Pre-A1,B1

January 12, 2012 4 comments

Alright, first exam in a long time, really. How are you feeling about it?
Not sure, to be honest. Yeah it’s been at least six months. (We’ve) forgotten a little bit how it feels like, really. But we’ve done all we can. It’s been alright so far, so we’ll give it our best shot tomorrow and see how it goes.

How surprising do you think the paper will be?
Well I guess we’ll see tomorrow, won’t we? Haha… but yes, I haven’t seen the paper, obviously. So I don’t know what’s coming, but like I’ve said, we’ve made the necessary preparations to take on what’s coming, and of course, with the choices of questions, hopefully we can choose the best four to get the maximum score.

And what are you expecting in terms of the score?
Well I don’t really know what we’re expecting, but certainly we’re aiming for a 100%. Nothing less than that will be at all acceptable in my opinion. We have a long tradition of winning and aiming for the best and tomorrow will be no different.

Who do you see as your threats going to these two papers?
I think everyone will be strong. We’ve had a long break, we’ve all done a lot to prepare for this day and tomorrow we’re all going to do our best. Who do I see as threats? Well, everyone is a competition, but we don’t really want to think too much about it. We’re content to be concerned just with what we’re doing and what we want to achieve.

Categories: Interviews, Math

The Answer Is…

January 10, 2012 2 comments

I know I’ve said this before, but really, don’t you wish you had all the answers sometimes?

Life is full of decisions. In fact, it is those decisions that define us, that make us who we are. Each decision that we make distinguishes us from the next person. Sure, there are many factors that influence our decisions.

Our parents, for example, play a big role in our decision-making. They’re pretty much the person we first come in contact with in this world, even before we’re born. Consciously or subconsciously, as we live with them, we pick up some of their habits, some of their characters and most of their advice. For the first few years our parents are a shelter to us, physically, mentally, emotionally as well as spiritually. They do their very best to protect us from harm whilst trying to give us what they feel is best. When it was raining outside, they’d tell us to come in. When we were late to school, our parents would drive us there, and seeing the discipline teacher standing outside holding that dreaded rod in his hand, our parents would get down from the car with us, have a chat with the teacher, and all of a sudden they’re good friends and all is forgiven. When we felt like we couldn’t ride our bike, or swim, or reach that switch for the lights in our house, they would encourage us, support us, and even let us win, just to boost our confidence!

“Jump. The more you jump, the taller you’ll get.”
“Well, I guess you won! You beat me. Congratulations!”

Sometimes our parents, in their love for us, do not give us what we want, and sometimes we are beaten for misbehaving.  At times like this, we get angry at our parents. Sometimes we don’t understand why. But we often hear that cliches our parents always tell us. From the “Someday, you’ll thank me”s to the “This is for your own good”s, over the years, we learn to look back and appreciate what our parents have done for us.

However, there comes a time where all this stops. There comes a time when our parents will not be there to protect us anymore. There comes a time when our parents will not make decisions for us anymore. It is those times where your mum and dad will look us in the eye and say, “You need to learn to make your own decisions now.”

What do we do then? How do we know what we need to choose? If you ask me, most of it is nothing but trial and error. We think on it, we try it, and if it works out, then it’s all good. But if it doesn’t, we learn from our mistakes, tell people about it so that they learn, and go from there. Of course, we would wish that we knew the answer to everything, but then that will make life boring, without challenges. The excitement of delving into the unknown is what most of us thrive on. If we’re afraid to commit, we’ll never start living. Often times, we’re afraid to make decisions because we’re afraid it’ll be the wrong one. But the fact of the matter is, most of the time you can never know unless you try.

I remember reading a Garfield comic once. There, he said, “Life offers us many challenges….”, “That’s why I’m going to hide behind this couch… “, “Don’t tell life.”

Comical to say the least, but jokes aside, we can’t do that. Of course at certain points in life we make difficult decisions, and learn to live with them. My bridge partner used to tell us, “No guts, no glory.”

So. 2012. A new year with new decisions to make. Let’s make it a better year.

Falcon, OUT~

Categories: Buzzes in my head

Have no Fear

December 29, 2011 Leave a comment

When you feel as if you can’t get any lower, this theme is all the more inspiring!

The Story So Far

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

So it’s been awhile since I last updated. Few months to be more exact. I guess everytime I’ve had the time to write I had nothing to write, and the time when I’ve had something to write I’ve had no time. Today, however, I need to make some time to pen down some stuff.Let’s start with Oxford. 6 weeks in, two more to go before we close up one term. I must say, it has been an enjoyable, fruitful, yet painful and labourous journey so far. Having 9-5/6 days is not the best for the soul, especially if you consider the fact that every night and day is spent on thinking and finishing up assignments and me11111111141eting deadlines. So definitely it hasn’t been easy. Nevertheless, the fact that new friends are being made, new things are being learned and new places are being discovered more than makes up for it. Lots can be said about Oxford and the UK culture.

For starters, people here are much friendlier than back home – drivers stop for you to cross, strangers smile when you make eye contact with them on the street, and everyone seems to love to give way. We shouldn’t, though, take things for granted. Two weeks ago one of my coursemates had his laptop stolen. Last week someone was murdered in East Oxford (News article: http://www.cherwell.org/news/town/2011/11/11/murder-in-east-oxford). So things aren’t all that happy winky hunky dory rosy posy over here.

