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30 September 2020

Adulthood

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Adulthood

 

When I was younger, I dreamed of getting older, being an adult, so that I can do anything and everything I want (I believe every child/teen wanted that freedom too). I wanted to grow up. I always thought that by the year of 25, I will have this type of car, this much of saving, and buy this kind of house. 


But now, I am 25 years old, the reality slapped me real hard. Waking up is always painful because I have to stop dreaming and go to work, haha. 25 is the weirdest phase of life (for now). In my opinion, 25 is the phase where you put the line between reality and expectation.


For me, everything has to be crystal clear and I expected an explanation for everything that had happened. But it wasn’t always like that. Sometimes, things didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. I have so many unanswered questions. But I realized, over time, life is not a race and being an adult is messy. No one ever told me that adulthood is boring and I’ve had ton of responsibilities cling to me for the rest of my life. 


One of the hardest truths I have to deal during adulthood, the people I looked up to, wasn’t who I had thought they were. They didn’t have it all working perfectly together. They’re just a messy, flawed person like me. Lesson learned, if you ever look at someone and think they have everything work perfectly together, they don’t. Everyone has their own perceptions and issues to deal with. They just didn’t tell you about it. Stop judging or assuming everything. You don’t know their inner struggles.


For those who are currently struggling the adulthood like me, I know it isn’t going to be easy. You will fall and stumble and you will hurt a lot. That’s adulthood. But everything will slowly fall into place. You will learn a lot of incredible new things, meet a lot of inspiring people, experience a lot of amazing moments, etc. Just keep going and have fun along the way.

18 September 2020

Things That I Love But Will Never Repurchase

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Things That I Love But Will Never Repurchase


I am sure everyone has their own experience about the things that they like, but for some reasons that things were not meant for them. These are some products that I really like, but does not work for me. It does not mean that the products listed below are bad products, it just not made for me T_T


Femme by BOSS

I swear I really like this perfume. Very beautiful scent. It smells sweet and fresh but so light. The initial scent was a strong floral but developed into soft and fresh scent during the dry down. Suitable to wear to go to formal event or for daily use. The only reason why I would never repurchase it — it does not worth the price. Bought it last 2 year at Sasa, RM200 for 75ml eau de parfum but it does not last long. The smell vanished after 3 – 4 hours. With that price range, of course I expected it to last longer than 8 hours. But nope, Meow by Katy Perry (which is way cheaper) can last longer than this perfume (for me). However, perfumes react differently on different people because of the body chemistry affect the way the perfume smells. If you want something that smell sweet and fresh, you should try this one. One of the floral perfumes that I really like. I wish it last longer on me.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer

I really really like this moisturizer. I have a very dry skin and this moisturizer works wonder on my skin. It doesn’t make my skin oily. The only thing that ruin everything, fragrance. I have a sensitive skin that can’t tolerate with fragrance in skincare/cosmetic. After more than one month of use, red-itchy rashes started to appear on my skin. If only they have the fragrance-free version, I will definitely buy it.


LANCÔME Tonique Confort

This was a blind buy. I bought something on Sephora and tried to add other things to my cart to get the free shipping. Read a lot of positive reviews about it so, I think I should give it a try. However, I forgot to check the ingredients. PARFUM. Same situation happened with Hydro Boost, after one week of use, that red-itchy rashes started to appear. I think the concentration of fragrance in this toner is quite high because the rashes appeared in short period of use compared to Hydro Boost. I like the texture and the feel it left on my face. It makes my skin softer and looks plump. But it’s a no for me. Luckily, I only buy the travel size which cost around RM50 – RM60. I gave it to my mother and my mother doesn’t like it because it makes her skin itchy (but no red rashes like mine). 


COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream

Another moisturizer that I really like but my skin doesn’t like it as much as I do. This moisturizer really helps to moisturize my skin. Plus, it also makes my acne scars faded. However, it makes my skin really oily. Especially when I woke up from sleep. So, it’s a no for me.


SOME BY MI Yuja Niacin Brightening Sleeping Mask

I really love this sleeping mask because it makes my dark circle and acne scars faded. It also moisturized my skin and make it softer. However, something is wrong with the ingredients of this product. It irritates my skin, causing red-itchy rashes to appear even on my neck. 


