Saturday, 26 August 2017

Finally Graduated

Convocation has came and gone. I'm now in a new phase of life.

Let's talk about convocation first. It was held on 12th August 2017, Saturday. An auspicious ceremony to end my 4 years of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) in UCSI University. I was glad to be awarded First Class Honours after all the toil and sweat. I hope my family is proud of my achievement. Without their support, I would not have come this far. A huge 'thank you' to mom and dad for sponsoring, supporting and guiding me throughout my studies.

In the UCSI hall of fame

Dinner with the entire family (missing Jingster)
On Monday, 14th August 2017, it was the Dean's List Award Ceremony. Got my certificate for my final Dean's List, met my classmates for the last time and made an impromptu speech. My journey in UCSI has finally ended.

My new journey started a week later, 20th August 2017. I enrolled into Taylor's University for Master in Philosophy (Pharmaceutical Sciences). The programme has started for a week already and I'm enjoying myself here. Orientation on the first day was a little intimidating when I saw the range of students taking up postgrad studies. Some were in their 40s, and some were like me who had just graduated. I was so glad to have met Vivi. She's pursuing Master in Science and she had help me a lot throughout this week. The environment in Taylor's Uni is completely different from that of UCSI. People here are actually nice, friendly and helpful, and the service is impeccable. I'm staying in the hostel, a pretty decent but tiny room. Shops here made everything so convenient. No more climbing up and down the slope in UCSI!! I was given a working space in the lab, and I've been spending my past week there doing my literature review. The title of my project is "Application of MM/PBSA methods to binding affinity prediction of GPCRs." I'll be working with docking software for these 2 years here under Dr Jason. Fingers crossed to a successful project!

Cheers to a new start!!!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Free Days

I have completed my bachelor's degree!!!!!!! Next step - a master degree.

I had my last final exam on 15th of June and got my results a week later. First class honors!!!! All my hard work paid off.

On the 17th of June, which was mom's 50th birthday, I attended the Oath Taking Ceremony. It was a memorable event. We took our oaths and it was prom night after that. Had good food and performances. Mom and dad came to KL and stayed at the hotel where the ceremony was held. Spent the night with them after that. It was a night to remember.

During Hari Raya, we went to Penang for a well-deserved holiday. Stayed at Golden Sands Resort. We played volleyball and sat by the pool, ate scrumptious food and had family bonding time. We also celebrated mom's birthday, with a complementary cake by the hotel. Before we left Penang, we visited our pen pals. It was great catching up with them.

I have been spending time at home for the past few weeks. I keep myself busy with my PRP application. And guess what?! I'm taking MPhil (Pharmacy) in Taylor's University. I'm now at the final steps of application and will start in August, a week after convocation. I am kind of excited for this new chapter in my life!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Road to Graduation

Today's my last day of classes. 3 weeks of study break and 3 more weeks of finals before the big day!!! This semester was pretty hectic, especially with the clerkship. I don't think I'm cut out for hospitals. Too many germs. Have been really thinking of continuing my studies to get a masters.

I'm pretty scared of what's lying ahead. Will I get a placement for  training? Am I cut out for work? Should I continue studying? Hopefully everything will turn out right.

It kinda hurt me when I'm not invited to any of the gatherings. Am I of no significance? But then people like these should not be of significance to me either. True friends will always be there for you. This phase will soon be my past and the future awaits. I'm lucky to have such a  loving family to fall back on. And this makes me think, when can I start my own family? When will I meet the right guy?

7 more subjects to go before graduation. I must ace all of the subjects. No more blunders. Study hard and all my hard work will soon be paid off. First class honors, here I come.

To graduation. Cheers!!


National Clinical Pharmacy Challenge


Friday, 4 November 2016

Final Year

These past few months just flew by. Its like I just came back from Vancouver and it's almost the end of the semester. Time to study hard for finals.

