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That’s mean you must get a total of 64 marks from both paper. SCORING CRITERIA FOR PAPER 2 MARKING SCHEME FOR SECTION A : QUESTION 1 ( SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION )
EXCELLENT ( 9-10 MARKS )
Excellent and confident use of language. Ideas convey clearly through a variety sentence structure. Confident to use new words to express ideas. Ideas are wellplanned, relevant and linked. Overall accurate use of spelling and punctuation. Confident use of language throughout. Attempts made to construct variety types of sentence structures but occasional errors occur. Most ideas are well planned but links may be absent or inappropriate. Most of the ideas are well organized and conveyed clearly. Overall meaning is still clear. Generally, confident use of the language. Simple sentences with minor errors but meaning is still clear. Satisfactory presentation of ideas. A few punctuation and spelling errors. Poor use of language. Multiple errors found in sentences. Ideas are incomprehensible even after a few readings. Limited and incorrect use of vocabulary. Many spelling and punctuation errors. There is no answer given.
CREDIT ( 5-8 MARKS )
ACHIEVEMENT ( 3-4 MARKS )
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Ways of improving my English
Today, English is used widely. It has become the most popular language of communication between countries and in many fields of human endeavour. So it is important that we learn to use English. Otherwise we will be at a disadvantage. The only effective way of improving my English is to use it, as often as possible. In school, the only time when English is used is during English lessons. That certainly is not enough. So wherever possible I speak English with some friends and teachers who will or can speak English with me. Reading book, magazines and newspapers are good ways of improving my English. On the whole they are grammatically correct. We may speak incorrect English and get away with it. Not so with printed words, they have to be correct. Through reading, I learned how to use correct English in writing and speaking, though at times I still speak the broken English that many of us speak here. Watching television and listening to the radio are two more ways of improving my English. English as it is spoken by the English, Americans, Malaysians and others are distinctly different. So I continue of use English, that is, hear, read, speak and write it. Some of my friends only hear and read it. They can hardly speak or write it, but I will not be like them. I will try any best to master it.
Trip to the beach
One Sunday afternoon, my parents and I went to the beach. After packing some food and drinks, we set off. When we reached the beach, it was very crowded. The light breeze felt good as it brushed against our cheeks. We found a place under a shady tree to put our things. After changing into our swimming suits, we had a swim in the crystal clear water. A short while later, out stomachs were grumbling. so we changed into dry clothes and had a snack. My sister and I went picking seashells after that. We then built a sand castle with the fine, while doing that, we saw beautiful small crabs walking on the sand. Our family watched the sun set before we went home. Although tired, we were happy because we had a great time at the beach.
The moon was out in the night sky as Sam walked towards home after doing assignment in his friend's house nearby. It was a quiet and pleasant evening. As Sam walked past a tree he saw two men climbing over the fence of a house. The occupants of the house were probably not in as the lights were not switched on. Knowing that the two men were obviously burglars up to no good, Sam ran quickly to a telephone booth nearby and called the police. A patrol car with two policemen in it responded to Sam's call for help. They hurried to the scene. The two bad-hats were caught red-handed trying to break into the house. The two men were handcuffed and escorted into the patrol car to be taken to the police station. All they got for their efforts were trouble with the law.
bad-hats : Someone who deliberately stirs up trouble 滋事者 caught red-handed :To be caught in the act of committing a misdemeanor 逮捕 escorted : one or more people travelled with some police 押送
The importance of friends
If you do not have enough guts to say "no". but they can be manipulative. like smoking. everyone needs a good friend. Reading 4 ." A good friend is also a loyal friend. we will have to step into this tough and competitive world on our own. but they may also have certain bad habits with bad influence. They are those who will never stand you up nor leave you alone when you are down and out. One day. we should treasure and return their valuable friendship. Some friends are not only disloyal. drinking. addiction to drugs. There are many types of "bad habits". What is a real good friend like? A good friend is someone who shares your happiness and sorrows. to seek advice or even just a shoulder to cry on? Thus. Parents and teachers will not always be there to guide us when we need them. Unfortunately.Friends play an important role in our lives. they will climb on top of you. When we have found a good friend. or even illegal racing which lead to reckless driving that can harm our lives. At such time. Seeing that friends are so important. Some people do not have any of these "bad habits". not everyone makes a good friend. They are those who will prop you up and give you all the support you need. we should be very careful when it comes to choosing friends. who else other than our own friends can we turn to. So the saying goes "A friend in need is a friend indeed. They are the ones who will never betray you. nor let you down.
Changing economic circumstances and various socio-cultural developments have had a strong affect on the environment. The countryside was doomed. don't waste your time. There is a time and a place for everything. Soon the man came with his bulldozers and other heavy machinery. 5 . Many parents will tell their children to read. erecting huge factories to cater for the needs of the growing industries. However such beauty could not stand against man's greed. Reading should be enjoyed so that we can get maximum benefit from it. Some read because their parents want them to do so. read anything. So reading too has to be done in the proper way and at the proper time. blue skies and greenery as far as the eyes could see bore testimony to the wonder and beauty of nature. Next the builders moved in. Yet others read because they simply want to make their parents or teachers happy. They also do not tell us when to read. Many of us read because we are told to do so. the smoke-belching machinery totally cleared up the land. The once lovely stream was reduced to a giant concrete drain. Many people say that reading is the key to success. We should enjoy whatever we read at the same time we should also understand whatever we are reading. As a human habitat. Reading cannot be forced on anyone. Reading is one of the best ways of doing so. All these are wrong reasons for reading. The destruction of the environment The countryside was lovely to behold. the environment is constantly subjected to development.There are many ways of spending our time usefully. It also helps us to know and understand many new words and how to use them. Reading helps us learn about people and things. "Read. The hills were flattened and not a single or plant was left standing. White clouds. This is wrong." they say. In a short time. Unfortunately these people seldom tell us what or how to read.
Save our environment 6 . contests on earth-consciousness. foul liquids choke the drain and loads of rubbish cover the land. and a further destruction of environment. compositionwriting. poster-drawing competitions. They felt that the forests. Vocabulary doomed : unavoidable destruction or death 毁灭 erecting: to build or establish 建立 foul : very dirty. rivers. The Americans called on all the people on earth to take care of the earth. Earth Day has helped thousands of people to realise the importance of a properly managed earth. the day will come when we shall destroy the earth and thus destroy ourselves too. great grandchildren and the many generations to come. They wanted the people to use the forests. seas and wildlife were being exploited without any thought for the future. If we continue to exploit the earth as we are doing now. grandchildren. but how many of us have heard about 'Earth Day'? What is Earth Day? The first 'Earth Day' was celebrated on 22 April 1970 in America. land. impure 污浊，不干净的 triumph : the joy or satisfaction caused by this 成功(胜利)的喜悦 Earth day We have heard about Birthdays. Earth Day is a day of celebration. black smoke hides the sky. It is yet another triumph for modern industry. Valentine's Day. Mother's Day. its surroundings and its proper usage. song-writing and many other contests to let the people know about earth. mountains and earth carefully so that the earth will remain useful to our children. unclean.Now. Father's Day and so on. Open-House Day. It is celebrated with speeches.
