A Level: Up and About

Halfway through AS and I am writing this. Duh, six weeks of exam comprising of roughly 1.33 papers per week is tiring. Tiring due to the suspense and also due to the discontentment of seeing some of your pals finishing the exam earlier than you. A week gap between my Stats and Chemistry Practical. Who wouldn’t love that? But the duration is so stretchy that Goodyear is contacting CIE to get the recipe to be included in their tire mixture.

Rants apart, I was asked by my friend Balqis to write briefly about Pre U and specifically about A Levels and the underlying mystery unknown facts behind it. So here we go…

Life after your SPM results is out boils into one thing, what you want to do next. Being in Asia, the common question friends, relatives and even you ask yourself would be where and what to study next. Some might be exhilarated by the fact that they’re away from the clutches of their parent’s watchful eyes, some are thrilled by the fact they would be learning something which will somehow be same as what their working world would be (you’ll realize this is wrong the very first week in your Pre-u hood)

People call it as Pre-University (since we gotta make up for another one year so that 12 Years of schooling will be completed)

Pre U basically covers vast area eg.

  • STPM
  • Foundation
  • Government Matriculation
  • SAM/AUSMAT (South Australian Matriculation)
  • ADP/ADTP (American Degree/Transfer Programme)
  • CPU (Canadian Pre U)
  • UNSW (University of New South Wales Foundation)
  • IB (International Baccalaureate)
  • A Levels

In this particular blog post, I’m gonna talk about A Levels. First of all, there are two bodies offering two different types of A level program particularly in Malaysia.

  1. Cambridge International Examinations A Levels (known as Cambridge A Levels)
  2. Pearson International A Levels, IAL (formerly known as Edexcel)

The difference between CAL & IAL? Quite slim, I would say.

(Quoting another friend of mine who’s doing her IAL in HELP)

  • IAL is more sorta thinking over memorizing.
  • Grading criteria differ a bit and based on the UMS (click the link to find out more)
  • The syllabus is more over similar.
  • IAL is prone to applying the knowledge you’ve learnt especially for Physics

What’s A Level?

The A Level is a school-leaving qualification offered by educational bodies in the UK and the British Crown dependencies to students completing Pre-University education.

A level is generally undertaken over two years and split into two parts, namely AS (Advanced Subsidiary), and A2 Level each studied for one year. The AS Level and A2 Level.

There are three options for you to choose from in terms of time

  • One year (this is available as an express option in BAC)
  • 1.5 years
  • 2 years

As for the one year, the usual subject combo would be Law and Economics (Arts) and you might be graduating 2 years earlier than those who follow the conventional route.

As for the more mainstream and conventional 1.5-year route, you would be taking 3 or 4 subjects either Arts, Science or Pre-Law. There’s a variety of subjects that you can take for your A Level. But it is dependent on your college since colleges would usually provide a combo of subjects to ease grouping and you can choose the suitable group based on your degree of choice in the future.

I’ve made up my mind and chosen a combo. What’s next?

Attend your classes, you will regret it later if you bunk your classes (talking from my own experience) and don’t expect that you can slip away by asking your friend to sign the attendance for you as the lecturers are always eagle-eyed and the number of people per class is relatively low when comparing it to the lecture in universities. Your lecturer will catch you eventually.

Pay extra attention in practical sessions, or you might end up banging a retort stand on a nail to drive it into a thin piece of card.

Do shitload heck load of past year questions. The best method to score on Paper 1 and also to familiarize yourself is by doing past year questions. An advice from my lecturer was to go through all the question at least twice.

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Done with my classes, what’s next?

Get registered for an exam session and review your timetable (Malaysia is under Zone 5). Plan your studying strategy and ace it.

Basically, that’s A Level. Kinda higher level of SPM but it’s not 🙂 One thing for sure, it is the toughest exam in the world.

Let us all hear what my fellow comrades here are to say….

