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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What You Do To Others Will Be Done To You

Once upon a time in China , a girl named Li-Li got married & went to live with her husband and mother-in-law.

In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn't get along with her mother-in-law at all. Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li was angered by many of her mother-in-law's habits. In addition, she criticized Li-Li constantly.

Days passed, and weeks passed. Li-Li and her mother-in-law never stopped arguing and fighting. But what made the situation even worse was that, according to ancient Chinese tradition, Li-Li had to bow to her mother-in-law and obey her every wish. All the anger and unhappiness in the house was causing Li-Li's poor husband great distress.

Finally, Li-Li could not stand her mother-in-law' s bad temper and dictatorship any longer, and she decided to do something about it. Li-Li went to see her father's good friend, Mr. Huang, who sold herbs. She told him the situation and asked if he would give her some poison so that she could solve the problem once and for all.

Therefore, I have given you a number of herbs that will slowly build up poison in her body. Every other day prepare some delicious meal and put a little of these herbs in her serving.


Now, in order to make sure that nobody suspect you, when she dies, you must be very careful to act very friendly towards her. “Don't argue with her, obey her every wish, and treat her like a queen.” Li-Li was so happy.
 Wax Museum Queen

She thanked Mr. Huang and hurried home to start her plot of murdering her mother-in-law.

She remembered what Mr. Huang had said about avoiding suspicion, so she controlled her temper, obeyed her mother-in-law, and treated her like her own mother.

After six months had passed, the whole household had changed. Li-Li had practiced controlling her temper so much that she found that she almost never got mad or upset.

She hadn't had an argument with her mother-in-law in six months because she now seemed much kinder and easier to get along with.

The mother-in-law' s attitude toward Li-Li changed, and she began to love Li-Li like her own daughter. She kept telling friends and relatives that Li-Li was the best daughter-in- law one could ever find. Li-Li and her mother-in-law were now treating each other like a real mother and daughter.


Li-Li's husband was very happy to see what was happening.

One day, Li-Li came to see Mr. Huang and asked for his help again She said, “Dear Mr. Huang, please help me to keep off the poison from killing my mother-in-law. She's changed into such a nice woman, and I love her like my own mother. I do not want her to die because of the poison I gave her.”

Mr. Huang smiled and nodded his head. “Li-Li, there's nothing to worry about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave you were vitamins to improve her health. The only poison was in your mind and your attitude toward her, but that has been all washed away by the love which you gave to her.”

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HAVE YOU REALIZED that: how you treat others is exactly how they will treat you?

There is a wise Chinese saying: “The person who loves others will also be loved in return.” God might be trying to work in another person's life through you.

You may send this to your friends and if you wish spread the POWER OF LOVE.   After all you have got nothing to lose but a lot to gain. “A candle loses nothing if it is used to light another one".

Oct 2009 He Yan End

(Pictures without Watermark[] are for illustration purposes only because the real email doesn’t contain any pictures. Credits goes back to the owner).

Monday, February 22, 2010

Chinese New Year Mood

As I was packing my begs before heading home for Chinese New Year, I was going through the items that I wanted the bring back. After lots of thinking, I finally made up my my mind not to bring too many cloths/things back because I knew that there would be a lot of things back home waiting for me.

beg (before)

I brought back 1 empty tin, 1 container, a bed sheet, a blanket, a towel and a pillow case. That was my first time bringing back home so little things. Want to know why? Let me tell you the reasons..

Weeks before Chinese New Year, I requested something from my sister. I requested her to bake many types of cookies for me, so I can bring them back to my college after my Chinese New Year holiday. I requested for Pineapple Tart, Chocolate Chip cookies, and Corn Flakes.

I went back home on the 29/1/10, for a weekend break and guess what? Upon reaching home, my sister asked me to try some of the cookies that she had baked (me and my brothers are always her victims guinea pigs). So, the conversation goes something like this:

: Clement, come try this one (Corn flakes).

Clement: AAAaaa (opening my mouth, because my sister was feeding me, haha)..Num num num..Too much honey, too sweet. I can’t really taste the butter. I think should put more butter and less honey.

Sister: Aiyah “Sat Pai” (failed). Never mind, I will do another new batch. Now try this one(Chocolate Chips Cookies)..Petrina say it’s hard like a rock.

Clement: AAAaaa, Num num num..Eh no ah, this one not hard. This one like “lau fong”, the container no close properly izit?

