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The Greatest Experience Part 2

This is a continuation from here.Β  As I’ve said, National Service has been one of the greatest experience that I ever had because of many events that happen in my life in just 3 months time in camp and often, it made me wonder, on how and why I DID NOT actually realized the most important person in my life.

But now, I could just… thank God that I do πŸ™‚ ! Because I realized who do I talk about all the time in camp, who is the one whom I miss the most, the one whom I first think of when I broke down and cried because I was so sad and most of all, the friends whom I have been thinking about. It amazed and surprised me in so many way on how, some friends that I wasn’t even close to or used to be close to, came into my mind :).

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The question that was commonly asked to me after knowing that I went for National Service was, “OH! How was it?!” And my answer is and will always be:

Great. It was one of the greatest experience in my whole lifetime. No doubt! I would encourage you to go for it if you are selected!

And NO, the answer of mine was not out of hypocrisy, in fact it is from my heart. I kept a diary when I was in camp for 3 months and I wrote down the every single day activities and happenings of my life. I just read it back a few days ago and haha, I was laughing and at some point, I could feel my anger building up again [and will elaborate more later πŸ™‚ promise!].

I promised my close friends to allow them to read it [in front of me that is] before I left for National Service and none of them have actually read it now. And now, do sit back and enjoy reading this post about my life in National Service for 3 months.

The blue pen ink stain.

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So what exactly do we do in camp? I know what’s on your mind! This one:

Yes, we have marching. But to be very honest, I’ve only marched as much as twice or thrice. Haha! Except for those who are selected for the inter-company marching competition of course :D.

In National Service, we attend classes. Specifically, Character BuildingΒ  [CB Class] classes and Kenegaraan [what do you call them in English?!] [KN Class]. I prefer Character Building over Kenegaraan anytime.

A teacher on a student’s lap πŸ™‚

In CB class, they taught us about ourselves and the people around us. They taught us how to bring out the best in ourselves and the best in others. In this class, you will find another side of yourself. This is when you realized that, what would you do when you do not have your family, friends and the people whom you know with you.

And most of all, it has brought out the best in ME and I have yet to bring out the best in others :), could someone just tell me if I did?

Cikgu Chong with Yee Ling and I.

In CB class, we have around 30+ students [depending on the number of people in the camp] and in the class, we are separated into a few groups. And every day, we will select a new leader for the group, so that each and everyone of us will have a chance to speak up in class.

And not only that, if you refuse to speak up, they will make sure that YOU DO :D. Haha! And I was one of them. It’s not that I don’t want to speak up la, but I actually had phobia of speaking in front people whom I do not know! I’m also afraid of saying stupid things you know.

I still remember the very first time I was called out in class by Cikgu Shah 1 in CB 4 to express my opinion about the class. I was so shock that I took a more than 30 seconds to stand up. When I was at the front, I was so nervous. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY!!! *Shrieks!*

My first favourite teacher, Cikgu Shah 1 and I on the last day of CB 4Β  πŸ˜€

Finally, I said whatever that came to my mind and I was expecting people to giggle and all [boring faces and yawns?], but surprisingly, they all clapped their hands and I was even told that I can speak very, very well! πŸ˜€ Hahaha!

So, what I’ve learnt from it is that, things are not as bad as it seems sometimes :).

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Do you know how in school where you are trying to explain yourself and your teacher just cut you off and will not let you say a single word anymore? Do you know how does that feels? And NO, I’m not kidding about this, but it has happened to me before.

When I was in Convent, I was not given a chance to speak up, to participate in any or whatever freaking competitions [Uhh have I?! Other than the Maths Quiz and the water rocket thingy?] and I was always shut down in Convent and I was ALWAYS the WRONG one :).

I didn’t know what are my abilities until I went for National Service. And NO, I’m not kidding you :).

In camp, we are taught to stand up for ourself, to be firm on what we believe and most of all, knowing when to be deaf to opinions. At least in camp, I know that I was not shut down and most of all, the teachers there showed us that each and everyone of us can speak up and have showed us the hidden talent in everyone of us :).

Saiful and I, emcee of the Malam Citra Puisi.

