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.