Name: Andrew Loh Zhu An
Date of Birth: 2nd June 1987
Nationality: Malaysian


SMK Damansara Jaya 2004

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From the Andrew's Heritage Dictionary:

Andrew (AND-roo)

1. noun. common name.

2. adjective. smart, dumb, intelligent, retarded, clever, stupid, bright, dull, witty, tounge-tied, shrewd, stuttering, slow, quick-witted, moronic, autistic, lively, outspoken, eloquent, dense, daft, idiotic, foolish, thick, spirited, sharp, vigourous, rude, arrogant, pompous, bloated, ostentatious, boastful, inflated, direct, brave, cowardly, gullible, free, free-spirited, burdened, depressed, optimistic, pessimistic, defensive, creative, innovative, irritating, annoying, impossible, infuriating, shy, loud, displeasing, norm-challenging, harassive, irksome, troublesome, vexatious, worrisome, provocative, impatient, pleasant, diplomatic, unreserved, trouble-making, short, defiant, fickle, shallow, timid, audacious, brainless, indoctrinated, indoctrinatory, proud, exploitative, zesty, humourous, anal-retentive, rebellious, lame, innocuous, dangerous, explosive, spontaneous, adaptable, stubborn, pig-headed, nervous, offensive, pestering, useless, ironic, paradoxical.

Usage: You're so Andrew! [Interchange with any of the above definitions]

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Monday, August 01, 2005
Mind the Gap

Today I met Wan Ling at SMK Taman SEA. Ng Wan Ling, daughter of Pn. Chong of SMK Taman SEA. I never knew!!! Aiyaiyaiyaiyai. It was good.

Today I also went to see the teacher in charge to present the Challange Trophy and a congratulatory letter from HELP University College for our recent victory at the Law Olympiad. And to ask her about how the money was to be divided. You see, SMK Taman SEA has this unwritten, asinine, unfair tradition of making it compulsory for any student winning any contest to give money to the school. And not just any sum. The school itself will make the decision on how much the school gets and how much the students get.

To be fair, all the teachers I talked to were very nice and polite. It's just that both sides are immensely stubborn and both sides wanted to convince their other side of the legality and logic of their own stand. It works both ways. They stood their ground and I stood mine. They think I wasn't listening to them, I think they weren't listening to me. But mostly it was because I thought all the answers they gave to my questions were very very lame.

Last year, the triumphant team at the HELP Law Olympiad also went through the same problem. They complained but in the end, they only got RM 750 to be split fiveways among themselves, and RM 750 went to the school.

You see, it all results from the difference in perception between Old School and New School. Looky looky here. The school thinks it is very generous of them to give 50% back to the students. Justification: They know of lots of schools which take 100% of all competition winnings. Come on. They can do better than that. If it was a debate I would've whacked them down right there and then. I think it is very selfish and arrogant of the school to take 50% of all competition winnings. Justification: I know of lots of schools which don't take anything. Difference in perception.

Taman SEA also thinks that the school comes first. We are representatives of the school, and therefore the school decides. Without the school, there is no championship. I say the students are as important as the school. We represent the school. Without us, there is also no championship. Difference in perception.

This unwritten policy has plauged this dear school for so long. The teachers quoted some examples to me over the years: even when they won the drama competition, RM 900 went to the school, and RM 600 went to the 15 or 16 students who worked so hard for it. So if they have accepted it, why should I not do so too? If they aren't complaining, why am I? I told them that it is time to change the status quo, that it is not Old School but New School, and they started looking at me like I was from another planet. I mean is SMK Taman SEA that dead that teachers have never experienced dissent before?

Nope, it is not. Last year's Law Olympiad team challenged the decision too.

But whatever I say, it willl not have an effect on what we are getting. I give up this hopeless quest of getting more money. I don't really care about the money. The school can have it. But it is the principle of compulsory and forced contributions that I am so against. Whatever I can say, it DOESN'T MATTER - the school is getting the cheque and THEY HAVE THE FREAKING LAST SAY.

Whatever happened to volunteerism? Whatever happened to the fact that the students should get the money because they deserved it because they worked hard for it because the school didn't freaking give a damn whether they won or lost.

Whatever happened to compromise? I actually prepared some things to say to the teachers, but hey, you know, they are teachers, and they don't let you finish your sentences, and hey, you know, if you interrupt their sentences, you're rude, but their interruptions are always justified since they're teachers and they always have a point to make to you.

My team agreed in principle that some of the money should go to the school, but it has to be from the heart and the students must be willing. It is our right to keep the money, and it is based on our generosity whether or not to give the school. I would not hesitate to count the school as an equal participant and divide the RM 1500 six ways. But no, I'm being very arrogant and selfish and unjustifiable that way.

This expectant attitude of the Taman SEA administration is stupid. Respect is to be earned, not expected. Loyalty is to be gained, not given. I would tell you that my team would willingly contribute some of our winnings to the school had such a policy not been in place. An unwritten, unlawful, unconstiutional, uncompromising, unfair and unjust one, mind you. But to expect students to give at least half if not all of every monetary rewards they gained from their toil and sweat just because they used the name of the school is incredulous!

