Thursday, March 31, 2011

Treasure your life

Yesterday my friends and I were shocked by the suicide incident happened right in our campus. A second year student decided to end his life by jumping off the bridge into the man-made lake in our main campus. There has been some speculation going on saying he was stress and depressed. But why end his life just like that? He was young (21 years old), why chose to end everything just like that? Isn't his life worth something more than that? 

After the breaking news spreading throughout campus, we found that he had been planning suicide since last month. I get it, student life is hard, with the pressure from study, stress with college activities and other curriculum activities but it's up to one self on how to handle it. Taking such a fatal way is not the solution. You may had leave the world but what about your loved ones? Your family and friends? How they feel about your action? Think about them. 

There are people in this world whom struggle to keep living. Some lives were taken without their choices. The victim of Tsunami attack, earthquake, flood, cancer and other fatal diseases, how they wish they had survive. But some people were so determined to leave this world, by hope to leave their misery behind. Little did they know, they may be the source of misery of their loved one whom they left behind.

No matter what happened in life, nothing is worth for us to end our life like that. You failed you paper, so what? Repeat it until you pass. I failed mine last two semester and repeated it, no big deal. You failed in your relationship, so? There are always someone better out there waiting for you. Low self-esteem thinking that you are nobody, c'mon. We all been there done that. Be positive and held your head up high. 

If you ever feel depress or stress out, talk to a friend or someone. Do something that make you happy, be it watching movie, reading or shopping. Happiness is for everyone and it can be achieved by a simple act. Life is about balance, try your best to find the balance. Live your life to the fullest, there are so much more things that waiting for you out there, trip around the world, the latest gadgets/fashion, career, future etc. Remember, there's always light at the end of the tunnel.

Here's the Newspaper clip about the incident if you wanna read more. Whatever happens, treasure your life.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Stands for Final Year Project which has been killing the final year students slowly. In my case, it's about my data analysis. My project is simple actually, I'll be monitoring the survival rate and growth performance of a certain tree species planted under artificial planting project. I would go to my sampling site which is at Gunung Apeng Forest Reserve once a month for data collection. This project had been going on since last October. Sound easy ain't it? But I'm dreading my sampling trip because running up and down the hill while taking measurements is tiring. I always feel like I just had an intensive workout for 4 hours after my sampling trip. Muscle pain, legs sore, I went through it all. 

Fake enthusiasm 

The equipments

Did I mention that my working area is surrounding by forest? I was in the middle of a mount, surrounded by thick forest, taking measurement of the young trees with sweats running down my forehead with no phone signal. It felt like stranded in the middle of nowhere. In case you wonder, there's no toilet too. So, it was a torture not to drink too much water when the heat was killing you. 

Maybe I shouldn't be complaining much, after all I picked this topic myself last year. Truth is, it wasn't so bad. The project was easy, I can analyze my data as soon as I get it, no fuss at all. There were no experiments nor lab work involved, thus I was saved from staying back at the campus. The only thing that bother me is the pressure. Well, they said you can't have everything your way. It's part of parcel of being a student. No use of whining as it won't get the job done. Maybe I should get back to my report writing. 

Oh, I have a presentation for Taxology & Ecology Conference this coming April *gulp* I will present my case study in front of the professionals from other universities. I'm okay with presentation but it's the Q&A session that I dread. These people are professional and I can't bluff about something that I myself didn't even understand. Please cross your finger for me,will you?  :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Field Trip

Remember my 8 days field trip last month? Before the trip, I was complaining that 8 days are too long. But come to think of it, 8 days without classes doesn't sound so bad, or maybe it is just me whom just caught the lazy bug. I feel so lazy right now, been procrastinating non stop by stalking people in Facebook since the evening.

First stop of our trip is Batang Ai, Lubok Antu. Reached there late afternoon because we started the journey around noon. After checking in our stuff at the hostel, we left for Lubok Antu town, a very small town which only took us less than 30 minutes to tour the whole town. Knowing us, we spent the rest of town trip camwhoring around the playground near the river. 

