Wednesday, August 15, 2007

My Proudest Achievement


Isn't the business deals that I made,
Isn't the money I gain,
Isn't the awards that I received,
Isn't the latest Mercedes car model I could finally afford............

I put in a lot of effort, hard work, tears, sweat and blood on my part to care for and guide the young people left in my care. Some were willing to learn, many were not.

But I'm always glad to meet them again, and to see the joy on the faces of my students and their parents when they come back to thank me! They are my proudest achievements!

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  1. Woot! Big Happy Family! :)

    You proud, I proud! Keep it up ohhh...

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  2. All I can say is "Wow!" That is an amazing achievement!

    I'm still quite curious. Do you actually provide them board and lodging, and tuition, like a professional minder .. ?

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  3. wahhh!! :D :D im very proud of my students too!! :D and also when i was with Red Crescent / Red Cross, i am very proud when they come back to thank me or any of their family members. :D

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  4. My angel!
    Yup, We're Family Toooo!!!

    Thanks. Coming to Singapore soon, anytime? Hello?

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  5. Jas,
    Yes, I did. Now, I recommend them to the student hostels. I don't do this myself anymore. :)

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  6. I'm proud of you too..ECL..!! that's why i'm sending chloe your way.. in the future..! I have total faith in you .. :)

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  7. ehon,
    You should be proud and I'm proud of you too! The students' returning to see you again, shows their gratitude and respect for you. The things that you have done for them, made them feel thankful. :)

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  8. Mamabok,
    awwwww..... so sweet of you! Thank you for having such faith in me!
    I'm so touched. ^-^

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  9. Eh eh..itu bila mia photo?..Short hair orh?..

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  10. I can feel your joy when they return to thank you. You are really a successful educator !!
    Cheers to ECL :) :)

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  11. I feel proud of you on your behalf, too! they look really happy in that photo. great work, keep it up!

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  12. eve,
    That was 4 years ago. I kept short hair then for easy maintanence. And to look business-like. :)

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  13. May,
    Daggers were aiming at them when we were taking the photos, that's why they have to look happy! muahahahaha.....

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  14. Hai...nice to meet u.. Thx for visiting my blog

    You're a lecturer?? Your students must be proud of you..

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  15. Hi Calysta,
    Welcome!

    I was a 24/7 'nanny' to these teenagers. :)

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  16. Good job! And yes, indeed something to be proud of.

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  17. I can only imagine the position you reside, in their heart.

    I remember everyone who has been nice to me, since 7 year old. Too bad, not that many, other than my parents and two of my uncles.

    The work you have done will not be forgotten. It will live forever in their heart.

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  18. yenjai,
    Yes, I do still keep in touch with many of my students and their parents. We call or visit one another whenever we have the time.

    I was even invited to overseas trips with them. During festive seasons, they would send gifts.

    These students still come back to see me because of their good upbringing. Their parents instil in them good values.

    I have students and their parents who are absolute monsters from Hell! :)

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  19. I'm also a teacher and I can certainly relate! Congratulations!

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  20. Hi Jen,
    Thanks for stopping by and for sharing. ^-^

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  21. I knew it!! You were a teacher!! I had a feeling you were. One of the greatest people on earth are teachers!!

    It in itself is an achievement too!!

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  22. indeed great achievement
    the fruit of labour..
    proud of u :)

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  23. ecl, yes, you should be proud. These kids have flourished under your care and guidance.

    Eh, want my kids ah? :P

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  24. Mike,
    yup, I was a teacher. actually still am a teacher to my students. :)

    awwww.... thanks for the compliment to all the teachers.

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  25. Judy,
    Your kids are grown up already wor! It would be difficult to handle such young adults. they have minds of their own. :P

    Thanks. ^-^

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  26. Congratulations lor.. I also can feel it tat U beaming from rite to left lor.... SOooo happy for U!!

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  27. Aahh ... this is so sweet. Putting effort into the next generation is something worth celebrating as an achievement.

    Since I don't have these sort of opportunities to care for the young, perhaps I shall go and plant some trees and help saving the planet. That could be one tiny achievement compares to yours.

