Archive for August, 2011

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The holidays have arrived. My dad fetched me today and we braved a hell of a downpour before reaching home a little more than an hour later.

The torrent got even worse after a few seconds, blowing gale-force winds that looked…cool. 😀

Then I fell asleep, only to wake up just before we entered into our neighbourhood. For some reasons, though, I doubt it will be an entirely just-for-kicks holiday. There are piles of devoirs to be taken care of. Ah well, you can’t achieve something great without hardwork, right? Bonnes vacances! 😀

Et quoi encore?

I’ve yet to play any installment of the famous Final Fantasy series but one thing is for sure – all of them, like most RPGs, feature plenty of beautiful, relaxing melodies. This one, which I’ve learnt to play on the classical guitar, is the second game’s Town Theme.

Isn’t it wonderful?

PostHeaderIcon The Holy Month

Fasting possesses great power. If practiced with the right intention, it makes man a friend of God. The demons are aware of that.
– Tertullian, a Christian author.

Suddenly it occurred to me that we’re nearing the end of the holy month of Ramadhanit’s the 25th night tonight. Time does seem to pass swiftly these days, at least faster than what I think I felt a decade ago. I don’t know, the complexity of how our minds really work baffles me. Heck, I’m eighteen already, and I still don’t feel like it! 😆

Anyway, up until now the month of Ramadhan has never failed to provide a unique, solemn atmosphere which I somehow find soothing and tranquilizing. Hypocrisy aside, it’s the month for salvation. It’s the month for purification. It’s the month when the music of zikr is given a wider exposure to Muslims around the world. It’s the month of holiness and kindness.

On a lesser note, it’s the month when the class schedule is altered accordingly(which I always look forward to, just for something different), and the month when we get up very early in the morning for almost everyday. Really. 😆

After spending five years in SDAR, now it’s Ramadhan in a new surrounding altogether. And it has been 25 days already, which felt like, say, a day? Unbelievable.

Food-wise, this year proves to be a modest one. Despite the presence of a plethora of eateries/restaurants and food stalls just outside and around MFI, I choose to spend an average of RM4.90 a day at the campus’ cafe for breaking fast. For sahur I have either crackers or snacks, plus dates and plain water. All that, in small part thanks to my newfound awareness and desire to save more and spend less. But seriously, if it wasn’t for my lazy ass I might have spent more than I needed. 8)

The popular quote among the PF10 students: Je veux manger mais je ne peux pas. 🙁

Et voila, another slightly addictive puzzle-themed game, Critical Mass, that brings innovation to the traditional 4-of-a-kind game. Perfect for killing some time while waiting for the sunset. This game can be holy too. Depends. 😀

When the holy month ends, a new month of festivity begins. We’ll probably be celebrating the first week of Aidilfitri in Setia Alam. I’m not sure. And I don’t mind. And I’m getting sleepy. Maybe that’s all for now.

*Welbeck and Cleverley rock! …and all of a sudden I realise that it’s also the month of Independence. Ah well…

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The fact that we can’t enjoy those great videos and music on YouTube at the hostel makes me even giddier to share my favourite songs once I got home – this one is Peace Train by Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam). Bon week-end! 😀

I’ve been crying lately
Thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating?
Why can’t we live in bliss?

*The futile hope for peace 🙁

PostHeaderIcon Self-Sponsored?

Now that everything is settled, I guess it’s time for me to clarify this.

After the 2010 SPM results were announced, in a moment of pure jubilance I applied for scholarship from MARA for the Pre-France engineering course at UniKL MFI. With my (highly) creditable résumé ( 😆 ) and the lack of general interest in the programme, honestly I was rather positive that I would be offered the said scholarship. Well, at least that was what I thought.

It turned out that MARA opted for something different, and they offered me a place for the Pre-Spain A~Level at UniKL MSI instead. I was initially surprised and displeased, but then I began to see it from a different perspective – perhaps it wasn’t a bad thing after all. Why, learning another major language would be awesome! It’s not that I didn’t get anything, I was still granted a scholarship. Beggars can’t be choosers, mind you that.

Nevertheless, a thorough deliberation commenced between me and my parents whether to send me to MSI or MFI.

After taking everything into account, eventually we decided for what’s best for me, that is, our initial plan. On the 17th of July I registered at MFI for the Pre-France programme as a private student. Should there be any vacancy we would appeal to MARA. If not, I would remain a private student.

Fortunately there were four void places left by those who decided not to receive the financial  support from MARA so we quickly appealed. Thank god, it was approved. The offer letter arrived last Friday, thus signalling an end to my status as a private student. I was a private student for 26 days. For the record I had been extremely reluctant to disclose to anyone that I was self-sponsored. 🙄

*Technically, not everything has been settled yet – as of today the forms are still with us. For the time being I’m still funded by my parents. God bless them! :mrgreen:

It’s only a matter of time, though, before I can call myself a MARA scholar! 😆

A huge thank you goes to those who helped me out; especially the Dean of MFI, my parents and as well as a few people from MARA. Now it’s up to me to prove that I am worthy of the scholarship.


PostHeaderIcon Not Much

I have to post something here, you know, just to make sure that this site doesn’t look like a deserted land of the past. 

So here goes.

Quoi de neuf?

Not much. So far it has been the typical perpetual life of an average student, there’s nothing new to share. Oh just in case you’ve missed something, j’apprends le français. Et c’est tout. 😆

Et quoi encore?

The Barclay’s Premier League may well kick-off this coming Saturday, albeit with only 9 games – Spurs’ season opener against Everton has been aptly postponed in the aftermath of the unwarranted riots in London, which has spread to other cities in England including Manchester.

After witnessing how United uncharacteristically reclaimed the championship with overall lacklustre football I’m not quite sure how they will fare this season. The acquisition of winger Ashley Young will provide depth and much-needed pace to the midfield, while the arrival of Phil Jones and David de Gea bolster the defence and compensate the departures of a few veterans this summer. And Tom Cleverley looks good too.

I don’t know. Maybe it’s going to be a better journey this time. L’équipe est plus forte que celle de l’année dernière! 😆

With the noisy neighbours growing even stronger thanks to the massive amount of cash injected into the club by their Arab owners, I do believe that the days of the Big Four are gone for good. Chelsea, City and Arsenal remain as the serious contenders for the title, while Liverpool and Spurs might have a go too. Whatever it is though, I am as eager as ever for the new season to start! 😀

And then there are corruption, riots, murders, robberies, power abuse..err did I mention corruption?