Friday, August 12, 2011

Letter of Good Conduct Malaysia (Step by Step Guide)

Assalamualaikum :) 

Earlier this morning, I went to Putrajaya to apply for the Certificate of Good Conduct. The objective of having one is to provide physical proof that you're a law-abiding citizen. It also enables foreign countries to accept you when you plan to further your studies or apply for a job at their country. This certificate is required by the university that I will enroll into this September. 

1. Filling up the Forms

Before you begin your journey to Wisma Putra for the application, I advise that you go to this website first and sign up (Link: http://www.kln.gov.my/web/guest/ekonsular). Scroll down a little and click on "First time login? Click here". From there, you'd be able to navigate yourself in order to complete the forms. After finishing each page of the forms, make sure you click on "Next", don't click on "Save" yet. Click on "Save" if there's no more next! :P Hehe. Then you'd be navigated to a page where you can print out the forms.

Yes, I'm pretty sure you'd notice, at the last page, you'd need to upload your passport photo. It's not really necessary if you have photos that you can just paste on the forms. Please make sure that you print at least two (2) copies of the forms. Each of your passport-sized photos must be secured at the right-handside of your form. 

If you're not able to complete these at home, there's nothing to worry about. Wisma Putra allocates two computers at the lobby for applicants to use in order to fill in the forms. You can print the forms there too.

2. Documents to bring
- two (2) printed letter of good conduct forms
- two (2) passport-sized photos
- two (2) photostated copies of your IC [it's okay if there's no signature or whatsoever on it]
- two (2) photostated copies of your passport book [front and back pages]

3. Declaration (Akuan)

As I completed and printed my form at Wisma Putra, it is obvious that I hadn't make the declaration yet. For those who wish to complete everything from home, make sure you go to the office of any commissioner of oaths nearby (pesuruhjaya sumpah). 

For those who's in my situation, you can make the declaration at the Palace of Justice (simply: Istana Badan Kehakiman). It's at Presint 3. 

Prepare RM8.00 for the payment at the 3rd Floor (Kaunter Hasil). After making the payment, go to the 2nd Floor (Kaunter Pesuruhjaya Sumpah) to make the declaration. Then you're done.

4. Going to Wisma Putra (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The Certificate of Good Conduct can be applied for at Wisma Putra Putrajaya. (Address: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia Wisma Putra, No 1, Jalan Wisma Putra, Precint 2, 62602 PUTRAJAYA). Personally, the road to Wisma Putra's very confusing to me. Presint 2 is situated opposite of Presint 18. I'm not sure of what I can tell you to help you recognize that u'r at the right place, but when I went there, I saw a big white canopy at my left-handside. I followed the GPS directions on my phone to get there. You'd know that you're certainly heading to the right path if you seem to be going uphill (Wisma Putra's on a hill somewhere in that place) Hehe :P



*sorry i don't have the map* :P


5. Sending in your documents & Getting the Certificate


After completing everything, go to the counter at the lobby. The receptionist will check whether you have all the documents completed and she'd give you your number. 


Wait inside until your number turns up. When your number's up, you are required to hand in the documents. Once again, you'll have to wait for your number to be called. This time, it's for the payment AND collection. The payment's RM20.00. I did not have to wait long (I thought it would take one hour, just like when I applied for my passport) :P


So that's basically it! :) Good luck! :)

Sunday, August 07, 2011

All in This Together :)

Assalamualaikum :) I just knew that the results for the AUCMS-UKM programme is out. Many congratulations to my dearest friends who got the placement! :) InsyaAllah, in 5 years time, we'll all become great doctors, no matter where we'll be enrolling this September. I hope our ukhuwah will always remain strong too :)

P/s: I hope the world won't run out of kelis XD

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Kem Biro Tatanegara (BTN) Tanjung Rhu Sepang

Assalamualaikum & Hello :)

Last week (25-29th July 2011), I attended the Biro Tatanegara Camp at Tanjung Rhu Sepang together with another four of my AUCMS friends; Hannah Alyaa, Saiyidatul Amirah, Nadiah Elmi & Ain Hanani. It took my family and I more than an hour to reach there despite being able to follow the directions in the map. Trust me, you'd appreciate taking a good rest before you travel there and seriouslu, don't be fooled by the map. It does make you think that the journey is really short! :P

If you didn't get a copy of the map to any of the BTN camps, you might as well check out this website: http://www.btn.gov.my/ssm/?page=1Q31. And here's the map to Tanjung Rhu BTN Camp.


*I swear I won't be going there again just for fun lol*

Preparation

1.   Clothes and Shoes:

To those who received the BTN offer letter, you'd get a list of what things you should bring. 

You'll certainly notice that you must bring along white baju kurungs/blouses and black skirts for women and white shirt and black slack pants for men. I brought three readily ironed white baju kurungs and two also readily ironed black baju kurung skirts. As for my tudung, I brought a black Ariani tudung. I saw some other BTN participants who wore tudung other than black, so I guess it's okay to not wear black tudung. But to be safe, just wear black tudung.

You will also really need to bring riadah clothes. You would have kawad kaki every morning and riadah every afternoon. Wear tracksuit instead of slack pants during kawad kaki *I kena tegur for wearing slack pants lol*. 

At night, it would be kinda warm, so do bring pyjamas or night wear that is not too thick :)

Don't forget to bring along a pair of black shoes for Latihan Dalam Kumpulan Purposes (LDK), a good pair of sports shoes and toilet slippers. 

And, I don't know what to say if you forget your undies -_____-''

2.   Miscellaneous:

Bring along a notebook and pen(s). They'd be useful during LDK and sometimes during riadah. 

Of course, don't forget to bring all that you need for shower time. There's a small tank (kolah) in the toilet, so IF there are so many people in the shower and you need to rush, the tank will be useful for you. For girls, it is advisable to bring your kain batik along.

