Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Epic Driving Failure

Here to chronicle my sad sad driving experience (mostly because of the test!).

So, I started my driving course before Chinese New Year, doing my Undang test, Amali, yadayada... Then came the real driving lessons after Chinese New Year!

I took 14 hours of class in just 2 weeks plus, and off I am for my driving test.

On the way to the institute, Pei Kai sms-ed me, asking if I was taking my driving test. It just so happens that he was taking the test too! One number before me! I was No.13. It helps that I had people to talk to, as there was a lot of time to waste, with the large amount of applicants too. The whole day, I was spamming Green/Blue/Gary's Champion Battle music on my earphones. Hoping that epic music would translate to epic champ-like driving.

Seriously, this theme is made of OWHSM. All that rage in the music! Can't blame Green/Blue/Gary, his grandfather forgot his name, and ignored his champ win.

We got our tags around 10.30am, but it was only around 12.30pm that I hopped into the car.

The car took me awhile to control. I drove up the hill twice, and pulled my hand break up too high, I had problems releasing it, haha. Got down and headed off to side parking. I parked the car fine. But when I drove out I was stopped by the examiner. Seems like I've cut into the other lane without noticing... This is me being too dependent on the formula, and not keeping my eyes and brain on the road... Ah daaaarn.

Had to wait after the break before going on the road. Got into the car. The guy was pretty friendly! Pointed out/corrected some of my mistakes. Then I arrived at one of the bumps. I was on gear 2, as usual. Suddenly I saw my speedometer falling quickly, car was about to die. I quickly shifted my foot from the brakes to the accelerator. And I felt my brake pedal sink down.

Then the engine died.

I had to get down the car, fail automatically because mati enjin on the road = memandu secara bahaya. I even asked the examiner "tadi you ada tekan brake tak?" Mum and cousin sister was shocked I even dared to ask him, haha. The guy denied, saying that it was unethical. Clearly... lots of unexpected under the table things happen at driving tests. Meh. But Pei Kai managed to pass both exams, without bribing! So it's doable! Good going!

So, I failed both parts of my driving test. Everyone else in my car didn't fail as badly as I did, sigh.

Second time, took exam two weeks later, after another 3 hours of training the day before. It was SPM results day. Somehow it became a high school reunion thing! Met Ivena, Wei Han, Raaj, Jeremy and some other people from USJ13. All my juniors, who were supposed to be collecting their results that day. As usual, had to wait around 12-ish to start doing anything. This time, we had to wait after the break for both exams, meh.

For the circuit, I was given quite a shaky car. I managed to control it and passed the hill and side parking just fine. I was talking to myself and telling myself that I could do it. In the end, for three-point turn, and turned in too early, and I was too carried away making sure my car was straight. So when I reversed, I realized I was too much to the right and bam, I hit the yellow line...

Ugh, have to come back to this institute again.

Had the on-the-road test later. All my friends had problems and failed theirs. That day, everyone was PMS-ing, even the admins! (because there was no electricity in the morning) Examiners were making unreasonable demands (ask you to drive faster, turn when there's an incoming car etc.). In the end I was the only one who passed one part. My examiner was okay, he was silent for most of it. I drove rather confidently, and was getting better at changing my gear and controlling the car.

Third time, today, just needed to get my circuit test done. I must pass the test, it's my last chance, since I'll be leaving to India by Sunday! Met Ivena again, and Wan Wei. And later, even Jasmine was there! I had to wait long because I was only retaking one part, hence priority goes to those taking both parts, so they can move on and take their on-the-road test. Had to wait after break to take my test. In the meantime, I spammed random songs (NE GA CHE CHA LA GA) and was reading my new Phoenix Wright Casebook manga thingy. Waited sooo long. Right before it was my turn, they even decided to put 20 session three people in front of me so they could go on-the-road. Damn. D: Wait summore.

My turn. Got into the car. Took awhile to get used to it. Aced the hill and side parking again. Hello three-point turn. I took it slow this time, and turned not so soon this time. I braked when I was in the box, and stuck my head out to admire my work. It was perfect! Must pass this time, must pass this time. Turn all left, minus half, enter reverse gear, reversed... turn steering full.

WAIT A MINUTE. AM I TURNING THE STEERING THE RIGHT WAY.

I had no idea what happened, it happened so fast. I just know somehow I turned the steering wrongly, I tried to turn it back, I had no idea what I was doing. My car was reversing, reversing... in an oddly-shaped curve. My car was moving pretty fast because I released the clutch (I think) and I was in disbelieve. It was when I hit the curb, did I push the brakes, hear that dreaded whistle and order to get down the car. Shit.

