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Updates: A New Short Film, Secondary School, and Happy New Year!

By Gloson On January 23, 2011 34 Comments

What’s up people of the world? :D

First of all, I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous 2011!

2010 has been a great year for me and I hope it was a great year for you too :)

I was going to post this earlier, but I’ve been really, really busy since it’s been the first weeks of secondary school.

Here are 6 events in 2010 that are very special to me.

  1. I was the first runner-up in the Blog4FT contest.
  2. I wrote my 1Malaysia song.
  3. I became a host for TV2’s program Kembara@Kids on 2. (Watch me! – RTM TV2, each Saturday, shown during cartoon breaks every half hour from 7:30am – 10:00am [i.e. 7:30, 8:00, 8,30 ... 10:00])
  4. I got 5A’s in the UPSR exam!
  5. My second poetry book, Creative Row Your Boats, was appreciated and ordered by the National Libraries of Malaysia.
  6. I made my first short film!

Secondary School

So yeah, I’ve turned 13 years old on January 3rd, 2011, so I’m no longer 12 years old. *sighs* Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

(Hahaha. Get it? “Fruit flies” *like* a banana. :P )

So now, I’m in Victoria Institution (aka V.I.) secondary school. I’m really thankful I got into this school, because it is one of the oldest schools in Kuala Lumpur.

The first weeks of school has been great for me. I made a lot of new friends.

I stay in a hostel, and I can only get to go back home approximately once a week, so I couldn’t go online frequently, at the moment.

Short Film: The Highest Skyscraper on Earth

My first short film, is called The Highest Skyscraper on Earth, based on my poem. I finished it during the last week of December 2009. It is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

Here it is! :)

I hope you enjoyed it!

I’ll really appreciate it if you can give it a thumbs up/favorite on YouTube or share it with your friends. Thanks a lot! :)

It took me about 1 week to finish the whole thing because I had to illustrate the illustrations, edit the video, and compose the music too.

If you want to see how I made it, here is the making-of and behind-the-scenes. Although it is 10 minutes, I hope you take the time to watch it :) .

I hope you enjoyed both videos! Thank you very much for viewing them! :)

Plans for Gloson Blog

Even though I live in a hostel, I’ll do my best to find a way to manage my blog as well.

And maybe, since I’ve done the making-of for my short film, I think I’ll consider vlogging (or video-blogging) because you can be more creative with it and your readers will get to know you on a more personal level. Vlogging is a thing that complements your blogging!

Also, I’ve got a blog post by a guest blogger coming up on the 31st of January. More interesting posts are on the way too, so stay tuned my dear readers! :)

Cheers and Bestest Regards,
Gloson



I’m the 1st Runner-up in the Blog4FT Contest!

By Gloson On March 30, 2010 32 Comments

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Hi guys! I am glad to announce that I am the 1st runner-up in the Blog4FT (Federal Territories) contest!

Blog4FT is a blogging contest in which you are to blog about the Federal Territories of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, or Labuan).

The main goal of this contest is to make a positive impact about the Federal Territories on the web.

It ran for 3 months (October 5, 2009 – January 5, 2010).

Each month, several entries from each category (Public, Media, and Junior) are shortlisted for the final prize.

I posted my contest entry, My Most Enjoyable Holiday in KL in Dec 09, in the last month of the competition. It’s about my enjoyable journey through Kuala Lumpur, the exciting capital of Malaysia.

The Blog4FT Prize-giving ceremony was on March 28, 2010. All the monthly winners were invited to the ceremony.

Me in the Blog4FT T-shirt posing at the ballroom behind the VVIP table before it started.

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When Datuk Raja Nong Chik, the Minister of Federal Territories and Urban-wellbeing entered the ballroom, a drum band performed to welcome him. Their rhythmic performance was totally awesome!

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Datuk Raja Nong Chik made his speech about Blog4FT. He said the web is making a big impact on the lives of Malaysians, which was one of the reasons he started Blog4FT.

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He also said he has a ‘facebook hour’, in which he interacts with comments, complaints and 50suggestions on facebook.

He is really one of the first ministers who uses social media to listen to people! :D

Then, dinner was served, and all of us enjoyed the delicious menu.

Junior Category (18 and below)

2nd Runner-up

After that was the time everyone had been waiting for – the prize-giving part! The winners of the Junior category were announced first.

Sharifah Hani was the 2nd runner-up (3rd), for her entry, Kuala Lumpur: The Lost Art of The “Serunai Burung”. She won a Dell Studio Hybrid and an iPod touch. Congratulations!

