Friday, 30 January 2009

The vain side of us...

The other day, I said this to my brother...

"Didi, let's go for a photo shoot!"

And we were so lucky that we actually got "sponsored" by Shirley from Tadsphoto! Therefore, all photos credits to her, and copyright of hers! =)

She specialised in taking babies photographs! Go visit her galleries at http://www.tadsphoto.com/ !

So, for parents who wish to take your babies portfolio, give her a call! She's good with babies and her skills are professional! You've seen her skills on our photos! Hee...
We took a total of 234 photos in a 2 hour shoot with her and yeah, there were lots of fun & laughter. So, now you know how vain your 2 swimming coaches are right? Hee... But, I still think Rae is more vain... Hee
Due to the amount of intense photos, I decided to place all the photos into an online album show, so do take a look! =)

This photo shoot also make me realised how good this brother of mine can pose! And some of his photos looks like a real model. *PS, there were no make ups on us! True colours. Hee* =)
Sponsors out there who are interested in engaging us as spokesman for your products or model, feel free to contact Rae @ 9389 3858 & Jerry @ 9100 1855. =p

For now, enjoy the slide show photos! =p

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Teen drowns in condo pool

I found this news online. It happened on CNY eve. Last Year, around this time, I blogged something similiar too. You may read about the '08 news here

My condolences to the family.
By Shuli Sudderuddin

SALES assistant Siti Nurbaiyah, 27, had planned to take her youngest brother, 13-year-old Muhammad Khairul, swimming this Chinese New Year long weekend.

But before the weekend even started, he drowned at a friend's condominium pool.

He had gone to play soccer on Friday afternoon at a friend's Kensington Park Drive condo. His best friend, Rafiq Mohd Wapa, 13, said Khairul later wanted to cool off and the two headed to the condo pool.

While Khairul was swimming alone, Rafiq was listening to his MP3 player by the pool.

'When I looked up, I didn't see anyone in the pool, so I thought I would go home first,' he said, adding that he had texted Khairul but did not get a reply.

He later saw a Caucasian man pulling Khairul's body out of the pool and trying to revive him.

Khairul's mother, housewife Robaiyah Napiah, 52, said he had called her that afternoon to say he would be home late.

At 7pm, she received a call from Rafiq's mother telling her that Khairul had fainted by the pool.

The family rushed down to KK Women's and Children's Hospital, but Khairul had been pronounced dead by the time they arrived.

The boy's family had not sent him for any formal swimming lessons.

'He liked to swim but I was unsure how well he could really swim,' said Ms Siti when The Sunday Times visited the family's three-room flat in Ang Mo Kio.

This is not the first case of a child drowning in a condo pool.

In September 2007, Jonathan Chow Kin Mun, 10, drowned in Palm Gardens condominium's pool after an epileptic seizure.

A four-year-old boy also died after falling into The Lincoln Modern's swimming pool in February the same year.

The youngest of four siblings, Khairul had just started his Secondary 1 studies at Yio Chu Kang Secondary School.

Ms Siti said that he was a well-behaved, quiet child who did well in school and enjoyed mathematics.

'He never complained or asked my parents for things,' she said.

Added Madam Robaiyah: 'When we asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said he wanted to earn a lot of money and give it to us. He was so good.'

Source from: Straitstime.com

Monday, 26 January 2009

Happy 金牛 Year! Huat ah!

It's the time to welcome our Golden Ox Year!

Teacher Jerry & Teacher Rae hereby wishes every children 学业进步,身体安康, 事事开心!

And adults -事事顺利, 财源滚滚, 财源广进!

Last but not least, in the Year of the Golden Ox, eveyone must Huat ah!! 招财进宝,恭喜发大财! Huat ah!! =D

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Obama Wanna me

Yes. We can & Change we can believe in. We have been hearing this lots from this amazing man. A man truly worth my respect. =)

So, presenting to you... Singapore version of "Coach Obama"

Hee... Have a great weekend!

Kids who are interested to try this out, check out this website Obamicon.me Have Fun!! =D

The good things about us

My brother, Teacher Rae & me have never bad mouth others. Be it a thing, a person or an organisation.

When parents want to compare us with other swim coaches. We've never bad mouth our fellow competitors. Instead, we freely allow them to compare our good & bad.

When parents want to change from their current swimming instructors to us. Instead, we encouraged them to stay on with their current instructors.

When parents ask us why their kids are not progressing from their current coach. Instead, we bring out the good points of that coach.

We dun say the bad stuff about others. We will only say the good things about ourselves. So, whats the good things about us?

You have read the blog.
You have chatted with us.
You have attend our swimming lessons.
You have realised our good points haven't you? Hee...

Monday, 19 January 2009

Pre Test Stress Trauma Syndrome

I have never felt so stressful over my students taking their Nassa Bronze Test before. Never. No doubt this is not the 1st time I send 20 of them to the bronze test. But this time, I felt the pressure much more then before.

