Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ray of Light

Do you sleep with the lights on? Not me. I need absolute darkness to sleep. But to do so is not wrong. It's just a habit - especially when you are too used to it. However, I'm sure most people sleep better with the lights off though. I can stand a little light but with the lights on full time, it will surely disturb my sleep (dah le susah nak tido malam!) and yours, whether you realise it or not. 

I may occasionally fall asleep with the lights on - most of the time it's because I'm really exhausted. Funnily enough, when nobody else is home, especially when Hubby's on the night shift or goes out lepaking, I prefer to sleep with the lights on (I'm referring to the bedside lamp). I figure with some light, it looks like someone's still up/at home (sometimes I leave the radio on too in that situation). It's not like I'm afraid of the dark or anything, it just makes me feel safer and protected knowing if something is not right (if you know what I mean), at least I can find my way out! Ha-ha.

In the end, it all goes back to what is more comfortable to you. Lights on or lights off - the choice is in your hands, except the former is gonna cost you a fortune on your electricity bill! So, get a lamp that comes with a timer or an energy saving bulb or something if you really need to sleep with the lights on. You can sleep well and save electricity at the same time! :)

p/s: Do you know that a fear of the dark phobia is called nyctophobia? It's an overwhelming fear of dark that causes intense and/or psychological distress. Find out more here. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jazz Chants

What is a jazz chant? For those who are unfamiliar with jazz chants, it is a fun and unique way of linking the rhythm of natural spoken language to the rhythm of music. It aims to help students to sound more natural when they speak English. In simpler words, it's like speaking in a rhythm.. and the best part is, there's no fixed/specific rhythm for every jazz chant text, thus, you can create one that suits your liking!

I learnt about jazz chants early on in my teaching career and found it helpful in developing speaking skills with my students. It's also a great way to kickstart a lesson. My students have always found it entertaining when I use jazz chants as my set induction - it helps them get ready for the lesson and the activities that follow. I soon found myself creating my own chants for different topics and using them with my classes regularly. Below are the videos of my students doing a jazz chant. It's the same chant but I turned it into a boys vs. girls thingy and whichever group that performed better got a reward in return. It's more fun that way hehe :)




You can use the chants in a variety fun ways, from practising stress and rhythm to learning different vocabulary and grammar. For instance, pre-teach the target words or grammar points prior to listening to the chant and get the students to identify those words as they listen and next, get them to sing along. To complement the chanting, I usually ask my students to clap their hands or tap their hands on the desk or even stomp their feet on the ground to get them into the rhythm. I'm sure they'll enjoy it. My students always do.

Try it.. you might be surprised.

p/s: Felt proud when I heard some of my students chanting one of the chants I've taught them when they saw me.

Friday, June 24, 2011

GNC Live Well Free Giveaway

Do you want free gifts from GNC?? Yup, GNC is giving away free gift of your choice to its first 5000 fans on Facebook. Not only that, registered fans are also entitled to a 50% off on GNC Live Well Mega Man or Women Ultra Mega Dietary Supplement.




So.. what are you waiting for?? Like the page and register NOW to redeem it! 

Click here to register. To redeem the gift all you gotta do is just print out the e-voucher and bring it to the participating outlets. BTW, I've redeemed mine yesterday heeeee besttt

Gold Taut bag and red sling bag (one for me and one for Hubby)

p/s: Thanks MZ for the info about this promo :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Kakak or Makcik?

I was working on a paperwork involving my female colleagues' full names and IC numbers when I realised that some of them are wayyyyy older than they look (this is a compliment ye)! For instance, I address a colleague I've always worked with 'Kak R******r' while in fact, she is retiring next year! And that itself means she's older than my mom! LOL

I guess it's a trend everywhere to address your older Malay female colleagues as 'Kakak' as it sounds, ehem, more polite and professional (since you consider them as your equal when it comes to job scope), unless we're about the same age or prefer to be referred to by just their names lah. I mean, just imagine your younger colleagues calling you 'Makcik' when you're in your 40s or 50s, suka tak?? Nak nak if you're not married yet. It just doesn't sound right!

When do you decide it's right to call a lady 'kakak' or 'makcik'??

p/s: Out of courtesy and to avoid confusion, I just address some of them as 'Mister', 'Miss' or 'Madam' je at times. Takpun 'Cikgu' (insertnamehere) or 'you'. Heh.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Time Ever

I called my mom and chatted with her over the phone the other day, and boy, it has been a while since we last talked! To be frank, I was never really that close to my mom during my younger and more vulnerable years but we grew closer once I got into college, so, yeah, I guess I appreciate her better now than I did in the past.

And so we talked about life, work,  families and friends till we reached a taboo subject. What subject? Pregnancy, of course! (last time it was marriage - she's against early marriage). We've never really talked about it openly before this, so I was kinda surprised when she brought up that subject. It was kinda subtle though. Is she implying that she wants grandchildren soon?? 

I guess there's a first time for everything.

p/s: Nak wat camne, Ma.. takde rezeki lagi...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Moonstruck!

Last Wednesday, I got to witness the lunar eclipse which occurs as the sun, earth and moon come in a straight line in which the alignment blocks sunrays over the moon. It was awesome! To be frank, I totally forgot all about it till one of my friends told me to stay up to catch a glimpse of the rare astronomical event at around 3 that morning! Apparently it lasted for over 5 hours and was the longest total lunar eclipse over a decade! I wish I have a telescope to see it better but it still looked good even with the naked eye. Did you see it too?

It started at about 1.30 and came to a total eclipse at about 4 and at that time I was damn sleepy so I dozed off right after everything waned to a total darkness, so, yeah, I missed the part when the moon restored to its original shade. Here are the pics of the moon that I managed to capture with hubby's Samsung Galaxy S (couldn't do it with my DSLR - funny eh?):

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Just as the earth casts its shadow over the moon..

Apart from Central and South Asia, the lunar eclipse was also seen in east Africa, the Middle East and west Australia. According to NASA, another total lunar eclipse will take place on December 11, 2011. Wow, is 2011 a year of eclipses or what?? Don't miss this awesome and unforgettable sight!

p/s: For fellow Muslims, click here for Panduan Solat Sunat Gerhana.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cats Do The Darndest Things

Perplexing. Yeah, that's what I'd say about a cat's behaviour at times. Do you know that one of my cats likes to chew my hair?? Righttt.. You might think I'm kidding. But I'm not. It doesn't hurt, by the way, but, why would he wanna do that??


Inilah budak yang suka gigit-gigit rambut I...

I was kinda curious so I googled it up. And surprise, surprise, it seems like I'm not the only one facing this 'problem'. According to this website, it's a 'natural feline behaviour' as kittens are used to groom their fur, their mother's and sibling's so it's only fair to say cats chew human's hair as a sign of trust and affection (does this mean my cat loves me? awwwwww!) It is also believed that they do so coz it eases their stress and relaxes them. (cats pun stressed out ke?? haha)

I think it's kinda cute but it's still weird, though.. don't you think so? It can be annoying sometimes especially when it comes to finding cat saliva in my hair! So, just like the website suggested, every time my cat does this I usually put him down and tap his nose gently and say 'No!' and he'll get the message. Other things you can do are to distract its attention with play or offer a toy as a substitute.

The website also said that some cats may stop chewing hair around age 2 but for others it's a lifelong habit, thus, early intervention is best. Well, I surely do hope that that does not apply to my Lil Berry (errrr, not that little anymore LOL)!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Seriously?!

I have never met such a self-centred, snobbish, obnoxious narcissist like you who seeks attention from others shamelessly with your vain and overly emotional FB statuses and pictures in an attempt for sympathy and admiration! Do you really have to do that? Do you? Do you???

I find it to be pathetic, really. It's almost like you're unstable and needy, that you have to constantly be the center of attention in any given situation, just because it makes you feel good about yourself. If there's one thing I've learnt from this, it is not to feed you attention, especially when you whine and complain incessantly and put others down when everything is really your own fault!

And stop copying me, you copycat! You're starting to get on my nerves! *grrr*

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bubye Hols, Please Come Back Soon

It's Monday and that could only mean one thing: blues, especially after my well-deserved two weeks' break. Found myself struggling while getting ready for work/school this afternoon. I feel like a student all over again, dreading the first day of school after the long holidays especially when I was just getting used to waking up and staying up really late and spending my days watching drama series and doing nothing much. How I wish I am one right now. Less burden, less responsibility, and all I care about is me, myself and I. The world can even end and I couldn't care less. I don't know why kids nowadays wanna grow up and be adults so fast. What's the fun in that??

Anyhu, the first day of work isn't that bad after all once you get in the mood and get the hang of them. I usually go to work 10 or 15 minutes earlier on my first day back and organise my day by familiarising myself with the workplace and usual work - paperwork, marking, planning lessons etc. I'll also take it easy on the first day and try not to stress myself too much. This allows me to ease up into work schedule mode. Try it. Who knows, once you get back in the swing of things, you'll probably be happy to be in a routine again (not for me though ha-ha!)

How do you prepare yourself for work after a long break??