Friday, August 30, 2013

My Pre-U Volleyball experience

Never in this life would I have ever thought that I would play volleyball.

It's a sport for cool people. It's for those tanned, tall, fit, ohmygash so pretty ladies.

This year, something called the Pre-U Games (Sukan Pra - U) was organized for the very first time. It's something similar to what the local schools have called the MSSD/MSSM and stuff. All Pre-U units sent their teams to participate in different games. For our school, we had teams for futsal, netball and volleyball.

I am not a sports person, and yes I can admit that I am a nerd. Who doesn't study but claims she's a nerd because all she does is sit at home. Okay. This is not going anywhere. I volunteered myself to join the volleyball. 

Yes, I volunteered. And I don't know much about the sport :S

The reason behind it is that I realized that I was not doing as well as I wanted in co-curriculum. I didn't have important posts in any clubs, I wasn't that active, .... My grades are not that good either. I realized that I had to step up a notch to make my records look better. And that's why I joined.

Initially I wanted to join the netball team (I'm not sure if they wanted me HAHA) but I thought of trying out something new and so I did. 

I kind of regretted afterwards because, volleyball is not as easy as it looks.

I had less than a month, to cramp up all the rules, learn all skills that I can, make sure I don't miss the ball. Our team consisted of some very talented and experienced players (woohoo!), and also inexperienced people like me (booooo!). We weren't the perfect team but I guess each one of us put in sweat and pain in the game, in hopes to win.

.... For me, I just didn't want to make a fool out of myself.

The venue for the competition was in KK Polytechnic, almost an hour drive from our school. YES. THAT FAR. By the time we arrived I have no idea where I was. I have to say that the compound of the school is huge! Best part was that the volleyball courts were indoors!! WHOOHOO!!!

Our Pre-U Volleyball Team! :)

The girls. Spot the giant HAHA

The guys.
There were 12 schools in total participating from KK. Each team has to play 2 different teams in order to move forward to the quarter finals, semi, and finals. We won the first match and it was already thrilling enough. I never thought that our coach would put me as a playing member :O All along I thought I would end up sitting on the bench the whole day, cheering for the others (because I think I am that bad). I did make tons of mistakes and didn't get the ball across the net when it was my turn for service (something that I seldom do) so I was kind of frustrated and anxious the whole day :(

Our second match was cancelled because the other team forfeited. Quarter finals immedietely. Won. Semi finals, more nerve-wrecking, more sweat. MORE MISTAKES. Won again. The girls in my team are really good I have to say. It never crossed my mind that I would actually be playing in the final match.

I never thought that we were that good.

Our opponents were all strong players. Their serves were sharp and strong, effortless receives, better than me. It is at that point when we realized that we really wanted to win, to bring home the title. To not waste hours and hours of training just like that. 

Because we wanted to prove ourselves. 

And we did.

First place goes to us!!


First place did not come without a price. Our boys team lost one of the two matches and they were down. Brought down the team's spirit a little bit. We had to wait for our turn soooooo long that our butts were soaked in our own sweat (from sitting on the court floor). The games were supposed to end at 4.30 but at that time we were still waiting for the final match. Our transport came to pick us up and didn't want to wait. It's too far from our place to ask our parents to drive us. The boys and three of the girls went home, leaving SEVEN of us behind. Somehow it wasn't really our day. Three of them leaving were like us having one of our hands chopped off.

But it was all worth it.

Went to McD for celebration!! :) It was already 7 when we arrived HAHA last match finished at about 6.30 ohmai we were there for almost 12 hours T_____T

The seven of us :D

Went to school the next day. I was having a bit of a sore throat during the competition but I didn't bother much about it. Of course it became worse =___= I ate a spicy burger in McD lagi HAHAHA so I was feeling really awful and tired. I probably felt worse than a living zombie. lmao Halfway through classes, the volleyball team captain came to our class and we were told that we are going to compete again TOMORROW ... representing KK region.

Another match? Are you serious? My mind was like, YESSSSSSS! and my body pleaded NNNNOOOO! -.-

Had practice that afternoon itself. I almost died during the practice!! :( At that time my fever was spiking and I couldn't even interpret what the others were talking about. I was in a blur the whole day and I felt like dying.

This is what happens when an unfit person does too much sport. hahahaha

I was praying hard to get well. Because I wanted to play again. Because I can't let my team, or my coach down. At least give me energy tomorrow to play well.

And we did play well! It was a fun match between other teams from Penampang, Tuaran and Ranau! I never thought I'd play against people from different areas in Sabah. Volleyball summore HAHAHA never even dreamt of something like that *slaps self*

Won 2 matches but lost the final one to Ranau. Although we were a bit disappointed but I think we did pretty good, considering that we had less than 10 practices added up!! We were the underdogs that no one bothered to be afraid of but came out as champions! Well, almost champions. hahaha

The First Runner-Ups for Sabah West Coast :)

Us being girls.. hahaha selfie


But before that, had to get some lunch and I ended up with this TT_____TT

Not exactly a good meal for a sick person suffering from fever and sore throat -.-

HAHAHA but I was too happy to bother sorry.

Ended the day (and this volleyball thing) with desserts from Justberrys!! I know I know I'm not supposed to have ice cold desserts when one's sick. lalalalala

And that's a wrap! 

That night I had a fever and the next day I didn't feel like myself at all. Turns out that I had inflammation in my tonsils. Doctor said it was quite bad D: (Thank you fast food! And hot sun...) So i ended up taking a bunch of medicine. :(((

I guess it was all worth it. Being sick, but still having the opportunity to experience what's it like to play volleyball in a team, winning and losing together.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Abdate: Of things unpredicted

Hectic, HECTIC week back at school.

I don't know if the teachers are just trying to drown us with work or we have lazed around too much during the holidays.

Halfway through the week I have forgotten that this week was the week right after raya.

Right now my homework is still in my bag, and I have no intention to finish any.

Yes, lazy.

What I need to do, and what I need not do. Blogging was not a priority, but then I decided not to miss another Abdate.

This week has been TOO happening for me and I think I need a quiet break today.

Until I slowly pick up the pieces that I shattered this week (wait for me!), a blog post will be up to cover it all.

Oh yeah, in the midst of all this !@#$%^&*(), I fell sick.

Such is life.

Let's hope for a good Monday (Mondays are never good, in Garfield comics. Which I love.)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Abdate: Last week of holidays!

I am so tired right now I am typing in delusion mode.

I was assisting in a holiday club in church today and later on went out with the church gang and came home for dinner. My plan was to finish up our (it's a group project) chemistry PBS after dinner and later on continue to watch some drama but the plan was totally spoiled!! In the midst of finishing up the report we realized that EACH of us were suppose to pass up an individual report, and not a group one. TT______TT And every report has to be different so I had to start from scratch *inserts more crying emoticons*

Now I am almost done but I just can't continue anymore!! My brain is wrecked from waking up early this morning, continuous focus on the kids in holiday club, and also yamcha-ing with the gang. AAARRRGGGGH Yes I know I told you guys already but I have no mood to hit the backspace button thank you.

I am here to cheer myself up. If you are wondering why I am not sleeping right now ... I have to pick up my brother from youth meeting in about fifteen minutes so I can't go to bed -.- Otherwise he would be stuck in church forever and I'd only wake up when the sun rises.

I have to go for the holiday club again tomorrow and dash off to volleyball practice after pnw session. Ohhhmai.

This is what usually happens to the last week of my holidays. Everrrrrry time. Last week was so laid back and easy for me but this week was just pump-pump-pump outings after outings after outings. Sorry but I didn't touch a single book at all this week.

Last Sunday, the youths went out for Pizza with their cash vouchers. They won it in the Talent Night we had that Friday and they decided to go out together for a celebration. WWWHOOO!! I wasn't in any of their groups but I was the emcee of the night so I joined in HAHAHAHA FREE FOOD!!

Cash Vouchers and pretty ladies ahem.

The whole bunch. Faith and Elaine not in pic cz they went to get the movie tickets.

Adele (the other emcee) also crashed the partaaaay

The girls. My gun pose is me acting cute =___=

On Tuesday Audrey and Shnwei came over to my place to finish (or rather, to start) the Chemistry PBS. It was more procrastinating than actually working HAHAHA but we did get most of the things done. 

Had Japanese food for lunch. Yums.

Audrey asked us to join her family at a little beach party. Her mom cooked all the food aaaaaah thank you auntie!!!! As usual I was late to the event HAHAHA because I had practice in the morning lalalala But at least I did help them sweep away most the leftoversssssss NOT!

Ae ze bich

Yesterday, my brother and I went to Mamutik Island with my uncle and aunt. I haven't been to the island for almost a decade HAHAHA

Mamutik Island is famous for its corals which is a great spot for snorkelling and diving as well! The island was flooded with locals and tourists mainly from China and Korea. Snorkelling was really fun and I guess I got carried away T____T


It hurts so bad I can't even.

That's me with my feet up hahaha lousy me. I wore the life jacket because it was much more easier for me to float on the water. I didn't want to step on any of the corals :OO so wearing the float helped me refrain from stepping them. Price to pay is my bakar-ed legs TT______TT

Random Korean tourists waiting at the jetty. If it's you in the picture do drop a comment hehehe

That's me after washing up. I was too afraid to get sunburnt like before. I guess I should have worn the scarf around my legs :(

We spent more than half a day on the island. Came back super tired. I went out with ma to get some stuff for the party packs at night. Drop dead in sleep after that.

Woke up this morning for the holiday club. Chaos taking care of the kids but it was great fun. Was supposed to hang out in Lintas after that. Changed venue to City Mall. Ended up in Fook Yuen located in a Mitsubishi building some place after City Mall. Oh well.

I am starting to like shaky pictures.
I think it's as artistic as some Spongebob underwear.

