I must start reading journals, I must start reading journals, I must start reading journals, I must start reading journals, I must start reading journals..

It’s been *counting..* 3 weeks.. since I met Dr Umi and she wanted me to study regarding project. Meaning, to read journals online, to understand, and to start writing project proposal. Truth is, after 3 weeks, I havent been getting nowhere :(

First, the topic (generally) was Image Processing for Hand Veins. All I had in mind was image extraction, enhancement – whatever picture of it. Shouldnt be that hard. Like I did the same way with image noise removal using Matlab programming during DIP the other semester. Once Dr Umi mentioned something regarding some light wave to enable image reading, i.e. Infra-red, I started getting uncertain of how the hell I’m going to start with the project. It should be more than only mere programming. And as soon as she forwarded to me journals regarding Neural Network, the more I went clueless… why NN?? How on earth AI has to still be haunting me til this point of time?? =_= Okay, add procrastinating, add laziness, add unfocusing, add so-many-other-things-I-love-doing-rather-than-reading-journals. And the result was, I couldnt get my mind hardworking enough to understand what I’ve been reading.

But this has to stop there. I must wake up and work my ass off.

Dr Umi wanted me to gather info and images from this research student Mar, who’s doing a kinda similar project, but she’s focusing for both hardware and software part throughout 2 years of her research studies. I went to meet her this morning and oh how I could somehow finally see some light in the darkest of darkness in the matter. I am so happy. Thanks to her, I now have some idea what I should be reading, what I should be studying, what I should be understanding. And later I can figure out what I should be writing, and what I should be programming. NN is another method among loads of methods available, silly. For my dissertation period of only 1 semester, barely 4 months actually before the implementation and thesis writing, so as Dr Umi said, nothing much I can do. I can simply use the one or some I’m already familiar with or certain in working on it and that should be enough. I dont even have to care about hardware part. Mar herself has been around for 1 semester, and she said she had to do alot of readings 2 months before coming to USM. 2 months of reading alone >.< I could only gasped looking at her browsing thick files of journal copies. I cant understand people who can devote their time to researches and reading journals and books. That’s why they are called researchers, okay.

The semester hasn’t even started, but I guess I’ve been really late and I’m gonna faint here.

June schedule

Sob. See.. before I knew it, one month of my holiday had already been gone in a blink =.= After final exam end of April, we were supposed to be having loooooong holiday (since academic calendar for new semester/year practically starts early of July).. but yeah, I was wasting time in hostel for weeks still, thanks to the project title thingy which took ages to be finalized, haih. And I just came home for one week okay! Now it’s time to go back to USM already T_T

Coz I have to meet the supervising professor Dr Umi (who was not around when I was still in USM last time *sigh*) and after a few emails back and forth she wanted me to meetup with the co-supervising lecturer Dr Junita, and I’m planning to go within this week coz next week I’ll be having an important event.. and after emailing Dr Junita few days back hoping to settle this thing ASAP when I’m still all available to make a quick visit to USM (plus I need to bring the Kelisa back home for service). Only just now I got a reply that she’ll only be available after 9th =.= Hadoi.

Checking back Dr Umi’s emails, I understand she’ll be available on 4th after the Sydney conference and visiting Internship students, so.  I guess have to go back this Thursday lah! (v_v;)

10-12th will be the days when Az is here in Kota Bharu. Yup, he’ll come over to see my place and meet my parents. Now make it a surprise news to you :P

20th will be my birthday, though I guess there’s nothing to be excited about birthdays nowadays. I’m old >.<

And the last week of June I’ll be moving my ass back to USM for good again. The final semester which is likely to make me go insane with the project and programming and thesis.

Exabytes promotion for USM students!

The other day I received a comment by Ladycooper in this post informing me about this. Exabytes is having freaking cheap package for students! And this time, they particularly mentioned USM in the promotion package :D Click here for detais.

See? Siap dengan USM logo lagi..hehe.. though it’s much the same thing as the current Xtudent promotion they’re having (here), regardless which university or college you’re from (I dont think they care much anyway :P) and yeah, now RM49.50 only for hosting package including domain!! T_T .. Now you’re asking why I’m sad when I’m supposed to be happy with that super discounted price.. COZ I BOUGHT THE SAME XTUDENT PACKAGE 3 MONTHS AGO AT RM99.00 DAMMIT.


*still sad*

*wish they had this promotion 3 months ago*

*or I had waited til May to purchase my hosting package*


Now rugi RM50.. haih.

