Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 完结篇













Snowboard trip@栂池

Back from Snowboarding
My second snowboard trip. A short 2 days one night trip to a ski resort called 栂池(tsugaike). This was an awesome trip. The ski resort is perfect with courses that suit the need of beginner and intermediate. And the scenery was breathtaking, surround by rows of mountain covered in white snow. I was regret that I did not have my DSLR with me, only an old digital camera for a few snapshot.

Another good news was, I did quite well in this trip. Fell a lot in the first day but soon the body begin to recall, and I was having fun sliding from top to bottom breaking through the wind. But there was price for it ~muscle pain and some bruises.

Looking forward for another snowboard trip next winter.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rich Dad Poor Dad

This was once a best selling book a few years back, and I think most of you must have heard of it. Ya, I was late until the end of 2008 that I get myself to read up this book. Learning will never be late, the worst thing is you do not initiate to learn.

Financial literacy is a knowledge that I find myself lack of as a student. As an engineering student, what I learn all these years is the complex equations but nothing about how to face the real world after graduate. Get great grade in school, get a good job, work hard seem to be the answer. But the recession around the world prompt me to think more about it. When all the companies start downsizing and layoff their employees, what will happen when most of us depends on the paycheck every month to pay the bills. How can we get ourselves out of the mess and be financial independent? I realize that I must be prepared with certain financial knowledge, at least to know how money works and how to not to work for money.

I did not get all the answer from this book, but a broader view on what money is, the do and don't. The main point to become rich by the author is the power to control the cash flow. Maximize the income generate assets and minimize the liability expenses. But how?
The example always limited to real estate speculation. Which I think this is what the book lack of -- examples- examples other than real estate.

As mentioned in this book, investment is a method to increase the income generate assets. How to? is the knowledge that we need to acquire. Anyway there still a big question in my head, when a big investment company like Lehman Brothers can face bankruptcy, how should we invest?

There still a lot to learn and this one book alone is not enough. Read and learn more about finance is one of my target next year. If you recommend any book please let me know in the comment. Thanks a lot!

Saturday, December 20, 2008







24岁。iTunes传来的是这首歌曲--“Happy birthday to me”

Saturday, December 13, 2008

My New Photography Blog

At last....I'm happy to announce that I had launch a new blog - "Bi Hong Photography"( for my photography work.

Actually I have been thinking a lot about how to get thing start if I seriously considering the possibility of photographer as a career, like to set up an online portfolio, or even hosting my own website. But both of them cost money, and I have too little to showoff. So, I decide to stick to blogger once again.

Anyway free services had its limit. I have to customize the layout of the blog to suit my needs, finding place to host the files etc. It took me a few days, playing with the css and html coding piece by piece to get the final result. I am very happy with it now and will add more thing to it in the future. So, here is the screen shot of my new blog:
I just find out that the layout work best for firefox, going well with safari, but it suck for IE. I hate IE, it just cannot handling css well enough. But, IE still have 70% of the browser's share market, I think I need to solve this issue fast.

Anyway, back to the new blog, I have my first post about a wedding project in Shanghai two month ago, with lot's of nice shot, feel free to visit and I hope you will enjoy it.

If you like my work, please help me promote my new blog to your friends, family or colleagues. Thanks!!

#Update: Fix the browser compatible problems, but I dropped down some hover effect on my header. Hopefully I can find ways to get it work with all the browser one day.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


我 我还是不能举起白旗


Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Forwarded article from my brother. For those who cannot read chinese, this is the keyword

"Systematic learning".

Set a target, either a short term or long term, find the resource and get yourself into the learning process systematically with discipline everyday.

Hope this will help you in your learning process ;)


by Khai Suan
作者:採訪整理∕李雪莉.謝明玲 發表日期:2008/11/19



























如果大學生有成為領導人的目標,則必須擁有更全面與通才管理(general management)的能力。




終身學習不只是 「活到老、學到老」







另外,以美國大選為例,因為我很關心美國大選,並計劃於十一月中旬針對美國大選的意義進行公開演講,因此了解美國大選就成為我另一個學習的目標。除了大量閱讀相關資料外,我每天早上大約七點鐘,會一邊在跑步機上運動,一邊收看CNN的節目「Situation Room」的分析;由於台灣對歐巴馬陣營的接觸不多,我甚至跑到美國與歐巴馬陣營的重要幕僚深談。














Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Unknown Path










A piece of article to read and to think of

I do not agree with the statement and opinion of the writer that without an uniform educational system (The son of Mahathir--Mukhriz has pop up this topic recently to combine Chinese and Tamil school into Sekolah Kebangsaan), we cannot form a strong "Bangsa Malaysia". 

