Wednesday, November 23, 2005

November Rain

Today has been one of those useless days that start off slow then it picks up and becomes one of those days that I enjoyed and cherish, here is my account of the day…

The day started off late… like any other day I wake up to the sun shining into my room from my bared sliding windows covered by brown flowery drapes, not by choice what when I moved in to this semidetached bungalow, I was awoken by my cell calling me out “Master, I have mail for you!” It was a voice massage from one of the staff members in Curtin wanting to talk about the weekend plans for Abel’s birthday get together. Got out of bed and did the hygienic procedures and cleaned all my nooks and canines. Went to my fridge to get a form of breakfast, what ever I was able to find that I didn’t have to warm up to eat…as I was heading back in to my room, there lay Lionel on my 3 over sized cushion a sleep; he came over the day before to watch the first season of the series Lost with me. Anyway I passed my time by typing an article for my future bloggings. It was close to 2 in the afternoon when we decided to head out and get lunch…or breakfast, then headed to campus to use the FREE internet…

Earlier in the day I massaged Kimmy if she wanted to go swim, felt like I needed to have some exercise. She replied later to confirm that she wanted to…now that her exams were done she was free to go and do almost anything… So, time when by and came close to when I had to pick Kimmy up. Got to her, picked her and made our wait to the public pool at the “City Fan” (look up in Miri and places in Miri). We swam for over an hour or more. She had plans to go to a friend’s house for BBQ that evening and another friend of hers was to pick her up from the public pool around 8.00pm.

It was around 7.15pm that she decided to get out of the pool and go check her cell phone if she had any massages from her friends about that evening BBQ, if there were any changes in plans. She was about to swim to wards the steps to get out, then I told her there is an easier way to get out of the pool. Lift, twist and sit, simple and she got it on the first try… I guess I was too fat when my friend tried to teach me…anyway as she got up and made her way to the table I turned to go for another swim. She slipped, twisted her ankle and fell with a ‘Thud!’ I turned back and saw her on the floor clutching her right ankle. I got out of the pool as fluid as I could with all my excess adipose tissue and made my way to here as fast as I could. I could see that she was in pain, tears streaming down her cheeks while clutching her right ankle. She told me that when she twisted her ankle she heard a crack…I looked at her ankle and I saw that her ankle was swelling up and fast. We remained on the pool side floor for about 8 minutes before I helped her to her feet and made out way to a chair near by. She sat and I covered her with her towel and took a look at her swelling ankle…it really looked like she broke her ankle cause it looked like her ankle bone was pushing against her skin, but I knew it was not the case. She made her way to the ladies changing room and change so that I could send her to the nearest hospital, M.C.M.C. (Miri City Medical Centre).

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We arrived at the hospital with in 15 minutes, helped her into the entrance and the front desk to get her details down. This is not her first time here at the hospital, a year a go she had a similar incident. The doctor that she was about to see was the same doc from a year ago…What she told me was that he had some trouble communicating in English…he was Chinese. Anyway I brought a wheel chair for Kimmy to use, and wheel her to the doctor…This is my 1st time to wheel someone in a wheel chair… he he he it was fun… got to play driver, except that I had to worry about knocking Kimmy’s ankle on the door sides… The doctor that we meet what was a bit ‘sot’ (meaning unbalance)…He asked the most redundant questions that a person of his standard in the society of doctors could ask, or maybe it was just his limited use of the English language…at one point of the interview with him, he the doctor referred to Kimmy’s condition in the most scientific terms her heart is the ‘water pump’ and the internal bleeding is referred to as the ‘broken pipe’… SOT! .... good analogy but none the less he is a DOCTOR! *Slaps head, shakes head and Sigh! *

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A couple of minutes when by, the adjustments of Kimmy’s crutches, collection of her pain killers (more sleeping pills then pain killers) and we left to head back to campus to collect A shoe. Reason being that she went our swimming session at the public with wooden clogs. So we drove all the way back to campus to get her single shoe. As she didn’t want to go back and just bum around the hostel, so we went for dinner at Fratinies near ‘Bulatan’ round about. Had a good time there, my long time friend the head manager for all the branches of Fratinies in Brunei and Miri. He helped a lot to boost Kimmy’s mood. He specially made pasta for her…Big up to you J! And thanks for the ice cream it was Mm mm good!

The day ended after picking up a friend, Michelle at a friends house and headed back to Lakeside apartments on campus.

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Dont get me wrong, not that because Kimmy's ankle got twisted this day became memorable... it became memorable because all the things that happend before, during and after the incident and all the little things too. I am glad that i could help out and be there for Kimmy. I wish the best to Kimmy’s ankle and that it will heal soon, and your holiday will be filled with fun. Thank you for the memorable time we had and dinner during the November rain.


