Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Hello everyone. It seems quite awhile since the last post. Oh well. CHRISTMAS TODAY!
Why don't we sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus Christ :)

Oh well, dreaming and enjoying in this happy and delighted moments of X'mas, take a look on where "things about X'mas" originates from.

Christmas- An Ancient Holiday

The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.

In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire. The people would feast until the log burned out, which could take as many as 12 days. The Norse believed that each spark from the fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born during the coming year.

The end of December was a perfect time for celebration in most areas of Europe. At that time of year, most cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during the winter. For many, it was the only time of year when they had a supply of fresh meat. In addition, most wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking.

In Germany, people honored the pagan god Oden during the mid-winter holiday. Germans were terrified of Oden, as they believed he made nocturnal flights through the sky to observe his people, and then decide who would prosper or perish. Because of his presence, many people chose to stay inside.

Santa Clause-have your red socks ready!

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas's popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.

Christmas Tree - place where angel dances at the tip!

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.

In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and is called the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become sick and weak. They celebrated the solstice because it meant that at last the sun god would begin to get well. Evergreen boughs reminded them of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun god was strong and summer would return.

The ancient Egyptians worshipped a god called Ra, who had the head of a hawk and wore the sun as a blazing disk in his crown. At the solstice, when Ra began to recover from the illness, the Egyptians filled their homes with green palm rushes which symbolized for them the triumph of life over death.

Early Romans marked the solstice with a feast called the Saturnalia in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture. The Romans knew that the solstice meant that soon farms and orchards would be green and fruitful. To mark the occasion, they decorated their homes and temples with evergreen boughs. In Northern Europe the mysterious Druids, the priests of the ancient Celts, also decorated their temples with evergreen boughs as a symbol of everlasting life. The fierce Vikings in Scandinavia thought that evergreens were the special plant of the sun god, Balder.

Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.

Most 19th-century Americans found Christmas trees an oddity. The first record of one being on display was in the 1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania, although trees had been a tradition in many German homes much earlier. The Pennsylvania German settlements had community trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans.

It is not surprising that, like many other festive Christmas customs, the tree was adopted so late in America. To the New England Puritans, Christmas was sacred. The pilgrims's second governor, William Bradford, wrote that he tried hard to stamp out "pagan mockery" of the observance, penalizing any frivolity. The influential Oliver Cromwell preached against "the heathen traditions" of Christmas carols, decorated trees, and any joyful expression that desecrated "that sacred event." In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts enacted a law making any observance of December 25 (other than a church service) a penal offense; people were fined for hanging decorations. That stern solemnity continued until the 19th century, when the influx of German and Irish immigrants undermined the Puritan legacy.

In 1846, the popular royals, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. Unlike the previous royal family, Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at court immediately became fashionable—not only in Britain, but with fashion-conscious East Coast American Society. The Christmas tree had arrived.

By the 1890s Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the U.S. It was noted that Europeans used small trees about four feet in height, while Americans liked their Christmas trees to reach from floor to ceiling.

The early 20th century saw Americans decorating their trees mainly with homemade ornaments, while the German-American sect continued to use apples, nuts, and marzipan cookies. Popcorn joined in after being dyed bright colors and interlaced with berries and nuts. Electricity brought about Christmas lights, making it possible for Christmas trees to glow for days on end. With this, Christmas trees began to appear in town squares across the country and having a Christmas tree in the home became an American tradition.

Oh well, I guess enough HISTORIES! Though, people now celebrate christmas as resemblance of and memorial of birth of Savior Lord Jesus Christ, the celebration goes for everyone, including our ethnics friends :) I guess this is what makes Malaysia the multiracial country a REAL UNIQUE one.

Oh yeah, Merry Christmas to everyone, from BSM SMK Methodist Sibu.. HEY SANTA WAIT!................

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Hey EVERYONE! HOW'S HOLIDAY.. Hrmm.. Two months free from homework and school, kinda cool, isn't it.Well, Prefect Camp just ended, and Suzanne got SICK. :( anyway, here are some interesting facts about health, and of those you would never know, and would never want to know either :) Check it out.