What's wrong with our country now is not that we don't have a strong national identity, or a strong national language. We should not blame our educational system. I am glad that I am chinese educated. I love my mother tounge but that do not change the fact that Bahasa Malaysia is the national language of this country. I am grateful because of this unique educational system, I can now comunicate in 3 different languages. 

What's wrong with the country now is the political system that keep on grouping us as Malay, Chinese or Indian. And the exitance of a group of people who always want to act as a hero of their own race. 

What we should do is to abolish the bias policy. To build a strong national identity where every culture can florish. To call ourself proudly as a Malaysian regardless of our race.

Although I disagree with the writer, but this is still an interesting article to read on, to see thing in another viewpoint. 

Friday, November 28, 2008

Banner Design

My footsteps, My story
I'm try to make use of some thecnique that I had learnt from the past tutorial. So my first assignment is to design a new banner for this blog. Not a perfect one but this is the final result.
Comment are most welcome!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Flying without wings

Flying without wings
Originally uploaded by lowbihong
Another photoshop practice following the PSDTUTS's tutorial. Kind of statisfy with the result although the resolution is not that good.
Hopefully I will get time to create my own design one day :p












Friday, November 21, 2008

Penang should think small to grow big

"YOU can take a Penangite out of Penang but never the Penang out of a Penangite, " wrote Soo Ewe Jin in his commentary titled "Penang should think small to grow big".

Ya, you should read this article if you are Penangite and care about your home town. I cannot say the writer had provided the best idea or solution about how Penang should get develope along with it World Heritage status, but he did point out the eager of us to see Penang shine.

I had the chance to visit Edinburgh and Guanajuato, both listed as World Heritage City, and I can feel the excitement living in the city like this. The city itself can tell the story. However, what make the city so attaracting is the people who live in it. How they teasure it and the effort to make it the best place to live in. And I do believe Penang have the same quality. What it need is the awareness, and to have a great vision to get a balance between developement and protection.

This is how the article end

"If Guan Eng gets it right, the resulting inflow of the right industries and the people will turbo-charge the existing businesses in Penang. People will get to eat genuine char koay teow and not just from shops in a mall in Damansara claiming to have the best Penang char koay teow.

And everyone will be happy to be living and working in a Unesco World Heritage Site."

This is my dream too. To live and work back to my home town in the future.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

2 inspiring story to share

Come across this 2 sites, showing amazing photography projects. I found it very inspiring and meaningful, so I will share the link here, and I hope you too can feel the story behind the photos!

1.Days With My FatherBy Phillip Toledano. A series of photos capturing the days between the photographer with his dad after her mum passed away. The photos are beautiful, and the story are sad and touching. I can feel a strong bond between the son and the father.
By Andrew Zuckerman. A project to record the experience of a group of people who have make their mark on the world. Their experience is the wisdom, the greatest gift for next generation. I love the portrait shots, all done in white background. Beside the clean feeling, it focus strong on the story teller and make them stand out sharply. It tells a lot by just looking at these portraits.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Web Design In Photoshop

I found this amazing tutorial on wed design in a website call PSDTUTS.
So I give it a try step by step and do some modification that fit my style and this is the result.
What I lack now is the knowledge to slice this PSD file into HTML+CSS.
Ohh....I start thinking of designing my own website with all the technique that I have learned here!!

Monday, November 17, 2008




Sunday, November 16, 2008


"Ah-choo!!".....a sneeze and I knew it, something was wrong with my body.
So, this morning my nose is flooded.
I hate this feeling.
Hope that I can get rid of it soon.

Thursday, November 13, 2008



回想那些单纯 其实有点残忍

时光总是短暂 心里藏着遗憾

我知道 认识你 爱上你
了解你 看穿你 并不简单
可是 离开你 失去你 忘记你
尤其时常在梦中 有你作伴

我知道 原谅你 放纵你
包容你 疼爱你 其实不难
宁愿 背叛你 隐瞒你 报复你
在这虚幻城市中 无人陪伴


Wednesday, November 12, 2008








Sunday, November 09, 2008


The Mask
Originally uploaded by lowbihong













Saturday, November 08, 2008


















Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The US made a history. How about Malaysia?

