Monday, December 26, 2005

To rice or not to rice?

I stumbled upon this article about rice when I tried to verify one forwarded email about cancer facts.

It's a bit disturbing because rice is my main diet. But how true is the claims, I don't know. Some part of it sounds sensible. I tried to verified its original source but only found more blind re-posts of it. Some of them have the bloggers' own opinions on top of the article but show no good evidence to back up the claims or citation of its source.

Some discussions are found here.

Here's the article:



DON’T EAT TOO MUCH RICE!

The human body was never meant to consume rice! You see, our genes have hardly changed in more than 30,000 years. However, our food choices and lifestyle have changed dramatically. The caveman would hardly recognize our food or way of life.

Caveman food was never cooked as fire was not yet tamed. Thus, he ate only those foods that you can eat without treatment with or by fire. He ate fruits, vegetables, fish (sushi anyone?), eggs, nuts and meat. Yes, even meat. You can even eat meat raw if you were starving in the forest. You have the necessary enzymes to digest meat.

However, rice, like wheat and corn, cannot be eaten raw. It must be cooked. Even if you were starving in the desert, you cannot eat rice in the raw form. This is because we do not have the system of enzymes to break rice down. You were never meant to eat rice. To make matters worse, you not only eat rice, but also make it the bulk of your food.

In some parts of Asia, rice forms up to 85% of the plate. Even if you take rice, keep it to a minimum. Remember, it is only for your tongue - not your body. Actually, rice and other grains like wheat and corn are actually worse than sugar. There are many reasons:

Rice becomes sugar - lots of it
This is a fact that no nutritionist can deny: rice is chemically no different from sugar. One bowl of cooked rice is the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This does not matter whether it is white, brown or herbal rice. Brown rice is richer in fibre, some B vitamins and minerals but it is still the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. To get the same 10 teaspoons of sugar, you need to consume lots of kangkong - 10 bowls of it.

Rice is digested to become sugar.
Rice cannot be digested before it is thoroughly cooked. However, when thoroughly cooked, it becomes sugar and spikes circulating blood sugar within half an hour - almost as quickly as it would if you took a sugar candy. Rice is very low in the "rainbow of anti-oxidants".

This complete anti-oxidant rainbow is necessary for the effective and safe utilisation of sugar. Fruits come with a sugar called fructose. However, they are not empty calories as the fruit is packed with a whole host of other nutrients that help its proper assimilation and digestion.


Rice has no fibre.
The fibre of the kangkong fills you up long before your blood sugar spikes. This is because the fibre bulks and fills up your stomach. Since white rice has no fibre, you end up eating lots of "calorie dense" food before you get filled up. Brown rice has more fibre but still the same amount of sugar.

Rice is tasteless - Sugar is sweet. There is only so much that you can eat at one sitting. How many teaspoons of sugar can you eat before you feel like throwing up? Could you imagine eating 10 teaspoons of sugar in one seating?

Rice is always the main part of the meal - While sugar may fill your dessert or sweeten your coffee, it will never be the main part of any meal. You could eat maybe two to three teaspoons of sugar at one meal. However, you could easily eat the equal value of two to three bowls (20 - 30 teaspoons) of sugar in one meal. I am always amused when I see someone eat sometimes five bowls of rice (equals 50 teaspoons of sugar) and then asks for tea tarik kurang manis!

There is no real "built in" mechanism for us to prevent overeating of rice.
How much kangkong can you eat? How much fried chicken can you eat? How much steamed fish can you eat? Think about that! In one seating, you cannot take lots of chicken, fish or cucumber, but you can take lots of rice. Eating rice causes you to eat more salt.

As rice is tasteless, you tend to consume more salt - another villain when it comes to high blood pressure. You tend to take more curry that has salt to help flavor rice. We also tend to consume more ketchup and soy sauce which are also rich in salt.

Eating rice causes you to drink less water. The more rice you eat, the less water you will drink as there is no mechanism to prevent the overeating of rice. Rice, wheat and corn come hidden in our daily food. As rice is tasteless, it tends to end up in other foods that substitute rice like rice flour, noodles and bread. We tend to eat the hidden forms which still get digested into sugar. Rice, even when cooked, is difficult to digest

Can't eat raw rice? Try eating rice half cooked. Contrary to popular belief, rice is very difficult to digest. It is "heavy stuff". If you have problems with digestion, try skipping rice for a few days. You will be amazed at how the problem will just go away.

Rice prevents the absorption of several vitamins and minerals. Rice when taken in bulk will reduce the absorption of vital nutrients like zinc, iron and the B vitamins. Are you a rice addict? Going rice-less may not be easy but you can go rice-less. Eating less rice could be lot easier than you think. Here are some strategies that you can pursue in your quest to eat less rice:

Eat less rice - Cut your rice by half.
- Barry Sears, author of the Zone Diet, advises "eating rice like spice".

Instead, increase your fruits and vegetables.

Take more lean meats and fish.
You can even take more eggs and nuts.
Have "riceless" meals. Take no rice or wheat at say, breakfast. Go for eggs instead.

Go on "riceless" days - Go "western" once a week.
Take no rice and breads for one day every week. That can't be too difficult. Appreciate the richness of your food. Go for taste, colors and smells. Make eating a culinary delight. Enjoy your food in the original flavors.

