Archive for October, 2010


Convo 2010 !!

Was totally involved in the UKM’s 38th Convocation ceremony in DECTAR last July.

It was so crazy busy and this time as the Vice President of Artisukma Choir.

It was stressful to say the least.

But it was a lot of hard work preparing for it. The practices, the training, the problems with Pusat Kebudayaan, handling the committee, the new members, conducting auditions.

I was so glad when it was over !

But it was a rather emotional time for all of us, because there were many seniors who were graduating this semester. Seniors whom we were close to, who were really good friends. Sadddddd ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Enough of me talking, I hope to let the pictures do it ! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Oh my.

Can you imagine it? Children as young as 7 years old — obese?

Adolescents, who are supposed to be in the prime of their life, active with physical activities and such — obese?

 

Sadly, that is the situation not only in Malaysia, but around the world as well. This global phenomenon certainly has dire consequences on our future generation, and our future as a nation too.

Obesity is not a health problem in itself. What is scary about obesity is that it affects various other organ systems and compromises the length of your lifespan.

And the scary truth is, it is currently affecting even children and adolescents.

 

For my subject “Physical Education — Organization of Sports” we had to do journal article reviews and give a personal response to them as well (seems to be a rather popular task in the Faculty of Education,ย eh?)

The three articles that we were supposed to work on, I chose on the topic of obesity. There were numerous articles on that topic and I even discovered one (to my surprise) called theย Journal of Obesity.

Wow. Can you imagine? A whole journal dedicated to the issue and global epidemic of obesity.

Which proves how serious a problem it is. >.<

This is a simpler assignment where we had to review 3 articles and give short responses in a total of 5-6 pages.

 

I learned a lot on obesity from this assignment. And again, dealing with e-journals from the library’s databases was something that was getting more and more familiar, although it was as tedious as ever.

Nevertheless, I learned a lot through this assignment — about obesity and writing short reviews and summaries and giving my response to it ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Read on if you want to have a look !

Journal Article 1:ย Boutelle

Journal Article 2:ย Ozturk

Journal Article 3:ย SR Daniels

Essay:ย Obesity

 

Time really flies.

It’s now nearing the end of the first semester of my third year.

This sem has been really busy that I feel like I have not had much time to breathe.

Finals are coming up soon and I’m still doing assignments. I have yet to start some real, sit-down, proper studying for the exams. Which I guess means that I am as good as dead this time >.<

 

Oh well, as always, in all things, I try to do the best that I can with what I have (however limited time I have).

So for my SPKG evaluations this sem, I will do what I have time for. It will not be much, but hopefully it is enough ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Anyway, for this post, I want to show you one of the assignments I did for Learner Diversity. Everybody was doing topics on Autistic Children, ADHD Children, Culturally Diverse Children.

I chose a topic I was quite interested in.

Sexual Minorities.

Yes, it is sort of a taboo subject in Malaysia. My question is “Why?”

Although yes, the government, the official religion (Islam), the society, the schools — do not recognize sexual minorities like lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGB), that does not mean that they do not exist do they?

Facing facts, sexual minority individuals do exist in our society, regardless of whether we want to acknowledge the fact or not.

What happens to these individuals, especially LGB youth? They are oppressed to silence, they are discriminated against, they are just not acknowledged.

And what does that do to them?

Studies have shown that these LGB youth are at a higher risk for substance abuse, suicide attempts and drop outs not because they are gay, for example, but because of how they are treated for being gay !

Schools, especially, are supposed to provide our youth, regardless of whether they are the typical adolescent, or a sexual minority individual, with a safe learning environment to realize their highest potential. If we do not address such issues, or if the teachers themselves shy away from the topic and refuse to understand them, then what will happen to our youth?

The article I chose talks about preparing future teachers to address the issue of sexual minority youth through teacher education. I thought it was extremely thought-provoking and triggered me to question the situation of sexual minorities in Malaysia.

 

Interested? Go ahead and read my journal article review and personal response to it ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the journal article:ย LGB Youth

And my essay:ย Sexual Minorities and Teacher Education.

Enjoy reading ! I hope this will be an eye-opener as it has been for me ๐Ÿ™‚