DANDELIONS

DANDELIONS

If I were to choose a flower that i like, I would definitely go with dandelions.

 

When it bloom it turns yellow,

It might not smell good like roses or lavenders do, but Bees like them too.

 

And when it is time for them to spread their seeds,

With a slight push of wind they took the chance,

To drift into the skies,

Never caring where they land.

 

As long as it can find a place to rest, It will grow again and live again.

LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW

Everyone is sick of having the same routine every day. But not for me. How I wonder if I got a chance to stay a day without any changes. There's people who study, there's also people who work and even people who do nothing. And for me, I do all of that. There'll be a morning I'll woke up as a high school student, or an office worker, or even as a farmer. My life, my wealth, my house, they change. Luckily not my parents.

There's once my mom have said "It's fate who brings us tomorrow. We’ll never know what we will be tomorrow, Rick. " . It’s bitter yet a truth story of my life.

Yesterday, I was a baseball’s player son and today, I woke up as a fish monger’s son. At this age, I should probably go to school. But it's okay as finally I got no homework and no assignment for today. That's a good point we got there. Most of the time, if I was woke up as a farmer, fisher or an unemployed person, I'll use this time to go out and look at the people.

I'll help my parents if they really need my help, but most of the time they didn't need me. 

For this 18 years of life, I've meet a lot of interesting person. But, I barely make a friends with any person in my life. Because I know, if I make a friends today, I'll lose them tomorrow. So what's the point of having friends? It's better to stay alone without hurting or being hurt by anyone.

A day passed by so quickly. Living in a poor family is somehow tiring. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be a president or an artist son? Well, I hope so.

The next day goes as I'm being a doctor's son. This time my house becomes much more fancier than the previous one. And I can see that my mom's doing her chores like a pro and father is compiling his document. But it's somehow weird that how my parents can do their work even though they'll woke up as a different person every day? Again, I didn't care much about this. And today i decided to go for a walk as my mom goes for shopping and father goes to work.

 Step by step. Hands in the pocket, heads bowing to the ground. But literally my head's flying high leaving where i am now. 

Suddenly, my eyes caught my memento. This memento, my only gift from my only friend, Tim. That playground, the first and the last place we met. Oh, it was already 10 years ago. From day to the night, we done everything together, from playing games and sharing our secret. He's the only one who know my life story, that my life changed every day. Shockingly, he believed that. He's my only friend and I'm also his only friend. We share everything together, as what best friend would do. And one of the things that I craved for, this memento. 10 years has passed, my life changed every day, but still this memento still on my neck. 10 years has passed, and we're living in the different world. Tim, do you still remember me? Do you even exist now?

I keep walking, looking to the ground. Suddenly, I stumbled to a person and fell down. His face look somehow familiar to me. Madly, he rise up and clean his cloth a little bit. I know that he's just new here, my heart say. With a small smile he introduce himself a little bit and told me that he's a traveler asked me if I could bring him for a walk here. As I got a lot of time today, I just nodded with agreement. 

Everywhere, everything, we do it together. It's been a while since I got my. We shared a lot of story together. Then I know that he's traveling all over the world, just to find his long separated friend. I shared my story that I changed my life every day. Shockingly he believed that. He said that his long separated friends also said the same thing like I said. At that time, he didn't believed that but then he cannot met that person, so then he believed that.

He is Tim. The one I’ve lost, the one I’m missing a lot. I brings him to a tight hug. It's been 10 years. How I miss him. My first and only friend that I got in this world. That time, I cried my heart out. How I wish that my life won't change tomorrow. 

But then, he said that he'll continue traveling tomorrow. Then, he continued. "Not only your tomorrow will change. Every person’s tomorrow will change. That's rule of life. You won't keep everything forever, sometimes you need to let it go. Tomorrow is going to be better than today. Because of that, never lose hope and keep going for tomorrow. Your life change, but your memory not. Keep the best memory ever.

The sunset is fading. He gave me his last hug, then he leave. We’ll meet again. I promise.

 It's a new morning, as a minister’s son. I've lost him today, but I'll meet him again, one day. 

Ouh, what I’ve discover? What you’ll find tomorrow will always shock you, never lose hope.

 

Muhammad Luqman Hakim bin Mohd Fauzi

Batch 17

Seoul National University (LEI)

A SMALL ACTION CAN MAKE MIRACLES

My heart is pumping, my breath is getting faster. Stinging sensation on my muscles is getting stronger as I exert all my energy towards the finishing line. This is it!

