My favorite students visited me at the College today. They came to fill in their official withdrawal form and to get a verification letter that they were our students. The letter is needed to be sent to their prospective university where they want to further their studies. We played a round of ping pong after I got off work. At night, we went to have dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. Danial, Hannah, and Najla came along.
Monday, June 29, 2009
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Then we went to see Harris’ classroom teacher to get his report card. He performed much better than Hannah. He has changed a lot from last year. He is more disciplined according to his teacher.
Yasmin got the first place in form one. I thought she would get 2nd or 3rd because I hardly saw her doing homework or reading school books. She prefers reading novels, drawing cartoons, or writing something in my notebook, but never let me see her masterpiece! Currently she’s rereading the Twilight novel (again!). Danial got 2nd place. He’s the same as Yasmin. He keeps on rereading all the novels he has read until we get him new ones. But then, as soon as we bought him new books, he would finish reading them in a flash! If we keep the pace we are buying books now, we will have to build a huge library someday. Najla is still asking whether she could enter regular school next year. She’s supposed to start schooling in 2011. She wants to be with her brothers and sisters at Al Irsyad. One of the teachers informed Steve that Najla could join the 1st grade next year but she would not be able to take “UPSR” at the age of 11. That means, she has to be in grade 6 or two years because the state of Pahang doesn’t allow skipping grades anymore. We have to really think about it before we make our decision. Well, there isn’t a need to rush her.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Last weekend was busy but wonderful. On Friday night (19 June) Danial and I went to
The next day (20 June) Hannah and I had our piano lesson as usual. At 2 pm I had to attend the officiating ceremony of the “OPKIM”, a social service operation, which was organized by the KPTM Student Government. The ceremony was held in Kampung Ubai near Pekan. The program was officiated by the Deputy Minister of The Rural & Regional Development Ministry. It was over around 4.30pm.
I rushed home, thinking that I could rest before I had to play in the women’s singles at 8 pm that night. Unfortunately, as soon as I got home, a mountain of clothes were waiting to be folded. To avoid being too nervous, I went to the tournament hall early. I took Danial with me too. The other kids were not interested in watching so they stayed home with Steve. The first round I played against a Malay lady and I won 3-0. The second round I had to play with a Chinese lady and I was whipped 3-0. I tried my best but she was better. Anyway, it was a good exposure for me. If I am still in a good shape as I am today, I will enter the competition again next year. I also signed up for a short course to be a certified ping pong referee which was announced that night. I hope there will be enough participants so the class will be offered soon. Danial and I stayed until the end of the night matches to watch men’s singles. Two of the pairs were playing really great and it was worth waiting for.
On Sunday morning, Danial had a futsal tournament in Indera Mahkota. He went with his friend Khairi. In the afternoon, I asked him if he wanted to go to the ping pong tournament with us but he was too tired from playing footsal, he declined. Yasmin and Harris decided to stay home too. Only Steve, Hannah, Najla and I went to see the final games for men’s doubles and singles. Around 5.30pm, Steve, Hannah and Najla went home to get the other kids so that we could go to Teluk Chempedak beach. I decided to stay at the hall to see the prize giving ceremony and of course to take some pictures of the winners. Perhaps someday I will be one of them.
Around 6pm we all went to the beach. As usual, the beach was packed with visitors bringing their loved ones to relax and enjoy their weekend. Since everyone was hungry, we hurried to the food joints. Najla, Yasmin and I went straight to the restaurant while Steve was far behind, entertaining the other kids who were distracted by the play ground. As I was busy looking for a table to sit, a very nice man offered his table to us and he moved to the nearby seat. I asked him where he was from and invited him to join me. He said he is from
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Our tennis star
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I felt so good after my 4 km jog alone. My regular jogging friend Faridah got up late and Elly went back to visit her parents. Then I tried Kathy Smith Latin Rhythm cd. It reminded me of my college days when I hang around with bunch of Hispanic friends. Since my tajwid class was cancelled this morning, I took advantage of the free time cooking rendang. Then Steve, Najla and I went to 2 weddings near my house. After “zuhur” prayer Steve drove me to town to get the t-shirts for our ping pong team. Each player will get two shirts, 1 red and 1 blue.
Some of us might practice for the last time before the tournament this evening. Tonight there will be a briefing for the games at “Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA (KKTM)”. I heard we will get sports shoes, another shirt, and track pants. Previously, we were given jackets too. I wonder if we will get one this time around. I guess I just have to wait and see. As time gets nearer I am beginning to feel jittery. I hope my team will win. I still haven’t packed my stuff yet. I will probably do it sometime later tonight.