Saturday, October 18, 2014

Buffetting : APVC Bangkok 2014

Finally back from the long hiatus!

Just for the continuity from the previous post on my grades, thank goodness one of them was a barely safe A. Another subject probably wouldn't too nice to me.

I probably wouldn't strangle myself if I hadn't apply for the Asia Pacific Veterinary Conference 2014 in BITEC, Bangkok last October!

The whole batch wanted to go at first, but after all the deliberation and stuffs, it boiled down to only 11 of us going for the conference.

My intentions for the conference originally were to learn more on large animal, make connections as well as get insights of my future career path. Yet, the conference geared more towards small animal practice; something which I don't mind learning at all though it isn't in the top of the list.

Back to the conference, it was held 3 days in BITEC, a very strategically placed trade center about 15 to 20 kilometers away from the city center.

Our stay was in a pretty budgeted hotel around BITEC named Avana Bangkok for a stay of about RM80 for a king size bed for 3 person wasn't that bad.

The promotion we took named Trendy room was located in the new building of the hotel, probably for more economical budgets compared to the old building which is obviously more posh and well furbished. But, our room was pretty comfy for 4 nights stay with minimal hassle. Good bed, TV, pretty decent toilet even a tub, complimentary bottles of water everyday; its a good deal to have 3 person sharing the room.

I spoke Thai throughout the stay in the hotel and to everyone else's delight I'd actually understood almost 90% of the conversation between the staffs in the hotel and transactions were smooth. The staffs in Avana Bangkok were also extremely helpful and nice throughout our stay. The only downside was wifi wasn't complimentary and you need to pay for it. It ought to be better to get broadband services for a cheap RM7 from the nearest 7-11 for 1GB.

BITEC is about a 3 minutes taxi drive from Avana Bangkok, making the hotel one of the best hotels in terms of distance to BITEC. Taxi services are really fast and safe here, and it really only take about RM4 just to get from the hotel to BITEC. If I were to come to BITEC again, I'd probably still go for this hotel.

The first day in the conference was pretty cool because you get to see people from all over the places. The speakers in the conference were almost, if not all Americans from the North America Veterinary Council. The talks spanned from orthopaedics, nephrology, emergency care, clinical pathology, soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, neurology, infectious disease, internal medicine, and feline medicine. The catch of the conference is the topics in a day for one subject links from one lecture to another. To get the most of it, the best thing is to go for all the lectures under the same subject for that day; which was what I did.

I couldn't appreciate the other subjects, hence I went for nephrology, cardiology, emergency medicine as well as a small session on internal medicine. I personally adored all the speakers of the subjects I have attended , and they are probably the reason I could stay in the talk for the whole day 9am to 4pm.

The conference was extremely useful even for veterinary student like us because the lecturers were concise and pretty basic. It is probably like a refresh for all the veterinarians attended, as well as a little bit more on the new approaches in handling cases and discussions. It was fun looking at how the veterinarians discuss their cases and views in the end of each talk with the questions flying across the halls; someday when I'm good enough I would probably do the same as well.

For 3 days, the lectures were conducted in the day. And I have definitely exposed more on the field of small animal; or rather companion animals. It is not a bad field, but I'm not too certain if I'm the type which stays in the hospital one whole day. Maybe a mixed-practice veterinarian will suit me better? Going to the conference is like entering a national scale of a veterinary faculty; and almost everyone knows everyone around there because the veterinary circle is just so small! So small till the point that every little mistake can be noted by everyone in the field too.

The best part of the conference is, we are paying the price at RM300 as veterinary students, while the working veterinarians are paying RM3000! It was a 90% discount for us, with access to all the facilities available under APVC 2014. The 2nd best part of the conference was probably the food! World class standard food for lunch every afternoon, man I gained like 5 kg when I'm back from the conference from the good food.

The good food doesn't end in the lunch because we too had great food at night.

On the first night we've decided not to be too adventurous because we barely had time and we wanted somewhere close. We went for the nearest 7-11 for good ol' Chareon Porkphand on the go food. Not much pictures here, but I definitely love Thailand's 7-11 1000times more than Malaysia's.

The second night we've decided to be a little more adventurous, but time caught us in our back because we were taking too much time resting after walking back from BITEC. We went to a close stop taking taxi, namely Central Bang Na for a food court experience. The food was so so, not very cheap but we had an okay meal. We were baffled when we found out there were street food vendors right beside of the mall when it closed at 10.30pm!




