Happy 23rd!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME LOL

Last night at around 12plus, my student sent me a birthday wish on snapchat XD my students are really so adorable, they get so excited about my birthday!

When I reached school, a couple of girls wanted to sing me the birthday song but it was during silent reading so I had to shush them. During 2EL class, my kids sang to me! I was so embarrassed but so touched~ they’re all so cute! When we exchanged greetings at the end of the lesson, they greeted “Thank you Ms Teo and have a happy birthday” AWWWWWW

And during HW period my 2/5 kids sang to me again :D they closed the front door, so when I walked in, I was like “hey why you close the door…” and then they went “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU………..” hahaha so sweet right.. so I bought chocolate snacks for them :D

During my break I met Mr ET at the GO. Mr ET shares the same birthday as me, so I said HBD to him and he was kinda surprised and asked me how I knew his birthday. I told him it’s my birthday too and he said “Oh HBD!” Anyway, after that his school clique – mainly the PE teachers and some other guys, bought a birthday cake for him (waa~~~). As I was walking around in the canteen, Mr Ong called out to me. Mr Lee & Mr Ong then tried to light a candle on a piece of cake (actually that slice of cake was the leftover slice from Mr ET’s cake LOL) and then the teachers sang me the bday song. hahaha embarrassing much. At first Mr Lee was confused about the Zodiac thing, he thought Mr ET was 1 round older than me, but we were saying that it might not be, just because we share the same birthday. Anyway it turned out that Mr ET is one round + 1 year older than me lol… but he looks young la. Guys don’t age much. I need anti-ageing products though.

The poly interns + jasmin + grace + wenjie also surprised me with flowers, cards, cakes and gifts! So happy to be surrounded by nice people! Grace, Jasmin and Wenjie are always helping me in school and I feel like I owe them a lot!! And the poly interns are also very nice to me, so I’m trying to help them out as much as I can too!

Very blessed to be surrounded by nice colleagues and students! Students from 3NA also made the effort to greet me along corridors even though I don’t teach them, and I’ve only known them when I was with them at the oral holding room. It always feels good to have students greeting you when you walk around in school or even outside school!

Hans Art Gallere Experience

This post is on my experience at Hans Art Gallere, or more specifically, the lack thereof.

I received a groupon voucher for a 3-Hour art jamming session from my lovely ex-colleagues at Quadmark, who knew I love painting. Initially I was filled with excitement and anticipation since it would be my first time painting on a proper canvas. My artworks are usually on paper because canvas are not cheap!

The entire Sunday morning was spent researching on acrylic painting tips and ideas. Around noon, I headed to Hans Art Gallere (HAG) which is located at McNair Road. Being a complete idiot at reading maps and finding directions, I took a wrong turn and ended up walking further and further from where I was supposed to head to. After a good 20mins, I found myself at McNair Road, but I couldn’t find unit 37. It felt like I was walking in a maze as the shophouses(?)/terraces(?) all looked the same.

Eventually I arrived at HAG and a guy (probably the art teacher i guess) guided me into his(?) studio(?). There were about 3 huge parrots perched on his front porch and I was afraid that they might peck on me or poop on me lol. The so-called “gallere” was about the size of my bedroom, barely enough space to walk. The first thing I noticed when I stepped in was the sound of dogs barking.

THERE WERE DOGS INSIDE.

YES I’M WRITING TO TELL YOU, IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO TO HANS ART GALLERE, THERE ARE DOGS INSIDE. ON THE LOOSE. LOL.

I mean the dogs are not caged up or on leashes.

As someone who is very very very afraid of furry moving animals, dogs and puppies are scary to me. YES THEY ARE CUTE but I freak out when they start barking. That was what happened at HAG. The dogs kept barking.

I stood frozen at my spot even though the art teacher told me to take a seat, thinking if I should just run out.

In the end, I just grabbed the canvas and left the place. I decided that I didn’t need acrylic art lessons and neither did I want to stay in that place with so many pets. So that was my traumatic experience at HAG. Make sure you’re a pet-lover if you are intending to head there.

Term 1

Now that Term 1 is coming to an end, I’m feeling kind of nostalgic(?), I don’t want time to pass so quickly even though I’m hoping I can get into July’s intake for NIE.

Time has really flown by too fast. TOO FAST. It’s already Week 10, I’m settling down fine in my school and I still look forward to going to school every day. Initially I was having doubts about whether or not to go for the July intake, but the upcoming merger in 2017 has made me decide to go for the earlier intake.

School’s fine, everyone has been really nice to me, especially my EL mentor. I have really learned a lot from her and she’s probably the friendliest teacher in school. Apart from her, I’ve also made friends with my fellow contract teacher, and a couple of interns and practicum teachers and some BTs (but I’m not really close to this bunch of BTs).