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It's spring in Shanghai when we (my family and I) were there with temperature: 15-24 degree celcius.
Love the weather! Love the shopping! (Don't love the food though! >:p)
Enjoyed: the weather, LOTS of shopping (2.14 Ren Min Bi = RM1; can't believe how CHEAP everything is! but the fashion erm... not so suitable for the Malaysian taste :p), the many beautiful parks, lakes & fantastic architectures, the touring around (plus some getting lost), the chinese culture and its history, the family time together, and all the fun & laughters in between.
Amazed/shocked: tea replaces plain water and juices, there's pork burger at McD >:), shanghaineese in general spit on the road a lot, the doorless toilets :o (though only one encounter), women above 30 are especially LOUD if not rude, most shanghaineese DO NOT say sorry! (they just argue all the way), all the crazy yet very skillful taxi and bus drivers (proly a 100 times crazier than penang!), the cheap & efficient subway (only 2 to 3 rmb), majority china chinese thinks of us Malaysians as highly educated due to our ability to speak fluently in english, and the people are so patriotic towards their country and its leaders.
Learned: to bargain (a skill crucial for shopping- requires extremely thick skin!), to speak in mandarin (slightly different from mandarin spoken here), to read a bit of chinese, to order Shanghai food by pointing at pictures on menus, to push through the crowd (mind you, the country is highly populated!), to drink chinese tea (but still dislikes it), to read maps, to appreciate a little more of chinese culture and its history, and to love my family even more!
A rewarding holiday in so many ways. 8 days, too short!
Here's some of the places we've visited:
**Much thanks to Jin Kai and Li Chen for recommending places to tour and how to go about them, and to Chen Yong; our hotel bell boy & personal guide in Shanghai. You've helped made this trip truly enjoyable and memorable.
What kind of thinker are you?
Here's a quiz designed by Dr Branton Shearer to give an idea of different ways in which people think, based on the theory of Multiple Intelligences identified by Howard Gardner in 1983.
Try it! ;) It's rather interesting, and has some truth in it!
An interesting quote from the site: "Most people would agree that Mozart was a genius - but Mozart would probably have struggled with Einstein’s theories just like the rest of us. This doesn’t mean that one man was more clever than the other – they just thought in very different ways."
You are a Logical-Mathematical ThinkerLogical-Mathematical thinkers:
- Like to understand patterns and relationships between objects or actions.
- Try to understand the world in terms of causes and effects.
- Are good at thinking critically, and solving problems creatively.
Careers which suit Logical-Mathematical thinkers: Physicist, Chemist, Biologist, Lawyer, Computer programmer, Engineer, Inventor.
You are an Interpersonal Thinker
- Like to think about other people, and try to understand them.
- Recognise differences between individuals and appreciate that different people have different perspectives.
- Make an effort to cultivate effective relationships with family, friends and colleagues.
Careers which suit Interpersonal thinkers: Politician, Psychologist, Nurse, Counsellor, Teacher.
A school project or a testimony?
From a recent email to Dr. Chuah; a 'Thank You' mail:
Dear Sir, Thank You for everything; for spending time on this project, for the weekly meetings, for the advices and ideas, for correcting and teaching, and for your dedication. I've learned much from this project; not only on the topic alone, but also something that I could carry with me to the working world amongst some, time management, problem solving and cross referencing. Thank You. Yours Sincerely, Su Chen
From his reply mail:
Dear Su Chen, You're welcome. You have handled the project very well, despite the fact that it is a tough project. Well done. Best wishes. Chuah
SssshhhhoOOOoooccckkkk! very. in shock but glad. Grateful and thankful. Thank You Lord, for the favour and blessings. Indeed, He is a God of wonders beyond our galaxy. *smiles*
It was God's grace when suddenly one day, when I changed certain parameters in the M-codes, the tracking characteristic (a major part that determines whether the project is a success or not) could work (after weeks of pekchik-ness) !!! Subsequently from there, I made a discovery that the timing recovery systems is related to the loop filter parameters (then later wrote a formula to relate them). It was truly God's shower of blessings. In a more descriptive manner, it would have been as though showers of golden glitters of wisdom from above fell upon my head? haha!
I've personally heard numerous testimonies of how God has also blessed many in their projects; how hardwares and softwares suddenly work, how turning up late but still possible to hand up thesis, how all the last minute work turn out alright, how well the presentations went, and above all how God's hand was upon us, His children. Amen!~
Aight, FYP is almost done....passing up thesis today, then 1 more presentation to go and thats it! yeeeaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
Above all the struggles and hardwork, above all the troubleshooting & debugging and day & night thesis writing, above all the hardship and effort, it is all worth it. :)
I'm thankful for this final year project. Thankful for my supervisor (though many despise him, many dislike him, and many think he is too strict). Yes, he is very strict and demanding. Yes, he is at times very unreasonable and not-so-sane. I am still thankful that I've learned much from him. And should I do well in this project, thanks to him. His pushings and demands made me learn this much.
SO what have I learned? Hmm... apart of Matlab coding and timing recovery in digital modems, I've learned some things more valuable; time management, work and resources organizing, thinking ahead, brainstorm, independent learning, problem solving and critical thinking.
My cousin brother (an engineer) once told me, "The most important thing you should learn from the university is not what they teach you, its rather how to think & learn and pick up new skills." How true?
"It is not the grade we're after" Dr. Chuah told me during our LAST weekly meeting 2 days ago. Yes, it is not the grade we're after, rather it is the knowledge and skills acquired.
Above all, many praises and thanksgiving be to God, for EVERYTHING. for wisdom & understanding. for grace & peace. for good health. for friends. for His many ways of showing He loves and cares. for all the answered prayers. and for the many miracles in the project.
Tip for those who'd be taking their fyp next year: plan ahead, be consistent in ya work, and utmost important; be willing to learn.
.... of something more than this!
So much has happened. So much is still happening.
Dissapointments. Ugh.... Hurt. Ouch.... sobs.
Anticipating for something more than this.... for a turn-around, for something more meaningful and REAL.
James 1:2-4 "...whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything."
Yes, I'll hold on to you, Papa. I'll press on. I'll persevere. I'll be obedient and faithful to You and your word. And I'll still rejoice and be in delight.