  • “For a person like me who has no clue where to go or where to start for my post high school studies, A level sounds like the only open door to me beside STPM and Matriculation. Heard from the people saying A level is for those who are still indecisive about the future, plus they say it’s a passport to literally everywhere in the world so yea I chose A Level. Of course, the price and the risk knowing A Level is really tough pull me back a little but if you want to keep your opportunities wide open this will probably be the only way when I first enrolled in A Levels, excited, of course, new faces, new learning environment. It’s really one whole new chapter of life. 4 subjects but much in-depth, it’s as if SPM was just the surface. But, time won’t wait for you to adapt or enjoy your college life. Lectures and syllabus be running like tap water, don’t even think of ponteng like back in high school.”  Tan Zhao Zheng (CIE @KDU)
  • “I didn’t have any idea about it at first. I just thought, it will be like STPM. After finishing 2 sem at Taylor’s, I found the environment is very challenging and allows me to learn and develop myself. I get to meet ppl from different walks of life. A Levels for me was not only exams, but beyond that. The journey taught me part and parcel of life. We created a club here, conducted events, and managed to nurture our talents and skills. The environment helped me to change my perception towards life. I think, it is just because of the learning atmosphere here. But, A-levels alone, doesn’t really allow me to learn something beyond textbooks syllabus.”   – Kumanan (CIE @Taylors Subang)

  • “Something. My siblings have done before, and I never expected it to be this tricky” -Naveen Menon (CIE @KDU)
  • “Exam based program like SPM, so when I first enrolled I’ve met my expectations” -Liew Yee Voon (CIE @KDU)

  • “I was like erm, A levels? Isn’t that like one of the toughest exams? Oh my god. Hope so I do fine. Once enrolled into it, I found the syllabus quite similar to SPM, however, the questions were twisted. They were wicked but in a way that suits its reputation as one of the hardest exams in the world. It does require a lot of time and effort, but we shall do fine.” -Kalithashinee (CIE @KDU)
  • A levels is pretty academic. You can’t afford to have fun like your peers in other courses. The syllabus is pretty awesome so if you are a keen learner, I would definitely recommend A levels to you!.    –Suwarna Laxshmi (IAL @HELP)
  • Initially, A-Levels was what I perceived as the ultimate ticket to go anywhere I wanted in the world, it sounded like the most prestigious course you could take as an 18 yo in Malaysia. But once I enrolled, I realized it was a worse version of exam-oriented course even compared to SPM where your examinations mark reflect 100% of what you have achieved in college. –Leslie (CIE @KDU)
  • A-levels can be really hectic and stressful if you don’t enjoy what you are studying. The keys to get thru A-levels with flying colours are constant revision and completing as many past year papers. Taking up A-levels opens up more university course options and definitely helps to build a solid foundation for your undergraduate studies. Never regret taking up A-levels because at the end of the day you will feel proud of yourself for getting thru one of the toughest phase of your life. –Tarshini Nair (CIE @Sunway)

Well, the choice is yours now. Good luck.

12 Ways Malaysia Might Be Different Today If Lee Kuan Yew Had Been Our Prime Minister

Johnson Khoo

Many Malaysians might not be aware of the fact that Lee Kuan Yew was actually the first person who championed for a “Malaysian Malaysia” when Singapore was still part of Malaysia back in the 1964 elections.

WINNING A SEAT IN THE PENINSULA & HIS VISION OF A “MALAYSIAN MALAYSIA”

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Lee Kuan Yew led the People’s Action Party (PAP) in the first Parliamentary General Election held after the formation of Malaysia in 1963. Although he ended up winning only 1 seat, the Bungsar constituency which is now part of the Seputeh & Lembah Pantai constituency, his rallies championing the idea of a “Malaysian Malaysia” where we were Malaysians first and treated equally based on need & merit regardless of our race & religion attracted large crowds, an indicator of the people’s interest in a “Malaysian Malaysia” even back then.

*Note: The PAP with Lee Kuan Yew as its leader was already…

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The Large Hadron Collider and the Statue at CERN

Be Good Stewards of Mother Earth

by Dr. Tom Termotto

Can there be a coincidence that the statue at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) is none other than Shiva Nataraja – the dancing Shiva, also known as the primordial destructive force of the universe? CERN is the international organization whose primary function is the oversight of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which is located on the French/Swiss border. In this regard it has assumed oversight responsibility for the most advanced and sophisticated experimental laboratory in particle, theoretical and nuclear physics currently being conducted (not in total secrecy) throughout the world.

Is there reason to be conCERNed about the technology that is being employed at the LHC? Is there good reason to believe that the technology, and the underlying science, as well as the particle accelerator itself, are not up to the task at hand? What we are suggesting is that these physicists are playing with…

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Why CEOs swear by Swatches

Fortune

According to Google auto-fill, one of the most searched terms relating to Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein is, “What watch does Lloyd Blankfein wear?”

We have the answer: It’s a Swatch, a simple plastic timepiece that retails in the ballpark of $100. In fact, the executive has several of them—including a black one for formal events.

