Sunday, January 1, 2012

Goodbye, 2011

I think I can safely say that 2011 has been the best year of my life. I've never felt like this about any other year, and upon no other year will I look back with as much fondness as I do this one. In fact, just doing a mental runthrough of the year in preparation for this post brought a smile to my face quite a few times. 2011 was, quite simply, amazing. The main reason? College.

MCKL -- the best college around.
(From the college website)

MCKL has been nothing but a blessing to me. I know it sounds dumb, and I know it sounds corny, but it's the truth. The people I've met, the things I've gotten to do, the experiences I've had... I don't think any other college could compare. From what I've seen, there aren't any colleges around with kids who have as much college pride as we do; this is, I believe, testament to the fact that MCKL is quite awesome. I can't tell you how glad I am that my mom chanced upon this relatively unknown little college that none of my Samad friends were going to. It's given me the absolute best year ever, and I am extremely grateful. Veritas Vincit Omnia for life!

I made a list of highlights of my year, but a lot of them revolve around, well, college. Oh well, let's go in chronological order, then.


My birthday

Some of the lovely people at the picnic.
Photo credit: Timothy

The wonderful Sze Li planned a birthday picnic for me at KLCC! It was a surprise, actually, and I was surprised in the end. It was so nice to see my Samad friends again, all in one place, with the extra addiction of Jacie, who skipped classes to be there! Also, my dad got me my own domain as a birthday present --! I feel like such a cool blogger, heheh. It was a lovely day filled with lovely people, and I'm pretty sure it was the best birthday ever.

Orientation Ball

The cult sans Yaggy, who wasn't yet one of us.
Photo credit: Ying Ying

OB deserves a mention because it was one of the best nights I've ever had. It was lovely to see everyone all prettied up and suited up, and all the dancing was certainly worth the aching legs the next morning. It was the first prom I'd been to, since I hadn't gone for my secondary school's one; because I spent it with the right people, it went really well. Cult love!

Treasure Hunt

Winning. Literally.
Photo credit: Joshua Teo

Dhama and I paired up for this, and let me tell you, I couldn't have asked for a better partner. We joined forces with Benji and Zheng Yu (getting a taste of Benji's competitive streak for the first time) and refused to let ourselves get sidetracked by the shops in Times Square. (It was hard, though. Really hard. Elianto was having a sale.) This, combined with our careful copying down of the shops' names, led Dhama and me to win an iPod shuffle each. We found this very funny indeed, since we were convinced we were so hopeless that we were actually making jokes about us winning.

JPA scholarships

A Samad era picture that I thought appropriate.
Photo credit: Kent

I'm almost reluctant to write about this, 'cause it's the only negative thing in my lineup, but it was a fairly important part of this year. I applied for the JPA scholarship, and, well, I got it. However, I'd applied for Medicine overseas, but I got offered instead a weird prep course of sorts for Medicine, locally. Then, you know, came the stories of friends' friends who did worse than I but got offered Medicine overseas when they'd actually applied for Law and stupid things like that... Needless to say, I turned the offer down and stayed in MCKL. Thankfully.

World Stage


Again, one of the best nights I've ever had, which Bob was kind enough to accompany me for. I finally got to see 30 Seconds to Mars live, after a freaking five-year wait! You know how your perspective towards some songs changes after you've heard them live? Yeah, I can no longer listen to Search and Destroy, Kings and Queens, or Vox Populi the same way. Also, Jared's acoustic versions of Hurricane and The Kill were amazing. Especially The Kill. I'd been hoping and praying that he'd do that! He looks absolutely incredible in real life, by the way. Also, Neon Trees! Those guys are so good live, I was super impressed. Couldn't stop listening to their album for weeks after. Best night ever? I think so.

CF Camp

Ying Ying, me, and Shean Yen.
Photo credit: Jimmy

CF camp was incredible. It was intense in the best way possible, and this camp was when I truly experienced God. You know when you have an epiphany, the good kind, your brain just kind of lights up and everything suddenly seems crystal clear? That's a bit like how I felt, just that it felt more like my entire being lit up and I could finally, really see. It's not really something you can put into words, but that was my best shot at it. Besides that, our few, short days at the beach were a very lovely break from the stress of college life and such. I'm really, really glad I went for CF camp.

PAC musical

The cast and crew of Ramu and Chu Lian: A Love Story.
Photo credit: Ying Hui/Ying Ying

Oh my gosh, I don't trust myself to write about this. I can't do a blurb -- I'd do an essay. Just the other day I was in Nichii and Super Bass was playing, and I got all emotional and SMSed Ying Ying. It was crazy, and things were so hard at one point, but it was definitely worth it. An unforgettable experience for sure. Plus, the group of us bonded through trauma, so we're all pretty good friends now!


Another thing worth mentioning is that this year, I met two Internet friends in the flesh! I first met Lydia and Alia on Twitter via a mutual friend, Megan. Then Lydia came to MCKL (woo!) and the four of us (Lydia, Megan, Alia, and myself) went out for a nomfest one day when Alia was on holiday from her college. They're both awesome, and living proof that my father (who insists that every person I meet on the Internet is a forty-year-old trucker) is wrong.

Me, Lydia, Alia, and Megan!
Photo credit: Siri. I mean Alia.

Something else I wanted to do! Some people have listed their top ten albums of 2011, and Id like to do the same. However, I don't have ten favourite albums that came out this year, so I'm just going to list (in random order) albums that I listened to over and over throughout the year as I went through my musical phases.

  • Habits - Neon Trees
  • The Masterplan and Stop the Clocks - Oasis
  • 2Cellos' self-titled album
  • + - Ed Sheeran
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful - Owl City
  • Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys - My Chemical Romance

So that's it for my year-end post. 2011 was an absolutely wonderful year, and I am very much thankful. I daren't hope that 2012 will be even better (it seems like pushing it a little), so the most I'll hope for is that 2012 will be just as good. (Probably not, since next year is a year of goodbyes and uni applications, but we can always hope!)

Just bringing this song back for a bit.
Photo credit: Dhama

Happy new year, everyone!


  1. Didn't listen to Taylor's Speak Now? ;) Don't worry Jan, I'm sure 2012 will be awesome!

  2. Didn't listen to Taylor's Speak Now? ;) Don't worry Jan, I'm sure 2012 will be awesome!

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  4. Hahhahahaha I'm so sorry I think I clicked "publish" too many times because it wouldn't load!

  5. Haha, Yinggg! What, you're asking me if I read your blog? I don't get it. D: Yes, hopefully it'll be tre awesome! :D

  6. haha---the rebecca black part :P cant w8 for 2012 :)

  7. Friday and Nyan Cat were the in things in 2011. :P It's heeere! :D