Saturday, January 27, 2007

Aksara - The Passage of Malay Scripts

As usual, busy week and I've forgotten on what to write for the week but I'll start from Wednesday since it's Higher Malay lesson and obviously there are some things I wish to mention here. In Higher Malay class we went through some Malay stuffs and I was too engaged with my private conversations and our teacher was like "Nanti saya hantar awak keluar jadi awak boleh bercengkerama di bawah lampu minyak tanah..." Literally means "I'll send you out so that the two of you can date under the light of an oil lamp..." Obviously she didn't mean it but it was so funny! After which my friends and I went to the library and I borrowed "Dating Game" which has a pink cover with a heart shape. I don't care how girly the cover was because what I want is the content. So, don't be surprise if you see me with a pink covered book.

On Thursday, I had tuition in the evening and I was so tired. We went through a little bit of Physics which I've done the other day and went through Chemistry where my head gets haywire. This must not happen again ever; the haywiring of brain. And that night I've got my free time, so I complete almost three-quarter of my homework so that on Saturday, I've got a little bit left to do.

TGIF (Thank God It's Friday), is not happening to me since it's a after-another-thing to do day. After school, there's Friday prayers to go and after which, I went back to school for club meeting and it ended quite late - 5pm and then, I got to go home again and fried some nuggets because I've not eaten anything yet and then went back to school again for Parent-Teacher Conference. It was raining and before the programme started, the school hall is so cold and chilling. My hands were shivering and I just can't stand it. Obviously even the people with jacket felt cold and then they increase the temperature which improved the situation.

Today my friends and I went to National Library to have a look at an exhibition about the history of Malay writings. Aksara - The Passage of Malay Manuscripts. My Higher Malay teacher encouraged us to go there to know more on how our writings today came about. I enjoyed it because I get to read the information given and obviously I know more about Malay writings from pre-Islamic times till today. I got a little bored after some time thought - duh, library, silence, peace brings about drowsiness. However, rather than staying at home and rot without doing anything except your homework, I jolly well take this opportunity to find out more about history since I'm curious to know. The thing about history is, I like to hear the stories, but when it comes to exam, don't even think I can recall any of it.

After seeing the exhibition, we went to Bugis Street and window shopped and I saw my ex-schoolmate! After which we went to Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) because one of us said there was an open house and it was fun. We went there and we received the goodie bags, we went round and see their artwork, ranging from the ugliest to the most beautiful one. I fell in love with some of their artwork because it feels like it has a live in it? Then, we went back to Bugis Street and got myself a bag.

We went to The Heeren at Orchard to find something and then I received a call saying that my cousins were at my house. So, in the end, we went back home and met my cousins! Oh dear, now I remembered that I have around 7-8 more inspirational posters that I need to do and I want to come out with my own quote. Ta!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Walk of Fame and Superteen Programme

I forgot a lot of things that happened this week. On Monday, I remember going for my first Higher Malay lesson and my friends invite me to have dinner and one of my kind friends treated me cheese fries and I bought the extra cheese. It was so cheesy that I don't have the mood to eat more when I got home because I was so full but I still eat though. We talked and we're so engrossed in our conversation that we almost forgot to go home! In  Higher Malay class, it was quite fun because I have not seen the faces of these people for such a long time and it seems eternity to wait for this time where you get to see them.
Tuesday was Photography Club orientation where I became the model or celebrity for the day and stormed in front of these freshmen passing down the brochures I made the night before and it was quite last minute and the dumbest thing that I said in that brochure was "Get CCA points for joining the club." and my teacher was amused by it. At least most of the important points to note were there. Obviously for that short celebrity walk we made a few mistakes and I don't want to wear anything that is too fanciful. So I wore something like last year's Teacher's Day performance

On the third day of the week then my friend invited me to the library and I don't know what to read because I want to read a novel but the cover is pink and it looked so feminine. Duh, it's pretty much a girl's book but the story seems interesting. I ended up returning them and I borrowed another book about love and it is ultimately boring. So I think I'm going to return it soon and find a new one. After the library, we went to buy ice cream and my friends didn't realize that we're eating right beside a trash bin. So I gave a sarcastic signal and thank God they understood my hygienic situation. Erhem! My Higher Malay teacher hinted me to write about something in Malay in this blog. Shall do it soon!

Thursday was the first day of the course that the school enrolled for us - "SuperTeen Programme". I thought it was going to be boring and mundane but fortunately, we have nice and funny coaches and guess what, I didn't even have the urge to sleep in the auditorium even if it is air-conditioned. It was fun. I learnt a few new stuffs and re-learn some too. That's called the process of learning. Of course at the same time, I'm irritated by a bunch of people who don't bother about their future and disrupts the class/group. I just wish they disappear from the auditorium.

