Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Simple Coach

So, the pioneer kiddos when for their first ever SwimSafer test. And some of them are going to apply what they have learn this holiday. =)

My student Jiawei just msg me.

"Teacher Jerry, I am going on a Cruise tomorrow. Thank you for teaching me what to do if the ship sinks..."

Sometimes, a short message like this simply brightens up my day. Yes. I'm that simple.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Yummy Cookies!

Nicholas: "Teacher Jerry, I bake some cookies and after lesson, I want give you some."

Teacher Jerry: "Sure!"

Nicholas: "But you must give me 2 mint sweets."

Teacher Jerry: "Nicholas, we have a deal!" And we shook hands to seal that deal... Yummy cookies!!! :)

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Monday, 22 November 2010

Proud of my Kids!! :)

I love it when the kiddos come running towards me shouting "Teacher Jerry!!! I pass!! I pass!!!"

Enough said. :) I hope the kiddos have fun with their Swimsafer test today... WOooo HOOoooo!!!
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Good Luck Kids!

Good Luck to all the kids taking their swimsafer test later on. Jiayou!! :)
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Friday, 19 November 2010

Intensive Holiday Lessons

I thought this post might be of use since I've been rejecting alot of parents who call to enquire about my lessons....

You see... Usually during this time of the year, I will be busy arranging classes for intensive holiday lessons.

But not this coming Dec. I decided that I should have a good "School Holiday Break" too and spent more time with my family and love ones. =)

Since Xx & I got together on 23rd March,  honestly we haven't been spending 1 good quality day together. It's always either she's in school or I'm in the pool. And when we are finally free, it's usually past 9pm.

So, I decided that this school holiday I want to spent more time with her and explore all those places that we have yet to go together. Etc A trip to the bird park, Toys Museum, Ubin & our Hong Kong trip... =)

I still love my kiddos, I still love teaching them. Nothing's gonna change that. Just that I want to be fair to Xx and my family too. If I missed this Dec holiday, the next holiday where she will be free will be in June. And if I were to miss this 2010 Dec Holiday. It's going to be missed forever. “人生短短几十年 ”How many 10years do we have?

I don't want to miss spending time with my loves one while I can. It's always a joy having the whole family sitting down a table and enjoying dinner together. I'm most fortunate that our family gets to dine together once a week. =)

The other reason is that I wanna spent more time on my Ironman 70.3 training. I saw the timings of the World Championship and I'm nowhere near the elites at this moment. So, I reckon I just gotta put in more effort and time into training. One day, I will be up there racing with the pros.

So, no intensive holiday programs this time round but the regular once a week session with the kiddos remain as per normal.  =)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Be Thankful for the food you have.

This video won the 56th Berlin International Film Festival.

After watching this video, one will stop and think how lucky we are when there's a plate of clean, nice food on our table. And  it'll make us realised how fortunate we are.

And yet... Somewhere out there, people complaint about the food they are having are "not to their liking"?

Worst still.... Shark Fins. Killing millions of sharks every year while they are alive just for their fins and throw them back to the sea while they are still alive?

Thursday, 11 November 2010

More photos!

Some more photos from our party... Shall update more tonight when I got the time... For now, enjoy the photos! =)

Thank you Harn!




Monday, 8 November 2010

BBQ-ed Coach

The results of under the hot sun for 2 consecutive days.

Panda eyes n red cheeks! =p
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Friday, 5 November 2010

Happy Deepavali!

Wishing all our Hindu friends a Happy Deepavali!!! =)

P/s: There's no swimming lessons today as it's a public holiday.  =)

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Shiloh Pepin

We were watching OKTO channel last night @ 10pm. And we get to know this amazingly brave girl by the name of Shiloh Pepin.

Shiloh Pepin was born with a syndrome known as "Mermaid Syndrome" and upon her birth, Doctors told her parents that she couldn't make it past 3 days. Amazingly, she lived her life for 10years with bravery.

The videos are really worth watching and yes, before you start thinking of how bad your life is. Put yourself into her shoes.

Imagine a 10year old saying this.
" Just because we are different, doesn't mean you can't be smart."
" You never know unless you try."