are also dying by the thousands every day. Nature societies and governments have encouraged people of all races and from all over the world to lend a helping hand in saving Mother Nature. No longer will people enjoy sightseeing anymore. such as tigers. Handbags. Our future generations may not be able to recognise those cute little puppies and kitten. It will most probably rise further if we do not stop polluting the environment. This will damage the Earth and allow ultra violet rays to penetrate the Earth's atmosphere. has imposed laws that forbid mankind to hunt endangered animals. Our beautiful surroundings will no longer remain the same. We would only have to cut down on our usage of paper napkins.officially or with the right to be obeyed. buy less or perhaps not buy animal fur coats at all. or even worse. Our main source of oxygen. only in books! Vocabulary forbid : to refuse to allow.Every day we see pollution all around us. thus endangering the lives of humans. Unknown to us. 禁止 hazardous : which contains risks or danger 有危险的 billowing : a rolling mass (as a flame or mist) like a large wave 波涛般滚滚 penetrate : to enter. pouches. Neighbouring countries have also been affected by these forest fires and resulting haze. not because of anything. as the lovely and attractive scenery will be destroyed. shoes an other accessories made of animal products should be avoided. many forests have been burnt because of the extremely hot weather. All the animals that our granddaughters and grandsons may see would be in zoo. In recent years. all around us. since there will be none of them roaming the streets. but because of the pollution that is happening every day. Our government. Yet. Scientific research has shown that the temperature of the Earth has risen to an alarming figure during the past few years. the trees. Vehicles on the road every day produce huge amounts of hazardous and poisonous gases and billowing clouds of smoke. People are also living in fear of the Earth being flooded by torrents of melted ice from the North and South poles. people refuse to cooperate. many species of animals live in fear of extinction due to pollution. as well as those of other countries. to pass 穿透 7 .
This complicated process of acquiring knowledge in various fields is a time-consuming and arduous task. a good student stays focused and is not afraid to question. have an opinion. Moral values such as kindness. Many people still adhere to stereotype definition of a good student being one who has achieved academic excellence. which differs from theirs. A good student is a cheerful student too. a good student has high morale. Many might wonder about the criteria. Therefore. in or outside the classroom. which makes a good student. A good student has to diligent and committed to learning. He is humble and always learns from his past wrongdoings. He is able to make notes. He provides a shoulder for his peers to cry on and lends an ear to any problems. Besides that. he or she will spend many years learning. Moreover. certainly. He will always be prepared to do his duty as a civic-minded person to ensure the cleanliness of his surroundings. He always greets the world with an optimistic frame . No matter who. Taking part in extra 8 . From the moment an individual is sent to school to acquire knowledge. which are taught directly and indirectly. he is courteous and always lends a hand to the sick and needy. compassion and consideration are always put into practice in his daily life. education is an aspect. He is not the `bookworm" pouring pouring over his studies day in and day out.Qualities of a good student In this advanced world. A good student has the creative mind to explore and experiment with different ways and means of memorising facts and figures. a good student stays alert at all times and has an inquisitive mind. During school hours. the label 'a good student' is not easy to live up to. He has (t? the ability to access the information given and the initiative to further research the topics taught in school. which are simple yet. A good student is a student who is not only caring but also amiable and accessible to all. Besides. the test or exa mina ti ons will be fa ced with a cal m and prep are d fra me o f mi nd. complete. where. he will willingly teach those who are slow and enlighten those who are in the dark. I. what or when. he is pro-active in learning and always has group discussions with peers and friends. Besides that. Self-reliance will be his motto in achieving greater heights or success. "We live in and learn". which has been stressed on more and more. A good student is able to learn and apply skills. As the old saying goes. Therefore. A good student leads an active and healthy lifestyle too. of mind and smiles at people he meets everyday.
He exercises regularly and has a balanced diet. I skipped breakfast for I did not have the mood to eat. "Rachel?". Although no student in this world is a perfect student. showing good manners and respect for others 有礼貌的 amiable : pleasant and well-intentioned likable ... I was so happy I could scream! Many of my teachers and friends came to congratulate me. happy and satisfying life. After washing up.. I saw some of my classmates so I went over to join them. 9 . The teacher smiled at me. My legs were trembling badly as I walked over to my teacher. As my teacher was giving out the slips. At school. I felt like flying in the sky. After a few minutes. I could feel my heart beating very fast.curricular activities is part and parcel of a good student's life. I can still feel the happiness and excitement.i went to school although it was a school holiday. my class teacher came out from the staff-room. It was my turn. my teacher called. the ideal student has to be able to study smart. He has to be able to manage his time and live a healthy. She then showed me the result slip I could not believe my eyes when I saw my slip! I had actually scored straight A's in the UPSR examination!!! Ooh. I felt nervous and excited. friendly 亲切的 My most unforgettable day The day 15th of December 2009 is still fresh in my memory... They were just as nervous as I was. She had the result slips in her hand. Vocabulary stereotype : a fixed set of ideas about what a particular type of a person or thing which is wrongly believed to be true in all cases 模式化的见解 courteous：polite and kind. A good student has to be good in many aspects. I got up very early as I could not sleep anymore. That day was a Monday.
only every Monday and Wednesday. Motorcycles and bicycles going in and out. On other days. Besides that. It is almost as same as the wet market. In such condition. even as I am writing this essay. the place is swarmed with people. I can still feel the warmth inside me glow. This day has become my most unforgettable day. Cars spill over everywhere from the parking area to the roadsides. The field at the night market is crowded by people from all walks of life. The crowds of people are walking about and the loaded carts on the middle of the path make it even more difficult to move. Night market is a colourful place. Night market is a spectacular and colourful market. There are all kinds of clothes and materials too. There are different kinds of coloured plastic goods and so on. such as red tomatoes. one can see a dense mass of human heads moving about restlessly under the bright neon lights of the hand-carts and stalls. From one end to the other. The difference is the market starts in the evening whereas the wet market starts in the morning. the field is just gathered by a few cows grazing on the coarse grass. only the early birds will get parking spaces. which are sold. food and drinks.Up till now. green capsicums. These temporary stalls sell all manners of useful household goods. It seems like the whole community is there. orange carrots. 10 . It is closed to traffic jam during peak hours in town. etc. All of them add up to a marvellous view under the bright moonlight. There are many types of fruit and vegetables. Ij Vocabulary trembling : to shake uncontrollably with quick short movements 颤抖 warmth : the state of being warm 温暖 A descriptive of a night market in the city Night market is not a strange place for today's city life.
