The best universities in the world

Harvard and Yale are arguably regarded the best of the best but when it comes to the highest ranked universities in the world, some Ivy Leagues schools does not even break into the top 10. Times Higher Education World Rankings this year listed out a few criteria in judging the best universities across the globes- teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international recognition.

Stanford is ranked 3rd overall with Silicon valley its predominant association. However, it is because of Stanford that the valley has become the international hub for technology and technoprenuership, not the other way around. While most of their alumni went on to start their own company like Google and Snapchat, many strive in American politics, most notably the 31st US President Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy. The school maintains the lowest acceptance rate in the country, only accepting less than 5% of applicants.

California Institute of Technology is even better than Stanford, ranking 2nd worldwide. A school that mainly focuses on engineering, technology and applied sciences, it is still the home of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) after more than 80 years. An even more impressive achievement is that its alumni and staff accumulates 34 Nobel Laureates, producing notable figures in government, aerospace, academia, business and arts.

But the highest ranked universities is outside of the United States. Oxford University is regularly ranked first across a diverse field of studies.With it’s enormous research income coming from external funding, Oxford is able to produce and innovate heavily on humanities and sciences. From philosopher Edward De Bono, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking to our own Malaysian politician Khairy Jamaluddin, Oxford alumni all across the globe are making change in their own field, revolutionizing our current view of the world.

All in all, universities deeply emphasize on their graduates, as they are regarded as the reflection of their educational success and many do go on to contribute significantly upon graduation. This also shows the significance of an effective education system in producing leaders and polishing hidden talents for the future.


35 words

1)  Slay –  to kill (someone)

= The knight slew the dragon.

2) Deteriorate  – to become worse as time passes/to make (something) worse

= Exposure to rain and sun will gradually deteriorate the paint.

3) Rehabilitate –  to bring (someone or something) back to a normal, healthy condition after an illness, injury, drug problem, etc.

= The clinic rehabilitates drug addicts.

4) Virtuoso – a person who does something in a very skillful way

= He’s a real virtuoso in the kitchen.

5) Opt – to choose one thing instead of another

= After that near catastrophe, they opted to reinstate the telephone service.

6) Abduct – to take (someone) away from a place by force

= The gangsters planned to abduct the industrialist’s young daughter and demand a huge ransom from her family

7) Premeditate –  to think about and revolve in the mind beforehand

= She premeditate before deciding it.

8) Peer – a person who belongs to the same age group or social group as someone else

= He was respected and admired by his peers.

9) Playwright – a person who writes plays.

= William Shakespears is one of the famous playwrights

10) Contour –  the outline or outer edge of something

= He loved the sleek contours of the car.

11) Iota – a very small amount

= There’s not an iota of doubt regarding the defendant’s guilt

12) Edgy – nervous and tense/ new and unusual in a way that is likely to make some people uncomfortable

= Too much coffee makes me edgy.

13) Underneath –  on the bottom of (something)

= He hid the envelope underneath his coat.

14) Hitchhike – to get a ride in a passing vehicle by holding out your arm with your thumb up as you stand on the side of the road

= Her car broke down, so she had to hitchhike back home.

15) Deliberate -to think about or discuss something very carefully in order to make a decision

= The jury deliberated for two days before reaching a verdict.

16) Verdict –  law : the decision made by a jury in a trial: a judgment or opinion about something

= The jury reached a guilty verdict.

17) Demolition – deliberate destruction of a building or other structure

= The old factory is scheduled for demolition next week.

18) Trigger – something that causes something else to happen

= Smoke triggered the fire alarm.

19) Bargain –  an agreement in which people or groups say they will do or give something in exchange for something else

= I think everyone involved was satisfied with the bargain we made.

20) Outweigh – to be greater than (someone or something) in weight, value, or importance

= She outweighs her sister by 10 pounds.

21) Dispense – to give or provide (something)

= The ATM only dispenses $20 bills.

