Post-Practicum

I’m finally done with practicum.

SAY WHAT???

To think 5 weeks ago I was still thinking about how to survive practicum. That period was really tough; I was struggling with the enormous workload but teachers around me said “You haven’t experienced the full load of a teacher yet.”

Week 9 was the hardest. Around Week 8-9 I was sleeping at 3am everyday and waking up at 6am (or sometimes earlier, at 5.45am when I had to head to school earlier to fight for the printer to get my worksheets printed for first period). Week 9 was hellish because I had 3 lesson obs, on top of my already crazy timetable, and I had about 120+ SS scripts to mark and 35 compos to mark and return to the students. And I had a pile of worksheets waiting for me to write a “seen” on them since Term 1.

I had no idea how I managed to survive, but life has been great (more or less) post-practicum. It’s starting to get a little boring because there is nothing much to do at home, and staying at home means having to listen to Mummy nag/scold me, asking me to tidy up my room when my room isn’t really messy tbh. (You should see my desk VS my friend’s desk in school, then you’ll know how neat I actually am.)

I’m pretty excited to embark on my new journey as a BT in Term 3 but meanwhile I’m enjoying the stress-free life that I have now.

Dramas

Holidays mean free time and free time means dramas!

I’m currently hooked on Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and Goblin. (I started on a few episodes of The Legend of the Blue Sea but the plot doesn’t attract me as much, it got kinda draggy so I stopped watching it although I liked the first few episodes.)

The trailer for Goblin was interesting, I thought it might be some thriller kind of drama (Korean thrillers are top-notch) but it turned out to be just a rom-com kind of drama. The plot doesn’t really interest me much but I love the script and the actors’ chemistry on-screen. Think Gong Yoo + Lee Dong Wook + Yook Sung Jae. With these three guys, nothing can go wrong right! Indeed, I love all the scenes when these three guys come together, Gong Yoo being the Goblin, LDW being the Grim Reaper and YSJ being the Goblin’s nephew.

Gong Yoo – how can an ahjussi be so handsome!!!!!! I feel so sinned liking a man who is older than me by 14 years old. BUT ITS GONG YOO. In contrary to his character in Train To Busan, I think he suits a comedic role pretty well! The ad-libs that GY and LDW portrayed in Goblin are really super hilarious, both of them bicker like kids and most of the time they “fight” in the most childish ways possible.

Now, on to WFKBJ, I absolutely LOVE Lee Sungkyung’s acting here. Her role as Kim Bok Joo seems so natural and all the little details about KBJ – like the way she runs, the way she eats etc…- these details are just so Kim Bok Joo! After knowing that this drama was inspired by Korean National Weightlifter Jang Miran, I fell in love with the drama even more. It makes me feel sad to think of all the “girly” stuff that Jang Miran had to give up to pursue weightlifting as a sports career and being seen not as a woman but a man due to her exceptional strength.

Overall I prefer watching WFKBJ because it’s more lighthearted (it’s like a soft and fluffy marshmallow), as compared to Goblin (more like Iced Americano… bitter and cold but good). Goblin’s OST is really perfect though. I’m still waiting for the release of some of the OSTs in the drama. Can’t wait to watch the next episode of both dramas!

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.

Sour Candy

I’m a HUGE fan of sour things. There was once when I was working at SOTA, I went to the fruit stall in the canteen and asked the stall owner for lemon. He must have thought that I was going to put the lemon into my drink so he cut it into slices, but no actually I wanted him to cut it into wedges so that I can eat it like a slice of orange. Mmhmm.

I love sour sweets like WarHeads, but being a fan of sour things, one should know that Warheads are only sour on the surface, where the sour powder is. Beneath the sour powder is just a sugary sweet candy. So the sourness only lasts like a few seconds. No kick.

It was until my Uni friend bought me a packet of sweets from Stickys that I found the best sour candy on Earth. The candy’s called “Super Sour Suckers” and true to its name, the candies are SUPER SOUR. *warning: don’t eat too many candies at one go or you might lose your sense of taste* Those candies are REALLY SOUR it’s almost as good as drinking acid. So a note of caution here, don’t eat too many of these. But really, I loved these candies so much that I asked my friend where she bought them from so that I could buy a few more packets for myself.

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Another sour candy that I would like to recommend is this Ribon Sour Lemon Candy. I bought this packet of sweets from Daiso and I’m so in love with it! While the Super Sour Suckers are rock-hard caramelised candy, these lemon candies are soft, with a sour core. In comparison to Warheads, this is of course by far better. In terms of sourness, I would say this is 0.5% less sour than the SSS, but if you like to chew on soft sweets, this would definitely be the perfect sour candy for you.

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NIE July/Aug ’16

Just a quick update of what has happened since my last post.

