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Performing the 1Malaysia Song that I Wrote (and my tribute to my country)

By Gloson On October 10, 2010 44 Comments

Today is 10/10/10, a very unique date, because the number 10 signifies perfection. 10 appearing three times in a date signifies perfect perfection ;-) .

So, I would like to quickly release the first version of the 1Malaysia song that I wrote and composed after I finished my UPSR exam on 23 September.

Here’s the video of me performing the song, titled Kita 1Malaysia. I dedicate this song to our beloved Prime Minister and First Lady who initiated the 1Malaysia spirit, & every Malaysian.

In this video, I am wearing Baju Melayu, a traditional Malay outfit. I also sung the song in Malay because it is our national language.

This is the first version of the song. The complete version of it, sung in Tamil, Mandarin and English, with its instrumental, will be uploaded on 20/10/2010! :)

Here are the lyrics of the song:

Kita 1Malaysia

Malaysia, kita Malaysia, kitalah 1Malaysia,
Malaysia, kita Malaysia, kitalah 1Malaysia

Sejiwa, untuk Malaysia,
Sehati, kita bersama
Tak kira, agama dan bangsa,
Bersatu, kita berjaya

Chorus
Kita 1Malaysia,
Kita hidup sejahtera
Kita maju ke hadapan,
Kita 1Malaysia

Malaysia, kita Malaysia, kitalah 1Malaysia, 
Malaysia, kita Malaysia, kitalah 1Malaysia

Hormati, dengan penuh nyata,
Diversiti, kegagahan kita,
Hidupkanlah, jiwa 1Malaysia,
Kesatuan, destini kita

(CHORUS) (x3)

Malaysia, kita Malaysia, kitalah 1Malaysia, 
Malaysia, kita Malaysia, kitalah 1Malaysia

Rakyat didahulukan,
pencapaian diutamakan

(CHORUS)
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We Are 1Malaysia

Here are the lyrics translated into English

Malaysia, we are Malaysia, yes we are 1Malaysia,
Malaysia, we are Malaysia, yes we are 1Malaysia

One spirit for Malaysia,
One heart, we will be together,
Not counting religion or race,
United, we are successful.

Chorus
We are 1Malaysia,
We live in harmony,
We move toward success,
We are 1Malaysia

Malaysia, we are Malaysia, yes we are 1Malaysia,
Malaysia, we are Malaysia, yes we are 1Malaysia

Treat each other with reverence,
Diversity is our strength
Liven up the spirit of 1Malaysia,
Unity is our destiny

(CHORUS) (x3)

Malaysia, we are Malaysia, yes we are 1Malaysia,
Malaysia, we are Malaysia, yes we are 1Malaysia

People first,
Performance now!

(CHORUS)
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There! I hope you like my song! Please come back on 20/10/2010 to watch the complete version of it.*

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, I apologize that the full version is delayed. Still, I’m working on it and I hope to release it as soon as possible! =)

I wrote the song because I would like to express my patriotism and also to share the beauty of my country to the world. My country is made of 3 major races – Malay, Indian, and Chinese. So, we can easily get to know different cultures and religions.

To get to know more about my unique country, you can view my blog post about Malaysia filled with colorful pictures.

The post is about Kuala Lumpur, the “heartbeat” of Malaysia, with modern buildings, landscaped parks, fabulous food, colourful bazaars, multiple cultures-religions-traditions, you name it.

In fact, this blog post is an entry of the Blog4FT contest, in which I won the second place in the Junior category (below 18).

 
Second from right is Datuk Raja Nong Chik, the Minister of the Federal Territories and Urban-wellbeing, who initiated the contest.

I believe it’s a blessing to talk about the beauty of your own country, because in return, you’ll be blessed one way or another.

My tribute to the Prime Minister and the First Lady of Malaysia

5065533578_58f2db78f5 I got to know more about my country when we got a new Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak. I really admire him because he is a very wise Prime Minister, and handsome too. :)

According to his principles, he wants to make sure that the government achieves a society-centered condition.

He always looks for people’s feedback and participation about his ideas so that he can flash out his best policies for his country.

1malaysia His wisdom and humility inspired him to create the 1Malaysia vision, “People First, Performance Now”.

His Government Transformation Programme (GTP) GTPwill lead our country towards a high-income society towards 2020. With his wisdom and diligence, I believe this GTP program will be a success and bless every rakyat (people) of Malaysia..

“You know that when I make a promise I make sure that it is delivered,”  he said on October 8, in front of a crowd of 13,000 Malaysian Telugus at the 150-year Malaysian Telugu Heritage Celebrations. (source: The Star, 9 Oct 2010, pg N2) My Prime Minister is truly a man with highest capability and humility.

rosmahsummit I also adore my First Lady, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, who, to me, is the most beautiful First Lady among all First Ladies in the world. I regard her as the Mother of Love of Malaysia, as she is very focused on children education.

