Cyprus: An Island of Unforgettable Accomplishments!

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The awesome guys from the my Silver Team. From far left: Danny, Me, Misbah, Stewart, Aasir, Matteo and Holly. Photo credits go to Mr. Upton.
The awesome guys from the my Silver Team. From far left: Danny, Me, Misbah, Stewart, Aasir, Matteo and Holly. Photo credits go to Mr. Upton.

Yesterday and the two days before yesterday I posted about my little escapade to Antalya, Turkey. I must be the luckiest globe-trotting expatriate in the world that month. Within less than a week after returning from that holiday, I travelled to Cyprus for a week-long expedition trip organised by my school! Luckily for me, I had already written about some my experiences for my school’s newsletter, so why re-invent the wheel right? Here is what we all did back then: Continue reading “Cyprus: An Island of Unforgettable Accomplishments!”

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015…

2014 – A Year of Change

Looking back at all the events this year that have happened, I realised that have gone through so much. There are always recurring periods of happiness, sadness, excitement, boredom, pain and healing. For me this year was marked with moving to a new country, graduating, entering a new school, saying goodbye to old friends and saying hello to old friends.
 
I don’t remember all of the events in my life very well. Too many things come and go, so it becomes difficult to keep track of cherished memories. Thankfully though, I am a regular Facebook user and from there I can go through and mark the milestones in my life.

Life events are represented with black-coloured text while blog-related events in dark green.
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Birthdays, School and Vacation

I’m going to keep this one short and simple

Picture source: http://images.all-free-download.com/ and edited by me.


First of all, today is my birthday (yay?) and despite it being so, it was rather uneventful. Nothing amazing or terrible happened and I suppose I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful that I am still alive for another year, to enjoy this short life we are all living in. I don’t really celebrate birthdays anymore but to all those who wished me in social media, thank you so much for your kind messages. (^_^)


Secondly, I finished my first term of my IB course in New Cairo British International School just yesterday.

It’s been one heck of a roller coaster ride, even more so than my two years combined for my IGCSEs in IISM. So many things happened in the past 4 months. There were lots of exciting events and fun days, but there was also a lot of monotonous school-work and homework to get through. The studying was much more intensive than in IGCSEs. There were very few days when I have zero homework or any school-related things to do at home. There were research, projects, essays, note-writing, test revisions and planning for all of the 7 different subjects that I study for and it takes a lot of commitment and determination to keep going with such a workload. I’m not struggling just yet, but unfortunately it could get rather stressful, especially when I end up getting work from 6/7 different subjects at once. Hopefully, God-willing, this vacation will help me rest from all this chaos and prepare myself for the school again.

Thirdly, as I said already, I’m on vacation!!!
Because of this, I am flying off to Luxor with the rest of my family members here for a Nile cruise for 5 days. It will last from 20th of December (Saturday) until 25th (Thursday). The trip will include lots of visits to Ancient Egyptian temples and relaxing river-bank watching along the way, so wish me luck! I will try to write about this here on my blog and post lots of photos about it. Until then, see ya!

The Pre-University Life in NCBIS – Part I

Sleepless nights and hot coffee – the staples of a pre-uni student

Right then, let’s get back to business!

 
It’s been a little more than a week since my last post, and I pledge myself to not let a week pass without having posted anything, no matter how short or long the post may be. I look at my blog with utmost self-pity seeing the gap of time between the Language and Culture Analysis and the ‘apology’ post because not having posted anything defeated the purpose of that post itself, but whatever, I’m just rambling on for no good reason now…
 
This one will be a short post; a little snippet of how my life is going in my new chapter in life – pre-university. Some might call it ‘college’ but technically in my case I am not studying in a college or uni yet, so I’m going to stick with ‘Pre-U’ or ‘IB’. What’s IB, you may ask? All will be explained below ~

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My Language and Culture – An Analysis

Hello Internet. I know I have been absent for quite a while, so I want to make it up by posting this really in-depth piece of writing about – you guessed it – languages. I know I seem overly obsessed with this, but I suppose it’s part of who I am. 😛 Anyway I wrote this as part of an IB English assignment so I try to explain as much as I could to answer the given question. Without further ado, here we go:

Question: How does your language reflect your culture?

“Referring to your language bank, interviews, notes and knowledge gained thus far through studying language in a cultural context, write a 500+ essay explaining how your language (in all its forms) reflects your own personal culture (which may be a mixture of many different cultures).”

My language is an inseparable part of who I am. It is a complex reflection of all the different cultures and experiences I went through for the past sixteen years.” (Courtesy of wordle.net)

My language is an inseparable part of who I am. It is a complex reflection of all the different cultures and experiences I went through for the past sixteen years.. To better understand how my language works, I need to first give a brief description of which cultures I identify with and where I have been. I usually identify myself as a Muslim, Malay and Malaysian teenage expatriate living in Egypt but I feel like I can identify with so many more cultures. I have lived in Malaysia for the first eight years of my life (in different regions), moved to Oman and resided there for six years, returned to Malaysia to live near the capital city in an international boarding school for almost three years. I believe with so much interaction between people from different countries, backgrounds and communities, that listing all the cultures I associate with is near-impossible.
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