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Many things has happened since 10 March 2005, the date of the last entry was posted. things that would have made it into this blog earlier. i'm actually under pressure from a few friends in MMU that asked me to update my blog. I've been really busy towards the end of this third semester of my alpha year, but the main reason why i hadn't been updating my blog is because of an accident that happened to me while i was playing rugby in the evening of the 17th of March 2005. I tackled this lad, landed on my side and that guy dropped right on top of my shoulder. That's guy's body weight broke my right collar bone. Yup, it broke into two. I felt the stinging pain straight away as it cracked. the pain was agonizing. i couldn't feel my right arm for a moment....slowly but surely i could move my fingers, but dared not move until help arrived. There i lay in the middle of the field for a few seconds b4 play was stopped and the referee asked for assistance. i couldn't see how bad my collar bone broke, but i could still move my left hand and touch the area where i felt and heard the 'CRACK'. ooo boy... there was a lump right in the middle of the bone....it broke into two and one part was sticking out almost protruding the skin. immense pain and numbness... in a short while, players and onlookers surrounded me... they were saying things like, "oh shit" "this is bad" "it's broken, it's broken" "oh my god" "he needs to go to the hospital" "call someone to send him to the hospital!".... how was i feeling that time? I was thinking, "shut up and give me some air, damnit!" Seriously, i couldn't move my body...every move hurts. Pakio used lesly's t-shirt and an FCM team jersy to make a sling to hold my arm near to my chest. then a few strong guys lifted me up onto my two feet. literally. slowly i limped back to the carpark and lesly drove me to the putrajaya hospital with zeek accompanying. he was driving my car. now, u would have expected a hospital in the nation's capital to be really good and professional. however, that was not the case. i waited so long while the doctors were laughing and joking around. Fools. and to make matters worse, i was shivering like mad. mind you, i was wearing rugby shorts and my shirt was drench with sweat. the shivering also adds to the pain that i'm already suffering from. damn. after waiting for nearly an hour, i was told to FOLLOW the nurse to the X-ray room. no wheelchair, alright. I had to walk!!! what type of hospital is this?!! and that person who took my X-ray, i swear if i see him again, i will break his collar bone and push him towards the X-ray board and see if he yells in pain or not. that bastard, wanker! damn rude and rough. no sense of hospitality at all! well after the X-Ray, i had to wait for another 30 minutes and then the doctor came, told me to go home and rest. WTF??!!!!!! HELLO??!! I GOT A BROKEN BONE AND SUFFERING REALLY BAD RIGHT HERE!!! "There's nothing we can do right now. we can only give u some painkillers. come back in April and go see the bone specialist next door. For now, just go home and rest." Man that evening, i felt really miserable...can't do anything on my own. everything had to rely on my parents...the next day, my dad took me to Taman Desa Medical Center (TMDC) to see a specialist. yeah the doctor came in late coz of the traffic jam but still, he was a really nice and funny guy. good sense of humour. he could still crack some jokes bout playing rugby and breaking bones and playing more rugby and breaking more bones. well since putrajaya hospital never gave their patients their Xrays back, i had to Xray my collar bone once again and this time, that guy was so gentle and patient. he didn't push me around and waited for me to feel comfortable b4 taking the shot. asked if i feel alright and how did i break my bone. even wished me to get well soon! unlike that bastard in putrajaya. damn him i'm still infuriated. God have mercy on his soul when i see him again. So the doctor explained what the Xray said, and that i needed an operation. "tomorrow! at 8 in the morning! come at 7!" so the next day, we went there early and i got injected with anesthetics and i dozed off. Next thing i know, i opened my eyes, and i saw an angel in front of me. thanks for coming :) and you too... so the operation was about inserting a metal plate, screwing it in to keep my bone in place. now it is no more protruding out anymore. felt really weak and tired after the op. but there was not much pain anymore. felt really numb. was released by the hospital on the same day. had a sling to keep my arm in place and to prevent unnecessary movement. I'm really glad i went to TMDC. cannot rely on Putrajaya hospital! A lot of things were going through my mind after the operation. asssignments were the first thing that bugged me. How in the world am i gonna finish my DF and CG and English media base project and MLE too??!! And then there was this futsal tournament that my team and i was supposed to play on sunday the 20th of March. cancelled. then what about my rugby career? is it finished? how long will i stay like this? when can i drive again? how many things that i can't do now that i can't move my right