Sunday, December 30, 2007
Then I found a forum which described the symptoms so well. I had Brontok lurking inside my hard disk.
And after searching the net forums for a solution, I found one: Brontok Washer. Thank heavens it worked.
But now after such a scare, I'm backing up everything.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
1. Takwim Sekolah 2008 (almost done!)
2. Laporan Tahunan 2007 (to be put together)
3. Fail Rekod Mengajar 2008
4. Office clearing up (this should be high up the list!)
1. House cleaning
2. Christmas card-writing (which I almost always end up not sending)
3. Christmas gift-buying, wrapping and tagging
And the final most special list:
1. Having breakfast at 9 a.m. and thinking of what I'd been doing in November all those years in SPA :)
2. Having tea at 3 p.m. with old friends and catching up on the latest developments :))
3. Putting up the Christmas tree and not having to think of JKKN, ICT meetings and courses :)))
4. Calling up teacher friends so we can trade stories on who's doing what end of the year...:)))))
After one year in school, I've come to this conclusion:
I suffer more stress at school (because of the myriad jobs to be done and the uncountable people to be dealt with) but I spend more time at home.
HELLO! Anybody home in that empty vessel you use to carry your hair??!
Now I'm beginning to understand why a lot of the administrators in school feel that they have to be serious and grumpy. There are LOTS of people out there who feel that if there's a chance to slack, they have to grab the opportunity with both hands. I'm still undecided about whether or not I need to be a grump (snapping left and right) to be an effective administrator. My dad (who retired as Chief Inspector of schools) thinks I don't need to go around scolding people to get things done. And I agree. All I should need to be is be a serious and straightforward administrator.
But I do agree that some people don't UNDERSTAND things unless it's said to them in slightly threatening shades of tone and expression.
That really really p***** me off.
*Hmm, that should make being mean easier, right?*
But I'll never be mean in class.
It's a place to have fun and discover new stuff.
I'll be cajoling, insistent, humorous, loud, slightly-gross-when-required and physically-in-your-face...but I won't be mean.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
TESL ppl, I offer you.. or rather The Royal Commonwealth Society offers you the PERFECT opportunity to implement process-writing.
The Commonwealth Essay Competition ( http://www.rcsint.org/essay/) is an international education project open to all young Commonwealth citizens under the age of 18. It has four different age bands, 'Classes'. Each Class offers five topics, plus the Commonwealth Question.
Competition deadline is 1st March 2008
CLASS A - Born 1989-1991
All questions can be answered by writing an essay or a story which explores the topic in an interesting and relevant way.
- Tell us about your favourite book OR your favourite place and what it means to you.
- Why decorate?
- Is the world becoming tribal or global?
- EITHER Let me tell you a story. This is how it all began … OR Fifty years from now.
- The Commonwealth Question (see details below).
CLASS B - Born 1992-1993
All questions can be answered by writing an essay or a story which explores the topic in an interesting and relevant way.
- "You have to have a dream or you go nowhere." (Kofi Annan)
- An inter-galactic market research company is canvassing opinions on whether Planet Earth is suitable material for "first contact". What do you think?
- What advice would you give to a family living with teenagers?
- EITHER This is where I live OR These are the things which make me who I am.
- The Commonwealth Question (see details below).
CLASS C - Born 1994-1995
- Write a story or an account starting "Now, when I was your age …"
- Write a review of a favourite book, film, exhibition or piece of drama. Make sure you discuss why you liked it and why you think other people would too.
- What single change would most improve life in your community? Explain why.
- Write a story which includes a song and a secret.
- Imagine what it would be like to live for a whole day relying primarily on just ONE of your five senses.
- The Commonwealth Question (see details below).
CLASS D - Born 1996 or later
- Write a story or a poem entitled EITHER "The Storm" OR "The Ring".
- If you were given three special powers, what would they be and how would you use them?
- Strange happenings at the market.
- My best friend.
- You wake up one morning as the family pet. Describe your day.
- The Commonwealth Question (see details below).
The Commonwealth Question is open to all candidates and entries will be judged according to the relevant criteria used in the four Classes (A to D).
If you choose to answer the Commonwealth Question please DO NOT submit another essay and keep to your Class word count.
There is a £150 prize for a winning entry on the Commonwealth Question in each of the four Classes. This prize is in addition to the main prizes offered in each Class. Any entrant selecting the Commonwealth Question as their topic will also have their essay considered for a main prize.
