Thursday, February 28

IPBA Election Day: I Did Not Make It

Today was the day the students in IPBA voted for their favourate candidates into the student representative council, the MPP.
I got a fair ammount of votes but I failed to obtain enough votes to qualify for the High Council of the MPP.

Even though I failed, I dont count this experience as a loss...
It was a great learning experience...
I will continue to improve...
It's not the winning that matters, it's the rising up!

I learned a lot during my campaign...
starting a campaign blog, voting, observing people groups & observing the behaviours of individuals...
I believe it has made me a better person & a more humble person...

Now I can focus on being a teacher-in-training, a class representative & a leader on a smaller scale...
=D

To the new MPPs...
ALL THE BEST TO YOU!!

Tuesday, February 26

koko' for MPP

This is my offcial poster for the 1 week campaign for High Council of the Student Representative Council of IPBA.
It will be placed in various strategic locations in IPBA to publicise my candidacy & hopefully gain me a few votes.
I also hope that these posters will lead people to visit an election campaign blog I'm co-authoring with two other candidates.

In the Student Representative Council, there are two levels: the High Council & the Executive Council. The High Council comes up with the ideals for the organisation while the Executive Council implements these visions in their respective agencies.
There are 7 seats in the High Council & 14 candidates contesting for the seats. So I do have tough competition... However, each IPBA student can vote for 7 candidates, so all I have to do is get myself included in the 7 votes of most IPBArians. If I play my cards well, there will be a high probrability for that!

My main campaign platform is the campaign blog. This is because the students in IPBA are so bogged down with homework, assignments, compulsory meetings & etc... I don't want to take too much of their time forcing them to listen to my whole manifesto... So when I get the chance, I'll just entertain some people, tease them with a little bites-sized servings of my delicious manifesto, and then I'll tell them to read the blog if they want to know more!
Sneaky! =D

