Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Rain ...

It rained late last night.
It wasn't drizzling.
It wasn't a mere little rain.
It, in fact was a torrential downpour.
Buckets of rain drenched our little town on the Saturday night.
It cooled the town folks. It soothed us. It lifted my spirit.

I love rain, no doubt. Yes, I've numerous previous posts specially dedicated to rain.
You may check it out here and here.
My love for rain is substantiated. My love for rain is warranted.

To me, rain is a remedy.
It could relieve pain in the heart.
It could cure human-related diseases.
It could even correct 'sick' human disorders.
It could bring back 'lost' spirits.
It could ward off dormancy.

To me, rain is everything!

Thank you Mr Rain.
Do come again another day.
You're always welcome over here.

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Saturday, 26 May 2012

My New Face ...

How is it? Do you like the new look for my blog? 
I'd had my last blog set for a good long while, and it felt like it was time for a change...

I am glad that after days of struggling to fix my blog I was able to give it a new face.   I'm thrilled to bits as I created the header myself. I understand that you have to maintain the looks of your blog as this is the face that your visitor can see every time they visit your website. I will try my best to keep it as is and I just hope that my new theme will not give me any trouble. 

My blog’s new look is very simple but deliver its meaning in its own way.  What about you?  Do you like it?  I hope that with this blog I will be able to share good news and ideas with my readers.

I hope you like it!

Do let me know what you think! 

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Of Gift Wrapping and Giving...

I love gift wrapping as much as gift giving. To be exact I like paper.
I love colourful printed gift wrappers.
I love wrapping loads of gifts in an assortment of beautiful paper.
After wrapping them, I would stack them up.
I would spend hours taking photos of the neatly wrapped gifts,
soaking in their beauty and neatness....

Recently, I bought and wrapped more than twenty boxes of gift for my girl's teachers, who happen to be my dear colleague. Buying gifts, wrapping them and get them personalised is an annual ritual in our family. Ever since their first day in school, my two children were told to honour and respect their teachers. They were roped in to select gifts, wrap them and have their teachers' name on each box. In short, they had never been left out of this 'holy' process.

From my years of observation and experience, one thing that holds true concerning gift giving among the young kids is the role of parents. By and large, respectful parents produce respectful kids.

Teacher's Day gifts wrapped up and personalised. It's time consuming yet satisfying. The personalisation process alone stretched out for more than three hours.

The 'little girl' (on the mobile phone casing) refused to be left out.

For her beloved BM teacher, Cikgu Amira Z.

Madam Chia's, our senior assistant.

Mdm. Chong's !

For Mdm. Aun, the angelic principal.

Madam Goh's!

For Madam Lee, her loving kindy's teacher.

Madam Yu's. Another caring kindy's teacher.

Miss Ong's. The young and talented.

The whole process was longish but it won't deter me from delving
 in rounds and more rounds of gift wrapping!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

I'm Learning to Forgive...

The following quotes on FORGIVENESS are awesome.
They touched my heart... as I'm learning
to FORGIVE 'my foes' under any circumstances...

It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an even stronger person to forgive.
- Unknown

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Gifts From the Heart ...

The following is a guest post from Lyn, my daughter. 
Lyn is a twelve- year old who loves singing, reading and 
she's the girl who upholds what is just, especially fair treatment 
and due reward in accordance with standards, honour and law. 

It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.  
~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

The above quote is a testimonial of gratitude and affection to my dearest teachers.
And, the following lovely pictures which were captured on May 16 say it all...

Thank you teachers.
Terima kasih cikgu.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Happy Teacher's Day 2012...

My angelic principal and me

16 May 2012.
Yes, that's the date.
It's another Teacher's Day in Malaysia .

This year, it was celebrated wholeheartedly in our school.
I will let you know why it's done with unconditional and enthusiastic devotion...
as compared to previous years.

Every teacher was committed in preparing the little kids for performance.
We prepared a special menu for the occasion.
We had gift exchanges too.
The day's schedule was given utmost consideration and importance.

The reason why it's done with total sincerity and commitment ...
is our angelic principal. 
Our principal, Madam Aun is a godsend to our school.
She puts her subordinates' and students' needs above herself.
With her selfless deeds, she wins everyone's heart.

Many thanks to Madam Aun for bringing back the glory of this school.
Thank you Madam Aun for giving me the opportunity to do 
what I love most ...the real 'teaching', as...
I used to be a "marionette teacher"...

To all my teachers and lecturers...
Thank you for making what I am today!
Happy Teacher's Day...once again!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Years Ago...

Years ago...
I was a trainee teacher.

As a trainee teacher...
I was constantly scrutinised.

As a trainee teacher...
most of the lessons I taught were observed.

As a trainee teacher...
most of the lessons I did were commented on.

As a trainee teacher...
most of the lessons I taught were critiqued by my mentor.

...and here is the innocent-looking trainee teacher of yesteryear.

Small Rewards = Big Change

Kids love rewards. They fight for rewards.
They would do anything to be rewarded.
They would go to great lengths to secure the reward.

Yes, those descriptions befitting my young students.
The eight to twelve-year old kids love rewards.
They are always at their best during my class as they know
pretty well that good behaviour would subsequently lead to
awesome rewards.

They leave me with not much choice...
thus I have to dangle a carrot in front of them!

Those little rewards really make a big change...
and here is the carrot...

The kids were rowdy last year...
but they are no longer boisterous this year.

The children were quite rude last year...
but they are respectful this year.

The little young things were sluggish last year ...
but they are industrious this year.

Many thanks to our mentor for the BIG IDEA!

Sounds familiar? was in the previous entry on kids
and points redemption! You may check it out here.