2nd paper exam – TITAS

My TITAS exam is scheduled to be next Monday. Also, an MCO online format in MCQ. Questions are open from 0100H on 11th May and closed till 0800H on the 12th. InsyaAllah I can sit for mine on the 11th at night after Iftar just before I go to bed.

TITAS – TAMADUN ISLAM DAN TAMADUN ASIA

Students only managed to have one face to face tutorial for this subject with Dr Nazri and covered on Tamadun Melayu. I think it would be equally helpful to hear him talk about Tamadun China and India as well. It is quite challenging to learn history just by reading the handbook. I had recurrent ptosis. Ha ha ha.

I did go through the lecture videos on the portal but the presentation was pretty superficial. It did require additional reading on the students part. I tried. I you-tubed on the Chinese and Indian civilization but they were lengthy. It is quite overwhelming not knowing what questions may come out during the exam.

I tried my luck googling for TITAS MCQ samples. They were a few free ones. I bet some have stumbled upon sets of questions from academia.edu and random ones by the teachers institute – UPSI. At least, there is something than nothing.

Thankfully, this paper only accounts for 30% of the total marks. The other 70% is from my coursework – The Nujum Pak Belalang assignment. I really hope my examiners enjoy my written work and bestow good marks on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really want to do well in all my subjects. I really do.

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

Wish me luck.

Using Kindle in Malaysia – I wish I knew earlier

Let me just make it clear. I have no regrets at all buying Kindle. It does has an added value to my life. I only wish to caution potential buyers of things to look out if you decide to invest in a Kindle.

Black Tablet

Owning a Kindle in Malaysia needs a bit of work and digital literacy if I could put it that way. I for one am not super awesome when it comes to technology. So, I was a bit dumbstruck when I got my Kindle. This is what happens when you do not do enough research and proceed with an impulse purchase. It should have triggered a thought in my little brain when we have people establishing websites like Kindle Malaysia. It is not just a support group or a Kindle fan club – it is actually more than that. But of course, I was oblivious to that fact.ย  Naive.

When I came across Kindle and saw the lovely blogger Audrey of fourfeetnine.com using it some time ago, I had thought that it will be as easy as buying a book from Google Play/Amazon and reading it on the ebook reader. I was mistaken.

I bought my Kindle from Shopee seller [x3838] The after-sales service is commendable. Defo getting a 5 star rating from me. My e-Reader is the 10th Gen (black) glare Free with WIFI and built in audible. It comes with a USB2.0 charging cable (only). Kena beli the kepala. Price is RM480. Shipping costs was another RM4.77 and since I bought it during a promo period, shipping cost was almost free cause I got RM4 off. HA HA HA.

Back to what I was saying about being naive. Turns out to buy books off Amazon, you need to have a US-based account. You need an address, a credit card and what not. There are a few articles that wrote about hacking it but I fear if it would be illegal to do that. Or maybe super smart for being able to work around a loophole. But fret not because the seller I bought this Kindle from, sent me a special guide on how to enjoy Kindle despite not having a US based Amazon account. Legal, FREE ebooks are everywhere.

Person Using E-book Reader While Drinking Coffee

The guide and bonus E books came through after a week. Prior to that, I was using my Kindle to read my existing pdf documents and ebooks which I procured for free at various legal sites. I also bought some off Shopee. There are a handful of local ebook sellers that offer to find academic book titles for a fee. I also find it easier to find a bookseller’s top list on these platforms. I later learnt that the best ebook format to read on Kindle is the .mobi or the .kd8. The fonts are easier to enlarge sort of thing.

COVID-19 has pretty much affected the way I choose to learn. At the beginning of my semester, I had hoped to utilize the library at OUM and have physical books shipped to my learning center since they have these services. But the idea of going through a roadblock just to collect my books seem like a nuisance. Furthermore, 21st-century learning skills are pretty much online. I just need to dig into this method slowly to sow its benefits. I just need to find a proper e-bookstore and get my textbooks from there.

The Kindle is not a white elephant so far. I am using it to its near best potential. Since I put in on Airplane Mode, the battery usage is very minimal and I read on a blog somewhere that it could last up to a week or more depending on your reading habits. I was a bit annoyed at the refresh page screen appearance but I have learned to accept it as it is. It’s a tolerable disadvantage. Forget about downloading from Google PlayBook Store because I find the browser really really slow. Or is it because I have not got the hang of it yet. The easiest way to get the ebook to your Kindle is to transfer it with the cable provided from your PC/laptop. Damn fast.

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We hope to be a reading nation by 2030. I have just created an account on GoodReads with hopes that it will spur my reading stamina. Feel free to recommend me good accounts, articles or groups.