Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Spring is Here...

I went to visit the Botaniska Trädgården (Botanical Garden) today, since there is an one-hour lunch break in between my lecture in the morning n lab in the afternoon.

As I stepped into the garden, I was welcomed by the blooming flowers, and occasionally the hooting owl.
I had my pack lunch (just some pitiful sandwich) by the pond, looking at old couples 细细轻语, and teenagers sunbathing... Looking at myself still wearing 3 layers of clothes (a T-shirt, a pullover, and my KE windbreaker), I really 佩服 those swedes, esp the girls who can wear tight mini skirt outdoor...

After lunch, I took some pictures of the flowers as I roam around the park and the University Building. Here they are:
迎向朝阳
小蜜蜂…嗡嗡嗡…
The University Building
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春天终于来了…
冬天时三点多就天暗…
现在凌晨五六点就天亮,晚上八九点的天空,却还有一道晚霞挂在那遥远的西方…
常听说晚霞是稍纵即逝的。在这里这句话好象不怎么成立…
因为西落的夕阳会由黄慢慢变橙,再慢慢变暗红色…
这形成了一副画:暗蓝色的天空,点缀着灯光的陆地,还有一道紫中带红的光,劈开这片天地…
一副好象只有在中国大制作武侠电影才会出现的情景…
最后…夕阳才慢慢带走最后一道光,把天空让给温柔的月亮…
整个过程大概一小时…
想起之前夜长日短的日子,现在的日子真的好多了…
原来…我的心情也这么容易被季节左右…
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More photos at http://watergan.multiply.com/photos/album/50/Botanical_Garden_in_Spring
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hot Air Balloon!!

I have received many e-mails of hot air balloons of different colours, shapes and sizes...
I have seen quite a number of romantic scenes of the guy proposing to the gal in the movies...
Finally... I saw one real hot air balloon flying across my window yesterday.

*Well... Maybe not the 1st time I see a hot air balloon, if you consider the "forever secured to the ground" DHL Balloon Ride in Singapore.

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TADAA!
The Hot Air Balloon taken from my window.

A close-up view of the Hot Air Balloon

Being in the clear blue sky, looking down at the budding trees, lush green lawn...
Sure is a great way to enjoy life...
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突然好像飞…
Thursday, April 24, 2008

华语真的退步了…

今天Lund University的International Office举办了一个'Kick Off'。
目的不外乎让那些即将到新加坡,香港的学生有机会见一见当地的学生,来个交流。就像NUS的 International Exchange Day。
接近交流的尾声,大家都陆陆续续走了,剩下一个说着一口流利的泰语的瑞典人,还有我们四个新加坡大学的大使(ambassador)。
讽刺的是四个大使,一个来自马来西亚(我),一个来自中国(德重),一个是移民新加坡的印尼人(Jimmy),只有一个是真正新加坡土生土长的新加坡人(志维)… -_-|||

聊着…聊着…原来她不只会说泰语,还在学华语。
再聊着…聊着…聊到绕口令。

她突然杀出一招Swedish Tongue Twister, 德重就还了一招"吃葡萄不吐葡萄皮,不吃葡萄倒吐葡萄皮。"志维再使出究极奥义"四是四,十是十; 十四是十四,四十是四十;……"
吃了两招必杀,她甘拜下风,虚心向我们讨教。
侠之大者的德重就提笔在纸上写了:"吃……"
然后转头望向我:"葡萄怎么写?"
我向前踏了一步,举起手
"……咦?我也忘了耶!?!"
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结果反而是我们向她借书翻到'水果篇',才写完那句绕口令…

之后我问德重你会写'尴尬'来形容我们现在的情况吗?
他皱了皱眉…然后伸手到裤袋里拿出手机,向我摇了摇… -_-|||

唉…连葡萄尴尬都忘了怎么写,更甭说魑魅魍魉,琴瑟琵琶了…
身为炎黄子孙,如今看到许许多多的方块字,却只会认不会写…
惭愧啊…惭愧…
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

'Noble Art' of Labelling Files

I have a rather sarcastic prof for my Pharmacology course, this half of the semester.
We have to submit a compulsory Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for a lab on Catheterisaion of Carotid Artery of Mouse. And this is a reply from my prof after sorting out our e-mail submission.<--------------------------------------------------
Bodil Sjögreen 22 Apr
Dear all on BIOR14 (pharmacology),

I am, eventually, working my way through your SOPs and they are, in general very good!

