Saturday, December 30, 2006

Dreams and more dreams

What is it with dreams? For the past week I have been getting one every single day when I go to sleep. Oh, they are not recurrent but they are odd nonetheless. The worst thing is that after a few hours I can't remember what was it and what's left is just a lingering memory that I have been dreaming something odd. This is rather disturbing because I'm not the one to have dreams. Maybe an occasional one every once in a while but that's all. This sudden bout of dream diarrhea is really worrying...

Monday, December 25, 2006

Updates... and Eragon sucks!

The water has gone down two days now and everything is back to normal in Malacca. It's been pretty much dry too with no rains whatsoever and certainly no signs of a flood rising again. What have I been doing? Pretty much hanging out with friends as all of them are back for the Christmas holidays.

I watched Eragon yesterday's afternoon and I would like to say that it is a complete waste of money. I feel the suitability of the actors and actresses casted was bad. They simply did not carry the characters well and the characters were not developed appropriately at all. I felt most of the people acting were wooden and it's like they did not really know their characters at all. Maybe it's excusable that the story line was hashed up to fit it in a movie but not till the point where it became so bad it was laughable.
Nobody has ever seen a dragon grow from a fledgling to full grown in seconds!

Arya, the elven princess was the worse I have ever seen. She was described to be beautiful yet strong, a steely fighter with the grace of a dancer, emanating an aura of power, but in the movie she was neither beautiful nor strong. In fact she looked weak and anorexic even when she was cured of the poison afflicting her. Her fight scene was brief and not really impressive.

Angela the witch is probably the biggest letdown in the movie. I know fans of the book wanted to see her character come to life on screen but she appeared only as a cameo. Her werecat, Solembum was the most intriguing character in the book but he was cut out altogether.

Brom was not acted out well and Arjihad was simply wooden. Need I comment on the other people in the movie? The only person I felt was up to par is the lead actor, Eragon. The others were a letdown.

Fans of the book should indeed stay away from the movie and those that have not read it, you are advised to watch some other movie.

Ps: Merry Christmas! :)

Friday, December 22, 2006

City under water - The sequel's sequel!

And the water keeps rising! Albeit being slow, it's a steady rise nonetheless and now my kitchen is now submerged. My room? Thankfully is dry and water free :)


The lake in front my house :)


My books piled high, and that's only the half of em!


And............ on a footnote, I am watching Malaysia Hari Ini on tv3 since I'm up so early because of the blasted flood and there is this news on Utusan about a girl reading 2200 books and she's only 11 years old. What the heck? I think I've read that much and more at that age. This is because what she reads and counted involves books, magazines, and comics... Comics? I bet you she read all the episodes of doraemon, sailormoon, dragon ball and a whole lot more comics and that probably made the bulk of her book count. I can easily top that and more, if only books weren't so damn expensive.

I've read a lot too, why am I on the news too? Bah!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

City under water - The sequel!

Hmmmm... it seems that it has not been raining since yesterday but the water keeps rising and rising. This morning the water level was high enough to flood half of my porch and now its high enough to reach my door. Apparently, water in the Durian Tunggal reservoir of Malacca has reached its maximum level and water is being let out. This is what that is causing waters around Malacca to rise continuously. What crap!

Oh and my internet connection is still unstable, I was cut off for over 12 hours again... And the field in front of my house had turned into a lake. Hey I now live in a lake-front house with a beautiful view and a pleasant breeze. Fancy aint it?

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

City under water

It seems my hometown is on the verge of being submerged soon. I really thought so too until, thankfully, the rain ceased in the afternoon. It has been raining for about a day when it finally stopped. I heard on the news that several areas on the outskirts of Malacca has gone under water, and in Johor too, floods has been raging. Furthermore, the internet service has also been disrupted. I heard about streamyx not functioning for some people and I couldn't get online for more than 12 hours until now.

The weather is freezing plus everything is damp and wet. Somehow, I can't help thinking that maybe someone's wish for a white Christmas didn't come true quite as expected ...

Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Human Mind

It's really true. Try it and see. I could read it fluently without any stops whatsoever. Once again, the power of the human mind shines through.

Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs!

cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Tis the season to be jolly!