CLIO Nudism Velvetwear Cushion

One of my favorite cushion. Unfortunately, even the darkest shade can't fit with my skin tone. The cushion is very light, it feels like I wear nothing on my face. It doesn’t make my face looks oily, it was perfect. Except for the shade. The #05 Sand shade was made for someone with pink skin undertone, while mine was yellow. The other shade was too bright for me. For reference, I’m wearing shade 222 True Beige (Maybelline Fit Me foundation), G3 Golden Vanilla (L’oreal True Match cushion - discontinued) and 04 Deep (Super City Block BB Cushion - discontinued). 


I swear if all the products listed above were suitable for me, they would be on my forever repurchase list especially Femme and Tonique Confort. Sadly, I have to face the fact that we were not meant to be together T_T

31 December 2019

Page 365 of 365

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Page 365 of 365

"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one."
- Brad Paisley

We have finally reached the end of 2019. 2019 has been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs for me. The first 6 months, I'm struggling to finish my studies. If you read my previous post (2019), I told about my final year project, complaining about stuffs and yada yada.


On 29/10/2019, all the hard work, all the sacrifices, all the sleepless nights, struggles and downfalls for 4 wonderful years has been paid off! I'm officially graduated with Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Computing.

Alhamdulillah, I started my career as a software engineer on 01/08/2019, 2 months after I finished my final exam.

Thank you 2019. The end of the decade. I hope 2020 will be a great year for everyone. Happy New Year!

17 March 2019

Random Questions #2

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Random Questions #2

1. If you were home on a rainy Sunday afternoon, what movie would you most want to see?
Harry Potter series, The Twilight Saga, Me Before You, and so many more.

2. Where do you not mind waiting?
Airport? I'm an observant. It's interesting to wait at the airport, watching people and guessing which gate they will enter :)

3. Is there an app that you hate but use anyways?
Facebook! Ugh, why do lecturers have to update all kind of information on Facebook?

4.  Do you do dance crazy when no one is looking?
TELL ME WHO DOESN'T DO THIS? HAHAHAHA.

5. What are you freakishly bad at?
Makeup! I don't even know what foundation/lipstick shade that fits my skin tone. Makeup tutorial ALWAYS looks easy but it's A LIE! Hahahaha.
6. What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?
Watching horror movie at the cinema. Don't ask me why.

7. What’s a common thing that you think about when you’re alone?
My future. I'll always think about who I'll become in the next 5 - 10 years.

8. What is the most difficult challenge thus far in your life?
Currently, FYP2 :(

9. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Folding clothes! This explained why I hate packing, hehe.

10. What is the one food that you would never give up?
I love you, baby!


11. What would be harder for you, to tell someone you love them or that you do not love them back?
The second option. It's always hard for me to break someone's heart but I don't like giving fake hope.

12. When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
Drink coffee/hot chocolate while listening to music and reading novel/Wattpad.

13. Do you prefer mental or physical exercise?
In the current situation, I prefer to sleep T_T

14. Would you attend your ex's wedding?
Um, yes. Unless he's getting married to one of my friends.

15. What's the last song you listened to?
Bridges by Broods. This song means a lot to me :)

04 February 2019

2019

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2019

Happy new year everyone! Some people said January is a trial month. So, I have decided to celebrate new year on February. Haha, just kidding! I'm Ms. Always Late to The Party. 

It is already the second month of 2019 (and the second week of my semester 8). My last semester in UNIMAS, insyaAllah (pray for me, guys!). I have been very busy with my FYP right now. FYP IS NO JOKE! It turns my life upside down for last semester. I cried a lot because of it. I usually go 2-3 days without sleeping then sleep for a couple hours and the cycle keeps repeating until the end of the semester. There is a time I really worried about my mental health, but yay I survived my semester 7! I have become really emotional and sensitive because of FYP. I'm very sorry to everyone that I hurt before T_T

So, about my FYP, I am developing a village profiling system. Currently, most of the committee members of a village store the data and records of the villagers in a manual paper-based way that could lead to easy loss of information while trying to retrieve it. This type of data collection method is unnecessarily cumbersome and costly in terms of keeping and maintaining paper-based records. It is also inefficient in terms of time taken in retrieving data, as well as on the cost to manage and keeping masses of records. In short, this system tries to eliminate manual paper-based way data collection method by replacing it with computerised system. This system will manage and keep the data of the village and the villagers in a database system, so, it is easier to retrieve the data and can prevent the loss of information. This system also can help the committee members of the village to manage, update and monitor the activities in the village. 

