the *brainless* one??

I just back from my Speech Communication’s class. I’m all done with my presentation!! Hooray!! *clap hands* I tend to forget what I wanna say and I myself couldn’t understand the complicated made me.. Such a genius!! But I dun mind that since I’ve prepared my speech in paper.

Before that, I was late for class this morning. This is because I read my speech while walking down the hills.. When I was about to reach the junction, the brilliant me walked to the Wednesday’s classroom, automatically. And I found it weird, seeing another group of people occupying the classroom. Still in unconsciousness, I looked at them, wondering if they are using that class for temporary. And most of them are actually my coursemates, I think whom I’ve scolded as mentioned in my previous post. Luckily, there’s a kind coursemate who told me that they are using that class for Speech Communication as well. Thank you!! Then, I regained my conscious, that’s not my class today. Quickly, I walked another building, got myself into the usually-damn-slow-lift, and into the classroom. It’s not surprised that the usually-late-lecturer was sitting there in the class.

After wasting so much time, pushing to each other to be the first to present. My group agreed to be the first. Then, another Chinese group, which is our friends too. The others are reluctant to present. Finally, one of them told the lecturer that there were a few of them who not yet done with their individual presentation. And today only done with 3 group presentations and 4 individual presentation. I fell asleep while waiting them pushing the turn among one other. And I dun understand why they love to push among each other, since that they have to complete their presentations on that day too, unless time is not allowed. There’s no point.. It’s so relieve when a presentation is done, why not finished it earlier whenever possible?? Next week will be our final, and this week supposed to be our study week. If they can’t finish their presentations on Wednesday?? (They love to be late for class, providing that the class is too early or they can’t squeeze themselves into the bus) This is the fact that we really can’t squeeze ourselves into the uni’s bus, no matter how many buses are running. And if you managed to squeeze yourselves into bus, you have to sweat profusely and smell unpleasantly when you arrive in your faculty. That’s why many people prefer to walk.. Ok, back to the topic.. =) I really hope that they can finish their presentations quickly on Wednesday, I don’t want an extra class anymore. I’d rather sleep than going to that extra early class.

Monday, April 9, 2007. Facts Undercovered, Hall of Shame, Hatred, Rant, Thoughts, Truth Lies Beneath. Leave a comment.

Unbearable Attitude of the…

Had a big very big argument in a lecture hall today due to a replacement class.. This was d 2nd time I scolded “people” (if they are but I don’t think they are…) loudly in class, and my 1st time was in Form 1, not as loud as today and not even that many “people”!!

It was all started from the very not co-operate “people” for choosing a date for a replacement class b’coz the lecturer will be very busy and can’t give us lectures in the coming weeks.. A non Malay coursemate volunteered herself to discuss on the date, which that she has already sacrificed her college’s annual dinner on a Tuesday nite which awards her merits to stay com next semester.. This is not very important since that it’s not a class compare to TITAS and there’s only very very few people that can’t make it on that nite.. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday has TITAS class which may have quiz and most of the time YES!! IT DOES (for my class at least!!) Friday, Saturday and Sunday they said that they wanna go back “kampung” kononnya or have co-curriculum.. But co-curriculum is just a reason b’coz by that time, there’s no more co-curriculum.. They are so inconsiderate and making noises at the back and caused dissatisfaction from my coursemate & even me!! I try to be patient with “their” attitudes.. Well, it was still OK!! And it seemed to have no solution to this problem yet!!

Then, came another Malay coursemates, discussing on the date.. They were OK to discuss, but still insisted that they wanna make it on Monday which most of the students have TITAS at nite and higher possibility that they may have quiz!! And I got burst this time!! I hate inconsiderate “people” like this.. They are so selfish and never think for the others and neither they care for others’ feelings (even that I’m not on that Monday’s TITAS class)!! I scolded them loudly at last.. People who can’t make it on Tuesday have tried not to attend the College Annual Dinner that awards merits for them to stay com.. But those have nothing to do with that still making noises, insisted the classes to be replaced on Monday!! There’s still no solution on this discussion..

