Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Post-SPM/Afterschool Guidelines

Posted by Shiera Leo at 01:40 1 comments
Assalamualaikum and hello!

Your most important exam in high school has ended yeay! But what to do next?

Maybe some of you out there are wondering this matter too. Well there is a couple of students contact me, asking for my opinions. So here goes my opinions!

What do i need to do right after SPM?
I would say enjoy yourself! Pamper and treat yourself after a hectic and busy time of your life. Do what you love. Go shopping, travel or just relax on your own bed. Your body and mind need some rest. You don't have to worry of anything at this moment. Just enjoy and celebrate that you have done your SPM well.

The time when you should be worried a bit is the first few weeks after the result comes out.

Prepare yourself to fill in soooo many forms. Online or you have to print them out. And you best friends at that moment will be 'ketua kampung' jkkk and others related to them haha. It will be quite boring and stressful coz you keep doing the same thing over and over. Haha.

Check any website or company which offer scholarships for undergraduates. Apply all of them. Yes all. There are loads but might be different from previous years. So i advice my adik-adik (huhu) to check them out. Just google or ask your friends/seniors from the year before.

Be attentive to the closing date of each application! Once i missed the application for Maktab Perguruan. It was not my first choice to be a teacher but i quite liked it tho. Keep up to date if you don't want to miss your opportunities.

Does UPU still exist? Haha. I guess so. As i remember there are two parts of UPU. The first part is where you fill in all the datas, then you can choose any course or university that you like. Correct me if i was wrong. After the SPM result has come out, don't forget to update your choices. I think maybe a lot of people tend to skip this step. But this is so important. Adjust your course and university of choice depending on your result. It is like 'mengukur baju di badan sendiri'. I am not bragging or what so ever. I hope you get my point here huhu.

This is optional but you can join english class/course for post-SPM students. Such course is very good in improving our english for interviews especially. I didn't attend any of those courses tho haha. But my friends did and they got a lot of benefits from joining those courses.

After settling the applications, the next step is the interview. I think this is most important part because nowadays there are so many genius people. So the only way for them(sponsors) to assess the applicators is by evaluating the soft skills and social skills.

Okay one more. This is not related with your study or future career but it is quite important and true. Get your driving license during this period. Because this is the only time you have a lot of free time. And i'll tell you. My friends who did not manage to get the driving license before entering university, they still did not get it yet haha. Experience.

I think that's all on what i did after SPM.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Travelling Tips!

Posted by Shiera Leo at 01:41 1 comments
Assalamualaikum. Greetings.

Now it is the time of the year, everyone is planning for holiday trips (well at least for us in Moscow). Since studying here (2011), i've travelled every winter holiday. Who gonna miss the chance to travel the Europe when it is right in front of your eyes kan. 

So here i want to share some tips for travelling, specifically in the Europe. But i think these applies to all countries around the world too. These maybe are basic tips where you can find everywhere else. But i'm writing this post with my own experience.

Money is the most important thing, of course. This 'plan the budget' is not only the budget for your trip, but your whole budget in general. Calculate and minus all your payments including apartment, transport, daily expenses etc. Then you get the amount that you can spend for travelling. Well some of you may already got the tabung special for travelling. That's a great effort lah. But i always fail to fill up my coin bank huhu.

Sticking to the topic of money, try to use a debit card. Either withdraw some amount of money in the particular country or just swipe your card. Buying the currency at the money changer can be a bit expensive. Besides, you don't have to carry that money all the way from home. It is risky too!

Get some info about the country you are going to. The currency, places of interests, reviews etc. It's easier than googling all that stuff at the moment you are already there. I have friends who did that way. Yes it is okay if you want some challenges but to me, i like everything to be organized coz i am an organized person hewhew.

There are a lot of cheap airlines such as ryan air and easy jet(uk based). Book early, look for great deals from airlines from time to time, look for smaller carriers. I've seen some tips that say the flight tickets will be cheaper on tuesday night, and a lot more expensive on weekends. And my friends say so too. Another tips is try to be more flexible with your flight date. The same concept. Fly on weekdays, it is cheaper.

There is no reason to take your closet with you. Yes i am struggling with this problem too. #womensproblem  I always wanna look good in photos with different outfits. But try to minimise the stuffs you're bringing. Try to mix and match outfits. Bring your basic needs only.

Europe is well known for the efficient public transport. Trains and buses. As far as i travel in the Europe, transportation is not a problem. In Moscow, there are 3 types of public buses - autobus, trolleybus, tram. Hebat kan? So use them. Try to avoid private transport like taxi. 

Being a student, you are so lucky! Bukan sekadar pas masuk university je. You can get discounts or even free entry tickets for some places. So don't forget to bring your student card or ISIC (International Student Identity Card). Once in Istanbul, Turkey i didn't bring the ISIC :( The normal ticket price and student price is like around 30 Turkish Lira(TL) and 5 TL. *if i'm not mistaken* What a difference! I am sure you don't wanna lose your opportunities kan. Use your student card.

I am a bargain hunter. Who doesn't love cheap things? But sometimes when you are a foreigner, the sellers tend to be a little bit tricky and put higher prices. Show off your bargain skills!

For now i think that's all. From time to time insyaAllah i'll try to write tips or experience specifically where i went.



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