There are people laughing and children crying. All of that bring a festive atmosphere in the night market. especially because extremely good 奇妙的 unwinding: relax . By about 9 p. The shouting and bargaining are enjoyed by both customers and hawkers. everyone is in good mood. "$1 only. Madam! This is the last one. it is doing a roaring business. Everyone is in a holiday mood . trying to make both ends meet. it is also a noisy place. I sold for $2 just now but I want to go home now. but the hawkers and customers will come back again and again because the night market is where things are cheaper as there are no middlemen to make a profit for themselves. Although the night market is very crowded and noisy.Furthermore. Furthermore. admiration or pleasure.enjoying the tasty food and drinks and unwinding after a hard day's work. Then another hawker suddenly cries." In this way. The din is ear shattering. "Apples! Five for $1! Come on! Cheap sale! Cheap sale!" Obviously. No doubt. customers and hawkers are bargaining. All around. Some of them remain to get some last minute selling done. many sales transactions are closed. hawkers' call and teenagers' giggling. a big crowd of customers will take a look and buy their products. They really need to make some profits each night. Vocabulary marvellous : causing great wonder. to stop being nervous 放松 The benefits of being computer literate 11 . children's laughter.m. Nevertheless. Then a few stalls away. Just two stalls away.. traditional medicine sellers promote their medicine. "Apples! Four for $1! Cheap sale!" come the cries of one hawker. There are loud and happy music like clashing of cymbals and beating of drums. They use a microphone to speak and a loudspeaker to spread their voice. the loud music of cd vendors comes along cheering up the situation. Because of that. there are already a number of people examining the fruits. hawkers begin to pack their things into vans. The stall is also brightly illuminated. most vendors have a hard life.
the computer helps people to produce fast and efficient work. Fifty years ago. Moreover. be it on health or music. the Internet provides cheap and fast communication. one of the qualifications for a secretarial post was the ability to write fast and neatly. Otherwise.The world is constantly changing around us. One has to get educated to live a better life. one world feel incapacitated. On the other hand. The computer has made life easy for humans. unknowingly. Now. This facility not only helps to save one's money but also one's time as one studies at one's own pace and ability. To step into unknown territory. the computer also has its disadvantages. especially those who do not know how to discipline themselves sit in front of the computer all day playing computer games. We are now marching into a new era where information technology is simply indispensable. Education is the key to success. With the computer. It can fulfil your every interest. distant learning is made possible by logging on to the Internet. That is why they need the Internet to enable them to monitor the financial market closely to avoid loss of money. Students. You will be able to search for what you want. with the help of the computer. Let me give an example. This can also be a sort of entertainment. People have come to realize the importance of literacy. with the dawning of the new millennium.one we now call the age of the computers. With just a click of the mouse. Imagine yourself getting a degree without going to school or a university. Some even visit pornographic sites when 12 . billions and billions of dollars flow in and out of their bank accounts. In addition. Now. As a result. These people have large amounts of investments around the globe and with every second ticking. With the help of computers. Without education. computer is the key. It is so hard to phone someone or write a letter from a few thousand miles away but it is only a piece of cake for the computer user to send it through the Internet. the Internet is made possible. The Internet is a source of knowledge. the Internal plays a very important role in the daily lives of entrepreneurs. Therefore. more things can be done in a shorter time. The Internet is a must for people involved in the business world. It is thus undeniable that being computer literate is a must. In this fast developing world. you become a better-equipped person. people from all corners of the world are starting to realize the importance of computers. a new age has risen . You are able to send e-mails instantly after a click. all you need is a certificate stating that you are computer literate! Besides. one has to be contented with a meagre salary. you can also chat with your friends. you are able to improve on what you like.
guidance should be given to the young and impressionable minds of the nation and there should be a compromise in between so that computer literate users get the best out of everything. and women. 13 . we are stepping into a new millenium. The academis performance will be affected and they will live a life of dissipation and dissolution. I can conclude that the benefits of being computer literate far outweigh the disadvantages. In my opinion. The era of science and technology has caught up with each and every one of us. Vocabulary meagre : not enough in quantity. Men. quality 微薄 dissipation ：the continual search for foolish or dangerous pleasure 放荡的 dissolution ：decay 衰败 The role of woman today Today. everything has its pros and cons. The computer is not an exception Therefore.they log on to the Internet. With that.
domestic violence against wires. many have proven their capabilities to be as good as. and it is safe to say that we are merely halfway through. to be confined only to the kitchens or the bedrooms. isn't she always busy going about doing good as a Samaritan as well as a diplomat? How about the late Princess Diana for instance? She was a true princess at heart. they are freed from the tight clutches of Medieval society. campaigning against mine fields and global violence. But even then. but they are not the only ones. The fruit of their labour? the right to vote. Therefore the 14 . street protests and even the burning of bras before women could even call upon enough attention to show the world that they were really serious about Women's Liberation. social and economic arenas. or rather rumourmongers who are ever ready to devour any sleaze they hear! These two fine ladies are the perfect icons for women today. Take First Lady Hilary Clinton for example. The battle of the sexes has long since existed. and many succeeded in making a change for the better. some women took the Liberation Movement one step further by actively taking part in the political. These days. forever his silent but powerful driving force? Or when she is not playing the "Good Wife" part. for themselves. and those around them. No. if not better than men. women were still viewed as back-seat drivers. In viewing that. All that despite being constantly the target of the media people. However. It only ends with the abolition of prostitution. It took a whole series of demonstrations. For women. especially. It was a tiring uphill baffle which took courage and determination most of us can only admire. still. this was not an overnight revolution. sexual abuse and discrimination. she was out in full gear. never allowed the chance to really make decisions. Although women have yet to take hold of the reins of the world. It was a torrent struggle against the current of so-called ethics. finally! The Women's Liberation Movement was a major milestone for women all over the globe. Is she not always standing faithfully beside her husband through thick and thin. not the kind who puts on airs and dresses up for balls. The 20th century is a far cry from all the earlier civilizations. not her! While she was not bringing smiles to the faces of starving Ethopian children. They are no longer mere childbearers or caretakers of the family. women have finally found their rightful place in society.both have equal parts to play in order to make the world a better place for the up and coming generations. Being given their voting rights signalled that women now have a voice of their own. Many more have followed in their footsteps.
Some of them even have to put their things on the tables in the canteen to ensure a seat. School work burden is forgotten. at least for a while. several students are busy searching and skimming the books for extra reading and setting information for their assignments. 卑劣的人。 The recess time in my school Of course." Meantime in the library. giving support to their sisters all over the globe to secure a fairer world for their daughters and granddaughters of the future! Vocabulary Samaritan : known for listening to people who feel uncomfortable talking to someone they know about their problems 英国组织提供免费电话热线给那些情绪 消沉的人。 rumourmongers : a person who spreads rumours 散播谣言的人。 sleaze : a thing or person having the quality cheap . Several students 15 . quick. All the sorrows of being scolded and getting bad marks are forgotten. Every stall is always crowded with students. However. you will experience being pushed from one side to another. all students perk up. going to the library and the washrooms to refresh themselves. An advantage in size could certainly be a great help here. The benches in the canteen at recess time are never unoccupied. Some hearty laugh and chat are always heard. There will be a stampede towards the canteen. Believe me. The junior students particularly are chattering in a jovial mood. some impatient students will scream out: "Quick. Some prefects are on duty to control these "uncivilised people". Only a minority stays in class. And of course. Very often you will hear the hawkers' screaming at the top of their voices to control the students from pushing and shoving. Auntie. Though recess time may seem short. there will be some students going for meetings.womenfolk of the world must come together. it is the time for students to share endless gossip with their peers. There are two recess time in my school. Some of the hawkers are not able to serve the customers at once. Unfortunately. It is also hard to walk through the rowdy crowd in the canteen. the bell for going back to class will ring soon. These two recess time are essential for us to unwind and to fill up growling stomach. dirty poor looking and often suggesting immorality. it makes not much difference. recess time is the most enjoyable time in school after learning hard from the first period.As soon as the school bell rings for recess.
I.can be seen engrossed in the daily news with their best friends. All in all. You may see of a couple of girls diligently mopping the windows. While the older ones are deep in thought in some corners. Each class has is specified for its own toilet.and-span：completely clean and tidy again 整洁的 The world I would like to live in 16 . Some even have to stand in a queue for a while to use the toilets. Vocabulary rowdy: nosiy and rough 吵闹的 skimming： to read. sweeping the floor and cleaning the blackboard. Some hard-working student or I should say bookworm will stay in their own class to finish their homework or revise. A few are seen trying to solve additional Maths or Physics problems. Students enjoy their own activities during this time. you may find some students washing their faces to refresh themselves after studying hard since morning. While some students are seen carrying out their cleanliness duty. Some younger students who have not 'tasted' school work pressure play hide and seek with their friends. Some of the students will also enjoy walking around the passageways in front of the classrooms or in the park chatting with their peers. quickly get the main ideas 泛读 spick. The toilets are never unoccupied. In the wash rooms. The scene in the library during recess time is quiet and full of discipline although some quiet chat can be heard. I can say that the scene in my school during recess time is one of noise and many students. enjoy every moment of recess time very much. one will also see some pupils running here and there along the passageway while the others just loiter around. myself. Certainly. It is certainly pleasant to study in a spick and span class room.
Parents would sing lullabys to their offsprings. There would be no wars and every child in the world would be well-fed and clothed. arson. my secret wish will come true. No more cases of conspiracy. It is a total contrast to the world which we live in today. life would not be a bed of roses for everyone. People would work hard to earn a living and practise many good qualities such as generosity. everything has undergone tremendous change and improvement. Although bringing it to reality is a little far-fetched. Isn't this wonderful? We would be able to indulge in simple pleasures of life such as writing poetry. It would be like the garden of Eden. The list of things I would like in my ideal world is endless. Many trees will grow and fertile lands and rain would be sufficient for all living beings. Great scientific discoveries such as human cloning and test-tube babies prove the advanced human intelligence of today.In the modern era today. All these are the results of the usage of advanced technology. Human beings live fast-paced lives and have become undeniably materialistic. After all. what are the various problems you face? 17 . One could smell the sweet scent of flowers from a distance. what harm will a little hope do? As a teenager . But is the Mother Earth of today. The air is fresh and pollution will be non-existent. What a magnificent sight it would be! Various types of animals would live in their protected homes in the woods. butterflies dancing in delight. protect them from harm and cherish them with unconditional love. pollinating flowers and even the buzzing of bees would be part of everyday life. enjoying Mother Nature's gifts and God's creations. Every day would have a promising and brighter tomorrow. I do so hope that one day. where I really want to live? Of course not! Many a time I would build castles in the air. Birds chirping merrily on treetops. abduction. honesty. There would be no 'endangered species' listed in our books and every animal will live peaceful cycles of life according to the ecological balance. my dream world would be free from pain and suffering. drug abuse and other social ills will be found. Besides that. Of course. murder. Endless blue skies and white clouds that go floating by without a care in the world. High rises are numerous and systems are computerized for the convenience of all. Cases of unwanted children and murdered babies would disappear in the wink of an eye. dreaming of the world I would live in. helping each other and many more. Human beings of all races in the world would live in peace and harmony.
please hold your horses and hear me out. problem. I have the perfect. T h u s. I'm hot and I click with the very latest in fashion. selfish brat all wrapped up in myself. Yes. I do not deny that we teenagers place a lot emphasis on our looks and grooming. which brings me to yet another one of the never-ending problems I face. In fact. to seize every opportunity as life just whizzes past without a second glance. Through the various educational programmes at school and the Internet. Is life a bed of roses? No. I kn ow t h a t I h a v e t o b e r e s p o n s i b l e f o r m y a c t i o n s . even to the extent of trying out funky hair-dos. Can you imagine the embarrassment I feel when others sarcastically point them out? Not to mention how I cringe when a cute member of the opposite sex walks by. ladies and gentlemen.. underneath the facade of an I-don't-care attitude. y e t d e e p d o w n i n s i d e .. B e f o r e yo u j u m p to th e conclusion that I am just another spoiled. so me ti me s I fe e l stre sse d o u t b y th e va ri o u s de ma n d s 18 . That will surely be the typical answer of every teen. ch a t o n t h e M S N o r j u s t h a n g o u t with friends? Back to the basics. N e w s p a p e rs are constantly coming up with news of date rape. I know that I should not do anything morally wrong. right? I am one of those unfortunate few who have been blessed with pink spots that turn up on my face out of the blue. I kno w th e p a th I ha ve to ta ke . m ach o imag e o f a young teen . vib ran t and full of li fe . b u t i s i t s o w r o n g t o t a l k t o b o y s . a l i t tl e vo i ce i s te l l i n g me t o b re a k f r e e o f th e n u me ro u s b o u n d a ri e s in my life. I cannot help feeling thrilled when a boy compliments me nor can I help staring a t t h o se mo r e g e n e r o u s l y b l e s s e d w i t h p h y s i c a l b e a u t y . t h e b a n e o f m y e xi st e n ce a cn e . Aaaarrgh! Yet another pimple right in the middle of my nose! As my heart sinks in despair. A s I l o o k a ro u n d me . this goes to show our creativity in our quest to find the "perfect" look for every one of us. I'm cool. I know that I am the future of my c o u n t r y a n d th e i mp o r ta n t ro l e I p l a y i n so c i e t y. I se e o the r te e n ag e rs ju mp in g i n to r e la ti o n shi p s an d fi n d t o th e i r h o rro r. number one problem in m y l i fe . pregnant teens and re la ti o n shi p -re la te d sui ci d e s. I am increasingly aware of the changes in my body and hormones as I cross the thin line from childhood to adulthood. Hey. tattoos and body piercing until we drive our parents mad. H o w e ve r. Yet. I s tr i v e h a r d t o e xce l i n m y st u d i e s i n o rd e r t o a c h i e ve m y a m b i t i o n s . I know that the day is not off to a good start. this is the major.Hi! I'm a typical teenager of the 21st century. do you know how many problems I face? I wake up in the morning and groggily amble to the washroom. t h a t l o v e i s n e i t h e r i n n o ce n t n o r b l i n d .
To my friends. I a m t r y i n g m y b e s t ! A t times. a ki n d word of encouragement will do wonders to brighten up my day. I am at the crossroad of my life. an air ho stess. I wil l not let my parents down. S h o u l d I b e a d o c t o r . a mo vie star? I do not ha ve an y extrao rdina ry tale nts but I am willing to try my be st. strengthen my character and belief in myself. I w i l l b e the best! Vocabulary ma cho : bei ng o r wish ing to ap pea r ve ry typical o f a ma n 表现 出 男人阳刚气概 cringe ：to have a very uncomfotable feeling of shame of dislike 憎 恶 curfew : the time during which people must be indoors according to this rule 宵禁时间 Children of today are too pampered 19 . so p le a se b e p a tie n t wi th me . Wh e n I am do w n . Problems are part and parcel of m y e ve r yd a y l i f e . I have to take time to smell the roses. I rea l l y w an t you to p u t yo u r fo o t do w n an d assu re me th a t th e r e are still some rules in my life. I w i l l tr y my b e st t o o ve rco me t h e m and in the process.w h i c h p a t h should I choose? I a m al so ve ry vu ln e ra bl e so me ti me s. H o w e v e r. I am a typical teenager. I am also in a whirl a b o u t w h i c h c a r e e r t o p u r s u e w h e n I g r a d u a t e f r o m h i g h s ch o o l . However. I find difficulty in expressing mysel f. even though I sometimes protest about my c u r f e w . To my dear parents.m y te a che rs a n d p a ren ts m a k e o f m e . a l a w y e r o r a te ach er? A gla mo rou s model .
the child in this modern civilisation still gets what he or she desires.." "But dear. many children and youths are being unwittingly spoilt by their equally ignorant parents. Ron just got a new phone!" "So?" "So?? I want a new Siemens too. Parents behave likewise. Even if those vehicles are not theirs to stake claim to. "No to 20 . r i g h t ? " "Oh.. Many parents today are being over-protective of their children. she spends it on dresses for a birthday party her parents have already denied her permission to go to. human nature leads these same people to shower their success and share this so-called joy with the ones closest to them. Thirty years ago it would have been perfectly fine to discipline a student in school. that is cars and motorcycles obtained in their own name.. Period. we seem to be getting him everything he wants. Why would you need all those features when you just bought a phone not so long ago?" "But Mum. "Abuse of Authority!". The list goes on while the world s h a k e s its head and wonders why its children have become uncontrollably demanding. Naturally. a majority of teenagers complain increasingly of their bone shakers. Mine has no WAP functions. Young children in contemporary time often receive too much pocket allowance for their age group. many teenagers .00 a month when he packs sandwiches to school. Apart from material wealth. Why would a ten-year-old need RM50. Should society find it disconcerting that its offspring are becoming more and more rebellious by the day? On the other hand.. w e o n l y w a n t h i m t o b e h a p p y . they are still theirs to use as and when they desire. goes home for lunch and take dinner with his family? What is a child to do with all this expendable cash? He spends it on toys his parents refuse to buy him. very well. why don't we get him a new phone?" "Darling. After all the refusals and denying of permission." Slam! "Honey. Thirty years later..h a ve th ei r ow n transport.who always seem to be g r u m bl i ng ab o u t th e la ck o f sp e n di n g mo ne y .. Shouldn't we limit it a tad bit?" " A t t h e e x p e n s e o f t h e d o o r f l y i n g o f f i t s h i n g e s ? ? " "But---" " H o n e y . Whatever happened to those rain-or-shine-you're-taking-the-bus days? Yet despite this privilege. you are only in Form 3. the same simple act of hitting the child on the palms would conjure up choruses of "Child Abuse!"."Mum." "No means no. In a world of technological advances and materialism. of getting wet riding a bike. many adult have come to view material wealth as the highest form of success." Children of today are too pampered.
but to spoil him or her in the process would not only be wrong done upon the child and oneself. Spoil our children. the child grows up defying authority as a norm. just as parents are often viewed as the guardians of humanity. Her name is Ivy Alexandra. Thus. destroy our future. Perhaps it is time that families took a go od loo k a t thei r ma ke-up and spe nd so me p reciou s mo men ts evaluating the conditions of their homes. This same principle applies to pampering one's offspring. This form of pampering subtly confines the child's growth and stunts his or her ability to built strong and proper interpersonal relationships. 21 . it would also be a sin to society. Is it not ironic that parents complain of t h e g r o w i n g i r r e v e r e n c e a n d insolence of their children? Children are gift from God. there is only one friend whom I really trust and care about. To love one's child is noble and indeed an obligation. Would you disagree? Vocabulary pampered : too much attention to making someone comfortable and happy treat too kindly.Physical Punishment!" et cetera. anything in excess is and has never done any good for anyone. However. 宠坏 rebellious : disobedient and hard to control tending to rebel 反叛的 irreverence ：showing lack of respect for important people or organizations 不尊敬的 My Best Friend Although I have many friends. as a child learns not authority in school.
Vocabulary arrogant : unpleasantly proud 傲慢的 flying colours : very successfully . They allow her to learn to be independent. She was always by my side when I needed her assistance. millions of different experiences come into my mind. She is one in a million. She never gives up because of failure. she is serious and responsible in carrying out her duties. when she is around her close friends. arrogant spoilt brats. She never hesitates to donate to the needy. She is popular in school. She is good at sports too and would have made a good athlete but she is too busy to spa r e t i m e f o r i t . When people meet her for the first time. she is nice and helpful. but behind this facade is a generous and caring girl. One more thing that is special about her is that she can both be serious and playful. Now that we have grown up. I was quite a coward and was always bullied by my classmates. However. She passes her examinations with flying colours. During our childhood.Ivy is an only child but she does not have indulgent parents. We respect and care about each other like sisters. I learnt a lot from her. we still face any crisis together. splendidly 巨大的成功 facade : an appearance 表面 An unforgettable experience Whenever somebody asks me to relate an experience that I can never forget. I have to admit that sometimes we a rg u e b u t i t o n l y t a ke s t w o m i n u te s to ma ke u p . she always lent me a helping hand and stood up for me whenever I was bullied. She has an outstanding personality which I admire. As a class monitor. She will strive until she succeeds. But there is one experience 22 . W e w i l l b e b e s t fr i e n d s f o r e ve r. she is playful. When I was young. they would think that she's rather fierce. They do not pamper her. She helped me learn to stick up for myself. S h e i s t a l e n t e d i n d a n c i n g and has achieved good grades. We had known each other since we were young. unlike other friends I know who are selfish.
