Saturday, October 18, 2014

Blogging & Time

Ya Allah, lama sungguh tak update blog. Semenjak berpindah ke kampus baru, sememangnya banyak sekali perkara penting yang wajar dinukilkan buat peringatan dan tauladan untuk masa hadapan, namun masa 'perfect' untuk bersenggang menulis secara santai telah diambil-alih oleh byk perkara lain.

Tahun ini sahaja aku sudah berpindah rumah 2 kali. Dari yang beratus km hinggalah ke puluhan km jaraknya. Jam  mengajar pula masih kekal seperti sewaktu mula-mula masuk mengajar, tetapi jumlah pelajar kadang-kala melampaui jangkauan akal, ditambah mula manusia-manusia yang punya 'self-interest' sendiri yang menambah beban kami di sini. Tidak mengapa! Allah kan ada. Biar dia dgn labunya, biar aku pula cuba memudahkan mana yg termampu.

Sejak bulan lepas, jadual kerja bertambah secara rasminya sebagai Penasihat Undang-undang kampus, tambahan kepada tugasan Penasihat Undang-undang HEA dan HEP yang telah kerap dilakukan sebelum aku bercuti belajar. Semalam sahaja perlu berada di 2 tempat berbeza sebelum habis waktu pejabat. Sedangkan marking skrip jawapan masih belum2 selesai. Terasa sudah 2 bulan buat aktiviti ini daripada ujian2 sehinggalah Final Exam.

Ya, sememangnya terasa tidak cukup kakitangan, tetapi bila fikir2 balik, mungkin ini satu cara untuk mengelakkan aku drpd membuang masa atau kurang menghormati masa yang diberi kepada aku. I tend to do that if I think I have too much time in my hands. Tapi itu semua hanyalah ilusi. Perancangan rapi dan pelaksanaan sebarang jadual lebih teliti apabila byk yg perlu dilaksanakan dalam masa yg singkat. Semoga Allah permudahkan semua urusanku dan kawan2 sekalian, In Sha Allah.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Buta dan Tuli

Hati berkira-kira untuk kembali ke FB sepert biasa, namun terbaca status 'Friends' yang masih 'buta'. Ya, bisa saja aku buta dan tulikan diriku terhadapnya. Butang 'Hide', 'Block' dan Delete' kan ada?? Namun, itu tidak merubah kesedihan dan kekecewaan hati terhadap sahabat-sahabat ini yang masih 'membutakan' hati. Janji Allah itu benar. Sekiranya bukan hari ini apabila segala bukti kebenaran disingkap Allah Ta'ala sebahagian demi sebahagian, mungkin suatu hari kau bakal jatuh terduduk melihat 'kebenaran' yang kau laungkan hanyalah fatamorgana. Pilihan itu ada di tanganmu sekiranya kau mahu membuka hati dan mindamu. Aku mendoakanmu. Aku doakan kau melihat kebenaran itu bukan dalam keadaan kau buta dan tuli. Sesungguhnya potensimu sungguh besar sekali. Sayang sekali disia-siakan ke atas seorang pendusta. Semoga Allah membantu kita semua. Pilihanku kini - kembali ke lubukku. Mungkin akan ku tutup terus sahaja FB ini dalam terdekat ini.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The cycle of life and death

Banyak yang mahu diperkatakan, diluah, dinyata, digambar, disampaikan, namun...kadang-kadang terasa apa lagi makna bagi aku berkata-kata. Aku penat, lelah, dan meraba-raba tercari-cari jalan pulang ke pangkuanNya yang buatNya Redho akan aku. Adakah aku berada di jalan itu? Semakin dekatkah aku atau semakin hilang di mataNya? SO this is me...lost for words, lost in transition, lost in the order of the things to come... No, I, myself is not lost, I'm sure...I'm just not there yet! Not just yet... Namun mungkin yang lebih baiknya di kesempatan ini aku titipkan doa buat Arwah Haji Hidayatullah Zulkarnaim yang baru meninggal dunia Sabtu lalu. Selamat pulang ke pangkuanNya Haji Hidayatullah Zulkarnaim. Terima kasih kerana sudi berkongsi hidup dengan adindakuNurkhairiah Nawi dan menggembirakannya dan menceriakan hidupnya, walaupun tempoh itu sekejap cuma. Berbahagialah dirimu di sana. Ameen.

