A Day As A Business Student at Taylor’s Business School

A week ago, Skyler The Nuffnang Intern(who is now my friend too. 🙂 We adore Forever21 together.) sent me an email asking me if I was interested to go for one out of three events held by Taylor’s College. Curiously, I chose the Taylor’s College Business School Immersion Programme.

I thought it would be interesting, you know, as I’m studying something totally unrelated to business. Me having NEVER touched anything related to it even at SPM level(it’s called Econs back in school issit?). I’ve tried opening my brother’s business a-levels textbook and my eyes can’t even finish one sentence. My brain just refuses to make sense of those sentences that I cannot comprehend.

My experience on Monday was indeed an interesting one.

Tim said that he would be coming along for the event and I was like, “Yay! Got teman!”.

I came on time and had to wait for the other students. It was actually my first time inside the Taylor’s Business School building even though I’ve walked pass the building countless times during my lunch breaks back in those days.

I later found out that I was attending an event called Campus Life In A Day. You could consider it as an orientation day of sorts but it was only for the Canadian pre-U students who were interested to further their studies at TBS. The turnout wasn’t that huge. We were exposed to UWE Business Degree classes to get a feel about how classes are conducted in their programme. UWE stands for The University Of The West Of England Bristol. What a long name!

As the future students were ushered in to the little auditorium, I realised that they all looked really young. It’s almost four years now since I was doing MY pre-u.

Half the prospective students who attended the event were made up of JPA scholars who would be furthering their studies in Canada. There were two lecturers who conducted the ice breaking session. I was surprised(but relieved) that they skipped me because I’m apparently “a blogger”. Haha, I thought I was supposed to camouflage as a student?

The students and the lecturers had a good time throwing around playful banter during the ice breaking session.

Really funny and lively lecturers!

Most of them were already friends hence they all felt at ease during the session except yours truly who smiled politely throughout everything.

The lecturer showed us a video of the 1st years’ trip to Dukun Eco where they did activities not unlike what I did back in National Service. She also told us that the school is planning for a trip to Laos. The purpose of the trip is to foster team building spirit among the first years. They will also be exposed to social responsibilities when they visit various communities and are encouraged to network with the locals there such as business representatives.(Hey, it’s a business school after all!)

The programme also encourages their students to take part in forums and actively debate about topics..er, related to business, I guess.

The video was fun. It made me remember my National Service days. 🙂 One of the students even held a videocam while he went down the flying fox. Crazy fellow!

Soon after, we were sent off for our first class!

Finally! Boss is here. Hello Lou Pan 😛

Tim posing with the beautiful glass door, the entrance to our classroom. I bet all the little girls inside the class were wondering what’s this sexy working man doing in their classroom. Wonder if anybody got wonder about the sexy not-working-yet woman next to him. :pPp

Must camwhore first! Even though everyone went in already.

I was telling Tim that these are the same tables I was using back in A-levels. He, on the other hand, wouldn’t know as he did his A-levels at Help!

My new classmate! I never thought I’d ever share a class with him.

So our first class of the day was Business Law. I think it was a tutorial, or as they call it, a workshop. We were put together with the second years. During their workshops, they conduct tutorials in the form of Problem Based Learning. The lecturer throws questions at the groups and they were expected to present their answers within minutes.

The students were divided into their groups and were given various situations to discuss. After 5 minutes, almost all of them could answer pretty well! I was really impressed. The only word I remember from the class is Sue.

What is a tort? You tell me. I was just trying my best to grasp a little bit of knowledge(later Nuffnang jatuh muka how?:D) and at the same time tried my best to not fall into an oblivious stupor. Which I probably did.

So diligent!

She was saying, “Sue”. Really one.

Tim sneakily took a photo of me trying to pay attention in class. Tim! You should be like me! Pay full attention! Tsk, tsk.

You’ll see this photo on his blog lah, the one where he was “also diligently paying attention in class”. 🙂

During one of the more difficult powerpoint slides, my attention drifted away.

So hardworking. I don’t know if I’m like that during MY group discussions.

During their presentation, the rest of the class was pretty vocal. One girl even got quite worked up with her points against the boys’. Hahaha. Strong women, indeed! You go, girl!

The workshop was pretty interactive. Better lively than dead, so I don’t fall asleep. I tend to fall asleep in lectures. I was telling Chee Kiang that it’s damn amazing I stayed awake for a business class when I practically zone out in my usual lectures.

While they were discussing their answers, I started doodling.

Then I remembered that I had my iPod with me. Loaded with many TVB dramas too! Yay! Oh and yes, I was taking notes too. Hahaha.

We then breaked for lunch. I was told that students can go to the Study Skills And English Language Centre to improve themselves with the aid of the audio equipments available there.

Christine, who was responsible for dealing with us blogging reps, sat with me during lunch and told me loads about the programme! There are usually 60 students per intake. They are different in the sense that they emphasize on quality learning based on a structured teaching method. Students are also exposed to soft skills, which are essentially what they need when they are sent out to the big bad world. Being textbook smart can’t get your far in the working world!

While waiting for the lift for our next class, I looked out the window and was amazed to see the whole of Subang Jaya before me. There isn’t many sky scrapers in Subang Jaya but it’s quite heavily populated.

Salmon Steak! One of my favourite restaurants back in those days.

My house is somewhere on the right side of the photo!

So beautiful..

The next class was Global Business Context. It’s a year one subject. The lecturer who conducted the class had me in perpetual stitches.

I made friends with a girl next to me and she let me read her notes.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d have taken it as my dentistry lecture notes at a glance!

The lecturer uses many real life situations to explain her theories. I actually learned a few things from her class! I know what External and Internal Growth means! I even now know about Vertical and Horizontal Growths!! She used names like Tesco, Virgin, Starbucks to illustrate her points. There was even fun being poked at neighboring colleges which had me in stitches.

She went around asking the prospective students simple questions.

It’s okaylah, slightly easier to understand than Business Law.

I took notes again!

At one point, she asked the class, “Does anyone know Mee Yoke?”

The class didn’t respond and I meekly put my hand up. The lecturer damn layan and applauded me. Hahaha.

Turns out that none of the other students knew that Starbucks was previously a small coffeeshop named Mee Yoke. And with that, I knew I was definitely years older than that bunch of students. I’m SO old!

All in all, it was an experience to know the going-ons inside a business class. 🙂 Never thought I’d ever get such an opportunity! Now, let’s get a business student to come see what it’s like to study my course! Come, come!
remember what the marketing manager said? Learning centre. Soft skills. not just book smart.

The New iTalk Buddy And Me Posing As A Virtual Intelligent Pet.

The iTalk Buddy really knows how to warm the cockles of my heart with its pink interface!

The iTalk Buddy does hint at being the next MSN messenger and it could very well be with all the features that the good people at TM have packed it with. It’s a mish mash of features from popular instant messaging services like MSN Messenger, Skype, to name a few and more features of its own.

It is deemed as a combination of all of iTalk features and the power of the internet.
iTalk, as you know it, functions like an IDD calling card. With iTalk Buddy, you can make PC to phone calls at the lowest rates.
This is good news to people like me! I can use my PC to call Chee Kiang’s singapore number. Only RM0.17 per minute! Compared to the whopping Rm30 per hour I’m paying when I call with my hotlink prepaid card. I don’t know how much he’s paying when he calls me lah, I only know that I emoed that I’m not getting enough phone calls 😛 hence we’re doing this calling each other once a week thing. It’s good enough for me! Maybe with this RM0.17 per minute, I can kacau him more! Hope he won’t be annoyed!

The iTalk buddy also provides blogging, virtual intelligent pet and SMS. Not too sure about the first two but SMS would definitely be useful! Say if I run out of Hotlink credits, this would be the answer to my problems!

With features like buddies and groups, text IM, chatroom, VOIP, Video and soon SMS, blog and mobile blogging(!!!), directory, file sharing, offline services and an intelligent pet world, it has a high chance of becoming the next big thing. Even I am tempted to find out what it is myself!

What sounds particularly enticing is their Offline Services. iTalk Buddy users can create an iTalk Community portal that can be accessed from an online or offline environment. If you fancy a round of network games, don’t worry about the pesky setup of a LAN connection with annoying cables all over the place. You can even set it up with iTalk Buddy! The offline services organize the network without the users’ intervention, reach out to unreachable devices, heals broken links, detect available networks and optimizes the best route.

