Winter 2008 Reading List

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My reading for this break.

The last hurdle was overcame. Currently, Winter Break is approaching and I finally had time to finish off some of the readings I had been working on. Between unwinding myself after the semester and preparing for my travel plan, I still need to attend an external examination right at the beginning of next semester, so, this break might not offer the free time I was hoping for after all.

I used to read from a lot of genres and still is a great fan of a number of them, especially those deduction novels such as Sherlock Holmes cases and the adventures of Arsene Lupin, gentleman burglar. I used to spent countless hours in front of the computer reading public domain literature to satisfy my thirst. From Frankenstein to Iliad to Einstein theory of relativity, I wasted my holidays scanning through the digital pixels which formed into the story itself. However, I also blamed Project Gutenberg for the loss of my 20/20 eye vision because I went for eye check before and after the first time I discovered Project Gutenberg, my eyesight lost 50 points. And reading on screen cause d such pain to the eyes as well as slowing down my reading speed.

So, for this break, I might stick with paper edition for once.

My Alma Mater on Post

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Sekolah Ulung ~ Premier School, SM All Saints

Not bad. I just recently received this news. My alma mater, All Saints Secondary School was honored by Pos Malaysia to be included as one of the four Premier school selected to be engraved forever as stamps.

SM All Saints was chosen by Pos Malaysia Berhad to be honoured in the custom-made stamps and first-day covers for their academic and curriculum achievements.

Ah, the nostalgic feeling and school pride seems to be filling up inside myself again.

This school had produced notable personalities and professionals, past and present, among others, former Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat and Upko Deputy President-cum-Tuaran MP, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, who was also a former Deputy Chief Minister.

“In fact present Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman was also once a student here.”

International golfer Ben Leong (my cousin), swimmers Alex Lim Keng Liat and Elvin Chia, and karate exponents Michelle Koh and Sarah Chung, to name a few, were also products of the school.

I should strive harder to be included as one of the more notable alumna a few years down the road.

Quod Facimus Id Perficimus

“What We Do We Carry Through”

Scary Addictions

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(Malacca, Malaysia) Fatal Addiction

Those who know me quite well are ill prepared to recognize that I have a problem with addiction. Whenever I become interested in something, I will immerse myself in it to the point of becoming a scary obsession. Sometimes, the addiction disappeared as I aged. Sometimes, the traces never truly disappeared.

I’m not sure when my addiction with the animes and mangas realm began. Perhaps, it stem off my previous addiction towards cartoon and ventured into the uncharted territories of Japanese animes. From there onwards, I moved on towards mangas, Korean manhwas, movies, J-dramas etc.

Interesting mangas lead me to search further for the anime released or a similar J-drama counterpart. Subsequently, it lead to my discovery of my most recent prize such as Kurosagi and Bloody Monday. Often, these discoveries come at the most inauspicious of time, namely, usually a day or two before my exam. I believed this lead to a subsequent demise in my grades.

I used to spent hours reading mangas I found online, where my compulsive addiction literally forces me to complete the entire series before I’m satisfied into doing something else. I was quite happy when History Strongest Disciple Kenichi series was being translated en masse following a lag behind by 200+ chapters behind the Japanese sequence. Imagine the release of at least 3 chapters on a daily basis for the past few months before the scantalators manage to catch up with the latest chapter currently in running. Although I used to spent so much time reading online, I was quite happy that the time I spent recent decreased because I have d completed such a huge section that the random button in Onemanga usually leads me to a series I had completed and thus saving myself some few precious hours.

I was surprised once when I could candidly respond to all of Jason’s questions regarding social order in society as well as with a few other themes using only examples from Naruto. I sincerely believe that most mangas reflect the nature of society the authors lived in and could give an insight into the culture and general values the society holds, in this case, the Japanese society.

On the other hand, Albert has been lamenting on my academic doom since he caught me reading manga for hours on a daily basis. His insights brings some significant truth to it, but my grades should hold for the moment.

Well, my nature to develop addiction towards something to the point of obsession had lead to my lack of sociability and productive means. Hopefully, I could convert this addiction of mine instead from the animation world and applied it to my academic realm.