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Apa Maksud ‘Kerja Setengah Hari’ Seorang Cikgu?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Kecuali dia seorang guru, maka dia akan tahu apa maksud ‘kerja setengah hari’ dalam konteks seorang guru. Tapi sebagai seorang guru juga, saya tidak boleh menyalahkan sesiapa khususnya golongan bukan guru yang tidak faham konsep ini. Oleh yang demikian, saya dengan suka hati ingin mengongsikan konsep yang disalahtafsir oleh ramai orang. Kadang-kadang pedas juga telinga saya sebagai seorang warga pendidik bila dikatakan “kamu best.. kerja half day saja. Banyak lagi cuti tu ni. Elaun pun banyak juga”. Jadi, saya mintalah kepada semua agar dapat member perhatian dan membaca dengan teliti apa yang bakal saya tulis ini.

Setiap pegawai kerajaan tertakhluk kepada ‘core business’ ataupun paling senang kita dapat fahami adalah objektif kerja utama. Core business seorang guru adalah untuk mengajar pelajar. Itu adalah kerja utama kami. Sama seperti golongan polis, bomba, doktor, jururawat dan lain-lain lagi, setiap kita ada pelanggan kita masing-masing. Setiap golongan yang bekerja di bawah kerajaan ataupun swasta mempunyai masa untuk bertemu pelanggan, memberi perkhidmatan yang sewajarnya. Seorang doktor misalannya, mempunyai masa untuk melawat dan merawat pesakit. Begitu juga dengan pegawai keselamatan seperti bomba dan polis dan lain-lain lagi. Tapi sebagai seorang pegawai perkhidmatan pendidikan yakni guru, terdapat sedikit perbezaan dari segi praktis perkhidmatannya pelanggannya.

Pengiraan Waktu
Pelanggan utama seorang guru adalah pelajar. Seorang guru tidak berjumpa dengan pelajar secara individu tetapi secara berkumpulan. Mungkin, mungkin seorang jururawat melayani seseorang pesakit dalam tempoh 30 minit, setiap seorang. Ataupaun seorang pembaca meter elektrik rumah menghabiskan masa lebih kurang 15 minit untuk membaca meter untuk satu-satu rumah. Mungkin. Mungkin lebih, mungkin kurang. Itu andaian saya semata-mata tetapi hakikatnya, kita sebagai pegawai perkhidmatan akan memperuntukkan sejumlah masa untuk pelanggan kita. Berbalik kepada guru, setiap pelajar juga diberikan masa untuk menerima perkhidmatan daripada guru. Berapa masa yang diperuntukkan? Untuk satu-satu subjek misalannya Bahasa Inggeris, ada sekolah yang memperuntukkan 30 minit, 35 minit, 40 minit dan 45 minit bergantung kepada kesesuaian dan situasi sekolah. Mari kita kira sama-sama. Kalau kita ada lebih kurang 30 pelajar dalam satu kelas, berapa masa untuk kita peruntukkan untuk satu pelajar? Kita bahagi (saya ambil contoh satu masa adalah 40 minit sebab 40 minit adalah masa yang paling sedikit yang sepatutnya diperuntukkan untuk satu-satu subjek dalam satu masa *bergantung kepada sekolah atas kes-kes khas*. Okay, jadi macam ni. 40 minit dibahagi kepada 30 orang pelajar sama dengan lebih kurang 1 minit 3 saat untuk seseorang pelajar. Masa seorang guru melayani seseorang pelajar adalah 1 minit 3 saat untuk satu-satu masa! Seorang pegawai bank di bahagian kaunter pun memerlukan masa yang lebih untuk membuat transaksi.

Dalam masa seminggu, satu subjek teras seperti Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Inggeris, Matematik, Sejarah, Sains, Pendidikan Agama Islam ataupun Pendidikan Moral *sekolah menengah dan bergantung kepada jurusan pelajar*, 200 minit seharusnya diperuntukkan untuk guru bersama pelajar di dalam kelas. Dalam satu-satu masa, satu masa untuk satu mata pelajaran akan diajar 40 minit untuk single period dan 80 minit untuk double period. Matematiknya senang sahaja iaitu perkiraan sama seperti di atas. Apa yang saya hendak katakan di sini adalah, pelajar dikumpulkan menjadi satu kumpulan untuk menerima perkhidmatan; 40 minit untuk 30 orang pelajar. Berapa masa yang diperlukan oleh seorang jururawat melayani 30 orang pesakit?

Setiap guru juga mempunyai masa tertentu di dalam jadual, mungkin dalam 20 – 30 masa setiap minggu *bergantung kepada jawatan-jawatan yang dipegang oleh seseorang guru*. 40 minit adalah jumlah minit untuk satu-satu masa dan sekiranya guru mempunyai 27 masa, 40 didarabkan dengan 27 adalah bersamaan dengan 1080 minit setiap minggu! Sedikit? Ingin saya jelaskan, itu adalah masa masa untuk seseorang cikgu bersama pelajar di dalam kelasnya. Di dalam kelas.

Kerja Rumah
Selepas balik dari sekolah dengan membawa buku-buku pelajar, berapa pula tempoh masa yang akan dihabiskan oleh seseorang guru memeriksa buku-buku tersebut? Seseorang guru mungkin mempunya lebih dari 5 kelas untuk di ajar dan setiap kelas itu mempunyai 30 orang pelajar. Buku-buku yang harus disemak? Okay, secara jujur saya katakan, saya pernah meminta pelajar memeriksa sendiri buku mereka sekiranya itu adalah soalan objektif yakni soalan-soalan A, B, C dan D ataupun soalan Ya/Tidak ataupun Betul/Salah. Tapi bagaimana pula dengan soalan esei ataupun soalan subjektif? Tanyalah guru Bahasa Melayu ataupun guru Pendidikan Agama Islam ataupun guru Pendidikan Moral, Sejarah, Geografi dan lain-lain lagi. Kalau mahu mendengar keluhan yang lebih ‘kick’ lagi, tanyalah Guru Bahasa Inggeris! Membawa balik buku-buku pelajar ke rumah dan bersengkang mata memeriksa hampir setiap malam. Salah periksa sedikit, maka datanglah ibu bapa daripada golongan-golongan berpendidikan tinggi, contohnya, memerli kami, menghina kami. Kami terima kerana kami tahu, kami pun boleh melakukan kesilapan. Kami juga manusia.

