Greetings from Kuching

Hello from the Cat City! I’ve been here for about 5 days now and I have really begun to fall in love with this somewhat sleepy town 🙂 I think I’ve probably walked every street near the waterfront and my legs are going to fall off any minute now.

I’m also going on a crazy food hunt to find the best food in Kuching! Almost every Kuchingite I’ve spoken to tells me that their food is the BEST but frankly I’ve been quite disappointed 🙁 kolo mee is pretty awesome because it’s such a homely comfort food but everything else is just..meh. Maybe I’ve gone to the wrong places!

Anyway I’m going to leave Kuching for Damai tomorrow so let’s hope I find better food today!

Will definitely post the pictures later, need to do more exploring today. I kept thinking to myself that if I do continue teaching in public schools, I would definitely choose Sarawak or Sabah as my next destination. There’s just this very strong charm about Borneo that appeals to me. Sigh I love my country so much *suddenly get all teary and patriotic wtf

Also, today I’m alone! What’s the best thing to do in Kuching when you’re traveling alone? I have the whole day until Alex returns tonight! Contemplating either venturing into the other side of the river to the Malay kampungs to walk around but I heard it’s a little unsafe? Maybe I’ll just do the museums and souvenir-shopping today. Or find a nice cozy coffee place and read.

Have a great day ahead everyone!

Hopeful graduate


And my sister is now a graduate too! very proud of her *sniff

Although her favorite phrase ever is “yeah I’ll never be as good, I’m a lousy kid who has the middle child syndrome”, she’s really a lot more mature now and I’m so glad that she’s extremely happy too! She’s going to be looking for a job in Leeds and would probably stay there for some time though 🙁

That concludes my trip here in the UK, will be heading home tomorrow. I’ve only been away from home for about 9 days and yet it somehow feels like forever! When I get back, I have to figure out what I want to do for the next 3 months before my training starts.

I’m going to be volunteering at a school but my mom is not happy that I’ll be unemployed without income, so looks like I’ll have to work part time somewhere too. Know any job that gives you quick income legally? wtf

Graduating in less than 12 hours

Sorry I’ve neglected my blog for so long, I’ve been busy traveling with my parents who are here for my graduation! I’ve also been busy catching up with friends and professors, hardly have time to breathe. I also have NOT packed although I’m leaving in 2 days!!!

The past few days have been incredible for all the seniors who are graduating. We attended the final lecture where amazing professors gave their final parting advices to us. Most of them were really inspiring and emotional and I never thought I’d say this but I kinda want to stay longer so I can attend more lectures like these.

I’ve also been exploring this area more with my parents and have fallen in love again with this place. Why do we always love something so much more when we know we are losing it soon? I regret not taking the time beyond the walls of my room, the classroom and the library on the last few months I was here, but alas there was only so much I could do. This place is beautifully breathtaking, and I’ve come to appreciate it so much more now.

Today was a jam-packed day and I was out from nearly 7 am to 1 am, don’t think I can feel my legs now T___T I will definitely blog about everything in greater detail later with pictures, but I just need to jot this down while it’s still raw.

Our dean asked us this in our Baccalaureate ceremony: “Do you still remember the person you were when you first came here?”

To be honest, I do remember that person, but that person is so far from who I’ve grown to become in the last four years. I talk about my abhorrence for this place, for its seclusion, for its lack of testosterones, but I have only recently stopped to really reflect on what this place has taught me in return. I will one day talk about this more, but coming to an empowering all-women liberal arts college has opened up an entire new world to me.

So I will graduate tomorrow and I’m happy to announce that I’m graduating with a Magna Cum Laude! It’s a Latin honor and it means “with great honor”, awarded to the top 10% of the class 😀 I’m really nervous but excited at the same time, and I really just hope I won’t trip on the stage T___T I have decided that for the sake of placating my fear of falling, I shall sacrifice looking tall and will wear flats.

Ok I have to sleep, big day tomorrow!!!!11 if you want to keep up to date with my life and see pictures, go to my twitter! I update pretty frequently.

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Once upon a time

There once was a young girl, whose dreams were bigger than all that she was ever used to. She would wake up full of joy, sing to all the birds and deers in the forest where her small hut was, and daydream her days away. She wanted to do so many things: get out of the small hut! meet her prince! save the dying and the poor! change the world!

But like any other fairytales with similar storyline, she was trapped in the hut by a wicked stepmother.

