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*Spain-bound*

I have finally received the email from Beca MAEC-AECI (in other words, the Spanish govt).

Señorita Adelynne Ong has been accepted to receive the scholarship! :D

I will be going to Universidad de Granada in July for a summer course, to study Spanish and culture. The scholarship comes with 2,400 Euros and a medical insurance.

More information will come later.

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Christians – By Maya Angelou

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I’m not shouting, “I’m clean living’.”

I’m whispering, “I was lost,

Now I’m found and forgiven.”

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I don’t speak of this with pride.

I’m confessing that I stumble

and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I’m not trying to be strong.

I’m professing that I’m weak

And need His strength to carry on.

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I’m not bragging of success.

I’m admitting I have failed

And need God to clean my mess.

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I’m not claiming to be perfect,

My flaws are far too visible

But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I still feel the sting of pain.

I have my share of heartaches

So I call upon His name.

When I say… “I am a Christian”

I’m not holier than thou,

I’m just a simple sinner

Who received God’s good grace, somehow!

Share this with somebody who already has this understanding, as reinforcement. But more importantly, share this with those who do not have a clear understanding of what it means to be a Christian, so that the myth that Christians think they are “perfect” or “better than others” can be dispelled.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

P.S. Sorry for not posting for so long… Been up to my neck with work. :]

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*Clearing up the confusion*

As most of you will probably already have known, there exists a newspaper in USM called Berita Kampus. Unfortunately, many people do not know much about it and the people who produce it, only that it exists – nothing else, or perhaps little else. Which makes me grieved, as I’m a Berita Kampus journalist (said in a sad, albeit tickled, voice :P). So I am writing this post to clear up the confusion about Berita Kampus (BK) and try to include as many important details about it here. Read on!

[1.] BK is produced by all the Final Year Journalism students under the School of Communication as a laboratory newspaper (akhbar makmal).
[2.] It is produced EVERY YEAR, by a different batch of students, obviously.
[3.] There are six editions every semester, meaning there are 12 in the whole year.
[4.] It only costs RM0.50, so it is NOT free. (Receiving a free copy of BK under your Desa room door does not mean it is free – it’s really the unscrupulousness of some BK journalists.)
[5.] It is BI-WEEKLY – NOT weekly.
[6.] Last semester each BK was sold on every other Mondays. This semester, however, it will be sold on every other Wednesdays, for certain reasons.
[7.] The editorial board (sidang pengarang) for every BK is different because it is only fair that all of us are given a chance to hold posts.
[8.] And *that* is why the quality of every BK is different.
[9.] Not every BK journalist are given bylines (which are the names of the journalists who wrote a particular article) because it is up to the discretion of the Head Editor, and *that* is why you might not see the names of your friends (who are BK journalists) in that particular BK, though they did write something for it.
[10.] BKs are sold only at particular areas in USM because we have found that there are many places where BKs cannot be sold (due to lack of students at a particular time).

That’s all that I can think of, for now. When I have more things to write to clear up the confusion, I will write again.

To those who read BK faithfully (even though I admit and agree that not all editions of BK are superb, or even boring), THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Your encouragement makes us (especially me!) want to make BK better. I have two friends in the Engineering Campus who are faithful readers and supporters of BK, and I am indebted to them. :]

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*Stop, Look, Go*

Bittersweet feelings wash over me as I sat at PKA Bible Expo today. It’s the last BE for the semester! As people always say, time flies by like a bullet train. Or in the blink of an eye. Or whatever you want to compare it with-lah. Anyhow, I’m already halfway through my final year.

*Eyes pop wide*
I’ve only got one semester left!

I can still remember my first day in uni. Yeah, my FIRST DAY! I remember being with my mom and dad in the car, getting lost in USM because we weren’t familiar with the surroundings. Then, parking the car at Aman Damai. Then going through registration, and then, my parents leaving me in my dorm room. Everything’s clear. I can remember the not-so-nice food in Aman, the fire at the cafe, the long days of orientation, the first time I heard the USM song being sung, and my lovely roommates.

Now, I’ve completed 4.8 semesters, gone through two months of industrial training, gained many friends and also lost a few, learnt many things, cried many tears, laughed till sides ached, wrote and organized many Berita Kampus-es, was hurt as well as loved by people, learned to accept people, grew spiritually, shifted three times in three years, have had many housemates and roommates, and many more.

