Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I was not aware what time we left the bar to a club nearby—our first stop. In fact, we went to three different clubs in one night lol! The music was awesome but the dance floor is small. If only it’s as big as Euphoria’s.
That night, Daniel was very protective of me and Rakki. Glad that I have such a thoughtful guy as my housemate and as my friend.
We grabbed a bite at a restaurant nearby before bid everyone goodbye. It was around 5.30AM by the time we reached home (!!!).
So we went to sleep right after that?
Arakel suggested watching a movie at the living room together gether before we turned in. And everyone fell asleep when the movie was played less than 15 minutes lol!
The night was awesome and I am really happy to end my first week in Shanghai this way :)
It was my first time to be in Jing’An District and well, it’s a good place where there are nice malls and numerous great restaurants around.
I’ve had enough of it! No more taking bus home!
But one thing good about it is that you have higher chances of getting a seat throughout that 30-45 minutes ride. As for metro, don’t ever think about it.
It was my very first time taking a bus home and it took me almost 2 hours to reach home. One thing was, I was lost. Second thing was, there was a lot of walking to do. Do not even try to compare it to when you take a bus to work.
It was around 7.45PM when I got home. It was really a tiring journey. In fact, I almost died of hunger.
I cooked rice and boiled a soup once I got home and took my shower after whereby the food would be ready by then.
Anyway, I’ve finally opened a bank account—China Merchants Bank—since the company is not paying us either cash or cheque. They transfer. Unfortunately, they are not able to receive my Maybank USD traveller cheque. Therefore, I have no choice but to open another bank account in Shanghai. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, most probably.
However, there was nothing for me to do here. I could not even access to the company’s virtual world to test out the games and functions. All I did was do my own personal things ie. Surfing random websites and Gaia Online-ing. Oh, let me show you the office :)
This area is just after the entrance. That’s where the staff hang around, playing table tennis (there should have a PS2) during lunch hour time.
This is where I work
That night, I joined my housemates for dinner at Da Ning. Megan and I met up the guys, Arakel, Daniel and Lewis, at Saizeriya Ristorante E Café. I was aware that I did not join the talk the most and therefore, I made it up for it when Arakel was telling us that he will be going to Shanghai Zoo. I shared my special elephant show encounter with them.
Thank you, mom for making my day :)
I was all prepared when it was around 8am. An AIESECer from FDU Shanghai would come and show me the way to the office from where I stay.
So, what did I do for the first day of my work?
Numerous people asked me that question even before I am here. Basically, I have to act as a Game Master and venture the virtual world, testing out all the applications inside to check if they are working as well as taking note of their English. They usually did a direct translation from Chinese to English which sounds weird and awkward.
My working desk
It did not go well throughout the whole day. Since I could not go Online, all I did in front of the PC was to play the games ie. Solitaire, Pinball till it was time to go home.
Hopefully, the PC can be fixed the next day.
Since I am new here, my colleagues are really nice to show me the way to the Metro Station. However, I wasn't taking Metro back home. Instead, I went to meet up with my housemates, Rakki and Arakel, to have dinner together and visit Shanghai Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower after.
Pictures that I’d taken from 263m and 350m
I wish the days will pass faster.
The worst part for the end of the day was I forgot about my boyfriend’s birthday. I’m too selfish.
What a selfish me!
I felt so guilty!
Fortunately, I have a very understanding boyfriend :)
Love you heaps *hugs*
I got myself headed to the market to get some grocery done ie. rice, vegetables and meats. And I cooked for lunch! I made soup with vegetables and meats mixed together. It’s a healthy and not fattening meal. Hoping to slim down by the time I’m done with Shanghai lol!
That noon was great! I had a board game, The Risk, with my housemates and a friend; Daniel and Nick and Rasto (Dan’s friend). Have you heard of this game? I don't. But now I do. Since it’s more like a Strategy game, I thought I would be the first to get KO-ed but apparently, I survived till the end! No, I wasn’t the winner. However, we played for more than three hours!
There wasn’t much going on that night except I had a chat with my mom over the phone. I miss her and I really do. A lot :)
And I couldn’t sleep well that night as there was an argument going on between a couple in the house but let’s not step into others’ business, shall we? :)
Oh! I got the pictures of my accommodation from my housemate that noon!
I am not able to move into the apartment that I am supposed to stay. Therefore, I have to tumpang at a trainee house where some of the trainees stay together. There wasn’t a room available for me and the females’ rooms are too small to share with. So, I was to sleep at a big space next to the stairs upstairs.
That’s how it looks like
And that’s the stairs
After putting my luggage down and such, I was to go to the Police Station to apply as a Temporary Resident in Shanghai. I was told that it was a MUST to do it. It was around 10am back then and I hadn’t had my breakfast. The last meal I had was in the plane around 2am.
After we were done with the Temporary Resident application, we went to grab something to eat. My very first meal in Shanghai—Fried Rice but it sucks to the MAX! Maybe because I didn’t take a rest after I got down from the plane so I didn’t have any appetite to eat.
Went back to the place to pack my things properly in the room before going out to get some necessaries.
Of all the unfortunate events above, I’m glad to have great housemates :)
That night, I had pizza, beer and football (Chel vs Hull) with two of my housemates, Daniel and Lewis, when the rest of my housemates were out for Linkin Park concert.
Great night, huh?
Friday, August 14, 2009
Visa application form, invitation letter, medical report, passport.
Without any hassle, Visa application was a success!
In less than 24 hours, I will be embarking a new journey in Shanghai. I’ll be undergoing an internship there for a year.
Not everything went smoothly but let’s not talk about unhappy things, shall we?
Honestly, during the previous weeks, I was all excited.
Now, I am feeling rather scared and worried.
Monday, August 10, 2009
As stated here, water rationing will be carried out in Kuching, unless there’s a heavy downpour soon. It hadn’t been raining for the past one week (and more).
However, there was a relatively heavy downpour during the evening. Hopefully, there will be more rain for the next few days.
Do your part—No more water wastage!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Just got myself another girlfriend!
She is way faster than the previous one.
Meet my new girlfriend of my life, Acer 4736G.
Plus, instead of being a dull black little one, she comes in my favourite colour—blue!
p.s.: I’m still having a hard time with Windows Vista.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Think finally you are graduated and that’s it? Think about this. I don’t know about the other colleges and universities but mine is seriously a money sucker.
To think we did not have to ‘pay’ for the ceremony is totally wrong! We paid AUD95 to rent the graduation gown and that’s it. On the day of the ceremony, to pay another RM250 is optional—three on-stage pictures and one group photo. It is undeniable that everyone wants them but THREE on-stage photos? What’s the point?
Oh, and that RM250 inclusive of ‘free’ studio photo shoot but if you want to buy those studio photos, you’re going to have to purchase them online. And trust me, you’re not going to believe this: AUD75 per photo and it’s AUD178 for the CD!
Imagine paying RM232.50 for a photo and RM551.80 for a CD –_- Therefore, you can tell that the school is taking its every last chance to suck out your money before they let you go wtf
Thursday, August 6, 2009
That’s him—the so-called Sibu LeeHom and the most handsome and cool guy in town as well as the most popular guy in secondary school.
He loves photography and he’s really good in it. Check out his works here.
He loves Mc Donald’s especially it’s Mc-Valued lunch.
..and being crazy and random at times.
Monday, August 3, 2009
This post is seriously backdated. Been pretty hooked up on other posts lol wtf! July 12th 2009 is the day that I had been waiting for for three years. As mentioned here, I have officially graduated!
There are a few people that I wish to thank for having this day come into my life.
First of all, my mother. She’s the one who brought me to this world :) Her motherly love is incomparable and unbeatable. She’s the one who worked very hard during my childhood when my family almost went bankrupt. Though I was under her 24/7-care until I was twelve, it was more than enough.
Secondly, my grandma. Ever since my parents started working outstation, my siblings and I were under her care. I was only 12 years old back then. I had been living with her until I finished my SPM and leaving home to KL to pursue my studies. She is one of the major contributors for shaping who I am today. I won’t deny that her scolding, nagging and pestering irritated and annoyed me but, without those, I wonder what I will become.
Next, my brothers. That’s my older brother who is studying in West Malaysia with me except the fact that he’s studying in a different university. As for my baby brother, he was having his exam therefore, he could not make it. My siblings and I are very very very close. We grow up and learn together. Whenever one of us was facing difficulties, we will always put all our effort to help each other. In the time when our parents were working outstation, we had always helped and supported each other :)
And my father. He was the main financial provider for my 4-year studies. Before he did it, he was very concern about me. I remember when I had a break-up with my ex-boyfriend few years back, he called and asked of me if I’m doing good. I really miss that him :(
Then my friends. We had been through on assignments and exams together since throughout our Degree year. This three-year study was the hardest but the most enjoyable and memorable times we shared :)
Especially to these close friends of mine. We had been through together since Foundation year and finally we graduated together!
Finally I did something that I had really wanted! Not only alone but with my friends as well :D
See how happy my Grandma is? She’s able to witness her very first grandchild and granddaughter’s graduation ceremony! Of course, she’s happy! And so my parents :) I am very proud of myself too!
One of my favourite shots from his newly-bought fish-eye lens.
Photos credit to my brother.