TheSims 3: Single Room Houses

13:08

For young people who are starting their lives after graduating, I think single room houses are suitable for them. I think, I have seen this a lot in Korean Dramas and American TV Series. Usually they are known as studio apartment if I'm not mistaken.

I think, most of the houses in Malaysia have more than two rooms. So, it is not really convenient for young people to afford that kind of houses. I believe that if there are a lot of single room houses for rent, it will benefit a lot of people.

I know that people will not buy the house for a long stay, but it is suitable for those who are investing. They buy the single room houses and they rent it to the young people.

 I use this design for the character Jason.
While, this design is used for Georgia.

The pictures were taken from the facebook page of the tabloid web, Oh Bulan.

I found these pictures when I was scrolling the news feed and at that moment, they triggered me to design the houses in the virtual game, TheSims. Based on these two pictures, I designed two houses in the same compound.


Both houses are in the same compound since it is easier for me to control both characters and the houses are quite small.


Jason's House


I changed the walking wardrobe into a mini gym since Jason is an aspiring athlete so I guess he needs more equipment rather than fancy clothes.



 



Georgia's House


Georgia's ambition is to be a political leader, so she needs a lot of space to throw parties. Luckily the house compound is spacious, so that she can throw outdoor parties.





I am still bad at deciding the wallpapers especially for the outer appearances of the houses. Since, the template is more suitable for English houses and I am only exposed to the houses in Malaysia which mainly are colourful and weird.


Money Planner (i)

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I am not going to receive any wage until I have finished my final semester but if I do not keep the note here, I am afraid I will not be able to find it later. I found one article about the richest man in Asia, Li Ka Shing. In that article, he taught us to divide our income in 5 proportions.


The proportions are:
Living expense 35%
Fund for Friends 10%
Learning Fund 10%
Holiday Fund 10%
and Investment 20%

and two more which I added myself, Charity 10% and Parents 5% 

So basically, if you earn RM2000 you should spend:
  1. RM 700 for Living Expense which means RM20 for a day. So, it is advisable if you cook your own meal and bring your own lunch box to workplace. Most importantly, make sure to eat healthily because you are going to use your body for quite sometime. I also saw a post on Facebook, there is a family which they set envelope for 30 days of the month and segregate the money according to the envelope. This does also include accommodation, transportation and utilities. So, if you are renting find the cheapest house and use public transport often which means you need to cut a lot for your food.Forget shopping. Shopping money can be earned from your balanced money, if there is. So, the balance that you get everyday can be put in a piggy bank or saving for emergency.
  2. RM200 for networking. RM 35 for prepaid card and the rest is used for treating meals so you may have RM165 which is affordable for 3 friends, unless you go to fine dining restaurant but I think RM 50 is enough for meals for two at Nandos, Pizza Hut or KFC. You can even treat more people if you go to mamak or tomyum place. Make sure to keep your these people in your dining list, people who are more knowledgeable than you, richer people and people who have helped you in your career.
  3. RM 200 is used for learning fund. Buy books which will benefit you not the books which will destroy you. Stop buying useless comics and novels like the Malay novels who are mainly about a damsel in distress being saved by a rich guy. Buy something that will make you able to discuss something knowledgeable. Go to courses which will enhance your knowledge and well being.
  4. RM 200 for a vacation abroad. Forget your wish to go on a posh vacation, wait until you have retired. Your main objective of travelling is to get experience for your soul to grow. Go backpacking! RM2400 for a backpacking trip can bring you to a lot of places.
  5. RM400 for investment. Plan your investment well. Maybe, you can buy gold for a starter or forex trading. Make sure to learn the deal and do not follow people blindly. If you gain enough for you to buy asset, buy an asset.
  6. RM200 for charity. Do not forget to share what you earn because you do not earn money only for yourself, it is for you to share with the less fortunate too.
  7. RM100 for your parents. I know this is not much compared to what they have given me all these years but my mother always reminds me that every child has to share his or her earning with their parents for their blessings. No matter how small the amount is.
I hope I will be able to find more money planner suggestions, so that I will be able to find the best planner for me. The thing that I have learnt from successful people is, they do not shop. For example Mark Zuckerbeg and Steve Jobs. They always wear the same thing. Unless you are Vivy Yusof or Dato' Seri Vida who wants to promote their own products.

7 Major Things That Change When You Start To Enjoy Being Alone

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I have been starting to learn to be on my own since I started my foundation study. At that time, I always felt suffocated due to the tight schedule and super genius people who surround me. So, I craved for a lot of alone time. I went jogging alone to clear my head after 8 am until 5 pm classes and I took a trip to KLCC alone a day before my final exam. There were a few times when I watched movies alone too. 

