Month: August 2006

Happy Teachers’ Day

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Yesterday morning, I was on AL to attend a Dialogue Session with Dr Law at HQ but my group member keep messaging me repeatively about the damn project. I don’t know is she a moron or plain inconsiderate? Can’t she wait till I finished my meeting?

Didn’t she had the brains to think at all? I really hate to be disturbed with trivial matters when I’m in the midst of doing something important.

Anyway, after the meeting, I went home to pack my bag and went back to school as we are staying over at school to put up the decorations for the Teachers’ Day Celebrations the next day.

The decorations would only start at 4.30pm after most of the teachers had gone home. Around evening time, Bad and I needed to get to the Concourse to buy some wrist garlands for our dance com, coconut shells for the decoration and a fresh garland for Ms Vivienne Teo.

Unfortunately, it started to drizzle but Mr Ang was kind enough to drive us there despite him having to teach night class at 7pm. As we drove towards the Concourse, the rain became heavier.

As Mr Ang drove us through the little lanes along Tekka/Little India, we strained our eyes peering into the dimly lit street as the heavy downpour affected visibility. Bad and I decided to go in search for the coconuts and fresh garland on foot instead while Mr Ang waited for us in the car. It was freezing cold and both Bad and I were drenched when we ran over to the other lanes.

After a futile search in a few lanes, Mr Ang suddenly appeared behind us with umbrellas in one hand and two hot packets of Teh Tarik hanging off his fingers on the other hand. The Teh Tarik had lots of ginger added to keep ourselves warm. At that moment, I really felt so touched. Although it was just a little gesture on his part but it really brought a smile to my face.

With our tummy glowing with Mr Ang‘s love, we had the spirit to carry on our search and we finally found the fresh garland we wanted.?There was almost half a hour left for us to rush back to school as Mr Ang still had night class. Despite the slow traffic, we managed to reach school in time.

When I stepped into the SC Room, I was upset to learn that nobody actually bothered to keep some Polar Sugar Rolls for Bad and me while we were away as we hadn’t had a decent meal since morning and we were both cold and hungry. There was enough Sugar Rolls to go round for everyone as Mrs Ng actually bought 30 pieces extra but they just finished up everything.

I’m not saying that we’re big shots and that it’s a must to keep food for us but if anyone actually had the initiative to do this for us without asking, just like what Mr Ang had done for us ealier, it would really bring warmth to my heart on such a cold, wet night.

Due to the rain, we had to delay our time to hang up the banners. After the rain finally ended, we hung up the banners and worked through the night touching up on the gifts for the teachers and Guest of Honour.

With less than 3 hours of sleep, we woke up at 5am to put up the remainder starfish, crab and clam at the amphitheatre as the theme this year was Hawaii.? Everything seems to go smoothly and as according to the plan.? However, when I was about to set up the PA system, it started to drizzle again.

To our dismay, the drizzling advanced into a heavy downpour and the whole amphitheatre was flooded with rainwater. The decorations were wet and we had to remove everything and shift them to the hall. It was really a race against time as we had less than an hour to the celebrations.? All our hard work the previous night has come to naught.

Fortunately, the celebrations went well and we received alot of complimentary from Ms Vivienne Teo and some of the teachers. The many months of planning, staying back late, rehearsals and hardwork finally paid off.


Hard at work


Warrior Ben


Token of Appreciation for the Judges.


Tiramisu from Mr Chua.


Some old friends back for a visit…

The Outburst

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The whole SC was rebuked by me in front of the whole school during morning briefing. Initially, I only intended to reprimand them but somehow, the more I say, the angrier I get and the whole amphitheatre was booming with my voice.


The whole school went dead quiet suddenly and all eyes were fixed on me. As I speak, my hands trembled violently because I was seething with anger. I’m so furious that I felt blood rushing to my face.

I guess the sudden outburst was the release of grievances built up since 3 years ago. The quality of the Councilors have deteriorated greatly and it’s a shame that things have to turn out this way. I don’t see any commitment and sense of responsibility among most of the members.

Normally, I do not like to raise my voice and I certainly do not enjoy scolding people. It’s even rare to see me flare up for no rhyme or reason but, it breaks my heart to hear negative comments about my Councilors from teachers and friends.

