Sunday, January 10, 2010

Technopreneurship and the Never-Ending Discussion...

Before I even start rambling about, I am currently a First Year student in Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Labuan International Campus (or UMS-KAL for short) aiming for a degree or Bachelor of Information Technology in E-commerce. Basically, my course deals with online trading, business topics, and also computer programming, which is why I'm a constant user of computer, or rather, a geek. I'm now in the second semester of my three year program, which also equals to the total of six semester overall.

Back to the topic, I had a discussion for my Technopreneurship subject last night. This subject is quite a critical one, for this might just be the platform for life after the degree. For the subject the students are required to form groups of 5 and come up with a business project. The groups are to act like they are a company, along with the members hold a position whether it is CEO (the boss), CMO (marketing), CFO (financial), CIO (information gathering), and CTO (technology -which most likely become my position, I'm a geek, remember?).

So, this project is no doubt the biggest assignments we ever had, because, if we're lucky enough, we might get the chance to represent the university and present our project to the companies out there and gets hired after obtaining the degree. In the competitive world nowadays, chances like this is like one in a million. This means, the chances to success depends largely to the group performance, and that causes a chaos in order to get the best member for the team. Mark the word there, chaos. The leader of our group, which is also a good friend of mine, summarize the situation perfectly at his blog here.

The discussion last night was a depressing one. Our group was facing risks of losing two members to other group which apparently, had their eyes on the said members from the very beginning, and dispute ensues. The tug-and-war situation between the two groups, to be frank, is nerve wrecking. In the end, we lose the two members, as they already promised to stay in the other group at the first place and felt bad for leaving them just like that to join us, and that makes us left with only three, me, the CEO, and another guy. The CEO is going crazy, for there are no other people left available, and the guy is depressed for the two members are his friends. I, on the other hand, tried to sent messages around to ask for any people who was available. My phone vibrates again minutes later and a message came, from a friend, much to my relief. Surprisingly, we found a new member and the heavy air around up dispersed away. The meeting ended with a quite happy tone for the group as there is one less burden for us now.

I'll have another discussion tonight and God knows how it will turn out this time. As much as I'm concerned, our group (or rather, company?) is still short of a member. We asked a senpai about this and she told us that it's ok even if it's just 4 in a group. Still, it'll be better to have five in a group, right? <---took this quote from somebody famous, cookies for those who can guess who~ LOL. I'll have a hard time to post the Japanese greeting for now but rest assure that I will do so but maybe not in the future. The classes are starting to get hectic and the lecturer this semester just loves test so much he conduct it every week (glance at Fuji-sensei the Japanese lecturer)! Haii~ do give me your support, minna-san~

There's talk about the one-week break for Chinese New Year. My friends had been teasing me saying I'll go back now that home is nearer than before (just a 40-minute flight!) but for now, I can confidently say that I don't have the plan to do so. I can bet there's loads of work to be done at that time (again, glance at Fuji-sensei). Besides, my friends are all staying too so it's not like I'll be alone, right? Still, that's just planning. We don't know what'll happen in the future, right?

The discussion will start at 8 and I hope this time it'll go smoothly. People tend to have a bad day these days so it'll be great if we can finally pass the storm now. ^^

Till then, minna-san, ganbatte kudasai! Hwaiting~ LOL.

Music of the Day: Utada Hikaru -Apple and Cinnamon

P/S: The piano and beat compliments each other creating an awesome fully English song by Utada. Her pronunciation is good too and you don't really have to look at the lyric to understand her. As always, on my playlist below~

Wondering why this post seems quite monotone? Somehow, I have no idea why either.

~Indifferent Heiji.

"Whatever, I don't know, I don't care, and I don't give a damn anymore."

The note lies innocently on the table.

"Just let me disappear."

The pale moonlight from the window shines on it, the rest of the room engulfs in darkness.

"Even when I know there is no such thing like [running] forever."

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu~

Ah~ It's been too long since the last post, no? And it's already 2010! This is damn late I know but everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR~ or in Japanese, AKEMASHITE OMEDETOU GOZAIMASU~ hence the title up there...

The moving goes smoothly and the new home is nice too. Miri is hot though...the first few days really remind of Labuan...but at least they got some rain sometimes...while Labuan is yeah~

Also! Yesterday is my mother's birthday so just want to say it out loud here (I already wished her yesterday ok!) Okaasan, Otanjoubi Omedetou Gozaimasu~~!! ^^

I went back to KAL on the last 27th Dec as the Japanese class starts on 28th. I have to say I'm quite nervous for the first class and thankfully everything goes on smoothly...even the second class yesterday (the class is once a week every Monday evening 7-10PM) is -quite- smooth compare to the last week. We'd learn greetings for the beginning and starts to know the Hiragana letters. By now I've remembered all the 71 letters and I even managed to write down the super long title of TVXQ's song, Doushite kimi wo Suki ni natte Shimattandarou! I have to say I'm quite impressed with myself...LOL. There's still more to come and everything's going to get tougher so have to prepare myself!

Japanese used 4 type of character in their writing:

1) Hiragana (the one I'm currently learning -which is used for every word in the language, kind of the noun and all)

2) Katakana (going to learn this after the mid-sem exam...and going to have trouble with it maybe...people tend to mix the letters with Hiragana...I know I will, duh. -use for writing names and foreign words for ex: engineer)

3) Kanji (as in the Chinese character, is used to simplify things as one character of Kanji can represent two or sometimes three hiragana letters, as far as I'm concern...not really sure about this as we're not going to learn it...people who knows the character may find it an advantage but also can find it confusing...for there are certain letters that sounds and means different in Japanese...either way, I'm not going to bother it for now...heh!)

4) Roman letters (as in the normal ABC of course).

This is the Hiragana chart I've been busying myself with.

I'll be posting the list of greetings and all after this. Hope that I can keep on with the class, and hope that this will help you guys, like how it helped me! ^^ If I happened to got any facts wrong somehow feel free to tell! I'll be appreciating it much~

Just a quick note, I'm halfway done with the final part of the three-shot A Beautiful, A Louvre, and (Not) A Freer. Going to post the second part as soon as I finishes it...if there's no need for correction with my next Japanese homework...the corrections are always so many~

Chapter 2 is on a long~ hiatus...sorry (T_T) There's nothing much I can do about that one...(-_-)" How's Chapter 1 though? Is it good? Do tell what you think and perhaps some idea? It's great to hear opinions~ ^^

Till then, happy learning~!

Music of the Day: Lee Seung Gi -Let's Break Up

P/S: I've fallen in love with his voice, hard. It helps that he's a nice guy (and kind of cute) too. Going to put up more of his songs later. And do check out the MV's cool to me (especially the final tunnel part, that's my fav) and the camera work is awesome. I've downloaded almost all of his albums and MVs...I wonder why he's always got beaten up in it (the MVs)...Oh, did I mention that he's a ballad singer?


I've been listening to too much ballad lately...must be the fact I'll be turning 20 soon...20...ARGHH~ (-_-)"

~Don't-Want-to-Grow-Up-Just-Yet Heiji.