Saturday, 31 December 2011

New Year Resolutions! =)

Hello people what's up! It's been a few days of chilling at the beach, enjoying the sea breeze like nobody else's business, in Kuala Terengganu! After 9 hours of travelling on the road, wooohooo finally I'm back at home! =p

The infamous year 2012 is coming tomorrow! Yes it's tomorrow! Are you ready for it, to face the year full with devastating myths that the world is coming to an end, pushing human to the brick of extinction? The upcoming of the year 2012 tomorrow also literally means that today is the last day of 2011! What will you be doing on the last day of 2011, so that it could end the year perfectly, memorably? For me, I will probably just stay at home although I wish to go out somewhere and join the mass to count down, welcoming new year! =) Who says you can't stay at home and count down at home, with your dearest family? =) 

New year resolutions, something seems to be outcast to me, suddenly struck me recently. I thought I should make a list of new year resolutions, to enrich my life even more, to live my life to the fullest. What seems to be alien to me suddenly inspired me, and I was so determined to make a list of new year resolutions. I never made a list of new year resolutions all this while, mainly due to the perception that it would be futile if we forget about it on the second month of the year (which a lot of us do, frankly). 

So here I will make a list of new year resolutions, as well as the ways that I will implement shortly after this, to ensure that those new year resolutions will stick with me throughout the year! My new year resolutions are as below: 

1) Reduce my bodyweight for at least 10kg before my final exam on May/June 2012 
This is definitely not impossible as I've started my mission to achieving this goal! Here is the plan: Eat a few slices of bread, eggs and low fat milk as breakfast; rice (fist size, preferably brown rice) and steam chicken breast (or steam whatever protein source as substitution, take off the skins and fats surrounding the meat), with vegetables and fruits as lunch; fruits as dinner (eggs, milk and a few slices of bread/oat as dinner for post workout at gym). No sweet drinks, no curry, no noodles or kuey teow (mihun is allowed though), no fried stuffs. Eat more vegetables and fruits, and drink water more frequently! =) Wish me luck! 

2) Study for knowledge sake 
All this while, I always study last minute (or at least 2 months before any major exam), after procrastinating and enjoying my life before the realisation strike me that the exam is just around the corner. Most of the students always study just for the sake of exam, not knowledge sake (and that includes me). This is wrong and I shall amend it! I shall start studying for the sake of pursuing knowledge, in other word I should really understand the topics within the syllabus (not by rote learning), if possible outside the syllabus (although not necessary). Learn more beyond the scope of what would be asked in the exam, enables us to understand the topics better with wider scope of knowledge and interlinked information. 

3) Learn trading in the stock market 
It might sound absurd for me to learn trading at such a young age, and I know it is not exactly the right time for me to learn it. I've missed an opportunity for me to learn basics of technical analysis (taught by my previous FM2 lecturer, Mr. Teh), but with my interest abounds, I read about simple technical analysis on Investopedia and Stock Chart. Indeed it is a great site for trading novices like me (although I haven't started trading on real life), cause whenever I have time, I could read on my own, on whatever topics that catch my interest. For this one week holiday enjoying life at KT, I've read some topics about behavioral finance, technical analysis especially oscillators & indicators (MA, MACD, OBV, Stochastic, RSI etc) and some technical terms of finance (such as bond, yield, option, hedge, futures, derivatives etc).

I've been following trading blogs especially my lecturer's one as he consistently update his blog daily. I know by reading alone wouldn't really help me in trading, but that would at least introduce me to the fundamentals of the method. Without any losing experience, nobody will earn money even the geniuses. The first cruel fact about trading in the market is everyone will lose money. Those who do not lose money (including those who win some money) are within the top 20% of the market. Hmm... just wait and see if I could learn something from my new Economics lecturer, Mr. Mohan (he has been trading in the stock market for 15 years now). I will probably learn more after my A2 next year! =) 

4) Travel to at least 5 foreign countries 
Since I would be flying to the UK next year (hopefully if everything goes well), I will grab the opportunity to travel to as many countries as possible, mainly European countries since UK is quite near to its neighbouring countries like France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland etc, if possible US and Canada too! =) 

5) Learn ice skating
After 19 years of life, I never actually try ice skating before! It seems to be so fun although with all those butt kissing the floor scenes for the novices (of course including me)! 

6) Read at least 10 books 
I've bought a number of books from a book fair a few months back at KLCC, and now I'm only reading Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. Yes I still haven't finished reading it after so many months. Only manage to finish about 2/3 of the book. Would try to finish up Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan by Nassim N. Taleb, The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and some economic books by Tim Harford by the end of the year 2012. =)

7) Learn cooking before flying overseas 
I must learn how to cook before flying off to UK! Well at least to cook some healthy yet simple and tasty diet for myself! For now I only know how to fried stuffs (eggs, fish, chicken, vegetables etc) but I don't really know how to prepare complicated food, or 'quality' food. I don't want to fry everything up, I want something more healthy. Steam food always? That will be plain boring. Shall spice up my diet plan soon! Will check out some recipe book on the Internet soon! =)


So these are my 7 new year resolutions that I've set up for myself! What about the ways to implement it as I've mentioned in the beginning of the post?

1) Be more disciplined in my eating habits and diet 
I should take care of my own health although I'm still very young. It would be too late by the age of 50, to start eating healthy cause everything inside my body would have been literally polluted/damaged should I continue my prior eating habits. Nobody will take care of you except yourself. Love yourself before loving other people.

2) Always bring at least one worth-reading book inside the bag 
Have a book with you always inside your bag would evoke you to read it during leisure time, or while you're waiting for any public transport in Malaysia (since it's quite famous for its inefficiency and time consuming). Of course the book should be book that can provoke more constructive thoughts while reading. By so doing, I will be able to finish at least 5 books by the end of the year, since I can read while travel from Casa to college or vice versa.

3) Stop playing Facebook games (or reduce the time on it) 
Facebook games are in fact very time consuming and not beneficial. I know this would take extremely great self-discipline for me to completely stop playing Facebook games, but this would be a gradual change. Slowly reduce the time to play Facebook games (I'm currently playing Maple Story Adventure), which will lead to complete halt of playing it in the end of the year. Time is precious, and should be used to the fullest for the sake of knowledge pursuit and broadening social network.


There you go, 3 ways to ensure myself sticking to my new year resolutions!

By the way, I went to Kinokuniya at KLCC today with my relatives coming all the way from Penang. I was searching for some books at Finance and Investment section, and 2 books caught my attention so I bought it. I Love Stock (by Pauline Yong) and The Upside of Irrationality (by Dan Ariely). I Love Stocks is the first book I bought related to trading, and The Upside of Irrationality is the book that would be next reading material upon finishing Predictably Irrational (also by the same author), soon! =)

Tonight my family is having barbeque as dinner, with my relatives coming from Penang! Wooohooo! Time to join them for fun! =p Ciao~

Happy 2012 New Year, everyone! =) 

Monday, 26 December 2011

Merry Christmas people! =)

Merry Christmas everyone!!! 