22) Ethic – a belief that something is very important

= Ethics is his chosen field of study.

23) Revenue – money that is made by or paid to a business or an organization/ money that is collected for public use by a government through taxes

= The firm is looking for another source of revenue.

24) Wage –  an amount of money that a worker is paid based on the number of hours, days, etc., that are worked

= The company offers competitive wages and good benefits.

25) Disingenous – not truly honest or sincere : giving the false appearance of being honest or sincere

= Her recent expressions of concern are self-serving and disingenuous.

26) Fare – to do something well or badly

= Residents of the flood-ravaged town are faring much better than one might have expected

27) Attest –  to show, prove, or state that something is true or real

= I can attest that what he has said is true.

28) Shortcoming – a bad feature : a flaw or defect in something

= Her lack of attention to detail is her biggest shortcoming

29) Implode – to collapse inward in a very sudden and violent way

= A controlled demolition during which the entire building imploded in a matter of seconds

30) Invoke – to refer to (something) in support of your ideas

= The suspect invoked his right to an attorney.

31)  Acquire – to gain (a new skill, ability, etc.) usually by your own effort

= He is studying the way that language is acquired by children.

32) Erratic – acting, moving, or changing in ways that are not expected or usual : not consistent or regular

= Paul Pogba has erratic hairstyle pattern

33) whining – to make a high and unpleasant sound that continues for a long time/ to complain in an annoying way

= He’s always whining about the weather

34) Livid – very angry

= the boss was livid when yet another deadline was missed

35) Uptight – nervous or worried and tending to become upset about something that does not make other people upset

= If our flight is delayed, there’s nothing we can do. There’s no reason to get so uptight about it.


Age of Adaline

First and foremost, before I want to start reviewing this movie, I just want to say it is one of my favorite movie of all time. So if you haven’t watch it yet, you better don’t read this first or you’ll lose the fun when watching the movie.

Adaline Bowman starts off as a normal woman who had a daughter and husband. Unfortunately, one day, she had an accident but then miraculously survives the car wreck and emerges as an ageless being whose looks are frozen at age 28. She can never die due to the usual ravages of time, which gives her relationship with her daughter, Flemming, kind of a terror. She then decided to run away from her husband and daughter. Adaline spends the rest of her life running from entanglements of every kind. Whenever anyone starts suspecting that she never ages and wonders if there’s something odd about that, she runs away and starts over as someone else in a new place.

The comes Ellis Jones, the first man to win Adaline’s heart in decades. They met in a wedding ceremony and the looks of Adaline caught Ellis attention. After going through hardships to maintain a relationship with her, Adaline then fall for her as well. Ellis wants them to spend the rest of their lives together, but Adaline can’t find the strength to tell him why this can’t happen. She’s nice, he’s nice, they can’t be nice together. It’s a sad predicament, but there’s no tension in it.

One day, Ellis brought Adaline over to his parents’ house. To her surprise, William who is now the father of Ellis, was the same man he left when she once fell in love with! William is struck by Jenny’s resemblance to his great lost love, Adaline, with whom he had a brief but intense affair. Adaline is as surprised by him as he is by her, but she handle the situation and says Adaline was her mother, and that she died a long time ago. Rather then ignoring the situation, the lie sends William into a depressive spiral of drinking, agonized flashbacks, and awkward confessions that set his wife on edge.

This twist triggers a flood of simple but big emotions. One emotional night, Adaline ran away from William’s house because she needs some space for herself. While pulling off near the road, a truck suddenly hit the car and Adaline went to the hospital again. One year later, before going to a New Year Eve party, Adaline notices she’s aging and felt extremely happy about it.

If I was the main character, Adaline, I would definitely do the same thing as she did which is ran away from people. If I stayed at one place even when people start recognizing something wrong, I will probably be abducted by the governments or the authority to run tests on why am I immortal. I, however, will prevent myself from falling in love at all costs. Because I don’t want to hurt the feelings of person I am getting attached to and I do not want to hurt myself either.


