Sunday, November 30, 2008

Life as Archi Student...

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Live in this stressful life from day to day
To the last day of the semester,
And all our yesterdays have insufficient sleep,
The way to the final presentation. Out, out, freakish crits!!!
Life's but a assignment robot, a poor machine,
That sketch and tear, cut and paste, red and bull his hour in the studio,
And then is bombed by the crits; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing...

-Ben Shakespeare

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Stress... for another 40 hours...

Another 40 hours and my last submission will be over. Then at least I can relax before the presentation.

The image is a snapshot of my msn contact list. Just read those personal messages.

Stress.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One more to go...

One more subject to go...

One more week to go...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The MAN in College for the day



Was having my normal lunch today at the college mamak until I noticed this familiar guy appeared in front of the annexe entrance. Yup, he's the man that shows up in TV3 Bulletin Utama almost every night. I think I don't have to introduce, he's the undisputed best environment journalist (electronic media) Karam Singh Walia. His style and his boldness in bringing up environmental issues have brought him fame and success.

Luckily I brought my NV3 and managed to snap some pics. But, unfortunately, it was not a very nice scene to see. He was talking with another guy while smoking. Ya, smoking. I thought he's a professional environment journalist, and I suppose for those who love the nature eventually won't burn tobacco everyday and pollute the air just for the sake of satisfying a personal need.

Hm, perhaps lifestyle and profession don't always go together huh?

He left the scene as soon as the cigaratte left its butt.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rain...

Was drenched today after going back home from college at the wrong timing. But the air is chilling and fresh now. Guess good things happen after some bad ones huh?

The picture which I would like to name as "the "jamming" LDP" was taken after the rain stopped a while. Click for bigger view.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quote for the Day... again...

When you did your exam papers well, it feels like...

... you are waiting to unwrap a Christmas present.
When you did your exam papers badly, it feels like...

... you are waiting for a bomb to explode.

... and it will all happens in December.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Quote for the Day

"There are always a lot of ways to accomplish things. So which way is the BEST way?

Always double check with God."

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quote for the Day

"Sleeping is a crime!"

Sleeping is only permissible when you have done your scheduled stuff for the day.

And this is only applicable for students in the final/exam week, or for the whole semester for archi students.

p/s: ya, ya, bad for health.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Perfectionist?

Being perfect is not something wrong, or bad, until you start to expect perfections from the others.

Or could you just simply give advices in a more gentle, or humble way?

He can!

November is truly a "NO"-vember. Stressed with works. The assignments are not so much, just that each requires time and effort to do and think. Yes, think, real hard. I was telling people that I need miracle to pass through this month. I'm too lousy to go through the stress myself, alone.

I went off to church today, or accurately, yesterday with a burdened heart, thinking that I have really lots of things to finish. I have to sacrifice my sleeping time dearly in order to complete all my tasks.

But the message of the day says, have faith. God is directing us, but problems might come. We would have hard time, but God is gracious. He will made us MORE than a conqueror. Yes, we are more than a conqueror. With God, the victory is on our side.

Indeed, saviour, He can moves the mountain; my God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save.

I shall depend on Him and trust Him that if I give my best, He will do the rest for me.

I can't do it without Him. Seriously.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

YOU ARE LATE!!

Do you know how annoying it is when you have to wait for a person who is late? You have put in extra effort to make it to a certain occasion in order not to be late and people would not be waiting for you; then in the end, THAT fellow is late and everyone has to wait for him and waste their time just for his mistake, or his ignorant.

So, to THAT fellow, please learn to have a proper time management. Please learn to look things ahead of time and prepare well. Please be sensitive to others and be considerate. Please la... You are not the king... People don't deserve to wait for you. They have been kind not to whack you and not mention anything. So, you must feel blessed and repent!!

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And yes. THAT fellow is you, Ben.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

PM?

Yesterday was the last Project Management class that I have with Mr Andrew. Well, I think this is one of the most interesting classes from the architecture course. Em, ya it is not about designing or architecture knowledge, but it's about how to manage a certain project, from its inception till its handover. Sounds boring, ya, cuz I dream quite a lot during the class.

For me, the PM class should be called "Practical Mentality" class, instead of "Project Management". Throughout the 12 classes that we have, the lecturer keep on telling us how the real world out there is; the way we should think; the way client will treat us and vice versa.

There's another interesting thing that I think we all learn is the difference between QS and AT students. According to Mr Andrew, which is a QS based lecturer, architects have a very different mind set from the surveyors.

1. Architects follow more on emotions, and those fancy creative mentality, while surveyors they are more stable, obedient and will work as told.

2. AT students don't cknow much about their own drawings, cuz they didn't learn from the existing? Haha... but QS students are professional in the working drawings, because they have seen so many professional drawings that they will recognise all the errors and will come out with a list of queries.

3. QS students are familiar with letters, they will write the architects letters for enquires, while the AT students will just call back and answer them, without black and white.

...and the list goes on.

He told about the way that we should behave too. We have to calculate everything before we start doing something. We have to see things ahead, way ahead. We have to know about stuff accurately; for exp, if the lecturer said the submission is next week, you have to ask which day? What time? Where's the submission? Not just next week, but the exact time.

Yeah, what he said is right. That's the way to survive in the working world. He said a lot of lecturer are very compassionate, and give chances for the students if they are late for the submission. But that will not happen in the real world. Once you are late for the tender submission, once you did a mistake (especially on your name and your client's sex! Haha...), that's it. Everything is gone. Millions of dollars just "puff", gone. So, he said he is training us now, so that we can survive next time out there.

Indeed, Mr Andrew is the most "practical" and "business minded" lecturer so far I have ever met in Taylor's. Perhaps the other lecturers are more academic based, and they always think about creativity... designs... and surprises. But not on Mr Andrew, it's all about practicality and reality. Hm, this is something I like. Haha...


But I know his marking scheme is very strict... and I don't like that. :(
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