Grilled seafood, padthai, friend insects, som dtam and grilled pork were the main attraction in this area. The seafood was great because of the chilli and spice sauce which goes with it, and the grilled pork was downright juicy and breathtakingly good. We stooped by 7-11 nearby again before we walked back to the hotel, with some little pups feeding along the way.

The 3rd night was probably the best because we've finally decided to try our luck on the BTS from the Bang Na station. We didn't know where to go until the senior we met in the conference suggested that we head to the Victory Monument for the famous Thai boat noodle. We took our chances, and heck we totally loved the experience there. The BTS sky train in Bangkok is extremely efficient, similar to the LRT in Malaysia. It connects the central of Bangkok to a little bit further in the outskirts of Bangkok, far enough to the BITEC station to our glee. The map of the BTS probably will show where you need to board and get off to the places you wish to go.




BTS was a little costly from station to station, and for station hopping the unlimited pass would probably be better; but since we are only there for a week, pay per ride is probably a much wiser thing to do. Although the taxi can be cheaper, BTS skips all the jam and saves you all the time. We probably only waited tops 3 minutes for all our rides on BTS. Thumbs up for the services of BTS.

Victory monument is an area not only for tourist but for the locals as well. The place there is famous for their boat noodles, in while the noodles are only RM1.20 each but you can finish them in like, seconds. The idea is for you to order more and eat more with less portion in a bowl. There are other side dishes like pork curry, fish curry,sliced beed, and fried pork skin to be ordered for about RM4 to be shared among 5 or 2, and they were really good too. They have several different flavors of boat noodles too, some including tomyam, braised pork, braised beef, braised chicken, spiced chicken, and a few others. I adored the braised series because the broth was yummilicious~~

For every 10 bowls of noodles comes with a complimentary bottle of coke too. Something really cute in this business; I meant the cups. The restaurant had like multiple competitions along the streets, but I guess everyone have their own no.1 in their mind when they step in. The local Thais infested the whole place, and we are probably the really odd aliens around with me as the pseudo-thai speaking to the waiters and boss for order.

The Victory Monument is definitely one of the most bustling areas in town. The density of the people is probably double of that in Kuala Lumpur. In KL, you see more laborers around, and the density is not as packed as it is over here with all the locals. A great area to walk around for cheap stuffs and great food.

The 2nd night didn't end there because the boat noodles didn't exactly quench our hunger. We took another train trip to the Mo Chit station to get down on the mall Terminal 21. Terminal 21 is an extremely chique mall with the idea of an airport; hence the Terminal. Even entry to the mall require the security check and we were required to go through the metal detector.

Every floor has a different theme of destination; spanning from San Francisco to Tokyo, Istanbul to Hollywood; with also a set of security guard uniform and toilet to go with the theme. I wasn't crazy enough to enter all the toilets in every floor to snap pictures, but its definitely a good thing to do with your loved ones if they were to be of same sex; or with a crazy bunch of friends.


My favorite floor is none but the 5th floor- Pier 21. It's remodeled after the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, but it collects all the food in the mall within this floor. There are the usual convention Starbucks, Bubba Gump, Ice Monster and etc; but we were all aiming only for the food court.


The food court collects probably the best and the cheapest food in Bangkok ranging from authentic Thai food and dessert to the typical Mediterranean, Asian and Western mix. We went all bonkers for the Thai food and dessert because they were THAT cheap. RM3.50 for a decent Pad Thai, RM4.9 for a really good Durian Sticky Rice and RM2.00 for a coconut shake about 500ml is definitely cheap in such a posh mall.

Our hunt for food ended in Terminal 21 on the 2nd night, and we headed back to the hotel on BTS and taxi for a good satisfying night sleep.

Our 3rd night was just so so because we had to go to multiple places to get multiple items, especially souvenirs for all the lost souls back in Malaysia. We had time, so we went to Siam Paragon just for a short 30 minutes to see how posh the place is, MBK Center to check out the cheap items; which were not all that cheap after, and the sleazy Patpong Road. 

I enjoyed Patpong road a lot because of the sleazy experience, as well me being so holy to fend my friends from the dealers offering sex shows around the streets. They were all extremely surprised when I spoke Thai and it really stopped them from coming after us. It's even more fun to talk about the people who'd actually pay visits into the bars or the deep rooms upstairs to enjoy those sex shows. It's not like its a crime or what not, but its just something to gossip and laugh over the walk around. 

