Politics And Malaysian

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Politics is the last thing I wanna talk about as it will usually end up with a fight or bermasam muka and terasa, unless you have the same mind and opinion. That is what always happened when it comes to talking about politics. Yes, politics is important as what is a country without politics, right? But not every single thing we have to include politics in as certain issues or actions are better without politics. I'm not rooting any party as to be honest, I see more destruction than benefit on all sides, so basically, I'm rooting for those who I think s/he is right. Politics doesn't portray how the real Malaysia and Malaysians look like. Foreigners and outsiders will think Malaysians hate each other, races can't get united, and Malaysia is far from peace, but actually the real thing is, forget about the politics for a while and you can see the beauty of staying together, as Malaysians.

Why am I saying this? 
Because I witnessed the beauty with my own eyes. 

It happened when I was in Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS). While the bus hadn't arrived yet, I went to the toilet and waited for my turn. The toilet was full and there were a few people waiting for their turns as well. A toilet door was opened and a lady went out of the toilet. It was a Malay girl's turn to use the toilet. Instead of entering the toilet, she offered a Chinese old lady who was waiting for the other toilet to use the vacant toilet first. With a wide and bright smile, the elderly woman thanked her.

Then another toilet door was opened, and it was a Chinese girl's turn. An Indian girl was standing behind her. Out of the blue, the Chinese girl turned behind and offered a Malay lady to take her turn and enter the toilet. From behind, I couldn't see what was happening so I wonder why did the Chinese girl offer to a lady who looked young and healthy. Then main tolak tolak-- this Malay lady asked the Indian girl to enter first. I just watched them from behind. Both the Chinese and Indian girls kept insisting the Malay woman to enter first. Ended up, the Malay lady walked to the toilet and used it first. No wonder they gave up their turns for the woman, because she was pregnant.

So kind.

Another incident happened at my house. I'm living in a housing area where most of my neighbours are Chinese and Indian. I do have a Malay neighbour, but.. (krik krik). Anyway, there was one time my car's alarm rang from morning till night and we didn't know about it because all of us were not in our house at that time. At night, a Chinese old man came to my house when my ayah was about to enter the gate. He told ayah about how my car rang all day (mesti memekak kan haha) and he asked for my ayah's phone number, just in case the car's alarm rings again.

So prihatin.

My house gate had some problems. Gate dah lama, roda pun dah berkarat. My ayah told this problem to our Chinese neighbour who stays in front of our house. Guess what? He offered willingly to repair the wheels for us, just had to pay him RM50 and the wheels cost. He said because dia pun takde kerja kat rumah nanti so boleh lah tolong tukar kan. We were kinda touched with our neighbours' kind actions, sedangkan yang we expect never offers any help. Husnudzon. Dia tak perasan and memang tak campur orang. Yelah, takut campur orang cakap busybody pula kan. Manusia macam macam.

What I wanna say here is, we are the one who makes politics what it is, not politics makes us what we are. Politics is not there to shape you, to hate one another, to make you who you are supposed to be. Instead, you are the one who makes you as you. If you think that person doesn't have the same root as you, put aside politics for a while and start with topics like 'Gunung tu lawa jom pergi daki' or maybe 'Eh tahu tak ada mall baru buka?', or anything else that doesn't involve politics. To be honest, I don't really like when we talk about casual things and then someone brings up politics topics though s/he knows not everyone is on the same side as her/him.

Politics sometimes makes us think we can't be in peace. But the truth is, it is not. Let's be kind to each other, and dispose all dislike and hatred, as we are the one who portray what Malaysia is.

Stay together. As Malaysians.

JPA Dituduh Abai 119 Pelajar INTEC JPA

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Astro AWANI;

I saw this title on Facebook and instantly clicked on the video before reading the description. The video showed 2 guys telling the media that they felt cheated as JPA stopped their contract with them without giving a warning that they should at least get 9-11 points and kena sambung belajar dalam negara. Those who don't know might wonder what these points are all about, so lemme tell you that first. Points are entry scores that are used to apply for universities and colleges. 

Here's how they calculate the entry scores. 
A* = 5
A = 5
B = 4
C = 3
D = 2
E = 1
U = 0

That means the total maximum points that one could get is 15 points with either A*A*A* or AAA or mixture of A* and A. The total minimum points that JPA students (nowadays) should get is 9 points-- CCC or BCD or ADD because in the video itself they didn't mention they have to get at least CCC.

