Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Final Day of 2008

The morning of 31st December 2008 at KPTM Kuantan

Sayonara 2008

An Overdue Post

Welcome and best of luck!

I just cannot decide which one... you be the judge which picture is better....

New students with the Management of KPTM Kuantan

I wonder how many will survive the first semester... (ouchhh!!! That is sooo rude! opss sorry, I am just being honest)

p/s: This place is called The Quad! IT IS NOT Anjung Muhibah! grrrr...

Post Graduate Education Fair 2009

First and foremost...

Heartiest Congratulations to.... errkk.... you know who you are...

For the rest of us.. here is a little something to cheer us up...


Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Thank you for someone who gave me the Guardian Paddington Bear sticker earlier today.

Merci - French word for Thank You

How To Delete A Friendster Friend?

This is something I copy&paste from , thought it might be useful...

If you no longer want to see a friend on Friendster for any reasons (perverts, quarrel with friends, etc), it is easy to delete him/her from your Friendster friend list.

Login your Frindster home page.

Click “View All” at the upper right hand side (next to “My Friends”).

List of your friends will be loaded. Find your friend ex-friend.

Click on the X button in your ex-friend’s box.

Click “Yes” to confirm delete the friend.

Done. No more friend!

That’s easy! So far there is no way to do “batch friends delete” on Friendster yet.

Of Givenchy,LV n YSL

Fashion magazines do not tell you that....

Louis Vuitton should be pronounced as "LOO WEE VOO TONG", not "Loo Wiss Vooi Teng".

Givenchy is pronounced "ZHEE VON SHAY", not "Give Wen Qi".

Yves Saint Laurent is pronounced "EVE SANG LON"

Monday, December 29, 2008

Photos of KPTM Staff Day 2008

For more photos (hundreds of them) please click here: KPTMKUANTAN

Sunday, December 28, 2008

My Car, My Home

This article from The Star caught my attention...

Living in car in memory of fourth wife

BESUT: An octogenarian is living in his car in memory of his wife.
MC456, Volvo Car, Kampung Alor Teratai, Kuala Besut is the unofficial address of 86-year-old former Customs officer Ngah Muhamad.

Home, sweet home: Ngah taking it easy in his ‘66 Volvo.

It’s a parking lot of the Alor Teratai mosque which gave him a “permanent place and allowed him to use facilities at the place of worship.”

Ngah has turned his dream car – a 1966 Volvo 122C (registration number MC456) which he bought for RM16,000 in 1975 – into his home for the last six years.
The booth and rear seat are the storage spaces for his belongings.

Ngah decided to live in the car after the death of his fourth wife in 2002.
“I bought the Volvo because she had this passion for the model. This is the car that I use to bring her out on dates. It brings back memories of her,” he said.

Asked why he was living in the car and if he owns a house, he said nonchalantly: “You know if you love someone so much, what they long for during their existence should be cherished.
“I really can’t explain; this is fondness for someone you love so much, you can only understand me once you have lost someone dear.

“I was an orphan at a young age so I don’t mind living a lonely life at my age. I don’t like to trouble my children, they have their own lives too,” he added.
Ngah said the Volvo had been his second car.

His first was a Morris Sport edition. “People used to call me a P. Ramlee carbon copy back then as I was among the few people who owned a sports car then,” he quipped.
“I used to date my first three wives with the Morris.”

Ngah recalls driving from Johor Baru to Kuala Terengganu in the Volvo in 23 hours in 1976.
“Its something amazing then as you don’t have good highways. Now you can make it in nine hours,” he said.

Ngah joined the civil service in 1937 with a salary of RM37. In 1945, he was promoted and transferred to Pasir Gudang, Johor where he spent most of his working life and returned to Kuala Besut after retirement.

Asked why he chose to stay in a such condition and not with his children, he said: “They have done their filial duties enough.”

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Drink Water On Empty Stomach


It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven a its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese med ical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, ga str itis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and men str ual diso rd ers, ear nose and throat diseases.


