Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Random Artworks? @.@

Just some random artworks to show you guys I've not abandoned my efforts to practice art.



(what, only 2? = =")

Nature Camp, Away from the Easy Life

Camping: The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet.

I guess the quote above is true after all. xD

The past weekend on the 28-29 March, I had been to my college’s Accounting Society Development Camp which took place in the jungles deep between the calm and beautiful cliffs of Ulu Yam, Selangor.

This is the place where we stayed during our 2 days 1 night camp. Supposedly our destination would be the Riverstone Eco Resort but instead, things changed and we got ourselves this place. Still, the Rock Eco Resort was simple and good enough, a camping spot doesn’t need to be luxurious like a hotel, right?

And if you noticed the word ‘Development Camp’, it’s nothing much of a real camp like what you think, rather it’s more towards a motivational camp with simple activities unlike a scout camp, and there ain’t no campfires allowed here sadly.


Our tents right here. All readily assembled for us.

Despite that, I am happy with how the camp goes. I met people who have distinct personalities. And by the way, I forgot to mention, these people are all students pursuing the same Accounting course. And there’s this one person I call him GG who has a thousand and one phobias (He’s scared of junk food, carbonated drinks, pimples, rivers, leaches, bathing in the open, simple exercises and short hair).

Shortly before the trip started, we were assembled in groups of 4, and I was in group 3 together with Man Chun, Yit Woei and more girls. x3

My group 3.

Day 1

After the 2 hour bus ride from college to Ulu Yam, we started off with a quick breakfast and then we moved on to Jungle Trekking. We trekked uphill, through the jungle and downhill, and we stopped by a few stations on the way. We took along some funky ‘fruits of the forest’ and also enjoyed ourselves taking a cooling bath under the waterfall.

However, the defining moment of that activity was when I got bitten by a leach!

Seriously, I thought myself I am that happy go lucky person who wouldn’t get bitten by a leach. But alas, the Fat Lady sings, I got bitten by a leach. I don’t feel any pain at all, feels like kinda an anesthetic being applied while the leach was happily feasting on me. (lol I made it sound like the leach was delighted) I only realized the wound when I pulled up my trousers.. It was the first time I got bitten and I got the manly mark to prove it! xD

After the Jungle Trekking was over, we went on for lunch. Later, it’s time for Treasure Hunt with a pinch of the Amazing Race in it.

The Treasure Hunt was exhausting. We climbed obstacles and hills, we swam in ponds to collect hidden items, taking mock-up pictures, and even sewing a doll. We stumbled behind on the first part of the race because we paid too much attention towards perfecting our doll! In the end, we went to all the stations and the final objective is to collect the alphabets and form a word. Strangely though, we missed an important letter and therefore, we lagged behind. We might not win the Treasure Hunt, but we have high hopes that we can overcome the lack of points in the other games to come!

We also celebrated Earth Hour in camp too! I guess the Accounting Society committee are really indeed showing their support towards caring for Earth too! (and involving us to show our support too, and not being ignorant)

Starting 8.30pm, we gathered at the hall, and counted down the seconds until we turned off the lights.

Seriously, turning off the lights at home is a whole different thing than in a camp next to the jungle! If there were no smaller backup lights around us, the camp will be totally pitch-black.

Luckily, Earth Hour doesn’t goes by dully without an interesting activity mainly about raising awareness on global warming. Our group did an amazing Global Warming Fashion Show, and I credited myself for the fact that I managed to create outfits and accessories using only newspapers, leaves and toilet papers in a record time of 1 hour!

The other groups on the other hand have an abundance of ideas but I could somehow see they lack the time to completely present their ideas. There was a group who has so much energy in their acting, but they did not mention anything about the issue on global warming. Other groups performed lukewarm sketches although they did tried their best to convey the message of recycling and eco-friendliness.

I guess the idea of hosting a Fashion Show with newspapers as clothing materials ROCKS!

Here’s our proud and masculine ‘Iban’ fashion model of the proclaimed ‘Global Warming Fashion Show’! xD Notice the paper crown and jacket, with a stone necklace and a sumo belt donned with leaves.

Oh btw, here's our Steamboat dinner! (Looks like a face o.o)

Day 2

Good morning, it’s time to get up!

On the second day of the camp, we stayed back in the hall for two interesting workshops conducted by Mr. Johnny Chin from the EMSD (Extra Mural Studies Department) back from college.

He was a charismatic speaker who doesn’t stumble on his words. He taught us some basic foundations of drawing up a Mind Map, and also helped us how to be better speaker ourselves – by conquering our fears of speaking in public.

The talk did helped me to speak better, and I loved every second of the workshop. But what I didn’t like was when I got unanimously selected by my group to represent them for public speaking =.=

The first person before me, Jack is naturally confident with his talking ability and fancy the audience with his wild football commenting. Wait, football commenting? Shouldn’t this be public speaking?

