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Sunday, 28 December 2014
My dear friends,
Welcome to the Foundation Program of Kolej PERMATApintar Negara. I am writing this guide based on my own experience in Foundation 1 (1 year), and I also support this guide with the guideline book, which I believe you guys will get on the registration day. I know, some of you are the same age as me, and I hope we can get along.
2. Introduction to my Batch
My batch consists of the 42 of us, 24 boys and 18 girls. Out of the 42 students in the first Foundation batch, the majority of them are students at the age of 13 years, and there are about 8 students who are 12 years old. One of them is me. We are divided into three classes, K1, K2 and K3. I am in K3. There is no streaming for my batch at this point of time.
3. Syllabus of Foundation 1 (F1)
The subjects listed below are the subjects which start from Form 4.
3.1.5 Perdagangan dan Keusahawanan
3.1.6 Pendidikan Jasmani dan Kesihatan (PJK)
The subjects listed below are the subjects which cover Form 1 to Form 3.
3.1.7 Fundamental Mathematics
3.1.8 Pendidikan Agama Islam (PAI)
These subjects have a special syllabus, which is only taught in Foundation.
3.1.9 English (Bridging I and II)
3.1.10 Bahasa Melayu (Penulisan Kreatif dan Komunikasi)
3.1.11 Research and Methodology
3.1.14 Performing Arts or Visual Arts – (choose one only)
3.1.15 International Languages (French or German or Arabic or Mandarin or Korean or Japanese) – (choose any one)
The subjects listed are applicable to all Kolej PERMATApintar students.
3.1.16 Self-Development (Jati Diri)
4. Method of Teaching
Our teachers are known as ‘The Instructors’. The word itself gives you a clue on how they will teach. No spoon-feeding and there are very minimal notes given. You’ll understand why. The method of teaching for the Foundation is through lectures, lab works, slide presentations, group works, and websites.
There are four exams a year. The grading table is:
They will display our marks and results at the notice board at the Dewan Serbaguna for every exam (the most stressful time with mixed feelings). You know your ranking in the batch.
For the assessments; some subjects are (60 for exam)-(40 for assignments), and a few subjects are 50-50, and the rest rely fully on assignments and attendance, like Philosophy and Research and Methodology.
Assignments include lab reports, pre-tests, post-tests, writing blogs, journals, making parodies, speech choirs, exploraces, making websites, public speaking, show-and-tell, mind maps, inventions and many more.
7. Class Hours
7.1.1 Monday – The weekly assembly begins at 8:00 in the morning and lasts for 1 hour. The class sessions ends at 4:30 p.m. with two breaks, morning which lasts from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and the afternoon break, which lasts from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
7.1.2 Tuesday to Thursday – The morning assembly lasts from 7:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Classes are as above.
7.1.3 Friday – It is similar to 7.1.2, but it finishes at 12:30 for the Friday prayers. Normally, in the afternoon, there are no classes on Friday except for replacement classes or special activities.
8. Books and Materials
The college provides very minimal textbooks or reference books. In my experience, I had to buy my own revision books for SPM like revision books, ‘mind map’ books, and past-year SPM questions. For Mathematics and Agama, it is best to buy PMR books.
As mentioned above, we have to do a lot of assignments and presentations. Therefore, we need computers (notebooks) to get access with the Internet, for PowerPoint presentations, blog and website entries, and for typing our reports and research.
Normally, since we have to do many mind maps and scrapbooks, I suggest that you bring magic pens, coloured pens, marker pens, coloured paper, and colour pencils to make your presentation interesting.
Actually, my batch has undergone Foundation 1, but the performance is entirely based on our own hard work, effort, and capability. Do not procrastinate in your work like I did, and don’t play games too much, like me. Hopefully this guide will help you in your Foundation 1. Feel free to ask us for help. Don’t hesitate. Good luck!
BY: Zoey Zeffrey Azman
I woke up from a bad headache and I found myself in a classroom. This wasn't a classroom I was familiar with, because it had small tables and a different layout. From what I knew however, this seemed to be the layout of a class in an elementary school. My luck suddenly began to run out. Was this the school that Ayumi had mentioned in the ghost story earlier on? I then ran to the poster and looked at it. Then, I realized that my nightmare was about to come. It was Heavenly Host Elementary School. I looked around me, and I saw Ayumi on the floor where I was, and I ran over to her, and tried to wake her up. Sooner or later, she did wake up, but she was within kissing distance of me, which freaked me out. There was dust on her shirt, so I removed it from her shirt. She said thanks and we decided to head out and find the rest of them. We decided to walk around the area to see if we could find anyone else besides the two of us. When we were walking, Ayumi decided to ask me a favor so she asked me, “Can you give me a piggyback ride? My legs hurt a bit.” This was going to be a tiring search. She got on my back and we searched for the others. After a while on my back, she got off. Then, suddenly, an earthquake occurred and we tumbled. We tried staying stable, but it was no use. It was still too unstable. We fell down, and then the earthquake stopped. We kept on looking, until we saw a person in the distance. Ayumi was unsure on who it was, so we decided to keep on going, but I held her hand this time to make sure we did not tumble like before.
We kept going ahead, and we stumbled upon one of our friends, which was Naomi. She told us something that shocked us. Seiko had been tortured and she became a victim of the suffering. I suddenly fell to the ground, and then I asked, “Why do people have to suffer?” I got up and I told Naomi to follow us so we could find anybody. Then, Ayumi began to cry. I realized what I told her before we entered Heavenly Host. When I finally re-met with her, I told her, “Don’t worry, Ayumi. I will protect you, no matter what happens.” I told Ayumi to calm down, and then we continued looking for the other 6 people that were trapped here. As we were walking, I suddenly had a small headache. I had a different vision for a second. I needed to go to the infirmary to get some medicine. Naomi advised me against it, for some reason I never knew about, but I needed to go. This headache was about to get worst if I don’t do anything about it. We decided to go in the end, and we headed to the infirmary. At the infirmary, Ayumi took care of my headache problem, and then we decided to go out. However, the door was locked by a thick strand of hair, which made it unable to budge. Then we heard something, or someone saying, “Ready to suffer with everybody else?” We turned around and we saw a black mist. I tried something and I screamed, “Ayumi, Naomi, distract her!” I found a few matches at the corner and some alcohol in the medicine cabinet. I burned the hair, and then we ran out of the room.