Sister: Eh, sorry not this one. *Searching*. I think is this one.

Clement:  Num num! @_@ Hard, but still okay… Not really that hard lah, still can be eaten de. But too sweet already. Too much chocolate chips.

Sister: So how? What to do with the hard ones? I mix it with the good ones, okay? :-p

Clement: Haha can can..

Sister: Try this Pineapple Tart.

Clement: AAAaaa..

Sister: Can taste the pineapple mah?

Clement: Num num num, erm… too little pineapple already. Should put more..

(That is roughly how our conversation that day. But there were laughter here and there that are difficult to be describe here. Only both of us know, right jie? ^_^)

I arrived back to my college yesterday night. Curious what I brought back? See the pictures below…

beg (after)

My beg was filled with 4 containers of cookies, 1 pack of coco crunch, a bed sheet, a blanket, 2 shirts and etc.


I was also carrying a plastic beg filled with Munchy’s Oat Krunch and 10 packets of Dutch Lady Full Cream Milk.

shelf (before)

This was how my shelf look like before putting all the cookies and foods in it.

shelf (after)

And this is how it look like after putting all my things in it. I guess the mood of Chinese New Year is still in me. :-)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Haiti Earthquake, 2010

On the 12/1/2010, Tuesday Haiti was struck by a strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake. That massive earthquake had caused damage/destruction to Presidential Palace, hospitals and houses. It has been reported that 250,000++(this number is still rising, but I hope it will stop soon) people have been confirmed dead, estimated 300,00 wounded and estimated 1,000,000 homeless.

Haiti Facts & Figures:
The Caribbean nation of nine million is the poorest country in the Americas with an annual per-capita income of $560. It ranks 146th out of 177 countries on the UNDP Human Development Index

More than half the population lives on less than $1 a day and 78 per cent on less than $2. There is a high infant mortality rate and the prevalence of HIV among those between ages 15 and 49 is 2.2 per cent.
(I got this “Haiti Facts & Figures” from here)


A view of a damaged neighborhood in the Canape-Vert


A man calls for help while being trapped at the Port-au-Prince University, after a major earthquake struck.


A injured child receives medical treatment after an earthquake


A girl reacts in the street shortly after a large earthquake struck in Port-au-Prince, Haiti


An injured woman is helped after being rescued


Residents walk past a dead body after an earthquake


A woman grimaces while receiving treatment


Elie Isaac, left, and Caleb Roseme, both of Norwich, Connecticut, pray for the people of the Caribbean Islands

And I bumped into this video in Youtube with the title “We Are The World 25 For Haiti” and I was really touched by it. The lyrics of the song really says it all.

It is really heart breaking and sad to see all the people in Haiti that are suffering, homeless and grief about their lost ones. So lets start doing/donating something for the people in Haiti. Money, food, water, cloths anything that you can think of. Small or Big it doesn’t matter. Your little things mean ALOT to the people in Haiti. If you can’t give, it is OK, just PRAY for them. It will work wonders when you pray.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tiny Nestle Milo Packaging

I came back home with my brothers for my Chinese New Year holiday last Wednesday. On my way back, my sister-in-law gave each and everyone of us a packet of Nestle Milo. The moment I saw it, my response was “Eee so cute, so small!”.

nestle milo

To be honest, I like miniature things. This Nestle Milo would be one of them. The size of this Nestle Milo is smaller than the palm of my hand. I even challenged myself to finish drinking it with only a sip. First, I blew out all the air that was in me. Then I quickly sucked the Milo as much as I could. But unfortunately, I could not finish the whole packet with only 1 sip. I managed to finish up the Milo in my 2nd sucking attempt. So the conclusion is, I suck!! the size of my mouth is equivalent to the quantity of the small pack Nestle Milo. Maybe I’ll try sucking harder next time…

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year, 2010

Few days before Chinese New Year, I started receiving Chinese New Year dedication gifts from some of my friends in university. Some of my coursemates gave me things like Oranges…
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Loads of Oranges @_@


And some cute little tiny oranges with a basket as a container.

chinese new year dedication

I didn’t eat the oranges, instead I packed it all up in my beg because I’m travelling back home the following day. I definitely won’t want to have “lau sai” (diarrhea) half way through the journey due to over consumption of oranges.