I enjoy being alone but I am not sure I can be categorized into the introvert group because I do socialize a lot too. 

After reading this article from Thought Catalog, I cannot help to not agree to these 7 points:
1. You learn the difference between being alone and being lonely.
I can say that I can differentiate the feeling of being alone and being lonely. I find it is enjoyable to be alone where I can read novels, watch dramas, having a meal and a lot of other activities when I do not want to talk to people.
While being lonely is when you feel that you feel that you need someone to talk to or someone to share your feelings. I have been there and it sucks but you learn to appreciate those people who are always there for you.
2. You take a look at what’s actually going on in your life.
This usually happen in the toilet or before I sleep. It is what I call reflection time. I want to start writing a journal next year because I believe that will be a good therapy for me.
3. You start taking better care of yourself in different ways.
Usually, I set a goal for example, to finish a list of novels or to reduce some kilograms. No one can interfere my plan, and I plan it on my own.
4. You become increasingly self-reliant.
I learn to not think about others. I tend to believe that people are looking at me but in reality they do not even care.  Dining alone, yes bring it on! Besides, I do not have to wait for other's opinion if I want to do it. For example, if I want to watch a movie but there is no one interested to go, so I go alone.
5. You realize you’re basically, kind of freaking awesome
Yes, I do feel proud of able to be independent and being alone teaches me to stay on guard all the time. 
6. You’re socially selective now.
One time, my friend invited me to hang out with him. We rarely able to meet up since our schedules and faculties are different. So, went shopping. After lunch, he told me that he wanted to meet a friend. So, I told him that I needed to get something else at other place, so I made my move first and he stayed there to meet his friend.

Actually, I had nothing else to buy but I went to indulge myself with ice cream. I told him later that I was pissed of because I took my time to spend with him but he decided to meet his other friend too. So, yeah we are not even friends now.
7. You stop defining yourself by your relationships.
I have stopped hoping to have a bestfriend now because it does not exist for me and I know that when I get married, my husband will be my bestfriend because we will stuck together and deal with our career need and family need. I still believe in close friends though. I have a few friends that I do contact and meet up occasionally because I believe that everyone has their own lives to deal with.


I know that I have problems since the topics on my blog nowadays are mostly focusing on reflections. I hope, I can understand myself better.

23 Reminders That Every 23-Year-Old Needs To Hear Right Now

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When I was in school, I always look at people in their twenties as adults. They seem independent and can do everything that they want. I am going to be 23 year old in 3 months and I still feel that I have not grown up or mature enough to face the harsh world. I am currently in my final year of study and I am going to graduate in a year.
When I was at 17 I saw myself as someone who is pursuing a medical degree. My pathway is so clear towards medical degree. I scored well in my exams and people including my parents and teachers are expecting that I will be a doctor.
One cliche question that interviewers would ask was, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" My answer was definitely, "After 5 years, I will be doing my medical degree at a university in United Kingdom."
That was what my 17 year old self was thinking 5 years ago. The reality is, I am currently finishing my Bachelor of Education at a local university where people will always get confused of the location. Whenever I mention my university people will ask me, "Is it in Kedah?" or "Is it in Melaka?"
The truth is, it is just an hour away from KL and it is located at the border of Selangor and Perak. Well, Tanjong Malim needs more publicity I guess.
I found this article when I was scrolling my Facebook news feed. You can read the article HERE.
I copy the main points here because I believe that there will be a lot of challenges that I will face and in case, if I hit the bottom I will find a solace here. This article makes me comfortable. So, to my future my 23 year old self, do not give up and read this:
1. You’re not going to be lonely for the rest of your life.
Looking at people having a partner does make me envious sometime. After 22 years of living I never felt the feeling of having a partner but I believe that I am still not prepared to have a partner. I have to make myself be ready to have a partner. I do not want to be someone who is desperate to have a partner just because I am lonely. I have to enjoy being on my own first