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And to my excitement, Gloson (me) was the 1st runner-up (2nd) for my entry, My Most Enjoyable Holiday in KL in Dec 09! :D

I ran up to the stage and received the prizes and the medal from Datuk Raja Nong Chik, the Minister of Federal Territories and Urban-wellbeing.

I won a Dell Studio Hybrid, an iPod touch, and a Sony PSP. I am very thankful to you readers, for voting for my entry and supporting me! :-)

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Another photo ;-) . On the left, beside me, is Datuk Ahirudin Atan [a.k.a. Rocky], the Chief Judge of the contest.

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Grand prize winner

Yeow Minyi was announced the Grand Prize Winner (1st), for her entry, 350! 350! I SAY 350!!!! She won a Dell Studio Hybrid, a Sony PlayStation 3,  a Sony PSP, and an iPod Touch! Wow! Congratulations! :D

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The winners from the Junior Category. :D

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Media Category

2nd Runner-up

Then the winners from the Media category were announced. Azizul Fahmi Ahmad Zabidi was the 2nd runner-up for his entry, Cerita kemasyhuran Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad. He won a Dell Studio Hybrid and a BlackBerry Bold!

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Sonny Ikmal Bin Ahmad Kamil was the 1st runner-up, for his entry Pasar Chow Kit, Pasar Satu Malaysia! He won a Naza Prisma Motorbike, a Dell Studio Hybrid, and a MacBook (I’ve always wanted one)! Woohoo!

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Grand Prize Winner

My friend, Niki Cheong, who featured me as a twitterer in the press last year, was the Grand prize winner! He won a Kia Optima Novus car, for his entry My Bangsar! Congratulations Niki (The guy in the hat)! :D

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Public Category

2nd Runner-up

After that, the winners of the Public category were announced. Loke Seng Hon was the 2nd runner-up, for his entry, History, Heritage & Architecture – All in KL & Putrajaya. He won a Dell Studio Hybrid and a BlackBerry Bold!

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1st Runner-up

Nigel Sia was the 1st runner-up for his post, Thankful (A video that has great reasons why Malaysians should be thankful). It was later projected on the screen for everyone to watch as they finish their meal.

He won a Naza Prisma motorbike, a Dell Studio Hybrid and a Macbook! As he was receiving the “key”, I could hear many of his friends cheering him! Go Nigel (Center)!

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Grand Prize Winner of the Contest

Emila Yusof is the grand prize winner for her entry, KL: A to Z Fun Things to do & Places to Visit with kids, a unique, colorful and fun flipbook filled with drawings she drawn herself!

She won a Peugeot 308 VTi car! Woohoo! Unfortunately, she was not able to come to the ceremony as she was flying back from Italy. So, her husband and her cute little boy came to represent her.

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Emila Yusof was interviewed by Blog4FT and it was featured on the screen as dinner was served. You should really go see Emila’s drawings in the flipbook. They’re truly amazing! She has also blogged about her prize on her blog.

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Winners posing on the stage. 1Malaysia!

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Me with the grand prize winner of the Media category, Niki Cheong.

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Me with Nigel Sia, 1st runner-up in the Public category.

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Shaking hands with Datuk Raja Nong Chik. :-)

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Outside, the winners were posing with their brand new shiny vehicles! Here’s Niki Cheong with his brand new shiny Kia Optima Novus!

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What a shiny and beautiful car! Niki has also blogged about his winnings on his blog.

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Nigel Sia (right) from the Public category posing with his Naza Prisma motorbike (He blogged about this on his blog). On the left is Sonny Ikmal Bin Ahmad Kamil (Media category) with his motorbike. Datuk Raja Nong Chik posed stylishly in the middle 8) .

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Here’s Yassin, the son of Emila Yusof, the grand prize winner from the Public category posing with his mom’s brand new car. Picture taken from her blog post about her winnings.

Wow! It’s a shiny brand new silver car!

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Us posing together before we went back home. From left to right: Datuk Rocky (The Chief Judge), Yeow Minyi, Nigel Sia, Niki Cheong, and me.

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Me posing with the prizes when I reached home. From up to down, Sony PSP, Dell Studio Hybrid, iPod touch, Medal of being the 1st runner-up, certificate for being a December month winner, and Isetan and Borders vouchers.

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The next morning…

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Once again, I want to say a big thank you to you guys for supporting me and voting for me, and for being a reader of my blog. I couldn’t have made it without you!

Cheers everyone! :-) :-)



I’m Officially the Youngest Published Poet in Malaysia

By Gloson On September 9, 2009 41 Comments

IMG_7719Today (09/09/09), I am enlisted in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) as the youngest published poet in Malaysia. I feel very honored to be enlisted in MBR.

I want to thank MBR for organizing this event, and Dato’ Danny Ooi for founding MBR. They have personal achievement records and group event records. The personal achievement records help encourage the person while the group records help to build the spirit of teamwork. I am very proud to be a Malaysian.

I am also very grateful to my mother and father for supporting my hobby and lifting it into the professional level.

First, Azrene, the Head of Research in MBR, emailed me to ask me to join the Malaysia Book of Records on July 13 after my appearance with the Prime Minister on the press on 11 July.

Then, they had to confirm that I am the youngest poet by checking the bookstores for poetry books that were written by kids no older than 9. None were found.

On 5 September, I was invited to their office and they asked me to write a funny poem based on the topics they chose on the spot. So, here is the poem (I took one hour to finish it):

My Kitty’s Adventure

My kitty was so bored of me
for I hug him all day.
He chose to take a small break
and go for a holiday.

He jumped into my toy plane.
He didn’t want to stay.
He buckled up his seatbelt
and zoomed out of the way.

With his great catty power,
he went out my open door.
He flew into the big blue skies.
He wanted to explore.

But there was a big thunderstorm.
The plane was struck by lightning!
He then began to crash! Oh no!
I’m sure that it was frightening.

Good thing he learned to swim because
he crashed into a river.
Bad thing it was the Angel Falls!
He then began to shiver.

He fell 1000 meters from
that great, tall waterfall.
He fell onto an ape that thought
my kitty was a ball.

And with his strength, he threw my kitty
up into the sky.
(I wish that I were him because
I always wished to fly.)

At that time, I was gazing at some
pretty clouds of red.
Then I saw my kitty flying.
Then he landed on my head!

“My darling, it is you!” I said.
I was indeed delighted!
”Meow! Meow! Meow!” he loudly sang
as we were reunited.

After finishing, I also acted out the poem on the spot in front of the founder of MBR, Dato’ Danny Ooi. After that, my mother chose this date (09/09/09) to receive the record certificate.

My mother chose 09/09/09 because number 9 in Chinese culture means ‘forever’.. After receiving the certificate, then my mother realized this date was really God-given, because my Chinese name is Teh You Heng. “You” means protection from God. “Heng” means forever.

Here are some photos from the event. I want to thank Simon Liew (A kind friend I met online) for helping me take all these nice photos (Yes, all photos here are taken by him).

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MBR Founder Dato’ Danny Ooi presenting me my record certificate

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Me performing my poem, “The Fly”, using the music and sound effects I composed on keyboard.

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Me acting out my poem, “My Dad’s Obsessed With Elephants”.

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Me with Simon Liew, the kind guy who helped me take all these photos.

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Family photo.

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My brother, Rockson, was invited to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”, too.

Holding a personal record in the Malaysia Book of Records has certainly encouraged me to become a better person each day.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Cheers!



Happy 1st Birthday to Gloson Blog

By Gloson On July 26, 2009 23 Comments

GlosonBlog1stBdayHooray!

It’s Gloson Blog’s birthday!

It has been 1 year after I have posted the first post (24 July 2008) on this blog. So, Happy (Belated) Birthday to Gloson Blog!

Sorry I didn’t make this post on time. it was because I was busy with my schoolwork and the audio version of my poetry book.

Phew! This year is the fastest year I’ve ever experienced in my life!

Anyway, I love you guys for all your support in making Gloson Blog what it is today!

Posts You Might Like to Read

I have written exactly 99 posts (including this) in my first year of blogging. Here are some good ones I thought you might like to read.

Milestones

Here are some milestones Gloson Blog achieved during its first year:

  • 99 Posts (Almost a hundred! Aww man!)
  • 474 Comments.
  • Google PageRank: 4
  • 36,000 unique visitors, according to AWStats
  • 233,000 pageviews, according to AWStats
  • 800 Subscribers

Acknowledgements

I want to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all my readers and friends who have supported and helped me. Below are my special friends to whom I want to give special thanks. None in particular order ;-) .

*Please don’t be sad if I accidentally missed you out. Please notify me about it… ;-)

I want to thank my beloved country’s Prime Minister and First Lady for giving me such recognition and encouragement on 10th of July 2009. I also want to thank the press reporters and TV crews for taking interest in me. I also thank my parents for motivating me to start this blog.

100th Post…

I’ll write about how blogging has helped me in my life on my next post, which is the 100th post, so, stay tuned! ;-)

It’s up! - 22 Reasons for You to Blog

Cheers!
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