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The Reasons Why I Love Form 6

As what the title stated, I know a lot of my non Form 6 friends would definitely call me crazy. But the truth is I really did enjoy my life as a Form 6 student! I graduated in 2013 and yes, I was one of the guinea pigs for the new system of semester based STPM examinations. Basically, I chose Form 6 because I wanted to pursue my undergraduate studies in the United States of America that I was still working on. Before I start, let me just tell you that all the information presented in this article are based on my own experiences and further research I did out of curiosity. I’m not being paid to write or even represent any organizations. It is just my opinion and point of view. So enough about me, let’s get into the reasons why I thought Form 6 was a great choice!

First, flexibility!

I know what you are thinking. How can Form 6 be flexible since the system is so rigid and limited in subject choice? What I meant about flexibility is you could choose to pursue your studies abroad or locally after Form 6. This is probably the best choice for people whom have no idea what they want to do after SPM. Most countries especially the Commonwealth countries recognize STPM. Of course, as a citizen of a country where English is not the first language, you are required to take an English proficiency test such as the IELTS or the TOEFL.

“What about A Level? They could choose to study locally or overseas too right?”

While that statement is valid. A Level leavers are provided a choice of all IPTS or very few IPTA, for instead, USM and overseas universities. Unlike STPM leavers which has the advantage of ALL IPTS and ALL IPTA plus overseas universities to choose from. But keep in mind, for any pre university students, if you choose to study abroad after your chosen pre university program, make sure you know what are the requirements and procedures for your chosen destination. The main reason for this is application to overseas universities are usually done a year ahead of the academic year which you would like to admit into the university. For example, if you want to study in the USA by the fall (that is August/ September) 2017, you should have submitted your application between November 2016 till January 2017.

Secondly, STPM prepares you for university studies.

You could probably say that about majority of the other pre university programs, but I felt that STPM does the job best. Why? Let me just take time to explain to students whom are still in secondary school. If you think that SPM was tough on you, then I’m really sorry to say that tertiary education is much much much harder than Form 5. Secondary school education basically spoon feeds you knowledge and the questions on the SPM are really direct. Tertiary education requires you to have critical thinking. Especially in the STPM which loves to set questions with hidden implications that you spend more time thinking what the question wants than answering the question. Overall, SPM requires you to name a theory or asks you to explain a process whereas STPM provides you a situation and you have to act as a consultant and give advice based on the theory you have learnt and relate it to the situation of the question which is commonly the style of teaching and questioning in university. Moreover, the new system of STPM is not solely exam oriented but it requires Form 6 students to do PBS and presentations just like in university. But compared to the lecturer in universities, you are guided extensively by your subject teachers where they take time to even instruct you on proper citation formats for when you take other people’s work as reference.

Third, choice of friends.

My mom used to be very strict with my choice of friends when I was Form 1. She even went to the extend of meeting a friend’s parents before I could go hang out with their child and now I can see why. In secondary school, most of us would spend more time with our friends than our family. We are who we are because of the people we mixed with. In my opinion, majority of my classmates in Form 6 are either from a below average income or an average income family. There are still those who are well off, of course. Why is this point very important? Well because having friends whom like you the way you are and not liking you because of the money you have is really easy to find. Form 6 students are more humble, not so judgemental of how you dress and there’s no such thing as peer pressure. We helped each other a lot especially in terms of studies as we all did horribly in the 1st semester. Form 6 students are more serious about doing great in studies compared to college students where they go around the town splashing money. Not to say that we are antisocial people because we do have hang out like once a week or once a fortnight but we don’t go burning money in any possible way.

In a nutshell, these are the top 3 reasons why I loved Form 6. If only I had more time to explain more! Lol…. Thank you for reading!

Educators doing their best to teach English

TEACHERS have often been blamed for the poor standard of the English language in the country.

Many have argued that today’s English language teachers are not competent and can hardly speak English fluently and have no passion for teaching.

Some go on to blame the selection and training of teachers which is based on their academic qualifications.

If teachers are to be blamed for their poor language skills, it means that universities and teacher education institutes have failed in producing linguistically competent teachers.

A majority of today’s teachers are the product of the post 1970’s era when Bahasa Malaysia was the medium of instruction for all schools.