I have just been through the most hectic week of my life. Had TDM clerkship with Mr Fazlollah. It was like torture. And now I have to complete my case report. Had 2 exams. Religions final and Hospital Pharmacy Practice quiz. I was also scheduled to do a presentation on my research in UBC, but time ran out, and I didn't have to present!

Hospital clerkship in Hospital Selayang
PBL Group 4
I had a pretty fun semester. Went out a lot during the first few weeks for birthday parties. Got to deliver a speech and perform in a band on Family Engagement day. And not to mention, receive my Dean's list award. Hoping to get it again for these two final semesters!!!

Dean's List

With my band

I was reminiscing the wonderful times I had in UBC and Vancouver while preparing for my presentation the other day. Missing it so much.

Moraine Lake

Canada Day

Canadian moose!

Gastown Steam Clock
With my housemates in Fairview Crescent

Capilano Suspension Bridge - Cliffwalk

Theatre Under The Stars - Beauty and The Beast

Celebrating our birthdays in Vancouver!

Museum of Anthropology

Athabasca Glacier

On the Ferry - Day trip to Victoria

Roger's Pass
Another two more weeks of clerkship before study break. The worst part of the clerkship is that I have to drag myself up at 5am! And after the clerkship, we have case reports due the next day. So no sleep!!

Looking forward to the semester break. Cheers!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Dreams do come true

My time in Vancouver was an amazing one. Not only I got to see the other side of the world, I've got to meet so many wonderful people and bonded with my two classmates, Chee and Zane. I will never forget this memorable trip and hoping for more to come!

My journey is documented in another blog. Here's the link.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Prime Time

I've never, in a hundred years, imagined what this semester would turn out to be. In the beginning of the semester, I was just hoping for it to be a normal one, for everything to run smoothly, go on as planned and just get over this semester asap.

Lo and behold, towards the end of March, there was an offer to go to Vancouver, Canada for 1 and a 1/2 month Summer Research Programme in the University of British Columbia!! I was reluctant to go at the beginning, thinking about the distance and my holidays. But mom said that opportunities like these don't come so often, or at all!! We should take on challenges while we are young!! Mom's words were never wrong, so, I signed up.

Three of us, Chee, Chui Ting and I will be traveling together. We are now almost done with our visa and other applications. I'm hoping that everything will smoothly till the end of our research. My title is Disruption of Potassium Channel Macromolecular Complex Biogenesis by Compound Mutations.

On the side note, I thought that my relationship with my friends in uni was getting better. How wrong was I . They only treated me nice when I'm 'useful' to them and ditch me later on. Do you think that I'm a moron, that I don't know a single word of Mandarin after listening to all of you speaking in this language for 4 years?! But as they said, be nice to your friends, be nicer to your enemies. You will never know when I will creep up behind your back and knock you down. Not only me, karma will get back at you. True friends are hard to find, but I'm glad that I have my high school friends to fall back to. These people in uni are just nonsense. I'll forget them as soon as I leave, and vice versa.

I've been contemplating about life these post-quiz days. Half thinking of my trip to Vancouver and half of what will happen after that and after graduation. I kinda have this crush on a guy in my class. He doesn't know and I don't think I'm his type. Though he's a bit lazy, but he's a true gentleman and we have similar mindsets on things, probably cus we are both English-speaking. But I'll just life take its own course and just be friends with him for now and enjoy our journey back home together on weekends. 

I can't wait for my month-long holiday, research programme, in Vancouver!! But right now, I have to brave my finals, which will be in a month's time. I'm going home this Friday to start my study break. I must not disappoint myself this semester. Hoping for all As.

Till the next time. Cheers!!

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

What a way to start 2016!!

Chinese New Year was a splendid one this year. Firstly, it fell in my semester break. We didn't have to experience the CNY rush back to hometown like last year. We got to enjoy a week of CNY before the classes started. Secondly, I got to be at home with my family. Home is my safe haven and being  there together with my family makes me feel belonged and loved. And thirdly, I got to meet my high school besties for a pre-CNY gathering in a homestay.