Celebrities should involve in the election campaign

I do agree in the statement “celebrities should invove in election campaign” because of fewreasons. Celebrities is defined as a person who is very well-known or we can call them as public or iconic figure. Celebrities should involve in election campaign doesnt necessarily mean celebrities should be a candidate but also can mean celebrities promoting the campaign for one’s party. If we’re going to restrict freedom of speech, we better have a very good reason for it. My argument is that celebrities actually add value to politics, rather than harm it.
First and fore most, celebrities don’t have this nasty influence over elections that causes mass upheaval of the democratic process. There are many influences on how people vote in elections. Friends, family (how parents have always voted is the prime example), trade unions, and politicians themselves all influence people’s decisions in one way or another, and I can’t see why celebrities are any different.
Furthermore, it increases voter participation.  Western countries (especially the United States) have huge issues with low voter turnout. Low voter turnout is associated with people feeling uninterested or unimportant in the political process. Celebrities can help this by making politics interesting to people who would have otherwise have been disinterested. They also act as a role model for others to go out and vote come election time.
Moreover, it is true that a large number of people don’t have the time or interest to know the fine details about what’s going on in political world. Celebrities can play as an important role as they can help bridge this information gap. This is because celebrities with whom people share values can indicate which candidates represent their views. Two notable examples in the United States were Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of Barack Obama and Chuck Norris’ endorsement of Mike Huckabee. People who know these celebrities can more easily understand which politician represents their views. This means more people are likely to vote as they now feel more informed.
Lastly, liberty. Any person should be able to express their political beliefs in the democratic forum without the state banning them from doing so. It breaches a fundamental human right that our democracy respects.

All in all, i do believe that by having celebrities in election campaign can brings benefits rather than disadvantages and that is why i agree celebrities should involve in election campaign.

35 Words

1) Falter – to stop being strong or successful : to begin to fail or weaken

= The business was faltering due to poor management

2) Retrieve – to get and bring (something) back from a place

= He tried to retrieve back the informations that he lost

3) Entail – to have (something) as a part, step, or result

= A lavish wedding entails extensive planning and often staggering expense

4) Cuisine – food that is cooked in a particular way

=  This restaurant is famous for its spicy cuisine.

5) Elongate –  to make (something) longer or to grow longer

= These stretching exercises can help elongate your leg muscles

6) Instigate – to cause sth to happen or begin

= There has been an increase in the amount of violence instigated by gangs.

7) Delineate – to clearly show or describe (something)

= The characters in the story were carefully delineated.

8) Abrreviate – to make (something) shorter; especially : to reduce (a word or name) to a shorter form

= You can abbreviate the word building as bldg.

9) Adulterate –  to make (something, such as a food or drink) impure or weaker by adding something of poor quality

= The company is accused of adulterating its products with cheap additives.

10) Concatenate – linked together

= the movie actually concatenates into one extended narrative several episodes from various books in the series

11) Rupture – a crack or break in something (such as a pipe)

= A rupture in the pipeline resulted in major water damage

12)  Vague –  not clear in meaning : stated in a way that is general and not specific

= We had only a vague idea of where we were.

13) Dissent – to publicly disagree with an official opinion, decision, or set of beliefs

= Anyone who dissented was encouraged to speak out while they had the chance

14)  Trespass – a sin or other wrong or improper act

= He was arrested for trespass.

15) Topple – to remove (a government or a leader) from power

= The rebels tried to topple the dictator.

16) Sustainable –  able to last or continue for a long time

= Has no sustainable claim to the property without a deed or some other document

17) Stereotype – to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same

= It’s not fair to stereotype a whole group of people based on one person you don’t like.

18) Complement – something that completes something else or makes it better

President in they elected her president and to work in he wants to work are different kinds of complements.

19) Hinder – to make (something, such as a task or action) slow or difficult

= The witness refused to cooperate, hindering the investigation.

