Tuesday, December 14, 2010


17 months seeing an organization from a seed to today's landscape. I feel really proud of what we've been doing. When we were a nobody, we were running here and there to ask for support. We had nothing. Not a single eraser we own. Gradually from one university to another university. More and more people are joining us. Seeing the facebook fans from 10 to 100, to 1000 until 2000. Until today, people around us finally see us, recognize us. Not only local, but around the region too. The Singapore Health Promotion Director heard about our name too. That's exciting. Yes, I'm talking Green Lung -  a very own Malaysian social brand that I'm proud of. 

All started because we believe a dream. A dream that until today many people still don't believe in. Yes, it's attitude. We don't sleep and dream but we dream and wake up and start walking. That's the difference between their dreams and our dream. 

Many people questioned us on how we measure our success. Have we successfully turned USM into a smoke-free campus? How many smokers had we successfully helped them to quit? These are tangible indicators. Yes, to be honest, we haven't achieved any yet. The least we had done was that at least we could make them start to think why we need a smoke-free environment. In the past, they may feel nothing sitting around the smokers. Today, their perceptions might have changed. They start feeling uneasy and horrible dipped in the big smoky jar. The reason why we target youths is because they will grow up one day and their perceptions are the key determinant of our future. To change the world, change the youths or even children if we could today for better tomorrow. 

We won't stop until we are free from the nasty smokes. And ya, a preview - we are going to Malacca soon!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ridiculous ideas always from friends

The most ridiculous idea always comes from friends.
Sometimes it's ridiculous, but it just works! Haha. Just finished an online meeting. Was discussing about the name of the event. and say what? Yeah, we got it! Thanks to Sawako! Your somehow spontaneous idea gave us a great name!
For this moment, I shall keep the name secret. ^^

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Advisor's advice

Recently a friend of mine asked help from me to design them a logo. Okay. That would be certainly fine. Though I'm not that kinda so artistic person with so much artistic temper, I do have some too. Giving me some suggestions to improve the design is okay for me. After all you have the ownership of the design. But please do respect our creativity and imagination.

Okay, this is what happened. I received an email this morning.
Hi Rhu Yann,
Below is a suggestion from our advisor..Can you make some changes?? Just a little change....
This is from my friend. I know he's being difficult sandwiched between me and his so-called advisor.

His advisor's original piece of suggestion:
Nice ...would suggest leave out the stero type formal men and women..and replace it with the logo of the World Volunteers Web (just google)..perhaps the logo within a large heart
..love in the air ..big heart...
From Dato' I-am-advisor (To protect privacy)
So you know what he's trying to ask me to do huh? He's so good to make use of technology and kind enough to provide me the source where to plagiarize. Awesome. You see the word "Replace"? I know why we have Proton Inspira now. And what the heck? Stereotype?! I can't believe this word coming out from his mouth. Shit!

I just can't understand what's rolling inside your mind, Mr. Dato. If you think that WVW is doing a great job and you wish to be like them, that's not that way. They had branded themselves so well, please lah, don't be copycat. That's the stupidest thing to do. Do your own branding lah.

If you just need the logo from the website, you can just ask anyone to "copy" that instead of complimenting me "Nice..." and asking me to replace my design with something else which is already existing and being the flagship logo for that organization. If this is the case, we don't need designer. That's totally bullshit. When I saw this, I could foresee our future. If this doesn't change now, we will be in big time problem.

Our world now is a Right Brain-Oriented World. Knowledge workers like doctors, lawyers, accountants, managers etc. are the persons who could apply the theory into practice and put things into order. But Right Brains outside there who are able to create things out of nothing are doing the revolution and transformation. If you are attentive enough, you could notice the change.

Conclusion: Advisor's advice may be sound but may not be right (and sometimes ridiculous), even if he's a Dato.

And what did I do after this? ^^ I won't do a single amendment on my design.

Enough is enough

Do you know? While you are spending two hours watching "Rapunzel", one sexual crime is happening out there. And to your surprise, one out of two victims is just a child.