I know!!! It's quite late for me to update my blog regarding Christmas! Today is Boxing Day anyway! Before posting some happy posts, let us bow down our head a few seconds to mourn for those who had been sacrificed exactly 7 years ago, due to the Great Tsunami that hit most of the seaside countries in South East Asia. I was just a chubby (I am, still) innocent boy back then, came back from a trip to Thailand a week before the disaster. I couldn't really comprehend everything that every adult was feeling back then. Sadness covered the whole atmosphere and broke through the peace and joy of Christmas Day.

Now, 7 years has passed and it's Christmas Day, again! =) Christmas is not all about Santa Claus; I think the affection of people for Santa during Christmas is overrated. Christmas Day wouldn't be meaningful without Jesus Christ, our Savior. It's the birthday of Jesus, celebrated primarily to appreciate the salvation Jesus has given all of us, to link us the sinners, back to the Holy God. Based on the concept of Trinity (God, Jesus and Holy Spirit as One Entity), Jesus is God in human form. So to be able to reconnect the relationship between sinners and God, God Himself has to send his only Son to Earth and bear the sins for us by dying nailed on the cross, a traditional cruel Roman way of killing the criminals of highest level.

Right, enough of spiritual theory! This year's Christmas, I didn't go to any church for Sunday service. I was planning to go to Acts Church for Christmas service, but I've decided to join the family trip to Kuala Terengganu (KT). It was such a rare opportunity that I could find, to spend time with family since most of the time we are separated. Mom always work in the office during weekdays till 10pm when she reaches home; Dad has been working outstation in KT for 3 months; I stay in Casa Subang during weekdays to attend classes or simply go to gym. I prayed to God, and somehow I had a feeling that I should join this family trip, rather than go for Christmas service at church.

So, here I am, in Kuala Terengganu! I came here since Friday morning, with quite a high expectation that I would enjoy tremendously from the trip. One of the the trips that I was anticipating the most was the trip to Kenyir Lake, the largest artificial lake in the world. I've never been to Kenyir Lake, so I was definitely looking forward to it. As for KT, it's like a small town in the middle of a bunch of Malay kampung surrounding it. I think it's even smaller than Kuantan. The majority of population in KT are Malays, as expected. Not much Christmas atmosphere in KT as most of them are Muslim. No Christmas trees, no decorations, no ornaments, no celebration. Just a typical holiday for people in KT.

Despite the dull atmosphere around in KT, I definitely enjoyed myself with my family. My sister have just finished her SPM, so she's here too! =) I think the most important thing during Christmas day is not the Christmas tree, not Santa Claus, not decorations, not ornaments, not Christmas light bulbs; but rather, the relationship between family members, remained peaceful and united. We shall take this opportunity to consolidate the bond with family members, and forgive each other for whatever thing that they might have offended you. I've chose to follow my family to Terengganu (although I realised that Kuala Terengganu is such a boring place), but I've learnt a virtue that I should appreciate my family, that we should stay strong together as a family. Nothing is more important than your family in the end of the day. The sooner you realised this, the sooner you would start to appreciate (if you had not) every effort your family member has done for you thus far.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Impending Christmas! =)

Hello people, I'm back! Sorry for a week of hiatus cause I just didn't feel like writing anything. Oh hey! It's Christmas, in less than 7 days! =) Firstly before that, I've mixed feelings within me, came to know lots of news happening around the world. Kim Jong-Il is dead. I don't know what to feel, whether to be happy or sad. Everyone around the world was celebrating, cheering happily; but back to the country where the nation has lost her Great Leader, everyone was weeping hysterically. Check this out if you haven't.

North Koreans appeared to be sad, whether for demonstration purposes to foreigners or fear of being killed by the ruling authorities should they didn't appear that way. Personally I was extremely disturbed after watching this video. I understand they are living under the ruling of the purest communist country in the world. None of them could escape from the terrorising family of Kim Il Sung (the creator of North Korea), otherwise might face the risk of being shot to death. There were stories told that some of their citizens have their families living in South Korea and they never got to meet them again. 

Those are typical stories. Some even tried to escape from the border of North Korea, trying to slip through into South Korea's territory for the sake of freedom. Freedom, that's what most of the North Koreans are dreaming for. The death of Kim Jung-Il does not mark the fall of North Korea, but just a change of the Great Leaders, exactly what happened in 1994 when Kim Il Sung died. Kim Jung-Un will take over and direct another new chapter of North Koreans' life. What will happen? Just wait and see. Hope that Kim Jung-Un would be nice and North Koreans' life shall improve. This has definitely taught us something, something worth while for us to reflect to. Be grateful of what you have, people! You have freedom, that's what North Koreans are dying to enjoy it. (although not to abuse that freedom) 

Anyway, it's Christmas soon!!! So these few days I indulged myself in Christmas songs. Having volunteered myself in Christmas carolling in college last Saturday in conjunction of Open Day, I knew more Christmas songs and started to sing along! =p Here are a few that you will definitely enjoy! =) 

Friday, 16 December 2011

Excellent Advices to be Pondered Upon! =)

Yesterday I've bumped into this article and here I will extract some interesting yet thought provoking ideas that everyone should start practising, including me! This has given me a new insights and definitely helped me to be a better person! =)

1) Stop spending time with the wrong people. 
Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn't have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  

2) Stop running from your problems. 
The whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.  This is what ultimately moulds us into the person we become. 

3) Stop trying to be someone you are not. 
One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you.  Don’t change so people will like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

4) Stop being scared to make a mistake. 
Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.  

5) Stop trying to buy happiness. 
Many of the things we desire are expensive.  But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.

6) Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. 
If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.  You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.

7) Stop being idle. 
Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.  Evaluate situations and take decisive action.  Making progress involves risk. 

8) Stop thinking you’re not ready. 
Most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

9) Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. 
Relationships must be chosen wisely.  It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.  There’s no need to rush.  If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely. 

10) Stop trying to compete against everyone else. 
Don’t worry about what others doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.

11) Stop being jealous of others. 
Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. 

12) Stop holding grudges.
Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.  You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.  Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.”  It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”  Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself!  And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too.  If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time. 

13) Stop letting others bring you down to their level. 
Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.

14) Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. 
The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

15) Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments.
Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.  The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

16) Stop trying to make things perfect.
The real world doesn't reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.  

17) Stop following the path of least resistance. 
Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.

18) Stop blaming others for your troubles.
The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  

19) Stop trying to be everything to everyone. 
Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.

20) Stop worrying so much. 
Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

21) Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen.
Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.

22) Stop being ungrateful. 
No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.

23) Stop trying to hold onto the past. 
You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Pride! O_O

Yesterday night, when I was driving back home (Myvi) from Casa (near Puncak Jalil/Bandar Kinrara), a stupid reckless driver drove his Honda City so fast and followed my car so closely, driving impatiently. The driver kept changing lane just to cut all the cars in front of him. But what is that related to me? His stupid behaviour provoked me and made me frustrated. As the result, I tail-gated him (after he drove pass me) all the way, until my mom stopped me, and of course followed up by her nagging. Sorry mom, for putting your life at risk. I just realised how stupid and selfish I was, just to give the driver a taste of his action.

Why did I do that? One thing is, I hate it when some stupid drivers tailgating me. I just couldn't bear with their stupid action, of putting every road user's life at risk! The probability of crashing into some objects when he's tailgating others or driving recklessly on local streets is definitely very much higher than ordinary drivers. Others might have emergency brake and he couldn't stop his car on time, and collide into them. Accident. 

