Saturday, March 26, 2011

Farewell Blogspot!

This blog has moved to Eidetic at Wordpress. Why? Because I dislike the layout, and Wordpress is rather minimalist and clean. And yup, I'm bad at HTML, so I failed at trying to improve this site's layout. :(

So with a heavy heart, I bid farewell to 3 years with Blogspot.

Hello Eidetic.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

ENTS - Enjoy Till Sick


Back from ENTS - ENjoy Till Sick. Yeah, we were just facillitating but a little sorethroat and a sexy voice turned into a full-blown flu.



This is what happens when you sleep for 9 hours in 72 hours, play basketball at 2 am and chor dai di till 4. Not exactly a good combo.



But the company of friends, that's always priceless. Right now, sleep is highly welcomed.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Is a DSLR really worth it?

If there's something that I need want is a better camera than a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2000 of 10.1 MP, 3x optical zoom and not very good indoor/night shots.

Not good when almost all my assignments are indoors, poorly lit, or at night. Or with royalty (whom I can't get close enough to) around, or when a flash is unwelcomed. Or when professional photographers with intimidating DSLRs butt me out of the way with their big backpacks (or derrieres).


I need my MONEY $HOT!

So I did some mathematics to determine if getting a new camera is really worth my money:



Oh wait. There's a calculation error! It's actually 19 months worth of photos!

NO. Maybe not.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

That's Yi Wen on The Job


Does not exactly sum up my working experience because I'm mostly plagued by ineptness in forming the basic-est of basic interview questions.

Other than that, I enjoy this job. But as a career? Maybe not.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Naturally Stiff

Despite the fact that stiffness is an inborn thing for me, I enjoy watching 'So You Think You Can Dance'. On and off though. So there's Season 7 right now, and my favourite is Alex Wong.


A ballet dancer, he was certainly a cut above the rest. He wowed the judges with his contemporary dance, Hallelujah with Allison Holker, and the hip-hop dance he was dreading with Twitch. Mom, Dad and I loved the hip-hop routine so much, we caught the repeat. AMAZING!

video


But, I found out he withdrew from the competition because he snapped his Achilles tendon during practice for a Bollywood and foxtrot (which I wish I could see!). Kinda defeats the purpose of watching SYTYCD. :(

I've been thinking (for a very long time now) of learning how to dance. And voilà! Inspiration!

But at 19 going on 20, the only dance experience I have are ballet at 3 for a few months (I cried and complained), some jumpy "I Love Jesus" dance as a kid, some embarassing dance in CF and 2007 Grad Night, and again in the following Grad Night. And my feeble attempt at mimicking my brother, which resulted in Mom laughing till she wanted to pee.

Badminton training resulted in me realising that I can only manage a 90° split. But at least I can touch my toes for a good 3 seconds. Some great dancer. I think I'd ROFL watching myself in the studio mirror.

I'm hoping to learn jazz. Think Broadway. But then again...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

What Me Worry

If there's one thing that I'm dreadfully worried about, it would be university application. For some inexplicable reason, I used to enjoy university applications. Perhaps it was the impending prospects of a brand new surrounding and challenge. But right now, #%@! applications.

Just two nights ago, I told God, please open only one door - the door He wants me to take. And the next day, I realised that the application for LLB and Bachelor of Arts (Literary Studies) double degree programme at HKU had closed early and they do not accept late applications because it is a very competitive course (only 20 students are selected). I missed it by two days.

And then, I checked City University, HK. The LLB applications closed, two days ago.

If it was God's doing, he certainly was very fast.

But it leaves me with a headache. I've only got local public universities and the SCP Singapore Scholarship to place my hopes on. International and European Law at The Hague University is definitely tempting at 7600 Euros per year; plus, the ICC is there. But, it does not seem feasible. Last resort would be an 2+1 LLB at BAC and UK. But even one year in the UK seems selfish.

Worries are plaguing me - how would financing the 3 of our studies be? Where would I go? Would I actually get to go?

Faith is necessary, but extremely difficult.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dankbarkeit

Whenever public examination results are released and the top scorers' faces appear in the media, secretly, every student hopes that it would be him/her someday.

When it does happen, it's so surreal that is it almost hard to comprehend. Is this for real?

I think I was left in a daze that lasted for days. After all, these are the things that happen to the crème de la crème, the cream of the crop - something that I'm definitely far from.

I praise God above; the God of providence, the impossible, and great blessings; so much that it overflows. It would have never been possible without His favour. All glory goes to Him!

Mom and Dad: who spent hours and money teaching me, and instilling the love for reading at a young age.

The MUET teachers of ACS: especially Ms Foo (priceless debate training), Pn Lim (buckets of encouragement)

The insane Karjie: for getting a Band 6 and making me go 'kiasu'.

It was a journey of many years to obtain this, thus, many lent a helping hand in one way or another.

Thank you all so very much!





STPM was better than expected. And I'm to grateful for inspirational teachers like Pn Lee Kim Yoon. Irreplaceable.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Tiger or 4 Men?

I can finally say I have been to court!

Today, I followed my boss and photographer Ed to Tapah to cover a court case involving several Orang Asli men who allegedly shot a tiger in a forest reserve. I met with the defense counsel - Augustine Anthony and Amani Williams-Hunt, fondly known as Bah Tony to the Orang Asli. (Bah Tony is the first Orang Asli lawyer in Malaysia.) The two of them filled me in on the case over tea.

About 60 Orang Aslis thronged the Tapah Magistrate Court. During the journey, I strongly believed that the men should be charged. But I completely changed my mind. Each men would face a maximum penalty of RM 15000 or 5 years of imprisonment if convicted. I realised how important it was to champion the rights of the impoverished and the marginalised.

The court proceedings covered two PTPTN loan cases, and then only the Orang Asli case. The director of public prosecutions (DPP) questioned a witness but it was rather difficult to hear because they were speaking softly.

The interesting part came when an exhibit - the shotgun - was handed over to the witness. Something happened (long story) and it was a contempt of court, as argued by the defense.

I must say that I could do this (be a lawyer) for a living. Championing the rights of the dispossessed is something I feel is important, but at the same time, the continuity and preservation of wildlife species is equally vital. The government should take note of the UNESCO award-winning Nam Ha Ecotourism Project in Laos.

Collin Michael Hall in his book, Pro-Poor Tourism: Who Benefits? Perspectives on Tourism and Poverty Reduction, states, "...its (NHEP) external reviewers were unequivocal that it had been a 'tremendous success in providing a model on how tourism might be used for development in rural and largely subsistent villages and as a mechanism for promoting forest conservation' (Lyttleton & Alcock, 2002:5)..."

The Lantan or Indigo People of Laos who have benefitted from the NHEP. Photo courtesy of trekearth.com



Next, I'll be heading for a talk by the Perak Academy titled 'Democracy and The Constitution' by Dato' Dominic Joseph Puthucheary. That'll be interesting too.
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