Saturday, December 16

Suspension of Service Notice

koko' is currently in Brisbane, Australia and has no Internet access from his computer so is unable to blog normaly...

I will be traveling to Sydney & Melbourne but i doubt blogging will be a priority...

I will be back in Wellington, New Zealand on 16 Jan & i suspect my next blog post will be around that date...

Until then...
pray for my safety!

Wednesday, December 6


I hava incredibly freakkin painful toothache which started late last nite...

Eating hurts...
Brushing hurts...
Swallowing saliva hurts...

I feel like im having a period in my mouth...
Its affecting my mood...
Its affecting my life...

Toothahe at the deep end of my mouth...
Slight fever & discomfort...
Yup... It's my wisdom tooth!

Any1 hav tips to help me?

Sunday, December 3


I read the blog of Irry, a good friend of mine, and was deeply moved by her emotions and how it compelled her to do something...

I decided to write a poem to remember such a pure act of emotion untainted by desire...

emotions at its purest
a wonderful work of art

power enough to strengthen
powered deep as eternity

energy in motion
moving through your veins

the trigger is pulled
as you see, hear, feel, taste or anticipate

the unstoppable force is unstoppable
and yet, is deniable

struggle with choice
struggle with lack of vision

hold my hand as we dive into life
for many a tornado awaits

Saturday, November 11

Da Shugga Daddie Party: Success!

The Shugga Daddie Party was a Tremendous Success!

Even though there was a guest & alcohol ban...
Security opened the sliding main doors for our guests
& showed them to our room...
The RA turned a blind eye but gave us till 12am to finish up...

Every1 came & was merry...
It was an unbelievable night!

Pictures from the Party:

Da Shugga Daddy & PIMP Generating Hype Prior to the Party
Taka, a guest from Japan, is also in the picture.
There was also a ghost in the background...


The Beer Fridge
It is compulsory for guests to help themselves to any beer in the fridge
or snacks on the counter above the fridge


The Bar (Mixer) Fridge
The fridge with supplies for mixing drinks for the guests
There are actually more juices & fizzy drinks still in their pastic bags under the bar!


Our Proud Collection (our Green Label Johnny Walker was not served)
Guests are under strick orders to finish all of the above


Mr Bartender & Mr Dominic from Singapore
The Margaretta cocktail was a favourite that night


Mix Mix Mix
Flame/Heat it up so it rises faster!


Guests Helping Themselves at the Bar
The bar was cleverly made from putting one study desk on top of another upside down


Yo! Bartman!
Our guests had a blast!


Mingle Mingle
Part of the success of the party is due to the openness & friendliness of our guests...
They made it a success!


In the Background is Our Proud 29" TV & 5.1 Home Theater System
as well as Our Duvet-Covered Beds Errected Against the Wall
btw... I dont support Liverpool, my roomate does...
As for me... Forza AC Milan!


The 5 Unicomm Buddies!
From Left: Bart (Holland), Zack (Hawai), Nesa (Pakistan), Kaine (NZ) & Me
We were as tight as brothers in Unicomm...
I am forever blessed by their friendship!

Special thanks to:
Kamlini, for inviting the guests
Jason, for arranging for & providing transport for purchasing supplies
Everyone who attended, for without you, the party wudnt hav been so amazing!

we wanted to finish our alcohol but we ended up having more than wad we started with!


Tuesday, November 7

I Served Mahathir Lunch!

On the 7th of November 2006, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Malaysian immediate past prime minister, was in Wellington, New Zealand...

And guess what?
I Served him lunch!

