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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Camping at Sungai Lembing

On 26 and 27th of July 2008, me and my friends as the first year students need to go to a camping in Sungai Lembing under University Malaysia Pahang (UMP). It was compulsory for the first year students to show their soft skills.

We leaved UMP at 7 am in the morning. After about two hour in the bus, we arrived at Sungai Lembing camp site.
After arrived, we kept our things and have a breakfast. We were divided into groups and each of the group need to have a leader. So, we choose the leader for our group and also for our gender.

At about 11 am, we prepared ourselves with the tools for our hiking expedition.

On our expedition, we need to hike about 4 hills. Many of us collapsed because they cannot stand the sunlight. Everybody had got thirsty because we don’t have enough water. But, we need to go through our expedition because we cannot go back to the beginning. After 5 hours on the hills, finally our suffering was over.

In the evening, we need to build our tent on the camp site. At night, we were given a task where we need to find a treasure which was hidden by Osama Laden. We finish our task at 4 am.

The next day, we need to prepare the foods by ourselves. We were given groups to prepare the foods. At the afternoon, we have our lunch with the meals that we prepared.

Our camping ended at the evening, 27th of July. Before we leave Sungai Lembing, we were given the oppurtunity to visit the museum.

We went to UMP with the tired bodies. But we felt happy because we had a new experience.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

An Amazing Place

In 22nd Oktober 2007, my friends and I was having a journey to Universiti Teknologi Petronas which is situated in Perak Darul Ridzuan.

For the first time i was there, it makes me shock with the facilities and the weird design of the building. We went there and stay for a night at the hostel. I can't see the view of the whole university. All the building were made by the glass. It seems like I was in (Crime Scene Investigation) CSI unit in America. It was amazing with the weird shape of the building and also the laboratories. It's such an amazing place for a student to study.

Talking about study, there must be hard to study in UTP. But all the students there were promised to get a job after finishing their study as long as they've got the pointer not less than 3.0. It's not hard if they try to get it with the hard work and dream to reach thier goal.

After a day in UTP, all of us went back to our college with the hope that someday, we will be like them to have our own achievement.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

An emperor and a seed

An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, he decided something different. He called young people in the kingdom together one day. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you."

The kids were shocked! But the emperor continued. "I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here after one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next emperor!"

One boy named Ling was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the story. She helped him get a pot and planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 5 weeks went by. Still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants but Ling didn't have a plant, and he felt like a failure. Six months went by, still nothing in Ling's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed.

Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Ling didn't say anything to his friends, however. He just kept waiting for his seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling told his mother that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But honest about what happened, Ling felt sick to his stomach, but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace. When Ling arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other youths. They were beautiful in all shapes and sizes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other kinds laughed at him. A few felt sorry for him and just said, "Hey nice try."

When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. Ling just tried to hide in the back. "What great plants, trees and flowers you have grown," said the emperor. "Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!" All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ling was terrified. "The emperor knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!"

When Ling got to the front, the Emperor asked his name. "My name is Ling," he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, "Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!" Ling couldn't believe it. Ling couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor?

Then the emperor said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds, which would not grow. All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!"

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory.
If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.
If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy.
If you plant patience, you will reap improvements.
If you plant faith, you will reap miracles.

If you plant dishonesty, you will reap distrust.
If you plant selfishness, you will reap loneliness.
If you plant pride, you will reap destruction.
If you plant envy, you will reap trouble.
If you plant laziness, you will reap stagnation.
If you plant bitterness, you will reap isolation.
If you plant greed, you will reap loss.
If you plant gossip, you will reap enemies.
If you plant worries, you will reap wrinkles.
If you plant sin, you will reap guilt.

So be careful what you plant now, It will determine what you will reap tomorrow, The seeds you now scatter, Will make life worse or better, your life or the ones who will come after. Yes, someday, you will enjoy the fruits, or you will pay for the choices you plant today


My name is Nur Ain Ithnin Binti Alias. My friends used to call me ‘Ain’. A quite short name and easy to remember.

Nur Ain Ithnin’ means ‘Cahaya Mata Kedua’ and the words ‘Binti Alias’ means that I am a daughter of a person named Alias. It is the meaning taken by Arabic language. My parent gave me that name because I am their second child. We as Muslims usually were given the name used in Arabic language because we followed the language from al-Quran, our Kitab and also from our prophet Muhammad who was born in Arab.

When I search from the internet, I found the word ‘Ain’ from Merriam-Webster Dictionary which means ‘Own’. The pronunciation of this word is \’ān\. It is function as adjective. Does it mean that I am the owner of myself? But, when I think it deeper, I cannot see my own self. I still cannot see my true feeling about something. I always blame myself for everything occurs around me. That was what I always feel..

Days have just passed away, and now I realize that everything are not perfect. Everybody made mistakes but not everybody can be blamed..It doesn't mean that we have to blame ourselves...So am I !! I tried to think everything in a positive ways. So that I can be MYSELF!!!..