Obama won. In the presidency election yesterday. The first black president in the history of United State of America.

"It's been a long time coming, but tonight... change has come to America,"said the elected president in his victory speech.

I cannot say America had a clean history of racism, and there was murder threat posted by those white racist during the presidency campaign. But they make it, the people in US has made a history, elected a president without looking at his skin color but his ability to lead the country.

I hope the same thing will happen in Malaysia too. Someday in the near future. But what happen recently in Malaysia worried me.

The appointment of Low Siew Moi as general manager of the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) has caused a serious debate, not about her ability to seat the pose, but her skin color, being a Chinese. Why do those people have dout that a Chinese won't do a good job in helping bumiputera?

Zaid Ibrahim stated out his opinion that the obsession with the Ketuanan Melayu doctrine has destroyed something precious in Malaysians.

According to him

“It makes us lose our sense of balance and fairness. When a certain Chinese lady was appointed head of a state development corporation, having served in that corporation for 33 years, there were protests from Malay groups because she is Chinese,”

“A new economic vision is necessary, one that is more forward looking in outlook and guided by positive values that would serve to enhance cooperation amongst the races. This will encourage change for the better, to develop new forms of behaviour and shifts of attitudes, to believe that only economic growth will serve social equity, to aspire to a higher standard of living for all regardless of race.

“We need to meaningfully acknowledge that wealth is based on insight, sophisticated human capital and attitude change. A new dynamics focused on cooperation and competition will spur innovation and creativity.

“Some might say that this is a fantasy. I disagree. How do we go about transforming the culture and values of the bumiputeras so that their ability to create new economic wealth can be sustained?

“By changing our political and legal landscapes with freedom and democracy.”

Ya, that is the problem of our country. But when someone speak out the truth, this is what he get

Perlis UMNO liaison chief and former Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said “Zaid should repent. Otherwise he should get out of the ‘rumpun Melayu’.if Zaid continued to question the Malay supremacy concept, then he should no longer be a Malay as a Malay should be defending the Malays and not running them down.”

Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, who is incidentally an UMNO supreme council member, as saying that Zaid was “a traitor to his own race and should apologise for his remarks.”

What can we hope for, if our country is still lead by this kind of politician?

A big disappoinment. I hope for change after the Mach 8 political tsunami. Although it had changed the political stucture in Malaysia it could not change the racist thinking rooted deep inside some Malaysian.

I hope. Like what Obama said before he end his speech.

"while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we cant, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can."

Ya, Let's pray, Malaysia can change. Yes We Can!

