Saturday, November 29, 2008


One to three and finally...

Last Thursday I had my final SPM paper. Hurray.

Anyway, I am kind of scared of the results. However, I will try to busy myself with fulfilling activities.

So yesterday I walked into a children's clothing store. Applied for a part-time job and got it on the spot. I start today.

The pay's not that bad; especially considering I've had no experience and I'm just fresh out of school.

My mom laughed, in fact everybody laughed when they fond out I applied for a job at a children's apparel store. Guess they thought that I would never in a million years stand in a children's store and work there.

There is a shred of truth there. Since I didn't get Borders, I decided I'd try anything else that's going to give me the experience I need. Besides, I'd get an hour break and it's only half a day except for overtime shifts. Considering that, not bad at all.

Now I better get going. Don't want to be late on my first day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Freedom with a price

The sands in the hourglass is turning by the minute...


This Thursday shall be the day I will sit for the last subject for my SPM. It's unbelievable how fast the year had gone by.

To be quite honest, I'm worried about how my results will turn out. It's rather frightening. Physics was better for me than Bio and Chem. History... so and so... Additional Mathematics... umm let's hope for an A shall we? The others... quite okay.

After this, it's the anxious wait for the final results of SPM.

Come Friday, I plan to go job-hunting.

The usual time for SPM school leavers to find something to do as well as earn money for it I suppose.

What I really found interesting is that most of the Form 4 final paper at SMDU is almost similar to the SPM paper, especially science papers. It's mind-boggling.

And yeah.. I'm sorry but I'll have to thank my tutor Mr. Subra for coming over to give me a last minute fresher course on Physics. It proved to be rather useful.

Now I have to leave to get a head start on practicing my beloved piano.



This is a dedication to all my loved ones who have experienced a huge loss recently.

May Allah bless these souls and put them among the 'ahli syurga'.

1. My uncle's father who had passed away this morning.

2. My friend's father who passed away on the morning of Saturday, 21st November 2008.

May my brothers in sisters in Islam dedicate al-Fatihah for those who have gone from us.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

All About Studies ~maybe a little of HSM3

A thought bunny jumped at the last minute...

Really... it happened to me. I've been feeling rather moody and out of sorts this week. This might be the main contributor to why I have not been updating regularly for the past few days -make that a week. If you think I'm lazy.. that might be closer to the truth than I am willing to admit.

I found that studying outside in the evening when no one is around is the best way to enjoy my biology textbook. That, and having Sakuraneko-chan playing in the background.

It's quite cool and comfy at 6 p.m. outside so it's a good time to sit on the makeshift bench outside to properly absorb the text. At least then there will be less temptations and distractions.

Did I tell you about the High School Musical on the big screen? I think not.

My mother thought it was the best out of the three. I'm inclined to agree with her. Before you ask, my mother was there as there were 7 young cousins that I had to look after. At least she took care of two of the younger ones. I get to take care of the slightly older ones. The downside of it is that I used up my savings from the money/gifts my relatives have given me to pay for their tickets. Trust me... if I hadn't made the order online for a morning screening, I wouldn't have had the early-bird discount.

On another stressing news; I am currently going on a scholarship/sponsorship hunting spree. I'm open to options. I'm not averse to taking up IB diploma programme if I'm unable to secure CAL A-Levels. STPM is the last resort as is Matriculation.

Hence, I am signing out now so that I may concentrate on swallowing my History textbook.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Enneagram Test

Your result for The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test...

8 - the Asserter

Thanks for taking the test !

you chose AY - your Enneagram type is EIGHT (aka "The Challenger").

"I must be strong"

Asserters are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Stand up for yourself... and me.

  • Be confident, strong, and direct.

  • Don't gossip about me or betray my trust.

  • Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender,
    vulnerable side.

  • Give me space to be alone.

  • Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don't flatter me.

  • I often speak in an assertive way. Don't automatically assume it's
    a personal attack.

  • When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember that's just
    the way I am.

