Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Punctual to the class..

Yesterday, I had a class at 9 am and until 9.15 there were still some students coming to my class. It was very annoying to see them entering the class with their "slumberland face" that there was nothing wrong on their part. Well, guys! You have committed a crime with ta'zir punishment!

I finished the class at 9.45 am , a bit early so that I could give them a little nagging about their these latecomers. "If you think that you cannot make it on time, dont come to my class or else, drop my section and join other class! I dont like latecomers and these people deserve to be punished!" This was an ultimatum given to these people. The whole class was quiet and I could easily hear the pin drop onto the floor.

I went back to my office and I got a text message from one of them, saying sorry for being late. He was a regular latecomer..starting from the first day of the semester until yesterday. I gave him a warning already..Yet he did it again.Hmm..now he knows very well who I am.

Today, I was a little early at my office, around 8.15. Normally, 8.30am, I am at my office. Anyway, on the way to my room, I could see some students who were just rushing to their respective class..The lecturers have started their class and these students dok terhegeh2 lagi cari kelas! I caught one of them who was in my class before and never be late in the class..hmm.. Dapat lecturer baik gak, you take advantage on them..Kalau kelas saya, dah lama saya halau!

The virtue of being punctual is rooted from out habit to pray on time..I strongly believe, if you have this attitude you would become a self discpline student and a successful person in this life and in the hereafter.. This is what Islam preached for us to be punctual and respect the time.

Got to go now..I have spent 20 minutes to write this entry and my coffee is getting cold..

see you guys!

p.s. I will be going to Singapore this friday, 25th July to 28th July. InsyAllah, I am going to meet my eldest sister who live there with her family.There will be no lecture this Monday. See you guys on Tuesday!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Life goes on..

The new semester has begun already. We have finished the second week of the semester. Each semester, we need to teach 26 to 27 lectures within 14 weeks. I am glad I have covered 6 lectures already within two weeks due some extra classes that I have made since last week. Alhamdulillah. Most likely I will be missing one or two lectures in the coming weeks. So, since I have the opportunity, let me have all the extra classes before I could miss them so that I dont have to replace them in future.

There are a lot of things happened for the past one week. First, I lost my uncle who had been bedridden for the past 6-7 years..Well, I got the news quite late due to my busy schedule as an academic advisor which i had to be at a specific room from 8.30am to 1 pm and 2pm to 4.30pm. It was a hectic time for me..However, when I got 3 missed calls from my sister in Singapore, one missed call from my Mom and the other one from my sister in Bangi, I started to feel that something wrong had happened. While I was tying to figure out what could be, a group of students knocking the door and told me they had a big problem with subjects and clashes of classes..This problem had to be dealt meticulously from one student to another student. Having done that, there was another student coming to get my signature..fuyooh! I need to to call my mom right away. I could only make a call around 1.45pm. I was right, she broke to me the news.. Well, what to do..I almost broke down and suddenly, one student coming with sad face and complained to me about her problem..She was very sad that her result was not good..her eyes sparkling with tears..Sigh..i also have the tears and my heart sunk hearing about the death of my uncle..but i have to stay strong.. I have to console and motivate her and looked ahead. the past is history, today is reality and tomorrow is still a mystery..

Some of the students are so engrossed with the Dean's List at the expense of their life and health. They study like a hell , forgot about eating and health so that they could maintain their CGPA. To be on the Dean's List is a bonus in your life..The most important thing is to inculcate the positive values and good attitude because these virtues are the important elements for you to be happy. As a teacher, I have to be happy and show to my students that I am always a happy person so that they will be able to enjoy my class and benefit from my lecture even at the expense of personal feelings.. I did not tell this to any of my friends because I know this would make me feel more sad..

Today, I spoke to my aunty ( late uncle's wife) and she seemed to be positive through her voice tone..I am just asking how she was and how did she cope with her life now.. She said everything is fine. " I was just missed him..Missed the normal routine that I sat next to him, gave him food and cared for him.."

To my students, life is very short..There is no need for you think seriously about what is in the past.. look ahead. beyond the horizon..grab the opportunity before you. May Allah grant me long life and best of health so that I will be able to teach my students and give them marks accordingly..Please Allah, dont make me sick so that I will not miss my class, otherwise my students will suffer because of my absence.. Dont make me a burden to other people.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

I always remember all of you..

Today, one of my students who graduated in 2006, Hammad called me. He went to Mecca last month and he brought me some kurma. Well, actually,I told him to buy me some kurma which there are almonds inside it...( pandai pandai pula nak mengarah) While he was in Mecca, he text ed me a message what did I want from Mecca. Orang mengantuk disorongkan bantal la katakan..apa lagi? Cakap je la..he!he! anyway, the moral of the story is that he never forget me wherever he goes abroad, be it personal trip or official trip he would definitely called me..Hammad, hammad..awak ni kan anak yang baik la..

Another student who always contact me is Iwan..Izuan izzaidi Azmi. He is now a lecturer at UiTM in Shah Alam. When there is Hari Guru, he would be among the first one to wish me..Hari raya, he never missed sent me a card plus a number of sms es. My birthday, he would sent me birthday card and gave me a thoughtful token whcih I would hang here and there at my office or even at home.

Yesterday in the morning another student, fauzi ( shamila, how do you feel now?Ehem..) gave two packets of Buah pala from Penang, as promised fauzi said..I could not recall when he made the promise. But never mind la, I got my favourite buah pala! Thank you so much fauzi.

Last month, Reza brought me some kuih from Kedah..quite a number of things. I was so excited to get it and browsed what were inside and there was no karas? Reza, you said this is from Kedah. But where is karas? Ouch! MasyAllah, madam, madam..orang dah bagi amik je la.. Tak bersyukur langsung nih. Ore bagi betis dia nak peha pulok dah! Sorry Reza, for being so extrovert and outspoken about what I want..

I will not forget either Shamila, izzati and faezah who are still keep in touch with me.. These people just like my friends when they are no longer in my class..I love you gals!

Last night, Zukhairi also sent me a message assking whther i will be around or not today.. Hmm.. I am putting my two hands together, making some ( or a lot of doa?) that when I see him, his hand is not empty.. Hopefully he is carrying a paper bag with metrojaya logo.. I am dreaming too much la..

Last year when i was hospitalised there were over 70 students came to visit me. Some came to the hospital and some to my house.. Some of them, I didnt even know but they knew me.. The feeling was overwhelming.. I could see their efforts to see me when they said that they waited for one hour to catch a bus and later had to rush back to catch another class..To certain extent I cried because I was so happy to see them and their love to me. I felt very bad to one of them, when she was actully failed the subject which I taugh her and yet she visited me. I am sure she did not have any hard feeling on me despite she got E in my subject.. sigh.. Well, I have to uphold justice though it is bitter..

To all of my students, i will never forget you..you may see me as a strict lecturer, very hard to compromise on certain things, very adamant in terms of punctuality and what not, but deep inside my heart, you have a special place in my heart. When new semester begins, I will see a new batch of students and the journey will begin..One thing for sure is that I remember all my students' names!

Whatever it takes, be positive and set your intention in your life..Love your parents and always make doa for them and always ask them to make doa for you as well.. I am not going to change you unless you made the commitment to change yourself..

see you guys, next week!

p.s. Zukhairi came to my office yesterday with two paper bags..My dream turned out to be true..thank you Zul