Graduation Thoughts

A yellow scroll
fixed in my grip,
Just to see them smile,
This is for you Mak and Daddy.

The journey to complete my Masters at University of Malaya (UM) was not as bliss as it look like. Prior registering at UM, I planned to pursue at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and it did not turn out as I wanted to. Thus, moving forward I came back to Selangor and looked up for opportunities. Somehow I was moved to check UM's website and registered for this Masters course.

Scholarship was not available back then as MyBrain was just put into hold that year, thus I decided to still pursue and work as research assistant to help with my fees. Juggling with work and studies was not as easy as I thought. But I still was persistent to finish this course within 1 year in a half. I realised that things was so hard to handle at one point but I kept on going and said, this will eventually make Mak and Daddy happy.

And so, I persevered. 

Semester by semester goes by and the final lap (a.k.a final semester), I was working on the mini research project and anxiety strikes. It was a battle with myself and the thesis. God knows how much I've been through. When I thought things were crumbling down, I still prayed for the best. And by the time the results were announced, all I could do was sujud syukur and say Alhamdulillah. 

I finally graduated with Lulus Cemerlang a.k.a With Distinction.

And look at this smiles, masyaallah. 
Allah is so kind to bless me with this results. 

Daddy was saying, 
The journey of getting this scroll involves so many people for the success to be obtained. Syukur, alhamdulillah. 
Mak helped so much with household work to ensure I eat nutritious food, clean clothes, sufficient love and fees paid on time.

Daddy works on encouraging me daily.

Adik motivates me lending an ear to my miseries and joy.

Abang's family entertained me every time they visit me.

Lecturers thought me the essence of sustainability science course.

Friends cheered me up.

Seventeen months of strife,

All for this day.

A beautiful one.

The happiness of graduating enveloped,
Extinguishing the pain I've experienced,
It was definitely worth the pain.

Just remember graduates, our success is not solely ours. Stay humble with our education and never stop seeking knowledge as it has no end.

What's next, Yana? We'll see what happens.

Good luck, Yana :)

Rainbow Warrior Ship

A late picture post of my trip to the tour of the Rainbow Warrior Ship by Greenpeace. I went there with my fellow Malaysia Youth Delegation (MYD) team on 2nd June. It was a sunny day and exciting day for all of us. But as soon as we arrived, we were told that we needed to wait as there was an unexpected crowd of attendees. We ended up waiting for 2 hours prior boarding the ship. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the tour by our German guide, Flo. More write-up on this can be read at Powershift Malaysia website written just because I feel like expressing the day through pictures below. Till next time. Cheers!

The Rainbow Warrior Ship

Waiting to board Rainbow Warrior Ship

The excitement that overshadows the heat

A sneak peak into the ship

The 58-metres A frame for sailing

Dolphins as their symbol of freedom

The bridge of the ship

Bought myself two stainless steel straws as my pledge to reduce plastic straws

Lady With The Camera

"Here she is... The important person for today. The camerawoman."

I used to think that I was good at taking pictures. So I shamelessly volunteered as the one in charge of taking photos for Care2Run's event. Though before attending the event, I thought I will just take simple pictures of people here and there. As I reached the event place, little did I know,  I was wrong. The word KL Bar Run 2018 was displayed at the main bunting and I was shocked. Am I suppose to take pictures of the Care2Run children's running? Mind you, I was only using my sister's camera - Samsung NX300. Not with any fancy fabulous lenses. I barely have any experience taking pictures during any big event at all. All this while, I've been taking pictures of sceneries and static things only. Oh dear. 

My mind went blank.

I comforted myself saying that, no worries. Let's just focus and capture whatever emotions in the event will be. Although this will be my first big photography event, I need to start somewhere, right? Plus, National Aspiration Leader Symposium (NALS) is coming up! So I needed this practice. Psstt... I will be one of the media officers there, so keep an eye on me you might be pictured in NALS social media. 

Anyways, KL Bar Run 2018 changed my life (literally) in viewing how we should run. I was amazed how motivated was the children to run. I was inspired how they practiced hard and unleashed their potential just by running. And what mattered most is the will to complete the run. It is not a race but to complete the run on their own timing is a privilege. Never knew that just by taking pictures, I was able to witness the children's characters. It was fulfilling. 

Below I share a few of the snapshots I took during the event. Hoping to contribute more to the society by taking moments to be remembered. 

Lady with the camera~

One of the mentors explaining things to his mentee. 

Hugs <3 He did a wonderful job!

One of the youngest mentee

Never stop running~

The children suggesting some cupcakes for lunch. 

The Care2Run team

Note: Care2Run provides opportunities for primarily disadvantaged children (shelter homes, poor/broken families) to run with mentors who are ordinary working adult volunteers. It aims to use sports to nurture a growth mindset among the children and inspire them to achieve their goals using sports psychology while they are guided by staying fit and eating healthy. 

For further updates on Care2Run or if you are interested to become one of the volunteers, kindly refer this link.

Run hard when it is hard to run - Pavvo

Follow the Light.

The light was always there,
full with His sustenance,
bestowing His favours,
showering our desires,
benevolently waiting for us,
to turn back to Him,
and yet we ignore His signs.

The light was always there,
but we choose to rebel,
guiltless for wanting more,
relinquishing others to be good,
constantly simulating the wicked,
falling short on deeds,
and we evolved to be ingrate beings.

The light was always there,
forgive us, God!
for the betrayal,
for the injustice of amanah,
for the unending sins,
we wandered blithely with the time You gave,
and still not blaze us with Your wrath.

The light will always be there,
He will always forgive,
Only if, we follow the light.

Liyana Yamin,
4.41 a.m.
16th rabiulawal 1439.

Graduation Thoughts

A yellow scroll fixed in my grip, Just to see them smile, This is for you Mak and Daddy. The journey to complete my Masters a...