Friday, 24 August 2007

Hey! Merdeka's Coming!...






Hey Everyone!

Merdeka is coming soon! Can you believe it? We're almost 50 years old...



Stuff we found in the newspapers and mounted on elephant-card and black sugar-paper...


Usually, as we age, physically, we tend to look worse than when we were younger right? As in, you know, sagging parts, wrinkles, hair that cannot decide to be black, or white, or both...

(Not that I have anything against ageing, as I will go through it too. To me, what's inside is still more important)

But for Malaysia, growing older means looking better...At least, physically...




A montage of our past and present Prime Ministers...


Over the weekend, my family and I were busy getting into the Merdeka mood, cutting newspaper pictures, articles and doing up charts...

My mother is a Primary School teacher, and the best way to teach the children about the importance of Merdeka is well, to lead by example, right? So there we were, with a few volunteers from her class, decorating the class to help get them into the Merdeka spirit...




First, put up the new curtains...And I might add, stare at the world go by...=)







Next, put up the little tiny flags along the curtain-rail on the other side, where there's no sun...







Then put up little lanterns made from 100-Plus tins (Hey, publicity for them!)...These little funny things actually do spin in the wind...The result? Me running around blowing at them just to see them spin! Haha...







Next, line up the wall with black sugar-paper (Anyone know why it's called Sugar-paper?), and put up the Merdeka-Hands...But first, teach the little ones how to use celophane-tape!







And voila! After alot of knee-aches for me squatting down, and the children all excited seeing their finger-prints in the celotape, here are the hands all up!







And finally, put up the Malaysian Flag and let the pupils admire the work!





Hey...Like I said, Merdeka is coming! It's our birthday guys, so we should be celebrating, no?


As for me, I still have my '50 Posts to Independence' Tag to put up on Merdeka Day...I still don't know what I'm going to write about, but here's hoping something will come to me...


Soon, I hope...

In fact, very soon would be nice...



37 comments:

Jo-D said...

Right on Daph. Happy birthday to Malaysia! Nice charts.

ruby ahmad said...

Hi Daphne,

What a good job your mum did for her students. It will inculcate awareness and love for the country. That is important.

Merdeka to me is more about being abreast with the times. We must be open minded and we must be forward thinking. It has a lot to do with the inside out thiny lah..he he.

Anonymous said...

Daphne,
It was a great thing you and family did. Teachers are very important people in society and they can do very a lot for the society. It can be good or bad. Teachers mould the future. It's good your mummy is doing this for her students. The little ones must learn to appreciate this country and starting young will help a lot. Especially when they grow up they can teach the young too. Good job! It is true that teachers can change the way their students think. Cheers

J.T. said...

Hey Daphne

I am back! It has been quite a month for me ... as you know already. :)

Yes, Merdeka is coming and I won't be in Malaysia this time. That is okay... I will be watching out for news on line and reading blogs to get into the spirit.

Great stuff your mom did for her students. I agree with Ruby - a good way to inculcate awareness and love for the country.

You take care. *hugs*

aLz said...

leadership by example? good one! =)
happy 50th merdeka day!

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

thats the spirit!!

hell yes we should be celebrating and i am all geared up. i have one tiny Jalur Gemilang hoisted proudly out the window. it may be small but it means the world to me.

ching ai te quo chia!!!!!!

Pi Bani said...

That's the spirit Daph! I'm sure you can come up with something for the "50 posts to independence" tag. You are already in the merdeka spirit!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Jo-D,

Thanks. Happy burfday Malaysia indeed! The gomen should make a huge cake and feed all of us...I mean if we're going to be famous for the biggest/longest/tallest/roundest/most-expensive popiah/kebab/dodol/onde-onde whatever, might as well be something everyone gets to enjoy! Teehee...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Ruby,

Mum hopes it will inculcate awareness allright =)

Yeah, merdeka to me pretty much means the same thing...Which is why I made the comment about us looking better, at least physically...

Oh well...I am just going to be simple-minded this year, and look at the good and forget the bad...

Like they say: "Buang yang keruh, ambil yang jernih"...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Anon 7.59pm,

Yes, teachers are very important allright...

That is why I find it appalling that nowadays, so many people who make it into the teaching profession are there because they have 'no choice'...Like they can't get into other courses...

My mum's four other sisters too are teachers/lecturers (education line lar)...And they all told me how they all wanted to be teachers...

Looking at all my older teachers, I sure can see the difference...They know their stuff, they like what they teach, they make lessons enjoyable for you...