Next, many people think that the tertiary education system over in this part of the world is a lot more laid back and easy going compared to Singapore, Malaysia and other Asian countries. I am here to tell you that this is true… to some extent. Let me elaborate. So back in Singapore, we had assignments that we have to hand in, on top of tutorial sheets, not to mention the fact that we had to catch up on our lecture material considering some lecturers are simply not good enough teachers. Over here, it’s no different. Well, it’s slightly different. Tutorial sheets and assignments are one in the same. Handing in our solutions are optional as they didn’t count toward our final grade, but of course if you don’t hand it in, I suppose it doesn’t reflect well on you. If you did, however, try to do every single problem in every single tutorial sheet, you will (as the Brits will say) lit’rally have no time to breathe. Of course, I believe the undergrads are not as burdened with this as the MSc students. Frankly, I truly think that people who have not been in this course do not really understand what we’re going through at the moment. My MCR Secretary has always told us to take some time off and visit places, enjoy Oxford while you’re here because there’s hardly any other place like it (well to be fair, there is only ONE other place like this, but you get my point). But she definitely has no idea what we’re going through. In fact, during Graduate Open Day this week we went up to our course booth to have a chat with our course organiser, and she, half-jokingly said, “I have no idea why people would like to sign up for a year of hell.” I say half-jokingly, because on one hand, it was a joke. On the other hand, it is true. Heh.

It hasn’t been all that bad though. The transition from pure to applied maths has been, surprisingly, a smoother experience than I thought, and I must say I have my lecturers and friends to thank for that. They have been really supportive for the past seven weeks and it has been tough and unfamiliar at times, but I’ve pulled through most of it so far. Having said that, I can’t wait for this term to end and the holidays to come because seriously, I think I speak on behalf of all of us when I say that we ALL deserve a nice long break, which, unfortunately won’t come even this winter. But a few days off is still alright though!

Many people have asked me where and what I’d do after all this is done. My straight and honest answer to them – I have absolutely no idea. But as Sue has said, “just go with da flow”. It doesn’t mean that I have no plans though. It’s just that they have been very general and non-specific, partially because no one can really tell what happens in the future. You make your plans, but whether it turns out or not is another thing. In the long term though, I know what I want to do (and I thank Tarantino for reminding me of this again) – teaching. Perhaps one of my motivations come from the fact that I think the education system back home is utter rubbish and a joke to the world. Teachers are not glorified, but viewed as last resorts when all else fails. As Jack Black once said, “those who can’t do, teach. Those that can’t teach, teach gym.” Sad to say, that is sort of the situation in Malaysia. Being a teacher isn’t encouraged, partly because the government doesn’t even pay you well enough.

Hence teachers here aren’t good. This leads to students who fail to realise their full potential, if they don’t seek external help. Seeing this somehow created the desire in me to want to be someone who can actually play a major role in the development of a person, not just intellectually, but in terms of character as well. Contrary to popular belief, the role of a teacher is not easy. Not only does a teacher teach and educate, a teacher also serves as a role model for one’s students – someone to look up to, someone to emulate, someone who leaves a significant impact on them at some point in their lives. In the future, I’d like to be that person, someone whom people can count on.

But that’s in the long term. Currently, I’d like to do something else, preferably in the industry, to gain some experience, especially in dealing with people, and to do things I enjoy. People ask if I’ll ever return to Singapore or Malaysia again, and my answer to them is, “We will see.” Of course, what happens depend on many things – if we know what they are, we won’t be thinking or worrying about it anymore, now will we? Until then.

Falcon, OUT~

Seek and Set Your Mind on Things Above

September 6, 2011 2 comments

Most of us go through life not knowing where we’re going. Yes, we know where we’re going, but we don’t know ultimately where we’re “going”.

Ask yourself, what is your purpose in life, if you have any.

If you have not found a purpose, we invite you to come to our Gospel Meeting with the Klang Church of Christ, and consider a things which are above, which can give you a true purpose in life. Come and listen, and learn how to seek and set your mind on things above.

Date: 23-25 Sept 2011
Venue: Klang Church of Christ Building
Theme: Seek and Set Your Mind on Things Above
Lessons:
1. 23rd, 8pm –  Set your mind on the power of God
2. 24th, 8pm – Set your mind and seek the promises of God
3. 25th, 9.15am – Christ – Our Life
4. 25th, 10.30am – Set your mind and seek the nature of God

For more information like directions to the place or more about the speaker, visit the website of the Klang Church of Christ here or drop an email at klangcocmy@gmail.com!

Categories: Happenings, Religion

Sleepy

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Why is it that I get sleepy every time I enter a supermarket?

But when I enter a futsal court suddenly I feel so alive!

Has anyone experienced the same thing before? Let me know!

Categories: Buzzes in my head

Babyface

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

And every time I close my eyes I thank the Lord that I got you,
and you got me too.
And every time I think of it  I pinch myself cause I don’t believe it’s true,
that someone like you loves me too.

Categories: Pseudorandom