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How To Drink

Well just pick up your drinks and CHUG THEM ALL!!!

Okay no, don’t do that unless you want to wake up in a random place surrounded by puke. Before I carry on, by now I’m sure you guys must know that I’m not talking about water; instead, the holy juice that is collected from our planets fermented products. This is for the alcoholics out there who just want a good time but end up in the opposite.

Prevention is better than cure, but to prevent we must understand the cause. So what causes nausea and other inconveniences to occur? When toxic substances enter your body, a signal is sent to the brain and that part of the brain sends back signals to remove the toxins in the form of vomiting it out. This process is pretty similar to what happens when we get food poisoning. Mainly, drinking alcohol in terms of amount or concentration causes major dehydration. I know it is odd that consuming more liquid makes you more dehydrated, but this is because alcohol suppresses the release of the hormone vasopressin, which normally replaces the water released by the kidneys back into the body. With the absence of vasopressin, that water is marked for the bladder and eliminated. Another dehydration effect is the inflammation of the stomach lining, which causes diarrhoea. Now that the causes have been stated, the prevention is pretty obvious… HYDRATE YO SELF! Pace your drinks well, with every shot balance it with water or even soft drinks. No, water will not slow down the effect of getting buzzed up (in case you’re worried about that). Don’t chug down glasses after another thinking that you are not getting buzzed because the effect would always come after a while. Also, you can slow down dehydration by snacking in the middle of your drinks to prevent the acid from building up in your stomach (This is vital for drinkers who has acidity or gas problems). Another few ways you can prevent your self from being nauseous is by sucking on lime or lemon; this will help refresh you. Stay awake! The amount of alcohol in your blood continues to rise even when you’re not drinking. That’s because alcohol in the digestive system carries on being absorbed into the bloodstream. Too much alcohol in the blood stops the body working properly. It is better to keep your self straight up.

This really doesn’t mean that you can’t have a wild night and that you won’t be able to caption your Instagram pictures as “blurry nights” because trust me, you’d probably still have a blurry night. This simply helps by preventing you from getting a shot at the nearest “kecemasan” to stop your crazy puking (not that I’ve gone through that :p). So most importantly, learn to enjoy the build-up! That way you won’t rush into getting burnt by tequila shots oozing down your throat and also stay alive and well throughout the night and the next day.

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Affordable Hacks For A Healthy Hair

Affordable Hacks For A Healthy Hair

If you’re reading this you’re probably a student (not making wild assumptions here but we are on a university website) who probably have issues up there. Before I start off, I just want to say that It’s completely normal guys and girls! It really is, I mean we all are probably too busy with our social lives, also our loaded assignments and studies that our hair is the least of our concern. Not to mention, that we agree to disagree that the water in this country (in a subtle context) gives us side effects. But not to worry, G is here to the rescue!

The Crazy Snowflakes

Nope, Not talking about actual cold snowflakes that you can use to build snowman’s but the flakes that grows on your hair. These flakes are formed by clumped up oils that forms in your head. There are a few reasons as to why these little annoying white guys appear which is normally due to an unsuitable hair shampoo, dirty sheets or surroundings, a not-so regular enough hair wash routine, a not-so proper hair wash routine and is also sometimes caused my hormonal changes or even stress! Besides me telling you to do the opposite of the problems mentioned above, as in wash your hair more regularly and properly, so on and so on. There are a few natural and affordable ways to get rid of it;

  • Lemon = Apply lemon juice to your scalp for an hour or so, wash your hair (if possible add lemon juice to the water as well) and don’t forget to scrub it properly and massage your scalp while you wash your hair.
  • Menthol Shampoos – Personally, Menthol shampoos always works for me, the minty sensation just refreshes and rejuvenates your scalp. And the after feeling is breezy too!
  • Baking Soda- This ingredient is used in a lot of home remedies when it comes to beauty, and yep it works for dandruff too! Just add a little baking soda with water or you could even mix it up with a little lemon juice and scrub your scalp softly. The scrubbing will remove flakes that stick onto your scalp. But remember to wash your hair intensely after, or else you’ll surely get rid of the flakes but replace it with baking flakes ( hehe).

