Sunday, December 21, 2008
Nashville Trip with OIPS
Winter Break & Christmas Season in America~!
Followed Daniel to his nana's house to help her with the email & helped her with some Christmas decorations....had yummy-licious burger for dinner at their house then baked cookies!
1.It has been raining for the past week
2.Went for lunch at a small chinese place
3.Visited bro's fren's (Evan) house by a man-made lake....pretty nice surroundings!
1.Yep...as usual...I'll clean up my room after exams...and switched my table's position also.
2. The cafeteria is closed....this is just one of the tom yum noodles with brocolli that I prepared.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thanksgiving in Orlando
I'm not gonna write about the details of this entire journey coz it's gonna be toooo long-winded. In fact, bro already wrote a lottttt on his blog....so I decided not to repeat again. I'll juz post some pics...and if ya'll wanna see the bigger pics....juz click on the pic. Overall, it was quite a tiring but fun-filled trip. We spent a day in Disneyworld going to 3 parks...Epcot, Hollywood Studios & Magic Kingdom. We spent the other 2 days at Island of Adventure & Universal Studios...rode most of the thrilling rides in & took all front seats...awesomeeee!!! :) We also woke up at 6am to go for Black Friday shopping...the sales was crazy! We started our days at 8am and 'played' till 12am everyday...it was quite a 'mission accomplished'....hahahaha!!! ;)
Monday, December 8, 2008
Atlanta Weekend Getaway
I've always wanted to visit Atlanta especially after hearing my other friends who had been there describing how nice it was. Well, Atlanta is considered quite near...4 hours away...just like Penang to KL. But it's still hard to travel around coz even traveling by bus is quite expensive. Cristina was the one who organized this trip and brought 8 of us sponsored students together.
We started our journey on Saturday morning. Our international office advisors, Ms Anita and Dr Pottenger fetched us all the way there and treated us lunch at a Mexican restaurant before they head back to Huntsville. None of us had any idea where we wanted to go, but luckily our hotel was situated in downtown so we spent most of the time just walking around.
Walking along the streets of downtown Atlanta
P.S. I'm not a fan of walking so walking non-stop for 3 hours is considered a HUGEEE achievement for me...hahaha!!
CNN is located in Atlanta so I thought I should make a visit to this world-knowned news station this time around. I went for the 'Inside CNN Studio Tour' with Uyanga & Aleksandar. We were brought around the studio and saw how they actually get the news on air. I also had the chance to see how the newscaster report the news...it was really cool to see all the advanced technology that they were using. We went there on Sunday so there wasn't many people working there. They also didn't allow us to take pictures during the tour...too bad!!! :(
Watching the news and seeing what's going on in other parts of the world makes me realize how fortunate I am to live in a peaceful country and not having to worry about the necessities in life.
Another place that I wanted to visit in Atlanta was World of Coca Cola even though I am not really a fan of Coke. I still prefer water...haha!! Me and Uyanga got in before they were closed...phew! There were lots of exhibit about Coca Cola but I didn't really paid attention to read everything. My main focus was still taking pictures...haha!! Yes I admit...I am lazy! They had a station where we can taste different kinds of Coca Cola from 60 different countries for free! They categorized it based on different continents...Asia, Africa, Europe, North America & Latin America. It was interesting when I first started trying, but as we moved on, I felt like Fear Factor...coz I don't know how each of them tasted until I sipped it. Some tasted really weird and disgusting...ewww! I guess I still prefer the original Coca Cola...haha!! :)
I don't have much memory about the 1996 Olympic which was held in Atlanta. I was only 9 yrs old back then. It has been more than 10 years since the game but at least they still maintain this park as one of the tourist attractions. Our hotel was located just 2 blocks away from this park so it was convenient for us to walk here.
The park during the night...beautiful lightings around the city
Nice environment to study
The 'other' side of Atlanta
Westin is one of the tallest building in downtown Atlanta. Of course, we can't affort to stay there but Emil & Jose managed to find a way to go to the top floor which was their revolving restaurant. After dinner at a chinese restaurant, we 'sneaked' into the hotel and got to the top floor. I was amazed by the picturesque night view from the top!! The whole city was lit up and it looked completely different from the ground. That was totally awesome...what a good way to end our trip!!
Breathtaking night view from the top of Westin Hotel...awesome!! :)
Earlier on, we had an international pot luck party and I also attended a Thanksgiving dinner organised by the baptist student center. Some of the 1 semester sponsored students have already left. We have spent lots of time together these 4 months and I'll remember all the memories that we had together. We might not meet each other again but no matter how far apart we are, I hope that we'll still keep in touch! All the best & take care guys!!
There's still a lot for me to blog about for my Orlando trip during Thanksgiving break. Haha...I'm running behind! But I should have time since I am quite free now. There's some changes to my winter break plan coz the ski trip was cancelled. So we'll be flying up to New York on the 23rd and meet up with our parents for the 8-days East Coast tour then stay back in New York to countdown for 2009!! Will then walk around Baltimore for 2 days then come back to Huntsville on 3rd of January. Spring semester will start on Jan 5. I've already registered for my classes, will be taking Advanced Auditing, Competitive Strategy, Computer Application in Business, Music Technology and Guitar.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DEAREST MOMMY~~!!! :)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Life's a journey with new experiences...
Our pumpkin was sooo AWESOME...luv it!!
31 Oct & 1 Nov 2008 (Fri & Sat): Halloween Parties @ Birmingham
Daniel invited me to their house party and also another party at his friend's house. It was very nice of him to come all the way here to fetch me to and fro Birmingham....really appreciate it!! I met lotsa new 'american' friends in both parties...most of them PHD students in UAB. Both parties were fun coz everyone was chatting, eating, drinking & playing games...definitely better than the loud music in the frat parties...haha!! :p
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Busy or Lazy??
I have been watching a lot of shows online lately...even more than what I watched back home!!! 篮球火，娱乐百分百，超级星光大道4, 康熙来了，女人我最大，学校学不到的事，Gossip Girl, The Hills...OMG!!! I'm really crazy...Chinese, English, Japanese...seems like too much huh!! My favorite is still Hot Shot...too bad only one episode per week...wait till neck long lar!! Even though WuChun doesn't appear much, it was still nice watching Jerry & Show cause they always make me laugh!! Speaking about WuChun....Fahrenheit went to Malaysia to promote their concert last Friday!!! Aarghhh...I missed it!!! If I was in Malaysia, I'll definitely try to call-in and win the chance to meet them in person....too bad!!! :(
Fahrenheit Concert Promo Tour in Malaysia...I wanna see WuChun in person!!
I'm chillin' too much probably because studying here is not as stressful as ACCA...like 'sky & land'...really!! Sorry har...my fellow coursemates in AFA 2...I don't mean to brag of show off...that's the truth!! I know...next year is my turn to stress...so by that time itz ur turn to 'show off'...hahaha!!! :p The system here makes studying easier mainly because we'll have few tests during the semester and whatever covered in the tests will not be asked again in the next tests or final exam...maybe that's the reason why I'm having short-term memory nowadays...hahaha!! Before coming here, I thought college exam was already good enough...just remember whatever learned during the semester then can forget after final exam....as compared to high school where we had to remember what we've studied for 2 or 3 years!! Besides, some classes allow students to request for tests to be pushed back...cool huh!! Try doing the same thing in TARC...the lecturers '睬你都傻'...haha!!
16 Oct 2008 (Thurs): ISH Event
Everyone looked very nice!!
10-11 Oct 2008 (Fri & Sat): Gal's Weekend Getaway
We had 4-days' weekend for fall break. Anna was very nice and offered to bring us to her high school football game, overnight at her house then go to her grandpa's farm the next day. Anna used her mum's SUV to fetch Cristina, Sabina, Uyanga & me to her house on Friday evening. Their house is very nice and they have hugeeeee compound...almost the size of my primary school field..haha!! Her mum, Donna, prepared yummi-licious meatball spaghetti & 'burnt' bread for dinner....yum yum!!
We then went to Anna's high school (New Hope High School) to watch (American) football. It was my first time watching a football game live so I was quite excited about it. But since we don't really know much about how the game goes, we ended up focusing more on the talking, and watching the cheerleaders and band!! Anna was excited coz it was the 1st time going back to her high school after graduating...I felt the same when I went back to my high school for the 1st time! Watching the bands also brought back lotsa memories that I had when I was in the band during high school.
We went to her grandpa's farm the next day. It was a new experience for me coz I've never been to a farm before! I'm a city kid...haha!! Her grandpa had 2 big dogs, which kinda scares me coz they are almost as tall as I am! We saw horses, donkey, cows, chicken and lama. I felt like I was in the zoo...hehe!! I got to ride on the horse and it was awesome!!
It was indeed an interesting fall break for us....thanks Anna for the hospitality!! I'm really happy to have you as my roommate!!! ;)
I like this place....tranquil and relaxing!!
Nice house!! I realised that the mirror they had beside the door (left bottom pic) is exactly similar to the one in our house!!!! What a coincidence!!! America & Malaysia...same furniture...unbelievable!!!
Scenery along the way and nice houses in Hampton Cove
Visiting the farm....very interesting!!
Enjoyed hanging out with ya'll...
9 Oct 2008 (Thurs): Community Service
It was fall break so I decided to spend some time doing some community service. We are supposed to complete 10 hours of community service per semester. It was my first time involving in a community service here in US. We went to the Huntsville Downtown Rescue Mission to help them coz they juz moved to a new place. Only 4 of us went that day so it was kinda boring. We spent most of the time moving donated items and organizing them. It wasn't an easy task so we were all worned out at the end of the day. But anyway, I have nothing to complain....coz after all we're doing community service...I'm happy as long as I can contribute some effort to help others live a better life!!! :)
Quote to share: "“Do good things whenever the opportunity comes. When the opportunity is gone, try as we may but it might be too late.”