Monthly Archives: March 2007

poor kampungs

as we get more and more concretised, i look around and i still enjoy the much needed greenery…

sad to read abt Khatib Bongsu. I went there once to recee the place for fieldtrip… very nice place. dirty and sandy. but real.

we saw Baya weaver nest. my first time. we saw an eagle close up, perched on a tree. of course the usual egrets and all…. the fishing area there… pretty nice. among all the fishes we saw, i actually saw jellyfish for the first time… really really peaceful, and serene. it was just quiet. away from all that noise in the heartlands and streets…. you could just find a shady tree, sit there and do nothing, think abt where you have been, where you seem to be heading… very peaceful..

the walk to the end is of course tiring… and it was really hot. we could cycle to that place. more efficient.

there was this water area where there was this turbine thing.. very nice. we did see 2 ppl there… but we didnt know they were the only 2 ppl there.. lol..


why do they want to keep getting rid of the remaining nature reserves. it was the same with Chek Jawa… lucky NS and NUS did something to stop that….

whats the point in making fake natural things.. Sungei Buloh should have been more natural than it is now. not to say that the boardwalks arent helpful… but it just seems too high class to be considered a nature reserve you know.

it’s like, “i want to experience nature, but lets not get down and dirty”…

oh well…

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Posted by on March 31, 2007 in i-Twinge, i-Wish


so thats what it means!

 laugh all you want, i dont care… but for the first time, since i learnt y=mx+c 12 yrs ago, i actually understand what it means… i can actually put it into a sentence and mathematically explain what y=mx+c means!!!

all thanks to this crazy maths collegue, and this paper which brought the enlighting moment….. when i went, “so thats what it means!”


so…. the idea is that this equation actually describes motion, for example a displacement-time graph…

if you look at the scribbled paper, it contains a table, which corrosponds to the equation y=2x+5….

we were actually talking abt getting students to come up with the nth term, by first starting with 1-5, then jumping to 10, and 20 and then 100, where its not possible for students to just keep adding 2 to the next line.

and how we can question students until they understand why they do certain stuff.. its called socratic questionning… so we imitated our questions, and we asked each other questions and i finally understood..

you see, the difference (an increase of constant 2) each line is actually speed. why? because it denotes an increase in value 2 each second. which is speed. distance per second. and x happens to be the value of time. what do you get when you multiply speed and time? you get distance!

now, what does the 5 in y=mx+5 mean? that’s the starting point. in the graph, its the y-intercept right? for a displacement-time graph, that would be the starting point.

and y would be your final point.


the final point would be the starting point (5) plus the distance travelled (2: speed X x:time)….. which is equals to y!!!!!

oh yeay!!!!!

im not sure how many ppl know abt this……. but for me…. its actually the first time i understood what y=mx+c means!!!! and basically it can represent anything! it could be rate of water leaving the tap… could be anything.. cos m represents rate of change. c is a constant…

ooooooo… ive learnt something new today! and when i finally understood it, i went, “so thats what it means!!!”


Posted by on March 29, 2007 in i-Happy, i-Marvel



you know, after using nutrient agar for culturing cells and bacteria, and using agar for gel electrophoresis, i can never pronounce the malay work for jelly (agar) properly…!

anyway…. here’s the info on jellyfish, that ive been so eager to post abt… need to release for a while, so im doing this before im shredded into pieces at the end of today…

Jellyfish: with own literature research plus Animal Planet data…

 First, jellyfish are not fish, as what ive been thinking since secondary sch days. sad to see a bio teacher not realise that jellyfish arent fish. so what are they?

they belong to the coral family. you see, when mating season for jellyfish begin, the female jellyfish releases her eggs. and they go floating around. the male jellyfish does the same. somehow, when 1 sperm and 1 egg meet, the egg gets fertilised, and then this new zygote floats around, until it lands on a coral. there, they attach themselves to the surface, and they divide, forming polyps around them. as cell division continues, each polyp start to stack up one of top of each other  (like dinner plates).. then, as each layer ‘ripens’, they detach from the stack. and then float off and start doing the jellyfish swim…

cool right!!

then there are different types of jellyfish… the scary ones are box jellyfish.

the most potent box jellyfish would be the Irukandji…


size: its bell is smaller than the nail on our thumb.

the stinging cells on its tentacles and feeding arms are potent enough to kill. a person stung by an Irukandji with just 1 stinging cell would mostly likely be in pain for 2-4 weeks.. and i mean, entire body pain… pain just abt everywhere….

did you know that many jellyfish have eyes too!

they have eyes all around the inside of the bell… which means, they can see everywhere all the time. most of the time, when they see a prey being too big to swallow, they wont waste their potent sting. unless of course the creature is a threat… but somehow, the turtles that eat irkandji dont seem to be affected by the sting.

and jellyfish sleep! these cute creatures lie on the bottom of whereever they are and sleep…! imagine the waves lullabying them back and forth!

awww….. its been a fruitful Animal Planet adventure! ohhh… jellyfish.. i like!

but today, it not Animal Planet Day. today is Open Water Day!

