Monday, February 23, 2009

G.U.R.U. !?!

Was thinking of what happened in my Year 2 and 3 class this morning. I was teaching them about the parts of a house. Was so excitedly talking about living room, bathroom, dining room, bedroom and the kitchen. My question to the kids , "How many rooms do you have in your house--i mean bedroom?" One witty boy answered, there are two bedrooms but we don't have attached bathroom like you do in Penang! (of course, he answered in Malay). That did not strike anything in me, but the other answer did.. That was "Sir, I don't have any rooms in my house. Our living room is the kitchen, the bedroom, and that is where we study and play. And, we don't have a bathroom. Our bathroom is near the well water."

I was really taken aback by that particular answer. I was quiet for a while, but feeling of guilt rushed up to my mind and I was very emotional then. But I gained my conscious again, and I made the lesson understandable by showing them some pictures and asked them to draw what they want their own houses to look like in the future.

Those kids took that back home, hopefully they will come up with something interesting to surprise me. Well, friends, as a teacher, I have more to explore and even more to discover.

Back in the quarters, I was sharing that incident with Cikgu Malik. He said those kids in the school, many of them have not even been to Kudat. Whatmore KK or Peninsula. He also shared something with me. He said the villagers relied on the teachers most of the time. He said that even their IC registration has to be done by the teachers because many parents were Philipinos.

Then he told me on what I wrote on the title of this entry-- Guna Untuk Rakyat Umum (G.U.R.U.)

Nak agree atau tak, it's your business!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

How does it feel to get something and lose it and getting it back?


I felt so discombobulated! (hahahaha..syitah's gona hate me for this).

It was like God gave us the Internet connection in the school and later he took it back and later on, after four days, we got it back! what a relief!! fuihhhhhh...

A sense of appreciation, a word of thank you and in simple, SYUKUR ALHAMDULILLAH! i did not do any of that, I guess... hmmm...

Well, I feel gratitude is the key. We should always acknowledge the entity/person or anything that gives us happiness, delight and comfort--just like the Internet Connection.

That's all for now, have got lots of emails to read and respond.

p/s-- syitah, i will see you end of the week, we are going to KK! (Insyallah...wink wink)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Important Lessons in Life..

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.
During my second month of college, our professor
gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student
and had breezed through the questions until I read
the last one:
'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?'
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the
cleaning woman several times. She was tall,
dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question
blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if
the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
'Absolutely,' said the professor. 'In your careers,
you will meet many people. All are significant. They
deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
is smile and say 'hello.'
I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her
name was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:3 0 p.m., an older African American
woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway
trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had
broken down and she desperately needed a ride.
soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally
unheard of in those conflict-filled 60s.. The man
took her to safety, helped her get assistance and
put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his
address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a
knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a
giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A
special note was attached..
It read:
'Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway
the other night. The rain drenched not only my
clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along.
Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying
husband's bedside just before he passed away.. God
Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving
Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,
a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and
sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
'How much is an ice cream sundae?' he asked.
'Fifty cents,' replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and
studied the coins in it.
'Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?' he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the
waitress was growing impatient.
'Thirty-five cents,' she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
'I'll have the plain ice cream,' he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on
the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice
cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress
came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the
table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,
were two nickels and five pennies..
You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had
to have enough left to leave her a tip.
4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a
roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if
anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the
King's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by
and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the
King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did
anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of
vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the
peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the
stone to the side of the road. After much pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded. After the
peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed
a purse lying in the road where the boulder had
been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note
from the King indicating that the gold was for the
person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The
peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving when it counts...
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a
hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who
was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only
chance of recovery appeared to be a blood
transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the
illness. The doctor explained the situation to her
little brother, and asked the little boy if he would
be willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a
deep breath and saying, 'Yes I'll do it if it will
save her.' As the transfusion progressed, he lay in
bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did,
seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his
face grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a
trembling voice, 'Will I start to die right away?'.
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the
doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his
sister all of his blood in order to save her but he had chosen to save her anyway.

'Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching.'
NOW more than ever - Pray for Peace!

Source: Anonymous!


Life in deserts was sandy,
Life in caves was lonely,
Life in ocean was salty,
Life in stars was resplendent,
Life in car was modern,
Life in mountains was exhilarating,
Life in Sun was brilliant,
Life in forests was mystical,
Life in shadows was enigmatic,
Life in battlefield was belligerent,
Life in pearls was exotic,
Life in office was monotonous,
Life in sky was breezy,
Life in submarine was voluptuous,
Life in trees was mischievous,
Life in roses was fragrant,
Life in grass was intoxicating,
Life in webs was silken,
Life in paradise was divine,
Life in temples was sacrosanct,
Life in gutter was abhorrent,
Life in dirt was deplorable,
Life in rain was seductive,
Life in beehives was vivacious,
Life in wine was sensuous,
Life in computers was brazen,
Life in nests was sequestering,
Life in statues was stationary,
Life in icebergs was freezing,
Life in anthills was irascible,
Life in lakes was placid,
Life in locks was invincible,
Life in photographs was still,
Life in gardens was pleasant,
Life in mousetrap was asphyxiating,
Life in fists was curled,
Life in prison was disdainful,
Life in whirlpool was spinning,
Life in theater was dramatic,
Life in art was enchanting,
Life in boats was undulating,
Life in diamonds was glittering,
Life in moon was milky,
Life in kitchen was appetizing,
Life in beauty was ravishing,
Life in titillation was enticing,
Life in fantasy was stupendous,
Life in motherslap was blissful,
Life in medicine was healing,
Life in corpse was standstill,
Life in lavatory was pathetic,
Life in seedlings was blossoming,
Life in horseback was gallivanting,
Life in snakeskin was slithering,
Life in oven was sizzling,
Life in greenery was sedative,
Life in rebellion was evoking,
Life in discrimination was appalling,
Life in benevolence was gratifying,
Life in humanity was God,
Life in cheese was tangy,
Life in achievement was exultating,
Life in ambition was propelling,
Life in eyelashes was flirtatious,
Life in palms was dependant,
Life in fashion was bombastic,
Life in recluse was esoteric,
Life in keyhole was inconspicuous,
Life in kites was exuberant,
Life in glass was reflecting,
Life in tea was rejuvenating,
Life in sheep was impeccable,
Life in rocks was jagged,
Life in chains was abominable,
Life in feathers was tickling,
Life in egotism was preposterous,
Life in dawn was brandnew,
Life in dewdrops was mesmerizing,
Life in intrigue was electrifying,
Life in eloquence was mystifying,
Life in clock was pragmatic,
Life in childhood was nostalgic,
Life in robots was mechanical,
Life in fabric was shielding,
Life in soul was stupefying,
Life in roots was entangling,
Life in chains was hedonistic,
Life in bareness was lascivious,
Life in haziness was romantic,
Life in knives was lethal,
Life in chili was piquant,
Life in swings was fascinating,
Life in lechery was insane,
Life in rhythm was celestial,
Life in pulse was frantic,
Life in lies was cowardice,
Life in superstitions was non-existent,
Life in revenge was pugnacious,
But life in the heart of your beloved; WAS; IS; AND

Nikhil Parekh (2003). all rights reserved

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Observations and Practicum and Teaching and Whatever!

This morning a teacher from my school was observed by his lecturer from IP Kent. Hmm... I think my fellow TEYLians will be in the seventh heaven if they read this post.. What happens was, this was the first and last observation by the lecturer! it means, his PR1 and PR2 for major and minor were carried out today. He was in a total wreck! Moody, (like I was not during practicum, and still am!wink wink) his lesson plans were in a total mess(you guys must know that they have to print out their lesson plans and attach it in their folder) but his ABM was superb. He is a guru pemulihan..

That is not the issue.. What I realize was the lecturer concern was not happy with his teaching and he was commented (yup critical comments, as our lecturers would say!). His PR2 was affected in some ways. Mcm tak adil plak aku rasa. It was all because the lecturer could not come to the school as often as our lecturers (my school pedalaman dua--itu sebabnye??!!!!), and my fellow colleague was expected to give his bestest best shot for the first time observation!! sungguh tak adil!

during my practicum period, mr teoh objected to enter the class once because he was leaving for maktab to officiate their debate competition when I did not sleep the whole night during a piece of teaching aid (the puzzle which was my best teaching aid). I was in a total madness and nearly attacked him and he changed his mind and stayed! yoooooohooooooooooooooooo!!

Tapi bila aku pikir balik arini, sian mr teoh sebab aku kacau hidup dia aritu.. tapi kan, you would know how i planned my work and how devastated i was to only know that it would be scrapped down! what a blessing though, huh?!

ntahlah, rasa mcm nak tulis pasal apa yg berlaku pagi tadi, tu je.. lagipon, yati dan syitah dah hint yang i have not updated my blog , so, here it is, bacelah!

nak p mandi dan siap utk maghrib! huhuhuh

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mistakes, Error, APologies and Sorries...

Met friends in Kudat... YAHOOOOOO...

Coming back to the title, it reminds me of my UUM days. TEYLians knew about the "Dry" lesson which was mistaken for "dry lecturer".

Entah, tetiba bincang dgn syitah, dzull and reen sat tadi.. pikir punya pikir, rasa funny plak when your serious-not-understanding the topic taught can be considered as an insult by someone elso..

Takpela, everyone goes through it anyway. Mistakes are bound to happen, and that's why SORRIES exist. hahah.. apa punya teori tu?

apa-apa pun, i believe in this-- hati yang memaafkan lebih mulia dari hati yang meminta maaf. You wanna comment?!

Saje nak mencetuskan kontroversi.. Almaklumlah dah ada internet kat sekolah, gives me a credit to be answering the questions more frequently. heheh...

Ada sapa2 nak wat masters in education? talk to me ya, who knows we can make out something!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

SK Palak has got internet connection!


My school has got internet connection, at last!! now, it's time to blog all day out! yeah!!!

I am going to enjoy my stay in the school much more!!!!! hahaha

That's all for now...

I am to excited to write more... just that i am speechless now! huhuhuh

p/s- i am writing from school!! yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..