M2H Life: I FLUNKED MY SPM?

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Amazing title, huh? Who in the world announced that they flunked their SPM (high school)?

Some may think my result is 50/50, but to me, it was bad.

Like, bad BAD.

I scored 3 A’s out of 10 subjects. Thankfully, I didn’t fail any subjects and my lowest mark is a C. Hmmm. I’m quite proud of that. Physic, C. YES!

Before I start, I took SPM back in 2015 which was two years ago. I don’t want to start the intro with the ending (which I’ve already did), so let’s go back to 2014; the time I had to choose my major.

I scored 6 A’s and 2 B’s for my PMR (middle school, we were the last batch of PMR candidates) and I know, it sounds bad, but I kinda ran away from the hospital the night before PMR. My mother, my sister and I were down with dengue. Mine was not as bad as my sister, probably, I mean, I’m alive and kicking, alhamdulillah.

All the paperwork was done for me to take the PMR at the hospital, bedridden, but hey, this is Allya we’re talking about here. I want to be with my friends! In the end, with the help of my grandma (who came all the way from Indonesia), I was able to sneak out from the hospital. Dramatic much?

Nah, I didn’t really sneak out. I forced my way out, legally. My dad did all the discharged procedures (a.k.a. paying a huge amount of money to the hospital as they woke-me-up-every-three-hours-to-check-my-conditions-but-ordered-me-to-sleep-and-get-more-rest). The point here is that I wasn’t allowed to be discharged yet, but smarty old me begged those nurses whom I kept calling to my room every now and then so that I have someone to talk to because Allya just can’t stop talking.

That night, I got a good night sleep in my own comfy bed, with no nurses coming back and forth to check my state of health (physically? Good. Mentally? Bad!) Although, my grandma probably didn’t sleep as much xD

In conclusion, I sat for PMR while being heavily drugged to prevent me from collapsing and to numb those under-the-skin itches. That is why I didn’t shed a single tear during the result announcement. During my UPSR (primary school) result announcement day, I cried a river. Pffft… Embarrassing, emotional Allya.

I was actually shocked that I scored that better-than-average result. Back then, most of my friends already went up the stage, while I was lounging around with an almost-crying Lesbong. During the 6 A’s result announcement, my name was called first, then Lesbong’s. If I knew about it, I would’ve dragged that girl along with me. She was a mess! Urrrghhh! After us were Dania and Fahmi (not sure about the order, I kinda forgot), while the rest is history.

Skip forward to January 2014. My second day as a high school student. We had to attend the three days orientation and on the second day, the teachers have assigned us to whatever major they think suits us best. Surprisingly, my name was on the ‘medical doctor’ class, the pure science class; the first class. Only Fahmi and I were the only one with results less than 7 A’s. We were allowed to change majors, and somehow, most of my friends from middle school (who scored less than 7 A’s) apply for the pure science major (they were assigned to the ‘engineer’ class, technical science class), but some of us from the pure science class wanted to be an art major student.

Guess what, we weren’t allowed to change. The reason? The pure science class will be empty (those who applied to pure science class from technical science class wanted to be with their friends. Don’t say that’s not the biggest reason, guys!) and our school will ended up being weird.

To summarize all that, we were actually forced to enter the pure science class. Nevertheless, we’re not blaming our teachers. I am not blaming my teachers. They put me in that class because they know I can excel in that field. I did, actually. I ranked in the top 5 ranking out of the whole school/batch. Unfortunately, that ended during my Form 4 final exams.

I took a break from school for a month. I didn’t do it for fun, I was sick.

My finals were a week after my one-month-sick break. Do you think I’ll study when I was down with such terrible sickness?! No! I did a Naruto marathon. From episode one to Shippuden episode hundred something. I learnt a lot from it, such an amazing anime, with lots of life lesson and A LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT of SHIPPING~ Done.

What kind of result do you expect me to get? A 10 out of 10. Hell naaa~ I don’t remember it… But I was still in the top 10 or 20… Whatever.

What I remember though, was my Chemistry result. Starting from the very first Chemistry exam until the last one before finals, my marks were top notch. Not a perfect 100%, but my mark was the highest one. Okay, maybe one of the highest one. Nope, I’m sticking with the highest one to make it more dramatic.

Guess, guess!!! Guess what I got for my Chemistry finals~~~~~~~~~~

23%

A fail, GAGAL!

