Friday, December 28, 2012

Money, Possibility and Soul

Entri ini ditulis sebagai respon kepada soalan-soalan popular yang ditujukan kepada penulis oleh budak-budak 95 aka Lepasan SPM 2012.
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Oh, dan macam biasa. Entri ini akan ditulis dalam bahasa Inggeris kerana Bahasa Melayu penulis terlalu skema dan mungkin membuat para pembaca tidur dengan membacanya.



After the initial celebration of post-SPM, the 95's started to settle down. Most of them started to think about their future. Their academic path, career path, jobs bla bla bla.

So, they turn to the senior to aid them in their journey to self enlightenment. I was no exception as the 'senior who can help'

You know, I expect them to ask questions like:

"Biotech tu macam mana eh? Cam interesting je"
"Rasa-rasanya untuk cuti ni, aku nak kene buat apa?"
"Kalau nak target scholarship, apa yang aku kene tau?"

But nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I rarely got these kind of questions. Instead, I got:

"Weyh, kerja Aerospace leh jadi kaya tak?"
"Forensik cam takde peluang perkerjaan je. Betul ke?"
"Aku tak minat medic, tapi gaji masyuk weyh maka aku ambik ar."

Personally, I've a strong dislike with these kind of questions. Why? Mostly because it's HIGHLY IRREVELANT

"Eh eh eh eh, cop Nazran. Ko nak cakap duit, gaji bagai tu tak penting? Mampus anak-anak aku makan timun setiap hari!"

Money? Salary? Wages?
Now think for a moment. What earns you money? 
A job, correct?
Now, what determines the amount of money you get for the said job?
The quality of your work.

Now, ask yourself this. If you are given a job you strong dislike, let's say, being the guy who picks up elephant poo, will you do the job well?
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I'm sure you'll not. Why? BECAUSE YOU FREAKING HATE THAT JOB

But hate is a strong word. I think the most suitable way to phrase it is 'Job that is not your passion'

Face it, everyone has their passion or something they really like to do. Some people like conversing and communicating with others while some like to lock themselves in a secluded room and work meticulously. You can't expect a shy person to go out and be a promoter, he or she will be the worst promoter ever. Same thing you can't expect a hyperactive person to code a 1000 line program, he would lose focus at the third line and screw everything up.

Now, for example, you're a kind of person who can't work under stress and clumsy too. Then, because of the money factor of becoming a Doctor, you decided to be one. But you're against your will. You hate the field of medicine but you do it for the money. However, you can't work under stress and very clumsy. Operations by operations, you screwed up, costing lives. Imagine how it will affect your self esteem, your career and ultimately, your life?

 
So, why freaking bother about money?

And another thing, why freaking bother about job opportunity?

Imagine there are 10 doctors and the hospital wants to hire only 2 doctors. Whatever you do, there will still be 2 empty spaces for doctors. How could change this? Well, if you're a good doctor, your chance of getting in is higher, true? So, be a good doctor and the job is yours. 

Just like musicians. It's a field where people say : "Oh, tak leh buat duit ni" and "Heh, tak da chance nak dapat kerja" But passionate musicians hone their skills and they got a job (jobs actually) and money flowing in like a broken paip in Ukay Perdana.

Enough said, your responsibility is to be the best in a field/career you're in. Once you're the best, money and job opportunity come naturally. How to be the best? Well, start by picking a field you're passionate about

"Cop Nazran, camne nak tau field aku passionate ni?"

Well, read. Travel the world. Pray. Go deep into yourself.

Tedious task?

Trust me, I did that.
It was WORTH IT






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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Generasi Muda dan Pantang Larang


** Super special dedicated to 1994s blog. Haven't write any posts for a quite long time and I'm so so sorry. Here with a 'lepak' mode... let's read and enjoy! =)

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Maaf. Kali ni memang rojak sungguh. HAHAHA *ampun*

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Assalamualaikum gentleman dan gadis-gadis jelita sekalian. *lambai tangan*

Mesti korang cam stress out dengan segala assignments, quizzes, tutorial and stuffs tambah-tambah yang programme yang heavy-heavy gitew walaupun on weekend. Takpe aku faham, zaman SPM tu semua dah berlalu, sekarang ni zaman nak step forward and never look back despite so many obstacles to wade through. Cuma satu je. Once kita dah ada atas satu landasan, no matter how hard it takes, we have to go through jugak tak kira sebab we are destined to be in that way. 

Dalam satu ayat dalam Surah Al-Baqarah, 

"Allah tidak membebani seseorang melainkan sesuai dengan kesanggupannya". Jadi guys, kepada sesiapa yang tiba-tiba study mode dia dah lari sebab dia over-think dengan course atau jalan yang dia pilih, sila bear in mind ayat tu =)

Jom kita reverse masuk topik kita hari ni. Hehe. Macam yang korang tahu, pantang larang orang tua ni memang tak pernah lapuk dek zaman. Dari satu generasi ke satu generasi yang lain, pantang-pantang ni mesti akan diturunkan punya. Tambah-tambah yang membesar dengan suasana kampung mesti selalu terdedah bila nenek ke tokwan ke ataupun even mak sendiri tegur apa kita buat dengan taktik pantang larang ni. Korang ni rugi gila kalau tak pernah tahu sebab taktik-taktik ni yang boleh buat untuk nak ugut generasi muda cam kita ni bila terbuat apa-apa yang depa tak suka. Perghhh. Kalau kena dekat orang yang cepat cuak tu, feh. Memang best.


  • Ni paling common. Bila dok dalam dapur, jangan nyanyi. Kalau tak dapat laki tua
    Feh. Ni anak-anak dara yang agak-agak cun tu memang tak ah nak laki tua. Tambah yang boroi botak segala, memang bukan in the list.
  • Kaki memang tak boleh kena penyapu, nanti terkena sial
  • Jangan sambut lesung batu dari tangan orang lain. Contoh kalau ada orang mintak lesung batu untuk buat sambal belacan ke apa, yes kita boleh pass kan. Tapi tak boleh direct to the hand. At least korang kena letak atas satu permukaan untuk pass ke dia. Korang mesti cam wonder gila kan? Haa pantang kali ni orang tua-tua cakap nanti sahabat permainan dulu-dulu atau siapa-siapa yang kita eager sangat nak jumpak, tak terjumpak.
  • Makan jangan berubah-ubah tempat. Nanti kahwin ramai. Chait!
  • Jangan tunjuk pelangi guna tangan nanti tangan kudung :3
  • Jangan duduk atas bantal nanti bisul punggung.
  • Masa meniarap, kaki jangan angkat ke atas. Petanda mak/ayah cepat meninggal.
    Aku selalu kena ugut dengan mak aku pasal ni. Tambah-tambah time aku tak sengaja terangkat kaki ke atas. Penderaan mental betul. Heh!
  • Jangan potong rambut sendiri. Orang tua-tua kata pendek umur!
  • Jangan jahit baju yang kita tengah pakai. Ibarat tengah jahit kain kapan orang mati.
  • Jangan biar pinggan lepas makan kering. At least kena jirus air sikit. Sama gak dengan kotak beras jangan biar beras habis tak terisi-isi. Semua tu ibarat rezeki datang banyak atau sikit (............)
  • Anak dara tak elok duduk tepi tangga tambah-tambah dekat beranda rumah, nanti rombongan lelaki yang nak datang meminang patah balik tak jadi.
    Pasal ni erk... apa kata korang cari relation dia. HAHA
  • And.... jangan tangkap gambar 3 orang nanti salah seorang akan mati.



Sebenarnya aku tak sure lah sangat kenapa pantang larang ni wujud. Tapi mak aku selalu jugak kata, orang tua-tua keluar semua titah ni sebab depa kaya dengan pengalaman dan dapat predict kesan-kesan atas perkara yang kita buat. Ada orang cakap semua ni kuno, dan ada jugak tak resist semua pantang larang ni. 

