By Tan Yi Wern

“There’s no advantage to hurrying through life,” Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Japanese manga series – Naruto, once said.

However, life in university, undeniably, requires us – the students – to come and go in haste. Too often, we preoccupied ourselves with classes to be attended, datelines to be met… and the indefinite list goes on and on. Inadvertently, we have neglected the details surrounding us.

Why not, we slow down our pace, look up, and together we explore some interesting/unusual things in the campus of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).

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Kampar, the rainy city, has its city legend. Though the weather of the city is scarcely predictable – a sudden downpour is rather common – but rumour has it that there would be a downpour in every Wednesday, undoubtedly.

Though white clouds drifting through the blue sky, but, prior to the heavy downpour, it gets covered by the dark clouds either, as though the ups and downs we would encounter in our life.

In spite of this, forget not that dark clouds will indispensably give way to the sunshine.

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Approximately one kilometre away from the campus’ West gate entrance, there is a roundabout, accompanied by a very huge tree at its centre point.

Though it was the school initiative – the construction of the roundabout – to preserve the almost-half-of-a-century-old tree from being felled. However, what was being discussed among students, allegedly, that there is a coffin buried underneath the tree… which filled with the body of a soldier who fought in the Second World War.

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Nonetheless, when wandering around Student Pavilion I, sports equipment can be seen. Not merely one or two, BUT FEW!

This, indeed, makes people wonder that “where is the decency of working out at this spot?”

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Have you ever wonder the true meaning behind these pictures of spiral and eagle?

Mr Christopher Ng, the Senior Manager of Division of Admissions and Credit Evaluation who pasted these pictures at his office located at Heritage Hall, said it was meant to be a warning sign for the birds.

Allegedly when it is day time, the glasses will be reflective, therefore birds will accidentally hit on the glasses and fainted on the spot. To avoid the tragedies from happening repeatedly, Ng decided to do so.

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In the year of 2012, sculptures – a gift presented by UTAR Planning and Development committee advisor, Tan Sri Hew See Tong – of the eminent philosopher from the East and a famous member of the intelligentsia from the West were built right in front of the university’s Heritage Hall.

Indeed, the sculptures are spectacular and the concepts of having two prominent figures – from two completely different contexts – facing each other, in the midst of chess game are interesting indeed.

However, for students, it also demonstrates the metaphor of ‘What was being taught in the class vs. What came out in the final examinations’, indicating the ‘expectation’ and ‘reality’ students often encounter before and after the final examinations.

Anne Frank, one of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust once wrote in her diary that “think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy”. Nevertheless, happiness can be achieved only through the perspective of how we see things.

Sometimes, what we need, is to slow down our pace, take a break, wandering around, get inspired, recharged, and strive for better achievement.

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