Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Potter's hand


"Take care of your 5%, and the 95% will be taken care" .


Frankly, whenever i reckon back on how our group, GeoLaLa actually did the impossible drilling, i couldn't help, but laugh really salute our group's instantaneous creativity.

You surely know what am i trying to hint right? =P


Brotherly-love. LOL!

So, after the tedious and exhausting fieldwork plus the indecent act in the public, we then brought our several packets of disturbed soils to the laboratory for the further completion.

Get ready to read our interesting procedure.


The dirty soil that we had gathered were taken out from the plastic bag and placed on the weight machine to measure of the required weight. By just looking at those chunk of soil, i believe most of you is thinking of what i'm thinking right now.

Faeces yea?


**Pooh Pooh**

So after the measurement, each sample was placed properly into the not-so-big oven and ready to be scorched in high temperature.


Yea, i know it looks like we are baking cakes in Taka Bakery now. Sounds interesting yea. Apparently we are not, we are actually baking disgusting mud. In another word, faeces. *puke*

After 24 hours of baking, the moisture contained in the soil was desiccated completely. And we took out the dry pooh pooh, placed it on the aluminum plate and crushed it into powdery particles.


The power of 2 hammers plus one hander.

Soon, when we have finished smashing those pooh pooh into fine-grained bits, we then washed the pooh pooh with our hands. Hands!!!


Those fine sand had actually became more viscous when it was intermixed with water. It's so sticky and yucky that it glued tightly on your fingers and seemed even more like human's pooh pooh. **that's Aldrin's hand** =P

After washing, we remeasured the weight again and then placed every sample into the oven and ready to bake for the second time.


Sieving process .

It's not the end yet. More to come. We sieved each soil and then measured the weight of the fine particles.




Now, it looks more like a bakery. Civil engineering students' doing cookies with soil? Weird. Perhaps, Swinburne is indirectly using this subject, Geomechanics to train all Civil Engineering students in learning to bake and make cookies which is actually beneficial for our future. Hmm....

Nonetheless, in order not to waste the remaining soil, my group leader and I maximized some portion of the clay and moulded it into some gubbins.



That's my group leader's masterpiece. Looks muscular and cool yea! And now let me show you my statue.




Don't laugh. *piak* I'm just being a little childish creative as a spontaneous potter by utilizing my both hands to mould a presentable creature. Then i placed my Teddymon into the hot oven to bake and hoping to see a better result on the next day.



I know my Teddymon is cute. Don't deny the truth eh. LOL. Teddymon is chubby, innocent and precious to me.

As fast as i could, i flew together with my Teddymon to the library and had the intention to swank my masterpiece to my friends.

I did. My friends were impressed. I was proud of it. But ... after 10 minutes ....



My Teddymon was not resting in peace, instead it was resting in Pieces. And now, it was my turn that my heart was shattered into fine-grained bits.



Teddymon is very cute. No doubt. Does it reflects Johnson's 'cuteness'??? I wonder...
But I wonder what is people's reaction when they open the oven and suddenly saw a Teddymon in the oven... Hahaha.

By Blogger pmp, at Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 11:26:00 PM GMT+8  


pmp: maybe it reflects my true cuteness.. haha... i asked one of my friends what was his reaction when saw that teddymon, he said "huh..got teddymon meh??".... =__="

By Blogger Johnson, at Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 9:49:00 AM GMT+8  



teddy mon is made out of some bits of dog poo poo.. you never know right? haha..



By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 2:35:00 PM GMT+8  


keith: lol...maybe it's dog's or maybe it's human's.... arrr..... TIDAK!! =P

By Blogger Johnson, at Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 3:59:00 PM GMT+8  


wah hahahaha...
at first u ppl sound like professional engineering but after that...juz like a kid playing sand or clay hahaha...

That teddymon is cute but u are not sute :P u wan cute??? :)

i am not purposely kill or destroy ur group teddymom...:P i really don't know to explain ur teddymom lo...but after that i got draw back her hands and hair...hahaha

is really funny when the teddymom destroyed haha...next time don't show ur precious things to me if not later destroy again...:)

Selamat hari Raya...

