Friday, 14 December 2012

Siapa ingat?

Siapa ingat dekat asrama dulu kita baca Asma'ul Husna setiap pagi tatkala perhimpunan baru sebentar dimulakan?
Siapa ingat dekat asrama dulu kita bahagikan masa rehat untuk dua benda? Bukan sahaja makan di kantin, sebaliknya bergegas ke surau untuk sujud padaNYA dua rakaat.
Siapa ingat dekat asrama dulu kita sembahyang Zuhur berjemaah, dengan azan yang dilaungkan pelajar sebagai 'signal'?
Siapa ingat dekat asrama dulu kita duduk santai selepas Asar berjemaah untuk menjamu sekeping hati dengan tazkirah pendek?
Siapa ingat dekat asrama dulu batch PMR dan SPM berbulatan kecil demi membaca Yaasin dan Maa'thurat bersama- sama?
Siapa ingat dekat asrama dulu kita mulakan makan dengan mengaminkan doa makan oleh kawan kita?
Siapa ingat dekat asrama dulu kita solat sunat hajat bagi mendoakan kebaikan, kecemerlangan dan kesejahteraan semua?
Siapa ingat dekat asrama dulu, 11.30 malam, dengan suara pelajar lelaki Form 2 memenuhi corong speakers, kita baca Al-Mulk bersama dorm mates sebelum tidur?

Siapa ingat?
Kita semua pasti ingat. Kerana itu semua part of peraturan sekolah. Part of adat dan budaya di asrama.
Tapi pernah ke kita duduk dan fikir dengan baik kenapa sebenarnya kita buat apa yang kita buat? Memang sebab kita willingly nak melakukannya or just simply follow what other people do? 'Eh, orang lain buat, takkan aku tak buat kot'. 

Dulu saya selalu tertanya- tanya, will I be istiqamah in continuing what I am doing once I finish off high school? Ke takat habis SPM je, then 'Boom!' everything's gone?? 

Haaaa, dah habis fikir? Jawapannya, setakat ni banyak benda tak buat. banyak benda tinggal. banyak ibadah2 sunat tu lompong. Kenapa? Entah, maybe sebab ingat diri ada dalam comfort zone. Bila dah terumbang - ambing, baru nak gelabah. Baru nak kecoh. Tambah pula semua benda buat dekat sekolah tak datang dari hati sendiri. Macam saya cakap, kita cuma follow apa orang buat. Tak pernah fikir betapa pentingnya satu ibadah tu dekat kita. Tak nampak signifikan dalam  menunaikannya. Tak yakin. Terlampau banyak gangguan. Terlampau banyak tarikan luar.

Berapa ramai yang masih amalkan baca Al-Mulk sebelum tidur? Alahai, jumlahnya pasti sikit. Saya mengaku, saya sendiri pun tak buat. Setiap kali terfikir nak baca, mesti ada suara kecil berbisik, 'Ala, takpe je. Boleh baca nanti2. Main lah game dulu...'. And I'd end up sleeping till the next morning. Padahal Al-Mulk tu cukup jelas kebaikannya: tolong kita untuk mendapatkan syafaat kelak, pelihara dari azab kubur dan juga dilindungi sayap malaikat. 

Same goes to other things. Semuanya susah, semuanya ada halangan.

Jadi, apa yang kita perlu buat? Start belajar balik tunaikan ibadah2 ni, one by one. Sikit- sikit lama- lama jadi bukit. Ingat? :)
Nak tetiba ubah 180 degrees tu tak payahla. Bukan tak boleh, boleh je! Tapi takut kalau tak mampu nak istiqamah. Kalau awak yakin, then do proceed :)
Banyakkan dengar ceramah agama. Ala, banyak je yang boleh download or tengok dekat Youtube online tuh. Dunia di hujung jari kan? Manfaat kan. It doesn't mean that you've to stop watching other things (Korean dramas and whatsoever lol), but seek for a balance in both duniawi and ukhrawi. Ingat, Allah suka orang yang berusaha untuk kedua - duanya.

I like this sentence: 
"The hereafter is beyond (in front of) the world in the race track. If you aim only for the world, you won't get  to the hereafter. Thus, aim for the hereafter, so you know that you will run passing both."

Gotta go, tomorrow got exam. Kalau ayat macam pelik and aint make any sense, I apologize. Will edit later ;)
Yang buruk dari saya, yang baik dari Allah swt.

Friday, 7 December 2012

The End Of First Semester

Salaam and Hi people :)

Time flies so fast, too fast that I don't realize it's almost the end of the year.
It's December.
December wraps up a bunch of things in my life; my first semester doing ADP in Taylor's University, my university application process, my last time being 18 years old and other memorable things worth remembering. I wish I could record every second of my life, so that whenever I miss the old me, I could press the Replay button and smile admiringly at how much I have changed, at how much I have grown up.

Half way through the course, I admit that my heart grew fonder for the subjects I am taking, for the 'happening' classmates, for the new friends I make, for the helps I receive, for the experience I go through. Everything is just so priceless! I shall cherish these moments forever <3

Next week is my final exam, and I shall do my very best, insyaAllah.

Miza :)

Sunday, 18 November 2012

PETRONAS Sports Day 2012

Salaam and Hi everyone :)

Yesterday was so awesome!! Alhamdulillah.

We were informed about two months ago that Petronas planned to organize a Sports Day for the Sponsorship Unit and the scholars. They encouraged the students in every college to get involved in the sport competitions. We were going to compete with the Petronas' staffs and UTP students (There are many scholars currently studying in UTP. Cool, right? UTP is such a nice place!).

There were competitions for netball (ladies only), volleyball (men only), table tennis, futsal, badminton (doubles and singles). At first I wasn't planning to play in any competitions since I am so bad in sports - can't run, can't jump, can't .... Pfft, do I have to list down everything? Guess not :\ I don't know what hit me, I suddenly felt like I wanted to play badminton (Maybe because I wouldn't have to run or use too much energy. Haha.) So, Manju and I registered for the badminton double though we didn't know who would be our partner. It was seriously for the sake of getting involved, so that at least there were going to be some representatives from Taylor's Uni.

One week before the match, Asma' told me in Facebook Chat that I was going to be her partner for badminton - double. She was so excited, so did I!! Knowing someone you know is playing with you is good; it could reduce your stress. Bahaha. Well, about Asma'. I met her for the first time during the Yayasan Tenaga Nasional (YTN) interview in May this year. While waiting for registration, we had some good talks. She's very friendly and energetic. And oh yes! She got dimples on both cheeks! *Envy*

Well, I was so anxious for the competition but didn't practice at all. Then, the night before the Sports Day, I was so scared, so I persuaded my housemate, Safura (more to forced her actually) to play badminton with me at the court near Mydin. The court was Rm15 for one hour. Quite reasonable. Then, I invited Tyler to play with me who later invited Regu and Wei Jian to play together. Haha. So it was five of us sharing a court.
I haven't exercised for a year, you know! Since SPM finished, since I left my high school. And then, I surprised my body again by ignoring warming up and cooling down. Haha.

I am babbling too much, isn't it? You guys must be like, "Hey, where's the story of the Sports Dayyyy?"
Here it is.

- Woke up at 5 to pray. Ate maggi cup (Pathetic, I know.)
- Prepared things (extra shirt, towel, etc) for the day.
- Doing homework.
- 8.50 o'clock, went down to guard house only to know that the bus was already there! (Well, for the previous event, the bus came to pick us up, like, 1 hour late ==" ) SAM people were already there (Haziqah, Ashikin, Uthman, Yazid, Izzudin, and one more guy whom I do not know his name) and I was the first ADP student to aboard the bus. Haha. Then, we had to wait another half an hour for all of us (Wei Jian, Nirmessh, Ryan and Manju) to come.
- Couldn't stop talking in the bus. Pot pet pot pet.
- Reached Galaxy Futsal Bangi. Briefing, mingling around (best part) and taking the bright yellow jersey.
- Warming up. God! First time entering a futsal court! So rad!
*I felt like I was part of the crews shooting the Gol & Gincu film :D
- Eating Mee Bandung with fellow friends. Wait, let me see whether I still remember their names or not.
Manju (ADP), Tyler (ADP), Alicia (KTJ), Amalina (KTJ), Haziqah (SAM), Ashikin (SAM), Tiara (Bursary), Rizwan (ADP), Mamu (Bursary), Yazid (SAM), Izzudin (SAM eh?), Hariz (KYUEM), Uthman (SAM) and a girl wearing a pink hijab.
- Went to pray at mosque nearby. Manju called a few times telling that the bus was going to moveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
- Marathon to the bus. Haha.
- The bus was heading to Petronas Learning Centre. It's like the place they use for any events or activities.
- Socializing with some other students and STS staffs :) I saw Encik Norman!
- Warming up for the match. Played against STS first, and then against UTP.
First match: Lost
Second match: ALMOST NEVER WON. Haha.
- Went to see table tennis competition. Then, watched the volleyball and netball.
- Only Pre-U team for volleyball match managed to get gold. Other Pre-U teams? We all lose with dignity. I repeat. With dignity.
- Dinner time! Sambal was good, same goes to Ayam Penyet.
- Photo time! Wee.

Sorry, I am so lazy to write properly, so I just give them in point forms. Because once I start writing, it would be hard to stop!

And, as usual, some photos of us there :)
P/s: I thank YuJing Wong for 50% of the pictures here. I took them from your Facebook. I hope you don't mind because I don't actually promote my blog or tell people that I blog. For the time being, I wanna keep it low profile. Hehehe.

With Manju.

Warming up!

Table Tennis.

Briefing session.

That was me! And Asma'.

Volleyball Pre-U vs. UTP

After the closing ceremony.

*Red Shirt: UTP, Yellow: Pre-U, Blue: STS Staffs

Till then,

Friday, 9 November 2012

You Caught My Eyes

Salaam and Hi, people.

You Caught My Eyes

I wondered
Who was sitting under the shadowy trees
I wondered
Who was that tall, muscular figure

Something in me urged me to go closer
To take a glimpse of his face
For I only managed to see his back
But I resisted
For my feet were glued to my shoes
For I was too profound of embarrassment
Too shy to initiate a conversation
Too unsure of myself

I waited there for a while
Playing a peek-a-boo with someone who didn't have any idea of my presence
Patiently waited for him to go
Eager to see his face
In case he'd turn his face towards me

Two hours passed
He stood up, I stood up
My heart beat faster
For I know this was the only chance
To see his face

I was wrong
And unlucky
He didn't turn towards my direction
Instead he walked away towards the building
Leaving me in frustration alone
I sat down, upset and frustrated
For there was something in him that made me so interested

Minutes passed
The wind chanted its lovely words of comfort to me
"I am not good at introducing myself. But, can we be friends?"
I turned my face towards the manly voice
An image of a blushing face of that man filled my eyes
I was astonished
As this was not what I expected
I smiled and nodded to him,
"Yes, we can"

We walked back toward the building together
This time with the feeling of euphoria
Why is it so?
Because this man is beside me
The man who caught my eyes.


**This is my first poem I have ever written. I am not even sure where (and when) did I get the insights from.
COPY&PASTE is NOT ALLOWED, please. Thank you so much.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Mara PILN Interview 2012

Mara... Haha, gelak pun ada bila nak cerita ni. Geram pun ada. Frust pun ada. Sedih je nak cerita tapi takpelah, since I tend to share my experiences with you guys, I will just proceed with it :)

Dah lama dah buat post ni, tapi malas nak tulis..

Umm. My interview was conducted at Kolej PolyTech Mara, Bangi on 18 May. (You can choose your interview location when you fill in the online application. Make sure you choose the place nearest to your hometown!)

After registering and all that, I sat down on a bench and started talking with random people. Alah, typical questions; Nama, Sekolah (Kalau ada kawan tu, mulalah "Eh, kenal tak Si Upin Bin Ipin ni? Dia sekolah situ jugak." , Course apa... Most of them applied for dentistry. (Wooo, baik2! Dentistry hot pulak sekarang!)

A few minutes after that, a girl wearing glasses came and sat next to me. Trying to be as gregarious as possible on that day (with the intention of getting some new friends), I greeted her with my oh-so-awesome smile. She was applying for Medic Jordan too! To my surprise, we were put under the same group for the interview on that particular day. OH MY RIVAL. Da da dum~

Our interview was scheduled to start at 10 am. We went up the stairs to the room 4 on 9.50 am but we were told to wait outside since the previous group had not finished the interview yet. I wondered what questions we would receive. Was it going to be as freaking hard as Bank's interview or slightly difficult like Petronas's?