I used to drive so recklessly, but I've changed. I don't see the point of driving so fast, just to reach the destination faster by a few minutes, or worst, never reached at all. I was tailgating the reckless driver, and at the same time flashing spotlight on him to provoke him, just the way he did it to me. Come to think of it, it's futile. I shouldn't have done that cause that will only serve his purpose of driving recklessly - to find another driver to race with him. Irrational? Yes. I was being so irrational at that time. 

When it comes to driving,  I can be so illogical, irrational. What actually initiated my intention of tailgating the reckless driver (of course me myself had to drive recklessly to tailgate a reckless driver)? Sad to say, pride. Everything comes back to one deadly sin, pride. I realised that pride within myself is quite extreme. I don't like to lose to others or kiasu (who isn't?), from all aspects. A driver shows his/her pride by driving recklessly, to show that as if he/she was the best. An extreme level of pride will definitely bad for the person, but a mild level of pride is always good (talking of economics). =p 

Without mild level of pride, there will be no improvement. There will be no competitiveness. What can you (and I) do if your sense of pride surge to the extreme level, due to various circumstances? Pride can just haunt you any time, anywhere. Even in a simple conversation with friend, might initiate pride within yourself. One thing that you can do when that (pride) happened to you is, always be humble, all the time! Put God (or any deity that you're attached to) first, and acknowledge that you're not the best. 

When other people are being prideful, there's nothing you can do other than giving them advices. What I've learnt from the experience above is that, do not follow what they're doing! It's good to have certain level of pride but not to the extreme spectrum. Of course the pride I'm referring here is only individual's pride, not other types of pride. Get it right! =) 

Till then, ciao~ 

2 Weeks Experiences in The New Class! =)

Listening to: The more I seek You - Kari Jobe

It's been two weeks since I joined the new class! Most, if not all, of my new classmates are quite friendly to me, gratefully! Thank God for that! Within the first few days I've recognised and remembered most of my classmates' names! =p Okay to be frank, I was trying to memorise. That's why I could remember their names fast, and blend into their group easily? =) How? Facebook does the trick! Adding someone into your friend list in Facebook will definitely improve your ability to remember names. Well it works for me, at least! =p

Okay why am I keep writing posts about PE1? I don't know, just want to share my thoughts with everyone, how I spend my time in the new class and so on. During break time I tend to hang out with a group of new friends, and a large portion of them were from Catholic High School, PJ. Haha I was supposed to go there, but I didn't. My younger sister did, anyway. Most of them tend to play ping pong (at Wisma Subang) after eating lunch (during break time), and I join them every time they go! I'm interested in playing ping pong too, cause my dad is quite good at it! But he never taught me. I found my ping pong skills improved over these two weeks. =p That's quite awesome! haha! =)

Jojo Pan Mee, char siew (roasted pork) fried rice, famous pork noodle, and Subway (on Friday cause there is a breakfast set at our break time) are among the regular food they have every week. Crap, until now I haven't tried the pork noodle cause usually we need to wait very long (at least 40 mins) for the order to come. 18 months in Taylor's and I haven't tried eating pork noodle even once! So much to be a Taylor-ian. Epic fail. =/

How are the lecturers doing? My first post about the new class depicted quite a lot on my new lecturers. After 2 weeks, here's the real one! My classmates are not really satisfied with my FM 2 lecturer (Ms.Wong) and Physics lecturer (Mr.Subra). Not to offend anyone, but I don't know, my friends just don't really like their approaches of teaching? I should first clarify about Mr.Subra. Indubitably he's good, especially at doing notes. I think his notes are quite detailed and awesome. He even has all this notes handwritten, good job for that! =) But I think he's not really attractive at teaching. His way of teaching is mundane, boring. He's not 'sharp' enough at answering questions asked by students? That's what they said. Hmm.

Ms.Wong? I don't know, but my friends kept complaining about her. One of my classmates said she's okay in teaching mechanics, but when it comes to statistics, fail. She asked students to look at examples at the textbook (A Concise Course in A-Level Statistics by J.Crawshaw and J.Chambers), and explained from there. But unfortunately the students disliked this way of approach. They said they could even read from the textbook at home, if that's the case. How Mr.Teh (my previous FM2 lecturer) taught me was really awesome! He entered the class (without textbook and only one marker pen? *gasp* ) and started to teach, by writing formulae on the board and explaining the concepts to students.

I think this way is more effective cause students had to listen attentively to his teachings, otherwise will not going to understand what he said. He then selected a few exercises from the textbook and asked students to attempt it. Sometimes he asked students to take questions from past year papers and attempt it. See? Isn't it more effective than Ms.Wong's way of teaching?  I think so. For me, I can understand what Ms.Wong was trying to teach cause I have learnt those in Mr.Teh's class. But how if it's new to the students (my classmates)? I don't think I could understand too, if I were in their shoes. =( Hmm, for other lecturers, they are all quite awesome and doing great! =) Keep it up!

That's all for now! Ciao~ =)

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Interesting videos! =)

I've bumped into these two interesting videos in Facebook, which I'm going to share with you all! I bet some of you have already watched one or two of these videos, but here I am going to share my thoughts with you! =)

First video is quite hilarious yet partially (or absolutely) true? 

okay I believe lots of you have watched this video cause it's spreading insidiously like wild fire or epidemic in Facebook! So many of my friends shared this and me too couldn't help but to share! =p The script was quite funny overall, from Batman to Columbus! This is what the guy in the video ranted about being in a relationship with a girl, and he really sounded so experienced. I couldn't help it but in the end of the video I laughed so loud and even my housemates were looking at me, as if I were crazy! =p 

But, are they (what he said throughout this short video) true, partially or entirely? I will say partially, because in my opinion all girls are different. In the video he stereotyped all the girls to be the same, and ironically a lot of things he mentioned fit what we (guys) always hear in the real life! Firstly, in the video, it was mentioned that a guy has to worry about his girlfriend's happiness all the time once they are in a relationship. I think it might be true to a certain extent, but a guy shouldn't care about his girlfriend's happiness ALL the time! Yes you love her, and want her to be happy! But a mature girl wouldn't create too much demands just to make herself happy while making her boyfriend not happy? The result if this rule is broken, the video above depicts it very well. 

