YTM Induction Camp 2017 comment
3.10.17


I attended YTM Induction Camp from the 29th of September to the 2nd of October. It was a 4 day 3 nights camp and it was a truly fun-filled experience.

This year's camp took place at Klana Resort, Seremban. A total of 80 participants from YTM's Talent-A scholars checked in to Klana Resort on Friday afternoon. Upon arrival, I did think that the place looked decent and nice. Sadly, I did not take any pictures of the interior during the course of my stay there 😕

We were greeted by TM's friendly staffs and we were immediately directed to the registration booth to collect our hotel room pass, nametags and t-shirt and some stationaries. We were also returned copies of our scholarship agreement.

Me receiving a copy of my scholarship agreement

The first day comprised of several talks and games, just like the other two days that followed. We were divided into groups of five. A large number of the students there were the familiar faces from my hostel block, my class, and some from a different faculty in the same campus. Some were from Malacca campus and some were freshies. We introduced each of ourselves and got to know a little about each member from our group.

The trainer, Mr.Syam introduced to us a point-rewarding 'system' that seemed to have 'governed' the entire program! The next few sessions until the end of the program were basically each group trying their best to receive as many cards as possible as scores from each group were taken at the end of each day.

Apart from that, we were introduced some taglines to be used throughout the program. The constant repetition made it all sound so redundant and plain annoying to be honest! 😂

The timing was a little off the scheduled time in the itinerary and that caused the whole program to be delayed 😑. The schedule was packed and tiring to say the least. The program ended at 2 o'clock in the morning on the first day. I was dead sleepy and wanted to just tuck in bed peacefully but the hotel room was just too cold!


The next morning I was shivering so bad after I woke up early in the morning already feeling like a zombie to get through another day. It felt so pleasant to have hot shower and I wished I could have stayed longer in the warm steam.

Second day had everyone beaming with more enthusiasm. We got more familiarised with one another and each of us started showing more team-spirit and as a whole contributed to a better teamwork compared to the previous day. I actually grew to like my team a lot. Each member was very participative and best of all, friendly and fun to work with 💓.

We were assigned a group work whereby we were assigned 10 groupfie challenges that were then compiled into a single video.

'Serious' group photo

'Human Pyramid'

Funny group picture

Casual groupfie

A groupfie at the perfomance lounge

groupfie with a hotel worker

'Teaming with passion'

Throughout our stay at the resort, we were pampered with good and rich the food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was a buffet and there were also a lot of tea breaks in between!

Yumm!
Later that evening, we were given a fairly long break. Much to our relief! Amidst all the faked enthusiasm we secretly wished for a long break off from all the long talks and what not😂. My friends and I had decided to hit the swimming pool.



Boy we had so much fun! 

Fast forward, second day came to an end after what seemed like an eternity. Dinner. Talk. Games. Groupwork. Sleep.

Third day was fast to approach and I found myself befriending more fellow scholars and being more participative than ever. I also volunteered to answer questions in front! That was very unlike me under most normal circumstances. In retrospect, I believe it was because of all the positive reinforcement, affirmation and the motivating environment.

In the evening, we took part in High Rope as part of our outdoor activity. Two representatives from each group were sent for each round. I was hesitant at first to take part in the activity although I never had issues with heights. I refused at first as I was afraid of screwing up mid air and embarassing my groupmates as it was my first time😂.

After pondering for a while, I convinced myself to get up there and tackle the 'challenge' knowing not when I would stand another opportunity to take part in such an activity.


 


 It was so thrilling! I did not feel scared admittedly, but there were certain instances where I got a mini heart attack due to my fumbling balance😆. No regrets.

Just as fast as it approached, third day was quick to come to a close too.  And as exciting the day could get, my team happened to collect the most points and was announced the winner! The day came to a wrap with YTM dinner with the YTM family. We sat together with the staffs and chatted with them.


Well done Red Team!

And of course, not to mention lots of groupfies, selfies and what not!

with my buddy Sasmitta

We got ready for bed after that but not without first doing some mischieve and having fun. We karaoked together, teased each other and even pulled a prank on one of our friend!

The next day we had our breakfast, said our thanks and good-byes to the YTM staffs and departed for Cyberjaya. We were sure to catch some nap before class that very day.

All in all it was a great chance to get to know and bond with the YTM family and to get to know of opportunities and simply to get a boost in self confidence, increase intrinsic motivation and to widen my circle of friends.