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The Niagara Falls

Again, Not talking about the beautiful and iconic waterfall but instead it’s your beautiful hair shedding and thinning making you go crazy because there isn’t a day where you don’t spot a piece of your hair on your sheets. Hair fall is pretty normal, research says that it is normal for women or people with longer hair to shed about 100 pieces of hair a day. But sometimes it’s extensive to the point of insanity. I know the feeling, I’ve been there. Hairfall is caused by a lot of factors such as, again… Stress, hormonal changes, diet changes, unsuitable shampoo, too much heating tools used, excessive use of hair products and even your eating habits. A few ways to prevent it;

  • Get a haircut, and start fresh! Your scalp is probably too weak to withhold the length of your hair which brings me to the next point..
  • NUTRIENTS, NUTRIENTS, NUTRIENTS! I cannot stress anymore on how important nutrients are for the growth of your hair, nails and basically your immune systems! Eat your veggies guys! And do some research as to which food are nutritious enough to keep your hair healthy! Omega-3s really helps!
  • Oil your hair, this is a traditional remedy in many cultures. Use up coconut oil, castor oil and even almond oil for your hair. You can mix these oil with tea tree oil, heat up garlic with it or even onions! I know it’s going to stink but it helps! It really does.

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The French Fry

Yepp.. You guessed it! Oily hair! This is really normal when your hair is pretty sensitive and too smooth. Oily hair is mainly caused by dirt, dust and dirt! Other factors are similar to the ones mentioned above for the Niagara falls & the Snowflake. There are however, only two remedies that I’ve found helpful to fight off the fry!

  • Lemon Juice, helped for the snowflake, helps for this as well! The acid neutralizes the ph. of your hair that dries up the oil from it and gives a more voluminous look.
  • Baby powder, apply a little baby powder on your hair if you get too lazy to wash your hair. Baby powder can be used as a safer and softer alternative to dry shampoo.
  • And well, wash your hair regularly with cold water or room temperature water

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The Sahara Desert

Dried, sandy and lonely. Yes, this is for dried or damaged hair. This normally happens when you’ve excessively styled your hair with heating irons, hairdryers, hairsprays and other hair products or it can even be caused by an unsuitable shampoo. Here are some tips on fixing it:

  • Olive Oil & Coconut Oil, Slightly heat up the oil and massage your scalp and hair with it before you take it for a wash. Leave it for a couple of hours or for best results leave it over night.
  • Yogurt, Plain yogurts when applied to hair before wash gives out a really smooth after effect.
  • Some also suggest applying butter to your hair, although I’m not sure of the results it is recommended in articles.
  • Aloe Vera, This is also a traditional method which requires taking off an aloe plant and scraping the gooey juice on to your hair, if you want to be slightly more convenient then just get aloe juice or gel which also is an alternative!

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Besides all the tips mentioned above, I must emphasize that it is much safer and less damaging if you wash your hair with cold or room temperature water. Hot and warm water tends to make hair more brittle as pores open up. These remedies will only help if you do it daily or every alternate days for visible results. And also don’t forget to let your hair breath, open it up and fault it, let some O2 travel through your pores. Stay stress free & if you have extreme hair problems then it would be best if you consult it with a professional. Hopefully, your hair would be as healthy and as flawless as hair shampoo advertisements on television! Stay tuned for more tips and tricks with G!

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Instagramable photo spots around KL

Instagramable photo spots around KL

Need to modify your feed? Maybe upload a new display picture? Or simply interested in photography?

Themes, Settings and Vibes all reachable with public transports!

