2. Mat Rempit
Pasar Malam (night market)
This is a small taste of Malaysia. Night markets are a popular occurrence and are full of colour, sounds and smells. There is a wide variety of things sold ranging from CD’s and clothes to souvenirs and good food.
Bahasa Rojak (Malaysian Pidgin Language)
“Bahasa rojak” is the de facto national language of Malaysia. Most Malaysians will never speak true Malay, English, Mandarin or Tamil to one another. Instead, we will always communicate in that pidgin language we have grown to love.
Mamak stalls’ affordable food and unpretentious atmosphere tend to create a casual dining atmosphere. Newer mamak stalls have more of a cafe aspect, usually being well lit and furnished with stainless steel tables. Some are outfitted with large flat screen televisions, or even projectors, so that patrons can catch the latest programs or live matches as they dine. Some mamak stalls also provide free Wi-Fi service. Despite these innovations, many modern mamak stalls attempt to retain their predecessors’ open air dining atmosphere by setting up tables on a patio, the shoplot’s walkway, or even on the street.
My goal is to catch up in my studies and ultimately, achieve at least 4A’s in A-levels examination.
Undoubtedly, my goal is crucial to get me into a good university, even more so an overseas university, which is my dream. A good academic result is obviously the baseline in applying for scholarships, or even just getting into competitive courses or institutions.
THE PROS: Two years of sciences and math in high school has given me strong foundation in the subjects I’m currently pursuing. With basic knowledge at hand, I can dig deep into the subject matter at ease. On the other hand, experienced lecturers, wide range of resources be it on paper or online also facilitates my learning and study process.
THE CONS: Sudden transition from school to college in terms of study environment and habits, peer pressure and insufficient time are few of the cons which I have to overcome in order to achieve my goals. To do so, I need to make practice of self-learning, discipline myself and also manage my time and emotions rationally.
To achieve my goal, I plan to:
I was exposed to the 8 domains of Taylor’s Graduate Capabilities, and through further exposure to each of the domains, I now understand the importance of improving myself in reference to the domains so as to achieve an all-rounded success, be it knowledge, interaction with people or self-management.
SMART Goal Setting
I learnt that being specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound are important keys to not only formulating a goal, but to achieve it as well. Often, I set my goals too impulsively or ambitiously without considering my abilities and time span in a realistic manner, which leads to failure. Now, I have a clear mindset of what my goal is, how will I achieve it, and when will I achieve it.
I agree that I am an intuitive, a feeler and a perceiver from the detailed descriptions in the test. Besides being imaginative and habitually observe from different points of view, I value freedom and carefreeness. I’ve gained a better picture of what kind of person I am, and it helps me to make the most out of myself without being someone I’m not.
I’ve had a better understanding of various learning styles and the learning style that suits me the best. The results showed that I have a multimodal learning preference. In order to study efficiently, I take the initiative to learn a subject matter in several modes, with focus on kinesthetic learning, i.e learning through practical, and also visual learning, which is emphasizing important points using visuals.
Through this analysis I was made aware that internally and externally, there’s always a good and bad side, and it’s up to us to right the wrongs and turn the downside up. In order to reach my personal goals, I strive to improve my strengths, eliminate my weaknesses, and turn threats into opportunities.
I used to find myself at a loss whenever I’m asked about my “ambitions”, “future plans” because I wasn’t very clear what kind of career suits my personality and interest. The test enables me to dig deep into my personality and discover my INFP personality type: and introvert, intuitive, feeler and perceiver. As the test suggests, I find myself to be a person that doesn’t like restrictions and fears conflicts, but instead favors flexibility and creativity, and with that self-discovery, I can steer myself in the right direction towards my career of interest.
According to the career test, I’m said to have an INFP personality. To some extent, it is true because points like “Your career will be more important to you than ‘just a job'” resonates with me. I “hate conflict and take lengths to avoid it”, and I often dig deep into the perspectives of others, like why do they think what do they think.
Some career paths that would suit my personality as well as interests are:
A Musician. I enjoy playing music for a few reasons. First of all, the satisfaction of turning feelings into music. There is a reason and meaning for every rhythm and note, and it delivers a message from the composer. Also, from a song, I can learn so much about the person, the way he thinks, and even the historical setting behind it.
A Psychiatrist/Psychologist. This is a career more relevant to my studies now, which are sciences. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor that specializes in the treatment of mental disorders. A psychologist is someone who studies the mind and behavior, and uses psychological knowledge and research to solve problems, such as treating mental illnesses. For me this is a very meaningful career because, unlike the body, it is significantly harder to treat an illness “deep inside”. I could learn and apply the knowledge of how hormones or environmental factors play with a person’s emotions, but at the same time empathize and understand a patient’s feelings, and from there, help them to find solutions through changes in their behavioral patterns, the exploration of their past experiences.
Applying the SWOT analysis
I understand that in order to reach my personal goals, I have to improve my strengths, eliminate my weaknesses, and turn threats into opportunities. Some efforts include:
SWOT is seen as an analytical framework which can help companies facing great challenges. The analysis was created by business gurus Edmund P. Learned, Kenneth Andrews, C. Roland Christensen and William D. in the 1960s. Even though SWOT was originally used for business, it can help assess a person’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
Strength: An internal resource or capability helpful to achieve desired goals.
Weakness: An internal attribute or barrier to achieve desired goals.
Opportunity: An external condition that could provide a competitive advantage.
Threat: An external condition that could damage the scope for attaining objectives.
Through the VARK test, I’ve had a better understanding of various learning styles and the learning style that suits me the best. The results showed that I have a multimodal learning preference, i.e. having the same material presented in several of their modes in order to really learn it.
As my Kinesthetic and Visual slightly outscores the rest, I’d put more focus on the aforementioned modes: