Saturday, September 30

My First Kiwi Ball

Yesterday, Saturday, night i joined my first ever ball...

The St George Ball 2006

It was a kiwi (New Zealander) ball organised by a student hostel, St George.
However, it is not the "ball" that many of you, my readers, think it is...

First of all, it was held at a large sports bar, Chicago Bar, not a grand hall.
Second of all, all you do there is either drink or dance, there is no program whatsoever.
Jz a DJ playing party music, the dance floor & the bar.

Dress up & pay NZ$30 just for 2 free glasses of tap beer or house wine, finger food and a night of dancing & drinking (at your own expense).
You have to put in a LOT of effort to hava good time...
It wud hav been more economical to jz go to one of the local clubs... free entrance...

The only difference here is u hav many many friends there...
And its really wonderful to hav all ur frends around & buying each other drinks...
Dancing with the girls...
It was really a blast!

My date to the ball, Amanda, was really beautiful tat nite... as usual...
She's a very special person... however, she doesnt realise it...
nor will she accept this truth...
Well... let's all spend some time blessing her when we next talk to Jesus, k?

GBU!!!


As usual, my blog posts are never complete without pictures!

Nesa & Jason
All Hyped Up For The Ball!

Taka & Haruna

Jay & I

Jia Yin & I
She Adores Me!
;p

Me & Haruna

Me & Rose
She Is Now Unavailable... Sorry Guys...
Not With Me Thou... She's With Chris Now!

Nesa & Jia Yin
Mr Charming & Miss Adorable

Amanda & I
Beauty & the ****

And Finally...
P.I.M.P

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Thanks Jason for being persistent in getting me to join!
I had an awesome time!

To my "date" Amanda... a long Hug, a big Thank You... and an even bigger Sorry...

Tuesday, September 19

Little Teddy Stoddard

I got this from a forwarded email:

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As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold Xs and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... He is a joy to be around.."

His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest, and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to."

After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets.."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer.... The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back, she said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."

(For you that don't know, Teddy Stoddard is a Dr. at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)

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Checking out the story on:

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_teddy_stoddard.htm

We find that it is a work of fiction.
But the message is absolutely awesome & worth the attention of everyone!


Make a difference in someone’s life today!

Sunday, September 17

Malaysian Night 2006

The evening of Sunday, 17 September 2006, was a night to remember...
it was a night of celebration and nostalgia...
it was the Malaysian Night.

It was memorable for me beacuse:
1. I managed to style my "bangang" kiwi saloon haircut and it was very astheticly pleasing to me.
2. Nesa & I managed to get 4 non-Malaysians to pay NZ$45 to join the event.
3. I performed quite well that night.
4. I got to mingle around and chat with some old friends I havent met in a long time.
5. My after party was watching Liverpool vs Chelsea at "The Establishment"!


Here are some pictures of the event...
I will attempt to paint a picture of what went on that night with the pictures plus some illustration.

The Intercontinental Hotel Ballroom

Silat (Malaysian Martial Art) Presentation
Once the VIPs arrived, a silat presentation started the event.

Lion Dance & Officiating
A Chinese lion dance followed the Silat presentation.At the peak of the dance, the Malaysian High Commissioner, Datuk Ahmad Sufian, was invited to officiate the night's event by unfolding a Malaysian flag.

The MCs
The Masters of Ceremony did a really good job throughout the night.But I still think that Aimi & I would have done a significantly better job...

Speech by The Wellington Malaysian Student Organisation President
Izu made a short speech.
He was nervous but did well.


Singing on Malaysian Night
There were many different singers on stage that night at different times to sing for everyone's entertainment.

Dancing on Malaysian Night
The was a dance performed by the renowned Malaysian Dance Troupe and a few other dances from other Malaysians.

The Sketch: P. Ramlee - Bujang Lapok
There was a very good sketch adapted from the P. Ramlee film, "Bujang Lapok".

My Performace: P. Ramlee - Hanya Di Kau
I managed to sing in a deep voice and pronounce the lyrics with native speaker like ability...
I was well complimented...

Aunty Rose of MSD even made me promise to sing with her one day!
Hahahahha! =p


Buddies!
3 of my best friends in Wellington.
From Left: Bart (Holland), Nesa (Pakistan) & Kaine (The Cool Kiwi)


Where were the other 2 non-Malaysians?
Mia (Bangladash) & Keith Young (Britain), a married couple with 3 children, had to leave early due to work commitments on Monday unlike us carefree students.


