Monday, November 17, 2008

Hope In Sintok

I am now in Sintok, Kedah. I only knew the existence of such a place last week when I received my induction letter. It is waaaay north, near the border of Thailand. The place I am staying in is called the Excecutive Developement Centre (EDC) which somehow is connected to UUM (Universiti Utara Malaysia). It is NOT a hostel.

My day started early. I stayed in Subang yesterday (and also the day before) cos Mel said he was driving up to Kedah and I could follow him.

Everyone we asked said that the journey from Subang to Sintok would take about 7 hours. Since we only have to register at 2.30pm today, Mel decided that we would leave at 5.30am.

We left Subang at about 5.30am and made a small stop to get Milo and sweets. By about 6am, we officially started our journey. I am actually the kind of person who almost immediately falls asleep once the car starts moving. Today, however, I almost didn't sleep. I might have dozed off a couple of times, but that's all.

Mel and Fizal took turns driving while I just enjoyed the view (which was mostly just jungles and plantations).

It was about 10am. We were entering Kedah!! We were all confused. How could we have reached Kedah so fast? They were not even driving that fast. We were supposed to meet Natrah (who lives in Kedah) and go to Sintok together, but since we were too early, Natrah invited us to 'lepak' in her house and leave later.

We were in Natrah's house before 11am. We had (an extremely late) breakfast, and after a while, lunch and left her place at about 2pm. By about 3pm, we were in the EDC. It is in the middle of nowhere. I didn't see UUM anywhere..all I see are trees and more trees. But the rooms are nice (hope I will be able to post up pictures soon) and we get to choose our own roomates!!

Puspha arrived earlier and put my name down as her roomate. And to think that we thought that we would never be roomates again after Moscow. I am kind of relieved because I don't have to worry about getting used to a new roomate, or worrying about whether I irritate my roomate. Puspha is used to me and we don't mind when we irritate one another. :P

Since today is just our first day, we didn't have much activity. We had tea, then were given a break till dinner. After dinner, we had 'taklimat kursus' - just general rules and what to expect during the 2 weeks that we are here. And after, we came back to our rooms and are now thinking
what to do to pass time.

So far, the induction is going on fine. But then again, that may be because it hasn't even started yet. I am hoping that it won't be too bad; hoping that I would have some fun.

p/s There are 100 of us here of that, 12 of them from MMA. Can I actually get to know and remember the other 88 people? With my limited people skills, it will be a bit hard. Once again, I HOPE I can make some friends here.



vonyen said...

wah... posting a blog during induksi..
have fun k.. take care..:)

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

Good you can blog about your induction course! :)