Goodbye 2015…Hello 2016!

 

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My family’s life has been a long rollercoaster ride since 2013! It all started when Mrs Mom got so ill that she had to give up her job. Both me and Mr Dad witnessed how hard it was for her to let go of all the years of her hard work. I can still picture the solemn look on her face when it was her last day. As she was leaving her office, I don’t know how it got out of me but I turned around and said to her, “Don’t worry Mrs Mom! Try and look at it from the brighter side! At least you can spend more time with the family and cook us lots of tastylicious food every day!”

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As we bid farewell to 2013, we were hoping that 2014 would be a better year for all of us. But, it got worse towards the end of 2014 when this time, Mr Dad got extremely ill. Well, we don’t notice it but time flies and we didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye to 2014 and we had to welcome 2015 in sorrow.

We kicked off the year of 2015 with a big turn in our life. We had to leave the house we called ‘home’ for more than 10 years! That means that I too had to leave all of my beloved friends and school behind. Just imagine a new house, new neighbourhood, new environment, new school, new friends, new teachers and new everything! But, that’s life! It needs a lot of sacrifices! Like how Mrs Mom sacrificed her job and all those sacrifices Mr Dad made for all of us, the same way, I had to sacrifice my friends and school.

Although 2015 didn’t start very well, things have finally caught up. We might not always know what God has in store for us! One thing for sure is that He always rewards you when you are patient! For my family, the greatest highlight of 2014 would definitely be the new addition to our family which was the arrival of Little Miss Diva! Then, we were blessed once again by the latest addition in our family, the arrival of Baby A in 2015! No matter how big the obstacles we had to face were, God never failed to treat us, just like how He sent Little Miss Diva and Baby A into our lives!

Life is like a wheel, sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down! You can dream big but never put your expectations too high! Sometimes in life, you do need to sacrifice something for the sake of your family! No matter what, as long as we stick together as a family, nothing can ever bring us down! We should never feel hopeless because difficult times always lead to better days. EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING!

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Today, I am glad that Mrs Mom decided to leave her job because it surely paid off. With her experience and expertise, she has opened up a lot of new doors for me! We definitely make a good team because when we put our heads together, we could definitely rock the world! 😀 I’m also glad that we’ve all supported Mr Dad’s decision of moving to a new place because it has brought us more opportunities and it’s just getting better and better. Last but not least, my sacrificed has also turned out to be fruitful because I am enjoying my new school and it has been pretty remarkable so far packed with excellent achievements! It seems like God has planned everything perfectly for all of us!!

As I’m writing, it’s exactly 10 more minutes till I have to wave goodbye to 2015 and say hello to 2016! Thank you 2015 for all the challenges that have made me grow wiser. I am looking forward to face 2016! Maybe it might be a year filled with brilliant surprises! Who knows? We’ll just have to wait and see… Thank you to all my family and friends that have helped make my life worth living!! Without all of you, I wouldn’t be The Pawsome Lion!!!

p/s: Happy New Year 2016!

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A Piece Of Cake: The Box in the Window-Part 5!

Ho-ho-ho-how ya doin’ pawsome peeps? This Piece Of Cake will reveal the secrets of The Hall of Lost Souls…

“The Box in the Window-Part 5”

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At the end of the staircase, there was a huge wooden door with a cold, metal keyhole. Benjamin took out a key from his pocket and put it into the keyhole. The door gradually opened up and revealed a large hall with statues of scary looking men and weird creatures. ‘Whoa!’ thought Elizabeth, ‘It’s huge!’.

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“And this, ladies and gentlemen, is The Hall of Lost Souls!” said Benjamin, in a rather deep voice.

“What a dark place!” exclaimed Maria.

“Oh, come on, Mum! It’s not that dark!” scoffed Elizabeth. “It’s kind of cool to me!”

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Their footsteps echoed as they walked around the hall. Then, there was a faint wail in the distance.

“Do you hear that?” asked Maria.

“Oh yeah, it’s like a child crying!” said Elizabeth.

The howls grew louder and louder. It sounded like there were two people making the noise now.

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“This is bad!” shouted the shopkeeper. “Everybody run to that door!”

He pointed to a small door on the other side of the hall.

“What is it?” cried Elizabeth.

“The djinn, Acantha, has called one of his brothers!” said the shopkeeper.

“Help!” yelled Maria, frantically jumping around.

“Quickly, through the door!” said Benjamin.

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All of them jumped through the door and into a different room…

To Be Continued…

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Buzy Bee!

Guten tag! Wie gehts?

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I’m sorry that I haven’t been updating you on my blog lately! A lot of things have been happening since it is the Winter Holidays. My schedule was fully packed and at the same time, I was working on my next SPECIAL project. There was also a special surprise! It wasn’t Santa Claus, it was DR AUNTIE!!!!!

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She came over to visit me on Friday and it’s normal of her to come and visit me at this time of year because it’s the holidays. Perfect timing, Dr Auntie! I actually didn’t even know that she would be coming to visit me on that day! That’s because she likes to surprise me, Little Miss Diva and Baby A all the time.

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As usual, she brought along a lot of gifts with her all packed into a separate bag. They were new clothes! YAY!!! There were all sorts of different clothes like fleeces, jackets, hoodies, trousers, socks, shirts, pyjamas and lots of other things. I had nearly 20 shirts that were from Dr Auntie! They had pictures of London, the USA flag, the Golden Gate Bridge, rugby teams and letters from the alphabet on them. I also received two new fleece pyjamas and I love wearing them! The person that enjoyed trying on new clothes was none other than Little Miss Diva! She just ADORED all of her new clothes.

