Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Big Grin

I saw an Audi R8 this morning! Not in TV or the internet, but right in front of my god damn naked eyes!

I've seen GT-R, Ferrari, and Lamborghini on the road before, but none of them impressed me as much as this beauty did.

That's it. From this day onwards, I'm officially naming Audi R8 my dream car :D

Good bye Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

And no, this is not the reason for my "Big Grin". Today, I attended the Brunei Shell Petroleum Talk at SEAMEO Voctech. I will briefly summarise the Talk into questions and answers format, for the convenience of those who didn't get to attend the talk.

Q. What is the minimum requirement to be rewarded a BSP scholarship?

A. Must acquire a minimum grade of BBB in A' Level in Mathematics, Physics and one other relevant subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Economics, Further Mathematics or Accounting); as well as a minimum of 5 O' Levels including Mathematics, English and Malay.

Q. What are the courses offered?
A. i. Geology ii. Geophysics iii. Mechanical Engineering iv. Chemical Engineering v. Petroleum Engineering vi. Control Automation and Systems Engineering vii. Mechatronics viii. Geomatics

Q. What the hell is Mechatronics??
A. Basically, it's a combination of Mechanical Engineering and ,Control Automation and Systems Engineering. It's like Mechanical Engineering, but it's more towards the control of a system. Automation. (Huh?!)

Q. ..Geomatics?
A. No idea. Ang Wee Guan made a theory. He said it's probably Geography+Mathematics=Geomatics.

Q. Will I be studying overseas if I get the scholarship?
A. Depends on the course.

Q. Please explain.
A. If you're applying for Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering, you will be doing a 1+3 program, meaning, 1 year in ITB plus another 3 years in the University of New South Wales, Australia. As for the rest of the course, it is 100% overseas, unless you insist to study in ITB (but why would you?)

Q. For the rest of the course, will I get the freedom of choosing my own university?
A. Sure. If UK is your desired destination, then the university must be in the top 10 ranking in terms of the specific course (not the overall ranking).

Q. Damn..I've applied for another course in UCAS! What should I do?
A. If you really really want UK, then I think they said there is a way to cancel your UCAS application. I'm not sure how. If you really really want the course so badly, then I suggest you apply in other countries universities. That way, you can reject the UK universities you initially applied for, and accept the other countries university. Done.

Q. I think I am like Hazim. Can I apply for a Masters degree?
A. Well, if the university you applied for does not offer Bachelor's degree, then BSP may consider this. Still, the masters degree will be considered as an undergraduate degree (not sure if it's any different than the postgraduate degree.)

Q. Do I need to attend an interview to get the scholarship?
A. No. If you're selected as a candidate for the scholarship, you will go through a one day assessment program, where your leadership, teamwork and fitness ability will be tested.

Q. When is the assessment?
A. Approximately one week after the A level result.

Q. Do I get work placement or some sort of attachment?
A. Yes, after you are successful in your assessment.

Q. What is the quota BSP set in giving scholarships this year?
A. 31 students.

Q. What do I work as once I graduated?
A. Depends. A job as a Well Engineer must have a degree honours in Mechanical, Chemical or Petroleum Engineering. Of course, this is just one of the MANY job possibilities in BSP. There is also a job in laboratory, if you have a degree in say Geology or Geophysics.

Q. Tell me more about the jobs in BSP.

A. You get to choose between technical and non-technical professions. Technical are those directly involve in the actual mechanical projects, while non-technical are those who plan and design the project. After that, you may choose to generalise or specialise your profession. Generalist are those who make use about less than 20% of what they studied in university. Specialist are those who make use more than 30% of what they studied in university. Basically, you won't have much headache being a generalist.

Q. I meant salary hehe.
A. According to one of the guys this morning, working as a Drilling Supervisor may get as much as USD 20,000. Per month. However, that is not the highest income earners in BSP. The highest income earners are the Well Engineers. I heard that the starting salary in BSP is B$3100+. I regretted not asking this question.

Q. Do I have to go through Ministry of Education?
A. Yes, you will be tested with Malay oral test and MIB. Be prepared to memorise the names of all the Sultans of Brunei! Here's a start. Who is the 19th Sultan of Brunei?

Q. What is HECAS? Do I need to apply for HECAS to get BSP scholarship?
A. HECAS is like UCAS, except it's a local application. Those wishing to study in Brunei should fill this form. It will be available for filling from 1st February to 14th February, which is why many speculated the A level results to be out before February. And no, it's not necessary if you're applying for BSP. But just to be on the safe side, BSP recommended to just apply for it.

Q. Do I need to do some sort of applications to obtain the scholarship?
A. Unfortunately, you do need to fill in a form, which was made available during the Talk.

