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Just so you know, I’m leaving for National Service 2009 tomorrow. So I won’t be updating this blog until I return and I suppose this would be my last entry before going to National Service (duh). The earliest I’ll be able to update it again is on June 9, a day after I return.

For those of you who are also in the second batch, have fun! For those of you who aren’t going anywhere, I’ve listed down a few sites you might be interested in while I’m gone. I’ve really enjoyed reading these blogs during my free time. Each of these blogs holds their very own charm and I hope it’ll keep you busy and entertained until I come back.

All these blogs are personal blogs just like this blog, but they each have a distinct flare. So what I’ve done is I’ve typed out the things in each blog that appeal to me.

A Singaporean blogger that writes things as it is in glaring honesty. This kind of bold frankness is the focal lure that keeps me coming back for more.

This site gives good reviews on places to visit, eat and shop. It’s also filled with the latest Nuffnang (Asia’s first blogging community) ongoings and events.

A witty site that’s filled to the brim with amazing pictures and laughter. Visit this blog if you’re feeling blue.

See you guys in 3 months time! I’ll miss all my friends and family very much! *sniff*



This post is pretty darn long, so you might wanna bookmark it for later reading.  

It’s March and it’s that time of the month that’s especially busy for most school leavers. The SPM results have just come out and worthy students are clamouring and competing for good scholarships. Some are opting for Form 6 while others are vying for tougher entries into matriculation programmes.

2 weeks before, my head was spinning from all the seemingly infinite number of choices of scholarships available. My motto was simple.

Apply for as many scholarships as possible.

That way, the chances of getting shortlisted would be greater whether or not I wanted the scholarship. I know, I know. Why waste time on applying for scholarships I don’t even want?

The ugly truth behind my scholarship application frenzy was because I didn’t want to enter Form 6 at all cost. For those of you who know me well enough, you’d know that before this I wasn’t too hot about attending Form 6.

At that time, I was even seriously considering the idea of accepting a scholarship that I did not want so long as that meant not going to Form 6.

Although I didn’t hold anything agaisnt going to Form 6, the thought of having to go through the whole Malaysian high school experience again, albeit for only another year and a half, scared me away.

Fortunately, all my selfish preconceptions changed about a week or two ago when I had a heart to heart talk to my parents about my choices after SPM. Let’s just say I had to kill my ego and adopt a totally new outlook on Form 6. Not an easy thing to do considering I’m a very stubborn person.

Right now, I have drastically cut down my scholarship prospects to those I only feel really worth it. And that’s like only 2 or 3 from the 10+ scholarships I was going to apply for.

As far as I know, lots of people would opt for private colleges over entering to form 6 anytime. Why the sudden change, you might ask.

The logic behind this “madness” is because at this stage, there are not many real pre-university scholarships out there.

My dad and I went through the terms and conditions of the scholarship awards from private colleges like KDU, HELP, INTI, Taylors’ around Malaysia offering A-levels/Pre-U courses through the lens of a magnifying glass (it’s figurative okay?).

Our findings? Most colleges only offer fee waivers or partial fee waivers, which means students don’t have to pay the college fees.

But if that’s the case, what about other expenses? The “scholar” still has to pay extra supplementary fees, accomodation, food, transport and other personal expenses. There’s not even an annual allowance. You call that a scholarship? So before applying or accepting any scholarship, be sure to read their terms and conditions and also their scholarship “perks”.

But if you’ve got the money, then these kinds of scholarships which only offer fee waivers would be good to go. This isn’t the case for most average income students which this article is targeted at though. Taking loans would be inevitable at one point or another. 

I find the majority of really good and valuable scholarships offered are mostly tailored for undergraduate studies. Scholars can easily obtain a 5-figure annual allowance for their course.

For A-levels or pre-U, the choices available, although many, isn’t as comprehensive compared to undergraduate scholarships.

I’m not saying there are no good pre-U scholarships around. Of course there’re a few where the particular education body is really interested in helping notable students complete their A-levels with distinctions. The allowance given covers everything, from accomodation to transport to annual allowance.