It's that time of the year again. My favorite festive season where I feel a distinct lift in my mood that strangely makes me lightheaded. Some may say that it has to do with the fact that Christmas always coincides with the holiday season, whether it be school holidays or university break but I beg to differ :)

I feel that the simple belief in the Christmas spirit makes it all magical. I think that Christmas is such a universal celebration where everyone alike can rejoice and make merry. It isn't so much confined to religion anymore and you do see Christmas parties being thrown everywhere and offices having gift exchanges.

To me, it isn't Christmas until you walk into a shopping complex and you hear carols blaring off all angles. Then it really hits you when see those pretty window displays that are all cutesy, and you think to yourself, "It's Christmas time again!".

Then it comes down to the age old question, "Have you been naughty or nice this year?"

Thursday, December 14, 2006

A book review: Wicked

After reading about in on isorule I was intrigued but I wasn't planning on getting it. However I was at Borders and when I spotted it on the shelves naturally I was tempted to read it.

Wicked simply tells the tale of the wicked witch of of the west from the book Wizard of Oz. It describes her childhood and in particular, her days at school. Gregory Maguire illustrates the journey from a child named Elphaba to her emergence as the Wicked Witch of the West.

I would say Wicked is not exactly a good read but it isn't bad either. The author did give a new portrayal to the wicked witch of the west (Elphaba) we all know so well, making her misunderstood and not evil but I felt the other characters in the book were not clearly developed. I felt the sister (Nessarose) was pushed into the role of the wicked witch of the east haphazardly as it was conveniently so and I didn't see how the character developed into that. Furthermore, her long time acquaintance from university (Fiyero) suddenly bumped into her after a couple of years and oddly they developed a romance. Convenient huh?

The book challenges the conventional notions of what's good and what's evil and it pushes the boundaries of societal norms. The tale also has a lot of political agendas weaved into it and I felt that the author left too many loose ends in his tale. Overall I enjoyed the idea of the story but I wasn't impressed by the details.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Back from Langkawi Island :)

Langkawi with friends had certainly been superb. What more can I ask for? With lots of places to visit, chocolate shopping, gaming, great views and a wonderful bunch of friends to sweeten it all. :) It was nice that we could rent a car and just drive around where ever we wanted, making it a relaxing, free and easy holiday.


The view of the sea was obviously breathtaking, have a look.


Have a look at the Pulau Dayang Bunting or the Pregnant Lady Island. Can you see the resemblance to a pregnant lady below?




The cable car ride is certainly a must for anybody visiting Langkawi. Take it to the top and you can take a walk along the curved bridge. It is certainly an experience worth bringing home to be remembered always.




With all the yachts about it kinda reminded me of being in the Mediterranean :)


And of course the place we stayed in, Bella Vista. A beautiful name for a beautiful place. I was satisfied overall I guess, despite a few problems cropping up here and there.



And what will Langkawi be without all the animals you can find there? Fishes, capybaras, penguins, feeding eagles, mating damselflies, cute little crabs and of course the ubiquitous monkeys.


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Enya - It's In The Rain

Presenting to you Enya with a lovely song - my coursemate said she's the girl with the suara macam angin :)


Everytime the rain comes down
Close my eyes and listen
I can hear the lonesome sound
Of the sky as it cries

Listen to the rain
Here it comes again
Hear it in the rain

Feel the touch of tears that fall
They won't fall forever
In the way the day will flow
All things come, all things go

Listen to the rain... the rain
Here it comes again... again
Hear it in the rain... the rain

Late at night I drift away
I can hear you calling
And my name is in the rain
Leaves on trees whispering
Deep blue seas, mysteries

Even when this moment ends
Can't let go this feeling
Everything will come again
In the sound falling down
Of the sky as it cries
Hear my name in the rain

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Whoop ass skellie

I think I've gotta lay off the RPG games for a while. It just says that you play too much games when you dream you're in one. I had a stupid dream last night where I was a sorcerer wielding ice, fire and lightning partying with a knight and an archer. The bad part was that we encountered a skeleton in my house that is immune to ice, lightning, fire and physical damage. The only thing that could very well destroy it was holy damage and I the powerful sorcerer did not have any holy spells in my repertoire of spells. So naturally we were chased all around the house and I promptly proceeded to hide myself in the toilet -_-

However it just shows that the rule of the thumb while playing this fantasy games still apply. You've got to have a balance party. Too heavy on elemental spells and you're in trouble when you encounter an elemental immune monster and vice versa if your party is heavy on physical damage.

