..........Myspace Codes An Extraordinary Life: September 2006

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Blue Mountains

On the 26th and 27th of September, the "apamacam"-ers had a trip to Blue Mountains. We visited Leura, Wentworth Falls National Park and the Three Sisters; they were all so awesome! Praise the Lord for His majestic and beautiful creation which just goes to prove how mighty a God He is! Here are some snapshots for your viewing pleasure...

At the Candy Store in Leura... L-R: Me, Linda, Hui Chien, Mandy, Jesslyn, Vivian

Christmas Cottage at Leura

A mural painting in Leura

Wentworth Falls Lodge that accomodated the 18 of us... A truly beautiful cottage...

Jesslyn, Mandy, me, and Linda on one of the many comfy beds

Jerome and I at Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls

Renard and I at Princes Rock @ Wentworth Falls National Park (my 1st attempt at self-photography!)

The guys at Princes Rock Lookout

Echo Point @ Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters

It was one amazing experience... Thanks to everyone (especially Kenneth and Vivian for organising the trip) for the great times together...

Ps. I still can't get the image of Renard "doing" the "Livin' La Vida Loca" during charades out of my head... :p

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Good times with BS friends...

In case you didn't already know, the Bible Study (BS) group I'm currently in is of the Malaysian gang infamously known as the Apamacam gang... Due to the recent addition of more newcomers (praise the Lord!), we had to split up into Macam-ni and Macam-tu, the 2 subsidiaries of Apamacam... Nevertheless, we vow that this "split" isn't a division and we'll still gather as the Apamacam people outside of BS... Here are some photos to prove the point...

Evangelistic Event: The Naked Truth @ The Naked Lady Lawn

The Naked Lady Lawn

Andy sharing his testimonial

Vivian interviewing Sze Wen

Kenneth explaining Christianity using 2 Ways to Live

Me and the girls posing with the Naked Lady

Some of the guys building settlements in Carassone after lunch

Stanley's Farewell (He graduated with a Bachelor of E&E Engineering and has left for Singapore)

The man of the day: Stanley!

Me having a go at PS: SingStar (Playstation game where you sing and battle and the machine ranks your performance => I was rated as Lead Singer for The Reason by Hoobastank!)

Andy Lau (his actual name's Andy Ng) struggling to sing English songs (he's good at Chinese songs though)

Andy shutting his ears and refusing to listen to his "horrendous" singing during the replay

Jian Xian, Clain and Chin Wei laughing at Andy

This shows how risky it is playing Risk => side effects include going nuts eg. Jia Hui hitting Jack hitting Fat (it's short for Fayette) hitting Jason hitting Stanley

You guys are all super duper awesome! Thanks for all the encouragement so far. May we all grow in the love of Christ together! ^_^

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Monday, September 18, 2006

MFest 2006

This year's Malaysia Fest (16th anniversary) was held on 3rd September in conjunction with Merdeka Day on the 31st August. It was a super sunny day in Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, where the biggest Malaysian event in Sydney was run by the 4 Malaysian Student Organisations of UNSW, USyd, UTS and Macquarie Uni. Here are some shots at what happened to refresh your memory or simply to invoke the feeling of regret in you if you've missed it! :p

The crowd...

Persuaded this guy to give me a pose while lining up in the super long queue to get some good lunch...

The loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong queues at the stalls...

The food... (Yummy!)

The ulek mayang

A scene from Puteri Gunung Ledang

The Asmaradana dance

An Aussie enquiring at the Tourism Malaysia counter

The MASCA Idol 2006 serenading the audience

A lucky raffles draw winner...

More dances... This time, it's the joget...

The colourful costumes of Malaysia as paraded in the fashion show

A participant having a go at guessing the weight of the durian

Guess what the winner walked away with? :p

"One festival, many faces, a world of excitement!"

Viva MFest! ^_^

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

BGD 1...

12 noon today marked the end of Beginnings, Growth & Development (BGD) 1 for me... That means I'm done with 3/4 of 1st year med! Wow, time really flies fast... Before I know it, I'll be in 2nd year... Hehe, provided I don't flunk any papers... :p

Some of you may have had "fun" with my S&H1 exam questions so here's a post on some of the so-called "short answer" questions from BGD1...

(I can't remember the exact names and figures so some of them have been made up... Mind you, none of us can take back the question paper so all these are from memory; don't take them word for word!)