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Student Council 06’

Every year the student community would nominate a selected group of current student to represent their voice to the management. This years council (05’) lead by Bennet did a wonderful job in voicing the students matters to the management of Curtin Sarawak and worked hand in hand with the management to make it a better environment for all student to study in. Not only bring student matters to the management the Council also organize events with in campus and out of campus grounds hand in hand with other clubs organization such as the successful annual Curtin Carnival 05’ “Celebrate U!” and the annual Grand Ball “Heaven on Earth” hosted at the Marriott Resort and SPA Hotel 2005.

The time has come to elect a new council for next year (06’). This time round I decided to actually try run for council as an ordinary member. If I got on that council that would be great, boost my confident level a tad higher and if I didn’t get on it would be no loss, my pride would be dented a slightly but non the less I would still go on my merry way. So on the last day to submit my registration form as a independent runner was handed in co-signed by Serena (Ordinary committee member of Student Council 05’) to Student services and paid rm10 for registration fee. Talk about impromptu decision … And so I was a running to be a council member for next year. Next day I was approached by Bay to join his party which is CUSP (Curtin United Student Party) which has won and stayed in office for the previous four years. I agreed and I was no longer a independent runner, and was running under CUSP2. The next week was the beginning the campaign for the parties and independent runners. This year the parties that were running were CUSP, CUSP2 and SFC (Student for Change whom mainly comprised of international students), the independent runners were Izzah and Subha. The campaign went on for about a week and the week after that was the time for the community of Curtin Sarawak to vote for who they would want to be on council.

In the end, after counting the ballads and through the system of election from Curtin Perth that is similarly used to vote for the Prime Minister position and other important position, I was nominated in… numbing surprise hit me while I watch on the procedure of the nominating system continued…

I got on….

I would like to covey my congratulations to the individuals that got on the new Student Council for 2006. And my Thank you for the Student Council of 2005 for your full support.

Student Council Election
The result is out and here is the result.

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Student Council 06'

Yeo Yang Sheng, Bay
Vice President
Tan Kim Yong, Kimmy
Ansovinus Bonus Chai
Vice Secretary
Ting Wei Chin, Cindy
Lee Ai Sing
Vice Treasurer
Pierre Yam Fai Lik

Ordinary Committee Member (OCM)
Tiang Kwong Wei, Zack
Havinesh Mahendran
How Tong Wei, Daryll
Iqbal Dato Haji Selamat
Kwan Tzen Yet, Alvin
Lai Fung Kiing, Tania Jessica
Lee Kuan Chee, Nicholas
Lee Yoon Seng, Aylwin
Wisdom Wencesious
Brian Mashoko
Dygku Siti Zarith Nabila
Maria Izzah R. Franco Tiama

Congrats to the new Student Council and thank you for your votes.
Our gratitude to the current Student Council for guiding our new Student Council.

Heaven on Earth – Curtin Grand Ball 05’

Here is a long overdued article about prom... never got to finish it till now... hope you enjoy... I may add more pictures If there is any mistakes do drop me a msg.


Prom, Grand Ball, Dance Formal how ever you would like to call… it aught to be a grand thing to a high school, college and university student. It is the only occasion where one as a student is able to dress up all fancy, aside from having to dress up for a formal presentation. With hair done up, props, accessories and the “bling-bling” effect to enhance your appearance and impress others. This is the only occasion that I believe that as a student, one is able to dress up for an event and have fun at the same time.

It’s also a good opportunity for those with a creative mind to put their grey-matter to work and think up a storm for their prom dress or costume. Girls get to get together and fuss what kind of dress they would want to go in: mid-cut, long dress, bear back, low cut or nothing at all… (that would be something to see at a prom!)

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Guys tend to have it much easier time at choosing what to wear for the evening. For those lazy arses who could not be bothered to even get off their sorry arses to reach for the remote to change the channels, can just wear their previous suit or formal dress that they used to presentation or for those bums that have extra cash to spend, can go to a bridal gallery shop and rent a tux for the night. Then there are those that take the initiative to look for something that is extraordinary and stand out in the crowd like a single oversized pimple on your forehead waiting to be popped! Depending on the theme of the ball one could dress according to the theme.