Avoid the salt shaker or ketchup. You will automatically eat less rice.

Eat your fruit dessert before (Yes! No printing error) your meals.
The fibre rich fruits will "bulk up" in your stomach. Thus, you will eat less rice and more fruits.



If you know the source of this article or have some counter proof, I'll be glad to hear from you. Please leave a comment.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Imagine

Got this link from Jeffooi. A song by John Lennon -- imagine.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Another milestone for idle computer time

Yeah! We folded 200 units under UWA Team. Adam has joined in to add some machine power. Yay!!


And for myself, 100 units too! Yahoo!!


Related posts:
| Team 100 units milestone | My 1 unit cert | Folding@Home |

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

DICTA Cairns Photos are up

Finally the 600+ photos are up in my photo gallery.
Click here to see them.

Shih Ching has got his here, Du's are here.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

CSSE Christmas Lunch 2005

It's Christmas time again. The whole festive atmosphere really does't help with our aim for ICPR which is due today but have the deadline extended to 5 Jan.

The CSSE department had a Christmas lunch at the Pines restaurant in Observation City. Here's the photos
Tzu Yen's Photo Gallery :: Christmas Lunch 2005

A good source of Graphics Terms (Ohio State U)

Graphics Terms

Cairns photos Danno's version

Before posting up my 600-photo version of the Cairns trip, enjoy Danno's Cairns - DICTA 2005

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sydney photos are up.

I've done up the Sydney photos here.




Check it out!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Back from Cairns



Touched down at 1:20am this morning, WST+0800.

Took about 750 photos for the whole trip. Thanks for Danno's 1GB memory card, otherwise, I'd have to load them out somehow...

It was great to catch up with Jermin, YeeMei and YoongSing in Sydney. Had some great food together and visited Bondi Beach and some very Asian suburbs there...

The DICTA conference was good too, I'm glad I had my presentation on the first day, so once that was done, I can enjoy other talks without stressing out about mine. It went well I think.

After the conference, we went for some touristy stuffs, the Great Barrier Reef snorkelling tour was really an eye opening. It's so beautiful, unreal! So many places that is just so pretty. The colour so blue, so red, so rich!

Will put the photos up a bit later. And more recap shall follow.
| Sydney | Cairns |

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Cairns, I'm coming!

I'll be leaving Perth tomorrow morning to Sydney. Yay, visiting Jermin and Yeemei in Sydney. Heard that Yoongsing will be in Sydney over this weekends as well. Shall have a great time meeting up with old friends. :D

So, 2/12 to Sydney, catching up with old friends.
5/12 Fly to Cairns in the afternoon, meet up with the other 6 from UWA CS.
6/12 DICTA starts, my paper presentation after lunch.
7-8/12 Conference continues.
9/12 Great Barrier Reef tour! YES!!
10-11/12 Touring around Cairns.
11/12 night fly back to Perth.

Expect lots of photos when we're back. :)

Monday, November 28, 2005

It could have been an explosion!!

petrol station accident

It was at Claremont at around 6:50pm today. I finished filling up my petrol and was cleaning up the windscreen. I saw a car drove in on the other lane, I moved closer to my car to minimise the chance of being knocked down but I wasn't really worry or even looking at the car. I was moving quite slow.

Suddenly, BANG! It accelerated into the pumping station!! The station was heavily damaged and seconds later, petrol started flowing out!!!
Then the driver came out of the seemingly-brand-new car and only then realised how bad it was! She seemed devastated, so was he.

I walked towards the shop and waved at the station-keeper about the accident. By then the petrol had wet the floor and started flowing to the street.
I went into my car and drove off the danger zone. And before I drove off the station, I stopped the car on the side, took the camera out and documented the accident.

If there was some naked flame, could it exploded like in the movie? All flame came out and I flew off.... :P

www.dontclick.it

This is cool! Exploring the interface with mouse that you don't have to "click".
www.dontclick.it
Found this from OneTwenty

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Light Field Photography with a Hand-Held Plenoptic Camera

A camera that enables user to refocus the picture after it's taken! Don't worry about the whatever "light field" or "plenoptic" jargons, have a look at the video there and be impressed.

Light Field Photography with a Hand-Held Plenoptic Camera

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Airports in the morning

My housemates are out of my house. One went back to China for holiday on Friday morning and another went to Melbourne today. They both chose very healthy time to fly - 7:40am on Friday and 6:00am today. So I've been going to bed early an enjoy the early morning fresh air on the way to the airport for the past 2 days.

It's almost summer now. It's broad daylight by 5:30am! It rather strange to be driving on such a bright day and have very light traffic. W.A should have daylight saving!! Then I can play basketball or go jogging till 8pm and still see. :P

Friday, November 18, 2005

We went up

The School is regrouping and relocating postgrads students to put them into the same research group. I have been 'living' in G.01 for two year+ and we moved two floor up to 2.09 today.

pk, danno and me took the benches off the lab on Thursday and we all moved our desk and computer up today. The natural light is good in there, but it's further away from everything good - the toilet, water, and my house! But closer to the undergrads lab and tutorial room.