Finally. Why? The fear and anxiety that I felt. They were so eager to begin. man. "Relax and take it easy!" my sister tried to comfort me but it did not help.” "No way. “Wow!” my sister cried out loudly. slow down or I'll get a heart attack. faster and faster as it began to pick up speed. I felt the roller coaster move. I guess I was panicky. My sister led me into a small room where the person-in-charge showed us our seats. It moved so fast that I nearly fell from my seat. I heard a siren that hurt my ears." My sister's voice interrupted my thought. ”No! No! No!" I answered. My heart was pounding loudly." I agreed with her in my heart." Without wasting a second. The big roller coaster that stood in front of me did amaze me. “Okay go on. “Why couldn't I recognize my own room?" After a while. "I'm in the United States of America. I was even more nervous when I saw the sign CAUTION. I followed her unwillingly. Slowly at first. stupid caterpillar stop moving? Please slow down. I sat on my seat reluctantly. After a while. shaking my head from left to right as hard as i could. The roller coaster swung to the left and then to the right. can we go?" my sister asked. Both my hands seized the seat so tightly that they ached. It swung so hard that my head 23 . She begged my mother until my mother said. "Hurry up!" urged my sister. ”Come on! Mom." I pleaded in my heart but the roller coaster refused to listen to my pleas. Let me recall the whole incident. is beyond one's imagination. "When will this big. I nodded obediently and managed to flash her a smile. It was the first time I rode on a roller coaster.” “ We are going to Disneyland today. But my sister didn't give in. I shut my eyes tightly. I've heard so much about the roller coaster in Disneyland and I'm dying to try it. I could sense happiness in her cheerful voice. I heard people shouting excitedly. I remembered. It was a sunny day. The moment we reached there. I regretted taking a ride on this scary thing. The room that came into view was unfamiliar. I was really nervous. The siren warned us that the SCARY trip was about to begin. "This is the biggest roller coaster I have ever seen. then faster. I felt my stomach turning upside down. I heard people screaming crazily. "Weird!' I thought to myself. It was driving me nuts. I wouldn't want to be scared to death!" I protested. my sister suggested. She could not hide her surprise. my sister dragged me to where the roller coaster was.which I would consider to be the most unforgettable and most scary. "Let's go for a ride on the roller coaster. I woke up early in the morning. I tried to calm myself down but in vain. I felt sweat streaming down my face from my forehead.
Due to unwanted pregnancies. I buried my face in my hands because I felt the world was spinning. I opened my mouth to speak but nothing came out. My father and mother rushed towards me when they sensed something was wrong with me. as termed by many. When the roller coaster slid down from the highest peak. must be looked into seriously and measures 24 . the number of babies being abandoned has proliferated. From that moment on. I think that ride on the roller coaster was the most unforgettable experience in my life. My heart stopped beating. This heinous act. whenever people mention roller coaster. My face was as pale as a corpse when I came down from the roller coaster.knocked against the front seat. Vocabulary corpse : a dead body 尸体 trembling : to shake uncontrollably with quick short movements 颤抖 chill : an unpleasant sensation of coldness 使寒心 Abandonment of babies Nowadays„ a disturbing social malady has surfaced. a chill runs through my spine. My eyes were wide open. it was the most frightening part of the whole trip. My whole body was trembling and my hands were icy cold." The fifteen-minute ride on the roller coaster was like fifteen years to me. I screamed at the top of my voice and my hair was “ flying wildly in the air.
As for parents. On the contrary. various social groups must play a more active role in society. With this conscience. pregnant teenagers would have no problem approaching their parents for help and hence babies world not be abandoned. As teenagers are impressionable. Last but no least. Apart from that. it is not surprising to find teenage mothers indulging in such unimaginable acts. They need to be taught that there is a time for everything under the sun and that they must refrain from premarital sex as taught by the Roman Catholic church to prevent this undesirable situation of babies being thrown in rubbish bins. Many a time. as they might not have understood their own wrong doings. Furthermore. Coupled with religious teachings too. Thus. This is imperative as one wrong spoken word could lead to mere harm than good. Though it may seem rather embarrassing to discuss sex. parents. Subsequently. to blame and punish them entirely of this dire situation may well seem too simplistic. student must be taught how to practice safe sex to avoid unwanted pregnancies and hence avoiding abandonment of babies as well. For a start. these organizations must have qualified counselors who are able to give professional advice to young couples who have got themselves in trouble. teenagers will learn to realize that it is sinful to abandon babies. the situation has exacerbated throughout there years. Once this parent-children relationship is established. and other places. for instance has to play a more active role in educating the students about sex. They should never despised them but on the other hand always willing to lend a hand to help take care of the baby. especially to those who are conservative in thought. The school. they indulge in sexual activities without realizing its consequences. Therefore. Therefore. However. they must try to adopt an understanding and more tolerant attitude towards their children. these groups should have connections with adoption agencies in case any love child is to be put up for adoption. On the other hand. abandonment of babies in nothing new. They should never disown their children. Panic-stricken. religious teachings need to be instilled in every teenager. being the closest kin to their children must learn to accept the bitter truth. they should always be there to help and support their children in any situation that comes along. abandonment of babies reduces naturally. drains. impulsive and immature. what we must do is to educate them about sex. it might be too late to impart this knowledge on safe sex once they get pregnant. teenagers abandoned their babies to avoid being ostracized by their families. prevention is always better than cure. 25 . In conclusion. Therefore. more often than not.ought to be taken by all parties to curb this problem. there would not be so many cases of unwanted pregnancies. we all should do our part in tackling the problem more effectively before it gets out of hand.
However. My parents were away for the whole day. Muffling a 26 . My aged bicycle proved to be no match for a tiny pebble. while the books and pencils seemed to hide themselves. and a nasty wound bled profusely. other times you feel as if everyone or everything has turned against you. Sometimes you feel as if you are on top of the world. just me. Hooray! It was my wildest dream come true. On a bright. school bag and all. to trick me. too. wiping away cobwebs from my face. There would not be any adult supervision. rudely awakening me from my deep slumber.." the alarm clock rang madly. I was late for school! Scrambling around the house like a madcap. I managed to dress myself in just a few seconds. there I was. growling and muttering under my breath. making me search every nook and cranny for them. I shuddered as my eyes ran through its bruised and battered frame.Vocabulary malady : something that is wrong with a system or organization 弊病 sinful ：being or guilty of sin. Oh dear! My bike was not exactly in its first flush of youth. landing on the sidewalk like a sack of potatoes. buttons seemed to evade themselves from my fingertips. trusting me to be independent enough to take care of my daily needs.. slipped from my butterfingers and landed with the buttered side on the floor. And Lady Luck was certainly not on my side too. I consigned myself to it with some trepidation and started my journey. Everything seemed out to get me. I vividly recall a day when nothing went as I expected. So I got out my bicycle. It was going to be the best day of my life! "Ring. I supposed I had got up from the wrong side of the bed. breaking my usual record. So. It was the hardest test of my patience and perseverance. As the saying goes ' Haste makes waste'. Horror of horrors. My burn toasts. sunny morning like that. wasting my precious seconds away. and so down I went. wicked 有罪过的 exacerbated ：to make (something bad) worse 是恶化 A day when everything went wrong Life has its ups and downs. cycling should be a delightful way to admire Mother Nature at her best. I was ready but the bus had gone. Heaving a great sigh. An acute pain shot up my leg. Typical Murphy's Law! At long last. highs and lows.
