20 March 2016

Shakespeare in the making??

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Hello dear bumblebees!

In the previous class, our lecturer, the very fabulous Madam Fiza had asked us to post a self-portrait drawn by ourselves so that our readers can have an idea on how we looked like.

But since both Tasha and I would rather burn someone’s car instead of posting two incredible, beautiful (uhuk-uhuk) drawings of ourselves, we rather post these poems instead to let you guys know a bit of ourselves.

Don’t judge okay!


Gosh, where do I start?
I’m horrible at writing, I prefer theatrical acting.
I like pinks I like black, those two colours represent me best.
I am a city girl who loves the outdoors, my dream is to see the world more.
My spirit animals are Unicorns and Gordon Ramsey,
I have a slight obsession with all things pretty.
I can be annoying, confident and bitchy, yup that’s me.
But I still cry every time Jack dies leaving Rose behind.
Unlucky in love unfortunately, I built a wall around me.
I am a handful but trust me, you’ll never get bored of me.

- Zaty -

 I am,,,

I am a Girl,
I am a Person.
I am a Human,
Why can’t you see?

I am here,
I am waiting,
I am searching,
For something real.

Our International Friend :3


Hellooooo everyone! Assalamualaikum and good day to all of you beautiful people :D

Just want to let you know that we just went out with our international friend the other day, and it was so much fun! hihi

Here's us being awesome :P

Wanna know how it went?

Well, we pretty much just talked, talked and talked for hours, rambling about everything from the weather, food, Izzati’s flying motorcycle incident (don’t ask), course work and so much more.

I guess that’s what girls do lol

It’s very interesting though, knowing about the cultures and lifestyle of the people who live at the other side of the world.

It helps us to open up our minds to the bigger world out there.

Anyway, while we were chatting with Reema during our short outing, we managed to ask her a little bit about her experience in Malaysia so far.

She told us that she really love it here, all of the people are friendly and welcoming, and that she does not have any major problems aside from the hot weather.

This got us wondering about the differences between the culture in her country and in Malaysia, so we asked her.

According to Reema, there are not that many differences in terms of people’s behaviour or the environment as both, in Yemen and in IIUM, the Islamic environment is present. Thus, it is somehow similar.

IIUM Mosque

However, she did mentioned about the clothes, the interactions between boys and girls and most importantly, the food.

In Yemen, it is actually compulsory for women to wear Abaya every time they went out, and most women cover their faces. But in Malaysia, Reema said the dress code is much more lenient.

About the food on the other hand, she was so fascinated by the fact that Malaysians eat rice for like, three times a day. According to her, people in Yemen don’t really eat rice that much as their daily food is usually bread.

After talking for a while, we moved on to a slightly heavier issue which is about the culture of man and woman in both countries. Reema told us that in Yemen, the interactions between the opposite genders are strictly guarded. People don’t really talk to the opposite gender unless it’s necessary. 

This has the upsides, and the downsides.

The upside of it is that, the limitations or boundaries between man and woman are highly protected. Nevertheless, this is bad in a sense that the opposite gender becomes veerrryyyyy ‘alien’ to each other. Reema said that it is because of those restrictions that the guys in Yemen are considered as ‘dangerous’.


Because they hardly get to see any girls, like, ever. Thus, once they saw one, they are so… interested in them…but not in a good way, if you know what I mean.

In Malaysia, however, the culture is totally different.

She told us that she was a bit shocked seeing how the interactions between man and woman are in Malaysia, specifically IIUM. According to her, even though it is still guarded, the interactions are much much more unrestricted here.

Since she came from a foreign country and people can clearly see that she’s not from here, we were interested to know whether she had any experience of being prejudiced or discriminated here.

Again, due to the Islamic environment in IIUM, she claimed that those kinds of bad experience have never really happened to her so far, so Alhamdulillah :D

There are actually a loottttt more that we talked about the other day, but most of it was just some random and girly stuff. It's nice to find a new friend of the same gender but from a completely different background, got a lot more to talk about, hihi. 