The blog is Nas + Jarod + Hafiz = Student Advocates of IPBA.
Co-authored with Nasrul (High Council candidate) & Hafiz (Executive Council candidate).
My manifesto is there so do check it out!

~~~~~
Pray that:
- the right candidates are elected
- they will fear God
- they will truly serve & fight for the student body
- I will be an examplary candidate that will make a positive impression & impact even if I don't win
- my health will stay strong as I slave through the night working on my campaign!

Tuesday, February 19

さよなら

At 5:56AM today I said さよなら...

2008 CNY: My Most Memorable

After missing out on a few Chinese New Year celebrations due to my being overseas where it's just another day or just another dinner with friends...
coming home & celebrating it here in Malaysia really really really does makes a difference!!

When the clock strikes midnight, the fireworks begin
Under the moonlight, the city sparkles and glitters
Excited yet afraid, the children close their ears
To the loud declaration of a mighty celebration

I miss the fireworks reminding sleeping people that it is CNY
Joy & hope suddenly become tangible like thick smoke from fireworks
Smell it, taste it, take it in...
Smile for we have a new start, a new vision for a long new year

This year I got to celebrate this occassion in all its majesty!
And I also got to celebrate it with family & friends who have stuck with me for so many years!
Furthermore, I also discovered my type of woman!
This year's CNY is absolutely my most memorable!

Celebrating In Kuching...

In the days before CNY, I cleaned the tiling outside my parent's house & lead my siblings in doing the various tasks in the house required for the festival.
It was very very tiring...
I got cut, bruised & even severely sunburned on my back but it was even more rewarding to see the good fruits from your hard labour!
=D

I am very priviledged to have parents who set a good example in honouring heritage & promoting wisdom... I thank God for them & I appreciate them for all they have done for the 6 of us... Esp because I think I got the best & most of their "teaching"... hehe...

My siblings are still young but I think that they are awesome!
We are all so differently gifted, yet we do one thing best...
Annoy our parents!
hahahahaha!
WE ROCK!!!

I also took this CNY to visit all my relatives... especially the "golden generation"...
NO, I wasnt looking for $$$Hong Pao$$$
I was authenticly looking to spend time with these older people even though I can barely converse with them...
They give me a sense of peace... assurance...

Many of them have given me something in my younger days...
It's time for me to visit them & give them my heartfelt thanks...
They wont be here for long, it's time I appreciated them...
May they live happily... the rest of their lives...

Some of my best ever friends are those I met during my lower Secondary School education in Chung Hua Middle School No1...
I had no qualms when deciding to sacrifice sleep to spend the limited time I had in Kuching with them...
We've been playing football for years...
Now we play futsal but the team spirit & camaraderie still exists between us...
They are the most humble yet propitious group!

Having spent my upper Secondary School years in SMK Batu Lintang, I have also got a group of friends there who are just as good to me!
I appreciate these guys for leading me from being a child to being a teenager...
They have opened my eyes to the complications in life & I appreciate them for that!

Then again, it seems they are still doing it today!
As it was during the night out with them when I had a moment of realisation...
meeting my type of girl.
Thanks for everything fellas!

Celebrating in Kuala Lumpur...

I only had a few days of CNY in Kuching before I have to return to KL for my studies...
However, since the CNY celebration lasts for 15 days, I also had a good time celebrating in KL!
I had a big Chinese dinner with the Chinese members of my course & year (Cohort 2).

To start our dinner off, together, we mixed up a dish of (the ever so popular in Peninsula Malaysia & Singapore) Yee Sang for "good luck".
It tastes good... but it's something that you can only have once a year...
I couldnt take anymore after the first one...

My Cell Group from Damansara Utama Methodist Church also had a party to celebrate CNY...
As per the custom in Peninsula Malaysia... we mixed Yee Sang too...
I didn't eat this one...
hehehe...

But the highlight of the party was the Durian Cake sponsored by the ever so lovely Audrey Kho who is currently studying in Wellington, NZ!
Thanks, baby!

We used it as Vera's Birthday Cake...
Had a slice...
And it was...
Very Nice!!


IPBA CNY Celebration

IPBA had its own CNY Celebration organised by the Chinese members in the institute.
It was graced by Pn Satinah, our deputy director, who, a year ago, was serving in the NZ Malaysian High Commission in Wellington, NZ.
Dont know her very well but she seems like a nice lady...
Looking forward to great advances in IPBA with her presence...

The celebration started off with a lion dance escorting the VIPs into the auditorium.
The sound of drums, dongs & fire crackers were played from a recording & blasted from a set of good and expencive speakers coutesy of Chai YuTak.
The lion dance was performed by a young Wushu master so it was very impressive!

Our VIP, Pn Satinah, was invited to toss the Yee Sang with all the honoured guests & lecturers to officiate the event.
They had a good time playing with the food!
I didn't eat this one neither...
=D

There was a sketch on that day telling the story of Nian, the beast that terrorised the ancient Chinese.

The sketch was simple but very entertaining!
=D


Here is our Wushu master...
He performed a Wushu demonstration with agility, fexibility & speed.
Well done, dear master... Well done...

There was also a fan dance performed by the talented ladies from Cohort 2.

Even though, they had limited time to come up with the moves & practise...
They did an awesome job & was able to captivate the audience with their graceful moves & creative display of fan postitioning.

The final production of the night was the CNY songs medley presentation.
I took part in this presentation & had to memorise paper after paper of Chinese characters that I have forgotten to recognise over years of non-use...
However, I think we did alright & I have a better understanding of the songs that my father sings in the shower during CNY.

In the performance, I was paired up with ST to sing several parts of the medley.
She was a positive & honest young lady who was very easy to lead & open to sharing ideas.
Keep it up, ST!

~~~~~
My CNY this year was nothing short of wonderful!
It serves as a great boost to the new year & will help me perform better this year!
Looking forward to greater CNYs to come!

Wednesday, February 13

Yet Another Valentine Alone


It's Valentine's day today...
In my 23 years, I've dated 3 girls, had serious long-term relationships with 2, but never got to experience Valentine's day with any of them...
Today is yet another lonely valentine, 23 out of 23...

Perhaps my first Valentine's will be with the young lady I spend my life with...
wow... that'll be worth the wait...
but still... until then...
every 14 Feb means heartache & pain...
being left-out & lonely...

At 12AM today, the single boys in my apartment got together in the living room to observe 5 mins of silence.
5 mins of silence to remember past loves & could haves, as well as to remember the many many people in the world that is miserably left out of this euphoric celebration...
Saying a silent prayer for them to let them know that they are not alone...
We are like them...
We are with them in their ommission...

Then we listened to our newly appointed official lonely song:
Padi - Masih Tetap Tersenyum



To everyone who is alone during Valentine's day, do not deny it as there are many many like you..
Listen to this song & let the painful lament of the instruments tug on the strings of your heart..
Don't keep the emotions in.. for only they make you human... embrace it.. shed a tear..

Do not be afraid to face the pain today...
For we know that those who have not this day, will have more tomorrow..
And we will love more, for we have been loved less..