Eh, what am I babbling ni. You guys pun tak mau dengar. "Apa bosan punya penulis blog".

There were three interviewers in the room. In front of them was a rectangle-shaped table with chairs enough for eight people. There were only seven people in my group. Seorang lagi yang absent itu dah dapat offer lain kot, tak mau datang. For me, since I badly wanted to study in Jordan, I pushed myself to go for this interview. I did not want to regret later on, lamenting the decision I had made. I wanted to give everything a shot then only I would be satisfied with myself.

Err. Once again, cut the crap Miza!
So, the interview was like this:
1) 1 hour ONLY. So, do talk, people.
2) 8 people in one hour. Be the most attractive person, but not the selfish one.
3) Here comes the question! It was basically a case study:

This was what my group got (Don't expect that I still remember those SAME sentences!) :

"Imagine you are a doctor working in an emergency room (ER) department. There are two patients admitted at the same time, both are under critical conditions. Unfortunately, you were the only doctor available at that time. Which one do you choose to treat first?

*The first patient is a young boy, a sole breadwinner of his family. His father had died a long time ago, living his mother with him and his siblings. He is a successful student in school.   

*The second patient is an old man, a wealthy and respected man in the town. A successful business man he is, he has donated a handsome amount of money to the community throughout his life. 

Divide yourselves into two groups and each group has to take a stance for one of the patients. Discuss and defend your stance. After you have discussed and agreed on which patient to be treated first, present the reasons to the interviewers."

Hah, so how guys?

Like for me, I took a stance for the young boy. We were so into the "heated argument" for such a long time that we did not realize that it was only 10 minutes left before the interview ended! Oh crap! The panel interrupted our discussion, reminding us of the time left to present the decision agreed by everyone. At the end, everyone agreed to treat the young boy first instead of the old man because we believed that that young guy has more potential to contribute to this world in the future and has a big responsibility in his family. Sorry, I forgot our last reason :( This is what happens when you procrastinate in writing the story; you tend to forget the whole incident! Blame you, Miza!

What I did not understand with my group members was that for the presentation to the interviewers thingy, one person should be chosen to stand up and explain. Not everyone taking their turns to speak - because we basically repeated the same points only. I did tell them, since the paper did not ask for everyone to speak. After all, it was a group-based case study. We should have a leader AND followers. Not everyone had to be the leader. After all, it took a long time for everyone to talk. Imagine okay, 1 person would take around 2-3 minutes to talk. 7 people, 2x7=14 minutes! That was too much! Same goes to any other team activities, there should be only one person wrapping up the presentation/ discussion, right? Haih.

And, as the aftermath of having everyone explaining the same thing all over again, we did not have time for the individual interview =( According to my friends, the interviewers would ask a question to each and everyone of us.

Example of the questions they get (basically, they were all based on the group interview session):
1) Who do you think is the leader in your group? Why? Is he/she a good leader?
2) Who do you think is a good follower in your group? Why?
3) Do you think you had equal opportunities to give your opinions during the discussion?
4) How to improve the group discussion, in your opinion?
5) Are you a leader or a follower in this group?


So yeah. That was it, to give you some pictures of the interview.

Oh by the way, these were other different case studies my friends get for their groups:
1) "The world is not a save planet anymore. You need to move to a new place using the hot air balloon. There are 8 people that are still alive. Unfortunately, you can only bring 5 people (excluding you) to board the hot air balloon. Between Zety Akhtar, Rozita Che Wan, Mahathir, Mat Rempit and some other renowned people, who would you choose?

Pick a person who you think deserve to be saved. Discuss and defend your choice. Finally, come up with those five chosen people and the reasons why all of you choose them."

P/s: For this one right, you must quickly read through the choices and choose the one you want to defend for. Even better, be the first one to tell your group the person you have chosen so that your group members cannot steal your choice! Haha.

2) "There is a patient in your hospital, suffering from diabetes. His condition is exacerbating (getting worse) from day to day. According to doctors, it is necessary for his legs to be amputated. However, since he does not want to do so, doctors suggest that he takes traditional medicines.

Which method is better for this serious case, amputating his legs or using traditional medicines? Discuss and defend your choice."

So yeah. Ini aje.

P/s: If you guys are from MRSMs, do ask your peers/ seniors who had attended the interview for SPC (scholarship using trial SPM results). Blatantly, we received the same questions they once received. Like 100% the same!! >___<

Oh, saya tak dapat Mara gi Middle East :( Sedih oh. Apply untuk rayuan pun tak dapat Middle East. Teruk sangat ke saya time interview?? Saya nak sangat belajar dekat Middle East, sambil fasihkan Bahasa Arab saya. Lagipun, cuma Mara je offer Medic Middle East. Bursary takde, tu sebab saya apply.. Saya sanggup ambik Sains Agama & Bahasa Arab untuk SPM salah satunya sebab orang kata kalau ada Bahasa Arab, peluang pergi Middle East lebih senang. Hmm. In my case, nampaknya tu semua tak... Tapi, jangan lah korang stop ambik Bahasa Arab Tinggi pulak lepas dengar ni. Haha.

Lama jugak nak hilangkan rasa frust nih. Lagi2, bila tengok kawan2 fly haritu. Ahhhh.

But, I guess, Allah knows the best.


After interview. I met Umi and Hashimah too.
Curi dari Zarif. Faziera and Zarif, good luck weyh :)
All the best, seriously..

Sunday, 30 September 2012


Hello. I haven't been updating my blog for a month or so. Busy lah, so many things to do.

So yeah, I am so relieved that I have done my TOEFL. It feels like one third of the burden you hold has been taken away from you. I do understand that some people might think that TOEFL is so freaking easy. It is an English language test, why make it such a big issue? Right?

Well, it does matter to me though.

Original website owning this picture.
We (All the Pets and the Bankees) were supposed to sit for the test at some centers in KL on the same day, which was September 6th but a day before the test, we received an email informing us that our test date was delayed to 18 November (Mine was on 10 Nov). Oh crap. That date is so late one. Haha. Although I did feel that if I were to take the exam on November, I could have done better, I didn't want to wait for months. I wanted to get over it ASAP. I logged in to my ETS online and searched for the link where I could change the test date, praying hard that there would be an empty seat :(

Thank God there were a few seats available. I quickly changed my test date to 16 September 2012. I only realized after confirming my new test date that 16 Sept was Hari Malaysia. Aiyaa. We would have to brave the annoying traffic jam from KL to Penang since the only place available was the TOEFL center at Penang.