So many of the fresh graduates, it is so obvious they hate the students more than the students hate them! Sigh...Sad...

I even had fresh-graduate teachers come to us on the first day of class, and said "I never wanted to be a teacher"...

Already made up his/her mind before trying...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey JT,

I hope things are finally getting back to normal *Wink*...

To get into the Merdeka mood, easy...

Open my blog on Merdeka day (Malaysian time), and check out my post for '50 Posts to Independence'...

Hahaha...I can only guarantee one thing...

You will be bored outta your wits!

Hahaha...

You take care too JT!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Alz,
Long time no see =)!
Happy 50th Merdeka to you too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

Tiny flag ke big one, as long as got, ok lar!

I've got one big one drapped along the sliding glass-door of my house...We thought we'd spare the flag the rain and sun =)

Happy Merdeka to you too! Go celebrate in that spanking new chair of yours! And remember to hang around KLCC! *Teehee*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,

I hope I can come up with something...So much pressure ler...

I keep mentioning it, hoping some muse somewhere will give me a helping hand...

A major boost of an idea...

Kekeke...

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Malaysia. Good blog. Keep it up.

jimi said...

Daph, Jimi pun baru sahaja selesai menghias kelas JIMI. rasa bertuah kerana anak-anak semuanya rajin menghias. Kudos to them. tak sabar baca entry Daph tentang KEMERDEKAAN. I will post mine too.

PrincessJournals said...

bravo to ur mom and her class and of course u too. *clap-clap*
my dad used to put the flag on my car every year but somehow il lose them while driving (to fast) on the highway. now i wish i had brough with me a flag tht i can put on our balcony.

tokasid said...

Daphne:

I suka sangat what ypur mom did with her pupils. It will have several positive points:
1- Indirectly telling her pupils that Merdeka day is something very important for everyone. Something like CNY,Hari raya, Divali or Christmas but Merdeka is celebrated by all Malaysian irrespective of ethnicity or religion.
2- Instill the semangat gotong royong at an early age.
3-Instill the muhibbah spirit of doing things.
4- That for things to be a success, teamwork and a common understanding/ common goal among us is vital. We can have our differences, but the common goal will always be common to all.

And for an 'old pupil' to give a hand is something wonderful.(Heh3....)

Raden Galoh said...

Way to go sis...the vibe is everywhere by now...and seeing you, your mum and her students decorating the class is so marvellous...that's what we want..to stay united and do things together...

Happy celebrating Merdeka Day!

p/s: oooo...that black paper is called sugar paper...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Anon 8.40 pm,

Thank you, and Happy Birthday to you too! Hey, we're all Malaysians what!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jimi,

I'm sure your class pun very cantik! Baru hari itu my mak got her students to do 'painting' of Jalur Gemilang...Scan the picture, lepas tu, guna cotton-bud, rendam dalam air-warna, lepas tu colour (as in cotton-bud vertically down)! All the colours come out like dotted-paint! Comel jugak!

Daphne Ling said...

Aiya Princess,

Why you drive so fast? Ganasnya...I thought the flags were pacak mati? Yours sampai terus hilang? Adoi, dahsyat...Next time, guna super-glue tahu?

Kalau you hang Malaysian flag kat balcony in CA, nanti people ingat you sesat wei...Heeheehee...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Doc Tokasid,

Wah...Very profound...I didn't even think of it so detail-ly...

But yeah, mum felt it was a great way to get them to learn about Merdeka and the meaning of being part of a big family...

Got the little ones to help cut out pictures of Tunku Abdul Rahman, cut out flags etc...Memang kita kena do again, cos the cutting really like tikus gigit! Haha...9 year olds, what to do?

But we tried to use everyone's cuttings, so they won't feel left out...

And the spinning tins, were done by one of the pupil's father!

Memang muhibbah =)

The whole Merdeka-decorating was also for a school-side competition for best Merdeka-Class...

Hopefully they win...Would enhance the whole 'working together for a common goal' spirit!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Raden,

Yup, the spirit is everywhere! And there's no such thing as being too young to start...Hopefully, it will become second nature to them as they grow up!

Hope all's well with you =)

PS: Yeah, I know it's called sugar-paper...Yang I curious ni, why panggil sugar-paper?

winniethepooh said...

happy 50th birthday Malaysia :)

i remembered when we were young in school doing all those cuttings, pasting, decorating and writting stories of how we love our country :) Your mommy is great, teaching is one of the most challenging profession! u never know what's coming ur way each day with a class of 30/40 students!