2. You don’t need to be working your dream job right now.
I want to be a teacher. It is enjoyable for me. I know that it is hard to be a teacher now. So, if I do not get the chance to be a teacher yet, I should find another job because experience is expensive nowadays.
3. Everyone feels lost at some point.
During these three months of break, sometime I do feel lost. Like, “Hmmm.. What should I do today?”
4. You still have so much time to fail.
I felt lost when I got the result of my first semester of my foundation year. I got below 3.00 which was the worst among my friends and maybe the worst among all of the students there. You know that feeling, when you were always the best in your year and suddenly in a new environment, you were the worst in your year. That was when I learnt the meaning of failure.
It made me realize that science is not for me. I study hard but I did not able to achieve great result. That was the moment when I was at the lowest point of my life and I even felt like if a car hit me, I would be thankful to the driver.
I cried, hard.
So, if I fail once again, it is okay. Failure makes you stronger and see things from different view. It makes me become more understanding.
5. Someone is going to love you again.
I have been rejected for a few times. It is always happen that, the person that I like does not like me the same way. It hurts and it is not easy to move on but from time to time, it gets better.
6. You are going to love you again.
There is always a moment when I feel down about myself about my own rude behavior and about my body but there were a few times that I love myself too. I am currently not comfortable of being in my body but I am working for a better body.
7. You are allowed to set and keep boundaries.
I shut someone down because I think I am abusing my self confidence. It is unhealthy to be in a position where I feel insecure all the time. So, I set the boundary and decided to not befriend with that friend anymore. I know, I am selfish but being selfish is allowed.
8. You are never entirely without support.
I believe that my parents are always there and my siblings too although they are annoyingly ignorant but I can always annoy them too.
9. Being disappointed in yourself just means that you know you can do better.
I am disappointed with my body right now. I gained more 10 kilos in three years which is a lot. I had reached the unhealthy weight and made me into the overweight range. I know that I can be healthy and I know I can do better.
10. It’s not your job to live someone else’s dream.
I have disappointed my parents for not pursuing their dreams to see me wearing the lab coat and run in the hospital. I know that I love teaching, so yes I am where I want to be right now.
11. ‘No’ is a very important word.
I said “no” to people who do not appreciate me. It feels great although my number of friends is really low.
12. Nobody can read your mind – you’re going to have to ask for what you want.
Always be clear of what you want and always be honest. Do not talk behind someone’s back because I have undergone the moment when I knew that someone talked behind my back. It hurt so bad.
13. You don’t have to be embarrassed.
I am not embarrassed of studying to be a teacher. I am proud that I choose this path because I believe that I can do so much in influencing the future generation.
14. Your body is not seventeen anymore.
Oh yeah, I need to be careful when I am eating. Sweet thing is okay occasionally and I need to lessen my food intake because being fat does attract a lot of diseases.
15. You’re probably hotter than you think you are.
I need to think that I am hot because being confidence always makes people look hotter.
16. You aren’t done changing yet, and you probably won’t be for a while.
Changes show that I am growing up and become more mature. So, changes are welcomed.
17. You have to give yourself a break.
Break helps you to get back on track. Constantly pursuing on goals sometime does slower down the progress. So, chill!
18. Losing friends is a natural consequence of this stage of your life.
Friends rarely stay but family does. It is okay to lose friends because everyone has their own lives and problems to deal with.
19. There will be people you have to leave behind as you grow, and that doesn’t make you a bad person.
Do not get stuck because of a friend. Keep going because every person needs to realize that they need to move forward on their own.
20. Comparisons are completely senseless, unless you use them as a motivator.
Social network makes you compare your life with others. Stop believing on lives portrayed on social network because everyone has their own bad day but they choose to show the best thing on social network.
21. Everyone fucks up.
You do not talk about you failure, so everyone else.
22. Everyone’s terrified.
Future is so unpredictable and everyone knows it.
23. If you had it all figured out right now, the rest of your life would be boring.
If everything is figured out, what is the function of dreaming? Things change constantly, so do future.



Dear 23 year old Fina, 

When you feel like the world does not side with you, please listen to this song:


Sweet Indulgence

23:43

If you are an avid reader, you will understand the feel of longing when you just finished a series of books. I am feeling it now. I have just finished the Harry Potter series a few minutes ago. It makes me feel like, I have lost something. 

Reading is when you immerse yourself in the characters and the settings of the story. It is not weird to cry while reading a book. It is normal. It shows that you feel what the characters are feeling. It feels so good that I get the knack of a reader back. You know, when you feel it is hard to be apart from the book and you keep reading until you finish it.

Today, I finished the 607 pages of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows in one day. It has been so long since I managed to finish a book in one day. I believe that technology has ruined me. I have wasted a lot of time on social network. It has ruined me both physically and mentally.

I shall continue being alive by indulging into a new series. 


BBW

21:20

I miss BBW but I haven't even finished the books that I bought with my BB1M voucher (just imagined how many books you can get with RM300) and and a few trips to BBW last few years.
There are a few sets of series including Maze Runner and Divergent that I haven't touched and there are also a few books from Percy Jackson' series and I am Number Four that are waiting for me.
Currently, I am on the sixth book of Harry Potter series. I guess, three months of break is still not enough for me to finish all of the series and not to mention other random novels that I pick from a few series of BBW shopping.
Oh, I just updated you what am I doing for this break beside eating, since I am not on Twitter and Instagram anymore because I need to finish these books.

That Kind of Death

14:11

Reading posts about the late Tunku Jalil makes me feel warm. Although I do not know him personally and I did not even follow his Instagram's account but I know that he was a royal. I knew that he was sick but I did not know that he had impacted a lot of souls.

You know, when a good person leaves the world, his death will awaken us. For example, the late Ammar and the late Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz. Your kindness will be told later on by people who appreciate the presence of these people. Can you imagine, when we are in Mahsyar later, how many hidden kindness will be portrayed later?

If now, there are a lot of stories of their kindness and deed being shared, can you imagine how many hidden kindness that we do not know?

Their deaths are actually awaking the people who are still living. They make us do reflections on ourselves.

Have I done anything good?
Will my deeds be enough for me to be granted heaven?

As for me the answers for both questions are worrying me. I realize, that I have not done enough.

First Accident

18:10

I've got into my first accident in my driving year just now. On a bridge at my hometown. I was lucky that I'm at my hometown since my parents are here. Panic stroke me for a moment. I could feel that my feet were going to betray me but luckily they managed to let me drive the car to the roadside first.

It was a hit and run accident. A domino effect occurred too. The cars in front decided to brake and I was shocked and a 4WD behind me hit my back and I was sandwiched between two cars. So, the car which was in front me thought that I hit them but I explained to them using my body gesture that someone hit my back too.

The car behind me managed to escape and run. I, who was in panic could not manage to look at the registration number which was something that I deeply regret.

Hence, I am now being restricted from travelling. Goodbye world!

Five A

20:34

A week of unproductivity passed by again. I spent most of my time watching Running Man because I am planning a module with a Running Man concept. Somehow, I wasted a lot of time by being a couch potato because there were only a few games that I managed to adapt into suitable games which can incorporate English learning.

After watching Running Man, I also got back the long lost addiction towards 2PM. Their last comeback song, My House captivated me and I hope that I can use their dance for another zumba session. I was thinking to find a new thing to learn. So, I was hoping that I can learn Korean because I have watched too many Korean dramas and variety shows. 

A month has passed since my long practicum aftermath hiatus. I had deleted one Twitter account and two Instagram accounts because I think that I am too addicted to social media. It was depressing. I found that I am a bit happier although I do not have much friends nowadays.

After one month, I haven't finished any book yet. I shall forget my intention to shop at BBW since there are a lot of unfinished books. I shall finish them before I can buy more books. I found that my English is at worrisome state due to lack of reading. There is no variation in my sentences. As you can see, every paragraph in this post starts with "A".

And now, I started my last paragraph with "And" which is a crime because "And" is a conjunction. I hope that I will write more. Till the next post! 

BRO(ther) GA(dis)

11:22

This was in June.

We were listening to a briefing about our practicum when I said to Jureen, "Jom pergi Broga esok." So, we asked anyone who wanted to join us because it is unsafe for just two girls to travel two hours away from the campus in such an early morning. It was still undecided until 11 pm because that was an impromptu plan. 

Then, at 1am Jureen texted me and confirmed that we would start the journey at 4am. I tried my best to get a few hours of sleep before waking up a few hours later. Jureen picked me at my place at 4.30 am and we went there with Sue, Una, Nana, Feeza, Nik, Nieta and Saiful (Nieta's boyfriend). So the trip consisted of one brother and 8 gadis (girls).

We were lost for a few times because Waze was not helping that morning but we reached there 10 minutes before 7 am after stopping at R&R Sungai Buloh for Subuh prayer. So, we missed the sunrise.

Anyway, we started climbing and quarter of the journey, a lot of us could not make it. I pushed them slowly and somehow I turned into a sweeper. Sue could not make it because she did not have a proper breakfast so it took toll on her body. She insisted that we continued and she would wait for us down there. I was feeling guilty for leaving her but luckily it was bright already.


We reached the first check point after 30 minutes. After we got our breath steady, we took a lot of pictures and found a spot to sit. We tried to gain our energy by eating some koko crunch and honey star. We continued taking a lot of pictures and chit chatting.


Una wanted to go to the highest peak, while the others had surrendered. I followed Una. I did not plan to climb until the highest peak of Broga Hill but since Una wished for it, I gave a try. I had reached the highest peak before and I even did continue until Gunung Tok Wan, but that was when I jogged for at least twice a week. I was not confident that day but we went up slowly and we reached the top!





That day I learned that, wishes may look impossible but we do not know unless we try. No matter how slow, no matter how hard it is, but we have to try our best.





Alone but Not Lonely

18:35

You are with your friends but you feel lonely.

Have you ever felt this? You are surrounded by a lot of people but deep inside you feel so lonely. I had encountered this for countless time. You know, when you are out with your friends but you friends are busy with their phones and you realized that you were talking to yourself.

Or I am just a boring person and that makes people ignore me.

But, 

I do have a few friends that make me feel so needed when I am around them. The thing is, we live too far from each other. I miss them.

Have you ever been in a situation when people decided to talk bad about you to others rather than confront things that you do wrong?

I had, and this made me having a trust issue. I cannot trust people anymore.

And sitting alone in a cafe feels much better than being surrounded by people who look like your friends. Although people think that I am lonely, but I am actually happier.

Salute for those cafes who allow people to sit in for long hours.

27 Things To Do Before I Settle Down

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People of my age are competing to get married. I know that getting married during early 20 is good but, I believe that I am not ready to settle down yet. You know, I don't want to settle down just because I feel lonely or because I think I need a man. Sometime, it hits me too whenever I feel like I need a boyfriend. Although I know that it is wrong to have a boyfriend or to love someone before I get married but, god has created feelings which a person needs another person who can comply him or her.

I am afraid that I will regret my decision if I settle down early. I have been watching a new Korea drama series, the translated title is called as Twenty Again. The woman got married right after she had finished high school. Her youth was wasted because she devoted her life to the marriage. She turned herself into someone that her husband needed and not being the real her. She quit her study and her dream to become a professional dancer. She definitely became someone else.

I have a lot of things that I want to do before I get married and I found this video which I can relate too:



Okay, let me rephrase this video:



27 Things To Do Before I Settle Down:

1. Travel with my BFFs - DONE
I have travelled with Jaggers to Ipoh last February. So, it is considered as done but I want to travel abroad too.

2. Learn to cook- Halfway
I am currently learning on how to do the simple dishes. As for now, I can cook for my brothers.

3. Be financially independent
This is so important. I want to be someone who can support myself. I can pay my house rent and the utilities. I can go shopping what I want and I can travel using my own money. The most important is, I can give money to my parents and treat my brothers using my own money. Well, I should be prepared, who knows if misfortune happens, so at least I would be able to support my family.

4. Face one of my biggest fears
Not many know but I am afraid of snake. I can't even see their pictures, they scare me because they will remind me of the afterlife punishment. In Islam, snakes will come inside your grave if you have missed your prayers during your lifetime. So, I wish I can hold a snake on my hand and take picture with it.

5. Live alone
I wish to live alone in a tiny apartment or a studio. I have the experience of living in a house alone when my roommates were away but the feel is not the same. I can be myself when I live alone and I want to enjoy my own space. 

6. Accomplish a goal
As for now, my goal is to get a post graduate degree. My parents wished that I would pursue my study in medicine when I was in secondary school but sadly their daughter does not have the passion to be a doctor. So, they kind of dissapointed. I want to get at least the title "Dr" as a gift for them although through a post graduate degree but at least, in a field that I have the interest.

7. Find my drink of choice
This is not suitable for me, muslim don't drink. Haha. But I want to drink more plain water and make it as a habit because chap lips always happen to me.

8. Make the first move - DONE
I had confessed my feeling to a guy and was rejected. No elaboration.

9. Challenge myself
I want to do skydriving or bungee jumping. I can tolerate height but sometime I do realize that I am shaking when I am at a very tall place or a very deep sea.

10. Take a road trip - DONE
I had gone to a road trip to many places. Sometime due to assignments or invitation. I have been to Melaka and Teluk Intan.

11. Try a nice restaurant by myself - DONE
I have tried a lot of nice restaurants on my own and alone,

12. Live somewhere else - DONE
I am currently living in Taiping and I had lived in Tanjung Malim. If my boarding school experience is counted, I had been living in Lembah Bidong and Kuala Berang too.

13. Learn to drive manual - DONE
I drive manual car.

14. Find a new show, and watch it all in one weekend - DONE
Have been doing this a lot.

15. Get fit - IN PROGRESS
I was fit and due to hectic schedule I am not fit anymore but I just started to do Zumba for at least 30 minutes per session and at least three days a week.

16. Build something with your hands - DONE
I did a coursework for my living skill subject when I was in school, years ago.