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As for Kenegaraan class, I won’t be writing about it too much as I don’t really like it =\. In fact, it’s really, reallyyyyyyyyy boringggg! -_____- The only fun part is the community service and it was a sad thing that we did not have the chance to visit the old folks home 😦 Sigh!

But, the best thing is that they brought us to the Sepang International Circuit [SIC][I’ve never been there before haha!], Jabatan Pertahanan and all, ok, don’t remember so much! =| But it was not too bad la overall :D.

L-R: Vinnie, Choo Sien, Me, Even

That’s us at SIC and do you know how much are the seats that we are sitting on! They cost RM500 per day for a seat!!! And I feel so lucky because I can sit on this RM500 per day seat for free hahaha! Somemore that day got this don’t know what motorbike performance, not bad .

Behind us was actually the rooms where VIP-s sit and watch the whole performance for RM1000Β  per day -.-”’ Tell you what, I would rather watch it on my black and white TV and use the RM1000 for shopping and I can buy at least 2 Guess handbags ok!

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This is Putrajaya πŸ™‚ ! I didn’t know that Putrajaya was that beautiful! Haha! They brought us to Putrajaya to watch this rakit competition which was REALLY boring but heck, the place is nice and we can chit chat and get free cakes somemore, so we don’t really mind the boredom and KENNETH KUAN, MAY I KNOW WHY ARE YOU SITTING SO FAR AWAY FROM ME!

After my dreading darurat I wanna come here and take photos! Ee Jane, Ai Leng, Ching Yin and Porkie! MAKE TIME FOR IT!!

The cream colour one is nice.

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We went camping too and I tried to help them to set up the tents but in the end they realized that I couldn’t set up a tent because I have NEVER went camping before and all of them had [Hahahahaha! I told you I avoided camps my whole life!!] and in the end, they appointed me as the AJK Makanan & Minuman and to snap photos =| Well, that’sΒ  much better I tell you haha! πŸ˜€

No, I don’t know anything about camping so don’t ask me =|.

But I helped to make lemang! It was my first time and it’s fun actually haha! πŸ˜€

Bamboos.

Nasi pulut, santan milk.

Close up of the nasi pulut πŸ˜€

Cooking the lemang.

Ta-daaaaa! πŸ˜€ Lemang = BEST!

I like this picture a lot! πŸ™‚ Taken by Michael Mok! πŸ˜€

I NEVER like camping and had never went for one as well and avoided it as much as I could. I hated camping!! =| You know why, because WHY SLEEP OUTDOORS WHEN YOU HAVE A SOFT BED INDOORS!!! >=(

And so, I kept on telling myself that I’m going to have backache, neck-ache and all when I woke up after sleeping in the tent and it turns up to be the other way round! πŸ™‚ I feel more refreshed instead haha! πŸ˜€ Sleeping outdoors was a whole new experience but still, I prefer sleeping on my bed =p.

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In camp, we have 4 teams, the A [Alpha], B [Bravo], C [Charlie] and D [Delta] team. I was in the Delta team and you see, even in camp I love Add Maths!! πŸ˜€ And for each team, we have our own motto, tepuk-tepuk sorakan [the best one of all!] and our very own flag to represent our team identity. And mind you, if you ever lost your team’s flag [misplacing the flag], you will definitely need to be very well prepared for the consequences.

The Alpha flag with the name Bahtera πŸ™‚

Bravo’s flag with the name Kesatria πŸ™‚ I love their flag the most of all! You should see when they are doing the presentation and the audience just WOW-ed the whole time πŸ™‚ They won the first place for the presentation anyway and they totally deserved it! πŸ™‚

Charlie’s team flag with the name Kesatria as well! Haha πŸ˜€

Delta’s flag with the name Sembilu. And it’s ugly. Yes it’s so ugly and don’t come and tell me that it’s nice. I know it’s my team’s flag but what the heck, it’s still ugly! -.-” And later on someone told me that Sembilu means dalam kesakitan like what the fall la wei -.-”’

Well, whoever idea was that of course :).

