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Posted at 11/22/2016 03:59:00 PM
Approximately an hour ago, I was still on the drive way of school - Limkokwing Borneo . About to continue with life after my final exams. This also marks the end of my time in Limkokwing as a Mass Communication student & for now, I'll be known as unofficially unemployed. What's left of course is graduating my Diploma with Flying Colours.
I have to admit, I did a pretty good job and had no problems with my studies in Limkokwing. However, it's time to close the chapter and move onto a new phase in life. Who knows what the future have for me. I, myself have no proper planning. I might work, I might continue my studies. I might do both at the same time.
If I would characterise myself, I am quite ambitious. I also hate losing.
I have had pretty good memories taking my diploma here, and I have met pretty good friends that I would absolutely keep till I'm old. I learnt a lot of things during my time here. Including how difficult people can be, and a challenge to handle them. Many times I've chanted 'I'll meet worse than them so it's okay' just to keep myself calm.
List of remembered memories I kept since semester 1 are the followings :
The one that is still burning in my mind, as if it just happened yesterday.
In Semester 1, I was a freshie in a new school, new environment and meeting new faces. My first friends weren't in Mass Communications, in fact they were in Graphic Design whom I still keep in touch with even though not as close as before. She speaks fluent Mandarin, and I a half bucket water Mandarin mix with English. We were both like dogs and cats communicating. Limkokwing took two intake for semester 1, each with few months apart from each other. So before the classes merge in semester 2, I was in a class with 4 other boys whom two of them, unfortunately didn't manage to stay till the end together. Since it was a class of 5, I did all my group assignments solo being an odd numbered class - the way I like it to be honest.
In Semester 2, my GPA dropped as my confidence level went up. It was also the semester where during design class, majority agreed to form a mass communication only group; normally we'd be separated but we prevail and not only did we hit a downfall with our designs (mass communication kids what to expect?), it was also the first time for such a big assignment, we re-do the night before the presentation. We already have one that is not so uhm. acceptably nice done weeks before. But, just a night before the presentation, my classmates got together and re-do everything which our design lecturer mentioned as acceptably nice and better than the previous. The moral from this story is not to overestimate your own abilities.
In Semester 3, I get to experienced what it's like to host a radio show. It was part of our module in the diploma. & For me, it was a great experience hosting it with my classmate. I remembered staying up late downloading songs just to play during the show, and even scripted out what I'll be saying the next day. Although not much audiences, but it tested my confident level. Me and Lin, our air time would be every Wednesday lunch time. Sometimes it would rained so heavily and we enjoyed it cause the atrium during the noon would be so hot. Furthermore, we had full classes that day.
In Semester 4, we had a broadcasting module where I experienced talking in a recording studio, making my own radio advertisement, TV commercial which my groupmates and I did on Kuching Kolo Mee, & I even did a solo video of myself eating - the requirements were video of yourself. Pretty much enjoyed being narcissistic over both medium of recordings. Too bad I lost the videos. I kept all my assignments in one folder in my laptop, but don't know how and when did I lose it . Sigh I did a 3 minutes video of myself eating the whole way with a pictorial ending of foods that I've eaten. The background music was Lollipop done by The Treblemakers, Pitch Perfect 2.
In Semester 5, it was mostly paper works, not much technical. So we sat in class most of the time. Nothing much except the time I used on my law assignment report which was two hundred pages thick (a month plus wtf) and my internship at Borneo Post. The latter was a great experience for me.
In Semester 6, did our final event which I did not think we can pull off, but probably just my low self esteem talking cause despite circumstance, we were able to go through it & yes we did it. Other than that, we also had our rebranding assignment where we had to rebrand a whole new design for an existing company. I've always enjoyed design when I do know how and what I want. Usually it's just 1% of the time where I manage to do a proper design, otherwise I'd ended up with a simple one, images stolen from google with zero talent on how to make a nice one myself. wtf
Now it's the end of my diploma life, as much as it is a hassle, I have to feel proud of myself for completing it well. Big thanks to the 3 parent of my diploma who has seen us grow from the first semester to the end and other sub lecturers such as design, broadcast, business, compulsory subject lecturers.
Also, big thanks to my classmates for making this diploma a memorable one. ♥
Closing this chapter soon with my graduation ceremony, hopefully to open a new one soon.
