Sunday with Adam – The Brains Behind the Burger!🍔

Howdy y’all! It’s The Pawsome Lion! Did you enjoy last week’s video? Have any of you given it a try? If you haven’t, then you should! Now Episode 3 of the kids’ series is out! For this video, it’s…Lamb Burgers! This is a lovely delicacy that we all enjoy. But, what about the history of this dish?

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The Origin of Burgers

Long long ago, burgers weren’t the type of burgers that we all know today. They were something slightly different. The first burgers came around in the Middle Ages. Travelling merchants from Hamburg learnt how to make patties from The Tartars of the Baltic Lands. They used raw meat for the patties and seasoned them with salt, pepper and onion juice. Pretty basic, right?

Then another cook (nobody knows his name) improvised on the patties. He got pieces of beef, shaped them into round patties and broiled them.When these burgers arrived in the U.S, they were eaten quite raw, like the French still prefer their meat.

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The English and Irish were the first ones to cook their beef patties well done throughout. People in England named the burger ‘Salisbury Steak’, after Dr. James H. Salisbury, who advised his patients to eat a well done beef patty three times a day, followed by a cup of hot water to cure colitis, anemia and other illnesses.

The First ‘Burger Sandwich’

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The first burgers weren’t actually eaten between two sliced buns though. It was only until the early 1900s (when burgers were popularised in America) that this eating fashion began. Apparently, the idea was invented by a gambler called John Montagu, the fourth earl of Sandwich. He stuffed his patties between slices of bread so it was more convenient for him. This way, he could eat right at the gambling table! The official appearance of the first ‘hamburger’ sandwich took place at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri (this is also the birthplace of the much loved ice cream cone).

Burger Evolution!

 

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The Delicious Veggie Burger!

In where we are today, the burger has many different varieties. For example, vegetarians can enjoy burgers in the form of ‘veggie burgers’! The patties in these burgers are made from soy protein and vegetables. A lot of people are also creating new types of burgers. A Welsh zoologist is working on a high-protein burger patty made from rat meat!🐭 A group of scientists with tainted tastebuds are also trying to make a new burger. They’re going to use cotton for the patty! I wonder how they will taste like?

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Another type of burger is the renowned Ramen Burger! The creator of this burger is a Japanese man called Keizo Shimamoto. He grew up in California and loved both parts of his culture: L.A (burgers) and Tokyo (ramen). He decided to merge both of these dishes together and create a whole new unique dish – The Ramen Burger, a twist on two dishes! In this dish, the normal burger bun is replaced with two circles of delicious, well-seasoned ramen! The Ramen Burger has spread worldwide and everybody loves it! Sounds PAWSOME!

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A burger that is similar to the Ramen Burger is the Rice Burger created by MOS Burger in Japan. MOS Burger is a fast-food restaurant chain known in various parts of the world. In this burger, two compressed rice cakes are used as an alternative for normal burger buns. The Rice Burger has become popularised in many parts of East Asia and other places like Australia and Indonesia. I really want to taste on of those! 😁

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Burgers with fish patties are also very popular. Take the Salmon Burger for example, the patty in this burger is substituted with a chunk o’ salmon! The majority of people like this burger because it’s meaty and full of flavour. I bet it’s delicious! YUM!!! 😛

100 Billion Burgers!!! 😵

McDonald’s is one of the best selling fast-food restaurants that sells burgers. Till date, they have sold over 100 billion burgers!!! Stack all of them up and you’d get the height of 100 of the world’s tallest buildings!😱 McDonald’s also owns a place known as ‘Hamburger University’, where people are taught the basics of hamburgerology. It is located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.


So now you know a bit more about one of the dishes you love. It’s pretty amazing, huh? There’s been a lot of change over time! Don’t forget to watch the latest episode of the Sunday with Adam kids series! And in case you were wondering, hamburgers aren’t made of ham (they’re from Hamburg! 😛 ).

p/s: Let’s Cook & Sway!

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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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APPENDIX

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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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!!!!!

Reference

  1. The Weeping Cradle: Kelantan’s Diminishing Arts by Ab Aziz Shuaib – UMK (Google Scholar)
  2. Lexical borrowing in Malaysian English: Influences of Malay – univ-lyon3.fr (Google Scholar)
  3. Thai Art by Yasaman Haghighat (http://www.sirinyas-thailand.de)
  4. Wau bulan – Wikipedia
  5. Talk: Wau bulan – Wikipedia
  6. Wau Bulan – The Moon Kite of Malaysia (www.my-best-kite.com)
  7. Wau Making, Kelantan – Youtube Kite of Malaysia (www.kiteman.co.uk)
  8. Traditional Games in Malaysia: Wau (http://traditionalgamescct.blogspot.co.uk)
  9. Malaysia Handicraft ~ Wau (http://go2travelmalaysia.com)
  10. Malaysian Traditional Games: WAU (http://malaysiangames.blogspot.co.uk)
  11. KOTA BHARU, KELANTAN SERIES: WAU BULAN, THE MOON KITES (http://docgelo.com)
  12. BE WOWED BY “WAU” (http://corporate.tourism.gov.my)
  13. Wau & Kites: Types of Wau: Wau Bulan (Moon Kite) (http://waukite.blogspot.co.uk)
  14. Wau: Jenis-Jenis Koleksi Wau (http://wautraditional.blogspot.co.uk)
  15. Malaysian Kites (http://www.bu6wawasan.com.my)
  16. Traditional Games in Malaysia: Types of Games (http://traditionalgamesinmalaysia.blogspot.co.uk)
  17. Facts And History Of Art Wau Bulan (http://the-art-of-wau-bulan.blogspot.co.uk)
  18. Background History of the ‘Wau Bulan’ Kite (https://jess93dotcom.wordpress.com)
  19. wau traditional games: “Wau” history (http://waugames.blogspot.co.uk)
  20. Why I Malaysia?: types of wau (http://farhannaismail.blogspot.co.uk)
  21. Coins Of Malaysia (http://www.123rf.com)
  22. Wau: Malaysian Traditional Kite (adanial74.blogspot.co.uk)
  23. Google Translate
  24. Documentary Video: Wau Maker by Udey Ismail (Vimeo)
  25. Music Video: Ewau Bule by Iwere Ft. Noraniza Idris (Youtube)
  26. Songs: Dikir Warriors (Youtube)
  27. Songs: Iseyfazlisham/Isey Salak Madu (Youtube)
  28. Songs: Sabri Yunus (Youtube)
  29. Songs: Karoot Komedia (Youtube)
  30. Songs: Tokseh Karpet (Youtube)
  31. Songs: Dikir Barat (Youtube)
  32. Media Source: Google Images & TPL

APPENDIX

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

WORD COUNT: 3,677

CHOC-A-LOT!!!

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What is chocolate?

In this piece of writing, I can help you learn a choc-a-lot more about the history of chocolate. Chocolate is a type of sweet dessert that is normally brown, white or black. It is made out of the seeds of the cocoa tree, cocoa butter, sugar, lecithin and vegetable fat. It’s a great, yummy treat for everyone to enjoy. Read on to find out more about how chocolate shaped it’s way to today.

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Who invented chocolate?

The first people to discover chocolate were a tribe called the Aztecs. I’m sure that you’ve heard about them before. The Aztecs were a wandering tribe that lived in Northen Mexico. They believed in human sacrifice and that it would keep the sun god alive. As I mentioned earlier, the Aztecs were the ones who invented chocolate. But, their chocolate was in a different form. It wasn’t a block, it was a drink, kinda like hot chocolate. The drink was made out of various seasonings and was mixed with ground cacao seeds to make the finishing product, a spicy, frothy drink which they called chocolatl. I think that we should thank the Aztecs for bringing chocolate into our lives. Without it, we would have died!

Choc-a-lot!

Chocolate comes in many flavours, shapes and sizes. You might have some which are as big as a human, or one that looks like a ball or even mushroom flavoured chocolate! The most common types of chocolate are:

  1. Milk chocolate
  2. White chocolate
  3. Dark chocolate

Some other types are:

  1. Chocolate orange
  2. Strawberry chocolate
  3. Bittersweet chocolate
  4. Sweet chocolate

And many more…

One type of chocolate that I have tasted before had an edible wrapper! How PAWSOME is that!