Teachers: If you want to keep the money, don't use the name of the school, don't represent the school, just go as an outside individual.

What a motivational, inspirational, loyalty-catalysing, respect-earning motto Taman SEA has.

Look at DJ. Thank God for good teachers who stick up for students in DJ. Wira Debate 2003: the school got a TV, wanted some money, but Ms Mag stood firm and the students got all of the measly RM 1000 that the government could provide. HELP Debate 2004: RM 2000, divided between 3 members of my team and a 4th and equal part to Ms Mag. Ms Mag magnanimously gave it ALL to the school. Now that's a teacher if I ever saw one.

And look what DJ is now? A legacy! I love DJ. I am proud to be a DJian. The school of champions. I get treated like an asset. Intellectual property, to quote Francis Yeoh. I am appreciated.

What Taman SEA lacks most are teachers who have the courage to want to make a difference, who want to press for change in the status quo. I am not saying that Taman SEA doesn't have good teachers. It has GREAT teachers! I love my Pn Tang and Pn Lee and Pn Yvonne and Pn Shirley and all the rest of my teachers. But those in charge of competitions don't want to go through the trouble of swimming against the tide. Too much work. Lasting impacts don't matter. It doesn't matter if the students don't feel appreciated. Taman SEA will still survive.

I wanted to comment that maybe this is why DJ is a legacy among schools while Taman SEA is not.

I wanted to state that that is the exact same attitude that Malaysia has. Don't have to appreciate talent. Will still survive. Brain drain lah. Push self destruct button lah. Never mind lah. Tak apa lah.

I want to go to another school and deny Taman SEA a championship just to prove a point. The school did nothing to prepare us, we did everything to prepare ourselves. We deserve the money, the school does not. School wants money, we can't even state our case. School has last say. We are willing to contribute on the grounds that it would be voluntary and not mandatory even though it is unwritten, unlawful, unjust policy.

The only consolation from this is that things could be much worse. Like I could be dying of AIDS or rotting away on a desert island or starving in Ethiopia or Afghanistan or being blown to smithereens in Israel or London or Iraq.

Just because it has been happening all the time, over the years, doesn't mean that we shouldn't challenge it. Maintain that attitude, Taman SEA, and you will see why other schools have triumphed where you have not. Their silence is deafening. Apathy is murderous. Of course, teachers don't have a duty to fight injustice, especially when it's too much trouble, and it's tradition.

Is the school that desperate for money? It gives me the impression that it is going bankrupt in no time. It doesn't even have a usable public telephone. But that's a whole different story and it's stupid freaking Telekom's fault and not the school's.

I just want to say this: the only (and I mean it) aspect of Taman SEA that could probably up DJ in would be (drumroll).................... the toilets. Wooooohoooooooooooo!!!!!! Congratulations to Taman SEA. I love their toilets!!!! They have the CLEANEST toilets for ANY public school in PJ. So good job, Taman SEAers. Good job for aiming when you pee. Now if we only had
a competition for that.

Posted at 11:35 pm by andrewlza
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Against All Odds: The 6th HELP Law Olympiad Story

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Against All Odds: The 6th HELP Law Olympiad Story


By Andrew Loh Zhu An, 6 Bawah Seroja

 It was

            It was a day of hope. A day of possibilities. Of risks. Of dreams. Of goals.


            On the 30th of July 2005, three confident teams from SMK Taman SEA boldly strolled into the HELP Law Department Building at Wisma HELP, ready to do battle with 39 other teams as defending champion for the 6th HELP Law Olympiad. Much preparation had been done, and all three teams were indeed motivated to show their full potential at the prestigious competition. The environment was intense. Tension was in the air. Excitement was in our blood.


            Representing SMK Taman SEA were HELP Law Olympiad 2004 champions Cheong Siu Fai, Jonathan Tan Ming Yu, Vishnu a/l Krishnan, Yeoh Li Qin and Sherry Wong Pey Min as Team 3. Team 2 consisted of Shannon Wong Xia-Juinn, Veronica Lim, Suzzane Huang Sue Jian, Bryant Lit and Chiew Sze How; while Andrew Loh Zhu An, Karyn Lin Wern Im, Tiffany Chin Suk Han, Vinodhini Vennoo and Vinodhini Selveindran composed Team 1.


            The ever-popular HELP Law Olympiad is a competition where participants try to outdo each other in a series of games. Game 1 is called ¡°Whodunnit?¡±, and each team has to solve three mysteries and find out which individual is guilty based on the crime scenario given. Game 2 is a Trivia Quiz where teams have 10 minutes to answer 40 questions about Quotes, Clich¨¦s, Places and General Knowledge. In Game 3, teams are to play the role of Judge and provide a verdict for each of the 2 scenarios given; to decide whether the defendant is liable, guilty, or otherwise. Teams are to switch to the role of Defence Attorney in Game 4 and write the best possible alibi and plea for each of their 2 clients. Game 5 is entitled ¡°Guess What?¡±, and a representative from each team has to describe 10 words from a particular category to the other members in 2 minutes, Taboo-style.


