Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pre School Retreat

I'm looking forward to cozy mattresses....but my home is cozier coz I have a human bolster! :) I blame the bolster for not wanting to go. He wants to save up his holidays. Nevermind, I will enjoy myself for sure. Three days two nights...three days two nights...

I'm kinda worried about our high school dance. We practiced like 4 times with no fix steps and everyone didn't get it but suddenly the 5th time miracles happened. Pressure really works on people huh? Then I just figured a few minutes ago that my dancing pants is too big. It's late to sew now and I am super duper lazy. I guess I just have to modify the pants somewhere as so it won't fall with all the tapping we will be doing in the dance.

September is almost Gone

Why am I being lazy tonight? Just thinking about another retreat makes me tired. The truth is I rather stay home and chill. I guess I have been busy that I didn't have time to let Spring Field sink into my brain and have the equation equals to RELAX. I need a pacific time for myself. I hope I could at least get some mellow time there! :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

BrickHouse Web

Feel insecure? Need security? If you do, then BrickHouse, selling all security products guarantee that you can have a peaceful sleep day in or day out. Take for example, a GPS that can be found in their website. Before we have a GPS, we usually get lost in looking at maps alone and having to interpret our own directions. Now that we have one, maps are still useful but no longer a tour guide because the GPS keeps us on the road without being lost. We also found several alternative routes on several occasion so we could get to a place faster. With the security cameras, it's easier to track who did what, where and when. Nevertheless, the cameras can't always promise that a good catch except that you know who did what, when and how. As you browse the website, you can see many more security purposes products such as vehicle trekking devices, cellphone that reads deleted test messages, etc. I was apparently looking for something interesting to buy yet thinking about when I will really use them...Well, as this morning, enjoy surfing. :)

Mega School Field Trip #1


The whole school is going for a field trip today. It's rare that we get this chance to go as a school. I don't know about the students but I am pretty excited. Excited to see the organization of the whole thing, excited to anticipate chaos, excited to welcome responsibility...The buses are already lining up as I made my way to my classroom. I wonder how many buses would it take if the whole school is going in them. So far, the school only needed 14 buses for those who couldn't get to the place by themselves. A bigger student of mine was making fun by saying he needs the best fat burner in town to get him on the bus! Well, he is big and you know what big means. :) Till then, wait for my entry on Siam Niramit fieldtrip (that if I even have the chance to take pictures and go around)!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Remove Panda Eyes

There are three among my homeroom students who like to be comfy in my first period class as if the three of them synchronized folding and unfolding their sleeping bags while I try my best to be the clown that saves their day! Last week one of them asked, "how to remove dark circles under eyes?" My immediate-annoyed answer was "take your precious eraser and erase them!" The class bursts into laughter. So I really was there to save their day huh?

I too actually want to learn how to erase those stubborn dark circles and rather go the natural way. So here's what I read. Among the most affective remedy given by homeremedy.com is to make a paste from a teaspoon of tomato juice. Then half teaspoon teaspoon lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder and a pinch of gramflour. All we need to do is to keep it for 10 minutes. Then viola! Of course, all the 7-8 hours of sleep musn't be taken lightly. :)

Wait Till I Get There

I got my best treatment for acne from a friend two months ago and at first I used them religiously until I got fed up of all the dolling up before going to bed. Well, I have cleared out of acne for quite some time now but I know when these little pricks come out...it either means I am pms-ing or burning the midnight oil for unnecessary hours. I really envy my girlfriends who could are very much devout to good habits. I tried but down through history, I was never successful. Why should I miss all the fun late-nights, mood swings and the sort? ^^ Well, lemme get to 35 to really give this matter a deep thought once and for all. :)

A Thousand Sun--Waiting For The End

Linkin Park's latest album this year -- A Thousand Sun. Here's my current favorite. Might ask students to analyze the song for fun! Suits the souls of my ROTC boys! :)


This is not the end
This is not the beginning
Just a voice like a riot
Rocking every revision
But you listen to the tone
And the violent rhythm
Though the words sound steady
Something emptys within em

We say yeah

With fists flying up in the air
Like we’re holding onto something that’s invisible there
Cuz we’re living at the mercy of the pain and the fear
Until we dead it forget it
Let it all disappear

Waiting for the end to come
Wishing I had strenght to stand
This is not what I had planned
It’s out of my control

Flying at the speed of light
Thoughts were spinning in my head
So many things were left unsaid
It’s hard to let you go

I know what it takes to move on
I know how it feels to lie
All I wanna do is trade this life for something new
Holding on to what I haven’t got

Sitting in an empty room
Trying to forget the past
This was never meant to last
I wish it wasn’t so

What was left when that fire was gone
I thought it felt right but that right was wrong
All caught up in the eye of the storm
And trying to figure out what it’s like moving on

And I don’t even know what kind of things I said
My mouth kept moving and my mind went dead
Picking up those pieces now where to begin
The hardest part of ending is starting again

All I wanna do is trade this life for something new
Holding on to what I haven’t got

This is not the end
This is not the beginning
Just a voice like a riot
Rocking every revision
But you listen to the tone
And the violent rhythm
Though the words sound steady
Something emptys within em

We say yeah

With fists flying up in the air
Like we’re holding onto something that’s invisible there
Cuz we’re living at the mercy of the pain and the fear
Until we dead it forget it
Let it all disappear

Hashoo!

"I am downing on the best multiple vitamin in town, Ms. Amy." He was sneezing non-stop in class today and all I did that made him feel 'very comfortable' was to stand 'too close' to him at the same time pulling my blouse up and down to cover my face! "No, no...I am not contagious. My mom just took me to the hospital and did a thorough check on H1N1 symptoms and signs but found nothing close." Okay...How are you supposed to apologize for that? I then said "I am sorry S but I am a very hypochondriac teacher." He nodded and grimaced. Yet I went on to say "...but can you please throw your tissues at the outside's trash?" *smack me!!!*

Twirling Staircase

It takes several twirling stairs to get to a touchdown in room 655. Every morning, my sole motivator is none else but food. Get this, I come to school, walk up to class, put shoulder bag down, get attendance folder, run to worship, get to flag line-up, walk back to class before the morning marathon is pronounced complete.

We do have an elevator that barely fits 15, given all the students have shoulder weights that almost weight a ton on each. Not that I can't squeeze in but walking up the stairs gives me daily sense of accomplishment even when on some days all things onward fail. Then I am again free after the third period and that's the time I pay a visit to the school's cafeteria. By then my tummy would growl a thousand times.
Thinking about the overloaded elevator, the many steps I have to take and the climb with a full tummy that I have to endure after, hunts my weary mind yet showed no affect with my appetite.
Then by lunch break, the whole staircase phobia strikes again wishing for a second chance, to which I gladly pursue! The only way to stop this as of now I reckon, is for me to have the most powerful appetite suppressant. Yes, every night was a torture since my first twirling stairs encounter. Yet all those uncomfortable nights didn't dwell for long. And I really have reasons to pray every night...Because he often whispers "take the lift!"

But many times...I REFUSED.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Her to Her

Dear Amy,

How are you? A close friend of ours told me that you've been busy. Ever since you moved to high school, I hardly get to lure you out shopping with me! What has changed since we last talked?

I get to know that you're not tutoring during the weekends anymore. That should leave you with a lot of time for me. Yet, all I have been getting from you is a reply sms saying you're busy marking hundreds of journals and essays every weekend. Either that or simply just "sax lesson." Seriously, what happened to you? I am missing our Subway dates, Emporium dates and other stuff that we used to do once weekend approaches.

Nevertheless, don't work too hard because you yourself told me that you're not getting any raised or extra for your extra efforts. I am just concerned with your social health. Pity Hobbit too. Don't let him wait for you after school. Go home and enjoy your evenings together instead of making him wait for you all the time. By the time you get home, there is very little time for you to catch up with each other. Face it, stop hiding your little secret--bringing work home.

Guess what? I bought you a very naughty nurse costumes. I know you would like it since you like collecting different types of costumes. Try it and take a picture of yourself. Do put some make ups on because you look horrible without. Okay, regards to Hobbit and take care. Do know that I miss you!

