Saturday, December 27, 2008

What's your phobia?

Most of us do fear something...

Even Achilles, a Greek hero of Trojan War, he did fear that his heels would be hit by an arrow...
"Achilles' heel"

Just like a Chinese proverb says, "Once you're bitten by a snake, forever you'll be afraid of rope".
Luckily there was no driving test during his time, or else he will never pass his test...

We may call this one kind of phobia...perhaps in this case, we might say that Achilles' having "arrow-phobia"...

There are so many phobias outside the world...
Some of the commons ones are...

Acrophobia - fear of height
Claustrophobia - fear of confined area

Radiophobia - fear of radio??

However there are some phobias that my common sense just couldn't convince me...
Tetraphobia - fear of number 4

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - oh shit, fear of long word
Case #1
Doctor: I think you've got pneumonoultramicroscopic...(breath in)...silicovolcanoconiosis

Case #2
Lopado­temakho­selakho­galeo­kranio­...(breath in)..leipsano­drim­hypo­trimmato­silphio­karabo­melito­kata...(breath in x2)...kekhy­meno­kikhl­epi­kossypho­phatto­perister­alektryon­opto­kephallio­kig...(C' can do it...breath in again)...klo­peleio­lagōio­siraio­baphē­tragano­pterýgōn
Hurray, You've made it !!

Somniphobia - fear of sleep

Everyone does have a weakness
Mine? Erm...perhaps necrophobia
Why? Maybe I'm thirsty for success

How about you?
What's your phobia?

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tagged by Su Ee: Wedding Plan

Argh...tagged by Su Ee...

How old are you?
As long as I can remember...21

Are you single?
I'm single but not available...hehe

In what age do you think you'll get married?
Erm...hard question...most probably after 30

Do you think you'll be marrying the person you are with now?
If I get married tomorrow, then maybe the person is the person I'm with now

If not, who do you want to marry?
Definitely not a boy

Do you want a garden/beach or a traditional wedding?
Are there any other choices?

Your ideal motive?
Motive? What motives? I don't know

Where do you plan to go on a honeymoon?
Malaysia...definitely out of my choices...perhaps Paris, Milan, London etc...

How many guests do you think you'll invite?
See how many of them wanna come loh...

Do you want an extravagant wedding or a simple wedding?
Of course an extravagant one...

Do you want the traditional vows or something you'd make up on your own?
If I'm creative enough, I prefer making up on my own...

How many layers of cake do you want?
As many as the baker's able to make...

Do you prefer having your reception at a hotel or a simple place?
Erm...seem like I'm not given much choice...not simple place definitely...

When do you want to get married, morning or evening?
If possible, from morning to evening, then it'd be the best...

You'd rather have your reception outdoors or indoors?
If it's raining, then I think I have no choice to stay indoors...but outdoors is cool...

Do you like a grand entrance for your groom? I'm not gay...

Name the song/tune you'd like to play at your wedding?
I'm not sure...Depending on what songs the orchestra would like to play for me...

Are you a morning person or a night person?
I'd never known that a person could be classified as morning person and night person

Do you want a solemn ceremony or a light one?
I want a romantic one

Describe your ideal husband/wife?
The world will never be long as I feel good being with her...

Do you prefer fine dining or just the normal spoon & fork/knife?
Fine dining...but of course with normal spoon, fork and knife...too abnormal ones, I don't think the guests would know how to use them...

Champagne or red wine?
Perhaps can I have fruit cordial? I can't stand a single sip of alcohol...

Honeymoon right after the wedding or days after the wedding?
If I can get the flight right after the wedding, then ma go loh!

Money or household items? Money...Money...Money...

Who will pay for the bills?
Of course I will

Are you ready for married life?
Nope, my dream is yet to be fulfilled...

Do you think you will still be a virgin until you get married?
As long as I'm not raped by any, then still I am

Will you always be true to your wife/husband?
I will be true to my wife but not husband

How many kids would you like to have?
Erm...depending on the quality of the condoms

A new house for a newly wed or an old one?
House's not really what I want, maybe a brand new castle...haha...

What kind of cuisine would you like for your wedding?
I will invite chefs from every corner of the world...woo hoo....

