Much has happened as you can see and this is because school in y2s2 is batshit insane. Recess wk currently but its alr over oh noes
having made the rather foolhardy decision to take actuarial science, i now realise why people are so afraid of it or see these students as living legends etc…it is really no joke having your head wrapped around with stats or advanced FM. I didn’t expect to enter this course–i put it as first choice not so much of trying my luck, but it was sth that i saw myself doing and being comfortable with it unlike b&f. i was fking shocked yet somehow pleased by being able to get in…i thought one had to meet certain gpa requirements etc. while checking the ppl in the course i saw a few familiar faces…having a double degree in acct and actuarial is really rare since both fields are so different from one another, and you would have to give up one or the other.
Stats modelling is basically advanced stats as they teach you things not coverd in the 1st year course. our teacher was really good but he has mood swings–he can be nice but then proceed to order you around etc. Maths of finance was taught by this Japanese guy–i realised he’s quite a funny person and he makes constant references to his home town. The kahoots he gives us sometimes has japan related stuff that catches us off guard and once he brought the shiroi chocolates as a treat wows. Tax was taught by this former iras officer and he is seriously damn knowledgeable, but given that he had worked there for about 20 years this comes as a given. Career found 2 was taught by this guy who rides a harley bike and tattoos. He was also a former campus recruiter at UBS and it was gratifying when he shared his experiences eg the things he saw–really a very cool person!
i must say that actuarial shit is really not easy to grasp even though i thoight would do better at it–it has been a humbling experience to see ppl who get things way faster than you.
amidst the work, trgs and projects, i was really grateful for the midweek recess break to JB woohoo. it was my fking first time and I realised why so many people don’t mind travelling there despite the general unsafeness. we met at woodlands checkpoint and entered the ‘mythical’ land of JB City Square. There wasn’t much to buy there since the things were also available in sg. However we managed to try some cheese tarts from an outlet there and it was oh so sinful. D actually treated us to it but it wasn’t that cheap at RM8. We had lunch at Restoran Ya Wang, which apparently is the consultant for the sg-based din tai fung or sth. It was located across the Jalan Wong Ah Fook road, hidden along one of the shophouses there. The herbal roast duck was sedap and the char siew sio bak was quite decent as well–however i am not a foodie so i can’t speak for others. Altogether the meal was only RM 20 per person!! We popped by the famed Chaiwalla container cafe along Jln Tan Hiok Nee, where i tried their Thai milk teas for only RM10 and bought banana cake from Hiap Joo Bakery: 5 pieces for RM5 only?! We returned to city square for a 3hr karaoke: for RM 23 you can get free food and one drink like srsly?! How can you even get this here? We then took a cab to KSL mall: it was RM 9 but the driver didn’t return me change when I gave him RM10 like wtf (but probably I didn’t ask from him urgh) we had a massage session there for only RM52, which we were hesitant at first since it looked a bit dodgy. It was ok except that the masseuse cramped my leg…
By that time it was 8pm and we were starving. We wanted to go to a zichar place at Taman Sentosa but no one knew the place, so we settled for San Low Seafood at Taman Pelangi. The beehoon was really good and the other egg-based dishes were not bad either–it was only RM20. We took an uber back to city square, although it was somewhat slower because of the larger space to cover. We then took one of the blue Malaysian buses back to sg for only RM2. All in all it was eye opening to see JB in a different light–the houses and general cleanliness was somewhat poorer but it was all the more unique. Most vehicles there are manual and there was a sprinkling of old cars there as well. I guess it isn’t much of a problem if you travel in groups, and its more fun this way