Monday, November 03, 2008


如煙  曲/石頭 詞/阿信

我坐在床前 望著窗外 回憶滿天 
生命是華麗錯覺 時間是賊 偷走一切

七歲那一年 抓住那隻蟬 以為能抓住夏天
十七歲的那年 吻過他的臉 就以為和他能永遠 

有沒有那麼一種永遠 永遠不改變 擁抱過的美麗都 再也不破碎
讓險峻歲月不能在臉上撒野 讓生離和死別都遙遠 有誰能聽見

我坐在床前 轉過頭看 誰在沉睡 
那一張蒼老的臉 好像是我 緊閉雙眼

曾經是愛我的 和我深愛的 都圍繞在我身邊
帶不走的那些 遺憾和眷戀 就化成最後一滴眼淚

有沒有那麼一滴眼淚 能洗掉後悔 化成大雨降落在 回不去的街
再給我一次機會 將故事改寫 還欠了他一生的 一句抱歉

有沒有那麼一個世界 永遠不天黑 星星太陽萬物都 聽我的指揮
月亮不忙著圓缺 春天不走遠 樹梢緊緊擁抱著樹葉 有誰能聽見

耳際 眼前 此生重演 是我來自漆黑 而又回歸漆黑
人間 瞬間 天地之間 下次我 又是誰

有沒有那麼一朵玫瑰 永遠不凋謝 永遠驕傲和完美 永遠不妥協
為何人生最後會像一張紙屑 還不如一片花瓣曾經鮮豔

有沒有那麼一張書籤 停止那一天 最單純的笑臉和 最美那一年
書包裡面裝滿了蛋糕和汽水 雙眼只有無猜和無邪 讓我們無法無天

有沒有那麼一首詩篇 找不到句點 青春永遠定居在 我們的歲月
男孩和女孩都有吉他和舞鞋 笑忘人間的苦痛 只有甜美

有沒有那麼一個明天 重頭回一遍 讓我再次感受曾 揮霍的昨天
無論生存或生活 我都不浪費 不讓故事這麼的後悔

有誰能聽見 我不要告別
我坐在床前 看著指尖 已經如煙



Friday, October 24, 2008





你能体谅 我有雨天
偶尔胆怯 你都了解
谁能体谅 我的雨天
此刻脚步 会慢一些
你能体谅 我有雨天
偶尔胆怯 你都了解
谁能体谅 我的雨天
此刻脚步 会慢一些
是否太晚 路已走远
你能体谅 我有雨天
偶尔胆怯 你都了解
谁能体谅 我的雨天
此刻脚步 会慢一些


Wednesday, October 22, 2008











Tuesday, October 21, 2008


作词:光良 作曲:光良

那么美 不适合掉眼泪
有一天 当你看过世界

Friday, October 17, 2008

Players of Character

I ran across this article, and I think you should read it too, if you are searching for an answer, how to have a success career.

Here is the article: Cut n paste from ADWEEK

-By Court Crandall

Last week was about as bad a week as I can remember at Ground Zero. We lost two employees. The first was art director Noah Clark, who announced he's leaving to join Crispin, Porter + Bogusky in Boulder, Colo. The second was a woman who made breakfast for the staff and cleaned the office, and who died of lung cancer despite having never smoked a cigarette in her life. (Having worked on the California Department of Public Health account for eight years, I'd be remiss not to mention that her father was a heavy smoker and she believes the second-hand smoke she inhaled as a child ultimately led to her demise.)

Clark interviewed to be my assistant a couple weeks before he was scheduled to graduate from the University of Southern California. Unlike the other finalist for the job, an attractive woman the rest of the creative department was imploring me to hire, Noah was more "boy band": spiked hair, fresh face, jeans that were more fancy than a guy needs to own. But there was something about him that reminded me of myself. And it wasn't the hair. He was just so damn eager to be in the business. There was no pretense, no attitude or entitlement. All he wanted to do was work hard, learn and help.

So I hired him, spelling out very clearly that the chances of his growing into an art director position with us were similar to the word at the end of our agency name: "Zero." He nodded along and said he understood. Then he set about completing every task asked of him to the highest standard possible. Between doing all the so-called "grunt" work, Noah grabbed every creative brief he found lying around the office and looked for ways to help out with layouts, taglines, new business presentations, etcetera. He never asked to be promoted. He never bitched about his day-to-day responsibilities or acted like anything was beneath him. Which is why when a junior art director position opened, I decided it was time to do what a guy named Peter Seronick did for me years before: Give him a chance. So I gave the kid who was Ground Zero the opportunity to join our creative department over all the guys and girls who simply wanted to work for Ground Zero.

In the four years that followed, Noah turned into an award-winning art director who did the kind of work students at VCU and Art Center now point to and say, "Someday." But that wasn't what made him special. The longer you do this job, the more you find that doing good work is the price of entry and it's all the other stuff that separates the folks you really like from the ones you can't live without.

In 15 years of owning Ground Zero, there haven't been many folks who regularly beat me to the office in the morning. Noah was one of them. It should also be noted that he was often the last to leave at night, if he left. I don't say this to glamorize long hours or a sweatshop mentality, but to point out that he typically wasn't burning the midnight oil or the pre-dawn oil to better his portfolio, but to make a presentation look a little better, work on the agency new business materials or polish an ad that was still a little too rough around the edges for his liking. This kind of dedication earned him the moniker "The Cleaner" from Laura Eastman, our head of account services. Like Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction, Noah was the guy who fixed things, no matter how screwed up they might have been when someone dumped them in his lap. When another art director left on vacation, Noah picked up the slack. When another team dropped the meat in the dirt, he picked up the pieces.

Where Noah figuratively cleaned up after the rest of the office, Ana de Paz physically did. She was the other third of the early morning crew, pushing a shopping cart full of groceries down Maxella toward the agency every morning because she didn't own a car. Somewhere between the time I'd drop my keys on my desk and the time I'd check my first e-mail, I'd smell quesadillas wafting from the other end of the building.

