OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

This is what I got after taking a quiz..

You're sexy because you're innocent.

PROS: You are super sweet, and people really like having you around, you are just like a bubble of joy for most other people.

CONS: You can be taken advantage of easily, and other people know this.

How are you sexy? (anime pictures)
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Experiencing Traffic Jams / Flooding in KL?

Don't fret.. everyone's been through this before. People tend to argue that it always the government's fault. I say that those people are too pampered already. Who dumps rubbish everyday on the streets, wherever they go? Who chucks trash into the river? Who burns rubbish at the side of the street? Most of the general Malaysian public, not the government.

Congestion, it's partly caused by too many people using one way of travel. The government isn't using it's brains! I've been arguing, it's not the correct thing to do by building so many roads. Proper road planning and execution must be done. for example, the number of main roads leading into the city centre is only two handfuls if I'm not wrong. And each of the 10 roads are joined by another 5-10 roads when they are heading into the city. So don't you see? It's a bottleneck situation here. 500,000 road users are crammed into just 10 roads from the starting 50 roads. So, proper planning such as traffic lights ( position, timing ), traffic diversion, road closures (at the correct time) and allowing the use of opposite lanes is important. No doubt most of them are already in place currently but most importantly are the traffic lights. The timing has to be correct so as to maximise traffic flow on all sides, as well as it's positioning, so that it doesn't stop traffic, right in the middle of a flow.

Also, speaking of the ITIS ( Integrated Transport Information System ) In my point of view, I think that it's rather a considerable investment. At times it has helped me get out of unexpected jams. Although I seem to have little problem getting my way around town as I kinda know my way around the jams..

Anyway, speaking of the drainage system.. there's this SMART tunnel project that's ongoing in KL. It's quite a good idea proposed by the Central Government but I think they should be more cost efficient than that.
As the river flows towards the seas, it brings sedimentation from the hills, and these sediments settle down on the river base as it passes. So over a year, it builds up as mud and somehow makes the river shallower, thus reducing it's capacity in holding water. So, if we were to spend roughly RM 1-2 million annually to use excavators to dig up the mud to deepen the river, wouldn't that be a pretty acceptable suggestion for long-term investment? Over 50 years, the total cost would only be RM 100 million. (excluding the effects of inflation and market forces that may occur in the years to come). The SMART tunnel however, I think it's going to charge the public tolls to use it :(

How about public transport? Why wouldn't people use the public transport? I must say, it plainly lies with the point that most of the general public are lazy to walk to work/walk to the LRT station/wait for a bus/cab). Here in the UK, people do a lot of walking. They just park their cars at the city suburbs and walk to the nearest Tube station/ bus station, take a ride and walk again to their workplace. So why can't we do that?

Answer 1 : Because the transportation system sucks.
Me : It wouldn't suck if a majority of the public used it, which will then prompt the government to improve it for the benefit of everyone (else they'll lose the elections, hehe)

Answer 2 : We have cars, and we can afford to drive to town.
Me : So what if you have cars, first of all, it costs a bomb with the high 250-300% increase in marginal sales prices of cars. And don't you see many people "complaining" that the price of petrol is going up too high? Why do you still want to drive into the city and then complain that the cost of it is killing you?

Answer 3 : *deep inside* I'm lazy.
Me: That's just it, you are. Look at the big picture and do the maths yourself, it's more cost efficient to take the public transport than to drive to town. (Usually I see 4WDs and MPVs with only 1 person inside - wth?!)

So, if the general public doesn't change their mentality, no one can help them as they can only help themselves and they'll only rant and complain for the rest of their lives. You don't need luxury in life, change the mindset. Change "wants" into "needs". It's time to change.


Top A-levels are not enough to gain a Cambridge place, says admissions director Geoff Parks, while Chris Conway, below, says the university is turning away brilliant pupils from state schools.

Five As brigade shown the door

Achievement levels at A-level rose again in 2005. Figures published last week showed that 9.5% of candidates gained three or more As, compared with 9% in 2005, but one trend not immediately obvious from the statistics is the growing fashion for some students to take increasing number of A-levels. Just a few years ago, it was comparitively rare for Cambridge aplicants to be taking more than three subjects, excluding general studies and students maths and further maths. Since 2002, however, about 50 percent of our applicants have been taking four academic A-levels, and a small but growing number are now taking five or six.