Famous brands

Like all the chocolate flavours, there is a variety of chocolate brands that are around the world. Some of the leading brands are:

  1. Kit Kat
  2. Mars
  3. Galaxy
  4. Twix
  5. Snickers
  6. Aero

And the one we all know and love…Cadbury! To be honest, I think that Cadbury makes the most astounding chocolate in the world. They make caramel, dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate and heaven knows what else.

There are many other chocolate brands too like:

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1. Mast Brothers

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2. Antidote Chocolate

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3. TCHO Chocolate

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4. Fine and Raw

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5. Rogue Chocolatiers

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6. Raaka Chocolate

And lots more hidden chocolate brands that are waiting to be found…

Remember when Hazel had a chocolate themed day and we came up with our own brands? Here are some of the great ones!

Shoaib named his chocolate ‘Finito’. A nice Spanish name, wouldn’t you say?

Another friend of mine, Norbert, called his chocolate ‘Blue Chooc’. I’m sure that it’s great for watching videos without any buffering so you can eat it straight away!

And Shreya had a company called ‘Saturn’. It’s so good that it’ll lift you off your feet!

Finally, the star of the show, ABUBAR!!! Abubar was made by the CHOCOSOME Abubakar. At first, when I looked at it, I thought that he had missed out the ‘K’ and the ‘A’ in his name. But, then I looked at it for a while and then I was like “Oh!!!” because I finally understood what he meant. It was a very great name though. In fact, it was the best!!!

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Roald Dahl and his Chocolate Factory

As you all know, there is a movie about chocolate that is called ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. This movie is based on a book written by the famous author, Roald Dahl. He is my favourite! The movie is about a poor boy that gets to go on a trip to a marvellous chocolate factory. The owner of the factory was a crazy yet wonderful man called Mr Willy Wonka. He could make any type of chocolate in the world! Easter eggs, gummy bears, chocolate balls, you name it! One day, Mr Wonka decided to let five children into his factory but those five children had to find one of the five Golden Tickets that were hidden in five of Wonka’s chocolate bars. Luckily, Charlie, who thought that he would never find one, worked hard to find the last Golden Ticket and in the end, he actually did! The other four children were:

  1. Veruca Salt
  2. Violet Beauregarde
  3. Augustus Gloop
  4. Mike Teavee

The movie is always featuring different types of chocolate and naughty Oompa Loompas are popping out of nowhere at any time. Sometimes, it kind of annoys me too! If I was Willy Wonka, then I would invent a type of chocolate flavoured chewing gum and if you ate it, then it would make bubble the same size as your tummy inside you and you would float up into the air! It’s perfect for astronaut training on Earth! (laughs like Willy Wonka)

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I personally think that the book is better than the movie because it has more detail and you can already picture the story in your head. Another reason is because I have always been a fan of books too. I guess that you can say that I’m a bookworm!

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Chocolate & kids

How much chocolate should children be eating? What are the affects of too much sugar and chocolate? Well, I have the answers for you right here. The average amount of chocolate that children should be eating is approximately 1 mini sized bar a day. But why is it so important to make sure that you don’t eat too much sugar? It’s because that kids can get illnesses if they do eat too much. The symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Cause swelling
  • Reduces overall brain function
  • Cause obesity

This is why it is important that your child is on the right diet and is eating the right food. Making sure that you are healthy can keep you away from any illnesses.

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Heaven on Earth…

There are plenty of landmarks that you can visit around the world where you can find out about the history of chocolate. One of the most famous is Cadbury World, which is in Birmingham, UK. I like to call Cadbury World ‘heaven on earth’. This magnificent place has an adventure playground for kids, a 4D cinema, the world’s biggest Cadbury shop, an Aztec jungle, a chocolate making zone and at the end of your visit, you get free chocolate! So, I’ve got plenty of reasons to call Cadbury World ‘heaven on Earth’. It’s not even heaven on Earth, it’s SIX heavens on Earth!!! I’ve been there myself for more than 5 times and I still can’t get enough of it. They should really appoint me to be the ‘mascot’ of Cadbury World! If any of you pawsome peeps get the chance, go and visit Cadbury World and experience it for yourself!

