Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Baasch on Crab Island

Guess what?? The Baasch was in Malaysia!! =D

For the short period of time that they were here, I must say that they surely have seen quite alot of Malaysia!!

During the first few days, we brought them up to Penang Island. Then, as we were driving back down, we stopped by Kampar and Lata Kinjang waterfall. Immediately the next day, they were up in Cameron Highlands to enjoy the cool weather and scenery from the top of the mountain. After a few day's rest, Alicia's host family brought all of them to Terengganu to enjoy the beach and the sea. :D From the stories they told me, I can assume they had a great time there. Before heading down to Singapore, Alicia took mama and papa to KL for a day tour and the next day, I took the three of them to the Crab Island. :D

I shall let the pictures tell the story of our day spent on the Crab Island. :)

Papa & Alicia. 

The path towards the Jetty. 

Both the mommies.


Mummy sending us of at the jetty. 



Alicia, my sister. :) 

Cute little puppy I saw while walking pass the houses. 

Sorry dear, you can't follow me. 

It takes skills to do that. 


The Baasch. 

Father Daughter moment.

I am Roxanne Low Baasch.

Papa and his daughters. :) 

It was EXTREMELY HOT that day. As you can see in the picture, I was the only one hiding under the straw hat. All three of them were practically ENJOYYYYYIIIINGGGG the unbelievably hot weather. XD Europeans and the sun. :DD There wasn't much to do on the island, so we were just wandering around the island. :)  After one long day, we made our way back home.

So, they have experience much of the city, the shopping malls, the beach, the sea, the food, the nature and the culture too. I really hope Malaysia left them a good impression and hope they will find their way back to Malaysia again soon!

Anyway, I'm quite sure they know that whenever they decide to come back to Malaysia, there will always be a place ready for them to stay. :)

Goodbye for now, papa & mama! (; See you again soon!

Ich habe euch lieb! <3 br="" nbsp="">

Monday, May 6, 2013

5th of May 2013, the 13th General Election worth remembering.

The 5th of May is the day the 13th General Election took place all around Malaysia.

After the parliament was dissolved on the 4th of April, I think that the feeling of anxiety gradually buildt up in many of us Malaysians. As the election day grew closer, many political party went all out to win the hearts of Malaysians. All kinds of news about politics and election flooded my Facebook page. Once ignorant about the political issues in Malaysia, I grew very interested in this matter. I took the initiative to find out more about the current situation and came around to be better informed this time. Thanks to online media portal, I could also see many young Malaysians especially my generation starting to be observant with the political turmoil happening around them.

The 5th of May finally came, many Malaysians headed out as early as 7.30 in the morning to the voting center to cast their votes. Though I wasn't an eligible voter yet, I decided to accompany my family to the voting center just to have the chance to experience what it is like to play a part as a patriotic citizen. Actually, I went there with the hope that my presence would remind voters that this vote that they were going to cast in a while's time, it wouldn't just be for them but also the younger generation whose lives would be affected by the result of the General Election as much as theirs. That one vote of theirs means millions of voices of the younger generation who are interested in future of Malaysia just like them. I thought that if they could see that, they would surely think very carefully before casting that vote they have in their hands.

We were at the voting center quite early that morning, I looked like a very excited kid among all the other adults who looked like they already made a firm decision in their mind which party/candidate would deserve their vote. Though of course, I was a little disappointed as I did not see many people of my age group around apart from the younger children around the age of 5-12 that were there with their parents or grandparents. I didn't actually expect there would be many 'kepoji' (busybody in Mandarin) like me who are ineligible to vote but still insisted on following others to the voting center but I believe that if there was a larger number of my generation there with the placard urging voters to please make the right decision on their behalf, we would probably succeed in getting the message across. What a waste that I didn't think of an idea like that before. Oh well, I guess I'm going to have to wait till next time!

So, the 13th General Election results have been announced. Once again, the incumbent party, Barisan National have retained the federal government with 133 parliamentary seats on as against 89 seats won by Opposition, Pakatan Rakyat. This is probably one very devastating news for many people, including me. For all the slogans that supports UBAH! (Change!) that have been going around the country before the election and also during the election, I believe that many out there really hoped  and clinged strongly to that tiny home that we could really make a change this time around. Though of course, we knew that a change would not be so easily achieved because of all the dirty tactics that were used to disrupt the voting processes and results.