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Faith and heartbrokeness comment
24.9.17

So it's been nearly three weeks since the last I saw my dad when he had come to fetch me back to university after Merdeka break last August. My dad texts me and says that he has been admitted in hospital over a heart issue. He says that only two of his heart chambers are working and that his heart has grown weak and not strong enough to pump all the fluid throughout his body. He says that he had seen his thighs and legs get swollen and that this was the reason he had gone to the hospital to check. He is experiencing a heart disease. And from what I have read, this could be a case of congestive heart failure whereby blood is pumped less effectively due to the weakening of the heart. Due to this, fluid can slowly build up and gravitate towards lower areas of the body such as the leg, leading to what is known as edema.

My mom, on the other hand, tells me that she had recently been admitted in a hospital too for chest pain. So I get all these heartbreaking news all while in the midst of preparing for my mid term papers and completing my programming assignment. I am sad beyond doubt. I instinctively cry out to God in the inside. I've not prayed for a long time. I've not gone to church for a long time. I feel hopeless.

But I want to believe that God is looking after me. I mean DO believe that after all this time, God is keeping watch of me. At a time of low spirits like this, I so happened to have someone enter my life and accompany my lonely soul. This special someone is Ignatius. He has helped me so much in this short time of our rapport.

Heartbroken though I must say, to have seen my father in such a condition like never before and to look at how lonely this man is, even at his sickbed, I want to acknowledge God for mitigating the pain through a wonderful person he has chosen to put in my life.

In faith I still stand strong.






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Koi No Yokan comment
15.9.17

Koi No Yokan - A  Japanese word that I had happened to stumble upon in a blog at just about the right time. It translates as the sudden knowledge upon meeting someone that the two of you are destined to fall in love. And this special person to whom this post is dedicated to is my love, Ignatius💕

I can vividly remember the first night that we had met each other. I was instantly smittened by this cute being! But looks can only go so far. I felt an instant connection with him as we shared our stories to one another. Little did I know that we had so much in common!

And as baffling an enigma magic can be, everything that night was wrapped up into a single, special and unforgettable night with Ignatius asking me to be his girlfriend! We exchanged the three words and voila! we're now a happy pair of love birds💘



Cheers to a loving and successful relationship forever, love!






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Grateful comment
18.8.17


I have met a lot of nice people in my tender 19 years and some of these people have chosen to stick by my side and care for me. And while this is also a shout-out to my own family members for being there for me through my thick and thin, especially my mother, I am as equally obliged to good and caring friends as I am with my family. It's painful yet very blatantly a plain reality to see some of our friends come and go, especially the ones whom we have grown to become fond of their company and thought we had a bond with. But some have chosen to stick by despite all there is at their predisposal to let go and live on.

When I first moved to MMU, I have to admit having felt a little down and lost. I was also mostly at a lost with some lectures that were fast-paced. It took a while for me to gather and settle and aim for one direction at a time. On my first day when I moved into hostel, almost everyone around,  the faces that I familiarised with during the scholarship selection program had their family members surrounding them. I was grateful enough for the lift dad offered me in order to transport my stuffs from home to hostel. But my dad couldn't climb stairs so I had to carry everything up on my own. It was very tiresome to say the least but that was not it. I was saddened in the inside about not having my family around. It's not their fault. They're all at different ends and making ends meet on their own. But as impossible as it sounds, deep inside I yearn every day to be surrounded by my own family again.

About a week passes by and then I get a few messages and calls from a few friends who ask me how things are at this new place I was slowly getting accustomed to. They also ask to meet up sometime soon. Then there's an ex-collegemate who would care to take me to explore places nearby and help me get my groceries (and not to mention some delectable chocolates during exam week!). These friends, I didn't think I mattered much to them. I didn't think they would remember me or the fact that I was now at a different place. But they proved me wrong. They showed me that caringness exists beyond my own immediate family circle.

Then comes my birthday. Another friend drives all the way from Kuala Kubu to pick me from MMU and then my twin sister from her school in Seremban. I could not celebrate my birthday this year with my family and none of us got to celebrate our mum's birthday too which happened a week before me and my twin sister's. This good friend of ours came all the way from his place to celebrate our mum's birthday back at our home since none of us was around. For our birthday, he does the same thing except he drives a longer journey and uses his saved earnings from Tae Kwan Do classes he conducts to get us a mid-range fancy lunch and a birthday cake. I was really moved by my friend's gesture of kindness.

I can go on and on about all the good people in my close sphere have done for me but there's only so much that I can put down in words.

Thank you for everything good-willed peeps :) . Can't imagine a life without great peoples like you. You make life more pleasant to live.


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