Sunday, May 25

koko' Can Coach Cricket

This whole week from Tuesday to Friday, 8am - 5pm, was spent with representatives from the Malaysian Cricket Association.
They conducted an intensive Cricket coaching course & it was indeed a very fruitful one!

We were also given a book as a resource for coaching & I dare say, it is a very very well written & illustrated book.
"Successful Cricket Coaching: The Aussie Way" from the Australian Cricket Board.

Cricket is a very technical & complicated game but once I got the hang of it, I loved it.
Here is a general description of the game...
Cricket is played on a large oval-shaped field with a "cricket pitch" in the middle.
There are 2 opposing teams.
One team will "field" while the other will "bat".
After a few "overs", the teams will switch roles.
The objective of the game is to score as many "runs" as possible.
"Runs" can only be scored while a team is "batting".
Lots of technical terms, eh?

Basicly, this game is something like American Baseball.
In cricket, the fielding team delivers a ball to the batsman of the batting team.
The batsman will try to hit the ball as far as he can to give him as much time as possible to score as many runs as he can.
To score a run, the batsman will have to from one end of the pitch to the other.
He has to do this before the ball is returned from the field to the pitch.

Cricket is truly a gentleman's game where the players take their time & there is no contact at all!
It is not a game of brute force but a game of wit & skill.
Truly a very suitable game for a conservative nation like Malaysia because men and women can play together without fear of harassment or injury.

The highlight of the course was the cricket tournament where the course participants are divided into teams & put into a knock-out tournament.
And cricket being cricket, it took a very very long time for one game to finish...
So the boys got a little bored of waiting...
And they started to concentrate on something other than cricket...

Everyone had a good time during the cricket course & I am very glad to have learnt a new game.
My team won the tournament & the victory was hard earned.
On the way to our victory, we were unprofessional in the Semi-Finals.
On behalf of the team, I apologise for our unthoughtful words & ask for forgiveness.
Let's put this behind us & look forward to future games where the players will conduct themselves in a civilised manner.

Thursday, May 22

As She Walks By

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Caught her looking at me as she enters the room
I looked back in return, back into her eyes
She keeps her composure, not looking away
Then she smiles, a very genuine smile
Surprised & taken aback, I couldn't help but return her smile

For a moment, we were fixed in another world
Posessing a new language of which to speak
A conversation of smiling & that of gazing
The seconds pass like minutes with no ending
Neither looked away, as she walks by

Euphoria & confusion the moment concieved
The sweetest girl
And the sweetest moment
Yet not the right girl
At not the right moment

Captive was my heart
As well was my sleep
Dreaming though awake of the moment so sweet
This silent moment will never be forgot
Though fruitless is cherished in writing for eternity

Monday, May 19

07/08 Serie A Ends: Inter is Champion; Milan is 5th

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After last night's fixtures, Inter Milan have won their 16th Scudetto Trophy!
They are top of the 2007/2008 Italian Serie A after beating FC Parma 2-0.
2nd placed AS Roma only managed to draw 1-1 in their game with Catania Calcio.
Newly promoted Juventus FC is at an impressive 3rd place.
Juventus was relegated to the Serie B last season after being found guilty of match fixing & referee bribing. This situation forced them to sell many star players but they pulled together to win the 2006/2007 Serie B & be promoted to the 2007/2008 Serie A.
From their performance in the Serie A this season, they have proven themselves to be truly a resilient side.

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Despite winning against Udinese 4-1, AC Milan were still unable to attain 4th place in the Serie A because Fiorentina, who was & currently is 4th place, also won their game against Torino, 1-0.
Milan failed to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League but 5th place actually qualifyies Milan for a different though lesser Europoean competition, the UEFA Cup.

The club has been positive about their situation.
The players are thankful for a good manager & supportive fans. They have declared that they are looking forward to doing better next season.
The manager has set a goal for the team to achieve next season. He has declared that the team will be start again looking for new victories. The team will also place more focus on the Italian league next season.

Congratulations, Inter...
Enjoy your victory!

Milan, do your best!
Let's be champions next season!

Friday, May 16

How Teacher's Day Should Be Celebrated

This year's Teacher's Day in IPBA, the institute I'm finishing my degree in, was organised by my cohort, the 2nd cohort from the 2nd cycle of the B.Ed.TESL overseas link programme.
Since returning from our degree stint overseas, this was the first event we were given the opportunity to manage.
There were many challenges in the process of organising this event but the whole cohort pulled together, stuck together & shared the burden.
Therefore, it is only fair that the glory & praise be shared as well.
Cohort 2, you are truly great!

Teacher's Day in IPBA was held on the 16th of May.
Here is a little glimpse at what the 2008 IPBA Teacher's Day organised by Cohort 2 was like...

Teacher's Day Decorations

We decorated our institute for Teacher's Day.

There was a banner at the front door, welcoming the students & lecturers.

There were also posters set up from the entrance of the institute to the main entrance of the hall where we would have our Teacher's Day assembly.
Every class was given the task of designing a poster for Teacher's Day & the response was great!
There were posters that were simple & cute as well as posters that were out-of-the-box & different.

A Teacher's Day kolam was also designed & produced for display at the entrance of the hall.

Teacher's Day Games

Teacher's Day started with games in the morning.
There were 4 games running simultaneously.
Both lecturers & students participated in the 4 games.

One of the games was "Batu Seremban".
In this game, participants were challenged to toss stones with the front of their hands & catch as many of them as they can with the back of their hands.

Then, there was "Chopspik".
In this game, participants were challenged to move oiled marbles with chopsticks from one container to another.

There was also "Win Lose or Draw".
In this game, participants formed groups and had to make as many successful guesses as they can in a limited time frame of what one of their group members is drawing on a white board.

The fourth game was "Pantun Slam".
In this game, two groups (one formed with lecturers & another with students) are judged by an elected panel of judges on their poetic responses to each other's quatrains.
They have to be very skillful in their rhymes & metaphors to win the judges' hearts.
The students won... of course...

Teacher's Day Assembly

We produced a unique programme book for Teacher's Day.
This book is unique because, instead of opening from the side, it opens from the top!
It was adapted from the programme books from a muscial I attended, "Entangled".

Every lecturer & staff member was given roses as they entered the hall.
Attatched is 1 of 3 meaningful quotes:
To appreciate the perseverance of teachers...
"We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."

-Paul Saul
To remind them of their calling...
"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."

-Woodrow Wilson
To encourage those who think they are insignificant...
"Since most of us spend our lives doing ordinary tasks, the most important thing is to carry them out extraordinarily well."

-Henry David Thoreau

During the event, we deployed 3 SLR snappers & 1 camcorder swinger from Cohort 2.
Photographers: Atiqah, Mien & Hadi
Videographer: Azhar

We invited 2 of IPBA's best student MCs to be the masters of the assembly.
Coincidently, they were from Cohort 2 as well.
They are Aimi & Shawn.

On to the main event!

The VIP ProcessionThis is the Director of IPBA, Dr Mohd. Sofi bin Ali.
He was the VIP for our assembly.

We formed a group of rebana or kompang players, from the men in Cohort 2, to accompany our VIP as he makes his way to the hall.
They were happily singing and drumming at the back of the procession while two young ladies led; carring a palm blossom or bunga manggar each.

Upon arrival to the entrance of the hall.

There was a solo silat presentation by Azhar from Cohort 2.

After the silat presentation, the VIP was given a beautiful fresh flower corsage by the 2008 IPBA Teacher's Day chairman.

The SpeechesAfter everyone was seated & before the event began, Syahir from Cohort 2 recited a du'a to bless our event.
Then, I gave a speech as the representative & chairman of the organising committee.
I spoke on the ability of every teacher to overcome challenges.
I encouraged everyone to take the next step & become more than they currently are.

Then, the President of the Student Representative Council, Wan Muhd Nor Amali Bin Wan Ismail, gave his speech.
He spoke of being a teacher that is true to his words & does his best for the students.

Mr Baharom, Head of the Social Studies Research Unit, read a message from the Minister of Education, YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He redefines what a teacher is & employs an interesting but relevant quotation from Mahatma Gandhi, ‘if you want to see change, you must be the change you want to see’.

Finally, the Director delivered his speech.
He stressed the importance of teachers & encouraged excellence in teachers.
He was appreciative towards everyone in all levels of education, from the minister of education to the students in IPBA.
He also expressed multiple praises for an excellent Teacher's Day event.

The Performances This video was prepared by Azhar & it depicts the life of 3 teachers to be.
I do recommend watching this video!!
It is really really entertaining!!

Then, there was the Choral Speaking composed & presented by Cohort 2.
It was sweet, fun & witty as it summarises the experience of Cohort 2 with their lecturers.

The assembly ended with another video presentation of what teachers are like.
This cute video was produced by the students of Cohort 2 who have studied in QUT, Brisbane.
This is a good video too!

When the assembly has ended...
As the lecturers leave, they see something special we put up at the end of the assembly...

A banner reads "Thank You, Teacher!".
It is also filled with signatures & messages from every student in Cohort 2!

