Saturday, October 27, 2007

Freaks!!!

I'll be just fine
Pretending I'm not
I'm far from lonely
And it's ALL THAT I'VE GOT

-The Used-

Whew! A whole week of not studying! That is totally odd after months of marathon study for PMR. I'm currently in the post-'post Brooke' phase. 4 whole days of babysitting an eleven-year-old orang asli..hurm.. a pretty educational experience, I might say..for me..but I'm not sure if it is the same for her, though. Sadly, I have this dreaded feeling at the pit of my heart that she has learnt nothing from me. To make the story short, these indigenous children are very passive and need food (lots of it, i repeat, lots of it!) to continually fuel their interest in learning. I did have fun during the closing ceremony though, and was satisfactorily entertained by Nasrur and Rizu's (two very talented and outstanding orang asli pupils who learn quite fast in comparison to others and are musically-inclined) rendition of Ungu's song, Demi Waktu, Jinbara's song, Kasihnya laila, Irwansyah's Pencinta Wanita and lots more.. Nasrur can sing and play the guitar while rizu sings and charms the crowd with his cheeky antics. Well, enough about them.. the orang asli girls, on the other hand, did their Nasyid performance and wow-ed the crowd with their angelic voices. not bad for orang asli. Overall, it was a memorable expeerience for me and I shall never forget my first encounter with the indigenous kids..they're just normal human beings, aren't they? definitely not cavemen!!
Ah well, the strange thing is, i met my mum's cousin (we call him Pak Lang Adon, I think) during the opening ceremony. it turned out that my mum's cousin's wife (Mak Cik Endon) is the Senior Assistant of Administration for SK Post Brooke. Another weird thing is that I'm actually related to Aslam (Pak Lang's son) who is an MCKK BM debater. Oh my God! After all this while...
Okay, it's a small world after all..

Friday, October 19, 2007

My Unintended

I'm going back today =(
My class is seemingly doing a drama on inter-species romance. An alien princess with a homo sapien teenager. It's gonna be fun. The props are gonna be out-of-this-world and maybe, kind of complex to make, but all the same, marvelous if we can pull it off. For the setting, we might be doing a space backdrop. Costumes, perhaps a blend of futuristic, contemporary and medievel and a little touch of Goth as it will be in a modern-day Halloween setting. We haven't discussed the storyline yet, but it's going to be a fusion of comedy, action and the lot.. Inspirations come from an array of popular sci-fi characters from Star Wars, Star Trek and a Malay short story Anyss Sophillea. I just can't wait.

I Caught Fire In Your Eyes

Last Day of cuti for me!! Tomorrow I'll be going back..
for filling in the after PMR activities, I'm to 'babysit' a rural indigenous kid from SK Post Brooke, Gua Musang.. how delightful is that?
I can consider myself a 'professional' (har,har) babysitter..babies cry at the sight of me..huhuhuhuhu..that's right, leave the kids to me..and I might turn into the child-roasting hag of hansel and gretel..
currently, I'm hooked on Fall Out Boy, The Used and MCR (of course!)
I can't wait for English drama..

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dashboard Confessional

Man, my friends are back at school and I'm stuck here!!
I finished reading Diana Wynne Jones' Black Maria', yeah, another chlidren's book, I know, and a tad bit old cheese by now, but it's still a good read. nice exposition, however I've yet to come to a satisfactory ending to match that of the Bartimaeus Trilogy. It's not nice to compare, I know, but I'd really like to see more action in my life for once..or maybe I'm just upset over other things which cloud my proper judgment of the book =(

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Times Tell

Everything is f’ed up
Straight from the heart
Tell me what do you do
When it all falls apart
Gotta pick myself up
Where do I start
‘Cause I can’t turn to you
When it all falls apart

-the Veronicas-

Another day of Raya and it doesn't feel like Raya.
I don't know, maybe it doesn't feel like Raya because my home environment isn't accustomed to the Raya traditions.
There's definitely nothing to watch on TV except boring, boring, soppy Raya drama and yeah, there's the concert.
I'm so darn bored and am I missing school??
God, I can't wait to learn Biology and Sejarah and Additional Maths and Physics..
and PMR results are still two months away-damn!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Drive

