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.