Sunday, December 4, 2016

Melex Bonding Day

Assalamualaikum, dear readers! ^_^

Alhamdulillah I finally got time to blog again yeay! :)
Yesterday means a lot to me. In the morning, I joined Lex Bond, a bonding programme for members of MeLex, the law students’ society I joined in CFS. It started in the morning, and was kicked off with breakfast together. Later, when most of us have arrived, we sat in a circle and listened to a Proposal Briefing from Madam Mizan and Mr Ridhwan, our lecturers. Since most of the participants yesterday were the committees of Melex, we were reminded the essence of every paperwork for each programs that we plan to do. Some earlier programs have been rejected due to errors in the paperwork or it being not very convincing. Thus, Madam shared with us her experience in making paperwork, the correct way of doing it and her experience dealing with corporate individuals in finding sponsorship for the programs. 

Though the briefing was regarding rather serious matter, it was fun all along. The way our lecturers conveyed their hopes and their experiences was very relaxed and enjoyable. We laughed most of the time, too. We understood then, that the process of planning and executing our programs is a really long process of learning and that we will finally benefit from it, in the main campus and in our career too, in shaa Allah. 

After that, we moved on to the next activity; Lexplore hehe. It surely meant Lex Explorace. It's funny how everything was combined with the word 'lex' yesterday. Lex Bond, Lexplore, Dollex hahaha okay going to share about that later. 

During registration, each of us was given a line from a song to be memorized. After the Proposal Briefing, we were told to sing our lines and find people who sing lines from the same song. People singing the same song are in the same group and should get together in a line. My line was 'we shall excel, we shall prevail....’ Hahaha it's the IIUM song and it was not that hard to find others singing the same song. Some groups were singing the famous ‘Walaupun hidup seribu tahun, kalau tak sembahyang apa gunanya’ and ‘Kun Anta’.  When all of us got into our groups, we were given a Constitution which told us the rules of Lexplore, Jobscopes List, Summon List, and Finance List which contained clauses which were so legal! Hehehe
The constitution directed us to appoint a Program Manager (our group leader), Assistant Program Manager, Program Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, Head of Public Relations, Head of Preparation and Technical, and Head of Modules. The secretary was then given a manila card, a few pieces of A4 paper, and three colour pencils and the treasurer was given an envelope containing Dollex (hahaha the Lex dollars they printed with the HiComs faces). We were then introduced to the Game Marshal who was going to summon us if any of us were to breach the rules stated in the constitution. Each summon would cost us the different amount of Dollex, depending on the offense. 

Then, we went to the first checkpoint; Annex. There, the Program Coordinator (PC) was responsible to lead the group. Each members of the group were told to wear a headphone with a really loud music being played, the PC would give instructions to them, and they needed to act upon the instruction. Hehe the funny thing is that the person wearing the headphone really couldn’t hear anything the PC was saying and depended only on how the PC’s mouth moved. It was so hilarious- everyone’s responses towards the different instructions. Everyone admitted that it was so hard to understand the instruction and each PC was trying so hard to make the members understand. When everyone was done, the programme committee explained to us the lesson from that game. He told us that it is that hard for PCs for any programs to give instructions to the other committees, if everyone simply doesn’t listen. Listening properly to the superiors’ instructions is essential to produce comprehension towards the task and execute it properly. We were deeply influenced by the game and self reflected with ourselves for a moment. 

The next checkpoint, we played a ‘Telepathy Game’. Five members of the group which the PM and APM trusted most stood in front and in a zigzag arrangement. Then the game committee said two names/items, and with our eyes closed, we needed to shout out our choice between the two. They wanted to see if the choices of every members of the group were the same item or not. After that, in the same position, we were told to open our eyes and listen to the term or name pronounced by the game committee. Upon hearing the term, we needed to act resembling the term. Again, they wanted to see if our actions were common or varied from each other. It was funny to see different reactions from each member of the groups and everyone enjoyed the game. In the end, the game committee told us that another essence in an organization is to be united, and that can be achieved by following the agreed decision of the majority. That is what makes jobs easier done. Yes, at that moment, one thing in my mind was; how creative these game committees are in depicting real life situations into games which will surely leave effects in us. 

For the next checkpoint, we went quite further; to the London Bridge. There, the Head of Public Relations (PR) was in charge. There were six boxes containing secret items on the tables. The PRs were to insert their hands into the boxes and describe each item with only four words. The other group members were to listen carefully to the descriptive words and think of what the items were. When the PRs were done describing the items, the rest would discuss what the items might be and submit their answers to the committee. It was interesting, only that I wished everyone could touch the items too, or there was no time limit for the PRs to list the 4 words hehe. Interestingly, the lesson from this game is that a person who is in charge of Public Relations, who will deal with outsiders be them someone highly influential or not, must be able to convey the message or intention specifically and with clarity. Just like the game, if the PR is not able to describe the items clearly, the other group members will be in hardship in guessing what the items were, thus if a person in charge of Public Relations cannot clarify the intention of a particular deal, the objective won’t be achieved. Oh, this game really taught us well. 

