The Accountant

There once was a business owner who was interviewing people for a division manager position. He decided to select the individual that could answer the question “how much is 2+2?”

The engineer pulled out his slide rule and shuffled it back and forth, and finally announced, “It lies between 3.98 and 4.02.”

The mathematician said, “In two hours I can demonstrate it equals 4 with the following short proof.”

The physicist declared, “It’s in the magnitude of 1x101.“

The logician paused for a long while and then said, “This problem is solvable.”

The social worker said, “I don’t know the answer, but I am glad that we discussed this important question.”

The attorney stated, “In the case of Svenson vs. the State, 2+2 was declared to be 4.”

The trader asked, “Are you buying or selling?”

The accountant looked at the business owner, then got out of his chair, went to see if anyone was listening at the door and pulled the drapes. Then he returned to the business owner, leaned across the desk and said in a low voice,

“What would you like it to be?”
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They Say Life Is A Test, Graded On A Curve

At age 4, success is...not peeing in your pants.
At age 12, success is...having friends.
At age 16, success is...having a driver's license.
At age 20, success is...having sex.
At age 35, success is...having money.
At age 50, success is...having money.
At age 60, success is...having sex.
At age 70, success is...having a driver's license.
At age 75, success is...having friends.
At age 90, success is...not peeing in your pants.
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Note to Self

1. You were born an original. Don't die a copy.

2. Jealousy is the great exaggerator.

3. You may delay, but time will not.

4. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

5. There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.

6. Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.

7. For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
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Happy Birthday Najah and Juek!

Sometimes, girls can party harder than guys, as proven by Najah and Juek at the cafe just now. Actually, Nabila and the rest had planned a surprise party for both the birthday girls. And of course, birthday celebrations will not be complete without the presence of cupcakes.

Before things turned ugly.

The mini crowd.

The birthday girls. Now available as mobile wallpapers.

The computing students. Anak-anak Mr Ravi.

Atiqah and Diyana.


Nabila, the master planner.


Simaa. Kelaparan.

The photographer.

Najah managed to escape the horror with a minor bruise.

Bottom: Juek, ketika ditangkap basah.

Happy birthday, Najah and Juek:)

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Summing It Up

I realised that this blog had been in abandonment for quite some time now. Well, it was not updated for almost a month, until this afternoon when I finally managed to muster my strength and start writing again. There are a few things that I failed to mention earlier, so I guess now let's make some space for this entry. It's a bit too late, I know, but whatever.

First of all, my Cambridge appplication. Alas, the wait was finally over. And it ended with me drowning to death in the freezing cold pool. My application is unsuccessful. Why did you make me wait for sooo looong that I began to have a little bit of faith and confidence in myself when you finally broke the news, Cambridge? Why? Quoting Kanye West, "How could you be so heartless?" Now I understand why sometimes no news is actually good news. So I got rejected, fine. I can live with that. But why did the news have to come on the same day the AS results were announced? Memang sudah jatuh ditimpa tangga la. And if you're wondering, yes, my results are not pretty.

I have yet to decide on my university choices, but most probably Exeter will be one of the options.

And the last 30th of January was my sister's birthday. And to keep up with the current trend, we celebrated the special day with cupcakes, just like everybody else does these days. Kan Nabila? Cute, colourful cupcakes. Happy birthday Afia! You're already 14 yo.

That day in History class, we were given a chance to become Mao Zedong's representatives to discuss about several issues with Khrushchev's associates. It was undoubtedly one of the most interesting classes with Ms Daleen so far. Do you know that Mr Mao never brushed his teeth? And rumour has it that he was a womanizer. Ah, I wonder if the habit did wonders to his charm. Perhaps it creates some sort of seductive aroma which attracts the opposite sex, I assume.

Last but not least, PGL the Musical was awesome. Nabila and I agreed that although it was a great performance altogether, it lacked a vital part - Asmaradana! Haih we were anticipating it thoroughout the show until it unexpectedly came to an end. Actually we were ten minutes late due to the sudden traffic jam and the cabbie, who was an aging Malaccan man, kept cursing every once in a while. This was so so unlike what Gusti Putri Ajeng Retno Dumilah said in one of her lines, "Orang Melaka sangat sopan santun sekali ya." Haha.

I'm all set for another record breaking run by van der Sar and the rest of Manchester United players tonight when they head to East London for a match against West Ham. Glory glory Man United!
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No, I'm Not Trying to Save My Face

Sometimes I tend to overlook the fact that I'm the house captain of Garnet. Although it is indeed a good thing not to get too obsessed with power, we must also look in the mirror and ask ourselves whether have we been using the power bestowed upon us for the greater good or not doing anything at all. This post has nothing specific to point out really. It's just that I noticed that I haven't been speaking (or acting, for that matter) as the house captain for quite a while now, especially when Bangsawan preparation was taking place for the past month. I don't have an explanation to this, but perhaps I was more motivated to work as the Props Manager rather than the house captain. In bringing out the interest of the other house members to work together, it was all down to Pilus and Zaba who made the efforts. They always know the right words to say.