Kalau korang la kan.... apa pandangan korang dengan isu ni as koranglah generasi muda yang akan deal dengan isu-isu ni tambah-tambah bila korang dapat mak/bakal mak mertua yang berpegang teguh dengan pantang larang orang tua-tua? 

Well. Sharing is caring. Kalau ada lagi pertambahan pantang larang, kongsi lah sama kita semua dekat sini. Adios!


by : Afifa Anuar





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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Preparing Ammunitions, Kevlar, Sniper Rifle and Helmet

Long time no see. Haven't blogged anything in 1994 for such a long time, and today I'll share with you few information, specifically written for SPM candidates of 2012 (batch '95). You may think that these are advices, as the mini codex to prepare yourself for the upcoming future as a college student.

Prepare Your Ammunition


Definition of "ammunition" according to the Unified Dictionary of NightlyArt, it is a kind of analogy for preparing the specific knowledge of your choice, e.g. the course that you decided to pursue in the tertiary degree.

Special agents, or soldiers always prepare their specific gun such as Glock, Sig Sauer, Nighthawk or whatsoever type of guns with the specific bullet, according to the type of mission, either hollow point or full metal jacket. In this case, you might need to refer to the newspapers or internet (Afterschool as the example). Bear in mind that you won't find any useful information about the public universities in newspaper. It is your task to venture into the internet, ask your seniors on Facebook or just refer to their blogs, and get yourself into some specific forum boards (ReCom as the example).

#Protips : Form a group of 10 (more or less), each of the team member will choose the certain specific universities of interest, and then Google for the answers for some certain specific information. Combine it, and then "sync" the final results with your school counsellor. Maybe they have some useful information in their databank to help you.

Prepare Your Sniper Rifle


Let say that you're done with the information gathering, proceed to the next step. In this step, like snipers, we are going to have definite target and resolute standing on what you'll do for the next phase, i.e. your tertiary stage of education.

It is not necessary for you to have only 1 final target. Having multiple targets may help you to plan few fallback options just in case something worst happened. Serving as the example, you're really interested to be a Pharmacist, but the road for you to be as a Pharmacist is closed due to few factors, you still have few backup plans. Stand up, and keep your pace steadily.

The same thing goes to the choices of university. Don't be afraid, because "once the student is ready, the teacher will come" - Buddha.

#Protips : Play Counter-Strike a lot, and you'll know which is the best. Is it Steyr Scout? Arctic Warfare Magnum? H&K? Hewhewhew.

Prepare Your Kevlar


Culture shock is something inevitable, and it happened to me too. Dealing with it will teach you a lot of things, and in fact, it is a tool to improve your thinking skill and maturity. Same as Kevlar, understanding the causes of the culture shock and also the "mechanism" to fight against the negativity of the society is like a type of defense, to ensure that bullets of social destruction won't degrade yourself.

Adequate knowledge in religion also required for Muslim students. Basic understanding about prayer, du'a and every crucial principles in Islam will help you to organize your life better, and also you'll have the tendency to score more in your exam for Foundation of Islamic Religion (hehehehe).

But please… Islam isn't something that you apply with your pen and liquid paper only, but it is something that you have to apply with your brain and muscles.

#Protips : 6 months of hiatus isn't short, and this is the golden time for you to learn about the fundamental teachings of Islam. Or else, learn more about the history of Islamic civilization, the age of Turki Ottoman empire, the Abbasid empire and also the Umayyad Caliphate. These are the important names, Google 'em:

Sultan Muhammad al-Fateh, Khalifah Harun ar-Rasyid, and Khalifah Umar Abdul Aziz. And also, the scholars such as al-Haitam (Alhazen), Ibnu Sina (Avicenna), al-Khawarizmi (Algaurizin) and many more, because they were the scientists that laid the foundation in science. Focus yourself on the age of Abbasid & the Ottoman Empire, and also their relation with European's renaissance.

For more fun, you might want to read about Thomas Alva Edison and Nikola Tesla.

Prepare Your Helmet


Helmet and Kevlar are quite the same things (and you can buy both of them by using 1 key command in Counter-Strike) but they protect the different parts of the body. By using the definition from the NightlyArt Unified Dictionary, helmet is something that protect your head, by adding an extra torture to your head - heat.

Yes, we're going to torture our mind here, hardwiring few things so we can calibrate to build new useful mindsettings. In this case, we are going to change a few small things only, such as:

a. At what time we should wake up
b. Fighting sleep deprivation
c. Dealing with mood swing
d. Grow a habit to read more and more
e. Speedreading
f. whatever necessary things that can be changed

Why do we need to change things that we are born with? Simple! There must be things, that if you change them, you can boost your productivity, or your life become more manageable, or you can bring more happiness.

Yes, first thing is you need to torture yourself to recalibrate innate attitude. In my case, I had hard time to make sure that I would read at least 5 pages of a self-help book everyday. But now, I can sprint through 10 pages in one go, 4 times a day.

#Protips : Start with Wikipedia, and all you need is to keep the momentum.

Final Worlds

To sum it up, prepare yourself necessarily. In the meantime, enjoy your holiday. Watching Anime or English series may help you with your vocab, or playing some online games may reduce your stress.

#Protips : Consider "The Mentalist". Now it runs on its season 5. Maybe it is a little bit hard to find the first season on the Net.





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Monday, December 17, 2012

Straight A's : Is it THAT important?

Assalamualaikum and good day to you all!





This post is just my random thought to share with all of you juniors. As we all know, PMR result will be release this week, and soon, SPM and STPM follows up. Now my question is, how many A's are considered, important? Straight A's, a lot, less, no A's, just a mere pass? Sure, we all want to hold that slip, and be proud of the A's we got.

But, what IF, you don't get what you think you deserve? I remember the day when I get my SPM result, and almost cried my heart out in front of my friends. Owh, what a dreadful thing to read, when my expectation seems to be in a drench. I was so embarrass, I think I could just die. To think my result was that bad, is unacceptable, after those flying colours I got for UPSR and PMR.

Then, I went for lunch with friends. "8A's", "7A's" was all that I heard. My ears were burning. I thought I there was no hope for me. Then I got a wake-up call from my teachers. They said, my results wasn't so bad. Then they asked me what I want to be, and proudly I said, I want to be an Aircraft Engineer.

Keep in your mind, I still don't think I could make it. I applied for a lot of things, just to try my luck. UPU, Matriks, Private colleges, just basically anything. I even applied for TESL! (since I got an A+ for English and an A for 1119) Fast forward a couple of months, a very interesting results came on. I got accepted for everything I applied. Matriks, UNITEN and UPU. Owh, but UPU decided to change my course that I applied, which made me sad.

Decided to go for UNITEN, since I have a better chance of becoming an engineer there, I discovered an institute I knew existed, but overlooked it. UniKL MIAT. With the due date for the application almost close, I quickly filled the application form. After waiting and waiting, I was called for the interview and IQ test.

And now, I am proudly stating, I'm a student there. With MARA covering my fees, I'm greatly grateful for the supports I get from everyone. Owh, something I forgot to mention, MIAT is an institute providing course only, and only to become a License Aircraft Engineering  and Aviation Management. In the end, I get what I wanted.
*random pic of me in MIAT. Guess which 1 is me :3*

So kids, don't you worry too much about your results. Whatever you get, whatever it is, be sure to smartly handle your situation, go for what you want. There's always a way you can achieve your dream. OK?!



Assalamualaikum :)




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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Thing About Passion

Remember the time when you ask your parents/family/friends about what course to take after SPM? The most common reply is

"Ko belajar apa yang ko minat"
"Follow your passion"
"Passion kene ada bro, kalau tak, susah"

But...

WHAT ABOUT PASSION???

You know it's freaking frustrating when you talk about PASSION. Really, what is PASSION? How would you define this PASSION? A strong emotional attachment? A subtle but continuous interest? The voice in your head saying "Yeah man, this is passion." like a blonde hippie high on weed?

