Saturday, February 28, 2009
You see, her father found that Form 2 English class is too easy for her daughter and hence requested to be emplaced in a higher form. She is indeed comfortable with the other older students as her standard of English is comparable to theirs if not better. I have marked several of her essays and they prove that she is not a misfit. Her essays are a joy to read as they are very interesting and written in good English and I hardly need to put my red pen to good use. All I look for are the vocabulary and interesting expressions which I tick as weightage for the final marks to be awarded.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Students who got hurt after falling down and scratched their knees would come to me for treatment. I usually washed the students’ wounds with antiseptic solution such as Dettol and applied acroflavine before bandaging their wounds.
If I happened to know that a certain was disobedient and naughty, I would apply iodine tincture to his wound. He would be grimacing in pain and dared not be so playful again because he would not like to suffer the piercing pain again when iodine started to work on his wound. Mercury chrome is another solution which can be used to treat wounds
Thursday, February 26, 2009
At that time I was about 9 years old. It was too high for me to sit on its seat. Hence I learned to cycle by placing my right leg on the right pedal through the space of the triangular iron frame and my left leg resting on the left one. I did not know how I managed to balance it but the bicycle was moving slanting to the ground, being 45 degrees from the ground, I suppose.
How I envy children nowadays who can ride bicycles specially made for their height and convenience.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
You can use Dziobas Rar Player to play any part file without unzipping it. In this way, you can download the first part file and watch the movie using this player. If it is interesting you can go on download the other part files. Otherwise, you need not bother about the other part files.
You can use the Yahoo search locate the URL to download this free player. There are a number of sites where you can do so.
Happy playing partial rar file using Dziobas Rar Player.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
These are the examples of using verbs-to-be mentioned above:
1 Let me be the first to buy your goods.
2 She is a very intelligent girl.
3 They are brave and responsible.
4 It was a show worth watching.
5 The women were chatting under the shady tree.
6 The will be an English test today.
7 I love being in the rain.
8 Being a policeman is no easy job.
9 John has been a lawyer for thirty years.
10 Had it not been for help, I would not have been so successful today.
Monday, February 23, 2009
The following sentences which carry the same meaning will make it clear to readers.
1 Our study group comprises eight members.
2 Our study group consists of eight members.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
When I was still student, I corresponded with a few penpals to improve my English. I had one penpal from France, one from Japan and two from Malaysia,my own country. We usually talked about our ways of life and school. I found that my English really improve by leaps and bounds after having lots of practice replying to my penpals' letters.
My collection of stamps also increased. Apart from the penpal from Japan that did not write good English, the other three wrote very good English. I sort of imitated their style and ways of expression. Later I stopped correspondence with them when I had too much homework to do and could not find time to do the correspondence any more.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
There is a way you can send a file longer than 10 MB to your friend. What you do is to upload your file to a server such as Rapidshare.com free of charge.
First go to http://rapidshare.com.
Then click UPLOAD. Browse to where your file is and the uploading will begin. It will take 10 to 20 minutes to upload your large file but the limit is 100MB. For files bigger than this, split them and upload the files separately. When a file is uploaded successfully, a URL of the file will be generated by Rapidshare. Send this URL to your friend so that he can download it from Rapidshare.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I did use isobar which I bought to read inaccessible CD's but in vain too. If this is the case, I will make backup on usb drives too as a safer way to keep my data.
I like to write down the date on each CD with backup so that I can know how long it has been residing in the CD and I can know its age too. Some CD ROM drives can't read files written by other brands of CD ROM. Hence it is wise to keep another copy of our files in the hard disk.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
One day, Joo Haw suggested that we buy a rabbit to do dissection ourselves. Without a second thought, Guan Leong and I agreed. From the chemist we bought some chloroform and from the pet shop we acquired a rabbit. Then we went to Joo Haw’s house with our dissecting tools.
We placed a piece of cotton bud sprinkled with chloroform to the nose of the rabbit and instantly it went into a coma. Then we laid the poor creature on a piece of wood and started to dissect the animal just as we were taught by our biology teacher. We could identify all the organs inside the rabbit. After some time we could not stand the stench coming from the enthralls any longer and dumped the dissected rabbit into a rubbish bin.
I was happy with a job well done then. Little did I realize that karma caught up with me when I had to be operated upon many years later.
One day, I had sustained stomachache for three days. All types of wind-expelling oil were applied to my tummy but the pain simply refused to go away. Then I went to see Dr Nadesan, my family doctor. He diagnosed my condition as suffering from appendicitis. So, I had to go to a hospital for operation.