I failed, again, for the third time.
I'm leaving for India, but I have to come back and do this again some other time.
Another RM180.
Not to mention time wasted, and more money to renew license.
Shit. Shit. Shit.

I was so disappointed in myself. I felt like an idiot. How could I make such a stupid, small mistake that meant passing or failing? I felt like such a huge failure. Never had I failed anything so hard in my life. I never failed any of my piano tests, my taekwondo gradings, my high school exams... And driving? THREE TIMES. And all that money. Gawd.

I called my mum and teared up quite a bit. Mostly because of the time consumed, money spent, and the great disappointment in myself. I know I could do it. It just... happened this way. Sigh.

So yeah, I suck at driving test, horribly, somehow. Going to have to revisit the institute some time in the future again. Ugh.

/endemorant


Quote of the Day: "I don’t know what to do… This is just another crossroad in my life, but, for the first time, I don’t know which way to go." - Squall Leonhart

Blog Revamped!

Huzzah! Welcome to the new and improved Smiles for All! :D It looks the same as before, but it's different!

Changes made:
- Updated to the latest Blogger Layout. More user friendly, but uses different codes from Blogger Template, hence requiring the change of things
- Welcoming panel changed
- Profile panel changed (to reflect my upcoming birthday and leaving to India)
- Background changed. Many new Ace Attorney sketches added to the background! You now have hawt Phoenix, Edgeworth, Godot, Klavier and Kristoph all in the same screen! (Apollo doesn't qualify as hawt. Charming maybe. |D)
- Twitter ticker added
- Missile removed! =( But search box is still available (and more convenient)
- Blinking "Testimony" image removed =(
- Comment form is now embedded, not pop-up
- Archives layout changed from dropbox to hierarchy
- Labels navigation included to the sidebar! (easier to find related posts)
- Various "Follow" buttons included

Sounds like a lot of changes, and doesn't sound like a lot either. (BUT IT IS. And took the whole day!) On top of that, had to learn how to navigate the new look of the Blogger Dashboard as well.

Even Blogger had a facelift!

I'm not too sure if the new Blogger Layout allows RSS feeds now (it should!). Also, the height of the background is actually huge, to accommodate computers with larger resolution. I'm not sure how different resolutions are going to screw up the layout though, so please let me know if something odd happens.

All in all, the new changes should make my blog more user friendly, and should bring in more traffic, HAHA. :P

Going to start spam blogging again. Hopefully I'll be able to cook up better/helpful articles that aren't just about my life. Look forward to new content soon!


Quote of the Day: "The only dependable thing about the future is uncertainty." - Amarant Coral

Cosplay Archives

(Other posts labeled cosplay)

My Cosplay Meme/Portfolio - on deviantART

Costume Owned/Cosplayed:

  1. Yuffie Kisaragi [Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children/Kingdom Hearts II]
    - Comic Fiesta 2007, ACGC 2008
  2. Sai [Naruto: Shippu! Konoha Gakuen Den]
    - Photoshoot 2008
  3. Hyuuga Hinata [Naruto: Shippu! Konoha Gakuen Den]
    - Photoshoot 2008
  4. Road Kamelot [D.Gray-man]
    - Comic Fiesta 2008, C2AGE 2009, GACC 2009, Comic Fiesta 2009, Animangaki 2010
  5. Mia Fey/Chihiro Ayasato [Ace Attorney/Gyakuten Saiban]
    - Comic Fiesta 2009, GACC 2010, Video Games Live 2010
  6. Seychelles [Hetalia: Axis Powers]
    - Comic Fiesta 2009, C2AGE 2010
  7. Tenten [Naruto: Shippu! Konoha Gakuen Den]
    - Taylor's Asaban Fest 2010
  8. Tsunade [Naruto: Shippu! Konoha Gakuen Den]
    - Taylor's Asaban Fest 2010
  9. Leena [Chrono Cross]
    - Comic Fiesta 2010
  10. Hannah Anafeloz [Kuroshitsuji II]
    - Comic Fiesta 2010, Anime Festival Asia 2011
  11. Inoue Orihime [Bleach]
    - (Shinigami) SMK Tropicana's Cosplay & J+K Dance Competition 2011 , (Summer Uniform) C2AGE 2011
  12. Sice [Final Fantasy Type-0]
    - Animangaki 2011, Comic Fiesta 2011
  13. Oerba Yun Fang [Final Fantasy XIII]
    - Comic Fiesta 2011, Photoshoot 2011
  14. Soul Linker [Ragnarok Online]
    - Photoshoot 2011, Animax Carnival 2012, Comic Fiesta 2012
  15. Ayase Shinomiya [Guilty Crown]
    - Comic Fiesta 2012, Photoshoot 2012