What I Like About Being a EIGHT

  • being independent and self-reliant

  • being able to take charge and meet challenges head on

  • being courageous, straightforward, and honest

  • getting all the enjoyment I can out of life

  • supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me

  • upholding just causes

What's Hard About Being a EIGHT

  • overwhelming people with my bluntness; scaring them away when I don't intend to

  • being restless and impatient with others' incompetence

  • sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it

  • never forgetting injuries or injustices

  • putting too much pressure on myself

  • getting high blood pressure when people don't obey the rules or when
    things don't go right

EIGHTs as Children Often

  • are independent; have an inner strength and a fighting spirit

  • are sometimes loners

  • seize control so they won't be controlled

  • fugure out others' weaknesses

  • attack verbally or physically when provoked

  • take charge in the family because they perceive themselves as the strongest, or grow up in difficult or abusive surroundings

EIGHTs as Parents

  • are often loyal, caring, involved, and devoted

  • are sometimes overprotective

  • can be demanding, controlling, and rigid

Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy

Discover the 9 Types of People

SanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages

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  • Friday, October 17, 2008

    Again and again and again...

    Will it ever end...

    Mom's at it again. She's been debt-ridden all year. Ever since dad quit his job so suddenly and dropped the bombshell on us -unprepared, by the way, we've had to listen to mom's complaints and woes.

    Today is one of those days. I had hoped we would have a happy family after we moved to a new place, you know, start anew. It doesn't seem to be so. I offered to work part-time at the local pharmacy, doing clerical work or cashier but I'm not allowed. I'm of age, ya know. The legal age to work here is around 17 or 18.

    Now she's lecturing my dad and he, as usual is turning a deaf ear. Only that I hoped he would at least listen and do something about it.

    My parents keep on telling me about one another, complaining about each other. My ears are getting itchy. I know I shouldn't involve myself with their business but they dragged me into this problems. What can I do but listen and sometimes despair? Even my school cousellor had noticed by change of attitude and sullenness. Am I that obvious?

    Let me go now and mope for all I care.

    Friday, October 10, 2008

    Graduation Day


    This is dedicated to my fellow Form 5's of SMK Damansara Utama. Remember that we sang this as our graduation song this morning to the melody played by the school orchestra? Lots of tears and hugs...

    And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives
    Where we're gonna be when we turn 25
    I keep thinking times will never change
    Keep on thinking things will always be the same
    But when we leave this year we won't be coming back
    No more hanging out cause we're on a different track
    And if you got something that you need to say
    You better say it right now cause you don't have another day
    Cause we're moving on and we can't slow down
    These memories are playing like a film without sound
    And I keep thinking of the night in June
    I Didn't know much of love, but it came too soon
    And There was me and you, and then it got real blue
    Stay at home talkin' on the telephone and
    We would get so excited, we'd get so scared
    Laughing at our selves thinking life's not fair
    And this is how it feels

    As we go on, we remember
    All the times we had together
    And as our lives change, from whatever
    We will still be, friends forever

    So if we get the big jobs and we make the big money
    When we look back now, will that joke still be funny?
    Will we still remember everything we learned in school?
    Still be trying to break every single rule
    Will little brainy Bobby be the stockbroker man?
    Can Heather find a job that won't interfere with her tan?
    I keep, I keep thinking that it's not goodbye
    Keep on thinking it's a time to fly
    And this is how it feels

    Repeat chorus

    La, la, la, la; yeah, yeah, yeah
    La, la, la, la, we will still be friends forever

    Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now?
    Can we survive it out there? Can we make it somehow?
    I guess I thought that this would never end
    And suddenly it's like we're women and men
    Will the past be a shadow that will follow us round?
    Will these memories fade when I leave this town
    I keep, I keep thinking that it's not goodbye
    Keep on thinking it's a time to fly

    Repeat chorus 3x

    Vitamin C - Graduation Song (Friends Forever)

    This morning, I wore my crisp white shirt and black dress pants. I seriously considered wearing my pink 'baju kurung' which was incidentally the same colour of the dress shirt my beau decided to wear this morning with his red tie. I should've worm the pink 'baju kurung'. We'd match then.

    I arrived at school at around 7.15 am. When we arrived, everyone was getting ready. Some girls were in the toilet putting final touches before the ceremony, me included. I wasn't about going to put any mascara or the sort. Just to emphasize my lip balm -succulent taste, by the way.

    When I got to the assembly area, people were already putting on their robes. I quickly put away my bag and went around asking friends for safety pins to spare. I managed to put on my robe and class code with a little bit of help.

    Even before the ceremony, people were already starting to take pictures. Our teachers had to tell us to sit down and calm down. Heh, I promptly did as told anyway.

    The whole ceremony was short and sweet. I particularly liked the Head Prefect's speech. Funny, bittersweet, cute, short, nice and all the right stuff. Even the Senior Principal's address was not bad. Then we all received our scrolls (Believe me when I say funny things happened during this time.. This was followed by awards for 100% attendence and best student for each course (Science, Arts/Social Science).

    After that, we sang the graduation song followed by Peterpan's Mungkin Nanti to the melody played by the school orchestra. Then we sang the school anthem. I have never heard my fellow form 5 students sing that loud since form 1. I guess we all have already missed normal school life and that the song has sentimental value.

    Finally, the ceremony ended. Photographs were taken and tears were shed. I hugged some of my teachers. Took pictured with them. I cried when I hugged my former Malay Language teacher, Pn Zaiton. I guess I love my teachers, especially her, more than I thought.

    After that, we went for some small feast. Then the picture-taking frenzy continued after we had returned our robes.

    At around 12.30 pm, my dad arrived and I got home.

    Well... that's about it! The written and compressed version of Graduation Day. I hope that we could all stay in touch and never lose sight of the friendship and good times we have shared. Finally, good luck and all the best to my fellow DUrians! Let's live up to our reputation and give stellar academic performance.

    Thursday, October 9, 2008

    Just about tertiary education

    Life can bring surprisingly good spring rolls...

    This morning, my class was one of the chosen classes to go on a trip to Kelana Jaya for the Education fair. Needless to say, it was fun.

    In fact, I met my primary school teacher whom I greatly admire. We were quite close. She was the teacher advisor when I was president of the Environmental Club in Primary 6. We had a chat about our current doings and future prospects as well as my performance in school (that was her part. I was quite embarrassed to tell her.)

    Anyway, I went through a lot of colleges and local as well as international institutions. Let's put it this way, I'm confident that I want to major in English and Linguistics and minor in other languages. In order to do that, I would have to pursue a Foundation in Arts or A-Levels or equivalent. Quite a huge leap from the current Science subjects I'm currently taking right now.

    After going through so many institutions, I finally narrowed it down to UCSI, Curtin and New Zealand Universities. UCSI offers English and Communication degree (3 years) after undertaking a Foundation in Arts (1 year) at any UCSI campus which is locally situated. Curtin is in Australia. I'm not so sure about going to Australia to further my studies ... it all depends on whether I will be financially able or not. As for New Zealand universities, I could probably snag a scholarship if I am able to ace all of the subjects I am currently taking in SPM (10 subjects). Foundation studies is in New Zealand, but I could take pre-U courses instead (i.e. SAM, A-Levels) if I wanted to.

    If that doesn't work out, I might just be able to study Electrical and Electronics Engineering at UNITEN (Universiti Tenaga). If I get very good results, I should be able to secure a scholarship from Tenaga Nasional in some form. When that happens, less financial burden would be placed on my parents. Besides, when I'm a graduat of UNITEN, I would get an opportunity to work with Tenaga Nasional Bhd. or with UNITEN itself.

    On another note, I was thinking of setting up an account with SSPN just in case I need to apply for a study loan. I need to go to BSN and apply. An RM 500 minimum savings is a must.

    Besides that, I was also thinking of buying a PIN number from my school counsellor to apply for diploma programs after SPM. This is just for back-up purposes only. We can never be too careful.

    Now, without futher ado, I shall excuse myself for a long-needed rest and relaxation. Tomorrow is Graduation Day! I'm graduating High School! I can't believe it's already been five years since Primary 6.

    Later, I need to drop by the pharmacy to buy things as well as something for my cat's eye.


    Tuesday, October 7, 2008


    There's always a first time...

    This year, we celebrated the first day of Eid at home. Believe me, it's very boring. We ended up sleeping by the time it was three in the afternoon.

    My family and I made for my mom's hometown in Muar, Johor the next day. My grandmother didn't show it but secretly, I think she was quite glad we visited her. Anyway, we were ensured a full and tiring schedule. Visiting relatives after a year of estrangement would surely spark lengthy conversations.

    In the meantime, my aunt went to a wedding which turned into a funeral when the young lady who was supposed to get married died instead. Turns out, she had a hole in her heart which went undetected.

    The day after, I visited my grandma's cousin. She's part Chinese and I saw a few newspapers in the language within the compound. Did I mention that the husband sells used cars. Some of them are cool and awesome.

    We also visited my aunt' mother. She suffered from stroke so she had been unable to take care of herself. She cried when she saw so many people visiting her.