We panted for a minute before Ayumi began to hug me, then cried and asked, “Why do we have to suffer like this?” I calmed her down before Naomi began to tell us, “I remember that black mist. Seiko and I were in the infirmary, since I had a broken ankle, and we heard Yuka’s scream. I knew staying in the infirmary was dangerous, and Seiko was going to check if it was really Yuka. I wanted to follow her, but she told me that my ankle was hurt, and that I was to stay. I stayed then, and I was left alone in the infirmary.” I told her, “I understand what you mean, Naomi. The mist came and tried attacking you, but you escaped, right?” She was surprised and she nodded with a yes. She was alone, so that figure tried attacking her. We continued walking, with Ayumi on my back. It was a long journey before anything happened. When we were walking, I realized I heard something from somewhere, but I did not know who it was, but I knew where it came from. I brought Ayumi and Naomi to where the sound came from, and I found it to be nobody but Ayumi on my back, since she had just woken up. I asked her if she was fine now, and she nodded a simple yes. We walked together, the three of us, and it was a matter of time before another earthquake occurred. This time though, it was bigger than the last one. We held on to the walls, so we did not tumble, and after a few minutes, the earthquake stopped. We proceeded further until we reached a sight we could not stand. There were the remains of a female student on the wall, as if the student had been pulled to the wall by supernatural force. I went closer to it, searching for its ID tag, until I found it after a few pushes and pulls. I fell to the ground and began to cry. The name on the tag made me shocked and surprised. Mayu had become another victim of the suffering and torture, since her name was on the tag. The three of us felt a sudden disruption and we turned behind us. Behind us was a small girl, who donned a red dress. She said a similar thing to the one that the black mist said, “Die!” I grabbed Ayumi’s and Naomi’s hands and we ran as quickly as possible from the girl in red as she kept chasing us.
It was a matter of time before we met another friend of ours, or maybe two, Satoshi and Yuka. They had been looking around the school for any other friends, but at least they had met with us. The girl in red had disappeared, and I felt something strange in my pocket. I rummaged through my pocket before I actually got it out. It was a ring, but it was one I was not familiar with. I asked Satoshi to try putting on and taking out the ring. He did it, and the powers it gave could have been divine to us. It gave the ability to make the user invisible, but only if the ring is on. We were surprised, and then I took back the ring from Satoshi. Then, the five of us decided to look for the remaining three, Ms. Yui, Yoshiki, and Morishige. Only fate could tell whether we would survive or not.
I was the newest transfer student at Kisaragi Academy Senior High. I came from a school in that area and I was interested in the structure of the building. I walked into the academy and I headed to the office to find out the class I was in. As I was figuring which class to go to, I bumped into a girl who was walking in the other direction. I said sorry to the girl and we went our own ways. I realized I was in 2-9 since my name would be last, so I headed to 2-9 which was in the opposite direction of where I was walking, then I thought, was that girl from class 2-9, since the other classes were on the direction I was walking to. I turned around and headed to class 2-9 and I saw a surprise. She was a student of 2-9, and she seemed to be of a high rank, as her name tag was a bit different from the normal students. I looked around the class for a seat, but the only one I could find was beside the girl, as the rest were already taken by other students. I headed to the place and took my seat beside that girl, and she decided to hold a conversation with me out of boredom. She introduced herself as Ayumi Shinozaki, a 16-year-old, just like me, who was famous for her ghost stories, which explained why I saw an amount of candles inside her bag. Eventually, the bell rang, which meant that class was going to start. The other students of class 2-9 entered the class, eyeing the two of us, and then the assistant teacher entered, telling me to head to the front and introduce myself. I went in front and began to introduce myself. My name was Zoey Zeffrey, a 16-year-old just like Ayumi and some of the other students, and I was a little bit like Ayumi in my former school, famous, but for a different reason. I was well known throughout my former school for my positive aura and my motivational words. Everybody clapped their hands as I headed back to my place beside Ayumi.
My first day wasn't really eventful, except I was eventually known for my skill in mathematics and everybody started to ask me for the solutions when the teacher gave questions in mathematics class. I was really stressed, but Ayumi then ushered them all away. I really was thankful to Ayumi. If not for her, I would have been stressed for the whole day. Eventually, I found out that Ayumi lived in the same floor as me at my apartment. I always went to her house every night to have a chat with her about schoolwork and such. One day, after school, I started to feel a different emotion I have felt before. Love started taking over my head. I did like somebody from this school, who was Ayumi. She seemed different and unique from everybody else. She seemed more compatible to me than anybody. I then decided to talk to her that night. That night, I invited her to my house and I confessed my feelings towards her, to which she replied to, “I liked you too and I wanted to confess to you, but all the other girls confessed theirs to you and I never thought that you’d like me.” She went out of my apartment, and I celebrated in joy.
The next day, school went by like normal, and then I went back to my apartment, immediately going to my bedroom. I noticed a chess set that seemed out of place, and then I went to look at it, which was on my shelf. I removed the top layer of dust and I checked the names on it. I remember moving to this apartment 3 years ago, but this surprised me. Ayumi’s name was there and under it, there was a heart, then my name was there. When was this here? All of a sudden, I had a flashback. At my former house, when I was 12, I used to be very close friends with Ayumi. I knew that Ayumi could sense ghosts already since she told that secret to me that time. Then, I remembered Ayumi’s confession to me at that time. Then, I remembered Ayumi have a sleepover at my former house with me. I realized Ayumi used to like me back then, and I felt the same thing to her. I wanted to show her the chess set, the only thing that could prove the fact that I used to be friends with Ayumi. That night, I went to Ayumi’s house with the chess set and I showed it to her. She had the same flashback and she smiled to me, then unexpectedly hugged me, and said, “Thanks for staying beside me after 4 years of separation. I really forgot you in those four years. I promise I’ll make it up to you. The fun times we had are still memories in our head. We’re always friends as long as those memories exist.” I hugged her back, and smiled as a few tears came out from my eyes.
Two to three weeks later, Kisaragi Academy hosted its own Cultural Festival for the third year or so. Ayumi decided to stay and take care of 2-9’s stall, while the rest of us decided to go out and have some fun around the other stalls. As I was enjoying and having fun around, I got a text message from Mayu. She told me that this was her final day at Kisaragi Academy, and she asked me for advice. She was at the area where the drama club had their meetings, and she told me to be quick. I took 30 seconds to get to where she was, and we sat there, talking for a while, before I told her to enjoy her final day and to not feel that sad. I had something planned for her after the cultural festival. She smiled and said thanks as she went out to enjoy her final day at Kisaragi Academy. After the whole Cultural Festival was over, which was at around 6:30 PM, I was left behind with seven of my friends, Seiko, Naomi, Mayu, Ayumi, Morishige, Satoshi and Yoshiki to clean up the mess that was once 2-9’s stall. I was a little bit annoyed, like the rest of us, that the students left us to clean up the whole mess. They should at least have helped to clean up, even though it was a little bit. Ayumi went to her bag and took out one of her scented strong-lighting colored candles and put it in the middle of the class. All of us quickly gathered around the candle and we got ready to here one of the many stories that Ayumi has to offer.
“Long ago, a nurse fell down the steps and fell to her death. Nevertheless however, she never felt that her death existed and continued roaming the school where Kisaragi Academy now stands on, Heavenly Host Elementary. It is rumored that whenever the clock hits 7, which is about right now, she will roam the halls then events and events will occur. Her presence begins with a large blackout that will start to lurk around the whole school, and then the doors would creak loudly turning even the bravest of them afraid. Then, she will come out with her rotten hand and say the question that people would ask. Remember, it’s already 7, which means her rounds have begun.”
