Tuesday, April 27, 2010

'Cikgu' or 'Teacher'?

On my way to the staff room...

Student 1: "Selamat pagi, cikgu"
I nodded.
Student 2: "Eh, itu bukan cikgu, itu teacher bah!"
Student 1: "Oh, ya kan.. Good morning, teacher"
For once I was speechless.

Apa 'cikgu' dengan 'teacher' tak sama ke??? Tak paham aku budak-budak ni! =p

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sung Siew Drama Production

Script by: Audrey Chin
Editted by: Mdm. NRH M. Amin
Directed by: Arthur Tan
 Co-directed by: Charles Anthony
Teachers in charge: Mdm. NRH & Ms. Rachel Chung


Cast:
Evangeline -  Brenda Ang
Andrew - Kevin Khoo
Christopher - Arthur Tan
Mayor Edward Waldorf - Charles Anthony
Mrs. Mary Waldorf - Beatrice Orissaderi
Rosalie - Michelle Tek
Alice - Tang Sarah Joyce
Robert - Liong Man Kien
Mrs. Woodsen - Nursyaza Edmira
Doctor - Nursyaza Edmiza
Narrator #1 - Sandra Dee
Narrator #2 - Rachel Pang


Crew:
Props Master - Shawn Ian
Lights Technician - Dillon Fredrick
Music Technician - Kashwini Kalayarasu

"Evangeline is a proud and arrogant daughter of the Mayor and his wife. She is about to marry her fiance, Christopher, but it's not easy as it may seem. Andrew, the housemaid's son, has feelings for her too, but being a cripple, he only keeps it to himself. But things change when he finds out that Christopher has been taking drugs and is marrying Evangeline with ulterior motives. Bit by bit, the deep dark secret of his origins starts to unveil. Does he know what the Mayor has in store for him? Is Evangeline prepared for the shock of her life? Out of unspeakable deceit, betrayal and prejudice, this is a story filled with suspense, intensity, hope and even joy."

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mistakes Breed Success

Just as Rome was not built in one day, success is not free and does not come easy as there is a price to pay, but it's worth the effort. Wouldn't it be nice if it does? Unfortunately, it's not. It takes consistency, determination, perseverance, willpower and WORK. Whatever you do, you've got to work for it and earn it. As George Bernard Shaw once said, "Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." The main point here is, we must learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others, and make experience our best teacher. Mistakes and experiences teach us more than our triumphs, IF we're willing to learn. The more we learn, the wiser we become.

Even so, there are people who go out of their way to avoid risk and fear of making mistakes. Well, don't. Okay, I know that some don't like failing.. but, listen - we make mistakes because we're human, and being so, we aren't perfect. To surrender before you even begin is a cowardly act. The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad once said that "only those who are asleep make no mistakes." Are you asleep?? Wake up now!! Learn and understand the fact that life has its downturns. We need to endure the hardships of the bad times in order to eventually reach the good ones. Do not be bitter over life's disappointments as it's a sign telling us we've got to change and improve ourselves or risk losing everything that we hold dear. Without it, how would we know what we need to work on?

It's a long hard road to success, unless you're willing to try to overcome whatever obstacles you encounter on your way there. Stay focused and be realistic. The choice is in your hands.


p/s: So, my dear students, now I hope you'd be able to understand the reasons behind all those homework, exams, tests, projects, presentations and my constant nagging =)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Trust Issues

"Love shatters when 
there is no trust"

Do you agree with me? Without trust, even the strongest relationship will fail. Building trust takes time, and when it does, there's no guarantee that it's gonna stay that way forever. We have to constantly nurture it. Undeniably, some people just have a hard time trusting people. Thus, always having to justify our actions and constantly being questioned can be tiring and frustrating at times. Here are some tips on how to build trust in relationships.

First, STOP BEING SELFISH. Focusing only on your needs will cause the relationship to stagnate. Discuss about what's best for the both of you. Empathize - think of how you might feel if you're in their shoes. So stop fussing over your jealousy or insecurity, or you'll end up feeling more miserable. 

Next, you need to LISTEN. Sometimes truth hurts, but avoiding it only makes it worse. Things happen for a reason, so it's not fair to continually blame your partner for what happened. Don't make assumptions even if you don't agree with his or her action. Learn to understand and explore all the possibilities before jumping to conclusions.

Also, BE HONEST. Start speaking the truth about your needs and expectations. Let them be known and don't hide it inside. Release your frustrations and then, that's it. By putting less time on the negative side, you'll be happier.

Lastly, BE SPECIFIC. Focus on the now and don't compare it with past experiences. Thinking of what happened before will divert you from your current problem/issue and will further inhibit trust. Sometimes we just need to let go! Don't let the past rule your thoughts and judgement.. the past is past.

