Saturday, September 15, 2012


SMK Kayu Jati’s Fund-Raising Carnival

The 30th June, which happened to be warm and sunny Sunday morning, saw the field of SMK Kayu Jati as a hive of activities. On a day when everyone else was resting at home, glued to their television sets, the students of this school and their parents had sacrificed their beauty sleep to be in school by six-thirty. Reason? They were there to help out with the one-day carnival jointly organized by the school authorities and the Parent-Teacher Association.

The idea for the carnival was mooted by our beloved Principal, Puan Hajah Sri Asmida Saadon , to raise funds for several projects. The school hopes to use the money collected to help needy students pay their tuition fees. The money will also be used to help sponsor twenty students who come from single parent homes. Other than that, the money will also be used to buy new books for the school library as the existing books are torn and tattered. Some reference books are outdated while the fiction books are from our parents’ era.

The parents and teachers had set up stalls offering a variety of mouth-watering dishes. Pn. Ruzi Liyana, the senior assistant, could be seeing slaving over a barbeque pit, fanning sticks of chicken satay and frankfurters. Not to be outdone was the chairman of the PTA, Tuan Haji Nasoha. Together with a few teachers and parents, he could be seen serving his endless streams of customers a variety of ice-blended drinks. Other popular stalls included Pn. Hidayah’s ‘Nyonya Fare’ and Mr. Wee’s ‘Bollywood Cuisine’. I found out that the teachers and parents had slaved hard from three a.m. to prepare the food at home. Judging from the crowd, I can safely say that many of our teachers are good cooks. Moreover, all the food was sold out by 1 p.m. Many visitors who came later were disgruntled but Puan Hajah Sri Asmida saved the day. She had earlier made arrangements with the restaurants nearby to supply food to the school should such situation occur.

The games’ stall were handled by the students themselves. The Ghost House was all-time favourite, with tickets for the day sold out by 12 noon. Many children could be seen trying their hand on mini golf, ‘ride a pony’ and the numerous dart games which offered attractive prizes to winners.

The prefectorial Board members had turned music deejays for the event. For a mere 50 sen, they spun popular English, Malay, Chinese and Hindi songs. Requests for dedications k\ept them busy the whole day.

The carnival was over by 4 p.m. More than three thousand people had turned up to support our carnival. A whooping RM 50 000 was raised. Some parents have suggested that the carnival be made an annual fare as it not only helps the school raise funds for useful projects but also encourages co-operation among all parties involved. Let’s hope that next year’s carnival is even more successful and we can have a much-needed school hall.

Reported by,

Thalathiyah Nawawi

Some Tips on Weight Loss and Weight Management

These days, many teenagers are very concerned about their weight. Many go on crash diets hoping to be transformed into models with svelte figures. Some, who are already slim, embark on such diets to become as skinny as Victoria Beckham. The seriousness with which teens tackle weight issues is worrying as the methods they use, such as going on crash diets and consuming slimming pills, are harmful. This article is therefore written with the aim of giving sensible solutions to weight loss and weight management.

First, one should always eat sensibly. One way to do this is to cut down on foods that are high in sugar and fats such as cakes, biscuits and fast food. You should consume more fibre-rich foods as they keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. Instead of eating white bread, go for whole meal bread. Also, you should consume more vegetables and fruits, especially green leafy vegetables. Be selective of the fruits you eat and avoid those with a high sugar content. One important tip to help in weight management is to chew your food slowly. This way you will eat less. When you eat in a rush, you tend to eat more and the results will show on the scale.

You should never go on crash diets as they are unhealthy. One major reason for this is that you will gain back the weight that you had lost. At the end of it, you might even be heavier than when you first started dieting. Crash diets take a toll on your body. This is detrimental especially to students. When you deprive your body of food, you will feel physically tired and mentally sluggish an this will affect your daily activities and disrupt your studies. Remember, your body needs nutrients in the right amounts to function efficiently.

Another useful tip to reduce your weight is to learn t recognize hunger pangs. Whenever you feel hungry, ask yourself whether you are really hungry. In fact, you might only be thirsty. This way you can cut down on unnecessary calories by drinking plain water instead of reaching for food.

Lastly exercise regularly. No weight loss programme is effective without some form of exercise. Exercise helps to burn calories and you continue burning calories for some time after finishing your exercise routine. Experts recommend that you exercise at least three times a week for a minimum of thirty minutes. There are many forms of exercise you can take up, the easiest of which is walking.

Remember, your goal should be life-long weight management, not just short term weight loss at the expense of your health. Maintaning a healthy lifestyle takes effort especially in a country which is a culinary delight where people eat all the time. You have to be disciplined if you want to achieve and maintain your ideal body weight.

Written by,

Nurul Haziqah Norjahan

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