Will you record your honeymoon in a CD or DVD?
CD is out, man...DVD I think is no longer in use anymore at the time too...
Whose wedding plans would you like to know next? All the people who read my blog...wahaha... See no where, you're TAGGED~!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Beethoven's Death

Ludwig van Beethoven (16 Dec 1770 - 26 March 1827) is always my favorite musician and composer...
Inevitably, he was indeed a genius...
He published his first composition at the age of 8
What were you doing while you were at the age of 8?
I was still playing my Lego sets and fooling around with my lovely Mighty Mouse doll.
How about you? Perhaps, still sucking your old teat?
Feel shy to admit? Actually I was one of them too lah...haha

I told my mum once how great Beethoven was during his childhood
Then my mum said,
"I'm not hoping my sons to be geniuses...You look at those geniuses' faces lah, they didn't look like what they should be at their ages at all...3 years old looked like 13 years old...That's why they're so young died liao...Because, you know ar... they'd used up their brains so fast...surely died lah..."
"Ohh," I thought, "It might be true also."
My mum's theory sounds right...
Common sense...if the lifespan of a battery is supposed to be one year, but then you over-use it, definitely the battery can't last as long as it should be...
After looking at the picture below, you might agree with my mumThis is the portrait of 13-year-old Beethoven..
That's why Beethoven's death don't really arouse my curiosity to look into it in depth...

However, today while I was surfing...
I'd found out something very interesting regarding Beethoven's death...
Beethoven actually died from lead poisoning
The following is a short note I picked from an article in random
Through analyzing Beethoven’s hair, historian Russell Martin concluded, "His deafness, illness, and death were almost certainly the result of lead poisoning. Martin further speculates that this may have resulted from lead pencils—on which Ludwig was munching while composing music.
I can't believe this...
Pencil killed Beethoven

I'm so sad hearing this

Because I have no choice but to repudiate *Goh Lee Choo's theory
*Proudly to present you my mum - Goh Lee Choo

Thursday, December 4, 2008

4 Precious Lessons

Reminiscing about my last semester...
I did have a happy days I would say...especially when doing assignment
In my last semester, I had a total of 4 assignments...
Erm...though 4 assignments might be just the tip of the iceberg, for me, it's quite heavy...
However, I've learned a few good lessons...

Lesson #1
Always be humble in learning

Always thinking that we are lucky to be born in a multicultural country...
We know many languages and dialects (eg.Mandarin, English, Bahasa Malaysia, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teowchew etc)
However, after working with some of my colleagues, I'm wrong...
I'm too egotistic...I'm too ignorant...
When I talked to them, they nodded...
I asked them if they understood me...they nodded...
They always took care of my feeling
They didn't want to hurt my fragile heart...
So they pretended as if they knew what I was talking about...
In the actual fact, they can't understand a single word coming out from my mouth...
I regretted...
so I'm always willing to work hard to learn another new language so that I can communicate with them well...
Or else I will have to finish the whole assignment on my own...

Lesson #2
To be independent

For Management, we were assigned in a group of 4...
I was the only odd one...
They not only treated me good unlike what a song sings against all odds,
but they were willing to train me to work independently...
A case study of 20 pages, a written report of around 40 pages plus 2 posters...
i would say besides the 10% of the written report was not done by me, I swallowed everything...
I know they wanted to train me so that I'm competent enough in the future...
I know too that they so wanted to do all these, but I was weak...I need to learn...
And yes, I learned~!!
Don't ever think that they are bad, just that their motives behind you don't understand...I'll explain further later on...

Lesson #3
Never be satisfied with the present

For Management and Antimicrobial Therapy assignments, I took up the role as the leader...
So I had the so-called responsibility to correct what's not correct...
That's one of the criteria a leader must possess...
Do the right things and do the things right

A true leader will never be satisfied with what he's having now
I think that's what the hidden message my colleagues wanted to tell...
So they never did their assignments well so that I always had the chances to look for the mistakes and correct them...
Some of them even just copied and pasted from the internet materials without even removing the HTML links and uniforming the fonts...
What an effort they did to drill me...
I was like ransacking frantically the web upside down, guessing which paragraphs were from which sources so that I won't be tagged as a plagiarist...
I know I'm I begged them to redo them and avoid "copy-and-paste"...they seemed like suffering from *otitis media...
What the poor guys...
What to do? Scores matter to me...I still had to do it even if how reluctant i was...
*Otitis media is the inflammation of the middle ears

Suprisingly, after I handed in my written assignment, they showed up
One day early in the morning, ...


