Thursday, August 29, 2013

Buffetting : In the Midst

I find myself unbelievable doing this right now.

In the midst of trying to find time to post about the rest of the Chiang Mai trip, juggling my driver duties, dealing with new semester, sorting the issues within the Dogathon event, not to mention another potluck this Saturday; I found time to wish T.

T's got a semifinals(Pete knows why they use this term. It's test 2 here in Malaysia) on Saturday, a 31st August imagine that, and well, I'd figure something like this would be some sort of motivatoin

I guess all these little things are part of everyone's love life.

Still feels like a dream.

Now lets try getting the mood to post about the rest of Chiang Mai.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Buffetting : Those words

"I love you because you are you."

I don't think I can sleep tonight, T.

No one have ever uttered those words before, not even my family.

Thanks for making me feeling so special.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Buffetting : 4th IVSA Asia Conference, Chiang Mai

So this was really spontaneous decision with me, Gummi bear, Bimbo and her copy FabP we had in the faculty. Within minutes we got our tickets and approvals, and here we come Thailand!

            The first night on the 9th was really brief because the welcoming dinner started 6pm after our Chiang Mai University (CMU) hosts picked us up from the airport. The dinner ended at about 10pm when we were sent back to our hotel, Chateau Chiang Mai in the disco lit double decker. I got to know Bum, Meow, Pare, Ong, and Numphung who were hosting my table.

The 4 of us spent our night color coding as well as panicking over our plans post conference period, which we didn't manage to have any outcome. Oh well, we were THAT excited.
Exclusive view on Chiang Mai Airport. What more you can ask for ait?

It's nice to know that Thais actually have given names and nick names, the latter which are made easier for them to be addressed. Some would have meaning while some are just short forms of the original name. Nicknames with meaning would like : Numphung meaning honey; Fah meaning sky; Fon meaning rain.

              The 2nd day on the 10th was spent mostly indoor with ice-breaking games and lecture topics. The topic was quite interesting because the whole conference was about joining the ideas of Asian countries in solving veterinary, or even fields which integrates with the field such as law, human medicine, humanities as well as environmental studies. The topic of the day was on rabies, something which vet students from South East Asia would be more familiar with.

The concept of one world, one health emphasizes on how people from different discipline and background come together in solving a problem. With globalization at its rise, we can't really spend our time dabbling only in our grounds, while there are resources out there which can fit into our shoes in bringing us more miles further. In solving rabies, disciplines from veterinary, human medicine, public relationship, legislative and even environmental backgrounds play huge and very important roles. From the discussion of the whole day, I've finally understood that integration is really the key to one health concept.

We took a short trip around the vet faculty of CMU, a place which I found out how inferior I am:

1- I am not required to know to ride a military horse, the CMU students do.
2- I am not required to know how to deal with a horse in a stable, including cleaning it since year one, they do.
3- I have really limited skills possessed. Next sem is a skill drill semester.

Their vet fac is surrounded by a dazzling mass of greenery, with a hill just right behind them, just like the universities you see on TV. UPM is really nice, but CMU brought it up into a whole new level.

The night was spent in the night safari restaurant, which the restaurant in enclosed within animal enclosures. Something which I don't really agree to, unless they feed the animals before the humans' food is served, because of the emotional stress issue. And the tigers looked really emaciated.

I couldn't take part on the post-dinner bazaar walk because I was almost passing out from the headache and sickness I infected latent-ly from my father. I spent my night in the hotel room recuperating and, Candy Crushing hahaha.

                 The 3rd day on the 11th, we spent our day in the Thai Elephant Conservation Center(TECC), a forest region near Chiang Mai city. About half an hour ride from the main city if my memory doesn't fail me. The whole day trip was meant for us to discover and understand the whole mechanism of the center, how it works, the units, the role of veterinarians, the role of the center, their husbandry and policies. 

It's a great place to be when people go to Chiang Mai, because there are plenty of matters revolving elephants installed here. The first place we headed was the elephant hospital, in which the veterinarian on duty, also the director of the center,Dr Sittidet showed us some cases of the elephants injured brought into the custody of the center.

One of them had a shot wound because it had to be taken down for its annual musth in the forest. Another one had skin lesions which are caused by attacks and restrains of illegal poachers. The hospital is mainly attraction for the veterinarians and biologists, but tourists ought to take a good look on how veterinarians play their roles in sustaining the animal biodiversity. 

Another attraction in the center was the elephant show, spanning over 40 minutes with elephants showing different tricks. Nothing new, what the 4 Malaysians(US) really were doing was asking intensely about the animal welfare of the elephants when they are being trained.

Apparently they use the carrot and stick method to train them, so I guess(I sure hope) there is minimal stress upon the elephants during training. They do offer elephant back riding too, but I sat the session out with Bimbo instead because we simply don't really like the idea. We ended up having sisterly chats as well as snapping shots for Gummi bear and FabP.

