LANKY Mohamad Zarul de Korte, 19, is all set to soar when he embarks on the next chapter of his life next week.
“I’m one of the lucky few who have been selected for a local airline’s cadet pilot training programme. It’ll be a 63-week course in Tugun, Queensland, with eight hours a day of ground and flight training.
“I’m very excited about the programme. It’ll hopefully be a chance for me to see the sights in Australia, and eventually travel around the world!” said the Sri Hartamas resident.
Zarul, as he is fondly called, said there would not be any homesickness or separation anxiety as the issues were already dealt with during his National Service (NS) stint in Miri, Sarawak, last year.
“My NS training turned out for the best because I gained exposure about the local people, culture and food.
“People were curious about my heritage, and it was fun getting to know my fellow NS friends who went by nicknames like Romeo, Boy and Bob, which stood for Badan Orang Besar!” said Zarul, who is of Malay-Dutch parentage.
The second of three siblings also likes to entertain people and make them laugh.
What do you like about KL?
The wide variety of food. Food is very important to me, and I must have my meat! I’m more open to trying local food now, like rice and dishes, after my NS training where I had nothing else but those to eat. I also like the KL atmosphere at night. It’s very breathtaking to see the buildings all lit up like candles.
What do you dislike about KL?
The large crowds, whether at shopping malls or in the LRT trains. I like my space - I’d rather be holed up in my room surfing the Internet or playing computer games than go to places with such crowds. I also dislike the general lack of cleanliness, with trash being left everywhere. I’d rather suffer than use the public toilets.
What’s your favourite food?
I’m not very picky about my food. If I’m at a Western restaurant, I’ll have a burger or sandwich. If I’m at an Italian place, it’s a pasta dish like spaghetti bolognese. I’d go for a nasi goreng pattaya or Indomie if I’m at a mamak, or beef teriyaki if I’m at a Japanese establishment. My favourite is Homst, a Chinese-Muslim restaurant located in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. I thought I’d hate it the first time my family went there, but it’s been my favourite ever since. My must-have items are rice with black pepper beef and deep fried sotong. My family goes to the restaurant at least once every fortnight, but I hope to make two more visits before I leave KL.
What do you do to relax?
Play sports like football or futsal. I’m a Manchester United supporter. My favourite player was Ruud van Nistelrooy until he retired; now it’s Wayne Rooney. I’ll support Holland during the World Cup, for many reasons that includes my dad being a Dutch. If I’m at home, I’d be playing computer and online games like Counter-Strike (CS) and Warcraft. First-person shooter games like CS are a great way to release stress. I also like being among my friends. With so many among my circle being away for classes or overseas, we get together whenever we can to reminisce about our school days or just catch up.
What’s your favourite place to hang out in KL?
Places close to home like Hartamas Square or Rasta, whether to sit around or watch football. It can get very competitive yet fun during a live football screening because my friends support other teams like Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
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