The last checkpoint was at SMAIWP2. The game there was a bit sporty. Before it started, we were told to hold two items; one regarded non beneficial and another one valuable. Without thinking about the instruction too deeply, most of us took the scattered leaves as the non beneficial items and kept one favourite valuable item in hand. We were then told to put the non beneficial items in a box for each group. Next, we played a game where slippers are thrown to topple mineral water bottles down. The hard part was the thrower stands at the first level of the building, and the bottle was at the court in between the two buildings. There were 4 stages altogether and the last stage was between two winning groups from the previous stages. In the last stage, the challenge was to topple a number of empty drinking cans, but using the non beneficial items that we collected at first! Come to think of it, most of us just picked the dried leaves, and now we had to topple the drinking cans with them. Luckily, one of our group members had picked a mineral water bottle. Our head of Prep and Tech threw the bottle and after the second try, the empty cans tower fell to the ground :)
The lesson from that game was also quite a heart shot. The committee said that just like what most of us thought during the game, it was really hard. But then again, the same goes in life. There will be times when things get so hard for us, and asking for help is just too risky. That is when we need to be resilient and just keep trying hard, so things can be settled down. Another thing is that we always take things for granted. The committee asked us the reason for picking the dried leaves as our non beneficial items. He just said, “So the leaves have never been important in your life?” And everyone looked down in silence. 

By then, it was almost three already. We rushed back to the AMF for the closing ceremony. We sat once again in a big circle and each treasurer was asked their groups’ total Dollex after all the games. 
Calling it a day
 Some lost their Dollex through summons while some bought advantages during the games. Alhamdulillah, my group managed to keep about 90+- Dollex. Then, the PM for each group was asked their opinion on the possibility of our ad hoc proposal which was done throughout the game time span to be approved and become a success. After hearing every PM’s explanation about their groups’ achievements, we moved on to the prize giving ceremony. 

With the total Dollex, my group managed to be in 2nd place :) Alhamdulillah. But really, it’s not the place nor prizes that matters, but the unforgettable experience, and life lasting lessons. Before adjourning, of course, there was a photo shoot session :) and below is the product hehehe  

See you :)

This will do for now, got assignments to do hehe assalamualaikum ^_^

Friday, November 25, 2016

The New Chapter is going to be a long one

Assalamualaikum, dear readers! ^_^

 It is indeed exciting to be able to blog again, after a long rest from doing so. I do love blogging, but it bothers me that I am not sure if I have anything much beneficial to be shared here. Till then, I will continue sharing my life experiences which I wish can benefit others in any way, in shaa Allah.

Why such a title? Hehe
Since the last entry was about my admission to CFS, I would like to admit that I am new here, although it

has been already six months, hehe. What I mean is, the journey is still long ahead. Alhamdulillah, I have successfully finished the first semester, with, I can say, quite flying colours. I think that I am finally feeling very comfortable with the course I am taking and in shaa Allah, will not change it.

CFS Gate
For the first semester, I have already taken 5 subjects, Introduction to Law, Introduction to Islamic Law, Islam and Other Religions, Basic Application of ICT and Writing Skills and another class named Study Circle. They seem quite a lot, but alhamdulillah, it was not as though as it seems. I am not suggesting that it was totally easy though, nothing worth having comes easy hehe. But I would say that anyone who works hard from the start and keeps praying for Allah's help can do excellently in these subjects, in shaa Allah. ☺

I've always been thinking if I should share some photos, but I guess it's okay. Here we go.

Let's start with the first class. First time seeing everyone for Intro to Law. We sat in a circle and played a game for Ice Breaking. Little did I know we were to be in the same class too for other subjects.
ICT Class, with our beloved, soft spoken Madam Faridah Hanem. Oh, it was Wednesday, to explain the white scarves and shirts.
All right, have to admit that this is my most favourite subject, Islamic Law. Our young lecturer, Miss Farhana. Really never going to forget this, our last night class before the finals. We had a quiz, and found out our midterm results. Hehe. Miss Farhana really motivated us a lot when she explained how the midterm will not determine our final results, so everyone would work harder for the finals. Thanks Miss! TT
Introduction to Law, ITL. There is our lecturer, Madam Siti Humaiyah. I learnt a lot in this class, everything I never want to forget. Things that make me ponder a lot. But I ponder a lot in other classes too, hehe. I guess this course just reminds me humans are overall humans. We wonder a lot, if things will work well in the future.
Writing Skills with Madam Hanita :) The class with the most memorable taaruf session and of course, unforgettable lessons for life. Congratulations Madam for your newborn baby :)
Aha, here it is. Islam & Other Religions class, with Ustaz Shauqi. I would say this class is the most cheerful one, always filled with laughter :D Never forgetting this class, taught me a lot about my faith.