17. Stay up until the sunrise - DONE
Semester 5 and 6 were spent by staying up most of the nights to complete the assignments.

18. See my favourite artist live - CROSS
I dont have anyone who I want to see and it is not suitable for me to go to concerts.

19. Make a list of books to read and then read them all
I will do this during my 3 months break after teaching practicum.

20. Learn to fight - DONE
I learnt Taekwondo.

21. Volunteer - DONE
I love it! Projek Kalsom, soup kitchen, zoo volunteering and volunteering projects at school and university levels.

22. Try a new hobby
I want to try sewing.

23. Apply for your dream job
My dream job is to be a tourist guide.

24. Keep a journal - DONE
My blog is my e-journal.

25. Have a long conversation with a stranger
Tried once but I was sleepy, so it was only 10 minutes but I will try it again.

26. Do something crazy and spontaneous - DONE
Always.

27. Get to know yourself
It is in progress and this is the hardest thing to do.


Dear future husband, let me finish my bucket list, it is 13 out of 26 (since 18 is not included) for now. So, half more to go!

Love, your future wife.




Haria Penang Haria!

21:08

I can say that I visit Penang every year but, I admit that Penang is a special place for me. There are always new places to explore. My family and I went to Penang last June and this time, it felt complete since Abang was there too. It was a detour trip since we were supposed to go to Alor Setar for a wedding, my cousin got married to a Kedahan.

There were a few places that we counted as a must visit place. They are Padang Kota, Balik Pulau and Bukit Bendera. We will go to Padang Kota for the pasembur, Balik Pulau for Laksa Janggus and as for Bukit Bendera, I also do not know why we always go there. It is not even cold nowadays.


This time, we ventured a new attraction. The famous street arts in the city of Penang. There are a lot of street arts scattered around the city. So, we decided to rent a bicycle. Each of us got a bicycle with the fee of RM10. It is not hard to find the shops which provide this service because there are abundant of them. They will provide a map for you to refer too. 

We found a new thing for us to try which is Mee Udang. It is at Teluk Kumbar. We went to Restoran Ayu Mee Udang. The taste is better compared to the overrated Mak Jah Mee Udang at Kuala Sepetang.



Although I just went to Penang last June but I am currently planning another trip to Penang but this time, it will be a trip for the adrenaline junkies. I wanted to go to the Escape Park and tried paragliding at the beach which I believe will cost a lot.



Side note: Donation is welcomed.

My Second Boyfriend

16:13

Since my brother was accepted into a boarding school in Kelantan, our chances to meet was very low. Believe me, when I was in Form 5, I met him only during Hari Raya and the breaks between semesters. Both of us were in boarding schools, and our schedules were totally different. Besides, he is a basketballer, an active one. He rarely at home during school break because he had to go for tournaments all around Malaysia. So, yes we barely see each other.

This year was a bit weird. When he was waiting for his SPM results, he was so free and got nothing to do. He applied for some part time jobs but he didn't get called. So, he was at home, all the time which made him joined a lot of family vacation this year. One day, when I was on semester break, he came to me. "Kakak, let's go to BBW tomorrow." At that time, Big Bad Wolf came to Terengganu.

I was like, "Huh? You asked Ayah. If he let us go on our own, then let's go!"

So our parents gave us the permission and the best was, the car! Since he can drive, everything becomes easier. We went to BBW and bought some books which I did not have the chance to finish them yet until now. This was on May, 2015.


I brought him to Chinatown since he had never been there. Believe me, he rarely visited Kuala Terengganu because most of his friends are in Kelantan.




I love the charm of Chinatown. It keeps a lot of heritages in there and they develop the place beautifully and creatively. The arts amazed me and they keep adding new arts. Although I have been there for countless time, but there will be new things installed every time I go there.


Bukit Keluang Virgin

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This was my first hike to Bukit Keluang which was last May. I knew about the existence of the hiking trek but I did not have the chance to hike the hill until that day. Since I did not have the courage to drive, it was so hard for me to get there because no one wanted to entertain me but, my brother just got his license so our parents let us to go on our own.

This was before Bukit Keluang became a mainstream location. There were not many people hiking the hill during that day compared to nowadays. There are two entry points, I will not recommend the one with stairs because that path is harder for you to hike up compared to hike down. It is better if you hike from the entry point which is located behind a stranded pink bus stand.

The view is worth the hike. If you are lucky, you can see Pulau Perhentian from far.