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This is not the choco-end…

If I was a chocolate, then I would be a bar of milk chocolate with a strawberry and caramel filling. On the top of me, I would have a layer of white chocolate sauce with sprinkles in it. There would also be some popping candy and jelly inserted here and there. I would also have a protective shield made out of transparent jelly so that no one could eat me (except me of course)!

I love chocolate, you love chocolate, we love chocolate! Who doesn’t? Kids love it and adults too!! Chocolate has always had a special place in everyone’s heart. Even on Halloween, if we go out Trick or Treating, we always prefer chocolate than candy. When the door opens and the bowl is held out, we always start digging for chocolate first. But, the worst would be using chocolate as a bribe! How can we possibly resist that delicious, smooth, silky chocolate when our parents try to bribe us to do something? There’s no way that we could say no to that. Not fair! Parents should be fined for misusing chocolate against us. At the end of the day, we are just poor, innocent creatures that are always vulnerable to the sight of chocolate!!!

Now, there’s no other way for me to end this article than to repost the song which I recently wrote about my own chocolate brand: Laffy Taffy!

LAFFY TAFFY

(lyrics by The Pawsome Lion)

Laffy Taffy, it’s really yuffy,

It’ll make you laugh all day long.

Laffy Taffy,

Sold it to my mate named Miffy, Gave it to her Grandma Jaffy.

Laffy Taffy, it’s so good,

Some people hide it under their hood.

It’s divine, it’s delicious,

It’s scrumptious not vicious.

It’s twisty, it’s turny,

It’s bendy and curvy.

It’s the Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy all day long!

Laffy Laffy, Taffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy…

I may not be Wonka but I can dance to Conga,

Coz J.O’s my brotha from anotha motha.

I may not have Loompas but I do have Toompas.

Try and close my factory down, I’ll make yours tumble to the ground.

I might not be toughy but I’m always laughy.

My Uncle Fun won’t believe it but I needed to achieve it,

Coz it’s Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy all night long!

Laffy Laffy, Taffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy…

When Harry met Sally, Choccy met Taffy.

This is no black or white, this is coco loves pinky.

When Barbie hugged Ken, Choccy hugged Taffy.

Let’s not get too warm or else we will melt,

Then all that is left, just a messy puddle,

So it’s Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy till it’s dawn!

Laffy Laffy, Taffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy Laffy Taffy…

APPENDIX

Cadbury World (click to watch video)

Chocolate Making (click to watch video)

Reference:

  1. http://www.cadbury.co.uk
  2. http://www.chocolate-history.co.uk
  3. http://www.selectism.com
  4. http://www.calypso.co.uk
  5. wikipedia
  6. Youtube
  7. Google Images

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My Pawsome Smethwick!

History Day: Smethwick’s Heritage

On Tuesday 24th November, SHP will be celebrating History Day. The aim of the day is for us to understand and celebrate Smethwick’s heritage. To get involved, we have been given homework to interview a family member/member of the community who has lived in Smethwick for a long time. Since I’m a blogger, I thought “What could be a better way to present my findings than to dedicate a whole post to Smethwick?”

We’ve been given 4 sample questions that we could include such as:

  • Where in Smethwick have you lived?
  • Where have you worked?
  • Which school did you go to and what was it like?
  • How has Smethwick changed?

Based on those sample questions given, I managed to generate 21 of my own questions for the interview.

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My Road to Smethwick

Because I don’t have any family members in Smethwick, I had to find a member of the community that was willing to share their life in Smethwick with me. So, I went out with Mr. Dad on Saturday and started to approach random people. What I did was introduce myself, gave them one of my name cards and explained to them the purpose of the interview. Now, this part was very challenging because most of the people that I approached either said that they are not from Smethwick or that they are simply too busy to spare their time for me.

The first place that I went to was Thimblemill Library. I asked a few people until I came across the affectionate Mr Noble. I managed to complete the whole interview session with him. However, he was only 29 years old and I would love to find out more about Smethwick back in the older days. So, out on the road, I went to my next destination which was Smethwick library. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to find anyone but the good thing was that I found more information about Smethwick and some photos too.

After that, I went back to where I started, Bearwood Road. I visited the butchers but apparently, he was too busy. Fair enough, though, because it’s Saturday. As I stepped out of the butchers, I was feeling down. Little did I know, a miracle was about to happen. When I looked up, ‘Maureens Florist‘ sat in front of me. I entered the shop and there stood my heaven-sent Mrs Collier! She said “Yes” straight away and the interview session went smoothly. I enjoyed every single bit of her story.

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Who is Smethwick?

Did you know how Smethwick got it’s name? According to the Smethwick Heritage Centre, it was suggested that the name Smethwick meant “smiths’ place of work”, but a more modern interpretation has implied the name in fact means, “The settlement on the smooth land”. Smethwick was recorded in the Domesday book as Smedeuuich.

As I was doing my research, I found out that there are many notable residents that have lived in Smethwick. Most of these people were born in Smethwick. Some of them are:

 

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I. Sir Charles Douglas Fox (1840 – 1921)                                                              He was an English Civil Engineer who was born in Smethwick. Amongst other things, Sir Charles had designed The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park.

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II. Sydney Francis Barnes (1873 – 1967)                                                               He was an English professional cricketer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest ever bowlers.

 

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III. Ken Wharton (1916 – 1957)                                                                                He was a British racing driver. In 1957, Wharton was fatally injured when his Ferrari Monza crashed in a sports car race at the Ardmore Circuit in New Zealand.

And many more…

Out of all those notable residents, there was one person that really caught my attention. Personally, I adore her work very much. Remember the 89 individually sculptured owls which have been displayed all over Birmingham? Well, they were sculpted by the one and only Caroline Jariwala! She is a painter, visiting lecturer, exhibitions organiser and community artist. Her experience covers a wide range of art forms, such as illustration, batik, mural and mosaic.

“There is also something magically about mosaic-making with broken, chipped, discarded, rejected and second-hand crockery. Using the unwanted and making it desirable; transforming ‘ugly’ into a thing of ‘beauty’.” -Caroline Jariwala

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Not only these, but, there are lots of other great things that make Smethwick a unique place to live in. For example, Smethwick is also famous for it’s architecture, political history, transport history, and many other things. Smethwick is a wonderful place with sensational smells, tastes and sights. But how was it like in the past? Well, you are just about to find out. There were strict teachers that hit children with the cane, it was busy almost every day and there was a smell coming out of the famous Brewery that filled the air. Still, Smethwick was a great place to live in. But lots of things have changed about Smethwick. The teachers are less strict, the Brewery doesn’t exist anymore and we get less homework. But imagine if you could experience how Smethwick was in the 1990‘s or even further back to the 1970’s. Me and the people that I interviewed can help you with that. Here they are!

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My Heaven-sent Mrs Collier

Have you ever been to Maureens Florist in Bearwood? If yes, you might have met Mrs Collier. She has been a florist all her life. If you put her and flowers together, you will not be able to break them apart! This is her pawsome Smethwick:

“Hello! My name is Lynn Collier and I am 54 years old. I am married and I have two sons. My family have lived in Smethwick for approximately 60 years now. I am currently working as a florist and have worked as a florist in Northfield, Harborne and Quinton in the past. But, I am proud to be working at Maureens Florist because they have been serving the community of Smethwick for more than 40 years. I have lived in Bearwood, Gladys Road and Galton Road.”

“My primary school was called St Mary’s Primary School and my high school was called Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Senior School. I can still remember how lovely both of them were as if I was there yesterday. When I was 9 years old, the streets of Smethwick were busy almost everyday. And how could I forget the smells of the Brewery at Cape Hill that filled the air. In those days, going to school was really nice. It was safe and we had no worries. The teachers were very strict and there was lots of homework too. Naughty children got the cane but strictness is a good way to help them evolve into well-behaved children. Our uniform was brown and cream coloured with a touch of blue. My favourite subject was art because I love colour! I also liked pottery and history because I like to know about the good old days. One of the best teachers that I can remember is called Mrs Bared. I am actually still in touch with her until today. She was a lovely lady and a great teacher. I couldn’t possibly forget about the school lunch which was absolutely divine. My favourite pudding was called Chocolate Concrete.”