Family portrait
My family and I got to go to a circus this year!! Finally, after what it felt like decades, a circus came to Ipoh. It was the Great British Circus and it was just right off our backyard! Although there were no animals involved, the performances were rather thrilling and it was worth our money. Jun didn't want to go in the first place, but he ended up happiest at the end of the day as he was picked to do a trick with the clown!!! Funny boy :)

My cousins came back to Ipoh on the second day of CNY and we played blackjack like there's no tomorrow. I got to be the banker most of the time and ended up winning a lot!! We had a potluck dinner. My mum cooked pan mee. And my aunt brought ribs. I made pudding and muffins!!

My cousin and I 
We didn't get to go anywhere out of Ipoh this semester break as we were preparing for Jun to fly to Australia during CNY. Sadly, the government decided to revise their budget and only sponsor students locally. Jun had to abandon his dreams of experiencing student life in Melbourne. Luckily, Monash Malaysia is willing to take him back.

My family had quite a rocky start this year with Jun's scholarship problem and mum being promoted to headmistress in Trosor, Sungai Siput. Poor mum had to travel 1 hour to-and-fro daily to school. She is the only Chinese in school and news had spread around town causing some NGOs to protest against her placement in a Malay school. They even threatened to picket against my mum!! Hopefully, mum will be transferred back to Ipoh asap.

Somewhere at the end of January, a few of my coursemates made a spontaneous trip to Ipoh. I had dinner with them in Michaelangelo's and dim sum breakfast the next day. Then, we went to Lost World of Tambun. I had quite some fun. Thank God Don was there to bring us around or else I wouldn't fit in with these Chinese speaking classmates.

Lost World of Tambun
On 1st Feb, my high school friends, Ching, Kirsten, Mag, Kirrtaara and I gathered for a pre-CNY get together in a homestay in Ipoh Garden. I know it sounds a little ridiculous renting a homestay in Ipoh when we have houses in Ipoh, but I enjoyed our 2 days there very much. We got to have heart-to-heart talks and catch up with each others life. We also got to play fun games like cards against humanity (where I got to show off my humour hahaha) and drinking game. I hope to have more gatherings like this in the near future and possibly till we're 80!

Friends for life
After a week of celebration, I had to get back to KL for my new semester. I've moved to an apartment next to my uni because the hostel kicked me out. It's pretty nice to have your own room but it doesn't have aircond. And hostel rules don't apply here and I hate it when my housemates bring strangers and their friends in. I'm not really a 'social' person. I still prefer staying in the hostel, despite the terrible facilities.

My new housemates/classmates, Dawson and Ah Ming, invited a bunch of our classmates over for a CNY gathering. They didn't even ask my permission before hand and all of them crashed and trashed the apartment that night. I didn't like their company. They had no respect for me. They gamble hard for money (not for fun). No more next year. I just don't fit in with these people. Their mindset is completely the opposite. They have no manners and no respect for anyone. They think they are the boss of my house. This apartment is under my name and they act as if it's their house. We don't even own the place for God's sake! Thank God I have my high school friends to fall back to. They are friends that I can trust throughout my life. These uni friends will just come and go. The only exception is Chloe. She's the sweetest person ever. I don't know what I will have become in uni without her. And also Don. He's the only English speaking guy that I can connect with. He's not arrogant like the rest, he's funny and he's a gentleman. And I admit that I may have a little crush for him!!

CNY gathering in the apartment (terrible night)
I've been adapting to this foreign place for the past week, and I think I'm halfway there. I've got to just let it go and not let my OCD take over. They have a swimming pool here where I can swim away my stress and homesickness. This place is not all that bad. It just takes some time to get used to and accept other people's way of living. I hope that the new hostel will be completed by this year, so that I can stay there for my final semester next year.

I have 7 subjects this semester. 3 subjects with labs and 5 subjects with assignments. All my quizzes are in April and finals are in June. I must continue striving and doing my best. So so so close to a first class honours. I must not let anyone or anything distract me. This is my ultimate goal for now - to get a first class honours and make my family proud.

Till the next time!!!