20) Volatile – likely to change in a very sudden or extreme way

= The protests are increasing, creating a volatile situation in the capital.

21) Detoxify –  to remove a poisonous or harmful substance from (something)

=  A special tea that is supposed to detoxify the body

22) Detour –  a deviation from a direct course or the usual procedure; especially :  a roundabout way temporarily replacing part of a route

= We detoured around the heaviest traffic.

23) Sloven – one habitually negligent of neatness or cleanliness especially in personal appearance

=  She’s a sloven and he’s a neat freak—it’s a wonder they are able to live together

24) Captivate – to attract and hold the attention of (someone) by being interesting, pretty, etc.

= The play has been captivating audiences for years.

25) Tranquil – quiet and peaceful

= The house was once again tranquil after the kids moved outside to play

26) Cling – to stick to something or someone

= The children clung together under the little umbrella waiting for the storm to pass.

27) Nominate – to choose (someone or something) as a candidate for receiving an honor or award

= We nominated her for player of the year.

28) Daunt – to make (someone) afraid or less confident

= The raging inferno didn’t daunt the firefighters for a moment

29) Allegory –  a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation

= The long poem is an allegory of love and jealousy

30) Cunning –  getting what is wanted in a clever and often deceptive way

= She was cunning enough to fool me.




Friends are really essential to individual as they will prevent us from being alone, provide us with the help whenever we need it and give advice when we go astray. In my personal opinion, i do think that making new friends is more important than to keep  old friends as we should not be in the same context with the same person and we should be exposed to new environment so that our ways of thinking will be improved and we will have a larger contact.


First and foremost, making new friends will make our mind broaden as we will be exposed to new environment and influenced by them. For instance, if we usually to be friend with person who is into literature, it will somehow make our mind to think in literature’s way too as we are influenced by them and when we make new friends who are into Math, Physics and Science it will somehow affect our ways of thinking and now we will have diferent thinking style ; literature’s way and Science and logic’s way. Hence, it really shows that by making new friends can broaden up our mind and improve our ways of thinking.


Moreover, making new friends can also make your contact larger and lets say if you are having trouble, you can have many options to ask for help. For example, if your car suddenly broke down, you can call your friends who is a mechanics to ask for help and if you are struggling with the essay that you need to work on, you can simply ask for help to your friends who are into literature. You can only do this when you have many friends and that’s why making new friends is really important.


In a nutshell, eventhough we are making new friends it doesnt mean that we will forget our old friends. Making new friends can benefits you in improving ways of your thinking and having larger contact that will benefit you someday.



3 New Words

1) Titivate : to make or become smart or spruce

= “It was instantly clear, however, that she had not been idle, but busy titivating: painting her nails, washing her hair, doing her face….” — Rosamunde Pilcher, September, 1990

2) Stringy :  containing long, thin pieces that are like string and that are hard to chew

= a tough, stringy piece of meat

3) Pertinent : relating to the thing that is being thought about or discussed

= he impressed the jury with his concise, pertinent answers to the attorney’s questions

I like this story but….

Yes, it is true i like this novel as it gives me insight of another culture which is African culture. However, i slightly disappointed on how the author put an end to this novel. At the end of this novel, we know that Okwonkwo(the main character) found himself committing suicide because of pressure from society demands. He also was afraid if he will become like his father who is very useless. In my perspective, the author put a WOW element to end the novel instead of just letting Okwonkwo commit suicide and i think that would make the story line extra special. It is so sad to see the great Okwonkwo, who used to be the fiercest man on the earth, end his life just like that. How irony it was seeing the strong Okwonkwo was defeated by his own ego and later committing suicide.




Do internet bring harm?

In this new era of globalization world without limitation, internet is accessible to all people within a click. Nowadays, people can get information needed just on tips of their fingers and a question arise, “does the wide accessibilty on information on the internet will create problems? In my personal opinion, i believe it does because there will be leackage of personal information and one’s safety will be in dangerous state.