Let’s go green! Greenaries are the best don’t you think? Breathing the freshly produced oxygen into your lungs just gives a whole different feeling. Admiring and questioning at the same time how beautiful mother Earth is. Here are some photo spots ideas for ya’ll that wants to go Au Naturale.

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Located in Pesiaran Tasek, Seksyen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. This place is a beautiful park to chill & maybe have a little picnic. With the beautiful view of the fountain and the mesmerizing castle-like mosque at the back, this place is a must!

Side note: There is a Botanical garden near by this place, should check that out too!

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Located in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This park is right across the infamous Petronas Twin Tower! This park is a recommended tourist spot. It is a combo of both architectural & natural view. (Photo Credit: Expedia.co.nz)

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Located in no.1, Jalan Taylors, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. This is a mini version of the two lake gardens mentioned above, and maybe a slightly closer options for students around Sunway area.

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Petronas Towers

Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The infamous Petronas Twin Tower is KL’s main architectural attraction. It’s the most touristy spot in KL.

PS: If you have a twin bring them there and wear something similar, and maybe your caption could be ” Twinning with my twin in the twin tower! ”

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Graffiti @ Shah Alam

Funky graffiti for your backgrounds? This is the place. There are two places that I know of in Shah Alam. First one is the new version which is Laman Seni 7 located in Jalan Plumbum R7/R, Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. The second one is the one I’ve been to which is Laman Seni 2 located in Jalan Bunga Melur 2/18, Seksyen 2, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

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Beginners guide to clubbing in KL!

Beginners guide to clubbing in KL!

Weekends or Weekdays, Kuala Lumpur is the City that never really sleeps. As students we work hard and well, we deserve to play hard. What better way to go crazy and just forget about all of your worries besides dancing it out? I know a lot of you have other personal escapades but clubbing is an adventure you can experience as a team especially in uni! It’s the perfect years of your lives, you’re old to have fun, yet young enough to not have responsibilities to stop you from doing it!

Don’t stop reading just because you’re below 21. Before I go on I just have to mention that ladies! You have more privileges here when you go for clubbing, Wednesdays and Thursdays are your night! Free booze and free entry, so being broke isn’t a reason not to go out for my ladies out there.

Alright, so let’s get to the bottom of this. There are two areas in KL where youngsters go most to for clubbing as far as I’ve experienced from being here, one is an area called “Trec” (details of address will be given below).

Trec is basically an area with bars and clubs all around it. It’s where the infamous Zouk is! I’m pretty sure if you guys have asked around about the night life in KL, Zouk would be one of the names mentioned. The reason Zouk is a hyped up club in KL is because it is a popular branched club from Singapore. Unlike other clubs, Zouk has sections or rooms with different themes to it. One area would play techno music, one would play EDM, one would play some chilled out jams. The only problem is that Zouk has tightened up their security as of late, so you’re pretty much gambling unless you’re above 21. For Zouk, Ladies Night is only on Wednesdays, but do refer to their site for other events on their website. But don’t worry if you don’t get into Zouk, there are pretty chill bars around that place and a pretty okay club called Le Noir. You could also have a slightly more chilled out night at Como or Reggae Bar.

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The other area is called Changkat — this is an area close to Bukit Bintang and I would say it’s slightly more tropical and less modern than Trec. The average crowd in Chankat tends to be slightly older, though. The main club that people go to there is called Zion, which is probably the biggest club in Changkat. Oh! And if you’re on a budget there is this Bar near by Zion called ‘Rabbit Hole’ where shots are at a very reasonable price and there was this promo for 6 shots of Jagger at a very very reasonable price!

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Other than Changkat and Trec, there are certain areas in Bangsar like Nexus mall that has sports bars, the one I have specifically in mind is called ‘Hall Of Fame’ in this bar they have games like darts, beer pong and other fun drinking games. Damangsara is also known to have some bars and clubs which I’m not so familiar with. Still yet to explore. I’ll write reviews on it once I get the chance to look around that area. But for now I guess these will do.

