First 收工酒

Woke up, did some laundry and helped feed the dogs. Dad came home from work with food! I had the Herbal Chicken Rice for brunch before spending most of my day helping dad clean the altar. What I did mostly was polishing the urn and candle holders.

This is a before and after of part of one of the candle holder. Although a little scratched, it looks almost brand new!

These are the polished candle holders! I love how shiny they look. One of the most annoying thing about cleaning candle holders is cleaning off the old wax. At first I tried heating it away. But my dad had a smart technique which is soaking the candle holder parts in hot water then using a paper towel to wipe it clean once the wax has been melted off.

This is a half polished urn! In the yesteryears, my siblings and I used to challenge each other with who can polish the shiniest. However in the recent years, dad’s helping hands have reduced. I always try to help whenever I can cause this year there’s only Jon and I home. And Jon is always (so he says) busy. So yeah.

2 years ago, in 2015, dad got admitted to the hospital a few days before CNY. He couldn’t be home to prepare the altar for CNY so I took charge and did almost everything on my own! I cleaned the altar, changed the fabric and flowers, polished (with the help of Jon I think) and everything in between. I was so proud of myself then.

This morning also, before I started helping dad with the altar, I vacuumed and scrubbed the Latio’s mat. It was quite dirty and I want to clean it thoroughly before the CNY. Tomorrow before heading out I’m gonna vacuum the internal of the car before putting the floor mat and seat mat back in.

Tonight mom, dad and I attended this 收工酒, literally translates as end of work dinner. I guess it’s one of those dinners before CNY. This dinner was organised by the Longivitology community in Bukit Anggerik. My dad is starting to be quite active with the volunteer work there.

I mentioned earlier that my dad got admitted 2 years ago, this longivitology teaching/technique/art (I have no idea how to describe it) helped my dad heal from the blood clot in his brain. He recovered fairly quickly without the need of surgery! Over time dad sort of drag mom and I into this. I’ve learnt it but have not been practising much.

I was initially reluctant to go to this dinner because I didn’t really know anyone there. But turns out the dinner was pretty fun! It’s always fascinating and interesting to listen to older folks or elderly talk and share their stories. Frankly, I enjoyed the dinner. I’m glad my dad talked me into joining him and mom.

I also had my second Yee Sang in 2 days! SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS DISH! And today’s one was so much bigger than yesterday’s. It even has more crunch and not to mention jellyfish and salmon were added too (since today’s meal wasn’t vegetarian)! I wish this dish was served yearly.

I think, if someone opens a place that serves Yee Sang all year round, it would be a hit.

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CNY Reunion Dinner 1.0

I was supposed to follow mom and dad to the market this morning. I woke up at 6 am, brushed my teeth, changes and went back to bed to wait (nap/sleep) for my parents to call me when they wake up. But they left without me. Lol.

I spent most of my day doing the laundry, hanging rounds after rounds of laundry and collecting them whenever they are dry. It was a nice sunny day for laundry today. I also cleaned the ceiling fans downstairs and also put up the curtains in Mel’s room.

When I write it down it doesn’t seem like I’ve done a lot. But when I actually do it, it feels like it takes forever to get done. I’m pretty much solely the extra pair of hands mom and dad have for the CNY preparations. I really need to work more efficiently to get things done.

My family had our early CNY Reunion Dinner with Uncle Jesmond and his family at this vegetarian restaurant called Fan Cai Xiang. Guess what, mom, Jon and I had a McD set meal at around 5 pm so at dinner time we were still stuffed. Awesome mom buys McD meals for her kids. Haha. Thank you mommy.

First dish was Yee Sang, also known as Yu Sheng or Lou Sang or Prosperity Toss in English (by Wikipedia). One of my favourite dish during the CNY season is Yee Sang cause I love the crunch in it. I don’t care if my portion has no salmon, as long as I have a decent amount of crackers in mine, that’s fine with me. Haha.

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This is a vegetarian version of the Yee Sang. Plenty of crunch so I love it! Didn’t take any pictures of the rest of the dishes but all of them tasted good. Fan Cai Xiang is a good place to go if you’re looking for yummy vegetarian food.

