Hello Dayre!! Felt like a long while since I've updated this space.
Work had been busy with 2 unearthly days of classes at 7am and a half day camp to roam, I suspect that I clocked 50k steps for the camp itself.
I had lesson on Wednesday morning and the not-so-little P3 students are so adorable.
👧🏻: Ms Amanda, I saw you at the canteen during recess. I waved to you and you waved back.
👦🏻: Me too Me too. But how come you didn't eat anything?
👧🏻: You not hungry?
👱🏻♀️: I'm too upset to eat because you all have been talking too much and not listening to Mr X at all. **Show them an upset face**
👦🏻: **😱😨😰 started to look a little guilty**
👧🏻: I got listen to you!!
Then they proceeded to change topic.
I don't think I'm a fierce teacher but I'm firm when it comes to rules and I have 2 very simple rules.
We are going to have FUN together while learning but I'll need their RESPECT.
I'll ask the class what RESPECT meant to them and they will give the correct answers of "When teacher talk, I don't talk", "I'll put up my hand if I want to talk", "I don't interrupt any conversation" and the list goes on.
But when it comes to the doing, kids being kids, they tend to have goldfish memory.
But for the class yesterday, I think I was FIERCE and I scolded them twice because they needed the scolding before they pay attention and listen actively to instructions and teachings.
What touches me was the fact that despite the 2 scoldings in the morning(which kept them quiet for 15mins), they waved, greeted, flashed their wide smile and even showed concern when they saw that I'm not eating anything during recess.
And mind you, I'm only teaching them for 4 hours before I'll say bye.
One of the boy came up with a packet of biscuits for me and greeted me Happy Teachers' day and a few girls did the same.
As a trainer, we enter classrooms for that few hours/days, try to make a difference before saying goodbye. On many occasions, my Secondary School kids will ask me for my social media and contact but I told them that I don't have any. I wish I could stay in contact with them but there are professional conducts that I need to abide.
All I could do most of the time is to say a prayer over these lives before I leave and I hope in future if I ever had the chance to bump into them, they will share with me that they have achieve the goals/dreams that they had set.
And for classes with follow up session, it's so heartening to see some of them welcoming me back and sharing with me the improvements that they had.
I guess this is the beauty of education.
As cliche as it sound, making a difference, changing life and impacting knowledge.
Happy Teachers' Day too all the educators out there.
And to the not-so-little ones, thanks for making life so beautiful, meaningful and purposeful.
Updates on #jaHOME
We called HDB and just as I've guessed it, we are not eligible for any AHG. They have sent a letter over to inform us that our AHG amount will be 0!
Thank God they didn't take too long to process that since it was quite straight forward that we ain't eligible for any amount. I was hoping we could at least get a few thousands?
With that, they speed up our key collection process and we have received a date for us to collect our keys NEXT MONTH!!
I'm thankful that we have close friends who volunteered to help us with so many things.
Friends offering us air con at special price,
Friends offering to drive us to Malaysia to get lights and fans because they knew the owner,
Friends offering to recommend carpenters whom they have used for their home and even office
And many friends who celebrated with us over our home.
I'm someone who's very hands-on and till this point, I'm not sure if I want to hire an ID. I know what I want and I guess it makes things so much easier?
For now, I'll need to stop procrastinating and start looking around with all the contacts that I've collected.
The hope of spending Christmas at our new home seems to be visible now!
Let me do some throw back on Melaka too.
In #Fashmob off shoulder jumpsuit!
With my Bigman.
Loving that pop of RED.
#LoveBonito just launched!
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Carted these from LB! I need a lot of basic, light and comfortable top for work.
Can't wait to receive them.
Attended Kronenbourg beer party at KPO with @whitechoco @sabsoh too!
Worn my #Hollyhoque dress out again and I love it so much!!