Monday, December 24, 2012

Borneo British Parliamentary Championship BBPC

The Borneo British Parliamentary Championship (BBPC) was organised by the UNIMAS Debating Society which I was a part of. This was our first time hosting an international debate competition, and its turnout was quite good. Though many teams around the world registered and only some came to check in, I would say the event was still a success. Many teams backed out, for some reasons that we guessed, was because our championship was right after SDO, which was Singapore's Debate Open. Many teams do not go for championships one right after the other, unless they are really hard core debaters. However, it was great to see some teams and adjudicators turning up right after SDO, it shows how committed they are towards debating. Another reason why the turnout was small is because many people from other countries are not familiar with Kuching but Kuala Lumpur instead. It was perhaps the stereotypical idea that Kuching is a small town and not worth going. But to my surprised, the chief adj, Aji Abu from Singapore, fell in love with Kuching and wished he could stay longer by taking a week off from work. Too bad that it was too late for him to apply leave. Other adjudicators like Ajay Kumar from India stayed another day to visit Orang Utans and take a short sight see around Kuching.

Well here's my part of the story. I was in charge of transportation in the event. All I had to do was to make sure everyone gets to the competition safely. On Friday the 14th, me and a few others from UDS were waiting for Dinesh to get the cars and head off to the airport to pick up a team that was flying in at 3.40pm. I was shocked at 2pm when I received a phone call from Christ University, India saying that they have already arrived and are waiting at the airport. We quickly rushed to the airport in 2 cars as we only had Kancil's, which is a very small car.

 One of the cars ran out of fuel right outside the petrol station

On that day itself, I drove for about 12hours with sufficient rest. I left the university at 2pm and arrived back at 2am. No, it wasn't labor abuse or anything close to it. I enjoyed it as I really love to drive. It felt so much better as the car was rented with UDS funds and its petrol was all covered by them too. The funny part was the car itself. It only had 4 gears! I was surprised. While driving it on the highway for the first time, I was shifting the gears from 3rd to 4th, 4th to *ehh*.. I thought the gear was jammed or something. I finally had a stop at a round about and when I looked at the gear label carefully, it really had only 4 gears! It was really shocking, but the more shocking part was that the car could actually go up to 110km/h on that 4 gears, well that was according to its speedometer. It could be inaccurate.

Kuching International Airport

12 hours of driving was fun. I met a lot of people from different countries, had a good 30 minute chat with them before dropping them off at the "hotel" which was Sarakraf Pavilion, a homestay bungalow.

The next morning, I headed to Faculty of Social Sciences where the competition was being held. Using the 2 kancil's, we transported about 10 tables and 60 chairs. We took a few rounds and each round, we could take 5 tables or 10 chairs. It sounds unbelievable to transport 10 chairs in a Kancil but a good thing about Perodua is that they design their rear seats to fold so that there will be more trunk space.

After that many rounds, I headed off to the airport to take away McDonalds for one of the adjudicators. She didn't have a proper meal on the day before and she's vegetarian so she wanted the McEgg and hash browns. It wasn't actually my job to do that but I just did it as a favor.

I didn't have much to do by 3pm so I decided to head back to my room, have a nap and get ready for a Christmas dinner that night. A blog post of that night will be updated soon.

Intense planning

On Sunday, I was on standby at the competition. Some teams and adjudicators had earlier flights, so I had to send them to the airport. Besides that, there was an unusual morning. The chief adjudicator stayed back at the hotel that morning because he wasn't feeling well. I was told to pick him and another luggage up from the hotel. As I was sending him to the university, I had a good chat with him. His name was Aji Abu and he is a test engineer at Aston Martin Singapore. I was like, wow! He has the privilege to drive those supercars and tune them. His job is to basically set the car to the Singapore road requirements, perhaps in terms of safety or environment protection, but its still a cool job.

Fang with Aji Abu

The final debate!

I was also able to catch the final debate, which was intense. The motion was that THBT suicide is a legitimate tool of protest against the state. Unimas had one team in the finals which was represented by Albert, UDS president and Dinesh. After all the arguments, their team came in 3rd. 