Friday, May 23, 2014

In Transition

So we made the move from SP to Seremban, finally. I almost thought it was going to be an easy transition. but i was partly wrong.
After 13 years in SP, it was not an easy feat to ease in into a new environment, an unfamiliar environment even if it was still in Malaysia. i thought i would be as excited as I would be when I went to Melbourne, a totally uncharted territory for me, but I wasn't. Melbourne was a totally new environment. Seremban is not really new in that sense but rather unfamiliar. Further we had to rent a new smaller place which made everything seem 'constrained'. I kept telling myself this is temporary, but considering we'd still need to get settled down somehow along the way, all of this constraints will need to be tackled as soon as possible. 
And of course, I terribly missed SP where everything had been so well planned and supported. Friends, food, familiarity and all... 
I tell myself again and again I need to give it a chance, that the move itself was very exhausting and the settling down process and getting familiar with the new place will need some time, but I can't help feeling rather helpless at times.
Alhamdulillah, the new office environment is good, met some new and old friends and got a good school for Aliyah & Uwais, 5 minutes away from the office. As for Luqman, we found a daycare for him near our rental, looks ok, but we'll need to give him some time to adjust. This will be his last year in daycare, hopefully, so we're counting months.
Hopefully, we'll get a more permanent place soon. We'd actually took almost a year before in SP to find a house, but we had no children then. Now it seems rather pertinent to find one sooner. but of course, various factors will need to be considered, including costs and location.
in the meantime, i'm embarking on decorate office project! at least that's something to look forward to 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Life's Principles - How I See It

Tragedy brings out the best and worst out of people. And by the word 'tragedy', various interpretations apply to different category of people. There's no way of generalizing one 'tragedy' with another. So life especially 'online' nowadays somewhat feel filled with dissatisfaction, hatred, idiocy, mistrust, and most times fallacy. At times I don't get it. Where did it all come from? What caused all of this 'problems' that in my view came initially from us - human being, ourselves.

But this is how I always see it and I told myself, my family and my students, in order to move on and make the world a better place, we'll need to apply these principles:

(1) The first and main principle in our lives is our Niyyah, deep down, our intention. Always ask ourselves, why are we doing what we are doing dan ini semua utk siapa??

If you are a Muslim - semuanya hanya untuk Allah. Dan kalau anda berpegang pada niat itu dari awal sehingga ke akhir sesuatu pekerjaan atau perlakuan, In Sha Allah apa yang anda lakukan will be clearly reflected in you and the results of your actions. Ramai yang kadang-kadang terbabas di pertengahan jalan, tidak mengapa, beristighfar dan kembalilah perbetulkan niat kita itu. Allah itu Maha Mengetahui, tiada manusia yang terlepas daripada membuat kesilapan dan kekhilafan. Perbetulkan niat, acapkali boleh memperbaiki keadaan, In Sha Allah.

(2) In our daily lives, we must always hold on to the principles "jangan menyusahkan hidup org lain". Yang terbaiknya, bukan sahaja setakat itu, tetapi pada masa yang sama memudahkan lagi hidup orang lain sekeliling kita. This apply to very basic thing, first and foremost, saling bantu-membantu memudahkan kerja suami, isteri, anak-anak. Yes, at times, others around us don't apply this principle, but that doesn't mean we should do the same to them. Remember "what goes around comes around". Of course, there come a time when menyenangkan hidup orang lain mungkin menyudahkan hidup kita, then we need to carefully buat pertimbangan. Sekiranya kesan negatif ke atas kita itu hanya sementara atau kecil sahaja, adalah lebih baik kita apply this principle. 

