Monday, 29 April 2013

Printing error

Dear parents & students,

There're 2 printing error on the latest newsletter.

1) 24/05/2013 should be Vesak Day instead of Good Friday

2) clothes "that are not" torn or tattered instead of clothes are that not torn or tattered

We apologise for the mistakes.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Collection of Donations

So, many of our kiddos know that we've been to the Thailand Orphanage - FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN, and we are going back there again in August.

Here's an extract of what Teacher Jerry told them over the past few weekends:

"Listen children, Teacher Jerry want to share an experience with you all. I want to let you all know how lucky you all are ok?

That day, Teacher Jerry & Teacher Summer went to Thailand. (Kids go woah...) We went to visit this Orphanage home in Thailand and I want to share with you all what I saw there. The kids in the home are around the same age as you all. But they are not as lucky as you all.

3 things I wish you all will treasure.

1) Look at the swimming pool around you. We have a big swimming pool here. We have a choice to swim in the deep pool, the learning pool or the children pool right? Look at our water. It's clean. It's clear and we can see our feet.

But for the kids in Thailand, they do not have a swimming pool. Many of them want to swim too like you. You know how they swim?

Kiddos answer: "They swim in the river! They swim in the sea! They swim in the "long kang"! They swim in lakes!"

Teacher Jerry: No... They just wet the floor with some water and the children over there just dive here and there on the wet surface. That's how they swim. There was this boy who want to swim breaststroke. So, he just lay down on his stomach and imagine himself swimming breaststroke...

Kiddos goes.. "huh... Not painful meh?"

Yes, That's why I want to share with you how lucky you all are. Treasure the swimming pool you have ok?

2) Like I told you all earlier, some of them want to swim but they don't have a swimming pool there.

Kiddos go... "So Teacher Jerry are you going to teach them swimming there?"


-"But they don't have swimming pool how you teach them?"

-"I am going to donate an inflatable swimming pool to them and teach them. Though their pool is not going to be as big as yours but at least they can blow bubbles."

What I wish to share with you all is, You all are very lucky to have Teacher Jerry to be your Teacher. Just remember there are many children in other parts of the world that wishes to learn swimming but they have no Teacher to teach them.

So, treasure me ok!? =)

3) Toys. Let's talk about toys. Many of you have Ipad, Iphone, Nintendo ds, Wii, Samsung Galaxy etc etc...

The kids over there are not as lucky as you are. Their toys are donated by others. Some of the boys have to play with Barbie dolls. They don't have a choice. Whatever toys are being donated by others, they just play with them.

Clothes. The clothes that they wear are also being donated by others. So, do you think you all are very lucky? Be thankful to your parents ok? What you want, they will try their best to buy for you all. So appreciate them ok.

Now, why am I telling you all this experience? Because I want you all to know how to feel grateful and thankful. Also, because Teacher Jerry & Teacher Summer are going back again in August. Now, if you think you want to help the less fortunate. Teacher Jerry tell you all how ok?

Number 1. You can choose to donate old toys. I'm sure you all have old toys that you no longer play. You can donate to them. Of course, please do not donate toys that are broken. Like a transformer toy without his arms or a white rabbit soft toy that has turn yellowish or brown.

Number 2. You can donate your old clothes. You don't need to donate 10 sets of clothings. Just 1 set of clothing will do. If everyone donate 1 set of clothing, we will have a lot of clothings. Same thing, please ah. Don't donate clothes that have a big hole here and there ok? We need to respect others also.

I don't want anyone to go and buy new toys and donate to them. Don't do that. I also don't want you to donate money. Just donate old toys, old clothes or stationary can already ok? "

We are very thankful for everything we have, you should too.
There is a Chinese saying - 取之社会 用之社会.
We should remember to give back what we have benefited or taken from the society.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Quote for the day

Friday, 12 April 2013

The girl who refuses to give up

Received this message from Kerstin. I'm glad my blog post gave her motivation! Read here.

Now, she's a Champion! Woo Hooo!! Don't play play. Teacher Jerry student is now a qualifier for AYG & SEA Youth!