Secondly, shopping. Trust me, guys do not like shopping so much! And even if they 'do', they do it for the sake of their loved one. Of course their loved one could be mother, sisters, girlfriend and so on. okay I'm stereotyping all guys here, but GENERALLY most guys wouldn't spend hours and hours strolling around the mall for nothing. Guys are very systematic and they only go shopping to buy things they need, and not what they don't really need at that time. Window shopping might seem interesting for girls, but definitely not for guys! They rather play video games at home or do whatever they like (hobbies, interests, etc). So girls, try not to drag your boyfriend to the mall! But if he really do want to accompany you, let him be! This proves that he loves you more than you do! Appreciate him more! =) 

Thirdly, about texting messages and phone call! I don't have much comments on it, but it seems typical for couples to text each other frequently in a day. In my opinion, text each other 3 to 4 rounds is more than enough actually! I've learnt from my mistake that I made a year ago, and now I've became more experienced. Do not text a girl too much even if you really miss her or want to chat with her. This will only make you look stupidly desperate and you might even scare her off. Text her once a day, and if she didn't reply, don't text her for a few days. If she doesn't bother to text you after more than 2 weeks, don't bother to continue your pursuit! There's a very high probability that she's not interested in you. Alright this is the process of chasing over the girl you like. But what happen if you're in a relationship? Lots of girls that I know prefer talk to each other face-to-face (if not, talk to each other on phone just to listen to each other's voice, or Skype!), instead of texting via phone or chatting via any mean (Facebook, MSN etc). So be smart, guys! =) 

Oh by the way, I like this quote from the video. Behind every successful man, there's a woman. True! But behind every unsuccessful man, there's also a woman! Anyone can tell the number of unsuccessful man is much much higher than the number of successful man in the world! =p So funny yet thought provoking! Sounds true, but I think this was just part of his rants! He was blaming the girls... haha foreveralone. =p Last one, every discussion with a girl is called an argument! =O *gasp* Warning: Do not argue with a girl! you will never win (if you're a guy LOL!) I've no comment on this, but I think you (guys) should fight for your right and freedom to speak out your thoughts if you really think yours is the absolute truth. To be in a relationship (or marriage) is not easy, but this one word is very powerful and it could possibly hold your relationship firmly to the end, TOLERANCE! Think about it. =) 

Enough of the first video, gosh I've written so many thoughts on it! =p Now it's the second one, a thought provoking yet extremely touching story. Too bad if you couldn't understand Mandarin. 

But I will give a brief story on what the video is all about. This video is about a lovely father who loves his daughter so much, trying to leave something to his daughter when his life was ending, soon. Yet he didn't want his daughter to know about it, so that she could grow up more happily, optimistically and mentally stronger. The father used to play 'hide and seek' with his daughter and he said in the video, that he's going to hide from her for very very long period of time, this round. He asked his daughter not to search for him, and asked his daughter to look after mom, to make sure that mom doesn't cry frequently (Otherwise they will be considered as losers). So he asked his daughter to make sure mom lives happily always, by making her laugh (when she's sad thinking of dad) and proud. He said, her daughter can only ask her mom about where he has been hiding, after eating 10 birthday cakes. So there you go, the game started. The daughter grew up after 10 years, to be a cheerful girl. She finally knew that her dad is dead, but she was very very proud to have such a great dad, so great that his love miraculously transformed her to grow up as a mentally strong girl. When your life is going to end, what can you leave behind? 

I felt so touched and almost cried after watching this video. I don't know, I just feel the urge of sharing this video with everyone. What you can learn from this video is definitely a tremendous one. Appreciate your loved one when they are around. Life is fulled of obstacles and problems, true, but don't ever let those problems affect your relationship with your loved one. What you leave behind (when you are dead) to your loved one, will definitely influence their future lives. You love them so much, and want them to live happily even with your physical absence in the family. Love can melt everything, and a true love can exist even after your loved one passed away. Remember, when you're dead, you will present in their (loved one) memories, always! =') So don't be too sad if someone you love passed away recently. He/She will always live in your memory! Be happy always, and your loved one will definitely be happy too in the other spectrum of the world! =') 

Monday, 5 December 2011

Updates for the past 5 days! =)

Wooohooo I'm back, finally! After 5 days of leaving my blog rotting on its own, here I am again! Haha just kidding for the rotting part. yeah I was quite busy these few days, and you know you actually need motivation to keep your blog updated? One post will normally cost me 1 hour of time, and that 1 hour could be used to do so many things. Well maybe not that many but still... time is GOLD! So, why am I still updating my blog then? cause I love my blog!!! okay and my readers too haha! =p

okay so what have I done for the past 5 days? I will lump everything together to this one post although with quite a different name. On Friday, I attended one of the cell activities called Homes by Acts Church. My assigned Homes is SJ10, and guess what, that's the most awesome place you can be in Friday night! Okay that's what everyone says haha! =p Last week was the final Homes for the year 2011 so we took that opportunity to celebrate upcoming Christmas! I am quite a shy boy (sad to say), and even to give a testimony requires a whole lots of guts from me! I had a great testimony to share that day, but I wasn't courageous enough (again? =/) to speak out! Oh my gosh, the time for testimony just passed on and it was time for announcement, followed up by Word sharing by one of the Homes leaders, Sister Katherine.

By that time Katherine was about to share and discuss the Word of God, I still haven't shared that testimony! =( Thanks to Samuel who was sitting beside me, he knew that I had something to share with everyone so he told Katherine about it! =O Gosh, everyone's attention was on ME! Now I had to share, and I somehow had the guts and the ability to share out everything! Praise the Lord for that! =) I was quite happy cause all this while I wasn't brave enough even to speak out. I always try to sit in one corner and indulge in my thoughts. Okay many times I don't even know what to think about, but I always have something to think about. Something random. Reflections on what I've read up, and what I've learnt so far. Reflections on all the decisions that I've made. Oh back to the story. Later we exchanged presents and I've got two chocolates (Hershey Kisses and Toblerone) as my Christmas present hurray! =)

On Saturday, I attended ReComers gathering at KLCC and unfortunately not many people could make it. Only me, Casper and Nikki Quah were there. Kamilia was there too but she went off cause she had other stuffs to do. We were then waiting for Jern Siong in front of Kinokuniya, and while waiting for him, I decided to take a look at Kinokuniya! Gosh, it was really great to see so many books that I'm sort of interested in there. Even books in risk management, technical analysis, technical indicators, etc are there! Too bad I couldn't buy any of them cause it was too expensive, costing around hundreds bucks each! =O Jern Siong couldn't make it in the end, so three of us went on to eat lunch at the food court and later watched Puss in Boots. Funny movie I will say, and I like the 'oooooooooooooooooooo' *covers mouth while looking around* LOL!!! Check this out, and the funny part is at 1:53 - 1:54! Wahahahaha! =p

On Sunday, I went shopping in Jusco with my family!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeee gosh I bought 7 clothes cause there were 50-70% discount during the happy hours! Awesome... until my mom said that would be our new clothes for Chinese New Year 2012! O.O But it's good enough! Now, it's time to slim down a bit! =p

Sunday night - After months of holidays, finally I'm back to study! I had a Further Maths 2 test today (Monday), on two chapters mainly on Sampling and Estimation, and Hypothesis Testing! I could choose not to sit for it and my new FM2 lecturer permitted me to do so. I don't know why, I just feel like I should sit for this test. Although it's been months since the last time I touched Statistics, but this will be a great opportunity to revise these 2 chapters! =)

This morning I was quite excited cause it's the D-day! Haha just kidding! Yeah cause it's the first test I'm taking in PE1 !!! From this test I noticed that many of my classmates are very hardworking and tend to take tests seriously! They even skipped the break time just to study for this test! It was 1pm and the test began. I can do most of the questions (just on time) and everything went well for me! Just hope that I didn't press the calculator keys wrongly haha! =p

That's all for now! I shall update more frequently! Ciao~ =)

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Improvement in Operation Check Up! =)

Remember that my personal trainer (Ms. Cheryl) did one operation check up with me, last week? Yes today finally I went to the gym after around a week of sleeping at home, or more on indulging myself at Lanai! =p I was quite determined today, and although my calf seemed to cramp anytime, that didn't stop me!

