Ethnic studies

Malaysia is a Nation Without State. Negara Tanpa Bangsa. We are not like Indonesia yet where its citizens are identified as bangsa Indonesia. A person may be from a Chinese ethnicity but his name is probably Ari Wastroyo something. She may be a non muslim by the name of Siti Murni. In Malaysia, we are still identified by our race and religion. It’s not really a bad thing to be honest, in fact, multiculturalism is worth celebrating.

In this semester, ethnic studies or Hubungan Etnik is a mandatory subject. Browsing the topics, it looks a bit like history class. I am intrigued to see how the tutor is going to bring forth this subject in a neutral manner. This is because the last thing I want is for us learners to feel like we are being brainwashed in a camp. We’ve only had 2 classes so far and it seems OK. Of course, the topic will get more difficult and challenging as time goes by as we navigate around the sensitive issues of social contracts and such.

The Assignment

The question is about kesepaduan sosial dalam mewujudkan kestabilan dalam konteks Malaysia where we base our essay on the local animation, Upin Ipin. The essay is to be written in Bahasa Melayu. The assignment itself carries 70% of the total marks. That is a lot of weightage. Screw this up, it brings down the whole grade.

That was what happened with my Cognitive Psychology subject last semester. (sob)

The deadline for this assignment is next month. Time is running out. I need to start soon.

Final assignment submitted ABCC1103

I am exhausted. Stressed. Fat. Lonely.

HA HA HA HA. All this Korean OST’s on my Spotify list is making me sappy but ironically beautiful inside. – __ – Korean songs give you that pretty lead actress effect. I cannot help feeling very dreamy while listening to these songs although I haven’t seen most of the drama on the OST list. I cannot wait for my exams to be over so that I could binge on Vincenzo Cassano. Grrrrr..

Phase 2 of Malaysia’s vaccination programme is starting soon. I am so glad that I applied for a day off this Friday. I needed that rest before I am reassigned to various working locations in the many months to come. An altercation happened at the workplace between ‘two elephants’. Me and my friends are trying very hard not to be the deer caught in between. Anyway, I am so glad that ABCC1103 is over.

ABCC 1103 – Introduction to communication

I actually overlooked that my assignment had 2 parts to complete. The essay and the 5 minute video presentation. As always, the expression is ‘nak tergugok jantung/ mok pisan nyawa’ when I realized my mistake. I was already struggling with the essay. This assignment reminded me of the horrible semester I went through in Sem 2 – that feeling when I thought I did well only to discover that I got a B minus for my essay. Adehhh.. and I had thought I could get at least a B+. Or an A minus. Tapi tkpe.. yg tuh dah lepas.

So, for my video I decided to do mine like some sort of Live interview with an influential figure during primetime news. That influential figure being me of course. I downloaded free video templates of the news studio from Youtube and then I got stuck. Ha ha ha. I did not know how to put myself inside the template. After intense googling – I learned that I needed to record myself with a green screen. I was tempted to buy a 4M green cloth from Kamdar or Gulati’s but thought wiser. Celah mana nak pegi tu.. nak ambik bebudak sekolah lagi.

On further research, I discovered that we could use a blue screen or even of other colours as long as it doesn’t match your face and the clothes you wear. It seems that I could use red although my complexion would look a bit odd due to the underlying red colour tone everybody has (I think?). Still, I gave it a shot. Although my husband thought I was weird. ha ha.

I recorded myself in front of the red curtains I have in my living room.

I tried using the green curtains I have at my workplace but I guess the green wasn’t bright enough, so it didn’t work.

Using the free version of Kinemaster, I was able to use the Chroma key button and make that red screen invisible so that I could appear in the video template as a news anchor. The rest was just the layer editing I have come to be more well versed now as compared to before. Studying in OUM has definitely sharpened my skills in using digital technology to complete my assignments.

It is not perfect and I have no idea what the outcome will be. Either way, as the saying goes..

There is no day in which you learn something is a complete loss

Behind the scenes of OUMH 2203

The office chair

The instant desk

The mandatory academic-like bookshelf

I really had fun doing this assignment. Tapi tuhlah.. I still wonder if I am able to fulfill the examiners requirements. Currently, I am focusing on my ABCC1103 subject (Introduction to Communication) – I missed out the part where we had to make a video to illustrate our essay points. Thankfully, it is only 5 minutes. I will think of something.

Propinquity Effect

means that

“.. the more we see and interact with people, the more likely they are to become our friends..”

even then not all friends will become lovers. I first met my husband in my surgical posting as housemens (HO). We were colleagues but never actually develop feelings for each other while working together. Perhaps we were very focused on to how to complete our rotation there while dodging fiery bullets from the surgeons. Indeed, our friendship blossomed and took a turn only after I have left the department.

Maybe it was that ‘bumping into each other’ two days in a row at the lift that nudged him to take me out. I will never know cause when I asked my husband about it – his cheeky response would be “oh, I just felt sorry for you that no one asked you out”... duh?

Even if the theory states that frequent encounters increases the chance of someone to develop a relationship – one can still not bow to that theory if there were not alert to the people and their surroundings. How is it that some people are not chummy with the cleaners? Or the pharmacists? This is because there are other factors involved and that, I will explore in my textbook later.

haha

Happy New Year