Friday, August 31, 2007

MERDEKA !!

In the spirit of celebrating the Independence day of Malaysia, my home country...

I give you....



A CAMWHORE PICTURE OF ME GETTING EXCITED !!!

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Ok, I know it has nothing to do with Merdeka or whatsoever, but yeah !!

Selamat Hari Merdeka to all you Malaysians.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

UWA Expo 2007

It has been a refreshing break for me, having some time away from blogging. I am back, and I am staying here for a long, long time.

Since I have reformatted my laptop, everything is rather fresh and new, and I am gonna stick to the old-style classic bliss wallpaper (blue sky, green grass scenery) for a long, long time. I used to hate that wallpaper since everyone else was using it for an era, but now that XP is getting extinct, being replaced by Vista, somehow the old wallpaper appeared to be more attractive.

University of Western Australia

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Last Sunday, it was the UWA Expo 2007, an event having the uni being open to the public mainly to gain attention and kidnap some unfortunate souls to enrol in the following semester. This has become an annual event for the not so old University of Western Australia, and the event itself never failed to bring in many visitors year after year. It just amazes me, since the exhibition and public displays are almost the same, why are the people coming back again? There could not be that many new people visiting this one of the few universities in Western Australia each new year, right? Perth is not that huge anyway.

PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE

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I have blogged about UWA Expo 2006, feel free to check it out (click here). Unfortunately, the UWA Expo 2007 is not that much dissimilar from the previous one in 2006, and most of the interesting stuff I have already presented in that old entry last year. Though I feel inclined to photograph the same thing and re-tell the story, I think it would just be boringly redundant and pointless. Hence, I shall just focus on other parts of the event that I have not mentioned, and being there myself, I tried to capture the feel and atmosphere of UWA Expo this time around.

UNDER AN UMBRELLA ELLA ELLA...

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The day was a rainy day, weather forecast reported a high possibility of thunderstorm. Nevertheless, people from God knows where still came to the University grounds and roamed around aimlessly. There were happy faces, confused faces, and certainly some very astonished faces, like this university is made of gold or something. Trust me, once they have started studying in the uni, they will start to realize the shocking complete opposite. Yeah, truth hurts.

One of the highlights of the School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering was the Motorsports Display. UWA is an active participant in the Australian Motorsport Competition, and has earned itself a very good reputation over the years by winning a handful of respectable awards. All made possible by the slavery of the students, who spent day and night in the laboratory building the racing car prototype, tweaking it, and perfecting it into an award-winning machine. Since I fail to see the wonders in any cars generally, I do not see anything prestigious or outstandingly special for excelling in Motorsports. Though I must say, its amazing how the team from UWA could almost always win some big awards year after year.

Here are some pictures of the live demonstration of the Prototype in the open James Oval.

YELLOW CAR

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Here is a video clip too, check out the roaring sound of the machine. I bet some guys could get raging hard erections just by listening to the engine struggling.

[For some odd reasons I can't upload my videos properly to you tube yet after reformatting. I shall get this fixed soon, and check back for the video clip. Sorry for the inconvenience]

There were plenty of places to go to, almost all faculties and schools were open to public for career info, and talks or seminars were held at various functions to cater for different interests. Their main target were fresh students to go into either first year of Bachelors or foundation. Hence it was not so much of help for me and my friends who went since most of us have already completed university education very very long ago Not to mention that they were not having that much useful information for postgraduate studies as well. Many times, we were politely asked to “refer to the website for more information”. Blardy hell, if what I want to know is available on your websites why on earth would I be speaking to you there and then??? Such non-sense!!

UWA GUILD VILLAGE

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GUILD REFECTORY

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It was near lunchtime that I decided to stop by at the Guild Village to quench my never-ending hunger. Guess whom I met there? Farhan and gang!! They volunteered for the event as student helpers, how generous and so “chiak pa boh so cho” of them to do so!! When I arrived they almost finished their food already. I was quite surprised that some of them actually do still read my humble blog. And they even volunteered to do my signature pose, the V on the chin. Unexpected, but I felt honoured!!

