My journey in Borneo

I almost.

I almost forgot that I have a blog to update, then.. it has been a year I did not log in into this account to continue my writing here.

Lol, siapa pernah kisah pun HAHAHA .

but I am sincerely thankful for those who really waiting for my update after my matriculation life. So this is it. ( and I am deeply sorry for making this too late, because yeah I am super duper good in procrastination. And….at its finest.)

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I am now in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah pursuing degree in Conservation Biology in Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). This course will take 4 years to complete, which means I will graduate in 2020, InsyaAllah ( Let’s pray that everything will be fine through out my studies). Now my life is far away from home. It is far, but not too far away until you can’t go back home for Raya heh. ( Oh yeah, I still fly back home once a month. So don’t worry, I am not going to stay here forever 😛 ) Many people had asked me,

Q-‘Eh kau tak takut ke duduk jauh- jauh? Seberang laut sana tu. Susah kau nak balik’

A- Ala..What is the thing that I have to be afraid of? Afraid of taking new opportunities? To see what the other side of my world looks like? For me, this is the time to see and experience something new. But, when it comes to family, comfort foods, homesickness etc etc.. I got my heart torn apart too. At first it is not easy to fit in quickly in new place, getting new friends and new food! ( yeah ini penting sekali hehe) Luckily I got some nice friends to help me out through the journey. What I always said to myself, ‘dey, everybody is struggling too. It is not just about you’. Realizing the reality, I need to keep my head up and embrace the new life here in Borneo. Oh also got airport. Ini bukan pergi masuk Batu Belah Batu Bertangkup yang tak boleh balik balik lagi hehehe.

Q-‘Ni pilihan UPU kau yang ke berapa ni?’

A- UMS adalah pilihan UPU yang pertama dan kursus yang sama juga. Ataaaaaaas sekali tu. No regret, and I am happy, Alhamdulillah. Rezeki Tuhan beri, dan setiap manusia itu sudah tertulis rezeki masing- masing 🙂 **Suddenly I remembered the reactions of people around me when knowing that I am going to politeknik after SPM, instead going for Foundation or Matriculation. Scary, and I am terrified, annoyed with those judgemental people.**

and the most headbanging question..

Q-‘Bukan Sabah sana belajar atas pokok ke? Pergi kelas kau naik sampan lah ni?’

A-Oh. My. God. Seriously awak? Alhamdulillah setakat ini pergi kelas naik bas lagi. Tidak pula saya ke kelas naik sampan, mengayuh berpeluh peluh. Kalau saya jumpa buaya, saya suruh dia ngap awak! Dan.. dewan kuliah semua elok terletak atas tanah, besar lagi, ber-aircond pula. Kot ya pun nak bergurau hehe. So here got too many shopping malls in just one district. Ex: Imago ( just like KL Times Square), 1 Borneo, Centerpoint, Oceanus..and many more! For transportation, Uber and Grab Car are active here in KK. Tedalah sia pigi kelas naik sampan, kadang- kadang adalah juga sia pigi kelas naik tu Grabcar, banyak promo code lagi..murah seja tuh! ( am I sounds funny? XD)

So basically, being here gives me more chances to travel and experiencing to do something different from activities I usually do in Peninsular. Get to know and study other cultures, foods and language here are always exciting for me and my friends everyday. So.. let me share some pictures ( because I just finished all my idea to continue)

Amazing scenery at our research centre, Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation or ITBC in UMS.
We looooove to take selfies! Maafkan muka swag Syu XD
Seafood @ Tanjung Aru. Seriously cheap and delicious seafood!
At Pekan Nabalu, on our way to Kundasang. That’s a huge pineapple back there.
Enjoy every moments
At Sg. Tagal, Kg Luanti got big fishes that can bite your stubborness away 😛                            Wiveca seems so excited and brave!
Zi Shan, one of my housemates is rying to be friendly with the fishes.
I still can hear the sound of this beautiful stream
Desa Cattle ala- ala New Zealand. But it’s raining so we can’t see the Gunung Kinabalu 😦
Bolehlah nampak sipi- sipi.
Dinner with our Spanish lecturer, Profe Consuelo.
With kids from SMK Sikuati, Kudat.
Tip of the Borneo!
Calm and mesmerizing
With our new attraction, Tagas. The first Borneo elephant skeleton is here at ITBC.
Tanjung Aru’s evening scenery. Credit to: Ridzuan.

I hope this is enough for now. And I will keep updating my journey here in Borneo. Adios!