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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Virtual Computer

The computer that we usually use is also called a physical computer or real computer, because besides using it, we can touch and feel it, and it had its own hardware. Then, have you heard of a virtual computer? A virtual computer, also called a virtual machine, it a 'computer' running inside a physical computer. It is actually a program that has the similar functions as a real computer. A virtual computer is usually referred to as a 'guest', while a physical computer is referred to as a 'host'. Virtual computer and physical computer share the same hardware, where the virtual computer uses the hardware of the physical computer. However, virtual computer and physical computer use different software.

Then, why is virtual computer used? There are 3 main reasons. First, virtual computer can be used to install other operating systems. Examples of operating systems are Windows 7, Windows Vista and Linux Ubuntu. Every computer usually has 1 operating system only. If you install another operating system, usually the current one is either upgraded to the new one, or the current one as well as all files in the hard disk are deleted and replaced by the new one. It is also possible to have 2 operating systems installed, but this requires dual-boot to be set-up. The process of setting-up dual boot is complicated, and may destroy all data if done incorrectly. Virtual computers can solve this problem. Second, virtual computer can be used to test new programs. If you are installing a new program in your computer, you may not be sure whether it is safe or not. In this case, you can install the program in a virtual computer first. If it is safe, you can install it in your real computer. If it is unsafe, only the virtual computer is affected, not the real computer. Third, virtual computer is used to run older programs that are not compatible with newer operating system. For example, some old programs are compatible with Windows XP but not Windows 7. However, if you are using Windows 7, you run them in a virtual computer with Windows XP installed.

In order to run a virtual computer, there are a few requirements. First, you must have a virtual machine software. VMWare Player is a free virtual machine software that can be downloaded at http://www.vmware.com/products/player/ . You also need an operating system for the virtual computer. You must have either an installation CD or an ISO file for the operating system. VMWare Player can run many operating systems like Windows XP and Linux Ubuntu. However, VMWare Player does not run Mac OS X since it can be installed on Mac computers only. VMWare Player can run Google Chromium OS but not Google Chrome OS because it is for Chromebooks only. Besides, your computer hardware such as RAM and hard disk should have high capacity because they are used by both the real computer and virtual computer at the same time. If your computer meet all the requirements, you can go ahead and install a virtual computer. You can have more than 1 virtual computers but you are advised use only 1 virtual computer at a time to prevent your computer's performance from being affected.

Of all the operating systems, the operating systems that are most suitable for virtual computers are Windows XP and Linux Ubuntu. Windows XP does not need high hardware requirements, and it is the version of Windows that is compatible with most softwares. Many older and newer programs are compatible with Windows XP, so Windows XP can be used to test new softwares and run older softwares. Linux Ubuntu should be your choice because it is the most widely used version of Linux. It is also the easiest to use and has the most features. Windows Vista and Windows 7 are not suitable to be installed in virtual computers because they need very high requirements and this may cause memory-swapping. In this article, I will tell you how to install Windows XP and Linux Ubuntu in VMWare Player.

To Use Windows XP in Virtual Computer:
(In order to do so, you must have a Windows XP installation CD.)

1. Download VMWare Player from http://www.vmware.com/products/player/ then install it.
2. Open VMWare Player.
3. Click 'Create a New Virtual Machine'.
4. Insert the Windows XP installation CD into the CD drive of your computer.
5. Click 'Installer disc' and select your CD drive.
6. When VMWare Player says that it will install Windows XP using Easy Install, click 'Next'.
7. Key in the Windows XP product key and your name. Then click 'Next'.
8. Click 'Next'.
9. Ensure that the 'Maximum disk size' is 40GB and 'store virtual disk as a single file' is selected. Then click 'Next'.
10. Click 'Finish'.
11. VMWare will automatically install Windows XP. Follow the on-screen instructions on continue. About 30 minutes is needed to install Windows XP.
12. After Windows XP has finished installing, it will automatically turn on.
13. On the bottom, there should be a bar about VMWare Tools. Connect to the internet and click 'Download Tools' or 'Update Tools'.
14. Wait for the download of VMWare Tools to complete.
15. In the virtual computer, open 'My Computer' and double-click the CD drive with the name of 'VMWare Tools'.
16. Install VMWare Tools in the virtual computer.
17. You have successfully installed Windows XP in VMWare Player.

To use Linux Ubuntu in VMWare Player:
(You do not need a Linux Ubuntu installation CD. Just follow the instructions below.)

1. Download VMWare Player from http://www.vmware.com/products/player/ then install it.
2. Download an ISO image of Linux Ubuntu from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download and save it to the desktop.
3. Open VMWare Player.
4. Click 'Create a New Virtual Machine'.
5. Click 'Installer disc image file'. Click 'Browse', select 'Desktop' and select the Linux Ubuntu ISO Image file (that you just downloaded).
6. When VMWare Player says that it will install Linux Ubuntu using Easy Install, click 'Next'.
7. Key in your username and password for Linux Ubuntu, then click 'Next'.
8. Click 'Next' again.
9. Ensure that the 'Maximum disk size' is 20GB and 'store virtual disk as a single file' is selected. Then click 'Next'.
10. Click 'Finish'.
11. VMWare will automatically install Linux Ubuntu. Follow the on-screen instructions on continue. About 30 minutes is needed to install Linux Ubuntu.
12. After Linux Ubuntu has finished installing, it will automatically turn on.
13. You have successfully installed Linux Ubuntu in VMWare Player.
(If you see a bar on the bottom about VMWare Tools, just click 'Never Remind Me'. You do not need to install VMWare Tools for Linux Ubuntu. Also, the installation procedure is very complicating.)


To use the virtual computer, open VMWare Player, select 'Windows XP' or 'Linux Ubuntu' in the left panel then click 'Play Virtual Machine'. Some hardware can be used by both the virtual computer and physical computer at the same time. Other hardwares, like USB devices, can only be used on either one of the virtual computer or physical computer at a time. To connect it to the virtual computer, in the virtual machine window, click 'Virtual Machine' then 'Removable Devices', select the device and click 'Connect'. To connect it to the physical computer, in the virtual machine window, click 'Virtual Machine' then 'Removable Devices', select the device and click 'Disconnect'. Some hardware are automatically connected to the virtual computer when it is switched on. To connect the virtual computer to the internet, just connect the physical computer to the internet and the virtual computer will be automatically connected. To transfer files between the virtual computer and physical computer, use a pendrive.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The Disadvantages of Taking Part in Uniformed Units / Keburukan Menyertai Aktiviti Unit Beruniform

Currently, all secondary school students in Malaysia are required to take part in co-curriculum activities. Marks will be given for co-curriculum activities and 10% of the marks will be taken into consideration for the application of local universities and colleges. There are 3 categories of co-curriculum activities, that is Uniform Units, Clubs & Societies, and Sports & Games. Students are told that it is compulsory for them to take part in all the three categories, because the co-curriculum marks includes all the 3 categories. However, the truth is that many students do not know is that only the marks of 2 of the 3 categories will be counted. The marks will be counted from the 2 categories that has the highest marks, while the category with the lowest marks will be ignored. So, in other words, we only need to take part in 2 categories.

Among the 3 categories, I think that every one should take part in Clubs & Societies and Sports & Games, but not Uniform Units. The reason is that there are many benefits to take part in Clubs & Societies and Sports & Games. However, taking part in Uniform Units brings more disadvantages than advantages. The advantages of taking part in Clubs & Societies is that it improves your skills in the particular subject or hobby, gives you valuable experiences, helps develop leadership, trains you to be a responsible person and encourages cooperation. The advantages of taking part in Sports & Games is that it makes you healthy, improves your skills in the particular sports, gives you valuable experiences, helps develop leadership and encourages cooperation. However, for Uniform Units, there are many disadvantages. These are the disadvantages of taking part in Uniform Units.

First of all, it is a waste of time to take part in Uniform Units. For Clubs & Societies and Sports & Games, the minimum number of activities is 12 per year. But for Uniform Units, the minimum number of activities is 18 per year. Also, the duration of each activity is 2 hours for Clubs & Societies and Sports & Games. But, the duration of each activity is 4 hours 30 minutes for Uniform Units. So, you need to attend more activities if you take part in Uniform Units. Taking part in too much co-curriculum activities is no good. The reason is you tend to neglect your studies. Studying is very important for students, especially those who are sitting for PMR or SPM. You will also have less time to carry out leisure activities and less time to spend with families. You may also feel tired, especially if you have many tuition classes and homework. Many students also do not know how to plan their time wisely.

Besides, you will also feel stressed. There are many activities to do when you take part in Uniform Units. For example, marching. You may have to march for several hours non-stop. Usually, you cannot rest unless the leader allows everyone to to so. There are also very strict rules. When you march, you must follow the instructions exactly. If you make a mistake, even a very small mistake, you can be scolded and punished. Some punishments are very harsh and in my opinion it should not be carried out. Also, you will be controlled by the head of the Uniform Unit. Worse is that, the leaders of many Uniform Units are students and not teachers. You will need to follow the instructions of the leader, or you you be punished. You cannot refuse to do what you are asked to do by the leader, even if it is something that you need not do or a very difficult task. So, you tend to be unhappy with the leader but unable to do anything against it. Some leaders also misuse their power and rights when they instruct or punish members. Actually, since the leaders are students, they are considered equal-standing with other members. So, they do not have the right to instruct or punish members.

In addition, taking part in Uniform Units affects your studies. Other than weekly activities during weekends, there are also additional activities which takes place during school hours, especially meetings. You will need to miss some classes to take part in it. Missing classes can bring negative effects. Even if you can borrow notes from other friends, it won't be as good as attending the lessons in class. For excellent students, missing a little bit of lessons can mean serious effects. You may not fully understand the particular topic you missed. There are also outside-school activities which can take place for days. In that case, you need to skip school and tuition for days. During that few days, you will miss out a lot. And, surely you will not be doing revision during those few days. These can affect your exam. Remember, academics make up 90% and co-curriculum make up 10%, so you should be quite sure about what is more important.

