Our Environment

OKay, maybe even the title will bore you but there are a number of things I have to say about this topic.

I’m sure every single Earthling is aware of the danger our Earth is in. Global Warming, Greenhouse Effect, Acid Rain, Depletion of the Ozone Layer etc. Our earth is physically (and sometimes mentally) ill.

WHY? WHY? IS OUR EARTH ILL?

Why? Ask youself why. There is a simple answer, and is not surprisingly the answer to many of our other environmental problems: PEOPLE. Smoke emissions from factories and vehicles, open burning, forests burning, we are killing ourselves by torturing Mother Earth! And what did Mother Earth do to receive such inhuman torment? Well, she gave us home, food and many other supplies we need in order to survive on this sickly planet. Ask yourself, does she deserve our torture?

GREENHOUSE EFFECT?

HAve you seen a greenhouse? Where plants are kept? In a greenhouse, the heat from the sun enters the house and heads back up towards the glass. However, the glass allows only some of this heat to escape, and reflects the other portion. The remaining heat then stays in the greenhouse. In the case of our Earth, there is no glass but there is an atmosphere surrounding our Earth which acts as some kind of glass that retains and releases heat. With the growth of manufacturing sectors and inefficient disposal of its chemical refuse, more cabon dioxide is released into our atmosphere. Carbon dioxide retains heat. So, with more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, more heat is kept on the surface of our Earth and a warming trend begins. If this situation worsens, the polar ice caps of the two poles could melt, causing major floods in many cities around the world. Namely China and the Philippines.

OZONE DIET

Okay, imagine its a really, really sweltering hot day and you’re sweating from head to toe. You arrive at your doorstep, thrust your school bag to a side, grab a 100 Plus from the refrigerator, and the next thing, you switch on your air-conditioner. You feel so cool and comfortable that you don’t know you’re slicing the ozone layer open. Air conds, aerosol cans and refrigerators release a type of chemical called ChluoroFluoroCarbon (CFCs) that is harmful towards the ozone layer. With more CFCs in the ozone, it gets thinner and thinner everyday. If this situation continues, the ultraviolet rays from the Sun are able to access into our Earth because, apparently, the ozone is two weak to protect our Earth from these dangerous rays. Ultraviolet rays causes skin cancer and is ultimately hazardous towards our health. Research shows that the thinning of the ozone is already happening in the two Poles and USA. Any more thinning and we might start to wither away and die.

ACID RAIN. ACID MIXED WITH RAIN?

Something like that. Pollutants from factories and vehicles (namely sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide) are released into the air and is mixed with the moisture in the clouds. So, when it rains, so does the pollution. As you know, acid eats away at materials it comes into contact with, be it the road, trees, buildings, the Great Wall of China, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, George Bush, Osama bin Laden, your hair, your nose or your lips. When acid rain falls on such things, it eats away at them too. The most alarming thing is the damage the acid rain does to our forests. When it rains, the raindrops fall onto the ground, making it too acidic for a tree to grow. It eventually withers away and die. The tree dies, and since the rain affects the whole forest, the forest dies too. This scene is becoming too common in our world.

SAVE OUR EARTH!!!!

What we can do, what we normal citizens can do is these 3 simple things: REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE. Reduce your usage of electricity, reduce emissions of smoke and carbon dioxide and reduce deforestation. Reuse reuseable products and recycle recycable products. Even better, use recycled products. Take the effort to walk a short distance instead of va-va-vrooming in your car just because your car provides air-conditioning. This not only saves the environment, you are also exercising without really realising it. Use fans instead of air-conds. Plant more trees, especially if you have cut one down. And, to the government, STOP ILLEGAL TREE-CUTTING!!

Malaysia is currently one of the countries with the MOST environmental problems. Haze is spreading here and the government is still dreaming about the Mercedes in Terengganu. Or maybe whether Lee Chong Wei is able to win a gold medal in the Olympics. Or planning Malaysia’s 51st Merdeka. I’m not disagreeing with these actions, but an appropriate action should also be taken on the environment.

There’s no point in writing this when no action can be taken, but I’m just trying to do my part to help save our Earth. I hope SOMEBODY DOES read this article.

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Beijing Olympics

Finally! The Olympics! Pity I’m not rich enough to go to Beijing, not like Jasmine’s father who is going there FOC sponsored by Adidas.