She is the pioneer of the PERMATA Pintar Project, in which she locates gifted children to bring them up in a special school, which is opening next year for gifted teens 15 and above.

Very memorably, last year on 10 July 2009, she took notice of me. So, she and my Prime Minister organized a press release as encouragement and recognition of my talents as a funny poet and a tech blogger.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister read aloud my poem Autumn from my poetry book  Creative & Funny Poetry for Kids, which was published in June 2009. I was very happy that he enjoyed my poem.

I also acted out my poem If I Did Write a Poem, and they enjoyed it and laughed.

(By the way, you can get my poetry book at PoetryTalents.com)

This is one of the most memorable events in my life. I really thank my Prime Minister and my First Lady for giving me such appreciation, recognition, and encouragement. =)

And most recently, my First Lady has organized the first ever First Ladies Summit, themed ”A Child Today, A Leader Tomorrow”, which will be attended by First ladies, ministers and special envoys from 31 different countries.

The summit will focusing on issues pertinent to children, such as poverty, domestic violence, stress, lack of parental care, etc.

The purpose of the summit was to discuss the matters above in order to find solutions to  the problems so that

  1. rosmahwithchildrenthe current generation of children will grow up to become good leaders.
  2. the future generation will not have the face the problems mentioned.

You can see that the reason I call her the Mother of Love is because she is really diligent in taking care of issues related to the welfare, especially the education, of children.

Meanwhile, my country’s education system is very advanced. Part of the GTP is the National Key Results Area (NKRA), which aims to provide accessibility to quality education. It focuses on four areas – pre-school education: the literacy and numeracy programme (LINUS); high muhyiddunperformance schools (HPS); and improved performance management of head teachers and principals.

MOE A great thanks to our Minister of Education, Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin Yassin, (who is also the Deputy Prime Minister; left) and his team in MOE for providing quality education for all.

I feel so proud to be a Malaysian  student because our country’s education system is always being updated and upgraded. :)

Photo credits: The Prime Minister’s flickrThe Malaysian Insider, First Ladies Summit, MOE official site
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On 10/10/10, I also gave a special present to the Prime Minister of Malaysia after his speech in MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association). The present is a portrait of him that I drew and a poem of him that I wrote to show my appreciation for his excellence in leading the country and for his birthday.

While I was giving my present to him, I told him that this is my special portrait for him for his birthday. He looked at it and enjoyed it, and jokingly asked me why I drew his moustache all black and his hair all white. Then everybody laughed =P . Haha. Actually, I drew it like that because it makes my Prime Minister look more fun and handsome.

He showed my portrait and poem to the press who were busy photographing him. I found out that the photograph was published in Sin Chew Daily. A big thank you to Sin Chew for acknowledging my gifts. :D

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From right to left: MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, my mom Grace, & me.

Here is the large version of the portrait and the poem.

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There! I hope you have enjoyed my song, my tribute to my country, and my portrait and my poem of the Prime Minister! :)

Hope you all readers have a great day! Cheers! =)



My Guest Post: 11 Sure-Fire Ways to Annoy Your Readers & What I’ve Been Doing

By Gloson On June 29, 2010 15 Comments

Hi everyone! How’s everything going? :-)

My Guest Post

annoyedRecently, I have made a guest post on my friend Gerald Weber’s blog. It’s called

11 Sure-fire Ways to Annoy Your Readers
(Please Don’t Do This)

It talks about 11 sure-fire ways to annoy your readers. Read it so that you would know what to avoid to not annoy your readers. :-)

Here is one of the points of the post:

1. Writing in gigantic blocks of text

Big text blogs are easy to get lost in. They also strain eyes and make reading difficult.

Because it’s hard to scan. Let alone read.

In fact, a study shows that only 16% of your readers read word-by-word. The rest mostly scan. So at least make it scannable.

I suggest keeping paragraphs 1 to 7 lines long. Then your readers would read your post relaxingly and enjoyably. Ahhhh… 8)

So are you unknowingly annoying your readers?

Go to the post to find out!

11 Sure-fire Ways to Annoy Your Readers (Please Don’t Do This)

I’ll really appreciate it if you could leave a comment or tweet it :-) . Thanks!

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What I’ve been doing: The Creative 5 Program

Some of you might have been wondering why I haven’t been posting in a while. Well, it was because my mom and I are doing a project.

It’s a program called The Creative 5.

“Uhh.. well, what’s so creative about
The Creative 5?”