            The games in this annual competition not only require superior thinking and reasoning skills, but team effort is also a prerequisite in achieving maximum scores. This is because the allocated time periods are minimal, and teams have to learn how to delegate responsibility and share the burden of answering. In a successful team, every member has to contribute ¨C giving further proof to the Game¡¯s motto: ¡°Esprit de Corps¡± or ¡°Team Spirit¡± in French. Having a member who can write both quickly and legibly is also an asset. Moreover, having brain waves of the same wavelength can prove to be rewarding for teams, especially in Game 5!


            All three of our teams did their best in all the Games. Everyone was particularly worn-out once the competition was all over. With all these done, the Taman SEA contingent had no choice but to wait for the results. The anticipation was nerve wrecking. Thankfully, the ever-sporting judges of the Law Olympiad put on a light-hearted courtroom scenario for the participants. The audience was left in stitches laughing at the hilarious antics of our once serious-looking judges.


            The end was near. The atmosphere was electrifying. All conversation and movement ceased, as all eyes were on the Master of Ceremony as he announced the results. One by one he read off the winners¡¯ list, and applause followed after the deserving schools¡¯ names were announced. ¡°Second Runner-up ¨C SMK Damansara Utama!¡± and ¡°First Runner-up ¨C SMK Assunta!¡±. Our hearts were beating inhumanly fast. There was one more place¨C could we have done it again?! Anxious but still optimistic, we held hands and waited for destiny to lead us.


            Then it came. ¡°The Champions of the 6th HELP Law Olympiad ¨C SMK Taman SEA, Team 1!¡± Shouts of joy and jubilation deafened the hall. We were ecstatic ¨C our goal was accomplished! After countless hugs and many random bouts of celebration, Team 1, consisting of Lower Sixers Andrew Loh Zhu An, Karyn Lin Wern Im, Tiffany Chin Suk Han, Vinodhini Vennoo and Vinodhini Selveindran, managed to find their way on stage to receive the Champion¡¯s Prize of a mock cheque worth RM 1500, the Challenge Trophy, and our individual medals. This is quite an achievement, since no other school has managed to win this Olympiad twice, let alone be crowned champions consecutively!


            Looking back on this unforgettable experience, we have many people to thank. For without their help and support, we would never have come so far. First and foremost, we wish to thank God for guiding and blessing and inspiring and watching over us through all our endeavours. He made all this possible, and may all glory be to God. Secondly, we wish to thank Pn. Doreen and Pn. Harbans for giving the green light to Team 1 to go ahead and join the Olympiad. Team 1¡¯s story is different: unlike the other 2 Taman SEA teams, we registered for the Law Olympiad on the Tuesday before the Saturday of the competition itself! Thanks especially to the generosity and magnanimity of HELP University College in accepting our registration 4 days before the competition! Team 1 would also wish to thank their parents in chauffeuring them around and also Pn. Zurina, Pn. Shirley, and Pn. Yvonne for giving us free periods so that we could prepare for the competition.


            Introspectively, I believe all of us have learnt some personal lessons. The first would be that God is omnipotent and that every aspect of our lives is in His hands. Secondly, we have experienced the power of goals. This not only means setting a lofty objective, but also working hard to accomplish it, including persevering even when the situation seems impossible to overcome. (Like calling up HELP and asking to register 4 days before competition day!) A proverb advises us to ¡°aim for the moon, for even if we miss, we¡¯ll land among the stars¡±. Thirdly, we have also personally learnt how important preparation actually is. This might seem paradoxical at first, but the more we stayed back and sacrificed time to prepare, the more spontaneous we became! We knew right away what to do, what to look for, and who to work on what with whom. This saved us lots of time, which in return, earned us our trophy.


            All in all, this experience was an eye-opening and exhilarating one for all our contestants. I believe that everyone had a great time there. It was a whole lot of fun indeed! Congratulations to the Champions of the 6th HELP Law Olympiad; and to Taman SEA for retaining the championship two years in a row. I believe that next year¡¯s teams will also work hard to develop their true potential and try their best in their quest of bringing that elusive consecutive third championship back to SMK Taman SEA. A great job done to all participants, and hopefully this victory will be a new legacy of our beloved school. Towards a brighter future for SMK Taman SEA!

Posted at 01:36 am by andrewlza
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Sunday, July 31, 2005
Lessons: Continued

So, what are the lessons I've learnt from the Law Olympiad:

1. The Power of God

All glory goes to God!!! He started us and inspired us and protected us and was with us and blessed us throughout preparation and competition.

2. The Power of Goals

I had a dream of winning the HELP Law Olympiad. And voila! We all need goals to motivate us to do our best. And setting goals aren't enough. You have to have enough courage to pull strings and to go against the status quo. Like doing lots of seemingly useless and stupid and asinine things. Like calling up HELP University College 4 days before the competition and registering and getting a team and training them and winning the Law Olympiad.