Aktiviti Kokum
Aktiviti Ko-kurikulum ataupun Kokum adalah wajib untuk setiap pelajar. Aktiviti Kokum terbahagi kepada 3; Unit beruniform seperti Pengakap, PBSM. Unit Sukan dan Permainan seperti Sukan Badminton, Bola Sepak dan Unit Akademik seperti Persatuan Sejarah, Bahasa Melayu. Ada juga sekolah yang mempunyai Persatuan lain seperti Pembimbing Rakan Sebaya, Kelab Pencinta Alam, Kelab Koir dan Kebudayaan dan banyak lagi. Aktiviti Kokum ini tidak boleh dilakukan pada sesi P&P (Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran) kecuali atas sebab-sebab tertentu. Aktiviti harus dijalankan pada waktu petang untuk sesi pagi dan pada waktu pagi untuk sesi petang. Ada sekolah yang terpaksa menjalankan aktiviti ini pada hujung minggu. Kerja separuh hari? Sehingga ada guru yang sendiri menjadi takut – anak orang dijaga penuh, anak aku?

Kerja Pengkeranian
Keluhan yang sering didengar daripada warga pendidikan adalah bertambahnya kerja-kerja pengkeranian di samping kerja-kerja selaku seorang guru. Kerja-kerja pengkeranian ini termasuklah membuat laporan akademik, membuat pelan strategik, kursus, minit mesyuarat dan lain-lain lagi. Iya, kami mengeluh kerana terdapat seperti pembahagian waktu sehingga kadang-kadang kami tidak dapat menyediakan RPH (Rancangan Pengajaran Harian) yang betul-betul berkesan; Antara menjadi seorang guru yang mengajar dan seorang kerani yang menyediakan dokumentasi untuk semuanya. Tapi kami beradaptasi. Kami terima dan kami masih boleh melakukannya. Kebanyakkan kerja-kerja pengkeranian ini kami buat di rumah, di luar waktu persekolahan. Sekali lagi, kerja separuh hari?

Saya bukannya hendak melaga-lagakan profesion mana yang lebih banyak kerjanya, ataupun yang lebih susahnya. Saya hanya ingin menerangkan bahawa kerja separuh hari bagi seorang cikgu tidak sama seperti kerja separuh hari pekerjaan-pekerjaan yang lainnya. Kita harus memahami bahawa setiap pekerjaan di dunia ini adalah pekerjaan yang memberikan perkhidmatan. Setiap pekerjaan adalah memenatkan. Semua pekerjaan adalah penting. Semua pekerjaan ada peranan masing-masing. Cuma saya bercakap sebagai seorang guru. Yang paling nyata, guru memberikan perkhidmatan kepada pelajar secara padat yakni berjumpa dengan semua pelajar sekaligus. Masa itu dipadatkan akibatnya, bila sesi P&P habis, guru harus memeriksa tahap kefahaman pelajar dengan cara, antaranya, kerja rumah. Memang tidak semua guru itu sempurna ilmunya atau tidak pun layak bergelar seorang cikgu tapi sama juga kes dengan pekerjaan yang lain. Kita juga mempunyai polis yang makan rasuah, pegawai bank yang tidak amanah dan banyak lagi. Saya hanya meminta agar masyarakat dapat lebih memahami pekerjaan seorang guru dan tidak bersikap judgemental tanpa kefahaman yang betul. Sedih juga bila terdengar khabar-khabar yang menyakitkan telinga oleh seorang jururawat yang tidak mendengar dan membaca bajet yang diumumkan oleh Perdana Menteri secara teliti baru-baru ini. Yang paling menakutkan pula apabila ada segolongan pihak yang terus menyokong komen jururawat itu tanpa memeriksa dahulu sahih tidaknya tuduhan itu. Bacalah dulu dan telitikan baik-baik.

Dan cuti panjang? Mungkin pada post yang lain, saya akan bercerita tentang ini. Apa maksud cuti panjang untuk seseorang guru. Mungkin saya silap atas penghuraian saya di atas, mohon diperbetulkan oleh rakan-rakan guru yang lain, tapi ini adalah apa yang saya lalui sebagai seorang guru. Pada satu masa nanti, bila melihat seorang cikgu yang balik kerja pada jam 1 petang ataupun 3 petang, ataupun 6 petang, renung-renungkanlah apa yang sudah warga pendidikan tinggalkan dalam diri kita masing-masing. Salam Kefahaman.


RALAT: 80 minit untuk double period dan bukannya 120 minit (pembetulan telah dilakukan)

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What Do You Say?

Thursday, October 06, 2011
What do you say to someone you like, to find out if they like you back?
- Just say, " I like you and I hope you feel the same way too" and wait for the answer. Or you can spend your whole life wondering.

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Serinsim Waterfall, Kota Marudu, Sabah

Wednesday, October 05, 2011
One of the Guest in my chatbox complained that the people of Kota Marudu boast on the existence of a so-call Sorimsim Waterfall but never really sees in photos of the actually waterfall. On behalf of Kota Marudu, I would like to extend my apology for not posting any photos of the waterfall. Yes, it does exist and it's really beautiful. I've been there myself. But alas, forgive me again because, I do have the photos but during my last visit there, I was till using the film camera and I don't really know where I put the printed photos of the waterfall. I'm sorry if you can't find any photos of the water fall (since you said you google-d it the whole day) but I remember a clip made by some tourism students regarding the journey up to the waterfall. Please check the link that I have included here for your viewing pleasure. Next time I'm there, I will take as many photos as I can to promote the place.



