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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pros & Cons of staying in a dorm in University

Currently in my 2nd Year, 2nd semester in Uni now and I've been living in a dorm since day 1. Thought I'd pen down a few pros and cons about living in a dorm in Uni.

Now I know most Unis have very different dorm lifestyles. Heck even in my own Uni, not every dorm (or Residential Colleges as we call it) are the same. This is just based on my own experience and honest opinions.


PROS

1. Cheap



Which is probably one of the reasons why people choose to stay in dorms anyway. In my Uni, we go on a rate of RM6.50 a day. Our fees for the whole semester (which means about 4 months, plus minus the semester breaks) is only up till RM800+. That's super affordable to me.



2. Location



In my Uni, most of our dorms are situated in campus, with the exception of one outside. So it's fairly easy to go to classes and anywhere in campus without owning your own means of transport. If your dorm is near your faculty, lucky you, you can walk to faculty easily. There's also the option of buses if you need to go to a further place. Still closer than living outside.



3. Cleanliness



Our dorms' hallways are regularly swept and mopped. Toilets are washed frequently too. It's nice to know that the only place you need to keep clean is your own room.





CONS


1. Theft


By this I mean because my dorm has an open area for all the residents to hang our clothes at after washing, it is possible for people to steal your clothes. Happened to me twice. So far I've had 2 shirts stolen and 3 pants, which irritates me to no end. Still don't get why people will steal clothes anyway. Don't think they'd be daring enough to wear it out? I'd recognize mine immediately. 


2. Roommate issues


Living with other people is not easy because of different habits and schedules. So far I am lucky enough to not have faced any horrible issues regarding my roommates before. We live pretty peacefully. haha. Not many are this lucky though. I've heard of many horror stories of people living with very difficult roommates. But you can't do anything about it, gotta stick with them for a whole year / semester.


3. Lack of Personal Space


Don't get me wrong, I like having roommates, simply because it's less lonely and more fun. But I think everyone would like their own personal space sometimes and it's hard to get that when living together in a dorm. Sometimes I just wanna be alone, or sometimes I wish I can answer more private calls in the comfort of my own bed instead of finding some other places to take my call outside of the room. You know what I mean?



These are the things that I could think of at the moment. So far living in dorms is cool. I haven't (read: hopefully will not) face any major issues thus far.


Meanwhile Mid Terms are coming and I am so not prepared. Till next time!



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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Heat wave @ Melaka's Desert


The heat wave now in Malaysia is seriously no joke. The weather for this past week is such a killer (may it please not literally be one), and it seems like it's here to stay for a month or so.




Of course this is the craziest time to visit a desert, but I did it anyway. If you're wondering, yes, Melaka now has its own desert (read: sand dunes). It feels so real! I may not have been to the Sahara Desert before, but I assume this is a pretty close 'replica' of it.





Mind you, it wasn't easy getting here. We parked quite a distance away as cars are not allowed to enter this area (the car will sink into the sand). This desert is located further inside the 1 Malaysia Klebang Beach, think we approximately walked about 2km at least to get to this area.

Not too sure if there are other shorter ways, but it was a good exercise nonetheless.





But can we just admire the view!? Totally worth it!  There's this thing about pairing blue and white which can never go wrong. It is really really beautiful.




*Inserts Spritzer advertisement* lol. My mum just thought a bottle of water would be a good prop for the shoot (it was). Also, it's good to have water after walking such a distance (such a handy prop). Killing two birds with one stone here Spritzer.




Some advice:

  1. Be prepared to walk. But the road to the sand dunes are quite smooth. As in, you don't have to climb over rocks or hills.
  2. Go either early in the morning or evening. We were there from around 8am-9am, the sun was out but it wasn't scorching at all. Afternoon sun may kill you though.
  3. Bring some water. You'll need it.
  4. Wear sunglasses. You will barely be able to open your eyes if you go in the morning. Also, the wind is super strong there, however the sand won't fly into your eyes, so no worries about that. It's just you'll find it hard to keep them open with the sun and wind.


OOTD: Baby blue flowy off shoulder top from Sheton (Dataran Pahlawan)  l  High waisted denim shorts l  White sneakers from Sports Empire (Mahkota Parade)


Stay cool and stay hydrated everyone! Let's all be extra thankful for air-conditioners, cool water, and rain during this heat wave.


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