Went for a hair cut today. Here's the before and after. =)
(the hairstylist thought i had gone koo-koo, taking my own pic before the cut)
just when you thought corners came in fives
I nearly snoozed off in church this morning! *sigh*
Honestly, it was crazy. Really crazy. One hand trying to listen to the message, while on the other, was struggling to keep my eye lids open! Whooo... Then i did the unexpected! I made a box out of paper i tore from my little notepad! *nods*
The more i was into it, the more alert i became! *nods nods*
Some might say it is a bad, BAD thing to do in church, but i say, "Desperate times call for desperate measures!" And with that, i managed to get the gist of today's message, which focused on these verses:
Job 27:20 - Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
Today, I spent nearly the whole day after 12 with Pn. Shaz in her room to help her with her tesis, as well as complete my project paper in the process.
But then i had to remove myself from her room at about 4-ish since she had to attend a meeting.
I went and sat myself down at the computer lab instead. There, i realized something.
Some students were already there, and they were doing their assignments and even designing posters and other presentation stuff they had to do.
Many people has approached me before and asked me this question,
"HOW TO LEARN ENGLISH?"
Well, my (almost) always safe (and very uniform) answer would be,
"Read English papers; listen to English news and music; watch English channels and movies, and the likes..."
I recently realized, it DOESN'T WORK. How do i know?
A friend of mine has never improved his command of the language ever since i told him the above. Its either he was simply too stubborn to change, or he misunderstood me.
It was neither.
You see, the approach has been wrong all this time. Let me ask you this, History is a tough and taxing subject, right? But how come we have great historians who can to master history, as such?
It was LOVE for the subject matter. In that case, it was History. In this, its ENGLISH.
So i say this,
the best way to learn ...no, no, let's not use that cliche. Perhaps i should rephrase: to learn a language, is to LOVE the language. or...
To learn English, is to love the THINGS which are associated or revolve around English.
Allow me to elaborate. Notice how people are glues to their TV sets, watching Korean love dramas? They developed a thing for Korean language. The same with English.
LOVE an English song...
LOVE an English movie and/or sitcom and/or TV show...
LOVE an English news reader...
LOVE an English speaking actor and/or actress...
LOVE an English blog...
LOVE an English singer...
LOVE an English ... ... ... ... the skies your limit!
You see, when you learn to develop a love for things you like, you automatically get attached to it in some way, as if an invisible bond is formed to link you two. This 'attachment' will be more and more rampant, and will result in more and more exposure to the 'thing you like' and the language.
Thus, you will pick up English subconsciously because you tend to surround yourself with things you like which use English.
In other words, you are learning without actually learning. Get my drift?
Tell me if you agree with me k? =)
Okay... here the day-after-tomorrow after my car was clamped. It was Tuesday. And the weather has been rather cloudy and it was going to rain.
After class at 12pm, i went back to kolej office, called Wisma Aman and enquired about how to go along settling my clamped car issue. It was my first time violating UKM's traffic rule since i stepped into the university, three years ago. *nods*
Later, i went around to for a helmet, assuming i could hitch a ride with the officer from Wisma to my car instead.
Then, wearing a friend's helmet, I trudged through the field, the crossed the two lane trunk road in front of UKM into Wisma Aman. It was already drizzling went i started out at 2.30pm, after UKM's lunch break.
Upon arrival, it began to rain heavier. Approached the counter - with the clause "Anda BOLEH, and not AKAN dikenakan kompaun sebanyak RM50" in mind, of course - and told the officer i wanted to settle my summon.
A she - Pn. Semah so named - attended to me. She asks for my Matric card and the summon. As i explained to her the fate of my unfortunate car, she had the face on. The "servers you right for causing a nuisance to UKM, not to mention overly busy officers who has better things to do like me" face.
Then she told me to pay RM30, apparently to show that she's kind, blah, blah, blah. (FYI, i called my roommie before that, and he informed me that it was a culture for when students get fine, it is negotiable.)
I was undeterred.
So, instead of blowing up a fuss, i simply reached for my wallet, and took out what ever i had in it at that time - right in front of her. I said, "Puan, minta maaf puan, saya hanya ade RM20 saje puan."
*puts on a sorry face aka muke sepuluh sen*
and continues, "Puan, minta maaf banyak banyak puan, ini saje yang saya ade. Macam mana puan?"
At that very moment, like magic, the rain just poured down heavily, along with loud thundering in the back. The skies turn darker.
I continued, "Maaf sangat sangat puan, saya pun datang seorang ni puan. Dah hujan jugak. Saya dah takde duit dah. Ini saje yang saya ade. Boleh tak puan?"
*ten cents face again*
Her face turned red. She wasn't embarrassed; it was a mix of annoyance, and don't-know-what-to-do-ness. She referred to the officer next door, En. Zulkapli. He simply gestured her to refer to the 'boss' in the back room. So she went.
I was thanking God for the rain and thunder. It helped. =)
Then i thought of it. A final attempt to make things surreal.
I whipped out my handphone, and pretended to be talking with a friend, apparently trying to get help. And Pn Semah came back to her seat.
"Oh, you're in class ah? ... Hm. ... Nevermind-lah... No, not what, thought you could help me settle my saman. Im at Wisma Aman now. ... Okay lah, thanks!..." I ended the call.
anticipating her response, she says, "Ha, lain kali janagn buat lagi. Boss kate RM20. Tapi lain kali jangan buat lagi tau..." She processed my summon, and gave me the receipt.
Phew~~~!! My plan worked! lolx
It was still raining very, very heavily. I then asked, when the officer would unclamp my car, she said it would most probably be after the rain. I was disappointed when she said that the clamping division isn;t here in Wisma Aman, in fact, it was in UKM's Canselori building. HAIH!
Walk all this while with HELMET on my head... FOR NOTHING! *pouts*
Then, miraculously again, the rain became less heavy and eventually came to a slow drizzle. I was able to walk (and i did) to UKM's KTM station, where my car was parked. It was a good 7 mins walk from Wisma Aman.
I took silly snapshots while walking. Boring man.
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