Child abuse or sexual crimes against children cases could be seen almost everyday on newspaper. This has come to a what-I-call-beast-like stage. According to YB Chong Eng's blog, sexual crimes including rape, sodomy and incest had increased from 2427 cases in 2005 to 4238 cases in 2009. The increase is about 100% and half of the victims were children under 16 years. And what heats me up is that only 4% of the rape suspects are found guilty by court.
Full article of YB Chong Eng, please go here.

Two months ago, a campaign called Kempen Rakyat Pulau Pinang had been launched in Penang to raise the awareness on sexual crimes against children. It aims to bring about a safe society for our children, free from sexual crimes.

What you can do?
1) Register yourself as a volunteer. Go here
2) Support and join their activities. Maybe gotta sacrifice your sleeping. If no one's moving, don't expect change.
3) Volunteer to help in their campaigns or activities if you have time.
4) Help distribute their awareness-building materials.
5) Report abuse case. To where, of course police lah.
6) Spread the words to your friends and family.

They deserve a wonderful childhood.
No more cases we wish to see and hear.
Enough is enough.
Your extra attention helps stop all these.

Contact: 04-2624059
Email: kempenrakyat@gmail.com
Kempen Rakyat Pulau Pinang
c/o 9th floor, Penang Chinese Town Hall Building,
22 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling,
10200 Georgetown, Penang.

What I had contributed? I helped design their logo and T-shirts *wink*

Kempen Rakyat
Pulau Pinang

Monday, December 6, 2010



视钱如粪土者请自行离开。please click here

Sorry for not having English version. A lil lazy to translate.
For English translation, please go here. But...you need your imagination a bit.



Sunday, December 5, 2010

Self interest vs Social interest

Been involving myself in the so-called advocacy campaign for roughly one year and 4 months. Learned a lot, saw a lot and opened my eyes a lot. Of course there are more awaiting me to explore, which I'm always anticipating.
My crude intention joining such campaign was that I felt the calling to do something for the society and our future. Social interest always comes first. Yup, that's always true when we're to serve the society. But as time goes by, especially when you are holding the steer of an organization, I realized that overemphasizing social interest (or neglecting self interest) will create an unbalanced phenomenon in the long run- sustainability problem. Let me explain this.
For most of the NGOs or voluntary organizations like us, we are much dependent on external funding. Every time when we are to initiate a program or activity, we would scratch our ass so hard figuring out where to look for the money. Money money money~always the root of troubles. But is this the only model that we could survive on? Showing our palm and waiting for good mood?
Idealism is good but unrealistic. If you don't take care of yourself, how are you going to take care of the rest. Let's take a very simple example. When you're aboard, during the safety demo, you are advised to put on the oxygen mask first before your kids. The reason I think you know very well.
I'm not saying going to extreme, but finding a pivot between self interest and social interest. To name one f**king bad example. Once in a circumstance, I found out that the top management officials had misappropriated the profit while each department were only given a very tight budget to work on. I don't want to say more. One word, shit! That's definitely not the "self interest" I'm talking about. Transparency rules.
What I mean is do not take other people's time for granted. Let's say, a voluntary work. Volunteers volunteer themselves to help out, yet somehow sometimes we need to show our gratitude in a tangible way, not just "thank you". This is the self interest of the volunteers.
Next the self interest of the committee members. Passion is passion. But if you want to sustain an organization, passion is not bread. Please do buy their time. Or else you are worse than any capitalist.
To a bigger picture, the self interest of the organization. Most of the time, they like to claim themselves as non-PROFIT organizations. C'mon, how are you going to survive without money? Unless you find yourself a big pipe which channels in the money forever, then you can be Mother Teresa. Mind you, not many Mother Teresa in this world. Only one. Still one day the petroleum will go drought too. So how to make your organization's activities profitable is extremely important to support its survival, to the least extent the management still could operate optimally. Therefore revenue stream should be included in the strategic planning. If not, you are not strategic enough.
Cut short, for advocates, if you want to keep your social impact alive, please balance yourself between self interest and social interest or in other words, idealism and reality. Period.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My New Toy

I've been always a big fans of Apple. First iPod shuffle, next Macbook and then tada~ my new toy - iPhone 4.
Why I love Apple? 
1) They look sexy. Simple and nice - Always being different.
2) Apple is all about how it connects to every bit of my life. From music to design, from work to communication.
3) They cares about details. They are user-friendly, seriously. They knows how to make the machines talk to you. They are more than just machines.

