Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Monash footprints

I had my dinner after finishing Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia Melbourne chapter (featuring Lim Guan Eng's public lecture). A chap told me about studying in Monash Malaysia, debunking the myth of varying standards among campuses of the same university.

Standard is maintained across all campuses by the same university, learning culture in a country does not necessarily affect learning outcomes, as they came to my realisation. She experienced varying teaching standard across campuses, however it is not necessary to say that home campus of the university is better.

It's the same Monash, same standard. So, be rest assured.

Do you know Monash at Clayton campus is home to Australian Synchrotron? Check them out here and here.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

RIM BlackBerry Playbook

Research In Motion has just announced to answer challenges from Apple iPad.

The BlackBerry Playbook official site.

Playbook will run on a QNX based operating system named BlackBerry Tablet OS

CEO Mike Lazaridis with the Playbook during BB DevCon.

The device features 7 inch display, a dual core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 3 megapixel front camera with 5 megapixel rear lens.

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 keep you connected all time. The device will be capable of multitasking as well as handling Adobe Flash multimedia and AIR apps.

Where's the 3G connectivity? RIM has not commented on further connectivity options for now, but didn't deny that upcoming models will feature the technology.

What are the apps to make Playbook worthy of our bucks?

BB Playbook is set to hit the shelves early next year. I can't wait to be touched by it!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

World Cyber Games Malaysia 2010

I went to World Cyber Games Malaysia held at MVEC during winter recess. WCG2010 M'sia spanned 3 days, cyberathletes nationwide gathered to test their skills, earning them a place to represent Malaysia to the WCG Grand Final.

world cyber games malaysia 2010 signage

A consumer fair of tech products was held along the competitive play. Many exhibitors showcased online games, I was asked to try out each of them.

My main motivation to attend WCG was to practise my photography skills w/ showgirls.

This is what the showgirls called "lucky guy shot" :)

AMD showgirls WCG2010
The AMD showgirls.

AMD+ATi, both undergone DNA Digivolution to bring us awesome experiences.

MOL WCG mid valley 2010

MOL, being the largest exhibitor and major sponsor of WCG, however disappointed me with their showgirl outfit.

the bunnies
The bunnies.

Fans of should be able to identify one of them. No prize for guessing.

I faced the limitations of a point-and-shoot. At times, lighting don't seem to be right.

maxis WCG 2010
Broadband and online games must come together.

They're so redolent of Japanese animé schoolgirls.

acer WCG 2010 Malaysia
Acer. Your opp to shop for the basic stuff! Not just for gamers.

Always, there'll be something for you, whatever your interests may be. If you have time to kill, do drop by at events.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Jason Derulo fan meet @ Dragonfly

22 July 2010

When was the last time I present myself at a fan meet? That was years ago when I was on a first aid duty with St John Ambulance at S.H.E. fan meet @ Berjaya Times Square.

That afternoon, I tried buying a Jason Derulo album at Pavillion KL but no avail. I headed to Dragonfly anyway. When you press in for something, there you have it! Album sale at-the-door :)

Dragonfly KL
Look at the crowd eager for their idol!

biopolymath and Baboon Tan
Met Baboon Tan.

We were made to wait! But he'll finally appear right? Have the faith!

Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo and co.

Must admit the dancers were hot that they were distracting my attention for Jason.

This girl was so honoured to be chosen by Jason to be on stage!

Not only Jason can sing, he danced well too! Really hope some day someone will be like him, make us proud in the entertainment scene.

Took the opportunity to have my album signed by Jason Derulo before fan meet ended. My yield was not bad after all!

I'm awaiting for an opportunity to meet Clair Kuo 郭静. Till then!

Friday, September 24, 2010

A dinner with Tony Pua

Just returned from a dinner at Kedai Satay, Melbourne with Malaysian Aspiration Program organisers & Malaysians-at-heart.

biopolymath and tony pua
With .

He should be a no stranger to all of you. He graduated from Oxford University majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and now an MP for Petaling Jaya North constituency.

