2013 in Review

31 December 2013

Many things happened in 2013, just like in 2012. The following lists what have happened to me in 2013:

Here comes the end of 2013, happy new year 2014. This blog is never been this crowded before. Thank you for being an audience of my stories. May the blog be filled with more posts in terms of quantity and quality.

P.S. see my year in review from Facebook.

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1 September 2013

This week is quite normal already, there were less and less CCA activities. I finally can come back to my hall room earlier.

The sad news is one of my friends, Marcellino, failed the medical check-up because he is diagnosed with tuberculosis and needed to go back to Medan to cure the disease, and can be admitted back to NTU after the disease is cured. Hence, he must wait until the next academic year to be admitted back to NTU. We celebrated the farewell party on Tuesday at Block 54 TV Lounge around 11pm.

Thursday was union day. On this day, some classes are cancelled because of the event. Union day is the day to cast our vote to elect our school club’s main committees. This day too, I met my academic mentor, Dr Li Mo, at his office. Our meeting was very short as it was just introducing myself and he get to know me a little bit. At evening, the make-up class for the union day was held. It was my first lecture at evening.

On Friday, many events happened. First, I almost late to attend the lecture at 0930 because of me doing laundry. Second, SCE held a student-mentor lunch at Nanyang Auditorium to gather all the mentors and students in which my mentor did not attend. Third, international students are to collect their student pass of which I collect around 1.30 pm. Lastly, at the evening, I attend NTU Buddhist Society Annual General Meeting which results in a new management committee. Actually, at the time of AGM, I also wanted to attend NTU Open Source Society Welcome Tea, but it was impossible to attend 2 events at the same time.

On Saturday, PINTU held a recreational game called T-SPRAY (Traditional Sports Day) 2013 which commemorates the 68th anniversary of Indonesia’s independence day. We also played modern games like Futsal and Captain’s Ball. The event was fun but it made me got tanned again.

On Sunday, I went to Buddhist Fellowship. This time, we got on time to attend the Sunday Service from the beginning. The dhamma talk is about happiness of giving, helping others, and unconditional love. At the evening, I went swimming and ate dinner at Canteen 1 of which I seen Dr Li Fang, lecturer of CZ1002, was there too but I was unsure so I didn’t greet her.

 

Second week

25 August 2013

This week was more relaxed than the previous one but the academic lesson was busier.

On Monday, I had my first tutorial class at TR16 for the course CZ1005, Digital Logic, which the tutor I find was quite nice and friendly. On the evening, my orientation group (OG), Kelilingjengking, held a barbecue event at Hall 11 BBQ Pit while at the same time, my hall also held a “compulsory” welcome tea at the canteen which was very near to the BBQ Pit. Most of the time I spent at my OG’s BBQ, but I attend the Welcome Tea just at the beginning and at the end. In the beginning, the Welcome Tea kind of taking attendance and giving away free Coca Cola Zero. In the end, they held a free dinner and sold hall shirt which I bought one at 5 dollars. The barbecue was nice and fun although each had to pay 8 dollars.

Tuesday was Peter’s birthday. At lunch, he treated us a glass of orange juice then after lectures, he treated us an hour of Wii games. At the evening, I went to NTUBS sub-committee interview of which I applied for the position in resource and publication.

On Wednesday morning, I had almost missed my first lab session. Usually the lab sessions started on week 3 but this was unusual, it started at week 2! Time shows 0830, I’m at Lee Wee Nam library, started to using the public PC and will do the tutorial assignment for CZ1001 and HE9091 class at 1030. But an unexpected SMS came from Deka, who asked me if I did not come to the lab. I got panicked! I ran out of LWN and straight to level 5 of NS (which tutorial class was there), and then I checked the location code of the lab class. After that I ran to the 1st level of N4 and seen that there were many labs there and it was quite big. Finally, some minutes before 0900, I arrived at the lab class. Didn’t know what to do, I just read the lab manual and did what it said until the prof asked us to meet the members of group members we were assigned. I am one group with Gary Ng, Prakash Sekaran, and Liu Liling. We then brainstormed what will be the idea of our presentation in group project for the course.

In the afternoon, I went to LKC to complete the Student Pass formalities. Because of this, I got my CITS SA slot covered by Leonard Tanoto. Around 3pm, I was done and I played in the Red Week event of which I got a lucky draw ticket, then went to LWN until 6pm. After dinner, I went back to hall. This was the day where in the evening, there were no events.

At Thursday evening, there were ICN 2013 screening. Here, the ICN itself was good although I did not understand the message at the end of the story. The screening time was not that good as it reached midnight and there were no buses any more.

Friday was a relaxed day where I just got one hour lecture class only. After that, we went to play Wii again at SAC until before-lunch. After lunch, we went to Business Library for the first time. Here, although small compared to LWN Library, there were so many business related tools like iPad with business apps, computers which connects to Bloomberg, etc. After this, I went back to hall to do my laundry. The washing process of the free washing machine took time around one A Rush of Blood to the Head album which I listened while waiting at the TV Lounge. There, I met a security staff which was very friendly.

On Saturday, Computer Engineering Club held a rally, but I missed it because I woke up late and there were online contest from TOKI for OSN participants as a warm-up contest which I helped supervise. In the evening, I went to Warung PINTU which I ordered Nasi Uduk and Roti Bakar. The food was okay but I would say that it was quite costly. The board games provided was nice though.

On Sunday, seniors from Medan held “Medan Gathering 2013”, a gathering event for freshmen and seniors from Medan. First we gather at Hall 12 TV Lounge. There were introduction session then games session. After that, we went to lunch at Canteen 16. In the afternoon, we went to Labrador Park to play another games under the hot and sunny sun. After the games, we went to have an ice-cream and then had dinner together. Although the games was nice, the ones played at GTD was nicer and funnier because at GTD, the games were for competition while this one was just for fun. Thank you Filbert and Miechie for organizing this event.