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Toilet, oh Toilet!

Posted by nuruliman45 on February 18, 2009

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You use them everyday, but do you know how they came to be???

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Can you imagine life without flush toilets? Well, I can’t…

Check out these sites to learn how toilets came to be… how these geniuses came up with the necessary facility every person uses today!!  🙂

++ AWESOME read-more LINKS: ++

The Flush Toilet: a tribute to Ingenuity

The History of Plumbing

History of the FLush Toilet

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Farewell to 2 beautiful people… :’-(

Posted by nuruliman45 on February 10, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum and greetings to all…

Two days ago (Saturday), I was attending an engagement ceremony of this one close friend of mine in Kuantan. It was really joyful and merry. My friend was full with glow, hm… if during engagement she’s already aglow, can’t imagine how ‘shiny’ she’ll be when she becomes an isteri orang this May.

Anywho, getting astray from the topic here… I was having fun chatting with friends and all when suddenly my cell phone rang. It was my mom…

“Assalamu’alaikum.”

“Waalaikumussalam W.lah”

” (my name), where are you now?”

“Am at Kak Siti (not real name)’s place. She’s getting engaged like I told you that day…”

“Oh… well, (my name)… just wanted to tell you… [Mom’s voice lowering ]… I got a call from Nenek and she said that Che Nah just passed away before Subuh this morning………..”

Could hardly believe it!

A sudden feeling of sorrowness creeped my whole body. I felt disappointed (and guilty) that I didn’t make it to see her for the last time. I did know that Che Nah had undergone a serious operation around last year or so, but, since I seldom get to be back in Kelantan for long, I never got to find the right time to go and vist her. I didn’t expect her going so soon. It shows how our life can end at any moment, any second…

She was a very lovely person. She wasn’t my school teacher, but my tuition class teacher. Even so, she was really close to all her students. Everyone loved her. My little brother also attended her classes and became quite close to her. I remember how I’d sometimes bump into her after Tarawih prayers during Ramadhan. Very fond of her.

…But ALLAH loves her more I guess, and had decided her phase of life in this world is up till then only. May ALLAH bless her soul, forgive her sins…

Another Loss …

After noon class earlier I heard news saying the Bukit Gantang MP Roslan Shaharum passed away. He passed away abruptly after cycling a bicycle for the pharmacy after experiencing chest pains, unfortunately leaving a wife and 11 children.

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He used to be a lecturer of my friends so they were quite affected by the news. He was a humble and friendly guy, they said. Wish I had the chance to know him. But I wasn’t destined to meet him.

Let’s recite a du’a together:

Al-Fatihah…

“Oh ALLAH, do place the souls of these beautiful people among those who YOU bless. Protect them, preserve them, and place them in YOUR paradise, Oh ALLAH. Let their sincere deeds be remembered by all and may YOU bless them because of their sincere deeds. Oh ALLAH, do allow us to die in a pleasant manner. Do hinder from us an unpleasant death. AMEEN…”


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Has the KBSM Curriculum Gone Wrong?

Posted by nuruliman45 on February 9, 2009

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A curriculum involves ‘all the knowledge and skills which are planned and then implemented in an educational institution’ (Choong, 2008), be it in a school or university. Now, how is an effective curriculum? The main characteristic of an effective curriculum is a holistic learner-centered curriculum that puts major emphasis on the process of learning; not only on its end-product. This emphasis is as a key ingredient in producing experienced, motivated, and creative learners.

How is an effective curriculum?

Among the factors that would label a curriculum ‘effective’ is that it addresses the learning needs of all students while maintaining high expectations and performances.  Alongside maintaining these high academic expectations, an effective curriculum encourages all students to elicit their talents and interests and furthermore refine these potential abilities as an asset for the students’ future. Another reason for this factor is as a motivation booster for students to learn.

This is because ‘only when the curriculum is capable of motivating and sustaining pupils’ attention will learning take place’ (Choong, 2008).

It is obvious that students tend to lose their interest in learning unless they discover and understand the connection between real life and what they are learning in school.

Where is KBSM heading for?

Analyzing the KBSM (Integrated Curriculum for Secondary Schools) curriculum in the Malaysian Education system, the curriculum seems to be heading towards the right track. With encouraging principles such as General education for all students; Integration of intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical aspects; Life-long education; Enhancing the use of Bahasa Malaysia; Continuity between primary and secondary education, KBSM is a curriculum striving for producing a holistic curriculum for all students. The KBSM curriculum thus considers the fact that Malaysia is a developing multicultural country because of its strong value of integration it carries.

Nevertheless, KBSM still has its flaws.

A part of KBSM needed for enhancement

It is wonderful that the KBSM curriculum is endeavoring for achieving national integration among the younger generation, and is trying to provide equal education for all. However, it seems as if the equality and uniformity nature is given too much attention to and thus providing mere moderate education; there is almost no room of opportunity provided for students to challenge themselves and advance themselves out of this ‘moderate education’.

Another element that is not given enough stress upon in the KBSM curriculum is providing experiences and applications that demonstrate current and emerging career options and connects to life. This is a part of the process of learning where the learners are supposed to be able to understand why they are learning what they learn so that they have motivation in learning. In addition, this element is vital as students in the secondary school should be able to plan out and select their career options. What is seen today is that students merely memorize their textbooks because the curriculum itself does not emphasize that students experience what they learn. The principle ‘Integration of intellectual, spiritual, emotional, & physical aspects’ should be narrowed down to be more specific to show that emotional, spiritual, and physical (not merely the intellectual aspect) aspects do play large roles in the education system.

SO?

As a whole, the KBSM curriculum is fine in its concept of providing equal education for all, especially in a country where its ethnic integration still needs a work on.

However, KBSM needs to be modified as to provide opportunities for students to be creative and able to derive special abilities whether it be in any field – vocational, arts, academic. The experience process in learning needs to be more emphasized in order to produce a more holistically-equipped generation.

The Education Ministry has to seriously evaluate whether or not the products of KBSM has actually met the potential the country needs..!

Then there’s the never ending debate on English in Sci and Math…then, that’s another story…

What do you have to say about KBSM?

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What could happen in 10 minutes at Gaza

Posted by nuruliman45 on February 1, 2009

Brothers Sisters in Gaza…

“How strong you are in facing what I can’t imagine myself facing…

Your souls too hardy and bold in finding strength, when strength is hard to reach for.

May Allah give you the strength and spirit you need to uphold Islam within you.

..Tears and du’as are the only I can contribute….

FORGIVE me,

Brothers Sisters in Gaza….

What happens in your usual 10 minutes? nothing big happens in my usual ten minutes. Besides getting fish burnt at the stove, falling asleep while vigorously studying for a test, missing an express bus getting back home.. there isn’t much that had actually happened in my usual 10 minutes.

Imagine losing your family, home in 10 minutes…

..knowing that your own life is at stake every second, in your own hometown.

…well, I don’t know about you, but as hard as I try, I still find it hard to imagine (haven’t instilled enough empathy in me i guess, argh) because our country is still at a comfortable state – peaceful, riots here seldom break out.

Then this short creative video was introduced to me….

SUMMARY: A guy in Paris (paris, if i’m not mistaken) wants to develop a picture.the express way. It takes 10 minutes to get it done… then it switches to another setting in Bosnia…

–> you can watch the rest. I tell you anymore then I’d spoil the whole thing 🙂

The setting is in Bosnia but it can be applied to the life at Gaza (although I presume the situation in Gaza is much worse)…..do watch, friends… together let’s build our empathy towards our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

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