DUCK CONTEST

I love two things in life, being photographed by Hafid and  my collection of dUCk scarves. Others, maybe comes down to third and fourth on the list. Then, the duckgroup open a competition that involves these top 2 things on my list. Hmm wrong move, guys wrong move. Haha.

Having Hafid who loves taking my photos and my duck collection, made us somehow super hyped because the winner of the competition gets the whole collection of the world map duck and also, wait for it, a free business class airplane ticket for two to where ever they want in the world. Amboi. 

But honestly my main target was to just post for photos and rely on Hafid to make me look good. The prize is just a bonus if I win. Good photos make me smile. I love spending time to do make up, dress up, just to have a good photo.

So, for the duck contest, we came up with a theme, to do something different from other people. I’ll show you a couple (or all) of it later on. Kinda cool. But you should see the entries of the competition, people are taking it so seriously onto the next level. There was one that was levitating, and flying, and swimming, wow, you should just see it for yourself. Damn creative man these people.

But somehow I feel the competition’s rules are too vague, people can practically do anything they want with it, a flatlay, a collection of your duck boxes, or basically anything that you want. I still feel there’s a catch, like, they have their sets of rules and criteria that they want but do not tell the public.

Not hoping for anything, though, but I feel good about having good photos. Hee. May the person with the good photos win. Amen.

 

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DUCK SYNDROME

I don’t have a hobby, until recently, established Raya 2016 in Malaysia.

I mentioned Malaysia because if I haven’t gone back during the summer, I wouldn’t have been obsessed with collecting the dUCk scarves. I blamed it all on my outing to Pavilion one fine day.

Here it goes: well, I didn’t know that a dUCk store was just opened a few days after I reached Malaysia. Before this, I had a favorite hijab brand that I bought in Ampang Park. Favorite in my definition is owning almost all the colors of that particular chiffon scarf and that’s it. I love it, it was my length of scarf and I wear it everyday. Period.

But, this obsession that I developed over a few months ago, is ridiculous. I started trying out a few duck scarves, Georgette range in Oreo was my first duck. I bought it because it’s in black color and what could go wrong with trying a ridiculously luxurious scarf for once right? Well, EVERYTHING COULD GO WRONG. Now, I’m obsessed. I’m pretty sure people couldn’t understand my obsession with this scarf, some would say, it’s just a scarf, why is it so expensive. And I know the target market is not for students like me, but I work to get most of it, so I would pat myself a pretty good job well done for earning it.

I know people would joke, saying “This scarf could prevent you from the hell’s fire, is it?”. Hmm I don’t know. But I feel satisfied wearing and owning them. So, I say, why not. It’s not because its luxurious that I want to buy it, its just the feeling of satisfaction owning something so exclusive and pretty. I fell in love immediately. The experience from battling for it, (yes, it’s called a duck battle – it’s real), buying it, waiting for it to arrive, and to open the package and get that scarf inside. All of it, the experience, is what I’m obsessed about. I rarely have a hobby, but this hobby is insanely ridiculous I have yet to do. It’s so satisfying that I cannot stop, it’s like I’m addicted.

But I’m glad I did. It’s wonderful to own one. But I swear on all my scarves, that if you ever get involved, you’ll get addicted. Not to buying it, but to owning it. But also, maybe you won’t because you have that self-restraint. Hat’s off to you, my friend.

NEW BIG 10 CHAMPIONS – WE ARE!

As a Penn Stater, it is a huge mistake not to participate in the anticipation of watching a football game, and especially the BIG 10 Championship which by the way, Penn State won!

I know I’m not much of a sports fan, but Penn State football, I cannot. I cannot contain my excitement because this is HUGE guys, HUUUUUUGEEEE!!

Okay, so Penn State was against Wisconsin, and we were losing hope when Penn State was behind 21-7 before the 2nd half. And Penn State is a team that’s well-known for being a great second-half team, meaning, they get hyped late, but win anyway. They were so far behind and suddenly, BOOM! 38-31 FINAL SCORE!

Everyone expected that Penn State could win, but I guess I wasn’t expecting that Penn State will win. I was overjoyed, I screamed and shout (like the usual me), jumped around and I still cannot believe that Penn State won.