Well, that’s basically it for now. Quite interesting isn’t it, hmm..

Don’t worry, we sure will update you guys more on this if we were to meet her again later :D

 Thank you so much for reading and don’t forget to come back! 

19 March 2016


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Assalamuaikum and hi everyone!

How is everybody doing? Good? Of course you are, glad to know that :3

First and foremost, we’re very sorry for not posting anything for a while, been quite busy lately :/

But now we’re back ladiessss! Oh, and gentlemen ;)

Anywaysss, let’s move on to today’s topic shall we
We actually have quite an exciting news to tell you guys.

Are you ready????

Here goes *Drum rolls please*



Wanna see how she looks like? hehe. Here she is...

Presenting Reema Yacoob, tadaaaa!

She’s a first year student from CELPAD (in IIUM) but she told us that she’s considering to switch to our course, which is ENCOM.

 We might actually become classmates one day, how fun is that? :D

We think that it’s always fun to have new friends from different countries around, it gives us that extra colours and diversity in our lives. We can actually learn a lot from them, hihi :3

Okay, a little bit about our new friend here....

Reema came from Yemen and she’s the same age as both of us; Sweet 21 y’alls ;)

Before studying in IIUM, she studied for a bit in her home country and took architecture for a year (which explains why she’s the same age as both of us even though she’s in her first year).

However, because of some health issues, she had to change her course and decided that she wanted to start all over again in Malaysia.

What’s interesting is that she actually came here as a tourist at first and she was so fascinated by the cultures, food and environment in Malaysia, so she decided to further her studies here. 

I guess Malaysia isn’t so bad after all :P

We are super excited to know more about her and find out about her views on Malaysia so far. It would be interesting to get to know the cultures in her country too!

Well, as sad as it is, that’s all we got for now. Hope you enjoyed reading and don’t forget to come back for more. See you in the next post! *winks*

5 March 2016

Stereotypes? Prejudice?

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Assalamualaikum Guys! 

How are you awesome peeps doing? I bet you’re doing great :D

Sooooo... today we would like to share about something that is highly relevant in today’s world with multicultural and multi-ethnic relations which are stereotypes and prejudice. What are those?

Well for starters, stereotype is related to a generalized perceptions towards other people. 

For example, I bet its common for us to say stuff like “all Chinese looks the same”, “all Malays are lazy”, oopss. hihihii (but that's not true okay :P)

Well yeah, that’s what a stereotype means. But, of course, just like a cool lecturer of ours said once upon a time, 

“all of us needs a certain way to perceive the world or otherwise we cannot perceive the world”.

However, generalizing people based on the group that they belong to is not right okay.
(My angry face)

Now, how about prejudice?

Hemm, it refers to the judgements that you made about certain people before even knowing them. It could be either good or bad. 

Personally, I think that everyone have had certain prejudice on certain people at one point of their lives (or maybe that’s just a stereotype that I have).

Well, for me, one thing that I’ve noticed is that I tend to have a bad impression or prejudice towards guys who smoke. Because to me, well, obviously, if you don’t care enough to not try to kill yourself and the people around you then why would I even bother looking at you? (Err, it’s a bit harsh I know, but it’s the truth).

However, when I get closer to those guys, I can actually see that most of the time, they smoke for certain reasons, not just for fun.

Of course, it is almost normal for people to judge other people or have certain prejudice towards them because of the way they behave, the clothes they wear or the people they’re close with, but that does not mean that it is a right thing to do.

We should always try to open up our minds and look at other people positively at all times!

Okay, that’s it for now. Hope you had a great time reading. Don’t forget to come back for more!

18 February 2016

Words words words !

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Assalamualaikum and hey bumble bees! :D
p.s that’s what we decided to call you guys, ain’t it cute?!