And the last dedication gift was from my direct junior, Wendy. It is a keychain which resembles the year of the Tiger.

tiger keychain

Upon reaching home the following day, I was shocked to see 3 things. The 1st one would be the amount of cookies that were in my house. After gathering and arranging all of the cookies that I could put my hands on, this is how it look like.


Could you imagine the amount of cookies I will be eating during my 1week CNY break?

The 2nd thing that caught my attention was this.

boxes of oranges

Look at the amount of oranges my parents bought.

The last thing that caught my attention was this packet and the things that is inside of it.

dried chicken meat

For those of you who don’t know what is that, it is something edible. You can choose the type of meat you prefer(dried pork or dried chicken meat). My family used to called it Square Meat (in Hainanese), I guess it’s because of the shape of it.

So I think that’s all for now. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my friends and my readers, Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai. Wish that you will prosper and be in health in the year of Tiger. And most important of all, “Happy Angpao Hunting” yeah~ ^_^


Friday, February 5, 2010

Designing Java 2D Graphics

For those who read my blog post often, you would probably stumble across my post titled “My First Attempt In Designing 2D Graphics”. For those who haven’t you can read it here. It is somehow good/important for you to read that post before you proceed in reading this post because it’s somehow related or indirectly related (at least you can see my progress in what I’m about to blog).

Few weeks after My First Attempt In Designing 2D Graphics, my lecturer gave us another project to be completed. The question for that project was “Dengan menggunakan pustaka grafik Java2D, tuliskan suatu aplet yang memaparkan lukisan grafik yang menarik”. So we were required to create interesting graphic using all the things that we had learned in class.

Our lecturer showed us a few examples of what our senior had done few years back to explain in detail what she meant by the word “Interesting”. These were the pictures she showed to us.

This is a Mascot for Java

Boat Sailing
A boat sailing on sea

The design of this key is nice. It looked like a real 3D key because of the angle of the key and the colour gradient used. Impressive.

Gundam RX-178 Titan

When the lecturer showed us this Gundam RX-178 Titan design, the whole class (me included) response was “Wow!!”. This design is much more complicated than the previous one that we saw. After seeing this design, in my heart I feel that this project is going to be tough. I thought this Gundam RX-178 Titan picture would be the last picture that the lecturer was going to show us. But I was wrong. She showed us this…


This time, the whole class erupted with voices saying things like “WAH LIOW EH!”, “GENG AH!”, “YENG AH!” and “SO DIFFICULT AH”! The first thing that came out from my mouth after seeing this Dark Angel design was “W*F!!!”. This design is superb.

**(The five photos above are for illustration purpose only. All credits goes back to the owner who design it)**

I began to worried about what graphic design should I create. Keep thinking about it everywhere I went. I kept searching for a suitable graphic on the internet. Kept searching it when I’m free or thinking about it. And finally, I bumped into this picture that caught my attention.


I liked this picture (Owl Clock) because it’s cute and colourful (don’t you think so?). As usual, I would think of many ways to make my coding process easier. So, I finally decided to do something extra ordinary. I photostated the Owl Clock on a piece of Over-Head Projector (OHP) paper which cost me RM2.50.

photostated graphic on OHP

And I stole took 1 graph paper from my friend who was kind enough to sponsor me. Thank you Ah Fang^2.

graph paper

So after putting those two paper (OHP + graph) together, this was how it looked like.

Graphic Design

I had this idea way back in my 1st graphic design assignment where I would activate the Gridlines function in Microsoft Paint which would make my eyes pain if I stare on the monitor too long. But this time, I did something different. I made it tangible. Now I could hold it, feel it, draw on it, count it and stare at it without making my eyes pain.

For those who know me, you know that I’m a irritating fussy person when it comes to graphic designing. Everything must be the same. The size, the coordinate and the colours must be exactly the same like the original picture. Yes, I admit that I’m all of the above because combining the photostated graphic with the graph paper was not enough for me. I was not satisfied. I want something more (greedy). So I did some calculation and some coding. And I created  gridlines in my Applet and it looked something like this..


Now do you still agree with my friends that I’m a fussy person? I hope not :-). So with the physical grid behind the OHP and coded grid in my Applet, I can be rest assured that the coordinate placement and measurement will be similar to the original picture.

It took me roughly about 11 hours (3 days period) in total to complete coding all the outlines of this Owl Clock.