Whatever tomorrow brings I'll be there
with open arms and open eyes, yeah
I'll be there

-Incubus-

Yes!!!
I finally finished the final instalment of Harry Potter! this is my review, but I must warn you that it does contain spoilers.
Overall, a better plot build-up compared to the fifth book (that was, in my opinion, the most 'kureng' of the seven-I dare not say more than that, as a proper adjective would be too treacherous to Potter readers alike, such as myself). The body count is high, but the deceased all died for Harry. (Hedwig didn't desearve to die!!)
After my conversion to pro-Snape, I guess that it was unfair for him to sacrifice hmself on Potter's behalf after all that his dad and he, himself has done to him.
Sadly, unlike the sixth book which showcases Voldemort's (I dare!) ingenuity and his rise as a powerful and very much demented Dark Lord , the seventh book depicts Voldemort as a typical villain who is ignorant and careless.
Ron, although a 'traitor' at first, amended his mistake and emerged couragous in times of combat. No comments on Hermione, though, but she did a lot of screaming and whimpering and sobbing. the smartest witch reduced to tears. She didn't quite put up a fight as the other witches would. Oh yeah, it also includes a cat fight between Bellatrix Lestrange and Mrs. Weasly.
To me, the final instalment is just trying to prove that Dumbledore's not the old nut that I thought he was and that he knew what he was doing all along and had outwitted Voldemort with premeditated strategies. oh well, the old man got his last laugh at last. It's kind of interesting though, that almost all brilliant wizards sought for trimph over death. A repeated theme throughout the whole series.
Horcruxes, Hallows, Death Eaters, Mosmorde (take a bite out of death)...all ring a bell to you?
The ending is a happy one, I guess J.K. could have had a change of plans since many of the Potter fans have guessed that the oh-so-noble Harry should die in the end for the greater good. One thing, though, it was disappointing that Harry had the upper hand in defeating Voldemort simply because of sheer luck that he figured out Dumbledore's plan in the nick of time and of his noble wizarding lineage, not out of skill or combat tactics. As people say, blame it on the genes.. if poor Voldemart wanted to defeat him, he'd have to find himself a different ancestor other than the dysfunctional Gaunts.
Overall, it's a lot more fast-paced compared to the fifth book, but it till does not match up to the fourth book that i so much liked. On the good side, it's not to say that it is a bad read through and through. A modest ending to the biggest wizarding saga I should say.

MPH essay 2006 2

TRAGEDY IN TIME

By
NURUL KAMILAH BINTI MAT KAMIL

Sweat rolled down his temple. I watched him grin triumphantly as he finished off his welding and put in the last rivet onto the body of his creation.

“Eureka!” Demetrius gave a victorious cry. The heat of the moment swept him away with a wave of euphoria washing over his young, adolescent face.

My skeptical mind refused to process the image that my eyes were seeing. There, in the centre of the Foxglove Manor garage stood a man-made marvel – a time machine, or as my extremely intelligent cousin calls it  a ‘Chronocraft’.

The pale glow reflecting off the copper and aluminum surface gave it a glossy metallic sheen, which complemented its beautiful craftsmanship: an impeccable masterpiece. Nobody else could have pulled it off other than my child prodigy cousin, Demetrius  a mere 15 year-old. I had to admit that his intellect is unmatched but could he have unveiled the secrets of our universe?

“Lysander, have I not accomplished the ultimate genius?” Demetrius’ voice had a subtle tone of pride. “After all those years of research, I can’t believe that I have actually succeeded.”

An eerie smile blossomed upon his lips. There was a sparkle in his grey eyes. Then he asked, “Do you want to try it out?”

The answer that I gave him could potentially turn my life upside down. I was afraid of the consequences of messing with the laws of nature.

“Absolutely!” I unthinkingly blurted.

