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Watt's Monthly Preset

by As'ad and Sofiya

February 2021

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Chinese New Year

The crackling sound of firecrackers, the citrusy smell of mandarin oranges and the bright red colored packets filled with money. These are the most common things found during the Lunar New Year or also known as Chinese New Year. The bright red lanterns are being hung and the air is filled with buzzing excitement to welcome in the Year of the Ox.

Families are eager to get the freshest produce to prepare for reunion dinners, and restaurants are taking down orders for the annual prosperity toss of Yee Sang. Yee Sang is one of the dishes consisting of raw fish decorated with colorful shredded vegetables and variety of sauces/condiments are poured all over it. This is an extremely important dish as it needs to be tossed to bring luck and prosperity.

The aroma of the homemade dishes that your mother or grandmother makes specially this time of the year fills the house. Decorations are being put up around the house, but of course no cleaning is done the day before CNY or the first day of CNY so no wealth is swept away.

On the night before Lunar New Year when families feast on delicious dishes during reunion dinner, the colorful fireworks begin to light up the sky. Laughter can be heard from the houses of families celebrating.

However, this time it’s different. Houses are not as packed; some are separated from their families and miles apart unable to go back home to celebrate the New Year.

Despite this, families continued to celebrate whether far apart or living together making it a reunion to remember. Although we won’t be celebrating as we normally would, we can just make the best out of the worst situation. Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Star of the Month

Hang Jieer

Her life towards helping the community first began when her parents brought her to an orphanage to do some community service. It was then she realized that her purpose in life was to help others. Hang Jieer is in her final year studying Actuarial Science and has an active role as an AIESECER. She has dedicated her life to helping others and AIESEC has played a helping hand in helping her to achieve this.

Other than actively trying to help communities, Jieer is your typical university student who loves to watch dramas, plays guitar and reads books except that she has been a vegetarian for more than 10 years. COVID-19 has taught her, it’s that life is fragile, and we should all live in the moment. Words of wisdom that she has for the readers is: if things are difficult for you, it is not the end, just go through the moment and don’t get sad over little things.

Skipping Stone

Being a university student is hard enough already but being an international university student can be another level of hard. Across the Ocean tells the stories of two international students in Heriot-Watt University Malaysia who let you in on their point-of-view of studying in Malaysia. 

Across the ocean with International HWUM Students

Moe (@allice31)

Raised in Malaysia, Moe (@allice31) is practically a local for living that long here. Having attended kindergarten and primary in Malaysia, Moe finished her high school back in her home country of Myanmar. Currently in Year 1 of IBM with Enterprise, Moe loves being an international student in Malaysia.

The dynamic life culture and meeting people of different cultures has made Moe’s experience as an international student an amazing one. She finds that Malaysia is the best Asia has to offer. Her favorite thing about Malaysia is the variety of food, the people and all the beautiful places that she can visit in just one country.


Having ventured to the Dubai Campus before, Moe has a good learning experience from studying in Heriot Watt and loves the campus in Malaysia. She was quite saddened by the pandemic as she was not able to participate in Go Global.   

Venkat (@venkatt99)

Venkatragavan Rajamani T. (@venkatt99) is a Foundation in Science (Psychology) from Singapore. All the way from Tuwas, plans to pursue in his undergraduate program in MEng Mechanical Engineering. Growing across the strait of Johor, Venkat brings fresh perspectives to the table and enjoys learning from other classmates from other countries.  


One of the reasons why Venkat chose HWUM over other universities is because he wanted to the gain new experience and be part of global community. Having plans to be part of the go-global program to Edinburgh, Scotland. He finds that HWU is the perfect place to be for him to be. Besides that, he enjoys the diversity of the university. Even though all learning is through RBL, students across the world are to connect more than ever including Venkat.

Aspiring to become a future entrepreneur in the aerospace industry, he has bright future and career ahead of him. Venkat is a name that others should keep an eye on. 

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