Saturday, August 23, 2008

More Photos and Updates from Alabama!!!!

1st & 2nd Week in University of Alabama in Huntsville...

Finally...I've managed to sort out all the photos that I've taken for the past 2 weeks...phew!!! Well as I mentioned in the previous post, there have been a lot of activities going on in the university...here are the photos!! Enjoy!! :)

UAH campus surroundings...huge campus with lotsa buildings...but I hadn't had time to take more nice photos yet.

10 Aug 2008: The international office gave all international students a free trip to Nasa Space & Rocket Center!!


It was my first time seeing rockets!! Had lotsa fun trying wall climbing, Space Shot and G-Force!

This Space Center is the main attraction in Huntsville...that's why it is called 'Rocket City'!


A great place to learn more about the journey to the space!!

11 Aug 2008: International Orientation


All 2008-2009 sponsored international students in UAH!!

International Students with Ms Anita at University Center

12 Aug 2008: 1st trip to Wal Mart!!!

Madison Square...the only mall that I've been to so far!


Went for bowling with other international students, Sergey, Mark & Steve.


13 Aug 2008: All Global UGRAD scholars during the phone orientation to Washington DC


Sports car!!!! The owner offered to help us take photo and allowed us to sit in her car!! That's my bike that I got for free...what a contrast to the 2 cars...haha!!


Enjoying our meals in the cafeteria

The game room...equipped with karaoke, video games, fussball and table tennis! Cool!

15 Aug 2008: Casino Night. I didn't play coz I don't really know much about gaming...hehe!!

Won a coffee machine from the lucky draw!!!! We were taking photos with the campus police instead of gambling...haha!!


16 Aug 2008: Chargerstock. Water games, free food and lotsa fun!! I was playing the Twister...interesting!! :)


Picnic style dinner and live music before the Foam Party

Foam Party!!! That was really fun!!!! Love it!!!


Yeeha!!! Nice shot!!


Freebies!!!!!

My 21st birthday presents from Sabina, Cristinna & Uyanga!! Thank you so much!! Appreciate it!


17 Aug 2008: Convocation. Everyone was wearing blue T-shirts...nice!! It was my first time attending this kind of event...it was a good experience!

They even had a drum ceremony where everyone was given a drum and played together with the group from Drum Cafe!!


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Convocation Video

President's Picnic. Food, live music, dance and fireworks!!! It was definitely a memorable experience to spend my 21st birthday here with a bunch of new friends...and also a great party!!


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Cheerleading Video

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Fireworks on my 21st Birthday!!!

Skydiving...like the one in Genting...but this is open air....COOL!!


Went for the free Latin Fushion and Yoga class last week at the University Fitness Center. Basketball court, swimming pool & gym...very nice!!!


We've started class this week...I'm having 2 classes here. I'm taking Advance Financial Accounting, Investments, Business Writing & Japanese Language this semester!! It's time to get serious with studies!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Late Greetings from Alabama!!!

Hey peeps!!! I’m back yo!!! I know…I should have updated my blog earlier on…but…sorry larr…I was waiting to get internet in my room…argh! It has been more than a week since I departed from M’sia and so far, things have been going on pretty good and I’ve met lotsa new friends!

I got my air tickets from Ms Kalis last Thursday and realized that my itinerary has been changed…I’ll have one more transit…KL-Singapore-Tokyo-LA-Denver-Huntsville…wow!! The entire journey was really…looooonng!!! Altogether was about 50 hours! Too bad I spent my 080808 in either airplane or airports! This was the first time that I travelled alone and well, it has been quite an adventurous journey. I had to ‘tour’ around Changi Airport because of the baggage problem and also missed the flight to Huntsville due to the flight delay in LA. Luckily, the transits in other airports were alright. During the journey, I also stayed in 2 transit hotels…haha!!

Spent the entire 080808 in the airplane!!!


Different flights throughout my journey


'Touring' around Changi airport because of the baggage problem...haha!!


Transit hotel in Changi Airport....nice!!!

Stuck in Denver...but that was one thing good...at least had a good rest!!!

I finally reached Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday afternoon and saw the University of Alabama in Huntsville. From the moment I landed till now, Anita and other international office staffs have been a great help. I liked the residence hall and my suite very much coz it is new, clean and nice!! The environment around the university is also very nice with trees everywhere. I’ve met quite a lot of friends from other countries such as Hong Kong(Fiona), Turkmenistan(Sabina), Kazakhstan(Aina), Kyrgyzstan(Emil), Moldova(Cristina), Serbia(Ivana, Dragan & Aleksandar), Costa Rica(Melissa), Dominican Republic(Mariel), Guatemala(Jose), Myanmar(Htet), China(YiHeng), Mongolia(Uyanga), Georgia(Veronica), India(Ragav), Brazil(Daniel, Daniela & Debora) and Paraguay(Sam). All international students arrived last week and we had been spending the entire week together. We all came from different countries with different culture...different language...but itz amazing how we all bonded so well together within a few days!! Besides, I’ve also met my American suite mate, Anna and Danielle!!

Upon arrival in UAH...in front of my dorm


My room and the TV room (plasma TV)...AWESOME!!


The international office gave all new international students a free trip to Nasa Space & Rocket Center last Sunday. It was quite an interesting experience for me coz it was my first time seeing rockets! We’ve also had our international orientation and I’ve also registered for my classes. I’ll be taking 4 subjects this semester. Apart from that, we went to Wal Mart and also bowling. There have been quite a lot of activities going on throughout the week before classes start next Monday. Will talk about it in the next post...haha!!


Haha…enough of words…photos speak better than words! But...I'm still workin' on them...will post more photos up soon!