Saturday, February 28, 2009

I've Been Tagged!: again...

Oh no! Not again... it's the tag game again... huhu... here's for you Lieyn!

Rules:It's harder than it looks! Copy to your own post, erase my answers, enter yours and tag people you want. Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real; nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.

1. What is your name : Misz_A (so.. I guess.. A is the letter to go around playing this game huh?)

2. A four letter word : Ajax (as in Ajax Fabuloso, not the football team..hikss)

3. A boy's name : Anil (as in Anil Kapoor, coz I've just finished reading about Slumdog Millonaire)

4. A girl's name : Anis (first name comes up in my mind..isn't it obvious? haha)

5. An occupation : Acupuncturist (haha...what a mouthful name for an occupation)

6. A color : Aquamarine, Amber, Alizarin, Auburn (yeahh..those are real names for colors, pls refer to wikipedia..huhu)

7. Something you'll wear: a cap

8. A food : Aubergine (a.k.a eggplant, or brinjal)

now you know that these things are called aubergine.. hikss...

9. Something found in the bathroom: aprikot shower gel

10. A place : annex (an addition to an existing building)

11. A reason for being late : an accident (nauzubillah...)

12. Something you'd shout : aarrghhhhh!!!

13. A movie title : Armageddon

14. Something you drink : Asparagus Juice (euwww...!)

15. A musical group : All American Rejects

16. An animal : Ants

17. A street name : Jalan Ampang

18. A type of car : Alfa Romeo, Audi (no! not Audi Mok)

19. Title of a song : Aurora

20. I want to tag all of YOU reading this!! haha...


Proton Exora

Proton Exora

Proton MPV Exora on the road

Proton has announced the name for the new Proton MPV - the Proton Exora! The Exora is based on the name of the Ixora flower, with the tagline “Keriangan Keluarga”. The name and tagline were picked by the Name The Proton MPV competition grand prize winner Norsholihan Bt Abdul Eanich, who will get to drive and own the 7-seater people mover she helped name once it is launched in April.

Ixora flower huh??? hmmm... Thought I've seen those flowers around our campus...

Ixora coccinea also known as Siantan n Pecah Periuk in Malay language

Friday, February 27, 2009

Elvis Has Left The Building

Salam n hi all...
More idioms for you....

Eighty Six: A certain item is no longer available. Or this idiom can also mean, to throw away.

Elvis has left the building: The show has come to an end. It's all over.

Ethnic Cleansing: Killing of a certain ethnic or religious group on a massive scale.

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining: Be optomistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink: Almost everything and anything has been included.

Excuse my French: Please forgive me for cussing.Cock and Bull Story: An unbelievable tale.

Cock and Bull Story: An unbelievable tale.

A Win-Win Situation

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Curiosity Killed The Cat

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Chew someone out: Verbally scold someone.

Chip on his Shoulder: Angry today about something that occured in the past.

Chow Down: To eat.

Close but no Cigar: To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short.

Cock and Bull Story: An unbelievable tale.

Come Hell Or High Water: Any difficult situation or obstacle.

Crack Someone Up: To make someone laugh.

Cross Your Fingers: To hope that something happens the way you want it to.

Cry Over Spilt Milk: When you complain about a loss from the past.

Cry Wolf: Intentionally raise a false alarm.

Cup Of Joe: A cup of coffee.

Curiosity Killed The Cat: Being Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation.

Cut to the Chase: Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point.

In The ----- Business

A, AN & The

How to Use Articles (a/an/the)

Using Articles

Article? Basically, an article is an adjective. Like adjectives, articles modify nouns.

English has two articles: the and a/an. The is used to refer to specific or particular nouns; a/an is used to modify non-specific or non-particular nouns. We call the the definite article and a/an the indefinite article.

the = definite article

a/an = indefinite article

For example, if I say, "Let's read the book," I mean a specific book. If I say, "Let's read a book," I mean any book rather than a specific book.

Here's another way to explain it: The is used to refer to a specific or particular member of a group. For example, "I just saw the most popular movie of the year." There are many movies, but only one particular movie is the most popular. Therefore, we use the.

"A/an" is used to refer to a non-specific or non-particular member of the group. For example, "I would like to go see a movie." Here, we're not talking about a specific movie. We're talking about any movie. There are many movies, and I want to see any movie. I don't have a specific one in mind.

Let's look at each kind of article a little more closely.

Indefinite Articles: a and an

"A" and "an" signal that the noun modified is indefinite, referring to any member of a group. For example:

  • "My daughter really wants a dog for Christmas." This refers to any dog. We don't know which dog because we haven't found the dog yet.
  • "Somebody call a policeman!" This refers to any policeman. We don't need a specific policeman; we need any policeman who is available.
  • "When I was at the zoo, I saw an elephant!" Here, we're talking about a single, non-specific thing, in this case an elephant. There are probably several elephants at the zoo, but there's only one we're talking about here.

Remember, using a or an depends on the sound that begins the next word. So...

  • a + singular noun beginning with a consonant: a boy; a car; a bike; a zoo; a dog
  • an + singular noun beginning with a vowel: an elephant; an egg; an apple; an idiot; an orphan
  • a + singular noun beginning with a consonant sound: a user (sounds like 'yoo-zer,' i.e. begins with a consonant 'y' sound, so 'a' is used); a university; a unicycle

If the noun is modified by an adjective, the choice between a and an depends on the initial sound of the adjective that immediately follows the article:

  • a broken egg
  • an unusual problem
  • a European country (sounds like 'yer-o-pi-an,' i.e. begins with consonant 'y' sound)

Remember, too, that in English, the indefinite articles are used to indicate membership in a group:

  • I am a teacher. (I am a member of a large group known as teachers.)
  • Brian is an Irishman. (Brian is a member of the people known as Irish.)
  • Seiko is a practicing Buddhist. (Seiko is a member of the group of people known as Buddhists.)

Definite Article: the

The definite article is used before singular and plural nouns when the noun is specific or particular. The signals that the noun is definite, that it refers to a particular member of a group. For example:

"The dog that bit me ran away." Here, we're talking about a specific dog, the dog that bit me.

"I was happy to see the policeman who saved my cat!" Here, we're talking about a particular policeman. Even if we don't know the policeman's name, it's still a particular policeman because it is the one who saved the cat.

"I saw the elephant at the zoo." Here, we're talking about a specific noun. Probably there is only one elephant at the zoo.

Count and Noncount Nouns

The can be used with noncount nouns, or the article can be omitted entirely.

  • "I love to sail over the water" (some specific body of water) or "I love to sail over water" (any water).
  • "He spilled the milk all over the floor" (some specific milk, perhaps the milk you bought earlier that day) or "He spilled milk all over the floor" (any milk).

"A/an" can be used only with count nouns.

  • "I need a bottle of water."
  • "I need a new glass of milk."

Most of the time, you can't say, "She wants a water," unless you're implying, say, a bottle of water.

Geographical use of the

There are some specific rules for using the with geographical nouns.

Do not use the before:

  • names of most countries/territories: Italy, Mexico, Bolivia; however, the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, the United States
  • names of cities, towns, or states: Seoul, Manitoba, Miami
  • names of streets: Washington Blvd., Main St.
  • names of lakes and bays: Lake Titicaca, Lake Erie except with a group of lakes like the Great Lakes
  • names of mountains: Mount Everest, Mount Fuji except with ranges of mountains like the Andes or the Rockies or unusual names like the Matterhorn
  • names of continents (Asia, Europe)
  • names of islands (Easter Island, Maui, Key West) except with island chains like the Aleutians, the Hebrides, or the Canary Islands

Do use the before:

  • names of rivers, oceans and seas: the Nile, the Pacific
  • points on the globe: the Equator, the North Pole
  • geographical areas: the Middle East, the West
  • deserts, forests, gulfs, and peninsulas: the Sahara, the Persian Gulf, the Black Forest, the Iberian Peninsula

Omission of Articles

Some common types of nouns that don't take an article are:

  • Names of languages and nationalities: Chinese, English, Spanish, Russian
  • Names of sports: volleyball, hockey, baseball
  • Names of academic subjects: mathematics, biology, history, computer science

*credit to OWL Purdue University

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Baker's Dozen

Good morning people...

