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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AKMAL HIDAYAT gets the NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP...

AKMAL HIDAYAT SABRI, the 4th best student in the recent SPM 2009, is one of the recipients of the National Scholarship 2010 of  Malaysia, the first of its kind...
This means that Akmal will have the opportunity to study in any university he intends to, at any place in the world. This is the reward given by the government of Malaysia for getting the full straight "A+" in last year's SPM examination.
Bravo AKMAL !!!
The full report is in Malay, published this evening:



Published at 7.16pm March 31, 2010.
30 Pelajar Terbaik SPM 2009 Terima Biasiswa Nasional
KUALA LUMPUR: Seramai 30 pelajar paling cemerlang dalam peperiksaan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2009 yang mendapat "A+" bagi semua mata pelajaran hari ini diumumkan sebagai penerima Biasiswa Nasional 2010 yang diwujudkan buat pertama kali.
Mereka akan berpeluang untuk melanjutkan pengajian ke universiti terkemuka dunia dalam bidang-bidang pilihan mereka yang telah diikhtiraf oleh kerajaan.
Senarai penerima biasiswa itu diumumkan oleh Pejabat Perdana Menteri dalam satu kenyataan petang ini.
Mereka ialah Gladys Tan Yee Kim (SMK Green Road, Kuching) yang merupakan pelajar terbaik SPM 2009, Grace Kiew Sze-Ern (SMK Perempuan Sri Aman, Petaling Jaya), Khadijah Ahmad Jais (SM Agama Persekutuan, Labu), Akmal Hidayat Sabri (SMK Derma, Kangar), Syamilah Mahali (Kolej Tunku Kurshiah, Seremban), Amelia Lee Wei Ling (SMK Taman Melawati, Gombak), Nur Syuhadah Muhamad (SM Sains Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra, Kota Baharu) Lai Yin Kwin (SMK Tinggi Melaka), Corinne Gunn Huey Min (SMK Taman Melawati, Gombak), Hu May Khei (SMK Convent, Taiping);Muhammad Amal Aiman Mohd Yusof (MRSM Kota Baharu), Kuah Jia Ying (SMK Bukit Jambul, Pulau Pinang), Chean Chung Shen (SMK Methodist (ACS) Sitiawan), Ahmad Zhafir Zulkfli.

Biasiswa itu diperkenalkan oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak semasa membentangkan Bajet 2010 di Parlimen pada Oktober lepas sebagai ganjaran untuk pelajar yang cemerlang.
Perdana Menteri juga berkata pemilihan adalah berdasarkan merit dan penerima biasiswa akan dapat melanjutkan pelajaran ke universiti terkenal dunia.
Menurut kenyataan Pejabat Perdana Menteri itu, pelajar-pelajar yang ditawarkan biasiswa itu akan mengikuti kursus persediaan di pusat-pusat persediaan dalam negara yang telah ditetapkan oleh kerajaan.
Setiap pelajar dikehendaki mencapai tahap kecemerlangan yang ditetapkan semasa di peringkat persediaan bagi melayakkan mereka meneruskan pengajian di luar negara.
Mulai tahun ini, kerajaan telah memutuskan untuk menaja pelajar lepasan SPM yang paling cemerlang mengikuti pengajian ke universiti-univeriti terkemuka di peringkat ijazah pertama di dalam dan luar negara.
"Program penajaan ini bertujuan untuk menyediakan biasiswa yang berprestij untuk pelajar-pelajar lepasan SPM yang paling cemerlang dalam melahirkan modal insan yang berkualiti untuk menjamin kesinambungan keupayaan negara pada masa akan datang," menurut kenyataan itu.


ONE UP , SMK DERMA !!!
Thank You Akmal Hidayat for making us proud..

Dermarians...., Have a nice day....

p/s 1:
To you all, 5th Formers of SMK Derma 2010... show us that you can match Akmal's performance!!
Special attention to 5 Arif, 5 Bestari, 5 Cemerlang !!Take this challenge !!!

p/s 2:
Hey...where's the "Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi/SBT" tag??
Is Derma not good enough??

Monday, March 29, 2010

MBMMBI - More Woes From The Public....

 MBMMBI...again.
Can't help it...but the public is getting restless on the MBMMBI isssue...
See it for yourself....