Obviously, these scholarships are tougher to obtain and are quite selective but I’ve got nothing to lose anyway.

Last night, I thought about it carefully and I’ve compiled 3 main choices. For those of you who are still in limbo and haven’t decided on anything yet, reading this article might be a good idea especially in you’re on a tight budget.

1. ASEAN Scholarship

This scholarship is one or the most generous scholarships I’ve come across at pre-U level. ASEAN scholarship covers everything: food, accomodation, lodging, waiver of fees and other personal expenses. They even give you a $500 once only settling-in allowance up front to help students adapt at fist. Best thing is this scholarship comes with NO BOND. As in you’re not stuck to any organisation or whatever. The accepted scholar is given $2400 per annum which means $200 per month.

Now although that sum is quite tight to live off every month, I’m betting the Singaporean government purposely allocated that specific allowance as a way to curb students’ spendings and as a strategy to restrict students’ from wasting their time at entertainment hubs.

Also, whenever I think of Singapore, I think of some cosmopolitian, hip and trendy, modern kinda city. Like damn prestigious wei. No doubt the standard of education there is so much higher than Malaysia’s. Whatever it is, experiencing student life in Singapore is something that doesn’t come very often.

The only qualm I have is that if I do get accepted, I’d only be posted in January 2010 which means I won’t be studying anything this year. Whether that’s a good thing or not, it depends on how I use the time. Also, the duration of course is 2 years. That means I’ll only finish pre-U when I’m 20! Oh gosh…is there an express course?

I suppose I’ll just have to apply first and see how things turn out. Dude, I might not even get shortlisted yet.

So while waiting for the application to be processed, students might as well attend Form 6 first. If you do get accepted, yay you! You’re off to experience college life! Woohoo! But if you don’t, then that’s okay. There’s still form 6 for you to rely on. I mean, contrary to most people’s belief I don’t think form 6 isn’t bad. No point moping.

Those few months in Form 6 won’t be a waste in any case cuz you’d have done some reading up as a buffer. Besides, there’s no harm in doing extra revision up front right?

2. Enter Form 6. Period.

This ex-number one Form 6 hater is going to write an entire article (more like sub-article really) on the wholesome goodness of attending Form 6. So you’d better listen up. This doesn’t come very often ya’ know.

Petty things first:

I’ve weighed out the pros and cons of Form 6 with an open mind. Bad news first: I’ll be stuck in a uniform. Gah…Another thing is I won’t be going through the college experience for another year and a half. Pooh…

I’ve managed to pacify myself with the following good news though. At least I won’t be studying Form 6 in the same high school. It’ll be in a different high school instead (duh!). Change is good. I like change. Besides, the school uniform will also be different than the normal boring blue pinafore.

 Now for the more important, non-petty facts:

Actually, entering Form 6 is basically like getting a scholarship by itself. In simpler words: It’s the cheapest pre-university/A-level option there is out there even if you’re not an A student.You don’t need to pay for any fees except the compulosry MUET fees. Addionally the living cost is way cheaper because you’ll be living with your parents, and

Personally, if you have the results to get into the science stream, I think it would be wiser to opt for the science package even though your interest may lie in arts. This maximises your choices once you leave school. You can always switch to art courses later if you choose to.

But if you’ve opted for the arts package, then you won’t have the privilege of switching to science related careers during your university years. You’re basically stuck with arts, even so more if you had the brains to start off with. You’ll regret it.

What’s more, the science subjects are taught in English.

In Form 6, the arts subjects are only taught in BM. And if your command of English language is weak, you’re good as doomed once you enter university.You might as well apply for scholarships if you opt for the arts subjects and hope for the best. Then at least you’ll be able to study them in English from the beginning instead of struggling later.

But if you’ve got a strong command of English but you don’t have the results to enter the science stream, form 6 is also a good option. I doubt you would have any problem translating BM to English.

