous for my low threshold but there is always people who like to challenge the threshold. You are stressed and so do I.

I'm sorry to tell you that, I'm human with feelings too.

Wasted three hours of my time to see how my country got defeated by the people from the mainland in Thomas Cup. Not only they failed to burst the Great Wall, but they got packed instead.

Three - Nil.

How sad.

Since everything is so full of shit. Why not we go for a drink again?


443# Ende av kirurgi - Bokfører Operasjonen

When I asked, "When will this end?", people answered that it will end in one month's time.

Yes, it does, certainly. Surgery posting is now ended but I don't feel the relief. I will never will because I know that the end of one posting doesn't signify anything at all.

As we walk further the steps will the heavier - there are still three more postings to go before our second professional exam.

I'm in fact happy to work hard during this posting. I take that as a training to be more competent. We are supposed to be taggers, means that we have to be in the ward at 7am sharp, must know all 40 of the patients in the ward, must only leave after 10.30pm...

Under such tough requirement, I'm not really sure if I have fulfilled 50% of it. But one thing for sure, in order to be competent, the trade off is that the "small eyes" part.

I can sleep anywhere, anytime I want. During class, during clinical skills, during case presentation, or while waiting for the surgeon to come to do the night round. But unfortunately, the narcoleptic spells are absent when I'm lying on my bed - too exhausted I guess.

Night round, means that it's at night already where you have just taken your dinner, feel extremely tired after the long day. But it was just the beginning of the night where the second part of our ward work begin.

And I fell asleep at the nurse counter while waiting for the surgeon. It didn't take long for my colleague to snap a photo of me dozing off. In fact, I'm always threatened by my colleagues with their camera function cellphones and ipod. Because I'll be caught red handed small eyed.

The library is no longer a safe place to be in. Because your laptop will get hacked by some camwhores. But anyway it's always a place for me to read newspaper, dozing off and go off to class/ward again, in sequence. Notice the studying part is missing, because I don't have the chance to do so most of the times.

Reading the newspaper everyday has already taken an hour off from my free time. And some days I don't even have the time to read it.

At this point of time, coffee is your best friend. Currently I have more than a few types of coffee to indulge and sadly I can only drink the one I enjoy the most when I purchase the value meal. Buying it ala carte is not worthy. And it is not as easily available like the rest.

And now I have got the Kintamani Bali coffee from my friend. I have not open it yet, still waiting for the right time to come.

I'll be starting paediatrics tomorrow and get posted to the special care unit first. I'm not a paediatric person unlike my elder sister because I'd prefer internal medicine. But somehow it is still medically based therefore certainly I'd prefer this than other postings like, obstetrics and gynaecology...

Yes, babies are cute. But not when they fall sick.

442# Bryllup - Kontrakt for Livet

There are a lot of friends of mine got married. Some called it as a next stage of life, but I'd call it as a contract for life, or a contract of life.

Irony enough, the first wedding I attend was the person, oh well, dumped. Oh yes, I did wish her all the best, and they live happily ever after (I guess).

Now this second wedding which I've attended yesterday was for a secondary school friend of mine named Rachel. Probably the first who got married in my class. Or maybe not, some of them might have already married, I don't know since I have lost contact to everyone in my class but except this bride.

Willie, Clint and I, who were once classmate with Rachel went for the dinner. I wore exactly how I wear to hospital everday, minus the slacks replaced with jeans.

That time, we were asked to cover our drinks because those bursting paper pieces and gun powder. And unfortunately, we forgot to cover our bowls. But thankfully, the dinner was not served yet that time.

I've got a few pieces of those on my hair and face.

The bride and the groom. I don't know the groom though. That was the first time I've seen him. But I guess his a nice guy, because the dinner was grand enough.

Standard dinner which all of us have been through at least a few times in a year. But this dinner had something new - at least for me. They serve raw prawns.

Not exactly raw until the waiter poured the soup onto it which then hot steam cooked the prawns in seconds, in the pot in front of us. They have hot rocks under the second layer of the pot which releases the heat once the soup is poured.

Very visually entertaining, and the prawn tasted fantastic. I guess we are kind of bored of butter prawn, dry chili prawn, therefore this "sauna prawn" would be something new for us.

Like I mentioned, only three of us from her class went yesterday. Strange enough, there were more of them who went for the dinner, whom Rachel had some class with for a year during Form 1.

And all of them were my primary schoolmates. So it was like a primary school gathering for me too. I have totally lost contact with them, but I could still recognise some of them after all these years, like, 12 years?

The red wine was just alright therefore I stopped after the third glass. I actually gulped the third glass so that I could have the Chivas. The first glass of Chivas was bad because the liquor lady poured in too much of water for me.

But it turned heavenly after the second and third glass when I request for 10% dilution. Chivas definitely beats red wine, and it looks like Chinese tea too.

I hope that the next wedding which I'll attend would be Willie's. Make it fast bro.

PS: Congrats, Rachel. All the best.


441# Kirurgi - Av friskt blod og fungating kreft

One week has officially passed for Surgery posting.

