Friday, May 29, 2009
-Depends on the kisser.
2. How did you feel when you woke up this morning?
-Like the dead
3. Who was the last person/people you took a photo with?
-Zhi Hui while in KL.
4. Would you consider yourself spoiled?
5. Will you ever donate blood?
-Yes. A+ anyone?
6. Have you ever had a best friend who was of the opposite sex?
7. Do you want someone to be dead?
-Peace-loving Homo sapien here.
8. What does your last text message say?
-"Hmm. She din mention."
9. What are you thinking right now?
-How the Education Ministry is dense enough to implement the 7-to-4 schooling system.
1o. Do you want someone to be with you right now?
11. What was the time you went to bed last night?
12. Where did you buy the tee you are wearing now?
-A shirt. It's a hand-me-down.
13. Is someone on your mind right now?
14. Who was the last person who text you?
Ten Lucky Person to do this quiz:
1. Chin Hui
2. Ee Xin
3. En Jun
5. Nyit Yi
6. Phui Yan
7. Pui San
8. Vic Qi
15. Who is no.2 having a relationship with?
-Single and available!
16. Is no.3 a male or a female?
17. If no.7 and no.1 get together, would it be a good?
-The world is upside-down.
18. What is no.1 studying about?
19. When was the last time you chatted with them?
20. Is no.4 single?
-Frankly, I don't know.
21. Say something about no.2?
-My classmate in my first year of secondary school and her final year in school.
22. What do you think about no.3 and no.6 being together?
-What's with these kind of questions? NO. Of course. It'll defy the law of nature.
23. Describe no.9?
-Guitar pro eating all the yummy fish and chips in London!
24. What will you do if no.6 and no.7 fight?
-I would whack them into right mind.
25. Do you like no.8?
* includes meal time, bathing, etc.
3. Extra curricular activities. IPTAs and even foreign universities put extra emphasis on ECA nowadays. They don't just want a booksmart kid who gets hit by balls and nosebleeds every PE lesson. They want all-rounders. Usually ECAs are carried out during after-school hours, but, now, there can be no ECAs for Form 6 students as they'll be sitting in their oven-like classes either a) day-dreaming, b) frying their brains trying to grasp Physics concepts or c) staring out the window watching the Football Club dribbling balls on the green field. So, where on earth, may I ask, can we procure ECA marks? Group all activities on Saturdays? Nonsensical. Here's the math:
Period of Time, t1, for uniformed bodies > 3 hours
We already have no PE classes, give us our playtime too!
4. Tuition. Most Malaysian students (due to the inadequacy in the education system), attend tuition classes and I am one of them too. We have meticulously arranged tuition classes to suit our schooling time, ECAs and other commitments eg. religious events, family duties. This system will throw all our careful planning into a complete mess and what a hassle it will be for tuition centres and tuition teachers.
5. Put yourselves in teachers' shoes too, MOHE. Imagine dealing with a bunch of hooligans every single day, not only in the sense of teaching but also disciplining. All the experienced and excellent old-school teachers might just bail out on you guys by a) opting out early or b) not extending their services till they're 58.
6. Canteen food sucks. No offence, ACS-ians who actually think that the canteen food is great. Wait till you try MGS - 13 stalls. Extra expenses will be incurred on students daily as we'll have to eat the expensive food twice a day - mid-morning recess and lunch. Usually, we get to cut costs, moms cook, we eat. Besides, there's a higher chance of getting a mass food poisoning case. ^^
7. It is incorrect to say that Form 6 is the cheapest option of pre-university studies because unfortunately, it is not. If calculated, books, school fees, contributions to school development funds, food, stationery, uniforms, class fund and other expenses will total up to approximately RM 30, 000 for the entire period of one and a half years. With the new 4 o' clock system, extra expenses have to be included in the expenditure list. For example, food and not to mention, the extra compulsory air-conditioning fee. Money does not grow from trees. I do realise that there are many students even in the first class from families of 5 that rely on RM 800 from a sole breadwinner or just on a minimal pension. How unfair it is to throw a whole family which is struggling to just get food on the table into a mudhole.
8. WE ARE EXTREMELY FED UP OF BEING GUINEA PIGS. I think that this generation of students is a guinea pig generation. Let's see what tests have we been subjected to so far:
Experiment 1: To ensure no more leaping from Standard 3 to Standard 5.
Experiment 2: To produce better and more competitive graduates in the global field.
Experiment 3: To alleviate STPM results, probably.
Enough is enough. We're here to study and are not subject to political winds and your whims and fancies. We're human too. We need time for play, rest, family time, personal time. If you are thinking that this is just a mere grouse of a lazy and emotion-driven teenager, come over and see what we experience everyday. Come and taste the life of Form 6. Rethink your plans, Minister of Higher Education, sir. I dare say that this is a futile effort to alleviate the nation's STPM results. You want better grades in STPM, upgrade the secondary education to a higher level. If India's education system is such that 13-year-olds study Biology, Chemistry and Physics, why can't Malaysia do so too? I stand firm that the schooling hours should not be lengthened, because it's just a waste of effort, energy and resources. Just stick to 1 pm, please.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Today, after the Teachers' Day organising committee discussion in the library, something beyond peculiar occured. Ms Mindy and Ms Chang were at the counter when Ms Mindy's eyes popped wide open upon seeing me. This was the exchange of words:
Ms Mindy: Mei Wen!
Ms Chang: Girl, you play drums? Come here, come here.
When I said eccentric in my previous post, I wasn't kidding. Maybe it's a "prophecy" to tell that I should not join MADSoc. Haha. (Btw, we were entertained by Nigel and Inuk's gay proposal during orientation!)
Well, I'm considering Ms Chang's invitation. It'll be quite cool, learning something new. But once again, STPM, STPM. And with Balakavitha and Beh trying to persuade us in applying for the prefectorial board, temptations, temptations that come with commitments!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I went for another one the following year to attain my Silver Dagger Badge. We had a chance to stay at a brand new school in Buntong - complete with rubberized tennis courts. The same year, I received the Gold Dagger Badge.
The third and final camp for the Cub Scout Lanyard was a state level camp at Ulu Chepor, Chemor and I remember being the only Chinese girl in the whole camp! We raced against time to complete our log books so that we would be able to pass the exams for the highest title for a cub. It constantly rained at the waterfall and we were made to build tripods with coarse wood and rope slathered with wet sand from the rain. It was painful but every knot had to be tight because our tripods would be tested for strength (a big fat guy would stand on the tripod. If it collapsed, you'd have to rebuild). I also fell sick that time, enabling me to head home for the night, then return. It was hard, but, a priceless experience.
My 5 thick log books.
Kinta Troop 123 memorabilia.
I've kept all my merit badges except one which I've lost - house keeping. Haha.
Scouting was an integral part of my childhood. It kept me away from being a softie of a girl. The harsh scolding, sweltering heat, terrible food - these were just minor bits that made up the big experience and knowledge. I still remember the Scout promise and the 10 laws.
Trusty. Self dignity.
Loyal to the King, country, superiors and those beneath you.
Useful and helpful
Friend to all states, race or religion.
Obedient, without questioning.
Patient and smiles during difficulty.
Clean and pure in thoughts, words and actions.
I believe that all these laws apply to everyone - scout or no scout. It's a sound and right way of living. I do think that everyone should have such a rewarding experience regardless of gender. I certainly am thankful to God and Dad for this and I miss Scouting a lot!
~Once a Scout, always a Scout. (But I'll be joining BB in ACS!)
Friday, May 8, 2009
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady!
Build it up with silver and gold,
Silver and gold, silver and gold.
Build it up with silver and gold,
My fair lady!
Gold and silver I’ve not got,
I’ve not got, I’ve not got.
Gold and silver I’ve not got,
My fair lady!
No London bridges for me to build anymore. Or even in Australia or New Zealand. No JPA. No cash. :( Lesson learnt: Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Off to Form 6!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
There were many loops and errors here and there or the outing (my bad), but we managed to have a sumptious dinner at MP and as expected, we were the last to leave. We celebrated the trio under the night sky in Polo Ground. It was really nice, to me.
Girlfriend! Di-yan and I had many so-called girl talks after MYF and they were so enjoyable. You're one dependable guy who always notices when something's amiss. I guess that's your speciality and that's why you attract the girls! Haha. It's a joy to have you around and have a great time in TAR!
And Adelyn - one of the closest of my girl friends. I totally cherish the amount innumerable hours we spent together and although you're just going to be around on weekends, I hope busyness will not trap us in totallyseparate lives. I'm still waiting for you to be my driver! :)
Night out in Ipoh Padang.