" Who you are inside is what makes you a star."

We teared. Rest in peace Shiloh Pepin.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Children's Day Party 2010!!!

Finally! Our big day arrives on 30th October 2010. Yes, this year our party is late... Like really late.. Well, that's because we thought of the kiddos school examinations and PSLE..

Hence, we postponed till the end of Oct. But, we didn't realised that 30th Oct was the date where most of the K2's were having their Graduation parade! =)

Like always, it's bound to rain during our party... Hence, Xx decided to place "Chili & Onion" all around the venue to prevent the rain from coming. It's long believed that the combination of Chili & Onion = Anti- Rain. But sadly, the strategy doesn't seem to work for us.... Hee...

This year, we had photos since 2005 that brought back lots of memories... =)

We were there on site since 8am in the morning... While our party was planned to start @ 1pm. =)

The kids came... and shortly after that the rain came. =) But that didn't damper the kiddos mood for party. Sometimes, we as adults can learn so much from the kiddos....

The kiddos were playing on the field and the rain came... The kiddos all ran back to our "Home-Build" Shelter. 5mins later, the rain stopped. The kiddos came out running around the field again. Despite the muddy field, despite the drizzle. They just ran and ran..... =)

Everything happens for a reason. The rain came because they know if it was a sunny weather, my kiddos will find it too hot to play outside. Hence, the wonderful rain visited our party for a short while to cool down the weather so that they kids can go wild! =)

The rain came again to bring more water to our party. Well, we are THE WATER FAMILY after all... Of course must have lots of water!!!! Haha..... And after the 2nd rain, all the kiddos were basically covered with mud. =p

Hey.. How many times do you get to see kids get themselves all dirty with mud and yet receive no scoldings from their parents? -> During our Children's Day Party.

And how many times do you get to see parents relaxing in a tentage and let their kids run wild out @ the big open field? -> During our Children's Day Party.

This year, the kiddos get to catch grasshoppers, crickets and a chance to get themselves all dirty in the muddy field. Michelle (Ti Yang mummy) even saw a tortoise!!

That's what makes our party special. One of a kind that will bound to make the kids remember for life. =)

Teacher Rae bringing out the boxes of presents for the kiddos onto the open field...

And yes, it was a crazy Saturday.. Hee... I even had to use a loud hailer!!
 And the crazy part of our party? The present giving sessions where the kids will go wild! Hee....

To us, this year party was a great success cause we had to "fight" with the rain. But what touches us were the support the parents gave to us.

Despite the rain, most of you still turn up for our party with your family.
Despite the long flights of stairs to reach the hill, most of you still climbed up carrying all the food you have prepared for the children and how can we forget the cartons of drinks you all have brought along?
And yes, most parents will agree that letting the kiddos play in the rain and the muddy field was once in a lifetime experience for them. For that, we thank you. For letting them get so dirty together with us.

There's just enough words to express our gratitude and appreciation both to our dad & mum and to each and every parents who attended our party. Seriously, our party wouldn't be such a success without each and everyone of your participation.

Thank you 爸爸 for running up and down the hill to help us refill the water.
Thank you 妈妈 for helping at the food area and making sure all the food are well taken care of.
Thank you 晓欣 for helping me wrapped all the presents and your fantastic idea on how to make the party a big success.
Thank you 弟弟 for helping with all the stuff that I simply just missed out on.
Thank you Choon Kee for your Tentage, K & W for your amazing toilet, Ms Chong from Nparks.

Thank you to all the parents who supported our party. Your presence meant so much to the kids and us just in case you didn't know that.. =)

And lastly, Thank you to all the amazing kiddos who were there. Right up there on the hill with us. Your laughter and voices that filled up the Ang Mo Kio West Garden with joy was such a treat for everyone of us. =)

Yes, plans for 2011 Children's Day Party is underway.. And no. We won't be changing our name.
THE WATER FAMILY suits us to the max. Wherever we go, water & rain is bound to follow us. =) 6th year in a row. Let's see if we can hit lucky 7 next year! Hee....

As the Chinese sayings go... “贵人出门招风雨”