Check out this post, and you will know what I'm talking about! So today again I bumped into her and asked her to carry out the check up for me! Again it was the same series of tasks:

1) Running on the treadmill for 20 minutes (I ran 4km with average speed of 12 km/h and maximum speed of 16 km/h during the last 60m).
2) Rowing for 500m (I did it in 1 minutes 51 seconds, slightly slower but still okay!)
3) Chin up with reduction of 20kg from my current weight (I did it for 5 times consecutively but it was 5kg heavier than last week's!)
4) Push up as many times as I can (I did 40 times straight, a great improvement from 25 times last week!)
5) Sit up as many times as I can (I did 70 times straight!!!!!!!!!!!!! Again a great improvement from 35 times last week!)

See!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG! I just can't believe actually! Guess how much did I score? Last week I got 18/36 and it was a pass! This week? *drum rolls please* I've got 25/36 and it was so close to intermediate score of 28!!! So awesome!!! Looks like my diet somehow works! =p

Really? Maybe not. One of my ex-classmates once told me a way to diet, i.e. skip dinner. After talking to my housemate and personal trainer, I realised that it is so NOT TRUE and definitely not the right approach to reduce my body weight! Human body prefers to consume carbohydrate and protein to provide energy, and before the body fat actually being burnt off through normal metabolic activities, the muscles will be consumed first. The right way of reducing body weight is actually by reducing the food portion to around half, and definitely NOT by skipping meals! It will simply just not work! That's the reason why most bodybuilders (although I'm not intending to be one) build up muscles first before cutting off body fat.

Building muscles and reducing body fat CANNOT occur at the same time. When you're in the process of building muscles, you will definitely put up some weight since you have to eat a lot to bulk up! I talked to my personal trainer, and she said that I should eat at least something at night! Don't leave my stomach empty ever. To lose weight fast, I shouldn't consume any carbohydrate after 4pm, although some food which are rich in protein and vitamin, and high fibre (such as oat) are recommended! =)

So that's it! I will keep up my good work towards achieving my goal in err.. 3 months right? =p Ciao~

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Joining New Class for the First time in College! =)

So I bet everyone is wondering how was my first day in the new class thus far! If you read up my previous post then you will know that my holidays have officially ended (although it's going to start again after next week haha!) =p Quite a number of my friends were asking me about my new class, so I decided to blog about it! Just to let you guys know! =)

Well, in the morning I went to the CAL programme office to get the timetable for my new class from Ms. Hema. I thought I was late at school cause I reached college 10 minutes after 8am. But when I looked at the timetable, I was quite happy cause first two periods were LAN and Thinking Skills (free periods for now)! =p So my class was at 10am today! =p

First period was Physics lab class. I introduced myself to Mr. Subra (my new Physics lecturer) and I just entered the lab! He was quite helpful in the sense that he didn't leave me standing alone at one corner, awkwardly! He assigned me to a table with my new classmates and started to teach us about Physics paper 5. Not that bad I suppose, although my brain was completely rusted after 2 months of enjoying my sweet holidays! =p

One thing that I couldn't help but noticed is that my new class was a bit noisy, slightly noisier than my previous class, PE11. You might have guessed why are my new class PE1 people more noisy than PE11. I used to think that PE11 was super noisy although with merely 18 students. Now you can imagine the noise level to increase close to twice the intensity compared to my previous class, cause I have 30 new classmates!!! I'm sort of enjoying a class with larger size of students, cause it's more fun! I will explain more on this later.

After 2 hours of Physics lab class, most of my new classmates came over and greeted me! Most of them were quite friendly and I'm happy with it! =D At least finally I entered a class with the identity of being a normal student, rather than a class rep. To be frank, I don't really like to be a class rep. My life for the past 18 months in Taylor's was rather not enjoyable (too much of personal attacks). I don't actually mind if people tease me for a while, but if someone kept on picking on me, I will have no choice but to defend myself, or rather most of the time I will just keep everything to myself. Somehow I prefer to be a normal student rather than a class rep. Being a normal student, you can just keep quiet at one side and do your work without having to worry much on distractions caused by others (not noise level but personal attacks).

Alright back to the story! One of them asked me to join them for lunch and I agreed. Thank God that my new classmates are all quite friendly and nice! They were all trying to make me easier to integrate into their class and treat me like one of them! Although it's just the first day but I can actually feel that my experiences in this class would be very very much different (and of course more enjoyable) than my previous class's. I might not be able to remember every name now cause I only knew some of them. I will probably ask the same question repetitively 'Sorry, what's your name again? =)'. I will probably need at least one week to know everyone in the class. *Trying to add their Facebook profiles so that I could remember everyone faster* Haha! =p

Next class was the Economics class by Mr. Mohan. I've heard of his glamorous and famous name since long ago, and even my friends from other colleges know him! He's known to be very concise and knowledgeable, and his unique way of teaching students. He got his own tuition center and charges students quite a hefty amount of tuition fees, but still everyone goes. His tuition is sort of an inelastic good! =) and I'm actually quite happy to be so fortunate enough having him as my new Economics lecturer. Oh by the way, he's also my new class mentor! So I bet you're quite excited to know what I think about his way of teaching!

I've never seen Mr. Mohan before. When I was lingering outside the class while waiting for lecturer to enter, I saw a tall Indian guy with medium sized body walking up the stairs, checking his notes (or exam papers) at the same time. Out of sudden I could feel some aura emitted from this unknown lecturer, who seemingly has vast amount of knowledge, and definitely someone that I could learn a lot from! =) Yes he's Mr. Mohan! He  noticed me and asked about my sponsor. After that he started his class. Today he started to teach Marginal Revenue Productivity (MRP) theory of wages. He gave out his notes to everyone, and gave a brief outline on what students are expected to learn throughout this whole chapter. He even included some unfamiliar subtopics in the notes such as 'why there are more and more females participation in the labor market nowadays?'. This induces my interest even more to learn Economics in depth. Definitely looking forward to his class more! =)

Next, it's Mr. Peter again! yes my Further Maths 1 lecturer! He gave us two long questions on Second Order Differential Equation but after more than a month of didn't touch maths at all, I sort of forgot how to do! =( But fortunately after a while I get used to it and finally solved both questions. From this lesson also I found out that some of my classmates are really smart and they were able to help me to get familiarise with my study again. Thanks for the help people! =) After Mr. Peter's class, it was Mr. Lai's class! Oh yeah he's my new Maths lecturer! Quite sporting he is, and he realised that since most of my classmates are taking Further Maths, he doesn't have to teach everything from scratch. He just gave some explanations and gave us some questions to solve. Not bad I think. =)

So that's it! What you guys think? Oh yeah back to my statement of class with larger size of students being more fun. I think it's more fun, cause the happiness level is directly proportional to the number of students in the class, in my opinion. From what aspect that drew me to this relationship? It's like mathematical theorems, being derived from various axioms linking with one another to form complicated ideas. The higher the number of students, the greater diversity of personalities they are adopting. When the personalities of all students in a class are different, there is higher probability for them to develop inspirations and happiness from one another, learn to respect and learn from each other's disparity. That's my thought and of course you're free to challenge my idea. =)

