Tuesday, November 22, 2005

What a busy month for me

During this whole and next month period, I will be very busy as I have to complete and submit all my individual and group assignment in each module for my diploma first semester. OMG, what a tough and challenging for me because this is the only opportunity to get some marks on my in-course assessment. Sigh. I have a feeling that I can't always go and watch the idols perform because of that. But it doesn't matter for me unlike priest and ostro as i shouldn't be too addicted to meet idols and ensure my studies are not affected.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Eddie Guerrero passes away

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Eddie Guerrero (1967-2005)

WWE is deeply saddened by the news that Eddie Guerrero has passed away. He was 38. He was found dead Sunday morning in his hotel room in Minneapolis. Eddie is survived by his wife Vickie and daughters Shaul, 14, Sherilyn, 9, and Kaylie Marie, 3.The cause of death is possibly heart decease according to his wife, Vickie and Eddie's body will then be flown to Arizona. Funeral arrangements are set for Thursday.

T_T... I would like to extend my condolences to his family and Chavo Guerrero. I will never ever forget about his WWE moments. No more Latino Heat and Lie, Cheat, and Steal.


Launch of Jansen Chow Art Exhibition

Today morning, I went to the launching of my cousin in law, Jansen Chow's Art Exhibition which held in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur with my family and relatives. It was officially launched by Deputy Ministry of Home Affairs, Datuk Tan Chai Ho. Jansen Chow and Datuk Tan Chai Ho were also interviewed by the reporters from RTM and Astro AEC regarding to the launching of the art gallery. After I watched some arts and took some photos, we went back early about 1 pm. Before the end, I will show you some of the pictures of art that drawn by Jansen Chow. I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

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Opening ceromony from Datuk Tan Chai Ho and Jansen Chow (purple) is on his left

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Interview session by RTM and Astro AEC

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Jansen's art: Bukit Bintang Starbucks Coffee Cafe

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Jansen's art: In one of the bar at Jalan Bukit Bintang

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Jansen Chow with my family and relatives

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Kak Farah's Hari Raya Open House

It was a heavy rainy Thursday evening, but it doesn't stop me and my friend, Dennis Chua to go to Kak Farah Z's open house which is in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. To be invited to Kak Farah's house was something that I want to enjoy myself with her family and friends. We arrived there about slightly 8pm with taxi from Mid Valley Megamall. When we arrived, the most surprise is that not only the Farahnatics attend the open house, but there were the other idols from both season 1 and 2, as well as some guests from Bintang RTM, Mentor, and Akademi Fantasia. There was Fareesya and Kak Jihan, as well as Kak Farah's parents too. It was a very great and warm atmosphere, and the food was great especially satay and rendang. I enjoyed that food so much. Then the delicious chocolate birthday cake come out and everyone singing birthday song to Kak Farah. Kak Farah was very happy and all smiles about the birthday celebration. We had so much chit chat with some other idols , while Kak Farah was busy welcoming some guests. After 10 something, Dennis and I have to rushed back home because I got morning class on tomorrow morning. I wish i can stay until 12, but i had no choice and have to sleep early for class. What a nice open house, thanks Kak Farah. You are simply the best that you invited me and i appericiated it. I wish i will get to meet you and your family again in another functions. Well done.

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The idols from Season 1 and 2

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From left: Kak Rydee, Me, and Kak Sufiah

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Me with Kak Atillia

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Me with Fareesya, Kak Farah's younger sister

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Me with Abang Zamil

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Me with Ash

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Me with Dina

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Kak Farah (in blue) is blewing the candles of birthday cake which hold by priest

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Me with Aunty Fawziah, Kak Farah's mother

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Me with Kak Farah Z

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Me with Jac

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Cancers in Malaysia

Since Datin Seri Endon passes away because of breast cancer last month. I will show you some information and knowledge about cancer in Malaysia. Enjoy reading.

The commonest cancers in Malaysia, according to the National Cancer Registry report, 2003, have to be divided into male and female.

In men, the commonest cancers are (in order of frequency): lung, nasopharyngeal cancer, colon, leukaemia, rectum, prostate, stomach, lymphoma, other skin cancers and liver.

In women, the commonest cancers are (in order of frequency): breast, cervix, colon, uterus, rectum, ovary, leukaemia, lung, stomach and other skin cancers.

Overall, female breast cancer is by far the most common type, with almost 4,000 new cases presenting in Malaysia every year. The second most common, cervical cancer, has an incidence of around 1,500 new cases each year.