Moreover, you will burden your parents. When you attend activities, your parents you need to send you to the school or other locations. Most parents at work are quite busy. It will be difficult for them to spare their time. Even if you go yourself without being sent by your parents, you will be taking buses or other public transport. These will cost money. When you register for a Uniform Unit, you have to pay some money such as membership fee and uniforms. When you take part in certain activities like camping, you may need to pay. These fees can be quite expensive. This will bring problems to poor families. If you take part in outside-school activities, your parents can be worried too. I am sure you have seen news such as school bus accidents and student drown in river. The school may not have taken all the safety measures.

Furthermore, sometimes Uniform Units may be misused by naughty students to group among themselves. In some schools where the students are not disciplined, 'geng' activities are common. Some students may take a Uniform Unit as a 'geng'. Each 'geng' will take part in a particular Uniform Unit. As a result, many members of the Uniform Unit  are members of a particular 'geng'. When other students take part in that Uniform Unit, they may be asked to join that 'geng'. If they join the 'geng', they will be negatively affected. They may follow that 'geng' to carry out immoral activities. This will affect their studies and even destroy their future. If they do not join the 'geng', they may be bullied. The 'geng' members may give them unreasonable instructions and punishments. Some naughty students may have good achievements in that Uniform Unit such as winning competitions. Therefore, they may be given high positions or even become leaders of the Uniform Unit. They may look low on other members. They may also bully other members.

Many say that taking part in Uniform Units can develop discipline, but I disagree with that. In Uniform Units, discipline is often seen as 'following rules and instructions'. Uniform Units introduce many rules for their members and punish members who disobey rules and instructions. The members obeyed the rules and instructions just because they are afraid of the punishments, and therefore they are considered as 'disciplined'. Well, is that really what discipline is? No. Take an example. A student often smokes and plays truant (ponteng sekolah), but he obeys all the rules while taking part in Uniform Units because he doesn't want to be punished. Can he be considered a disciplined student? So, obviously taking part in Uniform Units cannot develop true discipline. A truly disciplined person is someone who always does the right thing and is true from his/her heart. True discipline can only be developed by parents, and they have to begin when their children is still small. Moral and religious education (didikan moral dan agama) are also needed to develop true discipline. Uniform Units are not required to develop discipline.

Many people also say that we can learn new skills by taking part in Uniform Unit. In my opinion, we cannot really learn something by taking part in Uniform Units. Although the members may be learning a skill practically when they take part in Uniform Units, but the learning method is not effective. Usually, the leader will demonstrate in front of everyone, while every member watches the leader. A few members may be given the chance to do it, while others can only watch without doing it. Can we really learn something by just watching and not doing anything? Also, you must have interest in something before you can learn and understand it. Surely not all members of the Uniform Unit are interested in it. So, there is no use to learn it. If you are interested in learning something, there are other better ways to learn it. You can learn it first theoretically by reading or searching on the Internet, and then practically by doing it yourself. This is surely more effective than learning it in Uniform Units. The skills that you can learn in Uniform Units is also limited. You can learn only learn a few skills in a year. So, Uniform Units is not a good way to learn new skills.

In conclusion, there are many disadvantages to take part in Uniform Units. I never took part in Uniform Units. I only took part in Clubs & Societies and Sports & Games. If you are taking part in Uniform Units but you are not interested or unhappy with it, then you should not hesitate to stop taking part. As long as you take part in Clubs & Societies and Sports & Games, your co-curriculum marks won't be affected. If you are really interested in taking part in Uniform Units, I am not saying you cannot do so. You can take part in Uniform Units. But, you must know how to plan your time wisely. You must never neglect your studies. Also, if you are given unreasonable instructions or punishments by the leader, you should not accept it. Don't be afraid to go against the leader, since the leader is just a student like you. Do not join any 'geng' if there is any in the Uniform Unit. If you are a leader, you should not misuse your rights and always give only instructions and punishments that are reasonable. At last, I wish to apologize if I have insulted anyone in this article.

Monday, 21 November 2011

2012 is Not the End of the World

Since a few years ago, people have been saying that year 2012 is the end of the world. At 2009, the movie '2012' was released. As a result, many people all the world know about that. I am sure that you know about it too. Then, is 2012 really the end of the world? No, it is not. The scientist have made explanations that are sufficient to prove that 2012 is not the end of the world. Basically, there are 5 theories which says that 2012 is the end of the world. However, scientists have proved that all these theories are not true.

Theory 1: The Mayan Calendar Ends on Year 2012

The Mayan is a civilization in the South America. However, after 600 years, the people of Mayan have disappeared completely. However, they left behind many things. One of the things left behind is a complete calendar that is full of pictures and symbol. Based on the study by the historians, this complete calendar only shows the date until year 2012. As a result, many think that the Mayans have predicted that the world will end on year 2012. However, the scientist Aveni disagrees with this opinion. He thinks that based on the calculation method of the Mayans, 5125 years is the time required for the solar system to complete one revolution. The Mayans calculated the calendar beginning year 3114 B.C. So, instead of being the end of the  world, 2012 should be seen as a new year.

Theory 2: The Solar System Falls into the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

On the year 2012, the whole solar system will be in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. This will happen only every 26000 years. 26000 years ago,  humans have not yet fully developed, in fact they do not know what is Earth. Some people think that if the Sun falls into the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, it will cause serious and unpredictable effects on the Earth. It may cause the poles of Earth to shift, or even cause the Earth to be attracted into the Black hole. However, the scientist Morrison advice us not to worry. In his opinion, such thing will not happen on 2012. In fact, a similar phenomenon can be observed during the Winter Solstice of every year. During that time, the Sun appears to be in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. However, it does not cause any negative effects on Earth. The Earth's gravity, the Sun's radiation, the planet's orbit and other things are all not affected.

Theory 3: The Collision with other Planet

All the while, people are always worried of the collision between the Earth and other planet. Although at all times, there are a lot of meteoroids from other space colliding on Earth, but luckily, they are all very small. Therefore, before the meteoroids reach the earth's surface, they are burnt in the Earth's atmosphere, so when they land on Earth, they are too small to cause any damage. Thanks to the atmosphere! Some people predict, a very large planet known as Nibiru will collide on Earth on year 2012. Even if it only goes near the Earth, it can cause very great damage, causing the Earth to move out of its orbit. Actually, people are worried all because a woman in USA claimed that she had received an e-mail from aliens which gives warning to humans. Based on the opinion of the scientist Morrison, he is sure that nothing will collide on Earth on year 2012. This is because if any planet goes near the Solar System, we will be able to see it 3 years earlier, but nothing have been observed until now. In addition, if there is a planet large enough to destroy the Earth, we can see it long before it collides on Earth.

Theory 4: The Predictions by the Mayans

The question is, if the Mayans have known that the world will end on year 2012, why there are no pictures which clearly says what will happen? Many historians said that after researching for many years, they have not yet found any clear predictions regarding year 2012. On the last page of the book left behind by the Mayans, there are statements that the Earth will suffer damage from heavy floods. Similar statements are also found in the legends of other races. The scientist Aveni believe, based on the Mayan's culture, this statement is not a prediction, instead, it is actually symbolizing the punishment for the human's actions . The human's actions have caused pollution and many other environmental problems. Since 2012 is a new year for the Mayans (as stated earlier), the Mayans want humans to learn from their mistakes and have a new beginning.

Theory 5: The shifting of the Earth's poles

The Earth's poles is the two ends of the Earth axis. They are located in the North Pole and South Pole. If the  Earth's poles shift position, there will be many great problems. The Earth's crust may move violently and the land of the seven continents may crack, just like an earthquake with magnitude 10. If an earthquake with magnitude 10 occurs, the whole Malaysia can be destroyed in just 10 minutes. If the crust of the whole Earth shifts at the same time, it can cause earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and other natural disasters. The damages caused will be unpredictable. But we should not worry. Based on the opinion of the scientist Adam Maloof, even though the Earth's crust is currently shifting, but the process is so slow that it takes several million years before it can cause any damage.

After reading this, you should know that year 2012 is not the end of the world. So, don't worry about it. Instead, we should protect the environment so that the Earth can live longer.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Computer Learning

Now, using the computer and surfing the internet is one of my hobby. I am also very good in computers. But do you know when and how I started to learn how to use a computer?

I started using computer when I was 3 years old. At that time, I went to my father's house in Subang Jaya, Selangor. There is a computer in his house. That is a HP Desktop computer with Windows 3.1 . It was actually an old computer. I liked to play with it very much. Therefore, my father brought it back to Kulim for me.

At first, I don't know how to use a computer correctly. I played a few games but I just simply play because I don't even know how to play it so I always lost. Later, my parents tought me how to play the games, then I began to know how to play. Besides playing games, I didn't know anything else about computers. The games were only very simple games.

Then when my brother knew how to play computer, he always play with my computer when he came back to Kulim. This is because there were no computer at his house. Several times I fought with him just because of the computer. At the year 2002, he wants to bring my computer to his house. I tried to stop him. My father told him to give that computer to my brother and promised to buy me a new one. The new computer I have is installed with Windows XP and I used it until now. Now it is already 8 years but still working!

When I started using this computer, I only use it to play games. The games were much newer and more advanced that the old computer. My father also installed TM Net internet service at my house for me. I knew very little about computer at that time. I only used the internet to download games. However, the internet was very slow and most downloaded games have a trial. At that time I never knew how to crack and my mother only purchased one game for me. Sometimes my mother downloaded the games using Streamyx and wrote them into a CD for me to install.

However, later I moved house. In the new house it is very troublesome to use the internet because I had to connect the wire over the living room floor. At the year 2006, I read a comic. Behind the comic are computer teachings. On that year also, my computer got infected by virus. I tried many antiviruses to remove the virus but at last I failed. I had to send my computer for repair. But, I began to know more about computers. I began to be less-interested in computer games. I prefer to download and use different types of softwares.

