Malaysian Culture

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

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

Mamak

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.

DIEP

Describe

My goal is to catch up in my studies and ultimately, achieve at least 4A’s in A-levels examination.

Interpret

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.

Evaluate

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.

Plan

To achieve my goal, I plan to:

  • Prepare before a lecture by briefly going through resources
  • Revise right after a lecture
  • Train myself with questions and past year papers to enhance and apply my understandings, 3 hours daily
  • Apply various methods throughout my study process, e.g. highlighting important points, watching tutorials and animations, forming a study group etc.

Reflection V

TGC

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.

Personality Test

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.

Learning Styles

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.

SWOT Analysis

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.

Career Test

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.

Reflection IV

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:

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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.

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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.

Career Test

Percentage breakdown of results
  • Introverted (I) 82% Extraverted (E) 18%
  • Intuitive (N) 73% Sensing (S) 27%
  • Feeling (F) 55% Thinking (T) 45%
  • Perceiving (P) 59% Judging (J) 41%
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INFP – Idealists and Dreamers

• Devoted and loyal
• Have strong values
• Warmly interested in others
• Service oriented, often putting the needs of others before theirs.
• Future and growth orientated, constantly wanting to grow in a positive direction
• Complex, creative, sensitive and inspirational
• Easy going and flexible, except when a ruling principle is violated
• Do not like working with details and routine work
• Original and individual – “thinking out of the box”
• Very good written communications
• Prefer working alone, possibly can have problems working in teams
• High value on authentic and deep relationships
• Want to be appreciated and seen for who you are
Your career will be more important to you “just a job”, you will need to be doing something meaningful that suits your strong value systems.You are intuitive about people and also rely on your intuitions to guide you through life and search for value and meaning.
You hate conflict and take lengths to avoid it. If it must be faced, it is approached with the perspectives of other’s feelings in mind.Thus you don’t really care who is right or wrong, but only how the conflict makes you feel. Other’s may see this as irrational behaviour during conflict situations. On the other hand, as an INFP you can make a very good mediator, and good at solving other’s conflicts because you intuitively understand each person’s feelings and perspectives and truly wish to help them.
You are easy going and flexible until someone breaks you of your values, to which you can aggressively defend, and fight for a just cause. Because of your high standards you can be hard on yourself, and even others in group or team situations because your ideals are higher. This can create problem of control, which may need to be a addressed in order to live in balance.

Possible Career Paths
• Writers
• Musicians
• Consultants
• Fine art teachers
• English teachers
• Editors
• Education consultants
• Journalists
• Social scientists
• Counselors and Social Workers
• Teacher or Professor
• Psychiatrists and psychologists
• Religious Workers
• Television Reporter
• Systems Analyst, Computer specialist/programmer
• Scientist
• Writer or Journalist
• Engineer

Reflection III

Applying the SWOT analysis

My Strengths

  • Able to adapt quickly into a new environment
  • Observant
  • Focused

My Weaknesses

  • Time management skills
  • Tendency to procrastinate
  • Lack of organisation and system
  • Poor self control
  • Financial constraint

Opportunities

  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Scholarships
  • Community service
  • Learning new skills
  • Knowing new people

Threats

  • Peer pressure
  • Very strong competition
  • Hectic schedule

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:

  • Formulating and following a timetable to achieve a balance between studies and leisure
  • Discipline myself by following the timetable and constantly reminding myself what I should and should not do (e.g. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!)
  • Realize but avoid being intimidated by strong competition and peer pressure, instead turn it into motivation and constant reminder to keep moving myself forward

The SWOT Analysis

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.

Reflection II

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:

Kinesthetic Strategies

  • This preference uses experiences and the things that are real even when they are shown in pictures and on screens. Some methods I’d adopt are:
  • Studying by doing past papers, and also referring to solutions to problems.
  • Learning from trial and error to get a clear understanding of a learning concept, e.g. trying a math question several times before referring to the working and solutions
  • Paying attention during lab sessions and recall experiments
  • Include example questions or applications when taking notes

Visual Strategies

  • This preference uses symbolism and different formats, fonts and colors to emphasise important points. Some methods I’d adopt are:
  • Learning by watching educational videos, animations etc.
  • Drawing flow-charts, mind-maps, tables etc when taking notes.
  • Enhance visualization and memory by using highlighters, but not excessively
  • Recall images and practice turning visuals into words