Working days come with the cycle. Some days, you will be forever congested with schedules that make you hard to gasp for air; some days you will be a bit relax (when you tend to dilly-dallying the never-ending working tasks). With that idea, the former phase is HERE. This is where the hectic schedules are set aligned; right from the beginning of second semester UNTIL the Ramadhan; which is said to be circa middle of July 2012.
Prior to 27th June 2012, went to have Karaoke session and night rendezvous to commemorate Birthday. I usually don’t go to KL during weekdays but yeah, this was an exemption of course. Just to show appreciation. It was simple, close-knitted yet I think was nice. Went to The Mines Lake Cruise and enjoyed that immensely although took the least-time trip which was 15 minutes.
The Mines Night Cruise. – Courtesy of Google Image.
Roamed around the lake and the boat navigator told us the that one of the English-influenced mansion situated near the riverbank is owned by the ex-Tourism Minister, Datuk Sheikh Fadzir. We can see someone having sips of coffee at the balcony and there was this personal yacht/boat at the pier. Personally, I feel kinda jealous and envy with all these luxury that politicians are savouring in comparison to laymen people like us. But, hey.. what to do? The boat also was navigated into the compound of the newly-built luxurious apartment, The Heritage which is built with a canal in-between and few black swans were visible and a fountain. On whole, it was a night to remember and memorable.
The view of The Mines Lake – Courtesy of Google Image.
Scenes at The Mines – Courtesy of Google Image & Website at http://www.kl-photos.com/photo-mines-cruise.htm
The Heritage at Night taken from Website : http://momoc.sumasu.com/photography-education/the-heritage-night-hdr-photography/ and the view of canal heading into The Heritage, The Mines at Seri Kembangan.
In the morning on 27th June 2012 itself, the school organized The Open Day (‘Hari Terbuka”) or famously quoted as Report Book Day. It is the day where teachers and parents sit together and discuss about the pupils’ performance and personalities; apart from signing numerous forms and books, I say! Since this year, I am the class teacher for 5 Brilliant, I had to entertain the parents from 5 Brilliant and my assigned helper was Kak Airin, who happened to teach my class both Science & Mathematics. Since the session was opened at 8.00 o’clock, parents thronged and lined NON-STOP until 12.00 o’clock in the afternoon!!!!
I have to admit that IT WAS QUITE EXHAUSTING as the time to rest was SCARCE and I literally had no time to rest at all. But of course at the same time, you understand the parents’ situation as some of them were chasing time by delaying work, squeezing and stealing limited time in between. It will be very unfair and insensitive to make them waiting while you were having break. I guess, professionalism countered all. After all as professional officer representing the school and government, my clients are pupils and parents. Thus, I have to prioritize them, no?
Honestly, I feel that Open Day is a good platform for teachers and parents to discuss and dig and understand about the pupils. For example, I elaborated to the parent about a pupil’s problem in communicating or mingling with peers. Academic-wise, the pupil is talented and brilliant; but in terms of interacting, the pupil seemed like a reclusive and loner. I always encourage the pupil to speak up or interacting with peers by asking “how many words have you talk to the friends”; but prove to no avail. THEN, only I’ve learnt that the pupil had problem while still as an infant and toddler.
Doctors had diagnosed the pupil as Dyslexia and the problem to communicate was one of the symptoms! BUT, the parents were adamant and never gave up. They worked hard with the kindergarten teachers and emulated all the special techniques usually applied to teach these special kids. Alhamdulillah, the method works and the pupil now is able to learn in mainstream classes. Usually, Dyslexia pupils have problem in communicating BUT they are VERY BRILLIANT in academics and multilanguages! Alhamdulillah, I have encountered these kind of cases and I regard it as one of God’s miracles.
I also had the opportunity to discuss and had a heart-to-heart talk with a parent who was quite agitated about the child’s performance, which was good, I say. The parent said that although I am quite stern in class, but the child really adore me and treasure and appreciate what I do and the way I teach. As a 10 years old, the child already can cook, taking care of little brothers and helping chores at home. I was deeply touched and honoured by that very insight…… But well, stern and strict in instilling discipline in classes WILL STILL BE EMPHASIZED. Hahaha….
Kids come from different background of lives. I always regard myself as a humanitarian but in the education line. I may not go to poor countries to deworm the orphans, or seeking refugees’ rights ala Angie (Angelina Jolie) or donating used clothes or rations to the natural disaster victims ala Emergency Squads/Societies…. but by hearing and encountering first-hands plights of these children, to really witness the ‘humanity’ sides of society, to be able to be in position that perhaps could make a difference in a child’s life or education; make me feel so honoured and thankful to ALLAH SWT.
Children. Their innocences tickle you. It is up to the adults to mould them. And making differences in their lives.
When I was in corporate line as the loan lender/banker, I didn’t have the opportunity to see the REAL world. I was in my material and corporate cocoon. But with this career, I see the world. And I think God SWT knows that I am suitable for this course. To make a difference in every child’s life.
Angie as humanitarian for refugees around the world. Whereas me as a teacher, is a humanitarian in education line.
God knows the best. Allahu Akbar. God is Great.