I studied the Chronocraft carefully. Overall, the machine was cobbled together out of electrical appliances, metal scraps and vehicle parts. The chamber was circular in shape and the floors were padded with red carpeting. There was a console which housed several control panels and LCD monitors. A picture frame in the corner caught my eye. The seashell frame held a picture of Demetrius’ parents, taken during their first date in Edgemont.

“Their first encounter was made during their flight … And so was their last goodbye.” That was how Demetrius always ended his story about his parents.

Demetrius’ image appeared on the LCD screen. “Lysander, are you ready?”

“Mmmmm … Yes, I guess.” I reluctantly replied.

“Good, now listen carefully. All you have to do is just take a peek outside, identify the time and place, then go back inside. Keep in touch with the nano-computer that I strapped onto your wrist. I will be monitoring your voyage from home.”

I hardly had time to think.

All of a sudden, the machine jerked violently as it came to life. Dark clouds and smoke billowed from the floors. I choked. The smoke smelled rancid.

“Lysander, don’t panic. It’s part of the process. Once the smoke recedes, you can get out and look around. For your information, you are no longer at my house.”

“Where am I?”

I gasped in amazement. The moment I exited the doorway, the gentle caress of the morning breeze greeted me. The sweet scent of unpolluted air was refreshing.

I was standing on the very spot the Foxglove Manor was built on  Cherrydale Cliff. Down below, the waters crashed against the side of the cliff. It was just a cliff and nothing else but rugged terrain, yet I recognized it by the oak tree which stood by the edge of the cliff in Demetrius’ future backyard.

Courageously, I took a step forward, followed by another and another, until I found myself at the foot of the cliff, on the right side of Pistachio Road. I strode towards the bus-stop where a woman was sitting on the bench.

I took a seat beside her.

She was tall and thin with steel-grey eyes, resembling my cousin’s, Demetrius. She had several bags by her side.

“Good day, miss,” I greeted her.
“Good day to you.”
“Did you read today’s paper?” I asked politely.
“Yes, of course. In fact, I have it right here with me.” The lady handed me the paper. My eyes widened as I saw the date. Had I actually traveled twenty years into the past?
My stomach became a tight knot. I was feeling uneasy.
“My name is Rebecca Rooke,” she introduced herself.

My heart skipped a beat. The woman was actually Demetrius’ mother. Rebecca Rooke was her maiden name. That was indeed a shocking discovery. The nano-computer on my wrist beeped, signaling that Demetrius wanted me to return.
“What was that?” she asked
“Oh, that … er, my alarm … I have to go”
“Please, before you do … could you do me a favor? Could you please escort me to the airport? I really need to get to Edgemont on time, but I have not seen the bus for hours.”

I declined. I did not wish to be stuck in the past.

In a moment of panic, I sprinted back up towards the cliff where the Chronocraft was. But Rebecca had followed and saw the machine.

This was not good. This shouldn’t have happened.

She backed away, fear and confusion taking her steps towards the edge of the cliff.

“Rebecca, don’t panic. Let me explain. I’m your nephew from the future ”

She was trembling. She took a last step backward and slipped. I rushed to rescue her, grabbing her hand, but she felt heavy. I could feel myself sliding off the cliff. Unfortunately, there was nothing else I could hold on to. About 50 feet below were the savage waves crashing against the limestone cliffs.

All of a sudden, I lost my grip and I watched in horror as Rebecca fell to her watery death.

I was silent, lost for words. Had I actually committed murder? I scrambled back into the Chronocraft chamber with a feeling of dread in my heart.

“Demetrius, I’m sorry that I didn’t return earlier, but Demetrius …” I stammered.
“Demetrius ?”
“Demetrius …?!”

There was no response.

It was then that realization hit me. I had altered the past. Not only had I ended Rebecca’s life, but I had also wiped Demetrius out of existence.


Number of words: 997

MPH essay 2006 1

MR. SMEEVES
By
NURUL KAMILAH BT. MAT KAMIL

I attempted to tear myself away from his gaze. This proved rather difficult, for sitting across the table was a man in his late thirties, grinning like the Chesire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. He was dressed smartly in a creaseless white suit like that of a ‘professional entrepreneur’.