Nasi Goreng Bryani Ayam Penyet

After the results were out, we had dinner at Station 12, which was a Malay restaurant by the street outside of the Pink Mosque. They had great food there. I had Nasi Goreng Bryani Ayam Penyet which was spicy, but delicious. I also tried the nasi goreng sotong penyet which was wonderful. Sotong is cuttlefish and it wasn't rubbery. The squid felt as if it could just melt in your mouth. The tom yam soup was also tasty, so im generalizing that restaurant as one of the best around Kuching. 

It was a long, wonderful and tiring weekend. I went back to the university with good news that presentation was postponed to another day and I had no class in the morning on the next day. Great news and great sleep. :)

Take care :)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Not Taking a Break this Semester Break

I just entered my first semesters mid term break which will last for a week. For the past month, I was looking forward to this week because it will be a week where I can get good rest before I take on the rest of the semester again. However, my break is yes, a break from studies, but not for rest. The moment my break began, on the last day of class, on that night itself, me and my group of friends doing Cognitive Science rented 3 cars and headed up to Kuching. It was a trip of 15 people and it was amazing to see how close we were as friends, a really big group of friends. The initial plan of my friend was to go to The Hills for karaoke but it was too expensive. So instead, we went to walk around Kuching and took a boat across the Santubong river. That night was only just the beginning. The next day had much more adventure :)

I got up around 7.45 that morning. We were supposed to group up at Cempaka at 9am to get into our transport. It was delayed to about 10am but I didnt bother. As long as I got to my destination, Im happy. This trip was again organised by the same previous Chinese society in UNIMAS. They had about 7 cars to bring about 33 people around. First we headed to Jong Crocodile Farm. We arrived at 11am, which was just in time for the crocodiles feeding time. They have feeding shows at 11am and 3pm.

The workers will hang a piece of meat or fish onto a cable that is tied across the pond. The crocodiles in the pond will jump up, trying to grab their lunch. It was such a great sight to see the crocodiles jumping because you dont really get to see crocodiles everyday, but thank God for that.

We spent another hour at the crocodile farm walking around, looking at other animals and ate some snacks. I would like to rephrase 'we' to 'the both of us' :) I have a very special companion who shares the same interest with me and one of it is to travel. Shes really adventurous and really knows how to live life :) I thank God again for introducing her into my life :)

So anyway, we got back into the cars and headed to a town nearby for lunch. Lunch wasnt that great but at least it filled my stomach well, and they had good Chinese tea :) We headed to Ranchan Waterfall soon after. It was about an hour trip, cos we got lost a bit as the convoy got split up. Nevertheless, we arrived at our destination safely. Ranchan had a series of waterfalls and I suggested to go as high as possible because usually if youre at a lower part of the waterfall, you have no idea what shit happened from above :p

We trekked through the forest up the hill to find a higher waterfall. It was just me, Carmen and Jeff, I have no idea where the others went. Jeff also is another adventurous and enthusiastic person, but hes a guy :p Haha. So we reached the end of the trail, took off our shoes and went down into the cold water. We could go much higher following through the rocks but we did not want to leave our valuables far from us. As we were in the water, we sat in it and allowed the water to flow through us. The funniest part also was that the river had fishes. They were small fishes trying to eat our feet. It was like a fish therapy, and it was so ticklish. After awhile, we did get used to it. I have no idea what fish was that but i believed it was cleaning my feet :)

Panchor Hot Springs was our next destination. Getting there wasnt easy as the roads were still, undeveloped. The roads were narrow and it wasnt tarmac. There are still future plans in developing the road. The entrance fee into the hot springs is only RM3 and they have a cafe there. The place is well maintained and clean. It is a natural hot springs pond so the water may look dirty and muddy, but its natural, hot and filled with natural minerals. When i drenched my feet into the water, it was really hot. I had to keep putting my legs up many times, but after awhile, I got used to it and just enjoyed the hot water. Hot springs is good for the body because its said to help in circulating blood flow in the body. People with high blood pressure are not advised to enter the hot springs.

