Every year the junior batch of ALEd organises a dinner for the graduated seniors. (Or, in technically correct terms, the current seniors organise a dinner for the super seniors.) We did the dinner last year on 11th August 2007, and — by miraculous coincidence — the dinner organised for us this year was on 11th August 2008. It was at the Summit Hotel, 20 minutes away from my old hostel.
So I arrived at the —
[At this point I was distracted by the TV, stopped typing, and simultaneously decided that a Vlog would be much more convenient. ]
The many fades are due to the cuts I had to make whenever the camera was recording me typing an instant message, so I deleted them out to not waste time. Oh, if you can’t understand some of my babbles, feel free to ignore those parts.
So, to recap, I’m so happy with the results, and so bewildered by that last mark. But anyway, seems lots of my friends did well too (although it’s hard to ask around through SMSes and stuff), I hope y’all got the university you wished for! Oh, and my Art was 76.66%, and none of the other archies got an A! Art is hard to score, then. I have to mention that the part when I just discovered the results, was a total deja vu moment. My Vlog 2 was recorded right after I received my SPM results 2 years ago, and it was really similar, with my phone beeping from the SMSes, etc. History certainly does repeat itself.
Az, Kim and I with some juniors: Shiue Nee, Fatin and Ler I don’t have that many graduation dinner photos so I’ll just wait for my friends to upload theirs. And, about the “Best Senior 08” thing… I don’t really know why I won. I’m only relatively close to some of the archie girls, and … I guess their votes were the majority? Seriously, I see myself as that low-profile, quiet little person in the corner, but I do like making friends and so I become friendly to those who are friendly to me, you see. I respect those who show respect to me. At all other times, I’m very much the serious-faced ice queen. Oh, and I forgot to mention who won the other awards. Miss Beauty was Kim, of course, in her adorable cheongsam and flower in her hair. Mr Handsome was Mustaqim aka Penyu, although … I share Azmah’s view of “are they freaking kidding?!” , Best Senior (male) was Muhsin, Best Senior (female) was Yours Truly although-she-really-doesn’t-deserve-it, and I unfortunately don’t remember the names of the Best Juniors. (See? I’m a baaaad senior who can’t even remember people’s names. )
(The section below was typed before I did the vlog.)
I’d like to take a moment to introduce/thank my classmates, programme-mates and friends who’ve been around this past two years and made my time at INTEC such a nice one. I’ll start with my (ex-)classmates.
Sapura, or Pura or Poo, was probably the first classmate (aside from Kim and Azmah, the archies) who talked to me, on Day 1 in the new class. She called me, “awak, yang pakai tudung kuning” since nobody knew each other’s names yet , and invited me to sit in front with her. Which started my sit-in-front habit (helps me reduce sleepiness, and helps the lecturer to hear my puny voice whenever I feel like answering questions). Her friendliness on that first day just sums up her personality — always nice, chatty, and warm. She even called me on the midnight of my birthday in 2007 and had her housemates (and neighbours) sing Happy Birthday through the phone, which was quite touching even though our buildings were like… a few metres away from each other.
Ila is another one of those naturally pretty, bubbly girls. She’s very easy to talk to, though I think slightly more girly and manja than Pura. She’s crafty too, I remember her complaining about helping her sister sew beads onto the sleeves of baju kurungs and stuff like that. I’ll always remember Ila’s dimply smile and German-sounding English (haha, I forgot which lecturer made that comment about Kelantanese English ).
Ekin is very crafty as well, being in charge of gifts and corsages and things like that whenever we’re organising events. Whenever she notices something new I’m wearing/holding, I’ll hear a “buat sendiri ke?“, followed by an enthusiastic request to see it up-close. I think Ekin is more motherly, and sensible, although funny as hell sometimes too. (Perhaps unintentionally. ) She likes to sing, and say what she’s thinking out loud, so there have been many a time when the lecturer’s teaching in front, and we’ll suddenly hear a line of lyrics, swing our heads around to find the source of the singing, and laugh out loud at Ekin’s bewildered/embarrassed look.