We want to be there to support you Kerstin! We'r going to scream our lungs out for you! =D

Well Done Kerstin! You trained hard for it and you truly deserve to be the champion.

They said, the route to be a champion is not easy. I'm glad you didn't give up your dream and protected your dreams all along.

I thank you too for teaching me a valuable lesson in life.

A side note to those adults who don't believe in a child untapped potential -
"Never underestimate the potential of a child."

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

SunPlay SPF 130 PA++

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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Foundation For Children

Over the long weekends, Summer & I travelled to Thailand.

Visiting our Thai family & friends over there was part of our agenda. What we had was an even more important itinerary this time round. Remember previously I shared our 5-year goal? A student parent recommended us this foundation in Thailand. So we decided to visit them.

Not knowing what to expect, all we had was our Thai friend - Nuch to be our translator. Kob Khun Krap Nuch for driving us to the foundation & Upakaew Suwimon for recommending us this foundation.

Foundation for Children was established in 1979 and they mainly help children in distress. There are 2 different sectors in this foundation. 1 sector ("infant") take care of children between 1 year old & 3 years old. While the other sector take care of children from age 3 to age 10. When these kids gets older, they will be send to Kanchanaburi for further education.

We felt that this foundation needs our help and we are willing to help them in anyway we can.

The "infant" sector lacks milk and diapers. The in charge was sharing with us how fast the milk and diapers run out.

The "children" sector lacks stationary, clothes, toys etc.

While we were in Thailand, the temperature was at an all time high. Even me, a swimming coach who's under the sun all day couldn't take the heat. Let alone the children in this foundation. The "Grandma" of the foundation told us, some of their fans were spoilt and needed to be replaced soon as the kids couldn't take the heat.

Summer and my heart melted. We went to get 3 fans for them right away. It might not be enough for everyone but at least we did something for them within our means. The foundation for children has around 40 boys and girls in the "children" sector and around 20 babies in the "infant" sector.

The FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN helps children who are orphans or whose parents have no ability to take care of them. When we heard some of the children stories, Summer & I said to each other. "Our kids in Singapore are really really really lucky."

The lack of toys in the foundation meant that the kids have to make do with whatever toys they have and played with their own imaginations. What I saw? I saw boys playing with toys meant for babies under the age of 1 years old. I saw boys playing with barbie dolls. I saw a group of  girls sharing a toy car taking turns to play.

No Ipad, No Iphones, no computer games not even "Brick games". Perhaps the most enjoyable game to the boys is climbing the tree. I went to carry them down fearing that they might just fall down. Instead, they ended up requesting me to carry them. Throwing them up into the air. Piggy back them. Hug them.
"Grandma" told us, because of the lack of fatherly love. To them, I'm like a father. That's why they are so attached to me and keep clinching on to me.
Summer plans to teach them English. We think it's important for them to learn how to speak the language. And English is Summer forte.

I plan to teach them to swim. Nuch was sharing with us how many kids get drown in the river because they do not know how to swim.

The foundation do not have a swimming pool. We plan to bring an inflatable swimming pool over to them in August.  The current "Swimming pool" they have now is a concrete floor with water splash on it. But they are more than happy. I see kids diving and sliding all over the places. Despite the limited resources they have, the children are simply very very happy and contented with what they have.

I can already imagine their excitement and joy when I bring the inflatable swimming pool over to them in August!

We know, this is the foundation we are going to adopt. August we are going to the foundation again and will be bringing more donations that they need over to them. If you have old clothes or old toys (I believe most kids have) and you wish to donate to them, you may pass them to us. Most likely, we will start collection in July.

Trust me, the kids and the foundation will be very very grateful.

While watching the kids play in their "swimming pool", I can't help but think how lucky our local kids really are. We have swimming pool almost everywhere. 0.5m pools, 1.2m pools, 1.8m pools. But these kids, have just a puddle of water that's not even an inch deep.

I learnt a valuable lesson from the children in the foundation. That is, Life can be really simple. All you need is really to be contented with life.