Aug 1, 2016

The Great Lab Summer Workshop 2016


I just returned from Penang attending  4-day The Great Lab Summer Workshop 2016 (TGL 2016) organized by CREST. TGL 2016 was held at the Crest Office, Sains@USM, Bayan Lepas, Penang from 21st until 24th  July 2016.

Representatives from companies, CREST staffs, and mentors with all
participants of TGL 2016.
source: CREST R&D Talent Development fb page
The Great Lab (TGL) is an initiative by CREST to introduce students to the Electrical & Electronics (E&E) industry and on top of the summer workshop, there is also TGL Industry Challenge which consists of real industry problems. Students will work in a team to prepare technical proposals for the industry challenge and present the ideas to the panel of judges from the industry such as Intel, Altera, Vitrox, and UST Global.

Enough on TGL, a little introduction about CREST.
CREST stands for Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science, & Technology and it was formed as the catalyst for Malaysia's E&E. CREST will accelerate Malaysia's economic growth by creating a vibrant R&D ecosystem for E&E industry, and bring together Industry-Academia for collaborative R&D.

Jul 19, 2016

Spiders

Don't worry, spiders,
I keep house
casually

- Kobayashi Issa ( translated by Robert Hass)

When I was in secondary school while studying a poem, I look forward to the brief analysis of the poem by my Literature in English teacher. Yes, I took the subject for my SPM back in 2012.

When reading a poem, we are like reading an empty or meaningless passage which sometimes made me annoyed. We understand the sentences but we can't get anything or any message from those sentences. Imagine that! Haha.

Just like the poem I'm sharing in this entry, it has its own meaning. A very beautiful one indeed by Kobayashi Issa. It's too short that made that Haiku (Japanese poem) a very deep one.

Kobayashi Issa.
source: alchetron.com

Apr 2, 2016

Muslim Scholars. This is unbelievable! (Part 1)

ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, etc. are all lead to Islamophobia among the western people. Muslims are being discriminated in the western countries due to the act of terror by some extremist groups. Some said, the so-called terrorist groups are false flags created by the western superpower itself. But, I don't want to come up with any speculation in my blog.

I just want to focus on jihad in the field of knowledge instead of warfare like what is happening in some Muslim countries. Yup, it's true that we should protect our religion and our country but sometimes killing the innocent civilians will just make us even weaker. We need those innocent civilians to show the world what Islam is capable of instead of killing them like in some of the Middle Eastern countries due to political crisis. In addition to that, having strong fundamental element in our life which is education enables us to protect our religion and country.

Previous semester, I took a subject called Islam, Knowledge, and Civilization since it is a university required course in IIUM. We have to study and memorize the background of Muslim scholars like Al-Khawarizmi, Al-Biruni, Al-Kindi, etc.. Unfortunately, non of the questions during my final exam were asking about the biography and contributions of those scholars. Since, I memorized five scholars prior to the final exam I think I should share it somewhere else since I didn't have the chance to write about them on my answer sheets. Haha.

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