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Monday, August 31, 2009

great companion

my faithful companions on the journey to the academic life :-p


staple, pen drive, casio calculator—>accompany me since pre-Uni studies at TAR College

watch—>first year of undergrad study

pilot G-2 pen—>used this brand (not the pen), since standard 4

SE K700 mobile phone—>undergrad year 1, sem 2



e-dictionary—>since pre-Uni studies


wow, pencil case, from secondary, foundation, undergrad, postgrad,

Friday, August 28, 2009

funny sign post--2

Previous post shared some funny signposts, now I share additional pictures taken in the previous festival in Edinburgh, (click the pic to enlarge), hope you enjoy it :-p

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Share And Share Alike: How The Modern World Affects Our Tendency To Share

Share And Share Alike: How The Modern World Affects Our Tendency To Share

Shared via AddThis

Just read an article from Science Daily, and I totally agree with the following passage in the article:-

"Societal changes can affect the nature of sharing,

the Internet provides many healthy models for increased sharing. Forums, bulletin boards, blogs, social networking sites, wikis, open-source software development projects, and websites where people... share expertise, advice, and opinions all contribute to a sharing community."

University of Chicago Press Journals (2009, August 25). Share And Share Alike: How The Modern World Affects Our Tendency To Share. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 25, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/08/090824182443.htm

funny signpost

I went to Edinburgh International Art Festival last week, noticed a funny exhibition about signposts spotted around the world.
















Monday, August 24, 2009

Should females trust showy males?

Should females trust showy males?: "Research by evolutionary biologists at Glasgow suggests females should be wary of initial flashy displays which may not have staying power."

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Why Smoking Increases The Risk Of Heart Disease And Strokes

“nicotine in cigarettes promotes insulin resistance, a pre-diabetic condition that raises blood sugar levels higher than normal. People with pre-diabetes are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease” 


Why Smoking Increases The Risk Of Heart Disease And Strokes


Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (2009, June 12). Why Smoking Increases The Risk Of Heart Disease And Strokes. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 20, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/06/090611142550.htm

Pics @ Gla Uni--2

I have taken some pictures of Glasgow University recently. Still have about 1.5 months for me to stay here. As mentioned by Liang (2009), we’ll only appreciate something when we are getting to lose it. And it’s true, I really appreciate all the opportunities I have, to study in one of the best unis, a vibrant and nice city…I will miss you..Glasgow University..Thanks for everything


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Got money, got degree

A comprehensive news article from the Star about bogus degree, international education scam, etc.

For more info, feel free to click on the link below:-

Got money, got degree

Other related info:-

Saturday, August 22, 2009

thought-provoking issue on attire for interview

1.5 ago received an email from previous uni, it was about a case which students were rejected from attending interview due to inappropriate clothing.

my uni’s folks MARCCUS & CHAD shared their opinions on the issue.

i think the uni shouldn’t remind us through an email only. instead, the university should find out the solution: what are the reasons behind? My suggestion is the uni can provides career development and soft skills trainings, and implement it as part of the curriculums.

My previous experience showed that not all students tend to have awareness on career planning, and some of them not even know how to prepare an eye-catching CV, how to prepare intervew, etc.

I believe they are not the young forces we need. Uni edu is a way to train us how to think critically, develop our potential, rather than “certificate printing machine”

the implementation of soft skill training as part of the uni’s curriculum can fill in knowledge gap in academic education, and make student well-prepared for future career world.

Anyway, we should not condemn the students mentioned in the email solely as there are many students in the similar situation as well. I believe prolonged trainings, exposures will solve the problems eventually.

Friday, August 21, 2009

How To Text Message And Avoid Sore Thumbs, Neck And Hands

ScienceDaily (2009-06-24) -- While it is well known that excessive text messaging can result in sore thumbs, less is known about its possible effects on the neck, arms and hands. Young adults with symptoms in these parts of the body use a different technique when texting.


more info, visit the following link:-


University of Gothenburg (2009, June 24). How To Text Message And Avoid Sore Thumbs, Neck And Hands. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 24, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/06/090623150131.htm

Thursday, August 20, 2009

quick update

basically, i have completed 50% of the tasks mentioned in the previous post.

most of the time busy with lodging, administration, & academic matters in the transition period, in which all these need careful, strategic, effective planning.

tried out yahoo avatar previously, and made a cute image:

Food prepared

Just to share some food prepared previously:-

Click HERE for Previous posts about food I cooked.

A great experience when study abroad, learn how to manage time effectively. Although tiring but rewarding, and you save a lot here, as the groceries are cheaper than dining out.

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oven-cooked honey chicken


chicken curry


stir-fry vege




stewed black pepper meat


stir-fry cabbage


potatoes, corns, egg


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

organic has no health benefits?

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have now completed the most extensive systematic review of the available published literature on nutrient content of organic food. This finding was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

This review found that no differences in most nutrients in organically or conventionally grown crops, including in vitamin C, calcium, and iron. The same was true for studies looking at meat, dairy and eggs.

Differences were detected in levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, and these were most likely to be due to differences in fertilizer use, ripeness at harvest and are unlikely to provide any health benefit, the report concluded.

The review did not look at pesticides or the environmental impact of different farming practices.

On the other hand, the policy director at Soil Association, Peter Melchett disappointed with the conclusions and called for more comprehensive studies.