The evening was indeed awesome. We were told to get our traditional clothes ready, which I got my SamFoo from Pasar Seni so I can wear them in future international occasions; while we get to enjoy a whole heaps of other clothes from other countries, including 20 stunning Yukata and one funky Junpei from Japan; the only Hanbuk from South Korea, Kebaya and Baju Kurung from Indonesia and Malaysia; Cheong Sam from Taiwan; and well, civilian clothing from the rest of the crowd.

We were hosted through a traditional Lanna-dinner, or also known as the Northern Thailand style dinner known as the Khantoke Dinner. I'm very impressed with the ability of the faculty to pull off this dinner for 80 participants with the good food, as well as good entertainment. 

Along the serving of khantoke dishes, there were several different Thai traditional dances and rhythmic performances shown in front of us. Even the native Thais, are still very intrigued and blown away by the performances held that night. 

Before we ended our dinner with Disco moment, we had a short lantern releasing session with the local Thai students. It was held because the CMU students wish to have us to remember the Lanna traditions, including the releasing of Khom tue with respect to Yi Peng.

This is the interesting part, apparently T noticed me during this session when I barged into the circle to join Bimbo and FabP. I was quite surprised when T told me this, simply because I felt hideous and extremely unattractive the whole night, especially that moment.

 I guess my SamFoo really did the trick.

We ended with Disco dances and several pictures, while I went back to the hotel getting acquainted with the Taiwanese vet students. 

The last day on 12th August, we had our last lecture session on One World One Health again, but this time on the issue of elephants. How are we going to solve the problems to co-exist with the elephants, when the population shrinks while they continue harm us in ways we can never think of. I liked this session because I get to see how the policies of different countries had in dealing with their wildlife, even with companion animals. In South Korea, it was mandated for all cats and dogs to be microchipped so the strays can be controlled in the minimal. Sweet right?

The half day session ended with a simple closing ceremony and plenty of picture snapping; and lo and behold; apparently I'm the only one in the whole room having birthday on 12th of August! 

12ians of August rock like that baby!

To my surprise, it was also Mother's day in Thailand, for their Queen shares the same birthday, and it was also a holiday! Wow, I feel like I'm in a whole new league in Thailand. I should call it my 3rd home, or did it become 2nd now?

The committee was really sweet and they got me a 2 pound birthday cake, with relation to our future profession as veterinarian; the cake's design was supppperr cute even the Japanese couldn't take it!!!!!!
I was really touched and happy. It shows the commitment and how genuine the Exchange officer and the committee is in organizing this conference. IF the next conference were to be held by Malaysia chapter, I feel super stressed out now!

The conference ended but our trip did not. We extended our stay till 16th, which I think I should save it for another post.

One of my FAVORITE shots*hint hint*

That night, T texted me for the first time. I didn't notice anything that night though.

On the side note, it is kind of official...? I mean, its through messaging and all you know how complicated things can get. But at least I know this is mutual, because I'm T's gorilla and T's my bear now. 

We had this chat when I was asking if T met someone new from the conference T had today, and T asked if I were jealous. 

T: Are you jealous?

Me: NO(a big fat YES), because I know where your heart belongs

T: Who is it?

Me:(Direct hit? No, its so not me) I think I know, but I'm not really sure...

T: I think you are absolutely right.

Me: (Like seriously you read my mind?) How do you know who am I thinking?

T: I don't know. Why don't you tell me?

Me: (SERIOUSLY??!!!) Well... (I struggled like nuts)

T: If you don't wanna answer the question, I won't ask you. (with a crying sticker)

Me: I want to answer!!!!!!!  But I'm scared! You want to answer for me?

T: *Love letter , love hug and kiss sticker*

Me: (Oemm GEE is this for real?) So I'm your gorilla, and you are my bear?

T: My gorilla is really warm and understanding.

Well, I guess that's enough. We have much to keep to ourselves.

I really hope this goes really well though! I'm looking forward in knowing more about T, and exploring both of ourselves for each other. I've been believing that, I would meet someone, some day, without the need to explore into dark lights and smoke smothering alcoholic venues; but just as two person who connects and really wish to spend the rest of their lives together.

I wonder how far we can make it.

Dreaming about T again tonight.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Buffetting : 1 week with T

It has been one week since T has started engaging with me, from the conference.

Great, I have yet to post about the 4th IVSA Asian Conference had I?

With busy family commitments, driver duties, and spending time (like all of it) with T; I guess posting about the experience will probably have to wait.

I'd promise I will post about it, it was where I got to meet T anyway.

We are still texting, that's for sure. 3 hours flight from each other, its like the only mean we have contacting each other.

Just 10 minutes ago, T was asking about a status I posted on the social media.

He asked, who is the "you" I have mentioned.

I was trying to be discreet and all, but hinting T by printing T's name in capslock.

T didn't exactly get it, when the conversation goes like this:

T: Who is the "you" in the status?

Tempus: Who do you think, CAPSLOCK NAME

T: I think its someone you miss a lot.

Tempus: Yes T. I miss meeting this person everyday face to face. Do you have someone you miss?

T: Yes I have.

Tempus: And who would that be?