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Then, on Tuesday, me and Dr Auntie went out to buy more gifts like chocolate, chocolate and even more chocolate! Now the pantry is filled with chocolate once again!!! We also bought things like crisps, strawberry flavoured dessert sauce, mints, vitamins and shower cream. The thing that we mostly bought though was CHOCOLATE! There were tons and tons of chocolate in our shopping cart and we couldn’t fit anything else in it! When we got home, my arm was aching because I was carrying too much things home. At least I could sit down and enjoy all the food that me and Dr Auntie bought after putting down all the shopping bags!

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So yes, it has been a loaded holiday so far with surprises, shopping and special projects! I am looking forward to the fun activities that I have planned for the rest of the holidays! But, don’t worry! For all of you The Box in the Window fans, Part 5 is coming out soon!!! 😉 Till next time, farewell!

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p/s: Happy Turkey Eating and have fun opening presents tomorrow! 😀

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A Quick Re-cap!

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Hey pawsome peeps! Yesterday was the last day of the Autumn term at school so that means today is officially the first day of the Winter Holiday! The school will be closed for two weeks and will be back open for the Spring term on Tuesday 5th January 2016. Phew, thank God! That means that I have time to celebrate Little Miss Diva’s 2nd birthday on the 3rd of January!

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I know that I haven’t kept you updated about school for a while now. Well, to be honest, as I can recall, I haven’t posted anything about school since the 8th of December which was two weeks ago! Sorry for that because my life has been hectic trying to keep up with my schedule. So, now, let me give you a quick re-cap about what’s been happening for the last two weeks!

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What was so pawsome about the 8th of December? Our very own Winter Event!! The event was held at my school, where there was plenty of space for millions of stalls and fun activities. Because the event was held on a school day, we had to have half a day at school and lots of children were looking forward to either go back home or come back to school for the Winter Event in the afternoon. And of course, no matter where they were, they would still be having fun. Now let me tell you a bit more about it…

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When it was the end of school, I went back home with Mr Dad to get changed and gather everything. Mrs Mom also said that we should take Little Miss Diva with us. At that point, I just froze and gawped! How am I supposed to take care of Little Miss Diva when she can’t even switch off her hyper mode for at least one whole minute? But I guessed that if I keep holding her hand tightly and make sure that she doesn’t let go then it will be fine.

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So, me, Mr Dad and Little Miss Diva collected what we would need to take to the Winter Event and set off. Unfortunately, Baby A couldn’t come with us because it was raining. At least it wasn’t raining when we reached school!

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When we arrived at our destination, the school looked pretty full to me. But, when me, Mr Dad and Little Miss Diva entered the building, it looked as if the whole school had attended the Winter Event! There was children as far as the eye could see. A big group of people were crowding around the face painting table, there was a long, ever-lasting line that looked like it would never end in front of the bouncy castle and children pushing and shoving to make sure that they could ride the donkeys.

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As always, every teacher had something to do. Can you guess what Miss Javed and Miss Hussain were doing? They had to look after the donkeys! 😀 I have to say though, they are real donkey friends! The donkeys would listen to what they both said and obey them. Another teacher called Mrs O’Conner, who is the teaching assistant in my Maths class, was in charge of face painting. She herself said that she was no good at face painting. So, she would just paint a red bauble on everyone’s cheeks! But, the next day, it turned out that Mrs O’Conner was really good at face painting. She could paint snowmen, snowflakes, trees and angels too!

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I asked Mrs O’Conner if she could paint a tree for me and away she went, with her tiny, little paintbrush wiping my skin. There was a splash of green first, then brown, black, red and blue. The finishing product looked really nice and authentic. Little Miss Diva also wanted her face to be painted so we asked another teacher who was at the face painting table to paint some snowflakes on her cheek. That teacher was Miss Mclean, my Maths teacher! The snowflakes looked good too! Little Miss Diva sat quietly through the painting process which is highly unusual for her. But, as soon as the painting was finished, the first thing that she did was rub the snowflakes off with her hands! Ugh, I knew it! Every time she does something that she doesn’t normally do, like BEHAVE, there will be something mischievous that she does after that! So, what a waste!!!

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Other things at the Winter Event also included a ton of candy floss, heaps of popcorn, the bounciest bouncy castle, fantastic candy canes, hundreds of mini games, food stalls for miles and the piece de resistance, A FIREWORK SHOW!!!!! Everybody who attended the amazing event had a great time and enjoyed themselves, especially me! Well done SHP for organising the great event!

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The next thing that happened at school was Year 4’s curriculum celebration which was on the 15th of December! It involved all three Year 4 classes which are Hazel, Aspen and Willow. If any of you don’t know, a curriculum celebration is a certain day which happens every half term when parents can come to school and find out what their child has been learning about and sometimes, they might be in for a treat! Mr Dad is very supportive and he never misses any important event including this curriculum celebration. This half term, we were learning about the Aztecs and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! This time, we had a song, some children reading out some parts of a play, a display of artwork that we did and some other things too. On that day, me and Shreya were asked to bring our guitars in for the song that we would be singing! All of the parents and children enjoyed the curriculum celebration this term.