The theme for Commonwealth Day 2008 is "The Environment: Our Future". Discuss the likely impact of climate change on life as you know it. What is to be done?
Now it's all up to you and don't forget to READ THE RULES!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Set Induction : 3D Picture of a Glock
Question : What do you see here?
What's a really hot issue about guns in schools nowadays?
(Possible answers: Columbine, Virginia Tech, the inclusion of weapons in national service training...)
Take the discussion where it may go but keep it within ethical/moral boundaries.
Like I said, this is a lesson plan that WON'T be used in my class.
Pre-Listening Activity :
1. Teacher hands out worksheet
2. Students brainstorm and fill in the blanks (one column - what's good about guns and another column - what's bad about guns)
While-Listening Activity :
1. Listen to the song.
2. Note down ONE lyric or image that grabs your attention.
After-Listening Activity :
1. Explain why the lyric or image is so fascinating to you. Give reasons.
Homework : Write an essay that answers the question "Should Young People Learn About Guns?"
Looks good, huh? But I'm not doing this in class. This is just for fun.
(Got that? Third time I said it.)
Yeah, I'm a wuss.
The song I'm NOT gonna use?
Read and enjoy...it's better if you let the Southern California punk band sing it for you.
Come Out And Play
(Performed by The Offspring)
Like the latest fashion
Like a spreading disease
The kids are strappin' on their way to the classroom
Getting weapons with the greatest of ease
The gangs stake their own campus locale
And if they catch you slippin' then it's all over pal
If one guy's colors and the other's don't mix
They're gonna bash it up
Hey - man you talkin' back to me?
Take him out
You gotta keep 'em separated
Hey - man you disrespecting me?
Take him out
You gotta keep 'em separated
Hey they don't pay no mind
If you're under 18 you won't be doing any time
Hey come out and play
By the time you hear the siren
It's already too late
One goes to the morgue and the other to jail
One guy's wasted and the other's a waste
It goes down the same as the thousand before
No one's getting smarter
No one's learning the score
Your never-ending spree of death and violence and hate
Is gonna tie your own rope
I've got Offspring screaming out 'Original Prankster' and the wind whistling by...ah, what bliss...
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Check out this URL http://www.malaysia-students.com/2007/08/upsr-pmr-spm-and-stpm-tips-2007.html
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
My aunt Joan has been in and out of hospital and she is due for surgery tomorrow morning.
She was actually supposed to have that surgery earlier but the blood bank was bankrupt. Fresh out.
Well, it WAS.
Two days ago, a doctor appealed to us to find blood donors for O+ blood type. Otherwise my aunt would not be able to go through the surgery. So I told my sister and did some sms sending. Audrey went a step better (after finishing all the credit in her phone) and put up a bulletin in Friendster.
Since then, the response has been amazing. She's had total strangers calling her up to ask her who to donate for (as they needed to complete the form at the blood bank!). Today, when Suzie Labadin went to donate at 5 pm, she was informed that she was the 10th person to do so for Joan Casius. Today alone. Yesterday, we know there were at least three. We know that some people have already planned to donate tomorrow. I doubt that my aunt can use up all those pints. But I have a strong feeling that those extra pints will be saving some lives at Queen Elizabeth Hospital these few weeks. After all, O blood type is Universal Donor...saves all lives!
People can be so amazing...and so beautiful.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
It's my wonderful friends and family who wanna do things to me.
Oh for crying out loud, I've got :
- 8 superpoke! friend requests
- 1 what are you wearing invitation
- 1 new wall post request
- 2 zombies invitations
- 1 oktoberfest invitation
- 2 my aquarium requests
- 2 werewolves requests
- 2 top friends friend requests
- 1 get superlatives invitation
- 1 my room invitation
- 3 vampires invitations
- 1 wishabi request
- 1 hottest friend request
- 1 tattoos invitation
- 1 describe me request
- 2 slayers invitations
- 1 likeness quiz request
- 1 my kids invitation
- 1 my cause invitation
.... and a partridge in a pear tree? Not.
Just looking at the list is tiring. What more delving deep into these requests and invitations...
Unlike the Indian man in the Astro advert, I AIN'T GOT TIME!
I dread to find out how many zombies I'm gonna get tomorrow.
I just bought a book for USD5.94 (RM19.99) which cost about RM32 at the local bookstores. Hefty savings....
But there's a downside to this. I'm saving money, I tell myself... so I buy more. In the end, I don't really save. But I do have more books to read...
