amirah
07 February 2015 @ 11:11 am
Complaining Won't Solve Anything, but Who Can Stop Us?  
When it comes to work, I don't complain (much). The most I do is to talk about it with my colleagues, and that's it. No matter how painful or crazy-sounded the task is, I'll do it. What's the point of bringing it forward to the administration anyway? It only causes more problems, and most of the time involves others that have nothing to do with it in the first place.

But even I have my limits.

Trust Me, or Kill Me? )

So they either desperately want me to slim down, or want to see me collapse somewhere... 😒🙅 #teachinglife

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Seven periods continuously with only 20 minutes in between? What worries me is if I ever decide that sitting in class while teaching is the best, since I most probably too tired to even stand properly by 12.30. I don't believe in the notion of teachers sitting while teaching (how can students see you?), but I might as well do it. I prefer that actually collapsing in front of them (which what I rather do in the staff room instead).

Still, Monday is two days away. I shall see if I can manage it without losing my temper to someone.
 
 
Feeling: discontent
 
 
amirah
30 January 2015 @ 07:06 pm
Life is Both Consuming and Fulfilling.  
 So I haven't updating this for five years and two days. Kind of easy to count when the date you were last here was so close to the current date. 

Now, do I have an excuse? Perhaps. A good one? For me, yes. Is it acceptable? Now, it's up to people, isn't it?

I'm working now. Life is crazy, but I'm pushing through. There are times when I just want to stay at home and surrounded by books and sleep, but mostly I'm enjoying what I'm doing now. I'm teaching, and while some says that I can do better, I can't imagine being elsewhere.

Really, it's true. Though I do wish to run from responsibilities sometimes.  But that's what people do, right?

People move on. A few still include me in their fast-paced life, others not so much. That's what you do when you're taking responsibilities. You could not help it. 

I'm content with my life. Perhaps soon I'm going to push it faster, but for now, I'm quite fine to be where I am now. Quite. 

Why am I updating now? Maybe I want to change something after all.
 
 
Feeling: thoughtful
At: Home
 
 
amirah
28 January 2010 @ 10:39 pm
Of Short Stories and (Not Quite So) Critical Thinking  
One is One and All Alone by Nicholas Fisk is about a girl named Trish, who is the only child on a spaceship to Trion, with the setting took place in 2045. She is a lonely, 11-years-old girl, and in need of a friend her age before arriving at their destination in 2047. Her father is an important figure working on the spaceship, and her mother is working on Trion. Her only companion is VP, her VoicePrinter which acts as her diary, teacher and instructor, as well as a 'friend'.

This story is about her and her discovery on having a secret friend, aka making a clone of herself.

Sounds interesting, isn't it? This story is one of two short stories for the new Literature Component for English Language (Form 1 -3), aside from Flipping Fantastic by Jane Langford.

While the story itself sound interesting, and very... well, futuristic, what with the high-tech stuff going on with cloning as its theme, I definitely would not be stupid enough to actually suggest it to my 13-15 years old secondary students for leisure reading (let alone compulsory reading texts), no matter how easy it is to digest the language and what is actually going on in the story. Unless I really sure that they are able to think critically for themselves and not just taking anything for granted.

What is the best way to teach your students that yes, it is alright to kill your other self? )


I prefer to teach the stupidly sweet and cheesy, full of family values Flipping Fantastic rather than this story. Anytime.
 
 
At: ipba, where else
Feeling: bitchy
Listening: Shangri-La - angela
 
 
amirah
20 August 2009 @ 04:51 pm
I Want to Throw Some Stuff But I Can't  
Namely anything about Linguist 307. Really, I'm tempted. That bastard of an assignment did nothing but misery in my life. Not only it was difficult to do, it was also 10-12 pages of report on our speech analysis which only have two line of instructions, which was this:


 
"Read Part B of your textbook and write a 10-12 page description of your own speech. Try to be as detailed as you can."


WTF?? It's not even one line when I posted it here. And each time someone asked what should we do for this assignment, the lecturer would say, "It's all up to you."

Oh well, it's over now. I don't care what happened now. I've submitted it, and that's it. No more.

*off to do something else*
 
 
Feeling: bitchy
At: at home - auckland
Listening: Sakura Koku - Ogata Megumi
 
 
amirah
13 August 2009 @ 11:16 pm
Why So Lazy La You??!!  
Errr.... By no means, I'm not feeling sick. It's just that after Linguist 307 lecture yesterday, [personal profile] adlina and I were reminded by how most Malaysians speak English. We even talked that way until we reached home. We probably got more than just a few stares, too. LOL. XD

Now, to the serious stuff.

I'm starting to think that I hate Linguist 307. At first, it looked kind of interesting. But after four weeks and still failing to see the purpose of us being in this course, I started to give up trying to keep interest. It does not help the fact that our lectures have nothing to do with our first assignment. I mean, what are the connections between learning different English Englishes with analysing our own speech? And learning the differences between Nothern Irish English and Southern Irish English does not have anything to do with our future teaching career.

Although the fact that I can understand 16th and 18th centuries' English better than 19th century's English astounded me. Go me.

Done with the serious stuff.

I have a new writing community here at DW. I got tired of LJ's random advertisements destroying my page. So I made a new one. I'm not yet sure if I ever want to delete aidokuhibi, but then again, I have no real attachment to that place *gets shot*. Here's to my new writing community, [community profile] betweenrealities. The name was taken from one of my earlier MAR fics, In Between Realities.

Talking about fanfictions, [personal profile] adlina made a website about fanfiction theft. She got annoyed by how some people plagiarised other people's fanworks. Hers got palgiarised more than a few times, and some got translated to other languages without her permission.

If you're a fanfic writer and think that fanfiction theft still counts as something that must be stop, do support by putting the codes at your profile pagesat DW, LJ, FF.net or other places that you think is suitable.

WYOF! - Stop Fanfiction Theft


Here I thought this account is going to be free of fandom stuff. Guess I was wrong.

See you later?

 
 
At: auckland
Feeling: bitchy
Listening: [personal profile] adlina singing Hitori Bocchi no Sadame by Hibari Kyouya