Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Architectural Thesis

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Sunday, June 05, 2011

Diary of a Form 3 Kid

I was tidying and clearing junks in my room this afternoon and I stumbled across an old diary which I kept during my school days. It's not really a daily type of dairy but I would write/draw/scribble any rubbish inside. And to use it to cure my boredom when the teacher is teaching in front.

Here is a short recorded moments which I found on some pages. This was in Form 3 when we still had nothing much to worry but PMR.

27th July 2001
Today Shao Jin and Alvin Leong called each other stupid. Then I laughed when Shao Jin asked for his pen. One of my page from my maths book came out. Shao Jin sings like a frog. I look back on what I have written, and smiled. Shao Jin as usual copied my answers as I continued doing my questions. I’m so boring and blurred out… What is this question asking? I decided to call teacher. Mr Loo passed the class. Yes!! I finally did it… My class is so noisy! On my left, there is a bunch of guys talking about…VCD, girls etc. While the guy in front of me, Alex, keep walking around the class, talking and laughing with other friends and draw a picture on the white board. What is even worse, Sinnta is sleeping zzz… 3E is so boring…

SUDDENLY, Wei Hoong show teacher a handphone. Oh my God. That’s stupid, Wei Hoong. Teacher will report it to our class teacher. No, to Pn Ramah. No no, to Mr Loo and he is going to confiscate it. Again, this teacher JUST DON’T CARE, or in other term: ‘SLUMBER’

RING…! The bell has rang and the teacher is gone. The class is becoming noisier and noisier. Here comes Joel, He is asking for my telephone number. When I say ‘603’ he asked what’s that. Alex laughed at him and called him stupid. When I show this dairy to Alex. He laughed and gave me back the book.

Now what? Shao Jin is sleeping. Suddenly he woke up and said ‘Sarimah’. He doesn’t want to do the work which was given to him. Everybody is booking to go to the toilet when a car crash… teacher asked me to throw the rubbish but I ‘mubs’ lar… Everybody is talking crab..what is the answer for this stupid question. ‘Walanyeh’ comes out from Shin Keat mouth. And suddenly I heard about ‘cake’. Joel and Jian Fai talking about ‘cake’. And suddenly change to ‘banana’. Hey guys, you know what are they talking bout larr, right? On my front, there is a guy name Alex which is the ‘8 kong’ in the class. He always walking around and talking here and there to ‘find some business’ to do. But now, miracle, he just sitting there and do his homework. Everyone is so ‘serious’ doing their kefahaman. Take a look at Tuck Chun. Normally he’s always chit-chatting with Man Kiat. And now, both of them are thinking the question. Looks like they are preparing to score 7As in their PMR. Looks like the noise is starting again.. Shin Keat is asking stupid questions.. Alvin is asking me for answers. Alvin Leong…… What a ‘tut…’ ‘girl’.

Pn Jamilah say ‘kalau tidak ada pasang kipas cakap panas, sekarang ada kipas kata sejuk.’ Then Joel ask for PJ but teacher disallow. Shao Jin asking teacher to give answers…he’s bitting the pen and write the answers. Pn Sarah didn’t come. ‘Yes, yes……’ Everyone now is walking around Lup Kee said that ‘Guru ganti’ is Pn Ramah. Everyone is gathering at Perry's place when Joel passed the handphone to Galvin. It started to rain. Tho asks me for his liquid but it was in his bag. What a peaceful day. Jian Fai feel angry because Shao Jin conteng the paper he needed for the interact class. Actually, I also contect some. Kasihan Shao Jin.

3rd Oct 2001
13 days left to PMR. Now we are having Geography. Pn Siti is teaching but no one understands. Everybody is drowning and soo blur. Only Kee Guan is still aktif. Ying Khai shoots Tao Payoh and he scores. The bells rings, I wonder who’s coming in next?

A teacher comes in, when the class wants to greet her. She ask to hold on… and scold us!

4th Oct 2001
12 days left. 2 periods of PJ really is tiring… Now we are having a math test and that’s even worse. What’s next?! Oh no! Now we have KH test. The bell rings, it’s time for recess and after that, back to KH for more test. Ah finally the last 2 periods of the day but it is BM and Jamilah comes in. She asks us to use the book we bought by force. Alvin is really killing me. Such simple questions.