Kalsom MASCA Revisit Workshop 2015

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*This event was in January 2015*

Kalsom MASCA Revisit Workshop is one of components of the one year monitoring programme of Projek Kalsom. This is the first revisit workshop ever conducted after Projek Kalsom has reached the age of 20 year old last year. This is the continuation of Projek Kalsom 20 which was held in Kuala Nerang, Kedah in August 2014.



This might sounds confusing but the comittee for Projek Kalsom 20 and Kalsom MASCA Revisit Workshop were two different committees. Projek Kalsom 20 committee was led by a brilliant guy name, Mohd Zulikhwan Ayub while Kalsom MASCA Revisit Workshop was led by one of the MASCA people which was, Izat Ibrahim while being monitored by Zulikhwan. MASCA stands for Malaysian Students' Council of Australia. So, basically during Projek Kalsom 20, I met a lot of students who are studying in the north side of equator while during Kalsom MASCA Revisit Workshop, I got to know the students from down under. 

This workshop gave me the opportunities to revisit the kids who were under my supervision during Projek Kalsom 20. Based on my experience from Projek Kalsom 19, I did a mistake for not getting their contact information such as Facebook names and phone numbers because I could not keep in touch with them. Only some of them are still keeping in touch with me.

So, this workshop gave me the chance to meet my kids again and I hope I did inspire them a bit.


What we did was, we came out with three modules. The modules were Sejarah, Mathematics and English. So there were two hours for each module. We did not aim to teach everything since they had their teachers for that purpose but we shared a few tips for them to understand and prepare for their SPM. 


I was the module planner for English.  My partner was Nad. Nad was also one of the facilitators of Projek Kalsom 20. So, we focused on writing components. We put more attention on how can they get the ideas to write essay. We introduced the Kipling Method to them. The Kipling Method is a method where we use the WH-questions to trigger ideas.

The activity was, Everyone Wants to Have A Doraemon. They were given a comic strip for each group. Based on the scenario, they had to come out with one tool that could help Nobita to solve his problem. Based on the tool, they needed to come out with justifications. The justifications must be based on The Kipling Method. Such as:

What is the tool for?
Where can Nobita use the tool?
Who will get the benefits after using the tool?
When can Nobita use the tool?
Why should Nobita use the tool?
How can Nobita use the tool?





As we were staying in Alor Setar, we did not miss to explore the city of Alor Setar. We went to Muzium Kedah which is quite near to our accommodation during our off day.


On our last day, we were lucky that Zuli wanted to bring us around Alor Setar. So we went to the main tourist attraction which were majestic Masjid Zahir and Ukir Mall. From Masjid Zahir we could also see the Alor Setar Tower. I call Alor Setar tower as the cousin of KL Tower because they look almost the same except for the heights.

Eunice did also drop by and came to meet Nad and I. Eunice was also one of the facilitators of Projek Kalsom 20 but since she just started teaching at a school in Pendang, she could not join the workshop. I was so happy when Eunice wanted to visit us. You know, when people make the effort to come and see you, it shows that people do appreciate you.

I did hope that Kalsom MASCA Revisit Workshop was a success. The facilitators of Projek Kalsom 20 also carried out Kalsom MASCA Revisit Workshop 2.0 a few weeks ago and I could not make it due to my commitment now. I believe that all of us, the facilitators are wishing for the best for their kids. We had seen them grow, and we wish that they will go further.

Ipoh (Food) Trip

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*This trip was in February 2015*

I was demotivated when I knew that I had to start my semester earlier than my friends from other public universities. It was funny, because after two days of the semester, we got two days break for Chinese New Year. Well, although there are a lot of Chinese in my campus and especially in my class but our uni decided that, we had to start a week earlier. Even UITM that has no Chinese started a bit later than us.

But..

Since, my friends were on break, so we planned to go for a short getaway. I skipped one class to join them. Our destination was, Ipoh!


DAY 1

We came from different places, so I travelled solo that morning. We went to Ipoh because one of the Jaggers which is Azlin, is from Ipoh. I reached Ipoh a bit earlier than the others. So, Azlin picked me up at the bus station. The bus station was a bit far from the main town of Ipoh.

We picked the others at KTM station which is located in the heart of Ipoh. The KTM building is so nice but it was scorching hot, so we didn't bother to pose for a few snaps. 

The thing about us is, we never have a proper plan. For every meet up or reunion, we only set the place and the time. So according to our instincts which we were hungry,we started our adventure with a heavy brunch. Dina's brother in law suggested the famous Nasi Vanggey. It was 5 minutes away by car from the KTM station.