We then headed to Kuching for dinner in the Hong Kong Noodle House located in Chinatown. It was one of my most favorite restaurants because they served dried chili in oil, which was one of my favorite chili. I had pork ribs with champagne and wine sauce and Carmen had the same thing, without the champagne and wine sauce. Both kinda just tasted the same, but it tasted good too. We both also ordered sour soup which was a thick soup with tofu and chicken slices. It was a spicy soup but it taste great and was very filling. Our dinner came up to about less than RM10. Soon, we headed back to campus to end the day :)

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Peeling the Banana

I’m quite, but not very, drained as I just got back from a hiking trip at Mount. Gading and hit the waves at Sematan Beach Resort. I am going to blog about the great trip but before this post, I was supposed to talk about the colourful Citrawarna event held last Wednesday in the university in occasion of its convocation. Wow that rhymes… Anyway, why dont I just combine the both of them into one post.

It was a contemplation between attending debate meeting or Citrawarna. Debate was important but Citrawarna is an event described so well that I did not want to miss it. It was also because of the dedication of my friends who were involved and the team by each college, which spent almost every night practicing their act. Citrawarna was also a onetime event to me so me and my friends didn’t want to miss it.

As usual, it started off with speeches and its official launching. There was an opening act and a mini parade by the alumni of UNIMAS before the competition. Soon after, the battle of colours began. It was mostly magnificent.

Each colleges had their own distinct themes, one was focused on the Indian culture as another was focused on the Mexican culture. My college performed a Rio theme and others had their own. I am usually not attracted to such traditional events but I am always attracted to the idea of synchronisation. It was a beautiful sight to see about 40 students from each college putting together a dance performance, boasting creativity and skills.In the end, my college, Bunga Raya, won the overall title for the competition. Im really proud of them and of course, to my friends Phoebe, Qiu Xi, Leo Lim and Joshua Jerome who were part of the performance.  

Moving on to my exciting day trip, it was a satisfying trip. It all started off hilariously. The event was actually planned by some Chinese society in the university and my friend, Jeff, knowing the meaning of my name in Chinese, submitted my name in Chinese, which I did not understand. Yes, I don’t know my own name in Chinese and am a so called banana. Wo Shi Xiang Jiao Ren...

As we were about to leave, I was looking for my name in the namelist, which I of course did not understand. I looked for my phone number instead and signed. As we went on the bus, we had ice breaking and games in Chinese. I did not understand so it was funny actually. We had to introduce ourselves and when my turn came up, I said, “Dui bu qi, wo bu hui chiang hua yi.” That means, im sorry, I cannot speak Chinese. Sorry if I typed the Chinese words wrongly. Anyway, they told me to introduce myself in English, but I told them that I want to try it in Chinese. So then I said, “Wo de ming shi Andrian. Faculty shi FSKPM, program SK.” It means my name is Andrian, faculty is FSKPM and program is SK.

We also played a game in Chinese but I forgot how it went so I cannot describe it. The journey from our 
university to Mount Gading took about 2 hours so for the rest of the journey, I was listening to the music in Carmen’s phone, as she was listening to mine. She’s a good singer and plays the guitar well.
As we reached the main entrance, we got off and quickly started snapping photos. I was busy trying to get internet connection to check into Foursquare. I use it only when I arrive at some grand place or a new place.

We soon began our hike, sweeping through lots of flora and fauna. It is said that the Raflessia, the largest flower in the world, blooms here. Throughout the journey, we did see one of it, but it was black in colour, not red. Perhaps it was dying because they have a very short lifespan, of about 5 days if im not mistaken. You will be very lucky if you are able to see a fully bloom Raflessia in red.

We hiked up for quite a while to reach waterfall No.3. I think it wasn’t a major waterfall as compared to Waterfall No.7 which is at a higher altitude and we were supposed to go there, but we did not have enough time. We were able to take lots of photos and play in the shallow water for a period of time. We soon headed back to the entrance to have our barbecue lunch.

