A.K.U.G.U.R.U. actually means 'I am a Teacher' (Aku guru in Bahasa Malaysia). It contains all the items related to my profession as a secondary school English teacher which includes my English lessons, my interests, my passion for Liverpool FC, and also my family affairs. Hope you enjoy your reading!

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Anime Mania

Take my advice - don't start watching them or you'll be stucked.

I have just finished watching 'Ace of Diamond', an anime about baseball. Initially, I wasn't planning on watching any cartoon and wasting my precious time away from my tasks, but one day, I accidentally watched it when my brother switched it on television and I ended up finishing all the 126 episodes! 

I also found out that he has a lot of other animes too, most of them about sports. Among others are:

Baby Steps - an anime about tennis.

Haikyu - an anime about volleyball.

Slam Dunk - an anime about basketball. 

This makes me wonder, if Japan has a lot of animes on sports, does it have an anime on chess? Apparently not. Maybe chess is not a popular sport among Japanese people. However, they do have board games, and one of the animes is Hikaru no Go, an anime about the game Go. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

SAPS Insecure?

Yes! I have finished my marking for PKBS 2. I have promised myself that I would not drag this marking towards the holidays, I did just that, today, amidst being involved in a lot of tasks, which include, among others, playing football.

Now, I am sitting in front of my laptop, getting ready to key in the marks. However, to my surprise, the online website for SAPS is blocked by my Kaspersky! This has never happened before and should have never happened as it is a government website.

Tell me, if this continues, how may I key in the marks?

Friday, May 12, 2017

2 Things I Do Differently From Others

Sometimes I don't really understand why certain people do certain things differently. When I do something in certain way, I have my own reason for doing it in that particular manner. Now these two actions are not comprehensible to me.

1. Putting keys somewhere 'unsafe' in the masjid before getting in the saff. 

This is an extremely incomprehensible action many people do in front of my eyes. I don't know whether it is simply stupid or rather it is the highest level of 'tawakkal'. You get into the masjid, put your key at one of the pillars, then line up in the saff for prayer. My rational thinking is that anybody can easily take the key, find the motorcycle (or car) and speed off. In one case in Penang, the person, already late for prayer, casually threw his key on the stairs outside of the masjid (I was taking ablution by the stairs), got inside and prayed.

 2. Folding the prayer mat inside out.

This is another action which I don't understand the reason. My logic states that I should fold the mat in a way that the outside of the folded mat should be the side where we put on the floor (Side B to make it easy to describe), and the inside should be the side where we pray on (Side A). This is because we do not want Side A to get dirty with, say for example, lizard droppings. However, many people, especially those who sometimes borrow my prayer mat, fold the mat with Side A on the outside. It really got me confused!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Idioms VS Peribahasa

This morning, my students performed a dialogue consists of idioms and its Malay equivalent (peribahasa). It was for the language programme held every Tuesday morning, replacing the recitation of Yasin. The programme is a good alternative to classroom learning but in order for it to work, the performance must be quite creative. 


The Dialogue:

Fatin: Hai Hajar, apa khabar?

Hajar: Hi, Fatin. I’m in the pink of health, thank you. How about you?

Fatin: Saya sihat, tapi saya sedih sikit. Markah Bahasa Inggeris saya amat rendah.

Hajar: Fatin, don’t worry. You can study harder. Remember, no pain, no gain.

Fatin: Betul, usaha itu tangga kejayaan. Saya akan belajar lebih rajin lagi. Saya akan pastikan takkan pisang berbuah dua kali.

Hajar: Yes, Fatin. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. How about we ask Mr. Azizul for help? We can learn English from him, and at the same time we can learn chess also. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

Fatin: Bagus cadangan tu. Sambil menyelam, sambil minum air. Sambil belajar Bahasa Inggeris, sambil belajar catur. Saya rasa, jika kita betul-betul mahu, kita boleh menguasai kedua-duanya. Di mana ada kemahuan, di situ ada jalan.

Hajar: Marvellous! Where there is a will, there is a way. I think we also have to increase our vocabulary. Learn a word a day. You know, in for a penny, in for a pound.

Fatin: Saya setuju. Sedikit-sedikit lama-lama jadi bukit. Mari kita pergi berjumpa Cikgu Azizul sekarang. Masa itu emas, tau!

Hajar: Yes, I agree. Time is money. Let’s go!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Where to Deliver My Next Baby?

I'll be having another child. Like the previous two, my wife starts urging me to search for a place for the delivery. She makes it a point to have a female doctor delivering her baby as the experience for our first born was uninspiring. It was in a government hospital and she was alone for I was not granted the entry thus denying the chance to savour what should have been our most memorable moment.  

Searching for a good delivery hospital with female doctors in Kelantan is like searching for a needle in a haystack. There are only a few to choose from, and they are quite pricey especially if you need a surgery. 

One of them is Pusat Perubatan An-Nisa where my second child was delivered by Dr. Roseliza. It has wards and rooms for post delivery care, and the air conditioned room we were in was quite cozy with toilet and LCD screen inside it. The price for normal delivery is around RM2000, so, you can consider it reasonable. You may get more information here, but pardon me, it is not their official website which is 'under construction'. 

Our third child was born in Rumah Bersalin An-Nur in Kubang Kerian. It looks old but my wife liked it very much, most of it due to the friendliness of Dr. Siti Nurrochmah and her daughter, and the way they delivered the baby. She even asked me to cut the umbilical cord, which I happily did. Sadly, it does not have any website apart from a Facebook page, so, I cannot give you any more than that. 

However, due to some problems, we cannot have our latest baby in any of the above mentioned places. After some deliberation, we come to the conclusion that Rumah Bersalin Lily is the place. It fits the bill as the delivery will be done by Dr. Wan Malihah, who seems quite nice. The drawback is that the place is in Pasir Mas, which is around 20 kilometers from our house, so we should carefully plan our departure to prevent any delay. 

I am hopeful to see my baby being safely delivered.

UPDATE: It was Rumah Bersalin Lily after all. 30th August 2016 at 3.11 a.m. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Madinah Ramadhan Khat Competition - Results

Praise be to Allah, I got something for my artwork! I received a call this morning informing me about the result and asking me to be at the prize giving ceremony which would be held later in the afternoon. 

In truth, I was quite shocked, although some part of me were hoping for the positive outcome. The artwork of the others, in my opinion, were exquisite, and it was confirmed by the judges when I talked with one of them after the ceremony that the quality of the artworks were high compared to last year. 

Finished Artwork Category (Adults)

Finished Artwork Category (Students)

Spontaneous Category (Adults)

Spontaneous Category (Students)


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Madinah Ramadhan Khat Competition

Today I entered the Madinah Ramadhan Khat Competition held at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium. There were 14 participants altogether (2 of them were females) and I was not confident enough to be among the top 10. I rarely write nowadays and I held my khat pen just 1 week ago. It would be a miracle if I were to win anything. 

However, I was quite satisfied with my work. I was careful enough throughout the 3 hours so as not to make any telling mistakes (though I did make one which required me to apply liquid paper). Here was my work:

Here are some pictures taken from the competition:

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