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Sunday, March 16, 2014

I Don't Look Like KevJumba!

Hi guys! Here's my latest vlog: I Don't Look Like KevJumba! Enjoy!

Don't forget to rate, comment, and if you want, subscribe!
Like I mention in the video, I will most probably be working on a video project or two this coming Easter break. So yeah, stay tuned!

May the Force be with you....

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Marriages in Malaysia

Hey guys!

Check out my latest video production, Marriages in Malaysia, a video aimed at providing a brief explanation of wedding ceremonies in Malaysia, particularly those of the nation's three main races: The Malays, the Chinese, and the Indians. Of course, there are many, many more races in Malaysia (about 90!), not just the Malays, Chinese and Indians. And each of these races have their own unique wedding ceremony, so if you have the time, do check them out, yeah?

This video production was a request from the current Leeds University Union MASSoc (Malaysian and Singaporean Society) President. And as such, "Marriages in Malaysia" was first shown on the 14th of February, 2014, at the LUU Global Community's Event: Cultural Showcase Performance, World Unite Festival 2014.

As a side note, I might be working on a few personal video projects come this Easter break (April), coz' inspiration has come knocking on my door once again. So stay tuned for more videos, folks!

I've been doing great in University so far. The Mechanical Engineering course has been pummeling me and my fellow course mates with loads of assignments and study materials, but we're still standing strong. I just started Semester 2 of the course, and my results so far have been rather satisfactory, to say the least. And that's all that need be said.

I also have found two new things that I like doing during my time here in Leeds: Ultimate frisbee, and clubbing.  Teehee [winks]

Well, for now, that's it from me, guys.

May the Force be with you.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Life In University

[ Watch the video on YouTube: ]

'Life In University' represents my very first vlog produced in the UK. I know, I mentioned before that I wouldn't really be making anymore videos once I've started studying in University. But the thing is that Semester 1 of my university course (Mechanical Engineering) is over, and it's the Christmas Break now. Thus, I've got a lot of time on my hands, so I thought, "Why not make a video?". I mean, I ENJOY making videos - There's no denying that. So I grabbed the opportunity to produce another vlog entry.
I took roughly 3 days to produce this video: Approximately 1 day for shooting and filming, 2 days for editing and rendering.

Well, I hope you guys enjoy the video. I might make another video soon, but that depends if I have the time. In fact, I've been tasked by Leeds University's Malaysian and Singaporean Society (MASSOC) to create a video showcasing [insert topic here]. Nope, sorry, I'm not gonna spoil it.

Guess that's it for this update.
Oh, and also, I'll be heading to London on December 27th, and I'll be there til' the 2nf of January 2014. It's gonna be fun, and it represents the opportunity for me to grab some more video clips for my "long-term" video project.
Merry Christmas in advance, everyone!

May the Force be with you.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sunway College AUSMAT 2012 - Graduation Video

Watch on YouTube itself:

Hey guys! How're you all doing? Good? Good.
I'm doing fine here in Leeds, UK. Enjoying my life as a University Student (Freshman). It's Week 8 already, and November's almost coming to a close.
[PS: It snowed for the first time today. Wee! Well, to be specific, it wasn't actually snow. It was more of a snow flurry (light snow that doesn't accumulate). But regardless, it's a pretty sight!]

Anyways, with respect to the title above, today's 21st November 2013, which means it's been exactly ONE WHOLE YEAR since I graduated from the AUSMAT (Australian Matriculation Program) in Sunway College. Looking back, 2012 was indeed a great year, and I had no regrets choosing AUSMAT as my Pre-University program.
I remember shooting, editing, and publishing the graduation video above for the AUSMAT Student Council of 2012. I remember the moment when the video was first shown during AUSMAT Night last year, 21st November 2012. I remember that a lot of effort, collaboration and cooperation were put into the making of this video. I can clearly remember....
As such, it bears special heartfelt significance to me, both as a Video Editor, and as an alumnus of the Sunway Australian Matriculation Program.