"Rhuyann,Rhuyann...Saye XXX"
I woke up reluctantly and dragged my foot forwards to open the door.
"Rhuyann, bolehkah saya dapat written report dari you?"
"Nak buat apa?", I rubbed my eye.
"Nanti kami nak buat poster, you nak join tak?"
"Poster apa?"
"Ooh...", I whispered to myself.
"Nak join tak?"
Thinking, "!@#$@$#%@, now only asking me to join?!!"
"Ada siape?", I answered in monotonous voice.
"Kami tiga semua...", he said.
Thinking, "What the f?! You all are going to have a meeting without informing me..."
"Ooh, macam ni lah...tak pe lah, you orang pergi buat lah, lepas ni baru ambil kat saye..."
After I transferred the softcopy to him, I threw myself back to my bed.

Sometimes, I was dumbfounded by their efficiency...Maybe I'm slow...
They finished their poster within 3 or 4 hours...
Luckily I didn't join them...phew~

Masterpiece by my colleagues

Sketch by Me
Not to be satisfied by the present, that's why I produce the above poster.

Lesson #4
Never deal with donkeys

After these assignments, I learned not to talk to donkeys
Because they can't listen...
Only thing to make them move is to whip them...
Don't be kind to them, as they will never be kind to you
If you feed them carrots, they might bite you back...
That's why donkeys are too called ass

That's all the 4 precious lessons are...
Therefore, the conclusions are...
Working with a group of marvelous colleagues, I grew stronger...
Working with a herd of donkeys, I grew more patient....
Working with a group of arses, I know how to kick their ass

p/s: I should tell them earlier that I'm a performance-based kinda person rather that process-based. I do appreciate process sometimes, but also the end result. I'm not trying to pinpoint anyone but result reveals everything.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pokémon Heat

Pocket Mons
ters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā) aka Pokémon
I think it's not alien to you and me
Hmm...The first Pokémon introduced to me, I think was the yellow rat, Pikachu

Pokémon Volleyball, where I first met Pikachu...

During my time, we played this; During my brother's time, they plays online game
This proves that human's evolving
Oh gosh! I can't believe that I played this game...I looke
d stupid
but somehow it did give us a lot of fun during our computer class...haha

Luckily, I did experience the evolution process too
After some time, we played this no more but shifted to a more canggih one
Pokémon RPG Game.

So many versions were released including Pokémon Green, Red, Blue, Yellow and as far as I can remember Silver and Gold...
It's definitely more advanced than the previously-mentioned Pokémon Volleyball
at least you can do much more things other than hitting the ball...
Pokémon, training and battling...
The Pokémon Heat didn't stop here
There were a lot of
Pokémon product tailing along...

However the first time I had the chance to see the Pokémon "alive" was
only after VCD was brought into the mainstream of our lives...Pokémon Anime

I realised that they don't talk...
The only thing that comes out from their mouths is...their names =.=
Pikachu: Pika...Pika...Pikachu
Bulbasaur: Bul

Somehow the characters (Ash, Brock, Misty etc) in the Anime are, I would say, all geniuses...
They not only understand what they say, but sometimes they respond to them in such a way that...hmm...they have a questionable relationship

Though sometimes the relationship between Ash and Pikachu is a bit shady,
Ash shows a very good model to
, at least, the children.
He does bring the positive message

Treat your pet as your lover
Craze for Pokémon is not only limited in kids' world, but it has been widespread throughout the world

Even in pet's world...

For some super Pokémon fans, they would even name themselves after the heroes' or heroins' or Pokémon's names
eg. Brock Lee, Misty Chan, Ash Tim, Pikachu Gan etc.

But Ash is obviously not my option if I were to choose one English name
Because my family name is Ho

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I grew taller?