Graphic Design with grid

To be honest, starring at the grids in the Applet for 11hours in total was not a pleasing moment for my eyes. It really gave me a headache and my eyes were hurting every time I’m doing this project. What pushes me forward to continue coding this graphic was my interest and the end result. If it wasn’t for those 2, I would have given up long ago.

graphic design without grid

That was how it looked like without those grids at the back of the graphic. Although it looked a bit messy with all those lines/shapes overlapping each other (nose with the left eye), but I can assure you that it’s not after I started applying colours to all the shapes and objects.

complete graphic design

I made some tweak to the colour(gradient) of the Owl Clock to make it look a little “3D”. If you are observant enough, you would probably realise that the feet of this Owl Clock is no where to be seen..haha. Not enough space, what to do? :-)

So I finally submitted my project to my lecturer yesterday. It’s a relief after submitting it. I hope that I can get flying colours for it ^_^.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hiking Trip At Broga Hill, Semenyih

It has been awhile since my blog was updated which was 24 days ago where the post was dated 10/1/10. It’s my first time abandoning my blog for such a long period. It is all because of the lecturers’ fault amount of assignments and projects that were continuously smacking me right on my face for the past 3 weeks.3weeksFinally, I’m able to write this post after 3 agonising weeks without blogging. It’s because I’m now back home for the weekend, leaving aside my busy student life in university. Sometimes its good to leave aside my student life and just sit in my own comfy room and just do my own things on the computer which are not studies related. (I drafted half of this post on 30/1/10 when I’m back at home)
 Room Condition

Many interesting events had occurred in the past 3 weeks. One of them was a hiking trip to Broga Hill, Semenyih which took place 5 days ago on the 28/1/2010.

It all started when my coursemate, Sheat Wei planned to gather all of us TKs (TK is the name for students who are taking Computer Science. Don’t ask why is it called TK instead of CS, because I don’t know too) for on outing. To be honest, we hardly go out in a large group before. NONE! So this hiking/outing trip will be the 1st and NOT last for us TKs (more to come, I hope so).

At first, this trip was supposed to be on 27/1/10 (Wednesday), but due to the lack of people that are able to attend (having class the following morning), the date was changed to 31/1/10 (Sunday). I was quite disappointed at first because I won’t be able to go for the trip because I’ll be going back home on Friday. But luckily, the date was changed again to 28/1/10 (Thursday) because all classes were cancelled in the morning due to certain event that was going on in the university.

I was quite excited for the trip because it will be my 1st hiking trip with my coursemates and my 1st attempt to capture pictures of the sunrise (I’m still learning, kindly leave some advice yeah).

So we departed from our colleges at 4.10am and gathered at a Chinese restaurant near our university called 大树下 (“Big Tree Under” - direct English translation ^_^). There were 27 of us and 5 cars in total that were gathered there.


After taking some group photos, we started our journey to Broga Hill at 4.20am. The journey from 大树下 to Broga Hill was 40 minutes.

When we reach at the foot of Broga Hill, everything was pitch black. We couldn’t see a thing without the aid of our torch lights. But one thing that caught our attention was the sky was filled with many bright Twinkling Little Stars. It was such a beautiful view at that time (I will never ever forget that).

We started walking into the Palm Oil Estate at 5am without a single clue where are we heading. The only thing that we could do was to trust and follow another group of students that was ahead of us. As for me, I remembered that I was busy messaging. To be honest, I didn’t concentrate where I’m walking. I was just following all the light source that I could find on the floor.

After walking for 5 minutes, the floor started to be uneven and sloppy and we started hiking instead of walking. Starting of the hike was easy. Nothing really challenging though, except that we were walking on a slanting and uneven ground. It’s quite tiring though after hiking for about 30 minutes. Once awhile I could hear people talking jokes and I heard laughter followed by it. One of the girls nearly gave up along the way. So we encouraged tricked her by saying “We are almost there” (I lost count how many times I said that line ^_^).

Before reaching to the 1st stop, the terrain was a challenging one. Ropes were provided for us to hold onto while we hiked at a certain area. Along the way, 1 of our friends was not feeling well because she started the journey with an empty stomach. So some of us accompanied her until she regained her strength. The others (including me) continued our way to the 1st stop 3 minutes away from where she was.

