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When Chinese Eateries Are Closed, Try Malaysian. Not Western.

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During the last CNY celebration, I encountered numerous situations where friends or family expressed the following frustration, "Nothing is open." Then, to my absolute horror, 100% of the time, they'd follow with, "Let's eat at <insert Western fast food restaurant>."

Wait a minute. Chinese eateries are closed, but isn't this a perfect opportunity to expand one's palette and try other Malaysian cuisines? Overseas, we take pride in how multi-racial Malaysia is, but what's the point when we don't include other Malaysian cuisines into our lives? Why are Western fast food restaurants the default? Why not Dayak, Indian, or Malay?

Probably offending people with my outward expression of disgust, I'd insist on one of my favorite Malaysian eateries in town. While introducing one of our local cuisines, I've heard confessions that people have never tried or rarely tried Malay/Indian/Dayak cuisine. Every single time, I'd see eyes light…

Challenge: #includeMalaysia this 2020

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In 2018, I had the privilege of representing the Global Malaysian Network (GMN) in a Malaysia Day celebration with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yang Bhg Dato Saifuddin Abdullah. I presented the 2018 Project Hari Malaysia video & shared about how GMN came to be. During the event, I was suddenly pulled aside for an impromptu video. After 3 horrible takes with an extremely patient press officer, thankfully the fourth one was acceptable. It's at the very end of the video, so wait for it... It'll be worth it. Trust me.


In the video, I called for inclusion. In our lives. For Malaysians to include people from different backgrounds. Sabah, Sarawak, Malaya, & around the world. This call is still necessary come 2020, when our nation still seems so divided along racial & religious lines, with perennial threats of another May 13 incident.

Therefore, as we enter the year of Wawasan 2020, let's do our part in making Malaysia Malaysia. Fulfilling the inspiring Wawasan pr…

A Birthday Gift From MFS & Friends

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3 weeks ago, I was exhausted after reading more essays than humanly possible. My mind began to wander & I started wondering how wonderful it'll be if was able to get 7000 likes on my birthday in 3 weeks. As a joke, I made this post because I didn't believe it would happen. Little did I know...

that Cikgu Mohd Fadli Salleh aka Cikgu Korea aka #MFS would see it & write about me to his 290k++ extremely active followers...

Can you guess what happened after that?


Within minutes, I received my birthday wish & the icing on the cake was the 1100++ likes that came in the following days. He has certainly built a lot of trust within his community & is able to mobilize them better than any politician.

I first met MFS during a 2018 Jawatankuasa Kecil Jawatankuasa Kajian Dasar Pendidikan Negara meeting in KL &, since then, have benefited from the information & insights he has shared on his Facebook profile. He is a very seasoned influencer with views that are very mo…

What I Learned From The 2019 Global Leadership Summit

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I love events that help me to grow as a person & as a leader, especially when I can just be a participant & learn from great people who have made a mark in their careers. Even better when opportunities like these are held locally rather than in West Malaysia. Those opportunities are beyond my reach now that I have a kid.

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day world-class leadership conference held in Illinois every August, which is also broadcast LIVE to hundreds of satellite locations in North America. In the following months, broadcasts of the Summit also take place at 900+ sites in 135 countries. They also have tools available for free, like the GLSnext app, to facilitate the application & habit-formation of what was learned.
Check out their videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/wcavideo/videos

The 2019 Global Leadership Summit Kuching (English) was organized by GLS - East Malaysia at Good News Fellowship, during the school holidays. Michelle & I were able…

Visit Sarawak Like Moonshot Academy, Beijing!

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What Is Moonshot Academy?Moonshot Academy is a private school in Beijing that attempts to address... "What is the future? The origin of MSA stems from a constant inquiry on this question. Scientific advancement is changing the traditional professional system. Those seemingly popular jobs are overtaken by machines at an exponential speed. Climate challenge has turned from an allegedly irrelevant issue to a concrete and factual challenge. The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has proposed "strengthening moral education and cultivating people" as the fundamental mission; more and more educators are asking the essential meaning of education. We, living in the present while looking beyond the future, decide to embark on this journey by initiating a future-oriented education project."

Dikecam Lagi Kerana Mempertahankan Guru BI Bukan Opsyen

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Walaupun saya cuba sedaya upaya untuk meningkatkan kebolehan bahasa Inggeris saya, memang akan adanya banyak sesilapan & kekurangan juga. Selepas saya berkongsi tentang usaha saya untuk melibatkan murid-murid saya dalam kem BI, saya masih lagi dikecam oleh beberapa netizen dalam group ibubapa ini. Mungkin adanya rasa dendam daripada usaha saya untuk mempertahankan guru BI bukan opsyen awal bulan tadi: https://www.jarodyong.com/2019/12/teacher-was-cyberbullied-because-of-their-english.html

Saya juga telah menyeru agar semua pihak BLOCK laman-laman web yang mengaut keuntungan daripada isu viral tersebut: https://www.jarodyong.com/2019/12/laman-tersebut-untung-daripada-cyberbullying.html

Human Chain Word Race: Vocabulary Activity

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This is a vocabulary game I came up with for the 2019 Sarawak State English-In-Camp at SMK Santubong. The school had a scenic view of Mt Santubong & plenty of open spaces, so I wanted the participants to be enjoying nature outdoors while engaging their kinesthetic intelligence. Alas, it was scorching hot that afternoon, so we did the activity under a shade.

I'm also proud to announce that my school participated in BOTH the district & state level English-In-Camps for the first time under my watch! Moving closer to the goal of "membudayakan Bahasa Inggeris" at my school!

Human Chain Word Race