Moving On

I need to move on,
not because moving is required of me,  but because still water becomes stagnant,
a rock unturned collects moss… 

I need to move on,
not because moving is forced upon me,  but because time doesn’t stand still,
the universe never tires.. 

I need to move on,
because the centaur is ever restless….

2016 Concept Papers

New concept paper for english co-academic competition can now be accessed via this link

Official Concept Papers

Finally got the official version of the concept papers from BKK officer. Pn. Nora. Sharing here for easy reference.


 Computer Poetry Recitation Primary Schools Concept Paper 2015

 Computer Poetry Recitation Secondary Schools Concept Paper edited 2015

Computer Scrabble Primary Schools Concept Paper 2015

Computer Scrabble Secondary Schools Concept Paper 2015



Think Tank Meeting 2015

Was invited to the English Co-Academic Activities Think Tank Meeting couple of week back. As a result I attended a day long meeting. Main agenda of our meeting today was to discuss the concept paper of Poetry Recitation and Scrabble competition. Specifically to include the secondary schools in the competition.

After going over the concept paper back and forth so many times we finally came out with the revised concept paper. Both competition had minor changes, most of it is to ease the running of the competition and also to clarify a few issues and to address feedback from our colleagues.

Hopefully the changes are beneficial for everyone and will make the competition more enjoyable and able to achieve its objectives and aims.

Links for the concept papers are below.

*the concept papers are not considered final nor official until it is from the moe or its website, it is just here to spread the news about the 2 new categories.


Links deleted. Official version has come out.


Themes for national level poetry competition 2015 (primary & secondary)

ToT2014: Art of Poetry Session

Last few days, I went for a ToT course in KL. Had the opportunity to meet my lecturer from MPIK, Ms Shobha. She showed us how poetry can be fun for our students. Via a number of activities, student can come to enjoy and learn how to create poems. One of the activities that we focused on was Chain Poem, similar to chain writing, we started with a central theme. Then the first person comes up with a line, a simple one; then the next person continues, adding another line. At the end of the exercise we came out with several beautiful poems.

I took some pictures and you can have a look at them using the link below.


Format Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3


Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah

Finally after months of waiting the official format for PT3 is here. I can only comment on the English paper format. It is almost the same as the one leaked previously. Except with a few twist. For one thing, the sample for section B which is information transfer is easier for the student versus the leaked sample. As it follows what is usually is in the text book. Another thing I noticed is the inclusion of a small section for poems and novels. Many teachers have spoken about the exclusion of literature in the leaked version.

The number of essay have also came down. If looking at the leaked sample there is a total of 3 writing tasks (50 words, 100 words and 150-200 words essay). The official format only have a 50 words short response essay, and another 120-150 words essay in section D.

All I can say that is I’m quite happy with the format. Not many repetitive task as compared with the leaked version.

Latest  English Format vs Leaked English Format


For the rest of the documents please use the link below.

Format Instrumen PT3

Instrumen Contoh


Patience Is A Virtue

A Patient Spider

A Patient Spider


We wait and we reap,
what we sow in heaps;
for patience is a virtue,
that pays and it is true.


A month or so back, I was commuting back and forth between Kelantan and KL. It was tiring, but fulfilling at the same time. The reason was because I was attending a course on translation. I was among the few who responded to an advert in MOE’s website, asking if we wanted to learn how to translate. As I’ve been doing translation on a part time basis without any training at all it was a dream come true.

The course was jointly organised by MBKM and ITBM. It was a pretty packed course as we had classes/lectures from 8 in the morning up till 10 at night. They told us that the usual course as organized by ITBM would be less packed, but special request by MKBM means we get the fast and furious version Smile

We started with the easy stuff, the basics of translation, why we do translations and so on. Then it was on to the more technical aspects of translation. How different field have different requirement for translation. Literal translation vs free translation. How much do you need to keep to the original text?

It was daunting at first, but we had great instructors plus the fact that most classes was hands on, and what we learn we immediately get to practice straight away.

Then we were split into two groups, one focusing on translating from English to Malay and another group focused on Malay to English translation. I was in the latter. From the start they had actually told us that this would happen and that as an end product of the course we would be translating some children’s book.

As I was in the Malay to English team, we were given unpublished children’s books courtesy of ITBM, these were obviously still in Malay and we were tasked to translate them. I sure was excited to do so, and I believe so was the rest of my group.

We got to work with two editors who helped us improve our translations. We really tried our best in improving the translations as we were told that the books will be flown to Bologna for the Children’s Book Fair there. Hopefully it would be well received there.

All in all, the course was excellent everything that I hoped it would be and more! New knowledge, new friends and best of all a book with my name on it?

Adieu Smile

Good Start To 2013

Seems that 2013 will be another good year for me. First day of 2013, I got home and got a letter from IKEA, informing me that I won a backpack in a recent lucky draw. Apparently there was a lucky draw when I last went there, and I was picked from the many ppl who registered for their IKEA Family card.

Thanks a lot IKEA, but then I was left a conundrum, as the letter effectively informed me that I need to pick up the backpack at a specific time. Which I am unable to do so, going off to KL from Kelantan just to claim a prize is too much for me. Called the customer service, told them my situation and they asked me to email them so that they can help me better.

Emailed them detailing my problem, and I waited for quite sometime before they got back to me, and they informed me that I can pick up the backpack anytime, but informing that I should pick it up within 2 years. Now that is ample time. Very good customer service on part of IKEA. Thank you for making it a very good start to my year.