Maybe yes, maybe no. The reality is: PASSION is THAT ABSTRACT. No single definition of Passion fits for everyone. 

But I'm not here to define PASSION. I'm here to help you find it.

You see, the saddest person in this world is someone who has no passion. He or she lives life as it is without a sense of direction or drive because the absence of passion. That particular person find it hard to get up in the morning because every day is the same. Life in his or her eyes is grey and bland. Sad isn't it?

So, find your passion but HOW?



There are many ways to find it. But one thing for sure, you will need to work for it. That's right, no one can get his/her true passion just from a single moment of epiphany. You would need to go through multiple epiphanies and discoveries before the passion you seek appeared in front of your eyes.

Among the way is to immerse yourself into it.

Yes, go for it!

Find music interesting? Go learn an instrument
Find cooking interesting? Buy several cookbooks
Find physics interesting? Read ALL about it
Find a particular sports interesting? Don't stand around and go PLAY it!

Do what your heart says "Hey, this might be interesting. Give it a try." In this particular context, the 'leap before you think' mindset can be beneficial. Why? Because you don't know anything about what you will like, so just DO IT and see what happens. I did that with music and until now, it has been one of my passion.

Another way (actually, it is more of a supplement) is to do a particular activity/subject with all you got. Yes, most passion don't come easy. You would need to crack it down and taste the very core of it. Imagine how many people didn't find their passion because they give up before they could taste the sweetness of it all.

Talk to people! Your confused self is the worst person to listen. Go and talk to people. It doesn't need to be about your passion. Just talk. Who knows, that person could introduce you to your passion.

Simply enough, we would need to work your butts off to find your passion. And trust me, once you find it, your life would be really meaningful...

Why I'm confident to say that?

Because I found mine...
And if I didn't find it, I won't be writing this blog post.

Yes, my passion is writing





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Friday, November 30, 2012

Freedom = Independence.

Assalamualaikum,


"Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it."

You are no longer in high school. There's no teachers to tell you what to do. No more teachers to tell you which chapters to read to score in the exams, no teachers to guide you through in every single thing you do, no teachers to hover over you, making you study during prep time. No more teachers to get mad every time you skip classes, or every time you mess up the work given.

Face it. You're free now. Free as a bird.


Free to make your own decisions.
Free to choose your own path.
Free to do whatever you want.
Free to make mistakes and learn from them.
Free to live life the way you want.
Free to enjoy the time you have.
Free to do as you wish.

But are you really up to it? Are you really ready to face the real world?

If you're the type of person who waits for the teachers to tell you the topics that will be coming out in the exams, no, I'm afraid you are not ready to go out in the real world.

If you're the type of person who waits to be spoon-fed with the answers for every question, I'm sorry to say that the real life will be hell for you.

If you're the type of person who do things just because other people are doing it, I hope you're ready mentally, 'cause you will not survive out there.

Did I scare you enough? Well, if I did, I'm sorry. Let's talk about lighter things, shall we?

Your so-called 'honeymoon' phase.

What to do after finishing your SPM? Yes, you may relax, enjoy your break, hang out with your friends, fall in love and yada yada yada. But don't forget that you still have to plan for your future. Ignore what the others might say, ignore if they comment that you're being too focused. It's your future, and you need to plan.

Start thinking on what course you're planning on doing.

Medicine? Accountancy? Law? Actuarial Science? Engineering? Education? Mass communication? Name it, there's hundreds of courses available out there for you to choose. So, depending on what type of person you are, choose the best course for yourself. Know your passion and your strength, your weaknesses and your values. You know yourself better, so don't just follow what other people are doing.

And, please don't take up a particular course just because your girlfriend or boyfriend is doing it. Seriously. It does not work that way. Trust me.

To those who might be thinking about courses already, here are some links for you to check out. These are our previous posts, during our 'post-SPM' time last year. Maybe it'd be of some help to all of you, insyaAllah :)

1.You Pick, We Write (This is a collection of posts about various courses, such as Computer Science, Psychology, Accounting, Actuarial Science, Medicine and some others)

2. Apa Course & Career Yang Sesuai Dengan Kita? Check this out and try out the test to find out which course is suitable with your personalities.

3. Kenapa Kena Pilih Course & Career? Penting Sangat Ke? If you think choosing the perfect career is not important, well, think again.

4. Episode Terakhir: Course and Career Some theories and tests to help you make the right choice!

So. It's up to you now to make your own research, make your own choices. Everything you need to know is here on the internet, you just have to put in the extra effort to go and look for it.

And, don't worry, you're not alone. We're here to help you, if you'd allow us to. :)








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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tanggungjawab Generasi

Untuk post kali ini, Nazran akan cuba menulis dalam dwibahasa kerana kepakaran Bahasa Melayu beliau telah menjunam dengan teruk sekali kerana sering membaca status-status/kicauan-kicauan (tweet) rempitwz di lawan sesawang sosial.

Assalamualaikum semua!
Hello everybody!
Salam 1Malaysia!
Salam 1Obama! (yey dia menang)

Topik post kali ini ialah:

TANGGUNGJAWAB GENERASI



Reaksi-reaksi anda mungkin akan menjadi seperti 'pergh, gila heavy/deep sia topik ni' ataupun 'ala, bukan topik kahwin/kapel, *tekan butang 'x' warna merah'. Tapi aku rasakan bahawa topik ini perlu dibincangkan/diseru kerana ia akan membawa kepada implikasi yang besar, samada positif atau negatif kepada perkembangan negara kita.

Seperti anda semua sudah tahu, (tipulah kalau tak tahu) pelajar-pelajar tingkatan 5 2012 sedang menduduki peperiksaan SPM mereka. Pada masa penulis sedang berkarya post ini, pelajar-pelajar tersebut sedang menduduki peperiksaan Maths. Dan tidak lama lagi, mereka akan mengakhiri zaman persekolahan mereka dengan tamatkan SPM.

Lepas itu, apa jadi?

Jawapannya: Entah

Benar, kebanyakkan pelajar lepasan SPM tidak tahu dimana arah tuju mereka kerana selama ini, matlamat hidup mereka untuk 5 tahun di alam persekolahan ialah 'Belajar, Exam, Lulus' Tapi dengan tamatnya SPM, matlamat mereka sudah tercapai dan sekaligus melenyapkan 'drive' yang bertanggungjawab untuk membuatkan mereka bangun di pagi hari.

Masyarakat boleh disalahkan untuk fenomena 'Burn Out' ini. SPM seringkali dipandang penting dalam mata masyarakat. Penulis tidak menyangkal kebenaran itu tetapi tidakkah anda terfikir SPM itu dipandang terlalu tinggi? 

SPM ialah kehidupan! SPM ialah muktamad! SPM ialah segala-galanya! Mati untuk SPM! Hidup untuk SPM!

Disebabkan itulah, kebanyakan pelajar telah di 'brain wash' (Tak kan la nak letak 'cuci otak') untuk menetapkan SPM sebagai matlamat hidup mati mereka.

Untuk kita yang sudah digelar 'Pelajar Lepasan SPM 2011', adakah ini benar? Adakah dengan tamatnya SPM hampir setahun lepas, kita sudah tercapai matlamat hidup muktamad kita?

TIDAK SAMA SEKALI

Hidup masih diteruskan. Dan saya pasti anda semua pun merasakan SPM bukan segala-galanya. Semua markah-markah peperiksaan kita sekarang hanya sekadar memori untuk memenuhi keperluan nostalgia kita. Apa yang penting adalah 'ilmu-ilmu hidup' yang kita pelajari, seperti speed reading, social skills dan memasak (heh). Sijil-sijil kokurikulum pun tidak digunakan tetapi yang digunakan ialah 'ilmu-ilmu hidup' yang kita pelajari daripadanya.

