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Hari Merdeka Ku Yang Paling Bosan-nya..

31/08/2005

Hari Merdeka Ku Yang Paling Bosan-nya..

Bosannya kalau nak tahu cam mana aku menyambut Hari Kermerdekaan yang ke 48.
Cam mana saya telah menyambut Hari Merdeka hari ini?

Hai, bangun lewat, tengok drama bersiri aje. Generation Love la. Habis kesemua 9 jam wayang tu.
Tak payah menonton lagi. Boleh pulangkan kepada sepupu adik perempuan saya. Lepas tu pergi melayari halaman Internet dan baca surat elektronikku.Tidur sekejap selama setengah jam, lalu bangun back buku teks ku.

Langsung tak ada keluar bersiar-siar pun.

Hai, kan aku dah cakap hari aku ni memang bosan kan? Kata nak menyambut Hari Merdeka, kalau nak cakap bosan, saya boleh menang tempat pertama untuk Hari Merdeka Yang Paling Bosan lah.

Hai...malaslah nak berbe-log dalam BM. Tak reti. Sudah karat bahasa ku, kerana sudah bertahun bilangnya aku tidak menulis apa-apa dalam bahasa ini la. Mati otak aku nak berfikir apa yang nak dituliskan ini.

Apa yang telah aku buat semalam? Hmm..semalam aku pergi makan malam makanan Jepun di restoran Matsuba kat Desa Sri Hartamas bersama kawanku PG. Kali pertama aku ke tempat makan tu selepas berbilang tahun lamanya restoran itu dibuka. Cam mana makanan kat restoran tu??

Hmmm....selepas menonton wayang Jepun selama 9 jam dalam tempoh 3 hari berturut-turutan, memang tidak hairan kalau aku ada selera nak makan makanan Jepun lar...

Makanan kat sana tu memang santapan Jepun yang "Bukan Halal". Hai, memanglah makanan sebenar Jepun adalah tidak halal. Kalau nak dikatakan makanan SEBENAR Jepun yang halal, hanya dalam negara kita aje la.
Kat Jepun, memang makanan berjenis-jenis seperti penyu, fugu (iaitu ikan puffer), dan lain-lain yang boleh dikatakan memang tidak halal lar...

Itadakimesu!! Hai....makanan kat sana oishi desu!

Hai, kalau dibandingkan kepada makanan---- boleh dikatakan saya agak oishi jugak, tahu? ;-)

Banyak sedap....sebenarnya setelah sekian lama menyantap makanan Jepun kat restoran yang bersistem kaitan tali (kerana selalu banyak mengunjungi restoran Sushi King), aku memang sudah tidak biasa kalau pergi ke restoran Jepun yang tidak mempunyai kaitan tali lah. Memang ada restoran yang menjual makanan khususnya teppanyaki, itu aku dah biasa lah. Memanglah banyak pusat membeli-belah besar (ataupun kecil) pasti mempunyai sekurang-kurangnya 2 restoran jepun atau paling sedikitnya satu restoran jepun.

Restoran Matsuba terkenal (kalau sememangya terkenal, saya sebenarnya tidak tahu lah!) dengan set buffetnya untuk dewasa dan kanak-kanak.

Kami berdua memilih untuk memanggil dari menu ala-cartenya. Saya memanggil satu set makan yang ada gyoza, teriyaki ayam dan sup miso. (yang saya tidak ada minum pun).Hah!

PG memanggil satu mangkuk mi ramen dengan "stewed" khinzir. Hah--- dia bergelak yang dia memandu sejauh dari rumah aku untuk bemakan mi maggi....hai gelak lah budak tu.....kalau memang nak makan mi maggi, makan kat rumah aku aje le.....

Saya ingat PG memang menyukai makanan kat sana lah.Hai, lain kali kita pergi sana makan sahaja.
Kalau boleh mencari tempat lain, boleh jugak. Kalau nak tahu, pemilik restoran tu memang telah berkahwin dengan seorang berbangsa Jepun. Tetapi tidak berapa pasti lah berapa orang pemilik restoran tu memang asalnya orang jepun.

Saya tiba balik kat rumah tak sampai pukul 10jam pulak.....Hai, ingat nak keluar meronda-ronda sampai lepas 12malam dan boleh tunggu orang kat jalan raya menjerit Merdeka, tapi sudah pulang rumah dah pulak. Hai, kalau bukan nak dicakapkan yang orangnya begitu bosannya sampai tak ada lagi perkara yang boleh dibuat pada malam sebelum Merdeka, saya memang tidak ada ayat lagi yang boleh dicari untuk menggambarkan orangya...hai hai..PG, PG.....
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Spiritual: Leaving the land of Ur

29/08/2005

Spiritual: Leaving the land of Ur

It is not easy. It's just not easy to trust God. It is not that I do not know He is not there.
If you want to know how I am feeling now, I think the best person I can describe to you is probably Lot's wife.

Lot's wife when asked to leave Sodom & Gomorrah, made one last look at the city of S&G and was instantly punished by being turned to a pillar of salt. I can tell you, I know for sure how she feels. And that is about the nearest to what I am feeling and thinking inside.

I know I should not make anyone else, nor any other being as my source of strength & comfort.
Not even my husband, or a boyfriend for that matter.
But there have been times I have been so tempted to do so. To make someone else as my source of strength & comfort. I really resisted doing that. To just not bother.

The point is, if I make someone else my source of strength & comfort, there really is no point in trusting God, right?

It just is so hard. It is really hard. It is so hard that I can just cry so hard.

I just don't like to cry. I just don't want to cry. But I still cry the same.

It is just so hard.

I wish I don't have to cry.

I wish I don't have to feel sorrow.

But I do.

And it hurts.

It really hurts.

I know too the part where Abraham was called by Jehovah to come out from the land of Ur, of the Chaldees to some unknown land. Some great unknown. to the land of Canaan. (present day Israel, that is).

I know the story where Jehovah called Abraham to put Isaac on the altar and at the same time believing that Jehovah will provide the lamb for the slaughter (which Jehovah did after all).

Man. I know that. I have re-read that story like so many times. I have heard it like countles times.
I have friends who keep tellng me about it. It can get pretty sickeningly annoying sometimes.

I really I wish I had such great faith. Especially in times of sorrow. I hope. I really hope.

I need to vent. Sometimes I just can't take it anymore.
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ESL across the Singaporean borders.

28/08/2005

ESL across the Singaporean borders.

ESL: English as Second Language.

For me, English is technically my first language. I speak English at home, to my dad, to almost everyone. My cantonese, pretty shitty grasp of it. And that I only speak to my relatives, grandmother, or my mother in it. Sometimes to friends, and to those I know have a poor command of English. Even my Malay is better than my Cantonese. As for Mandarin, let's not even mention it.

