October is super-hectic! Outrageously an O.M.G month with all the hullabaloos, dramas, setbacks and tasks to be executed, all cramped together to make way for November & December for End-Of-Year holiday. But then again, that is what being a Malaysian teacher. A career that is hardly highly-regarded by Malaysian society these days (mostly because of the “half-day-work” & “lots of holidays” cliche stigma; as well as teachers these days being ‘lavished’ by Government with incentives and increment, much to the dismay of others) BUT demands great patience and shenanigan workload. People don’t see, but it is what it is. The reality as Malaysian teacher.
Anyway, this month has been dedicated to finalize all the filings, documentations, data and book updates. As for me the Class Teacher of 5 Brilliant (as well as Discipline Teacher for Year 5 Boys) / Science & English, clerical tasks are abundant. The list goes as per below :-
- Updating Pupils’ Record Book (ADAB) with respective marks, heights-and-weight-statures, co-curriculum attendances and marks, the average pointers and comments;
- PEKA Science books for 4 Dynamic & 4 Flexible (as I am teaching Science for both classes this year; collecting books from them proved to be such a hassle task. I have to constantly reminding and literally begging them to buy; an itsie-bitsie parents refuse to acknowledge);
- Collecting money for KFC fun-and-greet during the upcoming Children’s Day (“Hari Kanak-Kanak”). Of course, class teacher has to collect that;
- Preparing and marking exam questions for Final Year Examination spanning from 15th October-19th October;
- Pack-and-count all the essential documents and books for all my 36 pupils of 5 Brilliant to be included in respective personal files for the next year’s classes;
- To co-assist my English Panel colleagues as Headmaster wants us to choreograph a theatrical musical drama performance (on 70s or 60s retro music) for “Anugerah Hari Kecemerlangan”;
- To co-helping on journals & assignments (internal & external of school community);
- To be involve in numerous school activities such as annual camping, a visit to SEPANG Circuit, A visit to Malacca (Year 6 pupils);
- As a Teacher’s Society Committee (BAKSI); has been entrusted to emceeing the upcoming Annual School Dinner slated on 8th November 2012 (the day UPSR will be unleashed as well a day before I fly to Hong Kong!);
- and many more that I couldn’t think of!
In the middle of these chaotic schedule, Serendah has been drenched with rain, lightning and few storms groaning now and then on the sky. But it was on Thursday, 11th October that the Gaia taught me a lesson! I was onlining when rain and storm began to commence; but suddenly 3 lightning struck continuously and automatically my laptop WENT OFF! KABOOSH! Just like that! My first instinct was that it had to be due to the electrical power cut off; but then I saw the fan on the ceiling was still ON. That moment I knew, my Compaq HP laptop was a history.
Rest in Peace. My Compaq Presario CQ40.
Still, I was restless to do something to revive it. So I drove to Batang Kali in the middle of the rain to a computer shop. Initially, the shopkeeper was keen to revive my laptop by using 2 of his universal chargers (as Compaq HP chargers were sold out); BUT the cheerie facade turned ugly when the two universal chargers gone kaput due to shot circuit triggered by my laptop! Oh, well; typical shopkeeper. So, I just let it be.
Sample of my laptop. Compaq Presario CQ40. Courtesy of http://manila.olx.com.ph/compaq-presario-cq40-laptop-iid-78288770
After Friday and Saturday (12th & 13th October) of which I had to spend night at the school due to “Khemah Perdana” programme (will be elaborated in the next entry), I went to Kakak’s house at Putrajaya on Sunday, 14th October. Attended my nephew’s convocation (known as “Ihtifal” in Arabic) of his Little Caliph kindergartens at IPS Hall in UPM, Serdang. Time flies so fast, innit? It was hilarious seeing Rifqi performing on stages belting out some Surahs and Holy Quran verses and also scripted-and-musical pantomimes! He got a knack in public performance! I thought the idea of having Islamic kindergartens such as Little Caliph or its counterparts; such as CIC (Children Islamic Centre) or Montessori is great!
Rifqi & I. So cheeky now. Time flies. (,”)
After that, we went to have lunch at Kakak and Abang Zam’s favourite spot in Serdang and then headed to Low Yatt Plaza. I bought an ACER laptop for RM1,2490 whereas Kakak & Abang Zam were so into their smartphones skins.
Sample of my new Acer Aspire V5-4. Oh well, it’s not much. But I guess it will do for me. LOL!
It was in the middle of the month and cash flow was running out but hey, life is so unpredictable; so does the financial budgeting, no? It was kinda melancholic to say farewell to Compaq HP as it had been serving me since my post-banking days and KPLI in 2009 until now, but hey; life has to go on. Welcome ACER y’all! (,”)