November 27, 2009

Altera Penang Trip after exam

Sincerely I would really love to thank my School of Computer and Communication Engineering of UniMAP to organize such trip at the end of this semester.

It’s really a welcome move for us after such a hectic semester, even though they know our batch maybe is not the best students they have. Furthermore, this industrial exposure trip prevented me to join a very dreadful camp. Haha

So all started off at 0630 hours at Friday, December 20th, 2009.

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We were so disappointed because we were told to be on time, and yet the officials were not on time. We waited for an hour here for nothing.

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Perlis skyline with clouds hovering over the sky.

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This is my classmates, occupying one bus and all smiles :)

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My friend Zaim has his own first class seat at the back of the bus, a flat-bed for himself! Haha!

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We started to get crazy.

So off goes the 2-hour journey.

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Managed to take a sneak peek of our new permanent campus near Perlis – Kedah border. It’s very far from any towns. Like being in a jungle.

After 2 hours, we reached Penang island and to my big amusement, we went to Queensbay Mall first. Really surprised.

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So, whatever, we just played there for another 3 hours.

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Start off with Mcdonalds, that ice cream only cost 1 buck. :)

After some more roaming, I went to Sushi King.

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I would say this Sushi King is very cool. I can call a waiter, even the boss, almost anytime and very easily! My green tea cup was always filled up to the brim. Great service!

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The machine where they make their rice to make sushi.

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So this is my first round. Enjoy enjoy…

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A type of rice sandwiches. Very cool indeed and worth it!

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This is one of the premium ones, with a lot of salmon and the fish eggs. Hehehe….

So after all those playing, we made our way to Altera in a big industrial estate.

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In this building, we were ordered to wear shoe covers. I wonder why…

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Then we had an awful long talk in the lecture room.

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It was afternoon and sleepy heads were totally unavoidable. Just like this.

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I was too sleepy too because the slides were really boring and very machine-like. Hmmm.

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Luckily we have this guy coming out to cheer us and get us all fired up.

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He showed us a lot of tools. And gave us a feel and touch them.

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This small stuffs is actually can cost up to thousands of US dollars.  A broken small pin and it’s gone. Don’t play play.

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This 18-layer printed circuit board is probably cost as much as a car.

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Ah, this one is cheap stuffs, hehehe…

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This shows us how packaging and labelling is done in Altera. And that’s a long long long story.

After another talk, we were brought around to see the plant.

Altera is actually not a manufacturing company, but only to design, test products and send them to overseas to produce it, before selling them.

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This is the place for engineers.

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Their working cubicles are like this, very personal and I guess pretty comfortable. They have a lot of empty cubicles, so perhaps I can go here to work some day. :)

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They also have gyms, good for everyone to exercise. :)

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She’s our guide tour for our group. Not bad la, explain a lot of stuffs to us. I managed sneak in a picture hahaha…

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This is the exciting part, but sadly we didn’t get to get in there. This is the testing factory where everything is tested.

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Look they are doing their stuffs inside! Fantastic.

So the tour ended in just 15 minutes or so. Before we left, we took our only class photo of the semester. :)

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Being with you guys are just great, you know, all of you made my days at university much better. :)

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So, after crossing the Penang Channel, back to Perlis where boredom rules. LOL

So far it has been good holiday for me. Hehe I will talk about it later.

God bless you all!

2 comments:

A M said...

hahaha guess what? your "this guy coming out to cheer us and get us all fired up" is my dad!!

Your Humble Servant said...

[AM] LOL! really? hahaha!