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I’m quite sure many of you would have heard of this Aesop’s fairy tale before

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, “Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!”

The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

“Don’t cry ‘wolf’, shepherd boy,” said the villagers, “when there’s no wolf!” They went grumbling back down the hill.

Later, the boy sang out again, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!” To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.

When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, “Save your frightened song for when there is really something wrong! Don’t cry ‘wolf’ when there is NO wolf!”

But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, “Wolf! Wolf!”

But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn’t come.

At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn’t returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

“There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, “Wolf!” Why didn’t you come?”

An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.

“We’ll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning,” he said, putting his arm around the youth, “Nobody believes a liar…even when he is telling the truth!”


The moral of this story is: Never tell lies. (Or whatever other moral values you perceive it to have)

Perhaps its cause the writer wrote it intending to teach that moral value to those reading it. But after thinking about it recently, I guess the reader might be able to perceive another side of the story.

He cried out because he was lonely, insecure and he did what he could to stop himself from feeling insecure. He wanted attention and he did what he could to get it. But those around him got a bit annoyed by his needs of attention. And when the wolf comes (I perceived as troubles), he cried the harder. But the previous securities whom he expects to come to his aid, didn’t help him at all.

I read the story and found a pitiful lonely boy.

But when you think about it, aren’t we quite similar to the boy who cried ‘Wolf’? Take away the things which make us feel secure. Take away the friends we are so bonded up with. Take away the partners we are living our lives with. Take away our internet connections and our mobile phones. Take away our wardrobe, our shoes, our fancy bags. Take away our pride and take away the fake-us we normally portray to others.

Underneath all those securities we hold on to, we will find the same boy who cries ‘Wolf’.

Don’t you think so?

But the most important thing is realize though is that, have you discovered the one ‘Old Man’ who’ll help you look for the lost sheep?

Think about it.


I have to let myself settle down first before typing out this post. Because what I’m about to share really got me ‘emo’. Will be trying my best to share with you what I’m experiencing right now.

I wonder if you had come across this video clip on Youtube or on Facebook. Do have a look at it.

I’m not really good in Mandarin so I might not understand the whole story but I reckon I know enough to know what’s happening.

Anyway. I’m touched by her courage and her life-story. Even her outlook on life is touching. Life treats her unfairly, but she still managed to look on the brighter side of life. She believes she will have happiness. I wonder how many of us actually believes we will find true happiness, from the bottom of our hearts. We often give up and feel undetermined by the tiniest things, but this ‘young-looking’ girl reminds us that there are a lot more things in life to feel grateful for. To keep on looking forward with your head held high no matter what befalls us.

Thank you for teaching me something about life today.


I’ve been attending this seminar called IDERN 2010 for the past few days. It’s the short form for International Doctoral Educational Research Network, bringing supervisors and postgraduate students from all over the globe to discuss about postgraduate studies.

In a lot of ways, I would have like it more if I had attended this before I started my PhD 2 years ago because it would have given me a clearer picture over how and what studying PhD would be like.

I like to quote one of the speakers who said

PhD- you are responsible for the independent research in the field while being properly supervised.

This means that you are responsible for everything you do from the first step onwards, not your supervisor. This particular responsibility I had experienced it first hand, be it being efficient to carry out my study or be it missing deadlines due to personal problems, everything was my responsibility, and I can’t say that it’s not my fault because everything that happen since that day 2 years ago is under my care.

Another particular thing which I just had to quote was this

In the beginning, you would know nothing, and your supervisor will know everything. After 3 years, you will know almost everything and your supervisor, almost nothing

Think about it.

Well anyway, I’ve learnt loads from the seminars held, from dealing with your supervisors to defending the viva. I won’t be sharing any here because it will take a lot of writing space.

Perhaps the only thing I would write about is this.

Postgraduate study is like your undergraduate study, multiplied ten-folds, add-in a few folds of stress and problems, subtracting all the help you may have gotten in your undergraduate years and you’ll find time as a fraction of what it used to be.

So be prepared, my dear juniors who are about to journey down this road. But do remember one thing though, please do have a life while studying because sometimes a pinch of fun allows for more efficient work.

Have fun studying 🙂

Here’s some other things from the seminar that I would like to share: (Sources are in brackets)

The secret life of the PhD student

You’re sitting at your desk ready to start writing; it’s 9.30 a.m. You think, “I’ll just check my emails for 10 minutes and then I’ll get started on my literature review.” You open up your email and find there’s one from your supervisor asking if your draft is ready. You quickly send it to the trash and check the next one. It’s from an honours student in your department saying they can’t find a particular reference and since it’s your field do you know where to find it. You think, “It’ll only take a few minutes, I’ll just do a quick check.” So you log onto to the library electronic journals. Eventually, with a sense of great satisfaction, it’s found and emailed off to the grateful honours student. It’s 10.15 a.m. “Well,” you think, “I may as well just get the rest of these emails cleared”; glassware not cleaned in lab yesterday – send back saying it wasn’t me; astronomical society bash tonight – send back saying sorry, can’t come; interesting reference from co-supervisor –send back saying thanks, and go look up reference – feel very satisfied when found, printed, stapled and put in pile with 40 other articles. It is now 11.00 a.m. “Well, it’s been a busy morning, surely it’s time for a cup of coffee.” You meet a few friends in the coffee room and chat about the latest techniques for grafting boils to blue tongued sleepy lizards. It’s 11.30 a.m. As it’s only an hour until lunch you think there’s not much point in trying to start the lit review now, so you organise some references and put them into Endnote. It’s 12.30 p.m. and, with a sigh of relief, you head off for lunch. At 1.30 p.m. you come back and now feel a little tired, so think ‘I’ll just do something a bit easy until I feel more motivated.’ It’s 2.30 p.m. and another PhD student knocks on the door and asks for help with calibrating her super-sensitive bio-liquid. You are really good at this so you help and, after all, she’s helped you with Endnote in the past. After this you rush back into your office. It’s 4.30 p.m. You’re late, so you shut down your computer, grab your bag and rush out.
Your supervisor walks past and asks you how your day was. You say, “Great – very busy, did a lot”, but you have to rush now because you’re late for a meeting of the Faculty Higher Degrees Completion Committee and you are its representative!