If you work on Wall Street, you’ve probably seen the look before: good suit, unremarkable shoes, digital watch. Witness Steve Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone. Schwarzman not only owns multiple Swatches, he wears them in funky colors and designs. One particularly bright-colored edition bears the landmarks of his vacation home in St. Tropez.

Public-facing figures like Schwarzman and Blankfein may be expected to dress without excessive bling. And yet, as Google attests, it’s curious to see a plastic bangle on some of American business’s most powerful men. The list of power players who sport…

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Storytelling, Slowed Down: On Writing Vertically

A good read indeed

The Daily Post

In a recent piece at The Millions, Nick Ripatrazone writes about the gestation of ideas and vertical writing, or the process of slowing down and digging deeper when writing a story. He describes the process of Andre Dubus, who writes an idea in a notebook, then leaves it alone for as long as it needs to ripen. Dubus doesn’t think about a story — “I will kill the story by controlling it,” he says.

But Dubus’ process wasn’t always this way: before, he planned his plots, forced his characters to do things, wrote a lot of words, and went through too many drafts. This is horizontal writing: a focus on the daily sessions, the revisions, and the amassment of pages and words. Ripatrazone talks about the difference between horizontal and vertical writing:

Vertical writing, in contrast, values depth over breadth. Stories are written when they are ready to…

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Why I torrent..

Torrent. Many among us don’t know about this simple yet marvelous, perfectly synchronized and fast flowing stream of bits of data being flung around from the peers and seeders around the world with the unknown homo sapiens sitting in front of their PCs like this…

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Okay, maybe not everyone is expressing their way as the Stickman above, yet I could assure that 99.999999% of us have that face when we type ‘LOL’…

Coming back to today’s title… Torrent and I. Before moving on, here is a quick link to get some grasp on torrenting


Introduced to the world of torrenting accidentally, now I am a frequent torrenter. For now, many don’t really get into this idea of torrenting as they don’t know the convenience of it.

Very often I torrent to download exceptionally large files from my friends who can’t reach me at the moment. Big database files, brute force dictionaries and gaming files that others (my friends) own automatically becomes mine too, thanks for torrent.

Beyond that, torrenting websites provide you access to materials banned from you. Eg. the film ‘The Interview’ which is banned in quite a number of country is made available in torrenting websites. Voila!

Plus, it is a saviour for college students like me. We guys don’t have much time to be spent on facing the TV and enough money to watch every single movie being shown in the cinemas! Duh. This is where torrent lends a helping hand. I can get those TV shows that I prefer to watch from my friend who has a Personal Video Recorder installed in his home. As for the movie part, here comes the legal lawsuits and bla bla bla. But people still yet download movies this way.

Downloads via torrent clients are really reliable. The only problem you’ll be facing is lack of seeders (only if the torrent file is too old or really unpopular). This is because torrent files are downloaded in pieces in which it’s respective size is designated by the uploader.

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The red box indicates the size of single piece (block) of information

For a 2 GB file, the typical block size would be 2.00 MB and there would be a total of 1000 blocks of data. Torrent client works in a smart yet sophisticated way which grabs the unavailable blocks from other seeders and at the same time uploads the blocks you’ve already had to other peers. Smart heh… and this is the very reason why the download would be reliable as the downloaded pieces always arrives in a perfect condition (pieces with wrong hashes are discarded). One can also preview the partially downloaded file using suitable software in accordance to the type of file being downloaded. Eg. one can try opening a .mp4 file which is 25% downloaded using VLC to check on its resolution audio and etc. If you’re not satisfied with the current file, you can instantly delete it and move on to a new torrent.

But then, torrenting do have a dark side too.

1) You can get arrested for copyright infringement, piracy and illegal distribution of copyrighted material

2) You might be downloading viruses, worms, Trojans etc

3) Your Internet Service Provider will mark your IP address and throttle your bandwidth. That’s what TM does. You can read more about it here. They call it as a ‘Fair Usage Policy’.

But then, you’ll discover loads of information as you dwell deep in this. Stay safe and have fun torrenting. 🙂

UTP January Intake: A Brief Walktrough

Oh well, here we go again. I never thought about and experienced the existence of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS aka UTP a few days later they opened the portal for January 2014 intake which is entirely based on the trial examination results.