Well, secretly I believed that I have this ritual that I follow every time Penn State has a game, that I should NOT be watching them play offensive and only watch the game when they play defensive. It actually kinda works. That’s what I did for the game against Ohio State, Iowa State, Michigan State and this, Wisconsin. So I guess they should be thanking me for winning. Aha! (No, I’m just kidding)

So, here’s the thing, whether we win or we lose last night, Penn State students will have a riot. A huge one. I swear this is the second riot I have been to here at Penn State and these people are crazy. I have no idea why we are filled with such violence last night, it’s not like we lost to Wisconsin. It’s terrible what went on yesterday. But I cannot lie and tell you it’s no fun, it’s so exciting, that we almost got shot with a paintball gun by a police. I swear I am not lying to you.

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Police went full force on this riot and there were thousands of students last night roaming around Beaver Ave just screaming “We Are! Penn State”. Some were chanting “We want Bama!” and of course, as a senior, I joined and had fun.

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It was something I never thought I would do, but looking at all of us yesterday, our Penn State pride was something I was so proud of. Although it shouldn’t be this way, but riot with police forces are so much fun.

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There were so many people and it became so violent that police were with horses, big tanks of pepper sprays and paintball guns just to clear the roads and intersections. These students are drunk, hyped up, and violent they even broke a lamp post and stop signs. Yes, we witnessed that right in front of our eyes. It’s just unbelievable, but we cheered anyway.

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I know I shouldn’t be doing this, but Penn State won guys, and this is my senior year. It is so worth it! Go Penn State! I am, for one, so proud of you! USA! USA! USA! We Are!

All pictures were taken by @afidmo.

SELF-REMINDER

So, GRE went pretty………………

Nevermind, let’s skip that story and talk about what happen today. We skipped class to go to Harrisburg which is 2 hours away on a school day. Then, some things happen and we decided to roam around the Harrisburg Mall. Now, let me tell you this, the malls in US are so different than the ones in Malaysia. I dare say that I love our Pavilion and Suria KLCC 10 times more than any malls here in the US. They don’t have integrated cinemas and retail stores in one place. So, yeah, malls in the US kind of suck. But my retail therapy has been saved by the premium outlets here. The only drawback it has is it is so far away from where I live.

Sigh.

Okay, the reason why I wanted to visit the mall is to find an iPhone repair guy since I dropped my phone and someone (possibly me) accidentally stepped on it, and it cracked. Accidentally dropped it during the Penn State and Michigan State football game and I was super excited since it’s the first time Penn State won the Eastern Division of the BIG Championship. I was beyond happy. So, I jumped and cheered and shouted and my phone accidentally dropped out of my jacket. Then, it cracked.

Long story short, phone got fixed, but at a store in State College, and that was the end of my long, long day. Horrible I tell you. Definitely gonna be one of the unforgettable day in my 2016 history.

December welcoming me with open arms, huh.

 

I HOPE I’M READY

SOOOO…… Second post and I’m already starting a big life event. Well, today I’ll be taking my GRE exam. Super scared. Not only that it determines my future, it is also the single hardest exam I have taken in 5 years. Guys, my last hardest exam was the SAT and that was like, what, 5, 6 years ago? This definitely tops it off.

I’ve been super busy these few months and I hardly had the time to study. I hope what I did last night and the few days of last week will pay off. I really did not have enough time to study, nor I do have the time to take the exam at a later date. If you haven’t noticed, it’s already December guys!

Hopefully I’ll do well on this one so I should not have to take it again next year, well, technically for another 21 days and a $200 burn of money. Harrisburg here I go! I have to endure 4 hours of exam and only 10 minutes of break. I-MA-GINE that. How do I survive and how can I cope starring at the computer screen for 4 hours. Sigh.

Also, I forget to tell you guys that Hafid and I just had our 11 months-versary of our marriage. How cool is that, and how time flies so fast I didn’t even notice how long it has been since new years this year.

I remembered how super busy I was with the wedding preparation, and I only had 3 weeks to prepare since I was back in Malaysia at that time. Hmm… life has been good, guys, life has treated me well. Believe it or not, another month to new years and that marks one good year of my marriage. Wow. Time does fly like a bird.

Well, cheers to good life and hopefully I’ll do well on this exam so I can change my course of life into Graduate School. (still deciding on this one, huh). See ya next time! Here’s a photo of me and the Mr. at a football game, which by the way, Penn State is playing Wisconsin tomorrow and I am excited about! (Yes, now I understand how football is played) WE ARE!

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Warming up

Hey there, it is me, Kiki. I wanted to create something of my own, so I started a blog. I hope to be posting my travel adventures, my college life and whatever that crosses my mind. Well, I’ve created this a while ago but never had the time to post anything. Now, that it’s complete, I might as well start doing something to it.

2017 resolution: To start writing at least 1 entry per week. Yeah, hopefully.