I will definitely pay a good visit to Siam Paragon again because we really just walked to the Underwater World to see the entrance, and a stroll around the grocery area. That was it. I will want to explore it well, even for window shopping the next time I'm back in Bangkok; which is just really soon. I wouldn't really bother about MBK anymore, because Chatuchak market is much cheaper and better than MBK. It was just an airconditioned Chatuchak with more expensive price.

The last day, just 4 hours before our flight back home we took a short session to Chatuchak Market. Heck I'm definitely coming back here again to get more stuffs. 


This place has everything under THE SUN.


 From souvenirs to everyday domestic use items, from potteries and plants to exotic pets; I've probably seen almost every products to be sold in this market. 

We didn't haggle much in this place because it is already very cheap; what we do was rounding up a better price for the stuffs that we want. Saying so, we have still managed to get what we wanted for much cheaper price compared to the items outside of this market. 

Getting to Chatuchak weekend market is pretty easy. Take the BTS or MRT line to the Mo Chit station, walk along the Chatuchak park and you will see the market around the corner. If you wish to come from the Don Mueang Airport directly, taking the A1 bus for RM2 directly to the BTS Mo Chit station and walk towards the area.


Overall, this trip to Bangkok was extremely fulfilling. It made me loved Thailand so much more, and being an expatriate in this place ain't that bad either. The living condition is probably still fine, but really it has so much to offer. Maybe being a veterinarian here wouldn't earn that much, but I'd probably going for a regional work instead for me to get the best of my vet experience.

APVC Bangkok 2014 was a blast, and heck, I'm dying to go back to Bangkok again to experience the life there better. The next time, for a whopping 28 days!







Thursday, October 9, 2014

Buffetting : Time Mismanagement

I'm pretty sure I screwed up 2 tests.

If I would get an A for pathology it would really be a miracle.

I guess I'm not that good after all.

Juggling social life, club life, academic life, family life and conference life; ain't that easy.

to more time for academic life.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Buffetting : 藕断丝连

当你喜欢一个人,你会想把你看到的奇景第一时间地送给他;第一时间想起他。

After 5 months, I still do think so.

The emotional feelings toned down, same goes to attachment.

But constantly being able to reconnect, and personal messages across the social media still spells:

Reconciliation.

"Anything you draw, I will treasure it"--- T on my scribble of T on the postcard I sent from Sri Lanka.

I wouldn't keep my hopes high. Let's see how far this marathon takes.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Buffetting : Back, maybe later

So I was away for like half of September.

Academics and club committee caught up so I was totally piled with multiple tasks and assignments.

And conference to Bangkok, Thailand.

Plenty to post about, plenty to share, and plenty of pictures.

But at the same time, plenty of fat gained, plenty to lose too.

Back to virology and pathology, just maybe later on the this I will post more.



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Buffetting : T-revisited

So the random ex-stalking took place yesterday.

I was extremely vulnerable at that point, still thinking that we might still have a chance like in the shows.

After being illogical for 30 minutes, I've decide to spend 5 logical minutes to tell myself;

its not going to work. At least not right now.

So we might as well not think about it at all.

An excerpt from a TV show quoted:

感情上,谁认真就是输家--- in relationships, the one who is serious will always be the loser.

I wonder it applied to me. Or should it be games from now on?

On the other hand, I was telling why I am single till today when my parents decided to pay for my brother's girlfriend's family's dinner last night; because I don't need to spend my parent's money on someone else,yet.

While my mom uttered:

偷吃每人知。-- No one know if you were to have one in silence.

I guess it was a bulls eye.

At least it was.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Buffetting : STC Volunteering

The new equestrian club position took its toll on me when I had to at least participate in most events taken in by the club.

The latest one is on the International Horse Show 2014 organized by Selangor Turf Club.

It's a toll, but it's not exactly a problem or anything close to that.

I would love to volunteer in the show, but being the president some how makes it an extra burden.

Even more when you need to live up to the name as the president.

I'm not the best horseman out there, trust me. I barely know the anatomy of the horse except of its limbs and its gut inside. Maybe its reproductive anatomy.

But its temperament, the signs of its lips, its ears, its eyes, its body gesture is still a puzzle for me to be placed into pieces.

The worst is tacking up the horse.

The session began with me doing multiple mistakes.

I don't even remember which side the cloth needs to be. The position of the saddle itself. Heck, which saddle is for dressage, which is for jumping was mind boggling.


