Thursday, 27 August 2009

Anderson Pri School - Pri 2 kids

Teaching these kids were fun. Real fun.
For the past 8 lessons I had with them, we talked, we swam and we played. No one wants the last lesson to come. No one.
They were so full of zest, so full of energy, that it takes just 5mins of the whole group to wear me out. The usual noise coming from them even before I could see them, I knew they were coming. And everytime, without fail, they are forever so excited when they see me putting on my sunblock or even when I'm trying to get my wetsuit on.
To them, I'm like a penguin when I'm on my wetsuit.
To them, I'm not Teacher Jerry. I'm Jerry.
To them, I'm a friend who plays Facebook just like them.
To them, I'm a friend who can they can laugh at my Pet Society. And,
To them, I'm someone they can hold my hands and I will hold theirs.
I remember how some kids will tell their friend.
Student A: "Today u come join my class"
Student B: "Yeah!"
Student A: "Teacher Jerry, can my friend join us today?"
Me: "Hmmm... Cannot, Because, 1 class only can have 20 students, if she joins us, then we cannot have swimming class you know..."
Student A holds Student B hands and look into her eyes like Wall.E eyes and say. "Sorry"
I just feel so cruel when I ask them to sit on the wall and say this
"Children, today is our last swimming lesson" and they will go... "Awwwwwwww.... I dun wan..."

What am I suppose to reply? I dunnoe.
And what am i suppose to do when I see some of them crying? For the 1st time, I dunnoe what to say.
I know, I'm going to miss them.
Well, on a lighter note, See if you spot the difference between the 2 photos. Yup, thats right, the boy on the left posing is Felix. Hee... He's our Joker. =)

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Children Day BBQ Party!

Our Annual Children Day Potluck BBQ Party is coming soon! And as usual, all kids are being invited to our party this year! =)

This is the moment that alot of kids have been waiting for.. How can I disappoint them?! Ok, truth is, I get a chance to play with the kids during this day. Hee..

Location: Aloha Changi Chalet A
Date: 4th October 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 3.30pm - 8.30pm

Yes I know, its the PSLE week and exams week. So, this year we will be wrapping up the party earlier so the children can go back home earlier. =)

90% of the invitation cards have been send out. Now, I'm awaiting for the confirmation of the number of guest turning up for this party... Hee...

Here's how our invitation card looks like this year.
Opening up the card, important informations about the party... =)Those without the invitation card and you would like to join us for the party, just let me know! =) Hee...

Thursday, 20 August 2009

About Jeremiah

Just came back from my volunteer work @ Clouds of Praise. Along the way back, I was talking to Jeremiah and his mummy. And as I was reading Michele blog, I just couldn't control my tears. Even now as I'm typing. This is Jeremiah and he's 3 years old this year. What's a 3 year old crawling on the floor instead of jumping or running around the place like any other kids, one would ask.

Jere is born with a birth defect known as Spina Bifida. There are 3 forms of spina bifida and Jere has the most sereve form known as Myelomeningocele. The 1st day I saw him @ Clouds of Praise, we get to know each other well as both our name sounds pretty similar.

So when michele calls "Jerry.." 2 heads will turn.. =) Even till today... hee...

What surprise me most abt Jere is that basically, he talks like an adult. During our 2nd encounter, he calls out my name 1st before I could recall his name. He shouted "Hello Kor Kor Jerry!" in such a sweet cheerful and joyful manner.

When Michele says Jere loves swimming but couldn't find a right schedule for him and his kor kor Nat, I said, Ok! Let's have swimming class den! And together with Gwen, I'm having classes for these 3 kids. =)

Jere had been using a round float to get him around the water since small and during our 1st lesson, I took that away from him. Of course this boy cried for Mummy! Hee.. Before our 2nd lesson began yesterday, he was still telling mummy, I dun want to blow bubbles.

But here's a shot by Michele on our 2nd lesson.

He's now able to operate his "aeroplane" with his bubbles! Isn't he such a brave boy!? He does look like a pilot over here dun u think so?
And this morning, when we saw each other @ Clouds of praise, he was still so proud of his aeroplane yesterday that he sat up and show us his plane
Although I know Jere for less than 2 months, But this fine boy has already got me reflecting on alot of things in life. Life might not always go the way we want things to be. But with a strong will, one will be able to overcome even the hardest obstacles in life.

Alot of times, we take things for granted. For example, being able to jog, to run or even to swim seems like such an easy task to most of us. But to Jere, that's a wish. A wish he long for.

Children, if you are reading this now and you still want to complaint that swimming is boring or for some (you know who you are), who just quit from swimming without even the courtesy to tell me and you just disappear. Take a moment and think about how lucky you are.

I extacted this post from Michele Blog. The post that send my tears rolling down...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I want to say something....
Jere said the above as we were praying the closing prayer after our therapy program.

Every Wednesday, I take Jere to Clouds of Praise to have some exercise, in other words, therapy. We usually start and end the session with a prayer and a song of praise.

This time, after the session when we were saying the closing prayer and everyone said their bit, Jere went....


Marcus korkor who was beside him heard him and said it out so his mum Cassey went, "Yes, Jere you wanna say something?"


My eyes welled up and rolled down uncontrollably. I always get emotional when Jere speaks like that.

Lord, you hear the cry of the child Lord. Jere has asked, Lord. Let Jere receive, Lord. RESTORE JERE LORD. HEAR THE MOTHER'S CRY NOW LORD. Thank you Lord. AMEN!
I believe Jere, you will get to walk, run, jump, hop & swim 1 day. I really believe miracles will happen to you Jere. I believe.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Terence & Macy Wedding

Have not been posting much as my lappie gets laggy nowadays. Really laggy. To get my windows started, I need to wait for 15mins & to load up my Internet explorer, I need to wait 30mins!

Its time to go Comex in sep to get a new desktop I guess..
Anyway, this post is super overdue. My best friend wedding was on 1st Aug & as a good brother, I did up a movie for them during the dinner. So, here's it. Enjoy the movie.

Ok, I know. Next question as always, "When's ur turn?" =p

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

CEO dies at OSIM Triathlon

Deepest Condolences to the Family of Mr Calvin Lee Wee Sing who passed away during last Sunday OSIM Triathlon during the swim leg.

Here's the full details from Straits Times.

By Terrence Voon.

THEY were aiming to complete their first triathlon relay together - as colleagues and as friends.

But their Sunday afternoon at East Coast Park ended in tragedy, when one of them died suddenly after taking part in the swimming leg of the Osim Singapore International Triathlon.

Calvin Lee Wee Sing, 42, was pronounced dead at 2.45pm on Sunday, about one and a half hours after he ran into trouble during the swim segment of the Mix/Open relay race at the annual triathlon event.

Mr Lee appeared to be struggling and disoriented in the water, about 350 metres away from the finish line of the 1.5km swim race.

He was spotted by a life marshal, who quickly called for a jet ski to bring the stricken swimmer to shore.

Paramedics and doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive Mr Lee - who was by then unconscious and foaming in the mouth - using cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR.

Attempts to jumpstart his heart using an automated external defibrillator (AED) also failed. He died later at Changi General Hospital.

Organisers say the cause of death is still under investigation.

Mr Lee - the chief executive officer of Deutsche Telekom Asia - is the latest fit and active person to die suddenly while exercising strenuously.