Sigh... if only I had a cleric in my party last night in my dream

Monday, December 04, 2006

Einstein's riddle

I heard about it watching a morning talkshow on ntv7. Apparently Albert Einstein wrote this riddle in the early 20th century and he said that 98% of the population would not be able to solve it. I gave it a try and it took me over an hour to get the answer. Hey I'm in the top 2% of the population :) Anyway, I think it's fake. The part about 98% of the population not being able to solve it I mean. Anyone is able to solve it provided they have the patience. Want the answer? Ask me or google for the answer...


In a street there are 5 houses painted 5 different colors.
In each house lives a person of a different nationality.
The 5 homeowners each drink a different beverage,
smoke a different brand of cigar, and keep a different pet.

The question is: Who keeps the fish?

HINTS:

1. The Brit lives in the red house.
2. The Swede has a dog.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is on the left of the white house.
5. The owner of the green house drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes pall mall has birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhills.
8. The man living in the center house drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The man who smokes blends lives next to the one who has cats.
11. The man who has horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhills.
12. The man who smokes blue master drinks beer.
13. The German smokes prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes blends has a neighbor who drinks water.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Choices and more choices

I didn't think choosing subjects for next semester was gonna be so difficult. Already there were many problems I faced before I even registered...

Problem 1

Two subjects I'm interested in taking has clashing schedules. The practical slots for diagnostic virology and medical physiology is at the same time... and this has been the same for the last year and the years before. The excuse given is that they can't helped it. Bah! I mean how can that be? My course being a three year course and this being my second year means there is no way I can do an advancement of either subjects if I drop one of them. I took the problem up to the head of my department but she can't do anything saying that if she shifted one of the subjects then it will clash with other subjects as well. I guess it's just my luck that I'm interested in subjects that have clashing schedules.

Problem 2

Another subject I'm interested in taking is not offered next semester. It is in the course programme structure and it is supposed to be offered but then due to some circumstances it has been dropped. The coordinator for that subject is on sabbatical and one of the lecturers involved has retired or something... And once again this means no advancement for me in that particular subject. Sigh.. I have to say goodbye to haematology.

Problem 3

I have to take 4 credits from subjects out of my faculty to graduate in my third year. However third years and above are allowed to register earlier so naturally they grabbed all the good ones. I took a look and many good ones are already taken... Most that are left are subjects so boring I'll probably go into coma in class. I guess I'll wait till I'm in third year when I have the first pick of things.

Friday, December 01, 2006

World AIDS Day


I almost forgot until I read about it in the news and with a friendly reminder from Gin Jhen's blog. I'll do my little part and feature a post and keep a link to UNAIDS in my blog in support of World's AIDS Day.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

*Sniff sniff*


What a way to start the holidays.. by getting sick. Why is it always my trips home are always so eventful? The last time I hit myself in the face with the taxi door and now I completed my journey home by almost fainting several times. Everytime I felt like fainting I had to go sit down to let the feeling pass. Sigh... The doctor diagnosed I had a mild food poisoning.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

The holidays are here!

The time is ripe for much enjoyment,
Of merry, little bouts of fun,
For after such a long confinement,
Life just seems like a very bad pun.

The time is right to slough off all reservations,
To unlock life's dull encryption,
And to drop all polite inhibitions,
To have some fun without trepidation.

The time is set to rush on by,
Now that enjoyment is ressurected,
For Father Time is very much sly,
He'll make sure your fun is expediated.

The time is made to look extended,
But actually nothing is more ephemeral,
The length is overrated,
For it always seems so temporal.

The time is hailed by every student,
To be a saviour of our sanity,
For as much as studies are concerned,
It doesn't fit in with our propriety.

The time is here,
Although long in travel,
But we shouldn't fear,
For it has arrived: A student's carnival.


To all my friends on their break, happy holidays :)

Friday, November 24, 2006

Menghitung Hari

My all time favourite Malay song!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Word of the day!



