recollection of experiences and thoughts + semi KL guide

After spending ~4 months in Malaysia, I feel more like a local than a foreigner. I must admit, the first few days in KL were not fruitful. It was the first time in my life I ventured out in to the world with no family, friends or anyone for that matter; completely alone. On top of that, coming into a country with different systems, structure, language and environment was quite daunting.

I knew it would be hard, but never did I expect the magnitude of the harshness. After a couple of weeks, I spent time cleaning, buying toiletry, reorganizing and…

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Okay, this is an achievement post. For those that don’t know why I seem so excited, it’s because

I’ve never cooked in my entire life.

Apart from putting together Nutella or jam on toast… or asking one of my friends how to turn on the stove to make pre-made paratha. Yea, really had no clue how to cook. I’ve always wanted to learn but either I didn’t make time for it or I lowkey feared burning up the entire house.

Before coming over to Asia, I told myself I need to get an apartment that has…

We made it!

Screenshot of the game: live streaming from my phone | away from Canada

I still cant believe it. This moment is surreal. For those that do not know, I am an avid basketball player and I’ve been playing ball ever since Grade 5, so I never get enough of watching the NBA playoffs. That being said, I haven’t had the opportunity to write about my experience during the last Raptors vs Warriors game, so here is the live version that I’ve written the day after the game.

I woke up early (around 8:40AM MYT) to get ready for work (actually, to get ready to watch the game). I quickly brushed my teeth, put…

In due time

If you’ve already read my two other blog posts before this one, then click here to scroll down to the real chunk of this blog post.

For those that don’t know why I’m on an expedition in Malaysia, here’s some context:

A month ago I received an incredible opportunity to be a part of the Cansbridge Fellowship’s 2019 cohort. The Cansbridge fellowship selects about 15 Canadian students in order to go abroad to push them outside of their comfort zones, accelerate their personal growth, and show them the possibilities that exist outside of Canada. The fellowship is composed of…

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I had everything. I rented out the nicest, spacious studio with a terrace that has an infinity pool and a gym! My work environment was amazing, received the latest MacBook Pro with the touch ID, free lunch 2 days a week, and free snacks everyday!

Place where I stayed in KL

Everything looked awesome, everything looked set, everything looked comfortable.

or so it seemed…

I had the biggest house with the nicest amenities, and the sickest work-welcome, but the truth is,

I have never felt so lonely in my life like this.

I felt loneliness before, but this was something else. I used to be the…

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I left my friends, my comfort, my family, my home …

To embark on a journey to learn more about myself.

April 29th, 2019: While writing my exam at 9AM, I kept wondering what it would be like to join the other fellows who had already started 3 days before. I most probably will be missing out but I can’t do much in my power since I have exams on the final day…

April 30th, 2019: Farewell to my friends and family. Time to catch my flight!

✈️ MTL → SF 🏠

Journey begins

After a 12 hour flight, the first night…

Nayem Alam

tech enthusiast, slam poet and engineering student | McGill University

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