Thursday, 31 December 2015

Welcome 2016!

It is time to say goodbye to the year 2015 and Hello to 2016!

For this becoming year, I have come out with some resolutions for me to achieve by next year. One of the most important things is that I am going to look at people's eye and smile. Seriously, no more a shy guy. 

The other thing that I am planning of achieving is to complete my master and start the Ph.D. in the same year. Better to start my study before the momentum is lost.

Besides that, I am also planning of enrolling in a Quran class in IIUM to improve my recitation. It is improper for me to not learn about my religion properly in contrast of how I treat the academic knowledge. 

So I hoped that this becoming year brings a new chapter in my life which full enjoyment and excitement, Insya Allah. 

Happy New Year of 2016!

Monday, 28 December 2015

New Family Member

Meet my new family member, Gray.

It is an orphan kitten found by my friends in Tanjong Malim. They had named it as Ray but I decided to call it Gray based on its colour. The girls wanted to keep the kitten but due to the fact that they are sharing the house with 12 other girls, so it was quite impossible because not all would appreciate the presence of a kitten. So, the best solution would be for me to adopt this kitten.

The 'nannies' having an emotional time to say goodbye to Gray.

Waiting to enter his new home

First encounter with his reflection on hifi
At first, I was quite excited to receive it, but somehow, about one week later, it turned out not as what I had expected. It was a male kitten. And it was so aggressive. It constantly bit me on my fingers and feet, even during sleeping time. This problem went on until I felt of removing the kitten out of my house.

Done shopping for Gray
One day, I decided to google on this kind of problem and later on, I found out that kitten without litter mate is usually aggressive. It is called Single-Kitten Syndrome. If a kitten got a litter mate, it will learn to stop biting whenever the other kitten or cat bites it thus warn each other of enough playing. It is not a good solution if you whack the kitten because it will think that you are playing with them and it will keep on biting and scratching you off.

Sleeping style #1
So, after series of googling and applying the knowledge, I finally can cope with the problem. Now that I am really glad to have Gray living with me, I am also planning of bringing him wherever possible places that he can go. It is going to be an exciting journey of our life. =)


Stopping by Taman Bahtera, Tanjong Malim
 to meet the nannies

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Last Class for Master

Little did I realised that I had come to the final chapter of my postgrad life. Today we had our final class for masters, which means after this I will not come to UPSI on the weekly basis. Next semester, I will just only focus on my project paper write-up, and will come once in a while for consultation with my supervisor.

Though I will be free from any classes or assignments, this somehow touched me because most probably I will miss my friends and lecturers a lot as they are part of my life for about one and a-half year. I did really enjoyed going to classes on weekends and meeting up with my friends though sometimes I did felt lethargic due to certain problems or personal issues.

Here I met lots of friends from different backgrounds. Having these postgrad friends in some way inspires me to keep my head straight on my study. Among them are full-time students like Timah, Shikin, Yuyu, Mek Na, Diyana, Zaza, Fatin etc. Still young and energetic, they are the fresh graduate who pursued their study straight after graduated. Also, part-time teachers like Edwin (the only male coursemate in Biology), Evone (my ex-junior in IPTI), Kak Hazilah, Kak Taayah, Kak Sheila, etc. I learned a lot from their experiences. Also, Indian group ladies Parmiswary, Thana, Veronica, Kaveeta and others, which I was told that they had called me Arabic boy without my knowledge.

Seriously, I will miss these faces a lot. Sad to be apart from you guys and also lecturers. To all my friends, I am wishing all the best for your life and may all of you succeed in this world and the world hereafter. Amiinn. And now, I need to give my head up on my project paper so that I will graduate by next semester, InsyaAllah.

Last class wefie

Faces that I am going to miss =')

My group members with Dr. Siti Shamsiah. 

Done with the last paper \(^o^)/

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

MSSS Sports Award

Today I had been invited to bring my student Hafiz Abd Razak, who happened to be a successful cross country athlete.
He had represented Selangor for a cross country tournament in Pahang earlier this year. His team was announced as the national champion during the tournament.
Congratulation to Hafiz Abd Razak. Now it is time for me to search for the next shining athlete of UTigers.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Grammarly Discovered!

I have discovered a new app that is so awesome that will make my life easier. It's GRAMMARLY!!!! I think that I have heard it before, but somehow I tend to ignore it. So after this I can update my blog post without any worries because I know that my grammar is automatically checked. Such a genius app. Blessed to those who developed this app for making other people's life easier and better. =D

Actually, when I was walking along the corridor, I thought about how can I check my students' essay homework without having a hard time checking all their grammar mistakes? It crossed my mind that maybe there is an application which can help me to check their grammar mistakes. So, I should Google it. Then, I found Grammarly. Thank God.

I am really excited to start using Grammarly in my lesson. It will absolutely help my students a lot. I will update on how my Grammarly-based-lesson works in the future.

Monday, 19 October 2015

The Martian Review

Never been before that I was so excited going to the cinema for a movie. I do not usually spend my weekends at the mall, watching the latest movies or what so ever, probably because I am such a boring dork. However, this time, I am so full of enthusiasm to watch this - how do I say - brilliant movie of all time, The Martian.

The sci-fi movie starred by Matt Damon as Mark Watley was about an astronaut who had mistakenly presumes dead and left behind on Mars who then fought to survive. Luckily as a botanist, he managed to extend his life for about more than 500 sol days (500 mission days) alone on the Red Planet. 

Being a science education graduate with limited background knowledge on advanced sciences, I was quite amazed on how he managed to create the water by using hydrazine - a common monopropellant used for manoeuvring spacecraft. The decomposition reaction in the presence of catalyst created the final product of molecular nitrogen and hydrogen gas. This hydrogen gas undergoes combustion to create water which then used for the potato plantation. That was so brilliant. 

Besides that, there were so many interesting science facts that I had learned in this film. Even now I am fully aware of the importance of mathematics in science. Everything in this universe can be interpreted with numbers and endless of calculations. Sitting for more than two hours in the cinema really opened my eyes to view other branches of science like chemistry and physics as such amazing science fields as same as biology which I like the most, that I should make a lot of readings. 

I would really suggest everybody to watch this film especially science stream students so they will be inspired to become one of the greatest scientists in future. Who knows maybe one day you will be a scientist whose named engraved on the pass card with NASA logo on top of it. 

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Collaborative Learning Workshop - Hamburger Paragraph

Date: 15th October 2015
Venue: SK Bandar Sunway.
Programme: SECOM - Collaborative Learning Workshop

My group which consist of three teachers - Revaty, Kalaivani and me myself had been appointed as the facilitators for the workshop, together with other 24 teachers from other schools. We had been given a task to come out with an activity to teach writing skills for the upper primary school students. 

After series of discussions, we had decided to come out with an activity named Hamburger Paragraph. Do not get confused. HAM in the Hamburger does not mean pork or pigs related, but instead the word Hamburger originated from the word Hamburg - a place in Germany. 

The activity was so simple and can be carried out easily during the lesson.

My group members

Hamburger paragraph example

Hamburger Paragraph map

Today's Lesson Tweet as the lesson's Parking Lot

Monday, 12 October 2015

MC for Conference

Date: 10 October 2015
Venue: Dewan Konvensyen, UPSI
Programme: 3rd International Postgraduate Conference on Science and Mathematics 2015

On 10th of October 2015, I had been given a task to be a Master of Ceremony with my coursemate Asyikin for the 3rd International Postgraduate Conference on Science and Mathematics 2015. It was my second time to handle the event with English medium. The first time was during my degree years in Maktab but not as big in scale as this event. The event was called SAGa, which stands for Science Academic Gathering 2010 hosted a forum and a debate session on the issue of nuclear energy.

The moment when I received the phone call from Shikin, asking me whether I wanted to become an MC for the event or not, I was quite astonished. For the whole week, I kept on thinking about what was going to happened next. Am I ready for this? Should I just reject the offer? I did not know

It was then, when we met the protocol committee, I was quite relieved. The committee members lead by Dr. Nurul were so helpful and cooperative. We also were glad to meet Cik Reen, our MC sifu who had prepared all the scripts and guided us through the event. It was a very pleasure moment to have been worked with all of them.

Wefie with Cik Reen at the back

MCs in action

Done with the job

Wefie #2

Wefie #3 with Shafik and Hafizah

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Moving Out

I have taken a bold decision in moving out and rent out an apartment at Subang Bestari. Perhaps my mother and other family members can come over and stay once in a while.

The apartment is a brand new which makes it even comfortable to stay in. Hassle free. Everything is completely new. It is like I just bought that house. I am also quite surprised to know that the owner is 2 years younger than me. Quite ashamed to rent a house from a person younger than me. 

Moving over is a tiring process. Yesterday I had done searching for the basic furniture in IKEA with my best buddy. I managed to buy the sofa, dining set, tv bench, wardrobe and coffee table for less than 3k. People might think why are you spending so much for the furniture? Why don't you just buy the cheap furniture at Chinese shop? The answer is simple. I believe that when you chose any furniture, you should choose the best and most durable one. I am the one that really stick to anything when I really love it. So having Ikea furniture is the best  and it will stick with me for perhaps 20 years from now.

On our way to IKEA, we had stopped at the Tesco's clearance sale. I managed to get Sharp LED 39" tv for just RM850. Besides that, I also grabbed a mini HiFi for RM400 only.

May Allah ease in everything that I am doing and blessed my new house. Amiinn.

Furniture hunting at Ikea

Cleaning in action

Living hall - enough space for me

Kitchen + Diner

IKEA home delivery - furnitures safely arrived on the next day

Starting to work on the project

KIVIK 3 seated sofa in progress

Mr. Carpenter fixing the DOMBÅS wardrobe  
BYÅS TV bench done 
Living Room project - 1st phase done

JOKKMOKK Dining set

My humble kitchen + diner

SAMSUNG Washing machine from TESCO.
I decided to grab this display unit which
only cost me RM800+.


HESSTAR Drier. I bought it from LAZADA.

The drier. No more hanging the laundry. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Leaps of Knowledge, Oxford

On 25th July, I had an opportunity to attend the Leaps of Knowledge event ogranised by Frogasia. The event was held in Garden International School somewhere in Sri Hartamas if I am not mistaken.

Garden International School. The facilities are superb.

I went there with my colleague, Teacher Nethia and we car pooled to there. The event was actually the climax for the Summer School Programme involving around 500 high school students from all around the nation. They were taught about basic knowledge of academic field such as biochemistry, biology, engineering, law, physics, etc by a group of professors from St. Anne's College, University of Oxford. 

I was an exciting experience to be there and meet all the lecturers from the most established university in the world. Perhaps one day I will be one of the student walking in the majestic halls of Oxford colleges one day. Who knows?

Vice Principal of St Anne's College giving a speech

Future Oxford student =p

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Raya Celebration SKJalanU3 2015

Yesterday we had our Raya celebration at the school. Students and teachers wore  beautiful and colourful Baju Raya. We also brought varieties of delicious Raya delicacies like Raya cookies, lemang and rendang. 

During the event, I had volunteered to be in charge of PA system as there was nobody appointed for the duty. I started to set up the sound system until I realised that I had no Raya song in my lappy at all. It was a relieved when Ustaz Rafiq gave   me a list of Raya songs. 

Then, came my ad lib idea of setting up a Radio Raya Corner. I had appointed 3 students to be the DJs to read out the Raya wishes from the students. It was nice to see that the students and teachers enjoyed listening to the DJs.

At the end of the event, I had invited some students for some Raya performances. My class students, Haziq and Khusyairi were incredible in playing the percussion without any practice in prior. 

This was quite an experience that I had managed to help organized with the Year 5 teachers. For next Raya celebration, I will make sure that I plan the programme properly in prior.