After dinner we sat and chatted with pots after pots of Chinese Tea. Haha. When we got home, I helped dad feed the dogs. Here are some photos of Angel and Mireille that I took tonight. Angel is the tiniest and Mireille is the youngest.

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I wanted to keep my shoes that I brought home in boxes. So I opened a box and put it on the floor, and Angel happily jumped in and settle down.

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A photo of Mireille with Angel in the background. It’s so hard to capture animals, especially hyperactive dogs. Haha.

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And here’s out miracle pup, Mireille.

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4 in 1

Didn’t have time to blog daily during the last 4 days! Here’s a quick update.

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I finished all the required pre-hydrolysis characterisation studies for my FYP. Spent most of my day watching Season 4 of Pretty Little Liars. Season 4 is by far the most exciting season of PLL to me. Had McD for dinner. I tried Chicken McDeluxe for the first time and I don’t like it. It’s just like McChicken with cheese and tomato.

Also watched Sausage Party with WC. It was a very vulgar animation. Lol. But it was fun and interesting to watch. The villain was a douche. Initially both of us didn’t know what I douche was. All I know about douche is that sometimes people call some other people douchebag cause they are an arse or mean.

But the following day I googled what a douche is and in short it is a device used to rinse the vagina. Generally people know douche as a word to describe horrible people but actually, it is adapted from a device. Pretty cool fact ey.

I received loads of messages on Carousell regarding a Lenovo tablet I’m selling on behalf of my brother. My bro won this Lenovo tablet and he asked me to sell it for him. I posted it on Carousell and finally made a deal with this guy called Keith. Arranged to meet him on Friday at Cheras Sentral for COD.

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Watched Stork with WC and I thought that it was a great movie! I loved the concept of babies delivered by stork. Although it opposes to reality, but the magical concept of it is just so fun to watch. I’d totally recommend this movie to everyone. Maybe if you just don’t feel like explaining the birds and the bees to your kids yet, watch this movie with them!

WC and I had Spade’s Burger for lunch, and then I had a last meeting with my FYP supervisor where she briefed us a little on the theories of Minitab. I’m so glad I manage to finish the pre-lab characterisation studies. I also got back my Particle Size Analysis results. Mr Mokhtar was really nice and he even emailed me a copy of my results.

I totally binge watched PLL on Wednesday and Thursday. [PLL Spoilers] Just in case you’re just getting into this series, I know it’s almost end of season 7 now. So what got me hooked on in season 4 was the fact that Ezra has a double life (is this the right way to put it?) and that Alison was 100% confirmed alive.

WC and I had dinner with Soo at the air-conditioned tomyam place in Nibong Tebal. And for second round we went to Dragon Ball for bubble tea. Today’s bubble tea was pretty disappointing. Cause the pearls were quite hard and Soo’s drink had some plastic in it. I used to really like this place, but I don’t think I’m coming here again.

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I watched PLL till I finished Season 4 before I started packing for home. WC was ready to head home since a week ago. Haha. We had a quick breakfast at a kopitiam and started our journey back to KL. At noon, we stopped by a rest area and had A&W for lunch and reached KL about 2 pm I think.

After dropping WC home, I headed home to get the tablet before going to Cheras Sentral. Met up with Keith for like less than 30 secs for the exchange of item and money. Sold it for RM 200. Jon gave me 50% of it. So glad for my first Carousell transaction and I hope to have more in the future!

Spent my night changing my bed sheets, and settling down in my room for the next 3 weeks (more like 2).

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Woke up pretty late cause my bed at home is so comfy and cozy! Dad and I had leftovers, that Jon tapao-ed back last night, for quick lunch before heading to Yee Ling Temple for prayers. I had quite a grumpy time in the temple because of the slow and not systematic way of workers there.

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Dad found it quite amusing that the temple has a Facebook page. Welcome to the 21st century. We spent almost 2 hours in the temple before heading to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to pick my Aunt Har Ying from Adelaide. Then we headed to Petaling Jaya to drop of my Aunt Har Ying at my Uncle Khai Ming’s place.

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We also had dinner at this Korean Restaurant called San Nae Deul in Empire Damansara. It was RM 45 per pax for BBQ buffet dinner. The food was pretty good. We had a big group of 13 people. I think Korean BBQ works better for smaller groups. Sometimes I can’t understand why all Korean BBQ places have such small tables.

You know there will be the BBQ stove, and the Korean side dishes, and the veggies, and the meats and any other extra stuffs. There is always not enough space! I was such an odd potato during dinner. I kept myself busy by cooking the meat. Today’s dinner was to celebrate my Uncle Khai Ming’s 60th birthday.

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Here’s a pretty car to end this post.

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I had a pretty productive morning! I bought bread yesterday so today I had proper breakfast before heading to the lab. My supervisor wasn’t on time, which isn’t a surprise. I managed to all of the approval signature I need from her this morning and submitted my samples for XRD, Particle Size Analysis and ash content.

For the FESEM testing, I will only do it when the semester reopens cause apparently I had to book a slot for it. And people start queuing up on Monday morning for one of the 10 slots in a week. If only my lecturer told me in advance, I would have booked a slot in the beginning of the week. I would even wait outside the lab at 7.30 am in the morning if I have to.

By lunch I was done for the day. Standard lunch with WC at Weipin and after lunch I had to buy some CDs cause the technicians will give me the results for XRD and Particle Size Analysis in the CDs. I don’t understand why they can’t just email the results to us. It’s free and more convenient.

I spent the afternoon indulging in some Pretty Little Liars. I’m almost in mid Season 4. I haven’t exactly started packing for home yet cause I still have to live in my room for another 2 days and if I start packing already it’s going to feel different. As much as I love my room here, I kinda can’t wait to go home.

WC and I had dinner at Shangrila. One of our go-to places if we want reasonably priced dinner in an air-conditioned room. WC had the Country Style Barbecue Chicken Chop and I had my all time favourite Singapore Fried Meehoon. Also ordered a mushroom soup to share. Fun fact about this place is they provide unlimited free table water.

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This is quite a bad photo. Haha. I especially like it without the fried onions on top.

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Here’s a photo of a cat in my hostel to compensate the bad food photography. Haha

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No lab work or workshop task for me today for my FYP. So this week’s task, I plan to submit all the necessary samples and forms for the characterisation study of my sample.

But I couldn’t do much today because my supervisor told me that if I don’t understand what the characterisation study is about, she won’t approve my application form. So my task for the day was to understand the characterisation studies for the bamboo sawdust.

I actually have 2 samples, the other one being synthetic manganese oxide. But we don’t have that sample yet so I’m only working with the bamboo sawdust for now. The 4 characterisation studies that I intend to submit by Thursday are X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), Particle Size Analysis and Ash Content.

Apart from reading a little of these characterisation techniques today, I’ve also printed the necessary forms for the submission and hopefully I can get them done by tomorrow. I can’t afford to waste anymore time. I also gotta finalise my FYP proposal soon!


CS Go

One of the highlights of today was playing CS GO! I received this as a gift on Steam from WC end of last year. I love playing games despite being terrible at them. I think it’s the first time playing CS GO this year today and boy was my adrenaline pumping. I played 2 matches with WC and another 3 matches with WC and Liang.

Liang was good at this game, just as with other games. Haha. I played pretty well today I think! I even was MVP for one of the matches, though not comparable to WC or Liang. My kills are still on single digits. WC said I improved a lot and that it’s time to teach me tips and tricks on how to play efficiently. Woohoo!

Also, I finally learnt how to diffuse a bomb today. Lol. In one of the matches, I was the last survivor and all we needed to win that match was to diffuse the bomb, and I didn’t know how. So I just stood there at the bomb till it blew. Silly me. Anyhow it was so much fun playing CS GO today. I hope I can play again soon!


WC and I had lunch at Weipin (again) and for dinner we went to this new place we haven’t tried before called Kopitan Classic in Parit Buntar.  The food was alright, the concept of this restaurant is similar to Old Town and Papparich.