TETAPI

Junior-junior kita masih hidup dalam keadaan dimana SPM adalah segala-galanya. Skill-skill penting yang lain tidak dihiraukan. Memori yang kuat disanjung lebih tinggi daripada keupayaan untuk berfikir secara kritis/kreatif. Sistem zaman ini yang terlalu menekankan peperiksaan akan melahirkan mesin-mesin fotostat yang mekanikal. Oleh sebab itu, seperti kita, MEREKA AKAN SENGSARA.



Jap Nazran, sengsara?

Ya, sengsara.
Cuba ingat balik waktu-waktu pasca SPM kita. Semestinya anda pernah terasa terseksa atau stress disebabkan 'shock' oleh mekanisme dunia sebenar yang (hampir) tidak menggunakan ilmu-ilmu di dalam buku SPM kita. 

Pernahkah anda terpikir, kalaulah ada orang bagi tahu aku pasal 'shock' ini, mesti waktu sekolah dulu aku boleh 'prepare' dan seterusnya menjadi seseorang yang lebih berjaya.

Tetapi realitinya, TIADA SIAPA BERITAHU KITA

Sekarang junior-junior kita dalam perjalanan ke arah lembah kesengsaraan yang kita pernah hadapi dulu. Dan mereka, seperti kita akan sengsara. Keliru, terkedu, terkesima, stress, tertekan dan segala sinonimnya yang terkandung dalam Kamus Dewan Bahasa edisi ke-6.

Dan proses ini akan berulang tahun demi tahun dalam 'Circle of Ignorance'

Maka,
Saya menyeru semua batch 94's (dan ke atas) untuk hentikan 'Circle of Ignorance' ini. Cukuplah dengan attitude 'Ala, aku sengsara, biarlah junior aku sengsara.' kerana dalam jangka masa panjang, attitude/sikap ini akan mendatangkan masalah juga kepada kita.

Bagaimana?
Agak simple sebenarnya.
Junior-junior kita masih dalam lingkungan generasi kita.
Jikalau mereka tidak berkembang (develop) dengan baik, maka dalam 20 tahun akan datang semasa generasi kita akan menjadi peneraju ekonomi negara (kerana pada masa itu ialah puncak zaman produktif kita) pelbagai masalah yang timbul.

Contohnya, anda ada anak. Anak anda sakit. Maka, anda hantar ke hospital. Apabila di diagnosis kan, penyakit anak anda tidak boleh dikenali. Tetapi, disebabkan doktor anda yang umur sebaya dilahirkan dalam zaman 'ikut buku' dia hanya memberi ubat tahan sakit kepada anak anda and menyuruhnya untuk rehat. Seminggu selepas itu, keadaan anak anda menjadi semakin teruk. Endingnya? Anda fikirlah sendiri.

Walaupun keadaan mungkin tidak menjadi se-kronik itu, tetapi dengan situasi sekarang, paling baik yang boleh dilakukan oleh generasi kita adalah untuk mengekalkan keadaan ini. 

"Eh, bagus la tu."

Comparatively dalam negara, ye, bagus la tu.
Tetapi, manusia di negara lain tidak kekal situasi mereka. Mereka berkembang. Mereka belajar daripada kesilapan sejarah silam. Mereka bergerak ke hadapan dengan optimistik bukan duduk di suatu tempat dengan sikap skeptical.

Maka,
TOLONGLAH JUNIOR-JUNIOR ANDA
BIMBINGLAH MEREKA UNTUK KEBAIKKAN GENERASI KITA





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Pilihan oh Pilihan.

Assalamualaikum,

Sekadar berkongsi pengalaman dan iktibar untuk anda semua yang sedang menjalani program pra-universiti untuk ke luar negara. (bukannya nak mengetepikan pelajar dalam negara, tetapi saya memang tak tahu apa-apa pasal universiti dalam negara, harap maklum)

Okay, bagi mereka yang sedang menjalani program pra-universiti seperti IB, A-Levels, ADFP dan sebagai, anda semua berkemungkinan besar akan memasuki universiti pada tahun hadapan atau tahun berikutnya. Sekiranya anda akan memasuki universiti pada tahun hadapan, anda sudahpun perlu membuat permohonan universiti SEKARANG. Ya, SEKARANG.

Namun, sekiranya anda akan memasuki universiti pada tahun 2014, jangan risau, anda masih mempunyai masa yang lama untuk membuat pilihan. Masih ada masa untuk anda meneliti pilihan universiti yang ada, melihat kebaikan dan keburukan setiap universiti yang ada dan sebagainya.

Sedikit iktibar dalam proses memilih universiti yang ingin dipohon:

1. Jangan lihat pada status universiti, tapi lihat pada status bidang di universiti tersebut.

Ya, mungkin tampak gempak sekiranya anda dapat mengatakan bahawa anda pelajar di University of Oxford ataupun graduan daripada Harvard University. Tapi sekiranya university anda itu tidak mempunyai ranking yang tinggi untuk bidang yang anda ceburi, tidak ada gunanya. Carilah universiti yang mempunyai prestasi tinggi dalam bidang yang anda ceburi, barulah berbaloi anda masuk universiti tersebut.

Contohnya: Tak ke bangang namanya kalau anda nak ambil bidang Perubatan (Medicine) tapi anda memasuki London School of Economics semata-mata kerana LSE ni boleh dikatakan agak femes di UK?

Fikir-fikirkanlah.

2. Lihat kawasan persekitaran dan lokasi kampus dan kolej universiti anda.

Fahami diri anda sendiri. Anda ni orang yang jenis apa? Sukakan kawasan bandar ataupun hidup di luar bandar? Anda sukakan kawasan tepi pantai ataupun berbukit? Lihat juga persekitaran dan neighborhood di kampus tempat tinggal anda. Senangkah nak cari daging dan makanan halal? Ada komuniti Islam berdekatan tak? Kalau tak ada, susah juga nanti nak survive.

[ untuk maklumat lanjut, sila layari www.zabihah.com untuk mencari lokasi restaurant halal yang terdekat dengan universiti pilihan anda. ]

3. Kos sara hidup di universiti anda.

Fikir-fikirkanlah, kita bukannya di Malaysia, tapi di negara orang. Mata wang juga tidak menggunakan mata wang MYR lagi. Kos sara hidup semestinya berubah, malah kebiasaannya lagi tinggi, apatah lagi jika kita pergi ke negara empat musim. Musim sejuk dengan segala kot tebalnya lagi, menelan duit.

Lagi-lagi kalau pergi ke universiti di tengah bandar, lagi banyak wang yang dikeluarkan. Lihat juga penempatannya. Kalau tinggal bersama kawan, sewa apartmen ataupun rumah, tengok kos bulanan berapa, sekali dengan elektrik semua. Tanya senior Malaysia di universiti tersebut, mana tahu mereka boleh tolong.

4. Kualiti pendidikan di universiti tersebut.

Tengok kualiti pendidikan dan penyelidikan (research) yang dilakukan di universiti anda. Ada peluang tak untuk anda sebagai seorang freshman (pelajar tahun satu) untuk mengikuti research program yang diadakan? Tengok rating dari para pelajar universiti tersebut, bagus ataupun tidak.

Terdapat banyak sumber dalam internet tu, gunakanlah sepenuhnya. Buatlah kajian yang terperinci. Jangan pilih universiti hanya pada dasar nama universiti tersebut. Pilih yang terbaik untuk bidang anda. Dapatkan pendapat kaunselor anda, juga ibu bapa dan pensyarah anda.

InsyaAllah, moga segala berjalan lancar. Kongsilah bersama kami kalau anda sudahpun mula memohon, manalah tahu, tiba-tiba ada yang memohon tempat yang sama. :3




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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Degree Up On the Wall


This is a repost from my personal blog. Just sharing with you guys about my thoughts


Mr ***
has been awarded the
Bachelor of Business Administration
from
University of X

I always admired all those certificates and degrees hanged on the wall of houses I visited. It gave me an impression that the people in this household are indeed sophisticated and educated. It sent shivers down of spine in admiration and aspiration. 

