Monday, April 28, 2008


Less than 2 weeks to go to the final exams and things is really starting to get messy. Firstly, the tension is starting to build up. After seeing Lim, a final year student(One of the brightest student here!) in the distressed mode due to his current final exam(good luck eh!), I'm starting to feel the heat. Even someone who is so knowledgeable is in such a stress mode, who am I to be spared from the anxiety. Hmm, really feeling kinda fed-up of studying already. But then again, there is the bonus of having a months holiday straight after the exams. Its always the holiday that makes me more relaxed.

Its really difficult to fully concentrate on studies sometimes, especially with the up-coming Champions league semi-final between MU(who I've always supported, go Ronaldo!) and Barca and also the built-up to the end of the premier league season. Its just so tempting to watch all those matches. And also, there is the temptation of DotA. No~

'Just three more weeks', that's what the angelic me says to myself. 'Three more weeks then you can play for a month.'
then there's the devilish me, ' Three weeks in hell man! Take a break, have fun, what for you wait for 3 more weeks, you can play now.'
*sigh* What can I do? I'll suffer now so that I won't suffer later.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Boredom of study week

20 days and counting! That's how much time left before I face the judgment on what I've achieve in this 2 years. Its been quite relaxing compared to what I've anticipated, without the feeling of stress and the anxiety that keeps one awake at night. But then again, it hasn't been exactly a smooth sailing too.

The current weather in Kelantan is unbelievably hot. Once in every few hours, there is a need to take a bath. Its so hot that many consider studying in the room is not an option. Some goes to the library, while the others goes to the study rooms. A handful of students have also gone to the Murni hall(formerly an office) and use the air-conditioning there. The changed the place into a mini library. Everyday, when you go into the hall, you can see a lot of people with their books and notes on the table. It is so quiet that you can hear the sound of the needle drop. To be honest, I would prefer to study in that condition, but I am just too lazy to drag my butt down there along with the stack of notes.

Next would be the problem with the food. Everyday, for every meal, we have to eat at the hostel cafe which serve the same old food with the same expensive price.(especially the damn Indian uncle who I feel really takes advantage of students here!) Its really making me bored of the food. I used to enjoy lunch and dinner breaks during study week, but now, even thinking of the food makes me feel like vomiting...yucks! Luckily, there are still some stores opposite the campus that sells some decent food at decent prices. Its just that it takes some time to go out, and its such a pain in the *ss.

Temptation to play some computer games with juniors also occurs sometimes, especially when you are so fed-up with the notes. But then again, one game would've burnt at least 2 hours and with the rest after that(as the eyes would really be tired!), it amounts up to 3 hours per game. So, its a really luxurious choice to play.

All in all, its not going to be an enjoyable 3 weeks, but hopefully, the results will show and then everything will be worth it!

Monday, April 21, 2008


I've opened up another site at . The posts in both the sites will be the same. It will be like a mirror site. So, anyone who prefers the windows' myplace can head over to the other site and have fun. Thank you!

A happy happy birthday!

Thank you Alex, Kokwah, and Kianping for this excellent cake!

Had an excellent birthday with all my friends out there. Really had a great time! And thank you guys again for the wishes, gifts and cakes. Hope it will be a great year ahead!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Illusion and reality

The illusion and the reality...
Advertisements are a way to trick customers into believing something...Why? Cause they never turn out like the ads. This was taken from the secret recipe, and to be honest, they do have the so called SECRET RECIPE----->small and few instead of the large and well-decorated in the ads...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Dinner at Chiang, not in Thailand!