    Then at around 8pm, after a meal of 'bee hoon sup', we left for home. My grandmother looked at me and asked, 'Are you really going home so soon?'. I was rendered speechless. Really.. I didn't know how to respond to that. Of course, it was entirely up to my parents. I looked at her apologetically and whispered a yes.

    We arrived home at around 11pm. Then we received news that one of my uncle's mother-in-law had passed away. God bless her soul.

    Sunday, we had an open house. Yes... eat all you can. I made shepherd's pie. My sister made brownies. My mom made asam laksa/mee rebus fusion and Nasi Lemak. I also made the highly popular sirap selaseh with kasturi lime.

    None of my friends were there... I wasn't able to contact them. My sister's friends, on the other hand managed to make it. The brownies were a huge hit. So did the pie and sirap selaseh.

    That night, we topped it off with a visit to our neighbour living across the street. We ate and talked all night until it was 10pm. I was so tired but my parents were still in the mood for talking. I think they thought that the children must be tired for they decided to take leave.

    So that's it! Nothing special but meaningful nonetheless. Sure surprises pop in every now and then .. (i.e. death) but I still think Eid is a day to be cherished.
    The next few days will be memorable...

    Hurray! Friday's THE day. Graduation day. It feels melancholic but at the same time, it marks the beginning of a new journey.

    I know that graduating from high school is a huge deal. Some are unfortunate to be unable to finish their secondary education. I consider myself blessed and lucky to be able to continue to further my knowledge in the fields I love and cherish.

    Well, now that we've come to that... The rehearsals, robe fitting will be held tomorrow. The only things that mars all of this is the fact that my bestie is not going to the graduation ceremony. Too lazy, according to her.

    Anyway, there will be a trip to Kelana Jaya this Thursday. There's this tertiary education convention with all the prestigous institutions taking part. It'll be exciting for sure. My only hope would be that the participants won't be MIA on that day. Otherwise, trip's cancelled. It's a chance of a lifetime!

    As a side note, I'd like to announce that I have created a website with the sole purpose of publishing my fiction works -including school essays. You may visit to see for yourself.

    To remind all blog readers, SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) examinations is just around the corner. In about a month or less.. to be precise, 11th of November, the SPM examinations will begin. Let us do our very best and pass with flying colours. Besides, for SMKDU student, you all have about a week excluding Friday next week off since PMR students are sitting for their public exam. So use the time wisely. I'd even go so far as to extend this advice to myself for I believe I hardly follow my own advice.

    That's it for now. Ganbatte ne!

    Sunday, September 28, 2008

    Choice and Consequence

    Everybody likes to go their own way—to choose their own time and manner of devotion.
    Jane Austen (1775-1817)

    I probably should add this too:

    I've put my trust in you
    Pushed as far as I can go
    For all this
    There’s only one thing you should know
    I tried so hard
    And got so far
    But in the end
    It doesn’t even matter

    - Linkin Park, In The End

    Anyway, it's been about 3 days since I last posted an entry. I've been busy. The last paper, Biology (written practical) aka Paper 3 was on Friday. I really don't have time to blog when my grades are at stake.

    Since the trials have finally ended and I have about a month before the real SPM exams, I thought I should at least make an effort to appease my muse.

    Right... Back to business. Next Tuesday is the Eidul Fitr. My sister's birthday is the day after. We'll be going to mom's hometown to visit my grandma and the day after, her eldest brother. It's gonna be a brief visit, especially with a cat of my own and two other cats belonging to my neighbour who is also my uncle to take care of.

    I personally think that the world according to moi is turning Topsy-turvy. The Lailatulqadr was on the night of 27th September. I missed it. Don't blame me... blame my friggin hormones.

    Indeed... it is only a week of school break; 9 days to be exact. But once school reopens, it'll be less than a week until SPM. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking of it. So now, I found myself sticking my nose in my History textbook trying to memorize every single detail to be able to score an 'A'.

    Perhaps I should pay attention to my science subjects. I didn't seem to be paying the attention I should have poured onto these subjects. I'm borderline bored about having to memorize chemical reactions and properties and the salts. It's not like I don't like Chemistry, it's just that I'm bored of taking exams. My life so far has somewhat been about acing exams year after year. It does get to you... honest.