Well, it uses the same 5 story characters, Feathers, Swan, Tablets, Rainbow, and Butterfly, to create over 90 different 5-short-paragraph stories!

It might sound simple but actually it is very challenging to create with these 5 characters a 5=short-paragraph story that is unique, creative, and interesting.

So, if you think you can do it, congratulations! You can join The Creative 5 contest. You only have to pay $1 USD to join, and you’ll also get The Creative 5 Book 1, which usually costs $10.

So, start having fun tickling your creative brain cells and write your own The Creative 5 story now! :-)
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By the way, I’ve been featured in Tamar Weinberg’s post How Young is Too Young? along with other very young bloggers like myself. Please check them out! =)

So, how are things going for you? I hope you’re doing awesome! :-)

Cheers!
Gloson



My Most Enjoyable Holiday in KL in Dec 09

By Gloson On January 5, 2010 24 Comments

Last month, my friends on facebook told me about the Blog4FT contest, a contest in which you blog about the Federal Territories of Malaysia.

When I was about 6 years old, I had been to many places in Kuala Lumpur.

Now I am 11 years old. So, I took advantage of this great opportunity to explore and rediscover Kuala Lumpur, the exciting capital of Malaysia, because I believed there would be deeper things for me to learn, and then, to share. I guessed this is the purpose of the contest too.

So, I persuaded my mom to bring me on a tour to the exciting and amazing places in Kuala Lumpur (KL) as it was my school holiday too.

After a 2-week journey, I would like to share with you the most remarkable places I’ve visited and the impression and feeling they left in my heart, in this blog post.

1. The two iconic buildings of Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC Park

(Official site)

The Petronas Twin Towers are more beautiful than I can describe. With 88 floors, it is 452 meters high and it was built on the world’s deepest foundations: 375 feet! It cost about RM 4.1 billion! It will surely last forever for generations to be inspired by.

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Truly, it is the most majestic building in Malaysia to me. Just look at how high it is! Although it is not the highest building in the whole world, it’s structure is simply marvelous.

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As a patriotic Malaysian, I would like to say that our Petronas Twin Towers is still virtually higher than Burj Dubai, the highest building in the world. So let’s do some maths.

Burj Dubai = 828 metres.

Petronas Twin Tower 1 = 452 metres
+
Petronas Twin Tower 2 = 452 metres
=
904 metres

compare

Original image source.

So two is better than one! ;-)

But even though if I don’t use my imagination and use photoshop to stack the twin towers up, it is still the tallest in the world as twin buildings. Oh yeah!

When night comes, the towers light up ever so beautifully, like twinkling stars in the night city sky. It’s really a beautiful sight for everybody to enjoy!

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The skybridge is a really thrilling attraction. It was really an exhilarating experience to be up there. It was so breathtaking. The view of Kuala Lumpur was really near-at-hand.

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The Skybridge is known as the gateway to the future.

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A close-at-hand view of the KLCC park and the city from the skybridge.

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Jumping for joy before the tour guide called us to leave.

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In the Petronas Twin Towers are many other attractions too, such as Petrosains, The Discovery Centre – a really fun science discovery centre for kids, and also adults.

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There is also the Petronas Art Gallery, a world-class art gallery. I really enjoyed the artwork of local and international artists and sculptors because the designs were so fine & intricate!

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These two attractions are located within Suria KLCC, a mega shopping mall (that has everything under the sun) at the base of the towers.

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I really enjoyed being at the Petronas Twin Towers because there were so many fun and attractive attractions where I can enjoy and have fun with!

Click here to the full story of my fun adventure!



My Poem Performance of “Once Upon a Twice”

By Gloson On October 11, 2009 22 Comments

Hi there. Last week, I was quite busy with the Once Upon a Twice online YouTube recitation contest.

Once Upon a Twice is a creative Jabberwocky-like poem written by Denise Doyen. The book tells a story of a young and adventurous but naive mousling called Jam, who gone through a thrilling experience of life.

So one day, I received an email from the author who got to know me through my action poems on Youtube. She invited me to join the contest, which I happily agreed.

Because the poem was so creative, I was motivated to compose music and songs to the poem too. It’s my first time composing a song by the way, and I really enjoyed the process!

Due to some busy events, I almost couldn’t enter the contest, which ends on 10th October 2009.

Luckily, my mom encouraged me and I was able to act out and upload the video at 3:30 pm 10th October 2009, Pacific Time.

So, here is the video of me reciting Once Upon a Twice below. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the poem and so, my performance too:

Update (12 October 2009): Huray! I have been just informed that I am the international winner of the contest. Thank you very much to the author who has created such a wonderful poem. I really enjoyed creating the performance!

OUAT

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