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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It is cold, but I have my blanket

Current temperature


Now listening to

The constant and soothing sound of my compact little heater. It sounds so warm!


Extremely motivated, yet too lazy to do anything with said motivation

Other notable things

The nerves in my hands and fingers might be dead from the freezing cold water I got on them while washing the dishes. I should learn to regulate the temperature of the water in the kitchen


Approximately two hours ago, I was awoken half an hour before my alarm was to ring, by a man knocking on my door, asking for aluminium foil.  This man is lucky that he’s somewhat good looking and has a nice smile, because if he wasn’t, and hadn’t, he would have gotten a nice scolding from me. It is a general rule that good looking people with charming smiles can get away with murder.

I haven’t updated this blog in approximately one month, but I have a charming smile, so I can get away with it. Here’s the proof:


Not guilty

Anyway, I woke up feeling really motivated and pumped to study. Then my brain said “but there’s no test this Saturday”. And then I instantly became really lazy. But then I quick had a shower and managed to do just the preparation for tomorrow’s practical class. And now I’m blogging, which by my reasoning is infinitely more productive than doing nothing, so yeah. Logic win!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sick at home =)

Current location

At home, room number 1403

Now listening to

Owl City!


Slight flu, but getting better

Last meal

Breakfast cereal with chocolate milk this morning, Tom Yam cooked by Nazri last night

Other Activities

Cooking up some mashed potatoes. Mmm comfort food =)


It’s 11.31 am, and I should be in class, but instead I’m at home, getting some rest. Last night I went to sleep really early, and I think it was a good idea to stay home today, because now I feel much better. Besides, it’s not like I’m being unproductive; this morning I already did a few electromagnetism problems, and right now I’m preparing some mashed potatoes for lunch and dinner.

I’ll be going to class later at 4.45 for the electricity lecture though, because I can’t afford to miss that. Before that, I’ll have to go and see the doctor to get a medical certificate to justify my absence; otherwise I’ll get some marks deducted from my semester average.

I hope I didn’t miss anything too important today, but I doubt it because today’s classes are just programming, culture and communication, and French. I should be able to cover whatever I missed today easily enough.

Can’t wait for the holidays.

I believe the potatoes have been cooking for long enough now. Time to mash ‘em up! Gonna put lots of black pepper and eat it with eggs and cheese. If only I had some chocolate and ice cream in my fridge, I’d be healed instantly!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Laundry, the weekend and holidays.

image Pictured here is my laundry load for today. It’s roughly three week’s worth of laundry, but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the time to do it recently. Today I simply must get to it, because I only have two clean T-shirts left.

There’s a long queue for the coin-operated washing machines though, so here I am in my room, still in my pyjamas at 2.31 in the afternoon, with a slight case of the sniffles.

Why am I still in pyjamas? Well because, I deserve a rest, since my weekend was reduced to 1 day, what with there being tests every Saturday morning. I’ve decided that I shall not lift a finger to do anything today, apart from my laundry, which at the moment I can’t be bothered to begin yet because I don’t feel like walking all the way down to the first floor to check if the queue is any shorter.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Busy like a bee


Current Temperature


Brain activities

Trying to understand trigonometry and complex numbers

T-shirt colour



Tied up with a purple hair band


Purple and white striped cloth belt


Hello kittens,


I’ve been busy lately, with long days at the University starting at 7.45 am until 6 pm on certain days; sometimes with 7 classes a day. At first, I was dreading that it would be quite horrid, since I’ve never liked electrical engineering, and I’d struggled with maths the whole time I was in MFI, but now that I’ve been going to class for a month, I’ve come to realize that it’s not really that bad.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Electronic Engineering

image I’m studying electronic engineering, so I get to play around with resistances and circuits and tiny electrical components in class.

I don’t really like electrical engineering though, so the practical classes are often quite daunting and stressful for me. All the wires, the cables, the mess! And the circuits are so damned hard to understand.

But what’s really terrible about the electronic practical classes is the roll that chance plays in deciding your success or failure. You could connect the whole circuit properly, after checking and double checking all your calculations and all the values, and yet there’s no guarantee that your circuit will function.

You never know if you’ll be able to get the correct results, all for completely random reasons: Perhaps there’s something wrong with the circuit board, maybe one of the components is faulty, could be that there’s a problem with the power source, perhaps one of the goddamn wires is broken. Maybe you’re just cursed.

