Monday, 1 August 2016

The blog is under new management!


Hello everybody,

I know its been a long time since we wrote something on this blog, but we can ensure you that we will try our best to write stuff on this blog. XD


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

An Unforgettable Camp!

The Librarians of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3) have a camp every year, and this year - like every other year - we had another Librarian camp (no surprise). This camp may already sound boring to you BUT I can assure you that this year’s Librarian camp had a slight twist in it that makes it more refreshing for a change.


We have camps every year to build stronger friendships amongst Librarians and to encourage the younger ones to pick up some leadership skills - and of course, to let the probationary Librarians get a taste of what it’s like to be a Librarian.


As I said, there are twisted sides to this camp. For instance, this is the first time that the senior Librarians planned a camp that included team-building activities and also sightseeing. What we had was basically a camp-trip. We spent 2 nights in Kem Permata Resort and 1 day walking around the inspiring streets of Malacca.


On the 17th of April, we took off from school to the Brindley Training and Camp Centre at the Port Dickson beach. When we reached there, a trainer patiently taught us how to build a raft from a few large bamboo sticks, strings, and gigantic blue containers. Tired from the long ride, I could see that most of us were trying to understand what he was conveying to us - but discreetly gave up in the end. However, when we were to split into groups and built our very own raft, none could deny that teamwork could be seen in all of us. With some help from the scouts  amongst us and those who understood the steps, we successfully built our rafts and even had a raft race in the sea!

On the 18th of April, we went into 'trip mode'. The first place we visited was the Cheng Ho Cultural Museum. We learned about the history of Zheng He in Malacca. After that, we went to Stadthuys, a historical building in the heart of the town of Malacca. Besides admiring the artifacts and traditional costumes, we had fun taking photos there.


Then, we had a simple lunch at Medan Samudera. We also went for a river cruise. Sitting back and enjoying the scenic view of Malacca was relaxing and enjoyable. Next, we went to the Upside Down House. It was very interesting because everything was stuck to the ceiling. Imagine a toilet bowl hanging above your head! When we took photos, it would appear as if we were on the ceiling instead. Go figure. Last but not least, we visited Jonker Street.  We had loads of fun from eating chicken rice balls, flower pot ice creams, ice lollies, fried potato slices and buying cheap keepsakes! The street was filled with busy lights and noise. After that, we even had a drama competition back at the campsite.


On the 19th of April, we went back into 'camp mode'. Early on the morning we all went through an obstacle course in the campsite. From climbing high walls and monkey bars to falling into murky green water and balancing oneself on a wire, I’d say we all had a truly different experience. The obstacle course required great team spirit and bravery from each and every member. It taught us to be considerate of others and help our team members.


After a bath, we packed up and said our goodbyes to Kem Permata Resort. Before we drove back to school, we visited one last place, the Malacca Planetarium. I think that we learnt a great deal more about galaxies, stars and the amazing universe out there.

We went home that day not with a heavy and tired heart, but with battle scars (from the obstacle course) and also new and exciting experiences. Most of all, this year’s batch of Librarians thoroughly enjoyed this camp-trip organised by the dedicated senior Librarians.
 By: Chloe Ho

Saturday, 9 May 2015

My Experience: Being Part Of a Musical!

It all started when our Senior Assistant for Co-curriculum, Puan Ngau wanted to make the retirement of Puan Azizah, our principal, in 2014 special - by coming up with the school's first ever musical!


This idea was announced to the whole school when she launched the auditions for it in June 2013. I didn’t know anything about it until I heard from others, so I went to sign up for the audition. If I were to get in, it will be so cool! When the audition list came out, there were tonnes of names there, I didn’t know so many people were interested in performing in the musical!

The audition was two weeks away, and I got more and more nervous as the day came closer. I practiced and practiced till I got it right. Finally it was the audition day! I still remember very clearly, I had to get out of science class for the audition, and my heart was beating fast. At this point, I just said to myself, 'Even if you get to be in the chorus, it's okay. Just give it your best shot.'