Green Tea Oreo

I also tried the Green Tea Oreo today!

Green Tea Oreo

It was super duper yummy. I would totally buy this again if it was much cheaper!

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Today was a slow moving and uneventful day. I spent my day watching Pretty Little Liars and tidying up my locker. I’m heading home end of the week for the CNY break so I gotta start packing soon. I also finished Season 3 of PLL and starting on Season 4.

I had lunch with WC and Liang at Weipin and for dinner I had wantanmee with WC. Yesterday I started developing a weird rash on my body that sort of spreads and moves. WC said he had something like that before and the solution was to spam gallons of water and pee it off. Spamming water and peeing was also my frequent activity of the day. Lol

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Saturdate

Today was great! WC and I made plans to go to the beach and do some Chinese New Year (CNY) shopping. We departed campus slightly before 9 am and detoured to McDonald’s for breakfast.

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After breakfast we headed to the beach near Flamingo Hotel. It is a less commercialised beach that WC discovered some time in 2015. Today was my second time there. We spent about an hour there and headed to Gurney Plaza. We were so lucky to find a parking spot so near the entrance!

Our main purpose to a mall today was to do some CNY shopping. At the same time we tested our Converse. Before starting our mission, we fuelled ourselves with some Japanese rice bowls at Don Jori.

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WC got the Oyako Don, which is chicken and egg if I’m not mistaken. He didn’t really like it cause it was quite watery.

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I got the Teriyaki Chicken Don, which had teriyaki chicken and a poached egg. It was a simple dish and it tasted not bad to me. It was RM 9.99 per bowl and we also ordered one free refill drink that cost RM 2.99 where you have a choice of Coke, Coke Light and/or Green Tea.

We went into numerous stores in Gurney Plaza but somehow we couldn’t find anything that suits us. So we decided to head to Gurney Paragon, the neighbour mall. Our typical go-to stores are Uniqlo, H&M, Cotton On, and Kitschen (mostly just me). We didn’t find anything suitable in Uniqlo and H&M but we had luck in Cotton On and Kitschen!

In Cotton On, after searching high and low we found a shirt for WC that costed only RM 30! WC is quite fussy when he buys things, price is always one of the main factor. Previously, probably 2 years ago, I got WC a shirt from Cotton On and it was about RM 30 as well. We were really lucky cause most of the on sale shirts were at least RM 45.

In Kitschen , we manage to get 2 dresses for me which costed RM 50 each! It’s actually 2 identical dresses in different colours – red and grey. Both are really pretty and at that price, it was quite a good buy. That’s probably the last of my CNY shopping. I have more than enough clothes already.

We had dinner at Plan B, cause there wasn’t Plan A. Haha geddit?

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We shared a cup of Ice Lemon Tea and ordered some Salted Egg Fries for starters. I loved the way they served the Ice Lemon Tea, they served the sugar syrup on the side so you can adjust the sweetness of your drink. I thought that was really cool and thoughtful. The Salted Egg Fries were really yummy too.

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WC ordered the Nasi Lemak Ayam Kapitan and I think he really liked it cause the portion was huge and it tasted good. The only this he didn’t like about this dish was the cucumbers. Haha. He said it was too hard and bitter. His dish costed RM 25, which is quite a decent price for a classy large portion nasi lemak I would say.

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I had the Garden Spaghettini which costed RM 18. I have no idea why they spelt spaghetti that way. I didn’t think I would enjoy this vegetarian dish but I did! The portion was a good amount and I loved the generous amount of cheese they gave. They didn’t give too much cheese that it would be overwhelming, or too little that I didn’t get the taste of it.

The Ice Lemon Tea was quite pricey at RM 9 and the Salted Egg Fries was RM 8. Lol I just realised that the drink costed more than the fries. Overall the dinner was great because we left the restaurant feeling full.

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WC got me this Green Tea Oreo at this Japanese convenience store called Magstore Mini Supermarket. It was quite pricey but I love Oreo so much that I had to try it at least once.

