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31 January, 2016

Starting Off (Week 1)

      Huh, time sure flies doesn’t it? One day you are writing a blog post about starting university life and another day, one week has passed where you still haven’t completed that blog post AND you have already finished one week of your university life. Wow, ladies and gentlemen that is why procrastination must be avoided. In my defence, I wasn’t 100% procrastinating (saying that I wasn’t procrastinating at all would be a lie), I was busy packing and moving and unpacking my stuff to my new home away from home.

      Speaking of which, the place is great, and for good reasons. First of all, it’s cheaper. I’m not gonna just say it out loud how cheap it is, but it’s definitely cheaper than what the university was offering at the same place. Even though the rent excludes utility bills, gas and internet fees, I’m still getting a lot of value out of it. The room is fully furnished with a bed frame (mattresses, pillows etc. has to be brought for hygienic purposes), a wardrobe, a table and a chair. There’s also an A/C, windows and a fan, whichever ventilation I choose depending on the time and/or hotness. BUT THERE’S MORE! There’s also a bathroom/toilet (I know people will argue about this, so I’ll just put both), kitchen with a stove and a washing machine for all the tenants of the apartment to use. Adding the utility bills etc. (which is divided equally between tenants) and the RM30 shuttle bus pass per month to APU, worst case scenario I probably only need to pay an additional RM100 in the rent, which is STILL cheaper than the accommodation APU offered in the same place. Now that’s some value if I’ve ever seen one.

      This week was mostly just an orientation week. Heck, “mostly” is an understatement. It’s COMPLETELY an orientation week. I went to APU at the first day thinking it’s just a 1 day orientation thing, but nope, there’s a whole 4 day lecture/briefing programme ranging from Code of Conduct to Library Briefing to Co-Curriculum Briefing to an English Diagnostic Test. Yes, there was a test on my 2nd day of university life. It’s not going to be graded or something, but I guess it’s for the university staff to get a feel for our English skills. How did I do? Well, I’ve not done a lot in English for a few months since SPM, so you can say that my English is rusty. There’s also a Mathematics Diagnostics Test for Engineering Students, which I was interested to just attend and do it for fun, but sadly I forgot to bring a calculator that day… I had mixed feelings for the lectures/briefings, some were fun and engaging, some were boring and dull.

      Icebreaking session? I hear someone ask about an icebreaking session? Congratulations, here’s a non-existent sweet for the person in front of the screen. For some reason, they decided to put the icebreaking session on the last day instead of the first, which was weird since the point of the icebreaking session was to know each other and make friends during the orientation. Nevertheless, the icebreaking session was interesting. About 100-200 of us new Foundation and Diploma students of that intake was broken into 3 groups and were asked to come up with a team name and a battle cry of some sort (one of the student representatives even joked, or maybe not, that for those taking Engineering, it REALLY is going to be a battle). After 5 years of listening to the 24 Festive Drums team practicing in secondary school, the semi-annoying and fully-deafening drum rhythms finally came into use. I asked if anyone in our group knew about the 24 Festive Drums and nobody answered even though there’s A LOT of local Chinese students in our group. Either they are shy or it’s just my school that has that, we might never know. Anyway, I proposed to use a basic rhythm often practiced by the 24 Festive Drums team (which was practiced so many times that it is stuck in my head even though I’m not part of them) in our battle cry, which at least made us not be the worse group there. By the way, the worse group had to eat (I repeat, EAT) salt. Not just a pinch, a HANDFUL. Well, the close-to-eardrum-popping practice sessions that made it impossible to hear anything the friend beside you is saying has saved me from having high blood pressure. Hoorah for that!

      Well then, my legs are starting to get sore from writing this post on my lap while on the bus home, so I guess that’s a good time as ever to stop writing. There’s just another 6+ hours I need to sleep away, which hopefully my legs won’t get paralysed while I’m at it. Next week the actual classes are starting, so “Yay”??? After that it’s the Chinese New Year break, so “Yay”!!!

Pew Pew Pew:
  • "XXX wants to go to college ~”; “XXX wants to enjoy college life ~” NYAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.
  • Make a reference to Fly FM’s Krappi Call set by me, check.
  • To those who knows what I’m referencing, good for you, here’s another non-existent sweet for you.
  • Where the hell did 50 subscribers come from? I haven’t posted a video for like a year!
  • Still on the fence on making gaming videos with this laptop. Laptop lags a bit when playing some of the new games I acquired on the last Steam Sale. The continuation of the Expert Emerald Nuzlocke series is PLAUSIBLE, although my save state is gone so I’m gonna have to restart. Don’t take my word for it though.

29 January, 2016

Hello, Goodbye

Can you read me? 
I was wondering if after all these years you’d like a sheet.
To go over, 
I’ve forgotten how it felt before the work fell in front me.
There’s such a distance,
Between us,
And a million trials.
So hello from the writer’s side. (Writer’s side)
I must have wrote a thousand lines. (Thousand lines)
To tell you,
I’m sorry,
For failing my part,
But when I tried,
Stuff just seems,
To get in my way,
All the time.

      Ok, I can’t keep this up. There’s a limit to how many rhymes I can come up with from the top of my head.

      Anyway, hello everyone, it’s me. (Now I can’t get that song out of my head, AGAIN.) It’s been quite a while since I posted something, 1 year and 2 months to be exact. As you could guess from my parody lyrics, stuff just got in the way. Last year was my SPM year, and school work got busy whether academic, co-curricular or regarding the position I had in school. Of course, personal and private stuff also arose, but they are called “personal and private” for a reason, so don’t ask.

      So, why am I writing this now instead of straight up abandoning blogging and YouTube-ing? Because I’m not abandoning them. I would love to keep doing these as long as I have the time, privacy and hardware (and probably software) to keep up. Blogging has been a great opportunity for me to share my opinions and feelings without posting a 1000 word Facebook post; while YouTube-ing is just a fun little way for me to play video games, speak English and make videos all at the same time. However, I can’t promise that I’ll be doing these regularly (as always), because my life is taking a huge big step forward.

      On to the announcement: I will be going to college! How exciting is that? After 6 years in primary school and 5 years in secondary school, here comes 4 years (at least) in college! And after that, there’s just roughly 30 to 40 years of work until retirement. Wow, if you put it that way, life seems boring doesn’t it? Well, hopefully it’s better than it seems. I mean, there’s still marriage and having a family and being worried about not making ends meet and all that, so yeah life isn’t as boring as it seems.

      Anyway, I managed to enrol in the January intake Foundation programme for Asia Pacific University (APU) with a 50% Merit Scholarship using my SPM trial examination results. Some people WILL have questions so I’ll kindly list out some FAQs that I received so that you guys can just stop bugging me.

Q: Why Asia Pacific University?
A: They’re famous for their IT courses, and I wish to head out in that direction.

Q: Why not wait till the actual results come out?
A: I’m not aiming for bursary and I already know which field I am going towards. I’m also not confident that my actual SPM results will be better or even at par with my trials results, which would affect my Merit Scholarship.

Q: Don’t you wanna go study overseas?
A: No.

Q: Studying overseas is so much better than in Malaysia! You can’t survive in Malaysia! Just go immigrate there after you finish your studies and work there! You’ll be much richer and happier!
A: Firstly, that’s not a question.  Next, have you seen our current economy lately? 1 USD is RM4.40 right now! I’m not making my family broke just so I can study overseas. If I get bursary, sure I’ll CONSIDER it. By the way, I believe we can survive in Malaysia just fine as long as we can work hard and deal with problems the smart way. As for richer and happier, I don’t aim to be rich. Currency is a somewhat arbitrary value. It’s just an effing number. As long as I have enough money to live I’m happy.

Q: What about YouTube-ing and blogging?
A: Like I said earlier, no promises. I might be too busy with coursework and all that to be doing these stuff. Believe me, I really hope that I can manage to get some videos and blog posts out again. YouTube videos might be a little tough as I will be living with other people in an apartment, and I'm not sure if my new laptop (Yes, I'm getting a new laptop.) can handle both playing games and recording at the same time. I'll experiment with it when it arrives, which should be soon. Blog posts should not be a problem, and I'd love to share my life experiences in college.

      So there you have it. I'm actually finishing up this post a few days after when I first started writing this, so I'm actually starting tomorrow! I've moved my stuff over and I hope I'll have a great time in my pre-university life.

      No bullets this time. I'm already late a week. Gotta get this out before my next post comes out in a few hours. By the way, I know Bursary and JPA has been suspended, but my original passage was written before that was announced, so get off me already, geez....