So anyway, today we wanna share about this quote right here

“People often don’t say what they mean and
they often don’t mean what they say”

Interesting, but quite confusing right? Don’t worry, we had to read it a few times while doing our thinking face to understand it too.

When I think I finally understand this quote, the first thing that pops into my mind is how society these days, tends to blurt out things without thinking it through while some don’t say what’s in their heart for maybe afraid of being judged.

The easiest example I can give is something that I realised are happening more frequently not just in my culture but others as well:

“I love you”

How many times have you seen new couples who just started seeing each other a few times but already blurting out the L word?
Barely knowing each other, both threw the love word around without really meant it and when things start to go south, hearts are broken and suddenly you don’t believe in love anymore.

Now how about people who don’t express their feelings to their love ones? Now I’m not talking about “secretly been in love with your best friend for 8 years, but too scared to tell him (cue Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me”)

No, I’m talking about anyone who doesn’t tell their family or friends how much they care about them because they think that actions speak louder than words.

Well sometimes, expressing your love for someone could help them to be a little bit stronger to face the challenges in life. It may mean nothing to you, but it could mean the world to that person :)
Oh I think I might have rambled a bit too much today hahaha, but anyway what I’m trying to say is that, think before you say something. Don’t just blurt it out cause once it’s out, the damage is done and you can’t do anything to take it back.

On the other hand, if you have been holding in something for a while, just say it. Don’t think about what might happen, just say it. Even if things don’t turn out how you wanted it to be, at least you’ve tried right? And trust me, you will feel a huge box being lifted from your chest.

Okay, that's all we have for now. Hope you enjoyed it and stay tuned for more! :D

17 February 2016

The story of an iPhone 6

Assalamualaikum and Hi everyone! 

Today, we like to share with you guys something about P.E.R.C.E.P.T.I.O.N
But first, let’s take a walk down memory lane shall we~


Rich friend: *takes out new, shiny, space gray iPhone 6*

Me: Woahhh, is that the new iPhone 6? How much is it?

Rich friend: Around RM3000 (completely poker face)

Me: RM3000?!!

Friend: Yeah, why?

Me: Umm…nothing
(Inner demon monologue: Hmph! Snobby, arrogant, spoil brat…murmurmurmur)

*End of flashback*

So, what do you think about my little flashback just now? Does it sound like my friend there was showing off or was I just being too judgemental? Here boys and girls, is what we called PERCEPTIONS.

Perception shapes our behaviour, acceptance and tolerance to those who are different from us and according to Pillegrino Riccarrdi (funny guy / amazing cross-cultural expert), misperception happens when we jump into negative conclusions when we don’t understand people from other culture.

Rewind to what happen between me and my friend:

My friend doesn’t see the big deal about how expensive her phone was thus I immediately think she is a spoil rich girl. However, after getting to know her, I found out her family was well off thus these luxuries (to some people) is very common in her family. Turns out, she’s very humble and down to earth!

Based on this situation, we can conclude that

“We must never criticize something we don’t understand”
        - Riccarrdi

Instead, we must try to apprehend different cultures and backgrounds in order to build a positive perception.

Well, that’s all we have to share for now and we hope to see you guys in our next post!
Thanks for reading!

If you’re interested to know more, check out this link below

The Ladybirds

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Assalamualaikum and hi everyone!

Welcome to

Bitten by the Culture Bug 

Co-written by Zaty and Tasha, two awesomely fabulous young adults who look like they still belong in high school, but instead are currently pursuing a degree at International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). 

We’re both 21 years old and are majoring in English for International Communication. Most of our classes revolved around the relationship between language and culture, thus we began to become deeply fascinated with the diversity in culture and how interesting it is to discover the world through the perspective of people from different background.

Diversity in culture is meant to be celebrated not rejected because that’s what make the world a whole lot more interesting to explore! It is different qualities that make you special, not similarities!

We are very excited to share with you guys our journey of discovery and we hope you are too! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section and we hope to see you at our next post!