Let's learn a little about the meaning of these idioms today.....

Back Seat Driver:
People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice from the back seat of a vehicle to the driver.

Back To Square One: Having to start all over again.

Back To The Drawing Board: When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.

Baker's Dozen: Thirteen.

Barking Up The Wrong Tree: A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve.

Beat A Dead Horse: To force an issue that has already ended.

Bite Your Tongue: To avoid talking.

Blood Is Thicker Than Water: The family bond is closer than anything else.

Blue Moon: A rare event or occurance.

Break A Leg: A superstitious way to say 'good luck' without saying 'good luck', but rather the opposite.

Buy A Lemon: To purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it away.

Baker's Dozen means 13??? owhh... ok... that's new for me... :)

So Darn Cute!!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hello World!

Whoaaah... it has been 4 days since I last updated this blog! Sorry people... I've been away... away from civilized world internet connection..

Well...actually... I had such a rejuvenating weekend.... (apart from not having to get connected to the internet)

I was stuck in Port Dickson since Thursday last week, and the last post was an auto published entry...

Ancasa... where the workshop for this semester moderation (final exam) was held.. my second visit to this place actually, which I only realized upon reaching the hotel... I've totally forgotten I've been to this Ancasa hotel before.... huhu...

Ancasa Hotels & Resorts a.k.a Ancasa Resort Allsuites, Port Dickson.

we managed to swim few laps.. hehe....

Ancasa Spa

Spa facilities and full body massage - RM140 for an hour

Banana boat..huhuuu.... yessss... we did try this one out...

and this too!!

that's us! we were then plunged off the boat! an exhilarating experience... !!

A Canadian guy with his bag pipe, serenading us walking by the beach

so... that was my weekend.... very tiring but exciting...huhu...

owhh.. by the way... don't be fooled by the photos... I only showed you the best part of the weekend..... we were miserable most of the time doing our works... hahaa...

*plunged - thrown suddenly

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Someone asked me what is blurb....

Here is the definition...

A blurb is a short summary or some words of praise accompanying a creative work, usually referring to the words on the back of the book but also commonly seen on DVD and video cases, web portals and news websites.

An example of a blurb... Click to enlarge

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I Want To Discuss About Something

Do you say, I want to discuss about something?

Actually, you should say...

I want to discuss about something...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Disturbing Photo

I felt very much disturbed after reading that the photographer did nothing to help the child...
This photo taught me how lucky we are...

Learn English

Fun and easy way to learn English
Chandra Devi

LEARNING English should be fun and the New Straits Times Sdn Bhd’s Newspaper in Education Unit (NIE) has just the right solution for it. The unit has introduced NiEXUS,, an English e-learning site for primary and secondary school students which incorporates a contemporary and fun-filled way to learn the language.

LEARNING English should be fun and the New Straits Times Sdn Bhd’s Newspaper in Education Unit (NIE) has just the right solution for it. The unit has introduced NiEXUS,, an English e-learning site for primary and secondary school students which incorporates a contemporary and fun-filled way to learn the language.

The self-access learning site has content that teaches English in a fun way with animated games and new-based exercises. In addition, it provides Web space for students to share views and creative expression.

According to Mary Chandapillai, manager, NIE Unit, New Straits Times Sdn Bhd, the site is built in a manner that students can easily surf and access the various activities which are designed to complement the English language syllabus in schools.

“Anyone from the ages of seven to 17 will be inspired as the Web page is filled with a myriad of features to help understand and improve their English skills in a practical and fun-filled way,” says Chandapillai.

Core to this e-learning site, she points out, is News Flash. Each week, based on reports in the newspaper, this section will highlight four major events from around the world. In addition to reading the news articles which will be simplified for easy understanding, students using this link will learn a bit more about the countries involved, test their word power, grammar and comprehension through the exercises.

“The stories are presented in a simplified format with a glossary for difficult words. And for more advanced students, they can also access the published article via a Portable Document Format link,” says Chandapillai, adding that a pronunciation guide will be made available from next month.

Besides this, the e-learning site also incorporates animated games to teach grammar, vocabulary and writing in the Language Games segment.

“These Web pages are designed in a way that students at any proficiency level can access the site. Students using this site will at least pick up 10 new words a day and by the time they complete the activities, they would have improved their language skills to a certain degree,” she stresses.

The NiEXUS site also provides a platform for students to write and express their thoughts via My Say, The Continuing Tale, Writing Prompts and Creative Twists segments. The objective is to challenge students’ creative and critical thinking abilities and expand their creative potential online.

Furthermore, Chandapillai says parents and teachers can leverage on this platform not only to create interest in the language but also as a means to develop computer and journalism skills among children.

NiEXUS, she explains, hosts two links – My School Rocks and A Day in Your Life – which gives students the experience of newspaper publishing. Students can design their own front page using the tools given.

“These two links are one of the first journalism-based activities made available online for Malaysian students. The My School Rocks section, for instance, will help students plan and design a news bulletin for their school. It encourages creative writing and creative design. As for A Day in Your Life, it encourages students to write about themselves and maintain a journal online. Easy, step-by-step instructions are provided for students to pick up these skills,” she elaborates.

For additional reading, NiEXUS provides a link to Planet Earth which covers topics such as global warming and water issues.

NiEXUS, Chandapillai informs, is only available to schools that register with the NIE Unit. Schools will need to pay a registration fee of RM150 per school year to access the e-learning site and there is no limit to the number of users. However, access is free for schools under the NST’s School Sponsorship Programme.

Parents can also subscribe to the service, says Mary, for a fee of RM100 per year for five users. For teachers, the site offers ready-to-use content to further enhance their teaching of the language. In addition, they can also monitor the progress of each registered student via a progress chart which is automatically created.

The NIE Unit will provide training for teachers on how to integrate the online content with print copies and the English Language syllabus. A manual will also be provided to the teachers.

copy&paste from here

Time Flies

Last week the second JKTAP meeting was held. The meeting is for students who have low percentage of attendance for their classes.
Most of them have the same problem (excuse? reason?), that is waking up early in the morning for their 8am class.
The root of their problem is simply time management...
So... this post is dedicated especially for them...
photo credits: click photo to enlarge
Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours.They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge.If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour.What will you do with this priceless treasure?”~ Author Unknown

“I recommend you to take care of the minutes,for the hours will take care of themselves.”
~ Lord Chesterfield

“If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference,to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW.”~ Author Unknown

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”~ H. Jackson Brown

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”Marcus Aurelius

“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.”~ Lee Iacocca

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Saturday

“The only good is knowledge; the only evil is ignorance.”- Socrates

Enjoy your weekend people...

as for me... I will for sure... coz next weekend I'll be working during the weekend... arrghhhh...
photos from my archive...
Frangipani (Plumeria) flowers in front of academic office, KPTM Kuantan..lovely ahhh..?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday The 13th !!!

Blog n You

So...which one is you? hehehe... None... I hope...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Life Instructions

Very simple?
But, why are we making it so damn hard??

What's For Breakfast?

Have you had your breakfast?

As for me...

I'm contemplating....

Should I have this....


uuuuhh...uhhhh... wait!!...

there is this old saying....

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
Adelle Davis(1904 - 1974)

So... I chose this instead....

yummm...yummm... (again...not u yerr Kak Yam)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


It's almost 1pm and why are you still here..?? It's lunch time people!!!
Get out of the office and enjoy your lunch!!

yummmm... yummmmm... (Kak Yam..I'm not calling your name ok.. ahakss)

whattt??? you are on diet? ohhh...come on... you can start dieting tomorrow... hahaha....

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