A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding. [Douglas Macarthur]
Faith is a significant word. It is a word easier to be said than to believe in. Sometimes in life, we go through the toughest of the toughest times and those are the times when we start to question every single thing in life. The definition of faith at Wikipedia is this,
Faith is the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, concept or thing, or a belief that is not based on proof. Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true, belief in and assent to the truth of what is declared by another, based on his or her supposed authority and truthfulness.
In my opinion, it is easy and hard to have faith. We can either choose to have faith or not. I choose to have faith. Last year, I remember writing a blog post about my heroine. My grandmother [mother's side]. She is my heroine because I watched her fight cervical cancer, stage 2. I fought with her. It was one of the toughest time for my family and I. How glad am I to have gone through that because it made me more optimistic towards life.
Things happen for a reason. God made plans for us. Sometimes I do question. Why? Why us? Why me? Why twice? Again? The truth is, it fell hard on me. The news was hard to digest. Friday, May the 13th 2011. I will remember this date. First thing I heard in the morning, "Did daddy tell you about grandma?" No, he did not tell me. My mother did. Fridays are usually very long and slow for me but yesterday was just too much.
Cancer is a word, not a sentence. [John Diamond]
However, life goes on. We have to keep moving forward. Just like the quote says, "Cancer is a word, not a sentence". My faith is strong.
So let me deliver my main objective of this blog post across.
Relay for life Malaysia 2011.
What Is Relay?
It is a 16-Hour Event that You’ll Never Forget!
Relay For Life is an over-night event, celebrating the lives of cancer survivors as well as to remember the lives of loved ones who have lost the battle. It is a high-spirited event where everyone in the community can join in the fight against cancer. It is a day filled with fun, comradeship and festivities. A time when people you know and people you don’t know team up to raise public awareness about cancer in the community.
Throughout the duration of the event, individuals, survivors, teams, companies, schools will take turns to walk the track to relay the message of cancer. Non-stop. From dusk till dawn.
How Will the Money Collected be used?
To EDUCATE our society about early detection and prevention.
To CARE for cancer patients by providing access to treatment and detection facilities.
To SUPPORT cancer patients & their caregivers by organizing events to empower them and increase quality of life.
I cannot describe to you how much this event means to me because if you have never experience going through it, you will never understand it. Do take some time, just 16 hours to participate in Relay for life Malaysia 2011. Hope to see you all there!
Do you know how much power youth has in contributing towards the excellence in society?
The Power of Y
The Power of Y is an over arching program encompassing collaboration with youth movements that will have a nationwide effect by myHarapan.It incorporates the best of youth leadership and activism with practical industry knowledge and experience over a series of events and programs, beginning with Youth Nation Summit and Youth Action Forum in May 2011.
Do you know which platform enables youth to develop their full leadership potential?
AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organization with over 60 years of experience in developing high-potential youths into global-minded responsible leaders. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC enables its members the opportunity to participate in international internships, experience leadership and interact with global network to support their development.
Do you know which foundation support youth and youth projects in Malaysia?
myHarapan ["my hope" or "harapan ku"] is a Youth Trust Foundation that supports youth and youth projects that contribute to the social economy of Malaysia by providing platforms and opportunities. Much has been said about nurturing the youth as future leaders, but these 'future leaders' are very often not given the opportunity to voice out their views, to develop their social initiative projects, for the betterment of our country. This is where myHarapan steps in.
This is the blog post for the KL Towers concert that I never got myself to write until now because today I finally have the time to sit in front of my laptop patiently to write this post. Actually, it is more of revising for Moral Education final exam while writing my blog posts and spending time on stumbleupon.com.
Last weekend, Saturday, on the 9 of April I went to the KL Towers concert under The Star BRATs to do a coverage. Went there with AIESECers but met up with my fellow BRATs as well. It was nice seeing them again after the last outing in December. Met Tristan for the first time and he is younger than me. I feel so old.
