Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Food Styling

Here are some food styling photo I would like to share with you. One of the subject I teach is HTC640 - Food Styling, in this subject students are taught the concepts, ideas, techniques, methods and problem of presenting food in an appealing manner. Buyer behaviour theory, food presentation, problem solving, understanding color, shadow, lights, graphics and visual appeal are also discussed. Plus some basic knowledge on photography - food photography to be precise.

Foods are presented to appeal to eyes of the client ....... a food stylist has to know what outcome he/she want.

Thing to Ponder - the tortoise and the rabbit

The moral of the story is not as simple as we always thought we know since we are kids!!!!
Once upon a time a tortoise and a rabbit had an argument about who is faster. And lastly they decided to settle the argument with a race. They agreed on a route and started off the race. Being known as a good runner, the rabbit shot ahead and ran briskly for some time. Then seeing that he has already far ahead from the tortoise, thought he'd sit under a tree for a short rest before continuing the race. He sat there and soon fell asleep. While the tortoise, being known as a slow animal, struggling and ploddingly overtook the sleeping rabbit. And soon finished the race - and emerged as a champ. The rabbit woke up and realised that he'd lost the race.

The moral of the story is the slow and steady wins the race (this is the version of the story that we have all grown up with. Don't all of us?)

BUT, have you hear about it all. The story continues...................... The rabbit was very disappointed at losing the race and he did some soul searching. He realised that he lost the race only because he had been too confident (overconfident), careless, arrogant and lax. If he had not taken things for granted, there is no way the tortoise could have beaten him. So he challenged the tortoise to another race.

This time, the rabbit take no chance - he ran and ran without stopping from the start to the finish line. He won the race leaving the tortoise far far away behind.

The moral of the story?

Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady.

The conclusion.................

"Fail for the first time doesn't means you are a losser. Learn from it and you will make the way to success"

It good to be slow and steady, but it's better to be fast and consistent........ So what do you think?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy derived from my inspiration toward teaching. I believe that a best teacher is a coach who understand him/herself and at the same time understand their students. Meanwhile he/she must also be able to create a right learning environment, which helps to foster and nurture knowledge of students.

"Failure will open up more doors to success if you fail to understand the meaning of giving up"

Introduction to my world of teaching

I believed that students should derive long-term benefits from their time in classes by continuing to grow and develop. Rather than supply students with static facts, I believe that I will serve them better by teaching them how to define a problem, how to decide what they need to solve, how to find and evaluate new information, how to recognize their limits, and how to be prepared both for change and to change. I prefer to involve students in a creative thinking process. This might be a difficult teaching issue, but an important aspect of learning, are the ambiguous, uncertain, and sometimes contradictory nature of real problems..............due to that aspect I continue to learn from experience, colleagues, and from the literature about the dynamics of teaching and about my discipline so I can improve my effectiveness as a coach.
I see teaching as great fun and hard work, (as well as work smart), and the combination of both that drive up my spirit. I will always try new approaches and continuously revising to more effectively guide the students. I constantly and continuously reassessment, updating and adjusting of both course content and presentation - finding for a more effective ways striving to challenge my students to achieve their optimum potential. As a coach it is always be a joyful moment to see best student excel, an average student completed their assignment well presented and better crafted which they thought impossible and lesser student perseverance when they thought they could not make it.