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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Promoting A Blog; Life and Its Chapters by Siti Nur Izzati Shuib

Hello readers! Well, this post would be different from other posts. No book reviews, personal ramblings like a schizo. HAHA. I am going to promote a blog of Life and Its Chapter (Click Here) which is written by my junior in college, that we called Zatty or Siti Nur Izzati Shuib from ALOQ SETAQ, KEDAH DARUL AMAN yang ku cintai. Apart of being my junior in college, she is also my TESL junior, my ex roomate’s friend. I couldn’t recall how I met her for the first time, but I am certain that she was one of the girls who stared at me when we arrived IPSAH after 2 years being in UPSI. I think most of their first impression was ‘Kak Ella, Kakak Senior Garang Cam Harimau’ coz I didn’t smile while cleaning my room since I had a jetlag. (*,*)
The cute header of Zatty's Blog

I don’t have the chance of knowing Zatty for a longer time. I just know her for a year. However, since I was living in the same block with her, I always met her on the stairs, in jamban, washing room, block compound, fire drill and block meetings, and of course with our ketua blok terchenta Ismi Afiqah! (Ada gak minah ni masuk HAHA). Zatty is a cheerful girl and kadang-kadang dia ngan geng dia punya melawak tak leh tahan nak gelak. And, Zatty ni seorang yang sangat pembersih dan pengemas. I could gurantee that coz bilik dia mmg superb!!!(Nampak sangat suka g bilik orang, heee malu....)

I ain't sute, is this zatty or not?

But I never know that Zatty has a blog too and she has many readers than mine. Why do I love her blog? Well, apart of posting meaningful events in her life, I love the content of her blog. Some of the posts are short articles about Islam, motivation, relationships, student life and even health. Pembacaan yang santai sambil menambah ilmu pengetahuan gtewww. Therefore, that is one of the reasons why do I follow her blog, apart from she is my junior and I am simply being busy body seorang senior yang prihatin (konon!)

I really hope that Zatty would be a successful teacher one day. I could see that she is a hardworking type of girl and always being there for her friends. Secara jujur, rasa agak terkilan coz I don’t have enough time with mu juniors back in college because we were too busy with life, assignments, thesis and practical. Well, peeps, don’t forget to visit and follow her blog . I know that you would like her articles and girls who love pink, beware, you might ended up eating your laptop screen since she has a lovely and sweet pink blog skin.

Visit Life and Its Chapters

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Hello peeps! Sorry that I have not been really active updating book reviews and so on. For these 8 months of being unemployed, I have led a very unproductive lifestyle.  Jogging pun sekali sekala because I am avoiding the heat due to my worsening eczema condition, but Alhamdulillah, with my doc's advice and treatment I am getting better. Never being better within this 1 year.

This is Post-It Note

I know that most of you know what is Post-It-Note. According to Mr. Wiki Post-it note (or Sticky Note) is a piece of stationery with a re-adherable strip of adhesive on the back, designed for temporarily attaching notes to documents and other surfaces".   Among my friends, I am well-known as a 'Post-It-Note' girl. Why? Because I am a TO-DO-LIST person. I make lists of things everyday;What-to-do list, Life Schedule, Plan, Notes, Peringatan, Kata-kata amaran, Motivation quotationsm dan Kata-kata nista..haha..I am joking. That is the way how I organize my life. These are some of the evidences.


You could see the Post-It under my red dashboard and the
white wall  under the lamp  used to be congested with them
I post it everywhere. I don't have latest gadgets, smart phones and plan not to have one, so I rely on Post-It-Note so much. I wanna make my life simple so I organized my life using papers, calendars and planner. But recently I give a thought of producing less thrash to save our earth.

So, I came out with a resolution with my excessive Post-It-Note abused usage. Taraaa...

I get this mini black blackboard from Daiso 1Borneo and it costs me RM5 for the board, RM5 for the liquid chalk. Yet, I still need my Post-It-Note to make some notes. Well, mental notes are sometimes unreliable  for me. However, this mini blackboard is a bless. :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A diary of an Atopic Eczema patient.

Oh Yeah!

I rather use my left hand when  I'm handling things that requires me to show my palms to anyone. I know that it is considered rude, yet I couldn't help myself when strangers think that my right hand is disgusting with what they called 'kudis' or rashes. I love to use the words rashes compared to 'kudis'.

