Sunday, January 31, 2010

Week 4

It is officially the end of week 4,

Next week will be the middle of TERM 1.

Thankfully I'm not down yet.

It's been a long January.

I had my first observation this week.

I thought it went good.

Could have been better.

It's learning how to be a better teacher.

That's what it's all about.

Baby steps.

Small baby steps.

In other news, DK's bro is still in the ICU.

Its heart wrenching.

To see him hooked up to so many tubes.

And then to see his older brother breaking down everytime he goes into the ward.

Its too painful.

I hurt too.

Cos i can't help.

I hate this helpless feeling.


Monday, January 25, 2010

What a Long Week It Has Been...

Everything was normal until tuesday.

Tuesday at about 5pm to be exact.

I got a big shock.

DK's brother was involved in a very bad traffic accident.

DK was breaking down over the phone.

I couldn't be there.

I couldn't concentrate.

Let's just say the past week was a big BLUR of events.

I feel like my investiture was overshadowed by this bigger piece of news.

After the investiture on Wednesday, i rushed to the hospital to visit his DK and his family.

Everyone was in bad shape.

The mom, the dad, and his younger sister.

All distraught.

When i went into the SICU, i almost broke down and cried.

It is completely heart-wrenching to see anyone hooked up to so many tubes and lying there unconcious.

It is very hard for anyone to go inside the ICU and not feel pained.

And i'm not even related.

So i spent most of last week commuting from CGH and home/school everyday since Wednesday.
Although he may not be related to me, it still affects cos I hate seeing DK to distraught.

I kept waking up on Tuesday night waiting for a phone call/msg from him hoping to hear some good news.

The next day when i couldn't get through, i msged his mom, and alhamdullillah, by the grace of God Almighty, he pulled through the night and through his operation.

I've been hearing nothing but great progress and i hope S*aiful will continue to make great improvements in his recovery.

His heart is no longer on medication and he's back to pumping and replenishing all his lost blood.

He's also off the dialysis (cos previously his kidney failed to filter out the potassium in his body).

He has opened his eyes and tried to push out the tubes from his mouth.
(he's just as stubborn as his big bro =))

I'm glad that he's doing ok and i hope that his recovery will help to strengthen his family too!
Amiin InsyaAllah.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Week Three
I am still trying to get used to waking up at 5.20am.
Yes, i think its a totally ABSURD time to be up.
I have to DRAG myself out of bed and get my arse into the shower.
Mondays are ESPECIALLY bad.
*super monday blues lah today*
Anyway, I think i OVERenjoyed over the weekend, thus causing my current Monday Blues symptoms.
Went bowling at NSRCC. The girls were bowling FANTASTICALLY.
I scored a strike TWICE!
S*ali got a turkey.
Lisa was bowling like wonderwoman.
Mimi was bowling better than average.
I was so ecstatic.
The girls were so ecstatic.
But going home was a chore cos it was so far.
But DK made it better in the end =)
He always makes it better
Yesterday i hung out with just the girls and did some shopping at I*kea.
Thankfully I had the car.
Spent quite a while at I*kea and just got silly.
And drove to S*impang B*edok for some chicken fajitas at spize.
By the time i got home i was too tired but i still had to do my lesson planning.
I still need to come up with a FANTASTIC lesson for SVA (concord) and set a comprehension paper.
Working really hard.
Then by the time wednesday rolls around i'll have my convocation!
That means i have to be in school only till 10.35am!
Then i'll get to meet my Wi*wiiiinnnnnn!
I miss her.
and Mr. Fuddles and Keiko and Yvette and the whole GANG!
The misfits graduate.
Lets see what happens then.
sorry for the randomness.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Day 4: Mind-Boggling!

Spent 12hours in school today.


4 of my boys got caught for smoking this morning.

in UNIFORM no less.

And the punishment?

Caning lah.


Why they insist on smoking before coming to school in their school uniform is simply, befuddling.

But the bright side is, the rest of the class is AMAZING.

The boys especially were receptive, listened to instructions and carried out all my requests.

And i can't help but to have favourites already.

S*yah, A*marool and L*enny.

L*enny is so CUTE! Round and chubby and used to be from w*oodlands primary.

When i asked him who used to teach him and rattled a few names (one of them being my mother)...

He shuddered and said, "ooohhh that one fierce teacher."

I asked which one?

"Mdm S" (who is my mom)

I wanted to ROFL. Literally.

If only the sweet kid knew.