Ha! Ha! Ha! Actually I also know how to do the question that Alvin asked me. I just wanna ‘test’ him only. After that , Alex come and look at what I’ve written, he then laugh. Alex brought a bible to school, he show Collins and Sze Ping something in it. And there is something that he don’t want to show them. Still got what? About S2 (Siew Siew) one lorr.. Aiyah.. it’s so boring. Shao Jin suddenly ask me a question and then Wei Loong menyampuk. Celeka punya budak. Shao Jin is so irritating. I think I must split my table from his. What kind of polygon notes is this? Why is the time so slow. One of my notes is missing and Alvin asked me to ask Mr Lai to come for tuition 2-4. Alvin think he is so smart. He still asked questions! Ha! Ha! Ha! I gave this to Alvin to read. He laughed :D

5th Oct 2001
11 days left to the war – PMR. The war that we have to suffer for 4 fays and we took 3 years to plan the strategies. After this war, we’ll be free like a bird. Nelly said, we’ll be like a bird and we’ll only fly away.

11th Oct 2001
5 days left…

12th Oct 2001
PMR…4 days left

21th May 2002

Ah, what a high school life I had!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Cadet Pilot 1st Stage Assessment

TODAY is my exam day for the AirAsia cadet pilot assessment. I had a few hours of sleep the night before as I only reached home after midnight from Malacca. Managed to crawl out of the bed at 6.45am after several alarm snoozes and after a hot shower I prepared myself before leaving for the academy located at near the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).
The AirAsia Acedemy
By the time I arrived it was 8.05am. Many candidates were seen waiting outside the gate. I read through some notes for the last time before leaving the car. Out of the 69 person sitting for the exam, there are six females. I also recognized one air steward whom I saw during one of my AA flight, is taking the paper as well. I think he was one of the cabin crews trying their luck to become pilots.
Candidates waiting outside
Our first paper, English started at 9am, lasted for an hour before moving on to Physics and Maths. There are 30 minutes break between every paper. During that time, you can see some really semangat people still holding their books, memorizing every single formula into their head. Madness.
The main lobby
The test is not difficult as I thought would be and I’m glad I did not study much. Some questions are pretty straight forward. Though, there are a few who do not have answers. They said it meant to be like that. Catchy one! Among the panels in the hall that I could recalled were Alan, Selva, Najib and Captain Feavin. Not sure of their position though.
Cafeteria where we had break and lunch
However, the last paper, IQ was quite a tough one. Lots of complex calculation and questions involving layers of cracking and understanding. Like Inception. I am only able to answer like, five out of the 20 questions. It was IQ anyway, there is nothing we could study.

Apart from the pool and the mock-up plane where they are used for training, I also saw several simulators of different aircraft inside the academy. Looks kinda cool!
There is a mock-up plane and pool
There are two friends which I got to know on that day, Harry and Mei Yin. So there were some chatting to keep us occupied before the papers. Harry took his SPM in 2009 and Mei Yin has just completed her SAM in Taylor’s College. I guess I’m one of the eldest among the candidates. By the way, Mei Yin’s father is a pilot in AirAsia. According to her, it was him who inspired her to become a pilot. Not forgetting her cool cockpit seat belts story.
With Harry and Mei Yin (hope I get the names correct)
Well, as told, we will get to know the results after two weeks via email and they will shortlist the number of candidates to 120 (out of 500) for the 2nd stage assessment. So…let’s see.
Will I be back again?

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Faculty Night 2011

Early this year, the student members of the Faculty of Built Environment decided to organize the first Faculty Night ever. Yes, usually we only have the Pre-graduation Night in our course but this is the first time we are doing it among the entire faculty, which consists of the Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Quantity Surve, Science Constructions and Architecture course students.
The theme for the night was Simple and Elegant. To begin with the ceremony, leaders from each different courses are called up the stage to pass over ‘a little something’ to the juniors. Most of them gave shirts which I think it's rather uncreative. Tiong, our representative, handed a big T-Square to our junior Levasko.
Officiating the night
The venue for the night was at Pulai Springs, the same place I had my Co-Q's Penampilan Diri test last time. During the registration, all of us were all given a random number along with a gift to be handed over to the person who is holding the same number. Kinda like an ice breaking game.
That is Choon Wah and the girl he found. Everybody was looking to their 'partner'.
And Jenny found the other half.
The partner that I found is a girl who is from the same hometown as Tiong, Sg. Petani. We greeted each other before I passed her the gift. And lucky enough, Sing Ning got back her own number. Therefore she didn't have to go around looking to people.

