Wednesday, December 7, 2016

HOME SWEET HOME - AFTER THE 4D3N TRIP TO LUANG PRABANG

with the tuk tuk driver, Sai, in front of the airport

It was time to get back to the life left behind, after 4 very tiring but fun days in Luang Prabang, Laos. We left the hotel at 7:00 in the morning and made our way to Luang Prabang International Airport by tuk tuk and bid farewell to the ancient city.

And the three friends parted our ways once WE arrived in Kuala Lumpur International Airport but I guess the memories would always stay for many more years to come.

Luang Prabang is a beautiful place to be and there is just so much to share. I will definitely "start churning the stories for my blog posts" (Rozana Sani Abdullah Sani, 2016) but for the time being I will have to first do the laundry, and keep the luggage bag and backpack. The most important thing, I will need some time to let all all my aching muscles heal so I could function like normal. 

Thanks Puan Maslinda Mohamad Dahalan and Puan Rohani Awang for the company and the 3-meals-a-day-at-the-verandah sessions. Hopefully we can get more people from the TESL group to join in our next "educational trip" abroad.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BLOGGING FROM LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

For the school holiday this time, I am now on a short vacation with 2 friends who are my ex-coursemates from UPM TESL group, Puan Maslinda Mohamad Dahalan and Puan Siti Rohani Awang. We decided to visit Luang Prabang, Laos - not yet a popular holiday among Malaysians. The decision was made about 2 months beforehand and we safely landed at Luang Prabang International Airport on Sunday, 7th December, 2016.

early morning at KLIA2, waiting for our flight

So far, we are enjoying ourselves a lot in the calm and relaxed city of Luang Prabang and everything seems to be alright, despite the minimum planning done. We have one more day to see what this place has to offer. Don't forget to visit my blog soon for more stories and photos.

at the top of Mount Phousi, waiting for the sunset on the first day

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A STRING OF WEDDING RECEPTIONS IN ONE AFTERNOON

Here is a VERY brief report of the wedding receptions attended today. I attended 5, but the one which was held by a neighbour is not documented.


WEDDING #1



FATHER OF THE BRIDE: YB Tuan Hj. Aminolhuda b. Hj. Hassan
[Ex-Senior Assistant of SMK Taman Universiti]
who is now a politician
VENUE: Senai International Airport Mosque












WEDDING #2

THE BRIDE: Noraslinah Abdul Aziz
[an ex-student of SMK Taman Universiti]
VENUE: Taman Universiti, Johor Bahru





WEDDING #3

THE BRIDE: Siti Nurulhanija Hj. Md. Tahir
[an ex-student of SMK Taman Universiti]
VENUE: Taman Universiti, Johor Bahru






WEDDING #4

THE BRIDE: Nurul Bariah Moosa
[an ex-student of SMK Kempas, who was in my  English tuition class]
and now an English teacher at SMK Nusa Jaya
VENUE: The hall at English College, Johor Bahru







Do expect for more wedding reports real soon.

Friday, December 2, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: "READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN"


This is one book I took months reading. There was no plot development, and everything seemed to be just monotonous with no rising action or climax right until the end, but I never gave up and finished it finally. I guess that should depict the life in Iran at that time - dull and nothing exciting.

The writing is a description of life in Tehran/Iran from the eyes of the author, who was a lecturer in a university, as well as the girls in her literature class which then later became some sort of a book club. They really took their literature novel seriously, relating the characters and the events from the books to their the happenings in their every day life. When I was in university, reading literature novels was more of a course requirement activity but these people were really obsessed with what they had read. 

One thing for sure after reading this book is I am really thankful for being born and raised in my country. Reading the memoir of Nafisi should provide an insight of the life in Iran in the 90's and I wonder how things are now. AirAsia has direct flights to Tehran now if I really want to find out more. This after effect of reading could be quite bad. And I just found out that there are other novels by Nafisi which I could try to get hold on one day. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

WHEN THE EXAM WAS OVER, IT WAS TIME TO PARTY




30th November 2016 ~ The students of 5SP of SMK Mutiara Rini had their class party after the SPM examination was over. It was held at Pizza Hut Restaurant at Taman Scientex. I taught them English last year but was invited to join in the fun. I first hesitated to come but changed my mind later.












Thank you, especially to the class monitor, for inviting me. I wish you all the very best of luck in your future undertakings and hopefully when we brush past each other on the road after this, don't forget to say "hi".

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FINALLY AND OFFICIALLY RETIRED

thumb-printing for the very last time

Finally, the time has come for Puan A'liah Hussein to officially retire from the teaching profession today. And she has now vacated the seat of the Senior Assistant of the Afternoon Session at SMK Mutiara Rini.



Even though I have had lost a very dear friend for many short but regular gossip sessions in school, I am actually very happy for her as this could be the best decision she has made for herself. And hopefully, we will be seeing each other again (in a bigger group) some other time in the future. 





May Puan A'liah Hussein enjoy her retirement days ahead to the fullest. And we will plan for more eating and gossiping sessions for next year.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SPOT THE ERROR 98


The correct version:
Persons below 18 ARE not allowed to enter even when ACCOMPANIED by parents.