Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Driving In Red Sands

Driving with the windows open,
Glaring to the horizon,
With dreams of what's beneath,
With hopes of now to be,
Slowing the wheels forward,
To not even go the opposite,
For I miss the longing,
For I love the caring.

Too long the sands flow,
Too fast the hands turn,
Foolish for driving there,
Yet sealed in passion,
I wished for thee,
I wish for you.
My heart cries,
When I do not see you.

Bruno Mars - Long Distance

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Devdas: Fave Hindi Movie (Not a movie review)

Devdas, the very famous Bollywood movie produced in 2002, I would say to be my most favourite Hindi movie of all times. Having won many awards and nominations, including a nomination for the best foreign language film in the BAFTA, it has truly been an epic with its all-star casts, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit.

Here's a picture from the scene where Paro was singing "Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka"

The movie's story line is brilliant with the twists that kept me guessing. Generally it is about Deva (Shah Rukh Khan) loving Paro (Aishwarya Rai) but couldn't have her fully. So she married another guy and Deva became depress. Later, the famous courtesan Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit) fell in love with Deva but her love was never returned. So the story continues and ended with the death of Deva (sorry, too simple of a description for the plot).

Aishwarya Rai (Paro)

Shah Rukh Khan (Deva)

Madhuri Dixit (Chandramukhi)

The songs in this movie are simply awesome. Below are some of my favourites.

Hamesha Tumko Chaha (a very emotionally intriguing song)

Dola Re Dola

Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka

BTW, the main reason I fell in love with this movie is because it introduced me to Aishwarya Rai and it was simply love at first sight.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Person I Am

After having 8 posts in this newbie blog of mine, perhaps I should introduce to you abit on the writer (Zzzzz Boring, who the hell wana know about me?). Anyway, let me just share bits of the soul of Mr. Hanif Shawn himself, courtesy of yours truly.

I'm a Malay and I speak Malay, English, Chinese and abit of Tamil (1Malaysia?). I have great passion in my work as a physiotherapists as it is so great that when I have treated a patient and they would come back to me saying "hey, after u treated me the other day, my pain is gone!" and i screamed too in joy!

As a person, I feel that I can be quite assertive at times. I notice I would speak my mind alot which could be a huge disadvantage in this close-context Malaysian culture. The interesting thing about Malaysian culture is the young are not allowed to disagree with the mature group (in other words aged or old people, excuse me). So I would try to stand for what I believe in and that would cause me to blurt out my opinions to virtually whoever that stands in my way. Hopefully this is not regarded as arrogance (many Malaysians think it is) but I feel that if there is a better way of doing things, why not?

I love Dr. Mahathir. Not to say that I support BN and not to imply that I support PKR (personally I can disagree with actions from both parties but I'll keep my choice to my self). But I see Dr. Mahathir as a person who is able to shine as a small fish amongst the huge whales-governments like the US and the UK. He is a man who would say No when he means No and say Yes when he means Yes. He has vision, and his vision for Malaysia came true. A leader produce, a follower profuse (as in sweat). Dr. M is a risk taker, obviously from his actions of building the Petronas Twin Tower during the economic depression (he is one crazy men but guess what, his craziness pays).

Oooh I forgot to introduce myself. I was given the name Hanif in a certain November amongst the Generation Y population. I have jet black hair but somehow after I dyed my hair burgundy last year August, and even after having my hair cut numerous times, I think the colour is still there, amazing!

I love having Japanese food (how cliche), Malay food (who could resist ikan patin masak lemak?) and definitely Italian. My mum loves to cook all the different pastas you could ever see on the supermarket shelf and she made it so simple yet scrumptious. I don't bake cakes but she does (I thought I'm suppose to talk about the author of this blog, not his mother).

Well thank you everyone for following this blog of mine and for leaving your prints in the comment boxes. Love u guys! Peace out yaw!

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Walk

From the midst of spring,
I walked under the sun,
Until the end of fall,
I had my shadow,
By me at all time,
Eternally I hope.

But as dusk comes,
It slowly fades,
Where I start to realise,
That the shadow I had,
I cared and loved for,
Would be gone.

But why?
Why does the sun have to set?
On this beautiful months,
Where it was forever spring,
Neither summer too temperate,
Nor winter too chill,
Perfectly resplendent blooms of daffodils,
But it died.

Those beautiful daffodils,
Carpetted by the white chill,
The dreaded chill,
Behind the mask,
I was fooled,
Yet the truth prevailed,
Not soon but later.