“Hey watch out!” Suddenly a hand reached out to me as I was about to fall down into the deep forest. 

“A mountain is not a place to daze out man” A guy with a red cap, wearing navy blue shirt was waving at my face. He had a skinny pale face. I can clearly see his cheek bone. Although he looked like a sick-person, he had a sturdy body, fit for a hiker within this mountain area. 

“The name Tony what’s yours?”

“Usain” I replied softly. “Okay Usain, nice to meet you. I won’t ask why you are here but be careful will you? Anyway, wanna climb up together?”

From that onwards I spent my time chatting with Tony while on our way up the mountain.

 To be honest, I was not sure myself why am I even here. I should be on track training for the next Olympic. It was not because I don’t want to train but I just can’t. My colleague himself was the Gold-medallist who smashed the world-record last Olympic. I never beat him whenever we race. It feels like I’m just a ‘filler’ since they need at least 2 people from each country to participate. My coaches keep saying I could take the Gold medal this year. I know too well that is just a way for them to keep me in the team. In fact, coach doesn’t even care how well I do. The government paid the coach a lot for training me. Surely he wanted to keep me.  I held on and continued to train trusting that his hopeful words were real.

Eventually, one day I overheard two of them talking in the changing room. 

“Hey coach, what do you think about Usain?” I hide myself while trying to listen. “You don’t have to worry about him, at least we got one runner down. That if he manages to get to the finals!” Hearing it crushed my hope into pieces. One thing that I had pride the most was easily trampled. Feeling lost, I went up to the mountain to find myself again is what I was hoping. Truthfully, I am just running away from my own battle. But who am I to fight? I am just a small existence when compare to the world fastest man. I am no one. The heavy feeling keep on pressuring as if there are these several hands holding my leg making me unable to run anymore. 

I don’t know why but I just told Tony about my story. Tony suddenly stands up and climbed up to the nearest boulder. I could see the moonlight shone onto his face. He had this kind of serene expression as soft breeze was blowing to his face. I could feel a sad yet warm feeling coming from his eyes. 

“Look up Usain, Can you see how beautiful they are? Like how many stars are there? The universe is so huge. I can’t believe how small we are!”

“Indeed, we are small and insignificant”

“But those small people are the one who build the rocket and eventually step on the moon. The same people who sailed the seven seas and explore the whole world! The same people who keep on chasing their dreams no matter how small they are. Even if you are small compare to the whole universe, so does others. But they manage to do these great things! Why? Because they believe they can! They have dreams they want to achieve. Your life is your story, and you are the main character! I can see it in your eyes. Even if you talk as if you want to give up but you still have the passion don’t you?

And he was right. I didn’t really give up. I just want someone to tell me I can do it.

“And you can do it!” Tony smiled confidently while looking straight into my eyes. 

After that day, I gained back my confidence and decided to run again. I am now the fastest man in the world. 

On the same day, I received a letter from Tony. To my surprise, he actually has a rare incurable disease called ‘spinocerebellar degeneration’ which causes his neuron to degenerated, unable him to perform daily activities such as walking or even talking. Given time would cause fatality. He was scared of thinking how his life would be if the symptoms becoming worst. Instead of facing it he decided to put himself to rest in the mountain. Though, his mind changed after our meeting. He told me it was my burning desires to win help him to face his fear. He sent this thank you letter just to tell me he will chase his dream of conquering Mt. Everest one day.

Sometimes we don’t know how much a person is suffering from his life. You might feel it is a bother to lend a helping hand. Although without us noticing it, that hand we refuse to lend might lead to even bigger contribution to other. Remember that, even a small action can make miracles.

M.A.S

Batch 14

Sungkyunkwan University

WHAT INDIANA JONES SAW

“Uncle, can you tell me that story one more time?”

“Alright young one. I can vividly remember that situation. Partly because it happened rapidly, but mostly because the situation was not really much of a difference than before. It was that one night, the night when I was pushed from side to side. Rather than painful, it was somehow natural. I knew there were others around me also being pushed, judging by the sort of painful sound that I can hear from my own space. At that specific time, my memory flashes back to a couple of weeks prior, when the others around me sent signals; the way for us to communicate with each other. The signals, unravelled that in a few weeks all of us will finally get to exit the space of nothingness; now. My mind kept thinking of the possibilities of the things we get to discover and see once we’re out of this space. Will it be beautiful? Or will it be another nothingness? Not knowing anything gave me that atrocious feeling of fear but at the same time euphoria.

Minutes passed and I am still being pushed. I can’t even do anything, I’m completely powerless to endure the pushing; not knowing whatever is happening outside of my space. It was until then I finally feel myself slowly being pushed, or rather, sliding out. My eyes still can only see nothingness, but I can feel the space around me widening, until I felt no boundaries. I felt myself laying down on something solid; cold solid.

Suddenly I was lifted up to air by soft touch. It was delicately holding on to me. “He’s out! Look at how beautiful he is.” The voice triggered me. That must’ve been the voice of beings called human. I can still see nothing but darkness, but the voice gave me the feeling of calmness; I am saved. “I’m naming you Indiana Jones. Because you look like one.”

Indiana Jones. That was the name they gave me.”

“Can we skip to the things that you’ve learned? I love that part!”

“Okay. So a week after that I could finally open my eyes. The world was beautiful. Big things around me, I can see what I was eating. At that point, my whole senses were finally completed because I discovered sight. Seeing things made me more anxious. Whatever they do made me intrigued.”

“So did you go and figure them out?”

 

“Of course, a week after! My feet finally gained strength and I was able to walk! I was walking all around the house but I was quite unstable so I bumped into a lot of things. I still couldn’t go up to the massive tall things though because I could only make small jumps. It was not until about 3 months till I was able to make huge jump. From that day, I managed to discover a lot of things! More hidden spaces high above the ground, more secrets they hid, and apparently more dusts! Also, the image projecting square on the table...that one thing that I wanted to see upclose the most.”

 

“I can’t wait to discover things just like you, uncle! I can see why they named you Indiana Jones the cat.”

“Young one, you will discover many things. I’ve learned many things the past 14 years living with them. Despite my mischievous manners, they still loves me. You too, will soon know how lucky it is to be with them, for you are adopted despite your blindness.”

“Yeah uncle, I believe so too. I’m excited to finally uncover the adventures and possibilities I have in stored for me. Thank you for your story! I can’t wait to touch the square on the table like you too. And probably play with that fluffy thing they used to touch me yesterday.”

“Maybe we’ll go up there after you are able to walk stably. Be patient. More things are coming on your way.”

The Pen

Batch 13

Korea University

Karnival Sukan Mahasiswa 2017 (Laporan)

Karnival Sukan Mahasiswa 2017 atau lebih dikenali dengan sinonimnya KASUMA bagi siri yang ke 3 pada tahun ini telah berlangsung dengan jayanya. Bertempat di Stadium Samsung Nano H3, Dongtan, karnival ini berjaya mengumpul kehadiran pelajar seramai 324 orang pada tanggal 30 September yang lalu. KASUMA siri kali ini bukan sahaja menunjukkan kelainan dari segi venue sahaja, malahan dari segi acara-acara yang dipertandingkan. Antara acara yang memberi kelainan pada siri kali ini adalah acara 4x100m dan juga pembukaan acara sukaneka iaitu sambut belon dan juga straw di mulut yang bertujuan untuk memberi peluang kepada ahli setiap batch masing-masing yang gemar akan acara santai seperti ini. Karnival bermula seawall pukul 9:30 pagi dengan pendaftaran peserta dan saingan untuk 4x100 perempuan dan berakhir pada pukul 7 petang dengan penyampaian hadiah dan majlis penutup selepas acara terakhir iaitu Tarik Tali. Berikut merupakan rekod untuk kehadiran serta keputusan untuk setiap acara yang telah dipertandingkan.

 

Rekod Kehadiran

 

Batch

Jumlah Kehadiran/ Jumlah Pelajar Keseluruhan Batch

Peratusan (%)

Batch 13

56/101

55.44

Batch 14

59/96

61.46

Batch 15

89/143

62.23

Batch 16

65/103

63.11

Batch 17

41/42

97.62

Lain-lain

14

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Rekod Keputusan Setiap Acara

 

Acara Sukan

Kategori

Keputusan

Bola Sepak

·         Lelaki

Johan: Batch 16

Naib Johan: Batch 15

Tempat Ketiga: Batch 14

Jokgu

·         Lelaki

Johan: Batch 16

Naib Johan: Batch 13

Tempat Ketiga: Batch 14

Bola Baling

·         Lelaki

 

