Interracial 101: What Not to Say

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Racially ambiguous. Ethnically mysterious. Curiously racialized.

These are the terms used nowadays to refer or explain interracial. To be specific, interracial is a combination of two or more races.

As an interracial myself—Malay mixed with Indian, by the way—I know that navigating through life can be confusing. Life is already difficult on its own, without outside factors contributing in, such as racism. Living as an interracial can also get tiring when these curious non-interracial tend to ask you the same question every single time.

To the non-interracial, I know that meeting an interracial for the first time can be quite an experience and you’d have lots of questions running through your head as your curiosity gets the best of you. It’s totally okay, trust me. And it’s not your fault that you have all these questions. We understand that your questions don’t come from hatred but rather lack of understanding.

But, sometimes, we interracial just get tired of listening to the same question every single time and having to explain it repeatedly.

Take a read at the curiosities that we interracial usually get asked with and hopefully some of them can answer yours.

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Money Talks and Mine Keeps Saying Goodbye

 

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Keep track of your expenses!

How many times have you ever had to starve yourself because your bank account balance shows ‘RM3.15’? How many times have you ever had to resort to Maggi cup because of the same reason? How many times have you responded with, “Never mind lah, I’m not hungry” when your friends invited you for lunch?

If your answer is that this has happened more than once, then you should probably give this a read.

Independence is one of the key terms related when you think of college. It is also synonymous with young adults holding a bigger responsibility when it comes to managing your own money—now that mum and dad’s wallet are out of reach.

As a student, your focus is to study and live while you’re young, but if you fail to give enough attention to how you spend your money, you might be facing more difficulties than just worrying about the pile of assignments that just keeps adding on.

Whether it be you never paid that much attention to your monthly grocery expenditure or how much those Starbucks coffee runs cost you, you know you need help with managing money.

By establishing a good finance habit and keeping a finance checklist, you could teach yourself on how to save money because a little planning goes a long way.

If I still haven’t bore you to death, continue reading if you’re interested to know the tips on how to save and manage money as a college student.

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Refresh, Recharge, Reconnect!

Ever had the feeling of being tired after a long class but you can’t go home because you have another class coming up in an hour? Or a quiet place with a chill surrounding as a place to study? A place to hangout with your friends perhaps? Maybe even a place to grab a quick bite before you get to your next class?

Fear no more and head on over to INTI’s very own Refresh, Recharge & Reconnect Room for your daily dose of relaxation. Split into three sections, the Refresh area is where you can fill your empty tummies with delicious patisserie and thirst quenching drinks without burning a hole in your pocket.

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Where the tastiness is made

Opened from 7:30 a.m to 8:00 p.m only on weekdays, the air-conditioned and fully furnished Recharge area is available to be used for you to rest up in their cozy hammocks as well as their comfortable napping couches. Not only will you be able to recharge your energy, you can also bring some of your friends along to chill out.

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But, let’s be honest, you would want to be alone when you’re trying to recharge, am I right?

Here’s a place where you can definitely tag your friends along; the Reconnect area! With the same timing as the Recharge area, it is also an air-conditioned room, furnished with comfy cushions and couches. Definitely a go-to place as a hangout spot.

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Some of you may be thinking, “Why have I never heard of this place before?

Here’s a little background info; the Refresh, Recharge & Reconnect Room used to be an empty blob of space before it was glammed up back in 2016 to become this masterpiece. You guys may have seen some renovation works happening around the area and may be annoyed by it, especially if you had classes in Block G because it was disturbing your studies. Looking at it now, wasn’t it definitely worth all the fuss?

Where is this heaven in INTI, you might ask? It’s located at Level 1 & 2, Block F, which is also known as the Metro Block.

So, why are you still reading this? Go on ahead and check the place out!

Written by Nabilah Rahim

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè by CCS

If you’re an INTI student, then there’s a huge likelihood that you’ve passed by the 3-days exhibition happening at the car porch and driveway which was organised by INTI’s very own Chinese Cultural Society. Lots of attractions and performances were on site to help entice the crowd to flood in.

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A few CCS members seen hanging in front of banner

Amazing performances from various of clubs, such as iChoir, INTI Dance Club and Civil Engineering Club, as well as INTI students, were presented throughout the exhibition with the purpose of captivating the audiences’ attentions (which definitely did their job, if I do say so myself).

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Performance by INTI Dance Club
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INTIans were definitely captivated

The exhibition wouldn’t be complete without street vendors and food trucks, would it? Over 20 street vendors were on site to make the environment seem even more festive! Foods, drinks, apparel, accessories, you name it, it’s all there.

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