When it was my turn to audition, I calmed myself down before I went in. I told myself that I can do it and it will be over soon. I went in, and there were two guys - I’m guessing that they will be our coaches? Thus, when I began, I sang with all my might. After that, they told me that I needed more confidence and I shouldn't have been so nervous. Oh no! Will I get in?


After that was dancing. We had to go in as a group. When one of the judges came and showed us the dance routine, we had to learn it quickly and do it nicely. No offence, but some people danced funny! It was then over, though I was not sure why we didn’t audition for acting?

When I went out of the audition, I was just wishing I could get in. It was so long before the list was to come out! I kept wondering every day. When it came out at last, I looked from top to bottom. There were about 45 to 50 people that got in…. Guess what? I was one of them! However, I only got into the chorus. I didn’t mind - even though it was just a small part, it doesn’t mean that the rest were better than us. This was the beginning of a journey.

The first practice session was from Tuesday to Thursday that same week. I was so excited, but I had to give up a lot of my time to for musical practice. During the first practice, it was held in the music room, it was so congested because there were so many people. Just so you know, those practices were exhausting. After a few practices, a few people started pulling out because the practices took up a lot of time and it was really tiring.


At every practice, our choreographer Min always found flaws in our dancing, and we had to do it over and over again, until we got it right. Everyone was groaning. Dominic was the other guy coaching us. He was in charge of our singing, and the leads, as well as the acting of the supporting cast. Well, all that singing really trained my voice for the better!

As time passed, there were only 28 of us left. Sometimes, it was so hard that I felt like pulling out, but I got a lot of support from my family and friends. Hence, I managed to hold on. After so many practices, it was already the beginning of 2014. Progress on the whole musical was beginning to accelerate, because we didn’t have much time left. The performance was on the 1st and 2nd of March. Therefore, Min and Dom were training three to four times a week, and it was so tiring. I had to skip my other co-curricular activities. Gosh it was hard to skip Librarian meetings! I felt that I missed out a lot. So sorry everyone! Forgive me for skipping meetings and other stuff.

Anyways, January and February 2014 were the busiest months ever. We had to put everything together. Some of us were slow learners, so it was decided that the chorus didn’t need to dance. Though we already had learnt all the steps. but this saved us so much time. Soon, it was time to sell tickets, and the premier was getting closer and closer. All of us were sweating blood to get this musical up and running!

On the 28th of February, we had a full dressed rehearsal, and all the tickets were SOLD OUT! I had to give up school to go for rehearsal at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre. When we got there, it was like a dream come true! There was a green room, and our dressing room and the restrooms were so clean and tidy! We rehearsed, did a sound check and got ready for our very first performance the next day. I was freaking out and I was so excited! That day, we went back home tired, but excited.


That day finally came - our very first audience, and the premier of our school's very first musical! When we got on stage, my confidence came to me the choir began to sing with the rest of the cast. We also learnt how to change fast because we needed to get on stage in a short interval of time. It was a nice feeling - being in a musical. Soon, our first show was over. Min and Dom told us the show was good, but there was still room for improvement. Dom said that normally if the first show was good, the second show would not be better than the first.

The second show was the night show, and is the main extravaganza - when our principal Puan Azizah was going to come and watch us. I said to myself that we had to make it the best show. The second show was so breathtaking! Our beloved principal was right there, so we gave it our very best shot! Our audience that night was the best one so far - they reacted very well and cheered for us. Before we knew it, the last show ended as well and it was the end of a very long, tiring and fun journey.

Even though it only ran for three shows, this musical meant a lot to me. It was more than a musical - it was a really hardworking group of secondary school students letting their passion out. It was the most exciting and tiring journey of my life. I hope that an adventure will happen again someday, in the near future, but for now, this journey has been the most memorable one yet!

By: Celine Wong

Monday, 27 October 2014

Hari Koperasi

On the 24th of June 2014, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3) held its annual School Cooperative Day. With coupon books to be bought at the school cooperative, most of the classes set up stalls to raise funds. There were smoothies, sandwiches, grass jelly, soy milk and more. There were so many stalls to choose from! There were also game stalls, souvenir stalls. This year, the escape room was prepared by the Librarians and haunted house managed by the class of 5 Seroja.