As much as I love the color red, I hate to see it on my report card. However, I don’t have a report card; a manual one. They’re all available online. So there’s no red pen marking whatsoever; just that annoying ‘G’ which means ‘gagal’ or fail.

My Chemistry teacher ignored me for months. She gave me the stink eye, cold shoulder. It’s my fault anyway, we’re okay now. I am just too adorable (persistent) to be ignored~

Neither did I know that it’ll be downhill from there, for my marks obviously, life was great!

My marks were tumbling down. I was one of my school’s hope, but it went down the drain; just like that. Especially during the SPM result announcement. Our results were so bad, I cried hysterically, not for me, but for my friends.

Now, every time people asked me on what I scored for SPM, most of them were shocked. I’m a dean list student on my campus. During my foundation year, my GPA and CGPA are almost a perfect 4.0; making people questioned my unbelievably bad SPM result.

Nope, I’m not the type to regret anything, as my past shaped me into who I am today. My SPM result is bad, true, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of it. Why you ask? Because I deserve that result.

My whole Form 5 year or my final year in high school was filled with anything but studying. I may be able to get a straight A if I studied, but meh. I have a goal that year and it was not to score well in SPM; it was to have the fun of my life, something I will never get to experience again.

A bad SPM result? You can just repeat it, or go on with your life. But missing out that last high school moment; that’s just sad. Don’t get me wrong, a good SPM result can help you on getting a scholarship and entering a good college, but no one ever tells you about all those fun that you’ll be missing out!

People will only talk about studying and getting a good result on your final year, but how about those good-times memories? Those memories that you can only make during your final moments as a school student. Those memories that you’ll be telling your children and grandchildren.

That is why, I didn’t regret my decision for making that year, all about playing around. I did study, but not much. I laze around more than I clean that 150cmx75cm dusty study table of mine.

My teachers will probably kill me if they read this post, but hey, at least I’m a 4-flat student now! Almost, 4-flat student and most of my friends are dean’s list-ers as well.

I don’t know about the others, but the reason why I got a decent result during my foundation year was because I’m taking something that I want. No one was forcing me to take whatever course they chose, I am the one living my life, so I will decide on which course I’ll take. As I am stepping into a new territory, the only thing I’m familiar about is studying. That’s why I studied, a bit, tehee.

To those who are taking SPM, don’t stress on studying. Be free, rebel, hang out with your friends, and savor those everyday, normal occurrences. A little high school drama here and there can spice up your life; don’t worry, unless you’re just childish, it’ll be nothing but a sweet, stupid memory later on. Study smart, not hard. I used to find that saying ridiculous, but hey, study when you want, don’t force it. Don’t do your homework if you don’t want to, just rest and relax. Unless your teacher is a psychopath, the worse that can happen is being spanked by a cane. Done that, did that. I skipped doing my homework so much; I’ve tasted all kinds of punishments. Aaaah, such memories.

As for those who are waiting for their SPM result, do not worry. Benda dah jadi. It’s not like you can turn back time. Pray to God and leave it to Him to decide, as you’ve did all the effort. If you’re blessed with an amazing result, alhamdulillah, but if not, do not worry, your life is not over yet! There are a lot of other options out there, I’ll be more specific on a different post. Just remember, you’ve done it all. Whether you did your best, or your worst, just like Elsa from Frozen sang, the past is in the past♫♪♪ Don’t forget about the memories you made during that one whole year. No matter how bad it is, there must be some good in it.

This post is getting too long xD I’ll end it here. In the end, I am not ashamed of my ‘flunked’ SPM result, though I am also not proud of it. However, the things, the memories, the life that I experience while not making studying my first priorities are irreplaceable. Things that I did with my decade-long friends and my we-just-met-for-a-year friends are not only in my mind but also my heart. The good ol’ days.

Tata~


P.S. This is my personal opinion based on my own experience. I’m not judging anyone nor am I dissing SPM. It wasn’t easy for me to make that kind of decision as well. Being an Indonesian living in Malaysia, I always tried my best, not wanting for my country to be dissed. But sometimes, you just got to be selfish and do what you want, as long as you think it through; the pros and the cons.

