Interact Club.

I have been thinking for a long time, keeping this within my mind, all those thoughts of decision making, leadership. Basically experiences.

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Background note:

Interact Club (I.C.) is under the branch of Rotary Club in each district. Interactors are so-called accountable to the Rotarians. On Sundays, the 6 Interact Clubs in Kluang will meet at least every twice a month (depending on the necessity). We call these meetings Council Meeting. We discuss and plan for events during Council Meeting. A Rotarian (having the post of New Generation Director) will be present with us to conduct this meeting.

I have kind of lead two join projects (all I.C. schools involved), which is Christmas Cheer and International Understanding Day. Youth Leadership Training Seminar was also held in our school. Every year, each club has to carry out at least 2 school projects and 2 community projects.

Christmas Cheer – visiting places like Miriam Home and Agape Shelter to sing carols and “cheer” them up. Carry out some activities like feeding the old folks and washing their dishes.

International Understanding Day – Every club will choose a country to present. Presentation will be in a form of exhibition and sketch (maybe a dance too). It is also a competition between schools based on creativity and productivity.

Leadership Training Seminar – Training for the Board of Directors (BOD) on their duties accordingly by the Rotarians.

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I was the Vice President for 2005/2006, and President for 2006/2007. We start our term from June to July the following year. At the same time, I was in the YF committee until I ended my term middle of last year. It was out of the decision I made, after sleepless nights and bothering thoughts.

Through this one year, Interact has taught me so much about leadership. Why? Firstly and the most ultimate reason is: We are on our own.

I only had my BOD for support and Catherine to give me “leadership lessons” (I’m not a natural leader). I struggled through my perfectionist views and expectations of people. I just had to accept the fact that I cannot make people the way I want them to be. It’s superbly irritating when I do not see the results I want or when they do no cooperate. Sometimes, it is not so much of what they cannot do or how terrible they are, but how I can bring out their strong points. Focus, on the right things.

One thing about me. I’m so not sensitive when it comes to people and me… what they do, sometimes I don’t even know that they are gonna backstab me! It awful being such a blur human, what more a leader.

Another thing. I like sleeping. And I can’t survive without sufficient sleep. More of my energy was sapped out of me by staying back in school when an event is nearing. Next day in school would just bore me (it always has anyway =P). I tried skipping my naps in the afternoon to finish my work, but it never really happen (until now!).

These were my main weakness when I was leading. And that seemed to be like. Everything. I even had to ask how I should speak to Rotarians in a mannerly way. Hah.

*takes a deep breath*

It is true when you hear people saying that I.C. is a waste of time, effort, energy. Plus, it affects your studies. Your tear ducts will be working very efficiently too =P

It may be a waste of…. as stated, but it is never a waste of learning and experiencing.

Imagine organizing a 600 people event. It is crazy. It is fun. It is torturing. It is a pleasure and honour. Although I admit I made many mistakes and flaws. Having meetings together with the IU Day Committee to make decisions and ask opinions… seemed so quiet. I hate making my own decisions… but I had to. That’s what a leader needs to do anyway. Hah. Over all, it was okay. Not too bad lah. Pretty satisfied.

I’m always scared to stand on my own. Somehow. But yet, I like the freedom given, not being restricted to my thoughts and ideas. Everyone too gets a chance to do what they have in mind.

The leadership that I encountered will, of course vary to the kind of leadership in YF. I cannot say which is better. Leadership in I.C. taught me how to socialize with all sorts of people, and ultimately how to work and organize in a secular world. It was an eye-opener for me to the outside world, to the world I thought I knew. After all, I was “protected” by a layer of ozone. I mean. The Christian world.

As for those YFers who are thinking of becoming an Interactor, or if you do, I can guarantee one thing for sure: You will be elected in the BOD. Reason: Your “out-standing” leadership in school now and you are English speaking. So, do put in deep thought of what you are willing to sacrifice before you even enter the classroom next year for AGM.

It is either leadership in YF or I.C.

Know yourself.

Well.

As for those already in there, my support will always be with you. There is no turning back. Stick to your path and journey on well.

And of course, for everyone else, don’t be too biased okay? =) Although you want the best for them and care about them. But they’ve made their decision, and all they need is your support and care. Because if we don’t, why call ourselves Christians who care? Let them fall and learn themselves. Be the one to guide and help them up.

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How could I be so “cha”?

Math Paper 1 was from 8.50 to 9.05 a.m.

On the blackboard, it was written the biggest among the other two, Recess 9.10 – 9.30 a.m. and Math Paper 2, 9.40 – 12.15 p.m.

But yet… I tersilap nampak and thought that Paper 1 would end at 9.30 a.m. Thinking that I have so much time left, I did it slowly. Only at 9 a.m. I discovered that I have 5 minutes left.

Argh. I tried not to panic. And I simply shaded around 5 questions that I did not know how to do.

This is how I ended my SPM trials.

Hooray for me!*ish*

Don’t you get B O R E D ?

 

 

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Imagine. Year after year, you celebrate your birthday. Year after year, people give you presents. Year after year, you expect an outcome of your birthday. Year after year, you’ll either feel terrible or good at the end of your birthday. If you live up to 50 years, woah. Wouldn’t it be 50 years of the same old “birthday” thing? You’ve even recieved birthday presents on the day you were born!

Ironic, I feel happy when I go out with friends, planning their birthdays, buying their presents… When it comes to my own birthday this year, it doesn’t seem to bother much.

Today there was no exams for my class. I thought of skipping school. But since it is my brithday, I sort of had to drag myself there. I didn’t want to disappoint my classmates who had planned (two weeks before, like we always do for each other) and thought of what to get for me. It was okay, I can say. Somehow I just could not express much feelings. Oh, how I just tried!

