Thursday, 26 November 2009

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha Kepada Semua

Daripada: Kak Ungku Betty

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Count Down to My Anniversary.............

Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Anniversary tickers

Our wedding: Dec 21, 2001.


Thursday, 12 November 2009

Typing Errors

Kak Ungku tergelak besar bila baca email dari sahabat saya Afiza.
Haha...thanks a lot for cheering-up my day, today buddy!!!

Typing Errors

A daughter sent a telegram to her father on passing her B.Ed exams,
which the father received as "Father, your daughter has been successful in BED ."

A husband, while on a business trip to a hill station sent a telegram to his wife "I wish you were here."
The message received by the wife was " I wish you were her.. "

A man wanted to celebrate his wife's Birthday by throwing a party.
So he ordered a birthday cake. The salesman asked him what message he wanted put on the cake.
He thought for a moment and said, put "Getting older but you are getting better".
The salesman asked "How do you want me to put it?"
The man said 'Well...put "You are getting older" at the top and "But you are getting better" at the bottom.'
When the cake was unveiled at the party all the guests were aghast at the message on the cake.
It reads:
" You are getting older at the top, but you are getting better at the bottom "

Moral of the Story:

1. Double proof, read everything before you send.
2. Don't trust others to write it right for you.
3. Don't order cakes by telephone.

My Down Memory Lane....Photos

My latest down memory lane photo collection:
My class photo: 5 Merah, TMIS (1), Pontian, Johor...1977.

5 Merah, TMIS (1), Pontian, Johor

Front Row (L-R): Arwah Saiful Azhar, Baharuddin, Hisyam, Yusni, Abd Basid, Ahmad Zamri, Neezar, Mohd Faidullah, Murad, Abd Razak (Omar).

2nd Row (L-R): Hafizah, Peggy Lee (Lee Soh Cheng), Tay Boh Choo, Zulkhairiah Aman, Ridza Ahmad, Yvonne, Cikgu Dollah Bakar, our late Nalini, Haliza, Tan Siew Peng, Noraizah Damiri

3rd Row (L-R): Azrain, Hairi, Hairun, Abd Razak (Taha), Hamiruzaman, Annuar, Farid, Zulkifli, Shamsul (Koka) Salleh, Omar, Amir Hamzah, Norzein Abd Kadir, Ali Mustafa.

4th Row (L-R): Haslina, Liza Halim, Faridah, Mas Idura, Norhayati, ???, Johana Osman, Tan Kwee Wah, Azah, Faridah Md Dom, Me..Kak Ungku Betty, Masliza, Rahmawati

I would like to thank my long, long lost friend Ali Mustafa for this photo.
I reconnected with Ali through FB (from Norzein's FB list).
To-date I've reconnected with 5 xTMIS : Ridza Ahmad, Noraizah Damiri, Norzein Abd Kadir, Shamsul (Koka) Salleh and Ali Mustafa. Hope to track more of them in future.

Ridza Ahmad & Family

Norzein Abd Kadir & Family

Ali Mustafa & Family

Noraizah Shamsul (Koka) Salleh


Last week when I was busy doing my spring cleaning at the office .... I found back few photos which I borrowed from my friend, Sh. Hamidah, supposedly for scanning but I've miss-placed them. Photos of my school days which includes my class photo, school societies and friends.

This photo was taken if I'm not mistaken in 1981, my good friends in Form 3, Sekolah Sri Perhentian, Pontian. From left: Hafizah, Mas Idura, Sh. Hamidah, me, Safiah, Arusni and Haslina. I only have closed contact with Sh Hamidah but the rest of them....lost without a trace for almost 28 years!!!

This is my class photo when I was in Std6, 1978, Sekolah Tengku Mahmood Iskandar (1), Pontian or known as TMIS (1). From this photo I've reconnected back with two of my friends through Facebook i.e Ridza Ahmad (sitting 2nd from the left) and Noraizah Damiri (sitting 2nd from the right) and sitting next to Noraizah is Sh Hamidah. I was standing in second row, far right.

These are the latest photos of Ridza Ahmad & family.
She's now living in Calgary, AB Canada.

Is this a photo of two sisters or
mother & daughter??!!! ahaks
Hi gorgeous, miss you so much, babe...

Latest photo of Noraizah Damiri.
Noraizah is currently a lecturer at IPG Temenggong Ibrahim, Johor Bahru.

p/s: Missed our days together in Form 6,
Sekolah Dato' Penggawa Barat....
You still remember my nickname ....tee-g!
Hope to see you one day...miss you, mmmuah!


Gambar2 persatuan
Sekolah Sri Perhentian, Pontian

Persatuan Bahasa Malaysia

Persatuan Geografi

School Editorial Board

Friday, 6 November 2009

My Long True Friend - AFIZA

Never shall I forget our childhood days together,
a part of you has grown in me.
We always be in a team,
with all those smart tricks,
whenever we played "police & thief"....remember?
You're my friend who hears the song in my heart,
and sings it to me when my memory fails.
You reach for me when I fall,
and be my shoulders to cry on.

Our friendships happen in that special moment,
when we both reach out to another.
I've noticed, you seldom missed to wish me " Happy Birthday, Buddy",
and your favourite quote: BUDDY, BUDDY ALWAYS....
Our trusts, comforts, believes in another,
and makes a special difference,
that no one else can make.

We haven't seen each other for quite sometimes,
InsyaAllah we never be apart,
maybe in distance, but never in heart.
In my doas...I'd ask Allah for His blessing,
in what ever that you do,
You're indeed my truly F.R.I.E.N.D forever
Love you and miss you always..........

I would like to dedicate this song specially for you.....

" That's What Friends Are For "
by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & others.

And I never thought I'd feel this way
And as far as I'm concerned
I'm glad I got the chance to say
That I do believe I love you

And if I should ever go away
Well, then close your eyes and try to feel
The way we do today
And then if you can remember

Keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for

Well, you came and opened me
And now there's so much more I see
And so by the way I thank you

Whoa, and then for the times when we're apart
Well, then close your eyes and know
These words are comin' from my heart
And then if you can remember, oh

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
In good times, in bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
Oh, that's what friends are for

Whoa... oh... oh... keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for

Keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, oh, for sure
'Cause I tell you that's what friends are for
For good times and for bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for (That's what friends are for)

Count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for......
You & me....Fiza

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Hantar Aunty Pergi Haji Boleh Terjumpa Sahabat Lama

Sabtu, 31 Oktober 2009.

Kak Ungku hantar Aunty (Cik Ton) berlepas menunaikan fardu haji via Senai Airport - KLIA.
My aunty pergi dengan mahramnya Cikgu Safiah dan seorang lagi Kak Ungku terlupa pulak namanya....Abang Kak Ungku & family turut sama menghantar.
Flight ke KLIA pukul 12.00 tengahari.

Sambil menunggu, kami sempatlah bergambar.

Tengah sibuk bergambar dan menunggu....Kak Ungku terjumpa pulak sahabat lama masa kat Johore Tenggara Oil Palm Bhd, Hazara binti Dato Sulaiman...tak sangka betul...! Dah lebih daripada 15 tahun tak jumpa. Dulu masa zaman anak dara kami memang satu department (Corporate Dept), workoholic tapi happy go lucky. Now she's married with 3 lovely children, 2 girls and 1 boy. At present she is attached with Senai Airport Berhad as HR Manager.
Harap2 lepas ni tak putus hubungan lagi...insyaAllah.

Kami sempat bergambar kenang-kenangan bersama.

Cik Ton insyaAllah akan kembali semula ke tanah air pada 14/12/09 (tiba di KLIA) dan 15/12/09 (di Senai Airport). Doa dari kami semoga dirahmati Allah serta memperoleh haji yang mabrur, insyaAllah.

To Hazara (Aja)....keep in touch ok?
Friends forever.......

Struck by lightning record SEVEN times!

Normally we only live and die once. That’s the normal human being life cycle. However, there are extremely rare cases where a person will defy death more than once and live to tell the story. One of these these uncommon “cheaters of death” is Roy Cleveland Sullivan who defied death seven times and survived to tell us what happened.

Roy was was a U.S. park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. He was hit by lightning on seven different occasions and survived all of them. In his lifetime he was called “The Human Lightning Rod” as a nickname.

On September 28, 1983, Sullivan died at age 71, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reportedly deeply agitated over an unreciprocated love. Two of his ranger hats are on display at two Guinness World Exhibit Halls in New York City and South Carolina. There is also a road side plaque on Tanner’s Ridge in Page County, Virginia that talks about Sullivan.

The seven lightning events happened as follows:

  1. 1942: Sullivan was hit for the first time when he was in a fire lookout tower. The lightning bolt struck him in a leg and he lost a nail on his big toe.
  2. 1969: The second bolt hit him in his truck when he was driving on a mountain road. It knocked him unconscious and burned his eyebrows.
  3. 1970: The third strike burned his left shoulder while in his front yard.
  4. 1972: The next hit happened in a ranger station. The strike set his hair on fire. After that, he began to carry a pitcher of water with him.
  5. 1973: A lightning bolt hit Sullivan on the head, blasted him out of his car, and again set his hair on fire.
  6. 1974: Sullivan was struck by the sixth bolt in a campground, injuring his ankle.
  7. 1977: The seventh and final lightning bolt hit him when he was fishing. Sullivan was hospitalized for burns in his chest and stomach.

Roy Sullivan was never killed by lighting - he committed suicide while in his 70's in 1983 reportedly distraught over the loss of a woman....
Believe it or not...believe it, as Ripley says!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

They overcame dyslexia: Can our children?

I came across this article while surfing on the internet. I would like to express my worries and concern to those children who have learning disabilities especially dyslexic children as current approach and the mainstream education system are not supporting and effective enough, leaving these children struggling.

May Allah gives me the strength to be part of the society and people, to continue giving my effort and support these children (with learning disabilities) and parents as well.

We need to be creative and open to new reading techniques. There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to teaching children with learning disabilities. The teachers must be aware of successful strategies used by other parties.

The phonemic and phonic techniques in my opinion, are among of the best reading techniques. Half of my students with learning disabilities especially dyslexic children are able to read and write as well, now....alhamdulillah.

Please read this article and share with me the concerns. Don't wait for miracles to happen, but efforts have to be done.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009, 11.03 PM

They overcame dyslexia: Can our children?

ALBERT Einstein, Tom Cruise and Walt Disney had it. And so do 314,000 Malaysian schoolchildren. This may translate to just five per cent of the school population but there is potential in these children that can be tapped.

However, the mainstream education system is not structured to support their learning needs, says Malaysian Dyslexia Association president Sariah Amirin.

There is potential in these children that can be tapped, but the mainstream education system is not structured to support their learning needs in a more effective manner, says Malaysian Dyslexia Association president Sariah Amirin.

The Education Ministry acknowledges the needs of this group of learners and has in place some initiatives to support them within the mainstream education, but these are not enough and not implemented in the right manner, says Sariah.

“The school as an institution must be able to manage different behavioural responses to learning, but our schools are failing in this aspect, especially with dyslexic children.”

Children with dyslexia are limited only by their inability to read and write which are the fundamentals in learning. Their reading ability does not match their age and IQ level which is average or above average.

Some of these children might be unable to perform a simple reading task but have good command of the spoken language. They also excel in maths, science, art and music.

“In spite of the language difficulties they face, they are intelligent and capable.

“Children with dyslexia can benefit if their disability is identified early and appropriate help in reading and writing is extended to them.”

Unlike those with Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and epilepsy, children with dyslexia can go to university, work and contribute to the economy and society.

“If we pay more attention to these children, we could have our very own Steve Jobs, Tom Cruise, Walt Disney or Albert Einstein, Thomas Alva Edison, Alexander Graham Bell or Pablo Picasso — famous personalities who are known to have this learning disability,” Sariah says.

“The Permata Pintar programme initiated by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the prime minister, is a crucial plan to improve the quality of the nation’s human capital,” says Sariah.

“It aims to identify as many gifted and talented children as possible regardless of race or religion or school. It will be fitting if this programme is extended to children with dyslexia.”,” she says.

Sariah says the current approach in school is not effective, leaving many children with dyslexia struggling. through school with minimal help. When their learning ways are not addressed, it leads to anti-social behaviour.

“Ask any parent who has school-going children with dyslexia and they will tell you about their child’s frustrations. in not being able to cope. with their peers. This could lead to social, emotional as well as behavioural problems. Some refuse to attend school or play truant.”

The ministry launched the Dyslexia Pilot School Programme in 2004. It is conducted to help children with dyslexia better cope with lessons conducted by teachers trained in the field of dyslexia.

Starting with Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Tun Dr Ismail (2), it involved more than 30 primary schools nationwide. And according to plans, some 100 primary schools should have this programme in place by next year.

However, Sariah says, full implementation never took place as planned.

“Although on paper some 60 schools should have this programme by now, in reality, we only know of three schools — SK Taman Tun Dr Ismail (2), SK Jalan Air Panas and SK Taman Maluri — which are actively following the programme.” The reason: the programme has not been well-received by some school principals and teachers.

“As the lead person personnel in the school, a principal must provide the necessary support for teachers to carry out the programme, but this is not happening in many schools,” says Sariah.

“They stand guilty of depriving intellectually capable children of opportunities to learn. Without their support, teachers, although trained in the area, are not able to put their knowledge into practice, for the benefit of the children.”

“Every child, the able as well as the disabled, has a right to education and it is the school’s responsibility to provide opportunities for learning.” without discrimination.Sariah says.

Sariah also claims that not much effort is made to support children with dyslexia in secondary schools or those in rural areas.

Another major concern is the shortage of specialist dyslexia teachers. There are only about 100 such trained teachers, but not all are involved in teaching children with dyslexia as they are given other responsibilities or promoted.

“The ministry needs to ensure teachers with the expertise continue to serve in the field they were trained,” she says.

The association wants a compulsory module on dyslexia to be included in the teacher training courses at colleges and universities as is being done in other countries.

“Only then by this approach can we ensure all teachers know how to help children with this learning disability.”

Sariah, who has more than 40 years’ experience dealing with children with learning disabilities, also suggests that teacher training institutes have a hands-on training approach in dealing with children with learning disabilities.

“All cannot be achieved by sitting in the comfort of a lecture room and learning teaching theories. The more practical knowledge trainee teachers have, the better they will become.”

The teachers need to be creative. There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to teaching children with learning disabilities. They must be aware of successful strategies used by other teachers.

But sadly, most of our teachers, have a preset approach to teaching and refuse to change their ways. It stems, she says, from a lack of passion and dedication to their jobs.

Specialised help at a very early age is another suggestion by the association.

This can prevent long-term-reading problems among children. The ideal window of opportunity for addressing reading difficulties, according to research, is at kindergarten level.

Currently, a Year One pupil is screened with the help of a dyslexia checklist (Instrumen Senarai Semak Disleksia) only after six months into school based on a teacher’s recommendation.

If a child is found to be at risk, he or she will be placed in an Early Intervention Class (Kelas Intervensi Awal) in Year Two.

“Remediation only begins in Year Two and by then, it becomes much more difficult for the child to keep up with schoolwork and their peers. It also becomes much more difficult for teachers.

The right approach is to intervene as early as in kindergarten. where a child begins to learn how to read.

The government must ensure all preschoolers are tested to identify learning disabilities.”

Kindergarten teachers must be trained to look out for early warning signs.

Time is of essence in developing reading skills especially for children with dyslexia.”

The association wants to work closely with the ministry to quickly resolve the many problems. faced by children with dyslexia, their parents and teachers.

“It would be ideal if the association is allowed to set up a dyslexia learning centre in one school in every district.

Together with the ministry, we can extend help and mobilise expertise to teach these children.”

A similar approach is used in Singapore where the move has enabled more children to have access to specialised remediation programmes. It has also made it convenient to train and support parents and teachers.

The association conducts seminars and workshops on dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities. It also conducts tests to diagnose dyslexia. The association has trained teachers who run small group tuition classes for children with dyslexia.

Contact the Malaysian Dyslexia Association at www.mydyslexia/persatuan or email:

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Amazing Trees

"A tree is a wonderful living organism which gives shelter, food, warmth and protection to all living things. It even gives shade to those who wield an axe to cut it down."

Below are the unusual trees from around the world.....amazing!
The pictures are all real.

God's creations are really amazing..........

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