What am I contradicting?

Dayana Z | Wednesday, December 26, 2012 | 3Comments |

Terasa pelik bila nak blogging balik.
Tak tahu nak tulis apa.
I feel like I shouldn't write too much.
Why should I write everything that I'm up to right?
I don't even know who's reading these posts. A bit scary when you think about it.
Anyone can know anything about you.

However, I do regard my blog as a place for me to share whatever I know, sometimes just random thoughts or emotions. It can be for my family to check up on me, what I've been doing lately and all. But shouldn't I just tell them instead of telling those who have access to the internet?

Nak tulis ke tak, nak tulis ke tak... Rasa macam tak patut, tapi nak tulis jugak. I feel like I am contradicting myself.

Taktaulah. Mungkin benda yang tak personal sangat ok je kot kan?

I'm bad at deciding. Mostly everyone around me know this.
Oh well.

When everything is uncertain, the one thing that's for sure is Allah SWT.

Dental fees costed me a LOT today. Tampal gigi, cuci gigi je pun.
And then came to my mind about those who do not have enough to eat.
May Allah reward them with patience for whatever they encounter, and goodness in the akhirah.

Ohh, I'm tuition teaching, my first time! Alhamdulillah, there's only one class left which is tomorrow. I really hope she understands what I deliver. For her to understand is most important. I don't want to be a failure.
Once, a friend of mine, Izreen asked me accounting questions through Facebook, and she understood. So from that, I've gotten the courage to agree with tuition teaching.

I can't wait to attend the Logical Progression Lesson 4 at 4.10AM tomorrow. Syeikh Abu Eesa said there's a surprise announcement. I wonder what it will be.

Okay then folks,
Be mentally healthy!


Guide for IELTS

Dayana Z | Tuesday, December 25, 2012 | 4Comments |

Assalamualaikum and Hii!
I feel like sharing a little bit about IELTS.

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It is recognised by many institutions. What I know is, people take IELTS because they want to enter universities in Australia, Canada, UK, New Zealand and other English-speaking countries. For education purposes, there's the academic test. For those who plan to migrate and work in these countries, there is the general training test. It is quite different in terms of content of essays for what I've seen.
As for the US, a friend of mine took TOEFL.
In Malaysia, British Council provides the test. 
Haa, mesti nak tau cost dia berapa kan, I think it is around RM300-500? I'm not too sure. 
Beloved PETRONAS paid for me. Okay kena belajar rajin, balas jasa baik.

I registered for IELTS because it is recommended to have an English language qualification to enter UK universities. Some universities demand them, however, some might say your 1119 qualification (included in English SPM) is already sufficient. It depends on which university you're applying too.
Different courses require different minimum qualification too. Science courses might require lower compared to arts courses. *coughcough, Say if Science courses need an overall band 6.5, Arts courses in the same university would require overall band 7.0. This is just an example by the way.

Basically IELTS consists of four test components,
1. Reading
2. Writing
3. Speaking
4. Listening

The speaking test might or might not be on the same day. I think you can arrange for that, or maybe British Council sets the date. Mine was on the same day. 
My test started early in the morning. Listening, reading and writing tests were continuous and then the speaking test after lunch. Everything was supposed to end at 5.30PM for all of us KDU candidates, but it ended way earlier at about 3PM because everything went smoothly alhamdulillah.

As for results, you'll get bands for each component, then after calculating that, they'll give you the overall score. Here is what I got from the IELTS website,

The IELTS 9-band scale
Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.
Band 9: Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
Band 8: Very good user: has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
Band 7: Good user: has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
Band 6: Competent user: has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 5: Modest user: has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
Band 4: Limited user: basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
Band 3: Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
Band 2: Intermittent user: no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Band 1: Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
Band 0: Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.

The results will come out two weeks after the test date. Quick and efficient I'd say.

So, for those thinking of taking IELTS, please do if your university or working place needs it. Don't if you're taking it for fun, because to me, it is quite costly. Well, unless you're not worried much about financial matters, then that's good for you. IELTS results is valid for two years. After two years, you'd have to take the test again if you were to apply for anything.

KDU provided us classes for IELTS. Once a week, 3 hours per class. For individual candidates, there are classes out there, or if you're too busy to attend, there's the free online preparation for the test too if you've registered.

http://www.ielts.org for more info and,
http://www.roadtoielts.com for practices, and guide for each test component.

Taman Negara Pahang

Dayana Z | Saturday, December 22, 2012 | 6Comments |
Assalamualaikum and Hellooo people :) !

It's the December holiday once again, and yes, typical KDU has set us tests in January once we get back, just so that we don't enjoy and forget too much of A Level. Well, this is what I assume at least. Oh well.

I remember last year's December holiday, I went to Genting Highlands. 
This year, last week, my family and I went to Taman Negara, situated in Pahang.

Loads of fruit on the way to Taman Negara and back home! It's because it is the fruit season here in Malaysia! There are dokong (my favourite), rambutan, pulasan, and the king of the fruits, durian! It is all CHEAP because the sellers incur no cost. The fruits are of trees of their own land! I tell you, the fruits are all very sweet, delicious and refreshing! You'll pass by a great number of stalls selling them in the Jerantut area.

If you love adventure and NATURE, I assure you to head to Taman Negara! Trust me. You don't need long holidays to plan this trip! Unless, you'd wanna stay there for weeks. Personally, I think three nights would be good enough, provided you plan your activities well.

