Friday, 30 January 2015

He's home ...

Day 30/365

Welcome home son. 

Your return ... cheers all of us up.

Your return ... warms our heart.

Your return ... puts the smile on everyone's face.

Your return ... completes our family.


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Get well soon...

Day 29/365

Get well soon dear sis. Our prayers are with you.


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Why did I choose to live here?

Day 28/365

I've been asked this question many a time ...

Why did you choose the rural over the city?

My brief and simple answers ...

I love the place. 

I love the nature.

I love the trees.

I love the hills.

I love the greens.

I love the weather.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The sky is the limit ...

Day 27/365

The sky and me.

To me, only the sky is the limit.

I'll try to reach for everything,

only the sky's the limit!

I'm unstoppable!


Monday, 26 January 2015

During the evening rounds ...

Day 26/365

Good day peeps.

The nature has never failed to amaze me. This beautiful picture was taken during one of our evening walk. The trees and neatly terraced slope are being splashed with the golden rays of evening sun which was on its journey to the west. 


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Our 1000 odd steps ...

Day 25/365

Good day everyone.

Walking up and down the hills in the evening has become one

of our daily activities for the the past few days. I hope we could

sustain this extremely healthy routine. We start our walk at half

past six and reach home at around eight.


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Creating Google Website for Kids ...

Day 24/365

Good morning peeps.

I need to bookmark this site. It's in my planning for the BIG thing. This blog is the best avenue for me to save notes and important matters. It serves as my planner and my reminder, too.
Thanks Catlin Tucker.

I used to have blogger in mind. However, the provider, Frogasia doesn't seem to compromise on this matter. Students with the ID are allowed to view bloggers but they aren't given permission to leave comments, whatsmore to manage a blog.

Google website is my second option. I really hope that Frogasia won't stop my kids from accessing the site. What's in store for the kids is still in the planning stage. I'll update you in the near future.

Till then ...


Friday, 23 January 2015

I'm crawling...I'm dawdling ...

Day 23/365

Good day people.

It's almost a year since I registered myself as a student, again. Back then, I was a person of great vitality, vigour, high-spiritedness, exuberance and passion. Completing my study in three years time was ultimate goal. Visits to my SV was frequent and constant. I was always seen reading from the conventional books, journals and also ebooks and ejournals. Writing and editing were my routines.

I was a self-funding postgraduate student. All university tuition fees were forked out from my own pocket. Thus, every nickel and dime counts. Then, miracle happened. Yes, miracles do happen. Half a year ago, I was offered a scholarship. The long much awaited help had finally arrived at my doorstep. My financial problem vanished in thin air. I'm thankful for the help.

I'm given five years to complete my study. And, a year has almost passed. Thus far, I've not progressed much. At the same time, my passion for studying has begun to dwindle. Right now, I'm crawling, and I'm dawdling, too.  I need to put myself back on track. A booster is highly sought.


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Achieving one's goal ...

Day 22/365

Good afternoon peeps.

Every working soul loves to be noticed by their superordinate. Everyone enjoys the boss' attention.

No one likes to be left behind. No one likes to be ignored. No one wants to stay behind the scene, if given a choice.

Nevertheless, there's a limit to every action that one's partake.

A good colleague would never put others at stake. A considerable co-worker would never use others as her stepping stone.

In sum, a compassionate friend would never resort to cunning ways in achieving her goal.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

I'm thankful for ...

Day 21/365

Good evening people.

I'm thankful for many things in my life.

There are many things
I am thankful for
I can find them near and far
There are many things
I am thankful for
Let me tell you what they are
I’m thankful for the earth
I’m thankful for the sea
I’m thankful for my friends
And I’m thankful to be me.

There are many things
I am thankful for
And I know I’m not alone
Can you find some things
you are thankful for
Can you do it on your own
I’m thankful for……….
I’m thankful for……….
I’m thankful for……….
And I’m thankful to be me.



Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Buddy ...

Day 20/365

Good day peeps.

Being a leader, no matter how small is the organization or panel that you lead, is a not a piece of cake. I've been handling my panel tasks single-handedly, most of the time. Fortunately, I was paired with a great buddy, who could share my burden.