This was about the time when English language was taught as a single subject.

Before the switch, all subjects were taught in English except Bahasa Malaysia and the vernacular languages.

With regard to their selection and training, today’s teachers have excellent academic qualifications.

Many of the English language teacher trainees have obtained A1 or A2 in the SPM examination for the English language paper and go through a stringent oral interview to check their proficiency in the language.

In the teacher education institutes, the English language teacher trainees are drilled and grilled in grammar, language skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing), pedagogy, methodology and teaching practice.

When these teacher trainees graduate they are prepared and equipped to cater to the needs of their students and the schools.

Many rural schools are facing a shortage of trained English language teachers because trained and experienced teachers are not willing to teach in the remote areas.

In rural schools, non option English teachers (teachers who have been trained in other subject disciplines other than English language) are directed to teach the English language.

There are more than 10,000 non option teachers teaching English in the country. They have voluntered to teach English because of the shortage of English teachers in their schools.

Many of them are in their late 50’s and have an English schooling background. They are competent and proficient in the language.

It is not fair to blame these teachers for the poor state of English.

Some English language teachers have been accused of using workbooks, worksheets and revision books to teach English to cover up their oral and verbal interaction with the children in the English Language classroom.

English language teachers use workbooks and worksheets because of the emphasis on exam-based learning.

Teachers teach English for students to pass examinations. The emphasis is on examinations and testing.

Teachers are therefore unable to use interactive language games, songs and other fun activities in their teaching because they have to complete the syllabus and prepare children for the examination.

Let us not be too judgmental about the competence and proficiency of our English language teachers. They are doing their best despite the odds heaped against them.


Tanda-Tanda Kolestrol Tinggi

Tanda-tanda KOLESTROL tinggi dan jika di biarkan, lama kelamaan boleh membawa maut.

1. Timbul bintik-bintik putih (biji lemak) pada bahagian bawah mata, kawasan muka atau leher
2. Mudah letih
3. Penat dan cepat mengantuk
4. Sakit pada bahagian kaki
5. Lesu, kurang keinginan pada sex.
6. Selalu Rasa Kembung
7. Jantung terasa sakit atau berdebar-debar
8. Muncul lebam pada beberapa bahagian badan
9. Kram terutama di malam hari
10. Kuku berubah kuku menebal dan tumbuh lebih lambat ketika anda potong
11. Rasa tegang di tengkuk

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Dirty jokes to brighten your days!

*1. Kamasutra says : If you suck one nipple, the women herself offers the other one. And that was the origin of "buy one get one free"!*

*2. Did you ever notice: everything on a woman's upper body starts with a "B". Blouse, Bra, Bikini, Boobs and lower body with a "P" Peticoat, panties, pussy... That's origin of "BP"!* *
3. Before sex, you help each other get naked. After sex, you dress only yourself. Moral: In life no one helps you once you're fucked.*

*4. Success is like pregnancy. Everybody congratulates you but nobody knows how many times you got fucked to achieve it.*

*5. What is the difference between frustration and satisfaction? What the Fuck! and What a Fuck!*

*6. 3 people having sex is a threesome, 2 is a twosome. So next time someone calls you 'HANDSOME', don't take it as a compliment!*

 *7. Life is like a dick, sometimes it becomes hard for no reason.*

 *8. Practical thought: A husband is supposed to make his wife's panties wet, not her eyes. A wife is supposed to make her husband's dick hard, not his life..!*

 *9. When a lady is pregnant, all her friends touch her stomach and say "Congrats!". But none of them come and touch the man's Penis and say "Well done!".*

 *Moral: Hard work is never appreciated: Only result matters.* *Don't delete it unless forward it to a group of naughty Friends*😉

10 Tips to Save RM800 a Month

Is it possible to even save RM10 these days, let alone RM800 in 30 days? Well, with the rising cost of living in Malaysia – especially in cities like Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Penang and Johor Bahru – life can get pretty pricey. That’s why we’ve discovered 10 different ways to change your lifestyle and spending habits that can help you save hundreds of ringgit a month. After all, as the saying goes, sikit-sikit lama-lama menjadi bukit!