Latest Cosplay Plans

2012

Events:

Ragnarok Online at Comic Fiesta

Animax Carnival - 1Utama
Comic Fiesta - KL Convention Centre

Photoshoots:

Guilty Crown

Guilty Crown - Putrajaya

2011

Events:

Bleach at C2AGE

With Tuxedo Team at AFA

Final Fantasy Type-0 at Comic Fiesta

C2AGE - Tropicana Mall
TAS Cosplay Cafe - Taylor's College Subang Jaya
Animagaki - Sunway University College

Anime Festival Asia (AFA) - Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore:

Comic Fiesta - KL Convention Centre

Photoshoots:

Final Fantasy XIII (deviantART here)

Ragnarok Online (deviantART here)

Final Fantasy XIII - Taylor's University Lakeside Campus
Ragnarok Online - Putrajaya

2010

Events:

Seychelles at C2AGE

Chrono Cross at Comic Fiesta

Kuroshitsuji at Comic Fiesta

Video Games Live - KLCC Plenary Hall
C2AGE - Tropicana City Mall
Taylor's Asaban Fest - Taylor's University Lakeside Campus
Animangaki - Sunway University College

Comic Fiesta - Berjaya Times Square Hotel:

Photoshoots:

Shippu! Konoha Gakuen Den at Taylor's Asaban Fest/Photoshoot

Naruto: Shippu! Konoha Gakuen Den - Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

2009

Events:

Ace Attorney at Comic Fiesta

C2AGE - HELP
GACC - Melaka

Comic Fiesta - Sunway Pyramid:

2008

Events:

D.Gray-man at Comic Fiesta

ACGC - Berjaya Times Square
Taylor's Anime Fest - Taylor's Main Campus
Comic Fiesta - Sunway Pyramid

Photoshoots:

Konoha Gakuen

Naruto: Shippu! Konoha Gakuen Den - SMK Subang Utama

2007

Events:

My cosplay debut! Yuffie and Comic Fiesta

Comic Fiesta - Berjaya Times Square

Last updated: 6 February 2013

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Announcement: Layout Change + Blogging Resume

Smiles for All is undergoing a minor layout change. If you see things shifting around, do not be alarm! If some stuff doesn't fit (the background, text etc.), please let me know!

Meanwhile, I should really start blogging more often... again. It's so much more fun to blog/spazz about something once it happens! (like the recent release of The Legend of Korra! But I'll have to spazz about that later...) But with Facebook around, plus me joining Twitter (@suzanneyin)... doesn't help with the blogging much... |D

Since this is an Announcement post, I shall announce here that I'll be flying off to India to start my uni life on April 1 (Sunday)! Countdown: 5 days.

Anyhow, as usual, the epic backlogged list:

  1. Youth Dhamma Camp 20 (still. not. done. =w=)
  2. Irfan's Birthday
  3. ECA Recruitment Drive
  4. TAS in general (meetings, hang-outs, karaoke, laser tag, skating, the new peeps...)
  5. Games and Anime SPAZZM (Harvest Moon, Madoka, shimeji...)
  6. Preparation to India - my new stuff :D (hard disk, stationery, jabs etc.)
  7. Pianooo
  8. Stupid driving test
  9. Animax Carnival 2011 - cosplaycosplaycosplay


I'm pretty much screwed, ehehe... It's mostly spazzm stuff, I'll try my best to chronicle them all here!


Quote of the Day: "It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is caused in the world" - William Cobbett

Sunday, March 25, 2012

New Gifts

Clearly, I have been on a blogger's block for a long while now. Was stuck at blogging about Youth Dhamma Camp... which was in December... |D I still have so much backlogs! And I forgot to mention I'll be leaving to India next week, ehehe... oh well, I'll update later.

Meanwhile, I'm going to take the opportunity while the experience is fresh, to blog about the awesome day I had yesterday! A lot of money in general was spent yesterday. Good money, good stuff. :D

In the morning, mum brought me to Sunshine Optical in USJ9 to get a pair of new glasses. We've been to England Optics in Summit too, but no designs I liked. I haven't had a new one since... I'm not sure when. But I only had two glasses since I first wore them in 2004, and they were both brown, ewww.

Was looking at plastic frames. So hard to choose! We were looking at the promo ones that were RM150, most of them were black, or dark shades of colour. Then the optician picked out a nice colourless Ray Ban one for me. Supposed to brighten up my face.

