Sunday, 31 January 2010

Let's go diving!

Last year, I made a promise to my kids that I will bring them to go diving.

Come this march school holidays, I'm going to honour that promise and bring them for the trip.

Details of the trip is not confirm yet. But I'm bringing 2 of my boys to either Tioman, Redang or Perhentian.

You are invited to join us for the trip! The more the merrier! Who knows we might be able to get discount from Malaysia side. =) Dun worry if you cant swim or dive, you can always do snorkeling or just laze by the white sandy beach Malaysia has to offer!

I think the boys might most likely be just taking either discover scuba diving or Junior Scuba diver. Haven't really decided on that tot. If you are interested in joining us for this trip. Do let me know by phone 9100 1855 or email Once again, I gotta tell u. Nothing is confirm. Cause we are still planning for it.

Where's your smile?

3 years ago. One student left me for a "Competitive coach" training. The mummy feels that that coach had a vast experience in training kids for competition & thus want her son to train under that coach. So that one day, he might just become a competitive swimmer.

Did I say No? Nope. I didn't.

I remember my last conversation with my boy on his last lesson.

"When you are training with your new coach, make sure you listen to him ok? Be a good boy."

Boy said "But I only want Teacher Jerry."

We ended the conversation with a hug. You know, sometimes, the best conversations are left unsaid.

Fast forward to 3 years later. I saw my boy again @ the swimming pool training with his coach. Indeed, his strokes are getting better. Credits to that coach!

But, something was missing... My boy smile was gone.. He was no longer smiling like he used to 3 years ago & he sure wasn't jumping up and down like the 1st day I met him.

One thing I'm grateful to be a teacher is that, I'm able to bring the joy of swimming to my kids and put that priceless smile onto their face.

So, if one day you no longer hear the laughter of my kids in the swimming pool or see a smile on their face. Remind me. Cause that's the last thing I want to take away from them.

And with that, I leave u with a quote from Janet Lane.
"Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important."

P/s: Have u smiled today? =D

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Active Angels..

Every class has a naughty devil. Erm, no. I shouldnt use the word naughty. Erm. Mischievous monkey? Nono... Let's use a nicer word. AH! Active angel. =)

Ok, you get my point liaoz. So let's begin. =p

Every class has @ least one active angel. Even in the best possible class. Some classes there might be a few, perhaps 2-4 active angels.

It's easy to handle a class if there's only 1 active angel. It gets a little bit more challenging when you meet a class of 4 active angels. But when you have a full class of 12 active angels.

Ah~ That's one big headache & a possible raise of high blood pressure! =p You got to be quick enough to react to any "unexpected actions" from these angels. And you better make sure your lingo & thinking is on par with these angels. Because communicating with the class is like going into negotiation/ war with them.

I now finally understand why so many teachers give up. It's because sometimes you really feel like giving up on these angels. I mean, come on. Who can take it? When you tell them to do A but they end up doing D. I doubt alot can take it. =)

But a good teacher is not of one who gives up easily. A good teacher will find all sorts of ways to bring these angels from D back to A den to B den to C before reaching D together even if it means he got to risk his blood pressure or vomit blood along the way.

It's not an easy route but let's try if my new ideas will work on my angels tml without losing too much blood. =)

Thursday, 28 January 2010

The Magic of 1hr/week

The kids and I only get to see each other once a week. And each time, it's only for an hour. Which means, I only get to see the kids for 52hrs/yr.

Minus away the holidays + MC + other reasons = ~46hrs/yr

If 24hrs = 1 day
Then, 46hrs = 46/24 = 1.92 days = ~2days/year

But dun you think it's magical?! How the kids love each other in the class. How the kids care for each other in their class. How the kids can "gang up" with each other to bully their Teacher Jerry despite meeting each other for just 1hr/week.

Thought we meet just 2 days/year. Yet, we are not distant @ all. Ah~ There must be something magical between Teacher Jerry & the kids... Maybe we can only find out the answer in Disneyland! =p

p/s: Get well soon our biscuit, Bing Han!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Good luck JOEY!

That day Joey SMS me...

Joey: "Jerry guess what I draw for the YOG art competition?"
Me: "ME! Haha..."
Joey: "No! faster guess"
Me: "I dunnoe lehz... U take a photo put on FB la. Or bring to the pool show me."
Joey: "Cannot. Submit liao. Win liao. Anyway it's swimming backstroke lor.. this one also cannot guess."

And here's her masterpiece! The organisers uploaded it on their website. Good Luck Joey! Hope you will win!It might just be another drawing to alot of ppl. But when I saw what you drew Joey, Teacher Jerry was very touched. My 1st impression when I saw this masterpiece, it quickly brought me to the swimming pool!

And there I am telling you all "Ok! 2 laps of backstroke now. GO GO GO!!" Hee...

I love your use of the vibrant colours on your drawings! It's Dynamic!

Whether you win the competition or not doesnt matter to Teacher Jerry. Like I told you, You are already a champion in Teacher Jerry heart liaoz! Your drawing almost make me cry! =)

So, come sat, Teacher Jerry will reward you & the class ok! What's the reward? It's a S.U.R.P.R.I.S.E! =p

Sunday, 24 January 2010

A tribute to positive coaches/teachers

Started on my new book - The Double Goal Coach by Jim Thompson.

Just a few mere pages & I'm having new perspective towards coaching/teaching. And here's a tribute to all teachers out there! Esp Xiao xin! And to any other teachers or coaches reading this blog. It's a tribute to all of us... Here it goes...

It's hard being a coach. It's even harder to be a positive coach. Partly the difficulty may be due to a lack of experience with it - most of us were not coached this way when we were kids.The mindset of many sportswriters and media commentators is that winning is the only thing that matters. This makes it easy to second guess ourselves whenever things go wrong, as they often do in sports, whether you are a Positive Coach or not.

Well, most of us might not have encountered a positive coach/teacher b4. But as teachers now, we can try our very best to be positive for our kids! =)

Because these kids when they grow up & a handful of them might just become teachers like us, the first thing they are going to remember is our way of teaching.

So, be positive teachers! =) It's really hard @ times that's for sure with all the outer elements & factors coming in... But watch the video below & you will find it all worth while.

Saturday, 23 January 2010


A new word my kids taught me today.. Osteoporosis

I had so much fun & laughter today with the kids today. Why? I dunnoe. I just enjoyed today alot.

Anyway, here's the explanation from wiki. Chim....

Osteoporosis is a disease of bone that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone microarchitecture is disrupted, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone is altered. Osteoporosis is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) in women as a bone mineral density 2.5 standard deviations below peak bone mass (20-year-old healthy female average) as measured by DXA; the term "established osteoporosis" includes the presence of a fragility fracture.[1] Osteoporosis is most common in women after menopause, when it is called postmenopausal osteoporosis, but may also develop in men, and may occur in anyone in the presence of particular hormonal disorders and other chronic diseases or as a result of medications, specifically glucocorticoids, when the disease is called steroid- or glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (SIOP or GIOP). Given its influence in the risk of fragility fracture, osteoporosis may significantly affect life expectancy and quality of life.

Osteoporosis can be prevented with lifestyle changes and sometimes medication; in people with osteoporosis, treatment may involve both. Lifestyle change includes exercise and preventing falls; medication includes calcium, vitamin D, bisphosphonates and several others. Fall-prevention advice includes exercise to tone deambulatory muscles, proprioception-improvement exercises; equilibrium therapies may be included. Exercise with its anabolic effect, may at the same time stop or reverse osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a component of the frailty syndrome.

Friday, 22 January 2010


Inspired by Channel 5 Polo Boys, I got the kids to reenact and created our very own Polo Kids during the holidays.. Enjoy!

Just one of our crazy moments together... =p

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Mr. Messy

Dear all,

I'm sorry if I have not been able to give you a confirmation time slot on your kids new swimming classes or rescheduled time slots. I can't start a new class @ this moment bcoz my timetable is super duper messy and seems to go haywire.

I wish I could show you how my time table looks like now but to protect the identity of my classes, I took away all the classes and left you only my messy arrows. =p

Sorry if there were a few hiccups here and there. I'm sure you all will forgive me right? =)

Let's hope by next week all the kids school + CCA schedule will have settle down. It's a nation wide thingy for the kids too I guess... Everyone's schedule is in a mess..


And YES! You are allowed to call me Mr Messy for the month of Jan.. Only for the month of Jan please. =p


Wednesday, 20 January 2010

1 book down! =)

Yeah... I finish reading "have a little faith". Nope, I'm not going to tell you what this book is about. Go read it yourself! =p

But, if I were to rate out of 5 stars, I will give this book a 4.5 stars!(my 5 star still belongs to Tuesday with Morrie) Highly recommended! Well, the thing about Mitch Albom is that he's a very descriptive author. You don't have to know any of the characters mention in the book and yet you are able to imagine how he/she looks like.