Alright, I found this picture while going through 3K of pictures that night. I have always played with the quick zoom twist effect but on random and never really thought of what kind of pictures I can produce with it. This shot gave me an idea on what kind of pictures I can take with this effect in the future.
So are you ready for the artist who gave a wonderful performance on that night? To be honest. Standing in front there taking pictures was nerve wrecking because I felt as though my heart was going to come out from my chest. I was standing directly next to the speakers and I could not hear my own heart beat. Anyway, I am liking night photography and concert event coverage. The colours to play with, the lighting to catch is exhilarating. It was an awesome shoot!
Like I said I have 3K worth of pictures from that night and I do not know what to do with them. It feels so wasted not to do anything with it. Anyway, that night was an awesome night. I love the concert lights and effects and what it does to my pictures.
On Saturday, which was just yesterday I went for a photo walk organized by The Star R.A.G.E. I was not suppose to go actually because I felt awfully unwell but it was something I looked forward to the whole week. Not to mention my dad was so angry about my sense of direction the night before because I got lost on the way home and he lectured about me not going to be driving for a long time to come. So I will not be driving anytime soon, good for me, nobody ask me to be so blur that night.
Anyway this topic about me and my sense of direction shall be on my personal blog. Let me tell you about the photo walk. One word, it was; awesome! This photo walk was organized by The Star R.A.G.E which can be found in The Star newspaper every Wednesday. Our mentors on that day was Jason Lioh; http://jasonmumbles.com/, Jason Goh; http://www.smashpop.net/, Huey Yoong; http://hueyyoong.com/ and Robin Wong; http://robinwong.blogspot.com/. Ivy Soon and Sharmila Nair from R.A.G.E was there as well.
Everyone gathered at the Pudu LRT station at 9a.m. I was surprised to meet an AIESECer there! Well to be honest, I did not recognize her, she recognized me. It was Jamin and I am really embarrassed because only that night I was sitting in Old Town with her and yesterday morning I could not even recognize her. Maybe my head was really not functioning properly. Jamin was there and I also met Phyllis, my BRATs junior from Charlie's batch. She is a very nice person!
We were separated into three groups, my mentor was Jason Goh, the founder of smashpop.net. He has an amazing personality and super friendly. The weather was really generous to us that morning, it started to drizzle right when we were heading to the Pudu market. We started to fire our shutters away even before we reach the market.
However, do not take the road sign from such a distance that nobody is able to see what that road sign is about. Make it a macro shot and allow something to be read from the road sign.
Here is a funny thing about street photography, it is like a risk game you have to play along with. If you find someone sitting down at the road side just take a picture. If that person look harmless, take the picture and pretend nothing happened. If that person look like you are going to be beaten up by, take a picture and run. No wonder they asked us to wear comfortable shoes and all of use came in sport shoes. Now I understand. Anyway, this uncle was sitting at the road pavement.
We sat down one by one next to him pretending we were just sitting down next to him but we were taking pictures. We were laughing among ourselves and he was giving us the stare occasionally. He left, we left, no one ran. So we finally made our way to the Pudu market and the weather was being extra nice to us so it started to rain. Rain or sunshine, the photo walk is on so off we went to take more pictures. Rule number one, if you want to take picture at Pudu market, be careful because you will certainly have to run if you take pictures of the wrong people.
In my opinion, compact cameras also known as digital cameras are equipped with wonderful functions now a days. It can take pictures as good as any DSLR cameras. Trust me, I am not kidding. For example, a DSLR camera like my Nikon with basic lens kit cannot zoom as far as a compact camera unless I switch to a lens that can go up to 300mm. Point proven, do not argue. It is the skill that matter most. Believe in your own skills.
Alright this post is getting a bit too long. If you want to hear more about our photo walk with The Star R.A.G.E do look out for it in the newspaper on Wednesday. Pictures will be published. I am not sure if any of mine would be published though. First of all, I did not do really well that day. I was really disappointed with my performance. My shutter speed, aperture, focus point and ISO speed was all messed up.