Sematan Palm Beach Resort was our next destination. It took about half an hour to get there. When we arrived, we were so happy to see the beach, its fine soft sand and big waves from the South China Sea. We quickly put our things down and ran into the water. We played a lot, and really a lot, as if the wave was our enemy, we kept making human barricades to fight the waves. It was such a great time.

After much playing, me and Carmen decided to get off shore to have a good cup of coffee at the café nearby. She’s also a coffee junkie like me. We had a great chat about our dreams and interest, including coffee and alcoholic drinks. It was good to have a great companion at a café drinking coffee beside the beach. It’s something that I haven’t done in a long long time.

We spent an adequate amount of time chatting and then we left to go for dinner at Bukit Mata Seafood. The food there was quite good. We had tofu, broccoli, mixed vegetables, butter prawns, chicken and seaweed soup. My friend Xinh Guan had 5 bowls of rice. He aint that big but he swallowed them all up.

It was a great day trip, which I was just informed 2 days ago. I am still hanging on to the words, do not regret what you did, but regret the things you never did. I still don’t know who came up with that quote, but Im still living it. Gonna keep travelling around whenever I can.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Cognitive Science Orientation

I'll be honest, I mean of course I have to be honest, because what I view shouldn't be manipulated just to be nice or whatever in that case. Just saying.

For the whole week before orientation, I dreaded it because we, cognitive science students, had a lot of assignments to do and I usually revise my studies every night. However, for the whole week, it was all about preparing for orientation or doing assignments. Every night was busy. 3 nights were used to plan my groups performance and 1 night which was excepted was used to attend debate weekly meetings which are usually on Wednesdays. The orientation was from Friday to Sunday and we were only able to fully practice on Thursday.

I'll be honest, I did skip a lecture because of my orientation preparation. As a group leader, I had to at least have a plan in mind, in terms for my group performance. I wasn't feeling that well too anyway. My group was given the task to do a dance performance about Puteri Santubong. It was a traditional song and it was too slow for me. Thank God for its hip hop version by M.I.X., we used their song to have a hip hop part that I thought may make our performance unique. The great challenge was to plan a choreograph for the dance. I have no dance experience besides 3 classes of hip hop at Urban Groove and taking videos of other dancers. On Thursday, I skipped one lecture, which I'm glad I did because I was able to plan a 40 second choreograph in 3 hours, had dinner then spent another 4 hours teaching my team mates the moves. Skipping that one lecture also gave me a breather and helped me get myself back together. The stress of time constraint with assignments and pre-orientation plans was very heavy.

I think I wasn't the only one who dreaded orientation. Many others also complained about it taking too much time or being a waste of time. There were also some who screwed up their presentation last Monday, mostly because of orientation. It was tiring for them and though u might say that a group who knows that they suppose to present on a specific date should be ready early, its about the timing that was very tiring. Even one of my lecturers complained that the orientation was too long and made the students tired. He was upset that he wasn't given the chance to voice out his opinion about the timing.

Anyway throughout the orientation, I kept asking myself, "what am I doing here?" I kept asking myself that because there are so much to do compared to the activities done there. The highlight of the event was to spend time with seniors to ask questions and get ourselves straight. They were focusing on us as a faculty being a family. I have nothing wrong with that but its more of the timing thats a problem. Second, its hard to get everyone to ask seniors questions at a specific time because questions usually arise when there are problems, which will come throughout our whole semester. We already have the mentor mentee and family system, it will be wise to ask for help only when a problem arises. At the orientation, I had nothing to ask and I just listened to what the seniors do in class.

Well for now I only can answer my question by saying that I attended the orientation just to dance. I never performed a dance before and our performance during orientation was a whole new experience for me. Furthermore, my group won 2nd place for the performance that night. Well at least I know that my efforts paid off, but it was also because of the dedication and the cooperation and ability of my team members which brought my group to such victory. My group won the overall prize for the orientation. Quite surprising, but I'm sure my group members deserved it.