If they were doubted who is the one standing in front to talk, and preferred not to listen, WHY don’t they themselves come out to talk and solve it?? No one will STOP them!! Just b’coz one is non Malay and one is Malay, they gave different responses!! Tell me, who is the one RACIST?!?! Am I?? I don’t think I am!! They are the WEST MALAYSians!! Dare you call this a peaceful and harmony MULTIRACIAL country?!?! I said NO!! They are the very very SELFISH WEST MALAYSians who have been OVERPROTECTED by the Government!! East Malaysians are not like this!! The one that can be considered as peaceful and harmony MULTIRACIAL places are ONLY the EAST MALAYSIA!!

They impressed me in such a bad way!!

I’ll never like this place!!

Thursday, March 22, 2007. Facts Undercovered, Friends, Hall of Shame, Hatred, Rant, Thoughts, Truth Lies Beneath, University, University Life. Leave a comment.

National Integration

According to The Star dated on 7th March under Nation’s column, the president of the Sri Renggam MIC branch, P. Ramakrishnan proposed on the declaration of our 1st PM’s birthday a public holiday. I would absolutely love that if there’s another holiday for me, so I’ll, obviously support you in that..

But to make something clearer, maybe the Tunku did ensure the unity among the three major races and maintain the so-called “good ties” which I don’t seem to see that now in the West!!

National Service has made compulsory for those selected ones, in order to improve the so-called “national integration”. But can you tell me which race skipped this mandatory service most, once selected but there’s still no action taken?! And still, the government is standing by their sides, feeding them everyday, every meal and giving money away, to be wasted!! I didn’t see any changes from time to time in the West, except the serious deterioration in moral values, fast development that contributes to the global warming and other environmental issues, day by day. And it’s ridiculous that the foreign leaders still look up at you, in terms that you unite the people (which I don’t see here, at all)!!

Look at the East, we have three major races and many types of natives, which that you called the Bumiputras, and we are well-mixed, in peace and harmony!! Don’t you think that the West Malaysians should learn the so-called “national integration” from the East Malaysians?? Don’t you feel shamed on that, in terms that you have less races and not as united as us, the East Malaysians?! The National Service program’s syllabus should be set by the East Malaysians, frankly speaking!!

Thursday, March 8, 2007. Advice, Declaration, Facts Undercovered, Hall of Shame, Holiday, National Service, Programme, Proposal, Rant, Thoughts, Truth Lies Beneath. 7 comments.

Uni Life

I’ve finished 2 TVB dramas this week, a 20 episodes and a 30 episodes drama!! Look, I’m enjoying my Uni life here.. haha.. And this is normally an undergraduate doing in a Uni, to download that bunch of movies, dramas, animes and music albums and stick ourselves in front of our dearest lappy, the most expensive things that we own in our rooms most of the time!! Besides getting ourselves busy with the activities here (I didn’t join any this semester ^o^), we also have many assignments that we normally, and usually finish only at the very last minute!! Nonetheless, we skip classes which we think that we don’t make any difference in that particular class.. Oooppss.. another 1.. SHOPPING!!

Countdown: another week to fly!!

Saturday, February 3, 2007. Anime, Assignment, Daily Life, Drama, Facts Undercovered, Favourite, Movie, Music, Online, Outing, Truth Lies Beneath, University Life, work hard PLAY Hard. 1 comment.

The Doctor

I went to see doctor at Pusat Kesihatan (PK) this morning.. It was crowded with people (the Chinese called this “People Mountain People Sea”) When it came to my turn, I knocked the door and went in.. A female doctor that looks so familiar appeared to be sitting there.. Then I started to wonder where did I see her.. *thinking*

After examined my throat, she told me that my Palatine tonsils are swollen.. (I saw 2 big lumps with ” broken blisters looked” all over the surface inside there with my mirror and torch light.. so disgusting!!)

Tonsils Tonsils

 

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Then, she proceeded on checking my body temperature.. I have fever!! (‘though I didn’t realize that I am cold or whatever..) And prescribed me with a lot of medicine.. Ponstan capsules were also given.. According to the doctor, I have to consume Ponstan to reduce the inflammation.. (But what I know is that, Ponstan is a pain killer.. To reduce pain but not swelling.. Now I proved that she’s correct after searching for information online coz I dun really trust the doctors here.. *paiseh*) For sure, antibiotics will never be forgotten.. It has been years I don’t consume antibiotics as my parents advised me not to take it (it kills good and bad bacteria in your body!!) It’s always my pleasure that I don’t have to eat so many medicine.. *wink* But for this time, I must finish the antibiotics as CNY is coming soon.. I wanna go to Brunei!! The doctor asked me if I want a MC.. I shook my head, telling her “NO”.. She was so surprised coz normally students went to PK wanna get MC to skip class.. haha.. I’m a good girl today.. *self-praising, sort of “muka tembok”* hehe..