As people filtered in over the next hour -- OK, 90 minutes -- they'd almost always visit the kitchen before they went to their desk. And there was Ana, right in the middle of it all -- cutting fruit, flipping quesadillas, telling people to stop eating the tops off the muffins. It may have been my agency, but it was her kitchen. A Guatemalan emigrant, Ana spoke from the heart in broken English.

Whether she was telling our head of planning to put his dirty fork in the dishwasher or a female co-worker she was getting fat, you always knew exactly where Ana stood. And usually, you found yourself wanting to stand next to her. Especially when times got tough. I think it was because she represented everything good about our company. Her dedication, loyalty and hard work reminded me why we built the place and why I didn't jump ship along the way to take one of the high-paying offers at the multinationals. Now, if you had told me when we started that the woman who ran "Taco Tuesday" would become the icon of everything our company stood for, I probably would have laughed. But she did.

Unlike many ad folks who casually throw out the terms "community" and "family," Ana lived them. She fed us. She cleaned up after us and watched over us. Every day.

Why do I bring all this up? Because it occurs to me that more and more, ours is becoming a business obsessed with skill sets. "Does he know Flash?" "Is she versed in new media?" "Can they build a site map?" No doubt, these are important questions to ask, but so are some others. Like, "Will he treat my agency as if it's his agency?" "Will she put the client's best interest above her own?" "Will the rest of us be better for having spent 10 hours a day with them?" What I'm getting at is that in our quest to find the most qualified applicants, I'm worried that all too often we overlook the best person for the job -- the people like Noah and Ana.

My football team is the New England Patriots, which is currently regarded as the most successful franchise in the National Football League. But it wasn't always this way. For the first 37 years of my life, the Patriots appeared in a grand total of one Super Bowl -- a game they lost 46-10. During this insufferably long period, the various Patriot coaches always said the same thing each draft day: "We're looking for the best athlete available." And so, year after year, the Pats would add more hyper-talented athletes to their roster. And each year, the organization continued to flounder.

Then Bill Belichick came along and changed the philosophy. He said, "We're looking for players of character." It defied what everyone else claimed to be after, but I liked the sound of it: Players of character. Suddenly, 40-yard dash times were overlooked and bench press numbers were deemed irrelevant. It was all about heart. It was about whether a player wanted to help the team win more than he wanted to make himself famous and whether they'd give everything they had to give every time they stepped on the field. And so players like Tom Brady, an overlooked backup college quarterback, emerged and went on to set the single-season NFL passing record. Troy Brown, an undersized eighth-round pick at receiver, ended up playing offense, defense and returning punts in the same season and helping the team win three Super Bowls in six years. (Granted, it should have been four.) By changing the criteria they used to build their team to focus more on character and less on skill, the Patriots turned themselves into a much better organization.

So, as I sit here alone at eight in the morning, my advice to all of you with the power to hire is to find those players of character. They'll be the ones who stay late to make sure the job isn't just done, but done right. They'll be the ones who clean up all the messes you make along the way. They'll be the ones you miss the most when they're gone.

Court Crandall is founder and creative partner at independent Ground Zero, Los Angeles.

After reading this, I start asking myself, what kind of career will I, build up this good character to? Another long quest for me.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Something you should know about corn!

I have found some interesting fact about corn in Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma.

1.Corn feeds the steer that becomes the steak.

2.Corn feeds the chicken, the pig, the turkey, the lamb, the catfish even salmon. All these animal had been made to tolerate corn which is not their natural diet.

3.Chicken nugget is all corn!! The chicken feed on corn. Other ingredient are all derived from corn: modified corn starch that glues things together, the corn flour, the corn oil, the leavenings and lecithin, the mono-, di-, and triglycerides, the attractive golden coloring and even the citric acid all come from corn.

4.All the sodas and most of the fruit drinks have been sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Beer also made by alcohol fermented from glucose refined from corn.

5.Most plans during photosynthesis create compounds that have 3 carbon atoms, corn make compounds that have 4!An advantage compare to other plants.

6.Corn take in more carbon 13 than the more common carbon 12. That's means, the higher the ratio of carbon 13 to carbon 12 in a person's flesh, the more corn has been in his diet!

7.Had corn find it way into agriculture, it would had risked extinction, because without humans to plant it every spring, corn wold have disappeared from the earth. Why? Because, corn depends on human thumb needed to remove the husk, separate the seeds, and plant it. If you plant a whole corncob, they will invariably crowd themselves to death.