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Posted at 10/31/2016 12:12:00 AM
The commemorative bread for breakfast I started my day with yesterday morning (Oct 29) and as early as 6.30am because we had to do a set up for our (me and my classmates) event at Chinahouse at The Old Courthouse. Got up at 3.30am; unable to sleep as I felt there was something wrong - thus proving my workaholic issues. YES TOO HARD WORKING ALSO GOT WRONG. After doing some stuff, tried to go back to sleep but couldn't. So yes, I woke up at 3.30am on a very important day that needs ample of energy to move. Fortunately, due to work rush, I didn't feel tired.
So yes, all the hard work and late afternoons put down on this one day. Not to forget extra scoldings, middle of the night feeling distress and days after days of discussion me and my classmates had to go through. So basically, this event is part of our module - we had to organise an event with all the crap loads we've learnt throughout our days in college as a Diploma in Mass Communication students.
I had very hectic, insomnia nights; staying up late cracking my brains just for this event (not me only of course) and this is the conclusion - I WILL NEVER GO FOR EVENT MANAGEMENT LINE OF JOB, because I couldn't stand the pressure of getting people to work a perfect event, let alone organise it nicely. I couldn't stand thinking there are still things needed to be done, and worse is, financial issues. NOPE. I'm just gonna go on with life by either being a reporter/journalist or public relation officer. Even broadcasting is tough for me as I am not creative. Marketing I can consider. (PR, journalism, broadcasting, marketing are part of my course's modules)
Let's go back to the event - This is my first time organising an event and playing such an important role at that - Secretary. (HAHA) This event was the vision of my classmate, Lin whom is closer to the design kids rather than mass comm and she felt that there is a gap between the student artist and appreciation. Hence, she organised this art exhibition to show that their work are not merely assignment tools but it could actually be something valuable. It's also a stepping stone for the young artist to create a reputation in the art world.
This event includes an officiating ceremony where the head of the design faculty together with Dr Emmanuel Osakue (read article by us here) cut the ribbon together. The painting we used to officiate is by Dr Emmanuel himself. The event also features watercolour art demonstration, henna painting, name calligraphy and band performances.
Emilia Ting. Instagram : @lightcollector
Elrene Kuan. Instagram : @elrene_watercolourart
Throughout the day, we've received different kinds of visitors - some just passer bys. One of them was my friend and she was one of the people that met Lin's objective and goals which is to create an appreciation towards young artist. My friend and I had a conversation like this after I told her that artists spent ample of time creating an art, after showing her our watercolour artist booth.
Her : omg now I know why my sister spends every night painting. I thought why does she have to spend so much time just for you know painting.. hahaha now I see why.
One of the other things that I've observed among art enthusiasts was that they have a knack for art (yes) and they stare at one painting for too long. Like for me, it's just a painting. For them, it's more than that; example I saw one girl looking at the bottom of the painting for quite sometime and I realised it's just that but she realises something else. I whispered to my friend, "you see she look at the painting longer than us". My friend said "yes. I think she's thinking how to create the brush technique".
Definitely wrong people to organised an art exhibition but okay, we nailed it with lots of help from different people. But at least I know the objective were achieved. Even to me, as this exhibition was a definite eye opener for me towards artists/painters/art enthusiasts.
Nonetheless, I did enjoy my time despite the journey to success being a rough one... What's next? my last presentation and my finals then it's road to graduation; I meant to say weeks to graduation day. I can't believe three years has passed since I first started college.
I'm not sure if I am going to further my studies or start my career. I'm still young and I'm still considering different journeys. On the other hand, I feel sad that I am leaving college as I'm sure working life will be much further stress than college, and plus I can't have my afternoon nap as I like when I start working. Most importantly, there will be no lecturers constantly nagging at us when we're doing the wrong things or there will be no lecturers to help us correct the wrong. To add on, they can't fire me if I make mistakes.
Lastly, cheers to those who visited/supported me yesterday (including my parents/husband/son) ;
That crazy girl from college - Laura Jessica.
The closest friend of mine from college - Lin
Who is also the project manager of this event.