As a student leader, they should have the initiativeness and leadership by setting a exemplary example of themselves to the rest of the school.

Regrettably, I have Councilors who were caught jay-walking as well as some who removed their ties the moment they step out of school. What would the other students or teachers say about us? There are people who can’t wait to see us fail and make a fool of ourselves so why are some of my Councilors such letdowns?

Do we want to walk with our heads held high or do we want to be subjected to their mockery and finger-pointing? 

I believe there are some Councilors who are only making use of the Council as a stepping stone to get that 2.0 GPA cut-off point to get into the Polytechnic and they are not really committed to the Council at all.  I am extremely exhausted. This burden is really way too much for me to bear and I’m suffocating under its weight.

Having been with the Council for the past 3 years, I’ll be deceiving myself to say that I don’t feel anything for it. I will be stepping down in a couple of months more and I know there are people who can’t wait for us to get lost so that they could take over our positions.

If they think being an EXCO is an easy job, think again. There are only 11 EXCOS but nearly 100 members. The ratio is 1:10. If each member gives us just one  problem, it’s enough to drive us crazy.  When I recollect what Edmund advised me before he graduated, my heart really aches. But till then, as long as I am around, I’ll do all I can to unite the Council, and not to let this family crumble.

director’s visit – rehearsal

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Took AL from class at 1pm to attend the rehearsal for the school Director’s visit next Monday.

We will be stationed at the foyer and the instruction given was that when we see the Director’s car approaching, we would have to start playing our instruments and pretend as though we are having our normal practice.

If we were normal, we wouldn’t be wearing the same uniform ‘practicing’ at the foyer in the first place and there wouldn’t be a few Wushu club members from Macpherson Campus showing their kungfu alongside to our music.



I just find it kind of hypocritical as we were told to be as natural as possible because the Director had wanted his walkthrough to be natural.

Because one person is coming for a visit, the whole school had to go into a frenzy to welcome him…

So wayang.

The Balance Sheet of Life

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Birth is our Opening Balance
Death is our Closing Balance

Prejudiced views are our Liabilities
Creative ideas are our Assets
Heart is our Current Asset
Soul is our Fixed Asset
Brain is our Fixed Deposit

Thinking is our Current Account
Achievements are our Capital
Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade
Friends are our General Reserves
Values & Behaviors are our Goodwill

Patience is our Interest Earned
Love is our Dividend
Knowledge is our Investment
Experience is our Premium Account

The aim is to tally the Balance Sheet accurately.

William’s BBQ

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Today went for William‘s BBQ and it so happened that he have all the fruits required in the SC song so…

Sing to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”

watermelon
Watermelon, Watermelon
(
Are You Sleeping? Are You Sleeping?)

banana
Banana, Banana
(Brother John,
Brother John)

raisin
Raisin, Raisin, Raisin
(Morning Bells Are Ringing
)

raisin
Raisin, Raisin, Raisin
(Morning Bells Are Ringing
)

rambutan
Rambutan, Rambutan
(Ding, Ding, Dong!
Ding, Ding, Dong!)

Met up with Rayson and when we reach there, GM and Jerry were already there. So were Suriana, Farhana and Hidayah. I didn’t expect to see Faith there too! Soon, Jeffrey came followed by Qianhui.

After a while, I accompanied GM to send Jerry to book-in at Home Team Academy. As we drove past the now defunct Keat Hong Camp which was all dark and eerie, GM locked the doors just like the last time when we drove to the Lim Chu Kang Cemetary. I rolled my eyes and repeated what I had told him the other time, “They do not need to open the door to come in lor…

After dropping Jerry off at the HTA, we drove back to the BBQ.  It was good to see everyone again but too bad Edmund didn’t come and I missed Gina and her crap too.

Thanks to Suriana and Hidayah, I didn’t had to BBQ my own food and I just waited to be served.

At around 11pm, Rayson, Faith and I took the LRT home and when we reached Bukit Panjang Station, one of the LRT staff came into the carriage shouting, “Take the next train!“and drove all the commuters out.

