Wednesday, October 31, 2007
No More Practicals
Do you believe me if I said I knew what we'll be doing at Chemistry Practical yesterday morning?
The school's technician opened the door of the Chemistry Lab, leaving the door wide open, with us glancing into the lab all the way from the opposite block.
I saw the burette clipped onto the retort stand. Yes, I did.
But still, what's the point of knowing it right? Experiment done wrongly and all is gone.. (NOT referring to my experiment)
Mobile phones were not supposed to be brought to school, and yet there were students who brought it. The rules have just been changed remember? Government-schools have disallowed students to bring phones and yet the teachers are helping students to keep them in a basket.
As usual, everyone would be locked up in the quarantine room before and after the practical exam.
This (picture below) is AFTER the exam.
And this is after today's Maths D.
My classmates discussed and discussed about the Maths paper after the exam. I switched off the lights, fans and air-conds but still, none of them moved to pack their bags and get ready to go home.
They just keep on talking about their exam answers, comparing and discussing with each other.
As I hold the classes' key and my responsibility is to make sure the class are locked, I tried to locked them all up inside the room to see their reaction.
It takes them 2 minutes to realize they are being locked up.
I then hand over the classes' key to Edison and let him play with the boys.
But we were so stubborn, we dragged the time and let them scream all day long. *exaggerating*
But in the end, we pitied them and so unlocked the door and let them out.
And now, I can see them, ready to go home, with their bags being packed!
Haha! Tried do it once more and I'll really locked you guys up!
But wait, I think I'll just go home early next time and let the others lock the door.
Anyways, I went to Bandar with Tiah today, only to have lunch at Ideal.
And this is what I saw on the birthday congratulatory board.
Who's birthday? Was it a little boy or the chocolate bar?
:: Posted by DENCORPORATION at 11:01 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Getting Onto MV Doulos
It's a really busy day today.
After tuition today, I went to Muara Port just to have a look at what the oldest active ship in the world, MV Doulos got to show.
At first, I thought the port will look something quiet and calm like this.
But no! Without even really reaching inside the port, there were already so many people queuing outside the gate!
Like what the hell! It seems like a whole bunch of immigrants trying to flee from a country as if there were terrorists or corruption going on..
Many people ignored the "no photo taking" sign, especially me. But I don't think this rule applies on the ship.
When I've passed the gate, there were lots of people rushing into the bus as the bus can take them directly to the Cruise Centre, but I didn't board the bus as there were too many people and I'd rather walk instead.
And this is the ship.. Not a very big fleet though, and it looks very old.. I have no idea what does GBA stands for.. My first impression of GBA was "Game Boy Advance"?
The queue to board the ship was really really long. The queue today can be compared to the queue in Istana during Hari Raya.
As usual, I hate all the squeezing and queuing, instead I'd rather cut through the line, which I didn't do so.
Also to entertain the kids, there was a mascot, disguising as the captain..
But in this type of queue, I don't think any kids there would be any happier.
Some kids were already asleep while their parents carried them on their backs.
I bet these people must have been laughing out their asses watching us like queuing for years.
The crew today looked really really busy.
The crew were walking in every direction, in and out of the ship, some making a phone call, some yelling for orders and some to manage the queue.
And then I saw some uncles and aunties climbing up the stairs near us.
I thought: "Oh finally, we're boarding the ship already?"
No, not yet!
This stair is only for some so called "card-holders".. These so called "card holders" can just enter the ship without even having to queue, squeeze and wait. I've seen dozens of these "card holders" walking past us, whereas we're all suffering so badly in need of fresh air.
Nearly around 5.30 pm, the weather starts to turn bad. I felt droplets of rain dropping from the sky slowly.
Because of this, the queue had to be cutten short to prevent people in the queue from getting soaked wet in the rain and also to prevent the overflowing of passengers boarding the ship.
Although these people were being separated from our queue, there were entertained by a juggler, who is juggling 2 balls using only one of his hand.
An auntie standing beside me said, "Aiya so easy.. I also know how to do it lah.."
Finally, as the rain starts to fall really heavy, I managed to get onto the ship, feeling very much like a bird getting free from a cage. This is where I can really breath fresh air.
A Japanese woman in her mid-30s was the first person I saw inside the ship. And on the other side, I saw another Korean woman, who was very friendly, welcoming us to the ship speaking in Korean which I doubted the uncles and aunties would understand.
The Korean lady also showed us the way to the book fair which is on the upper floor.
This place feels slightly hotter than anywhere else in the ship. No air-conds and fans, but many people instead.
Here, all the prices are tagged in units instead of currency, which is very sensible, so when they sails to another country, they don't have to tear off all the price tags on the books and replace it with the currency of that particular country right? Err, is it? I'm not sure either..
Other than books, the ship also sells mini football priced at B$2.