*The morning before we left KL for Penang, we had our SAT Practice Test 3 together @ TULC.

Bla Bla Bla Bla. (I was sleeping throughout the journey. Cannot tahan lah, carsick.)

By 5.00 pm, we reached Penang. Penang was awesome! It looked so different from my first visit six years ago, seriously! (or did I actually forget how Penang had looked like? Think so..) By the way, after having our dinner, my family and I went for a walk in hope to find the KDU College, the center for the TOEFL test. The funny thing was we had actually walked toward the opposite direction and ended up walking around the longer path when actually, the KDU College was just behind our hotel. Screw it. Haha.

16 Sept 2012.
I got up at 6 a.m., prayed and went down to fill my stomach with the tasty breakfast. Then, we straight away went to the college though it was pretty early in the morning. Around 7.50 a.m., if I can still depend on my subconscious mind. Early bird catches worms, remember? :) I saw Tyler with his family going to eat at the Chinese restaurant opposite of the college, across the main road. Since I still had some times, I opened up my big fat TOEFL book, just to refresh a few things.

By 9 a.m., we started the test. I was the second person to start first, since I registered early. I hated it because when I started my reading section, everyone else was still making some noises, adjusting the microphone or simply passing by me. Urghh, I lost my concentration. This sounds like an excuse for not doing good enough in Reading section, I know. Haha. Oh, by the way, an Arab man was sitting next to me. Aiyaa, his voice was so loud. Making me double stress! Anyway, I managed to finish my TOEFL by 12.30 a.m. What tickled my funny bones was the fact that a few seconds after I finished the whole test, Tyler finished his too. Was I too slow or did he skip a lot of extra time? Haha.

Bla Bla Bla Bla again.

Went back to KL ^___^

**I did not get to eat Char Kuey Teow (so sad) because I could not find any halal restaurant. But, it's okay lah,  I will learn to cook it by myself! Recipe from Abang Google kita :)

Friday, 17 August 2012

AIESEC Assessment + Interview Experience

[This is kinda long.]

On one fine day a few weeks ago, Taylor's organized a Clubs Day, where all the clubs set up their individual booths on the paveway outside the Students Life Center.

So, while we were wondering around, we came across the AIESEC's booth. We just randomly registered to enter the club. Basically, AIESEC is a platform that helps youths to develop their leadership skills - they organize motivational camps, conferences and exchange programs too. For further explanation, you can go to this website : AIESEC Official Website

Suddenly, on 14th August, I received an email from AIESEC's person in charge informing about the assessment that we need to attend if we are interested in becoming one of the members of AIESEC. Haha. Never thought that we are going to be evaluated first before joining in the club. Somehow, my friends did not get to attend the interview as they were back at their hometown, meeting their families.

The email noted that I needed to fill in the online form by choosing which date would I be free to attend the assessment. It's basically assessment + interview. 

I was already home when the email "arrived" in my inbox as we didn't have SAT class starting from Thursday till Raya week. After contemplating for a couple of minutes, I finally picked the happy Thursday. The reasons were:
1) The email was sent on 14 August, which means the assessment would be on the same day. I was not prepared nor had I a transportation to go to the college.
2) I had the SAT class on Wednesday. No time ah.
3) I thought I could prepare something for the assessment - you know, do some research on global issues and also on AIESEC itself =P


The Day.

- Actually, I came 15 minutes late. Grrr, blame the traffic jam! I left house at 4.30 pm because we did not expect the traffic jam would be that bad. Then, I mistakenly went up to Level 4, instead of Level 3 and got lost. Haha. What a day lah.
- I guess, I got a minus one mark there, for not being punctual. Uuuu, so sad ="(
- When I came in, there were roughly 15 people in that classroom. I whispered to myself, "Wow, quite a lot of candidates." However, it turned out that there were only five of them! 2 Chinese boys, I Chinese girl and 1 Indian Girl. Pfft. The rest were the 'evaluators'. They were so freaking scary, holding pen and paper all the time, jotting down scores or something.

We spent the first 15 minutes (or more. I was late, remember?) listening to introductory of AEISEC... I was trembling badly as I forgot to bring along my sweater. Again, what a day lah. The guy who did the presentation was a gregarious guy, he never failed to make us laugh. One thing about him that I would utterly remember is the way he asks audience at the end of his presentation for any question. "You guys cool?". "Yeah, we do!", that's what we replied and then, he would reassure by making a hand wave, saying "Cool". I don't know about you, but for me, it's sure COOL =P

Umm. Oh yeah. There were 2 assessments for us. Assessment 1 and 2. We started with individual presentation and our last activity was the interview session.

1) Individual presentation. We were asked to present anything about ourselves so that the 'evaluators' could get to know us more profoundly. 3 minutes were given to prepare. Since I was the "latecomer", I let everyone went first and presented. Mostly we talked basic stuffs about ourselves - where we are staying, what do we do, and any memorable experience. Two people talked about their experiences in PLKN (National Service) - how they tried to cope with no-washing-machine kind of life. I think they are in a relationship, not that I have any right to care anyway.

2) 1st Assessment was the worst. He showed us a video about one of the hottest issues online a couple of months ago, Save Joseph Kony. Out of the blues, the reporter (in the video) slightly changed the topic and spoke out his opinions about how that Kony issue affects Uganda, USA, and also China.

Oh, wait. Was China included? o.0
LOL, suddenly I am not so sure of that.

The 'Save Kony' video went viral on the internet, even I have heard of the video but I took no second glimpse to the issue. Imagine how I felt while doing the assessment, felt like a complete loser. Haha. Political stuffs are just not my cup of tea. I do understand the needs of fully understanding political issues by heart but I just find it difficult to do so (Not forgetting the laziness, of course.) When we were halfway through the video, the "Cool" guy paused the video and clapped his hands once. "So, do you understand what the video was about?". "Nooooooo!", I was screaming my heart out, which was heard by me alone, unfortunately.

"Okay, now I need you to form a circle and discuss among yourselves the circumstance given. I expect an answer in 15 minutes from... now!".

