Friday, 29 April 2011

BlogButton ...1st attempt

My first blog button

Blog button 2

Blog Button 3

Blog Button 4
My first blog button was successfully created today, April 29, 2011. It means a new milestone in my blogging endeavour. Please follow closely. More blog buttons for grab would be added to my collection soon.Scroll down for freebies.
Not forgetting my 'tutor' in button making ...the  eHow - Trusted advice for the curious life! Thank you, Mr eHow! I'm indebted to you!

Here are the codes for generating the buttons...

<center><a href="http://YOUR WEB ADDRESS/" target="_blank" title="BLOG TITLE"><img alt="BLOG TITLE" src="http://IMAGE WEB ADDRESS"/></a> <center>
<center><textarea id="code-source" rows="3" cols="13" name="code-source"><center><a href="http://YOUR WEB ADDRESS/"><img border="0" src="http://IMAGE WEB ADDRESS"/></a></center></textarea></center>

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Yo estoy vivo y coleando ... (I'm alive and kicking )

It's Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
The clock struck three.
I was called into the 'judgment room'.
There're only two examiners instead of the pre-mentioned three.
The chairperson looked very familiar...
Yes! It's a small world. He was my ex-lecturer back in MPPPP, KJ Pendidikan.
He's his usual self...forever warm and friendly.
We exchanged greetings.
I felt slightly better. He introduced the examiner, Dr Hawa, a very special woman.
She looked good, too.
I was then asked to 'pour' out my mind.
First, statement of problems...
Second, methodology...bla...bla...
The chairperson didn't say much ... most of the time, he wore a smile on his face.
The lady examiner tried to 'catch' me off guard a number of times.
Fortunately, I managed to 'ward off' her attempts... thanked to the earlier preparation.
I owed much gratitude to my supervisor, Dr Bala for preparing me well.
Not forgetting the love ones and dear friends who prayed for me incessantly.
Every thing went on ...smoothly.
All questions were given the best answer that I could think of.
Finally, the thirty-minute session was over...
I was released from the 'torture chamber'.
Once I stepped out of the room, I heard fluttering sounds...
Whoosh! All the butterflies who had camped in my tummy for days flew out...
They disappeared into the thin air.
I got back my 'life and soul'!

My Acknowledgements ...

Gratitude is the word that best summarises my feelings toward the very special people who assisted me to complete this personal and professional goal. I owe much gratitude to the many people who have guided, helped and cheered me on through this process. In particular, I would like to express special thanks to my supervisor, Associate Professor Dr. Balakrishnan Muniandy, who provided me with detailed and insightful feedback for every draft, who spent an enormous amount of time reading and editing my dissertation, and more importantly, who set an example for me to be a rigorous scholar.

My thanks also go to my first tutor, Dr Zarina Mustafa, for her assistance, suggestions and encouragement. Thank you very much for your coaching and assistance with the proposal. I owe much gratitude for your patience. You have taught me more than you can imagine.

Thank you, Puan NoranFauziah Zainol Abidin and students. I would not have been able to collect the data without your assistance.

My love and thanks go to my family. My husband, Mr L. S., supported me unconditionally during the past two years in all aspects of life: spiritually, financially and emotionally. My late mother-in-law, Madam EeFin S., had always willing to lend a helping hand with my kids. I am deeply indebted to my parents, Mr and Mrs SengS. They tirelessly prayed for my safety and well-being.

Finally, this dissertation is dedicated to my wonderful children, Korn and Lynm. Korn and Lynn, your most adorable smile had been the best stress reliever at the end of the day. Thank you, dear.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Viva ...oh...Viva...

The BIG day has come.
The day that I 'feared' most.
This word VIVA has been bothering me seen the first day I clicked APPLY on USM website for this programme.

It's true that we, teachers have no problem addressing a big crowd.
What's more I've been the state teacher-trainer for the past seven to eight years.
I've helped Kedah Edu Dept conducting courses for teachers countlessly.
My course participants were of myriad backgrounds.
Nonetheless, I survived. I've never been shot by any of them.
In fact, I captured them ( he..he..) I mean their interest most of the time.
But, why... why did VIVA bother me so badly?
I can only share with you the answer to this question late this evening.
Till then... pray for me... wish me luck... I need lots of it!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Having my friend back..Part 1

I first saw her ... at a meeting way back in 2003.
My first impression ... was not very good.
With one glance...I passed my judgment.
She's arrogant!
She's sophisticated!
She's not my type!
I'll never ever be able to get along with her!
Days past...
We stumbled upon each other again ...many more times...
The iceberg that stood in our way began to melt.
To cut the long story short...we're once room-mate during our stint as teacher-trainers.
I began to feel good about her.
Nonetheless, I couldn't read her mind.
At times, she seemed aloof and so distanced away...
The next day, she was sweet.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Announcing my new-found love interest ...