That's all for now! Will keep you guys updated haha! Stay tuned. Ciao~

School Break is OVER! =O

Oh nooooooooooooo!!! I'm back to school now, err... college! =p After 3 days of orientation programme at Lanai, my mood has yet to be switched back to the nerd me! Wait, I think I AM a nerd? Ha! Just kidding! At least I have my life and... nerds don't? Most of the nerds will probably bury themselves in books for 24/7, but definitely NOT ME! I don't like to study! =p okay this might sound disappointed and harsh to certain people, but I will still continue my study to achieve my dreams! Don't worry haha! =p

I slept at 1.30am yesterday after finished watching TV drama. what the heck? I know my class starts today! But but, after more than 2 months of sleeping late (and waking up late of course), I still prone to sleep late (although slightly earlier yesterday). This is what they called as biological clock. You couldn't actually sleep if you tend to stay up late (or early in the morning). You will probably be having insomnia! I usually sleep at 3-4am, but yesterday night (or today morning) I slept at 1.30am. I think I rolled on my bed for quite some time before actually diving into my dreams. Not good.

Oh yeah you will probably ask what class am I joining and stuffs! =p You know I actually can't wait to meet my new classmates! I'd be joining 1101 PE1! Yes my junior's class! I have a few friends there before this actually... Brian, Teddy Kim and Roshan! Well I'm only close with Brian, anyway. He's one of the CF committee members, so yeah you could probably imagine I will have crazy lots of fun (I hope) in my new class! =p

What I most afraid of when I'm joining new class is not the quality of their lecturers, but rather my ability to adapt to the new class! New classmates, new friends, new classrooms (heck it's in D-floor, the highest floor ever zzz), new environment! Speaking of new classmates, all sorts of characters are expected to be met. I don't really like to judge people, and it's indeed a sin to do so! But to be frank, at some point in life, everyone will judge other people, and that is not excluding me! Alright, DON'T JUDGE! =p

What to do, then? Try to look at people's strengths rather than weaknesses, preferably none at all! Compliment your friends more (although not excessive cause that would sound creepy!), and talk to them more often! I know I will probably be shy when I enter the class (again I'm introvert) but that shouldn't deter me from making new friends! Friends are everywhere, and whether or not you're able to make one, it's entirely up to YOU! And whether or not you're able to find some best friends, again it's up to you!

Some people fit scarily and surprisingly well with others. Lots of common interests perhaps. What? I don't watch football or any other sport games except badminton. One point lost. Zzz... I don't play DOTA and most of the guys at some points of their lifes do (I never even tried playing it! =p). Reading perhaps? Anyone like reading economics, maths and physics oriented books? I LIKE! =p Any gym rats here? Anyone on diet? Let's diet together!

Crap, speaking of diet, I will officially start today!!! Weighing 89kg is NOT fun! It might be not apparent that I'm fat, but I AM! Haha.. okay no oily food! YOU can be witness to this! If you see me eating oily food or anything bad for body, you are allowed to hit me! =x I'm dead serious okay lol! =p No starving but eat LESS! =) I've tried that before and I have survived! Eat more meals but in smaller  proportion! okay I should head to class now! Wish me luck people! =p

Stay tuned! Ciao~

Monday, 28 November 2011

Orientation Programme at Lanai Kijang (Day 3)! =)

Continue from the previous post, I will write everything about the final day of the orientation programme at Lanai (which was yesterday)! The final day, in my opinion, was the most enjoyable yet challenging day! Although there was none of the bank staffs invited to share their experiences like the days before, but I've learnt quite a lot from the activities conducted yesterday. I woke up relatively late compared to the previous day in the morning (7.30am), so I sort of rushed through everything and went to dining hall to have had breakfast.

Again, the cakes were always there in every meal! =p 

After the breakfast, interesting things happened. We had discussed about a project on the day before yesterday (Saturday), and we were supposed to give presentation based on our own character given. The case scenario was this: In 30 minutes, a passing comet will destroy all human life on Earth and resulting in a period of cold and darkness for the next 3 months, or maybe even longer. Fortunately there is a small special bunker which can only fit in 5 people. There are 10 characters given and you are one of them, so to the best of your knowledge, please decide among yourselves of whom should go into the bunker and survive, and who should be marooned to perish.

So me and my group members had decided those who are going to enter the bunker or left outside to die. There were 7 groups in total, so 4 groups remain seated in the MPH hall to follow Dr. M.Santhiru, whilst the other 3 groups followed Omar to one of the meeting rooms. I was in one of the groups following Omar. I don't really think I had prepared enough for the presentation, since yesterday I was tired (the discussion was carried out at 5.45 - 6.15pm) and I had my soulless body seated in the hall. Yeah pretty much dreaming la! =p So I had to pay the price! My group was the first group to present, starting from those who failed to enter the bunker. 

I really think that the character given to me (Mau, an Irish female cook) don't really deserve a place in the bunker since she has nothing much to contribute to the reconstruction of human civilisation after the calamity. But everyone was supposed to defend him/her own character, insisting that he/she should be the one surviving. I had only one point in my mind, in such a way that since Mau is well liked by everyone, she would be able to please people and give happiness to people by cheering people up and supporting the optimistic mindset among the survivors. 

I didn't know why, when it was my turn to speak (in front of 3 groups of scholars), my heartbeat increased exponentially (maybe not? =p) and I got too nervous to the extent of saying too much 'ermmm'!!! Omar (the facilitator) even calculated the number of me saying 'errmmm' (or did he? Perhaps he just randomly picked a number more than 10) and criticised me in front of 3 group of scholars (including juniors)!!! What the fish??? I know la I was very very nervous! I just couldn't speak a proper sentence in front of so many people (just 30+). =( The psychological effect turned on automatically that I hardly could complete a sentence without a number times of 'errm'!!!! What's wrong? I don't know. Perhaps I was too shy. I know I'm an introvert. Perhaps the girl that I had a crush on during the first semester of college was there in the same meeting room! So embarrassing and frustrating! (keep reading, eventually I figured out the solution for this from other activity later!) =) 

Omar openly criticised me but it was okay! Without critics and challenges, I would have stayed in my comfort zone forever and refuse to improve myself, my confidence level during public speaking. For that I instead have to thank him! (but I didn't, so if you happened to read this, Omar, by whatever mean, thank you!) It was the embarrassment and frustration that ignited my determination to change this weakness! Not that I couldn't talk or communicate well with people around me, but when it comes to public speaking, I get nervous very fast. Adrenaline and blood rush through my veins (SPM essay phrase. -_-), and my face gets red! I will talk more about this later. 

After that presentation by all group members (heck most of them did quite well and I think I was the only one having that problem), we all went back to the MPH hall and proceed to the next activity. We were required to do a homework on our vision and everything related in future. Each member of a group should speak out and tell others on his/her own vision. From this activity that I finally found my solution to the public speaking problem. I don't know whether it works in that circumstances, but given that 9 other members were staring at me, I suppose it works too and I hope it does. So how to overcome the nervous feeling when speaking in front of people? Dharrnesha (my Economics classmate) was in my group, and when I was trying to speak out my vision and everything, I noticed that she was listening attentively to me too! So I fixed my eyes on her with occasional glance at random members while speaking out my vision and all. Surprisingly it worked! =))) I spoke quite eloquently conveying my vision to all other members. 

