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Friday, August 20, 2010

GK : Fascinating World History

One of the fringe benefits of being an English or History teacher is receiving the occasional jewel of a student blooper in an essay. I have pasted together the following "history" of the world from certifiably genuine student bloopers collected by teachers throughout the United States, from eighth grade through college level. Read carefully, and you will learn a lot.

WARNING : General understanding of history MUST be inculcated before treading on the following minefield of mistakes. I've given you my warning. Take heed, or you'll lose your entire life believing in historical nonsense. I've only identified certain obscure bloopers you might not have heard of. Other than that, there's a mistake in every sentence. Smart nuts, have fun laughing your heads off.

The inhabitants of ancient Egypt were called mummies. They lived in the Sarah Desert and traveled by Camelot. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere, so certain areas of the dessert are cultivated by irritation. The Egyptians built the Pyramids in the shape of a huge triangular cube. The Pyramids are a range of mountains between France and Spain.

Without the Greeks we wouldn't have history. The Greeks invented three kinds of columns. . .Corinthian, Doric, and Ironic. They also had myths. A myth is a feminine moth. One myth says that the mother of Achilles dipped him in the River Stynx until he became intollerable. Achilles appears in the Illiad, by Homer. Homer also wrote The Oddity (it's supposed to be The ODYSSEY), in which Penelope was the last hardship (she's supposed to be Ulysses's goal, not obstacle) that Ulysses endured on his journey. Actually, Homer was not written by Homer, but by another man of that name.

The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the Bible, Guinesses, Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of their children, Cain, once asked, "Am I my brother's son?" God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Montezuma. Jacob, son of Isaac, stole his brother's birth mark. Jacob was a patriarch who brought up his twelve sons to be patriarchs but they did not take to it. One of Jacob's sons, Joseph gave refuse to the Israelites.

Pharaoh forced the Hebrew slaves to make bread without straw. Moses led them to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Philatelists, a race of people who lived in Biblical times. Solomon, one of David's sons, had 500 wives and 500 porcupines.

Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock.

In the Olympic Games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled the biscuits and threw the java. The reward to the victor was a coral wreath. The government of Athens was democratic because people took the law into their own hands,. There were no wars in Greece, as the mountains were so high that they couldn't climb over to see what their neighbors were doing. When they fought with the Persians, the Greeks were outnumbered because the Persians had more men.

Eventually, the Ramons conquered the Greeks. History calls people Romans because they never stayed in one place for very long. At Roman banquets, the guests wore garlics in their hair. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his poor subjects by playing the fiddle to them.

Then came the Middle Ages. King Alfred conquered the Dames, King Arthur lived in the Age of Shivery, King Harold musterded his troops before the Battle of Hastings. Joan of Arc was cannonized by Bernard Shaw, and victims of the Black Death grew boobs on their necks. Finally, Magna Carta provided that no free men should be hanged twice for the same offense.

In midevil times most of the people were alliterate. The greatest writer of the times was Chaucer, who wrote many poems and verses and also wrote literature. Another tale tells of William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple while standing on his son's head.

The Renaissance was an age in which more individuals felt the value of their human being. Martin Luther was nailed to the church door at Wittenberg for selling papal indulgences. He died a horrible death, being excommunicated by a bull. It was the painter, Donatello's interest in the female nude that made him the father of the Renaissance. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Guttenberg invented the Bible. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Francis Drake circumsised the world with a 100-foot clipper.

The government of England was a limited mockery. Henry VIII found walking difficult because he had an abbess on his knee. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When Elizabeth exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah." Then her navy went out and defeated the Spanish Armadillo (ARMADA).

The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespear. Shakespear never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He lived at Windsor with his merry wives, writing tragedies, comedies, and errors. In one of Shakespear's famous plays, Hamlet rations out his situation by relieving himself in a long soliloquy. In another, Lady Macbeth tries to convince Macbeth to kill the King by attacking his manhood. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couplet. Writing at the same time as Shakespear was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.

