Monday, April 30, 2012


29th APRIL - The school's Chess Club organized another Ranking Match  tournament for its members. Although it was done a Sunday, from morning until evening, the response was good. There were 64 students taking part.

the match in progress
the participants
the ultimate game
We are going to start our formal Chess Clinic soon so we hope that there will be people who will be interested to learn from a qualified and experienced trainer.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


I appeared in the newspaper for the second time, after almost three years.If you were all wondering why suddenly I was there, the answer is: I have friends working in the press. I was just airing my hope, no - not about Bersih 3.0 Rally, but rather for the country's education system. My colleague, Puan Shirley, wrote on my FB wall, what I had said was "the voice of teachers in Malaysia" and suddenly I felt very important

the date is very important
first page
find me if you can
the first newspaper appearance, on the wall
Thanks to Puan Hazlina Aziz for recommending me to the person writing the column even though the photo was a bit too small if compared to the first one I was in. :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012


[NOTE: the photos on the page appear not according to the sequence of event. I just do not know what has happened to the editing format] 

Another non-academic staff was leaving for a new school, Sekolah Menengah Sains Batu Pahat. A farewell gathering was held to bid farewell to Puan Jaronah Atan.

personal present for Puan Jaronah
presenting a present from the afternoon session teachers
the crowd
with the Head of Vocational Department
prize-giving ceremony
"makan" [eating] time

Wishing Puan Jaronah all the best in her new school and may we meet again some other time.

Monday, April 23, 2012


On the last day of the competition, there were two more rounds of matches they had to go through. Winning would be very important to contribute the points not only to individuals' ranking, but for the team's position as well.

what they did while waiting for the bus in the morning

my new friends
games on the last day
waiting for the results to be announced
JB team members receiving their medals and trophy
SMKTUN team - with someone from SKTU1
the team tradition - having KFC dinner on the second day
the coveted trophy
We were all extremely happy when the Johor Bahru team was announced as the overall winner of the MSSJ competition. Congratulations to all the team members who had tried hard their very best in all the eight rounds. Hope to see you again next year.

I cannot update the blog regularly now as I am having problem with my streamyx connection and my CELCOM broadband is working at a very slow speed. To make thing worse, I have to familiarize myself with the new BLOGGER editing layout, everything was uploading at a very low rate. *sigh*

Sunday, April 22, 2012


The chess competitions continued on the second day. It was a very long day indeed with the first game started at 8:30 a.m. and the last round of the day finished at 6:30 p.m.
waiting for the bus to come in the morning
a few minutes before the first game of the day started
teachers cum officials practising
playing against a primary kid :)
 a teacher consoling someone who got emotional
blitz/lightning chess for teachers
under 12 boys team
under 12 girls team

under 15 boys team

under 15 girls team

under 18 boys team
Johor Bahru contingent

games in the afternoon
the team tradition - having dinner at KFC on the second day

Friday, April 20, 2012


This year's MSSJ or State level competition is held in Mersing this year. Johor Bahru district is sending a full team of 36 players and 9 teachers. Only two rounds were played on the first day and the games ended as late as 7:30 p.m.

the start of the first round
the practice session while waiiting for the players to end the last round at the canteen
the practice session continued in the bedroom at night

There are six more games to go in two days and tomorrow will be a very long day for everybody.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012


I am in the midst of tidying and reorganizing the things in my bedroom cum workspace. The problem among many of us is we tend to keep things that are not that important and could simply be thrown away. However, for any unknown reason, we just keep them and sooner or later all the items start to collect dust.

Believe it or not, I have quite a number of collectibles safely tucked away somewhere or everywhere. For today's edition, here are the miniature bottled shampoos taken from a few hotels I had been to. They are just so... cute that I cannot resist the temptation to take them home (as souvenirs). As you can see, this is only part one of the hotel shampoo episode because I think I still have some more of these little bottles.

You do NOT have to give me any of these things if you happen to find them in any hotel you will visit in the future because I am running out of storing space. Or perhaps if there are any avid collectors, I am willing to give you some, or perhaps we can start exchanging. That could be fun! :)


I couldn't remember when was the last time I went to watch a movie and the hall was fully seated. However, for this film, we were located at row R, which was quite near to the big screen. That was an indicator this was a box office show.

First, there was some sort of naval exercise for some countries on the waters of Hawaii. Believe it or not, Malaysia was one of the participants for the programme. Suddenly, there was this alien invasion and they seemed to have better weapons and other sophisticated war equipment. The shooting started and went on until one stage when the humans were at the losing end. Thank god for the planned happy ending, we still managed to overpower the aliens and the world was saved. THE END.

Go and watch this movie. Superb CGI effects similar to Transformer series, you would go out of the hall feeling happy because almost all the ships were destroyed and all the aliens killed.