 

 

·         Perempuan

Johan: Batch 13

Naib Johan: Batch 15

Tempat Ketiga: Batch 14

 

Johan: Batch 15

Naib Johan: Batch 17

Tempat Ketiga: Batch 13

Bola Jaring

·         Perempuan

Johan: Batch 15

Naib Johan: Batch 14

Tempat Ketiga: Batch 16

4x100m

·         Lelaki

 

 

 

·         Perempuan

Johan: Batch 14

Naib Johan: Batch 15

Tempat Ketiga: Batch 17

 

Johan: Batch 17

Naib Johan: Batch 15

Tempat Ketiga: Batch 16

 

Acara sukaneka

Kategori

Keputusan

Tarik Tali

·         Lelaki

Johan: Batch 15

Naib Johan: Batch 16

Tempat Ketiga: Batch 13

 

Straw di Mulut

·         Perempuan

Johan: Batch 15

Naib Johan: Batch 13

Tempat Ketiga: Batch 17

 

Sambut Belon Air

·         Lelaki dan Perempuan

Johan: Batch 17

Naib Johan: Batch 13

Tempat Ketiga: Batch 16

 

 

PERTAMA- Penerangan Perumahan Tahunan Mahasiswa 2007 (Laporan)

Pada 17 September 2017, Pihak PPMK sesi 2016/2017 seperti tahun-tahun yang sebelum ini telah menganjurkan program Penerangan Perumahan Tahunan Mahasiswa atau PERTAMA seperti tahun-tahun sebelum. Secara kasarnya program ini bertujuan untuk menjelaskan kepada pelajar-pelajar Malaysia di Korea Selatan tentang sistem perumahan dan cara pembayaran mengikut para penaja khususnya kepada junior-junior yang baru sampai ke Korea Selatan.

 

Pada keseluruhannya, program ini telah dijalankan pada hari Ahad  (17/09/2017) pukul 1.00 petang. Bermula pukul 12.45 tengah hari, AJK yang ditugaskan untuk menjaga pendaftaran telah bersedia di booth pendaftaran bagi menanti kehadiran para peserta. Setelah pukul 1.15 pm, program telah bermula dengan bacaan doa Biro Agama dan Kebajikan 1, Ahmad Razin bin Che Johari dan pembentangan dari Encik Khairul Effandi, Setiausaha Ketiga JPA Bahagian Hal Ehwal Pelajar.

 

Program diteruskan dengan pembentangan dari wakil Biro Perumahan & Penempatan PPMK pada pukul 1.45 pm untuk membentangkan kepada para peserta tentang sistem perumahan di Korea Selatan. Program diteruskan dengan sesi Q&A. Pelbagai soalan telah diajukan oleh para peserta mengenai sistem perumahan yang berbeza dengan sistem perumahan di Malaysia kepada Biro Perumahan.

 

Pembentangan dari Biro Perumahan tamat pada pukul 2.30 pm dan diteruskan dengan slot bersama AJK Penggerak Perumahan & Penempatan dan AJK PPMK mengikut universiti. Slot ini bertujuan untuk memberi peluang kepada senior menceritakan pengalaman serta merapatkan hubungan antara junior dan para senior. Slot ini juga bertujuan untuk memberi peluang kepada para peserta bertanya soalan yang lebih spesifik kepada kawasan universiti.

 

Sesi pemberian hadiah lucky draw juga telah diadakan di antara pembentangan oleh Encik Khairul Effandi dan selepas slot bersama AJK bagi menceriakan suasana di dalam dewan. Hadiah telah diberikan kepada para pemenang yang bertuah oleh Encik Khairul Effandi dan pengacara majlis pada hari tersebut iaitu Ahmad Razin Bin Che Johari dan Afiqah Binti Abdul Aziz. Program tamat sekitar pukul 4.00 pm selepas slot bersama AJK.

 

Secara keseluruhan, pihak PPMK merasakan segala objektif yang dirangka telah tercapai dan program berjalan dengan lancer mengikut jadual tentatif yang telah ditetapkan. Program PERTAMA yang dianjurkan kali ini telah mendapatkan sambutan yang menggalakkan dari para peserta dan diiringi dengan pelbagai maklum balas bagi menjadikan program lebih menarik dan mantap. Diharapkan program ini mampu diteruskan pada masa yang akan datang dengan mengambil kira komen dan cadangan yang dibangkitkan oleh para responden.

