Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Between 8-year-old blues boy and jealous older musicians

Tallan 'T-Man' Latz

When I saw his videos in YouTube, I feel shy. I feel shy because his only 8 years old and he has;
- 13 guitars
- 2 bands
- endorsements from at least 9 companies to use their equipment
- permission to play in the House of Blues in Chicago
- jammed with Les Paul and Jackson Browne
- a summer of festivals scheduled
- attract interest from venues worldwide
- and last but not least drawn jealousy from older musicians which sent anonymous letter threatening him not to perform in the public

- such a waste

-a blues guitar prodigy

Monday, August 4, 2008

Ujian Penilaian Modul 5

Ujian Penilaian Modul 5
Tingkatan 1 & 2
4 - 6 Ogos 2008

Semoga berjaya

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Return of the King

Durian, king of fruits return in PESTA BUAH-BUAHAN SSBJ '08
(3 OGOS 2008)

The durian is the fruit of trees from the genus Durio belonging to the Malvaceae, a large family which includes hibiscus, okra, cotton, mallows, and linden trees. Widely known and revered in Southeast Asia as the "King of Fruits", the fruit is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow up to 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale-yellow to red, depending on the species.

The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Regarded by some as fragrant, others as overpowering and offensive, the smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust. The odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia.

The durian, native to Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, has been known to the western world for about 600 years. The British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace famously described its flesh as "a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds" in the 19th century. The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and is used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines. The seeds can also be eaten when cooked. The name durian comes from the Malay word duri (thorn) with suffix -an.

There are 30 recognised Durio species, at least nine of which produce edible fruit. Durio zibethinus is the only species available in the international market: other species are sold in their local regions. There are hundreds of durian cultivars; most of them have a common name and a code number starting with "D". Many consumers express preferences for specific cultivars, which fetch higher prices in the market.(Wikipedia)

Enough of the words, now lets eat!

Only hands. Knife is not allowed.

Kiss the durian.

We are hungry. Sorry, no sharing.

Lotak sobiji dalam bas baru kono

Durian is sweet but not as sweet as you

Friday, August 1, 2008



Monday, September 10, 2007

King of the High Cs Is Dead at 71

The music world lost one of its greats last week. Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti whose vibrant high C's and ebullient showmanship made him one the world's most beloved tenors, died early Thursday Sept. 6, 2007, at his home near Modena, in northern Italy. He was 71. His extraordinary talent, coupled with a larger-than-life persona, transcended the opera stage. His ringing and pristine sound set a standard for operatic tenors of the postwar era. His voice and smile was a fixture in soccer stadiums, concert halls and Olympic ceremonies for a generation.

The Three Tenors

‘I think it's an enjoyment; I don't think it's a job. It's not a profession; it is an enjoyment. I'm telling you the truth’
-Luciano Pavarotti

‘I always admired the God-given glory of his voice - that unmistakable special timbre from the bottom up to the very top of the tenor range’
-Placido Domingo

‘The best memories are the ones in intimacy. We have to remember him as the great artist he was, a man with such a wonderful charismatic personality’
-Jose Carreras

Monday, August 27, 2007

Giant Living Paintings Made of People

Big Horn Sky, Bishop, CA 2005 - 950 Kids and Teachers.
This rock art version of the endangered Sierra Big Horn sheep was photographed
from a hot air balloon.

750 students and teachers form a 160ft loon floating in "Lake Goodwill" made from
900 square feet of blue jeans from local thrift shops.See story by 8th graders.
"I've been at John.T.Tuck School for 17 years and have never seen anything capture the
hearts of the school like this!" - Helen Beare, 5th Grade Teacher

"Art for the Sky encourages the un-seen through subtle clues like sky sight and having us
imagine seeing through an animal's eyes. This definitely encouraged me to think outside
the box and will do so for a long time." Alex F. Sixth Grade

S K Y B O N E S - Dry Hollow Elementary, The Dalles, OR. 2004 (450 kids and teachers).

In April, 2007, the Community Independent School in Pittsboro, North Carolina formed this nearly extinct bird in a pasture near their school with 100 participants and lots of clothes. Hear a beautiful song about the Ivory Billed called The Great God Bird, by singer songwriter, Sufjan Stevens. Read about the remarkable tale of this bird's recent emergence from the realms of extinction.
Cuddling in white to form the Ivory Billed Woodpecker above . . .

Human Eruption!

Tree of Life, Ashland, Oregon - April, 2003
On the school basketball court, 250 kids and teachers form "the tree of life" modeled after a 100 year old cypress in front of Briscoe Elementary School planted when the school was built. As with each sky art project, participants bodily experience their interconnection with one another as many leaves on a single tree, each one equally important to the whole.

700 students and staff from Liberty Middel School in Camas, WA took the shape
of the head of the very endangered White Lion. The title, Lion Eyes, is at the heart of the
teachings of Art For the Sky . . . we need to evolve into beings who know how to see through the eyes of all beings. As we are learning these days, since everything on Earth is interconnected, the best way to care for ourselves, is to take care of the needs of lions, salmon, whales, etc.. February, 2007.

450 children and teachers gather during the Telluride Mt. Film Festival
in 2005 and take the form of a 150 ft. golden eagle.

850 students and teachers pay tribute to the world's largest freshwater fish.
Gresham, Orgeon.

"Art for the Sky' has enlightened our students to a magnificent kind of art that can only
be achieved by the coming together of many individuals to make one. We have been truly
inspired by your vision!" -Sue Carter, Principal, Gardner School, Vancouver, WA.

January 2007. 450 students and teachers help form the design of the
endangered California condor in a celebration of it's hopeful return to the skys of Oregon. Children learned about the power of awakening their "SkySight" . . . using
our imaginations to see not only from above, but through the eyes of all beings.

If only it were this easy to awaken our sky sight!

Manatee Elementary School, Port St. Lucie, Florida 2007
1400 students and teachers form a 250 ft tall Manatee
with it's head above the water.

Manatee Elementary School, Port St. Lucie, Florida 2007
1400 students and teachers form a 250 ft tall Manatee
with it's head above the water.

500 kids formed a fire breathing dragon. On cue . . . the yellow tail
students ran through the neck and out the mouth breathing fire!

900 students and teachers form a cougar running across Des Moines, Iowa in
February 2006.The weather for the event was 20 degrees with 20 mph winds!

A sun was added to this Columbia Gorge petroglyph of a deer (140 students
and teachers) to celebrate the fact that Mosier School is 20% solar powered.
Below, kids have fun with their thrift shop clothing finds used to make the antlers.

A sun was added to this Columbia Gorge petroglyph of a deer (140 students
and teachers) to celebrate the fact that Mosier School is 20% solar powered.
Below, kids have fun with their thrift shop clothing finds used to make the antlers.

The clouds parted just in time for the sun to shine on 400 students,
teachers and parents in the shape of a dove bearing cherries during
McKinley School's celebration of International Peace Week.

650 kids and teachers form the Sky Salmon at the Knight
Elementary School in Oregon in November, 2000.

When participants leave an image, one is reminded of extinction . . .
in this case, what happens to salmon runs when we don't take care of rivers,
mountains and forests.