Posts Tagged ‘Sri Utama International Schools’

Makanan (Food, Malaysian Style) 2014

June 30, 2014

You can’t talk bout Malaysia without talking about food.  Malaysian cuisine is as creative, as colorful, and as diverse as the Malaysian people are–not to mention tasty!  But…let’s let the photos do all the talking.

* With Cafe Owner

Ah…. The joys of street food!

* Fried Fish

Fresh fried fish with all the trimmings

* Satay Meal

Satay and Iced Lemon Tea

* 4 at Pewter Factory

Lunch at the Selangor Pewter Factory Cafe with the Sri Utama staff

* Local cuisine

Stopping for a side of the road treat on a hot, steamy night

* Lunch at Dato's

Lunch at Dato’s

* Salmon Salad

Cappucino and Salmon Salad at the Pewter Factory Cafe

* Local Fruit

Local Fruit

* Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak – Coconut rice, with chicken rendang, sambal, anchovies, peanuts, egg & cucumber – A breakfast favorite!

* 3 students eating

Student teachers enjoying the long Friday lunch at Selangor Pewter Factory Cafe, across the street from Sri Utama

Steamboat

Steamboat

* Dragonfruit

Dragonfruit

 

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Selamat Datang! Welcome to Malaysia, 2014!

February 17, 2014

We finally arrived at Sri Utama School in Kuala Lumpur, after leaving our homes about 48 hours earlier.  We had had a great flight, but we were glad to be at the end of that long journey.  This was January 30, 2014, on the Eve of Chinese New Year.

We were greeted at the airport by Wilkes alumn Nicholas Barno, who now works as a teacher in the Johor Bahru Sri Utama School.  Nick took us to meet the administrative leaders of Sri Utama, and they took us out for roti canai and teh tarik– all time favorites in this country (and what we will probably miss a lot when we come home).  Kate McGurk and Becky Gallaher, also Wilkes alumni who work at the KL school, were there.  It was a happy reunion!  Have a look at this gang:

Whole gang

Above photo, from left to right: Nadia Hassan, Matthew Bryant, Nawwar Hassan, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Chase English, Rachel Gill, Nick Barno, Amanda Bast, Robin Sorber, Mitch Yamrus, Paige Trusty, Kate McGurk, Becky Gallaher, Omar Joseph.

 

Matt Omar Nadiya

Roti 3

Roti 3+

Nawwar, Nadiya, Omar & Matt

Paige ('14), Kate ('12), and Becky ('12)--Old friends together again.

Paige (’14), Kate (’12), and Becky (’12)–Old friends together again.

Thank you, Sri Utama, for welcoming us once again!

The Blue Mosque, 2014

February 17, 2014
What an incredible sight!

At dusk we found the Blue Mosque.  What an incredible sight!

Words failed us when we saw the beauty of this historic mosque, which was built in the early 1600s, during the rule of Ahmed I.

Rachel in the courtyard, in front of those lovely arches.

Rachel in the courtyard, in front of those lovely arches.

It is called the Blue Mosque because of the tiles used to adorn this holy place, which is called Sultanahmet Cami in Turkish.

Dusk at the Bue Mosque

Dusk at the Bue Mosque

Fountains outside the Blue Mosque

Fountains outside the Blue Mosque

For more information on the Blue Mosque, go to their website at http://www.bluemosque.co.  But for now, just enjoy the sights of this wonderful place through our eyes.

Inside the Blue Mosque, the ladies must cover, since it is a place of prayer.

Inside the Blue Mosque, the ladies must cover, since it is a place of prayer.

The Blue Mosque offers visitors incredible beauty inside, at every angle.

The Blue Mosque offers visitors incredible beauty inside, at every angle.

Inside, lights have been placed throughout the Mosque

Inside, lights have been placed throughout the Mosque.

The dome from the inside

The dome from the inside

Above the door, inside the Mosque.

Above the door, inside the Mosque.

Mitch capturing the minarets at night

Mitch capturing the beautiful and intricate designs inside.

L to R: Mitchell Yamrus, Rachel Gill, Paige Trust, Amanda Bast, Robin Sorber, Chase English

L to R: Mitchell Yamrus, Rachel Gill, Paige Trust, Amanda Bast, Robin Sorber, Chase English

2013 Visit to the KL Bird Park

January 9, 2014

And while we’re catching up on last year’s trip to Sri Utama Schools, here are a few photos of the Wilkes student teachers in the beautiful Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, a refuge in the middle of a bustling city (March 2013).

