Tales of Taylorians – Part 2

[By Grace Loh & Aaron Lim]

Have you ever seen some striking faces and curious personalities around the hallways of Taylor’s University, and wondered fleetingly what their stories are? We know we have.  Sometimes it takes a smile and a simple greeting that could lead you to a long-time friendship, or even a memorable, funny story to tell at the dinner table. Whichever it is, we’re sure that with our second instalment of Tales of Taylorians, you’ll be amused.



“Could you share with us a happy memory you’ve had?”

“I travel to college back and forth using the train. While I’m commuting, I like to people-watch, seeing different types of characters, observing how strangers interact with each other. It keeps me going, makes my train rides less mundane. It has become quite a habit as well. You know yourself. You know your friends. But seeing how other people relate with each other, especially with a group of people they don’t know, it’s a breath of fresh air. It fascinates me.”

“What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen on the train?”

“Once there was an old man that came in and sat at the corner of the train and he started peeing in his seat. His pee ended up trickling down the train floors. No one dared approach him to tell him off so people started shifting to the other coach and just left him there. It was really gross, but for the most part, tragic because he probably was not in a good mental state and really didn’t deserve that.”




“What was the happiest moment in your life?”

“One of my happiest memories was when my youngest sister was born. At that point, I was old enough to understand that a new baby meant a new life. I felt it was such a beautiful moment.”

“If you could give your baby sister one piece of advice in life, what would it be?”

“I guess be free. Feel freedom in whatever you want to do; just do it. Sometimes I’ve been scared in my life to take some action. Not that I’m struggling now but I wish when I was younger I had someone give me such advice. Just to be free and not think what others have to say.”





“Could you share something with us from your childhood?”

“I’m afraid of death so when I was younger that somehow caused me to be afraid of heights. Like I used to feel so weak just being on the third floor of a building. I remember back in the day when Berjaya Times Square had these stairs that had transparent sides – I totally flipped out over them, repeatedly telling myself I was going to die. I think now I’ve gotten over my fear though.”

“How did you overcome that fear?”

“As a guy, sometimes you just got to man-up.”






“You like wearing fedoras?”

“Yeah, I have been wearing them for 2-3 years now. It’s a personal fashion sense. I watch this TV series called Mad Men, so I kind of picked up that style from there. I’m usually influenced by a lot of television series and movies.”

“What would be one that influences you the most?”

“I like Breaking Bad a lot.”

“Doesn’t the main character wear a fedora as well?”

“Yeah he does. I guess potentially any show where the characters wear fedoras is an influence to me.”





“What was growing up like?”

“I grew up with three older brothers so I was into comics like Superman and Spiderman as much as they were. No one was there to play Barbie dolls with me. So I just did whatever they did. I was pretty much a tomboy growing up.”

“You must be really close with them?”

“Yeah, I am. Funny thing is none of us look alike so whenever we meet people, they would mistake me as one of my brothers’ girlfriend.”

“Do you get that a lot?”

“Always. I think because I always have a habit of holding their hands.”




“How do you like it here in Malaysia?”

“I’ve been in Malaysia for two years now. When I first came here it was totally different from what I expected. I expected it to be somehow like Saudi Arabia. You know how it is there. Students just don’t get this kind of freedom there. I wasn’t keen to come here at first but now I think it’s a cool place. Since my two-year stay here, I’ve travelled a lot as well. I’ve been to Amsterdam, Japan and Australia. I can say that these are the best moments I’ve had and being here has given me the opportunity to go around the world. That’s what I want, go see different things and visit different places. ”

By ETC. Magazine

ETC. Online is the Taylor’s University online campus magazine, entirely operated by students of Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus. The ETC. online magazine is an offshoot of ETC. Magazine, a club run by TULC students and supported by the university.

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