"Aim for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land upon the stars" - Proverb on an SMKDJ wall

3. The Power of Preparation

This I've learnt from the Wira Debates with Ms. Mag. We weren't necessarily better speakers or debaters than the others, but we were definitely absolutely undoubtedly better prepared. By Ms. Mag, of course ;). Therefore my team prepared ourselves and it REALLY definitely absolutely undoubtedly paid off. We weren't as blur as the other teams were, we knew what all of us were supposed to do, we knew what we were going to get, we knew we were going to do our best, we knew we were going to win. =)

The better prepared you are, the more spontaneous you are. Isn't that a bit paradoxical at first? But hey, it's so true!

We wish to thank:
1. God
2. Teachers
- Pn. Doreen & Pn. Harbans: Gave us permission to go
- Pn. Zurina, Pn. Shirley, & Pn. Yvonne: Gave us free periods to PREPARE!!!
3. HELP University College: Accepted our registration 4 days before competition
4. Parents: Chauffeurs
5. My Team!! : For cooperating and responding to my pushing and preparation and trying their best on competition day and not breaking under pressure. Yay!

Posted at 11:10 am by andrewlza
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Saturday, July 30, 2005
Help Law Olympiad 2005

2004: SMK Damansara Jaya

The Form 5's of my year were supposed to represent DJ at the Law Olympiad. But Pn. Mary Ann Louis had another competition to go to. Ms. Mag was taking the DJ contingent to Sunway College for another competition. All the other teachers were busy. I remember going from teacher to teacher asking them if they could accompany us to HELP Insitute. Nope. Nada. None. Zero. Zilch. And school rules say that no team can represent the school at any competition unless a teacher was accompanying it. (Another dumb rule)

Also, Pn. Mary Ann Louis told me about the Law Olympiad too late. I think it was the Thursday? before the competition Saturday when she broke the news. I could'nt even find a team! I remember asking practically everyone and being turned down every single time. (Sorry for those whom I did not ask, I must've given up hope too early then).

Conclusion: DJ sent no teams to Help Law Olympiad 2004. Taman SEA were champions.

2005: Taman SEA

I found out that the Law Olympiad teams were chosen already. Oh well. I couldn't very well displace another contestant just because I wanted to join. 

Monday, my 6th day in SMK Taman SEA:

I suddenly was struck by this inspiration. But it was risky. Would I take the risk? Nike says 'Just do it'. So I did.

I went to Pn. Doreen and asked her if we could send ANOTHER team to the Law Olympiad. I told her I would call HELP and pull some strings. She said something along the lines of "If you guys can go, go!" Her real words were actually much more elegant than what I can remember. I got excited, baby. Quickly tried to form a team. Spread the word around. And waited for confirmation.


I found my team members: Me, Karyn Lin Wern Im, Chin Suk Han (my cousin), Vinodhini Selveindran, and Vinodhini Vennoo.


Called HELP, they are accepting ALL teams!!!! Praise GOD!!! Yay!!! And so, our participation in the Law Olympiad was confirmed. Went and told everyone to prepare for Whodunnit by googling keywords like "Kids Mysteries" and "Mysteries to Solve" on Google.


Kind of sort of stayed back with my team members and Veronica and Suzzane from the original Lower 6 team. Did a few rounds of Charades, because we didn't know whether the last game was Charades or Taboo. Prepared for the worst case scenario. Told team members to go back and do research and prepare for Alibi and Plea.


Thank God!!! After 3 periods of Chemistry, ALL our teachers gave us free periods!!! Thank you Pn. Zurina, Pn. Shirley, and Pn. Yvonne!!! Yay!!! Brought lots of old mystery books for team members to solve. (Thank you Payless Book Store!) Team members started to be interested in this. Their minds analyzed the way the mysteries were asked and they gained both experience and confidence for the Game. And we prepared more for Charades.


Big Fat Competition Day. At HELP, we were given Table #7! Lucky number 7! Ahahahahahha. LOL.

We prayed hectically after and before every Game! Vino V told me that some teams were staring and laughing at us, but hey, ahahaha. We'll see who gets the last laugh.

Game 1: Whodunnit

#1: Scenario about someone being clubbed to death by a gun and about suspecting her husband by the things he did and what he said. Karyn + Vino V.

#2: Scenario about stolen money in a coed apartment. A fishy tale with a cat in the house. Andrew.

#3: Scenario about boots, wing-tipped shoes, clogs, and other footwear. Solution: Sneaker boy - his sneaking (get the pun? =) ) around wouldn't and couldn't be heard.

Marks: 26.5/30 (1st! Yay!)

Game 2: Trivia

#1: Quotes. Vino V.
#2: Cliches: Vino S.
#3: General Knowledge: Karyn + Suk Han
#4: Places: Andrew.

10 minutes for these 40 questions were just enough. It was so funny!!!

Marks: 19.5/20 (Yay! Thank God!)

Game 3: What's Your Verdict?

#1: Scenario about some boys being abused by their caretaker. Liable or Not Liable. Suk Han + Andrew. We chose Liable. Points: Responsibility, Violation of Children's Rights, Traumatic future.

Suggested Answer: Liable. (Yay!)

#2: Scenario about some Nazi ruling being exploited by a woman to get rid of her husband. Karyn + Vinos. Andrew made decision: Not guilty of taking away husband's freedom and life. Because Nazi rulings made it legal.

Suggested Answer: Guilty. (Darn. Luckily it was just suggested. Judges gave us marks for our reasons and accepted some.)

Marks: 15/20. (Total marks were 61, and we were stil first!! Yay!! Close on our heels were SMKDU, with 60)

Game 4: Alibi & Plea (How well you can create a ficticious story)

Alibi: Some guy was suspected of killing some other guy. Our alibi as defence attorney:

1. The guy went back to his apartment, and CCTV filmed him walkin inside.
2. He left his room card with another friend, so he went up to the registration to get another room card.
3. He went to his room and watched a specific TV show for his college assignment.
4. The show was "Food and Fats", the premiere of the documentary on that day, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
5. He could describe the TV show and its details accurately and vividly, and he doesn't own a VCR.
6. His friend phoned him and told him to come pick up his room card after the show.
7. He returned the card to the registration counter.
8. CCTV filmed him walking away from the apartment at about 9.45 pm.
9. The Murder was commited at about 9 pm so there is no way that he could have commited it.

Plea: Some guy shot his wife accidentally after being verbally abused by her and drinking beer with a friend. Our plea:

1. He has a history of insanity bouts, as verified by his doctor of 4 years.
2. He began taking medication for this 3 years ago.
3. Medication doesn't seem to be working, so the doctor advised him to try a new drug.
4. This new drug is untested.
5. Drug + Alcohol = chemical reaction, causing him to be unconscious of his own behaviour. He is not responsible for his actions, for he was intoxicated and unaware of them.
6. The label for the new drug does not say "Do not take with alcohol" or any other liquid for that matter.
7. So therefore he shot the wife unwittingly.

Marks: ?/20. (Let us put 20/20, best case scenario =) HELP wouldn't tell us our score, oh well.)

Game 5: Guess What?

It was Taboo!!! YAy!!! Thank GOD for bringing us this far. And Taboo is undoubtably the easier one between it and Charades. 10 things, 2 minutes.

Our List (not in order):
1. Nando's
2. Taza Chicken
3. Kenny Roger's Roasters
5. Marry Brown
6. Dominoe's
7. Shakey's Pizza
8. Fish Shop
9. A & W
10. Burger King

Whoever heard of Taza Chicken and what the heck is MCFF?

Score: 9/10 (We missed Taza Chicken ;) )

Results: We WON!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! Praise God!!! To Him be the glory!! Who would've guessed that a team that registered 4 days before the competition would win?! Thank GOD! YAY!!! Thank you team, and Congratulations!!!

Full score (best case scenario) = 90/100 A+++!!! =)

Taman SEA: Champions - HELP Law Olympiad 2005  =)

Posted at 06:49 pm by andrewlza
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Pysch Tests? =)


Your answers suggest you are a Big Thinker

The four aspects that make up this personality type are:

Spontaneous, Ideas, Heads and Extrovert

Summary of Big-Thinkers

  • Outspoken, ingenious and bored by routine
  • Think of themselves as talkative, curious and self-sufficient
  • May neglect the routine work required to make their plans successful

More about Big-Thinkers

Big Thinkers are always looking for the next big idea or opportunity. They¡¯re adept at spotting trends and thinking on their feet. Big Thinkers like to jump in and find innovative solutions to complex problems and are good at developing strategies for the future.

In the UK, Big Thinkers are most likely to book a holiday at short notice, according to a nationwide survey.

Big Thinkers are usually curious, logical and energetic. This chatty group enjoys a good debate and asserting their opinions. Sometimes others may find the way they express their ideas too abrupt or challenging.

In situations where they can't use their talents or are unappreciated, Big Thinkers may be rude, critical of others or rebellious. Under extreme stress, Big Thinkers can become preoccupied with unimportant details and lose sight of the 'big picture'.

Big Thinkers may ignore important details in their plans and overlook the impact their ideas have on the people around them.

Big-Thinker Careers

The entrepreneurial spirit of the Big Thinkers often leads them to seek new challenges; this is often more important to them than working in a particular field or a specific career.

It's important to remember that no survey can predict personality type with 100 percent accuracy. Experts say that we should use personality type to better understand ourselves and others, but shouldn't feel restricted by our results.

Overall results

The graph below shows the percentage of people with each personality type out of everyone who has taken this test.

Big Thinkers

Read about the 16 personality types from the What Am I like? Personality test:

Face Memory Test Results

Your Score

Recognition score
( if you saw it )

Your score: 100%
Average score: 92%

This is a measure of your ability to remember the photos you've seen, regardless of the part in which you saw them. From all 24 photos shown in Parts 1 & 2, you recognised: 24 photo(s).
Temporal memory score
( when you saw it )

Your score: 75%
Average score: 68%

This is a measure of how often you recognised a photo and matched it to the correct part, instead of just remembering which ones you'd seen. From all the photos you recognised, you matched: 18 photo(s) to the correct part.

Sleep scientists say that:
  • recognition memory for faces is unaffected by sleep loss. A person who has not slept for as much as 35 hours can perform as well as someone who is not sleep deprived.
  • the area of the brain that controls temporal memory can be affected by prolonged sleep loss and/or ageing. So a healthy 65 year old who sleeps normally would be able to perform this test similarly to a 20 year old who has gone without sleep for 36 hours.

Hover your mouse over the ticks and crosses to see how you performed:

These photos were in part 1:

You said: Part 1 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 2
You said: Part 2 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 1

These photos were in Part 2:

You said: Part 2 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 2 You said: Part 2
You said: Part 2 You said: Part 2 You said: Part 1 You said: Part 2 You said: Part 2 You said: Part 2

These photos were in neither section:

You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen
You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen
You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen
You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen You said: Never seen
In the section above you made 0 "false positive(s)". That is, thinking you remembered seeing the photo when you hadn't seen it before. Average false positive score is 1-3.


Posted at 03:24 pm by andrewlza
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Monday, July 18, 2005
First Day of School (Again)

Today was my first day of Form 6 in SMK Taman SEA.

It was fun, people were nice and friendly as always, the humidity was as lethal as always, and I was sweating like a pig as always.

What are the odds of meeting a childhood friend that you have never met for 11 years?! And there she was. Karyn Lin. Little Lamb Preschool, Kajang. Kajang Kindergarten, Kajang. Yu Hua Primary School, Kajang. Now SMK Taman SEA, PJ. Seems that she moved to study in Taman SEA, and that she's currently living with her cousins, Lydia and Lyvia Leow, who are, coincidentally, Lester Leow's sisters! What are the odds! Funny.

She came up to me and asked if I remembered her at the assembly (hot hot hot). I said no. Then she prompted me with "Kajang" and stuff like that. Revelation. Enlightenment. LOL. Why didn't I remember her?! 11 years mah. Can't remember faces mah. But I *did* remember her name. And her surname Lin is indeed special, unlike the usual Lim. When I was but 6 or 7, I thought it was kind of elegant, seeing that it *is* the correct Mandarin pronunciation of the word.

And I remembered this time when she was going to our pre-school teacher's house to eat chicken rice. I wanted to go along, so I did. But I didn't tell my parents. :P So of course, I got lectured, yadayadayada. But it was funny. =)

So we met each other.

And school was OK. Lessons were OK. I was bored. I tembakked my way through a Bio test on my first day, literally writing everything I *think* I know about the questions. I'll be happy if I get a D. But hey, 1st day of school + test + Form 6 Biology + no Bio since SPM = (to be filled in)

Students were friendly. People are inherently good.

But (you know this was coming) I kinda felt an emptiness somewhere. Something was lacking.

I am seriously considering not doing Form 6 and studying on my own. Me homeschooling myself. using syllabi from STPM and A Levels and whatever comes into my interest. I can do it. It all depends on whether I have the discipline to do so or not.

Of course, I need some form of checks and balances to see where I'm going and to see if I'm really understanding the material. So I could get some test papers or books from the market and quiz myself. I can, of course, also get my cousin, Suk Han, to graciously photostat her worksheets and notes and exams from school for personal use.

And if I need to, I can go for tuition (Heaven forbid! - Andrew adalah antonim kepada tuisyen - I didn't take tuition for SPM, by the way, unless you count BK, which my school didn't offer) to brush up my facts, and to counter whatever misconceptions I might have of learning it on myself.

And I also can have group study sessions with the new and or old friends I made in school today. "Symbiosis" - haha! Actually Komensalisme to be precise.

Benefits: I get more time, I don't have to get up by unhumanly hours to go to a unhumanly venue with unhumanly humidity to study, and I get more time to pursue my own interests. Like singing and dancing and music and other fields of study I find fascinating and intriguing.

Sounds interesting AND exciting, doesn't it?!!!

But it is too early to decide right now. I shall go to school for a few? weeks and see how it goes.

The only drawback I envision from doing so will be not having socializing in my daily schedule.

But I talk too much anyways.

Posted at 10:35 pm by andrewlza
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Sunday, July 17, 2005
A Letter to Secretary Rice

Dear Secretary Rice,

Hello. My name is Andrew Loh and I am an exchange student from Malaysia. You might remember me as the student who proposed that the World "empower the youth - for we can make a  dfference" in the question and answer session with you at the State Department Building in Washington DC on the 29th of June.

All the male students but one of the Malaysian YES delegation were detained for secondary immigration proceedings at San Francisco International Airport upon arrival on American soil. It was a traumatic experience for us, not only because the environment was alien to us, but also because the immigration officers were, in my opinion, very rude. And so, my first impression of Americans was not very pleasant.

I wish that none of the future batches of YES students will be subject to such proceedings. This is because I believe that as US Department scholarship recipients, we already have been through screenings and do not need any further detention.

As I read the booklet that the immigration officers gave us, I am envisioning a solution to this problem. It states that some people can be excluded from such actions, including "classes of visitors the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security jointly determine shall be exempt". I propose that all exchange students be exempt from detentions with this clause.

This, in my opinion, would be doing a great conveniece and a gracious favor to all future exchange students. Furthermore, it shall be another way of showing how welcoming Americans are of visitors from other countries and therefore augmenting goodwill and comradeship among all.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Loh

Posted at 01:25 am by andrewlza
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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Yesterday was the ultimate close to yet another traumatic episode.

It all started when all the male exchange students of the Malaysian YES delegation except one were detained for secondary immigration proceedings in San Francisco International Airport

We were interrogated, given a booklet to read, and then let go (the immigration officers at SFO were very rude). The booklet said that we were supposed to "register" with an officer at SFO on our way out. And so we spent our 6 months in the USA. And we went back.

But of course, we had to be bombarded with crises.

In Washington DC, some of the students were up late. Fortunately, we got on the bus on time.

In Dulles International Airport, there was a luggage crisis. We wanted our luggage to be checked-in to KLIA, but the woman in charge checked ours in to Singapore's Changi Airport because she was in a hurry and she wasn't listening. Shouting ensured. Then her superior came and explained that even if she had known that we wanted to check ours in to KLIA, she couldn't have done so, because we were flying to Singapore on United (the worst airline in the world - barely no legspace at all! It is one of the worst fates to suffer if you are placed in a non-aisle seat on a United plane - you bother everyone next to you if you go out and stretch or you kill your legs if you don't) and we were flying back to KLIA on Singapore Airlines. So the problem was not a problem at all. Woohoo.

We boarded the plane and the captain told us that we couldn't take off because we had engine trouble. Woohoo.

And therefore we were late to SFO. The interval between arrival at SFO and our plane's departure from SFO was *gasp* 1 hour. And so the entire delegation had to rush through security and scans, and get from the local terminal to the international one. We all boarded on Last Call.

When we reached there, some of us remembered that we had to do "something", but none of us knew exactly what. So we asked the boarding officer what we had to do before departure and we were told that all we had to do was swipe our passport at a nearby machine. We even asked her if she was very very sure and she said yes. We did not have to go through security at that terminal. From that explanation, we were misled into thinking that that was all we had to do. That is the biggest mistake that we had made, that we did not enquire further into the situation, that we did not tell her that we were detained on our way there.

And even if we had known, some of us wouldn't have made the plane and would've missed the flight home. Half the group would've been stranded. It was a lose-lose situation.

And so we swiped our passports at the machine and happily boarded the flight, unbeknownst to us of the huge mistake that we had made.

We were put on the list of "suspected terrorists" of the US Homeland Security Department.

Meanwhile, we had no idea. Our chaperone on the way there (we were the only delegation which did not have a chaperone on our way back-Jessica and I were appointed co-student chaperones)- Jason - asked me what happened with immigration. I innonecntly told him what happened and that we had no problems. But it nagged at my mind and I read the booklet and what we were supposed to do. I froze.

On that Sunday night, I emailed AFS and they contacted the US Embassy. Whoops. We did make a huge mistake. But after all the excitement had died down, then the US Embassy graciously came up with a way to solve the problem.

All of us had to go back to the Embassy on Thursday for an appointment to make us new 10-year tourist visas, fill us our visa forms online, pay RM380 for the visa fees in an RHB bank, and get a visa photo taken. The Embassy would then cancel our exchange student visa AND the suspected terrorist listing along with it. The trouble was, I had to contact the other guys who were affected and tell them what to do. And so I did all these, with no little help from Charlie Teo-another YES student who is staying over at my house until Sunday. He had all the phone numbers of the students in his handphone, and I couldn't have contacted all of them without his help.

And we also had the Selangor AFS Interview Sessions to attend. Charlie and I were helping out there in Shah Alam, on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm. Both these tasks exhausted us out.

And so everyone was told what to do, and 9 of the 10 affected guys decided to go ahead and get the new visas done.

We got our visas yesterday, and the episode is now closed.


All thanks to the gracious US Embassy and AFS Malaysia's connections. I love them! The US Embassy in Malaysia is NOTHING like the Immigation at SFO. Super friendly and hospitable. Poles and Worlds apart.

And we have learnt our lesson, to miss your flight out and be stranded to "register" is much much better than not "registering" but catching your flight.

To reflect on the experience: We were definitely at fault. We are ultimately responsible about not "registering" at SFO. But I still wish to propose some solutions to prevent this from happening to next year's batch. 

1. That we should tell the students for the next batch to expect the worst from SFO Immigration and how to deal with it for arrival and departure, and hold some make-up scenarios in the orientation itself (last year's batch didn't tell us anything about immigration).

2. That AFS not book tickets for International flights that have less than an interval of 3-4 hours between arrival at SFO and departure to make sure that there is enough time for immigration dealings.

3. And that the US State Department communicate with the Department of Homeland Security before the next batch of YES students arrive. We were detained because we come from a predominantly Muslim nation. It's kind of dumb, actually. We were selected and awarded scholarships from the US State Department and then detained by the Department of Homeland Security. I wish to see future participants on the program to be exempted from this detention. For the booklet that we got states that there exists exemptions from this rule, and one of the classes exempted are "classes of visitors the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security jointly determine shall be exempt".