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Posted by on March 22, 2007 in i-Bio, i-Marvel



i just watched Animal planet’s documentary on Jellyfish, and i wanted to write abt them, but somehow, i thought abt reading palms and googled palmistry instead.. so this is what the 2 tests i took says abt my life… of course, that is again dependant on whether i read my palm correctly… just for fun… :p

Test 1

First let’s take a look at your Life Line.  You have the best kind of Life Line,
long and clearly marked.  This shows that you will possess good health, vitality
and a very nice life expectancy.  The wide swooping motion of your Life Line
indicates strength, enthusiasm and an improved love life.  The break in your
Life Line may be an indicator of an accident or serious illness.  This break is
an indication of a sudden change in your life situation.
Now let’s see what your Head Line had to say.  Your Head Line is deep, long  and
straight, stretching across the palm.  This indicates a logical and direct way
of thinking. The straighter the line, the more realistic the thinking, and the
deeper the line, the better the memory.  The joining of your Head Line and Life
Line at the beginning indicates that your strong sense of mind generally rules
over your body. You also look at childhood with a cautious and fearful outlook.

The last line we’ll look at is your Heart Line.  A slight disregard to the true
meaning of love and its responsibilities are indicated by a Heart Line like
yours that starts between the middle and index finger.  You tend to easily give
your heart away.  The break in you Heart Line indicates an emotional loss.  This
can sometimes indicate the end of an affair.

 You have a spade-shaped hand.  This is the hand of an inventor.  You are
probably very good with all things mechanical.  Often those who’ve forged new
paths in science and engineering have a spade-shaped hand.  Women who have this
type of hand enjoy do-it-yourself projects (decorating and sewing).  It also
gives these women a manual dexterity greater than most men have.

Test 2

Believing in yourself

The signs we read in your palm indicate you have much to gain by having faith and trusting your own inner goodness. By putting directed energy toward your own self-confidence, your efforts will be returned multi-fold.

Life LineThe Life Line reveals your approach to life and how you handle uncertainty or hardship. It is a common misconception that the Life Line can tell you when you will die. Even persons with relatively short Life Lines can live a long life. Generally, the information that can be gleaned from your Life Line pertains to your overall outlook and the ease with which you will travel through your life.

You’re likely to feel most comfortable when you are close to home and probably wouldn’t like to live too far from your family. Your desire for safety and security leads you to seek supportive relationships with your family and close friends.One of the most important things to you in life is to make sure that you are living your life to its fullest. When you have regrets, they are likely to stem from a sense of not having done enough or wishing that you had done something differently.

When you are confronted with difficulties in life, you may sometimes have trouble expressing yourself. With this challenge, it is hard to ask for help when you really need it.

Head LineThe Head Line reveals how you process information and think through problems. It is a common misconception that the Head Line can tell you how intelligent you are. Persons with various styles of Head Lines can be very smart, but in different ways. Primarily, the information that can be gathered from your Head Line pertains to your particular way of understanding the information you come into contact with throughout your life.

When it comes to leadership, you are probably quite comfortable in either the role of the leader or the follower. Since taking charge is not necessarily something you covet, you are usually fine with stepping aside to let someone else take the lead. However, if no one else steps up, you know you are capable of taking on the leader role.Your thought process tends to be rational and analytical. One could say that you probably enjoy being occupied with big, complex problems. Even more rewarding is finding solutions that will make a difference. However, your complex thought process could come off as being unusual or overly convoluted.

The projects that you tend to like the most are ones where you are sleuthing for a solution to a complicated problem or set of issues.

While you are capable of multi-tasking, you’d probably rather take a methodical approach, thinking through things one step at a time and preferring only to begin one phase of a project after the last phase has been completed.