Can you imagine this "He walks like a giant. His hair is thick and dark. He wears a long robe, and when he speaks, his waving arms move the robe around like a sheet flipping in the wind."?

Yeah, that's how descriptive he can gets. Till the minor details. Ok, description aside, This book also gives you alot of room and space to think about life. Some of the things in life that we tend to forget and take for granted.

Ah, I just realised a similarity between Mitch Albom & Dan Brown. They are so descriptive in their work that it feels as thought you are watching a movie. Just that, Mitch movie is a touching biography while Dans' movie is an exciting thriller.

P/s: Have a little faith is a book that you should take your time to read so that you can do some reflections at the same time. =)

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

My new bling bling!

Teacher Jerry & students will be taking part in the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Olympic 2016. So, they got me a Coach entry pass! See.. Cool right.

Okok... That's a fake. =p But well, @ least it's something we can work towards together for right. Who knows, one day the kids might just be up there on the starting platform. Nothing is impossible.

Hee, once again, all in the name of being "Hiao"(vain), I did up a DIY entry pass lookalike with my favourite brands.. To remind myself to get a real one soon! Nice right...

So, Ironman, Timex, Addidas & Speedo. You guys wanna sponsor us to the Brazil Olympic 2016? =p

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Our fortes

My Korean student mum said this to me today.

Mum: "Dong Hoon is going to take up Taekwondo lesson."
Me: "Cool! I'm a black belt!"
Mum: "Yeah, so long, he's a Korean. Every Korean must take up Taekwondo."

It sets me thinking... Korean learn Taekwondo. Indians learn crickets. American learn Football. Chinese learn table tennis. Thais learn Muay Thai & Sepak Takraw. These are the countries forte. What about Singapore?

I think one day, Every Singaporean must learn to Swim, Sail, Shoot, Bowl & Ping Pong. These are currently our fortes isnt it?

Friday, 15 January 2010

A story to live by

Extracted this post from Xin blog. This teacher blogs really meaningful and interesting stuff about teaching & life! One of Teacher Jerry fav blogs! Hee....

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her, 'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'

There's a korean MV that has a similar plot. But its much more touching.. So, prepare some tissue papers... =)

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes.

Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.

Life Is a Gift

Before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion.

Before you complain about life - Think of someone who died too early on this earth. Think about the victims in Haiti

Before you complain about your children - Think of someone who desires children but they're barren...

Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn't clean or sweep - Think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive - Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another - Remember that not one of us is without sin.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and think: you're alive and still around.

Certs are ready!

For all those who took your bronze test in October 2009, your certs are ready for collection from Teacher Jerry! =)

Please come and collect your certs only after swimming 20 laps of Breaststroke. =p

As for those who took your Endurance Swim last month, your certs are ready for collection too!
Considering the fact that you kids swam so well last month, let's just do 10 x 100m Breaststroke/ Freestyle before collecting your certs k! =pOh! For those who didnt smile for the camera, you gotta swim extra! Teacher Jerry told you before right... =p You know who you are ah... Hee....

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Greatest Love of All

Usually, I dun blog on sat nights coz after 1 whole day of lessons, I'm totally zonked out & I got to wake up super duper early tml morning.

But what happened today I must make sure I blog about it! =p

Yes, The kids took their Bronze test today. Out of so many batches, this batch of kids are 1 of those where I've super high confidence in them. But still, last night, I'm still having sleepless night. So many things were on this coach mind.

- What if the kids forget to bring pyjamas?( Yes, This came true today!)
- What if the kids experience my so called "Pre Test Stress Trauma Syndrome?"
- What if the kids report late for exam?
- What if the kids forget how to take off their pyjamas?
- What if, What if, What if....
Not that I'm worried about these kids. I know better than anyone else that they are ready for their test. I mean, I'm the one who train them. Of course I know these kids are going to have a great swim today!

But It's been almost 8 years since I 1st send my kids for the bronze test. I should be feeling numb liaoz... But till today I'm still feeling so nervous and excited whenever they are going to take their test. Haiyo...When I can just sit back, relax and just watch them take the test? I tried sitting down today. After 30sec, my bum bum left that seat. =p

I'm super proud of these kids lah! Without your own determination and preservation thru out these months, we could not have such a great swim today! So,
Well Done Children!