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
It must've been a tremendous shock to his family when he collapsed last Saturday.
It's frightening in a way because it made me realize that I'm in the 'zone'... I'm now in the age bracket where health problems begin to emerge. Scary scary scary...
P/S M looked okay..his wife n kids were with him. The docs are hunting for the suspected blockage in his heart. :(
Friday, October 05, 2007
My favourite place to search for it were places like Shenanigans and Something Al's (changed name three times as far I know and is now known as Blue Note). The music was loud enough to fill up all the empty spaces in my ears, heart and mind. The drinks were just as great and when you hit a certain level of intoxication, the whole world was beautiful and no problem seemed insurmountable. Best of all, you were surrounded by happy people ... and they were all my friends. Even if I didn't know their surnames.
But after a few years, it all palled. The music was always the same... and when it changed to trance music, it wasn't to my liking. I liked music by GunsnRoses, Queen and Joan Jett. And as I got older, the recovery time from an alcoholic binge grew steadily longer. And still I hadn't found 'it'. Not really. In the end, I just plain got bored.
Now I'm in a contented phase of my life. My hubby thinks I'm nutty and still wants to stick with me. My son's daily development and fascinating viewpoints keep me very much entertained. I think I've found 'it'... and even if I haven't, I'm feeling pretty good with the way things are.
Cue Whitney Houston's song 'Saving All My Love For You".
But I begin to see that it's all about finding love and acceptance. That's what all of us want anyway. It's just that some of us find it within ourselves, within our families and our friends. Others seem to need to find it elsewhere. Perhaps 'elsewhere' is more fun, more interesting... I wouldn't know. Different strokes for different folks.
One friend said to me,"Hah, wait till it happens to you." I may sound arrogant but I say it won't. Because I wouldn't let it. A relationship is like heading down a road. But you have to take that first step. Before you do, you have to have some idea where that road is heading. So if you don't like what could be waiting for you at the end of that road, then don't take that first step.
Walk away. Even if it kills you inside.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
But now... NOW.. the Internet has turned the world of social networking onto its head. When I learned about emailing, I thought "Wow.." but I had to know people's email addresses. It had to be correct right down to each dot. Then my sister badgered me to try out Friendster. Eyeww, I thought. Social networking. I wasn't in the market for sly smiles and flirty giggles.
Until I had to look for a friend and turned to Friendster as one of the avenues of hope. Then I got Ringo. Then Facebook. It was an uncontrollable slide into the world of online social networking.
Then I found old friends, former students... it was amazing.
I found Juraidah, ex-coursemate and long time friend. They used to call us the 'twins' cos we looked similar.
I found Francis, ex-student. He was in New Zealand and on his way to London for a brandnew adventure!
I found Warren + Marilyn, cousins long lost in the wilds of Kuala Lumpur. Uh, okay, calling Uncle Thasius would've yielded up phone numbers but that's not the point!
Trying to find Shahnaz Mat Daud and Melor Ismail next. This networking is gonna do the job...I can feel it.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
I've had a few and of all sorts. Some were like dandelion fluff, spinning away into the sky when the wind blows. Some were part of the background, always there but when the scenery changed, they changed too. Some carried 'daggers' with poison tips. And of course some were gems.
But as usual, life's not so clearcut black and white. I cannot point a finger at anyone and say,"I regret being a friend to that one."
For all my friends brought something to my life.
G gave me lots of academic discourses and sharp witty remarks mixed in with laughter n common sense.
C taught me how to handle extremes in life and showed ME I had extremes in me.
Q played with me in the sun and after stocking up on fun n games, Q dashed cold water in my face. Brr..then I dried off and had some more fun.
R went through school with me and we shared plenty of dreams, pain and nescafe.
T took me aside when my heart was full of rain and showed me how to look for the sunshine.
H stood by me in my rollicking campus days and just went "Tsk." when I rollicked a bit too much.
Sometimes 'tsk' became 'are you dumb or what?'
Y walked around me with a dagger in hand and taught me that some people just didn't like to see others happy.
* And no, I didn't use the first letters of their names so don't bother matching names! :)*
But I wouldn't be me without all of these people...and there were so many more I didn't mention.
This weekend sure was a reflective one.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
For those who are doing their PhDs now with that coveted scholarship, you lucky people...
For those who are close to 40, HURRY UP!
For those who are big-eyed and still with sparkles in your vision, plan carefully.
The circular's on the MOE website. Sad sad sad...