Monday, October 13, 2008


词:何启弘 曲:黄韵玲

太浓了吧 否则怎会苦的说不出话
已经淡了吧 多放些糖也很难有变化

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Omnivore's Dilemma

This is a book written by Michael Pollan, an interesting book where the author try to follow the food chain of 4 meals of American society on how the food end up on their dinner plate.

What should we have for dinner? The book start by asking this fairly simply question. Maybe this question did not strike at you at all, but have you ever think of where your food come from? This book recorded the journey of the author exploring into 3 principle food chain that sustain us today: the industrial, the organic, and the hunter-gatherer. All the food chain start from plants, photosynthesizing calories in the sun until the end of the food chain on our dinner plate.

Industrial food chain. You will find some shocking answer how corn had monopolize the agriculture in America, and how this single plant end up in almost all the processed food selling in supermarket.

Organic food chain. In this section, you will discover that the "organic" term has various definition. And organic can be industrial too. So the author ended up tracing two food chain in this category where one is the industrial organic and another origin from a single polyculture of grasses growing farm.

The last section, hunter-gatherer food chain. In order to prepare a meal from ingredients exclusively from the nature, the author had to learn how to do some unfamiliar things including hunting in the wild, and foraging for wild mushroom.

This is a very resourceful book. You will find answers to questions that you take it for granted or you will never ask. And also some interesting knowledge about the biological fact that affect the choice of food and the cycle of food chain. Although I'm not going to change my eating habit dramatically, I start taking notice on what I put inside my mouth.

I will recommend this book. For your quest about the perfect meal.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Vote for my photo!!

I have entered a photo contest organize by dPs(digital Photography School). This is my first time entering a photo contest. The winner will be selected by a combination of public votes and a judging panel. So if you find my photo is good enough to earn a vote from you, please click the link (vote) below to support me. Thanks!
Title: Petai Seller

Vote for my photo!vote

Monday, September 15, 2008

















Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Addicted to---Flickr

Fall in love with photography when I first get my digital camera 4 years ago. The passion continue and finally I get myself a DSLR Nikon D40 2 years ago. I took ton of photos but I never share it out except some post on this blog. But things start to change when I start flickring.

Flickr. I just cannot resist to post my photos to it, hoping that some other flickrer will come to visit my post, fave it or comment on it. Hoping that one of my post will be explore by the flickr interestingness algorithm. Ya, I'm addicted after one of it get explored(although it dropped out not even 24 hours), hoping for more. I know it's silly. But it act like a force, to push me try more composition, to go out around the neighbourhood to find every opportunity to shot, to learn more about pos-pocessing. Is a long way for me if I want to turn this hobby to something serious but is a good learning process whether I can make it to professional level or not.

If you have time please visit my photostream in flickr and tell me what you think about my shot.
Here is the link.

Back In Penang

Finally, I am back for a short vacation after one and half year away from home.

I was lucky enough to get recommendation from the university to enter the Master course next year. There are pros and cons. Pros: I don't have to study for the entrance exam which includes all the subject from year 1 to year 3 and I have more time for my graduate thesis. Cons: I forgot most of the knowledge that l learnt before. I think I will have a hard time next year while taking Master's class. People said that it is easy to get them back if you have strong basic, but for me, is still a question mark. Hope that things will go well.

Actually there are some bias for international student to accept this recommendation program. Only Japanese are eligible for it. The uni was kind enough to include me but the process was fraustrating. I had to go through all the process (entrance exam + interview)like a normal student and go through 2 presentation (other recommanded students only do it once). I protested by handing up blank paper for all the subjects. How can I answer the the question without study?Although they promise not to look at my result but surely if I get bad results, the interviewer will question for my poor performance which I reluctant to face.

Anyway, luckily everything went well and I manage to enjoy my short summer vacation this year. Recharge and refresh!!!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Hi-Tea with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Last year we had Pak Lah, and this year a new Minister of International Trade and Industries, Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yassin, is here in Osaka to meet the Malaysian students. Not a grand dinner like last year but a Hi-Tea with a dialogue session.