The surroundings around us were dark, and the only thing giving us light was the candle. Satoshi, obviously the coward one, decided to do what he does, which is to squeal like a girl, making all of us laugh, but then, suddenly, the candle went out and it was almost pitch black. We all screamed, and then Yoshiki asked Ayumi to quit with the playing. She told him that it wasn't her who did it. I told everyone to stay quiet, and then we heard talking, as if somebody was speaking to us. Satoshi was the most cowardly of us all, so one of us decided to tell Satoshi to go and open the door, after asking him to compare his condition to the girls’ condition. He sighed, knowing he had no choice, went to open the door, when he felt a hand go on the door. He fell behind and the lights were turned on. A familiar face then walked in with a familiar. We all knew who it was. It was our assistant teacher, Ms. Yui. She laughed then said, “It takes a student to know the Seven Wonders of Kisaragi. I’m one, so it wouldn't hurt to try one out. Just look at Satoshi,” as she pointed to Satoshi, who was on the floor, scared. We laughed a little bit and we packed up to go back home. Then, Ms. Yui announced the arrival of another visitor. I wondered who it was. I thought for a while until a young girl, dressed in the Kisaragi Academy Junior High uniform, entered, holding an umbrella, and then giving it to Satoshi. We all stared at him, and then he introduced the girl as Yuka Mochida, his 14-year-old sister. We were surprised, since Satoshi never really told us of her.
Then, Ayumi took out a paper doll and asked to do a charm which she named, “The Friends Forever Charm”. It involved a two-step process. First of all, we had to recite a sentence, one per person, and then we had to tear the doll into ten pieces, since there were ten people who did the charm. We kept the pieces and we took a class photo of the eight of us as a memory together. All of a sudden, the ground began to shake, causing the ten of us to tumble. What was happening? Why is an earthquake occurring? Did we fail the charm? If we did fail, how did we fail? Then a giant hole appeared beneath where we were standing. This was not going to turn out well. I told Ayumi and Naomi to hold on to my hands as we fell into the darkness.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
MY EPISODIC LIFE JOURNEY AT NATIONAL GIFTED CENTER, UKM 2014
STARS ARE BORN
My mother was so excited when the doctors confirmed that she was pregnant. The whole family was feeling joyous since the first child will come out soon. My mother started reading the Qur’an from Day 1 until the day I was born. My father read and was well-prepared emotionally and mentally to prepare for the coming of me. After twenty-one weeks of pregnancy, the O&G doctor, Dato' Dr. Norleen confirmed that a baby boy was going to come out.
My family hosted a thanksgiving ceremony (kenduri kesyukuran) and a thankful prayer (doa selamat) and discussed the name of the baby boy. There were three proposals for the name of the baby boy. The first one was Ilham. The second one was Mohammad Ilhani Azman. The third one was Zoey Zeffrey Azman. The family, after a lengthy discussion, decided to name the baby Zoey Zeffrey Azman. It was a fuse between English, Arabic and the family surname. My father started writing a daily journal of the experience and recorded details of the pregnancy. It was a tradition of the family to record any meaningful experiences and important events in life, whether happy, sad, or joyous. I had the opportunity to read and share the facts into this assignment.
After forty weeks and three days, Dato’ Dr. Norleen advised my mother to undergo the induce process, since the pregnancy has already passed its due date. My mother was admitted to the Darul Ehsan Medical Center (DEMC) on the 17th of June 2002, which was a Monday. The induce process took the whole day and the following day, my mother started feeling the contraction. The midwife pushed my mother to the labour room at 11.00 a.m. Unfortunately, the process was not successful because the baby’s umbilical cord was strangled on the neck and the baby started to become weak. After a serious discussion, my parents decided to undergo the caesarian process and the doctors decided to conduct it after Maghrib prayer. I was born on the 18th of June 2002, Tuesday, 07:46 p.m. which is the 7th of Rabiulakhir 1423H. I am the eldest in my family. I am the first grandchild from my mother’s side.
I underwent a tahnik ceremony with the Zamzam water and dates by my uncle, al-Imam of the Puchong mosque, who I call Pak Ngah. He was the one who recited the Azan and the Iqamat, and the 4 Qul. Later, it was followed by my grandfather and finally my father. In my family tradition, the procedure of tahnik was given priority to the pious and the closest family members only. On the seventh day, my family held an aqiqah ceremony and the official name-giving ceremony, which gave me the name Zoey Zeffrey Azman bin Azman Mohamed.
The whole family loves to travel and explore the world. The family also loves to read. My father loves to read non-fictional novels and bibliographies and memoirs about Tun Dr. Mahathir, Lee Kuan Yew, Mathma Gandhi and Prophet Muhammad SAW. My mother loves fictional novels and her favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Sophia Kinsley, Jeffrey Archer and Stephanie Meyer. My brother Ryan and I like to read law novels like John Grisham and James Patterson and medical novels from authors such as Maria Stewarts and Tess Gerritsen, and other novels from authors like Enid Blyton. My family also loves to watch movies. We watch at least two movies a month. We also love music. My father loves the R&B genre and traditional music such as Zapin and Gambus (Aud). My mother choices are Rock and Ballad, I love Rock, Hip-hop, Jazz and Pop and my brother, Ryan loves Ballad and Pop.
I started reading at the age of 2 years old, and I recognized letters at the age of 18 months. I am the eldest in the family. My favorite colours are red and white. My favorite foods are spaghetti olio and spaghetti carbonara, and my favorite drink is iced tea. My favorite places to visit in Malaysia are Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang in Terengganu, Sipadan and Mabul in Sabah, and Tioman Island in Pahang. My favorite cities to visit are Singapore, London, and Bali in Indonesia. My hobbies are reading, playing computer games, especially Minecraft, playing the piano, and writing. My favorite number is 77, and my element under metaphysics is metal, and my zodiac is the Gemini. My Chinese zodiac is the Horse. My favorite sport is swimming, and I am a swimmer. I am glad that PERMATApintar’s swimming pool is almost complete for me to practice.
The whole family also loves to swim. I started learning to swim at the ripe age of 5 years at Supersharkz Swimming Club. I completed and I was awarded a certificate in swimming at the age of 6. I finished all strokes in about 6 months or so. My family swims at the Kuala Lumpur Aquatic Centre every Saturday. I also love island exploring, especially snorkeling and I wish that one day, I can learn to dive. I love the underwater world really much. My family and I have visited many islands ranging from the group of islands in Langkawi, to Pangkor, to Penang, to Pulau Kapas, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang, to Pulau Tioman, and ranging up to Sipadan and Mabul in Sabah, also going to Bali in Indonesia. My family also loves to go for holidays and exploring new places. We made a minimum point for vacation a year to an island, to the highlands and waterfalls, the cities and other countries.
My ambition is to become a cardio thoracic surgeon, as well as a writer. My closest and favorite cousin is Dr. Hasfaneza, she is a dermatologist has influenced me to become a doctor, and always took me to the hospital to have a view of medical practice work in the hospital. I was also influenced by one cardio thoracic surgeon, who treated my lovely Pak Ngah for his heart bypass. His name is Professor Datuk Dr. Jeffrey, and he was the head of the cardio thoracic at the University of Malaya Medical Center. I was also influenced by my father’s friend, Professor Datuk Dr. Izani Md Taib, and he is the head of the Cardio Thoracic Department at the IJN (Institut Jantung Negara).