As you know, FYP has 5 chapters which are Introduction, Literature Review, Requirement Analysis & Design, Implementation & Testing, and Conclusion & Future Work. I have done 3 chapters of my FYP during semester 7 and right now I'm struggling with the crucial part, implementation. Designing a system and dealing with the database is really tiring. I hope I will be able to finish this project before this April so I will have more time to do the correction (if needed).

So, here's the sneak peek of my semester 7. 


The last class of Multimodal Interaction  Technology with our happy go lucky Sir Jonathan!


Our happy faces before Data Mining presentation hahaha.


During filming our parody video, the task given for the elective course. Meet my new friends, (from left) Mira, Krystal, Su, and Issey. All of them were the first year students. I feel old, hahaha. Thank you guys for all your hard work and cooperation :)


The face you made when your friend come to your FYP presentation when you already told them DO NOT COME. Hahahahaha.


During my FYP presentation. Thank you, Amirul Hakim for the picture. I already told him do not come during my presentation. But he came, and he brought his friends! Duhh.


The happy faces after everyone finished the FYP presentation. Guess, which one is the lecturer? Hehe.


Self-reward before the final examination. The must visit place for every semester, Cendol Mami!


At Kuching International Airport before we go back home for our semester break.

Thank you guys for staying with me through ups and downs. Thank you for supporting me, I really appreciate it!

And here's some highlight of 2018:


14th April 2018, visited Mesra Home Ampang for a charity event. Excuse my puffy eyes, I cried a lot during this event. I remember the feeling want to go back home and hug my parents after I spent my whole day here.


8th June 2018, iftar with my colleagues. Meet Shera, the one who sat beside me at the office during my internship session. Started my internship session on 5th February 2018 and finished it on 21st July 2018.


12th August 2018, Adlina's wedding! Sorry, we kidnapped the bride to take this picture, hehe. She's my classmate/cousin. Congratulations girl!


13th October 2018, Aizzalina's graduation day! I am sorry for not being there with you on your big day. 


31st October 2018, Alya's graduation day! My first friend/roommate in UNIMAS. Congratulations girl, you made it!


Congratulations to Hanis and Siza too! I'm the shortest but the oldest among all of them, hahaha.

2018 has been a great year for me. So many amazing memories. I also put one check off on my wishlist, a car!

I hope everyone is doing well and Happy Chinese New Year! Sales everywhere, spend your money wisely guys, hehe. I'm going on hiatus mode again (read: FYP), so you're going to see my new post in the next 4-5 months, I guess?

21 November 2018

Unplanned

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Unplanned

So, she sat beside me during elective class this morning, and we learned about mass media (cinema was one of it). I was like "eh lamanya tak tengok wayang." and she replied "dah nangga (tengok) Fantastic Beast 2 ka? Mun (kalau) belum jomlah tengok sama-sama.". Long story short, we took the bus to Summer Mall after the class finished and watched Fantastic Beast 2 together!

I didn't expect I'll watch this movie with someone I barely know. We only meet during elective class (every Wednesday). This is so not me, haha.

Thanks for watching the movie with me, Mira! 4.5/5 stars for Fantastic Beast 2. I'm sorry, I'm a Potterhead so this going to be a biased review. THIS MOVIE IS AMAZING! Hehe. But, just like everyone else, I also confused about Professor McGonagall. How old is she actually? I thought the events of Fantastic Beast 2 happened before she was born and in this movie she already a professor at the Hogwarts? One of the reasons why I gave 4.5/5 stars. And, I hate the ending. I need Fantastic Beast 3!

08 September 2018

Playing Tourist

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Playing Tourist

Back to Sarawak as a final year student after 7 months and 26 days I'm staying at home (completing the internship session).


Did a part-time job after finished the internship because I'm bored and there's nothing to do at home other than house chores, and of course I want the moneyy! Hahaha. Meet Kak Ros, my supervisor. And thank you Madam for the cake. This picture was taken during my last day of work.