Today, of course, the last day of the week and tomorrow will be the weekend. The course continues till tomorrow. Today was a touching showdown. I didn't dare to move or look up to that person. It was so scary but I know it's just an act. Only that it touches most of the participants heart including mine. During the day, I went to the mosque for my Friday prayers and it was raining heavily. My shoes were drenched wet. So, I went home first before heading to the mosque and change into slippers and when I went back, people started asking me why was I in my slippers. I lost in the "Speed-Reading Worksheet" as in I am not able to do it on time and I, being very supportive, did the forfeit that is doing twenty push ups. Negative mind of yours says I can't do it but I did fifty in one session because I failed twice and the last one, I was told to do ten times only and I was not the only one who got forfeited!

On Saturday, there will be tuition in Greenview Secondary but I'm not able to attend the first session since the course is still on but really, if I have a chance to get a miracle I want to be in several places at once. I want to do well, be good and stay good. That's all. In the mean time, leave your messages here if you want to.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Important Year - 2007

Year 2006 is the year where I faced loads of challenges and I just don't know where to start. One of the most important people in my immediate family passed away on 15 February 2006, which coincides with my mother's birthday and the eve of mine which falls on 16 February 2006.

Dear Grandmother,
It's a rough time we went through and I assure you loads of things changed after your departure and we must adapt to it without you. You're far from our sight now but still, close to our heart. For my case, I've been living with your for 14 years, you took care of me when I was a baby and I still remember when you asked me if I've eaten or not while you're bedridden in your room days before her death. I will remember forever all the good deeds you did to me, and the wonderful times that we have shared together. I will remember the times you fetched me from my religious class, bring me to Geylang for grocery shopping, and sewed clothes for me and even helped me overcome my pain during my circumcision period (yes, it was very painful then). You will be in our memory, forever.

This year too I had some friends who back stabbed each other and made me as their foe while I'm the innocent one who knows nothing on what's going on and the cause of it. If only I knew this thing would happen especially in front of my very own eyes, I'd have smacked their faces, but, I don't even care now because I've learnt that friends come and go. It's just in a matter of time. I still doubt the kindness I got from them and now, I ought to be careful just in case. It's only wise to shut myself from some of you for now.
In June 2006, my bedroom has transformed into a lounge of my own. Double-decker bed, a small sofa set, a small coffee table and some tidbits is now up and a television with a DVD player, plus my own computer, with a printer and a telephone. These are the major distractions from study and homework. I guess, I'm too pampered this year, enjoying the new things I have and obviously next year would be a wake up year for me and now, I need to discipline and control myself.

How about my studies? This year was pretty tough because I thought I could save on tuition but it seems I'm saving at the expense of my grades. I thought I could cope with Secondary 3 studies and my Principles Of Accounts is nowhere near pass. My form teacher offered Additional Mathematics but they've got to self-study or get their own tutor but they will take the school exam. Hell no I'm taking that opportunity. I didn't take that opportunity because I don't want to have additional tuition. If I had gone for Additional Mathematics, I think life would probably be easier and I can easily drop Principle of Accounts. I can’t blame anyone and neither must I blame myself. Things had already happened and there's no turning back and I didn't know that I would regret this. I like Mathematics!

Year 2007 is a very important year to me and most of us. I'm seating for an important examination this year, which determines my future and career. Let us hope that I do well, very well in this examination. I can't afford to waste time this year or regret for not doing well. For once in my life, I want to accomplish something that I don't have to regret or be sad about. Wish me all the best!

I shall cut down the usage of internet and computer, which is a major distraction, which means, I shall go online every week only, during the weekends and if any examination is around the corner, I shall use it limitedly and spend most of the time mugging. I shall take good care of my health too by taking Vitamin C religiously and shall go for a jog. Jogging is the best exercise I can do for myself and I'll do it, if I have the time. A healthy body makes a healthy mind!

Year 2006 has been a roller-coaster ride year for me but at the same time, the laughter I had doesn't fade away from my mind. I think it is time to look at things carefully, attentively and positively. I believe after you read this, you would do the same thing right? I believe I might not have the time for some of my friends and my favorite cousins so I think this blog is a great place to catch up with each other.

I'm sorry if I caused trouble or brought misery to your life in the year 2006, but still, sometimes, I felt miserable and awful too. I just got to face life, and be thankful for what it is and look at it positively. I learnt that keeping someone close to you is very important to you because you will miss them badly if they're gone. I wish myself and everybody a good year ahead.

Starting from the first day of school, I shall promise myself to eat, drink, walk, sit, and sleep with books. Study and minimize entertainment for 'O' Levels. I'm officially in Secondary 4 and I'm sixteen years of age. I can start watching NC16 movies by then! Okay, no big deal.