The Star...Monday 29th March 2010...N44..Views

Emphasis must be on how language is spoken

I REFER to the letters in The Star recently on whether the emphasis should be on grammar or phonetics in the learning of English.
The problem we face today is that a majority of our students are not able to speak English when they leave school.
Rather than stressing on grammar or phonics, the emphasis should be on spoken English.
I believe there is too much emphasis on grammar in the teaching of English in schools. Grammar is no doubt important but it should be taught in context.
For example, if we recall how we learnt to speak our mother tongue, did we learn grammar first or did we learn to speak first?
Most students come from homes where English is not spoken and when they start learning English in school, they are first taught to read and write, and taught grammar before they are taught to speak.
So when they start to speak English, they wonder if their grammar is correct or if their pronunciation is correct and finally they end up with no confidence to speak the language at all.
I also find that many students are taught grammar like a formula. This is especially so in Chinese medium schools.
Students need to think in English to speak the language fluently.
I find that most of our students think in their mother tongue when they try to speak English.
I am sure we all have come across people who can speak a language fluently without even knowing how to read in that language.
There are three ways to learn to speak good English:
> Grammar method – this is the old method which unfortunately is used in schools;
> Conversation method – this is the latest method used all over the world and by far the most effective. We should adopt this method in schools;
> Immersion method – this is the fastest way to learn a language. If we send someone who doesn’t know a word of English to Britain, they will speak fluent English in a year.
Has anyone wondered how the Bangladeshis who arrive at our shores can speak good Bahasa Malaysia after only six months?
Is anybody conducting classes in Bahasa Malaysia for them?
FRANKLIN,
Rawang.

Vital to take a stand on English

MUCH has been written over the last couple of days as to whether grammar or phonetics is more important in teaching and learning the English language.
This really isn’t the issue when it comes to why the usage of English has deteriorated so drastically in Malaysia.
I hold a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and have been teaching students and working with English teachers in Nepal, China, Mongolia and Africa.
No matter what setting a teacher is in, the main duty of an English teacher is to teach skills that will enable students to communicate effectively in English.
This includes teaching grammar and writing, reading, speaking and listening skills.
It also includes teaching pronunciation and phonetics.
Hence, there is not one component that is more important than the other.
If grammar is lacking, the student will not be able to formulate a sentence correctly, much less speak it.
The same goes for phonetics – what’s the point of being able to pronounce a word correctly if the student is unable to string a sentence together? Hence, the issue is not whether there is a need to enlist help in the area of phonetics.
The issue is the confused state we are in when it comes to promoting the use of English, and our own attitudes toward learning the language.
I graduated 17 years ago. At that time, schools did not allow us to speak English in class.
Later on, Maths and Science were taught in English, and then, it was back to Malay and then to English.
We seem like victims of a hit-and-miss system and our children became guinea pigs as the Government deliberated on whether they liked English or Bahasa Malaysia better at any given time.
Our grave deterioration in the language is the result of our Government’s inability to take a stand on English.
Perhaps if they can sit down and clear the confusion, we may be able to finally embark on an effective system of teaching that will achieve the desired effects of improving the English speaking skills of Malaysians.
Another problem is our Malaysian attitude towards learning.
We learn enough just to get by and many of us do not see a need to strive to be the best.
We profess to speak at least two or three languages but the Chinese in China do no understand us, nor do citizens in English-speaking nations.
We take pride in the creation of our very own “Manglish,” which is fine if we never leave Malaysian soil, but once outside of Malaysia, we are lacking in so many ways.
Hence, the key to achieving a society that speaks English well is two-fold.
Firstly, there needs to be a clear indication from the Government on the importance of the language.
Once that is established, opportunities must be created for effective use of the language.
A language is dead if not utilised. Secondly, there must be a driving desire to learn among students.
If the desire to learn is not there, the Government can force all subjects to be taught in English and bring in one million teachers from Britain, and we will still not speak English with the dignity it should be accorded.
ELAINE WONG,
Petaling Jaya.


So..how do you feel???

Have a nice day....

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Debaran AF 8 - 2

Results of yesterday's AF8 2nd Concert:
Bottom 3 are :  AIN, EMA and MAULANA.
The student who is out this week is:  EMA.........

The Kangar Crowd....

Open for testing lanes and the hydraulic system, the Perlis Bowl was opened for two hours between 3.00 - 5.00 pm today. The Air conditioning system was off, wasn't ready yet.... Lightings was okey, but the P.A. system was not..
The crowd?   See for yourselves........


These pictures tell the story....  That's the crowd in Kangar's Perlis Bowl..

Have a nice day......

TEN PIN BOWLING in Town............

Finally, the Ten Pin Bowling Alley is in town.... Due to officially open on the 2nd of April, 2010.
Waah........time to enjoy !!!

The building....

The Entrance by car... Parking is on the 1st Floor.
The Sign Board...
The Counter..., pay here please....
The balls and part of the lanes....
The 24-lane alley.....
Resting seats...
My daughter was the first to try the lanes.....

It's a 24-lane alley... Just nice for a small town like Kangar....
Welcome to Kangar, Perlis...and have a game or two of Ten Pin Bowling !

Have a nice day....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

AF 8 - 2nd CONCERT...Live Comments.

