Sunday, October 21, 2007

Our Raya

My sweetie pies on the 1st day of raya

Beraya at my aunt's. I love the vibrant colours on this pic

Diane and her sis Mildred (not in pic) roared our house with their laughter (what more with Josie and Rina!), when they visited us on the 3rd day of raya

Visited Afee's house together with the gals, on that 3rd day of raya as well

Pink for October


I love that tagline... 'Squish a Boob, Save a Life!' Thanks Carol, for passing this on to me.

So, what do you think about my blog's new look? I decided to go Pink, as a tribute to this month's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I quite like the look though...so I might keep this theme even after this month is over.

Did you know that a majority of women/people believe that most breast cancers occur among women with a family history or a genetic predisposition to the disease? The reality is that over two thirds of women diagnosed have no known risk factor.

Many of you wouldn't know that, just over two years ago, my very own sister found a lump in her breast, which was later confirmed to be cancerous. And yes, there was never any history of cancer in our family. It came as a surprise to all of us. My sister underwent an operation to remove the cancer and went through cycles of chemotherapy/radiation treatment. And she is doing very, very well today. She even left the corporate world and is now working (and having a blast) at Makna- the National Cancer Council. I guess the whole experience literally gave her more of a whole new meaning to life.

I am ashamed though to admit that I do not know much of the details of what she went through, seeming that she lives and had her treatments in KL and I too was just married and pregnant at that time. It's still inexcusable though. I/We, should have been there for her. My dear sis, I'm sorry I wasn't there for you at that time when you must have been shocked and terrified and in need of support. I'll always pray for your health and well being and happiness. And I'm absolutely delighted for the life you have now.

And to you, who are reading this - here are also a few ways of how you can help with this cause:

1. Spread the word.
Announce the event on your blog. You could write a blog post (like this), or a little note about it. Whatever you choose to do, just go ahead and tell your readers about it.

2. Go pink.
Modify your theme if you know how to, or get yourself a pretty pink theme. If you run a website, turn your website pink. But if you don’t like pink, you could still participating by putting up a badge on your sidebar.

3. Design badges and banners.
Design a couple of “Pink for October” badges or banners for other participants to use (for free) and to publicize the event. Some of the existing badges and banners can be downloaded from the official Pink for October site.

4. Design blog themes.
If you are good in designing blog themes, why not make one in support for the Pink October?

The Pink Penguin was sent to me by Carol.
Now, it is my pleasure to pass it on to these lovely ladies …Josie, Sharon, Loly and Mimi.

Let's help to create more Breast Cancer Awareness and hey, go on now... Squish a Boob! (most preferably your own)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Angkasawan

So, did you watch? Dr SMS being launched into space?

You know what, I think he was chosen because he's the more good looking one of the two! Heeee... But right before the launch..where they showed footage of him and his fellow astronauts in the Soyuz...there were moments there where he looked scared stiff! He only smiled after the lift off... Baca doa agaknya kot.... Ya loh, it's a huge, huge thing maa..it's not everyday you get fitted into a space suit and go into a claustrophobic looking space shuttle and what more, being blasted into the great big unknown! It's every little kid's fantasy! It was mine....

My favourite movie when I was in primary school was Space Camp. (My hubby teases me about this!) Heard of it? It starred Tate Donovan, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston and a very young Leaf Phoenix (now known as Joaquin). I watched it over and over and I even brought the tape with me to my nenek's house to watch before I went to school (sekolah petang maa). I so wanted to go to Space Camp....it was the coolest! Heheheee....

Anyway, it's a great accomplishment for Dr SMS, who is also a part time model, mind you...I don't know why they must include this in all the press releases...just say he's a doctor cukop la bah! It's a great accomplishment for the nation...Yesterday, there was a news headline reading 'Lebih penting melahirkan angkasawan daripada ustaz....' Like...what??? Apa kaitan ni...

Anyway...I'll pray for Dr SMS' safe journey home...

Friday, October 12, 2007

Annual Beam Challenge

Every year, I organize this annual Beam Design, Build & Test Challenge, as part of the Strength of Materials course that I teach. We had it last Friday (a little later than I liked - since it was the second last week of the semester) and I think the students had jolly good fun doing the project.

What I do is, I provide them with the necessary materials - a piece of paper/cardboard material and a bottle of glue - and they are to design a beam which will be tested by applying increasing loads at its center. The group with the best strength (can withstand highest load) to weight (lowest mass) wins! This year I gave them a piece of manila card like material measuring approximately A4 size and told them that this is all they get. So they have to brainstorm design ideas beforehand and decide which design to use. Use of cellotape, additional glue, stapler or any other joining device was strictly prohibited. They build their beams in the lab in an allocated time of about 1 and a half hours - so no one can main buyuk and use illegal materials and do it at home! I tell you what most of the groups did show up with...a hair dryer! To help the glue dry faster. Yes, never have I seen so many guys with hairdryers before...and of course, they all say that it's not really theirs...


This is a project that I enjoy doing every year...just because it beats the heck out of just sitting passively in the lecture room. In previous years, students who have never ever talked or asked me any questions during class...all of a sudden, find their voice during this activity. We have fun testing the beams and seeing whose is the strongest. They cheer massively each time the beams collapse.

Last year, I also did another project when I taught the subject Dynamics. I asked the students to device an experiment to determine a value for the gravitational acceleration, g. It was great fun as well and I was really impressed with the ingenuity and creativity of some of the students. One group went to the extent of borrowing a shot put from the sports stadium and dropping it from the first floor of the lab block. They measured the height, weighed the shot put and took the time for it to fall from the first floor. We made sure no other humans, animals or plants were hurt during the activity - well, maybe there were some squished insects!

Good fun and I think the students learnt something from these projects as well...Ini la yang dikatakan experiential learning!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Rejected

Yep, I signed up my blog for PayPerPost about a week ago and received notification that my blog was rejected! Dang....it was supposed to be my big money making scheme! Getting paid to do what you love...ain't that what we all want. Anyway, my blog was rejected on the grounds that I didn't have at least 20 posts in the past 90 days. I guess that's justifiable, they are checking if you are an active blogger or not.....My bad for not reading the fine print..ingatkan semudah ABC terus boleh sign up and make money...and my bad also for not writing more often!

So, don't be surprised la ya...if suddenly you see everyday got new blog entry..hehehe.... So, today already 2 entries, 18 more to go and I'm set!

Facebook Virgin

There seems to currently be a general shift from Friendster to Facebook. I've received several add as friend invitations for Facebook in this past week, all duly accepted with just a click of the finger. I actually signed up for Facebook quite some time ago, when one of my former students invited me to do so. I didn't really pay much attention to it though, was too busy with Friendster and Multiply at that time. And now, this sudden ignition of interest in Facebook - and some are even claiming that it's way better than Friendster - has got me baffled. So far, I have:
  1. added my photo
  2. added friends
  3. been poked and super-poked
  4. adopted a pet, a Tyger I named Bella
  5. done a movie compatibility and friends likeness test
  6. been bitten by a vampire, werewolf, zombie or is it, I am a vampire, werewolf, zombie (?)
  7. installed some other applications I'm really not sure of
So ok, the first, second and fifth ones are fine. But the rest, I really got no clue actually! What do I feed Bella?? And I'm just too lazy to go read the FAQs section to find out more and to see what's so called so great bout Facebook.

So...Facebook junkies, help me out....and for heaven's sake, stop biting me already!!

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Delightful Little Girl

She looks so grown up, ya? She'll be 2 yrs old next month...