Food is always being a big issue for my family. Since my eczema comes and goes, sometimes I did indulge myself on Cockles. Cockles is the only seafood that I like. I couldn't tolerate with prawns and cuttlefish or any other crustaceans, and recently I found out that I couldn't tolerate with poultry. I am getting more and more sensitive and sad when I see my family and friends indulge on nice food whereas the only option I could have is having Fish n Chips or McD Fish O Fillet everytime I went out with friends. It's not their fault, I know, it;'s me. I rather think that I am a selected strong person to have eczema rather than pitying myself coz it makes me feel bad and sad.

Weight lost was once a happy news for me. But not now, it has been 2 months that my eczema becomes severe and to this extent I have lost 8kgs without much exercising. I used to enjoy jogging but that activity would increase my body temperature and there was once I jog for 10 mins and running back home just to wash my body because my back started to itch.

All The Cool Kids Are Battling It

Please Mr eczema , leave me away. I promise not to harm my body in any way.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Washing Machine.

My  mum is an example of a traditional woman  in every aspect. Despite of the state that she always encourages me of doing something advance or thinking out of the box, she is reluctant in trying new home gadgets. Another classic example is upon choosing our car system. The fact that driving automatic car is easier wouldn't fade away her love for manual car. The reason is she is afraid that the car wouldn't stop or she would be trapped inside the car. Yeah, I know its funny but I have to deal with it.

The same thing happened to the washing machine. Although my mother know that using automatic washing machine is way easier than the manual one, she keeps giving me reasons such as ; nanti baju cepat rosak, nanti kena guna banyak air and so on. The process of manually rinsing the clothes is very tiring and it is hazardous to my super sensitive skin as it would be directly exposed to the detergent even if I am using a pair of gloves. I couldn't stand it anymore and I told my mum, I need to send my clothes to the dobi  coz I coudn't stand washing my clothes and start scratching. 

That's it. Since my eczema has became the big issue in my family, my mum sent the old machine to the other house, which is now rented by other family. It has served my family for 9 years. We went to SenQ and surprisingly my mum chose to purchase the front load washing machine. Beyond my expectation!. It seems my mum has gone out from her safety zone. For the first time in my life I spend less than 30 minutes to wash, rinse, spin and hang my clothes. I could spend the 3 hours doing something else. Like I said before (click here), even I am living with my mum now, clean clothes is always one of my simple pleasure.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Book Review; The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Title: The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
Writers: William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Total Pages: 300+ pages
Prices: RM16.90 (On discount at Harris, 1Borneo. Normal Price: RM69.90)
Duration of reading: 3  Days
Rating: 4.5 Stars

In late 2006, a Malawian newspaper first wrote about a remarkable young man from a remote rural village north of the capital city. This is his story." (William Kamkwamba Channel, YouTube)

The Cover of The Novel (Photo is from here)
If a person ever come to me and ask, "What are the books that have touched your hati batu heart?", I would definitely answer, "Other than 'The Last Lecture by Randy Paush" it would be "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer". The book is not only about a true story about a boy from Malawi who created windmill, but it is a bout a journey of creating hope of its people. Living in poverty, William was a dropout  from school because his family couldn't afford the school fees. However, it was not the end for William. He continued to learn,dream and struggling to do his independent learning. (To read more about the summary of the book, you could go to William Kamkwamba's website)

This story is remarkable and totally inspiring. As I read the novel, I realized that it is not only about William's journey in creating the windmill and and achieving his dream to provide electricity and water to his village, it is more about life. There was once I closed my eyes (literally!) when the writer described about the starvation crisis that faced by the Malawians. Besides that, this novel is a melting pot of several issues such as family bond, friendship and obstacles in life, and it totally give me a lesson to stand up for what you believe. Additionally, the novel also provides several pictures of William with his windmill.
Wind Guy (picture is from here)
William's house and his windmill. (Picture is from here)
William's story is written by Bryan Mealer who stayed with William's family for several months in order to write the book. I love the minimalism that Bryan brings in his writing. The way he wrote the story is simple, yet the message is clearly conveyed to the reader. Last but not least, this book is worth to be read. Like seriously, this book should be in the list of books that you need to read before you die.

P/S I had visited Harris, Kota Kinabalu a week ago. There is still a pile of this title that is sold on its discount price. People might not know about this book. KK clanz, take ur chance. Grab one of this.

Book Review; Evening Is The Whole Day

Title: Evening Is The Whole Day
Writers: Preeta Samarasan
Total Pages: 389 pages
Prices: RM16.90 (On discount at Harris, 1Borneo. Normal Price: RM59.90)
Duration of reading: 5  Days
Rating: 3 Stars
My Copy of "Evening Is Whole Day", a crane origami
and the fuchsia futon.  