You can even do things together! You can share sceens while having a meeting or a discussion. This is particularly useful for gossip sessions.. 😀 On a serious note, one can even work with another user on a word document. Good for those group projects that we’re frequently stuck with!

However, one of its most interesting features is definitely its Virtual Intelligent Pet or as it is better known, Moji.

Hahaha.. if you can read the conversation… seriously wtf!

Built with artificial intelligence, these ‘pets’ can hold intellectual conversations with its owners and like any normal pet, they do will take on the traits of their owners. After awhile you might even find yourself feeling attached to the little guy. Like any other virtual world, you can buy items for your Moji.

If you’ve been around the blogosphere, you’d remember the first phase of the iTalk Buddy.

Months ago, Suet and many other bloggers were suddenly sporting the cute pink and white alien panda-bunny on their blogs.

The slightly disturbing pink and white alien panda-bunny.

I thought it’d be fun to see if I can pull off the pink panda look.

With the release of phase 2, there will be a 3D Moji. It can move in a 3D manner and show emotions. If you’re not careful, it might mix with bad hats. Yes, your Moji can interact with other Mojis! Strangely, it has a learning capability and adapts to words that you often use. So if you use words like, Ma*Hau*hi*ai… I fear to even think about the possible consequences!
As smart as your Moji might be, it’s still a living being. It still needs to eat! Must buy food which will cost you RM2.
If your Moji is feeling cold, you can buy clothes for it. Also RM2!

As I have mentioned above, the phase 2 iTalk Buddy even provides calls from your PC to fixed line and mobile numbers! The voice calls are cheap and there is no access fee. And just like Skype, calls from PC to PC is absolutely free!(my favourite word by the way!)

With a local company providing mobile blogging, this would be so much easier on my pocket! 🙂

Now, if you’re really interested, you might find their premium services pretty interesting. To use the screen sharing and unlimited internet sharing function, just subscribe to their premium services. Plus, if you pay Rm2.50 a month, you can get unlimited internet and screen sharing!

… I’m actually enticing myself to go download the thing out of curiosity. Hmm. If any of you decide to download it as well, let me know! I’ll probably need to brighten up my contact list with more human beings. My Moji can’t keep me company for long!

Midzone 2008 Countdown Party: I’LL BE THERE!

If you know me well enough, you would know that I would NEVER pass up the opportunity to see fireworks. I will climb up overhead bridges, trees or even endure 5 hour traffic jams just to be wowed away by fireworks.

At the Midzone 2008 Countdown Party held at the Boulevard, Mid Valley City, there will be choreographed fireworks!! Choreographed fireworks okay?! Imagine, fireworks just above our heads! I’m suspecting that the jam won’t be as crazy because there won’t be many selok-beloks to take to go down to Mid Valley.(I’m coming from Subang by the way). At most, it would only be a slow drive down the Federal Highway. Much better than braving the KL jams and risking mad party-goers from covering your car in fake snow and spray paint. I’ve seen horrible horrible things happen to cars that enter KL on new year’s eve.

The Midzone 2008 Coundown Party will feature international DJs from Germany, Hungrary and Japan. Let me drop some names: DJ Stoneface and Terminal, DJ Matthew White, VJ Sort among many others.

I’ve got two tickets for the party (for myself and Chee Kiang..:P) and so it would be something for me to do to usher in the new year. And for those of you who are more into the scene, maybe it’s more fun to have a change of venue right? Better than going to Sunway Lagoon year in year out! It’s always good to have another option for a place to party. From this year onwards, The Boulevard, Mid Valley City will house spectacular parties year after year. Got fireworks okay? GOT FIREWORKS!!

I’m quite excited because I don’t really get the chance to go for these things. As you can see from my pathetic photos below:

Go read this post if you can’t remember why I was clubbing in my pyjamas. Damn exams.

Anyway, if you want to teman me and Chee Kiang this new year’s eve, it’s only RM75 per ticket.