But when I returned to my house, there were no certificates hanged on the wall.

Yes, you can't see any degrees up on the wall with all its grandeur in my house.

And if I'm not mistaken, my dad IS a degree holder. 
If that's so, where is the degree?

An innocent inquiry to my dad was responded with this:

"My degree? Oh, I think I left my degree at the States. You know, when I refuse to go back to US to do my Masters, I just left everything there."


HOLY
WRAP

It baffled me.
How could you say like that???!!
That degree
That certificate
All those hours, sweat, blood and tears to get that degree
And you wasted the only prove to tell the whole world, "HEY WORLD! I PASSED FOUR YEARS OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDY AND THIS IS MY PROVE!"

My dad, being...well, dad, just laugh it off.

But it doesn't mean he was not successful.
Although with a very rough start, but he managed to climb to the zenith of success.
He has a company of his own
He managed to raise a great and awesome family with his wife
Heck, he even gave a keynote speech for a convention (That was one of my dreams...awwww)

But he didn't have a degree hanged up the wall of his own house.

Oh, the irony.

And asked again about why he left his degree, he replied with this.

"A degree is, but a piece of paper. You don't study for a piece of paper with your name on it. You study for the knowledge. For the experience. For the insights. Those will propel you forward and upward. Not a piece of paper."

And. Boom.

Case closed.

If you study just for a 'First Class Honors' or 'Somma Cum Laude' on your degree,
Then remember this.

It is still, at best, a piece of paper.
Glorified, Embellished
But proves nothing
What is important, ultimately,
is what you get along the way






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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Feeling Suicidal?

Assalamualaikum,

This might be a long post, but it's worth the read. Do read and ponder...

Wanna kill yourself? Imagine this.

You come home from school one day. You’ve had yet another horrible day. You’re just ready to give up. So you go to your room, close the door, and take out that suicide note you've written and rewritten over and over and over. You take out those razor blades, and cut for the very last time. You grab that bottle of pills and take them all.

Laying down, holding the letter to your chest, you close your eyes for the very last time. A few hours later, your little brother knocks on your door to come tell you dinner's ready. You don’t answer, so he walks in. All he sees is you laying on your bed, so he thinks you’re asleep. He tells your mom this. Your mom goes to your room to wake you up. She notices something is odd. She grabs the paper in your hand and reads it. Sobbing, she tries to wake you up. She’s screaming your name. Your brother, so confused, runs to go tell Dad that “Mommy is crying and sissy won’t wake up.” Your dad runs to your room. He looks at your mom, crying, holding the letter to her chest, sitting next to your lifeless body. It hits him, what’s going on, and he screams. He screams and throws something at the wall. And then, falling to his knees, he starts to cry.

Your mom crawls over to him, and they sit there, holding each other, crying. The next day at school, there’s an announcement. The principal tells everyone about your suicide. It takes a few seconds for it to sink in, and once it does, everyone goes silent. Everyone blames themselves. Your teachers think they were too hard on you. Those mean popular girls, they think of all the things they’ve said to you. That boy that used to tease you and call you names, he can’t help but hate himself for never telling you how beautiful you really are. Your ex boyfriend, the one that you told everything to, that broke up with you.. He can’t handle it. He breaks down and starts crying, and runs out of the school. Your friends? They’re sobbing too, wondering how they could never see that anything was wrong, wishing they could have helped you before it was too late.

And your best friend? She’s in shock. She can’t believe it. She knew what you were going through, but she never thought it would get that bad… Bad enough for you to end it. She can’t cry, she can’t feel anything. She stands up, walks out of the classroom, and just sinks to the floor. Shaking, screaming, but no tears coming out. It’s a few days later, at your funeral. The whole town came. Everyone knew you, that girl with the bright smile and bubbly personality. The one that was always there for them, the shoulder to cry on. Lots of people talk about all the good memories they had with you, there were a lot. Everyone’s crying, your little brother still doesn't know you killed yourself, he’s too young. Your parents just said you died. It hurts him, a lot. You were his big sister, you were supposed to always be there for him.

Your best friend, she stays strong through the entire service, but as soon as they start lowering your casket into the ground, she just loses it. She cries and cries and doesn't stop for days. It’s two years later. The whole school talks to a counselor/therapist at least once a week. Your teachers all quit their job. Those mean girls have eating disorders now. That boy that used to tease you cuts himself. Your ex boyfriend doesn't know how to love anymore and just sleeps around with girls. Your friends all go into depression. Your best friend? She tried to kill herself. She didn't succeed like you did, but she tried… Your brother? He finally found out the truth about your death. He self harms, he cries at night, he does exactly what you did for years leading up to your suicide.

Your parents? Their marriage fell apart. Your dad became a workaholic to distract himself from your death. Your mum got diagnosed with depression and just lays in bed all day. People care. You may not think so, but they do. Your choices don’t just effect you. They effect everyone. Don’t end your life, you have so much to live for. Things can’t get better if you give up. I’m here for absolutely anyone that needs to talk, no matter who you are. Even if we've NEVER talked before, I’m here for you. Copy and paste this as your status to show people there are people out there that care. Yes, I definitely care.

**************

We have all went through a part in life when we feel like death is better than living in this world. But no matter what happens, we will have to be strong. To persevere. Life ain't ever going to be easy, but that's just how it is.

People do care. Don't ever think that nobody cares, 'cause we do care.

Talk to us. :)




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Monday, October 1, 2012

Success & Disappointment


I've forgotten the last time I topped the chart. I've forgotten what it felt like to understand most of the things. I've forgotten what it was like to blush when someone complimented that I did very well in my examinations. I've forgotten the last time my dad cried of joy. Because the memory that is still etched in my mind about him, was that night after I received my SPM results. 

It was bad. The light was dim, the atmosphere was almost suffocating. The sound coming from the TV was the only background music we had. I didn't know the impact would be this bad. I wasn't happy but not disappointed either. Fairly said, I felt just fine. I got what I deserved. But for my parents? It was the day they started reflecting where did all this go wrong. Was it their fault for sending me off to a new school? Was it their fault for not pushing me enough? Was it their fault for forcing me to do what they want and NOT what I want? With all this was-it-our-fault's, I began thinking that 'this is actually MY fault'.

I hated when people blame themselves for something that came from me. It was me who DIDN'T study. It was me who DIDN'T put in enough effort. It was me who REBELLED. It was me who took everything for granted. I always thought that I could bear the disappointment of not getting excellent results, I could always find a way to survive. Little did I know that the one real thing that I couldn't bear isn't failing the examinations, but it is actually disappointing my parents. 

I had always been that girl who scored every subject in school. I never knew how disappointing my parents was like. I was a straight-As student. I caused barely any trouble at school. I was a prefect. In short, I was practically a good girl who could do no wrong. But life isn't life if there's no mistake. At some point in our life, everyone is bound to make mistakes. Because it is from the mistakes, we learn. It is hard. It is bitter. But it's a way of life. 

A lot of you may wonder what is the point of this post? Is it just a random thought that I randomly want to share? Is it just a thing I feel like doing at this time? Am I writing down this so that this blog gets updated? Well yeah, it could be any of those stated. But most importantly, this post is about searching your success factor.