Tips:

  • ALWAYS bring your IC or ID or Passport
  • Bring AT LEAST 50RM
  • Pre-drink with your own bottles if you’re on a budget
  • ALWAYS go with a group to stay safe from the creep
  • Dress Up! No flip-flop guyss ( avoid white shoes, it’ll be a painful experience, trust me! )
  • When Grab has a surge, check Uber ( vice versa ) Try to enable payment with your credit/debit card! No one wants to pay for your ride when you’re a hot mess. 
  • DONT STOP DANCINGGG! Have fun & Stay Safe guyss! <3

TREC- 436, Jalan Tun Razak, Kelab Golf di Raja Selangor, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

CHANGKAT – Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

NEXUS MALL – 7, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Welcome to Awkward Central

Welcome to Awkward Central

After a month of abstaining from civilisation, it was time to come out of my cave and interact with my fellow human beings again.

Yep, I’m talking about Semester 2.

Boy, was week 1 awkward. Do you ever just go home, think about your earlier interactions and be like, man, that was painful?

Week 2 isn’t looking any better either.

Exhibit 1: You’re in an awkward situation, and the most awkward thing to do is to deliberately point out HOW awkward the situation is. (and this idiot right here so totally, most absolutely, did not do that, pfffttt)

(sigh, why am I like this)

Also, earlier today, let’s just say I was put in a circumstance where I had to inflict my awkward self onto new people, so I decided to set foot outside of the Comfort Zone and into the wonderful world of Meeting New People (the other safely tucked inside, duh), and it went something like me saying ‘hi’ to this new girl, new girl then reaches her hand out to shake mine, and both of us just stared at each other for a good 3 seconds before we realised we were waiting for the other person to introduce themselves???????

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I tried you guys. I tried.

But all is well because we laughed about it and—

—remember me making a big deal in semester 1 about people having trouble remembering my name? (shameless self-promo)

Guess. What.

Said girl who had to endure my awkward a$$ remembered my name in the end because her mom has the same name, OH AND this dude I met last week also said that his sister shares the same name as me. AW YEA. I remind people of their family, you guys. That’s a good start. ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

So. I honestly don’t know where my story was getting at but here I am telling you it’s okay to be a little awkward at times. It’s hard putting yourself out there when all you do when you go home is rehash how cringe-worthy your interactions were. Meeting new people is never easy, but how do you find your awkward buddies if you don’t utter a simple hi?

We’re all swimming around like lost fishes, but hey, in the wise words of Dory aka Ellen DeGeneres, just keep swimming. (even though you’ll probably make tons of detours back to Comfort Zone once in a while like me.)

At the end of the day, being introverted isn’t a flaw that has to be overcome, amirite? It’s just part of who you are.

(how did this become a motivational speech, I don’t even know)

Cheers!

When Life Stops You from Having a Life

When Life Stops You from Having a Life

Well, first of all, welcome back to all the Monashians, whether you are in your second year, third year, fourth year, you are in for a…I wouldn’t say treat, because I don’t know about you, but I already feel like dropping out and it’s only the second week. But well, we gotta do what we gotta do, right? And that’s getting a degree so we can go out in the world and survive.

And secondly, a very warm welcome to all the first years! [evil laughter] I can’t wait to see y’all cry and complain, especially to those of you who came here with high hopes of having a fulfilled life as a university student. Because before you know it, you’ll be swamped with so many assignments and expectations that you wouldn’t even understand the concept of having a life.

I usually write about certain movies or television shows, or the conventions about these mediums. However, today, I’m going to veer away from that topic, and well, talk about what it’s like to have a life get in the way of life.

If you are, like me, someone whose usual activities revolve around ice-cream, snacks, and watching something on your laptop or television screen, you will know what I’m talking about. You will know what it’s like to not have time to catch up on the latest episode of Wynonna Earp, or to watch the latest DC movie (Wonder Woman, am I right?), because college is just chasing you down with a broom and you do not have time to dive into the bush to even have some time for yourself.