Last year, there were only the two of us, planning and executing all the panel tasks and requirements. We managed well. In fact, we were very happy and comfortable to work together. I planned and she supported me. She provided me with the much needed help. Her presence complemented the usual one-man show panel.

I hope that she will be with me throughout my stints at this school.


Monday, 19 January 2015

The fish that rots from the head down ...

Day 19/365

Happy Monday people.

The fish here has begun to rot, once again.

It's rotting from the head down.

Money matters. Money is in control now.

We, the body and the fish tail are dumbfounded.

We choose to be observers.

High drama is folding before our very eyes.

We 're waiting for the climax. It must be fun.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Chinese tea..

Day 18/365

Good evening peeps.

To speak the language, one's needs to do it with the speakers of the language.

I've never attended any Mandarin classes. I've never received any form of formal or informal education in the language. I've never been guided by any Mandarin speakers, formally. Nonetheless. I survive in the Chinese restaurant. I always manage to order my family's favourite dishes for dinner. We always get to enjoy the popular food.

How did I manage while my Chinese educated children fumbled and stumbled upon being asked to talk to the waitress?

I pick up the language from my young charges. I practise it with the native speakers. I don't go for textbook language but the 'people's version. It works most of the time, and it works fairly well, indeed.


Saturday, 17 January 2015

The result is very significant ...

Day 17/365

Good evening awesome people.

The forlorn-looking picture below depicts the result of studying when you passed 40.

It's no longer the same.

Your eyesight begins to fail you. You're farsighted. You need a pair of good reading glasses. You have to enlarge the computer screen when you work on the 17-inch flat screen.

You have no problems whatsoever with your memory when you did your first degree. You could remember every fact and figure vividly. Every information was at your fingertips. Your presentation was flawless during your masters degree. Words come to you like the Nile which flows tirelessly.

This final degree isn't the same. You're struggling to recall the info. You've to reread almost every article. You fumble for words when you give  talk. How you miss the old you!


Friday, 16 January 2015

He goes digital...

Day 16/365

Good day people.

It's hard to let go old habits. Whatsmore if the habit has been fossilized over the years. Nonetheless, my dear hubby is beginning to go digital. He's seen reading the digital version of his favourite tabloid. It's a good start as he could focus for almost an hour. He didn't complain and it was s grudge-free reading!


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Once in a blue moon ...

Day 15/365

Good evening awesome people.

We had photo shoots yesterday. We had another session of photo shoots this morning.

It's a rare occasion. Thanks to our budding photographer.

She had painstakingly took our photos. She entertained everyone's whims and fancies.

The photos are meant for our new official site. Thus, we wanted only the best photo to be up on the site.

We know all of us are beautiful, but no one can look their best in every photo!

We need a professional photographer and a sophisticated camera to do the job.

The result is satisfactory. I'm grateful to the photographer.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Ideas bite ...

Day 14/365

Good evening peeps!

Do you like to give suggestions? Do you have many great ideas spinning in your head?

Watch out! Your ideas might bite. Your suggestions might hurt.

Instead of constructing and building, you and your recommendation might be heading straight to the 'Doom Valley', unknowingly.

Hence, pick and choose the recipients (of your suggestions) deliberately. Not everyone can accept your ideas openly. Be prepared to take criticisms. Make plans for reprisal.

I've thought about it thoroughly. I've done the research intensively. I've considered every possibility. I've looked at it from various angles.

Yet, my ideas bite!


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Day 3 ...

Day 13/365

Good afternoon great people.

How's your day? I hope yours was great. Ours was awesome. I called my mom just now and she talked about this little girl, my ebullience niece, Lissa.

Customarily, posts from blogspot would be shared on social media but I beg to differ. The following was my status posted on FB a couple of minutes ago...

She's barely four...she's going to school...she takes school with vigour and verve... Lissa, you struck me and many of us with your charm and vitality...♡♡♡


Monday, 12 January 2015

Day 2 ...

Day 12/365

Good afternoon peeps!

It's the second working day.

The staffroom is spacious.

It's air-conditioned.

The working table is new and huge.

The chair is comfy.

Having said that, I've begun to miss my old place!

I miss the old table which I scrubbed and cleaned every other day.

I miss the potted green plants groomed by my PK HEM.