My first formal education was at Tumbletots and Letterland at Subang Parade and Great Eastern. At this UK-based program school, I learned phonics and gymnastics. When I was one year and three months old, I became a blogger since I was three and a half under http://zoeyzeffrey.blogspot.com, which I still am an active blogger. Later, I pursued formal music classes at the Little Mozart at One Utama when I was four and a half years old. I learned classical music such as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin and Liszt. Later, I continued my musical studies at Yamaha Music School at Shah Alam and Ampang, where I majored in piano and vocals, focusing on contemporary music, such as Richard Clayderman and Kenny G. I passed my Grade 1 ABRSM at the age of 5, and currently, I am in Grade 6 piano.
When I was 5, I continued my primary level studies at SAYFOL International School, Ampang, KL until Grade 5. This is a British-based school. The most memorable experience I gained was when I learned literature since Grade 1, made by CJFallon. I remember that the first poem I memorized was titled Dustman.
Every Thursday morning
Before we’re quite awake,
Without the slightest warning
The house begins to shake
With a Biff! Bang!
Biff! Bang! Biff!
It’s the dustman, who begins
To empty all the bins
of their rubbish and their ash
With a Biff! Bang!
Biff! Bang! Bash!
Before we’re quite awake,
Without the slightest warning
The house begins to shake
With a Biff! Bang!
Biff! Bang! Biff!
It’s the dustman, who begins
To empty all the bins
of their rubbish and their ash
With a Biff! Bang!
Biff! Bang! Bash!
I was exposed to the world of English poetry and English literature such as the Narnia collection with the first book I read and studied in Grade 3 being The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. At SAYFOL, I was actively involved in the choir as my major, which I had an opportunity to join and attend the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) in Choral Assemble. At SAYFOL, I also learned and became fascinated in World History in the Ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greek civilization along with the Anglo-Saxon and Tudor history, which involved a king named Henry VIII. I also took part in the Science Exhibition and Competition, and my project was a giant dinosaur which took me about 2 weeks to complete. I also developed an interest in Science, since at SAYFOL; the syllabus is very lab-oriented. I always came out top in Mathematics, Science, History, English Language, and English Literature.
I wanted to really join the summer camp at PERMATApintar, called Program Perkhemahan Cuti Sekolah (PPCS), but the program interfered with my studies at SAYFOL. SAYFOL follows the British calendar, whereas PPCS followed the Malaysian school holidays. My family decided to then move me to another private school known as Stella Maris School, Ampang. Stella Maris follows the Malaysian and Singaporean syllabus, and has an added subject being English literature and Mandarin. I had a lot of dedicated mathematics teachers while I was at the school. The first teacher had a name of Mr. Teh. Mr. Teh thought me mathematics in the Malaysian, Singaporean and Australian syllabus. He told me that I had no limits in mathematics. He even guided me until the stage of PMR mathematics (Form 3). Mr. Teh is a 70-year-old mathematics teacher who has taught in many types of schools, varying from government schools, to international schools, then to private schools. The next teacher is Mr. Francis. He is celebrating his 61st year of teaching, and he is 81 years old right now. In Mr. Francis’s class, you can even hear a pin drop since his class is always very quiet. He comes from an old school of thought but he is very passionate in his teaching. Some of the teachers that teach are former retired headmasters or headmistresses of government schools. Most of the teacher’s ages nearly reach 60. They are very passionate in their teaching. Some teachers normally hang out at the canteen to help the weak students. I was interested in additional mathematics, and my family engaged a private tutor, named Cikgu Ahmad, to help me in my additional mathematics.
In Stella Maris, we celebrate all festivals every year, for example Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Chinese New Year. At Stella Maris, I understood the true meaning of unity. Unity is not the three races having teh tarik at a mamak stall, but to be one. The Chinese in Stella Maris total up to 70%, the Indians at 15%, and the Malays 10%. The weaknesses however is that the syllabus is too exam-oriented, and the rivalry between students is very competitive. Trying to get the best in subject during the prize-giving day is tough, requiring us to get around A+, which is 98 and above. For the year-end concert, however, everybody must take part in the performances, and there are no excuses accepted to not attend the concert or not perform except for health reasons. Everybody must take part and perform with no absences or no excuse. At Stella Maris also, I was very active in scouts, and I was often involved in the scout camps. I had collected 8 badges during my time at Stella Maris. We explore the jungle often, so we can understand nature more clearly. Normally, the whole school compound is our classroom. We are not only confined in the classroom, but we sometimes go outdoors too during class sessions. I also joined the choral speaking club, and I performed during the prize-giving cum year end concert.
Anyway, I couldn't tell them how much I felt, to say good bye to my friends even though my school life at Stella Maris was very short, being only 2 years. Frankly speaking, I wasn't really fighting with them for the first 3 months, but later, I became a new competitor at that school, especially in Mathematics, Science and English. What I couldn't forget was how I really struggled learning Bahasa Malaysia and my first year was really horrifying. After three months, I slowly caught up with my Bahasa Malaysia, although it tough, it was possible. I thought about the jokes, the laughs, the work, the friendship and the teachers. I could not deny that up till now, I still could not erase my good time at SAYFOL International School because that was my first school and I spent a longer time at that school. I had fun times with friends from all corners of the planet. Most of us aren't going to see each other very often. Many of them made my day. The dares and challenges. I had such a great year with them. I thank them so much for all their help. It really means a lot to me. I will face a new phase of life in UKM. It's quick. To my great teachers Mr. Teh, Pn. Effa, Pn. Nora, Mr. Francis, Pn. Rina, En. Jailani, Mr. Alex, Mrs. Chan, Ms. Anne, Pn. Sofea and the others, thank you very much. I love you all so much.
I had to quit at the end of 2013 and I was offered to study for the Foundation program at Kolej PERMATApintar Negara. I looked forward to getting a new set of friends and for achieving more brilliant things in life and I hoped the year ahead would bring me and all of my dear friends an even brighter future than we had in the past year. Also to all my friends of Stella Maris, I'm surely going to miss all of them. It has been such a blessed meeting with them and it has been an amazing journey being together for the last 2 years. Even though it was very short, but it still feels as if the two years of our friendship would continue forever. I hoped we all could meet up again in future functions. I’m looking back like its yesterday I stepped into Primary School. All the times that I've spent with my friends at SAYFOL International School, KL for 5 years from the year 2007 till 2011 (from the age of 5 till the age of 10) and later at Stella Maris Primary School, Ampang for 2 years from 2012 to 2013 were wonderful.
I then had the opportunity to join the first PPCS in the year 2012, when I was 10 years old. The program I attended was the Mathematical Reasoning (Penaakulan Mantik) program. That was the first experience I have ever had where I was away from home. The difficulties that I had were the language and my room placing at Za’aba. My room was on the second floor, but the rest of the Penaakulan Mantik students’ rooms were on the first floor, causing me a lot of trouble to figure out where the program was held. I was not that fluent in Malay at that time, also causing a big trouble to the other students to figure out what I was trying to tell them, since almost all of the Penaakulan Mantik students were Malays, and the minority of Chinese from the SJK(C), who also could not speak good English. The food also was very spicy and hot back then for me, which I had to adapt to. I missed my family very much, but fortunately my teacher, Cik Shamim, was very kind and spoke very good English. The program was in English and the explanations for those who understood Malay were given in Malay. After the second week, I was very happy and I began to enjoy the program and my new friends, who came from all over Malaysia. At the end of the program, I learned a lot from the classes, and I met a lot of new friends.