I also heard an auntie there saying, "Wah, so cheap man these balls! $2 ONLY!" The word "ONLY" doesn't make me feel an better. I felt annoyed instead.
The ship has less fictional books as far as I now.
There is a dictionary which costs 100 Units ($4) which is considered very cheap for a dictionary.
The ship also has its own merchandises for sale, such as key-chains, pens, post-cards, color pencils and so on.
Cashiers were busier than anyone on the ship.
I then got out of the ship and returned to the Cruise Centre when it's almost 6.15pm.
Because of the rain, people were told to queue inside the Cruise Centre instead.
At this time, there were still a lot of people queuing.
I can finally laugh at people who were still queuing but I was too tired.
After getting down the ship, I felt dizzy, not because of sea-sick but because of the crowd.
Throughout the day, I only bought myself a key-chain as a souvenir.
What a cheapskate..
:: Posted by DENCORPORATION at 7:43 PM
Friday, October 26, 2007
Ukatrats FC 2006/07 Jersey Review
This post is actually related to last year's happenings.
What unites a football team?
It's the teamwork, commitment, confidence and of course, the color of the team!
Our football team kept us in search for a team jersey so badly last year. We went to any shops we can find in Brunei and then finally, we chose to make our jersey at Imperiall Sports Shop.
We saw a dark blue jersey being hung on the rack, and chose to use that jersey.
So instead of using dark blue as the main color, we requested them to change the base color of the shirt from dark blue to white and the other linings to gold.
I even made a sample to show the makers what exactly we wanted, so they wouldn't make a mistake..
I was so poor in using Photoshop that time..
We even made a sample of the pants.
And, after months and months of waiting, the jersey was finally ready to be collected. We then went to the shop as soon as possible right after we got the news.
And to our "surprise", THIS is the shirt.
The quality of the shirt was less than satisfactory!
The design of the jersey was far off than the jersey we chose earlier. The material of the shirt was too thin and the collar was too wide. And the logo somehow seems printed instead of sewed. The Nike logo looked so fake.
The letters and number are so sticky that everytime you lean on your back, you can hear the "sticky" sound.
The color of the gold linings are not what we expected.
And also the pants, it was so damn short!
It looks more like a swimming trunk instead of a football pants! My friend Najaah even wore it to swimming at the end of last year.
Nevertheless, they also gave a pair of socks for every jersey we make.
All I can say is, the socks were too tight. Even I don't want to wear the socks. I would wear my other socks rather than this one.
After all this, we only wore the jersey together as a team ONCE!
So far, Ayman is the only person to have worn the shirt almost everytime we play football.
Very loyal eh?
So do you think we should make a new football jersey after this bitter experience and wear a normal sports t-shirt while playing football next time? We wouldn't opt for a custom-made jersey anymore. Although discussions to make a new jersey are breaking down, changes in decision could happen anytime..
Initially, we planned to unveil the new jersey (if we made one) on the 1st Anniversary of the team, that is, on 16th November.
And if we're making a new jersey, what squad number should I use? I may not stick to #5 anymore..
:: Posted by DENCORPORATION at 6:58 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
What I Did During The Study Leave Period
We are having Additional Maths/D Maths extra classes at school although it's the study leave period.
Whenever I reaches school for the extra classes these days, I can already see people waiting/studying/revising/talking/hanging outside the auditorium hours before their written exams respectively.
So extra class today was rather ok, maybe the best one so far as we did Additional Maths November 2005 Paper 1. I regarded it as one of the best because I've done the same past paper at tuition.
After extra class, me, Tiah, Gary and Huzai went to Bandar with the intention of going Dewan Bahasa for a group study. But before that, we went to have some dim sums and noodles for lunch. Huzai was reluctant to eat just now as he wasn't used to eating Chinese food.
Tiah: What you wanna order?
Huzai: I don't know!
Tiah: Come on lah, just pick one food and order. There's no pork here.
Huzai: That's not the problem, but these are all Chinese foods and I don't know what to order.
Waitress: You want Chicken Rice?
Huzai: Ah Ah OK!
Tiah: What you wanna drink then? Milo Peng?
Huzai: Ah Ah OK!
We then forced Huzai to try most of the dim sums we ordered.
After eating, we then braved the heaving rain running from Yayasan Complex to the National Library! Me and Tiah wanted to buy/borrow an umbrella but considering the short distance between the two buildings, we ran!
We were all soaked wet. This is not the 1st time ok, we even braved a rain heavier than today while trying to walk from Bandar to Kiulap!
Meanwhile, I'm happy Ferrari that has won both driver's and constructor's championship this Sunday.
This picture below reminds me of Stone Cold for some reason.
And much to my delight, Alonso didn't win!
Better luck next time!
P/S: Not to forget to wish Gary Goh a Happy 17th Birthday today! Also, it's legendary Pele's birthday today too!
:: Posted by DENCORPORATION at 8:54 PM