It is noticeable that Singaporeans are much more fluent in English than most Malaysians. Something that I noticed a while back. Even the Ah Lians & Ah Bengs there can speak pretty good level of English, something I noticed when I was on transit in Singapore a couple of years ago.

Even my brother observed that the Singaporean's command of English is as commendable as their Mandarin. Well, in the case of Xia Xue, I think a lot of us have more or less unconsciously observed her at that. (oh, not to mention that many Singaporeans have unofficially quite a good grasp of the Hokkien dialect, from what I have observed.)

But seriously, it is not the fault of the Malaysians that our students are poor in English. If our education system focused on English as a main language, then there is the higher probability that Malaysians nation-wide would have a stronger grasp of the language too.

But as it is, our National language here is Malay, with the reason, Bahasa Itu Bangsa. The education Ministry here is fond of giving teachers crash courses in English, and hoping that a miracle would happen after a 3 day seminar...., not to mention teaching Science and Maths in English, a miracle that the student's grasp of English could miraculously improve.

I think, till heaven come down, the probability of our standard of English going up is still a 2020 Vision, something that may take even longer than that to achieve. Ha ha ha....Well, seriously, if you think about it.

Of course, at the other end, is taking into consideration the political impact of implementing English language as the National language in schools. A lot of the older generation, especially the political parties up North will probably object to it, with their ideology that English is a foreigner's language and all that jazz, and this is a Malay country so better learn Malay in this country if you want a united country and all that. Not a simple decision for the government to make, at any point.

Oh well. You win some. You lose some. You cant have everything and eat your cake all the time.

Pity those kids who are in chinese schools and have to learn Mandarin, Malay and Chinese all at the same time. Not to mention the amount of homework they get everyday....Pity, Pity, Pity.

Anyway, was just going through my USQ Connect's Discussion Forum, and found this entry by Mikel, one of my coursemates from SIC. He happens to be a Singaporean Chinese who is currently working in a private preschool in KL.

"I have the privilege of growing up in an environment where all these languages and dialects are being spoken. It is interesting to note that both the countries have similarities in term of races and cultures. But there is a distinct difference between Singaporean and Malaysian children. Generally, most Malaysian children speak and understand the Malay language fluently while their command of English language has taken a back seat!.

In Singapore, I would say that most of the chidlren are not competent in the Malay language but their command o f English is admirable. Due to these differences, the children in both the countries are different in many ways.

Does that mean that Singaporerean children are smarter? Of course not, children from both the countries are equally intelligent, the only difference is that the two group of children are being placed in two very differrent environment.

In other words, the environment plays a vital role in moulding and shaping children including their language development. Comparatively, I also noticed that the acceptance and degree of tolerance of Malaysian children towards their Malay peers are much better because of their understanding of the Malay language, leading to better acceptance of their culture."

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 Genting: Day trip up with KMT

Genting: Day trip up with KMT



















On Friday, KMT (or MT for short) and I made an impromptu trip up Genting!

Have been die-ding up for a trip to Genting in a while. Actually, I wanted to go way before the haze started, but bad timing lar....

To keep myself warm, I brought my blue Lee Denim Jacket. The jacket is so many years old, but yet to outlive its years yet! ;-)

My brother dropped me off at KL Sentral before heading to his workplace in KL. I was thinking we could leave at 8, but MT was late, so we ended up having breakfast at McD's first and taking the 9am bus up to the Genting SkyWay. MT bought some lunch from 7 Eleven.

The trip was about an hour plus from Sentral.

The package we took cost only RM25 was inclusive of return ticket up and back from Genting, plus either entrance to the Outdoor Theme Park/ or a buffet lunch. Well, obviously we took the option for the Theme Park, as bought separately, the ticket itself would cost about RM35, which was very expensive, in my opinion!

It was my first time on cable car, so I was pretty excited!! *Seriously!* So you can imagine how I felt when I went into the gondola!! Hehe. :-)



































Me trying to look cool. Hehe.






View from the cable car.
When we arrived up at Genting, we went to the casino first. The time was about 10.45am, as I remember that was the time the police officer wrote on the card where I kept my camera. Yup. House Rules state no cameras are allowed in!

First we tried our hand on the KENO games. Pretty much a no-brainer kind of game, mostly based on statistics and luck. A most on probability. Didn't win anything!! Haha....
Then MT went to the banker/player table and played. Ok.....well, I don't encourage gambling, but he won *some*, so it was not too bad. However, if he is tempted to come up just to gamble, pray that he still manages to keep his head. :-P And probably don't lose his underwear in the process.......
We had lunch at McDs. Well, everything in Genting cost almost 30% more....pretty expensive. In my opinion...
Oh well. Then we headed to the rides. The boating rides were fun. We tried the Corkscrew, and many of the other rides..(can't remember the names).

You know what? It is fun to eat ice-cream up in the cold!. hehe..
























After that, we did some retail shopping at the malls.

MT and I shared to buy a red B.U.M purse..you can check it out the next time we go out! I should have gotten something more expensive. Hehe.. ;-)

We left Genting about 7.50pm in cable car. Reached KL by bus about 9.30 (if I calculated rightly). Very Very tired.

Amos callled halfway when I was on my way home. Apparently he was still in Penang, and would only be back on Monday!
Ai Ling, it is a pity that you had to cancel off your Genting trip! Turns out my parents are staying up at Genting overnight next week as well! What a coincidence. Heh. Maybe next time lar....

I had a pretty good time up there..If I were to wait for another trip, I really do not know when that would be lar!! Was tired, but it was good!! :-)

I think KMT had a good time, hor? ;-)

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Anyway, our intended CG Futsal match is off! ( I Think!!)

There was a suggestion of having a futsal match by the CG members, but I think that has to be put on hold la........ Irene could not call enought female players for the futsal match. Yup, a futsal match just for the CG females! We were going to recruit players from the other CGs..but eh.......

Ok, I don't know how to play soccer, and as much as Irene wants to recruit me to play, I knw nuts on kicking or passing the ball...I will just end up with a sore feet the next day..At least give us time to practise, or at least give us a few weeks where we all can practise together before deciding to have a futsal match...So the "malu-fying" larr!!!!

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Photos: Young Adults Sisters

22/08/2005

Photos: Young Adults Sisters

The W-A-U-S (We Appreciate U- Sisters) was great!

Saturday morning:
I had to wake up early to attend this Fajar Bakti seminar at Crown Princess. Pretty boring stuff I say. I was late, but my mom was later! She was taking her own sweet time to get down to the car! Hah! We had to pick up some people on the way.