On 22 July, I left Coral. It was a bittersweet farewell to my colleagues and students. My beloved students from my form class wrote messages on a super huge board and with the CMs, they threw me a surprise pizza party. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel sad. I was trying to hold my tears back throughout the farewell lunch with them, but when I was alone with my other contract friend in the staffroom, both of us started tearing up.

Anyway, I just had a teambonding activity with my GESL group this morning. It was not as bad as I had expected. No running or vigorous teambonding activities. Which was what I wanted, because I feel too old to be rah-rah like the other uni kids (even though I’m not that old… in fact I’m one of the youngest in my group). Quite excited to start a brand new life, but this feels like uni all over again. To think that I graduated from uni a year earlier to escape from all the studying!

NIE is situated at PULAU NTU, and indeed it takes me 2 hours to travel to school everyday! Perhaps it is because the NTU students have not started lessons yet, the school looks a little depressing due to the lack of students. The NIE canteen isn’t open as well.

I’m a little overwhelmed by the thought of all the workload and school work and projects and I can’t wait for friday. I really need a break cos this week has been really tiring….

I dyed my hair!

Nothing to be excited about since it is my 2nd time using Liese Bubble Hair Dye. My first experience using this hair dye was in 2011 and I remember the colour lasted for quite a few months. As I have tried brown the previous time I dyed my hair, I chose Cassis Berry this time round.

Cassis Berry turned out to be a purplish-reddish kind of colour, not too obvious unless under sunlight, which makes it a perfect colour for me (since I can’t turn up in school with too vibrant hair colours). It’s my first time trying out a reddish colour because I used to associate purplish-red hair colours with “aunties”… but it turned out pretty well, suits me, just that some parts of my hair still remained black even after I left the foam on for an hour. Now my hair looks like I have reddish highlights. But it’s cool and I like it!

Addicted

No, not drugs.

I’m addicted to Maltesers!!! Why haven’t I discovered this box of goodness earlier!

I bought a box (yes not a pack, a BOX) of Maltesers from a supermarket last week and since then I’ve been nibbling on those little chocs every single day. I’d simply pop one into my mouth and slowly feel the inner honeycomb centre melt against my tongue. Heavenly.

 

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!

School Days – Revisited

1st Week of school – I remembered going for a camp on the 3rd day of school. It was so abrupt and sudden, I wasn’t told that there would be a camp until I started school on the 1st day. I thought the camp would be quite tiring, but it was actually quite comfortable for us teachers and I got to know my colleagues better during the 3D2N camp.

4th Week of school – So far school has been really fun. I really love interacting with students and most of my colleagues have been treating me very well too. But I do feel a little lonely these days. For me, every day has been school, home, school, home…. #nolife #foreveralone

2016, a brand new year

I haven’t been on wordpress for such a long time, the website layout has changed.

So, welcome to 2016! (And goodbye 2015)

I didn’t really enjoy 2015 although it was a year that marked my transition from an undergraduate to a graduate and to someone who has eventually gotten a “job”. That word in parenthesis because it isn’t quite confirmed yet, it will be dependent on my subsequent performance.

In 2015, I made a decision to graduate from university with a Bachelor’s degree – there was no point of me continuing my studies since I didn’t quite excel in it and it was starting to get a little depressing… And so I graduated, and after graduation I began to look for jobs, as well as plan to further my studies (tired of the NUS style of learning, wanted to explore other means). I applied to SIM Masters in Counselling, NIE Masters in Psychology, and NIE PGDE. I should say, it felt like I was taking a gamble with the NIE PGDE one, I really wanted that, but if I don’t get it, I would then have to settle for the others. Not saying that the others were easy to get.. but these 3 options were my only post-graduate choices which I was interested in.

The results:

  • SIM: Rejected. The interview went smoothly, but the interviews were rather sceptical about accepting me as a student because they were looking for candidates who have at least 2 years of work experience (while I barely graduated for 2 months).
  • NIE Psychology: Rejected. Well I kind of expected this outcome. I mean why would anyone accept me for a Masters programme when I haven’t done my honours lol. My mom told me to try out and so I did. Wasn’t expecting anything from this though.
  • NIE: ACCEPTED. I legit screamed my lungs out when my sister read out the acceptance letter (because I was too scared to open the envelope). The interview was challenging for me but I gave it my all because this was something that I really really wanted.

So I’m becoming a teacher. That is, if I do well in my teaching stint in school.

Last week I went for a 3-day (intensive) teaching preparatory programme with fellow teachers-to-be. It was definitely an eye-opener; I learned a lot of things, not just on how to plan a lesson, but also on how to be a good teacher. I never knew so much work had to be put in to carry out a lesson. Sorry to all teachers whose classes I fell asleep in.

School is starting tomorrow, I’m really excited but nervous at the same time. Perhaps more scared than anything since it will be a new working environment for me. I hope this teaching path would be a smooth one for me, and I pray that I won’t experience any more mental blackouts (like I did during TPP – it was so embarrassing)