The second person, GG, did an honest speech on Leadership, and honestly I couldn’t get to focus myself on every word he said. Maybe he sounded too formal.

The person after me, went on for an enthusiastic talk on Earth Hour awareness.

Me? I stick with the topic I initially picked before called ‘Ambitions’. I don’t know how I did it, but I made the audience listened to me attentively, and to my heart’s content, might have said something right and inspiring, I got claps and cheers from them. And I loved it when I don’t feel nervous at all during the moment of presentation.

Me, making a point in my speech. Man, my contributions to my Career Café website has certainly helped me with my topic ‘Ambitions’.

After some lunch, we got on to the second workshop called ‘Turbo-Charged’. It’s actually a series of four games that mentally challenges each and everyone of us.

The games were wonderful, and we had a lot of fun playing them. There was the Broken Telephone game, Total Recall, Lead the Blind and Charade for the rest.

In the end, we were required to draw up a Mind Map and state what we have learnt when we played these games.

Fortunately, I am good with Mind Maps because I often draw them to make my lecture notes simpler to remember. I draw the Mind Map while my teammates give a helping hand by thinking of points for the map.

And this is the end result:


Thankfully, thankfully, we won again thanks to our Mind Map! D:

This makes it a sweeping victory for Group 3! YAY!


I felt so relieved because our group won, and I never been felt so appreciated for bringing victory for my group.

-*-*-*-*-

A couple of hours after that workshop, it was time for us to go back home.

When I was in the camp, I was so occupied with the activities but when I got back home, suddenly I felt aching throughout my whole body! It feel like my body's been in a world of hurt when my brain is focusing on it.

I really need to exercise in order to get my muscles working again. @.@

But I learned an important catchphrase from the camp:

Arises We Shine, Sets We Bind

日出日落齐相守


Jiayou!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Earth Hour - Turn Off


Earth's life wont last that long,
When global warming drains them all,
It used to be a great clean place,
But now its just a place for haze.

Rubbish and trash are everywhere,
Many people don't seem to care,
Seeing this as it breaks my heart,
Why wont people just pick it up.

Many lights and air polution,
Alot of different deadly solutions,
Causing problems like acid rain,
It just makes me go insane.

Walking home everyday from school,
If it rains, im soon in the blues,
Knowing that if i walked in the rain,
I would be sick all the way.

Catastrophies and disasters,
Slowly increasing in numbers,
Sooner or later i may not complain,
Malaysia might even have hurricanes.

Skin cancer,Asthma and not forgeting S.A.R.S,
Are now starting to spread,
These diseases are deadly,
And are killing more people towards the end.

Im crying out to everyone,
Help us in Earth Hour,
So please give us a hand to lend,
To stop the beginning of the end.

From the young believer, Aina (Earth Hour Website)



Show to the world that Malaysians are united against global warming.

Spread the word, keep the spirit. A light turned off and another follow suit. Reduce our dependency for energy for one hour.

Earth Hour is just the beginning of a brave step towards united energy conservation - by gaining support of the people who cares for the world too.

Remember, turn off your lights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday to show your support that we actually care for the home planet we live in (and getting rid of the 'Who Cares' negativity)

ps: It's unfortunate I couldn't participate together during Earth Hour.. I'm going for my college's Accounting Society camp in Ulu Yam. Hopefully I can try convince my parents to turn off the lights while I'm not at home? Parents are certainly hard to convince!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Marley & Me



A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, smart or dumb, as long as you give it love, it will give you his.

Based on the largely popular book by the same title, Marley & Me mainly focuses on the life of John Grogan and his family, and caring for their dog, Marley who they call it 'the world's worst dog'.

It has its reasons why Marley is called the world's worst dog - It chews off couches, topples dog food and gobbles it up from the floor, steals lingerie from the house, rips off a postman's bag of envelopes, got kicked off from obedience school, and is just living a carefree crazy life of its own.

Trying my best to keep spoilers to its minimum, the movie starts off with the life of average Joe, John Grogan (acted by Owen Wilson) who works as a newspaper journalist. He is married to his wife Jenny (acted by Jennifer Aniston) who is also a journalist.

Uncertain to be a good mom and a parent, Jenny suggests to John that they should get themselves a pet dog. They would later adopt a cute Labrador retriever and names it Marley after the late singer Bob Marley.

What they didn't know is their dog will soon turn their life upside down - but at the same time, changing it. Marley may be troublesome as a bad company wreaking havoc in the house, but he was deeply loved by the Grogans as a dog.

There were some funny moments, but it also was a real tearjerker in the end as all dog movies do.

It was a massive hit in US during Christmas, because it was a good and honest story about the life and journey of a humble man loving his dog, his wife and his children. It is a nice family-oriented drama, thus suitable for even the kids to watch.

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston also play their parts well, but I somehow still doubt the chemistry between them as a loving husband and wife relationship. Director David Frankel (who also directs The Devil Wears Prada) put in some nice touches to this movie.

