Friday, July 17, 2009

need I say more?


Sunday, July 12, 2009

New Committee Members!

Hey all,

I just realized that no one updated the new members of our "shuffled" committee, so I decided to do it. Check if your names are correct, and tell me if I had forgotten something.

I also would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our new president and vice president!

Congrats Faris and Nadhira!

May you both lead our club with much stride, and find us not so annoying to deal with. Ahahahah! It's going to be another fabulous year! (Or maybe I'm saying this becuz I miss the Davis M'sians - hahaha)

p/s Have a great summer guys!

Monday, July 6, 2009

the jobs are out there

Well....my dad e-mailed me some stats about the current Malaysian job market...these stats don't look too good, but we all gotta keep our chins up and keep job hunting. I just began today...

Copied directly from the e-mail (granted, I don't know how valid this e-mail was):
1) about 30,111 Malaysians have lost their jobs since last October.
2) According to the Higher Education Ministry’s Graduate Tracer Study, 55.1% of graduates were employed six months after they graduated last year while about 80% secured jobs within the same period in 2007.
3) The good news is that although the outlook for the local employment market remains subdued, companies are still hiring, especially to fill key positions.
4) According to The Star’s job portal Star-Jobs senior executive Joyce Lee, other sectors are also hiring.

Hahah...I went to look at The Star's website, and most job postings are for advertising stuff...

Good luck to us, Class of 09. We might be down, but we're not out of the game yet! I just started, after all.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

what we had to endure..

some of us washed car to raise funds for our graduation party.
here is the evidence.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

World Environment Day (June 5, 2009)

I just want to share something with you. Next Friday (June 05) will be the World Environment Day. We all are pretty much acquainted with Earth Day, Aids Day, and Water Day. But, many people have never heard of World Environment Day. Check out this website: http://www.unep.org/wed/2009/english/content/about.asp

We can actually get involved to celebrate that awesome day. You can go green on that day itself OR one week before June 05. Things that you can do (from the same website):

AT HOME…

  • It would seem to go without saying, but many of us forget that we can save water in simple ways like not letting the tap run while shaving, washing your face, or brushing your teeth.
  • Using an electric razor or hand razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable razors goes a long way to cutting back on waste. And plant a tree.
  • Use towels for drying your face and hands instead of tissues that are used and thrown away. Also, hang your towels to dry so that they can be reused several times. You are after all clean when you use them!
  • Juice or yoghurt lovers can do their bit by buying juice in concentrates and yoghurt in reusable containers instead of single serving packages.
  • Many of us like to leaf through the paper as we munch on breakfast, but consider reading the dailies in communal spaces like the office or coffee shops. However, if you prefer to have your own copy, make sure you recycle!
  • When packing your lunch, opt for reusable containers for food storage instead of wrapping the food with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • As you leave the house, don’t forget to switch off all the lights and appliances at the wall unit (if you have this feature) and unplug chargers as they continue to consume even if they are not charging; saving energy helps reduce air pollution.

GETTING TO WORK:

  • Don’t go anywhere without your cloth bag so you can just say no to plastic whenever you shop.
  • Radical as it may seem, in today’s “the easier the better” society, the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is by avoiding driving altogether. Power down and Instead try biking, walking, carpooling, public transport or an occasional telecommute.
  • If you’re one of the lucky few blessed with clear stretches of road on your way to work, use cruise control, as it saves fuel and also helps you maintain a constant speed.
  • For those who suffer from road rage, remember that aggressive driving lowers your mileage, so if you want to save on fuel and save the planet while you’re at it, accelerate gradually-- something to keep that in mind the next time that bad driver cuts you off! Just count to 10 and say the planet needs me!

AT WORK:

  • Do you have a morning hot drink routine? Using a washable mug is an environmentally-friendly alternative to non-biodegradable styrofoam or plastic cups.
  • Leave a cup and reusable bottle for water at work to eliminate buying drinks, which get served in plastic cups, or bottled water. 80% of plastic bottles are recyclable but only 20% are actually recycled.
  • When you need a pad for lists and messages, turn over an old document and write on the back of that instead.
  • If there isn’t an office recycling system, start one yourself! Recycling our trash actually contributes to reducing global warming emissions. And it is estimated that 75% of what is thrown in the trash could actually be recycled, though currently only 25% is.
  • When you must have a paper copy, make sure you default your printer option to use both sides. This is an easy tree-saver!
  • Lower your office’s carbon footprint by seeing computers, monitors, printers, copiers, speakers and other business equipment to their energy saving feature and turning them off at the end of the day. And plant a tree!
  • Turning off all unnecessary lights, especially in unused offices and conference rooms is an easy way to save energy.
  • If you’re in search of something to personalize your workspace, look no further than the humble houseplant. Houseplants are good for the environment because they remove quantities of pollutants present in the air.
  • AFTER A LONG DAY:

  • In the summer/warmer months, consider using an interior fan in conjunction with your window air-conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively through your home. While you’re at it, in winter, lower your thermostat and put on a jumper. In summer, increase it and wear lighter clothes, you will also save money!

  • Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat as it senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air-conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  • When cooking dinner, match the size of the pan to the size of the heating element to lower energy wastage.
  • When you are feeling at your laziest, don’t throw clean clothes in the hamper to avoid hanging them up! Wear jeans more than once…
  • When you wash, use only eco-friendly products in your home. It’s best for you and the environment! And did we mention plant a tree!
Hopefully, you will do one of the many things in the long list to help save the environment. Happy World Environment Day!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Malaysian species among 10 strange species discovered in 2008

As I was procrastinating in lab this afternoon, I Stumbled Upon an article: 10 Strange Species Discovered Last Year, which describes the top 10 species found and described in 2008, according to The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University.

Lo and behold, TWO Malaysian species are among them!

Species #1: Opisthostoma vermiculum























Excerpt from the article:

This strange Malaysian gastropod has a shell that defies the standard laws of shell twisting. It coils along four separate axes, not three like most of its relatives.

Yes, it's the only known gastropod to possess four different coiling axes. Isn't it the craziest-looking thing? (Btw the BIS2C and former BIS1B kids should know this, but in case the others don't know: in simple explanation, gastropods are the class of animals that includes snails, limpets, slugs, etc.) A curious person might be wondering what the *toot* that thing is, so I have conveniently found a page describing this interesting snail.

The Ipoh girls would be proud to know that this snail was found at Gunung Rapat, Perak. The snail "appears to be restricted to a single limestone karst" -- so it must've been found at one of those pretty limestone mountains in Ipoh's vicinity. Genetics and evolution nerds (a subset that includes me) would be interested in the fact that the snail's special shell coils suggest "that the coiling strategy is under some form of strict developmental-gene control". Budding scientists might be interested to read the published paper on this precious snail (main authors are affiliated with WWF-Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah!)

Species #2: Phobaeticus chani (Chan's megastick)




We may not have the tallest skyscraper anymore, nor do we have the biggest cave in the world (since April 2009 -- damn Vietnamese cave) ... but now, we officially have the world's longest insect! YES, HAHA! And it was named after the Malaysian naturalist who found it:
Datuk Chan Chew Lun. Awesome. This stick insect was found at Ulu Moyog, Penampang district, Sabah.

(The article said "Borneo" when they described this insect, and I knew there was 50-50 chance it could be Malaysian!)

I don't know about you guys, but I'm very proud. I've always been proud of the fact that our beautiful country boasts of such vast biodiversity -- a significant portion of which is still untapped and, perhaps, also undiscovered. It's making me all excited again to go back and pursue research to explore and protect Malaysia's rich flora and fauna (after I am done, that is).

Who knows what other endemic species there are to be discovered! Our precious coily snail is already classified as critically endangered by IUCN and is particularly vulnerable to extinction since there is significant quarring activities (horr, aktiviti perlombongan) in the area where it is found. Eek!

Anyhoo, Malaysia is awesome. :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Rhinoceros Hornbill on Letterman

This is pretty random, but I was watching The Late Show with David Letterman the other day, and Letterman had the winners of the Piedmont Bird Callers Competition come on his show to showcase their bird-calling talent.

The third place winners did the call of a South American bird, the Horned Screamer. Uhuh.
The second place winners did the Hawaiian Coot. Uhuh.

So, when the first place winners came on, my half-closed eyes popped when they said they were going to do the Rhinoceros Hornbill!!
I, then, paid extra attention to their descriptions and inwardly nodded in approval when they mentioned that the bird is "the emblem of a Malaysian state". Yes, good good.

You can check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v77DSE4AERU
If not for the Rhinoceros Hornbill, you can watch it just to see geeky high school kids doing bird calls very animatedly, which makes for a pretty interesting watch.

