Tuesday, 31 March 2015

On .........was my first oversea trip and I was really excited. Atmosphere in the bus was filled with noises of excitement and temperature was kind of low at the same time so I was feeling very cold. As we arrived at Malaysia, we visited a high school and we enjoyed it as the people there are really fun to get along with and the best part is that, we exchange our Facebook accounts and one of them is Ryan. I was really happy to made a friend like him and because of that, we were able to share our lifestyle in our own country. Our lunch come next and it was weird as my friends took pictures of their food. I was wondering why would they do that for. Anyway, having a view of the countryside from a sceneric drive through it,  my whole perspective of the world changed as I never thought that this world could become that beautiful. Lunch was then held; the food there was nice. After lunch, we had a glance of the rubber tapping process. It is a process by which the latex is collected from a rubber tree. An incision is made in the tree's bark, which cuts through the latex vessels, from which the product then flows and that is where our rubbers come from which I did not know at the first place. We also had top spinning which reminded me of my old time games called Beyblades. The part I enjoyed most was competing with friends to see whose top spins the longest. We then visited the Herbs Garden and discovered that our mint is from the Mentha piperata. I heard that You can grow it easily by cutting off a stem and placing it in water to grow roots. Do you like food? If you do, let me introduce you to Kueh Bolu! There was a demo of the Kueh Bolu making and when I got home, I tried making it and it was successfully made with no sweat! It tasted as delicious as the one I ate during the trip. Our next stop, the Pineapple Farm, followed by Oil Palm, which  amazed me due to the scenery which led to taking of photos and selfies. Coffee, one of my favourites! Yes, we went to the Coffee plantation and learnt about where coffees are derived from and how are they made. As night hit sky, our last before dinner was knowing how coconut trees can be utilized. By mentioning what is after the coconut tree discovery, you should by then already no what was next and that was our most precious one, dinner! It was a long day and most of us were famished. As our dishes arrived, we gobbled them up like a super hungry lion. We then end of with our last activity, the river and cruise which made me felt like a pirate (I know it is ridiculous but that is me in my fantasised form). Aye Captain! For what most of us had been waiting for, the hotel! We had a hotel check in and debrief about next day's activities and things we should do. Since our teachers had said that there is a swimming pool, we relentlessly find ways to get to the swimming pool but our efforts went futile which disappointed us. In contribution to the disappointment, wifi did the most. We then find ways to play in the hotel room with friends which lead us to sleeping late and waking up tired in the morning and there comes our second day!

Breakfast was an ordinary one and the funny part was that, one of my friends forgotten to brush his own teeth! Funny! We then arrive to Jalan Kota to visit St Paul Hill. There stood a white statue which reminded me of Sir Stamford Raffles statue. I did not know it was a church at the first place which makes me a blur donkey, however, better knowing it late than nothing right? The next church we visited is the Christ Church, which is an 18th-century Anglican church in the city of Malacca, Malaysia. It is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia and is within the jurisdiction of the Lower Central Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia. Moving from churches to temple, we visited the Princess Hang Li Poh's temple and had a glance of the King's well which is located right next to the Poh San Teng Temple, itself located at the southwestern foot of Bukit China. It is believed that this is the oldest existing well in the country, and was dug on the orders of Sultan Mansur Shah, purportedly for his consort, the Princess Hang Li Poh. Not to mention, that was the first well I had ever seen in my life.  Next, the Famosa Resort, which is a Portuguese fortress located at Jalan Parameswara. I learnt that it is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia and that had kept my eyes opened in amazement. Moving on to a famous street called Jonker Street, which was being mentioned by my Geography Teacher a million times and because of the number of times being mentioned, I got really curious about that street and wanted to explore around it. Due to the exploration, I got lost. However, I was able to track back to my class. Special thanks to my phone which I was able to contact my friends regarding where they were. We ended off our last visit by visiting The Cheng Hoon Teng temple. I heard that it is a Chinese temple practicing the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism located at No. 25 Jalan Tokong, Malacca Town, Malaysia. Amazingly, it is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia, Wow! Last but not least, the one and only thing we had been waiting for, OUR LUNCH! Yay! Nothing much to talk about our lunch but I want to end off with one thing which made me happy and glad. Things seemed impossible to happen do happen and this possibility is the existence of me and my 'friend'. I will tell you why is it quote-unquote. My roommate and I were enemies and it seemed as though we would never be friends in forever but because of this learning journey, we slowly got along and that had given me a powerful moral. Nothing is impossible as the word itself said 'I'm Possible'.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Experiences in a hawker centre