I'd just like to say a big "thank you" to the AUSMAT lecturers, who were always so kind and supportive, through thick or thin, rain or shine, day or night, they'd be there to guide us students. Their dedication knows no bounds. Thank you so much.
Also, to my fellow AUSMATians of 2012, thank you for making my year in Sunway such a special one. Friends may come and go, but good memories last forever. I will forever cherish the memorable moments I've had with my Sunway AUSMAT buddies. Thanks so much for the wonderful memories, guys!

Well, as a side note, I had to re-upload my video, Andrew vs Alvyn III - The Final Lightsaber Duel on YouTube, due to unforeseen circumstances that I don't really want to outline here. Yeah, I know, it sucks. One of my best videos, all the hard work and toil, all flushed down the drain. Dammit.
So if you could, please help me by checking out the video on YouTube. Hopefully then AvAIII could regain its lost popularity! =) [fingers crossed]
Here's the YouTube link: Andrew vs Alvyn III - The Final Lightsaber Duel

Thanks guys! I appreciate it! Really.

Well, that's it for this update.
Til' next time!

May the Force be with you....

Saturday, August 31, 2013


[NOTE: It's better to watch it on YouTube itself. The option to watch in HD is only available there]

To all my fellow Malaysians, selamat menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia ke-56! (Happy 56th Malaysian Independence Day!)

I took roughly 3 days to create this video (including script, graphical enhancements and video/media compilation). Edited using Adobe After Effects CS4 and Sony Vegas 11 Pro.

May the Force be with you...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I'm A Gentleman

Check it out, y'all! I'm a MATO FATO Gentleman! =)
[NOTE: It's better to watch it on YouTube itself. The option to watch in HD is only available there]

PS: Sorry for not updating my blog. I think the last time I updated was centuries ago, so yeah, sorry about that. [Coughs] [Sneeze] Ugh, so much Blogger dust..
I've been kinda busy lately, with my education plans and stuff, so yeah, I don't really have time to log-in to Blogger and blog. But I'll drop by now and then whenever something really, really, REALLY interesting happens, kay?

Anyway, if you haven't yet, check out my latest video (the one posted above), please do, yeah? I'm proud to say that I have not lost my passion for video-making.
Check out my other videos HERE:


May the Force be with you...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Andrew vs Alvyn III - The Final Lightsaber Duel

I'm pretty sure the title of the post, as well as the picture, are both self-explanatory. I've finally pumped out the third (and final) lightsaber video of the "Andrew vs Alvyn" series of videos.

Yup, once again, I battle against my little brother in a grueling fight to the death. It was filmed on 14 November 2012 at the Swan Lake, Setia Eco-Park, and it took approximately 8 days to complete the video (7 days for special effects rendering and rotoscoping; 1 day for audio, general editing and production). Of course, I used good ol' Adobe After Effects CS4 to render and composite the Visual Effects (VFX), as well as Sony Vegas Pro 11 to manage the sound effects (SFX), background music, and other miscellaneous editorial stuff.

Well, the video details have been listed. So now, let's move on to the video itself, yeah?

Here's the YouTube link:
Andrew vs Alvyn III - The Final Lightsaber Duel on YouTube

You could also watch it on Facebook:
Andrew vs Alvyn III - The Final Lightsaber Duel on Facebook

Well, that's pretty much it.

Oh, I probably won't be visiting my blogspot very often anymore. It's not that I'm lazy or anything. It's just that nothing interesting has been happening so far in my life. And when something interesting DOES pop up, I end being just too busy to actually blog! So I'm not sure if I'll be returning to update this old blog of mine. Only time will tell...