 AKADEMI FANTASIA 8.
Analyzing the 2nd concert tonight. My personal comments on the performances of the 11 contestants:

1.   EMA - Pakai Buang (Stacey): Photocopy of original singer. Nothing extra to show off... C+
2.   DAUS - Menatap Matamu (Airil): Good voice, not bad...Have to find X-factor. B+.
3.   NAD - Aku Wanita Biasa (Kris Dayanti): This girl is OUT !! Sorry... C-.
4.   ALIF - Dance With My Father (Luther Van Dross): The voice is there. Nice tone. A-
5.   FARINA - Ketentuan (Ramlah Ram): Shaky voice..No dynamics... Bad shape. C.
6.   IWAN - Mencari Konklusi (Hujan): OK, the key was a bit low...B
7.   ANUM - Sekadar Di Pinggiran (Fran): Not much into the song, not enough emotion. C+.
8.   AIN - Lagu Happy (Amy Mastura): Good mood, good performance.B+
9.   MAULANA - Hasrat Hati (S.Mariam): Good voice, good control..Like it.. A.
10. SHAHIR - Jangan Nakal (Alif Satar): Package of a singer is there.. B+
11. ADIRA - Ku Percaya Ada Cinta (Siti): Wooh..why this song? Dangerous choice of song. B.

That's my personal comments. Who will go out? To me... NAD or FARINA..
Just my guess...

Happy Birthday NIA RIDZWAN...
Have a nice day...

EARTH HOUR 2010....

The Earth Hour 2010 gets underway....

The lights go off on Auckland as it enters Earth Hour (bottom) March 27, 2010. Viaduct Harbour is seen in the foreground, the Sky Tower at right.  Photograph by: Nigel Marple , Reuters

The Sydney Opera House, left, and the Harbour Bridge have their lights that usually have structures well lit at night turned off in Sydney on Saturday as part of Earth Hour. Millions of people in more than 100 countries are expected to dim the lights in what has become an annual gesture against global warming.

Is Malaysia in??  Just wait for the pictures....
Have a nice night....

How to Gain Weight...

 TOO  SKINNY ?

Sometimes you feel that you are underweight.. or too skinny.. 
You don't have the appetite to eat...
Wanna gain weight??  Try this.
Instructions:

  1. Step 1
    Eat nutritious food that are high in calories. Examples are whole-grain breads, vegetables such as avocados and potatoes, kidney beans, lean red meat, poultry and fish.

  2. Step 2
    Increase the caloric value of your meals. Add powdered milk to casseroles for added calories, add avocados and olives to sandwiches, add wheat germ to your cereal, add chopped meat to your pasta sauce, and so on. Here in Malaysia, you can try eating "Roti Nan" or just Pizza...

  3. Step 3
    Avoid skipping meals. Knowing how to gain weight involves consistent eating. Eat three meals a day and at least two snacks. That's 5 times a day...


  4. Step 4
    Increase your normal portion size. Take a second scoop of pasta, or add two bananas to your oatmeal. Have some desserts after your lunch and your dinner...

  5. Step 5
    Choose higher-calorie foods when given a choice. For example, corn is higher in calories than green beans.

  6. Step 6
    Relax - excessive fidgeting and restlessness can burn up a lot of calories.

  7. Step 7
    Add weight lifting to your exercise program. It helps build muscle mass. Come to Putra Palace's gymn for some workout...

  8. Step 8
    Balance your caloric intake with the number of calories you're burning. You need to be taking in more than you use up, and you may need to ease up a little on your exercise program.
    Simple: Input must be more than your output...

    p/s:

    Happy Birthday Nia....(in advance)

    Have a nice day.....

Friday, March 26, 2010

PPSMI - MBMMBI... more Voices from the Rakyat.


More and more views on the PPSMI - MBMMBI issue are given in the local newspapers.. I can't help it but have to share these comments with you :

The Star, Friday,26 March 2010,  Views N59.

Education Ministry making a costly blunder

The letters “Stress on grammar, not phonics” (The Star, March 24) and “Grammar matters more than phonetics” (The Star, March 25) really caught my attention. I wish to add a couple of points in support of their views.
I totally agree with both writers that the Education Ministry has obviously got its priority wrong again. Bringing in foreign teachers to teach Malaysians to “pronounce English words as spoken by native speakers” is an expensive mistake that will take us nowhere as far as improving our standard of English is concerned.
First of all, as mentioned by both the writers, it is the grammar that is the problem. While most Malaysians can pronounce the English words well enough to be understood, it is the grammar that leaves much to be desired.
The priority is thus to really focus on grammar, and the way it is taught needs to be revised for it to be effective.
Secondly, I have been wondering all these years why we never make use of the phonetics symbols, available in every good dictionary, to help us with the pronunciation.
Every English teacher must learn phonetics, and they can in turn teach students to learn the correct pronunciation themselves.
Sadly, I have never heard of phonetics symbols being taught in Malaysian schools. If the above cannot be done for some reason, there is even a better solution nowadays.
In this technological age, digital dictionaries always come with the recorded sound for each word, both in American and British pronunciations. Just click on the words and you can hear how they are pronounced immediately, any time you want! How expensive can a digital dictionary be?
Much has been said about the sad state of our education system, yet again we are seeing another costly blunder being developed by those responsible to salvage it. I will ask the same question that many have asked: What has happened to this country?
A. HASHIM,
Sungai Petani.

