Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Almost There a.k.a. Dah Mok Abis!


1NewMessages: FYI, I deliberately spelled it that way.  Don't you dare go around saying I don't even know how to spell even though I teach English. 

Yes (See? I told you), I am a teacher.  A relief teacher.  Teaching primary 1 and 2 students English subject.  Do I hear people say "Eee~ so cute..." ? Save your breath.  And saliva.  And your brain neurons from having such deceitful thoughts.  

Most of the time, reality is FUGLY *Note: This is not an English word*  When somebody tells you that you will receive a special prize, mark my words, there's always terms and conditions applied.  That is why we must always read the small prints.  

Kids today and kids yesterday are totally different.  I can't believe I'm quoting my parents!  *Gasp*  
But then again, kids today are the product of kids yesterday.  Hmm... who is to blame now? I wonder.  

This is my first experience in teaching primary school and boy, did I get my hands full.  I've said it and I'll say it again.  I would rather do ten assignments than teach my Primary 2 class.  So, you can just imagine how I dread going to that class.  

I am short of ideas already on how to manage the pupils.  You tell me, how would you feel/act if you have prepared a lot of stuff for a lesson but the students not only fail to appreciate it but they did not even care to look at it.  And there are forty-two of them!  Ugh. 

To be fair, not the whole class is like that;  the pupils can be divided into two categories: those who want to learn and the I-couldn't-care-less group.  I have tried to ignore the latter group but they just keep getting louder.  And with a voice so weak, I could never be heard above the noise.  It's really unfair to those who really came to learn.  I felt like walking away but then how about the few who wanted to learn? *Sigh* I can never win.  

I have tried using rewards as a motivation to get them to behave themselves before.  For a while, it was quite effective but now, I'm back in square one.  Thinking about going to their class makes me wanna puke.  And now I can't wait to finish my contract.  It's almost up and I'm going to gain my freedom back.  

But I'm surely gonna miss my Primary 1 classes.  Some are naughty and most are boot-lickers but they are still very innocent and gullible.  I love teaching them.  It's a good thing that I have three Primary 1 classes and only one Primary 2.  Or else, I would be dead before the two months are up.  Fuh~ 

2NewMessages: This is a cry for help.  Any ideas/suggestions/advices are very much welcomed. 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Buku Besok a.k.a. Book of Tomorrow

This is what I have been spending my time on lately:

A book by Cecilia Ahern. 

I know somebody has not read the book and I am not going to spoil the surprise by telling here. 

Instead, I think I'll settle for the synopsis given at the cover of the book.  So, here it is:

Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted.  Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes, and a large four poster bed complete with a luxurious bathroom en suite.  She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. 

But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever.  Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country to live with Tamara's Uncle and Aunt.  Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gate house is a world away from Tamara's childhood.  With her Mother shut away in grief, and her Aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin. 

When a traveling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued.  She needs a distraction.  Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock.  With some help, Tamara finally manages to open the book.  What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its  core...

Okay, here's a little spoiler.  Only a little clue as to what you are going to find within the pages. 

The book which Tamara found was actually a diary which contains prediction about what was going to happen on the next day.

So far, the books written by Cecilia Ahern that I've read portrays a brave woman who has to deal with some of the biggest challenges that life has to offer.  Unlike P.S. I love you, The Book of Tomorrow could attract not just the older readers but also the younger ones. 

There is a secret lurking in every corner of the house where Tamara's mother grew up in, waiting to be discovered.  As I read the book, I had a lot of questions which made it hard to put down.  To console myself (if I had to leave the book for meals/sleep/shower),  I would make my own guesses as to how the story would turn out. 

As usual, I was not that far from the truth :p Hehe.  If you are a regular movie goer  or book reader, you would be able to do the same too.  I mean, the storyline would not differ that much from one another.  Only the settings and the characters vary.  

After talking so much about the book... I was hoping that you would read it too and share your opinion about it.  It's always interesting to find out what others feel about the characters in the story. 

Enjoy reading~

1NewMessages: The school holidays are coming to an end... Huhu.  Only a week left.  I may not be able to update my blog that often.  Sorry, folks but I'll try whenever I can :)  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Home Sweet Sour Home a.k.a. Rumah Masak Masam Manis

Four years in the university, the one thing that every student has in common is this: We LOVE to balik kampung!  

I stole it from here.  

Balik kampung here means going back to our hometown, not necessarily a village.  If it were, then I would have to say balik bandar (go back to town).  Anyways... 

Before I entered the university, I never understood why college students could not wait to return home.  I mean, you get to live your life the way you want it without adult supervision, why would you throw that away?

And then I went, I saw, and I finally understood.  

I am not suggesting that being far away from home is bad.  Neither am I suggesting that home is a prison.  I'm just being human (that is to complain because that's what we humans like to do).  After doing a thorough research and conducting experiments to study my theory (erm, erm, do I sound scientific enough?), I have come up with a few pros and cons for staying at home and staying away from home.  

Here's my list: 

Home (H) vs. Away from Home (A)
1.  H: You do not have to worry about money.  When you go grocery-shopping, anything you want, just put it in the cart and it will be paid.  
A: You ALWAYS worry about money. 

2. H: Whenever you feel hungry, just go to the kitchen.  You have no idea but food seems to always miraculously appear on the table.  And not just any food.  Delicious, healthy, and good food.  
A: If you are lazy, you will starve to death. 

3. H: If you sit in front of the computer the whole day, what will happen? Right, you don't know.  Because you do not get to sit in front of the computer the whole day.  What are parents for? 
A: Nobody cares.  Sit/sleep/eat in front of the computer the whole day, it's expected.  Who knows, even if you faint/die in front of the computer, your body will only be discovered when it has started rotting.  

4. H: You cannot watch a 1-hour movie without any interference.  Halfway through the movie... "
Kitty-kitty: Ngiau, ngiau~
Me: *Ignore and continue watching* 
Kitty-kitty: Ngiau, ngiau~ 
Me: *Pretend not to hear* 
Kitty-kitty: Ngiau, ngiau~ 
My cats are all very perseverent.  They never give up.  
Mama: Kitty iau liao lo.  Chi Kitty ciak seng. (Kitty is hungry already.  Go feed him now.)
Me: Tan ca ae. (Just a moment.)
Mama: *Talking to Kitty-kitty* Kitty, ee nang mai sa siao lu liao lo, Kitty... (Kitty, they don't care about you anymore...) 
Me: Tao seng to chi ee ho liao. (I fed him already just now.) 
Mama: Mana ae kao.  Ee kok ai ciak gok. (Clearly it wasn't enough.  He is still hungry.) 
Me: Tan seng... (Wait...) 
Mama: Tapai to si anae: tan seng, tan seng.  (It's always like this: wait, wait..) *blah, blah* 
Me: Tsk, ae cai la.  Ae cai la.  (Tsk, okay.  Okay.) *Feed Kitty and give him a good spanking* 
Point is, there's always something you need to do.  Watching DVDs is a crime.  No, scratch that.  Watching DVDs WITHOUT Mama is a crime.  
A: Like I said in No. 3, nobody cares. 

5. H: You don't have to worry about transport if you want to go shopping.  No, you don't have to carry all the heavy stuff by yourself.  There are family members to help you carry.  
A: You dread going shopping because you have to carry all the heavy stuff home BY YOURSELF.  Unless you have a car (that needs petrol for fuel, which means more $$$).  And FYI, parking space is scarce in Penang.  Expensive too.  Unless you go to Tesco Extra at Sungai Dua, you will need to pay at least RM 1.50 for a parking space.  And don't even try to suggest bicycle to me because this is what happens when I cycle in Penang.  