Another exam over! What a relief! But then, there is another even more important final examination next month, so its not exactly a time for relief, right? Haha. Then again, its good to try to catch our breath once in a while. So, the evening after the last paper for this exam(Selanjar as we call it), we were heading to Chiang Mai restaurant for our dinner. No, its not. Thats for the question you might be asking about.*laugh* The restaurant is situated in Wakaf Baru, Kelantan, which is nowhere near the Chiang Mai that you might be thinking about. And as you might've guessed, its a restaurant serving Thai food. There are a few other Thai food restaurants nearby too, all with Thai-ish names-Bangkok restaurant, BanThai restaurant. Nevertheless, I personally think that Chiang Mai is the best of all this restaurants. It is situated behind a housing area and is quite secluded. An outsider would not have been able to come to the place without any recommendation from the locals as it was about 1km away from the mainroad. Even the entrance to the housing area is not exactly 'out-standing'. You could easily miss it if you are not paying attention. We were only aware of the existent of the restaurant when our seniors introduced it to us during our first year here. It was the usual 'introductory spot' for most seniors as there were gathering for those from the same schools previously or those from the same states. This was the best chance for the seniors to have a look at the new juniors.

<-----Han lim and Lek tuan mixing garlic with their plate of rice...
There was 6 of us in total that night with our organizer Alex followed by me, Kianping, Lektuan, Hanlim and Jincin. It was a much anticipated night as some of us had been eating magee for the study week in order to save time for revision especially for Kp. He bought a dozen of cup noodles for storage and it was all gone by the time we started exam! Such was the tension of the exam that many didn't eat a proper meal.

Jincin, Kianping and our 'ring-leader' Alex-------->
We were on our way around 615pm in two cars as we went separately. Lt, Jc and Hl went first as they wanted to vaccinate for thyphoid virus as a preparation for their backpacking trip to Cambodia in June. By the time we reached the restaurant, it was already near 7pm. There wasn't a lot of people at first. We were basically the third group of people to reach the place at the time. We order 5 dishes including the green curry recommended by Kp , the ever-present Keng Song(tomyam fish), a fried squid, a vege and friend lemon chicken. It was the first time for most of us for the so called green curry. It was kinda weird thinking of it to be honest. But we thought we gave it a try in eat something new. There were suggestion for the fried BEEs as well, but the failure to obtain a '2/3 majority' meant that the plan had to be postponed to other time. Phew, that was close! haha.

<----Vase-like appearance...
The people were starting to come to the restaurants in 'colonies' when we finished placing our order. Soon, an appetizing odour flood the place and out came the dishes. Too bad they weren't all coming at once. The green curry came first in a high standing, vase like pot. It was left on the center of the table with all of us in a mixed feelings of expectancy and a sense of wonder. Kp was the gentleman as he took the initiative and distributed the curry to the small bowls prepared. The taste of the curry was unbelievable. Its soup was thick with the 'santan' as well as the milk(I think). It was a fantastic dish. Thanx Kp for the excellent recommendation. After that, 3 other dishes were served except for the lemon chicken. The Keng Som tomyam fish was one of the most famous dish of the place. Almost everyone orders it when they come to the restaurant. The best thing of the fish is that the soup from the dish can be REFILLED. Yes, McD drinks type of refill. Apart from the smooth, sweet fish, the soup is of the Keng Som is the best! Its just nice with the combination of spice and sour taste.
You have to bring your own waiter eh...everyone's too busy*laugh*----->
The other 3 dishes weren't too special, especially the vegetable as it was just the normal variety of fried vege. The Gim Hiang fried squid was quite nice but then, the appearance was not that erm... appetizing. It actually looked like a bunch of garbage.*laugh* They should try to improve the outlook of the food they serve I guess since its one of the basics of food,' 色,香,味', literally translated, 'outlook, smell and taste'. But then again, its definitely better than the food we have in the campus, especially if you compare it to the expensive Indian food in our campus.(it is the only store that have food after 6pm if you don't wan to eat burger).
Overall, the food was excellent and very enjoyable. If anyone of you drop by in Kelantan, I'll make sure you get a taste first hand!

Some of the nice dishes...
Green Curry, the not-so-good-looking fried squid, Keng Som Tomyam fish

Monday, April 14, 2008

Lecture in the hostel?

