Wednesday, December 31

How To Register Your Own Custom Domain & What To Look Out For

My domain name was a birthday gift to myself & a cheap one too!
The whole process of registering a domain (website name) took me less than 15 minutes. Linking it with Blogger, however, took me around 1 hour as I had no idea what I was doing. Lol.
I wrote this guide because there were none out there for the average Malaysian with butterflies in their wallets.

Why should I have my own domain?
For me, I have invested a lot of effort into my blog & I'm planning to use it as the main point of reference for my personal brand as an educator. This is where people can find out everything & anything about me.
Having my own domain lends me a lot of credibility, shows people that I'm serious about what I do & I'm important enough to have my name followed by a ".com".

Don't pay OVER RM35 & Don't Take FREE domains
There are so many domain providers in Malaysia but there are no blogs reviewing them. Most blog posts were about international brands. The currency exchange makes them extremely expensive compared to the local options.
Furthermore, I'm hoping to upgrade my blog into a more modern layout than the ones provided on Blogger so I might decide to purchase hosting in the future. When that happens, I want a Malaysian provider just in case I needed to call with questions.

So I searched Malaysian providers on Google & looked at a LOT of options. Then, I looked in the forums for reviews.
Basically, I was looking for a low-budget option that would not turn around & bite me in the back.
That's when I decided on
The price is among the cheapest (RM35) &, according to a few posts in Lowyat, they are highly reliable too. The websites they host seem to be up 100% of the time. Also, most importantly for me, the domain is registered under my name.
WARNING: Don't take free domains because the company will own your domain.
DISCLAIMER: You may want to do your own research because my info might be outdated by the time you read this.

How Do I Register My Own Domain?

Thursday, December 25

My Transfer Is Denied So Share This With An Administrator

Denied Again. But not defeated.
The past 6 years in the jungle have been amazing & I believe that I have proven my worth.
I want to commit all my talent & skills to education in Sarawak because it is where the need for someone like me is greatest (Sarawak is usually at the bottom of national performance rankings.) but my determination is waned & my potential is limited at being confined to the jungle for a 7th year.
I am ambitious & I know that I can do much more with access to an airport, resources, people, internet & mobile connection.
Being denied not only frustrates me, it unsettles me.

Sarawak has an excess of English teachers (most of which are in Kuching & the surrounding districts teaching subjects other than English) so it's harder for me to move WITHIN Sarawak than it is to move OUT of the state.
Excess = very few new postings = not being able to move because there is no replacement for me.
Excess = very few vacancies = joining a waiting list where lots of more 'qualified' people are already waiting. Some for more than 10 years.

I've been a really good teacher transfer-wise.
No matter how tough it got, I rooted myself to my jungle school & gave my best. I only applied for transfer after my FOURTH year and I've never applied for transfer in the middle of the year. I have only applied for transfer at the end of the year because I am committed to my students & the programmes I have planned for the year.
After being left behind by juniors who have been religiously applying for transfers from their first year, I feel like I am being punished for my naivety & my desire to serve.

Saturday, December 13

5 Ways The Malaysian Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Course Can Improve

I'm not an expert but ah....
   This is an honest review from a thinking professional who has been in the profession for more than 5 years & already continuously improving himself via reading books/magazines/websites, reflecting & attending courses/training/conferences/symposiums. I have also shared my development through writing blogs/articles & giving talks/speeches/workshops to teachers/students.

   The fruits of all of that personal/professional growth is documented in this blog. I urge you to to skim/browse its archives & see for yourself if I am a credible commentator/stakeholder before you continue reading.

   I wrote this post not as a condemnation. I want to pool ideas to help make it better & I believe there can be a more effective use of tax payer funds & valuable time of education professionals. I have written down the same views & suggestions expressed in this blog post on the feedback forms I filled at the end of the course; of which I hope will be given due consideration.

   I truly admire promoting the spirit of autonomous continuous personal professional development in educators. Studies have shown that PD courses increase teacher efficacy & student scores. It doesn't take a genius to see how the nation will benefit when there are more effective individuals serving as role models to the new generation in an fluidly evolving modern world. The MoE hit the nail on the head by having BPG initiate the CPD course.

   However, having heard unfavourable reviews from more intelligent peers & having gone through the course myself at the end of last year, I'm afraid that the best intentions do not guarantee the best outcomes. Here are my ideas of what worked & what can be improved.

Thursday, December 11

5 Tips For GRE From Someone Who Barely Has Time To Study

What the ETS page for GRE looks like.
For those of you here out of curiosity, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a 4 hour exam required for admissions into graduate study programmes at universities in the United States.
I'm not an expert at GRE prep. I'm sharing lessons from my test day experience so that you may have a better idea of what to expect on your test day.

I took the GRE a few months ago at a Prometric testing centre in KL, Malaysia.
I registered online at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website & paid for it with my credit card. My test costed US$195. Bear in mind that the test in KL can only be scheduled on Wednesdays/Thursdays.

I took the TOEFL test earlier & did extremely well despite not preparing at all. If you're taking the TOEFL computer-based test as well, you might want to read the lessons from my test day experience to have a better idea of what to expect during your own test.

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