THE GANG IN RED

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It the day was not raining on and off, I would have covered more ground in much quicker time. I found myself stranded at places, and its just frustrating sometimes. Anyway, I did enjoy myself, though as much as the first time I went to the Expo few years back when everything was new to me. You can’t show the public the same trick twice. It is like going to the PC Fair in Kuching, almost every PC Fair looks boringly the same, I seriously wish the organizors would try to make the events more unique and outstanding from their usual stereotypical pattern, and I am referring to both Kuching PC Fair and UWA Expo as well. On another note, UWA is known for their un-creative-ness of handling things, so it is not really much of any news.

TEAKWANDO DEMO

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I was quite disappointed by the school of Civil Engineering. Several years ago, they opened up the lab and provided free visits to the public, but not this year. There was this cleverly modified liquefaction model of sand that could stand a person inside the model, and they made a quicksand model out of it to simulate the occurrence of a quicksand sucking the legs of the person standing in it. Too bad I have not had a camera back then, would have been awesome to capture the expression of a kid having his legs sinking in the sand and feeling helpless about it. I gathered that maybe there was a considerable amount of risks involved while having the public into the lab, especially with the demon-kids around. They just destroy whatever cometh their way.

SCHOOL OF CIVIL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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Or maybe UWA is currently running a top-secret experiment producing a mass-weapon that could spark total world domination, hence keeping the public off limits. Maybe, it’s underground. Who knows what the Uni is capable of?


Of all the faculties and schools, I believe the one that stood out from the rest and drew the highest number from the crowd would be Physics. I used to like the subject Physics a lot since my high school days, that was until when I was in college, and subsequently uni, that when I discovered the horror and frightening sides of physics, somehow I just failed to see the wonder and beauty in Physics anymore. Well, that’s just me after all.

SCHOOL OF PHYSICS

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THE REASON WHY GUYS ENJOY PHYSICS MORE THAN GIRLS

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OOHH LA LAAAAAA !!

Man, year after year, though the demonstrations and live experiments remained the same, they never fail to attract curious innocent minds to have a look-see on some cheap tricks using simple principles of magnetics and electrics. Nitrogen liquid has always been there, and I do not see anything extra-ordinary about it, the liquid just freezes things. Nevertheless, the kids love the shows and I guess that was what the whole thing was about. As lame as the tricks could be, at least they draw in the attention.

You know what would have been uber-cool? Building a human-sized transformable Optimus Prime. But I am sure the lecturers and professors are too boring to approve such a stunning idea.

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

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TRAM SERVICES, FREE TOUR AROUND CAMPUS

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After taking a look at the molecular biology building, and taking another look back at the civil engineering building, I did feel crap being an engineering student here. Man, what a contrast. Apart from that, the business school is having a larger new building currently under construction. Yet Civil and Mechanical Engineering are still sharing that pathetic old ugly looking falling apart building. The main reason is probably due to the number of student intake decreasing every year. There are less and less people taking up the Civil Engineering course over the years here.

REID LIBRARY

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Its odd but true, engineering is not really a popular choice here in Australia, unlike Malaysia where all the parents are pressuring the kids to become engineers if they would not do well enough to fall into the sad world of medicine. Engineering is perceived as something with good prospects, and has a good potential of bringing in good money. What a whole load of garbage. Seriously, after studying years of engineering in Uni, I can just say that people here do not regard engineering as being more prestigious than any other courses. People here also know that it is FUCKING HARD to even survive in the engineering education, let alone the coming hell of engineering career. Failure rate among the students are alarmingly high, and quite a handful of students would run away and switch to another course after year 1 or year 2 of engineering. In the working hell of engineering reality, engineers take in shits, all kinds of shits, from all kinds of shitty people, for all of their shitty lives, and they seldom get the credit and rewards that they so fuckingly deserve.

RANDOM PEOPLE @ EXPO

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And the pay/salary of being an engineer in Malaysia is now generally considered as something waaaaaaay below average, and even after working for decades your salary would not shoot anywhere that much further from where you stand now. So for you clueless kids who are reading this and deciding if engineering is the right choice of career while everyone else around you (parents, teachers, your pets etc) are telling you all the shiny wonders of engineering, let me convince you that all those are nothing but just pure rubbish. You will thank me 10 years later for this, trust me.

