Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Internship: T’was good!

Whenever you talk about internship, majority will say have fun, internship is a torture and a waste of time. It may turn out bad or even good for some. Depending on where and what you choose to commit your 6 months. Lucky for me, besides doing it ‘overseas’ or rather just ‘over the sea’, I enjoyed it. From working in a distribution company (United BMEC) to somehow being indirectly attached to RRIS (Rehab Research Ins. SG). Apparently RRIS bought a number of devices from us and they will need someone to be there to set up and probably give a brief training on how the devices work. Instead of just sitting and idle around in the office doing nothing, I was asked to go over and give them a hand. Basic setup, all you need to do is just read the manual and set it up! However, end consumers don’t really want to know how to set up, all they need is to know how the devices function and is able to provide the data needed for analysis.

                                                                                        Blue: inertial measurement units (IMU) 
Black: EMG 
Tripod: Qualysis cameras 

In a research lab setting everyday, doesn’t feel like it’s work but rather just like uni? There are deadlines and stuffs you need to meet but they are manageable. Working with a group of people from various backgrounds to create ground breaking facts in the current database is mind blowing! ๐Ÿคฏ Meeting mechanical engineering prof from NTU, a confusing dr with Sports science, engineering, and clinical based, one of the 3 P.h.D occupational therapist in SG, hidden mechanical engineering in an IT guy from A-star and 4 other friendly admin workers. These people can only come together for a discussion once a week. If they say the discussion will take only 2 hours, that’s a lie. It can take up to 6 hours : after lunch till working hours are over. Brains are constantly generating new movements and trying to make sense and convince others of what they think is right. It is true when the lecturer tells you research is all based solely on the hypothesis that the researcher creates. 
Although it’s Singapore, this would be the one place that is least stressful, non taxing, and very relaxing environment to work in. The fact that I’m Malaysian, they do recognise your ability and capability of work and offer job opportunity.   

Though I’m not the intern for RRIS, they took me in as though I am part of the research team. Due to power down in our lab, everyone planned an outing! How cute. Went to Changi side for lunch, bowling and sight seeing. ๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽณ๐Ÿ‘€ the beach didn’t felt like it was part of SG. Hot blazing sun but the cooling strong wind topped it all! Feels like New Zealand ๐Ÿ˜‚

Apart from work, it was the end of the year, hence no Floorball sessions. Instead of getting fitter and hopefully take the chance to improve some Floorball skills, I think I’m deproving. ๐Ÿง๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍♀️ also with the restrictions from one of the worst injury I’ve gotten... all I do is sit in the lab, work, eat, sleep. ๐Ÿ˜ช lucky enough to have a recreational Floorball session with TP and SP while they are preparing for IVP 2018. Motivation to run in the evening? Nope it will never happen because right after work, I’ll be drained and all I do is eat and sleep as soon as I reach home. All in all... internship was good. Great eye opener and first hand experience on an advanced lab setting. 

Qualysis marker set up, they are just reflective markers. Not sensors. I looked like a Christmas tree bcz it was taken with flash. That’s the force plate that I’m standing on. 
So we had another cool device, 3D printer! Though it was a killer device with the manual in Korean, it has been one of the things that triggered me to actually spend time on it and figure it out. Almost like throwing me into a pool and expect me to learn how to swim to survive and not drown. But I guess that was what that brought me this far which I am grateful. 

Let me show you my failed fish hook look alike. 

Selangor intervarsity 2018

First tournament of the year for our Uni team. Usually we would always hear that only the usual faces turns up for trainings. This is the total opposite. Every training I have, different sets of faces showing up. Guess it’s a good thing? At least everyone attends training once or twice. Half the team was legit new players. Friends that are already in their final year and finally agrees to give it a shot. 

The boys on the other hand has been training hard for this tourney and I guess it paid off a little? These boys came from different faculties and they are pretty good and dedicated players who strives to be better day by day. A bronze medal for them! And a gold medal for the ladies! The  whole tournament was just nerve wrecking especially for the girls. We were losing 0-2 against Monash in the first game then made a come back and drew the game (2-2). Pretty close games with a few other teams and met Monash in the finals again. The game tactics has totally changed! It was a team that had a coach versus UM who didn’t exactly have a coach but a player that would sort of coach, play and managed anything and almost everything for the team. Whatever it is... the game just went on and it was kept tight till the end. Thankfully, we’ve managed to capitalise and take advantage on the mistakes and weakness of the team. Hence two goals has been scored and ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ‡ is once ours again.

No idea how is this girl even playing in Monash but okay... she’s the cause that made the game hard to play. 

Haven’t even got a break from six month internship in Singapore and I have to rush back and forth for this tournament. Dealing with jerseys for the boys and girls, registration, training and even look for sticks for the players to use. How is it even possible that one juggles 24 hours in a day, get things done and still have at least 7hours of sleep with extra time to watch dramas on the go? Don’t ask me. I wish to answer that question too. 