Is this different from the types of common cancers around the world?

It is, in many ways. In the US, according to a report by SEER from 1987 to 1991, the commonest cancers in white males are (in order of frequency): prostate, lung and bronchus, colon and rectum, urinary bladder, lymphoma, oral cavity and pharynx, melanoma of skin, leukaemia, kidney and pancreas.

In white women, the commonest cancers are (in order of frequency): breast, lung and bronchus, colon and rectum, uterus, ovary, lymphoma, melanoma of skin, cervix, leukaemia and urinary bladder.

Note that North America has the highest cancer rate per population compared to the rest of the world, with the cancer incidence of over 300 cases for every 100,000 people in its population. This is even higher than Europe, which has about 250 to 300 cancer cases for every 100,000 people.

South East Asia (including Malaysia), the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and the Gulf States, Central Africa and Mexico have among the lowest rates of cancer incidence in the world.

Nevertheless, experts have warned that by the year 2020, there will be 15 million new cancer cases in the world every year.

Why is this so? Is it the food we eat? Is it our Asian genes?

There are several postulated reasons why the cancer incidence is so much lower in so-called third world countries:

Underdiagnosis – patients with cancer tend to present very late, or not realise they have cancer at all. This is because of the lack of awareness on the symptoms and signs of cancer. People in our neck of the woods tend to pass off these symptoms as “gas” or “simple aches and pains”.

When they do go to a doctor, it might not be to a doctor practising Western medicine. In third world countries, patients have many options – bomohs, sinsehs, shamans, medicine men and so on. The National Cancer Registry of Malaysia only records cases which have presented to Western type doctors.

Cancer is a disease of old age. In the West, people tend to live much longer than developing nations.

Nevertheless, the cancer incidence in Malaysia is rapidly increasing. This is a danger signal we should all heed.

Some cancers are linked to genetics. Nasopharyngeal cancer is often called the “Cantonese” cancer. It is very prevalent in Chinese men and not in the West.

Some cancers are caused by lifestyle trends. You’ll notice that the lung cancer incidence is higher in US women than it is in Malaysian women.

This is probably because smoking amongst US women is more prevalent. However, it must be noted that not all types of lung cancers are caused by smoking. In women especially, the adenocarcinoma subtype is the commonest, and this is postulated to be caused by lung scarring and not smoking.

Another lifestyle cancer is skin cancer, which you will notice is more common in the West where they have less pigmentation to protect them from the harmful rays of the sun. Sunbathing is also more common there than it is here.

In Malaysia, are the cancer types spread evenly amongst the three races? Or is there a difference?

In Chinese men, nasopharyngeal cancer is the second commonest cancer, while in Malay men, it only ranks sixth.

The top three most common cancers in Malay men are: lung, leukaemia and rectum. For Malay women, they are: breast, cervix and leukaemia.

The top three most common cancers in Chinese men are: lung, nasopharynx and colon. Note that colorectal cancer is associated with the more “Westernised” type of diet. In Chinese women, the top three are: breast, cervix and colon.

For Indian men, they are: stomach, prostate and leukaemia. For Indian women, they are: breast, cervix and gum and mouth cancer.

Leukaemias tend to be prevalent in children and adolescents who have cancer, such as those aged below 15. Haematologists have noted that lymphoma tends to be more common in the Malay race than others.

With the increase of cancer awareness, the more “detectable” cancers such as breast cancer (by self-examination and discoveries of lumps) and cervical cancer (by Pap smear) will rise in incidence. The aim is to detect them early so that a full cure may be possible.

Source: The Star

Friday, November 04, 2005

Sufiah's Hari Raya Open House

Last night was the happiest day for me as i visited Sufiah's family open house in Petaling Jaya. This is the first time I visit the hari raya open house in 20 years since i was born. During her open house, I get to know all her parents, siblings, friends, and relatives. Besides, I really enjoy some buffet including rendang and chicken curry. Thanks to her mother's cooking. Very nice and delicious despite spicy. Finally I would like to thank Kak Sufiah for invited me to her open house and really appericiated to know all her family members . I wish I would like to go to her house again in Hari Raya next year to try her mother's food again. Hehehe.....Now it's Farah Z's open house is next.

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(Standing from left) Sufiah's cousins Maria and Shai, and sister-in-law Amy in white. Seated from left are cousins Abby and Beeza. Sufiah is on Maria's right.

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Me with Kak Sufiah