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Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Events

Saturday marked the 11th Canon Photomarathon in Malaysia. The number of participants had increased this year, it seemed. It didn’t look that way to me… Registration was at 7am at usual. By 8am, most of the counters were already freed up. The event started with the normal instructions at 8.45am. This year, there was also a special 30th anniversary theme – “Moments that Matter”. The first theme was “Grin”. It was super difficult to catch people grinning candidly so early in the morning. I finally managed to get this lady on the monorail… The second theme was “Rain”. I could see that most of the contestants were stumped at first. The skies were a little grey, yes, but there was not a single drop of rain. A lot of photographers decided to get creative. My entry for the second theme was a lucky shot… And finally, the third theme was announced – “Silhouette”. The sun was nowhere to be seen. I decided to just submit something close by… And yes, there’s the finisher medal! Not bad – it’s quite heavy. Winning photos are not up yet, but should be available here...

Canon Photomarathon 2017

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Events

(Photo courtesy of Canon Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.) Now in its 11th year, Canon Photomarathon is back. This year, again, the contest would be held in Berjaya Times Square on 9 September 2017. Canon Malaysia’s Facebook page has been actively promoting the event. This year’s T-shirt design has been left to the fans to decide, through a Facebook competition. Also, they have announced that contestants who submit all three photos would be entitled to a great-looking gold medal. The registration is open, and can be found here. See you...

Diabolo Championship

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Events

I got to know about the Diabolo Championship at Atria Shopping Mall recently by chance. It was a one-day event, but I only managed to catch the first part – the under-twelves. Diabolo, or Chinese yo-yo, is an old sport from China. It is a juggling prop that consists of an axle and two hourglass-shaped cups. The objective is to spin the diabolo on a string. The children were spectacular. They managed to control at least two diabolos on the same string. One child even managed to control three of them! It was great to see the children working hard at this – they seemed to enjoy keeping the old tradition alive. Let’s hope we can see more of these old sports in...

Another Graduation…

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Personal

(Picture courtesy of Aishath Raya.) And there goes another batch of graduates… Every year, students complete their courses, and move on with their lives. But what, exactly, are they going on to? What did we prepare them for? This year was a little different. Just before graduation, I lost not one, but two of my ex-students. The first one was one of my first students in SEGi Kota Damansara. He was a good student in the Interior Design course. He was attentive in class… a little prone to debates, but still progressed well. I only saw the occasional posts on Facebook after graduation, but he looked like he was doing well. Learning of his death was a big blow. And then, not even two days later… I heard that a Fairview ex-student had also passed away. I only taught her for that one quarter, but I remember her well – cheerful and outgoing, a popular girl all around with her classmates. I was looking forward to seeing her on Honours’ Day. As a teacher, students touch our lives in so many ways – even if we only have them in class for a single session. I remember most of...