Monday, July 25, 2011

I have to do something

Things left to do:

tomorrow insyaAllah I'll send my reimbursement form.

1. collect i/c
2. wait for visa email
3. go to HCC to affix visa
4. send passport with affixed visa and medical forms to JPA, deadline one week before departure. expected date: 26th Aug, but not yet confirmed.
5. pack

Stuff to pack:

1. adapter (will get about 3. Canadian voltage is 110V)
2. clothes: shirts, t-shirts long-sleeve, short-sleeve, shawls, socks, shoes, sweaters, pants, jeans
3. toiletries: comb, deo, shampoo, wash
4. stationery
5. address and phone book (start filling in all those phone numbers and addresses)

Carry on:

1. one change of clothes
2. toiletries: each in 100ml bottles
3. my laptop bag with the charger and all and my camera with the charger and my phone charger.
4. a book to read

Important documents:

1. passport
2. fianancial affidavit
3. offer letter
4. some passport photos
5. boarding pass

Important documents kept in a file, easily accesible and tak tercicir.

Stuff to take care of:

1. traveller's check
2. bank notes

When I get to Canada:

1. settle down, sign lease
2. pick up student card
3. set up phone line
4. set up bank account and bank in traveller's check
5. email jpa about bank details
6. round campus to familiarize
7. buy home stuff to settle down.
8. start looking for books and prepare for first day of school.

other stuff to do before flying off:

1. clean my room and my stuff
2. put away important things properly. file.
3. read up a bit of physics, programming, chemistry, maths.
4. dental appointment Aug 15

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Crazy People United


It's okay to admit your crazy, or you're weird, because here in CPU, you feel right at home, because people just accept you for who you are. I believe the CPU experience is worth sharing.

If you feel like you don't belong in the school system, there's always something that you're rebelling against, be it, the rules or the dress codes, then come on board CPU. Really, there are no rules. You can be all that you can be.

For some reason, CPU has been a short, yet thought-provoking journey for me, and I've discovered a lot more in CPU than I ever did about myself, about the society as compared to high school.

So, what is it about CPU that makes it so awesome?

1. No uniform policy
You can just go to school in your jammies, and nobody will say anything. You can even go there with zero fashion IQ. In fact, here in CPU we have Dress Up Week, with different themes on different days for the whole week. The fact that there's no uniform, you can easily express yourself, well-suited to your individual personalities. Those who love fashion, those who love comfort, and the likes. It also creates diversity and color. Like, when everyone's wearing uniform, it's an eyesore and drabby to look at, and people are conditioned to embrace "Sameness" (I'm borrowing a term from Lois Lowry's The Giver, I don't have a better term for it).


Dress Up Week 2011. It was white day, I turned up all-black. The rebel that I am.


The whole White/Black line up.


Sign Board Day Dress-Up Week 2011


My wife


My ex-husband





Hairol and his harem


who'd ever thought I'd be in a tent huh?


Twins day, we're triplets. Gambar ni macam iklan koteks.


2. The opportunities to express yourself

Well, there's lots of stuff going on at CPU, you're free to set up your own clubs, and there's stuff like international dialogues, world issues discussions like Hear Us Out, interfaith dialogues, and musicals.

I mean, I'd never thought I could sing in public. 


The whole crew


Disney





John Smith and Pocahantas


Bohemian Rhapsody


Wouldn't It Be Nice






I'm a Spoon. That's not a shiny toilet seat that I'm wearing.


I met my golf buddy, Ping











Appreciation for Ms C, Ms Lindsay and Mr. Suschkov


Curtain call


My short stint with L.I.V.E.

3. The curriculum and the lecturers.

To have an idea what the first few days feel like, click here.

Lots of derivation of formulas. I could do Trig better in CPU than I ever did in high school.



My first Maths project


The Pagoda





There's a LOT of workload for English, but the things you learn are more meaningful. You really think deep about the darkness in human hearts, oppression and religion. and yes, the ISU is the major project, and yeah, there are countless times I break down, but I got through it. 


Believe it or not, this was our English Test.


Yes, Mr. Wise, I did your homework, even over dinner. The English ISU here.

about our English video here



and I'm glad to have met Mr. Wise. He really knows how to make your hard work feel appreciated, and his views about parenting, and women sometimes reminded me of my mom's, because I found their views almost similar. 


Hamlet Act 1 Scene 4


Hamlet Act 1 Scene 5



Physics and Chemistry is almost the same as high school, but there's also new stuff. and I'm thankful to Mr. Tan who instilled a love of Physics in me. Who'd ever thought?



The AEA


Our Rube-Goldberg project



AEA punya



Going crazy


Malaysian Studies Vid




Chemistery


Me and Amne Chem-whoring


Mr. Singh. My Computer Science Teacher. Don't be fooled. He's Canadian. and a big Disney fan.

I liked the CPU system of 70% coursework and 30% exam. It requires you to be on your feet at all times, and not as much pressure at the final exam. Everything is counted, so you feel that everything is worth your hard work. The projects are also fun, and so unlike the Malaysian system, which is a breath of fresh air!

and......The good-looking lecturers to boot!:








Pictures of my classmates throughout CPU:



Calculus with Ms. Joanne



English



Chemistry with Mr. Andrew


Advanced Functions with Ms Nicole


Physics

The Last Day in CPU:


me and Nawwar going crazy



Gaya sloth


these edited ones are from Azrin.

And the other stuff in CPU:


Gemuk


my adik. Thanks a lot, Akmal. even before masuk Taylor's lagi you've been a big help, and you've helped me through Physics. I really like your down-to-earth nature and approachability.



Delicious rojak


Ayu belanja

Graduated:





I'll keep this updated with more pictures and more reasons to love CPU from time to time. we'll be back with more. Some of the pictures are from my own camera, and some of it, I stole it off Facebook, from Nawwar, Azrin, Bob, and many others. :p

CPU vid by Ezzah:


more CPU promo vid, from Taylor's:

Our Yearbook in video: