Saturday, September 24, 2011

Taylor Swift-Sparks Fly

The way you move is like a full on rainstorm
And I'm a house of cards
You say my name for the first time, baby, and I
Fall in love in an empty bar

And you stood there in front of me just
Close enough to touch
Close enough to hope you couldn't see
What I was thinking of

Drop everything now
Meet me in the pouring rain
Kiss me on the sidewalk
Take away the pain

'Cause I see, sparks fly whenever you smile
Get me with those green eyes, baby
As the lights go down
Something that'll haunt me when you're not around

'Cause I see, sparks fly whenever you smile
So reach out open handed
And lead me out to that floor
Well, I don't need more paper lanterns

Take me down, baby bring on the movie star
'Cause my heart is beating fast
And you are beautiful I could wait patiently
But I really wish you would

Drop everything now
Meet me in the pouring rain
Kiss me on the sidewalk
Take away the pain

'Cause I see, sparks fly whenever you smile
Get me with those green eyes, baby
As the lights go down
Something that'll haunt me when you're not around

'Cause I see, sparks fly whenever you smile
I run my fingers through your hair
And watch the lights go out
Just keep your beautiful eyes on me

Gonna strike this match tonight
Lead me up the staircase
Won't you whisper soft and slow
I'd love to hate it
But you make it like a fireworks show

Drop everything now
Meet me in the pouring rain
Kiss me on the sidewalk
Take away the pain

'Cause I see, sparks fly whenever you smile
Get me with those green eyes, baby
As the lights go down
Something that'll haunt me when you're not around

'Cause I see, sparks fly whenever you smile
Sparks fly, baby smile, sparks fly

Friday, September 23, 2011


In this modern era of globalization, the field of science and technology has advanced tremendously. This great improvement may have benefited the mankind, but it is unfortunately Mother Nature who has to suffer the consequences of development. During this course of increased development since the British Industrial Revolution, many natural resources have been used and are now at the edge of depletion. Today, this problem has alarmed the worldwide nation and they have come out with a solution: recycling, which is the process of turning used items into brand-new materials. The concept is widely used but not widely practised.

The truth is: it is high time for us to leave our ignorance towards the condition of Mother Earth! We should play our part to promote and practise recycling. As the saying goes, “waste not, want not”. In fact, we do not inherit Mother Earth from our ancestors at all, but we actually borrowed it from our descendants. Thus, there is no reason to take the natural resources for granted.

Anyway, the awareness among the Malaysians about recycling is still way below par. According to the statistics provided by the Malaysian Environmental Department, there are 19,000 tonnes of waste produced daily, in which only a meagre 5 percent of them are recycled. There are 230 landfill sites nationwide, in which 80 percent of them will reach capacity within the next two years. What is more, the huge amount of rubbish is equivalent to thirty six PETRONAS Twin Towers! Is that not gruesome enough?

Let me share with you the advantages and methods to recycle the materials. Among the recyclable materials are papers, metals, plastics and glass. To kick this topic off, I will first tell you the recycling of papers. Some of the papers which can be recycled are newspapers, manuals, school books, computer paper, paper boxes, leaflets and catalogues. They need to separate upon recycling. The recycling of paper does the environment more good than harm. By recycling one tonne of paper, we can actually save seventeen trees, 6953 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of air pollution, 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space and 4077 kilowatt hours of energy. Obviously, Malaysians use more than one tonne of paper daily altogether, right?

Next, metals are recyclable, too. They should be drained of liquid, rinsed and placed in bags or boxes before being sent to be recycled. Aluminium cans, food and sauce cans, tin containers of food and beverages, and biscuit tins are made up of metals and should not go into the landfills. The recycling of metal saves a lot of energy and materials. What is more, such raw materials are non-renewable. For instance, to produce steel from virgin ore, it takes four times more energy than the process which uses scrap steel. The reprocessing of scrap steel reduces pollution and mining waste by a massive amount of 70%. In fact, one tonne of steel recycled preserves 3,500 pounds of iron ore and 1,000 pounds of coal, where both are non-renewable and non-biodegradable resources. Best of all, the annual recycling in the steel industry saves enough energy to power about 18 million households for a year! Recycled cans can even be made into airplanes, appliances, furniture, and more. Thus, it is good to think twice before you discard your beverage can relentlessly.

Later, it is time to talk on the recycling of glass. Of course, not every type of glass is recyclable, as some of them contain harmful materials to enable them to serve their purposes, such as tempered glass. Soft drinks and juice bottles, jams and food jars, sauces and seasoning bottles, and vitamins and cosmetic bottles are glass substances which are recyclable. Of course, prior to recycling, they should be washed and stored separately in bags and boxes. One of the advantages of recycling glass is that, the process of recycling just one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100 watt bulb for four houses. Meanwhile, every ton of glass recycled saves nine gallons of fuel. Recycled glass definitely serves more than just being new glass containers-they can be turned into fibre glass insulation, road concrete blocks, tiles and even surf boards. If every household recycles all the glass containers used, even just weekly, we can actually make a huge difference to our mutual home-the Earth!

Plastic, which is mainly made of petroleum, can be recycled too. Plastic soft drinks and juice bottles, mineral water bottles, food and sauce containers, liquid soap an detergent bottles, shampoo and lotion bottles, and plastic bags are some of the recyclable plastics. Since petroleum is a non-renewable source of energy, the reprocessing of plastics can cut down the amount of petroleum consumed so that it can be used for other purposes. Meanwhile, the recycling of plastics saves the Earth from land pollution, because plastics are non-biodegradable.

Thus, I can say that the recycling of various materials bring a great transformation to the environment. As the saying goes, “seeing is believing”. Yet, all of us need to put in utmost effort to recycle more substances than simply stressing on the importance of recycling without taking the necessary actions. As the saying goes, “actions speak louder than words”. What can we do to play our part in saving Mother Earth?

First of all, the Government should promote recycling in a proactive manner. The local Environmental Department should introduce recycling by holding campaigns and recycling drives. In schools, this can be done hand-in-hand with the local Education Department to educate the young minds on the importance of recycling. Such campaigns do not necessary consist of only talks and exhibitions. Various activities such as hands-on demonstrations, essay competitions, quizzes and public speaking competitions can be held to make the event interesting and rope on the entire community to take part in it. In this way, the public awareness on the importance of recycling can be raised.

Next, the local community should play their role to support the government’s efforts to promote recycling. The non-government organizations, associations and educational institutions can hold various “Go-Green” campaigns by holding activities almost similar to that of the Government yet based on their creativity. Besides the usual campaigns, they can hold recycling drives for charity as well, where the scrap items are sent to the recycling centres and the money obtained are donated to charitable organizations. In this way, both Mother Earth and the underprivileged can benefit. Fashion shows which showcase attires made of recycled materials can be hold, too. Such activities can convey messages to the public that recycling can be done creatively and not merely as mundane as throwing them into the recycle bins.

Being eco-conscious individuals, we should do our part to encourage recycling for the sake of Mother Earth. The campaigns organized without the public support are just waste of materials, time, energy and money. One of the easiest ways to recycle is to organize collection drives. We can collect scrap materials from the community to be sent to the recycling centre. Apart from that, we can exercise our creativity and innovation to turn unwanted food ingredients instead of purchasing new containers. As for the papers, the cut-outs and remnants of paper can be cut and stapled to make notepads and little memos. Meanwhile, newspapers can be reused as wrapping paper for gifts. As for handicrafts, instead of purchasing exorbitant materials, we can actually use the lovely illustrations on colourful flyers, magazines or junk mail to spruce up our otherwise dismal lives. Thus, there is absolutely no reason for us to be nonchalant towards the habit of recycling.

In a nutshell, the habit of recycling brings a lot of benefits to better the society and create a greener environment. Besides from conserving and preserving the precious natural resources and materials, we can also reduce contamination to the earth. Wake up everyone! There is no excuse to take the declining amount of natural resources for granted. Thus, everyone should yield more ideas and put in utmost effort to reduce wastage and create a thrifty, prudent society by using the materials efficiently and maximise their usage. Remember that “where there is a will, there is a way”.

Physics and Add Math Workshop Snapshots

It was the Physics and Add Math workshop at Kompleks Rakan Muda, Kamunting back in August. Well, I forgot the exact day. The talk was held by Mr Sunny Lee, the SPM columnist of TheStar.

The talk was about the tips and techniques for answering SPM Physics and Additional Mathematics questions. I will not elaborate much... but it is enthralling. With those live demonstrations on formulae, tips and tricks on problem solving and interesting explanations, this is a workshop which is too good to miss!!!

Back to Childhood... in a 5-feet-and-seven-inches stature!

Yuwen and me ready to slide down... the skateboard slide (sorry, I do not know the term exactly to call it!)

SONG: I want to FLY!!!

Is there any stuff down there?

Atikah, Vitthiyes, Shamalaa and Jennifer

Form Five students, all the best in SPM ya... Never say Never! (I do not mean the Justin Bieber song by the way... )

ReLaX T1Me!!

