Archive for March, 2011

PostHeaderIcon SPM 2010

Majlis Penyerahan Keputusan SPM 2010
Dewan Besar Tun Abdul Razak, SDAR
11.30am, 23 March 2011

I woke up at around 9.45am, and I didn’t left the house until 11.15am. After a one-hour drive my dad and I reached SDAR, I got out of the car and sighed in relief. I missed the ceremony! Haha 😀

Had I come a little bit early I would have to wait with them, rather nervously for the announcement of the straight A students.

Instead of doing that I opted for the SMS service and while on the way to SDAR I received my results via SMS. Easy, wasn’t it?

37 out of 156 students got all A’s, most for ten subjects others for nine, with one scoring an exceptional 10A+. Slightly more than 300 students nationwide scored straight A+, so I guess he’s one of them. Duh.

Arif Zainudin, fondly known as Weng, the genius 😀
(pic courtesy of Pn Zainah)

As for me…err..well, click HERE.

I know if it wasn’t for a few people who had helped me throughout my final year in SDAR I would not have been as relieved as I am now. A very big thank you goes to all of them 😀

And guess what, the cats are still alive! I saw them yesterday, sound and healthy, but I forgot to snap a pic or two of them 🙁
Too bad.

Okay. Enough of SPM.

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

PostHeaderIcon Raptor Watch Week 2011

Raptor Watch Week 2011
Tanjung Tuan, Port Dickson
12 March 2011

The birds are back! 😀

Held annually on the grounds of Ilham Resort in Tanjung Tuan, the Raptor Watch Week is all about raising public awareness on the importance of the conservation of the migratory raptors, and nature in general.

Come on, click on the link above and learn a little bit about this event! 🙂

My point-and-shoot camera is simply not good enough to capture the spectacular sight of the raptors, so for a few pics of it please visit my mum’s blog.

Oh, and click HERE for the 2009 edition.

The entrance to the site.

As usual the event was carnival-like, with booths offering information on birds, migration, and nature, as well as merchandise and games.

Birders spotting flocks of raptors gliding in the air.

A couple of pics of the Oriental Honey-Buzzard by Nafis Naim.

The counter

Oh, my… Birds!

The flyways of the migratory raptors.

There were schoolkids and students from various schools and institutions around Malacca, Selangor and Negri Sembilan.

Now that I’ve mentioned it, I even met a group of SDARians while walking to the lighthouse. Hahaha.

The beach.

Then we climbed (or walked) to the Cape Rachado Lighthouse to get a better aerial view of the strait from which the raptors would appear.

Overlooking the Strait of Malacca.

The good weather is vital for the raptors as they rely heavily on thermal energy to fly with great efficiency. These birds have truly mastered the thermal soaring technique 😀

But we didn’t wait for them.

At around 1pm we left the site and checked into our hotel at Avillion.

That’s all for now.

PostHeaderIcon Morning!

During the SPM days I was quite an early riser – I woke up at around 5.30am every weekday and by 6.45am I was already at the class, or some other places where I could find peace and read something in the morning.

My favourite spot was the small garden next to the school canteen.

The exams didn’t start until 8am, so yeah, I guess I did spend a lot of time there.

This cat and her baby would greet me almost every time I approached the canteen, meowing for food. The canteen had been closed since the last day of school and the cats were left with nothing to feed on. Occasionally I would bring something – from bread to fried chicken – from the dining hall for these poor cats (plus the ones at the hostel) 😀

Two of the cats at the hostel. Initially the mother had four kittens, but before I knew it there was only one left 🙁

Then there were these slimy mollusks making their way, slowly but surely, across the pathway. Cute. And slimy.

One cold morning I spotted this little fella clinging to his web.

…Okay enough of this reminiscence. The truth is I haven’t got much to share. I scoured the hard disks for anything that I could talk about and I found quite a few pics of my life in SDAR, and virtually nothing else 😛

Anyway happy birthday to my buddy Faisal Imran!

Another classic – Stand by Me by Ben E. King.

*A back-to-back defeats against arch rivals left United title hopes in shatters  T.T

PostHeaderIcon A Sullen Day

It’s always gloomy at SDAR. In my head, at least.

But that day it was different. We were sitting for SPM and everyone, except us the fifth formers, had gone home. It gave the cloudy weather an even bleaker, gloomier mood which I somehow found pleasurable 😀

So I decided to take a walk, and snap some pictures.

This one was taken from the Dataran Bestari where morning assemblies are held.

The admin building.

To the left is the Dataran Bestari and the mosque is dead ahead.

The highway as viewed from the car park.

I love the clouds!

It’s raining already at the other side of the highway.

Knowing a torrent was imminent I walked back to my dorm. On the way I snapped another one, overlooking the academic building.

Well it rained heavily soon after that. Just the way I love it 😀

Have You Ever Seen the Rain, written by John Fogerty and originally performed Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Someone told me long ago
There’s a calm before the storm
I know,
It’s been comin’ for some time

Oh darn it I think I’m missing something here!