I have warned,
For no game is better than mine,
For you should not have started,
For I know I will win,
And I did.
I did,
But I forgive,
For it liberates my soul,
From the devil's love,
But to the heaven's call,
For I pray,
The shadow to live the life,
Of happiness,
And not walked where I had to walked,
Nor feel what I felt.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Movie Review: 127 Hours

So it was a great evening for me to be able to have some awesome steamboat buffet with a bunch of people I love, then we watched '127 Hours' at the Summit USJ (god, I hate this place). So here are my views on it.


Basically it's very simple. Based on a true story about this carefree, happy-go-lucky dude who was trapped for 127 hours inside this very small but deep crack in the earth. His hand got stuck beneath a heavy but small bolder. So it was basically about him reflecting on who he has been in the past and about significant people he has in his lives.

So that's the small but heavy bolder.You'll notice his right forearm is stuck beneath it

Gotta warn you, there are some gruesome scenes in the movie which, personally as a health personnel, I too feel squeamish watching. So you've been warned.


James Franco

Well since the plot was very simple, it doesn't impose much challenge to the actors to convey deep emotions. Even when Aron (played by James Franco) had to convey those expressions during the reflective moments, they expressions were not very deep.


Since Aron was mostly on his own, there were not many dialogues unless during the reflections. With that said, you can expect the script to be very simple.

Overall, the movie was pretty straightforward. It's alot like watching the movie 'Buried', played by Ryan Renolds. Both are equally boring but Buried has more happenings compared to 127 Hours.

Buried: Ryan Renolds.

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Random Lameness

Got this in my email, courtesy of Alexander Zeberg (you know who you are)

Things to ponder:

1. Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

2. Why do people order cheeseburger, large fries and a diet coke?

3. Why do banks leave vaultdoors open and then chain the pens to the counter?

4. Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways but put our useless junks in the garage?

5. Why the sun lightens our hair but darken our skin?

6. Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

7. Why don't you ever see the headline "psychic wins lottery"?

8. Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?

9. Why is it doctors call what they do 'practise'?

10. Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavouring while dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

11. Why is the man who invests all your money is called a broker?

12. Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

13. Why isn't there mouse-flavoured cat food?

14. Why do they sterilise needles for lethal injections?

15. Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Work Place: iRehab, Subang Jaya

I started working today as a physiotherapist in this newly opened clinic located in SS17, Subang Jaya (I'm so blessed as it's less than 10 minutes drive from my house).

It's a beautiful clinic, everything is so new and clean. It's owned by Ms. Zalilah Salleh Ghany, the honorary secretary of the Malaysian Physiotherapy Association (MPA). She's just an awesome boss, very open, smart, a visionary as well have great intentions of helping students to develop themselves.

There's a great combination of people there with physiotherapists from UiTM (me), MAHSA, Masterskill and Unisel. For my first day, perhaps everything still seems like I'm looking through a rosy mirror but I enjoyed my first day as everyone was very friendly, helpful and willing to share the skills and knowledge that they have. It's a conducive environment for a productive and efficient work.

On the right is the tilt table and beside it is the ergonometer. As you can see by the wall is the wall bar with therabands hanging on it

Here's the parallel bar. As you can see the walls are fully covered by mirrors, great for biofeedback

That's the treadmill and beside it is a machine which is great in training for stability. You'll notice the gymballs to the left of the stability-training machine and going more to the left would be the entrance to the treatment area.

Here's an awesome machine called the Andullation machine. It basically uses electrostatic charges to massage the whole body or event perform joint mobilisation. It is also able to increase the body's metabolism which helps in weight reduction.

Here's the Bobath plinth as well as other plinths. If you look closely, there are some electrotherapeutic modalities behind those curtains.

Here's the Motomed machine beside the Bobath plinth. Superb machine (thank god I've larned how to use this machine in Hospital Melaka)

Considering the location of this clinic is in Subang Jaya, I feel that the costs of receiving treatments are relatively cheap compared to SJMC and other hospitals or private clinics. There are also packages for treatments which consist of up to 10 sessions but with a lower price compared to an individually paid 10 sessions.
So if any of you have any of the problems listed below:
  1. Back pain
  2. Neck pain
  3. Stroke
  4. Post-surgical rehab
  5. Paediatrics related diseases or syndromes
  6. Requires weight management
  7. Vestibular related problems (eg: Vertigo)

Drop by for a free assessment.

Clinic is open everyday as below:

  • Mondays - Fridays: 9am - 9pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 9am - 6pm
The webpage for iRehab is www.irehab.com.my. Do check it out!