wheeling my bicycle lugging my bag I was a pitiful sight. It was my maiden trip and nothing was going to spoil my day. I related to her the unfortunate incidents of the day. Thank God for that! As the day dragged by slowly. Then. At last. Needless to say. sobbing out my woes. Once home. lessons went on but nothing went into my hazy mind that swarmed in space like a zombie. my bright shining star who guided me through the thorns of teenage years. I managed to reach school without doing myself anymore bodily harm. "Just grin and bear it!" my inner voice said. my sunshine after the rain. Just in time I remembered that my friends and I were going fishing later in the afternoon. my mood brightened and I whistled all the way home. Vocabulary reprimanded : to express strong official disapproval of 训诫 confidante ：a person to whom you tell your secrets 知己 retrospect : thinking back to the past from the present 回顾 The football match A football match was in progress. I fought back tears of despair. I practically had to pinch my arms every two seconds to prevent myself from dozing off. I was relived with joy to find my parents back. Mum. All my friends were there and the fishing equipment had been prepared in advance. I felt under the weather and snapped at everyone like a bear with a sore head. forgetting about the past events in the morning. Downcast. At last.cry. my hopes was dashed as big drops of rain began to fall. Tears stung my eyes as I hobbled painfully to school. After being reprimanded by my teacher for being late. I did not even give my soaked condition a thought. Saved by the bell! The walls of the institution shook as pupils spread their wings and flew off beyond the school gates. In a split-second. classes passed uneventfully. I dashed into my mum's arms. reproaching myself for being such a baby. Disappointment was hard to bear and a bitter pill to swallow. I trudged home. provided me a shoulder to cry on. Luckily. especially in big doses like this. everything was ready. Elvis. the striker. 27 . I prayed silently imploring the sun to chase away the clouds. Thunder rumbled threateningly and rain was imminent. big billowing clouds started to cover the bright sun. Drenched from head to toe. my confidante. as luck would have it. I willed myself to get up. where freedom awaited them. Alas. I was able to retrospect rationally and find humour in being such a fool on the day when everything went wrong. headed towards the opponent's goal with the ball at his feet.
but Elvis was fast. grabbed hold of Adam and started punching Adam. The referee blew his whistle and showed the red card to the two brawlers. All they got for their trouble were a black eye and a torn jersey each. Elvis and Adam left the field in disgust.Adam. Vocabulary Opponent : a person who takes the opposite side in a game 对手 Brawlers : a noisy quarrel of fight and often in a pubic place 打架 Disgust : a strong feeling of dislike caused by behaviour that one strongly disapproves 反感 A visit to an interesting place in Malaysia 28 . Elvis was so upset by Adam’s illegal action that he hold turned. He slipped past Adam. tried to stop Elvis. Adam fought back and soon they were punching and kicking at each other. the defender for the opposing team. In desperation Adam grabbed hold of Elvis's jersey thus stopping Elvis in his tracks.
dotting the green with red and yellow. Occasionally. Their fierce loyalty and respect for one another was a model to all of us. beware. my parents decided to take us to the National Park in Pahang. The next morning. The jalopy wheezed up and down the bumpy road. As you walk along the jungle trail. a king reigning over his subjects. a sign of welcome. I soon found out that there was more to it than meets the eye. Palm trees swayed their leafy arms as the breeze blew. for the most poisonous mushrooms are those with brilliant colours. Altogether. The National Park in Pahang is truly an interesting place in Malaysia and I would not have missed the trip for anything in the world. we heaved a sign of relief. Vocabulary 29 . The Pahang National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malaysia. Amid all this splendour. it was very cool and peaceful. When I stepped into the park. I had yearned to go there for many years and it seemed like my dream was coming true. It is known far and wide for its beauty. more beautiful than I had ever imagined! Green trees towered over colourful flowers. we went to the National Park by jeep. I was thunderstruck. This was truly Mother Nature at her best. "Seeing is believing". The hectic days in the city were replaced by soothing walks and recreational activities. my siblings and I were quite in the dumps because there was nothing to do and we were bored to death. They were kind-hearted and the guide even taught us a few words in the native language. you can be sure that hundreds of pairs of eyes are watching your every move. I seemed just to be just a tiny being admiring a huge palace. we stayed in a motel. In the National Park. It was beautiful. When we finally reached our destination. it was the best holiday I had ever had. However. the silence was music to my ears. In the National Park one can go for walks or go rafting in the crystal clear waters. My family even visited an aboriginal village. After being in the bustling city with its noisy traffic. Birds were chirping and squirrels played on the mossy ground. The majestic Gunung Tahan loomed in the background. In Pahang. it was on the verge of breaking down. It was a traditional building with lots of exquisite carvings and designs. As the saying goes. Flowers bloomed everywhere. Out of the blue.During the semester holidays. squirrels would playfully jump on your back or rabbits would brush against your legs. The natives were simple and honest.
I am a good swimmer but was inclined to show off my skills. For a while i swam merrily about. tending to 易于。。的 ventured : to risk going somewhere or doing something dangerous 冒险 merrily : cheerful. Vocabulary inclined : likely. From then on i never showed off again in the sea. shocked 及其震惊的 splendour : excellent or grand beauty 壮观 aboriginal : people or living things that have existed in a place from the earliest time 土著的 An unforgettable lesson I was having fun in the sea with my friends. We were in chest-deep water but I ventured out into deeper water to show my friends how well I could swim. i was in real danger of drowning. Fortunately a man on the seashore heard my cries. full of lively happiness or fun 愉快的 cramps : sharp pains in the stomach 腹部绞痛 A beautiful place I have visited 30 . In desperation i shouted for help and tried to stay afloat with my hands. My friends were not good swimmers and thus could not help. I thanked the man for saving my life.thunderstruck : extremely suprise. Suddenly i was seized by cramps in my legs. i could not swim any longer. Immediately the man swam out and pulled me to the shore.
It was still dark when my parents drove me here. How could these old people see in such darkness? Maybe it was my brain that refused to let my eyes function as a way of punishment for allowing myself to be dragged to this place and having to skip my precious sleep. my sleepy eyeballs focused on the twinkling stars blinking at me. elderly people. yes. small hells. I was actually standing on a bridge similar to Penang's prominence. I guess. the same beauty that had captivated visitors all this while. The smell. Then. chilling and numbing me. you won't get my compliments. children. heavy eyelids. Each flower. "Wake up. afraid that I would get lost. there was fog everywhere.The Botanical Gardens is definitely one interesting place that I would recommend to anyone who asks me for my advice. I witnessed those trees. That was what I prayed at that time. sleepy head". the pale blue and pinks of the flowers. It was then that I suddenly saw rays of sunlight eagerly emerging from behind the valley. just to suck my tasty blood. Even though I could hardly see. I vividly remember the first day I explored this place. Under thick. each tree somehow knows how to coordinate with others to form a picturesque scenery that no architect or designer could ever copy. they kept hovering around my ears and when I made several attempts to kill them with my palm. of course. One actually has to be there to feel the magic it does to me. My sleepiness vanished in an instant as the cool. like a deadly ghost which was about to swallow me up. Suddenly I saw it all! I saw its beauty. the dreadful stench I breathed in until I thought I might throw up if I stayed any longer. They were probably warning me about this place that I was about to explore. until today. the different patterns of the grass as the wind wove everything onto different dimensions from one minute to the next. trying to scare their enemy away. the sound of the monkeys swinging above my head. Oh. I found this place no different from my own garden. I could actually feel it lingering around me. bridges. I didn't. And yet. The cold intensified. combining to create their own unique and mirrored beauty. and thank God. It must be miles that I'd walked since I was feeling like a zombie. please bring me out of this place. it cast a whole new world in front of me. and it still does. God! This is worse then hell. the land was still enveloped in the darkness of the previous night. I forgot about time as I let my gaze play around the green of the trees. Within a minute. each plant has its own way of capturing your soul. Not forgetting to mention the annoying mosquitoes! They followed me everywhere. dragged by my mother. I could vaguely see some people already strolling up and down. No best selling novelist or Nobel prize winner could possibly put its miraculous beauty into words. there were noises everywhere. the horrible sounds made by some disgusting bugs. When I was standing at the gate. I ended up slapping my own face. He didn't answer me. trying to show off. gentle morning breeze kissed my face and lifted my hair as if trying to tell me. even worse. 31 . I clung to my mother's hand. Each blade of grass. plants. Worst of all. huh? Well. its wet swirl penetrating my clothing. And finally. though. Contrary to my views about it now. The beauty of it is somehow beyond description. flowers. at least that was what I thought at that time as I was dragged to my feet after sleeping no more than four hours and to tolerate the incessant comments my parents made on the way to it. stream.
