Here's my flat tour!!!! I did it yesterday in the morning before work on the day that I was supposed to fly~~~ Markedly tired-loo...

My Flat Tour! + Back in Singapore

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Here's my flat tour!!!!

I did it yesterday in the morning before work on the day that I was supposed to fly~~~

Markedly tired-looking in the video hahahah. But yes!!! Everyone's been asking me how my living conditions have been and here it is : ) Best to describe through video, in my signature style bahahaha.

Anyway... I have to say....


IT'S SO * GOOD TO BE BACK IN SINGAPORE!!!! I think can tell from the video also hahaha how excited I was. I have 4 days to spend/ 4 precious precious days ahhhh.

And I :') today in my bed when I woke up to all the lovely messages of "Welcome back" and.. you guys dunno how much they mean to me... Regina, Jeremy, Suxin, Huiquan, Taahira, Lilian... everyone who bothered to ask me when my convocation is and dah dah dah.

Also, I received a lovely message from a teacher today. I sent him a Facebook message about my thoughts coz I recently had an epiphany and I just had to share it with him:

Some context beforehand: Mr R. was my General Paper teacher back when I was in TPJC (2009). Interestingly, he and I weren't on best terms as student and teacher. I remember he once scolded me in class and of coz at that age, defiant as I was, thought he was damn unreasonable. But after I left JC, I realised the teachers who had taught me were the best.

So here was my message to him:

Hi Mr R, This is very random but anyway, I just wanna say that I think you had such a tough job as a GP teacher during my time!! (Not too sure what level/school you're teaching now...) Only recently did I realise why you'd constantly reiterate that to write good GP essays, there must be a "certain level of maturity." And I must say that I never really understood what you meant by "maturity" when you talked about it then. But it suddenly hit me recently what you meant by that. Like your voice actually crept into my head when I had a small "epiphany". Topics that we had to write back when I was in JC like "Majority always wins. Discuss." and "No man is an island" are themes that require deeper and higher level thinking. And sad to say, I wasn't quite capable of that kind of thinking then. And I actually only started to think about these things while in Uni. So I can imagine how tough it was for you then as a teacher trying to teach us seventeen/eighteen-year-olds to think hard and deep about these issues that are so ingrained in our society. Which makes your job damn tough but also really important. Sometimes I think about travelling back in time to sit in your class again to listen to what you had to say because I may be able to grasp these topics better now than in the past and also have more constructive debates. I reckon I'm having all these sudden feelings also coz I'm about to graduate soon so it's truly, education no more. Safety net no more. And I salute teachers very much now lah and thankful for the education received. Yall really had a tough one teaching us whatsits. Now I understand. Last time only wish that yall fall sick etc etc so class gets cancelled hahahah. That's the level of maturity then. Very high indeed. I shall stop rambling already. Thanks for being part of my educational journey hahaha. I'm in Myanmar currently and every day I'm thankful for the education I've received. Truly.


And his reply:

Hi Si Hui,
Congrats! Honestly I am just glad that you are just as vivacious as you were in my class many moons back. There has always been that spark in you. I'm glad again that you have found your voice and perhaps even place in this world. That's impt - knowing how you can utilise your strengths in a larger scheme of things. I enjoy reading your fb posts, the latest being your grad trips ard sg. Still full of vivacity. Keep that going - you'll go far smile emoticon
Thank you for writing me a note. It has arrived at a point when I too am reflecting on my practices.
Education is a strange thing, I've come to realise. But with serendipitous moments when some things clicked and made sense, you know you've been educated. I can identify with what you are saying, having been too young when my teachers said certain things and now wishing i had paid more attention. But that is not as impt as the fact that something clicked.
Anyway, I don't want to bore you. If you don't mind, i would want to include your insights in my next reflection piece. May i?
You take care, keep me updated on your exciting life ahead.
My very best wishes,
r.


His reply made me ponder a lot. And I dunno how or why he feels that I have found my voice and my place in this world. It was quite... on-point. But he and I have never talked since I left TPJC. It was quite amazing how a teacher still can read these things? 

I look up to him because I've always admired his way of thinking back in JC. He wasn't really like the other teachers, I could tell. He had his own ways of thinking and if I could just have a cup of coffee with him (or metaphorically since I don't like coffee haha), I'd be glad to hear out his views about the world.

His message and the texts that I received last night and today came at the right time. It is at a point when I was feeling long drawn and angsty back in Myanmar, and often wondering whether I made the right decision heading to Myanmar after University. Am I truly gonna learn and experience things in a lesser developed country? Will I be able to bring back these lessons when I come home? Everything is uncertain. But what is life without uncertainty eh? So these encouragements came in handy. The light in me is fired up once more, and bit by bit, I'll gain my strength again before I head back : )

I think what I'm doing now and the lessons I'm learning, will someday be useful. Probably not in the short term but the experiences I'm gaining will be all worth the while. 

See you soon, I'm off to my graduation convocation WOOHOO!! (my parents more excited than I am -.-) But first, tea party at wkwsci, my forever beloved and soon-to-be alma mater.


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