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The Speechless Tongue

Wednesday, October 05, 2011
I Miss You Badly!
..... huhu .....


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Si Katak Puru dan Si Katak Hijau

Sunday, October 02, 2011
Si Katak Puru dan Si Katak Hijau mungkin sudah lama berkawan. Bagi mereka, persahabatan adalah sesuatu yang kekal. Berbanding dengan percintaan, mereka menganggap persahabatan adalah sesuatu yang lebih tahan lama.

Mungkin juga kerana terjadi sesuatu yang tidak disangka, si Katak Puru dan si Katak Hijau tiba-tiba tertarik menjadi lebih daripada sekadar sahabat. Sebenarnya, sudah lama juga mereka menyimpan perasaan antara satu sama yang lain.

Pada suatu hari, Si Katak Puru berjumpa dengan Si Katak Hijau kerana kebetulan Si Katak Hijau menziarah keluarganya di tempat si Katak Puru mencari makan. Mereka sangat gembira kerana dapat berjumpa dan menghabiskan masa bersama-sama bercerita mengenai perjalanan hidup masing-masing. Kemudian si Katak Puru tiba-tiba seraya berkata:

- Lama sudah kita tidak jumpakan?
- Nda juga lamalah. Kenapa, ko rindu sama saya?

Terkejut sedikit si Katak Puru sebab ternyata dia sebenarnya rindukan si Katak Hijau dalam diam-diam.

- Kalila - balas si Katak Puru dengan berani.
- Betulba? - tanya si Katak Hijau, mencari penjelasan.

Si Katak Puru tiba-tiba menjadi malu. Dia tidak sangka yang dia sudah terlepas kata.

- Rindula ba, kawankan - jelas si Katak Puru sambil memandang ke tempat lain.

Si Katak Hijau datang menghampiri si Katak Puru.

- Saya pun ba... selalu ingat-ingat ko ni. Tapi, entalah, kenapa macam tidak berani mo cakap.

Si Katak Puru sangat terkejut dengan luahan di Katak Hijau. Suasana diam tiba-tiba.

- Ko ada perasaan sama saya ka ni Katak Puru? - Tiba-tiba si Katak Hijau memecahkan kesunyian. - Sebab, saya terus terangla, saya memang suka sama ko ni - tambahnya lagi.

Si Katak Puru terus diam. Sebenarnya, dia pun sudah menyimpan perasaan terhadap si Katak Hijau sejak dari dulu lagi.

- Siapalah saya ini wahai Katak Hijau? Ko tingu sajala saya ini. Layakkah pigi suka-suka katak macam ko?

- Eh, kenapa ko cakap begitu? Kita sudah lama kawan bah.

- Itulah pasal. Lebih bagus kita kawan-kawan saja. Ko bukan tidak tahu pengalaman hidup saya. Sampai sekarang macam masih takut-takut lagi mo sayang-sayang orang ini. Ko pun ada pengalaman yang sama. Tapi, ko lain. Ko cantik. Ko halus. Dari jauh lagi katak-katak lain sudah nampak ko. Ko tingulah saya ini. - panjang ulasan si Katak Puru.

- Kenapa ko cakap begini ni? Itu hati ba kita mo tingu. Bukan rupa bentuk semata-mata.

- Iya, saya tahu juga tu Katak Hijau tapi kita logikla ba kan. Kita sudah cakap dari dulu lagi, persahabatan tu kekal lebih lama dan buli jadi sampai selama-lamanya. Jadi, kita janganlah cakap soal perasaan antara kita. Ko tau juga kita ni memang saling sayang menyayangi dari dulu sebagai sahabat.

Si Katak Hijau terdiam, melontar pandangan jauh-jauh. Menghela nafas panjang.

***

Sudah beberapa hari berlalu sejak kepulangan si Katak Hijau ke tempat asalnya. Si Katak Puru diam-diam saja menanggung rindu. Kata si Katak Hijau kepada si Katak Puru sebelum bergerak pulang:

- Kalau kita tidak cuba, mungkin kita tidak tau. Mungkin kita lebih bahagia. Tapi sebenarnya sekarang pun kita sudah bahagia bah kan. Jadi, bagus lagila kali kita begini saja. Tapi ko simpan dalam hati sajalah yang saya sebenarnya kadang-kadang, mengharapkan hubungan kita ni lebih daripada sahabat saja.

Si Katak Puru duduk diam-diam menunggu makanan.

- Iya, sa suka ko dan mo jadi lebih daripada sahabat juga - kata si Katak Puru.

Tapi tidak sehingga di Katak Hijau sudah hilang dari pandangan. Lagipun, tiada siapa juga yang dapat dengar luahan si Katak Puru sebab si Katak Puru cuma berbisik di dalam hatinya sendiri.


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Sitting On That Chair

Wednesday, September 07, 2011
I have always known that I want to be a teacher. When I was finally posted as a teacher in SMK Langkon, Kota Marudu, I thank God, thank my family, thank my mother, thanked everyone who has been there through my journey as a student until I have achieve my sole ambition. But when I was 'promoted' to being the English Language Officer of the District, that's when I think my career path takes another shift. It took my two weeks to actually think whether or not I accept the post. Well, eventually I did. Here I am now, acting and trying so hard to be one.

I am writing today for a specific group of people and of course to all of you, my readers, if any. This group of people are my friends. They are my respected teachers. Not just ordinary teachers but teachers of English Language. In Sabah, talking about my district, English Language has always been a killer subject but that doesn't mean that we, the English Teachers, are not working hard. We were and are working very hard. Always been and always will be.