Me and other four of my colleagues got posted to the female surgical ward at the top floor of the hospital. Waiting for the lift every morning isn't the best thing to start the day.

In this ward, it's active everyday, the patient's turnover rate is high, and we have eight beds to cover person. Therefore covering the ward is quite a hard task to do.

On top of it, we don't have our university's lecturers to come as to give us extra teaching unlike in the male wards. I'm not happy about this but somehow there will still be some of us to be in this ward and I'm just being the one of them.

And it's so obvious the grouping is "arranged" so perfectly.

Apart from the busy daily 7.30am - 10.00pm ward work to do, there are plenty of stuffs to study. Last week I selectively printed out some of the surgical journals at home which I downloaded from the university's drive.

After careful selection, I still managed to print out 20 sets of the journals. There are about 300 sets of journals in there. I know it's impossible to study everything so there's no point to print them all.

Three more weeks down the road for this posting. I have not scrub-in in the operating theater yet. But during my anaesthesia posting I managed to intubate a 77 year old patient successfully. It was my first try on a live person and to be honest I was quite surprised that it was not that hard as I imagined.

The heart-pumping corridor. We will be there in less than 5 months time.

Remember I mentioned that my 1.5 years old Dell XPS laptop fried? I got it fixed and the price costed a netbook's price. Funny enough, Dell sent me a complimentary speaker to my house, as informed to me during the phone call.

I thought it could be like the 2.1 ch power woofer system, like the Edifier I'm using now, but who knows it turned out to be super portable;

Ok, I didn't shouldn't have any expectations.

I thought that they would give me something cool because of the payment I made for the repair. It turned out to be a pair of ultra compact laptop speakers which run on USB power.

Very slim, can be kept in the pocket. Can put in 4 AAA batteries in the battery pack as external power source without the USB. "Natural" sound indeed as stated in the cover, I used it once in university when I was practicing drums with Eugene since the XPS's speakers aren't loud enough.

Have to wake up in five and a half hours of time. Better read up and then go to sleep.


440# Oppvåkning

I did this on purpose. It's all part of the plan. I stopped updating since the last day of last year and wanted to see what would happen if I stop writing.

Apparently the flow of the visitors is still constant, and I have notice that most of the visitors are from the states, and visitors from this country is in fact 50% than from the states. So why bother?

After being threatened that one of my orifice will be digitally examined with wasabi by one of the visitor, which I assumed to be my housemate, I decided to type in a post. It is, in fact in one of my to-do-list for this Saturday.

Chinese New Year is over. So do the major postings - General practice, orthopaedics and psychiatry. I missed one week of psychiatry posting due to a viral infection, what a great start for the year.

The theory papers for the major postings were extremely difficult. I don't feel good at all like the rest. The results should be out soon. That would drive the momentum for me to study even harder.

Oh well, I'm not studying that hard now afterall, which I'm supposed to. Finished radiology posting and currently one more week to go for anaesthesiology posting. Unlike other major postings, I don't have exam next week, where these postings' exams will be taken together with my last posting's paper.

Therefore, I am, extremely under worked. I'm not sure how many times I said this but one thing for sure, I'm losing the drive to study. I still do study, just that I don't feel the momentum in me.

The next posting will be surgery. From the most relaxing posting I'll be leaping to the busiest posting. That's not very good. Reaching the ward 7.00am every morning, and need to cover the ward every night is definitely an overkill. I have seen how tired my batch mates already are, and I'm looking forward to that.

On the side note, my 1.5 years old Dell XPS 1530 had his motherboard or GPU burnt. The overheating issue was said to be the infamous nvidia GeForce 8400 GS's fault. Twelve months of extended warranty was available for this defect and apparently my model was said to be the new, rectified model which is not covered for this warranty.

What to do? I can't live without the laptop just like the rest. More than just entertainment purpose, we do need the laptop to study, type reports, prepare PowerPoint slides, read journals... Without it I could not function at all.

After days of consideration, I decided to pay for a one year warranty to renew the damaged parts of the laptop. Seems that the motherboard is gone and it got replaced together with the GPU and audio card.

I summoned the technician to the university on the next day, since I'm not at home most of the time. This would be the only good thing about Dell, its fast and friendly after service. But heck, I've gotten the new motherboard with the same GPU! Hope it won't fail me again.

Now I got the laptop revived and today, I have finished typing two community and family case study reports and prepared a PowerPoint slides on post operative analgesic drugs. Indeed, the laptop is very, very important for me.

One thing falls along with the other. Hours ago I wanted to play the guitar. After taking out the cables, plugged in the amplifier, i noticed that the B string was off, again. I loosen the Allen key on the neck as to tune it, and the high E string snapped.

What the heck? I just spent a fortune 5 months ago for intonation and now the string snapped. I'm not going to the same non-floyd rose bridge-friendly music store in Seremban again. I would, just to buy the strings but I won't let them to change it for me. I'd rather do it myself.

Music night is next month and my electric guitar has snapped. Just like last year when I wanted to record the song for my electives that mentioned music shop screwed up my guitar. Panic.

Time is running fast, I need to catch up.


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