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Sunday, October 23, 2016

#Graduation2016


It was April 2013, I was new. In fact, everything was new. I was blown into the wind of change. 

Two veteran teachers decided to call it a day after many years of hard work serving the young school. I was then told to take over some of their classes. One of them was a Form 2 class - the better one (in academics). I was given mixed feedbacks about this class (in which I already forgot), but they, to me, are the same until the present day. 

As I stepped into that class, I met a group of 5 close friends who would stick to each other close and tight (Yes, they were Alison, Chiaw Ying, Dennice, Joanne and Erica). I encountered this girl who would smile at me randomly (Crystal), and another girl who reminded me of an ex-classmate of mine who was my guardian angel (Wen Yee - they almost looked the same in fact, just 10 years apart in age). I even met a 15 year old boy who had fond knowledge of politics (Joel Chua), a Korean girl who speaks like a Malaysian (Esther Lee), and slowly, in the second semester, an Indian genius whose essays are almost in perfection (Agil Timothy). Altogether, they are like cartoons to me - this is a praise. 

I did have some bittersweet moments with them in 2013. It was the year when I was trying to figure out my type of personality in teaching. There were disappointments, heartbreaks and anger, but at the same time, they never failed to make my day. I remembered there was a day when they asked me to be friends in Instagram and Facebook. There was even a day when they planned an interesting  icebreaker before my textbook time began. During the second semester post-exam period, I remembered seeing them hitting each other with their exam papers while playing Musical Chairs in a class discussion. Their laughter were so hilarious that I couldn't help laughing when I got back to my office. 

I even enjoyed their Vision Night drama the most (In A Selfish World, The Selfish Rules). They were so adorable that they were like cartoon characters performing on the stage. 

In fact, this class is unique on its own (until today, which is why the PRESENT tense is used). Never did I know, 3 years after teaching them in Form 2, I would see them again in 5 Newton and 5 Adam Smith. We do have new faces such as Gabriel Bong and Yit Chung (do not forget about John Mark too) who have added up the uniqueness of this batch. 

Having them as your pals is a blessing. 

I won't mind if any of you do not manage to repeat what your seniors in 5 Newton did in SPM 2015, for that was a once-in-a-blue-moon achievement, but what I mind more is when you don't realise that your SPM examination is near and you are still pretending that the exam is 6 months away. 

Thank you, Ho Ming Xuan for the partnership we have in Photography Club. 

Ryan, Myra, Alison [5 Newton]
Crystal, Chiaw Ying, Nicholas Liew [5 Adam Smith] 
#MyTopGuns

To Siaw Yen and Kuo Young, 
you, to me, are like Yap Bao Lin and Chung Yee Chen who both showed the best improvements in English. Enjoy your new level in English and keep it up! Same goes to Alison as well. 

Thank you, Crystal for that Graduation Night message. 

Last, but not least, 
I would like to apologize if I have accidentally left any harsh scars or wounds to you in a form of words. I am not perfect, as I am just like any other ordinary men. Once again, if you were once hurt by me, I extend my apologies as I might be quite rude in disciplining people. 

Believe it or not, I do scold myself when I screw myself up. 

I wish you all the best in your upcoming IGCSE or SPM examinations. Hopefully, we will see each other at a kopitiam and we can sit together as friends sipping coffee and tea. 




















Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Pride of Eating Alone

Hiatus by hiatus in the blogging world is somehow, choking. It reminds you of how much connected you are to your work and your own self - your really true self, especially when you come to the stage where you have to work the stamina out of yourself to survive - to earn a living.

Such is your workaholic days, indeed. And gosh, what am I going to do with the pictures of food that I took using my phone these days?

Forget about work- right now let's talk about life. Life outside work is somehow beautiful. It is liberating and refreshing. Despite being occupied by many books around me, there are some tiny whiny escapades that you can have - even if you do not have a chance to take a real vacation.

One of these tiny escapades is food. Of course, everybody likes to eat with his group of companions. I, myself, too enjoy the company of others who share the same table with me during my meals. We can have random topics under the sun and we can even discuss about them until the cows return home. Those are great moments well spent.

However, eating alone is always better. It is equivalent to those moments when you walk alone with nature accompanying you - just like when you wish to embrace the breeze at the beach, watching the sunset and listening to the waves. It reminds you of yourself and who you really are after a long day of work.


Eating alone is always refreshing, especially during the moments when your taste buds are entertained by the work of culinary arts.


More importantly, the looks of them - the seamless temptation in front of your own eyes invites you for a quiet meal, with yourself.


You need not to be occupied by anyone except for the rare moment when the waiter tells you that your favourite dish is unavailable. As you are eating, a terminal of thoughts opens as you begin to leave the present to reminisce the past and predict the future. A sea of opinions flow around you, as you chill yourself to the meal.