XoXo,
Aims

Saturday, September 11, 2010

你不知道的事


蝴蝶擦几次眼睛

再学会飞行

夜空洒满了星星

但几颗会落地

我飞行

但你坠落之际

很靠近

爱听见呼吸

对不起

我却没捉紧你

你不知道我为什么离开你

我坚持不能说放任你哭泣

你的泪滴像倾盆大雨

碎落满地

在心里清晰

你不知道我为什么狠下心

还悬在你看不见那高空里

我的事

你不知道的事

蝴蝶擦几次眼睛

再学会飞行

夜空洒满了星星

但几颗会落地

我飞行

但你坠落之际

很靠近

爱听见呼吸

对不起

我却没捉紧你

你不知道我为什么离开你

我坚持不能说放任你哭泣

你的泪滴像倾盆大雨

碎落满地

在心里清晰

你不知道我为什么狠下心

还悬在你看不见那高空里

我的事

你不知道的事

我飞行

但你坠落之际

你不知道我为什么离开你

我坚持不能说放任你哭泣

你的泪滴像倾盆大雨

碎落满地

在心里清晰

你不知道我为什么狠下心

还悬在你看不见那高空里

我的事

你不知道的事

Handling Loss

Life IS fragile. I still have a hard time giving in to how cancer could just take my ah yi (aunt) away from us like that! She's one of the top health freak I know. She takes good care of her family and herself. Her lifestyle reflected her faith. When I last visited her in December 2009, even a few days after chemo, she managed to keep her spirit high and her willingness to fight against cancer was far beyond a person with a healthy body could imagine. We prayed together and she said that she would visit me as soon as my cousin Anselm comes home from the States.

Last July, dad put me on the phone to speak to her. By then she had lost her speech but she could hear me and gestured. When Anselm was home, we managed to skype. It was so good to talk to him and reminisced the stuff we used to do. He's such a wonderful brother to talk to. Instead of comforting him, he comforted me! I was speechless.

On August 26, 2010, Thursday morning, mom and dad told me the news. I couldn't stop hating cancer! I went to school that morning and shared my thoughts with my students in worship. Little did I know that it made an impact...being open about my feelings and all. As I read through their journals for the week, some of them actually responded with mutual thoughts about sickness and death. I was touched with their empathy.

As I was watching a Christian movie The Perfect Stranger last night, my question was re-answered. God does not want bad things to happen to us but sometimes He lets trials in our life so that we, His children, will thirst for Him and seek Him even more. Yet, people often direct themselves to believe that God doesn't exist because of all the sufferings they go through. Even then, we must remember that God is always good, just, loving and merciful. When we suffer, He hurts and grief even more than we do. I need to be reminded today to "trust in the Lord with all my heart and to lean not on my own understanding; to acknowledge Him that He will make my path straight."

On a happy note, I am ordering Christmas gifts online so I could get them on time for you, you and you. I need some fresh air now. :)

Happy Sabbath everyone!

Survived after Brutal Encounter

courtesy of nations state
I thought this journalist named Chandler was pronounced dead after the May 19 black shirt attack. Praise God he is alive. You can read about his encounter and recovery here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Laugh Malaysia, Laugh.

Everyone in Thailand knows the work of Dr. Pornthip Rojanasunand. In fact, she is nicknamed "Dr. Death" because of her professional innovations and her straight talk about crime and social issues. I first heard of her during the PAD riot following the suicide investigation of the famous Kill Bill star, David Carradine. Later, through The Reader's Digest (I was frantically flipping through all my pass issues but still couldn't find which issue she was in...forget it!), I finally got to picture her flamboyance and why she is also known as the most trusted individual in Thailand (although some would disagree to this statement). Now that she is involved in the investigation of the TBH case in Malaysia, I couldn't help but wonder why her qualification is being questioned over her many expertise and many outstanding work?!



Given that I am a Malaysian living in Thailand for almost a decade and still proud to be one, I totally bailed out on the Malaysian Judiciary "Hall of Fame" and most of all the lacking of professionalism judges. Handling the Teoh Beng Hock case with such an impression towards other countries' professionalists and representing the government with their poor command of English, questioning ones quality of work, asking non-specific questions, making accusations and having poor listening skills (you're a judge for goodness sake!) simply put the whole country into a bowl as a laughing stock to the whole world.

I am offended and I am embarrassed. The whole nation are embarrassed. Feels like getting some compression stockings online and shove it into whoever this dpp is. 24 years of experience in his field?? ROFL!!! Hahahahaha!


Monday, September 6, 2010

Tongue Twisted Already

I blogged about how I do tongue twisters with my Grade 10 whenever they are suffering "hypoglycemia" in my other blog and how this sort of activity awakens the whole class. Today I got acquainted with what the Guinness Book of World Records regard as the hardest tongue twister. I gave it a try and surely when I added speed, my tongue got twisted all over! Ready...

The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick

How did it go?

English aside, I was interested in doing some lidah lilit in malay. Look what I found kept in one of my old netbooks...

Kakak ku kata, kuku kaki ku kotor. Ku kikis kuku kotor kaki ku

Yang tercepat kah tu? :)

Babu bebal bubuh bubur bibir baba

Laju lagi!!! :)

kambing kerbau, kambing kerbau, kambing kerbau...

and the hardest for me is....

Buaya biawak, buaya biawak, buaya biawak...

Hahaha! I give up!!!

Ling Jia Jun - San Ge Zi

A touching song. Goes well with the short story line in the clip. I haven't been listening to Cantonese songs much. My friends and I used to dedicate nice Cantonese songs to each other over the radio. I missed those moments. What I don't miss is my arrogant attitude I copied from being around my Chinese friends. Good thing my parents salvaged me although I was very much a hard headed rebel and refused to listen to them. Ahh...I had enough of my difficult teen years...Anyway, this song is a meaningful love song. Watch and you'll kinda know...:)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Six to Six

The question I often get around school lately is "So how's the 10 graders?"

So far, I still have limited vocabulary to describe how they are. So in a nutshell, I give one to three words answer to whoever asked me the above question.

They are: not so smart to smart, average, less of a headache, cunning, precarious, fun, generous, cool, no-horns-yet, lifeless, dependable, good dealers, dubious, indescribable, sensitive, hyper, careless, so-what, blah and blahs creatures.

When I really can't think of any word to describe my classes, I say "so far so good!" with a big smile! Well, a friend commented that I have such an undying smile since I moved to the high school and in a way I agree with her because I finally get to live the working life I was prepared for initially! :)

Suddenly school became a very important place. I work from six to six no kidding. And still I have to donate half of what I am earning (supposedly) to charity! Yay for that. It more or less I can't decide...made me a better person. I can now contribute to cheap laminate flooring to bamboo school!

Wish me luck as I continue this journey and wish me lots and lots of luck as I continue my donations.

Pulau Pinang Trip #4

It was hard to wake up when you know your fun ends today. Yet the Bata sandals kept me going the whole time. Reminded me of a last mission to accomplish before leaving delicious Penang. Good thing we started packing the night before and only had to adjust the capacity as to refilling or taking out.

It was barely 10am and the three of us were already waiting in front of the only Bata shop at Perangin Mall. As soon as it opened, we attacked and won ourselves each a pair of shoe. Then we graciously went back into Giant supermarket to get more maggie mees, breeches and whatever we found fit for our hand carries and luggage. It was then time to go to Auntie Jennie's place for lunch. I was anticipating tempoyak.

True enough as we got there, food on table and one of the dishes was tempoyak! How time flies. Railey was no longer the little boy who had a crush on me the first time I visited Auntie Jennie's place with a group of friends. He's 19 this year. Then I got to know Raileynn, Maclan's only sister. She's sweet. :) Our lunch was filled with reminisces. We got to talk to Maclan through the phone too! As Auntie Jennie was telling me about their move to KL and back to the exact current house (they lived in this house when I first visited) and about her sickness, I could see how much God had blessed them in so many unexpected ways. Auntie Jennie's family is so blessed. Well, we spent time in her kitchen for sambal bilis and later on said our goodbyes after a small sarsi session.

At the airport, we managed to check in our luggage without having to pay a single cent. God is good. Dee treated waffles. You guys who stopped by Penang airport need to try this waffle. I forgot the name of the shop but yeah...We returned to Bangkok safely.

The night was spent watching Nanny McPhee 2 while committing another big sin--khra pao kai khai dao!
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