Q. OMFG! Are you serious?! Can I have the form too? Please...
A. I guess you can try to call them. Their numbers: 3373232, 3373173. Or email them at (p/s I emailed them once a long time ago. Never received any reply.)

Q. How will the BSP contact me if they want to give me an offer?
A. You will need to email or call them and tell them your A level result once you received it.

Q. Say I fail to get the BSP scholarship, is there a way for me to work there?
A. Yes. Pass the MoE Scholarship, graduate, and hopefully MoE will allow you to apply for a job in BSP.

Hope that helps! If you have any questions, you may tag at the tagboard. I will try my best to give the best answer possible.

So anyway, I grinned excessively because MECHANICAL ENGINEERING candidates will surely be sent overseas! And they don't require any religious school certificates!

Double WIN!

:: Posted by DENCORPORATION at 2:13 PM | 1 comments

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Morning Hike

We all understand that a few weeks ago, the weather was so bad. Heavy downpour and floods everywhere means going to Tasek has never been more troublesome.

So during that time, when I suddenly woke up very early in the morning on a good weather around 5 am and got nothing to do, I decided to go Tasek.

One of the reason why I chose to go is also because I'm afraid it might rain in the afternoon.

I'd usually go there during afternoons because I'm too lazy to wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy and go Tasek looking like a zombie.

Nice trees.

It has been a really long time since I've been there in the morning. The only difference you get are the people who went there. It's slightly more colder in the morning.

Quite a number of people were already there, but not that many people. Most parents are probably busy sending their kids to school. So I guess that's why there's not that much people.

In fact, a lot of 'aunties' were there doing Tai-Chi.

Yeap, that's right. This made me realise that majority of the people who went to Tasek in the mornings are actually 'senior' people.

But if you wanna know the average number of people who went to Tasek on a normal day, just refer to this pie chart below.

After learning the surface of the hill isn't so wet and muddy, I went for a hike.

As I said before, because of floods and the bad weather, the rivers in Tasek were actually dyed into the colors of Teh-C Peng or Teh Tarik.

I couldn't find any life in the rivers with my naked eye. I wonder if the small little fishes were alive and swimming in the Teh-C Peng.

Heck, if it's the real Teh-C Peng, I bet we can even find humans swimming in the river.

Took this picture above because it looks creepy and mysterious. I wonder what's in there.

Maybe it leads us to Pandora.

At some point in the trek, I met this woman. She was standing somewhere high and is facing towards the beautiful view of lush green canopy of trees which Nazrin and I called the 'Giant Bowl of Broccolis".

And then, she yelled. Very. Loudly!

Not yelling a me, but yelling at the view. You know, people would yell at the sea but this woman was yelling at the forest.

No offense but I was starting to suspect the mental state of that woman. Hmmmm..

Yep. And that's all. That concludes my morning hike at Tasek.

Because I've been blogging about Tasek so so so many times, this might be my last post about Tasek in a long time.

I shall update again very soon. :)

:: Posted by DENCORPORATION at 3:54 PM | 0 comments

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Seven Wells that Eye on Malaysia

First of all, I am sorry for not continuing to blog about Malaysia as soon as I was done blogging about the first one. It has been a pretty busy week. And now I'm glad that I am very much done with my personal statement!

So this will perhaps be my final entry on my trip to Malaysia. It will be about the Seven Wells, Langkawi Island and the Eye on Malaysia, Malacca.

Let the pictures amaze you ;)

En route to the waterfall.

Spotted this very unique tree.

I named it Breast Cancer. On second thought, it does look like a guy covering his dick. So let's just call it Dick.

Now feast your eyes upon the Seven Wells Waterfall!

This waterfall is named after the seven pools along its path. It's really nice to be able to witness nature at such close proximity.

Really speechless. (Actually I don't know what to talk about.)

The view was so spectacular that an idiot slid down the slick rock between the pools. He went airborne for a few milliseconds before he landed squarely on his ass on a hard solid rock. Ouch. Should have taken a picture of that. Could have sent it to Planet's Funniest Animal.

So that's Langkawi, and it's time to switch our focus on the Eye on Malaysia in Malacca.

Pure beauty. This, my friend, is Malaysia's very own Ferris Wheel, the Eye on Malaysia.

The portable Ferris wheel stood 60 metre tall. It was inspired by the London Eye. I wish I could take a ride, but the ticket price ain't cheap.

In ending my trip to Malaysia, I asked myself, "What do Brunei got in offer?"

Please don't say Jerudong Park.

:: Posted by DENCORPORATION at 4:56 PM | 1 comments




Blog shared between Desmond, Edison and Nazrin. Edison is no longer a sleeping partner. What D.E.N. stands for is self-explanatory.


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