We were quite upset with this. (Okay, maybe it’s just me) Couldn’t he have used a better tone to request for us to alight the train instead of shouting at us like a hooligan? We paid for our ride and surely a simple “Please” isn’t too difficult to say? Besides, he didn’t even apologize for the inconvenience caused to our train ride.

It’s time to shoot a letter to SMRT.

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Brown, Black, Brown, Black… It wasn’t premediated.

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Mr Bogus Fireman

Field Trip

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Today took AL and went for a field trip to Sembwaste, Senoko Incineration Plant and a Organic Farm at Lim Chu Kang with the Environmental Club members.

We first went to Sembwaste, where we were brought to a room and introduced to the company profile and what it does.


We were shown a video on how the recyclables were being sorted into different categories like glass, plastics, paper, ferrous and non-ferrous metals. When the recyclables first arrived, they were all mixed up and these were then poured onto a conveyor belt where workers were standing by on either sides of the belt.


Each worker is responsible for a certain material and when the material passes in front of him, it would be swiftly snatched up and dropped into a chute beside him where it would fall into a bin below. We watched in awe as the workers picked up the recyclables with great speed.


The important 3 Rs:


Reduce
Reuse
Recycle


We then proceeded to the Senoko Incineration Plant. Once again, we were brought to their conference room and shown a video on the purpose of the incineration plant and how the incineration process works.


After the presentation, we were brought round the plant and whoa, the air there is simply invigorating as all signs of tiredness vanquished immediately!


Thanks to Bud, I had a unlimited supply of hong you and that kept my insanity to a minimum level. We were shown how the garbage trucks first dump the collected rubbish into a pit and how the rubbish were then being incinerated via a clamping device (similar to those arcade machines) whereby this clamp reaches down from above and grab a handful of rubbish to be thrown into the furnace.


The massive heat generated helps to turn turbines and this in turn generates electricity. I guess it’s the same theory as how the water dams works in generating electricity except that the water dams uses energy from the water to turn the turbines.


Anyway, I have learnt a great deal as I have always thought that the rubbish was simply burnt and that’s it. I didn’t know about the electricity part and that’s a good idea to make electricity too instead of burning natural resources like coal.


Thanks for the breathtaking experience, Senoko!


Our last stop was at Ying Huo Chong Organic Farm located at Lim Chu Kang. At first, we were all excited but to our dismay, we discovered that it’s actually a vegetable farm that calls itself “Yin Huo Chong?/i> (firefly).

We took less than 10 minutes to finish touring the whole place and my modesty was outrage here by a guy. I’m now damn traumatized.

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Group photo at Sembwaste, a
company that does recycling

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The ‘chimney’ of Senoko Incineration Plant

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The daily rubbish created…

People, the resources we had on earth is very precious. Please treasure it!

Don’t Quit

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When things go wrong
As they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit…
Rest if you must — but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things go wrong
That you mustn’t quit.

— Author Unknown —





There is only this much how friends can help you. I can only suggest and advise you from my point of view, but I cannot tell you what you can or cannot do. It is YOUR life and YOU take charge! YOU decide how you want to lead YOUR life and don’t allow others to take control of it.

The ultimate decision still lies with you but whatever decisions you make, think through it once, twice or even thrice. Some decisions once made, will be too late for turning back so make sure that YOU will not regret it. Like I’ve always said, think of the consequences before YOU do anything. Think of how YOUR decision is going to affect YOU and those around YOU.

You don’t have to promise me anything as YOU are only answerable to
YOURSELF for YOUR own actions.
Action speaks louder than words; prove it!

Life has never been a bed of roses and it certainly hasn’t been fair. We have to weather through the darkest storms to experience life and learn how to grow stronger in the process. It is all right to make mistakes but the most important thing is what important lesson can we learn from it?

If you trip and fell, pick yourself up and walk again. Eventually, you will still reach your destination even though you may be taking a longer time then others but the important thing is, YOU WILL STILL GET THERE!.

If YOU tell YOURSELF that YOU can do it, then YOU can however, if you tell
YOURSELF that YOU cannot do it, then YOU can’t.


Remember, no matter how harsh life may seemed, it is only YOU who can stop YOURSELF from becoming successful.


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Stumbling block or stepping stone?


It really depends on how YOU use it.