I have been eyeing on this title for a long time. I read a review on this novel in Cleo Magazine years back at campus, and when there was several attempts to buy this respective book, I kept diverting my mind to other books. Until recently, on my monthly visit to Harris, I managed to find this book at only RM16.90. There was only 1 book left, and I grabbed it. However, I found this book was only sold at RM5 in the Aftermath Big Bad Wolf Book Sale.

There are many hypes on this book. Some says the story is great and some says that the writer is good in writing sentences that are full with beautiful adjectives but lack of plots. When I typed this, I remember my funny linguistic lecturer,  whom once gave us a tip on how to write a long essay for our exam, in case we are running out of idea.

"Writing is like kuih chakoi. You make the kuih with a small piece of pastry and it becomes 3 times longer and larger once you put it in the wok. It same goes with your writings, just add adjectives, and you would have a long string of sentence with 1 idea" (Sadly, this tip doesn't work on me, coz I would try and try, frantically memorize all the theories before exam which would be drained a minute after I walked out from the exam hall. LOL)

Anthony Burgess (one of my favourite writers of pre colonialism genre), said that, there are two kinds of writers, A-writers and B-writers. A- writers are storytellers, B- writers are users of language.

Reading this novel, I found out that Preeta is a B-writer. She beautifully explained the panorama and phenomenon in the 'Big House' (where most of the plots take place), however there are lack of 'ommph' in term of juicy plots. Elements of mystique are injected on how Preeta portrays the culture of Malaysian Indian that made the story a bit interesting. Besides that, I could say that the story is a bit of being 'trying hard' to mold the element of patriotism that made some of the events a bit unnatural. 

Being an avid reader, however I think that this book is worth to be read because as A Malaysian, we are lack of English writer who is well-known internationally. Although there are several critics from other book reviewers (that are basically not Malaysians) that Preeta used a wide range of local vocabulary, I think this is one of the way why I feel quite closed to the story as I finished reading them. Probably, the publisher could consider of providing glossary, (for example in Anthony Burgess' book; The Malayan Trilogy) that gives a brief meaning of the local vocabularies. 

3 Stars for this book. If Preeta is writing another book, I might give it a try because, based on my reading experience, a writer's second book would always be better

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Big Bad Wolf Aftermath Book Sale.

Yeah! I made it to the Aftermath Big Bad Wolf Book Fest that was held in South City Plaza in Serdang from November 24 till 28 (Click Here). Since I could only make it at the second day of the fest, most of the good books were gone at the first day itself. I lived in a budget hotel near Masjid India and in order to go to the book fest, I took LRT to KL Sentral , and my journey continued with KTM to Serdang. I did study the map a day before my flight (and interview! Geez) and I figured out that the mall is only a walking distance from Serdang KTM station. However, I couldn't figure it out how to go to the other side of the highway and most of the people that I had asked around suggested me to take a bus. Later, (since I wasn't confident with my navigational skill, I simply took a cab, which suprisingly only cost me RM7. 

As I walked into the mall, I couldn't see any books lying anywhere. I started to worry coz I found this information on the net and not many talked about this. However, the book fest was held at the other side of the mall and as I walked in to the hall, all my senses got lifted and the smell of new books could drive me crazy. MOST BOOKS WERE ONLY SOLD AT RM5!!! And I thought that I was the first one and I thought that working people didn't bother to go to the fest on weekdays. Well, I was wrong. They were hundreds of them bringing a shopping cart, travel luggage with troleys, even several TESCO shopping bags to put their books in. Well, guess how I did mine? I simply borrowed a box from one of the workers to carry my books ( which at the end koyak rabak, because the books are too heavy)

Well, since I was taking a flight home, and since I had to deal with my other stuffs, I know that I couldn't spend much. I spent RM120 for 24 books! YAY! and another RM20 for a cheap bag pack coz I knew that I couldn't carry the books for travelling across KL. 

On my way to the fest, I had a breakfast at McD, and I found a young woman stared at my head. Suddenly, the woman pronounce my name loud and clear enough and the woman is actually Jenna, my senior in UPSI. And on  the way back to Masjid India, I met my beloved senior (Jenna's classmate), Kak Tielia. Memang Jodoh! 

Well, what do I think of The Big Bad Wolf Aftermath Sale?The name represents the fest well. Book shoppers should be aware that this fest is the 'Aftermath' of the previous Big Bad Wolf Bookfest, in which I basically had a crossed-eyes after 30 minutes browsing the books. Since I am a person who love the smell of new books and the shiny or matte front cover, I became a person who judged the books by its cover. I collected around 30 books and manage to eliminate some books so that my purchase would't exceed my budget (or mum would chase me around Masjid India) . I am literally weak when it comes to bookfest. There is always a tendency to spend more money and my hands couldn't stop picking up the books. Once I had made up my mind, I would simply put the eliminated books away, without turning my head on them, and thanks  God, till now this trick is working on me.