They accused JPA for not giving the proper instructions and didn't have the black and white of the decisions they made. Here's something to think about. If I'm not mistaken, only those who get straight As in SPM can apply for JPA/MARA for degree in overseas and before going to overseas, you will have to go through pre-university (A Level, IB, Foundation, etc) first and that means you have to work really hard before pursuing your degree in overseas. Getting a sponsorship doesn't give a guarantee that you would study abroad.

I'm not the right person to remind you guys that you should maintain your academic achievement even if you've already secured a scholarship because to be honest, yes, A Level, IB etc are not that easy, and I had a hard time to have that kind of result, though it wasn't straight A*. I'm here only to express my disappointment upon watching a video of a few students who complained they have to get 9 points but itu pun kena sambung in Malaysia.

The first thing is about 9 points. Maybe if you guys know what we faced during our time, then you'll be really grateful to have 9 points as the cut off point. 2 years back then when I just finished my A Level, we just knew that we were supposed to get at least 12 points or BBB. Some of my friends didn't meet the condition and unfortunately, JPA immediately stopped their contract with the students and they had to continue their undergraduate courses with their own money. There's also a friend of mine who got 13 POINTS, but still JPA stopped the contract. Why? Because he got 2As and a C. Yes, although his point score was higher than those who got 3Bs (12 points) but a C ruined everything and JPA withdrew the agreement that was already given to that boy. You're lucky if you get 9 points and can further your study in Malaysia.

And the next thing is about kena sambung belajar dalam negara. 

If you can't study abroad, does that mean your dream is ruined?
You can't achieve what you've longed for?
Is it wrong to study in this country?

I'd been in your shoes before and I know how does the cannot-study-abroad feel like. Even a lot of my friends also had undergone the same thing and some of them had a really tough time even worse than mine. A friend of mine got a placement for the Medicine course at Birmingham University in United Kingdom and he got 3A* 1A for his A Level result, but he couldn't study abroad (though dah turun naik JPA banyak kali) because the university was not in the JPA list for Medicine course. Awal-awal when we still couldn't really accept the fact that we had to study in Malaysia, we always argued among ourselves about the privilege that we should have gotten as some of us had a really good result in A Level, but then we remembered back ourselves, we chose this decision because we wanna study Medicine, though we got a few placements for UK universities but for different courses. We reminded each other, Alhamdulillah, at least we still can pursue our study in Medicine.

Talking about ulang alik naik JPA, I myself had to ulang alik naik not only to JPA, but also MARA, Irish University agent, Australian University agent, etc. There was a time my friend and I had to travel from Nilai to KL and stranded at that place for a few hours because we didn't know how to get a taxi as it was raining and there were hundreds of ulat sampah at the bus stop and some of them even fell off from the roof of the bus stop -.-

Maybe this is a part of your trials and tribulations before you get what you want. There's no such thing if you can't fly means you can't pursue your study and catch your dream. Unless, if your dream is to fly overseas, not pursue the degree you wanna graduate from.

Places To Eat & Visit In Penang (Day 3)

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

My laptop is broken down and currently being repaired. Luckily I have a very old PC at home, which I hated so much before because it's very slow and always lags haha. Okay, let's continue with the Penang food hunting journey, yeay!

Sabar jelah nak type pun lagging.. 

ASTAKA TAMAN TUN SARDON

It was our last day in Penang sobsob. We packed our things, checked out from the hotel and straight away went to Astaka Taman Tun Sardon for breakfast. In this area, there's a wet market and a food court. There are a few stalls, which sell a variety of food for breakfast. From kuih-muih, roti canai to even curry, soup, etc. They also have the famous serabai here. we bought 2 plates of serabai. I had eaten serabai a few times before. Serabai is like an apam but in a form of flat rounded shape and you eat it by dipping it into homemade kaya (sometimes with durian). Other than serabai, we also bought some kuih and 2 bowls of kuey teow soup.



I was really full and had to take away my kuih because I couldn't finish it. We went into the wet market to see how things go on in there. Usually I go to the wet market dengan t shirt tidur and seluar track, mesti orang cam pelik kan apa lah bebudak ni buat dalam pasar basah haha.



SNAKE TEMPLE

Our stomach needed time to settle down before eating another meal. We made our way to the Snake Temple. The Snake Temple was told to have a thousand of snakes when the owner first arrived there. Like other historical place, this temple also has its own story and history from where the name came from. Nowadays, because of constructions and new buildings, most of the snakes already ran away and only a few left in the snake breeding area. The snakes I saw were mostly brownish green in colour and they camouflaged themselves in the tree.