*Evil laughter*


Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Class, today's lesson is...
6th of January marks my first day stepping into the class.
No easy task ok.
I still get nervous before I enter my class.
Anxiety washes over me, and i beads of perspiration start forming on my back and neck.
(thankfully, places that aren't visible to the students)
Today, i entered my normal technical class.
My sec. two normal tech. class.
One of them i remember from last year when I relieved his class (retainee).
My class is manageable (for now).
The form teacher to that class had already warned me:
"Please arh, don't smile at them for the first three weeks of school"
And it works wonders.
I only have this FEARLESS boy who just wants to TALK and TALK and TALK..........
Very annoying.
I punished him for talking. Made him stand at the naughty corner.
Yes people, naughty corner's still exist in secondary school.
When i run out of corners, i put them on the naughty corridor.
*i've made this TALKATIVE student my assistant.*
2010, is shaping up to be a challenging year for me.
I am really looking forward to facing this uphill task of educating my charges.
Here's a parting word from me the new beginning teacher (BT):
Teaching as a newbie is like going for a buffet; you go in the restaurant and start piling things on the plate and soon, you feel like you're overwhelmed.
Wise words?

Monday, January 04, 2010

Back to School.

Like many school-going children going back to schools today, teachers also had to go back to school to facilitate.

And like the P1's, Sec 1's and J1's, it was my first day at school too.

I had been made a co-form teacher to a secondary two express class in my new school and i would be working closely with a more experienced teacher.

She just so happens to be a school mate of mine from JC and i am very fortunate to get her as my mentor!

For the first day, the normal duties would include the collection of report books and checking of uniform.

Alhamdullillah, the students are well-behaved (thus far!) and I hope that they'll learn to trust me and open up a little to me.

I start lessons proper on Wednesday, and as a teacher teaching only the lower secondary, this means that i'll only be preparing lessons for the secondary two normal technical students!
(sec ones still having orientation programs the rest of the week).

I had a really long day today.

Left the house at 6.35am, reached school at 7.05am, and left school only at 5.45pm.

Almost 12 hours in school.

Not fun.

All in the package i guess.

I have a whole slew of meetings this coming week.

Busy, busy, busy.



Fortunate that i have a job that pays well and gives me some satisfaction.

Its still early days but insyaAllah with some hard work and perseverance i'll be able to love the job even more.

It is no joke to be God's vicegerent.

Not an easy burden to bear.

But insyaAllah.


Sunday, January 03, 2010

The First 3 Days of the New Year.

What the hell did I do?

1st Jan, stayed home to sleep off the exhaustion, and did housework.

2nd Jan, met up with the Samirians for Changi Village dinner and ride.

Rode from CHANGI to Kranji Dam.

Then from Kranji, rode to the CCK cemetery.

Not funny lah.

The girls were pretty helpless, cos we were pillion riders only.

Sali and Bek sat it out.

Which left me, Lisa and Atiqah.

Luckily (or not) we went to only the Chinese cemetery.

And of course, on our way home i had the eeriest encounter.

My first.

But alhamdullillah nothing really that serious.

I wanna thank my DK for easing and calming my fears and sat with me for a while at the void deck.

But i have to say, the cemetery was calm and silent and actually looked pretty (in a photographer/poet) point of view.

It was melancholic at some point. Especially with the moonlight washing over the tombstones.

Somehow or rather, i was INSPIRED to write a poem on the back of DK's bike while we rode through the cemetery.


Stupid or crazy, you judge.

Then today, the couples decided to go to the N*ational M*useum to check out the Egyptian exhibit.

Personally, i wasn't really blown away.

Mainly cos it was a small collection from the V*iennese M*useum with only about 230 odd artefacts on display.

And for someone who was a huge Egyptology buff, i guess i wasn't as impressed.

The part that really got me excited was the activities they stationed outside the gallery.
The little math quizzes, the games Egyptians used to play and their writing systems.

They provided papers and crayons for pple to do rubbing over some raised images and some rubber stamps in hieroglyphics.

I kept it and i'm going to put it on my teacher's desk hehe.

First day of school tomorrow.

With a staff meeting at 2.45pm till 5.30pm.

I seriously believe what D*ennis said:

We go to work before the sun rises and reach home when the sun sets.


Will post up an entry soon when i have the time!


Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

From me to my readers:

May 2010 bring health and happiness to all and may you strive harder to reach your goals and savour sweet success, ameen insyaAllah.

New Year Resolutions for me?


A little hard to say.

But i will try my best to become a good educator.

One who will inspire, persevere and get students to be motivated to learn.

*self-directed learners i loike!*

I want to be able to survive my first year as a teacher, hopefully i don't make too many mistakes along the way and God willing, learn from those mistakes that i've made.

That's on my career now, on my personal life...

Let's see...

Well, time will tell. That's all i can say.

Maybe save more money this year? Less spending?

I want to increase my savings.

And take care of my health so that i won't fall sick too easily.

And i want to learn to be more patient.

Be a better daughter, sister, niece, grand-daughter, bestfriend and girlfriend


Hopefully become a better muslimah too with all that's been said.

May 2010 ring in peace and prosperity for all!