The 2008 IPBA Teacher's Day was truly a event of grandeur that reflects the importance of teachers in our lives.
Teachers are important for our personal growth and mastery of a discipline...
They should not be neglected & given a 2nd grade celebration during their day of the year...
They should be celebrated & appreciated...
This is how teacher's day should be celebrated.

I hope this event has motivated & encouraged all the lecturers!
Your impact on us will indirectly impact the generations to come...
So do your best!

Monday, May 12

Congratulations Manchester United! But, Inter? Try Harder... And you too, Milan...

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A few hours ago, Manchester United FC emerged as the 2007/2008 Champions of the English Premier League (Officially known as "Barclays Permier League") after beating Wigan Athletic FC 2-0.
This season, Man Utd started well & maintained a good momentum throughout the season. But prior to the last game of the season, they were sharing points with Chelsea FC at the top of the league standings.
Fortunately, they led by goal difference. So if both teams won tonight, Man Utd would still be crowned champions.
But the reality is, Chelsea drew while MU won.
So it's glory glory Man United, I guess...

So for my readers who are in Malaysia, when you go out tomorrow, don't be surprised when you see everybody wearing red jerseys & feeling all so proud of it.
Because 80% of Malayisan football supporters support MU!!!
A piece of good advice I have for the Chelsea supporters is keep your love for your team in your heart. Aviod putting on your jersey... at least until next Wednesday when you go to your favourite mamak to see Chelsea play Man Utd in the UEFA Champions League Final.
Another piece of advice that is just as good is... pray that your team wins that one or you may have to keep your jersey in the closet for good!

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It could have been the same story in the Italian Serie A (Officially known as "Lega Calcio Serie A TIM") for Inter Milan tonight, if they had won in their fixture against AC Siena. But they drew 2-2.
The 2007/2008 league form of Inter was pretty much like that of MU. They started the season well & maintained a good momentum throughout the season. However, they started having hiccups at the end of the season.
Last week, they had a 6 point lead in the league at first place. Therefore, in last week's fixture itself, they could have won the title. But they lost 2-1 to AC Milan. And then, this week, they drew.
This gave AS Roma, in 2nd place, a chance of closing the gap between them. Which they did... gladly.
Now, the 6 point lead has been decreased to a 1 point lead.

Next week, both teams play the decisive last fixture of the season.
Inter is away against FC Parma.
Roma is away against Catania Calcio.
The two top teams fighting for top spot will be up agasint two borderline teams fighting to avoid relegation.
4 desperate teams... Who will prevail?
If Inter lost again & Roma draws, Inter is champion (Inter have a greater goal difference).
Both Inter & Roma will have to aim for a win against teams that have nothing to lose!
Stay tuned to see how the drama unfolds!

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The team that I support, AC Milan, has not been doing well in the Serie A.
Bad form & inconsistancy in the league have seen this 2007 FIFA Club World Cup & 2006/2007 UEFA Champions League winner getting pushed around by smaller Italian clubs.
They seem to be the Liverpool FC of Italy. Doing badly in the domestic league but doing surprisingly well outside of it.

This season, they won the Club World Cup. But they were beaten in the quarter finals of the Champions League & is now struggling to be in 4th place of the Serie A.
The 4th place in the league is significant because clubs in the 1st to 4th place are given a place each to compete in next season's UEFA Champions League.
Milan, currently in 5th place, is struggling against ACF Fiorentina, currently in 4th place.
They are seperated by 2 points with Milan having the greater goal difference.

Next week is the final chance for Milan to retain a place in the Champions League, but the odds are against them.
Milan have a tougher fixture with, 7th place, Udinese Calcio. Fiorentina have an easier game with, 15th place, Torino FC.
For Milan to even have a chance, Fiorentina's game has to result in a draw or a loss.
If Milan wins & Fiorentina draws, Milan wins 4th place.
If Milan wins & Fiorentina loses, Milan wins 4th place.
If Fiorentina wins, Fiorentina stays in 4th place.
If Milan draws or loses, Fiorentina stays in 4th place.

I'm hoping that Milan wins & Fiorentina draws or loses.
But whatever the result, I'll still support Milan because I love the team more than I love glory & boasting.
I love Milan's history as well as the positive & determined attitude of both it's coaches & players.
The team is also an actual team. There are no one man stars in this one. Every game is a team effort.
The benefits of a win are shared & the burdens of a loss are shared as well.
Every player has his specialty & when there is a good combination, the team is a force to be recond with.

Win, Lose or Draw...
I am still with you, Milan.
I will be loyal till I die!

Monday, May 5

A Guide to the Filling of Posting Forms for Prospective Malaysian Teachers

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The Context for this Guide:
  • Time: The Year 2008
  • Country: Malaysia
  • Institute: "Institut Perguruan Bahasa-Bahasa Antarabangsa" (International Languages Teacher Training Institute)
  • Applicants: The 2nd Cohort of the Bachelor of Education: Teaching English as a Second Language (Overseas Link) Programme
Note: May also be applicable to other teaching courses/applicants/institutes

This pretty much sums up my experience in completing the forms:
:D > :) > :-? >:O > #-o > X-( > :(( > (:|

To prevent you, future teachers from being as frustrated as I was & making as many visits as I did to the Hal Ehwal Pelajar (HEP or Student Affairs Department) where sometimes everyone is out for morning, mid-morning, afternoon or mid-afternoon tea...
Here is a complilation of all the infomation that has been gathered on the filling of the posting forms.

The forms are:
  • "Borang Penempatan" (4 copies)
  • "Borang Keselamatan" (3 copies)
  • "Profil Pelajar" (1 copy)

Required Documents To be Included:
Four of each (true-copy certify them):
  • "Salinan Kad Pengenalan"
  • "Salinan Surat Beranak"
  • "Salinan Surat Tawaran Kursus"
  • "Salinan Sijil-Sijil Akademik yang Berkaitan" (exp: SPM, STPM, Diploma, Ijazah)
  • "Sijil Berhenti Sekolah"
  • "Salinan Sijil-Sijil Kokurikulum"
8 copies of:
  • "Gambar berukuran pasport" (to be pasted on the 8 posting forms)

Borang Permohonan Penempatan
This form was given to us on a CD in MS Word format.
We were instructed to distribute the forms to every person in the course, get them to fill up the form on Word & then print 4 copies of the form on coloured paper (provided by HEP upon request).
  • Primary School: Red Paper
  • Secondary School: Blue Paper

When Filling this Form, Take Note:
  • Fill in as many details as possible. Leave irrelevant blank.
  • Format: make sure that the caps for every form is standardised.
    • Go with either "All CAPS" or "Word Caps".
  • "Kod Kursus":
    • Primary: E510E0000P
    • Secondary: E520E0000P
  • University Details:
    • 1st Degree: Bachelor of Education Teaching English as a Second Language
    • "Taraf": "Sarjana Muda"
    • Major: Teaching English as a Second Language

Borang Keselamatan
3 copies of this form has to be filled by each person.

When Filling this Form, Take Note:
  • Fill in as many details as possible. Leave irrelevant blank.
  • "Jawatan Diminta": "Pegawai Perkhidmatan Pendidikan DG41 (Guru)"
  • "Jabatan": "Pelajaran"
  • "No. Sijil" refers to your "No. Surat Beranak"
  • "Alamat-Alamat Tempat Tinggal Masa 10 Tahun Lepas":
    • Every detail must be provided
    • Example: Hometown>Hostel>Overseas>Hostel
    • Hostel Address: Asrama Pantai Puri, Lembah Pantai, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • You can take up space beyond what is allocated

Profil Guru Pelatih
Each person had to complete 1 copy of this.

When Filling this Form, Take Note:
  • Fill in as many details as possible. Even if you don't have a certificate to prove your participation. Leave irrelevant blank.
  • You need to see your mentor or coordinator to complete this form.
    • They have to fill in the "Ulasan Sahsiah", "Kehadiran" & sign the form.

On the Documents to be Included, Take Note:
  • True-Copy Certification
    • HEP refused to certify our documents
    • We had to look for lecturers
  • Co-Curricular Certificates
    • Refers to Tertiary level co-curricular certificates
    • Secondary School level certificates are not necessary
  • "Surat Tawaran"
    • We recieved 2 letters at the beginning. One from "Bahagian Pendidikan Guru" & one from "Bahagian Biasiswa".
    • The one from "Bahagian Biasiswa" was compulsory for us. The other was optional to include.

Arrange All Photocopied Documents In this Order:
(in 4 stapled sets of)
  1. Borang Penempatan
  2. Surat Tawaran Kursus
  3. Kad Pengenalan
  4. Surat Beranak
  5. Sijik SPM
  6. Sijil Berhenti Sekolah
  7. Sijil Kokurikulum

Guidelines for the use of this Guide:
  • All infomation here must be cross-referenced with your HEP
    • The infomation here is gathered after the discovery that the instructions given by HEP was incomplete & lacking

All the best in making the new generation better than the generations before them!
May you be posted where you can make the most impact!

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