Ingatlah Rasulullah SAW bersabda:

خير الناس أنفعهم للناس
Sebaik-baik manusia adalah yang paling bermanfaat bagi orang lain (HR. Ahmad)

Malah, Rasulullah di dalam hadith lain mengatakan:

كُلُّ سُلاَمَى مِنَ النَّاسِ عَلَيْهِ صَدَقَةٌ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ تَطْلُعُ فِيهِ الشَّمْسُ ، يَعْدِلُ بَيْنَ الاِثْنَيْنِ صَدَقَةٌ ، وَيُعِينُ الرَّجُلَ عَلَى دَابَّتِهِ ، فَيَحْمِلُ عَلَيْهَا ، أَوْ يَرْفَعُ عَلَيْهَا مَتَاعَهُ صَدَقَةٌ ، وَالْكَلِمَةُ الطَّيِّبَةُ صَدَقَةٌ ، وَكُلُّ خَطْوَةٍ يَخْطُوهَا إِلَى الصَّلاَةِ صَدَقَةٌ ، وَيُمِيطُ الأَذَى عَنِ الطَّرِيقِ صَدَقَةٌ
Setiap persendian manusia diwajibkan untuk bersedekah setiap harinya mulai matahari terbit. Berbuat adil antara dua orang adalah sedekah. Menolong seseorang naik ke atas kendaraannya atau mengangkat barang-barangnya ke atas kendaraannya adalah sedekah. Berkata yang baik adalah sedekah. Begitu pula setiap langkah berjalan untuk menunaikan shalat adalah sedekah. Serta menyingkirkan suatu rintangan dari jalan adalah sedekah. (HR. Bukhari)

All those deeds mentioned by the Prophet in the hadith refers to good deed, and all good deeds are charity, and making other people's lives easier is definitely a good deed, a charity - as evident in the simple example given by him in the last part of the hadith ~ when you moved away obstacles from a (public) road, i.e. memudahkan orang lain melaluinya selepas itu. Isn't this proof enough to show that one of your main life's principles should be exactly that - menjadikan dirimu seseorang yang bermanfaat kepada orang lain. Sometimes you may feel what you did is small in your eyes, mind and heart, but truthfully you never really know the positive chain reaction you garner from such good deed, no matter how small it is. The best good deeds are to be forgotten, but Allah will always remember them. That is His Promise. So always remember, when given a choice, choose to make people's lives easier, not harder.

(3) The third principle I believed in is this: in our lives, the best of us are people who are always giving, not taking. I always believed that some of the problem we faced nowadays is because some of us tergolong di dalam kategori mereka-mereka yang kekurangan kasih sayang. That's why we are bogged down with fools, idiots and corrupt people online and in reality. They lacked love when they grew up. So in turn and in time they turned into what they are nowadays ~ attention seekers. Some may do it in a positive way, but mostly they are negative. These people are moulded into being takers, not givers. Think back, recall of those people in your lives that you find problematic, did they come from families that give them the right kind of love and attention they crave when they were growing up. And even if they were growing up in the same family, were they given the rightful and appropriate kind of love catered for them as compared to the rest of their family members. Then you'll know that I may have a point here. Remember, even Allah, out of his 99 names - 'opted' to have Ar Rahman and Ar Rahim with Bismillah, which goes to show, ultimately He's a God of Compassion and Mercy and no doubt he wanted that to be reflected in the actions of his creation too. But most times we failed Him. We opted to hate and spread hatred and anger instead. It's time we take a step back and reflect, what kind of a person are we?

I know it may sound doom and gloom - because you can't be givers if you don't feel loved and if you don't feel loved you can't mould givers in the future. But it's not the end of it all. Ironically, you can feel loved and find love, if you try and turned yourself into a giver, and when you are a giver, love finds you. I know this for a fact, because I admit, I used to be a taker, not a giver. Having children, changed me. A lot, I must say. I know that now. Alhamdulillah for that chance. Some may not have that chance, but that doesn't mean you have no chance to change, you still do. Just try it, do it one step at a time. It may be small steps, like giving out small donation or presents to people you loved or even smile to strangers, slowly but surely, love will come to you, In Sha Allah.

And because I am a parent, I'd always remind myself  to focus on raising children who'll end up as a giver, not a taker. It's not easy in this era nowadays. So many new (some invented) challenges need to be dealt with. Focus then should be given on giving lots of love and affection, also appropriate discipline to your children, but they must be tailored to their needs, bukan pukul rata. Lain-lain anak, lain-lain keperluan mereka dan janganlah disama-ratakan atau dibanding-bandingkan mereka. Pada saya itu konsep keibubapaan yang salah. Jagalah hati kecil mereka, kerana hati itu lah yang akan 'membimbing' mereka membuat keputusan di masa depan. Jika hati mereka penuh rasa kasih sayang kepada ibubapa mereka, pasti mereka akan sentiasa mahu berbuat kebaikan, memudahkan kehidupan ibubapa, orang lain di dalam hidup mereka dan menjadi seseorang yang selalu memberi kebaikan dan bukannya sentiasa meminta kebaikan datang kepada mereka - a giver not a taker.

