|Btw my Luqman starts formal school in 2017. Today he registered in Sek Keb Taman Rasah Jaya. |
He will be with Uwais at the same school. These two will definitely keep me busy!
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Anyway, there's 3 students with 6As, and 3 students with 5As1B at her school. There was a feeling of disappointments after a few students started crying. All of them were consoled by the teachers and parents too. To me it was only natural - to cry, that is. People can put a lot of interpretations into it. Probably they had high expectations and the exam let them down, probably they will be scarred for life, probably they will feel intimidated and so on. But I believe children are a resilient lot if you gave them the right and necessary support they will bounce back in due time. In fact, a week after the result, everyone is back being their happy self that they are - children being children. Aliyah couldn't even be bothered to investigate what her friends got for their UPSR. She's just happy to spend the last few days of her primary school days with her friends. They are ready to move on. I hope their parents would too :-)
|Aliyah and her friends on their Primary 6 Graduation Day :-)|
Monday, October 31, 2016
|Bukti kehadiran ke Sabah :-)|
We safely arrived by 7.30 pm. We bought some dinner at the OLDTOWN WHITE COFFEE Restaurant at the terminal and later got ourselves an airport taxi which cost us around RM45 if I remembered correctly (I'm sure it's not more than RM50) I booked a hotel through one of those online booking sites, Traveloka. I eventually settled for Hotel Grandis which, was actually attached to the Suria Sabah shopping complex for RM300 a night. Quite pricey, I think, but I wanted it to be as close to Jesselton Point Jetty as possible. And it is the only hotel within a 5 minutes walking radius to the jetty. Furthermore, since this would be our first trip to KK with the kids, being close to a shopping mall would really help when we're desperate for some sort of familiarity and convenience (mostly food, of course haha). We checked in the Hotel and got settled into our room by 9.00 pm and cleaned up for our first night in KK.
|Semua pun nak dipicitnya ;-)|
|A few minutes after take off, lulled to sleep like a baby that she is :-)|
|One selfie before we are off back to KK ;-)|
|Trying out the Madu Kelulut|
|Couldn't get the video here, but as you can see, Aliyah was really into the Magunatip dance :-)|
|One for the camera!|
Later in the day, the kids got to grace the Grandis' roof-top pool and watch the sun set. And for dinner, we got to try out all the fresh and rather considerably well-priced seafood from the Sinsuran night market, a 15 minutes walking distance from Grandis. Anyway, apart from the convenient location, there's nothing much to boast about Grandis. The room was the right size, but the water heater and the toilet's waterworks was somewhat problematic. And at least for our room, the wifi was terrible, not to mention the bland choice of breakfast spread. We will definitely be staying elsewhere for our next visit.
|Can you see the plane?|
|Rambang mata Aliyah :-)|
|Had some coconut on the way...|
|My cutie pie wanted to try out the Durian too :-D|
|Masjid Jamek Kundasang|
And the fact that other people at work still find ways to get things done, even without you around.....that makes life more meaningful, isn't it??...haha...
And oh yes, the whole trip cost more or less RM4,500 inclusive of all the food for 5 days. I think for a 5 days, 4 night trip for 6, it was rather alright. It came to about RM750 per person. I'm sure I could do so much better in the next trip, now that I know what to expect from KK :-)
Monday, September 19, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
It took some time (months, actually) to get used to how the town and its adjacent suburbs and most importantly shopping areas are placed. But truth be told, once I got the hang out of it, I personally find Seremban such a lovely place to live. It's always so calm, nothing much goes on in this town, we're never held by much traffics and everything is cheaper that in Bangi/Kajang. It's a perfect place to raise a family.
While in SP, the majority population is of the same ethnic, the population of Seremban are diverse but they seem to get along quite well. Seeing a mixture of ethnicity working, eating together is such a common occasion here, unlike in SP. I have been observing this for a quite a while now, and I find that rather comforting, especially in the social media era where everyone seem to want to kill one another due to their differences. Seremban, clearly epitomized 1Malaysia. And of course, need I point out more that they love their MB to pieces. Tok Mat should be propelled to be PM some day, seriously :-)
Needless to say, Seremban has slowly grows on me. If it's the only thing that may prolonged my service here as a lecturer, probably the thought of continuing living in Seremban would be it. The working stress nowadays sometimes is unbearable, especially when needing to deal with fools running around this place they termed higher learning institution (HLE) - pretending to be 'moulding' our future generations. Most are frauds, but they failed to see that. I, myself think I am a fraud, pretending what I had in myself in sufficient to last another generation of students. Truthfully, I am not sure I can catch up. I fear for the sanity of the next generation of educators and their students. I fear for my own sanity, when everything seem to be so superficial. Things are running so fast nowadays, I wonder if anyone is really absorbing anything while they walk and run through the corridors of this HLE. I seriously doubt it.