Why I find myself so many reasons? Haha. This is always what a typical consumer does. He or she will find any logical and rational reasons to back up his or her desire. Just like when you ask a girl why she wanna buy shoes. She will give all sorta non-sense reasons. Haha. Most of the time, it's emotion driven. So just say you like it when you like it! ^^ 
iPhone 4
Full set
Sync-ing with iTune
Full with Apps

Friday, December 3, 2010

T-shirt Designs for MyPSA

Tada~ New designs from me. Erm...not so new, but still new..haha..
They are the new designs for MyPSA T-shirts (Malaysian Pharmacy Students' Association). They are on sales now! For M'sia Pharmacy students, please do support ya. You can order the t-shirt from your school pharmacy society. Wee~
Hope you like 'em!
I'm a drug expert

MyPSA, our identity

Pharmacist in the making
It's always fun playing with Photoshop and Illustrator..
I do help do freelance to earn some pocket money. All sorta designing works including T-shirts, logos, brochures, booklets, posters, name cards and so on.
If you need a design and don't know where to go, come to me..Haha..

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Coming back soon

Having exam from 11th to 19th.
First and the last exam in Kelantan.
Left one paper. *ngek ngek*
Be in offline mode until 19th to update the rest.
What to update next?
1) My last YLA experience - we won the prize!
2) Things I saw in Korea - I love Korea!
3) The upcoming plan of mine - something big's going on....
 I'll be back soon.

Anyway there is an event on this coming Saturday (20 Nov) that you might want to find it out - TEDxYouth@KL. But I'm not sure whether they are still giving out the tickets.
Check it out on their Facebook to find out more.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Free ticket to Korea

Mai Kawan-kawan..tengok sini..
Kimchi Rice Cake and Fish Cake - My first breakfast
Dongdaemun shopping malls
Dongdaemun Flee Market
If food, shopping, cultural visit and night life are always what you're looking for, Seoul definitely is your must-go place.And what's more exciting is that now my friend is organizing an online contest  giving out FREE round trip to Korea. Go and grab the chance!
Deadline: 19th November
Visit his blog - LeX Paradise and join the contest.As simple as that!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Soul of Asia

Bongeun-sa (Temple)

Nandaemun Market
Sleeping guard
Random angle of Geongbuk-gung

Random shot
Korean BBQ

"lan yeng"
Gong~ Time to change shift! Stay tuned for more interesting events
and people I met in Korea.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Different Starbucks

Iced Chocholate Cream Chip
At Starbucks now.
Having the same chocholate cream chip.
Seeing the same interior.
Same cup, same straw.
Same table, same chairs.
But it's different.
Because I'm blogging moer than 4000km from Malaysia - Seoul!! kaka...
Menu in Korean

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I'm Malaysian

4 times I said this,"I'm Malaysian."

First time.
Food poisoning at midnight. Freaking painful. Was sent to hospital. Almost half dead I was. Lying on the bed, a doctor approached me and look at my profile, said,"Are you a Korean?" (What kinda F question at this moment?)
"Nope, I'm Malaysian."

Second time.
Completed my assignment. Going to present in front of professor through viva (aka oral presentation). Professor browsed through our names. "ABC, what a nice name you have" (It's a she)
"Ho Rhu Yann. Are you a Korean?"
"Nope, I'm Malaysian." (what the =.=)
Next, "XYZ, you definitely are Malaysian."

Third time.
Press conference. Reporter asked, "May I have your name?"
"Ho Rhu Yann"
"How to spell?"
"H..O...R...H...U...Y...A...N...N..." He's busy jotting it down.
"Oooo.....Are you a Korean?"
"Nope, I'm Malaysian."

Fourth time.
Last 2 days. Clerkship at TDM Department. Preceptor requested us to introduce ourselves.
My turn.
"I'm Rhu Yann."
"Yang mana?" Scrolling down the list. "Oooo...Ho-Rhu-Yann."
"Yes I am."
"Your name looks like Korean name."
"Is it? Haha." o.O (OS: I'm Malaysian)

Ho-Rhu-Yann with my look. 
Does it make you feel that I'm a Korean? o.O

Friday, October 8, 2010

Three spicy calls

If you've ever been to Nando's, 3 different spicy levels or 4 they have. (Something's missing here), Mild, Hot and Super Hot.

On 21 Sept 2010 around 1.30pm. I got back to my room to refresh myself a little bit after oncology ward. Three spicy calls inspired my day.

First call from USM HEP.
Spicy level: Mild
4th AFHC 2010
They had confirmed my flight to Korea. 내가 한국에 갈거야! (In English: I'm going to Korea) Departing on 23th Oct to Korea. Presenting Green Lung and its ideology in 4th Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities. Mayors and city developers from all over the world will be gathering in Gangnam-gu for 4 days to look into the issues of creating and sustaining a healthy setting in their respective countries. Our focus this time will be sharing Green Lung's stories and letting them discover the potential capacity of youths in creating mass change in hope that the authorities would engage and empower the youths as the change agents in any near future planning.

Second call from Pusat Racun Negara.
Spicy level: Hot
En Nazri asked if I could go down to KL and talk to UKM Green Lung. That would be definitely fantastic for me! I couldn't find a reason for myself to say no anyway. One, I could free myself from Kelantan for at least 3 days. Haha. And two, I'm glad that I could not only have the opportunity to share with more greenlungers, but also have the chance to motivate and inspire myself through talking to them. It's a motivating week for me! Even though I had to finish up my assignment at MidValley's McD and send to my group leader within 1 hour before my laptop battery's out.

Third call from New Straits Times.
Spicy level: Super Hot
Around 1.45pm when I was about to take a quick bath after the two calls, another call came in. Roz on the line, calling from NST. She asked if she could interview me for a column called "Inspiring Youth Malaysian". I was super excited about this though I know it might be something big for me at this moment. That's not the reason I should turn down the offer. Perhaps this would be the driving force to spur and motivate me to be a better me in the future especially this was done publicly.This had indeed spiced up my day!
p/s: This interview was not done face-to-face as she thought that I'm in KL, but through email.
I never knew that they will crop my face just fit enough to be placed in the box
Click to read
Notice it or not? One thing in common. All these three calls were related to Green Lung. XD

Friday, September 17, 2010

Knowing new friends

On 12th September 11.30pm, I received a call from my friend (President of MyPSA). He asked if I could help to guide two students from Bangladesh as they were coming to Penang. For most instances, I would say yes. No exception this time too. Then I asked for the student's number so that I could know where and when to fetch them.

11.45pm. Messaged them. "Could you let me know where and when to fetch you tomorrow?"

Message replied. "We're now on the way to Penang from Malacca. Would be reaching Penang at 5.30am."

My instant response. "What? 5.30am?" Meaning to say I needed to wake up at 4am and drive to Penang by latest 5am. Gosh, this shouldn't be happening. I only had 4 hours left to sleep in fact during this break, I normally slept at 2am. Quite impossible for me to sleep at 12am and wake up at 4am. But what to do? Promise is a promise. I wasn't not happy. Just that I felt it's a sorrow not to sleep more than 8 hours. At the end of the day I'd been the tour guide and driver for around 18 hours from 6.30am to 12.00am though, it's a pleasure journey.

Met two new friends from Bangladesh, Rajiv and Siam from Pharmacy Students' Society for Bangladesh.
Rajiv and Siam
Nasi Beryani. Something that could be found in their country too

Snake temple.

Batu Ferringhi
Floating Mosque
The first mosque that I entered in Malaysia
I had my first experience entering a mosque too. I was ashamed. I've been living in Malaysia for 23 years but it's foreign tourists who brought me into a mosque and explained the essence of Islam and the prayer. Rajiv zealously explained me the steps of performing the ablution and then led me into the praying hall and told me how the prayer should be carried out. Then I just stood behind the hall and observed Siam doing his prayer.

Again, it's a way to get myself closer to Malaysian culture and understand more about our national religion.