So the moral of the story is, there is always a way out! I shall be writing Condoleeza Rice about this issue (since we met her at the Departure Orientation) and shall be asking the delegation to do so too. Let's all hope all the stupid terrorists die or be rehabilitated so the World would become terrorist-free so the Americans won't be paranoid and everyone can go anywhere without being detained by security. Woohoo.

Posted at 10:09 pm by andrewlza
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Friday, July 15, 2005
Update: Debate Champs


Dato' Wira 





SMK Damansara Jaya 

Royal Millitary College 


 Tsung Tsin High School, Sabah

 SMK La Salle Petaling Jaya

SMK Damansara Jaya  


SMK Damansara Jaya 

 SMK Assunta

SMK Subang Utama 


 SMK Convent Bukit Nanas

SMK Damansara Jaya 



SMK Damansara Jaya

Sekolah Sri Garden



 SMK La Salle Kota Kinabalu

SMK Damansara Jaya 


Posted at 08:11 pm by andrewlza
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Saturday, July 02, 2005
AFS YES Return Orientation

The Malaysian YES kids were sent to Washington DC for our return orientation along with YES students from Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Germany's Congress Bundestag.

We met Condoleeza Rice, the US Secretary of State! She was so funny. Had a question and answer session with her. My question basically went like this. First I said that based on my very biased perspective and from my personal experience, I sort of kind of came up with this theory that teens and the youth are not as easily provoked or pissed off as adults. So therefore, kids would be better diplomats than adults. :). Not only in diplomacy, but we can serve our nations in so many other ways - education, welfare, yadayadayada. I said that I had no doubts that the Israeli-Palestinian situation could be better and faster solved through the youth, along with the other problems plagueing the world. (Yes, I'm making a stupid sweeping statement, but it sounds good, and that's all that matters) I proposed that we harness the power of our youth and direct it to develop our nations. Empower the youth, for we can make a difference. Good question leh ;). I was applauded. :P.

Other sessions were quite boring and our schedule was really packed. But fortunately for us, Sanaa Nelson (AFS USA) pulled some strings and basically made the last day's programs run faster and thus created some time for us to socialize!!! Wooohoooo! To me, that was the best part of the orientation. We love you, Sanaa! I learnt some German and Turkish too. ;) German exchange students are SO funny and crazy!!! Ahahahahaha!

But the real highlight of the orientation was meeting an exchange student from Turkey. He opened my eyes to the many injustices around the world that my brain knew but my heart did not. A Kurd himself, he told me about the sad story of the Kurds. That his kinsmen have suffered violence from state sponsored terrorism since modern Turkey began. That Kurds are discriminated against in schools, politics, and various other aspects just for being born in Kurdistan, their homeland in South Eastern Turkey. That he had seen with his own eyes how people he had once knew disappear overnight. That Kurds can be arrested at the first moment when they supposedly do or say something provocative or sensitive. (Sounds familiar?) That how Kurds aren't allowed to speak or be educated in Kurdish in the asinine campaign to monolinguistically assimilate the Turkish population of about 65% Turks and 35% Kurds. And that how at 50 million strong globally, the Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world not to have a country to call their own.

But he is also rational, he understands that nothing can be solved through bearing arms, and that violence only begets violence. He wishes to liberate his people through education and enlightening them about their basic human rights. He knows that an independent Kurdistan very likely will not be the answer to all their problems, but rather he would have them truly integrated into Turkey and given equal rights and oppurtunities as their Turkish brethren. To be called true and equal Turkish citizens, to be judged by the content of their character and not by color or ethnicity.

He will do all these, but he knows that he first has to help himself before being capable of helping his people. He was one of 30 students in his age group in Turkey who was chosen to attend the most prestigious gifted school in his country after sitting for countless vigorous exams designed to ruthlessly weed out the cream of the crop from the creme de la creme. What are the odds!? He is amazingly intelligent. He speaks 4 languages; Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic, English, and he is trying to learn Spanish. As you all must know, all of the YES students get scholarships from the US State Department. It is more competitive to get into this program in Turkey than Malaysia. And, oh yeah, he is applying to Yale University. And I have no doubt that he will get into Yale. And that I will see him there when I go to Harvard. :)

I thank him for sharing his story with me. I will stand behind bire min and I wish him sucess in whatever he pursues.

Meeting him has transformed my perspective on life and the World dramatically. I actually felt embarassed to complain about the state sponsored discrimination in Malaysia after listening to what he has been through. Compared to the Kurds, our problems are nothing. I cannot fathom what he must have had to go through to rise above his circumstances. His spirit is tremedous, and I commend him for it.

But both are evils, despite one being vastly greater than the other. Wrongs are still wrongs, and a greater wrong does not make a smaller wrong right.

But it makes me think: Do people need persecution and crises to show the best in themselves? The Jews have shown incredible resilience in bouncing back into survival and embracing life and prospering even after wave and wave of persecution and massacre. Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and Mahatma Gandhi showed incredible perseverence in handling their respective forms of racism in times of uncertainty, and emerged victorious. Lincoln emancipated the slaves after the Civil War. The Judges of the Old Testament were raised up in times of despair.

Do we need great evils in this world to discover great men?

I wonder.

Posted at 03:18 pm by andrewlza
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