After much preparation, the young self-proclaimed Emperor of The Han Dynastory is now serving a full-time mission to the UK with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He will return in 2014.

Hello!

Welcome to the Han Dynastory!

As I am now serving a full-time mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have left this blog under the stewardship of a family member, who may post updates on how I'm doing as he/she sees fit.

Enjoy your stay!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hypocrite

Note to self:

Put your money where your mouth is and shut up.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

End of March Holidays

The term "holiday" is now a misleading term.

I didn't have classes, but I went back to school a lot, many thanks to Choir. We're practicing some really interesting songs, and, as an MEP student, I'm expected to contribute a lot while in Choir. Oh well, I am a music enthusiast after all...

What I accomplished:
- Chinese homework
- Geography homework
- Maths homework
- Economics homework (thanks Ben!)
- A family outing (not that I planned it, but I enjoyed myself, albeit with a headache afterwards)
- Finished reading the GP Education package (which was very insightful)
- Finish playing Half-life 2 Episode 1 and Episode 2
- Clean up my room (not entirely, but already a commendable effort heheh)
- Drive around (hoho... a brief misadventure 2 Saturdays ago while driving some fellow MEP students home from a concert)

What I had hoped to (but failed to) accomplish:
- Brush up my Harmony skills
- Draw at least 1 comic
- Have a 1AH class outing
- Have a 4A3 class outing
- Go for the Mount Ophir trip (shot down to make way for commitments to the choir)
- Post something intelligent on this blog for once

Back to school again. Our infamous MASS PE at ACJC will do well to help me lose some holiday-overeating fats.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Enthusiasm

There's this sinking feeling I have in a corner of my stomach somewhere that food therapy does not seem to cure. It's this sinking feeling that my enthusiasm over school does not go down very well with my classmates.

"You're crazy" is the kind of looks I get most of the time. Not in the warm way that I've grown too accustomed to hearing from close friends, but in a way that makes me feel like I'm committing a crime just by loving school.

Is the fact that I have a passion for every subject I'm taking so disturbing? Why shouldn't I study my lecture notes long in advance when I'm genuinely interested in the topic at hand? Because it'll make me look like a lifeless mugger?

Even worse, I tend to take non-academic assignments a little too seriously. I put great personal effort in little inconsequential projects which most other people won't bother with, thereby reeking with over-enthusiasm. The thrill of carrying out projects is not particularly in flavour with the masses, apparently. Excellence should only be required for graded material, after all.

And, to top it all off, my subject combination is just so weird that I can barely forge any close friendships with classmates whom I hardly see at all.

No choice but to just sit it out and hope that I'll eventually be accepted as someone who just happens to enjoy learning in school.

Frohman Frolics

"Well, I've had it! I'm not a kid anymore! I'm a young adult!"

"You're thirty-nine."

"Yeah, and you're ugly!"

"That doesn't work. We're twins."

I've been laughing my head off the past few days over Gordon Frohman's many misadventures in the land of Parody. For all Gamers who have played Half-Life 2, http://www.hlcomic.com is a must to see!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Survival and Cultural Preservation

With regards to my previous manifestation of irritation, I have spent some time thinking about it.

The issue of using English as the teaching medium for Maths and Science in Malaysia has long been debated. The official implementation in Secondary schools occurred in 2003. I do not remember any public outcry, but perhaps I was just too young and unconcerned to pay attention to current events. I was only aware that it was an issue that had been discussed for quite a while. I was, of course, pleased, because English is my first language. I was not aware of public resentment until recently (many thanks to Mobile TV on buses).

According to the government, the use of English in Maths and Science was implemented in hopes of raising the standards of the English Language in the Malaysian society. The reason for this is clearly a no-brainer - we are living in an increasingly interconnected world, and English is the lingua franca. In order to remain competitive, the ability to communicate well and conduct businesses with foreign firms is key. The government has wisely forseen the dangers of neglecting the English language, especially for the country's development. The decision to promote the use of English through such means is therefore commendable.

Additionally, the use of English in Science and Maths is sensible, because most leading papers on these two subjects are in English. Translations take time and are usually four years behind time. It may be justifiable to use Malay in Science and Maths if it were a widely used language, but the fact is that it is not. If one intends to study in leading universities in Sciences or Maths, or work with such research teams, chances are that English will be used in the reports. Malay, on the other hand, is not likely to be used outside of Malaysia. Furthermore, most of the technical terms used in Science and Math in Malay are direct translations from English in the first place. In practical terms, English should be used in place of Malay.

Now comes the accusation of cultural loss. I say: What cultural loss? The Science and Math taught in school was not developed in the Malay language nor culture in the first place. Scientific and Mathematical breakthroughs are not a hallmark of the Malay culture. Malay literature, on the other hand, is original, beatifully written, a delight to read, and truly Malay. Malay literature also happens to be a component of the subject of Bahasa Malaysia, which is compulsory for all Malaysians studying in local schools. It still is. This is where Malay truly shines on its own. This is where the essence of Malay culture can be captured, reflected, and preserved. This what is already being done.

I have gone through most of the Malaysian education system. I truly (if not secretly) enjoyed my Bahasa Malaysia lessons, especially the literature components. They make up my identity as a Malaysian, and I am proud of it. And it is because of my pride in being Malaysia that I am concerned for our future. English has already proven its importance in today's world. The future development of the country is at stake if the people are not well equipped with the modern tools of the trade - one of it being a good grasp of the English language.

The fear of cultural loss because of the use of English in Science and Maths is exaggerated, and it is not right for the opposition parties to bank on public emotions on the issue.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Point of Irritation

My countrymen have done it again.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/413777/1/.html

I have some bold statements to make. In support of UMNO. I just need some time to phrase them properly.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Intensive

I woke up at 7.15am today. School started at 7.25

I wasn't late, thanks to Dad, but I'd rather not try that ever again. I guess Swim PE yesterday exhausted me - I'm a crappy swimmer.

This blog is going to see very little activity this year. If the pace at which school life is right now stays the same for the rest of the year, I may be too tired to blog at all.

I'm already wondering if the marginal benefit of sitting here blogging away outweighs the marginal cost of more lost sleep hahaha.