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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Scholarship allocation

There has been much dispute over the question of JPA scholarship allocation to SPM students. Unequal distributions of funding has disappointed so many excellent students as they have worked so hard and strived for so many “A”, and end up with nothing.

I have had great opportunity to meet with two scholars in the UK, but I don’t have good feeling with them, despite the fact that I had met so many good scholars previously. I shared my experience in my chinese blog here and here.

Anyway, my humble opinions about the scholarship allocation are as follow:

  1. The way to award scholarship based on SPM result is outdated. I think we should assess their performance according to Pre-Uni result, like STPM, A-Level, etc, or even only award the over sea scholarship to postgraduate only. The reason is, an individual who scored well in SPM, doesn’t mean he/she will perform well in the university studies in the future. Besides, there are more and more “straight A” SPM student every year. In order to secure the scholarship, students tend to take up as many subjects as possible and neglect their real interest. Even though, the authority can allocate more scholarship for qualified students, but this is not the practical way. I believe we don’t want students that only know how to score “A”. Instead, we need future leaders that are able to work independently, think critically and creatively.

  2. Although they have begin their undergraduate studies, the performance of scholarship awardees should be closely supervised. This is due to the difference between the standard/level of secondary & tertiary education. Unlike secondary school that mostly rely on teaching’s note, in tertiary level, students are expected to learn independently, practice proper time management and develop soft skills, etc. If they can’t cope with these challenges, then the name of “scholars” doesn’t reflect their eligibility/ capability.

  3. Impose strict regulation to prevent certain individuals that intend to take the opportunity they have as a stepping stone to establish their career in the overseas. Also, ensure they “must” contribute to the home county, and serve in the government agency.

  4. Award overseas scholarship only to postgraduate level. Since, the nation still provide acceptable quality of undergraduate educations, so why don’t let these top students study in local uni first. Indirectly, a way to improve reputation/ performance of local unis. Furthermore, undergraduate qualification is insufficient to make them become expert in their area of studies (as I believe the government’s intention was to train scholars become expert in selected areas and contribute back to the nation in the future). If they perform well, they still can get funding to pursue postgraduate in foreign country in the future :-)

That’s all, humble opinion from ck.

Friday, June 26, 2009

current mood

A typical mood of mine as a postgraduate, up and down everyday


Recently, extremely bad:

1st time in my life, failed experiments in 14 consequtive days..wat the hell..fcuk

failed experiments, missed phoenix 2009 symphosium, didn't register for SEB conference...wat else..?! demotivate, another bottleneck ahead


hope everything will be fine soon. I believe my capability, trouble will be solved eventually, time does matter!..pls faster abit, i must break the bottleneck !


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Phoenix 2009 Symposium

I will attend a conference from 25-27th June 09. Hope can learn some new approaches  and know recent advances in plant science research



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Transformer 2

Just watched Transformer 2 last week at cineworld, but it took 30 min for advertisement and trailers @-@. My opinion:-

“Transformers 2 was nice, but the movie “overemphasized” the importance of USA as the “world leader” :-p”



Monday, June 22, 2009


Haha, something more important than twitter. In case of fire emergency



Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day. I wish to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation to my dad for his guidance, advice and scarification.

send off3

So bad, I can’t celebrate both mum and dads’ day this year, I will back in the future and celebrate this meaningful festival.

To all friends, take this opportunity and express your gratitude to your parents. :-)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Malaysia logs on to Facebook, Twitter to promote tourism

Souce: The Malaysian Insider

Haha, it’s time to follow the latest trend. ;-)

Malaysia logs on to Facebook, Twitter to promote tourism

Friday, June 19, 2009

CK montly progress report

one month gone, now let's us have a look on my progress in the following "missions"

  • construct protocol
status: the lab has established protocol in 2 methods, no worry. then managed to sort out a problem occured in another protocol. Simply by modifying concentration of one component in the buffer, and increase the iradiation rate.

  • paper evaluation exercise-uv stress

  • research dissertation
no progress, settled protocol, no don't know analyse results obtained..anyway a deal came across my mind last week, if make a geat move, if possible.