Upon reaching to the top at 5.45am, I could see everyone’s face was tired and sweating. Everyone started drinking water as if they have not drank it for the past 3 days. While we waited for those who were still on their way up, we rested and took some group photos.

Some of us tried to guess where the sun will rise. One of them tried guessing it using the aid of the direction of the wind blowing (haha..).


My suggestion to them was to use the stars as a guide (didn’t we learn that in Science?)


But unfortunately, we didn’t managed to guess it because the stars in the sky was jumbled up and I’ve forgotten everything about my primary school Science syllabus (@_@).

We continued our journey to the 2nd (last) stop at 6.20am. Everything was basically the same. The terrain was not man made staircase but it was man made foot path (flat surface on a slanting ground). So hiking up to the 2nd stop was an easy one as if we were walking up a stairs. It took us 10 minutes to reach the 2nd stop.

A group of students reached there earlier than us were busy taking photos while we were busy catching our breath. After settling down, we took some random pictures while waiting for the sun to rise.

Coincidently all of use were pointing at the correct direct of the sunrise.

The sky started to be bright at 6.45am. Some of us were preparing ourselves with our camera and the rest stood there with the anticipating look on their faces. I started to be nervous about snapping photos of the sunrise. I was worried how would the pictures turn out to be. Well, here it goes (do give some/many advices yeah).

The sun was no where to be seen. But the sun really coloured up the whole sky with its lovely orange colour.

I tried to capture different angle and view of the sunrise.


The sun started to show itself at 7.30am, which was 45 minutes after the 1st photo that I captured.



While I’m busy capturing these photos, I heard many people saying things like “Wah, its (sunrise) very beautiful” & “Wah, so nice~”



I tried different way of capturing pictures of the sunrise, changed the setting on my camera and put what I’ve learned before this to the test. I can say that I enjoyed every moment of it and I’m looking forward for the next hiking trip :-).


Broga Hill

That’s the view of another part of Broga Hill that we didn’t hike maybe because there wasn’t enough space for the 27 of us.

Broga Hill2

We started our way back down at 7.50am. If you see closely, you will be able to see the place (1st stop) that we rested before reaching to the 2nd stop. The process of walking down Broga Hill was not as tiring compared to the way up. Basically what we needed to do was just to hold on to our “brakes” and letting go of it once awhile to prevent our legs from our heating (I hope you understand what I meant).

We walked down Broga Hill in a slow pace to prevent any injuries from occurring. Even 2 aunties in their mid 50’s overtook us!! They were walking as if they were walking on flat ground (quite an embarrassing moment for us). From what I know, there are people who climb Broga Hill every day to exercise and even to do Yoga (no wonder walking down was so easy for those 2 aunties..haha).

I respect those 2 aunties because they seem to know everything on Broga Hill because while we were on our way down, a girl from another group was injured on the palm of her hand. So, the aunties walked around searching for something in the bushes and then she said something like this “Use this leave and put it on the wound. Can kill germs”. I was stunted for a moment. What else do they know ah? I feel like asking them “Aunty got anything can make my manly face nicer or not?” haha..

I really gained a lot of experience and memories through this hiking trip alone. Really enjoyed myself because it’s my first time hiking with a bunch of university friends.

For those who are interested in climbing Broga Hill, you can search the location using Google Map. You will pass by University of Nottingham on your left.

Broga Hill4

Keep going straight until you see this Rabbit Fun Land on your right. Broga Hill is just opposite of it. You can either park your cars along the road opposite the Rabbit Fun Land or you can park it inside of the Oil Palm Estate.

 Broga HIll3

Clement’s Word of Advice (Hiking Broga Hill):
1) Bring mosquito repellent
2) Bring torch lights (1Person 1TorchLight)
3) Wear long pants (to prevent mosquito bites and to prevent any scratches on your legs from thorny bushes <--for girls)
4) Please do not wear slippers (my friend did ^_^)
5) Bring some foods if you are hiking early in the morning
6) Bring water
7) Most important of all, bring your camera
8) Bring an umbrella in case it rains (at least to protect the camera not you)
9) And enjoy yourselves hiking up Broga Hill.

On the same day, my Facebook was flooded with statuses and photos related to our Hiking Trip.1 2
3I myself also took the opportunity to thank all my friends who made this trip so memorable and fun.4  And the best of all status was this (below). 5 I was really touched by this status and comments. It shows how true friendships really are. For me, I am happy to have this circle of friends.

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