After the result was announced yesterday, my facebook page was filled with comments on the dissatisfactory/disappointment written by many Malaysians and many of my friends on Facebook changed their profile picture black. I must admit that I was one of them. That that moment in time, I could feel my heart crush into pieces and I simply didn't want to accept the fact that our nation has once again fallen into the hands of those culprits who have probably brought nothing but damage to our beloved country. I can bet that we are all quite clear of the dirty tactics used in this election. Oh, how I wish there was actually something I could do to change these happenings, how I wish I need not accept this terrible fact. I felt that if it wasn't such an unfair election, I would probably be more than happy to accept the fact that we lost the battle. But then, the truth is, it was rather out in the open that this election was NOTHING BUT FAIR!!

In the midst of voicing out my disappointment, I am very glad to receive consoling from my fellow Malaysians. They urged me to view this event from a different perspective. This past event is definitely not going to be something that we Malaysians will put behind and let be forgotten easily, but an event that proves that we Malaysians are more united than we all think. Moreover, with strong determination and will power, it will not be long before we reach our goal to build a better nation progressing forward. For all that we have fought, we have come too far to just let this go. Malaysians, we all can do it! GAMBATEH!!! Let's do this hand in hand, fight the evil & unworthy!

 I would like to thank all voters that went all out to cast their vote! And I would also like to thank all Malaysians for being this united! I am certainly very proud! Another fact I think we all should be proud of is that we just made a new record of 80% voters turnout which is the highest turnout ever in the Malaysian history! Let's make that percentage higher the next time! Let's continue to be united, not just during times like this but always and forever! From now on, let's all be as involved in the change for a better nation as we can! People say, it is quite impossible to make a 360 degree change in a day, so let's make small changes day by day, shall we? There is a malay proverb that goes, "sedikit-sedikit, lama-lama menjadi bukit." It simply means that a little at a time, it is going to be a lot in a long run. If we start preparing from now, we surely stand a change to win the next time!

Here, I have a essay written by a Malaysian which was shared with me. Now, I share it with you because I believe we all can really learn from.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/rosheen-fatima/so-bn-is-still-in-power/10151576117513891

Also, an essay shared with me by a person whom I look really high up to. I hope his thoughts inspires you to continue having the fighting spirit to fight for something that we all believe in. This person has chosen to say anonymous.


 


Demi negara kita tercinta, demi Malaysia, kita, rakyat Malaysia berjuang sampai terakhir saat!
It means for our beloved country, for Malaysia, we, Malaysians will fight until the very end!
The next time, we shall all be prepared.

Before I end, I am going to share my favourite quote in the film V for Vendetta which I watched one day before the election day. You should watch it too. :)


"People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Government should be afraid of their people." 
- Alan Moore.





Please feel free to share your thoughts on this subjects. :) After all, we all have the rights to voice out our thoughts. :) 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Taking small steps each time.

A group of ambitious and determined fellows of Teach for Malaysia took up a huge responsibility which is to be the teacher of these young children in great need of help to improve their literacy level.

I'm not sure if you have ever heard about Teach for Malaysia, a non-profit organisation working hard towards the end of education inequity. It is fine if you're totally unaware about the existence of this organisation, I didn't know about it too until just recently. And I heard it through a friend who is a strong believer in the goals of TFM. Through him, I got to know more about the organisation and what their goals and purposes are. I was totally impressed with the work that TFM is doing and their determination in trying to achieve education equity for the children of Malaysia. I was so strongly affected that I immediately thought about volunteering and helping out TFM in achieving their goals.

TFM was only recently founded two to three years ago. In 2012, they sent out their first batch of fellows(mostly fresh graduates) to various public schools(mainly schools with a very high number of students not achieving the minimum performance level.) all over Malaysia to help these students. They not only have to teach these students, they are also each assigned to manage a project to help their students in the given two years stint of their teaching program.

Looking at this teaching program that TFM is offering these fellows, I can only see all kinds of advantages that these chosen fellows will be able to gain by the end of this two-year program. You might not know it but teaching is NOT an easy job. Fine, if the class of students that you're teaching are probably smart and very well behave. These students would make your life whole lot easier because they are very independent in learning. But what if, the students you are about to teach are those who can barely understand simple sentences that you're speaking? Simple arithmetic questions you are teaching them?

I don't expect to believe you how challenging it is to be teaching students who don't want listen or rather can't understand what you are blabbering in the front of the class. I probably can't say much on this topic either since I haven't gone through the process myself, but from the stories I have read on the TFM Blog and some of the fellows' blogs, I can only stress it is not as simple and easy as it seems. I totally respect the amount of courage these young fellows have in them to step out of their comfort zone, give up the opportunity to climb up the ladder leading them to their successful careers, go beyond their limits to give this children a chance to be able to DREAM BIG! I respect their determination to keep on going despite all the disappointments and discouragements they get by the end of their teaching days. I wish I these fellows could hear my silent cheer for them for all their hardwork! KEEP IT UP, YOU GUYS ARE DOING GREATTTTT! :DD

As I have mentioned above, TFM is only just in its infant stage and perhaps it will take a while before their hard work will be acknowledged. But the most important thing at this point of time is that we continue to focus on the main goal which is to have education equity in Malaysia.

Are you someone who is looking for something out of the ordinary to do? Someone who would like to try out something new and gain more experience?  Someone who wants to improve themselves as an individual? Someone who is really eager to improve our Malaysian education system? If you are any of the above, then you have the potential to be a fellow! :D
As long as you hold a Bachelor's Degree, you're a Malaysian citizen, you're proficient in both English and Bahasa Melayu and have no current requirement to teach in government schools, YOU ARE A FIT TO APPLY AS A FELLOW FOR TFM!

What are you waiting for? Check out the TFM website now and APPLY NOW! The deadline is on the 18th of March! I know this is on a very late notice already but if you rush a little to complete your application, I'm sure you'll be able to make it in time!
However, for those who have not met the criteria to be a fellow, don't be disappointed, there are always other opportunities where you can volunteer and help out at TFM. Trust me, they are more than glad to welcome you into the team. :D

Just like me, I obviously don't meet the criteria to be a fellow yet, but I sure do plan to apply in the future. As for now, I am going to volunteer with TFM in any ways that I can. I can like for example help the fellows on their project(giving students extra classes), be campus leaders for TFM at your college/uni, help out in the TFM office... Just drop them an email at getinvolved@teachformalaysia.org to find out more on how you can volunteer.

Don't constantly just think and talk about the problems, but come and be apart of the solution. This is because when it is time when we enjoy the fruits of our labour, you will be able to enjoy it together and feel the sense of pleasure having achieve something so great.


DO MORE THAN JUST DREAM
&
GIVE THESE CHILDREN ALSO THE CHANCE TO DREAM BIG

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Music is LOVE!

I am so sorry for not blogging for such a long time again. Just that, there aren't as many interesting stuff to blog about ever since I came back.

Truth to be told, I think I'm starting to miss me second home. I want to go back to Germanyyyyyy. I miss the people, the food, the weather, the libraries, the acitivities.... T.T  Anyone generous enough to sponsor me a flight ticket to visit my second home again??

Recently, I have just been busy scouting around for colleges and trust me, it ain't as easy as it sounds. Maybe you'll consider me as being indecisive, but the reason why I'm taking such a long time to choose is because I really want to be enjoying college instead of going in there and complaining till the day I leave. That's not what I want. I want to be in an environment where learning is fun and interesting with my dedicated lecturers and great coursemates. I am quite sure many of my friends would understand how I feel since many of them have already started their courses way ahead of me.

I have actually decided on this particular college. But then, seems like I have been getting unpleasant comments about it. The thing I can do now is either to stick with my decision or go all the way back to square one and start my search again. These colleges have been really confusing me from day one. They can actually convince me into believing how great their institute is when the truth is, it isn't. Boahh, I have really no idea how I shall describe their marketing skills to you. I think that I really should ask them for some tips on Marketing 101, it sure would be a great skill to have. XD

Anyway, back to the main reason why I'm writing this post. Last Sunday, I represented the Young News Network(YNN) from our local newspaper theStar to report a music festival held in International School of Kuala Lumpur, Ampang. It was a small scale music festival where students from different local and also international schools in Kuala Lumpur come together to practice and perform in a big ensemble. :)

My assignment that day was to report on the event and make a short video out of it and I think it went pretttty well for my very first time. :D  Well, action speaks louder than words. You shall be the judge. :)

Here's the video that I made. :) 




I really had fun reporting the event. It was an honour to be able to interview the students, the conductors and also the organisers. I enjoyed the final concert that the students performed. They did a wonderful job! While listening to them play, I could even feel the hair on my arms standing. They were simply amazing to be able to perfect their ensemble in such a short period of time! Can you believe it, the students only had the time over the weekend to prepare!!!

My favourite piece of all was the Looney Toons played by the Senior Band. They were able to make the whole piece sound fun and exactly like the one on TV! A short part of the song was at the end of the video, did you see? :D Could you recognize the song? 

Oh, how I wish I could play so well like them. I used to play the piano when I was younger but I gave it up because I thought that I have no talent in music. XD Now, come to think of it, I think I have been having the totally wrong idea about music all these while. Learning should be fun and it should bring the player joy and comfort. On top of that, I should be glad to be able to play music even it is just the basics. I think the reason why I lost interest in music was because I didn't have as much fun when I was learning it. I was basically just attending class, preparing for examinations and sitting for examinations. Exactly, how does that sound fun, right?

Well, I do not regret having the opportunity to learn music because although I'm not extremely good in it, at least I still have basic knowledge and skills in playing the piano. Also, I think it was music that helped me so much in my mental development too. I think I am going to pick it back up! Like they all say, who doesn't love music?? :D 

I would have uploaded a few pictures from the event to show you guys. But unfortunately, the pictures are not with me at the moment and I can't get those pictures I posted up on my twitter to put them here. Hope the video was good enough to give you guys a rough idea what the music festival was all about! Short but informative and nice, I hope? (;

xoxo,
Roxanne

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My unforgettable birthday bash.

Last Saturday, I celebrated my nineteenth birthday. Yes, another year older. Actually, it somehow indicates how fast time flies.

Just this time last year, I was preparing myself to embark a whole exciting adventure on my own overseas and now, I have returned as a better person.

Last year, my birthday fell on a Chinese New Year day where we, chinese people celebrate to welcome the new lunar year. I received a nice Starbucks cake and had a simple celebration with a few of my friends and family. It was simple but I really enjoyed the company of the small crowd that night.

This year, was a totally different story.

Guess what I got this year?

A COMBO OF SURPRISE BIRTHDAYPARTY/WELCOME-HOME-PARTY!

I arrived home on Monday and in the 5 days before my birthday, I picked up little hints on a secret party that was going to be held for me. However, I wasn't quite sure but I just simply mentioned to my mom that instead on spending so much money on a birthday party, I would prefer to have a nice present (shall leave that out here for now) of my wish. I simply guess that she understood that. Besides, on  Thursday, my cousins and I went out for a nice Cousins-TimeOut dinner at Empire Gallery. There I got to meet up with my dearest sis, Alicia too!

So, I suppose that they decided on a change of plans and have this celebration which I received my second surprise birthday cake.

Then, on Saturday morning, I went for a game of basketball with my basketball girls. It sure was nice to have a sweat after such a long period without real exercise. :) After our game, out of no where, they (my girls) brought out a birthday cake.


After my morning exercise, my bestie Andrew brought me out for dessert to celebrate my birthday. First, he took me to this new Dessert branch that is called Blackie or something, I'm not sure anymore to try out their dessert. Then he said, yeah, let's go and drink Cendol next.

So happen, the Cendol stall that he was planning to bring me to is the one that I knew which is located at my aunt's cafe, CASA Cafe behind Menara ING in Klang. He, the driver wasn't sure the way there but I did. So I said, yeah, I could show him the way. But I wasn't sure if the Cafe was open during weekends. Anyway, we did end up driving all the way there. I don't know if I should call myself silly for not picking up any hints to what was about to happen.

We parked the car in front of the Cafe and there I spotted my mom's car. I guessed, the cafe does open on Saturdays. As we were making our way towards the entrance of the Cafe, I saw a huge 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' hanged up and that is where I figured out the whole taking me out for a dessert was a set up planned together with my surprise birthday/welcome celebration.

I was really surprised about the party because the organizers really manage to cover up well. It turn out that I didn't manage to outsmart them as I thought I did.

I would like to give a big fat bear hug to the organizers especially my mom and my bestie, Alicia for all the planning done. Besides that, to all that attended my surprise party, thank you very much for taking the time of your busy schedules to attend my birthday celebration. It was surely a wonderful to see all of you again! You guys look really good yourself! :D

So, this is the story of a girl who thought she managed to unfold a surprise party ended up being totally surprised because the truth is, she had no clue about the actual surprised party planned for her. XD


One thing we have in common: we love to play basketball. :)

Thanks guys for making my birthday a meaningful one! (:

Ohmygawd, I can't beliebe that I am officially nineteen! :)