Looks at the photo above. This was taken is my hostel on one Sunday night. Wonder what everyone is doing? With notes and all, maybe they are all listening to someone lecturing in front.
But hey, wait, there's another view of the place...

I'm sorry, but it seems like I was wrong! They are all watching the live match between Manchester United and Arsenal. Haha... The exams are just around the corners. But that have not dim the interest of these football fanatics. Although worried about studies, they were still present to see United's victory. As for the revisions, they brought their books and notes with them too, to have a peek or two when the match's a bit dull. There were so many present that there weren't enough seats. A few of my colleagues even went to bring the sofa from downstairs. Such is the attraction of the so called 'beautiful game'...

Some have to stand as there just isn't enough seats...

Multitasking -study while watching the match
(the origin of the core-2-dual)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Water crisis

Its been quite a few days since I last updated the blog. Tension is high in the hostel this few days as everyone is either preparing for their exams or having their exams. This is the time of the year where everyone starts to have natural occurring eye shadows as well as swollen 'eye bags'. Everyone is studying hard day and night till the people going for exercise seems to be less now...

Anyway, enough about the exams. The exams are no fun to talk about as they just increase the anxiety in most of us. *laugh* For the past few days, the water supply in our campus had been of 'excellent' quality! Instead of serving fresh water from the pipes, we are having 24 hrs supply of tea. What a bonus! Don't get what I mean? You'll understand once you looked at the picture below.

Surprise surprise! Yes, this is the colour of the water supply in our campus for the past few day!

The water had become so brownish that a lot of the students here decided not to bath! Some of my friends who decided to ignore the fact that the water is 'clean' had to suffer from itchiness after their bath. Its ironic as with this kind of water, whatever you washed becomes even more dirtier compared to before you washed them.

The water from the place people wash their clothes. Yucks!-------------------->

Actually, this is no news for us students here. Even before we came to the campus, seniors from our secondary schools who came had warn us about the quality of the water. They even went as far as to ask us not to buy any white shirts or pants. Now that we have seen the situation first hand, its not that hard to understand why some people get diarrhea quite frequently for the first few months of life in Kelantan. Although this was the first time where the water is so dirty, the water here has never been clear in colour. If you want prove, you can just get a white cloth and let the tap water run through it. The cloth won't be white anymore after you're done with it! This is a real worry for us as we wash our white coats(lab coats), cause they might not be white anymore after washing.

Clothes as a result of washing with the 'quality' water. Observe the collar. There is appearance of yellow discolouration. Jaundice?-------------->

There is a suggestion on the appearance of dark urine colour among the locals. Normally, dark coloured urine is caused by liver problems. But maybe, just maybe, its might be a simple case of dirty water consumption?
Well, that's enough for now...Better get back to study.

Anyone wants tea?

Monday, April 7, 2008

Exams exams exams!!!

The time table for next month's final exam has been out for some time already. A glance at it shows nothing special about the exam. The exam starts on the 11th of May till the 22nd when the results is announced.

Here's the timetable:
May 11 9.00 -11.00am MEQ 1
2.15 -4.15pm MEQ 2
May 12 8.30 - 11.00am OSCE
May 13/14/15 8.00-4.00pm Clinical
May 18 9.00 -12.00pm MCQ 1
2,15 -5,15pm MCQ 2

Well, looks simple enough doesn't it? People who are in the dark about our condition might say, "Well, give me a month's time to prepare, and I'll get a distinction!" But if you try and ask any of my course mates, they will tell you that even a month is barely enough. Seriously!

When I first stepped into the medical school, I was thinking, "It shouldn't be too hard. As long as I keep my head down and work hard, it should be a smooth sailing." And then came the shock! The lectures came thick and fast. Time management was a problem as there well simply too much to study. When the end of the first year came, it was time for the final exam. A fail would've doomed me to a repeat of the first year's study. I had PLAYED hard for the whole year instead of STUDYING hard and judgement day was fast approaching. I had some help and somehow managed to scrap through with a B.