Our Soccer Shack: The Establishment (A Pub)

Watching the beautiful game with surround sound!
It was a really tight game between Liverpool & Chelsea on Chelsea grounds.
In the end, Chelsea won by a tight 1-0.
Liverpool had many chances but failed to score.


Nobody but 6 of us & the person running the place.
From Left: Chua "Ah Boi" (my boss from Satay Kampong restaurant),
Murty (the chef of Istana Malaysia restaurant), Kaine, Bart & Me.
Nesa was sitting behind Murty & blocked by Kaine.
For those of you who didnt attend,
Now don't you see that you missed out on a lot?
Dont you regret saving the small amount of NZ$45?

Money cant buy u happiness...
Invest it wisely on wad can giv u happiness...
I know everyone who attended the Malaysian Night 2006 did.


GBU!!!

Friday, September 15

A Woman Who Reads

A couple go on holiday to a fishing resort.

The husband likes to fish at sunrise. The wife likes to read.

One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the area, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and continues to read her book.

Along comes a fishing inspector in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, "Good morning ma'am. What are you doing?"

"Reading a book," she replies (thinking "isn't that obvious!").

"You're in a restricted fishing area," he informs her.

"I' m sorry officer but I'm not fishing, I'm reading".

"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and make a report."

"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault" says the woman.

"But I haven't touched you" says the man.

"That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment."

"Have a nice day ma'am" and he left.

MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think!

Thursday, September 14

Cash Boost?

The Star, 11th September 2006

MELBOURNE: Malaysian government-sponsored students in Australia and New Zealand will get an increase of up to 100% in their allowance from February.

This has been announced by Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed to wild cheers from students at meetings in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Sydney and here.

He will be in Perth today and tomorrow.

Mustapa said the revised Public Services Department rates were to keep up with the rising cost of living in Australia and New Zealand, highlighted by strong representation from scholarship holders.

There will be two categories of payments. Rate A caters for students in Wellington, Auckland, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and here, and Rate B for those in other cities in the two countries.

In New Zealand, Rate A pre-university students will have their allowance increased from NZ$644 (RM1,505) a month to NZ$1,145 (RM2,676),
undergraduates, from NZ$720 (RM1,683) toNZ$1,260 (RM2,945) and postgraduates, from NZ$775 (RM1,811) to NZ$1,449 (RM3,386) .

In Australia, the Rate A increases will go from A$637 (RM1,760) to A$1,091 (RM3,014) a month for pre-university students, from A$637 (RM1,760) to A$1,200 (RM3,315) for undergraduates and from A$680 (RM1,879) to A$1,380 (RM3,813) for postgraduates.

The Rate B allowance in New Zealand will rise from NZ$644 (RM1,505) to NZ$942 (RM2,201) for pre-university students,
from NZ$720 (RM1,683) to NZ$1,037 (RM2,423) for undergraduates and from NZ$775 (RM1,811) to NZ$1,193 (RM2,788) for postgraduates.

Pre-university students in Australia in the Rate B category will have their allowance increased from A$532 (RM1,470) to A$891 (RM2,462), undergraduates, from A$532 (RM1,470) to A$980 (RM2,708) and postgraduates, from A$568 (RM1,569) to A$1,127 (RM3,114).

In addition, postgraduate students with dependants will get increases in family and housing allowances.

Speaking to students in Melbourne yesterday, Mustafa said the Government would select about 7,000 young lecturers and postgraduate students for doctoral studies.

Of these, a little more than half will study in Malaysia and the rest overseas, with Australia set to get a large proportion of the students.
– Bernama

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Cash boost?
Unlikely so because...

CURRENT PLAN:
under the previous allowance,
if the government pays for our accomodation at a student hostel,
condition: not more than $200 per week,
we get 60% of the allowance...

RUMOUR:
under the new allowance,
government will NOT pay for your accomodations...
you get 100% a month, take care of urself.
Therefore, we get less money if we choose to stay at a student hostel like wad we are doing now.

FACT:
We got an email from our Bahagian Biasiswa officer confirming the increase in allowance for our group, but no mention of the rumour.
A reply was sent enquiring further details on the increase & info on the rumour...

WILL KEEP U UPDATED!


***************Update***************
***************21/9/2006***************

An email from Kementrian Pendidikan today has confirmed that we will have to pay for our own accomodations.

Cash Boost???
NOT!

Why?
The previous allowance had us enjoying the luxury of the government paying for our accomodation up to a maximum of $200 a week; that's $800 a month. All we had to do was give up $228 or 40% of our previous $720 allowance.
Therefore, our previous allowance plan provides for our accomodations AND gives us $432 a month.

The new allowance plan: Rate A, increase to $1260; Rate B, increase to $1037.
Under the new allowance plan, we have to pay for our own accomodations. That's around $800 a month.
THIS MEANS:
Rate A gets $460 after paying for accomodations.
Rate B gets $237 after paying for accomodations.
Therefore, we either get a slightly higher amount of money (Rate A) or we get significantly less (Rate B).

CONCLUSION:
We get around the same allowance. The only change is we get paid
$28 a month for taking the workload of paying for our accomodations off the people at JPA.

Sunday, September 10

Malaysia Night 2006: Happening This Sunday!

The Malaysian Night 2006!

Theme: Nostalgia Relived
Date: 17th September 2006, Sunday
Time: 6 p.m. till midnight
Venue: The Intercontinental Hotel
Attire: Related to the theme
Nett price: $45

There will be cultural performances, live band, lucky draws and sketch performed by Malaysian students from Victoria University of Wellington.


This is an event not to be missed!
I myself am putting my 50 cents into the event...
this means i am performing la...
bt i cant tell u wad it is...
you hav 2 go & find out!

contact me if u need tickets ASAP coz it's going fast!
I jz cant wait!

Tuesday, September 5

Malaysian Minister of Higher Education Visits Wellington

On Sunday the 3rd of September, the Malaysian Minister of Higher Education, Dato' Mustapa bin Mohamed arrived at Wellington airport from Christchurch.
On Monday, 4th September, a welcoming event was scheduled to take place in the evening. The event was also a celebration of the 49th Malaysian Independence Day which passed not long ago on the 31 of August.

The preparations for the event started around one month before the actual day... I myself was involved in a humble part of the preparations... as 1 of the 4 Masters of Ceremony. We, the MCs, decided to run the whole event using solely the Malaysian Language, instead of using a combination of English & BM as suggested by the chairperson. I was a strong supporter for this even thou i knew tat i wud have to put in extra hardwork in practising and face the risk of embarrassment due to my lack of proficiency in the National Language.
True enough, during rehearsals & practices, i faced the stress of being criticised for sounding too Chinese... I was under pressure to speak more native-like.
I worked really hard... and i did not dissapoint...

The MCs were not the only ones working hard... the performers were dedicated to practicing: a choir composed of B.Ed. TESOL Cohort 2 students, Haz's poem recital & Shiela's guitar plucking
The technical crew were practicing coordination.
The slideshow crew collecting pictures for the slideshow, selecting songs for the show & compiling it all together into a 10min video clip.
Intan, the chairperson, working hard to keep everything together and staying her calm when things go wrong.
Auntie Rose, waltzing all over the place inspecting every detail & yelling to draw perfection from everyone of us...
Jz by looking at the preparation stage i can see that the night's event will be especially successful!
and i was proven right...

Majlis Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan ke-49 bersama YB Dato' Mustapa bin Mohamed was a huge success!
I had the pleasure to listen to the Minister of Higher Education speak & also ask him a question.
I found him to be a gentle & kind person. He was also very approachable during the night & wud walk around listening & talking to everyone & anyone. I also found that he has got a heart for the poor & those in the rural areas.
His vision as the Minister of Higher Education is "Quality". He wishes to improve the quality of the Malaysian Education System. He talked about giving training to lecturers & improving infrastructure. He also talks a lot about improving situations in Sabah & Sarawak.
His is a good vision. Accompanied by faith & action, i can see no reason, for his ambition, to have no completion.

Here are some pictures from
Majlis Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan ke-49
bersama YB Dato' Mustapa bin Mohamed...


Yang Berhormat Dato' Mustapa bin Mohamed Arrives

The Choir, Led by Hadi, Performs Wonderfully

Singing "Tanggal 31 Ogos" with the Minister


Haz (the opening poem reciter) &
the Masters of the Ceremony (From Right: Najib, Liz, Myself & Aimi)


Asking my Question to the Minister

The People who Made the Event a Success
(The Event Commitee Members)

Our IPBA Lecturers & PostGrads were there too!
(Picture Taken with Hygenus Lester, Far Right)

The Sweet Viloshini (Representative of B.Ed.TESOL Cohort 2) & I

The Intriguing Aimi, Myself & the Fair Liz

Intan (isnt she adorable?) & Ali
Finally...

P.I.M.P.

EXCELLENT WORK EVERYONE!!!Thanks for the awesome opportunity
to step out of my box & be MC in BM!

I'd also like to appologize for
any mistakes i made or feelings i've hurt...


GBU!!!

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