Throughout the dinner they were games and some performances from the juniors. Most of them are dancing and singing. *yawn* However, one of our junior did an amazing video introducing the seniors. At least our course is doing something different. Well done, Levasko!
Game session
The nominees of the faculty king and queen
During the dinner we were asked to vote for the Faculty King and Queen but the results was ridicolous. How could the nominees are not from the final year?! I can't even remember who is the King and Queen of the night. Nevermind not important. So when it was about the end, we all sneaked out the hall for some photo sessions. Here are some of the shots:
Female architects

After the night ended around 10pm but Tiong suggested we hit the club for second round since we were all in the mood and it's not easy we could gather together. All of us coudn't agree more so we headed to Cabana at The Zon.
That was when the real party started
Lastly, a group shot. We should do this more often.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Pilot vs Architect

EARLY of the month I was surfing AirAsia's website and I noticed they are recruiting for cadet pilot position. So without much hesitation I quickly sent an application with an attachment of my CV and SPM results. After that I didn't really put much hope in it as I am still one semester away in completing my degree.

It was until Jan 19th when David (who applied the cadet position too) informed me about receiving an email from AirAsia and so I checked my inbox.

In the email it is stated that I have to attend a Stage 1 exam which falls on the third day of CNY. The timing of the exam is already a test itself. There will be three papers to be assessed on that day: Maths, Physics and English.

So David and I have to flip back some SPM revision books to refresh our memories. It's been 7 years since we finished our Form 5. How to determine the force when a mass of 2kg falls from above with an acceleration of 5kgms2? And what is the calculation of an inverse matrics?

Ohm's Law, Snell's Law, Fleming's rule all those craps
From what I checked out in the forum, it shows that out of 3000+ application online, 700 were selected for the Stage 1 exam and out of the 700 candidates, only 20 pilots will be chosen in the end. Those selected will be sent to a flying academy in Canada for training earliest by April. Gosh, isn't that a bit too rush?

Nah anyway I'm just going to give it try. Besides, becoming a pilot was one of my dream and who knows, one day, I might be doing architecture in the sky. Haha.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ticket Finishing (Soon)!

SO I've finally made my booking for the upcoming MACC (Malaysian Association of Chinese Comedian) Chinese New Year show!

Supposedly I was hoping to get 2 tickets for the Jan 29th night show but as the position of the seats were quite limited, therefore I ended up getting the noon show at 3pm. This is the consequence of buying the ticket late.

The 9pm show: left those single seats at the end corner
 If you haven't get yourself a ticket, visit here to do so. Seats are very limited now. 

The comedy show will start today until the 29th, with Kuah Jenhan, Douglas Lim and Phoon Chi Ho as the jokers on stage. This will be my third time catching them perform after the Timeout Thursday show and the JB Art Festival.

Anyway, here is one of its commercial:

Know what? Jenhan is actually one of my junior from high school and Douglas was my friend's English language teacher in her school last time!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Social Network

I didn't know they were so many stories and conflicts behind the creation of Facebook until I watched 'The Social Network' last night. How it started from a Harvard University student network to a worldwide social network with 500 million active users today. In the show they probably speak a lot of computer language which I do not understand a single thing but nonetheless it is a great movie! Not to mention that Mark Zurkerberg (portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg) is a genius.

After watching the movie I sorta googled and read some of the information about the Facebook company and its co-founders. Hey, guess what? One of its office is in Selangor, Malaysia!!

Obsessed with Facebook

So are you obsessed with Facebook?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Southern Intergrated Terminal

LAST week I grabbed the opportunity to take the express bus back to Johor from the newly opened bus terminal at Bandar Tasik Selatan, named Southern Intergrated Terminal or Terminal Bersepadu Selatan It was not fully occupied as most of the bus companies were still 'hanging around' at the Bukit Jalil temporary terminal.
This new terminal consists of 5 level and the main lobby area is located on the third. From the papers, it is said that this building will be officially opened coming Feb 1st, together with the newly revamped bus terminal in Puduraya. This explain the emptiness of the terminal when I visited there.
As a transportation building, one of the most important element is the connectivity with other train and LRT lines. This terminal is connected to the KTM, LRT (Sri Petaling line) and ERL (KLIA Transit) via a pedestrian bridge. However a not very satisfying part is the lack of facilities to the disabled people on the LRT station.