amirah: (Breaking Apart)
2015-02-07 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.
amirah: (Trainquility)
2015-01-30 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.
amirah: (To Love to Read)
2010-01-28 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.
amirah: (Lightened the Dark)
2009-07-03 08:32 pm

Of Sickness and Rest

I am not the type to get sick easily. I can actually count how many times I went to a doctor on one hand for the last few years. But that's not mean I'm invincible either. I guess I'm somewhere in between. Headaches usually come and go just like that, without me needing to take a medicine and extra rest.

But, once I do get sick, it was such a pain. I don't know how other people when they are sick, but when I'm sick, that means total bed rest. I can't do anything, think of anything, care about anything.  And when I'm sick, they all came at the same time: flu, cough and occasionally fever.

It always starts with sore throat, and it starts as random as when I woke up in the morning. By the time night comes, I usually will have a flu as well. Among all three, flu is the one sickness I hate the most. It comes early, and always leave the last. I hate running and blocked nose. It makes me feel stupid (with all the sniffing), hard to breathe and unable to eat and drink without choking (Well, when you have a blocked nose, you will have to breathe through your mouth, so, yeah.)

Fever sometimes comes, and sometimes not. I somehow think it depends on how my body was feeling at the moment. Amazingly, with all the coughing-and-flu incidents that I have in my 21 years of living, fever seldom get in the way.

The last time I got a high fever when only a couple of years ago. It was during the one-month holiday of my first year in IPBA. It took me three days to actually get out of bed, with me drifting in and out of consciousness and throwing up everything that I have eaten. I was really helpless at the time, and my parents had to be there for me all the time. And let's not mention about the next two weeks of flu and sore throat. My break was actually wasted with sickness. 

That's why I don't understand people who like to get sick. When I told a few friends that I won't be going to the practicum because I was sick, one of them was like, 'Wow, nice!' What's so nice about feeling sick? It is because I got an MC and I don't have to go to school?

Well, I just prefer to think that they don't suffer as much as I do when they're feeling sick.
 
amirah: (Books of the Sky)
2009-05-26 10:16 am

Everyone loves dreams, but do I...?

Dreams are always seem... frustrating for me. No, not dreams as in hopes, wishes, etc,etc. Dreams that we sometimes have when we sleep. You know what I mean.

I'm one of those people who rarely remember their dreams. It's good for me, since all the dreams that I remembered only frustrated me. Yes, they're good dreams, but don't taunt me for something I don't have! Like, last night, I dreamed of buying something that I wanted to have for so long. While I was giggling happily, I woke up and could not help but said, "Huh, where am I? Don't tell me that's a dream. D<". Then reality checks in; I don't have the money, so how the hell I managed to buy that thing in the first place? *headdesks*

A friend said to me dreams are good for us, for that shows us that we want something (I think it's one of my old friends), but I was like, "Uh huh... only to frustrate you, because you don't actually have it in real life." She was like, blinked at me. Was it that weird to dislike having dreams?

Another kind of dreams that I usually remembered are nightmares. Got into accidents, parents got killed, strangled by someone, family abandoned me, you name it. It's either I don't remember it or when I did, it freaked me out to no ends. It happened once when I was back home. A stranger got into the house and killed everyone in it except me. Imagine how I feel when I woke up? It was the very same house, at night and I was sleeping alone; parents in their room and my siblings shared a room. I cried myself to sleep that night.

And a few nights ago, I woke up in the middle of the night having aches all over my body. Apparently my body remembered something that my mind didn't; my dream.

People said dream is the place you go to when you run away from reality, but if this is the case, I will definitely prefer solid ground where I know everything is real, thanks.
amirah: (Writing)
2009-05-25 11:20 am

Silent before the storm, and online class is just not for some of us.

This week is one of those weeks that I don't actually have to be rushing around to send in assignments. Except for EDUC 384 that we have to submit this Saturday midnight, we will basically be free this whole week.

Of course, humans hate each other and will do anything to make other people suffer. Meaning, lecturers to their own students.

While we are free this week, we have THREE in-class tests next week. EDUC 316 on Tuesday, LANGTCHG 303 and EDUC 384 on Friday. The latter is an online paper, so we have to be sure to do it before Friday midnight. Through internet. People are talking about what if their internet die while doing the test, so what will happen? No one knows.

Anyway, while the paper was fun and interesting to do, it was well messed up. Since we can't actually contact the lecturer or coordinators, things were hard when we need to ask questions and have nowhere to go but the forum, which was not actually helpful. The communication with the lecturer sucks as well.

Take, for example, the first assignment we have to submit. Our lecturer (whom we knew close enough) told us to post our first article by replying to his post in the forum. The problem is, we just can't see the reply button, when he kept insisting 'It's there!'. Until, after the due date, he noticed that only he (and a few others) who can see it, since he was the administrator. Then he gave us the extension to submit the article. But really, who was crazy enough to wait for his instructions after the due date? NO ONE.

Nothing to say much about the second assignment, except for some of us who misunderstood the instructions and almost submitted it late. (LOL!)

Third assignment was, in a way, worse than the first. Instructions for the assignment supposed to come in two weeks before the due date. We were supposed to submit the third assignment last week, but we got extension to this week as we only got the instructions a week ago. No one knows what happen that made the lecturer post it late. The problem when he was always on the go.

Basically, online class sucks for me (it's the first time for most of us), and I really hope that we don't have to do this very same thing next semester or anytime in the future.