Hehe, our class photo :') I thought it was compulsory, but it was actually optional, but thanks to this, I have something to look at one day :) The brothers, at the moment this photo was taken, went for their blazers, so we had our special photo first.
Alhamdulillah, I loved these subjects so much and it surely played part in performing better. Oh, did I mention that I joined Karatedo? Yes, believe me I did. I myself could not believe it at first, but it was my choice anyways. Why?

I have always wanted to learn martial arts. During my school years, I already wanted to join Taekwondo, but did not have the chance to. I have always had the desire to be strong and able to protect myself and people around me, and above all, healthier. Did I ever mention in the previous posts that I've no talent in sports? Hehe. That's true, I don't. When I couldn't do sports really well, except I enjoy playing badminton, I think that joining martial arts can be a great platform to keep myself fit, and live a healthier life. Therefore, when it happened that after Eid Break, society booths were opened to attract new members, I joined my friends to visit them.

I went to all of the martial arts booths; Silat Gayong, Silat Cekak Malaysia, Silat Cekak Hanafi, Taekwondo and Karate. When we reached Karate booth, we first, were asked questions hehe. That karateka asked if we were wondering what specialty does this club have, and we just nodded. They said that as a club, it is just the same as any other clubs- we'll need to pay fees, buy uniforms, attend meetings, bonding days and all stuff like that. However, if what we were looking for was to learn the real art of protecting ourselves, and preparing ourselves a strong, healthy body, this club should be it. They also mentioned the common preconceptions about Karate, where they only use hands and break bricks haha but that's not all karate is about! We do, use our hands a lot, but we use our body and legs a lot too, just like any other martial arts.
CFS IIUM ShitoRyu Karatedo Club AGD, as well as Eid Celebration :)

They said that there were students who seem interested in Karate and came for the first training, but then never showed up. Some already trained a lot, but  stopped in the middle. When we asked for the usual reason, they said packed schedule and loss of interest are very common. My friends and I exchanged looks but we could try first :) The senior karateka then demonstrated for us a few movements they learned in karate, allthough I cannot remember now which kata was it. Hehe. It totally amazed us when he explained the functions of such movements. The other karateka then told us that the sensei, always does a special session after every dojo, on applying the movements in real situations, and I think that part really piqued my interest. 
After dojo - When sensei could not come, senpais will come and guide us :)

The best part (how many best parts are there already XD hehe) was when the karatekas informed us that we can just come to watch first, or have a try and then, decide if we really wanted to join. They also said that we would not have to pay the fees or buy our gi (uniform) until we were decided. Hearing such good news, we happily filled in the registration form. A friend of mine, who used to learn Shotokan Karate told me that I had to think deeply before joining- she was afraid I couldn't bear the pain and all. She also suggested me to watch some videos before the first training, and I did, and felt that I should give it a try.

Yes, sensei is in this photo. When it rains, we would have dojo indoors.
And when we went for the training, surprisingly, I enjoyed it so much! After several weeks of coming to dojo, I decided that coming to dojo is currently my 'me time' when I can relax and just karate on. It's fun, it really is. Till now, alhamdulillah, I have never regretted joining karate and only dream to go further, although, I must say, the journey is still long ahead. The karate family too, is very fun, and I really enjoy it being with them.

Alhamdulillah too, in October, we went for centralized grading in IIUM Gombak, with hundreds more karatekas. It was so exciting to see little kids in their gis and they were already brown belt TT It's okay, it's never too late to learn something new. Senpais always told us this: The little kids are already brown, and that is just because they learned Karate earlier. Your journey starts now. It doesn't matter when you start, but how you go through your journey. :) Senpais are really good motivators. Senseis are, too.

Post grading photo shoot. White belts with senseis and a few senpais. 

Alhamdulillah, finished sharing so much :) I have so many things to always share but it's rather hard to find time to do so. I have lots in the drafts but only this one managed to be published for the moment. That too, this entry has been delayed for a week already hehe. I do have a plan to share about my Thinking Skills project for the current semester. In shaa Allah, will find time to do so.

Thank you for your time, and see you again! :) Assalamualaikum!