I've decided to go back one week earlier (before the classes start) to spend time together with my friends. We went to a few places around Kuching (and other areas too!) such as Jong's Crocodile Farm, The Borneo House Museum (3D Museum), Upside Down House, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, and Cultural Village (this is the second time I visited this place. It's quite famous among the tourists, you should really go there when you visit Sarawak!).

Warning: This is a very long post 😉

Our first destination on 06/09/2018 (exactly the next day after my friends and I arrived at Sarawak) was Mom's Laksa Kopitiam for breakfast.


One of the must-try-menu at Mom's Laksa Kopitiam, kacang pool! Don't expect us to have laksa during breakfast, haha! The price for this delicious kacang pool is RM6. This is my first time I eat kacang pool so, I don't know whether the price is reasonable or not compared to other places.

Next destination, Cultural Village.


One of my favorite pictures! Can you see Gunung Santubong behind us? The view is so breathtaking!


At the entrance of Cultural Village. Please bring your student card to enjoy cheaper ticket prices. The ticket price for an adult is RM50 but if you have a student card, you just need to pay RM15!


Please excuse my whatever face, this is outside of the Cultural Theatre which stages the daily cultural show performances. 


The a-little-bit-scary Bidayuh bamboo bridge.


Chinese Farm House.


Malay Town House.

There is a lot of attractions that you can see/visit other than that what I've mentioned above such as Iban Longhouse, Orang Ulu Longhouse, and Melanau Tall House. For more information, please visit: Sarawak Cultural Village.

Our next destination is Aek Neo at Kampung Buntal, which located not far from the Cultural Village. Actually, when we went back from the Cultural Village, we entered the wrong way and this is how we found this coconut shake stall. I could say that this is the best coconut shake in town! And it is very cheap! RM3.50 for this big cup with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and gula apong! You can never get this price in Selangor. Seriously. Even in pasar malam, they sell it at a higher price. The cheapest price of coconut shake in Selangor I've ever seen is RM4.


Oh, they make 3 types of coconut shake. Original, Oreo Coconut Shake and Mango Coconut Shake.



And this is our next destination. As usual, just flash your student card to enjoy 50% discounts on the ticket fares. You can give your camera/handphone to the staff to take your picture(s).






We went to Barok Village for dinner and ordered the famous Ayam Pansoh. It costs RM15, if I'm not mistaken. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures at the restaurant that we went for lunch and dinner.


What I'm doing when I'm not driving, hehe.


Jambatan Darul Hana, our last destination for the "Akak-akak FYP Jalan-jalan Sarawak" trip day 1.

Since we started our journey a bit late on 07/09/2018, we just went to McDonald's to have our breakfast (drive thru) then we went straight to Jong's Crocodile Farm.



At the entrance of Jong's Crocodile Farm. Oh, there's no discount for students here. Actually, there's a lot of animals you can see in this place such as peacock, binturong, python, different types of crocodile, Arapaima, etc.



That moment when the peacock silently refused to take pictures with me! BUT HE/SHE IS VERY WELL BEHAVE WHEN MY FRIENDS TAKE PICTURES WITH HE/SHE!


My friends were like "Dahlah takde bf, merak pun taknak dekat Farah" HAHAHAHA this is soooooo cruelllll!


The cute binturong.


Crocodile.


And another type of crocodile, hahaha there's so many types of the crocodile! I can't even remember one! 

Next stop is Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.


If you want to see orang utan closer, you should go here. The ticket price is only RM5. But I have to warn you, this is not a zoo. So, there are no fences and the orang utan can be aggressive if they think you have foods/drinks.   


The ranger gave the explanation to the visitors before we trekking through the jungle to the orang utan feeding platform.


Please bring insect repellent to avoid mosquito (and other insects) bites. 


We were lucky enough to see 4 orang utans, and this orang utan named Minah with her child returned back to the centre during the feeding time. This is a very rare opportunity since they may or may not show up during the feeding time. If they don't show up it is because they find enough food in the jungle or because of the weather (rainy).


Hi Minah!


At the entrance of The Borneo House Museum (3D Museum) which located not so far from the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.






And finally, the must-have picture at the Cat Monument, Kuching!




We went to MK Classico for dinner, quite pricey but worth every penny!



So, that's the end of our 2 days trip. I'm having so much fun, thanks to these girls!