Today has been a very fulfilling day. We probably won’t go to the mall for the whole day anytime soon because it’s so tiring! Oh and our Converse fared well. It was comfortable to walk in for a long time.

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13/01/2017

My day started off with proper breakfast! Had nasi lemak with WC and Liang at the nasi lemak place beside the longkang (drain). I also had 2 roti kosong. Then I headed to the lab to get sieves of 2 sizes from the Mr Junaidi – 212 micron meter and 75 micron meter.

Next my FYP supervisor wanted to meet with the FYP students under her. It was a long wait to my turn. Luckily I didn’t spend too much time on my proposal last night, cause she only wanted to see the methodology part this morning. And it was the only part that I corrected.

After meeting my FYP supervisor, I started to sieve my bamboo sawdust. I sieved them for about 30 minutes before lunch and another 30 minutes after lunch. There’s a 3 hour lunch break on Fridays due to the Friday prayers (solat Jumaat). I am so glad that I manage to do most of the sample preparation this week!

A couple of my friends are only starting today and Friday is one of the worst days to start because of the long lunch breaks and the fact that the labs and workshops will be close on weekends so you can’t leave your sample to dry in the oven overnight. Kak Dayah taught us how to use Minitab 16 too as all of us will be using it to design our experiments.

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These are sized at -300 micron meter and +212 micron meter.

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These are sized at -212 micron meter and +75 micron meter.

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The sample sized at -75 micron meter is in the bottle wrapped in aluminium foil. Will try and get a photo of it next time! This is my little corner in the workshop where I sort of store my samples at. Sometimes I hate using my phone in the workshop because the place is so dusty and I hate touching my phone when my hands are dusty.

Guess what, I may have to carry out 14 experiments. Bless my soul. Haha. WC and I had our typical economy rice lunch and for dinner we went to this place we call youtiao place or what most people would call it 99. I had a plate of rice, some chicken and some fried chicken skin. I would call it chicken rice but it isn’t the typical Hainanese chicken rice.

After dinner I went and bought youtiao! I was literally the first customer cause when I ordered they were still preparing. While waiting for our youtiao, there was this biscuit mobile store that opens only on Fridays. I bought some old school biscuits to snack on when I’m bored and hungry in my room. Haha

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The fresh youtiao was delicious! Actually only the long fried dough are called youtiao. The sesame one I like is called huaji I think, and the other one is the glutinous rice ones. Finally played some Dota 2 with WC and AIs. One of my favourite past times with WC. I love playing video games but most of the time I suck at it. So thankful to have someone who’s willing to play with me.

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First Mac and Cheese in 2017

My day started off early as usual, went to the lab to reweigh my samples after drying in the vacuum oven overnight. There was still a decrease in weight. So I put them in the oven for another 2 hours. Then I went back to my room to have some breakfast and did some laundry. At 10.45 am, I repeated the process of reweighing my samples and putting them back in the oven for another 3 hours.

WC and I had economy rice for lunch at Weipin, WC’s favourite place. I also went and bought some aluminium foil because apparently I need to protect my samples with that. I wonder why my supervisor didn’t mention all the nitty gritty information I have to take note of for my FYP.

After lunch I went back to the workshop to reweigh my samples. They have pretty much reached a constant weight, meaning it is pretty much completely dry and ready for the shredding process. This is what my samples look like fresh out of the oven.

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Next, Mr Norshahrizol taught me how to use the mini crusher to reduce the size of my sample. It was a really easy task. I was a bit afraid and extra cautious of the shredder because I had a bad experience with a paper shredder. Mr Norshahrizol told me to to take a break and let the machine rest every 10 minutes.

I thought it was going to be a long process but I finished grinding about one third of my samples in 45 minutes. The weight of my sample keeps reducing then transitioning into different procedures and processes. I started with about 2 kg worth of samples, and after the cutting process I was left with about 1.75 kg. It’s probably less than that now.

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This is the mini crusher used to shred my sample. The photo above shows the machine when it’s switched off. I used a -300 micron meter filter for it.

