Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
How's the place? Well, not too bad, really. The polytechnic is a breezy, scenic and serene campus (maybe because the students are still on holiday). It reminds me of my own poly (reminds me of what we don't have lah! He! He).
Food is simple - basically 3 to 4 lauks to go with the rice but the ulams are abundant! Move aside ulam raja. Introducing daun putat, pucuk kedondong, daun cemumar, daun this and daun that (more of this, later). The drinks seem to be recycled, though ... he! he! Hey, I'm not complaining. Just an observation ...
Prof Madya Dr. Yuserrie with the ladies
The first part of the course - intro to research - was interesting and no doubt useful for us dummies. The lecturers from USM, Prof. Madya Dr. Yuserrie, Dr. Azizah and Dr. Siti really knew their stuff. They shared with us their experience, and gave us many good advice - from writing our proposals to tackling fussy supervisors.
As for sight-seeing, I've been to the nearby towns such as Pekan Pauh, Changlun and Jitra. Talking about Jitra, wow, what a change! Sooner or later, I'm going to pay a visit to my alma mater, Jenan. Bukit Kayu Hitam, Padang Besar, Langkawi , and God-knows-where are also in my list. Tunggu ...
Friday, March 6, 2009
I hate to disappoint, but the truth is: BTN was pretty harmless.
"So", they asked, "What's with the blur look?"
I said "It's because I slept for 4 hours only everyday. That's Why!"
BTN camps have always been perceived by many people as the place where "they brainwash you". I myself have heard of this. Therefore, when I was ordered to go there, I was actually looking forward to experience being brainwashed. He! He! Anyway, I was also feeling a wee bit uneasy because I've also heard people saying that the place was "keras". Indeed it was. Huge rocks here and there. He! He! But on the first night there, the person sleeping next to me actually kena usik... I actually felt tak sedap hati but forced myself to sleep only to wake up at 2.00 a.m wanting to pee!
Anyway, going to the BTN camp was like going back to boarding school. We slept on doubledeckers, wore uniforms, were on roll-calls, ate and bathed together. Yeah, some of the ceramahs can be pretty mundane but others were informative and fun. Who would have thought that a ceramah on Malaysia's struggle for independence became a tengok wayang session? Yep, folks. We watched Shuhaimi Baba's "1957: Hati Malaya". Wow! A touching movie that moved some of us to tears.