See how it works? I will write this again in a general circumstance. If you are an introvert or facing problem just like me, the one who couldn't speak well in front of the audiences, I will recommend you to fix your eyes on someone familiar to you, someone close to you! Your best friend, your classmate, your parent, soul mate, or whatever mate you have! Try to give your public speaking in the condition of fixing your eyes on someone you find comfortable speaking with! It worked miraculously well for me. Try it and let me know! =p 

Next, we had a few other topics like challenges faced in the process of achieving the vision, confident level, self confidence and time management. Speaking of self confidence, there are a few ways that you might find interesting. Firstly, you should make eye contact with the person speaking to you. I find this quite true cause without eye contact, you can't actually communicate well confidently. Secondly, you should always smile when you're speaking! Smile can build your self confidence, effectively in fact! Try it! Third one was quite interesting, you should walk 25% faster. Walking at a faster speed can build self confidence too! =p I think I fit all these 3 criterion pretty well, just that sometimes I get emotional and hardly can smile at all. =( For me, eyes contact can only be made if I feel comfortable talking to the person. Walking faster... I walk very fast usually, and that's my normal pace! =p 

At MPH hall, during the seminar! =) 

Activity for Time Management (Important vs. Urgent)! =) 

Then we had the last tea break! Here are a few pictures captured during the tea break (credit to Gracey, again! =p), enjoy! =) 

The last tea break! =) Awesome chocolate cakes and bun filled with chocolate cream! Yummy! =p  

View from outside MPH hall, where scholars were having tea break! =) 

After the last tea break session, we went back to the MPH hall to carry out the last group activity. One by one, each of us was given compliments (or anything good) by all other group members as well as challenges/weaknesses to improve. What most other group members thought of me, was surprisingly not bad although not very very accurate. These are what my group members thought of me: Determined, passionate, realistic, attentive, friendly, versatile, awesome and cool! Challenges given to me, were not surprising though and you could probably guess it by now: Let loose (relax), enjoy life (I know I'm lifeless. Zzz...), be more confident (less tense up) during public speaking and presentations, be more organised (what? I think I'm quite organised. =p) and lastly, minimise my time spent on Facebook (from someone who has been knowing me since last year but from KTJ). So that's it! Here is my group picture! *Credit to Charmaine =)

Group 1!!! Awesome people! =) 

Me with other group's members! =p 

Overall, I think the orientation programme was quite inspiring and fun! I met lots of new friends (be they seniors or juniors), new information, new thoughts and inspirations! Really hope to stay at Lanai Kijang again with all of them, and the next time probably would be pre-departure programme! =p Can't wait for that! =)

Awesome Taylor's bus! =) 

All the best people in your exams, future endeavours, and working life (for seniors who have joined the Bank)! I can't wait to be one of them now to be their colleague, who can make the Bank proud for having made the right investment on me! =)

That's all for now! =) Ciao~

The Final group photo of all BNM scholars! =)  All the best people! 

Orientation Programme at Lanai Kijang (Day 2)! =)

So I'm back after 3 days 2 nights staying at Lanai Kijang!!! Just in case you still don't know what is Lanai Kijang, it's a resort owned by the Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM) to accommodate visitors attending events organised by the bank, staffs coming from other states and delegates from abroad. It's located at Jalan Dato Onn, near the Headquarter of the Bank and of course the Bank Negara KTM Station.

Alright, so back to my second day's story! I hope you guys do enjoy the previous post and oh, it's updated with nice pictures grabbed from one of my close friends, Gracey aka Nemo! =p new nickname ha! xD Credit to Gracey! =) Lanai has been quite famous for its awesome sumptuous food menu and I bet you guys really can't wait to see a few pictures of it! =p Here you go~  *again credit to Grace! =)

The Residence Hall (Dining hall)! Awesome right? =D 

Nice diversity of cakes!!! It was one of the favourites where everyone tried to grab! =p
Oh a few bankies! Hi people! =) 
*More pictures on lunch + dinner will be posted up soon* 

After the breakfast, here comes the next slot! KTJ people came out with a game involving eggs!!! O.O Yes eggs! We were given one egg, 5 straws, a few pieces of newspapers and a 1 metre long masking tape. The game went like this. Each group was required to come out with a design (by using those materials given) in such a way that it could protect the egg from breaking, when the whole object was being thrown from the forth floor. Well, most of them came out with a design of round ball (and the egg inside) with the hope of the round object will protect the egg inside, but only two groups (6 and 10) came out with realistic design (parachute). 

None of the groups succeeded in protecting the eggs, but we (I was in Group 6) were so close to achieving that result! What a waste, but still nevertheless chosen as one of the best besides Group 10. You think parachute should work, logically? Yes. It did work actually and the terminal velocity was reached before the object reached the ground. When the object landed, the egg (which was in the basket) bounced out and hit the floor, and broken (a bit). =( We should have sealed off the top of the basket so that the egg wouldn't bounce out upon landing. Hmmm.. anyway next slot! =p 

It was about I-ACTED which spanned for around 4 hours! I know this is going to disappoint some of you guys, but to be frankly speaking, I found it REALLY BORING and I was like watching Chinese opera or some foreign shows throughout the whole time frame of the seminar! It was about Sociology and a bit of Philosophy! and that doesn't interest me at all! (if you know me well) =p There were a few points though, that I find interesting. We should allow occurrence of diversity among all employees so that people can get different ideas and inspirations easily. Malaysia is a great country (supposedly) with her people of different races, cultures and thoughts. We then played a game named '1.50' with girl being placed a value of RM1 and guy RM0.50. Interesting game for ice breaking session, I thought. =p 

During I-ACTED! From left: Hari (my housemate), Kai Wen, Joyce! Oh, and ME behind! =p 

Right so skip that part, the next slot was more interesting with a number of games and stuffs, with the main purpose of developing some essential skills within everyone of us. There were two facilitators named Dr. Santhiru and Omar coaching us throughout the program. They first asked every scholar to introduce him/herself in front of 75 other scholars, and how he/she can relate him/herself with some specific criteria like keyboard, element of nature, sea creatures, musical instruments, transport and even kitchen utensils! =) It was aimed to train scholars to think spontaneously and speak confidently. There were a few activities after that and I wouldn't go deep into it cause it would be quite boring! 

I actually planned to go gym yesterday, since it could probably be my last opportunity to go gym at Lanai? But eventually I didn't cause the last evening slot ended quite late (at 6.15pm). I was super tired and I literally couldn't really think much. So I decided to take some rest and surfed Internet instead! =p The last slot at night was quite interesting! There were 3 girls who just joined the Bank not long ago (a few years), and all of them were graduates from the UK. One of them was an Indian girl, crap I forgot her name! =(  She is a Law graduate from the University of Warwick!!! Nice. Another was a Chinese girl and she was graduated from University of Cambridge majoring in Economics! O.O Another Cambridge graduate. Last one was a Malay lady who is an Economics graduate from University of Manchester. 