You will not like to see this situation. A flag missing simply means that a team is late or they lost their flag =|…

The pangkat-s emblem that the trainees with such rank have to wear on their shoulders and it means, the more lines you have on your emblem, the heavier is the responsiblity on your shoulder πŸ™‚ Rankings in the camp among the trainees:

Rank 1: Penghulu, Penghuluwati [Something like Head Prefect la]

Rank 2: Penolong Penghulu, Penolong Penghuluwati

Rank 3: IC Kompeni [Team Leader]

Rank 4: Penolong IC Kompeni

Rank 5: Ketua Dorm [Without an emblem πŸ™‚ ]

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We are also given a chance to join the RMAF Marathon Run and it was fun though I was running alone. NOOOOOO, actually I was with my friends and then there are too many people and then I walked too fast and was talking as well so I didn’t notice what’s going on la you know.

I only know that I’ve lost my friends when people are looking at me wondering why am I talking to myself while laughing -.-”’ So, now you know why my blog’s theme is Syiok Sendiri, because I happen to be just like that.

The starting point before I lost my friends =|.

After I err… lost them =|… And oh! We are running along the aircraft track by the way! πŸ™‚

So all the way I ran without my friends and I kept on walking/running while snapping photos [everyone was looking at me ’cause I still have time and mood for photos] and looking for people whom I know. And I met Kenneth the best friend and in the end I think either he ran faster than me or vice versa, don’t remember la =|

I tell you what, I was soooo excited when I saw the Mid Valley City signboard, I was thinking about running towards Mid Valley to walk around and then take the KTM home and… okay I’m just kidding :D…

BUT I JUST WISHED THAT I COULD SEE MID VALLEY!! =| And I know Kenneth loves Mid Valley cause he stays 5 minutes away from Mid Valley HAHAHA! πŸ˜€

Sponges, plastic bottles, paper cups.

WHEN I SAW THIS SIGN, I ALMOST FAINTED I TELL YOU! Because I remember that I heard that my category run was 10 km and when I saw this sign, I went like what the fall, 18 km!! Only to realize that it’s for another category =|

And I got number 113 out of thousands of participants in my category πŸ™‚ ! My friends whom I’ve lost reached 30 minutes later =p

MY MEDAL!!! Only top 225 get okay! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ !!! And it’s my first marathon run in my whole life!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ !!!

My precioussssssss! πŸ˜€

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We are given a chance to vote in the camp pilihan raya as well πŸ˜€ Trust me, it was fun and exciting! πŸ™‚ Haha! They put up a show everywhere with this orang gila [Seri!!] walking around, chasing after teachers [Oh goodness, anyone saw Cikgu Pet, Cikgu OUUTT and Cikgu Shah 1 running away! Hahaha!], gangsters and all, it was FUN! πŸ™‚

HAHAHA! RASUAH!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

GAYS! πŸ˜€ Hahaha! πŸ˜€

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The first time I saw this banner I was actually screaming in my heart! LOOK AT THE WORD PUISI!!! I was just like oh my gawd, PUISI?! KOMSAS? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!*Bawls* I’m here for a holiday vacation, not another shitty komsas session -_________-!!!

This is what everyone is doing when they have ceramah in the hall and the day where people actually recite puisi, sajak etc. It’s boring la ok. Sorry if this offended anyone of you =|.

But then, this puisi thingy that we expected to be shit boring turns up to be bloody hell of fun! πŸ˜€ You see, we are all seperated into groups and I ran out of my group to join the urus setia so that I don’t need to recite any puisi haha! πŸ˜€

Kenneth Kuan who is busy designing cards :). That’s how Kenneth and I started talking actually πŸ˜€ And he is the only friend whom I speak English to after Benjamin, Alloysius and Dinesh left :(.

His artwork :).

Kenneth and his masterpiece πŸ˜€

Close up of his masterpiece πŸ˜€

The 2nd masterpiece πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ !

We have the Malam Citra Puisi event in conjuction of this puisi-puisi thingy and the thing is, THIS EVENT IS FUN AND GREAT! The trainees were trained to perform the sajak πŸ™‚ And most of all, it shows the talent of many in acting, reciting sajak/puisi and the talent of all to work together and to make it happen πŸ™‚

Salim reciting the puisi/sajak πŸ™‚

Yin Lin during a practice. Yin Lin is a very beautiful and intelligent girl πŸ™‚ and probably one of the nicest and friendliest girl I’ve ever known πŸ˜€

Gays! πŸ˜€

Saiful and I as the emcee πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ It’s my first time as well haha! πŸ˜€

Some of my best friends: Li Mei, Yin Lin, Sook Yee [Bao Bei!! :D] and I πŸ˜€

Fiza, one of my best friend as well and I πŸ˜€

Shu Ping [Shopping] with her cute head band πŸ˜€ And she is SUPER SKINNY, yes skinnier than Ching Yin!!

3 of my favourite teachers who turned up that day: Cikgu Shawn, Cikgu Shah 1 and Cikgu Shah 2 and they are all not older than 25 years old πŸ˜€

Overall, it was a great and interesting event and it was not boring at all πŸ™‚ :D.

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Let me tell you what we dread the most, we dread marching and having our handphones collected back =| Every Saturday 5 pm, we are given back our handphone and the following day, at 9 pm, we have to hand in our phone =|

Yana, my team IC collecting the handphones.

Last minute phone calls. Still got 2 minutes to 9 pm what!

The handphones in the box. Can anyone spot my handphone strap?! No, NOT the blue colour Mickey Mouse one πŸ˜€

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They bring us to church and the temple every week according to your religion and one Wesak day, I went to the temple together with some other Christians because, there is food and our friends are going along, so why not πŸ˜€

The vegetarian food at the temple πŸ˜€ I love! ❀ πŸ˜€

The Buddhist and some sesat-ed Christians πŸ˜€

When we first reach the temple, they gave all of us colok and air bunga, Jessamine and I [two of the sesat-ed Christians] told them that we’ve already put the colok and taken the air bunga we are Christians =| and proceed to run away so that no one come thrusting yellow strings, colok-s and air bunga into our hands =|

We are very much relieved when CD told the person in charge that we are Christians -_- Aiyo, say la earlier then we don’t need to keep on rejecting their gifts =| We don’t mean it ah, sorry =|

The secret that we will keep for life :)…

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Now, some random photos with my friends and my camp πŸ˜€

This is Benjamin and I. Benjamin is one of the straight A’s scorer for SPM in our camp and he is a really lucky guy!! Let me tell you why! He was selected for JPA scholarship, UPU and even got the offer for matriculation! Sigh, he reminds me of Zaharah who was selected for everything as well [WOMAN! I HATE YOU!! 😦 ]

I just wish that… we had more conversations.

The decoration on our dorm wall πŸ˜€

Ice-cream on a hot sunny day πŸ™‚

Fiza’s hand and the can of Coca-cola with Cikgu Pet at the back πŸ˜€ Haha! Perfect! πŸ™‚

Cikgu Pet [another favourite teacher of mine! :D] and I after canoeing :D.

Jessamine and I πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

Jessamine, my first friend from Bintulu, Sarawak πŸ™‚ I will never forget how you phone me when I was writing my diary because you left your towel in the dorm haha! πŸ˜€

Morning jog πŸ˜€

The Tesco πŸ˜€ Haha, no la, koperasi but we all call it Tesco πŸ˜€

Dinner/Lunch!! πŸ˜€ Ayam masak merah, nasi tomato, acar, oranges! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ! Best food ever!!! πŸ˜€

When you have nothing better to do πŸ˜€

My dorm mates and I πŸ˜€ And till today, when I read back my diary, I can still feel some anger [as mentioned earlier on] because I remember how this story spinner in the dorm spins up so many stories about my friends and myself and how she spins so many stories in order to gain sympathy from teachers [Oh for heaven sake!] and how she fatt hau in front of the guys *pukes* and yea, no one likes her.

This is Roza! πŸ˜€ She is a really sweet girl with an amazing voice! πŸ™‚ She is extremely polite as well. Trust me, even when she’s angry, she’ll never shout at that person but to discuss the problem in a nice way that you simply cannot be angry with her at all! πŸ™‚

Lapangan sasar πŸ˜€ !