Besides fund-raising, this day was for everyone to have fun in school. Parents were allowed to join in the fun as well! Everyone was busy setting up before the school bell rang at 7.30 a.m - hoping to have good business later on in the day. As for me, I was busy helping out in the Librarian's escape room. We put in a lot of effort for all three of the escape rooms, as we hoped it will all go on well. Different teams were assigned to different rooms. As for my team, all of us kept checking everything to make sure it was all alright. There were four shifts, and five people on each shift. My team had ten people. Thus, when the first group of people came to us, we briefed them, told them the rules and regulations and then let them go in. It was pitch black inside the escape room.


One of us stood at the entrance to make sure that everything was alright and kept track of the time. The groups were walking close together, looking for clues. They were afraid too. One of us hid under the table to scare them, which was really funny when a whole group suddenly shrieked! This was really fun - being able to help out with the Librarian's escape room.


When I have finished my shift, the five in the first batch had to teach the other batch how everything was done as they have not done it before. I went downstairs to spend my coupons for a while and observed what others were doing. The food stores downstairs were selling things cheap because the closing time was drawing nearer. At that time, some stalls were already packing up as their goods were sold out. The most popular games were haunted house, escape room and dunk the boy.


After some time, I went back to the Library to help with the escape room. Group after group came in, and after each group, we had only 5 minutes to check everything before the next group came in. Some of the groups tore the hidden clues so we had to mend them. As the last group came in, we were very tired already but it was fun. A few groups got the answer. The winner’s prize was up to our supervising teacher to decide. After all of them were done, we were so happy that it went well. I hope those groups had fun. The stalls were packing up as the day was ending


Helping and planning the Librarian's escape room was a very good experience, even though it was tiring. I enjoyed it thoroughly even if I had to be there most of the time. I hope to do this again soon.


Even though I don’t know how much was raised ,but I believed it has been a reasonable amount as everyone had put in a lot of effort and supported the whole event. This School Cooperative Day definitely will benefit the school greatly.

Celine Wong

Monday, 21 July 2014

Librarian Annual Dinner 2014

Once again it is time for the Librarian Annual Dinner for the year 2014. The time when you say goodbye to the senior Librarians for 5 long years of service and say hello to the new Librarians that was elected. The time for sorrow and sadness, yet also the time for happiness and rejoice. The Librarian Annual Dinner was set at Tropicana Golf and Country Resort on the 21st of June 2014.


The event kicked off when the guest entered the hall. After the guest have settled down, our master of ceremonies (MC) invited Quek Zuoo Yuon to give a speech on his overall experience as a Librarian. Next, the MC’s invited Puan Sabrina, our Library Coordinator on stage to share the achievements that our Library has made. The guests were then allowed to the buffet table. A great variety of scrumptious food was served.


For the more entertaining bit of our event, mass suspense was created in the murder mystery game, planned by the committee. We also had a memory game to keep our guests entertained. Besides that, we also have fantastic performances done by some of the Librarians themselves. One of the performances would be the 5 Shades by Kang Ling, Felicia, Wey Sern, Rachel and Melanie. Not to forget, Serene Khoo performed ballet, a dance that was sure to have out us in a trance – in a good way of course!


We had lucky draws at intervals. The committee have outdone themselves with amazing prizes up for grabs. Prizes such as Starbucks vouchers, a frisbee, thumb drives, bags and more - but the most anticipated grand prize was … the Beats headphones!


It was fun, but what happened behind the scenes was even greater. The committee had immense fun planning the murder mystery game, doing a last minute comedy skit and other really crazy things that won’t be mentioned here. The whole event was basically to commend the seniors for every ounce of effort to make the Library what it is today. With that said, there was a farewell, with the seniors standing in a line and all the Librarians going to each and every one of them to give them a hug and maybe a few words. It was a bittersweet moment.