Yes, it can be annoying.

Yes, it can be aggravating.

Yes, it can make you feel like there is no point anymore.

But here’s the thing, TV shows, movies, books, and comic books etc., they will always be there. You can always catch up on them in one fell swoop over a one-week break. It can be incredibly satisfying to spend your summer break – which lasts for three months – finishing a number of TV shows that you haven’t been able to watch over the academic period.

However, one semester is one semester. And if you fail one, you’re gonna have to wait for at least half a year to retake it. And that’s going to take up another twelve weeks of your life that you’re not going to get back. Also, think about the fees. Don’t waste an extra RM10,000++ just because you feel like your time is better spent obsessing over Meredith Grey’s latest drama.

It’s not to say that you can’t watch anything over the next eleven weeks – can you believe? It’s already going to be eleven weeks rather twelve – because I think I might die if I don’t get to watch at least two episodes of something in a week. Rather, it is wiser to understand your priorities, and the degree at the end of the line, like it or not, has to be more important than finding out if Daenerys Targaryen will be able to rule the seven kingdoms, or die.

So, get your butts going, and study.

Singing the Praises of our Teachers

Singing the Praises of our Teachers

It’s that time of the year again! Nope, not Christmas, we’re still a long way off you guys. I meant Teacher’s Day! It’s that time of the year where our only gift to our educators is utter disappointment. Fun fact—this date varies from country to country, and May 16th was chosen as Malaysia’s teacher appreciation day to coincide with the introduction of the Razak Report, an education report that was first endorsed in 1956.

A few days ago, I was mulling over how the days of celebrating this day with food brought from home, potluck style with our classmates and teachers in primary school are now long past us. And yeah, as a kid, the main attraction of this day was the food and games, but it also served as a constant reminder every year in primary school to celebrate and appreciate our teachers. But what of now?

When was the last time you spoke to your high school teachers in person? Or teachers from way back? (unless your teachers bring only bad memories to you, which I hope not!)

Not everyone gets to stumble upon teachers like Miss Honey from Matilda (I mean, lady with a heart of gold rescues + adopts you? do they even exist in real life anymore?) but I’m sure you’ve had teachers who made you fall in love with a subject you never thought you ever would in a million years?

Or have you had teachers who continue to educate and fuel your potential, even outside of the classroom?

Fortunately, I’ve had the privilege of coming across a few of these kind souls in my life. (damn, who upped the cheese in this article?)

Back in high school, I had a Chemistry teacher whose dedication to teaching blew my mind (still blows my mind today). She’s probably one of the most hardworking teachers I know out there. I don’t think she ever took a sick leave once in the two years that she taught us, even on days where you can clearly see that she was very much under the weather. I remember how she took the liberty of wrapping each and every one of our workbooks. (She knew us rascals would wreck ’em soon enough lol) Dude, all of us were so taken aback by this small yet important detail. A week before SPM (our school leaving exam here in Malaysia), she gifted us with bookmarks written with personal notes for every single one of us. Some of us might have teared up. She too.

And there are a lot more teachers that I can go on and on about how amazing they are, but this article would go on and on too.

Who are these teachers who impacted you and shaped you into who are today?

Our unsung heroes. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true. Teachers’ efforts are often overlooked (especially public school teachers) today. It’s not easy being an educator in such a demanding age (I’m looking at chu, unreasonable parents) so I think they deserve a clap on the back, especially on this day, amirite?

So this Teacher’s Day (and for many more to come) fish out some time to talk to them, let them know that what they’re doing as an educator is right and they should continue excelling at their job for many more years. Even a simple text is enough, trust me. (Unless you want to take the classic route—red pens as a gift? I never really asked any of my teachers if they actually found red pens good gifts???? so maybe not lol) Heck, even if you feel like a friend or a family member of yours is a great teacher to you, let them know.