Oh!!!! Did you know, you kids are the 1st batch to take NASSA Bronze award in 2010! Hee.. What a good start! =)

Hee.. Now, that I'm stress free for this month..(1 more next week for denise), I'm going to start stressing next month for the silver kids... =p
I asked some parents today: "Stress?"
Some said Yes.
I said. "You stress over your own child only. My stress is multiple your stress to the power of dunnoe how many times. Hee..."
I think most teachers will feel the same kind of stress when their kids go for any test or exams ba. Imagine I have a class of students who are going to take their O Level results this Monday! No, I dun want to imagine that... =x
Anyway, when we stress, we sing song right? This song was on my mind this afternoon. Very meaningful lyrics! =)

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Meaningful quote

A quote from "Have A Little Faith", the book I'm currently reading on...

"The most inspirational man I knew only reached his potential by helping a child reach his."

This quote says it all. =)

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Nassa Bronze Award 2010

Dear all. Kindly check your names & test timings for this coming Sat Bronze Award. Once my schedule is confirm, I will sms you to bring the kids for a practise session either tml or friday.

9 January 2010 - 12pm
James Lim
Wong J-Min
Nicole Ann Tan
Ng Zi Yao
Jerome Tan
Jing Hao
Ho Kit Meng
Sidney Ho
Fiona Tan
Yvonne Yap
Wong Jun Kang
Curtis Ang
Charmaine Ang
John Xu
Wynna Boey
Naphat Phuthawan
9 January 2010 - 1pm
Zheng Jie
Zheng Hao
Wei Zheng
16 January 2009 - 12pm
Denise Nicole Phoon
Good Luck Children!

Monday, 4 January 2010

Take my breath away Shangri-La!

Today I discovered the beauty of Shangri-La Hotel!!

I'm gonna shout "OMG x" !!

Was there today as one of Rae overseas students came back to Singapore for a holiday. Before I even enter the hotel, I am already bedazzled by the bell boys & staff smiles. Their smiles are ever so ready waiting for you! Their smiles make you feel so much like home! AH!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!

Next, when I entered their lobby. OMG!~ It just feel like you are in paradise. Everything is so golden, yellow, warm orange.... Everything/everyone is so heavenly... You just feel like you are in paradise! I was in a state of shock for a moment!

The lobby itself is worth a post! I didnt take any photos today cause I was too shocked and stunted by what I saw! Maybe tml I shall take some photos. OMG! They have staff within every 10 steps and before you even smile @ them, their smile is already on their face and ask you. "How can I help you Sir?" Top class service!!!!! OMG!!!

Once you enter the lobby, You will be greeted by these super huge and beautiful chandelier that hang down from the ceilings! OMG! They are so OMG beautiful!

Shangri La Hotel feels more than just a castle, more than a palace, more than a paradise. It's a place that simply takes your breath away! Majestic, charming & Amazing are the words I came up within 30secs when I was in the lobby. The next 30sec was on holding my wedding there! OMG! It's so far fetched but then again, that image of holding my bride hand and entering Shangri-La Hotel lobby seems so.. er.. wats that word? FAIRYTALE!!!

OMG! Shangri-La, You took my breath away!

Did I sound like a "mountain tortoise"? Paiseh ah, never been to such high class hotel before.. Hee... Anyway, it feels good to be back in the water again! Ah~ Only 1 day without the water & I miss it so much! =)

What a way to start 2010!

Yes, What a way... Never expected my 2010 to start off with a case of food poisoning.

On fri, we went to Kusu Island. Yes, Following my "Discovery" of Singapore islands. I suggested to the family that we should go Kusu Island as part of my "Discovery". Hee...

And Wala!

Add this all up, "Sea Sick + Hunger + Curry Puff + Bak Kut Teh + Laksa = Food Poisoning"

We traced back and found out the culprit was that cute looking harmlessly curry puff. I was the only one who ate that and tata!

Woke up on sat morning and I could hardly get out of bed. Hence got to cancel all sat morning class. Slept till sat afternoon, thinking that I'll be fine. But when I got back home after class, I was typically shivering all over. No choice, got to go n see Mr.Doc. He gave me an injection & instructed me to rest. Sun classes were all cancelled as a result.

Sorry if I have left you out on the sms notification. I'm just too weak from visiting the toilet. For the 1st time, I laid on the bed for 24hrs straight.. Now, I'm feeling much better. Thanks for all your concern sms and wishes. =)

I should be jumping up & down by tml. For now, it's medication time. =(

On the plus side, I lost 1kg! And I'm going to be more health conscious.. =) As the saying goes... “休息是走更远的路”