LIPOGRAM



Do you know what a lipogram is? Past sounding like a fat tumor (lipoma), I did not have a notion too as to what was it. Naturally, I ran to Wiki
, of which I found this out:


A lipogram is a kind of writing with constraints that consists of full paragraphs or books in which a particular symbol, such as that fifth symbol (which is most common in writing), is missing. An author must submit to an awful handicap, allowing only consonants and A, I, O , U, and Y. This is ordinarily a quorum of six fours plus half of two.

I was curious about such a thing and I did look about and I found this.



Thus, I would want to say that such a thing is odd but I'm much drawn by it and I took a stab at it in this post.


Look, no fifth symbols in this post!


Thursday, November 16, 2006

She's my star



She's none other than Marsha Thomason. I got to know her from watching the entire two seasons of Las Vegas on DVD and she really stands out for me. She plays Nessa Holt a.k.a. the ice queen, in Las Vegas. Ruling over the gambling pits as the pit boss, she seems to epitomise power in women. What works for me is that she looks less ethereal, compared to the other girls in Las Vegas. The other girls are either stick thin or with overinflated boobs in dresses too tight. Marsha is just prefect the way she is with her killer smile :) Besides, I love hearing her talk, because her British accent is simply too cool.

However she is no longer acting in season 3... *Sob* I'll miss her very much...



The lucky seven of season 1 and 2

Monday, November 13, 2006

Language handicapped

I have always felt that I'm handicapped because I have a good grasp of the English language. Oh yeah, I'm not crazy or anything. Take for example in exams. I had this question appearing in my multiple choice question in my pathology paper today:

The difference of hyperplasia compared to neoplasia.

A. It may be reversible.
B.
C.
D.
E.

It is a true false question whereby we have to state true or false for each statement, A-E. Look at the stament in A. The fact is hyperplasia DEFINITELY IS reversible. So since it states 'may be' does that make the statement wrong? Because 'may be' gives us the idea that it can be reversible or it can be non-reversible. Am I thinking too much?

This isn't the first time whereby I had lots of ambiguities about the meaning of questions in exams. Back in my school days, I would be the one in class arguing the language aspect of questions while everyone else just doesn't see it. They just seem so oblivious about how the incorrect use of a single word can change the meaning of the whole sentence. To make matters worse, when I do argue, I get brushed off by the teachers. To them the questions were correct because all the other students were able to figure out the right answer and I get reprimanded the same way everytime.

"You are thinking too much"

Am I? Is this how we Malaysians are nurturing our young minds? To not think?

In my last semester finals I asked a coursemate about a question in the finals for biochemistry. In this dry practical where we had to do calculations for an experiment, the figures given where strangely different from those in the real experiment we did before. Obviously I calculated it wrongly because I followed the question figures. The others? They blindly followed the figures in the one used before. When asked why they didn't use the ones provided they answered, "Follow the old one la, sure the same one". What the hell! Did it occur to them that the experiment protocol may have changed? Are we all to be mindless zombies to get something correct?

It is sad when a kid learns at a young age that thinking is not beneficial and it is wrong... And we asked ourselves why Malaysia is not a first world country. How can we be, when we have such a third world mentality.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Ennui sucks

Got another six more papers to go and I have one tomorrow... What have I been doing all week? Hmmmmm.. let's see. I have been watching the entire two seasons of Las Vegas, played a hell alot of online games, and certainly haven't been studying. Besides I just went to the movies to catch The Covenant. It was an ok movie I guess, nothing much to brag about. The plot was crap so they hired alot of beautiful people to make up for it. Figures doesn't it?

Anyway, why do exams always make you lose the mood to study? Ennui sucks. Until next time then, gotta at least read a little for my pathology paper tomorrow :)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Time flies!

Two whole weeks are up and my first paper is gonna be on Monday... Have I put these two weeks to good use? I would say no. Oh, yeah I have been studying, but have I been studying HARD? Nope. The tv, computer and bed have all conspired and they have succeeded in pulling me away from my studies with tempting entreaties of being lazy. Aha, I guess it's true that it is easier to do the wrong thing than to do the right thing.

Well what may come, I'll just do my best.

Friday, October 27, 2006

What is beautiful?

What is beautiful?