I know that the definition of success may vary from one person to one person. Perhaps disappointing your parents is not something you're scared of. Perhaps getting a D for your physics is not something to moan about. Perhaps getting to pursue your studies is not the first thing on your Priorities list. But to me, making my parents proud and happy and content (and etc..) is a success. I never realised this, until tonight when I was revising Malaysian Government and Politics subject with my friend Fareeda in the library, she asked me, apa faktor untuk mencapai kejayaan kau (what is my factor to reach success, believe me the words she uttered weren't this formal, I've just forgotten how she said it -.-)? I wasn't sure and that made me think a lot and I just feel like I have to share this. haha Well, I kinda bluffed to her because I couldn't find a factor until this post is written. *rolls eyes

So, I hope all of you bother to take some time to reflect on yourself. What is it that makes you want to succeed? What is it so big that it can push you, irrespective of the demotivating condition you're in, to reach for the stars? It can be anything or anyone. You know yourselves better. Good luck in finding the factor and may you all have the best time in life. Peace be upon all of you!







*The writer is currently reading Foundation in Law at UiTM Kuantan. Her final examinations start tomorrow and that's why she's feeling all nervous and down now. She hopes everyone prays for the best for her because seriously, it's wrecking her nerves. x






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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Nostalgia #13: My JENESYS Experiences

By Nor Aqilah, http://aqilah-myinnervoice.blogspot.com/

Hi! My name is Nor Aqilah, JENESYS returnee 2010. I will start my story from the very first moment I know about AFS.

One afternoon, my 2nd sister was surfing the internet for information on student exchange programs because she wanted to apply for it. She found AFS, but unfortunately she can’t apply for the AFS program because she was already beyond the age requirement. So she asked me to apply instead. At first, I don’t want to apply because I know I am not qualified. But everybody in my family supported me. So I just applied.


A few week later, after I came back home from school, I found a letter from AFS in my mailbox; I was so happy that I was jumping around with my sisters. I read that letter and it asked me to go for an interview at JPN PERAK on 7th Jun 2010. I went there with my sisters. The best part was that I was the first person to enter the interview room. Luckily, I’m not a nervous and panicky type of person, so I went inside the room with confidence. In the room, I talked about myself and answered their questions. I did some syair since I’m not really good at dancing and singing. Then I went back home, relieved.

About 2 months later, I got the letter for the Selection Camp in Kuala Lumpur. And I got a place in JENESYS Program. This is where the real story begins.

Before departing to Japan, we had to attend a pre-departure orientation for 2 days and 1 night at Hotel Maluri Cheras Kuala Lumpur. We did games and some sessions to prepare ourselves in Japan. It was fun.
On 4 Dec 2010, at 11.50pm I boarded the Malaysia Airlines flight MH52. It took about 6-7 hours from Malaysia to Kansai Airport in Japan. We arrived in Japan at about 6.30 am. As we arrived there, we were welcomed by the JTB people. We then took a bus and travelled to Osaka, about an hour’s journey. When we arrived in Osaka, we had to attend an arrival orientation. In the hall at Otsu Prince Hotel, more than 400 JENESYS scholars from other countries were gathered. We took this opportunity to introduce ourselves and make friends. I met people from New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, and more. In that orientation I was in the group called Country Mix 9 or also known as CM 9. We stayed one night at Rhiga Royal Hotel.

The next day, we went to Kiyomizu-dera (temple) in Kyoto. The view at the temple was really nice with the variation colour of the leaves, red yellow and orange. It was a view that I’ve never seen in my life. The weather was cold; it’s about 9°C. I learned about Japanese beliefs when they come to this temple. For lunch, we went to Arayashima to eat udon. The udon was served in a very unique way. It was really delicious. I ate all of it and nothing was left behind except for the meat, because I’m a Muslim.

After lunch, we started our journey to Hiroshima by shinkansen or in English, the Bullet Train. It is a very fast train, travelling at about 300km/h. It is the fastest train in the world and is considered to be never late. It took about an hour and the half from Kyoto to Hiroshima. When we arrived in Hiroshima, they brought us to Okanomiyaki Restaurant for dinner. It is one of my favorite food in Japan. I love it so much. We stayed at Rhiga Royal Hotel and my room number is 2705. We stayed for 2 days and 1 night.

Dec 6 2010, our first study trip in Hiroshima was the Peace Memorial Park. I learned about the Bomb-Dome, Cenotaph and Children Peace Monument. We cannot make noise while we were there. We ate udon again for lunch, but this time we ate it in a traditional Japanese style. After lunch we went to the Hiroshima Reduction Centre. Here, I experienced man-made earthquake at the size of 7 magnitudes. I also learned about how to escape from smoke when a building is on fire and rode the fire truck. After that, we went to the Hiroshima Memorial Museum. I didn’t have a chance to explore the museum because it is the time for me to do my prayer. So, I have to search place to take ‘wudu’ and pray. I decided to pray at the bus parking lot, I prayed between two buses.



Dec 7- Dec 12. This was the time when all JENESYS scholar would spend our 5 days at our host community and family. My host community was in Kumamoto. My host parents live in condominium. I shared host family with one Indonesian girl named Ferralda. I’m the only Malaysian in that Kumamoto group. I tried my best to be a good ambassador of Malaysia. My school was at Kumamoto-Kita High school, we spent 2 days there. There, I explained about Malaysia culture, food, education system and our flag. I also brought a replica of the PETRONAS Twin Tower and showed it to the Japanese student. I also explain what I know about it to them. The Japanese student was really nice and friendly. Time flew really fast, I was reluctant to go back to Tokyo and I cried a lot at the last night.


We went to Tokyo from Kumamoto Airport by flight. When I arrived at the Tokyo Airport, I was so happy to meet my fellow Malaysians, you won’t know how much I miss Bahasa Malaysia. Dec 14 was our last day in Japan. That day, all 559 students from all the different countries were gathered in a big auditorium for a closing event which is the JENESYS Festival 2010 and Pre-Departure Orientation. There were a lot of dances from about 10 countries. It was a happening event. After the event, we travelled from Tokyo to Narita and stayed at Marroad International Hotel Narita.

The next day, we went to Narita Airport. Our flight was at 10.30 am. And this is the time all of us from Malaysia felt sad and happy at the same time. Sad because we had to leave Japan, happy because we are coming back to our country, a land where we belong. The conclusion of my experiences is this, I learned to be myself and confident. I appreciate my country more and wish to bring changes. I gained a lot of wonderful experiences that helped me to be matured. I made a lot of friend from many countries, which is better than chatting with them. These are the experiences that I will never forget and wish to share it with people. Thank You AFS Malaysia and Japan for giving me these unforgettable moments.


NOR AQILAH BT SEDEK SHAH,
IPOH PERAK,
JENESYS 2010.







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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Making an IMPACT.

Assalamualaikum!

Hai hai hai! Nazu's back in town babeh! Haha, sorry for the long 'holiday', but I'm back now, so WHO MISSED ME? :P Okay, sorry, merapu sekejap. Hmm. A few weeks back, two of our admins (namely Aizan Fahri & I) went to an event organised by UKEC.



Untuk korang yang tak tahu, UKEC ni UK & Eire Student Council. Kira, macam student body for students studying in UK and Ireland. It's big, and important, and certainly powerful. Kira, kalau UKEC buat event kat UK and invite the PM to come, HE WILL COME. Nampak betapa mantapnya reputasi UKEC ni? :) Kalau anda semua berminat nak tahu lebih lanjut tentang UKEC, sila lawat laman web mereka di : http://www.ukeconline.com/

Okay, what I wanted to share here is something worth thinking, something worth wondering upon. And I hope, after reading this, I can get you guys to start taking actions, start making changes, no matter how small they are.



Would you?
Would you stand up to make the change?

One problem with the Malaysians' mentalities is that, WE WAIT TO BE SPOON-FEED with EVERYTHING. Kita nak something, but kita harapkan orang lain untuk bagi kita benda yang kita nak tu. Kita nak perubahan dalam dunia ni, tapi kita harapkan orang lain yang mulakan dulu.

Why not us?
Kenapa kita malu sangat nak mulakan sesuatu yang baru?
Kenapa kena tunggu orang lain yang buat?

I have attended a few symposiums and events by various companies, and I have heard talks by a lot of different people, who, in their own ways, made a difference in this world. And they did all of that by following their dreams, following their hearts.

