Like Wilson said, this is gonna be my last weekend in Malaysia before I depart to the States.
Packing is not exactly a favourite activity of mine. But with such a long hiatus and being an 'ambassador' of Malaysia, I guess the urge to NOT drag extra gargantuan suitcases along to the airport is a luxury I cannot enjoy.
Immigration documents? Check.
Souveniers and baju melayu? (siap dengan samping lagi!) Check. Instantly realising that I would miss out on Hari Raya....bummer. ==
The flight route to there is going to be a complicated one. From KLIA to a night's stay at Terminal 3 in Singapore, then an exhausting 7 hour flight to Tokyo, another extra exhausting 11 hour flight to Denver...and just when you thought you have escaped the clutches of the daunting airplane cabin, another hour's flight to Sioux Falls, where my college is located. The Ugrad guide book advised us to bring along 'reading materials' throughout the journey. Therefore, I plan to bring together with me...
The World if Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. I know, I'm THAT nerdy. But after reading the super-awesome super-funny SUPERFREAKONOMICS, I'm so freakisly into these globalisation-statistics-bamm!!! stuff.
A few mini resolutions during my stay at the US:
1) Immerse myself as much as I can into American culture, lifestyle and interests.
This means shaking off my long-time addiction towards The Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini and other news portals. Honestly, I do get tired of the endless politicking ala Malaysian "don't question my rights - Anwar is a sex maniac - stupid ministerial statements" scenario. I think right now, it is better for me to focus more on the international arena and US administration, for once. Of course, this doesn't mean I have lost faith towards Malaysia. (Shhh...I will peek on Loyarburok, once in a while)
2) I know it's contradicting with my first point, but still....pay attention to the 13th General Election
Election is going to be held very soon. Best to be updated. We may never know if another political tsunami will sweep the dirty Malaysian political scene. Hey, I'm not 21 yet, so I won't exactly escape my 'civic duty' of voting, right?
3) Learn another language
I desperately want to learn Spanish. Or French, if I can't choose Spanish. Hell, I would even learn Elementary Greek!
4) Visit a UM lecturer at Duke University
It's a long time since I've met the swashbuckling UM academic, Miss Dian "Justin Bieber" Shah who is currently doing her PhD (actually, a SJD) at Duke. Promised you would take me around North Carolina, and you WILL hold your word! Muahahaha....
5) Travel to Washington, DC!
It's my ultimate dream destination in the US. The center of American government, it is brimming with my favourite hotspots such as the Smithsonian Museums, The Capitol, US Supreme Courts, Washington Monument, Lincoln's Memorial and so many more bustling destinations! Gonna do back-to-back visits if I have to!
There are so many more stuffs I wanna do, but I'm just gonna state down this 5 here. Who knows, maybe the foster family have some other plans for me. It's gonna be a bash, and I can't wait for it!
By: Lim Wei Jiet (UGRAD 2011-2012)
Wei Jiet realises that when everyone is cheering "Merdeka!" back home on 31st August, he will be at a foreign land half the globe away. (Or worse, still on a plane when the clock strikes midnight!) He's not really a nostalgic person, but he will miss the rendang, char keuy teow and mamak roti canai back home.