                                                                   (Kearns et al., 2008)

Do inform me if it’s inappropriate to post this here and I’ll take it down.

What is written in the secret lives of a PhD student is really quite true 🙂

And the second one is a comic by Jorge Cham which is also quite true.


Lol. Have an idea what’s postgraduate studies is like yet?

I’ve heard a lot of people wishing to get a DSLR, mainly because

  1. They think its cool to lug around a DSLR
  2. They think that all the photos you take with a DSLR will be great photos
  3. They think that they can just use the Auto settings on a DSLR and everything will turn out fine.
  4. They are really photography enthusiasts who really learn a lot of things before settling down with a DSLR [And these are the people who knows how to read up on photography related topics etc]

If you are planning to spend for a DSLR and you are in category 1, 2, or 3, and NOT in category 4, then please do not waste your money on a DSLR.

On the contrary to what those in Category 1, 2 or 3 believe, it is not easy to use a DSLR. It’s heavy, the lens work funnily sometimes, focus is sometimes off when you’re using manual focus, some lens won’t work on certain DSLR, you might not get used to looking through the viewfinder [even though some DSLR have live-view function, I found that for the D90 there’s a slight delay in live-view which really spoils a lot of things], and most of all, you’ll need a lot of practice and read-ups to be good in using it [and that definitely means reading the manual- Only sadly I’ve seen very little friends of mine who owns a digital camera and still do not read the manual, till in the end, they didn’t know how much their digital camera can actually do].

Only consider a DSLR when you know what the following means and how each of them relate which each other.

  • Exposure
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • F-stop
  • Spot, center weighted metering
  • Macro
  • Noise

If you don’t know any one of the above I would suggest for you to read up [go online and do a search on it]. Some camera’s manual settings will give you control [to an extent] on the above settings. You don’t need a DSLR to learn about the above.

Lets say for example, if you would want to take photos at night, what should you do. Turn on night mode and everything will be preset for you. But handshake might still remain a problem. How about using manual settings at night to take photos with natural lighting, what should you do? [Longer shutter speed possibly with a tripod, with high ISO to compensate so that you will be able to make things brighter- with higher noise of course, no flash unless absolutely necessary, low level of aperture perhaps f-stop of f/2.8, and pray that you’ll get a nice photo]

There are a lot of things one should learn before going for a DSLR, and moving along with the trend [by which more and more people are making the transition to DSLR] is NOT a good idea.

Please learn, unlock the full potential of your digital camera [if you have one], know its limitations, know its potential, know what you lack and find ways to compensate for it, and definitely read the manual if you have time.

Only after you’ve learn how to use the digital camera should you consider buying a DSLR. And when I say learn I don’t mean using Auto function and just snap away. Experience with the manual settings, play around and try new things. You’ll never know what your digital camera can do. I used my digital camera almost 3 quarters of a month, every month for 2 years [mostly in manual settings] before I got a DSLR. And honestly, it’s still hard to use the DSLR after all that practice.

So please, do some homework before buying so that you won’t blame the DSLR when all you get is lousy photos.

That being said, I will share my experience with Esme [My D90] soon. Perhaps you will be able to see what I’ve gone through with the DSLR. 🙂


PS: Correct me if I’m wrong with some of the info. I’m still learning as well

Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon 2010 47

I’ve went to attended the Now I See! Spiritual Revival Concert organized by ICM. It’s all thanks to Liannie and some juniors for ‘bringing’ me to the concert. It was held in New Era College, Kajang on the 20th of March 2010.

It was really an enjoyable experience, a bit different from what I would have expected but still enjoyable nevertheless. I really do enjoy the Praise and Worship session [a bit similar to what is done in CSS, except most of the time we in CSS tends to loosen up too much] and the drama act. And I also do enjoy the energetic dances put up by the dancers [Liannie included]

Unfortunately I had to go early because I have other obligations to fulfill [obligations as in to fetch some juniors to the balloon fiesta in Putrajaya]. So I think I wouldn’t be qualified to say that I have had the full experience.

Honestly though, it managed to open my eyes a bit towards my own spiritual faith and perhaps I might join in more activities in the near future. Also, I would enjoy being a photographer for their upcoming activities [Invites, anyone?]

Here are some photos of the event [Some of the photos was improperly exposed since I’m still not used to the external flash unit of my camera]

All the photos you’ve seen here would have already been pasted on Facebook.

Now I See 1

Now I See 3

Now I See 4

Now I See 6

Now I See 8

Now I See 9

Now I See 11

Now I See 13

Now I See 15

Now I See 18

Now I See 22

Now I See 27

Now I See 33

Now I See 5 

Now I See 7 

Now I See 25

Now I See 30