Italy

26 September 2012

Now in Italy attending the IOI 2012: http://www.ioi2012.org/

After the contest, we are going to visit Sirmione, a city near our resort, and also two major cities, Milan and Venice. The competition so far is alright, our Malaysian contestants are doing quite ok, obviously not as good as other more established countries, but this is our first time at the IOI and this should be a learning experience more than anything else. Shien Jin (the team leader) has been working hard making sure that our students do their best, and code as well as they can. The kids are in good spirits: between endless chatter and pingpong sessions, they are having as much fun as they are getting new experiences.

I’m enjoying the nice weather around Lake Garda, where we are staying, having hundreds of computer scientists and students as company. Italian food is REALLY good.

Can’t wait to get back to Malaysia this Sunday. Wherever I am in this world, there are 3 things I miss the most: my family, my bedroom, and my office.

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Interesting post by RL

19 September 2012

On “The Ugliest Woman in the World”:

http://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/the-ugliest-woman-in-the-world/


I am grateful that I am a Malaysian, born in Malaysia, and living in Malaysia

18 September 2012

that’s all I want to say.

(why so much negativity in the air?)

 


Dr. Ong Shien Jin’s Education Talent Academy

16 September 2012

www.EducationTalentAcademy.com

Please visit the website to learn more about his awesome new education initiative, Education Talent Academy. I have known Dr. Ong since 1998: we both took SPM in 1999 in the same state (Melaka), and then we went to the IMO together in 1999, 2000, 2001 (the last time when he was our team guide, rather than a participant), and after that we studied at MIT as undergraduates in the Math Department. Right now, we are both involved in the Malaysian Informatics and Programming Society. I have agreed to help with his Education Talent Academy as one of the instructors. I am glad that he decided to come back and contribute to the local education scene leaving behind a lucrative position at Wall Street, and I wish him all success.

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About the Founder:

Dr. Ong Shien Jin has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University, and S.B. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His background spans finance, computer science, and mathematics. Prior to founding Education Talent Academy, he was a vice president of the quantitative strategist group at Goldman Sachs in New York City.

 

UPDATE (18/11/12): Link updated.


Aidan Raya Open House & Officewarming

13 September 2012

Salam semua pembaca,

Saya mewakili keluarga Aidan Group of Companies ingin menjemput saudara/saudari ke Rumah Terbuka Aidan sempena Hari Raya dan juga perasmian ofis baru kami (di sebelah ofis lama).

Tarikh: Sabtu, 15 September 2012.

Masa: 2.00 pm – 5.oo pm.

Tempat: Pejabat Aidan Group, No 100-1 & 102-1, Jalan 2/23A, off Jalan Genting Klang, 53300 Setapak, KL (bersebelahan CIMB Bank Setapak, bertentangan Columbia Hospital).

Menu:

– Kambing berpusing

– Nasi minyak

– Ayam masak merah

– Sate

– dan lain-lain.

Ini adalah wajah baru ofis Aidan, dari luar:

Di dalam ofis pun berwajah baru juga (thanks to Iznan and others for managing the renovation), kalau nak tengok, datanglah ke majlis ofis terbuka kami 🙂

Jika boleh, minta SMS RSVP kepada saya 012-3413546.

Sila datang beramai-ramai!


IMO team on MFA website

9 September 2012

This is already a few months old, but I just found this on the MFA website:

http://www.kln.gov.my/web/arg_buenos-aires/ann2012/-/asset_publisher/ME2g/blog/malaysia-participates-in-the-53rd-international-mathematical-olympiad-imo-mar-del-plata-argentina-4-%E2%80%93-16-july-2012

To the Malaysian embassy in Buenos Aires, many THANKS for hosting the team, although only for a few hours. After two weeks of bland, generic hotel food in Mar del Plata, it felt awesome to taste Malaysian food again. Wish you all the best in serving our nation’s interest in that distant land.

Back row (L-R): Justin, Ying Hong, Si Yu, Si Wei, Afiq, Anzo. Front row (L-R): Embassy officer, her spouse (maaf terlupa nama!), Ikhwan, Suhaimi.


A Love Letter to MIT

9 September 2012

http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N35/loveletter.html

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Opinion: GUEST COLUMN: A love letter to MIT

The Institute affects its immediate community too
September 7, 2012

I received my bachelor’s from Wellesley College (‘06), master’s from Boston University (‘08), master’s from Harvard University (‘08), and will be receiving my doctorate from Harvard; but it’s you, MIT, that has made the biggest impact on my life — academically, socially, and personally. And for that, I love you. You have succeeded in making a positive impact not just on your immediate family members, but you have touched the lives of people who are only a mere part of your extended network.

You made yourself an open playground. Literally, your buildings are always open. You can easily find an open classroom for students and friends to gather to brainstorm startup ideas. This is quite different from Harvard where even if you are a student, you are often met with locked doors. You allowed me to conduct my senior thesis research through UROPs (the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) at what is now the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and take courses at MIT without any hassle. By being a cross-registered student of even just one course, you gave me access to everything at MIT. I could ride on the SafeRide, print for free, and access all your buildings and libraries.

(read more at link above)

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Also, read about the FUCK TRUCK: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellesley_College_Senate_bus


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