Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Lonely soul

overwhelmed with work ...
missing home ...
thinking of you ...

Monday, August 28, 2006

My main squeeze

Voila, voila ... the stud in my life - the Volkswagen Passat VR6!
Fully charged (paid in full), runs like the wind, lean & mean, functioning body parts, great at pampering the lonely soul...
What a deal!

*GLS - Gorgeous Lehigh Student :)

Lehigh's sculptures

Some beautiful sculptures at Lehigh 

Where art thou Redleece?

You can find this non-Chemical Engineering grad student at the following places:
Iacocca Hall on the mountaintop campus: where most of my classes are held
Lehigh Libraries: One of which is the historic and cosy Linderman Library (currently being renovated) - mugging away...

Mosque: http://www.malv.org/new/mosque/index.php
The Malls: You can't study all the time, you need to get food and stuff...
The sprawling campus grounds with wireless connection: I need to be connected to the rest of the world!
Garden at home: Writing my book... [pls. refer to www.gedungkuning.com]

Friday, August 25, 2006

Around Lehigh Valley, PA

Some famous people born in Lehigh Valley:
1) Lee Iacocca, industrialist, entrepreneur & philanthropist
2) Asa Packer, industrialist and founder of Lehigh University
3) Larry Holmes, boxer & World Heavyweight Champion (1978-1985)
4) Karl Stirner, world renowned sculptor
5) George Taylor, signer of the Declaration of Independence
6) The Rock, professional wrestler & actor

Some facts about Lehigh Valley:
1) Historic Bethlehem's Moravian Book Store is the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the USA.
2) Allentown has more acres of park land than any other American city its size.
3) Easton is believed to be the site of the first Christmas tree in the USA.

Future Nobel Laureates :)

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholars 2006 with Nobel Laureate Prof Yang Chen Ning.

[Photo taken in July 2006 in Singapore]

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Of deers, groundhog & Iacocca

I'm still feeling fatigue, nausea and drowsy... sigh... I got to get over the prolonged jet lag... School's starting soon and I have to be in good shape to 'trek' up the mountain top. I do need a car badly...

The Desirs (Philip & Alo), my nice host family-landlord drove me to see my campus for the first time last night. There were some ancient castle-like buildings. Of course I saw deers and groundhog along the long uphill drive to Iacocca Hall. Iacocca Hall is fascinating. Besides my great-grandfather, Haji Yusoff, Iacocca is now my second role model.

1) Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca born in Allentown, Pennsylvania is an American industrialist.
2) Among the most widely recognized businessmen in the world, Iacocca is the former chairman of Chrysler Corporation.
3) Iacocca led the funding campaign to expand Lehigh University into buildings formerly owned by Bethlehem Steel. Iacocca Hall on the mountain top Campus of Lehigh University houses the College of Education, the biology and chemical engineering departments, and The Iacocca Institute, which is focused on global competitiveness.

I hope I can be the next Iacocca and be the pride of Lehigh University and Fulbrighters worldwide!

*For more info about Haji Yusoff, pls. visit www.gedungkuning.com

321 Franklin Street

My new residence

Ellis Island

I visited Ellis Island last Saturday. Ellis Island was the gateway to liberty for 16 million immigrants. Almost half of the the current population of the United States is directly related to immigrants who passed through what was the principal immigrant receiving station from 1892 to 1954.

Give me your tired, your poorYour huddled masses yearning to breathe freeThe wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, the tempest-lost to me.I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
- Emma Lazarus, 1883

I also found out that in May 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Iacocca (an alumni of Lehigh University) to head the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, which was created to raise funds for the renovation and preservation of the Statue of Liberty. I'm very impressed with the restoration and research done at the museum in Ellis Island, more impressed with Iacocca's leadership. Lehigh University must have made him what he is today! :)

Summer in New York

Friday, August 11, 2006

Adventure in the Big Apple

What a drama in the big Apple!

1) Never-ending jet lag... fatigue & interrupted ZZzzZz...
2) 'White man' instead of the 'Green man' on the traffic lights
3) The famed Bryant Park (nestled behind New York City Public Library & Manhattan skyscrapers) with its free internet wireless connection! Right now Carrie Underwood of American Idol fame is singing at the park as I type this.

4) Expensive mineral water (among other things)
5) Lost in transition at the Subway... screeching trains and mad rush...
6) Bad Burmese food & bland sandwiches (give me those hot sambal dishes anytime!)
7) Good Kosher food ... Shalom! Toda Raba!
8) Airport panic due to terror alert at JFK, La Guardia & Newark - "Ma'am, pls throw away all those liquids, lip balm and take off your shoes!"
9) Amazing Times Square
10) Scavenging in the Metropolitan Art Museum. Christian from Germany whispered "She's so competitive!"
11) Haunting Ground Zero
12) Intelligent yet down-to-earth Fulbrighters friends from around the world
13) Cute male Fulbrighters especially the one from Panama! *wink...
14) ... the list grows...

Friday, August 04, 2006

New York! New York!

The Big Apple beckons for the Fulbright Gateway Orientation. About 120 Fulbright Scholars from 48 countries will gather at the posh Roosevelt Hotel in Manhantan come 7 August.

The purpose of the Gateway Orientation is to provide a transition from our home country to life at our new university. It will be a fast-paced program, comprised of sessions on Fulbright goals and identity, academic integrity, cross-cultural awareness, US academic research systems and graduate student survival skills. The Gateway also provides the opportunity to create lasting friendships and networks with fellow Fulbrighters.

I hope I will survive the 24 hours flight from Singapore-Narita-Chicago-NY... I heard it is scorching in NY... hotter than Aceh and Cambodia in summer... sweat sweat sweat...

Goodbye Punggol Garden, hello 45 East 45th Street. Watch out America, the next Iacocca is heading your way! :)