Its now the start of 2011 and I know I have not been blogging lately. Its sad to see my writing L33T writing skillz degrade from minuscule to nothingless. See! Even nothingless is not even a real word. I should really not write anything while having a headache otherwise I’ll create even more Bushisms than even George.W.Bush himself. But enough of this shenanigans, lets take a look at my 2010 shall we? If you prefer you can always go here instead.
2010 was a really REALLY weird year for me. It was a years of change, joy and also sadness. All mixed up in a giant blender top off with some disappointment.
1. FINAL YEAR PROJECT
Pretty hard to miss this one here. Its my Final year pursuing my degree in electronics engineering in Multimedia University. It was tiring, kinda fun, painfully sad and satisfying when this was all over. It was a solo project. Not a very smart thing to do mind you. It didn’t really work out in the end and although I wanted to do this in a team I was unfortunately to receive the short end of the straw…again. As usual, I could sum up my entire university life in just two words really. Lonely and disappointment. Yes I did meet some really great people and had some wonderfully crazy times but the times I had IN class with people just didn’t really work out.
The yellow block of cheese robot didn’t move in the end after building it up due to very bad board fabrication. Would have done a better job if I had a partner to do it with. Anyways, whats done is done. No use crying over spilled milk.
2. USA SUSI TRIP
The land of liberty and freedom. I had one heck of a shocker when I found out that I was selected as one of the 7 Malaysians to participate in the year’s summer Study of the US Institute program. I had loads of fun there. Meeting the people. Seeing the sights and listening to the sounds of a country I have admire from behind a TV screen all my life. The Americans and their lifestyle may not be perfect or great but no ever country ever is. They might have their problems but their ideals ingrained in every citizen is really something to admire about.
Its hard to describe something as an experience into words. Only that it was EPIC. Although, there was a certain incident that made the rest of the SUSI participants hate me. I blame it on the huge age differences and on how I view things differently. I will return to the US of A that I guarantee but without the extra baggage.
3. END OF STUDIES
About two months after the SUSI program ended, I finally completed my extra semester for an additional subject and also partly due to the US trip. I was actually pretty weird going to class without seeing most of the people I knew throughout the years. Almost all of them had graduated by the time I came back since the convocation was held during my entire flight duration back to Malaysia. Finishing up my degree should feel satisfying but again…I’m not really feeling it that much. Maybe because I have a freaking study loan the cost of a brand sparkling new Toyota Vios with automatic transmission to boot literally up my ass. That was really a punch to the balls especially since they decided to start the payment counter in May and NOT in October when Ive actually finished my course.
4.WORK WORK….CARRY ON NOW…
A couple of weeks after my final FINAL paper I started working with an engineering firm nearby as a project engineer. They were supposed to be dealing in building control systems as part of a green building kinda program. I though ‘Hey, this should be interesting as by joining the project team I will be learning so much and benefiting from it too. HAHAHAHAHA.’ I was wrong…I became a site supervisor instead. After over a month of not delivering what they hired me for I quit and a week later with recommendation from my sister, I’m now at my new job doing sales and marketing in an events company that specializes in trade shows. I do not know whether I feel lucky or not because I really hate conducting sales. But I’m now trying to stay positive….really…really hard. Hehehe. ;;>__> On the plus side, I’m now at least involved in the events field. Although, it is not what I expected it to be. This company may be small, old school and very obsolete but at least I’m being given opportunities to learn and grow.
It has been a tiring but not entirely not great year for me. I just hope and wish that this year in 2011, would be a better life changing year ahead. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY AND GOD BLESS!!!!!!
If I could sum the entire couple of months in one word it would be ‘boredom’. Its a little over a month left to go before I complete this period of so called industrial training and I do not feel that I’ve learned enough to even fill 5 minutes of a presentation. Heck, things has been so slow I could practically complete an entire week’’s work in a day. I had to crap alot in my log book. So much so everyday has only a line of words to describe my activities for the day. A very short one in fact. Sometimes I do not even have anything to do for the entire day. Tempting as it is to honestly put “Today I went online and Facebook’ed.” into it I figure the university won’t be so much so appreciating of such an over honest student in their midst… or would they? Hmm…
But looking at the blogs and facebook pictures of my friends during this free times like Winston and Khai Ling makes me wonder what would happen if I was having my industrial training a.ka. internship overseas, at a university or even at a multinational company. Before I started my industrial training I used to wonder if I would have some relaxation time at work to go online to check my mail and stuff. I think I wished a little too hard.
Listening to X-Japan on my PSP while ranting about this right now isn’t my version of a good job I tell ya. No matter what, I still wish to learn of new things. On how the SCADA system is implemented, the various ways that it could be done and the alternatives that could be made as a few example of what I believe should be taught. The only skill I ever dare to admit that I’ve picked up on the job is Microsoft’s Paint. I’m so bloody good in it I’m sad. This is so NOT what I signed up for.