2 weeks before my children test yesterday, I already have 2 students facing what I call "Pre-Test Stress Trauma Syndrome" Sounds like a big word huh? Yes, it is a big word to kids who are just 6, 7 years old.
Signs of such stress includes:

- The lack of courage to perform their treading water
- The lack of courage to take out their pyjamas & making their float
- Having a feeling that they are getting very tired from treading water
- Having a feeling that they are drowning
- Complaining the water is too cold to swim
- The unwillingness of doing their surface dive @ 1.8m
- Shouting / Screaming
- Crying

Nothing wrong with having such stress for children like their age. I totally understand and expected it to happen. But if such signs last till the very night before the test date. I guess I have all the reasons to feel the stress of my kids too right?

1 of my adult student, Alice ask me on sat night, "Why do u look so stress Jerry?"
Jerry: "My students are taking the Nassa Bronze Test Tml."
Alice: "So? Will stress one mehx?"
Jerry:"Some of them are facing Pre Exam Stress. And I'm getting worried for my children."
Alice: "Then why send them for the test when they are not ready? My kids coach never gets stress over such stuff."
Jerry: "My children are ready for the test. I know. I guess I'm stress because I have high expectations of them. They have trained so hard for it. I want the best out of every child."

And on that very night, Just like my 19 children(Garion fell sick due to eye infection, hence missing the test), they can't sleep. Neither could I.

I was tossing on my bed thinking about how they will perform on Sunday test.

The moment I close my eyes, I could see 1 student crying and say "Teacher Jerry, I'm scared"
The moment I try to get some sleep, I dream of my student treading water and Scream.

I woke up @ 6am on Sunday, I just couldn't get to sleep anymore. As the time gets nearer for their test, I got more worried for them. Alot of thoughts went thru my mind. I was thinking,

- Have I not well prepared them enough for the test?
- Have I not done something right?
- What should I say to the children later?

At 11.20am, 1 by 1 they turn up for the test.
16 came with a smile

2 came with tears in their eyes

1 came trembling

I would say, its totally normal for them to show such signs. It simply shows how important this test meant for them. When was the last time you felt nervous over a test, an exam or even a presentation?

I believe its either due to poor preparation or you have high expectations for yourself. The latter is what my children n I were experiencing.

When it was finally their turn to take their test, 1 by 1 they jumped off the edge of the pool and started to swim. As they swim, my heart pumps even faster. I was definitely more nervous then them.

And when I personally saw how each and everyone of them were able to go thru the 3mins of treading water and took out their pyjamas to make their float, tears almost dropped (Luckily, I was wearing sunglasses. hee...)

I know I am the kind of coach who will be:
- More excited than my students
- More stress up than my students
- Feeling sadder than my students if they didn't pass the test or do something well
- Jumping higher & happier in joy than my students if they pass the test

My pri sch teacher, Miss Tong who was there watching her daughter Magdelene swim. After the test, she asked me. "Stressed? Watching all your students take the test."

I asked her back : "Cher, is this normal?"
Miss Tong: "Of course! The teacher is always more stress then the student. It shows you care."

I guess I inherited some of her good teaching ethics. =)

Oh, ya. All of them passed their 1st swimming test! And I'm really appreciative of the help some of the parents gave to their children. Pushing and encouraging their kids to a point where no coaches could go expect the parents. Thank you! =)

Friday, 16 January 2009

Good luck Children!!!

This coming sunday will be an exciting day for my kids! 1st time taking the NASSA Bronze Test. Teacher Jerry knows you all will be very nervous.

Dun worry children, We have trained hard for this day. Do your best and good luck to all of you! =)

Wishing all the best to...

18 Jan 08 (Sunday, 12 noon)
Maurice
Lynette
Faith
Tasneem
Xinyu
XinYu
Winston
Jonathan
ZhiQin
Swee Ann
Joey
Timothy
Magdelene
Edwin
Hannah
Rachel
Yong Khang
Su Jun
Samuel
Garion

Also, Congratulations to Roy and Sheng Teng for achieving your Bronze Award last sat!
Well done boys! =)

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Closure of Singapore Sports Council Sports Facilities

Hey everyone! Tml (15 Jan 09, Thursday), all Singapore Sports Council Sports Facilities will be closed from 3pm, for a SSC staff event.

This include venues like Swimming pool, Stadium, Badminton court, Squash Court, Tennis Court etc. So, do take note ok! =)

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

My dad says..

The other day, my daddy said this to me.

"I think u r spending more time in water than on land..."

Hmmm... thinking on this words... I think its true.. No wonder, I'm starting to receive nicks like Water Boy & Water Buffalo... Hee... I'm enjoying my times in water...

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! May All Your Wishes come true and may the year be filled with good health, good wealth and good smiles in 2009! =)

We recieved a news recently from Disneyland. Yes, Disneyland told us that they are going to build a park in the name of THE WATER FAMILY! So, we will be appearing in Disneyland LA, Japan and Hong Kong in 2009 for a year.

They even send us a news report from Sun 7 news team. Check out the videos! Thank you so much Disneyland! =D What a great way to start our 2009!


P/s: 1 lucky winner will get a chance to travel to Disneyland with Teacher Rae n me! Will you be the one? =D