Saturday, 3 November 2018

#MBAJourney : Mid Semester Pulse Check

Half way through the first semester and things are going great so far  😁
Just wanna share snippets of my #MBAJourney

Demographic (AA701 1A)
  • 12 students aged between 26 to late 30s
  • Diverse academic background (engineering, actuarial science, corporate admin, biotech etc)
  • Professional experience : private companies, public servant, self employed, on a career break

Course Structure

  • Modular system, each subject lasted for about 6 weeks including lecture, presentation, test and final exam. We didn't get to experience answering exams in proper exam halls tho.
  • Officially, the class schedule are : Saturday (9 to 1) and Sunday (2 to 6). Dependng on the lecturer, some prefer to combine the classes to become one full day of lecture.
  • We do have a slightly longer semester break compared to other students as EMBA students as we don't observe the study week / mid sem break. For us, it's back to back classes for 3-4 months. 

Course Structure for MBA program

Fee for the first semester is RM4,488

From the portal : Total fees for MBA program

However, I had a suspicion that it'll be more than RM20,000. Reason being, there are many other miscellaneous fees unaccounted for. Refer to the detailed fee information below;

I'm paying the fees using my EPF account. Applied for education withdrawal online (EPF's website), got a confirmation SMS, went to EPF branch to authenticate thumb print and voila. Settle! 

  • Will do a comprehensive summary of the first semester in December
  • Time management is super important as you need to attend lectures, prepare for presentation/assignments,  and study for exam all in 6 weeks. To complete the whole syllabus. But this fast paced environment is all I lived for 😎
  • It has been hectic. But worthwhile 


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Thursday, 1 November 2018

#MakanReview : Masita Steak House [Puncak Jalil]

This was an accidental find but we've been coming here for a few times now.

No frills, decent food, good service, relatively on the lower scale of price.

We've tried a few dishes so far and most of them are good (at this particular price point).

My top pick so far is their fish and chips, which was surprising since we ordered this just for the sake of it.

Fish & Chips
RM 9.80
I particularly enjoyed the dipping sauce and the crispiness of the fish. One thing that could be improved, I wish the fish flesh was 'thicker'.

Fried Rice Chicken Chop
I always prefer fried chicken chop compared to grilled chicken and chicken.

The chicken is big, juicy and crispy. But for the rice, I'm not a fan. It was a bit bland.
You will be better off ordering the Chicken Chop on it's own.

Lamb Chop
A bit on the fence for this one. The meat was a bit chewy, I suspected it was not cooked properly. But of course, I do not set high expectation for this price point.

So would I recommend this place?

Yes, if you live nearby and wanted to try a new place.
No, if you actually need to travel to come here.

*and oh! I love their fresh orange juice!

Till next time!
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Monday, 1 October 2018

Education Journey

Looking back at my whole education journey, I realized it has shaped me to become the person I am today.

Me and my family used to moved a lot when I was younger.

As a result, I got to be in different states, different schools and different environment all the time.

My formative years were spent here and my mom would swear this is the best pre-kindergarten in the world! Tadika Aishah in Kajang. Sadly it's no longer around.

I was not a grumpy kid! 
Interesting story : I was so excited for the photo shoot that I smiled - eagerly. The photographer kept asking me to smile less.  I remember he even came and smushed my cheeks together so I won't smile so wide.  I was a bit pissed. Hahaha 

Then I moved to Holy Family Kindergarden  which (interesting fact) was located in a church compound. The classes were in English and I had multi racial friends which btw I believe the best environment for your kids.

My mom was a big fan of this hideous hairstyle (sorry!) but it doesn't bother me much since I was a bit tomboy-ish. 

Primary School
  • SK Convent Kajang
  • SK Seri Mega OUG KL
  • SK Tanjung Mas, Pengkalan Chepa Kelantan
Some of my best memories were in Kelantan. Believe me, the teachers at rural school (okay, not so rural) but the teachers in Kelantan were something else. They REALLY helped the students; maybe due to the socio-economic landscape of the state. 

To motivate the students, they have mini award ceremonies for monthly test results. My parents don't even bother to come because it was so often 😂

I passed my PTS (Pentaksiran Tahap Satu) here, continuing the tradition of only 1 success story every year 😄 With that, I skipped directly to Standard 5. By then, I was every teachers' favorite student. Glory days. Haha

In 2001, my dad passed away, knowing her daughter got straight As for UPSR.