Kau tak perlu nak jadi orang yang hebat yang mantap yang ada company besar-besar baru nak buat perubahan kat kehidupan. Kau tak perlu nak ada duit yang banyak untuk create a better future.

Aku tak nak menulis panjang sebab aku tahu generasi kita pemalas sikit nak baca. So aku just nak share a few quotes yang aku dapat from that event untuk korang fikir-fikirkan. :)

"Create ripples. It does not matter how big the splash that you make. What matters is how far the ripples goes." -MC Naz

"Everything you do in life is a journey. Everything that you do are just small dots in your life. You'd have to learn to connect the dots." -Yasmin, founder of Eco-Knights.

"Chill a bit. Let life create a journey for you." 

"You are not God. You are just a writer. You can't judge. You're just there to tell the stories." -Dina Zaman

"Don't live in your own little bubble. Reach out to the people around you. Empathize and engage." -Farini Daing, CEO of MyHarapan.

"You don't have the choice to pick the cards that you are dealt with. What matters is how you play them."

"Embrace your imperfections. If you don't accept yourself, how can you expect others to accept you?" -Muid Latif.

"Go and get out of your comfort zone. Just do it." -Aiman Azlan.


Think. Learn. Act.

Now is not the time to sit around and wait for things to happen.
Now is the time to stand up and make things happen.

Dream big. Aim high.
Start with small things. And venture into bigger things that could help the people around you, the public.

And share your projects and ideas with people, who knows, maybe they have similar ideas, and you guys can get together and plan a bigger one?

Start making impact guys! :)




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Friday, August 24, 2012

Study and Learning...What is the difference?

Salam semua! Nazran disini. Aku nak ucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin kepada semua reader2 ku :)

Perasan x perasan, cuti raya dah nak habis. Maka sebagai stimulus dan ignition kepada azam baru selepas cuti, aku nak share something dengan korang semua

FORM CHANGE!
Izinkan ku menulis dalam BI sebab aku lagi selesa menulis arguments dalam BI.

Ehem

So, Raya break is ending soon, meaning we will soon be off to our respective universities, college, school to continue our journey along the path of academia. As the days are over, we shall see more and more of these:

"Crap! Aku tak siap assignment lagi weyh!"
"Study? Aku tak study pon"
"Cis, raya memang tak study la aku"

Well, that's a typical student. No matter where you stood in the class ranking, you must have done this at least once in a life time. But you see, why the worry?

In our education system, the only sure way to succeed in it is by studying. Then the question arises, what is studying?

Studying, as defined in the onlinedictionary is: application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or reflection

So basically, studying is an act where you open a book, scrutinize the details, and analyze the facts. When you study, you need a book. You need to extract information carefully and store it into your brain. It's a very important thing to do and it's what you should do a lot during your time in tertiary education.

BUT

We are forgetting the other side of the spectrum of acquiring knowledge: Learning

Now, most of you will frown and question me. "How the heck are those two are different?"

Just because 'studying' and 'learning' in BM is 'belajar' doesn't mean it has the exact same meaning.

Learning is defined as: the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill.

Now, pay attention to the word 'act' and 'process'. Learning is an act and a process, which means it is an ongoing thing. When I say ongoing, I mean it doesn't stop. You will continue on learning even if you stop studying. Learning is when you work to know something better. It applies to skills, knowledge and almost ever other thing in this universe. You don't need a book to learn. Learning is when you absorb knowledge from the world around you either subconsciously or consciously.

Learning and studying are both side of the same coin in acquiring knowledge.

No, that's an understatement. Studying is actually the subset of learning! If you draw a Venn diagram, the circle of studying is INSIDE the circle of learning!

However, we as students in Malaysia always emphasize the 'studying' part of it. You cram though sets and sets of questions. You memorize TONS and TONS of theories and what nots. You spend countless hours crouching at a desk to STUDY

But why study?
Have we ever thought of that?
Why the heck do I study? I mean, it's boring!
Some may respond with "I need to study to get scholarship" or "I need to study to get a degree"
But that is why we are lifeless when we are studying
We STUDY! That is the sole reason we are lifeless when studying.

Now, I said earlier that STUDYING is the subset of LEARNING. Being a subset, what STUDYING is, is what LEARNING is. Consequently, what LEARNING is, is not what STUDYING is.

Confused?
Here is a Venn Diagram

Via MS Paint. Yes, I suck
You see, when you are a baby, did you study?
NO
But did you learn?
YES

Why?
Simply because LEARNING is fun. No, LEARNING is associated with FUN. In that red zone in the Venn Diagram above, there is FUN!
That's the biggest difference between LEARNING and STUDYING

If you study for the sake of mere STUDYING, when it's boring
But
If you study for the sake of LEARNING, then it's fun!

Now, how do I actually LEARN?
Simple
Be a baby

Be curious
Wanting to know more about the world.
See the world as an adventure.
Screw the books sometimes!
Go and do something else!
LEARN!
LEARN!
LEARN!

That's why, don't study but learn. If you don't study during Raya, fret not, you're not more stupid than the rest of your classmates. You LEARN something else that they don't. The question is: What did you LEARN?

Be curious
And LEARN
Because simply,
Studying is too mainstream
*wears Hipster glasses*




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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hubungan

Nak tau satu benda tak?

RAYA DAH NAK MAI!!!

Yey! Dapat baju baru, seluar baru, kasut baru, perabot baru, kucing baru, awek baru bla bla bla bla
Keseronokan yang akan tiba setiap kali hari raya

Tapi pernahkah kita terfikir

Fungsi/Agenda sebenar Aidilfitri?

Adakah ia sekadar barangan baru semata-mata?

Aidilfitri/ Hari Raya Puasa adalah untuk menyambut berakhirnya perjuangan kita berpuasa sepanjang bulan Ramadhan. Semasa Aidilfitri, kita hendaklah saling bermaafan dan merapatkan hubungan.

Aku ulang semula...

Untuk menyambut berakhirnya perjuangan kita berpuasa sepanjang bulan Ramadhan. Semasa Aidilfitri, kita hendaklah saling bermaafan dan merapatkan hubungan.

Tak masuk lagi? Okay.


Untuk menyambut berakhirnya perjuangan kita berpuasa sepanjang bulan Ramadhan. Semasa Aidilfitri, kita hendaklah saling bermaafan dan merapatkan hubungan.

Kenapa aku bold kan frasa itu?
Sebab aku rasa mesej tu sudah ditenggelami dengan nikmat-nikmat duniawi seperti barangan dan duit.

Aidilfitri sepatutnya masa untuk kita lupakan sengketa, lupakan pergaduhan, bermaaf-maafan dan merapatkan hubungan.
Tetapi perasan tak?
Time-time Aidilfitri ni la ada gaduh.

Gaduh pasal isu-isu dahulu
Gaduh pasal tanah la
Gaduh pasal duit la
Tu la, Ni la

Bukan itu saja.
Ada juga yang tidak pedulikan hubungan itu terus.
Sekurang-kurangnya bila gaduh, ada la hubungan...hubungan negatif
Tapi ada jugak mamat2 minah2 yang TERUS lupakan hubungan itu.
Cam...hilang...

Tak faham?
Korang tengok drama-drama Melayu cliche kan semasa Hari Raya yang lepas?
Yang cerita mamat/minah ni lupa diri dan tak Raya
Haaa...malangnya, perkara tu tak berlaku dalam fiksyen semata-mata
Ia berlaku juga dalam realiti kita.

Tidak ke rugi?
Hari yang sepatutnya gembira, bertukar menjadi tragis?
Rugi kan?

So, apakah point aku membebel pasal benda2 ni?

