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Happy National Day to all!

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This entry got nothing to do with education nor my tuition resources.
Chill, its a public holiday today!! 🙂

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Today, 9th of August is Singapore National Day! 😀

I am thankful for several things although i do not agree with all of the policies put in place. 😉

I am thankful for

  1. A safe country where we can roam freely without worrying much about robberies and other craziness.

For me, I am much more appreciative of the high level of safety our country has when i started my tuition full-time. Often, i have to work till 9-10pm and got to walk around quiet carparks to locate my car at night.    Thank God for a safe country!

2.  A great environment for education

I understand that the workload may get a little heavy especially for upper primary levels. However, i believe that most of the children still enjoy school very much. And even the child did not perform as well in its primary school days, there is always chance to excel in secondary school. Several of my students top their class and even the whole level when they did not exactly do well in primary school. Woot! 

I always believed each of our learning journey is different. Even for those students who did not perform well academically, they are equipped with the necessary skills for work in technical schools.  And we see many examples of technically-skilled men excelling in their area of work and earning income not less than a university graduate. 🙂

3.   People of different races and religions living together in harmony!

Its such a interesting place with SO MANY Good Food! We are so blessed to have indian roti prata ( from Indian Uncle) , Malay Nasi Goreng  (From Muslim Auntie) and Chinese black pepper crab, hainanese chicken rice (From Chinese gor gor aka brother) and the list go on on on…. 😀 Sometimes, we can even get all above mentioned variety in ONE place. hehe.

I thank God that we are able to live in harmony and we have so many festivals to celebrate.

 

Happy Blessed Birthday, Singapore!

Wishing Singapore MANY MORE 

prosperous years ahead!!

 

 

I thank God for kind parents and teachable students

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Received this gift from one of my student’s mother.

My favourite glutinous union peanuts rice!!! Yummy!

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I felt very touched and I thank God for nice ‘customers’.

This is not the first time she gave food to me. she will ask the maid to make me milo when she knows I have not had dinner and always give me pastries to eat.

I thank God for unmerited favour and may we experience more of such kindness from each other often. 😀

Breathe, eat, sleep computer games! Gosh!

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Is this your child lifestyle? 😦

Many of the children now ( especially boys) are sort-of glued to computer games. They can be still and spend hours in front of the PC. Some of my students told me they will set their alarm clock to wake them up early during their school holidays to play games. I’m impressed. Hehe.

starcraft

After speaking to some of my students’ parents, many of them thought that the kids are playing these computer games because everyone else is school knows about them. If they don’t, they will be like aliens living on another planet. Most of the parents are clueless on how to fight this battle with all these seemingly invincible computer games.

However, after talking to the kids themselves, I realised many of them just want to find out about the game ( and yes, of course, no one want to be a “mountain-tortoise” who knows nuts about the ïn” stuffs in town.) Come on, it’s the same with us adults right? Some of us merely hold a facebook account whereas, some of us check facebook everyday.

plants-vs-zombies. Some of the adults i know LOVE this. 🙂

Parents, do you play this game too? Hee.

Like me, a few of my female students and one male student, we find gaming boring and prefer to go out and play ( non-virtually) with friends. Hence, gaming has no hold over us. Whee!

From what i see, most of the kids who are addicted to gaming do not like sports or do not do well in sports.

The kids may or may not do well academically initially.

Most of these kids is fascinated at the ability to take on a new identity and gaming seems to be the only escape from their so-called boring life.

Parents, don’t give up hope. It is just a small stumbling block in your parenting journey. Must show to the child you are even more stubborn in loving him right? *wink*

There are many articles online on dealing with computer addiction. Go have a read. For people who does not enjoy long list of wordy guidelines like me, try to come up with your own list and share with friends. You can post your list or your experience in the comments below so that we all can learn from each other’s experiences. Tell your kid you are also sharing tricks online. Hee.

Let me proudly present my

“How to conquer the computer games addiction” manual;

·  Make the real world interesting and exciting and your child will have less reasons to spend long hours in a virtual world.

·  Drown their free time with Bowling, basketball, badminton, tennis, wild wild wet ( An outdoor water park in Singapore), USS (wow!), concerts, and the list go on

·  Try ways to build your your child in other areas. When we are good in sports, music or studies, we will naturally enjoy them.

·  Bring them to sunday school. Let God lead him back.

I brought my P5 cousin (whose mum has complained to me that she can’t get him away from the PC) to sunday school and I’m glad that computer games can’t make him want to stay at home on sunday. (he has free choice whether to attend and his attendence is almost 90%). I thank God for interesting children ministry and good sunday school teachers in many churches.

·  Continue to confess the right things over your child. You never know how much power, as parents, your words have over them. Here comes the hardest part; continue to do so, even we cant see the results yet.  

I have a brother whom i thought is also addicted to gaming at his age (22). He started playing computer games actively when he is 6 years old. My parents are not at home most of the time (they work 7 days in a week) and he is left with a maid at a very young age.