A cool video documenting our moving in activities is linked here for your visual pleasure. Well, we're computer vision research group, it makes sense to have this.
move_in_2.09vbr.mpg (29.5MB)

Apparently, this moving up event has been widely reported.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

CookingByNumbers.com

I always thought of using computer to do things like that. Have a record of whatever I buy and put them in fridge. Then use computer to automatically search for recipes that the ingredients I have can make.
It'll be good to also keep track of what's going to be expired so have a timeline queue of what urgently need to be consumed... Haha!!

And I found this website that does the search. :)
CookingByNumbers.com

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Surprise birthday top up

From: Revolution
To: MY GMAIL ACCOUNT
Date: Nov 7, 2005 7:00 AM
Subject: Happy Birthday!

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Revolution is from Vodafon. It's really good value. I recommend you to switch to it if you don't use the freecall from Optus and are not a heavy user. I get to keep my number and get $30 free credit when I switched. And they had a promotion to opt in for a $20 monthly auto recharge for at least 4 months, and get $100 top up straight away. I thought it's bloody fantastic value! $80 for $180 credit, which never expires, just has 1.5cents daily network fee, workout to be $4.50 monthly access fee.

Let me know if you want to switch, then I can refer you and get $5 free recharge. Hahaha!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Happy Birthday to me :)

Yeah! It's my birthday! I turned 26th.
My housemate, Zheng (or Leo) called me at 11 something and asked me to come back from uni to help him with his EE exam. So I came back with a little suspician as he never really called me at that time for this kind of thing, he usually just wait for me to come back, and the time was rather spot on.... Well anyway, it may just be my own thoughts. So I just came back as normal and he did have some problems for me and I helped him as usual.
Then he played a video for me to watch and I was happily watching that without having much other braincells to think about anything else... He went out of the room and suddenly a big crowd rushed into the room with candles on cake. =.=!!!

As a scout, I learned to "be prepared". I kind of think it may happen or it may not. But I was truely surprised by the number. The undergrads are all having exams so I was quite touched that they take the time out to join my birthday celebration. :)
I'm so blessed with my friends, you.

Thank you!

We had the song ceremmony, wishes, blow candles, cake cutting (not touching the bottom to avoid having green baby). Then eveyone was busy munching the delicious cake. I was requested to play the guitar and sing a song. So I did, it was a pleasure to sing a song to wish myself happy birthday and another to thanks for the friendships. After that it's all chitchatting, till almost 4am.

The song was video recorded. And I watched it the next day. It was strange that for the first time in my life, I like my own voice and guitar sound. The weird yeeeerrr feeling of listening to my own voice is not there anymore, and I actually enjoy listening to the song. :)
I think I just learnt

to appreciate and acknowledge my abilities instead of denying or being embarrassed by them.


 

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Paper cut pleasure

This is a lot of fun! :)



make-a-flake

Friday, November 04, 2005

RongXin's Birthday Surprise

Rongxin's birthday.
We had a little surprise for her.

 
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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Festive season

Today is Shih Ching's birthday. We had a nice cake from Miss Maud to mark the occasion in G.01. He's 24 now, one year younger than me, for a couple of days. :P

Happy Birthday Shih Ching!


And it was Jason's Birthday last Friday.
Happy Birthday Jason!


And it's Hari Raya Puasa - Muslim festival after a month's long fasting today.
Selamat hari Raya Aidilfitri.


And it was Deepavali - Hindu "Festival of Lights" on Tuesday.
A Happy & Joyous Deepavali.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Winthrop Tower tour with LACE

Language And Cultural Exchange (LACE) is a postgraduate social group within UWA. It organises a gathering every fortnight. For this one, we went up to the highest point in UWA - the Winthrop tower.
Good view, fresh air, well deserved after a long stair-climbing exercise.
Met up with a few Chinese mates who also frequent the LACE events - 苗玺、李超、萱萱 from 贵州、哈尔滨、台湾. There are probably not many people who know their chinese names here in Perth. So, my diclosure of their identities shall have little significance.

 
Toprow are computer science building and reflecting pond taken from the tower.
Middle row are taken in Winthrop hall.
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Melbourne Cup lunch


It's Melbourne Cup again! Our department organised a potluck lunch. I made herbal tea egg(茶叶蛋), which is well-received among the asian staffs and postgrads. Many who saw it for the first time thought it's chocolate-egg, or some kind of century-egg. Some are brave enough to try and like it, others dared not touch it. :D

It was again a good feed. :)~
 
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Monday, October 31, 2005

Dry throat weekends

Had a weekends of dry throats.