But, just a little something about submitting files; I know that I have been exceptionally slow at confirming any received material and I do apologize for that. However, sending an attachment labelled “SOP” or “Catheterization…” is ok if you were only one person – now, I get twenty something files to distinguish between. Some brave individuals do not even put their name on the document (not even in it…). I hate to tell you, but my organization skills are better needed elsewhere (and my imagination not always that vivid) so PLEASE, label your document in a clever way, e.g. “SOP Eng Seng” (who actually did that, thank you!). I can assure you, not only will the receiving teacher be forever grateful but all your forthcoming colleagues as well!

Bodil
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'some brave individuals...', 'my organization skills are better needed elsewhere...'
haha. can tell she is rather pissed at our work.
And looks like my habit of archiving electronically has paid off.
But why use me as an example...
I wanna keep a low profile... -_-|||
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我要逃避不必要的眼光…
在这里我只想做个平平凡凡的学生…
但也许在一群白人当中,我的肤色已给了我先天性不平凡的条件…

我不要阿…
因为只有那些不起眼的人
才能逃课去旅游而不被老师发现…
Sunday, April 20, 2008

读可读,非常读。

闲闲没事做,就到处去看别人的部落格。
也忘了在谁的格上看到了这句很眼熟的名言:
道可道,非常道;名可名,非常名。

一直以来都似懂非懂,好吧!今天就去把它弄个明白!
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百度知道(http://zhidao.baidu.com/question/142415.html? fr=qrl)的解说:
“道可道非常道,名可名非常名”是老子<<道德经>>中开篇的两句话。
道是什么?
道是自然而然的存在,不因人认识到了而存在,也不因为人没有认识到而消失。
老子首先指出,道是可以认识的,也可以用语言文字来解说的。
但是,所有人们认识到的和语言文字表达出来的道,都已经不是永恒不变、自然而然的道本身。
名是什么?
名称是可以由人来命名的。
但是,所有的命名都是人为的规定,都不是永恒不变的名称。

因此,老子在此首先告诉人们,
不要认为本书中所说的道就是自然而然存在着的道本身,但是,可以用这些解说来尽力去理解道;
也不要认为本书中所说到的名称就是固定不变的,只是不得不勉强为它起个名称,否则便无法解说。

嗯…………………………………
好深奥…………………………………

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至那些正在K书的朋友:

读可读,非常读。
书啊,知识啊,是可以拿来读的。但是,书本上读取得到的知识,因为不是亲自体验得来的知识,所以会随着时光流逝。
也就是所谓的"The more I learn, the more I forget. So why would I learn?"
所以…轻松读就好…
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哈哈!狗屁一通!
你们还是去K书吧!
Friday, April 18, 2008

LAKSA!!!

Can you believe it!!!
I actually have LAKSA in Sweden!!!

Thanks, Jimmy!
I miss laksa so much.

Although the 'Prima Taste’s Ready-to-Cook Meal Kit for Laksa' din taste as rich as I expected, who is there to blame but us?

"SERVES 2~3"

We kinda top up the gravy with milk to serve 6...
The outcome... it became diluted... -_-|||
Oh well... at least it satisties my crave for Laksa.
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No offense to anyone, but I still think Kuching Laksa is the best!!!

For those who have not tried Kuching Laksa, it consists of Bee Hoon (rice vermicelli), Taugeh (bean sprouts), omelette strips, peeled prawns, chicken strips. Its gravy is very different from curry laksa or assam laksa, cos it is mainly made out of sambal balaccan, topped with optional lime. Its taste? slightly spicy, slightly sour, with a unique fragrant of the sambal and the other ingredient.