Going through my pictures was painful this time compared to the KL Tower concert night which I have not blogged about yet. I will do that soon after this post. Anyway, I have a few pictures I will send in which I have not uploaded it here yet which I might if it does not appear on Wednesday. So for now, just a few more random pictures I took that day.
Okay, last picture.
So this the amazing photo walk I was looking forward to. It was awesome but could have been better if I could have just got myself together and take better pictures. Next photo walk anyone? I am planning to go to the Bird Park in Putrajaya one weekend. Who is up for that?
Three months has just passed by in a blink of an eye. This is no joke, it does feel like it passed by in a blink of an eye. I mean, you wake up every morning. Go for lectures. Have extra curricular at night or if not study in the library until the jam reside and the cycle continues again and again. So how have I been coping with it?
First of all, I present to you the most important thing you need in college; FRIENDS. That is absolutely right, you will need supportive friends to motivate you everyday. With your friends around, you will always move on about your hectic schedule because they will be there for you and cheer you on. I feel so blessed to have great friends who care so much about me.
The next thing you need to survive in college is (my own opinion) an after class activity to look forward to so you will always feel pumped up and motivated. Did no one tell you your mind will think of funny things when you are most likely not doing anything and have so much time to think about all sorts of nonsensical things? Yes it does work that way.
Anyway, if you so happen to not know what to join in college let me recommend to you an organization that will appeal to you. Ever heard of AIESEC?
AIESEC is an international youth organization; a platform for youth like me and you to bring out the most potential in ourselves to be excellent leaders in the future. AIESEC International has more than 50 000 members worldwide with more than 100 local committees around the globe. In AIESEC, we focus on the three core subjects;
2) International exchange
3) Global conferences
For more information do visit; www.aiesec.org
Last but not least, to survive in college you need to remind yourselves how much your parents have to sacrifice to send you there. Your main reason in entering college is to get that certified piece of paper; your education recognition so just keep that in mind. Good luck and hope you enjoy college life as much as I do.
Taylors University, three months passed and still hanging in there. :)
Foundation in Communication; January intake; 2011
AIESEC in Taylors University
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. ~Mark Twain
Photography, videography and now presenting to you lomography.
I do not believe I did not discover lomography earlier.
It is photography with a tinge of uniqueness.
Due to time constraints because of assignments, exams, AIESEC and well, facebook I have not been writing any posts in this blog let alone write articles for it.
I do feel a bit ashamed that I am so actively caught up in the facebook revolution.
There is no doubt I love social media for instance, twitter, tumblr and so on but since when did I like to post comments and update status in facebook?
Well, the influence of social networking has affected me now.
Anyway, here are a few things I currently have on my shoulders.
Assignments, exams, AIESEC, marathon training and The Star Public Speaking competition.
My usual hectic and busy life is back and I cannot tell you how much I miss being occupied.
I know, I know, I love stress and I am crazy but hey, this is me.
With all the things I am preoccupied with I even lost 1kg this week alone.
And lost a lot of sleep too but all is good, life is good.
I have been really busy lately which will explain why this blog has not been updated with articles and short stories written by me. Life in college has been really hectic but I am growing to enjoy it more by the day. Recently, Herbal Essence came to our Lakeside campus to promote Essence of Life Girls 2011 and my friends decided to join so I did as well.
Top three finalist gets to win an iPad. I do hope you can help me out by voting if you think I deserve it. Do help vote for my friends from Taylors University as well. Thank you so much.
Our passion is not defined by our gears. Which passion am I referring to? I am referring to my passion in photography. There are a lot of times whereby you will have that certain uneasy feeling when another person doubts you for your gear. I had that feeling quite often but I have realized now to just believe in your own capabilities and strive for the best.
Do not get me wrong. I am not saying my photography skills is beyond amazing which in fact, is not even close to good. I love photography. I love the feeling of going through pictures that were taken by myself. I love to smile when a story is being told through my pictures. The idea of going out for photo walks is mind blowing.
