The 3rd & 4th phase of the MBMMBI course a.k.a. the so-called “Enhancing English Proficiency Of Non-TESL English Language Teachers In Primary & Secondary Schools (Selangor & Federal Territory) 2011” took place from 20th June until 24th June. The finale phase was on whole a bittersweet. Why I said that? I am sure felt relieved because I finally get over the course; but felt a little bit nostalgic thinking about newly-found friends and also lecturers. Anyway, like usual; Salim, Moazim & Bee Yen car-pooled with me (Yours truly as the chauffeur, of course hahaha!) and pushed off from Serendah, Hulu Selangor on Monday morning at 6.10 A.M.
For Monday & Tuesday (20th June & 21st June), slots were slated for Writing Phase and from Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, we were given the time to prepare for our Exhibition Day- which was created purposely so that we can harness our soft skills to the utmost usage! Anyway, almost practically every nights, the boys and I went out to Midvalley which happened to be just around the corner; just to get ourselves released from the pressing schedule of the course! On Tuesday night, we went out to have dinner at Pizza Hut ( ate the bolognese. Yummy!) and planned to watch “X-Men : The First Class” after that. The movie scheduled to start approximately at 8.30 P.M. and we finished ate our meals around 8.20 P.M. With the 10 minutes; we were so like in a hurry and our minds were fixated on the film (although I was to watch for 2nd time- with the boys paying half of the price for me; hahhaa!). Without hesitation, we simply SPED OFF WITHOUT PAYING TO THE CASHIER! No wonder the waiters were a little flabbergasted and quite aghast with us! Luckily, Moazim thought about it and of course; we went back to pay the cashier- with Moazim & Salim were very embarrassed! Hahahaha; strangely I did not feel that, though.
Me & the girls (Bee Yen, Saw Chi Ling, Bee Gee & Yin Ching) : “Waka Waka” is our group;doing “Places of Interest” – focusing on Egypt (me!), Vatican City (Yin Ching), Hong Kong (Bee Gee), Bali (Bee Yen) & Angkor Wat, Cambodia (Saw Chi Ling).
On Wednesday night, another drama unfolded. I went out with Kat at Midvalley (who is obviously having hard time now given the emotional turbulence she is now experiencing with the Teddy-fiasco) and just chilled with her giving moral support and comforts. At 9.30 P.M. we called it off and I arrived at the room only to find that the boys went out with house locked! Since Moazim hold my key, I couldn’t enter. Called the boys and it seemed that they were lost in KL and I spontaneously thought they must be taking ages to get back and I dislike waiting.
“Festival Around The World” & depiction of Thailand’s Loy Krathong Festival.
On spur of the moment, I decided to roam around with my car. Started the car and went off. Midvalley seemed about to close; decided to go to Kakak’s residence at Putrajaya. She disliked people to come abruptly so I called her many times only prove to no avail. As I was driving, I made Plan B; revert to Sungai Besi, called a friend and hang out. Accompanied by my friend, we went to Bukit Jalil and he showed me the way back to Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa. I felt confident and after that made the journey on my own. By using Jalan Kuchai Lama, I managed to arrive at Jalan Bangsar but somehow I shot to the Bangsar town itself! It was around 11.30 P.M. and the cars behind me were moving very fast and in KL, once you took the route, it is hard to make any spontaneous U-Turn!
Kak Masnah’s group doing “Taboos & Superstitions” : sample of skeleton & self-made Jack-O’-Lantern! Creative, aite?
Given me no choice, I drove along the road and finally ended up in Jalan Duta! My head was spinning and dizzy and I was feeling very nauseated; probably because I didn’t have much rest; but in that moment I have to make fast decision! I saw the signboard heading to Ipoh & without hesitation, I decided to go back to Serendah! I guess it’s better than simply lurked around trying ways to go back to IPGM KBA; there was no more trying and errors moment for me! So with the horrendous body condition, I drove my car (mostly in a jerkily manner though; because I couldn’t hold the handle firmly; nauseated) to Serendah albeit there were tonnes of lorries and trailers thronging along the highway! Arrived at Serendah around 1.00 A.M. feeling SO NAUSEATED and my body and fingers were shaken! I sent SMS to Adli telling him that I might come late or probably issued an MC by the doctor tomorrow if my condition didn’t improve. So happened that on Thursday morning, despite feeling little bit lethargic, I managed to push off from Serendah at 8.00 o’clock and with all the traffic jams, arrived at IPG KBA around 9.30 A.M.
“Foods Around The World” with creative game ala Teng-Teng that everybody loves! Another creative hit!
On Thursday night, me and the boys went out to Ampang Park and had a blast karaoke-ed at this KTV which Adli brought us to. Yeay, another spot for karaoke! The 2 hours were so fun and we sang a whole lot of songs; from dangdut, asli, nasheed, English and many more! And I would never forget the song “Seasons In the Sun” that we sang that night. Hahahaha, miss the moment! Then we went to have supper at a Thai stall near Setiawangsa TESCO and our final destination was the Uptown Night Bazaar at Danau Kota. It was really fun hanging out with the boys! Will cherish the nostalgia (,”).
Mr. Khoo & I
Depiction of Japanese Lantern Festival.
My MBMMBI Cohort. Will be missing them.
On Friday, the Exhibition Day commenced! What was initially a dreaded day became an enjoyable event! It was nice entertaining guests coming to your booth and trying to sugar-coat everyone and perfecting your conversational English though your heart was pounding hard because you were facing lingua academias! Nonetheless, it went like a breeze when you were at ease and welcoming the pupils from SK Bangsar was not bad at all. The kids were excited to play games and what was important was that they had fun and the objectives were achieved! I would like to thank my group “Waka Waka” for doing tremendous jobs and set up our booth – Chin Ling, Bee Yen, Bee Gee & also Yin Ching!
Nevertheless, I was a bit exhausted because I had to go back and fro collecting some paraphernalia & reporting documents to The Authority since I was the Head for my Cohorts. And on top of that, I had to become the MC for the Closing Ceremony- thank God I managed to scribble something in the eleventh hour and executed the task smoothly without major glitches. Personally, I was happy to be given the opportunity to become the MC because I’ve never conducted an event as an MC in English Language. Being the MC in Bahasa Melayu was a breeze but being an MC in English Language was a challenge I would love to put myself into. It’ wasn’t hard but it was initially intimidating. But after our honourable guest, Madam Elizabeth Lim herself said that there was no need for “butterflies in the stomach” because a seasoned speech-giver like her also experienced the same ‘fluttering’, I automatically felt at ease and carried out the duty effortlessly. It was all in the mind, I guess (,”).
The drama didn’t end there. Right after we called the day off; Bee Yen, Salim, Moazim and I went to my car because they were to car-pool with me. I tried to start my car’s engine but it proved to no avail! OH MY GOD! I was scared and panic! What went wrong??? Salim & Moazim were flabbergasted as well and tried to check the battery and theories came out – the possibilities of why my car wouldn’t start. Salim called Adli who was about to move – thinking of borrowing a ‘jumper’ to revitalize my battery (we speculated that the battery must have died but then again, I had just serviced the car about 2 weeks ago!). Half an hour talking and speculating when I entered the car and saw the gear was put on ‘REVERSE’ point. I was like bedazzled and put the gear back to ‘PARKING’ point and started the car. And… VOILA! The car was ‘alive’!!!! We were like so relieved and at the same time tickled by these whole drama! And Maykala suddenly called to car-pool to drop her at Serendah commuter station; so off we went back to Hulu Selangor district!
On whole, this final phase of MBMMBI course was a memorable one. I’ve made friends and garnered new knowledge to enhance myself as an English teacher. In addition, this course also let me discover my own strength; throughout this course, I’ve obtained positive responses from the lecturers and to get recognitions from these people who are already certified English academias; saying that your English is not bad at all; really mean a lot to me and I hope that although I may not score flying colours in the Oxford Placement Test; this course serves as an initial point for me to soar high in the education world, Insya ALLAH (,”).