Dressage saddles have longer knee roll and deeper seat with lesser cushion and usually is more squarish of the backseat;

while Jumping saddles have shorter knee roll and shallower seat with more cushion, and usually is more circular of the backseat.

There's a multi-purposed seat which is the combination of both: long knee roll as well as a rounded seat.

So yea, I was pretty much screwed.

I wasn't calm enough the horse; constantly making huge movements while the lady who was giving us the training constantly had to remind me.

I really didn't know which part of the girth goes to which nor which holes to fit; or whether the saddle is right size for the horse.

I felt like an idiot in the whole session because I really didn't know about a single shit, while everyone else was hoping that the Mr President would know his stuffs.

And I didn't.

It's a shame.

The other parts of the training went well, but the whole session definitely scarred me a little on, am I capable enough in leading this club?

I'm doing something which I barely know anything about it. Literally. It's something that I've never done before.

And I still have virology and pathology to worry about tomorrow. Great.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Buffetting : Lucky Star

Looks like the table turned around since mid week.

1- Pharmacology lecturer seemed to like me a lot, with me being the first name she call every single lecture. And I like the subject. It's like chemistry all over.

2- Apparently the virology book was returned, and I'm no longer responsible for the lost book. Yay. Thanks random stranger. You could have passed the book back or responded on the vet fac group.

3- Mom somehow agreed to my practical plans, and I get to go to Japan twice next year. February for a conference about 5 days in Osaka and Kyoto; August for a month for lab rotations and visit to Tokyo, and hopefully Hokkaido.

Other subjects are still a little, new. Pathology 2 seemed to be quite dry, but the lecturer somehow managed to crack jokes intermittently.

The week seemed to be better towards the end. I guess its because Monday is packed with extremely lots of subjects.

To a better 2015, I need to work extra hard this semester so I can enjoy the next!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Buffetting : Mishaps

One after another.

Losing a library book on the first day of lecture;
Locked in the toiler and bled on the 2nd day of lecture;

Can I survive the week with all the new subjects?

I better.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Buffetting : Capabilities revisited

Today is probably the last day I'm going to perform nanny duties for my ever growing 2 months old niece.

Yes, I have been busy with these duties for one whole day.

It ain't that hard, because the domestic helper at home knew how to handle babies.

But the niece ain't that hard to take care anyway. The basic baby needs are:

1- Food. As in milk. Every 2 hours. If she is crying every 2 hours its the milk
2- Diapers. Just flip through and if its either dung bomb or pee bomb, change it along with some good baby wipes
3- Sleep. If she cries excessively when you are cradling her, she wants to sleep. But her on the man-made cradle and she will just doze into dreamland
4- Talk. This girl doesn't like it to be too quiet. She wants people to talk to her, all the time. Entertain her until she starts yawning and you will have another peaceful 2 hours.

It can be tiring. Because the intervals are only 2 hours. It's similar to the night patrol in SEATRU of 1 hour intervals, but for a year, everyday? It can be taxing.

If you're asking if I were to be ready as a dad; physically and mentally no. Until I have the time to be up every 2 hours when I work from home yet earn bucks by the hour.

1 week of holiday to bond with her is just nice. The niece now recognizes me and the sister said she is beginning to talk to me, in verbal cues like "ergh, ngeh, hii hii".

I'm the type who is stern to the babies, ideology which my family didn't like. But the niece still listens to me so I guess its fine. I am good with babies after all.

Back to capability, the sister and I talked about my younger brother taking over my duties once I'm back in campus.

"You crazy ar? If I ask him to do work I will vomit blood. Might as well I ask you to do. Mom says so too."

I don't know if its a compliment, or its like they have to get me to do it since there's no one else.

I mean, the younger brother has to take over some day and learn. I can't be standing by 24/7 I need my life too.

But then again, does this revolves around my capabilities, or because I'm just a better handyman than my brother?

Will I miss my niece? Hmm, maybe not. I have the high tendency to move on quickly.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Buffetting : Sri Lanka Experience 102- Temple Run 1.0

We didn't do much on the first day when we reached Stubby's house because it was already pretty late. We had a great Sri Lanka dinner of curry seer fish with spiced rice before we crash into our beds, resting up for the long day tomorrow.

Blazed by the sun rays early morning at 6.30 on the 2nd day, we hopped onto a rented bus by Stubby's dad(omg you have no idea how rich their family is!) and departed for our Buddhist temple run.