By: Jesper Huang

Monday, 7 July 2014

Why I Love Reading


I love reading because it helps me relax after a long tiring day of studying and forget all my problems. It’s also a terrific way to spend your time when you have nothing to do.


Reading is actually an excellent way to improve your vocabulary in any language. Some people think that reading is not entertaining or fun and they would rather spend their money on video games than buying books. Well, let me tell you that reading books have a lot of benefits and one of them is that it will improve your essay writing.


Nowadays, with all the cool technologies, books no longer exist in most children minds. All they ever spend time on is watching cartoons, going on the internet, playing video games. These things do not help you improve your vocabulary. In the olden days before televisions, computers, video games or any electronic devices were invented, most children enjoys reading. Now, because of all the advanced technology, most people no longer have an interest in books.



Books can help us relax after a long exhausting day at school. Here are some of my favourite authors.

Enid Blyton is a well-known author around the world. She wrote a lot of books that kids love and enjoy for generations. For instance, The Faraway Tree is an adventurous story with magical creatures that live up in a very old and magical tree and act in the most bizarre ways. At the very top of the tree are uncountable different lands which changes every time. Furthermore, a well-known book series written by Enid Blyton is The Famous Five, which is about four cousins and a dog who solves mysteries together.

Meg Cabot is another famous author and one of my favourites. She writes books that everyone - especially teenagers - love. She wrote the Princess Diaries series, Teen Idol, Avalon High and lots more books. Her books are so fascinating that you can’t stop reading!

There is also the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series written by Jeff Kinney. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is actually a diary revolving around a character in the book - Gregory - and what goes on in his life.


When I read any of these books, I am always taken away from the real world and I follow the characters in the book - where they go and what they do. This made me think of happy thoughts. Interesting books makes me feel like I am in a magical world where magical creatures come alive. During the holidays, besides studying or watching television for the whole day, spend some time reading the kind of books that you like and let your imaginations go wild!

Reading helps me relax as well as it improves my language. I hope that everyone can learn to see the enjoyment of reading like I do. Oh, by the way, I have read 49 books on my ‘Kindle Paperwhite’ device since April 2014.

By: Celine Wong

Saturday, 21 December 2013

2013: Year In Review - Part III


To all my lovely readers,

It's the last month of 2013, hence it's the last part of the definitive list of posts that have defined 2013 on this blog. Today, we take things differently, as we display artworks and videos made specially for the blog. If you haven't seen the first two parts, click the links below:

2013: Year In Review - Part I
2013: Year In Review - Part II

Have you read the first two posts? If you have, then feast your eyes on the delectable artwork below:












In celebration of 10,000 views this year, we even created some jumping GIFs!




With a three-part line up of posts, it is fitting that I should end with not one, not two - but four videos right down here. They are certified to leave you laughing, as they certainly have proven themselves at their premiers during the Annual Farewell Parties.






With that, I bid you happy viewing, happy reading, and happy holidays!

Friday, 20 December 2013

2013: Year In Review - Part II

Welcome back, people! This is 2013 in review, and we here on the blog are compiling a list of outstanding posts we have shown on the blog. If you haven't read the previous post, I suggest you get cracking and read it first before you go down this list.


First up, school news gets the spotlight with the following pieces telling of the school's almanac:

Orientation day!, the day of a new beginning for primary school leavers.
Our school got star-struck, with cameos on television as seen on 16 May 2013: Look What Was on the Television! and Featured on television, again.
School Co-operative Entrepreneurship Day, the day of fine sales and bargains.
A Horde of Minions on Sports Day?!, look what happens when cute munchkins overrun a day of athletics
Merdeka: SMKBU(3) Style!, where patriotism takes centre stage with Malaysia's birthday.
PMR Trials: A First-Hand Encounter, the first wave of the examination fever spreading nation-wide.
Clean up, clean up; everybody, everywhere...  or a fine day to get together for a noble cause :)
2013 SPM Trial Examinations, the second intense wave of examinations coming through!
Co-curriculum Day 2013 - What a Day! now with videos to get you awestruck
A Graduation To Remember for us school leavers, with our joy exhibited in the videos of Graduation Day Performances
SPM examinations, then the holidays!, an experience to certainly get your adrenaline going
PMR results are out!, a most tumultuous day to finish off the year.