I miss the closeness that we, teachers share with each other.

I miss the close proximity of books and references.

I miss the cool breeze that slipped in through the half-opened windows in the wee hours of the morning.

I miss the affection that we, staff shared with the superior.


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Day 1 ...

Day 11/365

Good evening people.

It's tiring! Everything seemed to turn against me today.

 It's the first day of 2015 school term. I reached school at 7.00 a.m. and it was pitch dark. I was the third one to sign in. Having said that, I felt bad. I had left my girl behind. She was five minutes late!

My eyes sore. There's a tinge of redness in my right eye. My ankle troubled me again. My voice just refused to cooperate. I had to yell in order to be heard. Children were noisy. They screamed at the top of their voice. They're not ready for school yet.

All in all, the first day work drained me physically and mentally! Hoping that tomorrow will be a better day.


Saturday, 10 January 2015

On the mark ...

Day 10/365

Good evening people!

I'm enjoying the last few hours of the holidays. Tomorrow is my first working day in 2015. Everything is set for the day.

Yearly scheme of work - checked!
Lesson notes - checked!
Strategic Planning - checked!
Books - checked!
Clothes - checked!
Shoes - checked!
Bag - checked!
Mobile phone  - checked!
Tablet - checked!
Mind - set!

See you tomorrow!


Friday, 9 January 2015

Read More ...

Day 9/365

Good morning people. 

My past craziness has come back to haunt me. Don't get jolted! There's nothing serious. It's all about blogger. I used to love editing and sprucing up my blog, but lately worldly duties have prevented me from doing it.

Out of the blue, I was called to delve into it again last night. Once I set my foot in, I won't retreat until I've got what I've been looking for. 

First, I tried to meddle with the HTML function. It looked so much different compared to a few years back. Editing and changing are no longer a piece of cake. However, after a careful consideration and observation, I managed! Thanks to the step-by-step tutorial by Helplogger, specifically this post.

From the conventional blogger-look, I transformed Sophyta's Casita into the magazine style layout. 
Instead of displaying the whole blog post, now, only thumbnails of the post with one image is shown on the page. I hope with the new magazine-like outlook, Sophyta's Casita will load at a faster speed and draw more visitors. 

Nonetheless, I won't call it a stop, as yet. The look of 'Read More...' is in need of making up! 


Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Wrap Up ...

Day 8/365

Good evening peeps.

I've just reached home after a whole day at school. I was at school from half-past ten this morning, I've managed to wrap up the preparation before the school reopens this coming Sunday, January 11.

The academic improvement planning is printed.

The yearly scheme of works and all the related teaching document are bound.

The files are labelled and arranged.

The tabletop is layered with a half an inch glass.

In short, everything seems to fall into place and is ready for the school term 2015.

I reached home minutes to six in the evening!

The following pictures depict parts of the fruit of my labour ...

To some, these are chores but to me they are my passion. It's inspiring and motivating to flip through beautiful plannings and documents. They add colours to my working life.


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

More Planning ...

Day 7/365

Good afternoon peeps!

This school year is being inundated with planning, just like many parts of the country, which was inundated with flood. Every panel in school was ordered to produce a strategic planning to spur our school academic achievement.

Most of the dedicated panel head shoulder this responsibility all by themselves. Nevertheless, there're a few who have' subconned' the task to his/her panel members. They might work smart for shifting the weight to others, but there's no guarantee in the quality of the final product.

For the three of us, language teachers, everything is on us. I've been toiling since late last night and the whole day of today; and I've just wrapped it up a few minutes ago. Tomorrow is another printing and binding day, where I planned to have it done at school.

Even though I ended up with a stiff neck, looking at it again, brought a smile to my face.


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Printers and Printing Jobs ...

Day 6/365

Good evening people.

After toiling for days, planning the yearly plans, today was the printing day.

After the panel meeting, which ended at eleven, I took the position in front of the office computers.

Though I've planned and saved all the work in Google Drive, the insanity struck when I was about to print. The format changed! The laser printer refused to print!

I toiled for hours, trying to figure out what's happening to both my work and the printer. No one could solve the problems. Neither the tech savvy nor the computer expert could lend me their hand.