So, I still think I went for orientation to dance, play with lanterns for the mooncake festival and enjoy the beach. But there always a story behind every action. The orientation did make an impact to me and the other students. The games and activities held has brought us closer than before. I did have my share of fun. Mr Hafiz speeches always made good sense and it was very rational. They always emphasize that we can never work on our own to gain success. We always need to depend on each other to reach our goals. Orientation has allowed me to know my friends better, make new friends and gain more experience for instance, the dance. Mainly, it also made me be able to take on the challenge of a university student, to be able to overcome any situation and still remain standing. More photos here.

All in all, orientation wasn't bad after all. :)

Oh and I would like to take this chance to wish my course mate, Elvis Yoon, a Happy Birthday :) We celebrated his birthday in one of our universities higher class cafes. We bought a brownie cake for him and we all had a great lunch together :)

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Laying Down the Bricks One by One

Im back in my room after a session with the UNIMAS Debating Society and it was a great session. The seniors who were handling the club were cool people and gave a good introduction and perception about debating. How important is debating to me? Well they asked us to think about what do we expect from joining the club. I thought, it would be important for me to break boundaries, increase my confidence and knowledge. The product, we shall see after a year or two or maybe when i graduate.

After the introduction, we were given the chance to debate. I along with Adrian and Jai, the other public speaker who got 1st place, decided to take the seat of the opposition party. Topic; Superheroes Should Not Wear a Mask. Generally, we were suppose to oppose that topic and I think it went pretty well. I was the Opposition Whip and I think I did a pretty good job, along with the first and second speaker, Adrian and Jai respectively. The other members agreed that the opposition party should win so I guess its a really good start for some of us. I really hope to gain a lot by joining this society, to widen my network and knowledge and to work closely with the other intellectual members too :)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hotting Up :D

This is going to be a very short post, perhaps for the sake of this picture. We have really marvelous cloud formations here, but were much closer to the equator so its scorching hot here. Just enjoy this photo and imagine its really really hot. :) oh all the pictures i have taken ever since I arrived in Kuching are taken by my Samsung Galaxy S2 :) great smartphone till today. I still prefer it over an S3 :) hope to be able to bring my dslr when i come back for my second semester.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

My Cubicle

Ever since I bought my Maxis Broadband, which was actually just yesterday, its so easy for me to go online anywhere without depending on the university's wifi. It used to be a pain for me to access the internet because my university uses an online portal for our homework and lecture notes called morpheus, and my room can't get wifi. Every time I go to a wifi hotspot, there wont be any power plugs for my laptop. The university wifi is also shared by the many users at one hotspot and the many thousand users in the whole university. Internet loading is very slow and it sometimes doesn't even load. So the broadband solves my problem.

This is my room, or perhaps, my cubicle. Our quarters or dorms, which are called colleges, is like an apartment. When you enter, theres a living room and kitchen. There are 5 rooms when you walk down the hallway. 2 single rooms are usually for seniors, 2 double rooms and one triple room are usually for the juniors. So there are usually 9 people living in an apartment. The toilets are split. The shower is separated from the toilet bowl. I guess its a design to help students take turns using the bathroom more efficiently so that more students can use the bathroom at a time.

My room is an example of a double room, a room literally split into half. It has been 2 weeks and im comfortable here. I'm actually surprised that I adapted quickly to this foreign place. I am not feeling homesick yet, but maybe it will come soon because the first few weeks has been really busy.

I'm also getting used to the schedule here. My study schedule is balanced with sports and extra curricular programs in the college. My weekends are planned that Saturdays are study days and only Sunday is my rest day. Laundry is usually done during the weekends. I have joind my college debate team but I'm also aiming to join the university's debate team for more exposure. I really regret not joining the debate team in high school. I'm still trying to live up to a quote, do not regret the things you did, but regret the things you did not do. It kinda smacked into my face during form 6, and thats when I begun to change.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Living the University Life

A very good evening to all the students of BRC. Tonight I am going to talk to you about Life in University. It has only been 2 weeks since I first arrived here, and a few words came to my mind. 

Look around you. Who here whom are important to you are missing? 

Your parents. 