It does however, tend to look quite technical and clever when you take a picture of it, so there is a plus side to it.image

Electronics: it’s not all bad.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chalkboards and Lecturers

imageAt the university I go to, they use blackboards. It’s old school but It gives the classroom a very academic and scholarly feel. It also coats my shiny iPhone and black school bag with chalk after every class, but that’s beside the point.
Dealing with so much chalk, the lecturers get chalk smudges on their clothes, hands, and sometimes their face. This too, adds to the scholarly feel of studying at my university.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Clever glasses and toilets

image Hello everyone,

I have a pair of glasses that I put on every once in a while when I want to look scientific and intellectual. When you put on spectacles, you instantly look more sophisticated and very very intelligent. This is a fact. A Scientifically proven fact. SCIENTIFICALLY proven, do you hear me?

Of course, if I told you this while wearing glasses, you’d believe me instantly, because wearing glasses instantly gives the wearer a +6 credibility bonus attribute.

My glasses are not corrective at all. They don’t help me see; in fact, sometimes they get cloudy and actually make it harder to see. But it’s an absolutely essential part of my costume whenever I need to give a speech. It’s especially useful for all the times when I’m not thoroughly prepared, and then I have to resort to spewing bullshit statistics without any proof whatsoever that no one would ever believe if I wasn’t wearing glasses. Plus, when you furrow your brow a bit, and then make a slight frowning face and make slight “hmmmm” noises, it adds to the effect and makes you look like you’re very deep in thought, perhaps pondering something profoundly intellectual. This trick is not difficult to master; just pretend you’re trying to poop. Really, it’s the same facial expression.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hari Raya at the Beach

Current location
At home, room number 1403
Now listening to
Lagu-lagu Raya – Suasana di Hari Raya
Slight Aidilfitri mood, mostly tired, very much happy.
Last meal
Freshly baked homemade cupcakes
Other Activities
Formulating a strategy to efficiently clean up the mess from baking the said homemade cupcakes.
Salam Aidilfitri
(I’ve always been looking for an excuse to use some fancy font like this)

And of course,
maaf zahir batin 
The first week at the IUT has come and gone, and I’m glad to say, I survived! This is definitely a good thing, because now I can continue to write on my blog and keep all of you entertained with my amusing stories.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Class begins tomorrow.

image It’s 9.20 a.m., Sunday, and the view from my window shows dark skies, perhaps foreshadowing the dreary gloom that begins tomorrow: Class!
I’m not looking forward to it. I’m not looking forward to the five times a week uphill trudge to the campus. I’m not looking forward to homework, and tutorial classes and practical work.
I look forward only to next weekend.
At least, from now on, the weekends will be more significant, and there’ll be something to look forward to each week, which is a break from the monotony of constant repose, I suppose.
See, there is a silver lining to every cloud (as pictured, top left corner)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wigs, corn rows, dyes and straighetning irons.

image This post starts off with a self picture of me. No, it’s not because I’ve run out of ideas; I have plenty of those I tell you, Plenty!

Today, I insist on telling you a story. Ever since I was in school, I’ve always wanted to keep long hair. That wasn’t allowed in school, but I did it anyway! And then I had my hair cut off by the teachers and also generated a disciplinary report so thick, it almost broke the school budget because they had to buy so many log books.

Finally after SPM I was free from the constraints of all those rules that they make just to mess with us, and I let my hair grow out a little bit in the few months of idle bliss. During this period, I put truck loads of chemicals in my hair and abused it so badly that if it had been a person, I’d have been sent to prison for life. But, having purple hair even if it was only for a month was totally worth it.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Oh Malaysia, you’re lovely.

Hello everyone,
Today is Malaysia’s National day, so today’s post is a little different. It’s going to be a little bit…patriotic. No, I’m not homesick. 

Now, you must all be puzzled and wondering: Hakim? Patriotic? What?! 

Relax. Take a deep breath. Give your brain cells a rest. All will be revealed. 

No, I have not been brainwashed by jingoistic nationalists. It’s just that ever since I’ve been in France, I’ve begun to appreciate Malaysia more for what an awesome country it is. Leaving your country for a while to live in a foreign place really makes you realize so many things about your country.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I now have a fridge!