I can't turn back time, but I remembered being ever so passionate about doing this without needing to check on whether my students are actually attending my class, whether they can understand what I am trying to convey, whether they learnt any soft skills from the course, whether they are able to communicate in English, whether they are job market ready??? These things never really linger on my mind when I went to class. I just went and be myself, and with the grace of Allah, my enthusiasm and commitment simply rub off on these students and they themselves took care of all those things I am made to worry about now. Such a vast difference between back then and now. What made it worst now, the HLE no longer seem to trust the lecturers to hand them the prerogative to do what they love most - teach, teach the way they love to teach. Gone are the dignified days, where teachers are revered as the experts and listened to. Now, it's all about the market. I am not even sure, why I teach no more. Sad, isn't it...
But I tell myself, in life, we must always be prepared to make changes or adapt to changes. Some changes are for the best, while some others may be blessings in disguise. I guess me living in Seremban is one of those blessings. So I still have Seremban. And the kids are doing so well. Could they be the next generation of students which are better off than the current dopey-eyed ones? I sincerely hope so. Because for now, it seems like the only thing that is stopping me from walking away from all of this is - Seremban (and my PhD Bond, of course) ;-)
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
|The usual jajan - jellies for kiddos and mak kiddos|
|The top level, near the palm tree was my last classroom at this school, Darjah 6 Biru ;-)|
|All surround by either skyscrapers or public rails...|
|This tree has been here since forever....|
And finally, here I throw in a pic of my bambam girl... It has been tiring juggling responsibilities, but at the end of every day, I just throw in the towel, shut everything down, head home and catch up with her. She made returning home everyday, after dealing with all the lazy bumms out there, so much worth it :-D
|She has now shown interest in all her brothers' blocks and could follow simple instructions. |
This cutie pie is being adored dearly by his brothers and sis, of course :-)
Saturday, April 23, 2016
|Ni bukti kehadiran hihi, with two lovely lady bosses, Dr Rozita & Dr Norwati|
|The Rector introducing UiTMNS to the VC|
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
I miss my Melbourne days - mostly because I got all the time to write everything under the sun back then - when I was supposed to be working on my PhD ;-). These days I seemed to have severed all connections to the land of Oz, because I am too occupied with work. I emailed Simon, 2 weeks ago and I asked him to bear with me. Imagining saying that to him when I was still his student?! Everyone seems to be riding on my back, breathing down my neck, chasing datelines after datelines. Sometimes, I just wanna shut down and be inefficient!
So here I am, stopping awhile to write this because I can't swallow the contents of my Curriculum Design module anymore. The exam is next week. Seriously, I need a break! The other day, I woke up and the first thing I was thinking of was the late "Ahmad Nesfu" - you know the org tua kutuk from "Tiga Abdul". And I went on Aliyah's mobile (coz I have no time to get my new phone yet) to google about him at 6 am in the morning!!! hahaha...must be something wrong with me :-P Anyway, today I was dreaming of something too - but I forgot what it was huhuhu
Ok...where am I going with this...to tell you the truth. I am not too sure. The last two weeks of April are already full to the brim. Sometimes, I function on mechanical and auto mode. Tau-tau je dah sampai sekolah, look out the window je dah sampai rumah. Haaa that's life nowadays...
I love my job, but I love writing more...Will I ever find myself again writing the way I used to...
Ok folks...time's up
Modules need reading
Class slides pending
Syllabus requires reviewing
iCGPA templates queuing
Articles need editing
Children needs fetching, feeding, attending and loving...
Monday, February 29, 2016
I thought that since I won't be seeing today's date for another 4 years, so I wanted to pen down how my day went.
Today, is the starting of a new semester for me. I will be covering courses similar to the previous semester - Malaysian Legal Principles & Malaysian Company Law.
8 am, I arrived at my class and most of my Company Law, part 4 students were already waiting outside the class. They were all familiar faces since I have taught them when they were in part 2. So mostly I kept my introduction short, briefed them on the course contents and assigned them to read up on Salomon v Salomon & do their learning styles questionnaire.
10 am, I joined a group of my colleagues for a workshop training of the UiTM academic system using the Student Information Management System (SIMS).
11.30 am, had to rush to a short meeting for the campus' auditors. Internal audit will be conducted in 2 weeks time so the auditors' team need to be prepped.
12 pm, I break for lunch.
2.30 pm, the SIMS workshop continues
4 pm, the workshop ended & l'm off to my Malaysian Legal Principles class. They were all part 1 students, so I wasn't expecting a full class as yet, considering most of them had only registered some time after lunch. Anyway, a few of them did turn out, all huffing & puffing because they were late. I asked about their activities for the day and dismissed them until the next lecture which would be tomorrow evening.
6 pm, I'm done with my day at the office.
Did nothing much through out the night, spent some time frying rice, watching the Oscar's clips and basically writing this :-)
Imagine, another whole day is gone, Alhamdulillah. Not sure whether I have made full use of my time today. There's just too many things on the agenda, I wondered if any of it is actually stucked on my mind 😛
Whatever it is, that's how I spent another of my 29th of February...
|Look at that girl - busy body here and there :-P|