Living in a university teaches us to be independent. I'm sure there are many of you who are like me, who always depend on my parents for the past 20 years to clean tho house, do our laundry, wash the toilets and prepare our food. But today, we have to do it on our own, independently. 

We also learn to be courageous. This is not high school anymore, there is no more spoon feeding or notes given by our teacher. We must be initiative to find our homework, get our notes from an online portal and step up to ask our lecturers questions. Courageous not only in class, but also when you apply and do your cocurriculum. Like today, stepping up here to speak takes a lot of courage, and I would want to ask those who stepped up here, to give yourself a hand for being courageous and for some, to break your boundaries. 

I would also like to share you another word. Discernment, which means eye opener to us. Coming to university is an eye opener to me. This is my second time coming to Kuching, but there is still so much that I am learning. It helps us to be matured too, by living on our own and dealing with our daily spenditure. 

Well thats all I have for tonight, thank you..

That was, not 100% accurate, speech that I shared spontaneously last night during my colleges (dorm) speaking corner, an effort of the colleges academic secretariat, there will be a speaking corner every Tuesday night to give the college students an opportunity to voice out their opinions.

Like I said just now, it has just been about 2 weeks since I arrived here, and everyday is a new day. A week of orientation just ended and it was a bliss. Despite the long boring talks, there was also cultural night, cheers, performances and competitions like debate and public speaking. I signed up to participate in public speaking, with the intention to join the debate team at first, but the debate was in BM. Someone still encouraged me to do public speaking, something I have never done in my life. Technically it's because public speaking is a solo performance and debating requires a team and I am just not ready for it, but i still jumped into the hole, facing whatever that may appear.

Well I wasn't the only one who applied for public speaking. Another 7 students also signed up for it and to be fair, we had a preliminary competition in front of our college fellow to choose who shall represent our college, and I got chosen. What was my feeling that time? I was nervous, shocked, happy, glad, proud, scared and, you name it. It was such an amazing feeling, especially when your friends were looking at you, supporting you to bring it all the way.

It was a calm Thursday evening that I was not calm. I was in the colleges meeting room with my friends brainstorming ideas for the competition. The topic given was; Should prime time coverage be equal for men and women in sports? The first question that came to my mind was, isin't prime time coverage already equal for both genders, or is it even measured? The one thin i knew was that I can't assume anything and I should either agree or disagree to the title, and throw out my reasons. This is more or less on how my speech went;

A very good evening to the honorable judges, guests of honor, chairperson, time keeper and my fellow friends. Allow me to begin. 

Dato Lee Chong Wei

Dato Nicole Ann David

What do these people have in common? 

Of course, they are our nations number one sportsmen. 

But, what are their differences? 


The topic given to me today is Should prime time coverage be equal for both men and women in sports? That means, should the publicity of both males and females be fair on the evening news. 

I agree to this statement because I believe in gender equality. I always hold up to the thought that both men and women have their own capabilities to do their own things, their own forte. For example, women may be good in attracting business for their company and men on the other hand can be skillful in technical instruments. Both fields are important in the development of our society. Both men and women of today are independent of each other, the women of today do not need to depend on men for income. Women are capable of working on their own and are able to chase their dreams. 

My next point is that media is a very strong and influential tool. There is no doubt that the CEO of the biggest companies watch the news everyday to stay updated to the news and economics. If they see what they like, they would want that person to wear their logo. For instance, Nike sponsored Manchester United because they saw the talent in that male football team. But what if female football teams also had equal publicity, say that Nike saw a female football player playing as well as Wayne Rooney, then there would be a female football star too. Media coverage also gives opportunity, in this case, to female football players to gain more sponsorship, spotlight and a chance to build their career. 

My third point is that sportsmen and women are inspiring people, like again, Dato Lee Chong Wei has inspired the men of our country and same for Dato Nicole David, she inspired the local women too. I mean, no offence but who ever knew that Malaysia will ever be number one in a certain field? Its true that many of us had that negative perception in our mind, and these two athletes proved us wrong. A family can sit down and watch the evening news together and be inspired by these athletes. For example, during the last 2012 Olympics, taekwando was aired on television and that family who was watching the news will be moved to take up martial arts classes with the thought to protect themselves and their children. 