Dear Friends,
I understand your predicament. I know you guys had been working hard. To add to all that hustle and bustle, I came in to the picture, adding huge amount of works and assignments, with a due date! I understand that crystal clear. Sitting on this chair now, I received soft and harsh complaints. Believe me, I looked deep into your complaints, not once I ignored any. It's a process of learning and of course, it is a room for improvement. Yes, sometimes, I wish that you are in my shoes and sitting on the very chair I am sitting now, you will understand my side of the predicament that you think belongs to only you. So I am truly, deeply, sincerely apologize for all the wrong doings, all the unkind words that I might have uttered stupidly, all the bad gestures too. On top of all, I am sorry that you have to do a lot of works. But just like you, I was only following orders, do what we're told to do. There's nothing much I can do but to accomplish the responsibility given. But we are teachers. No. Sorry. We are English Teachers and multitasking is what we do best! We are THAT good!

Friends,
I am sure you have heard that I am leaving the office soon. Yes, what you have heard is indeed true and that 'soon' is actually this weekend. Today is my last day and I'll be going for 2 years. Please don't ask who is going to replace me, although I might know who. Please continue all the good work that you are currently doing now. Whoever is going to replace me, please give your co-operation just like you had given me. It has been fun and educating working with all of you and I hope we can work again in the coming future. I wish all of you the best of luck and God Bless.

Good bye now :(

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Friday, September 02, 2011

Met my ex-student just now at a Computer Shop.

Student: Sa malu owh cikgu

Saya: Kenapa?

Student: Kakak sa duktur, abang sa lecturer ajar pasal hutan. Adik sa sana MRSM sekarang. Sa sini2 ja.

Saya: (diam sekejap berpikir sambil tingu-tingu sekeliling) .. Kadai ko ka ni?

Student: Iya cikgu. Ini saja yang sa pandai buat.

Saya: Kakak ko pernah minta nasihat pasal pc?

Student: Ada. Dia selalu kol tu tanya apa2 pasal computer.

Saya: Abang ko?

Student: Dia tu pandai tapi kalau mo kasi cantik2 presentation powerpoint dia selalu sa yang dia suruh tu.

Saya: Adik ko?

Student: Dia tu datang sini mo online sama main game saja.

Saya: Nah, ko sangat penting untuk derang kan.. Kalau teda orang macam ko ni, sepa mo kasi baik computer laptop semua? Nah, ni external sa ntah apa problem ni. Tulung dulu check ah...


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It Gets Better: Bruno Mars - Today My Life Begins

Friday, September 02, 2011



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London burns: Riots spread through UK capital city

Tuesday, August 09, 2011
I am so curios on the whereabouts of the riots in the UK so I google a bit. Found this link and although it's still a blur on what was the cause of the riot and what they were trying to achieve, I know that it's chaotic in the UK now. My prayers goes to all the innocent families, all the loss and all the tragic happenings.

Is this what we really want? Are we going to repeat history. There's always a better way then 'war'!

London burns: Riots spread through UK capital city

London Riots

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The Conversation

Friday, June 24, 2011
Pencil : I’m sorry...

Eraser : For what? You didn’t do anything wrong.

Pencil : I’m sorry because you get hurt because of me. Whenever I made a mistake, you’re always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself. You get smaller and smaller each time.

Eraser : That’s true. But I don’t mind. You see, I was made to do this. I was made to help. But whether or not you are making a mistake, as long as you are working, you are becoming shorter too.


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A Day's Thought

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I wish they would stop. Just stop. Just stop thinking that this is easy on me. Because I won't be gone for a long time. Because it's fully paid. Because it's a scholarship.

The truth of the matter is, this is not easy.
Personal loan, car loan, housing loan. Not to mention the new environment. And, they don't even know what full salary means? I just need someone to sit with me and try to understand what I am on now. Leaving what I am used to here. My mom, my family, friends and love ones. I am still thinking whether or not I am going to bring Nedelicious along but, I guess a day's thought is a day's thought.

I just wish people would try to be more understanding. That's all.

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Uncle Tua Itu

Tuesday, June 07, 2011
-Ko tingu ba tu urang tua. Punya kesian.

Si Dan melihat sekejap. Seorang tua berjalan perlahan melintasi gerai kami. Dengan selamba, sambil memikul bag pack hitam yang usang.

- Kalau saya tu, nda saya kasi bapa sa jalan-jalan seturang begitu. Sudahlah bertungkat saja.

- Ada bah kali anak-anak dia berjalan-jalan di sekitar sini. Si Dan cuba membetulkan cara fikir saya.

- Yalah, tapi janganla ba kasi biar bapa derang berjalan-jalan begitu seturang. Kesianlabah.

Di depan kami, seorang lelaki tua yang rambutnya sudah putih malah jarang-jarang sudah, bertongkat kaki empat. Entah apa nama tongkat begitu. Berjalan perlahan sambil memerhati keadaan sekeliling. Berhenti sekali-sekali, mungkin mengambil nafas. Orang belum ramai lagi jadi kami dapat melihat lelaki tua itu berjalan perlahan melintasi booth kami kemudian berjalan lagi sehingga hilang dari pandangan. Matahari mula menunjukkan kuasanya.

***

- Adoi, punya ramai orang ni... Panas lagi. Saya mengeluh sambil mengipas muka.
- Ko tingu ba tu urang tua tadi... Si Dan tiba-tiba menegur saya. - Ko tingu apa dia pigang?

Saya memerhati. Lelaki tua yang pagi tadilah. Sekarang sudah memegang plastik warna merah yang besar. Dia perlahan-lahan melintasi booth kami sekali lagi. Tapi pelanggan terlalu ramai. Tidak dapat tengok sangat lelaki tua itu.