Two days ago, I was 1.74m.
Though I'm not tall, I'm not short.
But still my mum likes to ask, "Why you are so short?"
Yeah, maybe.
The reason is simple.
Just like when you are comparing a Camry with a Lamborghini.
Though Camry is awesome, but it is not awesome enough if a Lamborghini's there.
Similarly, it's because my younger brother is 1.85m.
Even my youngest brother always says, "You are so short. One day I will be taller than you."
Oh yeah, so what?
I'm the shortest, but I'm the brightest...wahaha
But 2 days ago, I found out that I've become taller
From 1.74m to 1.77m
Am I still growing?
I don't think so.
Just that my backbone was not that straight before this.
I think my mum is the happiest person to hear that and some more she hopes that I can grow taller.
That's what my mum told my dad, "I think Rhuyann still can grow taller kok."

Monday, November 17, 2008


Fusion from my name "Rhuyann" and the word "rubato".
In Italian, rubato means "the stolen time"
and Rhuyann still means Rhuyann, I suppose. (I don't know Italian)

Okay, rubato, as a musical term, simply means that the temporary disregarding of strict tempo to allow an expressive quickening or slackening usually without altering the overall pace.
Music-wise, it makes the music sound expressive and natural.
Me-wise, rubato is my way of living.

Sometimes I play fast
Sometimes I'm slow

Sometimes I follow
and sometimes I don't

Still at the end of the day, I don't drift away from the norm. Owing to this reason too, I don't really revise my past action 'cause so far, it works all the times.
That's the way I survive throughout the past 21 years and that's also the way I think I can play it throughout the rest of my life. The lucky star has been with me for 21 years, but recently, the star really "lak qi". (fall off, in Hokkien)

In the past 21 years, 21 years you know, I was wrong. I've totally misunderstood the real meaning of being rubato. I thought as long as I could accomplish the task on time, everyday is Sunday until I had a thump right on my face recently.

WARNING: Change~!!! Change~!!!

(Taken from

I need to change the way I was.

Recalling, I was and am a last-minute person.

"Hey, how's your assignment?" "Assignment? What assignment? ar...Oh, never mind lah. Still got 4 days."

Report, last minute. Assignment, last minute. Everything, last minute.
I'm a jerk somehow. I know that I will be suffering if I don't start it early,
but my buttock skin is so thick and I just couldn't feel the pain until the fire really lit up my ass.

This semester was really a nightmare to me frankly.
I'd suffered. All the due dates were like shit trampling on me and flooding me.
Uhh...they nearly suffocated me.
What a waste if I died because of assignments.
The nation still needs me...haha

The story did not end here.

After assignments, here came the exam.
8-day study week. 1, 2, 3, 4, ..., 8. 8 days.
Many things could be done within 8 days, but...
I'd wasted half of my time swaying my limbs here and there at home,
without even a glance on the notes. Aiks, what the ...

(Taken from

"Time is gold"

I could deeply feel that the time was biting my spine. Though some friends of mine and I had been working together as a study group, burdens were shared, I was not able to finish the syllabus (Antimicrobial). I was left only a day to browse through the notes.
Aiks...I wished I could have more time, perhaps just one more day.

To be frank, this was the first time I felt helpless when looking at the question paper.
Hmm...Again, I wished I would have studied all these.
Err...I hope that I wouldn't fail the subject.

Luckily my EQ is not that bad, or else...

"PULAU PINANG - Musim peperiksaan melandai setiap kampus universiti kebelakangan ini. Generasi muda merupakan generasi pelapis negara pada masa akan datang, namun begitu tekanan peperiksaan telah menjadi pembunuh utama dalam kalangan mahasiswa. Suatu kes yang malang telah berlaku pada seorang budak kacak dari USM. Dia telah menjadi gila sebagai akibat tidak sempat menghabiskan nota-notanya. Walaupun gila, dia masih kelihatan kacak dari semua sudut."

I've talked too much. It's time to bury my head back to the notes because tomorrow I have practical exam. Argh~

My house's pendaflour be my witness, I will never let it happens again next semester.

"Lastly I would like to announce that is officially in operation."
"Applause please."

(Taken from

"Thank you...Thank you..."