Looking back – 2016

2016 has almost come to an end. This year has been filled with ups and downs but I’m thankful for the good memories.

Looking back at this year, the most memorable thing for me was teaching at CSS. I remember when I first received the letter of posting, I had to google to find out the existence of the school and the address of the school. Teaching at CSS was really enjoyable because I met lots of nice people there (there were a few whom I don’t wish to meet ever again but the people there were mostly very nice). My EL mentor and my EL students and my 2/5 kids were the loveliest people I’ve met at CSS… even till now I’m still keeping in touch with them.

Moving on from CSS, I was really thankful for being able to enrol into NIE. I knew I almost couldn’t make it for the July intake (which is the last 12month programme) but somehow god bless I was able to make it with the help of my mentors. Coming to NIE, I met lots of nice people too, the SS/EL people became my friends. I managed to plough through tons of assignments and eventually got a decent(?) – i hope – GPA (which was a +0.7 difference from my uni grades – cos my uni grades were shit). I’m nowhere near a distinction so I guess I’ll just have to maintain my credit.

At NIE, I had a great experience living in a dorm with my cousin. I had the freedom to do whatever I want, plan my own time, buy my own food, sleep at whatever time I want… but ultimately, there’s really no place like home. I moved out at the end of Nov when my NIE classes ended and that was when I felt that home is really the best place. Surprisingly (a real pleasant surprise) my mum’s temper is so much better now. I have no idea why lol. She doesn’t nag as me as much, and she’s like super nice to me now. Every morning my mum will prepare breakfast for me, I no longer have to buy my own breakfast, or settle upon a loaf of bread, or just grab some biscuits. Super grateful to my mum for cooking for me too, every meal I get to eat different food. I used to complain a lot about her food in the past, but after living in the dorm and eating almost the same food every day because I was too lazy/ too busy to walk to other hall canteens to eat, I’ve concluded that home-cooked food is the best because the menu changes everyday!

In a few days time, I’ll be travelling to Taiwan where my sister is currently studying in. Speaking of my sister, I thought I would be very bored without her. I mean I am kinda bored but I have also kinda gotten used to her not being at home. LOL. And it actually feels quite nice. Except for the fact that I have no one to hang out with during the dec hols, it’s actually quite enjoyable to be alone at home haha…

I hope that 2017 will be a peaceful one for me, and that everyone will be happy and healthy.


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