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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Thursday, November 22, 2012

MAIK 2012 Khat Competition

It has been a long time since I last entered a khat competition. This time, the competition, which was opened only to Kelantanese, was held in conjunction with MAIK expo at Kubang Kerian castle. I was determined to get something from it because I really thought that I had a genuine chance. I knew about the competition from the announcement made before the khutbah in Tanah Merah mosque a week before. 

Eagerly, I arrived at the competition venue early. To my dismay, the competition started an hour later than the actual time. Nevertheless, I put my anxiety behind and prepared for the competition. I was aghast to know that I was required to write an excerpt from an old Malay manuscript written in Jawi. It was not pretty, and some of the words were unreadable. Luckily, the organiser explained that competitors only need to copy the excerpt, without having to write in any type of known khat. Thus, I meticulously wrote my khat within the 3 hours given. 

While waiting for the results, I went around the exhibit booths. I also stepped inside the castle to enjoy the historical Islamic artifacts. Fifteen minutes before 3 p.m., the supposedly announcement time, I was already sitting at the venue, only to find that the announcement was to be made an hour later. How flabbergasted I was when the winners were let known by the chairman. All the pain of waiting was duly forgotten, and I returned home euphorically.

Below are some pictures for you to share my joy.


When I searched for the official website of the 'Grand Event' of MAIK, I could only come across this link, which was a Facebook page. Is it too hard a task to provide a proper website?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Rumah Tamu Cempaka Desa , area Kota Bharu

RM 200.00 SEHARI

Rumah Tamu Cempaka Desa
Lot 1666 Kampung Chempaka,
16100 Jalan Jambu Kota Bharu,

Lokasi GPS;

N 06’08.364’
E 102’16.428’

Banglow Dengan ;
- 4 Bilik Tidur
- 2 Bilik Mandi

*Kelengkapan Lain Seperti Aircond-Master Br, Peralatan Masak, TV,Peti Ais.
*Ruang yang selesa untuk Satu atau Dua Keluarga
*Sesuai untuk rombongan perkhawinan dan sebagainya..
*Kedai Runcit di hadapan.

-Berdekatan dengan kedai makan, Halalal Toyibha,Mr. Cook, Nasi Lemak Abe Long .
-3km berdekatan dengan Bandar Kota Bharu.
-5km berhampiran dengan lapangan terbang Sultan Ismail Petra.
-4km berdekatan dengan Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah.
-5km University Malaysia Kelantan Jalan Pengkalan Chepa Kota Bahru
-6km dengan Pusat Jualan Wakaf Che Yeh,KB Mall,Mydin dan Billion Shopping Centre.
-7km University Sains Malaysia (USM) Health Campus Kubang Kerian Kota Bharu Kelantan
-23km atau 40minit ke pusat membeli belah Pengkalan Kubur (bebas cukai)
-43km atau 1 jam ke pusat membeli belah Rantau Panjang (bebas cukai)

Jika berminat,boleh la menghubungi Puan Rosita binti Ismail di talian 016-9869555 untuk rundingan sewaan dan tempahan.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Example of Article

I read an interesting article on how to lose belly fat. Just what I really need :) Firstly, to enable myself to follow these simple ways and secondly, to show my students how to write a good article for their examination. 

For articles, the formats are:

1. Title
2. Byline
3. Subtitle (if possible)
4. Ending (if asked by the question)

6 Ways to Burn Your Belly Fat Fast

By: Jennifer Cohen

One of the most common questions I get is how to lose belly fat. Belly fat is actually the most dangerous type of fat – besides aesthetics, large waist lines are indicators of –disease-disease-disease.

It takes more than just crunches! We start to gain weight in our midsection when our cortisol levels spike. Stress is one of the primary culprits for high levels of cortisol secretion. When this happens cortisol breaks downs lean muscle (the type of tissue that burns calories most efficiently) and also holds on to fat storage in the abdominal region. That stress can even get WORSE with bad dieting; studies show that the stress caused by dieting can increase cortisol levels, making no change in belly fat even with calorie restriction. So how do you shape up? Incorporate these 6 things below and you will be on your way to a flatter belly in no time flat!