Yesterday, I received the fridge that I ordered online a couple of weeks ago from AlphaPrice. It cost me 268.61 including shipping, which is much more than what my friends paid for their fridges. But that’s because they all bought them second hand from the seniors. On average they paid no more than 60 euros for theirs. Second hand is definitely cheaper, but I decided to get a fridge online because I was looking for a smaller one which could fit under my desk.

I’ve visited my friends’ rooms a few times, and I find that a big fridge really looks out of place and it just clutters up the whole room and makes it feel so tiny and cramped. I figure it doesn’t really matter that I paid 4.5 times as much as my friends, because I’ll be staying in France for 5 years, and if you divide the cost over 5 years, it’s not so bad. Definitely a good buy.

Blog traffic source statistics

I was just looking at my blog statistics on Google Analytics, and what really interested me was the Traffic Sources Overview which tells me what Google search keywords bring traffic to my website. You might imagine that a search for my name would be the biggest traffic source, but prepare to be surprised.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Paris, Friends From Around France, and Mint Tea.

Current location
In my room: Chambre 1403 Bâtiment AB, Résidence Universitaire Jean Medecin, 25 Rue Robert Latouche, 06200, Nice, France. (Now that you have my address, you must send me presents)
Now listening to
Owl City – current song: Hot Air Balloon
Sleepy, impatiently waiting for my hair to dry (it’s getting quite long now and takes forever to dry)
Last meal
Tuna sandwiches with mayonnaise (I only intended to have that as a starter to be followed up with spaghetti, but then I ended up only having sandwiches for buka puasa – no surprise of course, since I ate six slices of bread and finished two cans of tuna)
Other activities
Sipping tasty tasty mint tea.

image Pictured to the left is the delicious tea that I am enjoying right now. Well of course, as I’m writing this, there aren’t any more sugar cubes on the plate because most of them are in my tummy, and the rest have dissolved into hot, steamy minty goodness in a purple cup.

At this point I’ve actually finished the tea; it’s so good I can’t even get through one paragraph before consuming all of it. I shan’t brew anymore because this is already my third cup tonight and it’s terribly expensive tea, all the way from China, with mint from Morocco, which is fancy enough for me.

I bought it in a tea shop along the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, when I was in Paris during the weekend. If you’ve been following the updates on my blog recently, you should know that I’ve been  you must obviously be reading the wrong blog, because I haven’t posted anything in ages.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Moving Into a Place of My Own

Current location
In my room, number 1403 Cité Jean Medecin, Nice
Now listening to
Songs from my iTunes library, set on shuffle
Last meal
Kinder Bueno (I’m on a diet)
Settled down, slightly tired, impatient to get my iPhone 4
Other activities
Cooling myself down with my handheld electric fan (it even sprays water for an extra-cooling effect!)
image First of all, I absolutely love this fan! I bought it only because it’s purple and not very expensive, thinking to myself the whole time, “this is such a waste of money...” but it has proven to be quite useful in saving me from certain death due to dehydration in this terribly hot summer weather. Thank heavens for impulsive purchasing! 

It is so hot that your earwax starts melting and dripping to the floor. 

On the 1st of July, I moved out Martine’s house, and moved into my own room in the university residence. The whole thing was a tiring affair, especially since I had such a large amount of things to bring with me. It’s not the least bit surprising of course, that I had a billion things to carry, because I do tend to collect all sorts of useless objects in a very short time.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Current location
In my room in my foster mom’s home
Now listening to
Shakira – album: She wolf
Content and full
Last meal
Nasi Goreng which Martine cooked (Martine’s my foster mom)
Other activities
Surfing reddit.com
Dear people of the internets, 
Interesting things always pop up in my head. If you’ve ever spent time with me, you can probably tell that I’m full of interesting surprises. And poop. Rainbow coloured poop. 
Today, I want to share with you my latest fascinating thought: 
Forms. There’s just too many of them...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

One month in France


It’s been a month now that I’m in France, so I guess that gives me the right to write about France as if I’ve known her forever. (Oh my God now I’m referring to France as “her”, you know I’m Frenchified.) 