Enjoy the day!

PrincessJournals said...

had to drive fast to avoid the traffic. i worked right smack in city centre.
biarlah orang ingat i sesat. yg penting im proud of being a malaysian! merdeka! ;)

Anonymous said...

you are celebrating the 50th merdeka of a country whos leaders want to bathe their keris with your blood and your family's blood ?

dont agree with him? well, we're told that if you dont like it, you can GETTT OUTTT of malaysia.

is there any reason to celebrate?

a menteri said ' malaysians are not flying the flag because no one is giving out free flags'
well..heloooo...you are so wrong. the cold response to flying the flag is a sign of protest from the people towards the current administration.

mott said...

hee hee..even my 5 and 2 year old are very proud. they see the flag everywhere...(actually all kinds of flags) and will shout out, "Mayaysia fwag!!!!!!!!"

my 5 year old actually planted a flag right in the middle of our staircase..stopped me, and insisted we sing the 'negaraku', before proceeding to our bedrooms. ahem.... so patriotic eh....like you say .. thanks to his kinder teachers!!! HEE HEE!

eduardo waghorn said...

Hello Daphne,
You help me to know better your world,your culture and your way to think, this is very nice...
I liked very much the pics, specially the cute children from your country.
By the way, what is your native language? I know in your region there are many languages, even different dialcts:)
Send you a warm hug from Chile...
Give me your greeting into your own language, agree?:)
Kiss

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Winnie,
I'll make sure to tell mum that! But yeah lor...With kids ar, you never know what they're up to...Especially boys! Greetings to you in Canada, and we'll remember you when we celebrate here...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Princess,
Haha! Sesat ke tak sesat, asalkan you happy, cukup ler! Happy Merdeka to you in US too! *Hugs*

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Anon 2.35 pm,

I agree that this country has a lot of weaknesses, and we are often very unhappy with our leaders/member-of-parliament/ADUN etc. I also agree there is much that we can improve on, and also the keris-waving thing was ludicrous (and even insulting) to say the least...

But in celebrating Merdeka, I personally (and humbly) think we should concentrate on our strengths, and build on them, and from there, address our weaknesses with our strengths firmly in mind; rather than concentrating and harping on our weaknesses and what drives us apart...

For unity, we need to build on the similarities and strengths...And hope that from there, our similarities and strengths will lead to us doing something about our weaknesses and wrong-doings, simply because we all want the best for ourselves and one another...

That's how I feel anyway, but thanks for sharing your thoughts =)

Happy Merdeka anyway!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Mott,

Mayaysia Fwag!!! Hehee...You sure have cute children =) Say hello to them for me, and it is very cute and touching to see children singing the Negaraku in full spirit...Kudos to his kindy teachers!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Eduardo,

Thank you for sharing in the spirit of Malaysia's 50th Independence Celebration!

Yes, we do have many, many dialects in this country of ours, so much so, that even having lived here all my life, I don't know the 'names' of all of it, and neither can I recognise all of them by listening!

Our 'native' language, well, is Bahasa Malaysia...Actually, we don't exactly call it our 'native' language...Bahasa Malaysia is our national and official language...I guess 'native' is a little different (like Portugese for Brazil) in context...

This is because, each race and ethnic group in Malaysia speaks their own dialect, while also knowing Bahasa Malaysia.

As for giving you a greeting in my language, I don't exactly know what you want a translation of! Hehe...;)

Cheerio!

PS: Oh btw, the word 'Merdeka' is Bahasa Malaysia for 'Independence'...

Anonymous said...

First time to your blog. I am surprised you are only 21. You sound and look quite matured. Enjoyed reading esp the part about the skull boy. Anyway, happy merdeka.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Anon 12.02 am,

Thank you, and Happy Merdeka to you too! Haha...Skull boy huh? Never thought about it that way...;) Take care!

Christopher said...

Hi Daphne,

I want to congratulate you on your wonderful blog and your mature writing.

Your mother is doing a great job teaching her students about the meaning of Merdeka. (Btw is it SRK La Salle? I actually attended the school before transferring to SMI) It is important to know of what freedom means-freedom from oppression, colonialization and so forth. But more importantly, the importance to fight for these values.

I am currently in the US now-I recently spent my Merdeka watching the Petronas commercials on Youtube. It made me miss home, and gave me goosebumps.

Regards,
Rodney