Monday, 22 June 2009

The boy and the Starfish

A man was walking along a deserted beach in the early morning.

As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance, as he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water.

Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean.

As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time he was throwing them back into the water.

He approached the boy and asked him why he spent so much energy doing what seemed to be a waste of time.

The boy replied, "If these starfish are left out here like this they will bake in the sun, and by this afternoon they will all be dead."

"But", said the man, "You can't possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can't possibly make a difference."

The boy then held up the starfish he had in his hand and replied, "It's sure going to make a lot of difference to this one!"

Similarly, I might not be able to teach the whole world how to swim, in particularly prevent drowning from happening.

But if 1 day, just 1 student could prevent himself/herself from drowning because Teacher Jerry taught him/her how to swim, then, all my efforts are worth it. Because, I make a difference to 1 life.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

The value of time.

To realise the value of one year;
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realise the value of one month;
Ask a mother who has given birth to a prematured baby.

To realise the value of one week;
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realise the value of one hour;
Ask lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realise the value of one minute;
Ask someone who has missed a train, bus or plane.

To realise the value of one second;
Ask someone who has survivied an accident.

To realise the value of one millisecond;
Ask someone who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

So the next time, u hear someone saying, we still have lots of time, quote Teacher Jerry post to him... =)

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The words kids say....

I love teaching kids because they say words that are so ever cute and innocent that you just cant help laughing....

#1 (The latest recently from my kids)
Student A: "Teacher Jerry... U are so dark."
Student B: "Yaya.. U are like Batman!"
#2 (The heartwarming)
Teacher Jerry: "You must be a good boy and practise your swimming ok!"
Student: "Why?"
Teacher Jerry: "Well, if you practice, then you can learn to swim faster!"
Student:"But I dun wan. Once I know how to swim. Mummy will not let me take lesson from you anymore.."

#3 (The ever classic one...)
Teacher Jerry: "Ok! You must use ur nose to blow your bubbles ok!?"
Student: "But I got a running nose... I cannot blow.."

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Charity work....

Prior to my previous post on my Dreamboard... I thought about it.. Instead of providing education to kids in Thailand, I can start 1st by doing something for the less fortunate kids in Singapore.

So, here's an appeal to all charity organisation out there. I would like to do something to help these children. I don't know how I can help but I would like to help. I have send emails to Singapore Children Society and Children Cancer Foundation before indicating my interest to coach those kids swimming, but to no avail..

So, if you know of any organisation that needs help, do let me know how I can be of help. I wish I can do my part for charity too.. Here's my email: or hp:9100 1855

Cheers! =)

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Adult Swimmers~ A fun lot.

I have never laughed so much before.. I mean, literally laughing throughout 2 hours of my lesson!

I laughed till my jaws felt as if they were cramping up...
I laughed till I felt my cheeks muscles are toning up..
I laughed till tears drop...

That's how much I laughed yesterday while having lessons with my adult students.

Teaching them is always full of laughter and lots of jokes... I like the way my students think and communciate with me.

Especially when I tell them.. "By 4 lessons, you all will be able to swim. TRUST ME." And they will go... "Really?! Sure or not.." Hee...

After teaching almost 100 adults, I think I can safely say 90% of adults are able to swim by the 4th lesson. Of course there are those who are able to swim by the 2nd lesson while some might just need a little more time...

The other day,my student Jacequline was asking me... "I thought she just learn 4 lesson, now can swim already? 1st lesson she was shivering with fear!?"

I said.."Ya lor... I think I can guaranteed my adult students from now on that in 4 lessons time, u confirm can swim... =p"