Importing master teachers to teach English a futile exercise

I believe language cannot be mastered by studying it as a subject nor by attending short courses. I believe that if one wants to be proficient in any language of the world, including Aboriginese, one has to acquire it through social conditioning.
Much has been done by the Education Ministry to make students proficient in English but the result is far from satisfactory. The latest move by the ministry to import 365 master teachers from overseas to train local teachers in British English will be another futile exercise at the expense of taxpayers.
I was a product of an English medium school in the 1960s and I didn’t have the privilege of having been taught by master teachers from overseas, yet I have no problem with my English.
The fact that I studied in an English school gave me the advantage of reading more English books compared with my friends who did not have the privilege.
In the 1960s, public libraries such as The British Council and USIS (United States Information Service) in Kuala Lumpur were always full of students of all races. There was hardly room to sit on weekends. Why? Because the students were from English medium schools and the libraries stocked a wide range of interesting books in English.
Sadly today, public libraries such as the Kuala Lumpur Library and the National Library with much better facilities are unable to attract students simply because the present generation, being the product of national schools, are unable to read books written in English.
Hence, not only do the students suffer but the nation suffers too.
Students attending international schools have no problem with English. Neither do the children of diplomats who are fortunate enough to follow their father overseas and who study in international schools.
The tendency to read books is greater among international school students than national school students. Why? Simply because English opens the door of knowledge.
Will the recruitment of 365 master teachers from overseas to teach British English guarantee that our teachers will benefit and pass on the knowledge to students?
I have my doubts and am willing to bet my last dollar with anybody that it will end up a failure. And the master teachers know it is a hercu­lean task.
HASSAN TALIB,
Gombak.


 Well..., you don't need to be in the Education industry to give your views..We are talking about the nation..What's going to happen to our children in the next year or two....Parents have to give your views before it's too late!!!! After all, the slogan says it:
"RAKYAT DIDAHULUKAN, PENCAPAIAN DIUTAMAKAN"

Just my simple thoughts.....
Have a nice day....

Thursday, March 25, 2010

LUNCH by BKG 2010.

SMK Derma's BKG (Badan Kebajikan Guru) organised a Luncheon today at 12.30 pm. Several teachers who were transferred to other schools came for the occasion. It was good to see them around...
What we had was just a normal feast.., rice with a few other dishes....
My former colleagues, Ustaz Yus and Mr. Ishak came.. Good to see both of them...

Have a nice day....

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MBMMBI - Stress on Grammar Not Phonics.

 GRAMMAR  laa.....
 
I came across a very good comment on the PPSMI - MBMMBI issue in the local newspaper today, by Mr Liong Kam Chong of Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
Would like to share it with all of you reading this blog...

THE Education Ministry has announced that a new curriculum for English language would be implemented next year. It will teach students according to the standard British English language phonics so that they will know how to pronounce English words as spoken by native speakers.
Some 365 master teachers will be brought in from overseas, starting in June, to help train local teachers.
This is indeed amazing. Only earlier in the year, the ministry concluded that most of our teachers could not effectively teach and most of our students could not effectively learn Science and Mathematics in English.
Today we aspire to change all that by getting our teachers and students to first learn to speak standard British English like the "orang putih" do!

While not arguing about the merits of using the right pronunciation, the question that begs to be asked is, where is the priority? How does making the “right” sounds become crucial in helping a foreigner learn the rudiments of a language? How will the “right” sounds help one learn the grammar of a language?
Countries all over the world are pushing for their citizens to master the English language. This is especially so in technologically advanced countries like Germany, Japan, South Korea, China, India and others.
Ever heard how the nationals of these countries speak English? Do they sound like “native” speakers? Definitely not! You can tell an Indian from a Korean, a Japanese from a Chinese when they speak English. And what’s so wrong about their pronunciation?

These nations don’t believe in wasting their time and resources just so that their nationals can “twist” their tongues to speak standard British English like native speakers.
They focus on what is important, which is know the language for its economic values.
Come to think of it, even we Malaysians of different racial origins speak our national language differently.
Try as we may, we sound different, and happily we all accept the sounds we make. A Chinese who tries to speak Kelantanese Malay may make your hair stand on end. Even Malays from other states may struggle. Amongst the Chinese, you can spot a Hokkien when he tries to speak Cantonese and vice versa. They simply don’t sound original.

So, why are we putting emphasis on training our students to pronounce English words as spoken by “native” speakers who incidentally stay thousands of kilometres away from us? It makes no sense.
Time and money spent can be better used to learn the rudiments of grammar, which I believe are the building blocks and fundamentals of the language.