“In the past, there were lots of shops packed with hundreds of items and a range of houses just in front of the shops but now, there are lots of empty shops and houses scattered here and there. Some of the local shops that I remember visiting are Woolworths and my favourite Edward Toy Shop. In our spare time, me and my friends would play outside in the park. And last but not least, if I could keep one thing about Smethwick for the future generation to see, I would definitely keep Lightwoods Park with the old, big house and clock because that is a part of Smethwick’s heritage that we should all preserve!”

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My Affectionate Mr. Noble

That was the interview with Mrs Lynn Collier. Now, moving on, the next person that I interviewed was a man called Mr Noble. He is a librarian at Thimblemill Library in Smethwick. Here is what he said in the interview:

“Hello there! I am Richard Noble and I am 29 years old. My dad is from Birmingham and my mum is from North Yorkshire. They met when they were both studying at the University of Liverpool. I have lived in Smethwick for most of my life. I have lived around Bearwood next to Warley Woods and I love it! I have two jobs: one was as an admin assistant for NHS and the other one is Sandwell MBC Library Service. I am also an artist in my spare time. I have worked all across Sandwell and Birmingham.”

“The first school that I went to was called Abbey Junior and Infants School. Later, I went to Warley High School which is now known as Oldbury Academy. Then, I went to Halesowen College, Bourneville College of Art and also Birmingham City University. Smethwick is a nice area, quite cultural and is ethnically diverse even then. When I was 9 years old, I used to have many friends which I am still in touch with until now but some of them have moved away. Back in my days, the teachers were alright. A few were strict and the others were eccentric. In primary school, we wore blue jumpers or cardigans with the school logo in yellow with sensible trousers and shoes. I liked art because I was always creative and I liked history too. I also enjoyed Maths. One of the best teachers in primary school was called Mrs Brown. She was truly inspiring! School in those days were pretty much the same as it is now. The school lunches were quite like the school lunches we have now. It was either packed lunch or school meals. The only difference is what is on the lunch box.”

“When I was a child, I remember visiting lots of shops in Smethwick but my all time favourite would be none other than Woolworths. They had lots of toys and sweets inside their shop. Some of the businesses have come and gone. Even though Smethwick was already ethnically diverse, more groups from different ethnical backgrounds arrived over time. Whenever me and my friends had nothing to do, we would play sports games, play video games, watch tv and watch videos but we didn’t use YouTube, we used VHS. I bet modern kids have no idea what VHS is! I also loved reading. Books have always been my passion. Finally, if I could keep one thing about Smethwick to be in the future, it would be the parklands because they do so much to enhance local residence lives.”

The Grand Finale

That’s the end of Mr Noble’s interview. These two people have been kind enough to give up some of their time to be interviewed, therefore, I would like to give them a big thank you. I really appreciate their stories of Smethwick that they have shared with me.

Having heard the stories of their pawsome life in Smethwick, I wish that I had the time machine from the movie Back to the Future. Maybe I could be McFly and Mr. Dad could be “Doc” and we both could travel back in time. If I can go back to the 1970’s, I wish that I could smell how the air was like at Cape Hill. I could even sit down with Mrs Collier during lunch time at school and enjoy the taste of divine Chocolate Concrete. Perhaps both me and Mrs Collier could spend time together at her favourite Edward Toy Shop. How pawsome would that be. If I could go back to the 1990’s, I will surely join Mr Noble and his friends watching videos on the VHS! (In my dreams…)

I wish that one day, someone could invent the time machine for real because it would be a great and fun way for children to learn if they could travel back in time. They will not just be looking at photos and reading information, they’ll actually be living it! Oh, and a note to the teachers, think of it as a school trip!

Last but not least, sit back and enjoy a poem written by me which is dedicated to Smethwick.

My Pawsome Smethwick

My pawsome Smethwick,

What would I do without it?

It’s great, 

Ain’t it, mate?

It’s a county,

In a city,

In a country,

In the world!

At night, everyone’s snuggled up and curled

And when it’s day,

They’ll put France in a beret!

