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Monday, 29 September 2008
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just a wee summary of what's been going on this past one week..
QUB had alot of arrangements for internationals.. one such event was the Irish Folk Dance a week ago.. where all internationals to gather and to learn their traditional folk dances, then dance with each other. like those olden parties where ppl drink their beers at the long side table, and in the middle couples just dances and interchange partners constantly.
there! can u see me? i'm the one on the far right.. .
hehe.. kidding! fake picture. no way anyone can swing me like tat.

it was just a simple gathering, with one instructor in front, teaching us just the basic 1,2,3 step as there were quite a number of us. 200 maybe? doesn't matter if ur steps are wrong.. or u didnt skip when u should have. just don't get off-beat! then the group will be messed up. we had a band too!! so adorable.. the 2 uncles and auntie playing the instruments in front.

the instructor pulled random ppl for demonstration.

the hall was quite cramp for so many ppl. there were dances where u hv to swing ur partner round n round,but i had to bend my arms so i wont bump into anyone. apatah lagi my arm panjang. don't have picture of me dancing tho! cos once start to dance, hv to keep the camera edy.

my supposed partner, jeng haw. but we keep changing partners..till i end up being the guy sometimes. haha.

one the weekends, siaou merng ( she's from china, pek ha's friend) never tried moci before.. so the house decided to call her over for dinner, and we would make moci!! quite simple to make. involves only glutinous rice, peanuts, sugar and a pair of hands to make them. its time consuming though..especially boiling the glutinos rice, frying the peanuts and peeling off the peanuts skin. (ouch! *panaas**)


didn't have the tumbuk thingy, so had to use the heavy chocolate spread bottle to tumbuk the peanuts to grains. (duno whose wan.. hehe)

the glutinious rice was all in one bowl.everyone jus dipped in, and roll it in the peanuts! fun to do in group gatherings.. everyone's scavenge into the bowl, tugging and pulling the gooooo. yumsy!

jeng haw first time doing turkey!

eeek... yumms! turkey drumstick tastes like duck!

siaou merng cooking her asam fish.. sweet sweet gal! too bad my mandarin is virtually nonexistant.. sigh sigh.

the dinner ..we had curry chicken and lamb as well!

siaou merng and pek ha,who is from malaysia also. my housemates' friends! both doing phD at QUB.
out of fun, pat had to suggest combining glutinous rice with someting else.. after literally being gagged with goo in our tummies way above our limit. glutinuos rice + choc spread...here it goes.

this was how it tasted...


hehe. no lar. actually not too bad. but almost couldnt taste anything edi. too fULL!!!
"hmmm..wonder how it'd taste like with coffee!?"

"ish..just try lar, ting hwey.. " husband wife candid shot =.=

how to resist not attending after a glance at this poster?
was much anticipated! especialy held at Botanic Garden.. here are some of the eateries..

bakery galore.. drool.... chocolate is my enemy nowadays.. i'm slowly losing the battle..

my meal was Burritos! inside consist of rice and lotsa chicken and spicy gravy..was deliciously hot.

apparently it was a frog or something.. done in dough in a bakery!

they had all these competitions as well.. like best flower arrangements... or best tea table setup.. biggest carrot, just alll sorts!

my first surgical week was quite mundane.. surgeons are all so busy to layan us. this is definitely different from IMU.. more dependant on ur self-effort. we're pretty much left on our own. had to find our own case to write up, and surgery to attend.. lectures are no more. more of getting materials online and reading them urselves. but the most memorable experience thus far (although seem very smalllL...).. .........

is putting the scrubs on for the first time... so cool walking around the hospital and finally feeling like ur part of the health care team..that was just the motivation i needed. i couldn't help beaming truout the day! and although some may have been in the OT before, this was my actual first time also! (i kno.. very jakun right..) its just a great feeling.. the operation was just a minor procedure.. the patient had huge huge hydrocele (fluid in the scrotum) and all the surgeon did was an incision, then squeeze it all out. but no operation is too small right! =)

they only let 2 students enter. so during the operation, the anesthesist was bombarded us with questions. luckily i could answer a few. but he was really nice about it all. and along the procedure, the surgeon explained to us what he was doing as well while we watched. in the theatres.. they have a tea room where all surgeons will lounge in between surgeries. virtually got a kitchen. can make tea, coffee, toast, biscuits..eeek!! so nice!

sigh.. belfast. my heart's slowly opening to u