Question 1

Jane (seriously, that's the name they used! my name!) has been married to [some guy's name] for 4 years. Jane used the combined oral contraceptive pill for the 1st 3 years of her marriage. After the 3 years, both Jane and [husband's name] decided to start a family. After trying for 12 months, Jane finally got pregnant. Except for a little heartburn at times, Jane has no other problems with her health. However, in one of her recent routine check-ups, she has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus.

(a) Describe the mechanism of how the combined oral contraceptive pill works.

(b) What is a heartburn? How does this condition arise in Jane?

(c) How does gestational diabetes mellitus occur in a pregnant woman? In a poorly controlled case, what effects does gestational diabetes mellitus have on the baby?

(d) What are the natural fertility signs that Jane can use to help her get pregnant?

Question 2

(a)(i) Describe, using the aid of a diagram, the production of testosterone and the process of spermatogenesis in the testes. Write out the full names of the hormones; do not use abbreviations. Include in your answer also any feedback loops that regulate the processes.

(ii) What happens to the hormone levels if there is an excessive level of testosterone? What occurs as a result?

(iii) If there is damage to the testes, how does the hormone levels change and what effect do these changes have on the processes?

(b)(i) Describe the anatomical features of the female perineum, both superficial and deep.

(ii) In a vaginal delivery, episiotomy may sometimes have to be carried out to prevent further tearing in the perineum. Describe how you would perform such an episiotomy.

Question 3

(a)(i) Describe the role of the function of folic acid in human metabolism.

(ii) Explain how defect in the function of folic acid can lead to anaemia.

(iii) Explain how a deficiency in Vitamin B12 can lead to a similar anaemia.

(b) [There's a diagram for this question but since I can't "draw" the diagram, I'll just put up the main points of this diagram]

Stage 1: DNA (nucleus) --> RNA transcript (nucleus)
Stage 2: RNA transcript (nucleus) --> mRNA (nucleus)
Stage 3: mRNA (nucleus) --> mRNA (cytosol)
Stage 4: mRNA (cytosol) --> inactive mRNA (cytosol)
Stage 5: mRNA (cytosol) --> protein (cytosol)
Stage 6: protein (cytosol) --> inactive protein (cytosol)

(i) Describe briefly the processes that happen in each stage.

(ii) All the stages can be regulated for normal operation. Describe the regulation process for ONE stage which you consider to be the most important stage.

Question 4

(a)[Some gal's name] is 20 years old and has an active social schedule. She has a regular 28-day menstrual cycle. Recently, her urine test shows that she is pregnant. It has been 4 weeks since the 1st day of her last menstruation.

(i) Describe the normal embryological development of the embryo in [gal's name]'s body that occurs in the next 2 weeks.

(ii) What changes to [gal's name]'s lifestyle would you suggest to prevent risks to the developing embryo? How do these affect the risks?

(b)(i) Describe the main flux of fluid into and out of the amniotic cavity.

(ii) List the roles of the amniotic fluid.

There you go... The recommended time spent for each question is 25 minutes... Oh, and if you think the BGD1 paper only has these 4 questions, you're mistaken... There's still a whole chunk of "this question seems to have 2 answers" tricky MCQ questions. The paper lasts for 2.5 hours... Feel free to comment on what you think of the questions, how they compare to the S&H1 paper, etc... Have fun trying out the questions! :)

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Coogee Outing & Home Bible Studies...

Here are some pics from a Coogee outing on the eve of my birthday on 19th August...

The awesome cliffs at Coogee...

...where Lou Lynn and I posed...

...as well as Gaya...

Me in awe of God's wonderful creation...

Aren't the sights amazing?

Feeling like a kid again at the playground...

...and the sheer thrill of "conquering" the 5 (or was it 6? 7?) metre-tall "web-cone"!

And now, some pics from the bible study session we had in Jian Xian's place (it's home session this time instead of the usual one in Squarehouse on-campus) on 25th August...

A shot at our discussion on Daniel 1-3...

Sze Wen and I...

This is what you get after a great night of fellowship, fun and good food... Actually, it was Vivian's idea that we posed as the animals of our Chinese zodiac signs... Notice the "tigress" in me? :p

Exams' next week... Hopefully I can post up more stuff after that... Till then, take care and God bless! ^_^

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