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
But it was a good time - we got to see how excellent schools worked and we also worked on our teamwork...:)
Monday, September 03, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Guru Bashid himself said that he is not creating new material but just repackaging information that is freely available. But you know the 'sakit jiwa' of retyping documents, right?
I just made payment via Maybank2u.com and am now waiting for the download link. Hope this is legit but I think it is because Guru Bashid has a blog online ( gurubashid.com/blog) and when I browsed through it, he looks authentic. And he's worked in SM Sains Sabah before!
So is anyone going to retype the old pekelilings and the garispanduans and sell them as ebooks? Opportunity is knocking...:)
I know someone who compiled all the SPs and HSPs into a CD complete with index. But I don't know what he's going to do with it...
Let me list them out:
English Form 5 Paper 1 - two essays per student
English Form 5 Paper 2
MUET Listening answer sheets - MCQ, thanks to the guys at MPM!
MUET Reading answer sheets - MCQ as well (and my partner marked them for me! Thanks bunches, Florence!)
MUET Writing answers - summary & directed writing..grooooaaann..
Not so many to do, right?
But BEHIND ME sits fearsome documents - school's strategic plan drafts and school's headcount data.
Okay, I'm going now. The slave's gotta get back to work.
BETH, DON'T YOU MISS ALL THIS WORK?????????
Pretty good numbers, huh? For just one month's 'work'. But of course the bull's running in the market now.
That made me think. So many people are just letting their money sit in EPF when they could invest in other vehicles. Of course they need to do their research properly. Not all unit trusts do well. But LIPPER and Standard & Poor are pretty good guides. And I'll always go for Public Mutual and MAAKL. Or wherever the three wunderkind Cheah, Wong and Sito go.
People always say,"But there's a risk in unit trusts...EPF is risk-free!" Sure, there's always a risk in whatever venture you undertake. The question they need to ponder is ..IS THE EPF TRULY RISK-FREE??
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Take a look...
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I am very very satisfied with the book. Many people are writers but not all are storytellers. JK Rowling is most definitely a storyteller!
Can't wait to see the book translated into a film. Especially the battle scenes... oooh, so much gory detail!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
7.30 a.m. : I was at Popular City Mall, picking up my pre-order copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
10.00 a.m. : I was inside Sacred Heart Cathedral waiting for Verma and Ian to get married. Ian Geraint Jones was in a kilt while Verma Vitales was in a luscious white halter neck gown that swept the floor.
1.00 p.m. : Verma and Ian couldn't wait to get their Harry Potter copies and went straight from church to the bookstore. Result: their photos were published in two local dailies and one national newspaper. At the time, I'd just left the church.
2.00 p.m. : At home, marking. *Had to sit on Harry Potter book to finish work. Most agonizing.*
5.00 p.m. : On the road to Langkah Syabas for the happy couple's outdoor wedding dinner. Lucky it didn't rain. But it sure was memorable. Half of the tables were under blue tents and were equipped with bottles of white wine and lihing. They had seashells, crystals and little fish figures everywhere. I sat at my table and gazed at the white sands, blue seas and boats bobbing in the distance. Then the sun HAD to set and cast a beautiful orange red light on everything. Imagine blue green (the theme!) overlaid with orange. Beautiful...
Okay that's it. Wanna finish my Harry Potter book. Yeah, haven't finished it cos I had so much work to do. Deadlines everyday...
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
I just finished marking for our 1st term exams two weeks ago and last Monday, another batch of papers came in. Our local education dept revived the 'Gerak Gempur', shook the dust off it and renamed it 'Ujian Setara'. Whatever. They're all exams. My heart actually fell right into my stomach when we got the news during a coordinating meeting.
The teachers were horrified.
Wonder how the kids feel about it.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Once upon a time, I used to spend weeks just playing with the RGB codes. Change one number and the colour would change. It was like having your personal colour palette..just that it's in numbers and ABCs. It got to the point when I'd look at a colour and go,"Hmmm, that's a CD0023..." Yeah, sick, I know. But I tend to get obsessive that way.
Here's a good website to help pick out great colour matches. Not only for webpages but for clothes as well...
You are Green Lantern
|Hot-headed. You have strong |
will power and a good imagination.
Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test
Sunday, July 01, 2007
K E W L.
A W E S O M E.
BLEW MY TINY MIND.
The most 'beautiful' part of the movie was...naaah, not Megan Fox (tho' she provided just the right amount of eye candy!)