Shades on, we found our long lost 'friend'

"Act like a tourist wherever we are"- Grace

This field trip feel more like a getaway to me because our lecturers were so lenient on us. We only had two visits max per day and we were well-fed. At night, we would gathered around and watched romantic comedy movies. Felt more like a sleepover party, actually. The only downside would be the accommodation and the long ride in the bus, it took us 12 hours to reach Kuching from Bintulu. 

Flat tired

We visited oil palm mill, rubber estate, Malaysia Rubber Board, Sarawak Planted Forest nursery and Sarawak Oil Palm and Gua Niah as well, more like the entrance cave in Gua Niah because we were running out of time. The journey back and forth to Trader Cave from the jetty was approximately 1 hour or so I think. Jungle trekking with gastric pain was no fun. 

Come to think of it, we spent about 2 and a half day in the bus, travelling back and forth from Miri, Bintulu and Kuching. Nevertheless, we had fun too, be it gossiping or just fooling around. Seems like everyone got a little dirts around, look definitely can be be deceiving sometimes. After all the fun, it's time to get back to reality. I have reports, midterm, German oral and thesis writing waiting to be done. Final exam is less than a month away too. It's time to hit the books and get serious.

The pictures above are taken from the amazing photographer, Grace's Facebook. I love her photo editing skill, every picture turned out so well. And the last 4 pictures are taken from Azizi. Therefore, no watermark for this post. :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Genting Highland

When Harold asked me where I want to go (except shopping mall) during our KL trip, I immediately replied Genting Highland because I had been there twice but never got the chance to explore their outdoor theme park because it's either 1) I was stuck browsing around First World Plaza with my sister, plus we arrived late evening and only stayed overnight at Genting 2) I was busy in casino, betting away my friend's money during my first visit to Genting.

This time I made sure that I played some thrill rides at their outdoor theme park. We woke up super early that day and rushed to KL Central to get our ticket. We bought the package that included bus ride, cable car ride and the outdoor theme park ticket. 
McD for breakfast but turned out to be my super late lunch

Genting Skyway. A 20-minutes ride to the top. Kinda freaking me out

Only 1/3 of the journey already this high

Love the misty view

After a long walk up and down the escalator, finally, we were greeted by this

The Spinner

The Space shot

The Corkscrew

The Bumper Boat

In all the thrill rides in the theme park, I only got to ride on 5 of them. We have to pass on the Flying Dragon because it was raining. The most thrilling one for me is the The Space Shot. Man, I seriously terrified of height and being thrown up and down in the air with that velocity was just killing me. As said I seriously cursing all the #$%^^ words that I know up there. Pardon me, I was scared. As compensation though, the view up there was amazing. The only ride that they got on but I couldn't was go-kart because I didn't meet the minimum height requirement. What a bummer, total discrimination to short people. Yes, the rides in Genting have that minimum height and maximum weight requirement. 

We have to leave the outdoor theme park early because our bus was scheduled to arrive at 5.30 and the cable car ride took almost 20 minutes. On our way back to Genting Skyway station, we looked out from the window and saw severals monkeys hanging right outside the window. We were so jakun, taking photos of the monkey. But what we didn't expect is this: 

The monkey just climbed into the building and sitting at the window pane people watching (??). He got angry when we took his picture and looked quite aggressive. Apparently this is normal there because nobody seemed to give a damn about monkeys hanging out ( I mean lepak) at the mall there.

The boys were sleeping while waiting for our bus.

Back to the city. The ride took almost one hour due to the heavy traffic.

I didn't shopped much during this trip this time because this is my first independent trip which means I paid for everything on my own. That including my air ticket which was very very cheap, RM15 only. Though so, I still burnt a hole in my account. Need to start saving $$$ again now.

How I wish the weather in Kuching is as chill as Genting.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Soul mate reunited, KL, 2011

I'm back from my 8 days field trip and my shopping getaway trip from KL and Genting Highland. I was so dead tired that I slept 5 hours straight when I reached my flat. My sleep in the flight was interrupted by a very inconsiderate family whom sitting in the row in front of me. Will properly update soon.