Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Quantitative Methods

I sat through 10 minutes of Tommy's Quantitative Methods (QM) lecture today because i needed to pick up my concession card from him. I couldn't believe how BORING the lecturer was! So i decided to do some journaling:

"I'm sitting through Tommy's methods lecture right now and i'm feeling utterly relieved that i didn't do commerce. Despite the difficult and complex nature of biomedical science, studying the intricacies of the human body beats scrutinizing probability curves and determining the median values of absolutely ridiculously irrelevant data."

Physio's not too bad after all! :)

Just some thoughts

I'm on the train to uni now. I felt the sudden urge to pen down some of my thoughts. So here goes. I've bee pondering over the question: "What brings true satisfaction to life?" I used to take that question lightly. I'd think of all the fun times i had with my friends over lunches, the countless soccer matches, the trips to the beaches and to the mountains, holidays, the joyous times of Futsal and all the meaningful chats. That used to be sufficient. But i wonder if there's more. Is life all about studying hard to get a high-paying job, only to use the money to have a great time with friends?

Short-lived. Fun. Enjoyable. But temporary. Happiness fades as quickly as sadness dawns. Friendships start growing stale at the moment of separation. Then comes the idea of "Love". The irresistible warm and fuzzy feeling shared between a couple is precious. It gives us a reason to wake each day with a smile on our faces in the knowledge that someone loves us. Equally as important is the chance to express our love. There's an innate desire in every human being for intimacy, and to show love to someone else. Our severely distorted society, however, with its undertones of arrogance and elegance, forces us to suppress our affections for fear of rejection or a perceived weakness. Pitiful.

Melbourne Central's moments away. I've got to stop now. It's such an irony - Life exists in the spectrum time, which, in turn forbids the appreciation of its beauty.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I didn't have time to complete the last post, so i'll just dot point the significant events that happened in my life over the past month or so:

- Celebrated my grandmum's 80th birthday!

- Started the soccer season with NQA with an amazing 1-0 victory (hit the X-bar)

- Started the Campus Sport Futsal tournament with the MHS dudes. We play every Tuesday.
- Watched Melbourne Victory lose to Gamba Osaka; 4-3 with Tommy, Jin, Phan and Jimmy.
- Was prophesied over by Uncle Roger.
- Was inspired by Steve Hawkin's advice on leadership during a Fungus leaders meeting.
- Dani's 15th; Skater boi!!

- Antho's 18th; snuck into Shine.

I had a mid-semester exam on Monday (yes, ANOTHER ONE), which i completely stuffed up. I'm feeling semi-stressed out with my immense workload at the moment. There's a lot that i've still got to cover, and yet there's no real pressure or obligation to study!
We went up to Bright for the weekend (3hours drive away) with Uncle Steven's family. The views up there are absolutely breath-taking! The trees are all in their full autumn colours - bright yellow, rich red, and a warm flaming orange hue. You really have to be there to appreciate it. We visited a trout farm, a walnut farm, a deer and emu farm. It was really funny how Chloe and Sam would hide behind me whenever the emu walked past. haha! One emu even chased Sam around.

It was more of a relaxing trip. I got to know Chloe and Sam a lot more. haha! Chloe's sooooo adorable! Especially when she says: "Where's Isaac?", "Don't do that!", "Why are you laughing?"

Oh, MHS 07 were totally destroyed by some Turkish team today. They outplayed and outclassed us in every aspect of the game. I was totally humiliated (meekness without shame) when i left the pitch after the final whistle. Their movement on and off the ball was flawless, everyone of them was confident on the ball, had awesome footwork, control and a decent shot. I've never seen a futsal team play so cohesively in my life! Before this game, I thought that our team was formidable. But now, i think i'm going to have to be more humble, and a whole lot more hardworking in terms of fitness. -.-"" Jin made a terrible sliding tackle today which left him with a torn tendon (i think that's the current diagnosis). His ankle was crushed against a concrete ledge carried by the momentum of his sliding tackle. It was interesting to see who was sincerely concerned for him and who weren't. I sure hope he's fine, although my gut feeling tells me that he's going to be out of action for 6 months or so :(

Man U's playing Barcelona tmr. My prediction's 2-1 to Barca. We'll see how it turns out..

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

"Take your clothes off! I need to check your posture!"

It's 15 days into April and i haven't even made a single post yet! This blog's really going stagnant. Anyway, so many things happened in the past few weeks that i'm bound to forget to blog about them. I'll start with the most recent:

"Take your clothes off!"

Yes, we actually do strip down to our undies to check each others' postures and give each other massages during our prac classes at Melbourne University. I had no qualms about taking off my T-shirt, and i hesitated just that little bit before taking my jeans off. But it doesn't feel as bad when everyone else is taking their clothes off. However, it still feels extremely weird when someone runs their fingers down your spine and around your waist. We've been doing this for 3 weeks now, and i think we're pretty much desensitised to observing someone in the opposite sex in their undies! It was during a prac class on posture that i was alerted to the fact that i'm FLAT-FOOTED! haha! I've always had a suspicion about my flat-footedness because of the pain i would feel in my soles after a long soccer game or mid-way through a long distance run. Well, that suspicion has just been confirmed. And I was more surprised than i was disappointed. Arpit was also rather shocked when he learned about his flat-footedness. Hmm.. i'm thinking of getting orthopedics.

Naked 80-year old lady on the Operation Table

With all due respect, that's not a very entertaining thought. But that what i had to look at during my PBS prac class last week. We got to go into the medical lab to observe how the 3rd year Science students were cutting up cadavers. The sight of the blood, the raw flesh, the exposed innards (brain, lungs, intestines,etc.) made a few Physio students feel rather sick and queezy. Surprisingly, I didn't feel too intimidated by the cadavers. We got to play around with chopped up body parts that were somewhat preserved - arms, heads, torso, legs, almost every conceiveable human body part. According to Beth, each group of 3rd year science students get a cadaver to work on throughout the entire year. They go about dissecting specific parts of the cadaver in each prac class and they have to store all the dissected body parts into a large bucket located below the operating table. When the entire cadaver is dissected, the remains in the buckets are incinerated and are returned to the family of the deceased. Ooh, the most disgusting part of the prac was when some dude opened a large metal container out of curiosity only to find a mirky solution bathing a legion of severed human heads! lol! He was on the verge of puking after taking a deep whiff of the stale air that rushed out of the metal container.

Quote of the day is by Winsen Citra: "Looking at dead people made me realise that we actually do look like steak."

Yellow, Yellow, You're OFF!

As most of you do not know, i've been attending a refereeing course for the past month. It was a real bore having to study every aspect of the game, but it helped me appreciate the intricacies of the game a whole lot more. I learned how to take a proper throw in, what's a yellow and what's a red, the ACTUAL offside law (I remember spending 2 hours analysing every aspect of the offside law in the first training session!!! -.-"""). Albeit, i'm going to get paid $80 per game! It's good pay, but the training was DIFFICULT.