Sunday, March 27, 2011

Continuity of life

Hello guys! I have not talked about how I am doing for long, the learning curve come to me again, subjects are getting tougher - this is third year of a Bachelor's degree program (you know!) Assessment in the subjects are getting at very uncomfortable levels - lots of research work needed, may need to read scientific papers to know more about things, etc.

Reflecting on myself, what's the value of university education? People of my age are making do without it, there's so much you need to know to live. University experience is to impart me more, to equip me with the skills needed for a career in my field. Aside from the knowledge, the course you've taken train you to think in a certain way, the approach you need to take to look at something. I come to realise that it's not the factual knowledge is the most important, they change over time - it's how you see things that matters the most.

Looking into the future, things are not going to be the same. I need to answer questions before that are asked, problems tomorrow are not going to have a clear definition and the solutions won't come from a particular approach or discipline. Does my university properly equip me sufficiently tomorrow?

Everyday is an experience of impartation of skills and also confidence. While I receive, I feel that there is a tendency to become passive and not take an interest into matters. You and I can be very capable, many a times we do not know the hidden potential that lies within. All it takes is somebody to say "you can do this".

Ultimately, it's not what I know. Am I confident with myself?

I am asked to do a lot more.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Malaysia 4th Chocolate Fair 2011

At the beginning of the year, I took the opportunity to visit this consumer fair of chocolates anticipated highly by enthusiasts. It's a feast of chocolates where chocolate makers get to flaunt their creativity on chocolaty snacks to woo me into indulgence.

chocolate cookies
Dark chocolates are my favourite. Without sugar, natural cocoa tastes bitter - it's simply heavenly enjoyment of all cocoa products.

printing on chocolate
Not only chocolate to appease your tastebuds, see what technology can do!


Express yourself in chocolaty words to someone special.

malaysia cocoa board chocolate fair 2011
A chocolaty book on display :)

Besides all the foodie at the fair, I didn't ignore the booth set up by Malaysia Cocoa Board. Cocoa biotechnology is a subject of active research in Malaysia. At the research institute, scientists are working to improve cocoa varieties to increase yield and pest resistance. Proud to say, we are leader in the field.



With some initiative to find out what's in cocoa, it's an opportunity for $$$ too. Apart from making chocolate from cocoa, what else can you think of?


Chocolate chocolate irresistable!

Not only chocolate is something we put into our mouth - it's now deeply embedded into our culture. We send our lovers chocolate. We bring home chocolate from abroad. We eat chocolate to appease our taste buds. Finally... do you know there exists chocolate with liquor as filling?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Cheer On

3 weeks since I've started my third year of university, time flies faster than I'd imagine.

Since the beginning of the semester, gastric struck me so bad, my heart thumped violently, refused to slow down by my will. I worried so much so that this persisting ailment would affect my university life. Only after strict adherence to feeding and sleeping schedule this ailment was cured.

GFP beach
Drawing on a Petri dish with genetically engineered fluorescent bacteria


Facing the demands put on me on the final year, my understanding is that these are not unreasonable. To prepare for the reality, I have to be equipped well to face the world, that I can belong to my interests. No longer I hide in the comfort zone, things are perpetually happening elsewhere. Apart from the core knowledge passed to me, there is a need to pop my head to look for developments.

microtitre plate
Microtitre plates


Oh, where am I? Life is a continuous race. At times, I may stop, doubting my ability to continue. Always, there will be people to cheer me on.

Simply because, I can do it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Invitation to Malaysia Open Day in Melbourne

Malaysians in Melbourne, are you studying or working in Melbourne, or simply just looking around? If you answered "yes", then you are invited to Malaysia Open Day by Malaysian Students' Council of Australia (MASCA)!


MASCA Malaysia Open Day poster


When?
12 March 2011 12-4 pm

Where?
Flagstaff Gardens - Lawn 7

How to get there?
From Melbourne Central, walk along La Trobe Street to William Street. Flagstaff Gardens is on your right. Or you can take the City Circle tram and stop at William Street or King Street. Note that Flagstaff Station is closed on that day.

What's interesting?
Free BBQ! Free gifts! Free career consultation!

What else?
Malaysians of Melbourne University (MoMU) will be organising a beach outing! You can attend the Malaysia Open Day at Flagstaff Gardens at 12 pm and head to South Melbourne beach with MoMU - departs from Flagstaff Gardens at 2 pm.

See you there!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

My results Sem 2, 2010

How am I doing during my second semester of 2010? Look and see...



One word to say: neglect. I didn't put in much effort for Biotechnology. However, I'm happy that my biotech forum reports are very good. For biochemistry practical subject (named Techniques in Molecular Science), I always felt I achieved bad learning outcomes and was so overwhelmed by the workload of practicals.

What I am happy about my result are my strong understanding of theory - Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function I get 89 marks ftw! That's also the subject I read a lot. Also, I managed another first class honours for my breadth subject Learning Cultures. This is the last time I am taking a breadth subject.

On a final note: don't get a bad start for semester.