Hah, it was a fierce and fearful three-week battle with the trial SPM before I finally landed... here from Outer Space.

Just joking... anyway, I wish I afford for a Cosmo-escapade (which actually costs MILLIONS...!!!)

Well, now that I am a year older and a year closer towards adulthood (In four years time, physically), I might just have to stop speaking and acting childishly. Let me tell you guys about the latest, oh well, I wonder if it is really special?

Let me tell you about my Trial first. Honestly, it is a hundred-percent DISASTER...

This "Good Luck" card is specially made by my Mak Angkat in school, Puan sharifah. It motivates me a lot to strive for the best!
I LOVE YOU...!!! <3
Modern Mathematics and languages were exceptions. I finally managed to get hold of an "A+" for my Modern Mathematics after a four-month wait! 87 to 92! Wee...!!! Anyway, it was due to stupid careless mistake and a sheer lack of time in all those numerous calculations and mind-twisting questions.

My disaster was not in History, unfortunately, they were in Science subjects, especially...


Well, I blame the disaster on nobody but MYSELF. Serve me right for a little too over-confident! I must admit that I paid quite little attention on this subject... or maybe a lack of rest? Concentration? Or... whatsoever.

My Paper One is the most disastrous ever. 37/50! Never once in my life did I get less that 40 rights in my Paper One! As for paper two, well, I have no comment. It is time that I work harder.

Okay, let me stop all the boring examination hoo-has.

today is my day,
today is my BIRTHDAY,
Happy happy Birthday to ME...!!!

Sharon is officially seventeen now... She can actually go for driving classes but the SPM is drawing near... She just simply cannot wait to DRIVE!

She cannot wait to step into the world of tertiary education...

However,she will miss the life as a high-school student too.

My birthday? Well, It is simple, yet memorable. Being seventeen marks another milestone in my life journey. However, it signifies the day that my mom endured all those pain to bring me to this wonderful world.  What is the point of a lavish party grandeur when you have to burn through your parents' pockets? Well, that is my opinion.

There is no eat-outs. However, I am proud to announce that I will have an exclusive birthday cake-specially for ME!

A little bragging? Haha. Actually, the cake has a humble appearance. There are neither fresh cream nor intricate decorations on it. It is, in fact, a nutty cake. Why is that the cake special?

The answer is: MOTHER'S LOVE. Later, I will post a picture of it.

However, I will not post about all the notifications from my facebook or whatsoever. It is a long story.

Happy brithday to me!

P/S: I share my birthday with these friends as well (just a few)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Long Way Back Here...

Ah, it has been more than a month since I had last blogged...

Cobwebs were hanging around the branches, fruits were unpicked, and soils were infertile... XD Well, it was due to the dreaded double words...

Okay, let me skip the boring complaints and head straight to the point. Last month all Form-Fivers were scheduled into an endless round of preparation for the upcoming SPM. Every morning, during the roll-call, I was anticipating for the lessons of the day when Radio TMGS voiced out:



Of course, I comprehend the message behind this repeated announcement. The more frequent you remind a same subject, the more motivated you are. However, as students, I think we need a break sometimes, lah... *giggles*

I told myself, there is no time to fool around anymore. SHARON, TIME TO PUT YOUR ILDEST DREAMS ASIDE FOR A LITTLE WHILE, FOCUS ON YOUR SPM!!!

Who does not have dreams? Sigh...

Let me move on to the happier side of my story.

It was a yummylicious gourmet facade this holiday. Firstly, it was my aunt and grandaunt who paid us a visit. Their arrival kicked off with a meal at La Promise.

Next, it was the raya feast at Puteri's house. The double-storey house built at the hilltop has certainly a rainbow and story hidden inside. Vitthiyes, Thavani, Hew Chen, Yee Ying, Song and Fatin were there too. The laksa was certainly finger-licking good. However, I perspired after the first bite although it was not spicy...

Puteri was certainly a good baker. Her lemon cake and chocolate cake were of the right texture. Mmm...!!!

We even had a joyride on Hew Chen's car, but the "chauffeur" was Puteri though. Stable drive... =)

Today, I paid a visit to my monitor, Atilia's house. There were more friends present, and the house at Taman Tupai Mas radiated a more Malay Atmosphere. The chicken pieces were so big that a piece is sufficient to fill your tummy to the brim.

Whatever it is, a picture speaks a thousand words. I will upload them later after the Trial examination, maybe on my birthdaY?

Later, there will be more stories to tell, but for the time being, the day is yet to come.

See you soon...