All in all, we can see that effective communication is the key in building trust and sustaining relationships. I know that it's easier said than done, but work it out together. After all it takes two to tango righttt? ;)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sun, Sand and Surprises!

I've been wanting to write about this for a while. I just have to say: I love Bali! The warmth of the beaches, the colours and diversity of the cultures, and the magnificent views never fail to impress me, leaving me gaping in awe. By the way, this is meant to be our first real honeymoon. We've been planning this for a long time now. Nothing beats spending every minute with my beloved on a beautiful island! Five days were just not enough and we did not want to come back home to reality! But at least, we got to experience many things on the island that can't be found anywhere else. Here are the best pictures from our March vacation:
Taman Ayun Temple
Feeding the monkeys
Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
Tanah Lot (land & sea) Temple
Romantic dinner at Jimbaran Beach.. the sunset and dinner were awesome!
Barong Dance
4-hour spa experience 
Lunch on the hillside - crispy duck
Mount Batur, an active volcano - last eruption was 10 years ago
Kecak Dance over dinner
The famous Kuta Beach.. cantik giler!
Parasailing
Jet-skiing
Ngurah Rai International Airport


So you see.. there are a lot of things you can do over there - a bit of tour, beach, shopping and spa sum up all the best things of Bali. It's perfect for couples and a great place for families. It's also cheap and the people are very welcoming and friendly. I found the trip to be one of the most rewarding trips of my life. Anyone who has travelled there will know what I'm talking about =)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Up, Up and Away

Some time ago, travelling by air has been an exciting and ineffable experience for me, but not anymore, I guess, since I've been travelling back and forth to KL/Sabah. Dah rasa macam naik bas pulak, only bigger! If possible, I wanna reach the destination as quickly as I can. Oh! If only teleportation existed. By then, we would be spared from all the hassle of travelling and preparing for it. Have you ever noticed that you do ten times the amount of work you would normally do prior to travelling by air? Travelling by air means putting in lots of extra hours so you can actually jump on a plane and get out of town. You have to purchase the tickets weeks or months earlier, pack your luggage and tag them accordingly, be early at the airport for check-in, arrange transportation and the list goes on..

Don't get me wrong, I love travelling and seeing places. I just don't like the amount of preparation I need to do beforehand. After all, I am the 'pack-and-go' type of person. If there's one thing I've learnt, it's that spontaneity is genius! 


Anyhu, here are a few tips I've put together on planning for air travel:

1. Plan your journey to ensure a hassle-free travel. Book the tickets well in advance after finding the best airline and the cheapest price. Look out for sales and travel deals on their websites. Also, consider the date and time of flights as they are typically busy on certain days and times. Besides that, do consider your seat - aisle, middle or window seat when purchasing tickets. Where you seat in the plane matters.


2. If possible pack your own bag and try not to exceed the allowance given if you don't wanna pay extra for them! Also, tag your luggage for easy identification. My mom taught me to tie a bright-coloured ribbon at the handle. It works so far! :)

3.Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the airport, considering traffic congestion and other transportation-related problems. Once, I had to book another flight though I'd arrived at the check-in counter only a few minutes late!

4. Register at the airline's website so that you can check for any last-minute delays or alert. Usually they'll text you directly to your cellphone.

5. You can now check in from home on the internet. Convenient eh? If you do, make sure to print and bring the boarding pass with you. However, you still need to be at the airport 1-2 hours before departure to deposit your luggage. And don't worry about printer problem or whatsoever coz you can always go to the counter for a new boarding pass. It happened to me once :) Also, ensure that you have all of the necessary documents at hand. Jangan tak pepasal nanti tertinggal IC la.. tertinggal pasport la.. satu hal pulak nak ambil dari rumah!


6. Be reminded that international flights don't allow us to carry liquids any more than 100ml on board. Once, I had to empty my drinking bottle I brought from home at the security checkpoint! Terlupa punya pasal.. maklum la jarang pegi overseas, coz for local flights takpe!


7. Be aware of the time ESPECIALLY when you need to be at the gate. Don't wait for the boarding call. Be there on time. Nanti tak pasal-pasal glamour kena announce satu airport! lol

8. Drink plenty of water on board to prevent dehydration. For contact lens wearers, opt for spectacles instead. This is due to the dry atmosphere on the plane. Also, wear suitable clothes and shoes for optimal comfort on board.


9. If you're going overseas, ensure that you've exchanged some currency and bring it with you. Some countries do not allow visitors to enter their countries without a certain amount of money. Check beforehand. Having certain credit cards also helps.


10. Based on my experience, I advise you not to bring a lot of hand luggage. It'll be a hassle and an inconvenience especially if you need to walk a long distance in the airport to reach various key areas including departure gates, baggage belts or connecting flights. There's a potential risk of it being stolen too. Also, never ever let strangers to look after or handle your luggage. Many people may seem nice, but have ulterior motives. So keep the luggage with you at all times. It's always better to be safe than sorry.


All in all, the choice is in your hands. A little thought on the matters stated above will guarantee a smooth journey for you and others travelling (insyallah). Happy flying! :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sick and Tired

Why does time fly so fast when you're super duper knackered?? It's only Sunday but I've already felt the blues... Nothing beats lying in bed and sleeping it off.. I want a longer weekend! This week has been very exhausting and a bit overwhelming. Though I was off sick last Monday, the cough and flu never really cease. It sticks throughout the entire week, causing moodiness and fatigue. This is the sickest I've been in years. Nothing helps but time. Working on the weekend does not help either. But it's not as if we can avoid it whatsoever. There's meeting.. luncheon.. camp.. daily drama practice.. talks.. classes.. marking.. and more and more paperwork to be done! Urrgghh.. Thinking about the next weekend (bowling match plus tuition) and the following weekend (drama competition) makes me sicker and not better!

I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. I feel awful and I want to get better NOW. No medicines appear to be helping. My throat is still scratchy and and my nose still stuffed, but thankfully.. I'm on the mend.. but still.. urghh.. Will my misery ever end?

Hmmm...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Coffee Break with My Girls

I'll just let the pictures do the talking here :)

Double delight ice cream... How sinful!!
Sugar high!! lol
Elcy! What are you trying to do??!
Secret Recipe's caramel macchiato.. yum yum
Kak Dayana and I.. Peace!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Going to the Extreme

Born a Sagittarian, I just love adventures. Trying out new things or experiencing new journey enthral me. In other words, I like putting myself at risk, challenging myself, pushing my limits and shattering my boundaries. By doing so I get some inexplicable satisfaction and invigorating sensation, knowing I can do or achieve anything if I set my heart on it.

Well, nothing gets the adrenaline pumping faster than doing extreme sports! Without a doubt, diving from a plane or jumping from a bridge is not a task for the faint-hearted. Are you brave and confident enough to do these?


1) Bungee Jumping
This has got to be the craziest thing I've ever tried, but the best adrenaline rush you could possibly imagine! Imagine looking down at the raging river some 150 feet below and your heart starts pounding against your chest. "To jump or not to jump?", the question lingers in your mind.. and before you realise it, the jumpmaster counts to three and off you go! The jump is exhilarating and the euphoric feeling is immediate. But perhaps the best part is flying back through the air at the apex of rebound. A truly memorable experience!



2) Swoop
Hear, hear.. You are raised 40 metres high in the air in sacks/cocoons. Then, one person will pull the ripcord and the next thing you know, you'll be swinging from one side to another up to 130kmph. The swoop towards the ground makes my heart beating so fast as though it's going to jump out of my chest! Seriously! Are you game? Hohoho.


3) Zorbing
Zorbing requires us to ride inside a big inflatable transparent ball which is then rolled down the hill at high speed. How wacky! Anyhu, you can choose to ride Zydro (wet - where water is added inside - trust me, this is more fun) or Zorbit (dry). Do not hesitate or worry, it's perfectly safe! If you ask me, I'd love to do this again!



4) Sky Swing
This is a whole new level of swing that we normally see at the playground. You are harnessed in the seat/swing 50 metres above ground level and at the pull of chord you are plummeted into the air, with Rotorua City spread out far beneath. The views are amazing! I love it, it's just great! Strongly recommended.


5) Snowboarding
I tried this at Mount Ruapehu, NZ and it wasn't as easy as it may seem. The hard part for beginners is to balance yourself on the board as both your feet are attached to it. I kept on falling while trying to slide on the board and bruised my body all over as a result! And guess what? The only way to stop is to make yourself fall to the ground!

 

6) Parasailing
I tried this quite recently, when we were in Bali. At first I dunno whether I wanna do it or not, simply because it's quite expensive.. but after much thought I changed my mind and glad that I did! I love it when I was in the air, you just gotta love the views. It was awesomeee~




I love life and I embrace every life experience that I've had, but if there's one thing that I've always wanted to do: it has to be SKYDIVING! I don't know why I wanted to but I think it's a very exciting and liberating sport like no other. So face your fears.. let's join for the fun and stay for the challenge!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Pet Sisters

Let's take a walk down the memory lane for a bit...


When I was in Standard Two or Three, I had a pet sister in school. Yes, would you believe that?? It was like a trend back in the old days. This pet sister or brother is supposed to like us and wants to 'adopt' us as their own brother or sister. Usually the age gap is between two to three years. Funny eh? It wasn't then (but it is now lol I mean, you can just be friends instead of 'bro' or 'sis').

Mine was called Kak Eliza. She was in Standard Five (or Six) when she 'adopted' me. She called me 'Nora', as she claimed that my name's too long and a bit complicated to pronounce. Ha-ha. Being the lil sis, terima sajalah.. bukan senang nak berkakak-kakak angkat ni!


As far back as I could remember, she was very matured for her age, tall, slender and tan-skinned. She had a brother named Haikal. She used to live in Kamunting, Taiping but now I'm not so sure anymore. I mean, it's been a very long time and we've lost contact. The thing I remember most about her is her caring personality. Then, she had always made sure that I eat during recess time, helped me with my homework and sometimes we hung out together at the mall.  In school, she was one of the prefects and was in the smartest class. I kinda made her my idol during those days. It was fun, actually, mainly because I don't have any sister myself.


When I was in Form One, I had another pet sister and she's called Kak Zai, one year my senior. She's small, petite and pretty quiet but I like her all the same. In those days, we always write letters to one another (ha-ha) and sometimes we had recess together. We lost contact when I transferred to another school/district. But I never forget to send her birthday or raya cards annually coz I know she never changed her kampung address. I heard that she's now a nurse somewhere in Melaka. All the best for ya, sis!


I did 'adopt' a younger pet sister too. Her name is Ziella. She used to be my neighbour when I lived in Taiping. It has been many many years now, but we still keep in touch. Last time when we were young we used to play together (esp. Power Rangers, they were so famous back then) since we were the only girls around the area, the rest were boys. I was the Yellow Ranger as I'm more boyish unlike her who's ladylike, and that's why she was the Pink Ranger. We held our very first singing competition (longggg before AF, AI and whichever reality tv shows) and played rounders and broke a few windows (that's gotta be a record). Oh, the good old days! Just thinking about this tickles my funny bones! We were so young! :p


I hope I will have the chance to meet these people again one day. I don't know how but I hope I could. :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ten.

Hubby, we're ten months old today! 


For others the 10-month anniversary might be insignificant, but for me it isn't. Every minute counts when he's far away.. I'm in Sabah and he's in KL. It's already so hard seeing him only on monthly basis.  It's a cruel, cruel world to face on your own.. I really wish you were here, Hubs.

So let our love never go away.. let our lives will always be interesting and full of happiness. May our tender bond grow with passing time, holding strong amidst all fears. Amin.

Love you to bits, honey!


p/s: Happy 1st birthday to Lil' Mawar

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Unwell.

Just came back from my short weekend getaway and hell, I was sick as a dog! For a few days, I suffered from flu, cold, sore throat, chesty cough, high fever and stomach ache. Oh, the agony of it all!

I really hate getting sick because it just takes the wind right out of my sail. It makes me feel uncomfortable and groggy all the time. I know that everybody will get sick and there's just not much we can do about it, or.. is there any? When I do get sick, I do what everyone else does: drink plenty of water, take my medication and get lots of rest, and usually it will last for a couple of days. Actually, I've been planning to do a lot of things this week, but unfortunately I won't be able to do so. Oh well, the good thing is that I can spend more time for myself resting and bumming around!

The worst part is to call the employer to tell that I'm unable to go to work because of illness (just because everything must be in black and white!) But going to work is particularly painful when you're sick. Normally, I like my job. But when I'm miserably heaving over the toilet and sweating profusely while thinking about my upcoming lessons, it kinda wear me out. I also hate it when other people complain of others being sick.. The reality is, some people DO get sick so they don't need anyone making them feel worse okay! 

So, take care of yourself! After all, no one likes to be sick (though some may use it as an excuse, and that just makes it bad when you really do become ill and no one believes you). Get ready to face all those viruses and bacteria at the first sign of a scratchy throat, the sniffles or a rise in body temperature! Remember to eat healthily and exercise regularly as they always go hand in hand. But, of course, it's easier said than done!


p/s: Happy Belated Birthday, Sue and Lil' Isyraf! 

Friday, April 2, 2010

Not Around!

Life's kinda hectic lately and I believe I needed a well-deserved break from everything, especially work. I'm away for the weekends, just in case you're wondering! Hubby is in Sabah so we'd decided to go off on an island trip... just a few weeks after our Bali trip! Ha-ha. Tapi kalau tak jalan rasa rugi okay. So, yeah.. why not?

Support Malaysia's tourism! Go Cuti-cuti Malaysia! Will update more later, with heaps and heaps of pictures! Currently I'm kinda occupied with snorkelling, sunbathing and beach strolling, AND I don't wanna miss a thing! :p
Mabul Island
See ya.