Opinion: LIKES! COMMENTS! VIEWS!

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My 2017’s birthday celebration

Social media, hmmm, what pops up in your mind when you hear the word ‘social media’? Nobody could ever deny the fact that words such as likes, comments, views, pictures, videos, stories, messages and so on are what actually pop up in our heads when we think about social media. Talking about it, what IS social media anyway?

Social media is a platform for websites and applications which are forms of electronic communication that enable users to create and share contents such as information, ideas, personal messages, videos and many other content to participate in social networking.

However, now that we know the actual meaning of social media, there are tons of users who still tend to misuse this wide capacity of social interaction. At times, it saddens to realize the fact that not everybody is faithful nor is aware of the consequences that may be faced but what can be done to improve this case?

If you’re reading this, go ahead and settle in because I’m about to point out my factual thoughts on so called perfect lives on social media.

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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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Some doodling found at the side

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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

Opinion: Instagram likes = Social Validation

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Photos are rarely able to encompass the full essence of a person. How often have we made ourselves a visual judge of character?

How many of you guys have spent hours coming up with the perfect Instagram caption? Cracked our heads over the right photo or filter to put on that so-called candid laugh? Maybe shoved your phone in your best friend’s face and ask, “Should I post this? Which filter should I use?”

Maybe you’ve even spent hours finding the right photo or filter to match your feed, for that ‘aesthetic’ feel because you’re so ‘creative’?

Forgive me if I sound a tad sarcastic. That’s because I am.

As a fellow millennial, of the perfect age to have millions of followers on Instagram and be a ‘social media model’, I’m frankly amazed by the unrealistic and borderline impossible expectations shoved down our throats by our fellow millennials.

Long, luscious hair, clear, flawless skin with not a pore in sight, a washboard flat stomach or a perfectly toned 6 pack with matching biceps, a designer wardrobe, sexy photos, or the perfect smile or pout seems to be the standard requirement to be anybody on Instagram.

If you’re just another Plain Jane or John Doe, forget your dreams of social media superstardom.

It’s not even the less tech-savvy older generations forcing us to project the perfect image of youthful joy and carelessness associated with your so-called ‘golden years’, but it’s your friends.

Because those who say retirement is the golden era is lying – everyone still living and breathing knows the world is now obsessed with your teens or early 20s years, years that you should be celebrating and spending by partying and drinking your nights (and days away) with equally attractive youths.

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Poem: The ‘Perfect’ Life On Social Media.

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The ‘perfect’ lie/life, is the pressure to maintain appearances dictating our lives?

A Poem by Alia Nadhira

Mask,

An illusion created,

A skill mastered,

A manipulated surface of your soul.

Character built solely off perfection,

An artificial taste of happiness,

You are the dominant puppeteer

Of your followers.

You plaster a smile on your face,

As your mind starts to decay,

As you drown in your own thoughts

Of no longer wanting to exist.

Striving to escape this harsh reality,

Grasping onto whatever is left

Of your perfect life,

Burying your misery behind social media.

– Leah

Dear Sarah, How do I get through all these assignments?

Dear Sarah is an advice Q&A column open to all INTI Students! Ask Sarah now at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/TGla6ZxCblxSDMkg1

Disclaimer: This article was written early in February but was not published in time. We apologise for the lateness of this article… (but it can always be CNY in our hearts, right?)

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Assignments, consignments, both also need to deliver right? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one struggling with short sem:

Dear Sarah,

How do I manage my time with assignments and holiday for this upcoming CNY break? – Q

 

Dear Q,

We all know CNY can be one of the busiest times of your life, whether you’re in the kitchen helping out or being a zombie in the living room. Not to mention the auntie uncles that keep asking the same questions:

Eat too much, fat ady! Eat too little, thin ady! Why you no boyfriend? When you graduate? What course you doing? (eh auntie pls, told you 100 times ady ok)

But don’t worry ok? Sarah will not be writing to you unless she has the solution. Simply stuff your auntie uncle with pineapple tarts and prawn crackers, then you can do your assignments in peace and serenity…

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Here are some tips on organising your busy, busy schedules:

  • The most plain but effective way is to keep and follow your timetable. Once you obey your timetable daily, it will turn into a routine and finishing your tasks would be a piece of cake.
  • Always keep lists to keep yourself informed or keep track with stuff that you’ve done. (it can be to do lists or lists on quotes to keep you going and motivated). You can always plan your day as the day goes, that’s why your phone has the reminder app!
  • Always, always PRIORITISE!!!! A tip that I learned back in high school from a teacher was she would advise us to get a piece of paper and split it into four sections. Labelling them as most important (need), important (need), average (want) and not a priority (want). But, of course, you can always label them however you want.

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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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Weird But True Stories: How Malaysian Guys Confess to Girls

Valentines day is coming up (Tuesday) and some of you are already strategizing the best ways to confess to your crush. If you’re single, you can try to emulate some of the methods shown here. And even if you’re not, or if you’re a strong independent woman (or man), you can still read this article for the laughs.

So, let’s begin with approach number one:

1. The Bully approach

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Susan’s suitor acted like a bully to get her attention

Susan (not her real name) was just hanging out at the library like all of us INTI students do…. for the free aircond. Until suddenly Guy A appears and just starts hurling insults and making fun of her and her friends. This continues until Susan gets pissed off and threatens to break the guy’s face, then suddenly his expression changed…

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