There’s shops galore on one street,

Some of them sell meat

And if you come and they’re all sold out,

Most of you will start to pout!

And all of this is in…

MY PAWSOME SMETHWICK!!! (#No.1)

by: The Pawsome Lion (Sunday, 22nd November 2015)

Here comes the grand finale! I would like to present a video of my PAWSOME Smethwick shot by Mr. Dad. Here it goes!

p/s: I really enjoyed learning about local history and I hope everyone else did too!

p/p/s: Special thanks to Mr Dad for the Pawsome video and a Roarsome thank you to Mrs Mom for always believing in me!!

Word Count: 2,225

Reference:

  1. Smethwick Library
  2. Smethwick Heritage Centre
  3. http://www.smethwick-heritage.co.uk
  4. Wikipedia
  5. The Bearwood Blog (bearwoodblog.com)
  6. We Love Bearwood (welovebearwood.blogspot.com)
  7. We are Bearwood (www.wearebearwood.org)
  8. http://www.carolinejariwala.co.uk
  9. Media Source: Google Images & TPL

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British Values

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‘Ello ‘ello darlin’! Fancy a cuppa tea? 😀

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As usual, today was a normal school day. We had Maths, Literacy yada, yada, yada. So you could say that I have nothing to write about. I might as well tell you about my big project that I’m planning to do next week. Anyway, as I was saying, I do have something to write about! Aha, tricked ya! Miss Javed asked me to write a short paragraph about something called individual liberty. We were learning about individual liberty in one of our lessons. Miss Javed wants me to write this so she can put it up on our SMSC wall. If any of you don’t know what individual liberty is then don’t worry coz I will be explaining what it means. Well, here goes!

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Individual liberty

Individual liberty means that everyone is free to say whatever they want and no one can stop them. If you feel that something is wrong then don’t be afraid to share your opinion. We are all allowed to speak freely, only if it doesn’t offend anyone. It is the same with other people too. If you make a decision and someone else says that they think it’s bad, you shouldn’t get into a fight. You should at least consider that person’s opinion and tweak your decision a bit. It doesn’t matter if their idea is good or bad, you should at least listen to them. Don’t forget that we are all human beings and we should be treated the same!

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I hope that I’ve told you enough information and that you like it! I look forward to seeing you in the next post!

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Pawsome Quotes:

‘If you’re black, then you’re black. If you’re white, then you’re white. If you’re brown, then you’re brown but the same colour or not, we are all equal.’

-The Pawsome Lion

Thurs 19 Nov 2015

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p/s: Thank you Karl Pilkington for your Pawsome compliment! 😉

*Media Source: Google Images*

The Leader in Me

Leaders

Leadership has always caught my interest since I was elected by my fellow classmates to be in the Junior Leadership Team (JLT) last month. Since then, I had been planning to write about leadership for the 4th volume of KAKKOII. So, I had been researching about this since October. I chose this topic because it is interesting and everyone can learn something from it. According to the Oxford Dictionary, leader means someone who leads or commands a group, organisation or country.

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Leader vs Manager

The difference between leader and manager is that a leader has followers but a manager has small chances of having any. This is because a manager will say “Do it” and a leader says “Let’s do it”. According to Dr. Auntie in her ‘small lecture’ for me on this topic via FaceTime, if a manager and a leader were both on horses and they walked past a lake, the manager would force the horse to drink the water whereas the leader would inspire the horse to get it to drink the water.

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Leaders: Born or Made?

Now, time for a question which people have been debating about for decades: Are leaders born or made? No one has been able to find out the answer to this dilemma. It is just like the chicken and the egg, which one comes first? No one knows! 🙂 On my opinion, I think that a person was made a leader, it is through learning that he/she could ever become a good leader. They need to polish themselves before they can become one.

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Leaders of The World

There are thousands of inspirational leaders all around the world, either in the present day or in history. Here are some that I personally think are the best!