Mira is a born leader. She’s the biggest (in age) yet littlest (in height) of all of us, but she’ll never let her petiteness define her. Very outspoken and naturally excellent at taking charge, she’s very reliable and her experience proves to be a big source of knowledge, so she seems to know a lot of things. Sometimes she’s also a rule-breaker though , and seeks the fun in everything. Oh, and she’s left-handed and is very very smart.
Sarah, I owe her a lot. Thanks for letting me borrow your identity (read: student ID) for like, two months, and being helpful and everything else. I don’t know why I seem to get along very well with Sarah, maybe it’s our age (Pura, Sarah and I are ’89 girls), but I guess we share some other things in common, too. Sarah is quick-witted and always has something to say about everything, and yet is such a caring person (I think it comes from having a big family). Oh, and she sews too! You go, girl!
Syaz is tall, skinny, and funny. Seriously funny, man. She has a high little voice but a tongue that’s as fast as lightning. Likes making snide comments and things like that, which is entertaining. Also, finding a pic where Syaz is looking into the camera, was very hard. She has that habit of looking elsewhere when it comes to photos. That “faraway look”. Dibah is always nice and smiley and very willing to help and learn. Kind of a relaxed, cool person. I remember her texting me about English one day, though she’s really good at speaking English already. What else can I say… oh, she’s very sporty and was the captain of her volleyball team, heheh. Another one difficult to find good pictures of, because Dibah. makes. faces. Nana the Sarawakian is my only classmate who lived in the same building as me during my second year. (In the first year none of the girls in my programme even lived in the same apartment complex as me. ) She was always a great companion, to go out to buy food with, or help me shop for something, or talk about random things.
Shimi was our class representative. Really quiet dude, but really hilarious whenever he speaks out. I think people call it sengal, kinda … ridiculous, sarcastic, eyebrow-raising, weird but still funny remarks, like most ALEd guys are. And he started wearing braces right after I got mine off, as if there had to be a residential braceface at all times among our classmates. Overall, responsible but slightly awkward guy, eg. he likes to drag his feet on the floor when he walks. (Yes, I notice these things! :shakefist: )
Faiz or Ass (though I prefer to spell it as S ), would be the ultimate example of a metrosexual guy. His outfits even attract the attention of our lecturers sometimes; totally brave and “out-there”. Known for being late to class in the mornings — we like to joke that he’s still doing his hair. But he’s really very friendly and likes to talk or call your name whenever he sees you, just because.
Now we have my five archies; probably the people I’ve spent the most time with throughout my A-Level years, since we have long art classes and art field trips and this and that. The guys are like our crazy brothers, and the girls are my closest friends.
PC the Penangite. Possible future politician, seriously has a knack for public speaking / debating (although he likes to use the word “itself” waaaayy too much ) and making sarcastic jokes about current issues. Or about anything really, the jokes. And he tries to trick us sometimes, by pulling a really straight face while saying something drastic, that we didn’t know, but I can usually tell when he’s lying. ‘Cause he’ll look incredibly serious, which gives him away. PC surprises us with his artwork sometimes, he really has the talent to be great. And, he beats me at Physics all the time.
Hisham or Icam is quiet-ish, somewhat neutral and blur sometimes, but is actually intelligent and sensitive about other people. He’s good for asking Further Maths questions and is entertaining in weird ways. Like, he asked me for a tissue by typing 7155µ3 or something like that on his calculator and showing it to me. Also writes weird weird poetry in the middle of the night and messages it to other people at odd hours. Oh, and he’s the one with the purple car, convenient if anybody needs a ride.
Found one of Icam’s poems in my inbox: (Quoted verbatim, so spelling and grammatical errors aren’t mine. )
Why must one give up what he already begun?
Knowing that life is at stakes and it is no fun.
A war within oneself and indeed it dont need gun.
Triumph is for brave man, n give up, he shan’t.
Winning, it’s a gold pot,
Losing, he fears not,
What matter is he’d fought,
Knowing all left is in
the hands of God.
-4.56am/june d 3rd.
Yes, 4:56 am! :shakefist: Weirdo!
Muhsin would be the guy’s guy, the one who is known and liked by everybody. He has a hard time taking things seriously, joins so many activities, and has a tendency to wear selipar jepun to class. Exasperates the lecturers because of his academic laziness, but he’s amazingly talented in Art and I think is the most architect-y of us all. Also has rather disturbing poses in photos, due to his care-free, spontaneous attitude. (And I didn’t bother looking for a proper, sensible headshot of him because there probably isn’t one. )
Azmah / Az was one of the first ALEds I met when we started at INTEC. Like most other people, I thought she was Chinese at first. And she is half-Chinese. I don’t think there’s a word that could describe her personality in full; she is just … unique. Incredibly passionate about lots of things, has amazingly varied interests, is very well-read, loves making comments about whatever she feels like criticising, and overall a very interesting person to get to know. Az can seem awkward at times, but I believe she has enough confidence in herself, that it doesn’t matter what other people think. Always with her cap and backpack, I’ll remember Az as my cool, fun, individual friend with the British accent.
Kimberly / Kimmy / Kim would be one of the nicest people you’ve ever met. I think she cares more about other people than she does for herself. Great sense of humour, and loves to document life’s moments in funny little doodles. I have so many memories with Kim, I don’t even know where to start. Our long SMSes. Yeah, how ironic — “long short messages” . About random things, really. Going makan on the weekends that I didn’t go home. Deciding where to makan. Commenting on Cemara’s food, Cemara, the weather, and basically everything. Exchanging youtube videos and whatever recent “lagu best” we think each other would enjoy. Remembering funny moments and quotes, usually from the archies. Reading and commenting on each other’s blogs. We’re so different yet so similar. Kim has taught me many things (maybe without her even knowing) and for that I am truly grateful.
I’m getting teary just writing about my friends, how in the world will I cope when we go to separate universities and won’t even see each other for a long time? And thank you also to the rest of the ALEds and ALUKs, I appreciate every one of you wonderful people! My juniors; you guys rock! Ida, whom I got to know from Friendster before she entered INTEC, turned out to be such a cool (and super nice) pal, even though we hardly got to know / talk to / meet each other very often. (Happy 19th birthday by the way! ) And Hazirah, who is also incredibly well-mannered, thanks so much you guys for letting me spend the night at your house. I’ll be waiting for everybody in the UK, okay? Study well, it’ll be worth it in the end.
Oh geesh, I’d almost forgotten my seniors! They were around in our first year, of course, and though I didn’t really get to know many of them (albeit there are only 20 of them in the batch ), I still read their blogs (when they actually update them! *hint hint * ) and exchange Friendster comments sometimes. One person that I’ll mention here would be…
Amin! Our friendly ex-president (of the club/programme. Muhsin’s also an ex-president, forgot to mention.) who’s now a student at Sheffield. (In fact, most of our seniors are studying there.) What first striked me was the fact that Amin remembered our names. We only had like one ALEd meeting (er well, I think I missed the first meeting before that, but never mind ) between the seniors and juniors (this was when I was a junior), and suddenly one night as I was about to enter Double A to pick up a book I ordered, I heard an “Aneesah!”. I was slightly startled , whipped around, and it was him just wanting to say Hi. And no, I don’t think I knew his name yet by then. Amin is also a bookworm and a big music and TV-show fan. M-hmm.
Gonna try and keep this part short, because you can click on the thumbnails to go read the descriptions at Flickr.
Unless I mentioned that the things are for someone (eg. pencil case is for my mum), they are available for sale / trade if you’re interested in any of the stuff. Although I don’t have Paypal, so international peeps might have to use Western Union or something.
This is a random thing called Wordle, it created this image from my RSS feed (ie. from my recent blog entries). The size of the words are proportional to the frequency that it appears on this site. Kinda proves the fact that I overuse the word “like”.
Alright, keeping my entry short-ish since there’s a vlog already. I’m going to Johor this weekend for my uncle’s wedding, and after that I’ll worry about having to get ready for UK (for instance, I kinda have no nice clothes anymore. Ruined one long-sleeved t-shirt while splattering that rainbow box with white paint the other day… ) and my passport situation and having to do the medical checkup for our sponsor, etc. etc.
So, take care, people! Be thankful, be nice.