My second PPCS was on the following year, being 2013. The program that I enrolled in was the Invention (Rekacipta) course. I met some of my old friends from the previous PPCS along with some new ones. This time, I really enjoyed it from the first day. I was informed that in the year 2014, Program Pendidikan Kolej PERMATApintar was going to hold a new program, called the Foundation program, which was open for the students from PPCS of age 12-13. The requirement to enter the Foundation program was to pass the UKM3 exam, which was conducted during the PPCS itself. I passed the exam and I was offered to study at Pusat PERMATApintar Negara, UKM, under the Foundation program.
I finished my Qur’an reading (khatam al-Qur’an) at the age of 7 under the tutelage of my lovely auntie, Mak Ngah, and under the supervision of my late Pak Ngah, Al-Imam of the Puchong Mosque. I also was taught al-Qur’an by my father, mother, and my grandparents. My favorite subjects are Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and English Literature. At PERMATApintar, I like the subject of Philosophy, and Research Methodology.
My idol cum my mentor is my lovely uncle, Professor Dr. Azali Mohamad. He specializes in Econometric, and he obtained Professorship at the age of 41 years. He was a former ‘Timbalan Naib Chanselor Hal-Ehwal Pelajar’ at UPM and currently, he is the Vice Chancellor of Poly-MARA. He is an active academic writer, and wrote many journals, which were recited by many researchers. He advised me to be unique, and to distinguish me and other students.
THE JOURNEY TO PERMATAPINTAR
Time goes by so fast; 20th of January, 2014 was fast approaching and I would register for the Foundation Program, at Pusat PERMATApintar, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). I looked forward to a new chapter in my life’s transformation from my ordinary school life to a new campus life. I felt worried and uncertain. I remember going to the previous school and having fun with my dearest friends especially at SAYFOL International School and with teachers like Ms Sathy, Ms Halima and many more.
A week before to report for the Foundation program, I suffered dengue fever for the whole week. I was admitted to Ampang Puteri Hospital. I was very worried that I could not register for the program on the exact day. I was worried that I could not make it to the orientation week, which was very important to familiarize myself with the program, school and friends. I was actually feeling downbeat and worried. I really prayed hard for a speedy recovery. I was discharged from the hospital only two days prior the registration date. I really rushed when I packed my stuff and rushed to be ready for the day itself. I was given the key to room D17 and I found that my roommate was named Amirul Izani from Level 2. He was 16 years old and he comes from Seremban. He was previously in Sekolah Menengah Sains Teluk Intan (SEMESTI). He is very kind and helpful.
During the first week, I underwent through the orientation week. My group consisted of Jing Kai, Jivan, Murthadza, Syakir, Affeiq, and five others with Abang Hathim as our facilitator. The activities held during the orientation were many, but the ones that I had the best memory of was during the activity where we were asked to make a strong tower that could hold sheets of heavy paper up to 70, out of spaghetti sticks and marshmallows. I believed that the orientation week has achieved its main objective, which is to familiarize the students with one another and their surroundings. I had almost no problem to adapt and familiarize myself with the other students, since most of the students from the Reka Cipta program (RC) made it through into the program, such as Kamal, Nabil, Rawi, Izzati, Hakim and Izzudin. I was eventually placed in 1K3, and I had been informed that the class had been assigned according to the time of registration.
After the orientation week, I got a lung infection and high fever, and I was admitted to HUKM. I was given a medical leave for 2 weeks. I felt down because I was worried about my studies and co-curriculum activities. I also had to double up my efforts to catch up with the rest, and to complete outstanding assignments, which I had to do without attending class. I thanked Kamal and Nabil for informing my assignments, lessons, and activities to me through Facebook throughout the two weeks.
I was uncertain on what co-curriculum activity to choose since there was no proper briefing about the activities. I signed up for Archery as a sport, and for the uniformed club, I chose Bulan Sabit Merah, and later I changed it to the Mini Orchestra. For the academic club, I chose the Olympiad club, which they canceled, and I changed to Astronomy, and later changed to Toastmaster Club. I felt that the program was much unorganized, especially Archery, which always had a different schedule which clashed with other activities. For the Mini Orchestra, there was no trainer to teach the music instruments. Students had to learn on their own, and all students who took up Mini Orchestra knew how to play the instruments prior to the program itself. Therefore, the Mini Orchestra had no function and there was no Mini Orchestra ensemble. My piano skill became stagnant and had no ups or downs, since nobody could guide me in practice. Staying in the hostel, I could not go out to attend piano tuition. For my international language, I originally chose Korean, but a few days later, I immediately changed to French, for two reasons. The first is, I intend to study in the UK, and the second is, the French use the Roman letters, which is easy to familiarize with.
THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR
Most of the students come from the government public schools (SK), and many of them are not fluent in English, and Malay is their main language. Since I come from an international school and I come from an English-speaking family, it was quite hard to communicate informally with my peers. I was really determined to improve in the Malay language. That can be shown from my Bahasa Malaysia results from B+ for the 1st exam, A for the 2nd exam, and A+ for my 3rd exam. Through my observations, the Malays have a negative attitude to other Malays who speak in English. In reality, they want to hide their weakness in the English language. I underwent my first experience in bullying during class lessons, I had no choice but to inform the case to my father. Later on, I lodged an official CIMR report to Dr. Rorlinda (Head of Student Affairs).
In the month of February, PERMATApintar encountered its first water crisis for the year. It was a hard time for us to clean ourselves as well as to take wudhu’, but I was lucky that the administrators of PERMATApintar gave us permission to go home after class and come back before 7 a.m. on the following day. Hakim followed me to my house. We were very pleased that we could prepare our assignments and concentrated on our studies without having to look for water, therefore its saving time and hardship.
For the first month, we had no English instructor to teach us, but in February, a new English instructor came, and she was assigned as the homeroom teacher for 1K3 as well. Her name is Madam Diana, but we address her as Ms Dee. She graduated from a university in the United States. She is quite nice, and she came up with a new approach of teaching English to the Foundation students. For the first and second quarters of the year, Ms Dee assigned us to write a daily journal and to submit to her by Monday. I love to write, but she wanted me to express my feelings a little bit more in my journal. This is very effective in developing writing skills. Throughout the year, we had to come out with new ideas, such as my metal robot, which I had to make, and then explain thoroughly in class. Then, there’s the public speaking, which involves words and movement. There are also the parodies, which are roughly taken, or mostly taken from Frozen. Making the video was the first part of the nightmare, then there’s the editing process, which was hard. By the second semester, we had to review novels and articles, with dictionaries, sentences, and the actual reviews. I've been grouped in the ‘Advanced’ category, which uses a variety of tough-to-review novels, journals and articles. She also taught us to do poem writing and recitation, and then we had to present our original poems, with no duplicates allowed. I was very happy, because I had learned about poems since Primary 1 at SAYFOL International School. After the poem, there was the speech choir, and the girls were to face the boys. I had already downloaded a few videos, as well as the script to get my peers to fully understand the meaning of speech choir. The script for the speech choir was from the Malaysian champion which I did when I was at Stella Maris Primary School. By the end of the year, Ms Dee instructed us to organize class treasure hunts which were held on different days. In the way that Ms Dee teaches, it is very innovative and creative, and it is more current and appealing to the students. I hope that other instructors will come up with new and innovative techniques in teaching the Foundation students.