Heart LineThe Heart Line reveals how you handle the relationships in your life and how comfortable you are with intimacy. It is a common misconception that the Heart Line can tell you definitively what relationships you will have in the future. On average, the information that can be collected from your Heart Line indicates the influences in your life that have in the past or will in the future affect your personal relationships, including friends, family, and significant other(s).

Your ability to be intimate with others may be influenced by a lack of commitment. You may find it difficult to make emotional promises, even if you are married. People you don’t know well may find you somewhat distant.In a tight knit relationship, you tend to be an independent person with a calm and cool disposition. Your ideal life mate will likely prize you for your loyalty and practicality. At times, you may find that you get yourself into trouble in your relationships by being too isolated and inattentive.

For more information about your close relationships with others, see the “Attachment Lines” section of this report below.

Destiny LineThe Destiny Line (also called the Saturn Line) reveals changes in your personal drive and focus over time. There is much that a palmist can tell about your career and/or personal drive, including approximate timing of major events or changes — just by looking at the Destiny Line! Primarily, the information garnered from your Destiny Line on your right palm — the Palm you looked at to answer the questions on this test — pertains to your career. In turn, the information gathered from your Destiny Line on your left palm pertains to your personal sense of purpose.

Your career choice is likely influenced by your intense focus, along with your gifted ability to systematically set and achieve goals. Dedicated and persistent, the job most likely to make you work around the clock is one that rewards your steady and unwavering pace toward completing objectives.Chance and luck may play a big factor in your chosen career. There may be a time that you have to choose a certain direction. To make a decision, it’s probably best to keep your mind open to the different options that come your way.

Apollo LineThe Apollo Line can predict your level of creativity and flexibility, although not everyone has an Apollo Line; it is a vertical line that appears below your ring finger.

The absence of an Apollo Line in your palm does not indicate a lack of creativity or flexibility. Rather, it suggests that you’re about average or slightly above in creativity. Although, it could mean that you may not receive recognition as an expert or specialist in your field.

Mercury LineThe Mercury Line can foretell your skill at communication or psychic ability. However, not everyone has a Mercury Line; it is a vertical line that appears below your pinky finger.

The presence of a Mercury Line — especially a long or deep one — suggests an exceptional talent in spoken prose. A person holding a Mercury Line is highly likely to have excellent public speaking skills.Your palm does not contain the Line of Psychic Ability, which resembles an arc that is an extension of a person’s Mercury Line. While psychics do not always have the Line of Psychic Ability, those who have the line can more easily tap into their paranormal skills. While you may have psychic abilities, you will likely have a more difficult time accessing them than someone with the Line of Psychic Ability.

Attachment LinesThe Attachment Lines reveal the major relationships you may have with others. Traditional palmists engage in ample debate about the validity of these lines as predictions of marriages and children. However, most agree that the attachment lines indicate the possibility that a person might marry or have children, whether they choose to or not is a decision left to the individual.

A palmist would say that you will be married one time or have one committed relationship that does not lead to marriage. At some point, you will need to make a decision that will either move you forward or draw you away from this relationship. A palmist would say that you probably won’t choose to bring children into your life, although the opportunity to do so is there for you.

The mounds of your palm can tell you what kinds of energy you possess naturally and which energies will be more difficult for you to access. Through a careful examination of the fleshy areas of your hand, you can learn which areas of life you will be most likely to find success. The following traits were determined by looking at the shape and color of different areas of your hand.

Mound of Jupiter

The Mound of Jupiter — located in the upper right corner of your palm, just below your index finger — is related to your personal power, your hopes and ambitions, and your ability to lead others.

You are blessed with a strong Mound of Jupiter. So, what does that mean? When you are at your best, the clear goals you set go hand-in-hand with your self-motivated direction. Together these qualities tend to set you apart from others as a strong leader.

Mound of Saturn

The Mound of Saturn — located in the upper portion of your palm, just below your middle finger — is related to your concept of self-worth, personal satisfaction, and security.

Your palm reveals a somewhat poor Mound of Saturn, as affirmed by its shape and color. You probably don’t have an innate gift for self-reflection or personal accountability. To tap into your inner tranquility all you need to do is put forth the commitment to change. It’s well within your reach!

Mound of Apollo

The Mound of Apollo — located in the upper portion of your palm, just below your ring finger — is related to self-expression, originality, and recognition of your talents by others.

You possess a hearty Mound of Apollo. When you’re at the top of your game, you exude creativity effortlessly. Thinking quick on your feet is what you’re known for. This along with your inventiveness sets you apart from the rest. If anyone is looking for an original perspective, they often come to you as an endless source of unique ideas.