I don't really like the way politician talks. They always tend to answer questions by giving only good news and good excuses about what is happening in the country. The high-rising oil price, inflation etc. all didn't sound that bad when he explained the situation. Comparing with neighbouring countries that do worse than Malaysia, yes, it's true that we are not that bad, but how about countries which are doing better than us? That's still a big gap between what the government is doing and what it can do. Admiting what they are not doing enough is the first step, I think.

Again when he talked about racial issues, the 513 tragedy was mentioned. sounds like the typical political statements of BN. I felt pity when he tried to say that he is glad to meet Malay, Chinese and Indian students,but oops, not even one Idian student was there. A big failure. Students who come to Japan under JPA (Malaysian government scholorship) are mostly Malays. Some Chinese, yes. Maybe there are Indians, but I don't think I met one before. For Monbusho (Japanese government scholarship), so far I only know of one. Is it because Indians don't like to come to Japan to further their studies or is it really because they are not eligible for the JPA scholarship or is it because the government is not giving them the chance to?? There must be a reason. and I think most of us know but don't dare to talk about. Just like why the Hindraff demo happened. I really hope for a fair policy for every Malaysian. Let's pray,that the 3/8 political tsunami will push the country forward.

Like always, the event ended with students trying to take photos with the Menteri while he walked around talking to the students.

And like always, we enjoyed the food. :)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Passion Fruit

Passion fruit, I used to drink the juice when I was in Malaysia and I never see it before, I means the fresh one. So when I saw it in the super, although it was not cheap ¥100(almost RM3) for one, it worth for first try. Luckily they include one small paper in the packaging about how to eat this (I'm sure the Japanese are not familiar with this fruit too). So what I show you in the picture is the result of cutting the fruit half. A little bit shock when I first glance at it, a little bit ugly, but it smells really good. Okay, how are we going to eat this thing? At first I tried to suck out the flesh and throw away the tiny black seeds but soon I get tired of it and I decided to swallow the whole thing down. Not a bad idea actually. It tasted just like the juice I drank before, a little bit sour with its special tropical aroma. I google about this fruit in wikipedia and I found out that, besides the purple color one that I show you here, there are another species called Golden Passionfruit, bright yellow color which can grow up to the size of grapefruit, that means about double the size of the purple's one. Hopefully I have the chance to try it out. ;)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Firefox 3

Mozilla is going to release Firefox 3 in 17th June, this coming Tuesday. Mozilla is planning to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. So, to show your your support to this Open Source Software + the best Internet browser in the world, Please don't forget to download the newest version of Firefox this Tuesday. Please visit this page for more information.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

iPhone hit Japan on 11th July--In Singapore, Philipine but not Malaysia

I was late to the lab this morning.Can't wait to watch Steve Job's Keynote Presentation at WWDC2008 when I woke up this morning. As the rumours say, new iPhone 3G was reveieled. I'm not going to write much about it, i'm not a pro analysis and definately you will find many news and reviews about it all over the net. Anyway, the keynote presentation is worth viewing, see how the genius in the silicon valley doing presentation introducing their products and services. Here is the link.The Ad is worth viewing too. The phone will be in Japan in 7th July including a few asia countries ,but sadly Malaysia is not on the list. Why? Anyway, will I give it a try?? with ¥20000?? let's me see if I have enough cash in my account.

Sunday, June 01, 2008



曲:莫凡 词:陈乐融
有人哭 有人笑
有人输 有人老
到结局 还不是一样
什么酒 醒不了
什么痛 望不掉

"Here in My Home":-good Song...when will it become real?

Find out about this video from my friend a week ago. Maybe most of you have seen it before but good thing is worth sharing. 

A big step forward for Malaysian unity at least it was not something make out by the government to promote the country or to fool the people. It is a group of artist who love this country and who want to change it and make it a better place. Hope that this will not be the first and the last. Let's make our home a better place!!

Here is the lyrics.

Hold on brother hold on
The road is long, we’re on stony ground
But I’m strong, and you ain’t heavy
Oh there’s a misspoken truth that lies
Colors don’t bind, oh no
What do they know? They speak falsely

Here in my home
I’ll tell you what it’s all about
There’s just one hope here in my heart
One love undivided
That’s what it’s all about
Please won’t you fall in one by one by one with me?
(Fall in~ Fall in~)
Fall in with me
(hmm … fall in~)
Fall in fall in fall in with me

Push back sister won’t you push back?
Love won’t wait, just keep pushing on
Yes I’m strong, you ain’t heavy
Oh don’t you worry about that …
What we have shadows can’t deny
Don’t you know it’s now or never?