Anyway, as the house captain of Garnet, I would like to say a few things to my fellow Garnetors. First of all, don't forget that we won the Best Props Award! Although some of us thought it was not a big deal, look on the bright side. We were the FIRST house to receive the award that night. Gempak ape. Haha. My pathetic attempt to cheer you guys up. So congratulations! Even though our props crew were pretty small-scaled, we still managed to get the job done. To those who stayed up so late at night making kerawang and stuffs, please know that I really really appreciate the effort. We all have our shares in this. And to those who questioned our right to win the award, know that we're cool with whatever you have to say. No hard feelings. Although we were upset with the results, quoting from Azri, "there's no use of crying over spilt milk." We Garnetors, we get over things quickly right? Just like bad break-ups. Haha merepek.

And now, the thank you list:

Zaba: For vounteering to shoulder the heaviest burden of all. Not getting an award for your work doesn't mean that you're not a good director, right?

Atiqah: For writing a beautiful script for us. I really thought that we stood an equal chance like other houses, but unfortunately luck was not on our side.

Farahani: For trying her best in providing costumes for the actors and actresses that night. We all know that you've gone through a lot of pressure due to this. Although you might be a little dejected with the results, trust me, your efforts did not go to waste. And our android trees were undoubtedly the most awesome costume that night.

Jojo: For the backdrop and countless number of other things she did. I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings the other day. It was definitely unintentional.

Afif: For getting the job done:P

Fara Ain, Najah, Farah Hazwani and the usual crew: For the dedication! They were always there when we needed them most. Cayalah.

Sorry if I've missed a few names. On a more serious note, to the rest of Garnetors who didn't bother showing up during the preparation at all, please read Aimi's blog. Or if you don't even bother clicking the link
here, let me make things easy for you.

Garnet only won the Best Props. Oh well, something is better than nothing. Congratulations to fellow Topazians. You guys well-deserved it, like what Bangbil said to me, they really wanted to win, so you can imagine how much effort every Topazian put in. Garnetors were not really enthusiastic, i must say. As always. I don't know why but it's like a tradition or something. Somehow, it's really hard for us to change it and i think it's because of the mentality that we have. You know in every event, we'll be like, ' Ah, we can never win. The other houses are way better'. And truth be told, there you go, a LOSER once again. I am just telling the truth. I am a Garnetor myself.

It can be really frustrating thinking about the effort that you have put in for more than a month just for that 30-minute show and in the end, you lost. I guess, it has pros and cons. We have to sacrifice our time, energy and our studies to attend practices and, to prepare thebackdrop, props, costumes and the list goes on and on.

And yesterday, it ended. And that's it. Next year, at this time, the same routine will begin again.

Should it continue like this?

There, she said it. Personally, I was quite affected by the results. This Bangsawan will the last event for the seniors and soon we will step down and lock ourselves in our rooms and become kiasus (right Jo?), but it's sad to learn that our last event as committee members was not quite a successful one. I do understand the fact that academic matters should always come first, but why can't we excel in both? It's our lack of enthusiasm that really bothers me. And yet we call ourselves the house of "Flaming Enthusiasm?" Ah, the irony. I really really hope that the upcoming committee members will do something about this.

I think that's enough. Anyway, this is a statement from your house captain, and no I'm not trying to save my face. I am merely telling you the truth. Thank you for your time.
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In Difficult Times

Difficult situations can sometimes bring out the best (and worst) in us. In desperate times, we will show our true colours. Our judgement on a particular issue will be clouded. Morality and integrity will be carelessly overlooked. Squealers will squeak at gun point. Well, except for Tony Montana of course. "Why don't you try sticking your head p your ass — see if it fits." Even at gunpoint and with a chain saw about to slice open his friend Angel's head, Tony doesn't know when to shut up. Epic. Some will abandon the rest of the crew and jump on another ship, blinded by the promises of the captain of the other ship. Self interest will become the main motivation. And leaders will become robbers, depriving the people of their rights. But fret not, for truth will prevail in Perak.

But it is Bangsawan that I want to talk about. It was over last Friday, marking the end of a month's worth of tears, tension and unnecessary labour for A Level students like us. For the past four weeks, everyone involved was very much made estranged to their academic progress. Well, in some cases perhaps. Unfinished homeworks and skipped classes became a norm, although most certainly they were just plain excuses. One thing for sure, Bangsawan preparation definitely had robbed my rugby session in the evening and my occasional visit to the RC at night. And now that it's over, I can finally rest my head and concentrate on other important stuffs.

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Do We Have Our Own Mr Hyde?

Sometimes I feel I just don't quite like myself when I'm at home. Here, I become everything that I don't want to be. Disconnected, alone, plain lazy. And everything else in between. This room I'm in right just attracts too much negativity. This is where the bad habits reign supreme. It's amazing how our surroundings can actually shape us. And just like chameleons, we adapt to different environments, differently - all according to our own ways. It's just that sometimes our adaptations may not be as expected by the flock. And the fear of rejection and bad perceptions may sometimes lead us to camouflaging some parts we do not wish to share with others. Like our dirty little secrets, I should say.

Makes me wonder, is there another side to everyone that they wish to conceal from others? Do we have our own Mr Hyde, hidden deep within our skin?
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