Relieving stress is essential in order for us to work efficiently. There are many ways to relieve stress, and it is up to us to choose them accordingly. They can be in the form of reading, chatting or even eating.
My school teachers found out that playing badminton also serves this purpose effectively. We divided ourselves into four groups:
Group A : Mr. Ghazali (Principal), Mr. Azmi (Senior Assistant of Administration), Mr. Wan Ridhauddeen, Ustaz Zahari, Mr. Zulkhairi and Mr. Asfayuzie.
Group B : Mr. Zulkifli, Mr. Wan Rahiman (Senior Assistant of Co-Curricular Activities), Mr. Adnan Mahmud, Mr. Ismail, Mr. Che Mohd Nasir, Mr. Mazlan Rahim and Yours Truly.
Group C : Mr. Adnan Ahmad (Senior Assistant of Form Six), Mr. Tuan Muhd Shafri, Mr. Lan (Teacher Sunita's husband), Mr. Mat Rani, Mr. Imran and Mr. Yusof (Warden).
Group D : Mr. Fatihi, Mr. Zaidi, Mr. Ridhwan, Mr. Osman, Mr. Mazlan Wahab and Mr. Shukri.
It is hard to believe that after all this while, the principal is still a very good badminton player. He was paired with Mr. Asfayuzie and they won all their games handsomely. Group A benefited from that pairing and they won the tournament with 7 points.
I was paired with Mr. Mazlan Rahim in Group B. Although we also won both our matches, our group only managed to be second because of a dubious tie breaker (I never knew how it was counted) after getting the same amount of points (7 points).
Group D was third with 3 points and Group C was last without any win (0 point).
The results were announced in the final year dinner held at Perdana Hotel, Kota Bharu.