It is easy to see why this is the case. The Curriculum 2000 changes made it much easier for students to manage their workload by making modular assessment the norm (instead of a final exam covering two years' work) and by splitting the A-level into two parts- the AS-level, usually taken in Y12, and the A2, usually taken in Y13. Although students at schools or colleges with limited resources may not have the option of taking additional exams, where students do have that choice there's no reason for them not to try an extra subject in Y12 and then stop at AS-level or continue to the full A-level.

There is, of course, great kudos attached to accumulating a string of A-levels, due to the general misconception that the more qualifications that someone has, the cleverer they must be. It's a fallacy that, at times, has Cambridge admissions tutors tearing our hair out. There's a real danger that bright students with three A-levels will be deterred from applying to us because they wrongly believe they'll be viewed less favourably than students with four or five A-levels. Second, there's a perception that students not offered places who go on to get four or five As must have fallen victim to an unfair admissions process.

The truth is that there is no advantage to having a string of A-levels; in fact, a student with three As can be a much better applicant than one with six As. We're not looking for students who are pretty good at a range of subjects - we're looking for students who are exceptionally good at the subject they want to study at university. Extra A-levels don't tell us anything extra about an applicant's potential for a specific degree.

What is more, having an A at A-level is no guarantee that a student is well-suited to studying that subject at Cambridge. That is why we use other means of assessing students' aptitude, such as subject-specific admission tests for law and medicine, and by interviewing almost all applicants. It is also why we take other relevant factors into account, such as any obstacles the student has had to overcome. (The Cambridge Special Access Scheme enables teachers to detail such circumstances.) This issue has also arisen in the much-publicised debate about A-level reform which was sparked again last week by Sir Mike Tomlinson's recent comment that the current system is "killing scholarship" by valuing curricular knowledge over deeper understanding and critical thinking.

The government has made welcome moves to address this issue by consulting universities and employers on improvements proposed in last February's 14 to 19 education and skills white paper, including the introduction of tougher A-level questions. These would be modelled on the advanced extension awards (AEAs), an existing exam that is more demanding that A-level. It asked students to think for themslves and apply their knowledges in less familiar contexts, and is generally seen as a good indicator of a student's genuine aptitude rather than their ability to retain and regurgitate facts. For this reason, a good performance at AEA is much more likely to impress Cambridge admissions tutors than a long string of A-levels.

Unfortunately, not all schools and colleges currently offer students th chance to take AEAs. This is partly because, unlike A-levels, there is no extra funding to help students prepare for AEAs, so institutions on tight budgets can struggle to resource them. In addition, AEAs are graded "distinction", "merit" and "fail" - there is no "pass". Success rates can vary widely, so they tend to be viewed as educational enrichment, rather than a route to an additional qualification. The inclusion of AEA-style questions in a reformed A-level would therefore be much welcomed by many universities. However, these questions need to be compulsory. "Optional" isn't an option if bright students who lack confidence are not to miss out on university places.

As Mike Tomlinson rightly suggested, however, there are other downsides to the current system, and further reasons why universities are not impressed by additional A-levels. It means students are spending all their time following exam syllabi - time that would be far better spent getting a deeper understanding of their three main subjects by reading outside the curriculum, or developing the ability to think originally, to debate and argue and explore ideas without worrying about getting things "wrong". Second, they are not gaining the essential life skills - team-working and effective communication, for instance - that are valued by employers and universities. These qualities can be easily acquired by part-time work or through extra-curricular activities, yet are often overlooked by students caught up in the qualifications frenzy.

Of equal concern to us at Cambridge is the worrying lack of provision of A-levels in key subjects at some schools and colleges. Physics is perhaps the most notable example. Buckingham university research found that 10% of schools no longer offer Physics A-level, and 39.5% of schools had five or fewer students taking the subject. Modern languages and Chemistry are in similar crisis.

Unless this trend is reversed, vast numbers of students could find themselves inelligible for places on degree courses in many subjects of vital importance to the UK economy. Universities such as Cambridge have made enormous efforts to make ensure that the brightest applicants are admitted, regardless of background, and to encourage applications of gifted students who, in the past, might have felt they would be disadvantaged. It would be a tragedy if inequalities in A-level provision were to undo all that work.

I thought this might come in useful in explaining how Cambridge's admissions work.. It took me like 1 hr to type this whole thing -- dmn I have to improve my typing speed..