This year (2005) Curtin Miri’s Prom night theme is “Heaven on Earth” thought up by this year’s student council: Bennet (President) and prom council member’s committee. Following the theme I choose and earthy feel to my dress code for this prom. I decided to tribal…none of the indigenous people dress like loin cloth but a simple and modern, I repeat MODERN look. It took me roughly about 2 days to actually find what I have in mind in Miri town (commonly known as pasar to the locals). There was this one shop in Imperial mall on the 2nd floor that has some tribal clothing that I looked at the liked almost immediately. I ended up buying 2 different shirts; one is a short sleeved button up collared shirt with a column rope like designs on the right hand side. The other is a long-sleeved button up three quarter collar shirt; the buttons is made of wood and shaped as a single tactical. The way this outfit is to be worn is un-tucked, its length is from my shoulder till just past my groin line by 2 inches. Both are of the same neutral colour, cream colour with a hint of brown… (there is a word to describe the colour I am trying to illustrate but the spelling eludes my finger tips). Getting back to the point, I chose the latter outfit to the 05’ Prom “Heaven on Earth” with white pants. Accessories that I wore with the costume were an Iban designed bracelet made with cow bones this was on my right hand. To accompany and complement the bracelet was a cow bone necklace that I got from my cousin when he came back for the holidays from New Zealand (Big up to Zan!) There is a meaning to the necklace; I suggest you look up or ask your Maori friends the meaning of “Koru”. Anyways, I was dress up simple yet different and unique, and I liked it. I did not sweat (material was thin & no over coat to wear), did not have to spend hundreds of RM’s to get what I wanted, and it fitted the theme.

Event day:

The ball was held at the newly renovated hotel the Marriott Resort and SPA Hotel, formerly known as Rihga Royal Hotel, at the Ballroom at the base of the hotel. As it was at a hotel, a number of us (students) decided to stay over night. I got to the hotel roughly around noon and had sometime to myself for some R&R, had a warn bubble bath (I have not had a bubble bath in many years), read a book while in the tub. Then got my gear and outfit for the night event ready…iron my pants and tribal shirt and polish my shoes. Then I had lots of time to watch the tele and completed an assignment that was due the next week. By seven in the evening, I was ready and fitted with all accessories for that evening. I went over to one of my friend’s room to see if they were ready to go. Had a photo fest in the room while waiting for the some of the girls to finish powering their nose.

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As I am part of the Curtin Volunteers! we had two tables for our self, behind the VIP’s table thanks to Serena and Bennet… (big up to you!)

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At attendance was our dean, Professor Dr. Ruth Marquis and her spouse, Head of Teaching and Learning Associate Professor Dr. Rosslyn Albon, Head of School of Engineering Dr. Chua Han Bing and Public Relation Officer Mr. Abel Nelson Nang.

The event went as follows, speech from the Student Council president followed by our dean and a grand toast by all at attendance dinner was served soon after.

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At the same music was performed by Curtin Music Club followed by Azie featuring Desmon. There was a break and another performance from our very own Student Council President Bennet and sang us two song with the aid of Aylwin on guitar, next up was our PR officer of Curtin, Abel (and also and advisor to the Student Council 05’, and various clubs in Curtin and our independent organization Curtin Volunteers!)…I got a friend to dance a slow number with while Abel sang his three songs aided by Dennis on the keyboard whom we got to know through Curtin Camp 05’ last semester. Last to perform was Bay Yeo our future Student Council President for 2006. Just before dinner ended, the time came to pick our Prom King and Queen for 05’ hosted by Nozie Minority Renee and VJ.

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To cut the story short, the winners were Daryll How our very own Curtin Volunteer! President and Lee Quin (I hope that is the right spelling?) from Brunei…(Brunei baby!).

After the crowning of our royal prom couple they kick started the dance session with a slow dance.

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With no warning the DJ picked up the tempo to dance and some R&B and Hip Hop tracks. Honestly, prom is all about sentimental moments and slow dance and with the theme “Heaven on Earth” that should have been the case. Well I can’t win them all…but then again since when I did I ever win…*eye brow rise*

In the end I don’t think I could call this a Grand Ball… the ending was more of a clubbers night out…
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To sum it all, this year’s Ball was simple…I didn’t not have a date this time maybe that effected my though patters on this matter. Had some memorable memories that I whole dear to me and some not so dear (no details there). If I had the chance to change some things I would have change just one thing…that I would leave to you to guess.

I would like to say thanks to the Student Council of 05’ of thinking up the concept of the theme “Heaven on Earth”…condos to you and big up!


Thursday, November 17, 2005

Overdue blog...Exams!!!

I know its been long over due... but since the finals exams are up and needed a lil break... here in a lil something something...

This month has not been so good to me, on a personal note. As for mt social activities it has been a riot! I will put more info in the next blog... THis Sem alone has been so so insane... Didn't have much time to actully go back to my home land for even a day visit...

Well i better get back to studies... "Kan Mampus lah I"... translated in to Engeris... "I am so Dead lah!"...

Extra Note:
Note to all other student taking their finals:
...Good luck!
...Jai Yo!

Best Regards