(4) And finally, a life principle that most people seem to take for granted, because in reality most people have already been applying it in their daily lives - to do everything in moderation and well-balanced ~ Al- Wasatiyyah. Allah clearly says: “Thus, have We made of you an Ummah (Community) justly balanced (wasatan), that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves…” (al-Baqarah 143). These revelation, in other words emphasized that as a Muslim we have been 'made' to 'carry' our lives in moderation and impartiality, not of extremism, prejudice and intolerance. Always remember that if we think we have gone overboard with something in our lives, reapply the principle of Wasatiyyah and In Sha Allah we'll be alright and we won't be encroaching on other people's rights and interest.

Semoga tulisan ini memberi manfaat kepada semua, lebih lagi diri saya sendiri yang acapkali terlupa. Wallahu a'lam...


A/T: Keep on praying for the 'signs' of MH370, may Allah shower us with His Mercy as we learn our lessons from this 'tragedy', Ameen.

Calling for Paper for Electronic Journal of Comparative Legal and Social Studies (eclass)


We are calling for paper for our recently launched Electronic Journal of Comparative Legal and Social Studies (eCLASS). The journal aims to contribute to advancing our understanding of law and social studies from a global perspective. The journal adopted an inclusive understanding of comparative legal studies, unlimited in its geographical focus and range of legal topics.

To achieve this aim, the journal welcomes contributions of articles, research commmentaries, case comments and reviews that encourage discussion of the current state of the law, with an emphasis placed on comparative subject matter.

eCLASS is an electronic peer-reviewed journal from Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. For further information please visit us at http://www.law.uitm.edu.my/eclass/

Monday, March 3, 2014

International Conference on Law, Policy and Social Justice 2014 (ICLAPS 2014) 13 – 14 August 2014, Penang, Malaysia

Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the International Conference on Law, Policy and Social Justice 2014 (ICLAPS 2014) scheduled to be held on the 13 – 14 August 2014 in Penang, Malaysia. This conference is jointly organized by the Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam and the Law Department, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kedah. The Conference will carry the theme: “Harmonising Law and Social Norms”. 

Everything you need to know about the conference will be posted on this web site, so book mark this site and visit us frequently for updates. As plans for the conference progress, you will be able to submit your abstract online, register for the conference online and even find out about airline, hotel and other travel arrangements. 

This international conference will provide numerous opportunities for participants to share up-to-date information and research, and to discuss common concerns with colleagues from around the world on current key issues and developments affecting law, policy and social justice. This exchange of information is vital to promote interdisciplinary discussion on the interaction between norms, rules and law and their contribution to the fulfillment of social needs and aspirations. It is hoped that the conference will provide a broad platform for academicians, policy makers, researchers, and practitioners to interact and share their knowledge, experience and expertise. 

The organizers hope you will mark your calendar now and set aside funds in your budget so you can participate in this event and look forward to see you in Penang. Please take note of the important dates in making your plans: 
Submission of abstract                     15th April 2014 
Notification of abstract acceptance   30th April 2014 
Early bird payment                           30th May 2014 
Submission of full paper                    15th July 2014 
Payment due date                             30th July 2014 

Do contact the conference organizers if you have any questions in regards to: 

Abstract and Full Paper and Registration 
Dr. Nuraisyah Chua Abdullah 
+603 55435954 
email: nuraisyah@salam.uitm.edu.my 

Fee Syatirah Abu Bakar 
+604 4562142 
email: syatirah@kedah.uitm.edu.my 

Looking forward to see all of you there. Thank you :-)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Menuju Bebas Hutang

