Mood : overjoyed
Assalamualaikum and good day fellow blog readers!.. my blog have been gathering dust bunnies and cobwebs, so it seems.. so I am here to give you wonderful peeps on my whereabouts these past few days, or weeks, so it seems.. hahaha.. gila lama tak update, mampus... =P
anyway, since I mentioned to you guys about SIFE national competition in my previous posts, and about SIFE UUMs preparation, so I think it's more fitting if I start off with that story.. hehehe..
after 1 month of preparation, SIFE UUM finally left for KL on 11th July, reaching our destination later on around 5pm where we checked in to Seri Pacific Hotel near PWTC, then headed off for welcoming and ballot draw among the 15 competing universities this year.. we met some familiar faces but a lot of new ones, especially for me, since this is my first time going to Nationals.. hohoho.. I'm still a SIFE noob, obviously.. =P
there was 3 rounds this year, opening, semi finals, and finals.. so for the opening round, SIFE UUM was in the Shell league.. here's the list of competing teams this year..
so SIFE UUM presented for the first round, going up against quite good competitors, UTHM, KLMU and UM..
truth be told, before I went inside for the first round, I screwed up in my practice.. I forgot 50% of my lines, and was nervous as hell!.. but with the help from my awesome friends and mum, I managed to pull myself together, and relaxed a bit..
I told myself, "hey, this is it, this is where the 1 month of preparation, the blood and sweat of the team is going to pay off.. everyone rely on you to not screw up, so DON'T even think about screwing up.. this is the time for SIFE UUM to shine, and you must make sure we do.." and shine we did!.. I remembered all my lines, I didn't fumble even a bit, and we were awesome!!.. we also got praises from the judges which include familiar faces.. hehehe.. so SIFE UUM was feeling high after the first opening round.. (^^,)
meet your 4 presenters from SIFE UUM, Najmie Kamisan, Aevin Raaj, Aaron Lee and Yi Chin.. we are the 1 Malaysia team! (^^,)
from the 4 leagues, only 2 universities from each league will move into the semi finals, so there will be 8 teams competing for the 4 spots in finals.. the 8 teams were, USIM, UiTM, UUM, UM, UTP, UNITEN, UMS and UMT.. and the 8 will be split into 2 leagues, where only 2 from each league will move on to finals.. for my league, SIFE UUM were up against some pretty big names, UMS, UM and UiTM.. we doubt about our chance to move on to the finals, but we gave our best shot.. this is the moment for UUM to shine like the gems we are!.. (^^,)
semi finals during Q&A session with judges, in the main hall, with mics and everything.. hehehe.. it was an awesome experience!.. but yeah, my shoes and feet were killing me.. damn you high heels!.. (-__-;;
the girls who made everything possible.. well, we're missing Jet Roo and Venus, but yeah, there were 6 girls in the competition team, the people who were crazy enough to sacrifice 1 month of holidays for SIFE Competition.. hohohoho!~~
our team wanted to go to the SIFE World Cup which is in LA this year, but I guess luck was not on our side, since we didn't make it to the finals.. UiTM and UMS made it trough tho.. it hit me like a brick, and I was depressed right after they announced that UUM was not in the finals.. I went to my room and didn't want to come out till my sister sms-ed me, saying she's coming to PWTC to meet me and my mum.. I cheered myself up with some cam whoring and felt better.. damn me and the love for myself, and my new grey eyes.. wheeee!!.. =P
in the end, reluctantly but very needed, I went to the main hall and saw the presentations of the final 4, and when I saw UiTM and UMSs presentation, I now understand, that SIFE UUMs loss was justified.. we were great, our projects were great, but theirs were more epic.. the way they present their projects, their multimedia presentation was awesome.. so yeah.. they really did deserved to go to finals.. as were UTP and UMT.. but honestly, if we were in the other league, SIFE UUM would have been in the finals, but yeah, it wasn't our time, I guess.. =)
after the finals, UiTM was announced as the winner of SIFE National Exposition 2010, where they will be representing Malaysia in the SIFE World Cup 2010 this coming October.. but a weird thing happened during the award ceremony.. hehehehe.. UMS got more sounds and votes from the participating universities compared to the winners.. get this, when they announced that the 1st runner up was UMS, the WHOLE HALL -minus uitm la- stood up and gave them a standing ovation!.. giler!~~ everyone was cheering them on, when they got on the stage, when they got the medal and trophy, when they got off the stage, when they walked back to their seats, all the time standing and cheering them on, clapping and chanting, UMS! UMS! UMS!.. it was a bizarre sight I tell you, and the judges as well as the guests were mesmerized but feeling weird at the same time.. hehehe.. and when UiTM was announced as the winner, they were jumping up and down in glee, obviously, but everyone in the hall was just clapping politely or not clapping at all, and yeah, they got a few boos from the crowd too.. hahaha.. that was EPIC!.. =D my friend said, "it's not good to boo the winning team, but it's okay to support the competing team.." bahahahahahahaha!!~~ =DDDD
but let me set the story straight.. SIFE UiTMs projects and presentation were awesome, it was well done and well presented, the presenters had really great control of the wordings, the emotional appeal -they had que cards tho so that's not that awesome-, but overall, they deserved to win and go to LA.. however, the thing that made everyone fed up with UiTM is, THEY ARE SO FREAKING SNOBBISH!.. and everything is done in a group, their own group, they never stray away to talk to other awesome peeps from other universities.. a hi and a hello is quite hard to come by from UiTM peeps, seriously.. they're so high up in the clouds, thinking that they're so hot and everyone else isn't that they actually lost the respect and support from the other universities.. it's that simple.. they deserve to go to LA, but they need a serious attitude check.. it's not really the Malaysian spirit we want to portray to the world, the snobbish one, isn't it?..
UMS got the support from everyone due to their humbleness and down-to-earth-ness that everyone in their team possess.. they come and say hi to everyone from all universities, mingling, networking, smiling, talking, and just making friends with everyone.. in whole, they are never cocky even tho they have one of the most amazing presentation in the whole competition.. 3D siot, so freaking awesome!! but they are never cocky, never snobbish, and they treat everyone with respect.. that's why they got everyone else's support and UiTM doesn't.. simple as that.. wonder when UiTM peeps will figure that out and change.. they're already awesome, we just have to wait for the massive attitude change, so they can be more awesome, and humble.. (^^,)
UUM with UMS peeps on the left, with awesome beads!.. (^^,)
but the BEST AND MOST AWESOME SIFE TEAM is no other but the one and only, UNIVERSITI UTARA MALAYSIA!! wohooooooooooo!!~~~ \(^o^)/
the team members who made it all possible.. without everyone, everything would be meaningless.. we busted our butts for all our projects and sacrificed 1 month of our holiday to come back and prepare for the competition, we did our best, and we shine the brightest on stage.. we didn't make it to the finals, we didn't win this year, but we are going to try our god damn best next year, so everyone better watch out for us, SIFE UUM!! wohoooooo!~~ \(^o^)/ and a thousand thanks to the supporters who came, without you guys, we wouldn't shine as much as we did in the competition, so thank you!.. (^^,)
I learned a lot about SIFE during the 3 days in KL, about the projects, about the lives, about the culture, about the people, about the future, and I can see how SIFE UUM can improve ourselves, and also the project that we can do too.. hey, World Cup has always been our goal, and we want it to come true.. the other universities have improved tremendously this year, and I doubt they will stop improving, so SIFE UUM must evolve and grow faster and better to achieve our goal, 2011 SIFE World Cup!! (^^,)
this will be the SIFE World Cup one day, we'll make sure of that.. (^^,)
no matter what anyone say, we are the WINNERS!!.. we impacted the lives of our community, we made a difference, we gave second chances to people, we make the world better, we all are winners.. so be proud my dear SIFErs, where ever you are, YOU are WINNERS!.. (^^,)
SIFE UUM.... we DISCOVER, we DEVELOP, we INSPIRE!!