Khamis, 16 Ogos 2012

Salam Aidilfitri

Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin.. Have a safe journey bagi yang balik kampung. Dan sekalung tahniah kepada yang berjaya dalam temuduga HLP bagi sesi 2013 :D

Sabtu, 4 Ogos 2012

Accommodation in Manchester

Assalamualaikum dan Salam Sejahtera,

At this time around, especially those who are coming to the UK might already found your accommodation through agents or the university. But for those who are still looking & want to stay in private accommodation, you can try searching in facebook groups for freshies for the new term. If you don't find any adverts you can always advertise yourself looking for rooms/house to let. I'm sure there should be plenty out there. Good luck in your search. May you find a good home. Some suggestions to look out (for Manchester) as people are coming & leaving at this time:-

Sekian, selamat berpuasa!

Sabtu, 7 Julai 2012

Good Luck Guys!

Assalamualaikum dan Salam Sejahtera..

(dimulakan dengan salam mcm tulis email perhubungan jabatan ~ mode nak masuk opis dah ke huhu...)

I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for all of you for your support and comments/opinions  and have been corresponding all this while.. I'm still here in Manchester working on my dissertation. My journey is far from over - still struggling with literature review, research methods, theoretical framework bla bla bla.. sigh... wish me luck guys and for those who are applying this year good luck for your interview. Never give up and give your all ok :D

Ahad, 16 Oktober 2011

Manchester Here I Come: Chaos at KLIA

Hi peeps!

It's been quite a while since my last entry.. Wow where do i even begin hmm.. Suddenly I realised that from now on, probably my entries will revolve around my studying life.. I should probably change my blog name to something else.. Any suggestions? hehe

I'm here in the UK now. Inductions are over and classes have started. But before that, i would probably want to go a little bit back in time to the departure at the airport. JPA kasi setahun nak prepare but I had everything done at the 11th hour :P Masa tu la nak packing, unpack & re-pack. I've traveled abroad but not for this long so i've never packed for a 'long-duration' stay. I'm flying with Malaysia Airlines with a Business Class seat but it seems that the travel agent only managed to get me an economy upgrade. So even though it was a business class seat, I only had 20 kg of luggage and I had 45 kilo worth of stuff to bring! Later i found out one of the lads actually got an upgrade to First Class seat (also traveling to UK but at an earlier date). Tak aci!

At the check-in counter, the ground crew politely told me that i've way exceeded the limit and that she could help increase the limit up to 40 kg. But every extra kilo will cost me RM178 per kilo! Betul ke ni? Did i hear her correctly? And that is only until Heathrow. From Heathrow to Manchester, I shall board the British Airways and according to the her, that'll be different charges for excess baggage and they have a strict policy that I can only bring one luggage.  Adoyai.. Panic moment skejap..
Apa yg banyak sgt barang yek.. Despite having advised by my peers, checklists of stuff to bring from MABECS and pre-departure briefings from the British Council and the University, I cannot help but went on and bought winter jacket in KL as it was on sale. Excited ma.. Seriously tak perlu la.. buat penuh beg je.. It is better to just buy it here with the latest design ;-) Apart from that, I also packed notebooks which I got for free during my visits to technology seminars (konon nak jimat coz they said stationery is expensive here), a pot which I got from lucky draw, small rice cooker, sleeping bag, clothes hanger, rempah kari Alagappa and other unnecessary things LOL. Eventually I ended up abandoning one bag (sigh..)
Sepatutnya proceed je with 40 kg of baggage at KLIA with no extra charge. Takde isu extra baggage dah sebab dah lepas masuk kargo pun. Bukannya kena check out beg kat Heathrow.. Marah le ni. At Heathrow Airport, i checked in my hand luggage as it was quite heavy. Which means i could have brought all my 45 kilos of stuff. Furthermore, after getting our bags and seeing that my friend had two luggages with him rasa bagai tabur garam di luka.. AT KLIA, he checked in at a different counter and had different advice. Katanya hand luggage yg boleh bawak satu je... Tapi tengok ada je budak lain bawak sampai 3 hand luggage. Hmmpfgh.. Tu la takde pengalaman la benda2 ni...  Arrggh.. tension skejap. Sabar je la..

So next time, be more prepared than me - check that Malaysia Airlines have Enrich Miles for students where you can get extra 10 kilos if i'm not mistaken for just RM30. I knew this beforehand but didn't think I needed it at that time. Ingatkan dapat business class dah hebak leh bawak byk barang haha.. Also check whether you need to transfer your luggage in between flights. If you travel with other airlines (i'm not sure which one but i know others are travelling with Emirates or Etihad etc) they offer up to 40 kilos. Also weigh your luggage first at home :P beli la ada gejet utk tujuan ni.. Kalau nak bawak brg kering atau rempah ratus tu boleh pack dulu kat mesia and have somebody ship it to you since tak urgent sangat kan.. it's cheaper to send by ship rather than by air. Klu ada barang yg nak kena pos, guna pos biasa pun dah ok dalam less than 2 weeks leh sampai. Klu guna Pos Laju mahal jugak.

That's all for now.. This is me with my friend Lin who witnessed my chaotic moment at the airport haha..

Till next time.. Cheers ;-)

Rabu, 3 Ogos 2011

Salam Ramadan


Selamat menyambut Ramadan & Selamat berpuasa kengkawan :-)

ps: Kudos for the creators of these lovely images ;-)

Education Expo 2011

Hi all!

You might like to check out some upcoming events or share with us any other university/education expo/fairs.

  1. AUG 2011 StudyFest:

2. Postgraduate Education Fair (16 - 18 September 2011): Mid Valley Exhibition Hall

Rabu, 20 Julai 2011

Pre-Departure Notes

Next month i'm attending 2 pre-departure briefings for students going to the UK. One is organized by the British Council and the other is organized by the university itself. It is a good idea to attend these briefings as you get good advice from the representatives as well as the opportunity to ask all your burning questions on what to expect and what to prepare before going. Furthermore you get to know other Malaysians who are going there too & expand your network of friends :-) Below is some guidelines from MABECS. Looking at the check list so far, preparation-wise alhamdulilah i think i'm on the right track :D

Pre-Departure Check list
  • Have you met all conditions of your university offer?
  • Have you applied for Accommodation?
  • Has the university issued you with a CAS number?
  • Have you checked that all details in your CAS statement are correct?
  • Have you got all your original education certificates (which were indicated in your CAS as having been used to assess your university application and which need to be submitted with your visa application)?
  • Have you met the tuition fee and maintenance fund requirements for your visa application?
  • Have you made your visa application?
  • Have you made your flight bookings?
  • (If you are going through a travel agent, ask if they can also issue you with an ISIC-International Student Identity Card, which may provide discounts when traveling in different countries.)
  • Have you received confirmation from the university about your accommodation?
  • Have you received information from the university on registration procedures, pre-departure briefings, welcome and orientation programmes, meet and greet services ,etc and have you read this and responded, if action is required?
  • Have you obtained your chest x-ray and medical report?

Note: Students do not need a chest x-ray and medical report when applying for their visa in Malaysia. However it is a good idea to voluntarily obtain a chest x-ray and general medical report before you leave for the UK and carry this with you in your hand luggage when you travel to the UK.
Sometimes, at random, you may be asked to produce this when you arrive in the UK. For most students there are no specifications as to the kind of medical report to do- so you can decide and advise your doctor here in Malaysia, as to the tests/checks you wish to do.
It’s also advisable to get appropriate vaccinations/inoculations before you leave for the UK (if you haven’t had these vaccinations already), for example, for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis and to take your immunization records with you.
It is also advisable to have the meningitis C or meningitis A+C vaccination before you leave for the UK. If you are unable to arrange for this before you leave for the UK, you can ask for this when you register with a doctor in the UK (please refer to the section in these notes titled Important Things to Do When You Arrive in the UK).
For some students, for example students pursuing medicine, dentistry, etc, your medical/dental school may have certain specifications with regard the kind of medical tests and/or vaccinations you need to take (for e,g, Hepatitis B immunization). In such cases, please follow guidelines given by your department.

Important Things To Take with you to the UK

  • Valid passport (with UK student visa) (It would be useful to make a few photocopies of your passport and student visa)
  • Original education certificates
  • Details of your university and accommodation offer
  • Flight tickets and details of any bookings you have made for coach collection services, trains journeys, orientation programme, etc.
  • Evidence to prove you have sufficient funds to pay your course fees and maintain yourself (and any dependents if applicable). For example, bank drafts, letter from bank, recent bank statements, letter from sponsor, etc.
  • Credit cards, travellers cheques, some cash (do not carry large amounts of cash)
  • Any prescription medication that you are taking
  • Chest x-ray and medical report

Carry all these documents with you in your hand luggage (not checked in baggage) to keep them safe and allow you to have easy access to them when travelling and on arrival at the UK airport. You will be asked to produce some of the documents indicated above at the Immigration section, of a UK airport. You will clear Immigration first, before you collect your baggage.


Students in the UK tend to live in a pair of jeans, teeshirt, sweatshirt and trainers. This is “standard” student wear. Sport socks are nice and thick and would be ideal to take to the UK. Winter clothing, gloves and scarves are often cheaper to buy in the UK than they are in Malaysia. Make sure you take some warm clothing with you initially.Formal wear may be required for presentations or dinners. Do also take your traditional costume/dress, as there will be occasions for you to wear this while at university.

It is unlikely you will do any shopping immediately when you arrive in the UK. Take a toothbrush, and small quantities of toothpaste, soap and shampoo to freshen up (please note however that there are security restrictions with regard the amount of liquid you can carry in your hand luggage, when you board an aircraft).

Important Things to Do When You Arrive in the UK

*Call/Text Home to let your family know you have arrived safely
To call Malaysia from the UK, the code is (for example):
00 603 79567655 (if calling a land line)
006012 xxxxxxx (if calling a mobile number)

* Complete any remaining registration formalities and attend any orientation/welcome events organised by the university and/or department    

It’s important to complete any remaining registration formalities so that you are officially registered with the university- failure to register within the stipulated time may mean that the university has to report your absence to the UK Border Agency.

Orientation and Welcome activities provide you with an introduction to the university, the city, the department, as well as members of staff and other students. They also provide important information and support to help you settle down.

*Register with a Doctor

Health care consultation and hospitalisation is free for students who are enrolled onto courses for longer than six months, under the UK National Health Service (NHS). You may have to pay a standard fee for any prescribed medication. You will need to register with a doctor, soon after you arrive, to be covered under the NHS. The university will be able provide you with a list of doctors in the area. Alternatively you will be able to search for one at

Some clinics/surgeries may already have too many patients and may not be able to take on any more. If you are unable to register with a particular clinic/surgery, ask them to recommend another clinic nearby or try another clinic on the list.
The charges for optical and dental treatment under the UK National Health Service can be quite high compared to costs in Malaysia, so try and visit the dentist or optician before you leave for the UK and when you are back home on holiday.

When you have time you might like to take advantage of your student status and travel cheaply in Europe, but then UK healthcare would not cover your travels and you should take out holiday travel insurance and also insurance to cover your possessions.

*Open a Bank Account

The university will be able to provide you with information on suitable banks and the services that each offers and the documents that will be required to open a bank account. This information is also covered during the orientation programme, etc.
It is quite likely that one of the big nationwide banks will have facilities on the university campus. It may take a few days (sometimes a few weeks) for your bank draft to clear. Your credit cards, travellers cheques and/or some cash should tide you over this period.

Alternatively you could consider opening an account in an international bank in Malaysia and this may allow you to then make arrangements to open a bank account in the UK (for e.g. HSCB Premier Account).

When opening a bank account in the UK, certain documents may be required from you. This varies from bank to bank but examples of documents that you may need to have at hand, when opening a bank account, include valid passport and student visa, document confirming your address in the UK (for e.g. your accommodation/tenancy agreement), document confirming your address in Malaysia (for e.g. any letter from the university, sent to your address in Malaysia), etc

The experience of opening a student bank account in the UK does vary and sometimes it can be quite time consuming- having to stand in queues and having to make more than one visit, in order for all the formalities to be completed. Every university provides a welcome guide to international students, often available on the university web site. Try and do some advance research based on the information there, with regard the various bank accounts available, procedures for opening a bank account, etc.

*Use the Support Services at the University

It is normal to feel homesick and miss your family and friends. Some students may also experience “culture shock” as you are faced with an environment and culture that’s different to what you’re used to. Keep an open mind, give yourself time and you will slowly find yourself settling down and starting to enjoy life as a university student in the UK- many students look back at these years, as the best years of their life!

All universities in the UK, will have support services to assist you with any matter- academic, accommodation, immigration, health, personal issues, religious matters, etc. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help, information and support. All matters will be dealt with in confidence.

*Attend Lectures

Your university has reporting and record-keeping duties and needs to inform the UK Border Agency (UKBA) if for example, you do not register on time, miss lectures without permission, etc. Please attend lectures.

*Have Fun!

Study very hard but have fun too! Take the opportunity to make friends from all over the world, travel in the UK and Europe during your holidays, join clubs and societies and make the most of your time at university!

Useful Contacts in Malaysia

British Council: Tel: 03-27237900/

MABECS: 03-79567655/439/

Travel Agents:

STA: Tel: 03-21489800/

MSL: Tel: 03-40424722/

UK Visa Application Centre: Tel: 03-21649323/

Wisma Putra/Minsitry of Foreign Affairs: Tel: 03-8874000

(Some students, for example those pursuing courses where they may have dealings with the UK general public, for e.g. like medicine, social work, etc may be informed by their UK university department, to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct- this can be obtained from Wisma Putra)

Useful Contacts in the UK

London Heathrow Airport:

Transport for London (London Underground):

Manchester Airport:

Malaysian Students Department for UK&Eire:

National Rail (Trains):

UK Border Agency:

source: MABECS 4th July 2011