Thinking about it, I should have just went down to New Zealand to work with my uncle. At least I might get to go for tactical weapons combat and self defense training from special forces personnel. Sigh. I’ve been learning and doing more outside the work place than in it. My weekends are usually full and my week nights is most commonly filled with meetings and appointments. The occasional yumcha session included.
The lecturer will be coming for a visit and I’m suppose to show them my log book and do a short presentation on my progress. But…what progress? I do hope they do not mean Facebook progress. Posted too late. Lecturer already came to visit. I was somewhat unprepared but it went smoothly. More or less.
I wanna learn more and go to the site for at least once so I could write a tad more in my report not to mention take more pics.
Ok, its pretty much confirmed. I’m freaking out. DaiCon is like about a week just hours away and I’m nervous like heck. Planning and trying to make sure that those 2 days goes according to plans is like trying to plan the D-Day invasion without sufficient intel. I’m so gonna have a good bloody rest after this is over.
Suffice to say, I’m gonna do my best to deliver what we/I promised. Please look forward to what we have install for you guys and girls. You might be in for a few surprises. *wink*
P/s: You can check out my Twitter updates here during DaiCon for event updates on the 11th and 12th July 2009. It will be placed on the sidebar by the 10th.
Twitter update is up on the sidebar. Happenings during the event will be twittered from my cellphone so you can still find out on the latest happenings from the comforts of..er..wherever you are. Remember to keep checking yeah?
After 3 weeks of work I’m finally getting used to it. Although there is the matter of sleep debt and a whole lack of it I still have to say it beats having to study for exams. For the past couple of weeks I’ve tend to realized a couple of things while working. For starters, I’m apparently addicted to the internet in a sense that if you take it away from me at the office I’ll go crazy after a while killing everyone in the office then curling up into a fetal position at the corner of the room and then die slowly withering like a flower without water. Okay, no not really but still it becomes unbearable when you have nothing to do between assignments workloads.
Eating alone is so much fun! No, not really. Since I’m the ONLY intern here its kinda expected. I could eat with my fellow co-workers but seeing how I’m always on a shoestring budget(or until the end of this month) I do not see a point in doing so. On a side note, having cold pre-packed chicken rice from Carrefour for 3 days straight does not make it taste any better nor addictive at all. Well, at least it gets the job done by filling up my stomach. Kinda. How I wish there’s a nasi campur stall nearby at a time like this.
Just like how most people like to read the newspaper in the morning I have the tendency to check out bbcnews.com for the latest news reports…in the office. Unfortunately, I try not to access a certain Sankaku Complex due to its *ehem* non-work safe news. Other than the occasional workload that I usually complete in no time at all (freaks surprises my supervisors out every time), I’m pretty much quite free in the office. Heck, I even got some DaiCon work done as well.
Going to work in the morning takes me 30ish minutes to get from my house to the office door but it takes twice that time to go home. I hate rush hour traffic.
Overall, I’m still learning new stuff everyday but I still miss the ol’classrooms and the same consistent food around campus. Pffft…hell no.
I was so looking forward to actually learning someting new without the hassles of exams and such during this Industrial Training period. Willowglen the company I’m working for specialises in SCADA is located about 30-45mins away from home depending for the traffic. Arrived an hour early for work on Monday. Totally forgotten about the school holidays and thus the lack of traffic. Given a key card which also acts as my attendence monitoring system(thank god MMU does not have this or should I say phailed to implement this). That passion of mine went into hibernation mode 20mins on the first day on the job. Literally, as you will later see.
I was assigned to the Project Software dept. Apparently what they do is that they act as middle men between customers and the R&D department and is tasked to solved software problems. I was given a ‘Introduction to SCADA’ textbook and a beginner’s manual on their software setup and was tasked with reading up on it. I had no computer on my desk with or without any interweb. I slept while reading. Agonising. Thank god I had a computer with an internet connection on day 2. It was a blessing. Luckily my supervisor noticed my boredom and hooked me up with a connection. She’s awesome for that I tell you and she now sits behind me at work. Heh. So far she hasn’t said anything about my excessive net usage yet but then again as long as I’m given something to then then I won’t be lingering my life online anyways.
There’s another Trainee here as well but she’s leaving by this week leaving me the only fresh meat Trainee around these here parts. Week one has been unsurprisingly boring in the office. Outside the office however, it has been a heartwrenching down hill hell hole for me. But of course seeing how shit always happens to me and that I’m never lucky enough to experience what society normally does I guess I should be considering it as a norm by now. Heh.