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Month: March 2010

Only if

Only if

The older generation had dreams and of course regrets. A friend of mine related this:

Father: Only if your agong and ama had the money, I would have further my education and won’t be earn only measly $7000 to $8000.

Friend: Dad, if agong and ama had the money, you would probably be bumming around doing nothing productive instead of like now earning $7000 to $8000 and still being sought after.

Oh well, I guess I got to grasp to whatever I have now and make full use of the education I am going through now.

Funny how sometimes children’s words seem more logical than the parents.

agong: grandfather
ama: grandmother

Free time!

Free time!

4 more days to 3 weeks of relaxed life. There are many places I want to go. I hope it won’t be a boring 3 weeks for me.

Edit: Extended by another week. Extra hundreds of moolah!

So they say

So they say

Abandon entouré d’abandon, 
tendresse touchant aux tendresses… 
C’est ton intérieur qui sans cesse 
se caresse, dirait-on;

se caresse en soi-même, 
par son propre reflet éclairé. 
Ainsi tu inventes le thème 
du Narcisse exaucé.

Morten Lauridsen

Threadless T-Shirt Teaser

Threadless T-Shirt Teaser

On Saturday, I received the shirts that me and Joyce ordered from Threadless. It was stuffed in the letterbox. Snail mail, that explains why the shirts took so long to arrive. 😆 She told me not to open the packaging till she meets up with me. But here is a teaser:

P.S. Sitting behind the packaging is my new laptop. 😀

VPN woe

VPN woe

Being a relatively new operating system, Windows 7 has a lot of software that are not compatible to run with. And it so happens that a crucial software, Cisco VPN Client that they offer is not workable.

I tried using the VPN client that is embedded into the OS, but it could not work. I did not have the secret key and I doubt that the IT department is willing to give the secret key away so freely.

After trawling the Net for hours, I found that there is actually a beta client offered by Cisco. However, to download it, I have to be a ‘partner’ with Cisco. Unfortunately, I am not. So I managed to get a copy.

It works so far. No errors, but the only thing that I can say is that, use at your own risk. The file that is linked is not uploaded up me. And remember to install the officially supported version when your organisation releases one.

New Laptop

New Laptop

I just bought a new laptop. It is Acer Aspire 4740G. It will be used for my uni education.

Right now it is under configuration.

I decided not to buy from the school as the price and specifications of the laptops at the IT Show 2010 is much better than what the school is offering. No doubt, the list will be updated, but then it is too late to regret. 😀

SMU Open House 2010

SMU Open House 2010

For the past few years, I went to university open house events as a prospective student. This year, it was different. I was there as a student helper. My role there was to usher people into the function room for the talks and out to the other levels and talks. However like all jobs, there are always hidden roles and responsibilities. [Wanted to link a video on the above sentence from TED.com, but it was since a year since I last saw it. Sorry about that.]

What they tell you about the job: Ushering and a bit of crowd controlling. Especially at the end of the talk.

That is the main point of me being there. The number of prospective students and parents attending talks is more than ever. We had to turn away people from entering the function room due to the lack of capacity, even the standing capacity. I feel rather bad to turn away people from the last talk at the last day. But hey, no worries, there were information booths where questions and doubts can be answered.

What they did not tell you about the job: Co-workers who are jokers and interactions with the prospective students and parents that are quite enlightening.

The co-workers part is minor, but it makes the job easier. There were many Year 0s and 1s helping out. It made a great time making friends, enquiries on being a Year 1, and helped to pass time easier. The interactions part was a great experience actually. Me and another guy, Samuel had to turn away one parent from the last School of Economics talk due to lack of capacity in the function room. Instead, we kindly suggested to her to proceed to level three for more information from the faculty booth. However she said that she had just came from there and that she wanted to listen in to the talk.

So instead, she had us talking about studying here and about choosing business (Samuel is in there) and balancing out CCA commitments. Apparently she was worried that by coming to SMU, her child may invest more time in CCA than in studying. Being Year 0 students, what we could share was limited to stories that seniors has told us and whatever we could come out with. Finally, all we could say that time management will be critical in anything we do and peer pressure here will help to keep things in check.

What went through my mind after chatting with her were two thoughts. One, NS did really mature me in a way or another. I had the “CCA comes first!” mentality that her child has now when I was still an enlistee. The thought process now is: “I like being in my CCA. But without the grades means not being able to go to school. Not being able to go to school means not being able to enjoy my time in the CCA.” This is a huge difference.Two, I am still handicapped by the fact that I do not have much working experience to make a god and persuasive argument.

OH well. I guess this can be gained in time to come.

Picture credits: SMUAdmissions