Everything is. Take a good look around and breathe in the beauty of existence. We tend to associate beauty with something we can visualize but in truth, beauty is transcendental. A song may sound beautiful, emotions can feel beautiful and a book may carry a beautiful tale. In truth, beauty can be everywhere and anywhere. Pair the word 'beautiful' with anything and instantly it becomes beautiful. A beautiful house, a beautiful scenery, a beautiful country - the things we can beautify is endless. Thus, it all bears down to how we view things. Until we all can learn to look beyond worldly traits, beauty is bound by our earthly minds. Entombed and waiting to be set free by all of us, beauty patiently waits. When that time comes, everything will be beautiful.

What is beautiful?

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Movie Review: The Prestige

The prestige takes us into the world of magicians and lands us right smack in the middle of a rivalry. The rivalry between sophisticated, Robert Angier and the more rough around the edges, Alfred Borden which quickly escalates into a deadly competition. They started off as friends and partners but that all ends when a blunder by Alfred causes the death of Robert's wife during a trick on stage. They then become enemies for life–each intent on outdoing and upending the other. It all culminates till the point where life and death is a price worth paying for the downfall of the other and science is brought on stage as new and wilder stunts are sought.

The twists and turns in this story are really something to look out for. Nothing is what it seems to be and nothing is final. What more do you expect when the story revolves around magicians whose whole life depend on trickery and sleight of the hand. The whole tale is like a magic trick performed on stage where there are three acts. Act 1, the 'pledge' where the magician shows you something ordinary, act 2, the 'turn' where that something ordinary does something extraordinary and act 3, the 'prestige' which is the part of the twists and turns.

However watch out for the 'reveal' for that is the thing about it all that is truly magical...

Selamat Hari Raya To Everyone


Muslims celebrate the festival of Aidilfitri – popularly known as Hari Raya Puasa, or simply Hari Raya (in Malaysia – to mark the culmination of Ramadhan, the holy month of fasting.

It is a joyous occasion for Muslims, as it signifies a personal triumph, a victory of self-restraint and abstinence, symbolising purification and renewal.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Happy Deepavali!


Also known as the festival of lights, it celebrates the triumph of good over evil, of light over dark. In Malaysia, it is celebrated with joyful vivacity, with bright lights and even brighter smiles, as though to underline the traditional meaning and message behind it.

To everybody who is celebrating Deepavali today, I would like to wish you all an enjoyable Diwali :)

Friday, October 20, 2006

Procrastination


Yes, I am procrastinating too. It is my study break and I am not studying. Hahaha. Have eight subjects to complete in two weeks and frankly I'm not in the mood to read em. Probably will wait until the exams loom closer and closer and I break out in hysterics before I can gather my wits and sit down to revise. Well, Calvin, I totally agree with you.

"That way the worktime is more miserable, but there's less of it".

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Arrggghhh! I chipped a tooth


Bah! Talk about bad luck in the last post and it comes looking for me. I was rushing to get home this afternoon and the most stupid thing occured. I somehow manage to hit myself in the face closing the taxi door. Yeah, I chipped my tooth and cut my lip. As if my teeth isn't ugly enough. Now, it looks even more uneven.... The worse thing is that it is because of my own clumsiness > <

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13th

And I almost forget today is Friday the 13th... Well nothing bad happened to me anyway. I'm not too superstitious but Friday the 13th is kinda special. It doesn't come often and I feel it needs special mention. Happy Friday the 13th to you all out there. Hope everyone is ok :)

Word of the day...

The english language is getting more odd each day.... Today's word is ePenis !

Hush hush

Strangely... nothing much is said about the drop of UM in the university rankings. Compared to last year hoo ha, this year it is oddly quiet. When UM dropped out of the top 100 last year everybody went into denial and started blaming all sorts of things and people, except themselves of course. And this year, nothing much happened. Is it a sign of acceptance? Or has the authorities somehow suppressed the issue for the fear of embarassing the ex-premier university of Malaysia? Yes, take note. The ex-premier university of Malaysia, for UKM has surpassed UM in the world rankings. Congrats to UKM and I would say they are being rather humble about it in a sense. Either everyone is so stunned about it all that nothing is said or like I said, maybe the media is pressured to keep things quiet. I actually waited for the whole bomb of this issue to explode all over the media but it did not happen, or should I say did not happen...yet.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The death of me...