 

Disediakan oleh:

Muhammad Fakhrul Mirza bin Hashim

Biro Perumahan Dan Penempatan 2

Persatuan Pelajar Malaysia Korea 2016/17

Majlis Iftar & Takbir Raya 2017 (Laporan)

Pada 24 Jun 2017, Pihak PPMK sesi 2016/2017 seperti tahun-tahun yang sebelum ini telah menganjurkan program keagamaan untuk pelajar Islam sempena dengan kedatangan bulan Ramadhan dan Syawal. Program ini merupakan kesinambungan program-program
PPMK pada sesi-sesi yang lepas. Penglibatan bagi program ini adalah terdiri daripada para pelajar yang sedang melanjutkan pengajian di Korea Selatan dan pegawai-pegawai yang bekerja di Kedutaan Besar Malaysia Korea Selatan serta rakyat Malaysia yang tinggal di Korea Selatan.

Pada keseluruhannya, program ini akan dijalankan secara bersepadu di mana terdapat pelbagai aktiviti yang yang telah disusun supaya sambutan lebih meriah dan bermakna. Satu jawatan kuasa pelaksana telah dirangka bagi memudahkan dan melancarkan perjalanan program.

Sesetengah Ajk telah memulakan persiapan majlis dengan merebus and memotong bahan mentah pada pukul 9 pagi. Ajk yang lain telah sampai di Kedutaan Malaysia pada jam 12 tengah hari dan memulakan persiapan untuk memasak. Antara persiapan yang telah dibuat adalah goreng ayam, membuat kicap and kuah, menyediakan sup, membuat pembungkusan makanan, mengemas dewan dan
membersihkan tempat memasak. Semua Ajk telah melaksanakan tanggungjawab masing-masing dan menyempurnakan tugas yang diberi pada masa yang ditetapkan.

Pada pukul 6 petang, wakil dari pihak AMIR KOREA iaitu saudara Anir Syahmi Bin Sharbirin, pelajar tahun ketiga dari Sungkyungkwan Universiti telah memberi tazkirah berkenaan bulanRamadhan. Dalam tazkirah tersebut, beliau jupa memberi tahu supaya kita perlu lebih banyak memberi daripada menerima, menziarahi rakan-rakan dan teruskan beramal walaupun bulan ramdhan telah berakhir.

Apabila azan Maghrib dilaungkan, tetamu berbuka puasa dengan kurma dan air mineral yang telah diedarkan semasa sesi tadarus. Limaminit selepas azan dilaungkan, solat Maghrib secara berjemaah telah dilakukan. Selepas tamat solat Maghrib, tetamu
dihidangkan dengan masakan nasi ayam yang telah siap dibungkus bersama dengan pencuci mulut yang dibeli. Majlis berjalan dengan lancar dimana pelajar bukan sahaja dapat berjumpa dengan kenalan baru, malah dapat merapatkan hubungan dengan pihak Kedutaan. Majlis diteruskan dengan takbir raya dan solat Isyak. Selepas tamat solat Isyak, pelajar-pelajar bersalam-salaman dan sesi bergambar dijalankan.

Secara keseluruhan, pihak PPMK merasakan segala objektif yang dirangka telah tercapai dan program berjalan dengan lancar. Majlis takbir raya yang dianjurkan julung kalinya telah mendapatkan sambutan yang menggalakkan. Diharapkan program ini mampu diteruskan pada masa yang akan datang dengan mengambil kira komen dan cadangan yang dibangkitkan oleh para responden.

Disediakan oleh:
Ahmad Razin Bin Che Johari
Biro Agama dan Kebajikan 1
Persatuan Pelajar Malaysia Korea 2016/17

Majlis Iftar Perdana 2017 (Laporan)

Pada 3 Jun 2017, Pihak PPMK sesi 2016/2017 seperti tahun-tahun yang sebelum ini akan menganjurkan program keagamaan untuk pelajar Islam sempena dengan kedatangan bulan Ramadhan dan Syawal. Tujuan program ini diadakan adalah untuk Mewujudkan suasana tarbawi di samping ingin mengingatkan ahli-ahli persatuan PPMK yang beragama Islam, bulan ramadhan bukan sekadar bulan yang berlapar dan dahaga tetapi bulan yang membentuk muslimin dan muslimat yang kuat. Ia bukan sahaja dari segi fizikal, malah yang lebih besar adalah untuk memupuk ketaqwaan kepada Allah SWT.