1. Sleep
If you want to work late at night, think again. When your biorhythms are off, you end up eating more. When you’re tired you produce more ghrelin, which triggers cravings for sugar and other fat-building foods. Losing sleep can also alter your hormone production, affecting your cortisol levels that cause insulin sensitivity, prime reasons for belly fat! Getting about 7 hours of sleep a night is one of the best things you can do for your body shaping goals.

2. Short bursts of exercises
1000 crunches a night may get you strong abdominal muscles, but with a full layer of fat on top, you will not get the results you really want. Instead of all those crunches, do exercises that engage multiple muscle groups and work your cardiovascular system. Try planking, where you hold yourself in a push-up position, resting your forearms on the ground. Try 3 or 4 sets of holding for 30 seconds each. Getting up and moving throughout the day by going for walks will also help.

3. Sugar is your Enemy
Fighting belly fat is 80% healthy diet. Reduce calories by filling yourself up with protein, vegetables, whole grains, and replacing bad habit snacks with good ones. For example, if you have a sugar craving, replace your calorie laden latte with a Muscle Milk lite, one of my favorites, because it has zero sugar and a ton of protein that will satiate while also torching my sugar craving! Another great trick is a sprinkle of cinnamon in your morning coffee or oatmeal- the spice has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar. It also slows the rate at which food exits the stomach, which helps you feel fuller longer.

4. Vitamin C
When you’re under extreme stress, you secret more cortisol hormone. Vitamin C helps balance the cortisol spikes that happen to you under this stress. Besides being a good way to counteract a cold, Vitamin C is also essential for making carnitine, a compound used by the body to turn fat into fuel, making this vitamin your fat burning friend.
If you’re going through an emotional crisis, stress from work, or a bad eating splurge, increase your vitamin C – it’ll help counteract the negative side effects. Try bell peppers, kale or kiwi fruits. These have even more Vitamin C than the famous Orange!

5. Eat Fat
Yup, you heard me! It takes fat to burn fat. Like I said above, it’s sugar that gets you fat, not fat. Good fats include foods rich in Omega 3′s, like salmon, avocados & walnuts. These foods are full of nutrients that help keep you satiated throughout the day.

6. Slowing down your breath
This is a very simple method that you can use even when you’re in the midst of doing something else. Whenever you notice you’re feeling tense and uptight check and see how you’re breathing. Most people under stress either alternate holding their breath with short breaths, or take rapid shallow breaths. After you become aware of your own breathing, consciously relax your belly and slow down the breathing. This works best if you focus on slowing down the exhalation rather than your inhalation. With each exhalation you can say to yourself “slow down”. That is all there is to it- Simple but surprisingly effective!!!

The article is taken from here.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Monday, September 03, 2012

J W Henry's Letter to Fans

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Look at the above picture of people helping to take teacher Othman's car out of the drain. What is/are suitable idiom/idioms or phrases to be used here? (highlight between the brackets for the answer).

[Many hands make light work]
[Give a helping hand]

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Argumentative Essay

During the Ramadhan, I did writing to my 5 Bestari on an argumentative essay with the topic of Yes or No to bringing handphone to school.

Brainstorming session

A very slow process. Maybe because of the insufficient flow of oxygen in their brains due to fasting. What they came out with were these:

Advantage: (1) for emergency. (2) phone usage such as calculator and converter may help in lessons.

Disadvantage: (1) distraction. (2) phone misuse (pornography, cheating in exam). (3) social problems (theft, bullying).

Writing first draft

An arduous task. It took them 2 lessons to complete their first draft. Two groups even had to do 'ketuk-ketampi' for not handing in their essays on time. Nevertheless, they managed to complete the draft successfully.

Peer discussion

A copy of the group's essay was given to the other groups for peer correction. They underlined and gave suggestions for the other groups' first draft. The copy was then given back to the original group. They made correction where they thought suitable and returned the original essays to the teacher for marking.