They shared quite a lot of experience with us, but I was too tired to remember every single bit of it. But something really caught my interest when one of the scholars asked about how economic crisis in the US could affect Malaysia's economy. Hui Yi, the Cambridge Economics graduate who've been joining the Bank since year 2008, gave an answer that caught my interest and I can actually use it in the economics paper during exam! =)

Three main trading partners with Malaysia are China, Singapore and lastly US. Electronic and Electrical Engineering (E&E) comprises 40% of the manufacturing industry in Malaysia. But the main industry that is going to be affected during the economic downturn in the US is export industry. With the increasing debt crisis the US economy is facing now, the demand of the export (from Malaysia perspective) would drop as their GDP drops. As China is quite a big trading partner too with US, the decreasing demand from the US would indirectly reduce demand of export from China too. Second industry that is going to be affected is apparently service and transport industry. When export activity is being reduced, demand for services and transport will follow the trend, eventually.

Okay enough of economics facts! Here is one of the very inspiring principles by Hui Yi. One of the scholars asked her when should she give up. She answered brilliantly, 'When you keep on failing, don't give up but not just continue doing it without realising the fundamental problem causing the constant failure. Give up the way you're using and adopt other learning routes.' Brilliant, isn't it? =)

That's all for the second day! I will write post for the third day tomorrow! Stay tuned people! =) Ciao~ 

Friday, 25 November 2011

Orientation Programme at Lanai Kijang (Day 1)! =)

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!The day that I've been waiting since last year!!! yeah that's right the Orientation programme organised by the Bank! Since last year the Bank staffs didn't manage to organise one for my batch's scholars, they included us along with the juniors! No matter what, the first day was quite fun!!! But I left my camera at my laptop's bag (was at Lanai Kijang by then), and we were at Sasana Kijang (another Bank's building) for the whole day. So yeah, too bad no pictures, yet. But I will definitely post up later, if I managed to get some pictures from my friends. =p

Taylor's scholars in June 2010 intake! =) 

The itinerary today started off with ice breaking planned by my college's scholars, and it was quite fun. Well done people! Nothing much in this slot for me to talk about, otherwise would be quite boring. Next slot was the one that I'm going to talk a lot now. Apparently it's so much more interesting than the ice breaking session.

After the ice breaking activity involving Kodomo Lion toothpaste! =p 

We had a really rare opportunity to interact with seniors who were bank scholars but have already graduated from their respective fields and are currently working now in the central bank. I believe most of my loyal readers have already known that my interest lies within Actuarial Science, and that's what I'm going to pursue (most probably) for the next 3-4 years after my A-Levels. So me and a few of other Actuarial Science scholars were really lucky to have two seniors (Hwee Yin and Sopna) graduated from Cass Business School (City) to share with us insights about Actuarial Science and life that we are most probably be facing in the UK. 

I wouldn't go deep into everything that they have shared with us (I'm super tired now after long day of slots), but I would only tell what I have learnt from them, some were so impactful that it had changed my views about Actuarial Science since then. Firstly is about my plan upon graduation. My plan was, to get further exemptions in professional papers by pursuing MSc. Actuarial Management at Cass, straight after my undergraduate graduation. That was totally not recommended by them, surprisingly. 

They told me that, if I want to stand a better chance to get further exemptions in master degree, I should do a few years of working experience (3 years maybe?) before proceeding to master degree. By so doing, I would have worked on relevant real life applications involving actuarial skills, and therefore would have better understandings on actuarial materials at higher level i.e. Core Application (CA) papers, Specialist Technical (ST) papers and eventually, Specialist Application (SA) paper. Why? Most of the people who are taking master degree would have at least a few years of working experience. Hence, to be able to gain an upper hand in competing with them in gaining further exemptions, I should start working first before thinking too far ahead to pursue master degree. Hmm... good idea! =) 

What are we supposed to plan then, if not all these? Plan for vacations during all the school breaks!!! One thing that really surprised me was, undergraduates have only 5 months of lectures, minus all the Easter break, winter break, summer break, Christmas break and final exams. So technically speaking, we would have only 15 months of lectures throughout the whole undergraduate degree spanning 3 years! So, back to planning for vacations. They encouraged us to plan for vacations to various parts of Europe, and don't waste the rare opportunity of living in the UK.

Also, updated information for sitting of CT9 - Business Awareness Module. What? It's not exactly a 2-day course since we are living in Malaysia, but it's an online course and test. It will be the same for some CA papers involving 2-day course. So everything will be done via Internet. See what technology have prepared for us, lucky fellas! =p 

After the slot, we then had lunch and non-Muslim scholars were lucky enough to be brought around Sasana Kijang to have a tour, to Knowledge Assessment Center (library). Its library was quite awesome with lots of collections and since it's owned by the central bank, it contains all sorts of information regarding world issues, economics data, etc.

*EDIT: Finally I've got a few pictures from my friend, credit to Gracey! =p*

Transparent and elegant looked Sasana Kijang with transparent lifts 

Fountain inside Sasana Kijang 

Discovery Room 1 at Knowledge Assessment Centre


Me and Hari were watching Ziha when she was reading an original copy of trade report! =p 

Elegant multilevel library

Computer room with no computers or laptops? LMAO! xD

After that we had a conversation session with Assistant Governor (AG) Mr. Marzunisham Omar. He is an Economics graduate from the University of Cambridge! O.O He shared some really inspiring stories with us but I wouldn't share anything with you cause it was sort of too long. =p Along with him was another two guys, one of which was a qualified actuary. He did degree in Actuarial Science at LSE, and later on MSc. Actuarial Management at Cass after a few years of working experience. He shared quite a lot of stories too, but what really hit me was, I should join all sorts of activities when I get to the university later, and those are very much cheaper and accessible with a student card. There would be free talks around by famous people, performances by the students, and other relevant activities that would help you in improving your personality as a whole, in any way.

From left: AG Mr. Marzunisham Omar and the qualified actuary working in the Bank! =)  

We later had dinner and a last slot was prepared for us at night. I was dreaming throughout the whole slot (ops! I was too tired okay? =p), but something that I've learnt was, DON'T BE SO KIASU! One of the successful bank staffs who was sharing said that, he was probably the most kiasu person before entering Cambridge to read Economics. He used to think that he was the best until he entered Cambridge and he became an average student (ranked 88/176), even after he worked really hard.

Why is he competing with others to be among the best by working so freaking hard, while the others could still get brilliant results but studying less? He eventually realised this, and started to join everything that he wanted like some lectures that he was interested in (game theory etc), Taekwondo club etc. Whatever things he did, he never ever tried to chase after good grades anymore, and guess what was his rank eventually. He ranked 13/176!!! O_O

See... don't be too kiasu to the extent of neglecting other social activities and stuffs that you genuinely like to do. Just participate in anything good that interests you, and leave everything to God! Try your best and never chase after good grades (although it doesn't mean that you shouldn't allocate time for study). 

So that's it! I think I should stop here. To be continued... =p Ciao~

Stairway to Heaven (Lanai)? Hahaha!!! =p 
Bed with fluffy pillows at Lanai! =) 

Mirror mirror on the wall... Tell me who is the... most handsome guy on Earth? xD jk. =p  

Garden outside the rooms at Level 4! =) 

Favourite Music! =)