For my muslim friends, pack in your telekung. And your sejadah if you want to. It is compulsary to go to the surau for Subuh and Maghrib prayers. I used my kain batik as my sejadah *You can obviously guess that I didn't use the kain batik for toilet!*

Registration

The registration was officially opened from 2.30 p.m till 4.30 p.m. I arrived there at around 2.15 p.m, and I saw quite a number of students who had already registered before the scheduled time. How can they be so semangat meh? :O 

We were required to hand in our biodata form which includes our personal information and a passport-sized photograph. We also actually had to submit the BTN offer letter we got, but I guess it wasn't that important because nobody actually asked for it :P

After registering, I was given a fleece khaki-coloured blanket, a pillow cover and a bedsheet. So guys, you don't need to bring your own set, unless you are only comfortable using yours. However, I advise you to bring your OWN pillow. The pillows there are pretty hard, so yea, you might not find your nights there comfortable (as expected) :P

Dormitory

I was put into Dorm A1. Each dorm consists of 16 or 18 people I guess. And yes, they provide double-decker beds. I chose the lower-deck at the right-most corner of the dorm *cozy but pretty warm*. There are lockers with big capacity to help store your clothes and any other stuff you have. You can hang your clothes in the locker, so it's wise to iron your clothes from home.

Be reminded that they don't prepare irons for you, or water-heaters. You're actually prohibited from using these appliances, but if you wanna bring and use them, it's okay, really. 

Agendas/ Programmes

1.   Pembentangan Kertas Kerja

At the beginning of the week, we attended four talks. They call it "Pembentangan Kertas Kerja" and each of them has it's own title. I was chosen as the MC of the fourth Pembentangan Kertas Kerja entitled "Kedaulatan & Rumusan". It was crazily  nerve-wrecking. Imagine standing in front of over 100 people who you do not know at all and coming up with a few spontaneous things (the script's given, but I had to make up my own sentences for the penceramah's biodata). What's penceramah in English eh? I was like a cartoon on the stage; lupa tuang air lah, buat muka terkejut lah, jalan macam Japanese in kimono lah. Haih. Malu-malu -___-''

The talks were given one after another because they're aimed to ensure that participants can link the information received from the talks to the LDK sessions later on. Note that the talks weren't totally back to back. Hehe :P

2.   Latihan Dalam Kumpulan (LDK)

Altogether, there were eight LDK sessions that we had to participate in. We were divided into groups of 13-14 people and were given one facilitator. 

Among the activities we did during LDK were playing games and debating on topics that were related to the understanding of the situation of our country. I really liked the sessions where we were given the chance to voice out our questions, ideas and suggestions. I love talking in situations like these even though it gives me cold hands and feet every time :P

As the topics are mostly about the current situation in our country, I managed to know more about Malaysia from the government's point of view. Hearing everything currently gives me a neutral perspective on what's happening in our country. To me, it's good to know and it's good to not become obsessed.

Ouh yes, not to forget, we were also given a task in which all of the groups had to present a patriotic song during the last LDK. My group got the song "Malaysia Baru". Most of us were not familiar of the song, so we had to struggle hard to memorize it and think of some moves that can go with the song. I had lots of ideas for the moves, but the moves might be too hot to handle, so I just agreed with what my group members had :P Ceh! So poyo :P 

3.   Abseiling

This was the scariest activity I had to go through throughout the week! We had to climb 40 meters up and then go down via a wall with only strings and abseilling gears attached to our body. Scary right? *To know more about abseiling, look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abseiling*

Frankly speaking, in my point of view,  it's scarier going up the tower than going down, cause you know that when you climb  up the stairs, you don't wear any safety gears and there's nothing at both of your sides except for the stairs railing that you hold on to. The going down part was scary when I had to struggle to kick the wall correctly. If you kick the wall with only one leg, you might end up twirling in air. But don't worry, if things get difficult for you, the facilitators will help you get down effortlessly :)

4.   Kembara

On the last day of our riadah, we went for a kembara at the forest around the camp. The kembara track was 2 kilometers long. There were two paths set for us, but it's actually the same track, the only difference is one path would be the beginning or the ending for a certain group.

Throughout the track, we had to pass through tall thatches, cow poops and muddy swamps. As kinda of a girly girl, it was pretty disgusting and worrying for me, but it's also undeniably fun and adventurous. I'm happy to have group mates that really care about each other. We made it though the kembara track as one. I survived with two half-inched scratches at my left wrist and wet muddy shoes.

Dining Time

Most of the time, in the middle of the week, we dine with our group mates *yes, we have to dine with boys too*. We recite our dining prayers together and ensure that everyone gets to eat well. I kinda miss the situation where everyone helps each other :) 

BTN was a wonderful experience, minus the lack of sleep and rushings. I got to make new friends and know more about our country from another perspective. Congratulations to those who made it though and good luck to those who will be participating! :)

p/s: I'll be adding more personal touches to this post as soon as I get back from Malacca! InsyaAllah :)


Monday, August 01, 2011

Editting Your Blog Using The New Customization Feature

Hello there :) I just checked my Formspring inbox and I was asked a question:



Simple :) Just go to Dashboard > Design > Template Designer.

At Template Designer, choose a template (like shown in the screen capture below). When you have chosen your template, automatically, you will have access to the new customization features. Easy right? :) 

And one more thing! I forgot to mention this earlier :D As for the banner, you can go to www.picnik.com. I often use a photo in which I then apply a background colour that I opt *Just use the doodle feature at under Effects*. To make the girl image on my latest header/banner, I used different types of shapes and just arranged them. To write something at the banner, you can use the Text feature. There are lots of fonts to choose from. Good luck! :)