First and foremost, i believe there will be problems if people can access so much information about someone and try to do bad things to them such as blackmail them, humiliate them and use their personal information for their own good. As example, if one unconciously or cheated to give their information such as bank accounts and password or maybe personal media social and password on online, the person who have bad intentions will take all the money in the banks to use for their own needs without the victims know that the person is doing. Next, victim also will be blackmailed by the bad person by saying that they will post humialiting things such as pornography on the victim’s personal social media and If the victim doesnt want that to be happened, the victim must pay some amount of money for instance. When this happens, it is surely creating many problem that the victims have to deal with.


Furthermore, one’s safety will be in dangerous state because bad person will know exaxtly the place where one is at by surfing on the internet to get that information and maybe one will be kidnaped or raped. There is an app called ‘Swarmapp’ that allows one to share their locations with other people on social media such as twitter. When one shares his or her location on social media and says that he or she is all alone will attract people with bad attentions to go to his or her location and do bad things to them. With all the accessibilties on information lead the danger to one’s safety and also create problem or criminal things.


In a nutshell, when the information’s accessiblity is out of control can lead to more problem as the personal information leak and it also lead to the danger of one’s safety.

Essay #EC10


Humankind can’t continue their lives without desires. If one wants to be happy, surely, he has to discover his best desires that provide him a happy life. Some of these desires that help to continue our lives can be acceptance in our relationships, a good family life and strong social relations. Trying to satisfy these desires has a great meaning to achieve happiness for me.

To start with,  I have an obsession to expect people to accept my thoughts and manners in every situation. Yes, this is not a good characteristic and sometimes makes me an antipathic person but be accepted by someone do give me happiness. Besides, if I can manage to make someone love me, know my flaws but still accept all about me, in my opinion, that is the absolute happiness.

Furthermore, it seems to me that family is the basic source of happiness. Certainly, I can’t always be a good guy and sometimes I make them feel upset but I can’t stand seeing them upset. Therefore, I will try to do whatever it takes to make them happy. Consequently, when I see happy family faces, I feel deeply happy.

Next, having friends is one of the most meaningful aspects of life. I believe that one should have three very warm friends at least. For example, I can’t bear loneliness and if I couldn’t share all my heart with these warm friends, I believe that I could never be happy. As a consequence,  it will be worth improving your close relationships in order to be happy.

As conclusion, life is too short to be sad and despondent so FIND YOUR HAPPINESS!

Essay #EC9


Social media is a growing thing and has definitely enhanced our communication in many ways, like Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram and how it keeps people updated, and connecting with friends and family. Everything is this world has its pros and cons and social media is no exceptional. Social media on the other hand has also diminished that face-to-face connection between people.

In my opinion, social media is a great and wonderful invention that is very needed. I couldnt  imagine my life without it as Im studying far away from home. Social media helped me to keep in touch with my family, Skype for instance, making me feel closer to them. Back in the day when people living far away from each other, they didn’t have this advantage. Social media is very good in that way. It’s also very handy in the local community, like using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. By using these social media websites, there are many advantages like meeting people and getting reminded about important days and events that they might not have known. In my own experience, I used Instagram and Twitter as a platform to promote my birthday so that i could get more wishes.

However, social media has made people rely on social media for communication rather than face to face interaction, they are not developing the necessary social skills for real life situations. It makes people more vulnerable to social isolation. When you are online, you feel protected by the screen and this enables you to say things to people that you wouldn’t normally say in person, whatever they want, whenever they want. This allows cyber bullying takes place, which is not a very good form of communication.
Cell phones are seen everywhere and has become an obsession. We no longer want to go and visit a friend face to face we would rather just text over the phone and even when they want to call for their friends to come out from house, they rather texting them to do so instead of giving greet in front of theirs friends house. When friends go out, sitting in one same table, but their eyes are glued to their own cell phone.

Indeed, it is amazing how technology brings us closer to those who are  far away and makes us apart from people around us simultaneously.