It started on Friday. Somehow I woke up with it.
I could feel the pain when I was teaching in the lab. It was Project 2 due date for CES105, so it was a busy session. And I had to restrain myself to eat only a small piece of the Apple Strudle when we celebrated Jason and EJ's birthday.
[More on Corica's apple strudle on asia1 and makansutra]

Saturday I went to the AMWA meeting at the Malaysia consulate office. AMWA stands for The Association of Malaysians in Western Australia. It's established just last month and now in the process of growing and forming sub-committees to provide services to the Malaysian community in WA. I'm really glad to meet the committee personally and voice out the need of young adult Malaysians here.
The committee really want to make a difference to the Malaysian community here, and most of them seem down to earth, open to comments and criticisms and not like a bunch of bureaucrats. Hope it'll remains like that. :)

On Sunday I was supposed to go to a friendly service at ShihChing's church at 9am, however, I woke up at 8am (after 8 hours of sleep) and still felt a very dry throat, so I thought getting more rest instead of going to the service was a better choice for me then. So I had another 4 hours of sleep after letting Rina who offered to pick me up know. And I did feel a lot better after the good sleep. :)

In the afternoon, Rongxin invited us out for drink and dinner to celebrate her upcoming birthday. So we did. We went to Chopstick (重庆美食家) for sichuan steamboat. It's a double soupbase steamboat (鸳鸯火锅) such that there are two separate compartments in one steamboat, the inner one is super spicy hot and the outter one is normal soup.
For my throat's sake, I had to only dip into the outer soup... It was good. :)

We had a couple of games in Timezone and had a good 2 hours of "Truth or Dare" game in Annie's place before we headed home.
The "Truth or Dare" game I learnt today was worth elaborating. We all pick a card from a deck, and the winner (who got the biggest card) gets to ask the loser to choose between "truth or dare". For "truth", the loser will be asked a question and have to answer it with ultimate honesty. [It is such a great way to get to know each other, asking something that you never get to ask in normal conversations.] For "dare", the loser will be asked to perform some act that is not usually seen. [It's also a great way for a person to express some part of themselves that's not usually expressed. To push through some embarassment/comfort zone]
I personally feel that such a game if played with respect, encouragement and authenticity, can be a great way to build friendship. But if it's directed to embarass, insult or dig out the dark secrets will be rather harmful and uncomfortable.
I think we played it the good way, lots of encouragement for 'dare acts' and respect for the 'truth' questions & answers. I really enjoyed it - I got to know my friends a lot better and had heaps of fun, can stop laughing to see the unseen talents.
It actually surprised me because I was a bit worried it'll go towards to crazy/sick path when we started the game. I'd love to play it more. :)

That is it for this weekends of dry throat. Hope it'll be good after I wake up 8 hours later. Good night.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Ah Long @ Bukit Beruntung

Not enough $$ in Malaysia?
Ah Long @ Bukit Beruntung has their advertisement to help you.

Watch this hilarious Malay song clip:
Ah Long Bukit Beruntung .

*Ah Long is a slang in Malaysia, means the gangster who illegally give loan to people with high interest rate...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Little me


I got this photo in my family email circle. The little boy looks very much like me when I was that age.

Then this old photo came out.


And I decided I have to blog this! Yes the little boy in the middle is me.

Enter the Danno

Danno + Bruce

=Druce

Congratulations Druce for getting his paper in ACCV!!

I have developed a way of tracking with no fixed camera position"

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Jason's be-earlied Birthday Party at Adam's place

Jason's party

Jason's birthday is on this coming Friday. But we had an earlier celebration.
BBQ @ Adam's apartment. Sausages, onion, fishballs and capsicum. (I love to see the fishball pops on the grill)

It's mainly the CS postgrads and the Tuesday night church discussion fellows. Also, I finally get to meet Cat, who I heard for a while from Adam. :) Cute!

We BBQed and then stayed for some boardgames. A fun day.

Photos here

Friday, October 21, 2005

Wow! Certificate for the team!

Three months ago, I had this Certificate, I folded one unit of protein.

Now the UWA team (just me and Shih Ching) has folded 100 units.

A milestone to celebrate!! For our useful computer idle time... Haha!

100 units folded certificate

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Malaysia Prime Minister's wife passed away this morning

Malaysia Prime Minister, Abdullah Badawi's wife, Endon Mahmood, passed away at 07:55 this morning.

My deepest condolences to Pak Lah and family.

More on Jeffooi's Screenshots.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Dinner and Games @ G.Dunn's place

Angie and Chris came back from their Europe trip, so we had another dinner & game night.
Food wise, we prepared so much! I made sour & hot Thai Vermicelli, Angie made Lamb curry (with apple & sultana), Adam made pizza and Tiramisu, Rina prepared a good fruit platter and Tone brought some freshly baked pizza biyanka(?). It's so great the food! Adam's pie/pastry/pizza always amazed me, this time it's the crispy pizza, :)~ The lamb is so tender, and it's sweet, it's very very nice. My vermicelli was pretty good too, I like it with more chilli. hehe!
After the main course, I was very full. But the rest were still good enough to erouse my tastebuds. :D

We played quite a few games on the night. The highlight was on Shadows over Camelot. It's a very different boardgame that all players play together as a team to defeat the 'dark forces'. So there's a strong sense of "For the glory of XXX", "I'll sacrifice to defeat the evil"... A lot of fun! :D

Photos are here:

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Multicultural week Food fair

It's Multicultural Week (MCW) again.
I went to the Spring Feast organised by UWA ISS and the famous Curtin Pasar Malam
Heaps of food stalls, mostly asian.
The UWA one has mostly student foodstalls. The Curtin one has many stalls run by actual business, it's way bigger, and has live band performing Chinese, English, Indonesian songs.
However, performance wise, I still feel that the International night of UTas has so much better performances! Check it out here: http://www.utas.edu.au/mcw/.

The photos of the food feast are here:

Friday, October 07, 2005

Opera or Firefox?