I like my choices to be as varied as possible especially since I haven’t decided what to do yet. So after completing Form 6, my options would be very open.

Compare this if I were to take a foundation programme which meant that I’d be stuck in that college until I completed my studies (which would be approximately 5 years in the same university). And god forbid if I decided half way that a certain course doesn’t suit me.

I’ve heard that Form 6 is much harder than matric programmes or other pre-U courses. STPM is one of the hardest examinations in the world if I’m not mistaken. But if you’ve got the brains and confidence, why not go for it? I heard Form 6 also equips students with a stronger base when students pursue their degrees later on.

I suppose STPM has to be tough to be recognized as equivalent to Cambridge A-levels or Australian A-levels. Also, STPM is accepted internationally. And if you’ve managed to obtain excellent STPM results, you wouldn’t have trouble getting shortlisted into prestigious universities.

Whatever it is, I might as well enjoy another one and a half years of high school before leaving for university. And I darn better score good grades in STPM if that’s my choice.

3. Apply for Malaysian Matriculation

One good thing about these matriculation programmes is that they’re by the government and therefore, the facilities provided there are top notch. So rest assured that you’ll be studying in as conducive an environment as possible. Also, these government scholarships are quite generous. Well, it is the government’s money.

Look at the bright side of it though. You’re almost certain to do very well in exams which can lead to pursuing your studies in top local universities because you’re gonna be seriously drilled day in, day out. You get to save one year compared to your other peers too. Also, getting 4 flats would be snap easy.

But of course you’re gonna be seriously drilled day in day out for a complete whole year. As in no dating, no fooling around, no shopping thrice a week, no … fun. If you don’t mind a whole year of your life just studying to ace your exams then that’s okay.

There’s a catch though. Usually these kinds of government scholarships come with a bond. So after you’ve completed your studies, you’re tied down to the government service for a couple of years. For some of you, that sounds okay. I mean, it’s a job. Who doesn’t want a job in recession times?

But for me, I want to be an entrepeneur which means I don’t want to be working my ass off for other people.

Another snag is that these kinds of scholarships are quite hard to obtain especially if you’re a non-bumiputera. Of course other factors come into play too, like your performance in the interview and co-curriculum achievements. Also you’ve got to have excellent SPM results especially for your science subjects.

I’m very confident that I have 2 chances of getting it: Slim and none.


So to summarize the whole long thing, it’s down to three choices: Form 6, ASEAN Scholarship and Government Scholarships.

I think the real headache should only start after the completion of my A-levels/STPM/pre-university because that’s the time I’m going to be choosing a permanent course, permanent university and all other permanent stuff for the next couple of years (Although I might just ditch everything once I’ve finished my studies and pursue a totally different path. Hey, I like the freedom of spontaneity).

p.s.: I don’t mean to offend anyone in this post. These are just my personal opinions and may not be accepted by everybody. So don’t take it too personally if it doesn’t match with your views. Thanks =)

Yesterday, PICA held the YMCA Tournament at YMCA (duh!) and also their Annual General Meeting (AGM). And yesterday was the third day in a row I went to Ipoh.

The AGM was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and end an hour later, and the first round was predicted to start at 10.10 a.m., 10 minutes after the meeting.

So after dropping off my brothers at Unit Sukan (they were headed for MSSM in Klang), my dad and I arrived at YMCA. The Ee twins, Shu Jing and Kong Liang, were there and so was Kay Lynn in her blazing white outfit and Firdaus, now taller than ever and also Lawrence the Great.

Oi, siapa kata Yusri akan datang huh?

Anyway, the AGM began (my first ever experience on how adult AGMs are conducted) and the chairperson, Dr Yee, (ex-president of PICA) started his talk on I don’t know what. For your information, I’m going to be relating my experience to this AGM in a debate format which explains the term chairperson (if you know what I mean).