I’m quite surprised they managed to get Beijing out of the SERIOUS POLLUTION ZONE in just 3 months (or so my Science teacher says). Is it even possible? I reckon not. Soon, after the Olympics, the factories would be clanging and the roads would be full of irritating vehicles again.

Anyways, since I’m too indifferent to read newspapers, all that I know about Malaysia linking to China is that Lee Chong Wei is representing Malaysia as the badminton player. And is Nicol David included too? Maybe.

DO you know the mascots? You know, those doll-like things? They’re the only thing I know about the Olympics. I father bought a set of their keychains and stuufed toys when he went to ShenZhen. They’re Bei Bei, Jing Jing, Huan Huan, Ying Ying and Ni Ni.

According to Chinese-tools.com, The “crown” on Bei Bei’s head is a fish, symbolising prosperity. She is good in swimming and is also called The Blue One. Jing Jing, The Black One, is (obviously) a panda and is the symbol of happiness. Huan Huan is the eldest brother and is also called the child of fire, symbolising the Olympic flame and has a passion for sports. He is The Red One. Ying Ying, a Tibetan antelope is agile and is able to run really fast, which makes him The Yellow One. The crown on Ni Ni’s head is a kite and her golden wings spread good luck wherever she flies. The Green One is excellent in gymnastics.

I wonder if there’ll be any Shell Shell in the Malaysia Olympics to come.

Quitter’s quote

<Dated 6 August 2008>

I quitted my prefect job today. Yeah, that’s right, you’re not seeing things. Your eyes are fine. There are no problems with your eyes. The only one with problems is me. I’m the nutcase.

There was a meeting during recess today, at 5 Kedah. Azimah started asking questions about the excos and deducting points of those who got it wrong. I got it right by sheer luck. I took a wild guess.

Anyway, I told my friend Hoi Chin ( a prefect too) that I was going to quit if there were any chances. I was just partly joking that time, because I didn’t think Azimah would be kind enough to let anyone off now. Before the meeting ended, she really did ask “Anyone thinking of stepping down?” and Hoi Chin was like, “Go on. Say it if you want,” and I was like “I dunno, do I really want to?” Before I knew it, my hand was in the air. Azimah noticed me. She asked why and I said “Tak laratlah” (Not capable of handling this job anymore ) So she -miraculously-let me off. I was quivering in fear the whole way back. Azleea and Hanum (my prefect friends) seem to be angry with me so I walked back to class all alone with a growling stomach because the bell had already rang ages ago.

I went home, my head dizzy with all the thinking at school. Worse, my thinkings were contradicting each other. Here’s the list of Pros and Cons of being a prefect.

PROS

  1. Boost up my self-esteem and confidence.
  2. Be more disciplined.
  3. Feel very “grand” wearing a blue baju kurung.
  4. Chinese elected to be prefects is like seeing a five-petaled clover, an extremely rare oppurtunity in a school like Asma.
  5. Family would be so proud. 😉
  6. Spending more time with Anum and Leea.
  7. Proving that my teacheres haven’t chose the wrong candidate for the job.
  8. Bully juniors when I’m in Form 5. (nah, just joking;) )
  9. Wearing baju kurung which is way more cooler than wearing the pinafore.
  10. Get an anugerah. (hopefully)

CONS

  1. Unnessecary worries. (I was dreading 3N every day)
  2. Ultimately busy.
  3. Might affect my studies.
  4. Gain students’ hatred.
  5. Get bullied by seniors.
  6. Heavier punishments and worse scoldings by Cikgu Noni if I make ONE teeny weeny mistake.
  7. Will have to continue duties even though you’re sick. (Noni once shrieked at a prefect who was sick during assembly and went to the sick bay.)
  8. Cannot goof around with my friends anymore.
  9. Always given the responsibilty to watch the class during teachers’ absence.
  10. The LIGHT BLUE among the BLUE AND WHITE.

If I held a debate, it would be “Cons of being a prefect is more than its pros”. Maybe.

Shyness.. My failure

<Dated 3 August 2008>

Shy.

I am staring at this word. I hate this word. Why does it have to be a part of me?

For those whose heads are already dropping to floor and their shoulders high in the air in scepticism (i dunno if its even the right word), I am an incredibly shy girl.