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Then, on Wednesday 16th December, my class made Aztec masks! Yep, incredible Aztec masks!!! We made these masks as part of our learning about Aztecs and chocolate this term. Making the masks were great fun. Some of the materials that we used to make our masks were:

  1. Black plastic masks
  2. Gloopy PVA glue
  3. Shiny gold pen/paint
  4. Dazzling silver pen/paint
  5. Metallic pink paint
  6. Metallic blue paint
  7. Metallic green paint
  8. Soft, bouncy foam
  9. Small coloured sticks
  10. Bendy pipe cleaners
  11. Fluffy feathers
  12. Glistening sequins
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My mask had gold, blue and pink paint with sequins, foam and feathers. There was also a curly pipe cleaner that went around its head. To me, it looked like a halo! The gold paint was really shiny and nearly blinded me! Nearly every mask in the class looked astounding. I hope that we get to do something like that again so that we could all show our artsy side!

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Next on the list is the special event that I’ve been looking forward to. It is…the Yes Smethwick Christmas Disco!!! Remember those Cluster Council meetings that I went to with Nimah at Victoria Park Primary Academy? We were busy organising the event and finally, it was the time to break the news. To tell everyone in Year 5 about the special event, me and Nimah prepared a speech and went into the two classes in Year 5 to tell them about it. However, I was glad to find out that I didn’t have to do any more work at the disco! On the day that the disco was held, some teachers started to give out the VIP Tickets to the first 20 people that brought their consent form in. Luckily, I was one of those 20 (more like 14) people that received a ticket. The ticket was as big as an A5 piece of paper! The disco was at Hadley Stadium and started at 4:00pm until 5:30pm. There was a DJ, free refreshments, balloons all around the place, bright, dazzling lights, party poppers and a face painting table! Everybody that attended the event had a great time! All was well and the disco was a success! I am really grateful for the opportunity to experience what it is like to organise an event and I am very proud to be part of the team. I hope everyone enjoyed working together to make this event a hit! If we ever organise an event like that again, I hope that it will be a triumph!

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Then, on Thursday, we had a fun day! It was a non-uniform day for my class only because we won the attendance competition! I told ya that our Miss Javed and Miss Hussain are AMAZING!!! They are so amazing that Hazel class didn’t miss a day of school for one whole week and we managed to beat the whole school in the competition! On that day, we had no work to do so instead, we went on the laptops and played on a Maths game called Manga High! We also watched the movie Cinderella, drank milkshakes and Miss Hussain even baked some cakes for us!!! They were super duper yummy and pawsome! I think that she is the BEST baker in the WORLD!!!!! Once again, well done Hazel for winning! A pat on the back for you!

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Last but not least is the last day of school! WOOHOO!! It was also Wear A Christmas Jumper To School Day on the same day so there were lots of festive clothes being worn by nearly everyone. Because it was the last day of school, my class had a party, we had Just Dance music on, we opened our presents from the Secret Santa game that Miss Javed organised and we did some festive activities to keep us merry. My Secret Santa was Uwais and thanks to him, I received a snap band watch which I’ve dreamt of! Thank you Uwais. I really appreciate it and I love the watch! There was also a performance that we did in the morning and once again, I had to bring my guitar in! The song that we were singing was called Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Mariah Carey. Unfortunately, the music was not working and we had to sing without the music but our singing sounded great! At homee time, Miss Javed gave out some cards and candy canes to us and we all bade her goodbye.

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Happy holidays everyone! Make sure you use your two weeks wisely and don’t forget to make it fruitful! To those who celebrate Christmas, have fun with your loved ones! Till next time, Auf Wiedersehen!

 

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p/s: Hey Mrs Mom, are you ready to kick off our next special project? 😉

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A Piece of Cake: The Box in the Window – Part 4!

Hey there pawsome peeps! In the next part of the story, you will find out what happens next when Elizabeth, Maria and Benjamin are included in an unearthly ghost attack…

“The Box in the Window – Part 4”

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“What was that?” asked Elizabeth.

“It was probably one of the members of the djinn’s family.” said Benjamin, squinting because of the light from a small window.

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“What, you mean that there are more djinns?” exclaimed Maria.

“Yes, but if you kill a djinn with a special golden blade like that, it can’t come to life again.” said Benjamin.

They all glanced at the golden blade on the floor, which was covered with blue, glowing blood. It looked very disturbing.

“Blue blood?” said Elizabeth.

“All djinns have blue blood.” said Benjamin.

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“Oh, very interesting!” Maria laughed nervously. She wasn’t sure if she could stay around Benjamin any longer. She didn’t get all of the nonsense. “Crazy person…” she thought.

“Now, what other scary stuff do you have in this house of horror?” asked Elizabeth sarcastically.

“Not sure yet! You’ll just have to wait and see!” said Benjamin.

“Won’t anyone pick up that disgusting knife!” groaned Maria.

“Fine!” sighed Benjamin. He picked it up reluctantly and threw it on the table.

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“Won’t you need that?” asked Elizabeth.

“Eh, it’ll find its way back to us.” said Benjamin.

Elizabeth and Maria rolled their eyes. Then they followed Benjamin and continued their journey.

“So what else is there to see?” said both of the girls.

“The Hall of Lost Souls…” whispered Benjamin. He walked up a small staircase…

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To Be Continued…

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My Tea-dentity!

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Today, my tea-mode is still on! So, I’ve decided to write a poem to mark International Tea Day 2015!! Enjoy!!!

My Tea-dentity!

Cuppa tea, Mint Tea, Cha and Chai!

Green Tea, Chinese Tea, Fruity Tea!

Fragrant Jasmine Tea, Honey Tea!

Lapsang Souchong Tea, tongue twisty!

My tea-dentity, bubbly tea!

I say “Let’s chin chin mate”…you say “Jom minum mat!”

Well I say “Let’s chin chin”…tapi you say “Jom minum lah!”

I’m all about my cuppa tea, you love your frothy Teh Tarik!

I take a sip with Mad Hatter, you take your sip at Mamak Stall!

I say please put the kettle on, you say please tarik tinggi tinggi!

I dunk a biscuit in my tea, you enjoy yours with the roti!

That’s our tea-dentity!!

I say “Let’s chin chin bro”…you say “Jom minum bang!”

Well I say “Let’s chin chin”…tapi you say “Jom minum lah!”

Let’s go, drink it ho!

Spread some jam on a scone!

Kettle on, sip it hey!

British Values all the way!

Jom lah, minum lah!

Roti lah, nasi lah!

Tarik lah, mamak lah!

Malaysia, boleh lah!

What’s your tea-dentity?!!!

A poem by: The Pawsome Lion

(Wednesday, 16th December 2015)

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Happy Teh Tarik Day!!!

Selamat Datang! Apa Khabar?

When I came back from school today, my brain was on a rollercoaster ride thinking about what to write because I didn’t want to bore you with another story from school. Then, Mrs Mom turned around and said “Hey, you know what is trending on Twitter today? International Tea Day!” Then, as quick as lightning, my thinking bulb turned on! Then, I turned to Mrs Mom and said “Let’s celebrate!!”

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International Tea Day!

Happy International Tea Day!!! International Tea Day falls on 15th December of every year. People have celebrated International Tea Day since 2005. The first people to start celebrating it were the people in New Delhi, India. International Tea Day makes the public realise the tea production problems around the world. This festival is usually celebrated in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania. I’m surprised to know that England is not listed as one of the countries that celebrate Tea Day! If anyone would celebrate a Tea Day, it should be the English because they are famous for their cuppa tea! 

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My Tea Family!!

Unlike other families, my big family enjoy drinking various types of tea. Having a unique combination of different ethnical backgrounds, I could sum up that we drink all types of tea from around the world. Mr Dad is a heavy tea drinker. He wakes up to a cuppa tea every morning and won’t go to bed unless he had his bedtime dose of English tea! Mrs Mom and her bestie Evelina will make a date every week for their weekly ‘Belly Dancing’ Tea Session. Hold your horses! What I mean by that is Mint Tea! 😛 Dadajee and Uncle Pawsome share the same love for Chai. Khun Yai Thi Rak Khong Phom will stick with her beloved Cha while Auntie Kawaii and her famous Green Tea. Then, there’s Mr OCD Uncle who is mad about Fruity Tea. According to him, the fruity aroma of the tea is so relaxing and makes his mind de-stress. I quote him “Fruity Tea is a remedy for my soul!” Atuk and Anek are also tea lovers. They both love Kelantanese Honey Milk Tea and Fragrant Jasmine Tea.

Now, since everyone is a tea drinker, Dr Auntie, who is not a tea lover, has forced herself to explore the world of tea. She finally found something that suits her tastebuds which are… Sugar-free and Milk-free Chinese Tea and Chamomile Tea! Bravo Dr Auntie! You are finally part of our tea family! 😀 Last but not least, my pawsome self! I tried hard not to be left with those Kawaii babies drinking Tea-free milk! So, I finally found my own tea-dentity which is Bubble Tea! At the end of the day, no matter what tea we drink, we can all sit around the table and enjoy our all time favourite, TEH TARIK!!!

Teh Tarik?

Teh Tarik is a type of Malaysian beverage that means “pulled tea”. It is found almost everywhere in Malaysia. It is obvious that this drink got its name from the way it was prepared. Teh Tarik is made by mixing all the required ingredients together and literally pulling it in mid-air! When a cup of Teh Tarik is ready to drink, it will be much more frothier and creamier than a normal cup of tea. It is hot milk tea made from black tea and condensed milk. It is considered the national drink of Malaysia!

Since colonial times, Teh Tarik has been a popular drink in Malaysian Indian cuisine for most of the people in Malaya. Teh Tarik originally linked to the Indian Muslim migrants in the Malay Peninsula. They set up drink stalls at the entrance of rubber plantations after World War II to serve the workers there. Traditionally, Teh Tarik has been served with Roti Canai, a type of Malaysian flatbread, which has become popular until today. Another tasty partner for Teh tarik would be Nasi Lemak which is a Malaysian rice dish. Nowadays, Teh Tarik is known by the whole world. Even if you’re in the UK, you can easily walk into any Malaysian restaurants and order your cuppa Teh Tarik!

The preparation of Teh Tarik involves an element of showmanship. The skills of Teh Tarik brewers have attracted both locals and also tourists. They find it really entertaining. Every year in Malaysia, there will be competitions for Teh Tarik brewers to gather and show their amusing novelty skills. Obviously, they will be judged by their ability to drag a long stream of tea above their heads  and other sets of talents without spilling them. I would say that the Teh Tarik expertise is definitely a work of art!

Malaysia VS England!!!

Now, I shall bid you farewell as the smell of Teh Tarik is tingling my nose and the sight of the beautiful Victoria Sponge Cake is prickling my eyes. Without a doubt, this is definitely a piece of writing worthy of my time because of the delightful combination of treats from Malaysia and England! Chin chin Mrs Mom!!!

p/s: Thank God no one in the family likes Lapsang Souchong! Otherwise, it would be a terrible tongue twister!! 🙂

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How to make Teh Tarik: https://youtu.be//MpnkS1MNPpU

Teh Tarik Competition: https://youtu.be//ij20GFJKJbU

The Five Diamonds!

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I had a dream so big and loud,

I jumped so high I touched the clouds!

Wo-o-o-o-o-o-oo!

Wo-o-o-o-o-o-oo…

Oh, sorry! I can’t get the tune out of my head coz I’m in my emotional mode. This song reminds me of my fellow band mates in Moseley (old school). The people in the band were the twins Antony and Alex, Ellie, Natalia and of course, me! Sometimes I wonder what they are doing. I’m sure that Antony is having fun with Alex and their pet budgies Spot and Sport. Ellie is surely enjoying the weekends with her brother Josh. Well, the one thing that I know is that our friendship will never end. As my emotional mode is still on, I might as well write a poem which is dedicated to The Five Diamonds…

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Five Diamonds Are Forever

We used to be so great together,

Our music makes me as light as a feather!

We practised every day and night,

There were so many songs that we would write

We made great plans for the hundred tomorrows,

But sadly I had to leave you in sorrow

We all have friends that come and go,

We meet new people as we grow

Friends pick you up when you fall down,

They’ll make you smile and wipe off that frown

Friends grow old, don’t think that they don’t,

But friendship will blossom, I doubt that it won’t…

And fate will bring us back together,

Coz mate, Five Diamonds are forever!

(A poem by: The Pawsome Lion)

(Written on Saturday, 12th December 2015)

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Before I bid you goodbye, let me share a song that me and the band used to sing. It is called Best Day Of My Life by American Authors. Here is their music video:

p/s: Five Diamonds, if you are reading this, never forget that our friendship will last forever…

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A Piece of Cake: The Box in the Window-Part 3

Sat siri akal! Tu hada ki hal hai?

Today, we will be carrying on the story “The Box in the Window”. When we left off, Elizabeth found out that there was a djinn in the box that she opened, she and her mother hear the story of how the djinn came into the jewellery shop and they enter a small, mysterious room. Now find out what happens next…

“The Box in the Window-Part 3”

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The room was fairly small and smelt musty. There was a lot of dust on the furniture, which was only one wooden table and a wooden chair. Elizabeth coughed and flapped her hands to get rid of the dust. Everything looked old and worn out.

Elizabeth’s mother asked “So, where is the golden blade?”

There was nowhere to hide the blade so it must have been somewhere where both of the girls could see it.

“Patience,” said the shopkeeper. “It’s just under the floorboards.”

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Then, Elizabeth realised that there floorboards in the room and that some of them were loose. There were nails all around the place and holes in the floor.

“Now, all I have to do is find it.” mumbled the shopkeeper. “If I can!”

Suddenly, a glint of light caught Elizabeth’s eye. It was the golden sword!

“There!” shouted Elizabeth. “The golden sword!”

“Oh, thank you!” said the shopkeeper.

Both of the adults bent down to open the floorboard. There was a lot of digging that was included.

“So, ahem, what’s your name?” quizzed the shopkeeper.

“My name’s Maria,” replied Elizabeth’s mother. “What’s yours?”

“Mine’s Benjamin.” answered the shopkeeper.

After a lot of hard work, the blade was finally revealed.

“Wow!” said Elizabeth.

The blade was gold all over and had jewels that were stuck to it. It looked very grand.

“So, this is what the man left me.” said Benjamin.

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All of a sudden, a dark, floating figure came out of nowhere and started to scream. The whole room was shaking as if there was an earthquake.

“Mum!” squealed Elizabeth.

“Don’t worry!” said Maria.

Then, the dark figure started to light up. Slowly and ever so slightly, the thing that looked like a ghost grew bigger and bigger.

“Maria, hand me the blade!” said Benjamin.

Maria threw the blade to Benjamin and he caught it. Then, he stabbed the ghost right in the centre of his body. After that, it disappeared, leaving the terrorised people on the floor.

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To Be Continued…

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The “WOW” Wau!!!

Acknowledgement

I would like to dedicate this article to:

~ Dadajee, for bringing Wau Bulan into my life!

~ Na Yas, for igniting the fire of art back in me & making me realise the importance of culture!

~ Mrs Mom, for your guidance & endless support!

and my fellow Kelantanese…

The History of Wau

Wau (pronounced wow) is a type of traditional Malaysian kite and is seen almost everywhere in Malaysia. The Wau has been flown by the Malays since the 15th Century until today. The common townspeople first started flying it before the news got to the royal family.

A Malay kite is a combination of the best of skilled workmanship, dazzling colours and decoration. It shows the creativity of the Malays and their talented craftsmanship. Some people believe that the word ‘Wau’ came from the Arabic letter ‘Wau’ because one of the Wau’s wings looks like the outline of the particular letter. According to a funnier story, when the first Westerners visited Malaysia and set eyes on the kites in the sky, they shouted “Wow!” and the name had stuck ever since.

Wau can come in many different sizes and is traditionally flown by men. A Wau normally has a stringed bow attached to it and when it is flown, it makes a soft, wailing sound. The average height of a Wau would be at least 3.5 metres, which is as big as a man! Some of the kites are so big that they need two grown up men to handle them! It is definitely not a schoolboy’s toy due to it’s size. The Wau looks fascinating when the sun’s rays touch it for it makes it’s colours shine.

In the past, kite flying was a seasonal event and was held after the harvest of rice. They would usually be flown over the paddy or rice fields. According to a folk story, farmers would fly the Wau at night to lull their children to sleep, making it easier for them to work. Another story says that farmers used the Wau as a scarecrow to prevent birds from eating their crops. Some kite makers also leave a Wau flying and fall asleep to the humming sound that it makes. Rumour has it that if a Wau is flown, it will bring the spirit of wind and sky.

Based on my research, a Wau is usually flown by two people at a time. One person will hold the Wau while the other person called the ‘juru anjung’ or the controller will hold the rope. The juru anjung will pull the strings for a short period of time until the Wau is successfully flown.

Variations of Wau

There is a vast range of Wau in different parts of Malaysia. The most common one is called ‘Wau Bulan’ which means ‘Moon Kite’. The Wau Bulan is originally from Kelantan, one of the states in Malaysia. Some other ones are also called:

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WAU PUYUH (QUAIL KITE) KELANTAN

WAU DODO HELANG

WAU DODO HELANG (EAGLE’S CHEST KITE) TERENGGANU

WAU JALABUDI

WAU JALA BUDI (WOMAN KITE) KEDAH

WAU HELANG

WAU HELANG (EAGLE KITE) PERLIS

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WAU MERAK (PEACOCK KITE) JOHOR

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WAU KUCING (CAT KITE)

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WAU KAPAL (BOAT KITE)

WAU DAUN

WAU DAUN (LEAF KITE)

And lots more beautiful kites that rule the skies…

Although Wau comes in all shapes and sizes, the motifs and designs are versatile to one another. The Wau creator brings out the variety of patterns and vibrant colours through the use of flora and fauna motifs that would definitely amaze anyone who sees it.

Wau Bulan

Wau Bulan (Moon Kite) is the most popular and favourite type of Wau in the Malay community. It is an intricately designed Wau mainly with floral motifs. If you look at the shape of the Wau Bulan properly, the lower section of the Wau looks like a crescent moon. Therefore, it was called “Wau Bulan”. Given the right colour, when flown, Wau Bulan apparently resembles a rising crescent moon. Another reason why the society referred to it as Wau Bulan is because of its appearance which is like the moon flying high and its size which is definitely larger than any other kite. This makes the decorations painted on the body to be visible when it is flown high in the air. To make it more distinctive, Wau Bulan is normally decorated with large, strong-coloured patterns.

Apart from that, the popularity of Wau Kucing (Cat Kite) is comparable to Wau Bulan. Obviously, it has got its nickname through the resemblance of the kite with a cat. The bow will be mounted on top of the Wau Kucing so that it will release a loud humming sound like a cat when it flies in the air. According to the myth, Wau Kucing is believed to have the power to scare away evil spirits and it could predict the weather forecast too.

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WAU KUCING & IT’S MAKER

Do you know the Malaysia Airline System’s logo? Well, if you look carefully at it, you can see that they have featured a Wau in it! The type of Wau was the Wau Kucing. It’s a rather clever way to represent their country, through the country’s airline system’s logo! The Wau itself was shown in a very attractive way. It was a background for the actual name of the airline. It also used the country’s flag’s colours. That must be the reason why Malaysia Airlines is known throughout the world.

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Wau Bulan is so popular that there is a folk song dedicated to it which is called Ewau Bule. It is normally sung in Dikir Barat style. (If I were to describe Dikir Barat, I would say that it’s a kind of traditional Malaysian style rap.) The Ewau Bule song depicts Wau as a rich, cultural heritage of the Malay community and together, both Wau and the art of Dikir Barat music are steeped in Malay tradition. They may look like a kite but the creation of Wau is much more complicated and delicate. Complimenting the song, “teraju tiga” or the three joined strings to each edge on the kite are synonymous with the Wau Bulan or moon-shaped kite which magnificently flies through the open sky. There are many versions of this popular song but this particular one which is the most latest, sung by Iwere featuring Noraniza Idris is my favourite.

Wau Bulan is one of Malaysia’s national symbols, some others being the Kris (Traditional Malaysian Dagger) and Hibiscus (Traditional Malaysian Flower). I’m sure that everyone from Malaysia knows this but on the reverse side of the fifty-cent coin of Malaysia (1989 series) features an intricately decorated Wau Bulan with a hummer on top. Not only that, at the back of Malaysian one Ringgit banknote, the Wau Bulan is also depicted in it. It is very clear that this country tries it’s best to send the message of their tradition around the world. They put their most important and most beloved thing that they have in their country and start showing it in airline logos, songs, coins, banknotes, stamps and many other things. Thanks to all their hard work, Malaysia has made the whole world know about their traditional kite which we now all adore.

Wau Bulan and Me

Wau Bulan and me, it was love at first sight! I can still remember the excitement whenever my best buddy Dadajee (my maternal grandpa) came over to visit me every year. With him, he would always bring presents and gifts for me. But I will never forget that particular year when he came with a strange package. It was fairly big and was inside a box that he had made himself. The box was specially made so that the contents inside would not get damaged. The shape of the surprise was a bit quirky and it looked weird to me. I just couldn’t guess what was inside. I was very sure though that it will be something that I would like. Then, Dadajee opened it for me and revealed not one but TWO Wau Bulan! He then said “You see these, Little Pawsome Lion? Well they’re Wau Bulan! There’s one for you and one for your school!” That’s when I met my love at first sight.