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

Journal reference:

  1. Alan D Dangour, Sakhi K Dodhia, Arabella Hayter, Elizabeth Allen, Karen Lock, Ricardo Uauy. Nutritional quality of organic foods: a systematic review. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 29, 2009 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.28041


London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2009, July 30). Organic Food Not Nutritionally Better Than Conventionally-produced Food, Review Of Literature Shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 31, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/07/090729103728.htm

Monday, August 17, 2009

Stewed meats in black pepper sauce :-)



Started to cook food on weekly basis earlier this year. Very busy , and lazy recently, so I simply mixed all the stuff into one pot and stewed it.

Basically the ingredients were (I don’t know the portion, simply put..haha):

pork, chicken, (recipe mix) black pepper powder, red& yellow peppers, rosemary, oyster sauce, potato.

initially kept the meats on the simmer for 10min, remove so fats..haha

then add all the ingredients and stewed for 45min with slow fire..

then done..haha

Sunday, August 16, 2009

University of Glasgow :: Student Network :: Postgraduate

woo hoo, my name listed on student network webpage. Basically, in the programme, I share experiences and opinions as an international postgraduate to prospective international students

more info, can visit the following link:-

University of Glasgow :: Student Network :: Postgraduate

Friday, August 14, 2009

guard cells fluorescence

Last month performed confocal microscopic studies. This study was to investigate H202 synthesis in guard cells in response to ABA, which can be visualised by H2DCFDA treatment that give rise to green fluorescent

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pics@ Glasgow Uni

Weather nice, so takes some pictures of my uni:-

More pictures can visit the following link:

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

messy desk

I have to tidy up my desk after finish some part of dissertation.

Really embarrassing when looked it, doesn't reflect my characteristic as an "organised person"



Friday, August 7, 2009

movie of the week

this weekend will watch a new movie called “G-Force”. Malaysia will be released in September.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Penelope Cruz, Tracy Morgan


An elite team of highly-trained guinea pigs is dispatched to scupper a billionaire's wicked plans for world domination.

When the FBI uncovers a plot that threatens the fate of the free world, who do they choose to send in? The answer is G-Force, a covert group of highly trained espionage guinea pigs who tackle the kind of tasks that would have the average agent running for cover. The team is led by Darwin (Sam Rockwell), who will stop at nothing to succeed. He's joined by weapons and transportation expert Blaster (Tracy Morgan) and sexy martial arts pro Juarez (Penelope Cruz). With the help of Mooch, the super-spy fly, and Speckles (Nicolas Cage), a computer wiz mole, G-Force must bring down a dastardly billionaire (Bill Nighy) before his mechanised army takes over the world. But with the odds stacked against them, have these plucky rodents got what it takes to defeat their nasty nemesis?

Source: cineworld cinemas

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

You Are Not Alone--R.I.P. Michael Jackson

A tribute to Michael Jackson, you’ll never be forgotten.

“You are not alone”, a meaningful song to me. I will strive for my goal, and I know I am not alone, back with supports and encouragements from friends and family. It’s difficult, but I’m going to persevere with it.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

mission accomplished—for the moment

officially, ck lim declared he has finished all the bench works and submitted his works for the second part of his research.

Wow, what’s a great relief. Now I am preparing some coming research works.

last but not least, my appreciation to all apparatus, materials that involved in the second project. Thank you very much. haha


Monday, August 3, 2009

Download career guide published by New Scientist

with reference to the previous post on New Scientist career guide

I noticed that the download link didn’t work. therefore, those interested can send me an email at

sorry for the inconvenience caused. paiseh :-p

Ten tips for happiness

Recently read an article about a great project will be carried out by researchers from the Hertfordshire University that aims to boost the UK’s happiness.

More info about the project can visit the following link:-

Some info obtained from the article, and I think it’s help:-)

Ten tips for happiness

1) Meet up with a friend that you haven’t seen for a while.

2) Watch a funny television programme or film.

3) Exercise for about thirty minutes three times a week.

4) Cut your television viewing by half.

5) Buy experiences not goods - go to a concert, movie, unusual place or strange restaurant.

6) Create novel challenges by starting a new hobby, joining an organisation, or learning a new skill.

7) Go for a 20 minute walk in the sun.

8) Spend ten minutes listening to relaxing or uplifting music

9) Stroke a dog

10) Stop watching and reading the news.



University of Hertfordshire (2009, August 1). Scientists Announce Mass Participation Experiment To Cheer-up The UK. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 1, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/07/090731090009.htm

Sunday, August 2, 2009

career guide published by New Scientist

Recently read a career guide published by New Scientist. Learnt many information about what attributes employers look for, etc.

I have uploaded the document to online storage. Feel free to visit the following link:

feel free to let me know if you can't access the document, cheers

Saturday, August 1, 2009

the science of happiness

“Boost your happiness by taking part in this experiment”

I got this info from an article in Science Daily

Some info from the website:

What is the experiment all about?

This mass participation project will involve a huge number of people spending just one minute each day carrying out a happiness boosting exercise. Because emotions are contagious their increased happiness should pass to those around them, eventually cheering up the world!
The ambitious study will take place between Monday 3rd - Friday 7th August 2009, and is being conducted by psychologist Prof Richard Wiseman, author of 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot.
We need as many people as possible to take part, so please join in and feel free to invite your friends, family and colleagues.

If you wish to involve, feel free to visit the following website:


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