  • bean's stomata measurements
completed. got interesting results, and will further carry out another 6 treatments, so that can publish findings to journal with higher impact factor.

  • st. andrew trip
visited, nice place, nice scenery

  • e-mentor
attended induction course last week, ongoing, will give advice to prospective students, if any email forwarded to me

  • video among flatmates
not manage to gather all people, because one will back to home country, another one will move out. Therefore, we had organised a food gathering (and I prepared salmon fish porridge, black pepper chicken), and recorded a long duration video. Anyway, the video will not be submited to film fair la..haha...will share it in the future.

  • future prospect

By the way, my post-doc and visiting scholar in my lab just proposed a new project, and I will be involved as well, another great task..

Thursday, June 18, 2009

President: Obama Swats Fly

Source: Youtube

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

First case of locally transmitted A(H1N1) flu

News in The Malaysian Insider:-

KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 – Malaysia has recorded its first local infection of influenza A(H1N1) involving a 17-year old female Malaysian student.

Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican in a statement today said the girl, the 19th person positive for influenza A(H1N1), had not travelled to a country that had the flu.

More info, click on the following link-

First case of locally transmitted A(H1N1) flu

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Eva's farewell

My "blockmate" went back to Hong Kong in order to collect data for her dissertation, wish her best of lucks. Anyway, she will back to UK after 1 month. cheers

Picture with Eva

Picture with Sophy
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

tiger beer advertisement

Read this advert. in a local newspaper, pls look at the description of our dear country:-)

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

WHO declares swine flu pandemic

Latest news from BBC:-

"The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global flu pandemic after holding an emergency meeting."

More info, feel free to visit the following link:-

Please exercise proper hygienic practices and seek doctor’s advice if you are feeling not well. Don’t underestimate the severity of this virus

Take care.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

St. Andrews Trip

A day trip to St. Andrew, about 2.5 h from Glasgow. St Andrews is a small town (population 18,000) in the county of Fife on the east coast of Scotland, facing the North Sea, and hosting the oldest university in Scotland. The town is perhaps most famous, however, as the home of golf. Also, St. Andrew Uni is the oldest scottish institution (founded in 14th century) and with its most famous recent alumnus being Prince William (source: wikitravel).

For more pictures can visit the following url:

3 video clips to share with you guys:-

1)Scenery surrounding cathedral and castle



st. andrews cathedral, constructed in 11/13th century

open golf field

st. andrews castle

st. andrews museum

location of st. andrews

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Donah’s birthday

Few months ago, we celebrated another flatmate’s birthday—Donah. I had prepared fry salmon dipped with mayonnaise and stir fry vegetables as show in the picture below:

We also put some efforts to decorate the dining area:

Donah-the birthday boy, who is Jacky Chan fans as well

Everyone was describing their food:-

Some food we prepared were:-

cheese bread

chicken curry

steamed vege

mixed vege curry

lamb chop and wan tan

Maize meal, cheese sticks, chips

cheese vege

rice and chips

lastly, group picture

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I am on Twitter

Thanks for Tian Chad's suggestion.

Microblogging service provided by Twitter allow me to share lates info eventhough I'm not around Smile emoticon

You can follow me at:

Besides, I will put a twitter gadget on top right of my chinese and english blog.

Hope this will serves as another effective way to interact with friends.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Feedback on long daylight

As mentioned in the previous post, day light saving time started few months ago. Basically, clocks are adjusted one hour in advance.

In these few months, the UK also have long day lights period (at the moment: 16 h day time, 8h dark). Sun rise at 5 am and sun set at 950 pm.

So, the benefits are: reduced energy used, particularly electricity, and so on, in which you can find out through the internet.

For me, this long day time slightly affect me. This is because I will only take my dinner after 9pm, and wake up at 5 am.

Even though, the impact of long day time on health is uncertain, but I believe it will affects our “biological clock”, e.g. disrupt our sleeping pattern.

Anyway, this is another great experience for me..haha


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