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The Weekend Brunch, Mandarin Palace @ The Federal Kuala Lumpur

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First thing first, this is my first restaurant review, officially. So, it is quite awkward and incomplete. Please be kind to me because I am trying hard to make this review readable, thank you. ❤


The Weekend Brunch, Mandarin Palace @ The Federal Kuala Lumpur

Level 2, 35, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

RM 78 nett (adult) & RM 39 nett (children/senior citizen)

SPECIALTY: A variety of Chinese cuisines

Tel: +603 2148 9166

Email: reservations@federal.com.my

https://www.facebook.com/TheFederalKL/

HISTORY:-

According to The Federal Kuala Lumpur’s website,

“Mandarin Palace restaurant reopened for business on 16 January 2017 with an entire new exciting menu ranging from Cantonese to Hunanese and Szechuan cuisines on ala carte menu. Private dining rooms are also available, ideal for special family occasion or corporate function. Listed as one of Malaysia’s Most Beautiful Restaurants in Flavours Magazine May-June 2007 – Malaysia Edition. With great food served in the grandeur of imperial court setting and warm hospitality, Mandarin Palace is looking forward to welcoming you and family, friends and colleagues.”

The Federal Kuala Lumpur has been around since Malaysia’s independence and the restaurant was established on 28th August 1957. As it is now one of Malaysia’s oldest still-standing restaurant, it has won numerous awards and I was told that a few movies were shot there.

Wait, before that, to my Muslim readers, you don’t have to worry; this restaurant is pork-free. I mean, I’m a hijabi and obviously am a Muslim. Even though I’m a bit in the crazy department, I don’t do ruining my religion’s reputation.

REVIEW:-

A few months back (yeah, I’m that lazy), I went to my first food testing/review event(?) and boy, I was a wrecking nerve, thus I drag Nody along.

My first impression was… Imagine me, in awe, jaw hanging kind of awe. Forget that, don’t imagine it, you’ll feel nauseous even before reaching the end of this post.

Grandeur decorations. Imperial palace looking?

15Reds and golds.

1619The statues, carvings, paintings.

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Ouh, don’t forget about the dragons! If those dragons were alive, I will have a forest of dragons. On the ceiling, carved on the woods are 1188 auspicious dragons.  All in its glory details. As a supposed-to-be interior designer, the interior of the restaurant gave me infinite pleasure by studying those details.

On to the most important part, the food. As I am reviewing the Weekend Brunch Buffet, I’m not really sure about the other menu. So yeah, don’t sue me.

The Weekend Brunch buffet consists of a variety of Chinese foods; which I love. An all-you-can-eat Chinese cuisines on the weekend? Heck, yeah! The prices are reasonable as it is located in a 4-star hotel. Being served with over than 60 Chinese delicacies; you’re in for a scrumptious brunch, or even lunch for that matter.

No words needed, enjoy these photos of heavenly traditional tasting foods.

Appetizer Section

Dumplings and steamed food

Heavy food (?)

Deserts ❤

That is all for this post, there are more foods, but I can’t seem to find out where the photos are. I hope you’ll keep reading my childish reviews~ One thing for sure, I did enjoy the buffet, it was light yet heavy kind of eatery? What? Let’s just end it here.

Tata~


P.S. I met a few fellow (pffft, they’re way more professional than me. They even have name cards, which I don’t. Saddly.) bloggers and vloggers. Most of them came with this advance technologies whereas I only brought my adorable, ancient iPhone 4s. Oh well, the photos are okay, right? Sesshh, getting off topic again. I met this one particular couple from New Zealand and we hit it off, on the spot! A big shout out to Sheena and Thomas from Chasing A Plate for guiding me and making the whole food review thingy exciting! Also, a big thank you for Yazid whom I met during SEA Games for inviting me into this brand new world!13 (2)

PRES’S REAL BIRTHDAY SURPRISE!

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Exactly a day and six months later, I am finally writing about Pres’s birthday. Procrastination at its finest.

We’ve been planning this since the night I made Pres cried in front of his aunt’s house. I didn’t talk much with him that night, as I was busy playing with my phone. Nope, I mean yeah, I was a bit rude, showing up at people’s house uninvited and ignoring Pres. I mean, Pavi was there, he can talk all he wants with here *blowing my nails

Dear Pres, I wasn’t being rude nor bored. I was busy planning your surprise birthday bash, led by your darling girlfriend. Pavi ignored the WhatsApp group, but the event organizer within me just cannot stop planning! Love, your VP ❤

Bla bla bla, the D-day, 24th July 2017. After dividing jobs among our friends, we get to work right after class. I was in charge of cooking the meals and buying the balloons. I was not the main chef that day, Zarol was and dang, I WAS IMPRESSED!

