One Life Ago: Other Stuff

[Part of the series of posts: One Life Ago]

There’s been quite a few other happening in the three weeks after SPM. For my own chronicling purposes, I’ll be writing about the slightly more mundane things here.

Just before SPM I got my driving license! Unfortunately SPM arrived and so did any hope of me driving. Well, after SPM my father let me drive his Golf GTI around, as long as he was sitting in the front seat. I’ll be frank, I was quite nervous at first because it’d been so long since I drove in the test, and a Golf is quite different from a Kancil. Like the indicator signals are on the left instead of the right, and the accelerator and brake pedals are about ten times more sensitive. I pity anyone who rode with me (that’s everyone in my family :/) that time, for they surely had a bumpy ride all over the place.

In those three weeks I drove around the neighbourhood. It’s liberating 8D. I finally got to drive myself, and that freedom is just exciting. Sadly now that I’m heading to the UK I can’t drive for two years until my ‘P’ license expires. Sigh.

My father was nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He didn’t win, the guy from Sapura Holdings (which is about 20 times bigger than every other company nominated) won, but at least I can tell everyone that my dad was one of five nominees for being awarded an award for being good at selling stuff. Datin Frieda, chairwoman of Cempaka Schools, was there for the woman Entrepreneur award and she won (the only other nominee owned a small textile company I think). Good for her :D

All dressed up :D
Time to go! It's a nice tuxedo.

My dad + his friends.

One funny story, only for those Cempakans who know what I’m talking about. Cempaka had at least two tables at the extremely formal dinner at the hotel, but everytime Datin Freida showed up on stage or on video, the adults at the tables would do the Tepuk Cempaka. It’s great to see the enthusiasm at such a formal occasion :) (Clap-clap clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap-clap-clap, clap-clap).

My family is soon moving to a new house! Currently I live in Duta Nusantara, a nice cosy gated community. We’ll soon be moving to a bungalow about 5 minutes away in Damansara Heights.  It’s so much bigger than my current house…

Funnily, it turns out that Datin Frieda owns the neighbouring house. I guess you never really escape from her.

I have a laptop now! 2.8 Ghz Intel Duo Core, 500GB HDD, 4GB RAM 15-inch Macbook Pro. It’s made of awesome and win.

Another story coming up: when my dad went to Bangsar Shopping Centre, he found out that a Apple store (Mac Studio) was opening there that day, so he booked the mine and my sister’s laptops there before the store actually opened. When we returned there at 2pm, the outside of the store was filled with people waiting in line for free iStuff. Then later the opening ceremony started for some reason, there was a lion dance before Christmas, since Chinese New Year is obviously nearby (2 months is near right?).

Now imagine the narrow corridors of BSC, with the really loud Chinese gongs they use for lion dances, and then remember all the people waiting for the store to open. Not fun, but we already booked the laptops so we had to wait. But the lion dance went on and on with no end in sight (much like this blogpost actually…) and after about half hour, one of the employees actually let us in to pick up laptops. This means that we were literally the first customers into the store, and best of all about a hundred people watched us go in, buy some computers, and leave before the opening ceremony finished. Probably the closest I have ever felt to being a celebrity.

(Boring technical stuff ahead)

Somehow they made a silly mistake and gave me OSX Leopard instead of Snow Leopard. Those idiots >:( So we had to go back and they actually gave me the upgrade CD, with no licensing limits on it. Hah! If anyone wants a free upgrade to Snow Leopard when I come back from the UK, tell me and I might be able to help :D

Also, my dad bought Windows 7, which after wrestling with video drivers for a while, finally managed to play TF2. I think my life is complete.

Fun Times

Sorry for neglecting this little blog. I’ve been busy/lazy, i.e. being myself, over the last 2 weeks.

SPM finished. Overall, I’d say that it was exactly as I expected, the hard papers being hard and the easy papers being easy. Only thing which surprised me was the difficulty of Add Maths paper 2 which was quite a bit tougher than I thought.

After SPM, here’s a chronicle of what happened:

Tuesday: Chemistry exams over! We went to 1 Utama to watch New Moon. I regret typing this; I suddenly remembered the really, really long 2 hours of the movie. New Moon is definitely a movie made literally just for teenage girls, and nobody else. People like me who go to watch cool vampires and werewolves to fight it out will just hate hate hate the way they make those scenes about 3 minutes long but somehow spin a lovey-dovey conversation to about 10 minutes. Mind-numbing.

8 of us watched the movie, then we met up with a bunch of other 5M students who also watched New Moon, but at the other cinema. We ate dinner at  Italliannies. Then we walked around the mall aimlessly.

Wednesday: Stuff happened. Lovely stuff.

Thursday: I got a hair cut, but otherwise, absolutely nothing happened. I wish this would happen more often.

Friday: At 6.30pm, I went to a college pre-departure briefing. I hoped to get some good info about the UK, but there was no time. I had to rush over to the Sime Darby Convention Centre at 8pm to receive an award (top scorer in Malaysia for a chemistry quiz :P. I don’t think I even remembered about the quiz until the day itself and I sure as hell didn’t study for it). Mr. Yow came too; I’ll repost two of my tweets to explain what happened:

Story me the night! Right now i’m heading to a chemistry awards night. Mr. Yow also invited. I just called him to ask him if he’s there yet.

He thought it was on the 19th. It’s fun to hear him suddenly panic when i told him it starts in about 15 minutes ^.^

Who calls an event "Malam Kimia"? It just sounds stupid.
Who calls an event "Malam Kimia"? It just sounds stupid.

The award came with a nice cert and RM200. Probably the best award I ever received because this one has money.

Then afterwards I had to go again to another function, this time a dinner party hosted by the EDGE. To make it short: It was funnier and better than I thought, and it ended at 11pm.

Saturday: Colleges and universities in the UK require that I take an English exam to test my m4d 3ngli5h 5k11lS. The one I sat was called the IELTS. It started at 8.45am. When my dad woke me up at 8.23am, I did this in 23 minutes:

  • Wake up and not feel groggy.
  • Brush my teeth.
  • Wash my hair which looked like a porcupine.
  • Look for my IELTS stuff.
  • Change clothes.
  • Run downstairs.
  • Get into the car while putting on my shoes.
  • Eat breakfast in the car.
  • Wait for the car to reach Corus Hotel in the middle of KL.
  • RUN to the hall.

I arrived at 8.45am and entered the hall at 8.46am. Any later and they wouldn’t have let me in.

The exam itself wasn’t hard at all.

After the exam, I came home. I did nothing the whole day and I’m pretty happy about that. Then I got bored and decided to update my blog.

Interesting, no?