Penglibatan bagi program ini adalah terdiri daripada para pelajar yang sedang melanjutkan pengajian di Korea Selatan dan pegawai-pegawai yang bekerja di Kedutaan Besar Malaysia Korea Selatan serta rakyat Malaysia yang tinggal di Korea Selatan. Angaran pelajar dan pihak kedutaan yang hadir pada hari tersebut adalah seramai 150 orang.

Pada hari kejadian, AJK PPMK, pihak kedutaan dan sukarelawan dari Batch 17 bersama dengan telah memulakan persiapan untuk memasak. Wakil dari pihak ISMA KOREA iaitu saudara Fikri telah memberi tazkirah berkenaan bulan ramdhan. Dalam tazkirah beliau, beliau jupa memberi ‘tips’ bagaimana untuk menghadapi bulan puasa di Korea memandangkan waktu berpuasa di Korea adalah lebih lama berbanding dengan Malaysia.

Sejerus sahaja azan dilaungkan, tetamu dihidangkan dengan kurma dan air mineral yang telah diedarkan semasa sesi tadarus. Sepuluh minit selepas azan dilaungkan, solat maghrib secara berjemaah telah dilakukan. Selepas tamat solat maghrib, tetamu dihidangkan dengan kari ayam, sayur goreng dan makan yang telah dibawa oleh pihak kedutaan . Majlis berjalan dengan lancer dimana pelajar bukan sahaja dapat berjumpa dengan kenalan baru, malah dapat merapatkan diri mereka dengan pihak kedutaan. Majlis diteruskan dengan solat Isyak dan Solat Terawih. Selepas tamat Solat Terawih, pelajar bersalam-salaman dan sesi bergambar dijalankan.

Secara keseluruhan, pihak PPMK merasakan segala objektif yang dirangka telah tercapai dan program berjalan dengan lancar. Majlis iftar yang dianjurkan julung kalinya telah mendapatkan sambutan yang menggalakan. Diharapkan program ini mampu diteruskan di masa yang akan datang dengan mengambil kira komen dan cadangan yang dibangkitkan oleh para responden.

Disediakan oleh:
Ahmad Razin Bin Che Johari
Biro Agama dan Kebajikan 1
Persatuan Pelajar Malaysia Korea 2016/17

ONCE UPON A LIGHTYEAR

“Daniel, could you please come up here and read your son a bedtime story!” his wife shouted.

Her husband had fallen asleep with his head inside the holosphere entertainment unit again. “Yes, dear – coming,” he managed to blurt out in a groggy daze, not quite sure what was going on. Last he remembered, he was watching a sector level Star Trek game. No wonder he fell asleep. A Star Trek game is just a little more exciting than watching vegetation grow in slow motion.

He got up; shuffled his four feet up the white stone ramp and into his son’s nest chamber.

“Read me a story, daddy!” his son shouted gleefully as his antennae made little circular motions of excitement.

“OK, OK, calm down and let me think… What story haven’t I read you yet? Have I read you Golden mandibles and the three Xoak grubs?”

“Yes.”

“How about The three tiny crustaceans?”

“Yes, two times.”

“What about The swamp-fly who cried arachnid? – that’s a good one.”

“Daaaaad, you read that to me a mega-qua-zillion times!” his son threw his claws in the air in frustration.

“Wait a minute… I know a story, but it’s not in any reader chip. A special story my dad used to tell me. I think you’re old enough to hear it,” Daniel said slyly as his son started to beam with pride.

“Tell me dad, pleeeeease.”

“OK, let me think….”

“Once upon a time, a long time ago, and many light-years away, a spacecraft from a planet called Earth was sent to a nearby star. They were the first humans to travel to a neighbouring solar system. When they finally reached this new system, they picked up a strange signal coming from the fifth planet, so they followed it to investigate.”

“What was it dad?” his son asked impatiently

“Just wait, you’ll find out, just let me tell the story.”

“OK.”

