Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Work and friendship are the best match!


Working with friends? Yes have you ever done this?  Let me share with you. It's the best thing that ever happened to me. Working with friends!

Of course all these pictures were captured during our break!

Mission accomplished!

Happy birthday dear! We'll surely miss you next year.

Us, The Team.

Both of you spiced up our team.
Thank you everyone. It's from the bottom of my heart. Hope we can work together again next year.

Sophyta




Monday, 31 August 2015

You Made It, Son!

Good day peeps.

I'm ecstatic! My boy has made it! I'm proud of him!

The following pictures will relate to you my feelings above.













All the best son.
I strongly believe that you can soar and live up to your motto
" FLY WITHOUT WINGS"

Cheers,
Sophyta



Thursday, 20 August 2015

September, Your arrival means Workload...

Good day peeps.

I feel blessed to be able to update my beloved Sophyta's Casita though it's only a once a month kind of thing. My excuse - Workload!

Workload is nothing new to us, primary school teachers in Malaysia. Besides our core business, teaching at least six periods a day (the least), teachers become bogged down with loads of clerical tasks and lots more non-teaching jobs.

If  you happened to be singled out by the District (DEO) or State Education Office (SEO), you have to lend them a helping hand. DEO and SEO are not the only divisions and departments that would order teachers to assist them in their work. Examination Syndicate, Curriculum Development Division and Textbook Division are among the departments that would rope in teachers from school to help them. Once you are identified, it means you will always be away from school.

Come 2015, I've been entrusted with a new task - EXAM is the word. In order to equip myself with the new skills, I attended a training for the newbies in August and another official meeting in September. Both meeting lasted a week. It's a totally new experience for me. The new appointment comes with a huge responsibility and a new friendship!




Cheers,
Sophyta

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

A rose-scented lesson ...

Life isn't a bed of roses but my lesson is.




I was given these sweet smelling red roses on one Monday morning.

The cute little girl offered me the flowers when I stepped into her class. And, this isn't the first time she brought me the fragrant flowers from her mom's garden.

Thanks dear Mimi. You've made my day.

Sophyta

Monday, 20 July 2015

Chula ... Day 4

Good day peeps.

This is the last update for the four-day stint at the rain trees university. Since we, Fiona, Zu, Is and I, couldn't have enough of Chula, we revisited the uni early in the morning on the very last day in Bangkok. We decided to scout around the prestigious institution and drink in the serenity of its surrounding, and we did just that!

Walking through the age-old university campus on that cool morning, the grace of the centuries-old buildings in their garden setting provides an apt framework for higher education, even the more prosaic structures have been softened by the lush greenery.

It can be said that the vast campus area is over overgrown with rain trees or จามจุรี in Thai, and these trees have become the symbol of the university.  Generations of students have read and reviewed their lessons under the shade of the leafy gigantic rain trees. I'm very fortunate to have walked under the shade of the gigantic trees and tasted a sip of its greatness.

Day 4
June 25, 2015
Thursday

The magnificent rain tree.

The irresistible shade.

About the chamchuree  or the rain tree.

With Is and Zu under the shade of rain trees.

The Phramingkhwan Building: Revisited.

This place was abuzz with activity but today it's deserted.

The bust of Queen Mother.

At the Faculty of Education.

Faculty of Law.

The busts of great kings.

Loving the greenery.

The lotus pond.

Chula iHouse, the place I called home.

7-Eleven at Chula iHouse: The great provider.

Bikes among the greenery at Chula iHouse.


The multi-stories Chula iHouse.

Chula iHouse as seen from the university side.

The front view of the grand hostel.

Chula bus service.



Chulalongkorn, 

Saying goodbye, 
Was the hardest thing to do,
I never thought I would,
Especially not to you.

The hardest part of any relationship,
is when it is time to say goodbye,
even though I wished I could stay forever,
I know I got to spread my wings and fly.

For life is a journey that needs to be traveled
I just want you to know and never forget
that I will surely miss you.
and I know that someday we'll meet again.

Sophyta

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Chula ... Day 3

Sawasdeekha.

สวัสดีค่ะ

Greetings.

Day 3
June 24, 2015
Wednesday

June 24, 2015 was the day. Yes, it was the day. The day that I've been waiting for - the International ASEAN Research Network Symposium. It was my very first paper presentation at an international conference. I'd like to label it international as it was held in others homeland and the panelists were international figures. The experience was surely of immeasurable value. 

Having my paper accepted for this conference was a great honour. I was both thrilled and anxious about presenting my paper in front of international audience. However, years of experience in training fellow teachers did help tremendously.

The days leading up to the conference were spent preparing and refining my PPT presentations. I owe my supervisor, Prof Bala, a great debt of gratitude for all his guidance and endless support. In actual fact, his words of encouragement spurred me on to take up this challenge.


Taking a last look at the notes.

International ASEAN Research Network Symposium
Image credit: INET Chula


The schedule.

With Fiona before the presentation.

The battle has begun.

Presenting.

Explaining.

The attentive audience.

Presenting.

All eyes on the slide.

The lovely Dr Rozinah, our lecturer and our chaperon.
Image credit: INET Chula

The end of presentation.

'A very good and practical piece of work!' 
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jaitip , Dept. of Education and Communication Technology,
 Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University

'Very passionate and this is what I've been waiting for!' Dr Ana Donaldson,
the past president of AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology)
 and is a Contributing Faculty member for Walden University in the online PhD Educational Technology program

Being complimented by a professor from Khonkaen Uni.

Keep it up!

It's very practical!

Dr Jaitip clarifies.

An assurance from Dr Jaitip.

After the presentation.
Image credit: INET Chula


Phew!

The twelve paper presenters with Dr Ana.
Image credit: INET Chula


With the professors and the Team USM.
Image credit: INET Chula

Team USM.

One more, Team USM.

Thank you Dr Jaitip.



Thank you Dr Ana.

I did it!

Overall, I truly enjoyed being part of the conference. Apart from getting a huge round of applause from the delegates and being lauded the most passionate and lively presentation, there are a few take home messages that I will definitely apply in my future undertakings:
  • Being too humble can limit momentum, cause you to not celebrate accomplishments, and give reasons as to why you shouldn’t take risks. 
  • An overabundance of humility can cause you to lack self confidence.
  • Nobody is perfect but everyone is perfect in their own way.
  • You can do it if you believe you can.

Sophyta

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