“Now then, I’m Smeeves from Chrono Corporation. You’re Lynette Parson, correct? Well, now, I believe we’re properly acquainted.”

I nodded reluctantly in response.

The Millefueille Café was packed that day. Several business luncheons were held at almost every table. I was uneasy as I was the only high school student with her little brother at her side having some cake there. No doubt I was soon about to engage in a business affair of my own.

I just happened to meet Mr. Smeeves in the park. He stopped me on my way back home and asked me if I was interested in purchasing something. He was very charming and I was persuaded by a promised treat at this particular café.

“So, sweetie, what do you think of my company’s newest merchandise?”

Mr. Smeeves opened his briefcase and laid a device carefully on the table. It looked like an ordinary digital watch.

“The possibility of time travel has been scientifically proven through Einstein’s theory of relativity, at least to the future, that is. But, our company has taken a giant leap. Not only are you able to operate time travel without going out into space, but you can also manipulate time by making it move faster or slower to your own personal liking.”

My skeptical mind refused to process this new information. Theoretically, it was farfetched. Manipulating time? That’s impossible. This man is a con!

He must have noticed my doubtful expression, because he quickly added, “I’m offering you this once in a lifetime opportunity. Take it, or leave it. There are plenty of teenagers out there who would jump at a chance like this.”

He smiled in a suspicious Mephistophelian manner. I felt a little shiver of unease, but at that moment, my younger brother Jake tugged me by the sleeves.

“I want the watch! I want the watch!” he whined as any toddler would. Come on, don’t tell me he believes all that junk?

“So?”

The man was waiting for an answer. I bit my lip. Just then, Jake started hollering in my ears. I was growing desperate. Most of the patrons were now staring at me. I was embarrassed.

In the end, I gave up and bought the stupid watch. The man left in satisfaction.

I was very angry with my kid brother.

“That’s it! Enough dealing with weird business dudes!”

However, during our journey home, I started wondering about the functions of the watch. What harm could it actually do? It can’t possibly manipulate time. Who knows, it could have just been a child’s toy.

Out of curiosity, I snatched the device from my brother’s hands.

“Hey!” he cried out in surprise.

I studied it carefully. I needed to know exactly what my months’ allowance was worth. There’s got to be a useful property to it. Yes, it could definitely tell time, but there were several additional buttons on its side. They were labeled, ‘FAST’, ‘SLOW’, ‘FREEZE’, ‘REWIND’ and ‘FORWARD’. How peculiar.

“This could be an MP-3 watch. If so, then it’s mine for keeps.”

Jake started shouting as I pocketed the device.

“Give me back!”

He reached out a tiny hand into my pocket and triumphantly held it out in the air.

“Now watch me press this button!”

“You don’t know how to work it!” I held on to the other end of the rubber strap.

Without warning, Jake pressed down hard onto the ‘SLOW’ button.

There was a moment of uncanny silence. Both Jake and I were speechless.

All of a sudden, my skin tingled and a strange sensation washed over me as if a jolt of electricity was going through my body. My surroundings became a spectacular blur of colors. I wasn’t able to identify any details of the abstract canvas spread across my vision. Objects around me whizzed by in animation faster than my eyes could see.

I pinched myself. My mind was still lucid, but why did I feel like I was walking in a dream? I stumbled forward as something hit me from behind. A biker?

Jake hugged me tightly. I held him close to my trembling body. We were in an alien dimension and we needed to get home.

Amongst the shadowy figures, a man stood still. Apparently, he was moving at an equivalent speed towards us. I squinted and recognized him immediately  Smeeves!

He approached us, greeting us with his million-dollar smile.

“Smeeves!” I choked out in surprise. Perhaps he could get us home, but I had a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach.

“Let me explain,” Smeeves offered. “The watch that you bought can’t actually manipulate time, or slow it down as the button you pressed just now says. It actually slows YOU down or anyone in contact with it. Your movements are no longer visible to the passers-by. They’re all moving at a regular speed, but you’re moving too slowly for them to see.”

