Things are not exactly as you might think they are.

Well, yes, I complain about lack of convenience here in the campus. I have never lived in such a boring place like Nibong Tebal. Yet I know this is what I was asking for.

Not that I was asking for this kind of lifestyle either, I mean, I now find myself talking and eating with my roommates – things I hardly ever did when I was in UIA. Strange, eh?

I used to go easy by myself, and only sometimes eating with my classmates (inside campus, otherwise with the boy) thing is I cant remember if I ever saw my roommates as friends. Not that I was snobbish or anything, but I had lost faith in close-friendships and roommates thing since UIA matriculation, I wouldn’t go into details here but it was a long story which changed my perspective towards friends around me, I would never get to be close to or really trust them ever again. I hardly talked to anyone except my friends I have known good to me. And It turned out to be funny when here in USM I have a roommate here who’s also my course mate, which never happened during 4 years in UIA! So whether I like it nor not I’ll be seeing myself with her many times, with two other roomates who are equally friendly and before I knew it I had morphed into a talking roommate myself.

And the studies. It’s not bad. Well, it’s bad, actually. What makes you think I am so interested to know the output resistance out of a complicated circuit with many long equations derived from?? And signal graphs some more. Yuck. Anyways, I have to live with this, even though I don’t sincerely like the classes. Most of time I am just pretending to like them :) Those who came to study masters are either ambitious to take a step higher to become some smartass lecturer, or those who want to take a break from a busy job. Obviously I am not in either group. I came here only because I wanted to run away from my life. Run away from home. Run away from tears and the bedroom I have spent months crying in. Run away from people who had witnessed my failure in life. Run away from reality which does nothing but hurt me. I didn’t even care whatever place I would end up in. Even in a remote rural area and was left without a car. Even with small bed and study table and ugly room. Even with boring colleagues. I don’t mind.

I don’t want to ask myself if it’s the right choice I took for myself. If I will get something from it. If things will change. If it can do something for my future. I don’t care all those. All I know I just had to face this and live with this, and I want to. I don’t need to have a reason for all these either. I had no other freaking choice.

That’s why I am here, trying to get a little happiness out of this boring place and lectures.

And as much as I wanted to run away from home, I’ll be going back tomorrow night. See you pretty soon, mails and postcards! :)

USM Engineering Campus – Part 1

Oh yes Penang is one of Malaysia’s famous touristic places and has one of the biggest cities. The capital Georgetown is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Malacca. It IS a very beautiful and historic place.


But you aren’t likely to feel you’re in Penang with all its fun when you actually find yourself living in the farthest spot from the city and nearest the border of Perak :(


Unless I didn’t choose to go for Engineering course and be placed in the Engineering campus in Nibong Tebal, I would instead have been delighted to be living in the island and center of the city in the main campus. Agh.

And some more, Nibong Tebal is purely a jungle than a town! No public transports come inside the campus, and the nearest town is Parit Buntar (yes, in Perak state actually). You have to call a taxi to bring you to bus station in Parit Buntar. Then again there’s no direct bus to Penang island crossing the bridge. You have to take one hour trip to Butterworth and take a ferry to Georgetown. Yes, FERRY!!!!!!!! It sounds fun only if you just take ferry, not those very long journey that simply makes you feel as if you’re traveling to another state. I was in the main campus last week to do the medical checkup since our campus here doesn’t do X-ray thing, and USM provides shuttle bus to go there actually, but only 2 trips per day, 8.30 am from Eng campus and come back at 11am from main campus, and 3pm from Eng campus and come back 5pm from main campus. Thing is, I MISSED the morning bus!! T_____T And since there’s no other free day to go, and I had my classmate Fiona with me, we decided to turn it into an adventure and took taxi, bus, and ferry to go there. It took damn hours to really reach there instead of 1 hour by shuttle bus (use bridge, like many other cars do, and I still can’t understand why no public bus goes there by bridge). But we managed to catch the return bus at 5pm, fortunately. One day of traveling to Penang, and you say we’re living in Penang? BTW Nibong Tebal to Georgetown are at leats 35km apart.

OK, nevermind that. I just have to get used to the fact I’ll be living in the jungle for at least one year. It’s not too bad, actually. Think nature, no noise and air pollution. Coz here in this campus everyone is riding a bicycle. I have never seen lots of bike users like this in any other place in Malaysia before. It’s like a new discovery :)

One of the many bikes

One of the many garages in the hostel area (we call it Desasiswa here, = Student Village).


My bike!!!!! :D :D Who would have thought that I ended up riding bicycle again lol. Oh yes, Coffeebeanie, it's red color ;) How come did you guess PINK?? :o

bicycle path

Path for bicycle only to go to school buildings. I can't remember if I have seen such environment and biking society in other places in Malaysia before. For a moment, I thought I was in Holland instead of Nibong Tebal :))

bicycle path

Palm trees, lakes.. (though seen in picture is rather a flooded field after a rainy day). Hmmm yes as you can see we really live in a jungle.

lembaran blok 1

Desasiswa Lembaran Blok 1

My hostel building. My room is at the top level, no lift, hence another means of exercise apart of the bike. I live a healthy life now!! :P I have 3 roomates here, well USM hostel here is not as “posh” as UIA hostel I was living in past years, but trust me, it isn’t too bad either. I guess I’ll survive here for one year. Or actually, my course seems to last for 1.5 years. Agh.