My dad predicted that there would be drama and he was right. After like about 15 minutes, emotions ran high and a fight of words ensued between members of the committee. It wasn’t so much of a meeting anymore, but more like a hot debate. Politics always have drama, whether it’s chess politics or whatever politics la. Cut the long story short, the AGM which was supposed to last only for an hour dragged on for 2 long hours.

Too bad I couldn’t hear what they were saying. It was all in a blur but my dad told me what happened later on.

So anyway, the first round finally started at about 11 a.m. By now, after the numerous local rapid tournaments I’ve participated, I’ve grown quite used to these tournaments not starting on time.

But the time control was heartlessly cut down to 10 minutes from the original 20 minutes per person! But after round 4, the time control was back to 20 minutes. Oh and thanks to the AGM I lost to an 11 year old boy.

Anyway, here are my rounds. Not many strong players participated though. Most were at Klang to play in the MSSM. I’m an olg hag so I couldn’t play, I know.

Round 1 – I was up agaisnt a small Malay boy of 11 years. I beat him la.

Round 2 – I played with a slightly older Malay boy. I won my game pretty easily too.

Round 3 – Oh gosh. I so hate this round. I lost to an 11 year old Indian boy! I was attacking him like crazy when I freaking blundered my Queen! Sigh…

Round 4 – I played with a Malay teenager and beat him.

Round 5 – I was up against Lawrence. I lost la, aiyo. He sacrificed a piece for an attack and I just sucked at defending my position. I think I messed up my opening anyway.

Round 6 – I played with Sharon Yee, daughter of Dr Yee. I won the game.

Round 7 – I played my dad and I won! I attacked his king and my attack broke through! Yeah!

Conclusion: The tournament was pretty easy I guess. I collected 5 out of 7 points. And that’s nothing special at all. I think about 8 people got 5 points. Anyway, I still clinched the Best Girl under-18 title. Too bad it was only a trophy. I’d prefer money =)

Anyway, Shu Jing and Kong Liang got the 7th and 8th place respectively. Lawrence got the 9th place. Firdaus got 2 placings lower than me although he played agaisnt much stronger players. LOL. I pity him in a way. Actually, Firdaus is quite strong too. Kay Lynn leh…hahaha. Okay la, i won’t give out ur position la. lol…

But still the day was really, really good. I had a great time with my friends. We gossiped and teased and just had lots fun with one another. And I know somebody had a real great time with somebody else! 😉

Oh and Firdaus couldn’t stop teasing me about my weight! Oi, I’ll take that as a challenge alright! You’ll see once I return from NS I’ll be so stick thin you won’t even be able to see me. RAWR!

p.s.: I won’t be stick thin la.

Yay! Finally I get to meet my chess friends. It’s been about a year since I last saw them. So here’s how the story went.

I arrived at Unit Sukan at about 10 a.m. Luckily, my friends were already waiting eagerly for me (ahem…LOL). So I was like AAAAHHHH….HI!!!! to Siew Ting and Jia Minn and we were like group hugging when I started wondering where Kay Lynn was.

Then I noticed a new face there. She looked like those Chinese girls very xiao jie and mei mei one. I thought she was another new comer who qualified for MSSPK. Just as I was going to ask her “Hi, what’s your name?” when suddenly…..wtf!! You’re Kay Lynn?!?!?!

ROTFL…!!! I didn’t know what had gotten into me. I was still picturing her with specs on. At that time, I thought she looked so different but at closer inspection, she actually looks the same la. Whada hell man. Sorry ah Kay Lynn didn’t recognize you. But damn funny wei.

So we played double-chess, stupid-chess (and yes, it was immensely stupid), saw disgustingly grosteque videos (Jia Minn was laughing her head away … she’s so seriously sick la) and crapped away when Kay Lynn had to go back for her music lessons. Wei, ma’am, you ada piano, swimming, karate, chess, violin, guitar, drums, singing, acting, wushu, ballet, taekwondo, gymnastics, basketball…cukup la. The multi-talented Miss Chan. LOL…!!!

Lawrence the Great finally came right after Kay Lynn left. Perfect timing. Spot on. See, sleep late somemore la.