Behind an F1 Driver : An F1x2 Experience

Waiting For My Turn

Waiting For My Turn

This is a really overdue post..   Back in March 2012 (still this year Razz) I had the luck to won a lucky draw by Maybank for its customers.
Back then when I got the call I was even confused thinking that it was some kind of marketing agent trying to sell me something. I totally really forgot about that particular contest as the entry form was just a simple sms.

Back to reality, I was properly convinced by the Maybank staff that I won a prize in the contest. Especially when an official letter was delivered confirming the details. According to the letter, I had won the grand prize which would give me the chance to ride in a special 2 seater F1 car. The F1x2 Experience.

I was invited to attend the prize giving ceremony, usually I would decline as it would mean that I had to take a leave from school, but it was during the school holiday so I brought the whole family for a short holiday in KL. The prize giving ceremony was the usual talk talk and take picture then eat session, nothing special even the prize given was ermmm doubtful? We were given a big box with a small card inside and that’s it. Doesn’t actually inspire us to what we were going to experience….

2 weeks later on 29th March, I hopped on Air Asia flight AK5821 early in the morning and got myself to KL, I managed to rope in my brother in law as my “official photographer” for that day. So he picked me up at the LCCT terminal and we went straight to the Sepang International Circuit. Was a bit lost when we got there as we didn’t know where to head to exactly but managed to find the place eventually. I went straight away to register myself and as I was scheduled for the afternoon session was told to have lunch first with the reminder not to eat too much… had to fill in a few forms including and indemnity clause form.

Finished with registration we headed on to have our lunch, Alex Yoong was already there, apparently he finished driving early and was already having his lunch. Proceeded to have our light lunch and the we went around the place looking at the sights. Was then called for a quick briefing before I was told to suit up.

When i finished suiting up that I really felt like I was going for something fun and exciting… After suiting up it was a short wait before we were called up one by one for the real thing. The short wait was intense as I could really see that one by one the participants all had some good fun. I couldn’t even concentrate when talking to one of Maybank’s manager…

Then suddenly it was my turn, time for me to don my mask and helmet. I was then ushered quickly to the pit waiting for them to setup the car. Was briefed on how to use the panic button. All i could remember was, let the button go if u have any problem… so automatically my mind was set.. I’m never going to let go of that button .. ahahahaha… Was introduced to the driver Patrick Friesacher, took a photo with him and the car.

Got into the cockpit.. it was not easy as it was a real tight fit, my leg essentially was straddling the driver although then it dawned on me that i’m probably not going to be able to get any front view at all as the head rest for the driver was blocking most of my view… but then again i might not want to see it.. hihi Razz the pit crew then helped to secure me, lots and lots of straps.Checking and rechecking that it was secured properly.

Everything was all set, my heart was pumping.. between regret of getting into the car and the excitement of being driven…  my emotion was all jumbled up and i was really tense with anticipation.. then wooosh off we go into the tracks… damn he really stepped that accelerator and before long we were already hurtling at speeds that i would never drive my car….

A few seconds of getting into the track and we were already taking turns, and I couldn’t keep my head straight as the car was turning, basically my head lolled around banging on the sides of the car everytime we took a turn.. trying to keep myself in place was basically useless with all the high speed turn we were taking and every one of the 15 turns awarded me a bruise on my shoulders banging at the side of the cockpit.. then as suddenly we were already back at the straight in front of the paddock area… when we get to the straight my head was immediately stuck to the headrest as he sped up and everytime he downshift/brake my helmet would nearly hit the back of the driver’s headrest… and all through that time i was laughing/screaming at the top of my lung, enjoying the rollercoaster ride , relishing every moment, and before long the 3 laps were all done as it only took less than 2 minutes to finish a lap, total time in the car was only around 5 to 6 minutes.. shorter than the time it took me to get suited, but i can tell u one thing, it will be the most memorable 6 minutes in a car in my life Smile

Getting out of the car i was speechless, even when i was approached by the media team for Maybank for a short interview i could only give very short answer as my adrenaline was still high and i felt out of breath as if i ran a full marathon.. all i could think of, couldn’t these ppl fine a better time for an interview.. i got my answer a few minutes after that, as my adrenaline wears off, i started feeling nausea, i couldn’t really keep still, because if i sit down i felt like puking. fortunately that didn’t happen. rested for a while at the lounge area at the paddock, before they asked if i was feeling up to a tour of the grounds. of course I was!

The tour of the grounds was amazing, as we get to go to areas that are most of the times off limit to outsiders, we started off with the news room, where all the reporters are stationed, adjoining it was the conference area, and also the commentators booth. Nothing look interesting to me because at that time it was empty and couldn’t really feel nor imagine how the place looked like when it is in full swing. We were then brought to the winners’ circle, of course everyone took a turn at taking a picture of themselves on top of the podium Razz

Then we proceeded to the control room where they have a wall full of monitors showing feed from numerous camera around the circuit. This is where every activity on the circuit is monitored, they can control the cameras from the room, pan tilt zoom, you name it they can do it. When asked if they enjoy watching the race from the room, they say no because at that time they are more focused on keeping the race safe.

The tour then moved on to the perdana suite where all the VVIPs / Head of states / Royals watch the race. The place has two level, one on top of the roof where they have a 360 view of the whole circuit. Essentially the best seats in the house to watch the race. The tour ended there where we were allowed to stay the longest and then we adjourned to have tea.

The whole thing was surreal from the start, from receiving the phone call right down to sitting in an F1 cockpit. The only reminder that every was real and it really did happened to me a few weeks after the experience was mess of bruises on my shoulders… Smile