Thursday, February 15, 2007

winning isn't everything

(missing you)

It's a sad thing that Batai debate english team didn't even make it to the finals this time. Well, there's still next time. Lucky thing the perbahasan team did go into the finals and guess what....WE WON!!!! The perbincangan was "Ibu bapa yang menyebabkan anak-anak terjebak dalam kancah penagihan dadah" and we were the opposition.

All 3 of us (me,daryl,keefe) had a strategy which was to POI or in this case 'izin laluan' the balau speakers to the max. We tried to tackle Wai Meng through POIs since he was like the backbone of the team and he only took a few and he just said "sila duduk" to the rest of the POIs. We really thought that Balau would win since they're speeches were full of peribahasa,pantuns etc. and ours as usual.....were filled with words you hear in everyday lives.

But we still won and congrats to Wai Meng for bein' best speaker. And today Pn Arbayah told us that we need to prepare for another perbahasan (again!) but this time it's actually for an audition for the school team.

Honest to goodness, I'm not too keen in joining the school perbahasan team this year what more with PMR comin' in October. Same as the other 2 boys. But we'll see how it goes....
CREDITS: daryl, keefe, hazwani hashim (thx for ur messages!), cik aznishah, 3 batai......

P/S to mum: howz life in US??missing you to the max rite now...

Saturday, February 03, 2007

3 Batai debate/perbahasan teams rock!!!

3 Batai debate team rox!!! I wouldn't utter these words a few months ago but this week the 3 Batai debate/perbahasan teams really did rock! The English debate motion was "Attending tuition classes is a necessity to one's success" and we were on the oppo team. Our opponent was nonetheless our biggest threat, 3 Belian aka my old debate team.

It wasn't an easy argument but we won and Jo-Yi got best speaker(congrats!). But the real joke was the perbahasan team, actually. We went against 3 Belian...again! The topic was 'Belajar dalam kumpulan adalah lebih baik daripada belajar bersendirian' .(pembangkang) And our team consisted of me, Daryl and Keefe. We prepared for the 'old style' debate when it was actually ala parliment and the belianians were fully prepared.

Man, were we crapping at that time! The propo had all the fancy names and facts (Dr Fadzila Kamsah, Albert Einstein etc.) and WE? All we had was a few vague points and a 'survey' by Murdoch Uni. But at the end of day, our class......WON!!! We knew how to 'putar belit' according to Pn. Nordian. 'cause debate wasn't all 'bout having facts but also manipulating the opponents as well as your debating style which was what we did.

It was really cute to hear Daryl and Keefe spoke in BM. In fact it was funny to hear ALL of us to berbahas dalam BM when we always debated in English especially Keefe's phrase of : 'Sebelum saya melabuhkan punggung......" set the crowd to uproar laughters. And the opponent team also prepared 'pantuns' for their speeches. Not wanting to set an obvious differences on which team was more prepared and which wasn't at all, I came up with one myself during the perbahasan:

Anak Abu datang menyusul,
Dari kedai membeli petai,
Pihak pembangkang membangkang usul,
Kami sokong pendirian kami.

It didn't really rhyme especially at the last bit but hey! was better than nothing. So, next we're up against 3 Balau for both debate and perbahasan which's gonna be next week.

And to those people wo call me a traitor/betrayal to Belian and whatever crap......I'm sorry but it's not like I can do anything 'bout it. But trust me, none of the arguments we came across was an easy one for us.

3 batai debate/perbahasan teams rock!!!