So you students of USM or wherever, go and buy Xtudent package from Exabytes now otherwise later you’ll regret as I do now.

My Favourite Sport

If I lived in New Zealand my favorite sport would have been bungee jumping :) Love it when it gives such a great adrenaline as if you’re flying into infinite space facing the most beautiful view the world has to offer. Ahh it’s PERFECT!

However as I only see myself living a boring place like USM Nibong Tebal campus, the only possible sport I am happy doing is cycling. I have got a red bicycle ever since I arrived here last year.. lalalala.. it had been 10 years before that when I had stopped riding a bicycle, and it was such an awesome opportunity to ride again here, thanks to great cycling society in this campus. So I’m proud to say my favorite sport is cycling!!!!!!

And apparently cycling is Bunny’s favorite sport too.

Though in most cases I’m the one who does the cycling while Bunny will just tumpang bonceng.. banyak cantik muka dia, but I wouldnt mind one, coz he’s only lightweight and he behaves nice when I bring him sightseeing outdoors.

Okay lah, and I admit I don’t go cycling as often as during previous semester (now that I own the Kelisa) but still, whenever I have the mood for it + lovely evening weather around 6-7pm, then I would just go flying with my super bike! :D

Normal path you can possibly go cycling inside USM campus is the one marked with red, it’s the outermost ring road spanning about 2.5km. Alternatively there are many other paths you can go experimenting with, through small roadways between faculty buildings, and what I love about this campus (despite being so deserted inside palm estate) is the flat land which makes it possible to cycle fast and free with the wind :) And at this particular hour, there’s no many cars on the road so it’s safe to cycle around.

Why do I love cycling? First, it gives me a great feeling having the wind blowing to my face. Second, it burns a good amount of calories and speeds up your metabolism rate without having to endure painfully tiring feeling like any other sports. Third, it tones up your thighs and gives you a firm ass :) Dont believe me? Read here. Ha now everyone wants to ride bicycle to have pretty thighs! ^_^

This evening I went cycling again with Bunny, after a few days down with flu I felt like gaining some energy with my bike, and I took the yellow path, from my hostel building in the top-right corner, I rode about 200m to the first checkpoint, and after that continued riding for another 700m to reach the 2nd checkpoint. After resting for 20 minutes at the 2nd checkpoint, I rode for 1.5 km going back.

OKlah, actually first checkpoint tu as we dropped by cafetaria to buy keropok lekor, then dropped by again at 2nd checkpoint at Nescafe vending machine at Civil School for an evening meal :)) Hehehe. That’s how I call a perfect sport session, no? ^_^

Oho and after the 1 hour good calorie-burning cycling session, it’s so good lah to wash yourself with refreshing body & skin care  like Adidas Action 3 range.

Project Alpha Season 2 is presented by Adidas Action 3 and supported by P1 and MAS.

Bangsawan Sinbad: Batu Permata Dewa

Finally I could upload this video (ripped from the DVD :P) to YouTube, sigh. Sinbad theater!!! :D Which I went all the way to watch in USM main campus, Penang the other week with my roommates, and luckily it was rather worth driving 1 hour and coming back late after midnight. The play took place inside USM’s very own Dewan Budaya, perhaps that what made us get entry ticket with student price of RM5. I would say Bangsawan Sinbad wasn’t bad at all regardless except Syafinaz Selamat, the rest of the actors are unknown to me, then again I guess most theater people are.

What is ‘Bangsawan’ theater? We were told that Bangsawan is traditional Malay opera originated from India in past century, brought by Indian travelers and merchants and in this region it has started in Penang. I might be wrong with my own assumption but I guess the thing that makes Bangsawan unusual compared to other Malay theaters I’ve been to, that in between the story scenes (while they change the background set) it has several performances of totally irrelevant musical groups and songs! I mean, do you expect it while you’ve been watching Sinbad the hero cruising the ocean with the ship crews and the princess to search that evil witch who stole their royal magical gem, suddenly there’s a break time, curtain closed, and there comes a group of dancers on the stage wearing afro wigs and fit pants dancing Saturday Night Fever?? T_T

Okay, funny.

You can say, the story is quite predictable, and Sinbad finally managed to fight the evil witch.. and marry the princess, live happily ever after. Heh. However, with comedy values and happy musicals kept the audience on track until the end without getting bored. I love especially this song the evil witch singing with her devils.. and I don’t know, but to my ears this song sounds French.. no?