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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Memories of 5sn/lk 2009

This video is specially dedicated to my beloved students of 5sn/lk 2009. You have occupied a very special place in my heart. Thank you for the unforgettable memories. They will be forever cherished in my heart.

Some people come into your life, leave footprints,

and you will never be the same...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Things that made me happy today.

1. Waking up early after a good 8 hours of sleep.

2. Tommy,my doting cat, greeted me the moment i opened my bedroom door and licked my toe.

3. The smell of Anais-Anais Cacharel eu de toilette on my skin after the quick morning shower.

4. The new route i took to school - its the Kangar-Seriab-Marhom Kayang - Kuala Perlis road.The view is to die for -

5. The girls greeting me with their gigglish smile the moment i parked my car and helping me to carry my things.

6. Another important task accomplished.

7. My favourite dish on the menu - cendawan goreng tepung and telur bistik!

8. A wonderful lunch at KFC Kuala Perlis with the gigglish girls-gossipping, teasing each other and laughing till our tummy hurt....followed by another lunch at KFC Kangar(what?2 dates in a row at KFC?Have u lost ur mind,zill?),this time around with a close buddy-Suhaila. We shared stories about life,teaching,coaching and exchanged opinions on how to improve our panel for better. Sounds like mean business, but more of a cathartic woman to woman talk. need that kind of conversation every once in a while to keep our sanity alive...and i did leave the KFC restaurant with a wide smile on my face....

9. Completing level 33 of 'Farm Mania'.

10.A simple but satisfying dinner with my hubby beloved and danial.........

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Grade of A+ for SPM.....

As we read in the New Straits Times recently (October 3, 2009), a new system will be used to grade all papers in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination starting this year. This development is in line with the appointment of Tan Sri Muhyiddin as a Minister of Education.The Education Ministry announced that a new grade of A+, followed by A, A-, B+, B, C+, C,D, E and G for those who fail. It will replace the previous A1, A2 or B3, B4, 5C, 6C, 7D, 8E and 9G

Below is an excerpt from the star newspaper.

PETALING JAYA: A new grading system for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) will be implemented from this year.
Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said the change would provide a detailed breakdown of excellent candidates who obtained grade As in the examination.
“The change means there will now be a new grade of A+. Previously, the highest grade possible in the SPM was 1A,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Under the present system, students are graded as 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5C, 6C, 7D, 8E and 9G while the new grades would be from A+ to G .
Alimuddin said the change was based on feedback from various quarters that the existing system did not provide a more detailed breakdown of excellent students.
“The change in the grading system will enable more qualified candidates to be chosen for training programmes and new scholarships, such as the one announced by the Prime Minister recently,” he said.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said in June that a new category of Public Services Department scholarships would be introduced next year based purely on merit, regardless of race.
Alimuddin said the Cabinet approved the change in the grading system last month.
“This will not affect the examination at all as it only involves a change in the grades given,” he said.
He said school principals have been directed to explain the new grading system to students sitting for the SPM this year.

Well, students, what do you think...?

Sunday, October 11, 2009


here's wishing all the best of luck for all the form 3 PMR candidates.......
hope to see you all in form 4 next year!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Phenomenal Teacher

i know a phenomenal teacher.

She was wonderful. working with the kids has been the best part of her job.

She was one of those teachers who reached her students heart, which went beyond classroom environment.

She made a difference not just in the classroom but to her student's personal lives too.

Times spent in her classroom was always cheerful and filled with laughter. Jokes were cracked all the time not only through her, but also through her innovative approach to reach our hearts and intellectual minds.

She was a compassionate and caring person.

She has great impact on students as she demonstrated genuine empathy, support and kindness.

She didn't teach us what to think, but rather how to think.

She took risks and changed our perception about failure.

She was truly PHENOMENAL!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

facts i just figured....

* Low Choon Pei could solve the rubic cubic puzzle in 29 seconds

*I made a stupid blunder by presenting Min Jun a table clock on his birthday today. for the Chinese, its a taboo to present a watch or clock on someone's birthday as it would mean 'sending' him away..please excuse my ignorance MJ.

* MJ is 17 today. But according to the Chinese(as told by Chiawei), you need to add another year, making MJ 18 today. Being 18 makes MJ eligible to do what other 18-year-old does-like smoking, driving, and what not......

*My acerAspire4810TG is a stupid investment..(Thanks 4 d info, Zealis....)

*Eating Nasi Ayam at Radix Chicken House cost me only RM3.90...

