Thursday, September 15, 2011

Buffetting : University Life

Well, time really flies and seriously, without me noticing it,


I totally had no time nor mental prep for this shit because of the 10 days retreat and 1 week HK tour!

Anyway, I'm officially now a student of Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang campus.

Year 1, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Honestly speaking, I kinda like everything here.

The community, the hostel, the faculty, sheesh now I'm having a major attachment towards my current university life.

What if I'd really like the place here?

Transition back to the very hectic and lifeless schedule of a med school might be that inviting.

Nevertheless, I wouldn't have any choice, the mom made it clear that 6 month in UPM is just an exposure, not a brainwash program.

Medicine is still the route I should look into.,,,

Well I'm ok with both ways, I mean I like dealing with human, but dealing with animals is equally interesting and fun too.

Anyway, back to UPM life.

On contrary to popular belief, UPM ain't half bad, even more for my hostel.

UPM is considered one of the top-ranked research university in Malaysia, and currently the largest university in Malaysia, cool huh?

What's more, my college of residence, Kolej 17 is the newest college in the campus, of only 5 years old and also the most modernized college; meaning apartment style with 4 rooms of 2 beds each, and also an in-apartment built toilet, hence no common toilet problem.

woot, messed up tables!

Plus, according to my engineering friend, the government "sayang" the medic students so much, the college was built to serve the students from the Vet Fac and Fac of Medicine and health sciences only, which is the fact.

So yay vet student me!
bed's on the left! and thank goodness same wavelength with my room mate, chinese somemore!

The orientation week within college was fun, and again I have this sub-conscious attention seeker trait in me, for a person who plan to have to strings attached towards this course, I've finally laid a reputable figure among the 1st year residence of the college, 351 of them, and also the seniors who ran the orientation program.
seniors teaching cheers! 17 MARI!

I have no idea, ask "super-high-Binn" who just kicks into hyper mode when it comes to stuffs like orientation. Trying hard to make an impression much? Bad, bad thing.

The seniors even created a name "Jinggo" for me, tribute to the comic drew by a Malaysian (Puppeteer) under the Malaysian comic magazine Gempak.

So yes, thanks to that, I automatically became an instant famous star among the community, which explains my affinity towards it even more.

What's worse, my housemates are now even more determined that I'm the person they should rely on , hence my name "Boss" around them.

Whenever you hear Boss among the 1st year vet boys in UPM, yeap that's me.

So far so good, no tormenting stuffs yet. The only headache would be staring at the deadlines of the assignments. We have to look ahead 14 weeks to our finals and 10 weeks to assignment deadlines and 4 weeks to our proposals.

nope, anatomy comes in 3rd sem. guess I won't be learning much.

That does not include our practical lab work reports, practical in Zoo taiping in the 4th week of my sem break and also tonnes of university activites such as Dogathon, orientation and all sorts.

Who said university life was easier than STPM?

Transition period much?

Back to busy schedule, about hong kong day 2-5, let me have a lil more time to draft them kay?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Buffetting : Hong Kong Day 1

Hit the airport early in the morning at 6.30 just to have more time to kill in HK. Well, I have to say Cathay is one good airline to board on.

Great service, great seats, good looking air-stewardess, minus the Canton slang-ed English and lack of food varieties.

After the 3.5 hours, I've finally hit the HK airport.

The thing I've realized on board was, Air Asia and Mas seemed to be much more sensible than Cathay.

I remember vividly the announcement by the Captains of AA and Mas in my every touchdown in KLIA.

"Welcome to Malaysia. We are pleased to have you on board. As for Malaysians, Welcome Home."

It's like the slight tinge of satisfaction and euphoria when someone welcomes you "home".

Anyway, Cathay didn't have that, even for Hongkies. I guess they are just being international.

Tip of the day: Keep your cameras in your bag, and no itchy hands.

As stupid as I was, I'd actually snapped a pic at the immigration, when 3 officers totally banged me down because of my stunt.

I didn't know, seriously and the signs were really far from my counter, hence my idiotic gesture.

Anyway, I'm still here, not in the lockup yet. The thing he asked me to do was to delete the photo. Thank goodness the officer in charged actually smiled back when I apologized in the end.

At least I'm somehow, forgiven.

Next, the hotel!

Well, I have to say its really a budget trip, its like Cathay flight, and the hotels around downtown is crazy like expensive, the agency situated us in Kowloon Panda, Tsuen Wan.

It's like the far end of the MTR from Central.

Yet, the hotel was decent, very comfortable. The only thing I got bugged in HK is the lack of water hose beside the toilet bowl.

I need my HOSE to clean those Shits man!

Those toilet papers are killing my butt cells!

The rest of the day was free and easy, so we immediately hit the Arena of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui first. And it was like 11 stations away from Tai Wo Hau, the MTR in my hotel's area.

Things got even stickier when we hit the ticket counter in the station.

Apparently, everything is manually machinised in their MTR. The only thing the lady in the customer services do for you is changing your notes to smaller changes, plus some other crappy stuffs of course.

The point remains, for blur case foreigners like us, its totally one big question mark in the face when we were getting those tickets.

So, I'll let the pictures do the talking for now.

Wee, I have larger palms than Jackie Chan does.

So technically arena of stars is just a place to snap pictures and some glimpse of HK's cinema industry's history.

Find it so so, I mean with all the thick haze around, I'd rather stay in the hotel.

Next up, Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum in The Peak, Central.

Apparently they were too cheap to allow us to use our own cams to snap Jackie Chan. PFFFt.

History class

Interior of the museum

Everybody loves Gaga.

Sorry Eienstein. I never understood Physics.

Seriously, I think Meryl here is totally underrated in the museum. Petty asians.(including me)

The scenic view was okay, I wouldn't use breathtaking. KL tower's spinning restaurant, now that's breathtaking.

Woot, my hotel's logo!

Another end of the sky terrace. So so view.

Well, that wraps up first day.

Tip #2 in HK: Get your octopus card, big time if you wanna have a swifty ride around HK. No machines, no wait, just touch and go, even in 7-11s.

Overall, first day was just a rush. It's just all taking pictures. Not much fun if you'd ask me.

Oh well, I guess different companies should make things different.