My added comments:
To master a language, it is better to use it everyday.
How?
Simple... Use it in class during the teaching and learning proses. We had that going smoothly in schools for 8 years already, through the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI). Then suddenly, one wise guy, using his capacity as a leader, stopped the programme. Short sighted...
Now, English has to be taught as a subject in school. That's going to take a long, long, long time to master......It's back to the Malay Medium school session as in 1980 to 2002. Before 1980, it was the English Medium in schools. After 2002, it was the "Mix Medium" in schools. Science, Maths, Technical subjects and of course, the English Language were, and presently taught in English. Subjects like History, Geography and Living Skills are taught in Bahasa Melayu.
Now, beginning 2012, it's going to be the Malay Medium, every subject in Malay, just like in 1980...
How I wish there's another Dr. Mahathir around, in office....

Just for thoughts...
Have a nice day.....

When Enough is NOT Enough...


Do you have this situation:
1.  Spent a lot of time going through the text book/reference book.
2.  Memorizing the facts and figures of the topic you studied.
3.  Feel confident, really confident, of answering any question on that particular topic.
4.  Almost 100% ready for the exam.

Tut, tut...
You cannot answer some the questions asked in the exam !!
To make it worse, you tend to write nonsense while answering some of the questions...

When getting the marks/papers back after the short holidays..., hu, hu, hu....
You obtained a mere 40% .., just a Pass !!
What went wrong??
WHAT WENT WRONG???
Di mana salah nya..???

I'll tell you why......

1.   Exam is NOT about memorizing facts and figures !!!
What's the point of memorizing things...?  Those days are gone... These days, formulae are given...
2.   Mode of study these days is NOT about sitting on the chair in your room (on lying on the bed) and reading text books or reference books brought at the Book Stores.... These days, you change ideas with your friends and have open discussions on related topics.

If you keep on studying alone in your room, doing the same WRONG APPROACH..., you'll get about the same marks (40%) all the time!!!
3.  You MUST try out questions by questions, again and again... The key word is = WRITE !!! Not READ !
Trying out questions and practicing the answers of questions IS a better way of studying....

Try to change your style of studying....
Just do it !!

I rest my case...
Have a nice day.....

Monday, March 22, 2010

THE 1st 10 MINUTES.....


As planned, it's Post Mortem today.
I had a "heart to heart" session with my fellow students today in class and it was fruitful. There were a few high achievers. Two students managed to get 97% and 95%. Both are from 5 Harmony. That's cool....
What I'm concern with is the under achievers. It is not normal for a student in a Cluster School to fail a subject. Not Mathematics... Maybe Add Maths (at this early stage), but certainly NOT Mathematics...
Apart from Bahasa Malaysia (which is made a compulsory Pass), the next subject is Mathematics. If you fail Mathematics in your SPM, you have no where to go... Plain simple.. But the point here is not getting a Pass.
You have to score an A in Mathematics to have a good chance of getting a place in the University. And it's not that difficult...
Having heard their problems and difficulties in learning Maths and Add Maths, I have this to say:

1.   THE 1st 10 MINUTES:
It is very, very important to be in class when your teacher is teaching.
Whatever topic it is, the first 10 minutes of teaching, is the "whole idea" / concept of the topic. Listen and See what it is all about. Don't ask questions yet !! Stage 1.
The next 15 or 20 minutes is the explanation of the concept. If you don't get the idea yet, this is the time to ask questions related to the topic. Make sure you really, really understand the idea at this stage. This is called Stage 2.
This is the stage when the teacher gives a lot of examples to make sure the students really understood the main concept of the new topic. It may drag the whole period if there are many questions asked....

2.  THE UNDERSTANDING PERIOD:
It is very important for you to try out simple questions related to the topic/sub topic that have just finished.
This is where you test yourself whether you really understood the topic or not. That's why Mathematics NEED to do a lot of exercises. To make sure you really understood the topic or sub topic.
Sometimes, you feel that you can follow the explanation well and understood what it is about... But when you go back home......tut, tut...., you cannot do the exercises !!
If you had understood the concept well, you should be able to do the exercises without facing any major problems... Get it??  What students usually do is to COPY the answers from "The Answers" pages at the back of the text book or just PHOTOCOPY from your friend's exercise book, the next morning in school...  GOTCHA!!!
That's why your Maths marks are that bad.....

3.  TO TEACH IS TO LEARN TWICE.
I've always like this saying..."To teach is to learn twice".
To make sure you have mastered the concept, teach your friend... If your friend can understand what you're teaching, then you have mastered the topic !!! Precisely, when you can explain a difficult concept with ease, you are considered a MASTER in that topic. Try that to your friend... You have nothing to lose...
 
4.  TRY THE REAL EXAM QUESTIONS (Past Years).
 Finally, you must try out those past years exam questions. That is a MUST. You must have the real feeling of answering exam questions. Problem?? Not enough time?  Find the time.... You have 24 hours a day...


What's the point of having extra classes everyday when you're not doing things right !!!
Just for some thoughts......

Have a nice day....

Sunday, March 21, 2010

MAN UTD vs LIVERPOOL....Live.

 EPL - SUPER SUNDAY
Venue:  Old Trafford.