I know these are pictures of burgers and special breads that I have taken since January 2016. I do not always eat burger everyday, okay? This one is from a dinner with three persons when I was eating at Pavilion, Bukit Bintang. 


A plate of rice, with its presentable meat and vegetables - a combination that can symbolise life itself, as it is full of surprises and mysteries. Somehow, you wish that everything is presentable and predictable in life because you want to be safe and secured. It is natural for everyone, as all of us hope that tomorrow will be another day you will survive.


And that is the great thing about eating alone - one of the many ways of meditating yourself out from stress. It is a time where I do not wish to be disturbed by anything that is negative.



Yeah, call me an introvert, but everyone of us does the same - You do entertain your own thoughts in planning what you want to do the next morning when you are awake to sunlight, don't you.?

All pictures were taken using the Vivo X5. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

#Graduation2015



While I myself am in that appropriate feeling, allow me to write that graduation message to the third batch of Form 5 I am teaching this year.

In 2015, something remarkable happened in the music industry. As soon as Furious 7 kicked off the silverscreens worldwide, the entire globe was appalled in awe and tears when Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa's See You Again was released to the crowd. The most touching movie scene had moved the hearts of billions, when Dominic Toretto and his crew parted ways with Brian O' Connor, commemorating the late Paul Walker.



It was indeed a solemn moment, leaving the movie goers with teary eyes as they made their ways home, pondering about that scene. "See You Again" continued to strike the top charts after that. Never did a dramatic action story is able to put forth a melting personal touch to its audience.

"See You Again" is truly a phenomenal hit- one of the best songs ever composed in a contemporary, modern tune.

It is because many of us can relate to this song.

We all do lose someone in our lives.

We all have that family member or friend who left us for a long time.

We all have that group of friends who used to be always there for us, but one fine day, they left for their own future.

We all have that special someone in life who used to be our sunshine in darkness, but one day we realise, that this person will not be with you forever.

Graduation is not the exception of it.

I have been through that stage for a few times as well. As much as it recognises that you are ripe enough to be a more grown up person, graduation also informs you of another perspective: Time to leave your friends and move on to another stage. Your classmates will also walk their own paths too.

Which was why during that graduation night, I quoted and paraphrased a line from that epic melancholic scene.

And yes, I know I have been expressing a lot from the Furious 7 finale lately.

"No matter where you are, whether it is a quarter mile, or half a globe away, the most important thing in life will always be the people in this room, right here, right now."

I even read it slowly so that everyone would have the time to guess where I took those words from.

"They are your friends, they are your teachers, they are your classmates, your companion. Have more fun, laugh more, take more selfies before you go."

Of all the three years of bidding the Form Fives farewell, never did I encounter such an emotional goodbye session before. The tune of "See You Again" continued to haunt me at midnight after that dinner.

Pictures will be our history of knowing each other. Those "thank you"s and "I'm sorry"s that I had this afternoon at my office was an overwhelming one indeed. To tell you the truth, I was afraid of seeing people crying at my office, therefore I cheered some of you up as you said your last words as my students.

In return, I would like to say to this marvellous batch of people:

1. Thank you, 5 Newton for the lukewarm atmosphere despite your deafening silence and passive learning styles. You are the first batch of students who got my Borderlands-inspired jokes.

2. Thank you, 5 Adam Smith for your cooperation with me. My mission in enabling all of you to score above 50 marks in exams is a success.

3. Thank you, Chung Yee Chen and Yap Bao Lin. You have brought yourselves up in breaking your own barriers. You have inspired me to walk further in whatever we do. You show  the best improvement by over 20 marks when compared to the beginning.


4. Thank you, Lim Tzer Yi, Lu Qin Rui, Soo Chee Vun, Liew Yi Yang, Shu Yuan, Lim Wei Jian and Chung Xing Wei for the hilarious jokes, as well as the girls' team, Chen Nyuk Lee, Peggie, Yuki, Tan Li Chung, Chin Yung Yeng, Sharley, Megga, Latifaulia, Cynthia, Elfhieana, Fong Kher Yii, Heong Mei Xuan, not forgetting Aubrey Voo.


5. Thank you for the entertaining essays, from Isaac Fong, Ng Shu Yuan, Elfhieana, Chyi, Lim Tzer Yi, Lee Jia Yi and Sharley.

6. I know I am not perfect and I do make mistakes. Here, I would like to apologize for every rude word (if there is) or reckless misconducts throughout my two years of teaching you. This is just my third year.

Life still goes on. For one month, you will be SPM candidates. After that agony, you will step up a free person.


Till then, lads. I believe that it's never a goodbye yet. Because there will always be meet ups and gatherings soon.