Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Licence To Ponteng

I slept at 10 and woke up at 5,
Switched off the alarm clock,
Gearing up for another day...
Suddenly
My eyes ran past a piece of paper
What is that?
It was my MC
Then my eyes went blurred
My legs went weak
My head went blank
And I fell back to sleep
Holding my Licence to Ponteng

Glossary:
MC = Medical Certificate
Ponteng = skip school in malay

Friday, April 25, 2008

Parallel Days

I'm living in parallel days
Every day is the same
Dancing the same routine
Treading the same path
Gazing at the same sky
Travelling down the path of life
With no horizons
Slowly
My world got bleached into
Shades of gray

" To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

Friday, April 11, 2008

Concerning Copying

From my experience as a Malaysian student for about 10 years now, we are often given assignments of copying texts, sentences, or even essays from Standard 1 until Form 5. Do you agree? If you agree, do you take the time to think about what are these assignments for?

In primary school, we usually do the homework given by the teachers faithfully, without questioning. But, as we grow older, we start to think about it – Why we need to copy such things? Does copying really help us? Then, slowly we realize that copying assignments are not at all helpful, instead it is a big burden for us students, with already a big pile of homework to complete. The scrooge in our heart will also scream out,” it is a total waste of pen ink!”

Copying may be originated from ancient China, according to what we have learnt in History. Ancient primary education in china focuses on identifying and learning ideogram writing, as well as copying and memorizing 9 books without understanding their meanings. Therefore, copying has become the norm for Asian education. Copying notes from objects such as History and geography, which require memory power is acceptable and unavoidable, but how about languages? Do we need to copy large bunches of sentences and essays to learn Chinese, English etc.?

The existence of a machine called the photocopy machine is sometimes oblivious to some teachers. Their excuse for not using the machine is that we don’t read the notes photocopied, but that is untrue, at least from my past experiences. I remember going through every single word on the photocopied notes that are given by the teachers, and some of my notes are disfigured with jottings, highlights and underlines. Some lazy people might not read the notes, but it’s their business! Don’t affect the productivity of us hardworking students just because of the attitudes of some people.

My role is done here. And now, it’s your opinions that matters. In your opinion, does copying helps?

Sunday, April 6, 2008

How to make Fkofong(c) Teh Tarik

Teh tarik is a special type of milk tea native to Malaysia. It can be found in the Mamak stalls, however the drink can also be homemade in just a few easy steps.

Materials: 6 tea bags (for 5 persons), condensed milk, boiled water
Apparatus: A steel jug, spoon
Procedure:
1. Prepare all things mentioned, then pour boiled water into the jug until it is almost full.
2. Add condensed milk into the mixture and stir it until it turns a golden-brown colour. Alternatively, you can also add the condensed milk to your taste preference.
3. If you have evaporated milk, add some into the mixture too (a tablespoon will do)
4. Leave it for 5 minutes, then enjoy!