Friday, May 13, 2011

Incisors, Canines, Premolars & Molars

Getting acknowledged for the effort that you put in your labs/clinics is an amazing feeling=)

Motivated to become a good dentist

Putting smiles on struggling souls out there

This is Dentistry!

Friday =)

The awesomeness of Glee=)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hot and Sexy

2 months passed and I already missing Malaysia terribly...

I starting to find my way out, and find myself can be independent if I want to.

My stay with Malay seniors reminds me a lot of my MRSM life. They like me cause I speak like them. People get attracted to you if you are willing to learn about them, their language & cultures. To think back, I have gone through a very different path. Being brought up in chinese primary, gone through a tough time in malay secondary and now angmo tertiary. I don't have any comfort zone, do I?

Pick up a stone and throw it randomly, there is a 0.9 probability that it will hit someone with iPhone in his/her pocket. iPhone makes people more independent... I solo-ed Adelaide city starting on my 3rd day here, with iPhone and google map I am invincible. But there is time when you are cursed, by your overconfidence in owning or over trusting your iPhone, just like what happened to me.. My iPhone was jammed and I didn't know how to reboot the system (now I know=) and I was so helpless in the middle of the city, I put pressure on my brain to recall the way to get back home (with iPhone I don't memorise the route cause my eyes will be glued all the time at the small blue pin in google map on my iPhone screen)

Cheers for free stay during my first 2 weeks, not to mention the free food that they provided. But it could be depressing when most of your friends have their own place and people still call you homeless. I sent thousands of emails to different agents but you can count the replies with 10 fingers. It was was... I wanted to give up on finding a house, I was desperate and so was my house-hunting-partner... If there is someone that I desperately need at the moment that would be my sister... She can do a better job than me.. Yet I managed to pull myself together and my effort paid off.. Getting a house and throw some people in doesn't make it home, there is a reason for the cheap rate that I get for the house (I feel proud when people get so surprised to know my rentals) I had to worry about the furniture after that... It took me 3 weeks to actually set up everything, it isn't enjoyable to spend 1 hour in assembling dining chair and to find out later that you still have 5 more to go.

Living for weeks without fridge and washer was no joke, you could die without them. I survived from malnutrition by having canned meat and vegetable until we own a fridge. Was trying to get a second hand one but it didn't work.. It is all about money saving here, you screwed if you don't..

People here are nice, really mean it...They are helpful, maybe some of them, I don't know, I am a newcomer..

It is a great opportunity to learn... Adaptation is still ongoing...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Old Days

Chinese New Year is an event that I couldn't wait to celebrate when I was a kid. I was looking forward to overnight in my grandfather's house every year, all of the relatives will be there. It is a big family, so big that you may find it suffocating to fit in the small apartment sometimes, but I like it.

You can never get bored with the repeating routines every year, cause they happen once in a year. The aunties are so busy cooking and gossiping (I guess this year topic will be about my cousin brother's girlfriend) in the kitchen. The uncles make complaints about the government and as for us (kids/now teenagers) we glue our eyes on the TV screen at the back, playing PlayStation! Usually that is a non-girl area, so my sister is always forbidden there. She is one of the only two girls in the family, my cousin sister is too big to join us for PS. But I doubt my sis ever gives a damn to the rule? As sometimes she just hops in to cause interference.

Alex Lim and Benny Lim, my 2 cousin brothers, they are brothers, from Kuala Lumpur. Though we meet only once a year, but we never felt stranger to each other. They got everything, while I only got my PS One after I got 7 As for UPSR, and by the time PS One is outdated, everyone is crazy over PS 2, and now PSP and PS 3. They are brothers and they do what brothers do, they quarrel, every year. I take side, me and Alex will always gang up against Benny. We enjoy doing this.

Daniel and Alvin are older than us. They are brothers too, but no quarrel. Dan is a dentist, though I am going to end up like him but I seriously doubt we have any topic to talk about. Honestly I have no liking for him. Confidence is good but the excess of something good is bad, like him. In contrast, Alvin is humble, he is kind to everyone. Everyone likes him.

Hmm...I don't really know much about Han Xiang and Hooi Lin, not until recently HX started to FB chat with me. We talked a lot, about girls too, and he will always summarize by adding "Don't tell your mom, later she says I teach you bad" LOL.

This year might be the last year for me, to celebrate Chinese New Year here, after which I have to wait for a long time...very very long. Not only me, everyone is growing up, and going to different places. It is kinda weird to see Benny Lim playing PS at the back, ALONE, as Alex Lim is not coming back this year. You feel something definitely lost to not see the 2 brothers quarrel in the house, or fighting over the PS joysticks. The house is quiet this year, and will be more quiet for the coming few years...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Shy to Help?

Did something hold you back when you are thinking of helping a stranger? being too suspicious? (The old lady is going to rob me if I help her to cross the road!) Or feeling awkward to be good? Afraid that others may say you acting good?

Being good is hard, maybe the person doesn't want to be helped? is like spitting on your face. Also being kind can be dangerous, when you try to help a lost kid to find her way home, the next thing you know will be waking up naked in nowhere, for guys, you will see you kidneys hanging out there for sales. Nowadays bad people take advantage of good people, being kind is like exposing yourself to dangers, that's why there are so few kind people out there...

