The rain + wind + epals

ahhh! it's been raining! and the wind has been blowing kuat-kuat!

Rain, rain, go away..
Come again, when I don’t have class..
Come again, when I don’t have class and am not going out..

Come again, when I ask you to!

Yesterday it rained heavily at 2.30pm, when I was about to leave for class at 3pm.
So I decided to wait for a while in my room till it rained less..
Waited for 10 minutes, and then left.
Waited for the bus, everyone else was too!

Bus came at 2.45pm, left at 2.55pm.
The bus driver was wayyy too good at the wrong time (for me), cos he kept asking people to squeeze in the bus at each stop..
I kept looking at my watch.. Some more my lecture hall (DK Z) was kinda far.. But anyway, managed to reach at 3.06pm.

So scared started dy, but *phewww* haven’t!
Lecturer had some problems with her slides..

I think I need better time management!
Although rainy days are sometimes exceptional, but on the whole.. I’m just on time for classes..
Leaving 20 minutes earlier isn’t exactly a good idea.. lols.

my lovely apples.

This are my lovely apples, which cost 70 cents each for a red apple, and 60 cents for a green apple.
The week after orientation, I bought 5 red apples for RM 3.50..
This week, I realised that the green apples were cheaper!
By 10 cents!

I said to myself: Woww. Eat green apples can save $$$!
But on the other hand, I can’t eat green apples on an empty stomach..
Okay, let’s just buy 3 red apples and 2 green apples. Still can save some $$$ right?

Feeling that I’ve managed to achieve some great discovery, I brought them to the uncle, and he said, RM 3.30.

I went: Whattt. Not much difference also!
And laughed at myself. Hahhaa.
Then only I thought, even if I bought 5 green apples, I would only save 50 cents.
Oh, wow.

Haha. Call me a blur case , I have to admit I am! -_-“

sampai sini..

Some little things I’ve been amusing myself with:

For thing ah... for thing..

1. Program Penghayatan Lestari was a bore,
a whole day filled with “uni life is different.. you need to change your attitude..” kinda stuff.

But anyway, at one of the talks, the fella’s English was bad.
Even the slides of the Power Point had grammar mistakes!
Dunno where to hide my face..

Probably behind the big plastic sign which says, “USM University Apex”?


spot 3 cats?

2. Cats everywhere in my hostel!
Can’t stand them.
They aren’t afraid of anyone, no matter how much you try to scare them or ‘shoo’ them away!
And that’s a big big problem, cos they come digging the rubbish bins..
Not to forget, spilling the rubbish all over the floor..

My roomie said the cat came in our room when she entered the room!
@!%@$&*# CATS!

to my room

3. I don’t know how or why the corridors are so dark even during the day.
And it’s kinda confusing, cos there’s 4 wings..
Or maybe it’s just me and my blurness.. hahha

wash wash wash and build muscles!

4. I’ve been washing me clothes by hand..
And yes, I miss the comforts of home! Lol.
Once in two or three days have to wash.. cos I don’t wanna sakit tangan or something the next day (wash too much in one short) hahh..

seat reserved for OKU

5. Bus service is pretty good.. so far..
I mean, after all we pay RM60 for it per semester!

Anyway, some buses have reserved seats in front for Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU) / handicapped people, but the funny thing is that the steps up the bus is the same like any other bus. Farniee..

Aright, aside from that, 4 of us went to Queensbay Mall yesterday evening!

Miki, Powpow, Mei Cheng, Tienhui

My first time there, just a 10 minute bus ride from Sungai Dua, bus 304/308.
Mostly branded shops there, but we went to Jusco and when we were going out, we saw 70% sale!
Lol. So cheap wei. Haha.

Yeap! Life’s been interesting! =)

USM and all it’s worth.

I know I kinda like owe some posts about USM, the processes I went through to be here.

Well, why owe?

Cos I went to Google-kan stuff to find out about all these, and got links to people’s blogs.. Not many people blog about these stuff though.

So the next few posts will be about USM! Yippees! =)

Here @ USM, Penang.

And finally, I got it. Well, it was not that I realllllllyyyyyy wanted it lah, but well, let’s just say it’s worth the effort 😉

It has been a week of orientation, which I believe, USM is graceful enough compared to the rest of the local universities.

Yeah okay, the first three days was torture, walking 30 minutes from my hostel to the hall (because no bus and my hostel’s new), and back for each session. By the time reach there, sweating to the kau kau max. Gila. Walk back to hostel at night also sweat gila.

Early early morning, using tungsten function. And no, that's not my hostel, but what's outside my window. Haha. I'm lucky cos the jejantas to enter campus so nearby.. And there's a 24 hour mamak-ish shop nearby too!

Then we only had like 3-5 hours of sleep for that torture period, and super long and boring talks throughout the whole day. I slept through half the talks. Especially PTPTN, which I didn’t apply for.

The cool guy.

But, but, but, there was one exception! A talk on the vision and purpose of USM, spoke by Mohamed Fairus (if not mistaken), who had a British slang. He gave a very good introduction, basically about branding – and how USM is a brand of its own, just like Coke.