By Blogger Yong Tiong Yieng, at Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 8:57:00 PM GMT+8  


tiong yieng: haha... then should ask u to remake the teddymon for me.. haha!!! itchy hand..**piak piak**

By Blogger Johnson, at Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 12:01:00 AM GMT+8  


damn funny! hahahha this reli reminds me of my f6 ecology project (whr drey teo has videos of herself shaking the soil in the 5 layer tin thing 2 sieve the soil together w a cartoon soundtrack wahahah) minus the part whr u immerse ur hand into the feaces + water mixture. hahahha.. btw i din tink it looked like a teddymon. looks like you whn u're acting silly. muahahahhaa.

By Blogger Xu Vin, at Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 12:32:00 AM GMT+8  


xu vin: lol...thanks for the wonderful "compliment"... *piak* perhaps you should give urself an encounter to immerse ur hand into those pooh pooh... lol... hey, i think the teddymon looks more like Xin Ming.. lol!! sshh... don't tell him..=P

By Blogger Johnson, at Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 2:53:00 PM GMT+8  


Thursday, September 25, 2008
Digging soil


I'm loving Papaya Juice.


I had my Soil Investigation fieldwork done on Monday. And it's fun. Thoroughly fun.

Each group of six is assigned to conduct a site investigation near Swinburne area and classify the soil of a site by using a hand auger. With the given hand auger, we are required to drill three boreholes to a depth of 1.2m-1.5m deep and collect the sample.

Sounds very simple yea?


After drilling to a certain depth, the soil beneath will be taken out from the borehole and intelligibly being categorized. And the classification includes the strength, colour, particle size, moisture condition, plasticity and so on. Complicated.

Probably the description may seem a bit straightforward whereas the process of penetrating through the hard soil and getting the disturbed soil are actually horrible and arduous. Prior to my actual trying, my initial thought of this whole digging process would be interesting and easy. But when we started to push auger's head towards the unbreakable ground and start rotating it ...

...everything changed.

It's so hard!


With the combo strength of 5 strong guys plus one macho lady in a group rotating and forcing the auger to bore a hole in, we could only manage to reach 0.50 m, which is obviously far from the minimum requirement of 1.2m.

0.50 m??!!! that's terrible.

By the way, if you haven't know, our soil group name is GeoLaLa. o.O Don't ask me why and don't laugh. Even i, personally have no idea why on earth that we choose GeoLaLa as our group name out of the millions and millions of good names to plump for. GeoLaLa??!!

Perhaps, creativity, uniqueness and childishness of a group name will bring extra umph to the spirit during fieldwork. And yes, it's proven practically. Even though, we only managed to drill half metre down, we did not give up easily. We persevered.**push to the max**

Go GeoLaLa!


It's not easy. The ground is so stubborn and impenetrable. The soils are like rocks. We are not bulls laaa....

Out of the blue, someone came out with this weird and ungodly brilliant idea from nowhere. I was amazed not because of the instantaneous idea, but owing to the cause that i was the guinea pig for this try out.

Take a closer look and please don't get scared off.


Don't laugh!

I am NOT hugging that guy. I am just leaning my arms over his body and trying to support my stability. And that guy whose head looks like sticking at my back, is trying to support my left weight from toppling over. So, please..... I'm purely innocent k. LOL.

I know this snapshot appears to be a little obscene or perhaps, too smutty. But c'mon people, this is what we called Brotherly-Love. *grin* Hmm...doing Brotherly-love under the hot blazing sun and in front of Swinburne campus? Sounds so wrong eh... I wonder what would the public think if they bounce unto this scene from far.

Johnson's market price will definitely drop drastically.

Anyway, even with my 54 kg vertical body weight added straight down on the auger's force, it could only manage to drill down the extra few centimeters. Wasted my energy. See how nowadays, even guys are so desperate and wanted to take advantage on me publicly. lol...

Don't **cher*** ... i was not the only one that was deceived by these two guys but somehow both of them managed to swindle my another friend in ....


I thought we are supposed to do Soil investigation?? What are we doing instead?? Okay, this snapshot looks even more wrong compares to mine right? Two guys and two spectators.

Anyway, the entire process of drilling was taxing. Super tiring. Plus the blazing sun was baking us. No sufficient water was provided. 3 hours of constant digging and digging were challenging yet fun.

In the end, after the long dehydrated fieldwork, we, GeoLaLa with all of our heart, our strength, our mind, our soul, could only manage to drill 0.80m. =( whilst the other group managed to drill until 1.22 m.