To sum up my points, I would agree that prime time coverage should be equal for both men and women in sports because I support gender equality which brings more publicity and inspires both men and women, equally. Thank you. 

This was more or less the speech I gave to about 4200 people in an auditorium. Not to mention, it was my first time public speaking. Such a thrilling experience. The speech above is not 100% accurate but again, more or less what I said and maybe has been improved to be posted here.

After my speech, the jury asked me a question. She asked; Why should large companies sponsor women football teams when they are not good at it?

I replied; Women football teams are also like male football teams, they train everyday. And like I said, the women football team does not get enough publicity, so thats why people like you and me, are not aware of the potential they have. 

In the end, unbelievably I have won 2nd place.. I never expected to even be in the top 3 because I forgot my words and stuttered at some parts. The joy of winning did not just end with me winning 2nd place. My colleges debate team got third place and if I'm not mistaken, we also got 2nd place for the cultural dance competition. The overall winner of the orientation was determined by the position obtained in all the competitions. Though my college didn't win the cheer competition at all, but we still won the overall trophy! it was such a great feeling to know that my efforts has made a chain reaction which has brought my college to victory. Best feeling in my life :D

Me and my friends were then asked to speak during our speaking corner of our college which brought us to becoming the academy secretariat of my college, I think. theres still official notice of our participation.

anyway life here is great and classes have already started last Monday. Lecturers seem good but im still trying to adapt to the timing and lifestyle here. Hopefully it will stay this way, even when im planning to be much more active in university activities :)

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Starting to Feel Like Home

Its day 2 for me and my friends in Kuching, and were getting comfortable here. Though theres not much entertainment here, were doing pretty well in adapting to the foreign city.

Today we got up to breakfast in the hotel, a simple breakfast with toast, cereals and some rice and noodles. We then walked around the city looking for a photo shop because Sam needed to print more passport size photos. At the same time, we looked at shops that sell lots of Sarawak products.

We ended up having lunch in Pizza Hut because the coffee shop which served Sarawak Laksa that was recommended by Foursquare users was closed, perhaps for the Independence Day celebration. It's very quiet here actually. We went shopping after and headed back to the apartment and watched Running Man, some Korean game show.

We still continued looking for Sarawak Laksa at another restaurant for dinner but it was also closed. So we went for barbecue steamboat. I can say that it was good, especially the marinated beef. Soup is not actually soup, its just hot water. So if you want good soup, bring your own seasoning.. :) Oh the name of the restaurant is D11 Steamboat :) its just RM18 for its buffet :)

Well thats how day 2 went, and were gonna head to the university tomorrow so wish us luck! :D

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Thursday, August 30, 2012


I couldnt think of any other title but metaphorically, it matches. I have been looking forward to going to university, feeling that its a fresh start to meet new people and improve my life, physically and mentally.

I was offered, accepted and enrolled in "The Malaysian Public Institute of Sarawak" or UNIMAS, which is supposed to mean Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. According to Foursquare, Im about 604 miles away from home. I guess its about time that I live an independent life.

I still cant stop thinking about the people, family and friends, who came today to the airport, and those who wanted to, not forgetting those who called, texted and even facebooked me. Their wishes mean alot to me, especially those who took their time to write a meaningful note/letter.

It was an hour and 45 minute flight from KLIA to Kuching. It wasnt really such a pleasant flight because when we entered the plane, the air conditioning wasnt on, air steward forgotten my ice water request and we had a really rough landing, like BANG! Other than that, their nasi lemak was really good.. :) We took MAS there.

Now Im at Ariva Gateway, renting a 2 room apartment which is great, very fast wifi available, gym facilities, swimming pool and sauna are also available. Room condition is good and its really big so its awesome :)

Were like 3 days earlier than the check in date to university to get used to this place and to buy our necessities before going to uni. We had a 20kg limit for our luggage so we could not bring everything.

Well I know its been very long since I blogged but I hope to keep updating frequently about whats going on here because this site is like my, dear diary..

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