Secondary School
  • SM Sains Pasir Puteh, Kelantan
  • SMK Seksyen 1 Bandar Kinrara
  • SM Teknik (ERT) Setapak

  • UiTM Perak - Diploma in Accounting
  • UNITEN Pahang - Bachelor in Accounting
  • University of Applied Science Mainz, Germany - semester abroad
  • Unitar & KDU - ACCA
  • UiTM Shah Alam - MBA
At UiTM, I've made some of the best (and the worst) friends. I was young, and naive - was only 17 when I got into the institution. Nevertheless, I grew a lot in that period.

UiTM really appreciate the students! We had Dean's List Award ceremony (every semester) and numerous other events.

Most Active Student Award
Look at that chin 😂

I then did my degree at UNITEN as part of the scholarship agreement.

Not to forget, my YK gang; Anis & Aditiya (He took Engineering and graduated with 3.98 GPA despite always whining about his studies 😒)

For most of my tertiary education, I was fortunate enough to be sponsored.

I was under Skim Insentif Pelajar Cemerlang MAIWP for my diploma.
Then Yayasan Khazanah paid for my bachelor's degree and the semester abroad program.
My ACCA was sponsored by Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera.

MBA Registration Day

Now, who would like to sponsor me for my MBA? 😂

Such a good feeling going down memory lane
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Monday, 24 September 2018

KDU PAC Awards Day

Apparently, my ACCA journey is far from over 😂

A few weeks back, I was invited to the KDU PAC (Professional Accountancy Centre) Awards Day.

It was to recognize the top scorers for December '17 and June '18 exam and CAT students' graduation [Felt like my exam was ages ago].  They also invited me to be one of the speakers for alumni sharing session *honored*.

I personally felt this kind event is very important to boost the morale and motivation of the students.
Kudos to the team and it would be great to continue this in the future (this was their inaugural event).

N was there and naturally, he took hundreds of my photos 😂

I was the oldest on stage *cough*

Look mom, I've made it! 💖

*turns out my lecturer read my blog 😌

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Sunday, 12 August 2018

#MBAJourney : MBA Admission Process at UiTM

Officially a student again!!! 💖

I chose to pursue my postgraduate degree (MBA) at UiTM for several reasons.

  • Accredited by MQA, ABEST21, AACSB etc
  • ALL the academicians at the faculty are PhD holders 💫
  • The executive program requires at least 3 years working experience [better networking]
  • Weekend classes
  • Cheapest tuition fees for executive mode - RM20,000
  • And being a UiTM alumni personally, I know Business Faculties in UiTM are very good
  • Totally random and a very cool plus point: they provide lunch / tea break for the MBA students

There are 3 mode of studies for MBA here;
  • Full Time [classes on weekdays, preferably 1 year working experience]
  • Part Time [classes on Monday - Wednesday's evening, preferably 1 year working experience]
  • Executive Mode [classes on weekend, minimum 3 years working experience]

The admission process are as below;

  1. Go to any BSN branch and buy the application pin number (RM50)
  2. Apply online at ''  [There are 2 semesters per year; March & Sept]
  3. Print out the referee report form from Ipsis and asked 2 referees to fill it out for you [At least one of them must be an academic referee]
  4. Write an essay about yourself in 700 words; basically sharing about your personal life, academic and professional background
  5. Print out the filled application form and send it together with the completed referee report, autobiography essay, certified IC and transcript to the faculty.
  6. Wait for the SMS inviting you for the interview session (if you passed the initial screening)
  7. Attend the interview
  8. Checked the application status at Ipsis from time to time because you will not get notification on the result

Interview Session at AAGBS
Interviews are carried out at the faculties that you applied for and in my case it's at Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School. 

Signed the attendance and you'll be given the room number for interview later. 
Went to a classroom to do English assessment.

Basically, you need to choose one of the articles provided and write your thoughts on it in 35 minutes. I chose the article on sustainability.

Then, just wait in front of the interview room. It's on first come first serve basis. So if you finished the essay early, go straight to the interview room. I was the first one at the door. LOL

It was a group interview with a panel of interviewers. 
3 prospective students with 2 lecturers (Mine was Dr Arlinah and Dr Carol)

The questions asked were pretty basic, essentially they just want to gauge your motivation for pursuing MBA and whether you have the will power to go through it all. Studying part time poses a  different set of challenges altogether. [No general knowledge questions were asked]

A month later, I got the offer. 

Looking forward to the start of the semester! 
And oh, my husband will be my classmate! 💗


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