Sunday, 22 January 2012

A Trip to Tenom

I’ve always wanted to go to Tenom, and I managed to get that dream fulfilled! Yayyy! Haha~ Tenom [known as Fort Birch during the colonial period] is a town in the Interior Division, around one hour’s journey from Keningau. The little town is surrounded by the magnificent Crocker Range. Of course, here is also the place where the adventurous go for the white water rafting at Padas River. Tenom is famous for its coffee, Kopi Tenom. I tasted it, it was nice! Anyway, when I was there with my friends, we visited Taman Pertanian Sabah, or Sabah Agricultural Park. Believe me when I say it is big~ I think it’s better to rent the bikes there rather than to walk~ heheh.
On a bridge that crossed the Padas River 
Padas River [not the white water rafting part though] 
 Tenom! It was foggy that day~
 In front of TPS
We rode bicycles around TPS~ It was fun!!! MYR3 for the rent + MYR1 for each subsequent hour
No one told us if we couldn't eat the rambutan~ So, we plucked anyway~ haha~ Sweet! 
 One of the lakes there 
Ahh~ So, I’ve covered three divisions of Sabah~ Kudat, West Coast, and the Interior… Sandakan and Tawau… wait for me [in two years’ time~ haha]

恭喜发财! 新年快乐!
Have a great year of the
Water Dragon!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Tambalut om Tompinai

[I’m so emotionally clichéd lately… hahaha]
Friends come and gone… many just never stay with you from point A until Z, but at the very least, they were there during the greatest part of a journey we call life. They were there when you need support, or guidance, or when you needed some help in the assignments or just to crack some jokes. Friends are like the second family to all of us, especially when we live away from our real families. No man is an island – for a person to exist without friends are just weird.

2 ½ years here in KK with all the boys and girls all around me had been a wonderful ride of joy, of happiness, of sadness, of frustration, of craziness… Everything that we collected here becomes the memories and experience, treasured throughout our lives. Nothing will ever change that.


…are inevitable. Indeed, a major change will happen soon – my transition from being a student in an IPG, to a student in a university. I still feel like this is an absurdly enthralling change… ‘Me being in a university!’ is not the sentence that I have ever thought of when I was in school. I love English, but at that time I was so sure that English would not take me that far, at least that far into a university.

Fate has a way to detour our thoughts. It is happening now.

I know UiTM will give its own tests to every member of my class. I’m looking forward to everything there, the new environment, the challenges, the courses [especially Japanese language!], the way of living. New memories will be made. I will be lying if I say that I’m not afraid. I don’t know what the perceptions of the mainstreamers there towards my class are, or how stiff the competition is, or how the atmosphere will affect me. Some say being in university will give you a culture shock if you are unable to adapt to the surrounding. Life there will be different. You got to be more independent… you got to be more resilient… you got to be more careful.

Changes are inevitable. IPG Gaya has been a great place, but I’ll be leaving this place for two years. Reality kicks in.

The Milk of Hera

Sky, it is wonderful, even made more so by the countless magnificent stars, hanging up there without any strings, emitting radiance every single night. They are limitless, and they continue their job to fill the dark night, inspiring people from time immemorial. Yes, nature is a part of us. Now though, artificial lights begin to take over the dark. Just look at any big cities and chances are you won’t even see a single star. To think that we’ve lost our connection with the sky is quite sad. The night to a human life is just as important as the day. How many of us have ever watched the Milky Way? Yes, we can see it, well, parts of it… and I really think that I saw it during a journey to Tenom – numerous stars and the Milky Way, even if that slice of our galaxy seen there was dimmer when compared with the other places. Seeing the Milky Way by my own is something I’ve never expected to see in my whole life.

Nothing can beat nature, right?

Sunday, 15 January 2012


Thursday, 12 January 2012


You know what I look forward the most in UiTM this March?



21 on 12

Happy Birthday to me~!


21 years old… the legally-binding age when I should act as a matured guy, but I still feel like I’m 16, my attitude and stuff that is. Hahaha~

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

An Experience in the Field

Field Experience [FE] [codename: TSL451] is a new course that was added after UiTM’s Faculty of Education’s revamp. The purpose: to give the trainee teachers an early experience in the schools as future teachers. Before this, the trainees could only go to the schools for a three-months-practicum in Part 7 [or the last year]. I guess it’s better to have FE. At least, we’ll have an idea of what to expect when we become teachers during the Practicum – less culture shock, fear and anxiety.

So, FE requires us to visit our given schools and spend two weeks there observing, assisting, discussing, and doing whatever stuff our mentors ask us to do… school-related stuff, mind you. The mentors are the teachers assign to the trainees. We are not just doing things related to English, but others like co-curricular activities, or accompanying the mentors to their meeting [if the mentors want it]. Oh yeah, we need to fill up the ROS report… I don’t even know what the heck it is. After all that, we have to fill up some forms about the mentors’ ways of the T&L sessions in the class. Good, isn’t it?

Anyway, unlike the IPG’s School-based Experience [SBE], we, the trainees, don’t have the opportunity to choose our own school. Instead, UiTM chooses them for us. Other than that, we are given secondary schools, not primaries like SBE. UiTM really takes this seriously since all those schools are the high-achieving/elite schools… Guess where’s mine?


So, SESMA… get ready for me! Huwahaha~! I’m so looking forward to spend my two weeks there! Let’s hope you guys [by this, I’m referring to the students] will be nice!

Sunday, 8 January 2012


Everything must be perfect. The marks, the scores, the answers… and then when you did wrong, you lived with the thought that you were doomed… doomed… no turning back now. You should punish yourself because what you did what not adequate according to your assumptions. Downhill was where you were going. Suddenly, you thought that people would see you with a lower expectation since you were not actually GOOD ENOUGH.

Maybe it’s just that I like to exaggerate stuff…

[Nonsense post…]

Sunday, 1 January 2012

GPOY no. 6

So, the first Gratuitous Picture of Yourself for 2012 a.k.a GPOY: this is a messy-and-long-haired me on a quite beautiful beach in Kampung Raja, Besut, Terengganu. It was really windy that day, and the waves were big~!

[Note: To Terengganuese out there, Jertih is NOT the administrative centre of the district of Besut. It's Kg. Raja. Thank you~!]