Cloudy skies at St Bernadette's Convent School, Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia.
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On June 29, 2010, I received this award from Wenn. Thank you Wenn, for this award:
Here are the rules:
1. List 7 random things about yourself
2. Share the award with up to 15 other bloggers
3. Link to each of the recipients and let them know they've won via comments on their blogs
4. Thank and bring the love back to the person you won the award from by linking back to them.
I would like to give this award to:
4. Blossom Flower Girl
5. Kheng Siong
6. Rose Belle
7. M. Kate
8. Alice Sg
10. Gwendolyn L
14. Michael Bird
I'd like to know more about you. Do join in the fun!
Here's the 7 random facts about myself:
I am who I am, thanks to what the school teachers and LIFE teachers taught me.
To all sifus, lao shis and teachers who are currently still teaching, and to Wenn and Ann, who were/are teachers, I salute you for inspiring the next generation of leaders.
To all my former teachers, I salute you. You taught me not only school subjects but also LIFE's good principles, moral values, integrity and honesty. You are not parrots who repeat verses from textbooks but great mentors who shared our parents job. Although it has been a very long time ago, but you will always be remembered and you will always have a special place in my heart. Here's the list of the TEACHERS:
1. Mrs Hoong – My Primary 1 school teacher who patiently taught me how to write ABC by holding her hand against mine. She also taught me good English grammar and pronunciation.
2. Mrs Verghese – The school principal who taught me Chemistry in Secondary 4 and 5. I learnt good moral principles from this graceful, elegant lady in saree. Whenever I think of her, I am reminded of our school motto, “Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty”.
3. Mrs Benedict – In my eyes, a fierce and feared, disciplinary teacher who taught me Geography in lower secondary school. Everyone paid attention during her class and nobody slept. But her lessons were exciting, and there was never a dull moment. When she points at you just as you are starting to doze off, and asked the dredded question, “What was I talking about just now?”, the answer must be out in an instant and we must “know the facts at our fingertips”! Although she was fierce, we loved, admired and respected her.
4. Mr Rama – The Additional Mathematics, Modern Maths and Physics teacher who taught me what a wealth of knowledge could be found in our own school library. He encouraged us to read, not only school books and story books but also reference books, even children's reference books. The important thing he said was to build a strong foundation for after all, the journey to reach the summit always begins with a single step from the bottom. He also introduced me to Pele, Brazilian football and the FIFA World Cup, of which I was hooked and became a supporter to this day eventhough I have never seen Pele play live. It was the meaningful stories he told while teaching the subjects he loved that further reinforced the passion in us.
5. Sister Coleman, the school principal during my Secondary 1-3. I can’t forget how she’d always looked at me with her clear blue eyes, and gently told me that "God Loves Me". She always said, "May God Bless You" as a greeting at the begining or end of a conversation. She used the bible to teach me about God and moral values even though she knew many of us students had our own religion. She said I could listen to her and continue to pray to my God. This lady in white who always wore a headscarf over her blond hair, never criticized nor condemned my religion. The greatest lesson she taught me was the respect for each other's cultural background and religion and this is important towards living harmoniously together as a multi-cultural society.
6. Mr Chin – The school music teacher in Lower and Upper Form 6. I learnt and enjoyed singing Pearly Shells, We Shall Overcome, Joy Is Like The Rain and Blowing In The Wind after the national anthem of Negara Ku during the morning school assembly with him as the conductor. We got to learn singing and drama but our parents didn’t have to spend an extra single cent.
7. Mr P, my General Paper tutor in Form 6, who introduced me to philosophy and looking at life from a different perspective. Who was Socrates, Plato, Einstein, as great thinkers, etc - I didn't know much. He widened my mind and my horizon. He taught me how to use my brains and the pen in ways I have never thought of before.
If you have a teacher who has inspired you, I'd love to know.