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The magnificent Chancellor Complex…

According to the latest news, 2014 onwards no one can appeal to Pre U studies using their trial results, but still I am publishing this article because

  • I started to write this post a week ago, before the “news”
  • For the sake of sharing the experience

Here’s a link for further clarification…

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/forecast-spm-results-can-no-longer-be-used-for-pre-university-programmes-sa

Moving on, engineering wasn’t my first choice though, but even so, I never wasted the opportunity to apply for UTP since few of my friends also were applying for it. After applying via their official website, I went to look out about UTP and blogs were my first pick. (I did some shoveling and diggings in Lowyat.net but….. No, it doesn’t actually answer my doubts). Few of the blogs I ran into just gave a glimpse of life at UTP and hence it became the purpose for the existence of this particular blog post.

I will include a few links down here in order to build it easy for you guys to get the information.

Where to begin, eh? Permit me to set off from the interview component. Well, UTP management would release the name of the shortlisted candidates for EDUCAMP in their website and attached together would be an invitation for the EDUCAMP (EDUCAMP is the fancy word for the interview process that one has to face prior admission into UTP).

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Invitation to Interview

EDUCAMP is usually divided into 4 days and for each day, approx. 600 candidates would be present. Yea, that’s heaps of them. Here, I would like to stress that the execution of the interview process is similar to that of YOUNGSTARS Day (interview for Petronas Scholarship) and note that your performance at the EDUCAMP will be considered if you’re applying for Petronas Scholarship later on.

Moving on, my father drove me to Tronoh where UTP is situated the very day where I am supposed to be interviewed which is at 15th December. We reached UTP around 6.30 am (registration is at 7.30 am) and I saw a small queue starting to form in front of the Chancellor Hall. I decided to join the queue just to make things easier and assure a smooth, registration.

One thing that I’ve to say about the registration counter, well not one, but many is the efficiency and also the politeness. You will be welcomed with a person sitting facing a laptop which is attached to an Ethernet cable and runs through the floor and almost significantly, no written document. You shall only give your last four digits of your NRIC and voila, you are registered for the interview session. No more flipping through the pages and running through the table to identify your name. Hail technology!  Then, you will receive your ‘angka giliran’ with an alphabet that states which group you are in. Try to find those with the same group with you and spark up a conversation with them. It will allow you to loosen up a bit and get to know each other better.

Every single conversation at UTP would be in English (the official ones lah). The first segment would be the welcoming speech by Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academics. He will walk you through the cores and belief on which UTP operates and many more stuffs. Essentially, it’s a brief intro about UTP and its story.

Then comes the big stack. The whole evaluation process is divided into two slots. Slot 1 is interview and case study (an assessor will be judging you) and the 2nd  slot is the behavioral test which is computer based. The first two groups, A and B would be going for the first slot and group C and D would be going to the second slot. And then it alternates after lunch.

FIRST SLOT (Usually carried out at the Co-Q Block aka Block B)

What happens if you’re in first slot?  You will be classified into a smaller group of five people and then a case study will be given over to you. You’ll need to go through the sheets and discuss among yourselves and prepare for the required task enlisted in the case study. Before that, you’ll have to undergo the personal interview first. Here, you will be questioned by the officials/head of departments/lecturers to know more about your communication skills and also a morsel of your educational and family setting. Carry it gently and don’t feel intimidated because the interviewers are actually decent. They will be asking a bit and bouts the course you’ve applied (mine was Petroleum Engineering) and they allow us to rectify our mistake that we unconsciously make in the hope of starting out the interviewer’s attention. I was questioned by the HOD of Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering Dept., hence, I was dealing with the subject matter expert. There was no room for errors. 😦

After that, comes the group discussion. Your group of five have to debate among yourselves and come upward with a resolution to the problem stated in your case study. Elect a leader amongst yourselves and be organized. Have everyone bring out their ideas and, finally, don’t forget to conclude your final decision. The interviewer won’t be interrupting your discussion session. Hence, it’s better if you perceive as if the interviewer isn’t there. Perk up the facts, but don’t be overly harsh with other’s feelings. After that, the first slot is over and you will be going along to catch your lunch.

SECOND SLOT (Usually carried out at the New Academic buildings aka Block 1/2/3)

Second slot is easy. It is just an online computer based test to determine your behavior. No prior knowledge of Kirchhoff’s law and De Moivre’s theorem is required here. Just answer the questions ‘honestly’. Usually, you need to complete 50 questions in 30 minutes. Many among us finished it in the first 15 minutes. No single sweat needs to be cast off.

And then, you can call it a day. I finished the whole process just before 3pm. All you have to do now is to go back to home and relax until they announce the result in their website.

*Those in Group C and D will be doing the second slot (computer test) first and then move on to their interview session after lunch.