It was the transforming of the aliens from car to robot or robot to car. Or in the case of the Decepticons, plane, heli whatever.
I don't know how those guys made every little mechanical part swish swing twist revolve rotate spin and lock into place but they did good.
I wanna watch it about 20 more times.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
If you like the idea of working in Dubai, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City or Beijing
If you have been in service for at least 10 years and spent 5 of those years as a PPPSiswazah
If you're under 50 years of age
If you can speak English
If you can speak Arabic for posts in Dubai or Mandarin for posts in China
If your LNPT has never dipped below 90% for the past three years
If you have strong capabilities in management, promotion, database, finance & accounts, ICT
Head on over to www.moe.gov.my and download the info. If not for yourself, for a friend.
But the deadline for applications is 30 June. So hurry hurry hurry....
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I like teaching young people.
I like bringing these young people into a computer lab and seeing their eyes light up. Even if it's so clearly a rare event in their lives. (Hmm, the administrator in me is scribbling notes.)
I like showing them stuff like how to throw their voice and hearing an improvement in some kids' presentations.
I like sitting in school resource centres.
I like debates, dramas, aerobics before class, march pasts..etc.
I like the Friday potluck brunches in the teachers' staffroom.
I like looking at what a school has and doesn't have and figuring out how to make things better.
I like the hurly-burly of life in school.
I don't like meetings (if they come at least twice a week and it's been thrice the past few weeks).
I don't like scolding people. Adults or youngsters. I prefer the buddy-buddy approach but sometimes instant action is required.
I don't like reports, charts and graphs. Especially if I'm the one preparing it and it's due yesterday.
I don't like marking umpteen piles of papers (especially if I just finished a batch and a new batch is coming in on Monday cos the dept insists we carry out a project of theirs. Yeah I know it's 'for our own good' but..)
I don't like clearing paperwork off my table and having the clerk heave another pile onto it.
I don't like the daily dreary office stuff that runs a school.
It's for 'Meet The Parents' day (report cards..sigh) and also a PTA meeting.
I hate meetings... unless I'm chairing it. And if I chair it, the meeting can be done within half an hour because I normally prepare everything ahead of time and the meeting is just for distribution and coordination of duties. Hmm, that shows what kinda meetings I chair.
A former boss of mine used to say that if the meeting takes longer than 45 minutes, it's not a meeting. And if so, then food must be provided. But I've had the misfortune to attend THREE-DAY meetings and in self-defense, I bought a PDA and a bluetooth keyboard. That meant I could type my executive report during the meeting itself. And if the meeting degenerates into a fruitless slanging match or an unproductive rally (where an issue gets volleyed left and right), I could open an e-book and switch off. I've completed whole reports in MS Excel (hundreds of entries) and a whole year's worth of planning during such horrendous wastes of time. When I say 'wastes' here, I'm picturing huge rolling dunes of barren land. Which is my precious time when I'm locked into such meetings. Or maybe that's too much for sticklers to language rules. Howzabout I use the word 'swathes'? But I digress.
Back to today's lament... IT. IS. A. SATURDAY.
And Saturdays are meant for glorious luxurious wallowing in wonderful stuff like shopping, picnicking, play, play, play and more play.
I JUST WANNA PLAY!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I've had it so often, my immune system should be immune from it. Sadly, no-one seems to have created a vaccine for it. However friends consolingly tell me that it's okay, everyone suffers from it.
BUT no-one suffers quite the same as the one who is going through it THIS-VERY-MOMENT and RIGHT-NOW.
According to the powers-that-are (in certain professions), this disease is especially common among Sagittarians. The Chinese say that it is also the special purview of those born in the Year of the Monkey.
Guess what? I'm a Sagittarian born in the Year of the Monkey.
Talk about a double-whammy...
Whenever I suffer an attack, I apologize profusely (and in the process, I seem to make things worse) and try to make amends. Then I go home and squirm some more. Sometimes I even wake up in the middle of the night to think about it. Squirm squirm squirm...
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Ya, earth-shaking issue, I can tell.
Anyway, he got me scooting down memory lane and metaphorically digging into old boxes. Again.
I used to be so addicted to the Marvel and DC universes that I HAD to write the stories for myself because I couldn't wait for the next installment. My friends used to shake their heads at the sight of me scribbling in a book. I must've have filled up at least 20 exercise books! I was crazy about the New Teen Titans then - Robin, Starfire, Wonder Girl, Changeling, Raven and Cyborg.
The X-Men? Piffle. They were old hat to me. I chewed my baby teeth on them...literally. My grandpa and uncle brought comics home long before they were fashionable. When my uncle left to study in the UK, he locked them up in a huge box with a don't-mess-with-me padlock. So I took a crowbar to it. When he came home, he must've been horrified. But he must've loved me more than he loved his comics because he didn't take me apart. Oh well, I was only about 7 or 8 then.
The NTT came into my life when I was around 11 years old. I walked into a sundry shop and saw a green-skinned superhero character on a cover. As far as I knew, the only green-skinned cutie I knew was Garfield Logan from the pages of the Doom Patrol! And that began a long-term love affair with graphic literature...
I suppose comicbooks were so important to me because I could lose myself in such fantastic worlds and such amazing situations... don't all of us need an escape hatch? For me, school was a pretty stressful place and more so the university. I'd recommend comicbooks anytime to anyone. Way better than drugs, IMHO.
For me, the best example of graphic literature ever is the Witchblade. Michael Turner time, that is. If Turner ever collaborates on anything with Z, Wohl, D Tron and Smith again, I wanna know.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.
One day, the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students...?"
"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Test of Three."
"Test of Three?"
"That's correct," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to test what you're going to say.
The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man replied, "actually I just heard about it."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"
"No, on the contrary..."
"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him even though you're not certain it's true?"
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.
Socrates continued, "You may still pass though because there is a third test - the filter of Usefulness.
Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really..."
"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"
The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.
This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
So next time you hear a rumour about someone, think about what Socrates said.
There is an interesting website about the subject.
Rumours can change slightly each time they're told, so they get more exaggerated over time.
Monday, May 07, 2007
So teachers and students from primary schools right up to the teacher training institutes, come in and join the fun! Get more info at WCCD 2007 (http://www.sabah.edu.my/wcdd2007/)
Sunday, May 06, 2007
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was
physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was
a very large mammal its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the
teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically
The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah."
The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?"
The little girl replied, "Then you ask him".
A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they
were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.
As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what
the drawing was.
The girl replied, "I'm drawing God."
The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied,
"They will in a minute."
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five
and six year olds.
After explaining the commandment to "honour" thy Father and thy Mother,
she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers
Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered,
"Thou shall not kill."
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at
the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands
of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me
cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said,
"Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"
The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade
them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
"Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and
say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'
A small voice at the back of the room rang out,
"And there's the teacher, she's dead."
A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make
the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood,
as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face."
"Yes," the class said.
"Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position,
the blood doesn't run into my feet?"
A little fellow shouted, "'Cause your feet ain't empty."
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school
for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples.
The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:
"Take only ONE. God is watching."
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a
large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I found Glenda Larke a.k.a. Glenda Noramly's blog and found it so interesting that I bookmarked her blog and visited it half as many times as I checked my mail. Which is plenty!
What i found interesting was how she talked about Sabah, Borneo.. Malaysia too. It was fascinating to read about my homeland and 'see' what she saw through her Aussie eyes. Granted she's been in Malaysia for ages but she still had lots to say about this land I call home.
I remembered a long time ago as I was poring over storybooks and found one author's description of a tropical wonderland so marvelous that I wished I could be there. A split second later, I realised I WAS there!
The author talked of palms waving in the breeze - I saw hundreds of them on my way to school everyday.
The author talked of juicy pineapples - during pineapple season, we'd eat pineapples till my tongue itched unbearably.
The author talked of glorious hibiscus and magnificent bougainvillea - I'd crush the hibiscus flowers (red, white and pink ones!) if I sat down on the grass back home and my mum would graft endless buds of bougainvillea onto each other so she could look at a plant with multicoloured blooms...and I'd think ohno! more blooms to sweep off the verandah.
I actually felt my world move. Imperceptibly...but surely.
Now I've found someone whose blog reveals parts of Sabah that I don't know. And the way she talks about Sabah is as if she's talking about a foreign land. For her, maybe. But it shouldn't be, for me.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
This is one of the better forwards I've ever received in quite a while..
Once upon a time a tortoise and a hare had an argument about who was faster. They decided to settle the argument with a race. They agreed on a route and started off the race.
The hare shot ahead and ran briskly for some time. Then seeing that he was far ahead of the tortoise, he thought he'd sit under a tree for some time and relax before continuing the race.
He sat under the tree and soon fell asleep. The tortoise plodding on overtook him and soon finished the race, emerging as the undisputed champ.
The hare woke up and realized that he'd lost the race. The moral of the story is that slow and steady wins the race.
This is the version of the story that we've all grown up with.
But then recently, someone told me a more interesting version of this story. It continues.
The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some Defect Prevention (Root Cause Analysis). He realized that he'd lost the race only because he had been overconfident, careless and lax.
If he had not taken things for granted, there's no way the tortoise could have beaten him. So he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed.
This time, the hare went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles.
The moral of the story? Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady.
If you have two people in your organization, one slow, methodical and reliable, and the other fast and still reliable at what he does, the fast and reliable chap will consistently climb the organizational ladder faster than the slow, methodical chap.
It's good to be slow and steady; but it's better to be fast and reliable.
But the story doesn't end here. The tortoise did some thinking this time, and realized that there's no way he can beat the hare in a race the way it was currently formatted.
He thought for a while, and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route.
The hare agreed. They started off. In keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the hare took off and ran at top speed until he came to a broad river.
The finishing line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river.
The hare sat there wondering what to do. In the meantime the tortoise trundled along, got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race.
The moral of the story? First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency.
In an organisation, if you are a good speaker, make sure you create opportunities to give presentations that enable the senior management to notice you.
If your strength is analysis, make sure you do some sort of research, make a report and send it upstairs. Working to your strengths will not only get you noticed but will also create opportunities for growth and advancement.
The story still hasn't ended.
The hare and the tortoise, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together. Both realised that the last race could have been run much better.
So they decided to do the last race again, but to run as a team this time.
They started off, and this time the hare carried the tortoise till the riverbank. There, the tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back.
On the opposite bank, the hare again carried the tortoise and they reached the finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they'd felt earlier.
The moral of the story? It's good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies; but unless you're able to work in a team and harness each other's core competencies, you'll always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you'll do poorly and someone else does well .
Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership.
There are more lessons to be learnt from this story.
Note that neither the hare nor the tortoise gave up after failures. The hare decided to work harder and put in more effort after his failure.
The tortoise changed his strategy because he was already working as hard as he could. In life, when faced with failure, sometimes it is appropriate to work harder and put in more effort.
Sometimes it is appropriate to change strategy and try something different. And sometimes it is appropriate to do both.
The hare and the tortoise also learnt another vital lesson. When we stop competing against a rival and instead start competing against the situation, we perform far better.
When Roberto Goizueta took over as CEO of Coca-Cola in the 1980s, he was faced with intense competition from Pepsi that was eating into Coke's growth.
His executives were Pepsi-focussed and intent on increasing market share 0.1 per cent a time.
Goizueta decided to stop competing against Pepsi and instead compete against the situation of 0.1 per cent growth.
He asked his executives what was the average fluid intake of an American per day? The answer was 14 ounces. What was Coke's share of that? Two ounces. Goizueta said Coke needed a larger share of that market.
The competition wasn't Pepsi. It was the water, tea, coffee, milk and fruit juices that went into the remaining 12 ounces. The public should reach for a Coke whenever they felt like drinking something.
To this end, Coke put up vending machines at every street corner. Sales took a quantum jump and Pepsi has never quite caught up since.
To sum up, the story of the hare and tortoise teaches us many things.
Important lessons are:
The fast and consistent will always beat slow and steady;
work to your competencies;
pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual performers;
never give up when faced with failure; and finally,
compete against the situation. Not against a rival.
In Short, BE STRATEGIC!
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,
"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."
In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:
If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics :
1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash........
Twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.
6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.
7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.
8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Come on and inject some variation in!
Otherwise we are in danger of earning the headline: MALAYSIANS HARRY POTTER MANIACS!
But think of your top ten FICTION titles first before you click on to http://sites.thestar.com.my/bookpoll/
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Robin writes stories about the people in a community on another planet called Celta. Straightforward love stories which contain elements of psychic phenomena and intelligent cats. Could it be the spellcasting or the ways of recognizing their mates that scared the censors? Or is it the talking cats?
My intelligence is insulted. It seems I cannot decide for myself what may irreparably harm my thinking faculties.
I step out of the shower and beads of sweat begin popping out down my back.
I breathe a bit too hard and sweat trickles down my scalp.
I lie in bed and contemplate the ceiling, feeling sweat slip down my neck.
The air conditioner has become my best friend. I know I will be looking at a pretty fabulous electricity bill next month but I'm willing to pay for the comfort.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
PART 1: ON THE OUTSIDE
Name : Roslyn CT
Date of birth : *go n check my IC*
Current status : Married
Eye colour : Brown
Hair Colour : Black
Righty or lefty : Right handed.
Zodiac sign : Sagittarius.
PART 2: ON THE INSIDE
Your heritage : Kadazan.. a few drops of Chinese blood. OK lah.. many drops!
Your fear : Going blind.
Your weakness : Talk talk talk. Lucky my job requires that skill.
Your perfect pizza : Anything + tomato sauce + cheese + onions + garlic + more onions.
PART 3: YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW
Your thoughts first waking up : "Am I late?" *Check alarm clock. 6.15 a.m.* "I'm late I'm late I'm late..." *scramble scramble scram*
Tomorrow : I won't be late.
Your bedtime : 9.00 pm. A target most often missed.
Your most missed memory : Sitting in front of a great band in Shenanigans, feet on the speakers, Top10 in hand. Becoming allergic to alcohol has really spoiled my fun.
PART 4: YOUR PICK
Pepsi or coke : Coke.
McD or burger king : Can I not choose?
Single or group dates : Group! Me, hubby and son!
Adidas or nike : Next question, please!
Lipton tea or nestea : Tea??!! Ack! Urk! Bleurgghh!
Chocolate or vanilla : Both swirled together.
Cappucino or coffee : COFFEE.
PART 5: DO YOU…
Smoke : No.
Curse : No.
PART 6: IN THE PAST MONTH
Drank Alcohol : Does chicken dunked in rice wine count?
Gone to the mall : Yes.
Been on stage : Does giving a speech count? Yes.
Eaten sushi : Nope. Ack! Urk! Bleurgghh!
Dyed your hair : Not yet... appointment comin' up.
PART 7: WHAT WERE YOU DOING..
1 minute ago : Surfing blogs and drinking coffee.
1 hour ago : Surfing blogs and drinking coffee.
4 1/2 hours ago : Munching on kuih lapis Sarawak. It was blue (!) in colour and had a peppermint taste.
1 month ago : Thinking of headcounts, analysis, kids who cut class and my next Nescafe fix.
1 year ago : Hanging out in airports, crunching data in Excel, surfing blogs and drinking coffee.
PART 8: FINISH THE SENTENCE
i love : my books and my coffee.
i feel : like I don't have enough time.
i hate : not having enough time.
i hide : my white strands of hair.
i miss : my super flat stomach.
i need : more coffee.
PART 9: TAG 5 PEOPLE
Hmm, serenadez, audreyst, grinmamablues, beatrice, sweetcrankyangel
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Yeahh, evil me.
However I noticed that a friend of mine was itching to invest. I sat down and told her about such schemes. I mean, you put money in something.. you have to get something concrete in return. Whether it's a pie, a share certificate or a brick. This Swisscash thing (and now I hear of IPC?) doesn't offer anything concrete. Just cash into an account and miraculously it will breed and grow and do better than Berkshire Hathaway. Or Fidelity Magellan. Isn't the top in earnings George Soros's company? Whatever lah.
But that friend of mine is still straining to invest. The only thing stopping her from dumping her money in is some cockup she's in, thanks to a crooked lawyer. But once that's straightened out, she'll probably run into the nearest Swisscash lookalike. They should call it Swishcash.
I just don't get it.
I remember my times in La Salle... those night hours spent in the school with the boys... the cakes sent over regularly by Pn Goh n others...and that was with the kids.
The times with the teachers were just as good. But being involved in debating as a coach is just so taxing. I don't know if I have enough brain cell juice left after nine years. I suppose if I had to, I would. But now it's time for others to go through the process I went through. I'm deliberately keeping away so the others will pick up the baton. Although it doesn't stop 'em from calling me about points and lines of argument.
But those were good times, weren't they?
Saturday, January 20, 2007
I think,"Should I scream?" No lah.
You ICT-savvy people, please print out the URL and put it up on school noticeboards.
And forward the info to all your friends.
Punca Maklumat Untuk Pentadbir, Guru dan Pelajar
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
KKIP Communications Sdn Bhd
a letter from the principal if you are applying for an educational institution (edu) or send us a copy of the IC of the account owner if you are applying for a personal account (net). Best of all, it's FREE for schools. Hey maybe it's free for individuals too. Didn't ask that...