Saturday, March 19, 2011

with the Sri Aman Girl Guides~ (GIGASA~)

(Warning : long post ahead.)

In Girl Guides, or in Malay, Pandu Puteri, you can collect various badges by showing your talents. some collect so many, that they can receive a very high award - the Queen's guide.

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Wednesday morning, random girls came to KL Central KTM station wearing their school t-shirts and jeans with sneakers (except for two girls who apparently didn't get their e-mails). These girls were named (according to arrival) Shazrina, Shahirah, Elyna, Zulaikha, Dhanya, Michaelle, Sharvin, Zalika and Shahira (they're siblings. and notice that Shahira Jamil has no H at the back, so then you guys can differenciate them.), Xueh Wei, Nadhrah, Chi Yen and Uma. Their parents waited a while with them before the train arrival.

a certain girl named Elyna felt really sad to leave her mom, but was excited for this trip. She sat next to Zulaikha and had a nice long train ride. the train arrived at Singapore at around 5:45 to 6. the girls finally got on land when the got out of the last station of the KTM train in Woodland. there, a van fetched them and got the to theirhotel - The Grand Central Hotel.

This hotel was situated behind Orchard Road and was classified as three star. but to Elyna, it was quite good :3 they should've rated it 4 star, she thought. the rooms were comfortable and fitted three people in a room. Elyna's room mates were Nadhrah and Xueh Wei. Elyna got the twin bed,while Nadhrah and Xueh Wei shared the queen :3

the thirteen students, two teachers and a tour guide used two floors. the sixth and the fourth. Elyna and her cool roommates got into the cool sixth floor, with the cool Zalika, Uma and Shahira. the others weren't as cool as we were, so they got fourth floor. (lol. more like we were too slow and were the last ones to get the room cards. but whatever.)

so after that they went to catch a bus for dinner. But the bus was so late, that they decided to go and use the MRT instead. the rush filled the girls with adrenaline. they ran and shuffled their feet quickly so that they won't be seperated from anyone. Finally, they got to their station, Bugis. There, they went to Zam Zam, a mamak-like shop that sold their famous murtabak. It was delicious, but the amounts were large and bloated the girls' stomach. either way, they got up on their feet and went on with the schedule.

the girls walked to Marina Bay, the famous place in Singapore where the Merlion stood. apparently, there were some complications that avoided the girls to see the merlion (go to Singapore yourself!). it was such a dissapointment. either ways, the girls visited man historical places and learned many things. one of the ineteresting spots were the Fullerton Hotel, which use to be a huge office/building, but was now reused as a hotel. Elyna finds it rather creepy, to have an old building with so many stories behind every door being reused for a one night stay.

other than that, there were many other creepy stories, just as many as other ineteresting stories. after the 'tour' was done, the girls got back to their hotel and got a good rest. the next morning was going to be tiring.

the day after, the girls got into their white school t-shirts and Girl Guide pants and went for breakfast. then Michaelle told them to wear their scarves on the collar of their t-shirt. so the floor-6 girls went to the toilet and wore their scarves. there, a lady asked them if they were from Malaysia. they had a nice small conversation and then they had to leave for Raffles Girls School.

the school wasn't very far away from Orchard Road. when the girls first entered, they were amazed by the modern architechture of the school. the buildings were painted green and white, the colours of the school. the first thing that caught the girls' eyes were the huge posters hung on the main building. Elyna suspected it was the houses, but who knows for sure.

they stepped into the school and looked around while the teachers went to search for the teacher in charge. when the teacher finally appeared, the girls were told to leave their bags in an auditorium. after that, they were brought around for a while, until they were introduced to their fellow Girl Guides, and were sent to join the others.

the girls were seperated into two patrols, Kittens and Duckies. Sharvin was the leader of the Kittens patrol, and Uma, Elyna, Shahira, Chi Yen and Shazrina were the rest of the patrol members. Xueh Wei was the leader of the Duckies patrol, with Nadhrah, Dhanya, Zulaikha and Shahirah under her. so they went into different classes.

the amazing thing was, when Elyna entered the room she was brought to, she saw a B2ST poster at the back of the class, exposed to any creature that enters the room. then, Shahira noticed their lockers. they were filled with writable stickers, and on them, were Korean names. Elyna and Shahira got excited for awhile, but then they had to get to business. Girl Guide business.