It was the same feeling as if you were taking a very important exam. You forced yourself to think, think and think, hoping that some splendid ideas would pop out in your subconscious mind. I did give some ideas but I didn't do most of the talking, as I was too conscious of saying wrong things of something I wasn't sure of.
The idea that I got in that short time was Kony is an evil man. "Save Kony" is only a campaign people did to raise awareness of the seriousness of this issue. Kony is not the victim, he is the man behind it all. He kidnaps women and kids, forces the women to become slaves and teaches the kids to become troops, especially exposing them to guns and bombs) in order to protect him. Lastly, no one knows where he is currently staying. Yeah, that is the idea that I received. Did I get it right, anyone?

Our task was to imagine ourselves as public figures, politicians whose party holds approximately 30% of the parliament chairs in Uganda. After the news went viral, what is our emergency response to this issue?

To be frank, we didn't clearly know which "issue" was the question referring to because too many issues were discussed in the video. Haha. But since the video started off with issue about Kony, we sort of thought Kony must be the vital issue here when actually we were wrong. We could actually talk about the Uganda-US issue that might affect the international relation between those two countries and whatsoever. Plus, I don't know how to define 'response' here. Does it have to be an action that we'd consider doing in order to promote our party? Can't it just be an emotional feedback like, "Oh my God, I can't believe this is happening to Uganda. As a representative of the party, I am truly sorry for the news. Let us wait for the government to solve it..."??
Haha. Kidding =P
No break given, we continued to the next assessment.

3) 2nd Assessment was easier. Still a group discussion, though.

Imagine yourselves as a group of pirates. You are on your way to look for a new island when suddenly a strong wave (and I don't remember what) hit your ship. Your water supply is completely contaminated and your food supply is wet and spoiled from the strong wave. Now, you figured out that there are five closest islands to you that you could go and seek for help. Pick the island of your choice and come out with the reasons why you choose the island.

It's the similar type of question as the one some people received during their Mara interview. You're leaving the destroyed world on a hot air balloon. Unfortunately, it can only fit for 5 people when you have a total of eight. Pick the ones you choose to be in the balloon and why.

1st island was the nearest. 6 hours of journey. Has natural harbors so you can land your ship easily and safely. The thing is that there are two CANNONS on the island and you have a freaking pirate ship! Who is going to believe that you come only to seek help? Nobody!
2nd-4th islands : Ah, so lazy to type. I will most probably repeat the same words over and over again. For short; one has army with swords, one has no natural harbor (which is quite risky) and one is a place where you can find all diseases (What's the point of going here? The water might be contaminated too.)
5th island was the farthest. 32 hours of journey. Can you really make it? It's the most safest island, however as you have no water at all to drink, you are plausible to die of dehydration. Especially being exposed to sun continuously.

4) Interview time! I was interviewed by that "cool" guy and a girl. I might not remember her name, but I know it starts with J, right? (If you happen to read this)
The same lame Questions lah..
1) Introduce yourself
2) Give me two strengths and two weaknesses of yours
3) What do you think of your participation in the group discussion?
But, one question was interesting though... Hmm..
3) This is a pen. Give me five examples of things you could do with this pen, aside from writing. You can hold this pen to 'experience' it.
"You mean, any random pen or this particular pen?", I asked. Lol. Some pens have an eraser or a liquid though.
"Yup, this specific pen. Hold it."

Such a weird question! Pen is used to write lah. Aiyoo. Then, I started to think of some silly answers. Yay! Got them.

"If you have a stack of papers, you can clip them using this pen as it has function as a clip paper too." They nodded. Uh-uh.
"The side of the pen is straight. We might use it as a ruler. In case we don't have any ruler and desperate for one." Nodded. I guess it meant answer accepted? o.0
"This rubber part of the pen (it is designed so that you could comfortably place your thumb on it without getting burnt) can be used as an eraser. It's really helpful, when you're desperate, again. I used it several times back at high school."
"This pen is a small and thin pen. We can hold it in our hand when we are giving a speech, for example, to reduce our nervous."
Last but not least... I just couldn't wait to finish it off.
"Since it contains a spring, we can play with the button to overcome the boredom in the exam hall though sometimes it makes some noise."

Cool right? *Handwaving*

Lastly, before letting me go, they asked me do-you-have-any-question question.
Just ask anything lah, like "When will we be informed of this recruitment result?" or "What if we can't attend the upcoming events?" or "Can we still join the activities if we are not a member?".

Oh, if you have the guts to ask, do ask them, "What do you think of me? How was I during the assessment? Am I capable of being a member of AEISEC?". If, and only if, you have the guts.

Edited, 23 August: I've made the cut! Alhamdulillah.

Friday, 20 July 2012

The End Of Our Orientation Week

Today was the funniest day in my life since I came to TULC. Want to know why?

We had our Presentation Day this morning. (Since yesterday we learnt about the presentation skills. Therefore, we have to practice what we learnt!)

To be frank, I wasn't quite prepared for the presentation despite the fact that we already discussed about it for nearly 2 hours at Mamak Stall down at Level 1, Casa. This is because I didn't find brainstorming and stimulating ideas at a restaurant really working. The noise of customers asking for their orders, the clacking sound of kitchen utensils and the sweating caused by the hotness of the restaurant (since we sat near the kitchen), I just couldn't take it. Even though I felt like going up to my house on that very moment (coz I didn't prepare enough yet!!), I decided to stay and wait until they finish doing the slides. Then, someone came up with a plan to take a group picture and put it in the slide. So yeah. (Will upload that picture later). The time I spent with them, it was so wonderful :) Always keep in touch, yes?

I was up early in the morning around 4.50 am and quickly showered and getting dressed. After a couple of minutes, I sunk on my chair, trying to get to the bottom of the topic given and practice my speech. I tried to memorize a few keywords    since I don't think memorizing the whole thing would be effective. People get nervous sometimes when talking in front of the audience, thus I didn't want to ruin my presentation even more in case I got nervous.

The presentations started around 9 o'clock in the morning. An hour before that, Mr. Mozac re-explained a few tips on doing a presentation, briefed us about the grading rubric (When one group is presenting, the other groups need to evaluate them and give certain marks).