May the Force be with you...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chidori vs Rasengan

Well, the title says it all, doesn't it?
After being a die-hard "Naruto" fan for so long, it was only a matter of time before I decided to start producing my very own Naruto video project. After all, with the editing power of Adobe After Effects CS4 and Sony Vegas Pro at my fingertips, what's to stop me from fulfilling my fanboy ambitions, eh? [smiles]

And so, I give you "Andrew vs Alvyn - Chidori vs Rasengan"!
The video was inspired by both anime series: "Naruto" and "Naruto Shippuden". The footage was filmed on 11/8/2012 at the Swan Lake, Setia Eco-Park, Shah Alam. I took roughly around 3 to 4 days to edit the entire video. And of course, I rendered and exported the videos in glorious HD (both HD 720p and 1080p).
You can watch the video here:

But wait...
What exactly is a "Chidori", you ask? And what's a "Rasengan"?
Well, if you're a Naruto fan (or if you actually watch the anime or read the manga), then you'd probably know what these things are. But for those who have no idea what the "Naruto" series is all about, then I'm sure you'll just make the simple conclusion that the Chidori is, well, a ball of lightning. And the Rasengan is a round sphere of, uhhh, "swirling blue energy"...
From one perspective, yes, the two statements above are true - But only from a visual (graphical) point of view. The Chidori certainly LOOKS like a ball of lightning, and the Rasengan sure looks like a sphere of swirling blue energy! But in the Naruto universe, it's actually much deeper and more complex than that!

The definitions and explanations regarding both the Chidori and Rasengan are far too detailed for me to highlight here. Instead, if you really, REALLY want to know about the Chidori and the Rasengan in-depth, then please click either one of the links that I've provided below to learn more:

Well, I don't intend to make this post become too long. There's a whole lot of other things I "wanted" to blog about. For instance, college assignments, exams, UniFi, my new handphone (I finally got a TOUCHSCREEN phone! Oh yeah!), PC games and my computer, to name a few. But it's all just too much to jam into one little post. Oh well...
So, yeah, that's all for this update.

May the Force be with you...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Serious Insect Sting...

Curse the venomous insect that stung my left index finger! Dammit! Wherever it is, I hope it's dead now! I don't even know what the insect actually looks like, or "when" and "how" it stung me - It just did! And now, I'm suffering for it!
What did I ever do to you, you insect?! I didn't even disturb you, or try to swat you away or anything! I was just minding my own business, getting on with my life, and all of a sudden, you stung me! Of all the people that you could have stung, you just HAD to sting me! Pffft...

[ Sigh ] Well, I guess it's no use complaining. It's just an insect. But whatever this insect was, it sure has some really potent venom. And I'm not joking. What appeared to be a simple insect sting is turning out to be a bit more serious than I expected.

It all started last Tuesday (10 July 2012). I was washing the dishes as usual, when I realised that there was a tingling pain in my left index finger. I analysed my finger a bit more closely, and that's when I saw it: A shiny red bump. And at the center of this red bump, I could see what was undeniably a puncture wound, no bigger than a pinhead. Immediately, I showed it to my mother. And after a while, she concluded that this red bump was caused by an insect sting.
I stood there for a while, speechless. Since when was I stung by an insect? I tried to refresh my memory, but honestly, I just couldn't recall anything that was related to me being stung by an insect! Simply put, I was randomly and unknowingly stung by an insect, without even realising it!
At this point, both me and my mother dismissed this insect sting as something minor. After I finished with my chores, my mother told me to apply antiseptic on the bump (just in case), as well as some anti-inflammatory cream. That's all.

11 July 2012 - The next day, I noticed that the bump had grown in size, and the tingling pain had intensified. Furthermore, the bump was filled with what appeared to be yellow pus. Once again, I showed it to my mother, and unsurprisingly, she told me it was fine, and that the development of the pus was a "normal" thing. Well, her confident statement gave me no reason to panic, so I carried on with my daily life as usual.

12 July 2012 - On Thursday, the pus-filled bump had again increased in diameter, and to my horror, the skin surrounding the bump was shockingly pale and blue. Half of my index finger was now red and inflamed. Frantically, I showed it to my mother (again...). But this time, she realised that things were more serious than she thought it would be. So she decided to bring me to the Setia Alam pharmacy after college to get my finger checked. The pharmacist was sure that this bump was unmistakably caused by an insect sting.
After passing me some cotton swabs, alcohol, and antibiotic cream, the pharmacist instructed me to sterilise a needle using the cotton and alcohol, then use it to puncture the skin containing the yellow pus. Then, I had to squeeze out the pus by applying pressure to the area. I did what she told me to do, and by the end of the day, I had squeezed out almost all the pus from the bump, together with an equal amount of blood. After that, I carefully applied the antibiotic cream.
And with that settled, I thought my finger was finally going to be okay again...

13 July 2012 - I woke up on Friday morning, expecting to see my finger returned to its normal state. Even an improvement would suffice. But there was no such improvement. Instead, the situation just got worse. Much worse.
My ENTIRE left index finger had become madly swollen and enlarged. The tingling pain had been replaced by a pulsating, throbbing pain. And as for the bump, it was now bigger then ever, re-filled with more pus. It was sickening to even think about it. And at this point, I could barely even bend my index finger! Regardless, I applied the antibiotic cream and went to college as usual, fearing the worst.
When my mother took notice of my seriously inflamed and swollen index finger, she was stunned. She quickly took me to a clinic, where the doctor confirmed the seriousness of the situation. He took me into a small room at the back of the clinic, where he, armed with cotton pads, began squeezing out the pus from the bump. The pressure he applied was immense, and the pain in my finger was excruciating. It felt as if my finger was being slowly ripped off! I couldn't help but wince due to the intense pain, and when I braved myself to look at my index finger, I witnessed a horrific sight. There was so much, blood. My blood... Dripping uncontrollably from the gaping wound on my finger. Bloodied cotton pads lay scattered on the table where my hand rested on. I closed my eyes tightly and braced myself, as the doctor prepared to apply even more pressure on the wound.
And then, it was over. As the doctor applied yellow solution and a plaster onto the wound, the pain pulsating throughout my finger continued to throb uncontrollably. I sighed with relief as the doctor showed me the way out whilst talking to me about venomous insect stings, antibiotics, and painkillers...

14 July 2012 - Ever since I went to see the doctor, I finally had some peace of mind. I obediently followed the instructions the doctor gave me, mainly taking the prescribed antibiotics according to the schedule, and sometimes squeezing out some excess pus that may have developed after my visit to the clinic. Overall, Saturday breezed by without much trouble or worries. The worst was over, or so I thought...

15 July 2012 - In the morning, I was squeezing out what I thought was a small amount of pus that developed in the bump. Then my father came to check on me. Apparently, he got stung by an insect too, so I assumed he wanted to know about my insect sting as well.
He noticed that I was squeezing out some pus from the bump. Squinting at my finger, he told me that I wasn't applying enough pressure, so he volunteered to do it for me. And so I let him.
Without much warning, I felt like my finger was being literally crushed! The pain was agonising, almost twice as painful as the pain I experienced at the clinic. Initially, I tried hard not to scream. But as the pressure applied on my finger increased, I couldn't hold it in anymore - I HAD to scream in pain. Once again, blood oozed out from the re-opened wound, dripping uncontrollably from one finger to the next...
As my father went to grab more tissue paper, I stared at my bloodied finger, with the pulsating pain throbbing more painfully than ever. And then the process was repeated. Equipped with more tissue paper, my father squeezed the area around the wound mercilessly and unrelentingly, causing more blood to gush out. I gritted my teeth and clenched my other fist, fighting off the extremely intense pain that erupted from my left index finger.
The thin patch of skin that clung on to the wound finally gave way, and my father offered to peel the dead skin off. Before I could answer, he pulled it off anyway, then he began squeezing again. My thoughts about the dead patch of skin were abruptly interrupted as a new wave of excruciating pain shot through my index finger. As I reluctantly turned to look at my wounded finger, I noticed what seemed to be a small, finger-like projection, emerging from the wound. I asked my father for a tissue, with the excuse of wanting to wipe off the sheer amount of blood accumulated on my finger. As I wiped, I examined the finger-like projection, prodding it cautiously with my tissue. I tried to gently tug it out, but as I did, a sharp pain shot through my finger. Then it hit me - It was actually, believe it or not, a blood capillary! (This was confirmed a while later, when I checked the cross-section of the human finger on the Internet). My mind was reeling, and I began to feel slightly dizzy. I thought it would never end...
Finally, my father declared that the blood coming out of the wound was "dark red" and "clean". He cleaned the wound, applied yellow solution, and wrapped some first-aid gauze around it. The ordeal was over at last...