1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth , drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water .....interesting

2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes

3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours

5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:

1. High Blood Pressure - 30 days

2. Ga str ic - 10 days

3. Diabetes - 30 days

4. Constipation - 10 days

5. Cancer - 180 days

6. TB - 90 days

7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwa rd s - daily.

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life.

Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.

This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals .not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain...

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.

It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed . It will slow down the digestion.

Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

p/s; my friend - a nutritionist also said the same thing... drink at least two glasses of water after waking up in the morning

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's On The Tip Of My Tongue

No....! I am not making an entry about my tongue... hahaaa...

It's on the tip of my tongue is an idiom.


An idiom is a phrase whose meaning cannot be made sense of from the literal definition, but refers instead to a figurative meaning that is known only through common use.

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.

A Piece of Cake: A task that can be accomplished very easily

Drive someone up the wall: To irritate and/or annoy very much.

Good Samaritan: Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for compensation, and no thought of a reward.

What's her name again? It's on the tip of my tongue.

If you are trying to remember something and cannot quite remember it, it is "on the tip of your tongue".

for more examples, pls visit this site:

Useful Site

While hopping here and there, from one blog to another...

I found this site...

Not only useful for students but for English teachers too..

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Words Of The Day


Someone who is beginning to learn a trade or skill.

The top 5 riders of Malaysian Cub Prix in the Novice class from 2004 has been upgraded to race in the Expert category


Broken pieces of something that has been destroyed.

In the landslide at 4am, seven other victims were believed to be still trapped in the houses that were buried by the debris and rescue efforts were being carried out.

The Danger of Plastics

The Danger of Plastics
1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital was on a TV program to explain this health hazard.

He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as CorningWare, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in
the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

English Grammar n Style

Fun with English grammar and style

LOOK at the following ‘stories’ and see if you can replace the italicised words with some other words to make the writing concise.

The accountant
The best friend of Tom’s wife saw him in the company of a bald man at the football stadium and told her about it. When Tom reached home later that evening, his wife accused him of lying. “You told me you were going to see your accountant,” she said.
Tom said, “That was my accountant.”

Change “in the company of” to “with”.

The secretary
The boss had asked for a duplicate copy of the document, and the new secretary asked a colleague who happened to walk by, “Do you know how this thing works?”
Smiling, the colleague turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button. “Simple, isn’t it?” he said. “This is an efficient shredder.”

Delete either “duplicate” or “copy”.

The maid
Before the arrival of the invited guests, the hostess said to her maid, “Bridget, make sure you don’t spill anything when you wait on them.”
“Don’t worry, ma’am,” Bridget said. “I won’t say a word.”

Delete “invited”.

The house
A man and his wife were looking over a house. They were undecided about the purchase until the estate agent mentioned that the house was in proximity to the bus stop.
“We’ll take it,” said the man after consulting with his wife. “There’ll always be something to do in the evening, throwing stones at buses.”

Change “in proximity to” to “near”.

copy n paste from: The Star

Monday, December 22, 2008

Love Like This Lyrics by Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Bedingfield Lyrics
Love Like This Lyrics

KPTM Staff Day 2008: Telematch

Saturday morning breakfast.. all in RED

the telematch...

KPTM Staff Day 2008: Malam Gala Flora

The ever cheerful Ms Yanie n Ms Yaya

Red Carpet moment... Ms Elly... thanx again for the photos!! (Most of the photos here are from her camera)

Hi KPTM Kuantan...remember me?? - Special pose from Mr. Islah

Can you spot our Director?

My table; I'm the only one from KPTM Kuantan. The idea is for us to get to know each other. The girl on the right won 2nd place for Best Dress (the theme is floral;hence the big sunflowers)

Visiting other table...

Special performance from Dato' Dr. Razali Agus. He serenade us with 2 songs.

the table behind me... the guy with the hat won the 1st place for Best Dress (male)

KPTM Kemumin performing Chicken Dance. The lady in green with flowers all over her won 1st place for Best Dress (female) and the 3rd place goes to the one in black pants with hat (far right) this lady did not win the Best Dress! hehee.... She is accepting the prize for Best Performance!!! Congratss!!

more photos from Mr. Abd. Rahman DSLR's will be uploaded soon at

We Won!!!


Congratulations to all of the performers!

KPTM Kuantan won the first place for the Best Performance of Malam Gala Flora in conjunction with KPTM Staff Day 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

KPTM Staff Day 2008: The Arrival

Thanx to Miss Elly for the photos

KPTM Staff Day 2008: The Journey

Phrasal Verb

Most of the time, I found my students having difficulties understanding a text due to the phrasal verbs used in the text.

So... hope this will help...
What is phrasal verb?

It's a verb + a particle (preposition or adverb) that changes the meaning to make a new verb.

defination from: phrasal verb demon

Here is a list of common phrasal verb;

Calm down.- Relax: Don't get so angry! Just calm down.

Carry out.- Do a task: According to a survey carried out in 1999 one in five Britons are now opting for alternative medicine.

Catch up.- Reach somebody or reach certain level: She tried to catch up with the other competitors, but they were just too fast.

Check in.- Report that you have arrived at a hotel or airport: We checked into the hotel a little after midnight.

Now you get the idea?

Here is more...

Give away.- Give something for free: I had a lot of books I didn't want to keep so I gave them away to a friend.

Look after.- Take care: She's looking after the child.

Give up.- Stop trying to do something or stop using something: Eating healthfully does not mean you have to give up everything that you enjoy

You might think that a dictionary would solve this problem, well.. not actually.. Only a few dictionaries would give you meanings for phrasal verb... so... you might opt for this

An example of phrasal verb in a dialogue...

The old doctor
An old doctor in a small town finally took a vacation. He asked his daughter, who had just graduated from medical school, to sit in for him.
When he returned home from his vacation, he asked her if anything unusual had happened.
“I cured Mrs Nathan’s chronic indigestion,” she boasted.
He blew up. “My dear, that indigestion put you through secondary school and university!”

Sit in for: To temporarily perform the duties of.

Blow up: To lose one’s temper.

Put someone through: To pay for one’s child to attend school, college or university

p/s: Did you get the joke??? :)

That's all for now...
More of phrasal verb n its meaning... from time to time...

Glory Beach Resort, Port Dickson

I'm going to PD today... wouuuhuuu....!!

This would be my third time going there since December last year!

That's the place (Glory Beach Resort) for our (KPTM) Staff Day. This would be the first, and I am really excited to be there. I just can't wait to see a special performance from KPTM Kuantan. It's going to be a traditional dance routine by... surprise...surprise... our multi-talented female lecturers, 8 of them, new n not so new lecturers led by Mdm Asz (also the choreographer). The other thing that make it more special to me is because they are using the song - "Menghilir Di Sungai Pahang" by Roslan Madun as the background music and that of course brought back fond memories of MINJAROES 2006!

Enough of that.... here is a short history of Port Dickson I got from


This small town used to produce charcoal, but it was later developed as a small port by the British during the Strait Settlement period. Port Dickson was also known as Tanjung. In Malay language that means "cape". The oldest shophouses were the four situated presently at Jalan Lama. There was also a carbon mine at the first mile of the coast road (Jalan Pantai), and therefore Port Dickson was also called "Arang" (charcoal) in the Malay language.

Tin ore was plentiful in Lukut, an area within the Port Dickson district, during the 1820's, and it attracted Chinese immigrant miners. The British considered the area to have great potential as a harbour. It was intended to supersede the port in Pengkalan Kempas. The in-charge officer's name was Dickson, and thereafter the town was named Port Dickson. Others claim that Sir John Frederick Dickson founded Port Dickson and Pulau Arang in 1889.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

KPTM Staff Day!! Woowwhuu..!!

KPTM Kuantan will be presenting a very special performance...
something that is Authentically Pahang!! woowwhuu....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Students

These two photos were taken during the Oath Taking Ceremony for the new students on 11 Dec 2008

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