Friday, July 25, 2008

of mortars and the bombs

The bombshell had been dropped yesterday: now they allow mortars.

Such a big fuss was created, there was even an announcement in Bernama radio.

Why of course, maybe you won’t have a clue what mortar is because you graduated from that Uni. (i know you know laa. haha)

Because when you graduate from that Uni, there are no mortars on your head to be thrown about silly after the convocation ceremony. If you’re from that Uni, you have to either wear a tudung if you’re a female or don the songkok if you’re a male. While tudung is a religious requirement, songkok is a Malay standard headgear.

And if you happen to be ‘culturally or religiously’ forbidden to wear both of them, you can’t and you don’t attend your graduation ceremony. I’m reminded to two wonderful friends of mine who had missed receiving the scroll at the ceremony because the family isn’t too comfortable with them donning the songkok. (Note: they're non-malay) So much they wanted too, and they came for the rehearsals just for the fun of it, but because they respect their family’s wishes, they have to skip their once in a lifetime celebration of joy.

I am sure I wasn’t the only one who felt sore about this whole incident, because in the country, we don’t live alone, and certain degree of respect to cultures must be observed. If they’re uncomfortable wearing songkok, why should we force them to?

But something must have knocked that Uni into good sense: this year, they're replacing the ribbon on the tudung and songkok with mortars.

Not a big deal actually, even if you don't attend the ceremony, you're still a graduate. So what's the big deal la. Haha actually some of the life long professor look stupid in their 'harry porter' styled mortars and gowns, but really, if you're up there already, you should know, clothes don't make a man.


haundem 25 July 2008 at 14:25:00 GMT+8  

at least we have the ceremony, i pity hasan yg xde langsung konvo, hbis gitu je, myb cmtu kot culture di negara itu

...but I digress 25 July 2008 at 14:31:00 GMT+8  

yeap,i agree..its all in the culture..maybe the germs are far more practical than being so cultural,perhaps..

fraulein nadia 25 July 2008 at 14:35:00 GMT+8  

convo sucked la. looked like aliens invading earth in that hideous coloured robe. and it was so boring i actually felt asleep.

but kesian our friends. i vote for no convos. germans are genius.

...but I digress 25 July 2008 at 15:11:00 GMT+8  

i remember feeling upset when our friends had to skip convo.Spoke to RK today and she felt rather relieved that "it seems our sacrifices were finally being held up".kesian though.

you're not favouring petronas' corporate colours eh?

alaks,  25 July 2008 at 20:50:00 GMT+8  

haha. at first i was like 'ish boringnye uia grad tade topi2 nih! ' but a'ah like u said, when u're up there, doesnt seem to matter sgt. (but o kos kite miss other ppl's moment of throwing the mortars to the air)

eh, but cute jugak ape tudung krim uia + the strip of uia logos tuh..hahaha

ex.iiu,  25 July 2008 at 21:35:00 GMT+8  

hehe ramai je yg 'throw' their tudung after convo...

fraulein nadia 25 July 2008 at 23:37:00 GMT+8  

RK kan memang a proper nice person. Too proper sometimes...

"Nadia, wud u mind passing the salt to me?" while we'd go "Nad, salt, salt..."

hehe. What sacrifices?

I hated the colour. Seriously hated it. But what to do? The uni's corporate colour maa... Gi convo sbb nak jumpa kawan2 je. Other than that, I didnt really care.

...but I digress 27 July 2008 at 00:52:00 GMT+8  

she wanted so much to go.despite that colour n all.

no comment.

zackyah fimiyun 30 July 2008 at 13:21:00 GMT+8  

argh konvo...whutever...does it matter?

yah suka lagu jason mraz tu..nak boleh?

...but I digress 30 July 2008 at 14:34:00 GMT+8  

jason mraz? nanti aku send. kami ada cd beliau yg terbaru.

sam 31 July 2008 at 21:29:00 GMT+8  

luv jason mraz ni too.thx af... i dunno i agree w alak... terasa kiut n agaknye mmg salu terasa kiut.huhuhu.siannn rk. patut x compulsory 4 her lah.

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