During the Renaissance America began. Christopher Columbus was a great navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic. His ships were the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Fe. Later the Pilgrims crossed the Ocean, and this was known as Pilgrims Progress. When they landed at Plymouth Rock, they were greeted by the Indians, who came down the hill rolling their war hoops before them. The Indian squabs carried porpoises on their back. Many of the Indian heroes were killed along with their capooses, which proved very fatal to them. The winter of 1620 was a hard one for the settlers. Many people died and many babies were born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all this.

One of the causes of the Revolutionary Wars was the English put tacks in their tea. Also, the colonists would send their parcels through the post without stamps. During the war, the Red Coats and Paul Revere was throwing balls over stone walls. The dogs were barking and the peacocks crowing. Finally, the colonists won the War and no longer had to pay for taxis.

Delegates from the original thirteen states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin had gone to Boston carrying all his clothes in his pocket and a loaf of bread under each arm. He invented electricity by rubbing cats backwards and declared "A horse divided against itself cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

George Washington married Marth Curtis and in due time became the Father of Our Country. The Constitution of the United States was adopted to secure domestic hostility. Under the Constitution the people enjoyed the right to keep bare arms.

Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. When Lincoln was President, he wore only a tall silk hat. He said, "In onion there is strength." Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address while traveling from Washington to Gettysburg on the back of an envelope. He also freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation, and the Fourteenth Amendment gave the ex-Negroes citizenship. But the Clu Clux Clan would torcher and lynch the ex-Negroes and other innocent victims. It claimed it represented law and odor. On the night of April 14, 1855, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. The believed assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career. (A moving picture show is an animation, like cartoons. In order to kill Lincoln, this insane actor would have to jump out of the screen to do so, thus defying the very principles of science itself).

Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltare invented electricity and also wrote a book called Candy. Gravity was invented by Isaac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the Autumn, when the apples are falling off the trees.

Bach was the most famous composer in the world, and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.

France was in a very serious state. The French Revolution was accomplished before it happened. The Marseillaise was the theme song of the French Revolution, and it catapulted into Napoleon. During the Napoleonic Wars the crowned heads of Europe were trembling in their shoes. Then the Spanish Gorillas came down from the hills and nipped at Napoleon's flanks. Napoleon became ill with bladder problems and was very tense and unrestrained. He wanted an heir to inherit his power, but since Josephine was a baroness, she couldn't bear children.

The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in the East and the sun sets in the West. Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. Her reclining years and finally the end of her life were exemplatory of a great personality. Her death was the final event which ended her reign.

The nineteenth century was a time of many great inventions and thoughts. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men. Samuel Morse invented a code of telepathy. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered radium. And Karl Marx became one of the Marx brothers.

The First World War, caused by the assignation of the Arch-Duck by a surf, ushered in a new error in the anals of human history.

I didn't highlight everything that was wrong, because doing so would make the entire post colourful and reading would be made almost impossible. I'ts more rewarding if you've found out the mistakes yourself. If you don't even bother doing that, then I really don't hold myself responsible for any severe cases of misinformation.

See, guys, it's alright to screw up History. You're a contributing factor to the world of life-saving comedians. =)



Sunday, August 15, 2010

We're On News!

They had to outwit their rivals in four rounds – an MCQ quiz, a hands-on challenge, an oral presentation and a buzzer quiz – before being crowned the ‘mightiest minds’ of their state. The RHB-The Star Mighty Minds upper and lower secondary champions can expect an intense battle at the national finals.

Participants from Malay College Kuala Kangsar showing the judges (from right) Oun Sui Leng, A. Alagesan and Loh Soon On their answer to the final question of the buzzer quiz, in which they were asked to match coloured balls to numbered tins based on clues given. Looking on is quizmaster S. Sivakumar (second from left).

THERE is always something new to be learnt from a stimulating competition such as the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds challenge. For example, the students in this state picked up the fact that China is the biggest rice producing country in the world, and that the most famous racquet sport is table tennis. In fact, those were the questions that got the students and quizmaster K. Sivashankar most boggled as almost none of the teams managed to get the anwers right!