My teammates were Sarah (leader), Wei Jian, Masni, Hakim, Haziq (Zick) and myself. Yup, 6 per group though some groups consisted of 7 members. We had to number ourselves from 1 until 5, and form a group based on the number we got. In our case, all six of us got number 4. So yeah. Before we begun the presentation, each and every representative of the groups need to pick a number for our turn. I picked for our group since Sarah was busy setting up the slides on the computer. We were the third group! Oh my God, so nervous ;)

Oh yes, the funny moment.

It happened when we were presenting in front of the audience. We sat according to our turns, facing the audience. Since I would be explaining about When is it good to procrastinate, I sat next to Wei Jian (He talked about the definition of procrastinate). Suddenly, when he wrapped up his explanation, he said something so flabbergasting.

".... Now I am done with my speech. I'll pass the floor to my roommate, Miza..."

To be frank, I didn't realize what he said until I heard everyone laughing out loud. Hahaha. What a day!
The idea of us being roommates is so absurd. I mean, how come? That's impossible.
P/S: Coincidentally, we are staying at the same level. Haha.

So, maybe floormates? Or level mates? Never mind though.

After all presentations were done, we snapped some pictures together, exchange Facebook and dismissed.

Will miss you guys so much! Seriously, I am glad to know you even though we all are going on a different path after this.

The 31 of us (Masni went back to Kelantan).
Pets and Mara scholars.

The Pets!
Back: Ryan, Adden, Wei Jian, Syamil, Regu, Tyler, Rizwan
Front: Nirrmesh, Syn Yee, Me, Manju, Ram

Me with Sarah.
Yup, she's from SSP, Cyberjaya. Look at the baju kurung!

She was having sore throat and lost her voice for the past few days.
Thankfully, she got her voice back this morning and was able to do the presentation successfully :)

With Najwa :)

After Jumaat prayer, the Pets had the SAT class. We were joined by the Bankies of 8 people. (BNM scholars). Actually, there are 9 of them. Unfortunately, the one and only guy was absent due to appendix problem (or something like that).

With Wardah.
Kijang Emas recepient teww!

With Manju.
Syn Yee was sleeping at that time.
While the boys were having an emotional session with the SAT teachers (for the personal statement thingy), the girls played and chatting around in the class. We even played ping pong. It felt good because you would eventually feel tired but you don't sweat at all!! Thanks to the 6 blowers that made we feel freaking cold and numb though.

My dad then fetched me at the TULC and we went to Casa to get my things (especially laundry!).

Now, I am home! :) Tonight we, Muslims will start doing Tarawikh and tomorrow we'll start fasting.
Happy Ramadan! Make this year's Ramadan better than the previous years.

Salaam and good night everyone.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Dinner Sedekad SBPI Sabak Bernam

Hi everyone. Salaam :)

I am here to jot down something memorable about my school. The one I visited a couple of days ago (on 7th July 2012) for the Sambutan Sedekad Intesaber (SSI) - A school celebration for finally having run for 10 years. And counting.

My parents dropped me by at school around noon, as they needed to visit my grandparents & went to a relative's wedding reception. I might have to say I was so unfortunate as no one from my batch had appeared yet. Thus, I was all on my own! I was having this ambivalence of what I was going to do at school later on. Would I tour around the school or just sleep at the hostel? It shouldn't be a problem actually but, pfft, just bare with me. I have to admit that I am in a way, at times    quite a psycho person. Heh.

Well, not really.

I have my ex-dormmates that are really close to me.

Back at high school, we didn't usually do gossips (Uh-uh), most of the time we just sat down and talked about what happened at school or something funny while eating. Yeah.

The same thing happened at that day too. We exchanged stories, eating, waiting for our turn to iron clothes for the dinner and falling asleep. We simply had a lot of fun! I also met three newcomers of Dorm Asma' - Deba (Form 4), Auni and Afifah (Form 1). They were nice to me. Of course, I am pretty lovable, ain't I? :D
Deba turned out to have been learning and quite good at using Adobe After Effects. Whoa! Asma's members are always so awesome! Kak Aimi and Kak Azyan were also there.

*Juniors also told me that someone named Afiqah, a new Form 4 student and I are looking alike. I think she did greet me but I didn't recognize her face (I mean, I didn't reckon someone that actually looks like me on that day). Whenever I go    interviews, camping trips, I always meet somebody saying my face looks so familiar 'coz I look just like their friend. Whatever. I hope it means that I am pretty much pretty to be having that much of attention!

However, as much as some people were quite excited to see me, one person seemed to feel the other way around. I don't know why, I just kinda feel that 'that person' wasn't welcoming me. Never welcoming me. I don't wanna tell who 'that person' is as it would not really be appropriate... (See how kind and tolerate I am). Plus you might be surprised if I reveal it. One or two haters (or maybe three) won't exactly ruin my life. I have lotsa people who love me that support me, that always motivate me. They ain't gonna 'destroy' me. I am a strong Miza!

Nah, change topic.

Dinner time. I was sitting at table 37 together with Azyan, Alia Nabila, Afini, Ilham Alia, Hafsah, Umi Nadzrah, and Ain Athirah. And there he was sitting at another table, two to three to four tables away from me. Haha. Just a little crush :D Trying to figure out who he is? You won't know~
Anyway, it's perfectly normal to have a crush on somebody, so don't make it such a big deal. (MYOB please). In fact, it is one of the things that makes your day!

Thought to go and greet every single teacher that had taught me was actually one of my biggest plans. However, as I needed to go back to my house that very day, I left immediately after the dinner ended :( My sister's third-semester college registration on the very next day required us to go back and have an essentially deep rest. I didn't see Ustaz Zaki, Teacher Inayah, Cikgu Saiful, Ustaz Wahid, Ustaz Amir, and lots more teacher.

Pictures are worth a thousand words. Some are taken from my friends' social sites :)
I am not a photogenic person, thus my face always screws up in pictures :| Pity me.

Legacy Girls (07-11)

With my lovely dorm mates.

With Hafsah.

With Azyan :)

P/S: The least expected question from juniors: "Kak Miza dah ada boyfriend tak??". Haha. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

My Syria

Talking about Syria, I love Syria. I don't know why, I just love it. Everything started 3 years ago when my family and I went on a trip to Syria. There is something unseen, something invisible that tickles my heart everytime I hear the word "Syria".