So, that’s all about my National Service experience! πŸ˜€ I hope you all didn’t fall asleep la *.* =D

National Service is indeed and has been one in a lifetime experience for me :), therefore, go with an open heart and mind and be sure to enjoy it πŸ™‚ :D.

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And this part of the post, is about the Christmas Eve meeting with my friends and we exchanged presents. You know what, we exchange presents by picking numbers and Ai Leng and I tertukar hadiah. Haiyo Ah Lui, see la, after cerai already only got FATE haha! πŸ˜€

Ai Leng and I wrapped each other present in the car in front of each other =|

Thank you Ai Leng for the lovely photo frame, I will definitely make good use of it by putting my prettiest photo πŸ˜€

And Meow, this is what I got πŸ˜€

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Ah Lui, this part of the post is for you! πŸ˜€ Since your new Ah Pa is Porkie, therefore, you MIGHT have a little bit of his characteristics =|.

Actually Porkie’s real name is Carson. The name Porkie was given by Ee Jane I think. Because Carson sounds like Parkson, then sounds like Pork San [God of Pork], then it was shorten to Porkie =|. That’s how he was called Porkie till now la.

If you want to know why you are easily stressed up, remember, you got the gene from him.

If you ever wonder why are you such a computer/internet addict and sit until so unlady like, remember, you INHERITED the gene from your new Daddy! =|

If you ever wonder why are you so vain that each time you saw a mirror, you must whip out your camera to snap a photo of yourself, remember, you got it from it from himΒ 

If you are wondering why are you such a procrastinator, nah, look at him, you got it from him .

And if you ever wonder why do you love sleeping so much, nah, this photo is the answer to it .

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And lastly, Happy New Year to everyone! πŸ˜€ Hope this isn’t too late eh? πŸ˜€ Haha !!

The Greatest Experience Ever Part 1

WHAT?! I am selected for National Service?! =O !!

The world is psycho.

I am dreaming.

OH MY GOD? ME?! =O !!!

This is sooooooooo not happening.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Yes, the above statements shows how I feel when I knew that I was selected for National Service. I was shock, that’s all; because I never expect myself to be selected. Especially when I got the news from Ee Jane through SMS when I was napping. Honestly, at that point of time, I was like OMGGGGGGGGG DON’T KIIIDDDD MEEEEEE!!! And I just know that everyone is going at laugh at me -_-. And here are the friends’ reactions when I told them that I’m selected for National Service.

Ching Yin: HAH?! What? You are selected?!

Ai Leng: WHYYYY?! I wanna gooooooooooo!

Zaharah: OMG?! YOU ARE SELECTED? SAM! YOU?! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Andy: Are you kidding?

Leon: Good… Good… Last time you laugh at me when I was selected for NS la, hahaha, now you kena balik. Hahaha.

Jeremy: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! DIE LA YOU!

Quinny: Not bad ma… Got free food lurh…. But you can survive there ah? Got no MSN wor.

Kay: *Points and laugh* Die la you! Kakaka, no Internet wei =p

Ivan: YOU? Don’t kid me.

Greg: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Buy maggi in boxes la you… Or else you will die wei :D.

Classmates in 5Z: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

-________- The reason why everyone laughed at me is because, everyone who knows me, knows that I can’t live without my computer, music and shopping malls. Going to National Service simply means leaving behind my computer, music and shopping mall. Honestly, at first, I didn’t know that if I could live without them and yea, my bolster and I’ve never been away for such a long time from my family. I didn’t know what to do but to just accept the fact that I’m 1 out of 110, 000 who was selected and I better be this lucky and luckier when I’m going for any interview/competition.

And everyone who knows Samantha, knows that if there’s any camp organized in school or anywhere else, she WILL NOT go and if she have to, she will send in a letter stating that she can’t attend. Yea, and she WILL NOT join any outdoor activities and she WILL NOT stand under the hot sun for more than 10 minutes. Everyone knows that she can’t survive without Internet, her bolster and her shopping mall. And now, she have to leave everything behind for 3 months.

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So on the 18th of March 2008, I left for my National Service. Yan Yee, my ex-classmate and schoolmate [ex and current] was with me in the bus. Well, at least I have someone that I know or else I’ll be very sesat [Quote Ee Jane: I confirm youΒ  memang sesat!].