When the surgeon in Gleneagles read the referral letter, he straight away arranged for an immediate operation for me. I was made unconscious just like the rabbit was made unconscious by me. I did not know what happened after that until I recovered from the effect of anaesthetic two hours later. I felt pain at the place where incision was done. The next day, when the nurse came to wash my wound, I had a look at it. It was a long gash just like the incision we made to the rabbit which we had dissected.
Come to think of it, this must be the karma working on me again. The incidents of karma which I had experienced were discussed in my earlier posts. If you are interested, look for the posts under ‘Religious Matter’ label.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I liked the pantun (a type of 2-line, 4-line, 6-line or 8-line poem) questions. Usually we would be asked to complete the meaning after the pembayang maksud (shadow of meaning) was given. You see, in a 4-line pantun, the first two lines are pembayang maksud and the other two lines are the meanings. As I could memorise most of the 4-line pantun, I collected a gift for each pantun question answered correctly. I gathered so many prizes that the Chairman prohibited me from taking part any further. I gave some of the staplers that I won to my friends.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I have to say sorry to fellow bloggers who exchanged links with me. If you do not find your link in my present blogroll, do tell me in the chat box and I will add in for you. Since I could do nothing to get back the old data, this is what I can do.
From this incident, it is important that we backed up our posts and other data regularly to prevent a mishap such as mine.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Whenever we connect our modem to the telephone, a new IP will be allocated. This will affect the speed of our download. Hence, we can test the speed by disconnecting and reconnecting the modem to the telephone line until we get the highest speed for our download. Of course we need to have the URL of the file which we intend to download.When the highest speed is found, settle for this and stay put until we switch off our computer.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
This girl knew that I was proficient in Malay and asked me to help her with the language. I asked her to write me a Malay essay so that I could ascertain her standard. She was very weak in grammar and so could not express what she intended to say. I marked her essay and returned the almost-coloured-red sheet to her. The next day she copied the essay with my corrections and asked me to read over. My! It was flawless.
From then on she wrote an essay a day and asked me to mark it for her and I willingly obliged her because she was very serious in improving her Malay. Sometimes, she asked me about the mistakes and I explained the rules to her. As days went by, her mistakes became fewer and fewer but she still handed me her essays for correction.
It was a great surprise and pride to me when she passed the Malay paper with a distinction. She thanked profusely for helping her all along.
Friday, February 13, 2009
It was a day of joy and laughter for all of us.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The first camera I bought was a box camera. It cost me only RM4. The film was quite expensive then but only black and white photos could be taken with it. At that time I simply took photos of my family members and scenery. I have no idea how to take good photos. Later I started to read books about photography. For example, the horizon should form one third of our scene. There is to be a frame when we want to take photos of other objects and so on. The control of aperture is also important when photographing an object or a scene.
When I was a student at a teacher’s college I joined the Camera Club and had a chance to develop the films myself. However, we only printed black and white photos but they were good enough for me. I still had some of those photos which I printed myself in the dark room.
Now I own a Sony Cybershot digital camera which not only allows me to take still pictures but movies too. I still like the SLR that I once owned because I can control the aperture and speed to achieve what I want to produce.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Two of the people would bet on whose sugar cane has the longest strand in the middle after being snapped. The loser will pay for the winner's sugar cane. My father or I would cut half way down in the middle of the sugar cane. Then each of them would snap his own sugar cane. After that they would compare the strand that stood out in the middle of the sugar canes to determine who won.
Monday, February 9, 2009
In ancient China, maidens were allowed to come out on this night to view future husbands. If any one of them fancied a man, arrangement will be made to match the couple who were agreeable to each other. Hence unmarried girls always looked forward to this day to fulfill their aim of getting good husbands.
Mandarin oranges would be thrown into the river in the hope of getting good husbands. Mandarin oranges are called ‘kam’ in Hokkien and it rhymes with ‘ang’ for husband in Hokkien. As for men, they would be throwing drums hoping to get good wives as ‘drum’ is pronounced as ‘kor’ and it rhymes with ‘bor’ which in Hokkien means ‘wife’.
In Penang, the section in charge of tourism used to hold fun session for the public to throw mandarin oranges into the sea at Gurney Drive or the Esplanade. This event is usually participated by both locals and foreigners.
So, what are you waiting for? Girls, com
Sunday, February 8, 2009
On this day, early in the morning, the silver chariot bearing Lord Muruga will depart from Kovil Veedu (temple house) in Penang Street. It will proceed slowly to Nattukokai Chettiar Temple in Waterfall Road. All along the journey there, devotees will be offering flowers, incense sticks and milk to the volunteers to be made the offering for their deity. Coconuts will also be smashed by those who want to pay homage to Lord Muruga and to thank Him for prayers answered.
Devotees who want to repay the deity’s blessing or help will carry kavadis (ornate frames) along the way too. Some will even pierce their mouths and other body parts with skewers. Before doing all these, the devotees will observe vegetarian diet for a week or more to cleanse themselves.
Happy Thaipusam to all Hindus and devotees.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Gamblers were allowed to place their money in between two pictures such as prawn and fish, fish and flower, and flower and king crab. They will get only get half the amount of money if the belangkas stops with any one of the two pictures where money is placed topmost. Suppose you place two dollars in between prawn and fish and the belangkas stops at fish topmost, you are paid one dollar by the ‘chong’.
I wonder whether people nowadays still gamble this way.
Friday, February 6, 2009
My dad had dark skin, tall and stern-looking. He was a fish-monger who sold fish from house to house. He put the fish, newspaper and weighing scale in a big rattan basket which he tied to the rear carrier of his big bicycle. Then he cycled to several places to sell his fish.
The big basket was the place where dad put my brother and me when he took us to an Indian barber for a hair-cut. We really enjoyed the ride.
My dad knew quite a lot of Chinese words because he was taught by a teacher personally as was the practice long ago. From him too, he learnt of a way of dissolving fish bones stuck to the throat. Neighbours used to come to my house for treatment by my father when fish bones got stuck in their throats. My father would take out a cup, pour some water in it and point his little finger to the sun after which he would start drawing with the same finger in the water. The patient would then drink the 'treated water'. Miraculously their fish bones would disappear after a while.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Well, it happened to me one day when I was coming back from my colleague's house. Tan Peng Seng stayed near the Pahang River and I started my journey back to Jerantut, the place where I served as a teacher in Pahang, when the front light of my Honda C70 went off and I could not see a thing in front of me as it was very dark. I had to stop by the road and waited for passing vehicles. When a car passed me I quickly tailed it from behind so that I could see the road in front of me but soon it outsped me and I had to stop again to wait for another vehicle. How I wished I had brought my flashlight along. After waiting for quite some time and no vehicles passed my way, I had to take the risk and rode on very slowly. What a relief for me when finally I reached Jerantut and the light around enabled me to reach home safely.
From this incident, it showed that we must equip ourselves with some light producing gadget in case we are caught in a situation like mine.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Besides, a teacher needs to have a loud voice so that the students at the back of the class can hear him. Talking loudly in this way really strain the vocal cords. Hence all teachers must take honey regularly to keep their voical cords in good condition. The voice is very important to a teacher as it is used daily to carry out his duties in class.
After school, a teacher has to mark exercise books handed in by his students. In Malaysia, a class can easily come to 40 students. Imagine the amount of time to be spent marking those exercise books.
Usually a teacher is in charge of a game, a club or a uniform unit. In other words, he has to be with the boys or girls when co-curricular activities are being carried out.
These are but some of the things a teacher has to do.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I suppose all of us have to face this type of problem any time when our system hangs or goes too slow for us to bear.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Usually a table which as an altar will be put outside the house. There will be two plants of sugarcane tied to both sides of it. On the table will be put fruits for offering. This include fruits such as pomeloes, pineapples, mandarin oranges, sweet glutinous cake and so on.
There is a story behind the use of sugarcane plants for this occasion. Long time ago, the Hokkiens were chased by their enemies. They ran and ran until they came to a sugarcane plantation and hid themselves there. Somehow of other, the enemies did not see them there and went elsewhere in search of them. Hence their lives were saved by this plant. To commemorate this incident, the Hokkiens will use sugarcane plants when praying to the Jade Emperor.
Firecrackers will be lit to produce din to start the praying. Although they are banned in Malaysia, some die-hards will keep them for this occasion.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
In the course of learning and teaching both Malay and English, I have come across quite a number of proverbs from both languages which mean almost the same things. I shall produce some examples in this post.
Doing two activities at the same time can be expressed through the Malay proverb ‘Sambil menyelam minum air [Literal translation: While diving, one can drink the water too.] This proverb has an equivalent in the English language. It is ‘Killing two birds with one stone’.
If the son imitates the behaviour of the father, a Malay proverb to describe it will be ‘Bagaimana acuan begitulah kuihnya’ (Literal translation: How a mould shapes like, so does the cake or the cake will take the shape or its mould) or ‘Bapa borek, anak rintik. (Literal translation: If Father has freckles, the son has them too.’ In English we use ‘Like father like son’ or ‘A chip off the old block’ to bear this meaning out.
We will find it easier to do a certain job if we do it very often. The Malay proverb that fits this description is ‘Alah bisa tegal biasa’ (Literal translation: The poison (bisa) loses (alah) because (tegal) one is used to it (biasa).) In the English language, the proverb is undoubtedly ‘Practice makes perfect’.