In Form 1 and 2, I had the chance to use the computer and internet in school every week during the ICT class. I began to use the internet widely. I also signed up for Friendster, Tagged, Facebook and much more. But it is difficult for me to use the internet at home. The TM Net is very slow and I had to connect the long cable over the floor. Once somebody fell down because of the wire. My father had a Maxis Broadband but I could use it only when he comes back to Kulim. My phone could surf the internet but it is very expensive.

Finally, at the end of year 2009, my father signed up another Maxis Broadband for me so that I can use the internet easily. In order for the Maxis Broadband to function properly, I moved my computer upstairs and reformatted it. I could use the internet whenever I want. I also know a lot about computer now. I also upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7. But because of my PMR examination, I don't use the computer or go online too often.

After my PMR examination, I played computer very often for more then 2 months until the 2010 year-end school holiday is over. I went to Kuala Lumpur for holidays on December 2010. My parents bought me a new Acer laptop on 9 December 2010. It has Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB RAM and ATI 512MB Graphics Card. It is very fast and good. However, the Maxis Broadband internet was very slow when I used it on the Acer Laptop. On 14 December 2010, my father took me to the Maxis store and replaced my Maxis Broadband modem. After that, the internet could work very fast. I concluded that the old Maxis Broadband modem was not compatible with Windows 7. Since then, I usually used the new Acer Laptop rather than my old Packard Bell desktop. I only used the Packard Bell desktop for testing purposes. On January 2011, the Acer laptop had a problem. The problem started after I attempted to install Microsoft Office. I tried to repair it but I failed. My mother took it back to Kuala Lumpur for repair. It was successfully repaired and I used it until now.

When I entered Form 4, I took the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) subject. The reason is it is easy and interesting. After I took ICT, I could learn more about computers. I was interested in ICT and could score well in it. In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd school exams, I got 96 marks for ICT. In the 4th school exam, I successfully got 100 marks for ICT. I could also complete most of the coursework for ICT. At the end of Form 4, all students are asked to choose the subjects for SPM. Some students decided to drop ICT because no one got A+ in ICT for SPM 2010. But, I took ICT because I was confident that I could score A+ as long as I worked hard for it. After entering Form 5, I continued to take ICT and I registered it as a SPM subject. In the 1st exam, I got 97 marks. In the 2nd exam, I got 100 marks. For the SPM Trial exam, I got 99 marks. For the actual SPM exam, I got grade A+.

After my SPM examination, I played computer and surfed the internet almost every day. I upgraded my Acer laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Initially, I planned to dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 on my computer. The upgrade was successful and I liked Windows 8 because it was fast. However, due to some mistakes while partitioning the hard disk during the installation, I had to delete Windows 7 and all the files stored in the hard disk. I had to recover all the files and programs on my computer manually. Although Windows 8 is good, I still missed Windows 7 so later I installed Windows 7 on VMWare Player on my Acer laptop.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

PMR Examination Tips

NOTE: These tips are outdated. Please do not use these tips for the new Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) examination because PMR and PT3 are very different in many aspects. I am unable to give tips for PT3 examination because I do not know the format and style of questions.

I got 8A's in my PMR 2010. Some people have been asking me for tips on how to score in the PMR. So, I am sharing a few tips about PMR here. The tips depend on the subject. These tips are intended for Form 3, Form 2 and Form 1 students.

Bahasa Melayu (Difficulty: High)

Bahasa Melayu PMR is rather difficult. Basically, Kertas 1 is more difficult than Kertas 2. Kertas 1 consists of Tatabahasa and Pemahaman Komsas. Tatabahasa is the most difficult part. You will need to do a lot of exercises. You should pay attention when your teacher discuss about these questions. Try to take note on what your teacher says, especially regarding how words are used. Do revision regularly on this kind of questions and remember them. Some of the questions are often asked, so take note on them. Pemahaman KOMSAS is not very difficult but can be tricky. Make sure you understand everything in the Antologi from Form 1 to Form 3. A KOMSAS revision book is very helpful, so you should have one. Make sure you read and understand the Tema, Persoalan, Watak & Perwatakan, Latar, Nilai and Pengajaran for all stories. When answering this kind of questions, read the passage given and all the questions carefully before answering. Kertas 2 consists of Ringkasan, Pemahaman Umum, Karanagan Bahan Rangsangan, Karangan Respons Terbuka and Novel. Ringkasan is quite simple. Make sure you have at least 5 correct isi and make sure your tatabahasa is correct. Just copy if you cannot use your own words. Don't simply change the words until it is different from the original meaning. Do not add your own ideas. You can write more than 5 isi but make sure the 80 word limit is not exceeded by 5 or more. For Pemahaman Umum, there are 3 questions. For question 1, you will be asked the meaning of a phase. To answer, just replace every words in the phase with a word with same meaning. After that, insert your answer into the passage to see if it is suitable. For question 2, read the passage to find the answer. Copy the answer from the passage. You must give at least 2 answers. For question 3, you have to give your own opinion. You can write as many answers as you can, and only the correct ones will be marked. You should give at least 3 answers. Do not look for the answer from the passage. For Karangan Bahan Rangsangan, look at the question and the material given. If the material given is relevant to the question asked, then you must use it. If it is not relevant to the question, then you need to give your own opinion. You need to write 1 Pendahuluan, 3 isi and 1 penutup. Provide elaboration for each isi. Make sure that the 120 word limit is not exceeded by 5 or more. To score, you need to read and write more. For Karangan Bahan Rangsangan, there are 5 choices. Choose the question that you are most confident to answer. Read the question carefully and answer. You can write down the important isi first but this is not necessary. You need to provide at least 1 Pendahuluan, 4 isi and 1 Penutup. Elaborate in each isi as much as you can but do pay attention to the time to ensure that you have enough time to answer. Make sure that it is at least 180 words long. To score, you need to read and write more. For novel, it can test you on any novel, either Form 1, Form 2 or Form 3 novel. Sometimes, you may be asked to compare 2 novels. Therefore, you must understand all three novels very well. A KOMSAS revision book can help you a lot. Make sure you read and understand the Tema, Persoalan, Latar, Watak & Perwatakan, Nilai and Pengajaran for all novels. Answer in paragraph form and not point form.

English (Difficulty: Moderate)

English PMR is not very difficult but not simple as well. Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 have equal difficulties. For Paper 1, there are 5 parts. The first part is about Information Transfer, second part about Grammar, third part about idioms and phasal verbs, fourth part about comprehension and fifth part about literature. To score in all parts, you should read more and do more exercises. Pay attention to grammar usage. For Literature in Paper 1, you also need to understand all the poems, short stories and drama (if any) in the Collection of Poems and Short Stories. A literature revision book can help as well. For Paper 2, there are 3 parts, Directed Writing, Summary and Novel. For Directed Writing, materials would be given. Read the question, instructions and materials given carefully. In your essay, you must have an introduction and a closing. If it is formatted writing, the format must be correct. Elaborate on each point given. You may need to at other relevant ideas if you are asked to do so. Make sure your essay is longer than 120 words. Pay attention to the time so that you have enough time to answer. To score, you need to read and write more. For summary, read the passage and instructions carefully. Begin your summary with the 10 words given. Give at least 5 points. You can give more than 5 points but don't add in your own ideas. Do not exceed the 60 word limit at all. For novel, you can choose between the novels you have studied. Make sure that you understand every novel fully. A literature revision book is very helpful. Make sure you read and understand the Theme, Setting, Characters, Lessons and Moral Values for each novel. When answering, choose the novel that you are most confident. Give your answer with elaborations and examples from the novel. Give your answer in paragraph form and not in point form. Make sure your answer is more than 50 words long.

Mathematics (Difficulty: Low)

Mathematics PMR is one of the easiest subject in PMR. It consists of Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 has 40 objective questions while Paper 2 has 20 subjective questions. Paper 1 is easier than Paper 2. For Mathematics, you need to understand every topic from Form 1 to Form 3. You must know how to answer the questions as well. You should pay attention in class and do a lot of Mathematics exercise to improve your skills in answering Mathematics. Do not memorise the definitions and explanations in the book. Most questions tested involve calculation but some involve drawing and sketching. For drawing and sketching, use pencil. For others, you need to use pen. You need to know how to use scientific calculator as well. If you don't have one, you should buy one. Scientific calculator is very helpful in Paper 1 but cannot be used in Paper 2. During PMR of my year (2010), both 350MS and 570MS are allowed. 350ES and 570ES (Natural display) is also allowed. Before the Mathematics paoer starts, make sure to bring pen, ruler, pencil, eraser, sharpener, scientific calculator and geometrical sets. For Paper 2, you need to show the workings. Make sure to write all important steps. Ask your teacher to find out which steps are necessary to show and which steps are not. If an important step is wrong or missing, the answer and other workings may be considered wrong, even if they are correct. Do pay attention to the time so that you have enough time to answer. After you have finished answering, check all your answers to make sure they are correct.

Science (Difficulty: Moderate)

Science PMR is not difficult but not easy as well. It has Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 has 40 objective questions while Paper 2 has 2 sections and 8 subjective questions. Paper 1 is generally easier than Paper 2. All topics from Form 1 to Form 3 will be tested. Form 3 topics are the most difficult while Form 1 topics are the easiest. You must understand all topics fully and do not memorise, except for facts that require memorising, such as examples of animals and plants. You need to pay attention when the teacher is teaching so that you understand all topics. Do more exercises to increase your skill in answering. Revise all topics regularly so that you don't forget. The science textbook doesn't contain all the facts, so you will need a revision book. Buy a revision book that is thick and contains all the facts. Scientific calculator can help you to answer some questions involving calculation in both papers, so don't forget to bring it for your exam. When answering Paper 2, read the questions carefully and write your answers as clearly as possible. Make sure the spelling for scientific terms is correct. If you are asked to explain or give a reason, explain it fully. You may need to explain in more than one sentences, depending on the marks allocated for that question. Certain formulas are provided in front of the examination paper, so refer to it if you forgot or unsure. For calculation questions in Paper 2, write the formula if it is not given and write down all important workings because some marks are given for workings.

