The Dictator

30 July 2012

Haven’t seen the film but i think it will be as good as Borat, lol


An email i got today

25 July 2012

I would like to share with you a ‘cute’ finding in a patient’s FBP (full blood picture) today by a friend.

Indeed, God surprises us (and made me smile too) in truly wonderful, wonderful ways.. 🙂

Pic : A ‘smiling’ neutrophil amongst red blood cells.

 

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SR: the smiling little monsters are coming. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!!


Updates

24 July 2012

1. I was back from Argentina last week. The trip went well, but I got sick few days afterwards. I will only get back to office today.

2. Congratulations to the Malaysia IMO team who did well (Silver for Anzo and Si Yu, Bronze for Ying Hong, Si Wei and Justin, Honorable Mention for Afiq). This is the first time everyone on the team wins a reward, and our total score finally surpassed 100 points.

There are much more to work for, but we’re on the right track. Once again, thanks to everyone involved especially the team managers, committee members and trainers. Thanks to PERSAMA and ExxonMobil for their support, and to KPM for entrusting me with the training.

BH covered this: http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/articles/PelajarkitajaguhMatematik/Article/artikel

Next year the IMO will be at Santa Marta, Colombia: http://www.uan.edu.co/imo2013/en/

3. Selamat menyambut bulan Ramadan to everyone.

4. We will have our second IOI 2012 training camp in August, and probably kick off the Malaysia Computing Competition later this year. Watch this space.

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If you enjoy watching crimes documentary, you should watch this one called The Iceman Tapes. The Iceman (Richard Kuklinski) was a serial killer, believed to have killed more than 200 people in cold blood. He kills without mercy and any modicum of regret. I’d like to believe he is Satan incarnate. Not even Gacy, Dahmer or Gein were close to his level of depravity. Among criminals, he is the ultimate evil.

There are other documentaries too, just search Iceman or Kuklinski on Youtube.


I’m back

12 July 2012

1. Right now I’m in Argentina, in the coastal city of Mar del Plata. I’m here for the International Mathematical Olympiad. I have been here since last week, and will be back in Malaysia early next week.

dont cry for me anjing betina (this is just a joke ok, when Evita first showed in Malaysia masa tu i was in form 2, and ppl made this joke in school)

 

So far things are quite boring here, nothing much to do in this city (most shops are closed, and there’s nothing worth visiting) and it’s too fucking COLD (from below zero in the morning, to about 7 degrees in the afternoon). I already forget how it feels to live in a cold area after I left Boston, and now it seems I have very low tolerance of cold. I have to wear 3 layers of clothing in my room, while putting the heater on max. I don’t go out unless absolutely necessary, like taking the kids to dinner.

I moved to another hotel yesterday. I rejoined my colleague Ikhwan, the Malaysia team leader, at the Hermitage Hotel, for the second phase of the competition. I have been traveling with the students and stayed with them at the iconic Hotel Provincial, which is just across the street from Hermitage.

The teams performed okay this year. Their performances are more evenly distributed although we do not expect any Gold or Silver medal.

Nowadays, I do not enjoy traveling as much. The KL to Argentina journey was a slog — 9 hours to Dubai, 14 hours to Rio, 3 hours to Buenos Aires, and another 6 hours on the bus to Mar del Plata plus countless hours slumping on airport chairs. I’m so not looking forward to the return journey.

I’m a bit worried because after visiting more than 50 countries, I started to feel fearful of flying. I don’t enjoy traveling as much as before. Despite the luxurious accommodation (the Hermitage is seriously gilded — fit for Heads of State) and the seemingly relaxed program, I am counting days when I will return to Malaysia. Maybe I’ve gotten old, but I cannot stand a few days outside Malaysia any more.

2. The IMO 2012 paper, try it!

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/resources.php?c=1&cid=16&year=2012

3. A Beatles song:

When people talk about “Beatles songs”, they usually mean the pop songs from the Red/Blue Albums or their No 1 hits, plus some famous ballads like Yesterday or Something. Like my friend who is a self-proclaimed Beatles fan and claimed to know “many” Beatles songs, but don’t know anything from Sgt. Pepper.

Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band is the FINEST Beatles album (perhaps the best album ever), okay.

Interpretation by Eddie Izzard (this is messed up LOL):

 


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