Pres’s B’day Team

  • Team Effort: Zarol and I (‘cause we’re broke college kids with amazing talents)
  • Team Funding: Delvean (‘cause she’s the gf, so she spent the big bucks)
  • Team Decoy: Kevin, Kink, and Payel (‘cause they’re as broke as the Team Effort and have a car, but no talents – evil Allya)
  • Team Crowd: Shantan, Zana, Haris, Pavi, Amy (‘cause they came right in time for the party)

Acting nonchalant, I asked Zarol to help me out with my scholarship thingy. Unfortunately, Zarol was out smoking with Kink and Pres, but fortunately, my Pres can be quite slow, so I was able to sneak Zarol out without any problem (with a help from Kink). We went to Giant to buy the groceries and balloons, shopped for a while, only for a while because idiot me wore new shoes that day, causing me to almost lose my feet.

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Zarol and the balloons

Arrived at Zarol’s house and we went straight into actions.

Our menu on that day was:

  1. Grilled chicken with bones, spread with sweetened homemade honey barbecue sauce
  2. Boiled potato, pieces of fruits added, with egg-whites cream, topped with thousand island
  3. Pasta cooked with olive oil,  added minced garlic and sauté fungi

Extravagant, aren’t they? Zarol and I are on par with those high-end restaurants, especially in the name department *hidung kembang kempis

No words needed on how amazing Zarol is. Well, it’s kinda expected; his family runs a catering business. He treated me more like a daughter-in-law than a sous chef; you got to practice being scolded at an early age he said.

Chef Zarol in action!

After Asr, the both of us went to the park near Zarol’s house and set up the place. Technically, we only put down the food xD

 

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How we arranged the food, aesthetic much?

Delvean and Zana were the first one to arrive, after us. We waited for hours for Pres to come! Gosh! I blamed the decoy team; consisting of Kink, Payel, and Kevin. They hang out in Sunway sampai tak ingat dunia. Kau ingat nyamuk tu benci aku?! Gatal kau tau!

Okay back to the topic, Pres arrived, bla bla bla, Hariz turned on the candles too early, bla bla bla, the timing was bad, bla bla bla, Pres cried, bla bla bla, he cried some more when his girlfriend popped out from nowhere with a balloon, bla bla bla, and whatever happened after that.

Shantan also came, all the way from Seremban for his besties birthday. Pres was happy, but someone else was happier. Pffft… Lovebirds… *nope, not jealous

It was tiring, but by the end of the day, seeing the birthday boy’s smile made the fatigue goes away.

I love doing events, I really do. It’s tiring, especially unpaid event organizing or the surprise birthday ‘party’ that I usually organized for my friends. Nevertheless, their smile and tears made it all worth it! Ah, such love I have for my friends, I doubt they love me that much tho *nope, I’m not asking for a surprise birthday celebration for my upcoming 20th birthday guys. Not at all~

That’s all for this post, enjoy the photos below~

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LE TEAM

Tata~


P.S. I was an idiot, who the heck wear a sweater to cook? Well, I did. Dumb dumb alert.

2017 LIES

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I’m a freaking liar. I promised myself to update my blog (well, technically I did update my blog, but just random thoughts) and write whatever I have to write. Tinggal kenangan sajaaaa~~~

I’m currently in my grandma’s house, in Bogor, waiting for my uncle to serve me my ‘jagung bakar’ while writing this post; listening to whatever Spotify plays. Currently playing is, Ed Sheeran ft. Beyonce Perfect.

I just light on the firework, but scheisse, I shouldn’t have bought the small one. It lasted for only 7 seconds and it took me almost a minute to light it on… So not worth it. I haven’t tried the huge one; I’ll save the best for later.

That is all for now, gotta help my uncle tp finish all these foods. F-diet xD

Tata~

… (Part i)

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I know, I know.

I promised to write about this and that, but life has been packed and the roller coaster ride was wow!

Here I am, feeling bored, but not in the mood to write. That leaves us with me rambling about whatever I want to type.

While I’m typing this, I’m doing an OKBaby marathon~ I’ve been busy and had no time to watch them, they’re so cute! I’m going to write a post about them, but meh. Someday. I don’t want to break anymore promises (I DO NOT BREAK PROMISES IN REAL LIFE), thus I will end today’s post.

Tata~