I shall not explain further... this is making me miss all the food in Kuching.. Kolo Mee, and Laksa, and Tomato Kueh Tiaw, and Cha Kueh, and Kueh Chap, and Satay, and all the Ais Kacang in Hui Sing, and Fang Yuen Chicken Rice, and ... and ... and ....

Tonight I shall have a good dream of Kuching food....

Room Draw风波

为何最近的Hall这么的'happening'...
一个简单公平的Room Draw,都可以搞出这么多花样…

有骄傲自大的人到处鼓吹威胁说拿不到E8的总统房就要离开宿舍…
有奇怪的人带着奇怪的理论硬要我们拿下E8的双人房,不然他们就要拿单人房…
*注意:并不是我们不拿双人房,他们就拿我们的双人房喔…
有TMD的混球,耍阴的,说句我不介意这个室友,就破坏了整个Room Draw Culture的mutual respect…
最炸到的是……
竟然有JCRC的Room Draw Point被动了手脚,变得比别人高,好比别人先抢想要的房间…
被人拆穿之后,好像到现在当事人还没出来发言…

不懂…
我只希望能平平安安度过接下来的一年…
有了XQ这班小鬼在E6,7,8看来是不愁晚上找不到Supper Kaki了…
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Room Draw的风波已告一段落…
我的新房间:E713
我的新室友:武鸿(实际上的),Puneeth (Office的纪录)
我的新邻居:一只熊,一个黄金喇嘛,一间厕所
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从 E711, 到E701, 到外面转了一圈之后,再一次回到E713…
四年了…
我再次回到这里拥抱这一片海景…
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I'm a PC.. I'm a Mac..

I've been using Windows Vista for the past 5 months.

My experience:
1. Running a Vista on a 1GB RAM laptop is like running a XP on 256MB. All the useless animation is hogging up the RAM...
2. Software incompatibility. Need I say more...
3. System hang and crash. Dunno why my Microsoft Office 2003 dun run as stably as XP, esp MS Excel, which always crashes whenever I wanna save..

This describe my feeling when I'm using Vista.

This is when I was using Vista for the 1st time. Some stupid alert box keep popping up asking me to cancel OR allow. I turn it off after two days... Thanks Microsoft for putting in such useless stuff..

Sorry Microsoft.. I am 'downgrading' myself to Windows XP when I'm back...


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New Guitar Technology at CES 2008

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2008, the largest trade-show for consumer technology, held every year at Las Vegas, Nevada.

I was checking out what are the new cool gadgets coming up this year on youtube, and found some quite cool stuff for guitars!

#1. Gibson Robot Guitar
The first one is Cool!!
Every electric guitar player should know Gibson Les Paul. Now the guitar just got better with robotics tuning your guitar automatically.

No more hassle of tuning the guitar. No more embarassment of strumming an out-of-tune guitar on stage.


#2. Guitar Wizard
The second one is Crap...
Basically it is like playing Dance Mat on your guitar, with coloured frets and lines marked with different shapes.

Kinda cool for some one who wanna try playing Dance Mat genre games on a different instrument. But I think it is crap because you can't learn guitar like that.. you have to learn where each note is, and not just learning the songs by heart..

#3. Guitar Hero- Air Guitar Rocker
The third one is Crappily COOL!!!
You have seen ppl swinging his hand around his crotch, acting as if he is slamming on his 'air' guitar. Well, it is a dream come true for them. with this device, you just have to strum with the magnetic pick above the belt buckle, and it will transmit signal to the amplifier to play the chord.

Pretty idiot-proof cos u dun even need to know the notes nor the chord to play a song on the guitar. But pretty crappy as well.. if u get wat i mean...
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现在这些给大小孩玩的玩具真的是越变越夸张。
只要是你想得到的就会有人做得出给你。
像Nintendo Wii, 或上面的Air Guitar Rocker...
绝对不是80's 年代的小孩能想象的…
但不懂为什么当年的我们玩着任天堂Nintendo的'魂斗罗Contra', '超级玛丽Super Mario'就可以这样开心的玩上整个下午…
现在…每天只会嫌电脑慢…Graphic Card不够support新的game...
哎…想念当年的日子…天真…无知…单纯…
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