This is an equipment for radioimaging used in the nuclear medicine deparment. It's for scanning patients to obtain images of their brain, lungs, etc. I hate it! I have to learn all the components of it in my nuclear medicine class. Scintillator, photomultiplier tubes, collimator and such. Imagine, those words already sound boring, learning about them is even worse. To make matters worse I'm a biology student not a physics student. Almost everything in my nuclear med class sounds foreign....

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

DOTA crazy

Fans have really gone all out to bring their favorite characters from the game into everything else. One example is this adaptation of the characters into the ever-popular card game, Magic the Gathering. Of course these are just fan fic but they really look good, and genuine to boot. :) These were some of the best taken from the DotaPortal site.




Life devouring soul keeper.




Razor - lightning-speed killer.




Purge and kill - Medusa



The sexy drow ranger with frost arrows. However, in the original frozen throne she was the undead, dark ranger. The ultimate fantasy of necrophiliacs :)




Er... How bout this necrophiliacs? Any takers?




The almost indestructable Purist Thunderwrath.






















Luna the kick-ass night elf with annoying lucent beams.

Friday, October 06, 2006

I am ashamed...

UKM now ranked way ahead of UM

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has supplanted Universiti Malaya (UM) as the country’s highest ranked university in the latest survey conducted on world university rankings.

In World University Rankings 2006 published by the Times Higher Education Supplement and conducted by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, UKM rose by 105 places to break into the top 200-ranked universities for the first time, climbing from 289 last year to 185.

UM, however, continued its downward spiral, by dropping a further 23 places to 192. Its ranking fell from 89 in 2004 to 169 last year, causing a national debate on the status of the premier university and the validity of the criteria used for the rankings.

The British newspaper's annual rankings are based on measures like peer review (40%), employer survey (10%), international faculty (5%), international students (5%), staff to student ratio (20%), and the number of times research is cited by other academics (20%). Details of this year's criteria are not yet available.

Former UKM vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Mohd Salleh Mohd Yasin, who retired in August this year, attributed UKM’s current standing to the joint effort by everyone in the university.

“We focused on raising the university’s profile internationally. We also made a concerted effort to improve UKM’s website and consolidate the information there,” said Dr Mohd Salleh, who is currently chairman of the National Accreditation Board.

Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia also improved in this year’s standings – UPM rose by 102 places from 394 to 292, while USM climbed from 326 to 277.

When contacted, current UKM vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin and UM vice-chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim declined comment, saying that they would speak at a press conference at UM today.

Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang described this year’s results as a double shame for UM.

“Not only did it slide further but UM also fell behind UKM. This is unacceptable for Malaysia's premier university. There is need for a shake-up,” he said.

He added that although UKM should be commended for its place in this year’s rankings, Malaysia’s top public universities should rank among the top 50.

It has been reported that the Ministry has set a target for two public universities to break into the top 50 by 2010.

Lim attributed Malaysian universities' poor ranking to the failure of the institutions “to practise real meritocracy in academic appointments and promotions, as well as in student intake.”

Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed could not be reached for comment.

At the top of the rankings is Harvard University, which retained its position. However, Massachusetts Institute of Technology lost its number two position to Cambridge University.

British and American universities took all the places in the top 10. The highest placed Asian university is China’s Beijing University, at 14. The University of Tokyo and the National University of Singapore were joint 19th, the only other Asian universities in the top 20.

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Sylish Devil

I enjoyed the movie inmmensely. It's full of wit, sarcasm and a whole lot of bitchiness. The story is all about Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), high-end fashion magazine editor and her new assistant, Andrea (Anne Hathaway). Andrea is simply given hell by Miranda as she tries her best to cope with the fashion world that her new job, as second assistant to Miranda, revolves around. She initially resists changing to suit her job but when she does, she finds herself doing immensely well up to the point she displaces Miranda's first assistant. She begins to become more of a workaholic and soon starts to neglect her family, friends and boyfriend. That is when she has to choose between her new career and her old life. The ending is of course sappily good, making sure you will leave the cinema with a life lesson learned.
I love the movie so much I am going out to buy the book. Well, it is always known that a movie will pale in comparison to the book it is based on, so I am expecting much more enjoyment from the book.
Everyone should find time to catch this wonderful movie.