6. H: You only worry about transport if you want to meet friends for Lim-teh (Also known as going out for drinks/eating - An activity which Malaysians like to do when they meet up with friends to catch up on news).  
A: You don't have to worry about transport for meeting friends because, thank God, the public transport in West Malaysia is generally very good and convenient.  Besides, when you're staying together with your friends, there really is no point in taking a bus/taxi to meet them, right?

Well, that's all I can think of right now.  Nevertheless, I still love my home.  Sure, there will be times when I wish that I will be back in Penang but most of the time, home is where the heart is.  What about you? Any complaints?

1NewMessages: I wrote this because new recruits will be entering the university.  Just preparing them mentally and physically for the challenges that await them :)  Good luck~

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pi.Es. Ai Lap Yu a.k.a. P.S. I Love You

Have you ever heard anyone said the movie is better than the book before? No? 

Because there is no such thing.  Ask anyone who has read the book AND watched the movie.  They'll definitely say that the book is better than the movie (Right, book lovers? A little help here.  Support my statement, 'kay?).  

Here's an example of such event: P.S. I Love You

The Book vs. The Movie
The story tells about how a widow, Holly, went through the grieving process with the help of her late husband.  And how is that possible, you might ask.  Well, before he died, the husband wrote down a list of things that Holly must do after his death.  There were ten item altogether.  One item for one month.  At least, that is how it is written in the book.  

In the movie, they came as letters posted to Holly with the help of her mother.  And there weren't even ten of them!  There's no mention about The List at all when it was actually an important element of the story.  According to the book, it was a joke made between the four friends, Gerry (the late husband), Holly and their friends John and Sharon.  If any one of the spouse should leave the other earlier, then he/she must come up with a list for the living spouse.  I mean, that is so romantic!  How could they just eliminate that? 

And oh, not to mention.  There's a big difference between the book Holly and the movie Holly.  The book Holly had quite a big family and they are happy.  But the movie Holly comes from a broken family with only one sister.  And the mother owns a pub.  LOL.  And they live in America.  

Okay, okay.  I get that the movie doesn't have to follow the book exactly.  BUT, it should do the book justice.  I mean, it's like a promotion for the book.  Or maybe it was the other way round.  A lot of things were changed.  They were supposed to be high school sweethearts but in the movie, they met during Holly's trip to Ireland.  Okay, that one was quite romantic especially when they met again in the pub where Gerry performs at.  It was like a sign from heaven.  

Still... I would prefer the book because to understand the movie, you will need to watch it two times.  I read the book already so I only watched one time because there were certain events in the movie which were not shown in sequential order.

Anyway, the movie is still worth watching because of Gerard Butler.  He's charming :)  Hilary Swank was not too bad.  I especially like her idiotic expression in the closet with Daniel on her 30th birthday.  Definitely memorable.  LOL.  

If you like romantic stories, this is one story which you should not miss.  It's an example of a tale of an undying love.  

1NewMessages: You can catch the movie P.S. I Love You on HBO this month.  Enjoy~

Monday, June 7, 2010

Dua puluh-dua puluh Perempuan a.k.a. Twenties Girl

Just finished another book.  Wah, rajin na aku... (Ain't I hardworking?) 

Puke if you want but I'm just being bold (and beautiful).  

The title of the book is as written above (english version): Twenties Girl.  It's the latest novel by Sophie Kinsella if I'm not mistaken.  Very light reading, which explains why I finished it so fast.  

 The novel.

The story is about a girl named Lara Lington who was haunted by her late great-grandaunt, Sadie, who lived to 105 years old but none of the family members actually know much about her as she spent her remaining years in a nursing home.  Sadie's motive was to find her beloved necklace which was a gift from her parents.  

The hunt for the necklace brought the two of them on an incredible journey.  Scandals and betrayals were uncovered and Lara began to learn more about her great-aunt's adventurous life. As Lara spent more time with the ghost of Sadie, they eventually became good friends.  The story got more interesting as the past life of Sadie unfolded. 

Oh, as to why the title is Twenties Girl, I'm assuming it is because the great-aunt remembers herself as a young girl in the twenties when she enjoyed life the most.  Also, Lara was beginning to get influenced by her great-aunt's twenties style.  

As can be seen in all her other novels, Sophie Kinsella has a very colourful style in writing.  I could just imagine how the conversation sounded and how Lara thinks as if I were Lara because of her vivid description.  Not too much that it bored me to death but just enough for me to understand Lara's characteristics.  

This book is a good read for a lazy afternoon.  Enjoy~

1NewMessages: I'll be doing a lot more reviews because I'm on a holiday and I have been wanting to spend my holidays finishing all the books and movies I've downloaded.  Hopefully the reviews I give will be helpful for you guys. 

Friday, June 4, 2010

Laki Atas Bunga a.k.a. Boys Over Flowers (BOF)

Yup, that's my latest craze.  I just finished watching the korean version.  I have not watched the Japanese version though and am not planning to watch Meteor Garden cos Big Ass (Da S) looks old :p  

Yeah, yeah.  I am prejudice when it comes to watching dramas/movies.  All the actors must have good looks.  Especially if they can't act well.  There are exceptions of course, e.g. Nicholas Cage.  LOL.  

BOF is another romantic comedy which can make you laugh and cry through the series.  It has been quite a while since I watched a good Korean drama series.  The first one was Full House, then Princess Hours and now this.  Most of the time, I prefer Japanese drama.  Seems funnier and more original.  No offense ya, Korean drama fans.  But I love Korean actors and actresses more cos they look prettier :p 

Okay, enough about how I feel.  Let's move on to the movie.  

WARNING: Spoiler!
The movie is about a common girl, Geum Jan Di, who, by the twist of fate was offered a place in Shinwa High School - a prestigious school which only the rich and famous get to enter.  Excuse me, only the SELECTED rich and famous get to enter.  Meaning, even if you are rich, brainy, and famous, you won't necessarily get to enter the school.  

As you can guess, Jan Di was not welcomed in the school because the other rich kids looked down upon her.  She got into an even deeper trouble when she messed with the heir of the Shinwa Group, Gu Jun Pyo.  It so happened that he was one of the F4 member, a group consisting of four handsomest and most popular boys in the school.  As usual, when a victim is targeted by the F4 (Flower 4) group, he/she will receive a red card and be thrashed by the whole school, making their school life a nightmare.  

The drama unfolds with series of how Gu Jun Pyo bullies Geum Jan Di, believing that she will surrender and leave the school, as did the other victims.  But when Jan Di stayed, Gu Jun Pyo began to fall in love with her and tried very hard to win her heart.  

However, as with all other dramas, life is not a fairy-tale.  People from different backgrounds and status do not mix.  Typical Hindi drama.  No, scratch that.  It's universal, actually.  Then, the drama continues with the couple trying to overcome challenges so that they could eventually be together.  

For the record, even though the storyline is the same old, same old, I still find it interesting and enjoyable, besides the fact that I love watching the actors.  I love Kim Hyun Joong but I prefer Lee Min Ho to be with Koo Hye Sun because they seem to have chemistry.  Even though some of the viewers are not sure whether Jan Di will marry Jun Pyo in the end, without a doubt, I can say that she will because neither can live without the other and it's pretty obvious actually.  

Here, I present to you the pictures of some of the cast.  Enjoy~ 

Boys Over Flowers

Geum Jan Di played by Koo Hye Sun

I present you the members of F4: 

Gu Jun Pyo played by Lee Min Ho (the leader)

Yoon Ji Hoo played by Kim Hyun Joong 

So Yi Jung played by Kim Bum

Song Woo Bin played by Kim Joon

Chu Ga Eul played by Kim So Eun (Jan Di's best friend)

Aren't they good-looking? Especially Kim Hyun Joong.  Such a beautiful face *drool*

1NewMessages: I'm currently working, so I cannot update too often.  So sorry!