Nevertheless, the team from Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) showed that cool heads give mighty leverage when they were crowned the champions in the upper secondary category. MCKK teacher, Les Suzina Jamil said the competition was a good exposure for her students as it is a platform for them to practise public speaking. “My students may be good in their studies but they are not as good in public speaking. The oral presentation challenge was a good test for them,” she said.

Lower secondary winners:
SMJK Sam Tet, SMK Anderson, SM Raja Dr Nazrin Shah

Upper secondary winners:
Malay College Kuala Kangsar, SMK St Michael, SMK Sam Tet

St Francis Convent students Kirane Anne Tangau (right), Charlene Chee and Georgina (left) with their wheelchair model for their hands-on challenge. They traversed the hills and streams to come to battle it out at the state capital. Indeed, students from schools in remotes areas such as SMK Nabawan and SMK Pitas at the Pensianan district endured journeys as long as seven hours before they reached Kota Kinabalu to participate in the competition.

For others, it was a challenge of a different kind when a group of Form Four students, who just formed the team five days before the competition had to battle against their older contenders. Lady luck was smilling on them when Adam Abdul Rahman, Jerry Mclean Jonis and Rifhan Irdina Jupri from SM Sains Sabah came out as champions in the upper secondary category.    [Edit : I know we were pitted against 100+ teams instead of 60, but this news is a bit depressing =(  ]

“The idea was for this team to gain experience so we had no expectations of them winning,” said teacher Mohd Sham Sidek, adding that the school also sent its team of fifth formers who had been preparing for the competion for several months. Jerry attributed their win to the indispensable resources available on the Internet. “We surfed the Internet to read up on the the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds challenge events that have been held in other states so far this year,” he said. He said his team focused on the questions that were posed to the participants previously as a strategy to help them win.

Meanwhile, students from SM St Francis Convent emerged victorious in the lower secondary category. They exceeded the achievement of their predecessor team which took the second spot in the competition last year.
“Initially, we were hoping to get through the first and second rounds,” said Georgina Tai. “After making it to the top five, we then realised that we might have a shot for the top spot,” she added.

Lower secondary winners:
SM St Francis Convent, Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Kota Kinabalu, SM St Michael Penampang

Upper secondary winners:
SM Sains Sabah, SM La Salle, SMK Limbanak

Lower secondary winners (from left) Tan Wei Wen, Yeo Mi Xia, Chew Khai Yi and upper secondary winners (from right) Ooi Ting Qian, Ng Yu Yang, Choy Wang Lynn, jumping with glee.

Lower secondary winners:
SMKJ Keat Hwa 1, SMK Agama Yan, SMK Sultan Badlishah

Upper secondary winners:
SMJK Keat Hwa, SM Sains Sultan Mohd Jiwa, SMJK Sin Min

Lower secondary winners:
Penang Chinese Girls High School, Chung Ling High School, Chung Ling High School

Upper secondary winners:
Penang Free School, SMK Tinggi Bikit Mertajam, Chung Ling Butterworth

IF THEIR counterparts in the 13 other states had it tough, Selangor contenders of the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds challenge had it doubly hard. The reason: entry was open to 120 teams per category in Selangor instead of the 60 teams in the other states. Which meant that there were two big groups of students who sat with nail-biting tension as they witnessed the first batch get slaughtered in the MCQ quiz. It was the survival of the fittest, and students who could think quick and act fast qualified for the subsequent three rounds of the competition. Students who were well read breezed through the MCQ quiz as some questions on general knowledge, such as the number of Harry Potter books which have been released as films certainly did not faze them.

“I read up on general knowledge and browsed through a few IQ books to prepare for the competition,” said Yeow Liiyung, 16, from SMK Damansara Jaya.

Oh really? Heh.  XP

However, some of the teams fumbled when the judges upped the ante during the buzzer quiz challenge. There were a few aspiring doctors among the finalists in the lower secondary cagetory, but alas, none of them knew that doctors have to take the Hippocratic oath before they begin medical practice.

This question stumped the finalists during the final buzzer quiz: Sammy comes from a poor family. He works as a mahout to make ends meet. What does Sammy do? When the buzzers stayed silent, the quizmaster offered the following clue: You can find mahouts in Thailand and Sri Lanka. A participant’s answer of “male gigolo” [edit : this was Yew Leung's answer]  had the audience in stitches!
It was not all about the battle of wits either when the students had a practical task during the hands-on challenge. The lower secondary students constructed a waterfall using rainwater as a water source while those from the upper secondary built an electromagnetic bird cage.

Lower secondary winners:
SMK Taman SEA, SMK Seksyen 3 Bandar Kinrara, SMK Seksyen 1 Bandar Kinrara

Upper secondary winners (the awesome survivors =D) :
SMK Taman Melawati, SMK Damansara Jaya (T2), SMK Damansara Jaya (T1) 

All champion teams from both categories won RM3,000 and a desktop computer for their school. Prizes for the first and second runners-up were RM2,000 and a digital camera (school prize) and RM1,000 and a colour printer (school prize) respectively while the third and fourth runners-up won RM500 and RM300 respectively. The nationwide competition, where teams of three compete in two categories — lower and upper secondary — is jointly organised by Star Publications and RHB Banking Group. The food and beverage sponsor is McDonald’s Malaysia. All 14 state champions from both categories will now come together at Berjaya Times Square on Oct 16 and 17 for the national finals to battle for the grand prize of RM6,000 and the right to be called the country’s “mightiest minds”.

Catch the students in action by tuning in to ntv7 at 7.30pm on Wednesdays.



Sunday, August 8, 2010

Jackpot : Triple DJ Win!

The number on our control said 24. We were laughing about colour blindness; our tags were orange when we were supposed to be in the Red group. Sitting there, waiting nervously for the competition to commence, I started praying.

I remembered Mighty Minds F123 in 2009 as a failed attempt to prove our mettle in the nerdy world of general knowledge, science and maths. This year, entering Mighty Minds F45 as puny Form 4s who have not (and never attempted to) cover even half the syllabus, it was only natural that we only expected to break into the hands-on activity and die there (or maybe not even break at all). In a nutshell, it was all supposed to be a learning experience for us so that we can (theoretically) terrorize everyone else next year. We came in green; we had virtually no coverage of physics beyond chapter 4 F4, no experience of chemistry knowledge starting from chapter 7 F4, and had the holy mindset of "Who cares? Screw Biology!". Only a miracle could get us through Round 1 at this point. Now, aren't you extremely curious about how we fared throughout the competition?

(Pauses to eat McDonald's Sausage McMuffin)

Well, in case you were wondering...or maybe not... YES, we DID survive Round 1. In fact, we had the 2nd highest score on the scoreboard (heck, 2 other teams had the same score too). Technically, we came in 5th for the entire round, losing out on time no thanks to our remote control, which "hanged" halfway. We didn't realize it either, until we saw our team's number on the screen, which prompted us to start flailing our hands in the air. So how did we do it, given that we came in with empty heads? Hey, the questions were all based on general knowledge and IQ questions, y'know. Seeing how walking talking encyclopedias existed in my group, we did pretty much alright. So, yes, we survived the ordeal with 130 points. Highest was 140 points. Don't laugh, general knowledge would be your killer if you're a textbook person.

After that, we had a quick brainstorming session with the Form 5s (who ALSO broke through) and Pn Loo. Feeling satisfied, we walked into the arena to face the gargantuan task of creating an unknown object using maths and science principles. Everyone has heard of making a volcano, carrying out electrolysis, creating a fan, and other stereotypical stuff. Call us shallow, but we've just never heard of making a birdcage which depends on "an electromagnetic system to trap the bird and a buzzer system". It took me some time to actually come to terms with what we were making. One of the major setbacks during this stage was the mindset that kept screaming "You can't do this! How on earth can you come up with something as big as that?".

Like it or not, I had to face it. The fact that I was team leader and my teammates depended heavily on my barking instructions was not of any help - it just increased the pressure on me. There was this egging feeling behind my head which kept telling me that I was wrong in whatever I did, making matters worse. The first thing I did was set Melanie to start building the cage, with Shu Wen's temporary help - WITHOUT ANY ELABORATE INSTRUCTIONS. That was, by far, my stupidest mistake.