Ray Ban!

Not too flashy, but unique enough! :D

It was RM250, frames and lens. I was quite hesitant to get it, because I'm a cheapo and don't like to spend too much money. In the end... I decided, might as well pamper myself abit! (mum's paying for it anyway, ahaha, THANK YOU MUMMY)

Got my eye power tested. L/R: -1.00/-0.50, power maintained since 2004, but astigmatism increased by 0.25 since my last glasses, L/R: 0.75/0.25. I keep forgetting my eye power, overestimated them when I was getting my lenses for the past 2 years. orz Now must remembeeeeer.

Gonna pick up my glasses in Tuesday, whee!

After that, headed home and dad fetched me and Irfan to Kelana Jaya LRT. TAS going to KL again! Was supposed to visit Kinokuniya to spend Wee, Isaac and Crystal's book vouchers.

Irfan and I got to KLCC, and before we headed up I HAD to stop for Auntie Anne's. They had that Turkey Cheese limited edition flavour thing since Christmas (I guess it's not too limited anymore), I must try it! Tempted Irfan into getting a set too, harhar. It tasted good with the turkey bits! But I'm still a bigger fan of Parmesan Cheese. I just checked the Auntie Anne's website and found out they have a "Pretzel of the Month" promotion. This month is Java Coffee! Maybe I should try it out... Next time... next time...

Headed up to Kinokuniya and met up with Wee and BK there. Nick came in a little while later. I've never been there, so we took a pretty long while browsing at the books! We were mostly at the Manga, Comics and Game sections of course. I saw a "Cityville for Dummies" book though. LIKE SERIOUSLY? o_o Spotted Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney mangas, squeeeeee! Wee offered one of his RM50 voucher to me, I couldn't resist getting a manga or artbook of some sort. Ended up snagging not one, but both the Phoenix Wright Casebooks.

Wouldn't the government like to know what we're spending those book vouchers on... Oooh look Edgeworth!

Wee bought a Skyrim game guide, and sold the last RM50 voucher to BK. Wee and I attempted to change the voucher to cash with the people who were already in-line. Unfortunately everyone didn't want to listen to two young uni students, because according to Irfan, they wouldn't want to give money to uni students who would highly possibly spend them on DRUGS. Ahhh, it worked better with my mum. :C

Left Kinokuniya around 4pm, then they guys grabbed lunch, sort of. In the end, Crystal couldn't join us, and Isaac was going to be late. We were at the lunch table and suddenly came a discussion about gifts (I was saying how I had to buy Anthea a present before leaving KL). And so Irfan pulled out something from his bag, for me.

Menma from Ano Hana! :D

Omg. So cute. My first Anime plushie! ;w; From Irfan and Wee kyaaaa! This was in the parcel that came for Irfan last Friday, which we tried using the item code to find out what it was. No wonder Irfan carrying a bag looked so suspicious! He hardly carries backpacks unless it's his laptop! (even then it's a slingbag) Anyway THANK YOU LOVE IT SO MUCH (hugging her right now)!

After lunch, we headed to Lowyat to buy me a new mouse, because my current one has failed. Not before getting Roti Boy on the way to the station! |D After browsing and stuff, finally decided to buy myself a Logitech Wireless Mouse! Using it right now. Feels odd not having a wire. |D But I'm loving it now! Wanted to grab new earphones too... but couldn't decide or take out the cash to buy the expensive ones I found.

We met up with Isaac, then went to Times Square to find a gift for Anthea. Being indecisive me, I couldn't decide how much to spend and what to buy. Must be quite a challenge to shop with me. |D Ended up grabbing dinner first at Rasa Utara. Halfway through I ran back up with Nick to one of the shops we passed by to buy Anthea a Rilakkuma bag, teehee!

Suddenly it's like Shopping for Suzanne day. |D

After that, we headed back to Sri Petaling. Wanted to get Chatime, but the line was crazy! Was rushing to Anthea's birthday dinner thing, so decided to skip Chatime. Isaac had to fetch us all home. Ended up being an hour late to Anthea's, around 10.30pm, ehehe. Had beehun, chicken pie and durian cheesecake!

It was an awesome day with TAS, it's amazing how we can just walk around KL, not do much, window shop, but still have lots of fun together. And I'm so fortunate getting so many stuff, and me willing to spend abit on myself and others.

The visible loot today!

Going to try my best to enjoy my last 7 days of unemployment.


Quote of the Day: "Concentration is important, but never lose sight of what's around you." - Lightning Farron, Final Fantasy XIII
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