Tuesday, March 30, 2010


This is a showcase of the students' work for my UHB1412 class this semester. These people must have put a lot of effort to produce the creative packaging related to the topics they have chosen for their projects. Congratulations again.

I will try my very best to keep them for my coming class if I am to teach in UTM again even though a few are quite bulky. They are just too good to be demolished.

TITLE: sports

TITLE: music

TITLE: fast food

TITLE: hybrid technology

TITLE: nanotechnology

TITLE: cancer


"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration"


all the happy people

It finally came to an end. How time flew. Without realizing we are already moving towards the end of the semester. It was time to say our goodbyes and I am done with my job teaching another group of students from the Built Environment Faculty (FAB) in UTM.

the students posing with their projects

It is always fun to teach another set of people which different from students in school. But surprisingly, at times, they need to be attended to just the same. They submitted their final projects for the course and everybody was happy, either to be able to at last let go of the burden or satisfied with their pieces of work. I am impressed with their final products and congratulations to everyone. I will post your pieces of art in my next posting. So good luck to you and hope to see you all again some other time in the future.

thanking Mr Iziq, the monitor, for his job well done

Before going home, I went to the nearby McDonald's with Iziq for a quick bite, just to thank him for being a good class monitor but I could not thank him enough. Hopefully we can meet in Kota Kinabalu one day? Then we can get other Sabahan from the group to join.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


that bright thing in the sky is really the moon

When Azeze came back to JB for the weekend, he had a plan in mind but due to some unforeseen circumstances, it could not be carried out. So we opted for the easiest thing, eating out. Since I was asked for opinion, I decided to go to Banafee again, for a dinner under the moonlit sky and with the music of live acoustic guitars in the background.

Azeze and Hazizul with their picks: fried kuey teow, similar but not the same

my choice: meatball spaghetti, nyum nyum..

My second time at this restaurant, it is a great place to hang out; good food, hygienic, spacious and you can enjoy the retro music while you are eating and talking about anything under the sky. So our conversation would always be about things in the past, present and the future. As for thing in the future, Azeze, please don't leave home without your passport again. So see you again some other time, for more chat or conversation, or for both.

hopefully people from Banafee can give us food voucher after seeing this

"Conversation is the food for the soul"
~ Mexican proverb ~


I just hate meetings, sitting and listening to people talking and talking non-stop. Thank god, during the Parents and Teachers Association Annual General Meeting, I have my reason not to be in the hall: to look after the Angklung Group. And at the same time, I had the time to hunt for people to take photographs with.

with the Indian dancers, the most colourful picture ever

This year it was a much more vibrant and colourful event to welcome the representative of the Director of State Education Officer. At the entrance, we had silat, lion dance (from SMK Kangkar Pulai) and Indian dance. Then there was a salute march by the members of the uniform units at Dataran Kejat. While on stage in the hall, there were nasyid, singing by students of special education class and lastly, Angklung performance.

the emergence of the new Angklung Group

I thought the Angklung group did a good job. I was only listening from outside the hall as I was too nervous to even watch - they sounded okay to me. This was not the end, this was just the beginning.

ex-fifth formers

the fourth formers, some of whom have moved to boarding schools

Another slot during the meeting is the prize-giving ceremony to students who had excelled in public examinations like PMR and SPM in 2009. So it was like a reunion party for some, as those who had left school for boarding schools or the ex-fifth formers who will soon be going for their tertiary education were back here.

teachers at the entrance of Block A

male teachers at the gate

office staff

more male teachers, outside the hall

I had such an enjoyable time asking my colleagues to pose for the camera because everybody simply agreed. This could be due to the fact that we were all wearing our new batik for the first time. The time has come for the old one which is maroon in colour (if you still remember) to be replaced, what more with many new teachers have already become the new family members.

Kadet Bomba girls
students involved in the event

All in all, it was a successful event. That was the last big event with a big preparation which had involved parents and guests (so far). So now we can focus on other things in school. But congratulations to everybody who had done their parts in making the day a success.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I was there to replace someone who was sick for the rehearsal

with one person missing

When four of the group members left for boarding and technique schools after form three, so it was time for me to assemble a new angklung group. With the remaining seven, it would not be enough people to shake the bamboo instruments. So I decided to take the form two to join because there will at least stay in school for two more years and was glad that many boys came forward voluntarily. By now, there are 18 angklung players.

The first three days of practice was the try out sessions for the beginners with simple songs like
Enjit Enjit Semut and Sarenande. On the fourth day, the seniors were coming in and with more people playing, we tried a longer song i.e. Tanjung Puteri. The new ones learned quite fast and on the fifth day we were already enjoying the fast tempo of Sway already.

We are actually preparing for an event where we have to perform in front of guests which comprise mainly of parents. Hopefully, we can develop our Angklung Group this year with a few plans already drafted for the coming activities. Good luck to everyone performing. You just gotta shake it!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


At this very same time, last week, I was in the bus on my way to Pangkor. Still cannot get over the holiday mood yet, but thank God for the technology developed for cameras and photography. Let's have a look at some photos taken by either Ahmad Afiq or Mohd. Afiq, and there could be others, during the trip. I do love the photos so it would be a waste not to publish them. This time there would be no accidental and non-accidental models in the frames so you can feast your eyes on the true beauty of the island. Enjoy!

"We do not remember days;
we remember moments"

~ Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand ~