Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Life's Like That...


I can't believe I'm already in my final year...I'm too young to grad...

Your life is just about to begin
For me, I'm already nearing the end, but you still have a long way to go...

Just a conversation I had with my dad in the car during the recent end semester break.

I wonder how's he doing when he was at my age...
He married Ummi at my current age by the way...

The fact that he's married at that time, we're in totally different worldview.
Of course...
A married man, who was an Islamic students leader back in his University (in Tasmania)
a carefree, single student who is still finding his way in this world...

Like I said, 2 completely different worldviews...

No wonder both of them (Ummi and Bab) desperately want me to study or work abroad....
It's the exposure that's important...
They want me to look at this world from a different perspective...
and Alhamdulillah, despite not being able to live abroad yet, I still got a bit of exposure by being in UIA and making friends with local and international students from all around the world...

I learnt to accept differences...
To respect others' worldviews...
and many more...

Like my classmate, the cute Miss Shahnaz always said, we're all wanderers, learners in this life...
I agree with that as life is a continuous learning process...
Even our biological system is continuously learning...
Take our immune system for example...
Exposure of foreign organism initiates sequence of pathways that eventually help and educate our body to overcome the disease.

In life, we'll make mistakes, blunders.
Sometimes, the things that we did affect others' lives also...
in a terrible way, I mean...
we just wish that we could turn back time...
but we couldn't...
unless someone invent a time-travelling machine...

but we shouldn't give up hope...
there's always light at the end of the tunnel...
Make sure we learn something valuable and try to not repeat the same mistakes...

Life's like that.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

For Your Pleasure


DIY = Do It Yourself
FYI = For Your Information
FYP = ?
For Your Pleasure?


FYP or F.Y.P. means Final Year Project (in IIUM at least).

Nowadays, people are always 'on the go'.
'On the go' means you are too busy that you don't have the time to catch your breath.
Alright, that was too exaggerated.
It means, you cannot afford to lose the precious time for all those tiny, unimportant things such as proper word.

There are loads of SMS (Short Message Service) language, internet language and so on.
For some people, it's all about convenience, for some it's destroying the beauty of the language.

However, that's not what I'll discuss in here.
This post is supposed to be about my F.Y.P.

As mentioned in my previous post,
my F.Y.P. is entitled
Prevalence and Risk Factors of Blood Parasite Infection in a rural area in Kuantan.
But the venue may be changed to Pekan.
So the word "Kuantan" in the title may be changed to Pahang or Pekan.

As I explained in my previous post

Basically, I'll join the mobile blood donation campaign of Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan
in a rural area.
Then I'll take blood sample from the donor,
give the donor a questionnaire,
bring the blood sample to the lab
and detect the presence of blood parasite (such as Plasmodium sp.)

Using the results of the labwork and data from the questionnaire,
analysis using SPSS software will be made.
That's it.

The main parasites that I expect to find (or not) are Plasmodium sp., Wuchereria bancrofti, and Brugia malayi.

If you noticed, the name Brugia malayi was coined because it can be found in the Malaya region. There's also Brugia pahangi, which as the name suggest, can be found in Pahang.
I'm proud to be Malaysian!

Plasmodium sp., as all of us know (or not), is the culprit behind the notorious disease, Malaria.
Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia malayi are the culprit behind Lymphatic Filariasis/Elephantiasis/Untut
The interesting part is all three of them are transmitted by mosquito.
So, what are you waiting for?
Go and buy a bottle of Ridsect.

I have no affiliation whatsoever with the company, though.

Since mosquito is intimately involved in the diseases transmission, most questions in my questionnaire aim to identify the risk factors connected to the mosquito such as the presence of ideal breeding ground for the mosquitoes and so on.

Right now I'm finalising my questionnaire while waiting for the blood sucking day next week.
It has nothing to do with fake vampires in the Twilight movie, by the way.

To wrap this up, I'd like to remind you F.Y.P, like other acronyms, can give different meanings, subject to people's own interpretation.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Journey of My Life?


What's with the title?
I'm still 21.
There's nothing much to tell.
But I don't have a choice. Or do I?

Where do we begin?

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away (in Malacca General Hospital to be exact),
a miracle happened.
Travelling through the endless tunnel of darkness, a young boy (baby to be exact) lost his way.
No signboards, no G.P.S., nothing.
But the boy kept moving.
It's not what his heart desires,
but the wall around him kept on pressing and pressing.
Hard, harder, hardest.

3, 2, 1
Take off!

Where am I?
Who are you?
What are you?
Where am I?

