The Pavilion

5 06 2010


[Pic] Midnight

3 06 2010

Caught In The Middle

16 03 2010

From the poster of ‘Ex’, Gillian’s upcoming movie… replacing William with Hero, and this is what you get ^~^ Anyway, it’s random but A1’s Caught In The Middle is a good song, despite it being hovering around for more than half my age, I just discovered it today. =)

Blood Donation =)

25 02 2010

First ever blood donating experience… is nothing but a non-stop action packed sequence! The criteria is simple, you just have to be above 18 of age, healthy, having taken a proper meal (Take bread and you shall be kicked out of the line like what they did to me=), have at least 5 hours of sleep, not menstruating, AND weigh above the min weight of 45kg (which I have FAR exceeded, gladly) I like this last rule. It makes heavy people feel proud of their weight at least for once in their lifetime.

After a minor test for blood count, I think… because one friend of mine failed that test and is ineligible to proceed due to low haemoglobin count (the solution of blood with some quirky blue solvent floated. The normal will sink through a sheet of some paper-ish board when swirled.)

Anyway, the climax of it all was during the actual drawing of blood into those bags. And the entire process was such a joy to watch. First, the nurse will check for one vein to become the poor victim of prodding and when it comes to sight due to high pressure being applied on the upper arm, she marks it with a prick. She then proceeds with the insertion of a huge needle (it isn’t that huge, since this one a half inch metal went through and well under my skin without me feeling any pain, but you could feel it penetrating and making its way along your vein’s passage.) that is connected to a delivery tube which in turn delivers your blood to the 1 pint blood bag, which looks like this:

One moment you are lying down comfortably in a position fit for the sunny beaches of California, grasping and releasing your fingers repeatedly throughout the duration with the blood bag conveniently hidden from your sight as you fail to feel blood being drawn out. And the next, when you bend down to take a peek at the blood bag, thinking how much longer is it going to take to fill such a large bag up, it’s already filled full and looks as fat as you.

So, that was it. The most comfortable and easiest way of contribution to save lives, and the best part is that you don’t have to lift a finger to do it (you just need to move five).

[Pic] Sinsweeper

25 02 2010

Voluntary Work at the National Zoo

6 02 2010

What a bargain! Today made me a happy child all over again! Why wouldn’t it when you get absolutely FREE entrance tickets just by having this “Zoo Negara – Volunteer Workers” glued to your left sleeve, and of course, some simple, no-sweat sweeping of fallen leaves and unclogging of drains soiled with giraffes’ perfectly cute and round (the size of grapes =) poop?

We went there by bus, setting off from MAIS and arriving in about an hour’s time, pumped through the ears with the blaring of Rihanna and the Pussycat Dolls for the entire journey. Man, that was torturous… Completely unbearable if I weren’t to plug my ears with tissue stuffings. =P Thank God.

Upon our arrival, we were divided into many, many little groups of either 3 or 4, whereby each was in charge of different animals for the entire day. We cleaned up their homes and even got to feed the elephants and the giraffes for FREE! A sugar cane stick about 2 feet long costs RM3 and so does the stalk of leaves… to visitors that is. =) The sole male, Triang alone snapped up a whole wheelbarrow-full of sugarcanes, while the other two females got nothing. Male-superiority complex >_<

Triang =) (above)

Those two weird females (below)

A few stroke lucky for getting to feed the reptiles, Giant Tortoises and several lazy crocodiles inclusive. Those who were assigned to care for the birds, cleaned up approximately 12 large cages and received wages in terms of fallen feathers.

Wrapping up the day, the bus trip back was pleasing enough. As we said our goodbyes to the thriving zoo…(Yes, there are visitors round the clock, each fleeced and blood-sucked dry.. Nah, kidding. It is necessary for the zoo’s maintenance.), I can’t help but think, what a great outing! Volunteering in a zoo must be one of the best experiences, for trust me, you’ll get passes to the usually prohibited areas, plus feeding animals for FREE! And the caretakers there are really friendly. But it would have been an excruciatingly boring job facing the same old animals day in day out.. poor them. One of them, (Ish. I forgot to get his name.) as we were thanking him and making our way to the exit, calling it a day off, he told us to come by again when we became doctors. There was a slight change in his expression, from looking serious to a notch more serious plus a tinge of sadness, as he briefly mumbled that he should have studied hard when his mother told him to, but he wouldn’t and ended up here… T_T

What a great day!

Standing ovation =P

Another Year… Happy Birthday, Jae.

25 01 2010

Last year, I uploaded a video I made entitled Year 2023 on Youtube as both Gill’s and Jae’s birthday drew near. But this year, I have…. nothing. Yeah, last year was sweet and the memory of it alone is enough to bring tears to my eyes. How I have made full use of my time post-SPM, I will always cherish, for throughout that duration, I wrote to my heart’s content, devoted myself to painting, spent tireless times with Photoshop and successfully created videos of my own. Though these may mean nothing to others but to me, they are my achievements, and the best of all, I enjoyed every second of what I was doing then.

PS. Scoring a string of A1s in SPM is to me NOT an achievement, and so is securing ┬áthis JPA scholarship to pursue medicine. I’m not being ungrateful, and I feel really blessed… but thinking of all these sometimes, my heart just cries out. Pray let me get through this.