(No picture of Nasi Vanggey because I forgot. hehe)

Farisha had been to Ipoh previously. She said, she had tasted the best tau fu fah ever in Ipoh. So we looked for the shop because she was not sure of the exact location of the shop. I tried Tau Fu Fah for the first time and it was surprisingly good.

Now, whenever I bought Tau Fu Fah, I will always compare it to the one that I tried in Ipoh. No Tau Fu Fah has ever broken the record.


The Tau Fu Fah was from Funny Mountain at Jalan Theathre, Ipoh. The best thing about this shop is, it offers drive thru service. We ordered from the car and then they sent the bowls to our car. We enjoyed the soft Tau Fu Fah in the car with the air-conditioner on. (Sounds selfish. haha)

In the evening, we went to Padang Polo to enjoy the street food. There were a lot of stalls there. So we opt for Cendol, Laksa Kedah and Keropok. The laksa and cendol were nice although I can say that I have tasted better laksa and cendol.



There are a lot of new "hipsterish" cafe around Ipoh. The best thing about the cafes is, most of them are owned by Malays. So, they are halal! We googled a lot of cafes around Ipoh, unfortunately, they are closed on Tuesday. The only cafe that we managed to find was Karat Cafe which is located in Greentown.

Sincerely, the service was suck and the food was not that good. The only thing that we like was, the ambience. They renovated an old "rumah papan" into a restaurant. The house is full with vintage stuff, It made us reminiscing our childhood.

(This trip was in February 2015, a lot of things may have changed.)

DAY 2

We started the second day with the famous Roti Telur Goyang. Which is located just behind the Dewan Bandaraya Ipoh. There is a small food court behind the city hall. The combination of Roti Telur Goyang and Iced Milo was so good!


After having our breakfast, we walked around the city of Ipoh in searching for the famous street arts. There are a lot of street arts around Ipoh. The easiest way to find them is, you go to the one in front of the tourist information centre. There is a street art of an uncle enjoying his coffee. You will find a map which locates all of the street arts around the town.


Please find this uncle above first, and you will find the map below:


There are too many places for you to stop by when you roam around in searching for the street arts.  The buildings are beautiful and archaic. Every corner has its own charm and you should also stop at Sekeping Kong Heng which is near the Plan B restaurant. There are a lot of things to look at.

We wanted to try the ais kepal from Bits & Bobs but it was closed too. :(




Street arts checked!
Sekeping Kong Heng checked!

So, our next destination was the old castle located 20 minutes away from Ipoh. The castle is a must visit if you are the type who appreciates buildings, a history sucker or you love to be photographed. Kellie's Castle was built long ago but due to some complications, it was not finished and some say that it is a haunted castle.


You have to pay RM5 per entry.

 According to the one of the descriptions on the wall, at night if you are lucky, you can catch the glimpse of the late residences of this castle. Isn't that spooky enough for you?


The incomplete site.

By 3pm, we were exhausted as it was scorching hot. Warning: You better apply a lot of sunblock, if you want to explore Ipoh during the day. So we went back to Azlin's house to refresh ourselves before going for cafe hunting at night.

We googled the cafes around Ipoh and check the opening hours and days to make sure that we would not be disappointed. Our search brought us to Thumb's cafe. According to google, the cafe was the first halal cafe that was opened back then.

The best thing about the cafe is, the food is affordable although it is not really cheap (I mean for students like us). For example, this meatball costs me RM 8 for 6 pieces of meatballs which was enough for me.



The pavlova was also nice.



DAY 3


The last day in Ipoh and it was Chinese New Year. We planned to go out and look for breakfast but Azlin's mum was so nice to cook us Nasi Lemak. *blessed

While waiting for the breakfast to be served, we went to Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang which was found by Farisha or maybe Dina on Google the previous night. One word to describe the place, serene.

To access the park, you have to experience the RM3 boat ride. There is nothing much if you are seeking for something exciting but if you love a quite place to chill, this is definitely the place for you!










We went to Sekeping Kong Heng again right after breakfast because we wanted to try the ais kepal so bad to the extent Dina texted the owner of Bits & Bobs to ask if the store was open or not. We got the number from Facebook.

The owner replied, "We will be open at 12 pm and my boy, Alex will be there." So this is Alex:




These are the busybee, balls of shaved ice with sarsi, rosella and lychee. My advice, for first trial, please find a partner to share because it is too big.


The shop is Bits & Bobs which is located at Sekeping Kong Heng, right in front of Plan B. You can get the shaved ice for only RM3.



Finally, this post has came to an end. I have been keeping this post in my draft for almost seven months. I did even go to Ipoh for the second time which I will find a time to blog soon or maybe a few months later. Haha