I find it hard to process this new information. This can’t be happening!

Suddenly, Smeeves pounced on us like a hungry tiger. He was trying to tear Jake away from me! I struggled to hold on to Jake, but I was finding it hard to breathe. Smeeves’ body smothered me.

Jake began shouting, but no one was able to hear him. We were helpless. I reached out frantically for Jake, but Smeeves’ powerful arms pushed me to the ground. I fell onto my back.

Tears began flowing from my eyes. “No, please! Don’t take him away!” I pleaded.

Smeeves laughed scornfully. “I thought he was a brat. Say, what if I make him Chrono Corp’s new guinea pig ”
“Lynn!” Jake yelled.

With a blink of the eye, Smeeves was gone.


Number of words: 999

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Things I'll Never Say

Nothing of ny fancy to write today since I've still not finished reading HP yet, but I think I'll post the essay that won me fourth place for the Perdana essay-writing competition 2006 organized by the Perdana Leadership Foundation for today..


Question: Select one of Malaysia’s past Prime Ministers and discuss his contributions to the country.

Title: Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysian Mindset and Modernization Metamorphosis.

In its forty-nine years of independence, Malaysia has been governed by five Prime Ministers, namely, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad; and the current Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. However, it was Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who brought about the greatest changes to our nation.

In my opinion, even though the other Prime Ministers have also made numerous contributions, it was Tun’s contributions which made the most impact on Malaysia as his visions were thought of to be radical yet extremely effective.

Tun’s contributions can be classified under two aspects. The two aspects which will be discussed are the change of the nation’s mindset and the modernization of Malaysia, respectively.

Based on my analysis, I find that Tun has tried to change our conservative beliefs so that we can move forward as a modern independent nation. Although it was Tunku Abdul Rahman who first took the initiative to change the nation’s mindset to claim independence from the British colonists, Tun Dr. Mahathir has actually taken the idea to the next level.

Tun believes that our people can achieve anything we wanted to, an idea clearly reflected in the ‘Malaysia Boleh’1 spirit he promoted. One example is the outstanding achievement of Malaysian university student Leonard Lee, who swam non-stop across the English Channel2. This shows that Malaysians now have the self-confidence and patriotic spirit to excel in the international arena.

Tun’s other contributions in this aspect include the construction of mega structures such as the Penang Bridge and the Sepang Circuit3. These large-scale projects have never been executed before during his predecessors’ tenure. This has given our people a sense of confidence that we are capable of producing world-class infrastructures equal to those of other developed countries.

During the Economic Crisis of 1997, this self-belief spirit weathered us through the financial storm. Tun had done the unexpected by fixing the value of the Malaysian Ringgit and succeeded in preventing our economic downfall as other countries have experienced at that time. According to Prof. Dadi Rodrik from Harvard University, the capital control decision made by Tun was proven to be effective4. On a personal note, the capital control has saved my family from losing our home5.

Other than that, Tun’s ‘Leadership by Example’ principle has taught us to learn from those who have succeeded. This was the reason the Look-East Policy6 was first introduced in December 1981 as an effort to emulate the Japanese managerial system. Tun’s point of view was that the Japanese are a perfect example of a successful eastern nation and that our people should practice their work ethics. By doing so, our country can be as competent as any other modern nation, independent of any foreign resources and workforce for development.

In the second aspect, which is modernization, Tun was able to make Malaysia change from an agricultural-based country to an industrial manufacturing machine. During Tun Abdul Razak’s tenure as prime minister, most of the development plans mainly revolved around education, agricultural production and rural development.

Tun’s focus on industrial manufacturing greatly improved Malaysia’s economic performance and productivity. Malaysia has been able to achieve outstanding growth, given the fact that forty-six years ago we lagged behind Haiti in per capita income. We have since grown annually at an average of 7%, which places us third in per capita income in the Western Hemisphere7.

Aside from the integration of Japanese work ethics in our managerial system, the Look-East Policy has also allowed our nation to gain access to Japanese technical training and transfer of technology to improve our technology and human resources. Malaysia’s industrial revolution soon began to take shape. The pioneer to the revolution was the production of our first national car, the Proton Saga, released in 19858,9.