In March, there was an event that happened, where the airplane MH370 went missing at the South Indian Ocean, and even until now, it is still unable to be found, and in the month of July, another tragedy occurred. MH17 was shot down in Ukrainian territory by terrorists. I knew how the families felt, as well as how the crew members felt. One of my aunties, Mak Ngah, was a former MAS staff, and one of my father’s partner’s wife is a senior air stewardess, who changed shift with the ill-fated MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
On the 10th of March, I had my first exam, which lasted for two weeks. I had problems for a few subjects, especially subjects who were conducted in Bahasa Malaysia, such as Pengajian Agama Islam (PAI), Sejarah, and Bahasa Malaysia. I also had problems for Physics and Biology. All of the Mathematics and Science subjects were supposed to be conducted and taught in English, but many of the instructors conducted their classes in Malay. I was very happy that at the end of the year, I could speak and understand formal and informal Bahasa Malaysia. To master the language, we have to practice. My results for the first exam were not convincing. I obtained a low GPA of 3.27, and my ranking on the list was at the 17th position.
On the 13th of March 2014, my lovely brother celebrated his birthday without me. I was sad, because this was the first time that I could not attend my brother’s birthday. Sometimes, in life, we have to sacrifice for the better. On the 22nd of March, the Graduation Day celebration for the second batch of PERMATApintar students took place. I did not take part since I was not ready to join the Choir group, because my voice was still cracking (signs of puberty). I believe next year, I will be ready to join the choir group, since I have experience as a choir member in SAYFOL International School, and I had attended the Petronas Philharmonic Choral Ensemble.
On the 22nd of March to the 30th of March, the mid-semester holiday took place. I was very happy to go home and be with my family. I miss my piano very much, because at PERMATApintar, there is no teacher to guide me in my piano. The whole family went to Sunway Lagoon for a short holiday. First of all, I love adventure games, such as the ride of terror, Vuvuzela, which had a height of an 11-storey building. I do have a fear of heights, and I have not totally overcome it, but the Vuvuzela was a different story, and I had the courage to ride it and undergo a risk of falling down and hurting my face.
SECOND QUARTER OF THE YEAR
On the 31st of March, Pusat PERMATApintar reopened for the second half of the first semester. I was determined to improve my results for my studies, and finally, I had improved and my GPA for the second exam received a nice jump boost to 3.55. I was happy to finally receive my own uniform and attending the Monday assembly in uniformity for the whole PERMATApintar. All of the 4th batch students lined up at the multipurpose hall, in two days, to get their school uniforms. I feel proud to don the PERMATApintar uniform. We had a college explore race during the second quarter of the year. My team consisted of Izani, Murthadza, Galvin and a lot of others. It was a tough but interesting explore race. At one of the stations, my group had to eat a raw egg with mayonnaise and such. I decided to step up and do that challenge, and I turned out fine, but it was gross. My team got third place and I felt tired but happy that this explore race was held and I wished that the explore race would be held every year. I was very happy under the MPPTK led by Abang Achmad Bakthiar and Abang Amirul Ruzaini. Under this MPPTK, many events were held to unite the Pintarians and give those tips on how to lead and organize.
One of the memorable days in the second quarter of the year was on the 13th of April 2014, when Abang Achmad Bakhtiar @ Bakte joined me out for outing back to my house. Abang Achmad Bakhtiar is very close to my father. He always discussed and consulted my father for study advice and tips and ideas on how to lead his peers, especially the other Pintarians. He also shares the same ambition as me, which is to become a surgeon related to the heart. He wants to become a cardiologist specializing in cardio intervention, whereas I want to be a cardio thoracic surgeon. Abang Achmad Bakhtiar has a strong skill in writing in English as well as in Bahasa Malaysia. I also love writing, but only in English. I hope that one day; I would be able to publish my own novel. I had written numbers of incomplete short stories, and I hope that I would be able to finish all of them. Professor Datuk Dr. Noriah has spoken to my father that she would be willing to do a proof-reading and asked me to forward my stories to her once it was ready. My father taught him to cook simple dishes, like spaghetti olio, and simple Chinese fried rice, since Abang Bakhtiar was about to pursue his studies at Rutgers University, USA. After he left PERMATApintar, I was quite sad, like I lost a very good elder brother, but we still actively communicate through Facebook. His mother, Puan Saleha, is also close to my parents.
On the 27th of April 2014, I represented PERMATApintar for the Spell It Right (SIR), organized by RHB Bank and the NSTP (New Straits Times Press). It was held at Dewan Serbaguna, Politeknik Sultan Salahhuddin at Shah Alam. The exam was in written form. Jing Kai and I were placed under the Primary Level and there were more than 15 students who entered the Secondary Level. Jing Kai and I both made it into the top 100 in Selangor, and the top 100 competition was held later, in the month of July 2014. I also took part in the Purple Comet Mathematics Competition. My team consisted of Nabil and Afiq. I regretted not being in the same team as Jing Kai, but we were not really close friends during the first semester. Later on, in the second semester, Jing Kai became one of my closest friends. We share the same interest in mathematics, games, and music. He became my sparring partner in music, and we are really fluent in the same language, which is English. Finally, I found a friend which I can speak easily to.
Rawi is also my good friend, and although he does not speak really fluent English, he speaks English to me, and it is understandable, and I can practice my Bahasa Malaysia with him. Rawi and Jing Kai come to my room every night, and we eat Maggi Cup together, and we enjoy a little bit of drink. My family always stocks me up with milk, biscuits, and Maggi Cup, which I share with them. On the 1st of May, a friend of mine, Hakim, celebrated his birthday. His parents came all the way from Tangkak, with Bihun Sup and cakes. We had time together.
On the 5th of May, the nightmares came back once again, in the form of the second exam. Due to my experiences in the first exam, I became mature and I became more cautious during the second exam. I did more revisions, and finally, I improved my GPA, jumping it to 3.55. I was also happy that my Bahasa Malaysia results improved from B+ to A. On the 27th of May, the Level 2 students hosted a one-of-a-kind event named College Dinner. The theme used for the college dinner was the formal Black-Tie. My father bought me a new suit with a black bow tie and a white inner. I felt smart and formal in this event. Even my good friend, Galvin, decided to borrow my suit during a couple of occasions, including the photo shoot. At the end of the semester, this happened. It was fun, and I enjoyed the final moments of the first semester. Next semester, everything will change. Abang Izani will no longer be my roommate. My bed would be in a different room, in a different block. I would get a new roommate. That ends the first semester and the second quarter of the year.