Sunday, February 10

My Type of Girl

picture taken from choiceshirts.com

During my one week Chinese New Year holiday back in Kuching I met a young lady that completely blew me away...
During the SMK Batu Lintang Old Buddies reunion party at Soho, I met my "lady-in-red" and when I first laid eyes on her, she was literally... all in silhouette...
and conincidently, her name rhymes with silhouette...

~~~~~
Imagine the balcony area of a happening club, the music, the lights, the people & suddenly there she was...
Like an angel hidden by darkness, sitting with a dim light behind her, her form in silhouette caught my eye...
Everything slowed down as I came to a great revelation...

I felt each Heartbeat... beat...
I felt a strange shyness & nervousness creep under my skin...
I'm only truly shy around someone I really like...

I noticed her hair as it flows like waves before they dissolve into a sandy beach...
Brown highlights...
Permed... Wavy... Long...
the Perfect shape...
just the way I like it...

Then came the one-two punch...
Along with her beautiful hair...
she also had a beautiful smile...
I was going down with a KO...

As she smiled...
Her eyes shone...
they were as bright as the stars in the sky... like precious diamonds on a crown...
Her lips, oh how they curved so perfectly... oooooozing with sweetness... I was practically drowning...
Her cheeks lifted... Her face shone...
Shining through the darkness, her smile took my breath away...

She probrably caught me adoring her because she looked back...
and she smiled even more...
I couldnt help but smile back...
Glad to have her acknowledge my presence...

I have met many women in my life & some of them are glamourous, some hot, some sexy, some rich, some horny & etc... They are all unique & special in their own way...
But nothing penerates the defences of my heart like hair that flows with the oceans, eyes that twinkle in the moonlight & a smile that sweetens up everything around it...
I truly have found my type of girl...

~~~~~
At the very very last moment, on the very last night of my stay in Kuching, just as she was walking out the door of the club that we cooincidentally met again after meeting for the first time the night before, I finally plucked up enough courage to walk up to her, wisper into her ears infront of her friends an invitation to a cup of coffee some time... (Consider the risks... we were complete strangers! I dont even know if she got a boyfriend! Furthermore, I was unbelievably shy, it wasnt easy for me to even talk to her)
She smiled & said she'd have to think about it, but she gave me her number & we exchanged sms-es for the rest of the night & the morning of the next day...
She said yes to coffee at 3pm the next day which was also the day that I had to be at the airport at 7.30pm.
Later I found out that she took so long to say yes because she was asking for permission from her parents first...
What a good daughter!!

I picked her up from her very comfortable home & headed to Starbucks, at The Spring shopping contre, for coffee. Starbucks was full so we decided to take our coffee away with us as we explored the newly opened shopping centre...

The more I taked to her, the more I realised that we have a lot in common & i do mean A LOT!
For example, we both 23 this year. (of course, I am privilaged to be younger.)
We Chinese but our Mandrin is not very good.
We shy about our Chinese names.
We are the eldest of 6 children in our respective families.
Both our parents have 3 boys & 3 girls.
Both our parents began with a humble life but worked hard for the wealth they have today.
We love to read books.
We studied in Wellington.
We love the yam char in Regal Chinese Restaurant, Wellington.
We both like short hair. (I do hope she'll keep her current hair style.)
We like Starbucks Java Chip Frappe.
We are both single.
But we are not looking for any serious relationships at the moment.

There was a connection...
I dont know what she thinks, but I do feel a good chemistry going on between us...
You can talk to someone for a while & feel all exhausted in the end...
But when I talk to her, time passes by so fast & before you know it, I have to send her home & rush on home...
I really really like talking to her...
Am starting to "like" her as well...

~~~~~
Just like in a shakespearian play...
Where there is a miracle, there is a trajedy...
Perfection is followed by imperfection...
My type of girl is seperated from me once again...
By distance.

I leave for KL today.
She leaves to study in Dunedin, NZ, 2 days after.
I dont even know if she'll be back...

Now I arrive in KL dejected...
In the 3 times in my life I found someone I really like & feel a connection with, physical distance seperates us.
In 2 of the 3 times, I initiated a serious relationship...
In 2 out of 2 relationships, the distance was too much...
I'm not going to make the same mistake again...
I'll let her go...
I think she deserves better than what I have to give.

~~~~~
Heavenly Father, I yearn to be free from this curse.
But I know you have a plan to prosper me.
I will take up my cross & I will learn from this...
I know I will be a better person because of this...
I know that one day when the circumstance is right, I will appreciate my woman more because of the moulding pain I went through in previous relationships...

I shall be patient & know you are God.

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