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Monday, December 8, 2014

An early holiday rambling

It has been 6 months since I last posted, kan? That's the major effect of the Malaysian Education policy, PBS or School Based Evaluation. I am wondering, how many percent of teachers are really implementing it genuinely. I know, it's between them and God. A few or hopefully just a small number did it atas angin or cincai-cincai sajalah.

In the first two years of implementation, the form 1 and 2 teachers really suffered, I tell you. Fortunately, I wasn't one of them. And I don't blame the students who are in form 3 this year because I was't a good teacher to them. I didn't possess a lot of patience and love. I shook my head in controlled rage when one student wrote Terengganu as the capital of Malaysia. Really. And that came from a supposedly good class.

Getting into the age of the fifties doesnt help either. I was detailed in my daily lesson plan to help me remember what I really have taught and what I hadn't because the classes didn't have the same learning pace. What with all the public holidays and school activities which would disrupted my lesson plans. Why those mattered? Because I had to carry out the PBS tests after almost each lesson and then, I had to mark about 300 of them each time. When I could make short-cut, I would. Thanks God, I don't have still growing up kids anymore. We COULD NOT afford to ignore our own kids because they could became the other teachers' night mares.

There are a lot to be said about PBS but I'm not in the mood to reflect at this moment. I want to enjoy my long holiday hopefully to recharge myself fully before the new year appears.

I'm already thinking what I could do to improve my T&L approaches so we all will be happy, the students and I. :))

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

PT3 2014: Pencemaran Alam Sekitar

PT3 mencabar kemahiran dan pengetahuan pelajar tingkatan 3. Jika di Tingkatan 1 dan 2, tidak pernah menjalankan kajian kes, memang pelajar 'sangatlah blurr' tentang rupa bentuk hasil tugasan. Jadi diminta guru subjek tingkatan 1 dan 2 berikanlah ujian pelbagai instrumen pada pelajar-pelajar anda. Untuk band 5 dan 6. Agar pelajar dapat pengalaman.

Tajuk tugasan Geografi ialah Pencemaran Alam Sekitar. Pilih dari pencemaran udara, bau, air dan dll.

Pelaksanaan melibatkan 3 perkara; Perancangan, Proses awal (mencari maklumat yang relevan) dan Proses akhir (penulisan laporan).

Pelajar plan dan cari maklumat dalam kumpulan tetapi kena tulis sendiri di hadapan guru semasa P dan P tanpa bantuan kawan-kawan. Tidak boleh bincang. Sumber bantuan yang ada ialah daripada maklumat-maklumat yang diperolehi daripada pelbagai sumber dan kaedah kajian dan... bimbingan guru. Bayangkan kelas peperiksaan yang senyap. Yang terdengar bunyi selakan kertas dan keluhan pelajar.. dan amaran guru, "Tolong jangan meniru!" He he he. Hu hu hu.

Cuba search dan baca sedikit tentang tajuk ini di blog cikgu, tahun 2011. Tahun tu pelajar buat tentang pencemaran alam sekitar jugak; definisi konsep, punca, kesan dan cadangan.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Day 3, Europe Trip: The Charming town of Bishop Stortford

"The enchanting, ancient market town, whose history pre-dates the Roman occupation, was originally built around its river, the Stort..."


Day 3 Europe Trip: The Sweetest Encounter with Bonnington Guest House

The most romantic accomodation we had ever experienced. 
The pictures speak a thousand words.

The English countryside is beautiful in this season
Fortunate for us to choose this place over London


I found out that they have walk trails throughout the Essex County

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Europe Early Summer Trip 2014: The Plan and the Process

We have just got back from the Malaysian school holiday long trip to Ireland, UK, Spain, Italy and Greece; which was from the 31st May to 15th June, 2014.

The plan to go was taken after our umrah trip in February and tickets were paid  before my trip to Vietnam in late March. My daughter who studies in Dublin arranged and created the travel framework that covers the length of stays in each city, booking of flights, buses and trains. She was also responsible for the itineraries in the Spain and Ireland trips. My other two daughters here in Malaysia prepared the itineraries for the Italy and Greece trips. I was in charged of the accomodations and train schedules. My husband was forever the Big Boss and Finance Minister. It was agreed that the main transportation costs would be shared equally as my daughters are already working and have saved. All bookings were under the Big Boss's name and thus, any monetary transactions were done with his credit card. Confirmed documents would be sent to the BB too. All he did in the end, was printing all the documents sent to him and arranged them systematically according to dates of activities. He was also the one who kept all our passports.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Holy trip to Makkah and Madina

Alhamdulillah..pada januari 25 dapat lagi ke tanah suci selepas 3 tahun berlalu. Kali ini membawa ibu mertua yang kepingin sangat melihat Kaabah lagi. Ini janji kami setelah tidak dapat mengikut kami menunaikan haji pada masa tu.

Tidak sempat mengarang panjang kerana perlu membuat persediaan untuk trip yang lebih jauh pada Jumaat ini, insya Allah

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Vietnam Trip 3

Another trip to HCMC? Yes, atas ajakan kawan sekerjaya. Kali ini mengikut tour group dengan bayaran 1500 untuk 3 hari 4 malam pads cuti sekolah bulan Mac. Nanti says ingot semula nama tour agensi yang baru beroperasi ini.
Saya pergi konon hendak membeli belah dan melawat tempat2 yang tidak pergi pada dua lawatan yang lepas.

I found out my shopping craziness had gone down. Tidak berapa sangat hendak membeli bila ke bazaar Ben Tanh tu atau ke tempat shopping yang lain.

Makanpun bukan makanan vietnam sangat. Terkilan tidak dapat merasa sup pho tu lagi. Atau sayur bunga tu. Apa boleh buat, makanan telah ditentukan oleh tour agent dan rakan-rakan. Lain kali pergi dengan keluarga saja.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A notification

It has been a long time since my last post. Work has kept me from updating my blog. I have been on two trips and has been working on the drafts. I don't have enough time to select and edit some pictures, hence the delay.

Now, we are planning on another long distance trip in June for the whole school holidays. Air and ground tickets have been bought but proper itinerary needs to be documented to produce a smooth  and enjoyable vacation.

We decided to make a trip to a small part of Europe before my daughter comes back for good in August.

Please pray for our safe travel and back. Thank you.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Las Cavacas, the Cow

Another food escapade but not that far. Just at Mont Kiara.  And if you are willing to spend more than RM30/100g on a high quality, grass-fed beef. The burger is, of course, much much better than McD..though I'm not a burger fan. Mind you, the burger is pricier than the steak we ordered. The panacotta dessert was yummy to me, I could eat loads of it.

I thought I could just buy the tender Australian steak at the Giant Supermarket which cooked minutes if not seconds,M but I won't get the grilled-taste meat which I love. Over to you, Las Vacas :))

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Yummy Little Yum! Yum!

Yum, yum, yummy...yes, yummy! And the service was very fast too.

On our belated anniversary dinner, our daughters took us to this Chinese-Nyonya restaurant at Kota Damansara. Kota Damansara has a lot of food joints which we haven't tried yet. The first we went to was the Brothers and the latest being Homst, another Chinese food joint owned by a Chinese muslims. Oh not to forget an Arab food restaurant near Giant Supermarket.

I tell you, the food prices at Yum Yum are higher than average but they worth the money spent. I even bought the spices packed in jars to try them at home.

The place was packed when we arrived but fortunately my daughter had made a table reservation before going. Those who didn't book had to wait to be seated.

Below are the pictures of the food that we ordered.