The peacock gives us a display

The peacock gives us a display

Flamingos

Flamingos

KL Pelican!

KL Pelican!

Wilkes Student Teachers enjoying the view at the KL Bird Park

Wilkes Student Teachers enjoying the view at the KL Bird Park

Ok, you can stop following us now....

Ok, you can stop following us now….

Waterfall

Waterfall

Taking a break at the Bird Park

Taking a break at the Bird Park

2013 GirlPower

January 9, 2014

Our Wilkes student teachers wanted to run a program at Sri Utama that empowered girls to get interested in sports.  So we all put together “GirlPower” and gathered the girls together for an after-school introduction to American sports.

Getting Started with GirlPower

Getting Started with GirlPower

We soon learned that these Sri Utama girls had a lot of energy and spirit!  It was hard to keep up with them!

*Running

The program ran for two weeks after school, and we all enjoyed every minute of it.  We hear there’s a request to bring it back this year….. Anybody interested?

Sri Utama-Wilkes University GirlPower exercise

Sri Utama-Wilkes University GirlPower exercise

Malay Wedding

March 8, 2013

Our group has had some good luck on this trip, and we’ve seen and done so many things we never expected to be able to see and do!  Getting invited to a Malay Wedding was a very special cultural experience.

The Bride and Groom: Shazreen and Soffuan

The Bride and Groom: Shazreen and Soffuan

Besides the wonderful wedding food, which featured traditional items such as nasi minyak (special tasty rice) and beef rendang (tender beef slowly simmered in coconut curry), we were entranced by the sound of the traditional gamelan music.

Gamelan Musicians from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, KL Campus

Gamelan Musicians from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, KL Campus

Here we are with the bride and groom, whose mother is a professor at UTM and a colleague of our student teaching supervisor.

Standing with the Newlyweds

Student Teachers Standing with the Newlyweds

And at our table, we met two other UTM colleagues, Dr. Ary and Dr. Shadiya.  It was a great day all around!

Going around the table, from L: Dr. Gina, Dr. Shadiya, Dr. Ary (who met at UTM) Cartier, Stephanie, Jenn, Nick, Amanda, Abby

Going around the table, from L: Dr. Gina, Dr. Shadiya, Dr. Ary (who met at UTM) Cartier, Stephanie, Jenn, Nick, Amanda, Abby

Faculty Sessions: KL & JB

March 5, 2013

The student teachers had the rare opportunity to get some professional experience as training facilitators during two faculty sessions–one at the Kuala Lumpur school, and one at the Johor Bahru school.

KL Role Play w Cartier

KL teachers really get into their role-playing assignment with Cartier.

(Question: Is it fair to have this much fun when you are teaching and training?)

KL Role Play

KL teachers acting out “problem” student behaviors–They are a LITTLE too good at this!

Am & Jenn w KL teachers

Amanda and Jennifer get the KL teachers going on a group activity in the Effective Lesson Planning session.

They assisted with the planning of the two sessions and joined in as group facilitators.

Computer lab Big Smiles

One happy bunch of teachers at the KL Classroom Management Workshop! Standing in the back: Abby, Jennifer & Puan Jamalliah

JB teachers

JB teachers at the Effective Lesson Planning workshop. In the front: Nick and Jenn. Standing in the back: Matt Duffy, a Wilkes grad who came to JB on a short-term teaching assignment.

JB Teachers w G

JB teachers discuss the new DLP: Daily Lesson Plan.

JB lunch time:  that all-important part of any Malaysian gathering!

JB lunch time: that all-important part of any Malaysian gathering.

Arrival in KL!

February 16, 2013

3. Arrival in KL!

Finally, we’ve arrived! We were greeted at the airport by our Sri Utama friends and our old friend Becky Gallaher–one of two student teaches from the 2012 trip who came back to work here as teachers! We were brought to Dato’ Fawziah’s residence at Sri Utama and given a warm welcome. Here we are, about 30 hours after setting off.

Seated l-r: Nick Barno, Jennifer Earley, Amanda Coombs, Stephanie Wilkie, Dato’ Fawziah Abdul Karim, Cartier Scott, Abby Kaster.

Standing l-r: Becky Gallaher, Nadira Hassan (Dato’s daughter), Gina Zanolini Morrison (student teaching supervisor), William Morrison, Nawwar Hassan (HR Director & Dato’s daughter), Matthew Bryant (Dato’s son-in-law), Puan Siti (Registrar), Kate McGurk (who also came last year and is now a Sri Utama teacher).