Me and Stephen were taking LRT that day, it was packed, like usual. An old man came in, maybe the others were blind or sleeping, only me and Stephen saw him, he held to the pole, as the rest were sleeping and no one stood up to offer him a place (forgot to mention, we were standing too) His legs were shaking terribly when the LRT moved. Seeing this we tried to be the heros, we approached 2 highschool girls and asked if they could kindly offer their place to the old man, it was awkward of course, maybe they will think we intended to flirt with them. Then this uncle, who was blind just now saw our doings and asked, not in a polite way "What do you want?" Honestly, I am easily pissed off with rude people, at first I was thinking of ignoring him but still I convinced myself not to get into any trouble, so I explained to him, not very pleasant though. He shitted back, "No need to be so good to him" I punched him hard, in my mind. What an idiot! Do you ever have a heart to care for others?

The happenings around don't really encourage people to be kind, like the old days anymore. Everyone is so suspicious, the one who tries to help or the one who will be helped. They don't trust each other... As for some cases, we are just too shy(?) to make the first step, offering help to a stranger, or we don't want others to misunderstand our pure intention.

I choose the people I am going to help, and I helped a lot of old people, especially old ladies (old men can be stubborn sometimes)
*Guys? No, I think they are good enough to handle their work, like, I don't really want anyone to offer help to carry my things, or it bruised my ego when a girl that I am helping carrying her boxes asks "Are you okay? Need my help?" I am a guy! Haha, my muscles are not dead.
*Ladies? Hmm...I help my female friends, but as for strangers, I feel like helping sometimes. That day when I just back from morning jog in Sun U I saw 2 girls struggling with their luggage. "Go, be a gentleman and help them out" "Hmm...never mind, what if they don't want my help?" Dilemma at that time, the girls are pretty, I should go, but if they rejected my kind offer, it will be very "no face"...I didn't help at the end, cause I saw their car coming, parked at 10m away.

Throughout my life, I met a lot of helpful people, and I believe that I am going to meet more. It is time, to set away the negative thinking that no one is kind in this world. Maybe the day will come, when people truly understand each other? There are few kind people, few, but not extinct yet...

Friday, January 28, 2011

God's Favourite Son

Does God take side on His children? Well...for me, I think yes...I know cause I am always one of His favourite child. I am no genius, neither any great achiever in anything...Still able to recall back the time, when mom was so worried that I might be a retarded kid (joking, but I was stupid back then, note, I am not saying that I am clever now either) She did sacrifice a lot at the hard time, everyday few hours, sitting there teaching me how to write. In contrast, sis is always the brightest one at home, mom didn't worry about her at all, all the aunts like her. But I wasn't envy at all, I don't mind being the inferior one...really...I once thought that, if one day I end up to be a useless being with no job, I can always go to my sister, but of course now no more, the thought itself is so not cool to attract girls...

At that time, I bet no one would expect me to gain so much in my future. I was a good boy, although has no big brain but still good. I tried to rescue a trapped kitten, I fed random dogs at the roadside, I listened to my father and I say "I love you" to my mom. Not trying to promote myself but honestly I have a kind heart. And all the good deeds paid...with God's blessing...It was kinda shocking news to my primary teachers that I got 7 As in UPSR, my mom told me that her colleagues were surprised (so bad they all looked down on me!!!) and the success didn't end there...I am an all A student throughout my academic life, up to SPM level. If the "99% hard work + 1% luck" applies to everyone, then I guess I am an exception...I am never a very competitive student, I mean although I want to do good in my studies but it is not everything to me. I am sort of the "okay la, whatever also can la" person, but God doesn't let me to be okay with anything, He gives me the best in everything, He loves me too much, I always tell my sister that God loves me too much.

I got University of Adelaide, I still remember people told me that how impossible it is to get Dentistry in Australia, and I think they just got themselves slapped when this happened. If it wasn't my mom that keep telling every single living souls in Sungai Petani that I will be flying to Australia, I don't mind if I didn't get it. You know, it is kinda "no face" when your mom told everyone but you didn't make it in the end. Is it luck again this time? I don't know...I am not ATAR 99 or anything like that, if it wasn't luck then the only reasonable explanation will be the interview. I am NOT a really good speaker, but somehow I could feel that my interviewer was impressed (perhaps they were trained to act impressed in front of candidates) in some ways.

With great power comes great responsibilities, I am not spiderman but sometimes I feel burdened by great responsibilities. The higher I climb, the more hopes people put in's expectations...I am not the type of guy who is so committed in his job, I fool around and messing with people, and my sister called me "ni3 san1 xin1 liang3 yi4 de1 zhu1" that means "pig with no firm stand, always changing mind" (that's because she thinks I am not serious in my relationship, but in fact she didn't even know much about my personal life) So the conclusion is, I am not capable of taking things seriously (not relationship of course, I am a good guy). How could I bear with such great responsibilities? What people really concern is how high you can fly, but seldom people care about how tired you are, due to continuous flying...though sister always say to me that not everyone got the opportunity like me...

She is the best sister in the world...she filled my JPA form and I just need to sign all 3 contracts... And she always has faith in me, or in my luck. She takes things seriously, my things. Though we always quarrel, cause I am so irresponsible, but she never abandoned me, even if she is angry with me. For many times I feel like saying something touching to her but I guess I am just too ego-ish to express this, acting cool..Indeed everything she said is true, about the world outside, about being self-protective, although they are not pleasant to hear but they are all quite true... And now I am moving to the next stage of life, university...wish I could just accept the fact that everyone needs to grow up, like she always asks me to...

*I am so lucky that I scare that I will strike if I pray to God and go buy lottery =)