That is what I call passion. In my opinion, passion is the key to motivation and determination. I will continue to improve on my photography skills. I believe we can never stop learning so I will definitely continue to learn everyday. Learn to be a better photographer. Learn to take better pictures. Learn to learn.
This is just a random post I felt like writing because I am truly inspired by a few amazing people. First off, Jason (http://jasonmumbles.com/) made me realize that the camera we use does not define our photography. His words were motivating and I appreciate it very much. It is true that the camera we use do matter but not entirely the most important thing. What is important is passion.
A perfect example of someone I know who has a lot of passion in photography and does not let his gears set his limitations will be Andrian (http://andrian-tam-photography.blogspot.com/) Andrian promotes compact camera photography. The pictures he can take with a compact camera is better than some people who owns a DSLR camera for fun.
I guess I have made my point. Everything is a learning process. We all make mistakes, we all fail at times. The important thing is to keep on learning and improving.
It is only the end of the second month of the year but it felt like I had been in my course for a very long time now. Guess it is because the assignments and studies has already got the better of me. Most of us will tend to feel too stressed up at this stage and I am not denying that I am not because I am. However, the stress present right now for me is the usual everyday stress and not stress that can be categorized as pressure. I guess time management for me this year has not been a problem yet.
Time management~if you manage time well, time will not be at stake.
Have you start planning for your school holidays in March, June or September? If you have not plan anything for the holidays then I highly recommend you to join The Star BRATs search 2011. BRATs is a young journalist program by The Star Newspaper since the year 1993. It does not matter if you are interested in journalism or not. Just join the program and it would be a decision you will never regret making.
My The Star BRATs 2010 experience
I am pretty sure everyone knows The Star newspaper. It was actually my younger sister who urged me to join the BRATs program in year 2010 which was the year before this. I wrote in a thousand word essay with the theme, about myself. Originally, I stated in my essay to participate in the Kuching workshop but due to some constraints I went for the Kuantan workshop in September.
It was a good thing though that I had not attend the workshop in Kuching and instead participated in the Kuantan workshop because from there I met the most wonderful friends. BRATs is a four day workshop in which you will be separated into groups and given tasks such as writing a feature article, video and photo essay. The facilitators of the workshop who are usually The Star R.A.G.E team will be teaching us what the real world has in store for us.
They will arrange for us places and people to be interviewed while we, as the participants must conduct the necessary interviews, take pictures and film the video footage needed to complete our assigned tasks. My group went to a Keropok Lekor factory and also did an interview with Malaysia's number one surfer. Although it was working on our assignments until midnight everyday but we still squeezed in lots of fun whenever possible.
Each group also did a performance of their choice to entertain our facilitators which are non other than Ivy Soon, Sharmila Nair, Ian Yee, Jessica Tan, Jason Lioh, Andrea and Leon. My group did short sketches and I was the person killing herself with a kitchen fork. It was a night of laughters accompanied with a few rounds of games.
Basically, the best part of BRATs program is the experience and friends gained. You are basically in one big family, the BRATs family after joining this young journalist program with The Star. I have met BRATs from other workshops after that. Whenever you find out someone is also a BRATs both of you are automatically friends. Just recently, I found out my vice president of AIESEC Taylors, NCR department is also a senior BRATs.
It does not matter if you have no intention to be a journalist, just join BRATs for a wonderful experience and meet new people. This year is my turn to ask my sister to take part. Go on and just send in an essay, photo essay or video about yourself and I will be looking forward to meeting you in future BRATs gatherings.
A pencil maker told his pencils five important lessons in life
1st: Everything you do will always leave a mark
2nd: You can always correct the mistakes you did
3rd: What is important is what is inside of you
4th: In life, you will undergo painful sharpenings that will make you a better pencil
5th: The most important is to be the best pencil you can be. By allowing yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.