Teacher's correction

My turn to make all the remaining corrections. Here are their essays. My choice is Group 5. How about you? Read all before deciding :)

Group 1

Yes or No to bringing handphone to school

Nowadays, people, especially students, are desperately crazy about getting their hands on the variety of handphones such as Iphone or the Galaxy Notes. However, there are advantages and disadvantages of bringing the handphone to school. 

For one thing, handphones can make the lesson easier. A handphone has a lot of usages. For example, students can use the handphone to calculate in Mathematics lesson by using the calculator function. Furthermore, the students can also listen to music to release the tension during recess. 

On the other side of the coin, bringing handphone to school may invite the phone misuse. Taking and sharing inappropriate graphic materials is one of the misuses of handphone. Irresponsible students like to download and share the explicit materials although the materials are not suitable for them. Besides, it can help students to cheat in examinations easily. So, the increase in their marks means nothing because it does not show their true academic performance. Thus, there is no guarantee for the students to have a bright future.

Secondly, bringing handphone to school is very important because it can be used for emergency. For instance, when fire happens at school, the parents can call their children and ask about their condition. Besides, it can also be used when students are sick at school. They can call their parents to tell them about their health. They can also use their handphone to call their parents when they are late to return home. 

Meanwhile, bringing handphone to school can cause many social problems. Problems like bullying and theft will arise because of the handphones. If the senior students see that their juniors are bringing more expensive handphones to school, they will feel threatened. As a result, they try to seize the handphone forcefully. Theft or stealing may also happen when a student carelessly leave his handphone in the classroom.

On top of that, handphones will become a distraction in the student’s lesson. New messages or incoming calls will surely distract the student’s focus on what the teacher is saying in front of the class. Their brain cannot cope with doing two different things at the same time. 

In a nutshell, whether bringing the handphone to school is good or bad highly depends on how the students use it. Unfortunately, their immature behaviours are not suitable for this privilege because if you give them an inch, they will take a yard. Thus, the government should not allow the students to bring the handphone to school.

Group 2

Yes or No to bringing handphone to school

The handphone is on everybody’s lips nowadays. It is such as a wonderful tool for education, work, information and play that sometimes we wonder how we survived before this. Some people call it the eighth wonder of the world while others think of it as disruptive. So, does a handphone become a wonderful tool or a disruptive tool at school?

For one thing, handphone can be used for emergency calls. When a student feels sick or involved in an accident, the teacher may quickly call the student’s parents and tell them about their son’s condition. This is because the parents’ numbers will already be in the student’s phonebook and the teacher does not have to waste time searching for it in the school students’ database.

On the other side of the coin, bringing the handphone to school may cause unwanted distractions. Students can easily lose focus in their lesson when they receive new messages or have incoming calls. The school may instruct the students to turn off their handphones during lesson but, in reality, there are not many students who really adhere to school rules and regulations.

Secondly, there are many useful functions for the handphone. It can normally become a calculator, a music player and also a unit converter. Sometimes, students use the handphone to calculate numbers in their Mathematics lesson, and some other times, they use it to convert numbers from meters to inches in their Science lesson. 

On the other hand, the students act immaturely and misuse the handphone functions. There are many instances where students use the handphone to take and share pornographic pictures or videos. Irresponsible students might also use their handphone to cheat in examinations. What is more with the handphone’s ability to store so much information in its memory card, the students can put the whole text books in it!

Moreover, the adverse effect on students when they use a handphone at school is the increase of social problems. For instance, when a student brings an expensive handphone to school and his friend is jealous of him, theft or stealing may happen. This kind of social problem will only add to the many socials problems already at school. 

In a nutshell, bringing handphone to school will only become a tool of destruction instead of a tool of construction. Therefore, it is better to leave the handphone at home. 

Group 3
Yes or No to bringing handphone to school

Nowadays, handphone usage is popular among the students. Every student wants his or her own handphone. Moreover, the phone has many usages apart from just being a tool in communication. Students use it in nearly everything they do and they cannot be separated from their handphones even for a second. The interesting news is handphones can now be brought to school. Is it really a good idea?

For one thing, handphone can be used when there are emergency cases. For example, students can use the handphone to contact their parents when someone disturbs them. Additionally, when they have an extra class, they can inform their parents that they will be late in returning home. So, their parents will not be worried and waste their time waiting for their children.

However, handphone usage in the class will distract students from concentrating in the lesson, especially when they receive text messages or calls while the teacher is teaching. Their fragile concentration will also be disturbed when some boring students start playing phone games or surf the Internet. 

Secondly, handphone has many useful functions such as being a calculator or a unit converter. Students can use these functions to help them in their lesson. Besides, handphone can be used to release their tension by listening to the music while teachers are not in class or during the recess.

However, there are also tendencies to misuse the handphone. Students might use their handphone to take or share pornographic pictures or videos. What is more, they can also use the handphone to cheat in examinations. 

In addition, bringing the handphone to school may increase social problems such as bullying and theft. Bullying usually happens when the senior students discover that their juniors bring more expensive handphones to school. They will think that it degrades their reputation. As a result, they will try to take the handphone by force. Furthermore, students who are careless and put their handphones everywhere will invite thefts. This will bring more unwanted problems to school. 

In conclusion, bringing the handphone to school is not a good idea whatsoever. The disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. With our students’ immature and irresponsible attitude, the handphone will quickly become a tool of destruction. So, in order to prevent this from happening, it is best to prohibit the handphone usage in school.

Group 4

Yes or No to bringing handphone to school

Bringing handphone to school is happy news to student because they like it very much. With the advance in handphone technology, is it possible to bring handphone to school? Like everything else, there are advantages and disadvantages. I feel that the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages.

For one thing, handphone can be used to make emergency calls. For example, students can call their parents when they want to return home early if they are sick at school. On top of that, they can call their parents when they want to return home late after school because of the extra class or co-curricular activities.

On the other hand, using handphone during school will cause distraction. Students who use the handphone during lesson will lose their concentration. For example, when their teacher is teaching, they use the handphones to text someone. As a result, they will lose concentration to what the teacher is saying. They will also lose their focus if they are concentrating on the lesson and a new message suddenly shows on the screen.

Secondly, using handphones can help students in studying. For example, the students can use the calculator function of the handphone during Mathematics lesson. Besides, students can also use the unit converter to convert numbers from meter to inch. Furthermore, students can also listen to music when the teacher is not in class while doing their work or at the canteen while having their meals.

However, there is a tendency of students misusing their handphone. It usually happens when they use the handphone for useless or dangerous information. For instance, they download pornographic videos or pictures and share them with their friends.

Moreover, bringing handphone to school will give rise to social problems such as bullying and theft. Bullying sometimes can cause death. It happens when students want to take other students’ handphone. In addition, the students who leave their handphone everywhere can cause theft.

In a nutshell, bringing handphones to school is not good for students because handphones can make students unable to focus on the lesson. Moreover, it adds to the long list of social problems which the school already has.

Group 5

Yes or No to bringing handphone to school

In this globalisation era, people feel like handphone is the basic need in their life. It is the trend these days, especially for teenagers and students, to desperately get their hands on the latest handphone so that they will not lose to their friends. But the question is should the students bring their handphone to school?

For one thing, students can use the telephone during emergency cases which may occur anytime. So, students must take precaution in order to help them whenever they become sick at the school, have to return home late because of extra class or involve in accidents. 

On the other hand, if we bring handphones to school, many social problems may occur such as bullying and theft. Poor students who are unable to buy a high quality handphone which may cost more than a thousand will resort in bullying with the purpose of seizing the expensive handphone from the rich students. Other than that, the problem of theft in school will increase because, instead of money, there will be handphones for the taking. It absolutely will waste teacher’s time and energy in finding the culprits.

Secondly, bringing handphone to school is important for the lesson. The functions of the handphone such as being a calculator or a converter are important to students. Students can also surf the Internet to find important information for their lesson. They can finish their homework and projects that need them to surf for information. The development of the technology may enable students to surf the Internet anywhere. Thus, they can get benefits from this technology if they use the handphone for good purposes.

However, phone misuse will definitely occur when the students bring their handphone to school because of the teachers’ inability to observe all the students at school all the time. With the latest technology in many gadgets that are in the market nowadays such as Ipad, Iphone, and Android, students can easily get negative information from the Internet. This may occur in the form of inappropriate graphic materials. Irresponsible students download them and share them with their friends. In addition, students can also cheat in their examination by misusing this technology.

When all is said and done, it is confirmed that there are many disadvantages of bringing handphone to school as opposed to its advantages. Students need to benefit from this technology in a good way and must not misuse the technology to do negative things but, unfortunately, their young minds still cannot tell the difference between both.

Group 6

Yes or No to bringing handphone to school

In this era of globalization, where the world is getting smaller, handphone is on everybody’s lips more than McDonald’s or Kentucky Fried Chicken. It is such a wonderful tool for communication, education, work, information and play that sometimes we wonder how we survived before this. Some people call it the eighth wonder of the world while others condemn it as disruptive.

For one thing, bringing handphone to school has its advantages. For example, it can be used in case of emergency. If the students are in a dangerous situation like being alone at the bus stop or threatened by other students, they can call their parents or the police for help. The handphone will also become handy if they are going to be late because of the extra class or co-curricular activities.

However, handphone may cause distraction for student in the class. During the lesson, pupils will not concentrate on what the teacher is saying because they can be very enthusiastic in meddling with their handphone, either texting their friends or playing games. During examination times, teachers do not want the pupils to be distracted, so allowing handphone in classroom will defeat this purpose ultimately.

Secondly, using handphone can help students in their study. The students can use the dictionary in the handphone to find meanings for difficult English words. There are also many useful applications in the handphone such as calculators, Internet browsers, cameras and music players.
However, phone misuse may happen. Irresponsible students search the Internet for useless information or inappropriate materials and share these materials with their friends. Another thing is, students might use the phone to cheat in the examinations.

Moreover, many social problems such as theft will arise when students bring their handphone to school. For instance, a rich student brings an expensive phone to school. When someone knows about this and steals the phone, the victim will report this matter to the teacher. Thus, the school has to waste time and make an unnecessary spot check in order to find the culprit and the handphone.

In a nutshell, whether bringing handphone to school is good or bad depends on how the students use it. Unfortunately, the students nowadays have the tendency to misuse the handphone because of their immature minds. If you give them an inch, they will take a yard. Therefore, school should not allow the students to bring their handphone to school because it may cause more harm than good.

Friday, July 20, 2012

We Welcome You, RAMADHAN

It is that part of the year again where we have the opportunity to perform our fasting obligation. Hopefully, this year we will fast with full blessings from Allah the Almighty. Amin. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Problems Faced by Today's Teenagers

Each teenager would like to have a peaceful life where there is no need to work to earn some money and just study to find new knowledge. But today, although living in kaleidoscopic Malaysia, teenagers still have problems. Teenagers are teenagers. They cannot handle their problems themselves. They have no backbone to face the problems in their life. So, what are the problems that burden the teenagers?

The main problem that teenagers face today is coming from their home. Even though only some teenagers who are having this problem, it has to be thwarted. Their home is full of stress. Parents are always squabbling about something. Their siblings also make a bicker. This can make teenagers feel so uneasy. Sometimes, they have to face the music from their parents' action. The uneasy feeling make teenagers unable to focus on their studies. Their results go down badly and they feel moody everyday. So, parents and siblings at home must take action quickly so that this problem can be solved. Then, the teenagers will gain their spirit to be triumphant in their studies.

Furthermore, teenagers have bad attitude that they easily get negative influence from their friends. When they have friends, they might follow their friends' attitude. If they have a good friend, it would be nice but if they have a bad friend, it would change their attitude to become mischievous teenagers. Although this is a difficult-to-solve problem, we can still keep our fingers crossed and make them turn a new leaf. We should tell teenagers to let the cat out of the bag and solve it properly. It can be used to reduce the problems that burden teenagers lately.

In addition, teenagers today love to do bad things. If we ask them the reason why they like to do those things, some teenagers may reply that they feel ecstatic doing a bad job that disturbs somebody else. Actually, it is just a flimsy excuse. They like to burn their fingers and get into hot water. It does not give any advantage if they still do the bad thing. Usually they are involved in vandalism and gangsterism. They have to prevent themselves from this problem. Rome wasn't built in one day. They have to try again and again to release themselves from this problem because where there's a will, there's a way.

As a result, the problems that burden teenagers can be solved sooner or later. Parents including the community must see eye to eye to lend their hands to the teenagers to solve the problems. The teenagers who are free from problems and stress can focus a hundred percent on their studies. They can have their success in their studies and have a brain wave in their life. Teenagers without problems will build a harmonious family and live in a peaceful life.

Edited from a Form 4 Arif student's exam paper.  

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Happy Anniversary, My Love!

It was our fifth anniversary, and to make it memorable to you, I took you to the place where you have been itching to go for a long time - Bukit Tinggi. I hope you had a great time there. It was indeed a very beautiful place with nice views and cool climate. The Colmar Tropicale was fantastic, the service was warm and spending time with you there made all my problems go away. We took so many pictures, all of which were very scenic. Remember when there were only two of us at the tower? It was the happiest day of my life! Unfortunately, I was unable to take a picture of you in the Kimono because of the rain at the Japanese Tea House, and was unable to let the artist draw our cartoon because he was not there the next morning. All in all, I would like to wish you


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Teachers Must Be IT Savvy

Nowadays, teachers have to be very knowledgeable in using the Internet. The reason for this is that they have to engage with this technology at least once a month. They have to key-in students' data, students' examination marks, their own personal data and also the courses or seminars they went to. Among the websites that they have to frequent are:

Now they have to stare at the screen for long hours. Hopefully, nobody takes advantage by opening lots of eye glasses shops. Nevertheless, these articles might help in reducing the probability of making your glasses thicker: 

Monday, April 30, 2012

I Learnt a Lesson

There is a difference between 'looking' and 'observing'. I just routinely 'looked' at the bills after the payment. After all, the amount was the same as other months as it is a fixed monthly payment. However, what made it different from other times was that the clerk at the Petronas counter, I think, entered the account number incorrectly. Then, I threw away the receipt after a week. When the new bill arrived, I opened it up and, routinely, 'looked' at the numbers without noticing that there stated an overdue payment, which means that I didn't pay for the previous week, which means that the payment I made at the Petronas counter is not added to my account. Until today, when the Internet connection was suspended, I made a call and was told that the payment was overdue. There was nothing that I can do to prove that I have made the payment as the receipt was already burnt. The only hope is that somebody will realize that his payment is overpaid and call TM to make a correction. HARDLY, right?

There were so many times where I tried to observe something instead of just looking, but it was just not my nature. I always took details for granted.It is always hard for me to answer questions like 'What is the colour of the lowest light of the traffic light?' or 'What is printed behind the 10 cent coin?'. Even though I play chess, there is quite a difference between chess and the real life. In chess, I choose to observe every perceivable details in order to beat my opponents. In real life, details are always there to be seen, but I automatically choose to ignore them. 

Well, do you think you are the same as me? Answer both questions and you will see. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

2012 Essay Competition for School Magazine

This month, there is a competition organized by the school magazine, 'Majalah Cemerlang' for all SMKCE students. There will be prizes for the winners, so take this opportunity to kill two birds with one stone - improve English and getting a reward for that.

For English essay, the topics are given below:

Category A (150 – 300 words)

1. My ideal school

2. My dream home

3. A tragic incident you witnessed

Category B (350 – 500 words)

1. ‘Peer pressure is a powerful tool’. Do you agree?

2. Write a story ending with: ‘I was glad I spent time with them.’

3. Pollution

Submit your essay to Mdm. Tenh Saw Luan.

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15 APRIL 2012

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