hand? Can i go Genting with my MMU frens in two weeks time? And you, how am i going to face you? this is one hell of an experience. and despite the fact that i've known my close hometown friends for nearly a decade now, not one of them has come to visit me, even until today, the 10th of April, almost a month after my accident. some friends they are. this goes to show that true friendship is really so hard to find. the stone cold truth is, when you are healthy and rich and famous, you will have a lot of friends. when you are sick and poor and useless, no one cares bout u, no matter what you have done for them in the past. only true friends stay by your side. i dun really mind though, i can't force them to come visit me anyway...i'm just a bit dissapointed. so i would like to stress here, choose your friends wisely. alright, let's put that saga behind, i'm well on my way to recovery. doc says it takes bout 6 months to a year b4 i can go for another op to remove the metal plate. then have to wait for another few months b4 i can be active in sports again. today, i can write, type and brush my teeth with my right hand again. another reason why my blog has been so quite, it's because i couldn't type properly with only my left hand. really slow and too many errors. so i got fed up and screwed it all. Moving on, i would like to put down a few notes regarding the making of my first ever short movie. ironically, it wasn't for any creative multimedia project but for a pitiful English media based project. Nevertheless, i enjoyed every bit of the making of process. despite my broken collar bone, my group (consisting of lesly, dennis, ivan, and calvin) managed to shoot a short movie entitiled 'The Teacher' based on the short story written by some kiasu singaporean (i forgot her name, and i just assume all singaporeans are kiasu...even i'm kiasu so what the heck). Gave it a twist and a whodunit plot. designed to shock the audience and make them think. or laugh, according to some of our classmates...u should see the way the psychotic mad hatter laughs upon viewing our video. really tough work.. first we had to discuss bout the story, the scenes, draw the storyboards, write out the screenplay, camera angles and stuff like that. filming days were the week b4 submission, really late due to my injury. had to go location hunting for our shooting scenes. thanks along, daina and murtada for your warm welcome and patience with us. thanks also to auds (for food and place), chee yong and celine (extras). after shooting is done, then comes the hardest and most time consuming part. editing! but we were slowed down by some technical difficulties. video capture card couldn't be installed, even lesly's hard drive couldn't be detected at one point (hahahaha remember that, lesly?). had to bring my PC from home to get on with the editing. spent whole day and night editing....cropping here and there mixing and matching, adding effects and sound/music...urgh...really taxing. but i guess this is what i love to do and WANT to do when i graduate. Film making. yeah baby. nothing excites me more than showing your film to an audience and have them critics, both good and bad, too improve myself. sadly though, we couldn't show it to the class on presentation day. oh well. nvm. i really strugged with DF... found it impossible to write with my left hand, let alone to draw. could've asked for extension but my lecturers are cold blooded. especially halim. so i thought, i will show him i can finish it even without extension. and i did. thanks calvin for helping me out with the inking process. everything else, i did it on my own. from sketching right up to pasting my name and ID on the illustration board. passed it up on time too. lesly and tan passed up a day later. according to lesly, he couldn't do his work if he doesn't have the mood to do so. and better to hand in quality work than to pass up crap. aiii.... nightmares are still not finished yet. still have MLE and CG. i'm really sorry to Tan and Lesly for not contributing much to MLE. the presentation part and also the end product part was fantastic though. kuddos. we did this parody of Jurrasic Park. took the original poster, modified the T-rex into a mountain biker and made a poster advertising some Exreme Mountain Biking Competition. as for CG, we all were really in a rush....we were one week late for submission. can only do this if your tutor is En. Kamarulzaman.... because of time constraint and the hours counting down for the Genting trip, i had to stay up the night b4 and do a really crappy flash animation to be handed in the next day. and i also had to finish up the english written repot and essay too. man..... passed every thing to lesly for submission as he was not following us to Genting. packed my luggage and my laptop, and off we go to Genting! it was a really long awaited break...first thought up by me when i told the guys, hey let's go for a trip at the end of this semester, i'm dying to ride on rollercoasters and free-falling platforms! two weeks ago, it seemed that this dream is broken just like my collar bone. somehow, i didn't care bout the bone as i REALLY REALLY needed to let go the stress! and it turned out fine! 