Meanwhile, when the mistake was still unnoticeable, I took it upon myself to think up of the science concepts and how to incorporate them into the cage. Electromagnetism was something everyone learnt back then in Form 3. Even then, it took some time to figure out how to "detect" the imaginary bird and sound the buzzer, while simultaneously trying to reason with myself if creating a binary circuit was better than a separate circuit. If you must know, time management was such a pain in the neck. Due to my tendency to think more than take action, I wasted a whopping bulk of 45 minutes perfecting the concepts, while Melanie built the model, which turned out to be horribly unstable.

I spent at least 10 minutes "sightseeing" and realised that we were losing out on stability. Being highly fickle-minded, but knowing that something needed to be done, I was extremely disappointed that I did not try to change the model from there. Instead, I spent the next 15 minutes helping Shu Wen test the concepts and perfect the circuit structure. With 20 minutes left to go, we were satisfied with our separate circuits, which were considered very reliable, foolproof and idiotproof. All that was left now was to incorporate the systems into the model. But there was one problem....

We had no model.

See the direness of the situation? No? Take a look around you and you'll see cages standing strong and steady in every direction.

...I once read about this team that came in champions somewhere in the beginning of the year (or was it last year?). Apparently, their model was a failure too, until their leader decided to turn fate around within the last 7 minutes. Here, I had 20 minutes with my group. That was when I decided it was time to make a turning point. It was an idiot's job. I spent another 10 minutes twisting and turning our existing model and viewing it from different angles. In case you didn't know, our model was not even half done, with missing walls and an invisible roof. It finally led to me turning the cage upside down as it was, surprisingly, more stable that way. Then, I dabbled with theoretical concepts...

Our model did not use the extremely easy criss-cross concept like what other teams had done. Thanks to the fact that our base (now the roof) was square, I got Mel to criss-cross 4 ice-cream sticks and just place one set of it on the supporting sides of the square. We were lazy (and most importantly, running out of time), so I told them not to bother sticking the roof on - it was just placed lightly. Another criss-cross ice-cream stick set was used as the extraordinarily unconvincing door. Last but not least, where the hell do we get our base from?!?!

One obvious fact was that it was extremely risky to bother making a base at this time of crisis (it was now less than 6 minutes to the end of the world). So, what I did was humourously place our model on the aluminium foil provided. And stuck it to the sides of our failed model. And poked the jutting wooden chopsticks through the foil to "strengthen" it. With less than 4 minutes left, I told Shu Wen and Melanie to beautify our very ugly model while I cleared the table (it was part of the rules - points were also allotted for this).

We were forced to abandon our dear model by leaving the arena. It was really heartbreaking to see other teams' cages standing strongly on the way out. Of course, on the plus side, we were really happy to see our Form 5 counterparts' model looking good. I was moping, so Shu Wen became my eyes and noticed that many teams did not use the electromagnetic concept. Pn Loo then stated her disappointment with our team, saying that we should have concentrated on the model first, concept second. Then, there was the issue on time management, which I listened to guiltily. Our Form 5 team was used as a great example of teamwork. Convinced that we had lost in this round, I resorted to "forgetting everything" and just enjoying the chicken burger McDonald's provided. Talk about amateur depression.

Shu Wen's mother, Pn Loo, however, suggested that we try to come up with a draft for the oral presentation so that we can get to know our model better (or see how horrible it really is). It was no wonder that we were laughing our heads off when the judges took a look at our model. They were messing around with the buzzer and had a good time opening and closing the door, which was pathetically attached loosely to a rubber band acting as the trip device to close the door. No doubt, they DID look amused, but we interpreted it as them being tickled by our model, which was too funny and comical to exist in a serious competition like this. I met Yew Leung and we caught up a bit on old times while joking that our model was meant to catch clumsy penguins before playing hangman. There were a lot of really amazing hangman-solvers, as seen amidst us.

Soon, it was time to announce the final 5 teams, according to ranking.

The first team to qualify was (if I'm not mistaken), Blue 15, or B15, from SMK Taman Melawati.

The second team to qualify was R24, a.k.a. Red 24. I looked around to see which team would be bathed in glory as they made their way into the arena once more.

None did.

Then, Shu Wen screamed directly in my ear before I realised that our lame, aluminium-foil-wrapped, removable roof and unattached door model beat 28 other teams to clench 2nd place in the hands-on round. Turns out that it was the concept that was more important than the average aesthetic model. Suddenly, I was washed with enthusiasm and was so glad that I concentrated on the concept rather than the model (though it was risky job). Glad that our electromagnet was working well =D

What followed next was a blur. All I know was that R23, our other DJ team also made it, along with Yew Leung's team from Taman Sea and the USJ 12 team. Each team had to pick a ping pong ball to determine the order of presentation.

A = USJ 12
B = DJ (Team 1)
C = DJ (Team 2) - Us!! =D
D = Taman Sea
E = Taman Melawati

We had to line up somewhere nearby the stage, next to a very distracting dress shop *cough*Mel*cough*. Oral presentation was a letdown. Once again, I talked really fast and stumbled many times to catch up with my running thoughts. Yes, I talk fast, but it's considered VERY slow compared to my thoughts. Dumb, huh. Mel ended up talking for only a few seconds. Time management fail. On the other side, Shu Wen shone out as a debater. Oh yes, Team B (our F5s) did really well - you don't call 3 of them debaters for nothing.

Either way, we didn't die yet. We still had the buzzer round to go. It was during this stage that us Team C people really stood out. I managed to get a streak of correct answers towards the end, which cushioned us from falling back. The final question was the bonus, worth 6 points. Of course, if you get it wrong, you only lose 1 point. This, to me, was really really worth it. Mel saw some freaky sudoku concept in the question as she worked the question out based on a diagram. Shu Wen and I remained baffled since we worked out everything by statement form. When Mel said she was done, I quickly risked tapping the buzzer. After all, if we get something correct, we might get between 1-6 points. If we get something wrong though, we have an extra 6 points to cushion a tiny 1 point. Awesomeness.

Taman Sea presented their diagram after us, which was an obvious sign that we had gotten something wrong. They only presented halfway when the judges told them that they were "satisfied" in the second diagram. After them was our counterparts' team, which also got stopped during the second diagram. Teams D and B didn't get any points, though. Instead, 2 points were awarded to our Team C for getting the first 2 diagrams correct. We lost out on the 3rd diagram due to ignorance of detail...but it was still worth it, was it not? Better than nothing, definitely.

Fancy stuff and redundance aside....

5th = USJ 12
4th = SMK Taman Sea
3rd = SMK Damansara Jaya (T1)
2nd = SMK Damansara Jaya (T2) =D
1st = SMK Taman Melawati

The feeling of winning something like this was dizzying for us all. I just couldn't believe that a Form 4 team would be able to dash the dreams of all the Form 5s taking part in the competition. We came as preparation for next year and ended up winning 2nd place by accident. The fact that we beat our own fellow Form 5s came as a shock. Oh well, miracles, miracles.

Melanie, Me, Shu Wen

Well, thank you, Shu Wen and Melanie!!!!!!!!! You guys rock!! Without you, none of this would have happened. We've come a long way since suffering from the Birdcage Syndrome of fickle-mindedness. Forgive me for my shortcomings, I'll promise to do better next year. =)

Meanwhile, on the other side of Subang, Harmonix Youth Choir rocked the stage at Subang Parade to win first place (finally)! Well, I can't be in 2 places at the same time, so yeah. Congratulations to HYC too!

Good job, DJ. 1st, 2nd AND 3rd places achieved at state level. What more could our admins want to brag about? Y'know the answer =D

Oh yes...on a lighter note, I think someone from SMK Taman Melawati took my mechanical pencil. If any of you are reading this, I'm just going to point out that that's my favourite pencil and I want it back =P



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