Reflection of 2014

Hey!

Wow! One glimpse and 2014 will pass us by.

This year has been a roller coaster year. Personally, it has been a great year. 12 months ago,I never even thought I’d be here in the UK. Even though I really wanted to study abroad, I had too many commitments back home but who knows what the future really hold. Boom! And I’m here!

Who would’ve have thought that I will be spending Christmas in Amsterdam?! (More on that when I’m done with my assignment!)

The recent crash of yet another airplane from AirAsia capped the year with a horrible note.2014 has been a disastrous year for Malaysia and the aviation industry with three plane disaster. Then the flood that hit the northern part of Malaysia was another incident that has tore the hearts of the nation. But it eventually brought the nation together. Fury of mother nature at its best. Lastly I’m so proud of my friends that volunteered themselves to help the victims!

While it may not be the best of years but they all have its own ups and down. We make do with what we can. Let 2015 be the year we all make this world a better place!

Lincoln Santa Run!

Hello! As the Christmas approaching,i present you  the Lincoln Santa Run! Joined this run with Bernice and her boyfriend Ryan, the run had more than 2000 participants and participants can even choose to run with their dogs as well! This is truly feeling like Christmas now! With £10 joining fee,each participant received a Santa suit,a race number and an exclusive Lincoln Christmas Run 2014 medal! The run was organised by The Rotary Club if Lincoln and few charities will benefit from it. The run aims to collect a total of £84000 for these few charities involved. image image image image image Having joined so many runs back in Malaysia,this Christmas themed run was never heard of back home. It would have been really great if all my training friends can join this together with me! The run was about 3km and they even awarded a trophy for the first male and female runner home! This time I’m joining this run just for the fun of it and for the charity. The old me would have try and give it a fight if I had known about it earlier! Here’s to Christmas guys! Merry Christmas and have a blessed one! Amsterdam next for Christmas!!

Lincoln Christmas Market

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Hello!
This is write up for the Christmas market last week!
I must say I’ve never heard of a thing called Christmas market back in Malaysia! And so yup it’s my first time to market like this. It was wonderful with the whole market area being covered in the historic Bailgate area which include the castle,cathedral and and the bishop’s palace. The atmosphere was carnival like which i was told it used to be more communal rather than this huge massive crowd.

My two lovely A-Levels friends came over all the way from London to visit me and for the market.

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I went to the market for 3 consecutive days in a row! My course required me to do an assignment on the Christmas market where we were asked to give a professional view of the market.

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Of course,i do have some photos of the market which some would not want to see about the market! Well that was for my assignment anyways. So assignments aside, the market was clearly an enjoyable except for the crowd that was unbelievably huge. They came from all over the place,some were from as far Kent and it really showed how famous this market is. Started in 1982, the market started with only four stalls and has came a long way ever since.

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Perak means silver in Bahasa Malaysia 🙂

My friends and I went to the cathedral which embarrassingly it was first time inside for me. We also went to the Life of Lincolnshire Museum nearby and the Bishops Palace which held the site for the medieval market. Finally we tried the famous Chippy fish n chips at Burton road! Chippy ranked 4th in the UK for its great fish n chips and yes give it a try!

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Overall it was a one of a kind experience and great fun meeting up my fellow A-levels friends again,reunited in the UK! I’m going to end this with some pictures from the Bishops medieval market and the the cathedral. See ya!

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PR- The Failure of a Nation

I don’t like it when our own people (Malaysians) still identify each other by the race and ethnicity.
Let us not lie about it. The country is so divided today and still look into each other by race, skin colour and ethnicity. This is the failure of our government.
The nation has been always divided for the past 70 years, way older than its formation as a country. While I am always proud to identify myself as a Malaysian in a foreign land, it saddens me when I’ve come so far, thousands of miles away from the country and the last thing I want to see is a Malaysian introducing themselves to people around the world by their race.
Absolute pathetic.
Spiritually we have the Malaysian spirit but why has it been so hard to identify ourselves as Malaysians? We have been so differentiated for far too long. While I’m trying to say this without sounding bias, but racially speaking the ethnic Chinese (I myself included) and the Indians has fared the worst. It’s a shame seriously.
It is very shameful when you can’t sing your own national anthem.
It is a shame when you don’t respect your own national anthem.
It is an embarrassment when you fail to recite your Rukun Negara (National Principles).
When you fail all this, you failed yourself, you’ve failed your country.
I feel proud to call myself Malaysian and am very happy to explain why I look like certain nationality (obviously Chinese) but at the end of the day I will tell them that I am Malaysian. It feels good when you can speak so many different languages.
But again coming back to our divided nation of race and ethnicity, we must face the truth that we have racially discriminated each other by our own racial barriers. The country has been shaped in a way that our own mindset and beliefs that we are unconsciously dividing ourselves. We might have been consciously dividing ourselves in fact.
When the government decided that vernacular school should remain, we are dividing our children at a young age. It is not hard to protect our mother tongue, the national school curriculum just had to be modified to suit people of all culture and differences without discrimination.
But is our government prepared for a change? Ultimately, is Her people ready for this?
Theoretically, this has been propagandistic for so long that it has shaped the way we think, behave and react. Like it or not, the element of propaganda is there and with politicians playing the racial cards these days, we are consciously dividing each other.
We can only ask ourselves how long we want to divide each other.