Chicken Soup for… Studying

Holla peeps, hope you guys are doing good. So here’s the exact deal. The real post in which I could be sharing a few pieces of my mind. I am quite sure it’s going to be a long post but, bear with me.

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                It’s human nature to be the alpha or the top of the pyramid of hierarchy in this competitive world. If we narrow it down to the scope of age, which I would be focusing for this particular post which is  about 13-18 years old we guys love to be the top and most sought after in terms of education.  If you’re a junior and about to sit for a major examination, you would be going here and there bombarding your seniors with tons and tons of questions so that you could excel in your studies (I did that too, HI 5!)

Well being a senior after completing SPM, the same thing happened to me after I got my result. FYI, I managed to secure an excellent result for my SPM.  The first question that would usually be asked if you did exceptionally well in your examination would be “How did you study la?” The whole process of learning actually starts when we question the existence of something right? So yeah, I kept answering my juniors and even my friends how I could do it… Just for the benefit of everyone else, I am sharing my so-called “secret of success” to y’all.

  • The very first thing is, there is NO SHORTCUT to excel. You WANT it, you will have to WORK for it. Got it? Problem meh?

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Okay the problem that I able to pinpoint among my peers and juniors is, most of us don’t know the what’s the concept of ‘studying smart’ and ‘studying at home’

STUDY HARD & STUDY SMART? I know it la macha!

It’s good that you know it. Kudos! But the question here is, have you really embraced the concept of the phrase? Most of us do the very first part of the phrase which is ‘study hard’ really well. I’ve seen people who study continuously for at least 4-5 hours per day at home, waking up as early as 3 am to revise and so on. Sadly, the magic lies in the second part of the phrase which is ‘study smart’. Studying smart is basically like getting to know yourself better and organizing your studying time, techniques and etiquettes to the way that suits your brain well. It is pretty much similar to taking a highway in order to reach the destination safely, quickly and soundly. Trust me, you need to realize yourself first. But how to do it? Lemme explain

  • Take a RIASEC test. RIASEC test enables one to get to know which kind of career that you will enjoy doing upon graduation. We need to set an aim on the career so that you could have a clear cut on the subjects that you need to take in the future. RIASEC tests are available online and being a fellow Gen-Y it shouldn’t be a big deal for you guys to Google it and find it out.
  • Alright, got your career in view? The next step would be to take a VAK Learning Styles Self Assessment by Cambridge. Well, they use this questionnaire to evaluate us and enable us to know the easiest way for us to learn in A-Levels but the secondary school pupil also can use it to evaluate themselves and realize themselves better. It consists of 30 questions and you will need to answer it honestly. It will then categorize you into 3 major groups which is the VISUAL learner, AUDITORY learner and KINAESTHETIC learner. Just follow the link below to take the test and complete it to know which category you fall in.

After that, you will need to devise plans and strategies to change your current learning style so that it suits you better.

Alright, What about ‘studying at home’?

Coming straight to the tip, you shall only revise your subjects at your home. HOMEWORKS are STRICTLY PROHIBITED to be completed at home.

“Then, when do I complete my homeworks?”

Well, that depends on you guys. Find your own time to complete in school itself. I often do so in order to prevent my studying time at home being compromised by homeworks. Pandai pandai find the time… Avoid reasons kayh!

Any SPECIAL methods that you followed?

Yes, I did. I adhered to mind mapping technique in order to remember the facts of Sejarah,strenuous formulae for Add Maths and Physics, different type of salts and their reactions for Chemistry and so on. My method was a bit different because neither i drew ‘awan’s nor made the notes colourful. I just jotted down the facts that I am having difficulty memorizing in a small memo pad which I stapled so that the pages won’t come off (buku tiga lima also can be sufficient) and carried it literally anywhere I went (in the toilet too). Via this method, I could utilize the time when I am travelling back and forth to school and also tuition.

Other tips and tricks?