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The colour of the Wau Bulan that I chose for myself was a very bright red with other vibrant colours and lots of swirly and detailed patterns. And from what I can remember, the other one which I chose for my old school (Moseley) was a blueish colour with lots of patterns too. I purposely chose the other one for my school because the colour was similar to the school logo. It looked like it was specially made for them.

At first, I didn’t know what Wau or Wau Bulan was until Dadajee told me about it. He even gave me one as a present! I would like to thank my Dadajee because he was the one who brought Wau Bulan into my life. The only downside was that it wasn’t real because when my grandpa opened it, I asked him, “Where’s the string, Dadajee? We can’t fly it without that!” So then he said, “Sorry little Pawsome Lion, it’s only a model! The real one is too big to be brought by aeroplane. It’s man-sized so how would I possibly bring it from Kelantan to England!” That news didn’t effect me that much. I was so grateful to my grandpa because it would be anyone’s dream to receive a Wau Bulan as a present and my dream came true! I still have the wau today! If you see mine then you’ll think that it’s just like the real Wau Bulan!

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Well, that was many years ago. When I moved to my new school in May, the first project that I had to undergo was to produce a piece of artwork for the Art and Design Day! The best piece of artwork would win a prize and would be displayed on the wall in school. I didn’t know what to make as I haven’t been creative for a while. All I knew was that I wanted to show my new school something which represents me the best. I kept thinking and thinking until Mrs Mom reminded me of the love of my life! That’s it!‘ I thought. I figured out that if I had the right resources – PVA glue, buttons, paper and a traditional Malaysian batik sarong – I could make a collage of a Wau Bulan in a jiffy!

So, Mrs Mom kindly gave me her traditional Malaysian batik sarong and Mr Dad also gave me one of his canvases. I then sketched the outline of the Wau Bulan on the blank canvas. Then, I cut out small pieces of batik sarong to be pasted on the canvas. I also used some buttons from my art box. When I finished, Mrs Mom brought out a bamboo skewer which she normally used to make chicken satay from the kitchen. When I saw that, my idea bulb suddenly turned on! What could be a better way than to finish off my artwork using the bamboo skewer as a hummer for my Wau Bulan? Now, my Wau Bulan collage looked real and outstanding! The best part of all this was when I received the Art Achievement Award for my first Wau Bulan! Until today, my artwork was displayed on the wall in my school alongside some other pieces of artwork, where everyone could see it.

So, that was supposed to be my first and last piece of artwork for 2015 until one sweet day, I met a great artist from Bristol which inspired me to pursue my arty side. Not only that, she also made me realise how important culture is. She is 1/2 Persian and 1/2 Thai. She is called Yasaman Haghighat! She is very kind and supportive. It’s like I’ve known her for years. I call her Na Yas which means Auntie Yas in Thai language. I also found out that she made lots of different types of art that had a cross between Persian things and Thai things through a blog, http://www.sirinyas-thailand.de

She included a lot of detail in her pictures and you could see everything that she did. She didn’t just paint on paper and canvases, she also painted on coffee tables, bowls, fans, coffee coasters and heaven knows what else. Anyway, I found out that she liked to draw and paint mythical creatures and she made a lot of pictures, kinda like Caroline Jariwala.

So I thought, ‘I like to make arty things and I’ve already made a Wau Bulan. And, if I look at Caroline Jariwala, she made 89 individually sculptured owls! So, if I can manage to make what I did last time, and this time multiple times, I can one day be like Caroline Jariwala or Na Yas!’. So, I gathered the resources that I had last time and started making it. Unfortunately, it got a bit messy and there was glue all over the place!

Choc-a-lot! A Tribute to Chocolate…

When I was thinking of the idea for my second piece of artwork, I thought, “What could be better than to keep the Wau Bulan as a symbol to represent my identity?” I also thought that it would be great to stick with the collage technique. Since our theme at school for this term was the Aztecs and I recently wrote an article about chocolate, I believed that it would be a great idea to produce a piece of artwork as a tribute to chocolate!

My second Wau Bulan was made out of…CHOCOLATE WRAPPERS!!!!! (now my pantry is filled with chocolate!) The brands of chocolate that I used were Mars, Twix, Kit Kat, Snickers, Galaxy and Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel. So, what I did was take the chocolate and then I carefully tore open the wrappers so that it wasn’t ripped. Then, I cut the wrappers in a particular shape so that I could stick it onto the outline of the Wau. After that, when everything was covered, I stuck on the extra bits like the bamboo skewer, which was the hummer, some Kit Kat foil, gold chocolate wrapping as the ruffles on the side and a bunch of other things…

Hard Work Does Pay Off!

What makes hard work pay off? It’s none other than support from other people around you, appreciation and also the recognition from them. Other than that, the ability to motivate other people through your hard work is the most important of all. As usual, when Hazel saw my second piece of artwork, they all gasped and said “Wow!”

I also grabbed the chance to show it to the Senior Leadership Team. I brought it to Miss Prince (Acting Vice Principal), Mr Shephard (Acting Exec Principal), Miss Stringer (Vice Principal) and Miss Quinn (Wellbeing Leader). As soon as Miss Prince saw me with the big A3 size portfolio folder, she knew straight away that there was going to be something exciting. As soon as they saw the Wau Bulan, they were very impressed! What surprised me the most was when Mr Shephard gave me something that I wouldn’t think that I would ever achieve. The Executive Principal’s Award!!!!! And the best part of all is that he said, “This is the first ever Executive Principal’s Award that I have given out!” I felt so honoured and gratified to be rewarded for my hard work. This has surely motivated me to work harder in the future because hard work does pay off!