"It's a boy!"

Let's stop this story-telling competition and get straight to the point.
"Did you just say story-telling competition?"

That was sarcasm.

I used to live in many places especially before I was in standard 2.
I used to live in Batu Pahat (Johore),
Sungai Petani (Kedah),
Sungai Dua (Penang),
Taman Markisah (Somewhere near Bukit Minyak in Penang, I guess),
Tg. Keling (my hometown, Malacca),
Batu Caves (Selangor. From second half of standard 2 until end of standard 6),
Semenyih (Selangor. From form 1 until now. During holidays)
and Kuantan (Pahang. My current location)

I spent most of my time in Selangor.
But I don't really know all the street names and whereabouts.

Being a 'nomad', I think I'm used to meet new people and losing some people in my life.
I've been living in hostel since I was 12, so I'm used to be away from my family.
"Did you say 12? That was standard 6, right?"

Yes and no.
I was 12 but I wasn't in standard 6 at that time.
Go figure by yourself.

I entered 2 secondary schools.
From form 1 until form 3, I was in a boarding school in Rawang.
From form 4 until form 5, I was in a boarding school in USJ.
United State of?
I don't know.

Those 2 schools were set up in a totally different environment.
The school in Rawang (during my time) was surrounded by few housing areas with little development.
There's no such thing as a shopping mall.
The most extravagant hangout at Pekan Rawang at that time was only Bintang supermarket (or hypermarket, I don't really remember).
7 Eleven was like heaven at that time.
Really, there was nothing much in those days.

Growing up there for approximately 3 years taught me the hardships in life.

On the other hand, 2 years I spent in USJ was totally the opposite of the years in Rawang.
The Summit can be reached by 20 minutes walking, Sunway Pyramid isn't that far, and there were so many facilities in that school.

No offence, but I do think the students who entered that school in USJ since form 1 didn't really feel the hardships that I felt in Rawang.

After that school in USJ, I went to UIA Matriculation Centre in PJ.
I spent 1 1/2 years there.
At 1st I was an Engineering student, but then, in the 1st week, I changed to Biological Science.

And now, here I am. Already in my final year.
Writing this post for SBM 4021: Computer-aided Drug Design.

I don't see any connection of drug designing and blog.
But there is connection between computer and blog.
At the end of the day, what the lecturer wants matter the most.

To be honest, I didn't make it to the 1st class.

I'm sorry, it wasn't on purpose.
I was in the lab with my Final Year Project (F.Y.P.) supervisor.
I've an alibi.
My F.Y.P is entitled
Prevalence and Risk Factors of Blood Parasite Infection in a Rural Area in Kuantan.

Basically, I'll join the mobile blood donation campaign of Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan
in a rural area.
Then I'll take blood sample from the donor,
give the donor a questionnaire,
bring the blood sample to the lab
and detect the presence of blood parasite (such as Plasmodium sp.)

Using the results of the labwork and data from the questionnaire,
analysis using SPSS software will be made.
That's it.
It's not as easy as it sounds, though.

Anyway, that's the journey of my life (so far).

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Semakin Hari Semakin Tua...

Dah lama dah tak menulis...
Blogger yang pemalas...
Saja2 ikut kawan...
Tapi malas nak delete blog..
Seperti tajuk yang tertulis di atas,
saya hanyalah akan membuang masa saudara/i
selama beberapa minit untuk membaca luahan hati berkenaan proses penuaan...


Tahun 2010 hampir tiba...
diri yang sentiasa muda ini terasa makin tua...
walau tak kelihatan seperti orang 20an,
tapi umur tetap berjalan...

dah final year...

Lepas graduasi, kena kerja...
Atau sambung belajar...
Lepas tu?
Bertambah2 tanggungjawab...
Mula2 kena support diri sendiri,
Lepas tu support parents,

Then support
orang rumah and anak2...


Kena kerja...
Buat benda yang sama...
10-20 years?


Lepas tu proses penuaan yang berterusan semakin hampir ke penghujung...

Nak jadi muda balik ke?

Tapi nak melangkah ke alam baru...
dunia baru...

Itupun kalau semua ini sempat dikecapi...
Jika dah expired sebelum sempat semua ini,
luahan ini bakal menjadi angan2 semata2...

Kenapa cakap macam ni?
Awak dah nak kena accident ke?

Manalah saya tahu...
Tapi janganlah dikaitkan penulisan artikel ini dengan maut...
Itu semua kan dah ditetapkan...

setakat ini sahaja...