You may be thinking, there are some events missing. Where could they be? Well, they were so well written that they were actually featured in School Times, an educational pull-out of the New Straits Times. They are here below, for you to look through:

Highlights of 2013: One flaming scout's camp
Highlights of 2013: Celebrating academic success
Highlights of 2013: Teacher Oh Teacher!
Highlights of 2013: Quiz Masters
Highlights of 2013: Language Week
Highlights of 2013: Thank You!
Highlights of 2013: First day at secondary school

There was even articles from years past, for you to see as well, some even pre-dating the blog's founding:

Highlights of 2011: Canteen Day
Highlights of 2011: It all started years ago...

Well, these aren't that old, but they do chronicle quite a 2012 filled with activities, and good reads:

Highlights of 2012: Law Games
Highlights of 2012: Co-curricular success
Highlights of 2012: Three Cheers for Malaysia!
Highlights of 2012: A Week of Delights
Highlights of 2012: Reaping what they sow
Highlights of 2012: Behind the scenes: Haunted house edition
Highlights of 2012: Teachers' Fete
Highlights of 2012: On your mark, get set, GO!
Highlights of 2012: Dancing For Health
Highlights of 2012: Endurance Race
Highlights of 2012: Wind Band's Opus
Highlights of 2012: Go, Lego, go!
Highlights of 2012: Welcome back!

A school without its students is just an empty building, an ironic paradox. Hence, second is a series of posts celebrating the best of the student body, with their diverse capabilities:

Student Highlights: Passion For Success
Student Highlights: All for basketball
Student Highlights: Passionate Writer
Student Highlights: Musical Mathematician
Student Highlights: Remarkable basketballer
Student Highlights: Not bound by limits
Student Highlights: A Class Above The Rest
Student Highlights: Determined to succeed
Student Highlights: Inventing Solutions
That's all in this part of the list, but the final part will be up tomorrow, with a more artistic angle in mind. Till then, happy reading!

Thursday, 19 December 2013

2013: Year In Review - Part I

December is here, and as the holidays lets us administrators relax, it is a great time to review the year. With our ups and our downs in this roller-coaster ride of 2013, we present to you the series of posts which have been prominently featured on the blog, capturing the essence of the Librarians with a rich list of posts up and down the year. This is the first time we have done such a definitive list, so let's make it one to remember!

 
First up, we have 'From the Desk of the High Committee' - stories, musings and  swan songs from the members of the 2012-2013 Librarian High Committee, ready to be shared with the rest of the world. As with most things unorthodox, the authors seem taken aback with the project initially, but the results are spectacularly deep and insightful, as can be seen in the list below (in no particular order of precedence, because they are equally amazing):

Sketches of Librarian Life by Foong Kang Yee, a look on probationary Librarian life in endearing sketches.
Words of Wisdom... by Carissa Ho, a brief and thoughtful muse on being a Librarian.
Towards Discipline We Strive Together by Hiew Yi Sa, words of sound and wise Librarian advice.
Life of a Librarian by Quek Zuoo Yuon, a story of a Librarian's challenge with responsibilities.
I am Eager to Learn... by Serene Khoo, a testament of a Librarian's growth and blossoming.
Time Flies So Fast... by Yeoh Zi Qing, a detailed chronicle of a Librarian's journey of discovery.
Librarian, and Proud! by Hans Lee, a cheerful commentary of the joys of Librarian life.

The project garnered so much enthusiasm, that even an old Head Librarian even contributed:

Looking Back... by Brittany Jalleh, a swan song of insights into the essence of being a Librarian.

Heartwarming as it is, there are also anecdotes from other Librarians as well

The Perks of Being A Probationary Librarian, Saya Sebagai Pelatih Pengawas Pusat Sumber and  2013: Life as a Probate are all entertaining accounts on being a probationary Librarian.