  • In the 1800's, people believed that gin could cure stomach problems.( Gin is a spirit flovoured by juniper berries! Those who read Detective Conan should know this! The bad guys' names! Gin and Vodka!)
  • Rats destroy an estimated 1/3 of the world’s food supply each years. (hey Mickey mouse, did you just take my Honeystars?)
  • Sex is the safest tranquilizer in the world. It is 10 times more effective than valium!( Boys, never try this out please.. Girls.. ermm.. maybe. oh ya, tranquilizer is 安眠/催眠剂)
  • Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine when it was initially introduced. (cocaine is type of painkiller. You know, before coca cola was really a carbonated drink, it is headache medicine)
  • Chocolate was used as medicine during the 18th century. It was believed that chocolate could cure a stomach ache.(well well, girls, consider it ^^)
  • The only "real" food that U.S. Astronauts are allowed to take into space is pecan nuts. (thats why, whenever astronauts were back to earth, first thing they gonna scold is "NUTS")
  • Left handed people live slightly shorter lives than right handed people.
  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television. (this is a sole good reason, whenever teacher scolds you sleeping in class, tell him you are keeping fit!)
  • Chocolate contains the same chemical, phenyl ethylamine that your brain produces when you fall in love. (finally, I found the reason why Chocolate is the best gift for couples during Valentine =/)
  • Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.(Yawn..oi Mariah.. where are my APPLE and newspaper?)
  • If a surgeon in Ancient Egypt lost a patient while performing an operation, his hands were cut off. (think twice before you become a doctor :O)
Ermm.. that's more than enough for today. :)Keep posting, and I will keep posted .

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Visitation to Blind Centre

The Visitation was held on the 1st November 2008, at Blind Centre. Many thanks for Miss Yong for organizing the cleaning so well, and many thanks to the teacher advisors, Excos, AJKs and members for volunteering to come and clean the centre.

Haiz...This Evelyn...So immature! Evelyn! Leave comment! HAHA!

[caption] In the jungle, the mighty jungle...

:'( I've never done housework before...

Hello?? When are we going in??IT'S HOT! tired. No energy to be crazy...


Here's some pictures for the Joggerthon held on 20th September. Sorry it took so long to update.

Yeah! We are the champions, my friends...

When are we gonna start running?

Eew, I need a shower...;)

Shh! Be quiet! VIP giving a speech!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Okay here are some updates of the blog. Due to some technician problem, posting up this late. Anyway have a good look on those pics. Comment them if you wish too :)

Here are some for AGM:

Speech by our beloved Mdm Ting

SH: Congratulations Suzanne, your nightmare is yet to come xD

Mdm Ting: One of my model PRESIDENT

Note that Suzanne is doing something.. like peeking?

And here are some pics for our AGG night :)

Woo.. Tung Hua pretty girls I suppose?

Wow. Aren't they are good partners when it comes to duty :)

Oi oi oi, don't cover my face la. Anyway Good luck in your public exams ^^

《背叛》- From Form 3 AJKS

Friday, September 26, 2008


Congrats to all the Excos, AJKs and members, we got first place for Joggerthon. Will be uploading photos soon. God bless you all!

Friday, September 19, 2008

World First-aid Day

Captions [ Oh baby dont cry] :)

THIS LEE TONG... keep pressing the phone. =.=

Sir, welcome to our booth :)
Oh don't worry, it isn't that hurting, we are here to help you
Bleeding, issit? why still smiling?
Don't worry if you fall from the staircase. Our "pengakutan" is strong enough to send you to hospital, SAFELY.
There's been an accident here, sir...

The event was held on 13th September (Sunday). Our school performed scenario, transportation (pengangkutan), and treatment for a fainted person.

Venue: Sibu Central Market
Participants: 20 Excos and AJKs
Time: 9am to 12pm

Monday, September 15, 2008

MAS Exam

MAS Exam will start on the 20th September. Those members who have questions, don't hesitate to seek help from either the teacher advisors or the Excos before exam. The theory exam will be held in school during the Saturday meeting while the practical will be held in HQ straight after the Joggerthon.
God Bless you all!

Kursus Pertolongan Cemas dan Palang Merah

The First-aid Course was held on the 1st September, conducted by Miss Chang Yan San, while the Palang Merah Course was conducted by Madam Caroline Lee on the 6th September. The aim is to impove members and AJKs in their RC history and First-aid knowledge and prepare them for the coming MAS Exam.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

AJK course

AJK course
Venue: SMK Methodist
Date: 15-16th August 2008
Time: 7am-5.30pm

Here are some of the photos during AJK Course. Sorry it took so long, but I only received a few pictures only recently.
To the AJKs and members who attended this course, we Excos hope that you had obtained new knowledge and skills besides learning how to be good leaders of the future...Don't forget all that you had learnt, and remember to use them in daily life. God bless you all.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

National Day Parade

The National Day Parade was held on the 29th August in celebration of Hari Merdeka.

The Excos are Suzanne, Albert, Chong Yee, Chan Yin, Jia Yi, Lee Tong, Michelle and Ya Wen along with the AJKs, Jeffery and Mona.