For instance, since I became prefect, I never said a word to the students in the class I am (inspecting?) Every morning, I’m supposed to, you know, boom “Who’s sweeping the floor today? Please do it now!” instead of “Um.. excuse me, er… Do you know who is Husha, who’s supposed to sweep the floor?” By the way, I got it wrong. Its Husna, not Husha, and she (the girl I was questioning) was like, “Huh? Husha? What?”

What’s more, instead of walking around checking the cleanliness of the classroom, I lingered at the notice board, pretending to fall in love with the Duty Roster.

7.25am. I switched off the lights and waited for the students to come out and queue up. WAITED. Pathetic. And they did crawl out into two worm-like lines. They laughed, they shouted, they talked, they teased, and still, I kept my stupid mouth shut, like I was waiting for God to take some action or something.

This situation lasted for a few days until the class monitor even got sympathetic of me. Once she ordered the class to shut up and added “Look, can’t you feel sorry for the poor prefect standing there?”. I was so ashamed that my face got so red and I turned away. I’m so pathetic.

Shy.

S-H-Y.

I hate being SHY.

Damn Prefect (not PERFECT)

My world is coming to an end.

My world is coming to an end.

Read this article below:

ALOR STAR, 29 July- A catastrophe landed in Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultanah Asma when a Form 1 student, Michelle Teoh Zi Yan was appointed JDPP (Jemaah Disiplin Pelajar Percubaan, which, in English, means trial prefect).

Michelle, one of the school’s worst students was given this job by the Head Prefect, Azimah. Hell knows what one on Earth was she thinking when she made the decision.

Nevertheless, she couldn’t reject in time because she stepped on a banana peel and slipped. Damn. When she got up, the Head Prefect was already nowhere to be seen.

JDPPs were given a task to collect information sbout prefect duties from permanant prefects. Michelle didn’t want to, but somehow, somebody passed up a copy of the work with her name on it. And similar writing too. Police are investigating on this “copied-handwriting” case.

On Thursday, Michelle’s duty was appointed at class 3 Negeri. That was when the special phenomenon began. She became INVISIBLE!!! Nobody noticed her, nobody gives a damn about her. She tried to commit suicide (the class was 2 stories high), but failed because her dress got stuck onto a nail on the balcony wall.

“My life is HELL,” she remarked when interviewed. “I’m becoming Hellgirl.”

To make matters worse, she has to break her habit of waking up at 7am and wake up at 6.30am instead, which was serious enough to make the sun rise in the west.

 

 

OK, the prefect thingy and the “my life is hell” thingy was completely true. I exaggerated some points, I admit, but it was essential. Trust me.

A sigh of relief

We won! We finally won in the debate! Well, I see my hard work has not been wasted, luckily. However, I did not obtain the name of Best Debator. It was taken by Moksha. (sigh)

But at least we talked! I mean, we interacted during the debate, she asking me about the POI points, and me asking her if I was doubtful about anything. She was really good. She was really, really good. It was no wonder she was the best debator. See? I don’t even hate her.

I am sooo relieved! No more staying up till 2am, no more practicing my debate speech in front of the class-which was ultimately humiliating- and finally, no more anti-tv. The dark cloud hanging in my heart and the heavy boulder at the tip of the cliff of my heart has disappeared! Evaporated into thin air! It was like nothing can ever make me gloomy again, which I was the whole week.

That’s all for now. My time limit’s almost up. Ta!

 

 

 

<<sorry, this post was supposed to be dated 22th July. somehow, i saved it my drafts instead of publishing it. Drat.>>

Debate Stress

I participated in my school English debate last month and this Thursday is the final round between Form Ones and my class is competing with the BEST class in the whole form. Stressing, isn’t it?

Thing is, I’m so stressed out by this whole debate thing. Our motion is “Co-ed Schools are better than Single-sex Schools”, and I’m the opposition. I’m not kidding.

I mean, come on! Lecturers and high school students have been debating on this topic for two decades! And still they haven’t found an answer to the motion. You’ve got to be kidding me.

So, I searched the entire World Wide Web for the advantages of single-sex schooling. THEN they told me to today that the third speaker doesn’t need to mention any points: you just need to rebutt (I think is spelled this way, I dunno).

So, I switched on my laptop again and began searching for the advantages on CO-ED schools instead. To make matters worse, I’m working with my enemy on the same debate team. Hey, she hated me first, it wasn’t my fault. Well, not entirely.

Well, lets keep our fingers crossed, shall we?

 

p/s: I’ve finished  The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman. Definitely worth a read. I’d give it an 8 over 10.