Before I went to Perth, after I graduated from my high school in Kuching, I spent two solid years studying my diploma in engineering at INTI College Sarawak. Throughout my two meandering years of experience there, I have met several truly wonderful friends and sparked reminiscence worth cherishing forever. Anyone would have felt that the place would mean something after spending such huge portion of their lives there, and actually walking away with priceless treasures.
Since my dear friend from Tasmania has returned home and asked me out today, we headed to INTI to relive some old memories, visiting those remaining lecturers who used to
The appearance from the outside looks rather the same to me, but somehow felt grander; maybe because
I remembered INTI as a college with absurd rules stringed to make fool out of every students there. I was as rebellious as a normal teen would be, and I have broken virtually all the stupid rules there were. Well… only the unusual ones. Rules like ridiculous dress code that prohibits students to wear sandals or slippers to college. Rules that force the students to wear
Seriously, to me, lawn is not just for beauty. Lawn is for walking. I love stepping on soft fresh green grasses, and would prefer them over solid concrete pathways anytime. But why on earth would anyone be forbidden to enjoy it? I would totally understand if there are flowers grown on the lawn… but from the picture above it is obvious there is none.
I gotta admit, the “not walking on grass” rule is ludicrous. So what did I do?
Yes, I run on the grass. Problem solved.
When we were along the way to the Engineering Faculty, my eyes were wandering around trying to catch any sight of my face postered up on the wall or notice board. Being fortunate as I am always, I noticed several of my own images there and here. Now those photos bring back memories, fond memories.
When I look further, I found more articles related to me.
Yeah, that was one year ago, when I represented INTI and was awarded the Best Engineering Student by IEM (Institution of Engineers, Malaysia) for the year 2004. I was quite surprised the article is still up on the wall. I somehow felt a little moved and there was a sense of accomplishment, though I know I totally did not deserve that award at all. And proudly, I was the first from the college to receive such award.
That was the happy part, until I saw the following article.
CELAKA !!! Someone actually succeeded me in obtaining that award !! Someone stole my spotlight !! Look at the article again, it is in full COLOR, where as mine is in black/white. Also, it is fully laminated, mine is not and it is placed at a much dominant setting over mine !!
All I could think of at the time was F**K, and that was all I could utter, and I did it LOUD.
NOT FAIR!! Now, I felt so much like yesterday’s news and leftover. Geramm..
All three of us (Khee Hwa, Chun Chow, and me) went to meet up with familiar faces like Mr Chai Ted Kin, Miss Htay Htay, Miss Rosaline and Mr Chandra. We had a wonderful time catching up with each other, and telling stories while exchanging smiles and laughter. It was all good. Many things changed I noticed. Many people I used to look up to are no longer there, like Mr Yong Chin Soon, Mr Babu, Mr Suresh and Mr Tnay. (hope I get the spellings right.. gulp..) There are so many new faces, somewhat the place that was so casual once now felt a little alienated.
I am in pink. Like usual.
The lady (third from the left) in the picture was my colleague back in my internship days. She was a design engineer back then, but now, working in INTI as the head of Civil Engineering, and teaching some respectable units also. I remembered her as a sweet, warm and helpful character. It is a strange world now that she landed on INTI.
I can write on and on about the lecturers, and some unforgettable experience which I collected in those old days, but I guess that would probably be too lengthy and unnecessary. All I can say is, INTI was a tremendous experience to me. I learned a great deal about life there. I have stumbled upon great friends. I lived a great life back then. It is just sad that, all that had to come to an end.