钢骨森林…也别有一番滋味…

从砂拉越首府 古晋 Kuching
到马来西亚首都 吉隆坡 Kuala Lumpur
到槟城 Penang,到柔佛 新山 Johor Bahru
到新加坡 Singapore

再走到北欧 斯堪的纳维亚 Scandinavia
斯德哥尔摩 Stockholm (瑞典Sweden首都)
哥本哈根 Copenhagen (丹麦 Denmark首都)
奥斯陆 Oslo (挪威Norway 首都)

再飞到英国 England- 伦敦 London, 曼城 Manchester, 纽卡斯尔 Newcastle,
苏格兰 Scotland- 爱丁堡 Edinburgh.

从我到新国读书,这几年走过的地方
说多不多,说少却也不少…
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从前呆在古晋还不觉得怎样……
到了新加坡之后,城市突然给我一种说不出的感觉…
一座座高楼大厦像五指山那样,把人们压得翻不过身,喘不过气…

好不喜欢这种感觉…
好想去像热浪岛,或什么乡下野外,山峰高原,冰天雪地的地方…
去没有压力的地方…
去没有高楼大厦,随便抬头一望就能看到蓝天白云的地方…
也就因为这样,一直向往着能在欧洲呆一呆…
感受那里的风土人情…
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好了…
来到欧洲三个月…
放眼望去一片无际的草原,我看过了…
海拔3000尺的山峰高原,飘着满天的雪花,我看过了…

好满足…
真的好满足…
一生人能有一次这样的旅行就真的够了…
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我一直是比较喜欢大自然的…
山啊,海啊,湖啊,岛啊,我全都喜欢…
所以到了Scandinavia的城市,我只有一种感觉:没什么嘛,还是他们的自然风景美些…

到了爱丁堡,伦敦一走:咦?怎么感觉不一样了…
感觉不到城市应有的压迫感…却像进入另一种钢骨森林…
高楼虽然还是高楼,但两座高楼如果建在对的方向就能达到wind tunnel的效果,吹来的风格外凉爽…
一片片玻璃映着蓝蓝的天空,时而反射着阳光,像一面面的湖,一面面的海…
在摩登的城市里,寻找着历史的遗产,就像在森林探索,期待下个弯能找到传说中的文化古迹…
狭窄的后街道像小溪,宽阔的大马路像河流,带着这里的人走向各自的目的地…
而我们走在他们走过的路上,尝试体会他们的生活,他们的快乐…

不一样了…
真的不一样了…
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美丽的风景也许不一定要往外跑才能找到…
原来钢骨的森林…也别有一番滋味…

Monday, April 14, 2008

UK Trip: Day 5-London

8Apr (Monday):London
A good day begins with a good breakfast. And that is what we had in London.
We had cereal breakfast at the kitchen in our hostel-Astor Victoria.

Then this notice in the kitchen sink interest me:

Your Mother Is Not Here

So...
YOU Wash your Dishes
Be Civilized, Be Independent


We should definitely tell the kids nowadays this.
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After tat, we set off to explore London.
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First stop: the Buckingham Palace.

This palace sure din disappoint me. It is SOOOO BIGGGG!!! Check out the ratio of the guards and the Palace...

Then look at the gates... really够气派...

In front of the Buckingham Palace there is a fountain. with green bronze statue around and a golden statue on top.

Trixie! I found you!

We reached there early, but too bad we dun really have the time to wait and see the changing of guards.. oh well..
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Next stop: the Westminster Cathedral.

Here we took the lift up the tower, to have a bird's eye view of the Metropolis of London.

Views taken from the Campanile Tower of Westminster Cathedral in all 4 directions....
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Enjoying enough of the cool breeze on the tower and the view of London, we continue our way down Victoria Street to the Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament with the Big Ben. It looks very near in the tourist map we got, but took us longer than we thought.. the metropolis of London really is big.. Just within the boundaries of Greater London, there is already a population of 7million...

Okay.. back to Westminster Abbey.

The Great West Door and towers of the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, which is almost always referred to by its original name of Westminster Abbey

There is a reason why it is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site..
This Gothic church is magnificent! The carvings, the designs...