In the process of trial and error, a few pieces of paper and a few milliliters of ink were sacrificed! I felt bad, extremely bad for failing to execute the printing job.

Finally, learning things the hard way did pay off! I managed to print the way I'd wished for. I conquered the technology successfully.


Monday, 5 January 2015

MUET ...

Day 5/365

Good day people!

Today marks another milestones in my son's education journey.

He has passed his MUET test with flying colours.

His hard work and perseverance has been paid off handsomely.

I'm well aware that his journey to success is still a long way to go.

Nonetheless, I can't help feeling proud of him.

This achievement is no doubt has boosted his confidence to do better in future.


Sunday, 4 January 2015

Labels and More Plans ...

Day 4/365

Good morning peeps.

The dry-tap continues. However, I don't feel bad about the predicament that we're facing. I don't feel restless. I don't feel uneasy. I don't feel to move out. I don't even think of moving back to our old house. I love this place! Love makes us strong and unbreakable.

Fetching water is my hubby's routine. Though he doesn't feel good, he never complains. He makes sure we have enough water to bathe and clean up. It's love!

Since I can neither cook nor wash, I focus on my plans. More plans have to be churned out today. By right, the new school term begins today, but due to the flood disaster in the country, the 2015 school term is postponed for a week. My heart goes to the flood victims and I always remember them in my prayers. To those who are not affected, it's a blessing in disguise. More plannings could be accomplished and more labelling could be done too.

I decided to have all my projects and school works filed up and documented. You'll never know when you're going to need them. Come December 11, I'll be celebrating my 20th year in the teaching profession. It's timely to get organised and buck up. You might have a good laugh but I'm a staunch believer in 'it's better late than never'!

And, my accomplishments for today are:
  • 20 file spine labels
  • 20 file labels
  • 10 file dividers
  • 2 yearly schemes


Saturday, 3 January 2015

Plans and Plannings ...

Day 3/365

Good day beautiful people.

After a day filled with clearing and decluttering, we were greeted by the dry tap. There's no running water from 3.0 p.m. onwards. We were caught unprepared. Very meagre water was stored for the household - one and a half buckets! 

This morning, there's still no sign of the Elixir of Life! Living on the high rise is a no child play when  it comes to dry taps. Climbing up the 36-odd steps, my husband has to fetch buckets after buckets of water. It's love!

Today I dealt with plans and plannings - yearly scheme of works for all the subjects. As usual, I was given four classes of English, two classes of Arts and a class of PE.

The downside of me is, I don't consent to using the recycled plans. Mine are all 'alive and kicking' plans. The dates are real and the plannings are of course real!

Half of them is done. The rest is to be continued tomorrow.


Friday, 2 January 2015

The Purge ...

Day 2/365

Good day peeps!

Yesterday was the new year; a new beginning for many and it's also a great celebration for most of us. How was yours?

Mine was awesome. We spent half of the day shop till we drop and the other half with our loved ones.

I pampered myself with two pairs of wedges and a handbag. Though I've got one a few days earlier, this bag is meant for work. I need something sturdier and durable in order to withstand the rough nature of my work.

We had 'steamboat' back home, a treat from my dad. Thanks Dad and Mom for the food full of love and compassion. Tucking in together was an amazing experience.

As for today, January 2, the second day of 2015, I decided to lay my hands on the piles of shoes at the doorway. Those shoes have been lying-in-state, covered with inches of dust and grimes ever since we moved in. That was three years ago.

Some shoes were untouched for years. They were either not fit or were no longer needed. They ought to be purged. I decided to send them away. My hubby left them at the 'collection centre' and to our amazement, they were snapped within minutes.

After decluttering, the space is no longer an eyesore and finding shoes is also no longer a chore. I should have done this years ago!

Next project will be the old newspapers.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year ...Welcome 2015...

Happy New Year peeps.

2015 has made its grand appearance seconds ago.

For this goat year, I pray for lots of love, great health, good wealth and endless happiness, and that goes to everyone in my family and you too dear blog visitors.

As for my study, I hope that I'll be progressing at a great pace.

I vow to stay more focus and systematic. I would try my level best to stay away from all forms of distractions.

And, the following challenge will be taken with gusto.

Happy new year everyone!
May your dreams come true this year.