What I see, hear and feel

What I see and did..
Gili Trawangan, Lombok

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Spring New Zealand

This is our second trip to New Zealand since 2001 when the children were kids. This time we just concentrate on the south island mostly around the area nearby Queenstown.
And this time, the itinerary were planned by  Daughter 2 since the mother had no time for it. Daughter 1 is incharge of the food. We read a lot of blogs and reviews to get views and tips. However, the father being the Finance minister and PM did the major work and decision, booking of flights, motorhome and immigration requirements. Admittedly, my contribution was secondary, not as much as before.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The memory of Lombok

The trip to Lombok was planned at the last minute, 2 weeks before. I got the travel agent's name while searching and reading blogs on Lombok trips. His quotation was cheaper compared to others since he has connections with the Indonesian travel agents. Next time, I might as well use the the Indonesian travel agents when planning my Indonesian trips. Communications are now easier with whatsapp social media. I told them I just need transportation with driver-cum-tourist guide. Do ask what kind of vehicle they offer and if it is new and has aircon. The charge was rm450+/pax for 4D3N which only cover the southern and western part of Lombok. This included meals too (can't remember whether 2 or 3 meals a day). If you order drinks other than plain water, you pay it yourself.
Actually, we need more than a week to discover the whole of Lombok as there are quite a lot to see and do if you really want your airfare to be 'berbaloi' and you are not going there again. In any travel, if possible, we should go where the locals go to discover the fascinating insights into Lombok life.
I also joined the Lombok Facebook group to ask for guides and tips and exited after I came back from the trip. One or two travel agents contacted me to offer their services but I declined as their prices were higher.
At first, the purpose of choosing Lombok as the holiday destination was because of its nature attractions, beautiful blue seas, being less metropolitan than Bali and Bali of 10 years ago. This piqued the interest of my daughters who are the adventerous types. Somehow, I'm more on the cultural side, wanted to see how the locals live and what they eat. I was happy Lombok has a lot to offer on this. I love shopping things traditional too, which Lombok can caters to as it has several specialised handicraft villages .

Saturday, August 15, 2015

banyak kerja laa

I love weekends and Friday. Works of a teacher are never ending. I believe the students are equally stress as well. Our works keep piling up and one of the ways to keep me from going crazy is to just do what you are capable of doing at one time. Remember, urgent and important first. Then urgent but not important and the rest follow suit. I havent been doing much for my family these last few months besides tending to my works, not even cooking them dinner. Nada. I'd rather buy dinners than preparing them as I need those moments to get my work done.

Now gotta run.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mediterranean trip to Italy: Venice and Florence

It has been a year since our trip to a small part of Europe and I havent done with the story yet. Sudah basi ceritanya. Looking at the pictures we have taken, a lot of them need to be thrashed out, to save the computer space. Just keep the best ones. And there are sooo many travel blogs and posts talking about them, your post just remains there.. for your eyes only. I know that apart from me, even my children havent finish looking at the pictures we had taken. And I dont know how long it will stay on blogspot.

I will just add some pictures here with captions to remind me of those memories.  I like to look at them in a better context rather than them got stashed away in the less interesting i-photo albums.

My fb post, "A city a day: It has been a loong day: from Cordoba to Seville to Malaga to Bergamo to Milan. Finally, we check into the hotel in front of Milano Central Station after paying almost €100 for the taxi fare (huhu) from the airport. By bus, its just €5 a person. Room is very nice and new. 
Just finished having late dinner at a nearby turkish doner. At last got to eat meat after days of seafood."
From Malaga Spain, we boarded a Ryanair flight to Bergamo, Italy. We took a taxi to Milan which cost us a bomb! Almost 100 euro! and that's about rm500! We spent a night in Milan before taking the rail for the next day trip to Venice. From Venice, we took to the rails for Florence where we spent a night at an apartment within the the vicinity of asian restaurant.


My Andalucia Trip: Seville

It has been a year since our trip to a small part of Europe and I havent done with the story yet. Sudah basi ceritanya. Looking at the pictures we have taken, a lot of them need to be thrashed out, to save the computer space. Just keep the best ones. And there are sooo many travel blogs and posts talking about them, your post just remains there.. for your eyes only. I know that apart from me, even my children havent finish looking at the pictures we had taken. And I dont know how long it will stay on blogspot.

I will just add some pictures here with captions to remind me of those memories.  I like to look at them in a better context rather than them got stashed away in the less interesting i-photo albums.

My Andalucia Trip : Cordoba, Spain

It has been a year since our trip to a small part of Europe and I havent done with the story yet. Sudah basi ceritanya. Looking at the pictures we have taken, a lot of them need to be thrashed out, to save the computer space. Just keep the best ones. And there are sooo many travel blogs and posts talking about them, your post just remains there.. for your eyes only. I know that apart from me, even my children havent finish looking at the pictures we had taken. And I dont know how long it will stay on blogspot.

I will just add some pictures here with captions to remind me of those memories.  I like to look at them in a better context rather than them got stashed away in the less interesting i-photo albums.

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. :))

Thank you for reading and visit me again.

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.

Thank you for reading and visit me again.

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..."