Friday, July 29, 2011

Coffee on the Go

I'm a coffee addict and frankly speaking, I can't go on a day without my caffeine fix. For health reasons, I'm starting to reduce my daily intake to only a cup a day but sometimes I just can't help it I will drink more.. When you gotta drink, you got to drink!


The thing is sometimes I find myself really lazy to make one, plus, I prefer the cold ones and as a result I always end up buying the canned ones in bulk. If you really like coffee as much as I do, then, you gotta try Suntory Boss Luxury Time! It comes in many types but I like mocha best. Whenever I'm on the go, it's my best friend! The best thing about it is you can buy it in bulk and have it at any time of the day, anywhere without hassle and it never goes stale! ;)

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Exam papers to set..
Mountainous books to mark..
Meetings and courses to attend..
Lessons to plan and carry out..
Data to key in..
Teaching aids to create..
Paperwork to complete..
Places to go and people to see..
And list just goes on and on and on and onnnnnnnnn!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hemorrhoids

Have you ever experienced hemorrhoids (or buasir in Malay)? I have.. it was pretty recent to be honest.

What is a hemorrhoid? A hemorrhoid is a situation where there are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. You can hardly sit, move, walk and even sleep! It hurts even more when you go to the loo. The experience was agonising and the pain was unbearable - hanya Tuhan je yang tahu..

So how do you deal with them? Firstly, it is good to know the root of the problem. Hemorrhoids can be caused by hard stool so it's of utmost importance for us to drink lotsa water and eat a lot of fibre to soften them. Another way is to use natural remedies like my FIL suggested. All you need are coconut meat (isi kelapa), a few spoonfuls of vinegar and palm sugar. Mix well and eat it about 2 to 3 times a day and voila!, your hemorrhoids will be gone in a jiffy (I ate a spoonful of the mixture before I went to bed the other night and woke up pain-free the following morning!)

Don't worry, though, for it is not a serious ailment. Gradually, it'll subside normally in a matter of days or a week. The question is: how long are you willing to wait??

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Station Games

I went to a course on teaching literature the other day and I found one of the activities to be really interesting and stimulating. When it comes to teaching poems or short stories, you can organize station games with your students to engage them in whichever literature component you're focusing on, provided that the class will be in control at all times. Trust me, it can be really chaotic. 

There are at least five activities you can carry out at your station games:
  1. True-False statements - list down about 10 - 12 statements and let the students decide whether it's right or wrong!

  2. Sequence arrangement - this activity requires the students to fully comprehend the literature component and have good memorisation technique!

  3. Matching words with its meanings - if the students can't match it, they don't understand the component at all.

  4. Quiz - I like to do this with my students - everyone would be, like, eager to answer as many questions as possible within the limited time frame!

  5. Spelling - get the students to spell every word right!
Let's say you're doing the poem "The River'' or "Mr Nobody" - get all the materials ready beforehand. Place them in an envelope. Next, divide your students into groups of 4 or 5. There will be a facilitator at each station and each group has to complete all the tasks at each station within the time limit. They will only move to the next station (clockwise/anti-clockwise, you decide) when they're instructed to. The group which manages to get the highest points collectively will be named the winner!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

And the bird has finally decided to leave its mark.... on my windscreen!!

Do you see what I see? Kurang asam punya burung!
Totally speechless!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Laksa Mania

Who would have travelled far just to eat a bowl of assam laksa?? I would, hehe, especially if it's Jusco Mid Valley's assam laksa :)



The laksa is served in spicy and sour fish flakes soup, garnished with chopped onions, cucumbers, pineapple and bird's eye chillies (the usual). Words cannot describe how yummy and tasty the laksa is. Although its portion has reduced considerably over the years, its taste is very authentic and richly flavoured. Being reasonably priced at RM5.90 (ala-carte), you can also choose the set for the price of RM8.90 which comes with a soya bean drink and dessert for value for money.

The cafe used to be my fav spot when I was doing my foundation nearby. It is located at the Home and Living department on the second floor. Besides laksa, they also serve a variety of local food such as nasi lemak, nasi pulut ayam, tomyam etc. 

If you happen to visit Jusco Mid Valley, you must try it! The laksa smells very good, even from afar - you can't miss it! ;)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Working On A Saturday

It's a working Saturday for me for the past few weeks or so (4 consecutive Saturdays to be exact, excluding the ones before the mid-year hols), I have to complain! Whatever happened to the 1st and 3rd Saturday being declared a holiday??

What do we normally do on these days?? Well, meetings, courses, sports practices, Open Day, Sports Day, Marathon Day, co-curricular meeting, oh you name it! Even though as teachers we only work half-day - as everyone always claims (not all the time though), it's still unfair for those who have families for their family time has been cut off on Saturday. Some teachers even bring their kids to work on that day just because their babysitters only take care of the children on weekdays! Plus, it's very hard for us to plan a weekend getaway or the like when something always gets in the way - which makes it really annoying!

I can't help but feel the current administration really needs to improve on their humanistic knowledge. We are not robots. We have feelings and we know how to feel tired. We want to have a normal weekend with our family, even though we're single or don't have kids. A fellow colleague once said: "Kita sibuk jaga anak orang, tapi anak sendiri tak terjaga!"

I was like.. "That is soooooo true!"

p/s: Luckily, there's no school activity whatsoever this Saturday. I'm going back to Hubby's hometown to eat durian.. Yahoooooo!

Bed Linens

I loveeeee shopping for bed linens! My favourite store would be Aussino and IKEA. They have a variety of nice affordable linens. I love their combination of cute and abstract designs and of course, the ever soft comfy materials, I keep coming back for more! Aussino stores always have sales and as a member, I got a further 15% discount with every purchase. Awesome right??


Anyhu, how often do you change your bed linens? Ideally, it should be changed once a week or a fortnight if you wanna keep it clean, fresh and germ-free, but seriously, how many people actually do that? I think once a month is more likely. As for me, the solution to my laziness has got to be Febreeze Anti Bacterial (promote ni!). It really works well in keeping the linens (and the whole house) smelling nice and getting rid of all those nasty germs!

Besides that, there are other ways to keep your linens smell good. For instance, you can use fabric softeners in the wash (I use Downy!) and dry them on an outdoor clothesline. Other alternatives include adding a cup of baking soda or vinegar in the rinse cycle. This will make your linens smell fresh and clean without added fragrance. Anyhow, I've never tried this before. Have you? What's it like?

I don't know about you, but for me, words cannot describe how wonderful it feels to sink into freshly washed and clean smelling bed linens especially after a long day at work!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Maybe

I feel like I'm........
Maybe I really am........?
I have all the symptoms,
I have all the signs
But I'm not really sure
I dare not check, I dare not ask
For I might be wrong, for I might be asking too much
I've fallen once
I'm afraid I might fall again
I'm worried about the future..
Is there still hope for me?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What A Snob!

When you're working in the environment which requires you to deal with a lot of people, I guess it's unacceptable when there are others who think they're superior than others that they look down upon others. Hellooo, who do you think you are? Do you really think that ranks and posts really determine who you are?

Just because you're my senior doesn't make me your tool to channel out your superiority. Up until now, whatever I did, I did it out of courtesy and respect, not exactly because I'm willing to be your slave. Don't belittle me, for I can be your nightmare!

I know that I can be a bit slow at things, but I'm still learning to be good at what I'm doing. I can accept criticism but not non-constructive ones, especially when you keep yapping at me about how slow I am, how bad I am, yadda yadda yadda.. If you're so good, why didn't you do it yourself?? It can save you your saliva and maintain your blood pressure. I'm sure at your age now, you shouldn't be fussing over little things anymore!

p/s: Bila terserempak, kita senyum kat dia, dia buat dekkk aje. Bagus sangat le tu.
 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Relieved!

I'm so glad that my school's Sports Day is finally overrrrrrrrr! Yahoooo!

With my fellow comrade :p

Last Saturday di kala everyone else was fussing over Bersih 2.0, my school had its 25th Sports Day at Stadium UNITEN Bangi from 8am till 1pm or so (I left early kehkehkeh). It poured at the beginning but that didn't stop everyone from doing their very best in the march-past and athletic events. 




Besides co-managing the house - SYAHBANDAR and training the students for the past seven months, I was also entrusted (ehem) to be one of the track judges for the athletic events on that day. A track judge is responsible only for deciding the order in which the competitors finish so it wasn't that bad actually, except we had to stand under the scorching hot sun for a good 4 hours or so! Grrr..


Ni baru KUNING! Hahahah

All in all it was a great event. Exhausting, but an exciting experience indeed, except.. I don't wanna do it again anytime soon! Penattttttttttt :p

Born This Way

I really don't understand why would anyone want to change to be someone else when you're already good as you are. There will always be people who say you're not perfect, you're not good enough, you're this and you're that but I've come to realise that it's almost impossible to please everyone around us. When we do things wrongly, we're wrong but when we do things right, we're still considered wrong.. so when do we get to be right?? 

I really don't fancy the idea of pleasing others to get what I desire. I believe in what I believe is right. Who cares if they still think it's wrong? I was born this way so if they don't like me the way I am, to hell with it! It's my life and they don't have a say in it!


p/s: Buat salah, tak buat lagilah salah! Bosan! Some people really need to realise that not everything they do is right and not everything other people do is wrong!

Friday, July 8, 2011

I Heart Swimming!

Swimming is a passion of mine. When I need to exercise and clear the head, I head for the pool, which is at least 2 or 3 times a week (I try to swim more frequent but don't wanna push it). Even without formal lessons, I've managed to master the breast stroke over the years and I must say I'm proud of myself. I can do freestyle/crawl and butterfly stroke too but they are really tiring. I can barely do 2 long laps without giving up and switching to breast stroke! (and here I wonder why some people say the breast stroke is a difficult swimming technique..) But I guess it's okay, considering the fact that the breast stroke burns about the same amount of calories as the crawl! ;)

Why do I love swimming so much (and you should too!)? There are quite a few reasons why I do. First, it really feels good when I swim. No matter how tired I am, there's nothing like the feeling of floating and sliding through the water! Along with that, I love that not only it is quiet, it's also very meditative and zen-like. And that's always a good thing as it helps reduce stress and makes me feel relaxed and refreshed!

credit to Google

Besides, swimming is a total body workout. If you're not into high-impact sports like running and cycling like me, swimming is definitely a healthy alternative to other types of physical activity. Besides, anyone can do it! So treat it as a real workout, not a social activity. Whatever discipline in swimming requires effort. What do they say? No pain, no gain? Yeah. SO, if you're not tired, you're not swimming hard enough! :)

p/s: Know what I don't like about swimming? It can be very hard on the hair!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Zzzzz...

Whether it's lunch, lack of sleep the night before or boredom, I'm sure we all at some point go through a phase where we're having difficulty to stay awake at work. So, what do you do when you're sleepy at work? Here's the list of things I usually do:

  1. Drink coffee! Works like a charm! (errr.. just not too much)
  2. Drink lotsa plain water regularly. Dehydration saps your concentration!
  3. Nibble on something like gums, candies, chips or biscuits. 
  4. Listen to some music. If possible dance or sing along.
  5. Chat with someone. 
  6. Get up and move around frequently. Or fidget. Yes, you can always fidget, especially when you're stuck in a meeting feeling really really exhausted. Do some stretching too.
  7. Splash your face with cold water - it's a good refreshing alternative!  (for Muslims you can do this during ablution)
  8. Go for a brisk walk and get some fresh air.
  9. Take a nap - it can really make the next 3 hours or so much more productive!
  10. Get more sleep the night before. Yes, as simple as that!
Being sleepy at work really sucks but you know what they say, prevention is better than cure!