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And when it’s switched on, it’s like this big balloon-thing, which I think is quite cute. Haha. I saved about 1 kg of cut sample and shredded the rest. Also my supervisor wanted to see my latest proposal today, but I told her tomorrow cause I’m not done amending it. It’s just me and my proposal tonight.

Before I left the workshop today, I met with Mr Junaidi. He is in charge of the sieves in the workshop. There’s also Mrs Mahani but I think I trust Mr Junaidi more on this. I’m so close to achieving the FYP goal of the week! I can’t wait for the weekend. Doing my FYP is pretty tiring even though I manage my own breaks.


WC cooked Mac and Cheese for dinner! Semi from scratch, not out of a box. He bought a packet of macaronis a while back and has cooked Mac and Cheese once and he just wants to finish off his ingredients since it’s time for us to head home soon. He boiled the macaronis and added a can of cheese and herbs cause to it.

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I know it doesn’t look appealing but it tastes wonderful! Thanks love.

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Passengers

Before I talk about the first movie that I’m watching this year (in the cinemas), a brief update on my FYP!


Oh my God, I just noticed the horizontal line formatting function. I’ve been using a dash to section parts of a post. Alright moving on to my FYP, I got up pretty early headed to the workshop to collect my samples and weigh them. After 18 hours of oven drying at 70 degrees Celsius, the weight of my bamboo samples reduced by 0.09 kg. 

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This is the dried bamboo right out of the oven.

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On average, it’s about 23 cm – 24 cm per sample.

Next I grabbed some breakfast (hash browns and a sausage) and headed back to the workshop to cut my samples into smaller pieces, also known as size reduction. Mr Norshahrizol showed me how to use the band saw machine and I cut the rest of the samples on my own. 

The cutting process was so fun yet so boring. I had about 2 kg worth of samples to cut, and the cutting speed wasn’t speedy. At first, it was so slow that I felt like I wouldn’t be able to finish cutting today. However, after a few runs, I became such a pro at it that by lunch time, I was almost done!

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My progress right before I took a break for lunch.

I had fried rice for lunch with WC. Xian Yun was packing the whole of last night and this morning as she was heading home today. At 2pm I headed back to the workshop to complete the cutting process. I enjoyed using the old rusty band saw machine in my school. If the blades were sharper and better, I think I could’ve done it quicker.

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The average size of the cut bamboo samples.

I borrowed 4 extra trays from Mrs Mahani cause I didn’t want my samples stacked on each other too much. I also set the oven to a higher temperature today, hoping it will help with the drying process. I’ll be collecting it early tomorrow as usual. I also hope that I can complete the shredding process by tomorrow!


WC and I caught the 6.20 pm Passengers movie at LFS. I was so hungry before the movie so we went and grab some chips at Mydin (cause it’s cheaper) before heading to the cinemas. I thought the movie was pretty cool and interesting. I enjoyed it. I was really tired today and didn’t get a chance to nap.

I told WC if the movie was boring I might fall asleep in the movie hall. But I didn’t. Haha. After the movie we dropped by Mr DIY where I got a dust mask for my FYP and also a bar soap holder. Next we had Marry Browns for dinner and a little sprinkle of dessert before heading back.

Update on WC’s thought of the movie:

12/01/2017 – After the movie yesterday, I asked WC how was the movie and as usual his typical answer for almost anything that he don’t hate was okay la. Anyway I guess he has been thinking about the movie because today during lunch he told me that the movie Passengers was stupid. Haha

First of all, he said that Jim and Aurora could both take turns hibernating in the AutoDoc, 44 years each. And when they arrive in Homestead II, they’ll be old but still together, and Aurora can still achieve her dream of going back to earth. Thought she will be kinda old, say in her sixties or seventies, but she could still realise her dream.

Next, WC said that since Jim was an engineer cum mechanic, he could have figured out a way to make the AutoDoc fit 2 person. Or, he could have woken one of the technicians and got him to fix their hibernation pod. But I guess they need a hibernation facility for all the hibernation technology.

And guess what, LFS cut out all the make love scenes. Damn. I read somewhere that there would be Chris Pratt’s bare butt scene in the movie. I paid for movie tickets, not censored movie tickets.

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