first day after trials...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Saturday, August 28, 2010 9:30 AM

So, trials are over.
Am free for now.
Still don't feel like much though.
Oh, gods.

Anyway, my first day after trials was a Friday and the morning started off by going to CHMC for a BB meeting.
Strange that I should be going even after I've already graduated from it, but... Meh.
After, went for regular yumcha session with the GG Gang (Alan, Alex, Ervin, me) and Ling Jia.

Teh ice, Milo ice, Kopi peng
Then, drove all the way down to Lumut Waterfront to lepak for a bit.
As usual, when GG gets together, crazy stuff happens.
Aaaaaand, we camwhore like WHOA.
Vin and Alan
Trespassing on private jetty
Vin found a dinghy
Alan found a (very patriotic) boat
And they both found a cement swordfish. FML.
The Thinker and Mr Incredible
Yeah, well.
THEY camwhored, anyway.

I got some nice scenery shots, though.
Too bad I didn't have my camera on me; had to make do with a W595i's 3.2MP.

Oh yeah.
I drove Vin's Myvi into a cement pole, too.
Fingers itchy to test out an auto car, I was a little careless and maneuvered it to kiss the pole.
I swear I went ten shades of pale when I heard the scrape.
It wasn't too bad, and I promised to pay him whatever it costs to fix the paint-job and a bit of knocking, but I still feel like shit.
He was super gracious about it - didn't even shout at me or anything.
And that makes me feel even shittier.
Gods, will there be no end to my miserable uselessness?

freedom! (for now...)

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Thursday, August 26, 2010 3:35 PM

SPM trials are over.


this awesomeness is by [rin] , Sunday, August 22, 2010 12:40 AM

Gosh, I lurve this!
Just made it a few hours ago, so, yeah.


this awesomeness is by [rin] , Thursday, August 19, 2010 5:12 PM

Because I was bored, and LA is down for a couple of days:

1280 x 800px wallpaper, FTW.
It looks pretty on my desktop now.

SPM trials...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Monday, August 16, 2010 1:19 AM

Will be starting tomorrow.
First papers are Physics, Papers I, II and III.
So I mightn't be on often for the next two weeks.
AWOL-ing to focus on studying/giving trials my best shot.
I know, unbelievable for this girl to study right?
But no choice lah...

See you guys around!

what we 'learn' from history...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Wednesday, August 11, 2010 7:04 PM

We've always heard it being said that our history is what teaches us about our future.
Our history is where we get lessons from which to improve ourselves and avoid the same mistakes our forefathers made.
Our history is meant to teach the younger generations about our past and our legacies, so that we don't forget who we are in essence.

But if these are the reasons why we are learning history, then what the heck have we been studying in Sejarah at school?

Because to me, it appears more to be a chance to show off the achievements people have made in the past, not allow us to learn from them.
To me, it seems like the only reason our Sejarah syllabuses are saturated with Islamic history is to conduct a sort of 'brainwashing' thing, or to convince the 'rest of us' that Islam was a major part of the world's past and present.
And in Malaysia, where we should be taking a leaf out of other, more advanced countries' books, we are instead sticking to a system where we're only focusing on what happened here and not the world in general.

Well, I don't deny that yes, our country's past is important, but what happened to the rest of the world matters, too!
Of course, Islam and its whole movement was a big part of history, but what about everything else?

We have one chapter on Europe's Dark Ages and a few references here and there to the World Wars, but that's about it for Sejarah Tingkatan 4 and Tingkatan 5.
We don't get to learn about the early civilizations; the New World discoveries; the in-depth of the Renaissance and Reformation periods!
Closer to home, we don't even get to know more about the Chinese empires and many dynasties or even the spread of all the other major religions in these areas.
Heck, our textbooks even have ridiculously stupid information errors, especially when discussing the religions.

I mean, who said that Jesus Christ was the founder of Christianity?
That's like saying the Nabi Muhammad 'mengasas agama Islam' (Founded the Islamic religion), and I'm sure that statement would create an uproar in this country if written in the textbooks.
Same concept, okay?
Jesus did NOT 'create' Christianity, he was the Son of God sent from heaven to save the souls of all of us!
For goodness sake, if those historians (Or textbook authors, whichever) can't even get that right, what's to say they got anything else correct?

By not being given the chance to open our minds up to the world and the things happening around us, we have already successfully begun our first step backwards.
As if we're not heading backwards fast enough already, is it?

Stupid, stupid, stupid Sejarah.

addicted to gossip girl!

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:39 AM

Gossip Girl.

It is my new favourite thing, so.
Just putting it out there.

Anyways, watching movies which reflect real life people in real life situations engaging in real life animated banter is just real life awesome.
Although, real life probably doesn't have quite that much drama, unlike the series.
But I think you understand what I mean gua?

Being able to watch people whose country speaks English as a native language engaging in daily social activities is stimulating.
I mean, Manglish is fun and useful and expressionable and all, but real English is the epitome of awesome.
Your brain has to work fast and try to catch things as they come so that you'd be able to understand what's going on in the show.
And after long periods of dumbing down my language to communicate with people in everyday life, to be able to witness something so different is just...
It makes me happy.

Besides, the look on my family members' faces as I laugh and comment on the show is just priceless.
Like my brother, for example, who was like, "Hah? What so funny?" when I was helplessly laughing over the sarcastic, verbal attacking scenes.
Ooooh, bliss.

And, I hate dumbing down my language intellect just to get through the day.
It's so annoying sometimes when I've got something smart to say, but hardly anyone understands it.
So, yeah, Manglish is going to be the death of this beautiful language in Malaysia.