So many wishes today in school, wish after wish… I don’t even know how some of them know about it. It was quite tiring ’cause after each wish, I, being courteous, of course had to say ‘Thanks’.

Not to say that I do not appreciate everything, wishes, presents… but I’m struggling within myself not to feel bored… It has been my seventeenth year celebrating it. 17 years of celebrating. Same old, same old.

Oh well. Sorry to disappoint everyone with this “attitude”.

Thanks for the presents and wishes and calls.

And of course, all the wonderful thoughtfullness =)

What’s the significance – 12 September? Tarikh berhijrah.

September people are special. It means that they were champions and in their mummy in January (takes nine months ma…) What else could a mummy ask for, as she enters a brand new year?

Yes. I still remember Mr Foo’s Science classes in Form 3. We were learning about reproductive systems and he said, “We are all born champions. It is later in life when we’ll find out whether we are real champions or losers.”

At another time, he said, “When a man wears a condom, it is like taking a shower with a raincoat on.”

281,000

Woon Tien Hui in Google Search has 281,000 results.

There is another Qianyi in this world. The mother has a blog at http://qianyi.wordpress.com/

My visual memory is better than my audio memory.

I left my bottle twice in two weeks at differents places.

My friends say my imagination is weird.

Nilai berkaitan dengan kekeluargaan… nilai mengekalkan tradisi kekeluargaan is so… meaning for it: Menerima, menghormati dan mengamalkan sesuatu kebiasaan, adat dan kepercayaan yang diwarisi secara turun-temurun dalam keluarga.

If I don’t take notes now, how can I teach my child to take notes too?

I like Coldplay. But I found this:

My classmate’s father passed away. I wonder what is it like if my own father passed away.

I thought that ninja’s are for turtles.

Additional Mathematics makes me get a headache.

I have a wish list. For good usage of money.

Youths/Children seem to find it harder to step out of their comfort zones and adapt. They don’t know how to take public transport.

Motion doesn’t make sense to me.

Digital watches makes me panic during exams. I need to see the whole muka jam.

Hmm.

PUNCTUATION: FAILED.

I do not know how to difference shade when to use single-quote marks and double-quote marks!

I when to Wikipedia and Googled “quotation marks”, which after reading, made me more confused. I can’t get when to use a singles and doubles do sentences like,

…that so-called ‘chicken’ or “chicken”.

…I do not want to ‘explode’ or “explode”.

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Wikipedia:

Irony
Another important use of quotation marks is to indicate or call attention to ironic or apologetic words. Ironic quotation marks can also be called scare, sneer, shock, or distance quotes. Ironic quotation marks are sometimes gestured in oral speech using air quotes:

My brother claimed he was too “busy” to help me.

Quotation marks indicating ironic use of a term should be used with care. Without the intonational cues of speech, they can obscure the writer’s intended meaning. They can also be confused easily with direct quotations, so some style guides specify single quotation marks for this usage, and double quotation marks for verbatim speech.

In a similar sense, quotation marks are also used to indicate that the writer realizes that a word is not being used in its (currently) accepted sense.

In the fifteenth century, we “knew” that the Sun’s revolution divided day from night.

Woody Allen joked, “I’m astounded by people who want to ‘know’ the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.”

Mention Distinction
A three-way distinction is occasionally made between normal use of a word (no quotation marks), refererring to the concept behind the word (single quotation marks), and the word itself (double quotation marks): When discussing ‘use’, use “use”.

http://www.cth.com.au/~gcutts/Management/21d_semicolons.htm says

Inverted commas are used to show

  • the specific words used by someone,
  • a quotation from a source other than the author,
  • words and phrases taken from a foreign language or
  • words and phrases used out of their normal context:

My secretary refused to make the tea, yesterday. She said ‘I am employed as a secretary, not as a charlady.’

The Sex Discrimination Act says: ‘Secretaries should not be asked to make the tea unless you are prepared to pay them extra out of your own pocket.’

The word ‘char’ comes from the Sanskrit.

When I say ‘tea’, I don’t mean ‘tea’, I mean ‘coffee’.

Doubles are used if there is need to use inverted commas within the ones you are already using.

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I also realise the common mistake YFers have when it comes to the usage of these and this, it’s and its when they write.

Thank God for the peace we had these 50 years.

Thank God for this world.

It’s not time yet.

Has its own timing.

By the way, words like don’t and wouldn’t are short forms fordo not and would not. Marks for grammar can be deducted if you use them.

I still have not figured out those quotation marks! With those American or United Kingdom differences!

Helpppp me!

WHO said we were alone?

The World Health Organization?

Though we run and run, jump to reach all we want

cry and cry, fearing of all the possibilities,

feel ashamed when we see our own reflection,

knowing that our reflections portray our weakness.

And all we do is start to wonder if we are seeing what we see.

Late at night, early in the morning,

what is left of us?

of our own world,

when we imagine the darkness of the hour,

with the uncertainty of when the hour will arrive,

will we be gripped with fear?

Can we hold on to the truth for so long?

Is there anyone who will be willing to walk with us?

Searching, trying. Yet, failing.

When all evaporates, we might be left alone.

Lonely People (Who We Are, Jars of Clay)
This is for all the lonely people
Thinkin’ that life has passed them by
Don’t give up until you drink from the silver cup
Ride that highway in the sky

This is for all the single people
Thinkin’ life has left them dry
Don’t give up until you drink from the silver cup
You’ll never know until you try

‘Cause, I’m on my way, yes, I’m on my way
Yeah, I’m on my way back home

This is for all the lonely people
Thinkin’ that life has passed them by
Don’t give up until you drink from the silver cup
She’ll never take you down or give you up
You’ll never know until you try