Friday, 12 December 2008

Hairi & Azie Wedding Reception; 27 December 2008

 

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Assalamualaikum & Salam Sejahtera everyone,

We request the pleasure of your company to share with us a special moment as we celebrate the marriage between

Ahmad Zulhairi bin Mahadi

&

Noraziatie binti Yusoff

 

Date: 27 December 2008

Venue: Mini Stadium Bistari, Ayer Keroh Melaka

Time: 11.00 AM - 4.00 PM

 

Due to unprecedented constraints, I would also like to direct my apology to my close friends for not being able to hand out enough cards:

  • KYSM9701 buddies, and everyone attended KYSM between the year 1997-2001, including my beloved teachers. Korang nak buat gathering waktu ni pun memang dipersilakan. Lepas tu boleh pergi jenguk KYS.
  • KMB 02-04 buddies, and everyone attended KMB between the year 2002-2004. 'Termasuk cikgu2 kesayangan yang best'
  • Imperial College London and all UK graduates between the year 2004 and 2008. That is, IF you're in Malaysia during winter.
  • SRJK(C) Chung Hua Tampin buddies. 对不起 for my broken Mandarin now. But please, do come!
  • Petronas colleagues. Jangan jealous I'm getting 3 weeks of leave ek. hehe..

Actually, invitation is not opened only to my friends specified above. To put it better, EVERYONE WHO KNOWS ME, IS INVITED.

We appreciate your attendance to the wedding.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Craving & Deprived

'Sensory deprivation is the deliberate reduction or removal of stimuli from one or more of the senses.' [wikipedia]


A number of psychological experiments were conducted to observe how human cope with not having any sensory input, for an extended period of time. A test subject is kept in a pitched-black, sound-proofed room, with maybe only a bed to sleep on, alone, but is free to move around within the confinement. The experiment proved to be a very effective TORTURE method, where subjects will experient 'extreme anxiety, hallucinations, bizarre thoughts, depression, and anti-social behavior'.

The premise is simple - take away all sources of stimuli - and see how one muddle through with absolute nothingness. In normal situation, sensory organs continuously carry information for the brain to process. But in the absence of information, the brain keeps on working and processing, and starts to create information itself. This explains why we sometimes hear 'ringing' in our heads in a silent room. Worse case may involve seeing 'things' or feel someone nearby when you you should be alone.

But don't worry. That's not exactly what I'm experiencing. I'm sure there isn't anybody looking over my shoulder. (or is there?)

***

For all of you who don't know yet, I am now a regular offshore personnel on Resak Gas Complex, approximately 120KM offshore Kerteh, as an operation supervisor. The nature of my job is to be onboard for 2 weeks, then 2 weeks off, consecutively and continuously. It is thought to be a great opportunity to accelerate my understanding of oil and gas operation, and a wonderful experience too worthwhile to be wasted.

I currently live on this thing (Resak Gas Complex)

IF I enjoyed it, that is.

It has only been a few days, and I'm suffering some kind of sensory deprivation. It was hard to adapt when everything that I normally do everyday is unavailable here. My brain was in a blank state, and in dire need of processing information other than work related material! These are what I don't find here:

  1. Internet - is around 15 kbps! Therefore no Youtube, Loading a page on facebook takes forever. Not to mention several favourites websites that are blocked.
  2. Game - Never really get a chance to play my newly-bought XBOX360 until now. Oh I should propose for the platform to get a few: just to keep my sanity. Ni nak beli PSP ni..
  3. Gym - Well there is a gym, but with condition such that everything squeeks when you lift anything. Good thing they allow jogging on the helideck.
  4. Constructive conversation, arguments and chatter I had with my friends..
  5. Girls - or for that matter, ONE girl. (tak pasal2 kene lepuk kang)

***

Nevertheless, it's not all that bad. The people here are very nice. I got to admit it was a bit difficult for me to blend in with the crew initially. But after a while it starts to turn around, and I begin to crack my oh-so-lame jokes, or fabricate new conspiracies about the world being ruled by draconians or share my puzzles and riddles that sometimes unethically divert people away from their tasks. Well just to keep myself amused.

All in all, I am very grateful to be here. Deprivation no more!

I forgot my shaver

ps: Another type of deprivation is to be fulfilled this saturday, insyaallah. yayyyy!!!!