So, yes, in typical Malaysian fashion, I get excited when some small piece of Malaysia is mentioned somewhere. ^^

Monday, May 11, 2009

Jodha Akbar!

after watching Jodha Akbar two nights ago, I have been totally enchanted by some of the songs in the movie. Of course, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai were also very charming in the movie...

but anyway, you guys should give these songs a try:
"jashn e baharaa"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrMrDwUghXU

"in lamhon ke daman mein"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EsV0anEqq0&feature=related

and this awesome one "Azeem O Shaan Shahenshah"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dCIANC9XGE&feature=related

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Bangun Pagi~ Makan Roti~~

it's now 8.12am, about 12 minutes past the time we planned to meet in I-House and start the day.

haha...

I am still at home eating breakfast...bet everyone's still asleep. All worked late last night.
Kumi and Zain (whom I abruptly woke up) were the only Malaysians I have heard from this morning.

haha....

right, Wake up Peoples! We have a whole day ahead of us ~

Friday, May 1, 2009

Argh~

Some of you should know what this means..... *wink*

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Selangor Sultan at Palo Alto!

Hey just read the news that the Sultan of Selangor will be having a heart operation at the Stanford Medical Center, this Saturday.

My first thought was 'darn...too bad he won't be free to come to our event'....

and just out of being a nice human, I of course wish him all the best.

Malaysian Culture Syok

Malaysian Culture Syok is coming soon!!! AHHHH!!! I'm excited for the dikir barat and wayang kulit and videos...and food (basically, everything).

Is everyone getting ready?

-currently-writing-portions-of-emcee-script-

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Putting videos together

Hi!

I am writing to say and remind everyone to have their videos all put together by our deadline (although, I forgot the actual deadline now). This will help make ALL of us feel better, knowing some parts of Malaysian Culture Syok will be set in stone-ish. :) Especially since it's coming up! AH!

I was editing my video earlier today and looking at mamak stalls/late night restaurants...so empty at night...they're like calling our names!

Once we have our videos together, we'll also be able to enjoy picnic day more! Yayy picnic day!

HAPPY almost PICNIC DAY! Come and watch the parade in the morning, then DDR at night! I hope everyone got tickets!

-the-extra-tired-one

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Welcome to the Spring Quarter

Today marks the beginning of Spring Quarter 2009.

For some of us, it's the third quarter of surviving graduate school.

And for some among us, it is the last quarter ever in their undergraduate lives.

Let's make it one hell of a quarter! :D

Happy going to classes, everyone!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Good Luck ON FINALS!

Good luck on finalsssss!!

Semoga Berjaya.

p/s: Happy belated Pi Day
p/p/s: almost St.Patrick's Day
p/p/p/s: and we had Friday the 13th again this month! wah, so many weird celebrations/days in mid-March.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

What is worth fighting for?

2000 people marched to the royal palace, in hopes of sending a plea to the king. They wanted change. The strong show of emotion was met by tear-gas, scattering the marchers from their initial purpose.

Wait, let me back up a little. The plea was to use Bahasa Malaysia again to teach math and science, instead of the current way of using English to teach these 2 subjects. The arguments are as old as age: use B.M so that there's a chance of modernizing the language; use English to improve the English-speaking skills of students.

Is this a trivial thing to fight over? What is worth fighting for in your mind?

Here's the article in case anyone is interested: http://iht.com/articles/ap/2009/03/07/asia/AS-Malaysia-Language-Protest.php

Friday, February 20, 2009

Tshirt Design!



Here is the long-awaited MASA tshirt design!!!

There will be nothing else at the back except the website link. It should be near the collar.

Click on the picture to get a better view. The picture is a bit blurry though.

Enjoy!

Zain's store in San Francisco

Hehe, I actually took these pictures quite a while ago and forgot about it. But today, I was going through pictures in my phone and had a good laugh!





If Zain wanted to take over this store, he didn't have to change a thing! XD

Monday, February 16, 2009

Stand up!

WARNING:
the Video Committee has already convened and made progress.
other Committees shouldn't be slacking either.

by,
EnamKaki the YangBerkakiEnam

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy 3-Day WEEKEND! :D

Hmm....

HEY!!! i get to be a writer now. :)

Updates:

We are getting a shirt, but the design is somewhat unfinished. I hope Faris and Panjang work on the design soon. *hint hint*

Other than that, there's supposedly a lot of Malaysian Culture Syok updates, but I'll leave that up to Khalis.

Today, being Valentine's Day...I decided to make it my dedicated studying-without-a-laptop day (it's starting at 12:30pm). Anyone have any hot dates tonight? I was too chicken. Hehe.

-Aliaa

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Selamat Tahun Baru Cina !