There was nothing she could do. She was beautiful, but there was no one to see it. She was intelligent, but all she could do was spin imaginative ideas and create an ideal world in her head. She sang wonderfully, but only the animals would know that. She was perfect, but her perfection was trapped in the four walls of her mind and the physical space she was confined to.

And so that was how it was. There was never a prince to rescue her of her miseries, no children accidentally discovering her hut in the deep end of the woods, no miracles, no fairy godmothers.

And she lived happily ever after.


okay might have to stop blogging for a while cause i’m leaving for spring break tomorrow!!! I’m going to puerto rico cause it’s HOT AND SUNNY and the beaches there are awesome. will blog whenever i can with pictures!

have a great, err, mid march everyone!!!

PEMANDU and Talent Corp Info Sessions: Boston, NYC, and Chicago

An announcement to fellow Malaysians in the States:

Looking for a meaningful summer internship back in Malaysia?

Graduating but not sure what to do after graduation?

PEMANDU, a unit in the Prime Minister’s Department, together with Talent Corporation, which was recently formed and announced by the Prime Minister, will hold information sessions targeting Malaysian students in the United States. The objectives of these sessions are to:

• Recruit high potential candidates to serve the Government through PEMANDU

• Promote new policies and initiatives by the Government especially the GTP and ETP

• Attract Malaysian talents back to reduce brain drain

Representatives from PEMANDU and TalentCorp will be here to answer questions about employment and policies which might affect you (e.g. allowing government scholars to serve their bonds in the private sector). The session is open to all: students, professionals, and all other interested parties.

The PEMANDU Internship Program for Summer 2011 is now officially open for applications. We are looking for young, talented, high performing people looking for a rewarding, challenging internship this year for at least two months.

The information for all events is as follows:

Boston (i’ll be there!!)

Date: Jan 28, 2011 (Friday)
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: Harvard University, Sever 102, in Sever Hall Harvard Yard (map at
Closest T-stop: Harvard Square
RSVP/Facebook event: or email joyce[at]pemandu[dot]gov[dot]my

New York City

Date: Jan 29, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: Consulate General of Malaysia in New York, Main Hall
Address: 313 East 43rd Street (Nearest subway station: Grand Central)

RSVP/Facebook event: or email joyce[at]pemandu[dot]gov[dot]my

Chicago – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Date: Jan 30, 2011 (Sunday)
Time: 1-3pm
Venue: Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) Conference Room and Lounge, UIUC (Map:
Chicago – Purdue University
Date: Jan 30, 2011 (Sunday)
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Lilly Hall of Life Sciences (Room 3118), Purdue University. (Map:

Feel free to share this information with other Malaysian students who might benefit from this program.
See you in Boston!
(feel free to email me if you have any questions too)

A new beginning

Hello everyone!

Happy new year! Happy 2011! As for me, happy finally-going-to-graduate year! I’ve been waiting for this year since forever and I’m so glad it has finally arrived. But now that it has arrived, I’m actually feeling uneasy because it means it’s my final few months of being a student.

Oh well, brand new adventures ahead! That’s if I won’t end up as an unemployed bum living off my parents when I graduate….which could very well be the case hoho.

Anyway, I don’t have anything to blog about nor do I have any amazing pictures of my life right now, so here are some camwhore pictures.


Look at how awesome my skin is in this humid weather! Screw expensive and overpriced facial products, all you need to do is move to a tropical country 😀

I want to blog about my 2010 but I feel so lazy now..I’m sprawled flat on the floor reading newspaper and eating papaya and watching Shin Chan dubbed in Malay on TV and listening to my mom gossip about people I don’t know. I’m having such a great year already! Haha.

Happy New Year again everyone, may you all have a greattttt year ahead cause I know I will be! Although I may officially be classified as UNEMPLOYED soon, I’m sure there are always things for me to do. Suddenly I’m engulfed by this overwhelming feeling of excitement, a feeling that anything is possible as long as I feel like it is.

Can’t find a job? Go travel around the world and take time to figure out what I want to do! No money? Start saving now and travel cheap! Can’t find a suitable job? Make a job for myself!

I’m sure things will be fine and will be sorted out in time. I have a feeling.. that this will be an amazing year for me 🙂


Hello I haven’t been blogging cause I’ve been busy flying back home!!!

I am soooo glad to be home you have no idea. My skin has been terrible lately and once I arrived it immediately cleared up!! What a miracle T___T I love being back in this humid weather! 😀

No updates for now cause I haven’t been doing anything lately but stay at home and rot.

Anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS! and if I don’t see you before then, HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO!