Sunday, April 01, 2018

Dari Kuala Lumpur ke Kualanamu (Day 2)

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Phewhhhh lamanya nak sambung HAHAHA dah kurang ingat the details, but just let me jot down the big things. Maybe tak membantu sangat korang untuk travel ke sana, tapi I am sure there will be a lot of other blogs who have been posting about the details to backpack to Medan.

So, the next morning kitorang bangun tidur daripada malam yang terasa lebih panjang tuuu (sebab blackout dua kali kahkah), maka kami pun siap-siap nak ke Medan Toba. Alhamdulillah masjid sebelah tu je, so azan, even orang mengaji sebelum azan pun kedengaran jelas dari dalam bilik. Lepas subuh, prepare utk check out. Kami bertiga kecuali Kak Tiqah keluar untuk morning walk kejap right after subuh, cari air mineral buat bekal nak jalan jauh. No worries, since Masjid Raya yang dekat dengan hotel tu adalah satu tempat tarikan pelancong, maka banyak je kedai berdekatan, seperti Indomaret. Tapi oleh sebab pagi sangat, kami tuju ke kedai-kedai tepi jalan je yang boleh jadi dibuka 24 jam. 



 Balik tu, Dhuha kejap, dan kemudiannya check out.

Jumpa satu gerai kat depan hotel yang serve breakfast. Malas nak makan di hotel, dan kakak-kakak kononnya nak merasa street food Indonesia, maka kami setuju untuk sarapan di situ. TAPI Yam sendiri x order makan sebab kurang yakin dengan kemampuan nak makan awal-awal pagi gini. Plus semalam dekat airport dah borong roti banyak-banyak so Yam memang plan nak makan tu je bebila lapar. 



They served nasi lemak (style Indonesia) dengan bihun goreng. Kak Tiqah dan Kak Najwa mampu habiskan, Kak Krun gagal haha. Mungkin tekak masih belum dibiasakan dengan masakan orang Medan, maka ada yang tak kena dengan selera. Kami kemudiannya berniat nak ambik tuktuk ke Padang Bulan, which is a bus station untuk naik bas ke Medan Toba.

TAPI, tetengah makan tu tetiba dapat ilham nak tengok rate Grab. Sebab semalam dah sedih kena overcharge dengan dua tuktuk tu, maka kami tengok kat Grab lagi murah (maybe around Rp. 11, 000 utk satu Avanza), sedangkan tuktuk Rp 25, 000 untuk dua orang, maka secara bijaksananya wajarlah kami book Grab je kan. So yeah, sambil tunggu Grab tu, since ada je driver tuktuk di hampir segenap tanah di Medan ni, ada je dorang offer, tapi kami tolak secara baik. Bukanlah nak menafikan rezeki mereka, tapi belajar daripada kesilapan la kan. Semalam dah kena tipu, takkan harini nak merelakan diri ditipu lagi. 

Tips kalau korang insist nak merasa naik tuktuk, deal dan lock the price siap-siap dengan driver dia tu. Jangan main bagi destinasi pastu naik je. Lagi bagus, tawar menawar. Kalau tak, kholas lah. 

Okay, so Grab datang. Jenuh jugakla menunggu, siap ada yang datang offer trip ke Toba naik kereta apa semua. Kakak-kakak dah nampak tertarik haha sebab taknak naik bas. Tapi Yam cekalkan hati cakap tak nak. Nak naik bas jugak. So diorang taat je hahahaha bukan apa, paranoid sikit. Tu lah, siapa suruh tipu orang awal-awal. Kan dah terjejas rezeki rakan-rakan korang :D

Sampai di Padang Bulan, kalau kereta, kena bayar Rp 2, 000. KITA yang kena bayar sbb x termasuk dalam fee Grab. Tapi kalau tak nak bayar, suruh je driver tu drop korang kat luar then jalan kaki sikit je nak masuk dalam tu. Tak jauh mana pun. Jimatlah Rp 2,000 yang lebih kurang 60-70 sen duit Malaysia tu. Oh ya, sepanjang perjalanan daripada Masjid Raya ke Padang Bulan tu, enjoy the view. Dapatlah tengok lifestyle orang Medan, pagi-pagi lagi dah bersesak mencari rezeki. Memang lain daripada keadaan sekitar airport semalam yang lebih tenang dan tidak macet. Ternyata, Kota Medan juga ada macetnya tersendiri. 

Okay, sampai Padang Bulan, terus supir Grab drop depan bas yang memang menunggu penumpang ke Danau Toba. Oh, di sini pun ada shared van. Minta maaf sangat, lupa dah tambangnya berapa. Tapi shared van memang mahal sikit, dan cepat sejam kot daripada bas, sebab bas berhenti-berhenti ambil dan turunkan penumpang. Dan mungkin sejuk sikit, SEBAB BAS TAKDE AIRCOND hahahaha yaaaa 5 jam naik bas tu takde pendingin hawa ya. Dia akan buka tingkap dan merasa angin je la kau selama 5 jam tu. 




Make yourself comfortable. Boleh naik bas tu utk letak beg dulu lepastu turun balik, sebab takde aircond kan so panas. Tapi berhati-hati la dengan barangan anda. Yam main pikul je the whole day. Bukan apa, berjaga-jaga. Jadi apa-apa, salahkan diri sendiri je. Jangan nak salahkan orang. By the way, stesen bas dia jangan la nak expect macam TBS ya anak-anak. Seadanya je lah. And nanti ramai yang akan approach kau untuk jual makanan dan minuman. Tolak dengan sopan ya. Diorang mencari rezeki halal dengan gigihnya, jadi tolak la dengan baik, walaupun dorang memaksa sikit ke apa. Cakap je dah ada. Atau diam. Lama-lama diorang berlalu pergi la. 



Oh ya, tak silap bas tu nama SEJAHTERA. Van pun sama. Ada kaunter, so kalau nak tanya apa-apa gi je kaunter. Kitorang cakap dengan drebar bas tu je. So bila nak berlepas, naik la bas. Choose your seat, nanti konduktor datang kutip tambang, cakap je kau nak ke Tigaraja. Jangan risau jangan khuatir, Tigaraja adalah destinasi kedua terakhir. Yang terakhir, Tomok kalau tak silap. Btw kalau tersalah turun, contohnya macam kitorang sepatutnya turun kat Tigaraja tapi terlajak sampai Tomok, tunggu je angkut lalu dan bayarla engko Rp 4, 000 tak pepasal atas kecuaian engko tu haha. Tapi ok je. Merasalah naik satu jenis pengangkutan lain di Indonesia ni. 



Jeti Tigaraja ni jeti mengangkut manusia ke Danau Toba. Kalau kau nak pergi dengan kereta, macam orang nak ke Langkawi naik kereta tu, kena naik di jeti Tomok. Identify hotel yang kau tempah dekat Medan Toba tu belah mana. Macam kitorang book Carolina Hotel, sumpah lawaaaaaaaaaaaaa dan muraaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh ( Rp 125, 000 je semalaman! Bahagi dua pulak tuuu. Dan dia ada rate lagi muraaaah. Boleh check website dia utk rate - google Carolina Hotel Danau Toba), ada feri tersendiri yang memang Carolina punya untuk angkut guest dia. Kiranya, most of the hotel dekat Danau Toba nun ada jeti persendirian. Tapi tanya je lah captain feri tu sebab for benefit purpose, diorang angkut je penumpang pergi hotel lain pun, sebab feri ni setiap satu jam kalau tak silap. Tambang between Rp 10, 000 - Rp 15, 000 rasanya dan perjalanan atas air tu dalam setengah jam jugak la.



Penat naik bas takde aircond selama 5 jam tu langsung hilang bilamana dah nampak air Danau Toba tuu. Lawa sangat, dengan bukit bukaunya, fefeeling New Zealand kejap. Ye lah, tak mampu nak gi NZ lagi kan huhuhuhuhu. So perjalanan setengah jam menuju ke Danau Toba tu, hayatilah dengan begitu bergaya. Best wehhh hahaha.




Ok sampai Carolina. Check in pun settle smoothly.



 Despite booking melalui Booking.com sebab free cancellation haha, Yam dah whatsapp awal-awal receptionist tu dari Malaysia lagi, so dia dah tahu kita memang datang what time, so memang bilik dah ready. Check in dan rehat kejap, sebelum kitorang keluar meronda bandar dengan motor. 



Kitorang sampai tu dah petang, so sempat sewa motor sejam je. Rp 35, 000 sejam kalau tak silap. Bensin (minyak) full. Maka merempitlah kami berdua motor menuju ke pekan dan beli sedikit souvenir.



 Jalan sedang dibaiki masa tu (Oktober), so kena berhati-hati. Tapi jalan sikit, berhenti untuk ambik gambar sebab view lawa sangatttt *menangis* Balik tu singgah convenient store dan beli megi cup utk makan malam sebab susah sikit nak jumpa rumah makan muslim di sini. Gereja dan kuil terlalu banyak, senang sangat nak jumpa, dogs pun ramai haha tapi watlek watkul je. Ada je kedai makan muslim tapi kami tak berapa nak berani nak cuba pastu tak menarik je nampak, so kami pilih Pop Mie je lah. Jimat pun jimat hahahaha.

Balik bilik, mandi dan rehat. Pastu gi bilik Kak Najwa dan Kak Tiqah sebab bilik dorang ada beranda menghadap Danau Toba bhaiiiiiii. Lawa sangattttttttttttttttttttttttt *nangis lagi*



 So malam tu kami akhiri dengan dinner kami beserta sembang-sembang pasal diri sendiri. I got to know more about the kakaks, which Yam sangat appreciate makan malam tu. 

Uhhhhhhhh rinduuuu. So malam tu kami tidur nyenyak, letih dan kekenyangan, walaupun bilik tu takde kipas/aircond. Yesssss sebab Danau Toba sejuk secara semulajadi chuols :3 Bilik lawa pulak tuuuuuuu! 



Sooooooo esoknya, Day 3, kita tengok apa yang jadi ya. Hari untuk kembali ke Kota Medan, dan day 4 - hari untuk kembali ke pangkuan Malaysia tercinta. 


Sekian post kali ini, moga2 the next posts tiba x lambat sangat mwehehehehehehe.

Thanks for reading!
Wassalam.




p/s : Kindly please note that 'tuktuk' in this entry shall carry the meaning of bentor. Semalam lupa istilah ni! :'D Tuktuk tu kat Thailand. Bentor tu sebab beca + motor. Bentuk dia macam beca, tapi sebab dibawa oleh motor, bukannya dikayuh, maka terhasillah perkataan bentor itu :D

Yam's Road to Pupillage

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Assalamualaikum wbt.

It's April already, which means that I have finished my law school two months ago. I precisely finished my last paper for my final examination at the end of January, then February and March have been months that gave me so many life lessons, which some of them I already learnt during my previous years. Somehow a revision, I can say.

The ending of the law school for a law student like me means to take another step in life - chambering/pupillage. A phase which is very crucial to every law student who wishes to practice afterwards in the legal world.

Somehow, it has been a competition, to those who take that as a race. Who got the firm quickly right after finishing the law school. Who got the firm which actively does every branch of law, such as conveyancing, litigation, corporate etc, or who got the firm which does the branch of law that they want to. Who got the firm which pays more. Who is happier at the firm.Who gets best master in the world who will supervise the 9 months perios of pupillage. Who is better at this, who is better at that etc.

Some will choose to take some time off to cool down after the battle with the subjects during the final examination. As for me, my original plan was to commence my pupillage as soon as possible, which was to be at February. I wished to be called to the bar within this year, so I can struck one thing off of my wish list.

However it did not happen that way. Despite had been sending my resume to the potential firms that I've been eyeing for some time, I still did not get any reply from any of the firm - be it any email, or phone call, whatmore an invitation to interview. That lasted until February. After coming back from Jakarta, which was a family trip that I am so thankful for - I tried harder and harder just to ensure that at least I will get calls for interviews.

And then, the first call came in from a firm which was located nearby my shared house. I was so happy, and at the same time, was so nervous that I could not sleep, talk nor eat properly before the IV. I prepared a lot by reading newspaper, to ensure that I kept myself updated with the current issues.

It was a normal experience. They said to call me the next day if I got the offer. I anticipated it somehow, and the next day felt so long for me to finish, but no call was received. And that became my first failure in interview.