5th minute:  GGGGGOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!  Fernando Torres scores..... Liverpool 1 up....
10th min:  Penalty to Man Utd. Rooney to take.. Stopped by  Reina !!! Ball bounced to Rooney...and....
1 - 1.
Penalty given by Mascerano....
14th min: Very fast and entertaining game... Wow... Man Utd attacking more than Liverpool now..
20th min: Still 1 - 1. Free Kick to Liverpool. Nothing .
21st min: First corner to Liverpool. Gerrard to take. Nothing.
22nd min: Park...missed by inches (header).
24th min: Yellow card to Torres. Soft tackle...
28th min: Still Man U attacking. Shot at goal missed.
34th min: Play controlled by Man U. Do most of the attacking...
40th min: Header by Park. Out of target.
44th min: Liverpool attacking. Torres.. to Van der Sar...
45th min: Still 1 - 1.  2 minutes added.
47th min: Free Kick to Man U. Rooney to take. Staright to Reina..
HALF TIME... Time for Pepsi.... he, he....

2nd Half on the way...
46th min: Free kick to Liverpool. 40m to goal...Gerrard....Nothing.
48th min: Free kick to Man U. Still the same..
49th min: Liverpool attack. Left to right, right to left. Fruitless...
51st min: Park again.. Shot straight to Reina....
53rd min: Man U again..cross from the right..missed by inches...
56th min: Man U attacking. Foul...Free kick to Liverpool.
58th min: Liverpool attacking now.. Failure again..
60th min:  Park !!!!  Goal.... 2 -1 to Man U. Cross from Darren Fletcher from the right. Headed by Park in front of goal....
61st min:  Torres.!!!! No...missed...
62nd min: Foul by Neville.
66th min: Long shot by Agger... way off...
67th min: Fletcher and Kuyt tanggled up. Near outbust...
70th min: Game getting hotter!!
72nd min: Yellow card to Vidic. Tackle on Dirk Kuyt.
75th min:  15 minutes to go..Still Man Utd   2 - 1.
76th min: Ryan Babel in...
79th min: Ryan Giggs in...
80th min: 10 minutes left.  Still Man U.
84th min:  Liverpool attacking but no goals.....
86th min: Park Out, Scholes in....
87th min: No sign of goals to come... Man.Utd's win.....
89th min: Man U still hanging on....Torres missed in front of goal. So did Benayoun...
90th min: 5 minutes added.
93th min:  Still  2 - 1.
95th min:  Man Utd  2    Liverpool 1

Bye, bye Liverpool.....
Have a sad day.....

Debaran AF 8 (Results of AF 8) -Live.

 Results: 1st Concert AF8

Ain was hospitalised today. Migraine, she said... So, only 11 on stage waiting for the results...
3 are in the "Dangerous Zone" - Shah, Alif and Maulana. All boys!!!
Who is going OUT??
Oh, Ho... none of the three was my prediction! That's Akademi Fantasia... It depends on your votes.

Norman Hakim, the Principal,  said the two best performers last night are Iwan and Adira...
Hmm.., not my taste...

Results out now....
And the one who is going OUT is.......... SHAH.....

Have a nice day....


Back to School...


After a one week break, it's back to school tomorrow....
Agenda: Post Mortem of the 1st Term Exam.
Subject: Mathematics
Classes: 5 Cemerlang, 5 Harmony, 4 Bestari, 4 Harmony.
Get Ready!!!!

See you in school....
Have a nice day....

Saturday, March 20, 2010

AF 8 - FIRST CONCERT....Live Comments.

 AKADEMI FANTASIA 8

The first concert of the 8th session of the Akademi Fantasia is on tonight and I'm analysing the 12 contestants.

1.  Maulana - Extravagansa :  Good Performance. Very confident. A.
2.  Adira - Bertamu di Kalbu : A lot of "shouting", not much to singing. Must learn voice control. B
3.  Shahir - Khatimah Cinta:  Nervous voice but smooth..B.
4.  Nad - Ekonomi Rumahtangga :  Oh ho, "pitch" a little bit out.. C.
5.  Daus - Cari Jodoh:  Stiff voice. Not much of a singer... C+.
6.  Farina - Paparazzi:  Just another ordinary singer. No dynamics. B.
7.  Alif - Kau Aku:  Jovial voice. The voice can sell.. A-.
8.  Anum - Aku Tak Percaya Cinta:  Voice control a little "suspect". Tempo a little out. C.
9.  Shah - Bengang:  Big voice. Good control. B+.
10.Ain - Hey Ladies:  Normal singer tonight. A little bit let down. Maybe wrong choice of song.  B.
11.Ema - Yang Terbaik:  Not bad... B.
12.Iwan - Haven't Met You Yet: Good story teller.., full of emotions. B+.

Well...that's all. Who will go out?? It depends on your votes ..
To me: Nad, Anum or Daus...

Have a nice day....

Friday, March 19, 2010

1Student 1Game Policy....