Everyone was exhausted. After drilling, collecting sample and classifying the soil, we need to unbolt the instrument, but we faced some technical problem of unlatching the auger's head.

Once again, with all of heart, strength, mind and soul...


It was stuck!

Perhaps what i can suggest is, my group leader to treat everyone of us a can of REVIVE. Who knows it might aid a little bit in our strength.


I enjoyed the soil investigation heaps. At least i have fun with my group members.


Not this kind of fun, of course.. =P


oh man...u ppl are so funny...hehe...
and look like farmer tooo
i want to try coz it look fun le...
u ppl no enough heavy ...i think i better abubu sit on it...:P

By Blogger Yong Tiong Yieng, at Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 12:17:00 AM GMT+8  


knot...if abubu sit on it, then the whole auger cannot rotate anymore.. haha!!!

By Blogger Johnson, at Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:43:00 PM GMT+8  


Hahahaha. 1st time i see ppl doing soil investigation by that way. Funny. Is this Swinburne lab style???

And remember: We MUST wear full covered shoe on site. It's the basic rule for any laboratory and field work.

By Blogger pmp, at Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:55:00 PM GMT+8  


if u were to have me sit on the thing, i would have gotten the job done easily. the stick will go into the earth all the way..haaahaaa

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 11:49:00 PM GMT+8  


pmp: lol...that's purely swinburne's style. And because of not wearing any shoes and boots, i was stung by those nyamuk... itchy!

keith: haha... yea, we should call you next time. Maybe you will drill yourself down to the soil and can never get out.. haha

By Blogger Johnson, at Friday, September 26, 2008 at 5:42:00 PM GMT+8  


hey johnson,
the latest borehole I did (more like the one i assigned the site personnels to do) was 60m deep LOL.
Was trying to find the rock layer but could not, it must be further deeper into the ground.
But hand auger is generally used for softer, natural top layer material lar, i think your samples collected there would have been compacted fill, mostly dense hard sand anyway.

By Blogger Robin Wong, at Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 1:39:00 AM GMT+8  


Can you please don't drag my market price down with you kah? Hahaha.

By Blogger Eric, at Monday, September 29, 2008 at 1:26:00 AM GMT+8  


robin: wow.. 60 m!!! that's insane! Surely it will take me one whole year to dig it that deep with only a hand auger...

eric: Lol.. this is what we called, "good friends" share same market price.. haha!

By Blogger Johnson, at Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 6:27:00 PM GMT+8  


Saturday, September 20, 2008
Swinburne's version of Teh-C-Peng


My friend's dad has just passed away today. It's truly saddening when your love one breathe one's last. Indeed, only God knows our future, holds our future and sees our future.

Let us, peeps, live each day to the max. Okay okay?


I have no regrets of being a pure Swinburnian, simply because our very own cafeteria produces drinks that you can hardly find in Kuching's Kopitiam.

Yes, Swinburne's version of Teh-C-Peng.



Off and on, i just don't know how to react to such thing, whether to laugh or to hide my face. LOL... and *sigh* Tell me. >.<


*looks around*

I see no acknowledgment given to the originator of this idea ba. Hahaha.

I feel so si ai bin tonight ba.

By Blogger saykhia, at Monday, September 22, 2008 at 8:40:00 PM GMT+8  


saykhia: lol....i purposely chose not to insert your name. and waiting for your si-ai-bin comment. lol... guess that you will definitely remember Swinburne's version of TEH C Peng.. haha!

By Blogger Johnson, at Monday, September 22, 2008 at 9:12:00 PM GMT+8  


Tuesday, September 16, 2008


It's already Week 6 now. Self-control, self-motivation, self-discipline and self-study are of the utmost importance at this term.

*pulling my socks* =D


I'm back once again!

Checking back on the date of my last post, it's just one week ago that i have my last update. And logically speaking, seven days are actually not long at all. Okay okay, perhaps to some of my blog's junkies, it's considered way too long. Right Keith and Su chan? LOL....

It was utterly an awesome and fruitful weekend i had. My church has its 12th Bible Conference convened at Mbks and owing to this cause, i am away. Hectic yet worthwhile.

I will post about the Bible Conference in days to come.


The Congregation.

Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, i would love to share these favourite shots of mine to all of you. Sure enough, I am completely satisfied with the well focused motion and the fresh variety of camera angles taken by Jerrick. I should say, A Work of Pure Viscosity.