Okay, not exactly the best comparison HAHAHA

Have a great weekend/ last day of holidays!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Raya Break Mission: Watch Korean movies

The head of form six will not be happy if he finds out about this. He specifically told us to utilize these good old two weeks to study for the final semester.

I didn't listen.
I never listen.

Spent most of time resting my mind (another term for being lazy) and .... doing some exercise HAHAHA biggest joke of the year.

No seriously I went to school for volleyball practice.
Now that is a first *slapsfacetocheckifitsadream*

Watched tons of movies shown on HBO and Fox.

Got some movies from Shnwei and Siaw since ... well I don't know since when. It has been stuck in the hard drive for a loooooong time.

First up is  a movie called 오싹한 연애. Okay I have no idea what that is but in English it's Chilling Romance or Spellbound

 오싹한 연애  Chilling Romance or Spellbound

I think it was released in 2011 or something :OOO But okay lah still can watch. I never really liked horror movies / any movie that involves ghosts or vampires or whatever but surprisingly I liked this one.

Because every scary part was funny.

Until you have no idea whether you are laughing out of fright or because the scene was really funny -.-

But at least you don't get really scared HAHAHA

The show has a pretty impressive cast as well.

Okay most of the scenes involve only the two lead characters. The rest maybe only got like, 10 minutes screen time in total lol and you can see ghost flying here and there (not true)

Lead male was played by Lee Min Ki!

He was the one who died in Shut Up! Flower Boy Band (okay not exactly the best way to put it) lalalala favourite dude in the drama. Yes, though he died early he still can be favourite okay.

Lead female was played by Son Ye Jin. Well played I must say! It's not an easy role to play given that you have to act like as if there is really a ghost behind a person and go all pale in like, one second.

Next show... I just finished watching this like half an hour ago HAHAHA


Featuring Miss A's Suzy and Uhm Tae Woong!! My favourite dude from the 2 Days 1 Night variety show HAHAHA Oh, the other favourite is Joo Won but that was after they changed the cast.

Nice movie! I like it since it's about architecture and stuff. And the house that they built on Jeju Island is like WWWAAAAAAH SUPER NICE!!! Love the fact that the sequence of the movie is in playback mode? It's like they show you what's happening now, and what happened 10 years ago, and keep switching back and forth. I loooove those kind of movies it just makes you very confused so you have to focus a bit more hahaha

Right I mentioned the house was very nice eh?

This is the living room of the house. Imagine a house by the sea, with a huge window like that. Can die already. 
In KK sure die.... die of UV rays.

The house is now made into a cafe. CAN YOU BELIEBIT? (source)

AAAWWWWW :( If it wasn't made into a cafe I would probably start saving money so I could buy it. Oh well.

One place to visit when in Jeju HAHAHA


I also watched Les Miserables on Wednesday evening and I have to sing that it was SSSSSOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD!

So, any movies to recommend? I still have some in my hard disc :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Abdate: When you feel different

Do ignore the title HAHAHA Recently I have been feeling very giddy and I tend to bounce (it's jumping for other people, bouncing for me HAHA) a lot. I have no idea why but I just feel a teeny bit different. Too much coffee maybe? I don't know. Might also be post-exam-stress-flush. What?

Went out with half of the Fifits after the exam! :) Marie and Aly are back from the west side of the country HAHAHA Met up at Share Tea, Lintas after leaving Centre Point because it was over-crowded and stuffy. :( I looooved Share Tea when it was in Centre Point. Not sure if it still tastes the same now that they relocated :/ My drink the other day was meh.

Siaw and Marie lalal with matching coloured baju

The oddballs. HAHA or should I say the VERY single people.

Yeah ah I emphasize oh the VERY haha okay maybe it's just me lah because I have no idea whether the other two are single or not hehehe *sings Single Ladies*

Holidays have started!! This time we have our one week school break plus an additional week of Raya holidays!! WHOOOOO!!!! So we have two weeks of laziness!!! YAY!! Seems like just last month when we had our Mid year break. Why so fast one? I thought Form Six was gonna last forever but I'm already in my third semester now. Time flies like this fly, maybe?

Random but appropriate photo lol taken with still hands using my new camera!! YES!! I finally have a new camera *shouts* I will make a post soon (about the old and new cams) but I have to say ah the fly (is it a fly?) is just the size of a speck please!! The leaves are actually those tiny leaves that are only slightly longer than a 5 sen coin :OOO

I'm trying to say that the macro is amazinggggggaburgerchickennugget.

Chop chop. That's all

Thursday, August 1, 2013


At some points in life, we are bound to face obstacles that push you soooo near the edge, you lost all sanity.

In the midst of exams, I often could not think straight. I stress out easily, worry too much, overthink. It's normal for me to forget that I am not fighting this fight alone.

Today I learnt to set aside a few minutes just to calm down, to feel His presence.

Yes, I've learnt my lesson. I should work harder. Play hard too, but work harder. And also, to always find refuge in Him, to always always remember that He is there with me no matter what, and give praise!

Maths paper tomorrow!! Arrrrrgh *sleeps*