The first that later followed by the second, third and later on. To note, as of March, I have been sending my resume to 30 firms, which only 8 of them called me up for interview. Failed 6 of them, 1 of them wished to have 'cheap labor' by paying me only some amount of money for my duit minyak despite of being a successful law firm in a big city, and another one, which is the one that I accepted the offer after quite some time of consideration, willing to facilitate me with almost everything that I might be needed to have a condusive environment of pupillage at her law firm.

I wish to say that there is no determined format for an interview. The basic would be - to prepare mentally and physically for the interview, come early, dress properly etc. BUT there will be differences - in the sense that some of the interviewer might be asking you mind-challenging questions, but some will not. Some will be interested to know about you, but some will be only interested in telling you about they themselves and the firm. Some will be very serious and some will be very lay back. Some will be very happy to chit chat with you, going with the flow of conversation, but some will be very prepared with interview questions that they will stick to the questions no matter what. Some will require you to fill in forms and answer questions/test, but some will not even print out the resume and cover letter that you sent them. Some will interview you individually, but some may want to have their partners to interview you.

See.

Too many patterns and various style of interview.

So, what you have to do?

Just go to the interviews, answer questions, and meet the firm/master that you think suit yourself the most. And here is one expensive tips ; just be yourself. Don't ever think to change your virtue just to satisfy people who have potential to be your employer in the future. You will suffer along the period of employment, losing your self-faith and pride of yourself.

Don't be like that.

Even me, I have been told so many times, in one of the interview, that I am too honest, that they  cannot bear to offer me the pupillage because of my honesty. Too many times in such a short moment of interview, at the point that it crossed my mind that I am a criminal for being too honest. They, who disvalued my honesty, even rejected me in front of my eyes and ears. But because of my honesty as well, that I kept afterwards, even after the interview, has become a point for me to get accepted at the firm which offered me the pupillage. She told me to be frank with her, and I did, so she said she was very happy with me. Me? Much more. Because I know it is not only me that she wants, but my honesty that I have with me. That's it.

My friends and I have been in talks about spiritual so many times, especially the time when we supported and comforted each other, every time we didn't get the offer from the firm that we wished to.

One of the wisdom words I will always remember is that - we asked the best from Him. To place us at the best place with the best master, to bless us with the best firm which has the best environment that will be the best for we ourselves, our religion etc.

But honey, being the best will not necessarily mean that everything will go smoothly after you got the offer. It may be difficult, it is not impossible to be hard and difficult, HOWEVER, that is when you will learn. That is why you will learn things. That is how you will appreciate things and people. And that is how you are going to be thankful to Him.

I am nervous, to be honest, to begin my pupillage this upcoming Wednesday. I asked around, and my dear friends will say it is normal. I hope so, because even today is only Sunday, my heart is beating like crazy that I do not know how to control it.

These February and March have given so many new experiences and feelings to me. That I have never felt before. Being rejected, being dejected, being sad with everybody, being upset with you yourself, not being able to feel anything anymore that you do not care about a thing at all anymore, even feeling humiliated, and so many more unexplanable feelings and tastes of life. Nonetheless, I believe I learnt a lot too. Things that were difficult for me to handle, have become things that I have seen the wisdom behind it. Things that I am very worried about, have become solved matters, yet I still have things that I will be worried about.

I guess it is one of the chapters in my life. Alhamdulillah only a two-months worth chapter. I am glad that regardless of getting the offer late, it is only as late as two months. I do not know how well I will cope if it becomes more than that. I afraid that I will lose faith, probably not with Him, but with me myself, that I hope I will never will. Passed that two months, I now can clearly see the wisdom behind the things that had happened for the past months. Alhamdulillah, I cannot stop being grateful to Him that I still can deliciously taste His love despite what has happened.

I humbly seek prayers and kind du'as from you guys who might be reading this blog, at this point, at this time. I am a person with so many doubts, fears, thoughts and worries, which some of them might be unnecessary, which will tire me out everyday. I am not a risk taker, I afraid of the result that may not be in my favor, which is the reason why it is very hard for me to make any decision.

But somehow I believe I can channel myself some good thoughts, despite what happened. I am a someone who probably still can think positively no matter how bad the things are. A person who will say that in the event that I lost some money, it is actually how ALLAH SWT wishes to purify my property. A person who will say that in the event that a parking lot that I've been waiting for is snatched by other people who has just arrived, I am going to get a better parking lot in a while, or that person might need the parking lot more urgent than me. A person like that, I am.

You know how difficult to be one like that, kan? HAHA. So kindly please please please pray for me that everything will go nicely between my master and I for these 9 months of pupillage. So that my brother's family whom I will be living with will be happy to have me around, that I will not be of any burden to them. So that I will be a stronger person whenever things go harder. So that I can be a more grateful person. So that my master can accept my mistakes and tolerate them nicely. So that I will not be doing something that will affect my life terribly.

Semoga.


Thank you so much for reading, and may this be a good read for me in the future.


And lastly, humbly please pray for me, as well as these fellow friends-in-law of mine, to be good lawyers (or legal practitioner), fiddunya wal akhirah.
Aamiin.

[ Photo taken during Afham and Mira's longcall at KL High Court, 12th March 2018 ]


Semoga berbalik doa yang baik-baik kepada anda juga.
Thanks in advance!


Wassalam :)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

G-Day! [ Yam's Graduation Day and some useful tips for IIUM convocation ceremony]

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Alhamdulillah thumma alhamdulillah. Wahh dak-dak UIA sangat tau hahaha. So, lebih kurang 10hari lepas, pada tanggal 13 November 2017 bersamaan hari Isnin, alhamdulillah diizinkan Tuhan untuk menempuhi istiadat konvokesyen UIA yang kali ke-33.

Jumaat tu kecoh UIA banjir, sebab hujan lebat non stop for hours. Yam pun nasib baik keluar awal sikit jeee daripada UIA, dalam jam 3.30pm, tu pun dah menempuh air depan Mahallah Safiyyah. Tapi pukul 4.30pm tu dengar ceritanya lagi dahsyat. Macam biasalah, depan KAED tu memang air masuk sampai ke dalam kereta. Masha ALLAH. Moga dipermudahkan urusan mereka yang terjejas kerana banjir kilat tuu.

Maka, kami para graduan ni dah cuak. Jumaat banjir, Sabtu tu hari pertama konvokesyen. Minta jauhlahhh hujan lebat, apatah lagi banjir. Lecak depan IIUM Cultural Center (IIC which formerly known as CAC Hall) tu, maka tak seronoklah hari graduasi. Apatah lagi kalau banjir.

Sabtu, hujan lagiii. Tapi tak banjir. Ahad, hujan jugak. Tapi dah berkurang. Isnin, alhamdulillah sangat, panas ceng-ceng, lit-lit. Selasa tu pulak baru start hujan. Subhanallah, ALLAH punya kerja. Terima kasih dak-dak UIA yang sudi mendoakan kelancaran majlis. Bukan apa, selain para graduan, kesian juga dekat ibu bapa yang jauh-jauh datang nak tengok anak konvo, sekali hujan lebat ke banjir ke, tak ke syahdu :(

Okey, back to my session.

Last day, yeap. Last session, yes. Sesi petang. Memang agak tak favor sesi petang ni, sebab selain nak masuk dewan tu rushing dengan solat Zuhur, bila keluar dewa tuu rushing dengan solat Asar pulak. Tapi takpelah, tak hujan pun dah cukup besar nikmat, maka kita redhakan sahaja :)

Since session Yam hari Isnin, memang dah rasa sayu syahdu nian hati ini sebab dapat agak dah, abang kakak yang bekerja berkemungkinan besar tak boleh hadir - susah kot nak cuti. Plus ni konvo je kan, so watlek watkul je okey. Bukan semua pun boleh masuk dewan tengok konvo, kalau ambil cuti dan datang pun, kena berpanas pulak haa. Kesian, dengan budak-budak lagi. So, Yam dah pesan pada diri sendiri, jangan nak excited sangat haha. Baju konvo pun buat guna kain sulam beli kat Bandung yang kebetulan gi jahit. Terjadi lah ia sebagai baju konvo yang Yam tak plan langsung pun mwehehe.

Photoshoot konvo pun kongsi ramai-ramai dengan kekawan. Takde maknanya nak bayar Rm150/jam untuk shoot sensorang. Minta tolong junior Rai je, bayar dalam rm10 je sorang untuk 2jam mwahahaha. Okaylah tu, daripada awal-awal tuu, I didnt even think to hire any photohgrapher. Tapi lepastu tetap semangat tangkap gambar guna phone, like hundreds of pics. Hiks.