Here are the details:

Venue: The Boulevard, Mid Valley City
Date: 31st December 2007
Gates Open: 7.00pm
Party Time: 9.00 onwards
DJs Line-up: DJ Stoneface & Terminal (Euphonic Germany)
DJ Matthew White (Hungrary)
VJ SORT (Kagawa, Japan)
Tickets: www.ticketpro.com.my / 03-7880 7999
Ticket price : RM75 (pre-sale) and RM100(door price)
Official website : www.midzone.com.my

Come lah! It’s better than rotting at home in front of the tv making resolutions that you will never keep. I’m actually supposed to be in class on the 31st of December. Stupid right? I’m not planning to go back to uni till after the new year.(with a few self declared holidays too. 😛 I won’t be having practicals till the end of the week. Lectures are sometimes quite skippable.)

If you’re keen to win tickets and backstage passes to the event, do check out these other blogs:



I’m not sure if there are more bloggers but do check the list from time to time if you want to!

Well, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! Rm75 for fireworks above your heads, hello! If my tickets weren’t free, I WOULD STILL BE GOING!!!

More Around The AIMST Campus/Scaling Practical Classes/Still Buying Things As Always

Aaah, it’s been quite a while since I last killed everyone with a random torrent of photos. I think it’s time now.

Before I proceed, do check out Lie Yuen’s livejournal as she has a few things that she has hardly worn and would like to sell them off!

Shopping addicts, this way.

And also, if you adore cupcakes, go here. Cupcakesrock.com is run single handedly by Karen Marie.

Do check out her Facebook group for hundreds of beautiful photos of cupcakes!

Feel kinda guilty for cramping everything into one post, but what to do. And also my 861 photos Langkawi trip with Chee Kiang and his ex junior college scholar mates. I haven’t laughed that hard in quite a while!

By the way!! I got distinctions for all my theory papers (that’s a grand total of TWO papers! Medicine and surgery!! 😀 ) and I passed my practical exam too. 🙂 So relieved.

Been taking lots of photos of the campus whenever I’m there. 🙂 Just thought that you guys might like to have a further peek into the facilities here. Might entice the few of you who are interested to come study here too. 🙂

This the exam hall that accommodated all three dentistry batches during our Module 1 assessments.

It was located underneath the Great Hall and Admin building.

Gotta love how everything just towers over us.

The dental faculty stands proudly in the distance.

On a good day it’s breezy with a hint of mist enveloping the hills behind the campus. Most of the time it’s sunny but the greenery around the campus makes up for the scorching sun.

Strangely, we have deep drains around our campus! Very Ratatouille.

Walking back to the car park. Students who are staying out of campus have specially allocated parking zones which can be pretty annoying because it’s such a long walk from our actual class rooms.

And that, in the distance, is our Sports Complex!

Our Olympic sized swimming pool is finally ready!! 🙂

It even has bleachers! The lifeguards are AIMST students who want to earn an extra pocket money. Apparently they only hire qualified life guards. As I’ve mentioned before, one of my juniors, Ken, is a state swimmer for Penang. He’s one of the bodyguards on duty. 🙂 If the poor boys have evening classes, poor Jolene won’t get to swim after her 5pm classes.

That’s us, walking into the equally gigantic sports complex.

Another angle!

We have a gym, a swimming pool, indoor badminton courts and indoor squash courts. Outside, there’s the basketball court, the tennis court and the track.

The beautiful spacious badminton court. 🙂

And like any self respecting club house, there are even lockers in the locker room!

Showers, wei. SHOWERS!

The other end of the sports complex.

A shot from the first floor.

Lie Yuen overlooking the badminton court.

The view from the first floor.

There’s even a room for a commentator! Is that the word?

That’s me, enjoying an imaginary badminton match.

And a nice picture, of course! 🙂

A view of the swimming pool from above.

Another angle of the bleachers and the badminton court.

And those are the squash courts.

The slightly obstructed view as you step out of the sports complex.

A larger view of the entrance into the sports complex.

That’s the outdoor courts!

The bus stop in it’s full glory. Rumours has it that there’ll be shuttle bus services soon. There were even talks about buses going all the way back to KL during festive seasons. Right.

In a weird twisted way, I’m proud to say that I get to see cows as I drive home from uni.