I was on duty, as a guitarist on the last section. And Jerrick took some shots of me gigging with my gear. I really like these pictures. Thanks Jerrick!


Guitar kit. Pedal board. Amp.


Me and my comrade, Santa Cruz.


Centralized effort and focus.



Yet, more than just treating the guitar as a "guitar", more than just seeing this as a music gift, i look on this as an unvoiced expression of my worship and adoration to Him at all times. Every chord that i strum. Every note that i press. Every tone that i blend in. It's my deepening of thoughts and passion through the instrument. A vehicle of expression when words fail.

Indeed it's an indefinable experience and insight to dwell in His presence, to serve with the music gift He has placed in me. I have discovered it and I am serving with it.


The Call.

"A picture worths a thousand words". Indeed, it is.

I am grateful. *grin*



By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 12:52:00 AM GMT+8  


keith: sounds constructive or destructive arr... lol..

By Blogger Johnson, at Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 6:24:00 PM GMT+8  


I see that you got breakthrough this semester!

By Blogger saykhia, at Friday, September 19, 2008 at 10:38:00 PM GMT+8  


Uh huh!!

By Blogger Eric, at Monday, September 22, 2008 at 12:37:00 AM GMT+8  


Monday, September 8, 2008
Nikon CoolPix


I am so so blessed to have my friend borrowed me his expensive guitar effects for this entire week and I will surely invest some fruitful time to mess around with them. Woot!

Guess that you don't know how zealous i am now... haha


Other than romping musical instruments, another favourite hobby of mine is to hold anyone's camera and start snapping around.

*snap snap snap*

I am not a pro cameraman nor am i a kepo paparazzo. I don't have that gifted hands and masterly eyes compare to many others. You know what i am saying. Those lensmen with huge BIG-FAT SLR holding on their hands and start doing all sorts kind of postures while snapping. I cannot afford that don't need that, still i enjoy taking pictures with my Nokia camera.

And please, i am not a photogenic nor am i a guy that loves cam whoring. I am a no-no to friendster style whereby those immature weirdo only snap pictures of themselves and publish it on net. Okay okay okay, i did it once. That was the past. LOL....

How incredible it is to actually hold still a camera, focus sharply at any angle, hold down the snap button and start to shoot any picture you want. Should i say, the quality of the outcome snapshot reflects your personality? Hmm..... Breathe in.

I did have a Canon camera last Dec. Sad to say, during one of the conferences last year, I purposely placed my camera on the floor and someone accidentally stepped on it. Or should i say, i accidentally placed it on the floor and someone purposely stepped. Either both way, the camera lens cracked badly! *yell* The lens cracked, and my heart cracked even more. =(

And that person has not admit it until now. *yell again* It was hurting for sure. Felt like stepping that person's head. *yell again and again* As a considerate and kind hearted guy i am, i did not demand for that person to reimburse my lost. I forgive. =D

And since then, i have been working closely with my Nokia Camera. At the same time, i am hunting for a brand new digital camera. SLR-like camera. Affordable. Decent. Portable. SUI.

Till i spotted one!



Instantly after i saw this SLR-like camera, i fell in love with it. It's not bulky. It's mini! This black stylish sexy Nikon looks super cool. That's why it's called COOLpix, i think.

I'm loving it. But i haven't even started saving up for it. Never mind, bak kata:"When there's a will, there's a way."

Therefore, anyone wanna make a contribution for me? =D


hey dude,
"Should i say, the quality of the outcome snapshot reflects your personality? Hmm.."
I was skeptical about that once upon a time, but lately I am starting to believe in it.
Anyway, I know how it hurts to have someone destroying your camera. I had an old compact kodak last year, just bought it for 2 weeks, and my friend dropped it off his hand from shoulder height... to the cold hard concrete floor. Ouch....
It was dropped while the lens was still fully extended out, and power was on...
miraculously the camera was still alive and lasted me another 3/4 year before it died this year...
but that friend was prepared to fund a new camera should that one he dropped died, and he was really apologetic, so yeah, accidents happen.
Its good to see that the passion of photography is growing in you, I can tell you this, you do not need a DSLR to take good pictures. Having one would be an advantage clearly, but still a great picture depends largely on the photographer. Always remember that.
these days.. even compact cameras are getting more and more advanced in terms of shooting performance and picture output.