I think I will dedicate a full entry for engineering misery soon.

PHOTOGRAPHER CAUGHT BY MY LENS

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All in all, the Expo was quite a good one, though it could have been much better if the uni put more effort and creativity into it. I know this has been an awfully long entry, and I should somehow keep in mind to have some kind of word limits to each of my entries. It is not like everyone will read everything, some people just skim through the pictures anyway, which makes me really sad because there are times I really do spend plenty of time just to compose those strings of words. Of course, not for this entry, since I just blindly blurted out whatever that came into mind.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Very Short Break

I am taking a short break from blogging. I have just reformatted my computer, and there are plenty to do: Installing all the pirated softwares, downloading windows update, tweaking some settings for performance and security, etc etc. This would probably take me few days, since I could only do them in the evening after work, and my internet connection is not exactly anywhere near fast in today's bandwidth speed average.

I am typing this from work, from an iBook G4 (my Mac Laptop), incidentally marking my first time blogging with an Apple computer. I can only say one thing, Safari Internet Browser SUCKS. Ok, maybe another few more things, everything about Apple and MAC computers SUCK big time generally. I have been using the notebook for months, and I still could not find anything worth praising so far. Alright, all you Apple/Mac fanatics can come kill me now.

I can now honestly tell you iPhone SUCKS too. Do NOT be deceived by Kenny Sia who only knows about his coconuts.

This entry also marks a photo-free post in this blog after a long, long time. Its refreshing to just read words, don't you agree?

So guys, stay tuned on this blog. I shall come back, hopefully in a few days time (just a short break after all) and continue blogging as usual. Maybe, with some cam-whoring pictures too, for your entertainment purpose.

Cheers.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Babes in Bikinis

It was quite interesting how there would be any fashion show at all for an event, which is meant entirely for boats, and boat related stuff only. Nevertheless, to spice things up, to catch some attention and to sell things out, you will always, always need babes/chicks with a generous amount of skin exposed. This perfectly applies to car shows, why would there be hot chicks modelling besides the cars, since most of the chicks know nuts about cars anyway?

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Perth Boat Show 2007 included some fashion show events, showcasing some new casual and swim wears for the coming most looked forward to season of the year, Summer. Brands spotted on the show included the local preference, mostly with heavy surf theme/style such as Billabong, Quicksilver and Ripcurl. Those brands are regarded very highly here in Australia, and even Nike, Adidas and the usual likes, which are insanely worshipped in Malaysia and other places, came nowhere close as the major preference over the surf-themed clothing.

There were only three girls modelling on stage and 2 guys who made comparatively brief appearance too. I do not know if it was just me, or my eyes, but I do think that some of the girls are very, very skinny !!! Skinny as in, Ally McBeal skinny. No offence to anyone, especially to some desperate young girls nowadays who would kill just to lose every single inch of fat on their body, but unfortunately skinniness is not a turn on for me, and I am sure many guys would think the same way too.

Alright, less talk, lets move on with pictures.


LESS SKIN, MORE GARMENTS

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Now, lets move on to the more exciting part, the one that the crowd was looking forward to from the very beginning of the fashion show. I am sure you guys know what I mean.


MORE SKIN, LESS GARMENTS

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Hmmm.. Of all the three girls which one is your favourite?

I know mine is....

This one...

MY FAVOURITE BABE ON STAGE

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I think it is quite obvious why she was the favourite. not only mine, but generally from the floor too, judging from the cheering and applause.

Interestingly, they also had guys modelling for the fashion show.

MORE MORE MORE...

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Here is something for the ladies, and maybe some guys too who are "special".

AN AUSSIE HUNK

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He may be an Aussie hot guy, unfortunately I do not think he looks to the sky.

I hope you guys enjoyed the pictures as much as I did enjoy the fashion show. It is kinda rare for me to attend such functions, since most of the upper-end similar events (fashion and such) are usually not free, and me being cashless does not help at all. Nevertheless, I shall always keep an eye on for such events, and not only I enjoyed the show, but photographing the show itself could not be any less exhilarating !!