I would stick to the workshops and lectures I have in college. With only less than 20 students a class, and specialised study, those are the kind of knowledge that will get soaked into your brain. Not stuffing over a 200 ppl in one room, and doing some workshop, and hoping they could at least understand 10% of it...well, maybe for my colleagues, that is neat stuff. Pretty much a waste of one day's time for me! *bleh!*

Evening:
I thought I would be late for my pick-up at my CG's centre. Turns out I was one of the earliest!! Haha.
Everyone looked good. The girls took extra steps to look great...





















































I went in Mel's car with Tani and Julie. On the way to Bukit Beruntung, we made fun of each other, and especially Mel. Hehe. Poor Mel. ;-) *But I think he was cool with it!*
Mel was dressed in beach wear. Well, he was wearing a bright orangy shirt and jeans. He would not have looked out of place with the Hawaiian Five-O music in the background. Hehe.

Later at Fabien's:
Well, it turned out we were having steamboat. The men really did a lot of background work, and deserve a good clap behind on the back.

* I shall call them MEN. Coz they are acting like MEN, and ya lar, to give them the respect they deserve*.

Amos called after I just arrived....Heheh... I told the girls to all call out Hi to him through the phone. Hehe...no idea why he just called la! I think he might have wanted to join us, but I think Bkt. Beruntung may be a bit too far-away.... hahahha.

We had steamboat, about 3 tables, with tom-yam and normal soup base. *YuMmY!!*
Lots of food to go around. Fish balls, mushrooms, chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, you know, the usual stuff for steamboat. Packets of chips, iced black jelly drink, etc.

After that we had the main event for the night!!!

Each of the ladies received a rose stem which had a note penned down on a card by one of the men (multiple ladies to one man, apparently!! *lolz*). We had three guesses each, and okay, I got mine right at the 3rd guess! It turned out to be Mel! *Lolz*.

Pui-Pui brought a friend that night, Victor, who turned out to be Elaine's old friend as well. Pui-Pui got her note written by Victor! After which, we had Charades for games, and the groups were divided into three groups depending on the colour of the cards we got.

To end the entire event, the men dedicated a song to the women.






































Then after, we celebrated three of the August babies: Pui-Pui, Irene and Fabien's wife..(sorry...can't remember exact name!). The men bought a jelly cake and we also had ice-cream!!
























Sunil had bought tubs of ice-cream: Chocolate, Yam and Raspberry (If I am not mistaken)....

I wanted some of the chocolaty- ice-cream, but David ended up wolfing it up!!!! *nevermind*.

Before the group left, they prayed for the host and his wife.

My friend, Vivien, who happens to know the host as well, had actually come earlier, but because our event was ending later than she thought, she went off to visit another friend and then came back to get me later.
Went over to Vivien's to stay the night.
















Orchids and lamps out in the garden....



















Thy word is a lamp unto my feet.....















Sunday:
Had a really lovely dream....
Vivien said I snored. Hahhahaha...well, maybe a little. She asked if I sleep on my front....well, actually, I normally sleep on my side to begin with, but how would I know what happens after I am knocked out, right??

You tell me lar, Annie, what do I do after I sleep lar!!

I slept till about 9 am, and then Vivien woke me up saying we were going to church..*wahhhhh*.
I wanted to sleep some more, and didn't feel like attending! *blech*.
I felt guilty a bit later,coz if I didn't go, it would have caused another fella not to attend, and that would have been on my conscience. Anyway, I was the one who wanted to go the night before. Ha ha ha. So much for my inclinations.

We went to The Dwelling Place. Actually, I was not even paying attention to the sermon, nor was I really singing......the only thing that stuck out from the sermon in my brain was "Abraham had such faith in God, that it was faith in action". The premise of the sermon was actually about Abraham's servant, Eliezer, who had seen Abraham's faith in action all the many years he had served the former, that God was also testing Eliezer's faith to find a wife for Isaac, and that Abraham's faith will see him through.....

Anyway, after which, Jeff came up all the way from Klang and drove us up all the way to Klang to have Bah-Ku-Teh, and he drove us around Klang.

Later, we went down to One Utama to watch a movie, Herbie-Reloaded (starring Lindsay Lohan, Keaton, Matt Dillon), with KuanYeong in the evening.
I got home about 10pm. Pretty late, considering that the rest of the others have to wake up early on Monday for work, and Vivien had to go back home all the way....

I came home earlier a day. Well, my parents weren't expecting me back till Monday!! haha...Well, it would save me the trip of waking up early on Monday and coming down by train anyway.

Vivien did mention that my entries tend to be serious. Heh. Well, when it comes to entries with religious overtones, it is not something that should be lackadaisal in content. For others who may not think so, it really is not my concern.

There is the thing about writing for one-self, and writing for an audience. Thanks, but in order to maintain my sanity, I shall not write for an audience. If KennySia, XiaXue or Jeff Ooi would like like to do that, it is their perogative. Then again, XiaXue has already started another anonymous blog for herself, so what can I say?
Writing for an audience really isn't for me, unless it is something specific like magazine writing or for the newspaper or media.

One thing I can say, the older I get, the more senile (in real life) I get. The older Vivien gets, the more serious she gets...

*She's going to kill me for putting this down.....Whahahahhahahahahhah I just found out that she reads my blog from time to time!!*

Anyway, All's Well, Ends Well to a nice and lovely weekend........:-)
And Great Start to the school holidays!!
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Imaginations of Port Klang out of a book.

Imaginations of Port Klang out of a book.

*Cuadros de Klang Puerto!*

Ok, here are some pictures I took.... I look pretty good in them. Too tired to blog now, but I think the pictures are gorgeous...!!

Do tell me if you like the hair?? Hehe....Chris thought that I did something different to my hair that evening, but actually it was a hairband that I was wearing. He says it still looks pretty! Hehe. Now, isn't that sweet of him to say that? :-)

These pix are taken using a Sony Ericsson handphone. The rest are in Jess's camera.











































Variations of the same pix....















In beach wear......















Vivien and I at Port Klang.















As I look at the pier that stretched out to the sea (according to Jeff who is from Klang, this is the wharf where the Star Cruise ship comes to berth), it reminded me of this scene from Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence...

Archer walks down the path and sees the pier and house in front of him.
He sees a woman with her back to the shore, leaning against a rail.

He stops, unable to go on.

It's Ellen.

She looks out to sea, at the bay furrowed with yachts and sailboats and fishing craft.

He does not move. Ellen does not turn.


A sailboat glides through the channel between Lime Rock lighthouse and the shore. He gave himself a single chance. She must turn before the sailboat crosses the LimeRock light. Then he would go to her. He looks to the boat. It glides out on the receding tide between the lighthouse and the shore.

He watches as the boat passes the lighthouse.......

He looks at Ellen, she has not turned.

Archer walks away...........
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Kanasai viruses strikes all three at home!!!

17/08/2005

Kanasai viruses strikes all three at home!!!

Just came from KennySia's.
I don't approve of speaking Benglish English, but if you want to see my site in Benglish......

cheayee.blogspot.com in Benglish......

*damn funny*

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Ok, my 3 computers have been infected with viruses! Worm and Trojan Horses..*sigh*.

Took forever to get all the three computers cleaned up. My brother made the mistake of not installing an anti-virus programme in one of the computers. When I switched on the desktop in the main hall on Tuesday, the entire thing was teeming with virus, so much so that it rendered all my programmes inaccessible.

Really wasted a couple of hours just trying to fix the entire situation. Not to mention my brother's lackadaisal and complacency towards the whole thing.
We disabled the Network Sharing in the laptop, and fortunately the desktop in my room is not affected. Then again, I don't use the desktop in my room, so what is the entire point, right?

Then I spent the night burning cds of all the important document to ensure for backup. Fortunately, I made a back up copy of my important programmes in June, so those weren't infected. The viruses seemed to have made a direct attack on the computer software programs instead. I doubt they could find any place to hide in the Word or Pagemaker files! *wah!*

Well, at least now he is *wise* enough to install a stronger Anti-Virus programme.

Anyway, I have been mulling which language to learn to far, with my choices being Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin and Sign Language. This is in context with the current unit that I am undertaking, as I am taking a unit on Cross Cultural Communication, and it was advised that it would be good if I was currently also doing studies on another language as well, so I could understand the underlying concepts as I go through the course, as well as when I am doing my assignments.

Hmmm....I think I have made my choice. After consulting around, I had decided to revise my Sign Language (being good for teaching pre-schoolers and can be done concurrently). I had taken up a workshop in Sign Language last year, so I have the basics understanding for it. So , it really is a matter of practise.

The next language would be Mandarin. which is just brushing up on my listening and speaking skills. (not that important anyway).

As for Japanese and Spanish, I like Spanish language better, but it is only valuable if I go to South America, Mexico or The States! Haha..the only person I can speak that with is U Joe and Isabel from MKIS. It was Isabel that gave me the basics for Spanish, but U Joe helped me a lot for Spanish! *Thanks!* It is easier to learn as a lot of the words are borrowed from English, and many words similar in French as well...but not many to practise with.

As for Japanese, there is Foong, Nami, the Watabe family, and I get to practise it with AiLing & Mabel. I don't really like the language, but I have to mention that there is demand for people who know how to speak Japanese! The language is pretty valuable, not to mention the country itself is rich....
Damn. This makes it even harder!

*Then again, did anyone watch yesterday's news? Japan been hit by earthquake yesterday! Richter scale of 7.2!! The Tsunami was only about 8!!! *Scary*!!!
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Environment makes the person

Environment makes the person

Lilian was debating why Annette behaved differently in this school, as apposed to when in the Desa Petaling branch. This is so, as Annette displayed a different personality altogether, as she was very quiet over in the other branch, but over here, she was very expressive and active.(which in her opinion, is something not normal).

From my perspective, it is not so much of nature versus nurture, but it is a combination of both factors. A person changes their personality to adapt to the environment, but it is also the environment in reaction/ or response to the individual, which would influence how a person behave. The person’s coping behaviour would influence the final outcome of the individual’s personality.

For children, the case is that, they unconsciously do it, as their cognitive level has yet to reach the level where they can analyse their behaviour fully, but in adults, this is possible. What more for a child of 4 years old?

I say this is the case, because of my experience within the CGs itself. Yet, it was done and observed on an unconscious level. My behaviour had changed dramatically when I am around both the different groups, and even further more when both groups come together for events. If this is possible for an adult on an unconscious level, what more for a child, is it not?

Even as the principal observed, what makes the environment?

The environment consists of:
-The people around the individual, in this instance, the other classmates, whereby the children in this branch are all noisy, and talkative, and are tolerated for their noise.
-The culture of the environment, and how they react to the individual. The children are not reprimanded for moving around.

-The administration managing the environment, here which are the teachers and the administration. The question of how does the teacher respond to the child when they do what they do?

-The settings of the environment, whereby how is the environment placed, in this instance in huge grounds, with an outdoor playground, whereby, formerly, the individual was placed in an office block, where noise of any kind was not tolerated or children would be reprimanded for doing so.

I think that Lilian is trying to pass the buck by saying that there is something inherently not right with the child for the dramatic transformation in behaviour over night. In my opinion, she is not willing to face the facts that she is part of the environment, which basically summed up, may point to the fact, that she at her age, may have trouble managing order of a class. (which to her, is probably something shameful indeed?)

To which, I can only say, wake up, and smell the roses, for you are not living in the real world!!

A person who does not adapt to the environment that they are placed in, is indefinitely committing social suicide. It is impossible for a person who is working or living in Malaysia, to do vertically the same, if they are transferred to either Australia, or Japan for that instance.

As they say, in Rome, do as the Romans do. But not to the extent that one loses their personality or principles along the way.
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In celebration of the new haze free sunny days

15/08/2005

In celebration of the new haze free sunny days

My rendition in celebration of the new sunny days ahead.... *come, sing with me!!!*

I can see clearly now,
The haze is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way..
I can see clearly now,
The haze is gone,
It's gonna be a hot, hot, hot, hot, hot sunny day!!

He he....

Well, it definitely was scorching hot today. *Damn*
With the haze we can't go out. Without the haze it is like the Sahara Desert here as well. *damn*.

The thickness of the haze must have been really dense, so much so that it can block off and filter the rays of the sun so much so that it looks like Genting Highlands down here on a frosty evening, but, in reality, was not.

Isn't it amazing how a haze that origins not from here, but all the way from Indonesia, can be blown this far away..and now the haze has been blown up to the Northern states instead.....Penang!
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Archive List (2005)

14/08/2005

Archive List (2005)

These are my note worthy list of entries categorised for viewing, with the latest entry on the bottom. If there are any in-accurate links, please inform me!

Myself:
Convictions for the New Year.

I am bloody horny, and I am flaunting it!

I am Playing with Fire.

Talking to a stranger!

E-harmony: MUST HAVE and CANT STAND list!

A chapter of my life.

Road Not Taken.

Wrestling with Christ.

Forging a new Chapter.

Serious LifeTrap Cycle.

Moon River Ruminations.

Courage & Intuition.

Matthew 10:37-38

The past 3 months.

April 17th.

Times of Adversity

Trust & Faithfulness

You want Honesty??

My Ideal Guy

Choices, Choices, Choices.

My dearest Isaac.

Humour:
Intuition

Playing with Balls!

Events:
Wish List (2004)

The Convocation Ceremony!

Upcoming Convocation (2004)

Right before Christmas

Out of Petrol

A new dawn to a new begininning....CNY!!!

Lin Chor 2

Surveys

Fool, Fool, April Fool!