Plenty in our group were surprised that Sri Lankans have a strong faith for Buddhism, though I've known it before because the Theravadian Buddhism I studied was pretty much propagated by Sri Lankan monks. 

We stopped by Perera and Sons for a quick breakfast; the name of the place almost tricked us into believing Stubby's family owned the chain!

Our first stop of the day was the Ancient City of Sigiriya in Dambulla, the center of Sri Lanka. 

The most significant landmark of the city is the Lion's Rock; because of its side view which looks like a Lion's head.

The whole place was literally covered with rocks, and the Lion's Rock is pretty much the center piece of everything. 

The tickets were pretty pricey for foreigners; up to a whopping 40USD(RM120) when you pay a visit. But, I would say the ticket was worthwhile for the experience and view.



Engineering students probably would love it here, same goes to architecture students because the layout of the whole kingdom is simply A-mazing! The kingdom garden was surrounded by a moat, similar to the old city of Chiang Mai which served as the first defense for the kingdom. How? They bred crocodiles in those moats to munch on the intruders of the kingdom. Smart much?


The gardens in the kingdom are now deserted, but these squarish holes were actually water dams. As it was the dry season when we were there, the dams weren't filled. As the raining season turns in, these dams will be filled completed with water and you will be able to see multiple ponds around the garden. 


The whole stretch of walkway dragged us across the water garden around the huge piece of land, until we reach another nightmare- staircases. 


Visiting Sigiriya is just stairs and more stairs. You can take your time, but your legs will probably scream the next day because its definitely worse than Batu Caves.

A little history on Sigirya. It began with the establishment of the King Kasyapa's Kingdom, which later on was taken over by a buddhist monastery; yet again taken over by the Kingdom of Kandy later before its abandonment until the 1850s where excavation of the site began. 

There are a few more gardens around the area, but I'd figure the Lion's Paw and the altar are much more interesting than the rest of the architecture around.


You have to admire how successful the kingdom back in 495 CE is able to pull of such majestic establishment and settlement of a kingdom! The stair I was sitting on was made of MARBLE. They had marble stairs in that ages! Imagine how great the kingdom would have flourished if it weren't defeated back then!


Halfway climb up the stairs to the altar, looking back will present you the long stretch of pavement you have strode across to the beginning of the stairs. The massive layout of the water garden was so obvious while the view downwards was simple breathtaking. Who knew Sri Lanka had such a huge piece of jewel sitting right in its center?

As you enter the remnants of the kingdom within the walls of the palace, you will be surrounded with vivid wall drawings of the life back in the days. I guess they didn't have lingerie back then to cover stuffs, but it was vivid enough to show how things were back then.

It's amazing how they could have carved those drawings on these walls, with COLORS on them. What did they use? Pastel? Buncho? You probably wouldn't even knew unless you scrap things off for analysis; which is probably a crime subjected to sentencing in Sri Lanka.


Even within the palace itself, fleets of stairs above ground, there are still dams to store water. King Kasyapa was literally the engineering genius back in his days of reign.



After a good long climb we finally made our way to the Lion's Paw. The carvings were REALLY beautiful, and the paws were surreal! Even Sunway Pyramid had like wrong curves on their sphinx, but King Kasyapa NAILED those paws!

The climb didn't end there, because the real deal comes after climbing the fleet of stainless stell stairs behind me leading to the altar.


As you reached the peak of the Lion's Rock, you will feast your eyes with the panoramic view of the whole Sigiriya. You can literally see ALL areas of the kingdom, while troops of enemies from distance away could be spotted within a stroll around the parameter of the altar! The view up here really reminds me of the Animarium from Power Rangers Wild Force.

It looks like it is barren now because all of the timber built on it back then were destroyed over the years, leaving the bricks and rocks.

The wind up here is also extremely strong, while you really need to be extremely careful of wasp attack because their nest is pretty much inaccessible to humans to rid them off.

Going downwards from the altar was INSANELY scary because of the creaking of the stairs, the wind, and the wasp flying around. We had no problem walking down because we did it in a very synchronized pace or else we would have had panic attack.

Back down around the rest of the kingdom, there are some interesting natural made rock figures like the Cobra Cave:


It's a great place to go, and a MUST go place if you ever visit Sri Lanka. There was a museum in the area introducing the whole kingdom, which I strongly suggest you go before you explore Sigiriya's grounds so you have a rough idea what you need and will see. Photos were restricted in the museum, so I guess that's all for Sigiriya!



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