Friday, May 25, 2007

Mr. Chieng Leaving Today

This is Mr. Chieng.

He used to be very patient to his students, putting endless efforts in teaching them and even exhaustion has never stopped him. A very funny person he is not because he's good in amusement, but his attitude is naturally funny.

"We used to disappoint you, playing, sleeping and doing other things in class and because of that we hardly lived up to your expectation. Yet, you never blamed us for that. It's a shame of us for not being able to do anything except saying sorry. "

Today, right at the moment I'm writing this, he's leaving for Australia and probably is not coming back to Malaysia anymore. He has immigrated there to be with his family.

With all of our heart, we wish you all the best in everything and have a happy life in Australia.

Thank you, Mr. Chieng.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


First time we met, our conversation went like…

You : See what see?
Me : I no see you le.
You : Don’t pretend la!
Me : ……
(Then you just stared at me in horrific manner while I looked at other direction seemingly to avoid you.)

I remember once we were all in my uncle’s house which was still under renovation. I was trying to show off to you all by jumping off a double-decker. It wasn’t very high, but I didn’t notice at all there was a spinning fan just above my head and it was extremely dangerous. Furthermore I was just a kid and could have lost my fragile head if I really had started jumping off. You managed to stop me from the attempt just in time. Thanks for saving my life.

I still remember that moment, when we used to walk together to the tuition centre, and on our way there, we would always have some funny conversations and jokes childishly trying to be a better joker. Remember that we always provoked the puppies in the bushes near the tuition centre, gaining their attentions to chase us so that we could run to our destination with them. But they always ended up staring and barking at us helplessly outside the gate, how excited we were.

We used to argue for unimportant matters, get angry and jealous easily, and even curse each other sometimes. When something went wrong, we always blamed one another even though we did not know the truth, and neither did we try to seek about it. We always wanted to be on the winning edge and having cold war had used to be the climate but it did not last very long since we were facing each other everyday.

Do you remember how we cheated in exams even though we sat far apart from each other when we were in primary school? It was like I signaled you and indicated the question number through the movement of my head. Once you acknowledged that, you would use other tricks to show me the answer. For example, by clicking your tongue would imply “D” as the answer, yawning is “A”, meowing silently is “C” and so on. We even had complete answer sheet for BM objective tests in school because we got the book earlier in tuition centre. It was placed inside our pencil box during the tests, we were the fastest to finish, scored highest too. We controlled our marks and had always made it almost full like 38 out of 40, repeatedly for every test. Until one day a friend noticed that and threatened to tell our teacher, we stopped doing that since then.

I remember one year (primary 1 or 2), you were like an enemy to me. We always fought, I hit you and you hit me back. There was once in the classroom when you were walking back to your seat, I put out my leg to make you fall down and you cried. Immediately my face turned red and my legs were trembling so badly as I feared the teacher would come after me. The next day you and another friend complained to my mum.

There was one day, we had fishing and somewhat due to impatience a few of us wildly got down the river and started fishing using hands and plastic bags. It was more efficient than using fishing rods and we successfully caught a lot of fishes. Sadly, they were all dead the next day. We would have released them earlier if we weren’t that cruel and naughty.

Chasing each other had always been a routine when we were in primary school. For no reason we just ran to one another and then started chasing until I got you, then you chased me back. During recess time, we would run to the canteen for our food, just like running for our life. Occasionally the teachers were in time there to pinch our ears. We only stopped running for our life when we were in secondary school.

I used to play and munch my handkerchief disgustingly making it so wet and used the tip of it to hurt others for no reason. I remember once you were sitting behind me, I can't recall the argument we had, but I did take out my wet handkerchief and smack you. You cried while I pretentiously acted like nothing went wrong.

