Friday, July 26, 2013

Buffetting : Post-Practical Break

That was a long hiatus! Almost 3 weeks from my last post, man I'm pretty sure every netizens out there think I'm already dead.

Well, the practical probably tells me one thing:

Farm might not be at my top priority list.

As eager as I am, being the TYPICAL CITY BOY has took its toll on me and my attachment towards the Klang Valley.

The next point being,until the government decides to change its policy on the dairy industry, the practical has also shown me that without a decent connection with politicians or what not you will probably need like Lim Goh Tong's fortune to begin a successful industry.

And definitely NOT in Klang Valley.

With the past experiences in the school politics, I've made promise to myself so as I wouldn't be part of any politics as possible; for more time I can spend with other stuffs I care more.

Updates tonight; after my week break its FULL THROTTLE work out before I hit Chiang Mai

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Buffetting : Farm vs City

I’ve always thought stepping into the veterinary medicine field would deem a path for me to get closer to nature, definitely more than human medicine. However, trying to balance between my daily non-vet life and vet life have made me think even deeper on what I really wish to go about in the future.

Veterinary medicine is interesting in which it allows a wide array of career outcome; from small animal medicine, pharmaceuticals, public health, consumer food health, animal production, wildlife to turf clubs; there’s just so many to choose. I’ve always wanted to venture into animal production because of my body size advantages, in which putting them to good use in restraining animals and driving a healthy production really brings back lucrative returns.

So the struggles. What are they exactly?

1- Farm setting. Being in farms means being away from the city, away from the luxurious settings and definitely the urban setting I have always been in. Of course, travelling is still possible, but the best way and best practice to sustain a healthy farm medicine practice is to stay in-farm; maintaining its biosecurity, as well as the 24 emergency calling thing. It means if I’ve decided to stay with animal production and farming, it would take away my work out facilities and the only thing I have with me is probably jogging around the farm or lifting weights in my dorm. Something which I think I wouldn’t like since I enjoy Body Combat and Body Pump a lot. Let’s not begin with the family and friends issues, though I seldom face even as of now.

2- The Industry. Stepping into poultry and porcine industry before my selected industry, dairy has been challenging mentally. The returns are indeed lucrative due to the underdeveloped dairy industry in our country. With bribing ministers to stressful climate lowering the productivity of the cows, dairy industry seemed to be bleak to be ventured into. Now, the question is, do I stick to my passion of dairy industry, or do I venture into newer industries for funding first? Another dilemma would be my reduce-killing issue. I’m trying my best to not break the 1st precept in my Dhamma teaching, which is to refrain from killing. Although unwanted male cattles are being culled since they are not exactly the wanted resources in dairy; parts and comparison to poultry and swine, dairy still stands a lower tendency and percentile in killing in my opinion. Swaying to poultry or swine would really defeat my purpose and aim at the first place to stick with the dairy ruminant industry.

There are more struggles but I have yet to put them into concrete ideas and considerations. I will need more time on that. One would ask me to allow more time for myself to know more about the profession and industry, but I’m trying my best to set an aim instead of JUST following the course of time till I have graduated. I might not have the best final year project by then.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Buffetting : Typical City Boy

So it came till the first day of the porcine farm practical in the deep vegetations of Siputeh, Perak. The supposingly-Thai vet turned out to be an Indian, and here goes the ice-breaking session. When it became my turn, I blurted out “Subang”. “Oh, a typical KL boy arh?” was reciprocated while the party burst out into laughter. The vet claimed he was right when he heard others laughing.

So and so, me being the neurotic me started questioning the others on why am I being labeled at the “Typical City Boy”. Apparently I’m being categorized, along with the other Klang Valley region born course mates, as typical city dwellers, with the common denominators of:

1-Dramatic. Yes, apparently we are all good enough to host a stage play with theatrical dramatic effects. We laugh and burst into different spectrums of emotions in instant while all other Vetsouls can’t. Hmm, I really wonder.

2- English. Yes, apparently we are all well-English educated with the ability to baffle others with our extraordinary flair for the language. We are able convey fluently and switching between Mandarin and English is a finger tipping task. Like Heat from Klang can’t do that.

3- Rightists. Yes, apparently we all stand up for our rights out and loud with some consideration of consequences; we just stand up. I’m not too sure if that’s a typical city dweller’s ability; what happened to the myth of almost 80% of the population of youngsters today can’t speak and communicate well? Do we, the only few of us make up the 100% of the Klang Valley youth’s population.

Damn, and this bugged till now. With raging hormones and constant struggle with my inner emotions, the last thing I need is being labeled as a typical city boy. So what are your definitions of Typical City Boy?