    So let me see... how does this relate to that Linkin Park song at the beginning of today's post? Simple; I find that it doesn't matter what people say. I would still go my own path. I will be me and not a person I am dictated to be. I am capable of making my own decisions. So I will strive for that success.

    That's it for today. I'm off to watch a repeat of Supernatural.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2008


    I've never been so tired before...

    Physics and Chemistry papers are done for now. Tomorrow is purely Mathematics -modern maths. I hope I won't make as much careless mistake as I'm prone to do during exams.

    Ramadhan will be over in about 5 days. I'm thinking that SPM will follow very soon after. It's only a month until the dreaded SPM.

    Anyway, graduation is on the 10th of October. It's a senior affair. Fair enough. I'm not going to the senior prom. Tickets cost about $120-$150. I don't have that much money. SO I'm going to settle on hanging out at home, playing with sakura-neko and improving my skills on the piano.

    The recent trials had me miserable enough. I got 6A, 3C and 1D. It's very bad. I have to pull my grades up if I'm ever going to get any scholarship after SPM for further studies.

    On the other hand, I have one less thing to worry. The renovations that my house has been going under is almost complete. Cabinets are in, lighting's done, paint jobs are finished. Just exterior painting and timbre decking is all that is left.

    In a few hours, my physics tutor is coming in. Dad has asked me to prepare chicken curry for breaking of fast. Let's see... 7.11 pm is the breaking of fast and 6.30 pm is the time I finish my tuition class. You think I might have enough time? I hope so.

    Thursday, September 18, 2008


    Nobody said it was going to be easy...

    Really... I mean, since when trials have ever been easy. Today I sat for Biology Paper 2 and Paper 1. Paper 1 was multiple choice so I think I did okay... I hope.

    Paper 2 ... can you tell me what they mean when they show you a polypeptide chain and ask about process Y? What is the process which breaks down polypeptides? I can't remember... I'll look it up later in my textbook. The essay section was quite okay.. I mean inheritance, variation was okay... kind of. Here's the kicker.. I totally forgot that humans have 23 chromosomes only! Chromosome 23 are the sex chromosomes, X and Y. I didn't know what came over me. At least I might get the 2nd subsection right.

    Anyway.. I'm having Chemistry papers 1 and 2 tomorrow. Physics is on the day after tomorrow. I'm trying to remember all industry processes and salts properties as well as structures of carbon compounds and everything that has to do with chemistry. I hope I won't forget how to calculate tomorrow as I often do during exams... I seem to experience temporary memory loss during exams.. Just so convenient..

    I'm getting started on Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. The book seems quite foreboding considering the typeset and paragraphing. Mind you... I borrowed a thrift edition from my aunt. In fact, I always prefer to buy thrift edition of classics.

    Just so you know, I expect to have slow progress with the book seeing as I have a week full of Pure Science and Maths to look up to. Yay me :(

    But still... I did pick Pure Science.. so I have to deal with my choice. That means I have to study now.. and this means I have to say bye bye.

    I'll talk about the book when I've finished it.

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008


    I am so in trouble.

    I did not study for the trials.. in fact, I couldn't even concentrate during the exams itself. How do I expect to get distiction if I couldn't do that?

    So.. I'll be busy getting ready for Thursday's Biology essay, construct and multiple choice papers, that is, paper 1 and 2. Paper 3-practical will be on Thursday next week. I'm going to nail Bio paper once and for all. I CAN do it, I just need to put a lot more effort into my studies. Lately I have been slacking off like you won't believe an SPM candidate will ever do. In the end, I learnt my lesson.. If I don't study, I'll just get a credit. I want a high distinction, not just credit because that's just who I am.

    I wonder when I turned from a demanding perfectionist into a slacker. I gotta wake up.

    Anyway, Sakura neko-chan pooed on my brother's bed last night. She did it again! Yesterday morning, she pooed on my aunt's sofa. She's lucky it's leather. As punishment for soiling my brother's bed and leaving a VERY long-lasting odour, Sakura is to stay outside for the whole week until she is potty-trained -properly.

    My Physics tutor is coming at 4.30 this evening and my sister only lets me use the laptop for a lousy 45 minutes so this is it.

    Maybe I'll have time sometime tonight since tomorrow is a public holiday.