After that, Siew Ting, Jia Minn and I took hilariously stupid pictures. Jia Minn looked like a dead fish while Siew Ting looked like she just melepaskan another Hiroshima bomb. LOL!! I was the only one who appeared normal (liar, liar pants on fire). The only person who maintained her virtuos upbringing was none other than Christine the Holy One.

Then we went to the girls’ room and we discovered about Siew Ting and her pure….HAHAHAHAHA!!! And we also found out the origin of Siew Ting in the history of Hiroshima… and her incredibly deadly fart.

And Jia Minn the Fish contributed greatly to the discovery of how fishes evolved to become … Jia Minn herself. Okay, I made that up la. Hey, it’s true what. Oh, and Jia Minn the Fish broke her jaw…on purpose. Damn sick man.

Also, I gave out my secret on how I won MSSM last year. It has to do with Siew Ting’s special powers from her pure…HAHAHAHAHA!!!

For those of you who don’t know us, you’ll be lost by now. I’m betting you don’t know head or tail to what I’m telling. So to end your misery, I’ll skip all the other details and go straight to the conclusion. Kesimpulannya, we had a sickening blast of a time! It was sweeettt…!! I hope we’ll be able to come together again in the near future. Really do!

I got straight A’s! Yahoo! Not all A1’s but still, all A’s. I didn’t expect it. Actually I did, cuz I used my almighty manifesting powers to draw the A’s into my results slip. Too bad I didn’t specify all A1’s. Hey, I’m serious. I’ve got latent manifesting powers okay. I pictured the scene of 10A’s in my results slip in my mind for a few months. Before you know it, walah! Ever heard of the law of Attraction?

Best of all, I didn’t need to study my ass off to get straight A’s. Just half-ass. And no tuition! Also, I finally got my first ever A in add maths in the history of my awful, past add maths results.

So here are my results:

Malay Language – A1

English Language – A1

Moral Studies – A2

History – A1

Mathematics – A1

Additional Mathematics – A2 …woot!

Chemistry – A2

Physics – A2

Biology – A2

EST – A1

I know, I know. My science results booboo la. No matter, it’s still an A.

The SPM results this year in ACS Kampar is significantly better than last year’s. There were altogether 8 pelajar cemerlangs. 8 or 9 A’s and above. Not bad for a form of only 4 classes. Excluding me they were:

  1. Tham Weng Lik – This guy’s the top of the top wei. 12 A’s. Continue to be flexible.
  2. Wong Joo Fei – Mr Maths Genuis didn’t even come! What la.
  3. Lam Si Lone – Let’s just hope his height will catch up with his SPM results for the better good of mankind. LOL.
  4. Chang Tak Wai – This one memang dapat punya. No need to think.
  5. Rohan – This guy always act cool one, like yoyoyo-fun-and-girls-first-studies-second. But deep down, total nerd la. HAHA
  6. Lee Suet Mun – Top girl student! Tokoh Pelajar 2009! Wah seh!
  7. Jessica Yip – …uh…another very smart student. Haha…I don’t really know her well enough to comment.

When Sook Ning and I were leaving the hall, we passed by our BM teacher, Cikgu Zaiton, without saying a thing. Then she was like “Eh, tak ucap cikgu ke?” Damn. I felt really bad. Dude, I got an A1 because of her. So we thanked her fervently. I wanted to say something more than thanks but I didn’t know how. What else was there to say?

There were times where I had my private grudges against her but deep down, I’m very thankful to have her as my BM teacher. She taught me very, very well. Too bad I didn’t buy her anything as a token of appreciation.

To celebrate the joyous occasion (ahem), Sook Ning and I hopped on a bus to Ipoh Parade. Primary mission: find a pair of heels that Sook Ning was eyeing ever since I don’t know when.