I spent almost three hours just observing the natural beauty created by the hand of God. only more mischievous and entertaining. The lotus with its big. And there. It still amazes me now that such large cactus can be planted in Malaysia. Even toddlers who had just learned to walk eagerly followed their parents to explore the wonder of this land. Serenity and peace showed on their face. Seeing the little ants working diligently in a straight line. Some poor children were chased by them. easily seen 显著的 mischievous : playfully troublesome 顽皮的 The importance of physical exercise 32 . Vocabulary incessant : something bad continuous over a long period of time . Those fierce looks on their faces forced the little ones to throw whatever food were in their hands to the hungry monkeys. Monkeys were one of the biggest attractions here. I realized how I had squandered my time away.an enormous cage full of hundreds of species of orchids from all over the world. Tourists were seen everywhere. depicting their happiness to mother earth. I took a quick look around. I could tell them that this place appeared to be as interesting to them as it was to me. I saw the famous lotus lake. never stopping 连续的 prominence : noticeable. Trailing down the tarred path. There were groups of middle-aged people practising their 'Tai-chi" here and there. without feeling tired. as it always did to all the visitors. pale pink petals and yellows buds. Even animals knew how precious time was. in the middle of all the flora and fauna. surprisingly. I saw some people picnicking on the grass verge. The number of visitors had tripled without my realizing it. From their faces. the orchidarium . I started to jog. I felt like Tarzan in a real jungle. Lucky them! I felt pity for myself for not knowing of its existence until then. all squeezing into the small lake somehow seduced me. I had to admit they were actually as clever as humans. their only effort•to preserve the treasures of Mother Nature is by creating and maintaining the Botanical Gardens.The birds seemed to be in good mood as they kept singing this beautiful melody until I found myself humming along with them too. Perhaps its their way of relaxing and at the same time search for peace in their minds and souls. I reached the cactus farm. The path brought me to another noteworthy place. My earlier opinion of them changed totally as I saw them grabbing bananas and peanuts from the frightened children. Seeing their antics. When I walked out of the Botanical Gardens. Mother Nature has now been so badly damaged and polluted that humans find it so uncomfortable to live in this place. Thus. I couldn't help but laugh. I followed my mother along a little dark path.
For the really fit young people. Neither extremes are good.Each of us has a physical body made of muscles. Older folks prefer less strenuous exercises like Tai Chi. The subject I like best 33 . If we do not exercise then our muscles become weaker and we are less able to do things properly. netball or whatever games that we prefer. Exercising the body is one way of keeping it healthy. bones and various other living tissues. It is up to us to be sensible in exercising. It is fine to jog for a few kilometres. swim or climb a mountain. We may also jog. there are rock-climbing. football. We may play badminton. There are many types of exercises that we may participate in. Also the bones can become weaker and thus break easily. Too much exercise may result in injury. Exercises are important. walk. So it is important that we keep our body healthy. However there are some who overdo things and end up injuring themselves. We exercise to keep the body healthy. blood. we get ill. It is madness to jog until we are exhausted. Also they are people who become addicted to their exercises. When any of these are injured or not working properly. Yoga or a leisurely stroll in the park. They become unhappy when they are unable to exercise or when they lose to someone in a competition. No exercise may result in a weak body. gymnastics and other physically demanding activities. Nobody likes to be ill.
Computers use English and so. Vocabulary sophisticated : produced or developed with a high level of skill and knowledge 尖端的 Fatal Hiking Accidents 34 . I hope that everyone uses English whether he or she is young or old. the Government launched campaigns encouraging people to use English. Many advanced countries in Europe. Then. Some adults even English lessons to improve their English. you must be proficient in English. Many schools teach English. In many parts of our country. he or she will have many friends and a very bright future. Or late. Mathematics. Chinese. Many parents. we learn many subjects. America and Asia use English. Today. Recently. I like English best. too. and many other important subjects. If you want to study overseas in universities like Cambridge or Oxford. too. Science.In school. MSN and many other sophisticated electronic gadgets. They are English. English is a very easy subject to learn. almost everybody uses English to chat about business and just about anything under the sky. Among the subjects taught in school. Nowadays. communication. do the Internet. there are many parents who send their children to other countries to study English at a tender age. the frequently used and popular language is English. is the order of the day. people speak English. Even a child can learn to speak English well. using English via the electronic media. In a 'borderless' world where trade and commerce are very important. English is a very important subject. send their children for extra English lessons tuition centres.
Vocabulary improvised : to do or make something one has not prepared for owing to an unexpected situation 临时凑成的 civilization : life in a place which has all the comforts of the modern world 现代文明社会 makeshift : being something made or used in the case if a sudden or urgent need 临时待用的物品 devastating : destroying completely 破坏性很大的 35 .Three friends. rivers. As a result he twisted his leg badly and could not get up. Next they cut two poles from the trees nearby and improvised a stretcher for Stephen. It was exhausting. So they put a splint on to the leg. John and Ryan crossed carefully as the bank was steep and slippery. They wanted to hike their way to a Cavanal Hill and camp there for the weekend.They were not sure whether the leg was broken or not. He slipped and fell. They found a telephone booth and used it to call an ambulance. Stephen was not careful enough. they had to cross many natural obstacles. but finally they managed to come out of the wilderness. There were streams. Stephen could only lie down quietly and trust his friends. So began a long tiring journey back to civilization. To reach their destination. bushes. He had been hospitalized for one month after suffering a devastating leg injury. The ambulance arrived a few minutes later and took Stephen to hospital. trees and many mosquitoes and leeches. John. Fortunately they were both young and strong and manage to perform the task. Ryan and Stephen were out hiking. At a stream. John and Ryan had to carry the seriously injured Stephen all the way on the makeshift stretcher. John and Ryan pulled Stephen up from the stream and examined his leg.
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