Venue: Istana Malaysia Restaurant, Allen St, Wellington CBD.
Time: 2pm

Plenty of pictures were taken that day, but due to lack of skill, most are unpresentable...
However, here are some good pictures from that day:

The Seat of Honour
Mahathir's Seat at the VIP Table

Istana Malaysia Interior
Rostrum, VIP Table & Smartly Dressed Guests


The People Who Worked Hard To Make the Lunch A Success
We Slaved For Hours the Night Before to Prepare For the Day


The Floor Staff
The Waiters who Served...
From Left: Nina, Myself (The Handsome Guest Waiter), Kai, Mary (Manager), Nesa & Fauzi


Kitchen Staff
Those who Cooked & Garnished
From Left: Danny (Owner/Chef), Murty (Chef), Morgan (Chef) & Norse (Guest Supervisor)
Missing: Jerry (Guest Kitchen Hand)


Tun Dr Mahathir's Speech

His Speech... Close Up

Group Foto!

It Was An Interesting Day!


During my school experience in Clyde Quay School, i had the privilage of observing a peotry writing lesson.

The exercise: Finish a peom starting with "as the moon wakes".

I decided to write one too...
tell me wad u think!


As the moon wakes, all is silhouette
The lady is red appears in my head
I cant see her face but know does my heart
her beauty and grace is beyond disgrace

Oh do I long for beauty and grace
Oh how I desire to adore her face
Yet glimpses i get as short as a breath
of beauty and grace beyond disgrace

Her shiny hair flows like the oceans
Her glowing skin excites like a flame
You beckon for me yet meet we cannot
For all is silhouette, the girl of my dreams...

Monday, November 6

Released At Last!

4.30pm, Monday, 6th of November, was the time of great release...
The red sea of Trimester 2 was parted and the slaves were taken from slavery & captivity in the Egypt of chasing assignment deadlines & stupying for exams to freedom in the promise land of the well deserved holidays!

Before my release, I had...

1. Exam

Our first & last exam was at 9.30am on Monday, 30 October.
2 hr torture of "LING221: Sociolinguistics"

During the 2hrs...
I SPENT 30 mins of it in the toilet having relieving myself on the throne!
therefore, i did nt have the time to properly elaborate on my answers...
hoping for a B at least...

found out later that i cud actually ask for an aggregate pass or sumtin like that...
bt nah...
i think i will do better than a pass despite the circumstances!

Nesa looking more relieved after handing in the paper
than i looked when i came out of the toilet!

We crawled out of the lecture hall...

We werent alone...

2. School Experience

For two weeks, from 23 October to 10 November, we were posted to New Zealand Primary Schools for observation of teaching & school admin.

Except for Karori Normal School, where all 25 of us invaded at the same time, we were divided into groups of 4 to 6 ppl going into different schools.

Our first school was Karori Normal School
where we had a feel of wad a good New Zealand Primary School was like...
In this school, one teacher takes care of the one class for the whole year.

Then, i headed to Newlands Intermediate School...
Instead of being in the same classroom & waiting for the teacher to arrive (like Malaysia)
or having only one teacher (like Karori Normal)
The students here change classrooms & teachers for different subjects.

This is the class that i was assigned to...
They are heavily influenced by wreslting & r very very disruptive in class...
Very entertaining! =)

Clyde Quay School was my last school...
This school has got one teacher for each class for the whole year (like Karori Normal).

This is my kind of school!
The kids here play football all the time!

Of course i cudnt resist joining them...

I actually played football with students in ALL THREE schools i visited!
Although they were all amateur players...

How can i escape for work?
There was a 10 page portfolio to complete at the end of the school experience...

Our final debriefing was on Monday, 13 of November, where we did some discussion of wad we observed & comparing it to wad is in Malaysia & wad do we do wif wad we hav learnt.

Loved the kids...
Loved the football...
Splendid... Just splendid...

3. Catch-Up Task

On Friday, 3 November, i met my lecturer, John Macalister, to come up with a catch-up task for the one & only workshop that i missed...
I was at the verge of failing my "ALIN202: Language Curriculum Design" paper just because of ONE missed workshop... a course requirement is attendance of ALL workshops...

It wud b a really bad waste of money & hardwork as i put in a lot of effort in the paper & i expected nothing less than an A for that paper...