During the semester break, I attended tuition at one of my cousins’ house. My cousin’s name is Kak Effa. She is a modern mathematics teacher at one boarding school in Sabak Bernam, Selangor. She is an expert in mathematics. I had reviewed the whole syllabus for Form 4 and Form 5. At the same time, I did revision in additional mathematics under the tutelage of my cousin’s top student, Muadz Zaki. He taught me easier concepts and techniques in approaching additional mathematics.
THIRD QUARTER OF THE YEAR – NEW MEMORIES
I had to report back to PERMATApintar on the 15th of June 2014. This time, I was assigned to a different room, which was at room C37. I liked the fact that, this room was at Block C, and my room faced the mini roundabout, which is the place where some of the people play football at. The WiFi frequency was also better as my room was relatively closer. My parents and I tidied up and decorated the room. This time, we chose green as the colour of the floor mat. During the first semester, I chose grey as the colour of the floor mat. I like to decorate my room, and my father is good in interior designing. My new roommate was Abang Muaz Mazlan,
Later on, by the end of June, an election was held. We had to stay up and we were instructed to attend manifesto campaign after prep classes at night. Most of the time, it finished at about 12:30 a.m. The candidates who stand for the post of MPPTK gave their manifestos and promises. On the Election Day, my roommate stood for the post of the MPP President. I have observed that most of the winners forgot their promises in their manifestos after they have been elected. They forgot what they were elected by. They were elected by the people, for the people.
I am of the opinion that they should appoint one of the Foundations to become a liaison, and later we have appointed our own leaders, Muaz Husaini and Fariha, to become our spokespersons. In my view, there are many things they can do for us, for example, for Exco Kebajikan, they could discuss with us on the menu at the Dining Hall. They should exclude menus which are less favorable to the majority. We are also facing the problem of communication. Our main communication is through Facebook, but Block D has WiFi problems, and some of the rooms in Block C also have WiFi problems. Therefore, we cannot access the Internet properly and safely.
A special moment came by in June. I went to Istana Budaya with my family and Jing Kai for the actual concert titled “Persahabatan Merentasi Generasi” by PERMATAseni. The distinguished guests were Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. Jing Kai and I were lucky enough to get a picture with Datin Seri Rosmah.
18th June came early. It was my birthday, but I was sad, because it was away from the family. My family came over to surprise me with a simple birthday bash. I celebrated it with my Foundation colleagues.
29th of June 2014 marked the beginning of the fasting month. The 1st of Ramadan fell on a Sunday, so the students were given permission to go home. I enjoyed the first Sahur and Iftar with my family. This was the first time I fasted away from my family. Sometimes, I miss my grandmother’s cooking and the moment with my family for Iftar. I did miss Sahur sometimes, but I managed to fast a full month without difficulty. Every weekend I was given the opportunity to go home and have an opportunity to do a tadarus with my grandfather. Co-curriculum went like usual. I had to attend Archery classes at the UKM field even on the fasting month. At my former school, all outdoor activities were canceled during the Ramadan month, and my old school was headed by a non-Muslim, but they are very tolerant to Muslims. I hope that the administrators of PERMATApintar are more caring towards the students, especially the Muslims, and not to organize any outdoor co-curriculum during Ramadan month. All of the students went back for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday for one week on the 25th of July. We had a khatam Al-Qur’an ceremony on the 23rd of July at the multipurpose hall before we disperse for holiday. All of us were allowed to wear any colour of baju melayu. I felt pleased and happy that this ceremony was successful. Before the whole college adjourned for the Hari Raya holiday, all of the PERMATApintar students did a ‘bersalam-salaman’ ceremony to forgive and forget (maaf zahir dan batin).
The 1st day of Aidilfitri was on the 28th of July. My family and celebrated our 1st and 2nd days of Raya at Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. My grandparents’ house was one kilometer away from my house. On the eve of Raya, I had a family gathering at my aunt’s house at Puchong from my father’s relatives. All of my father’s siblings live around Klang Valley. I ate a variety of foods from the Johor cuisine, since my dad is from Johor. On the 3rd and 4th days of Raya, my family and my grandparents went back to my grandmother’s hometown at Taiping, Perak, and later to my grandfather’s hometown in Sungai Petani, Kedah. At the end of the first week of Raya, my family went to my father’s hometown, in Johor Bahru and Muar, Johor.
During mid-July, I was chosen by Dr. Nor Sakinah to participate in the OMK (Olimpiad Matematik Kebangsaan) and PERMATApintar sent out about 60 candidates and the fees were fully paid by the college. I hope that I can pass and enter the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad) entrance exam.
In the early of August, the Toastmasters Club under Sister Arathi and Kak Rahazimah organized the Toastmaster’s Public Speaking Workshop from the 7th to the 9th of August. They taught us the basics of public speaking and how to prepare as well as the dos and don’ts during public speaking. I prepared two speeches for the second and third days, which were entitled Procrastination and the Wisdom of Youth. I enjoyed the workshop, and I hoped these types of programs would be held every year, because they really help me to improve in my confidence level. I have no problem in giving speeches in English, but I have to improve by gaining more confidence in giving speeches in Malay.
On the 16th of August, Ms Dee assigned us to do a video parody of Frozen, and assigned us into teams. My team consisted of me, Muaz Husaini, Hafiz, Athirah and Izi. My father helped to bring us to my house for the shooting. It was a success, and we finished by the end of the day, so my father took them back to PERMATApintar at about 7:30 p.m. My friends really enjoyed the shooting, and enjoyed the food cooked by my parents.
The nightmares came back for the third time in the form of the third exam, which lasted from the 18th to the 29th of August. I had a little drop in my GPA, from 3.55 to 3.52, which disappointed me, but my standing in Foundation jumped to the 11th place. I realized that everyone began to work harder, and I had to improve more and work harder for the final exam, which would be in the end of October and early of November.
August was known in Malaysia as the ‘Month of Independence (kemerdekaan)’. We, as Pintarians, and Malaysians, held our own Independence Day Festival and Program. At around the same time, the MPPTK organized a pesta pantun. They picked two teams from the Foundation, but both lost at the semifinals. They also held a drawing competition, which I was involved, but I was not chosen.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was introduced by Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, and it became one of the most viral phenomena in the year. I was challenged by a few of my friends from SAYFOL International School, so I had to do what I was being challenged. On the 22nd of August, I recorded a video of me doing the Ice Bucket Challenge at my house courtyard, and I published it on Facebook.
I reported out of PERMATApintar on the 13th of September 2014 for my 2nd mid-semester break. I spent my break studying additional mathematics and modern mathematics. The instructor for Mathematics, Miss Suzaina, has allowed me to sit for the trial SPM Modern Mathematics paper and Level 1 Additional Mathematics paper after the mid-semester break. That ends the 3rd quarter of the year.
FOURTH QUARTER OF THE YEAR – FINALE
On the 21st of September 2014, I reported once again back to PERMATApintar for the final quarter of the year. This time, everything stepped up a level. Everybody was trying harder for the final exam, and life was a little bit tougher, since the exam would cover a whole year’s worth of syllabus, so it was really stressful and pressurizing.
On the 25th and 26th of September 2014, two Archery classes on Thursday and Friday were conducted at 5.00 p.m. as the final classes of the year. I do not like to have co-curriculum activities on weekdays, as a student at the age of 12, and to have to attend class every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and later to have activities for Maghrib, ‘kuliah Maghrib’, and Isyak, also with night prep included, which finishes at 10:30 p.m., and with loads of assignments, and with 14 subjects to study, my life turned into a nightmare I always had every day. I hope the administrators of Kolej PERMATApintar Negara will take this factor into consideration, and not to change co-curriculum activities onto weekdays, and to stick to the schedule which is fixed during the early months of the year. Furthermore, as Foundation students, we must be given time to rest and play according to our age, and to not take Foundation and Level students as the same. If the kindergarten and primary school have facilities for us to rest and play, I hope that the administrators of Kolej PERMATApintar Negara shall think something up to accommodate the students of my age.
On the 26th September also, it stumbled upon Earth Hour Day, so the MPPTK thought up an idea to hold a Mid-Autumn Festival (Mooncake) in collabouration with Earth Hour. We switched off our lights at 9:50 p.m., and we headed to the multipurpose hall at 10 p.m. Along the way, the roads were lighted with scented candles, and so it was nice on the way to the dining hall. The importance of Mid-Autumn Festival (Mooncake) is, to understand other cultures in different ways, and to be more tolerant to one another, since Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-religion, and multi-ethnic country. We have to support our beloved Prime Minister’s campaign for the global community to be more moderate, or what we call, moderation.
On the 10th of October, which was Hari Raya Aidiladha, Jing Kai joined me back home for the Raya celebration. He also put on Baju Melayu, but we had his father’s permission. He seems comfortable in it, and he liked the Malay cuisine, especially chicken rendang. This is the process of understanding other cultures and to respect each other.
On the 17th and 18th of October, the PRS (Pembimbing Rakan Sebaya) held a camp. Its main objective was to improve the bonds between the Foundation students. All of us attended and had fun. On the 17th, the program started at 4:00 p.m, and finished at 12:00 midnight. On the following day, the program continued after co-curriculum activities, from 2:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight. There was a complaint by the Level 1 about somebody tampering with one of the fire extinguishers at the multipurpose hall during break time. Not all of us knew about that, definitely including me. The MTK has grounded all of the Foundation boys at the Bilik Gerakan. We were interrogated and later, one by one has been called who were interrogated to thing which unrelated to the fire extinguisher incident. We had been grounded until 3:00 a.m in the morning. The MPPTK cannot take an action on his own hand and that is the PERMATApintar’s administrator power and even shall be exercised after a proper CIMR and hearing being conducted for us to be given a chance to give our facts. This was totally an act of abuse power.
On the 21st of October, I woke up early for a program that was held by UKM, which the UKM in Space (UKM di Angkasa) program, at DECTAR. I went by bus, and it was a short trip to DECTAR. The special guests that were invited were four astronauts, and it was officiated by the ex-Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. It was an amazing day, and we went back in the afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The impact of the program was to build interest in children about astronomy and any discipline related to astrophysics.
The following day, I attended a workshop organized by Encik Zaidi named ‘Bengkel Kemahiran Belajar dan Persediaan untuk Peperiksaan’. I got a lot of tips from Encik Zaidi about effective studying and stress studying. One of them is, the brain is fresh from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. in the morning, so that is an effective to study. Another is, group studying is better than studying alone. By the end of October, Ms Dee decided to instruct us to organize our class treasure hunts for the other classes, and vice verse. The main objective is to use English more in daily situations, and overall, to build team spirit and have fun learning English.
The 1st of November then came. I was selected for the IMO entrance exam and it was nerve-wrecking and pressurizing, since the questions were little in number, but their standard was high. The night before, Encik Iqbal organized an IMO class before the exam, and the Foundations who were selected for the IMO exam on merit were, Jing Kai and I, but there were other students who entered on invitation. Only the top 200 from the 10000 candidates for OMK all over Malaysia were passed and being selected for the IMO entrance exam. I was proud to be in the top 200. Later, I passed the IMO entrance exam and I was in Top 60, but I was the only one who passed from PERMATApintar and became the sole representative of Kolej PERMATApintar. Being one of the Top 60 from all over Malaysia, I felt blessed and I was invited to join the 1st IMO camp, which would be held from the 20th to the 24th of December 2014. I also was invited for the IMO seminar on the 25th of November.
My final nightmare came back for the final time in the form of the final exam, which was held from the 27th of October until the 7th of November. It was even more pressurizing then the last one, because the exam covered the whole year’s studies, and it was stressing. At the same time too, Jing Kai and I were chosen to perform for the Nobelist Mindset Workshop opening ceremony. Every day, we would practice for an hour or so at the piano room. We had other things to focus on, such as the upcoming final exam, but in the end, it was a successful.
On the 14th of November, it was time for me to go. It was the end of the year, but eventually, I knew I had to return on the following day for the performance for the Nobelist Mindset Workshop opening ceremony. On the 18th of November, Jing Kai and I performed for the opening ceremony. It was a success, and we enjoyed the performance before our beloved patron, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. We performed four pieces; Fairy Tail Main Theme, Nostalgy, Ballad Pour Adeline, and Canon in D. It ran smoothly, and I was happy since there were no mistakes during the performance.
GOAL FOR 2015 AND MY VISION
1. My goal for 2015 is to get dean list, which is 3.67, for every exam. To reach my goal, I have to stop procrastinating, and to start studying harder and smarter. I also must reduce the time I spend for playing games.
2. My goal for 2015 is to get high carry marks for every assignment I do, and to submit every assignment on time.
Co-curriculum (Academic) Goals
My goal is to take part in many competitions as possible, such as:
1.1 International Mathematical Olympiad – my target is to be in the top 10, and to represent PERMATApintar and Malaysia
1.2 Kangaroo Mathematics Competition – to get a gold medal
1.3 Purple Comet – to team up with Jing Kai and Kai Yang, and to try to become the top 10
1.4 ICAS – to take part in ICAS English and Mathematics
1.5 Spell-It-Right – to become the top 10, and to become the representative of Selangor for the national level
1. To practice swimming, and to become a good swimmer in every stroke, and to represent PERMATApintar in the year 2016.
2. To enter the gymnasium more, and to reduce weight.
1. My goal is to become a fine pianist, and to show my talent and be involved in any event organized by PERMATApintar.
2. My goal is to join the Choir group and to contribute more to the Mini Orchestra.
1. To be more organized, and cleaner, especially in body hygiene and room condition.
2. To be more cautious when it comes to taking care of books and personal belongings.
3. To be involved in the college activities, especially in the Toastmasters club, and the Swimming club.
4. To be chosen as a student for the overseas Summer Camp, or short courses.
MY VISION OF LIFE
1. To be unique, and a polished student, as well as to get a scholarship to pursue my A Level at Bellerby College, in the United Kingdom, and later to pursue a degree in medicine at Oxford or Cambridge, in England, or St. Andrew University, in Scotland.
2. To publish my own English novel or a collection of short stories.
3. To be more pious to Allah s.w.t, and become a good son to my family.
4. To contribute in the conservation of the environment.