Apart from making me ascribe genders to asexual objects (though based on my encounters which some Italian senior citizens, I hesitate to say France is really asexual) France has subtly changed me in certain ways. Of course, I’m not experiencing culture shock, for I am much too bizarre to let that happen to me. Indeed, I quite fancy that I am the culture shock. 

First of all, I remember that when I got to Nice 

Wait, let’s begin at the beginning...

Friday, May 14, 2010

L’Italia è molto bella!

Dear Blog,

Before this, I’d planned thought about going to Paris with some friends, since today is a holiday and tomorrow we have no class (they call it “faire le pont” or “bridging” which means they declare it a holiday so they can have a longer weekend – cuti peristiwa la katakan). But then the train tickets to Paris are really expensive, and I’ve already deposited all my travelers cheques into my French bank account which hasn’t (and probably cannot) be validated yet because my foster parent doesn’t have a proper Identity card. Hence, being wise and judicious as usual, I decided against spending the little money I have left on a 4 day trip to Paris and then go hungry for the rest of the time it takes to properly open my bank account, so instead, I decided to go to Italy! It’s just nearby anyway, and a lot cheaper to go to.

I first got the idea of going to Italy when one day I came home and Martine (that’s my foster parent) casually said “I went to Italy just now, bought some cigarettes,” like it was just next door. 

That is a much longer introduction that I’d intended. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mummy told me to go to France, and make Malaysia proud

The following is an email I received from my mummy on the 1st of May, while I was in KL, before leaving for France: 

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahiwabarakatuh

(May peace be unto you and so may the blessing of Allah and His mercy...)



Saturday, May 8, 2010

Today, I went to Monaco

Today, I decided on a whim that I would go to Monaco. So I did. I got up in the morning, told my foster parent that I would be heading to Monaco, then after breakfast and a shower, I headed out and had a fantastic adventure.
It might have been wiser to go on this fantastic adventure in more practical shoes though.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Excitement before departing to France

It was perfect, we’d arrived early at the airport, I’d packed all my things, my luggage was just within the allowed weight limit, I managed to bring everything that I really wanted, and I had most of the important documents with me. Well, all except the JPA agreement, but maybe it’s not really that important. It seemed like everything was going smoothly, and that nothing could possibly go wrong.

And yet, somehow I managed to get into such excitement, shock and horror as I’ve never experienced before.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Do I really need to pack this in my luggage?

So I’m on a plane again, flying to KL this time. The convocation is Monday! Then I’m going to France on Tuesday.
I’m going to France.
I’m going to France!
Ya ok, so I’m going to France. I don’t know why, but I don’t think I’ve been as excited as people expect me to be.
Well, until now that is.

                                            Absolutely adorable right?

Friday, April 30, 2010

Chatting with a strange stranger

Hello stranger,

I was just chatting with random people on omegle moments ago, and after several uninspired conversations, including 2 where the stranger spontaneously hurled profanity at me (in Hindi, no less), and countless encounters which started off with “I’m 24, naked and horny”, I happened to connect with this one random stranger, and proceeded to have the most interesting random dialogue ever.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

All packed, but am I ready to leave?

Current location
My rented chalet-house in Bangi.
Now listening to
Yuna – current song: Permission
Void and slightly nostalgic. Also, that feeling I get whenever I’m about to leave a place for a long time..
Other activities
None. But I desperately wish there was internet. Or a companion.

I got back here last night; my brother dropped me off around 9 pm. It was so quiet and dark. The stillness was almost eerie. The realization that I was alone began to dawn on me as my brother started his car engine and backed out of the chalet compound. But I only truly realized that I was completely alone when the sound of the engine and tires against the dirt was no more to be heard.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Current location
Passenger seat of my brother’s borrowed red Gen2, driving around Damansara
Now listening to
US3 – Cantaloupe on Bernama 24 (93.9 fm)
Other activities
Discussing philosophy and other profound things with my brother while trying to sound intellectual and fascinating

Hello there,
Today, I discovered that I have several relatives scattered all over Semenanjung Malaysia. I also ate so many doughnuts that I nearly split my pants, but that’s beside the point.
It’s remarkable how when you walk into a distant relative’s house, they treat you so well, even if they’ve never met or even heard of you before. I experienced this special treatment firsthand today when I went to meet some relatives from my mother’s side of the family. It all started with an email my mother sent to me, as well as a few phone calls she made to some relatives.