Internship Experience at Gamuda

If you followed me on Twitter, you’d know how wrecking my internship application process was. Before that, I have to tell you that it is not compulsory for me to do an internship. I just wanted to fill my summer time with some contributing activities after I spent my first year’s summer doing literally, NOTHING. So this year I thought, alright, let’s be a good citizen, Malissa!!!

Okay back to my internship application, it was so hard to secure one because I didn’t do THAT good during my first year. If you know me, if I say I didn’t do good, it means, not good. Because I am not that kind of student, who say they did horribly in the exam and came out with at least A. Nope. If I tell you something’s terrible, you gotta believe me, it really is. Because of my not-to-be-proud-of first year result, I got a clean track record of rejections by the UK companies and Malaysia companies. Up until the very last minute, two corporations and a bank bounce back to me regarding my application. God really listens to prayers, guys :’)

I applied for Gamuda through a career fair held in London by the United Kingdom and Eire Council (UKEC). For your information, this annual event brings several Malaysia companies together in (usually) London, for us overseas students to apply for jobs. I’ve known Gamuda since young because I watched a documentary featuring Gamuda constructing smart tunnel (things my brothers made me watch, people). I am a hopeless person in science stream, so I joined Gamuda Land.

If you think my selection was a walk in the park, umm, you’re wrong. When I handed my resume to HR officer of Gamuda (I can’t tell her name her because she’s really famous among Gamudians), she didn’t receive it pleasantly.

HR: Where are you from again? *while she was reading my two pages resume*

Me: Manchester, mam. The University of Manchester.

HR: Then how come I’ve never seen your face before? You know we did UK universities tour, right?

Me: Yes I know about the tour, I didn’t attend the networking session.

HR: And you expect us to give you a job while you didn’t even attend?

Me: I was occupied with other activity at the same time, mam. I’m sorry I didn’t attend but I really hope you consider me.

And that’s it. My resume was put on a pile of some other hundreds resume. My hope to join Gamuda was deeply buried. I moved on, and one day, I received an email stating I’m welcomed to join 2 months and 1-week internship at Gamuda. I mean, WOW!

Fast forward, skipping my excitement, during induction session, guess who walked in the meeting room? The same Mrs. HR. I was so nervous that I prayed she doesn’t remember me. Well, she asked me the same exact question, “Where are you from again?”. But she was surprisingly sweet and funny. I came to know her better at Gamuda, she’s really a nice person. I deduced it just that during the career fair, it was a complete mess and hectic, that employers became cranky.

I was a part of market research and customer analytics team. I had a small and attentive team. Because I only have one supervisor, one buddy, and one teammate, I get A LOT of attention. I really do!!! I’m tearing up because I miss them already. Some people asked me what did I do there. So I studied property market global trending, data analysis and evaluation, and primary and secondary market research. My tasks are relevant to my degree, so I’m satisfied with my assignments overall.


My small team :))))


I was supposed to end my internship on 8th of September, but I applied for early cessation because I’m going back to Manchester on 17th of September. Such decision happened because my mom texted me asking how can she make an appointment with me :’) Because I am always away. I had 3 months of summer, and I spent 2 months living alone in Damansara. Yes, that kind of daughter I am. And luckily my team is very considerate, they approved my wish to spend more summer time with family.

So on my last day as Gamudian, we had a site visit to tunnel training academy and TwentyFive.7 site (it’s a name of development). I had an enjoyable site visit there because I GOT TO SEE THE REAL TUNNEL BORING MACHINE LIKE OH, MY GOD? Remember I said I knew Gamuda from a smart tunnel documentary? So I got to see the machine in real life! The machine was HUGE, I wish it could fit in a picture frame.

Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM)
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Under the TBM, we had to do Asian squat (cangkung) to be under this machine
The only fellow interns from Gamuda Land, (Reuben is not in the picture)


Inside the safety chamber, a chamber that’s used in emergency cases underground


At TwentyFive.7 site. We were required to put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and I tell you I felt so important wearing this striking yellow vest and that helmet :’D

Even though I have to leave Gamuda early, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my time there. There are some things you just got to sacrifice for your own parents, right? I really really recommend Gamuda for an internship experience because, for my friends and I, we agreed that it was really enriching. If you’re worried about the allowance, I can give you a hint: the allowance is more than what CIMB pays. Also, the vibe at Gamuda is very different. If you’re searching for a more diversified workplace, Gamuda is the place. As you can see from the photos, we have a healthy mix of races in Gamuda.