Sebenarnya, aku terkilan...
Aku ni macam korang tau, Kaki lepak TwitterJaya yang agak hardcore. (Though aku x se-femes Nazu)
Aku heran tengok budak2 as in budak2 sekolah dan kolej, hilang semangat Aidilfitri ni.
Tweet macam:

"Aku x nak balik kampung, bosan."
"Baju baru. Tu je fungsi hari raya"
"Aku x nak celebrate Raya ar...cam hambar"
"Buat apa balik Raya? Asyik gaduh ngan sepupu je."

Okay, mungkin tu agak hiperbola tapi aku perasan kekurangan semangat Aidilfitri disitu.
So, aku menulis blogpost ni dengan satu tujuan...

Enjoy la Hari Raya korang
Merapatkan hubungan 
Jalin semula yang jarang
Baiki semula yang rosak
Kukuhkan yang sedia ada
Tak salah nak shopping sakan
Cuma, ingat semula tujuan utama perayaan ini
Kita masih muda
Bergembiralah anda
Mana tau, Hari Raya ini ialah Hari Raya terakhir anda?
Tidakkah anda akan menyesal?






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Friday, August 3, 2012

NLP!

Assalamualaikum!

If you are already in universities or colleges, please please please, I ask of you to go to you counselor, and ask for an NLP test. What is an NLP? It is an initialism for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Now, why did I ask you to do this test? It can help with you with your study, seriously! It doesn't take much, just questions, 60 plus if I'm not mistaken.

Ok, in short, there is four type of human being in this world.

First, the kinesthetic type. You love doing practical world? You love participating in a work that require hand-eye coordination? Are you the type of person, who can't stay still in one place without playing with your hand or a pen? Then, you are probably  this type of person. *high 5* We are this type of person, who learn through practical work. *Engineer mode, on*. Way to actually gain knowledge? DO notes! Don't just read! You need to participate in your work!

Now, the second type, visual! Owh, I am so envy guys! Most of you can remember details of a picture, with just one look! You like things with bright colour and accessories with extreme details! Why am I jealous of you guys? You just simply have to read, and boom! You remembered. Well, good luck on reading your extremely long notes, you future doctors!

Next, auditory. Well, just as it sound, you guys are the type of person which learn through hearing. But there's one disadvantage, you guys are easily bored! You do not like repeating lectures. Do not sleep in class ok! Because I know that there's a lot of lecturer out there that keep on repeating the same thing, over and over and over again!

Finally, digital. Most people will look at this type of people as, "lembab". No, they are not! In fact, they analysis everything about a topic. True, they are the last to understand certain things, but, they learn the most! They will ask and ask until they fully understand, and when they do, they will know more about the subject more than other people. It's like, they're the last to start, but the most successful.

Alright, that is all that I know. Please, as a CCC member, go to your counselor and do the test. Start seeing the world differently, and learn to balance all the 4 characteristics! It is FUN!






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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Study Lama-Lama? Baik Study secara Efektif

Assalamualaikum semua! Nazran kini sudah kembali dengan post-post femes beliau (hehhhh) Pelik? Semestinya! Jarang aku tulis post dalam bahasa ibunda ni. Mungkin salah satu sebabnya ialah bosan asyik cakap English je kat kolej, antara cons jadi minoriti.

So, kebelakangan ni, aku asyik nampak budak-budak 94 merungut pasal study, terutamanya kat Twitterjaya.

"OMG, Physic!"
"Arghhh susahnya chemist..."
"Aku x de masa nak study doe."
"Aku study lama2, tapi x masuk gak."
"Bengang siot! Kenapa aku x paham2?"

Apa masalahnya?
Tak cukup masa?
Tak pe!
Hari ni, aku nak share pasal tips untuk study secara efektif.

Kenapa study secara efektif?
Antara pros nya ialah korang tak perlu masa yang lama.
Sejam dua max untuk setiap hari.
Huh? Tak percaya?
Yup, kalau korang dah master camne nak belajar secara efektif ni, pengalaman study berjam-jam sampai pontianak pon masuk tidur akan jadi nostalgia semata-mata.

Caranya?
Simple

1. Ketahuilah 'Zon' anda
Apa tu zon? Ko merepek apa siot?
Maksod zon yang aku nak cakap ini ialah high point otak korang; jangka masa otak korang berada dalam keadaan optimum dan fresh. Setiap orang ada zon diorg sendiri.
Ada gempak time malam, ada gempak time awal pagi, ada gempak time petang and so on.
So, time universiti ni lah korang nak explore betul-betul dimanakah zon anda.
Study semasa otak korang dalam 'Zon' akan betul2 meningkatkan prestasi anda.
No joke
Cuba try

2. Suasana Kondusif.
Ok. Ini sangat cliche untuk didengari...tapi hakikatnya benar. STUDY DALAM SUASANA YANG KONDUSIF. Cari meja selasa. Off TV. Off laptop. On lampu terang-terang. MP3 kalau mampu dan tidak diganggu oleh muzik tersebut (Jangan tiba2 time study berkaraoke pulak...jikalau begitu, OFF) Muzik yang bagus ialah instrumental yang tenang...jauhi muzik nyanyian. (Personal experience)

3. Sediakan Bahan-bahan
Pastikan semua bahan-bahan study ada atas meja. SEMUA. Sebab apa? Bila korang dah start study, korang tak nak momentum korang hilang sebab gangguan pen tak da dakwat dan sebagainya.

4. Simplify
Tidak, ni bukan soalan Addmath/Pre Cal/ Calculus. Simplify aka permudahkan bahan anda. Ada buku tebal untuk study? Jangan mengharapkan tu sgt. Keluarkan testpad/A4, baca sekali, dan salin HANYA isi-isi penting! Contohnya-


A substance can often be classified as an acid or a base. There are several different theories which explain acid-base behavior. The simplest is Arrhenius theory, which states than an acid is a substance that produces hydronium ions when it is dissolved in water, and a base is one that produces hydroxide ions when dissolved in water. According to Brønsted–Lowry acid-base theory, acids are substances that donate a positive hydrogen ion to another substance in a chemical reaction; by extension, a base is the substance which receives that hydrogen ion.
A third common theory is Lewis acid-base theory, which is based on the formation of new chemical bonds. Lewis theory explains that an acid is a substance which is capable of accepting a pair of electrons from another substance during the process of bond formation, while a base is a substance which can provide a pair of electrons to form a new bond. According to concept as per Lewis, the crucial things being exchanged are charges.[42][unreliable source?] There are several other ways in which a substance may be classified as an acid or a base, as is evident in the history of this concept [43]
extracted from Wikipedia.org

Korang tulis nota:
Arrhenius: Acid- produce hydronium ions when dissolved in water. Base- produce hydroxide
Bronsted-Lowry: Acid- donate positive H ion. Base- receive H ion
Lewis: Acid- accept pair of electrons during bond formation. Base- Provide pair of electrons.

Simple bukan? Selepas tu, fahamkan betul2 sebelum tambahkan details2 untuk kefahaman yang lebih mendalam.

6. Wired in
Amalkan prinsip Wired In semasa study. Setkan masa contohnya 30 minit. Janji kat diri korang sendiri, untuk 30 minit ini, focus gila gila gila gila. Seriously, focus dan terus study. Lepas 30 minit tu berakhir, break jap...pastu rinse and repeat.

Kenapa camtu? Short burst of focus is better than extended period of not being focus (Lack of vocab here)

7. Guna diagram, tables, gambar, komik.
Jangan harap diagram dalam buku. Buat korang punya version. Dengan buat sendiri, otak proses lagi baik dan memori tu melekat.

8. Konsistent
Sejam dua max je pun untuk study. Susah sangat ke? Jangan skip kalau boleh sampai bende ni jadi ritual untuk korang.

9. ??????
Heh????

10. Result gempak
Yey!

So, itu lah teknik2 study yang aku nak share. Aku setuju, tak semua bende semua orang boleh buat. Maka, modify ar teknik2 ni untuk amplify skil korang.

Semoga korang enjoy study!







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