Advertisements is something everyone will turn a blind eye on because it usually tries to convince you to buy a certain product or service. Just how many advertisements do not serve that purpose? There is not a particular number that I can state down but I do know PETRONAS has one of the most eye tearing Chinese New Year greetings on screen.
It is still Chinese New Year until 17th of February 2011. If you have yet to accompany your loved ones in celebrating this joyous moment than I suggest you do it as soon as possible before the last day of Chinese New Year. Just like the saying goes, better late than never.
Do you know how many korean boy bands exist in todays ever changing music industry? Since Korean music has taken the world by storm there is not one out of ten people who is not a hardcore fan of at least one Korean artist. Super Junior is not just any ordinary Korean boy band. Consisting of thirteen members with impressive vocals and dancing skills, these boys is bringing a night to remember to Malaysia fans in March.
The most popular KL marathon organized by Standard Chartered is back in 2011. As usual, the categories, requirements, registration fees are still the same. If you do not fancy night marathons than do sign up for this one.
I suggest you register as soon as possible to get the early bird discount. Trust me, you will not regret running for this marathon as it is one of the most well organized marathon in KL. You have my word.
My Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2010 experience
Not quite sure if I had blog about my experience last year or not but anyhow I will share a bit of my experience running the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2010. Last year, it was held on the 27 June 2010. There are bus services from several pick-up points that will bring us to the venue which was at Dataran Merdeka. The bus my dad and I took was from One Utama Shopping Centre.
If you are a runner that will participate in the marathon I suggest getting up from bed at 3 a.m. to do necessary warm up exercises and to allow your body to freshen up from a good night sleep. That was the time I woke up last year whilst everyone else was still sleeping in bed. If you are just going to accompany someone else than I suggest waking up an hour later at around 4 a.m. which was the time my dad got up from bed.
Another reason to wake up earlier is to allow your light breakfast to digest. Usually a piece of fruit like banana or an energy bar. I had an energy bar in the bus and most runners were eating bananas as well. Basically, getting there early is always better, imagine trying to withstand the excitement you have at home. I do not recommend driving your car all the way to the venue because there will be several load closure and parking space is very limited. The bus and train services can be obtained from Standard Chartered's website or you can always ask for assistance during the running kit collection day.
If you are going there alone I suggest bringing minimal things with you because the line at the save keeping service is extremely long. I was lucky my dad accompanied me so I managed to avoid the massive queue. You do not have to worry about your partners having to wait for you because there are places allocated for them to rest and have something to eat.
After the run, there will be performances and a price giving ceremony. You can choose to stay until the whole event finishes or leave early. I went home before the prize giving ceremony for the other categories ended and took the LRT home with my dad. The experience was a good one and definitely one of the best. A certificate will be addressed to you few months later with you finishing place and record time. Medals were given to us on that day itself.
The words to describe marathons are undefined. The process of getting that physical body to withstand a marathon run is fun but tiring. The moment you run on the road during the marathon is filled with excitement. The second you cross the finish line is out of this world. Most marathons are held in the early morning before the sun rises to avoid runners being caught up in the afternoon sun. However, there are also marathons organized at night which gives the running experience a whole new twist.
An upcoming night marathon will be the Energizer Night Race 2011.
Date: 16 April 2011
Venue: Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
Starting time: 7:40 p.m.
Registration closing time: 1 March 2011, Tuesday or upon reaching 10 000 runners
It is a technical problem I assume which will explain why all the pictures in all my post has been broken and cannot be viewed. As it is really depressing to delete all the post I have written I decided to just leave it be with all the broken pictures in it. Time is so limited and precious that I feel as though every single moment of it has to be used to do something beneficial such as reading a text book or researching for an assignment. Even to update this blog made me think twice as it is precious time wasted.
From this post on if I am writing a blog entry of little significance the pictures I upload will be from my tumblr. I have made up my mind to keep blogging at minimum unless necessary which is obviously not for now because I have assignments that will keep me burning the midnight oil. How are you managing your time?