After that brought them to a Malay seafood restaurant to try out some Malay cuisine - Ikan bakar with Su Ee. That called a day off and it's already 12.00am. T.T I still had to drive back home. Haih~

BlogFest Asia in World Heritage, Penang

It's exciting to hear that BlogFest Asia is now boarding in Penang. I've been always complaining that why those exciting events always happen in KL but not in Penang and every time I have to think twice, thrice or even more before I've made my decision to attend (Almost pokai traveling here and there, to-and-fro).

And yeah, BlogFest Asia is finally satu-satu kalinya held in Georgetown this time and it's FREE! Totally free including free lunch, free dinner, free workshop. Walao, what a big frog hopping on the street. The FREE dinner is going to be held at QE II somemore. It's too much! My experience. This is seriously a great restaurant with great ambience and great food.
QEII, a 360 degree restaurant on the sea
But I don't know why. I'm really sui...really really sui! This time it's my turn not in Penang. Argh~! I'm Kelantan...why?!!!

Nevermind, still this kinda "kap la" I have to share with you. Penang deserves more excitement. Please go and let me know what happen there. Click the link to know more.
BlogFest Asia 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


This is a very delicate relationship between "we" and "me" in determining one to be a Grade A leader or Grade B and C. I think it's somewhat so real as I feel these changes occurring in phase deeply within myself over the last few months.

These are the 4 essential phases in shaping one into a leader. And the border line between 2 phases is so subtle that most of people might fail to notice. Some might have even gone through all these 4 phases without realizing it at all.

Let's take a simple example and you will know what I'm trying to say.

Everyone has ego. When new thing's introduced to you, you might think that it challenges your comfort zone. So the first thing that strikes your mind is NO. It's normal anyway. Not much worries. This is true when you're in a new community or organization. You find it very hard to blend yourself into the new environment. You retain the element "Me".

When time goes by, you adapt yourself gradually to the community and to a certain level, you will develop an intrinsic sense - sense of belonging. You feel that you're part of the community and you will always put the benefits of the community in front of you. Most of the people will remain at this stage because it's always fun to work with a bunch of your friends. Not much responsibilities in this level.

Somewhat in every community, there will be always someone to offer himself or herself to take the leadership role. They want to contribute. They think that they could actually do something for the community. But there's always a specific norm in our community that when such person offers himself, there will be murmur behind the scene. "His face's so thick-lah", "people don't choose him, he offers himself" etc. Is this bad? Those who are not that mentally strong will be scared away as they always want to be accepted by his own group, trying not to be odd. But this is where opportunity comes in (as I mentioned in my last post). These people who offer themselves are termed as leaders.

But again, somehow when you are alone at different level, you see things with your limited perspective as most of the time your mental activity works in your own style. Egoism unfolds again. So your perspective tends to be originated from only one point - you. If a person remains at this phase for too long time, he will develop into a kind called dictator. Yup, they are leaders too but not everyone favors this kinda leader.

If one's exposed enough to the external stimuli, then he will slowly realize that his previous style might not work anymore as he thinks that he could not work based solely on his own perspectives anymore but team's perspective. He needs to work as a team. He needs to work for the people. At this phase, the element "we" will be growing stronger and stronger as the element "me" diminishes. He will then start to inspire people rather than just leading the team. And that is the most important quality of a real leader. He inspires.

Me-We-Me-We is a forward process but it doesn't happen spontaneously. It is much dependent on one's mindset, exposure and also his internal filter system - positive thinking. Positive person sees opportunity in every difficulty whereas negative person sees dead end.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Inspiring Journey - YLA

YLA - Youth Leadership Academy by McKinsey & Company, Malaysia. Yes. It's McKinsey & Co. It's one of the best management consulting firms in the world. It's been ranked No. 1 for 6 consecutive years in the Vault.com list of top consulting firms.

Having been selected as one of the YLA-ers is definitely an awesome thing. I'm so lucky, to be honest. Actually I wasn't that confident when I was interviewed on phone because I didn't really prepare for it and I just blah out whatever in my mind. I just sent in the form spontaneously when both Khai Sheng recommended this to me and at the same time, I received a circular from another friend of mine. I even failed to recall back what essay I'd written in the application form.

But this doesn't matter much anymore, as now I'm part of YLA. Kaka. YLA is a series of 3 workshops with the theme: Leading self, leading others and leading Malaysia. This is indeed an awe-inspiring program, providing you a lot of useful management tools and most importantly the McKinsey way to solve problems.