Dengan terjualnya rumah kami di SP dan Ampang nanti, In Sha Allah, kami dapat mencorak kembali pengurusan kewangan kami yang adakalanya banyak tersasar di waktu muda kami. Ya, kami akan membeli rumah baru kelak, namun kajian teliti kemampuan perlu dibuat agar tidak lagi terjerumus ke kancah membuat hutang-hutang mudharat. No more expensive cars for us. Cukuplah sekadar yang ada sekarang. Selagi masih bisa berfungsi tanpa masalah yang berpanjangan akan kami gunakan seadanya biarpun dikatakan tanpa prestij. Hutang PTPTN pun bakal selesai dalam masa 2 tahun ini dan duit yg selalu diallocate untuk itu boleh dibuat simpanan dan pelaburan di tempat lain yang lebih menguntungkan terutamanya bagi tujuan menunaikan haji. Mungkin juga boleh difikirkan untuk membeli rumah kecil lain bagi tujuan investment seterusnya, sekiranya semua hutang-hutang mudharat ini selesai.

Buat sementara, aku sudah pastikan semua ahli keluarga dilindungi TAKAFUL nyawa, kesihatan dan pendidikan, di samping menabung Tabung Pendidikan Anak-anak di SSPN dan untuk tujuan tunai haji mereka di Tabung Haji. In Sha Allah, by the time they are 18, paling tidak kami boleh membayar yuran pengajian mereka apabila mereka melanjutkan pelajaran di dalam negara dan sudah cukup simpanan bagi tujuan haji. Credit Card pun jarang digunakan kecuali bagi tujuan membeli buku secara online dan mengisi minyak kereta, itupun kerana nak mengumpul point mata ENRICH bagi tujuan membeli tiket kapal terbang yang lebih murah apabila perlu. Kadang-kadang point itu juga boleh ditukar menjadi voucher bagi membeli buku atau mengisi minyak.

Apapun aku banyak belajar perihal rezeki daripada buku ini. Highly recommended book! Aku galakkan semua membeli dan membaca buku ini. Sudah banyak kali khatam, tapi setiap kali pembacaan akan ada 'pandangan' baru hasil drp pembacaan buku ini, In Sha Allah sangat berguna.



Satu lagi blog yang sangat membantu bab-bab perancangan kewangan ini adalah blog En Mohd Zulkifli yang boleh dibaca di sini. Entrinya berkenaan "Seronoknya hidup tanpa hutang" amat terkesan di hatiku. Semoga Allah permudahkan perancangan kami untuk hidup bebas daripada hutang-hutang yang membawa mudharat lagi. Ameen.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

How to sell a HOME? ... With LOVE

"A House Is Not a Home" sang Dionne Warwick, but there's no denying that we've definitely turned our house in SP into our home :-) We had carefully chosen its location, the color of every walls and doors in the house, designed the cabinets for the kitchen, bedrooms, and study and installed all the safety measures that comes with raising small kids. Our choice was to make it a simple functional home, but vibrant and contemporary at the same time. It was a no brainer, we love the place. It's facing a big open field and the morning sunrise, so it has never felt 'claustrophobic' and the living area is always kept cool (due to the sun position). When we were in Melbourne, Aliyah would always ask me, when are we going to return to our house here in SP. We were no doubt about it, attached to the house. All my chidren grew up in this house, memories were and are still made in it throughout their childhood. It had brought us so much joy. We really took care of it, keeping it prim, proper and well maintained, which is evident from its overall looks despite its decade old age. In truth, it symbolizes our lives here in SP.

We are now at the juncture of our lives that we have to make a decision on the future on this house, we called home. My DH and mom have been pressing me to just hold on to it a little while longer, till the price is right. Several friends, knowing of our future arrangement have been asking about it. But I wasn't ready to make up my mind on the asking price and I am somewhat pained at the idea of renting it out. Although we have rented it out before when we were in Melbourne, we knew we can never get the future tenant to have the same kind of love we have for the place. Further, 'maintaining' a tenant has never been my best 'forte'. So I know eventually we have to let go of the house.

After some contemplation and persuasion on my part, we've agreed and decided to let go of the place if we got the price we're asking for. I named the price and my DH agreed with it. This also means both our properties are now up for sale. I've already found a buyer for the one in Ampang and the ding dong with the lawyers is taking longer than earlier anticipated. But we're not in a rush, so besides the annoyance and delayed caused by the so called legal firm, the property has a secured buyer. I will eventually settled the sale. The apartment was bought for investment, and letting it go also requires some persuasion on my part, but seriously, I need that extra peace of mind, so the decision to sell it was final. With both places up for sale, we might as well migrate to Melbourne hehe

It is said that selling a house is all about the first impression, but I believe selling a home requires more than just that. A home needs to be 'sold' with love. The prospective buyer should be able to see them living and leading their lives in it and you must show how that's possible. And on top of that, I also need to 'sense' whether they can actually also love the place as much as I do. It's one thing to find a buyer, but then it's another 'ache' to hear their future plans of 'remaking' the place, until it loses its original looks. Well, I guess the last part is too much to ask for, but the 'love' part, I really need to know that's possible.