***

- Nah, ko tingu apa lagi dia pigang tu. Si Dan tiba-tiba menegur saya lagi.

Lelaki tua itu, buat kali ketiga, berjalan perlahan sekali lagi melintasi booth kami. Berjalan santai. Perlahan. Dengan tambahan satu lagi beg plastik besar ditangan.

Kali ini, saya melihat dengan perlahan juga....

Sedangkan dia berjalan di tengah panas, perlahan, bertongkat sambil memegang dua beg plastik besar, dengan bag pack hitam di belakang lagi, saya, di bawah khemah yang dilindungi dari pancaran matahari, mengeluh kepanasan dan kepeluhan dan kepenatan, seakan sangat tidak logik bila melihat situasi lelaki tua itu berbanding saya. Dia berjalan perlahan seperti mahu menunjukkan sesuatu. Kemudian hilang di kalangan banyak orang.

Terus saya bangun dari tempat duduk:
"t-shirt buliba kalau kau.. beg.. keychain... sticker... buliba kalau kau!"

(Terima kasih uncle... uncle suda kasi sedar saya banyak hal!)

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Suatu Hari Baru-baru ini...

Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Panasnya hati saya bila kereta di depan tidak bergerak-gerak sedangkan lampu trafik suda hijau.

Kalau bukan sebab terlupa handphone di rumah, manalah saya akan buat U-turn balik, memecut sehingga 140. Rupanya stuck depan traffic light lagi. Sudahlah aliran traffic jam lebih kurang 500m jauhnya, sampai sahaja satu kereta sebelum traffic light, tidak pula bergerak-gerak kereta yang satu tu di depan.

-Apahal lagi ni? Bisik saya sendiri.

-Kalau rosak, sudah lebih kurang 5 minit tidak keluar pun dari kereta. Biasanya, kalau kereta rosak, tuan punya kereta akan keluar, buka bonet enjin, tanda kereta rosak. Ini tidak pun. Fikir saya lagi. Rasa panas mula menguasai diri.

Kereta di belakang pun tidak berhenti hon. Sudah. Habis. Naik 1000% amarah sebab flight akan berlepas dalam masa 40 minit lagi! Panik.

Saya keluar dari kereta dengan lancarnya menuju ke kereta di depan. MyV SE Auto. Dengan marahnya berkata:

-Bos, kenapa tidak jalan-jalan lagi ni?! Orang mahu cepat! Tengok kereta di belakang! Saya berkata separuh menjerit sambil menoleh ke belakang, melihat kereta-kereta yang terstuck.

- Minta maaf encik. Kaki saya kebas tiba-tiba... Minta maaf encik. Saya betul-betul tidak sengaja.

Seorang lelaki dalam lingkungan 50-an keluar dari kereta sambil menyumpah-nyumpah dirinya.

Tangan kirinya kudung. Kaki kirinya kudung.

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I Copy Paste Erna Mahyuni Because She's That Good!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

This is not my writing but because I love it so much, I decided to copy paste it to my blog. Source is respectively stated below.

A guide to West Malaysians for Sabahans

June 01, 2011

JUNE 1 — Since I have written a guide for West Malaysians about Sarawak, perhaps it is only fair I write about Sabah. But writing “Sabah 101” seemed boring so I flipped it around and now here’s a handy reference for Sabahans dealing with the influx of West Malaysians thanks to AirAsia.

1. Most West Malaysians really don’t remember September 16, 1963, and when asked, will only remember that “Malaysia gained its independence in 1957.” Don’t blame them; blame our badly-written history textbooks. Incidentally, they were written by West Malaysians.

2. West Malaysian Muslims are a lot more uptight than the ones in Sabah. If you take them to a soto stall that is situated outside a Chinese coffee shop, don’t be offended if they refuse to eat in fear of the food not being halal (kosher). If they are Malay and Muslim, make sure the eatery has a halal signboard.

3. Expect them to be very nosy about what race or religion you are. If you happen to look Chinese but greet them with the Muslim salam or you look Malay and are eating pork in front of them, prepare for either looks of shock or ones of taking offence. West Malaysians seem to get offended easily, for some reason. (Proof can be found in the comments of my columns, funnily enough written by people in West Malaysia)

4. Some of them will ask really stupid questions. Just smile and blame, again, our education system. What else are they supposed to think when the only references to Sabah and Sarawak in textbooks are usually illustrated by pictures of natives in traditional costumes?

5. Even if they have landed in Kota Kinabalu, they might still forget that Kuching is not in Sabah. Resist urge to make fun of their poor grasp of geography. Besides, that’s my job.

6. They can’t even get tapai and tuak straight either. So if they ask you for the latter, smile and suggest they look for the heady beverage in Sarawak. Say it gently, remember point three and five.

7. Also, a lot of West Malaysians regard tapai as a sour-smelling delicacy made out of either rice or tapioca. So if the nice Malay makcik enquires about tapai, she probably means that and not the locally beloved alcoholic beverage. Drunken Malay makciks are not pretty sights.

8. Put up with their griping about the need for immigration controls. And their whining about not being allowed to come and go in Sabah as they please. Remind them of the 20-point agreement. Make a joke about us being afraid they’ll come in and take all our timber. Then add, “Haha, but you already did!” Enjoy the peaceful silence.

9. They will also express shock at how rustic Kota Kinabalu is compared to Sabah. Just shrug and say that whatever money Sabah makes from oil and its natural resources all go to the federal revenue. Also that more than half of the people living below the poverty line come from Sabah.

10. If they ask why East Malaysians like to drink a lot and even make it part of our culture, remind them of point nine.

11. West Malaysians cannot quite work their head around the many tribes in Sabah as the local propaganda and tourism paraphernalia in West Malaysia make it seem like most Malaysians are generally Malay, Chinese or Indian. Again, our education system sucks. As does our information ministry.