Something to Gripe about.

Ménage a’ Trois

People, in general:
The Apprentice

Creativity and individuality in Malaysia.

Originality

Amway (or people who try too hard...)

About someone, in general, specifically.

Handing assignments in late.

Engagement dinner, weddings & USQ.

Gawd, Damn IT!

Be spontaneous, proceed with Caution

Bowlby's Attachment Theories.

Non Verbal Communication

Bible observations:
The foolish shall confound the wise.

Material adornment

Words of Wisdom.

Christ's love for us.

Spiritual beings with earthly bodies.

Unseen spirits in your home.

Pay to Caesar what is due.

The Nation of Israel

Oh, How long more must I wait?

Oh, Lord, Why have u forsaken me??

Commiting my problems to Him!

Historical evidence of the Bible.

The Be-Attitudes.

The story of Christ's Salvation

A time of testing

Open & Shut Doors.

Your sons shall prophesy, and old men dream dreams.

A wise man overlooks an insult.

Perfect Love.

Marriage:
Keeping your heart.

With this ring, I keep this covenant with God and You.

Isaac & Rebekah

Marriage covenant

Waiting for God's best.

If Men were Like Buses.

We are made in the image of God.

Time is of NO Essence.

Preschool issues:
Status of preschool teachers (in Malaysia).

A successful preschool program.

Kindy classroom politics.

More politics, and politically correct roles.

The ADHD suspect.

Muscle Memory

Another Jonah Day!

There's more to music than meets the ears.

Beating children.

Creatures of habits.

Montessori entries:
Sound boxes

Long Rods

Short bead cards- 11, 12, 13

Transferring buttons (using tongs)

Children in general:
The things children say!

April 27th

Children's *inane* memories!


And when they are up, they are up!

Pictures:
Christmas quarter- (2004).

Convocation (2004)

Annie's farewell (2005)

Bobby, the dog.

Pae-Doll-Files....

A Believer's Water Baptism.

The Connections (mostly) and some Ruggeds..

Brazenly Red Hair.
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Haze almost gone!!

13/08/2005

Haze almost gone!!

I think the haze is almost goneee!!!! Praise the Lord!!
Today is the first time I have seen the first hot rays of the sun shining through the clouds.
Woo hooo!!!! I am so deliriously happppppppyyyyy!!!!!! I can go out in the open again!!!!

On Friday night, I went for supper at C&S with Syed after Music& Movement class.
Seems that KitKat is having a RM5 off promotion there....if you are seen eating KitKat, the representative will come and give you a voucher for RM5 off...
So, I was having a craving for chocolates yesterday and went and got a pack. The rest of the people in the restaurant *were probably too pre-occupied* in their own conversations to think about that...

So, basically I got a free pack of Kit Kat biscuit balls and RM3 off our bill ! *heh*
Smart, eh? Pity that this did not dawn on the rest of the other patrons. ha ha.....
I could have got another pack for KitKat for free anyway...haha.

I was pretty tired, so I was feeling very grumpy, not to mention that Syed was late.
*grumble* *grumble* *grumble*
So now Syed knows how grumpy I can be when I am tired!! He better know what to do the next time round!

Class was good today. I was falling asleep during the first quarter of Dr.Irene's class.
Mr.Chang's class is always fun! Love his classes. I like studies on communicative behaviour. It can really make you think and reflect on your communicative behaviours.
The base of my sandals came out during class, so I had to walk around the campus barefoot. Anyway, I got myself a new pair of really sexy dolly slippers...Whee whee.

*whistles* Love them! They look really sexy!

Anyway, *damn*

However, I have got like almost 7 textbooks to go through. Don't really know if I can find the time to go through all of it.

This is in summary, the nutshell of the discussion during our Care & Context class today.

If pre-school teachers do not make the effort to train themselves, how should they think they could even call themselves professionals or get themselves accredited?

Preschool teachers is a profession in Australia. Pre-school teachers there need minimum 4 years of studies at university before being allowed to teach.
Here? There aren't even enough teachers holding a one year teaching cert. Lets not trying to ask about how many 2 or 3 year diploma holders, or worst, Bachelor degree holders in Education (preschool education) in Malaysia. Let's not embarrass ourselves by trying to conduct a survey.

If you have such a bad attitude towards professional training or any kind of training towards pre-school teacher training, basically you should not even be in this field. Well, this kind of attitude is prevalent in Malaysia.

In Singapore, at least there is a minimum wage for teachers there. Preschool teachers in Australia (according to a source who has just returned from OZ) are at least well paid, and living comfortably.

If pre-school teachers think that they do not need professional training, or housewives or students think that it is only something that can be done part time, or in transition whilst waiting for a better job, or as a last resort because they are not good at any other vocation, it is no wonder the standard and quality of child care centres still remains horrendous here, and children are still mishandled in Malaysian kindergartens.

Not to mention the many numbers of pre-school centres who do not want to get themselves registered.
In other words, I think, it is because they know they can't meet even the minimum requirements set out by the authorities, that they have to resort to such measures.

They are only thinking of the profit factor. What about the safety measures in case the children get hurt? Not to mention that there is not enough manpower from the authorities to go around checking for such errant centres who flout the law.

Malaysia still has a long way to go in terms of providing quality child care centres and teachers.....

*Sigh*
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Ménage a’ Trois

12/08/2005

Ménage a’ Trois

Oooooo....I like Maddie's place. I dunno if I was too noisy (ok, sorry dear girl, if we woke up the neighbours last night!). Ok, I shall stay over at your place one of the weekend, k! ;-)

Anyway, I just realised that I have to make an archive of the entries I have made so far...
Categorise it, that is. I shall have to find the time to do so, and I will put it up when it is done.

Anyway, this is my perspective on Ménage a’ Trois. I bring this up, as the term came up me recently.

My take? refuse to get myself dragged into such a situation.

I am not going to vie with another girl for a guy's attention. True, I might get a bit green-eyed, but, seriously, in retrospect, if the guy tries to manipulate me into such a situation, the only thing I can say is that, it really is not worth my time. I will just drop it and find someone else more deserving.

Why do I say that?

I don't like fighting with competition. If the guy wants me, he can come after me.
I cant put myself in a vulnerable place with my eyes open and see myself get hurt. That is called stupidity.

I don't like being made feeling insecure, because if that is the kind of life I have now, what makes anyone thinks that it would get any better after starting a relationship?

I would rather not begin any to start with.

I let the man lead the relationship.
I let the man define the direction of where the relationship is going (with discussion with me, of course!)

Well, he is THE MAN, right? If he wants to be called THE MAN, and be made to feel like a man, if that is supposedly his rightful title, eh?
Don't give me this bull shit of equal opportunities and crap. God didn't make the woman first, if He wanted man to be first.