I think it’s quite tough for me to execute my manual on him at his age but i will have faith and keep trying!!

See the results with your heart, the manifestions will follow. 🙂

Becoming your best

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Yes, competition to a certain extent is healthy and actually i love to compete. Win or lose, i enjoyed the progress.
Wow, is it true?
Or is it because i win most of the time? I do not know until a few years back when things start to fall apart in my life. The conclusion is actually i do not exactly enjoy the progress but i enjoy winning. I must agree that those results didn’t come easy.
I studied very hard to get my straight As in both my O and A levels.
I am thankful I reached my goal and smelled victory.

Even before i graduate, i was doing some online selling and had good income coming in every month.
I believed I became slightly arrogant and I broke my teaching bond just 3 months into NIE (Singapore teaching college).
On top of some personal family issues, I thought the system has too many regulations AND pay me too little for the hours of work i put in.
I forgot about my passion. 😦

From then on, everything just went wrong. My online business slided after 2 years. Apparently, my supplier was advertising his business in the best way he know how and i end up having a dozen of competitors. I cut loss and went to find a corporate job. I was actually doing well. Had a very nice lady boss and i was promoted in the first 2 years. Besides that, my “ang mo” director favoured me. But i wasn’t happy. I thought a higher compensation can make me more happy and i went to another company with a 29% pay increase. I was wrong. I got more money but have to face talking with people who uses “colorful” languages which i detest.

Thank God for giving me the courage to pursue what i enjoyed doing ( which is teaching) despite the pay cut.

That is my story and what i am trying to say is that everyone actually only needs to be focused at our own race.
We are often insecure because we are always comparing and looking at what others is doing/wearing.
Woot! Just dress up!

Don’t look at your friends, and wish to be a S size, be the best M or L size in the world.

Nobody can be a better You than You.

Raising fluent communicators.

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Although academic grades are important, they should not  be the sole “field” to sow our seeds in. Successful people are those who have confidence and self-belief to pursue  their dreams and determination to overcome harsh moments.

When I am in NTU, I still remembered distinctly that it has always been the foreigners (especially the caucasians)  who threw questions back at the lecturer or answered questions spontaneously (even when they do not  know the answer). Contrast this with the fact  that most Singaporeans just hope that they can disappear (or camouflage) into the background. ( Hee.. I  was one of them).

After I graduated and stepped into the working world, I realised that westerners and people with fluent English are perceived to be more  creative and dynamic. I personally agree they are much better communicators and they are able to formulate their ideas and sell them to their bosses, colleagues and clients.

Hence, I believe strongly that developing communication  skills in our children is as important as teaching them ABC. The basic  foundations for a fluent communicator are confidence in themselves to speak up  and to present their ideas within a group.

Take a look at how a 9 year  old summarises the bible in less than 10 mins confidently.

Frankly, I think some adults cannot do this as well as he did.

Although he did not get  some of the facts right (like Adam and Eve eating from the  tree of knowledge of good and evil instead of the tree of life) and, yes, I believe he memorised the speech but I think  he did an awesome job.

Our young children have  immeasurable potential.

Enjoy and start raising fearless kids!

My first winter in my tuition journey

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End Of Year (EOY) examinations are finally over! Whee…
 
It has been a tiring 2 months for me. I think i have accumulated close to 200 sessions in the past 2 months. Every student of mine was cramping last minute sessions. Haha.
 
I’m so thankful when the examinations ended. I celebrated by spending a relaxing week watching my favourite Pastor’s sermons, shopping in neighbourhood markets and catching up on my facials. 🙂
 
However, soon after that, fear starts to creep inside me. Some of my students does not want to continue tuition during the holidays and some of my students have graduated.
I began to browse on the internet for assignments. I am into a third relaxing or slack week now and i still have not found any new students. For a moment, I am expecting myself to slip back into my usual pessimistic mode any time. Monthly income is a very real issue. And having an analytical nature, i know the stress is coming from the deeper desire that i do not want my parents to worry about me or rather i want to look good in their eyes. This expectation crippled me at times.
 
However, i thank God for His presence and wisdom in my life.
 
“If God opens doors, who can close? And if God closes doors, who can open?”
“No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
  
And i just decided one night, while i am laying on bed, that i will not try to look good in anyone’s eyes, except my Heavenly Father alone.
As i reflected how my Heavenly Father supply and prosper (financially, mentally, emotionally) me in the past few years, i realises that His blessings are already there, we just need to believe and humble ourselves to accept them.
 
Stress did not manage to get to me, even though I am still browsing for tuition assignments daily.
 
I know that this is just a normal winter in my tuition journey and this season will pass soon. Most importantly, God has already provided the finances/resources for this winter. I just need to walk in His plan and not try to meet my own ‘lofty’ expectations that i can show off to my parents and friends. 

I just know that i have to wait upon Him [expect, look for, and hope in Him] and we(I) shall spread my wings and soar like eagles,
we (I) run and don’t get tired,
we(I) walk and don’t lag behind. [Isaiah 40:31]

🙂