Saturday, June 20

My Laptop Is Unwell

My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 6000.
It has followed me all the way to NZ & Australia, then back to KL & Kuching and now to where I work in Katibas.
During it's 3+ year life, it has endured all sorts of knocks & bumps without ever letting me down.
Today, to my surprise & dismay, it fell sick.

Earlier today, I opened it up to fix the faulty battery locking mechanism.
Once I put everything together again, it refused to boot.
When I press the 'on' button, the laptop springs to life but does not boot.
Instead, the 'Caps Lock' button flashes 10 times before it switches itself off.

I did everything I could to diagnose the problem...
but it seems my baby is going to need more specialised eyes & hands.
Therefore, I'm going to send it to a service centre.

Getting the laptop back in my hands again will take time because I work at a very secluded place.
I will leave it in the care of my parents until I can return to it. (Estimated time: 1 month)
If it is found to be irredeemable, I shall purchase a replacement.
Until then, I may not be able to read or write any blog posts.

Pray for my poor laptop!

Monday, June 15

Song District Teachers Day @ SMK Katibas

This week, all schools are back at chalking & talking.
I bet many of you are very very depressed...

Why? Coz the next holiday is soooooo far away in August!!
Well, let me cheer you up by sharing with you one of the many joys of being in school...

This was how the 2009 Song District Teachers Day @ SMK Katibas was celebrated!
It was celebrated before the 2 week holiday.

Decorations were put up...
Students were dressed up...
All of them were lined up...
To welcome our guests.

The humble Dewan Sri Katibas played host to a large event.
Though small, it accommodated representatives from the PPD, representatives from every school in the Song district & even several longhouse heads.

There were speeches, an officiating, the slicing of a cake & a recital of the 'Ikrar Guru'.

There was also a choir by the teachers of SMK Katibas.
I didnt take any pictures of that because I took part in it.
We sang 'Kami Guru Malaysia' with compelling spirit.

Our award-winning dance troupe showcased their talents by dancing twice that day.
First, a Dayak dance.

Then, a Malay dance.

They trained very hard to perfect their moves & it shows!
Well done, guys!!

Finally, there was the after event main event: MAKAN!

In Malaysia...
If an event was great, but the makan bad = it's a bad event.
If an event was bad, but the makan great = it's still a great event!

Fortunately, our dewan makan operators were culinary magicians in disguise!
They whipped up a delicious storm of Chicken Curry, Beef Rendang, Tiger-Prawn Sambal, Vegetable Stir-fry & Fruit salad.
It was so good that I packed some of the leftovers for dinner!

Not Bad for an ulu school eh?

Friday, June 12

Boys to Men to Brothers (B2M2B)

The boys of B.Ed.TESL Cohort 2 have found a connection, made a commitment & created a Facebook group!

We were together since we were teenage boys.
We saw each other grow into men.
And we have become closer than brothers!

Our private group on Facebook is appropriately named "From Boys to Men to Brothers"!
***All of the boys in Cohort 2 are invited to join our band of brothers! No matter who you are, if you are a man from Cohort 2, you should totally join in!***

Last Sunday, we had dinner at the lovely Italiannies @ Gardens Midvalley.
This restaurant is perfect for group dinning.
The food comes in big portions ready to be shared with everyone sitting at the table.
The waiters & maître d' are also well trained & very professional.
Prices are very reasonable too. 6 group dishes fully fed 12 ppl for around RM30 each.

Upon request, they wonderfully labelled our table.
Although they made a mistake, it was still a huge honour to have the best table in the restaurant & have it exclusively labelled for us.

A few of our brothers could not make it that day.
Still I am glad that many made sacrifices to be there that day.
Nasrul rushed all the way from Johore. Guna disobeyed his mom. Hilmi picked up Hadi (the f*cker) all the way from Putrajaya. Mien was there though he was sick. Hadi ditched his family. Khairil ditched a date. Nesa ditched his girl. Seng Chee ditched his PS3. Star ditched his sleep.

It was rejuvenating to see & catch up with all of you again!
We shall do another dinner next year!

See you guys at other B2M2B events in between!

Tuesday, June 2

The Graduation of koko'

For some people it only happens once in their lifetime.
For some people it's a pointless tradition.
For some people it is a rite of passage.
For me, it's something that all the brothers will do for one last time.

I have always cherished relationships with good people.
This is because I think that it is harder to find a good friend in life than it is to get anything else.
Money, can be earned. Health, can be maintained. Happiness, is a state of mind.
Good friends, they are harder to find than any of the above.

They are like Nasi Lemak...
There are many varieties out there but very few of them suit me.
I have a certain personality & perspective to life.
Good friends do not have to have the same personalities, perspectives or priorities...
Their hearts have to be in the right place.

When I do find one person that I am blessed to spend time with...
Be it a brother or sister, I will keep the relationship for life.
I will maintain it and work hard to keep it alive.

I am blessed with at least 14 brothers who feel the same.
We graduated together & we had dinner together on Sunday.
They have touched my life & I appreciate them for it.
Even though we cannot continue like we were for the past 6 years, we'd still be together in our hearts.

Congratulations, brothers!
We have made a difference!

Here is the story of my graduating ceremony told in pictures...

B.Ed.TESL Graduating Ceremony 2009
Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia: Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa (IPBA)
Saturday, 30 May 2009

Good friends groom & embrace each other.
And do forgive us... We haven't seen each other for soooooo long.

There were cameras everywhere that day!
Everyone was taking photos & having a blast!

We put on ridiculously oversized robes with colourful hoods.
Totally unglamorous but still the centre of attraction!

I graduated in absentia from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, a few months ago.
So during the graduating ceremony at IPBA, I received a certificate of recognition from Y.Bhg. Dato' Hj. Alimuddin B. Hj. Mohd. Dom, the Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran Malaysia (General Director of the Education Ministry).
This proves that my degree is actually recognised in Malaysia.

Anne the valedictorian gave a wonderful speech reminiscing the past & looking forward to building a better future for Malaysia.
It was well written and delivered flawlessly.
Well done, Anne!

After that, we went nuts & started taking lots & lots of photos.

I would like to thank Nicholas Ling, the cool senior, who came all the way from Sibu to join us & be my official photographer.
You're also the first person besides me to use my precious Nikon D90.

Finally, I want to appreciate the two people that supported me & did their best to help me be a useful person in society.
Mom... Dad... even though sometimes we dont see eye to eye...
You're still the best parents I could ever have.
Thank you for being you.

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