 1 STUDENT 1 GAME

Are you serious Ministry of Education? If Yes, Good !!!
OK, first things first..
1.  Basic Idea:  What's the main purpose? To make our children fit? When you talk about any "game" - fitness is the main subject. It means back to basics... Endurance. Cross country running or a 3km/5km jog... That's good. So, all schools MUST organize  the yearly Cross Country run. Already done in schools..
Problem is: Not everybody run !!! A lot of students play truant with excuses like preparing snacks and water for the house (sports house). And these are the lazy bumps !! If you are in school, you'll notice them...

2.  Skill:  Skills in games can be learned through playing the game itself. What about basic skills? Simple 30m dash? Simple Jumps? Simple Throws?  Hmm.. answer: Track and Field.
You need to have Standard Sports in schools... What events?  100m Dash, the Long Jump and the Shot Putt.
Those are the basic three. Done? I don't think so... Not in all schools... Problem again...
If it's done in schools, the same problem occurs. Not all students take part. Why? Not serious enough!! Some headmasters don't like sports... They prefer to have extra classes in the afternoon!!! The Education Ministry have to monitor this....

3.  The Game:  What game? Football (soccer)? Netball? Hockey? Badminton? Carrom? Chest? Hide and Seek? Are indoor games included? Again...selection of games is a problem.. Don't want to elaborate here...

1Student 1Game Policy is a very good idea. In fact, it is more of a new directive to all students...Students nowadays are too busy with tuition classes that they don't have time to play... Right on the dot !!!
Can we have a new directive. No tuition classes allowed !!! Heh, heh..., just a simple thought...

Have a nice day....

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Email from Sacramento, California...

 From Left:  Ramlan, Mohd Nazrin Wadood, Daud, Dess Dahasry and Ahmad Anuar.
Photo taken at the Kuala Lumpur Raiway Station in December 1974.

After 34 years, I found back my buddy through an email address given by a friend.. Yes, my long lost friend and classmate, Mr. Mohammad Nazrin Wadood, now residing in Sacramento, California.... What a pleasant surprise, when I received his email this morning.... This is the email:

Dess,
I have been looking for you for a long time. I cannot believe that I finally got an email from you. Last Hari Raya my wife and I were in Sungai Terap, Batu Gajah. We went around the Kampong thinking that I can find your parent's house and may be ask if anybody knows where you are at. I cannot believe it we are finally in touch.
How are you my friend?


Well, I found back my friends through this Blog.....

Have a nice day....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

TIME WASTING vs TIME MANAGEMENT...

 STUDENT ??

Ask yourself : "What's your profession?"
If you answered: "Student", then you have to follow this........

Q1:  What is your core business?
Ans: To study.

Q2:  How many hours do you study per day?
Ans: Apart from attending classes and other curricular activities, I say...1 hour. Sometimes, I don't have the time to study...

Q3:  Is that enough?
Ans: Probably not.

Q4:  How many hours do you spend on your computers daily?
Ans: More that 2 hours.

Q5: What do you do?
Ans: Chatting, mostly..in Facebook and Yahoo Messenger...

These are the answers that I get from my students these days... It is even worse during the weekend or the school holidays (like now). Computers have taken away their study hours !!!!
There are a few cases which I would like to specially mention here:

Case 1:  A top scorer in the SPM, straight A's. Doing his/her A level now. And there are B's and C's in the exam slip !!! What's wrong?? Of course, there are reasons given.., such as.." oow.., the subjects are tough..", "it's difficult to understand"... Mind you, during the SPM, this student took 10 subjects and got all A's. There are only 6 subjects in the A level, and the student got only 2 A's... Why? What went wrong?
I tell you why...
1.  The tension has gone. The student studies leisurely....
2.  Time management is poor. Breakfast at 12.00 noon, Lunch at 5.00pm. Dinner at 11.00 pm. Supper at 4.00am. Sleep at 6.00am. Your life is upside down....
3.  Stayed up late at night...not studying, but "face-booking"... This is Time Wasting !!
4.  Watching films at Astro... Again, Time Wasting....
5.  Wasting time "sending and receiving SMSs", via handphones...
6.  Playing video games, such as soccer in the laptop given by parents or their sponsor. Again, this is time wasting.....

Case 2:   A school student sitting for the SPM this year... Used to get straight A's in his/her UPSR and PMR.
But, he/she have difficulties in certain subjects at school. Recently, the student failed in subjects such as Add Maths, Chemistry and Biology in the recent First Term Exam. Even, Modern Maths got 40% only...What went wrong??
1.  Wasted 1 year (Form 4) "honeymooning".... Didn't took seriously during normal classes.
2.  Too busy in school being a Prefect, Club Secretary, so and so.... and missing a lot of normal classes in school.
3.  Too many tuition classes to follow. In fact, every weekend is filled with tuition classes from morning till night.. That makes the mind very tired !!!
4.  Lack of sleep. Same thing...Stayed up late at night, surfing the internet and chatting in "Facebook".
5.  "SMSs with boyfriend/girlfriend until late hours in the morning (till 3am)....and words like "sayang", "abang", "rindu", "cium", "mimpi"....are aplenty in their "SMSs"... wheh...I feel like vomiting !!!