I think we browsed 80% of all the clothes shops in Parade, as in actually going into the shop and leafing through the clothes and stuff. After shopping (or more like window shopping) till we dropped, we went to a karaoke box. Yay! My very first time! It was fun. The service was real nice and they served tidbits and drinks catered for 4 people. So we had twice the amount to eat and drink! Actually, I ate most of the snacks. Waittaminute, that’s not right. I ate all the snacks. Yup, that’s more like it.

We also sang ourselves hoarse for 2 and a half hours non-stop. Fun leh. I did most of the screaming cause if I didn’t, my voice would be drowned by Sook Ning’s voice. We came back at night (duh, yuh…).

Oh, and Sook Ning never found the type of heels she was looking for. Better luck next time. But other than that, I’m up for another bout of karaoke anytime. Hehehe…

STPM Results out today! Woohoo! Hehehe…

Good Luck to all STPM 2008 candidates!

Another 2 more days and it’s gonna be my turn. Yipay!

There’s only 2 ways to react to the news anyway. Cry or laugh. So I’ll take the latter.


I lost my bicycle keys! Boohoohoo…!  This is atrocious! How by the mighty beard of Thor can the keys go missing?

Do you know what cycling means to me? It’s the life and soul of…of… my life!

Last Sunday, after our usual bout of cycling, my sister placed the keys at its usual place on the altar. The next day, we decided to go cycling again but the keys weren’t on the altar! We searched and searched and searched but to no avail.


So cannot go la. My mom told me that’ll appear if I just stop trying to find it. It’s hidden for some reason. Okay la. I mean, that’s fair enough since some of my things last time did go missing but reappeared later.

The next morning which is today, I got up early and started my search again. I made sure I searched every nook and corner of the house. But still, the key evaded me! Grrr…!! I even questioned my sister to see whether she was lying about the keys. But she skillfully proved that she was innocent by using her I’m-gonna-cry tactic.

I’m so not Conan the detective. But it’s strange that the key can just go missing so suddenly.

I think there’s spirits in this house that’s playing with me. I mentally gave in and asked them to stop with their games. But they wouldn’t listen to me! So bad hor?

But being stubborn, I still insisted on going out cycling so I went out to buy a new bicycle lock. Nyeh nyeh..

This time, I’m gonna make sure I’ll keep the key at a safe, safe, very safe place. If I had a camera, I’ll take pictures of it as proof of the place I kept it.

Moral of the story is: I’m very happy I bought a new bicycle lock. Yay! Can go bicycling!

Hey, hey, hey. I’ve been posted at Kem Tegas Mesra, Selama for National Service! Hip, hip, hurray!



I’ve no idea where Selama is.

All I know is that it’s nestled among some pekans and it’s about a 2 and a half hour journey from my place. Oh, and one of my classmates is also posted at the same place!

And for all 2008 SPM students; the results are going to be out on the 12th of March which is next Thursday. That’s approximately one week away from NS.

Oh my gawd…I don’t know what to expect this time. I hope I don’t faint or something when receiving my SPM result slip. Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god… I just love saying that

Here’s the strategy though, I’m going to take the result slip, fold it up and scream my lungs out before looking at my results. It’s a kind of psychology thing to brace myself up before the  oncoming shock. What’s your strategy? Whatever it is, good luck!

Actually, I’m really excited this year to tell the truth. Life was kinda dormant lately but I think it’s gonna get pretty thrilling.  Oh boy, oh boy!

Especially since I’m at the brink of entering the real, independent, challenging world. I can finally take charge of life!!! RAWR!!!

Okay…that was totally uncalled for.

On another note, I’ve finally bought a bottle of sunblock, the Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50 ++! Yay me! I’ve read a fat load of rave reviews about it in the Malaysian Babes forum and a lot of girls are fans of it. It seems Sunplay and Biore are one the best brands of sunblock in the market. Best of all, they’re very reasonably priced.

I can’t wait to try it! After I’ve given it a go, I’ll be writing a review about it. So stay tuned.

You know the best thing about my purchase? The original price was RM24.90, but I bought it for only RM16.50! I love Guardian’s Great Sale. Muah, muah!

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