Mound of Mercury

The Mound of Mercury — located in the upper portion of your palm, just below your pinky finger — is related to intimacy, spiritual understanding, and interpersonal communication.

You can tell by its great shape and color that a healthy dose of Mound of Mercury sits in your palm. When things are going well for you, one could say that communicating clearly is your strong point. You really understand what makes people tick. Others feel comfortable sharing intimate details of their life with you that they may not with others. Family and friends look to you as a deep and insightful confidant.

Mound of Mars

Upper Mound of Mars

The Upper Mound of Mars located in the middle left portion of your palm — is related to inner calm, boldness, and skill at dealing with life’s problems.

The plump shape and color in your palm signifies a strong Upper Mound of Mars. When you have your best foot forward, you have the uncanny ability to maintain your cool in the midst of chaos. This singles you out from the rest as an exceptionally stable and brave individual.

Lower Mound of Mars

The Lower Mound of Mars — located in the middle right portion of your palm — is related to action, aggressiveness, and the momentum to make things happen.

You’re all that, with your strong Lower Mound of Mars, as indicated by its healthy shape and color. On your best days, your take-charge attitude makes people stop and listen. This is a great attribute along with your energetic approach to life that is contagious. You stand out above others as extremely motivated.

Mound of Venus

The Mound of Venus — located in the lower right portion of your palm — is related to love, sympathy, and depth of emotion.

You can tell by its shape and color that you have a relatively poor Mound of Venus. Most likely, you’re not a natural born listener. People know not to come to you with their problems. You just don’t want to hear them. Don’t be discouraged though — there is hope! However, to become more compassionate toward others, you must put forth the effort!

Mound of Moon

The Mound of Moon — located in the lower left portion of your palm — is related to intuition, mental acuity, and adeptness with thinking outside the box.

You have a relatively weak Mound of Moon, as evidenced by its shape and color. Your shortcoming may be in your inability to be inventive. You may often stick to the same old plan instead of conjuring up fresh ways of doing things. Digging inside yourself to reveal your true imagination will demand a concentrated effort.

Your Fingers and Thumb
While you may not consider the fingers and thumbs as part of a palm reading, they really do play a significant part of a traditional hand analysis. Palmists read signs in the fingers and thumb as well as using them as landmarks for other parts of the reading. The interpretation of the mounds and lines of the palm are highly influenced by their proximity to each finger and the thumb.

The shape of your fingers and thumb reveal that you are a practical person. You may find that you enjoy structure in certain situations. To solve many issues in life you use a logical approach. The finger and thumb shape create energies that influence the reading of each of your fingers and thumb and by extension, your entire palm.

Your index finger, also called the Jupiter Finger, traditionally corresponds with leadership abilities. Your Jupiter Finger is strong which means you probably enjoy being in charge. You’ll likely prefer to have a team of people working under your direction and enjoy guiding people to meet their potential. Your index finger leans away from your middle finger, indicating your need for independence and autonomy. While being able to do things on your own is often a welcomed attribute, you need to examine your level of self-sufficiency. It should not prohibit you from asking for help when you need it.

Your middle finger, also called the Saturn Finger, traditionally corresponds with confidence. Your palm bears a strong Saturn Finger. One could probably bet your sense of self- worth ranks high. It is more likely that you take risks in life because you believe in your ability to succeed.

Your ring finger, also called the Apollo Finger, traditionally corresponds with creativity. You have a strong Apollo Finger, which may mean you were born with your own creative nature. You probably love contributing to the world in ways that challenge you to think of unusual and original methods of doing things. Your ring finger leans in toward your middle finger, indicating your concern for the consequences of your actions. This tendency may be hampering your creativity because you are always thinking in terms of boundaries and limitations.

Your pinky finger, also called the Mercury Finger, traditionally corresponds with insight and understanding. You are blessed with a strong Mercury Finger. As a result, you probably find that you have a natural talent for understanding other people. Your friends usually routinely turn to you for your insight. Your guidance helps them understand their interactions with others. Your pinky finger leans in away from your ring finger, revealing your strong notion to think as individual and not adopt mainstream ideas.

Your thumb can be read to ascertain your level of flexibility when it comes to dealing with people or unpredictable situations. Your thumb proves that you can be somewhat stubborn at times. It may be to such an extent that you struggle with radical changes.

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Posted by on March 18, 2007 in i-Marvel


high end discussions…

“Singapore to develop clean energy market”


i wonder how high level meetings are held…. so many impt ppl who themselves are leaders in their own areas, and then they sit together to debate on an issue at hand… do they all unanimously agree/disagree?

must be hard for a lone ranger to fight his case…. and for a lone ranger to fight his case in a big meeting with big ppl, that alone takes alot of courage…

i might just keep my mouth shut…..

unless its a friendly meeting…. i feel so tensed up for those ppl i see, in hotel restaurants, in black suits, sitting on sofas, and just talking..

do you have any idea how political these ‘just talking’ sessions are… each line they say must have meaning.. each joke they say must have significance… how they laugh at the jokes must be calculated…. phew… exhausting man…

unless of course, i have this entire scenario wrong…

you see, today i was at nus to discuss something with a prof….

and suddenly, while i was there chatting, i became so self conscious… i kept telling myself, “dont agree too readily”, “dont smile too much”, “try to bargain for more”, “dont sound too happy/confident”, “dont sound too sad/stressed”………..

there’s just so many things to consider… and if this really really really small meeting can be so scary, what more, national level meetings and UN meetings!!!!!

applaud those ppl who can hold their ground when surrounded by leaders…

anyway, its the end of friday, which means its going to be the weekend of the 1 week holidays…. and i dont know where my holidays went, cos i dont remember seeing it…

my agenda for march hols..

i only completed PGD invitation cards… tomorrow will be back in sch to settle the rest of the agenda…

btw, the N95 will most likely be launched next week… and the proposed price i think is $1288…….. sigh….. i think i might get a E65, and then wait for another yr for the price to go down before i consider getting the N95 again…… 1 mth 7 days left…

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Posted by on March 16, 2007 in i-Marvel, i-Reflect


spirit of giving…

im sure the idea has good intent… but this crazy friend of mine put this crazy idea into my mind some time back, and im crazy enough to even consider considering it… in fact, ive been considering it for the past 2 weeks….. and thats considered an act of craziness…

today, in a bit to start seriously thinking abt doing my bit for the Republic, i chatted with this collegue who volunteered with YEC……

and so he was telling me some of the hierarchy and kind of ppl present at meetings and stuff……. CDCs and GRCs and SMCs… and CCCs and RCs and SCEC (i think) and WEC (i think) and YEC………. talk abt abbreviations. if MOE is having too many abbreviations, then the govt is having way too many abbreviations….

 and for a moment, we were trying to figure out what SMC stood for, cos we all know it as School Management Committee…… its actually Single Member Constituency……

so ya……….. considering the crazy idea that my friend mentioned………. i still dont think i’ll take it up, cos i dont think im up to the mark…

but my collegue had another reason on why i should join…..

“join the IAEC…….”

“errrrrrr……. No, dont bother trying to say anything after this…”

“no, im serious. you should join the IEAC, you’ll get to meet potential, good…….. esp so cos their parents might be involved too.. so no need to bother abt screening cos it’ll all be done…. ”

and i turn to CH and sigh… a big big sigh………. and my collegue goes, “no, im serious. ok lets talk seriously. you should really consider………………..”


anyway, while its crazy to even consider this idea of volunteering to such a magnitude, i dont know if i’ll be able to manage my time well…………

decision: let some time pass……… im still not mentally stable and mentally prepared to engage in major issues at this point in time… but i still like volunteering, and i hope i’ll get to do it someday…. i just hope i dont keep saying, “maybe next time lah” until i reach 50 and then my health gives way and then i cant do it, even if i have the time…

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Posted by on March 16, 2007 in i-Reflect, i-Wish


pedes family

when i was a kid, i was told that centipedes had 100 legs and millipedes has 1000 legs… and i believed it, and never bothered to find out whether that was true, until now.


  • legs are short
  • legs are under the body
  • have 2 legs on each segment of the body
  • they curl up when disturbed
  • harmless to men, but millipede secretions may be corrosive to eyes
  • usually dark brown or black in colour
  • they are decomposers


  • legs are longer
  • leags stick out from the sides of the body
  • have 1 leg on each segment of the body, so the legs are alternate
  • the last legs are not used for movement
  • the front legs are modified for attack, could even hurt humans if the centipedes are big
  • is grayish yellow with 3 dark stripes on top
  • feeds on small insects and arthropods (Yep.. they are carnivores! bet you didnt know that!)

so there you go…… at least now i know the real difference between centipedes and millipedes!

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Posted by on March 12, 2007 in i-Bio

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