It’s Been a Loooooong Time Coming
Well I’ve said it once, twice and probably a hundred times…. “I want to get back to writing my blog”. It is hard to imagine that the last time I wrote was back in October 2013!!! A LOT of things have changed in my life since then – so it is high time I get back on to doing the things I really enjoy doing. Like, surprisingly, writing my blog. Cheap therapy and it is a nice place for me to look back on the things in my life. I promise to try to be more regular in my blogging this time around. No guarantees but a promise to at least try.
So, what is new?
Firstly, I got a new job this year. Still located in Singapore, but at a different school, and a somewhat different role. I have spent the year working at GEMS World Academy – Singapore as a Dramatic Arts teacher for Grades 6-8 and also a Language and Literature teacher for Grades 6&7. FINALLY putting to use my minor in English! It wasn’t what I was thinking of doing, and probably something that wouldn’t have passed through my mind to even try – but I have found that I really love it. I love the different style of classroom I teach in, and using my creative side in a different way. I had a student today tell me that he would be “so sad if he found out I wasn’t going to be teaching him English again next year in Grade 7. I love this class. I just do!” Well if that doesn’t bring a smile to your face and motivate you to work hard to make others feel the same – I don’t know what could motivate me! (p.s. I had another student tell me that I have inspired them today too – It was a really good ‘students made me love my job’ kind of days). This year has been BUSY. Captial letters for emphasis are a must. Everything has been a first. I created lessons from scratch (with some amazing support from friends of course) but mostly doing it all myself. That is no small task with absolutely no curriculum in place other than what I could think up, research and create myself. But I do like what I have created, and have already begun working on the improvements for next year. I am looking forward to redoing it again so I can make it even better lessons and units for the kidlets.
It has been a big year for Singapore in a number of ways. Firstly, the founding father of Singapore PM Lee Kwan Yew passed away this year. It was a very interesting experience here in Singapore. Thousands and thousands of Singaporeans lined up for days, 24 hours a day, to catch a glimpse and pay their final respects. Radio programming was at a standstill for the official week of mourning. Television channels played life documentaries on repeat for the week. I am pretty sure I will never experience something quite like this in my lifetime again, and am 100% positive Canadian’s will not experience a deep love and admiration for a politician like. Not everyone here shared this same passion for the former PM, and there was much discourse about it. However, I was so intrigued by the whole experience of his passing – it is definitely not a moment I will soon forget.
Singapore is also celebrating its 50th birthday. There are so many things to celebrate “SG50” – it is impressive. Happy Birthday Singapore! www.singapore50.sg
My friend Rey started his own business – and it is a super hit!!! He started his own personal training company called Unbeatable Boxing and Fitness and I couldn’t be more proud of all of his hard work and dedication. http://www.unbeatableboxing.com
Travel wise – Kels and I have travelled a lot this year. Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok a few times, Japan for a great skiing holiday, Hong Kong and probably some places I forgot about. As always – we love to see the world and experience new places together.
Well – this is a start to get the ball rolling. More to come (and more regularly hopefully!)
Until the next one!