As promised, coming up next, UWA Expo 2007.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Perth Boat Show

Having been at this foreign place for several years now, I have had the chance to witness the difference and variety of culture and lifestyle of local Perth folks that are truly unique, and possibly could not be found generally in Malaysia. One major interesting lifestyle here involves the waters, and that would obviously be boating, apart from other activities such as kayaking (ok, unker is so gonna kill me now), yatching, water skiing, etc etc. As expensive as a boat could cost, starting from a whooping AUD30k for a small boat without sunroof, surprisingly boats are very common for everyone here. The main reason would be the easy access to the blue waters of the river and not to mention, the coastline is less than half an hour drive away from the city itself.

PERTH BOAT SHOW 2007

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There was this Perth Boat Show happening in the Convention center, and I was invited to join Jay and Jak Yew for an afternoon there. I did not expect much from such an event, after, how interesting could boats get? right?

WRONG. I was very wrong to assume so negatively. Much to my amazement, the event itself was an eye-opener to the western culture that I have not witnessed closely before. I enjoyed myself through and through the whole trip !!

I think the coolest thing about the show was the persmission being granted for the public to walk in and board the boats and have a view on what its like from the inside. People certainly have gone crazy over cars and cars and cars, but how could I have thought that people here can actually be so serious about boats too. Entering boats after boats, I gotta say the weirdest thing started to happen to me, I began to develop love and attraction to boats too !! This is very, very wrong.


WHITE BOATS EVERYWHERE

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Come to think of it, having a boat can bring more colours into your life. Think of a lazy weekend, instead of bringing your car out with your buddies and have a drive around the boring town, why not drag everyone into a boat, hit the waters, maybe just for sightseeing, maybe going into the nearby island, or why not just go do some casual deeper water fishing which would be more interesting than just sitting at the jetty at the waterfront? The possibility is wide open.

For those of you who have watched the American drama The OC, you would easily relate to what I am saying here, and they gave quite a glimpse on the boating life and culture, there was one episode where Merissa borrowed her father's boat and brought all her friends out for a boating trip, more like a memorable sweet double date on the boat into the ocean under the sun. You get the idea, and that particular episode kinda got stuck on my head, and yeah, I pictured myself doing that while I was at the boat show.

And you may think that being stranded in the middle of nowhere in a boat can be boring and unentertaining, wait till you see what is inside the boat.

ENTERING A 3-LEVEL BOAT

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Having looked at the boats from their exteriors, wait till you see what is inside !!! What they appear from the outside may seem boringly stereotypical and plain white, just step in, it is a different world.

THE COUCH

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THE WASHING BASIN

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THE BED !!! WAH LAU....

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You gotta admit, they DO look COMFY...

PANTRY, WITH LCD TV AND A MICROWAVE OVEN !!!

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With a mini kitchen/pantry, you can just cook your catch right away. How convenient is that?? Fish and dine on the boat. Maybe a bottle of wine to go along with the trip. Sweet, just sweet.

We noticed that many boats also come with mini toilet/washroom, and also fridge fascilities, which would just be enough to turn the boat itself into a...

HOUSE !! Yes, with all those built in a boat, it can unmistakenly be a well-equiped home, and whats better, the boat can float on water.

Some boats even had full stereo sound system built in, with powered sub-woofer some more.

MORE BOATS...

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Look what else we found there....

KAYAKS !!!

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I am sure if Francis Ho were here in Perth, he would somehow end up being one of the top promoter/organizer of the kayaking section, and making it a much grander one. This is scary, everytime I see Kayak, I will instantly think of Unker.


Goodness gracious... most of the good boats (with better fascilities built in of course) easily cost above 300k, and basically everything there would be in the range of 6 figure pricing, PLUS GST. I think I would have to work my ass out day and night for 20 years before I can purchase one myself, and embrace the luxurious and definitely, unique lifestyle of the locals here.

Alright, it is time for camwhoring. Yeah, and you thought I forgot about that, I tell you, I NEVER.

JAY

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JAK YEW

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ROBIN

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Like any great events out there, of course, there are chicks.

So.. coming up next entry

BOAT SHOW FASHION DISPLAY

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After this event, there is the UWA Expo 2007, happening on 19th August. I will be there, and as usual, it would be a great opportunity to see the livelier side of the old place.

Check back for those coming entries. Have a nice weekend folks.