Sunday, August 31, 2008

Happy Independence Day, People..


Friday, August 29, 2008

Malaysian Public Transportation

I just reached home from Tronoh and yet I couldn't wait to get to my computer.

I have just experienced something that simply made my blood boil.

The bus I took stopped at Puduraya, and from there, I took the LRT to Bandar Tasik Selatan station. From there, I walked over to the cab station and waited for a cab to take me home. I used to call my relatives to come pick me up, but I decided to try the cab for once.

This one cab came. I asked if he could take me to Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, he hesitated but then he said yes. There was another lady sitting down in front with the driver, which I assumed at first was another passenger. Turns out she's his wife.

I got in and he drove. 3 minutes afterwards, he said, "x bleh la nk hantar pg tempat tu. Ktrg turunkan kat sini," pointing to a bus station on the left.

I was like, "kenapa xbleh hantar? Tadi bagi saya naik."

The woman in front muttered something about having to pick up their children from school. I was so appalled, yet I managed to ask how much was the fare.

He had the nerve to say,"2 ringgit je". With my god given legs, I could've walked a mere 100m if I wanted to. But I paid, and got out without another word. Seconds later, another guy got into their cab and he drove away. So much for parenting responsibilities.

It didn't come as a shock to see that Malaysian public transportation service ranks low, in accordance to a survey conducted by expatriates in this country. As a Malaysian citizen, I'm very ashamed of this and to experience something like this first hand is an eye opener.
No wonder people are hesitating to ride public transportation, and opting for their own cars instead.

Heck I was one of the biggest hesitators about taking cabs and buses. But how can you have a say about something you don't know? That's why I decided to give them a chance. And at what price. I'm cringing just thinking about it.

And while the government is busy preaching to the whole nation to change their lifestyles to compensate the fuel hike, (case 1: go for public transportation! ^_^) many citizens are getting ripped off by these irresponsible people. Personally, I'm more disgusted at these people whose moral values are messed up.

So much for wawasan 2020. With drivers like this lurking around, I'd be glad to reach half of that. I say good luck, Malaysia.

Reckless bus drivers must be stopped
"I thought express buses are only supposed to drive at 90kph. This bus driver went way above the speed limit."
-courtesy of TheStar.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Path of life

I sent my family to the airport this afternoon. On the way in the car, I was reading James Patterson's Cross and at the same time, I was thinking, back to reality. This time, we're separated into 3. One part is going back to Pakistan, I'm going back to utp and my brother is going to carve his own way in Gombak.

It's true what they say about not really caring about something until we lost them. Because when they're there, you take them for granted. When they're not, well, you know the drift.

I'll be continuing my studies for another 1 1/2 years, doing something that's pretty much second nature by now. And in the mean time, my cousin has a family, my bff gets married, and somebody in my family is securing a million dollar business deal.

When close people around you are moving on to another stage of life, you can't help wondering when you're going to make your own path? You're going to feel impatient and unsatisfied and thinking you can do more.

Especially when you don't have faith in what you're doing now and all you can see is a blur up ahead.

Undecided. Impatient. Submissive.

Utterly Unconvinced.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My heart stops

Welcome the most adorable baby ever.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

UTP internet

Yeah thanks alot utp internet connection. You made me more connected to crap.
you make my life miserable.
I'm a simple person, call me negligent, but I wish the internet could be more more efficient for me. So I could move on and do other important things. Instead of checking 3 times to make sure an email is sent, an application is accepted.
3 times 10? 30 times of doing time-wasting activities. Totally makes my day.

Yeah, I paid rm98 for limitless use of maxis phone modem, to counter the god-speed internet here, but coverage in the room totally bawls me. I'm so surprised at the cutting-edge internet blocking system this place has.

I talked to maxis broadband, for the wireless services, but I doubt that there's any reliable service that could counter the sophisticated blocking system.

Frankly saying I'm 1 inch short of calling tmNET to drill a phone line up to my room, so I could have 1mbps. >THIS< short.

Wireless is useless here, cable connection is unreliable and unpredictable. Ammar and my family are probably one thousand miles away from me, and when they ask if I have a video cam, I'd have to sheepishly remind them about the UTP internet connection which could not support video conferencing.

I rant about it every now and then, but I always assure myself that the university is trying their best to remedy this, but What do I tell myself after years of coping with this humongous setback??

I'm NOT a passive person who just sits and contemplates till death. If the university wouldn't do anything, fine, I'll find my own internet supplier and I'm willing to pay rm200 for a reliable service; but when even that option isn't available, what, you want me to HaCk? Do all those tunneling work that some kids here are doing? It's not impossible, but that's irresponsible and selfish; and I'm none of that.

University Technology Petronas, hear my pleas and get me out of this misery. This isn't a world-class university until it's properly connected to the world. I mean, come on.

UTP Swimming Pool

How much grief can it cause us girls?

I'll tell you, ALOT.
They think they can easily declare Wednesday and Friday a girls day and leave it at that? And let a creepy male keeper to live in the tiny little shack, only to come out at dawn to chase us out.

A.male.keeper. on

I could go on all day, but enough said.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

naces 2008

Overall, it was very enjoyable and informative. Our UTP team won second place over other 13 universities, which is fantastic. I thought they had the best presentation and they were the most sleek looking. Props!

A shout out to my rocking Oxygen group, we're the freshest!!! We won first place for the debate entitled 'Water is more valuable than Oil', and I've gotta mention that it was my handwriting on the winning poster :P That should count for something.. or maybe not.

Pictures below. And still waiting for the other pictures from the Oxygens.

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