Aug 13, 2016


Have always been a sports fan, and there's no greater sporting event than the Olympics.. been glued to my TV since the Rio Olympics started more than a week ago.. watching any and every live (or repeat) broadcast of any events.. alas, there's whole lot of interesting (team) sports that weren't shown..

Since the next Olympics is going to be in Tokyo, Japan, and I have free lodging (kinda) there, I'm definitely not going to be absent from this world class sporting event in 2020! Watching the Olympics in person is one of my bucket list, so I'm definitely going to fulfill this wish list of mine.

Referencing the official website,  I'm already planning what sports to watch.. :)  most probably, I will try to catch women's football, handball, hockey, karate, rugby and volleyball games. Yes, I chose mostly team sports because firstly, these sports are seldom shown on TV as women's team sports are not popular in Asia, except karate maybe. Secondly, I used to play most of these sports, except football and rugby, so it will be great to watch world-class players in action. Finally, it's more fun cheering for teams than individuals.. And no, I won't want to watch the usual favorites live, like swimming, basketball, athletics and diving, since I know tickets for those events will be selling like hotcakes and there will be no lack of fans cheering the athletes on. Also, I may also stay and watch the Paralympics too, since I've never watch any events from this "parallel Olympics".

Am gonna start saving... so that I may fully immersed in that awesome Olympic sporting spirit as a spectator!!

Jul 19, 2016

if something's strange in the neighborhood....

Just went to the cinema here to see this latest 're-invention' of one of my favorite movies.. Ghostbusters!!

I REALLY like it  A LOT!! I had a great time and really good laughs... It's both nostalgic and new.. the bond and camaraderie between the ladies are very strong. And with three out of the four leads coming from SNL (that's Saturday Night Live for the uninitiated), these ladies are simply hilarious! Both Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones can really hold their own against more seasoned Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. It was really fun watching them have fun. Also, I liked the way how the original cast of Ghostbusters cameo-ed in the movie. 

Maybe some might think, "Meh.. what's there to watch about 4 girls doing what real men were supposed to?" That's so sexist and condescending!  Heck, some of the world's most influential countries are now headed by FEMALE leaders. According to this website, there are a total of 22 female leaders in the world as of Jan 2015!! And with the inaugurations of President Tsai Ing-wen (Republic of China - Taiwan) and Theresa May (the UK) this year, that number may be higher!!

I think everyone should just leave their misogynistic views and sexist feelings aside, and just go in and enjoy this fun-filled summer (movie) treat. Would totally watch its sequel(s) !!
If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call?

If it's somethin' weird an' it don't look good
Who ya gonna call?

Mar 25, 2016

dumbest reason to do a PhD

Would you enrolled in a PhD program just out of spite?

Background: X is a Masters student under the guidance of Prof Y. Prof Y stopped X from getting his Masters by giving X a failed grade for his Masters thesis while all other members in the thesis panel gave him high marks. In the end, X had to find a new advisor last minute, but managed to graduate. X is a well-established professional in his own field and is rich. The Masters degree was just another feather in his cap.

Now: X has enrolled in the PhD program within the same department as an attempt to 'spite' Prof Y and has chosen another prof, Prof Z, as his PhD advisor. Also, X 'purposely' took Prof Y's classes so that he can rub 'it' in Prof Y's face.

When I first heard about this, my first reaction is "what a stupid thing to do!" and "what's the point?" In my opinion, to do something just to spite someone is the dumbest and most childish thing to do. If he likes to do research or he wants to get a foothold in the academia, then by all means, go get a PhD. But to do a PhD just so he can 'rub it' in his ex-advisor's face is probably the most moronic act of self-sabotage.

What can X hope to gain from such shortsighted action? Prof Y is an experienced researcher and noted scholar in his field. Although he is quite controversial and sort of a loner, he is still a senior faculty member of the dept. Will Prof Y even care that X is back as a PhD student? Or care that X went to Prof Z instead of him for guidance? If X does well in his PhD, Prof Y can still claim credit to X's success since he did guide X for almost 2 years. If X doesn't do well, Prof Y can declare that he had foreseen what a failure X is and that's why he failed X's Masters thesis. It's a NO-WIN situation for X.

Everyone who knew about this backstory was egging X on and is sharing this story around like some juicy gossip. Frankly I just don't get it. Maybe some people just need some excitement in their lives. Me? I think I'll skip.

Mar 21, 2016


Finally went to see a movie last week..  And I think I will go and watch it again this week.. this is just the second movie that I (will) watch twice in the cinema.. heck, I might even watch it more than twice if I have the time next week..  yes, that's how much I like it.. It premiered in the US last year, took it long enough to reach TW.. but at least it is being shown here.. it wasn't allowed in many countries cos of the story. Read the book a couple of years ago when I asked my library to get it. Just checked and found that the book is now reserved by 3 person, while the Chinese translated version is reserved by more than 7.. Think I will get a (paper) copy for myself one of these days..

...flung out of space...

Mar 14, 2016


finally found the word that describes who I am... especially at night or on a rainy day..