Therefore, I wrote a 4 full page report on curriculum design similarity & difference between the schools i visited & handed it in at 4.30pm Monday, 6 November...

Summer Plans

So... wad will i b up to in da holidays?

1. Work
I wana fill up my free time with money making...
since my work permit doesnt allow me to start my own business...
I shall work to prosper another person's business!

2. Holiday in Auzzie
This is definately something im looking forward to...
14 December to 16 Jan
Visiting Bribane > Sydney > Melbourne!

3. Finding Apartment
I need to look for a place to stay for the whole of next year...
Any1 know any 3 bedroom apartments available?

4. 5-a-side Football Tournament: Twilight Soccer
As some may know, im playing for the 8-man strong orange Wellington Malaysian Student Organisation team in a 5 on 5 football tournament happening every Thursday, 5.30pm.

5. Jogging
I picked up a NZ$300 Asics running shoe so i better be using it...
Running every morning...
im desperate for company...

Keep me in ur prayers...
Even one short prayer will really make a difference!

Thanks in advance!


Sunday, November 5

Football: Malaysia vs Indonesia Friendly

Malaysia played Indonesia 3pm today at Rotterdam St Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand.

The Malaysian team in their cool bright orange jersy looked a little nervous playing away on Indonesian home ground. Malaysia trashed Indonesia last year on Malaysian home ground, the Boyd Wilson Stadium, but with a new line-up on both sides predicting the result is quite difficult.

In the first half, both teams had similar chances on goal & posession of the ball... and quite fairly there were no goals. The Malaysian team made a lot of mistakes as their unfamiliarity with the pitch stood out. Passess were too short, touches unclean & players hesitating... The Indonesians were naturally familiar with the grounds & were very active running around making tackles & intercepting passess. The first half ended with both teams needing rest from a half hour long contest.

The second half was a very different matter. The Indonesians seem to have lost their steam. Their players were not playing as well as they did in the first half. Their reflexes were not as sharp, their players not running as much as they should & they seemed to lack the intensity they had in the first half. On the other side, the Malaysians played an even better game now that they had a better feel of the grounds. They were literally running all over the Indonesians taking balls from their defenders, running up & down the wings, passing more effectively & making even more shots on goal. It was the second half that gave the Malaysians their 2 goals.

I played attacking right wing back for the whole duration of the game & did extrodinarily. I ran up many times, made a few crosses & assisted the right wingers on several occassions. I did very well defencively as well by gunning down their wingers & preventing passes to and from the wing. An awesome game for this rising star in Malaysian football!

In conclusion, it was a good contest between 2 good natured teams. The game ended 2-0 & with handshakes as well as smiles exchanged. Good win for the Malaysians & lots of stamina training for the Indonesians.

Catch your favourite orange side playing in a 5 on 5 football tournament at 5.30pm every
Thursday at St Nairns Park!

Nesa & I are playing in the 8 man Malaysian team!
Come & be astonished by our play!

Click Here To View Fixtures

Friday, November 3

B.Ed. TESOL Halloween & Farewell Party

Just a few hours ago the Victoria University of Wellington B.Ed. TESOL Cohort 2 completed a successful Halloween & Farewell Party at Tulsi Restaurant, Cuba Mall.

The purpose of the party was mainly to appreciate the Cohort 1 as well as celebrate their 2 years in Wellington with a great big bang!

The party was a great success partly because me, "RaaaaTak" the Mummy, was an amazing Master of Ceremony or Host of the party.

We started the night off with speeches from Vilo, Intan & Jonathan Newton. (In that order.)

Then, moved on to performances from Aimi, Fauzi & Afzan as well as Shiela & Mass while enjoying our entrees.

Then, we had our buffet dinner.

After dinner, each member of the Cohort 2 will give an assigned member of Cohort 1 a gift. Therefore, in the end, each of Cohort 1 gets a gift.
We also took the moment to acknowledge Kak Intan, Jai & Tasha for their contribution to the Cohort 2.

We began the end with a group photo session...

The Cohort 1

The Cohort 2

Everyone Who Attended The Party


too bad too many ppl were too shy...

It was an awesome party with great food...
wad more cud i ask for?Special thanks to Laila, Hadi & Vilo...
for the hard work put into getting the party organised!

The Mummy & The Nerd

Tuesday, October 31

My First Raya In Wellington

How did i celebrate the famous & significant Malaysian/Muslim celebration?

The asian way... FOOD!!!!

I had food at the NZ Malaysian High Commission, organised by the High Commission on the evening of 25 October...
Food was from Satay Malaysia.
koko' rating:
4 out of 5 for really good everything but sucky satay.

The Hall Where The Event Was Held

Food Glorious Food!

Yes, I was in a Baju Melayu & Yes, I am infatuated with this girl...
Isn't she lovely?

I had food at the VUWSA (Victoria University of Wellington Student Assiciation) Union Hall, organised by the VUW B.Ed.TESOL Cohort 1 on 27 October...
Food was from Cohort 1 & 2.
koko' rating:
5 out of 5 for an excellent effort!

You would be amazed if you were there to see the turnout
& the foodstuff prepared!

I attened these above functions but I did not turn up at many invitations to open houses....
sorry guys...
but i bet u hada great time wifout me anyway!

you guys are jz amazing...
i am very honoured to have been remembered and invitied.

Hari Raya is an AWESOME festival!

Monday, October 30

My Summer Ideal: The Body of a Greek God

Taken from "Men's Health" - October 2006 Issue

This is my pre-summer jogging plan to achieve my ultimate summer ideal...
the body of a greek God!

Jogging plus a bit of crunching & stretching & weight-lifting at work...
will make this ideal within easy reach.

I'm started on 23 of October & will finish the 8 week plan on 14 of December...
I started Week 2 Today!



Feel free to adopt my plan!

Sunday, October 29

Shugga Daddie Party Notice

The Shugga Daddy Party
:: We Be Pimpin' ::

Room 301, Cumberland House10 November 2006
(NOTICE: Postponed due to a clashing Farewell Dinner)

by Jarod :: da shugga daddy ::
& Nesa :: da PIMP ::

Admittance By Invitation Only!
You will know if u r invited
when u r invited by
the shugga daddy, the PIMP or our henchmen.

Saturday, October 28

The 99 Out Of 100

"Out of one hundred men, one will read the Bible, the other ninety-nine will read the Christian."
- D. L. Moody

Friday, October 27

A Tribute To Jessia: Kuching Can Beat Penang Anytime!

Jessica is an awesome friend...
She helped me arrange for the import of my current phone from Malaysia to NZ...
She encourages me when im down...
& she is still a good fren after soooooo long...

Now i love her even more because she has provided evidence to disprove wad all those west-side snobs hav been saying all this time...

Penang has the best food?
Westside is the best?
Not necessarily...
Check out her blog entry Kuching: The Place For Food!

Every part of Malaysia has got it's own specialty...
So suck up the pride & humble urself...
Enjoy the culture of others & share the glory!


Sunday, October 22

My First Game of Mahjong!

After being curious about the game for a long long time...
I finally had the chance to learn the game last night (a few hours ago)!

However, i enjoyed being taught the game more than playing the game!
cz i got a really gorgeous teacher named Jenny!
I love her hair... wavy & long... i envy her...

Also she's jz adorable & gullible...
I pretended to be unable to read Chinese...
Pretended to be a klutsy fool...
Then, gav her a big shock when i won my very first game!

I got so attactched to the game that i went on playing for hours!
It was AWESOME!!!
(hehe... cz i won so many rounds!)

Many thanks to Ester Yap for arranging the wonderful after church get-together party!
Every1 hada blast...
even Jenny who is yt to win a round of Mahjong...

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