Just yesterday I found out that Opera Web Browser becomes another FREE browser. A big competitor to firefox.

I haven't used Opera myself before, but I've played with it and it's fantastic! It's probably the best (yes, better than firefox) but it was not free before. So I went with Firefox.

Hmm.. I'm now at the cross road. To Opera or not to Opera?
It's good and free, but it's not Open Source! Oh well, I may use a dual system in the mean time to test them side by side.

However, because Opera is not Open Source, it doesn't have heaps of great plug-ins (or extensions) like Firefox does. I love the foxytunes, adblock, StumbleUpon and Googlebar (which I just used to one-click blog this).

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Royal Perth Show 2005

It's the last day of the Perth Royal Show I decided to go and have some fun. There's a Malaysia - guest nation exhibition there and that added to my inclination to chaeck out the show this year.

So I asked my housemates, he asked his friends and eventually Derong, Rongxin and me decided to go.

It was fun! Heaps of interesting things happening. We kept being distracted on the way when we decided to go to a certain exhibition/place.

The highlights for us: car stunt show by Holden, lots of cool drifffffts, fly over broken bridge; friendly/funny clowns on the street; animals animals and animals, so cute, so cool; rollercoaster games, flying high up in the air, stress releasing scream, I was a bit dizzy after the ride though; Win-soft-toy-look-easy-but-actually-hard games, got sucked into a few of those, looks very doable, but it takes some precise skill to play well enough to get the prize; Pig racing and diving, cute pigs, great fun to watch.

The biggest highlight is the finale fireworks. It's bloody fantastic! We sit on the side of the oval where it's set off. The whole view is covered by colourful lights. Woo Yeah!!

On a side note, I also get to meet the committee of the newly launched Association of Malaysians in Western Australia (AMWA). I'm very surprised to know that there's no such association in place before this one is launched so recently! I shall learn more with them and contribute to the community.

Took some 150 photos too.

Friday, September 23, 2005

CSSE Rottnest 2005 Conference


Two days school conference on Rottnest Island, the photographic record here.

Shih Ching has his version here.
Yes I throw out on the ferry, it was quite a satisfying vomit though. ;)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

My first publication!!!

Yes! Yes! Yes!!!
My paper is accepted to DICTA for oral presentation!

And the comments are good and constructive. What an unexpected good surprise!

Cairns, here I come!

Monday, September 19, 2005

UWA EXPO: Me with Aibo

(Backtrace blogging)

It's UWA Open day again! I love open day. There are so many interesting stuff going on all over the campus, and I get to demonstrate something and talk to the general public about cool stuffs in computer science.

This year I moved on from managing the vision research demo, in which we have a camera that take picture of people and generate processed images like edge detection or Chinese Text art.
Wei asked me to help her with the SONY AIBO robot dog. Haha!!! It was a heck loads of fun! So cute the dog. And I got a cool Aibo T-shirt too. Bonus!!!

The down side of this year is that I spend too much time playing with the dog and interact with people coming into the department, I didn't get to see other exhibition around uni... Oh well...

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Happy Mid-Authum Festival


Thanks Yee Ting's parents for the mooncake, Rina for chrisanthemum tea, and the weather for showing the moon. My housemates and I had a little half-an-hour mooncake party eating mooncake, sipping chrisanthemum tea, admiring the moon and chatting in front of our house.

To all, Happy Mid-Authum Festival. 中秋节快乐
For history of this festival, see Wiki

Friday, September 16, 2005

Malaysia Day

JeffOoi.com reminded me that today is the day that Malaysia was born, 42 years ago.
Sabah and Sarawak joint in the peninsular Malaya to form Malaysia.

With the rich timber and oil industry, the two eastern states contribute a lot to Malaysia economy. We shall remember this day and acknowledge.

Multi-V is sweet without sugar

I had "sore throat, light fever, running nose, thick mucus" cycle since Monday. Now I'm at the end of the cycle, still have some mucus to clean up...

I think I caught some rain on Sunday night. It was cold. And sore throat turned up on Monday. I quickly had some Dongcongcao capsules and acupuncture treatment. But lacking sleep the killer. So the cycle started! :(

This is the first time I got sick for the past 2 years. It used to be an annual event... And it usually drags for a whole week, feeling like dead. So the acupuncture and Chinese medicine do work. But not for extreme abuse I guess... :P

2 packs of Multi-V juice appeared on my desk this afternoon. SQ brought them in from Rina. Thanks! It's no preservative and no added sugar, but it tastes sweet. :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

USB512 where are you?

I realised that I lost my USB 512MB thumbdrive couple of days ago... Not sure when it happened but I thought it might be on last Friday. My keychain somehow loosened up and my car key dropped out. But I didn't realise whether the USB drive was still there... (yes, I carry it everywhere as a keychain).

Sad sad sad... Now I can't copy my photos from home to school... :(

Monday, September 12, 2005

On and Opi

I steal this title from ShihChing, I think it's GOLD!

Yes, the new iPod nano looks great! I love the build in clock so you can use it as an alarm clock!!!
But it lacks the IPod Shuffle straight USB connection though.. Have to carry another cable around...

matlab code in PhD comics

Haha!! It's great to see Matlab code. :) Instead of all those Java and C! :P

Friday, September 09, 2005

Calling all Malaysian new-Australia-PRs

I'm starting a project.