Happy Chinese New Year people!

新年快乐 万事如意

:)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama and his family's secret!

Today is President Obama's inauguration day! He is now officially the president of the world! I am just kidding! I meant the United States of America. Because of that, I think we should get to know this country's president a bit better. And guess what I found out from Matt about his family. His brother in law was born to Chinese Malaysian parents!!! Let me repeat: Chinese Malaysian parents! He, however, was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. So, not totally Malaysian la. But, I thought it is really nice to see the word Malaysia on Wikipedia in Obama's Family section.

Here's what you can see on wikipedia:
Konrad NgBrother-in-law of Barack Obama, born 1974. A Canadian whose parents are Malaysian Chinese immigrants, he is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii's Academy of Creative Media. His parents are from Kudat and Sandakan, two small towns in Sabah, Malaysia, and he was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario.He married Maya Soetoro-Ng at the end of 2003 in Hawaii. They have one daughter, Suhaila.

That's all I want to say. Happy Obama day!!

PS: I wonder why he named his daughter Suhaila. Any thoughts?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Davis Rojak has a new look!

Thanks to Faris and Khalis (and me chipping here and there <-- nak jugak credit HAHA), our blog has received a significant upgrade in the aesthetics department.

Not only is it prettier, it is also more patriotic now!

The birds in the banner represent the four colors of our national flag: blue, yellow, red and white.
Blue represents unity;
Yellow represents royalty;
Red represents bravery;
And white represents purity.



And the birds themselves represent the free spirit that each Malaysian embodies withi-- haha just kidding - I just made that up.

Anyway, the birds, the tree and the swirly thing are strictly for design purposes. Just wanted to bring that up, because we were thinking it could potentially be misunderstood that the birds were for Animal Biotech people, the tree for Plant Biotech people and the swirly thing could be a flagellum to represent the Microbe Biotech people. Hahahahahahahaha! No lah, we know there are engineers (and a vet, landscape architect, chemist, etc!) among us :).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Its 2009; What's your resolutions?

Hello peeps,

I know Yao Hua mentioned how we have inactive authors for this blog (such as myself), so I decided to randomly blog a post on and about the new year...

So yes, we have stepped into the new year by 10 days already... and today, as I was looking at some Youtube videos, I realized that I haven't made any resolutions for the new year. I never really believe in new year's resolutions, or even the fact that a new year gives a new beginning. It's not because I am a pessimist, but because I believe that every new moment or day or hour can be a new fresh start. Anytime one wants it to be.

So here I am, wondering why would people celebrate new year's anyway. I always take advantage of the night of New Year's eve as a night to let loose and be joyful and enjoy some good fireworks. But I guess the society likes to celebrate the new year because it is generally an "appropriate" time for change. And what better way to change than to change together with your closed ones?

So, I had this inkling (after watching the Youtube videos) that it actually might be good and fun to make a fresh start and create resolutions... and share them. Hahaha. Hopefully, it'll inspire those who haven't made resolutions to make them, and to support those who have made them (giving them comfort that they're not the only ones in the boat) and to entertain those who comes to this blog for a good laugh or a good reason to blackmail me. Hoho~

So here goes, a part of me, and my resolutions:

1) To be more brave at applying for a job or internship. I get stuck and become very, very nervous at applying for those, or even writing a resume - like those who are scared of public talking get stage fright. I get... erm, application-terrified?

2) To write more in this blog, so that it keeps the Malaysians together in sharing thoughts, random rambles and other stuff. (And giving Yao Hua a small relief). Btw, it doesn't mean I'm going to write that regularly either! Hehe..

3) To limit the number of classes I allow myself to miss every quarter. (Yes, I used to miss class a lot) but although its best to not miss any... Sometimes, circumstances do occur. So maybe I can allow myself 1 or 2 missed classes per month, what do u guys think? Hoho..

Alright, that was fun and very spontaneous. It's also a good way to kill time when you don't want to do some reading assignments.. hehehe. Have a good week guys, and maybe share the rest of us your resolutions too. For the heck of it.

Friday, January 9, 2009

a rare movie suggestion from yh

people, please go watch

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

it's now showing in the Varsity Theater downtown.

believe me, you won't regret watching it.
*even if you don't like Atonement*

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Winter Quarter 2009 classes officially start tomorrow!

I wish you all a smooth and happy first week of school.

I look forward to more fun activities with MASA (and hopefully no more unproductive sessions like sitting around watching the Game Show Network ~_~). Yay!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

happy new year!