If you feel like watching a casual movie with some comedy and maybe preparing yourself some tissues too, then Marley & Me is a good watch.

Otherwise, it's best to read the book if you haven't yet, because the book gives a more vivid description of the story - the love and life with the world's worst, but lovable, dog Marley.

Short-Lived Luxury

*(I should have posted this yesterday but the crippling slowness of Streamyx in my area has frustrated me a lot)*

How would you feel to enjoy a short-lived luxury?

Awkward question, you say? Or is it, you haven't experienced one yet?

Well, I did. It happened around last Wednesday on my way to college from home, and it all starts at an unlikely place - the KTM train station.

I swiped my Touch n' Go ticket on the scanner, and looked at the time - It was 12.15pm and the next train to Seremban was arriving at 12.30pm.

As I waited, I was expecting to get on board the usual electric train we've all been familiar of - The noticeable yellow and blue train with its mechanical sliding doors.

Instead, it was this train that came to the station.

It's affectionately called the Delia Meranti but I simply refer it to the 'old Express Train', and it usually passes through stations swiftly. This time, it didn't. It, in fact stopped directly in front of me.

I thought, huh, maybe the train conductor is stopping by to use the toilet or something. But what I really didn't expect was when a train staff personnel behind me (he sneered) asked me whether I'm heading to KL Sentral.

I told him, Yes I do. "Eh, bagus la budak, naiklah tren ni," he replies in Malay. I stared at him, and then I stared at the train. The conductor in the train with his big moustache was eyeing at me. I avoided his gaze, and asked the personnel again:

"Apasal tren ekspress lah ni?"

"Ala, bagi promotion naik tren ekspress, jangan banyak tanya soalan, cepat naik!" he replies again in a hasty manner.

I'm not the only one who was mildly surprised, almost all the passengers in the station were hesitating to go on the train. They, like me, never take the express train before.

So I was the first person who go on the train, and funnily, people followed me inside too. I pulled the door open in the train, and *lord behold* the red large seats with plenty of leg rest are looking mighty comfortable! I instantly grabbed a seat, and I'm not gonna let go of it! xD

The journey onboard the express train.. wasn't that express like I wished... The train was moving just like how a normal KTM train would, only that the air-conditioning is not cold, and the whole train was filled with stuffy diesel fumes. Diesel fumes, man. @_@

Only 30 minutes of a luxurious ride (minus the diesel fumes) for a train junkie like me!

......

No sooner when I got back home after college at night, I turned on the tv for the news, and this came out:

Two killed while crossing railway track

Wow, it happens just next to Kepong station. There were a couple of times I've seen people who look like Indonesians crossing the mentioned track section, and looks like an accident finally happens.

Ignorance killed them, I suppose.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spanked

I got spanked on my arse by Jon for this =_= *dammit*


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

4th Sem of College - Here We Come BABEH!


No matter how much I wished, how hard I tried, and how silly I try to wish, my one long month of semester break has finally reached its end.

Looking at the clock above me striking 12AM, I thought to myself, the duration I've spent idling at home reading books, playing on the computer, napping, and even finishing Final Fantasy XII the second time!

I've longed for the holidays not to end. I've never felt so free before, having so much time doing the things I wanted at home without the stress of chasing assignment deadlines.

However, I am also looking forward to starting my new semester in college! Darn, I can't stop thinking whether I'm liking the longer holidays or shorter.

Taking a long look at my freshly printed college timetable.. (and printed an extra copy to stick on the fridge for my worrisome mom to look at)


You can see here I got only three subjects (colored) for this semester. Lots of breathing room here, with an added twist:

1. There are two lectures for Taxation on Wednesday and Friday. This could probably mean something serious - Taxation ain't gonna be easy.. And I hoped the lecturer won't be boring.

2. Business Software Packages are looking to be my favorite for this semester - I will be learning Microsoft Access, a database program that I've never touched or tried at all. Not to forget the 'legendary' Mind Your Own Business (MYOB) is looking like a mighty complex accounting program - note the 3 hour tutorial on Friday.

Another reason I am excited learning MYOB is because Ms. Ng, our accounting lecturer from 1st sem, is back again to teach us!

3. What's gonna be breaking my mood is the fact that I'll be having my Tax tutorial on Saturday! What a pain, this new timetable is coercing me to sacrifice my Saturday napping time.

4. Very predictably, we have a 'culture' among our Group 3 members. We don't favor classes on Saturday. I can easily assume most of my group mates will be replacing on Thursday very soon. And I mean it with the words 'very soon'.

5. The semester only lasts at least a month, which brings to me a hypothesis - We will be bombarded by assignments as early as on the 2nd week, and the final Taxation exam is looming soon, threateningly.



With high hopes, this semester shall go well, and I won't somehow go crazy as class representative.

Now that reminds me why I wanted longer holidays... I hate boarding the packed KTM train again!!