The home team

Once More Unto The Nasyid

Once again, I volunteered to participate in the interdepartmental nasyid competition in order to make a lot of noise without being arrested for disturbing the peace. A team was formed. We rehearsed for weeks. We obtained funds for costumes and such. Then the day came. For some reason, we won first place! The theme of the nasyid programme was “adaptation”. […]

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Irfan takes a hike

Photos from Irfan’s MFLS Week

Irfan was chosen to go to Malaysian Future Leaders School, a 10-day programme that was not unlike my own Outward Bound School programme back when I was his age. There were team-building events, kayaking (at Timah Tasoh), hillwalking (which is basically hiking through the jungle for a day up a hill), abseiling at the Kangar fire and rescue station (no […]

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I will learn

Goodbye Google Plus

G+, You will be missed. Hundreds of friendships blossomed over there. Many carried over to other social networks. Once I attended Google’s gMalaysia Conference. There, I spoke a bit on Google Plus as the primary platform for my freelance illustration work. Here are some of my old G+ entries just for kicks.

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Sunset aft

Cloudscape in the Wing Mirror

I headed home from class as the red-orange glow of dusk slowly crept across the land. I headed west. The sun was behind me. There was a traffic light stop. Quickly, I took a photo of the view I saw in the car’s wing mirror. I was impressed that the photo turned out almost as spectacular as the real thing. […]

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The CIL committee and participants of the programme

A Meeting With A Poet Laureate

Another thing I would have never thought I would ever do if I were still back in KL was to meet A Samad Said, the national laureate, who was in town because of Perlis Book Festival 2019. The Centre for International Languages Bahasa Melayu team organised a talk with the renowned writer and poet. Because I had no classes at […]

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The PIBG committee

Marching Orders for Irfan

This might be Irfan’s final year at Semsira, his secondary school, and mine as the vice president of the PIBG (Parents Teachers Association). I was invited to attend the school’s Sports Day and I took some time to head there before a class. I was invited to sit up on in the gazebo with other members of the executive committee. […]

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Where Irfan and I had lunch sometimes after school

Where We Used To Eat

Ain did not venture into Pandan Indah the last time we were here. So, this time, we thought we would take a look. Specifically, we drove by the restaurants we used to frequent when we lived here. The entire suburb was busier than ever. But as you can see some of old regular restaurants are still there. Except for Restoran […]

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Tooth ouch

The Dental Extrication Undertaking

Last week, Ain had a tooth extraction. This week is was my turn. Once upon a time, I experienced a hard time having a tooth removed. In the last couple of weeks, my right molars was acting up. By acting up, I mean giving me an agonising jolt every time I chewed on food. So on Friday Ain and I […]

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Asians Represent!

Interview at Asians Represent!

Late last month, I did an interview with Agatha Cheng and Daniel Kwan. It was for their podcast, Asians Represent!  over at One Shot Podcast. The episode was released a couple of weeks ago. In the show, I talk about the benefits of using tabletop RPGs to teach students English here in Malaysia. Also, how RPGs can be indirectly used […]

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The sky's on fire

Campus Sunset

One of the most rewarding things about having to teach from 5 to 7 in the evening is the view. Sometimes the sky just lights up on fire. Yesterday, the following view was what I beheld when I was heading home. I tweeted the photo immediately. No brightness or saturation modification was done on the image.

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Post-rat disposal sunset

Rat Disposal Weekend

One other thing that occurred over the weekend was the success of our household in apprehending a rat. We heard it scritch-scratching once in a while in the attic and Ain set up a trap as usual. Saturday evening we took it out to a deserted spot by a main road and let it loose into the wild. On our […]

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No I don't work for Facebook

A Registered Student Once More

I never thought it possible even three years ago, but now I am registered as a postgraduate student at my workplace! (It helps that I work at a university, obviously.) I would like to thank my family and friends who supported and encouraged me one way or another. I would have never reached this point if it were not for […]

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Afternoon view

The View To Work Today

Today on the way to work, I pulled over and took a picture of the rice fields beside the road because it looked spectacular. Unfortunately I could not linger as long as I would like to as I had a meeting to attend in half an hour. One meeting and one class later, I headed the opposite direction to attend […]

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