#1 Cash only

Instead of going cashless, try going with cash only. Estimate and withdraw a limited amount that will be enough to last you a week, then set aside your ATM and credit cards. This is one of the most effective tips we’ve tried, mainly because you’ll see (and feel!) the pinch of handing over your hard-earned money to buy things.

Amount saved: RM50 – RM200

#2 Postpone that purchase!

We’ve all been there: tempted by a shiny new gadget, pretty designer bag or clothes and accessories. Chances are, if you wait a month or three, prices for these items will drop as they are replaced by newer ones, or you’ll simply lose interest and realise you don’t need it.

Amount saved: RM100 – RM500

#3 Change your mobile plan

Everyone has at least one mobile device these days which they carry around most (if not all) of the time. More often than not, people usually stick with whatever mobile plan they have when they buy or change a new device, even when the contract period is over. Once your contract with the service provider ends, it might be a good idea to take a look around for better and cheaper mobile plans that fit your needs without paying for extras that you don’t use.

Amount saved: RM20 – RM60

#4 Buy generic brands for everyday items

Our spending habits are prompted by familiarity and brand consciousness. Many supermarkets and hypermarkets have their own house brands for items like toiletries and groceries, which are often cheaper than established brand names and just as effective. Buy generic for items you use a lot of but don’t really care about, such as tissue, dishwashing liquid, tuna, and biscuits. The only difference you’ll see is the extra money you have at the end of each shopping trip.

Amount saved: RM50 – RM100

#5 Potluck instead of eating out

Having a meal with friends every weekend can be a very enjoyable but expensive activity, so instead of dining out, why not organize a potluck every alternate week? You’ll get to hone your cooking skills (even if it’s just simple fare), enjoy delicious home-made food, and save on petrol and parking fees. After all, it’s the company that counts.

Amount saved: RM50 – RM100

#6 Make use of free gifts, vouchers and coupons

Vouchers and coupons can help you save quite a bit, especially if you like to enjoy the occasional good food or pampering session. In this case, coupon apps (e.g. Samsung, Maxis) and websites (e.g. Groupon) are your best friend. Also, if you have membership or credit cards that offer discounts and promotions, take advantage of those to help you get more bang for your buck.

Amount saved: RM10 – RM100

#7 Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL)

BYOL should totally be a thing in offices, especially if there are not much food choices around, or you’re simply tired of eating at the same places every week. It has been reported that Malaysians spend at least RM3,900 a year on lunch alone, which is about RM300 per month for just one meal a day. You can prepare a week’s food in advance over the weekend, or if you’re cooking dinner, keep aside some for the next day’s lunch will help you save money in the long run.

Amount saved: RM50 – RM100

#8 D.I.Y. repairs and fixes

Hiring somebody to fix a minor issue like a leaking tap, clogged shower head or chipped walls can be expensive. With so many do-it-yourself guides online, and plenty of D.I.Y. shops around, these things can be easily and cheaply fixed by yourself. Ladies, you can also save money by doing your own manicures and adopting a good skincare routine instead of going for pricey facial sessions.

Amount saved: RM50 – RM200

#9 Keep a jar of spare change

Small change can come in more handy than you think. Keep jar or piggy bank where you would normally empty your pockets, and put in any coins or spare change you may have. Not only will the amount add up over time; it can also be used to buy small items like newspaper or bread when you head to the nearby mini-market.

Amount saved: RM5 – RM20

#10 Sell stuff online

The last step is to actively make money, instead of just saving it. Chances are you have some items that you no longer need or use, but which can still be sold to people who are looking for it. There are now plenty of sites and apps that allow you to post items for sale, so many it’s time to get rid of that impulse  purchase YSL lipstick bought at duty free, or the limited edition pair of Adidas shoes that’s been in its box for ages.

Amount saved (made): RM2 – RM150

Depending on your current saving and spending habits, the amount may be more or less than what estimated here. Nevertheless, regardless of how much you end up saving, it’s important to remember that every little bit counts, and at the end of the day, you’ll feel much more satisfied knowing that you are able to accomplish your goal of saving money. 


Jangan marah..

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Abam Kie is currently teaching English at a secondary school in Kelantan. He likes to write a blog during his free time to relieve his stress after teaching rowdy but good-natured teenagers. When he is not at school, you can find him taking care of her growing daughters while reading some books, magazines and websites to equip himself with the latest TESL methodology.