Building a Malaysian new-Australia-PR social network in Perth.

With the new immigration regulations introduced some 4 years ago which allows international students to apply for Permanent residency in Australia, there are quite a number uni students from Malaysia who took the opportunity and stayed in Australia after their graduation.
I am one of this lucky batch.

Many of us stayed to either further study or start professional career. But there's no social network among this group of people who have very similar background and current situation.

I heard from many of my friends and felt sometimes myself that there's something missing within the social network we have - the familiar feeling among fellow Malaysians to share current career challenges.
We're a bit too old to hang around with young uni students from Malaysia, but too young for those uncle auntie who migrated here 20 years ago from Malaysia. And there lack the Malaysian background with work colleagues...

There must be quite a number of us here in WA but we don't know each other. So I thought why stuck in my own room while there may be others of the same concerns out there. We can create a network to know each other and meet up regularly/irregularly and we'll find people of the same interests/challenges/background in the network to share and enrich our lives.
You wouldn't mind knowing one more person who just clicks with you, would you?


I just started the project would like to spread the words and invite people to join in.

I'd really like to get into contact with you if you are one of the Malaysian new-Australia-PRs here in Perth or are interested in joining us. Leave me a message, I'll get back to you.

Cheers,
Tzu Yen

TypeNow.net Themed Fonts Movie and Music Fonts

TypeNow.net Themed Fonts Movie and Music Fonts

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Kes submitted her thesis

(backtrace blogging)

Kes submitted her thesis and the department threw in an afternoon tea that afternoon to celebrate that! Well done Kes!

Kes changed supervisor 2 years ago and changed quite a big part of her research direction, but she eventually got everything done in time. Her advice is as long as you're focused and know what to do, it doesn't really take that long. That is reassuring and inspiring to me.

I will learn from you Kes. :)

Kes is now back to Thailand and serves in the meteorology department.
Wishing you all the best!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Team Bondi big budget game programming job

Team Bondi and DepthAnalysis came to UWA for a presentation today for some really impressive big budget AI and Computer Vision research jobs. They have a 10-year contract with Sony to produce 3 PS3 games!!! Millions dollar budget!

More info here

Friday, September 02, 2005

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Happy Malaysia 48th National Day



Today is the 48th National Day of Malaysia.

Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

I DJed an online radio for the online Malaysian community at www.hibiscusrealm.net last night from 11:30pm-1:30am. It was heaps of fun playing all Malaysian songs, mostly Chinese songs, some malay songs and Negaraku the national anthem at 12:00am. :)

Apart from that, I didn't participate any other celebration here in Perth. (Not that I know there's any.)

Wish Malaysia a good prosperous year ahead!

This is how Malaysian netizens celebrate Hari Kebangsaan, from www.jeffooi.com.

Purpose of Life discussion group potluck

(back trace blogging)

Shih Ching and Jason gave me this Purpose of Life 40 Days reading book. And we had discussion every Tuesday night at Rina's house. It was great, there are things can't agree more and things that I don't really believe. Anyway, the fellowship is fantastic. I like it. :)

This occasion is our 3rd or 4th week, we have potluck together. :D~
We have pumpkin with tinned fish (豆豉鲮鱼炒南瓜), Fish curry, soysauce chicken wings, spaghetti bolognese and my bakuteh. :D

photos here

Or here for bigger version of this collage.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Lecture done

I did my first lecture at UWA this afternoon. It's a first year course - Computing for Engineers and Scientists (CES105). EJ is away this week so I took over her lecture - guest lecturer. Haha!!

It went pretty alright. Spent n hours to prepare just to make sure I know what I'm really talking about.... :b

Sunday, August 28, 2005

100 Gmail invitations

100 Gmail invitations
Gmail invitations increase to 100/day!! They really want to grow!!

Have you try out Google Talk?
I think it still needs a lot of work to make it comparable to MSN Messager.
However, no harm trying it out!

Dinner and Games @ Adam's place



Jason made Roast pork, Adam made an entree tart, grilled chicken wings & Souffle, I made Luohan vegetarian dish(罗汉斋). Angie and Chris brought a truckload of games.

So we all ate, so tasty the food!
And we all played games, so much fun!
Somehow I won the first 3 games (Blokus, Bang!, and Set) playing it the first time. Cool! Luck was with me. :)
Then We played Carcassonne and back to Bang!

What a fun night!! Thanks everyone who came.

More photos here

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


PSA pizza party @ UniClub

Sunday, August 21, 2005

I love Salmon

My housemate bought some salmon 'leftover' back. It's the leftover of the fillet I think, consists of head, tail, bone and skin. it's $4 for the leftover of one whole salmon!! So cheap!

So we grilled the lot except the skin, which was fried. So good!! Yum...

The Elegant Universe - String Theory

Stumbled upon this website that has 3-hour science videos -
Eleven dimensions, parallel universes, a world made out of vibrating energies call strings - The string theory that amins to unify Gravity and Quantum physics. Interesting!!