These are some of the basic reasons why students cannot excel in their studies these days.... Time wasting and do not know how to manage time!!!
If you have kids or if you are a student yourself... don't take offend. What I'm saying are the facts of life nowadays... Teach yourself "Time Management"  and you'll continue getting A's in your exams....
Remember!!.. Manage your time.....

Have a nice day....

Monday, March 15, 2010

LEE CHONG WEI..., Malaysia's Pride...


Congratulations...Lee Chong Wei ..., for winning the prestigious "All England" badminton singles title. At last, you made it and the whole of Malaysia, if not, the whole world, is proud of your achievement.. You are certainly a role model everybody loves to follow...
There are a few good values that Datok Lee Chong Wei demonstrates:
1.   Good discipline - the best athlete around today (if not, it was Tiger Woods)
2.   Respect - everytime he finishes a game, he MUST thank his coach, Misbun Sidek. I've always have tears in my eyes everytime he embraces Misbun on TV. He demonstrates how "Malaysian" he is...
3.   Humble - he is a very humble person, if you've known him personally..He never complains..
4.   Patriotic - he never failed to bring the national flag on stage upon receiving his winner's medal.
5.   Loyal  -  He is a very devoted and loyal person. He doesn't change coaches. Whatever happens, he sticks to Misbun. Bravo Chong Wei !!!

How I wish all Malaysians could follow Chong Wei's behaviour....

Have a nice day....

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Padang Besa, Thailand..Sunday Market.

I took a trip to Padang Besa, Thailand (The Malaysian side is Padang Besar) this morning to visit the Sunday Market. Wow...very cheap, compared to the Malaysian side..


Wooh... I spent 2 hours going round sight seeing.... Things sold are really cheap !!! Should go often...

Have a nice day....

Saturday, March 13, 2010

AF 8 - Tirai: My personal comments.

 PRELUDE  AF 8
 The first show started tonight and these are my personal comments on the 12 contestants.
1.  Farina - Tiada Lagi:  Biasa je..(normal singer). Nothing special.
2.  Shah   - Drama King:  Good voice. Good Potential. A.
3.  Anum - Pelesit Kota:  Rocker. Bad voice control. Wrong choice of song.
4.  Daus  - Bye, bye, bye:  More of a dancer than a singer. Thin voice.
5.  Ema   - Tiada Lagi Tangisan: Average singer. Small voice.
6.  Adira - Gagap: Imitation of Stacy. Just that.
7.  Maulana - Tekad:  Okey, good voice control.
8.  Alif    - Live Like We're Dying: Confident singer. Good voice. A.
9.  Nad  - Gantung: Very nervous start. Nervous voice.
10.Iwan - Cuba: Another imitation of the original singer (90%).
11.Shahir -Andalusia: Another one picking the wrong song to perform.
12.Ain   - The Climb: Very good voice. Good singer. A.

Those are my personal comments. Just my senses...
Have a nice day.....

Friday, March 12, 2010

Never Ever Under Estimate SMK Derma....

 Akmal Hidayat bin Sabri, 4th Best in Malaysia...

This guy has put SMK Derma on the map!!! Proud to have you as a Dermarian !!!
He is the 4th best achiever in Malaysia, in the recent SPM exam. How nice...
 It's printed all over the local newspapers today....

Bravo SMK Derma....

Have a nice day......

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tirai Akademi Fantasia 8


This Saturday will start another episode of the Akademi Fantasia series...
12 contestants have been chosen, 6 guys and 6 gals...

Senarai pelajar-pelajar perempuan terdiri daripada ADIRA (Siti Adira bt Suhaimi, 19, Sabah),  AIN (Nadiawaty Ainul Basir, 24, Sabah), ANUM (Dayang Nor Anum Arjuna bt Aharun, 19, Sabah), EMA (Erma bt Suhaimi, 21, Sabah), FARINA (Zafarina bt Jamhari, 28, Sarawak) dan NAD (Nadia Emilia bt Roselan, 22, Selangor).

Senarai pelajar-pelajar lelaki seperti yang diumumkan adalah seperti ALIF (Muhammad Alid b. Kadim, 19, Kuala Lumpur), IWAN (Emirza Azwan b. Zulazrin Chew, 20, Negeri Sembilan), MAULANA (Muhd Firdaus Maulana b. Mohamed, 22, Johor), DAUS (Muhd Shahril Firdaus b. Eli, 22, Sarawak), SHAH (Muhammed Shahril b. Mohs Saleh Hussein, 26, Selangor) dan SHAHIR (Ahmad Shahir b. Zawawi, 22, Perak).

Tune in to Astro Ria, Channel 104, every Saturday at 9.00 pm.

Have a nice day...