Singing.

so they practiced some songs and games, until they were called to the void deck. GIGASA (Girl Guide Association of Sri Aman) went along with the schedule, and followed behind. they were pulled into random patrols - Elyna and Zulaikha being in Exora, Xueh Wei in Sunflower alone, Michaelle and Sharvin in Morning Glory, Nadhrah and Shahira in the same patrol (with an unknown name) and the others were unknown to the writer. (harr) after that, they were told to get into random groups again, with at least a person from each sec (short for secondary, the Singaporean version of 'form') and were told to dress a person up... with newspaper and other crappy stuff.

so they did. the results were quite okay. afterwards they were told to go back to their patrols, then the Singaporean girls changed into casual clothes - they were going out for lunch.

the GIGASA girls were given money for the bus rides, but the Exora's walked to their choice of restaurant - Pastamania. Morning Glory and Nadhrah and Shahira's unknown group name arrived earlier because they got the bus. the girls were really friendly, Vanessa, the patrol leader being a SHINee fan (squeal) and the others being... normal humans beings who talk (harr). after we ate, we had some spare time so we walked around for a while. we got to see how their malls were like, and the fact that they had escalators practically everywhere amazed Elyna and Zulaikha.

Elyna tried to talk this girl in their patrol, but it was very awkward. well, at least some type of effort was put in it. they got a bus back to Raffles, and it only cost them 55 cents. they gave back the balance to the teacher. the GIGASA girls started talking of course about their experience, and some of them made sure they spoke full Malay around the Singaporeans so that they wouldn't get it if they were talking badly about them. they were told to get into patrols again, but GIGASA stayed aside. they asked where they can go to the young leaders, and GIGASA were given a chance to choose whether to learn how to set up A-tents or the flagpole. They decided to do the tents.

the tents were huge, bigger then what the GIGASA girls had ever used. it could fit around 5 to 6 people, compared to the limit of three people in each tent they usually get at camps. the way of setting it up was different too. they actually had to use the knots they learned during meetings.. which weren't a lot, so compared to the Singaporean girls, they seemed kinda dumb. Xueh Wei even messed up a knot and since they used twine, opening the knot was suffering. thank God, the person who gave her a try, Laura, was so nice and didn't even mind much.

after that, they were told to get into patrol and some commotion happened, then I believe we were practicing the Horse Shoe formation, which GIGASA didn't even know how the formation went. the girls were like "just follow them, just follow them". for the second round of practice, GIGASA were asked if they wanted to stay aside and just watch. Perhaps we were a burden, Elyna thought. so GIGASA stayed aside to watch. after that was cleaning up time, so GIGASA were sent to a room to pray and relax.

so they did. after a while, some Singaporean Girl Guides came into the room and gave the candle holders to decorate with permanent markers. they each got one, and Elyna's first candle holder was lame with butterflies and hearts. she was so out of ideas. she glanced to her left and saw Michaelle had already done a nice pattern for hers. Shahira was on her right, urging her to give her an idea. suddenly she mentioned the name "Bazil".

Elyna turned. "What did you just say?" Shahira told her to do hers first then she'll tell. so Elyna did do Shahira's holder and Shahira told how Adilah leaked the secret. Elyna could not believe that someone she barely knows knew about her past. but she poisoned herself, cuz then Shahira knew it was true and started teasing her. It was shitty for Elyna. I mean, who'd wanna be reminded of her stupid, stupid past?

they were told that dinner was ready, so they finished up and went for dinner. they Singaporean Girl Guides had this 'Meal Ring' that they created where they sit on the floor in a huge circle. the circle was an imaginary table, so none of the girls could cross over the circle. they weren't allowed to raise up their polysteryne boxes neither. it needed some gettin used to, but the girls adapted.

Xueh Wei introduced her friend to Elyna and Zulaikha. she was a huge K-POP fan too, and they got all excited. although she was a sort-of hater. (like I can still except people's weaknesses, especially in front of a person who loves that person, I'd just have to bring it down and not be rude about it.) after dinner, GIGASA changed in the canteen toilet, which was cramped. but they managed.

after they changed, they went to the campfire site. they had set up a bon in the middle of a huge circle of Singaporean Girl Guides, with four stick-towers making a square around the bon. it wasn't lighted yet. after getting comfortable, the MCs (which included Exora's PL, Vanessa) finally started the campfire. the fire was lit by a teacher, and so the performances started. they weren't bad, but they weren't excellent neither. they had to stick to their themes, and insert in songs in the performance, so it should be quite hard for them. when the performances ended, they played some games and then, the last performance, by the GIGASA girls. they sang a re-written song and messed up a bit, but it was still okay. when Elyna got back to her patrol, one of the girls said they were good. "Suuure," Elyna replied sarcastically.

after that, they were told tat they could give each other contact numbers and such. then they were given their candle holders and were told to stand in a circle. someone explained that this was a tradition, the passing on of a fire to each guide. so they did just that, until everyone had their candles lit and they started singing. the GIGASA had to go though, so it was really sad.

