Friday, December 14, 2007

Knowledge and ICT


Gosh, the last 3 days was really something. From the 11-13th, i was in klcc attending the 3rd Global Knowledge (ICT for Development) Conference, not as a participant, but as a rapporteur. Not that i really wanted to, but since my sis begged asked me to do it (as a favor), and so i did. I mean, like come one, i get to attend an international conference where the fee is USD750 for free, and i get this cute sling bag with unique gadgets inside, and on top of that, forced to pay close attention to speeches and discussions which i would've fallen asleep on, had i attended it as a participant, i mean, I'd be an idiot to pass such an opportunity, right? Unless, of course, if i got other more important things to attend to like some of u do... understood.

Well, anyway, the event was huge! It was opened by the Deputy PM (ok, paklah couldn't make it) and they got like hundreds of people from all over the world. As for the parallel sessions, some were interesting, some were oh so...arghhh! I had to cover 5 sessions, 1 was on open research publications and it was oh so relevant to me tht i felt like joining them, but alas, i was too shy to reveal my CS background and overrule my rapporteur role, despite the chairperson's encouragement to join the group, so i kept my mouth shut. Another session was also a group discussion comprising 4 groups (gilo ko apo, asyik2 aku je dpt group discussion, kalu speech je ok gak), so just imagine how crazy i was running from 1 group to another . Sure, i had a partner, but arghhh..... ok, I'll save that story for later. This session offered free alcohol and some breads which my partner and i had to refuse and it was conducted by a group of young entrepreneurs, and at the end, my partner got us each a CD of a popular hip-hop moldovan band. So that was cool. The other 2 sessions were just ok. And the last one that i'm gonna talk about was probably the worst. Not only was it lacking in the content department, it was also boring as hell, and worst, i had problems understanding the speakers' accents. Adoi, that session sure was painful , and top it up, my partner went in and out of the hall, and at one time, gone for what felt like 30 minutes to God knows where, but i suspect ciggy break 'cos he smelt like smoke the majority of the time.

So basically, we had to make reports of what transpired during the sessions. There were tons of rapporteur, but only 10 from my sis' company. And only me and fatima are Malaysians. 1 is from Djibouti (this guy's a machine, he writes fast, types even faster... crazy, oh, and speaks with an American accent, weird), another is from Cameroon, some were Bosnians, 1 is an Indonesian and the rest, i hv no idea. tht's typical of my sis's bf, trust him to build a team, and u'd get no Malaysians. Even weirder, u get all guys (except for the Indonesian lady cause it's the husband who got her on board) and no Moroccans, despite him being a Moroccan. As for our coordinators, they are Malaysians, with one being my sis's bro.

Well, anyway. We were supposed to work in pairs. Most pairs made good teams, very dedicated, very fast (btw, the reports were supposed to be submited within an hour after the session), but mine was . Okla, in his defense, my partner was a nice guy, a real people-person, friendly, funny, occasionally cute, a self-proclaimed gentleman, speaks BM well, too well sometimes that it's annoying..... but when it came to "rapporteuring" . I mean, he took too many breaks (breaks for us is almost unheard of, ok?), didn't take enough notes, didn't write the reports fast enough and was always late. On the last day, he was so late he missed our last session (that was in the morning), good thing a coordinator was available to replace him. Said there was an accident, ok la, wasn't his fault. But everybody noticed that everyone was asking me, where's V? where's V? and when i told the Cameroonian guy that he was made to cover the afternoon session, the guy went like, "oh, i guess that makes it fair". Hell yeah! I think the rest of them probably felt sorry for me too, having to make the reports alone most of the time, 'cos at one time, i overheard the Djibouti guy telling his partner, fatima just how sad he thot my condition was, but i pretended not to hear him despite sitting in front of them, profesional la konon... tp i was touched still...