“Now, where was I? Ah yes. So they landed on the fifth planet; the signal led them to this small object, and they could tell it had been made by another intelligent life form. It was purple in colour; shaped like a cube with what appeared to be some form of hieroglyphs over its entire surface. It was easily picked up with their appendages; the object’s surface looked like some type of metal, but was remarkably light in weight. The humans were very excited about finding this object, as it was their first proof they were not alone in the universe. They explored this planet for a long time looking for more evidence of the civilization that made it, but found nothing else. When they brought it back to Earth, their world welcomed them back like heroes; their whole planet was very excited about this discovery. But what was it; what did it do, if anything? It was made of materials they didn’t know; it had a power source they didn’t understand. They studied it for a long time, taking it apart piece by piece, and finally they thought they knew what it was.”

“What was it!” interrupted his son

“Hold on, I’m getting there… They thought it was some sort of new power generator. The humans were all very excited. They decided to recreate this alien device, but to make things easier, they would build it on a much larger scale. The planet Earth sought out their greatest scientific minds, their greatest engineers, and experts in other fields. The humans worked on it for 23 ellipse durations.”

“Wow, that’s a long time – Those scientists must have died of old age!” exclaimed his son in shock.

“Aaah, no. I’m 35 durations young, and plan to live quite a few more,” said Daniel with uncertain confidence.

“A-ny-way, they finally recreated this power generator a thousand times larger than the original object. They didn’t have the materials that the original was made of, so they had done the best they could with what they had. Unfortunately, their version was very crude in comparison, but they were eager to see what it could do. Maybe it could make their space ships go faster, or power a huge weapon to defend themselves against unknown future enemies.”

His son interjected – “Like the outpost cannons of Mapzorp – they can destroy an entire planetoid with one shot!” his son bragged with delight. “PAAAH-BOOOM!”

“OK, we can do without the sound effects please. Can I continue?” In reply, his son nodded with extreme exaggeration.

“So, the big day came; the whole planet was very excited, and there was much rejoicing. The President of their world had the honour of pressing the button that turned on this alien power source. He made a speech about what a great day it was in human history; that this day would be remembered for all time, or something like that. You know, blah-blah-blah.” His son frowned impatiently at his dad’s mockery of a politician – his left antenna began to twitch.

“Daaaaad.”

“OK…. So after his speech, he pressed the button. The gigantic purple cube started to glow slightly, and then began to hum loudly.” Daniel picked up his son’s slurpy-cup to demonstrate the rest. “Next, it lifted off the ground and started to spin. It spun faster and faster; shot up into the sky and into space. It hovered up there above the planet for a short time; came down at an incredible speed, and destroyed the planet. THE END.”

“How did it destroy the planet?”

“It’s too complicated.”

“Daaaaaad.”

“You’re too young to understand.”

“Please, Dad.”

“OK, OK. Do you remember what happened when that asteroid hit the moon orbiting K2B-II?”

“Wow, that’s soooooo abominable!”

“Yes, I thought you’d like that,” Daniel said looking bored. “Anyway, there’s more.”

“More to the story?”

“Yes. You see, this is a true story, and do you know what the object really was that the humans had found?”

“Was it a secret-super-duper-ultimate-planet-killer-weapon from the evil Killian Empire?”

“Aaaaah, no. It was… a child’s toy!” The pause for effect was a nice touch, he thought.

“NO DUNG!” his son yelled.

“Hey, watch the language. Yes, a child’s toy from the most advanced world in our galaxy – Phantagon.”

“So the moral of the story is…” he waited for his son’s answer.

“Don’t… build, a really big toy, on your homeworld?”

“No, not exactly…. Never mind. Go to sleep now.”

“OK, goodnight dad.”

“Goodnight, son. Don’t let the humans bite.”

His son smiled. It was the best story his dad every told him, and one he would never forget. Funny humans, he thought, but that President of Earth was right about being remembered. He retracted his mandibles, and went quickly to sleep.

 

End.

BY LINA (Batch 17)

“We will be friends forever. Won’t we Kevin? “I asked doubtfully as I wolfed down a huge bite of french toast. The quote ‘nothing lasts forever’ that we learned in English class today somehow made me wonder whether it was really true. ‘Even longer’ he answered after a few seconds of silence. All the moments rolled down as tears as I held the photograph. I hoped it was only a bad dream as I slowly dragged myself out of my queen sized bed. A monstrous yawn stretched the length of my face.  It has been three days since I lost Kevin and every night since that day I have been having nightmares and woke up in the middle of the night sweating. My heart was always hammering as my mind was always jumbled with this thoughts. I looked at the photograph again. There he was standing next to me in the photo still with his calm smile and joyful face that never failed to entertain me. His ocean blue eyes were still alive in this photograph. I closed my eyes as my mind couldn’t bear to think anymore.