The Elegant Universe | Watch the Program

Google Tutor & Firefox Tutor

Google Tutor & Advisor™ Tips, Techniques and Advice for Google Users
http://www.googletutor.com


Firefox™ Tutor - Firefox Help and Tips
http://www.firefoxtutor.com

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Funny Karate Master

Something that's similar to the legendary Matrix pingpong. Stupid but funny.

Compfused.com - Karate Master

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Monday, August 15, 2005

Rottness 2005 - CSSE Research Conference

The School conference is again here. It used to be a biannual event before I joint the school. Then it become 1.5 year between 12th and 13th conference. This year the 14th CSSE conference is only a year after the last one. If this rate continues, then the next one will be in half a year's time, then 0. ???

Date: 20-21 September 2005
Venue: Rottnest Lodge, Rottnest Island
Titles and Keywords by 8 August to Lyndon While
Draft Papers by 12 August to supervisor(s)
Final Paper by 26 August via online submission
Registrations by 1 September to Jeffrey Pollard

Rottness 2005

Friday, August 12, 2005

DICTA paper submitted

My first conference paper submitted.
I've been awake for 36 hours working on the last bit. Now I'm on the verge of hallucination.. Haha!!

I'm glad I worked that paper out. Hope I'll get in.
Thanks everyone who helped me on the way.

DICTA final draft done!

After a whole night of brain drain, now the paper is coming in shape.
Dead tired now.

Nap for 1 hour and I'll be off to tute and lab from 10am-1pm.
Today is going to be interesting.

Tonight I will sleep. :)

Toy block balancing and falling games


Jason, Adam and me was bored after dinner. So we started playing the toy blocks. Some good critically-balanced structures were made and destruction shots taken.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

LiangLiang left Perth

A good 10 days holidays had come to an end. LiangLiang left this afternoon back to Malaysia. [sad violin playing in the background]

It was a great holiday. We went downsouth for the first 5 days and hanged around Perth afterwards. Sampled some good food, caught up with friends, took lots of photos & videos.

I'm back into writing paper mode to catch up the work so that I can put a paper into DICTA by this Friday. So after that, I shall post some photos up here.

Monday, August 01, 2005

DICTA2005 Paper deadline extended

DICTA2005 Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications

Full Paper Submission August 12, 2005

Ah!!! Deadline extended... It's kind of like a tradition already that the deadline gets extended for a week but it's not official. Well, it's welcoming that it's extended, I got a second chance. And it's 12 days instead of a week this time.

Last minute Visa glitch Resolved

Good news! Somehow, Liangliang's visa to Australia got the approval needed this morning. I got an SMS at 08:58:10 saying I'm coming! :). Still waiting for the story to unfold...

Anyway, however she did it, I'm happy that she'll get here today. :D

We'll be going downsouth for several days. Expect lots of photos and fun when we're back here. :)

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Last minute Visa glitch

Bad news! Somehow, Liangliang's visa to Australia doesn't get an instant approval through the online application. This means that she'll need to contact the Australia embassy in Malaysia to sort it out with the officers there.
The flight is on Monday morning. And the embassy is closed during weekends. Time will be extremely tight on Monday. Hope it'll work out fine and she can get on the flight on time. Fingers crossed.

Good things take challenges to realise.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Changing Firefox Cache location

Firefox cache keeps eating up my profile space. It's very annoying to see this:


So I searched and found a fix on Freeware Forum > Firefox Cache:

* Open Firefox
* In the location bar, type about:config and hit enter
* Right-click in the white-space, and choose New->String. Enter the name browser.cache.disk.parent_directory and click ok.
* In the next box, enter the full patch to the directory you want to store your cache in. I used E:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\
* Close Firefox.
* Delete your old cache directories in
C:\Documents and Settings\%username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\%randomNum.default\
* Restart Firefox. It will create the directory specified above, if it doesn't already exist.

This same technique can be used to move your cache to a larger or faster disk."

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That's not it, the history.dat is huge as well. So I searched again and found out a way to move the whole profile. Well, not actually moving but create a new one at a new location and copy the old data over.

First close all FireFox browser windows. Then go Start>Run and type in the following (or the path to where you have FireFox installed).
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -P
This will let you create a new Profile without destroying the old one.

Thanks to FastEddie's post at broadbandreports.com.

It works generally, except for some extensions like googlebar, it can't find some elements. I'll worry about that later...

Toy blocks fun

toy blocks
If you ever wonder what we PhD students do in labs, here's one of our crazy/silly activities.
Shih Ching digged out some toys from our vision research old-junk cupboard and we just instantly have our age -20. I played for a little while, went out, came back and saw this nice setup left on the table. Can't help but to document it. Pretty good eh?

The NEP in the Islamic perspective

I got an email with a WORD attachment. Read it, searched the web and found the source, posted in April here:

Malaysia Today: MT-MMblues: The NEP in the Islamic perspective

Fellow Malaysians, some food for thoughts.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Wow! Certificate!

It's great to know that the computer is doing work when you're not working on it! This probably explains why I have this protein folding stuff on my computer.

My computer finished the first small piece in 2 days. And on the website, it generates certificate. Pretty cool!

This certifies that wongt has folded 1 workunit

Bored in Lab

Well, this is the first week of teaching in Computing for Engineers and Scientists (CES105). I had a tute at 10am and lab from 11am-1pm.
The lab is really simple this week, just log on and getting familiar with the Linux environment and firing up Matlab. Several students has problems with account not available due to late enrolment.