Oh by the way, Assalamualaikum and Hi everyone. Lupa! :|

So, I first set my eyes on Syria on June 2009. It was a school break right after mid-year exam. Arrived at Jordan's airport, spent a few days there, visited The Dead Sea, and flirting talking to Arabs (konon- konon practice cakap Arab lah. Hikhik.) *Will talk about Jordan some other time.*

Since we requested to travel by bus, we could see the beautiful agricultural lands ahead of us. We entered Syria by crossing the Jordan-Syria border. It was so creepy 'coz we spent like hours stuck at the immigration office. They just won't let us cross over. Either they thought we were some kind of 'pengganas' or they simply nak 'duit'. Hmm.

Honestly, I don't vividly remember all things about Syria    the buildings, the food, the culture, the weather, the people. However, the thing I know is that I really felt happy during my few-days visit there. It'll take some times for me to recall the name of the Bazaar I went, places I visited, traditional food I ate and so on but I'll update this post from time to time.

Ye, aku memang suka Publish post tak complete. I know.

But the fun thing was that Syrian Arabic dialect is quite similar to the Standard Arabic that I've been learning for 10 freaking years (AND I STILL CAN"T SPEAK FLUENTLY WHICH IS SO FRUSTRATING) so whenever I tried to speak arabic, they were okay with it. Well, of course it was, in a way sounded funny and silly, but at least I tried. I remember the time when my mom and I went to buy the adaptor for my dad's phone charger. (The plugging system is different from us. Hmm, how to describe it, this is so hard. LOL. I am not an electrical engineer!!)

After a few minutes... (googling something)

Ehem. (Confident)

Y'know, in Malaysia, we use these type of plug and socket.

This is Plug & Socket Type G.
The commonly used ones in our country.

On the other hand, Syria uses these type of plugs and sockets. My dad's phone charger just couldn't fit in the one they used in the hotel.

Plug and Socket Type C.

Plug and Socket Type E.

Plug and Socket Type L.

Awesome right?? I mean, I am awesome. Googling about all these things. Macam pro je! Interesting pulak, tapi takde rezeki dengan TNB :| Hehe. This fascinating info (including the pictures) is taken from here.

Back to the adaptor thingy, after we showed what we needed, he gave us one of the adaptors. "Is it in a good condition? How do we know?", asked mom. Sadly, he can't speak English. So yeah, apa entah dia cakap. Hehe. My mom told me to ask him the very same question but in Arabic. Woops. What was it? I was stumbling, trying to put the words in order. But, I couldn't. God, it was hard. The last thing I could say was, "Hal Haza Khoir?" (Is this good?) Darn it.

For sure he said it was good! That is what you call business then. I, actually was trying to say, "good condition"    which means he should try to plug in the adaptor to the socket to see if it was working or not.
The two-way communication failed then, I suppose and we headed back to our hotel. Oh, Damsyiq (Damascus) was beautiful!

"O Allah, plase protect Syria. I wanna go there again."

We took a walk to the nearby Bazaar. It was so peaceful here. I seriously never ever thought that Syria would go through something like they are facing now. Fighting between Muslim Sunni and Syiah. Maybe this is the obstacle that Allah wants you to face in order for you, Syrians Muslims to consider yourselves 'Mukminin'. May Allah ease your life. Amin.

Syrian kids.

I found them playing around the city while we were walking around after shopping at the Bazaar. (I was holding my shopping bag with my right hand.) They were so cute! I simply asked them to snap a picture with the cute me. They were more than happy to do so! Haha. Actually, there were three of them, the other one looked a bit grown-up, probably my age (around 15). But he was so shy. Never mind then.

P/S: MasyaAllah, cantiknya & kacaknya orang- orang Syria. Serious!! Hehe. Ciptaan Allah. Penciptanya pasti lebih hebat!

Sambung lagi esok. Bye bye.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The Awesome Being-ME Event

Hi there! Salaam. I am so overwhelmed with excitement today & yesterday as I got to meet the international speakers that I adore so much, got to talk to them in person and of course, snap pictures with 'em! :)

People might have asked me, "Why did you volunteer? You could go as a participant, y'know, really get to listen to their speeches." I know too! However, I find volunteering is wayy too much fun, you get to know more friends, work with them, help thousands of people losing their directions in the big building, listen to the talks during your break time (They won't ask you to work 24/7, you know). Not to mention, the attraction of the speakers as well! I personally believe that by doing these voluntary works, I can enhance my communication skill too. So you see, there are lots of pros instead of the cons! Like I mentioned before, it's also something nice to put in your resume (I'm talking about the experiences here). Ain't it? :) The most important thing is that this is absolutely part of my investments for the hereafter, insyaAllah! Harap- harap Allah terima.

Even though the tickets were already sold out, people kept coming non-stop! They even begged to pay triple than a ticket would actually cost them! And because this was meant for people seeking knowledge, they were allowed to join us! Alhamdulillah. The seats weren't enough but all praises to Allah, everyone fit in! (There were also Mothers Room for those who breastfeed their cute babies, Daddies and Me Room for fathers looking after their children to give their lovely wives a day off and Bazaars with a lot of fantastic designs for abayas, hijabs and also skirts!) Anyway, I am still kinda disappointed because I didn't see any of my friends there :| I understand if you were busy with classes or you live far away, but to those who were just sitting around at home, you really loss something so beneficial!

Off topic a bit. I find that it's very hard for the muslims, Malay especially, to spend RM100 for any talks and speeches regarding Islam. I even find it's hard for them to "LIKE" the posts (or share it so others will know) about it in Facebook or any social sites.
But, you know, when talking about "Love or Girlfriend-Boyfriend thingy" posts in the social sites, the number of people reading the articles and liking them is increasing faster! Perasan tak? Takpe, aku perasan. Bila aku post pasal event2 Islamik ni, tak sampai 10 orang like. Tapi bila siapa2 cakap pasal, "Korang nak kahwin dengan orang yang mcm mana? Ciri apa yang korang pandang pada seorang lelaki/ perempuan? Cecite sikit!", WOAH, sampai 80-100 orang like. Tengok concert penyanyi2 popular dari sana tewww sanggup tak makan sebulan simpan duit (exaggerate). Tolong lah. At least share lah article tu. You might not be interested, but your friends might be!

*What the inputs we get were, I'll add up later on ^^

Anyway, enough said :) Lets look at some of my photos!
(I was under the Ushering Team again! Muka usher betul). So yeah, enjoy!