PENANG PERANAKAN MUSEUM

Another tourist attraction we went was Penang Peranakan Museum. Peranakan is basically a term for Baba and Nyonya generations. Most of them stay in Penang and also Melaka. Peranakan Museum is a huge mansion, formerly owned by a really rich man. Then they guy sold it to a company to be reconstructed and refurbished, and then it became a museum.








"Can I hold your dress?" -Tiara haha

We turned back to Little India, stopped by at Tajuddin Hussain to take away nasi kandar. Yelah, not every day you can eat nasi kandar in KL, plus nasi kandar in KL is not the same as in Penang, that's for sure. My friends bought nasi kandar for their families, while I.. hm family jauh kan so bungkus untuk diri sendiri jelah :'( hahah.

In Penang, Campbell Street is one of the busy streets (suasana 'hidup'), so we decided to take a look on how the street looks like because previously, we only managed to see the pintu gerbang. We parked our car in I-already-forgot-what-is-the-street-name and decided to go there on foot, with Google Maps as our guidance. Pusing punya pusing sesat pula.. About 1 hour of walking (if tak silap), baru lah nampak pintu gerbang. It was so tiring tak tipu, but satisfied because at least after a long walk we got to see the pintu gerbang haha. I went to a shop there and bought a t-shirt with shorts for Luqman. 


NASI KANDAR DIN JELUTONG

It was an exhausting walk and of course we were really hungry at that time, so we went to Nasi Kandar Din Jelutong for lunch, yeaarghhhh another nasi kandar! This time I had the nasi kandar with kuah campur campur. It was my first time though! Mmmm, not bad, delicious! Oh by the way, this restaurant is situated near Caltex. If you wanna go here, make sure you come early (around 12-1) because usually around 3 o'clock there's not much food anymore, unless if you're willing to wait until 5 o'clock when they have already cooked everything for dinner time. 




Penang is really a nice place to have a food hunting. I wish we had more days there so that we can even go to Bukit Bendera, Batu Ferringhi and visit other tourist attractions there.

Total expenditure: RM 400 per person

Some tips if you go with friends;
1. Chip in an amount of money and let someone hold it. Every time if you guys eat or buy the same thing, then everyone doesn't have to go to the counter to pay for it, only that person. 

2. YOLO do this and that, but make sure you have plans so that you won't get stuck in somewhere because you don't know where should you go.

3.  Bring extra clothes (a shirt and jeans are enough), in case you have last-minute-extended plan like us haha. 

I made a video for this trip, but I couldn't upload it on YouTube as they blocked my account because of copyright issues (guna lagu and I already gave credits actually), so I'm finding another alternative to upload it. Stay tuned guys hehe. 

End of Day 3.

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Places To Eat & Visit In Penang (Day 2)

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

It was the second day of our Penang food hunting mission, yeehaa! We checked out from the Gurney Hotel as for the second night we'd already booked a lower cost room in Love Lane. 

View from our room in Gurney Hotel


ROTI CANAI TRANSFER ROAD

What is Malaysian without nasi lemak or roti canai, right? Haha. One of the most famous roti canai is located at the Transfer Road. The usual roti canai is eaten with the simple curry or kuah dal, but this time we had the roti canai with chicken curry (I think) but not like the normal ones. The thin-and-garing roti canai dipped into the special kuah mmmmmm 'twas really delicious, the best roti canai I'd ever eaten so far! Typical Ardilla, one is never enough, I ordered another piece of roti canai hehe. 




Gambar for #Foodylla hehe

PENANG CENDOL 

It was time to have something that wasn't too heavy, so we went to Penang Road and found a cendol stall. We stopped by to try it and one by one commented how the cendol tasted. Dah macam pengkritik food dah haha. My friends didn't really like it-- it was just a normal cendol with nothing special in it, red beans, cendol and sweet corn, but for me, I think it reminded me of my nenek's cendol and that was what made it a bit special to me. Tetiba time tu rindu nenek punya cendol sobsob.



WHEELER'S CAFE

Just down the road in the Love Lane, near the hotel where we were supposed to check in, there's a cafe called Wheeler's Cafe. While waiting for the time to check in, we stopped by at the cafe and had some coffee to freshen up our body. Orang kata, mengopi sat. Not really a coffee lover, I think my coffee was really, really pahit though it was how a cup of coffee should taste like haha. I put a few packets of sugar and creamer, but nahh the taste was still the same. I should have bought like Tiara's because her coffee was sweet and not really coffee-ish, if I'm not mistaken it was caramel mo... okay forget it, I forgot its name haha.



