Thursday, April 22, 2010

Full swing ahead!

EBB408 Material Selection and Design...lets do this!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could    
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

This poem remain as one my favourites. To me, whether it is 7 years ago in Form 5 [was it that long ago?!] or today or many years from now, this poem remains relevant with every passing chapter of my life. Once again the time has come for choices and decisions to be made. Not just for me but my fellow friends as well. Some have found their calling, some went with the flow of opportunities, some chose a safe path to follow, some are keeping their options opened while some are still considering what the future might hold for them. Which category are you in? I don't think I'm in the first but probably a composite of the latter four categories.

This time last year, I considered furthering my studies. Then this year, I've changed my mind. I've been thinking a lot lately and sometimes, that makes me confused and a bit depressed. There's a certain direction that I'm looking towards currently in my job hunt. But then I do wonder will I be satisfied? There are times when I just went with the flow to see how far it would take me. I never really considered that option for myself before. But it went well...too well...that's when I started to think about it seriously. I decided I wanted it....and then there were the I didn't go for it. Do I regret my decision? A little.

Other opportunities have came by since. It's funny how when you want something, things never go as smoothly as when you don't want something. I doubt it's a coincidence since it happened more than once. I can only laugh about it. Perhaps it's just not meant to be. Well I can only hope for better things to come my way. Till then, I'll keep sighing... And then of course, as I've mentioned earlier, will I be satisfied? When I question myself, I become indecisive. Up till now, I've more or less stuck with the safer route... I wish I have more courage to take a chance, make a change and breakaway...

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I really want to take the one less travelled by...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Needle in the Haystack

I read an interesting article on The Star Online today, Confessions of a Cikgu. It was by Nithya Sidhu who writes a weekly column on education, school, teachers...well you get the idea. She highlighted the ever-increasing-non teaching chores of a senior teacher. This certainly brought back some memories of secondary school.

I remembered one of my favourite teachers in school and the deep dark circles around her eyes. She always taught my class with oomph! and we enjoyed her classes very much. As fun as she can be, she'll also stare you down with her wide eyes when she spots any mischief. If I remembered correctly, during my final year in school, she was promoted and it was a well deserved one.

But obviously her workload [or more precisely, paperwork] increased. In that year, I felt that the promotion drained her energy. She was not as...I can't think of the word...but yes something has changed in her style of teaching. Not that she wasn't a good teacher anymore. She was still the impeccable, committed teacher she was before...just a little's really hard for me to describe how I felt...

So when I read the article, it made me think of what I felt back then. It could be related or not.. But if a teacher starts losing the passion to teach and some students would miss out getting to know such an amazing teacher when she considers optional retirement, then there's something seriously wrong the education system in terms of how it's handling our teachers [not that this is the only thing wrong with the education system...]. It really is a pity. Not many people actually consider teaching as a career nowadays and among those who do, the passionate one is really a needle in a haystack. That's why the closing line in the article made me sad.

I would like my children to be taught by some of the teachers who've taught me [probably impossible based on age considerations] or at least by someone with the similar passion and determination. Then there'll be no need for tuition. Well that's what I believe anyway because ONE of the subjects that I started taking tuition for in Form 4 was taught by a pretty lazy teacher. Yes, I'm saying it straight like that. It was really disappointing because I used to think that paying attention in class goes a long way...apparently not when the teacher is incompetent.

Here's a toast to all the amazing teachers in my life and as I'm heading towards the last spurt in my bachelors degree [am keeping my fingers crossed], a toast goes out to my lecturers as well. Thank you for your dedication and knowledge!

Note: I took tuition for some of the other subjects due to my own needs and not because of failure on the part of the teacher. Names were excluded from this entry but I guess you'd know who I'm talking about if we went to school together ;)

Sunday, April 04, 2010

KLCC Property Resources

Kuala Lumpur City Center, or more commonly known as KLCC, is a city within a city. It's more than just the Petronas Twin Towers. From dining to shopping to arts to conventions, KLCC has it all. It is no wonder that KLCC is the heartbeat of our country. And because of that, more and more people are flocking to own a piece of property in the area. It is now or never.

Over the years, premier as well as lower budget condominiums have been built and more are still under construction. Among the hottest KLCC property are none other than Marc Service Residence, Kirana, Hampshire Park and many more. If you're looking for even more upscale condominiums, there's always The Binjai, The Troika and my personal favourite, One KL. Why? Simple. Each unit has its very own private swimming pool! How cool is that?

If you're looking for a lower budget property and don't mind the less modern look, you can check out 1A Stonor, Corinthian and D'Mayang among others. A simple search on the internet will surely yield many more results. But hold your horses, there are still upcoming properties to look out for such as The Pearl KLCC, Setia Sky Residences and Panorama, all of which are expected to be completed next year.

With so much development and activities in the area, KLCC is definitely the address you want to own.

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