One of the great leaders which has caught my attention is Winston Churchill, who used his ‘words as weapons’. Dr. Auntie had shared a very PAWSOME article written by Jessica Talarico. The article was about how Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. According to the article which I’ve read, Churchill’s speeches were the most powerful ones in the world. His words were heroic and human and had humour inserted in them too. They were heard by everyone in Britain and reached out to everyone in the world(http://www.iwm.org.uk). Somehow, I feel connected to Churchill as writing is also my weapon and the same like Churchill, I love to insert humour in my writing too! Well  at least, I always think that I’m funny 😀

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Another great leader which has really inspired me was Nelson Mandela. He was the one that freed South African people and stopped them from getting racially abused. He was the president of South Africa. He was born in 1918 and died in 2013 at the age of 95 (http://www.history.com). Have any of you watched the movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”? It is a movie about the life of Nelson Mandela and it is really motivational. I really enjoyed watching it with Mr. Dad. If any of you PAWSOME peeps get the chance, do watch it!

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You might not know it but Mr. Shephard, our principal, is also a leader. He is the principal of two schools, SHP and George Betts. He is passionate about both of them. He tries hard to keep us happy. He’s always looking out for us no matter how busy he is. I must say that he is the most PAWSOME leader I have ever met!

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The last leader that I have picked is Mulan. Remember the movie Mulan which was made in the year of 1998? I wasn’t even born yet. 😀 She may not be real (as some people say) but somehow, I saw her as a great example of a leader! Whenever I think of leader or leadership, Mulan has always came into my mind. From a woman who sat at home weaving away at her loom, she was brave enough to join the army and fight in a war. She even won the war for them. While I was doing my research, I found out that the movie Mulan is related to a woman called Hua Mulan. I don’t know whether it is a coincidence or not but she was the first woman warrior to ever fight in a war (Wikipedia). Mulan is remembered in lots of different ways like songs, poems and plays/movies. Here is a verse out of a peom about her:

The Ballad of Mulan

Click click, and click click click,

By the doorway Mulan weaves.

When all at once the shuttles cease,

A sigh is heard with solemn grief.

“O my daughter who is on your mind?

O my daughter who is in your heart?”

“I have no one on my mind,

I have no one in my heart.

But last night I read the battle roll,

A roll consisting of twelve scrolls.

The Khan is drafting an army of awe,

My father’s name on each beadroll.

Alas Father has no grown son,

Alas Mulan has no elder brother.

But I will buy a saddle and horse

And join the army in place of Father.”

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Leadership

The people in Junior Leadership Team (JLT) are also leaders. Well, kind of. These people were elected by their class and are trusted by them. They try hard to think of ideas to make the school a better place. I am one of them and I hope that I will be able to fulfil my duty as a leader. I have also been chosen to represent my school, along with Nimat, at the Student Council Meeting which will be held on Thursday. This meeting is a pupil forum consisting of 2 pupils elected from each of the local schools. We will be discussing local issues and make decisions about how to help improve the local community. Remember when I said earlier that a leader needs to be polished before they can even become an actual leader? Well, this meeting might be my chance to be polished! Just like Mrs. Mom said, all leaders need training. They need to go through different phases of their life before they can become a leader.

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Now that I know more about leadership, I personally think that leadership should start from home. If I want to learn, then I need to successfully lead Little Miss Diva first! 😀 Even she has her own building leadership qualities. Because of her character, it is hard for me to lead her. She is very challenging even though she’s not even 2 years old yet. However, I have my own tips that I would like to share with all of you:

  1. When I started my magazine, I let her have one too. I made it look real and even came up with a name for it. Mine was KAKKOII, hers was KAWAIIKIDZ.
  2. Whenever I finish a project, I always present it to Mrs. Mom. Before I start mine, I let her present hers first.
  3. When I started this blog, she kept on chanting “blog, blog, blog”. So what I did is to let her have her own imaginary blog by talking about her blog to her and everybody else all the time.

I’d love to stay up and talk about Little Miss Diva all night long but my bed awaits me. So, I think those examples are enough to show my leadership style.

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My responsibility doesn’t stop there as on Mrs. Mom’s side, as the 1st grandson, I need to set a good example not only to my brother and sister but also to my cousins. They always look up on me in everything I do. I wish that one day, I will become an exemplary leader to them and to the world!

p/s: I hope this article has helped you learn a lot more about leaders and leadership. Happy leading!!


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