'cept for my heavy laptop, the rides didn't pose a threat to my collar bone at all. basically, it was a 2 day 1 night trip. Friday and saturday (1st and 2nd april 2005). we took off from campus at about 9.30 and waited for the KTM. then we reached KL Central. ate breakfast at McD and hearing them play Chinese New Year song....wah lau eh, it's been more than a month since CNY has passed and they're still playing CNY song?!! after that, bought bus and cable car tix, hopped in the bus at 11am and dozed off. didn't sleep last night, remember? reached the cable car at 12 noon sharp. bus driver took exactly 60 minutes, as celine's new found uncle friend pointed out hahahahaha. cable car ride was 20 minutes, saw some stupid looking artifacts too. had no idea why the girls scream whenever the cable car takes off... anyway we walked a long way to our hotel, the First World (more like War Torn Third World to me) to check in. the room was really small...not what everyone expected... but auds did a good job at 'renovating' the room. oh and the phone wasn't working. put down our luggage and time to play! first ride was some cradle thingy with long chains that swing u outwards in mid air...ahhh...the cool air...then second was the cyclone. scream scream yeah yeah... then audrey wanted to sit that jumbo elephant thingy haha coz not that scary looking...after that was the water log. splash splash! one of my favourites. One ride that i really enjoyed was the Flying Coaster or better known as Superman as we called it. coz the ride is really u being superman. had to pay 10 bucks though. was worth it. Audrey the chicken heart was also persuaded to ride it! WOW! the only thing that was a big turn off was it started raining just as we wanted to ride the Corkscrew. The Solero Spaceshot was also closed for monthly maintenance. aii a bit dissapointed.... and that stupid spaceship emulator...the only enjoying moment was seeing Harith Iskandar's face at the end of the crappy video. late late lunch at Burger King's. the went for this indoor coaster ride... not really thrilling, just a lot of sudden turns... not forgetting the bumper car! everybody gang up to bang Dennis haha. a few more rounds of the indoor coaster thingy....think they went up 4 times...crazy wan. then we went and bought tickets for House of Fury later in the night at 11.15pm. went back to room and bathed then slept like a baby. woke up at 10, wanted to go to sushi king for dinner but discovered it was closed. in fact, most shops close at 10. had to settle for kenny rogers. went for the movie after dinner. i tell u, House of Fury is a must watch for kung fu flick fans. and Anthony Wong fans too! superb actor, no doubt about it. see, these are the sort of films that i hope to someday make. it's a really big ambition...but i'm gonna work hard on it. after the entertaining show, we went back to the room, watch my video 'The Teacher' that had mad hatter laughing like crazy, then went to sleep. everybody too tired. woke up the next day early. i was the first to rise. went down and bought some chicken wings to eat. then went for a short walk to enjoy the cool breeze of the morning air. really nice. went back up the room and bathed, read some newspaper and watched some documentary bout egypt, kings and their tombs before checking out and having lunch in Sushi King b4 leaving genting via the cable car and bus. the funny part was coming back to MMU in audrey's car, 7 people crampped into that small satria. wooo.... i had the priveledge to take the front passenger's seat because of my broken bone. :D for more info on the trip, visit audrey, charel and celine's blogs. list of frens who went: Dennis, Ivan, Audrey, Celine, Charel, and Shien Sim. when we reached campus, reality starts sinking in....it's time to STUDY!!!! in two day's time, the final exams will start. finals of our first year. if we pass this, we're going to Beta year! first up on monday was english paper. fairly easy. then on tuesday was CG. let me tell u that the text books that we are supposed to study tells us that the largest hard disk space is 14.4GB and Pentium II was the high end processor. and it's practically family photo album, even the family cat's in the books! many of the chapters are re-written in all three of the books. aiii... wasted so much money... anywapartly screwed for the fill in the blanks part. On friday was Maths. seriously screwed. I've never felt so helpless in maths b4. all hopes lost man. but i will still pass anyway. just hope for an A. last paper will be next week. MLE. hmmm if u look at the pattern of difficulty level, it increases after every paper... does this mean that MLE paper will be a cracker?! hope not...pls pls pls let me end my alpha year with a bang! After MLE paper, on Sunday evening the 19th of April will be the Annual T@MU Club Dinner. Lesly and I will be performing a few skits so i will have to divide my time between studies and practice. so, i guess this ends my rants. really looking forward to the holidays. I took a really long time typing this post out.... one of the longest posts that i've ever typed. I thought i had to give ya'll a hell lot to read to make up for the long wait. well here you have it, you want an update, now you've got it!
take care, god bless ya