Here is the Park Centre, where you'd have to get a license to enter, and a camera license too! RM5 per camera per stay, regardless how many days you stay and enter and exit. That's me in green. My brother Afi back there. And Ibu smiling happily. Oh at this moment, there was a wild boar about 15 metres away from us, finding food in a trash can nearby.

We did the Night Jungle Walk the first day we arrived. The Night Jungle Walk can be done by anyone really, regardless of age. Nope, nothing to be feared of. It does not take too long either, you don't walk too far into the jungle for this. You'll be brought into just nice the depth to find cute creatures like these:

Yes, this is the tarantula. I need to get a lens that can zoom in further.

I can't remember what this insect is called, but it looks like a stick. Oh I just googled it, it's called a stick insect. Yayy search engine! Subhanallah, you need to see it with your own eyes to believe it, they don't differ with real sticks.

Yes, this is a snake. It came near to the lights. Now I get why people say you'd have to off your torchlights if you walk in palm tree plantations! Note to self, darkness is much safer when snakes are around.


A chameleon? A big lizard?

I know this one! A porcupine! It is soooo cute! I want one :( . Sometimes you'll find deers as well.
When there are elephants you won't be allowed in though. I suppose elephants don't like human company. If they go mad, it'll be dangerous.

The next day, we went in Taman Negara again (you'd have to cross the river, the other side of the river is Kuala Tahan).

That's our guide, abg Mok.
Oh oh, you'll be assigned with guides during the tour if you want to do the EXTRA adventurous stuff like going to Gunung Tahan (Mount Tahan). It'll take about four to five days of jungle trekking to get there. I can't imagine me going with my current lifestyle of eat eat no exercise. Teehee.
But hey, I might, one day or another?

This is my brother Afi. He's got all kinds of gadgets for the wild.

This is the way up to Bukit Terisek. Bearable with these stairs they just built. 

Beautiful scenery up here! I don't need to mention fresh air now do I? 360 degrees different compared to the air in Petaling Jaya living by the highway. That's what I love the most about jungles, the greenery, the serenity. This is the time where I can be at the beauty of nature, admiring God's creations, His gift to us beings on planet Earth.

The canopy walkway! This got my brother scared of heights. It's WAY UP above the ground level.
Imagine those TALL trees, yes, you're up there. I guess it depends on the individual if you regard this as relaxing or frightening, being too high up. I'd say it's relaxing for me. It was like I could fly.

This boat then brought us to the Kampung Orang Asli (aborigines' village) , there were a few, we chose the one further from Kuala Tahan. 

Beautiful beautiful scenery.

We put up three tents.

This is the village.
For you guys who haven't been, visited or stayed overnight in any kampung orang asli, I suggest you doing so, because honestly, you'd feel grateful for where you are now. However, I'd say these people are very happy with their state. So NOW that should remind us more that we should be grateful. 
The way I see them, they like their lifestyle a lot. Daylight is when the children get some time to play out, and by playing out, I mean, they don't even go in if it is raining heavily. They use fishing nets to catch the fish, and they hold cleaver knives- I have no idea what they do with 'em. Yes, children holding cleaver knives, now THAT you don't see everyday. But yeah, they hunt, they make their own medicine, and I'd say they're very good at it. They have their own language, but most of them, especially the leader of the tribes do understand Malay. I should say the Pahang dialect to be more specific. The tribe we camped nearby to was the very shy type. They're very respectful too. At night, we could hear and see nothing because of the TOTAL darkness. I never thought there could be such darkness on the surface of the Earth. I'd been caving before, yes, I experienced total darkness then. Never have I thought of experiencing it on the SURFACE of the planet.

Uhm, moving on.

Fishing rods which you can rent, or bring your own.

Ze Sister, Ze Kid, and Ze Monster :) . Oh, my brother in green (the one with gadgets in the wild), brought tons of types of torchlight, yes thanks to him, or we'd be in total darkness while we camped. He also wore his protective suit-ish when they went hunting later the night. Leeches are common after raining. So yeah, his protective suit-ish protected him, but those leeches went to Ze Dad. Poor Abah got bitten the most (leeches bite?).

Ze Kid liking ze rain.

Ze hungry Kid liking noodles made by Ze Mummy.

Ze Kid in cold. I wished I had the thermometer that night (or any form of measuring instrument to measure the temperature). It was super cold, and it was windy a bit. It's nice if you're dry. Not very if you're wet from playing by the river and fishing. I tell you, we have more humans back there, but you can't see them. You can only see Ze Kid thanks to the flash, which then hurt his eyes. Sorry kid.

Ze Big Fish.  This is ikan baung by the way. Very heavy.
You do not know what these rivers can contain.
So far, there are no crocodiles spotted. I THINK. I don't know.
For FACTS, don't ask me, ask my parents or go to this website, http://www.tamannegara.asia .

So, this is THE place for you adventurous peeps out there! There's so much more activities like a visit to Lata Berkoh, Gua Telinga, there's rapid shooting as well.

If you'd like to plan a stay in Taman Negara and need help with that, activities, accommodation, food and all, please do contact:

JustExplore Travel
Suite 33-01, 33rd Floor, Menara Keck Seng, 203 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603 - 2149 9235
Fax: +603 - 2116 5999 
Email : info@tamannegara.asia
Asmina:+6017-321 0152 
Linda :+6017 – 321 0186

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