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Saturday, January 26, 2008

First Lecture, First Impression

After the horrible orientation week, finally I am going to attend our very first lecture. To be frank, there is no much different compared to secondary school. We just sit there and listen to the boring lectures and accompanied by slides. The only difference to me is that the lecture hall is air-conditioned. Haha! Oh ya, we also have international lecturers like my Physics lecturer come from Sudan. On my!! I just remember that I hate Physics so much when I was in secondary school. It has never been my cup of tea at all. I thought it WAS over when SPM was over. I guess I was so wrong.

For your information, I take seven subjects for this semester which are English, Engineering Mathematics (combination of Mathematics and Additional Mathematics, I think, for those who are taking Malaysia Education Certificate aka SPM sure know what I am talking about), Physics, Chemistry, Thinking Skills (??), Moral Studies (Ya, we learn it AGAIN!) and co-curriculum also, which is compulsory. I take Sport Science which I am so regret. 100% THEORY!! No sweat is involved. What the heck!!

Fuh! I just know that the so-called lecture notes are derived from the lecture slides, it is just that in hard copy form. Sigh~~ To me, this is kinda LOW standard to me. I don’t know, this is just how I feel about it.

Food? There are 11 café around UTP but the choices of food is not really that myriad. Since the majority of the population here is Malays, for sure Malay food is the most served here. HOT! SPICY! Western food is also available. But I miss PORK!! Ya, obviously, they don’t have it here in UTP. Always sneak out of UTP and have some. Haha! I am not trying to be sarcastic here…

(Yes, you are!)

[NO, I am NOT!!]

Facilities? I just don’t understand why they leave air-conditioners and lights on in every lecture hall, tutorial room and lecture rooms even there is no one in it. Hey, we are talking about more than 50 air-conditioners and hundreds of lights here. What wastage of energy! [for Malaysian readers, mentang-mentanglah PETRONAS kaya…]

And I more thing, I guess this is crucial also. I know the good intention of UTP to water the grass here to make the surrounding greener by installing sprinklers, but operating under the rain. Oh my! Another kind of wastage is going on here.

This is all I can say about my first impression come to UTP. Oh ya!! Kinda dusty also. Why?? This is simply a lot of construction are still going on. Haha!

Monday, January 21, 2008

A Whole New Beginning

12 January 2008
Agenda: First day in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and first day steps into a university. [Err… Not really because before this I have been to Universiti Putra Malaysia kampus Bintulu for community service few years back (Don’t want to tell any further!), a visit to Curtin University, Sarawak Campus in Miri, and of course, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) for my EduCamp or interview last year, in December.]

Well, I felt rather sad than excited because frankly, I am kind like a family type of person. Never separated from a home for a long time. (Hehe….. honestly, I am not keen to apply for UTP actually, not to mention to get here because deep inside my heart, this is not what I really want. BUT, I’m here now. I guess I have to bear it for 5 years. I think that’s the main reason why I felt sad, I suppose. If not…Oh ya! I miss my mum. Love you, mummy!) She cried before leaving me here. So did me. So sad. I’m a boy, though. Should be tough, shouldn’t I?
Obviously, typical, I have to undergo orientation for one whole week before going for my first lecture. Gosh! I was glad it was over now but that time was not easy though. With packed schedule, “good” seniors, boring talks… I thought I was going to die (So dramatic, am I? No? Never mind!!!).
My most “memorable” moment will be during the Fire Drill. Guess what? I did hear the bell rung but I didn’t escape because I can’t wake my room mate up. I can’t just let him die there. What happens in the end? I got sprayed with cold water, during cold night, under the shining moonlight. Hehe…. No pictures to show you. Hahaha……

Nevertheless, my favourite slot during the whole orientation a.k.a. Minggu Aluan Siswa (MAS) will be the Moral Activities with the non-Malay seniors (I hope the others may not get offended. I’m just merely saying it, there is no hidden meaning). Unfortunately, I don’t manage to get any pictures for that. L Anyway, I get to know lots of our seniors which some of them are also international students. Penny, Jeffry, Henry, Jared, Sharlinie, Subarna, Kuhan, Somfong, Tidha and so on. Really fun to get to know them though I know after this everyone will be busy with their own coursework, all that. (Sorry if there is any mistype of the names, at least, they sound almost the same, what??)

Of course, I have new friends also. First of all, I get to know my roommate from Sabah, Fakhrullah bin Mawardi which is also my course mate. Hmm... Both of us come from overseas, the island of Borneo and reading the same course. What a coincidence. Haha! Want to know him? Check on my friends list in my Facebook. Ya, I have a Facebook account. Feel free to add me up if you want to know about me. (Oh, I also have FRIENDSTER)…

You know what? Hon Lian Hung, as NOT expected, is my course mate also. We have been class mate since primary five. And now? However, I never know him much. He is unpredictable. (Hon, if you are reading this, don’t get offended. I am just being true to myself here!) Chua Wee Kheng, from Bintulu too. I’ve seen him during EduCamp but I never know that he applied for the same course as mine. Hmm… It’s time to know him better. Oh! Three of us, Hon, Chua and I manage to befriend with an Ipoh guy, Chan Yi Herng. Apparently, we get along so well and have set up an unofficial group for ourselves. One more thing, he takes Chemical Engineering as well! Fuh! What a destined occasion for four future chemical engineers. Hahahaha……… (Ok, may be just three. Don’t get it? Go back to the top for answer)

I also get to know some of Peninsular friends, Tamil, Jonathan (aka Jenny), Shanggar, Kuhan, Xiao Ci, Jia Lin,… Same goes for those come from my home state, SARAWAK; Serena, Sze Mei, Stephanie, Jion Sean (friend already actually, class mate also, same case with Hon but she takes Mechanical Engineering), Chrispian, Lawrence, Graham, Kerry …

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Hi, everyone. I am new here. I hope you guys can forgive me if there is any violation of blogging ethics or codes or so whatever it is that may be offending or…. I don’t know, WEIRD??

Everything must have a beginning. Ya, of course, obviously!! All of the sudden, I feel so bored and nothing to do. For some reason, feel like want to have my own blog. (Frankly, I am not sure the real meaning of “blogging” actually, but after I see some of my friends’, kinda like have a rough idea in my mind already) Hmm… I wonder what people will think of it. For someone like me who only starts to have his own email address the early of this year feel kind like OUTDATED. Feel so small compared to the others.
Since this is the first post, I don't have much to say. My next post will be the starting of my new life in this brand new year. Better catch up with the updates.

Well, I hope this is a good start for this outdated guy to start his new hobby. BEST OF LUCK to him.

To my dear readers, hope you will enjoy reading this. If not, just feel free to deviate to other bloggers. I don’t mind, as if I know what you are doing!!

*You may notice that this blog is actually started in June 2008. Anyway, I want to share the start of my new life as an university student. The events posted before the month June were accurate at the time as it suppose to be.