On the facade of the North Entrance, we can see the heavy Gothic elements of pointed arch, and flying buttress... a different feel compared to the West Door, which if shown separated, I might tot there were 2 different buildings..

Next to the Westminster Abbey lies the Church of St. Margaret.

After walking for the whole morning, we went in to have a short break, and immersed ourselves in that simple moment of peace.
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Rejuvenated from the rest, we continue our walk towards the River Thames, where we can visit the Palace of Westminster (also known as Houses of Parliament), the Big Ben, and the London Eye.

From afar we can see the clock tower of the Big Ben.

As we walked nearer, we were greeted with the Cambridge Chimes.


Then, further down, the Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) meet to conduct their business. The palace is one of the largest parliament buildings in the world.

After this last building of the ensemble of UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with St Margaret's, and Westminster Abbey. We walk down River Thames to the London Eye.

The big bicycle wheel... The London Eye... Standing at the height of 135m on the South Bank of River Thames, it was the tallest Ferris Wheel. Well.. it WAS the tallest.. until it got surpassed by the The Star of Nanchang (160m) in May 2006, and then the Singapore Flyer (165m) on February 11, 2008...

But it still attracts millions of ppl every year.
and btw, this is the wheel the Fantastic 4 were saving in the Rise of the Silver Surfer.
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After that, we took the Tube to London Bridge.

London Bridge is falling down.. falling down.. falling down..
London Bridge is falling down.. My fair lady..

And all this while I thought London Bridge is the one with the 2 towers...
But I was wrong...
This is London Bridge!!!

And THIS my friends, is Tower Bridge!!! my childhood 'London Bridge'

I wonder which idiot drew the Tower Bridge on the page together with the nursery rhyme 'London Bridge is Falling Down', giving me this wrong impression of the bridges over these years..


View of River Thames on the Tower Bridge
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221b Baker Street is our next destination.
why particularly mention this address? you may ask...
This is the address of Sherlock Holmes, the famous fictional detective, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He is so famous that people went to this address to look for him.

If Japanese mange freaks find this name familiar, you guys are right. This is the name used by 工藤 新一 (Kudo Shinichi) in 名侦探柯南 (Detective Conan). Kudo used the alias Conan, honoring Conan Doyle, in order to protect his real identity.
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Last attraction for our London Trip: Madame Tussauds.

Madame Tussauds is a famous wax museum in London with branches in a number of major cities. It was set up by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud.

I have always heard of how real this wax figures were... and Seeing is believing...
This place is a true memory space killer for our camera. I shot almost half of the photos of London, in just 3 hours here.

We took photos with...

Celebrities

Cartoon Characters

Sports Star

Royal Families

Renowned Scientists

Famous Artists

Legends

Religious Leaders

Political Leaders

We also took a ride in the cart through the Chamber of History of London.
through the building of London, the Great Plague, the Great Fire of London, to the Rise of Modern London...

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After dinner, we went to Oxford Street, for some shopping. We went to Primark to shop for clothes, and this is what I got

2 shirts, 1 short pants and 1 jeans. all for only GBP17. The jeans cost only GBP4. SUPER CHEAP!! Din know guy can be this high when go shopping for clothes. haha.
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To end our day, we went around the London Eye, the London Bridge and Tower Bridge again to see its night view.. before heading back to our hostel at Victoria.
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9Apr (Tuesday):London->Svasta(Stockholm)->Nyköpping->Lund
The next morning we woke up at 4am, to catch the bus at 5am for the 1h30m ride to Stansted Airport.
We then fly by Ryanair back to Svasta (Stockholm).
This is where Hiong n I say good bye to Kane since he is going back to Stockholm.
We took a bus to Nyköpping, and stone there watching movie til 5pm, to catch our train back to Lund..
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All in all, this UK trip is very very very short considering the places we have to cover..
But I'm quite proud we manage to cover quite a lot of places.
Given the $$ and time, I would definitely wanna visit London and Edinburgh again.
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More photos at http://watergan.multiply.com/photos/album/49#