Sejarah (Difficulty: Moderate)

Sejarah is easy to answer and easy to understand but difficult to memorise. It contains one paper only, which has 60 objective questions. All topics from Form 1 to Form 3 will be tested. Form 3 topics are the easiest and Form 1 topics are the most difficult. Unlike science, Sejarah requires both memorising and understanding. Certain topics in Sejarah requires understanding, especially those related to events. You need to understand before you can remember it easily. If you try to memorise everything, it will be more difficult to remember. Some topics, requires memorising, especially those related to names. For these topics, you can only remember them by memorising. To study Sejarah, you should not wait until the last moment before exam. This is because there are quite a lot to memorise. If you study only at the last moment, you will have problems memorising. To make memorising more effective, do your revision. You can also try using the imagination method (Refer to here: http://daniellimjj.blogspot.com/2010/10/tips-to-remember-names.html ) . The Sejarah textbook for all forms are good and complete, so you should read them. You should also do more exercises to familiar yourself with the questions. A few Sejarah questions are questions about Nilai murni, so you may need to think to get the answer.

Geografi (Difficulty: Moderate)

Similar to Sejarah, Geografi is easy to answer and easy to understand but difficult to memorise. It contains one paper with 60 objective questions. All topics from Form 1 to Form 3 will be tested. Form 2 topics are the easiest while Form 3 topics are the most difficult. Geografi has 2 parts, Kemahiran Geografi and Geografi Fizikal dan Manusia. Kemahiran Geografi is much easier than Geografi Fizikal dan Manusia but it only makes up 10% (6 questions)of the Geografi paper. Geografi requires both memorising and understanding. Some topics such as explainations requires understanding. It will be difficult to remember if you try to memorise them without understanding. So, you need to understand them. Other topics, like name of places, require memorising. Therefore, you should not wait till the last moment before exam to study Geografi. If you study at the last moment, you can't memorise well. To make memorising more effective, do your revision regularly. You can also try using the imagination method (refer to http://daniellimjj.blogspot.com/2010/10/tips-to-remember-names.html ). The Geografi textbook contains most of the facts but not all. You need a complete revision book to get all the facts. You should also do more exercises so that you are familiar with the questions. You also need a protractor and scientific calculator for the exam, as you may be asked to measure bearings and do some calculations.

Kemahiran Hidup Bersepadu (Difficulty: Easy)

Kemahiran Hidup Bersepadu has 4 types, Kemahiran Teknikal (KT), Ekonomi Rumah Tangga (ERT), Pertanian (PT) and Perdagangan & Keusahawanan (PK). Every student has to choose one of them. However, in SMK Sultan Badlishah, only KT, ERT and PK are offered. The Kemahiran Hidup Bersepadu has 2 parts, Teras and Elektif. Kemahiran Hidup Bersepadu has Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 has 60 objective questions, while Paper 2 is a project. As Paper 2 carries 40 marks for the PMR, it is very important to complete the project. There are 4 projects. Make sure you do all of them properly. Ask your teacher for help if you have problems doing the project. The projects are not difficult to do, and as long as you do it properly you already have 40 marks for PMR. Therefore, Kemahiran Hidup Bersepadu is considered as an easy subject. For Paper 1, all Teras and Elektif topics from Form 1 to Form 3 will be tested. Kemahiran Hidup Bersepadu mainly requires understanding and some memorising. It is difficult to remember the facts if you don't understand and just memorise. Some facts, like names of tools, requires memorising. It is not difficult to memorise facts in Kemahiran Hidup Bersepadu as long as you understand it. The Kemahiran Hidup Bersepadu textbook for all forms are almost complete. A complete revision book can help you. You should also do more exercises to familiarise yourself with the questions. Pay attention when your teacher is teaching so that you can understand all topics. You should do revision regularly. A scientific calculator can help you in your exam as there may be some questions on calculation, so don't forget to bring it.

Chinese / 华文 (Difficulty: High)

Chinese PMR is difficult. It consists of Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are equally difficult. Paper 1 has 40 objective questions and is made up of 3 parts. The first part is Modern Text Comprehension. In this part, there are questions about information transfer, grammar and comprehension. For information transfer, read the questions and material given carefully and answer the question. For grammar, you need to understand the topics in grammar. Grammar for PMR Chinese is quite simple except for Hanyu Pinyin. For comprehension, you need to read the questions and passage given carefully then answer the questions. Although modern text comprehension is easier to understand, the questions asked are often more difficult. The second part is Classical Text Comprehension. It includes comprehension and translation. You need to read the passage, meaning of words and the questions carefully. It is quite difficult to understand Classical Text, so you may need to read it several times and refer to the questions. For translation questions, try to translate word by word into Modern Text, then put it into the passage to see if it is suitable. The third section is idioms. You may be asked the meaning, author and source of idioms. You may also be asked to fill in the blanks with idiom or choose the sentence that used idiom correctly. You must know the meaning, usage, author and source of all the 150 idioms studied from Remove Class until Form 3. For the meanings, you must understand and not memorise. For the author and source, you must memorise. You can use the imagination method to memorise (refer to http://daniellimjj.blogspot.com/2010/10/tips-to-remember-names.html ). To score in Paper 1, you need to understand all grammar topics and all idioms from Remove class to Form 3. To do so, you need a PMR Chinese revision book. A number of PMR Chinese revision books are available at many bookshops. You also need to do more exercises to increase your skills in answering. For Paper 2, there are four parts. The first part is Caligraphy writing. You must know how to write medium sized caligraphy. Your writing must be nice in order to get high marks. It is easy to get 3/6 marks as long as all the words are correct and tidy. Try not to write wrongly and never use liquid paper or 'cut-and-paste', otherwise that word is considered wrong. You need to practice a lot to write caligraphy well. Remember to bring a writing brush and ink for the exam. The second part is summary. You need to summarise the important points in the passage into a few sentences, usually 2, 3 or 4 sentences. Do not write it in a paragraph and do not add in your own ideas. You do not need to use your own words but you can replace words with shorter words of same meaning. Do not exceed the word limit by 5 or more. You need a lot of exercise to score in this. The third section is Directed Writing. You are given a material and you need to write about the material given. You must include everything given and elaborate more. An introduction and closing is also required. Be sure to write more than 100 words. To score, you need to read and write more. The fourth part is continuous writing. There are 5 questions and you need to choose one. Choose the one that you are most confident of. Read the question carefully. You can write down the important points at a side but this is not necessary. Your essay should have at least 1 introduction, 1 closing and 4 points. If it is a formatted writing, make sure that the format is correct. Your essay must also be longer than 220 words. To score, you need to read and write more.

Pendidikan Islam
Bahasa Arab
Bahasa Tamil

I do not take these subjects, so I cannot give tips on these subjects. If you take these subjects, ask your teacher or someone good at these subjects for their tips.

NOTE: These tips are outdated. Please do not use these tips for the new Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) examination because PMR and PT3 are very different in many aspects. I am unable to give tips for PT3 examination because I do not know the format and style of questions.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

My Best and Worst Dreams

Surely everyone will sometimes dream while sleeping. Sometimes, the dream may be a nice dream while sometimes, the dream may be a nightmare or bad dream. Usually, it is difficult to remember everything in the dream after waking up. However, I can remember my best dream I have ever had, as well as the worst dream, although I had the dream many years ago. I am sharing my best and worst dreams here.

My best dream is about a maze and a house surrounded by nature. I had this dream during the year end holidays for year 2005. At that time, I consider a girl in my class, THS as my enemy. She was my friend earliar, but I hated her after she broke my ruler and pencil and she refused to be responsible. I had a habit at that time, I would try to find out the address and telephone number of the person I hate. So, I tried to find out THS's address. These really happened, and the dream I am going to explain is related to what I said above. I dreamt that one of my friend came and told me that THS was having a party and she invited everybody in my school to her house. My friend also told me that THS's house was surrounded by nature and there is a big maze in front of her house. My friend said that THS's house was actually behind our school but we cannot directly go to her house from behind the school because her house was separated from our school by a small private office. The owner of that office strictly prohibits anyone from entering that office and he would shoot anyone who enters the office.

I was interested to go to her house. My friend told me that to go to her house, we had to pass through Kulim town and turn a big round to her house. After that, we also need to find the correct way through the maze in front of her house. I followed my friend to THS's house. When we arrived at her house, there was really a big maze and there were a lot of people there, including my friends and classmates. I decided to pass the maze by myself. However, after an hour, I still could not find the correct way through the maze. At last, I asked one of my friends for help. She lead me through the maze easily and I finally came to the entrance of THS's house. The entrance was small, allowing only one person to go through at one time. After entering the entrance, I saw that there were trees surrounding her house. Her house also had two swimming pools. Many people swam in there. I was interested to swim. I swam at the swimming pool, first at the shallower one then at the deeper one. The water in the swimming pool was warm, so it was actually a hot spring rather than a swimming pool.

After swimming for some time, I decided to come out of the swimming pool. I can see her house just beside. Around her house, there was many trees. The wall of the maze was made of stones. There were animals such as birds flying around. I liked her house because it was surrounded by nature. My friends asked me to enter her house but I refused to because THS was my enemy at that time as I mentioned earlier. I decided to go out of her house and back to school. I had to pass the maze again. This time, I decided to keep to the right at all times, hoping that this could let me out of the maze. This really worked. It took less than a minute to get out of the maze and end up in the entrance of the maze. I walked back to my school. I tried remember the way to her house. It was already around 5pm at that time. After I reached my school, I went up to the toppest floor tried to look behind my school. I could really see the maze of THS's house and a office.