In conclusion, apart of carrying the books and hassling with crowds in the train, I did enjoy myself. Happy Reading Peeps!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My experience; SPP Interview

Yes, I did prepare (3 days before the interview). Since I am living in Sepanggar, I decided to drive from my home to Wisma BSN at 6.15am. I reached the destination at 7am. (I was the first one to arrive, no one was there except for the friendly Pak Guard, whom ask me "INTERVIEW SPP?"- yeah, I know my Cikguish look). Then, there were several others DPLI students, so sesi berkenalan dijalankan secara singkat.

SPP Kota Kinabalu

Later, a nice lady called us for registrations. She checked every details, we need to sign the form and she checked our documents, and I was assigned to group 1, with 2 other DPLI's and my 2 TESLIANS friend from other IPG; Fairiz and Nicholas.

The interviewer is a Dato'. What could I say about him is he is a cool and nice man. Tenang dari segala segi, banyak memberi nasihat dan dorongan. Memang serba serbi baik, dan soalan yang ditanya amatlah praktikal, masuk akal walaupun memerlukan sedikit KBKK. Berikut ialah soalan yang ditanya kepada saya dan soalan berkumpulan;

a) Sila perkenaklan diri anda.
Nama, asal, universiti, umur (we are the youngest), pengalaman bekerja.

This is a special question to me as he browsed through my documents. H e said that memang jarang jumpa yang campur super rojak.

c) Boleh berbahasa Mandarin?

d) Sudah berpunya?
My response: seperti kerang busuk, tersengih menjawab 'belum...:D", lepas tu dia tengok  cikgu2 lelaki then kami gelak ramai2. He said 'Begitulah  cikgu, boleh faham bahasa  badan tanpa perlu kita berkata apa2". Then when he asked my other friends, and they said 'belum berpunya", he looked at me alone, (as the other kakak DPLI sudah pun berumah tangga HAHAHAH)

Soalan betul2 hanya ada dua. He said that TESL teachers were required to answer in English.

e) Mengapa lifelong learning amat penting?

f) Apakah ciri-ciri RPH yang baik?

This is from the net. I forget what is the source.

Then dia sum up. He said, Selamat maju jaya, selamat berkhidmat menjadi guru. Before that ada dia bagi nasihat dan dorongan. Thanks to Allah that we had a super nice and humble Dato' as our interviewer...Sejuk je hati...I guess that my SPP is not the worst nightmare. Cuma kena berusaha, berdoa dan tawakkal.

Fairiz, Me and Nicholas (After the interview_

I am ready to fly 'like a G6 'to KL tonight (Off to packing!)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Toilet Vs Loo Vs Lavatory

"Nevertheless a welcome note of physical practicality struck because Marianne need the bathroom - what she referred to in those days as the lavvy or the lav but she would one day come to learn was called The Lavatory, or The Loo, and never, ever The Toilet. Unless you were being ironical" (Yesterday's Houses, Mavis Cheek)

Which one is you? (Picture is from here)

I was attracted to this line in the new novel that I bought from The Times Book Fest for only RM3 (Click here). For me or us (referring to the Malaysian situation), it is ALWAYS and FOREVER 'The Toilet'. Perhaps you may ended up with a wet trousers if you ask 

"Kak, mana loo paling dekat kat sini?"
Pastu kakak tu jawab "Gua tengok loo kecik besar kcik besar" (haha lame joke.Sorry)


"Aunty, can I know where is the lavatory ah?"

I realize that 'toilet' is acceptable in my society. Because people might think that you are kinda rude when you ask,

"Bang, jamban kat ne?"


"Uncle, tandas di mana?" (This one is quite acceptable jugalah)

So, being a nerd person who love to read spend much time on the net, I googled about the usage of the loo,lavatory and toilet. My brief research tells me that it's not only about toilet, lavatory and loo. There are other names that are used as a noun referring to this cubicle which mainly serves the same purpose. (Ahem, you know what I mean). 

However, that's not the end of it. Mr. Google shows that instead of the different vocabulary, the usage of words is actually a mirror of a person social class (as being portrayed in the 'mukadimah sentence'). Later, it leads me to the discovery of U and Non-U English. Well, it is beautiful how language could define your background. The main character in the novel that I am reading is a strong example of self realization. Language plays a beautiful role of defining each person and emotions. 