*thinking* The doctor was one the doctors who on duty for ER on that nite my friend fell from ice-skating and sent there.. She’s quite friendly actually..

After lunch, I then ate my medicine and of course the cough syrup!! Became very dizzy and fell asleep for 3 hours!! That was loooonnngggg…. I wonder if I’ll suffer from insomnia tonite due to “too sufficient” sleep.. And the cough syrup will cause insomnia as well..

This is the first time I’m sick here.. Should I claim myself a healthy baby?? (“,)

Monday, January 29, 2007. Facts Undercovered, Festive Season, Friends, Learning, Sharing, Truth Lies Beneath, Very First. 1 comment.

The Skating Mistakes

Top Ten Gumbie Skating Mistakes

Here’s a list of the top ten mistakes I see most often as a skate instructor, why I think they’re not a good thing to do, and how to fix them.

What’s a Gumbie?

This is a phrase that’s become common in the London skating scene, and generally refers to new skaters who don’t yet have much in the way of skating skills. Many of the points below would likely apply to a gumbie skater, although of course I’ve seen some experienced skaters make these mistakes too.

This is of course not quite like The Gumbie, the famous GumbieBEN who isn’t a gumbie skater at all since he’s pretty good.

1) Knees not together

This is one of the biggest signs of the new skater – skating whilst not getting your knees together between each stride. It’s very important to do this for stride efficiency and to improve one-foot balance. Eddy Matzger’s favourite description is to think of your left knee as a girlfriend, and your right knee as a boyfriend, and make sure they kissy-kissy long and hard between every stride. At first you might only be able to get your knees close together, but not touching. After some practice that should improve to making the touch for every stride, and eventually you’ll be able to keep your knees together for a little longer still, separating them at the last possible moment before setting down.

2) Pronation/supination

Many beginners pronate, which means rolling your ankles to the inside, leaving your skates on an inside edge when standing with your skates shoulder distance or less apart, for example. Supination is the reverse, when your skates would be on an outside edge.

The goal for most skating is to have the frame and wheels of your skates always stay aligned with your shins. That way they can take the maximum force you generate without flexing, and the chances are your edging during your skating stride will be correct and efficient.

3) No practice

If you want to get better, have smoother technique, and improve as a skater, you’re going to have to practice, and lots of it. All those amazing skaters you see out and about probably also started out skating feeling wobbly and not able to do much other than just stand up. The difference is that they’ve put in thousands and thousands of hours working tirelessly on their drills and skills.

To me this is the joy and beauty of skating, it’s a never-ending challenge that means there’s always something new to get better at and improve yourself. Make sure you don’t get bored or practice so much that you hate it as that’s a sure way to leave skating. I find it great fun to do all kinds of different stuff. My main skating fun is training and skating marathons, but every now and then I have a huge bunch of fun doing other stuff, such as playing inline hockey, going for a mad street skate, roller disco, or maybe trying a new freestyle trick. It’s all great fun, and it all helps improve your skills.

4) Choosing unsuitable locations

This is especially important when first learning to skate. You need a smooth, flat area with little or no traffic where you can practice safely. Anything with even a slight slope will be terrifying if you don’t know how to stop properly. (Here’s a heelbrake tutorial). Rough surfaces are often a nightmare to beginner skaters, and traffic or too many spectators can take lots of fun out of the experience.

Don’t skate down that hill if you’ve never done it before and you don’t know how to stop down hills. You’ll almost certainly crash and might injure yourself, even seriously.

5) Toe flicking/pushing through toes/not pushing sideways

I see many skaters making these mistakes, and yes, I’ve made some of them too. If you want to go fast efficiently, push through the heel, push forwards, and carve away.