I suddenly felt that if I could pass through that office, I could get to the house easily. My friend had told me that any one who enters the office would be shot. I still felt like taking the risk to silently creep though that office. One of my friend came to me and told me that he had the same feelings with me. So, we decided to pass through that office silently. Another friend warned us not to do so but we did not listen to him. We climbed over the fence. We tried to pass through the side of the office but there were guards. We had to enter the building through the door of one end then exit at the other end. The door was made of transparent glass. After we entered the door, a guard in the office knew about that and walked towards us, carrying a gun. We were so frightened and we hid behind a door. Unfortunately, the guard still knew that and walked nearer and nearer us. He finally saw us and wanted to shoot us with the gun. We were so frightened and shouted. I woke up from my dream because of this. So, this is the end of my dream.

I consider the dream above as my best dream although it ended very scary because it was very interesting to be in a house surrounded by nature and with a big maze in front. I never had any other dreams as wonderful as that.

Now, I am explaining the worst dream I have ever had. This dream is about I being attacked by ghosts. I had this dream somewhere during year 2005. All the while, I sometimes go to the Pacific hypermarket with my family. I always think that the upper floors of Pacific is full of mystery because it is always quite dark and not many people are there. As a result, I had this dream. I dreamt that I went to Pacific hypermarket with one of my teacher. My teacher brought me there as a reward for winning a Maths competition. We were walking through the upper floors of Pacific hypermarket. Suddenly we saw an escalator going down. I was curious and looked under. Below the escalator was very dark. I saw that there was another escalator in front from below. I thought that if I go down this escalator, I could come back up in front.

My teacher warned me not to go down the escalator because he had heard that there were ghost below. I did not believe that and I still went down because I really wanted to know what there was down there. My teacher refused to go down so I had to go down the escalator by myself. The escalator was not working so I had to walk down by foot. After I walked down, the strange thing was that I could not see any escalator going back up. I walked forwards to see if there was any but there was none. I was a bit frightened and turned back. I could no longer see the escalator I went down just now. In fact, I could not see anything as I was in completed darkness. I was very scared and just shouted. Suddenly, a few ghosts appeared and they attacked me. I fought with them but I lost. My body was destroyed by them and I fainted.

When I woke up and still in my dream, I found myself inside an aquarium in a nice house and I realised that I was actually a fish at that time. A fairy came to me and told me she had saved me. She said that she would recover my damaged body but she required some time to do so, therefore she had to place my soul in a fish temporarily. The fairy said that anyone who go down that escalator could not go back up again and would die because that place is controlled by ghosts and I was lucky that she was near that place at that time. When my body was completely recovered, she transferred my soul back to my body and I was brought back to my house. Then, I suddenly woke up from my dream. Even though I have woke up I was still very frightened and refused to go to Pacific hypermarket for quite some time. This dream is the worst and scariest nightmare I have ever had. I seldom had nightmares especially about ghosts. This is one of the few. I could not forget this dream.

These are my best and worst dreams I have ever had. Can you remember your best and worst dreams? But remember, whatever dream you have, it is just a dream and is not true.

Monday, 29 August 2011

My Tuition Classes

Do you go for tuition? Nowadays, most people go for tuition because they think that going for tuition can help in their studies and help them get good results in examinations. If you are close to me, you may know that I had not went for any tuition before Form 4. The reason is that in the past I always think that I can score in my examinations by myself without the need of any tuition. However, starting from Form 4, I begin to think that I really need tuition, so I started going for tuition classes. Actually, I have went for tuition before Form 4.

I went for my first tuition when I was in Standard 3. I went tuition for Arts subject. You may be surprised of why I went for Arts tuition, as Arts is not a UPSR subject and I was never interested in Arts. I went for Arts tuition because all the while my drawing is very bad, and I could not draw at all during Arts lesson in school. The Arts tuition center was located near the old Nola supermarket in Kulim. I went there every Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm. However, the teacher was not good at teaching arts. Instead of teaching everyone together on the board, he lets everyone draw their own. He would go from one table to another and teach each person for a while. He was also a fierce teacher. Once, someone accidentally spilled the water in her bottle, and she got a terrible scolding from the teacher. Whenever someone couldn't draw properly, the teacher would scold. I went there for a few months, but it did not improve my drawing. The only thing I learnt from the Arts tuition was how to colour using poster colour. I stopped going for Arts tuition after a few months, and I never went for any other Arts tuition. Until now, I am still very bad at arts.

My grandfather is a Mathematics teacher and he is giving tuition for Mathematics and Additional Mathematics at his tuition center. He gave tuition for Form 3, Form 4 and Form 5. My grandfather's tuition center is located at upstairs of the old Cosway in Kulim. When I was in Standard 5 and Standard 6, sometimes during the holidays I would follow him to the tuition center for Form 3 Mathematics and sometimes even Form 4 and Form 5 Mathematics and Additional Mathematics. He would ask me to go if he felt that I was able to understand the topic he was teaching. I usually had no problems understanding what he thought. However, I would go there only sometimes during school holidays.

At Standard 6, I had my UPSR. The school made it compulsory for all students to attend school tuition for every subject. Instead, we did not need to take part in Clubs & Societies for cocurriculum. The tuition was held daily from 1:30pm to 3:00pm, one day for one subject. I was not happy to attend the school tuition at first because I thought that I only need to attend tuition for Malay and Chinese but not the other subjects. However, I had no choice but do attend it. Everyday, I had to eat lunch in school. The school tuition was also held during the school holidays. During the school holidays, it was held daily from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Later, I began to get use to attending the school tuition but I was still unhappy to do so. If I had the choice, I would have attended the tuition for Malay and Chinese only. We did not need to pay for the tuition.

At Form 3, for the later half for the year, the school organised night classes for the PMR. All Form 3 students could choose whether to attend the night class or not to. Those who wanted to attend the night class had to pay RM50. Since I was given the choice, I decided to attend the night class for all subjects except Mathematics which was my best subject. The night class was held daily from 8:15pm to 10:15pm, one day for one subject. One night, I mistaken the time table and attended the night class for Mathematics. Then, I felt that it was fun to attend night class for Mathematics so I decided to do so for every night class of Mathematics. During the night class, the teacher would let us do exercises then discuss the answers. The night class was held for 2 months, from June until one week before PMR. However, there was no night class during the Ramadhan month.

At the end of Form 3, November 2010, my grandfather started his tuition class for Form 4 Mathematics and Additional Mathematics. Some of my friends and former primary school classmates went for his tuition. The tuition was on every Monday and Wednesday. In the beginning, I did not want to go for his tuition because I wanted to watch my favourite drama series 'My Family My Love' from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, while his tuition was until 7:00pm. I did not want to miss the drama, moreover it was after my PMR. Later, my grandfather changed his tuition to Wednesday and Saturday. I could attend his tuition and only need to miss one episode of the drama per week. Starting from the beginning of Form 4 until the end of Form 5, I go for my grandfather's tuition for Additional Mathematics and Mathematics every Wednesday from 3:15pm to 6:45pm and every Saturday from 2:30pm to 6:00pm.

In Form 4 and Form 5, I also attended tuition for Malay language. Although it is slightly easier to score A in SPM Malay than PMR Malay, I still think that I need tuition for Malay as it is quite difficult and very important. I asked my friends for recommendations, and they recommended me to go for Malay tuition in Pusat Tuisyen Inisiatif Utama, where Cikgu Yazid is the teacher. My father registered my name at that tuition center. I started going for Malay tuition after the 2011 Chinese New Year. I felt that Cikgu Yazid is really good at teaching Malay. He helped me in writing my Malay essay. In Form 4, the tuition was held every Friday from 8:30am to 10:15am, while in Form 5, the tuition was held every Friday from 8:00am to 9:45am. Pusat Tuisyen Inisiatif Utama is located near my school. I go for that tuition until I completed Form 5.

I also planned to go for tuition for Chinese language because it is a very difficult subject. I was recommended by my friend to go for a tuition center at Keladi, Kulim. However, the tuition was held at Wednesday night after my grandfather's tuition. I felt too tired to attend that tuition after studying for the whole day. So, I decided not to go. There are no other Chinese tuition centers I know in Kulim so I could not attend tuition for Chinese. Later, at June 2011, I decided to drop Chinese in SPM because I am not confident to get A+, not even A, as Chinese Paper 2 is very difficult. Therefore, I am not attending tuition for Chinese anymore. My friends also suggested me to take tuition for Chemistry in Puan Yeap's tuition center but I did not want to. The reason is that I think that my Chemistry teacher is good enough and I want to depend on myself for Chemistry. I do not attend tuition for any other subject except Malay, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

2011 Chinese New Year Diary

The 2011 Chinese New Year fell on 2nd February (Thursday). The school provided 10 days holiday for Chinese New Year, that is from 28 January to 6 February. This is the my dairy during the Chinese New Year.

28 January 2011 (Friday) - 31 January 2011 (Monday): Pre-CNY
These few days were school holidays. My parents and my uncle's family were not back from Kuala Lumpur yet. I just did some revisions.

1 February 2011 (Tuesday): Day before CNY eve
I went to my grandfather's tuition centre in the afternoon. The tuition ended on 6:30PM. My parents had arrived in Kulim in the afternoon. They picked me up after my tuition. After going home to take my bath, they took me for dinner in a Japanese restaurant. That night on 12AM, my uncle's family arrived in Kulim. I played with my cousins for a while before going to sleep.

2 February 2011 (Wednesday): CNY eve
Today was Chinese New Year's eve. I woke up early on 5AM to follow my grandparents to the market in Bukit Mertajam to buy the ingredients needed for the reunion dinner at night. My father followed along. We bought breakfast as well. After returning home at 6:30AM, I slept until 8:30AM before waking up and had breakfast. After that, we went to a temple to pray. Then, we went to the Kulim market to buy some fireworks. Next, my parents went to RHB bank to do some work. We returned home next. For lunch, I had noodle soup cooked by my grandmother. Then, I played with my brother and cousins. My parents, uncle and aunt went for shopping in the afternoon, leaving me, my brother and my cousins playing at home. At 7PM, we had steamboat for reunion dinner at home. After dinner, we enjoyed lychee and longan. Later, we played fireworks. At 12AM, my grandparents, my uncle and my father went to another temple to pray but I did not follow along.