Anyway, maybe, it was our rezeki, as soon as we've decided on the price, a friend called us about the place one day and wanted to come inspect the next. I showed her some teaser pictures of the house and she was hooked even before she dropped by :-)Deep down I really wish she would love the place, since she had a small family and we knew her well. Once she'd even taught Aliyah during one of her English Camps. So even Aliyah knew her :-) Since Aliyah had been wondering if we can come visit the place from time to time if it were to be sold to someone else, selling it to her would be a lovely arrangement. I can easily see us visiting in the future if she bought our place.


The Study


My kitchen, then

We both took the whole day getting the kitchen as 'glorified' as it was in the picture 9 years ago and the whole house ready. I know I only have one chance at this. If they are not interested, then they will move on to the next house in their list. So we manage to get everything ready in time for their visit :-)

My kitchen, now

The children's room

Our Master Bedroom

She didn't take long during the inspection though, but the next day, I bumbed into her and she immediately confirmed her interest. She negotiated a little discount. Although we've fixed our price, but truthfully, just the sense that she had fallen in love with the house and would love it the way we do, In Sha Allah, made me persuaded my DH to discount the final price eventually. My mom still wished I'd wait, but I'm not sure I will find similar 'interest & love' in the future. I'm not merely selling a house, but our home. My friend upon hearing all this, feel honoured that we had chosen to sell it to her family of 3. I'm just grateful, that our home is going to make another family happy. I pray and wish it's going to be the best home for them and it will served them and be loved by them as well as it had served us and loved by us, In Sha Allah. :-D

Saturday, February 8, 2014

CANNOT, CANNOT, CANNOT!

This week, Alhamdulillah, was 'unofficially' my last lecture for my 'Introduction to Jurisprudence' class this semester (lega!!!) Due to a different future commitment, I won't be teaching this course anymore in the near future (legaaaa!!!), well, especially not in UiTM Kedah that is.

So I took some time to wrap up about law & society, issues of welfare, even 'rant' about the position, policies and actions of the Republicans and Democrats in the US, and their somewhat 'similarities' to their 'so called' Malaysian 'counterparts'. I asked them to ponder upon all the issues surrounding them and 'see' with their minds, not merely with their eyes.

I think the most interesting about 'anecdotes-telling' sessions is to observe how your students listened & focused attentively to your 'stories' sambil melopong haha...Well, that, in my view has always been the best part about teaching I pray and hope they'll get something from it all, In Sha Allah.

Towards the end, I further emphasized that times are changing and we can no longer live 'exactly' in accordance with the ways of our ancestors, we need to change, evolve, move on to better ourselves, our way. In jest, I said, "in 4 years time once you graduated, the SPA form should not be the first form you filled up online. You CANNOT set your mind to work with the government (makan gaji with pencen), I repeat myself, sayang sayang semua, you CANNOT, CANNOT, please... Please, think of something else. You have 4 years to do that." Well, they actually smiled at the instant the word 'sayang-sayang semua' was mentioned, but I do hope I got my point across.

But then later, I found this article here. I read it with an open mind and smile regardless at the end. Well, at least I think now I know the 'real benefits' of being a civil servant, or more accurately the bosses of civil servants. Come to think of it, it made my 'callings' yesterday for my students to not work with the Civil Service seems rather 'counter-intuitive' ;-)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

7 days into January

It's the 7th day into the month of January and I thought I wanted to reflect on these past days.

1st January - School started. Uwais starts Primary One this year, Aliyah into Primary 4. Settled their registration and ran back to the office. Then I had my department meeting later in the day. I was assigned the task of finding students to participate in a moot competition. Names must be submitted next week.

2nd January - Continued setting 2 sets of examination questions with answer schemes requested at the end of 2013. They are to be submitted latest by the 6th January.