But really, i envied them, heard them discussing the points, even more complimenting each other on a job well done... siout, jeless. The hubby-and-wife team was also pretty hebat too. When they couldn't get the slides, they took photos of them, kreatif ke ape? And me, buat report sorg2. Sure V was around when i was doing it, 'cos u know, it'd be super-jahat if he were to leave early kan?, but input-wise...... And worse, he liked to chat even when it was so obvious that i was working. U know, with a partner like this, i actually preferred to do it alone, but no, 'cos he was my partner, he'd be right next to me, and yakking on and on, and then, I'd be yakking and the work got disrupted. Told ya, he's a people-person, nice to talk to, but if the timing's wrong, please laaa... and at one point, i got so annoyed i actually said to him, "why don't u just sit there and look pretty, i got work to do". Macam jahat... considering that his looks an personality actually helped sometimes. U see, when i got too lazy or "too shy" to get materials, I'd send him over. If it's girl/lady/woman is involved, surely it's a piece of cake to him, heck, if it's a guy, it'd still be a piece of cake to him... and i have seen it happened .

Now, I'm sure I'd been evil too, bluntly telling him how i found him annoying and every now and then, bossing him around (hey, call me akak, u get a kaki-buli, it's a natural thing, u see), and i may seem stupid insensitive when he mentioned about one of the presenters being a Serbian and how they were... you know (dunno la, they chatted and joked with civility and that confused me), but in all honesty, i think if the circumstances were different, I'm sure i wouldn't be that evil to him, or everyone else, for that matter .

Anyway, now that the event's over, i can finally relax a lil' bit, both mind and body. Despite all of the frenzy, i actually had fun learning new things, having freshly-ground coffee every morning (sedapnyaaa, i wonder what they put in it), having free interesting food everyday, pretending to be important ("excuse me, I'm doing a report... blah blah", padahal kuli batak) and best of all, making new friends, and although i wont be seeing them again, knowing and learning little things about them made the whole 3 days worthwhile.

Oh, if u wanna read the report, they're all here. If la kan...

And below are all the pictures that our coordinator took, some were taken in the meeting rooms where the discussions/speeches were held, most were taken in the media room where we were stationed and yup, i did say "all", 'cos he (us all included) were too busy to take pictures most of the time...


and u know what, if u ask me if I'd do it again, u know what my answer will be........ "Tengok laaaa." (What? u think i don't have anything to do ka??? ceh)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

B-day, my style



16th October was my birthday, and I forgot about it, until suddenly, I got a call from Shangri-la hotel wishing me a good one. Then around 5pm++, Ann called, and I told her about today, hey, I have no shame. (I also told noris who pretty much told everybody, again, I got no shame! Hehehe...)

Told her I craved Johnny's, and she actually made the effort to meet me at Jusco Cheras Selatan for dinner (a late one at that). Gosh, that was touching. What's even more touching was that she managed to buy a present in that very little time frame she had before coming to meet me. I am lucky to know her as a friend. .

Then, we went for a movie, but nothing interesting was on. So we went for karaoke instead. We started out with a raya song, then we got confused. It seemed that my song choices didn't go too well with her, and vice versa. Finally, we opted for mostly, old songs, and famous Malay songs. Malay songs minah tu tau pulak. Old songs takyah cakapla, that's her specialty. Gosh, our musical tastes couldn't be any more different, eh? But I know her for ages, so I also chose some that I know she once liked, but had forgotten that she once did.

Hehehehe, that session was a hilarious one, and an embarrassing one as well. You know, being in a box with everyone watching you belting out (or so you think you're belting out) from the outside. Rasa macam zoo pon ada gak. But what the heck? It was a celebration kan? An spontaneous one that started very late (at 10pm, ok?), but ended on a high *note*, nonetheless.

Thanks Ann!! (aramak, macam emo la pulak entry kali ni )

Friday, October 12, 2007

Ramadhan


Yeah, yeah, I know, we are so into Syawal now. But since this entry is already in the draft folder for like ages, I figured I might as well just post it up today, just so I wont forget what I did last month.