Name: Kang Jia hui                                                              

Class: 2E1

Date: 14/01/2015

Draft: 4

My experiences in a hawker centre

                            A hawker Centre? Sounds pretty flaw am I right? The impression for most teenagers would be just a place to satisfy their tummy unlike places such as the Mac Donald's, KFC or other restaurants which provides them an even more delightful meal. If you think hawker centre is underrated, think about it! It is mostly built around all parts of Singapore and the main reasons as to why is because it is convenient for people living nearby or for some of the people who do have trouble walking long distances for example the elderlies or the amputees. There are also many variety of dishes which consists of the Chinese, Indian, Malay and the Caucasians which we all can choose to eat. Of course it does have its own drawbacks and I will be detailing them as you continue reading.

                              This is one of my experiences in the hawker centre.  After school, I always buy foods from the hawker centre on the way home for lunch. There are many dishes to choose to buy such as the Lasi Lemak, Chicken rice, Roti Prata and many other kinds and one day, I caught up in an unpleasant experience. Yes, I had a really bad food poisoning which rendered me useless. I wish I had not devoured dishes from the hawker centre and should have famished myself all the way until home as the next day was important occasion for me due to an annual sport competition. However, that is the past. Now I am pretty sure that the hygiene standard improved which led to my change in perspective towards the hawker centre.

                            First and foremost, by the observation I made while queuing up, I saw evidence of family bonding. The good thing about a hawker centre is that family members can just head down to eat for dinner or in fact I could say it is another way for family bonding. Sometimes, eating at home is a bit too mainstream and a change of environment is needed but of course, some prefers eating as a whole at home. Dedicating my passion for cooking; to me, I would prefer cooking meals at home. There are also reasons why some people preferred eating at home and one of them could be due to some hygiene conscious purposes or afraid of getting food poisoned. No one would ever head down to the same store to buy dishes after being food poisoned unless one is able to accept the fact that its hygienic level improved. 

                           Price is another thing I would like to talk about. We all know hawker centres are located all around us and let's just say, if the dishes are expensive and for that, it would not differ much from a restaurant and if that is the case, people would often buy food from the restaurants instead due to its upper class dishes. Not trying to say the food in hawker centres are really bad but when compared to restaurants, you know it is way better. We also have to know that not everybody is securely financed and if the price goes beyond what they can pay, it is going to be really tough for them unless there is a downpour of money from the sky. 

                      Last but not least, I think it is still a community which people can spend time chit-chatting and leisure for people who works. Overall, I would say that it is actually a blessing for hawker centres to be all around Singapore despite all the bad things that occurred which is forgiveable as it helped people more than it harmed them and most of the shopkeepers there are friendly which never fails to leave a smile for the customers!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Should abortion be legalised? Why?

Abortion should be not legalised. Why is it so? We live in a world that is filled with many unpredictable situations, many unexpected things happening around.  Despite all of these problems, we ought to help each other keep a look out and live through all of it.

Earlier on, I mentioned about how much problems there are. The problems are girls getting raped as it is really common especially in our society nowadays. It is no doubt that the chances of girls getting pregnant increases if those raping or any form of non-voluntary-basis intercourse is still out there going on around the world.

As you can see, a living fetus is one of us that will be living through disastrous situations like getting aborted. Why is it one of us? It is because by aborting a baby, it is just like burning somebody to death in an enclosed place which results in losing a life which we wouldn't want any of it to happen at all.

Whether or not if you wish to have that baby, you should not abort it. That baby may be a godsend, an example, if the parents of Albert Einstein aborted him, there wouldn't be anything called e=mc2. Likewise, the child of a girl getting raped would probably be somebody which people would acknowledge in the future.

It is really crucial to abort because it isn't giving he or she a chance to get to see the world. There's this video called 'The Silent Scream' gives me creeps all the time. It shows that fetuses do have feelings but they couldn't express it by shouting out thus the silent scream.