3 February 2011 (Thursday): CNY 1st day
I woke up at 8:30AM. I greeted my family members Happy Chinese New Year. I also received ang-pows from them. I let my mother keep all my ang-pows. We had a Chinese New Year meal for breakfast at home. At 11:30AM, we went to McDonald's Kulim for lunch. Then, we went to visit one of our relative's house for a few hours. We returned home at 4PM. I played with my brother and cousins. At 7PM, we had dinner together at home. Then, we again enjoyed lychee and longan. Later, we played fireworks again. Then, we went to a nasi-kandar restaurant to eat roti-canai.

4 February 2011 (Friday): CNY 2nd day
In the morning, we had breakfast at a Chinese restaurant. Then in the afternoon, we went to Penang. We had lunch at a roadside stall. However, most of the stalls were close because of Chinese New Year. Therefore, after that we went to Gurney Drive to eat more. Then, at 4PM, my parents and I went to my mother-side grandmother's house in Penang. I wished my relatives staying in her house Happy Chinese New Year and got ang-pows from them. Next, at 6PM, we went to a Chinese restaurant in Penang. My mother-side grandfather held a dinner there. After dinner, we went back to Kulim. I played fireworks before sleeping.

5 February 2011 (Saturday): CNY 3rd day
In the morning, we went to a Chinese restaurant in Bukit Mertajam for breakfast. After that, my uncle's family went back to Kuala Lumpur. I stayed at home in the afternoon. My grandfather's students visited my house. At night, we went to a Western food restaurant in Penang for dinner. After that, we went home. I played fireworks again before sleeping.

6 February 2011 (Sunday): CNY 4th day
I had breakfast at home in the morning. After that, I went to Penang. My mother-side grandfather held a lunch in a Chinese restaurant in Penang. Then, on the way home, my father visited a tuition centre to register Malay tuition for me. My parents also took me to a bookshop to buy me some revision books. In the evening, my parents returned to Kuala Lumpur after dinner. This was the end of the 2011 Chinese New Year. The school reopened on the next day.

I really enjoyed the 2011 Chinese New Year very much. Every year, I would be very happy to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

From Best Friend to Enemy

Just think and see, is it possible that someone, who was once your good friend, or even your best friend, turned to become your enemy? Well, of course, this is possible, in this world everything is possible, although this may be uncommon. And, yet it is this sentence 'Everything is possible' which causes this to happen on me. Don't understand what I mean? Read on this post and you will understand.

When I was in Form 2, I was very close to someone, and we were together at most times in school. However, starting from the latter half of Form 3 onwards, we were no longer friends anymore, instead, we became enemies. Are you curious of what had happened between us, that causes us, which were once very good friends, to become enemies? I am telling the whole case here now.

The reason is simple, I chose not to friend with him anymore, and I take him as my enemy, although at first he still wants to friend with me. Why? There are 4 main reasons and several side reasons of why I do not want to friend with him. What is his name? Well, I do not want to mention his name at all in this post, to avoid unnecessary arguments. Just call him as Mr X, as the letter 'X' is used to represent an unknown in Mathematics, and since he loves Mac OS X. Besides, for any other other people related to this case, I will use a short form to represent their names. Before I mention why we stopped being friends, first I would like to mention about how we knew each other, and how we became good friends.

This dates back to January 2008. At that time, I just entered Form 1. I studied in SMK Sultan Badlishah in class 1A13. He wasn't in my class. About three weeks later, all Form 1 students were asked to choose their elective option in the Living Skills subject, either KT, ERT or PK. I chose KT, but class 1A13 only had PK. Therefore, I had to shift to another class, that is 1A11, on 28 January 2008. Many other students had to change class as well. After entering class 1A11, I began to know him. He was in that class. He started the first conversation with me by asking me about my family and me. Then, we started to be friends. I often talked to him. However, he was not my best friend at that time, but he was only my 3rd best friend. My best friend is MA, and my second best friend is AF. I did not sit with him in class as well, instead I sit with MA. For the rest of the year 2008, we did not become best friends, and he remained to be my 3rd best friend.

Then, on year 2009, we entered Form 2. Everyone in my class in the previous year remained in the same class. All 1A11 students entered the class 2A10. This time, I chose to sit with MA again. Mr X sit in front of me. Because of that, I had more chance to talk to Mr X. As a result, we became better friends. At January 2009, he was still my 3rd best friend. Then, in February one day before the one week Chinese New Year school holiday, I followed him to take part in a chess competition. During the competition, I talked to him a lot. Earlier I also gave him my handphone number. Then, one night during the Chinese New Year, he telephoned me and talked to me for a while. Afther the Chinese New Year holiday, we became very good friends. At first, from February to March 2009, I still took him as my 3rd best friend. Then, in March, our friendship became closer.

At that time, I faced a problem. One of my Chinese friend liked to sit with me in the canteen during recess. However, he liked to eat slowly. Everytime when I finish my meal first, he would ask me to wait for him. I did not know how to reject. As he ate slowly everytime, I always had to be late for class. I really disliked that. When Mr X knew my problem, he invited me to eat with him behind the school's bookshop during recess everyday. By this way, I would not face the problem stated above anymore. Besides that, our teacher rearranged the tables in my class. Initially, only 2 tables were connected together but after the rearrangement there were 3 tables connected together. He sat on my left, while MA sat on my right. Because of that, we became closer. I started taking him as my 2nd best friend replacing AF, while MA was still my best friend.

As the time goes on, we became even closer. He would phone me almost everyday just to ask some simple things, because he wanted to talk to me. We also shared our problems together. During recess, we ate together. During ICT class, we shared the same computer. When we go anywhere in school, we were often seen together. Starting from May until 10 August 2009, I started taking him as my best friend, replacing MA. He also took me as his best friend. During that period, we were closest to each other.

Now, I am explaining why I stopped to friend with him. As I stated above, there are 4 main factors and several side factors. I will explain the main factors first. The first incident happened on August 2009, the second on February 2010, the third on May 2010 and the fourth on August 2010. After the first incident, he was no longer my best friend but only my 2nd best friend. After the second incident, he was no longer my good friend but only my normal friend. After the third one, he was no longer my friend. After the fourth incident, he became my enemy. Our friendship started having problems beginning 11 August 2009 and our friendship ended completely at one year later, August 2010.

Main Reason 1: H1N1 tragedy
On August 2009, a tragedy happened. The tragedy is the H1N1. The H1N1 influenza started on May 2009 until September 2009. Among that period, the H1N1 is the most serious on August 2009, because it was widely spreading in Malaysia, and it was spread into my town, Kulim. On 10 August 2009 (Monday), Mr X did not go to school. Then on the morning of the second day, 11 August 2009 (Tuesday), he phoned me. He told me that he did not go to school yesterday because he was sick. I hoped that he won't be going to school on that day but he told me that he would be going to school. My grandparents asked me what he said to me. Usually, if I kept it secret, they won't blame me or force me to say. However, on that day I was silly and I just told them exactly. After hearing what I said, they were worried that he might spread his sickness to me. They told me to keep away from him but I lied to them saying that he wouldn't be going to school. I regretted telling them about it. On that day, at once after I reached school, my Chinese friend told me that someone in school got infected with H1N1. During the assembly, the teacher announced that and gave each of us a mask. Then, I saw Mr X. In class, Mr X stayed quite close to me. I did not keep away from him because I was afraid that he might get insulted. Then, a teacher came to my class and asked all those who were sick to go home. A few went home but Mr X did not. I said to everyone "If you are sick better go home and don't pretend, if you pretend your repay is you will get H1N1 !" . Mr X suddenly showed me his Panadol and said to me "I never knew you will curse me. I thought you are my friend". I was unhappy with that but I just apologized. Based on what I think, he should go back and not blame me instead, as this was instructed by the teacher. Throughout that day, I stayed quite close to him and I did not wear the mask all the time as it was uncomfortable. I was not worried of getting infected, as long as my grandparents don't see me with him. When the school is over, I walked quickly in front of him so that my grandparents won't see him with me. As I walked out of the school gate, I saw him stopping at the gate to talk to one of his other friend. I was relieved and I just walked to my grandfather's car. Out of my expectation, he just stopped at the gate for a few seconds and continued walking. He called me a few times from the back. I ignored him, quickly reached my grandparent's car and opened the door. At that time, he was already beside me. He touched me and said goodbye before he walked away. My grandfather saw that. He was worried, although he did not blame me. I was unhappy about Mr X for what he did, as that made my grandparents worry. That night, I used my newly-bought electronic dictionary. Earlier I had stored the email addresses of my friends in it. When I browsed through the addresses, I saw his email. He had 4 emails, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Youtube. Except for Yahoo, all his other emails had the same user name. I suddenly felt annoyed with his Yahoo email address and felt like changing the address so that it had the same username with the others. I don't know why I felt annoyed but I think it was because I was unhappy with Mr X. On the next day, 12 August 2009 (Wednesday), he did not go to school again. MA also did not go to school. As I was sitting alone, I asked my friends AFZ and AF to sit with me. I asked AFZ to changed Mr X's Yahoo username and told him Mr X's password. AF heard that and told Mr X about that. Mr X was unhappy about me because of that. On 13 August 2009 (Thursday), I felt a bit tired and drowsy in school. At home, I took a long bath because I could not 'concentrate' on taking bath. I tried my very best to finish my dinner so that my grandparents won't know that I was sick. After dinner, I lied down. My grandmother saw that and felt my forehead. She did not say a thing but walked out of the room to tell my grandfather that my forehead was warm. Immediately they took me to see a doctor. I expect my fever to be around 37.5 C as my forehead was not very warm, and my vision is not blurred. Usually when I had a high fever I could not see things very clearly. However, the doctor said my fever is 39 C. He said that I was unlikely to get H1N1 because my breathing is normal but he gave many precautions. My grandfather suspected that I had H1N1 because of the precautions given and the high fever. On the following week (16 August - 20 August) there was an school exam. I could not study for it as I was sick. I remembered that Mr X told me that his fever was also around 39 C. My grandfather phoned him to ask him about that but he said that his fever was only around 37.4 C. I think that Mr X lied. On the next day, 14 August 2009, they took me to see another better doctor. This doctor use a more accurate device and said that my fever was only 37.5 C. My grandparents and I were relieved. I recovered on 19 August 2009. However, I did not prepare well for the exam and could not do well for it. When the results came out, I only got 6A and 2B. The subjects I got B are Chinese and Geography. I had no time to study Geography and I could not write my Chinese essay well due to my sickness. My position is 64 in form and 10 in class. Previously, I got 2nd in form and 1st in class. This was really a great fall for me. I put the blame on Mr X, because if he did not go to school when he was sick and spread his sickness to me, I wouldn't have fell sick and scored badly in my exam. It must be him who spread the sickness to me because no one else who was close to be fell sick. After this, he was no longer my best friend, but was my 2nd best friend. MA became my best friend again.

Main Reason 2: English Oral Test Group Leader Issue
At February 2010, our English teacher carried out an oral test. That oral test was the only oral test for the year 2010 and it was held in groups. The teacher divided us into 6 groups. Our teacher did not want us to choose our group members so she asked Mr X to divide the students in our class into 6 groups and make sure that each group has boys and girls from different races. She also asked Mr X to choose the leader for each group. There are five top students in our class who usually got top 5 in earlier exams. The 5 students are me, Mr X, OJK, JV and NVP. Mr X chose himself, OJK, JV and NVP to be the group leaders for 4 of the 6 groups. However, he did not chose me to be the leader of any groups. Instead, he placed me in his group where he was the leader. By right, I was qualified to be a group leader as well. For the 2 remaining groups, he chose two other students, MTG and RB to be the leader. MTG was quite clever and well-disciplined but RB was only average and not very-well disciplined. Therefore, I should be the group leader of RB's group. I knew that Mr X did that because he wanted to be in the same group with me, but he could have done this by letting me be the leader of his group, while he didn't have to be leader. He was already a prefect and the leader of several clubs and societies, so what's wrong to give up just for once. Meanwhile, I was only the treasurer of my class. He should have gave me a chance. So, in my opinion, he was selfish because he wanted to be the leader, and yet wanted me to be with him. I really wanted to be a leader for once. As a leader, he also did not prepare well for the oral test. After this incident, I no longer took him as my good friend but only my normal friend. I also did not join his group for preparation and only joined his group for the oral test. I got 28/30 in the oral test.

Main Reason 3: Facebook Argument
One night in May 2010, my mother telephoned me. She told me that KPP, my former classmate now in SMJK Chio Min, posted a photo of all my primary school classmates on Facebook, with me in it. I was interested to see it, so I opened up Facebook on the next day. I saw the photo and some comments. The first comment written my a Chio Min student was 'I really missed that. How I wish we could be together again'. Another Chio Min student commented 'We could meet last year during Daniel's party. But I don't know why he did not make a party this year'. DG, a student in my school (SMKSB) replied 'Because Daniel got Mr X already. He had forgotten you all' . Then MXY, another SMKSB student replied 'Daniel is so close to Mr X. They always hold hands when they walked everywhere' . I was afraid that the Chio Min students might misunderstood, so I replied 'Mr X is only my friend, not my gay partner, MXY like him instead.' Then TWS, a SMKSB students replied 'I support Daniel. What he said was right.' Then a Chio Min student replied in Chinese 'How did you know? Or is it because you and Mr X know each other's feelings?' This comment was written in Chinese except for the word 'Mr X'. I saw all those comments and did not reply. Then, I shut down my computer. A short while later, Mr X telephoned me and kept on asking 'What is happening on Facebook? Is it true that MXY likes me? They said that we are gay?' When I commented on the photo, Facebook displayed on the home page 'Daniel commented on XXX's photo.'. Mr X must have clicked on the link and saw the comments. I told Mr X to ask DG and MXY if he wanted to know what happened and I said I was just joking that MXY liked him. On the next day in school, he still seemed not satisfied and asked me the same questions again. He said DG refused to tell him what happened. I could not tell him what happened as I was not sure too. He kept on asking me, DG and MXY until I could not stand anymore. I said to him 'I will ban you from Facebook!'. He said 'Come on!'. Then, we had a minor quarrel. In my opinion, he should not have opened the photo since it had nothing to do with him and KPP wasn't his friend. That evening, he telephoned me again and asked the same thing again. This time he asked the meaning of the comment written in Chinese as above. He could not understand it except for the word 'Mr X'. I saw the comment but I forgot what it was so I told him I don't know. He did not believe me. On the next day, he again asked me the same things. I ignored him. He told a friend that he asked all these because his father wanted to know. I also told my friends that I won't mind losing him as a friend. Then he tried to apologize to me and wanted me to friend with him again. I still ignored him. That evening, he phoned me and apologized. He said he had known the whole incident through TWS. I agreed to forgive him. After that, we talked to each other again like earlier. However, I only took him as my classmate but not my friend anymore. For this incident, I think that everybody was wrong, including me myself. However, my intention of saying MXY liked him is to let the Chio Min students believe that he wasn't my gay partner. It would be better for people to say someone liked Mr X than people saying that he was gay. However, he put the blame on me for writing that. If he did not blame me, he wouldn't have kept on asking me so many questions regarding the case. So, I no longer took him as a friend but only my classmate.

Main Reason 4: Science Lab Issue
One day in August 2010, during the Science lesson, we went to the Science lab. Our teacher gave us back our Science examination paper. Due to some marking errors, many people including me could get extra marks. Most people including me got only 1 extra mark but some got 2 extra marks. However, Mr X got 3 extra marks. I wanted to find out why so I took his paper and see. He said to me 'Why are you looking at my paper without my permission? If you are so impolite I won't want to let you see at all.' I still saw his paper and knew why he got 3 extra marks. I was unhappy with him. Although it was my mistake, he had done the same thing many times to me earlier. In Form 2, whenever he forgot to bring his textbook, he would take mine and put on his table without telling me, and as a result I had no textbook to see when my teacher was teaching. I never scolded him. Now, I had just done it to him once and he scolded me. On the next day, it was Science period again and we again went to the Science lab. Out teacher asked us to finish an exercise between 30 minutes. Mr X said 'There are so many questions. It is impossible to finish it in 30 minutes'. In my opinion, he should have said 'I will try' instead of that. So I answered him back 'In this world everything is possible!' He replied 'Humans have limited ability. Only the God has unlimited ability'. Everybody in the lab could hear that. I was unhappy with him. This explains what I wrote in the beginning of this post. Later, after we had completed the exercise, our teacher discussed the answers. The Science teacher asked all of us to give the answers. One of the question was 'Name the object in the picture above.' The answer was 'satelite'. Almost everyone in class gave the answer as 'satellite'. However, Mr X gave the answer as 'solar-powered satellite'. He always had the habit of making his answer as long as possible. I did not like that because it was rather a way of showing-off. So, I said 'The answer is satelite. No need to write solar-powered'. He replied me 'The picture shows a solar panel on the satelite. Are you blind? Don't you see it?'. I was very annoyed with him. Later, someone asked the teacher 'Is space shuttle a spacecraft?'. The teacher said yes. Then, I asked 'Rocket is also a spacecraft, right?' Immediately Mr X answered 'No'. But, the teacher said 'Yes'. Mr X still insisted that the answer was 'No'. Even the teacher was unhappy with him. So I said to Mr X 'Teacher already said yes'. Mr X replied 'You can't take a rocket like a spacecraft, if you do so then you would be bombed to death!'. I was even more annoyed. Due to the several incidents which all happened in the Science lab, I completely ended my friendship with Mr X and started to take him as my enemy. I never talked to him again. This lasts on until now.

Besides the 4 main reasons above, there are also several side reasons on why I do not want to friend with him. These are the side reasons:

1. Over-concerned about hair-style
Mr X was very concerned about his hair-style. He often told me that many of his friends and teachers disliked his hair-style, but he himself thought that there was nothing wrong with his hairstyle. As a result, he hated his hair but he was very stubborn and refused to change it. He would also take his comb everywhere. To me, boys should not be too concerned about their hair style.

2. Lacks self-confidence and depressed
Mr X was not confident with himself. He would often think that he was not clever, no one likes him, not handsome and others. Therefore, he was always unhappy and depressed. To me, he should always think positively.

3. Sharing too many problems with me
Mr X would often share his problems with me, especially his love problems. At first I was happy to share his problems. But after sharing too many of his problems, I felt burdened. He also seldom accepted by advices about his problems. Although he also shared my problems but not as many as I shared his.

4. Telephoning non-stop
Mr X would telephone me almost everyday. Most of the time he only asked things like what is the homework, what is the time table and so on. He usually telephoned my house telephone so I could not just ignore the phone ringing because it might be someone else phoning. I really regretted giving him my house telephone. To me, he should phone only when necessary.

5. Monopoly of competitions and leaders
Mr X wanted to take part in every competition. He would do anything to enter the competition. He also wanted to be a leader of everything. Actually, he had represented the school for many competitions and was holding positions in several clubs and societies. To me, he should give others a chance and not always wanting to take part in all competitions.

6. Anti-blog
At 4 August 2009, he discovered a blog made by the girls of our school. He said that the name of the blog was something morally not right. So, he made another blog to go against that blog. However, he was afraid that the girls knew that he did that so he used my email to create that blog. He told me that only after doing so. At first I did not feel unhappy but later I began to worry that my popularity would be affected. To me, if he wanted to oppose that blog, he should not have felt afraid and should use his own email address.

7. Very sensitive
Mr X was a very sensitive person. Sometimes he would think that I no longer wanted to friend with him although it was just a little thing. Once, my friend MA asked me to help him to practice his oral test. Mr X said something to me then realized that I was helping MA to practice his oral. Mr X apologized for disturbing. However, after apologizing Mr X continued talking, so I ignored Mr X to avoid disturbing MA. Just because of that, Mr X thought I did not want to friend with him anymore.

8. Computer lab
Mr X would always share the same computer with me in the computer lab during the ICT lesson. However, he usually used the computer most of the time. I only had the chance to use the computer very little. This became worse after he set up his Tagged account. He would often want to check his Tagged account. I was the one who set up a Tagged account for him after he received an invitation to join Tagged. I really regretted doing that.

9. Support of PIBG donation
Since before I entered SMKSB, the school would collect RM25 from every student every year for the PIBG (Persatuan Ibu-bapa & Guru) donation. Many students and I thought that it was a bit too much and that would burden our family. At 2010, the school suggested increasing the donation to RM50. Many students and I were against that. However, Mr X agreed with that, saying we should 'follow the river' instead of 'against the river'.

10. Answering question
Whenever a classmate or teacher asked him a question, he would make the answer as long as possible, but after saying a lot most people could not really understand what he said. He also liked to give a strange and unusual answer.

11. Form 1 Malay Oral Test
On May 2008 when I was in Form 1, we had an oral test for the Malay subject. There were 36 students in our class. Our Malay teacher wrote the numbers 1 to 36 in 36 sheets of folded small papers, then she put the papers in a container. All students are asked to pick one of the papers. The number written on the paper picked determines the order in which students take the oral test. For example, the student who got the number 12 will be the 12th person to take the oral test. Unfortunately, I got the number 5, so I would be the 5th student to take the oral test. In the previous oral test, I was the 3rd person. I think that it is not fair because it depends entirely on luck, and everytime I was the first few students to take the oral test. So, I cheated by adding a number 2 in front, making the number 25. The student who actually picked the number 25 was Mr X. I told Mr X that the teacher made a mistake, and as a result that were two number 25. Although he did not see me cheating, he was very sure that I cheated. Later, the teacher distributed a name list and asked all of us to write down the number we got. I wrote number 25. The teacher said that on the first day of the oral test, the first 8 students would do the oral test. I did not make any preparations for the first day because I had written number 25. However, on the first day of the oral test, I noticed that on the name list, my number had been changed from 25 to 5. Obviously it was Mr X who did that. I told the teacher that my number was 25 but Mr X told the teacher that I cheated by changing 5 to 25. The teacher believed Mr X and as a result I was forced to do the oral test on that day without any preparations. I could not speak well and my marks were low. In this case, although I cheated, but it was because at that time I could not speak well in Malay so I need more preparation time. Mr X was a prefect and he could speak very well, even without preparation. Additionally, during the previous oral test he was the last few students to do the oral test, while I was the 3rd person. So, he should have given way to and tolerated with me. I only got 16/30 for that oral test. The marks for that oral test was carried forward to Form 3. Luckily during PMR 2010 the marks for oral were not included, otherwise I might fail to get A in Malay, then I would not get 8A for PMR. Mr X nearly ruined my PMR results.

12. Treasure-hunt competition
At 14 October 2010 after my PMR, the school had organised several activities for the Form 3 students. One of the activities was the Treasure Hunt competition. I wanted to take part in the Treasure Hunt competition. My friend AF was in charge of the name list. I asked AF to write down my name for the Treasure Hunt competition. Each class had to send 5 students for the Treasure Hunt competition. There were 4 Malay girls taking part in the Treasure Hunt competition. I wanted to be the 5th participant for the competition. However, the 4 Malay girls did not want me to take part because I had already took part in another 2 competitions. They said that it was not fair for me to take part in so many competitions. Therefore, AF wanted to remove my name. However, Mr X also took part in 3 competitions. So, I argued "Mr X also take part in 3 competitions, why don't you remove his name?". I insisted that if AF were to remove my name, he must also remove Mr X's name from one of the competitions he took part in. Mr X was angry and he asked me 'Where is the proof?' Another Malay boy, AFZ was angry with me because he thought that I was accusing Mr X. The Malay girls were also angry because I insisted in taking part in the Treasure Hunt competition. However, I still refused to give up. A week later, AFZ told me that the 4 Malay girls have chosen AF instead for me as the 5th participant for the Treasure Hunt competiton. When I ask the Malay girls about that, they said that Mr X had told our form teacher that the they are not suitable to take part in the Treasure Hunt Competition. They were angry with Mr X so they looked for our form teacher. The form teacher supported the 4 Malay girls. When the form teacher asked about the 5th participant, the 4 Malay girls called me but I ignored them because I was playing chess with someone and did not know what was going on. Therefore, they chose AF instead of me. I then looked for the form teacher and told her that I had given my name for the Treasure Hunt competition first before AF. The teacher agreed to let me take part. The 4 Malay girls also agreed and AF was willing to give up to let me take part. I took part in the Treasure Hunt competition with the 4 Malay girls. For this incident, I blamed Mr X because he should not have blamed me just because I said that he took part in 3 competitions since it was a truth. I also blamed Mr X for telling the form teacher that the 4 Malay girls are not suitable to take part in the competition, and as a result AF nearly replaced me to take part in the competition.

Due to the reasons stated above, I had taken several actions against Mr X. The actions are:

1. I blocked one of his Facebook account.
2. I chose to sit with MA instead of Mr X in Form 3.
3. Whenever there was ICT class (during 2009), I would reserve 2 computers, one for me and one for him. With this, I did not have to share with him. 
4. On February 2010, I removed the blog he created with my email and replaced it with a blog of my class (http://3a10fanclub.blogspot.com).
5. In Form 3, when I was asked to suggest another 3 persons to join the Mathematics Quiz, I did not suggest him. However, this failed to stop him from taking part in that quiz.
6. I refused to sit with him during the Form 3 night class.
7. I did not do any of the Form 3 courseworks with Mr X as we did in Form 2. I also did not give him a copy of my courseworks.
8. I refused to talk to him after August 2010.

So, I think now you should have known why I no longer friend with Mr X. We won't be friends anymore, not now, not in the near future and probably never will at all. This article is really long, and it is like a chapter in the History textbook. Thanks for your patience in reading this!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

My 2010 Year-end School Holiday

I am sure that most people will like school holiday, especially the year end school holiday which is very long. However, for the year 2010, I do not like the year end school holiday. The main reason is that I could not play with my friends in school. After my PMR examination and before the year end school holiday starts, I enjoy going to school very much. In school, I can play games like chess with my friends and I don't have to study. At home, I could only go online and play computer games. Also, starting from the next year, I and my classmates will no longer be in the same class and will be seperated. Therefore, I did not want the school holiday to start.

The 2010 year-end school holiday started on 16 November 2010. In should start at 17 November 2010 but the school made the school holiday start one day earlier. On 17 November 2010, I went to Kulim Landmark Central for a gathering with my classmates. There, we ate at Pizza Hut. After that, we went to play Bumper Car and bowling. Some other classmates went to watch a movie in the cinema. The purpose of the gathering is to give the classmates of my class a chance to be together before we are separated next year.

For the following days, I stayed at home in Kulim until 5 December 2010. I played computer games, surfed the internet, watched television, studied Form 4 topics and attended my grandfather's Maths tuition class. My holiday life is basically the same as before the school holiday and after my PMR examination, except that I do not go to school. It is quite fun, but I preferred going to school.

On 4 December 2010, my parents came back from Kuala Lumpur. On the next day, 5 December 2010, I followed them back to Kuala Lumpur for holidays. There, I stayed at my parents' house in Subang Jaya. My mother bought me a new Acer laptop. I occasionally visit my parents' new house at Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam.

On 19 December 2010, I went to Singapore with my parents for 4 days and 3 nights for holidays. We went there by my father's car. We stayed at Marina Mandarin Hotel. I went to a few places such as the Singapore Flyer, the cable car of Sentosa Island and the Singapore Zoo. I had been to Singapore a year earlier but I did not go to these places.

On 22 December 2010 afternoon, my father drove us back to Kuala Lumpur. We rested for a few hours. At night on the same day, my father drove us to Kulim because I had to take my PMR results on the following day. I expected earlier that the PMR results will come out on 28 December 2010 but it turns out to be on 23 December 2010. That is why we had to rush back to Kulim from Singapore. We arrived at Kulim on 1:00AM.

On 23 December 2010, I went to school in the morning to take my PMR results. My father took me to school. My grandparents did not go because at that time they were in Kuala Lumpur for holidays. My mother stayed at home with my brother. I was very worried of my PMR result. I was so happy to see that I got 8A's for my PMR. Many of my friends also got 8A. For the whole school, more than 200 students got 8A and the percentage of passing the PMR examination is 100%. This year's PMR results is the best among the previous years. After taking my PMR result, I telephoned my mother and my grandparents to tell them about this.

That afternoon, we went to Penang to visit my mother-side grandparents. We had dinner with them in Penang. After dinner, my father drove us back to Kuala Lumpur. I will stay a few more days in Kuala Lumpur since the school had not reopened yet. We arrived at Kuala Lumpur at 12:30AM.

For the following days, I stayed at Kuala Lumpur for a few more days. My grandparents were also at Kuala Lumpur. They went there a few days before we went to Singapore. On 28 December 2010, my father took me back to Kulim with his car. My grandparents followed us back to Kulim. On 29 December 2010, my father went back to Kuala Lumpur. I had a few more days of holiday before the school reopened on 3 January 2011. The school should reopen on 2 January 2010 but the government announced that 2 January 2011 to be a public holiday because Malaysia won the football match against Indonesia.

3 January 2010 marks the end of my 2010 year-end holiday, as well as my after PMR life.