T: I think you know my answer.

Tempus: Do yo know my answer?

T: Yes.

Green light? Yes, no? T did mention that knowing this person more will make T sure of whether this person is the person T has been looking for.

I mean, we do stuffs like, posting our meals for each other to see if we are actually eating, posting pictures of our daily lives like T in the field and me in the badminton court, T in lecture while me busy driving the sister around.

I guess we both needed more assurance, and hell I'd wish I can be assured, and be T's assurance.

I guess time would be our best aid as of now.

Will be dreaming about T tonight~

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Buffetting : Promise

T and I have a promise now.

The next time I meet T, I would play the saxophone; and T would be singing the song I'm playing to me.

And the song, well, the MV speaks a million words.

Which song? Hmm, I wonder if I even should post it here.

As of now, I'm pretty sure its like, we are "Doing this" kind of thing, but we aren't EXACTLY yet?

But deep down inside I do ask myself, what does T really sees in me?

Would this be, just a surge like Bimbo had with her other copy in Chiang Mai, or would it be, for real good?


Friday, August 16, 2013

Buffetting : Just Spill It!

When a person gets connected with you, like 12 hours of the time in the day, and you do it at the same time, it CAN be concluded that there's a chemistry there right?

Chiang Mai has been great, but I'll save the post on the conference experience for next post.

What I'm really confused now is, that this person, let's give the name T.

T has been really persistent, and I'm pretty receptive too. T is really warm, kind, and definitely someone worth looking up to.

The texts every night, and me staying up for T, T staying up for me, constantly wishing to talk to each other, we do have the connection, am I wrong?

What is confusing me is the questions T ask all the time, it's as if there's someone else out there, but at the same time, I feel like T is referring to me and me having a chance of go at this relationship!

Really T, am I just another person you confide in, or do we get a chance at this?

This is interesting, and definitely is making me crazy.

Sign of right person: being illogical.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Buffetting : Revisiting Numerology

So the seminar for numerology is back in town while the parents headed for the seminar.

Apparently everyone has a life number, and anyone who was born on that date has that particular number, which leads to particular traits.

So here are something(s) the numerology speaker guaranteed to my parents via their calculation findings about me:

1- I will earn big bucks in the legislative field.
Hinting I should totally venture into law because of my flair for arguments and twisted facts. My mom even hinted me to take up part-time or full time law once I'm done with my veterinary studies. Like SERIOUSLY. To HER surprise, I expressed my affinity for that particular region, because of the fact that it speaks of arguments. In my veterinary students, we do have a subject named Veterinary Ethics and Jurisprudence. A subject which I totally aced and performed, simply because I can see the arguments and the loopholes of the laws when we do case studies, in veterinary aspects of course. The lecturer which everyone hated became my idol while I was the only one getting a HD from his assignment. Well, you get the drill. But, part-time law? Hmmmmmmmmmm

2-I am a womanizer/manizer.
Wait WHAT??!!! Hello, I'm like the last person in the house possibly, to get a date; or to get laid; where the hell did that come from? I knew people from my school with same birthdates as I do, and what, they all are prone to this?? Apparently education might change this, but seriously?

3-I am a sissy.
Well, what's new right? I'm too big and large now I have to be sissy. I can't exactly suave and be "masculine" or I probably scare people off. I'm like a stuck between, I'm too manly to be a full sissy and I'm too sissy to be a full man. Wait, that makes everyone with the same birthdate as I do, that too. Now this is confusing.

While I am a firm believer at some point on numerology, some facts are WAY too twisted for me to take in. Like really, a womanizer? I'm a freakin Leo. That makes all Leo in 1991 with my birthday the same.

On the side note, hitting Chiang Mai tomorrow for the IVSA Asia Conference for about a week's time. So there's another hiatus!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Buffetting : Never Alone..?

I was running across the co-director's post until this caught my attention:


Like, is that supposed to be a joke or something to take seriously?

If I'd have Demodex I'd probably need to be MORE alone than being accompanied by the parasite.

Sometimes, one can be really alone, when there's no one to confide into.

Of course some would argue about the presence of the social media and all.

But really, how many do you have that one or two or few person you can really tell em all?

Frankly, I'm not too sure. Tell em all doesn't seemed to work for everyone, when everyone doesn't wish to tell em all either.


Buffetting : Heredity

Some of us take after our parents in some instance:

1- My brother takes after my dad's athletic skills as well as the pranks and "pattern" they pull off all the time.
2- My elder sister takes after my mom's skills in managing, some matters including the whole company.
3- My younger sister takes after my mom's looks and my dad's athletic skills, putting her a good looker and a great sportswomen.

Yes, here comes the nag, apparently I inherited the most unapparent ones, more like unnecessarily apparent.

I take after my mom's rage, my dad's stubbornness and bluntness, my great-grandfather's unusually huge physique.

Apart from these, I don't seemed to have much of a connection of my lineage. People out there walk into our house saying they see my parents in each and everyone one of my siblings, except for me.

I wonder what I'd really inherited from my lineage.