With Raya Shokatfard. She's so lovely. 
She went through a  hard journey but finally found Islam again. Alhamdulillah :)

With Yasmin Mogahed.
I adore her so much, wanna be like her someday.
Pray for me! ;)

Friends and me with Dr. Fadila Grine.
She's a nice person!

My teammate and I with Myriam Francois-Cerrah.

And some 'celebrities' I met there ^_^ (Ushering team had a long break)

With Wardina.
She was the MC.

With Farah Lee.
She's a blogger, and her husband is the real celebrity actually.

With Maria Elena.

P/S: Tak perlu cakap, "Eii, Miza makin gemuk lah." Gemuk boleh kurus. Stop criticizing.


Thursday, 21 June 2012

How I Spend My Holiday Wisely

Salaam and Hi. To all. 

6 months to leaving high school forever, I had already begun listing down my 'Things To Do' while waiting for the dreadful SPM results. I planned to spend my leaving-school holiday with such fascinating activities so that I won't regret it later on. Because I am someone who values privacy so much, I simply wrote it down in my planner. Nevertheless, I often saw my friends jotted it down on stick notes (or is it sticky notes? Whatever.) and put it on their tables. My point here is that other people could see what they planned to do whereas I simply didn't want people to know about my plan. Back at high school, I have to admit that I didn't really like the idea of sharing my thoughts with people. (Depending on the issues, of course.

However, now that I think of it again, I guess I wanna share it    what I planned to do together with what have I already done.

First of all, I'll go through my planner to find the list and upload the pictures here. Soon.

I memorize things mostly by memorizing numbers    How many causes, How many characteristics of blood, etc etc rather than directly remember the facts. Well, if you understand what I mean. Loving the way I study, I guess I'd better write in points form.  Funnier to read, Easier to follow.

Currently I am still having my few last weeks of relaxing and 'luxurious' holiday starting from mid December last year. That clearly tells ya that I have been sitting around at home for approx half a year! Everytime I logged in to my social site's accounts, people often ask me "Hi Miza.. What are you doing at home?", "Tak bosan ke? Kalau aku lah, huh. Boleh gila duduk rumah, tak tahu nak buat apa", "Duduk rumah je nanti gemuk". 

Aah, memang aku makin 'sihat' pun. Takpelah, nanti sambung belajar, turun lah balik berat tu, hopefully. =.="

To make it short, this is it!

1. I like Hawaiian Pizza or generally, I enjoy eating. Therefore, learning how to cook is definitely part of my plans. 
Check out the recipe here. Oh, it's not the recipe for Hawaiian Pizza, btw.

2. I've been reading comics since I was a kid. Be it Doraemon, Manga or any Gempak Starz comics and I am a huge fan of Betty & Veronica comics!

3. Learning how to knit & stitch. I am currently addicted to "Amigurumi". A japanese stuffed toy. It's so cute. You can learn it from this 20-minute tutorial! Or simply watch it down here >>>

I'm still doing it, the stitches XD

4. Since I am a tapeworm bookworm, I love reading books and I have a great fond toward books. I can spend hours sitting in MPH / Popular / Borders to check out books. My friend also recommended me his book, The Hunger Games. He bought the whole sequels and says that I can borrow his books. 

5. A mosque that is quite near to my house (Quite far to walk, but takes about 5 minutes by car) is very active. There is at least one class/ ceramah every week. The classes cover Tafsir, Feqah, Tajwid, Tasawuf and Bahasa Arab. I like it. By going to the religious classes, you'll learn new knowledge and mingle around with lotsa people of different backgrounds, different ages.

"Y'know, in this life, we have to chase for both Duniya and Akhirat (hereafter). However, if we chase for Duniya ONLY, we wouldn't get Akhirat. On the other hand, if we chase for Akhirat, we would also get Duniya. WHY? Because Akhirat is in front of Duniya in the race track. So, we'll for sure pass through the Duniya before we take our place in Akhirat. "
Makes sense, right? I know!

6. I was told to self-study for my SAT tests later in October (2 months after I enroll in the college). I am planning on taking Math Level 2 for my SAT Subject Test so I bought a revision book! The syllabus is quite similar to SPM except there are variations in the terms used and also additional sub-topics. 

Frankly speaking, I still haven't finished revising the whole book. LOL. 6 months lazying around, I gotta admit that my brain is kinda slow and it's kinda hard to sit and really concentrate 'digesting' the knowledge.

Du'a asking for concentration >>
 “Blessings of god be upon Muhammad and his progeny. O god, I ask you, the one who mentions goodness and actualizes it and commands it, remind me of that which the shaytan makes me forget.

7. Since I needed to attend several interviews, I spent few days preparing for the interviews, doing mock interviews with my family, choosing clothes to wear on that very day. Usually an interview would take me one whole day. Not to mention the educamps I attended. In total, I spent like approx 30 days of my 6-month holiday for the interviews. Oh My Holiday! :D

This is helpful too!
You can read my experiences by clicking here.

8.  I like puzzles     Be it sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, 3D puzzles. A geek. Anyway, here is what I did! A 3D army ship! Cool, ain't it?


Jigsaw puzzle~

9. Doing DIY thingy is just so much fun! I decided to make my own planner cover therefore I sew the small pieces of clothes together.

The inside.

It's got button!

10. Besides doing it as part of my 'investments' for the hereafter, I also become a volunteer for Islamic Events to    y'know, have something nice to put on my scholarship resume. Heh. They were organised by iLuvIslam and Mercy Malaysia. I also attended one as a participant    which was the Twins Of Faith. They are all very informative and interesting! Seriously! Go check on their websites&Facebooks often to keep you updated. Oh btw, don't forget to subscribe to Wardina Safiyyah's Facebook page too because she always announces if any particular event needs some volunteers. :)

Some pictures:
(Since I was under the ushering team, which means I was dealing with the VIPs, so I got to snap some pictures with 'em.)

These were during the Konvensyen Bidadari Dunia at PICC.
Me with Fatimah Syarha.

My teammate and I with Wardina.

With Ustazah Bahiyah.
 This was during the Konvensyen Super Parents at PICC.

P/S: One more to come! Tomorrow (30 June), I'm going to have one more event- Being-ME, all-women event at MATRADE, KL. Yasmin Mogahed's gonna be there, seriously! ^_^

Read here for the post : Being-ME (Muslimah Empowered) Event

11. This is not what I do. Exercise regularly. That's why I'm getting fatter cuter. Kbye.