I’m still pretty fascinated whenever I see cows around.


A white cow and a syok sendiri cow.

It has also been ages since I last blogged about my practical class. So to remind you that I’m still a student, here are some.

We’ve started doing simulated scaling in which we are thought to remove calculus(those hard calcium deposits behind your lower front teeth and elsewhere if you’re a dirty dirty boy..*sexy voice*) with sickle scalers and the likes.

Scrape, scrape. Tedious work. I usually listen to my iPod as I do my scaling. It’s very mind numbing.

After scaling, we re-apply more ‘calculus’ for the next class. I prefer restorations to scaling.

The fake calculus comes in two components – a liquid and a powder form. Upon mixing the two, you will get a dough like substance. Sometimes if you add too little liquid, it becomes damn difficult to scale and you get hand aches.

A photo of me being very serious at work.

The tools of our trade. Among many others.

A mask I designed for Jimmy, inspired by the Shin Chan comics. I am still buying them, by the way.

Alas, we were finally introduced to the ultrasonic scalers. It’s so much easier than the manual scalers. The tip vibrates and when you place it near the calculus, the calculus just flies off! It shouldn’t be used in patients with pacemakers though as the electromagnetic sound waves will interfere with the pacemaker. It can’t be used on previous restorations too (be it composite ones or porcelain crowns etc.) for obvious reasons.

See how fast it’s vibrating! Water comes out to aid the cooling process.

Applying the scaler onto the hand piece.

Not much force is needed! That’s what I like about it. Scaling even removes stains.. so if you have stains on your teeth, please go and get it scaled! But unfortunately, it can’t help much with internal stains.

I love this photo! Like starburst!

Lie Yuen scaling herself.

Digging Lie Yuen’s ears for her.

I’ve hooked a Lie Yuen!

My, my. What a big fish!

Digging my nose.

I loooooove having my ears dug.

These are the things that are used to sharpen the scalers.

An acrylic rod is used to test the sharpness of the scaler.

Mineral oil for extra lube!

Lie Yuen and Poh Yee looking on like very good students like that.

Sharping the scaler.

After sharpening..

Thought I’d take a brochure-worthy photograph!

I was home two weeks ago and I met up with the girls at Taipan!

That’s Chien looking on as Min Dee reverses her car.

l-r: Chien, Mel, myself and Min Dee. It’s been too long. So sad that this time around we have to do “batch meetups”. Not everyone’s in Malaysia at the same time. ;(

I then met up with Calvin at SS2 for some good ol’ “So how have you been?”.

Tie me Kangaroo down spot, Tie, me Kangaroo down!

And during that weekend, Mel took me out at an ungodly hour to go learn self defense at 3k. Akido classes, it seems. God. I woke up at 7.30am.

My face was like that the whole time.

BY THE WAY, a very beautiful *PATENT* shoe shop called Tang just opened its doors at the new Sunway Pyramid. Not to say very cheap, but it’s reasonably priced at RM40-60 for patent shoes. So love. so so love. It’s first branch is at Sg. Wang’s infamous mish-mash sixth floor.

I didn’t know what took me so long but I’ve just came across this Korean brand called Orange Sorbet at Jusco. Everything is about RM20-RM40 and it’s like having CHILDREN’S clothes, for ADULTS. I mean if you can pull it off ( think swishy mini skirts, pastel dresses, tops with ribbons etc ) then you have to go and check it out. I was fortunate enough to find a whole rack of shorts for my (then)upcoming Langkawi trip. I bought this blue shorts for Rm39.90.

I didn’t buy this!

Gotta love the cherries.

I bought this one! It’s the red colour version of the previous white shorts.

Didn’t buy this one, though their range of tailored shorts are pretty impressive!

These were too tight for me..

I just HAD to buy this one.

Quite comfortable too! It was about RM29.90 for this one.

Angel seemed to really like my shopping buys.

Awwww, little baby all cuddled up.

And now for some shoe showing:

Went out to defrost in between classes. WITH MY NEW SHINY PINK PUMPS!

It’s from Tang! Damn pretty right? 😀

And this one too! It’s around RM50.