Lastly, we cannot afford to lose anymore lives because there is already a tremendous decrease in human population. Ebola is spreading aggressively in Africa which caused many deaths. You don't want to become a victim to decrease the human population so step out of that zone and stay on the right mind with that thought 'Abortion should stay illegalised' in it vividly!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The story of a Clock

Name: kang Jia Hui Class: 1E1 Date: 23/1/2014 Draft : number 5

                                                                   "Hey! Stop the bus! Hey! Tell him to stop the bus!" I shouted loudly while chasing the school bus like cat and mouse. I bet everyone, including the driver was laughing as I'm always making a dunce out of myself like an odd one out.                                                                          Finally, as I'd been waiting for. The school bus had come to a stop. Rubbishes started flying towards me upon stepping up the bus. I knew I wasn't welcomed thus nobody wants to sit with me even though there was an extra sit. All the while, I would just stand till we reached our destination, which was the school. Oh, and I'd forgotten. That day was our first test on Arch Length consisting approximately 30 questions which had a duration of one hour. As we'd settled down, we were being asked to start the paper upon receiving it...
                                       After going through half of the paper, I was wondering. Why didn't the handle of the clock moved? It would be nine-thirty already if it has been moving. When I told the teacher about it, she immediately decided to replace it with another clock. Out of a sudden, my leg moved. Stood up unintentionally and retrieved the clock from the bin as our teacher had thrown it away. Once again, I am being the odd one as mentioned earlier. All eyes were on me, making me feeling uncomfortable. Immediately, I got an irregular report and with no chances of excuses, I was being chased out of the classroom. All I had now was a dead clock. Dang, I was wondering if what I'd done earlier was the right decision. Just because of a clock, I'd sacrificed my test. I had no choice but to get the clock from the bin as the cleaner was coming to clear the bin. I know they'll think I'm a crazy person who picks up a clock with early violet coverings which was considered OLD. And it was not even working. But I wouldn't care much.
                                      During the test, I was being asked to proceed to the principal's office for some interrogations for what I'd just done earlier on. I explained to the principal about how wasteful the teacher was because, the clock can be repaired. From the looks of it, it looked like it needs oil to allow functioning to occur. Not a big deal at all. The principal liked how I interact with the value of reusing but I heard him mentioning that grades are more important than recycling as it will affect my future. I was confused. By not having the spirit of recycling, it will also affect our future as we are destroying Mother Earth. Just as I wanted to interpret, the same thing happened again. Not even a single chance for me to even exhale the words, he said he got an important task to do.
                              The dismissal bell rang, signalling the end of the torturous lessons in school. In a flash, everyone left the class. Leaving the teachers dumbfounded. As I reached home, I knew I gotta fix this clock before tomorrow upon remembering what the Principal had told our form teacher that we do not need a new clock replacement. But instead, we should learn to have the habit of reusing. I just gotta apply some oil on the gears and that should do it. The first time I'd done this was a fail but now, as I'd gotten a chance to do it again, I'm not gonna let myself fail again. Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly. I'm not afraid to fail so here goes. Tick, tock, tick, tock. My ear was the only one that can tell whether if the gears were moving or not. I heard it. As I opened my eye, I knew my ears weren't faking me. Both senses told me that it was working. Now for what I'd dismantled, shall be put together as one. I was known as the Earth Killer in class. That was the reason for them to throw rubbishes at me earlier on. It was my job to throw them into the bin for Let's Bin practices.
                                  There goes the bus again. Going off to a certain distance and picked me up. Picking up rubbishes and so on. As we started proceeding into the classroom, I took a blue-grey chair and stood on it just to place the clock on it. Before that, I'd to make sure that the clock was set to its default. And when everything's done, I began to take a step down to the floor. Suddenly, everyone started clapping. Once hated me had acknowledge me as their friend, for I am not being like in the past but the present. It was delightful and I'm feeling welcomed. Now I get the importance of the four-R's of recycling. Without having the habit of doing the four-R's of recycling, we, not only just destroying Earth slowly but also it affects other people as well. Just like me. I was once being hated as they do not like killer litter.
                            Think Green. By Starting to Clean, You never know. What you might find that can be put in a pot, and it will grow. Whether it is blue, green or red... Surely, it is not anything that you would find under your bed. An aluminum can, or a plastic jug, or even an old rubberized rug. If you do not need it, Then surely there is another use or need that you get from using a kit to transform something old... Into something new and to look like gold. From paper, old oil, aluminum, brass, copper and even an old grass hopper. Also, save the Earth, and Recycle.