This is Yan Yee. [Still single but taken by Ai Leng]

In the bus, I slept throughout the whole journey and all I knew was the road was lingkang-pukang till I had headache when I woke up =|… And I remembering telling Yan Yee what a kampung place is that camp and then I heard some people claiming that they saw cows and monkeys around -.-”’.On the very first day, we saw a squirrel and maklumlah, being orang yang tak pernah nampak squirrel running around, we went and said TUPAI until the person in charge was like ish, ish, ish, tak pernah tengok tupai ke.

So, I was placed in Delta company and Dorm 7. I went in the dorm and the moment I step in the dorm, I was greeted by some very friendly Malay girls and I was happy :). Before I came, I expect the toilet to be superΒ  duper disgusting and the dorm to be like err, a place where you don’t wanna live in! =| But then it all turns up to be the other way round and I was shocked!

The toilet.

This is where we wash our clothes.

My alternative place to bathe.

This is where I bathe everyday in camp.

The Toilet bowl [Hahahahahahaha!]

My dorm [Dorm 7]

My first friend ever in camp is Sook Yee [Ven] and woman, don’t you so remember the first 2 nights we spent together in camp!!! πŸ˜€ She is very nice to bully because she is very innocent and blur just like Zaharah πŸ˜€ Hahaha! πŸ˜€

This is Sook Yee and I. I called her Bao Bei all the time and all the time she’ll reply- bu yao jiao wo bao bei! [Hahaha!]

Liu Kee [Honey!!!]. Sam. Sook Yee [Bao Bei!!!]. The three of us are Pisces =p.

Fiza and Rain [Quote Rain: HAH! BETUL TU!!! MACAM MANA U TAU!] Okay, both of them are Scorpio =|.

Lee Mee, Yin Lin [Miss you woman! =( ], Sook Yee and I. πŸ˜€

In camp, I have the coolest trainers and teachers ever! You know why? Because they understand us and will listen to us [unlike the teachers in school who never give you a chance to explain yourself or even to let you finish up your explaination and then proceed to scream at you and jump straight into conclusion that you are wrong though you are not]. Not only that, my trainers and teachers let us do the coolest thing ever, to treat them like they are our siblings :).

Cikgu Shawn, Cikgu Shah 1, Cikgu Shah 2. Three of them are my favourite teachers! πŸ˜€

Cikgu Zua.

And my supermodel teacher, Cikgu Pet πŸ˜€

Pose #1

Pose #2

Pose #3

Breakdance πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Other than having cool trainers and teachers, we also have good food πŸ˜€

Every Friday morning breakfast :), roti canai kosong.

Everyday Sunday western style breakfast. Sorry, halfway eaten already =p.

My snack box.

Ah yes! We also have cool chairs for different occasions πŸ˜€

Bluish chairs for watching performances.

Pink chairs for normal days.

And okay, to everyone who saw me online when I was in camp, this is where I surf the net and send E-mails [HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Greg, don’t you just loveeeee my E-mail πŸ˜€ Can I please publish that E-mail?!]

Nah. Got PC and Internet one okay.

In camp, I was given many chance to do things that I’ve never did/never wanted to try outside.

Kayak-ing with Jessamine πŸ˜€

RMAF Marathon Run and that my camp commandant.

And I got number 113 and I even got a medal!!! πŸ˜€ Hehehe! Only top 225 get a medal okay! πŸ˜€ And I am number 113 out of thousand over participants =p

Jessamine and I making lemang. It was fun!!!

Emcee for Malam Citra Puisi πŸ™‚ Thank you Even, for holding my camera when I was busy πŸ˜€

Speaking in front of 400+ people πŸ™‚ Thank you Fiza for taking a photo of me unexpectedly! πŸ˜€

Last but not least, I’m still that crazy. So, don’t worry πŸ˜€

The things that we do in dorm when we are bored πŸ˜€

Happy Sunday afternoon πŸ˜€

Spiderman.

Superman!

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Bollywood dancers wannabe.

Last but not least, I miss the rising sun that I see every morning without fail.