Happy Teacher’s Day! Have a good one and don’t forget to spread the kindness <3

Handling Stress 101

Handling Stress 101

Well hello there, week 10! Is that finals I see on the sunny horizon? How did we get here? Didn’t the semester just start? I’m not freaking out you’re freaking out I’m sure you’re all holding out well, but for a small population of people (like me) who are free falling into the abyss of stress, I’ve compiled a mini handbook on how to deal with the bullet train of stress coming at chu!

METHOD 1: Avoid your responsibilities

How so, you ask? Haven’t you heard of the adage: “out of sight, out of mind”? Shove your unorganised lecture slides into a drawer and use your 100 Ringgit accounting textbook as a door stopper instead! As long as it’s not in front of you, you’re doing it right! Or better yet, avoid your responsibilities by writing about avoiding your responsibilities! (no I am not doing exactly that, silly!) Leave your work to the last minute, because by then you’ll have lived longer, and are now wiser, amirite?

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METHOD 2: Take a never-ending nap!

Wanted to wake up at 5.00pm but it’s 5.03pm already? Oh well! Round it off and wake up at 6.00pm instead! (someone obviously isn’t very bright in maths)

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(this guy is my hero)

METHOD 3: Cry your pain away!

Don’t you know that tears lubricate your eyes and make your skin as dewy and smooth as a baby’s butt????? You no longer have to sacrifice babies to get clear skin anymore! No more acnes & pimples! Your own tears can do the trick! It’s very much DIY and FOC, and you know what’s “in” these days? That’s right—saving money! So hip and c00l!

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*****WE INTERRUPT THIS SEGMENT TO TELL YOU THIS IS A TERRIBLE GUIDE*****

But you probably knew that already.

In all seriousness though, please take the aforementioned methods with a grain of salt (but I mean we’ve all done them before???). Results have proven to be disastrous (points at self for emphasis)

Mental health is as important as physical health (this coming from someone who claims she is allergic to exercise, cough cough). If you’re feeling anxious or on the verge of a mental breakdown— stop what you’re doing and take a deep breath. If you work better by venting to friends/family/a counsellor, go ahead! If you work better my setting up more me-time, do that instead! You know you best, so don’t feel guilty for turning people down when you need some time for yourself to take everything in at your own pace. It’s okay to not be okay, you guys.

And better yet, the Winner’s Mindset event is happening on Monday and Tuesday, so do participate in it! The best part is that I heard there’re gonna be puppies!!!!!11!!!!!1!1!!

(omg i can finally use a doge meme)

Today’s article has been brought to you by low levels of sleep, bird’s nest’s hair and an abundance of stress!

(thanks, oprah)

Or you can just try soaking your brain in a bag of rice. Works like a charm!

*no babies were harmed in the making of this horrendous guide

How To Save Your Failing As- I mean… grades…

How To Save Your Failing As- I mean… grades…

It’s already Week 9 out of 12!

Are you on the verge of flunking or already failing some units? Contemplating on breaking a limb or two just to apply for special consideration? Well, you’ve come to the wrong right place! As a student who somehow manages to get distinctions and credits while close to NEVER studying, here’s what I do on a daily basis that somehow gives me grades that I want!

#1: NEVER TRUST THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

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What storm you ask? I’m talking about the waves of assignments and presentations that all seem to have due dates during the same week. I am a personal advocate of the motto “due date is the do date” and 60% of the time, I still get acceptable grades. Although I do not recommend this to anyone, it works sometimes because the sheer pressure alone makes you work faster and more efficiently somehow. If all else fails, just send an e-mail to your lecturer saying you’ve got other assignments due the same time and that you wouldn’t be giving your best work as you’re trying to balance out the time taken to complete them!

