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.


Kindergarden
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

University
  • 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

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 'https://ipsis.uitm.edu.my/v2/'  [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! 💗

#TheStudyingCouple


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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

#MakanReview : Din by Din Tai Fung [KLCC]

I've seen A LOT of Din Tai Fung reviews over the years; and I always thought to myself; how amazing it would be if there's a halal version!

Well, say hello to the first and only no-pork, halal Din Tai Fung in Malaysia : DIN by Din Tai Fung.

It was very difficult to order because;

  • I know their portions are huge
  • We were only a party of 2 (me and N)
  • I wanted to try everything because it all looks delicious!

It the end, we settled for 3 dishes. And we were super full afterwards.

Din Tai Fung is very well known for its hand crafted Xiao Long Bao. It's basically a steamed bun, filled with meat and hot soup. Yeah. Soup!

We ordered the sambal chicken xiao long bao, hot sour noodle soup and shrimp fried rice.


RM15

Most excited for this but it came up short. Maybe because I had such high expectations?
These babies were supposed to be served hot. Piping hot!

But when we got ours, it was a bit warm with the upper part of the bun cold (uncooked).
I expected more!!


There's a specific way to eat Xiao Long Bao. I followed this guide but I prefer to eat it sans the sauces. Because the sambal inside the buns are flavorful enough. The sambal are truly the saving grace.

Rating : 3/5



RM27

A simple dish done right. I don't know what is it with Chinese restaurants, but they do amazing fried rice!! The portion is quite big too.

Rating : 4/5




RM24

This was surprisingly good! At first it tasted weird. But then all the flavors started to kick in! And if I'm not mistaken, the noodles are handmade. They are so fresh, glides down the throat. A must try dish, I would say!  

                                                                     Rating : 4.5/5



But the one thing that N kept raving about is their chili oil. These are AMAZING. I swear if they sell this by the jar, N would have bought a lot!

                                                                      Rating : 5/5


So will I come again? Definitely! So much more to try ❤
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Monday, 4 June 2018

#MakanReview : Sri Nirwana Maju [USJ9]

I think I just found the best halal banana leaf rice place in Klang Valley; which is not a surprise considering how famous the place is 💖

Sri Nirwana Maju has 2 branches; one in Bangsar and the other in USJ 9 (less congested area).


Banana Leaf Rice Set
  • The basic set is actually a vegetarian dish. Rice served on a banana leaf, with 3 vegetable dishes, papadum, fried salted chilli and curry/dhal
  • Curry - you can choose between the different type of curries they have [kuah sahaja]
  • Add on your protein! Mutton, chicken, fish, squid, prawn, you named it.
So we ordered 2 sets of banana leaf rice, fried squid and mutton varuval with mango lassi. 

Amergerd, everything was really really good [except for the mutton varuval].



Three types of vegetable.

The fried bitter gourd (red-scary-looking vege on the left) is to die for!
The other two; stir fried cabbage and cucumber yogurt salad are also good.



The whole course.

The fried squid was amazing! They fried it upon order.
Fresh and succulent. The portion is great, too.

Mutton varuval (dry curry) on the other hand, just mediocre.
Can skip that next time.

Already looking forward to the next meal here! ❤

Rating : 4.5/5 
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