On the second day of orientation, which was a Sunday, we had to meet at 5.45 am for kuliah moral. Which means, we had to wake up at like 5.20 am?

Allah Akhbar!

And for all it’s worth, we ended up listening to the Malay prayers in the same hall for 30 minutes.. Thereafter, the guy from Pusat Pengajian Islam spoke some.. How we all need God thingy.

Desasiswa Restu, their cheer was goood!

One of the days we had a walkathon.. Basically each desasiswa (hall) will walk to the stadium for cheer competition. After a few nights of practice, no, my hall didn’t win. Hahha.

After the third day or so, better stuff, less packed schedule. More rest time and sleep. Real stuff comes in, like Hari Bersama Pusat Pengajian, Pendaftaran Kursus, etc. Even so, at night there were forums and dialogs, which only the one on Keroharian: Ilmu dan Kebijaksanaan one was interesting. But sadly, there was no Christian panel in the midst of a Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim panel. Oh well.

Come the fifth and sixth day, there’s no program! Haha. But that depends on when your Kem Pimpin Siswa (some 3 day 2 night outdoor-ish camp) is on. If you’re in Siri 1, then too bad, no rest. The others well… will be able to go Tesco! Hahha.

Overall, it’s a balance. Of torture, then relax. Haha.

And I miss my baby, DSLR. Have been using the Canon digital camera, and my shots are blur prob cos I shake? Gah.

Tahannn tahannn.. for two more months!

USM Interview

For my application I put 3 pilihan (Communications, Graphic Communications, Interior Design), and all 3 courses had an interview.

So I received an SMS (which is usually really really late) saying that I’m called for the interview, and was asked to go check it out online. And when I did, I got all 3 choices, because it wrote all 3 interview sessions (where and when).

Of course I didn’t go for all 3 interviews, haha. Gila ah, they were all on different days. Somemore all the way up to Penang from Kluang, Johor. Hahha.

Proof that I was there! Haha. It was after the interview 🙂

But anyway, I Google-kan some interview tips and questions that they can ask, and just mentally prepare myself. There’s lots and lots of online tips and advice available, seriously.

Well, did they help? I would say yes, to some extend. Actually, the few months of applying for scholarships also helped, because I had to write a few 200 word essays on why I choose my course of study, what’s my future career plan, etc. That helped me to sort things out, know exactly in detail what I want and how I am to go about achieving it. So really know the what, why and how on your course of study and aspirations. Don’t tergagap-gagap on that one!

During the interview, they also asked world and nation issues, and also questions about USM, so read up!

Personally, I learnt 2 things through this interview:

1. Don’t be overwhelmed by the question I don’t know the answer to.
Try to reverse it like tell them that you don’t know, but you know some other thing about that topic.
E.g. I didn’t know what was the USM motto, but I told them I visited their faculty website and I know that Communications has been around since yada yada yada..
If really cannot think of an answer, then don’t just say “I don’t know” (which I did)..
Instead say “I don’t know, but I’ll find out”, stuff like that.

2. Don’t say or ask stupid things.
Lolz. But you wouldn’t really know how stupid they are until after that. Haha.
But seriously, don’t ask questions like, “Can I speak in Malay? Cos it’s easier for me to speak..”, when the question is posted to you in English!*
Or give sweeping statements like, “Information in the internet is not true..”
Surely kena kau kau one!
And no, I didn’t ask or say such stuff, but there were people who did!

*If question is posted in English, answer in English, if Malay, the same goes.

Oh well, that’s my take on this interview.
It’s always a good great experience to go for interviews =)


What does it stand for?

Malaysian University Selection Inventory! Yayys!


No need to so kan-chong prepare for it, cos it’s just like doing some online personality test. No IQ questions, just statements that require you to choose between yes or no kinda thing, concerning your strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, integrity, etc.

There’s about 300 something questions (all in Malay), some really laughable loh. Like do you have a timetable? Of course I put yes lah, I have one, but whether I follow it, that’s another thing! Lols.

Well, I thought I sort of like failed this test, cos for one section (divided into 4 sections) I put a lot lot lot of tidak benar about myself. I don’t like gardening, taking care of pets, typing, etc.

And when I told Dad that, he went,

“Aiya, why you didn’t put benar? Sometimes it’s the concept behind it that they’re asking..”

“But I really don’t like doing them leh!” I replied.

Then I asked Catherine if she put benar to all those that I didn’t, and she said yes.

Speechless. Haha.

But I got the call for the interview anyway, gah, jangan risau.. just be yourself when doing the test. But pandai-pandai sendiri lah, some are obvious statements related to the course.

The teacher who knows it all..

..or so it seems.

Maybe because she is single, a teacher, and managed to get master’s degree.

Yeah, the teacher who knows it all,
made us do notes and present them instead of her really teaching,
thinks that her answer scheme is supreme over all those books which have points we wrote,
made us copy corrections for tests (which is a perpetual waste of time when it can be photocopied),
was unable to finish the syllabus before our trial paper,
then scolds us for not being able to perform well.

The following two separate incidents which took place during Geography (Manusia) class.

Incident 1 (few weeks before)
Halfway while my teacher was elaborating on a point, she asked, “Mana tapak pelupusan sampah di Kluang?”

Someone answered, “Dekat Jalan Mersing ada satu…”

And thereafter, a few of them where “excitingly” responding.

I turned to my friend beside, Bao Ching, who was just hearing them talk.

I asked her in a mixture of both Mandarin and English, “Eh, what if hor, we simply make up a taman that doesn’t exist in Kluang, see whether she knows a not…”

She laughed. After having 13 months of lessons with my teacher, who wouldn’t?

“Faster… what taman?” I asked while trying to hold back my laughter.

“Um.. Taman Sentosa? Got a not?” Bao Ching asked.

I turned to another friend, Ann Ting, and asked, “Kluang got Taman Sentosa a not?”

“Taman Sentosa not in JB meh?” she answered, puzzled.

The next thing was…

“Cikgu, dekat Taman Sentosa ade satu!” I quickly told my teacher.

“Cikgu tau mane Taman Sentosa tak?” Bao Ching cheeky asked.

The teacher responded, “Hmm… Taman Sentosa… Yang dekat Lian Seng kan?”

And the two of them burst with laughter!

While I, did laugh, but also tried to hold back for laughing, simply because, I was having eye contact with her.

So I just said, “Ya.. dekat situ..”

Teacher thought for a second, and then said, “Kluang mane ade Taman Sentosa?”

I quickly looked at my book, and laughed quietly. And the other two of them continued laughing their heads off.

Conclusion: I couldn’t believe that she fell for it, thinking that she knows it all. I mean, kalau tak tau, cakap je la, tak tau.. Tak kan yang tu pun nak belagak.. Entah belagak pe pun..

Incident 2 (yesterday)
Note that all I said to the teacher was in a moderate tone, a bit serious, a bit jokingly.

She came into class, asked us to take out our Kelantan Trial Paper. Somehow, it came to the topic of a soon to come movie, 2012.

She said, “Mereka percaya 2012 ialah tahun di mana semua benda kat dunia akan musnah. Dekat Bible kata, 2012 ialah hari terakhir di dunia…”

Immediately, I said, “Cikgu, Bible tak kata tu la.. Mane ade Bible kata tu?”

She went on, “Ya, Bible kata…”

My Catholic friend, Tian Ru, asked, “Bible mane woh?”

“Bible mane? Bible ade satu sahaja..” teacher replied.

I can’t exactly remember what she was saying, but she went on and on that the Bible really said that..

I just said, “Cikgu, itu ajaran sesat la.. Bible memang tak kata macam tu.. Cikgu tak tau jangan cakap la..”

But she still WOULD’NT stop!

She said, “Ada orang yang mengkaji dan menyatakan bahawa Bible kata.. Mereka sudah buat kajian… (and a whole lot more of things)”

I was feeling so URGHHHH!

I said, “Cikgu, cikgu buktikan kepada saya la, mane dalam Bible ada.. Kalau cigku dapat buktikan, then saya percaya la.”

She continued on…

“Mereka pun percaya siapa yang baik akan hidup dan yang jahat akan mati. Bible kata, yang baik akan hidup di paradise…”

Obviously she ignored me.. cos like hello, I was talking so loud..

And like oh, she talks as if she’s a Christian who knows oh-so-much about the Bible!

After her last sentence, I was totally lost for words. Beyond my wildest imagination, she can just be so thick skin and keep on proving herself right, despite countless disagreements. I waited for her to even question if I’m a Christian, to be able to say that she’s wrong. But she didn’t.

I turned to my friends (they were looking at me all since I started defending) and in a shaky voice in Mandarin, said,

“Teacher don’t know then don’t simply say la. If its your religion, you also won’t like it what..”

They nodded and we started work.

Conclusion: With all due respect to her as a teacher, I do expect her to at least show some COMMON SENSE. People, whether teacher or not, should know that religion is a sensitive issue. You’re not of that religion, so at least be willing to learn more or correct your views about that religion. C’mon, just be open minded la!

I really really felt offended, I mean, it’s different from being offended when the offence is against me and when the offence is against my Creator, and the Bible, the very book where my faith is founded upon.

I was so tempted to make my way to the staff room after her period, confront her face to face, tell her nicely that what she said was wrong, and maybe, demand an apology from her to the whole class.

Yeah, I can go to that extreme. Hahha. But well, within me, I felt that I needed to seek a second opinion on this, ‘cos I am bad at drawing the line between a teacher and a student. So I went searching for Miss Chang! Hahha.

She told me that I was wrong in challenging the teacher (asking her for bukti) and that if I want to really correct her, do it the next day, saying that I went home and checked it out. She advised me not to attack the person, but state what the Bible truly says.

Came home, told my parents. Dad said to leave it, I’ve done my part in speaking out.

At first I felt reluctant to leave it. But thinking of it, I will, no matter how much I don’t want to.

Exams are coming, let’s work in peace, for peace.

Btw, I checked it out online about this 2012 thingy:
2012 Film
2012 Phenomenon
And I don’t know where she got the idea that it can from the Bible, cos her facts are really out!

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