Friday, August 31, 2012


Happy 55th Independence Day MALAYSIA.....
Let's celebrate...
Kuala Lumpur...

Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur... (TQ Sal..)
Kluang, Johore... (TQ Hairi Rosli)
 Tangkak.. (TQ Ayu).
Ipoh.. (TQ Riz).
 Kangar.... hehehe..
Have a nice day...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

POMEGRANATES - Health Benefits.

Researchers are discovering the truth surrounding the pomegranate’s powers, proving why this exotic fruit has claimed such a fabled place in cultures throughout the ages.
First, organic pomegranates are full of antioxidants. These are vitamins and enzymes known for keeping low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol from oxidizing and causing anthefosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Organic pomegranate seeds act a lot like aspirin, keeping blood platelets from sticking together and forming dangerous blood clots.
Antioxidants also buffer the effects of free radical damage to your cells caused by oxidation. Free radicals  are produced by functions within the body and elements outside the body, such as radiation from the sun. You can’t stop free radical occurrence and oxidation but you can consume foods that help neutralize their potential damage.
Research also shows that eating organic pomegranate seeds and drinking pomegranate juice can increase oxygen levels to the heart.
Other studies reveal that, over time, organic pomegranates might help combat erectile dysfunction. This super fruit might also reduce the inflammation of arthritis by slowing down the enzymes that break down cartilage.

To get the most out of an organic pomegranate, eat the seeds while they’re at their freshest and juiciest, and at the peak of their medicinal powers.
Most of the beneficial fiber comes from the seed so it is beneficial to eat it. 
Pomegranates are one of the few fruits whose juice is just as beneficial as its fruit or seeds. The peel, which you can’t eat, contains the most antioxidants, and they are released in abundance when the fruit is squeezed for juicing.
1.  Lower Risk of Heart Disease.
2.  Lower Risk of Cancer, Especially Prostate and Breast.
3.  Lessen Symptoms of Diarrhea.
4.  Reduce Cholesterol.
5.  Control Your Weight.
6.  Fight Cell Damage.
7.  Regulate your blood pressure, thus helps to lower your high blood pressure.

Have you tried drinking pomegranate juice?
Try today...
Have a nice day.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


JCI Malaysia
A World-Class sports institute is to be established in Malaysia by the Johan Cruyff Institute.
Known as the Johan Cruyff Institute Malaysia (JCI Malaysia), it will be at the centre of Iskandar, in Johore, Malaysia.
The institute, started by Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff in 1998, is famed for offering programmes designed to help athletes, former athletes, coaches and sport leaders to balance sport and studies, and to develop skills to excel in the international arena.

Cruyff is scheduled to make his maiden visit to Iskandar Malaysia on Sept 4, 2012. It will also be the former Dutch striker's first visit to Southeast Asia.
The Johan Cruyff Institute for Sports Studies, the Pelorus Dutch Sports Technology (PDST) Sdn Bhd and EISB have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish JCI Malaysia. A definitive agreement is expected to be signed to establish JCI's pioneering institute of sports management in Asia.
In addition to the setting up of JCI Malaysia, Cruyff would unveil the country's first Cruyff Court - a specially designed football court and play area for school-going children located next to SK Khir Johari in Kampung Majidee, Johore Baru, on Sept 4.
The Cruyff Court will be the second such court in Asia, after Japan.
Johan Cruff
Welcome to Malaysia, Johan Cruff !!!
Have a nice day....

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sweet Memories in Phatthalung, Thailand.

The City Park Hotel in Phatthalung
My 4 days and 3 nights stay in Phatthalung, Thailand left me sweet memories, especially the warm and cannot-be-described hospitality given by the host - Thaksin University and the Phatthalung Secondary School.
Our sincere "thank you" to the host nation THAILAND, from us SMK Derma - on behalf of MALAYSIA.

Let me go point by point:
1.  We were invited by the host, Thaksin University (Phatthalung branch), to give a presentation for 45 minutes on the topic "Education in Malaysia" - citing the development of teaching and learning of English, Science and Maths, in particular - which was given by a team from Derma Secondary Cluster School (the Senior Assistant, an English teacher and 3 students).

2.  The host sent an executive van (Phatthalung Secondary School van with two teachers - Ms Nataya and Ms Jeab) to pick us (6 teachers and 3 students) up at the border in Padang Besar. These two teachers then took us for lunch at the famous Chekkar restaurant in Hatyai.

3.  We were then housed at the City Park Hotel for 3 nights - courtesy of the Phatthalung Secondary School management. The school management also paid for all our first class meals for the whole 4 days and 3 nights. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner at all different places during our stay in Phatthalung.

4.  We were also brought to Trang (about 60 km from Phatthalung) to do our shopping at the Robinson mall, on the last day of our stay in Phatthalung.

5.  We were also given gifts and souvenirs by Thaksin University and especially, Phatthalung Secondary School... Thanks a million. In fact, we were quite ashamed not to bring gifts to be given to the host.

The more important points gathered in our visit to Phatthalung:
1.  Thailand is already in their 5th year in carrying out the Teaching of Science and Maths in English (SMEP).
2.  Thailand is already in their 3th year in carrying out teaching other subjects in English (EP).
3.  Thailand is importing teachers from all over the world to teach their school students in Foreign Languages, as well as in other subjects. They have teachers from the USA, the UK, South Africa, the Philippines, Nigeria, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Japan, China... That's as far as I know.
4.  Thailand have subjects like Earth Science, Astrology in schools...
5.  Thailand uses the ASEAN organisation to teach their students the importance of learning cultures and education of all the ASEAN countries. They have a special room in schools where the developments of ASEAN countries are highlighted.
*I think this is where Malaysia is way behind....

We were very impressed by what we see in Phatthalung, a province famous for its agriculture products.
Thaksin University is carrying out the Education Conference yearly and it will be nice to visit them again next year.
Thank you for the hospitality given to us during our 4-day stay - especially the Director of Phatthalung Secondary School, English teachers Kru Jeab, Kru Deng, and of course Science teacher - Kru Nataya Yatirattanakarn, who will retire next month. Once again, a million thanks....

Some photos to remember:
1st stop - Chekkar restaurant, Hatyai.
 checked-in at City Park Hotel
 dinner at this lakeside restaurant
 Thai food is the best in the world
 Director of Phatthalung Secondary School
assembly at Phatthalung Secondary School
with Phatthalung Secondary School students
 teachers from both schools
 with students at the conference
with the dancers at the opening ceremony
 Thailand's ASEAN vision
perforrnance at welcoming dinner
the welcoming dinner at Thaksin University
 breakfast at a stall in Phatthalung
on a Thai bike..
 sunflowers at the university campus
 the Khuankhanun School students
 the school's ASEAN Study Centre
 with the English teacher from the Philippines
It's been a very fruitful visit to Phatthalung, Thailand....
Have a nice day.

Friday, August 24, 2012

2nd Day at Thaksin University, Phatthalung.

It's my second day at the Thaksin University in Phatthalung, Thailand.
Today's schedule:
09.00: opening presentation event speech by the Deputy Secretary-General of the Basic Education Commission.
09.10: Preparation towards cooperation - presentation by teachers and students from Indonesia, Malaysia (SMK Derma) and Thailand.
12.00: Closing Ceremony.
13.00-17.00: Excursion - Anubarn Phatthalung School and Kuankanun School, Phatthalung.

 ASEAN culture in their minds
Have a nice day...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Greetings From Thaksin University, Phatthalung.

International Education Seminar
One whole day in Thaksin University, Phatthalung, for the International Conference on "Exchanges of Perspectives in Basic Education Management towards Cooperation among Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
The full schedule for Day 1:
08.30 - 09.30 : Registration
09.40 - 09.50 : Welcoming speech by the Governor of Phatthalung.
09.50 - 10.00 : Welcoming speech by the President of Thaksin University.
10.00 - 10.10 : Reporting Ceremony Speech by the Vice President of Thaksin University.
10.10 - 10.30 : Opening Ceremony Speech by the Inspector of Thailand's Ministry of Education.
10.30 - 12.00 : Keynote Address: Education Challenges and the Future of ASEAN by Tan Sri Dato' Prof. Dr. Syed Jalaluddin Syed Salim of Malaysia.
12.00 - 13.00 : Lunch Break.
13.00 - 14.45 : Panel discussion on "Preparation towards ASEAN" by :
    - Dr. Yunardi (Education and Culture Attache' of Indonesia).
    - Rohaida Abdul Manap (Asst. Director of Fully Residential & Excellent Schools Management Division, Ministry of Education, Malaysia.).
    - The Inspector of the Ministry of Education of Thailand.
14.45 - 15.15 : Break
15.15 - 16.30 : Exchanges of the management of English Program in Primary and Secondary Schools and International Schools.
17.00 - 20.00 : Welcoming Dinner.

the venue
 entrance to the hall
 opening cultural dance
the audience
The conference is on going now...
I'll update later in the evening after the dinner, OK....
Bye for now...