#2: MAKE A NEW BEST FRIEND: CAFFEINE

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Caffeinated drinks never worked on me and I never liked coffee in anything, from Starbucks frappes to tiramisu. However, after spending a lot of time with a certain current radio announcer and watching them buy coffee almost every single day, it persuaded encouraged me to try coffee from Mad Alchemy, the coffee stall outside Audi 1. About 8 cups later (and RM62 down the drain… if you catch my drift), I found myself actually liking it. It could be the placebo effect that makes me think I’ll be more awake, but it was actually bearable. Coffee still doesn’t work on me but sometimes I just drink it at night to convince myself to pull through the countless all-nighters spent doing my assignment (most of the time, at the last minute).

#3: TOO FAR IN TO SAVE ANYTHING?

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rest in peace JK, it’s not too late! It’s only week 9 and chances are you still have some quizzes, major assignments and finals due soon. Give it your all for those. It might sound cliché but at this point, you really should. Unless you want to actually give yourself a concussion just to apply for special consideration, at least consider doing something to save your grades. I don’t think you’d want to spend another RM4000-5000 and another semester in university because of a failed unit. Visit your lecturers and tutors! I’m sure they’d be pleased to see you do something to try to improve yourself although it’s quite far in to the semester.

In the end, everyone learns and copes differently! I can’t speak for all students and there is nothing else I can actually say other than try to study. I personally don’t require any prior studying since everything is just readings and watching documentaries but it’s still as time-consuming as studying with slides trying to remember terms and stuff.

Good luck for the 4th quarter of the semester!

tqsry

MC.

Malaysian Musings: my name not england enough meh?

Malaysian Musings: my name not england enough meh?

So it’s week 4, you’re still meeting new people every day and it’s all fun and games until you get to the part where you introduce yourself.

We go around the table, there’s a Rachel, a Matthew, a Faris—all fairly easy-to-pronounce names, then it’s your turn and people either squint like they’re trying to make sense of your name, or in some cases, someone thinks your name is Ling Ling. (for a moment there I thought she was about to tell me I forgot my bling-bling)

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I can’t be the only one facing this problem, right? At least I know Mr. Uvuvwevwevwe Onyetenyevwe Ugwemubwem Ossas is on my side.

Tons of us end up randomly choosing a nickname out of nowhere to accommodate others, and some even adopt a completely new name once we meet people in globalized settings. (college, uni, especially at work)

People have told me to make my name more “ang mo” (that’s Hokkien for Caucasian) (no h8 m8) so that they can remember me better, but I dunno—I’ve been going by the same name my entire life, so it felt a little odd just randomly picking another name and pasting it to my face.

All we want is to be remembered the way we are, you guys T_T

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What I’m trying to get at is: are we subconsciously erasing our identity even with just a simple change to the way we want people to address us? (that is if you simplify it from a name that has your heritage underlying it)

I had an English teacher who made an observation once about how I was only using conventional names in my story essays. (So yes, teachers love it when you use Ali, Muthu or Ah Hock, but just don’t stereotype these names in real life, y’know?)

So came the thought—why was I not doing justice to all the rich names from this part of Asia that I’m living in? It lead to another question—do I somehow have it ingrained in me that anglicized names are better than mine?

It’s been a long time coming for me to start appreciating my roots, and I hope you do too, even though there’s nothing wrong with branching out to foreign cultures and learning about them—especially since it’s so easy for us to be swept away by the waves of modernity in contemporary society.

But hey, people with anglicized names don’t have it easy either. I have a friend whose name is Michelle (I’m sure you know at least two Michelles in your life) but someone pronounced her name as ‘Michael’ instead. *shrugs*

Having a complicated Asian name, or in general a less conventional one that displays your heritage is pretty cool, except maybe you can never find it on any of those quirky souvenir key chains (dammit). Our multicultural country has an exceptionally diverse landscape for names, and if you choose to keep yours like I did (and give others hell for it), or change it up to save someone else the hassle, that’s cool too!

In my most Malaysian way of concluding this: anything also can lah!