  • 27 Sept : e-lock gathering
    That was the first one for me. Apparently they had one bukak puasa last year, and nobody invited me. Dang, and to think that I was the most senior of them all . And I had to force aizan to invite me when I heard about it. I mean like how could u not get curious of the people who joined the company after u left? Well, I was. And boy, was I surprised to see so many of them. I expected like maybe 3-4 people, but there was like 8-9, and that was a pleasant surprise. And I also had a good time, aizan is always fun to have around. I just hope next year nobody will forget about me *tak malu*.




  • 28 Sept : annual midday bukak pose....hehehe
    This is turning into an annual event for me and my roommate, it seems



  • 30 Sept : SPCA jumbo sale. Breakfast at Planet, courtesy of catzmedia.com.
    I can write tons about the the SPCA sale, but that's like totally irrelevant here, so I'm gonna leave it out. But anyway, we (we? that is as in all the fasting patrons, ok) had fun bukak posa in Planet, and by fun, I mean, the food was GREAT! But you know how it's like, anything free is always great, hehehe .

  • 1 Oct : makan2 with the girls (and some boys)
    You know how greedy people get when they're hungry ... well, they get very greedy and very stupid, and always order more than they can consume. And we were that bunch of people that day. Iezma ordered just nice enough food for the 10 of us, but nooooo, Saiful, noris and I didn't trust her judgment, and ordered more before Iezma arrived. And ended up wasting quite a lot of it. Tu la, tamak lagi....

  • 3 Oct : sate kajang with sal/sazly
    It was a farewell celebration of their departure later this month. We laughed a lot that day, only to cry a couple of days later . Sal was the first female tutor that I got very close to when I joined this institution. Sure, time passed by, things changed, we made other friends, but she will always hold the distinction of being the first. Boy, we sure did a lot of stuff back then when there were only the 4 of us, huh? Dinosaurs, Georgia Tech, battle stars, GRE, Hoca Cafe... I wonder if those things still mean the same thing to them as they do to me? Ahhhhhh.......




  • 6 Oct : the gathering in IKEA with the PPP girls tht didnt quiet happen
    Mary wasn't going, so I decided, nah, maybe not. After all, most of them were Business students, and I'm not exactly close to any of them. So I went to Burger King with ikmal, plus, I got these great BK discount voucher. Then later, we got bored, absentmindedly went to Ikano and kantoi with the girls. And surprisingly, despite thinking that i wouldn't have much to talk about, I actually yaked and yaked and yaked and finally, drank some tea from Aje's cup . Maybe I should've joined them, then I could've yaked even more, hehehe.

  • 7 Oct : breakfast with alem and wan
    Had quiet a feast (yes, when there are crabs, it's a feast by my standards ). Alem was the master chef that day, and with his nimbleness in the kitchen, can easily put me anybody to shame. Wan seemed reliable enough as his assistant (probably only in the kitchen). And me? I only bought the kuih and washed the dishes.

  • 12 Oct : Hartz Chicken with my sister
    Johnny's or Hartz. Since it was the last day of Ramadan, we might as well go all out. We decided Hartz. The food was just ok. Everybody knows how Hartz is like.
  • Friday, October 05, 2007

    Pingpong fever - second season


    The first season was ages ago. That was when Is was still around. He and Lan, and the tech gang were extremely patient in teaching us (us as in me, noris, farid, oh, KA also played btw) how to play. Gosh, how we learned so much from them then. *And I how miss those bunch of ppl so much as too *

    Then, Is left, we got caught up in our MSc. research..... a long hiatus ensued.

    But a couple of months ago, Wan came, and I seem to have found a new kaki. And this time, I'm getting serious. You know I'm serious if u can see what I have got myself today.... wooo hooo, ma own paddle, baby!