Lord, I am truly blessed beyond measure.

Today’s BE made me contemplate about this semester, and also contemplate about what my goals will be for next semester. Will I use it to the fullest? Will I waste it? Will I serve Him more? Will I run away? I can only hold on to God’s grace and wisdom and guidance even though I fall many times.

To my fellow JUDAHans (Cheryl, Justin, Sarah, Sadat, Sharon, Karen, Prisca, Pik Yee, Yin Kuan, Haan-Yu) – You guys have been a blessing. I know I’ve said this like a million times, but it’s true, that’s why it’s worth repeating. Thank you, especially Cheryl and Justin. :)

To my dear USM CG members (Ben, Cindy, Chin Lit, Mun Yee) – We’ve been through tough times, but God’s ALWAYS good. And I thank God for all of you.

To my BK-ers! :D You all have been amazing! Yes, we might have gotten at each’s throats and what-not, but still, we managed to come out with SIX BERITA KAMPUS-ES! :D That’s an achievement, people! Let’s keep up the good work, yeah?

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Stolen from Florence Toh’s blog

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It’s amazing how God made man, and so beautiful how he made woman!

Why did God create Woman from Man’s rib, when He could
have simply created her from dust, as He did Man? This
is a story that puts a beautiful touch on the
reasoning:

“When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke
them into being. When I created man, I formed him from
the dust of the Earth and breathed life into his
nostrils. But you, woman, I fashioned after I breathed
the breath of life into man because your nostrils are
too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him
so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you. Man
was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with
the creativity. From one bone I fashioned you. I chose
the bone that protects man’s life. I chose the rib,
which protects his heart and lungs and supports him,
as you are meant to do.”

“Around this one bone I shaped you. I modeled you. I
created you perfectly and beautifully. Your
characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate
and fragile. You provide protection for the most
delicate organ in man, his heart. His heart is the
center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of
life. The rib cage will allow itself to be broken
before it will allow damage to the heart. Support man
as the rib cage supports the body.”

“You were not taken from his feet, to be under him,
nor were you taken from his head, to be above him. You
were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be
held close to his side. You are my perfect angel. You
are my beautiful little girl. You have grown to be a
splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I
see the virtue in your heart. Your eyes: don’t change
them. Your lips: how lovely when they part in prayer.
Your nose so perfect in form, your hands so gentle to
touch. I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep;
I’ve held your heart close to mine. Of all that lives
and breathes, you are the most like me.”

“Adam walked with me in the cool of the day and yet he
was lonely. He could not see me or touch me. He could
only feel me. So everything I wanted Adam to share and
experience with me, I fashioned in you: my holiness,
my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and
support. You are special because you are the extension
of me.”

“Man represents my image, woman – my emotions.
Together, you represent the totality of God. So man:
treat woman well. Love her, respect her, for she is
fragile. In hurting her, you hurt me. What you do to
her, you do to me. In crushing her, you only damage
your own heart, the heart of your Father and the heart
of her Father. Woman, support man. In humility, show
him the power of emotion I have given you. In gentle
quietness show your strength. In love, show him that
you are the rib that protects his inner self.”

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*The end of one road*

After almost two months of internship in a popular English daily newspaper, I am at the end of one road in my life.

Let me try to answer some questions that crops up from this internship.

1. Have I learnt anything from it?
Yes, I can surely say that I have. I have learnt, things that pertain to journalism *of course*, but I have also learnt things that pertain to life in general. I have realised that I DO NOT like politics at all. No, not that ministerial type of politics, but office politics. Blah.

2. Would I want to return to the newspaper?
Yes and no. I would like to return to it, but not yet. :)

3. What are the things that I have done as part of my internship?
I have done so many things that I myself cannot remember all of em – meet ministers, meet CEOs, meet ordinary people with extraordinary characteristics/possessions/etc., write news and process press releases, interview people, caption pictures, do the weather, pick up phone calls and listen to crazy people complaining about everything, get to know my colleagues better, and a whole lot more.

4. How would I describe my internship, as succinctly as possible?
Stressful, interesting, exciting, dreary, tiring, and fun. :)

I am sad to be leaving, because even though the first few weeks were very tough, I am now enjoying my internship. But I am also happy to be leaving, because I think it's the end of one road for me, and time for me to continue the road that I have been on, which is my final year in university.

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