  • Study a subject for max of 50 minutes (may divide it into 25/25 mins) and then take a brisk walk to the kitchen to hydrate yourself (its advisable to consume anything sweet such as glucose water)
  • If you find it hard to adhere to a timetable (just like me) set goals ahead. Aim to study or revise a particular subject in a day, but don’t designate a time for it. Try to finish revising the particular topic in that day itself. Set a goal and get it done.
  • Know your body well, it has an ‘internal clock’ which will make you feel sleepy when it’s time. Don’t compromise your sleep, but you shouldn’t be surrendering to it too!
  • Talk to your parents and tell them the problems you’re facing. Believe me, they are better alternative compared to your peers. It’s not that you shouldn’t consult your friends, but it is better to get your parents view on the problem that’s bothering you.
  • Pray a lot and have faith in Him. For students, meditate your way through the stress. The timeframe where you guys are taking your SPM is indeed a stressful moment. Meditating and music helps a lot.
  • Listen to music when you’re studying, especially Maths and Add Maths. It will help you to concentrate and train your brain to multitask. Plus, you won’t be hating the subject… No one hates music and stuffs related to it right? Incorporate music in Math and you are good to go.
  • Try conquering the past trial papers for the last five years of all states because technically, trial papers are tougher compared to the real examination papers, Try finishing the trial papers of Add Maths and the tryout the past yearyou’ll understand what I’m saying. (FYI, past years are kashiang)
  • Consider changing the place where you study and the sitting posture when you’re studying at home. It helps to avoid ‘when boredom strikes’ selfies circulating in Instas which is kinda eyesore….. 😛

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  • Go to your backyard with your shovel and dig a hole 3 metres deep to bury your smartphone (no one uses Nokia 3310 anymore now). I know its contradicting and hard to digest it, but I strongly advise you guys to keep the mobile away. Its pure distraction. By the way, I had my very first smartphone two days before I entered UTP. Sad? Loser? I don’t think so.
  • Use the internet wisely. I am not asking you guys to avoid socializing at all in cyberspace, but use it to benefit yourself. Join specific groups created for subjects of SPM in Facebook. You could view videos related to the experiments and explanation of scientific concepts in YouTube. Skype is also there to actually carry out group discussion in the comfort of your own home. But just make sure that you don’t go astray from the real intention of discussing educational matters.
  • And the most important stuff, DON’T MEMORIZE stuffs that are meant to be UNDERSTOOD. Understanding the concept/flow and expressing it correctly in your own style carves confidence and it also stays longer in your memory.

 

“Change is the only thing that doesn’t change”

As a newbie in the plethoric world of bloggers…

So yeah, I’ve started to blog. I actually had this whole blogging idea going on in my mind since I came back from my State level NILAM camp back in 2012 (yep when I was in Form 4). I was in fact have been reading a few blogs here and there for some time and these blogs had helped me a LOT to get to know about many stuffs (especially regarding my scholarship and educational stuffs), but the idea of starting a blog and ACTIVELY running it wasn’t in my mind until I got to know about the blog run by Pena Wirawati aka Balqis Azhar, a fellow NILAMian and also another blog by ragedindian with an interesting tagline ‘A Macha who blogs’. It was a kick-start for me to start blogging.

So, why blogging? Here are a few bullet point facts

  • It’s a good hobby that expands your researching and typing capabilities
  • You are kept up to date
  • You can get yourself organized in terms of prioritizing facts and stuffs
  • Your English is literally improved
  • You learn how to express your opinion in a well mannered and civilized way
  • You get to know how to use Word and your gadgets to the max
  • You can ingest the facts and put it out in your own distinct way

and the list goes on….. (You don’t wanna get bored don’t you?)

                But tragically, SPM was tailing me and apparently I couldn’t find the time to actively blog around and share my experience. Hehe, studies first bruh! And then I waited for SPM to end so that I could start sharing and get to know more about blogging. But I ended up in UTP (Universiti Teknologi Petronas). Yep, many of you guys wouldn’t have heard about that uni before since they don’t spend much in advertising but you could spot their booth in high profile education fair. It’s a privately run GLC status fully fledged university. (Maybe I’ll be writing about my experience at UTP in a separate post).

                I did my FIE (Foundation in Engineering) there for one semester…….. yep just one and I got a scholarship from PETRONAS to pursue my degree overseas 😀 Voila! I ended up in KDU Damansara Jaya for my Cambridge  A-Levels prep program. Since the program was stretched to two years, my timetable wasn’t that packed and I found some time to actually blog (finally!)

So yeah, I will be churning out a number of posts after this. I welcome your comments, critics and ideas and I will be providing a link down here so that you could provide the feedback anonymously (you may mention your name if you want to do so, no pressure) because there might be rampant rants sometime.

PS: I had some issues with my internet connection at my residence at the point when I was typing the maiden post of mine… so, I don’t really have an idea of a blog post should resemble like but thanks to previous experience of surfing other blogs, I’ve come up with a cumbersome post.. hope YDC..

 

Meet yah in the next post.

 

“An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty, a pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity”

                                                                                                                     -Winston Churchill