A)The workload then (1st year)
The notes have a height of approximately 50cm when stacked up!

Looking back at it, it was so much more easier to pass the exams in secondary school. I mean, sure, there was quite a lot to read to prepare for exam, but it was nothing comparing to medical studies. Now, I'm facing my 2nd finals. Unlike for most other courses, where their subjects change each semester(which means that some of the things they can just forget about it), medical studies includes everything you done before this. This means that for this year's final, I'll have to recall everything I've learn since my first year here! Ouch!

B) Newly introduced material for 2nd and 3rd year.
Another stack of notes with a height of 50cm.So A+B =notes to revise.

Exams really makes a mess of one's life. To prepare for an exam, I've made a mess of my room with books and notes all around. The table which was empty had suddenly become occupied with papers , books and the writing equipments. Even the bed is full of my books. Sometimes, I even sleep with the books!

My table before and during exams...

And here's my bed...

With the end of semester exam coming up next week just three weeks before the final exam, I just hope that everything will be well and in order. Studying medic is really a painful experience in some way... :P Good luck to all my course mates out there and others who are taking their exams soon. Ganbatte and 加油 !

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Want some black PAPER chicken?

This is the menu

This photo was taken from an outlet near my campus. Says here, they sell BLACK PAPER STEAK for RM9.90 only! There are also other kinds of black PAPER flavoured food such as, BLACK PAPER CHICKEN, BLACK PAPER CHICKEN CHOP. Wonder if they sell white paper chicken or paper of other colours... Apart from that, you can also get a T-BORN STEAK. Maybe the steak was a T? Enjoy your meal-BLACK PAPER CHICKEN
(courtesy of Mr.Chai Soo Pin)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

John Goddard, an inspiration...

John Goddard's "Life List"

John Goddard is most known for his amazing “Life List” of accomplishments. At the age of fifteen John Goddard listed 127 goals he wished to experience or achieve in his lifetime. The list is impressive and audacious, but the results have been truly incredible.

After reading this website and also from some information from Wikipedia, I suddenly noticed that all my life, I basically accomplished nothing! Its really like a wake-up call for me. Basically, since I was 7, I think my life style has been the same for everyday of my life. From waking up in the morning, then going to classes and doing revision. I think I have missed so much of life. And then, i haven't been traveling much as well. I've almost never went out of the country before.(almost never because I actually went to Singapore with my family when I was 5, but then, there wasn't any memories from then :p) 22 years of life wasted!

It was until my girlfriend's introduction to John Goddard, that I come to realise that we need to set some targets in our life. Yeah, maybe we can't achieve all of them, but at least we did our best to accomplish it. I don't want to look back on life when I'm old and thinking of what it could've been. So, now I made myself a small list of things I want to do, and maybe to extend it time after time^^

Here's the list:
1. To finish the medical course with the minimum time, which is 5 years without the need of repeating.
2. To at least get an A for once during the period of my life as a medical student.
3. To learn scuba diving
4. To travel to a)Australia
5. To be able to drop my weight to around 75kg and maintain it. (currently is around 88kg, yeah I know, I am fat!)
6. To be a decent person.(responsible, kind, knowledgeable...)
7. To create a blog and maintain it.
8. To own a beautiful house with a seaside view.
9. To be a millionaire by the age of 40.
10. To assemble a desktop from parts.

So, that completes the list(for now^^). Let's see how long it takes to complete it!

Welcome to Richard Ang's Blog Spot

Welcome to Richard Ang's Blog Spot! As you can see from the title, my name is Richard. :p This is the first time I have actually started a blog. I want to use this blog as a means to share my experience with people as well as to connect to my friends out there. I consider myself just another regular guy, but hopefully there will be interesting adventure coming up for me to blog.Haha...