I've mustered enough courage.
It's been quite a while after I first created my blog , Sophyta's Casita.
I've been dilly-dallying...on making it public, showing it to the world.
Yesterday, April 22 was the day...
However, only selected few was told..
Only those who are close to my heart were invited to visit mi casita.
I'm in need of more strengths to do it on a bigger scale.
For the time being, only to these people I can confide in my newly-found love interest.
Nevertheless, if YOU dear reader happens to stumble upon Sophyta's Casita, feel free to explore mi casita and please don't hesitate to leave a comment or two.
Among the 'lucky' few...or maybe, conversely they labeled themselves 'unfortunate' are ...


Yus 1

Yus 2

  •  Khalipah Mastura Khalid (my number one motivator)
  • Yusnyta and Yussita Yusof (close friends of mine)
  • May Lim and Diong  (another dear friends)
Dear readers,
Your comments and views are mostly welcome. They'll help in sustaining the life of my blog.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Burning midnight oil...

It's approaching.
It's nearing.
It's just around the corner.
I can hear the huffing and puffing.
It's panting heavily.
I can feel the heat.
Yes! The BIG days are coming...
And, here I am ...idling around!
Wake up! I'm telling my inner-most...

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

It's my birthday!

Yes, today, the 20th of April is my birthday!
I'd had a grand celebration with my family last night.
All of my siblings, except for the first brother, Cha were there.
All in all, my lovely parents, four siblings, my hubby, my two kids, a sister-in-law and her baby girl, my bro-in-law and her 4-month-old daughter and my nephew celebrated my birthday last night.

My hubby presented me with a 'gorgeous' fruit birthday cake.
And...the biggest birthday gift I've ever received is the confirmation letter from the SPP.
That's not the end of the surprise...

My cute daughter and her little friends threw me a 'big' birthday bash!
The kids presented me with a cute little cake with a tiny candle on it.

Their innocent act touched the core of my heart.
Thank you 5Ms!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Sacred Mantra ...

My Fave Things ...

Lakorn is for Thai soap opera.
Shared here is a video from YouTube on my all-time fave soap opera...Wanalee.

The title song in this drama is sung by the superstar, Bird Thongchai McIntyre.

Another meaningful song by P'Bird!

Old flame's burning and scorching hot!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Paying homage ...

It's an annual ritual.
Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren from every corner of the world would come home...the home of their ancestors.
They head home with a single aim in pay homage to their parents and ancestors.
It's a tradition and every child in a Thai family is bound to this age-old tradition.
Missing out on this auspicious occasion is deemed a great failure.
Failed in one's duty to his or her parents and ancestors.
In the year of rabbit, I'll miss this golden opportunity! My duty as a scholar beckons me!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Joy in sprucing up my blog...

A blog is akin to one's home.
Being able to spruce up our home is an indescribable joy.
Discovering a Santa Clause-blog is a boon to a greenhorn blogger like me.
I would like to call it a Santa Clause-blog as there are loads of free stuff to be shared with other bloggers.
Yes, DottyDotDot is a blog which focusing on free giveaways! 
The pastel colour-designs offered captured my interests instantly and with that discovery I've changed my blog background and header twice in less than 12 hours!
Initially the cupcake design struck me, but 12 hours later, Dots, Ribbons and Balloons background hit me.
After a bit of resizing and  touching up ...Voila!
The new header snuggles elegantly on my blog.
Till I make a new discovery, this cool blue header will adorn Sophyta's Casita!

Friday, 15 April 2011

Songkran Festival

The Songkran festival (Thai: สงกรานต์, from Sanskrit saṃkrān "astrological passage") is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day from 13 to 15 April. It is also celebrated by the Thais in Malaysia.

Although the traditional calendar of Thailand like most of Southeast Asia utilizes a lunisolar calendar, the date of the new year was calculated on a purely solar basis. The term 
Songkran comes from Sanskrit"Sankranta" and means "a move or change" - in this case the move of the sun into the Aries zodiac. Originally this happened at the vernal equinox, but, as the Thai astrology did not observe precession, the date moved from March to April.

The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the pouring of water. This, however, is not always the main activity of this festival. Songkran is traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends, neighbors, and monks.

Besides the throwing of water, people celebrating Songkran may also go to a wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and give food to monks. They may also clean Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance (Thai: น้ำอบไทย) over them. It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year.

In many cities, such as Chiang Mai, the Buddha images from all of the city's important monasteries are paraded through the streets so that people can toss water at them, ritually 'bathing' the images, as they pass by on ornately decorated floats. In northern Thailand, people may carry handfuls of sand to their neighborhood monastery in order to recompense the dirt that they have carried away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then sculpted into stupa-shaped piles and decorated with colorful flags.

Some people make New Year resolutions - to refrain from bad behavior, or to do good things. Songkran is a time for cleansing and renewal. Besides washing household Buddha images, many Thais also take this opportunity to give their home a thorough cleaning. The water is a symbol of purity and is sometimes filled with fragrant herbs when celebrated in the traditional manner.

The traditional greeting is "สวัสดีปีใหม่" (sa-wat-di pi mai), basically "Happy New Year". Sawatdi is also used for "hello" or "goodbye". Pi and mai mean "year" and "new" respectively in Thai. Another greeting used is "สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่" (suk-san wan pi mai), where suksanmeans "happy". However, most people use "สุขสันต์วันสงกรานต์" (suk-san wan songkran) — meaning "Happy Songkran Day" — since pi mai is more often linked with the first of January. 

Click on the link below for a Songkran song.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Each of us has our very own strength ...

I always look up to others and belittle my own capabilities. One's dresses used to deceive me. One's look used to deceive me. One's way at words deceived me greatly. I used to generalise that they were the best God creature.

But, thank God. Those were things of the past. I've learnt a very precious lesson. Not all who dress up to the nine are genius. Not all who have good look, have good brain. Not all who preach well are intelligent.

Each of us has been bestowed with our own intelligence. Our duty is to dig it and to put it to a good use. Don't let others manipulate and intimidate you. Don't allow others to make you look like a moron. Rise and hold your head high. Move forward steadily and carefully! Simplicity and humbleness are the best guidances to success.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Tackling young minds...

Children are always children! As the old saying goes, sometimes children should neither be seen nor heard! But, being a primary school teacher, you just couldn't banish kids from your life. You face them throughout your work hours. They might get onto your nerve, they might make your blood boil to 100C, but in reality you have to face them as they are your clients. Without them, your presence is not needed!

So, and care for your young posies whole-heartedly!

Monday, 11 April 2011

Upholding one's culture...

With the advent of new technology, most of us are drifting waywardly in the sea of materialism and hypocrisy. To some, being able to assimilate into a more dominant culture is a boon. Some would feel on top of the world if they could speak the dominant language, dress like them and eat their food!

But, what most of them have missed was their own 'roots'. To me, being able to express myself in my people's language is the thing that we should be proud of, being able to share my culture with others is a great success, and being able to 'champion' my people's cultures and values is the greatest achievement ever.

Thus, in order to safeguard the much loved culture, value and language of my people ...where we have to struggle hard to be among others, I enrolled my children in language and religious classes. Thank God! They seem to do well in both classes. In another word, they excel in their studies!

Pictures shown are the testimonial of their success!
Korn and Lynn after the Dhamma result was announced
Korn and dad at Boonyaram Temple, Kubang Pasu

Lynn and dad after the announcement of Dhamma 2 result

The Suvanamporns at the temple compound

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Someday Syndrome...

Most of us suffer from Someday Syndrome. We tend to procrastinate. We don't get up fast. We keep on postponing. Thus, our goals and dreams seem far fetched. 

According to Alex F. Fayle, there's a cure to this 'sickness'. He asserted that we need to muster the courage in order to sail across the Someday Sea to the Life and Dream  Shore safely.

Quoting Alex, "With a Someday-Busting Cure, you will sort out your dreams, plan your journey, and live your future today, not someday."

My biggest Someday is doing a doctoral degree. In reality, doing a PhD is a huge undertaking. It demands great commitments and sacrifices. It will mean another sacrifice on the part of love ones.

The urge of doing PhD can stem from various sources. As for me, I plan to take a PhD primarily as a means of self-development. I'm not aiming for a big post in a big office neither to draw a 5-figure salary. 

If I were to be granted a chance to do PhD, it's solely due to my intense love in acquiring knowledge. To me, knowledge acquisition is the noblest thing to be uphold by every able-bodied educator.

However, before jumping onto the bandwagon, I need the very blessing from my soul-mate. Only with his blessing, I can diminish the Someday Syndrome!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Morning Rain ...

I love rainy days!
I don't mind the drumming of rain on the roof. I love that sound! It's soothing. It's refreshing.

I know most of you, especially rubber tappers in Malaysia, are hating it judging from all the complaining I heard.You could not tap rubber trees. You could not get the latex. Most of all, you could not bring home the bread. I empathise with you.

Though rain is a nuisance to many, but I can't help loving rain.
I wanted to share with you my point of view ...why I love rain immensely. 

You see I live in Malaysia, a tropical country where the weather is hot and humid throughout the year. I'd be very ecstatic if the temperature of any given day read 29 degree Celsius or lower. With this temperature, I can concentrate on my work, I can snuggle up with my favourite book, I can whip up my family's favourite dishes... so there goes the list of my 'favourite things and tasks' which could be accomplished on a 'cool' day.

My dream of completing these tasks ...without sweating only comes true on a rainy day!

This be dawn, there was a heavy downpour, and it lasted for about an hour. It poured again at around 9.00 a.m. Another loads of it came again at 10.00a.m....and another batch came at 1.00 in the afternoon.

It made my heart swell. It cooled down my innermost. 

At this moment, the thermometer displays 30 degree Celsius.


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