3rd January - Final exam for my code held in the morning and I need to invigilate in the evening. Later, took the exam scripts for my code and sorted them. 3 groups, 88 students altogether, 4 questions each student, totaling 352 questions to be examined.

4th January - Still doing the exam questions. Prep for school and work next week. Marking?

5th January - Classes for the diploma & foundation students started. Finished exam questions and continued to figure out the answer schemes. KAFA registration for the children after lunch. 2 hours of class later in the evening. Start asking for interested students for mooting. Marking??

6th January - 2 hours of class early in the morning. Continued asking for interested students for mooting. Finalized the answer scheme for the 2 sets of exam questions, printed them and passed them to be sent to the exam vetting meeting in Shah Alam. Marking???

7th January - Sorting and selecting students for mooting. Students' consultation. 2 hours of class later in the evening. Marking???? Really?? And 'officially' only 2 days remain, officially that is. Because the next two days I have 4 hours of classes to attend to every day. So? Finished in two days??? We shall see...not :-P

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hari Pertama



 
It's so easy to spot him, even if he had come fully dressed with a tie :-)



Hari ini Uwais masuk Darjah Satu! Oh my darling dah 7 tahun :-) Dalam barisannya tadi aku perasan lah, dia seorang yang tidak bertali leher, sebab mamanya busy memeriahkan majlis perkahwinan makcik-makciknya minggu lepas, tidak berkesempatan ke sekolah untuk beli peralatan sekolah. Proses Orientasi bermula hari ini sehingga minggu hadapan. Selamat memulakan Darjah Satu Uwais! Mama sayang Uwais. I know you can do it! haha over plak :-P

Anyway, disebabkan aku tidak membeli sebarang peralatan, buku sekolahnya lagi, maka aku berhasrat untuk membeli kesemuanya hari ini. Sementara menanti kedai buku sekolah Uwais dibuka, aku duduk berhampiran kawasan rehat pelajar berhampiran pagar sekolah. Masih ramai ibubapa yang turut sama berada di situ, menantikan anak-anak mereka yang masuk Darjah Satu.

Sekitar jam 8 pagi, tiba-tiba kelihatan seorang pegawai Polis Trafik membonceng motosikal secara perlahan ke arah kami sambil melaungkan satu no plet kenderaan. 3 kali pegawai tersebut mengulang no tadi sambil melihat sekeliling kawasan yang masih ada ibubapa menanti.


Tidak lama kemudian, seorang lelaki menyahut, mengakui itu no plet kenderaannya. Pegawai tersebut lalu berkata, 'Sila alihkan kenderaan anda, ia berada di tengah-tengah jalan.' Kami yang berada di situ semua tersenyum sendiri membayangkan lokasi keretanya.


Sememangnya suatu kebiasaan bagi ibubapa/waris 'triple park' ketika menghantar anak ke sekolah di kawasan tersebut disebabkan tiada ruangan parkir yang sesuai untuk menghantar dan mengambil anak masing-masing. Bayangkan kesesakannya memandangkan ada 5 buah sekolah di jalan yang sama. Jalan tersebut pun akan ditukar menjadi laluan sehala dgn bantuan Polis Trafik pada waktu awal pagi, tgh hari dan lewat petang setiap hari persekolahan.


Tetapi hari ini hari pertama persekolahan di Kedah, jadi ada ibubapa yang terlebih lama berada di kawasan sekolah. Maka apabila kebanyakan ibubapa dan kenderaan pacuan mereka telah pulang, tinggallah beberapa kenderaan lain yang masih tidak berganjak, membuatkan ianya kelihatan berada 'di tengah-tengah' jalan.


Lelaki tersebut segera memohon maaf, mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Pegawai tersebut dan bergegas keluar untuk mengalihkan kenderaannya. Entah-entah di dalam hatinya bersyukur Pegawai tersebut dan rakan-rakannya rajin menyelusuri setiap sekolah mencari tuan punya kenderaan tersebut dan tidak terus menyamannya. Aku agak begitulah, because really who would want to start the first day of your child at school by getting a traffic compound ;-)


* I guess it's small, but positivity breeds positivity:-)


Second day - complete attire. Tie panjang drpd orgnya ;-)