12. West Malaysians from rural areas are really sheltered, and thanks to that, are prone to saying stupid things. One example: “The Greg Typhoon in Sabah was caused by sinful Sabahans having wild parties and the storm was God’s punishment.” I was told this by a pious Malay girl from Kedah. Refrain from punching said people in the mouth. They really don’t know any better and also read too much Mastika.

13. For some reason, people from West Malaysia think Harian Metro, Mastika and Utusan print truth and not fiction.

So be gentle with our fellow Malaysians from the peninsula. Sabah and Sarawak have long been a distant mystery, the cash cows and fixed deposit of the federal government. Now that West Malaysians are beginning to realise that we are just as civilised as they are, they might not take us quite as much for granted.

But it’s still fun making fun of them.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

Writer: Erna Mayhuni

Source : TheMalaysianInsiderLink



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My Friend and I

Thursday, May 19, 2011
- I just needed some fresh air. It's too 'happy' in my house now. My two elder brothers and their families are staying with us for a few days this weekend.
- That's great. You can play with the kids. I know you love them so much.
- Not until they disturb you while you were sleeping. And there;s always shouting here and there in my house now. Not to mention the cries, the jumping here and there. I can't stand the noise. The babies were crying sometimes until midnight and woke up pretty early.
- Ya, me too. I mean, not that I don't like it but it's just too much sometimes.
- Don't get me wrong. I love my family. Love my brothers. Their families...

***

- I stopped the car at the road side when my sumandak started complaining this and complaining that one day... Just too much talking.
- No...
- Yes, I did.
- Why?
- Same reason as yours. Can't stand it.

I grinned. He smiles. Blowing the smoke from his mouth. Nodding too.

- Did she know?
- Knows what?
- Why you stop suddenly?
- Of course.
- And she's not mad at you?
- For what?
- For stopping.
- I was taking a pee lah..

I burst out laughing.

- What?
- Come on already!

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I Don't Brag ...

Sunday, April 24, 2011
I know they don't get it.
But I am very expressive.
I tend to tell something that I have.
Something that I feel.
Something that I want.

But I am not bragging.
Who am I to brag?

It's just sharing. Telling.
But not to everyone.
Just to my bestfriends.

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P!nk - F**kin' Perfect

Thursday, March 24, 2011
I F**cking Love This Song So Much



Made a wrong turn, once or twice.
Dug my way out, blood and fire.
Bad decisions, that's alright.
Welcome to my silly life.
Mistreated, misplaced, misunderstood.
Miss 'No way, it's all good', it didn't slow me down.
Mistaken, always second guessing, underestimated.
Look i'm still around.

Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel.
Like you're less than fuckin' perfect.
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel, like you're nothing.
You're fuckin' perfect to me!

You're so mean, when you talk, about yourself you were wrong.
Change the voices, in your head, make them like you instead.
So complicated, look happy, you'll make it!
Filled with so much hatred, such a tired game.
It's enough! I've done all I can think of.
Chased down all my demons, i've seen you do the same.

Woah ohh, pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel.
Like you're less than fuckin' perfect.
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel, like you're nothing.
You're fuckin' perfect to me.

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Hector and the Search for Happiness by Fran├žois Lelord

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
If you know me personally, you will know that I love to read. I started reading since I was 5 and the Library has always been a very fun place for me. Over the years though, I don't really spend much time in the Library but the habit of reading continues and right now, I have various collection of books, fiction and non-fiction, self-help book, history, spiritual gospel etc. Often, I will share my opinion on the book that I have read and today, I will discuss a little bit on the above heading.

A few weeks ago, I bought myself a book a cute blue book entitle Hector and the Search for Happiness. It was written by a French psychiatrist.

The Book:
Hector, I would say, a complicated person, who likes to help people, and he works as a psychiatrist. During his work, he come to know that many of his patients, are not really sick but are just not satisfied and unhappy with their lives. As a psychiatrist, he is obligated to find ways to help them and this begins to be rather a question for himself too. When one of his patients tells him he looks like he needs a good holiday, Hector did just that. While travelling, he is going to search for what makes people happy and whether there is some secret in obtaining it. He traveled to few countries, met old and new friends, and maybe love (Hector is an engaged man), experience life at its, I have to say, little happy-down way, but finally came out with 23 tips of Happiness.

My Say:
It's a very simple and easy to understand book. Choices of words are sometimes weird but still understandable. While reading the book, I don't really have trouble in relating myself to it. For me, it's a 'slow' book, not that it's boring but, it's one of those book that you would read before you go to bed. It's more to a help book then a novel; it reminds me of Robin Sharma somehow. But, if it so happen to be made to a movie, it's definitely going to be a box office.

If I were to rate this book, I would give 3.5 from 5.

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The Story Behind The Song - What Are Words by Chris Medina

Saturday, March 05, 2011


Anywhere you are, I am near
Anywhere you go, I'll be there
Anytime you whisper my name, you'll see
How every single promise I keep
Cuz what kind of guy would I be
If I was to leave when you need me most

What are words
If you really don't mean them
When you say them
What are words
If they're only for good times
Then they don't
When it's love
Yeah, you say them out loud
Those words, They never go away
They live on, even when we're gone

And I know an angel was sent
just for me
And I know I'm meant to be where I am
And I'm gonna be
Standing right beside her tonight
And I'm gonna be by your side
I would never leave when she needs me most

What are words
If you really don't mean them
When you say them
What are words
If they're only for good times
Then they don't
When it's love
Yeah, you say them out loud
Those words, they never go away
They live on, even when we're gone

Anywhere you are, I am near
Anywhere you go, I'll be there
And I'm gonna be here forever more
Every single promise I keep
Cuz what kind of guy would I be
If I was to leave when you need me most

I'm forever keeping my angel close

The Story Behind The Song

The producers of American Idol have become very savvy with releasing music throughout each season in order to capture potential sales as quickly as possible. In season 10, American Idol took that strategy to a new level by releasing a single for a contestant who didn't even make it to the Top 24.

When Losing is a Winning Situation

Chris Medina was anointed an early favorite for American Idol season 10 in the auditions when he sang for the judges in Milwaukee. Not only did Chris Medina sing well enough to get through, but he also won over the judges and the audience with the story of his fiance's accident and slow recovery. However, once Hollywood week began, Chris Medina seemed to get lost in the middle of the pack with some less-than-stellar performances. While many viewers may have been surprised that Chris Medina didn't make it through to the Top 24, even Jennifer Lopez could not argue with not putting him through.

In past seasons, an elimination prior to the Top 12 meant that a contestant was on their own to pursue a recording contract, but season 10 of American Idol saw the introduction of Jimmy Iovine. Not only did Jimmy Iovine help with the contestants personally, he also brought along his own team of writer/producers, including hitmaker Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, known for his work with artists like Brandy, Beyonce as well as Britney Spears. Inspired by Chris and his finace's story, he wrote "What Are Words" and recorded it a few days after Chris was eliminated from American Idol.

When Good Isn't Good Enough

At the heart of "What Are Words" are lyrics inspired by things Chris Medina said and did during the audition and Hollywood week portions of the show. When Chris Medina sings "what kind of guy would I be/if I was to leave when you need me most," that lyric came straight from his own mouth when describing his dedication to helping his fiance Juliana ovecome the injuries sustained in her car accident.

My Note

I love this song simply because of it's story, simply because it represents the meaning of true love. He even appeared on Jay Leno's Show. I wish Chris all the best in his singing career and hope that his fiancee, although chances are little but no, it's not impossible, will be better soon.

Source(s)

1. Top40

2. Youtube


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The Power of Six

Sunday, February 27, 2011
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight.

“I can feel it in my bones that he is one of us. And I know somehow, that I must find him.”
- Number 7




A Bit of The Power of Six

I’ve seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he’s a mystery. But to me . . . he’s one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We’re hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we’ll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I’ve been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

Come August 23rd people. Come August 23rd, 2011.

Source(s)
The Power Of Six
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PayBox

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
They said that this PayBox is cool. Then I say, why not? Turns out, it is cool. Why don't you try it by clicking --> PayBox

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Borneo Bloggers Awards 2011?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Somone forwarded me the invitation and after reading through, I decided not to join. Thank you so much though.

Why?
I'm sorry.
Voting in this way seems not right. And not suitable for bloggers like me.

But please Borneo Colours, just do what you have to do and all the best for BBAs 2011.

Good luck to all bloggers that will be competing too.


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The Password

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
She said that I would know her laptop's password. How should I know?
- Why can't you just guess?
- Why can't you just tell me?
- There's no fun in that.
- Look, I admire your sense of humour. But no fun here. I have to do some typing and emailing asap!

If it's not for my clumsiness, I wouldn't have forgotten my laptop inside my car, which my brother had just borrowed a few hours ago. When I called him, he said that he's in Tamparuli, that's about 80 minutes from where I am standing now.

And I am actually at a friend's house to help her do some preparation for her parents' 30th anniversary, God bless them, but I really need to use her laptop right away. I'm the earliest amongst the friends that she had invited to help her, she's the only child in the family, and I'm stuck with her two adorable parents.

- Please, I need to use your laptop right now.
- It's in my room.
- It's in my hand.
- You didn't?!
- Sorry but this is very urgent.
No, actually, I asked her mom to get it for me.

She was here when I arrived but she has to do a last minute shopping and left me with the BBQ set to set up.

... love... sabah... maybe SABAH... 12121984, her birthday.. password incorrect...
... beyonce ... kotakinabalu ... rodsteward... bradpitt... taurus... password incorrect...
sh*t... what's the password?!

- Have you email the itinerary? The tourists will arrive in a short while.
- My connection's sucks. Will call you once I've email it.

Okay, I lied. But who wouldn't. I am suppose to be in the office but my boss had been good enough to let me take half of the day off.

- Now!

... LOTR, because she loves the trilogy very much... password incorrect
... kotamarudu or perhaps KotaMarudu... staryskies... cheesecake... crazygirl... bluefilm... Fu*K
still incorrect!!

- I beg you please.
- On the way home but there's an accident ....
- please...
- okay... okay... 3 letter word... battery's out.

I could hear her shout.

3 letter word.

... sky... lot... opt... lyn... shy... tv3... damn, what is it?!
lov, lok, lik, apt, opt, kis, sex haha.. grinning... hug.... xoxo oppss... xox... oxo...
Nope!!!

I try not to panic.

pls pul die don boy pap pls, owh tried that one... password incorrect. As if the laptop is trying to say "hey stupid stop pressing me!"

sum gol puk pin sin tv2 tv3 ntv nig sun sim ned....

ned?????!!!!

She's standing in front of me. Blushing.

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The Lady

Wednesday, February 09, 2011
So yesterday, while I was busy doing my office work, a lady came to our office. Round cute face with thin make-up and a very sassy smell, it lingers the whole room. Dimple smile, quite a view, I should say. Some glance a little then continue doing their job, while some, their glancing turned into staring. Me? I was busy doing my office work, remember? Or was it?

Actually, I saw this lady earlier when I went back from lunch. She was talking to one of the staff. It turns out that she is an Insurance Agent. Too bad I already have an Insurance Plan of my own, if not, maybe I could talk to this lady or something.

She approached one of my colleague which is at the front line of the office, damn you I said quietly, and he offered a sit to her. And they you have it. The most ridiculous show ever. The flirting is one thing and the 'I'm the man' is one thing.

But wait. She kept on looking and smiling at me. What happened? I asked myself. Trying hard to focus, I can't help myself so have a sneak look at her every now and then. Then it happened. My colleague realized that I was looking at them and he asked the girl:

- Do you know anybody here?
- Yes, I do. I know that guy over there. Pointing at me.
- And who is he? I was anxious.
- He's my brother.

Gosh, no wonder she looks so familiar!


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This is not true by the way, hahaha
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The Gift

Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Yesterday, after I got home from work, my niece approached and said to me:
- Uncle, look at this. A gift from Owen to Dedeh.
- Who's Owen?
- Anty Wendy's son.

I see an orange bag in a paper bag.

- Why did he give Dedeh a gift?
- They are couple now.

Not a new thing to me but a bit disturbing when you come to think about it. First, Dedeh is another niece of mine which is just 11 years old and Owen is too. Second, where did he get the bag from? Or the money to buy it? I'm a bit nowhere. I know the fact that they started early these years, yes.I remember my crush when I was 7. My English Teacher.

Then I glanced at the bag. More like a hand bag.
Maybe Owen stole it from his mother? Or stole it from any where. Who knows? Or maybe, he bought it with his own money. Again, who knows?

I saw my sister-in-law passed me by and said nothing about it. Then I continued watching TV.

In the kitchen, my mom said funnily, "they are just kids".

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I am In A Strange Room

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Strange book.
Very Strange.
Intriguing.
Disturbing.
Mind-questioning? I don't know.
Desperateness?
Alone.
Loneliness. Yes!
Love.
Friendship.
Just strange. So strange.

But in a way, I managed to relate myself to this book.
And afterward, my favourite January 2011 book; In A Strange Room - Damon Galgut.

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Are You Your New Zodiac?

Friday, January 14, 2011
The horror of switching from Gemini to Taurus had people rushing to the Web for answers, sending searches for "zodiac signs" into the stratosphere.

So has your sign changed? Probably not. But it all depends on what kind of astrology you follow. Let us explain.

It may come as a surprise that there are different branches of astrology. A main Eastern form, for example, called Sidereal astrology, looks to the background stars, those famous constellations, as its guide.

Western astrology -- which uses the zodiac -- has its signs fixed to the seasons. Most Westerners, and all those horoscope pages we eagerly check, go by the zodiac. These signs follow what early astrologers called star signs, whose reference points are the tropics that form a ring around the earth. The zodiac is based on our relationship to the sun, not the stars.

The back story: About 2,000 years ago, the astrological signs and the astronomical ones were the same. But not anymore. The locations of the signs are based on the sun's location on the first day of spring. That location in the sky has slowly drifted westward because of something called "precession" -- the earth continually wobbles (a scientific term for a slight motion) every 26,000 years. Since the constellations were first identified, they have shifted some 30 degrees. Translation: The signs have slipped about a month westward, relative to the stars.

What this means to you: If you follow astrology that is linked to the constellations, your sign would go from say, a Gemini to a Taurus. You could even have a 13th sign, Ophiuchus, which you may have read about.

"It's a huge point of confusion for the public," says Bing Quock, assistant director of Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences. For those who follow Western astrology, "astrologers are not talking about the constellations at all. When an astrologer says the sun is in a certain sign, they're talking about the sign, the location relative to the equinox. They're not talking about the location of the constellations. "

In short, if you follow the Sidereal astrology, the Eastern branch, your sign may have shifted. (And most likely, no surprise to you at all: This news is hundreds of years old).

But for the rest of us, our horoscope, and our signs, are still the same.

By Claudine Zap

The 'New' Dates

See if your Zodiac sign was said to have to have changed:

Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18- May 13
Taurus: May 13- June 21
Gemini: June 21- July 20
Cancer: July 20- Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10- Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16- Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30- Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23- Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20

Although these dates are yet to be confirmed, it is nice to see, by reference, to which Astrology belief did we hold onto all this while. I don't really follow this thing but to be honest, I do read and I do have some books on Astrology; I do believe that I am more a Gemini then a Taurus. And I know, people would be reading their 'new' zodiac to know more about oneself now. Are you your new Zodiac or still the old one? I know I don't live by the Zodiac but it's always nice to read something that triggers your mind and your soul, isn't?

Source(s)

1. Shine

2. Ophiuchus

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You Will Always Be My Baby!

Thursday, January 06, 2011
Although I haven't really reflect my 2010 in words and writing, I just really want to express this one in particular.

Baby, I love you so much. You had been my bestfriend for almost 6 years now and you'll always be. You taught me responsibility and care and you have brought me to many places; places I've never been to. We went through many good and bad times together. You have given me the chance to be a man and you had helped me to be a better as a person. I had grown with you by my side, giving me support, love, shelter to lay on, shoulder do cry on, comfort and many MANY more. Best of all these, is just that you were simply there, hearing and crying, singing and laughing together, witnessing to almost all things in my life; and I know you are going to stay that way forever. Please know that I owe you so much and that my love for you is genuinely true.

For the very reason that you had been a loyal friend and partner, (you are my wife, no kidding!) and I know you are trustworthy, I've decided to let you go, shit, this hurts :(

You have shown my path well but it's time for you to show my sister her path. Take good care of her like the care you've given me. Help her to achieve her many dreams. I know you Baby. I know you too well and failure is not an option for you.

I am going to miss you so bad. Infact, I am missing you now. Go now Baby, do what you have to do. If you need me, come back. You are most welcome, any time.

...sob... sob... sob...
shit
shit
shit!!!!!!!!~~
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Worry ....

Monday, January 03, 2011
I'm worried about my sister but I've forgot that she spent 7 years in Thailand and 2 years in India. I should be worrying about myself instead.


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