Operation Smile Australia: Make the kids smile again

Shunned by their peers, depleting self-confidence, and dim future. Sounds horrible doesn’t it? Well, these kids are not lacking in their intelligence department. They were unfortunately born with a different physical appearance than most of us. All that can be corrected with just a simple corrective surgery though. Only if they were given the chance…

Operation Smile Australia is another organisation that I support. Basically, Operation Smile Australia sends volunteer doctors around the world to perform surgeries on kids with cleft lips.

These folks can’t do it on their own. They need funding!

Lend your hand by donating. Go to their website here.

The cost of a single surgery is around AUD360. However, any amount is more than appreciated.

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Pictures from the Sunday Market (17.05.2009)

As requested by Nazarios and Farahreen, here are some of the pictures from the Sunday Market. For more photos, go to here.

We are currently in the process of winding up our Sunday activity, so, not many items up for sale anymore.

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Thank you sir for giving me hope again

Sometimes, unexpected things may happen. Sometimes, the magnitude of a simple gesture is enough to inject motivation into my soul again.

A few days ago, something really great happened. A man from faraway land had given me hope again. You know who you are sir. I can’t thank you enough. It probably was nothing but it was indeed of value to me. Believe it or not, getting into that company is something that I have been aiming for.

Again, thanks for giving me the chance to at least try (I know I have repeated this many many times).

One thing for sure is that I’ll work bloody damn hard if I get in. If everything goes well and I’m able to join your ranks, who knows, I might be sitting to your right one day. It would truly be an honour sir. Thank you.

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I want to be a pilot, thus the reason why I want to stay in Australia.

One of the deciding factors of whether I’ll be returning to Malaysia or staying in Australia is this. Which will give me a much better chance in pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. This entry is with the assumption that I can’t get into any cadet pilot programs.

Here’s the situation. In Malaysia, it’ll cost me around RM250,000 for a 2-year-plus CPL + ATPL program. In Australia, it’ll cost me around AUD80,000 for the same program, plus the Flying Instructors’ course.

Imagine if I save a couple of thousand per month (if I’m lucky) in either countries and in their respective currencies, how long will it take? Earning AUD4,000 and save till AUD80,000 seems to be much closer than earning RM4,000 (again if I’m lucky) and saving for RM250,000.

If there’s a way for me to do my flying licence in Malaysia within the next couple of years, then I’ll gladly return to Malaysia, that’s for sure. However, I’m still figuring out that “one” way.

I’m still aiming for the cadet pilot programs though… God I hope I’ll get accepted into one. I don’t think anybody else is more obsessed (in a good way of course) about this than myself.

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Your life… Your choice… A meaningful video (Aqim Salatak)

I came across this video on Facebook and it really made me think… Have I done enough to tip over the scale in my favour?

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Why are you doing STPM? A Levels? Foundation Studies? Diploma? International Baccaulerate (IB)? Ausmat? SAM? Which one is better?

For Malaysians, there are so many options after high school. Talking about tertiary education, there are so many pathways out there. Some of them are:

1. Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM)
2. A Levels
3. Pre-U Foundation Studies
4. Diploma
5. International Baccalaureate (IB)
6. Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
7. South Australian Matriculation (SAM)

The question is, which one is better? Better in terms of quality (i.e. which one prepares you better) as well as which one opens up more opportunities later on.

Before university, I did my foundation studies in a Malaysian college. After that, I applied into a university in Australia and got accepted into its dual degree in Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) program.

However, if I was better informed back then, perhaps I would’ve done things differently. At the moment, I actually see merits in A Levels and Diploma. It seems like with these two, your options of what to do later on is much wider. Correct me if I’m wrong though.

Anyway, what do you guys think? Which one is better in your eyes?

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Nadlique’s Blog of Financial Freedom featured in The Malay Mail

Nadlique’s Blog of Financial Freedom was featured in a Malaysian newspaper, The Malay Mail. Have a read of the feature here.

A huge thanks to Gabey Goh for that.

Click here for the feature.

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Tennessee – Hans Zimmer (Pearl Harbour Soundtrack)

This song brings back memories…

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Should I go for Mac or PC?

I’m in the market for a new computer. The machine I’m using right now can’t really cope with the work that I’m doing anymore.

On top of the usual word processing and etc, I’ll be using the new machine for some serious photo editing, video editing, website maintenance, and perhaps some intense graphic design kind of work in the near future. Also, I need a machine of a professional photographer’s standard.

Before, I was set on going for the Apple iMac. However, after doing some research, a Dell XPS Desktop seems to be more appealing. Cheaper and with better hardware. Plus, I don’t have to acclimatise myself with Apple’s environment.

What do you guys reckon? Mac or PC?

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Etihad Airways! Why have you forsaken me??

I was planning to go to Sydney for an interview with Etihad Airways this June. I wanted to try getting a spot in their Cadet Pilot Program.

Suddenly, there’s no more information about taking foreigners as their cadet pilots on their website. I assume, they’re not doing that anywmore. Hopefully not permanently.

What timing huh?

Why have you forsaken me Etihad Airways…

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