Thanks, but I'd rather be the pearl.

And when he hath found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it." Matthew 13:46

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Pre-school ridded off teacher on a hazy day.

11/08/2005

Pre-school ridded off teacher on a hazy day.

*Damn* the haze.

I want to go up Genting. I am sick of the haze. I want to breathe in fresh cold air.Wear some nice warm clothes and go around enjoying the sights in Genting....

*wahhhhh* *wahhhh* *wahhhhh*

Nevermind if I have to go to work.
I hate wearing masks around.
I hate not being able to go out in the open to eat.

*damn* *damn* *damn*

Today, the haze is worst than yesterday. Pity those who didn't have the foresight to get any of the masks when they still could.
Air Pollution Index- 321 for KL, 531- Kuala Selangor.

This morning at 2 am plus, IreneQ came online for a while....wahaha..first time we managed to chat online. Discussed about teaching methodologies...yup. Teaching English with a focus of it as a second language.

Now, what is that girl doing online so late if she has to work the next day, eh?

Well, I went to watch a Jap movie at Midvalley. Well, what did u expect me to do? Stay home all day?

No way man. Tickets for movies before 6pm retails for RM8.
If you are a student, it retails for RM6. Wahahahah...I forgot to show my student pass.
*Aisay* that goes for my not checking.But normally, if the person selling tickets to me is a guy, he'd price it to me for RM6 even if I didn't show my student pass...*heh* ;-)

Perks for being a girl anyway. ;-)

In the morning, I ran some errands. Read 2 Corinthians for about half an hour, then my textbooks for another hour. Something to do with InterCultural Language Teaching and Learning, and I have like 3 more books to go through.

I bumped into MaySuan at Midvalley. She just finished her studies in OZ for the past 2 1/2 years and came home and immediately found a job. Now, isn't that amazing?!!

Apparently, she is working for the media company that is in charge of publicity for the Maybank Treats Fair at Midvalley for this weekend.

Ok, on reflection, some people like Australia. Some people don't like it. Not to mention the fact that everythign closes at 5pm (and it is mightily inconvenient, which I do agree!!). She came back as she didn't like it there either...hahah..

The more you work, the more taxes you have to pay there, apparently.. well, hello, isn't it the same here???

Anyway, I finished reading Harry Potter on Tuesday afternoon itself. How is the story?

*ummmm**..After hearing the scary stories from Katherine, I decided to finish up readng H.P as quick as I could. Not to mention the fact that I had scary dreams about it... :-P.

Nevermind, I have 3 textbooks to go through. I really couldn't care if I didn't re-read the entire HP Book 6 for now. Thanks to PG, from whose brother, PS, I borrowed it from.

Ok, finally, I found this on PPS earlier....something about building a Skype phone out of an old wireless phone.

Right, Aaron, can you make head or tail out of this???
*Good idea, nonetheless*
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Time is of No Essence..

Time is of No Essence..

When we are unduly impatient with an omniscient God's timing, we really are suggesting that we know what is best. Strange, isn't it—we who wear wristwatches seek to counsel Him who oversees cosmic clocks and calendars.

Neal A. Maxwell Ensign, Nov. 1998

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School's called off!

School's called off!

And yet yesterday, I was lamenting and wondering why schools weren't closed in lieu of the worsening haze conditions...
Wah ha ha...

Yup. The government has given a directive for two days off for the next 2 days..

The kindergarten's declared two days holidays for Thursday and Friday. That makes it 4 days off work!! Woo hoo... I doubt financial institutions or other commercial institutions can do that. I don't know if kindergartens have to replace it on Saturdays..but *hello*, these are pre-schoolers we are talking about!! So, I don't think so lar...

Anyway, today absent were Nico, Eugene and Jasper. The parents didn't seem perturbed or even asked twice when we informed them about the school holidays. The thing is, none of them complained about the weather either, but the fact is that a lot of the children have been sick for the past two weeks.

I didn't do any lessons, so no reports for this week. Oh Well.

The Air Pollutant Index for KL as of 5pm today states, Port Klang is the hardest hit, at 424, KL at 276.*hmmm* bad.

Just came back from an indoor petrol eatery after prayer meet tonight. Everyone didn't want to go outdoors to have supper

*seriously, who would, I ask you lar??*

It seems that no one knows that Mcdonald's has a promotion on the coca-cola refills. I told them that if they had informed people formally, who would want to add 75cents to top up to a Large Set, right? They'd also lose profit along the way.ha ha....

Anthony didn't believe it when I told him...Well, I had the same reaction when KMT first told me about it.

What is the most obvious thing that we prayed for tonight?

The HAZE obviously!

I was walking around with my mask.
Bell commented, l look like a Sarah-Brightman wannabe... wa ha ha ha...
*Funny* Bell....*funny*...wa ha ha ha....
I impersonated a belly dancer with some snake finger movements in front of him, and he said that he will attempt to bite it if I came any closer....

Wahahahha!! *That cannibal!*

Why malu-malu lah? Who is better in the long run eh? Of course those who wear masks and don't malu-malu lah!!
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What do people at prayer meets do?

Well, first we have the worship service preceding the prayers.
After the worship, we will talk about what has happened in the week, and talk about the needs that we want prayed for...

Well normally pray for the needs of the church, and whatever upcoming events.
This is then followed by needs of other people (otherwise known as interceding prayers) ,
and finally the last thing we pray for is our own personal needs.
We pray for healing of sickness, health, jobs, future events, salvation of our loved ones, and things that we are insecure about.

Even for wisdom in discerning God's will and direction, which I'm not afraid to share, that it happens to be my personal prayer need for the past 6 months.

Does God answers prayers? Well, after all this months, there is only one thing I can tell you.

God DOES answer prayers. But how He answers it, and when He answers it, we do not know.
And no, just because we pray DOESN'T MEAN that He will answer all our prayers.

But the most important thing is that we bring our needs to him in prayer and let Him take over and do the rest. That is our initiative and our responsiblity. The rest, He will take over and do it according to His Time & Purpose.

I can say this because from experience, there is no way you can arm twist God to doing what you want. *ha ha*....
But whatever prayer He answers will be to glorify Himself...*well*, that much is True anyway.

There are times that I have wondered to myself, if I should *fall*, should I stop going for fellowships?
I forwarded this question to a CG mate of mine, and she said, if I should fall, it is even more *imperative* that I do not break the *link* and continue attending, for once a person breaks off the *chain of nourishment* (for lack of a better term), they will no longer have anything to feed on....*heh*.

A lot of people feel discouraged about rejoining fellowships once they think that the have made a wrong decision. But I seriously think that this would be the lie of the Evil one, as his strategies, to mention the few are to discourage people, and also to put the fear of guilt and shame from fellowshipping with others.
But, shame is actually good, depending on which path it leads up to.

I guess the path of the narrow one was never meant to be an easy one, isn't it?
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Creatures of habit.

09/08/2005

Creatures of habit.

People and animals sure are creatures of habit. This can be proven by my driving my mother's car to work today.
The guardians of the children are so used to seeing my beat up old car, that I know that were not listening out for it, nor do they realise, when I honked my mother's car to the same rhythm patterns and yet they don't know it is me who is honking.

Take for example, my dog. The moment I turn off my beat up car engine, my dog starts barking. And this is my dog being tied up and unable to see from the back of the house. He even barks the same for my brother's car. Whereas, if it is my mother's car, he doesn't bark at all? This just shows how much of the environment the dog is aware of.
Of course, it only goes to as far as to the dog is trained and knows. When I drive my mother's car and turn off the engine, he doesn't bark, coz he still thinks it's my mother.

I think the correct term is conditioning. A lot of us do things by habit, because we are so conditioned to it.

Conditioning also explains why it is we do not observe things in the environment because we are so used to travelling on the same path or route most of the time. However, if we take a different route or path, it is so different that we actually have to concentrate and take notice of the little things here and there.

This theory explains why my out of town friends are better at the road directions in town than I am, who is always struggling and trying to remember the names of the roads, nor do I remember any of the landmarks or signs, or even how to get there *sigh*. A good example cited to me is Ellis. Ha ha. Of course, it would be the same for me if I went out of town.

I mentioned this to the children, and they understand that it their guardians (the first time round that is), did not recognize the car. The only difference between us and animals are, we can think faster and remember after the first time of seeing something new, whereas animals can't and may take a bit longer....and of course, they run by "instincts" much more than we do. Heh.

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The haze has been playing havoc on the weather the past few days. Today's weather was bad, as I could see huge blankets of the haze around even in the afternoon. The smell of burning wood is so strong that I can smell it when I wind down the window of my car. The children still have to attend school nonetheless.
Jasper has been sick, and Zhi En broke her arm, that she carries a sling around. I know coz her dad brought her to school yesterday.

Xin Qiao asked why didn't I put my "shoulder gloves" on. (she was used to seeing me put it on).
I said that was because the sun was not out. (due to the haze!) I told her that if I did not use it, my skin would become very dark.

She remarked something about about me "loving my skin", so I answered, "of course!".
Me: If I didn't love or looked after my own skin, who will look after it? My parents can't take care of me forever. Your parents can't take care of your skin for you. So you have to take care of your own skin.

Then she asked me something about the gears of the car. I told her that she can't touch the gears, coz they controlled the movements of the car, and if people play with it, the person driving the road could crash into another car!

XinQiao then went on to show me how her parent unlocked the lock of the gears, and then I said, oh, different cars have different ways of displaying the controls, like this car doesn't have the gear lock, but all cars still have gears but displayed in a different manner.

I was thinking about cars, and thinking in my mind when all of a sudden, Cheng Wei remarked to me "red Toyota car!" had passed by. Cheng Wei is pretty observant, and I know that he could not mistake a Toyota for anything else, but I didn't know if he meant the red sports Toyota car that I passed by everyday, so I stopped to see if the car was there, and I pointed out the red sports car to him.

Whenever I forget who didn't come to class, or wasn't in class, all I have to do is ask Cheng Wei, and he will rail out all the names of the children who have been absent or sick. Pretty good notebook there, huh?

Anyway, I just found this really good idea for blogging.....haha...
Nah, I wont share with you what it is yet.....but just going to ruminate on it...*he he*.
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Perfect Love.

Perfect Love.

God's Love and Ours

1 John 4:

10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.

18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19We love because he first loved us.20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

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I just got back from Katherine's place. We discussed 1 John 4:18 (she read it out last Wed). Coincidentally, I received it from Jess the day before that, and had also read it sometime before that..*lolz*.

The thing is, Aaron, it is not easy to show love......yes, I am trying not to shut my colleague out. I had another row with her today, and this is due to differences on methodologies!

She, as I say, thinks herself smarter than the rest of the staff (not so much through words, but the way she speaks and her intonation). And she is SO *FAKE*, (which I am not the only one to have observed).which can absolutely drives me nuts..

It is not easy to show love, more so to someone who shares the same faith (and hosts a Home Fellowship as well!) as you do, as you would expect them to be humbler and do the same as you do, but she apparently seems "blind" to all this....*sigh*.

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Beating children? Are you Mad?

06/08/2005

Beating children? Are you Mad?

I don't believe in beating children. I observed some of the teachers in school, and they have a habit of using a ruler to beat the child's hand. It got me really upset.

I mean, HELLOOO??
What is the objective and point of doing that??
I mean, what can children learn from being beaten??

Children model their caregiver's behaviour. If teachers beat the children, they would learn to do the same if no one points out that it is wrong. This goes the same for children who have dads who beat their mothers, and if no one condones it or point out that it is wrong, the sons will learn to beat the wives, and the daughters will accept it as accepted behaviour.

Actually, this goes for any other behaviour. If parents model good behaviour, the children will model after them as well.

I think the problem here with my colleagues is COMMUNICATION.

How do you communicate to others that beating is wrong?
I personally feel that beating the child's hand or any part of the body is wrong just because they do not meet your expectations.

That is YOUR expectations, not theirs.

If there is, there is always a better way to handle the situation without needing to use a ruler or a cane. The problem is sometimes, many adults and parents do not realise or understand the consequences of what they are doing.

Scenario:

Child beats the other child.

Parent/ Adult gets angry.

Parent/Adult asks child:
Why did you beat so and so??

Child: He/She is naughty. So must beat.

When in actual fact, the child would not be able to explain that s/he did that because you beat them as that is the way you dealt with them as a punishment for their misbehaviour.
So unless you use another way to handle the situation, the children will also follow the same way.

They think: naughty, must beat. Doesn't matter who. If daddy/mummy/teacher/ adult can do, why cant I do the same?

Who's fault then?? Adult or child ??

I never got beaten as a child. Well, maybe a few times. Before the cane came, I already HOWLED. So my parents could never actually beat me. I would lock the room after and refuse to come out.

If my parents beat me out of something which was not my fault, I would ignore them. I did that to my dad. I refused to speak to him for ONE entire week and pretended he wasn't there every time he walked past.....ha ha. Good experience though.

It is the same as a father telling his children that smoking is bad. Yet he smokes. Isn't that giving the child mixed signals?

The Bible says, Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child.

In my interpretation, "Rod" means discipline. Yes, I believe in discipline. I also believe in ground rules.

I give ground rules. If you don't follow the ground rules, you are not keeping to the commitment you made. So you shall lose your priviledges.

If child plucks flowers, do you beat them?