6) Practicing more on the good side

We are all asymmetrical to a greater or lesser degree, so having a bad side is completely normal, and it can feel so much more rewarding to work on the good side for a turn or a t-stop, for example. This is misleading though – I believe you won’t ever become a good and balanced skater unless you can do every move almost as well on your bad side.

Think of the importance of being able to turn well in both directions – one day this could avoid a serious accident. What about fitness skating? It’s not very effective at all to skate along with a big, powerful push on your good side let down by a weak ineffective push on the other.

7) Looking down at your skates

Many people tend to look down at their skates. This is a really bad habit that should be broken right away. Looking up gives you better balance, and it helps develop your sense of proprioception (or your knowledge of your body’s position in space based on feedback from your muscles, tendons, and joints). When you understand your own body position in space better, you are much more able to correct your own skating mistakes and will learn a little more quickly as a result.

Another important point is that you get to see what’s coming and avoid accidents. I regularly have to call out to skaters coming the other way in Hyde Park in London simply because they’re looking down.

8) Buying cheap skates instead of good skates

Buying a cheap pair of skates to “see if you like skating” is a pretty good way of guaranteeing that you won’t have a good time. I see so many students who’ve done this and it can be very hard having to tell them that they need to spend more and get skates that will be usable. I’d much rather you bought a decent pair of skates and didn’t spend any money on lessons with me, you’re more likely to become a long term member of the skating community.

A good alternative is to hire skates for the day. Many shops will even give you the price of hiring back if you buy new skates from them within the week.

If you compare cycling and skating, equipment cost is negligible for skating. Take a look at this inline skate buying guide if you’re thinking about buying skates.

9) Not bending your knees enough

Nearly everyone doesn’t bend their knees enough at some point, but this is a particular problem for beginners. It’s also the main cause of the “Windmill of Death”, or wild swinging of the arms as the new skater falls over backwards.

Bend your knees so that if you stood face to a wall, your toes, knees, and your nose would all touch the wall, not including the thickness of any protective gear or your skates. This is the minimum amount of knee bend you should ever have when wearing skates, and should result in a significant forward lean on your shins, plus a fair amount of pressure where the front of your shin presses into the skate cuff. This might cause your thighs to start aching a little after a while, but if you skate regularly then your legs will quickly adapt.

There are a couple of other good reasons to bend your knees – when you fall, at least you’re already closer to the ground so the reduced falling distance means less pain. Secondly, knee bend translates into going faster because you can push a little further sideways. Of course if you’re a new skater you might not want to go faster just yet!

Want to hear how it often goes? “OK, bend your knees. No, some more. No about twice that much, keep going lower, lower still. OK you’ve just reached about the minimum kneebend!”

10) Moving upper body

You can often see skaters zipping along, yet their upper body is bobbing up and down with every stride, or swinging from side to side. This is a clear sign of bad technique, and you want to look for the bullet appearance where your head hardly moves as you skate forwards.

I’m glad that I dun make any of these mistakes except for choosing unsuitable locations!! No choice for that as there’s no smooth, flat area for inline skating at my house.. (“,) How great would that be if I have determination in studying like I read these inline skate’s articles.. =(

Sunday, January 28, 2007. Check It Out, Facts Undercovered, Favourite, Inline Skates, Learning, Mistake, Sharing, Skate, Sports. Leave a comment.

40 Amazing Facts about zZz

The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.

It’s impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision. People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.

Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you’re sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you’re still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.

A new baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year.

One of the best predictors of insomnia later in life is the development of bad habits from having sleep disturbed by young children.

The continuous brain recordings that led to the discovery of REM (rapid eye-movement) sleep were not done until 1953, partly because the scientists involved were concerned about wasting paper.

REM sleep occurs in bursts totalling about 2 hours a night, usually beginning about 90 minutes after falling asleep.

Dreams, once thought to occur only during REM sleep, also occur (but to a lesser extent) in non-REM sleep phases. It’s possible there may not be
a single moment of our sleep when we are actually dreamless.

REM dreams are characterised by bizarre plots, but non-REM dreams are repetitive and thought-like, with little imagery – obsessively returning to a suspicion you left your mobile phone somewhere, for example.

Certain types of eye movements during REM sleep correspond to specific movements in dreams, suggesting at least part of the dreaming process is analagous to watching a film.