I pretty much have little idea what I'm actually talking about.
Just had carbonated apple juice AND a mug of really sweet coffee, which is gonna be killer for my hyperactive mind tonight.
So just bear with me?

I feel like downloading all the Gossip Girl episodes, then enjoy swimming in Chace Crawford's lovely blue eyes.

back from kl...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Friday, August 6, 2010 11:22 PM

I'm just home from my trip down to KL for the blogging contest's prize-giving ceremony.
Nothing much, really.
Four long hours' drive down to pick up some books and RM100, then four long hours' drive back.

Can't say I'm not disappointed that I didn't get an Ipod Touch, or that the system should have been more human-judge-based rather than votings, but a finalist out of 70+ entries from all over Malaysia doesn't seem too bad, I guess?

Just feeling a little down, because the trip was seriously tiring and seemed like a bit much just to pick up RM100...

Oh, well.
When I feel like I'm up to it, maybe I'll upload some photos and stuff.
Not now, though.
Like, effing exhausted now.
KL traffic and roads are biatches.

Just a short update, anyways.

life's updates...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Wednesday, August 4, 2010 10:32 PM

I am very, very, very sick now.
Like red-eyed, runny-nosed, sneeze-crazy sick.
Thought it was just sinus as usual, but it seems to be a extending into cold instead.
Oh, gods.

(I kind of 'adopted' that "Oh, gods" thing from Percy Jackson. >.>)


Today was WendyD's birthday and we celebrated at school.
It was kinda like Jack's birthday a few months back, right down to the Secret Recipe cake and the whole 'hush-hush' atmosphere.
But then again, when you live in a small town like Sitiawan, Secret Recipe cakes are considered treats and school is the best place to celebrate with everyone.
So, yeah.

Was cute, the way we put things together at the last minute just to celebrate it for her.
They tried so hard to keep her from knowing, but I supposed she kind of guessed anyway.
Still, it was fun and one of our last so-called 'happy moments' before the end of our final year arrives.
So I smuggled my camera to school and the whole bunch of us camwhored and stuff.

This Friday will be the day I go down to KL for the Sunway University College's blogging contest prize giving ceremony.
(Wow, that was a mouthful)
Sincerely hope I win, although the experience alone was awesome!

And of course, SPM TRIALS will be starting the Monday after next.
So, yeah, I've been (((trying))) to study.
Very little is going in, though, especially the memorizing subjects like Sejarah.
I mean, who really cares about pages and pages of Islamic history?
We should seriously be learning stuff that are more open and useful, like world history.
We have that, like, only one chapter nya.

But that one chapter was so enjoyable that I steadfastly refuse to study it in Malay.
I'm going to do research on European history (Dark Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Revolution) on the Internet so that I can truthfully say that I really STUDIED Sejarah.

I think that's about it in my life for now, everything else is more or less minor details.
Either that, or I can't remember because I'm too sick to think straight.
Oh, gods.

Oh, oh, oh, yes!
Can anyone recommend a good multipurpose solution for contact lenses?
I need a new brand, because the previous few I've tried are either sucky or not suitable for me.
I think my eyes are a little sensitive, so...

Sorcerer's Apprentice - a review...

this awesomeness is by [rin] , Sunday, August 1, 2010 12:27 AM

Okay, I guess I'm a little behind on this, since The Sorcerer's Apprentice came out about a week ago.
But hey, I live in a small town with just one small cinema in it, so give a little leeway lah, okay?

So anyway.
Sorcerer's Apprentice has a really predictable storyline.
You know, like really powerful wizard defeated by really powerful witch who is in turn trapped in some jail-like thing by the powerful wizard's student.
Then the powerful wizard dies because he's been mortally wounded and he tells his student that the only way to really kill/destroy the now-trapped powerful witch is to find another dude who is even more powerful-ler and has the fate of the world in his hands.
And so the powerful wizard's student (Who can, by the way, live forever because of some powerful spell) goes in search of this dude so that they can all save the world and be reunited with their respective loved ones.

Throw in loads of action scenes, a dragon or two, a whole lot of fire/burning stuff and a little bit of physics applications, and there you have The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

It was really predictable - quite a number of movies use the same storyline so that it's totally overused already.
But this movie's saving quality was its not-too-bad acting and the wicked effects.
Oh, yes, and it had a bit of humour in it, too, so at least we had some laughs.

But it was the first ever magic-related movie that actually explained magic in scientific terms.
Now that is something new.

Anyway, the verdict?
3.5/5 stars, for the awesome action scenes and good actors.
Definitely not Avatar material, but it's worth watching if you're just out for a light, fun night.

Oh, oh, oh and the main actor (Jay Baruchel) was cute.
Not hot cute, but 'kawaii' cute because he acted the bumbling, clumsy, nerdy university student who was cool in his own way after all.

P.S. - If you ever intend to watch the show, do remember to look out for a scene where David Stutler (Jay Baruchel) uses his newfound magic powers to clean up his laboratory.
He literally commanded the mops and brooms to work on their own, while he went to have a bath.
Needless to say, something went wrong and (The powerful, dead wizard's chosen student) Balthazar Blake (Nicholas Cage - See? Impressive line of actors!) gives him a lecture about it afterward.

The scene was so totally Mickey Mouse!
If you've watched the old cartoon when you were young, Wizard Mickey did the same thing too and fell asleep, ending up flooding his whole castle.
It was cool watching it acted out.

Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1940s)
Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

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