Practicing pyramid principle to synthesize the governing thought
Besides, in every workshop there will be a prominent leader to give us an inspiring keynote speech. So far, Datuk Vinod and Mr. Seelan.

Datuk Vinod shared his experience on how he started to be an entrepreneur when he's still a university student in the States. He kicked start his T-shirt business with only 50 bucks and at the age of 20, he sold his company off and turned into millionaire. He became Datuk at the age of 26 and dramatically he went bankrupt at 32. But today, he got back his millions again. Lesson from him: "Do what you think is right and it'll never go wrong".

Mr. Seelan shared with us the 5 crucial qualities to be a leader.
1st quality: Dreams that scare yourself
2nd quality: Take stretch opportunities with discipline
3rd quality: Find yourself caring mentors and partners
4th quality: Giving - giving makes us think from different perspectives
5th quality: Mental renewal and resilience - living the unfamiliar
Tips from him on how to know when there's an opportunity. Opportunity occurs when everyone keeps themselves away from it. He highlighted that YLA couldn't make us into a leader, neither does he, but only we ourselves could make us into a leader. And yeah, this is definitely true. Many people are expecting someone to bring them to where they want to be and in fact, they could only guide and direct you. At the end of the day, it's you yourself to walk to your destination.

And yeah, every YLA-er will be assigned a mentor and my mentor is Mr Megar Ardian. He's the Officer of MAS Transformation office and personal assistant of MAS's CEO. Besides my own mentor, I did learn a lot from other mentors too. They could provide you different perspectives to look into a matter and thus to solve it based on their experience.

YLA-ers during Dinner with Mentors at Le Meridien Hotel

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Press conference

Press conference? Yup. That kinda thing with a lot of mics and cameras in front of you. Then the reporters will throw the questions to you and expect you to answer right on the spot. I saw that scene numerous times on TV. But this time I would be in that scene. Awesome!

Excited but at the same time scared too. Not many people have this kinda chance. And I was glad enough to not only have one, but two in my university life. At least I did something different, I suppose, didn't I? Hehe

Ready? Mics on, ca~~mera!
Typical press conference wasn't like this, instead they expect you having tons to start your conversation. And normally they will start with, "Can you talk a little about your project?" They said "a little", in fact they expect "a lot". Or else, trust me, the situation would be uneasy.

For a birdie like me, first experience did really freak me out seriously (Too bad I don't have photos to share with you). If you said me noob, yeah I'm noob. Imagine, almost all major medias were in front of you. TV3, Sin Chew Jit Poh, The Star, Berita Harian, Bernama and whatnots. What you are about to say will be broadcasted on TV or on papers. Indirectly you're talking to millions of people.
From the Star
When the camera rolled, I tried not to look into the lens because.
..I was scared. Haha. Still my eyeballs would uncontrollably sweep over it. The feeling was like somebody's peeping at you. So uncomfortable.

I stuttered. And you know what came into my mind that time? Nothing. Yes. Nothing at all.
I didn't even know what I was talking about that time. Luckily that time Prof Rahmat was beside me. He helped to cover up a lot. Or else doom. Anyway this was my first debut. So okay lah..haha..

Second time.
This was more official. Look at the picture and you'll know what I mean.
Scene behind PC
I did talking
Cool right? I think so too. :D This time, improved. Still I was scared. I just felt uneasy in front of camera because it's like you are talking to someone that you don't know who you are going to talk to. Get it?

This time at least I could control my speech flow. Reason? Because I had aid on the table. Hehe.. So when I really didn't know what to say, the notes would assist me.