Another step in Malaysia’s modernization is to reduce the incidence of poverty amongst the people which led to the formulation of the New Economic Policy launched by Tun Abdul Razak in 1971. The basis of this policy came from Tun’s first self-written book, ‘The Malay Dilemma’. The NEP actually aims to create a balanced distribution of wealth in the multiracial community10. Statistics show that the incidence of poverty has dropped from 37% to 7.5% in the last twenty years11.

Even though Tun Hussein Onn was known as The Father of Unity, Tun has also greatly contributed to inter-racial unity. According to Scott McConnell;

“It has been Mahathir’s great accomplishment to create a sense of balance and accommodation between the Malays and the 25-30 percent Chinese and 10 percent Indian minorities…”


With this financial progress, more rural areas were urbanized and the infrastructures have also been enhanced to gain efficiency and productivity. For example, the North-South Highway was opened in 1994 to improve transportation12. This cuts down transportation time by half in the Malaysian peninsula.

All of Tun’s contributions were actually part of a bigger plan. He believes in our country’s potential to become a well-developed nation by 2020. The blueprint for his vision was outlined in the 6th Malaysian Plan, which is known as Vision 202013. To me, Vision 2020 is the incorporation of Tun’s forethought in balancing the changing of Malaysians’ mindset and the modernization of the country.

In his poem14, he expresses the importance of a new mindset and modernization as a step to retain our nation’s independence and achieving Vision 2020. By implementing new policies and national development plans, this objective has been accomplished.

As a conclusion, Tun has brought about the greatest changes to Malaysia with his visionary development plans. He was able to change Malaysians’ mindset and the nation from a backwater of Asia and in certain aspect of development, to be on par with other developed nations. Although no longer holding Malaysia’s highest office, he should be appreciated for his countless contributions in establishing a new Malaysian mindset and molding the modern Malaysia. The current and future Prime Ministers shall build on the foundation laid by Tun Dr. Tun Mohamad.






Notes

1. Available online at http://allmalysia.info/msiaknow/malaysiana/malaysia_boleh.asp
2. Lee Yuk Peng (2004)
3. Joan Fam Li Hing and others (2006)
4. Ethan Kaplan & Dadi Rodrik (2002). The paper was written and revised in 2001 concludes that the capital control “worked very well indeed”.
5. My family will always be grateful to Tun Dr. Mahathir for cushioning the impact of 1997 economic crisis through the capital control which curbed the rising interest rate.
6. Lim Hua Sing (1984)
7. Scott McConnell (2003)
8. Malaysian Business (2005)
9. Clarence Y.K. Ngui (2005)
10. Dr. Mahathir Mohamed (1998)
11. Rehman Rashid and James Wong Wing-On
12. S. Hashim Ahmad (2001)
13. Diplomacy (1994)
14. The poem titled ‘Di atas Runtuhan Kota Melaka, Kita Dirikan Putrajaya’ was written in conjunction with Pesta Puisi Patriotik 2001 at Taman Putra Perdana, Putrajaya. Available online at http://www.beritakmu.net


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Ahmad, S. Hashim. 2001. Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Perdana Menteri Kita: Era Pemodenan dan Globalisasi. Juz’Art.

Dato’ Zainol Rashid, Dr. Zahidi. 2003. Mahathir Menjulang Martabat Malaysia. ALF Promotions.

Diplomacy. 1994. “Malaysia: Powerhouse of the 90’s” Malaysian Prime Minister at International Conference, vol. 20, no. 8, August, 22-23 cont. 30.

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Hing, Joan Fam Li and others. 2006. Tun Dr. Mahathir’s Legacy: An Inspirational Learning Experience. Kuala Lumpur: Krista Education Sdn. Bhd.

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Stars Are Blind

Yes!!!
I home for RAya!!
PMR just finished and all the suspense seems to be killing me...
I just got my hands on the new HP book and am currently in the process of reading it. Review soon to come.
HAPPY EID to fellow Muslims!