November 27, 2013

Sharing is Caring is Sharing

On a specific Monday in October 2009 I was about to give a presentation for the EC module together with my group members. That is, until I become a dad just the day before. So I sent out an e-mail to my class members and lecturer that I could not make it to school become my daughter was just born. Obviously being one of the more legit excuses to not be able to make it to class, people understood, except for the part that they had absolutely no idea that I was about to become a dad. I had shared it with none of my classmates, lecturers or school until it was inevitable. Kayumi is now four and I have been thinking about how sharing my situation with my environment has effected my life.

November 23, 2013

Some Reasons to Love USM

After 5 months studying for my exchange at USM (Universiti Sains Malaysia) in Penang. All I can say is, I love this campus. No wonder it’s the number one university in Malaysia, making it harder to get into. I don’t know the tuition for this incredible campus. All I know is, it’s definitely not cheap for the locals.

Here are some of the reasons why I think you should pick USM:
1. It’s totally a great environment to study. I stayed at the hostel Saujana, and the surroundings are quiet. It’s a safe environment too, since there are some security in each USM gate.
2. For sports junkies, USM is like a Disneyland. USM got a lot of sports facilities, such as Tennis courts, Basketball courts, Badminton courts, pool, football courts, hockey courts, volleyball courts, Squash courts, mini outdoor gym, and indoor gym.
Don’t get me started on other kinds of sport that you can do here. Some of them involves fencing, table tennis, dancing, and many more, although not all of them are open for non-member for the campus activities. If you’re an outsider, you can also book some of the courts for really affordable price. An hour in a tennis court only costs 1 RM, while booking the badminton court only cost you 0,5 RM/hour! No reason to not do any sports here
3. It’s a great environment to get healthy. Campus areas are really clean, and the air is fresh, since there are a lot of trees grown in the areas. Even though it’s not a non-smoking environment, you will rarely see some students smoking in hallways or crowded areas. But of course, it’s still not allowed to smoke in indoor areas.
4. It’s easy to get around. You can experience the cuisines around Bukit Gambir (especially Plaza Ivory) or Sungai Dua. The food is really affordable (if you don’t want to call it cheap), and there are a many kinds of food to try too. USM is practically close to some of the places to visit in Penang. You just have to hop on a Rapid Penang to reach your destination.
Girls Hostel

Those are the major reasons to enjoy studying in USM. I won’t say anything about the “study” part, cause I think every campus always strives to produce better students every year anyway. Coursework or exams won’t be a burden if you know how to manage your time. However, USM definitely provides the facilities you need to study or have some fun to relieve your stress from all the coursework.

November 20, 2013

Music my Muse

My colleague was charming enough (truly is) to be invited to a concert tonight by the artist himself (Bonobo) and kind enough to ask me to join her. So we'll be on the guest list for the whole programme including after-party this upcoming evening. I only go to clubs occasionally because I do not enjoy it superbly, however I absolutely do love going to concerts. There is nothing like live music and the vibe is almost always excellent because all visitors share a similar passion for the performer.
Since I still buy almost all of my music on CD and do not currently use any streaming services I am not really up-to-date with this evening's show, so I downloaded some albums before I actually own them and hardly surprising, it is brilliant.

November 11, 2013

Back to School

Last Tuesday my daughter(4) returned home from Jakarta with her mom. Together with a friend I picked up the girls from the airport and upon arrival at home the little one pulled most of her toys out to play, she had not seen them in months but remembered them all the same. After a more than 16 flight and jetlag (+six hours time difference) it did not take long before silence returned once more to the house amidst the chaos of toys and luggage. The following day would be the little one's first day to school.

November 7, 2013

Pleasent People

Last week was my birthday, something I care very little about and so I did not actively celebrate it nor did I add it on my Facebook account although people eventually did found out which is obviously much more fun.

As I was trying to forget about it my mom did of course call me just before it was about that time and a friend posted a picture on Facebook with a sort of explanation in the morning. I started the day by going to school and followed classes as usual. Thereafter is more or less where all the wonderful presents this year came in.