Quite a lot of them wants to change their password. I couldn't remember the passwd command, tried with chpw, pwchange, etc. =.=!
Then a student pointed out that it can be done under Redhat > ControlCenter > Security&Privacy > Password&UserAccount > ChangePassword. And somehow one student can't change it until he changed the new password to have a leading uppercase?! Finally a student pointed out the passwd command and it's like a lightbulb lit up in my brain. Haha! :)

By 12pm, half the lab is empty. Now 12:30pm, I'm dead bored. There are still 3 students working on next week lab (probably already finished) and they don't want any help. So, here I am, blogging in the lab. :P

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Interactive DOM scripting

The source of previous post is actually from
Interactive DOM scripting.
Heaps of stuffs. It's under 2D > lately.

It's important to acknowledge the source.

Le squelette danse... Chez Maya !


Cool! shake the skeleton!!
It must have some code running, Firefox doesn't show it properly...
Have to use the unsafe IE.
Anyway, enjoy.

Le squelette danse... Chez Maya !

Greenpeace T-shirt arrived


Greenpeace T-shirt arrived this morning. Pretty cool! Click here for where it comes from.

However, they run out of size M and gave me a size L... See here and help me decide if I should wear it. Click here to let me know if it fits you better.

Money comes, money goes!

Part 1:

Monday night I got several missed call and SMS asking me whether I'd reach Margaret River accommodation that night. I was wondering what's going on!! Then I went to check the internet booking I made with that place for next week. To my astonishment, it showed that I actually booked it to be Monday night!!!
So I SMS back and forth with the manager and told her I had no idea how it turned out like that and I was very sorry to had her waiting for me. I also begged her not to charge me a big fee for that... But eventually she said it was my fault and too bad, I got my deposit forfeited! $33 flushed down the toilet!
Well, it was my fault but I really didn't remember anything wrong about the date when I booked. Well, maybe I rolled the scrollwheel right after I chose the date? I don't know.

Anyway, the next day I called her again as requested to make the booking on the right date. No drama, just made sure the date was right and that was it.

At night when I checked my email, the manager wrote "Great news! I was able to transfer your deposit to the new booking! You don't have to eat bread and water." I guessed my sincerity works. I was so very happy! It's like striking a $33 lottery! :D


Part 2:

Today, bad luck stroke on me. I parked my car in front of my carport on Monday because my housemate took the place in the carport already. There are always cars parking in front of the carports although there's a no parking sign on the footpath in front of the carport. So I thought it's not right to park there, but my housemate hasn't got a parking lot and other tenants always park like that... (bad bad bad assumption)

And it turns out that it's ok to park in front of the carport as long as it's not on the footpath!! So I got a $80 parking infringement!!
Sad sad sad! I try all my life not to break laws and ... (sigh)
What's "better" is that one of my housemate told me "Oh, I saw you parked there, but I thought you know, so I didn't tell you."
=.=!!!

It really took me many deep breaths to get over this. Haven't had this kind of emotional challenge for a long while... Eventually, it took me about half an hour to be alright with this event.

But to be frank, I really didn't know about the footpath thing. Or didn't paid attention I think... I've actually park there like that for many times but just nothing happened. So I guess I deserved this, and it's probably a late one already.

Right after that, I was shouting:

This is an era of information, knowledge is money, and the lack of it, costs!"

However again, I went to the website of City of Subiaco and found out that there is a Subiaco Photographic Awards. Took notes on that. I might put something in if I have any by that time...
So as the Chinese saying goes:
塞翁失马 焉知非福
A seemingly good thing may not lead to goodness, and a seemingly bad thing may bring new openings for goodness to come.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

MeiLin & LiangCai are getting married!!

My two high school seniors are getting married!
I'm so happy!!

Beautiful wedding photos


Chinese version of the post here.

Folding@Home Distributed Computing

Have a computer?
Love giving?
Love to be a part of science advancement?
But don't want to forge out $$$?

Here's a great opportunity, Standford University has a distributed computing project which studies protein folding here:
Folding@Home Distributed Computing

Just go there and download and run the client software. It'll only run when your computer is idle.
And it has a cool visualisation of the protein that can be used as screensaver... :D

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

This is a no life week

I'm writing a paper for DICTA conference this year. Deadline is 31st July which is this coming Sunday. This is a no life week.

.......

Wish me luck. Give me mental support. Need them all to get this done!
=.=

Sunday, July 24, 2005

What the Bleep do we know?

A good movie/documentary I recently watched, the name is "What the Bleep do we know?"

Using quantom physics to explain thoughts and emotion. It challanges the relationship between our state of mind and the material reality.

Can the state of mind affect the material reality?
Is the material reality the same before and after it's observed? Or do us, the observers, have any influence over the state the material reality turns out?


Check here for more information:
http://www.whatthebleep.com/

It's well worth to watch!

My first photography acknowledgement

My photo of the Pinnacle was selected in the 2005 July issue of Greenpeace's Making Waves newsletter.


TzuYen Wong - The Pinnacle
© T.Wong

Happy!! :D
Still waiting for the reward T-shirt to come... :)