-personal opinion-
Even though everyone thought it was so nice and sweet and romantic, I can't help but think how this was against Islam, you know all this spiritual crap, about how doing such thing symbolizes doing such such such. it's kinda obvious why we don't do this in Malaysia. All the ustazah's would stop us anyway.
-end of personal opinion-

so after saying our goodbyes, GIGASA got onto their van and left. Sharvin asked, "So... where are we going after this?"

so after that, it was decided that he girls would go to Orchard road to do some shopping. ironically, the girls barely bought anything and instead got into loggerheads with each other. but in the end everyone was fine. they never entered O.G. though. it was holding a huge sale too. sigh.

that night, Elyna and her roommates were bored staying in their room and doing the usual stuff (e.g. watching TV, eating snacks) so they decided to go to room 644, Zalika's room. when they got there, they were told to keep quite for awhile. Zalika told how something creepy happened on floor 4, and they worried for awhile. there was even a time when we had to go down, but then it was just a false alarm. so they started playing around and in the end they decided that they'd sleep in that room. mainly cuz Nadhrah and Xueh Wei were too lazy to move their butts.

the next morning, some of the girls had breakfast at a mamak stall. they had fun eating something familiar to what they usually ate at Malaysia, rather than worrying if the food were halal or not :> except there was cheese prata, which was like roti canai with cheese in it, and Milo Dinosaur (which reminded me of Jonghyun). the girls got back to the hotel and went into teacher's room to reevaluate the whole trip. after that, GIGASA went out~! :D

the shops weren't open yet when GIGASA got on Orchard road, so they decided to visit a historical place (omg how bad is my memory? I can't even remember the name of the hill...) then they went shopping. Since it was the last day they had at Singapore, Zalika decided to just buy anything. Zulaikha bought necklaces which were on promo for her and Su'aidah. Elyna contemplated whether to buy a pair flats in Cotton On or not, but in the end bought it. Shahira wanted to buy shoes at Nike, but it wasn't opened yet. Xueh Wei and Nadhrah bought no more, and I have no idea about the others.

they were told to buy lunch and dinner at McDonalds (it's halal, thank God lol.) then went back to the hotel to check out. then we went to the train station and that's where Elyna bought her family souvenirs T_T such a bad girl, that Elyna. then the got on the train, and for they first few hours, they slept. the form 2 girls, Shazrina and Shahirah, took pictures of the people sleeping. (I hated them so much for it. macam takde kerja lain. I know I'm the ugliest when I sleep in public transport, seriously.) then when Elyna woke up, she tried to spend her time with reading her book, but she just couldn't settle. in the end, she sat next to Shahira and watched a couple of MV's on Uma's iPhone before they watched the movie "Diary of A Wimpy Kid".

after they finished, they went to the eating cabin and listened to ghost stories. they finally entered Selangor when they finished, and got back to their seats. GIGASA made a lot of noise and disturbed many many people, but girls will forever be girls (teacher said this, seriously). and they finally arrived! :) everyone reunited with their family safely and happily~ the end~

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I forgot to insert these through out the story, mainly because I forgot most of them and where we found them, but me and Zalika were so obsessed with seeing hot guys. later, Uma and Shahira joined in. The ones I'm about to list down are only people who Shahira remembered, so yea.

Hot guy Number One : Nickhun look-a-like. his hair was a bit darker and her had a girlfriend and was a bit short too, but Shahira can't stop saying he's hot. my opinion is that he needs to tweez his eyebrows. well he still looks like Nickhun though so whatever.

Hot guy Number Two : Taemin's Hair Stealer. seriously, his hair was blonde and wavy like Taemins, from the back you'd think it was Taemin, although he was kinda taller. plus he had these deep dimples... Gawd, he was hot.

Hot guy Number Three :  The Guy with Hot Hair at the Train Station. this was definitely the best looking. we only saw him from inside the train. we forgot which station it was. he was with his friends, and he was really really handsome. seriously, the four of us were drooling over him lol. I think he noticed us too haha.

mencuci mata macam tu je dah cukup, ya rakan-rakan semua... jangan mencontohi sikap kami yang suka mencuci mata, even dekat luar negara. tak elok sebenarnya, lagi-lagi gadis-gadis Melayu terakhir ni harr. kena ade maruah sikit lah hek.

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Only 24 hours later did I find out that Eva was practically metres away from us while all this happened, and with Korean people too. imagine four Koreans guys brought to you by destiny and you can't even understand them. Eva serious shiat, I'm going to hug you until you die on Monday.

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Lately I've been so into ZE:A T_T








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