By Blogger Robin Wong, at Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 8:38:00 PM GMT+8  


robin: woot... feel surprised to have u here. Yeap, thanks for the advice. I will do my part in saving little by little...one month... one year...ten years...... behold! One day, i will surely own my very own semi-pro cam! lol..

By Blogger Johnson, at Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 11:06:00 PM GMT+8  


With a good camera, comes more photos.

With more photos, comes more albums.

With more albums, comes more the need for storage space.


By Blogger Eric, at Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 11:54:00 PM GMT+8  


Hey man, wats wrong with ur beautiful blog?..bcome so weird when i view from my com. Some more, ur blog is the only blog i visited so far which has no chat box..haha. Anyway how r u? Take care rite.

By Blogger Joe, at Monday, September 15, 2008 at 1:01:00 PM GMT+8  


eric: yea. and now my phone memory and sim card are running out of space.. *yell*

joe: hey there! What is that "weird" thing? Hmm.. i will try to fix it. but now, i think my cbox is back on shape..

By Blogger Johnson, at Monday, September 15, 2008 at 10:31:00 PM GMT+8  


Thursday, September 4, 2008


I am having Short-term memory lost. Which is definitely not a good news, because i might forget your name accidentally. 


These two words, Kenny Rogers have habitually popping up in my mind whenever someone asks me about my part-time job or even talking about tHe Spring. 

Again, Kenny Rogers was my first job of profession in my entire life. Why do i comment it as "profession"? Seeing that i have actually struggled persevered through the uncut one month plus in this workplace. Working and working and working. Eh, one month eh...no play play. 

In spite of all these, it has already been more than 8 months since the day that i left. Somehow, just recently, i have this wanna-work-again symptom. I miss Kenny Rogers like mad! 

*sigh* Reckoning back, i have known many good and friendly colleagues and gained much serving experience compare to other places. 

Above all, not to forget, i do miss the free set meal. The Quarter Meal, of course. 


Roasted chickens yea! The unbeatable chicken with its authentic tender meat. *slurp* 


Everyday of working in KRR, I get to eat free Quarter Meal. It's Rm15.90 per set k. Expensive. But because i'm a worker from KRR, i get it for free. So it's super duper worthwhile compared to some others franchise. 

Agree, Soon Eng? 

The Serving. 

As far as i know, the business there is now no longer that satisfactory and smooth as before. Still, i miss those moments of serving people and customers. Being a host, a server, a cook, a dispenser and even serving as a house cleaner, i enjoyed much. 

Every duty is so noteworthy and involved. 

Of course, it's not the pay that motivates me. Okay, it motivates me a littttlllllleeeeee bit. Also, I received more than Rm 100 bonus from KRR in my bank account, but i believe it's the passion that drives me, even until today. 

I miss the Roasted Chicken Kenny Rogers heaps. 

Even though, many times i was assigned to be the host, standing in front of the pulpit like a mannequin and waiting for customers for hours, 


I still enjoy it.

Can you sense my enthusiasm and get-up-and-go spirit now? *wink*


wow i cant believe i actually look good in that picture..

yeah now no customers anymore.. kicking people out because the sales has gone bad.. and i miss the chicken..

By Blogger MAMAMIA, at Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 5:59:00 PM GMT+8  


wow i cant believe i actually look good in that picture..

yeah now no customers anymore.. kicking people out because the sales has gone bad.. and i miss the chicken..

By Blogger MAMAMIA, at Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 5:59:00 PM GMT+8  


kacwey: lol... yeayea, to be honest, i miss the ROasted chicken more... more to say, it's FREE!!

By Blogger Johnson, at Friday, September 5, 2008 at 6:06:00 PM GMT+8  


Haha! Yea.. while you guys enjoy the bonus in your salary, I was having my pay cut out of meals... Anyway, I'm not going to be a waiter again.. Looking forward to other jobs like... PC Fair? Part-time draftperson? ...

By Blogger Ezekiel, at Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 1:04:00 PM GMT+8  


ezekiel: yea, i heard about your "bad" comments from Sugerbun, nvm nvm.. at least you "Earned" some thing yea....hehe

By Blogger Johnson, at Monday, September 8, 2008 at 8:05:00 PM GMT+8