I don’t have green shoes, so might as well. 🙂

I know I’m just a little bit crazy at 21 plus two house footwear. And these are only the ones in Kedah. 😀

And my very first pair of Tang patent shoes. I loved the view, so there I was again.

Dum dee dum. Me love!

I went to the PC fair in Sungai Petani and bought myself some pink gadgets! Except for the FM modulator, which is actually white in colour. A pink mouse and a pink pendrive!

2GB of pink goodness! It’s not just any pink okay, it’s shimmery pink. Someone up there loves me too much~

My pink mouse even emits pink light. I know I sound damn bimbo lah, but the colour does makes me happy. I also like baby blue. 🙂 And the next colour that I like is pastel green and then pastel violet. 😀 Then we can start with the browns and the dirty greens. 🙂

I bought a whole range of glitter for all those very important reasons: Nail art, additional eye make up, birthday cards, misc. decorations.. the list goes on.

The glitter love is finally satiated.

=) They even make pretty good decorations. They are now sitting on my shelf in a neat row.

Lie Yuen and I bought those bead curtains from Living Cabin a few months ago and we’ve only recently put it up. We can’t reach the ceiling so we used a rod to aid the process. Innovative eh?

My neck was aching so bad!

Kung Fu master.

My tetek panjang.

But the end effect was damn worth it. 🙂

The both of us feel like princesses now.

Transparent pink hearts and black beads.

A bit of a hindrance but hey, aesthetics get the upper hand.

And another weekend, we went to Penang. Brenda brought us to this bar called Babylon.

I love using long shutter speed when I get to visit classy joints. The lighting is always so beautiful.

There’s a mattress where everyone sits on together and just spend time slowly sipping on drinks and telling lame jokes. (Why is the Ocean Blue? Because the fishes go “Bloo Bloo Bloo”)

l-r: Dylan, Brenda, Lie Yuen, myself, Poh yee and Derrick.

After I got back from Langkawi, I brought Chee Kiang to check out the campus as he wanted to see it. I wish he could see it during the day. 🙂

That’s the lake before the dental school/hospital.

The walkway between the faculties and the admin building. Very very beautiful at night.

Each tree is lit up. I wonder why were they being so generous with the electricity that night.

This is the fun part! We were walking towards the dental school which is still under construction and were tempted to go in to check it out. We asked the construction workers if it was okay for us to look around the building. They were like, “Sure!” So in we went. I hope I don’t get in trouble for putting up these pictures as the building is not opened to the students yet. But we couldn’t help it, we were just too excited! And as for me, I just need to share!! As always! 😀

This is the side entrance to the dental school. The other wing belongs to the engineering, IT and business faculties.

Lie Yuen is enthralled by the presence of a real dental chair.

A dental chair!~! *starry eyed*

Work stations..Oh my god oh my god oh my god!

They even have this system going on!! How professional! I better change my student card soon because it’s been killed by the sun.

L-r: Chee Kiang, myself, Cze-Yin and Lie Yuen. We were too happy. I mean the three of us were obviously very happy, Chee Kiang was just layaning me when I asked, “Nice or not?!! Nice right nice right!”

There were 50 dental chairs in this room! Imagine the hustle and bustle…:) One day, in the near future, there will be a photo here on this blog. The photo will show you a very busy clinical environment where people of all ages are coming in for basic dental treatments at AIMST’s Dental Hospital. Jolene Lai will be sitting there. Just you wait.

Me being very happy.

Wohhh.. many holes for many things. Our simulation labs only have two holder thingies. This must mean serious business!

Chee Kiang was looking out at the cafeteria and girls’ hostel.

There’s even a reception counter!! I wonder if they will hire real nurses or are the nurses from the future Nursing Diploma course. Yes, there are rumours that there might be one soon.

And in the middle of the place was a construction plan laid out on the floor.

Intrigued, we were.

OKAY THE END. From tomorrow onwards till the 2nd of January (and see lah how many self declared holidays I can afford to give myself) I will be back in 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. YAY.

Oh, by the way, remember the fluffy cardigan I bought for my nephew yonks ago?

He finally had the chance to wear it! All the way to Hong Kong some more!

So cute right? That’s my cousin-in-law Kwee Fong holding him!