    Monday, September 15, 2008

    Vauge Rememberance

    Here's a kicker... I missed school today. Actually kinda skipped it. I slept in, didn't want to wake up at all. Can you imagine having to be ready by 6.30 am for school? I slept at around 12 am. Assembly starts at 7.15 am and the final call at 7.20. We go to class at about 7.30 am and school ends at 1.05 pm. But since it's the fasting month, we get to go home at 12.30p.m. The Ministry of Education had set the duration for us.

    Wednesday is a Public Holiday! Yay! Yet I still have to prepare my CV, Referral letter and copies of certificates and accolades I have accumulated in the past two years for scholarships application. I'm planning to major in Language and Linguistics. My mom is dead set against it. She wants me to major in science or even better, medicine. I don't know.

    I'm thinking of researching the current market demand to see which one of those that I can see myself doing with my current credentials. Being a science student cetainly opens up many possibilities but it doesn't help narrow them either.

    Tomorrow I will see to it that I wake up and go to school. I really don't need a warning letter from the school. Better be safe than sorry.

    Sakura-neko chan

    Last night, our friendly neighbourhood security guard gave us a cat.

    A kitten to be precise. She's absolutely adorable. My siblings and I looked up for names.. I wanted to name her Suki but my brother insisted on naming her Sakura. Well.. it's not so bad... If I had to compromise with my brother.. it's either Naruto or Sakura.. I'd choose Sakura a thousand times.

    Anyway.. school-based trials have ended. This Thursday, it's a whole new story. This time, state-based trials. Ugh.. Less than 2 months to SPM and I'm dreading it already.

    On another update.. I actually passed the UNSW ICAS Mathematics with credits! Last year I only managed to scrape participation. Thank God! As for ICAS English, I pulled a distinction out of the many possibilities. I'm very thankful for the small blessings.

    On the other hand, trials have not been so good for me. I never did well in exams whenever I am infected with the flu. It's so darn irritating. In fact, I got a D for Chemistry.

    But that's it for now. I have to entertain Sakura. She's starting to get bored already.

    Tuesday, August 5, 2008

    Mirror.. Mirror Tell Me..

    It's been a long time since I last fed you guys a new entry. Last March, my family moved to a new place that's quite rural compared to the hectic city life I've lived all my life. Even going to school is a chore now. Since I am still continuing with the same government institution, I've had to wake up as early as 5.30 am to be ready by 6.30 so as to avoid being caught in morning traffic. Trust me.. when I say morning traffic, I mean literally slow movement along the expressway for about two hours. Go figure.

    Anyway, back to business. We've missed out on a lot since I last blogged. The School Achievers Awards Ceremony, Prefect's Installation and Stepping Down Ceremony, the Teachers' Day celebration, Mid-Term Exams, Taylor's CLIOD programme, the trip to Monash University (Sunway Campus), NSW Maths Test.. That's a LOT.

    Awards Ceremony
    - nothing happenned.. except for EST only for me.
    Prefects' Installation and Stepping Down ceremony
    - Well, I ended my term as Coordinator aka Penyelaras Form 5
    Teacher's Day Celebration
    - my class danced to the Shakalaka beat. Watch the vid at the end of the post if you don't believe me.
    Mid-Term Exams
    -didn't do so well. At least add maths and history wasn't a C
    Talyor's CLIOD programme
    - It was fun! fun! fun! very interesting and exciting. Wish I could do it again.
    Trip to Monash Uni.
    - Got to see the new campus. It's very modern and conducive. If I ever have a chance to study there, I'd take it.
    NSW Maths Test
    - I think.. I did OK. Except for the last few questions which I simply calculated since I didn't have enough time.

    So.. okay.. This morning I sat for the NSW English Test. I think it was fine enough. But I don't want to be confident just yet. It's tougher than our 1119 English paper but that's to be expected. 60 Qs in 1 hour. That equates to 1Q per minute. Somehow I finished with 10 minutes to spare.. for checking purposes.

    Oh yeah.. this August 15th, the Inaugural Annual Prefects Dinner just us prefects is gonna be held. I can't be there but I wish I could. If all goes well, I might just head off to the holy land by the 14th. So, hope and pray.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008

    I'm not gonna

    Write you a love song, that is. Why? That's unnecessary don't you think?

    Play Sara Bareilles - Love Song. You'll see what I mean.

    This is just a ramble courtesy of a late night fanfiction reading.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2008

    Lemons and lemonade

    When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Add some sugar. Some water makes it bearable. Now that's what you call lemonade.

