Saturday, April 20

A Teacher Who Shaped My Life: Cikgu Anis Abdullah

My Form 5 class photo with Cikgu Anis, our class teacher since Form 4. 😎
I know it’s a little blurry, but can you find me? Also, guess the year!

**Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia. Their Anugerah Guru Inspirasi is one of very few initiatives ever to appreciate & recognise teachers like you & me at a national scale. In conjunction with Teachers’ Day, the 2019 award recipients will be officially announced on 13 May! I’m hoping that my nomination gets selected!**

As the old cliché goes, “monkey see, monkey do.” It is not uncommon for a teacher to recreate the experiences they’ve had as students. All that theory we learned at university is great. But, only when we’ve experienced something for ourselves, can we attempt to reverse engineer it in our classrooms. That is not to say that a teacher with abysmal experiences as a student would make a abysmal teacher. I’m just saying that I have had many great teachers in my life who made my transition into teacher-hood so much more easier. One of my most treasured teachers in secondary school was Cikgu Anis Abdullah, my class teacher & English teacher.

At Form 4, my English language proficiency was way beyond what was necessary to ace the SPM test. By then I was winning essay competitions, reading elaborate novels for pleasure, singing English songs in a rock band, & transcribing pop songs on the radio by ear. Transferring from a Chinese independent school to a Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan, I didn’t do too well in PMR, so I was streamed into a mid-tier class, where the English development needs of my classmates were very different from mine. As I wasn’t being challenged in her English language classroom, Cikgu Anis allowed me to work on subjects I was struggling with during her class periods, but only after I’ve completed her assignments. On occasion, she’d use me as a resource during her lessons.
Unfortunately, teachers rarely get remembered for what they do in their classrooms. 2-3 hours of contact per week is surely not enough time to really get to know someone. I remember Cikgu Anis for her confidence in responding to my parents’ anxieties & especially for her role in producing the school’s play for the interschool competition.

Saturday, April 13

Introducing Amory Yong

I'm proud to introduce Amory! The first-born of a new generation of Yongsters has arrived! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

As a 21st century dad, I'm very cognizant of images, captions & descriptions that could come back to haunt my child in the future. That's why it took me a while to figure out whether I should announce Amory's existence outside of closed circles. Well, I can't keep him under a tin foil hat all his life. Therefore, I will make an effort to avoid posting intimate pictures or embarrassing stories of him. I hope that my friends & family will do the same. However, I will share my pictures & my embarrassing moments. There have been plenty of those. Believe me. #FirstTimeDad 🙋🏽‍♂️

Just the other night in the wee hours of the morning, during my night shift. I stared intensely at him as he slept soundly in his cot after being fed. I didn't know if it was the sleep deprivation (honestly, I haven't had a full night's sleep in a loooooong while) or whether it was my paternal hormones kicking in, but I broke down into tears at how beautiful he was to me & how much love I felt for him. Anybody else experience this before, or am I just an emotional wreck? 😢

Fatherhood is a beautiful thing. I hope that I'll be a good father to you, Amory. I'm by no means a wealthy man, but I'll do my best to give you what you need to thrive in this brave new world.
Love, dad. 👨‍👦

Monday, April 8

Lyrics for "Our Home Our Dream" by Global Malaysian Network

Verse 1
Anak Malaysia
Menjejak Kaki
Ke Seluruh Dunia
Tak Kira Dimana
Hati Terikat
Tanah Air Kita

Chorus 1
For We Are One
No Matter Where We Are
Our Hearts Unite
No Matter Near Or Far
As We Are One
We Lift Heads Up To The Sky
Proud To Call You As Our Home

Verse 2
Anak Malaysia
Gigih Berani
Menempuhi Cabaran
Bangga Mengibarkan
Jalur Gemilang
Di Pentas Dunia

Chorus 2
For We Are One
No Matter Where We Are
Our Hearts Unite
No Matter Near Or Far
As We Are One
We Lift Heads Up To The Sky
Proud To Call You As Our Home

Berdiri Teguh Bersama
Jiwa Kita Membara
Memikul Nama Negara
Menjunjung Nama Bangsa

Tidak Kira Apa Jua Masa
Kita Rakyat Satu Keluarga
Tidak Kira Di Mana Ku Berada
Demi Negara Tercinta

Sunday, April 7

Project Anak Malaysia by Global Malaysian Network

Sign your school up here:
Disclaimer: I'm affiliated to Global Malaysian Network, a social network for Malaysians who are residing / have resided abroad, as a member of the admin team. However, I cannot take credit for this project as it involves a whole village of volunteers. I'm only in-charge of getting the word out to teachers!

Would you like to see your school's name shared across the world, as part of an international music video project? What about seeing the same with the positive image & beautiful voices of your students?

This project is brought to you by the same people who brought you this:

After collecting lyric submissions from global Malaysians, GMN is working with international Malaysian composers on a new bilingual song, "Our Home Our Dream", calling for unity & expressing the love of global Malaysians for Tanah Airku. As the future of our nation, we would like to invite your students (in Malaysia) to consider themselves as global citizens & participate in our Project Anak Malaysia. There's no better way to achieve your HIP & MBMMBI KPIs than this!

Project Anak Malaysia will produce 2 music videos. The first one will feature STUDENTS IN MALAYSIA (open to all primary, secondary and tertiary institutions). This student version will be released on 13 May 2019, which is GMN's 1st anniversary. It's about time we remember that harrowing date for something positive, rather than it's current manipulative use. Meanwhile, the second video will be a gift to Malaysia by Malaysians around the world just like in our 2018 "Sejahtera Malaysia" music video.

With your help, it will be a truly 100% Malaysian production, from lyrics writing, song composing, singing, videoing, to end product editing, where all Malaysians, both local & overseas, will be able to express our love for our nation together!

Dear teachers in Malaysia, do invite your students to participate in this meaningful international project!

Sign up here:

Here is a copy of the "Our Home Our Dream" song:
Demo =
Minus one =
Lyrics =

You can comment below if you have any questions! Looking forward to receiving your submissions!

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