Satay at Kedai Satay was one of the best I've ever tasted. Come makan-makan at

Kedai Satay
186, King Street
3000 Victoria
Tel: +614 9866 7177 & +614 96400371

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wild Michael Jackson appeared!

Some chap parodied the unused trainer data in Pokemon video games as a tribute to the late Michael Jackson:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Digimon theme in Cantonese

Season 1 - Butterfly:

Season 2 - Target:

Season 3 - The Biggest Dreamer:

Pokemon: The Johto Journeys theme

It's the same song, in varying European languages. Enjoy!





Season 3 opening is my favourite among all. In all languages, it conveyed the excitement of encountering new experiences exploring a new environment, at the same time maintaining the aspiration to be the cream of the crop.

The Pokemon reminiscence

These are all my childhood memories! Pokemon was such a phenomenon when it arrived in Malaysia, all memories flooded back - the day when NTV7 started airing the animated series at night. Pokemon is more than an ordinary anime or cartoons - it's an epic of Ash fulfilling his dreams to become a Pokemon Master.

The first three seasons of the series are simply the best, until NTV7 messed it up somehow. Youtube wasn't the trend back then, and I discontinued watching the series altogether.

The current generation of children audience are my contemporaries, they still somehow enjoy Pokemon perhaps. Ash and Pikachu are still familiar names, but what about Brock, Misty and the likes? They may be amazed at how powerful Ash's Pokemon are, but do they know this anime has come a long way? That Ash has improved so much since he hailed from Pallet Town?

I am now watching the missed episodes over the internet, 8 episodes per day - I can finish a season in one week! That's thanks to online video hosting sites.

Look what I've found!

The Johto Journeys - season 2 theme song multilanguage reel.

Pokemon season 1 theme in 9 languages!

That's what I call a phenomenon. I may not understand alien languages but the word Pokemon is identifiable to everyone. No matter your language is, you watch the same story as others. But I don't quite find myself identify with Chinese theme songs.

This is one of the best translation of The Johto Journeys, in Swedish.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Temp @ Exchange Hotel

6th August 2010

Thanks Susan Su for selling me a ticket to this event! Felt so grateful after the event. Friends are who made experiences worthy.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hitting upon the limitations

After viewing the media report of people speaking in tongues, my response is that, how can you look at the flesh to (fully) explain a spiritual phenomenon? The conclusion is a partial answer: utterances are not of the speaker's will. The next question is: what causes these utterance? Answer: Holy Spirit praying through the person.

However, the title is a little misleading. It cannot be said that the Holy Spirit is praying through (although the answer is!) due to the study approach. To a certain extent, science can verify faith, just be aware of the limitations of the scientific method.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The essence of biochemistry

I'm now dwelling in metabolism, the reason why biochemistry exist in the first place. The lecturer is such a funny guy, he always make seemingly mundane reactions fun to learn.

Multiple choice questions are part and parcel of academic life, from the time I was a kid till university. The answer of MCQ is revealed, all you need to do is just get rid of distractions to be deemed righteous. But when things don't seem to work out (at times), there's still tricks to hit it right, for near silly reasons:
  1. The answer sounded good (and grammatically correct! :)
  2. Look at the rest of the questions. Do one option seem to dominate your answer choice? Just choose that option, by chance you'll get it right :P (eg. if you notice many questions have A as their answer choice, pick A if you dunno the ans!)
  3. The choice with the longest sentence as answer (and it sounds wise!)

In everyday life, we use money to fulfil our needs and desires, nobody provide favour for nothing. The same goes for cells in our body, life processes are driven by energy. Some molecules serve as energy "currencies" in cells:

adenosine triphosphate
This is called ATP. Like a one dollar note of energy

ATP is called the "universal currency of energy". Whether you're a bacteria, worm, plant, animal or human, cells in your body uses ATP as "money" to pay for life processes.

nicotiamide adenine dinucleotide
This is a 50 dollar note of metabolic energy. It's called NAD.