If you ask me will I come back to Gamuda? Heaven yes!




Internship Experience at Gamuda

Respect & Relationship

Lately, I have been thinking why and how relationships end. Before, I used to think people who break up no longer love each other as strong as they used to do. How many times do we actually hear “I don’t love her/him anymore” as a reason for a breakup? From my experience, none.

After experiencing and witnessing, imo, I ranked respect as top 1 cause of relationship breakdown. And when I say respect, I don’t mean between two persons, but from everyone.

I don’t wanna talk about how a man should respect his woman, or vice versa because that’s cliché and I don’t like stating the obvious. I have to talk about how we respect other’s relationship.

We really like to decide for people, don’t we? I don’t know if that’s how the world is, but at least what I used to do. I didn’t get it why must my best friend be with this guy who I don’t like for no particular reason, I just think, he’s not the one. I didn’t think it hurt her whenever I spoke ill of her boyfriend because I thought I was speaking and wanting the best for her. But who was I to decide?

thought I knew her better and longer. They were together for only 2 years and we have been friends for 5 years. But in that 5 years, my best friend never once treats me the same she does to her boyfriend. No matter how many years I spend time with her, even if we were born right next to each other, I’ll never know her the same as how her boyfriend does. I don’t know her better and longer, I just know her differently than her boyfriend does.

This is the same for your family too. You think you know your sister since she was small, (something that her boyfriend could never do). Well, but surprise! Your sister never once called you baby, or even pours the same love to you as she does to her boyfriend.

It’s not about who’s more than the other, it’s because the nature of ties between friends, siblings, and lovers are all different. And because of this difference, you must respect everyone’s relationship. Because you don’t know everyone as a lover.

Respect & Relationship

Norwegian Wood

It’s been a while since I last wrote book review because I haven’t been able to read materials other than textbooks for a while (sigh). So the next day after I finished my final 2nd-year exam, I picked a book I put down about months ago, Norwegian Wood, by Murakami. This book is his writing that rocketed him to fame and said to be must-read book by Japanese. Odd enough, this wasn’t my first Murakami book, but Sputnik Sweetheart is. And after two books of Murakami, safe to say Sputnik Sweetheart is still my favourite.


First of all, why Norwegian Wood? Norwegian Wood is a song that was always played by one of the characters in this book, named Reiko. Reiko is not even the main role in this book, only appear in the last part of this book.

“Death exists, not as the opposite but as a part of life. Until that time, I had understood death as something entirely separate from and independent of life. The hand of death is bound to take us, I had felt, but until the day it reaches out for us, it leaves us alone. This had seemed to me the simple, logical truth. Life is here, death is over there. I am here, not over there”

This is my favourite quote from the book, that had me thinking how we view death is a different world, in Islam we call it “Barzakh”. That makes us feel separated from death like death is a distant, not something that follows us every day. Every second passed, we are not getting near to a new day or a new month, or a new year, but a new death. Could be ours, could be others. I grasped the idea that Murakami was trying to convey that death is a part of life. This book has a total five deaths overall as if one is not depressing enough? But as you go down the pages, even you feel death is nothing just a new chapter in this book, or in your life if you can relate.

Another theme Murakami was venturing was sex. It’s not common to find a book that portrays sex could be a tiring thing, sex is always overrated to be steamed and heated process that sparks intimacy. But Murakami did both in this book, he explains quite accurately how sex without meaning, the kind you had with a one-night-stand girl, it eventually wears out its own excitement. No matter how amazing your sex partner, if no purpose lies with you and the person on the bed, you achieve nothing but climax. And how sex without penetration but when it comes to a right girl, it sticks to Toru’s (the main role) mind. I always thought the same thing, how sex is so exaggerated.

Death and sex are two main themes in this book and I find it amazing how Murakami relates the unrelated.

Norwegian Wood