 

Living in a serene village near the pristine sea was a real treasure for me as its tranquility and refreshing atmosphere with the picturesque sea was the perfect getaway whenever my head was on the verge of insanity what with all the school’s work and pressures. Everyday my best friend and I will go to the sea to watch the sunset as the invigorating coolness of the sea breeze caressed our skins. I still remember the precious moments we spent together looking at the stars and the magnificent moon from my balcony with a cup of hot chocolate made by my beloved mother. As the moon played hide and seek with the cloud, we talked about a lot of crazy stuff like building a path to the moon, creating a device that can bring us to other dimensions and so on. Both of us believed that magic exists and he used to say all the time that he will be receiving the admission letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry soon and would have to leave me alone.  Most of the time, we stayed together and faced all the leaps and bounds of life together but I never knew it would end soon.

 

Dawn was almost breaking. A touch of sunlight peeped from behind the hills in the distance. The deafening sound of my alarm clock made me lay wide awake on my bed. The first thing that came into my mind was the science project that I had to do with Kevin. Without hesitation, I got up from my bed and rushed to the bathroom. After getting ready, I took my backpack and ran downstairs and almost hit my mother who was holding a cup of white coffee. “Watch your steps”, said my mom with a stern look. I quickly munched on some cookies from the table and drank the white coffee prepared by my mother for me. I wished my mom goodbye and cycled all the way to Kevin’s house which was just a stone’s throw away from my school. I pedaled my bicycle faster as I was afraid Kevin might be waiting for me for a long time. I saw him waiting for me in front of the house from far. He ran towards me excitedly as he saw me and everything happened in that few seconds. That few seconds that changed my whole life. I heard a large crashing sound and from a distance came the spluttering sound of an engine. I stood motionless for a while before realizing what just happened. I ran towards Kevin only to find him lying on the ground as blood was splattered all around him. Tears started to roll down uncontrollably as I heard him saying his last words goodbye my friend as his soul left this world. Although it has been a few days after the heartbreaking incident, I felt very lonely and a part of me was feeling guilty thinking it was all entirely my fault.

 

I disliked the feeling of being inside the home and decided to take a walk around the beach. I walked so long until I came to a place I wasn’t familiar with at all. There was a house which looked old and one lonesome tree stood by the house swaying in the wind swept by the tree whispering to the air and surroundings. As I was so tired from the long treacherous journey, I decided to rest outside the house for a while. Suddenly I heard the creaking sound of the door being opened and there stood a man who looked in his mid-thirties. He had tousled dark brown hair which was thick and lustrous. His eyes were mesmerizing deep ocean blue with flecks of silvery light throughout and he had dark eyebrows, which sloped down his serious expression. He invited me into his house and offered me a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The taste was so nice and magical that I forgot all the worries at that very moment. He noticed the sadness on my face and out of a sudden asked me am I ready to take the risk if I am given a chance to save my friend. I was really shocked as I couldn’t remember telling him about the incident that took my friend’s life. But on the other side of my mind, I was thinking whether there really was a chance to save Kevin.

 

Although it seemed impossible, I felt something magical and mysterious about the man.  If it was really possible, I would be willing to do anything to save my best friend. He gave me a small device that looked like a pocket watch that had a time and date carved onto it. It was in gold and had a beautiful design and writing which said, “You have the power to change the past”. It was all like a dream and I was wondering whether I would remember all this when I wake up. But when I pinched myself I felt painful and realized the things I read in fantasy books was coming to reality. I had a time turner in my hand. If only Kevin was there with me he would have felt very excited but guess what, I can save him using this and we can chat about this experience one day.

.    .    .    .    .    .

“Kevin, the keys are on the table. Make sure all the doors are locked when you leave, okay honey?” I said to him before exiting the house. “Okay. Anything for you, dear” a disembodied voice replied. I turned off the lights and closed the doors as there was no one else present there. The dark clouds that had been gathering all morning gave way to thunderous roars and big droplets of rain fell directly on my face and clothes. I tasted the droplets that mixed with my tears. The pain in my heart was excruciating as I clutched the golden pocket watch in anger.