Central to your use of oxygen to gain the most out of your food, is the grand roundabout of metabolism:

Krebs cycle
The Krebs cycle.

You ask me, where is the oxygen in the "roundabout"?

Cheer: a fair competition?

I've been watching the annual inter-school cheerleading competition held in Malaysia since 2007, the competition is a melting pot, you can be in it no matter your age or role. From a humble competition involving only secondary school students, Cheer evolved into a gathering where everybody is on media display.

Cheerleading is an expensive and emotionally charged sport. To win a competition, the schools invested vast resources for a 5 minute performance, it's a win it or lose it thing. Considering the enormous amount of time and effort needed to prepare for a major competition, winning or losing feels big in the hearts.

The annual Cheer competition, being a premier event that draws so much attention, it's of course worthy to take a look at its design. To make things fairer for participants, and to provide enhanced spectator experience, it's always good to ask some questions.

Before going further into discussion, let me describe the [current] design of Cheer. Cheer is divided into three regions: North, Central and South. North comprises the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia; Central for Klang Valley, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan; South for Malacca and Johore. To date, no team from East Malaysia has taken part in the national final of Cheer. Before the national final at Bukit Jalil, regional finals are held for Northern and Southern divisions; Central teams do not undergo elimination. The top three teams from North and South, respectively, compete with Central teams in the national final. The national final lasts for two days, the champion is determined by summing the scores.

The most questioned aspect of Cheer is of course, no elimination for Central teams. So, the national final is over represented by the Central teams. Let's see what people have to say.

"It's unfair for Northern and Southern division," says Wiwen, a supporter of Ave Maria Convent, Ipoh. "Some [North and South teams] who did not make it into the final may be better than some Central teams," citing her reason.

Crystal, a cheerleader of Cyrens of SM Sri KL, said that the lack of elimination for Central teams do not affect her very much, but she thinks the design is unfair for schools belonging to Northern and Southern regions.

It's also a fact that the organiser is known to change performance order at the last minute. For Cheer 2010, it was initially decided that teams perform in reverse order on day 2, then changed to: teams perform according to the score of day 1, in ascending order. By doing so, the organiser indirectly signaled performance level, I wasn't surprised to read remarks saying "the first few teams that perform [on day 2] were bad."

"Sudden change of performance order don't affect our performance very much. The main point is to get into top 15 on day 1, otherwise give a better shot on the second attempt," answered Crystal (Cyrens).

Are you curious to hear what the judges have to say? This post will not be complete without them! Mind you, the answer is shocking.

Beverly Hon, head judge of Cheer 2010, when asked about the lack of elimination of Central region, replied that fear of failure kept the [Northern and Southern] teams from stepping into the national final. "The teams are unsporting," she lamented. "The Northern and Southern regional finals are held for these teams to keep a title [of regional champion], in the case they didn't win any title in the national final."

Beverly added that there wasn't Northern final before the national final in year 2010. Titans, Titans Junior and Vivacious came at their own will to the national final in Stadium Putra, the Northern champion titles were only crowned during the finale itself.

Cheer 2010 finished with a new benchmark set by Cyrens. Changing the competition rules will change the economics of the game, are you willing to watch better performances?

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's Time!

31st July 2010 @ Dallas Brooks Centre, East Melbourne

Wei Xiong and Jia Sheng
We have Wei Xiong MP to speak for us in Parliament!

Biopolymath Boon Kheng with Trili Ho
Food blogger tee is limited edition yo!

Some official photos:

Our own Ps Matt!

Queen Esther pleading King Antaxerxes to save the Jews.

Mother Teresa helping the poor.

Photo time!

Head over to the official PlanetUNI It's Time album and photobooth album to view more!

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Unbeliever received God's power

The husband experienced God's power, but he didn't believe it. Benny Hinn, under the prompting of God, went on great length to lead him believe. This put both parties in awkward position, but don't you think it was funny?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Speaking in tongues media report

What my church members shared with me today: