Saturday, February 9, 2013

After one year with the Fellowship, what I aim for 2013...

It's one day before we all welcome the Year of the Water Snake, and I'm still on my teacher duty at Institut Latihan Perindustrian (ILP) Kuala Langat for the Malaysian Red Crescent workshop for the students of primary and secondary education within the Kuala Langat district. Being here sure is a blessing in disguise (others teachers can't make it due to their holiday plans), and I'm also happy that I'm not stuck in any road traffic heading back to the hometown. Right now it's the breaktime, and thinking back, it has been a year, a month and a week since my first official day of teaching in class, and sure a lot has happened, but I'm just lucky to be part of this awesome movement. 

A few things that I'm really happy about teaching in 2013: i) new principal who is very transformational; ii) being the head teacher advisor (yes!!!) of the Kelab Pencinta Alam (the club members have yet to agree on my proposed English name for the club, which is the 'Nature at Heart Society'); and iii) being class teacher to Form 4 students. 

The stepping stones of my final year in the Fellowship has been very progressing to the extent that not I can see the developments, but so are the students that involved with my community development project. As a marine biologist, I'm very concerned about the state of the coastline, and folks at Tanjong Sepat are blessed to have mangroves in their area. However, human activities are affecting the health of these mangroves that for some avid photographers, the dead mangroves are always included in their shots. Raising awareness may seem to be the obvious answer, but for me, I want to do more than just raising awareness. I want the students to take self initiatives to learn how their actions can impact the environment. That they need to work with each other, tolerate one another, putting aside the differences among themselves and see the urgency to think creatively and critically on how they can live in harmony with nature. 

Having said, I hope to post more on my developments about my community project in Tanjong Sepat with the help of other stakeholders as well. Being at Tanjong Sepat truly have taught me about the challenges in our education systems that are tackled by multiple factors, but at the same time, to be blessed with the rewards that comes in being a teacher.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Return after a long hiatus....

The last post I did was almost 2 years ago when I got the Help Our Penyu (HOPE) project to be registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) Malaysia. Since then, many events have taken place that has given great fortunes, and there are times that got me slumber into depression. Now, with the inspiration from an awesome buddy of mine, I have return to blogging.

So what's up with me these days? Well I'll just sum it all up in the following 2 paragrahs.

2011 kept me thinking a lot about what I've done in the past 10 years after I've graduated from high school. From meeting new folks to the moments where I encountered with some unexpected events, 2011 can be summarize with the idiom, "every cloud has a silver lining." So the sea turtle conservation project was considered as a failure in terms of my management skills and unfortunate luck, but in the end, I end up gearing myself for a cause that's greater than worrying about our environment. That is, every child deserves a quality education and there's a need to end education inequity. With that, I was successfully selected to be among the Teach For Malaysia Fellows of the first cohort.

Next paragraph, it's 2012. However, I really a bad start for the year, and I can say my 2011 ended real bad too. At times, I try to avoid confrontation, but of course, there are times when I couldn't resist doing so due to the sense of immorality in the air. Long story short, it's an ongoing sibling rivalry that I do hope it will heal up soon, but that other person has a lot to amend to live up to my expectation as the older sibling. Other than that, 2012 has been the year when I have experience of being a teacher, a profession that was once done by my mom before she became a nurse. My parents are very proud that I was selected for Teach For Malaysia fellowship because they both have strong belief that one should help others and to share our knowledge to overcome poverty. Through the months and weeks of getting used to teaching in a public secondary school in Malaysia, I have come to understand the challenges that lays ahead and the various factors that contributes to the fire of education inequity.

I now would like to take the time to thank my buddy, Karthik Karunanithy,  for giving me the inspiration to revive back my blog. I can never thank you enough for being a great friend and wonder motivator. It's been almost 2 years, but there is yet many wisdom to be shared. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Greenpeace in Southeast Asia

One of the radio stations I love to tune to whenever I get the chance (especially when I'm in KL) is the BusinessFM, famously known as BFM 89.9. Today, I just missed out one of the most interesting radio interview featured on the Breakfast Grille (brought to you by CIMB Group), which was an interview with Greenpeace International Campaign Director Shailendra Yashwant. In the interview, Shailendra elaborates on legal actions taken on the individuals and the organization, funding Greenpeace, issues on governmental relations, its' role in Southeast Asia, sustainable development, climate change and of course, going through the accomplishments the Greenpeace has achieved.

Listen to the podcast which you can get from this link on BFM 89.9 titled , "Saving the World Step by Step, Inch by Inch" and you can tune to the podcast here.

Just to make it clear and I quote from Mr. Shailendra Yashwant, "Greenpeace is not an anti-palm oil industry organization."

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Unfortunately, I won't get to be home for Christmas

Before I start, yes, I do notice that it has been almost a year since I last updated this blog.


All I can say is that I do have the tendency to get carried away with work, and although I'm currently working as a part time debate coach with Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, I decided to take this opportunity to write what's been bothering me.

Having to grow up in the Philippines since I was 8 years old, I'll never forget how Christmas was like back in `90s. From learning the phrase Maligayang Pasko to learning to play Christmas carols on the trombone and tuba (for my school symphony concert), there's no where else I want to be for Christmas other than the Philippines.

At the same time, my situation isn't that worst. I mean, there are those people who are literally away on this joyful occasion. So to those who misses celebrating Christmas like the good ol' days, or will be missing Christmas due to any reason, I dedicate this song video, Rascal Flatts' "I'll Be Home For Christmas" to all of you. Happy Holidays!