And so, here I am, documenting the painful and bloody experiences that I have been through for the past few days.
As of right now, the fate of my finger has yet to be determined. It could get better, but it could also get worse.
Only time will tell...

May the Force be with you...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Halfway Through 2012

[ Cough ] [ Sneeze ] [ Sniff ]
Sorry, just wiping off the immensely thick dust layer off my blog. I didn't actually plan to revisit my blog. While I was browsing through my Facebook, lifelessly scrolling down the seemingly endless FB Home page, I stumbled upon a picture of Darth Vader. Then it dawned upon me...
My blogspot -I left it for dead.
Frantically, I keyed in my blog's web URL into the search box. The all too familiar layout of my blog slowly appeared. It was then that I realised how long it's been since my last post. I had ignored my blog for nearly two months - whether willingly or unwillingly, I will never know...
And so, I'm brushing off that two-month layer of accumulated dust.

Well, now that I'm here, I might as well start updating, yeah?
The current month is June, which means half the year has come and gone. It seems like it was only yesterday when I first experienced my first day as a freshman in Sunway College. And now, I'm more than halfway through my Pre-U programme, AUSMAT. And as the year progresses, the amount of college work continues to grow unrelentingly, and it's certainly not getting any easier.
The homework, the tasks, the assignments, the investigations, the assessments, the reports - Everything that was thrown at me, I determinedly conquered. Regardless, my Pre-U course knows no mercy, churning out more and more work for me to complete. But hey, this is what AUSMAT is all about: A year of never-ending assignments designed to instill consistency, perseverance and sheer resilience into the heart of soul of each and every AUSMATian student.
Just when I thought I could have a whole week off ( My semester break lasts from 23/6/2012 to 1/7/2012 ), the AUSMAT curricular outline reared its ugly head, spewing out nearly a tonne of homework onto my poor head. And this homework, is NOT easy stuff:
1. Physics Investigation - Mass Spectrometer, Cathode Ray Oscilloscope, Lightning
2. Physics Report - Resistance in Parallel Circuits
3. Biological Sciences Investigation - Conservation Strategies for an Endangered Species
4. Biological Sciences Report - DNA Extraction
5. Mathematics 3C/3D - Homework + Investigation Study
6. Chemistry - Redox Reactions Homework

Well, at least I've still got "Naruto Shippuden" episodes to look forward to! New episodes ( both in the Anime and Manga ) are released every Thursday each week. It's one of the few things that help to prevent me from being driven to the brink of insanity.

Anyway, moving on...
Let's talk about yesterday, the 23rd of June, 2012.
Besides being the day that marks the beginning of the much-needed, one-week AUSMAT Semester break, I was involved in two important events that occurred on that day:
1. As a Sun-U Ambassador, I provided voluntary service during The Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) Public Speaking Finals and Essay Writing Competition at Sunway College.
2. I attended the Michael Learns To Rock (MLTR) Concert at Setia City Mall, Setia Alam.

Well, the Oxbridge English event was interesting. Besides escorting students from my former school (SMK Bukit Jelutong) to the designated venues around the college, I also got to listen to the speeches of the six Public Speaking Finalists. Plus, I also listened to some excellent talks regarding Effective Writing Skills and Effective Oral Communication Skills.
It was exhausting work, sure. But it was worth it, I guess... Plus, there was free food provided!

As for the MLTR Concert, it was held at the recently opened Setia City Mall, Setia Alam.
Simply put, it was awesome! Need I say more?
If you really want, you can see even more pictures I took during the MLTR Concert on my Facebook.
( PS. You might have to be "logged in" to Facebook to use the link above )

Well, I guess this is it, for now...
I cannot guarantee I will be returning any time soon to update this blog of mine.
I'll just leave it to the winds of fate to blow me back here when the time is ripe...

Until then, may the odds be ever in your favour,
and of course:

May the Force be with you...