Here in my home
I’ll tell you what it’s all about
There’s just one hope here in my heart
One love undivided
That’s what it’s all about
Please won’t you fall in one by one?

(dududu lululu … alot of dululu until i micounted them)

Bertubi asakan berkurun lamanya
Hati ke depan mencari yang sayang
[Years of fears and years of tribulation
The heart keeps searching for that endless devotion]

[Hand in hand we’ll march like blood brothers
I speak for my people, hope we’ll find peace forever]

inthe payanam payanamm yen vettri thaagam
anthee kaana kaalam naam vetri raagam…nanba nanba
[May the road ahead quench my thirst for success
May the road behind echo a song of the blessed]

Yes I feel it in my bones, so I will let it be known
No matter where I roam this is home sweet home


Here in my home
I’ll tell you what it’s all about
There’s just one hope here in my heart
One love undivided
That’s what it’s all about
Please won’t you fall in one by one by one with me?
(yeah~ Yeah~)

Here in my home
(Here in my home)
I’ll tell you what it’s all about
(I’ll tell you …)
There’s just one hope here in my heart
(one hope! one hope yo!)
One love undivided
(aa~ one~)
That’s what it’s all about
(That’s what it’s all about~)
Please won’t you fall in one by one by one with me?

Here in my home
(Here in my home~)
I’ll tell you what it’s all about
There’s just one hope here in my heart
(one love one love one love ^^)
One love undivided
That’s what it’s all about
Please won’t you fall in one by one by one with me?
(鼓掌 喔~ i love you man)

Friday, May 09, 2008

梅田研究室 Umeda Lab

Our lab members

It's my 4th year in the university. In Japan's universities' engineering department, we will be allocated to a laboratory and be supervised by a professor to conduct our final year project what we usually called 卒論(sotsuron-the graduation thesis).

The lab that I enter is 大阪大学 大学院 工学研究科機械工学専攻 梅田研究室. In short we just call it Umeda's lab. Actually this lab and its research field is considered new in mechanical engineering. It was set up in only in 2005. That's means I am the third badge of undergraduate student entering this lab. Our research area is about Life Cycle Design or in short EcoDesign. Our main focus is to develop a design theory and methodology for developing product life cycle that reduce the drastically environmental load, resource consumption and waste generation as well as increase living standard and corporate profit.

It doesn't sound like a mechanical lab right, ya, when talking about mechanical engineering most people will imagine about robots or engines. But who know, maybe in the near future our research will be the solution to the environmental problems mostly cause by industrial activities. I will be posting more about what I am doing now when I get more result in my research, it's just the beginning.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Family Visit Japan

My family, all of them have pay me a 2 weeks visit in Japan for the first time since I came here 5 years ago. Ya, It already 5 years. And it's the last year for my undergraduate program here in Japan. Just cannot believe that how fast was our world is spinning.

Back to the topic. Besides my family, my housemate's parents also visiting their daughter here at the same time...ya all of them have bought the air ticket during MAS promotion period. At the mean time, a new housemate is moving in. So all together there were 12 people in my house!!!

Having them here was fun. Although it was tiring to have a plan ready everyday to guide them around, it was fun to have them joking and fooling around because it has already been a year since I was back in Malaysia. Even though we talk through Skype and have video conferencing every week, it's totally different having them here. 2 weeks was short. But, I enjoyed every minute of it.

Now, it's just loneliness. I miss you guys!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Too many things going on

Too many things were happening and I was not able to write it down here...and time flew. I don't think I will be doing that in the future if I don't do it now. So just a few lines for each event.

Mexico Trip
My housemate is on a one year exchange program in Culiacan, a small town in Mexico. A great chance to visit Mexico since I have a friend who can speak good Spanish. A free place to stay and a free guide, what a good deal.;-). One month in Mexico and we traveled to a lot of places. Of course we ate a lot of nice Mexican food. But the best thing was we meet up with a lot of people, who are kind and friendly. Although I couldn't even understand a word in Spanish and needed my friend to be my translator all the time, it's nice when you have a chance to talk to them, the locals. And this made the travel more meaningful than simply visiting the tourist spots. I took a lot of photos like around 3000. I would like to share it here but it will take me a lot of time to filter out the good ones. So....I will try.

Family visit Japan: Next entry...time to go to bed....:(