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  28. wilfrid,
    You should go make babies and boost the population of Singapore! hehehe.....

    Oops. Cynthia not at home. Wait for her to come back ah!!!

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  29. I was about to ask you the question that you've already answered to jas. Wow! What an achievement! So why don't you do this anymore...?

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  30. windy,
    I'm getting older and also too stressed by the teenagers and their wealthy parents. The quality of rich people are so low these days.

    Also our Ministry of Education and its schools are giving me trouble.

    I would rather invest my money some place else than pay tax in Singapore to feed parasites!

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  31. You are grooming our next generation, and you have groomed a few current generations of young adults.

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  32. I totally understand your feeling! I taught my first group of Spanish students this summer and my first group of web design students this spring and I always feel so proud when they come back to show me what they've achieved. Teaching is such a beautiful profession! I'm actually going back to school this fall to become a Spanish teacher,so far I've worked without papers. *lol*

    Mayogi @ Home

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  33. Well said, ECL. That is a wonderful achievement.

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  34. That is super. You really give it your all too. Those kids don't know how lucky they are. Hope their parents realize this.

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  35. Wow! This post gave me goosebumps! A great achievement indeed!

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  36. As one teacher to another, beautifully said & shown. Well done.

    I've been to Singapore twice (have some pictures on my Flickr page). Loved visiting so much, but I'm sure living there is a tad harder than vacationing. :)

    be well*

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  37. When we were in sec.1 or 2, some of us still returned to our pri. school to see our pri. school teachers. But we did not follow this "tradition" religiously. :O

    Last time you short hair ah?

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  38. oceanskies,
    Oh yes, I have. I have taught almost 2000 students over the years! Wow!

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  39. Mayogi,
    I'm glad you enjoy teaching and interacting with the young people. I'm sure they have not disappointed you.

    You go, girl! All the best!

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  40. Captain Picard,
    Thanks. You would be a great teacher too. You can start classes teaching writing. :)

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  41. simple american,
    Yes, I gave my all. And many students and their parents know that. I believe if I do my best and don't expect anything in return, I'll receive more, in terms of my students' achievements. :)

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  42. Hi momof3,
    Welcome. Thanks for visiting and commenting. :)

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  43. Hi Stephanie,
    Welcome to Singapore! Glad that you enjoy your visit here.

    Singapore is not only a great place to have your vacation, it can also offer a lot to those living here. Security and stablility is the greatest incentive.

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  44. Hi Devilish Sothern Belle,
    Welcome. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  45. U deserved to be proud my dear. They are after all, your pride and joy ;)

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  46. tigerfish,
    I think it applies to many students. My son and his classmates also visited their primary school teachers for a year or two before forgetting them. haha....

    Yup, I used to keep my hair long and then cut it short. I had short hair for 5 years before keeping it long again. Different look ah.

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  47. UNBELIEVEABLE!

    Now that is amazing.... just amazing. You are a hero that is changing the world, a child at a time.

    So amazing.

    Love your blog!!

    - Audrey
    Pinks & Blues Girls

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  48. immomsdaughter,
    Yup, these kids are my pride and joy!!!

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  49. Hi pinks & blues girls,
    Welcome. Thanks for stopping by, Audrey.

    Oh no... haha... I'm no hero. I'm just doing the dirty jobs for the parents who don't know what to do anymore with their kids. I have to thank the parents who trusted me.

    See you again. :)

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  50. Shiok! like got so many kids. I was a full time home tutor for about 5 years. I know how you feel. It's really, when students still keep in touch with us and thank us. :)

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  51. Healy,
    Oh, you were a home tutor for 5 years. You could have continued. Dun have to take too many students, two a day should be ok. :)

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  52. oceanskies,
    yup, over the years. I think maybe more than that. I started teaching in year 1982.

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  53. Niki-chan,
    lol.... most of my students have short hair too. Look for the oldest girl! hahaha.....

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  54. I am sure it takes two to tango and they did so because you were a nice and good 'nanny' to them. Hahaha ... Too bad I didn't know you when I was still a student in Singapore.

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  55. That is just wonderful. You should be proud of yourself.

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