No, Of course not. The adult have to explain to them flowers/leaves/ grass is not to be plucked. Really, how would the child know that it is not right unless the adult takes the time to explain what is right or wrong to them, right?

I explain ground rules to children. I explain to the reasons why they must keep ground rules. Who don't want to follow ground rules will not be allowed to join the group in the activity. If they want to do the activity, all must keep to the ground rules.

i.e, You disturb others, off you go to the "naughty corner". Rule of class, you distract others, you take their things and start fighting, Naughty Corner you go. You lose your priviledge of mixing with the other children until you learn to behave.

Or, if you start screaming, or run to the back of the school when you are told specifically not to when you go to playground, off you go to the office. I don't care if you are a boy or a girl. I don't care if you start crying or howling. I shall drag you to the office and leave you there because you didn't keep the commitment.

Same goes for others. Please keep the ground rules or else your priviledges will be forfeited.

It works well.

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The science of music

The science of music

Just came from class. The class was fun.
Compared to Nursery Management (which was pretty dry in comparison), at least you won't actually fall asleep during class. *laughs*

Vincent touched upon some things, which if I remember, I shall write out here. Among which were:

- Biorhythm (being observant and sensitive to it from a baby's perspective, and how to develop rhythm awareness, planning the experiences for your own child).
Babies who are put into an environment that simulates their gestation settings, are comforted by it after their birth.

Vincent said that he observed and looked for cues in his daughter's development as how to prepare the child for develop her rhyhm awareness, and of course, introduce classical music.
He said that his daughter could tell which piece of music it was just by listening to the introduction, and knew when the piece would end as well. She was exposed to broadway shows from a young age.

I wish my parents did that for me! That would have been fantastic, but the problem is both my parents are not only tone-deaf, but have no rhythm awareness. My mother sings out of key most of the time, and my dad can't follow the beat. My brother is just the same. What can I say about that? I am like the only person who had any formal music training, but I would have been just as bad if I didn't.

Academically:
- Music in learning about culture (geographical locations, type of instruments)
Geography:
- How geographical areas influence the type of instruments that can be made and how the different type of musical instruments can only produce certain types of music composition (Science),
-Eg, during Bach's time, there was only the harpsichord, and no piano yet. So the type of music he wrote was relevant to as far as he could innovate on the harpsichord.

History:
- The rhythm of the music generates the different types of pictures and the type of people that could be found during that period of time.

Rhythm clapping:
- Using Vincent's "se-ven" method to clap to rhythm. Have assignments on that!!
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Another Jonah Day.

05/08/2005

Another Jonah Day.

I had a short fuse today at work. In fact I was short fuse the entire morning.You can say that I am not writing in my reports today. I totally didn't like the way LY presented her lesson. It is her lesson. Not mine.

It really is not the children's fault if they did something wrong. How can a teacher scold a child if the teacher didn't explain beforehand?

Children are not stupid. They are smart. They are observant. They notice things that we think they might not.
They even observe things that we didn't see.

Cheng Wei observed the Toyota logo on the sports car before I did!
He notices the "hwai che" (spoilt car that I didn't notice). He notices the Mr. Bean car on the roads that doesn't even come into my field of vision. They have the sensitive period for observing small objects.

Everyday in the classroom, something new happens.

A new discovery. A new challenge. A new experience to go through. There is never one day in class where the same thing happens for the 10 months the children are in school. Learning is not just limited to studying the 3 Rs. Learning should be fun as well. If learning is so boring from preschool onwards, I would probably lose my enthusiasm for it by the time I reached high school!

*Feels like giving her a tight slap!!*.
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Montessori: The science of Muscle Memory

04/08/2005

Montessori: The science of Muscle Memory

In the morning I worked the Odd & Even counters with a group of the children, whereas Lilian worked with the girls on another mat working the dressing frames with them. The children who worked the dressing frames were Nico, Seen Yan, Mouneeswara, Ai Lin, Annette and Angel.

The thing about working on practical activities such as dressing frames, pouring, sewing or binka cards is that there is more muscle memory involved, then there is on the academic activities (meaning the mental and cognitive activities).

In medical terms, this means that the person’s muscle retain the memory of having worked with the particular exercise, or equipment. This is the same for riding a bike, whereby for example, if a person has learnt to ride a bike from a young age, and has not rode a bike for the last 10 years, they can still remember how to use the bike even after that long period of time.

It is also the same reasoning why we can use a keyboard or typewriter and type looking at the paper/ monitor w/out looking at the keyboard after many years or time spent using it. It really is a matter of conditioning, but that is another topic altogether. (please refer to Pavlov for that though...*lolz*).

The principles in the Montessori syllabus, among which, consists of working from concrete to abstract, moving from simple to advanced, and isolating the senses, and also muscles, so that the child can strengthen each part separately. This is actually Sequin's method and discovery which Montessori adapted into the design of her syllabus.

I have found this to be true and applicable to even many physical activities, such as belly dance, or taekwondo, whereby those instructors who are trained and have knowledge of biology, keeps spouting out the term "isolating the muscles", whereby the term did not make any sense to me till I read about it whilst during my Montessori course. Then only did my brain "lighted up"!

With children, whereas for intellectual and mental feats and activities, such as working on Odd and Even, it takes more repetition on it before the children are able to internalise the knowledge.
The Odd and Even activity incorporates kinesthetic movement, and therefore muscle memory as part of it. As so, it would help the child to remember the concepts, as it is something that they have concrete objects to work hands on with as well.

The weather has been really bad the past one week. The haze, as a result of the forest burnings in Indonesia, was blown over by the monsoon winds to these parts. The skies are overcast, and the public is asked to avoid going public till it clears up.

The children were supposed to go to playground today after their break time, but the principal reminded us that they are not to go out due to the haze. So instead, they worked on their concert dance instead.

Joyce has been sick for the past one week. Since last Thursday to be exact. Her mother came in to get her worksheets and whatever work she has in the classroom for her to do at home.
Her mother said that the girl could barely sleep due to her incessant coughing.
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Sick, Sick Day.

01/08/2005

Sick, Sick Day.

Summary:
A lot of the students were absent today. Among those absent were about 6 children. Even the administrator, Mercy, is not feeling too well either, and has a sore throat. I think this could be due to the change in weather. Quite a number of children from the other classes were also sick today.

Angel refused to come in in the morning. Sha has done this on a lot of occasions since the year started. She had to be either persuaded or coaxed in some manner to enter the class. But once she is in, she is normally fine. It is the "persuading her to come in" that is the difficult part!

I worked with the pouring water (identical jugs) with the children.

I worked separately with Nicholas, Seen Yan, and Nico on the pouring water (into 2 smaller cups). Initially it was just supposed to be Nicholas, but Seen Yan and Nico wanted to do the pouring water into the 2 smaller cups as well.
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