To The Moon I Fly…

When I first thought of writing an article about Wau Bulan, I had no idea that it would take me this long to do the research. I have to admit, I am struggling to find resources for my article! It is a bit challenging than any other piece of writing that I’ve done before because I have to do a lot of research from scratch as I don’t know much about the topic. But, after all the hurdles, I managed to complete it in just one week. Even though it has taken a lot of my time and lots of sacrifices, I could proudly say that all the research and hard work which I did on Wau Bulan has made me learn a lot more about Malaysia’s heritage. It helps me to connect back to my beloved Kelantanese roots. I wish that this article will raise the awareness of how important it is to preserve our precious heritage! We should all be proud of our own culture and not be ashamed to speak our own language/dialect.

My mission is to inspire more people to explore their beautiful culture through my artwork while my vision is to produce more Wau Bulan artwork in the future so the world can witness the beauty of it! If I can manage to do all this, then together with the Wau Bulan, to the moon I fly…

Last but not least, enjoy a song written by me which is dedicated to my beloved Wau Bulan (special thanks to Mrs Mom for your assistance in helping me with all those difficult Kelate words and also act as my loyal translator)!

The “WOW” Wau (Original: Kelate Version)

I mari doh, I mari doh, Adik kakok sehak ke dok?

I ni budok baru belajar, Kalu saloh tulong ajar.

Duduk nulih dale selimut, Sejuk ketar palo lutut.

Hari hari makey ubi, Teringak sungguh beras wongi.

Tepak beranok hok I saye, Kapung asal koho saye.

Cair kecek ore putih, Bahaso Kelate tetap buleh.

Mari pakat denga belako, Mari lah pakat denga belako.

Jange lorak jange gaduh, Denga cerito jange ngeluh.

Cerito pasal nyo Wau Bule, Ribu tahun pun tok hiley.

Oh Wau Bule Oh Wau Bule, Oh Wau Bule teraju tigo.

Oh Wau Bule Oh Wau Bule, Saye sungguh nyo Wau Bule!

Beli budu atas pasar, Buat cicoh ikey tawar.

Ore Kelate comey lotey, Apo kurey nyo Wau Bule.

Besar sungguh nyo Wau Bule, Jadi maine anok jatey.

Timo kasih ko Tok kawe, Asal mari Kapung Mache.

Kilik naik kapal terbey, Buat hadioh cucu tersaye.

Ore England tok rajin tengok, Butir mato tubik belalok.

Oh Wau Bule Oh Wau Bule, Oh Wau Bule teraju tigo.

Oh Wau Bule Oh Wau Bule, Comey sungguh nyo Wau Bule!!

Anok capur gagoh berani, Patey undur lakoh kaki.

Ambo budok semiley tahun, Cito cito setinggi gunung.

Hajat nok buat nyo Wau Bule, Jadi soho serato ale.

Oh Wau Bule Oh Wau Bule, Oh Wau Bule teraju tigo.

Oh Wau Bule Oh Wau Bule, Hebat sungguh nyo Wau Bule!!!

Is barang baik, is barang baik, Is barang baik, gomo Kelate gomo!!!!

Is barang baik, is barang baik, Is barang baik, sep kito jange pecoh!!!!!

The “WOW” Wau (English Version)

Here I come, here I come, How are you my fellow chum?

I’m a newbie exploring new things, If I’m wrong then just say ding!

I’m all curled up in a blanket, Shivering cold sitting on my tuffet.

Potato chips, potato fries, How I miss the fragrant rice.

My place of birth has got the grooves, My heritage has got the moves.

The English language is very rich, But Kelate is forever cherished.

Come on come in, I’ll let you in.

No hustle no bustle, Listen to my story with no hassle.

A story about my Wau Bulan, That surely packed with lots of fun.

Oh Wau Bulan Oh Wau Bulan, Oh Wau Bulan with 3 strings.

Oh Wau Bulan Oh Wau Bulan, Oh my beloved Wau Bulan!

Buy some Budu, served in a dish, To eat with your tasty fish.

Kelantanese are fair and lovely, And so is my Wau Bulan dearie.

Big and small make some noise, It’s surely is a toy for boys.

Thank you grandpa from me in Brum, The town of Machang is where he’s from.

A special delivery by aeroplane, To surprise me, not David Blaine.

British people are all my clan, They all say WOW to Wau Bulan.

Oh Wau Bulan Oh Wau Bulan, Oh Wau Bulan with 3 strings.

Oh Wau Bulan Oh Wau Bulan, What a beauty oh my Wau Bulan!!

I’m a boy with unique background, Will never give up or easily drown.

I’m a boy with no mischief, With a big dream to achieve.

I wish to see my Wau Bulan, Become famous all over the land.

Oh Wau Bulan Oh Wau Bulan, Oh Wau Bulan with 3 strings.

Oh Wau Bulan Oh Wau Bulan, How great is my beloved Wau Bulan!!!

I feel good I feel good, I knew that I would, Go more Kelate go more!!!!

I feel good I feel good, I knew that I would, You’ll never walk alone!!!!!

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  27. Songs: Iseyfazlisham/Isey Salak Madu (Youtube)
  28. Songs: Sabri Yunus (Youtube)
  29. Songs: Karoot Komedia (Youtube)
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  32. Media Source: Google Images & TPL

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Note: Thank you Mr. Udey Ismail for your permission to let me use this documentary video in my article/blog.

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