My definition of travelling the world

As usual, stress/hectic is always the word I am always associated to. In fact, I think it is in a good way. It isn’t too much that it is overwhelming and causes any negative effects. Though having tight schedules, I’ve always felt it is just nice and it gets me going. Done with sem 6, all the research papers, assignments, application based exam questions. Participated in my very first taekwondo WTF kurogi, first experience in World Floorball Qualifiers, New Zealand, having to stay out of comfort zone and slightly further away from home (Singapore) and meeting people in the industry. I’ve been always traveling to Singapore in the first half of the year for league and training camps. In the second half of the year, I did the opposite, I started to travel back to KL every weekend for SUKMUM. Crazy! I guess I just can’t stay put in a place. Even to meet schoolmates since it’s holiday, and it is the only time where they would come back to Penang! I met them separately and on a very tight schedule. Met Emily a day before she flew back to Penang, Sherlyn, a few hours before I board my bus back to Penang, visited Darien and met Calvin and linken at the same time,  and Christine and Jiaying, few hours before I board my bus back to Singapore again. ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐Ÿ“Sekinchan, Selangor.
๐Ÿ“Sasaran. Sky mirror. 

๐Ÿ“Sentosa, Singapore.

๐Ÿ“Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

๐Ÿ“Our Tampines Hub, Singapore. 
One superb place where you can find any sporting venues from indoor track to swimming pools, football field, indoor courts, tennis courts, playground, library, and food stuffs.

๐Ÿ“USM, Penang. Intervarsity. 
Sometimes, keeping old things are worth it! Kept my Segi student card and got to use it to play with these bold Floorballers in mixed intervarsity. As you can see in the photo below, we legit only have 5 players and 1 goalie. So if one decides to bail out then we wouldn’t have played it already. One line to play the full tournament, full time. But I really do think we did pretty well ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป.

๐Ÿ“Sabah islands.

๐Ÿ“KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. 
Ps: we took all these photos ourselves. Think and be creative!


This is how we took our photos. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

๐Ÿ“Jonker street, Melaka.
While we were on our way to Singapore, suddenly decided to stop by Melaka for food. Had to look for coconut shake and Asam Pedas! ๐Ÿ˜‹ went to Jonker street to check it out for the first time and guess what... so many things to buy!!! From phone covers (artistic and glow in the dark ones) below RM20 and my fairy lights! ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜. 

KL League 2018

It’s 2018! As usual, with minimal amount of training, we shall just “redah” and play the league against the tough and experienced team. It was challenging for the girls' team because everyone is just busy with their own stuffs and can't commit for training at all. I can have training sessions everyday but the faces that come every training would be different. But I'm still glad they did not let me down on the league day and still turn up on time. Boys on the other hand are just so crazy over floorball. They wouldn't miss a training and we would have two sessions per day. Physical in the evening and training at night. hardcore seh?

First appearance in KL league. It doesn't seem to be very pressuring cause we are here to play and I would consider my team as underdog simply because we are relatively new. However, everyone would see us as a threat instead just because "peiyi" is in the team. I've taken in players who just wants to play floorball for fun (recreationally) and players who wish to play other position in the game which they don't get to in other teams. Played our way through with the help of Gary coaching us this season. Nearly lost a few games but managed to clinch on. We had players travelling from everywhere just to play with us and I really appreciate the effort and time they've put into it. All the struggles and tadaaaaaaa WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! words won't be able to express how happy I am that we won the league. Simply just amazing.

       Thank You Girls! 

PS: it was Aainaa's birthday on the last game day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 
Thanks Mamager for coming and supporting us from Penang till KL! 
BEHOLD! The penangnites in the team! 

As for the boys, it was definitely a tough match for them but I'm pretty sure they've enjoyed it as much. The thrill and excitement when they score and celebrate as a team. I wouldn't have seen it coming from these boys. From strangers to friends to brothers now. SHOOKH the entire league when we play our first game against RP and WON! What a way to start off the league for these boys. Meeting their rival (UNITEN) i have no idea why are they their biggest rival and they just won't tell me. Nevermind that... So that was the second highlight when they played UNITEN and was losing in the first two periods. I wasn't there to help them with line changes and stuffs as I was at iM4U visiting my girls who were playing interschool. When I stepped into the hall... man oh man... why are we losing?! Went in and helped shift a few things and guess what? These boys fought back and make an Epic comeback by winning the game in the third period! Moving on to the last highlight, was against Jaya Panthers. We all know that they are way stronger and more experienced than us but we thought maybe we had more speed and luck? hehe. played the first two periods and amazingly won took the lead in the first period and drew the second period. Unfortunately the fun did not last long as they entered third period and turn over game. Jaya just swiped them off their feets and scored like they were having their training session. Nevertheless, it is a great opportunity to play with them. How often would you get to play against team that consists of the best national players and the tricky-iest players in Singapore.

League was over and prize giving time! The girls were all excited and can't wait to take picture with the trophy and medals. I was just hoping to get the top scorer award since the expectations are unusually higher than before. I'm guessing the points were really close as they did not disclose the point chart out to players. UM girls and Jaya Panthers legit just swiped clean the league awards from Most Valuable Players to Champion trophies.  Special thanks to #13 for coaching and congrats on winning the league too!

All Star award receivers from both men and women team! 

All star and MVP from both Champion teams!

All star with the most hardworking girl on court! 

3 trophies and a medal! 
On the same day, as hectic as ever. Rushed off directly after prize giving for my college dinner. Initially I was so close to not going but danngggg... I was assigned to fetch 4 fellas to the dinner too... no choice but rushed. Reached just in time before the first dish is served! YESS!!! when the best long awaited food is arriving... haih... there and then they ask me to stop eating and go to the back stage. Why oh why? so I went. In the head I'm thinking what award did I get this time... it better be a personal award. Fair enough. Anugerah Olahragawati 2018 is mine!  

This is my bowling team members that has been there since my second year in KK5.