Just A Few Words are something that junior Librarians need to say to their seniors, from which the seniors respond with Before We Part....


Second up are our events, which we host every year. They give an insight into the high points of the Librarian year, and gives colour to Librarian life.

Friendship Day about our sales during this love-filled day.

Below is this year's coverage of Library Week:
Saya, Kamu, Kita: Day I
Saya, Kamu, Kita: Day II
Saya, Kamu, Kita: Day III
Saya, Kamu, Kita: Day IV
 
Trip To Cameron Highlands, our annual field trip, this year to the cool Cameron Highlands.
A Trip to Rhythm & Hues Studios, bonus field trip to the studios, famous for rendering 'Life of Pi', for deserving Librarians. 
Boo!: It's the Haunted Library!, a scary look into our sales during Entrepreneurship Week.
Prefect and Librarian Board Appointment Ceremony, the big day that our probationary Librarians and the Library Board are officially appointed.
Our Annual Farewell Party of 2013, where we celebrate what the year has blessed us Librarians with.
A Day in the Jungle, a trip to Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) by the NILAM subunit.

In a school, teachers are the ones that will guide us to achieve our full potential. Hence, third in the list are a few tributes to our teachers that have taught us:

Goodbye, Mr Mah! is about the farewell of our former Senior Assistant for Student Affairs
School Pioneer, Beloved Teacher, Dedicated Educator is the farewell of Pn. Phay Hearn Heng
Much Ado About A New Teacher... is the welcome of our new Senior Assistant for Cocurriculum, Pn. Ngau Siew Lian
Serving Excellence: Words of a Principal, our outgoing principal's swan song.

Teacher's Day, our coverage on the school's Teacher's Day.

Fourth on our list is our own outlet, The Be You! Tree and the blog.

Super Special Anniversary Post... is our second birthday, in commemoration of the blog's founding the night of 31 July 2011.
Our 100th Post!, the milestone post for all of us.
10,000 Views: Jump for Joy!, bonus content for our loyal readers who got us here :).
The Be You! Tree Omnibus Issue - A Parting Gift is the deluxe compendium of the school's newsletter, with articles dating from 2011. 
Origins: The Be You! Tree details the humble beginnings of the newsletter and its current direction.

With that, we come to the end of today's post, but the list goes on tomorrow. Stay tuned, people; check out the featured posts, and check out the rest of our posts as well!

PMR results are out!

 
19 December 2013: it's the day at last. Tears and laughter alike will resonate across the nation, as the final cohort of the PMR examinations will received their long-awaited results today by 10:00 AM.

After months of studying, revising, and basically squeezing brains dry; the examinations came, went, and all was left to wait. It will certainly be a day to remember, as it will determine the stream one would enter in upper secondary school.

For those of you wanting to find out your results via text, type:
PMR<space>ICNUMBER<space>INDEXNUMBER
and send to 15888

Note: The above method can be used starting from 10:00 AM, 19 December 2013 until 11:59 PM, 25 Dec 2013.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Networking away...



Hello readers of the blogosphere,

Have you ever wanted to be kept up to date with what's happening on the blog, without having to check in every few seconds? It's been around for some time but anyways, what if I told you that we are ever so present on social networking? Yes, it's that easy to find us!

Anyways, they've been launched quite a long time ago, but then again, there's no harm in telling you guys about it again (since you're worth the trouble).

If you are a Facebook bug, like our Facebook fan page and be instantly notified of the happenings on the blog, without disrupting your chat with friends and letting you read the blog and update your status at the same time.

Twitter is also on the list, especially for all you hash-taggers and tweeters, as it will link you directly to the blog.

Now, we even have Google+ for those brave enough to venture into the site. Who knows what the future brings?

Even though the end of the year usually entails a mellowing-down of the blog, with the year-end school holidays, they will surely be of much aid in notifying you what is the news in the school and the Library in the next year. Hence, happy holidays to all of you!
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