Anyway, it's just another unusual uni experience that I wish to share with you all.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


When my friends looked at my iTune song list, they said i'm somehow disconnected from the pop world..yeah, I admit that I don't have lady gaga or dunno-what-bieber
So what? I just love oldies.. :p

Share with you Besame Mucho by Nat King Cole

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sour Apple

Does an apple taste sweet?
you say yes, I say no.
I say, apple tastes sour.
No, you say. Apple tastes sweet.
I say, no, apple tastes sour.
You say, but most of the people say apple tastes sweet.
I say, true, most of the people, but not me. I'm not most of the people.
You can't use most of the people's judgement to judge me.
I can't prove you wrong, but it doesn't mean you're right.
Because you can't prove me wrong too.
If I'm not wrong, then I might be right.
Many people are afraid of doing something different.
and they think that what most people are doing is always right, and they don't challenge it.
in fact, even if you do something different, as long as it is not proved right or wrong.
so no one could say that it's right or wrong.
when something is not right or wrong until the end of the day,
what are you afraid of?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Korea APPS 2010

My skin's really gatal..
I don't feel like blogging when I'm free..
but I feel to blog when tomorrow I have a quiz followed by another one on friday..
reason? my skin's gatal loh...

Okay. Some updates about my life..
My last post talked about my first experience as a backpacker in Hong Kong..
(Erm..not really talking about the experience anyway..just allow me to say so, ok?)
APPS in ice sculpture 
Then in July, I attended APPS (Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical Symposium) in Seoul..What I did there? To join the symposium of course the first thing is...
This time i did bring a mission too..which is to present Green Lung to my dear friends from different countries..
but the story didn't go that well...
I was informed that i would be having 40 minutes to do my presentation...
i was supposed to present after the regional meeting..
so i did prepare up to 70 colorful slides with so much of my brain juice inside..
Ok..i mean that's perfectly fine to me...in fact i was excited for being given such a long time..
i joined the boring regional meeting (If I wouldn't have to present, I wouldn't be there since morning until evening)
I waited..waited..waited..
opps..the meeting was over time..(supposedly should be ended at let's say 7pm, it's now 8.20pm)
The participants' faces were filled with vengeance (because they should have enjoyed their free night right now out there in this dynamic night city)...and now they passed the time to me..
The chairperson told me, "can you finish this within 10 min?"
"Erm..I try lah"
"Cannot ler..must be within 10 min"
That's how I cut down a 40-minute presentation to exactly 10-minute presentation..
Seriously, it's kinda tough to talk short..
I only had a couple of minutes to prioritize my whole presentation framework..
but luckily I supposed it ended well..I treasured this 10 minutes in hope of passing through my messages and passion at my very best..
Feedback I got:
1) You're a good speaker (I hope so..haha..even though that time I spoke f*ckingly fast)
2) Your presentation was inspiring (This is much more inspiring for me..hehe)
3) I'd like to invite you to Japan to present in the future (OK, this is what I like the most..haha...)

And the following outcomes after my presentation are (a) APRO had decided to place the collaboration between IPSF-APRO and Green Lung as one of their projects of priority (b) A guy from India talked to me saying that he wishes to set up Green Lung in India (That's exciting)

How about my life in Seoul?
I like the city honestly...It's simply great..
Group photo in front of their ancient court
Korean traditional festive dance
Typical Korean meal
Night scene at dunno-what-gang (river)
I've made a lot of friends from different countries from this symposium..
With Thai girls during International Night
and definitely I'm looking forward to the next one in Indonesia (In fact, I'd booked the ticket to Indon..haha)

I did try some new stuffs in Korea too..
1) I drank beer and their traditional alcohols
Koreans love beer!
Korean rice alcohol. It's nice
2) I experienced the mabuk-ness (I know we looked so retarded here)
Choon Fu and I were mabuk already
3) I challenged T-express in Everland (The world steepest wooden ride in the world..c'mon 75 degree ler...Initially a chicken like me wouldn't never wanna take this ride..just that my friends from UiTM challenged me..for the sake of my face, I die die also had to take liao..)
T-Express at Everland
Silk worms they are. Put into your mouth.
Great view with blue sky and greenery
4) I ate an octopus alive (of course, it was chopped into small pieces lah..but then tentacles were still moving...you can catch the video on my Facebook) and silk wormsI love Korea (Snapped in Nami Island where Winter Sonata was shot)

Okay, so what's next in my life..
I'm going to Kelantan next Monday to do my clerkship...
In this coming October, I'm going to..guess what...Korea again!!!
(What for i'm doing there again? hehehe....to attend another conference..it's called The 4th Global Conference of Alliance for Healthy Cities....since USM sponsored me...why not? Haha)

Catch up with you guys soon...back to my notes then..