Tiara's


UNIQUE PENANG ART GALLERY

Dah siap minum, poopoo apa semua kat cafe tu (MashaaAllah perangai haha), still got some time and to not wasting it, we entered the Unique Penang Art Gallery which is in the Love Lane as well. It is a shop where they sell painted postcard, but it's not like any other places that you buy a postcard, put a stamp and put in the mailbox. The unique thing about this shop is they provide a service to send postcards in the future! Ikr, it's cool! You pick a postcard, write everything you want in that postcard (they provide some colour pens and variety cute stamps), put back the postcard into its plastic and write when you wanna that postcard to be sent! Boleh lah tulis kat future self or best friends ke. Kalau tulis kat future husband bahaya sikit, mana tahu kalau jodoh dengan orang lain hmm this is awkward.. hahaha. While we were writing, the owner of the shop gave us some nutmeg juice (jus buah pala), yelah dari tadi muka kehulu kehilir mencari postcard hehe.



We checked into the Red Inn Hotel No 39 (not Red Inn Heritage Hotel or Red Inn Penang) and put our things inside the room. The Red Inn Hotel is a double storey shop lot with a reception on the lower floor and rooms on the first floor. To be honest, I think it is a really nice and comfortable place to stay, tilam takde lah sedap macam kat Gurney Hotel but okay lah with the price per night. This place consists of a few dormitories and very suitable if you stay with friends. We took a room with a private bathroom and 2 bunk beds, just nice for the 4 of us. Every bed has its own plug and lamp, that's the best thing about it hehe. We only had to pay around RM50 per night for this room!

Photo taken from Booking.com


Selfie satu saja nak tunjuk inai hehe.


PENANG CLAN JETTIES 

After praying and taking a short nap, the four of us packed our essential things and went to the Clan Jetties, which is located straight down from Lebuh Chulia. There used to be 7 jetties, but 1 had been destroyed by fire. Each jetty is named after a Chinese clan and these water villages have been there over a century! You have to be careful when walking on the lantai papan, though they're still strong, jangan lah pula duk berlari lari atas tu haha.









We moved on to Armenian Street aka Lebuh Armenian. I really love how they call Lebuh this Lebuh that because the only lebuh I knew before this was lebuhraya haha. At Armenian Street is where most of the street arts can be found. We parked our car (aceh sejak bila jadi 'our car' entah) at one place and then YOLO jalan kaki pi sana sini ikut google map haha. We passed by Masjid Kapitan Keling. Masjid Kapitan Keling was used to be the state mosque of Penang and it was named after the head of Indian Muslim community who lived there around 200 years ago. Oh yeah, before I forgot, we tried the famous ais kepal there! Susah rupanya nak makan ais kepal ni, siap sampai tertumpah tumpah. Try it if you come here, at least when someone asks you what is ais kepal then you know what it is.

Masjid Kapitan Keling



ICE KEPAL AT ARMENIAN STREET 


Nisa & ais kepal


PASEMBOR AT GURNEY DRIVE

Have you tried pasembor before? Pasembor is like a (fried) yongtaufoo without the soup or sauce + kuah rojak haha. We went to a pasembor stall in Gurney Drive. It was my first time trying pasembor and immediately fell in love on the first bite, but I dislike the telur sotong, ugh. The interesting part of this pasembor here is pakcik tu nyanyi siap pusing pusing time tengah prepare the pasembor! Haha comel je. Then, before having dinner (tak tahu lah pasembor ni nak kata makan apa), we shopped clothes in the Gurney Plaza first. I only packed clothes for one night, so nak tak nak kenalah beli.





TARAAAAA!

CHAR KUEY TEOW SANY, BAYAN LEPAS

My stomach was growling, telling me that it was hungry. Google showed us some of the best char kuey teow in Penang and we chose Char Kuey Teow Sany in Bayan Lepas. Nisa ordered the double char kuey teow, Tiara and Afar - the usual ones and I ordered the special char kuey teow (with extra prawns). The perks of having low peptide YY (which sends signal to the brain that you're already full and reduces one's appetite), I ordered another place of special char kuey teow haha.


We tried to find the roti kaya that we had yesternight but unfortunately, it wasn't there. Balik lah ke hotel dengan perasaan hampa tak dapat roti kaya :'( haha.

End of Day 2.

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