Another crazy girl from college, Pei Yen. She's so damn funny I cannot sometimes. I still remember clearly in my mind during Community Service class presentation where she tells the whole class her experience at the old folks home we were assigned to. The whole class, including the teacher laughed. And ladies and gentlemen, that's probably how I got an A for Community Service because of her funny antics.
Oh ya, here's Lin getting interviewed by an online news portal - TV Sarawak.
My sister came even though she had a hard time looking for parking and it was raining heavily. KISS KISS
With Carmen who is Lin close friend. Also a design student. She also damn funny HAHAHAHA we always verbally bully Lin together.
I just want to put it out there that the photos with friends are placed in no particular order, just the order of them when I received through whatsapp/wechat and I'm just so lazy to arrange it.
Posted at 10/19/2016 10:58:00 AM
First and foremost, I want to congratulate Nando's Chickenland Malaysia Sdn Bhd for their second outlet in Kuching, first being at VivaCity Shopping Mall and now their second at THe Spring Shopping Mall.
It is proven that Kuchingites are big fans of Nando's Peri Peri chicken and I have one living proof with me, which is my husband. So when we got the chance to try out their latest products as well as a small meet up at their second outlet on Monday (17th Oct), he was more thrilled than me.
Their interior is bigger than their first outlet, more spacious definitely and their interior design, in my opinion is minimalist yet sophisticated. In addition, the restaurant is extended out and they have the alfresco feel dining experience with the glass roof and expose glass wall. Not advisable to sit at during the day but I'm sure it'll look cosy at night.
They maintained the brick walls - saves paint and it gives you the hipster feeling.
Their new product - Red Skin Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Potato fries.
Me and the husband loves Nando's but could not go often as we have to feed Xavier as well. When we go to Nando's we only feed Xavier the Mediterranean rice as it is the only dish that is not spicy and he don't take chicken/burger much so we can't order from the kids menu.
However, with their latest addition I'm sure we will visit Nando's more often now. The Red Skin Mashed Potato is not dry, yet not wet. There's this flavour to it mixed with pepper, herbs and the skin of the potato. ANNNDD my new favourite Sweet Potato fries. If I can give hearts to it, it'll be infinity. Previously they only served Peri Peri chips and wedges so this sweet potato fries gives a new refreshing outlook to Nando's in Malaysia. & it's irrestibly tasty.
Closer take of the red skin mashed potatoes.
We were fed with endless potatoes before our main course - one whole chicken, 4 different flavour. So we were basically well fed before even getting to the chicken.
Not to forget their latest addition into their vegetable option - spinach.
Spinach is quite common in Malaysia as a dish, you can find it in belacan, normal fried and even in the local noodles and rice.
The new dishes actually originates from Nando's mainland - South Africa and recently introduced into Malaysia's Nando's outlet.
I'm not a big fan of spinach so I cannot comment much. But I did try, the condiments tastes were kept to a minimal and the spinach taste came out stronger. It's soft and it literally melts in your mouth, that's how soft it is. Despite all that, I didn't touch it much cause me and vege just don't work well.
Food served to us that afternoon. Also includes the Peri Peri Wedges.
After the food tasting, asked the Nando's Malaysia HQ Marketing Director why the chicken wasn't as spicy as we remembered it to be. Well here's a fun fact I want to share with y'all. I learnt from her that the taste varies with the Peri Peri season harvest. Certain harvest will be less spicy while others will be tantalising, mouth burning spicy.
BTW, for those who have yet to know, Peri Peri is also known as African's Bird Eye chilli which is this really tiny yet the spiciest of all chilli. And all Peri Peri of Nando's is imported from South Africa.
Whenever I visit Nando's, my go to sauce is always mild. To be honest, my favourite Nando's flavour is the sweet sauce but they don't put it out, so my next is Mild. Meanwhile, the Husband's favourite is the Garlic sauce. Each time we dine in, he'd be like "Help me get garlic sauce. Thanks".
But of course, what's dining without dessert right?
Caramel Cheesecake. Dammmmnn if I get to eat this everyday, I prolly gained 10 Kgs by the next month. The cheese is rich in both flavours and content. And the caremel is like any other - sweet. This is enough to satisfy those sweet tooth. Even Xavier loves this, he rather eat it all albeit his big belly.
Satisfied with love.
Read about their first outlet here.