    The wooden paddle is a humble tortoise Donic, but the tape is a stiga-perasan. The case is also a stiga-perasan....hehehe. The rubber was donated to me, so it's all good. Btw, check out the last pic, see the see-through paddle, it's hollow, and supposedly light for stick-thin people like moi. And also, check out the arrow-like pattern on the handle, cute, ain't it? Yellow against a black background sure brings out its color even more (as if people would notice when I'm holding it ). Oh, and did I mention that the tape is made of velvet? So it's soft against the skin, eh, I mean, the air(?), or anyone's finger, heck, it's soft, period!

    So there, with a new bat, I better improve! Dang it, I must improve if I wish to represent the faculty in the next uni sport. Now, I just hope there'd be no more screw-ups 'cos next year, I'm taking the medal home wit' me .

    Thursday, September 20, 2007

    It's no secret tht most of my dept members are weird different,
    but this guy sure is *different* than the whole faculty combined


    It's no secret that I like to google people up, and last nite, this is what I found.

    This probably explains why I naturally laughed my head off several years ago when he was instructed to chair a departmental meeting. Dang, even when I didnt know him then, I was still compelled to laugh hysterically (control2 la tapi, it's rude to laugh at the chairman, ok).

    And by the way, I found a lot more, but this should be more than enough to confirm that he is indeed weird without revealing too much, but gosh, he and his buddy are so damn funny la....

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    I just hope they'd never get here tho'.

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Tunku and my Student


    Went to KLPac to watch Tunku The Musical with Sad last Saturday. There's really nothing much that I can say that hasn't been said in the countless blogs on the net. Overall, I was impressed. And with this being a musical, it makes sense that the singing had to be good, and it was indeed very good. It also helped that the songs were also very beautiful. Kudos to the orchestra for the beautiful music they played .

    On a sad note, Tony Eusoff was in the hospital for appendicitis, so the director, Joe Hasham narrated his scenes. Well, that's too bad. Bet the show would've made more sense with him in it. Without him, certain things seemed a bit too loose, but hey, who am I to complain? After all, I made it there with free tickets.


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    Went to the Serdang Bazaar Ramadhan for the first time yesterday. And I found myself just walking around, really didn't know what to buy. I thought we're not advised to go to a market when we're hungry for fear of buying more that we might be able to consume. But that wasn't the case for me. Yesterday, I was bored . And while studying the items sold, suddenly there was a peace sign being flashed in front of my face, like literally within inches of my face. I ignored it, thinking it was meant for someone else, then the owner of the fingers decided to wave the peace sign, and I was like, "oh, so it is for me". But it took a while for it to register, and by that time, fingers-owner had already walked past me. I turned and saw a kid with a cap on, who is this? Eh, lerrrrr..... Aswad. Why it took me a while to recognize him was a mystery. Maybe it's the cap, kinda made him look cuter that way. So instead of the normal "hi", I think I said something like, "Eh, tak perasan", and walked off.

    While walking away, I remember the the night he completed his test 2's retest (????) in my room. I have this habit of torturing my students, forcing all 32 of them to code for their first and second tests. And I'd have them in my room, 2 at time for 3-4 hours, and if they're the last 2 for the day, for as many hours as they needed to complete the coding. By the way, that was hard on me too, time is precious, ok. But hey, if i'm willing to sacrifice my time, then they should too. So that nite, it was him and Hafifi. Hafifi left early and left him alone, and after the test, we had a lil' bit of a chat. He shared stories about himself, and I remember him telling me something that made me feel kinda riak proud (??). He told me that he had always looked down on female tutors/lecturers (jahat tu! but I've been told that he's a bit of a smart-aleck), but he said that that was before he met me...... hihihihihi. . Gosh, did I really leave that sort of impression? Ok ok, I'm gonna stop right there, riak-riak will cut down my pahala puasa... hehehe

    Btw, I left Zuma for ages to concentrate on my thesis. But last week, I played it again, and completed it! Yoohooo!