Empurau Magazine 2009

It's finally out!
Here is a picture of the 2009 Empurau Magazine of SMK Katibas!

Those of you who are close to me would have heard my squeaks & creaks on how hard I worked on this magazine to make it work... ALONE!
The person who was supposed to give me the biggest support simply refused to give me any help!
Although I did most of the work myself, there were several other individuals who came up to me & offered their help. For these people, I am thankful.
Without them, this magazine wouldn't be as good as it is today.
Without them, I'd already be a burnout psycho teacher murdering 'bad' teachers.

Now that I finally have the magazine in my arms, I dare say that I am proud of my baby.
He has come out looking like a great piece of art.
All the months of slaving overtime unpaid just to get the information right & painstaking making sure that every page is exactly how it is supposed to be has paid off.
The people who have read magazines from previous years also commented on the leap of improvements made this year.

This is the best part...
I love the way the children's eyes light up with anticipation while lining up for the magazine.
And how they instantly flip to their class photo to see how they look.
Oh, how sweet their smiles.
And how even the hardest coldest student would look at me happily & thankfully after that.
That was when I knew that my self-imposed slavery was all worth it.

To summarise my whole experience in the production of this magazine, here is what I wrote in the editorial part of the magazine.
It is my greatest pleasure & honour to present to you this year's edition of the Empurau Magazine. This is my first year in the teaching service & I am truly amazed to have been empowered with the freedom to mold & cast in stone, as I see fit, such an important document. A school magazine can portray the school as a shady incompetent institution or one that's worthy of awe. This magazine is the fruit of many sleepless nights, unrelenting frustration & compounding fatigue. Therefore, it is my sincere desire that you will find it both attractive, informative & worthy of a school on the rise.
Working with the magazine committee as well as the school staff to complete this magazine has not been a piece of cake. Of course, the staff of SMK Katibas are extremely talented & willing to share. Little did I know, all their good things came in a combo together with certain flaws. Any human resource manager will be able to relate that some flaws are easy to overlook while others are, well... a little more of a pain. Whatever it is, a compromise has to be made to achieve a quality end product. Therefore, dear reader, let me share an adage I have coined from my experience: 'You can pick your friends but you can't pick your colleagues. So live with it!'
Although there were obstacles, the fact that you are holding a handsome magazine in your hands right now is a testament that every speed bump or mountain in the way of the magazine committee was ironed out & put behind us. I would therefore like to end by thanking the bulldozers & excavators who were a big help in the production of this magazine.
Firstly, I would like to thank the Principal, Mr Clement Chieng Sui Ung, for spending his own time & energy to help with finding sponsors & for putting his faith in me. I would also like to thank Mr Chieng Hop Sing for staying up until late for several nights editing pictures & text. Furthermore, thank you to Mr Gomez Das for taking time off to design graphics including the tribal design incorporated at the bottom of every page. Big thanks to Mr Mohd Shahrir Mustapa, Mr Victor Anthony Anom, Mr Johari Abdullan & Mr Richard Atong for helping me with digging through a haystack of files seeking a needle of information. Another thank you to Mr Nigel Ling Ting Shiuh for getting things started & taking me sponsor hunting in Sibu. Finally, I would like to thank everyone who contributed but was not specifically mentioned as well as the sponsors who invested & believed in this project. Your prayers & contributions are greatly appreciated!
Now, what are you waiting for? Flip the page! Every page is eagerly awaiting your arrival!

Comments

  1. note : you spelled time wrongly when thanking mr. gomez .

    you made the mag on your first year . what an honor . it's must have been extremely tough when the deadline is closing in .

    i can't read the mag to tell you how awesome it is but i can feel it . rock our world with another mag next year

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  2. Rectified the spelling & if you really want to take a look at it, I might just send one magazine to SMK Puteri Titiwangsa!
    Want?

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  3. a very well-written edotorial. i especially love the 1st paragraph!

    P.S.

    'You can pick your friends but you can't pick your colleagues. So live with it!'

    you actually put that in print?! wow!

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  4. fantastic job ah kam! im in awe! =)

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  5. great work!! congrats congrats

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  6. Rosyada: Many ppl need to get over that fact.. But it aint easy.. hehe~~

    PohLin: Thanks!

    Alice: Thanks!

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  7. Congrats! Good job, impressive!

    I was in charge of the school mag for many, many years...and I never wanted any assistants. One-man show! Better than having people getting credit for things they did not do! Used to have at first but I kicked them out...

    Lots of work but I enjoyed it - especially when the end products turned out to be very nice.

    Thumbs up! Something about this teaching line, anything you touch - it's yours for life! LOL!!!

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  8. yes yes yes . the last time i checked , the school only had mags from peninsular . weird

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  9. gimme a copy..
    I will keep it nicely...
    It's great to do a magazine...

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  10. Wow!Impressive.

    (Act,what is the meaning of the mags name?I can't seem to find the meaning of that cunning word)

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  11. Job well done bro!

    now that i think about it, it's truly a shame and dissapointment that we didn't have a proper publication in IPBA all those years

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  12. Arthur: Thanks for the compliment!
    Anyway, are you good enough to spot the one mistake I made in the magazine? hahaha~~

    Vio: I asked my kerani to send a copy of the magazine to SMK Puteri Titiwangsa!
    They should get it really soon!
    Ask your teachers about it!

    Jessica: Thanks!

    Tasha: Thanks!

    Cyril: Thanks!

    Onion: You want a personal copy?

    Pame: It the name of a big scrumptious river fish native to our area. Each kg will set you back at least RM250!

    Najib: Well, it is sad not to have one for our final year...
    But the #1 questions is will ppl be willing to pay for a good publication?
    I remember some ppl complaining that the RM20 for our 1st year magazine was too much.
    Ignorant f*ckers.

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