Ya anak-anak, adik-adik. Bukan senang nak konvo. Kau kena isi borang tu borang ni, kena selalu updated dengan tarikh ambil jubah, hantar jubah apa semua tu. Kena fikir baju, photoshoot and some even consider make up. Akak faham dik, kau tunggu like 5-6 years since foundation for your graduation day (will be referred as G-day as of afterwards), so wajarlah kau nak berhias diri sikit daripada hari kebiasaan. Silakan, silakan. Tapi jangan sesekali kecam orang pemalas cam akak ni yang tetap tepek bedak Johnson Baby je kahkah pastu mulalah by evening keluar dewan tuu muka serupa teh ais kelat huks

Pastuuu ada juga kekawan kau yang prepare convo gifts, so as courtesy kau mesti rasa nak membalasnya kan. Yam pun preparelah sesikit dengan rakan -rakan terdekat, selagi mampu. Yang belum dapat anything daripada Yam tu, doakan Yam murah rezeki, nanti sebelum grad LLBS, Yam kasi dekat semua orang yaaa insha ALLAH :D *ayat selamat*

Selain itu adindaku sekalian, kalian juga perlu mempertimbangkan layanan kepada parents kau yang datang dari jauh untuk G-day kau. Macam akak kau ni, mak ayah, sorang kakak dan sorang anak saudara datang nun dari Kelantan. Memanglah mak ayah selalu datang KL ziarah anak cucu, tapi bila mereka datang specially untuk kita, tak tahulah kenapa tapi Yam rasa sangat accountable untuk entertain diorang. Selalu abang kakak yang akan bersungguh, fetch kat airport, bawak gi makan etc, maybe sebab masa tu dorg tahu parents kami datang untuk dorang dan anak-anak dorg. Tapi ni since Yam tahu parents datang sebab G-day Yam, maka I have that kind of responsibility to entertain them most of the times, if not all.

So mulai hari Jumaat tu Yam fetch dorang kat aiport, bawa pergi rumah abang kakak, bawa ke sana ke sini, dan finally hantar balik ke airport on Rabu, meskipun kena monteng kelas. Ihiks padahalmemangsukamonteng huhuhu. Bukannya diorang minta atau suruh, tapi maybe kami dah terbiasa dengan cara macam tu kot, which I hope it is a good thing for our parents dan moga istiqamah :)

So the day came. Yam bawak mak dan ayah serta Kak Yah ke UIA pagi Isnin tu around 11 something, for the session will begin at 1.30pm. Dinasihatkan kalau engkau sesi petang, before 12 dah masuk UIA sebab taknak stuck dalam jammed orang yang sesi pagi nak balik. Cari parking as close as possible dengan CAC atau masjid, considering your parents. Kalau convo on weekend okay sikit kot, sbb boleh parking tempat staf. Tapi bila weekday, hari bekerja, mana boleh parking tempat staf. Memang ada port lain, tapi limited lah. That's why come as early as possible. Early birds get good worms, remember? Ewahh. Kahkah maka hari kejadian tu, Yam usahakan parking dekat building Engineering, so dekat dengan both masjid dan CAC Hall. Dekat tak dekat, 5mins jugak berjalan, which was agak jauh jugak la untuk my parents yang dah reach 60 y/o tuuu.

Okay, sampai-sampai je terus tuju ke masjid. Masuk waktu ke belum ke, tuju je ke masjid. Sebab dorang stay lebih daripada 3 hari, dah tak boleh jamak. Maka kena solat satu satu. Nak ambil wudhu' lagi, nak berjalan lagi, tahu la kan masjid SHAS tu ruang solat di atas (walaupun ada je kat bawah tapi kot2 penuh ke kurang selesa sikit ke untuk mak ayah), maka seeloknya tuju je ke masjid. Masuk waktu terus solat, dan Yam terus ke CAC sebab graduan kena start masuk pukul 1.30pm. Parents lambat sikit, around 2pm. Ingat, smart card yang sekali dengan invitation card tu graduan kena pegang. Satgi takde benda tu, tak terpanggil nama kau kat stage. Invitation card tu je bagi kat parents. Takde benda tuuu, xboleh masuk pulak parents. Jangan duk buat loqlaq tauuu.

Okay, masuk hall. Pasal attire. Girls please have jarum peniti nak letak dekat topi supaya nicely attached dengan tudung. Supaya tiada kejadian yang tidak diingini berlaku masa kau tunduk dekat Rector kat stage nanti tu ke apa ke. By the way, nanti akan ada akak-akak staf/komiti yang akan tolong, so dont worry too much. Tapi just in case, prepare your own jarum la. And bawa beg kecil yang boleh silang pastu kalau sarung robe tuu takdelah nampak sangat kau pakai beg. Kecil jeee, bagi muat phone, smart card tu pastu lipstick ke sebatang. Cukup ah. Kot-kot nak calit sebelum naik stage kan.

Oh btw pasal attire especially girls, uni lain akak taktahu diknon oi, tapi kalau UIA, sisters WAJIB pakai tudung kaler krim. Suka kau la light cream ke off white ke light yellow ke, asalkan menurut mata kau dan rerakan kau tu warna krim, pakai lah. MESTI plain, takde corak apa2. And since you are going to wear that the whole day, maka please wear something that you are comfortable with, yang kau takkan rasa tak konfiden. Contohnya selalu pakai bawal, janganlah hari konvo tu kau degil nak pakai shawl satgi kau rasa x selesa susah dik ooi. Kalau nak pakai shawl jugak, biasakan diri pakai shawl dulu seminggu dua sebelum konvo. Get yourself used to that first, until you feel confident. Sebab kalau konfiden, anything looks good on you sweetie. Why? Because confidence is the bet jewelry a girl can ever wear. Okay? Ahaaa

Btw kasut kena dark in colour. Black, dark brown and dark blue. Please adhere the supposed attire, satgi committee deny entry engko akak taktahuu. Haha takdela sampai x kasi masuk, tapi nanti diorang akan kasi attire yg menepati majlis, which can be tudung sarung kaler krim, atau kasut saiz gedabak kaler gelap. Since you will never want to wear something like that and look bad on the stage and in the pic, please please please follow je rules tu ya :)

Okay back to the session in the hall.

Session tu biasa lah ada selawat, nyanyi lagi UIA dan Negaraku etc, but you shall not miss out the moment YB Rector bagi speech. It was really meaningful. Macam kitorang, YB Rector umpamakan kami ikan-ikan yang berenang di akuarium UIA, yang sudah sedia untuk dibebaskan di lautan terbuka di luar sana, and she gave some life advices that I would treasure them. So, pay attention dekat Rector's speech, for it would be so nice to be listened to, and to be recalled of one fine day. Tauuu. Jangan tidur pulak, dah-dahlah tuuu tidur dalam lecture 4-5 tahun lepas mwahahaha. (I was saying this to myself by the way, with all due respect :D)

On the side note, kalau ayah kau seorang pembaca tegar, macam ayah Yam, pesan kat dia masuk hall tu bawak buku please. So that takde la dia bosan nunggu sesi habis. Ye lah, satu sesi dekat seribu (atau lebih) kot graduan nya. Lepas kau naik stage, ayah kau dah takde objektif untuk stay dalam hall. Tapi takleh keluar sebab tak lawa la pulak kan. Protokol pun kena jaga juga. So stay je la sampai habis sesi. Ayah Yam duk belek buku tentatif entah berapa juta kali kakakakaka kesian beliau.

Mak?

Ha, mak-mak ni kita pesan suruh bawak powerbank hahaha. Whatsapp, tangkap gambar, ambik video, banyak guna bateri ye mak. So, seperti mana ibundaku, titipkan pesanan pada ibundamu jua supaya bawak powerbank nak layan telpon dalam dewan tuuu hihi

Okay, sesi tamat. Keluar dewan. Haaa ni part rushing sikit. Semua orang nak keluar. Dahaga, lapar, nak solat, semua ada. Kat sini kau kena berlapang dada dan banyakkan bersabar. Orang ramai, berpusu-pusu. Tapi tetap rileks kayhh.

Yam kenmain gembira bukan kepalang bila keluar hall tuuu ada semua abang kakak abang ipar kakak ipar dan anak-anak menakan! Abang Yam cuti, abang ipar kakak ipar half day, kakak pun half day, bebudak cuti (ponteng) sekolah, makaaaaaaa meriahlah gambar convo Yam alhamdulillah.

Terima kasih for making it, sibs. And for the flowers. Oh btw sebab ni session last, banyak bunga murah-murah, rm10 untuk bouquet bebesar, rm5 untuk kecik sikit, in fact kitorg dapat bouquet free je mwahahaha regardless, thanksss. Lepastu penat la sikit nak jaga bunga tuu tetiap hari kena tukar air, and after seminggu dah boleh buang sebab layu. Huhuhu anyway it's the thought that counts, kan? Makanya, muchas graciasss :3

Okay lepas sesi bergambar sesikit, maka pi lah solat. Masa ni curi masa jumpa kekawan sekejap dan tangkap gambar. Tapi serius tak ramai yang Yam sempat jumpa, sebab memang dengan family je most of the times. Takde masanya nak gi cari kawan kejap. Kalau jumpa pun, kebetulan je. Takpe, next time ya. Masa konvo ni, ejas specially untuk family je dulu.

Kami sambung terus dengan maghrib, lepastu ke kedai gambar di kawasan masjid tu untuk ambil gambar studio. Alhamdulillah, satu lagi kenangan indah sebab takde dalam plan Yam punn nak ambil gambar studio sebab mahal mwehehehe tapi BangMat yang belanja haha.  Lepastuu gi makan dan balik rumah. Sampai rumah around 2 am haa tak ke pengsan engko, the next day tu memang tak lah nak kelas hahaha. (Akak kan LLBS so the day after convo terus ada kelas.)

Overall, convo ni merupakan pengalaman baru bagi Yam. Tak pernah convo, hatta masa tadika ke tabika ke derjah 6 ke SPM ke takde, takde pakai jubah konvo ke mortar board tu ke, TAKDE. So, ni pengalaman pertama. Nasihat ikhlas, jangan expect untuk ada kenangan best je. Akan ada situasi yang membuatkan kau tak selesa ke, nervous ke, nak marah ke, kecil hati ke, akan ada. Mungkin la ada antara kalian yang direzekikan untuk a perfect moment during the convo, tapi ingat juga mungkin ada kekawan yang tak berapa feel nak convo, mungkin sebab takde insan yang diimpikan untuk hadir bersama, atau tak sempat nak tunjuk skrol dekat either of the parents atau family members ke. Jadi, dalam kita bergembira, jangan lupa yang tiada. Berlapang dada, whatever the feeling is, moga Tuhan izinkan kau bersyukur dengan segala kurniaanNya.

Ada satu moment tu Yam tak percaya yang Yam akan bergraduasi, like for real my G day has come?! Tapi itu adalah satu kenyataan. Bermula 2011 di CFS, dengan fail UPU, tebalkan muka pergi manually apply dekat AMAD IIUM (thank Ayer!), pastu mulakan pembelajaran di CFS PJ, kenal orang baru, kenal crush (ehh!), masuk persatuan itu ini, pergi tempat itu ini, lepas setahun setengah masuk Gombak, lagi luas skopnya, empat tahun di AIKOL, suka duka jatuh bangun, akhirnya ALLAH izin naik stage terima scroll daripada YB Rector, masha ALLAH.

Terima kasih, Tuhan, untuk rezeki yang berpanjangan ini.
Dan untuk hadiah yang tidak aku pilih, namun aku tahu merupakan yang terbaik untukku; ibu bapaku, keluargaku - TERIMA KASIH - kerana masih dipanjangkan jodoh kami untuk bersama.
Para pensyarah dan rakan-rakan tak kira sebaya, junior atau senior, staf-staf, makcik pakcik cleaner, cafe dan sebagainya, TERIMA KASIH banyak - untuk pertemuan-pertemuan yang mengajar ilmu kehidupan, selain daripada ilmu ilmiah yang berkaitan.

Tahniah, Yam, for you LLB.
Sikiiiiiiiiit lagi untuk LLBS. Tahun depan, kita naik stage lagi ya :)




Happy G-Day, Maryam Jamilah!
Now officially an alumni of IIUM! :)
Semoga direzekikan Tuhan untuk memanfaatkan ummah dengan sedikit sebanyak ilmu dan tenaga yang ada.


Wallahu'alam, wassalam.

Loveliest regards,
Maryam Jamilah,
AIKOL 36th Batch,
IIUM 33rd Batch.
2017.