Wednesday, August 27, 2014

IKBP 2014

Assalamualaikum w.b.t readers, I hope ya'll are doing swell :)

Plot twist - I actually have a legit subject to blog about this time! :D

As mentioned in a previous post, I was planning to join a debate tournament. Alhamdulillah, God was willing. The tournament was the International Kelantan Debate Parliamentary, IKBP 2014.It was held at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, and it went on for 3 days, which was from 23rd to 25th August 2014. It was an 'entrepeneurial debate'. This was the first time I debated using the British Parliamentary format. It was challenging, indeed.

after registration.

My campus sent 3 teams, and 3 adjudicators. With little training and less knowledge about entrepreneurship, we departed from Kuantan at 5pm on Friday the 22nd of August, and reached the venue around 1a.m. We were given a transit room, and in the morning, the tournament begun. On the first day, we had Prelims 1 and 2. The second day, prelims 3, quarter finals and semi finals. The final day, the grand final, obviously.

Alhamdulillah my team, Black Vipers broke into quarter finals. We lost by just a few points too! shame. Oh well, we trust and respect the adjudicators decision.

top: before losing
bottom: after losing

The funniest thing I have said while debating (probably ever, not only in this tournament) must have been "Money makes the world go round. If they don't have money, how can their world go round?" That's Sofia logic for you, alright.

I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to join this tournament. I'm also thankful to the Vipers of UiTM Kuantan, for the determination and support. Special thanks to my partner, Muhaimin for being wonderful. I couldn't have done it without him.

just a porion of the Vipers family.

This was during the dinner. We got a wefie with Maizura Mokhsein, the best debater in Asia. May her awesomeness rub off on us. hahaha!

The highlight of it all, personally for me, was being announced as one of the Best Speakers. It was truly an honour. But I still have lots to learn. The funny thing was that the lecturer was commenting on why we were bringing such big luggages to Kelantan since we were staying there for only 3 days, and I jokingly replied, "we're bringing huge bags because we want to bring back the trophy." Well, I wasn't able to bring back any of the big trophies, but hey, it still counts right? hahaha.

with Adib and Soleh, D'Douchebags (that was their company name) from UiTM Dungun. Blurry, I know.

All in all, I enjoyed the experience a lot. Hopefully the tournament helped me grow as a debater. Going against great debaters, getting feedback from distinguished adjudicators, it would be shame if I didn't learn anything. I am also thankful for all the cool people I met. I kept telling myelf, if I didn't gain experience, self-improvement and new friends, then I was just wasting my time in Kelantan. Thank you, UMK for the great experience.

Isaiah (Yaya), Hafiz, Hadi, Adib and Kammy.

we went hard, then we went home.

There are already talks of upcoming debate tournaments. I guess we just have to wait and see. :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Where did the time go? / Raya '14

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.

It's already the start of the 2nd term of the 1st semester. What happened? Where did the time go?

It also seems that I've lost my touch in blogging. Well, honestly there's hardly anything to blog about. It's like I'm slowly deserting my blog... and becoming lifeless. Boo hoo. :(

First term of the semester went well, I guess. There was a little drama episode, but it didn't interfere with my studies. Actually, I wasn't even directly involved. Ain't nobody got time for that! Haha. Other than that things have been pretty normal. Classes, assessments, assignments, eating out, hanging out with friends, blah blah blah.

Oh, I joined the Debate Club here, so that's great. There's a competition coming up and insyaAllah I will be participating. Will be updating if things go as planned :)

Sad to say that Hari Raya this year wasn't really festive, but I guess I should be grateful to be able to spend time with family and relatives, so alhamdulillah :)

I helped Nenek prepare burasak this year (wasn't so helpful the years before to be honest), so that was nice.

1st day of Raya was pretty boring. Not that many people came. Well, many people came, but it wasn't as hectic or festive as past years. Hmm. Spent most of the day hanging around with my brother.

On the 2nd day of Raya we went to Johor Bahru, as usual. While we were there, my uncle took us to a few places including Puteri Harbour, Medini Mall, and other places I can't recall at the moment. It was raining awfully heavily, so we didn't get to see nor do much. :( Maybe some other time insyaAllah.

I spent a lot of time in Johor with my cousins' children.

the fault in my nostrills.


so I guess that's all for now. Wow, my posts are getting worse, aren't they? pfft.

Oh. Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin. May Allah bless you <3