" The vocabulary list can often appear quite counter-intuitive: the middle class prefers "fancy" or fashionable words (even neologisms), often euphemisms, in an attempt to make themselves sound more refined, while the upper class in many cases sticks to the same plain and traditional words that the working classes also use, as they have no need to make themselves sound more refined, conscious of their status."(Wikipedia Encyclopedia

English is different from the Malay language in term of most of the vocabularies that are used in the palace are totally different from the language that is used by the middle class. However, it is different from English that we couldn't use the 'bahasa Istana' in order to make (what Wikipedia referred as..."  sound more refined, conscious of their status.)

Well, I guess that Malaysian would stick to 'the toilet'. Well, as long as the receiver could understand that 'toilet' is jamban, tandas, washroom or whatever we called it. You don'y want to have wet trousers just to sound more refined or just because that you are conscious with your status. 

p/s Now, I regret that I don't register for Sociolinguistic . There must be many interesting topics in that course. I took English for Science and Technology instead, in which would be abolished in Malaysian schools. Soon. Sigh...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Second trip to the Book Fest

Another 16 books 
OK, now that I am broke. I made a second trip to the book fest and this is what I harvest, another 16 books for only RM48. Now I can say that I get enough.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Times Book Fair at 1Borneo Hypermall!

Book lovers, avid readers and bookworms! Hate me now! Because I manage to buy 16 books for only RM 48. RM3 for each book!!!

Guilty Pleasure!

Book Fair

Times Book Fair
Date: 03 Nov 2011 (Thursday) - 13 Nov 2011 (Sunday)

Times Book Fair @ 1Borneo Hypermall Time/Venue: 11am - 10pm at Lower Ground Floor, Centre Atrium

Well, my intention was to go to the mall at noon but my mother was worried with my allergy condition and my skin was too red. She didn't give me her permission to go. (Well, I am 24, well you know at this age in any Asian family, you still need to obey your parents). However, she did ask me later whether I am still interested to visit the fair. She said that she would drive me to the mall at night since it would be a little bit cooler. We went to 1Borneo right after Maghrib prayer and the workers are very helpful. I really had a blast and thank you mum for always being there for me.

p/s By the way, I am kinda late to know this thing and I know this through my friend. My friend managed to get Da Vinci Code for only RM3.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

101 Survival Tips: IPSAHAN Practical Teacher, {Kudrat Seorang Guru Pelatih}

Ini bukan post 'mata ke langit tangan ke bahu'

"Eh, takpe cikgu, kami memang suka buat kerja!" (Google)

The truth about teaching practical is, we are always being asked to do some favours; helping with other teachers' ABM, helping other teachers with their clerical works, athlete trainers (walaupun anda jog setahun sekali), competitions judges, janitors, computer programmers (although you know that you are a noob with your own laptop) , counsellors, cooks (walaupun rate anda ke dapur hanya pada cuti semester), stage manager (walaupun sebelum ini anda bergegar tahap gunung berapi  sebelum naik pentas), technician (walaupun anda sudah terlupa segala ilmu Kemahiran Hidup) and so on. And, it is normal as ‘insan biasa’ we could always hear that our seniors or friends sigh on this matter. It wasn’t an exception for my friends and I. Even if we are tired tahap cipan dan ultraman  from the slepless nights of completing the lesson plans and juggling with other works, sometimes we still say 'YES'. Yes, sometimes we act like SUPERHUMAN with 'kudrat seorang guru praktikal yang tidak seberapa'

Juggling with jobsSsSs

Multi tasking!

As a headmistress in a school, my mum is seasoned with experience of practical teachers. My mum would always advising me to be more ‘ringan tulang’. But my mum , (being my mum who always rock my world) gives me another tips as well.


That was her words before I stepped on my bus to Kota Kinabalu. I didn’t have the chance to ask her about what does it mean. I learnt about that till the end of my practical days.

Acapkali kita terdengar rungutan guru pelatih kepenatan dan kadang-kadang sikap guru-guru veteran yang suka membuli. That’s the ugly truth. Bila mana kita disuruh buat kerja-kerja tambahan semasa praktikal kita akan tetap berkata ‘ya’ di mulut tapi ‘tidak’ di hati. Apa yang ingin saya katakana di sini ialah jadilah manusia yang JUJUR dan perbetulkanlah niat sebelum ke sekolah.

Begini, bukan tujuan kita untuk mengampu para  guru menunjukkan kita rajin bekerja. Tapi percayalah, secara automatik kita akan diberi tugas tanpa kita minta. Maka, jika kita disuruh melakukan sesuatu pekerjaan, lakukanlah dengan seikhlas hati kerana kita ingin menimba pengalaman dan mencari ilmu. Selain daripada itu, JUJUR lah kepada diri sendiri dan kepada rakan sekerja. Sekiranya anda benar-benar tidak mampu membuat tugasan berkenaan, mohon maaf kepada mereka, ataupun jujur kepada mereka yang kita boleh siapkan kerja tersebut selepas kita siapkan kerja lain. Tetapi janganlah pula kita menggunakan alasan 'guru pelatuh banya kerja' sebagai cara anda untuk melepaskan diri. Guru-guru di sekolah adalah orang-orang yang berpengalaman and they had been in our shoes before.  Percayalah, dalam mengecapi kemanisan segulung ijazah, pelbagai ranjau, onak, duri, lopak, longkang dan laut yang perlu kita tempuh.

Kenapa saya katakan kita harus JUJUR? Tanpa kejujuran di hati, tidak mungkin kita akan IKHLAS melakukan sesuatu tugas yang dibuat secara terpaksa. Tanpa KEIKHLASAN di hati, kita akan merana melakukan tugas itu dan tidak mungkin kita akan seronok bekerja.
Praktikal adalah medan bagi kita untuk mengenal diri kita sebagai pendidik  dan memperbaiki diri sebelum kita keluar ke dunia pendidikan sebenar. Percayalah, sekiranya kita ikhlas untuk meringankan tulang, kita akan menjadi manusia yang bertanggungjawab.

Ya...di akhir 3 bulan itu, saya baru fahami apakah yang ibu saya maksudkan sebagai


This is not my mum, but definitely this lady rawkss! 

*takde kaitan...bye. LOL

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Book Review; Land Below The Wind

Title: Land Below The Wind
Writers: Agnes Keith
Total Pages: 371
Prices: I don't know
Duration of reading: 4 days
Rating: 3 stars

Looking at the title of this book, you might think that it is about something scientific on plants or animals from the rich tropical jungle of Borneo. Well, it's not. This book could be categorized as an autobiography of Agnes Keith, a famous American writer who followed her English husband who was on duty in Sandakan, Sabah. The book wins one star as Agnes injected her personal view of life in Sabah in each chapter. The book is written in non chronological way but it is organized through several chapters that focusing on one issue at one time. Throughout reading, I could feel how western and eastern culture are differentiated thorugh Agnes' perspective on the native Sabahan.

The sarong covered book
What make me excited the most is when Agnes did write about Keningau, the place that I claimed as my hometown as I grew up there. Besides that, it is exciting when people write about your place, before you were born. I even have the chance to visit the location where this book is written. I am going to visit Agnes Keith's house soon in Sandakan.

Agnes Keith is an artist. This woman really can draw. The book does not only come with words but it comes with Agnes' memoir in her drawings.The book that I borrowed from my friend, Darick is a secondhand book and we could see the name of the previous owner at the front page of the book, and it is covered with batik motif fabric. This book is published in 1949, well yeah I am reading a book that is older than me. I spent 4 days smelling the musty smell of this book but as an avid reader, it is a heaven smell. 

Agnes Keith is  talented in drawing. This is one of her beautiful sketch.

The front page of the book which the name of
the previous owner is written.

However, there are several points that give me the reason of not giving this book more than 4 stars. The story is sweet and charming but is doesn't satisfy my hunger as a reader. The book should include more exciting plots that made the readers wonder rather than serve the facts and the writer's point of view on a silver platter. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

101 Survival Tips: Practical Teacher, IPSAHAN’S experience {Part 1}

I am lucky because I was selected to be in TESL Twinning Programme in which I experienced both campus life (in UPSI) and in Teaching Institute (IPSAH, Kedah). To be honest, these two places are totally different. In my degree programme, our teaching practical is managed by our teaching institute (in my case , IPSAH). Sharmila was my teaching partner in  an all girls school (nama dirahsiakan). To be honest, my first week was tiring and I could tell you most of my classmates (we were living on the same floor) slept almost all noon and evening. We were exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally. However, I am lucky that my mentor teacher is very helpful and my supervisor is super cool! There was once I was nearly crying because I was relieved that I met my bed to sleep(*drama queen) . Talking to more than 80 students in a day can be tiring (* another sign of drama queen. I wonder why I don't make it to Hollywood! LOL).

As I reminiscing my experience as a practical teacher, I was thinking that there are several tips that I could share, although you might experience different things from me. In this post, let’s talk about your first day or week at school. Hope that this would help you a lot!

1.     1) Sleep early
Sleep early so that you could wake up earlier. I could tell you that my day start at 4.30 am- 5.00 am EVERY DAY for 3 months. In case that you are afraid you can’t sleep early, jog for 2 km at the day before. You would fall asleep easily. Or simply do anything that make you fall asleep. Why do we need to sleep early? Believe me that you need that 7-8 hours sleep per day because GOD knows what would you go through in the next day. You need you energy and sometimes after the first week you would YEARN that 7-8 hours sleep. Unless if you are used to the sleepless night and still could survive for the next day. 

2.     2) Come early to school.
You have to be there starting from the first bell rings. Hey, who would like  a teacher who always come late to school? And this is important for the Principal, Guru Kanan and Guru Pembimbing’s first impression.

3.     3) Murah Senyuman J
E    Even though that you are nervous, and you are shaking like there is an earth quake in the school office, remind yourself that it is going to be OK, and you would be ‘in the school family’ during your practical, that the situation would be normal soon. Sikap mesra membuatkan orang senang bekerja dengan kita, honestly. Tapi, jangan pula terlebih mesra till the teachers think that you are a schizo. lol

4.      4) Bring all the documents, lesson plan book, surat pengenalan diri.
Only ONE reminder-Pack earlier, a day before your practical. You don’t want to drive all the way to your dorm just to pick up a paper named ‘Surat Pengenalan Diri’.

5.      5) Lesson Plan Book, Form(s), Port Folio.
If you are IPG students, I believe that you are familiar with these things, and believe me, although it looks simple, yet you have to prepare a lot of things and you would be SUPER BUSY during your practical. Wrap your lesson plan book and file earlier, fill all the forms in the book and port folio. Before you start your practical semester, don’t forget to snap a latest passport photo coz it would be definitely needed.

6.       6) Time Table
This is totally depending on your luck. Sharmila and I are separated; I had Morning session and Sharmila had afternoon Session. Most of these things are already pre determined by the Guru Kanan and you could say nothing. In case that you don’t get the same session with your partner, and you can’t share transport; JUST PREPARE WITH PLAN B. 

The bawah garisan  bottom line is just be well-prepared. Teaching practical can be your worst nightmare or could be the sweetest memory ever!!! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book Review; Freakonomics

Title: Freakonomics
Writers: Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
Total Pages: 315 (including bonus and index)
Prices: I don't know
Duration of reading: Approximately 1 week
Rating: 4.5 stars

I found out that I am quite slow to finish this book as it happened that in the very same week I need to deal with some other personal matters. This copy of Freakonomics is borrowed from my friend, Darick Lim, in which he bought this book while he was studying in Texas. 

This book is for real would make you as a mechanical page-turner. As it claims that it is from the perspective of 'a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything', freakonomics successfully makes me dazzle of every detail that is written by the writers. Generally, each chapter would talk about different issues, ranging from the similarities of schoolteachers and sumo wrestler, to the choice of babies names that reflects the parents. It is amazing on how the book is well written and chronologically explains the issues. This book is not only meant for business but it is meant for everyone and it is a must read book. 

Besides that, I am intrigued by some of the issues especially how Levitt explained on the decreased number of crimes that is due to legalized abortion. As Dubner claims in the bonus chapter, Levitt's paper that links 'abortion to a drop in crime has made more noise than the rest combined'. In my opinion, in dealing with 'the noise' there are several things that we need to consider before we agree with Levitt. First is about theological issues which I believe that most religions would go against abortion if the pregnancy is not hamrful for both baby and the mother. Second, we need to deal of ethics and morale issues. 

The only reason that I don;t give this book a 5 stars is because I found that the book is a bit confusing in Chapter 2; "How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real-estate agents?". It probably due to my knowledge background that I don't know what is Ku Klux Klan and as I am not living in the U.S.A, I am nit aware what are the impacts of Ku Klux Klan. However, this is easily solved as I am always well-equipt with Mr Google.

I would absolutely recommend my readers to read this book. As for me, I would probably purchase a copy of Freakonomics for my own book collection and definitely would purchase their second book entitled 'Super Freakonomics'. Happy reading everyone!

Monday, October 24, 2011


In case, if you are wondering, YES, I am one of the 201 B.Ed TESL graduates from the 'Program Berkemban Berkembar B.Ed TESL Kerjasama IPGM dan Universiti Tempatan'. Until now, we don't have our postings whereas my seniors had their postings like a month after they finished the degree course. 6 years ago, I never thought that I would be unemployed for 5 months. I had my life well-planned and I even dreamed of paying my own ride and bills by this month. To be honest, I am avoiding this issue to be discussed in every family gathering. Even my 5 years old nephew would ask 'When will you get your job? I want my McDonald Kids Meal! and I want my rabbit', and if I could, and if I would, I wanna answer him ' Well, sayang, I don't even have my own money to buy a deodorant'. My savings are gone and we keep waiting for something with uncertainties. I don't get any part time jobs because no one wanna employ for a pre-service government servant who might be called at any time, anywhere. And yes, in case if you are wondering, I am whining! Reports and news show that Malaysia are lack of English teacher. There are 201 of us who are fresh and eager to teach! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

101 Survival Tips; Organizing your desk (For IPSAHAN)

I am not the most organized person in the world, but hey, who don't love their working or living space to be spacious, neat, well-organized, clean and tidy? While I was living in IPSAH'S dorm, I was one of the unlucky students, because our block had not been renovated. So, we lived in a 'pre-historic' old dormitory which our desk didn't have any shelves or anything to put our things on. Therefore, I would like to share with you some of my dorm pictures that I had taken earlier while I was in SP. I hope that this post could help you to organize your work space if you have a very tight budget,

This is my desk.
As you can see at the two pictures below, I am using boxes that I bought for RM1 from Koperasi IPSAH. This idea is derived from my friend, Raynur who claimed that organizing with recycled box is 'CARA HIDUP YANG ZUHUD' . lol. By the way, this storage system is suitable to replace shelves for things that you always needed. Meanwhile boxes with lids are meant for things that you seldom needed.

I miss the dorm so much. This was where I lived and grown up. Despite of the 'kedaifan', I really enjoyed living in the dorm with my classmates.

Katil Berpuaka

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Making The Most of Being Jobless-Origami Crane Mobile {Part 3}

Testing my unpolished photography skill

Love them!
For God sake, I spent 12 hours doing this origami crane mobile. At first, I was doing them (without the beads) with common thread that we use to sew our clothes. It happened that the strings strangled among each other while I was hanging the crane. I was to the extent of giving up, but then my mum suggest that I should use fishing rope to tie the cranes, and I added some beads to make it beautiful, and tied them to an unused basket that we get in Malaysian version of dollar store. I placed the basket upside down so that it had a lantern-like shape for me to tie the strings. TADAA!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Intelligent is a new sexayyy!!!

Maybe most of you doesn't know who is Dr. Farish A. Noor. He is a historian, a Malaysian and a writer. Truly, I love his provocative writings. At the same time, he is handsome in a way that I can't explain. I guess his intelligence is the X-Factor. Well, I have several friends who read his book. One of our faves is "What Your Teacher Didn't Tell You". Well, accidently most of my friends define my standard based on Dr. Farish due to my out-of-nowhere reactions and big grin when I talked about him. LOL


So, any Dr-Farish-wannabe in KK! I don't mind to date you! BWAHAHAHA

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Making The Most of Being Jobless {Part 2}

'Graduated' from these in 3 weeks.
Currently, I am reading this.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Peace and Luck...

My First Crane Mobile

Cranes are symbol of peace and luck. Hope that I would find the 'piece' for a peace in my heart, and lots of luck too.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bookmark Problem Solved!

So that, the other day I made a status in my Facebook, telling that I don't like the idea of using bookmark while reading (even though I lobe to make them and give them to friends) because;

1) I keep losing them, it keeps falling down from the pages.
2) I keep losing the page where I stop, and it is ineffective.

I received different opinions from my friends.

So, for years, I keep folding a crease on the page where I stopped reading (or where I fell asleep!). My books are always dogeared.

Dogeared Burgess' favourite book.

The Enemy in the Blanket (Direct translation of Musuh Dalam Selimut-The third  part of Malayan Trilogy)

Then, I found the idea of cutting the edge of an envelope so that I could tuck in the page where I stopped. I really hope that this bookmark would not fall down from the page. However, the cons of this bookmark is it is made from thin paper and I found that it is difficult to open the edge everytime I want to mark the last page where I stopped reading.

The edge of the envelope that I cut to be a bookmark.
Then, I had the idea of googling the origami bookmark. I found that it is easy, interesting and elegant and cost u not more than 5 cents (perhaps). I found several ideas and start to fold my own bookmarks. These bookmarks are awesome because;

1) It tucks easily into the page as it is made from normal paper, but folded several time into thick folds.
2) It is cheap, elegant, beautiful and simply, I love Japanese art.
3) I would not losing my bookmark easily.

These are several bookmarks that I folded myself and I include the link that provide you with videos and instructions.

Triangle Bookmark

You could check this at here

The Mark of Love

Well, this one seems tedious to be done, but it looks beautiful at the end.

Well, you could check Fold Something Website for the instructions and videos. Additionally, this guy is cool, he has how own channel Youtube that consists of many origami instructions.

Bookmark Problem Solved! :)