Wednesday, 13 July 2016

2016 So Far: The Beginning

Back to blogging some stuff on this blog again. Yeap! Reality kicks in, got myself a job in Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur on December 2015. My job was as a Junior Software Engineer at this company called BAE in short.

It was pretty interesting at the beginning before I was involved in some office politics stuff. Long story cut short, some people do not like or envy some people, some people backstab some people, and so on. I was a victim of these office politics. Typical office politics which I could not accept. I could not blend in such environment or situation where forces myself not to stay true to myself. I guess I was depressed at some point during my stay in the company. I got no confidence in coding anymore and tend to give up easily on every task given to me. Fortunately there were also some good senior colleague that guide and help me during my stay in the company.

At the same time, I'm sad to see some people would rather be bootlickers in order to stay in the company. Letting down their own dignity to boot-lick and wipe ass of their seniors. I'm sorry, I can't do that. Stay real. Stay true. Due to all these bullshits, without hesitation I hand in my resignation letter after 4 months of service in the company. Case close. I'm a free man.

During the 4th month of service in that company which is on March, I saw the news from Facebook that Astro Battleground 2016 will be having their auditions on early April. Poooffff!!! More reason to leave this company as soon as possible. So yeah, I somehow quit my job to join Astro Battleground 2016. At this moment, I chose Dream rather than Reality. It was a risk to take too at the same time. With my current savings, if I really made it to the finals of Astro Battleground 2016, by that time, I'll probably be broke AF. At the same time many asked why did I join Astro Battleground 2016. I told them I really wanted to chase my dream. I see this as a chance of a lifetime. Fuck it if I end up broke AF at the end, because what I will have in return will be a memory of a lifetime. A story that I can tell my family, my future children in the near future. Other than that, I also carry the name of my studio and my crews for it.

Without a doubt, I went for the open auditions held in Quill City Mall on April 2nd. Each participants are required to pass 4 rounds before being selected as the top50 finalist of Astro Battleground. There were around a thousand plus people auditioned for the show. My number was 439 that day.

I still can feel myself being nervous and trembling while auditioning for it. The instructor in charge for audition that day was C.Hsiang Lao Shi from Taiwan. With my current level in Hip Hop foundation, I was afraid it is not enough to impress the instructor as C.Hsiang Lao Shi's major was Hip Hop. At the same I would feel honoured for having C.Hsiang Lao Shi to acknowledge me as the top50 finalist if I were to pass all the 4 rounds. 

Hard work did pays off when the CONGRATULATIONS letter was handed to me. I'm out of words and definitely a start of something new. I felt blessed and thankful for this first moment. At the same day, 49 other participants were selected to join in the show.  There were a few familiar faces such as Foong Yaen from Silly Mistakes, Kevin from Rejuvenate and so on. 

Friday, 1 January 2016

Amazing 2015

Lets start with the dancing side of me first shall we? Kicking off things this year was indeed a tough one. When I return to my university from internship, I only got one target which is to rebuild Interbeatz. I am definitely proud of the peeps who had been there with me, the peeps who trusted me in leading them and the peeps who I call crew mates. They are Wunna, Yit Huan, Ryan, Zeeta, Mei Yan and Jennifer. It started off a bit shaky for showcases and competitions. As time pass by, we learn, we improve and we finally made it. Crowned as Champions for competition. Such awesome memories. Above all that, I got to travel to places with them to do showcases around Malaysia. Definitely a lot of joy and fun dancing together. How can I leave out Mashroor and Hakimi? Man, you both have been the most supportive mates I've known yo! Thanks for showing the love and support throughout the years man. Appreciate it :)

I then challenged myself by pushing up to another level. Combining Team Nexus and Interbeatz to form an All Star crew to join much bigger hip hop showcase competitions. Together with Russell, Leon, Wunna and Mei Yan, we formed Inter-Nexus. Participated in Feel The Beat - Road 2 Ninja street dance showcase competition for the first time as Inter-Nexus. There were a lot of dope crews in this competition. With the leadership and choreography of Russell, we emerged as 2nd Runners Up in this competition. Another major milestone in my dancing career. Certainly proud of Leon for being able to catch up with choreography despite being a full-time bboy. The sweat and tears he poured in definitely worth it. Feel The Beat - Road 2 Ninja was just a starting point for Inter-Nexus. From here we go on winning Champions in many competitions around Perak and Penang


Moving on to Team Nexus, the original Nexus peeps as a crew which consist of Eurica, Leon, Russell and me. Joined several competitions during year end of 2015 and the results were very good. What else? Champion for Alibabar Up & Down Street Dance competition. Good times with my fellow Nexus peeps. I'm hoping that there are more to come in the future with the newest addition to the team, Jason. Keep dancing, keep improving! In 2016, let's fight and compete together peeps!

Now, lets move on to the academic side of me in the year 2015. Returned to my university on late of 2014, early of 2015 for my final year of studies. To be honest, coping up with studies are actually quite hard for me as I'm also focusing on dancing at the same time. At some point, I really wanted to give up on my final year project but I am blessed with a lucky star. Whenever this lucky star are by my side, bad things seems to turn out very good. Creating miracles again and again in different phase of my final year project. Qualifying from Pre-Sedex to Sedex and bagging in a Bronze medal for the Final Year Project category. Never in my dream I would thought of being able to make the cut as the invigilators will only select the best among 200 plus ICT/BIS students in UTP. Another major milestone for a not so academic focus person like me, Proud moment.

Well, it came down to this, It's been a great 3.5 years in this magnificent university. I finally graduated from my studies. 5th of September marks the day where I finally leave this university to the next phase of my life. It is also my birthday on 5th September. Gotta say, this birthday will be the most memorable one. Birthday. Graduated. Farewell. All falls on this day. Bitter sweet memories. I would also like to take this chance to thank everyone for being present in my studying life in this university especially my fellow course mates.

Thank you Ming Miin, Michael, Jerry, Jackson, Jia Shyan, Jia Zhen, Jonathan, Kien Ee, DannyHang Ping and Li Juan. Without you peeps, there won't be me as of today. You peeps really shaped me to be a better student in this university. It mean a lot to me. You all mean a lot to me. Truly is. Really hope that we can gather from time to time. Hope there are many more happy returns to all of us. 

25th October 2015. An important event in one's life, Convocation. Wearing that square hat, putting on that convo robe, walking up the stage and receiving that scroll certainly feels great. I'm pretty sure my family are proud of me especially Grandma and Dad. I'm glad that Grandma is here to witness my graduation in my university. My younger brother too. I'm really really happy that he is here for my convocation. My family members are all here to share this moment with me. Truly blessed to have them on this very day. 

The year 2015 definitely been an amazing one. Got to live up my dreams as a dancer, travelling around Malaysia, winning dance competitions (mostly choreography showcases), getting an academic based award for my Final Year Project, graduated from university and so on. A lot of epic moments in the year 2015. 

Thank you peeps for the wonderful year!
Looking forward for all the challenges ahead for 2016! May 2016 be a better year for everyone! Happy New Year peeps! :)