    It's not always happy and good in real life. The reality is that life will knock you down to your knees unexpectedly. The grim reaper may show up on your doorstep at really surprising moments. Your heels might get stuck on the pavement. That coffee you made might spill on the paper you've really worked your butt on.

    You see.. that's where it matters to sit and think to make lemonades. Those lemons life keeps giving to you, they are useful to an extent. They keep you nourished. This is all figuratively speaking.

    Use this pointer:
    Lemon - all the bad stuff in life
    Sugar - sweet memories + positive thinking
    Water - thinking that there are more unfortunate people
    Lemonade - A lesson learned from that experience

    Why do I say the lemons keep you nourished? This is why: Whenever you experience life for the piercing reality that it is, you learn something from it. Your brain actually keeps that deep within itself. The brain is a marvellous, miraculous thing to ever appear next to the gift of life. If life throws you to your back, get up. Think positively - why did this happen? I'm sure God is thinking of me. Remind yourself that people even more unfortunate than you are right now is suffering worse than you. Lemon+sugar+water=lemonade = priceless lesson in life.

    Think about it and tell me how that turns out.

    A step into the unknown

    Has anyone ever noticed that the school magazine is the best place for creativity for the form fives leaving the school - for the last time... They get to buy the pages they want and design funny cartoons, captions, reveal personalities of people within the class.

    This year, I am 17, facing SPM and while I'm at it, also looking for a scholarship. If I can't, I'll have to get study loan which takes a long time to pay off. I am talking about the experience, final year at a school where you've spend most of your lives in. The place you spend time more than your home, more than anywhere else in the world when you are between 6 and 17.

    Nowadays, we find ourselves expressing our opinions so decidedly. We find that we've seen a lot in just 17 years. It's just a small part of growing up. You'll find that once you leave school, there's a scary world out there. What we've experienced in school is just the tip of the dagger. It is the reality every student face here, or anywhere else in the world. Some earlier than us.

    The sheltered life as a student is like haven on earth. Once you step on to the world of adulthood, you'll face the problems your parents have faced. Then, you'll realize how hard you parents had it. That when you're still their little girl, they took away most of the pain to have you relatively comfortable in your humble abode. To make you feel safe and sound. Leaving only a taste of it.. all the while taking most of the pain just to protect us.

    As a tribute, THANK YOU to all parents out there who have done their best in protecting their children. That while you are doing so, you also leave just enough to teach them to become independent and a human being capable of so many achievements in life. That you are just there when they need you.

    Simple Majority? (not for the faint hearted)

    I think not. It's March 11th, 3 days after the 12th General Election. The papers have sold out, people want to know the results and along that comes the shock of the century. For the first time in nearly 40 years, the coalition lost many seats to the opposition and 5 states became stronghold to the opposition. Denied two-thirds majority in parliament may mean more voices. Personally, I say do a post-morterm and find out what the people is trying to say. The people will appreciate that very much.

    The papers had a field day. In my opinion, this is the best recorded boost in sales for them in many years. My cousin couldn't get hold of one copy by 5 p.m. Folks, if you want to read papers after the elections, please wake up early and go to your nearest vendor.

    The Opposition parties combined their energy this time round. Even the international news media got wind of the shocking results. I suppose, it might not be so shocking after all if you look at current issues. So, this is a lesson which should be learned by all. The people ultimately holds the power of voice in a democratic country. Less corruption, more awareness, and while money does talk, they don't do everything.

    Lessons learned for all. People of Malaysia, you have voted and you have decided. It is up to them to perform their part. We have done ours. Like that slice of pizza - it's their part to make it, our part to eat it. Like that old cheesy line; 'I make the batter, you bake it, we'll get a cake'. Those should tell us that the government and people work together to make the country. So kudos to all Malaysian people and I'll see you on the other side.

    p.s. I try to stay neutral... and I'm threading a very thin line here. So if I'm not, please tell me and I'll look into it. I'm not in anyway sided with anyone. Just saying my views as a citizen and some do come from the papers. Read too many of them that I decided to give an overview.


    Ughh... Here comes another blog with another boring stuff splattered among its contents. I tell ya, ya might just be right. But once in a while, I like to give comments on current issues. Not that I'm an expert - NO - but I am a citizen right? So here comes a blog, might be controversial sometimes but I'll keep myself neutral. None of that trouble with the law (na na goody two shoes!) because frankly, I like to keep it cool.