Even after entering secondary school, we were still as naughty as before. Some of us were separated and some remained in the same class. I remember during recess time we used to rush to the canteen for “Kak, Cucur lima”, “Bang, Mi Jawa satu”, “Karipap lima” and so on. Everyone was squeezing hard to get their food and there were no teachers standing by to pinch our ears right in time. It was different than in primary school where the pupils lined up in order.

In form 1, you used to pinch me without any reason and then I would bounce back. We always fought recklessly and that was why we became “famous” in the class. I remember once, during form 4, due to constant annoyance by you in lab, I thoughtlessly pushed you down the chair and everyone in the lab including the teacher was looking at you, how embarrassing. But then, you still kept on annoying me.

While others have been spending their weekdays for homework and tuition, we had been wasting our time for football and Starcraft. We never really did our homework, always ended up copying blindly from others the next day. That was why during lessons we often got ourselves busy with copying others’ homework. Remember once during form 3 a nicely colored graph borrowed from a friend was destroyed by Cikgu Suhaimi? It was because we did irrelevant things during his lesson and we deserved the embarrassment, but our friend did not deserve losing her precious work that had to be submitted on that day.

Last time, we used to walk home after finished our school activities and visit Ah Meng Store to have drinks. When we were there, each of us would order 2-4 glasses of drinks, the table was always flooded even though there were just two of us. I think Uncle Ah Meng must be feeling pretty disappointed for not seeing us nowadays… lol.

We joined St John at the same time, but you gave up on it much earlier. We went for a lot of public and parade duties together and dominated the list in that particular year. We were so keen to join activities and never rejected any task and duty. There was a quote which we always used to yell at each other, “If you smell what the rock is cooking”. I remember once during a school sports day duty session in stadium, we were constantly disturbing the runners by persuading them to buy the “Dettol”s from First Aid Kit at reasonable price. No one was able to spot us causing the trouble because we were at a corner. You gave up on St John not long after that.

Remember what we did in class to stop teachers from coming over our seats to check our exercises? We put open umbrellas near the seats to stuck the place, ie to block the teacher's way. Somehow it only worked when there was raining. We showed how disrespectful we were by eating Mamee in the class while teachers were teaching. Remember in form 3? While others have been politely calling for teachers by raising up their hands or just "Cikgu/Teacher", you had done the reverse. You made "snake-hissing" sound to call for one of the teachers, how rude! Not only that, you told our sejarah teacher that all the teachers were "penakut" to face the gangsters in school, leaving bad impression to her. I will always remember the quote you used to provoke Cikgu Sohsamah ... "Sebab cikgu takut"...

Remember Socceroos? It was our first ever soccer team in secondary school, we broke the rule by secretly recruiting outsider to play for us, nevertheless we still lost. Remember SVG our first ever CS clan? And still remember how did we violate the rules in utopia game? With 11 out of 25 provinces in the same kingdom controlled by our own friends and they were all deleted at the same time, making the kingdom so innocent to have lost half of the players. We were too obsessed in the Utopia game.

In form 4 we spent a lot of time in cybercafés, didn’t realize how hard the money was earned. Besides, we had been slack in our studies and getting last few positions in class really served us right. We woke up in form 5, and it was not too late for us to amend. There were plenty of helpful friends who helped us to cope with studies. Without them, we might have done worse.

I remember that I kept bombarding you with questions. You never looked bothered and had been kept busy explaining to me. Because of you I started learning to think by myself. Because of you, I became more aware. Because of you, I ceased my negative learning and started moving in the right direction. Because of you, my life has changed. It was all because of you, my friends.

During form 6, we were caught by teacher playing paper airplanes and managed to escape though. At times, we even faked “gang fight” and it seemed real enough to lure the attention of everyone. I remember one day, we went playing paper airplanes in the school and there was no one else there except the school guards. Soon, the school ground was flooded by the paper airplanes and one of the guards came to us and warned us to empty the place right away.

There were so many terrible things you and I may have done. Sometimes things were ruined because of me and sometimes you were the one who ruined everything. After all, we did reflect on what we have done, didn’t we? Without these happenings I will never possibly learn to treasure the friendship between us.

Today, I feel lucky and thankful for ever having you as my best friends. Hopefully after all the unfair things I’ve done, I am still your faithful friend, am I?

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Unimaginable Love (Updated)

Does love hurt? I bet it really hurts when you know the one you love doesn’t love you. You love someone so much until you could do everything for him/her, including sacrifice your life for him/her. While getting too devoted in such love matter, you get completely nothing in return. The person you have a crush on is never going to fall for you. The question is, can you forget him/her?

Sometimes in life we have to make important choices. There is a saying sounded “If you really love her, then just let her go.” I don’t know if there were situations like this before which required us to make such important choice, to or to not let go the one you love. Well, they rarely happen in reality, but in movies, they always do.

Let’s have imagination together. ("him" is used)
Your lover works as an astronaut and his dream is to travel beyond the earth, exploring the universe, and it’s obvious that if it happens, he will never come back to the earth again.

Your lover has been constantly sharing with you about his dream and you know he puts the dream far more important than anything else. Nevertheless, he still loves you as much as you love him and it happens that you are always the only one who can stop him from doing something because he just listens to you. One day, his dream comes true. Your lover receives a call of information about a mission to go to both Pluto and Neptune for the first time ever in history. His eyes immediately turn teary due to joyfulness and then delightedly approaches and asks you “Dear, my dream has finally come true. You know it has always been my greatest ambition, would you let me go, please?” Imagine this situation really happens, will you let go of your beloved one, for the sake of him? (In this case we do not argue about your lover being selfish leaving you behind…)

Have we ever thought of the reason for loving someone? Does loving someone need a reason? Love her because of her smile? Look? Attitude? There are indeed a lot of reasons for that. Basically you just love his everything. Just like when you idolize someone, a superstar maybe…

Lets take David Beckham, some fans love him for his handsome look, some for his superb free kicks and ball crossing abilities, some just love him anyhow. Then we take Ronaldo, who won 3 times FIFA World Player of the Year. Fans love him for his superb dribbling skill, and for his dominant contribution in winning the world cup for Brazil.

Let’s say the data and memories from both the players’ minds have been interchanged. In other words, the body of Ronaldo now has Beckham’s brain, and the body of Beckham has Ronaldo’s brain. Can you imagine that?

To make things more understandable, by the other way round, let’s just say David Beckham has been physically transformed (without memory loss) into another person who just looks exactly like Ronaldo. Likewise, Ronaldo too has been physically transformed (without memory loss) into another person who looks exactly like David Beckham. If that happens, will the fans of Beckham still love the physically transformed Beckham? Or will some of the fans turn to physically transformed Ronaldo now?

Let’s take another example. Another interchange has taken place between Selina and Hebe. What will be the reactions from their fans?

I should add more examples... (Edmund became Siong Kai, and David interchanged with me)

Imagine that one day this happens to the one you love, all the sweet and bitter memories that you've been through, plus the thinking and behavior of your lover are transferred to the mind of another person (maybe a friend). What are you going to do? It will be extremely hard to accept that because you used to love his everything. But now what? Are you going to love the person that keeps the memories of your lover?

Obviously, these things will never happen in reality, they are just some absurd imaginations carried out to reflect some other possibilities. Love creates great impact and memories that are needed to provide strong bond between couple. If one day your lover has permanently lost all his memories and has to restart learning all over just like what newborn babies do, or has she permanently turned insane...

Will you still love him/her in the morning?
Forever and ever babe. (Quotes from "Click" movie)

Lastly, for those who still don't know this person, let me introduce him.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Inspiration For Life

Some inspirational messages and quotes that I stole from net and they are somehow quite useful for learning, I think.

Note : Those in boxes/tables are the ones stolen.

Taking the first step:
How will you know you can succeed at something if you don't give it a try?

How will you know you can drag yourself out of the depths of your despair if you don't try?

How do you know you won't get that new job if you don't apply? How do you know...

Before becoming a success at anything, you must take that first step.

Sometimes we hear people say
"I've tried so hard, but I just couldn't stop thinking about the incident!"
"I've really tried my best, but I just couldn't forget him/her!"
"I tried already but I can't do it, really!"
"I already applied but still can't get any job, maybe it's just not my luck this time..."
"No matter what you say, I just don't understand. This subject is just not my expertise."

- They didn't really try hard enough or they did not think in rational ways.
- They have really tried their best, but they just need more time.
- They only submitted a few application forms, perhaps they should have submitted more.
- There is stubbornness in their minds which causes them look set to think they won't understand no matter how hard they try.
- From the surface, they have tried, that's what they claimed, but deep inside, they actually have not.

Happiness Now!

Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late.Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them.

- Sometimes upon chasing our aims in life we seem to have forgotten about the meaning of happiness. Actually, obsession is nowhere good, we need to recall ourselves to the right path constantly.
- Pain is temporary, glory is forever. In the process of having pain, do cheer up ourselves sometimes, don't define the "pain" as something unwanted we have to bear reluctantly, in fact it is just something we have to put more effort on.
- "Happy go lucky" isn't really an appropriate attitude, or is it?. It diminishes the rational, you get sad and happy easily, don't you?

Setting aside special moments
Over the years, I have noticed that it has become more and more difficult to set aside those special moments of the day when we can remove ourselves from the hectic, frenetic pace of everyday life.Yet finding time to get away, to reflect, to concentrate, or to just let the mind wander freely is important for our overall health. Studies have shown that reducing stress in daily life significantly reduces the risk of heart attacks or the need for heart surgery.

Reflecting on Anger
Another way of dealing with anger is to reflect on its results.We know very well that when we are angry, we do not see the truth clearly. As a result, we may commit many unwholesome actions. Our future life is determined by our intentional actions today, just as our present life is heir to our previous intentional behavior. Intentional actions committed under the influence of anger cannot lead to a happy future.

That's why we should care our manner well. Don't lose temper easily, once we lose temper we never know what we're going to do. By the time we've already finished venting our anger, it is already too late to amend. Think before we act, not do then regret.

A Fresh Start Now
The greatest power you possess for succeeding in life is your understanding that life gives you a fresh start any moment you choose to start fresh.

It's very true everyone possesses that "now" but undeniably there were also a lot of wasted "now"s due to procrastination. What should be done is to appreciate every "now", you will always have it till the end of your life, but the older you get to be, the slower and the lesser it becomes. The "it" refers to the "now". So use it when it is still steady.

Emotions Have an Effect!
Every emotion that surges or trickles through you causes a physical reaction somewhere in the body. A minor upset may take a couple of days to register as a headache or backache; a more vehement explosion of anger or hatred directed at someone could result in a terrible case of ulcers or colitis, because that emotion is pounding your body.

But just as negative emotions have a negative effect on the body, so too do positive emotions have a positive effect.

The emotions here ultimately refer to true inner emotions. By having fake or reluctant positive emotions will cause adverse effect on your inner emotions, subsequently inflict more damage on your health.

We are all teachers and students

We are all teachers and students. You learn (hopefully) from the people in your life, and they have the opportunity to learn from you as well.We are all 'in the same boat' and if we start learning from each other and sharing what we have learned with others, perhaps we can get to where we're going faster.Sometimes we learn from people's mistakes, sometimes from their examples, but always we have the opportunity to look around us and see 'little mirrors' of ourselves.

Afterall, life is just about learning isn't it? A positive learning leads to someone like

or maybe

What about negative learning? It may lead to someone like...

or maybe

Lastly I would like to include the class photo of Stampin Upper 6 Alpha 2005 which shows that we all somewhat had quite acceptable learning during that time.

Please click on the photo for enlargement.

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