Saturday, August 15, 2009


As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big 'F' at the top of his papers. At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last.
However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise. Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... he is a joy to be around..' His second grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.' His third grade teacher wrote, 'His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest, and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken.' Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class.'
By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself.. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, 'Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to..'
After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her 'teacher's pets..' A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.
Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in life. Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honours. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favourite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.
Then four more years passed and yet another letter came.. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favourite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer.... The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD. The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring.
Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs.. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together. They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, 'Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.' Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, 'Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you.' (Teddy Stoddard is the Doctor at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Parable of the merchant

Once upon a time there was a rich merchant who had four wives. He loved the fourth wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.
He also loved the third wife very much. He was very proud of her and always wanted to show her off to his friends. However, the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away with some other man.
He also, loved his second wife. She is a very considerate person, always patient and in fact is the merchant’s confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his second wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times.
Now, the merchant’s first wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.
One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself, “Now I have four wives with me. But when I die, I’ll be alone. How lonely I’ll be!” Thus, he asked the fourth wife, “I loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“No way!” replied the fourth wife and she walked away without another word.
The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant’s heart.
The sad merchant then asked the third wife, “I have loved you so much for all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“No!” replied the third wife. “Life is so good over here! I’m going to remarry when you die!” The merchant’s heart sank and turned cold.
He then asked the second wife, “I always turned to you for help and you’ve always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!” replied the second wife. “At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.” The answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was devastated.
Then a voice called out: “I’ll leave with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go. “The merchant looked up and there was his first wife.
She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the merchant said, “I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!”
Actually, we all have four wives in our lives…. The fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it’ll leave us when we die.
Our third wife? Our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others.
The second wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we’re alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.
The first wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material wealth and sensual pleasure. Guess what? It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. Perhaps it’s a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it NOW rather than to wait until we’re on our death bed to lament.

From author unknown.

Happiness will keep you behave sweetly. Challenge will keep you strong. Sorrow will keep you human. Failure will keep you modest. Success will keep you passionate, but only your attitude and loyalty which will keep you moving forward

Saturday, July 18, 2009

don't wannabe COMMON,ORDINARY people

it's a beautiful Saturday morning. the weather is salubrious. a perfect day for a picnic. at bukit ayaq? just as you are trying to guide your kid into the crystal clear cascading water, the corner of your eyes would catch a glimpse of a young couple behind that heavy boulder in a "compromising position" you couldn't help but wondering,what the ----, only to discover that the girl is from one of your form four classes that you don't quite recognize her initially as she's not wearing her head scarf she normally wears to school.......

shopping at tesco perhaps. the crowd is so thick that you have to weave through them in the sweltering heat as the air conditioning system fails to serve its duty due to the excessive heat. rubbing shoulders with common people while shuffling and squeezing your way through the jostling crowd just to get that RM9.99 1,0kg MILO.

or sitting in your car listening to the nonsense babble of SY, KE andKyrill on 97.1 SINAR.fm while searching for that empty parking spot which seems non existence in that underground car park at the STAR parade even after the 18th round of what seems to be a hopeless hunt....
or making your way to that newly opened shopping mall in the centre of Aloq Staq with the incessant noise of engines created by traffic inching its way through the crowded streets, not to mention the blare of horns and the screeching of brakes...( it's the MEGA SALE! Malaysia is on SALE people!! hurry! or u won't get that 75%discount on the 330 thread count bedspread...)

or maybe spending your morning eating roti canai at Restoran Juliana, suffocating yourself in the thick cigarette smoke coming from that man behind you.(pak cik!there's a no-smoking sign on the wall you are leaning on. would you mind..). while sitting there waiting for your drinks to come, you sit patiently and stare in disbelief at those taxi drivers who entered just 3 minutes ago and wolla! there goes your roti canai and nescafe tarik on their table. and you keep calling the waiters to remind them of your order, and they replied back by assuring you that your roti canai is "on the way"....sigh......

that's so typical with ORDINARY people.....
ORDINARY occurrence in ORDINARY life of COMMON people.

Me? well. i will just sit here in front of my 4 year old 16inch acer laptop and monitoring my friends update on facebook and twitter, admiring their hectic schedule and envying their family trips to almost every nook and crook of the world, trying my best to keep my sanity alive with those video posts on youtube and metacafe and once in a while updating the school's blog on Maxis Cyberkids portal. when i grow tired of that, i will attend to my students' essays, marking and annotating every serious grammatical errors which doubled and tripled with every line, (trust me. it won't last long. i cease to continue after 3 scripts...zzzzz)
later, i will enter my humble kitchen and open the fridge,just to check what's for lunch? today's menu - " kangkong goreng belacan, sup ayam kampung, ikan temenung goreng kunyit, ulam pucuk petai cicah sambal belacan....mmm! that's scrumptious enough for the three of us.....( it's been a while since we last had our dining out. the experience of dining out here in kangar was substandard. the service was bad. the food was tasteless and unappetizing. the waiters were obnoxious!grr..)
i will settle myself by spending quiet times at home. encapsulating myself in front of this inferior lap top, listening to my favourite radio station-91.0mix.fm while stroking tommy, our family cat; once a while checking my roses, orchids and cactus.

man, life is GREAT. at least to me , it IS.

i don't have to be ORDINARY. don't have to be like COMMON folks. i won't settle down for less.

........i ain't much, but i'm all i got......