No one knows for sure if other species dream but some do have sleep cycles similar to humans.

Elephants sleep standing up during non-REM sleep, but lie down for REM sleep.

Some scientists believe we dream to fix experiences in long-term memory, that is, we dream about things worth remembering. Others reckon we dream about things worth forgetting – to eliminate overlapping memories that would otherwise clog up our brains.

Dreams may not serve any purpose at all but be merely a meaningless byproduct of two evolutionary adaptations – sleep and consciousness.

REM sleep may help developing brains mature. Premature babies have 75 per cent REM sleep, 10 per cent more than full-term bubs. Similarly, a newborn kitten puppy rat or hamster experiences only REM sleep while a newborn guinea pig (which is much more developed at birth) has almost no REM sleep at all.

Scientists have not been able to explain a 1998 study showing a bright light shone on the backs of human knees can reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock.

British Ministry of Defence researchers have been able to reset soldiers’ body clocks so they can go without sleep for up to 36 hrs. Tiny optical fibres embedded in special spectacles project a ring of bright white light (with a spectrum identical to a sunrise) around the edge of soldiers’ retinas, fooling them into thinking they have just woken up. The system was first used on US pilots during the bombing of Kosovo.

Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol-level of 0.05%.

– The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the Chernobyl nuclear accident have all been attributed to human errors in which sleep-deprivation played a role.

The NRMA estimates fatigue is involved in one in 6 fatal road accidents.


Exposure to noise at night can suppress immune function even if the sleeper doesn’t wake. Unfamiliar noise, and noise during the first and last two hours of sleep, has the greatest disruptive effect on the sleep cycle.

The “natural alarm clock” which enables some people to wake up more or less when they want to is caused by a burst of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin. Researchers say this reflects an unconscious anticipation of the stress of waking up.

Some sleeping tablets, such as barbiturates suppress REM sleep, which can be harmful over a long period.

In insomnia following bereavement, sleeping pills can disrupt grieving.

Tiny luminous rays from a digital alarm clock can be enough to disrupt the sleep cycle even if you do not fully wake. The light turns off a “neural switch” in the brain, causing levels of a key sleep chemical to decline within minutes.

To drop off we must cool off; body temperature and the brain’s sleep-wake cycle are closely linked. That’s why hot summer nights can cause a restless sleep. The blood flow mechanism that transfers core body heat to the skin works best between 18 and 30 degrees. But later in life, the comfort zone shrinks to between 23 and 25 degrees – one reason why older people have more sleep disorders.

A night on the grog will help you get to sleep but it will be a light slumber and you won’t dream much.

After five nights of partial sleep deprivation, three drinks will have the same effect on your body as six would when you’ve slept enough.

Humans sleep on average around three hours less than other primates like chimps, rhesus monkeys, squirrel monkeys and baboons, all of whom sleep for 10 hours.

Ducks at risk of attack by predators are able to balance the need for sleep and survival, keeping one half of the brain awake while the other slips into sleep mode.

Ten per cent of snorers have sleep apnoea, a disorder which causes sufferers to stop breathing up to 300 times a night and significantly increases the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Snoring occurs only in non-REM sleep.

Teenagers need as much sleep as small children (about 10 hrs) while those over 65 need the least of all (about six hours). For the average adult aged 25-55, eight hours is considered optimal.

Some studies suggest women need up to an hour’s extra sleep a night compared to men, and not getting it may be one reason women are much more susceptible to depression than men.

Feeling tired can feel normal after a short time. Those deliberately deprived of sleep for research initially noticed greatly the effects on their alertness, mood and physical performance, but the awareness dropped off after the first few days.

Diaries from the pre-electric-light-globe Victorian era show adults slept nine to 10 hours a night with periods of rest changing with the seasons in line with sunrise and sunsets.

Most of what we know about sleep we’ve learned in the past 25 years.

As a group, 18 to 24 year-olds deprived of sleep suffer more from impaired performance than older adults.
Experts say one of the most alluring sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the internet.

The extra-hour of sleep received when clocks are put back at the start of daylight in Canada has been found to coincide with a fall in the number of road accidents.

Saturday, January 6, 2007. Facts Undercovered, Sharing. Leave a comment.